A big (6'3") tough Dutch farmer, he was a shrunken version of himself when he died from multiple myeloma eight years ago last Friday. I miss his distinctive smell of Old Spice, good earth and fuel oil. Dad was the manager of my uncle's Case equipment dealer; he listened to tractors' problems the way we deal with old friends. He was the only one I ever knew who could diagnose engine issues over the phone, just by listening to a tractor start up and run.
He also loved books, quirky stories, politics (the stranger, the better - he would have reveled in this past election) and my mom's cooking. He loved my mom, his grandchildren, sons and daughters.
He loved me.
I love you too, Pa. See you soon.
Oatmeal muffins, two different ways. This recipe looks good; so does this one. (From Jennifer Murch and Thrift At Home)
'Cup of Gold' chocolate candies. Think Mounds with marshmallow...but way healthier. (From Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth)
The best foods on a tight budget. (From Hundred Dollars A Month)
"The seven money mistakes that shaped my life." (From Making Sense of Cents)
Repro of a repro of a repro...of an Indian chintz! (From Barbara Brackman's Material Culture)
A strange light shows up in the skies over Puebla, Mexico on Jan. 24. (Start at about 6:12 in the video to see it.)
Or skip the fuss and go here to see the video, instead.
What do you think it is? Meterors sure don't zoom horizontally, then straight up...
Christians are still dying, thanks to ISIS. Don't ever think that because we have religious freedom here in the United States, it's also prevalent elsewhere. It isn't.
Personal items of the ancients. Including a 50,000-year-old sewing needle! (From Listverse)
Why people who cut expenses still can't balance their budget. Sometimes, that is. (From Len Penzo)
A stepladder side table -- cool. This would fit nicely in the trailer bedroom. (From Funky Junk Interiors)
Red and white quilts to make your heart glad -- an online quilt show. (This one's from Fisher Quilts.)
15 fun things to do with friends...that don't cost much. (From The Simple Dollar) Including stuff like watching:
The newest Oscar winners. (No doubt Steve Harvey feels much better, after the Warren Beatty/Faye Dunaway slipup on Best Picture.)
And to help push any lingering Monday blues away:
A funky walk flashmob. In Barcelona. ("Barthelona," if I'm saying it right.)
See if you can watch it without a grin appearing.
Have a great week.