Grandma Barb’s This and That

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

I had too much time on my hands so I played around in PicMonkey

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween
I hope you all get lots of treats and no tricks!

Until next time


Monday, October 29, 2012

Big Red

One of my daughters and her husband live on a farm site of 10 or 15 acres.  I got together with her and 2 of my other daughters on Saturday.  We went shopping while the guys hunted pheasants.  There is this big barn on their place.  I haven't showed pictures before because I couldn't find them in my archives.

I love this big cupola.

I'm linking this to Barn Charm 109

Several of you had asked about the significance of the Barn Quilts.  Here is a link that explains that.

I'm sorry I didn't get around to visiting and commenting much last week.  It was a very busy week.  I spent 2 days in the Twin Cities for the funeral.  Thanks  to all of you that sent prayers.  They were very much appreciated and were felt.

Thinking of all of you on the East Coast and stay safe!

Until next time

Monday, October 22, 2012

Asking for your prayers

A beautiful young woman whom I've known for a couple of years took her own life last night.  Please say a prayer for her family, friends, and all who loved her.  This has hit pretty hard.

Thanks, Barb

Barn Quilts

Here are a couple of barns with quilts I found while at my daughter's back in August.  This first one is a twofer.  A white barn with a quilt and a typical red barn. These were taken at dusk.

The next one was taken in the middle of the day with bright sunlight.  I really like the blue sky and the white barn with the blue barn quilt.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the barn quilts.  If you would like to see barns from around the world hop over to Barn Charm at Bluff Area Daily.  You will see many different styles of barns.

Thanks for stopping.  Have a great week.
Until next time


Saturday, October 20, 2012


The sun was setting behind the trees when I snapped this photo.  I was surprised to see the bokeh.  I don't usually get that even if I try.

I am sharing  over at Your Sunday Best at A Rural Journal and Weekly Top Shot at The View from Right Here.

Thanks for stopping and have a wonderful weekend.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Green Day

These photos are for Green Day over at Raindrops and Daisys.  This is a house plant that I rooted from a couple of leaves from my daughter's plant.  I don't remember the name of it.  Does anyone know?  I'll have to ask my daughter.

Another daughter gave  me this basket of mums.  This is what it looked like when she gave it to me about a month ago.

This is what it looks like now.  I'm going to plant the mums and hopefully they will look like this next year.

To see green from all over the world, stop over at Rainbows and Daisys.

Thanks for stopping and have a wonderful weekend!

See you next time


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fridays Fences

Beyond this fence is the Minnesota River in South Central Minnesota.   It will join the Mississippi River in St. Paul.

Linking to Fridays Fences #54

As always, thanks for stopping.  Have a great weekend


Milk weeds

These pictures are a little dark and dreary.  Maybe that is my mood today.  It is cold and rainy here but that is a good thing because we need the rain so bad.

I saw the pulmonary doctor on Tuesday.  He didn't have an answer for my shortness of breath, other than he thinks it is obstructive.  He wants to see the scan I had after my thyroid cancer surgery a year ago.  He said that can sometimes cause obstruction in the airways of the neck.  I also have slight sleep apnea and he wants me to try the CPAP to see if that helps.

I won't be posting and commenting as much as I have to get caught up on things around here.  Plus I took a water color painting class and want to do some of that. I also have several pieces of furniture I want to paint. So if you don't see me around as much it is not because I've forgotten you.  I just have a lot I want to do.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day.
I'll be around as much as possible.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Leaves for Leontien

Our blogging friend Leontien is battling melenoma and needs our support and prayers.  You can send her photos of fall leaves by adding a link at Nancy's Rural Journal blog.  You can find an update on Leontien here.

Until next time

Monday, October 15, 2012

Century Farm

This barn is part of a century farm...meaning the farm has been in the same family for 100 years or more.  A friend of mine and her husband bought it after her grandfather died and no one else in the family wanted it.  She and her husband are keeping it up and using it for weekend getaways and family gatherings.  I took these pictures several years ago one evening when I went to visit them.

The Barn

The farm house

I had a busy weekend and put 477 miles on the car.  I took my friend who has Parkinson's to his daughter's in Onamia on Friday to see his grandsons play football.  They lost their game.  The first one they have lost all year.  Then on Saturday we went to the University of Minnesota football game.  They lost too.  On Sunday  I watched the Minnesota Vikings and they lost too.  So much for watching football all weekend.  What did you do this weekend?

Linking to Barn Charm 107

Have a great week and I'll see you next time.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Barbed Wire Fence

We don't see many of this type of barbed wire fence around here anymore.  I suppose it's because farms have grown larger it isn't necessary to fence off their property.  It is still used where farmers have cows and horses, but most of them have wooden fences.

Linking to Fridays Fences #53

Thanks for stopping and have a great weekend.
I won't be around much this weekend so I'll catch up with you next week.

Until next time

Rural Landscape

This is what the rural landscape looks like now that most of the crops have been harvested.

Modern wagon train

The end of the day.

Thanks for stopping. and have a wonderful day.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Old Barn at the Winery

When I was going through some of my pictures I realized that I had never posted the old barn that I found when I was at the winery with my daughter and her boyfriend.  They were taken back in August.

My daughter and her boyfriend enjoying their wine.

 Stop over at Barn Charm to see barns from all over the world.

Thanks for stopping and have a great week!

Until next time


Friday, October 5, 2012

More from Lake Shetek State Park

Today I'm showing a few more photos from my visit to Lake Shetek State Park. These are all reflections of trees in the lake.

This next one is just the reflection in the one above.  It almost makes me dizzy looking at ti.

There's still enough green here so I'm linking to:
 Green Day at Rainbows and Daisies.

Thanks for stopping and have a great weekend!
Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in Canada


Friday Fences

One thing I love seeing is a fence with either flowers or vines.  I thought this one was pretty with the fall colored vines.

Linking to Fridays Fences #52

Thanks for stopping and have a great weekend!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Abandoned Farm Site

 I came upon this abandoned farm site the other day while out for a drive.  There is a silo but no barn. There is an old house, some bins and a few other little buildings.  I hate seeing these places abandoned and this is such a pretty one with the pond!

I would have loved to explore this old house but didn't dare go any farther.

Thanks for stopping!  See you next time


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Lake Shetek State Park

.    This is the Maple tree in my back yard on Sunday.

After a very windy day yesterday this is what it and my lawn looked like Tuesday evening.  I think I have a lot of work ahead!

I'm so glad I took a drive on Sunday when the weather was beautiful as were the fall colors.  My drive took me to Lake Shetek State Park where the trees were gorgeous.  I hope you won't get sick of seeing them.

There were a few bikers and a few campers but for the most part the park was pretty empty.

This last picture is where I took my first swimming lessons before the swimming pool was built.  I thought the beach was much much bigger than this.

I'll show more pictures of the park in an upcoming post for Weekend Reflections.

Thanks for stopping.  See you next time.