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Rockford, IL
Currently living a charmed, life. 2 dogs, 3 cats, enough fiber to warm a small country, and 2 acres to grow good things.
Interests: music, knitting, yoga, gardening, fair trade, peace, global awareness.
Recent Activity
Mis Cambria, Christmas night striking a pose in her cracker crown. Goodness she is a joy to my heart. Can we talk for a minute about how much salad she has on her plate? She loves salad. I love her. Every three months (ok, I usually stretch it more like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Ferocious Dandelion
Once upon a time (I can't remember exactly when it started) my daughter and some of her friends decided to form a group. They call it Conversation Circle. By some miracle (and I'm not being facetious here) they asked me to join them. Now you know that by nature introverts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Ferocious Dandelion
My parents with little Karl and Kysa. We used to tease my mother all the time about being a people magnet. Random people talked to her completely uninvited. We'd be in stores shopping and I'd find her talking to some stranger. Once we stood in a line at a theater... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
I am not a person who has had what you could call a positive relationship with the night. In my experience, not good things happen in the middle of the night when you are sleepy and vulnerable and it just makes them more scary than they need to be. So,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
Have you ever seen a cuter little family that this? You can't really tell yet, but there are four loved ones in this picture. We will meet the newest family addition in April. More to love is always the very best gift of all. It has come to the time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
I love this picture so much and for so many reasons. I love how it perfectly depicts the heart of the run, at least for the World Vision runners. I love the contrast of that pink hair (which I have come to love), but most of all I love the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
Aren't these gourds just extraordinary? All the different shapes and cool! Tom had to work most of this past weekend. Tom works incredibly hard during an average week, but this weekend required many hours of time spent on the phone and in front of multiple screens. About 4pm on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
This photo has nothing whatsoever to do with the story that follows. I am just endlessly fascinated by the little gifts nature gives us; each season something new. I am currently in love with acorns. Go figure. We continue on around the lake, heading south on Dunham Lake Dr. Next... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
Earlier this month we celebrated Emerson's 5th birthday. The party was held in Papa Gary's backyard and what an amazing yard it was. Perfect for a party. Tom took most of these pictures. I love the expressions on these sweet faces as they watch the gifts be opened. Kysa (I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
Moving along on our trip around Dunham Lake. Our last installment left us residing in the Fallstrom cabin and dealing with a cow in the back of the pink Pontiac. Today we move to the end of Dunham Lake Dr. to where it intersects with Dunham Lake Rd. At this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
Sandhill Cranes - Crex Meadows, Grantsburg, Wi. Aug 10, 2017 Last week I reconnected with a friend and after the usual greetings she admonished me for abandoning this blog. Why, she asked, was I no longer writing? Well, to be honest, I'm a little overwhelmed by life on this planet... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
I'm guessing that, without many exceptions, just about any mother will tell you that her kids are the bee's knees. Mine certainly are. They are totally separate and unique beings, but each one is perfection in my eyes. Right now one of my kids is training to run the Chicago... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
During the last few months I have made a group of new friends. They are refugees, mostly from Africa, one from Syria. They are smart and funny, though I have no idea what they are laughing about since we do not speak the same language. It's probably about me since... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
Greetings, salutations and yeah, it's been a hot minute. Life got busy and good and then got sad and bad, you know, what life does, and I just haven't felt the writing. Excuses, excuses. So the other day I was hitting up the youtube for some African information (this, alone,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
Yesterday I received a gift. In my life I have been the lucky recipient of some extremely fine gifts, but this one touched my heart so profoundly that I rank it in the top ten. As you can see from the above picture, it is a small fabric bag with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
This week we're going to take a break from the snooze fest that is my childhood walk down memory lane and talk about bunnies. Easter bunnies. Or bunnies for Easter. Lots and lots of bunnies. (Btw, thanks for your patience as I share my Dunham Lake memories. Documenting them is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
For those of you long time readers here, you might remember this story. I posted a version of it in 2014. Most of it is the same, though I have edited a bit. In this picture we are staying at our favorite cottage, Fallstsrom's. We stayed here as often as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
Each day of the summer, when the weather was good, and sometimes when it wasn't, I would pack a bag with a few essentials. A sandwich, swimsuit, book (definitely a book!), and any number of goodies to feed friends I might meet on my travels. Bread for the fish and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
It snowed last night. My mother would have called it Robin Snow; the last now after the robins return. I had to go last week to have blood taken for routine labs. I'm diabetic so every three months I have to have my A1c checked. No biggie. I was sitting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
Every summer of my childhood began and ended the same way; on Memorial Day my mother would pack everything we would need for the summer into the back of our pink Pontiac station wagon. It's there in the background of the picture above, taken before the invention of color, so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
I am officially in love with the internet and facebook and all the ways that we are able to connect with other humans on this planet. Just too darn cool. So, after reading my previous post, my lovely niece Kelsie comments that she knows why Grandpa chose the name Garmoe.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
This is my grandfather; my father's father. Spiffy dude, right? Got some high water action going on with those pants, but maybe that was the style in 1922. When he immigrated (IMMIGRANTS! Run! Hide! Sorry, couldn't help myself.) to this country from Norway in 1902 his documented name was Ole... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
Greetings all. Something really unexpected and amazing just happened to me and I had to share. I realize that this might not resonate with everyone, but for me it's really big. (It's hard these days to find an adjective that Trump hasn't ruined.) Most of you know that in our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion
Welcome to the new blog home land, Ferocious Dandelion. Kind, quirky, and tenaciously peaceful. I'll get into the naming process in a blog yet-to-come, but for now, make yourself at home. As with any move, there is some sprucing up to do; a bit of making it my own. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Ferocious Dandelion