Friday, August 18, 2017

2017.8.18

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - AUGUST 18, 2017 - FRIDAY
I made "peaches and cream cheesecake" this morning to take to Ladies Mission. It reminds me of kuchen. Here is the recipe:

PEACHES & CREAM CHEESECAKE
First layer:
2 eggs      1/2 cup oil     1 cup milk     1 cup sugar     1/2 cup cornstarch    1 t salt    2 t baking pwd

1 1/2 cups flour    Blend all together and pour into a greased 9x13 pan. (Batter will be runny.)  Slice 6-8 medium peaches, (or 2- 16 oz. cans of peaches) peeled and place on top of batter. Set aside.

Second layer:
2- 8 oz. pkgs cream cheese     1 cup sugar     6 T. milk (enough to make spreading consistency. If using canned peaches, use peach syrup instead of milk)   Mix and spread over peaches in pan. ( Just put it on as evenly as you can.)  

Third layer:
2 T. sugar      1 t cinnamon     Mix and sprinkle over cream cheese layer. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour.

I added a dollop of whipped topping and a few blueberries (just because they were on special today.)

I helped at GSI before and after Ladies Mission.

Meanwhile, Terry was putting down more alfalfa in the field he started yesterday.  He saw a dark cloud in the north and heard a report on the radio that said Milbank was getting heavy rain, hail, and wind. It wasn't long after that, that the hay became too tough to cut, so he came home. And then a storm built quickly to the west of our place. We got .94" in 10 minutes + wind, but hardly any hail. The radar showed a storm over Lake Alice that was heading east and southeast towards Moritz, Gary, and Lake Cochrane.

Mom made it from her room to the dining room using a walker. Someone was behind her with a wheelchair, but she did it!

Terry is watching an unrealistic James Bond-type movie.

Goodnight.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017.8.17

TEKA RANCH- WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - AUGUST 17,2017 - THURSDAY
After the clouds left, we had a beautiful, breezy day. I washed a couple loads of clothes.

I made relish today and got 6 pts of it. I don't think I've made relish since we lived at South Shore, and that was a day or two ago.

 
This evening I picked a large Tupperware bowl full of grapes. As I was cutting clusters off that were over my head, it seemed like so many grapes were falling off. I didn't recall that ever happening before but it's been a weird year. Then I realized that some of the things that were falling were earwigs! YUCK! One fell in my shirt. I checked and it was in my bra. I was really glad no one was around as I stood there half naked, shaking out my clothes!

Terry and I moved the grapes cluster by cluster from one bowl to another about 3 times and found about a dozen of those ugly bugs. Every time Terry would scoop one out on the picnic table, I'd smack him with a trowel. I hope we got them all. (There are lots more grapes out there. I can't wait to pick them and find more earwigs. NOT!)

The grapes really are not as large as they look in that one picture, not that large at all. They are more like a small wild grape. I still have jam and juice from last year. What will I do with all of them?
 The garden.
We kids have been messaging back and forth on our phones. Tonight I wanted to write West Nile and the phone kept changing it to Wear Mike. Pretty crazy.

Terry thought it may be too wet to put more alfalfa down. However, he checked low spots and they were already dry. The rain just soaked in. He haybined some of the grass between the house and the barn. That grass is in a low spot, so it always grows thick and tall. He hopes the lawn mower will be ready tomorrow.


Mom called me this morning after I had left her a message. She sounded really chipper and determined to get better. Her appetite is improving. We think she has turned the corner. We sure hope so, anyway. Elaine took her back to Selby.

Psalm 18:20 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

Kathy, Terry and Dandi









Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017.8.16

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - AUGUST 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY
Terry had a bone cruncher app't this gray morning, so we went to town. I bought a new yellow-handled spade at Menard's because our old one has a long crack in the handle and isn't going to last much longer. I also came out with 2 nice mum plants for less than $3.00 each.

We had a late dinner because we had a late breakfast at Co. Fair. Did you know that on Wednesday's County Fair has free coffee with the breakfast menu? It's so-o-o-o exciting!

We can't help but laugh. It never fails that as soon as we sit down for a meal, the phone rings. And it happened twice today around 1:30. This evening it was a telemarketer.  How do people know?

It's been raining all afternoon and evening. It's a beautiful, gentle rain; it is just wonderful! An inch and a half has fallen and it's still raining.  That is the first rain of over an inch since May 16th (90 days!).  Yaa Hoo!!

I stuck to business and got more bookwork done. I also worked on LWMS things again. I should go through my binders and folders and clean them out.

The peas and beans are in the freezer, so that is done for a few days.

The therapist had Mom walk from the bed to the doorway and back again with the walker. That really makes her tired.

And that's all, folks!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017.8.15

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - AUGUST 15, 2017 - TUESDAY - OUR 46TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Mom is still in the hospital in Mobridge. The therapist stopped in to see her and said that she sure looked better than she had two weeks ago. So that is good to hear, but...

Terry and Charlie went to Dakota Fest in Mitchell. I stayed home to do some LWMS stuff and bookwork, but I didn't finish. Imagine that. I get side-tracked way too easily.

I picked some ears of corn from the garden, brought them to the house and laid them in the counter. Out came 2 of those ugly, ugly earwigs! I put the corn in the garage.

I rode bike over east to check on the cows. They were close to the gate, but when I opened the gate, they took off to the hinterlands. So I got a walk in, too.

Terry called on his way home to suggest that we should go out for supper and maybe a movie. It was almost 6:30 when he got home and the movie Nutcase2 started at 7:20, so rather than rush, we stayed home. We thawed the last 2 steaks that were in the freezer, Terry grilled them and we had corn on the cob and a nice potato from the garden for supper. It was very good. Couldn't have gotten any better in town.

We were going to watch a movie on Amazon, but the phone has been ringing quite a bit and it's already 9:30, so maybe we'll just go to bed. That would be OK, too.

46 years is unbelievable! Terry only has 4 more years of his sentence. Someone wanted to know how many moons we've been married. 46x12= 552 moons.

Goodnight from the "oldly-weds".

Monday, August 14, 2017

2017.8.14

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENNDS - AUGUST 14, 2017 - MONDAY
It has been another one of those goofy days.

Bev and I walked 3.5 miles this morning. Terry left for his chiropractor appointment. After showers, Bev and I left for Clara City, MN, where I was taking her to meet Rob who was coming to pick her up.  After they left, I visited with Eileen S. for awhile. We hadn't visited since March, so that was good. (And she had some really good coffee cake...)

This side of Montevideo we saw a strange dead animal in the middle of the road. On the way home I slowed down to look and it was a small beaver.

Last Friday Mom was given an antibiotic. We couldn't figure out why, because West Nile doesn't respond to antibiotics. Elaine and Bev asked about it, but no one seemed to know why.

On the way home from Eileen's, I had a message from Elaine saying that Mom's potassium was really low again. She had been given potassium intravenously to raise her levels when she was in Bismarck, but they were low again. Mom still had a terrible pain in her stomach, and she was hoping there would be some "movement", and that would make her feel better. Her doctor in Mobridge wanted to see her, so Elaine took her. X-rays were taken, but nothing like a twisted or obstructed bowel showed up.

It was in Mobridge that Dr. T. Henderson, who'd been on the phone with the infectious disease doc in Bismarck, said that Mom had Q disease, and that is why she'd been put on an antibiotic.  Terry and I had heard that term before but couldn't remember what it was. We looked it up and read this:  

Q fever, also called query fever, is a bacterial infection caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. The bacteria are most commonly found in cattle, sheep, and goats around the world. Humans typically get Q fever when they breathe in dust that was contaminated by infected animals. The highest amounts of bacteria are found in the "birth products" (placenta, amniotic fluid) of infected animals.


Symptoms of Q fever don’t typically appear until about two to three weeks after exposure to the bacteria. 
Symptoms can vary significantly from one person to another. Common symptoms of mild Q fever may include: a high fever   chills or sweats   a cough   chest pain while breathing   headache   clay-colored stools   diarrhea   nausea   abdominal pain   jaundice   muscle pain   shortness of breath
    Q fever is diagnosed with a blood antibody test. According to the Centers for Disease Control an antibody test frequently appears negative in the first seven to 10 days of sickness."                   http://www.healthline.com/health/q-fever#overview1

    So where in the world did Mom pick this up? We have no idea. I called Dr. Arthurs' office in Bismarck and asked if she could have both Q disease and West Nile and was told that YES, she could!  

    Lice, West Nile and now Q disease. Crazy. It's just plain bizzare. How in the world??? No wonder she has felt so lousy. Tonight I was told that the doc and nurses were helping with the "movement" problem, so we are hoping that gets resolved real soon!

   Terry took me out for supper at Helena Chemical's pork chop feed. Pete and Betty were there, too, as were lots of other people. The 4-H building was a busy place and the metal walls echoed because of the chatter.

    There are things I could do yet, but I think I'll just go to bed. Goodnight!




Sunday, August 13, 2017

2017.8.13

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - AUGUST 13, 2017 - SONDAY -
Well, that dark cloud we could see north of us for several hours yesterday afternoon and evening, dumped 5 inches of rain on the Twin Brooks area. Yesterday was the first day of the Twin Brooks Threshing Bee and tractor pull with all kinds of vendors selling their goods. Betty said she'd heard that emergency personal were called out to help people who were out there in tents and campers.

Hwy 212 is open from Tunerville to Watertown now. We can legally drive on it now and it's nice to have it fixed up.

It seems odd to go to church and not have Bible class afterwards. (Culver's isn't open that early in the morning so we can't stop for ice cream.) Eric Janke was our preacher- he's the son of our pastor, Paul Janke. He will soon be at seminary for his last year.

After dinner I started on several things that I need to work on for LWMS; our rally will be October 7 in Lake Benton.  I also printed some pictures to hang on Mom's bulletin board.

My sister, Bev, felt it was time to go home to WI ( her cat, Axel, and her dog, Dawson, need her) and was able to hitch a ride to Watertown with Pastor Lindhorst. He was preaching at Mobridge and Glenham today. So we picked her up and had supper and a nice visit with Doug and Liz.

Terry decided today would be a good day to pick up branches in the close pasture, and while he was doing that, it RAINED. RAIN poured down for about 10 minutes and we got .33 in that time. Now the grass in the low places will grow even more, so it will be hard going when we get the lawn mower back later in the week. Oh, dear. Poor us!

Titus 3:5 He saves us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

Guten nacht.     KTB&D
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

2017.8.12

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - AUGUST 12, 2017 - SATURDAY
Once again I saw the coyote from the bathroom window. He/she is large with a reddish coat
 and doesn't look scruffy at all. That probably because he's been getting some good meals.He walked between the house and the old driveway on his way to the barn. I got Terry out of bed and he grabbed the rifle and went after him. He saw the coyote grab the last Silver Wyandotte and try to crawl under the gate by the big shed. Terry shot at him, but he got away. When Terry did chores, he said there were all kinds of feathers between the barn and the gate. He followed the feathers and came across the hen. The coyote had dropped her. Poor thing had no feathers on her back and big gouges in her back. Terry said she was kind of jumpy.

We finished husking corn this morning and proceeded to boil it, cut it off the cob, put it in bags and finally put it into the freezer.  I put 1&1/2 cups of corn in a bag; we filled 53 bags. That is plenty for us. We have a lot left over from last year.

While we were working with the corn, we listened to the book Call the Midwife. It was interesting, but parts were really sad while others were unsettling.

My sisters said that Mom has been eating some, but she has a terrible stomach ache. She feels really rotten. I certainly hope something will make her feel better soon.





Terry baled the field south of the house. He got 7 bales; he'd expected 5, but 7 is still a lot fewer than the 58 he got first cutting.

There's been a dark blue cloud in the north for several hours now. We are not getting any rain, but we hope that we get a shower from one of the systems moving through the area.

Church but no Bible class tomorrow.

Psalm 26:8 I love the house where you live, O LORD, the place where your glory dwells.

Shower time.               KT&D