Thursday, August 15, 2019

Don's New Horse


Mr. Fuzzy Bear finally got a horse of his own! The Kioti ATV is just the ticket. He's wanted one for a while since the legs are letting him down. It gets him out of the chair and down the trails. Fresh air! Sunshine! Just the right food for the soul. It's got a nice bench seat with room for Mom (me!) and our soon-to-arrive Chessie pup.

The whole pup search has been long and circuitous. There aren't that many litters around without going out of state. We do have our limitations! We had one little girl waiting for us who, four days before I was going to get her, was emergency hospitalized with a serious intestinal problem. She died the same day. We were crushed and sad, but thankful it didn't happen on our watch!

The search continued and has us planning for a trip to Tomah on Sept. 2nd to pick up our new best friend! A baby pic of Maggie before she came to Catfish Corner......



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Musky Bay Catfish Maggie

We LOVED this girl for her short life. It ended a week ago at the age of 8. No pain, no warning, and inexplicable. She was gone in an instant after having had a fun day in Chessie terms....some visitors, the UPS guy, neighbors. Chasing a stick. Just the general flow. We are shocked and the home is so empty without her. I have never had an animal companion just drop dead, but poor Maggie did.

This pic does her justice because it shows her dirty tongue from carrying sticks! So happy, so forgiving. Just what a good dog is. She could push my buttons! From being a little pup she had the Chessie attitude and it continued to her adulthood. Obstinate! Oh, yeah! As much as I had to admonish her for various misdeeds, she never held a grudge, never pouted, and was always ready to just throw a stick in my way so I could throw it for her.

Our neighbor lost their springer spaniel just before Christmas and it colored the whole season. It took until spring to unlock that mystery. All the time of wondering, hoping, PRAYING, before she was found along the shore of the Mississippi not a mile from home. Now our neighbor grieves with us over our loss. That's friendship over the lives of these four-legged wonders.

Our new best friend has yet to be born. She will come from Red Branch Kennel in Wisconsin Rapids. We will anxiously await the birth of the next Catfish Corner Andy's_______. Haven't got a name yet!

Something nordic and simple that can carry by voice over the creek that she will love to swim.






Sunday, January 20, 2019

A New Year and Looking Back



Happy 2019and we are still here!
Let’s take a look back on the past year……
Don’s Jan. 1st trip to ER, a morning so clear, 
An ambulance ride did not include CHEER.
February, March, April and May,
SHERRI’S in the Etsy shop slaving away!
Glass boxes she makes are shipped out each day.
June and July, the water’s so HIGH,
abundant Mosquitoes were  filling the SKY.
Phys therapy in AUGUST,  more in September,
THOSE were great days WE like to Remember
A lovely OCTOBER, so few pony rides,
Days growing shorter, The fun stuff slides…..
NOVEMBER were Thankful
 for friends near and far, 
who come for a VISIT 
since we don’t  travel by car. 
Now it’s December, time for family
and friends. And OUR hope for each one…..
Peace and Joy Without ends!

Don's continuing to literally make small steps toward improving his mobility. It's been a long road for him but he's a "never give up" kinda guy. Being able to work from home as been a true blessing. It still seems weird after having had many years of "retirement" here at Catfish Corner to now be so consumed with an online shop.

It was one heck of a year at SherriStudio on Etsy! The last weeks before Christmas were grueling but everyone with pre-Christmas NEED BY dates got their orders before the big day.

The shipping cart got a good workout while I sprouted a few more wrinkles and gray hairs!

Some very special creations were under the tree; in this "case" for a triple Golden Gloves champion.


A giant lidded box was designed for holding wedding cards, and later a brooch bouquet from the wedding.

The wood base display cases have been a successful addition to the shop offerings.


Three cuckoos were spotted in an eagle nest a the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN. That's just across the creek from Catfish Corner.


Lots of beautiful nature at work, as per usual! It was a good year!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Birthday Boy at Catfish Corner

It comes around once a year for everyone! Until it doesn't. Luckily we aren't in that camp yet. After two years of near paralysis of his legs one might be a bit negative. But not Mr. Anderson! The papers must be read and an analysis of the stock market is maintained on a daily basis. The effects of Lyme have progressed through different stages over the years and the neurological effects are taking their turn. The weekly teleconference with his Lyme Group 80 with ACT (Advanced Cell Therapy) continues. Never give up! God and Gary aren't going to quit and neither will we.

Angry Birds

I had a big surprise when I went out to lock up the hen house last night. I found a bloody dead hen and a large taloned creature under the nesting box. I had my big leather gloves on and pulled on the legs, feeling claws trying to dig in! Was it an owl? Something had gotten into the hen house and made a kill, and now it looked like it had been attacked as well.

Turns out it was a red tail hawk and it appeared to be stunned. Maybe the roosters did their job and tried to protect the ladies? I took it to the house to show Don and then grabbed the camera and took a few shots outside.

The predator was placed on the picnic table to regroup. When I came back out to take a few more photos it flew to a nearby treetop and appeared to be fine. I hauled the dead chicken down to the creek bottoms thinking it might be a tasty meal for a passerby. The carcass was still out there this morning and wouldn't you know......the red tail was in the tall tree top by the barn waiting for the next target!




Sunday, December 3, 2017

New Horses...32 of them....

....and they are all green! It was time to upgrade my tractor ride this year. Actually got it in August but I've have hardly had a chance to get familiar with all the gizmos. Of course, all the controls are in the opposite sides as the prior model so I need to learn my rights and lefts again.

It's been one heck of a year. Just ask Maggie! She decided to help me one Sunday morning when I was filling the wood pile. One minute she was carrying sticks around and the next she was violently vomiting!

She got worse very quickly and was hacking up blood while I was trying to contact our regular vet...but she's gone so I had to call the next nearest in Durand. It was a hair raising twenty mile trip, going way faster than I wanted to drive while she's retching the whole way, crying and wheezing. I'm PRAYING we make it there before it's too late! She's was suddenly too quiet in the back seat as I pulled into the vet clinic. I opened the door to find her....ok! And then I noticed the bloody stem of the problem lying next to her:

A pine branch! She had finally puked it out by herself! The young vet noted wryly "I think we've found the source of the problem!" Indeed! Thank you, God! What a relief! She had a very sore throat for a few days but it didn't stop her from PICKING UP A STICK the first opportunity she had when she got back outside. Retrievers.....OY!

Life on the farm is kinda laid back? Not really......

Next episode: I got bit by a flying squirrel. (It's no wonder I never have time for updates!)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

New Items on SherriStudio Etsy

The time flies by so fast it's hard to keep up with all the new items! My Etsy shop, SherriStudio, has continued to keep me very busy making photography boxes and wedding accessories. Here's a sampling of the most recent items.
OUR HOUSE is a popular card box for weddings and anniversaries.
It's a very, very, very fine house! It won't hold a cat or a dog, but will it will hold a boatload of cards stuffed with cash and well wishes!

The EMERALD holds 11x14 photos with two compartments for USB, etc.
My customers always have the best ideas and it is a pleasure to transfer wishes into reality.
Super tall hurricanes 7x24" tall; 6x18" tall; 5x12" tall

This photo was shared by a customer of multiple hurricane sets busily at work!

 
My newest 5x7 photo box is THE EDGE!