Sunday, February 16, 2020

Goodbye to Friends

As the saying goes....time flies and events came and went for the past few months. Some very sad events, too. A dear friend from Luck died on Thanksgiving Day. MaryAnn Ormson and I were friends since the old "Nancy's Gifts" days which would have been about 1990. Many a good time was had at the Studio Works shop and at her home over the years. She was an excellent hostess and had a talent for decorating and entertaining. Her love of her family and friends was contagious. You just couldn't be around her without delighting in her grace and humor. She could draw people in and just made them feel special. Her son Jon and husband Al were already in heaven to meet her. I'm sure they had an exciting reunion where all her earthly pain was left behind. Many fond memories were left to us.


It set the tone for Christmas which was decidedly low key for us. As per usual the Etsy shop crescendo of the season had me swamped. This has been the case for years of being in retail and it goes with the territory. However, I had another member of our Catfish Corner family who was failing as well. My dear Samantha the Siamese was in trouble. Being 18.5 years old was the problem. She had been with me for so long and had been in perfect health for so long she was like the Energizer Bunny. Her recent weight loss had been treated as a hyperactive thyroid so she got a bit of medicine each day which helped, but as she became thinner and more frail the inevitable could not be ignored. We made it through Christmas and by New Years Day I knew we had to take the one-way trip to the vet. Our vet, Barb, checked her over and gave her an X-ray that revealed several large tumors on her lungs. It was a hard one, for sure. She had an extraordinarily good long life I had to keep it in perspective. 

Sam and Phoebe liked to enjoy the fireplace together.
Sammy showed up in our backyard in Luck those many years ago as a maybe 7-8 week old kitten. She had a collar growing into her neck that was the size of a quarter! I had Misha and Boris, the blue Siamese in the house already, so I decided she could be my shop kitty! What a riot she was. She loved to go for walks at noon and I had little harness and a leash that she would trot along on. When she got tired she would continue the journey on my shoulders. Occasionally she would get out on the second story deck, walk the railing and climb to the top of the building! This would usually elicit a phone call from the neighboring store informing us "Your cat is on the roof!". I would go and call her and I would climb on top of the air conditioner unit and lean forward so she could jump down on my back! This happened more than once. She was also adept at being a wall walker. We had a framing shop on site and had a carpeted wall that held the frame samples. She loved climbing it and hanging backwards. Such a character! We miss you, Sammi. It took the rest of the four-leggeds several days to quit looking for her.





Sunday, October 27, 2019

A "Day Off"


Phoebe, almost 4 months and nearly 35#. Yes. I have lost my comfy chair!

That's OK, as I didn't have an opportunity to use it on Saturday. A rare day off from glass work has to be used wisely. I'm stoked up about getting so much done! Very cold weather is ahead next week so it's the last chance to work outside and not freeze.

There were hoses to drain, pumpkins to pick, and tractor work. The big box stall got cleaned and the hen house was shoveled out, fresh hay in the nesting boxes and the dreaded rat runs were filled with water, gravel and wadded up chicken wire. Phoebe found a dead rat and while gRoSs.... it was reassuring that the underground rat poison was placed in the right spot.

The young chickens are huge now and are just beginning to lay eggs. Unfortunately, they aren't keen on laying in the hen room so it was an Easter egg hunt to find their hidey spots. One of them held the motherlode of 10 eggs! They will probably like their clean nests now.

The hay man came to replace some bales while I pulled cobwebs and swept out the barn, loaded up the recycling and broke down boxes for the trip to the dump.....er, Recycling Center. 

The horses enjoyed the walk to their green pasture and it was a productive day, but, it didn't all get done so maybe I'll have another "day off" tomorrow.

Senior (Old People) Yoga
This has been a "do for me" project that is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison study on the effects of yoga on the aging population. The idea is to prevent falls and that seems like a good idea for all. Our group of 15 has been at this twice a week for six weeks which puts us half way through the study. 

They gave us all yoga mats, duffle bags, water bottles and a Garmin fitness tracker which has been really fun to use. I heard from the first class that we are getting a new Garmin at the end of the sessions.

10,000 steps a day goal......piece of cake around here with 20,000 on my "day off". 







Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Phoebe Has Landed

Phoebe at 6 weeks
Born on the 4th of July! Our little "Red Girl" (as she was named at the breeders with a pink collar!) came home on Labor Day Monday. Life has been VERY active since then and my eye bags now have eye bags with the late night trips "out". But no complaints here. She is adorable and growing like a weed.
Phoebe at 10 weeks

Speaking of weeds, this is what happens when you don't cut the grass for a month! But they are pretty. Spotted Lady's Thumb has little pink dots of flowers and the Little One took to them right away and finally settled for a pic with a very serious face.
12 weeks old - doing her best Weimeraner impersonation 
The cats have had an adjustment but other than the occasional thought provoking hiss or swat they are getting her trained in. 

The dark curly back on the Chesapeake is starting to bloom. Lots of changes to come! I'm just enjoying having a little 20# bundle that I can still carry around and snuggle while I still can. While she won't be as big a Maggie at 125#, she won't be able to continue lap sitting at the computer with me much longer.


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.