March 17, 2012 – Man v. Chainsaw

With the advent of the warm weather, I’m behind on the pruning.  Today, I thought I might catch up by speed-cutting down the willows by using the chain saw instead of the hand pruners.  Perhaps the execution was faulty.  While I failed to separate my leg from my body, I did manage to turn it into an ER room visit for 6 big stitches right near the inside of a knee.  Claire was home, and while I felt I could drive, I wasn’t sure I could drive home, so off she came with me.  The two hours there went quite quickly as the basketball tourney was on the waiting room TV and the suturing room TV, which was decorated in a Nemo theme.

The doc said it was easy as chainsaw stitch-ups go as the chain didn’t “bounce” two or three times making a road rash like some chain saw incidents.




March 16, 2012 – Happy St. Urho’s Day!

Today is the day all Finns look forward to – the day of celebrating St Urho chasing the grasshoppers of out pre-glacial Finland and saving the grape crop.

“Ooksie kooksie coolama vee
Saintia Urho iss ta poy for me.
He sase out ta rogs so pig unt kreen
Praffest Finn I effer seen!
Some celeprate for Saint Pat unt hiss nakes
Putt Urho poyka got what it takes.
He got tall unt trong from feelia sour
Unt ate culla moyaka effery hour.
Tat’s why tat guy could soote tose rogs
What crew as pig as chack bine logs.
So let’s giff a cheer in hower pest way
On May dweeny fort, Saint Urho’s tay.

Bad news in Sebeka and Menahga Minnesota as many of the St. Urho activities have been cancelled or changed due to warm weather.

The Kolf Tourney, sponsored by Menahga Fire Department moved from Spirit Lake to the Blueberry Pines Driving Range.

The dog sled rides at the football field have been cancelled, due to lack of cold white stuff.  Parade starts at the Cottage House Cafe at 12:20 p.m as usual.

March 10, 2012 – ‘Tis the Fighting Season

Every spring Mr. Cardinal finds an enemy he needs to fight somewhere on the farm.  In year’s past, a male cardinal spent hours of the day banging into his reflection in the front picture window.

This year, he has found his rival to be a bit more clever and found him hiding inside the mirror on the car.  I sure hope humans don’t spend the same amount of time and energy fighting phantom enemies!