Margo’s Dream 13

Margos Dream 13

Margo’s Dream 13
The next day Grandfather and Glen went into town with Margo. They saw Ernie Stein. They drew up a legal contract for the purchase of that center forest strip. The amount would be $2,000. as full price. Margo would be legal owner when the property was paid off or when she reached twenty one. Grandfather would be the purchaser and the responsible adult at this time.

Margo had a mortgage payment book and must make a minimum payment of $10.00 per month. Grandfather also must make a payment of $10.00 per month. Margo was allowed to make extra payments on her book. Grandfather was not to add extra payments nor was he allowed to give her money towards the mortgage. The whole deal was to teach Margo to be responsible.

She did receive $20.00 per month as allowance. If she took half her allowance she would be able to make payment. Margo also did odd jobs often putting the money into her bank account.
Meanwhile Grandfather and Glen were making sure that the strip of land was safe. It would not be sold to an outsider to develop a place for buildings. This would remain a forest.
Now Grandfather must meet that young man, Max. He wanted to marry his granddaughter in eleven years. He had better meet up to Grandfather and Grandmother’s standards!

Glen stopped in at the local vet’s office to pick up some supplies and a small bag for Cindy Lou. Nothing that would hurt Cindy Lou or her future animal patients. He included pamphlets that would help her. He stopped off at the bookstore and purchased a child’s book on being a vet.
Grandfather picked up some art paper and colored pencils for Cheryl. He also purchased a beginner water color set.

The two men also stopped at the grocery for more milk and whipping cream. He saw that cocoa was on sale so he called home asking if he should buy any. Grandmother said yes they could use a couple of containers. She also needed another two pounds of butter.
When they returned home the three of them entered the kitchen. They told Grandmother and Audrey about the visit to the lawyer. Margo asked if she could have a place in the office desk to keep her payment book. until she went home.

Meanwhile Grandfather and Glen went outside to the shop. There was a large sign saying Door locked. Bird in therapy. Please knock first.
The two men looked at each other with wide smiles. They knocked. Waited just a moment then Cheryl opened the door. She and Cindy each were wearing one of Grandfather’s white shirts that were too tight for him. “Grandmother said we could use these shirts for uniforms. We were now exercising “Dovie” He or she is doing well. No flapping wings or trying to fly but he or she is using their legs and eating a bit if cracked corn and drinking water.

“ Here is the chart on Dovie if you would like to look Dr Martin. My assistant and I will put the bird back into the cage. I did not touch Mr Squirrel. Only looked into his cage.” replied Cindy Lou in a very professional voice.

Glen took a look at the squirrel and said his leg was healing nicely.

“I am glad you and your assistant are taking good care of the animals. You are also keeping your chart in order. I like that you have dated the chart and added the time.”

“It was my sister’s idea to date and add the time. I was excited about tending to the animals I forgot that part.” replied Cindy.

“Yes, Cindy but you did not forget about tending to them. I forgot all about that because I was drawing Dovie. When Mr Squirrel is up to coming out of his holding cage I would like to draw him also.” said Cheryl.

After a delicious lunch Grandfather went to the piano to play Noah’s Ark:
Noah’s Ark
Thank You God for this fine day
Bless all the children of the world
And thank You for the plants
And the animals
Bring me sweet dreams tonight
And help me be good tomorrow
Noah’s ark came to my house one day
With all his animals
And he took me away
Noah’s ark came to my house one day
With all his animals
And he took me away
Thank You God for this fine day
Bless all the children of the world
And thank You for the plants
And the animals
Bring me sweet dreams tonight
And help me be good tomorrow
Noah’s ark came to my house one day
With all his animals
And he took me away
Noah’s ark came to my house one day
With all his animals
And he took me away
Thank You God for this fine day
Bless all the children of the world
And thank You for the plants
And the animals
Bring me sweet dreams tonight
Source: Cocorosie and Musixmatch

It was a magical setting. Margo could live here forever.
©Julia A Knaake

Margo’s Dream 12

Margos Dream 12

Margo’s Dream 12
Benny called Margie and told her they were on the way home with Audrey and Glen. Margie was always happy for them to stay over for a few days.
About a quarter of a mile from home Gizmo found a squirrel with what looked like a broken leg. Gizmo brought the squirrel to Glen. Glen looked over the frightened animal. Audrey took off her kerchief and handed it to Glen. Glen wrapped the squirrel and placed it inside his shirt next to his heart.
“Oh,no! I forgot about the dove I placed inside the basket of morels.” said Ka in excitement. Audrey looked at her with a smile saying ” We are almost at our stopping point. Dr Glen will look at the dove also. We find little critters almost every day that need our assistance.”
Gizmo sped ahead giving little yips to Cheryl and Cindy Lou that were standing in the yard waving.
“Grandmother and Mrs Anderson are almost finished with the fallen fruit. They sent us out to meet you and help if we can.” said Cheryl.
“Cheryl. Cindy Lou. Do you remember Audrey and Glen Martin?” asked Grandfather. Both girls answered yes. After the gear was unloaded Grandfather, Glen, Margo and Cindy Lou went into the little shop off the garage.
“We asked you Cindy Lou to come with us because Margo said you wished to become a veterinarian when you grow up. Mr Martin has a little squirrel that needs attention and Aunt Ka a dove with a twisted wing. Mr Martin will look at the wild animals. We will leave you with him to assist if you wish. Margo will stay with you. You both need to be quiet and help Dr Martin.”
After Grandfather and the others left. Dr Martin Looked at the Dove. He asked Cindy to pick up the wire wastebasket and hold it upside down. “The dove is not in as much trouble as the squirrel so we will place the dove under the basket while we check the squirrel.”
Cindy Lou did as he requested and asked if she might cover the basket with the kerchief to keep the bird quiet. Dr Martin said that was an excellent idea.
“Now Mr Squirrel will need a bit more help.”
He brought the frightened animal out of his shirt. It was still wrapped in Audrey’s kerchief. The three looked at the animal. Mr Squirrel seemed fit except for his leg.
“Cindy Lou what do you think might be wrong? Do you see a break? Do you see blood? Tell me your observations.”
“No blood and the leg is not swelling. The hurt leg looks the same size as the good leg. Dr I think Mr Squirrel has a twisted leg. Of course we would need an x-ray to determine that answer.”
“Very observant Cindy Lou. Lets splint his leg then. I seem to not have my bag here. What can we use to improvise?”
Cindy went over to a shelf and brought back a small plastic fishing tackle box. Inside were her things she used to mend her animal patients. She pulled out a Popsicle stick, scissors, tape and a small knife.
“Excellent choices.” said Glen. Cindy Lou assisted Glen. Margo went over to the shelf and pulled down an old pet carrier for them to place the recovering squirrel.
The dove was then looked over by Glen. He asked Cindy Lou to hold the dove and tell him what she thought was wrong. She told him she thought there was a swelling near the wing. Dr Martin told her she was very observant.
“ Your hands are smaller than the dove body so I want you to look close. Watch me as I caress the wing back into it’s socket. This dove has a twisted wing. This is all I can do right now. I will try to move it’s wing back where it belongs. Tomorrow we will see. Again no x-ray to determine that answer.”
Aunt Ka and Audrey came out to see how the progress with the animals was going. They brought two small plums with them. “ A treat for the two patients. To give them liquid.” said Audrey.
After making sure the two patients were secure they all went inside to the big kitchen. There was a lovely dinner for all. Mrs Anderson went home with several breads. She would place them into freezer bags and store them in her big freezer for the church.
Grandmother showed Audrey the extra room off the kitchen. “When I found out the two of you would be staying I set up this room for you both. There are extra clothes that will fit you both and toiletries in the bathroom. Tomorrow or even tonight the girls want to show you their attic bedroom. They all get along very well up there.”
Outdoors Benny and Glen were sitting at a table enjoying a tiny glass of Cherry Bounce.
“We need to figure out a way to make a deal with Margo but Audrey and I are thinking she will be the one we will sell our strip of forest to her. We, that is you and I need to make it a legal contract. She will be ten and seems to be quite responsible.” said Glen.
“Let’s go into town tomorrow. We will take Margo to see Ernie. He’s a lawyer I trust and he owes me a favor.” said grandfather.
It was a magical setting. Margo could live here forever.

©Julia A Knaake

Margo’s Dream 11

Margos Dream 11

Margo’s Dream 11

Margo called Grandmother on her cell phone. The reception was very clear. She told Grandmother they arrived at Motel York.
“ Grandmother Gizmo followed us. We did not know he was behind us until we were almost here. Grandfather told me to let you know. Aunt Ka is already picking morel mushrooms. I have to go now. Grandfather needs me.” said Margo.

“ Aunt Ka. The forest is alive with color. I hope there is still a forest for me to protect in ten years. Grandfather and Grandmother’s woods are as they were last year. The little trees we planted are growing.
Oh, look where we cleaned the stumps up some of the wildflowers are starting to grow. The violets are just as I left them last year by the little cement Gnome. I see far away the forest has been cut down. Will it be houses?” asked Margo.

A rustle from behind the tree was heard. A little man and lady dressed in clothing that almost looked like camouflage came from behind a tree.

“While the state still has many large forested areas, this is the first time in over a century that our state’s forests are declining in extent rather than increasing. Vermont’s wooded areas are being broken up into smaller pieces as higher population and development pressures increase. Sadly the forests are shrinking and becoming fragmented.”

“Audrey. Glen. I was wondering when you would show up. You both know Margo. She and her sisters are staying with Benny and Margie for six weeks. Margo has decide to become the protector of the forests.” said Aunt Ka.

“ Yes, I learned about the Forest Stewardship Program of the U.S. Forest service. That is what I will do in my future adulthood. I want to buy a piece of land like Grandmother and Grandfather with lots of trees.”

Audrey and Glen smiled at each other then Glen looked at Margo.

“Dear young lady it costs a lot of money to buy a forest. It also takes time to keep it clean, from fire hazards that is. The animals need a place to be safe and free.”

“Yes sir I do know that. I am saving my money right now. I do odd chores after school and in the summer I mow lawns for the elders in my neighborhood. I am nine going on ten and I already have a savings account at a bank.
I want to buy a small forest first to show that I really mean what I say. Next week I will be ten. If my grandparents allow me I would love to bring my two sisters to Motel York and show them the forest. If we come I hope you will both be here. We will not have cake here because of the candles.”

Gizmo came up to Aunt Ka carrying a dove in his mouth. She took the dove carefully. It had a bent wing. Aunt Ka wrapped it in her headscarf and placed it into her basket of Morels.

“There little bird. Stay safe until I can look at your wing.”
Gizmo made a little yip.

Grandfather came up to Audrey and Glen and invited them for lunch with the three of them.

“Now don’t be shy. My Margie made enough to feed the five of us plus another two. Come sit with us at Motel York so we can catch up on news.”

Glen said grace:
May we eat Well
Blessed are you,
Lord God, king of the universe
you raised your beloved son
from the dead,
and made him Lord of all.
We turn to you in prayer
and ask you to bless us
and this food you have given us.
Help us to be generous toward others,
and to work with them so that
they too may eat well.
Loving Father,
may we all celebrate together
around your table in heaven.
We praise you and give you glory
through Christ our Lord.

While having a delightful lunch the four adults talked. Margo took more photos and checked on the dove. She came back to the table for another cup of cocoa.
“ I looked at the beaver stream to see if they came back and made a new dam. They did not but I saw some footprints there.” replied Margo.
“Yes, those footprints would belong to Audrey and myself. We want to protect that funny little acre of land between you two and us. If it gets saturated with too much water it will become a bog. We don’t need that property but would only sell to someone who would love the land as we do.” said Glen.

” Margo looked up and asked how much would that strip of forest be?”

It was a magical setting. Margo could live here forever.

©Julia A Knaake

Margo’s Dream 10

Margos Dream 10

Margo’s Dream 10
Grandfather, Aunt Ka and Margo were up early but Grandmother was up before them. She had coffee on plus Oatmeal in the double boiler steaming. A bowl of fruit and English muffins with butter and Fig jam. She had made three lunches, a thermos of coffee and hot cocoa plus water bottles all set out for their lunches.

“Now I’m sure you three have everything else packed. I see you are wearing boots instead of your heels my Dear Margo.”

All four of them laughed over that statement.
“Grandmother the only way I would wear heels would be if I needed to spike the ground to loosen the soil. I know what is appropriate wear indoors as well as outdoors. In ten or twelve years more or less Max and I have decided to get married. I will walk down the aisle wearing heels not my forest boots.” said Margo.

“ Have we met this Max? So you two are planning to get married? Will you have jobs and a place to live? Where is Max now?” asked Grandfather pretending to interrogate.

“Right now he is up in the deep woods of Wells, Maine visiting his grandparents. You know Max. He is the youngest son of Pastor and Mrs. Riley.”

“Oh! The small one that wears the round black glasses. I always thought he was a bit frail and sickly.”

“Benny! That is not at all nice to speak that way of a child.” said Grandmother.

“Grandfather actually is being quite kind. You ought to hear what some of the bully’s at school called him before he learned karate. He is up in Wells being taught more self defense from his Grandmother.

His Grandfather is teaching him French. He has not decided what he wants to be in life yet. He will work in forest service with me. We have many years to decide all the other things we must learn to prepare for life. One thing we do know is that we will never kiss on the lips until we are wed.” said Margo.

Aunt Ka told her she thought that was a wise decision. The trio were off to the back woods with promises of getting back before dark or at least calling via Walkie-Talkies or phones. Aunt Ka had her covered basket strapped to her waist for collecting mushrooms. Since her backpack was heavier she felt the mushroom basket would be safe around her waist. Before they left Grandmother gathered them together into a circle for prayer.

“Lord, we thank you for our family
For the talents and good things
that you have given each of us
Please guide us, protect us and equip us
This day and every day
As we grow together in Your love
Amen “

Off they went to the forest. Grandmother got up and started making a nice Peach Cobbler for dinner. Cindy Lou and Cheryl came downstairs about two hours later. Grandma was sitting at the table with Ruth Anderson preparing fruit for jam and bread.

“Hello girls. Breakfast oatmeal is on the stove and fruit in the refrigerator. You remember Mr Anderson. She and I are processing this fruit as fast as we can. We would enjoy your help after breakfast.” said grandmother.

Grandfather, Aunt Ka and Margo tracked off to the back woods with only a light mist of rain drops. Then the raindrops got bigger and bigger. Grandfather thought of turning around and going back to that warm cozy kitchen. Aunt Ka and Margo started singing:

Raindrops are falling on my head
And just like the guy whose feet
are too big for his bed
Nothing seems to fit
Those raindrops are falling on my head,
they keep falling
So I just did me some talking to the sun
And I said I didn’t like the
way he got things done
Sleeping on the job
Those raindrops are falling on my head,
they keep falling
But there’s one thing I know
The blues they send to meet me
Won’t defeat me, it won’t be long
Till happiness steps up to greet me
Raindrops keep falling on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes
will soon be turning red
Crying’s not for me
‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain
by complaining
Because I’m free
Nothing’s worrying me
It won’t be long till happiness
steps up to greet me
Raindrops keep falling on my head
But that doesn’t mean my
eyes will soon be turning red
Crying’s not for me
‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complaining
Because I’m free
Nothing’s worrying me

Grandfather decided to carry on towards the thicker canopy. He and Margie had set up some wood platforms off the ground years ago. It was to be their protection shelter, almost like a gazebo. They built this spot just in case they had to stay overnight in the woods and called it Motel York.

“Hi Ho ladies here we are at Motel York. We can stash a few things here while the rain stops.”

“Grandfather the thick canopy has stopped a lot of the rain already. I’ll bet we can all look for Morels soon.”
“Yes, and soon a look at the beaver stream to see if they came back and made a new dam.” laughed Grandfather.
They heard the pecking of a woodpecker. The rain was going away. It was time for work.

It was a magical setting. Margo could live here forever.

©Julia A Knaake

Margo’s Dream  9

Margo's Dream 9

Margo’s Dream  9
Cheryl was busy pinning a pattern to pieces of her fabric. Cindy Lou was outdoors with Gizmo and Grandfather. Aunt Ka decided to walk down to her place to get the mail and check on her house. Margo walked with her. The each carried a couple of baskets in case fruit had fallen from the trees. Ka also wanted to check on her cherry tomatoes.
“Aunt Ka when I grow up I want to have a house right in this neighborhood. I know I am only nine and will change my mind many times. I am not sure what I want to do with my life. I do love the land vegetation and trees. All growing things are my interest.”
Aunt Ka asked her what she was doing about her interest of trees.
“Right now I have been reading about the Forest Stewardship Program of the U. S. Forest service. Maybe that is what I will do in my future and I can buy a piece of land like Grandmother and Grandfather with lots of trees.”
Aunt Ka continued speaking saying “My oh my that is a very good plan. I hope you stick to that idea. You know your Grandparents are both in the Forest Stewardship Program on their land. Your Grandmother usually rides a small horse or a pony cart to get out to the forest. She can not walk around as easily as she did when she was younger.  Your Grandfather and I walk with her.
When there are fierce winds we check the down trees. Grandfather has friends that help to remove the dead wood. It is cleaned up and stacked at the church for mostly the elderly to use in the winter. My sister, your Grandmother and I collect Holly to bring to the church women’s work social. We make wreaths and sell them at the yearly Bazaar.”
“Aunt Ka I did not know all that. Do you think Grandfather would allow me to see the forest someday? Cheryl wants to be a fashion designer and Cindy Lou a veterinarian. Cindy is six but she is very passionate about animal welfare. I think she would make a great Veterinarian. Cheryl soon to be eight is quite artistic.”
“I am sure he will take you to the forest. I think I would like to also visit and hunt for mushrooms. Your sisters will be busy with Sissy sewing. If Grandfather is busy you and I will go together. My Sissy will insist I take my phone tho.”
At Aunt Ka’s house there was quite a bit of fruit on the ground. They filled a Radio Flyer red wagon with cardboard boxes of usable fruit. Two baskets of nuts were picked. Together they picked up the damaged fruit and placed it on the compost heap. “The deer, small birds and animals will eat this up by tomorrow. They will leave me the pits.” laughed Aunt Ka.
Aunt Ka pulled the wagon while Margo carried the two baskets of nuts. They got back in time to have lunch. Aunt Ka said grace before the meal:
Blessed are you, loving Father,
for all your gifts to us.
Blessed are you for giving us family and friends
to be with us in times of joy and sorrow,
to help us in days of need,
and to rejoice with us in moments for celebration.
we praise you for your son Jesus,
who knew the happiness of family and friends,
and in the love of your Holy Spirit.
Blessed are you for ever and ever.
After lunch, Aunt Ka and Margo joined Grandfather picking over the fruit while the others did kitchen chores.
“Benny what do you think about you and I walk out to the forest with Margo. We can leave early in the morning. Margie will be busy with the girls and Ruth Anderson preparing Jam and breads for the church with that fruit Margo and I brought in from my place.
Our Margo is seriously thinking of working with the U. S. Forestry Service in the Forest Stewardship Program when she grows up. I told her about her grandparents forest. Do you think we could show her how the two of you are stewards to your land?” asked Ka.
“Why yes we could do that tomorrow. We will tote in our own food and water plus cameras in back packs. Ka you can carry your phone and I mine. I do have a set of Walkie-Talkies for Margo and myself. Warm clothes,boots and hats are all you need. I will bring my first aide kit and that nine pound tent just in case we need it. Ka you have not been back in the forest for a while. The last time Margie and I were back there we cleaned up the beaver stream and diverted it for them just a tad. I hope they did not put it back to the old place. We do not want flooding.” said Grandfather with a laugh.
It was a magical setting. Margo could live here forever.
©Julia A Knaake

Margo’s Dream 8

Margo's Dream 8

Margo’s Dream 8

Today was a gloomy cold rainy day. Grandfather finished the outdoor chores then came inside to finish reading The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey.
Grandma sent the girls down to the basement to look through her “Rag Basket” for colorful rags with no stains.
Aunt Ka was still visiting. She had no pets and her mail came in a locked mailbox. She only lived a half mile away so when the weather cleared up she would walk over to her house with the girls to check everything. Ka was often over at the house because the sisters often did activities together.
The girls finally came upstairs with their chosen rag colors. Aunt Ka said: “Looks like you are making rag skirts today.”

Margie laughed and shook her head yes. Grandmother got out the iron and started with Margo’s rag choices. Together they cut the material into squares. All sizes of squares. Margo and her sisters all learned to iron from their Mother so Margo pressed the squares and set them on the counter. Grandmother had six one yard pieces of cotton fabric on the counter. She then had Margo choose a fabric she thought would go with her ironed pieces. The other girls were watching and learning. Grandmother then showed Margo how to make a simple skirt then hand apply the ironed pieces only at the end of the skirt.
While Margo sewed Grandmother went through the same procedures of making a skirt with Cheryl while Aunt Ka did the same with Cindy Lou.
Cindy Lou was the youngest but she had no trouble with her project. In fact she used Grandmother’s old treadle machine and caught on like a duck to water. Once the skirts were done they put in the elastic around the waist. The skirts were ready to try on now.
They went upstairs and tried on their skirts. They were perfect. The girls also put on matching blouses and big wide brim sun hats. They paraded down the stairs like models on a runway. Grandfather had finally woke up and was about to enjoy a cup of coffee.

“Grandmother! Aunt Ka! There are three models walking down the stairs. One is wearing pink high heels. They are all elegant in their hats.
Who are these young ladies?
What are they doing in our house?
When did they enter our safe abode?
Where did they come from?
Why don’t we invite them for coffee?”
The girls laughed and giggled.

“Grandfather we each made our rag skirts while you slept.” all three reported.

“Looks like the rain is starting to slow down. After we have our coffee and possibly a nice molasses coffee we might collect some rain gear and go down to see how the chickens are getting along. Meanwhile let’s sing and maybe you ladies could walk and twirl the runway look for us.” Said Grandfather as he went to the piano to look for sheet music to play.

Finally he found what he was looking for and he started singing:

After The Rain
When the rain comes pattering down, you sigh, dear
While the birds all scattering homeward fly
Cuddle up dear and smile, just huddle up here a while
Together we’ll watch the clouds roll by
After the rain, skies appear more clear and blue, dear
After the rain, flowers gleam and seem so new, dear
Tears are like raindrops and when the rain stops
Sunshine and laughter come after the rain
Rain clouds may come swinging along our way, dear
But we’ll just keep singing our song each day
Sad when we see gray skies, but glad when we realize
The sunshine of love is here to stay
The words were written by Gus Kahn

Indeed the rain was slowing down. The girls sat at the table for treats.
Grandmother said a small blessing.
For food that stays our hunger,
For rest that brings us ease,
For homes where memories linger,
We give our thanks for these.

After the treats the girls went back upstairs to hang up their skirts. They all changed to jeans and boots. Wearing sweaters and hats they followed Grandfather outside with baskets. There might be eggs for breakfast or other cooking. Possibly fallen fruit to make jam or fruit pies.
Who knows what the rains may have brought. Gizmo came outside also and was busy chasing birds and squirrels.
Grandfather picked some fresh peas he knew Grandmother would want to turn into a fresh salad.
It was a magical setting. Margo could live here forever.

©Julia A Knaake

Margo’s Dream 7

Margos Dream 7

Margo’s Dream 7

Early in the morning after breakfast Aunt Ka started teaching the girls how to crochet a chain. Next they learned simple stitches. The girls learned quickly. Soon they started learning to make squares.

Grandfather started reading The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey he had borrowed from Cheryl. He was all curled up in his over-sized recliner deep into the American frontier. Oh how he loved Zane Grey.

Grandmother was in the kitchen. Aunt Ka came in and asked her sister what she was doing.

“I’m looking through some of our Mother’s old cookbooks. I found this easy recipe. It came from a Scandinavian recipe. Do you remember this recipe?”

“Actually I do remember Mama making this recipe for us when we were little girls. Do you remember when we went out to the edge of the old large tractor barn and picked all that rhubarb. Ma Ma made pies and jam. You and I were the ones that made this cake.” said Ka.

“Yes we did and oh the lectures we got about not using any of the green leaf material. Here are the ingredients:
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup oleo or butter
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups red rhubarb, chopped
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix together in this order :.
brown sugar,oleo, egg, buttermilk, flour, soda, vanilla & salt.
Fold in the rhubarb
Pour into a greased 9 X 13 pan.
Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the batter.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
Servings Per Recipe: 24

“Margie. Do you have all the ingredients? I’ll bet the girls would like to stop making crochet squares and come watch.”

The girls did come in but first they took Gizmo out for a long run. He got rid of his energy and so did they. Returning to the house they were all quiet because Grandfather was sound asleep. He had read one third of The Call of the Canyon.
The girls went to the kitchen after washing up and put on their work aprons. Grandmother put them to work trimming, washing and chopping rhubarb.

Aunt Ka lay out some of the squares to shape lap robes. There were enough for eight lap robes. She took one that had squares from each of the girls. Weaving them together carefully she finished the lap robe in no time. Returning to the kitchen she found the girls sitting at the table playing French scrabble.

“Well girls what do you think of this lap robe? It has squares from each of you. I think it came out rather nice.” Aunt Ka smiled sweetly.

Margo whispered to her sisters and they quietly carried the lap robe over to Grandfather and covered him.
Back at the table Grandmother said it was a fine thing they did to cover Grandfather.

“He works very hard outside and rarely complains about his arthritis. We thought he would like a fine robe to keep his knees warm.” said Margo.

The girls went outside with Aunt Ka. They wanted to check on the chickens and some of the other animals. Returning to the house they heard Grandfather playing a favorite song on his guitar.

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.
Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

When the girls entered the house there was Gizmo on Grandfathers lap robe. It had slipped off Grandfathers chair so Gizmo pulled it over near his bed. Grandfather told the girls they would have to make a small lap robe for Gizmo because the only one he would share that his lap robe with was Grandmother!

It was a magical setting. Margo could live here forever.

©Julia A Knaake