During the month of April, I participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. That is 26 posts in one month, for each letter of the alphabet, time off for good behavior on Sundays. Over 1800 bloggers are participating this year. Last I checked, I was #864. This year, Millie and Willie Cottonpoly, my sock puppet creations, are here to tell you their story and share reviews, ideas, and inspiration with you. They’re also helping to teach theatre classes for kids in the Brainerd area, and continue to view and review theatre productions and some books. This retired couple doesn’t just sit around watching reruns on MeTv. (Although, Willie does like to put up his feet whenever Petticoat Junction comes on. It’s that sound of the train whistle. Millie makes no apologies for watching the Lassie marathon while holding her dog Tillie on her lap.)

N is for Nancy, my sister, and our Norwegian/Scandinavian Heritage. She is unofficially participating in the A to Z Challenge because she is brand new to blogging, teaching full time, and not sure if she would be able to do all the letters. She’s been posting old photos and poems. In her H post she has a cute photo of the two of us on a horse, that she begged to have. For I Day, she posted a story about our grandpa Siberg, and a poem. Her blog is called The Wild Plums of Good Hope Township. (I see she has caught up a bit with the letter challenge. Her L Day includes another alphabet!) She’s a great photographer and poet, and is working on a novel. Here is our mom on her Birthday, which was also Easter, and her three daughters. Mary, Nancy, Joy (who is extra tall because she’s wearing boots), and Jane.



Willie: I’m a little more Norwegian
Millie: And, I have a little more Swedish on my side.
Willie: But, we get along pretty good just the same.
Millie: I make cardamon buns for the holidays.
Willie: I eat cardamon buns.
Millie: I make lefse with my sisters for special occasions.
Willie: I eat lefse at any occasion.
Millie: We had a Kransekake for our wedding, an almond ring cake that is stacked like a pyramid.
Willie: I enjoyed sharing that with you, Millie.
Millie: Other Scandinavian treats I like making are kringle, krumkake, and rømmegrøt.
Willie: I’m good at sprinkling the sugar on the krumkake, and eating all those delicious treats. Tusen takk, Millie. Jeg elsker deg!
Millie: You’re welcome, Willie, and I love you, too.


Go. Create. Inspire!

Journaling Prompt:  What’s your heritage? Do you have special food that you make for the holidays or special occasions?