Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
After attending the knife show yesterday, we drove to Chicago to do some shopping Saturday afternoon/evening, and meet Chad for lunch today. We looked out of our Chicago hotel room this morning (large pix on lower left) to discover that Chicago was getting hammered with 4-8 inches of heavy, wet snow!!! Because the roads in town were not plowed, and we could not read any of the street signs, we decided not to make the hour drive into downtown Chicago (sorry, son!) and instead tried to navigate ourselves back out of Chicago and back home...as best we could! Wish we had LOLA with us Ha! (Mom, LOLA is a GPS navigator... and don't forget you can click on the pix to enlarge it, and then hit the back arrow to return to the blog)!!!
DH and I went to the Annual Badger Knife Show in Janesville, WI today (...DH collects Spyderco knives). The alligator in the center photo is named Elvis and he held the "Knife of the Hour" that was on special/sale at that particular table. There were 174 tables total, selling mostly custom-made knives. Some factory-made knives and used/antiques, as well as knife making supplies were also for sale . We heard rumors that there are well over 100 knife makers/dealers on a waiting list to get a table in this huge, well-known knife show.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I finished making my first sock puppet (a snake) today, and while trying to take pictures of it for the blog, my black cat kept jumping up and attacking the puppet!!! She would not stop!!! She was relentless!!! I finally had to throw her outside to finish taking pictures... hilarious!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
This is my kitty's absolute favorite place to play and just hang out! She loves to sit inside her "den." We have a game that we play... she sits inside... I throw her toys on top of the box... and she pushes them off the top of the box! I tire of playing the game long before she does! She always makes me laugh. Pets are such a blessing!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
A candy wrapper dropped while walking… an empty water bottle discarded while biking… a soda can thrown from a car window while driving…Litter… it is one of my huge pet peeves!!! It makes me so sad… and angry. I took these photos along the country road leading to my house today. When did our roadways and waterways become the city dump?!?!? When I was growing up, we were taught not to litter. Even the smallest piece of cellophane that unwrapped a new pack of gum went into the ash tray or trash bag in the car, to be taken home and disposed of properly. Today’s kids (and some adults!) will toss just about anything… anywhere! Littering is so disrespectful of other people’s property and of our planet earth! Argh!!!!! Sorry, I’ll get off my soap box now… and go pick up some litter… and try to leave the world a better place.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Lots of places around town are celebrating St. Patrick's Day this weekend, and we joined in the fun by attending a concert by Craicmore ( http://www.craicmore.com/ ) ( http://www.myspace.com/craicmore ) ( and my favorite... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmBR9n3a-jk ), a group of Irish musicians who have been artists in residence here in the area for the past week, giving workshops at 17 area schools and teaching over 5,000 children!!! This concert was their final hooray before heading back home to CA. They were AWESOME! Wish my BFF lived closer so she and her DH could have joined us!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
On our way to the gym for our morning workout, I spotted several hot air balloons (not a common sight around here!) so DH was a good sport and turned around and drove back home (about 2 blocks) so I could grab my camera and take a few snapshots of these balloons landing in nearby cornfields. It was a thrill to see them fly and watch them land and take off again! It reminded me of the Hot Air Balloon ride I took in Vail, CO years ago! (Don't forget you can left click on the picture to enlarge it, and then click on the back arrow to return to the blog!)
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Today we braved the 9*F temps (and -10*F Wind Chill) to have lunch at our favorite deli in town! They make THE BEST sandwiches, hands down, of all the restaurants we have ever tried... ever... anywhere! Although the place is kind of a dive (run by two brothers... the place could use a woman's touch!), the food is fantabulous and reasonably priced, and they are always busy!!!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Last month's full moon vs. this morning's full moon... Look how far the moon has moved south in 28 days! The first two photos were taken from the same spot, the first one is just zoomed in more. It is clear and COLD today... 16*F with a wind chill of -8*F! BRRRRR! It was all I could do to go outside and brave the ice (third photo) and go to breakfast with the girls this morning! Hope your weather is more temperate! (Don't forget that you can single left click on the photo to enlarge it, then click on the back arrow to return to the blog!)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
My excitement for the day... my annual dental check-up and cleaning with my favorite dental hygienist, Amy. She was a great sport for letting me take pictures during my appointment for this blog! Thanks, Amy! (Don't forget that you can click on the picture above to enlarge it, then hit the back arrow to return to the blog!)
Monday, March 9, 2009
Ya gotta love the Internet!!! I am teaching myself to knit a baby bootie on two circular needles at the same time... thanks to info and videos on the Internet. I even got the pattern free on the Internet! This one and its partner (along with a blanket and hat) are going to a friend in Cincinnati, whose baby is due May 27. Did I mention that purple is my favorite color?
Sunday, March 8, 2009
You know how when you enter a Borders Book Store, their lobby is full of things they are practically giving away? I saw this box in amongst the children's books and could not leave it there! I remember with such fondness the puppet show/children's sermons we had at our church in Missouri, and thought maybe after I finish my current knitting and crocheting projects, I could create some of these sock puppets for Vacation Bible School, Children's sermons, and... playing with grandkids someday?!?!? ~Too cute!!!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
This morning the fam and I woke up to a breakfast of crock-pot oatmeal.
I love this Overnight Crock-Pot Oatmeal recipe:
In a lined crock-pot, combine
1 c. steel cut oats
1/2 c. barley (not quick cooking, but regular)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
3 c. water
1 c. apple juice
cover and cook overnight on LOW setting.
Serve with brown sugar, nuts, chopped apples, milk, honey, or any other topping you like. Enjoy! Mmmmm.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Driving through eastern Iowa on our way back home from Nebraska, we drove past a huge "wind farm" with hundreds of wind turbines! We also saw many, many, many blackened/burned fields (anyone know WHY the farmers do this?), so it looks like the farmers are getting ready for planting season! YAY! I am soooooo ready for Spring!!!
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My mom's computer went kaput about a month ago, and she loves e-mailing her brothers, sisters, friends, children, and grandchildren, so today DH and I drove over to her house (720 miles total) and got her back on-line with a different computer, took her off of JUNO dial-up, and hooked her up to DSL. I love the way my mom embraces new technology and isn't afraid to learn and try new things! So here is a pix of me helping my mom navigate the internet. She actually taught me a few computer things I didn't know! Love you, Mom!!! Enjoy!