Sunday, August 29, 2010

8-29-2010 Bicycle Chain Jewelry

Dear Daughter paid a quick visit last night
while she was in town to wish her BFF a Happy Birthday,
and gifted me with this awesome beaded bracelet
which incorporates bicycle chain parts! Cool beans!
I wore it to church this morning.  :*) 
Thanks so much, DD!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

8-28-2010 Mood Lighting

DH added 'mood lighting' to our deck today...
here is what it looks like from up on the deck...

and what the neighbors see from down below...

Friday, August 27, 2010

8-27-2010 Stubborn

If my children had to use one word to describe me
it would be:  S T U B B O R N !!!

Today I unraveled the too-tight 'Regular Bind Off ' Row
on my second knitted sock
and replaced it with a ruffly 'Yarn Over Bind Off': 

and 4 months and 20 days later
(see April 7 post)
I have finished my very first pair of knitted socks!!!  :*)
Class:  $40
Yarn:  $33
Assorted Needles:  $78
Price of socks:  $151
Time spent:  78 hours
over 4 months and 20 days
that I will never get back
Lessons learned:  Priceless!!!
I'm very proud of my STUBBORN refusal to quit!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

8-26-2010 Pleasant Surprises...

A pleasant surprise came in today's mail
for my husband
(hot sauces)

and for me
(dessert scones...
butterscotch, cinnamon, and raisin) from our dear son!
Thanks so much!
We will enjoy every bite!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

8-25-2010 Yarns from Monterey

Just finished these two dialysis sleeves
while on our road trip to Hannibal, MO
this past weekend..
using yarns purchased in Monterey, CA
while on vaca in July...
(see 7-18-10 post)
thanks for taking me yarn shopping
dear sis-in-law!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

8-24-2010 Thank You Thongs

Today I beaded these Book Thongs
as 'thank you' gifts
for two special ladies!

Monday, August 23, 2010

8-23-2010 Pretty in Pink

She was throwing sticks
into the rain puddles

8-22-2010 West Ely

Today DH & I attended the dedication
of the new sanctuary
of the Lutheran Church in West Ely, MO
where my grandfather was pastor
for 15 years
during the 1930's to mid 1940's.
Old church is front and right...
new church is back and left.

8-21-2010 Vanity Plates for my SIL

These vanity plates would be perfect
for my dear SIL !!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

8-20-2010 Espresso

My new toy   :*)

8-19-2010 Forces of Nature

The 3rd Thursday of each month
our local I-MAX theatre
serves up martinis, hors d'oeuvres,
and an I-MAX movie.
DH & I always attend...
it's our 'date night.'
This month they showed
NatGeo's 'Forces of Nature.'

8-18-2010 The Expendables

From the trailers, I thought this was going to be a comedy...
but instead, it was
Bloody, horrific violence from start to finish...
not my cup of tea...
I recommend you save your money
and miss this one...
wish I had.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

8-17-2010 5th Time's a Charm!

Regular bind off... too tight
K1P1 bind off... too tight
Sewn bind off... too tight
K2tog  bind off... too tight
YO bind off... stretchy enought to get the sock on!

Monday, August 16, 2010

8-16-2010 Turn the AC off!

After a month of temps in the upper 90's
and heat index in the 100's
we finally got a break from the heat
opened up the windows
and turned off the AC!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

8-15-2010 Eight Inches

This morning
I chopped 8+ inches off my hair!

8-14-2010 Chick Flick

DH and I went to see a 'chick flick' today

Friday, August 13, 2010

8-13-2010 Friday the 13th

A big storm blows in
just in time for the Tug Fest parade...
~it figures~  argh!!!

8-12-2010 Zimmer

I'd love to drive one of these!
It's only about $130,000.00!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Started reading this new book today...
can't wait to see the movie!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

8-10-2010 Eyes

Today I took my baby blues
in for their annual eye exam
and was referred
to a cornea specialist

8-9-2010 Yoga

My cat is my best yoga teacher...
present moment...

Monday, August 9, 2010

8-8-2010 Tying Up Loose Ends

Today I tied up some loose ends...
tucking in two tails
through the stitiches on the back
with every color change
every two or three rows.
This dialysis sleeve (see 7-18-2010 post)
was made from the leftover yarns
of the others I made while on vacation...
an "End of the Day" pattern, so to speak.
I love how colorful it is.   :*)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

8-7-2010 Chestnut Street Inn

Tonight DH & I had dinner at the Chestnut Street Inn
where Chef Monica was serving a Moroccan menu...
Great service, and the food was divine!

Friday, August 6, 2010

8-6-2010 Thanks Dan!

Thanks, Dan, for the tour and history lesson
about the Hennepin Canal near the QC!
Our friend Dan gave us a tour of the Hennepin Canal
in which goods were shipped
from Chicago to the Mississippi River in the QC
from 1907 until the 1940's.
It was a model for the Panama Canal.

This (above) is the dam at Lock #28.

This (above) is one of the wider areas of the canal
where two ships could pass each other...
the canal had two way traffic.

8-5-2010 Creepy!

Today DH & I went to our local art museum
to view the University of Iowa collection
before it returns to Iowa City
and came across this exhibit titled "SCALE"
which was like walking among sarcophagi
which was kind of creepy!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

8-3-2010 Mission Accomplished!

Yesterday and today I was on a mission:
to alphabetize my BE (Bare Escentuals) kits and collections!
Mission accomplished!
I gathered 143 kits/collection and several drawers of singles
after 12 years of using BE makeup (it's FABulous!!!)...
and buying a kit or 2 from each qvc show...
more than I will use in 3 lifetimes!

8-2-2010 I KNEW IT !!!

screen shot from abc's Bachelorette

I knew it!!!
From the moment Roberto stepped out of the limo
and their eyes met...
The romantic in me knew that Ali would pick Roberto!
They are such a cute couple!

Monday, August 2, 2010

8-1-2010 Love, Eyeballs and Mayhem in Chicago

Today DH & I drove to Chicago
to meet our son and his new fiancé.
They drove us downtown for lunch
and to see the new "Eyeball" sculpture...
or as the folks in Chicago call it, the new "eye sore!"
We also got to see mayhem and destruction
in the streets in downtown Chicago...
they were filming the "Transformer 3" movie!
On our way home we got lost leaving Chicago
thanks to tons of road construction,
lane closures and no signage!
Argh~ I hate it when that happens!