Saturday, December 31, 2011

12-31-2011 Happy New Year Indeed!

It will be a happy New Year indeed!
This past autumn, our two children informed us
that we will be grandparents
for the very first time
next summer...
So, thought I would end the year 
with baby pictures!  :*)
Above is our son's baby now at 12 weeks,
Below is our daughter's baby now at 22 weeks.

Friday, December 30, 2011

12-30-2011 Moving Back Home

After living in our guest room for the past 6 months
while doing 4th year pharmacy school rotations here in the QC,
our DD is moving back to Iowa City today
to finish up her last several rotations
before graduation with her doctorate in May 2012.
We will miss her smiling face around here
but I know her husband in Iowa City
will be happy to have her back home!

Also... finished the Hello Kitty doll
by deciphering a Japanese pattern!
I'm proud of myself!  :*)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

12-28-2011 Studying

Because I don't know or read Japanese
I have spent HOURS studying
the pages of this Japanese book
to decipher the pattern
for making a Hello Kitty doll.
I think I've figured out 
most of what I need...
and for the rest... I can just 'wing it!'
(The only English words in the entire book
are the ones on the front cover!)
Wish me luck!

12-25-2011 Alpaca Cowl

...finished knitting this alpaca cowl for my DD today...

Friday, December 23, 2011

12-23-2011 Baby Bump

DD & I went shopping for a few maternity clothes...
you can definitely see the baby bump now!

12-22-2011 A Stitch In Time

DD wanted to try sewing a top...


She plans to add the neck facing 
and sleeve/bottom hems this weekend.
It's a fun project for BOTH of us!
Other than quilts,
I have not sewn anything for... 20 years?!?!?
The clothing patterns have changed quite a bit 
since I last used one!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

12-21-2011 Green Bay Packers BSJ

Finished knitting a Green Bay Packers BSJ
for my grandmother's hope chest.
Now all I need to do is
sew on the buttons and patch! :*)

12-20-2011 Game of Shadows

DH & I went to the movie theatre this afternoon
to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie.
It was awesome!

Monday, December 19, 2011

12-19-2011 The Sound of Music

The sound of music
can be heard vibrating the air waves
in our home almost daily now.
Inspired by all the beautiful Christmas music concerts
that we have attended recently,
DH & I have picked up our recorders
and begun playing duets on them again.
Me likee!!!

12-18-2011 First Presbyterian Christmas Concert

Tonight DH & I attended our final Christmas Concert of this season.
It was breath-taking... as usual!
Here is a video of one of their songs from 2007
so you can get an idea... :

Saturday, December 17, 2011

12-17-2011 Avanti's

While DH & I were in E.Peoria, IL last night
to see the Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights
we also tried a new (to us) restaurant for dinner:  
Avanti's Italian Restaurant.
Everything was DELICIOUS
and reasonably priced.  :*)

12-16-2011 Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights

Tonight DH & I drove to East Peoria, IL
to drive through their
Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights...

 I was amazed at the gigantic, 3-D sculptures of lights!!!
It was soooooo beautiful!!!
Here is a small sampling of some of the displays:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

12-14-2011 Turks & Armenians

Tonight's cooking class with Chef Monika
featured dishes with Turkish and Armenian flare...

an eggplant, roasted peppers &pine nuts salad...

a lamb stew...

spinach and eggs...

and a rice/almond pudding with pistachios... Mmmmm!!!!

12-13-2011 PB & Kisses

Peanut Butter Blossoms 
with Hershey Kisses...
are what come to mind
when my S-I-L thinks of Christmas Cookies
so I made him some for his Dec. birthday
so he can enjoy them
from now until Christmas.  :*)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

12-11-2011 Cantata

Today DH & I are attending several
Christmas cantatas
at area churches.
I find Christmas music
the most inspired
and inspiring!

12-10-2011 T.G.I.F.

DH & I went out to dinner last night...
toasted the weekend with Margaritas!

Friday, December 9, 2011

12-9-2011 Progress Report

...on my Green Bay Packers BSJ in Stockinette Stitch:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

12-7-2011 Breaking Dawn

Last night, DD (and baby) & I 
went to see the next movie in the Twilight Saga:
Breaking Dawn.
It's the best of all the Twilight movies, IMHO...
they have matured into their roles.
(above image from public domain on www.)

12-6-2011 New Projects

A Green Bay Packers sweater for future grandbabies...

...and an alpaca cowl for my daughter.

Monday, December 5, 2011

12-5-2011 Light Shines in the Darkness

DH replaced both of the headlights
on my 10-year-old Subaru this morning...
thanks, sweetie!
You're my hero!

12-4-2011 Glissando

or what I like to call...
'angel music'
was heard on the harp
at last night's QC Symphony Orchestra performance.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

12-3-2011 Duality

My latest Amigurumi...

Friday, December 2, 2011

12-2-2011 Taizé

by music
and meditation
this evening...
which is another thing
I love about the QC!!!

12-1-2011 Vaccines

Today DH & I had our DD give us some vaccines...
DH got the TdaP (what we used to call the DPT)vaccine
so he can safely be around our new grandbabies next summer
and I got the shingles vaccine (Zostavax).

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

11-29-2011 It's beginning to smell alot like Christmas

2 different fruitcake recipes in the oven...

 ginger cookie dough in the fridge...
I'm addressing a few (snail-mail)
Christmas cards this afternoon...
while playing a Christmas CD
and sipping cider.

11-28-2011 Wishing...

(my black cat)... wishing it could go out!
(neighbor's white cat)... wishing it could come in!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

11-27-2011 Pretty In Pink

Fingerless gloves
and a new hat
that I knitted for
my beautiful daughter-in-law.

11-26-2011 Backyard Standoff

My black cat
getting to know the neighbor's white cat
in a backyard standoff...

Saturday, November 26, 2011

11-25-2011 Stuffed Lamb

DD & S-I-L received their first official 'baby' gift yesterday...
a stuffed lamb...
so cute and VERY soft!
DD also thinks she felt the baby move for the first time.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

11-24-2011 Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so thankful
for each and every person in my life
and all the blessings
that God showers on me in abundance!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

11-23-2011 All Bundled Up

... at the Festival of Trees Parade this past weekend...