Tuesday, May 31, 2011

5-30-2011 Memorial Day

Today DH & I went downtown to watch
the Quad City Criterium...
a Memorial Day tradition
for the past 50 years!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

5-29-2011 A Rainy Memorial Day Weekend

DH & I  were hoping to go downtown 
to watch the criterium bicycle race this weekend, 
but if this rain keeps up... 
we may have to re-think this.

Friday, May 27, 2011

5-27-2011 Just Chillin'

My Barucha
and her nemesis
just chillin'

Thursday, May 26, 2011

5-26-2011 Popeye would be proud!

DH & I are eating
Spinach salads...
Home grown
Fresh from our garden...
Topped with Quinoa salad...
Popeye would be proud!

5-25-2011 It's an illusion...

Today I tried 'illusion knitting' for the first time...
thought I'd start with something small like a dishcloth...
looking at the discloth head on, it looks like stripes...
Looking at if from an angle
one can see the Gingham Check pattern...
 It was so easy and went so quickly
that I made another one right away
(they are both gifts)...
and have a third one on the needles
for myself!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

5-24-2011 Won't be long now...

...until the 3 Decorah Eaglets
get kicked out of the nest!
They are getting so big!
Now I see why the nest is 6 feet across!!!
Unlike the first two months
when there was a parent with them at all times,
they now spend most of the time with no parent present.
Check them out at:

5-23-2011 Dancing with the Stars

Tonight are the finals!!!
I love this show...
I love watching how the 'stars' improve
over the course of the season.

(My fave is Hines Ward.)


Saturday, May 21, 2011

5-21-2011 Another 5K

Today DH & I signed up for another 5K...
the Susan B Komen 'Race for the Cure'
on June 11, 2011 here in the QC.

5-20-2011 Pirates of the Caribbean 4

Opened in the QC today...
DH & I went to see it...
Be sure you stay through all the credits...
there is still one scene AFTER the credits!

Friday, May 20, 2011

5-19-2011 Greens

 Green Rhubard fresh from the garden...
makes rhubard crisp for dessert!
 Green plants placed in the soil
to greet visitors who come to our front door.
Green Chemo Cap
I finished knitting for PS...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

5-18-2011 Smurf

 Went to the Salon today for some highlights in my hair...
going for the Smurf look... hee, hee.
(compare to haircolor in 3-19-2011 post)
also, went to a Chef Monika cooking class again last night...
it was a party for her Sou chef Cathy who is
celebrating 300 days without diet pepsi
or any other soda/pop.

and I started knitting another Chemo Cap...
this one for Paul Sands, a local tv celeb
who is now undergoing chemo...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

5-17-2011 iMac

 Yesterday afternoon DH invested in another Mac  :*)
I'm sure there will be a bit of a learning curve
switching from a PC to a Mac
but it will be well worth the effort!!!

5-16-2011 Blooms

Today DH & I went to the local garden center
to purchase tomato and pepper plants
for our vegetable garden.
The flowers in bloom were so beautiful!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

5-15-2011 Ten Point Pitch

MIL dealing up the cards
during a night of cards: Ten Point Pitch.
She won.

5-14-2011 Cremains

This weekend
Dad showed us where my mom's ashes
were (supposedly) scattered
after her cremation.
Today would have been their wedding anniversary.

Friday, May 13, 2011

5-13-2011 Testing... Testing...

...to find my
Resting Metabolic Rate
with HyVee's dietician, Stacey.

5-12-2011 Took a Dive

Took a dive
off the curb
at the YMCA.

I survived
quite perturbed
hope my knees are okay!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

5-10-2011 90*F+

Today temps soared over 90*F
so we turned on the fans...
I refuse to turn on the AC yet!!!

DH put out some more green beans today.
Thanks sweetie!!!

I made a trip to the Metro Lab today...
fun, fun...

5-9-2011 Another Great Mother!

Her 3 eaglets are getting soooooooo big!!!
Check it out...

Sunday, May 8, 2011

5-8-2011 Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day
from one mom to another...

DH took me out for lunch
along the Mississippi River...
We saw pelicans, bald eagles
and barges on the river.  :*)

5-7-2011 First Day of Spring-like Weather!!!

 So DH took advantage of our first warm day
and replaced the pump on my water fountain.
 Now it works like a charm! Thanks, Sweetie!

 I am hoping that we've had our final frost
and went ahead and planted my flower pots!
 ...and while working outdoors this weekend
I saw some horses walking down the street...
not something I see every day!

Friday, May 6, 2011

5-6-2011 No Hair Day 'Hairy Hat'

I finished knitting
the hairy 'chemo hat'
for my friend E this morning...
plan to deliver it
the next time she comes in to work...
and let her know she if free to 're-gift it'
if it doesn't fit, or she doesn't like the color.
(I chose this because she wears alot of denim.)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

5-5-2011 ¡Feliz Cinco de mayo!

Celebrated el cinco de mayo
with corn chip, salsa and homemade guacamole
on the side of my veggie burger!

5-4-2011 A Stitch in Time

...saves nine!
My 37 year old Sears sewing machine
has seized up and stopped running,
so yesterday I bought this new sewing machine
at a 'going out of business' sale
for a great price!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

5-3-2011 Chemo Cap

Last night I started knitting a Chemo Cap
(Head Huggers-Knitted-Pattern#10)
using eyelash/fake fur yarn.
It's the first time I've ever tried knitting
with this type of shaggy yarn
and may I say, it is a bit of a challenge!!!
But, it seems to be going well
and the resulting fabric is super soft! 
I'm knitting it for a lady who works with my DH
and has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer
and is not looking forward to chemo 
and losing her hair!
Hope this helps in some small way!  :*) 

Monday, May 2, 2011

5-2-2011 Macaroons

Chef Monika's recipe...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

5-1-2011 Sun Lovers

This morning DH picked out these gorgeous
Supercascade Blue Petunias
at the "Big Brothers and Sisters Plant Sale"
...to be planted in the flower pots
on our back deck.
I think he picked them because he knows  
my favorite color is purple... hee, hee.
He's sweet that way.  :*)