Sunday, October 30, 2011

10-30-2011 Confirmation

Today at church
(Reformation Sunday for Lutherans)
3 young women
confirmed their faith.
When I was growing up
we did this on Pentecost Sunday
(7 weeks after Easter).
Hmmm?!?!? Wonder when it changed?

10-29-2011 No Boil Lasagne

I tried making 'No Boil Lasagne' last night...
Super easy and
it turned out great!

10-28-2011 The Keep

Here is a photo showing my progress
on the socks I am knitting for DD
from a pattern called "The Keep"...
a pattern seen near the ceilings in Medieval castles and keeps.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

10-27-2011 Car Eating Dragon!

Saw this big guy while out driving around...
fortunately I was able to pass...
un-eaten!  Whew!

10-26-2011 Farm Humor

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

10-24-2011 Dove

spotted by my DH 
along the trail
during our morning stroll.

10-23-2011 Seeing Red!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

10-22-2011 Stinky!

Today DH applied a truckload
of stinky compost
to our little garden.
I'm guessing we'll have some
awesome veggies next summer!
Thanks, sweetie!

10-21-2011 Happy Birthday

We've been celebrating our DD's birthday all week long...
here is the little 4" chocolate B-day cake 
we bought at the grocery store...
served with
ice cream
corn candy mixed with salted peanuts.
Happy Birthday DD!

10-20-2011 Primero y Segundo Explore Italy

 Chef Boyardee...
I mean, Chef Primero
and sous chef Segundo
(a.k.a. Chef Monika & Cathy)
helped us explore the cooking
of northern vs. southern Italy
in cooking class tonight.

 Everything was delicioso!!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

10-19-2011 Do You know the Button Man?

DD & I had fun putting this puzzle together tonight!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

10-18-2011 Ski Socks

Today I finished knitting some wool socks 
that I plan to use while cross country skiing this winter!

Monday, October 17, 2011

10-16-2011 2nd BSJ Finished

and the 3rd one is on the needles...
now to find some buttons!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

10-15-2011 Bloomsbury Farm

We spent this beautiful autumn day at Bloomsbury Farm
with our DD and S-I-L
and his 'little brother'
(from the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program).
DD & I got lost in a 10 acre corn maze...
we weren't given a map like the guys were.
We finally found one of the towers
and spotted the guys off in the distance
and they helped lead us out.  :*)  
Whew!!! We were worried there for a while!

Friday, October 14, 2011

10-14-2011 Hard to Breathe!

Can you see the distinct brow line of haze on the horizon
(click on the picture to enlarge it)
from all the corn/beans/dust/molds/mildews
being thrown into the air during harvesting?
Sure makes it hard to breathe
and makes my eyes ache!

10-13-2011 Birding

DH, DD and I went birding...
on the kitchen table.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

10-12-2011 A long dry spell...

...has ended today!!!
Thank you Lord for much needed rain!
I'd forgotten how wonderful rain smells.
I went outside and sat on the front porch and knit
just to enjoy the rainfall up close and personal.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

10-11-2011 Don't lose your marbles!

 It took artist Kelvin
and the Augustana art students
3 days to erect this installation piece
made of thousands of marbles!

10-10-2011 African Market

This is another of my favorite pieces 
in the Augustana Art exhibit...
inspired by a visit to an African outdoor market
exploding with color!


Today DH & I went to see an art exhibit
at Augustana Lutheran College.
I loved this "Class Project"
where they divided a painting into 15 equal squares...
gave each student in class one square...
and had each student paint their individual square
in the style of a different artist.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

10-8-2011 Coral Reef

over 4,000 pieces
crocheted by 819 individuals 
over 6 months...
on loan to our local museum
by the Smithsonian Museum.

Friday, October 7, 2011

10-7-2011 BSJ Progress

I'm making slow but steady progress
knitting my Chicago Bears BSJ.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

10-6-2011 Bobbing

Snapshots taken 
while bobbing in my kayak...
it's a beautiful autumn in Iowa!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

10-5-2011 Blue Heron

DH & I went kayaking 
yesterday afternoon and this morning...
saw turtles, snakes and several blue heron.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

10-4-2011 PRAM

This past weekend, Dear Daughter and Son-in-Law
gave me a new charm for my Pandora bracelet...
can you guess which one it is?!?!!? 

10-3-2011 Knit One Pray Too

 Today I attended a 'Knit One, Pray Too' knitting retreat
at the Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat Center,
nestled away in the hills and fields of Iowa.

Participants walked the outdoor labyrinth
while the sisters set up for lunch...

I knitted a little Chef's Hat
and presented it to the sisters who serve us such 
amazing, beautiful, delicious lunches!