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...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

11-22-2011 I'm In Stitches!

...anklets in "The Keep" pattern for my DD...

...a Cincinnati Bengals (or Harley Davidson!) BSJ 
for a friend in Cincinnati
who is expecting a boy in December!...

... dog sweaters for my Chicago fur babies...

... and some fingerless gloves for Marla...

... and several Chicago Bears BSJs...

Next on the needles:
an alpaca cowl
and a Green Bay Packers BSJ!

Monday, November 21, 2011

11-21-2011 Surprise #2

This past weekend
at our family get-together
our son & D-I-L
surprised us with another bead
for my 'family & friends bracelet'!!!
Can you guess which one it is?!?!?
YAY!!!

11-20-2011 Set Up

This past weekend
while DD & S-I-L were here
we set up our little Christmas tree.
It was nostalgic
to see and hang the ornaments
from our children's childhoods.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

11-19-2011 Family Night at Chestnut Street Inn

This weekend we had our holiday family get-together
at the Chestnut Street Inn
in Sheffield, IL.
DH & I stayed in the Federal Room (above photo),
DD & S-I-L stayed in the Blue Room,
and Son & D-I-L stayed in the Rosewood Room.
Innkeepers Jeff and Monika are always so welcoming
and run a top-notch/5 star operation, IMHO!!!
And the food... is out of this world delicious!!!
Thank you so much for a fabulous weekend, jeff & Monika!

11-18-2011 Toga Night

Tonight DH & I attended Chef Monika's Greek cooking class...
hence the stylish togas!  :*)

 Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves):

 Avoglomeno (Lemon and Egg Soup):

 Dinner is ready!

Clockwise from top of plate below:
Dolmades stuffing (green & red)...
Tzatziki (white)...
Pita bread (tan)...
Gyro meat (light brown)...
Dolmades (dark green/brown)...

 and for dessert...
Galatoboureko (Custard Pie):
Thanks for a fabulous class
and delicious dinner
and for all the recipes, Chef Monika
and Sous Chef Cathy!

11-17-2011 Popcorn, Anyone?

Today DH & I went to the local popcorn store
to refill our tin for the upcoming holiday season.
We got 'red hots/cinnamon' 
and 'caramel with cashews'.
YUM!

11-16-2011 Active Endeavors

Active Endeavors
Sporting Goods Store
built a new building and had
a grand opening this past weekend.
We bought some snowshoes for the upcoming winter!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

11-15-2011 No Wonder...

...they need a big SUV!!!

11-14-2011 Omaha Grain Elevator

...someone had fun painting these!

11-13-2011 Go Big Red!

DH & I made a quick trip to Lincoln, NE this weekend,
to visit my M-I-L.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers were playing Penn State.
I came across this cute cheerleader!

11-12-2011 I Feel Safer...

...how about you?!?!?

11-11-2011 THANK YOU!!!

Thank you
to each and every Veteran
who has served our country
and defended our freedoms!!!
God bless America!

11-10-2011 BSJ#3

...is almost finished!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

11-9-2011 And So It Begins...

...another long, cold winter in Iowa.

11-8-2011 BSJ in Stockinette Stitch

Using a pattern (from the www)
that modifies the original garter stitch pattern
I started knitting this BSJ in Stockinette Stitch
(for a baby due in December)...
~~~~~
and I've had to rip it out completely
and start over 4 times...
the stitch counts just don't work!
ARGH!!! I hate it when that happens!
Guess I'll just go back to knitting it in the original garter stitch.
Sigh.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

11-6-2011 Turning Back the Hands of Time

It's that time of year again...
time to turn the clocks back from DST to standard time.
I wish it was that simple 
to turn back time
for real.

11-5-2011 What Is It???

What is it about art
that soooooo inspires my spirit?!?!?

This morning
DH and I visited
several (of the 500+) artists participating in the
Mississippi River Valley Art Drive

... a potter's yurt...


...a garage filled with multi-media arts...
(I did not take pictures of the art inside)

...and MY favorite...
365 Days on a Farm Yarn Shop & Boutique
in Eldridge, IA...
featuring wool yarns made in the USA
and many spun right in the shop!
They were kind enough to do a spinning demonstration
for us on this spinning wheel.  :*)
I am sooooo tempted to take a spinning class from them!

11-4-2011 Morning on the Mississippi

 Some pix of the I-74 bridge
(which connects
Iowa and Illinois)
from my walk along the river.

Saw quite a few water birds too,
ducks of various sorts,
sea gulls, geese...





Thursday, November 3, 2011

11-3-2011 Made the Front Cover

Tonight DH & I
made the recipe
on the front cover
of the current "Clean Eating" magazine...

YUM!!!

11-2-2011 A Painting Class

that I spied
while on my walk
__________
...and finished knitting
Kyla's baby sweater!


11-1-2011 for Kyla

Started knitting a baby sweater for Kyla...
decided you use a Minnesota Vikings color:
PURPLE!

10-31-2011 I got the Sugar Pill

...and ended up a skeleton...
for Halloween!