Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2-29-2012 Happy Leap Year!!!

Today DH & I went out to the boat/casino...

and got a player's card...

so we could attend a friend's birthday celebration
at the casino's buffet...
which was $2.29 (in honor of Feb.29) for all you could eat!
The birthday boy and his wife surprised us
by paying for our breakfasts!
Thanks you soooooooo much,
and happy birthday!

2-28-2012 A Sweet Surprise

...awaited DH & I when we went walking at the mall...
the annual HyVee Cake decorating contest!
Dozens of cake decorators
were making their amazing creations.

They had cookies too...

2-27-2012 Something pink

 Started a "Snuggle Sack" today...

Monday, February 27, 2012

2-26-2012 German Easter Traditions

 Today I attended a presentation
at the German American Heritage Center
about German Easter Traditions...

colored eggs... 
Here are some examples of the ornately decorated eggs.
One can sign up for classes to learn how to make them.

bon fires...

decorated fountains/wells...
Makes me think about my Easter traditions...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

2-22-2012 It's a boy!

DH & I drove to Chicago
to view the 20 week ultrasound
of our son and D-I-L's baby today...
it's a boy!!!
And thanks soooooo much 
for sharing this special time & memory with us!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2-21-2012 Great minds think alike!

This month
a friend (who is learning to knit) and I
did an unintentional SWAP...

Unbeknownst to her,
I mailed her the items above
which I had knitted and crocheted...
a purple (my fave color!) dishcloth with our two hearts reconnecting,
and an amigurumi doll and a potholder,
to show her things I make to use up leftover yarns from other projects.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to me, 
she had sent me the items below
an adorable kitty dishcloth that she had knit...
and a beautiful crocheted potholder!
Great minds think alike!
Thanks so much, my friend!

2-20-2012 Hawkeye Bibs

DD & S-I-L 
took DH and me
out to lunch at Outback
in celebration of DH's 60th birthday.  :*)
Then we returned home
for some birthday dessert:
"Death by Chocolate!"

DH even had a present to unwrap...
Iowa Hawkeye bib-overalls!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

2-18-2012 Black Hawk

Looks like DH isn't the only one with a birthday today!...

I knitted DH a nice warm "Snowboarder Beanie"
as a birthday gift
to keep his noggin' warm
during the long cold Iowa winters.

We went to check out
the Black Hawk Museum/Lodge...

and explored some of the hiking trails 
in the surrounding park.

We've lived here 6 years now
and had not yet visited
this Black Hawk park along the Rock River.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

2-12-2012 Red & White

The "HOT Team"
hosted fellowship time after worship services today...
their theme:  Red & White
for Valentine's Day this coming week.

2-11-2012 Bolero

 Exotic Thai for lunch
followed by 
Revel's Bolero
by the QCSO...
life doesn't get much better than this!

12-10-2012 Scrappy

Thursday, February 9, 2012

2-9-2012 Sultan's Mediterranean Restaurant

 Today DH took me out to lunch to a new restaurant...
we tried the vegetarian Persian Stew...
it was fabulous!!!

2-8-2012 La Fantasma

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

2-7-2012 Flat as a Pancake

We got home from our road trip in my car across Iowa
to find Rod's truck sitting in the garage
with a tire that was flat as a pancake!

Picked up a nail somewhere...

2-6-2012 Heavy Fog

Drove back home across Iowa today in heavy fog...
stopped in Iowa City for lunch with DD & SIL.  :*)

2-4-2012 Winter Storm

DH & I looked at our schedules
and decided to drive to Nebraska
to visit family and friends this weekend...
and 4 hours from home
we drove right into a winter storm...

and landed in the center median of I-80...

A Highway patrolman picked us up 
and took us to a nearby Super 8 motel
(a warm and cozy shelter in the storm)
where we stayed for 2 days...

...waiting for it to stop snowing
and for the highways and shoulders to be plowed,
after which the towing ban was lifted...

Our car was towed from the ditch
and appeared undamaged and drivable
as far as we could tell...
so we drove to our friends' house in Iowa
(we never made it to Nebraska
where they got 12+ inches of snow!)
before turning around and driving home.
Before we left for home, Saint Steve
marked/blessed our car with the cross of Christ
to protect us on our journey home...

We took the car through the car wash when we got home
to remove the thick layers of road salt 
and lots of mud from our spin into the ditch.
We can no longer SEE the cross
but we know it is still there...
just like the sign of the cross on our foreheads
from our baptisms...
can't see them... but know they are there...
a reminder that we are God's beloved children!!!

2-3-2012 The Borrower

The Borrower
is a little creature who lives
underneath the house
and when things go missing
(pens, keys, notes, etc.)
I know the Borrowers are using them
and when they are finished
they return the items
which I am then able to find again!
Do you have Borrowers living under your house?

Friday, February 3, 2012

2-2-2012 Road Trip in Heavy Fog

Noooooooooooooooooo !!!!!!! @$%(&#$%&^&

frozen fog on my rearview mirrors...