Tuesday, May 29, 2012

5-29-2012 Herons

This morning DH & I headed to our favorite cove
for seeing wildlife while kayaking...

Nature never disappoints.

5-28-2012 Greek Chicken with Feta Tzatziki

Our DD and S-I-L
fixed us Rachel Ray's recipe for
Greek Chicken with Feta Tzatziki
for dinner on Memorial Day.
It was DELISH!!!
Thanks so much for coming to visit
and thank you for dinner!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

5-26-2012 Touch Up

DH & I decided it was time for some home improvement,
a touch up paint job on our front porch posts
that have now weathered 6 Iowa winters...
he scraped, I painted.

Before (at bottom of post) and after (at top of post)...
what a difference!!!!!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

5-25-2012 Pushing Up Daisies

Our S-I-L, DD, and GD
joined us for lunch after our trip to the Hoover Library/Museum, 
and then took us to see the Rochester Cemetery...
a rare jewel of native prairie in Iowa...
13.5 acres that has never been plowed.
(Something that's hard to find in Iowa!!!)
It was filled with wildflowers.

A book has recently been published about this historic place:

5-24-2012 Herbert Hoover

Today DH & I decided to do a road trip
to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
in West Branch, Iowa...
just a hop and a skip down the road from us.
Inside the museum, I learned a lot about Hoover
that I did not know before...
like the fact that he was a mine engineer
who traveled the world managing mines
before he finally entered public service.
Also, he fed millions of people in 21 countries
after the first World War...
brokering deals between warring countries
in order to get food to the masses.
He is remembered as our country's greatest humanitarian.

My favorite exhibit in the museum
showed the White House china/dishes for several different presidents.

President Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou
are both buried on the grounds of the Library/Museum.

5-23-2012 KAL

Started a KAL (Knit-A-Long) project today...
a friend is wanting to knit a hat with earflaps
that is super cute, 
and I am excited to be knitting it along with her
so if we come upon any knitting directions
that we don't understand
we can work through them together. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

5-22-2012 Five Dollar Tuesday

Five dollars a head
is still more than we like to spend
to go to the movies...
but it is as cheap as it gets around here.
So, today, DH & I went to see the new movie:
The Avengers.
The biggest laugh was
the short scene after all the credits have rolled...
so be sure to stay for that!  :*)

Monday, May 21, 2012

5-21-2012 Hello JP

At the baby shower in Chicago this weekend,
my son (on left)
got to meet his new niece
for the first time!
She is four weeks old.

5-20-2012 Baby Shower

This weekend,
DH & I drove to Chicago
to attend a baby shower
hosted by our son & D-I-L
for their baby boy (our first grandson!) due in July.
They had the house beautifully decorated
and provided a wonderful meal
for all their guests.
Thanks for inviting us!

5-19-2012 Quiche

DH & I 
went to Marie's
for a quiche breakfast
after our 5k run this morning.
I had the spinach-blueberry-goat cheese quiche
and DH had the spinach-bacon-sun dried tomato-swiss cheese quiche.
Both were delish!

Friday, May 18, 2012

5-18-2012 The Culprit

I was wondering who or what 
was decimating the Gerbera Daisies
in my front porch flower pot...
today I saw the culprit in action~
A Goldfinch!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

5-17-2012 Grandma Shower

My friend Barb
took me out to lunch today
and gifted me with a "Grandmother Shower" bag
full of goodies for when the grandbabies come visit:
a bottle brush, spoons, bibs, snack cups,
diapers, diaper wipes,
hair brush, and two CUTE outfits!
Thank you, Barb!!!!!
You are so sweet!  

5-16-2012 OLPR

Today I was blessed
to attend a day-long "Knit One, Pray Too" retreat
where I can sit and knit with other women
and share yarns.

 They always serve us 
the most beautiful and delicious lunches
at this retreat!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

5-15-2012 Huggable Bear

Finished knitting and assembling
my Huggable Teddy Bear

Monday, May 14, 2012

5-14-2012 Puckers the Goldfish

Took a break from knitting my lace shawl...
and made this cute little guy
because he makes me smile.  :*)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

5-13-2012 Happy Mother's Day

...to my mother in heaven...

...and to my dear daughter
who is now a new mother...

Saturday, May 12, 2012

5-12-2012 Dark Shadows

DH & I went to see the new Johnny Depp movie:
Dark Shadows.
I loved it!


Worked on finishing up this pink Teddy Bear today...

and got these supplies 
for a Knit-a-long with a friend!  :*)

5-10-2012 Got Me...

Got me some...
Grandma time today!
Whoo hoo!!!  :*)

5-9-2012 Yum!

This morning's breakfast shake...
I love spring produce!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

5-8-2012 Tall Moose

I'm trying to design a "Moose" dishcloth.
This one is a tall moose...
the cloth was a tall rectangle instead of a square
so I'm trying another design tomorrow...
eventually I will get a design that I like!

Monday, May 7, 2012

6-7-2012 Huggable Bear

link to pattern:

Today I finished knitting the final leg 
for my "Huggable Bear" teddy bear...
it's been fun knitting with "fun fur" eyelash yarn!
Now all that is left is to sew up the seams,
stuff the pieces,
and assemble the parts together!
Wish me luck!

5-6-2012 Grandma time...

Drove to Iowa City
to deliver some mail to my dd
and got to hold my precious granddaughter
for a few minutes!

5-5-2012 ¡Feliz cinco de mayo!

Made a "tres Leches" cake
and bought some Budweiser Lime-a-ritas
to take to Sit and Knit 
at the local yarn shop.
Both were well received!