Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

11-26-2012 For JP

...finished up these projects for JP today...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

11-25-2012 Christ the King

Today is "Christ the King" Sunday at our church.
I found the above "Christ the King" icon at

and this beautiful icon at

and here is a picture of the 
oldest surviving icon panel of Christ
c. 6th century.

and another beautiful icon !

and you can find this
magnificent icon here .

For more information about icons,
visit this informative site.

Is Christ your King?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

10-24-2012 Santa's Elf

The night B4 Thanksgiving
my son texted me from Chicago with this pix
and asked if I thought I could make this hat
(that they had seen on the www)
for his baby son...

 Using yarns I already had at home
(a kelly green instead of a lime green)
and no pattern but my imagination
I think I came pretty close
(just by looking at the above pix
that son texted to me)...

 We tried it on the baby
when they arrived for Thanksgiving
and it fit him nicely!  YAY!
I love it when that happens!
Now, with his new elf hat
to go with his "Santa's Elf" costume
he will be ready for his Christmas pictures!

11-23-2012 A Nice Surprise

 My dear sister
sent this beautiful flower arrangement
and six pack of wines
for our Thanksgiving celebration yesterday.
Thank you so much, dear one!

11-22-2012 Happy Thanksgiving!

I love my family!!!!!!
I'm so thankful that each one of you 
is in my life.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

11-21-2012 Getting Ready

Dinner Rolls and Pumpkin Pies are baked...

Table is set...

Turkey is in the brine...
and side dishes are mixed and ready to go!

Now all we need is family to arrive
and we are all set for a happy Thanksgiving!
We wish those of you in our extended family, and friends,
a happy Thanksgiving as well.

11-20-2012 I'm In A FOG

( more ways than one!!!)

Monday, November 19, 2012

11-19-2012 Railings

Railings for the deck
went up today.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

11-18-2012 Every Stitch with Love...

Friends will soon be receiving 
these latest handmade items...
every stitch with love!

...and this friend got her's last Friday night!

11-17-2012 Switching

DH & I are switching back to satellite TV...
we have not been happy with Mediacom's cable service...
it went out at least once every two weeks
taking us offline
and giving us pixel-ly TV every day.
We never had those problems before
when we had DirecTV...
so we are switching back!

11-16-2012 Helper and Friend

Barucha is my 'helper' when I knit...

and her neighbor/friend 'Patches'
is wondering what the heck is up with our deck?!?!?
It is her favorite place to sun in the mornings!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

11-15-2012 Murphy's Law

"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong".
Today the decking company began resurfacing our back deck.

 First, the drills gave out...
  Then the nail gun broke...

So instead of finishing the deck today
they only got a few boards down.
They have to buy a new nail gun
and plan to have it shipped overnight
if that's possible.
I'm guessing that Murphy's Law
will kick in for the shipping too!

11-14-2012 Love

Love this pix of my two girls...
baby just got up from her nap
and had cute 'bed head'

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

11-13-2012 Happy 4 Month Birthday!

 Happy 4 month birthday
to my precious grandson!
And many thanks to my wonderful D-I-L
for sending me regular photo updates!!!
I love you all.

Monday, November 12, 2012

11-12-2012 Out with the Old...

 So, here is what the old deck surface looks like...

Today began the process of
"Out With the Old"...
deck top...

It is cracked and split and splintered 
and coming apart at the seams,
so we are having the deck top replaced.

11-11-2012 He's on Cloud 9 !

 Using our turn by turn navigation on our iPhones...

DH & I went on a road trip yesterday in search of
a wood working store in Peoria, IL...
(he has looked all over Iowa to no avail)

 He's now in woodworkers' heaven...
soooooooooooo happy
he found a place to buy lumber!!!

And my DH, being the sweetheart that he is...
also looked up several yarn stores in Peoria
and took me along to check them out!
 Do I have the best husband ever, or what?!?!?!?

 After shopping, he took me to lunch at "Beignet's On The Corner"
...a quaint New Orleans style restaurant...
where we enjoyed some Cajun gumbo
and a po'boy sandwich.
The side of their building was painted with a Mardi Gras mural...

Friday, November 9, 2012

11-10-2012 Footings

...for the new landing and stairs off our back deck
were dug and poured yesterday.