Wednesday, July 31, 2013

7-31-2013 Favorite things

One of my GD's  favorite things to do...
look at pictures on the computer
with Grandpa.

And a pix of my GS eating mac & cheese...
mom is pretty brave...
no bib!

My, how they are growing!
Where does the time go?~!??!?

7-30-2013 M'orange

Saw this while shopping for produce today!

7-29-2013 One Day...

7-28-2013 Student Edition

DH& I attended
Les Miserables
Student Edition...
the cast ranged in age from 8-15 years old...
and did better than 
some professional productions
I have seen!
They brought me to tears several times during the show!
The only pix i got was the closing bows...
BRAVO!! Wish we had brought some flowers to throw.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

7-27-2013 BIX 7

The BIX 7...
a seven mile foot race
through the hilly streets of downtown
was blessed with the coolest temps I've seen
in the last 7 years!
It was 56*F at the 8 a.m. start of the race!
We had a nice Canadian front blow into town
yesterday afternoon 
and it plans to stay around for another day or two!!!
This will help keep runners from overheating
and keep them out of the medical tents,
and may help set some record race times!
Here is the lead group at mile one
after climbing the brutal "Brady Street Hill" 
at the start of the race...
"Old Man Meb" is leading the young-uns...
I love to see him run!!!

7-26-2013 I think he likes it!

The minion I made
seemed well received
by the little guy!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

7-25-2013 Dead-Heading

Helping grandma
dead-head her summer flowers...

7-24-2013 WIP > FO

This Work In Progress
is now a Finished Object!
This was my first stab at making a Minion...
I have some ideas to improve the next ones that I make:
1) make the whole thing even smaller
2) add pockets and edge stitching to overalls
3) make eyes a little smaller
4) do a chain stitch in gray around the eyes for goggles.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

7-23-2013 Wilton Candy Kitchen

Today DH & I drove 30 minutes
to try out the Wilton Candy Kitchen...
"The Oldest Ongoing 
Ice Cream Parlor/Soda Fountain/Confectionery 
in the WORLD."
(Est. in 1856)
We had never heard of the place
until our son's neighbor, Guy, mentioned it
while we visited with him 
at our grandson's 1st birthday party
several weekends ago.

The 93 year old owner served us
our ice cream cones
(we were the only ones in there
and it took 15 minutes to make 2 ice cream cones)
and we sat and ate them
while reading and hearing about all the celebrities 
who have graced its doors.

It was like stepping back in time.
I can see how old people would find it nostalgic.
For me, it was worth the drive to see it once...
but I plan to head back to my neighborhood 
Whitey's Ice Cream Store
next time I'm in the mood for a cold one.

7-22-2013 Minion

Today I'm working 
on making a 'mini-minion'

Monday, July 22, 2013

7-21-2013 AC

Thought about having dinner
out on the deck tonight...
then opted for the AC.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

7-20-2013 Time for a Prune

Our trees out front
have begun hanging over the sidewalk
so it was time for a prune today.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

7-19-2013 Somewhere Over the Rainbow

dear friend
Dan Reid.
We will always remember
our kayaking trips with you
on the Mississippi River!

7-18-2013 Perk Up Your Picnic

DH & K attended 
another wonderful cooking class,
"Perk Up Your Picnic"
hosted by Chef Monika...

 The main course wwas be her take on the slider, a Moroccan Beef and Lamb Slider with Harissa Mayo topped with a Roasted Pepper Relish and Feta. She also prepared two salads, a Quinoa Tabouli and a Sweet and Savory Melon Salad with Crispy Prosciutto. And you’re probably thinking that would be enough, but no, she finished up the class with a Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownie with Kahlua Frosting!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

7-17-2013 Supper

...from our organic garden...
there was a ton more to put in the refrigerator
but this is what I kept out for supper.

7-16-2013 A Basket and Some Lace

I'm knitting a small basket for a future project...
and learning the basket weave stitch.  :*)

I also just finished a "Design Lace" class online
and these are my swatches from the lessons.
When I finished one lesson's swatch
I would just knit a few rows of garter stitch
and go on to the next lesson.
Now I can use it as an interesting scarf next winter!

7-15-2013 American Pickers

My dad and brother
were surprised to learn
that one of their favorite tv shows,
American Pickers,
is just 5 minutes down the road from us in Iowa!

So, we made a quick trip over there
so they could look around.
More than once, I heard the comment,
"I remember the episode when they bought this!"

 They had fun looking around at stuff,
got to see where the store expansion is being built
farther out in the parking lot,
and will now have even more fun
watching future episodes
and can truthfully say
"I've been there!"

7-14-2013 On the Way Home...

After attending his great-grandson's 1st birthday party yesterday,
my dad drove through Iowa on his way back to Missouri today
to visit his great granddaughter...

Sunday, July 14, 2013

7-13-2013 Happy 1st Birthday

 DH & I
went to Chicago today
to celebrate our grandson's 
1st birthday...

My son and grandson...

My fave pix
of the '4 generations'...
son  & dad...

7-11-2013 Love this!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

7-10-2013 The Lone Ranger

DH & I 
went to see 
"The Lone Ranger"
Loved it...
(in spite of the poor reviews).

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

7-7-2013 Too Much Fun

The creator of today's crossword puzzle
had waaaaaaaaay too much fun!

7-6-2013 Gift Received

My dear sis
received her 
Pine Tree Shawl.

Friday, July 5, 2013

7-5-2013 Chinese Lanterns

The Chinese Lanterns
at last night's 4th of July party
were my favorite memory.
They were so quiet and peaceful
as they floated away...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

7-4-2013 Knee High By The 4th of July...

When I lived in Missouri for 30+ years
the farmers had a saying...
the corn should be "Knee High by the 4th of July."

Today I went out and took a pix
of my 6' tall DH standing next to IOWA corn
on the 4th of July...
Wowza... what a difference!!!!!

7-3-2013 Not DAIRY QUEEN...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

7-2-2013 Niaba

Going for a ride with Grandpa
on the choo-choo train
at Niabi Zoo.

We took advantage of yesterday's 60*F temps
and spent some time at the zoo.