Wednesday, January 29, 2014

1-29-2014 Blessings from Above

My grandbaby born this morning...
already avoiding the

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

1-28-2014 Popsicles in Winter for Ladies in Waiting

Making some
banana & fruit juice popsicles
this morning
for my teething granddaughter.
Nothing like eating popsicles
when it's below 0*F outside!

And my ladies in waiting...
waiting for little sister to arrive tomorrow...

1-27-2014 Oh Joy...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

1-26-2014 Door to Summer

My kitty
wants me to open
the door to summer
and is always disappointed
when I open it to sub-zero temps!
My dear Grandson
seems to be wondering...
Will this winter never end?!?!?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

1-25-2014 SaiGon Bistro

Today DH & I decided to try lunch
at the SaiGon Bistro
(a Vietnamese Restaurant in our area)
and were served beautiful and delicious meals.

This 7 foot tall banner
hung from the ceiling
touting the medicinal and restorative properties
of their Pho (Beef & Noodle) Soup.
I was intrigued enough to get up
out of my booth
and go read the entire right hand side
(which was in 'broken' English)
and had to chuckle
at some of the claims...

1-24-2014 Hassenpfeffer Stew, Anyone?

Because it has been a bitterly cold winter here this year
(most days are below 0*F)
our granddaughter decided we needed to feed 
the poor cold bunnies outside,
so everyday she throws out a carrot and slice of apple
and every evening they disappear.
DH took this pix to show our GD...
and said,
hum... come spring... these bunnies
will be eating my garden!
May have to look into some
(Just kidding!)

1-23-2014 Keeping Up With the Jones?

GD enjoying her new rocking horse
at her other grandma's house.

It seems every time we get (or make) something
for our GD
(remember this horse that DH made recently?)
a duplicate shows up at her other grandma's house.
Lucky little girl.  :*)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

1-22-2014 Baby Gates

The baby gate across the stairs
is down
now that DH has installed
handrails for the (20 mo. old) Grandkids...
it works perfectly...
going up AND down!
Thanks DH!
When going up and down the stairs
our GD always has her hands full...
going down 
she carries carrots and apples 
to feed the outdoor bunnies...
going up
she carries her stuffed animals and toys.

In perspective,
if I were going up and down stairs
that were up to my knees
I'd want something to hold onto also!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

1-21-2014 Hobbit 2

DH & I went to see

1-20-2014 Berry Cute Baby Hat

...sure is hard to photograph!

Anybody remember Cabbage Patch Kids?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

1-19-2014 Reading to Panda

GD reading stories to her new Panda bear.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

1-18-2014 More Horses Coming!

Since our next 2 grandbabies
will be born this year (2014)
"The Chinese Year of the Horse"
PaPa is making them a rocking horse.
His 'practice/prototype' gets heavy use
in our basement!
All the pix I took of our GD riding it were a blurr...
so I thought I'd post this one.
She is giving her sock monkey a ride on the horsey.

1-17-2014 My, How Things Have Changed!

Well, after 50+ years of no dental decay
I finally had a filling and tooth crack
and needed a new dental filling.
My last fillings were at about age12.
My how things have changed!
This was absolutely painless, stress free, easy peasy!

1-16-2014 A Fun Little Project!

It's a birthday present for a friend
who has a tree frog as a 'pet.'
I used the tree frog pattern here.

1-15-2014 Oma's Fairy Door

DH crafted the cutest 'Fairy Door'
for our house and grandkids!
Now all kinds of fairies can come visit!
They leave fairy dust (glitter) on the floor
when they visit.
 My GD's little fingers
love opening and closing the little 'Fairy Door'
and playing with the paper doll Fairy inside!
Inside the door
is shimmery purple foil paper
adding to the 'magic'!!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

1-12-2014 Party Time!

This weekend the weather permitted travel, so
we are in Chicago today...
Homemade tostadas and hominy/pork soup for lunch!

Followed by...
my Tres Leches Cake!
(Celebrating our son's Bday a week late!)

What a delicious meal...
what a wonderful visit...
Thank you soooooo much!
I love my family!

(In the above photo,
my GS is looking up at a big fish
helium balloon floating overhead.)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

1-11-2014 Trying Something New

Trying a new XS Dog Sweater pattern.
Still looks plenty big for the dogs I'm trying to fit!
(Teacup Yorkies)

1-10-2014 Kitchen Countertop

I love my kitchen countertop!
What a blessing
after many years of thinking
I would never have grandchildren!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

1-9-2014 Multiplying

The Minions seem to be multiplying
around my house!
(See post from 12/30/2013)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

1-8-2014 What An Inspiration!

 DH & I went to see the "Diana" exhibit today.
What an inspiration!
What an incredible human being!

Gone too soon at age 36.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

1-7-2014 Nine Lives

My kitty had her annual check-up and shots today.
It stresses her out sooooooooooo much
to go see the vet
that I swear she loses one of her nine lives
every time she goes!
Poor kitty.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

1-5-2014 Berry Baby Hat

Berry Baby Hat
for GB #3
is ready to wash and block!

1-4-2014 Happy Birthday

Wishing my precious baby boy
a very happy birthday!
It's so hard to believe
that you now have a 
precious baby boy of your own!
My, how the years fly by!
Blink your eyes, and they are all grown up!

Friday, January 3, 2014

1-3-2014 Leftovers

I finished a baby blanket
for grandbaby #3 due in a few weeks
and am using the yarn leftovers
to make a sweet baby hat.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

1-2-2014 Inspiration

The inspiration
for my next several amigurumis.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

1-1-2014 Happy New Year!

 January 1, 2014
Mother Nature has been snowing all day...

so tonight when it stopped
DH & I went out and shoveled
another 9"...

and the weather man says his estimates
on the coming temperatures
are conservative...
he is actually expecting to see -30*F temps
in the next few days!
Ahh, ya gotta love Iowa!
No New Year's Resolutions for me.
I prefer to contemplate
the reasons
one might need to make a resolution