Sunday, August 31, 2014

8-31-2014 A Fairy Came to Visit!

Fairy Charlotte Webglimmer
came to visit last night
and as the morning mist dispersed this morning
I could see her handiwork
all across my back deck!
She is such an amazing sculptress
and can only be seen 
under the light of the harvest moon.

Charlotte had a busy night!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

8-30-2014 Last of the Bunch

My day lilies...
the very last of the bunch
has bloomed today (sigh).
I'm sad to see them finished blooming for the summer.
They always brighten my day
as I enter (and exit) my front door each day.
Now it is time to pull out the dried stems,
get out the hedge trimmer
and cut them off at the ground...
then prune down the bush next to them
(in upper right hand corner)
and pick up/dispose of all the clippings.
Think I will wait for a nice cool day to do that.

Friday, August 29, 2014

8-29-2014 Gymnastics

 Gymnastics class...
more fun
than a barrel of monkeys!!!

GD#1 bouncing on the trampoline.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

8-28-2014 Achew!!!

Ragweed is in full bloom.
These plants along our walking path
are 8-10 feet high!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

8-27-2014 Bourbon

Am I mistaken that
must come from Kentucky?
(And Champagne must come from France?)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

8-26-2014 Re-Knit the Bindweed Fairy Skirt

Today I re-knit the skirt on my Bindweed fairy
so that it would more closely resemble
the blossom of a bindweed...
(white at the waist and
pink at the hem)

I'm much happier with it now
than when the color way was reversed:

Monday, August 25, 2014

8-25-2014 Resident Fairies

I just saw one flying around my house...

and her little sister fairy is trying to flap her wings and keep up!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

8-24-2014 Party Crashers

DH & I 'crashed' a family birthday party last night
while in Nebraska visiting my M-I-L...
it was wonderful to see most of the family again!

Guy on the left is leaving for Italy tomorrow...

The birthday girl in blue on the left.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

8-23-2014 Special Delivery!

Remember this Lapghan I finished crocheting recently?
Well, today I got to deliver it in person
(to my 100 year old M-I-L)!
What a special delivery!
DH is showing her pictures on the iPad
of her most recent three 

Friday, August 22, 2014

8-22-2014 Another Wallaby

 I finished knitting this today...
GD posing in her new Wallaby sweater...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

8-21-2014 Fave New Toy

This is my favorite new toy!!!
A cherry pitter!
Making popsicles
from fresh cherries
was easy peasy today!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

8-20-2014 Stayin' cool in the Shade

With outdoor temps in the mid 90's
we spent our outdoor time in the shade today
(and playing in the water).

8-19-2014 Fun times in the Kitchen

Making a 'cake' from sand
(does that qualify as a mud pie?!?!)...

...while baby sister eats Cheerios.

8-18-2014 Tomatoes

Helping Papa in the garden...
picking, de-stemming and eating the tomatoes.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

8-17-2014 Grandsons

Today, DH & I finished our drive
to see our family in Chicago.
Here is Opa and Grandson #1...
best buddies because Opa rough-houses with him!

Grandson #2 will be 2 months old tomorrow
and already needs a haircut!
Wow, he has got a ton of hair!!!

Opa and Oma love you boys!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

8-16-2014 Top 5 In the USA!!!

This weekend
DH & I spent a night
in the Rosewood Room
at the Bed & Breakfast
of our favorite chef, Monika Sudakov
and favorite innkeeper, Jeff Sudakov!

It was published in the Chicago Tribune last week
that their B&B was ranked in the top 5 in the USA
for culinary fare.
(They have also been ranked
in the top 10 worldwide!)
Congratulations, Jeff & Monika!!!

This weekend, Chef Monika 
was celebrating the birthday of Julia Child
with French cuisine.
It was DIVINE!!!
This is the dining area on her patio
where we enjoyed our meal.

Friday, August 15, 2014

8-15-2014 Bindweed Saturnfly Progress

I can't decide if I want to re-knit the skirt...
this one is pink at the top and white at the bottom...
I wanted white at the top and pink at the bottom
to match the bindweed flower blossom...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

8-14-2014 Lapghan

...for my M-I-L...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

8-13-2014 OLPR K1-P2

Another beautiful lunch
(from their home-grown organic fruits and vegetables!)
during today's Knit One, Pray Too Retreat.
I worked on finished a Lapghan for my M-I-L.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

8-12-2014 Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Dear Daughter
gifted me with some new mascara
by younique
called Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes.
This product has a bit of a learning curve
so I'm hoping this old dog can learn new tricks! ha.
Thanks so much, DD!!!
I love trying new makeup things!

Monday, August 11, 2014

8-11-2014 Cappuccino Potato Chips?!?!?!

Saw these in the grocery store today
and was sooooo intrigued
I had to get some and try them.
For you coffee lovers out there
all I can say is "YUM!!!"

The other 3 flavors up for voting
1)Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese
2)Wavy Mango Salsa
3)Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger

Sunday, August 10, 2014

8-10-2014 Super Moon


I plan to go outside and check it out
if the clouds would just go away!
No... no such luck.  :-(
Had to wait until the next morning
to get a shot...