Wednesday, September 30, 2015

9-30-2015 GD #1

Making corn candy cookies...

decorating pumpkins...

eating apples from the orchard...

helping little sister walk up the hill...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

9-29-2015 GD #2

It amazes me that a one year old
already knows how to tap, swipe, go back, refresh
and press the home button!!!

Playing Oma some music on the piano.

Carrying an umbrella.

Monday, September 28, 2015

9-28-2015 Cloudy Skies to View Super/Blood Moon

And of course,
our viewing conditions last night
for the amazing super/harvest/blood moon
were cloudy...

But, as we continued to watch
through the course of the evening,
the clouds parted a bit during the full eclipse
to give us a wonderful view!
Now if only I had a super camera
with one of those amazing zoom lenses...
instead of this point-and-shoot snapshot camera!

Wow, wow, wow!!!
What a beautiful sight!

And here is a cool pix I found on the www...

Sunday, September 27, 2015

9-27-2015 Blood Moon Tonight

It's a rare occurrence tonight -- a Supermoon combines with a total lunar eclipse. 
The result: Blood Moon 2015.
(A full moon with a full lunar eclipse often looks like it has an orange color, thus some people call it a blood moon.)
Sunday's supermoon moon has something for everyone. (What time is the Supermoon lunar eclipse tonight? See the end of this post for rise times and best eclipse viewing times.)
Not only will it be a blood moon and a harvest moon, but it will also coincide with a full lunar eclipse.
As if that weren't enough, it will also be the closest moon to Earth in 2015 -- a supermoon. You can learn more about it here.
The term supermoon has been around for at least three decades, but came into widespread use just a few years ago.
It was first coined by an astrologer -- Richard Nolle.
Nolle's definition is this: The new moon or full moon has to come within 224,834 miles of Earth, as measured from the centers of the moon and Earth, to be considered a supermoon.
Supermoons are not rare. Tonight's supermoon will be the fifth of six in 2015. The next one will be Oct. 27 at 7:05 a.m. CDT.
However, Sunday's full moon does stand out because it will be the closest moon of 2015 -- coming within 221,753 miles of Earth. It is also the harvest moon and a blood moon.
3-5 supermoon vs. micro moon.jpgA supermoon, left, can appear 14 percent larger than a micro moon, at right. (NASA) 
At perigee (or when the moon is closest in its orbit), the moon is about 31,000 miles closer to Earth than at apogee (when it is the farthest away), according to NASA. 
The moon's nearness will make it appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter in the sky than a full moon at its farthest point from Earth, according to NASA.
When will be the best time to see it?
Sunday's supermoon will also coincide with a total lunar eclipse that will be visible across most of the United States. (For those with clear skies, at least.)
Here are the times to know for prime skywatching:
*The moon will rise around 6:30 p.m. CDT Sunday in Alabama and hit peak fullness at 9:50 p.m.
*The lunar eclipse will begin at 8:07 p.m. CDT.
*The total eclipse will begin at 9:11 p.m. CDT.
*The moment of greatest eclipse will be at 9:47 p.m. CDT.
*The total eclipse ends 10:23 p.m. CDT.
*The partial eclipse ends 11:27 p.m. CDT
*The moon will set between 7-7:15 a.m. CDT on Monday.
On the East Coast, "The moon enters Earth's full shadow, called the umbra, starting at 9:07 p.m. EDT (6:07 p.m. PDT). The total eclipse begins at 10:11 p.m. EDT (7:11 p.m. PDT). Totality lasts an hour and 12 minutes, at which point a bright sliver of the moon will emerge and grow," according to
On the west coast, Californians can start watching when the moon rises at around 7 p.m. Pacific Time. The total lunar eclipse starts at 7:11 p.m. and ends at 8:23 p.m.
Although Sunday's moon will be the closest one to Earth, it will also appear full for the next few nights as well.
The last total lunar eclipse visible in the United States was not long ago: April 4. Those on the West Coast got the best view.
The next total lunar eclipse that will be visible in the United States will be on Jan. 31, 2018, and will be best seen in the western U.S.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

9-26-2015 Peoria Art Fair

DH & I took advantage of this beautiful Fall day
to attend the Peoria, IL Art Fair on the riverfront.

Although we didn't purchase anything,
we enjoy seeing the artwork
and what inspires people.
I found one intriguing jeweler I liked,
some 3D pictures that were amazing,
and this booth of wooden boxes that make music...
which were just beautiful...
the boxes AND the music!
(hmmm...wonder if I can get DH to make me 
one of these boxes?!?!?)

Friday, September 25, 2015

9-25-2015 Iowa Humor

Saw this on Facebook...
made me smile.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

9-24-2015 Knitting Retreat

 I spent today
at a "Knit One, Pray Too" knitting retreat
at my favorite rural setting...
invited a dear friend
who I haven't seen much lately
and had the chance to 
reconnect with her.  :*)

When we needed to take a break from knitting
and get up to stretch our legs
we would walk the outdoor labyrinth
or around the gardens.
Next time we'll bring our 'walking shoes'
and go for a hike around the pond.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

9-23-2015 Makin' Applesauce!

GD helped Oma
add sugar and cinnamon,
and cook the apples we picked yesterday
to make some applesauce.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

9-22-2015 Easy Pickin's

This apple tree in a local park
split in two during a recent storm
and half fell to the ground
which made it easy to pick 
the apples from the "top" of the tree!
I picked a sack-ful to make some
applesauce with the GDs.

Monday, September 21, 2015

9-21-2015 Jack

Check out this 7 foot tall
Halloween yard decoration
that my son made
using PVC pipes
and a sewing machine
to sew the clothes!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

9-20-2015 Campaign Signs

Here in Iowa
we are currently being bombarded
with politicians campaigning
for the upcoming Iowa caucus
and Presidential primary elections.
Saw this photo on FaceBook
and it made me laugh.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

9-19-2015 Sponging

 We've had a bit of rain
so yesterday the GDs went outside with sponges
and played with the inch-or-so of rain
that had collected in their pool...
they washed the windows,
the siding, the chairs, the table
and even the plants!
The had a ball.

Friday, September 18, 2015

9-18-2015 Pumpkin Pie

Today we took the GDs to the pumpkin patch
and GD#1 picked out a pie pumpkin
because she wanted to make a pumpkin pie.
"I  W U V pumpkin pie!" she said.
 So, here are the girls at the kitchen sink
washing their pumpkin...
 After we washed it,
Oma cut it in half and showed her
how to scoop out the seeds and strings with a spoon...
 Then, we baked it 
at 350* for two hours
to make it nice and soft...
 Next, we scooped 16 oz. of pumpkin
into the blender
along with 
1 can of sweetened condensed milk,
2 eggs
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
and poured it into a crust-lined pie plate
and baked it at 350*F for about 45-60 min.
Tastes like Autumn!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

9-17-2015 Zentangle Thank You

Just a little Zentangle 
Thank You
for a friend
who helped me sew
a lining into a bag I crocheted.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

9-16-2015 Picnic Lunch

After playing at the park all morning,
the GDs wanted a picnic lunch.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

9-15-2015 Packers Beat the Bears!

I've joined the "Scoreboard Knit-a-Long"...
and am knitting a scarf for the Packers.
Every time Green Bay scores,
I knit a green row for each point scored.
Every time the opponent scores,
I knit a gold row for each point scored.
At the end of the season, 
I have a scarf that records the season's scores.
Since I'm using worsted weight yarn,
I'm only using half the stitches recommended
in the pattern.

Monday, September 14, 2015

9-14-2015 Grandsons

It's been over 2 months seen DH & I last saw the GSs
so we drove to Chicago yesterday for a quick visit.
DD and the GDs came along as a surprise!
The cousins had fun playing together.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

9-13-2015 Harvey

 This Saturday,
DH & I went to the Beau Arts Fair (above)
and the Playcrafters Barn Theatre
to see the play, "Harvey" (pix of set below).
It was very well done...hilarious!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

9-12-2015 Stone's Apple Farm

Took the GDs to Stones Apple Farm
to see the chicken, goats,
apples and pumpkins.
Oma, why are the chickens eating a watermelon?
Oma, why does that goat have 3 horns?

Friday, September 11, 2015

9-11-2015 Floating Dinosaur

We had such beautiful clouds today!
The girls and I sat down and looked at them
and found lots of fun-shaped clouds!
This one was a floating dinosaur.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

9-10-2015 Achoooo!

 Goldenrod and Ragweed
are in full bloom
and farmers are starting to harvest
corn and beans.
Needless to say
I'm suffering from watering eyes
and runny nose
and lots of sneezes!
I'm allergic to Iowa right now!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

9-9-2015 "Freckles" the Pip

"Freckles" the Pip
is almost finished.
I have to cut out and glue
the Chicago Bears logo to his hat,
and find some buttons 
to sew onto his sleeve cuffs,
and then he is done!
I sure hope my best friends/Packer fans
 in Wisconsin
don't see this post!!!
You know who you are!
Don't worry...
I'm still a Packers fan!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

9-8-2015 Blessed Rain

After several weeks
of temps in the upper 90's,
some blessed rain
brought along some cooler
temperatures in the 80's.