Monday, November 30, 2015

11-30-2015 Fractal Ice and Waves

Who would have thought
that muddy puddles
could become such beautiful
works of art?!?!
Saw these beautiful fractals and waves of ice
on this morning's walk...










Sunday, November 29, 2015

11-29-2015 #thedoodler

Starting another KAL...
this is "The Doodler"
by Steven West.
He is an amazing knit designer
and this will be the first one of his patterns
that I have made!
Excited!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

11-28-2015 Smiles

Our two youngest grand babies 'hugging'...
(he doesn't look too sure about all this hugging stuff!)

eating at the "kids' table"...

reading with Opa...


wearing Opa's glasses (upside down) playing at Opa's desk...

fun times at the kitchen table...





Friday, November 27, 2015

11-27-2015 Crafting

 My dear daughter always brings crafting projects
so all our grandchildren can make some new Christmas ornaments. 
This year they painted plaster ornaments and popsicle sticks...

wooden letters for their initials...

and pinecones...



Thursday, November 26, 2015

11-26-2015 It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

After eating some Thanksgiving leftovers from noon 
for our evening dinner,
our four grandchildren decorated our small Christmas tree
with new shatterproof ornaments
(which our oldest granddaughter suggested we buy
and helped us pick out the 'right ones' to purchase)
"because we don't want da babies to bwake deez old ones
and get a cut on der fingahs!"





After the Christmas tree is all decorated,
(which doesn't take long since it is so small)
we take a pix of our four grandchildren,
and then papa brings out the Christmas presents to unwrap!







Wednesday, November 25, 2015

11-25-2015 Cooking Together

We received this wonderful cookbook
and Thanksgiving card
from my dear sister-in-law today.
Thank you soooooo much, my dear!
The GDs and I will enjoy 'reading' this book
and picking out things to cook and bake together.
They love putting on their aprons
and 'helping' Oma in the kitchen!



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

11-24-2015 Snowmen

 Our first snow of the winter
was very wet and heavy...
perfect for making snowmen 
with the GDs.

Monday, November 23, 2015

11-23-2015 Runzas



Mmmmm...
homemade Runzas!
By request from my dear son
who's coming to visit at Thanksgiving!
Wish he could smell the house right now.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

11-22-2015 Scarf Weather!

13*F...and headed down to 8*F later tonight...Brrrr!!!!


Remember the "Sky Scarf" I started months ago?
(See post of April 8, 2015)
Here's what my sky scarf looks like
after 7 months of knitting one row/day!
Today I get to start a new color 
for yesterday's snow... Amber...
in keeping with the jewel tones.

Also, here is a look at my Green Bay Packers
scoreboard scarf KAL.
I don't have yesterday's win over the Vikings  knit up yet.




Saturday, November 21, 2015

11-21-2015 First Snow of Winter

 The TV said we (Bettendorf) got 9"...
my ruler outside said 12"+...
Whew! 
I finished my Norwegian Ski Sweater
(and hat and mittens) 
just in time!


Friday, November 20, 2015

11-20-2015 GGN and 1898 Hat Finished!

My GGN (Global Gathering Norway) Norwegian Ski Sweater
(a 'dropped shoulder' design,
and my very first adult sweater!)
is finished and ready to wear before the first
snows of winter arrive this evening!
YAY!

I also finished the 1898 Seaman's Hat
for my son.
Hope he likes it!
Outside...
Inside...





Thursday, November 19, 2015

11-19-2015 Gingerbread Men

GDs helping Oma make 
some gingerbread men
Christmas Cookies
for our Christmas family gathering.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

11-18-2015 What Time Is It????

Left click on photo to enlarge it
and you can read the clocks.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

11-17-2015 Haircuts

Why is it that haircuts make my GSs
look so much more grown up?
(Maybe because the ARE growing up!?!?!)
Here's GS#1 after his haircut this weekend...

And here are pix of GS#2
BEFORE haircut...

and AFTER haircut...



Monday, November 16, 2015

11-16-2015 Oasis

Yesterday,
DH & I attended a performance
and one of the four had all his music
on an iPad (see the music stand above?)
with Blue tooth foot peddles on the floor
which he used to "turn the pages" hands-free.
It scared the bejeezus out of me!!!
The other three musicians had the traditional 
paper hard-copies of their music.
It worked perfectly for him
throughout the performance
but had me on the edge of my seat
waiting for a mishap!
That being said,
if this group is ever performing near you,
GO HEAR THEM!



Sunday, November 15, 2015

11-15-2015 EEEEK! Steek!!!

Well, this weekend
I bit the bullet
and cut armholes into the sweater
I have been knitting for the past 2 months!
It's called "steeking"
and it is scary!
After steeking the armholes,
I sewed up the shoulder seams
and sewed in the sleeves...
Now all that remains
is to knit the facing for the neckline
and this beauty is ready to wear
when the winter winds blow!
This is the very first ADULT sweater I've knitted
and it fits me nicely.
I'm so excited!


Saturday, November 14, 2015

11-14-2015 Having Fun with GD

 GD (in pink and gray jacket)
went on a field trip to the grocery store this week
with her 3-year-old preschool class.
When asked about her favorite part,
she spoke about going into a big freezer,
and about the live lobsters with
black rubber bands on their claws
so they won't pinch anybody.

GD Playing dress-up in mommy's sweatshirt!

Friday, November 13, 2015

11-13-2015 Falling To Pieces

My 50-year-old amalgam dental fillings
are finally falling to pieces
and slowly being replaced with new crowns
that will hopefully last another 50 years!
Here's a pix of my new crown
that my dentist installed yesterday!
Having a degree as a dental hygienist,
I find it fascinating...
a thing of beauty!
I remember the good ol' days in dental school
when we had to make crown molds 
using wax. Fun times!


Thursday, November 12, 2015

11-12-2015 Snickerdoodles

Started Christmas baking yesterday
since we celebrate Christmas with our family
at Thanksgiving!
The GDs helped Oma
roll the balls of cookie dough
 in sugar, cinnamon, cloves and sprinkles.

Mmmm... it's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!