Monday, July 31, 2017

7-31-2017 Is It Morbid?

Is it morbid
that I just love my black petunias
by my front door?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017

7-29-2017 The BIX

This bagpiper played for over an hour as the runners came by!

waiting for the BIX runners... come the runners!

Hanging with friends Konnie, Joy and Miles.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

7-27-2017 Spider Power

Borrowing these sweet pix of my grandsons
from my D-I-L's blog...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

7-26-2017 Kindergarten

Hard to believe that our first grandchild
starts kindergarten in a few weeks!
Her daddy has been taking her over to the school
she will attend
and letting her play on the playground.
Her favorite thing, of course, is climbing!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

7-25-2017 Morning Walk

Saw these on my morning walk today...
have no idea what tree this is!
Will have to do some google image searches!

After 6" of rain,
good luck getting out to the dock!

Monday, July 24, 2017

7-24-2017 Diana Hat

Knit up this little "Diana" hat
for one of my GDs
to match her new winter coat
which is a bright salmon pink with an aqua zipper and cuffs.
I hope it fits her!

I'm also starting her an 1898 hat
with the same yarns.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

7-23-2017 Celtic Myths

I finished knitting
the "Celtic Myths" shawl last night!
The cable at the bottom
is like a zentangle in fabric
and just the cable took 34 hours to complete.
Today I will wash and wet-block it.

Tomorrow, after it dries from washing and wet-blocking,
I will steam block it.
It turned out sooooooo pretty!!!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

7-22-2017 Creeks Out of Their Banks

Another hot day in the Quad Cities!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

7-20-2017 Whew! It's Hot!

Excessive Heat Warning
for the Quad Cities...
ya think?!?!?!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

7-17-2017 artisanbreadwithstev

 A knitting buddy introduced me to 
her favorite homemade bread recipes.
She gets them on youtube from
I tried his basic bread recipe first
and it was moist and delicious (and easy!).
I used the poor man's "Dutch Oven" method
by clipping 2 bread pans together.

Next I plan to try the caraway rye bread recipe.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

7-16-2017 Field of Wildflowers

 Blessed my day...

Nature never disappoints!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

7-15-2017 Wild Goose Chase

DH and I went on a wild goose chase today
trying to find a place to purchase
a lifetime senior pass to the National Parks.
before the price jumps from $10 to $80 on August 27th.

We were told we could buy them
at the Herbert Hoover Museum in West Bend, IA.
We left home (the Quad Cities) at 8 a.m.,
drove an hour to get the HH Museum 
and were told that they no longer sell 
the National Park passes 
and that we had to go to the Mississippi River Project 
in the Quad Cities to purchase them.
So, we enjoyed the sites at the HH museum
 and then drove another hour home to the QC.

Herbert Hoover's gravesite.

A statue of ISIS veiled, the goddess of life...
a gift from the people of Belgium
for all the humanitarian aide HH provided to them
during and after the world wars.

The 2 room cabin where Herbert Hoover was born.

We then drove to the Mississippi River Project
in the QuadCities at the Lock and Dam
after calling them and hearing a recording
that they are open 7 days a week from 9-5
and were told they they do not sell them
but that we had to drive another half hour
to go to the visitor's center 
on Rock Island Arsenal.
After finding out that the entrance gate 
is now closed to visitors,
we had to drive another half hour to Moline, IL
to find a different entrance and stand in line
for half an hour to get a visitor pass to get on the island,
which involved a photo ID (which DH did not have,
so we had to drive back home and get it, 
then drive back to Arsenal Island)
and a background check.
After receiving our visitor pass
we drove all the way across Arsenal Island...

and found the visitors' center
where we were finally able to purchase the
lifetime senior pass to the National Parks.
The guy told us they have been selling like hotcakes
and he only had 8 left to sell 
before he would be issued the new ones. 
Got there just in time!
It took us all day, but we are now the proud owners
of a National Parks pass!!!

Friday, July 14, 2017

7-14-2017 Random

A random sight on this morning's walk.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

7-13-2017 Homemade Ice Cream

Because It Is That Kind of Day...

Last night's storm that blew in...
DD has been looking forward to her vacation
to CBA in Salt Lake City
for over 6 months
and after driving to Ohare airport in Chicago
and her flight was cancelled.
So Sad!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

7-12-2017 Kitties Backpack

Baby's growing up...
got her backpack to start pre-school this Fall...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

7-11-2017 Family Resemblance

Love this picture of my son and me!

Monday, July 10, 2017

7-10-2017 Lacy

It's Japanese Beetle season...
and our front yard is covered with leaves
of lacy browns.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

7-9-2017 Zombie Prom

How sweet of hubby to take me to the Zombie Prom!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

7-8-2017 Making Progress

Over 20,000 stitches so far!!!

Friday, July 7, 2017

7-7-2017 Bubbles

Youngest GD popping Mommy's bubbles.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

7-5-2017 Pix from the 4th

Yesterday's 4th of July Street Fair:
Bouncy Castles...

Airbrushed Tatts...big sister went first...

 little sister when next...

(Both girls even remembered
which tatts they got last year!) 

Military Parachutes...

Corn Dogs, Funnel Cakes
and ice cold lemonade...

Petting Zoo...

Train ride...

Watching the city fireworks show
from the back of Papa's Pickup...