Sunday, May 31, 2009
My little robins are all gone. I'm sad, but happy for them. I heard mama outside today scolding one of them, so I went around the corner and he/she flew!! He couldn't get clear up in the tree yet, but he flew! He's the only one I've found so far; I hope the cats in the neighborhood didn't get the others. I'll be looking better tomorrow (if it's not raining)!
Friday, May 29, 2009
I've been sewing this afternoon - putting the strips on the sweatshirt. Wish it was done for tomorrow, but like I said, this isn't a quick job! Tomorrow I leave at 6:00 AM to go to Des Moines for the P.E.O. convention. Yes, I said I LEAVE at 6:00 AM! I hope the meetings are interesting so I don't fall asleep! It should be fun. More later...
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I've also been on Photoshop today resizing about 400 pictures that I took at Kaylee's graduation party. For some reason (I'm sure I did it!) my camera takes pictures that are 45x34" so I have to resize all of the pictures or else it takes forever to upload them to www.snapfish.com where the family can see them all at once. I could probably read my manual to see how to reset that size feature! Meantime, I'll resize every picture I take. I wish there was a way to resize a group of pictures - that would be a whole lot easier!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tomorrow I'll be in Waverly so probably won't get to blog. More later...
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Dave called me a little while ago to tell me that he had asked for Saturday off so that he could go with me to Waverly for Kaylee's graduation party. Bob's grandchildren feel a little like my own grandchildren, so I was really happy that he decided to ask for the day off. As it turns out, it looks like rain for the next 4 days so they probably won't have to work anyway. All that stewing over nothing! More later...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Now back to reality. My brother and I are going to the cemetery to decorate the graves today because this weekend is going to be chaotic to say the least. My great niece, Kaylee, graduates from Waverly-Shell Rock HS this Sunday and her graduation party is Saturday. It's about a 3-hour drive from where we live. Then, one of my aunts passed away last night, so I'm sure that funeral will be later this week - probably Friday. She was a wonderful aunt - everyone's favorite! She always had a smile and a hug and always said, I love you, when we visited her! She was 93 or 94 - I can't remember for sure which.
Oops, here's my brother now - more later...
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Tonight is my last Beta Sigma Phi meeting of the year. To celebrate, we're all going to Lake Rathbun to the new destination park for dinner. We're leaving at 4:30, so I'd better get a move on and get that lawn mowed. It takes me about an hour and a half! Actually, I'd better head to the pharmacy to get myself some more allergy pills, because I'm down to my last one and when I mow, I need them!
I finished a good book last night. Bryan and Deanna got me The Girls From Ames for Mother's Day. It's the story of 11 girls from Ames, Iowa, who have maintained a friendship for 40+ years. It was such a good read! It reminded me a lot of the group of 13 of us who have remained friends since junior high - that's a little more than 40 years! Too bad we didn't come up with the idea first. Our book could have been named The Gang of '66! Anyway, it's worth a read if you're a woman with women friends. I've got to get going, so more later...
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
This morning was Worship through Music Sunday at church. The Chancel Choir sang 4 songs and the bell choirs had 3 or 4 songs, plus the youth choir had a couple of songs. It was a beautiful service, but it went a little longer than I expected. We were to meet up with a group of classic car owners and go on a toy drive. Actually, the toy-drive part of the day was that in order to go on this cruise, we were to furnish a new toy to be donated to either the S. Iowa or N. Missouri Red Cross to give to children when they are in crisis. Cool idea, right?! Well, I think that "toy drive" also means that we get to drive OUR toys! But I digress from my original thought - sorry! Anyway, we were to meet them at 11:00 and leave for Osky (to arrive there at 11:30). Since church was running late, I sneaked out of the choir loft with about 25 minutes left in the service! Hopefully not too many people missed me! Since I had my own car at church, I raced home to get my camera and Dave took the '56 and went to the starting point. I then parked my car in the Great Prairie AEA parking lot and got into the '56. As luck would have it, we didn't leave Ottumwa until about 11:30 - I could have stayed for the rest of the service! Regardless, we eventually took off - I think we had 16 cars from Ottumwa. We were led on back roads to Oskaloosa where we gained another car, and then on to Pella where we acquired 2 more vehicles for a total of 19 cars cruising to Pleasant Hill to eat a mid-afternoon lunch at the 5 & Diner. Unfortunately for all of us, it started sprinkling on us about midway from Pella to Pleasant Hill. By the time we arrived at the 5 & Diner it was coming down a little harder than a sprinkle! You must understand that a lot of these cars have never seen rain - they are only driven on dry, sunshiny days! But that didn't deter us - we just keep on going! We had a wonderful lunch at the 5 & Diner and then we were free to come home on our own. Well, normally we would opt to take all back roads home, but today since it was still rainy, we decided to just come home on the 4-lane. So we did - and we decided to take the Dahlonega Road exit at Ottumwa because that was closer to home. We got home just a little bit ago and we opened the garage door to go into the house and I looked at Dave and said, "Honey, we forgot my car - it's still out north!" If we had taken the original Ottumwa exit we'd have driven right by my car, but no - we went clear home and then had to go back out to get my Buick!! We decided that we were all candidates for early-onset Alzheimers! Oh well - it could have been worse!
Here's a picture of just some of the cars on the cruise - the picture was taken in-between rains so I didn't get all 19 of the cars.
On another note, I have this "rule" that the furnace doesn't get turned on after May 1st in the spring or before November 1st in the fall. When we walked into the house after having been gone all day, the thermostat was reading 64 degrees! Needless to say, the furnace is now running and here it is May 17th! Later...
Friday, May 15, 2009
You might be wondering about the title of this post: Here I am gone for about 2-3 hours today and Dave took the day off! I would have loved to have spent the day with him, but as it is, I'll spend this evening with him. He took the day off because it was raining this morning and there's nothing they can do at the plant today. Oh well, tomorrow is supposed to be a pretty day and there's a car cruise scheduled for Sunday, so I guess we'll have plenty of "we" time this weekend! More later...
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This afternoon I went outside to mow. I was afraid that it was going to be too wet, but it only proved to be wet in a couple of places. Then I came inside and made a chicken casserole and put it in the oven. Dave just called and he's heading home, so I timed that just right! More later...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Yesterday was a very good day - I got lots done around the house. I'm trying to organize closets in our spare bedrooms so that I can move stuff from my closet and just use my closet for my clothes - what a novel idea! In so doing, I'm also getting bags ready for the Salvation Army. Half of my closet is taken up with quilting books, magazines, patterns, etc. I'm just not willing to part with any of these at this time! Anyway, I'm determined to get things organized around here! I guess it's that nesting instinct that comes in the spring! I have a luncheon today with about 5 ladies. We're going to the new Indian Hills diner to eat. I toured the new culinary arts facilities at IHCC, but I haven't been out to the new dining room, so I'm looking forward to lunch. After lunch, I'll get busy again on the closets. In the meantime, I've got a birthday card to make for one of my best friends and I've got to reconcile my checking account. How about that for a morning of contrasts - some fun, some not so fun!!! Have a great "wet" Wednesday! Hopefully it'll quit raining so I can put some new grape jelly out for the orioles - rain tends to dilute and wash away any jelly in their dish!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
This is what's in the nest at my back door (on my wreath!) Mama robin stays put most of the day and today I've noticed papa robin bringing food to her. There aren't any babies yet - probably by early next week we'll hear little chirps! We've noticed that she's starting to scold us if we're out in "her" yard!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Here is a picture of a daffodil center very close and personal. I like it a lot. I think the colors in it are pretty cool.I cropped and manipulated this one in photoshop CS2 after my class was over. I used auto color and this is what it came out like. This is a picture of the bright purple rhododendron that is in the corners of the leaf picture. Look how transparent that flower is. It almost looks like it has silica on it. That's all for today. Dave and I are taking the 56 Chevy out to a cruise tonight. Anyway he plans to be home in time for it - it starts at 6:00. Tomorrow, Bryan and Deanna are coming here and tomorrow night is the Hawaiian luau murder mystery so I may not get to blog tomorrow. See ya!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
When I went outside to hang the oriole feeder, I scared away a purple finch too. This bird-feeding station is starting to be a lot of fun!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I guess he was busy eating that nut and wasn't about to quit just because I was taking his picture! We took some pictures of the flowers while we were there. This is one of the red bushes at the farm...beautiful blooms.
This one is of some grape hyacinths - aren't they cute? All the time we were there it was sprinkling...but we continued to take pictures! Our moms didn't ever tell us to come in out of the rain I guess! It was fun - thanks, Sue!
This morning Dave and I got up early to go to a plant sale at HyVee Drugstore. We got 9 perennials, plus 2 peonies, and a flat of annuals, as well as 40 bags of mulch. Then we went to breakfast! Today was also a stamping day at Juliene's! Kathy demo'd several cards using one of the new stamp sets and it's embossing folder. Beautiful cards! When I got home Dave had already planted the peonies and spread the mulch in all of the perennial beds. After Dave took a short nap, together we planted the other 9 perennials and put together 8 pots of annuals. Then he mowed and the hacienda looks beautiful! He's such a good man!