Monday, December 22, 2008

One More Snow Picture

I know these snow pictures are getting humdrum, but here's one of pop reshoveling the driveway.

Coldest Place ever

I saw this on someone's blog and thought it interesting in light of our cold and snow. Hard to complain about our weather, right?

Monday again

I have not posted any snow pictures, although dad put a couple on his picasa site. I guess at this point I'm getting more anxious about the snow than enjoying it. I am halfway ready but have several errands I wanted to do, and don't know if I will do them today or not. Last night when we came home from Steve and Sandra's there was a little drifitng in the driveway, even though Tim had kept it open by shoveling several times during the day. This morning there's a good 8 inches in front of the garage door which would need shoveling to get the Sante Fe out.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday- another day in winter wonderland

I am feeling just the teensiest bit housebound. It's really not bad, the snow is beautiful to watch. I had thought about going out to do a couple of errands, but after shoveling the berm out I lost the mood to go out and just enjoyed staying home the rest of the day. Susie has done a more than adequate job of showing the snow here in the area, so I won't post any pictures tonight.

Tomorrow night we are going to (another) Christmas Party at Tim's house (Tim's boss). Yay. It is a brand new house, so that should be interesting.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tuesday at 1 below

I had a lovely birthday yesterday with several phone calls, including all of my kids!!! Thank you. Dad took me out to TGI Fridays. GOOD food. Dad had enough left over to take in his lunch today.

I feel fortunate to think that Selma Lundin, who is only 4 days younger than myself, will celebrate her birthday at the hospice house in Spokane on Friday.

One week from today we leave for SLO.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Frosty, the Snowstorm...

So you can see the weather this morning and: (the picture is blurry but you get the idea)

1) Be lonesome you're not up here
2) Be glad you're down in SLO
3) Both

It's very pretty to see the snow. Dad had to go buy shovels for the guys this morning and bring them all the way up to the office! In spite of asking them this week if they had shovels and they said yes, he got a call during the night that they didn't have any shovels.

The only reason I'm going to go out today is to go to Albertsons for a few minutes. It's a perfect day to stay inside.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thursday's foggy

Dense fog today - it feels like you're walking through a wall of moisture.

We had a wonderful time with our two workers last evening and this morning. Jenith is probably 60ish - actually went to tech school in the Cities years ago, so she knows lots of MN people.

Tim and I just finished having a massage. He had been having some neck trouble after holding the chain saw above his head to cut down branches from Diane's tree. The chiro fixed it and then a massage helped.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Monday, Monday

Some of the ladies publish things they appreciate about their husbands, so I thought I would add a couple:

- I said I wanted to plant some herbs on my windowsill and he made me this lovely cedar planter.

- Every year for my birthday he gets me a gift certificate to a quilting store - which is exactly what I want the most.

- He clears the counter and loads the dishwasher every night after supper

He never complains about what I cook and never says he dislikes something.

That's it for starters.

We had a lovely birthday celebration yesterday starting at Red Robin and finishing up at Jeff and Susies. Susie had made a lovely ice cream cake with mint oreos in it. Thanks, Susie! After which Hunter provided us with some entertainment. We forgot our camera.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Wider blog

I want to figure out how to make this blog wider - I know you can do it - I just have to take the time to read up on it - half the screen is wasted.

Here are the potholders, Carissa, that I made for the girls, as well as the grocery store bags (Ginny, you will probably recognize the fabric). I got them from that U-Handbag site from your blog. I made a few changes. I put a stiffener in the bottom and did the handles slightly different.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Again, something I saw...

on someone's blog - Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. How true - we don't know what anyone else is struggling with.

Amusing old pictures

I see some of the girls add an old picture from time to time for amusement, so I thought I would share this one. Long before the current generation had thought of making faces at the camera, our boys had already invented it - haha.

22 degrees this morning - brrrrrrr.

Monday, December 1, 2008

We actually saw the sun today

Monday morning is a really good time to go to Wal-Mart, which I did. Granted, some shelves aren't totally stocked, but really it wasn't bad.

Here's a saying I like: (stolen from someone's blog) Happiness isn't having what you want, it's wanting what you have.

We enjoyed pizza and good fellowship last night at Kurt and Jeannie's. Spur of the moment invite, but sometimes they are best!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Winter Slid In

Here's a picture for you, Carissa. Amber (neighbor girl) made a snowman in the swale in the front yard. It' pretty out there, but I think it's gonna melt today. Dad, Jeff and Todd (Steve wasn't feeling up to par - probably too much food the day before :-) went four wheeling yesterday and you can see some pictures on Dad's picasa album.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Keeping Up With the Photographers

Early Sunday morning when Dad and I went out for our walk the leaves on the roses in the front yard were coated with dew just on the outside - like the edges were dipped in sugar - (I'm not trying to keep up with you photographers - or wait - maybe I am :-).

This morning I am taking Clair to the doctor and then this afternoon will be doing some getting ready for Thanksgiving things.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Early Monday Morning

It's in the low 20's today. Tim got a call right at 6 sharp from one of the fellows, who has the "flu" and will not be in today - vomiting, the works. It's quite common and one begins to wonder how many times a person can have the flu! Anyway, this means he is one man short and will probably have to spend some time working outside, so he went upstairs and added some layers of clothes. He doesn't mind it, though - he actually enjoys some physical work, always has.

We had Sunday lunch here yesterday and had Doug Arestead with us - he is a brother to Gwen from Wisconsin.

No pictures to post this time - you can see a few on Tim's picasa site from their Saturday four-wheeling trip.

Friday, November 21, 2008

New attchment for Kitchen Aid

I saw this attachment for the Kitchen Aid, which I really think is neat. The beater has little blades like windshield wiper blades on it. The reviews I read on it were very positive. This is my one complaint with the Kitchen Aid - it is hard to get a scraper down to the bottom. I was trying to cut and paste a picture of it, but am not successful. You can see it here. Plus this web site is neat.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Play Date

Hunter and I had a play date today while mom spent time at the dentist

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Here's what Tim did last night.

Note pile of sawdust where logs were before.

Macy's is having a sale - 9-1 pm. $10 off of $25 purchase with coupon. Zoom. I am there.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Diane Thom had a tree in her yard that needed to come down and asked Tim if he wanted to do it and then he could have the wood. What do you think he said? Yes, you guessed it, he DID want the wood. Last night he and Steve (thank you, Steve) worked for the evening, starting at 4:15 to take the tree down and haul the wood over here. Now here is what the other half of the garage that used to house the pick-up looks like. He and wood is kinda like me and fabric, very hard to resist! The picture is a little dark, but you can see the wood - the shop will be toasty this winter.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

And It Was a Very Nice Sunday

Meeting and then a nice lunch at Todd and Amy's today. Hunter was sporting a nice new hairdo, he looked so grown-up.

Last gospel meeting and now dad and I are relaxing at home..... Here's a couple of pics. We played a quick game of Settlers in which Todd won. We REALLY need to pick on him.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Today's happenings

I decided to venture over Post Falls way today since I had seen a couple of thrift stores that I wanted to go to. Since I was going near the PF library, I stopped in. They have that used book store in the lobby and I found a rack of magazines -FREE. You could take what you wanted and then bring some in exchange. I felt guilty taking them since I hadn't brought any, but I have a bunch I will bring next time I go that way. Only about half of these were from that free bunch - half I got at a goodwill store.

When dad got home we decided to go to Applebees. The lobby was so full I couldn't even get up to the hostess to give our name. We left and went to I Hop. Browsed Barnes & Noble for awhile and came home.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Here's the start to our day, which promises to be sunny. Those pink and yellow-lined clouds are so pretty that I had to take a picture.

Here's the potholders that I made. Naturally I couldn't do anything simple, so it took me awhile to make this pattern, but it was fun. What size are the ones you made? These are 10 inches, plenty big, I think.

Time for my workout - I got a DVD out of the library "Keeping fit in your 50's" - so I am trying that. A little more interesting than the treadmill.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I Am Furious....

with myself, that is. I had 10 ladies here this morning for brunch and I forgot to take a single picture. I even had put a new battery in the camera and had it sitting on the fridge (of course, a mistake - should have had it in plainer sight). Oh, well, sigh. Lots and lots of good food - we had several pastry dishes, some with fruit fillings etc. One was a scone with devonshire cream - now that is pretty classy.

Oh, well, guess I'll have to post a picture of Hunter instead then. He was having a snack of chocolate chips, since he was a good boy and had eaten his supper.

Friday, November 7, 2008


Our new computer cord came yesterday - just in time - as I couldn't wiggle the cord any more to get it working - so I was without a computer for about 2 hours (gasp) until the UPS man rang the doorbell. So all is well.

Here's the quilting that I am doing on the baby quilt. I hope someone has a baby boy so this quilt can find a home! I am trying to simulate the ruff of hair on the duckie's head with the quilting. I'd like to do some sayings around the border. Seems like I remember a song we sang in kindergarten about a "holiday with our pails and shovels." Some words from that song would be cute if I could remember.

Say, Carissa, where did you get the pattern for those potholders you made with the divider on the back side to put your hands in? I'd like to make a couple...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Here's the cutest U-Tube ever. Did you all see you could get a free Starbucks today just by mentioning that you voted - wonder if that was true?


A rainy day in which I don't really feel like going out, but I think I will anyway - and do a couple of little errands.

Be sure and look at Carissa's Picasa pictures - they're under the October 8 pictures which show the ocean and bridge. There's a hilarious video of Ben doing a skit.

Carissa, I'm finishing that old baby quilt top with the baby ducks playing on the beach that I did in log cabin. It will wait for a boy baby to give to!! Then I am going to work on the picture that I have started of my mom

Sunday, November 2, 2008


A nice day with a pot luck after union meeting. Too much good food! Dad went to Todd's hockey game this evening and should be back shortly.

Little munchkin getting ready to go out trick-or-treating.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Friday

Here is the apron I just finished using a piece of vintage fabric that I have had for a long time and wanted to use. It will be nice to have a new apron.

I'm just on my way out the door to Sally Reeve's birthday party.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Here is a cute cake that you could make into a Halloween cake maybe. Cake I just happened to run across it. I was having trouble getting the underline to stop so I change the hyperlink place and now it seems to be fine.

Last night's photoshop class was much better and I learned lots of things. The man teaching it had a lesson plan lined up and we were able to walk through a lot of things.

Dad went and watched Hunter go down the slide. Will probably post a couple of pictures.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


I got the stitches cast on for my slippers and one row knitted. Yay!

I have been working in bits and pieces on the basement getting the guest room set up. And the storage area cleaned. Dad and I worked down there tonight and I vaccuumed everything in that area and we reorganized and cleaned. Certainly not too terribly interesting... The storage room probably cleaner than it ever has been in its life!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday, Monday

I have a yen to try the hyperlink thing. I know it's not hard. Well, I'm a knitter (not as good as a tri-athlete, but...) Here's the slippers I am going to try making Its supposed to be a beginner pattern. I got the yarn this morning at Wal-Mart.

In other news, Tim got back safely and timely last night from Kentucky, a little weary but otherwise fine and is very busy at work today. Lots of calls from people wanting fall work done, so he has to keep the crews working hard.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saturday's events

I went to a beginning knitting class at the library this afternoon to see if I could get stimulated to knit something. There sure are some neat yarns out there now. Saw a really cute dog sweater.

Anyway, not to be too outdone by Carissa's many many projects, I must display the table runner that I finished this evening. I wanted to get it done before fall has disappeared.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Guess what I am having for dessert, Carissa? Some of that espresso gelato that you made -- I spotted the container in the freezer and thought I just better use it up and get it out of the freezer.... ha

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Dad has taken the camera to Kentucky, so I probably won't post any pictures for a few days, although his old "work" camera is upstairs in the bedroom, so I suppose I could remember how to use that and put the memory card into the computer. This morning I went to Millie's and cleaned - she is my one cleaning job now. Her daughter, whom I have met several times, had mentioned she had gotten a sewing machine and it wasn't working - the tension was messed up. So I offered to go to her house and look at it - turns out they live right across the street from Dave and Beth Bolin. Anyway, there was nothing wrong with the machine - I threaded it up and sewed a seam and it worked beautifully. She seemed very happy and was going to get to work on some projects.

I am finishing up a fall table runner today - if I get it finished I may try to put up a picture of it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Our beautiful fall

Fall is especially beautiful this year. The leaves are golden on our street and golden and red on Country Vista.

Free Coffee

Thanks, Carissa. I got my free coffee coupon for Barnes & Noble from Slick Deals. (It's from last Thursday good until the end of the month). I may go to Barnes & Noble today and drink my coffee and look at a magazine!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Here's how your room looks. No closet!! Dad took it out. The walls look beige on this screen, but they are actually the green color. Dad is putting up trim tonight.

I had a long afternoon with Clair involving various stops, didn't get home until almost 6.

Friday, October 17, 2008

My Goodwill purchases

My Goodwill purchases for the day. Some books for Hunter, a book for dad, some Mary Englebret note cards, and a wall quote - which says "Family - a journey to forever" which sounds slightly Mormonish -but I thought I might use just the Family and put above our family picture.

This quilt was just stunning (in my opinion). The colors are wonderful. It was my favorite and I hope you can see it okay.

Quilt Show 2008

I thought sometime I could do a four-wheeling wall hanging along this line.

Quilt Show 2008

The lady who did this quilt was the featured quilter this year. A man was installing new cabinets in her house and she did this quilt - notice the cell phone and other details. I am going to get out my quilt of my mom sitting on the rock and work on it! She said he came every day with a latte - hence the coffee cup in his hand.

Quilt Show 2008

This lady said she traced pictures from a coloring book and made them into quilt squares. It's just darling and hopefully you can see it by clicking on it.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

How do you make a link.

into a hyperlink? Thanks

Kitchen Aid Mixer Cover to Make

Here's just one web site for a Kitchen Aid mixer cover to make, which I have been thinking about doing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thread tension for sewing

Here's the information I was telling you about that has been helpful to me for years, mostly helpful in quilting, but sometimes in general sewing as well.

"If you can see the top thread on the bottom, then the bottom is too tight (and pulling the top down). If you can see the bottom thread on the top, then the top is too tight (and pulling the bottom to the top). So, see the top? Either loosen the bottom or tighten the top. See the bottom? Either loosen the top or tighten the bottom. "

Righty tighty, lefty loosy.

How do I..............?

Does anyone know how to get rid of that blue strip across my picture? thanks. Or,... I would like to put it at the top with the name of my blog... which at the current time for lack of better inspiration is..... Daily Ramblings. By the way, I'm sure you already know this, but just in case, you can click on the pictures to make them bigger.

Thanks, Carissa. Changing the template did it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tuesday afternoon trip to St. Maries

Tuesday afternoon I rode with dad to three appointments that were all on the way to St. Maries. One was the Casino again to try to get to talk to that guy about the Christmas lights. We went on to Todd and Amy's property to cut some more of that wood. This is how the river looked at sunset. Beautiful, isn't it? Then we ate at a little hometown cafe. Got home 8:00 pm

Monday, October 13, 2008

A very helpful thought of the day

Here's a sister worker's post that I just read and thought it was very helpful. Maybe you will too.

Hunter's sock monkey

Here's Hunter's sock monkey. Hopefully soon to be completed.

Here are the ducks - mama and baby. The book is our boat.

By the way, the post office is not open today so I can't mail the package - but will do so in the morning.
You can see the plastic spools, which I thought we would have fun threading - that they turned into "pets," that needed to be walked. Grandpa stopped in for 5 minutes on his way from one job to the next and took the one picture. We had a blast!!



Sunday, October 12, 2008

Saturday, Sunday

Ok. This is the third time. I wonder how many blogs I have created out there.....

Here is a picture of the quilting that I have done on your quilt. Not sure you can even see the quilting.

On Saturday Dad and Jeff and Todd went four-wheeling in Liberty Lake. Here is how dad acts when I'm not there. hahaha You can't really see the wheelie very good.

Well, the postings are not exactly by the pictures, but you can get the idea.

I will take the camera to babysit Hunter today and see if I can get a couple of pictures.