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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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. "
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.
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
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!!