Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Valentine's Day is coming...

and I wanted to put up a picture of two vintage valentines. My mom received these two valentines from two of her pupils when she was teaching school in the early 30's. They fold forward flat and are signed in pencil on the back by the students that gave them.

P.S. The tablecloth and doily are made by mom as well.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Nothing much new to report - I was hoping to have a picture of a completed sock to put on, but that hasn't happened. I had to tear out a few rows, so I am only halfway down the foot to the toe. Soon.

Dentist apointment today. I still hate going to the dentist, even at my advanced age.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

My Goodwill purchases today:

Do you think they are depression glass? I can't tell.

Hunter and the Box

When Grandma babysat Hunter yesterday we luckily had a large box for Hunter to play in and to "work on". He takes little pieces and pulls them off with his play tool set. Here he is:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lovely birthday lunch for Diane

Yesterday several of us were glad Diane Thom had a birthday so we could go out to lunch. Here are a couple of photos of the lunch. The lady in the corner (in the bottom picture) is 94 years old and still going strong (well, not really too strong), but very sweet. Some of you from Minnesota will remember Diane from years ago.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Busy, but fun weekend

Chuck and Jean and Alveta came last Thursday afternoon. Alveta is from Minnesota and Chuck and Jean are bringing her to California to see her son. She used to be Madsen and then was married to another man for 20 years - sorry I can't remember her current name. But she is very sweet and I enjoyed visiting with her. Friday night I had them over. Friday Jean, Alveta and I went thrift store shopping and then went out to lunch at the "White House, a local Mediterranean restaurant that specializes in garlic food. Saturday we went to a used book sale at the library, then I had everyone over for supper and games, since it was Steve's birthday. Sunday was relaxing and we napped and knitted until supper when we were invited to Steve and Sandra's for a birthday supper which Sandra had prepared - all Asian food - and you will see the huge smorgasbord of food that she cooked. It was superb. Here's some pictures:

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


I looked at your Picasa pictures that you put up of the ocean, Carissa. It's really cool that you saw those whales!

Yesterday I bought this beautiful ball of yarn and started my sock, after several mishaps and tearing out and starting over. I certainly am a novice, but there are so many helpful on-line tutorials and videos. I am now on the third row, so I think I am off and running.

Hunter was here on Sunday evening for awhile and Grandpa and I played hide-and-seek with him, as well as play-doh again.

Today I am going to clean cupboards - I have a hope of doing all of them, but doubt my enthusiasm will last that long.

It was a year ago today that dad died. I'm so glad he's in a better place now.

Friday, January 9, 2009

A visit from Hunter

Hunter came to see Grandma and Grandpa for the evening. Can't believe much he is talking now. He played with play doh for 2 hours. I found a recipe that includes cinammon and cloves, so it smelled good. You can see that he was making extreme car noises as they got stuck in the "mud."

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Knitting and other things

Here is how my knitting is coming along. This is going to be a sock - there are several mess-ups, but maybe this will prove if I am too old to learn something new.

We are enjoying Wayne and Ross for a couple of days here, while it is raining and snowing. Rain this afternoon, so everything's slushy now.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Saturday night/Sunday

We had the kids over for tacos last night. Grandpa bought Hunter a new toy, which included a Jeep vehicle pulling a four-wheeler on a trailer, etc. - found it at Joe's - 50% off. So Grandpa spent some time with Hunter - I will post a picture of Grandpa outside with Hunter - it's dark and you can't tell, but it's in front of the house. Hunter laughed with delight each time he went down the little hill on the saucer.

Today we had a nice lunch at OCB (Old Country Buffet). Now Tim is studying hard for a weed spraying test that he has to take for work. I feel kinda sorry for him because it's pretty boring stuff to read.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

San Luis Obispo Trip

We had a wonderful, relaxing time at Ben and Carissa's place. Carissa and I had an all-day shopping trip which included thrift stores, antique stores, craft stores, clothing stores..... We had Christmas dinner, which included ham, ham sauce, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, etc. Sunday afternoon we drove down and saw the elephant seals. December is the month they give birth and these baby seals are a week old or less. We drove by the Hearst mansion. We didn't have a chance to tour that on this trip, but we will do it another time. Carissa and I made lefsa and brought half of it to the Veldkamps in the evening to play games. Carissa wanted to learn to knit, so we got started on that. During a walk in a little town with antiques stores and such a lady gave us a whole bag of knitting magazines - so we looked through those, too. Carissa designed more bags to make and we cut one out and got it ready to sew. During the evenings we played games - we got going on Sequence and had a pretty good competition. I'll post a few pictures - I don't feel talented enough to post the picture right with the comment, but you will get the idea. On Monday evening we went to a "local" restaurant that was right by the wharf and the ocean - you can see the wharf outside the window - really fun! I will post some more pictures on my picasa site. Tim will put some of his scenery pictures on his picasa site - he got some nice ones of the ocean and some wildlife.

This is Lois Austin, whom I have been told a number of times that I look like, so we finally got to shake hands.