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Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Past Week Round Up!

So, we started the week off with a little get together in Des Moines. We met at the flea market at the state fairgrounds. That was pretty fun-lots of junk to see there. Then we dropped in to the Big Steer for some lunch! 
Yes, there is a big steer at the big steer! 
Lunch as very good, and we got caught up on my cousin's goings on, and a good time!  Then Wednesday was my birthday...deep sigh!

 
 But look my Mom made me this little design board for my quilt projects. NICE!
And hubs got me this! I'd been wanting one of these for quite awhile! Ana White is my hero-and she builds great things with this cool device.  We'll see if I can too!
 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Weekly Quilt A Long

So  over at the Moda Bake Shop they offered a weekly quilt a long. They post a block every week and when it's all through you have a quilt. 
 Moda Bakeshop Week One---Here's the link if you want to see it.
 Here are my past weeks blocks. It's been kind of a mystery block too, since they don't really show you what the finished quilt looks like exactly.
I had a few yards of the gold fabric to get started and I added another gold fabric to it to have enough-it's a pretty big quilt to make. 

And there have been quite a few little problems with the whole thing really. One week the host said she would post an alternate block , because so many people were having trouble with it, 
then never did, but I'm plowing on.
 
 And I should have known it was a bad deal, when it started off with the poor directions saying "Use a scant 1/4" seam" Scant...that's BS in my opinion, it's either a quarter inch or not! Scant...I call BS!!
 Just a few more weeks and I'll have all the blocks done! I'll not do another one like this again!!


Grrr, scant! Never again!!!!
Sunday, October 8, 2017

It's October

SO the time sure seems to fly! Last weekend I volunteered over at the Amana Oktoberfest food booth as a fundraiser for my church. I twas fun, but the best part was afterwards when the fam came out!
 The polka band was OK, not as good as the last time I was over, but still , who doesn't love a good polka!
 There's always a large quantity of beer available,
 and it's always fun to hang out with the kiddos!

 See it looks like we are in Germany...doesn't it?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Backyard Bonfire Time...late reporting!

So I had quite a pile of stuff in the backyard burn pile-mostly branches and pallets. Yes, that is Ringo on top of the pile...he figured out how to be king of the hill!
 
Anyways it was time to burn it down! So I had some good help to get ready....Dannie mowed the lawn like she always does, with some help....and Poodle helped too-she kept the toys gathered up, and
Ringo was helpful and ate the apples that are falling from the apple tree next door. 
  
See there was plenty of fuel for the fire! It was a perfect day too-warm and still. It was a really fast burning, hot fire!
 
We shoveled coals into the fire bowl so we could roast hot dogs and brats and of course make s'mores! We stayed out until past dark, it was such perfect weather.
A few days later Dannie used the big magnet we borrowed from Dad to pick up the nails left in the fire area. 
There was a lot of dang nails-burning pallets will do that!
Now she won't have to worry about getting a flat tire on the lawn mower!
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Blaze Pizza

So there's a new pizza restaurant in Iowa City, Iowa.  Blaze Pizza.
Dannie and I stopped in after the flea market at the fairgrounds on Labor Day....yes, I know I'm a little bit behind in blogging.
 Anyways, the Pizza was really good.
 It's a lot like going to Subway, in that you get to make your pizza anyway you like it. They have lots of ingredients to choose, and our person did a lovely job of making our pizzas. 

 Pizza costs just $7.95 each and the toppings are included! I think that's a great deal!
So I had them build my pizza-lots of good stuff on there....and Dannie had their signature white top. Both were really good and the pizzas come out fast from their fast grill oven. Kind of like a stone fired oven, but no stone is the best way I can describe it. You still get that nice crispy crust. The only thing I would improve would be for the people that cut the pizza to get a sharper tool-we had to use the plastic knife to cut our apart!
 The beverage selection apparently changes, but the day we were there we had Blood Orange Lemonade-it was WONDERFUL! And just to make me even happier, free refills!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Aunt Francie's 80th birthday celebration

So my Aunt Francie celebrated her 80th birthday with a really fabulous party organized by her children. My cousins did a wonderful job of organizing the whole thing!
There was a fun lunch of Maid Rites, cake and Cedarcrest Ice Cream and I was lucky enough to have my kiddos there!
And see there?  Mom is working the paper.....There was an Aunt Francie crossword puzzle, and I WAS IN THE PUZZLE!!
AND, as if there needed to be any more good things, Lovely Jean got me a SELFIE STICK!!!!!
Look see there, the stick is a thing of wonder...wonder where to point it! HAHAHA
I keep trying, but I can't seem to get my SELF in the picture, LOL!
DD took pictures while we were visiting and mingling.....
Poor Ben......
He just plays along.....
One of my cousin's grand daughters was especially interested in Dannie's big camera.
How cute is that?
The future photographer!
It was such a fun party. So many people stopped by to wish Aunt Francie a happy birthday!
I'm getting better with the stick here...see!!!
Ben & his Grampa, we all love their sense of style, it must be the blue plaid gene pool!
I imagine Dad looked pretty much like Ben when he was that age.
Here's my wonderful cousin Robin, she and her sibs did such a great job getting this party together!
It was held at the Fisher Community Center in Marshalltown, Iowa. One of my favorite places when I was a kid. I hadn't been there for many years! But I remember this sculpture very well! One of my all time favorite works of art.
I didn't know it was a memorial, but now I do. I took a selfie with my sculptural friends!
Gosh, you'd think I would have had at least one picture of the birthday lady! What a miss!
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Baseball & The Eclipse

So I took the Gingers to watch the Cedar Rapids Kernels and the Eclipse at the same time!
 They had a noon game special, hot dogs were only $1! We got there early and had to wait in line for a little while....but we wanted to get the eclipse glasses they were giving away at the gate!
 They kept each other entertained.....
and in line.....

 And we had great seats for the game, too bad the weather didn't cooperate very well with the eclipse!
 But how bad could it be, as long as there is ice cream?!

 As the eclipse progressed, tit got dark enough that the field lights turned on. It was pretty cloudy though, so it was hard to see much of the actual eclipse.


Ice cream face didn't keep her from watching the eclipse...at least what could be seen of it.
The sun was actually, right there!
 After the game-which had a very exciting double play to end with a win for the Kernels- the Gingers wanted to have photo ops with the memorial tank in front of Veteran's Stadium....
 They are pretty photogenic, don't you think?
 Hams, one and all, I say!






 A great day at the ball park overall....and an eclipse for the ages!