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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Now at A HyVee Near You!!

 Our Hy Vee Grocery store was recently remodeled and that added a nice restaurant/bar area. They serve fancy small brewery beers and you can have anything from the Hy Vee food areas to eat there if you want. Last night a very talented young man I know, Aaron Swim and his pals played at the Hy Vee bar. I shouldn't have been chatting with my Uber  Son at the time, but you get the idea.
Who ever thought it was a great idea to have a bar with live music in the grocery store is a genius I think.
Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekend Randomness

So, it's been a busy weekend around here! Look what DD saw in the yard...See the caterpiller on the milkweed? We've got Monarchs!!
In February and March, the final generation of hibernating monarch butterflies comes out of hibernation to find a mate. They then migrate north and east in order to find a place to lay their eggs. This starts stage one and generation one of the new year for the monarch butterfly.

In March and April the eggs are laid on milkweed plants. They hatch into baby caterpillars, also called the larvae. It takes about four days for the eggs to hatch. Then the baby caterpillar doesn’t do much more than eat the milkweed in order to grow. After about two weeks, the caterpillar will be fully-grown and find a place to attach itself so that it can start the process of metamorphosis. It will attach itself to a stem or a leaf using silk and transform into a chrysalis. Although, from the outside, the 10 days of the chrysalis phase seems to be a time when nothing is happening, it is really a time of rapid change. Within the chrysalis the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a remarkable transformation, called metamorphosis, to become the beautiful parts that make up the butterfly that will emerge. The monarch butterfly will emerge from the pupa and fly away, feeding on flowers and just enjoying the short life it has left, which is only about two to six weeks. This first generation monarch butterfly will then die after laying eggs for generation number two.

The second generation of monarch butterflies is born in May and June, and then the third generation will be born in July and August. These monarch butterflies will go through exactly the same four stage life cycle as the first generation did, dying two to six weeks after it becomes a beautiful monarch butterfly.

The fourth generation of monarch butterflies is a little bit different than the first three generations. The fourth generation is born in September and October and goes through exactly the same process as the first, second and third generations except for one part. The fourth generation of monarch butterflies does not die after two to six weeks. Instead, this generation of monarch butterflies migrates to warmer climates like Mexico and California and will live for six to eight months until it is time to start the whole process over again.

It is amazing how the four generations of monarch butterflies works out so that the monarch population can continue to live on throughout the years, but not become overpopulated. Mother Nature sure has some cool ways of doing things, doesn’t she?
- See more at: http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/#sthash.I8SNmCPx.dpuf
I thought it was too late for these guys, but according to Google, this is the 4th generation of Monarchs and they are the ones who will emerge in September & October and will migrate. Cool!
The fourth generation of monarch butterflies is a little bit different than the first three generations. The fourth generation is born in September and October and goes through exactly the same process as the first, second and third generations except for one part. The fourth generation of monarch butterflies does not die after two to six weeks. Instead, this generation of monarch butterflies migrates to warmer climates like Mexico and California and will live for six to eight months until it is time to start the whole process over again. - See more at: http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/#sthash.I8SNmCPx.dpuf
In February and March, the final generation of hibernating monarch butterflies comes out of hibernation to find a mate. They then migrate north and east in order to find a place to lay their eggs. This starts stage one and generation one of the new year for the monarch butterfly.

In March and April the eggs are laid on milkweed plants. They hatch into baby caterpillars, also called the larvae. It takes about four days for the eggs to hatch. Then the baby caterpillar doesn’t do much more than eat the milkweed in order to grow. After about two weeks, the caterpillar will be fully-grown and find a place to attach itself so that it can start the process of metamorphosis. It will attach itself to a stem or a leaf using silk and transform into a chrysalis. Although, from the outside, the 10 days of the chrysalis phase seems to be a time when nothing is happening, it is really a time of rapid change. Within the chrysalis the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a remarkable transformation, called metamorphosis, to become the beautiful parts that make up the butterfly that will emerge. The monarch butterfly will emerge from the pupa and fly away, feeding on flowers and just enjoying the short life it has left, which is only about two to six weeks. This first generation monarch butterfly will then die after laying eggs for generation number two.

The second generation of monarch butterflies is born in May and June, and then the third generation will be born in July and August. These monarch butterflies will go through exactly the same four stage life cycle as the first generation did, dying two to six weeks after it becomes a beautiful monarch butterfly.

The fourth generation of monarch butterflies is a little bit different than the first three generations. The fourth generation is born in September and October and goes through exactly the same process as the first, second and third generations except for one part. The fourth generation of monarch butterflies does not die after two to six weeks. Instead, this generation of monarch butterflies migrates to warmer climates like Mexico and California and will live for six to eight months until it is time to start the whole process over again.

It is amazing how the four generations of monarch butterflies works out so that the monarch population can continue to live on throughout the years, but not become overpopulated. Mother Nature sure has some cool ways of doing things, doesn’t she?
- See more at: http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/#sthash.I8SNmCPx.dpuf
It was also the last Sunday for our current Pastor, she has been re appointed to a bigger church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.I know I will miss her very much, but this is a huge "promotion" for her! You don't really get promoted, but it is a bigger, better paying, church so it's full of more opportunities for her. This was the last children's time for Pastor DIane at Oxford, Iowa. We'll be breaking in a new Pastor now!LOL!
I'm also helping clear out my friend Loretta's house. She has moved to an apartment and is downsizing in a big way! She has lots of treasures to find new homes for. I'll be busy for awhile with that job!
Friday, August 21, 2015

Well Would Ya Look At That...

I just spent a lot at the grocery store. I didn't buy any T Bone steaks though.
I ordered new glasses though. Honestly, I don't even remember which ones I ordered...was it these?
 Maybe these....
 Huh, probably not these though.
 I'm getting better at that selfie business doncha think? DD critiqued glasses when I texted her the pictures. I doubt that I ordered the ones she liked at any rate! I'll be surprised in a couple of weeks!
Monday, August 17, 2015

Kid Sewing

SO vacation is over for me, I have to go to work this afternoon. Sad Face......
But I had t o get some fabric sewed up for the Girlfriend-In-Laws kiddos before summer ends altogether!
 I got this book at the church yard sale back in June and thought I'd give it a whirl for the TMNT dress for Little Jaymie.
 
The book comes with a pattern you just trace off in the size you want and then they suggest all kinds of embellishments and alterations. I just went basic with a good pocket on the front. 

 
I think she liked it-she wore it to the fair! I pointed out to her that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on this fabric have the words Sewer Surfing on it and that sewer is spelled the same as sew-er! So maybe the TMNT are really sewing not surfing the sewer. 
Then I switched to McCall's 6099
 to make this Pokemon shirt for Young Kevin. he hasn't gotten it yet. I just finished it this morning and I like the way it turned out!
I hadn't made a collar shirt in quite awhile so it took me a little bit to remember the way to do things. But it finished out very nicely!
 Off to pack my lunch...back to work!


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Our State Fair is a Great State Fair

Don't Miss It Don't even be Late!
I wasn't late, I went on the 1st day! I've been to the Iowa State Fair lots of times, but always with kids or Hubs or someone else. Not this year! I had a wonderful day all to myself at the fair!! It was Awesome!

 
The grand concourse wasn't very busy when I arrived at about 10am. So I stopped off at the varied industries building-Let's see what they have this year!
 Ooo, the Brother sewing machine folks, home siding, home windows, home gutter covers, home roofing, home basement sealing, home remodeling...Ok every thing you could want for the home is on display!
 Look at the Tupperware booth-WOW-they are swamped!
 Here's the cookware Hubs bought at a yard sale!LOL! For a lot less than the "Fair Price"
 Oh I almost forgot, Hot tubs for your home, bathroom remodels for your home, beds, lots of beds....
 Every college in the state and then some.....
 Beds, lots of beds...I laughed at this guy texting in bed!!
 Oh then upstairs to the Textiles!! Oh boy!!
 Quilts, quilts and more quilts...




 It seemed like there were more quilts than ever before!

 And the State Fair Sew In! I sewed! They have strip quilts going to Children's hospitals and I sewed on one. See if I had folks along with me, I never would have been able to sit and sew for an hour or so. It was such fun, chatting with the other sewers and sewing at the fair!
 These are the award winning quilts
 So many different awards...I can't imagine how they decide the best out of all the beauties here!
 So onward I go....Oh farm equipment.....
 Campers and motor homes....
 Yard equipment.....It wouldn't be a fair with out livestock...
 Horses-these are 5th and 6th graders in the Western Pleasure class.  They're so cute! And this arena is really a beautiful building!
 Here's  one of the good old buildings...I do love the old fair buildings architecture.
 
Sheep....
 pigs...
 cows,
 more cows-look they have names.....Junie, Roz, Pippa, Phoenix...
 and shopping at the fair is always fun, boots, hats, saddles, shirts, you name it, you can get it!
 Including Iowa brewed Craft beers!
 Inside here...the Public Entrance...
 Cow showing!
 Very nice job by these kids too. The judge has a microphone and you can listen to his comments, it's pretty interesting.
 Moving along on to produce.....
 and you think you've seen it all on a stick? The Egg producers were giving away hard boiled eggs on a stick...this little kid wasn't too interested in an egg on a stick.
 The butter cow and butter Monopoly guy, what's his name, Moneybags?   wait let me google...Rich Uncle Penny-bags!

Moving on-at my own pace...LOL!
 Had to visit the old machinery.....
 And visit the antique vendors in the historic barn.  Love the windows and the wood of this big old barn...

 ooo, look green glass....at "Fair Prices" though

 the blacksmith is busy....
 lots of junk to look at ....
 love those windows above the potters booth....
 Time for lunch...wood fired Pizza for me!
 Yum, I had Iowa made Ginger Ale from Top of the Vine along with a pretty good pizza. Top of the Vine offers craft beers and this year at the fair they are offering Craft Sodas too! YAY!!! It was delicious-and only $3
 I'm riding the sky Glider down the hill!




 Love the aerial view of the fair!
I also stopped by the Paul R. Knapp Animal learning center..what a nice big cool building! Lots going on here with most of it geared to kids learning about animals..Always a good thing....Goats!

 And I strolled along the Midway...begging kids and begging carnies..lol!!



 Stopped by the displays under the grandstand-one whole side of the building was dedicated to law enforcement and other folks who wear uniforms to preform their civil jobs.....
 Almost time to go....Love the Earl May sheep...
 Had to pick up a turkey leg to take home for Hubs....
 And headed for the parking lot....
 Smart cars.....
I gotta say I had a great day at the fair! If you haven't gone yet, Don't Miss It Don't even be late!!