Saturday, February 18, 2017

Something New!

Do you remember a few years ago, there was this commercial with hamsters driving a Kia Soul?  It was pretty entertaining. 
We've been kind of car shopping a little bit to replace hubs, Ford Fiesta. Remember when we got her?
No rush really, but that transmission has been getting more and more annoying-Ford says it's fine, buuuuuutttttt I was worried that he'd end up broke down somewhere and we'd have a big repair bill. Sooooooo
After a ton of browsing on line and comparing and reading reviews and looking for the best deal, we came here....Kia of Des Moines. Hubs knew he wanted a Kia Soul. And we selected this pretty white one. The folks there were pretty good to deal with and it didn't take too long to work out the final bits, because I already did most of the work on line.I would recommend on line shopping and paper work filling out 100%!
Hubs is very happy with his new car, I drove it home from Des Moines and I think it's a pretty great car. I think we got a great deal and it was worth the drive.
I'll keep you posted how it works out!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Big Fall!

So, I thought I heard Bob messing around in the closet the other night, but when I got up in the morning to take a look, here's what I saw!
 The whole shelf had fallen down! All the hanging clothes were on the floor and I had a job ahead of me!
 I replaced the little hooks that hold the shelf to the wall and added reinforcements in the form of steel shelf brackets. It really looked worse than it was. But I got it all back in place and now the closet looks a lot better!
I still have some organizing to do...time to get rid of a few things!
Saturday, February 4, 2017

This Week.......

SO I signed up for the annual valentine swap over at Aunt Peaches blog. I've done this a few times over the years and it's always fun to get valentines from total strangers, here are my three ready to be fitted for envelopes. I'm loving the gold glitter-it's duct tape that I got on clearance after Christmas!! It punches with my paper punch really well!

And here's the great news for the week. Hubs got his military awards in the mail! DD had sent in the required information quite a few months ago and they came through! I teased him about the one medal-it's a good conduct award. I told him that was the last time anybody saw that huh!? I'm so glad for him! He has always wanted to have the medals he was awarded while serving in Viet Nam, but nobody knows whatever became of them after his folks passed away.

SO now he has them in his hands and is very happy...what you can't tell by the picture?
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Roughriders Hockey Time

 So Saturday we made the annual trip to the Stable to watch the Cedar Rapids Roughriders battle the team from madison WI. We lost, but it was a very fun night!
 My favorite Son and his Mrs and one kiddo came with me. And with cowbells, it's always fun! There's nothing like hollering and banging a cowbell to relax!
 Here they are with Ricochet-he's the ice skating horse that's the mascot of the Roughriders.
I'm thinking I need to get over here to the Stable a little more often!
Thursday, January 19, 2017


 So I thought I'd do something a little different for valentine's day this year. For the kiddos I'm making pillowcases! It happens that while I was at the local JoAnn's store they had the cutest valentine fabric on sale! I had to get a bit.
 The down side is that a couple of my choices were one way prints that would be going the wrong way on a pillowcase. SO when that happens you have to cut the folded edge and re stitch so the long way is the way the print goes.
 See these bears would be going sideways if I just went with it the way they are.....
 But if I cut it apart on the fold and re stitch it the long way, the bears are right side up when the pillowcase is done.
 Awww, look how cute these are!! And I had this hunk of valentine fabric in my stash-I don't even remember buying it, but it's pretty cute too, so I have more valentine pillowcases!
There! That's a completed project and one more hunk of fabric out of the stash! Sew On!
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Starting 2017 Right!

 So, I started this quilt for a work friend of DD's who is having a baby boy. Well when I started....back in November, I thought I'd be done quickly. As usual, I find that random scrappy is hard.
It's a cute pattern from the Winter 2016 magazine Quilts & More. But I struggled when it came to assembly. It is beyond me how to easily match these rows to keep the nice hexie shape.

 I tried all kinds of measurements and pins and I though I'd never get them to line up, but I think it looks pretty darn good! So I got it sandwiched and did a quick loopy quilt job on it. This was on New Years Eve...If I finish this baby quilt, I will start 2017 with NO uncompleted projects!
 I stop for a break for just one minute and look who thinks that's their cue to take a test nap.
 Anyways, I shoved the cat off and got the binding done! And this was before Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve melt down on TV.
Looking good and ready for  a quick wash and dry to get the wrinkly goodness!
 There all done!
Ready for delivery...especially since DD tells me the baby boy arrived the other day! Well now he'll be cozy all winter!

And best of all, no UFOs starting out 2017!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Holiday Roundup-Ready for a New Year

 So I just need to re cap the frantic feeling holiday! It seems like I drove away the whole Christmas time! My favorite time though was this. On Christmas night after supper, DD, Uber Son & Lovely Jean loaded up in the car to look at the Christmas lights around town......
 And to catch Pokemon!

 I know-silly, right? Well I have a bunch of Pokemon Go! players in my life and it was actually a lot of fun to do!
 We drove to a couple of Pokemon Gyms and enjoyed the Christmas lights along the way! Fun time with the family!
We also had Christmas Monday at my folks home. There's some joyous vibes coming form these two...or maybe not....
 We exchanged gifts, ate sloppy joes and had a great time.
 I told my sister that I didn't have any photos of her from 2016 to put in to the 2017 annual calendar for Mom so I had to make an effort to get some of her for the 2018 calendar!
 Mom always likes the calendars, with the photos of the family scattered around every month. She and Dad both liked the assortment this year!
 Then we had the final gifting event with Pizza at our house on Friday. The Ginger kids all came to get their gifts-the logistics involved in getting multiple Christmas gatherings with multiple extended families is a truly a massive undertaking!
And the best part is, no one cried and said they didn't like it! YAY! I used the Pinterest idea of getting each kid "something to wear, something to read and something they want." So they all got socks and pants and a book and some money to buy whatever they want! Score one for this Christmas gift giver! I wish I would have had a little bit more time-I wanted to read the books I bought them. For Caitlynn I got Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco & James Patterson-I love James Patterson, for Will I got Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham-I love to read John Grisham books, I gotta say, I think it's awesome that quite a few of my favorite authors are writing books for young readers-maybe it's just smart marketing, but I really liked  choosing authors I love, to share with the kids! For Kevin I got Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot (Captain Underpants #12) by Dav Pilkey-Uber Son loved Captain Underpants at that age! And for Jaymie I got the first in a new series called The never Girls In a Blink (Disney: The Never Girls Series #1) by Kiki Thorpe, RH Disney. Maybe they'll let me borrow them so I can read them in the coming year!  

OK, so I think that's the final Christmas and the final post for 2016. Hard to believe the year is over already.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Eve

 So, we traveled to my Aunt's home for Christmas again this year. We had a great time with the traditional Christmas story from the Bible....
 and singing Christmas carols. DD tried her best to get us some music-like karaoke-but we sure don't follow along very well! We exchanged gifts and had lots of good conversation.....if you hang with older folks very much you know the topic often falls into the health issues of the year.....deep sigh.
 Of course the food was delicious! My cousin Jason kept things under control in the's Jesus' birthday cake too!
 And the rest of the spread. Don't you wish you had been there?
Merry Christmas followers!