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Friday, February 27, 2015

One Sure Thing....

So we got our Income TAX return back just in time, and just enough, to pay the property taxes.
I don't think I'm the only one who hates paying taxes. And while I was at our local County office building, I noticed this on the door. No firearms allowed...huh, really? Ever think about why the county office would even think about folks coming in with a gun? There's no sign like this on the door to the fabric store, not on the grocery store, Well quit robbing me & calling it taxes and maybe the gun issue wouldn't be a problem.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

No Matter How You Spell It, It Spells I Love You!

Sunday we celebrated the birthday's of my DD, my Dad and my Older Sister.
 Look what a fun cake my mom made for us! Wait, what's that Honey?, Your Name? Your Name is spelled wrong?........ as DD uses her pretty hostess cake cutting skills...... hahahahahahahahaha!
 "Well that package only came with one N!"
I LOVE my family!
Friday, February 20, 2015

Bunny Time

So since I have my sewing stuff organized, I better get going on a new project. Stitched By Crystal has this cute as can be bunny bag for Easter. I actually bought a little kit from Common Threads Quilt Shop, so easy as can be I make a template and away we go!
 I checked Crystal's blog for directions and then, of course, didn't follow them!  I sewed the ear parts before cutting-so easy!
 I also embroidered the little face when I made the 3rd bag....
 I used tiny buttons for the 1st bag I made. So cute, right!? Just tie the ears closed. I think jelly beans would be great in one of these.
So I decided I'm going to share this project with a small group at church on March 28-just in time for Easter.
 
 I gotta say, the pink ears are much cuter than the orange ears. I'm kind of unsettled about how the faces look though. Oh well they're all good!
Let's see if anyone else finds them as cute as I do!
Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine Swap Received

Remember I talked about the valentine swap over at Aunt Peaches Blog.
 I got all 3 of my valentines! Aren't they nice!
 One of my swappers sent me a valentine dream catcher made of paper and ribbons. How clever!
 Another used Modge Podge to make a sweet valentine with awesome ribbon edges, and I got 
a bonus little necklace with the 3rd valentine. It features a very nicly done felt heart! What a crafty bunch of valentines! Thanks to Elizabeth, Susie and Jeneen.
Friday, February 13, 2015

Organizing...sorta

 SO, I have a printing problem...I'm better now, but I have this pile of paper to show for my wicked past of printing. THe pile of paper has to be controlled!
 TA DA! Look at that, all put away in binders and not falling onto the sewing area! Nice job!
 Now to un cover the ironing board area... Yikes! Look at that residual project excessive stuff! Is my ironing board under there?
There so much better-still need to get my stash back in color order, but much better. I think I need one bin for that pile of scrap strips I have piled up on the big Singer table. Or maybe I better settle down and sew!
OH YES!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Friends of the Library

A few times a year the local friends of the Library have a book sale at the Coralville Library. Everybody knows I love books, sooooo.....
I had to go have a lookie loo.  Saturday was the 2nd day and I heard a few folks say they thought things were pretty picked over. I thought there were plenty of books to choose from and if I didn't hate to dust books so much I would have come home with more than just a few.

So I picked up just a few, two knitting books with really pretty illustrations for Mom. I doubt if she needs another project to knit on, but these are really nice books and only fifty cents each!! And a quilt book, it's a little but aged, but has a cute heart block pattern, and last a brand new dollar store decor book. I'm not interested in much from the dollar store, but I think it will be great in a gift basket for the church bazaar & auction in November. Yes, I'm planning ahead!
I got  3 books to add to the library in Uber Son's/Bob's/Guest room. They were only a quarter each. When GIL's kiddos come over I like to have something for them to read. Tiger Trail has some really lovely pictures.
Look at the wonderful illustrations in this book called King Bidgood's in the Bathtub.
The story is about King Bidgood, who doesn't want to get out of the tub, so he carries on with business from the bathtub. Love the pictures! What a great bathtub!
And the last book I bought is Little Black, A Pony. We had this book when we were kids and I think it was one of my sister's favorites, so I imagine the kids will like it too.
 
I had to read it again my self..... Yup, it's still a great book!
Friday, February 6, 2015

Tax Time

I think I have a paper cut from shuffling paper around to get ready for Tax time!
 But TA DA ! It's all bundled up and ready to visit our tax guy Edward. I'd do it myself, but we have a 1099LTC and it's not supported on any on line forms that I tried. So for the last few years Edward has been our guy.
 Poor shredder, it's packed full...yes I keep more paper than I need to I guess. But by golly, I got the things I need! Happy day, now for some do nothing time!!YAY for Friday!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Aunt Peaches Valentine Swap

 So a few years ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Aunt Peaches started a valentine swap. So I joined up once again this year. I have loved my valentines from past years, and can hardly wait to see what I get.
I started my valentines a while back because you have to mail them by Feb 5.
 I used mostly re cycled stuff-the colorful flowers are from last years calendars, and I made the envelopes with calendar pages and when they are open you see the flowers inside! Love it!

 I had to make 3 valentines for the swap...I think they came out really good! Now off to the mailbox!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday Snowstorm

So, we all knew there would be snow last night. 
 When I got up about 6:30 this is what I saw...ooooo pretty!
 But deep....really deep.....I think I'll go back to bed.
 This is about dog deep snow.

 I stuck in my trusty yard stick....we're right about 8 inches, and it's still coming down.
 The cedar tree in the back yard is pretty bent over with the weight of this snow.
 It's the wet heavy snow-man kind of snow.
 Lucky for me John came over and ran the snow blower for me!
 What a good job he does....I love having a break from snow blowing!
Now I hope it stops pretty soon or I'll have to do it again!
Friday, January 30, 2015

Chili's for Supper

So, I have to confess, I have not been to Chili's for a long time...like 6,7 years, maybe. SO I had some gift cards from a very lovely friend at Christmas time and Hubs didn't feel like cooking so, Hey My treat!
 At Chili's they have this little kiosk machine on every table. Well, how technologically advanced is that.
 You can see the menu, call your server and play little games too. I kicked butt on the trivia game...
 We ordered the two for $20 menu items, I had ribs (the dogs love the bones) and Hubs had a sirloin steak. See those little skillets on the table? They had the best mashed potatoes in one and some good steak fries in the other one. Very yummy indeed.
Then when you get all done, you can pay at the little kiosk too, and tip your server and it prints a receipt too. So I guess I need to get out more.
Sunday, January 25, 2015

At The RoughRiders Stable


Well we had a great time last night at the RoughRiders Hockey game up in Cedar Rapids. They lost but still...when the Lucky Charms Zamboni comes by, all is well!
 SIL John and Girlfriend-in-law Jean and DD were my company for the night. We had many laughs.
 The hockey was good...losers though, but still good.
 ``There is never too much cowbell!
 And then this morning ...more snow. Deep sigh, I think I'll take a nap.....