Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Last Saturday, grandson Mack came to visit by himself for a while. Grandpa, Mack, and I had a great time. Mack loves to color! We were so surprised when he told his mom bye with no tears!
He was a joy to have around.
On Sunday, we went bowling with our church. We had all ages there and a very nice time. The pizza was pretty good too!
Monday night Brent, Emily and Mack joined us for dinner and some Wii time. Mack tried the Wii Fit
and then tried to keep up with his mom on Dance Dance Revolution (notice he is on tip toes!).
Tueday, Ray and I were the judges for the middle school Spelling Bee. This is the 3rd year that we had done this - Ray does all of the talking and I monitor the spelling. It is fun to see the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders excel. That evening we went to see HCC beat Carl Sandburg. It's the first basketball game we've been to this year.
Yesterday we were both resting and fighting off colds that grandson Mack so graciously shared!
Today, I did errands, had lunch with a friend, and am ready to go to my quilting group.
Friday, January 23, 2009
My new featherweight machine arrived today! I got an email saying it should be here today or tomorrow so we had to go to the post office today and it had arrived! It is in fabulous shape and sews sooooo nice! I don't remember the machine I learned to sew on but threading this, filling the bobbin, ... all seemed so normal - I just knew how to operate everything! Guess I need to name this little beauty...
Well, I just had to sew something! I was at a paper piecing class Tuesday night and decided that I would like to try a miniature paper piecing project. So with my new little beauty, I have a third of my project done.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
A close up:
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
I wanted to share a message from a card that a dear friend sent me after my uncle died:
Though we know heaven has welcomed a very special person our hearts still feel the sorrow.
That is so true. I still keep my aunt and cousins in my prayers.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
It was nice to get up today and not get into the car. We put away all of the Christmas decorations and the tree. Late this afternoon, we put on our Yak Trax and walked to the post office - it was COLD! We're not supposed to be here but we have things already happening tomorrow, Friday, Saturday...!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
We will head for Wisconsin tomorrow for the services and funeral for Uncle Bud.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
We stopped in Jackson, Ohio at a quilt shop that was closed. Looking through the window, I decided that was ok! Ray was willing so we tried another quilt shop in Chillicothe, OH. - Creations Sew Clever. Nice shop - they also have an online business. The shop is in an old funeral home so the building is also very interesting. We asked the owner where to eat and she gave us two places that are right next to each other on Water Steet - Dock at Water and Old Canal Smoke House. Ray chose the Smoke House and it was awesome! Of course we had pulled pork...Tonight we are on the north side of Indianapolis. We just came home from a walk around the mall, dinner, and a stop at Trader Joe's. It was Ray's first trip to a Trader Joe's so we had fun and bought a few interesting groceries. We are at a Jamieson Inn - nice, clean, and very quiet. Right now there is only one other car in the parking lot!
Friday, January 2, 2009
We got on the road early (for us) and things went well until we got north of Winston-Salem, NC. We started getting freezing rain and the temperature dropped to right around freezing.
We saw these signs before every bridge. Well, they mean it! The roads were pretty clear but the bridges were not! We saw many accidents - imagine fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, tow trucks. Then add pickup trucks on their roofs, SUVs on their sides, trucks that have rolled, cars that are smashed. Now multiply that by 10 or more.
We spent time waiting more than once ....
When we would finally get past an accident, people were cautious - they hit their brakes at every bridge. FINALLY, people seemed to realize that slowing down before the bridge was better! We made it but it was stressful driving for Ray - not so much the ice as the NC drivers!
We stopped in Wytheville, VA. and visited a neat little fabric shop with lots of batiks. They recommended the Log House restaurant - it was very good. We were warned the service was very slow - they were right!
Inside the Log House restaurant.
In West Virginia every county seems to be a Certified Business Location. What's with that?
Well, we are in Beckley, WV. tonight. We went to the mall and walked for a while. There is a lot of traffic and a lot of people around here - LOTS of skiers. So it takes a while to go anywhere and do anything. We are now back from dinner and plan to just relax.