Monday, August 30, 2010

Our Wisconsin-Michigan Trip

Hi family and friends - it's always fun to take a trip but it's good to be back in your own home again. Mark (bless his heart) had time off coming so decided to take 'the old folks' for a ride. And it was a long ride but enjoyable. Pictures are of family, friends and scenery!

Milwaukee skyline at sunset.

Chicago skyline - Sears Tower.

Diane's parents, Peter and Sally and Chet and myself. We visited with them on Saturday - lovely weather in the Upper Peninsula!

Ludington Yacht Harbor in Escanaba, Michigan. When we lived there we were just a couple of blocks from the harbor and park.

Chet, Mitch, myself and Paul

Chet, Amanda, myself and Mark.

Amanda was off to college - classes don't begin till next week but she's on the tennis team and team members have to be there two weeks early for practice. We met her and a friend for lunch on our way home on Sunday.

Lovely trip - thanks to Mark for doing all the driving. (FYI - my 16 year old car got 29.? miles per gallon!)
Have a good week.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Rocky Mountain Sampler Block #9

I bit the bullet and made the 9th block for the Rocky Mountain Sampler. Only 3 more to go!

Have a good day!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

This & That Father - Son Project

Starting another week - and close to starting another new month. I decided to blog just a bit earlier this week. Really nothing exciting or eventful happening here.

Tuesday I took the car out for a wash, filled up the tank and had the oil changed. The fellas doing the oil change told me the AC pump was leaking ( I didn't even know the AC had a pump) so I spoke with Mark and he knows of a fellow near me that works on cars "on the side" and this scares me. I can be without a car for a day or two, but working "on the side" doesn't appeal to me. So first thing Monday I'll have to find someone to check it out. We still plan to run up to see Mitch, Diane and Paul (Amanda is off to school - on the tennis team and they go early.) I also hope to take a ride on the go-cart pictured below.

Mitch's father-in-law was/is a collector. This go-cart was found in his barn and Mitch and Paul decided to see if it'd work. He said they had to unstick the valves off they went. The engine is a 1949 /Wisconsin 6hp. (For some reason I couldn't make the photo larger - sorry!.

And a close up of Paul.

Have done a bit of sewing - nothing worth taking pictures of tho. I did have a nice visit with Sister Ellen a day or two ago - she'd been off to the Senior Center - making donation quilts and items for their boutique. She's such a perky thing!

Signing off for this week - Paul Newman movies marathon and The Sting is on right now. Have a cool and safe weekend.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

So Lazy and So Confused

Many people won't admit to forgetting something or being confused, etc. Since I'm not one of them, I will bear my latest here.

The football game wasn't last week - it was today. Have no idea who won tho.

I've been numbering the blocks for the Rocky Mountain Sampler wrong for quite a while. I think we are doing 9 now - but don't quote me on that. Usually I start on the block within a day or two of getting the pattern but I've not looked at it since we met on Thursday. But I have a good excuse.

I picked up a quilt from my longarm quilter gal and it's gorgeous. She does such great work. This is a black, white, red and gray quilt. I've made the binding but haven't had energy to stitch it on and finish it up.

I'm blogging late today just because I'm lazy; have no pictures to post either. My sister Amy called to see if we were alright and we chatted for quite a while. Hopefully next week I'll have pictures and more to chat about. The post may be late because we are planning a quick out of state trip.

Till next week - take care.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Football and Toes.

Hi Family and Friends,

We have had a quiet week, a few days cool enough to turn off the AC but I see Chet has turned it on again today. I guess it's to have a comfortable room while he roots for the Colts vs. 49ers football game today. J.D. is a 49ers fan and am sure he'll be glued to a TV too - he's in Bloomington, finishing up a couple of summer classes. Chet has a few snacks ready to go so he'll be happy.

The Peyton Manning Fat Head board is still in the TV room.

I did not manage to stitch an inch this week but hope to do a bit of sewing today. I am having a hard time getting excited about sewing and quilting lately. But am sure the mojo will return with cooler weather. So no new quilt photos today.

I did take some 'me time' and go have a manicure and a pedicure - as you can see from my picture, I choose an autumn color for my toes. I enjoyed the procedures until the gal turned on the vibrating chair. Almost jumped out of the chair - being a short person the rolling balls in the chair hit me in wrong spots. I didn't tip her - she nipped my toes in three places and drew blood. She never even said she was sorry and tried to hide it. Oh well, my toes do look nice! Don't you think so.

Till next week, thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ah - Fall is closer!

Hi Family & Friends
I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler temperatures we're experiencing the past few days. We turned the AC's off and opened doors and windows. Unfortunately, the heat will return sometime this week.
Report on the young man who had the diving accident last week. Mark went up to see him and found that he is paralyzed but couldn't find out if it's complete paralysis. The fella's mom had been there but he just missed her; a cousin and his girlfriend were there but didn't have a lot of information to pass on. There were two vertebra completely out of line and they were fused. He is on a 'backboard' and when Mark was there he was 'face down'. Mark left for a bit to see if he could find the mom but she was no where to be found. He went back to the room and the fella had been turned, face up. He is on a respirator and couldn't talk and he could not acknowledge Mark. So Mark will go and visit him sometime this week.
Haven't been in touch with the other three 'children'. Am wondering if Nate came back from the Bikers Boogie - maybe he ran away? (Just kidding.) Imagine everyone is okay or we'd have heard something!
Friend Pat called and asked if I wanted to go for a ride in the country - she's writing a column on a church celebrating it's 175th anniversary. So we took off looking for the church, she had good directions and we found it without a problem.

We didn't see any wild animals but thought there might be stills or meth labs in some of those old barns!

On our way back we stopped at the Westport Covered Bridge. It's been restored since I last saw it on a school trip with Tracy and her class. And that was a long time ago!

I finally got back to doing a bit of sewing. The C'mas Log Cabin quilt got it's binding. It is not a pretty quilt! I ran it through the washer and dryer this morning, thinking it might look a bit better - but it didn't. The quilt is folded in fourths in the picture - it measures something in the vicinity of 60 x 70". Like I always say "it will keep someone warm."

Time to go - must write checks to pay bills. Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.