Monday, February 26, 2018

We Survived the Flu!

It has been awhile...I started the year with cellulitis in my jaw from an infected tooth, had to wait for 5 days of antibiotics before they could pull it.  I looked like I was hiding a Cadbury Egg in my cheek!

After the tooth fiasco I thought things would get back to normal so I started to play with my Christmas gift from hubby....a rock tumbler.  Strange as it my sound it is something I have wanted since I was a kid and just never did it! I am so excited about this and am currently in the middle of processing my first load of rocks.This takes several weeks.

  I also started in on my denim quilt.  180 circles divided into piles of 9 with squares drawn inside the circle.

The denim is my old jeans some as old as 20's not hoarding if it's fabric.  (I may have said that about books as well)  The fabrics are from Grandmas stash.  I love thinking of her while I sew it.

The circles are sewn together and then the fabric squares put in the center.  The tutorial is here and has a picture of it finished.

Things seemed to be going well now....

Middle of January Hubby has fever and chills and the flu.  4 days later I had the flu - hey sharing is caring right?!  We had the flu together for 2 weeks and he got better first.  We had separate bottles of 7-up and NyQuil and we did chicken soup and toast.  He lost weight, I did not...sigh.

Arepa con Camerones

We are recovered and have been able to do a few things in the last week or so.  (the residual fatigue is just awful - several of our friends have said the same)  We tried out the new Colombian restaurant near our house.  We were very impressed.


My sister in law is from Colombia so I was barely familiar with some of the items.  Fun to
try a new place near us.

Yesterday we went to the Pinewood Derby at church where the kids (and dads) build these 5 ounce race cars and race them on an aluminum track.  They spend a lot of time on the design and they have a lot of fun!

My favorite design was the chocolate doughnut above!

The track...

The finish line...

They go pretty fast!

And of course I have been watching the winter Olympics, but since I have to have something to do while I watch TV I have been working on a Puzzle, part of my Christmas gift from Mom that included a new card table that stands up without putting boxes of books against the legs.  (it is ok to laugh)

So we have survived the flu, are waiting for the snow to go away, and are now caught up.  I will have to find something else to watch til I finish my puzzle.

Hope your 2018 has started better!!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

We are, I believe, ready for Christmas.

Son number 2 and his wife were here the first week of December and we had a lot of fun with them.

The food is all bought and as ready as it can be ahead of time for our annual Christmas dinner with others who live far from families or who aren't celebrating on Christmas day and would otherwise be alone. There will be 5 of us this year unless some others are trapped by snow and show up.

Hubby sent out our Christmas cards – what few we send these days.

The gifts were mailed and received by family in California with days to spare.

We have been to the Boise Botanical Garden Christmas light show, had fun with friends and done 'Christmasy' things.

There is snow on the ground but not on the roads and that is perfect for our 'White Christmas', and yes we do play the Bing Crosby CD a lot!

The cookie dough is in the fridge to bake fresh to take to church for the Christmas Eve Services.

The house is reasonably clean.

And so...

It is time to take a breather, and really think about what we do and why. It does not matter that we
don't really know when the birth of Jesus took place, we celebrate because he was born. We celebrate that he was born because it is the first step in the amazing life that was promised for 2000 years, the life that would result in a victory over death, the life that would be given for us. Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, has its beginning on Christmas eve. My prayer for all of you who read this blog is that you would receive that great gift from Him and truly understand the reason for the season!!
                     God Bless us Every One!!

I wish you all the merriest of Christmases and the Happiest of New Years!!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Winter is Coming!

Yes I am a game of thrones fan!  Although I started on the books, I have become hooked on the series.  Winter is on the way though in real life and we are getting ready.  While youngest son was here he pulled all the weeds and plants out of the garden so it is winterized.  (he did a better job than I was going to!) 

 The Garlic is planted and covered for the cold weather.
 The leaves have been beautiful, however this week they all just fell off in unison!  Hubby and I have raked 18 bags (39 gal lawn and leaf bags!) of leaves for the compost and mulch and some for the trash company who make compost and sell it. 

  We had our first fire today as it was just a hair above freezing when we got up and didn't get a lot warmer during the day. We bought a new wood 'holder', and will have more wood on the porch so when it snows we don't have to trudge to the barn.

 I love this time of year!

We took son # 3 home to California so we could see the rest of the family too.  Got to see son number 2 and their new digs, they are living in the mountains and working at a year round camp.  Hiking, horseback riding, skiing, boating and all that!

Mom went with us to see where they were.  This is the lake they see from their cabin.

 This is where they do s'mores each night with guests in the summer....

Here is son, wife and Grandma.  They seem to be very happy in the mountains.  (son and wife that is, grandma is perfectly happy in the valley! No snow!)

Of course we had to see Miss Lily!

Barefoot in her pretty dress...she is such a character!

And of course we got to see oldest son and his wife as well.  Daughter in law number one loves to play board games so we had several 'game nights'!

October went by very fast it seemed and I have no reason to believe that time is going to slow down for me at this point!  I am working on Christmas gifts and looking forward to son #2 and wife coming to visit in December as the camp is closed for 3 weeks getting ready for Christmas guests.  The mountains got about 2 feet of snow today just 30 miles from us...yup winter is!