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32 posts from December 2008

the end of 2008

Dan turned 21 on the 29th.  Such a milestone in a young persons life isn't it?

Candle lighting 

Dan's birthday was a busy day for him at work.  I wondered if he was even going to make it to celebrate his birthday at all and I was too busy to even think about making a cake so I went to the bakery to get one.

 21 today  

2008 was an okay year for work for us but 2009 appears to be slowing down a bit.  So we'll just have to pray that all goes well.  I know there are some that have already felt the impact of what's about to come and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

I love blogging and will continue to blog in 2009.  There may be a few changes and I just might do a giveaway this year.  I have also met some really wonderful people through blogging, one who I actually got to meet in person.  That I think was one of the most exciting things to happen for me this past year.  The most exciting thing for me to happen was celebrating 30 years with my wonderful husband who I love very much. 

We are off later this afternoon to visit our daughter Carri and her family in Minnesota.  We should be getting there before the New Year rings in.   I've got my knitting bag packed and I'm ready for the car ride.  We won't be back until late Saturday.

I hope and pray that each and everyone of you has a safe and wonderful time welcoming in the New Year.

2008 a year in review

I thought that I would join Kelli and review 2008.  I took the first sentence of each post of the month, the photos might not reflect each sentence, so I chose a photo I loved.  I hope you enjoy my year in review.



I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful New Years Eve. 



I just thought if you haven't had enough snow yet you can look at our snow (lol).




In like a Lion and out like a Lamb

1st robin


A night for night Crawlers.

Stormy sky 


Tearing down history.



It's June 1st and the Rooster gets changed.



It's a Softball, Baseball and T-ball kind of night.



How do you rate as a 1930's Wife or Husband?



I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a wonderful Labor Day too.

Aubs and gray  


A wonderful Anniversary day it was.



Finished my first pair of socks.

First fire  


Finally getting some snow.



Cup of coffee 

There's nothing more tasty than a cup of coffee with a little bit of real cream added to it.  I've only started drinking coffee a few years ago and I don't drink it all the time.  The other morning I was in the mood for a cup with my breakfast.

I'm almost finished with my Christmas Knitting Calender project, but at the very, very end of it ...would you believe...I ran out of yarn....grrrrrr.  I couldn't believe I had maybe 20 rows left to do and now I have to run out to get a whole skein just to finish it.

The tree came down over the weekend and the decorations are put away until next year.  We are planning to leave on New Years Eve to Minnesota so I didn't want to come home and have to take everything down.  What does the new year hold for you?  I have small projects around the house that I want to get done.  I plan on making new kitchen curtains, so I'll have to head to the fabric shop to look at the books.  I have seen some cute curtains on blogs.  I know kind of what I want, I just need to find the pattern.  The kitchen also needs to be painted and that will have to wait until I'm done with jury duty, and one BIG project is to take down some OLD wallpaper that I have in my front entry way.  That project I don't look forward to at all.  Pamie mentioned on her blog about a wallpaper steamer, I'm going to have to check out.  She said it worked great.

I hope you all have a wonderful day today, mine is starting out by making a grocery list.  You know it's shopping time when there is no more laundry soap left in the bottle.

5 is the number

It's finally done.  I'm not sure why I had such a hard time with this little hat.  I first made the newborn size and thought that it would be way too small, so I ripped that out.  Then I decided to make a strawberry hat and I didn't like how the inside was going, so I was half done with that and ripped that out.  Then I started again and tried to be tricky with the yarn and ended up ripping that out.  So, I decided to make an apple hat but a few rows in I realized that was making the newborn size again so I ripped that out.  Let's see how many rips is that?...4 rips and the fifth time is the charm.

Apple hat 

This one is going to my daughter Carri in Minnesota who is expecting at the end of February and if she takes after her mother she'll probably have a "big" baby. 

i'm very honored

Zaroga over at Zaroga's Nook gave me this award.


"This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

Now I have to give this award to 8 bloggers and awards are given in no particular order.

1. Angie over at This is My "Real" Blog

2. Kathi over at Feathering My Nest

3. Gina over at Simply Heart and Home

4. Kar over at Kar's Down Home Bliss

5. Julie over at Farmer Julie

6. Pamie over at Pamie G's Backyard

7. Carolyn over at Willow House

8. Sharon over at Rose of Sharon


until next year

Table setting

I trust that everyone had a wonderful Christmas, I know we did.  Christmas Eve is when we celebrate Christmas in our house as we go to Jim's parents house on Christmas day to celebrate not only Christmas but my FIL's birthday, and it's not often that we can all sit down to eat at the same time.  Usually it has to be buffet, but this year we had a small group only 18 of us and it was a treat to be able to sit and eat together.

Center piece 

Santa came and paid us a visit.  We had only 4 grand kids with us and 3 strongly "believe" but the oldest one has started to figure things out.  Notice that there are only 3 grandies in the picture, the oldest one is curled up on the couch rolling her eyes and saying under her breath, "That is totally someone else".  We all got a charge out of her.  She was good about not letting what she suspects out of the bag...I think she's growing up.

Santa came

The adults also played a game, the same game we played last year but it's a lot of fun.  The guys/girls get in a circle and roll dice and if you get doubles you get to put on a hat, mittens, socks and goggles.  After you get all that on then you get to start opening the gift...but as you are putting everything on everyone else keeps rolling the dice to try and get doubles and the next one to roll doubles gets to put all the items on so they can open up the gift.  It's fun to watch.  The kicker is the present is wrapped many times so it takes a while to open up.  

Boys turn

  Girls turn  

   I didn't take any pictures of Christmas morning, I forgot to bring out my camera but it was a wonderful morning with 2 of our "big" kids waking us up at 7:00 a.m. to see if we can open the gifts up.  Jim and I were up at 5:00 a.m. seeing Jake and Reba off as they were heading to Michigan to get Jennie from the airport to spend the rest of Christmas with her family.  Jennie had to work on Christmas Eve and was able to get Christmas day off so they decided to head this way but separately at first and now they are spending Christmas together.  Christmas day is always busy at my in-laws house but lots of visiting gets done.


The grandkids open their gifts from Ammi and Poppa.  This little guy Kirby was so excited with his gift.  He went to show his mom that he got batteries, he kept telling his mom "I got batteries Mom, I got batteries".  It was a light and batteries were also given so they could use them right away.

I got batteries 

The day was ended by going to Church.  With Christmas all over with it's time to get back into my routine again for a few days, then we plan to head to Minnesota for the New Year.  Life just doesn't slow down.

You all have a wonderful day today.

merry christmas and happy new year

Christmas 2008

I would like to wish each and everyone of you a Blessed Merry Christmas.  I don't always post photos of my children mostly my grandchildren.  So, here are my children all grown up...well almost all grown up, one Jim and I are still raising and we're going to try to hang on to her for as long as we can.  I've been pretty busy to post lately or to go visiting.  I hope and pray that each and everyone of you has a safe and happy New Year.

they were right

Last night when I went to bed it still wasn't snowing.  Jim reminded me of what Kiirsti had told him a couple of years ago, she must have been in Kindergarten or 1st grade and I was thinking that she's right.  Kiirsti said to Jim..."Grandpa you can never believe the Weather man, he always lies".  We have no idea where she got that from but we got a charge out of it.

 Snowy christmas greens

A few shots of my front porch. 

Front porch

  View outside  

This view is from my kitchen looking out the patio door.  Excuse the reflections in the glass.

Jake is on his way and should be here by 10:00 P.M. tonight.  Hopefully most of the bad weather will have blown through and will be clear sailing coming up Indiana.

What's on the agenda today?  I have some cleaning to do, gifts to wrap and maybe some knitting.  I went shopping yesterday and the store was quite busy...everyone getting ready for the storm.

Big load

Jim and Sadie scooping us out.  I best be going so I'll leave you with a few more snow pictures.

Snow covered greens 

Snowy outside 

it's thursday today

and Thursday's are my favorite day.  Things are starting to wind down.  I have a couple of gifts yet to buy but nothing major.  In a couple days the house is going to start hopping.  Jake and Reba (aka: Redbone Coonhound) are coming and staying until Christmas, then they are heading to Michigan to pick up Jennie from the Airport to spend the rest of the Christmas holiday there.  Jason and Kate might be coming for the weekend and Becky will be here on Monday.

I'm planning to make Prune Tarts today which Jim loves.  The kids don't care for them too much.  I find that some will take out the filling and eat only the crust when I'm not looking.  Last night for dinner I made a recipe I found over at Thimbleanna, called Carrot Puff.  I cut the sugar in half and it was still delicious.  I could probably put 1/4 the amount of sugar and it still would taste fine.  I think this was the same dish that my DIL had served at Thanksgiving.  I'll make this recipe again.

              Carrot puff

I'm still planning my menu for Christmas Eve.  I'm torn between a couple of dishes to have.

Lauren has finals all week and then it's Winter break but, we are predicted to have a huge snow storm tonight with 5-7 inches of snow mixed with sleet and when it's all done we're supposed to have a total of 9-12 inches.  But, who knows if they'll be right with their predictions.  Hopefully though Lauren will get those finals in and not have to make them up after the break.

I'm still plugging along on my Christmas Knitting Calender project.  There's no doubt about's a scarf.  I've been slowly knitting away at it and I'm not caught up with the current date yet.  But, that's okay it will be done this winter.  I'm still curious as to what the triangle hole is going to used for.


Since we have a BIG snow storm coming, I must be off to get my day going, there's much to be done.

You all have a wonderful day on this super Thursday.

oh, the weather outside is frightful

The fire is so delightful....and if you have no place to go...Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.

Jim shoveling

Last night we got a few inches of snow.  I don't mind snow and we have gotten a couple of snowfalls so far this year.  I heard we are to get freezing rain and some snow on Thursday.  The freezing rain we could do without but the snow can come.  The boys stopped by after doing an emergency call and started shoveling the driveway.


Shoveling snow

Sadie loves the snow and will play in it all day as long as we are out there with her.  I'm guessing the lab in her is coming out.  Labs are water dogs and snow melted is water, so it's no wonder she loves to play in the snow.

Sadie in snow