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12 posts from March 2010

shrimp boats

In Florida we saw a few shrimp boats.


I love the names of some of them.

Baby girl and big daddy

When we were getting gas I jumped out of the boat and took some pictures.

Shrimp boat


This one was going to sea.

High life boat

I just love these birds and had to throw a picture in for good measure.


I'm still not done with pictures there are more to come.

the beautiful dells

Wisconsin river

This is what drew people originally to the Wisconsin Dells.  Now it's nothing but shows, water parks, amusement parks, people and tons of cars.

Jim and I left Saturday afternoon and headed to the Dells.  We enjoyed our ride through Wisconsin and our time together.


I had to bring my camera in for some cleaning.  So, I'll be without a camera for about 2 weeks.  I haven't been posting much lately.  I mentioned to one of my daughters that my heart just hasn't been in it lately and she said "Yes, I can tell".  I didn't think it was that noticeable.

Blessings in disguise.  I'm relishing in those blessings and realize that my life is better because of them.  When you embrace the truth you are free. 

When Mother Teresa received her Nobel prize, she was asked,

"What can we do to promote world peace?

She replied,

"Go home and love your family."

Just a little something to take with you.


Evening stroll

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

boat ride on jack's dee tour

When we were in Florida we met up with one of Jim's clients...Jack and Dee.  They winter for about 6 months in Florida.  Their daughters run the business now that Jack and Dee are retired.  One day they picked us up on their boat.  We went for lunch and a boat ride.

Boat ride 1 

Here they come.

Boat ride 2 

We got on Jack's DeeTour IV.


Captain Jack.


First Mate Dee.


The view of the Sanibel Lighthouse from the boat.

Boat ride 3

Jack and Dee took us to find the dolphins,

Boat trip

and boy did they come and put on a show.  Here is just a few of the many photos I took.


Then we say goodbye.

Boat trip over 

A wonderful day it was.

sanibel lighthouse shelling

On one of the days in Florida we got up before the sun came up and went shelling over at the Sanibel Lighthouse.  I thought we would be the first ones there...Wrong...I think some people must get up at 3:00 in the morning to start shelling.

Sanidbel lighthouse 

We came upon some fisherman's crab traps.

Crab 1 

Jim starts lifting up the trap and I'm like "What are you doing?".  Well, there was a nice shell underneath the trap and he wanted it :)  At first I thought he wanted a crab.

Crab 2

This next photo maybe a bit out of focus, so sorry about that.  I rushed the shot because this was a live shell and it was moving and I didn't want to miss him being out of his shell.  You can see where the sand has been dug away trying to move.  I threw this guy back in the water.  Hopefully he didn't get washed up again.

Live shell

If you ever get the opportunity to go it.  You see the most interesting shells just like the smallest one I found.  Here I compared it against a dime and a straight pin.

Smallest shell 

I'm not really sure how I found this small shell.  Everyone wants to get a big shell but I was pretty excited to find a small one as well.

Shell and dime 

I can't believe that it's been 5 day since I blogged here last.  I have been blogging over at my photo blog more lately so head on over there if you want to see some more Florida photos.

You all have a wonderful day today.

sleying the reed

I haven't posted about my weaving class and how that's been going.  Before we left for Florida, this is what we did in class.

This top picture is not my work.  I didn't take my camera out until the class was almost over.  This is the start of sleying the reed.

Warp yarns

Here I've started to thread the heddles on the loom.

Threading the heddles 

A side view of the loom and how the beater is tied up to make it easier to thread the warp threads through the heddles.

Table loom side view 

Just another view.

Loom 1

At the end of the class each loom gets folded up to be put in the closet for next week.

Folded loom

Last night was my weaving class and on the way there I realized that I forgot my camera.  Last nights class would have been great to show you, because I did what was called beaming the warp.  I did start to weave and I have to say I'm very happy with the colors and pattern I picked out.

It's been busy as usual around here.  We had to put one of our hens down who was really aggressive towards the other hens to the point of drawing blood.  She was feather pecking them.  We separated the injured hen and she is now on the mend.  Soon we'll reintroduce her back to the flock.

I hope all is going well with you and I'm trying to catch up on all your blogs.

Have a wonderful St Patrick's day.

Who's having corned beef and cabbage?


I made some scones last week that I found here on this blog.  I found the link from Dot's.  These are so yummy!


Went to Minnesota this past weekend for our daughter's 30th birthday.  She was totally surprised.
I didn't take many pictures...But, here's GeeGee blowing kisses.  We shopped, ate and visited.


Baby Heidi is doing wonderfully.  She's off the respirator and vent and only has a feeding tube right now.  I didn't take this photo...I was going to go and see her on Friday but I woke up with a cold coming on.  I didn't want to infect her or any other baby in the unit.  I'm glad I didn't go because by Saturday I did have a cold.


I've been posting more pictures of our Florida trip over at my photo blog.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

we have a new granddaughter


Yesterday our son Josh and dil Aleena had another girl...Heidi Margaret 5 lbs 3 oz.  I don't have any pictures other than one I took on my cell phone.  Baby Heidi came about 5-6 weeks early in an emergency C-section.  She was transported to Children's Hospital.  Jim and I were at the hospital so we got a chance to see her before she left.  The transport team brought her to Aleena's room so they could see her and touch her.  In the next few days they will know more.  Aleena is doing well and recovering.

Please keep all in your prayers.