Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Old Man Winter Is Raining On My Parade!

Yesterday we went for another relaxing scenic drive, but it rained all day! And it is freezing! People have winter coats on. What the hell! It is October, not January! So anyway, we went to Alton, because the drive along the river and the bluffs are very pretty. And it isn't all that far away. Also, Bob has a customer that we stopped in to see there. I got to see all of his hard work being used by the operators. The owner of the company was very nice and charming. It was a pleasant experience for us. They love Bob...(me too) . My hubbie is very talented and an honest, hard working, kind person. He should be a millionaire if that is how a person gets to be a millionaire. But, we all know that is not how it works.

I never get tired of looking at this Clark Alton Bridge. There is something fascinating to me about bridges. Maybe it is just knowing how difficult it must be to build them. I enjoy looking at well made structures. The last structure I watched being erected was an addition on to a building where I worked. They brought in these huge pre-made concrete walls and although I am sure those were cost effective in the labor fees, etc....I appreciate things that are made by hand. Every single little brick and mortar or carving. I don't know the entire story of the construction of this bridge, but one site that describes it can be found by clicking on the first sentence of this paragraph where you see Clark Alton Bridge. The article says that they built it to be earthquake resistant. I am not sure what that means exactly, but I have a feeling that there are very few things that can withstand an earthquake.

We have been to this area many times over the years and for some reason never knew that there is a small area dedicated to the Lincoln-Douglas Debate that was held on this spot. Bob has a fair amount of books about Lincoln so we had to go check it out. Here he is debating with them. I don't think they were listening though.

We took the country roads back and I got to see some horses and some cows. All and all it was a very nice day.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Autumn and the "Change"

We have been taking it easy the past few days. Yesterday we drove through a local State Park and there really wasn't very much color to see yet. It may be one more week
in our area before we see the best colors. I love to drive around anyway and see what photos I might be able to capture. We are just hanging out together and pretending like we are retired.
Some great news to share is that we are going to become grandparents again in May. Maddie will be the "big sister". We are all very excited!
I received an email today about women and the "Change", and thought it was kind of cute. My "change" happened 19 years ago, but I still think I suffer from a few of these, and I definitely know a few women I hang out with that have some of these symptoms....ha!


1. Everyone around you has an attitude problem.
2. The dryer has shrunk every last pair of your jeans.
3. Your husband is suddenly agreeing to everything you say.
4. You're using your cellular phone to dial up every bumper sticker that says: 'How's my driving-call 1- 800-'.
5. Everyone seems to have just landed here from 'outer space.'
6. You're sure that everyone is scheming to drive you crazy.
7. The ibuprofen bottle is empty and you bought it yesterday.

1. The need for the same style of shoes in different colors.
2. Lots of clothes in different sizes.
3. The difference between beige, ecru, cream, off-white, and eggshell.
4. Waxing or plucking unwanted hair.
5. Eyelash curlers.
6. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made.
7. The attraction to “On Sale” signs.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever