Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve


 Here is our tree this year.  I bought a 4 foot artificial tree for Maddie and Kayla to decorate.  We made some snowflakes, and paper chains and they enjoyed taking the ornaments off and on with no fear of Grandma telling them.. to not touch the breakable ornaments.  The gifts and our celebration with them will have to wait until Tuesday night when they come home from Cleveland.


I did buy one breakable ornament.
A ballet dancer.
This was Maddie's favorite ornament.  
I bought it for her because she started taking dance lessons this year. 
I let her take it down from the top to look at it and it did get broken.
She cried and cried, but I used super glue and you can't even tell it was broken.


A couple of weeks ago....I bought a Frank Lloyd Wright puzzle at Barnes and Noble.  It is a Peacock Rug that was designed by Wright for the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo that he designed.   Here is the only thing I could find out about it on the internet.
This geometrically abstract peacock image was created by Frank Lloyd Wright as a carpet for the banquet hall of Tokyo's Imperial Hotel, which Wright was commissioned to redesign in 1919. (Wright's version of the hotel was demolished in 1968.) Alas, the hall's carpets never arrived from the manufacturer. Fortunately, Wright's design survived and is beautifully reproduced on this difficult, 1,000-piece puzzle. Measuring 25"x25" when complete, this cool jigsaw puzzle makes a great gift for artistically minded puzzlers who aren't afraid of a challenge! 

Okay....I bought this for myself...all the while knowing that my husband can't pass by in a room where a zigsaw puzzle is in the works......without trying to find a "few pieces" that fit.  He started off pretty good the first 2 days.  I struggled with the border off and on for 2 days.  Finally I caved...and welcomed him to join me.  He managed to assemble it in less than 8 hours.  The man is a puzzle genius!


We both admire Wrights work.... even though the man had some issues in his personal life.  His work is amazing!  I hope to get to go to Chicago with Bob in the near future to see the homes he did in Oak Park.  I would probably rather see some of his buildings... or even Falling Water...but Chicago is closer.



I tried to encourage Bob to sit down and play the piano for me.  
He put some effort in it...just for me..  
He used to play really well.  Maybe when he retires he will have more time for it. 

 
Tomorrow our son will spend the day with us.  We plan on watching some baseball highlights from our World Series win.  An annual tradition  for both of them is to look through the most current Topps baseball card factory set.  I have no idea how Santa Claus got on that box.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Vacation Update

Let's see....what have we done this week on our vacation.  Monday....can't remember.  Tuesday...went to 8:15 Mass.  Later that evening we went to our annual Knights of Columbus Christmas Caroling at the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood.  They have a beautiful candlelight Novena that starts at 7 pm.  The sisters sing like angels....and I am not exaggerating one little bit.  They truly do make you feel like you are experiencing a little piece of what heaven must be like.  After the Novena we all gather for some old fashioned caroling along with the Sisters.  We bring cookies and soda to serve to them.  It was so cute.  One of the sisters arrived late and came over to the table to see what we had.  She said..."Umm...I am looking for some peanut clusters.  They are my favorite."  I told I didn't think we had any.  She said...."No...I don't think you do."...sounding a little disappointed.  Next year she is getting peanut clusters.  They are all so sweet, and they are doing well as they age.  I am afraid there are not very many women going into that vocation any more.  Too bad.  We have 2 sisters at our parish that are the dearest women that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  Other than that....we really haven't done much except hang around the house and read, work a very complicated jigsaw puzzle and watch a little TV.  I have slept late everyday and have been very lazy....but isn't that what vacations are all about...


Merry Christmas to everyone reading my blog right now.  I hope your Christmas is wonderful!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Vacation Week


  Today we went down on Main St and wanted to eat at Lewis and Clark's for some of their famous White Chili...but there was a two hour wait.  So we went over to Friday's not far from us.  Bob took a couple of photos while we were in there.  Kayla and Maddie are getting along so well lately.  They can really play together now that Kayla has gotten older.  Today we had a dance show, and a music show....and each of us took turns being the "teacher".   The "teacher" reads a book to the other students.  They are both getting a lot better at coloring, and Santa will be giving them lots of coloring books. 
 

Me getting to kiss  my Kayla girl.  Maddie was hugging me a lot today also   They left today to go spend Christmas with Brian's family.  I miss them already.  We will have our gathering a little late this year...when they get back.  I am glad they have Brian's family because he has a very big family.  It is too bad they live so far away though because the kids only get to see them a couple of times a year.  Most of his family lives in Cleveland, and his brother in Detroit.  We had about 300 people attend their wedding 7 years ago and probably well over half of them were his family.  Bob's side of the family is pretty large when they all get together.  My side is not big at all  I just have a couple of cousins I still stay in contact with.  My brothers are still living but we aren't all that close...and they all have a lot of health problems.  Bob is taking off of work this week.  We have some things we need to get done around the house...but I hope we will be able to get out and have a little fun also. 


Here is the latest crew of our cats.  Waterpool (on the left) has official tags.  I took her in to the vet at the Humane Society and  got all her shots.  The day after Christmas she goes in to get spayed.  So she is OURS.  Even though she will be an outside cat.  Smokey, next to her is her brother and has just recently been letting me pet him a little.  He will probably be next to get fixed.  The cat next to him is Pink Foot.  He will not let me get very close to him.  A new arrival is the little kitten Maddie calls Figaro.  It looks like these four are ours for now.  Sterile Feral only does spay and neuter once a month, so one by one I will get them all in somehow.  I have trapped about 5 cats and kittens in the past 2 months and taken them to the shelter where they tell me they will not put them to sleep.  Waterpool is a really affectionate little cat.  She LOVES to be petted and she has really soft silky fur.  This is an insulated dog house they are in.  I hope it keeps them warm for our winter.  If not I am sure they will find a place to survive.  I love watching them from the window while they climb all of our big trees in the back yard and wrestle with each other.  If they were in our house.....I cannot even imagine where all they would try to climb.  We have several pine trees in the back and they love to sleep under those.  I don't blame them.  I love the smell of fresh pine.  Maybe next year we should buy a real Christmas tree just for the smell!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Litigators...spoiler alert.


If you plan on reading this book don't read my review.  It is loaded with spoilers.
I finished this book about a week ago, and it was pretty good.  I think I have read all but one or two of his books.  This book kind of stayed with me a little while after reading it because the final law suit...one of the lawyers goes after... is a toy company that had lead levels so high on some of their toys (made in china) that they caused severe brain damage and early death in the children.  I found myself looking at all the toys while shopping this year for the grand kids and putting back all the ones made in china.  Both of them still put things in their mouth occasionally and it just scares me to think that a toy could ruin so many lives.  The first part of the book is about the lawyers going after a drug company that released a drug for high cholesterol that could be causing deaths but will hard to prove because the people that take it are overweight and not in the best of health anyway.  The drug company had bigger and better lawyers than the three lawyers going after them...so they don't win that one..but fortunately they do get compensation for the lead poisoning case.  Too little too late though.  The young boy died not long after the settlement.  I have a feeling this book will become a movie.  I am now reading Zero Day by David Baldacci.  It is pretty good.  Some time before New Years Day...I am going to add up all of the books I have read this year.  Almost all  of my books are now read on my e-reader...so we are accumulating fewer books.  I still buy magazines and we visit Barnes and Noble almost every weekend.  We buy religious books in paperback or hardback occasionally.  I would be really sad if all the book stores closed up because we all read only e-books so we are doing as much as possible to support them.  And... of course we buy lots of books for the grand kids!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Family Tree not looking so good....

I have been meeting some other family members through my research and unfortunately found out that I may be related to this hillbilly version of the mafia.  One researcher claims that somewhere along the way we married into the Hatfield clan.  I am not so sure I am ready to believe this yet.  Would you want to be related to these people?  They look possessed or something....especially some of those kids.  Oh dear.....why couldn't I have found out that my ancestors were some uppity social elite group of people.   One thing I have found out is that it seems that both sides of my family members have been in this country since the 1700's.  I have been able to go back this far with some.  And most all of the males members have been in the wars.  I haven't seen any from the civil war yet.  Someone was in the war of 1812, and both Grandparents were in World War I along with all my Dad's uncles.  Every time I look at the photo above I feel sorry for myself.  Maybe I will stop this family research.......oh dear.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Getting Into the Christmas Spirit!


Bob and I went down to Main St. yesterday and had coffee at one of our favorite coffee houses.  Then we strolled down Main Street to take in the festivities of Christmas.  It is a magical place during the Christmas season.  They have characters dressed up that speak with accents and carry on conversations with all the people strolling around.  There are several Santas from around the world.  I didn't hear where this one was from.


It is hard to get a decent photo....or one that doesn't have another person in it.    This young lady is very pretty and makes a beautiful angel.  This photo is actually not very flattering of her.  She is a lot prettier than this.


The carolers are really great!


Someday we may take a ride in this carriage....but then we would be in everyone's photos. 
Never mind....



I think this was Mother Goose....but I have no idea how she is connected with Christmas????
She was telling this young lady that she loves rhymes....and was reciting Mother Goose type things.






I think this Santa said he was from England.



I am not sure who these two are.  I think beggars?


Thought this was cute.



And today I worked on my wreaths.  I made two of these.  I may add a little more to it.  I wanted advent colors.  The forecast tonight and tomorrow is for.... snow.  I think I am ready.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Update on my exciting life.....

Our Thanksgiving was fine.  None of my food turned out very good this year, but we went to some relatives.. on Bob's side of the family on Sunday, and their food was fabulous!  I had some free time and started to go back into researching my family tree.  So now I have a new obsessive hobby going on.  I have so many photos from my Mom and Dad and I have no clue whatsoever who the people are......I feel like plastering them all over the internet and asking if anyone knows who these people are.  I really think they are related somehow...but I really don't know for sure.  One interesting thing I found out today was that all of my Dad's uncles were in World War I.  I think there were 6 of them.  Families were very large back then.  The weird part about me doing all of this research is that I am not very close to any of my living relatives.  I talk to my brothers and cousins just a few times a year.  I wonder how many other families are the same way. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Just when I think I have seen everything....


Yesterday the internet and the news was talking about a mom who had gone to the bathroom and came out to find her 2 young boys had emptied a 5 pound bag of flour all over the house.  I told my daughter I thought she had just done it on purpose to try and attract attention to herself.  My daughter said..."Mom...why would anyone do that to their home".  Well...if you have ever seen Funniest Home Videos (which are not funny to me at all) I say people will film just about anything to get attention.  I still don't know if the flour incident was real or what....but today while taking care of the grand kids I found this ritz (whole) cracker in the connect four thing.  I had to take a photo, because I don't think you could do that again if you tried.  Maddie said Kayla did it.  Kayla is 18 months.  I turned the thing over and a whole cracker came out.  I thought there was only room for the little coins to go in there...but apparently I was wrong.
These two never cease to amaze me.  Maddie was rubbing her eyes today and I asked her if she was okay.  She said..."Yes....it is just my eyetacts bothering me."  They help me see better, but they bother me sometimes.

The Green Thing




Got this in my email today and I could relate to a lot of it.  



Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older
woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags
weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing
back in my earlier days."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not
care enough to save our environment for future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to
the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and
sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.
So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in
our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store
and  office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb
into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But
she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the
throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling
machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our
clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their
brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady
is right. We didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every
room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember
them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen,
we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines
to do everything for us.  When we packaged a fragile item to send in the
mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or
plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn
gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human
power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club
to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right. We
didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or
a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing
pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor
blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because
the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their
bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a  24-hour
taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank
of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a
computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000
miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old
folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson
in conservation from a smartaleck young person.

Remember: Don't make old people mad.

WE DON'T LIKE BEING OLD IN THE FIRST PLACE, SO IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH TO
TICK US OFF.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fall of Giants


I am down to the last 100 pages of this book.  I just now found out that this is the first of a trilogy.  I read the Pillars of the Earth and saw the mini-series.  I loved both books and the movie.  Then I read World Without End...which was a follow up of Pillars of the Earth.  They are releasing a movie sometime in 2012 about that.  I can' t wait to see it.  However....Fall of the Giants has been a small struggle to get through.  I am not sure if I am struggling through it because it is about World War I or what.  I know so little about that war.  The photo below is of my Mom's father who was in World War I.  I really want to learn more about this war just because he was in it.    The next book after this one is going to be about World War II and the depression.  I think I will be able to identify a lot more about that book because I heard so many stories from my Mom and Aunts and Grandma about the depression.  As much as I hate wars of any kind..they are a part of our history and even if I can't agree with them or understand them...I still want to learn about them. 


Today is a day I remember every year because 33 years ago today our first born sons were born.  They were identical twins that had Twin Transfusion Syndrome.  Our first son, Nathaniel, died within the first hour, and our Nicholas died at 9 days old.  I think about them often and wonder what our lives would be like...had they been healthy and a part of our family.  I know that was not the plan though.  I hope to reconnect with their spirits when my body has finished with this world.  I am very grateful to have the two beautiful children we have and our two beautiful grand children.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fun With Maddie and Kayla


Today Katy had to do some continuing education training all day
so Bob and I had the kiddos.
Kayla had a long nap after lunch so we did some 
coloring and hidden pictures 
and these magnetic shaped patterns with Maddie.


I wanted to take some pictures for her scrap book,
and she wanted to take some pictures of us.

 

 She gave us instructions on how to pose.  
A few of them actually turned out ok.




Good thing she can't read yet.  
Because she is getting a child's camera for Christmas. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Desperate People....


If you came here hoping for a feel good story...this isn't going to be one.  I really don't even like blogging about these things, but for some reason  I feel like I just have to vent it out of my system.  The news in my area has just been one awful report after another.  It has probably been about a month ago now when a little baby disappeared from her parents home who live in Kansas City, Missouri.  The last time I read anything about that...it just sounds so confusing, I couldn't make any sense of it.  I read that the parents and the police don't get along and something about a step child the mother has???  I just couldn't piece the story together.  The little baby has not been found though.  And now just this week, we had a young woman call the police mid morning saying that her 11 month old had disappeared.  By the end of the day the baby was found dead near the home and the mother is now charged with 2nd degree murder.  Later in the evening 2 babies were wandering the streets in diapers.  A one year old and a two year old.  The parents were at a meeting and said they had left them with a babysitter,  The children are okay...but were out in freezing weather with no clothes on.  The babies have been taken away from the parents.  If all of this is not enough....I went grocery shopping today and when I went into the store there were 2 police cars there.  I smelled something burning so I thought maybe there had been a fire.  When I was checking out, I asked the cashier if there had been a fire because of seeing the police.  She said no...the police were there because of robberies.  Purse snatchers.  She said hold on tight to your purse and have your keys in your hand ready to get in your car.  We have had so many reports of people holding knives at people trying to get in their cars for them to hand over their money.  Even our church lots have had car break ins while we are at church.  I can't remember having this much horrible news all the time.  I am so glad I am already on anti-depressants.  If I weren't...this would be enough to send me to the Dr. 
Will try to come up with some good things to write about tomorrow...........

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Food Coma Day


I am just now trying to think about holiday cooking....and I just have to say...it is hard to get my thoughts and feelings geared up for it.  I found a couple of old photos of the food from a couple of years ago.  Katy and her family won't be here for Christmas this year...so I really should try and make the best of Thanksgiving.  I have to keep telling myself....do it for the grands.  Maddie is at an age where she loves to help in the kitchen, so I think that will be one way to push my thoughts in the right direction.  I gave up trying to feed large crowds of family a few years ago, so  I don't need to cook for anyone but us.  Katy and I had talked about just going to Bob Evans for a meal....and I haven't completely ruled that out yet.  I am pretty sure they would have just about everything I would prepare anyway.  We could come back and watch National Lampoon Christmas Vacation if we thought we were missing out on large amounts of family.  I wonder how many of us actually have an "Eddie"  in our family.  I do...but I don't think I have ever spent the holidays with them.  Yes...there are more than a couple of Eddie's in my family.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Kids....


Katy and I had a craving for a nice breakfast yesterday and never made it out in time.  So this morning we were determined to go.   We were all starving and on Sunday morning it is crowded.  We had no wait as far as getting seated went...but getting our food seemed to take forever.  The kids started out being really nice and just sitting there coloring.  The longer it took...Kayla started eating the crayons and we had to take them away and then of course crying was the result.  Trying to entertain her with songs and other activities only lasted a minute or so.   Maddie became restless and started crawling under the table looking for food.  (We think)  Mom did come prepared with snacks to hold them over...but they were gone pretty quickly.  After we convinced Maddie that the floor was pretty creepy she started playing the drums with the straws.  (Notice the happy couple sitting next to us.)


Then Kayla started taking her shirt off.
 

Why....why can't I take my shirt off.... there's nothing else to do here. ?!



By the time we got the food...they weren't all that hungry and kept wanting to put salt and pepper on their french toast.   I told Katy on the way home....now I remember why I always cooked every meal at home.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Grandparents Cards


While cleaning up a little bit... I stumbled upon these cards that I have used a few times for something to talk about.  I like to think that maybe this blog will be something our grand kids may be interested in reading someday.  Maybe...Maybe not.  We'll see.  A lot of these questions I think I will never really answer...but this one caught my eye today.

What do kids know more about than adults?

I think that kids know a lot more about innocence than adults do.  Bob and I notice this so much more from our grand children than from our own children.  Children who are three and half and one and a half just don't understand that walking around naked is not something people do.  They think there is nothing wrong with it at all.  People would poke their eyes out if they saw us running around naked.  Or that following you in the bathroom is any different than us helping them in the bathroom.  We keep telling them...we don't need any help.  (Except maybe from Mylanta or Ex-lax occasionally.) We have been going potty for 58 years all by ourselves.  I can't really remember the last time I felt innocent.  It may have been when I was around 4 or 5 and just playing outside...looking at the clouds while laying on the grass.  There is so much more to learn when you are so young.  They ask questions daily.  Even little Kayla is now asking "Why"  It is tough sometimes to come up with just the right answers for them. .  I told Maddie the other day I had to go pay the bills.  She wanted to know what bills were.  Isn't that great!  To be so young that you have no idea what paying bills is all about.  I started by telling her Bills were what we owe someone....like the electric company for our electricity. " What's electricity?" she says.  It is what we use to turn the lights on and the washing machine and the stove...etc.  "Why do you have to pay for it?"  Well...you get the picture.  About two days later after attempting to answer all of the questions...I paid the bills.  Just kidding.
Occasionally I have a southern accent that sneaks in my language.  My Mom and Dad were from Southeast Missouri and had a certain twang or style or whatever you call it.  I was sitting outside one evening and came back inside and told everyone there was a mosqita on my arm.  Maddie said..."Is that how you say mosquito in Spanish?"  Bob said....no that's how you say it in Dexter.
They also have a wonderful imagination that knows no boundaries.   If only we could bottle... just those two qualities in childhood     The only time I use my imagination is when I read books.  I think that is why I love to read so much.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Changes for the Cardinals




 We stayed home yesterday and did not try to go down to the parade.  We went out for another fall drive, but did not see all that much color.  Only in Wildwood where David Freese is from, was there some bright yellows and reds and a few orange colors.  We drove through there not really with the intention of going through his area...it was just on the way back from where we had been.  He seems so young to have captured so much attention and recognition.  He seemed pretty embarrassed by all the attention to me.  I think that is an admirable quality.  The parade looked like it was great.  As you can see from the photo below...it was very very crowded.  I don't do crowds very well.  So I was happy to just view in on TV at home.



The Clydesdale's are always amazing to watch.  They are such beautiful horses.



We woke up this morning to hear that Tony La Russa announced his retirement.  I am not sure what that will mean for the Cardinals.  He is 67 and I can see why he would want to retire.  I wake up everyday and wish that Bob and I were retired and free to go where we want and do what we want.  I would say he chose a perfect day to announce it.  The day after the celebration.  We also don't really know if Albert will stay here or not.  Whatever develops over the next few months will be interesting.  I am just happy that we won the Series this year for a few reasons.  One of course...is because my son and husband are such big fans.  And the other was because Stan Musial is going to be 91 next month and he is looking very frail.  The photo below is a picture of my husband when he was a little boy standing there waiting to get Stan's autograph.  He was unable to get it that day.  A few years ago I took the photo in and had it blown up to poster size and had Stan Musial sign it.  I am so glad that I did because I think his health went down not long after that.
Well...tonight is Halloween and the kids will have some fun...I hope.  The weather here isn't too bad.  I feel bad for the Eastern part of the country that got so much snow and power outages.  I guess we had better prepare for another crazy winter.



Friday, October 28, 2011

What A GAME!!!!!


Game 6 was without a doubt a roller coaster ride of a lifetime!  We were down...the Rangers were up......we tied it......went into extra innings and WON!!!   Man...the emotions were all over the place.  W H A T   A  G A M E ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sports


I have some free time today, and time to blog....and I don't have all that much to say.  Bummer.  Well, baseball is pretty hot here in St. Louis tonight so I thought I would put in my 2 cents worth.   I went to the dentist today and of course he asked if I was excited about the game and I told him I was.  I told him I was very pleased this year because the teams seem to get along.  The Rangers don't seem to be anything like the Brewers, with their mouthy attitude about the Cardinals.  Maybe not all of the Brewers...just the ones that made the headlines.  Anyway...so far the games seem to be pleasant to watch... exciting....yet not as much ANGER stirring around as some games have been.  It is not only the players that get angry, it is the managers, the umpires, the fans in the stadium and then all of us folks at home....screaming at the TV screen.  Then it even goes further and spills into friendships.  I find myself being a little defensive about my home teams.....and I am not by a long shot...A Sports Fan.  I really only know as much as I do because my husband is a big baseball and hockey fan along with our son.  So I have listened to countless conversations between them and have watched a lot of games over the past 34 years.   I was just searching around on the internet for baseball fights and ran across a few blogs that are just about baseball.  One blog I was reading said that he lost a life long friendship because they did not like the same team.  I suppose we can now add sports to the list of things to NOT talk at the dinner table.  It seems we can only safely talk about religion, politics, and sports if we are all on the same team.  Debates.. rarely win you over to the other side...if you really don't want to go there.


I hope I have not jinked myself with this post.  
Watch tonight's game have the worse fight ever.......geez.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Flu Shots

I have never had a flu shot before.  But I am thinking this year I may try one.  I have had a stomach bug twice in the past month.  I don't think I was completely over the first one and then got another one.  I have heard that they don't help stomach bugs though.  Even one day... minus an illness is worth it.  I am usually way to busy to be sick.  Yesterday Katy had a day off and I was able to stay in bed.  Maddie came in with her Popsicle stick to "check me out".  Dr. Maddie asked for my insurance card first and accepted a photo of herself as a pretend card.  She filed it away...which took at least 20 minutes just like going to a real doctor.  After looking down my throat with her stick...she said the problem was that a spider got on my sandwich and put a worm down my throat.  Just the image of that in my brain made me want to run for the bathroom.  But I had to admire her creativity.  I could use some of that if I want to explore writing.  No worries about what people may think or say...just a totally free journey of expression.
I felt too bad to watch the game...but now know the outcome.  Oh well...this just makes it more exciting.  Hope they do well tonight!

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Today we took a nice day long drive up to Alton, Illinois along the Scenic Hwy that borders the Mississippi River and the Bluffs and then a little further to Pere Marquette State Park  There were lots of boaters our today and the wind was right for sailing.  It is a very peaceful scenic drive. 


The colors were not that pretty this year.  Probably because of the dry weather we had this summer.


The river and bluffs are always pretty here though.  I never really think of rivers are being very pretty but for some reason this particular area with all of it's pretty boats in the water makes it feel more like a man made lake instead of a river.




We stopped for awhile a a lookout area and let the girls get out and play.  They were really good in the car.


Some of the trees had some color.  I really wasn't expecting a lot of bold colors this year, so I was pleasantly surprised to see what we did.




Kayla running in the leaves.



Maddie loving the sound of the crunch they made.

We are getting ready to watch the game tonight.  Brian's brother lives in Detroit so I guess it would have been interesting if they had won and then we win tonight.  We also have friends that live in Texas, but they are from St. Louis and are still big Cardinal fans.  Let the best team win tonight!

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever