Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New snow!!

We got a beautiful coating of fluffy snow to cover our dirty snow.  Like Connie (Far Side) says "Snirt"!    I measured here when I went out to shovel off the deck.  We have 11 inches in the front yard. 
The sun was trying to come up, and the sky was so pretty in pink!  It is cloudy so can't see the sun at all.   Our temperature isn't bad, we have 30 degrees F, but the temps is suppose to drop later today and we are to have some chilly and windy weather the next couple of days.

 Looking north  - now the shoveling is done, but Steve is still out on the skidsteer plowing and pushing snow!  When we get this much snow, it's an all day job for him.

Steph's Rat Pak  
Spotty, Louie & Jack
I made Stephani's three dogs double layered fleece coats.  Used the serger on one, but wasn't that impressed, so just did a zigzag around the edges of two, and that works great too.  Fleece doesn't ravel, so they'll be just fine.   Didn't change the serger thread as that is such a pain.  I have an old serger, and it goofs up every time I change thread.  Does anyone else have that problem?  I've finished sewing on the velcro and they're in the car ready to get to Steph.  Today I think I'll work some more on Amanda's curtains for her new house  (granddaughter).    I have the living room ones ready to hem and need to remake some for her extra bedroom. 

Take care everyone, stay healthy!  So far knock on wood - we've been healthy all fall and winter.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Planning a little trip!

Changed my header picture to Renee - getting ready for Mardi Gras!   I'm driving down in February to Jessica's and picking up two sisters-in-laws and Stephani on the way.  What a trip it'll be!  One sis lives only a few miles from us, so she and I will be leaving one day after she gets off work mid day.  Then we drive to Hudson Wisconsin to pick up Sue, and stay the night there.  Plans are to get up and leave by 4:30 am the next morning, so we can get through/around St.Paul/Minneapolis before the traffic is terrible.  Somehow, I fear, we will still have a lot of traffic. We head SW to Pipestone Minnesota to pick up Stephani, which I suppose we'll arrive there about 11 am.   Then on to Sioux Falls, SD and interstate 29 south!!!!   We'll stop again spending one night on the road before getting to Louisiana!  

Jessica has made up an itinerary for us and we will be VERY busy!  We'll probably arrive at Jess's on Friday late afternoon or early evening, and starting Saturday we are going to an 11 am parade, and then tour Avery Island, and Jungle Gardens.  That evening we're to do Painting with a Twist - can't wait for that!  I've been to Avery Island, but not the Jungle Gardens, so hopefully the weather will be fine. 
Sunday we're going to Floyd's parents to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year.  I've been there before to celebrate with their family and it is a lot of fun.   I'm excited for Steph, Sue, and Loretta to experience some really great food.  Floyd's step dad came from Vietnam and is such a nice man.  Their story of coming to the United States should be written down.  It is an exciting story of how they escaped their homeland in just a little fishing boat as a family with 6 or 7 little children.  Floating out in the ocean and later picked up, taken to camps in the Philippines, living in camps for a couple of years and finally getting sponsored to come to the United States.  Now the children all are grown up with families of their own, and doing very well for themselves.  Grandpa is now 102 years old and still very spry!  He takes care of a little garden, his fruit trees and has a few chickens that he gets out to feed daily.  He lives next door to Floyd's parents. 
Monday we're going on a Bayou Tour at McGee's Landing.   I have not done this yet.  We tried to one year, but after we got there it started to rain with thunder and lightning, so the tours that day were canceled.  It's a little drive, so we didn't make it back another day that year.  Then in the afternoon we're going to Shadow's on the Teche tour.   Later we're going to a Mardi Gras Costume Contest party.
Fat Tuesday, we're going to Houma for 3 Mardi Gras Parades.  Sure the weather is good for us!

Now that's a busy schedule!   Will see how well we stick to it. 

These are pictures of a couple of the costumes when we went to watch the contest a couple of years ago.  They're beauitiful!!!

Have been busy since the kids went home from their holiday visit here.  Now have been making curtains and valances for granddaughter for their new house, and getting pictures into frames that Steve has been making.  Will take pictures when done to show you.  They're turning out nice.   Seems like there is always something to keep busy with. 

Today our temperature shows 25degrees F, and we're suppose to have subzero temps and nasty weather starting tomorrow for the weekend.  Will see how bad it gets.  We really haven't had a bad winter so far.  We badly need more snow for the winter sport people.  Have a great weekend everyone.


Friday, January 4, 2013

Two in Time-Out!


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Granddaughter was sent to “time out” and Nanny Leah (daughter and God Mother to Renee, wanted to go visit her.  That didn’t go over with Renee’s mother – so Leah was naughty  and got sent to “time out” too!   Renee felt so bad for Nanny Leah.  It was rather cute, as Leah almost couldn’t stop from giggling, and Renee knew they’d both be in BIG trouble if there was any giggling!

We’ve been enjoying our granddaughter and mommy Jessica and daddy Floyd.  They have been here from Louisiana since Dec 27th, and will be flying home on Sunday, Jan 6th. 

Had a great get together on New Years Eve, and the house will be really quiet next week after they go home.  Hope you all had a great New Years!