Sunday, February 21, 2010

I got to hold a baby.

Last week I got an e-mail from Laura saying “I got to hold a baby”. And no sooner did I get that then look who showed up


It’s Lyndsey and Morgan,  the perpetually happy baby. Except for when I held her. Then, not so much.


Morgan is distracted by Cheryl and I pulled up my turtleneck so no one could see how many chins I really have.


See? Now she’s all nervous about things so I gave her back to Lyndsey, who, by the way, tells me her husband has a name. No, she does not call him red hard hat when they are home together. Although I don’t know why. She actually calls him Ryan.

So after I gave Morgan back she looked more like this


And this


Now come on! I am chuckling once again. And check out that little dress thing she is wearing. I would so wear that if it was in big person size.

That totally made my Friday.

I finished yet another quilt top-this one is also to be gifted.

This is half done


This is whole done



I like it. I used much of my own stash, but did buy Moda strips for the centers. This is the Superbowl Mystery Quilt that I started at the beginning of the month. Can you believe it’s done???? That’s gotta be a record.

I am supposed to be posting my birthday list, but I keep forgetting what it is I want. I already told Dave an electric tea kettle, which Cody doesn’t get at all. I’d like some of those cute baby clothes in my size but I fear it is an unrealistic expectation. I’ll have to put more consideration into it. It’s not like Dave is going to be getting out ahead of time to shop if the past is any indication.

I’ll keep thinking…..

Monday, February 15, 2010

Six Degrees of Separation

I can’t believe I didn’t take one picture last week! Not one. And there must have been things I saw that I thought would make a good picture, but I didn’t take any. I think winter is getting to me. This is the first year that winter started to feel really really long. And that was in January. Oh-oh. I haven’t run outside for months. I was all talked into going today and here’s what it looks like outside.



This is what it should look like


Yep. Not much motivation today….

I did get quite a few pictures from other people. And some interesting pieces of worthless information. Well, not worthless to me but probably to anyone who isn’t associated with the 2100 (aka Olmsted Co Public Health).

Cowboy hardhat-remember him?-and red hard hat are actually known to us.


Cowboy hard hat is married to someone we work with at an Assisted Living in Rochester, and red hard hat belongs to these people (I’ll bet he even has a name)


I didn’t get a very good picture of him, but this is extremely cute of Lyndsey and Morgan. (And, by the way, when I spell Lyndsey the way she spells it my spell checker says I am spelling it wrong. Um, just sayin’……)

Seriously, I cannot emphasize it enough-that kid just makes me chuckle. I should keep her around work. Could be an idea for a  morale raiser, since they frown upon drinking on the job.


I think this is the smiliest baby ever. Although this is a little disturbing


Cora has also been up to no good this week. They are now teaching her demolition


This is a grampa thing I think. She fell and hit her lip last week and Angie says she was very vocal in expressing her discomfort. Fortunately, she survived without even so much as a fat lip.

New calf at the farm I hear, and Laura says I can name it. It is black and white and I am leaning towards Spot. I think Spot is a grand name for a little cow. But I don’t think proper naming can be done without a picture. 


I am trying to show an example of how Laura looks when I bring up the subject of the calf situation on the farm. Note the blank stare and glassy eyes. This is the expression I get when I ask for a new picture of Twinkles.  And now Spot. Or Spotty since it is still little.  I tell ya, the farm is a calf a minute. Get it? Calf a minute….laugh..a.. min….Oh, never mind.

Was over at Mary K’s last week and she had a picture of the pins in her toes which is so totally blogworthy I am about to offer her money for it. Even I, as a nurse, had a little intake of breath as I looked at it. So why not show the world? And I am still waiting for the camel pictures.

What is with these people and getting pictures out of them? If those toes were a baby Mary would have sent me a dozen pictures already. If Twinkles were a baby Laura would be carrying her around endlessly. Just a thought.

Grampa sent some good pictures from his Bird Cam-

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However, this is by far my favorite-

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Squirrel! This fine fellow thought that Grampa put out the food when actually Grampa was just setting up the camera. He is somewhat puzzled by the fact there is no seed up there. Grampa is getting pretty darned proficient in the wildlife photography and I am quite impressed with the quality of picture.

I have been totally sucked in by the Olympics. It is great. Of course, our cable carrier didn’t want to buy the daily coverage so we only get the recaps for hours at night. Which I guess is OK, but I’d like to see it while it happens. The Apollo Ono 1500 was great excitement (please lose the facial hair thingy)

3765523001_9123958336_s  and I was so happy for the Canadians when they won the mogul exhibition ski deal.


And the Nordic race? Did you see that? American’s took Silver at the very last second! Beating Johnny Spillane who was in the lead the whole last lap. I was screaming and Dave was, well, I don’t really know what he was doing but I was jumping all over the place. Holy Cow.

So, next week I’ll try to be more diligent in getting my own pictures since I mostly blogged everyone else’s this week. I’ll get a few pictures of my last finished Great American Aran Afghan blocks. And maybe another finished sock. Maybe…..


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Superbowl Sunday, Birthdays, and Mystery Quilts.

This month is starting out with a bang for sure.

First of all, I finished a sock. The travelling rose sock from last years RSC. Yes, a year ago. But I’m getting there.



While I was taking pictures of the sock, I got all distracted by the fun things around me.

Again, Elvin was paying close attention.

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I don’t understand why she has to look so irritated half the time.

Then the birds started distracting me.


A little blurry.

I decided to snap the big bird.


He wasn’t really happy about it so I took another one.


He has the evil evil glowy eye. I was frightened. I studied the picture and decided that he needed another chance to show off his gentle loving side.


This is it. I guess he didn’t want his picture taken any more. And he really doesn’t have a loving gentle side.

Cody had a 23rd birthday. He didn’t want anything but money to pay for his upcoming trip to Puerto Vallarta with his future room mates, Seth and Kate.

Interestingly, although I was trying to take pictures of Cody in all his 23 year old glory, I kept getting interruptions in the background.





Ok, does anyone detect a disturbing theme in that montage?

The last one is Cody and his friend Dylan, whom he has known since high school and loves to play computer games as much as Cody.

I’m reminded of the Wizard of Oz “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain….”

We had a delicious Coldstone Cake. Holy cow.


Cookie dough and ice cream. What could be better?

I finished another quilt. Well, it was done a while ago but I finally bound it and put it on a bed.




That is fun. I think it was a kit I got at Pine Needles. I also know it was the one where I put one of the border strips on upside down.

At work we found the most unique hard hat EVER!


It’s a cowboy hard hat! It caused endless hours of observation. E-mails went back and forth about this. And the cherry picker too, since it broke down a couple of times.


Simply amazing. We’d like to discuss it with him but he is very elusive. Or simply trying to avoid the crazy Public Health employees (ok, Laura and I) who endlessly stalk him.

Lastly, but not leastly, it was Superbowl Sunday and you know what that means. One of my two most favorite events in the world-

Superbowl Sunday Mystery Quilt at Pine Needles in Decorah. And this year did not disappoint.

First of all they quilted up the Log Cabin in the Stars. And that thing is huge. But it looks terrific. They even got it to quilt flat. Miracles.


There it is on display. I can’t believe I made it.

We worked on our mystery squares-


and we came up with these-

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If you have never done a mystery quilt-the best part is seeing the differences in all the fabric choices and how they go together. Because you never know. And that is the best part.

The finished product looks like this


I love my quilt shop! Thanks to Marcia and Suzie for another great event.

And that is my busy week and why I couldn’t blog until today instead of Sunday.

Oh, and Happy Birthday to my sister Debbie. Tried to call and got no answer. Some lame excuse about her phone not being near her. Hope she had a good one getting another year older than me.