Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Q. and A. with J.

Q. J., is your blog dead?  You hardly ever post.

A. No, not dead, just on cryogenically frozen.

Q. What's up?

A. I'm working full-time.  The house will be paid off in 2018, and I'm moving closer to my goal of working for myself full-time.  At that point, I'll blog early and often!

Q. Do you still get $ if I buy something through your Amazon link?

A. Yes, the portal is still active, thanks for asking!  Purchases are much appreciated!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

From our last trip to Omaha

We hung out with our beloved Aunt Amy and Uncle Steve at Hot Shops.

It even inspired some artsy-ness of our own:

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Game Night with Arwen..

Improv 101 Finale...

Glad my husband can fix stuff....

The strawberry harvest is over, but I loved every last bit!  And I frozen enough to add to lots of more bowls of oatmeal.  (Frozen strawberries are too mushy to eat straight but they are fine in something: smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, etc.)
And, no, I didn't photoshop the heart.  I just noticed it when I cut the berry in half.  :)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

This Day Last Year - Sunburn

Beware of weeding while wearing a racer-back shirt!

My sister spotted it before it started hurting (thank you!) and so I got it slathered with the sunburn/aloe stuff in time.  It didn't end up peeling, or even hurting that much.

I figure it is the closest I'll ever come to wings, at least in this life!

But I'd still advise you to cover up and/or wear sunscreen for those early forays out into the garden!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Anniversary, Fr. W.!

One year ago today, one of my favorite students was ordained!

Here I am kneeling, after having received his blessing.

(His other claim to fame is that he helped me name this blog....)


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Thanks, Mom, for so many blessings, large and small.  God has given me many, many gifts, and you are definitely one of my favorites!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

This Time Last Year - Hail

The last hard frost date in our part of Nebraska is supposed to be May 10.

This is hail from May 9, last year:

And this is why it is always hard to tell when to plant our garden!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Biking Resumes!

My husband and I biked to work together for the first time this year. 

Not gonna lie - a wee bit sore.  But worth it.

We left early enough that we didn't have to hustle, and I really enjoyed it.  I'm also treating myself - on the days I bike, I can skip my lunch-time walk and read the whole hour if I want to.  So that's a nice relaxing bit of the day to look forward to.

Here's to sun and summer!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bird Bath Transformation

As usual, the joke is on me.

When my husband was in Germany last time, Mom and I dumpster-dived an ugly bird bath from some neighbors down the street.  It was resin or fiberglass or plastic, or something and a hideous color somewhere between brown and burgundy.

As a joke, I put it in the backyard and told my husband across the ocean that I had "put in a water feature" while he was gone.

And then he got back and actually liked it!  Oh no!

So with some spray paint, glass gems, and liquid nails, we effected a transformation.  (Actually, it was mostly him....)

As I type this, it's raining like crazy, so we will soon see how it holds up.....

My husband says every time he looks at it, it makes him, and isn't that one of the great purposes of art?

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Weekly Round-Up

My brother Mark and his lovely fiancee Maria were in town, bring with them lots of fun.

... my husband and I joined Mom, Mark and Maria in doing our first escape room.  Lots of fun, even though we didn't come even close to solving the puzzle.  I'd like to try doing another one some time.

... we had a surprise birthday party for Maria

.... since we were all together, we took advantage of the moment to take some photos.

Truly blessed in my family and grateful to God for giving them to me!

Next Week: The Amazing Birdbath Transformation

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Wooden Puzzle Book

I just thought this was a cool concept.

Here is an article and here is the YouTube video.

And, yes, I wouldn't mind getting one for my birthday!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Fun with Easter Eggs!

It was so nice to do something tactile and creative for a change!  (And it was fun to do an arty project with my husband.)

I used a Q-tip for better control of where the dye was going.

This one is my husband's.  Isn't it lovely?

I used all of the colors in this one.  It is my favorite.

I think this one is a dinosaur egg...

I used chapstick as a 'resist' on this one instead of the wax crayon that I couldn't really see.  

I think it came out rather well.

Thanks to Mom, I have a cookie from Auntie M. to eat.  I've been keeping in the fridge to await this glorious day!