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!

Happy Easter!



Friday, April 14, 2017

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer

Last year on this date Belovedest and I went to the Stuhr Museum.  I'll be honest--April is not a good time to go.  It was pretty much in minimal mode, and the living history part of the museum was completely nonexistent.  It was a kind of eerie ghost town.

But we enjoyed our visit nonetheless, and we snapped some photos.  Enjoy!

First, visiting Grandma Shirley:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Improv 101

I went to my first improv class yesterday and it was a lot of fun!

It's harder than it looks, though.

There's a chance our class might perform at the SCC Talent Night May 24.  Stay tuned....

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Happily Home Again

It's good to be back.  Especially after a return trip that included a mad dash through the Denver airport in order to catch a connection, and all the stress that that entails..

Today, we put the very first seeds in the garden: carrots.  Oh, and we worked on the border for our garden until we ran out of free and found bricks.  I am thinking that we may just buy some more from the EcoStore to finish them off, unless anyone has any brick lying around that they want to get rid of....

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I'm in Portland!

...and I don't have my camera.

Does it help if I describe it as like Prague, only more industrial and in more of a hurry?

I'm at a conference for work and enjoying it, but boy am I exhausted!  Hopefully I'll sleep better tonight.  Last night I accidentally set the alarm to go off at 3 am.  Which it did.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Thoughts

Our Lenten sacrifices aren’t supposed to be a test of our strength—they’re supposed to be a reminder that we can only conquer sin through Christ, who conquered temptation in the desert.

-- Bishop James D. Conley, Southern Nebraska Editorial, March 17, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017


I took Arwen to her very first circus, at the kind invitation of our Goddaughter Isabel's parents.  We both had an excellent time!

Belovedest and I played board games with my sister Rachel. Lots of fun!

A really close game...

Auntie M. had a lovely birthday tea.  It's becoming a tradition of elegance that I very much look forward to.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Six Months at My New Job + Ash Wednesday

I wrote here about waiting until I'd been at my job six months to pick my goals for my new life.

I think I'm just going to keep praying for God to show me His will.  And I'm going to try to take things one day at a time, and not live in a perpetual state of impatience yearning for the next stage of my life.

To all of my Christian readers: Best wishes for a holy and fruitful Lent!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Weekly Round Up

Lately we....

... enjoyed my sisters Rachel's performance in her parish's annual melodrama.

... started planning the garden

.... started planning the garden shed.  We used an old role-playing map that can be written on and then erased with ordinary dry-erase markers, and then we made shapes in the sizes of the stuff we wanted to put in it.

.... decorated my office.



Friday, February 24, 2017

One more year....

.... next year on Feb 24 my brother will be marrying the beautiful and sweet Maria!  Can't wait to get a new sister :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Triumph! A Clean Craft Studio!

I cleaned my studio!

It’s not perfect, but I can actually create stuff now.  Sometime, it will be beautifully organized.  But for now, I’m happy to see usable space.

For your own inspiration....


Makes me happy!