Friday, March 29, 2013

Waiting for spring 03 29 2013

 I love Dr. Seuss, so when this 'jelly roll' was the deal of the day (at Missouri Star Quilt Co.) I ordered it.
 Is that a patch of light green grass outside behind queen laying in the window??
I watched the tutorial from the owner of Missouri Star Quilts (who reminds me of my friend and old neighbor from Des Moines!!!--Janet!!) and then made this quilt top.  COOL!  It was fun and easy.  (

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Blake's 2nd birthday party at Chuckie Cheese

More pictures from Chuckie Cheese.  That's my sister, Shirley, on the left.  Her daughter, Michelle, holding her own son, Reed is next, then Blake and Neal's younger brother, Traveon (sp??). 
 That's Blake's mom, Nicole in the pink sweatshirt.  Izaac (older cousin to Blake and Reed) is sitting on the right side of the picture with Neal (Reed's dad) behind Izaac.
Blake's pile of gifts for this party.  He had fun ripping through the paper!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Reed showing me his "SO BIG"!

Went to Chuckie Cheese yesterday (haven't been there for more than 20 years!!!).  It hasn't changed much. This is my mom on the left (mema), holding her youngest great-grandson, Reed.  That's Reed's mom on the right, Michelle.  
 As soon as I turned the camera on, he 'performed' his SO BIG routine for me!
At ten months, he's still adorable!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Is this Spring??? 03 21 2013

A week after 10 inches of snow arrived, it looks like it COULD be spring.   The 'average' highs for this week are supposed to be in the 50's, and we won't even be getting into the 40's according to the weatherman!
This is the back yard, taken from the paved part of the driveway above looking northeast. 
The drift near the bushes is still pretty tall, about 6 feet or so.  (Behind these bushes is a little more of our yard, which we call 'the north forty', although it's not 40 of anything!  We have 3 acres total here.)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Gracie in the snow this past week...

Finally figured out why my pictures were tinged 'blue', too... fixed that now, I hope!
Gracie looking up to see if Noel is in her window (she was), and then scratching through the snow in this video.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bogie doing his 'relaxed' impressions

I turned down the space heater in the 'Prairie Room' when he leaned against it so he wouldn't burn his fur off.
Flat-out is more comfortable?  (Happy birthday to 'daddy' John from Bogie and Grace--who is smelling the box in the background.)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

After the snow.... 03 13 2013

 Before the birds thought it was safe to come out and eat yesterday morning.
 The birds trying to get to their breakfast.
We had several birds hit the window while the sun was shining.  They usually sit for a few minutes and then take off.  Grace was having a staring contest with this one.
Noel watching from her perch in her 'penthouse' apartment window (upstairs bedroom).

Monday, March 11, 2013

Snow blowing the driveway 03 11 2013

 These top two pictures are the "before" snow blowing of the driveway commenced.
 It was so wet and heavy that's all the farther I could push it with the shovel.
 I expected a layer of ice underneath the snow, but it was slush!
It was a chore for the snow blower to get this far, and then I ran out of gas...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

It's snowing! 03/10/2013

 John made a new recipe of french bread while it was snowing this afternoon.  YUM!
 This was taken at 4:53 p.m.
 These two were taken at 7:18 p.m. (above and below).
It's probably done snowing, but now the wind is blowing, too. Iowa in March!

Sleepy Sunday 03/10/2013

 It was a dreary day yesterday (Saturday), and these three spent most of it sleeping! (Queen on top of the train, Bogie on the engine and Gracie is in the cardboard box on the floor.)
 It looked a little ominous to the west later in the day, but nothing happened.
 A closer view of Queen and Bogie in the "Prairie Room".
 We still have snow in the back yard, even though we got more than half an inch of rain.
Today is even more dreary, and we're in a winter storm warning AGAIN!  It just started freezing rain here a few minutes ago (11:10 a.m. Sunday).

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Friday tree frolicking for Gracie! 03/9/2013

I took this picture so you can see it's a tall tree!  (She's sitting in the fork of three branches near the center of this picture.  Click on the picture to make it bigger.)
 Up, up, and away...  John said there was a bird higher than she was, but it had flown away by the time she got this high.
I think she was debating whether to go higher when she couldn't see the bird.... (She didn't, and backed down the tree like she always does.)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Another winter day 03/7/2013, featuring HRH, Queen!

Nice view of the sky the morning after it snowed.
Queen and Gracie debating on whether they would venture into the snow.
Queen lounging in the 'train station' Marty (our son-in-law) made them.
I hadn't put batteries in this toy since last winter, but it still worked!  (Queen is front-declawed, so I think it's more of a challenge to catch that string....) This video is 23 seconds long.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Noel and the bunny 03/06/2013

 The bunnies usually wait until it's dark to nibble on the bird seed on the ground, but Noel was anxious to get outside and chase him.
 This guy was brave and it looks like his ears may have been chewed on (?) or gotten frostbitten at the top.
When I opened the door to let Noel out, the bunny moved, but didn't run, and neither did Noel when she discovered the bunny was almost as big as she was!

Monday, March 4, 2013

My birthday flowers from my folks 3/3/2013

 My dad has gotten my flowers for my birthday since I can remember!!  These are gorgeous!  
 Gracie decided things needed inspected.
They SMELL gorgeous, too!  A fragrance of spring on its way....

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