We had a short, but enjoyable trip to visit dh's family in Virginia. We wanted to surprise his dad with our visit.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Amy had worried and prayed about the weather. She really wanted to swim. It turned out to be warm enough for a bit in the afternoon. Thanking God for that. : )
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
For Amy's birthday I put together a scrapbook of pages sent to me (at my request) from family and friends, the women and girls in her life. I had asked them to give her well wishes and/or advice. It was a fun surprise for her. The last few pages were of the AG girls saying "happy birthday" and announcing the next present. Then a picture of Kirsten. (She was an ebay rescue, although she's in pretty good shape.) With that page was a clue to where Kirsten could be found.
Kirsten was waiting patiently in the sitting room.
The next clue sent us to the work room. Kirsten needed some clothes. : ) (Also an ebay find.)
After getting dressed Kirsten took us to the living room where we found her accessories.
The next clue sent us back to the family room where Kirsten's quilt set was waiting. It was the biggest surprise for Amy. She never expected it.
Last came the birthday brownies along with the candles and our beautiful singing of "Happy Birthday." I admit I wasn't exactly prepared for the candles and dd helped by insisting they be there, then she helped stick them in. : ) It was a pretty nice birthday, I think.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Last week Sam was at the boy scout camp in Iowa that was hit by the tornado. We (along with everyone else) were shocked to learn he was one of four killed. It was so unreal. Then we were sad for his family and everyone who knew him. We never got the chance to know him because we never lived in Omaha during his life. But his family is special to our family. Dh's parents are good friends of Sam's grandparents, my parents are friends with Sam's parents and sisters. We send Christmas cards back and forth each year.
You may read about Sam here and read the sermon he wrote here. And if you think of it pray for his family.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Here's a little drawstring bag I made from Amy Butler's In Town Bag pattern. It's only 10x10, so I'm in the procress of making one that's bigger. This is all made from Moda fabric from Fabric Obsession.
I said I'd post a picture of the latest Anna tunic, but I haven't taken it yet. So more to come. : )
Visit Shereen's blog for other crafters' work.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
I just love seeing new things the birds are doing. This is a first for our little bird bath. It came with the science kit I ordered. (Just the plastic tray.)
We've been entertained by a family of house finches. The young ones must be learning how to eat from bird feeders. ; )
We also have house wrens in the birdhouse. That's also a first. Their song is very distinctive. We're up to 29 birds we've seen around our house. I added the house wren last week.
Next weekend the purple martin house goes up. We may not get any this year, but we'll see.
Chippy has planted many sunflower seeds in our flower pots and the deck. I'm not sure if he was hiding them for later or what, but I pulled them all up.
I'm glad it's finished. DD wants me to make a long-sleeved version, but that will wait until fall. I'm now on to another Anna Tunic dress.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
So Consumer Reports says the front loaders are best. According to CR, "The U.S. Department of Energy now requires washers to use 21 percent less energy, a goal we wholeheartedly support. But several major manufacturers are meeting the new standard in part by lowering wash-water temperatures, which often lowers performance. Traditional top-loaders with center-post agitators are having the hardest time, with some leaving our stain-soaked swatches nearly as dirty as they were before washing. Most top-loaders received only mediocre washing scores, and some had the lowest scores we’ve seen in years." Thank you very much!!
The reviews I've read on http://www.epinions.com/ say that some front loaders will vibrate your house to death.
We are leaning toward the Bosch Nexxt 500 series, but I really don't know what to do. I briefly considered getting a wringer washer like my grandma used to use. ; ) Or how about this one.
I'd like to hear your comments on what washing machine I should get. Help me out.