Tuesday, November 30, 2010

#327/365 Wacky Ward (Monday)

So, today, it was too cold to go on a hike like we had planned. Instead, we hopped in the car and took a random, scenic drive to ... well, we *had* no destination in mind. As we drove, we came to a sign that said, "Ward".

Since my husband knows me well, he doesn't even have to ask, "Wanna go to Ward?". Because, of course, the answer would be 'yes'. So, he turned and we drove down a steep, winding hill down in one of the weirdest towns I have ever seen. And trust me when I say, these photos do not do the wackiness justice.

Here are some links, in case you are interested in learning more about this town.





I think we found our retirement village. LOL

#326/365 Good Times (Sunday)

Go away for awhile ... get sick. That is, if you're *us*! lol

Perhaps, you remember our trip to STL in August?

At least, the hubs quipped, he is not THIS kind of sick. HAHA

Saturday, November 27, 2010

#326/365 Catch the Glow

The Winter Princess.

Our troops were represented. Yay!!

Wave to Baby Jesus ...

And here comes Satan, er, I mean Santa (lol), right on cue, to usher in the Christmas season.

#325/365 Upgrades

So, here we are in one of our favorite get away locations and we stopped at the one and only grocery store. It was instantly obvious that there had been some serious upgrades in the store, including a Starbucks.

Happy and sad all at once. Happy? Me (although Starbucks is meaningless to me). Sad? The hubs.

Change is hard.

Friday, November 26, 2010

#325/365 Lo-Speed (Thursday and Friday)

The hubs and I have sneaked away for a little getaway and although I have internet here, I definitely do not have HIGH speed internet, so no photo for yesterday or today.

Having fun.

Wish you were here.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

#324/365 Foundations



Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor - and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

#323/365 Welcome Center (Tuesday)

On the theory that if you display it attractively, it will look more inviting and thus is more likely to be consumed, here are my new baskets (Wallyworld clearance, $1.00 each), filled with fruit and Emergen-C, all manner of granola bars, soy joy bars, etc., with my sugar-free chai tea nearby.

I am a shallow dork.

But it works for me.

And kinda makes me happy, too.

#322/365 Roses (Monday)

Sweet CollegeGirl surprised me with these GORGEOUS roses last night.

Aren't they stunning? The color is even better in person; not at all peach, but a much more saturated color I've never seen.

They smell divine, too. Especially, now that winter seems to have found us.

#321/265 How I feel these days about Project 365 (Sunday)

Taken awhile back, but oh, so appropriate.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

#320/365 The End of An Era

That score is not so bad, right? We can rally. Plenty of time.

Brrr-skee-doodle. Chai tea with just enough chocolate soy milk to make it delicious. The only bad part about this yummy warm drink, was having to remove my hood, scarf and gloves to enjoy it.

Poor cheerleaders. Look at the bulk (not their weight). The LAYERS for warmth.

Nothing very special about this photo, except it was taken in the last 5 minutes of the game, which the Knights lost (28-20). And thus, it represents one of the last moments of football for CollegeBoy.

After about 30 minutes, post-game, CollegeBoy and some of his team mates, came out from the locker room, to find us waiting. His (and his team mate's) red eyes told the whole story and my heart broke for him.

It didn't matter that CollegeBoy is, in reality, a MAN. It mattered that, in that moment, he let me see his pain. What a precious moment. And I remembered all the years I spent lovingly trying to alleviate his childhood hurts. And I stored another Mama memory in my heart.

Thanks for the wonderful, perfect season, son. Even though it ended too soon, I could not be more proud of you. Your 4 years of hard work and dedication to the sport you love makes us very proud. In whatever you do next in life, you will surely go far.

#319/365 Global Influence (Friday's post)

So, I've stood in this frying pan for a photo with my brother.

I've stood in this frying pan with my friend (and former co-worker, Kris).

And I have stood in this frying pan, with my friend and co-worker, Hollie.

It's just THAT special. ::snort::

But, check it out! This is a weather-worn piece of paper that is next to the famous frying pan. It lists places from which visitors have come to see the Frying Pan (I think capital letters are warranted, don't you?). :)

Check it out. Look at that list. Impressive, no?

But, I need to contact the local authorities, as the country of "India" is not represented and my brother hails from there! Big score!!

15 minutes of fame is now ours. lol

Thursday, November 18, 2010

#318/365 Last Year

I was in China, taking pictures of myself on the Great Wall.

What a great trip. Memories. Friends. Experiences.

Almost more than words and pictures can convey.

#317/365 This Picture Makes Me Smile

Man, I can tell we are getting toward the end of Project 365, cuz I am getting lax and forgetful about posting.

I will finish, though. I will myself to finish. lol

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

#316/365 Whose Bright Idea Is This Anyway??

This is a terrible photo, even by purse cam standards.

But coming home to the sun setting?

That is NOT fun.

Booo, winter.

Monday, November 15, 2010

#315/365 Dinner Plans

#314/365 Changing Seasons

This Apple Wine is from an Iowa Winery. Gotta support the locals, right? I finished it just before the weather turned from autumn to WINTER. :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

#313/365 Baby, it was Ccccold Outside, but the Knights were Smokin' HOT!!

39 degrees. Are we stoopid, or WHAT? Wind chill had to have been in the 20's. Brrrrrr. The things we do for love. :)

Me, modeling my Alaskan burqa. ::ahem::

Although, we generally stink at the self-portrait shot, it was even worse, with clumsy mittens and vision obscured by hoods. HAHA

Where's the hubs? Anyone seen him? He was just here a minute ago...

And to get a tiny idea of how hard the wind was blowing, look at the lady's hair (with the orange ear muffs). EEEGADS. (you can click on the photo ^^^^ABOVE ^^^^to make it larger)

Hmmm. Hardly anyone came to the game today. Wonder why? ::snort::

Yup. Stands are mostly empty and that's the home team side.

Oh wait. Look. There's a buncha people over there, huddled together for warmth, buying out all the hot drinks.

Final score. Wartburg had a perfect 10-0 season. We are THRILLED that CollegeBoy's senior year was so wonderful. No injuries. No losses. Wow.

The hubs and I had to indulge in a bit of redneck fun on the way home. There is a new Bass Pro Shop between home and today's away game. We ate at the restaurant inside.

What is a Fish Bowl and Grill? Glad you asked (cuz we certainly didn't know). It was ::coughcough:: a bowling alley restaurant with a fish theme. Huh. (chuckles) Very strange.

Friday, November 12, 2010

#312/365 A Rainy Day Project (Friday)

After our recent photo shoot, I was excited to finally have some photos to put in the front of my hanging jewelry box college.

The hubs hung it for me months ago, I filled it with my favorite things and then it sat, blankly staring at me with it's 9 empty eyes.

But a rainy day at home provided me with the time I needed to put it all together. The photo in the center is our engagement photo.

Awhhhh. <3

#311/365 Peace (Thursday)

Lately, I have been burning yummy scented candles from Wallyworld.

Today, I purchased 4 lovely autumnal scents for $1.oo each.

A DOLLAR. Yippee!!

Which happens to be the amount I think most things should be. :)

#310/365 The View from My Big Ole Chair (Wednesday)

Did a whole lotta this this week.


How I love you.

#309/365 The Catch Up Begins... (Tuesday)

This is a carpet burn on my white, wrinkly knee. If you can get past the image, forever burned into your retina, I will tell you how my week went downhill from there...

After sitting for 15+ hours on Saturday (travel to CollegeBoy's game, sitting on the bleachers, watching 5+ hours of dance solos on different bleachers, travel home), my fibro was TICKED OFF. I was in pain (to be expected), but I was also experiencing a startling ringing in my ears. Loud. Constant. Dizzying. Disorienting.

By the time I headed to bed that night (after a 5 hour mid-day nap), I was light-headed and just felt weird. Until I got to the side of my bed, where I just felt ... the enveloping blackness of a dead faint. I came to, in bed, and had to try to explain to my husband (who had heard the thump from the basement) what had happened. ::ahem::

Monday. To the doc. Blood work. Stayed home. Ears ringing. Dizzy. Weak.

Tuesday. Still not well. Blood work normal. "Must be a virus".

Wednesday. No longer have the ear ringing, dizzy thing going on. Now, I realize I am plain, old-fashioned sick. ugh

Thursday. Yay me!! I went to work. All day. Just like a big girl. :)

Friday. I had a day off. Massage. Slept. Took it easy.

Tomorrow will find me back in the car for a 2.5 hour drive to sit and watch CollegeBoy play his last regular season game of his college career. Then, 2.5 hours home.

Hopefully, I will not crash and burn like I did this week.

Prayers shamelessly solicited.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

#308/365 Behind ... (Monday)

Been sick. For four days.

First day back at work was today.

Oh my.

Weak. Behind in my posts.


Joy will cometh in the morning, though, right?


Sunday, November 7, 2010

#307/365 Sunday Yum-day

Located on I-80, near the Kellogg/Killduff exit. Locally known as "Kellduff", according to the owner of the burger joint. After years of passing this on the interstate, we decided to stop to eat lunch on the way to the football game.

And you know? It really was a DANG GOOD burger. So much so, that the hubs bought the T-shirt. HA


Located in Pella (home of the Central College Dutch), the Jaarsma bakery is a favorite of ours.

This type of quaint and charming Dutch architecture is all around the town square. That is the hubs, outside, with our treats in the bag.

Several cases of home baked goodness. Rows and Rows of Heavenly Home-Baked Goodness. *sigh*

Our box of treats. We bought cherry doughnut holes (which doubled as supper for the long ride home) and "goat legs"; chocolate tipped, flaky pastry shaped like a thick ole goat leg. lol

These are called "Dutch Letters". They are shaped like an "S". They are flaky and filled with almond paste.

And they are very good on a Sunday morning.