Sunday, May 31, 2009

Wedding Pictures

I don't often shoot weddings, but I was happy to be a part of this one.

the bride's shoes



notice the impending storm



Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Adventure!

So... We recently got a GPS and have been looking into geocaching. (I must note that George and her husband got us started on this notion.) Tonight, we finally got out and did it! Sisterpants even ventured out with us.

As I was looking around on geocaching.com at the items near our house, I was intrigued by one that said "night caching" so we waited til it got dark, loaded up the car, took some flashlights and went on a little night hike. I think everyone had fun. We didn't really know what we are doing and it took us a lot longer than it should have. (The coordinates did not line up exactly - off by a hundred feet. Is that my fault? I did the initial satellite set-up. Which was just pushing one button while I stood out on the back porch.) I'm not sure what the problem was.
The boys kept saying, "I'm scared," although I know secretly they were all thrilled to have permission to use flashlights. Anyway, we found it thanks to the clues, and everyone was glad that we had given it one more try. One thing was my fault, one of the clues had inches, you know, with the " sign, and somehow I had read it as ' - feet. So that threw us off as well. Now we have plans to get out and find some more, and I had mentioned a good place to hide one up near my parents', so the boys are counting on that, too. Actually, I think Grandpa Bob would also have fun geocaching. We'll have to get him out on a hunt with us soon.

Oh! How could I forget to mention: At one point, Sisterpants asked, "Are there bats around here?" "Yes," we said. Then a few minutes later, we heard it, and she said, "I asked because I saw it fly over!" We never located him, although BFJ was very envious and tried to spot him in the trees.

Added later: I was contacted by the person who hid this cache; we were supposed to start at the coordinates and follow the clues. Duh!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Rain

I don't know why this picture is sideways, but anyway, here's my giant allium with some raindrops. We've had 3.69 inches this month, probably half of that in the last four days!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

Thank you for serving and protecting our country, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle Jim, Bob, Brian, Gabe, Jerem, Heidi, Sam, Doc, and all the rest of our armed forces.



Saturday, May 23, 2009

Winners and Socks

Winners first: the first three bloggers to comment were Judy, Candace, and Audrey. Remember to pay it forward! Cheryl was the first non-blogger to comment. Thank you for playing along, ladies! Cheryl, please leave me your email so I can contact you! Now, what will I make for them? Hmmm... So many fun choices. I'm going to have to think about it awhile.


So here's how I came to make socks: I have this friend,
Marly, I've taken pictures for, and she wanted to repay the favor. She said she'd teach me to knit socks. I had a couple of projects going and I was not in a hurry to learn socks; they just didn't grab me. Finally, she caught me between projects and gave me this beautiful yarn; she knows my favorite color is red! Sitting around the table at the yarn shop, she got me started on my first pair of socks. I was talking to one of the other knitters about who we were going to give socks to, and Marly said, "I hope you are making these for yourself!" I wouldn't dream of giving such a nice gift away. After a few weeks' work, I got the first one done, and you know, it's kind of nice, and getting it done, I was inspired to start on the second. That one was finished much quicker, thankfully, and here I have my first pair of knitted socks. And I love them! And now they kinda grab me! Thanks, Marly, for the yarn, and for teaching me how to fish.

Speed has been asking me to knit him socks for months, and BFJ has identified THE socks he wants me to make. They are the blue and yellow socks on the cover of
Sensational Knitted Socks. Not socks like that; those socks. By the way, this is the book that Marly recommended way back, because it helps you figure out your size, not just S, M, L, and a few other great sections. My mom volunteered to be on the sock receiver list, too. I hope the next pair goes as smoothly as my first. I'm not saying they're perfect, (one is a few rows shorter than the other, and I can see a few other mistakes) but they are good enough, and fun! And fun to wear.

So far, I've made hats, a scarf, some fingerless gloves, and some socks. This knitting thing is working for me! Thank you, Dear, for encouraging me to sign up for the first class.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Oops, no title.

Did you notice I've been absent? We've had some technical difficulties here, and were without technology for a week. My, it was nice; the phone did not ring in the middle of dinner - for eight days!

And now, my first ever give-away, yet not in the traditional sense... I got this from a recently-made friend, Dawn.

{The Rules}
1. Be one of the first THREE (3) bloggers to leave a comment on this post, which then entitles you to a handmade item from me - something crafty or yummy, who knows?!
2. Winners must post this challenge on their blog, meaning that they will Pay It Forward, creating a handmade gift -anything!- for the first 3 bloggers who leave a comment on YOUR post about this giveaway!
3. The gift that you send to your 3 friends can be from any price range and you have 365 days to make/ship your item. This means you should be willing to maintain your blog at least until you receive your gift and have shipped your gifts. And remember: It’s the Spirit and the Thought that Counts!
4. When you receive your gift, please feel free to blog about it, sharing appropriate Linky Love!If you are not one of the Top 3 Commenters on this post, you can still play along. Go ahead and start your own Pay It Forward chain, and encourage your blogging friends to do the same.
REMEMBER... Pay it forward!


Anything I want, and a year to do it. We can all put a little positivity back into the world, can't we?? And I'm going to do one better. I'm going to include the first non-blogging commentor. Unless that's my mom; if she comments, I'll make her something :) and one more non-blogger.

Several people asked about the orange flowers; that's a Black Eyed Susan Vine. It's doing great, and I hope to have a column of flowers in a few months.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Little Garden Friends

For Mother's Day, we bought BFJ's mom a tadpole for her pond....


This guy is already a resident!


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Green

Everything's greening up around here! We have not planted much yet, but look forward to some yardwork this week. I mowed the lawn yesterday, first time ever. I borrowed the mower from the neighbor, and he gave me a few suggestions. This experience has definitely improved my opinion of the man who usually does this type of work around here! So far, we've planted peas, first picture below. Every morning, the Bruise and I go out to count how many there are. It started out as one, two, seven... Now we are up to 49! I am hoping for a nice little green screen in this area of the yard. A giant cottonwood looms a few feet away. If I could somehow get that tree cut down for free, I would do it. This is the sunniest spot in the yard, and for some reason, it didn't immediately occur to me to put the garden here, so I never did. Maybe next year we'll get around to getting rid of the tree!

chives
allium - I'll have to take a better picture where you can see the scale
sweet woodruff
strawberries - thanks to the wild critters, we don't have many berries




Thanks for all the nice comments on my haircut. I am really enjoying it!

Friday, May 1, 2009

I've Been Saying...

I've been saying I was going to cut my hair, and I finally did! Here's what it looked like last Sunday:

And now today:

I just got it done; I'm still getting used to it, but I know I'm going to love it. And while I was waiting for my turn at the salon, I finished my toasty gloves, which I LOVE, and which are so simple, you should make some too. They make it more bearable that May Day is "45* with an 80% chance of rain."