Archive for June, 2008

Road trip

June 30, 2008

I have spent the last week on the road. Jim and I left for Indiana to attend the Circular Sock Machine Convention in Nashville, Indiana. I was concerned about the trip as we had to replan our route due to flooding in Iowa. We ended up going through St. Louis and then over. We spent the night in Effingham, Illinois and arrived at the Abe Martin Lodge on Sunday afternoon. We had a cabin that we stayed at from Sunday through Thursday morning. The cabins and the area were decorated with the characters of Kin Hubbard.

    Our cabin







Inside the lodge were some interesting pieces.

Going upstairs to the second floor                  Clock at Abe Martin Lodge

See what I learned today

June 19, 2008

I went to the technology center today and learned how to make a link to my Flickr account.


mossrose22. Get yours at


I had to leave early as the tornado siren went off. The funnel managed to stay up in the air though so we just got several heavy rain showers. 

You should check out the bighugelab site though as they have some neat features. You can make trading cards, calendars, magazine covers, etc.

Clean, clean, clean the house

June 18, 2008

Progress is slow. I can see the floor in the kitchen. The sock knitter is boxed up. The bedding in the guest room is in the wash. Last night I did manage to weed out the car. Wouldn’t you know it though that when I got in the car today, another empty water bottle popped up. Right after I sent the recycling into town so I wouldn’t have to look at it anymore.

I don’t know how we are going to get to Indiana yet. The bridge is still closed in Burlington and I am not sure when it will crest there.

I met a friend up in Holton for lunch today. We met at Buzzard’s Pizza on the square. I highly recommend the chicken fajita pizza. From there we looked in a couple of stores and finally ended up at Quilting on the Square. I think I found a good project for this summer. Check out the colors. I thought it might make a good log cabin quilt. What is really cool about this is that it is already cut into 2 1/2 inch strips.


Where to start

June 17, 2008

I am sitting here looking at all the work in front of me. I got two small jobs done but it seems like a million more to do. I guess the one I need to do first is to see about getting the cat into the vet.
I dropped my school laptop off as it is doing crazy things. I need it back soon as it has a PowerPoint I am working on for school.
I got my sock knitter packed up so I will be ready for the conference. I hope the road is open for that. Burlington already has water in the parking lot of the auditorium and the levee has broken on the Gulfport side. It brings back memories of 1993 when we lived there. It didn’t affect our house but it closed roads and bridges and one feel very claustrophobic.
To see what it is like there see



I thought this was cute

June 16, 2008

Myspace Graphics
Myspace Graphics

As promised, more pictures

June 15, 2008









These are some of the quilt’s on the wall at Sarah’s in Lawrence. I love going through the tall doors to see what they have.








Right across the street are two other places on Massachusetts Street I like to go.


Stitch on Needlework      

 In the back of this store, they also have quilt fabric. They have needlwork supplies in the middle of the store. In the front of the store they have Christmas collectibles like Christopher Radko ornaments, Snow Babies and villages. They also have quilted tote bags and wonderful seasonal items. 

 I then went to the Yarn Barn to get some carpet warp and to check out the latest knitting projects.












 I wouldn’t mind having this at my house 🙂






Then I was back to Topeka for a trip to the library and Saturday night church.


This library is one of the best assets in Topeka. I came  home with 10 books.

When you can’t go to the Iowa Wool and Sheep Festival, you go to…..

June 15, 2008

It’s Father’s Day weekend so we went to the antique car and motorcycle show in Baldwin City.       







Here Jim is talking to a guy about his B.S.A. motorcycle.     

                 Jim has one too.                                             

               It was a hot day. Heather and I tried to entertain ourselves so he had time to look. He ran into his friend Terry and his wife Sue. They have an Avanti.    Terry also works at the railroad.








Jim likes Indian motorcycles. Here is one we saw down there.

This is what was what was on Heather’s and my mind though.






Heather and I walk around town. It is home to Baker University. We ate at Wheat State Pizza which Heather loves. We also went to the quilt store.








We left Baldwin City and headed for Lawrence where we stopped at several of my favorite places. I will  try to put those pictures on tomorrow.


What is wrong with this picture?

June 13, 2008

It is finally sunny. It isn’t supposed to rain until some  time on Sunday.                                                                                                       Today I went into Topeka to work on the schedule for this next year with a colleague. Then it was off to Washburn to sign up for classes in the fall. I managed to get back in time to go to the technology center to take a class on Excel.

Here are some pictures of my garden. I am going with containers this year.

Potatoes and tomatoes look pretty good right now. We will see if they can survive our vacation.

How do you say good-bye to a friend?

June 12, 2008

Recently a dear friend of mine past away at the age of 85. She was a mentor to me. She taught me about painting and encouraged me. When she had a devastating stroke, she managed to work her way out of the nursing home and taught others to paint  while teaching herself to paint again. It was always entertaining to visit her and see the chickens that would occasionally share the house with her. She painted beautiful floral paintings and my favorite was of a bunch of lilacs she painted. If you ever get a chance to see her work, by all means do it. Her obituary can be seen at

 Thank you Bonny Thayer! I will miss you alot.

I found a nice picture of her up on Snake Alley for you to see.

 This publication has some examples of her paintings


Will the weather ever settle down?

June 12, 2008

$20,000,000 to repair Kansas State University. Little Apple Honda was hit. Houses were destroyed. That is what last night’s tornado did to Manhattan. We spent time in the lower level of the house as there was a tornado warning for Jackson County. I have a friend in Soldier that I haven’t heard from yet. I pray she is alright. I guess the town of Chapman was hit by a tornado a half mile wide. Right now we are under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. The town of Cedar Rapids in Iowa is under water in places. They say 10,000 people have been evacuated today. It reminds me of the 1993 flood that we lived through in Burlington, IA.

I have been making a PowerPoint on sentences for my students. I have the slides done and now am trying to figure out how to do transitions, etc.

Jim’s mom is  out in Missoula. Her flight was delayed so they flew her to Seattle then back. They didn’t have the wheelchair she requested and they sent her bag somewhere else. I talked to her and she was feeling weak. She did get to see her new granddaughter who is geting baptized  Sunday though.