Archive for December, 2008

Plans for a new year

December 29, 2008

So much of this next year has been set in motion already. Heather and Scott haven’t set a date yet but plan on being married in 2009, probably in the summer. I just finished my three classes and there isn’t anything I need to take until summer so I don’t have to take any classes until then. What a relief! Those three classes last semester took up every spare moment I had. I think the one I take this summer is online so that will help.

Reflecting on what I hope to do for myself this next year though, conflicts me. I have my list of 101 things to do in a 1001 days and I am making some progress on that. The list is very project oriented. A lot of the things I have on it are projects I have started and need to finish…………. I know many people are good at starting something and finishing it before they go on to the next project but I always seem to run out of something and go on to a new thing until I get the supplies I need to finish the project.

I saw several classes I would be interested in taking in High Amana. One is a collage class and the other is a cloth book class. They are Saturday/Sunday classes, one in March and one in April. That could be a possibility.

I have signed up to read the Bible in a year at church so hopefully I can keep on track with that. 

I saw one group that has the goal of reading 52 books in 52 weeks. That might also be a possibility.

I still have my 101 projects to do in 1001 days to work on so there are plenty of things to do.

The days after Christmas

December 27, 2008

Christmas is always a time of mixed emotions. There is the glorious celebration of the birth of Jesus. We spent Christmas eve at church singing songs of praise. The best part is when the lights are lowered and we sing Silent Night to just the glow of individual candlelight. 

Christmas day was different this year. Our daughter was visiting the new fiance’s family so they didn’t get here until late afternoon. There was just a light supper as they had been feasting all day. We did manage to have the traditional fruit salad, cranberry relish and cranberry bread but I served it with soup instead. 

The whole experience was somber as our cat Summer had taken a turn for the worse and we had to keep checking on him. When we did see him, he was wobbly and only searching for water. He had been diagnosed sometime back with kidney failure but just the week before had been running through the house, chasing Shasta so this sudden downturn took us by surprise. Yesterday he went to the vet and didn’t com back home.  He was over 17 years old. He was a strong cat. When he was on his leash, he could pull a concrete block around if he wanted to go somewhere. He was a clever cat. He knew how to open the door to the bedroom and the sliding screen door if he felt so inspired. He, being a Siamese, was a talker. Unfortunately, he most often wanted to talk  around 3:30-4 in the morning. He will be missed in our house.

It was in the  60s yesterday. I finally got some tulip bulbs I had boughten planted. By last night the weather radio was going off as we were under a tornado watch. That didn’t happen but we did get the rain/thunderstorm which eventually froze. Jim thinks we got about a quarter of an inch of ice from it. It was sunny when I got up but now it is overcast.

We wish them much happiness

December 21, 2008

dsc_0022  Apparently part of the reason we had to move to Kansas was so Heather and Scott could find each other.


















Heather, Scott and Oreo

Heather, Scott and Oreo


December 21, 2008

I found this while out reading blogs and thought it was interesting. It is particularly so as today, at church I saw a quilt that I have blocks embroidered for that needs to be assembled. The squares are all violets.



I am a

What Flower
Are You?


  Fortunately for me, I am only a violet sometimes. I have often tried to transplant wild violets around my yard though. 


Bears are overrunning the place

December 20, 2008

Jim and I  joined the Kaw Valley Wood carver and took our first lesson Monday. This is the project the teacher started us on. Mine has the most carving on it so far. 🙂

Bears The kids at school seemed to be impressed. They kept moving mine around the room. Hopefully we can get some more done this week. I think we will go to Lenexa tomorrow and look for some carving knives so we can work on this at home.

Gee, it has been a while

December 20, 2008

We had our first snow, make that ice day of this school year so I was home today. I finished my three classes, thank heavens so hopefully life can get back to normal. I have started the tree decoration. The lighted poinsettias are new this year but I am not sure I have them on right or if they will stay. The color isn’t too good. I took it with my computer. I will have to experiment with that. For some reason, the computer puts the picture in reverse too.tree 2008