Sunday, November 29, 2009


Today we set out our Advent wreath and our nativity. Because I love my nativity set so much, I took pictures to share it with you. My daughter did the arranging this year. I suggested the location of the shepherd's field and unwrapped the pieces. Typically, the arrangement of nativity pieces changes throughout the season of Advent. We all like to move the people around a bit now and then.

My favorite years were the ones when Luke and Han or Spiderman and Wolverine would come to visit Bethlehem. Why didn't I take photos of that? Those memories are so much more precious to me than who gave whom what.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The start of something good

My daughter made chocolate chip cookies today, without my help. Lots of "Mmming" was heard from the boys!

It's not over yet

ATHIP continues. I painted the trim for the back door today. The door itself is only a couple years old, and I did not paint it because Jeb scratches it to go out. He has claws like a bear.

Friday, November 27, 2009

ATHIP - stage three complete

We finished the front door today, so here are before and afters, and an extra after which includes the front door.

This finishes all three phases of the entryway.

Dealing with Disappointment

At Costco earlier this week we saw three enormous stuffed animals: a bear, a giraffe, and an elephant. When I told Lumpy about them, he immediately asked to go see the elephant. Because of ATHIP, we did not get there until today.

The bear and elephant had been sold! (The elephant was well over $1000. Who buys these things?) Lumpy was the saddest little monkey. He laid his head down on my socks and cried. He had SO wanted to touch an elephant. We all felt bad for him.

We tried to get him interested in the giraffe. My husband and daughter got him as close to the giraffe as they could. It was little consolation. Giraffes are amazing in their own way, but his heart had been set on meeting an elephant.

Later, the girl spotted a bunch of gorillas. We thought that might cheer Lumpy a bit. It did not. "Gorillas," we were told, "Do not have trunks. And they smell." At least he waited until we were in the next aisle to say it.

It was not looking good. There's really not much you can do when sock monkeys are in a pout. However, Dad seemed to know the trick. Soda pop. With a straw. Not as good as touching an elephant, but it made the disappointment easier to swallow. - completed today

You might recall that back in June I decided to read through the Bible using I chose the chronological plan, NASB, and today was my last reading. I cannot say enough how easy to use BibleYear is. It was fantastic! I highly recommend it for anyone who is on the computer daily.

I plan to start another plan in January, but this time I'll read at the regular pace, not the accelerated one I did during the summer. My husband is planning to join me. He can pick the reading plan and translation this time.

Between now and then, I have an Advent devotional I'll be reading with a group from my church. I'm looking forward to that, too.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving with Fred and Ginger

ATHIP continued today. My husband and I painted the door frames and the doors. We are not quite done, but should be tomorrow morning.

While we painted, I enjoyed listening to several Fred and Ginger movies. TCM had them on all day. George and Ira Gershwin. Jerome Kern. Irving Berlin. What's not to love?

For dinner, we went to Pete's, our favorite Greek place in the city. Usually, when we eat there, we either skip dessert because we are too full, or we share. Today, official day of overeating across the USA, we each had our own dessert.

My family laughed at me for photographing my baklava, but it is so huge! I just had to show you. I couldn't finish it, and I had boxed half my veggie moussaka trying to save room.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

ATHIP, stage 2

The new doors have been installed.

The trim has also been sanded, which is technically step 1 of stage 3, painting the door trim.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Balusters done

ATHIP, stage 1 complete.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Annual Thanksgiving Home Improvement Project

ATHIP, for short.

Before we moved here, we celebrated Thanksgiving like most people: a big meal with family and friends. After moving here, we came to the conclusion that it was the family get together we enjoyed, not the traditional meal. In fact, none of us really like turkey. Only a couple like stuffing. We all like potatoes and pie, but we eat them fairly often.

So we decided to skip the big meal and go out to dinner and the movies on Thanksgiving Day. (This year, we are disappointed with the offerings, so we may skip the movie.) We also decided that Thanksgiving was the perfect time to tackle home improvement projects. Painting, installing new flooring, anything we could do ourselves.

This year, my husband will be installing new interior doors. I am painting the balusters and trim. When we finish, I'll share before and afters.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Walking the dogs

My husband and I walked along the South Platte today with the dogs. The weather was perfect, and we were the only ones on the path most of the morning.

Jeb was a very good dog. I hitched him to this gate while I took a picture. He looked so cute.

This is the picture I took while Jeb was tied to the gate. I took more of Jeb than the tree.

Trixie was almost a good dog. Her new harness has eliminated the pulling, but she still zig zags like crazy.

The river was running fairly well for so late in the year. There were still a few ducks around, too, despite the snows we've had.

Such a relaxing way to spend the morning!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Blue skies, nothing but blue skies

This is what the sky usually looks like where I live. This was this afternoon, about 1:15.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Periwinkle progress

Even though I haven't had any finished items to show you for about a month, I have been knitting away. I'm working on this sweater. I've redone parts of it several times, and I keep changing my mind about the neckline, but that's all just part of the fun that is knitting.

I've included a close up of the color, because it is such a lovely heathered yarn.

Other than knitting, and school, and driving people here and there, I have not been very busy lately. I cleaned my closet this week. Very fun. Seriously. I love decluttering, and I got rid of a bunch of unflattering and ill fitting things. That did give me pause with my sweater, though, because I decided to go in a different direction with the neckline based on what I removed from my closet.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wizard Week

Last week, my daughter drew wizards. Many wizards. These are a few of them.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

My son, the musician

Just thought I'd share a couple photos of my son, warming up before church this morning. I always enjoy hearing him practice and play at home, but even more do I love his desire to use his musical talent to worship the Lord.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Facebook Friend Requests

I did join Facebook. Mostly, I like it. It's fun seeing everyone's photos, and I've gotten in touch with a few friends that I always meant to keep in touch with, but never did.

However, here are two things I find odd:

1. Getting friend requests from people whom I do not know and am certain do not know who I am. I could understand it if they were people that were friends of friends, with whom I'd had multiple conversations over time, but, no, that is not what I am talking about. I'm referring to people who do not know me. I ignore these requests - by pushing the ignore button. Pushing the ignore button leads directly to the second oddity.

2. If you request friendship from someone and they do not push the ignore button, you get to see the names of all the people they do befriend and the events they are attending. You don't see wall posts. I know, I've just admitted here that I've requested friendship from people who don't want it, but I'm okay with that. I honestly did not have high hopes that my request would be accepted from a couple people, but I care about them and want them to know it, even if they don't want contact with me on FB. So, it does not hurt my feelings that they don't accept the request, but I do wonder if they know that FB is sending me notes about their other friendships.

It's such a bizarre policy for FB to have: FYI - if you were wondering if Miss B hadn't been online this week to approve friend requests, she has, but she chose Mr Z and Mrs V, not you.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sending them out into the world is rough.

When your children go out into the world, you want to think that you've given them a firm foundation. You want to think that they will be guided by their upbringing, even when you are not there to remind them. Really, you wish that they could learn things from you, instead of the hard way, even though you know that they will choose the hard lessons.

It's the same with monkeys. Rita had the joy of a gal pal get together last weekend. While our other friends were indulging in chocolate and fellowship, she got into the hard cider and honey.

I hope this is a lesson she will only need to learn once in her life.

Maybe the rest of us could learn the lesson from her bad example?

(I'm almost afraid to think of what Fforde, Zippy, and Tallulah are getting into these days!)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Lumpiness at the Library

We, my husband and I, love public libraries. We go to several around here, but he also likes to visit them when he travels.

Today, after dropping the kids at school and making a quick trip to Lowe's, we hung out at the library near the kids school until our son's class ended.

Lumpy hadn't had an outing in a while, so we let him come with us today. He loves books, too.

He was delighted with this electric typewriter. He'd never seen one before, so I let him try it out after I finished the Bible study homework I'd brought with me.

Since he was so good and quiet at the library, we let him slide down the long bannister as a treat on our way out. He was fast!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Keeping warm

Jeb has always preferred cooler weather. He likes to spend time outside when it is cool, and alternates this with snoozing in the sun. He likes snow, as long as it isn't overly deep, and we always laugh watching him trudge through in slow motion, thoroughly enjoying his game of making paths in the snow.

Staying warm is harder for Trixie on cold days. She has no body fat to insulate her little body. Sunbathing is not enough for her. She likes her sweaters, her pillows, blankets, and, best of all, tucking herself in close to other warm bodies.