Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Bread ...

I have no idea how I was able to come up with a post every day last month.  I am trying to do two a week now and am struggling.

It's 10 days until Christmas and I am, as usual, nowhere near ready.

I just started making bread on Wednesday night this week.  I made two batches, both for the office but with two loaves for us to enjoy  -- one from each batch.




My OD is going to be here for about 10 days beginning tomorrow night.  I'm taking off work and hoping to spend some quality time together.  I'd like to try some new soups and breads while she's here.

Christmas 2017 - Grandpa's 90th Birthday!

For my father's 90th birthday I asked folks to send videos to me to create a "Happy Birthday" video for him.  Here's the video...  oh, it's really long so you might not want to view (six minutes)...



Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Old Pictures ..

I was looking for pictures on my niece's flickr (don't remember why I was looking) and ran across these ...


This one was taken in Eagle Harbor with my father's parents - Melvin and Muriel Kelly.  My grandma (Granny) was 65 when these pictures were taken.  She always seemed to old to me, but she really wasn't that old -- just in my 6 year old mind.  I never thought about whether my grandpa (Big Grandpa) was old or not.  He was just Grandpa.

The same picture but from a different angle ..  the Eagle Harbor Light House is behind us on the right -- too bad you can't see it.


This is a picture of me and my cousins Jeff White and Stephen Deshler.  Stephen and I are the same age -- he lives close by now and we get together every now and again.  This picture was taken at my other grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary.


This is another picture from Michigan -- taken at Fort Wilkins (I went there this past summer).  This was in 1983 because my #2 son was just a baby at the time.  The others in this picture are Atsumi (a Japanese friend of my grandparents), my oldest, Paul, who was 2 1/2 at the time, my cousin Dave Kelly and his wife Sue, my dad and mom, me and my middle son, Mark.



Here's a much later picture taken on the National Mall in Washington DC -- must have been summer of 1989 because my younges is the baby in the 2nd picture below.


I don't remember the day, but these pictures are kinda cool.  From left to right, back row, my youngest son, Michael, held by my sister Anna, my niece Katie, Paul, my youngest, Robin, held by my husband (who was very young and thin at the time); front row, my older daughter, Kelly, Jonathan (now known as Jones), JJ, and Mark. 

(I decided that my kids can have real names now -- if they want me to change them, they'll have to let me know.)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Deck the Halls ...


or rather, decorate the house.  We have the lights on outside,


The tree is up and decorated.  The Night Before Christmas books are out .. No pics of the tree, but I'm liking my nutcrackers ..





and here's my update on my step goal ...  59 miles to go and only 18 more days ... I need to average 3.3 miles per day.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

December and Pillows



I finished the pillow cases and got them to my daughter; this is what they look like.





So the thing I am try for the next 30 days is to meet my 10,000 step goal every day this month.  (I just realized that to meet my 1,200 mile goal for the year I need to walk at least 4 miles a day for the rest of the month so those two things work together.)

I want to start sewing 15 minutes a day too, but that will need to wait -- to achieve a greater chance of success.

Week 37 : Sept 9 to Sept 15

    Sept 9 - mini coffee    Sept 10 -headed home         Sept 11 - diaper cake     Sept 14 - the garage