Monday, September 15, 2014

Pillowcase Time!

 You might remember last year I organized our church group to sew pillowcases for
ConKerr Cancer Iowa Chapter

 Sew With Us in The Park
This year, we're sewing in the Oxford United Methodist Church on Saturday September 27.
So I've been cutting up fabric to make a few and to have kits ready to go for anyone who shows up to sew!
hmmm, where did those pictures go?  Well I guess I'll have to add them later!! My In Progress basket is getting FULL!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday Random Round Up

SO today is my last day of vacation this week. SO sad! Anyways, I was noticing I had some random photos in my file. 
 See that cute black and white bag/box that Gramma made for DD? Bob likes it a lot!
That Bob! He was missing for a couple of days-glad to say he's home again.
Look here's DD and her hubs and the Godchildren, Wyatt & Mason. They were all at that auction we went to last week. 
I got hubs a new chair from Staples. 
I laughed at the directions. Trey say "...we develop our instructions to have  the right amount of detail you'll need for easy assembly."

 Then look at the instructions-there are NO WORDS! LOL!!! I laughed so hard!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Look What I Got!!!!!

DD and I stopped for just a few minutes at an auction.....and LOOK!!!! I KNOW! I can hardly wait until November to put him out!!!!! I got him AND a bonus tree AND a bonus reindeer for only $5!!!!!!
Let's see, only 108 days until Christmas!!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Little Help

After the Family Reunion we popped up to my Mom & Dad's, well we had to take Mom home! While we were there DD had her Grampa fill her windshield washer fluid for her. She sure has a way of getting things done doesn't she?
 She's a regular straw boss.
 So after that "hard" work we felt the need for some sustenance.  Hey let's stop at Zeno's in Marshalltown Iowa. OK It's been a long time since I'd been to Zeno's. SO how could I refuse?!
 We ordered some cheesy bread, it was good except I think it's not a good idea to have marinara sauce in a pre packaged tub...but whatever.
 Mmmmmm, ham & pineapple pizza.......what's with the giant spatula? I dunno, but we put it to use.
 It was pretty good pizza, reasonably priced, and service was OK too. It wasn't as good as I remembered it when I was a youth, but still good.
 OK we're heading home & their toys, right?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Family Reunion

So on SUnday we had our annual Harry E Forbes Family Reunion. Number 82 I think? 
So I always like to spend time with my Mom & Dad, and relatives that we don't see except once or twice a year!
 Here's my Dad and cousin Robin and 2nd cousin Pam. It was during our business meeting and we go around the room and tell a bit about what the each family has been up to since the last year. Always entertaining! You always have to be careful what you say because our awesome secretary treasurer- my Aunt Francie -will write down EVERYTHING you SAY!
See look at her writing like crazy for the meeting minutes, and Great Uncle Bob our President just waiting to play a little more cribbage.
 My DD and my Mom-are they a riot or what!??
 I was sitting a couple of tables away and just kept snapping their picture....

 I just love my family so much!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Another Homeless Sewing Machine

Look at this cute little sewing machine I got at the flea market yesterday. I think the name sewing machine is to be used loosely with this little guy. It's about the size of my hand, and it's a very manual unit. You sure would want to have good strong hands to sew very long with this one! You press the spring loaded parts together to move the needle and you have to move the fabric along with your other hand, and funny-it sews backwards-at least compared to big machines.

 But ya know what? It does work. It makes a little chain stitch, that I can't think would be very useful for anything. Maybe a desperate hem in a desperate time, because the trouble with a chain stitch is it pulls right out with the slightest tug on the thread.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Uptown Bill's Flea Market

DD and SIL went to what we thought was going to be a big flea market, but turned out to be very small but mighty at Uptown Bill's. Uptown Bill's is a coffee house/meeting place/music venue/cool place that is making a difference in the lives of those with different abilities. Named for Bill Sackter who was mentally challenged but also pretty genius when it came to making thing better. Learn more about Bill here  Uptown Bill's Extend the Dream Foundation
SO anyways, Check out this costume jewelry IN BULK to say the least. This guy had TABLES full of this jewelery!

 I of course was not too interested in jewelry...of course DD was crazy for it!
I spied a box of vintage postcards and greeting cards, I picked it up for $2.
 Look at the gorgeous type face on the words Post Card. Oh my!
 Here's the front of the above card.  A lot of these cards were apparently carried to families not too far away by people traveling between towns in Iowa. Some are from Kalona Iowa to a person in Washington Iowa, or to Wellman, Iowa, but since there is no postage I am guessing they were hand carried.

 Isn't this one cool-the front is in maybe German(I'm guessing) but the short message on the back is in English. I find it kind of humorous that over 100years ago (the postmark on this card is 1909) people wrote "We are fine, hope you are the same" And we still write that same thing today!

 This card is wishing you a joyous Easter, but the message says that Ida wishes she could ask Zetta to come over for Easter, but the horses have "the distemper" so she wouldn't want Ida's horses to get it. YIKES! Yeah, sure joyous Easter to you too!
 This is a cool postcard too! Post marked 1941-Love that airplane

 and the same sentiments that have been sent for generations...We are all having a very nice time....
gotta love a good vacation!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tuesday Morning

 I was driving home from work on Tuesday morning, and these crazy cool clouds caught my eye.
 How cool is that!? It looks like one of those calendar pictures don't you think?

OK, maybe not, but still cool clouds.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

St. Louis Wrap Up

Ok I'm ready to finish up with the trelogue of St Louis, so let the random-ness BEGIN!
 SO, it was rainy and hot when we left Iowa for St louis, but lucky us, it cleared up as we went south...if only the heat would have let up too!
 We stopped at the famous Schlafly Bottleworks to sight-see and pick up a little souvenir or 24. 
 They are a pretty good sized independent beer brewery, and have a very loyal following among Beer lovers.
 Then we went on the blues cruise-aboard the Becky Thatcher replica steam boat. I swear I'm the worst selfie picture taker!!!
 Such a pretty night on the river-HOT though!
 The arch looks great in the heat and the river is always beautiful at night.
 While in St Louis, we also went to a couple of estate tag sales. Yup-we went garage sale-ing in St Louis!LOL!
 This big old house was the one where I got a couple of souvenirs for DD. Look at this house! They were selling EVERTHING! The neighborhood was pretty muckety-muckety, and had big Keep Out signs all over!
 These flowers were made of Jade-at least that's what the tag said. The house was just full of tons of artsy little figurines and such.
 Here's what I came for-green glass, I'm not sure if it's what DD likes, but I got several pieces and a couple of other things for a bargain price of $25
 We also went to another tag sale, and with the heat, that was enough!!
 We drove over to The Hill neighborhood to go to Volpi Italian meats.  This is such a cute neighborhood, all decked out with Italian banners and close neighborhoods. Hubs loves the Volpi salami and summer sausages, so we picked up a little meat.
 Look driving down the freeway.....we were behind this van, with a giant dog on top! I laughed so hard...I couldn't get a good picture, because, well I was driving you know?!
 And here's Hubs communing with nature at the courtyard at our Hotel. Free morning coffee, and bumble bees buzzing in the hosta plants, what a nice morning!
I have to mention, I had checked the map to make sure we were not close to Ferguson, you know with the rioting and such, I just kind of thought it might not make for a good vacation. Anyways, we were quite a ways away from Ferguson so I didn't give it another though. Until Gretel the Garmin GPS told me to turn left near Florissant, MO-it;'s another suburb, and well what do ya know-TV trucks, police cars, and National Guard people! YIKES!!! REPROGRAM GRETEL-REPROGRAM!!!!!! No problem I asked the Nice National Guard person where I could pull over and reprogram Gretel and he nicely pointed me to a space in front of his Humvee truck. OK-we made it back to the hotel with no problem!  That's all I got left for St Louis! YAY!