Tuesday, July 28, 2015

18 Years Old? How Did That Happen?

These pics are from APRIL! I just came across them and wanted to share. It was my oldest grandson's 18th birthday and we had a family get-together. We were all coming out of hibernation from the long winter and everyone was playing in the backyard. Even the big kids!

Look! Uncle Nate is on the trampoline!
Bandit wants on the trampoline, too!
Oh, what joy to chase a ball across the grass!
Got it!
Having a moment with Gracie the kitty.

Happy birthday to you … !

Nolan helped blow out the candles!

Surprise! Bombarded with silly string! It was a good party! Happy birthday, Gavin!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Slowly Catching Up

Since January this year, I have been the editor of the newsletter for our Folk Society. It must fulfill the writing urge for me, because I haven't been keeping up with my blog. Luckily, not only do I journal, but I also keep a small monthly planner, where I jot down things that are going on in my life.

At the end of April, according to my planner, my sister Beth came to visit with Mom and Dad for a couple of weeks. While she was here, her two daughters took the opportunity to visit, too. One day I kidnapped them and took them to my favorite places. First we went to the Vintage Vogue Goodwill store in Broad Ripple. Then we went to the Cake Bake, also in Broad Ripple. I love the Cake Bake so much!
At the Cake Bake with beautiful nieces, Nellie and Sarah.
Every year I have a wonderful display of Columbine (Aquilegia). I love them!
This is the Ohio River, taken from Madison, Indiana. I went to the River Roots Music Festival in May. I love music festivals!
At the River Roots Festival, there is an arts and crafts area. People have a chance to try their hand at pottery or sketching.
This girl was quite a hit. She walked around on stilts all day, pretending to be a tree.
I've done a lot of yardwork this year. Painting these shutters and window box was on my to-do list for a long time.
Another low-maintenance perennial that grow in my yard, Coreopsis.

I recently read that people collect Laura Ashley dresses. I found this pretty dress at Goodwill for $3.50. I sold it on eBay for $37.99, plus shipping. Fun!
Every year I look forward to our Folk Society's Eagle Creek Folk Festival. This was our 41st year! Here I am playing my dulcimer with a group.
Another of my favorite summer festivals, the Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering, held in Battleground, Indiana. We had perfect weather this year! 
The Whipstitch Sallies! warming up backstage at the Fiddlers' Gathering. These girls are such fun to see.

More blogs to come, I  promise. If you want to encourage my blogging, leave a comment and/or become a follower!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Easter 2015

Spring at last! 
And here are a few scenes from Easter Sunday.
Lovely forsythia - a once-a-year delight.
Cashmere bunnies, made from Goodwill cashmere sweaters. 
They were one of my winter projects and they turned out so cute!
The cat who lives at Mom's house. She gets jealous when anyone else is getting Mom's attention.
We had a smallish group for dinner this year - just nine. No out of town guests, and some regulars were in California.
We had a small but lively Easter egg hunt. 

E brought along his grabber tool - perfect for picking up eggs.
Mike was the Easter Bunny this year.
This is how we do it. Each plastic egg has a strip of paper inside with a number on it. The numbers match a list of prizes. Examples of prizes - $1, choose a gift from the big basket, 50 cents, a big Easter kiss from Great Grandma or Great Grandpa, or (the best one of all) a Happy Easter! 

Here is Avery collecting her kiss from Great Grandpa.
Everyone wins.

Monday, March 2, 2015

My First Snowbird Trip to Florida

So here's the story behind my two-week snowbird trip to Florida. Joe, my ex-husband, and I have remained friends over the years. He lives in Florida, but was home for Thanksgiving. He was saying how much he missed seeing the grandkids on a regular basis, 
(These grandkids)
so I said, "Hey, I have a great idea! Why don't we do a house swap!" He said, "When?" I said, "January." He said, "For how long?" I said, "How about a month?" So we planned it out and bought airline tickets. He would stay at my house, drive my car. I would stay at his condo and drive his car. And we did it - not for a month, but two weeks.

On January 21st, I flew to Tampa, Florida, found his car in the parking garage, and there I was, just like that, away from frigid January in Indiana and in Florida paradise. As I drove from the airport across the Courtney Campbell Causeway, lined with palm trees and beautiful water on both sides of the highway, it was kind of hard to believe.

Joe's condo was very nice. One whole wall was windows and looked out at the Bellair Bluffs Bay Bridge. I spent a lot of time looking out those windows.
(The view from the condo's windows.)
I loved seeing the sunsets. I could go to the beach, only a mile away, or there was a dock by the condo with a lovely view. I took a lot of pictures.

The first weekend I drove to Port Charlotte, about two hours away, and stayed in a hotel overnight. Two of my music friends, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, were appearing in concert at a church there. They live in Rhode Island and were spending six weeks in Florida this year, booking concerts along the way. I enjoyed seeing them and their concert very much.

On the way back, I stopped at St. Armand Circle near Sarasota where my grandmother used to take me when she lived in Florida. My, my, it has really changed! It used to be kind of a rustic shopping center on Longboat Key. Now it is a high-end shopping area with lovely restaurants. It was a beautiful day and I mentally wrote a letter to my grandmother telling her how much it had changed.

One day I had lunch with my cousin and her husband, who were doing a test snowbird trip this year. They are both recently retired teachers.

The second weekend I went to the Pinellas County Folk Festival. It was held at a historic park where old Florida houses had been moved and restored. There were at least eight music stages, lots of vintage cars, food, and very tall pine trees. And dogs, lots of dogs.

The rest of the time I did a lot of reading, and had to find a project, so I bought knitting needles and yarn and began to knit a shawl. 

I ate seafood and went to the beach. And the bridge right outside the window turned out to be a bridge that people walked or ran across, so I started doing that. It was a beautiful walk. One day I got caught in the rain, but I didn't care. It was warm and I was just walking in the rain, something you don't find yourself doing every day. 

(The view from the top of the Bay Bridge)
I flew home on February 4th, hoping that winter in Indiana was nearly over. That hasn't happened. I have been shoveling snow for two days. And dreaming of the beach.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Cake Bake

Well, I want to update everyone on my snowbird trip to Florida, but that's going to be kind of lengthy. First I want to tell you about a wonderful trip to Broad Ripple to the Cake Bake. You just have to go! It is at 6515 N. Carrollton Av. in Indy. They have wonderful cakes and desserts, coffee, soup - things like that. The decor is like a French pastry shop. I took my mom on a cold February day. We had a delightful time!
This is the entrance to The Cake Bake restaurant.
Another view of the entrance.

This is the Marie Antoinette. It cost $8.50, but honestly could have fed three!


Me, totally in my element!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Christmas 2014

Here's a look at my Christmas 2014. So much preparation!! 
And it never fails - my Christmas pictures never turn out. 
Or at least I am always disappointed in them. 
I guess even pictures can't convey all the excitement that goes along with Christmas.
I decided to use my Charlie Brown Christmas tree this year. 
Every year I make my granddaughter something. This year it was a Hello Kitty nightgown.
She liked it. She even put it on before the evening was over.
Close-up of the yo-yo I made for a decoration.

Christmas at Mom & Dad's. Now you will begin to see what I mean about the pictures.
Now, this one I like. I gave my grandson a little backpack and he loved it.
I swear, this is the best group shot I got of the kids. Kind of surreal.
At my house. Christmas chaos.
These two were SO excited! Really.
No one told me to make a silly face.

Over Christmas break, the kids and I took a winter walk to Ellenberger Park.
It was very cold!!
I really like this picture. My two buddies.