Saturday, April 30, 2011

Winter 2011, Part I

Well, I haven't been keeping up with my blog this winter. I felt like winter would never end. We had lots of snow, and a terrible ice storm. At one point my front yard looked like it was covered with fondant.

Here is a picture of the blue spruce in my front yard with snowflakes coming down.

This is a picture of my kitchen window after the ice storm. My roses didn't look very happy, either.

And this is me sitting on the sofa, waiting for winter to be over. (Photo by Avery).

In mid-March I was treated to a trip to Seven Springs Ski Resort in Pennsylvania to celebrate my brother John's 60th birthday. I drove over with my nephew and my mom & dad. On the drive we enjoyed a fresh hoar frost as we entered Ohio that was so beautiful. I tried to take pictures through the car window.

And then we arrived at Seven Springs Ski Resort, which had also had a fresh snow. We all stayed at a beautiful lodge called The Fin and Feather. Here is a picture of the lodge.

There were two swans in the pond who greeted us as we walked by. They were very beautiful.

This is a picture of the little cottage I stayed in. It was a very peaceful place.

The lodge had a big fireplace and it was such fun to build a fire in it. Here is Mom enjoying the fire.

Part of the plan of the trip was to visit Falling Waters, built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Here is a self portrait on the walk to Falling Waters. It was a brisk, sunny day. The snow had melted and I was enjoying it very much.

And here is the birthday boy, opening the present I gave him, a ukulele!

It was a great trip, and so nice to get away from the Indiana winter for a few days.

Winter 2011, Part II

On St. Patrick's Day I went to the parade downtown with little Avery, Sam & Heather. We stopped by the Fire Department Union Hall afterwards where they had a huge tent, the party was flowing out into the street and the bagpipes were playing.
Everyone was wearing something green!

At the end of March I had a vendor table at a music festival held here in Indianapolis. I sold a couple of instruments, lots of "gently used" cds, and other music-related items. It was a lot of fun.

This is my friend Sara helping at my table.

Finally, the daffodils were blooming, but one day I looked out the window and we were having yet another snow.

Oh, this was fun. I went to see Pokey LeFarge and his band at the Noble Coffeeshop in Noblesville on a Sunday afternoon. They played swing jugband music and had a lot of energy. Go see them if they play in your area. You will enjoy them. I did!

I have been re-doing my bedroom. It has gone from green to white - a Shabby Chic white. Here is a picture of a vintage nightgown hanging on my wall.

And I have my First Communion dress and veil hanging on the other wall.

One day I went shopping with Avery. I wanted to buy her an Easter bonnet. But she did not want an Easter bonnet. She wanted a pink cowboy hat we found at the Dollar Store.

Here is a little project I did one day. I simply sewed doilies onto a couple of pillows.

I love how they turned out.

And here at last are the forsythia in bloom.

Another sure sign of Spring is the Spring Concert at the schools. I was lucky to see grandson Ethan, a 3rd grader, sing with his class. He is in the first row, second from right, in the yellow and black shirt.

Next up, I had a big garage sale. I am on a quest to let go of unnecessary items in my house.

like our vintage tiger oak 52" round dining room pedestal table. Oh my, all the dinners, parties, card games and homework this table has seen.

Easter arrived the day after the garage sale. I had everyone over for dinner and made these cute cupcakes.

It was a rainy day, but the kids didn't care.
We had a great egg hunt in the back yard. With umbrellas.

And that brings us up to date.

Winter is over; Spring has arrived. Tomorrow is May 1st - birthday month!