Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Flooding

A lot of things happening.... Very busy...
A trip out of town... 
The flooding in Cedar Rapids... We have a wonderful city who worked there butts off protecting out town.... In 2008 we have a 100 year flood and many homes were flooded... Many rebuilt and now were facing flooding again.... but it seems that the sand walls have done there jobs and a lot of homes saved....now they are worried about the sewer system.. If the sewer system doesn't hold then there will be a lot of homes damaged...Pray it holds please...

My older Son had to evacuate his place where he lives....all his stuff is in our the garage... He brought his Koi fish.... He didn't want to leave them... So they are in Remmy and Addie's swimming pool in the garage.... So one of our cars is out of the garage.... I am hoping he can get back to his home soon...Not use to have a 40 year old who is messy... ugh... 

So that is the news as of right now...

Till next time I hope your week is filled with many blessings..

Friday, September 16, 2016

Very busy.....

I can't believe how time flies at this time of  year.... We have been busy working on our back yard... We have projects to do....By the time I sit down I fall asleep on the couch...

I have also been busy with my grand kids... I thought getting older you slowed down....that is not happening... But I do love it at times...

I had a friend who gave me some really nice yarn.. It was a surprise and I can never turn down wool yarn.. So when the yard work is done I will have some beautiful yarn to work with...

We have been living off income with what would be our retirement income...it was hard at first... but we have realized it will be okay... Russ has been collecting some really nice wood to make things to sell.... He does great work... He is also making walking sticks... I have been collecting fabric and of course yarn....

We are also enjoying life with going on small road trips and exploring towns around  us...

I know in a month or two I will be writing more and more....

Till next time I hope your days are filled with many blessings...

Monday, August 29, 2016

Cant wait...

I hope your having a  great start to wonderful week...

I can't wait for Fall and fall decorating...It is my favorite time of year... I told my hubby that I want to start with Fall decorating September first...I can enjoy it for September through Thanksgiving...

One thing we have been doing this year, is cutting back on spending...Especially with eating out... That has been our biggest budget buster... With what we went through the year before with Russ's job and I am not going to get into it... Russ is nearing retirement and they are trying to push older people out... that is all I am going to say... But they also found out that all the stuff that Russ does no one else can do it.... Since he is retiring in two years he is training someone to take over his job and it will take that long to train someone...In the mean time if Russ is laid off by chance before that we have been preparing big time with putting $$$'s away so we have enough to live on before he collects Social Security...'

We are living on money as if he is in retirement to see if we can do it... It has been a learning experience... but we have learned to cut back on things with out feeling we are doing with out....

We have been de-cluttering our home.... I sure love having less stuff to clean... I did however keep all my craft items and fabric.... Russ kept all his tools and woodworking things....

This past weekend since it was warm and dreary and it had rained at night and everything was wet, we decided to work in our home instead of outside.... I decided to conquer my kitchen...Everything was a mess and I had to dig through things to get something out... So I organized it and there is no more clutter and everything is in it's place.... Since Fall is coming I want to start baking from scratch.... I have been lazy...

I bought some sweet Iowa corn and I cooked it and took the corn off the cob and froze it... I now have enough corn to have many meals through out the fall and winter.... Especially stews and chili....

We did enjoy some of the corn grilled on the grill with bacon and cheese gourmet burgers I had made instead of buying them pre-made from the store...I must say they were very good... I have been grilling things on the grill  and I have been making extra and then freezing the cooked meat... So during the winter we can pull out some grilled burgers....

Speaking of winter right now it is warm and humid... I guess that is why I want Fall to come... Would love to open some windows and get some fresh air in the house....

May your day be filled with many blessings...

Friday, August 26, 2016

Trying new things....

I  have been trying to do things that are out of the box for me... For my birthday last April, My daughter on the left and my daughter in law in the middle, took one of those painting classes.... It was called lady in the rain.... it was a fun class, about 3 to 4 hours long... And they have the classes usually at a bar and grill... A lot of ladies drink wine and eat while they are painting....

I want you to know the 3 of us took this very serious!!.. Since I was driving I did not drink and my two daughters, ( I call my daughter in law my daughter) We were very serious and we are all frugal and we didn't want drinking to mess  up nor we did not want to spend money on drinks...How ever I bought pizza...... At times we thought it may have done us some good and relaxed us... but seriously we are not drinkers... We did enjoy and loosen up with out the drinks once we realized the woman teaching us was going step by step.... it was a really nice time...I would do it again....

Today my husband had off and it was dreary so we decided to work on something in the house.... We are trying to down size the things we have....We went through our walk in closet.... we conquered it... We went through our clothes to see what we have... in September we will be going to a formal event in Michigan and we need nice clothes... Ha... We don't have really nice clothes... Russ's work clothes are nice jeans and polo shirts... me well my clothes are okay but no dresses... Not a dress person...never have never will be...  but one event requires a dress... oh has that been fun.... NOT.... and me in heels....well that is not going to happen at all or I will be in the ER... Since Chemo my balance is all messed up and can't even climb a ladder anymore....They say your balance will either return or not.. Well my balance it didn't return.... So  I stay grounded flat footed....

I will be catching up here and there in what we have been doing... I however have enjoyed reading and catching up on blogs..... it has been fun...
Have a great weekend and may it be filled with many blessings....


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Its been a long time....


It has been a very long time since I have written.... Blogging has been on my mind recently...I hope all those that are reading this, that you have been doing well...

I did not know having grand children  would  keep us  busy... My grand babies have grown up so fast... My grand daughter will be a year old this September... Her little life started out rough with acid reflux that was really bad... She is doing well and is a very active little sister....

Sarah and Jack...
Jack is getting ready to blow some bubbles.... Jack loves the outdoors....

Now that you have seen my grand babies and how they have taken over my life... HEE HEE...

I have been keeping busy this past summer... I did some container gardening and had quite a few tomatoes... love home grown tomatoes....

Also bought lots of fresh corn from the local farmers and cooked it and took  the corn off the cob and froze it for future cooking in the Fall... My favorite time of the year is Fall...Do not like what comes after it however...

I haven't had a lot of  time to sew.... Wish I did but love spending time with Jack and Sarah...

My husbands job has been okay.... He has a couple of years till retirement...We can't wait...

We have been doing a lot of tearing out things in the back yard and basically starting over with things... Making the yard more simple for us.... We won't ever have a huge garden again so we are filling in areas with grass and keeping a few garden beds... We will support the local farmers.... We have our fruit trees and I would love to plant some blueberry bushes...

Another thing  it will be  5 years of being cancer free.... I can't believe it has been 5 years.... Amazing... I feel so good and so much to live for...

I hope you have a wonderful day and may it be filled with many many blessings....