Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Week in Review

9/10/17 - Sunday
Opened a couple of Coronas with a slice of lime and put steaks over the fire pit. I'm still learning how to cook over an open flame, so they are a little seared on the outside. They may look a little dry, but they were tender and tasty. 

9/11/17 - Monday
Daughter's birthday. This is a day for remembering those who died senselessly, but my daughter gave us good memories for this day. 

We all remember where we were on this day. I was working in my office at home when son-in-law called to tell me to turn on the TV. He had taken the day off work to take his wife, my daughter, for a day of fun on her special day. Needless to say, the day was spent watching this tragedy unfold.

9/12/17 - Tuesday
Uneventful here, but Sonny Boy and Wife T arrived in the Florida Panhandle for some vacation fun. He forwarded this picture to me. I like to vacation vicariously with him. Awesome view!

9/15/17 - Wednesday 
Lunch at Stadium Grill and then a quiet day at home.

9/14/17 - Thursday
Took Gus for a walk at Lincoln Log Cabin Historical Site. He gets tired of me stopping to take pictures. I think this is his, "Would you hurry up?" face.

Gus always likes to stop and chat with the pigs. This guy wanted to chat with me.

Fall colors are everywhere.

9/15/17 - Friday
We looked at the calendar and realized it won't be long until we leave for an extended visit to Oklahoma. So today I cleaned the carpets in the RV, washed the bedding, and inventoried necessities, such as shampoo, toothpaste, etc. I'm starting to get excited. I love road trips!

9/16/17 - Saturday
Daughter came down for a visit. I talked her into going to the fabric store with me. I am going to make a quilt and needed fabric. I have a fun picture to match. Actually, there are 4 of these pictures to be incorporated into the quilt. I had trouble deciding on colors. Fortunately for me, one of the girls from Gus's vet clinic happened to be there. She was very helpful. This is the final result. If anyone has any quilting expertise, sure could use some advice on what pattern to use. I'm not a very good quilter, so I'm thinking strips of the light color around the picture and the rest a 9 patch pattern.

Later, we streamed A Man Called Ove on Amazon. Fun day!

It's a Bird!

This lone blue heron graces our local pond every year. He is always lurking on the far side. When I try to get out of the car for a closer shot, he flies. These are the best I could manage.

I'll be 'off the grid' for a while. Hopefully I will come back with more bird shots.

Linking to The Bird D-Pot 

Barn Day

I drive by this farm all the time and often stop to take a picture. The soybeans make for beautiful fields this time of year. I should have taken this picture a week earlier, when they were a brighter shade of yellow.

Linking to The Barn Collective

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Week in Review

9/3/17 - Sunday

Met daughter and family at a pizza restaurant in Charleston, IL. Parents were giving granddaughter a tour of the university grounds. Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons.

After the university tour, we met at a coffee shop. 

Linking to Monday Mural 

We chose a big round table to accompany 8 people. It was decoupaged with sayings and images. As we were enjoying our coffee, I looked down to see this appetizing image. Not sure who would have thought it was a good idea to place this lovely item on a table where food and drink are served, but it sure gave us a good laugh.

After coffee, we took youngest to the park. He had fun while the rest of us watched. The park has new equipment. Nice!

9/5/17 - Tuesday
Don was looking for someone to do minor repairs to his Harley, so we decided to take Gus for an outing and drove to a repair shop in Lerna. It was 11:30 ish and although the sign said their hours were from 8-4, the place was closed up tight. 

Next stop, the Harley Barn. He bought a wrench needed to tighten the shocks and admired a Harley Sportster parked outside.

While he was inside, I snapped a couple of shots of a barn on the other side of the parking lot.

Linking to The Barn Collective

9/6/17 - Wednesday
I won tickets for Cousin J-Bug and me to go to the Green Mill Theater and this was the day. J-Bug picked me up and we chatted all the way up. It was the first time we had ever went on an adventure together, just the two of us. It was so much fun! My sister-in-law, RJ, was there. It was her first outing since hip replacement surgery. It was good to see her out and about. 

The show consisted of 2 actors playing different characters and participants from the audience. We were also served lunch which was catered by an Amish restaurant. The food consisted of mashed potatoes, chicken and noodles, green beans, choice of meatloaf, roast beef, or fried chicken, broccoli salad, a roll, and pie for dessert. Tasty. Below is Colonel Sanders...
 Sherlock Holmes in disguise...
 ...and Christopher Lloyd in his role from Back to the Future.

9/8/17 - Thursday
Nothing interesting. Routine Doc visit and read. I'm currently reading Blood Trail by C.J. Box. If there are fans of the Longmire series on Netflix, these books might interest you. Enjoying this one, and the last one, Endangered, so will most certainly read more.

9/9/17 - Friday
Had a lunch meeting with classmates at Karla's Downhome Diner. We are starting to plan our 50th, count the years, 50th class reunion. We have a venue reserved and a tentative meal plan. We normally have a skit of some sort, but trying to think of something else to do to keep everyone interacting. Any ideas?

910/17 - Saturday
Stopped by the local mall where there just happened to be a car show outside and paranormal booths inside.

Liked this bright orange one. DC seemed to like it, too.

 Close up of one of the decals.

I believe one of the paranormal beauties escaped from inside the mall. She had on a pretty dress. Good thing it wasn't a hot day.

Perhaps the car below belongs to her.

Of course, the day wouldn't be complete without checking out the booths. Found this crazed killer. He stared at us as we walked by. Glad he didn't bludgeon us to death with his stick. Looks like he got a few before we passed by.

Linking to Our World Tuesday

Below is my pick for bird of the week. Or make that birds of the week. These ducks inhabit our local pond.

Linking to The Bird D-Pot  and Saturday Critters

For those who may wonder about my week in review post, neither of my children live near me, so this is a good way to let them know what mom is up to. Thanks for wading through the week with me.


Monday, September 4, 2017


Saw these at a car show in South Dakota. Not sure of the year, but I believe it is a 50s Nash. I want one!

Linking to Tuesday Treasures 

This is the road we traveled to our campsite when in Oklahoma last spring. It was raining as I drove, thus the blurry raindrops on the windshield. No question, we were in the country.

Linking to Our World Tuesday

Monday Mural

This is a drive by shooting as we traveled through Prague, Oklahoma. Sadly, I missed part of the mural, but at least I got the town name in the shot.

Linking to Monday Mural 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

South Dakota Barn

This barn is near Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The wood drew my attention. A drive by shooting that actually, sort of, turned out.

Linking to The Barn Collective 


These ducks were looking for a snack. I remember seeing a sign once that said not to feed ducks bread crumbs, but I saw people feeding them some anyway. Bread has no nutritional value. Instead us duck-feeders should give them corn, thawed frozen peas, oats, and lettuce or other greens. Of course, duck pellets works if you don't mind a trip to the feed store.

Linking to The Bird D-Pot 

The Week in Review

8/27/17 - Sunday
The last Sunday of August is The Burton Reunion, my mother's side of the family. I took my camera, but didn't take any pictures this year. We have a huge family, so I was surprised at the lack of attendance. 

Everyone takes a covered dish. I decided to take deviled eggs. Sadly, the eggs didn't cooperate with the peeling stage. About half the egg stuck to the shell. I put them in a baggy and threw them inside the refrigerator. They would make a decent egg salad for the next days lunch. 

My second attempt was a pineapple cake. The cake actually turned out great. However, the frosting didn't. I sometimes freeze cream cheese if it is getting close to the expiration date, so I took a package out of the freezer and let it thaw. I think it had been in the freezer too long. It wasn't good. Fortunately, I had ingredients for a butter cream frosting. The cake would have been better with cream cheese frosting, but it would have to do. 

DC didn't come with me, but he rode his motorcycle over later.

8/28/17 - Monday
Made egg salad and finished reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. A strong 5 star book. Loved it! After lunch, I watched the movie on Amazon Prime. Although subtitled, I enjoyed it.

8/29/17 - Tuesday
Uneventful. Mundane chores.

8/30/17 - Wednesday
Spent the morning at the grocery store and then stopped by the meat market to buy some of our favorite jalapeno burgers. Yum!

We contacted our friends in Texas to make sure they were still okay after Hurricane Harvey. So far, so good. Neither have water inside their homes as of today.

In the afternoon, we took Gus up to Lincoln Log Cabin for a walk. Leaves are turning on the sumac. Can't believe summer is almost over. 

Gus had a nice visit with his pig friends.

9/1/17 - Friday
September already! Although I have entered numerous of those 'share and you will win' contests on FaceBook, I actually won one. Which surprised me because I always thought perhaps they were bogus. This was for tickets to the lunch version of a Dinner Theater. Looking forward to having lunch with my cousin J-Bug.

9/2/17 - Saturday
Took Gus for a truck ride in the morning and then drove over to the Popcorn Festival. Not much going on there. We wondered past a few craft booths. It was quite obvious fall is just around the corner.

I wanted to buy one of these colorful fans, but couldn't decide what I would do with it. I don't hang out on the veranda and fan myself much these days, so left them on the display rack.

We stopped to watch the chain saw carver. I saw a bench that I wanted to buy, but it was almost $1000. No way to justify that expenditure, so we moved on.

Then it was time for lunch. Corn dogs it is!

Not quite ready to go home, we drove around The Toledo Pond to see the ducks.

Not an exciting week, but it was a good one. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Labor Day Weekend! 

Gus & The Pigs

Gus wasn't trying to make friends with the pigs. I think he was picturing a bacon sandwich.

Linking to Saturday Critters

Friday, September 1, 2017

Weekend Green

As we watch the news and see the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey, in contrast, middle-of-nowhere IL is in dire need of rain. Still, the wildflowers and trees provide us with beautiful greens to admire.

Linking to Weekend Green