Monthly Archives: May 2008

quilt along ~ week 3

I quickly pieced the blocks for week 3 of Amandajeans’s quilt along this morning. I am attending Sisters’ Weekend with my four sisters and two SILs today through Sunday and wanted to get these done before I left. Done! This is “Ohio Star” for the cottage quilt, for which I’m using soft colors. And this […]

around the yard

Last year we had a hard freeze in April that decimated the iris blooms. This year they must be making up for that as they are loaded with blossoms. If we get no rain next week, the yard should be gorgeous and ablaze with color. The large lilacs are done, but the Korean lilacs and […]

a little yard work

Today is cool and cloudy, a little light mist. We did go out and do about an hour and a half of yard work, but when the mist came up it was too chilly to stay out. Temps are about 60*F. DH moved the two Paradigm hostas that were sitting too close to the Blue […]

Menu Monday

I have been gone for two days, so am getting a late start on Menu Plan Monday. Here’s our dinner menu for the week. Tues. turkey sandwiches veggies / dip Wed. sloppy joes chips / dip corn on the cob asparagus Thurs. salmon with honey-dijon sauce peas corn green salad Fri. chicken and noodles asparagus […]


I always thought flutter-by was a better name than butterfly for these beautiful fluttering insects. Yesterday we went to the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri. As soon as we walked in, a large butterfly landed on DH’s shoulder. The Butterfly House is in a large atrium, with butterflies everywhere! At the far end of the […]

walking the yard

This afternoon, I took a walk around the yard to cut some iris that had fallen in the rain. We’ve had more than 3″ of rain since Wednesday, with more coming Sunday to Wednesday. DH stopped by on his lunch hour and we walked around the front yard to see the newly opened irises. But […]

did you see that teddy bear?

What teddy bear?? As we drove through a small town yesterday, DH saw this dumpster with bear. I missed it first time around, but he asked if I wanted to go back for a picture (I always carry my camera when possible). So we drove around the block and there was teddy, topping the dumpster […]

chicken and noodles

DD was excited to try her hand at making the noodles for supper for last night. After simmering the chicken (in enough water to cover, with some dry onion, garlic, celery seed, about 1 tsp basil, 2 tsp chicken bouillon, and salt and pepper), I diced it and returned it to the broth, which I […]

first irises of the season

The old old purple irises from DH’s family farm are always the first to bloom in our yard, along with the few early dwarf iris. Those vintage purple ones were blooming well when this picture was taken May 1. This iris is more purple than the picture shows. We brought this one from our previous […]

rescued robin

While walking the yard this afternoon to take pictures of the newly opened irises, I found this poor robin hanging from a string wrapped around his foot. I snapped this picture while DD ran inside to get some scissors so we could rescue him. Thankfully, he was low enough in the tree that I was […]