Showing posts from October, 2010

Busy days of October

It seems that I blinked and October rushed in and is soon to rush out.It has been a very busy month with a visit from Colleen for 3 weeks,classes, lunches and dinners with family and wonderful friends and work. After Colleen left it has taken me a week to catch up, clean up and get back to a normal routine. We did have so much fun while she was here and I am sure she is as tired as I was. From what I hear she is back in her Cali nanny routine and all is going well with the 2 girls.

So yesterday turned out to be a high tech day for me. I have wanted an iphone since the first came out but waited till I could upgrade. Yesterday was the day!!!! TJ was a sweetie and came in from Casa Grande to go with me. We had the fun bought , registered and ready to use within 10 minutes. So fast. Love my new phone and now need to learn all of the features ha ha. I was disappointed as they didn't have any cases well cases that I wanted so a pink bumper is on till I find the case I want.


End of an Era 10/10/10

Today marks the closing of The Presbyterian Church in Early , Iowa. As I write this the closing ceremonies are being held. This is the Church that at least 4+ generations of the Struchens worshipped. There were many baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals all held in this Church. I was baptized, attended Sunday School and Vacation Bible School here, confirmed as a member of the Church here, and married here. A tradition held by my parents, Grandparents and Great Grandparents. So it was with a heavy heart as I read Dad's email saying that today was the final day of Church and that the closing ceremony would be held. Many good memories of this Church

Last year Dad and Mom rescued this little wooden folding chair. I sat on a chair like this every Sunday for our Sunday School class. I was also lucky enough to receive one of the old hymnals

Last day of the Weekend

And so 3 days off have come to an end. It has been a whirlwind of celebrating Colleen's birthday and stay here in Arizona. From lunches with friends, shopping till we dropped, printer lessons, good old girl chat it has been a fun, energizing as well as exhausting weekend. Today the weekend concluded with a brunch at TC's restaurant with Colleen's inlays, brother-in-law and sister-in-law. I was so lucky to be able to join them. and so as I said before the weekend is coming to a close. Time to think of getting everything lined up for the work week.

The beautiful Jew family
Jan, Colleen,John, Daisy and Roy


Roy and Daisy

Colleen Roy and Daisy

In between running around I managed to finish 2 swifter duster things. If you are like me whenever I was ready to dust I had run out of the swifter duster cloths. So when I saw this easy pattern to make reusable ones I decided to try it. It was so easy to make them and it is good for the environment as there is no disposing of …

Happy Birthday Colleen Day 2

Happy Birthday Colleen. Wishes for a great year filled with family, friends and wonderful events sent your way!!

The Birthday girl arrived at 9 am Saturday morning to start her celebration. Of course first stop was Starbucks for needed coffee and a pumpkin muffin for me and a banana for Colleen. Ya you can tell who eats healthy :)
After fortifying ourselves with beverage and food we headed out on our marathon day. 1st stop was Mystic Paper. Lots of new goodies to be seen and purchased, classes to sign up for and visiting. From Mystic it was on to Fiber Arts where we were in awe of the beautiful yarns especially the hand dyed ones. We both ended up with needles and yarn to make socks.. Well let me tell ya I have the stitches casted on and now am stuck guess we will see if I can figure it out. From Fiber Arts to Scrapbook's etc.
Do you begin to get the idea we were on a mission??? Lots of shopping completed everywhere we went.

So, since it was sweet Colleen's Birthday she…

Day 1 of 3 days off

Today is the 1st day of 3 days of celebrating Colleen. Colleen arrived a week ago and today was really the first day I had to indulge in a girl's day of play.
We met Earleen and Annette at Urban Tea Loft in historic downtown Chandler for lunch. The lunch surpassed all of my expectations. It was delicious.

Following lunch we headed over to Merchant Square for a little antiquing. Seems we all came away with some beautiful things. I was lucky to find laces and some beautiful vintage linens as well as some jewelry.

Colleen enjoying our wonderful warm weather:)

The group Annette, Earleen, Colleen and myself.

It was a wonderful day of friends, laughter, good food and great shopping. Tomorrow day 2 is actually Colleen's birthday and we are off early am with a big list of places to check out.