Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from cold wintery Iowa to all my family and friends

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Heading Home for the Holiday

TJ and I fly out tomorrow morning. We are packed (way too much stuff) and have cameras, phones, DVD player, kindle all charged. Chargers are all packed:) We just need a good nite's sleep and we are set.
It will be good to be home, get grounded to my roots, see family and eat eat eat all that home cooked food. Tj may have to roll me back to Omaha to the plane.
Wishing all my family and friends a wonderful holiday

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Busy Weekend

Such a busy weekend for me. The time is flying by and I am not nearly completed with my long to do list. TJ and I fly out to Iowa for Thanksgiving with my family on the 19th. Sad that Jenn and her family can't go. They will be missed!!!
Reservations for shuttle pick up made today so in that area I am done. Now packing and getting all the little things I need to remember to take with me have not been started. Plus I have four days to get all those pesky work related things taken care of. Yikes I need to get going that is for sure.

I spent most of my morning waiting for Cox Cable to come install new internet service. Mine was slower than dial up!! Finally he arrived and of course was it an easy installation?? Nope, but you all figured that right? In a little over an hour the trench was dug, holes drilled into the house, cable run and viola I have super fast internet again. Love love love it.

Yesterday was my day just for me. I needed a creative break that is for sure. I took a class at Mystic Paper with Suzette Ricks. What a fun class and the result is a beautiful Christmas mini album. I finished it this morning except for photos while I waited for cable man. I am going to look for pictures when I am home this next week. I learned several new techniques and have to say I am on love with the Liquitex glass beads texture gel. This stuff is amazing and fun to use. Here are just a few of the many pages we created. Check out Suzette's blog for much better photos as no matter what I did this am I couldn't get a good pic of the covers. I am looking forward to her class in January Vintage Finds mini album

Front cover

Back cover

A few of the pages inside

Hoping to stay in touch from Iowa. Dad tells me there was snow. So I guess I need to rethink my wardrobe a bit. More jeans and sweaters and boots and scarves type thing:)

Monday, November 08, 2010

Happy Birthday to my Daughter

Happy Birthday Jennifer. Or as you have let us all know it is your day of excellence!!!! Despite all of our teasing of you being another year older we all love you so much.

I am so proud of the woman you have become. You are the best mother to Sadera and Anthony, a great support to your husband John and the best sister to TJ. I love that we are closer than we have ever been. Your sense of humor, your compassion, your willingness to always help others you zest for life make you unique and special.

Happy Birthday dear daughter

Saturday, November 06, 2010

A Pickle of a Day

It was a pickling day at my home yesterday. Jenn informed us that Bountiful Baskets was offering pickling cucumbers these week and TJ jumped on the wagon. He ordered 100lbs of pickling cucumbers. Yes that is most certainly correct. We all thought he was crazy but of course he insisted that he figured it out and that was correct. WRONG!!!!!! We have 50 lbs sitting in my kitchen needing to be processed:) It was a fun day filled with near misses of slicing fingers, steam burns, dropping a few filled jars as they were a bit hot coming out of the canner. Luckily none broke, laughter and the end result of 20 quarts of dills and 24 pints of bread and butter pickles. TJ was generous and split them with all of us. Now could we buy pickles in the store cheaper?? Probably but cucumbers+ spices+ lots of vinegar +equipment + family = priceless memories. And the best part my sinuses were clear! Probably from all the vinegar and spices cooking but it was a good day!

So pickling 101 began:
Jenn and John picked up the produce and delivered to my door. I am thinking TJ over estimated as this is a lot of cucumbers!

1st 25 lbs washed and ready to go

TJ slicing away

ready to process

20 quarts done

After we finished the 20 quarts of dill pickles we cleaned up and headed out to lunch with Jenn and family. It was a pre celebration of her birthday. I correct that as it is know as her day of excellence as she refuses to get older.

Then it was back home with recruited helpers to finish off the bread and butter pickles. We had willing helpers who had as much fun measuring and labeling the jars. Lots of laughter and helpful hints from Uncle TJ
Sadera labeling

Anthony stirring

Sadera filling jars under a watchful eye

And to finish off the day while I cleaned up Uncle TJ, Sadera and Anthony played Clue.
A good day one I am so grateful for. Plus I have pickles lots of pickles:)