Sunday, February 27, 2011

get 'em done and cross 'em off

my list for after office today.

a.  change sheets/get 'em in the washing machine.

b.  put away clean clothes and plan the wardrobe for the week
              utterly anal but it sure speeds up the mornings.  the clothes are
              even grouped on the hangers ... (shoes too).  i know.  anal.

c.  hit the walking track (unplanned but it was a good idea).
              i forgot the space heater was running at the office so
              i dashed in to turn it off -- wouldn't want the joint to catch fire
              then mom and i walked for a bit.

d.  put away the sewing shit  stuff (from a month ago)

e.  shower

f.  read the paper (attempt the crossword)

g. sleep early

   the paper is all that is left on my list and i'm fading fastttttt.......

picking up cousin verda at 6:15am and dropping her at the airport shuttle ... she's headed to Texas for some sun and warmth.  can't wait for some sun here...


ah .. how many months before we see open lakes and green leaves !!!
(one of dad's fishing pix)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

my peeps!


robyn (hiding)

lori (she makes me beautiful too!)

tessa (in the dark -- not sure what happened)


the snow clearing troops .... wednesday was haul it
away day .... messy job !!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

( sigh )

    this tired Diva is headed to dreamland ... rise and shine is a mere 6 hours from now.

    the flipping snow is finally melting.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

monday's highlights

two turkeys fighting for the perching rights on the squirrel feeder....bizarre ...

cousin ed plowing snow across the street ...

15 more inches ... we are blessed

cousin ed shoveling ... love the fashion choices....and he makes comments about me going into the bar with my red flannel (with scottie dogs) jammy least I don't wear red and orange at the same time..

Monday, February 21, 2011


12" of heavy wet snow.  it was raining on my commute to the office this morning.  oh joy!

me and 5 boxes/tote bags of work went home, slaved away, watched it snow, and went to bed.

it's ugly out there, but at least it's warm (or warmer than the last blast) .. i think this puts us over 70" for the year ... that's 30 more than normal.  we are blessed ....

it blew enough there is no snow on the north side of my roof (thus no more ice dams) ...

mrs h is stuck out in lake prairie, kevin is plowing snow at the airport (at least i think so), tessa is stranded in cleveland so it's me and the cat today ... and oh

my pants are soaking wet from shoveling so it's the red flannel jammy bottoms for now ... forgot to bring clean jeans!  it's a sight ....


Sunday, February 20, 2011


for the 3rd time in 17 years ... I abandoned work for home during the "season".  damn weather, i have way to much to do and too little time.  5 boxes of worked packed into the wheels.  if the power holds and the internet doesn't clog i'm in good shape.  otherwise i'm screwed. 

1998 i bailed when the tornado sirens were wailing -- good thing.  wiped us out.
last year i bailed with an ice storm in January.

now today. 

must be a reason.


i'll have time to order seed too!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

the sequence of events

first we have this ...

then we get this

hopefully we'll have this

so, the weather gods have deemed that 15 inches of heavy wet snow will land sometime tonight, tomorrow and tomorrow night.  it's sooooo lovely, to be me.  my remote access software is up and working, my box (es) of homework are getting packed .. and oh -- ya, a "holiday" on monday !  presidents day ... not for this chick...

(un) happy Diva ....

Friday, February 18, 2011

Church Farts

Church Fart

This says it all about getting older & the whole aging thing.
An elderly couple are attending church services. About halfway through, she writes a note and hands it to her husband. It says, "I just let out a silent fart. What do you think I should do..??"
He scribbles back, "Put a new battery in your hearing aid..!!

thank you cousin gordon for this bit of wisdom!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

over the hump day

7,000 sheets of paper thru bessie (the copier) in 5 days is a whole lotta paper .....

'tis good to be us eh!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

48' and it was melting ... and falling

this whopping hunk of ice fell from the second story eaves - bounced on the screen porch and landed with a thud .. the building shook --- it's bigger than a bushel basket ...

the fence is re-appearing on the snow side... note the Chrismas roping is gone ... 45 days post Xmas and I'm getting around to taking down the decor ....

ice in the roof valley -- at least it wasn't leaking in ... hunks started falling after the picture... it's the north side and it never gets any sun ....

sleepy Nick .. he likes his basket so much he buries is head in there too ... that's his front right paw hanging over the edge... yes, the walls are two different shades of pink ... next summer will be turning my favorite shade of green.  skylar get ready to paint.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

the lost is found

  i sometimes (often) get angry at myself.  i tend to set things down and loose them.  then i search for hours (ask Mrs. H and Joyful, my glasses regularly are missing).  today was a couple of documents.  found them. 

 i took Kevin to the apartment and attic for a "check for water leaks from the ice damns on the gutters" tour.  so far all is dry.  thank you !!!

 mouse poop in the attic ... next project is mouse control products for up there.  the windows need to be re-screened too.  i love owning the money pit.

 heat wave -- heat wave -- i think it was almost 40' today ... and to think yesterday morning it was -10. 

 it's good to be us!


Friday, February 11, 2011

T G I F (or I think it is)

   miss me yet!  kinda busy these days.  I rise, I dress, I work, I crash.  In between there seems to be a whole lotta chaos.  We'll make it. Only 60+ days to go and it will be warmer, much warmer.

  giant snowflakes on the morning commute.  pretty giant snowflakes.

  i was the first customer at the grocery this morning.  forgot to purchase my lottery ticked.  must be time to buy, need to win and quit working. 


here's the link to favorite things friday ....

Favorite Things Friday  -- I'm sure the "girls" have lots of fun things to share this week !

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

weekend project ...

this became ....

this  (or at least the center portion) I've got it pinned to the Cancer Society Quilt that hangs at the office (and becomes bedding if I ever get stranded there) at any rate the project is large enough I have to start piecing strips to make it around.  I shouldn't admit this but my sewing machine and supplies are still in the back end of the wheels.  In addition I did cut out part of a mini quilt from the Schnibbles book ... from a "Java" charm pack...lots of tiny tiny pieces. 

Kevin, deep in thought in his "pod" workstation / area ... I'm blessed to find good helpers .... he's learning lots... hope to keep him around for the next 15 years ..  retirement is calling.


Monday, February 7, 2011

just another wacky monday in the valley

  and it's not over yet....
jean (behind the light) and jan

jane -- note the wine glass!

beckie -- checking out the book ... note the scarf and neck gear!

jan thinking hard

jean (not knowing her pic was snapped)

super stampers hard at work at the shack ...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

the crafty weekend....

  the Scrap Shack was hopping.....I dashed in and out between home, work and the shack ....

6:00 - 7:00 worked at the office
7:00 - 10:00 scrap shack

7:00 - 6:00 worked at the office
6:00 - 10:30 scrap shack

7:00 - 11:00 back to office
11:00 - noon  scrap shack for brunch
12:00 - 6:00 back to office

I'm home
  laundry and cleaning await me
  clean sheets are nice (especially if on the bed)

I did document the scrap shack participants .. forgot camera at office.. dang.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

28 hours 'til the party starts...

this honey bun and jelly roll are about to become something ....

no cutting makes the work go faster

it's the scrapping, stamping, sewing weekend.  the other participants will have 2 1/2 days of non stop action.... I will be commuting between work and the fun ..... my sewing machine is already in the car and my goodie box is loaded and ready to load ...

what more can we say ... at least the "storm of the century" missed us ... thankfully ...


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

this week in pix's

oops ... notice the grain spilling out the hopper bottom
(this pix was in the free press yesterday)

the piles are almost as tall as mrs h's wheels

more flakes - it just keeps falling