Tuesday, December 31, 2013

my word of the year for 2014






The word I have chosen for 2014 is
 
Faith
 
Faith in myself and the choices I make
Faith in the people surrounding me
Faith in the world around me
Faith
 
 
 
okay 2014, I'm ready, bring it on!
Happy New Year!
 
Marie
 
 
 
ps.  thanks for the idea Judy, it's a good one.
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 30, 2013

what the hell !!!


what the hell --- the radio/weather geek this morning described the next 3 days as .... awful.  Zero and snow .. like 5" over the next 3 days ... and you all know what that means ... if it's that cold and it snows -- it's gonna blow.

shit.  I have plans.

I worked all weekend long -- getting ready for the big "w2" push.  yep, it's started already.  cleaning up the projects (and the physical spaces) ...

still have the long arm at the office ... need to break it down and move it home or just leave it up (insert grin) ... no, it needs to move (and soon)

the plans -- New Years Day is my annual "last day of freedom shopping trip."  I'm already making lists ..... I generally purchase a whole years supply of certain things .... toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, trash bags and well .... I won't need to buy kitty litter this year ....

I have to admit peeps ... some day's I actually miss the cat ....

 
yep, it's gets pretty quiet at night with no yowling, mis-behaving, clawing the furniture, stinking up the building ---  cat ....
 
but I don't miss the litter box or schlepping the litter to the basement and it is rather nice not to have claw marks in the furniture and well, there is no more cat hair stuck to my clothes.
 
oops, I digressed -- back to shopping --- involves a meal at a nice restaurant too -- no fast food on New Year's Day ...  all I know is if I get stuck in Hooterville for the day I'm not cooking or cleaning.
 
Happy Monday!
 
M
 
ps.  quilt finish last night -- pictures to come if daylight ever arrives ... it is an awesome finish!!!!
 




 
the finish -- in the snow (and it is snowing too)
Jean's Christmas present
 
 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

get ready -- it's coming back ...


the heat wave on Friday brought elder #1 and his tractor to town .... must get the ice scrapped up before it becomes permanent .... (or so I was told) ... didn't know we had ice on 3rd street ...


note however -- in the darkness of winter -- the parking lot is always in the shade ... but, thankfully, we are gaining 11 seconds a day (or something like that) of additional daylight.  

 
the 12/29/13 windchill forecast -- peeps this is freeking ugly.  dangerously ugly.  and this morning the weather dude said "white out conditions"  -- ground blizzards.
 
frack -- I got things to do and places to be!
I guess I'll be on 3rd St -- working instead.
 
Marie


Friday, December 27, 2013

T G I Friday ...

 
it's been that kind of December hasn't it?  .. I just finished a pre-tax projection for a client and referred to it as "butt ugly" ...  and they understood my description.
 
on a lighter note -- the penguins below are adorable ...



I liked a site on facebook called "earth porn" and they daily post the most gorgeous pictures of nature ... it's pretty awesome
 
 
Happy Friday y'all. 
 
M


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Back to work

 
the office Amaryllis is blooming nicely -- a spot of color is always welcome.

 
So after the cleaning, wrapping and cooking on Christmas Eve, this Diva sewed -- I put the binding on this crib / throw project ...

 
Christmas Eve we were blessed with 5" of fluffy new snow -- it covered up the dingy snow nicely.  See shovel middle upper of the picture.  Must keep handy.
 
 
 
I tossed it over the stair railing and decided this made a nice shot too .. I was having trouble deciding which picture was the best.  I think this throw is going to my little friend Cameron, he's learning his numbers and letters (and has outgrown his baby quilt) ...
 
The mid-week Christmas holiday really doesn't feel like a break -- now it's work work work for the next 4 months.  (The excitement is not oozing from my words!) ...
 
 
 


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Christmas ....

 

 


Ah, the tree is decorated, the snow is falling, the presents are wrapped and well, it's time to cook!
 
Merry Christmas
 
Marie
 
 







well, it is ....

  just another -18' day in paradise.  frack.  I was a good woman - smart woman this morning.  Started the truck before I hopped into the shower ... warm and toasty for the morning commute.  Bessie, the truck, is one large hunk of cold metal and at -18' ... even the tires feel square.

  believe me,  -18' in jammies and slippers is no picnic either --

  so, Mrs. H and I worked hard yesterday -- lots of bodies rolled thru here ... a couple more this morning and then I have my last official "day off" until April 16th.  As I get  older and wiser -- the "season" seem more daunting every year.  So I'm going to have an attitude adjustment moment and we'll have to "roll with it" .....


Happy Christmas Eve ...

Marie
 

Monday, December 23, 2013

really -- is this necessary?

SEVERE WEATHER ALERTS
Wind Chill Warning   Nicollet County, MN  Starts: 12/23/2013 11:19 Ends: 12/24/2013 18:00


CURRENT CONDITIONS

Saint Peter, MN (56082)

USMN0666
-8°F (-22°C)
Overcast
Humidity:77%
Feels Like:-30°F
Wind:17 mph
  • 1:00 PM - Snow Showers, 01:00 PM
    0°F
  • 4:00 PM - Snow Showers, -14:00 PM
    -1°F
  • 7:00 PM - P Cloudy, -67:00 PM
    -6°F
I tell ya peeps this is the pits!
 
 

ALMANAC INFORMATION

Recorded at:
ST PETER 2 SW
For date 12-23

Average High:25°F
Average Low:6°F
Record High:42°F
Record Low:-28°F
Get YOUR local weather

    




Sunday, December 22, 2013

Tastes like chicken?

 
Edgar, the barn cat, always puts on a morning show.

 
I'm just sitting here looking handsome.

 
ooohhh  a bird ... must be on the move.
 
 
damn, I missed it.
 
 
hummmm  smells like bird.
 
 
trust me peeps, it's never dull around Daisy Lane
the Xmas tree is up - no lights or ornaments yet
the baking is pretty much done (or as done as it's going to get)
I'll wrap on Tuesday afternoon
 
still need to bind one quilt, quilt another quilt (tension issues) and one quilt I haven't even started I do believe that recipient will get a picture of it instead.
 
 
ho ho ho.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

ka ching

  the Christmas gift shopping has been completed. 

  25 mile commute
    3 hours

  a lot of $$$$$$


  Kohls
  Target (thank you for the xtra discount due to your recent issues)
  CJ Banks
  Bath & Body (elbowed my way thru the giggling teenagers)
  Scheels
  Herbergers

  HyVee (for Chinese take-out for lunch).

  I must be NUTS.


  Back to work ... one client left in the stack of nastiness.



M
 

Friday, December 20, 2013

it's the winner ....

 
interesting news -- I submitted a couple of photo's to the Chamber of Commerce's "Cover Photo" contest ... cover photo for the annual visitor/membership guide .... and this is the winning pix.
 
I can't remember the other pictures that I actually submitted -- things were kind of fuzzy in September/October when the drugs weren't working properly (or at all) ...
 
So I get "photo credit" ... a free ad in the guide (or a larger ad since I already paid for my ad) and $25 of chamber $$$ .... and worldwide fame (just kidding) ...
 
10 days until year end and the madness of my world continues ... I've been putting in way too many hours of tax planning - need to spend a night on the couch and a night shopping.
 
Happy Friday ....
 
M


Thursday, December 19, 2013



 
 

so peeps, here's the deal ... I just emailed the scrapping diva's with this jewel ...
 
WE NEED TO WORK LESS
&
PLAY MORE.
 
the.end.
 



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

creative recycling

 
the view from my driver's seat when I pull into the garage .. when this used/cracked/recycled primer bulb hits the windshield .. it's time for "park" and get out.  The sign on the back wall is a leftover from the store .... some day the pickers from "American Pickers" can come to the farm and well, load up their van with useless treasures!
 
the other stall has a used fishing "bobber" ....
 
Dad is responsible for all of the above.
 
Happy Hump Day
M
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

just gotta be a native to understand

 
feel free however to take my lutefisk -- never tried it but the descriptions are awful
 
and yes, my spaghetti pie hot dish is the best!
 
(lutefisk is so bad spell check hasn't heard of it)
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

sneak peek ....

 
spent a couple of hours at the long arm last night ...
 
 
should have changed bobbin color - but this keeps it interesting ...
 
 
need to bind yet ...
(and wash -- I hope it doesn't bleeeeeed --- lots of color catchers )
 
 
the next set of projects ... I did a lot of cutting on one of our Friday Craft Nights .... just need to sew 'em up.  Bessie, the Bernina, is still in the fix-it shop ......
Happy Sunday.
 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Oz ...



 
I realized yesterday -- that I've been drinking out of the same coffee cup for 18 years and 9 months ... holy smokes.  I bought it at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas --
 
this mug and my favorite ruler were the only souvenirs I bought on that Tax Season Trip to Las Vegas ... yep, in March of 1995 I took a mid season trek to Las Vegas .... and I still have (and use) the ruler and the mug. 
 
Mom, Grandma, Cousin Cathy and I did Las Vegas on $50 a day -- we toured, slept, ate and a bit of gambling.  Must look for the pictures I took at the time --- it was well before digital cameras and cell phones!
 
Had breakfast with the bank "girls" this morning.  Always entertaining ... however, I am not liking the dusting of snow that arrived this morning. 
 
ahhh ... got to love life eh!
M
 
 
 

Friday, December 13, 2013

so, remember my vehicle


 
is a full sized truck .. that

 
hauls a  lot of stuff and

 
takes up a lot of room and doesn't always fit in small spaces .. but I've learned to back it up and park it in small spaces....
 
so I must have been tired last night .... I backed into home garage and shut the door ... made a late supper, went to bed.
 
Upon leaving this morning -- opened the garage door and the door ripped off my license plate and the plastic holder ....
 
must not have backed in far enough ...  I was tired (post water aerobics) ... it's been a tough couple of weeks ...
 
oh shit.
 
M
 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

bliss ...


I did a little on-line shopping ... and finally bought myself a Kona color chart .... Mrs. H and I have been drooling over it since.  I even took a break and dashed over to JoAnn Fabric's website to see the colors.

It's $19 of bliss .....

M
 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ohhhhmmmmmm

 
more chaos than needed in my world this week
 
serenity is my word of the week
 


Monday, December 9, 2013

Big Girl Panties and Ruby Slippers

 
I could really use a pair of "ruby slippers" today.
 
I overslept (bad), shoveled snow (again).
 
It is what it is -- but I'd love to click my ruby heels three times and make the bad stuff go away -- instead -- I'll have to keep wearing my "big girl panties" and deal with it.
 
ta ta
M
 
 


Sunday, December 8, 2013

this week in pictures ....

 
on Sunday, my truck had a birthday ....

 
the stamping Diva's at the Christmas Concert (at the Vatican -- our Vatican, not the real one)

 
the dog in the passenger seat of this truck was just having a fuss when he seen me ... he's a black & white pug or bulldog and he (she) was just a hoot.

 
snow removal in action on Thursday night ... got to love a tractor with a bucket and blade to scrape the ice off the parking lot ... not loving the snow

 
and here he is again ... love shooting pictures thru the windows!  at least there doesn't seem to be any holes in the screen.