June 30, 2011

our week

We spent a few days camping at Prairie Bridges at Ackley this week.Beautiful weather and good company.
Last weekend the Mn. kids were here for a reunion. While here we finished the flag holder we started when Sydney was here a few weeks ago.
I wish you all a very happy and safe 4th.

June 23, 2011

Our flag

As the 4th of July gets closer a lot of us are decorating with red white and blue. I love Americana and have it in our home year round.
Reading blogs I have been bothered by the way some folks choose to display/use our flag.I am sure some have no idea they are doing something wrong.

So I am sharing a site for flag etiquette. Not sure it will do any good but at least I tried.

judy j

June 20, 2011

A special ceremony/Retired/weekend/camping/a birthday

On Friday the 17th our daughter in law took the citizenship oath. We were able to watch the whole court proceedings via the internet. I took pictures of her on my computer screen.

Well Mr. T is finally retired. It is going to be an adjustment for us both after 50+ years of working. His last day his boss and other hired man dropped a dock on Mr.T's foot and broke his big toe. Well so much for the honey do list.!
Our weekend was busy with Alden days and the Scallon wedding.
Also had friends come down from Mn. on their maiden voyage with their new 5th wheel. So we were on the go.

 Chuck Grassley was here for our parade.I believe he is one of the few people in Washington that earns his money.
 Of course there it is not an Iowa parade without a tractor.
Today is our oldest son's birthday.
On this date in 1965 I was preparing to have parents and in-laws for a fathers day dinner. Pies were made, ready for the oven. Home made chicken and noodles was on the menu. All was going well---- then I got a back ache. 4 hours and 43 min. from the first back ache pain Daniel Thomas Jaques entered this world. The memory is so clear. What a beautiful baby boy with curly hair. Happy Birthday Dan What a handsome man.
love u mom

Hope to go to southern Iowa soon to take our grandson Cam fishing and camping.The year is going by so fast.so much to do.
Have a great week,j

June 13, 2011

weekend camping/fishing and a little quilt

What a nice weekend we had.
We camped at Beads Lake with our friends Larry and Mikki.
Sydney was with us from Mn.
The weather was not perfect -----but so much better, to have cool and a bit of rain, than hot and humid.
Food always tastes better cooked outdoors.
We bought fishing licenses. We bought just for the year but are eligible for a lifetime licenses. Not sure yet if we want to spend $100. Need to see how much we use this one.

Bought a couple of new rods and reels. Seems over the years all our tackle was borrowed or lost.
Here are Mr T. and Sydney fishing.

Mr.T caught one Sydney caught 2.Not big but it is the catching,that counts, not the size.

Got home in time to work in the spot we have in the community gardens.Kwak grass had sprouted  best to take care of that before the roots get too deep.
Planted more corn and carrots.
Will dress between the rows tonight with grass clippings. Should eliminate the need to weed.

 While Sydney was here she learned to sew on my new machine.She made a little quilt using the blocks her great grandma had cut out and chose watermelon fabric for the backing and binding from of some great grandmas stash fabric. She did stitch in the ditch for the quilting.I added the border and did the hand stitching on the binding while she and her papa were fishing. It is ready for her to hang on her wall. She made a label so someday in the future she will be remembered as a quilter. These memories are priceless.

 Through the years I have taken a picture of the family on the steps when it is time for them to go home.I can then look at them any time I need to. Here is Sydney.
I will be missing not having her here. We had a great week.
Hope your week is good.j

June 1, 2011

beautiful sky/gardens/fish/gardens

On the way home Saturday from a trip to Mason City the sky turned a beautiful pink and blue.


The trip included the purchase of another frog to put by the pond.
 The fish seem very happy to be back in the pond after their winter stay in the greenhouse tank.

The hosta are really beautiful this year.Francis Williams is really striking.
Hope your week is going as you planned.j