Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Minestrone Hot Dish

Marked good in my mother's handwriting from the stained pages of the Calvary's Parish Pantry Cookbook by the Calvary Ladies Aid - Calvary Lutheran Church.  The cookbook is so well used it is held together with a rubber band.  

Minestrone Hot Dish

1 lb. hamburger
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk
1 onion
1 can minestrone soup
4 cups diced potatoes

Brown hamburger and onion.  Combine all the ingredients in a large casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Signs of an Early Spring

We were excited that it was warm very early this year and we were able to get some barn cleaning done.  Yes, that really is exciting, usually the poo is frozen down and then when the snow melts it runs through the barn and make a huge, gross mess.

It was so nice that we shed our jackets.

Pancake sunbathing.  Being a farm cat is good work if you can get it.

Lola and Jamal were happy to be out and not have wet feet.  

And then this happened.  A few inches of snow came and ruined the whole thing.  Thankfully it didn't stick around long.

Welcome Spring Wooden Blocks

Saw this on Pinterest.  We had the wooden blocks in a bag in the garage from another project and the paint leftover from other projects so this cost us nothing.  We brought it to Grandma's to remind her what season it is and to brighten up her very white room.  I love how it turned out and almost wish we had made one for our house while we had all the stuff out.

Redoing Furniture

Spark and I found this rocking chair for just $20!

We bought some Country White paint and started painting.  This picture is really white, not blue.  It reminded of the blue and black or white or gold dress.

Lots of coats later, every time the sun shined on it we could see parts that weren't adequately covered, we have this beautiful chair.  

We also found an end table that Spark painted a moss green.  We brought this to Grandmas new home and didn't get an end result picture but we were very happy with how it turned out.  It is amazing what a little paint can do.

Grandma Down

The middle of February, Grandma Shirley fell in the driveway on the ice getting bread out of the truck.  She hit her forehead and eye on something and broke the top of her arm bone completely off.  Normally this won't be a big deal, they would throw a couple of pins in the bone and have you do a little physical therapy.  Since surgery isn't an option for Grandma Shirley, an injury such as this is a life changer.  Finally, after weeks of chaos, we found a place that discourages being restrained in a wheel chair, sippy cups, diapers and bibs and encourages taking care of yourself and is locked so she can wander to her hearts content.  I did learn first hand that, unless you have long term care insurance and someone advocating on your behalf that knows the laws nursing homes are suppose to be following, you are pretty much doomed to sitting in a wheel chair, preferably so stoned you don't even know you are sitting there.  If you don't follow the stoner protocol, even if you aren't on state aid and are private pay, you are too much work and you are asked to leave.

We took these pictures the day we moved her into her new home.   This is our whole family minus two.  

Grandma and Grandpa with their grandkids.

Grandma and Dancer

She is about 65 miles away from us but we have made it down to visit and take her to appointment about twice a week.  Spark usually goes with me so I don't have to drive alone.  

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Valentine's Day Dates

We started out the evening cheering for SJU at their last home basketball game.  After the game we headed into town to enjoy some fabulous pizza.  

Wooden Bowl and Pottery

Spark started to go to a local art studio on Thursday nights.  For $5 they can go for three hours and all the materials are provided.  He made this wooden bowl on the lathe one of the first nights.  He has also done some pottery, sculpting, painting, drawing and glass work.  There is a teacher in each room and the kids just wander from room to room trying whatever projects they want.


Dancer Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa

4-H Knowledge Bowl Pratice Cake

After the Minecraft cake Spark was on a baking spree.  We had our first llama knowledge bowl practice at our house and he made another layer cake with a llama on top to spur on the llama learning.

Minecraft Bakery


Cake, that all it has for a name, cake.


The bakers.  Now let the eating begin!

4-H Winter Party

Snowman or cat contest. Dancer's group

Spark's group.  I guess no one made a snowman.  They also played ball on the ice, ice skated, treasure chest, and a potluck breakfast.  Yes, the party was a 9:30 in the morning.

Happy Birthday Dancer!!

Dancer's 18th birthday was actually a couple of months ago but I am just now getting the pictures on.  It 

She always chooses cheese cake.  

Dr. Who dinner.  Fish fingers and custard and Adipose


Cassandra pizza

Daleks pizza.

Birthday cake from Grandpa Bob and Grandma Shirley.  We were sad we didn't get a picture of Dancer with them, they were pulling out of the driveway just as we thought of it.  We thought, no biggie we will get one next time but now there won't be a next time.

Went to the movie "Into the Woods"  Not as good as the one with Bernadette Peters but very good none the less.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Senior Pictures

Dancer needs a picture for the homeschool graduation program.  Since she only needs one we just took some at home instead of having an expensive photo shoot.  Besides, it makes sense that homeschool kids would have "home" senior pictures right?

These are some of her favorites.  It is hard to pick just one.

A fun but cold one.

The whole time we were battling the cats trying to photo bomb the pictures.  Most of the time they were trying to get Dancer to pick them up as she usually does when she is outside.

We even had Spark call them to the house, but when they figured out he didn't have a treat for them they were back.

We finally gave up and just let Pancake get in a couple pictures.  That seemed to make him happy and he did wander off after that.  

Honey Bear giving her a kiss.

She wanted a picture with Nora, but of course she wouldn't come over, just Honey Bear and Marcelline.

It was overcast today and she wants to try a couple more locations before picking the final one, but at least we got a start on this project.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Caught a t-shirt!

We got season tickets to the local universities home basketball games.  At every game they throw t-shirts into the crowd and none have ever been thrown in our area.  Last night the guy came out and right away I said to Spark to stand up quick and raise your hands.  It worked, the guy threw one right to Spark!  I think the guy in the background is thinking, "hmm, why didn't I think of that."  Then to make it even better, there were some co-ed girls sitting in front of us and the guy threw one to them, but it went over their heads and landed at Dancer's feet.  So oddly enough we went from never being close to a t-shirt to getting two in one night.  Now we just need to get some of the pizza they hand out.:)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Funny Penguins

Enjoyed an afternoon at the movies watching Penguins of Madagascar.  Super funny, we laughed through the whole thing.  I don't know why but movies usually seem funnier at the theater.  Is it the big screen or because I can't get up during the movie to do other tasks? Afternoon movies are the best, the theater is usually empty.  There were seven people there, us being three of them.  Plenty of elbow room!