January 2009 Archives

More island prep

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The girls and I went to the YMCA today and swam in the nice warm pool! They love to swim as much as anything else, and since they have had their fill of snow play over the past few days, this was just the ticket.  One of the nice perks we have with Uncle Eli is free membership to several health clubs, including our nearby Y - what a great way to spend a snowy afternoon.  All the time I was in the water I was thinking about how soon I would be enjoying the real thing!!

Warming up the day

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I am on the final count down of days till we leave for Honolulu, so this morning I broke out the stack of Hawaiian CD's. I love all manner of island music!   Oh, my, now it will really be hard to wait these last 3 weeks.  I can close my eyes, and I am there....open them, and everything is still cold and white outside!!  Hawaii is truly a heaven on earth, the people are lovely, the scenery spectacular.

I Can't Wait!!!

That will be sufficient

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The snow has started to fall here in Sherwood Forest, and I just heard on the radio we may be getting up to a foot of the stuff!  That will do me just fine for winter 2009. I have been in the basement for several hours working on processing church library books - so it took me by surprise when I saw how much was already on the ground.

I tutored at Greenbriar this morning and as I left I heard the front desk ladies already talking about hoping school would be cancelled tomorrow.

Back in the day, I always did my snow dance and hoped it would do the trick. I don't remember too many snow days, but there were a few for sure. We had so many kids who lived on farms that they had to be assigned "Snow Homes" in town, just in case it got so bad that the buses couldn't get them home! 

Today is my Grandpa Evenson's birthday.  Had he lived, he would be 113 years old.  He was the funniest Norwegian I ever met - he knew so many jokes (or as he would say "yokes") and tall tales!  And always had a pack of Black Jack gum for us kids to share.  He died in 1990 and just thinking about him puts a smile on my face!

Happy Birthday to Robert Burns

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A Red, Red Rose

Oh my luve is like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June:
Oh my luve is like the melodie,
That's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare the weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile!

                                       by Robert Burns       (1759 - 1796) 



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Yesterday we celebrated Taylor's 29th birthday with a family supper at our house.  Steve made Flemish Beef and Beer Stew, an old favorite.  I made party potatoes, fruit salad, Byerly's cole slaw, fresh green beans and dinner rolls.  Steve commented that it was hard to believe that Taylor was 29 - that is how old we were when he was born!!

Earlier in the day Gloria and I finally celebrated my birthday of almost 2 months ago!!  She treated me to a delicious breakfast at Bub's Cafe in Carmel on the Monon Trail.  Afterwards we looked around in the nearby antiques mall.

Now, looking forward to the next celebration, the 60th wedding anniversary of Steve's folks.  He will be joining them next weekend for a few days to share this happy occasion!

Frigid today

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And the weatherman says it will get even colder before the end of the week.  We don't often have below zero temperatures here, and that's just fine with me!  I was outside for awhile this morning, putting some tree branches in a garbage can - when the girls were here on Sunday they played outside and were pretending to be Laura and Carrie Ingalls, gathering wood for a fire!  So the nice pile of branches was the leftover part of their play.  I am continually amazed and pleased by their "old-fashioned" games and creativity.  While they enjoy the latest gadgets, they also spend alot of time drawing, coloring, painting, playing school, using their dollies and other playsets etc.  Ella is a beginning reader and can sound out most any word.  Delaney is reading a variety of books - I don't think there is any subject she isn't interested in.  Sweet, sweet girls.

Snow Village

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I guess it's appropriate ~ today we have a little layer of snow, and I am commencing to take down my Snow Village and store it away until next Christmas time.  The last flakes that fell were in early December right about the time I was setting the village up!  I love to look at this miniature town, especially at night when the lights are on.  But it's time to move on and set my sights on preparing for the next "holiday" ~ our trip to Hawaii in a little over a month!!!

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