And I hope you are all having as much fun as I am. Not only have I been busy shopping and wrapping gifts. I've been to my Grandson's Christmas concert, decorated the house a bit, baked lots of cookies, peanut butter fudge and stained glass candy, made each of my Grandbabies an owl Christmas ornament, had a holiday party with the girls in which we made Christmas trees out of two by fours and have been trying to keep up with Shimelle's JYC class and a CYH 2010 class over at Get It Scrapped . And yes I'm a bit behind but I'm loving both classes and learning quite a bit about taking holiday pictures. Oh and I got myself some fancy new Christmas shoes...long story...short...I purchased them to wear just for my daughter and she does not like them..LOL! I finished up my shopping today...gift cards...easy peasy, the gifts are all wrapped, the baking is done and now I plan to sit back and relax for a couple of days. : )
For most of the month we have been raking up leaves. Yesterday we finished the job. Altogether we raked up over sixty-40 gallon bags of leaves and my body is sure feeling it. Here are the last of them. There are somewhere between 35 - 40 bags in the picture. The rest have already been hauled away. Next up----SNOW shoveling....NO...I DID NOT JUST SAY THAT! So far though the weather has been great and I haven't had to pull out the winter coat. : ) but I'm sure its just a matter of time.
I decided awhile back what to get our Grandson for his birthday but I didn't want to take care of them any longer than I had to. So last night we made a run to the pet store to pick up his gift. Today we gave his gift to him and he LOVED them. He named them Georgia and Henry. The one with the colorful shell is Georgia because its pretty and Georgia is a girls name. Georgia is very active. Henry is a little shy. I guess we know who the boss is : )
to have an 8 year old Grandson. But its true...as of today he's 8 years old and his new haircut makes him look so grown up. We celebrated with cupcakes and ice cream today. His big party will be this weekend.
OK...it's not perfect but I'm just a beginner. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. It's not a scarf, which would have been much easier. Its a cloche which involves crocheting in the round, not really something a beginner should tackle for their first project. OK second project...we made a mug rug in class. Anyway it's finished...I did have to take out a few rounds once or twice and there are a couple of joining mistakes but I think it turned out fairly good. The pattern is from a book I purchased over thirty years ago. See... I told you all that I've been wanting to learn to crochet for a long time.
I started a photography class this month with Katrina Kennedy here. I'm a bit behind as I've been nursing tennis elbow in my right elbow and I've also been outside helping the husband with the leaves which isn't really helping the tennis elbow much. We have way to many trees in my opinion and for some reason he keeps planting more. This is just the beginning of alot of raking. : (
The husband and our Grandson's spent last evening carving pumpkins. We had them both overnight last night and I can't remember the last time I was this tired. I guess it may have something to do with running around non-stop, staying up late with two energetic boys and sleeping on the couch. We did enjoy our time with them and plan to do it again someday but not until after we rest up awhile. : )
And this is what happened over night thanks to this little guy.
Here's what I did today...my first crochet class! Something I've wanted to do for years. Please, by all means ignore the hair...I had to cancel my hair appt. for Grandparents Day. I can now single and double crochet. : ) I think I will make a scarf for starters.
Today we visited the Pumpkin Patch for a couple of hours. It seemed as if no one was really into it this year...maybe it was the weather (upper 80's) everyone was hot including me, maybe it was the place...tons of people and not alot to do. I think we may have to find a new place to visit next year. We did take a hayride out to gather up a few pumpkins to bring home. Here are the little pumpkin inspectors at work.
Today was Grandparents Day at my Grandsons school. I visited his classroom, meet his teacher and some of his classmates, had cookies while the kids sang a couple of sweet songs to all the Grandparents and came home with a pretty little flower and an Awesome book that my Grandson made just for me. : )
Last weekend we got together to do a little tie-dying. I have never tie-dyed anything before and thought that within a few hours I would have something ready to wear. NOT! It takes forever from start to finish.
Oh and I think I figured out the collage thing on Picasa...take a look.
The hubs, our daughter and I got to fly in a bi-plane this weekend. I went last and the pilot was sweet enough to keep me in the air long enough to see the sunset. I had my camera in my pocket but was so busy keeping my eye on the sun that I forgot about it until we were landing. It was absolutely beautiful and by the time we were landing it started to rain. I snapped a picture of the pilot in the little mirror and didn't even think about the flash going off. Luckily we were on the ground before I blinded him. Oops. We had to rush out so they could get the plane back in the hanger. I'm pretty sure we'd all go again if given the chance. We shall see...
Heres the hubs...
Here's our daughter...
And here I am...
Here's the pilot..pic taken from front seat while landing...see him in the mirror.
We took a different route home from the beach this time and got side tracked in Savannah for a few hours. We arrived around 9:00 a.m., headed straight for the visitors center, got us a map of the city and off we went to find The Lady and Sons. We were fourth in line when we arrived at the door around 9:10 a.m. They start taking names at 9:30 a.m. so you have to get there early to put your name in for lunch or dinner because they only take reservations for 10 or more guests. We put our name in and walked around the city until lunch time which was to be served at 11:00 a.m. We were told to line up across the street around 10:45 and our name would be called. When we arrived a lady came out with a dinner bell, talked to the crowd for a few minutes, rang the dinner bell and they started to call out names. They give you a number and you head for the door to be seated.
They serve each guest a corn fritter and a biscuit just as soon as you sit down. The husband usually passes on the bread but he loved the corn fritters so much he asked for another and told me I need to learn to make them. No way...too many calories. LOL
We are always trying to maintain our diets so instead of the buffet we both order sandwiches. He had the chicken salad and slaw, I had the veggie and slaw. My veggie sandwich was definately the best veggie sandwich I've ever had and I've had lots of them.
I kind of told a little white lie earlier, here's the real reason we passed on the buffet. We should of shared a pieces of pie but instead we both had a full serving of Pecan Pie. : )
I wish we could of spent a little more time in Savannah, its such a beautiful town but it was a rainy day, we were tired and ready to head home.
I do however plan to return someday soon. I should also learn to do the collage thing with my photos. If your ever in Savannah try out The Lady and Sons. By the way, we did NOT see Paula Deen...I'm sure everyone there would have loved to meet her as she seems like such a fun person.
The hubs and I took a little break and headed south for a few days. Oh how I wish I had a beach nearby. We visited family, walked on the beach every morning and most evenings, took motorcycle rides (got stuck in the rain once), visited a fort, the hubs went to a football game and fishing with his brother, I got to scrap shop with my sister-in-law, went on a ferry and we ate way too much...well maybe that was just me.
And just wait till I tell you what we did on the way home....stay tuned ; )
This little squirrel has been coming around for a few years now. At least we think its the same squirrel. It teases our dog on a daily basis. Deuce will stand at the bottom of the trees looking up for long periods of time just watching and waiting for the squirrel to come down but of course that never happens. Sooner or later Deuce gets tired of waiting and comes inside to rest. The other day I noticed that a couple of trees by the pond were stripped bare. The bark was missing from them. So I started looking around and noticed the little squirrel with a mouth full and I mean FULL of bark trying to make it up the tree. I didn't have my camera with me at the time so no picture but I did locate the nest in the tree and got a couple of pictures today. Its quite big and our little squirrel friend doesn't seem to be finished yet. The squirrel was up there scurrying around again today. I've never seen a squirrel quite this aggressive. I hope the squirrel and Deuce never come face to face as it would not be a pretty site. I'm pretty sure the squirrel would win if they tangled because Deuce is just a big ol' baby. Take a look at the trees, have you ever seen a squirrel do this? If you take a close look at the last two pictures you can see a little blur of the squirrel right below the nest.
I managed to spend a little time with each of them this weekend. Lucky Nana I am : )
On Friday evening the Grandson and I made paper beads together. It took us about 4 hours to make 20 beads. I'm sure glad I don't have to make beads for a living because I'd go broke in no time at all.
On Sunday the husband and I meet up with my daughter and her family at Irish Fest. There wasn't much going on as it was the last day of the festival but I always enjoy spending time with the little one.