Saturday, May 28, 2011

Allyn Grave Site

Part of my "job" is taking care of the stipulation of the will of a deceased parishioner, who has left Christ Church as a beneficiary of part of their trust. A floral arrangement is to be placed on the Allyn family grave site each year for Memorial Day. We are all very thankful for the Allyn family and all the many ways they have blessed the Church that I work at and we are members of. A prayer of thanks was also offered as I planted the flowers this afternoon.

The cemetery was busy with a lot of visitors and families putting flowers on the graves, in preparation of the Memorial Day celebration and ceremony that is held each year at Spring Grove Cemetery.

I am hoping that maybe I'll get a chance to plant some of my own planters this weekend... we'll see.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Squirrely Squirrels

We have some whacky acting squirrels around the house lately ... I think that "love" is in the air or something.. *lol* The squirrels are all running around acting crazy... here is one that likes to hang around our deck in the grapevines growing in the tree next to the deck...cute little things, aren't they? *S*

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pods - Now You See Them, Now You DON'T!!

Whooopppeeee!! After more than a year of these huge red storage pods on the front lawn of the Church, they are now history!

This was the view that people had to look at as they drove past for the last 13 months! UGGGHHH...

The storage pods DID come in handy for sure...storing tons of stuff we didn't have room for in other places as the renovations took place inside.

We've been working to unload all the stuff inside for over a month now, and finally yesterday, I finished cleaning up the last of the junk! Just call me Ms Clean Sweep!! *ha*... of course, now some of it is inside the church narthex (the new part) and how long it will have to stay there before we find a place for the stuff is anyone's guess....but, at least the pods are empty!

... and as of today...they are GONE!! YAY!!

All that is left is to seed the dead grass areas and mow the lawn that is left there ... (oh, btw, see that huge piece of plywood leaning against the flagpole ... anyone care to move it for me, it's waaaay too heavy! ... hoping for a magic plywood moving fairy to come overnight...*lol*)

One more project to check off the list of things to get back to normal around here...

.......but, have things EVER been normal??? *lol*

Friday, May 20, 2011

Happy Birthday to Grandson Jeff !!

Actually, yesterday was our youngest grandson's 5th birthday!! I can't believe it's been 5 years already since this loving grandson came into all our lives.

Since today is Grandson Friday, I waited till today to celebrate and give Jeff his gifts from us. Unfortunately, Jeff wasn't feeling so good ... after picking him up from school just before noon, I asked him where he wanted to get lunch from. We were going to have to go back to Church to work for a couple of hours before going to our house. He didn't want a thing to eat, which is very unusual for Jeff!

After stopping a couple of rummage sales on the way back to Delavan, and then at the store for Jeff to pick out a special toy he wanted, we headed to Church to sit outside with the open storage pods, hoping to sell off the remaining pews, and other assorted things... in hopes of emptying them to get those huge red pods off the church lawn next week!

Jeff only had apple juice while we were there and he just wasn't his joyful self. He didn't complain however at all.

But, just after we got home, he did have an episode (in the house) that rivaled the "Barf-o-Rama" segment of the movie, "Stand by Me"... ugghhh, and blech!!

Poor guy ... after cleaning up, he laid down and immediately fell asleep, and slept for the next 2 hours...

It wasn't exactly the fun birthday celebration day we had hoped for... (((hugs and love you Jeff))))... glad you felt better later tonite.. and hope the birthday party tomorrow with your friends is fun!! xoxoxox

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ECVA Call For Entries: Under Abraham's Tent

ECVA Call For Entries: Under Abraham's Tent Check out the new Call For Entries at the Episcopal Church & Visual Arts (ECVA) site. Interesting topic to submit for this time around... deadline to enter is July 17th!

This exhibition is open to artists who are members of The Artists Registry @ ECVA. It's easy and FREE to become a member, check it out at or go directly to The Artists Registry.

You may submit up to three (3) images for consideration by the Curator this exhibition.

Monday, May 16, 2011

ECVA's Latest Online Exhibition ... Open Studio 2011

About a month or so ago I submitted an entry to the Episcopal Church & Visual Arts latest call to artists. We were asked to share one work, that had not previously been exhibited at any other of the calls to artists. A favorite piece, or one of our best ones, or one of our most current pieces of art. I submitted one of my most current assemblages.

"Wherever you may be..."
Mixed Media, Found Object Assemblage

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance..."

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!

I'm honored to be a part of the exhibit online at the ECVA site. Check out the site for all the wonderful entries there!

Thanks ECVA for including my assemblage in it too!

Pod Remains....

Busy day today .... we are continuing to unpack things from the storage pods that are on the front lawn at the Church. Adding to the many boxes we are still in the process of unpacking and trying to find places to put all the stuff in our newly renovated building.

Here is today's results of unpacking more of the pods... thankful for Ann and Pat who helped unpack today too! Many of these boxes have at least been taken upstairs to various rooms and in the hallway outside where I think they will eventually fit.

Tomorrow will be more unpacking and hauling out stuff from the pods too. It seems like the job that never ends... ugghh...

... and this too shall pass..... Lord in Your mercy... hear our prayer!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Happy Birthday to Grandson Jake!!

Can't believe our grandson is 10 years old already!! We went over to drop off his gift today and visit for awhile. It was nice seeing all the kids.

Jake is going to buy a lizard he says with any money he gets for his birthday ... glad it's at his house and not here.. *lol*

Since I forgot my camera here are a couple of photos of Jake over the years - man oh man does time fly by fast!!

We'll be at a joint birthday celebration for all three grandsons in a week or so ... sure to be photos then of the birthday celebration!

A VERY Happy Birthday ((((Jake)))) ... we love you!! xoxoxxo

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

It was a wonderful, but busy day ... It was so good to have some of the kids home, and be able to go out to my Mom and Dad's for Mother's Day too! We plant my mom's planters as part of her gift (all my sisters, brother in laws and nieces and nephews help!) Here are photos of the day....

My mom, at almost 80 years old on Kaine's new motorcycle... she was "born to be wiiiilddd"! ...*LOL*!

A fun afternoon at Dad and Mom's!!

Mother's Day Champagne Brunch

Thanks to the men from Christ Church who hosted and served a deeeeelicious champagne brunch honoring the women this morning! A fun time, good food, and wonderful gifts in the basket drawing held afterward too!
Here are some of the guys who helped with it: Rich, Dad-Jerry, Ron, Mark, Chip, John, Terry, Mark.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Kaine's Home!! ....with a new motorcycle!

Our youngest son is once again a motorcycle owner ... he came home for Mother's Day weekend today riding his newest purchase .... (and yes, he did wear a helmut for the two hour drive here - thankfully!).

Lord, please keep him safe as he travels and enjoys his new cycle... give Kaine wisdom also as he rides... Amen!

Chair planter for the drawing at Church...

Take one old chair (thanks Mel & Peggy for the dumpster dive find!), apply a few coats of glossy sealer, a planter, some flowers and taahh dahhh - a perfect donation for the Mother's Day Basket Draw and Champagne Brunch at Christ Church tomorrow! Donations of $1 per ticket can get you some wonderful varied gifts... and the men of the parish put on a deeeeelicious brunch honoring ALL women!

All are welcome as we honor all our mothers, even if they can no longer be with us. After our 10 a.m. service ... ALL are welcome!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Jesse's Going Away Party

Our nephew, Jesse, will be going into the Army very soon ... today there was a going away party at the church they attend. We wish Jesse all the best, and especially pray for safe times for him and that he does the best he can in the field he has chosen... love you Jesse!! xoxox

He will be stationed in Fort Jackson, Soputh Carolina for boot camp and Bridgestone Arsenal, Alabama for his AIT.

Here are photos of others at his good bye party...

It was fun for the younger kids to play together ... in years to come, I wonder if they will remember the reason they were all together at this time ...?? My hope is for peace in the world they live in when they are older .. Lord in Your Mercy... hear my prayer.

Jorden's Here!!

We are thankful for a weekend with granddaughter Jorden ... fun times!

Grandpa John playing with Jorden ... and Jorden with her new ball on the porch.

Grandpa John took us on a trip to the fire station ... Jorden had a great time!

Jorden will be a great firefighter someday if she chooses to be!!

Barbie had a good time seeing the firetrucks too! *lol*