Monday, September 28, 2009

Bowling Alley Update

Some of you may remember the post where I talked about our basement resembling a
bowling alley. We have done some decorating since then and someone the other day asked me how the bowling alley was looking, so here are some photos.
The picture above shows an antique sideboard, a rocking horse that was used by our children and now our grandchildren, an old ladder which houses some of my quilts. The red and white quilt was made by my coworkers as a retirement gift. Isn't it beautiful?
The downstairs is big enough for a game table. Most people have a pool table in the basement but we don't play pool. I really thought a ping pong table would be fun, but David nixed that idea.
This is one of my favorite antiques--a double antique school desk. The stuffed people/animals on it are characters from children's books.
This is the view looking from the seating area back to the "kitchen" as Caleb likes to refer to it.
This is the sitting area/TV room.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Where I Am????

A dear friend gave me this little boy charm to represent Caleb, my first grandchild.
I usually wear it on the same arm that I wear my watch, but had taken it off for a few days.
Caleb and I were snuggled up on the couch, spending some great time together when all of the sudden, he exclaimed, "Where I Am?" Needless to say, I am once again wearing the bracelet and cannot wait to add two more charms, representing two more precious grandchildren. I wonder, will they be little boy charms or little girl charms or one of each???????

Laundry Dilemma UPDATE

Well friends, you saw the many suggestions that came in about my laundry dilemma.
I am taking all suggestions to heart, but there are two that are getting the most consideration.
#1--Jenni had the very first suggestion about granite countertops.
Since I have not had granite countertops before and have them now, this seemed to make a lot of sense. So for the past 2 days, I have worn an apron almost all day when I am at home (much to David's amusement--he thinks I am always cooking) and ALAS there have been no new holes sighted.
#2--You did not see this idea because it came in e-mail format, but it was so delightful that I feel I must share. The author (who will remain anonymous unless you recognize the initials LF) suggested that the holes came from my Belly Button Ring. LOL


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Almost Aspen Sighting Time

It's not quite time yet for all the Aspens to be in their full glory.
David and I took a drive to check them out, but will have to wait for some more cold weather for them to be in all their splendor. We'll keep you posted.

Don't Worry

Sign observed at a local playground.
Don't worry, we'll stay out!

Laundry Dilemma

OK, all of my friends in Blogland, I have a problem and those closest to me are getting tired of me showing them my laundry dilemma and of me trying to get them to help me figure it out so I am sharing my problem with you in hopes that some BRILLIANT person can help me.
Several, and I mean several of my shirts are getting holes in them. I hope you can see from the pictures below--I have put a red cloth behind the holes in hopes that they would show up better. They start out with tiny little pinprick holes and then they "grow". They are always right about waist level.

I have been working on this puzzle for a several weeks because I don't want to have to replace all my clothing every few weeks (although there is a Stein Mart in Colorado Springs.) See the solutions that have been ruled out.

not one of my bracelets puncturing the cloth

no, I'm not wearing a belt that is puncturing the cloth

it does not seem to be something that I am leaning up against

the seatbelt of the car does not hit in that spot

it cannot be happening in the washing machine
because it is always in the same spot and no other.

My husband's clothing is all doing just fine.

Any and all suggestions are welcome. If we cannot solve this dilemma together, I will be asking for contributions so that I can buy new clothing. :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Four Seasons

I have heard a couple of times since we have moved to Colorado Springs that you can experience all four seasons in one day here.
This morning I had my first experience with that by viewing God's beautiful nature.
All of these images were taken on my morning walk.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Favorite Books for Young Children

Because I teach Children's Literature to graduate students, I am often asked by parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, etc. for suggestions for good books for the children in their lives. That is a very hard questions for me because there are so many wonderful books out there. In this post, I will tell you some of the books that I like. Keep in mind that books are very personal and what your child likes might not match up with my suggestions.
But here goes.......
Pictured above is one of my very favorites, Come Along Daisy because it was the first book that Caleb READ! He loved the book so we read it over and over and over again. When he was about a year and a half, it dawned on me that if I would read along and leave out words, he would fill in the blanks. He Was Reading!!!!

The following photos are courtesy of
Eric Carle is a wonderful author/illustrator. You can't go wrong with his books.
There are several more books in this series! If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, etc. One of my little friends, Michael, would always come to my office and want the entire series read to him. Michael, I understand that you are now reading all by yourself. Great job!
This is a hilarious book. You will enjoy it as much as your child does. Hans Christian Andersen, famous writer, believed that you should write so that both parents and their children would stay interested.
Mo Willems is a hilarious author.
Every parent should be able to identify with this book!
One of Caleb's current favorites (he's two and a half as he will proudly tell you.)
Wonderful illustrations!
Kevin Henkes has written many great books for young children.
Very creative book!
This book is by the same author, Laura Seeger, as First the Egg.
My favorite page in this book says, "Ladybugs are little, Ladies are BIG!"
Who says?????? That line cracks our family up!
Well deserving of the Caldecott Medal for best picture book.
Another great one by Eric Carle.
This is an old, old book, but still popular with the little ones.
And last, but certainly not least, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

I have told you some of my favorite books for young readers. If you would like to find more great books, I suggest that click HERE to find lists of Notable Children's Books for all ages.

I will have future posts for other types of children's books.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fun Weekend

I wasn't in "Blog" mode this weekend, meaning that I forgot to take many pictures. I do, though, have pictures of four very special people--my mom and dad, Adrian, and Kelly.

In addition to visiting with these wonderful people, I also got to:
eat REAL TexMex (yummy)
teach a class at UHCL
see many of my friends from church
enjoy some girl time at my mom's house
delight in a family dinner at my sister's house
remember what humidity feels like (you know it helps to keep your skin young) :)
and did I mention eat REAL TexMex????

Looking forward to more weekend visits to Houston!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Double Surprise

You might remember my Surprise Visitors post when Kelly and Adrian came to see us in Colorado. What I couldn't tell you then was the reason for their surprise visit.
When Adrian took this shot, instead of telling us to say "CHEESE", he told everyone to say,
"Kelly's Pregnant" and the shocked looks on our faces show how surprised we all were.
(By the way, Grandpa Mark is not in the picture because he was out of town.)
Kelly's due date is April 15, 2010.

A few days later, we got another wonderful surprise.

Mandy, Jeremy and Caleb announced that they too are going to have a baby. Guess when their due date guessed it, April 15, 2010. As you can imagine, David and I are extremely excited. I have teased both Mandy and Kelly about how much fun it would be to have twins in the family, and now Nana will have the joy of twins in two precious little cousins. As I have said before, "Life is very good!!!"

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Colorado Springs Balloon Classic

The Colorado Springs Balloon Classic is held every Labor Day. It has over 100 hot air balloons participating each year. On Saturday, we got up early and went to Memorial Park to watch this exciting event.
This photo shows the balloons in various stages of being inflated. The balloon on the left was a Noah's Ark Balloon.
Looking up at the Energizer Bunny Balloon was really neat! It was the tallest balloon at 17 stories.
The only sad part of the day was that the balloons did not get to launch. The winds were blowing toward the west which meant that it was dangerous to launch since they might have blown into the mountains. We hope to see them launch on Monday morning, Labor Day, weather permitting. If not, there's always next year. Anyone want to come and watch them with us?

Friday, September 4, 2009

One Library, Two Libraries, Three Libraries, More....

I realize that the way that David and I spent our day might not be everyone's cup of tea. We went to nine different libraries in the Pikes Peak Library District.
The first one was in the little town of Palmer. The library was tiny but the atmosphere was wonderful. The librarian was most gracious as she gave us a tour of the surrounding historic area. The doors were wide open to allow the cool breezes to flow through the stacks of books.

The Old Colorado City Branch was the oldest one we visited. It was in a historic Carnegie Library building. Again, the doors were wide open welcoming in the neighborhood.

This statue is in front of the Penrose Branch. This is the downtown library and is huge. It was here that the children's librarian asked me if I was a visiting librarian. David had a good laugh out of that one. He said they can spot a children's literature lover every time.

At the East Branch Library, they had a wonderful Young Adult Center (East Teen Center). The librarian told me that they had a group of teenagers design their own library. What a great idea! Because David and I are both book lovers, this was a perfect day....and yes, we did check out a few books.