Tuesday, March 31, 2009

More from the Earlybird Track Meet

It was a chilly night. Hil dressed in layers between jumps. Also had a lucky fleece blanket to wrap up in. Calvin had a nice warm hat. Anything with Broncos on it, Calvin thinks is great. Jeff is out with tendonitis in his ankle. It started the last track meet. He kept busy keeping the bar in place for the high jumpers. He is anxious to get running again.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Track meet tonight

Over at 4'8". I have to get to the next meet to get a picture just going over the bar. My timing was off tonight! Approach at 4'10". It was so windy the guys had to keep a finger on the bar to keep it in place until the jumpers got there.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

More Free Stuff

I've been clearing out again. These books are some I've collected from garage sales. Some I read and liked, and some I wanted to read. (And some- Who knows) I go to the library and don't need these. I'll offer them to Shirley if I have no other claims first, as she mentioned the HS read program when she took the kids books. I'll ask her about the bride's maid dress too. She works with costumes for the plays. Yes, I still have some bluejays. (One of these is a music box) These are not quite correct coloring for North America. And I have too many. The Halloween mister is a decent decoration, but don't try the mister with our water. Leaves a white film. The thermos is fine. Just don't need it. The snowmen are too Christmasey and I don't get my snowmen out until I put away nativities.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

JS Elem Music/PE/Art Program

Tonight was Calvin's school program. I enjoy watching the kids whatever activity they are in. Calvin's group had to dance. Kind of a beginning square dance. And the worst part: He had to dance with a girl! (He does have pretty good rhythm. ) Singing is not his thing anyway.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

From the Back of a Closet

I'm digging deeper. This time the closet in the computer room.... Anyone want to claim anything. The gray men's coat is 48 L. Too small for Dan. Doesn't look worn at all. The blue dress must have been a bridemaid's dress. Marked 11/12. May be able to be rebuilt without the sleeves, or someone may want it for the material. The blue, white and no longer 'red', is a wind sock, that has been replaced. The maroon top (Velvet) is marked S. The men's vest - bigger. The maroon dress - 9. Did any adult here ever wear that size?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Marg's Bouquet

Marg sends flowers frequently to Grandma Phoebe. Here she is with her St. Patrick's day balloons and bouquet. One week late, before I got the picture, and they are still in pretty good condition. Mom has a new roommate (Helen Kendall) as of yesterday. She was resting while I was there and with these privacy rules you can't get any information. But when you know the right people: "she is here to gain strength and may return home" (Didn't look very strong today). Marg sent flowers and balloons on St. Valentine's Day too, but I didn't get my camera out to LTC for a picture then.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Free Rent

We have put up our martin house for a few years now. We have never had any martins! The sparrows love it. We clean it out frequently, to no avail. It is open to the sky on the east. We do have some trees fairly close (10 - 15 feet away) on two sides and maybe that is what scares them away. But there are martin houses on the east side of the school that are in the open. (Behind us) I don't notice many martins there. Usually 1 or 2 each year. Maybe this year will be the year. I don't think martins are as tough as they used to be. When I was a kid, they would fight and clear out the sparrows. Spring lake does have quite a colony of martins. That is only a few miles away.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dodgeball/Fund Raiser

Hil's team were Princesses. They were after the best costume prize. I didn't stay for the finals to see which team won. So I don't know of glamor beat grunge or not. They have various other award also. Hil's team lost their first match and went on to win a couple more before elimination. __________________________________________ Abbey's team were the fire fighters. They looked like they had just finished fighting a fire. I don't know how long or how much work it took to get their hair looking this wild! They had two losses. ____________________________________________________________________________ Jeff's team was the Trojans. (Scranton of course, as they had some of David's old shirts) It was made up of Sophomore and Freshman boys. They had a loss and a couple wins before being eliminated, when it got to single games. A good time was had by all!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

DM St. Pat's Day Parade

__________________________________________ __________________________________________ ___________________________The dancers were near the beginning. You can see how clear the street was for them to preform. If they would have been later it wouldn't have worked.______________ ____________________________________________________________________Toward the half way point of the parade the crowd was out into the street to where the parade could hardly get through. A few times men on golf carts came by warning people to get back to no avail. It even held up the parade, as they had to honk and creep through. They weren't allowed to throw out candy this year to many disappointed people. They did throw out beads, but the candy they could have thrown over their heads and they would have been farther back. It sure didn't work not to throw candy. .

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Sunday, March 15, 2009


This afternoon was Jeff's confirmation. He was one of four selected for questioning by the bishop. (Even though he was one of the lectors. He thought he would get skipped if he lectored. Wrong!) He did just fine! Here he is congratulated by his sponser, his sister, Hilary.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Turning Green!

Bit by bit, a few signs of spring are starting to show. You have to look closely.... Maybe by this time next week we will have more signs of spring in evidence. We are warmer today, with promise of more to come. (Of course, these are in sheltered areas on the south side of buildings)

Happy Birthday Sadie!

Hope you had a great 8th birthday! This picture Sadie was waiting patiently for her turn at swim lessons. What was your best present so far?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Grandma's Give Away

Anything anyone wants to claim? ------------- I'm getting things in boxes to make room for more.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Wise Females

Many darker breasted male robins have been here for awhile. The last day or so, I've seen a few lighter breasted females. Spring should be just around the corner!!! ( It's still cold and rainy though.)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Club volleyball in Bondurant

My day was spent at the volleyball tourney. I enjoy watching the girls. They did well and not as well. There were 16 teams and the finals will be tomorrow. Hil's team had some players missing and one brought up from the 17 team. Hil (#11) played hitter, as well as setter today. She had a good day. My challenge of the day was to get some block pictures!!! I plan to put a couple pictures on facebook too. Pop had a quiet day at home.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Back from CR

We are back from our overnight trip. J. and girls were fine. Sadie had swim lessons. Jill was a good big sister and waited while she showered. ----------------------------------------- Missed seeing Dan today. He was busy.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Free Stuff!

Here are piles of a few of the things to give away. I need boxes. Some stuff has been tossed already. I've just gotten a good start. Anything you want to rescue?

Monday, March 2, 2009


It is getting much nicer. It is to get even better later this week. The east is getting our snow!!! Hurrah!!! These birds still think we have winter here. I'm on the lookout for some evidence of spring to show.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Graduation Wall

Today after much measuring and figuring, we have three new nails in the hallway to hang Hil for this year, Abbey and Jeff the next two years. There is space for Jill and then it will get possibly another row since there could be three in one year!