Monday, August 31, 2009

Meet Our Ancestors

Last night we met at St. Joseph's cemetery for a program on ancestors. _______Various particapants dressed in costume and took their places at the gravesites of their ancestors or other former parish members, and told their stories. (Great fun for the genealogist!) I took photos and posted more on facebook. Here Tim is telling of Patrick Minnihan, his and Jerry's Great Grandfather. Patrick was a parishioner and good contributor when the Church was built. Tim pointed out other sites where some of Patrick's descendants had been buried. The weekend of Sept. 18-20 is the final celebration, with discussion, historical display, Church tours, Mass and banquet.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

All Things Beautiful

Today there was a program after Mass on the artwork in our church. No. 1 - the church windows. Plus artwork of some parishioners and a past priest. Good program. The actual celebration on the 100 year anniversary of our church building is in a couple weeks.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Garage Sales---Michael M

We have had a good Saturday. First we went to some garage sales this a.m. Found Junie P. Jones books and picked up a few. Sadie, do you have all these? Than Michael came around 11. We visited awhile and had lunch. (August Iowa style) BLTs and sweetcorn. After lunch we went out and checked on Grandma Phoebe. She was up to the diningroom via wheelchair this noon. She had drank a little tea and eaten a couple bites. We took her outside and Michael took her for a wheelchair ride while I checked out papers to get two extra football clippings for scrapbooks. We headed back home after getting her settled back in her room. Paul was down mid afternoon and Gma had remembered Michael being there and the ride (After he ask her if she had seen him.) They have a big note up on her closet door to remind her to use her walker at all times. I mentioned it and she just said "Oh, Pooh". She denies any need for help, but is getting plenty frail and weak and is needing help with most everything.

Friday Night Football

Last evening our Rams played at Gilbert. It was a better game than the score showed. We lost. Jeff had a good game. He started defense and played all game on defense, mostly as saftey. I'll have to wait for the paper to see what the stats show. It was a cool night and jackets felt good. It felt like football!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunflowers or Corn?

This sunflower field is a corn field. The second picture is from the west side and you can actually see the corn. The bean picture is from east of Grand Junction. Some say it is a disease "Sudden Death something or other" Another thought is the beans are losing their leaves due to the cool weather, even though they aren't mature enough. This field was probably one of the earliest planted. Another field east of town has a few brown, similar spots.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Friday & Saturday

Friday night was the Pop Scrimmage. Teams and cheerleaders were introduced. I need to start matching names with numbers for the team this year. Most of the returners have the same number, that is helpful. Jeff is #2 again. He had a real good game and should be satisfied with it. The cheerleaders just had warmup jackets instead of their uniforms. It was a cool evening and they would have felt good. Nancy and Dan came this a.m. Dan wanted to work on his deer stand and Nancy to see the quilt show. Jenni has a birthday tomorrow so they were off to Carroll this afternoon to help her celebrate. (More quilts on facebook.)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Pep Rally

Last night we had a pep rally to support our local teams. Abbey cheers. Jeff and Calvin play. All were introduced. Tonight is the pop scrimmage and next week they have their first game. We are playing 3A again this year. We are a small school in that division. Here Calvin's buddy Logan is introduced.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

State Fair & Softball

Summer activities are winding down. Monday evening Hil had Coed Slowpitch softball. ( She was on a better team this year.) Tuesday morning we got around early and headed down to the State Fair. We always split and see what we want and meet later. The Walkie Talkies worked real well this year. Apparently everyone else is using cell phones, so not many on our channel. I always head first to the Cultural Center to see photo, art, carving and etc, then down to the Fabric center and over to the 4-H building. Plus stopped to see foods and a few other things along the way. I took my camera this year and took all kinds of pictures. That way I can now study them at leisure and I'll share the disk with anyone interested. (My feet are still tired, five hours was enough!)

Monday, August 17, 2009

St. Joseph Picnic and Rollerskating

Last evening was the picnic and rollerskating at Springlake. It was along with other celebrations planned for the 100 year celebration. It was a nice night and a good time for those there. (We didn't skate!) I'll put more pictures on facebook.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Hot August Nights

Last night was the local car show "Hot August Nights" Jerry took up both the T-Bucket and his Scooter. There was a big turnout. 148 in all. Hamburgers or brats and chips and bars were ready to purchase. Later free watermelon by the Kiwanis. Calvin had a football game I skipped out to for awhile. This cute little dog was there too. (His master was playing! I think that is his foot showing as he went out for the pass.)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Mara's Baptism

Mara was baptized today at the 10:00 mass at Holy Spirit in Carroll. She slept most of the time. It was a nice day and a good time. I'll post more pictures on facebook.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Flag football Continues

Thursday evening some of the 5th-6th graders played early with the 3rd-4th graders to have more players. Than some of the younger kids stayed to play with the older kids. Before the night was over two little brothers (8 year olds) got in on the teams also. They switched around, but didn't have any colored vests or flags to wear and Dads were in charge of the teams. Toward the end, when they started with a passing game the dad/coach said, let's play skins against shirts. This team take your shirts off. Not realizing one was a girl! He told the boys "You'll just have to remember." Calvin's team was "skins plus one.'

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Flag Football

Flag football is pretty lowkey this August. There were only about a dozen boys that signed up to play. Tuesday night it was 4 on 4, as only 8 boys were there. We'll see how many they have tonight. They are anxiously awaiting "real" football getting started. They can't wait for pads and TACKLE.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Eureka Bridge

This week they are closing old highway 30 for repair of the Eureka Bridge. It is a landmark on the old Lincoln Highway that is through our town. There have been years of controversy on what should be done with the bridge. "Preserve it and build a new bridge in a near location?" That didn't work as the near landowners wouldn't let that pass. Now it has become a safety matter. It is a very traveled road. They are going to try to preserve it, but make it safe for today's vehicles. We'll have to wait and see how it all turns out. Meanwhile, this is what it looks like now! Lives have been lost on the curves coming into the bridge. The guard rails are relatively new.