Saturday, December 26, 2009

Newest Project

This puzzle was a birthday gift. My table in the basement is now clear and I have gotten it started. It will take a while as it is fairly tough. When finished, I will mod-podge it and add it to my nativity collection. Look for it on one of my walls next Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!!!! We will be staying in Jefferson and happy we had gotten together on last Saturday, before the predicted storms. The kids are adapting their plans to fit the weather. So everyone should remain safe and have a good time. That's the best Christmas ever!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Report for Marg

I got out to LTC to try on yesterday about 4pm. Mom was napping in her chair and had to be convinced to try things on. "I don't need anything. I don't like to try on stuff!" (She is always crabby when she first awakens.) And was sure she didn't have time before supper @ 5. I have the robe sleeves turned under and have the pj's cut off and pinned to sew. The cookies were in her room and I figured they were from you. ??? I think I'll try to add a piece from what I cut off the pants to put in the V of the neckline. She hates bare necks and it still should slip over her head ok. The robe should really work well. It is nice soft material. (12-24) The cookies weren't from Marg. Who was the generous person that is not getting credit for a nice gift? (12/29- The cookies are from Stacey and family. Thank you, Stacey!)

Family Fun

Saturday evening our family got together to celebrate Christmas. Mara got reaquainted with everyone. Hil got a good chance to hold her as Abbey arrived later after the wrestling tourney. It didn't take long for Calvin to connect with Tristin for a ping pong partner. (Calvin likes to win!) Food, presents and a good time!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pizza Hut

Teresa Dave, Calvin, Reid and Erin stopped at the Pizza Hut before the swim meet. Calvin and Reid look "so grow up" after their stop for pizza. Not good conditions for pictures, but enjoyed seeing part of the meet. (Left at break after Jeff had swam 3 times) That is him in the picture finishing his leg of a relay..

Monday, December 14, 2009

King Herod

________________ Sunday evening was the St. Joseph's children's Christmas program. As has been the program for generations, the 5th graders put on the Christmas Pageant. Here you can see Calvin as King Herod. Since there wasn't any school Wednesday, Faith Formation was cancelled also. The only practice was just before the program. The kids did very well. A soup supper followed at the Parish Center. Some of my nativities decorated the tables. This table was set up late, as we had more crowd than anticipated. (But Skallas were part of the decorating committee and did the set-up/take-down and transport of the nativities, so never missed not having a centerpiece.)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Busy Saturday

Jeff and Calvin were overnight guests. David and Teresa had gone to USD to move some of Hil's belongings back to Iowa. Abbey stayed at one of her friends. Jeff left early Sat. to get to Boone to catch the bus to Hoover for his swim meet. Calvin and I headed to Odgen for his 10:00 basketball game. ( They lost, but the other team played better. Calvin did fine and keep going.) Then, as weather was still holding, we went over to the high school for the wrestling meet. After three team matches, we headed home. (Jefferson had a layoff before their final match.) Calvin spent time with some of his favorite things, watching football and games/puzzles. I did beat him in ping pong, but he has really improved and I won't be able to do that much longer. Calvin had been picked up before we got home from mass, so we went out to eat without his company. Everyone was back home before the mist started hitting the roads.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Ruth, Heading West,

Ruth made it to Iowa only one day off her schedule. She stayed overnight after seeing Mom. Teresa was over for a visit. When Teresa left to pick up Calvin at Basketball practice she went with her as 5th/6th graders are her favorite level of BB. (She needed an Iowa basketball fix.) She headed out before 9. Sunshine this morning! She call a little while ago to report I-80 is clear and "The snowdrifts are actually kind of pretty! (Except, tell Dan, where those snowmobiles have packed it down in the median.)" She said she thinks it has been about 30 years since she had been to Iowa in December and it may be another 30 before she braves it in winter again! (Called to report she got to Michael's tonight! After eleven hours of driving)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Our whole state is under a blizzard warning. The snow is letting up, but the winds are picking up. Pop blew 1/2 the drive and went out to check the town. Home with a cup of coffee and a report of 'It's as bad as I've ever seen!" Said: visibility toward the country is very poor. It had drifted around the outlet of our furnace and it had shut down, until we cleaned it out. Never happened with our old furnace, but it probably had warmer output that melted the snow. Or maybe just the way the wind was from and lots of snow. Nice and warm now.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

St. Nicholas Day

Saturday Abbey was kept busy cheering for our Ram wrestlers. Some of them did very well. Jeff had a personal best on his free style Sat., so he was satisfied with his meet too. Hope everyone celebrated today. It is a great day for presents! But tomorrow is my birthday, so that over shadows today for presents. We are now receiving snow. The ground is slowly turning white! Dan's deer hunt was successful.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Basketball, Cookie Parade and Wrestling

Calvin's basketball game was early enough I saw part of it before the cookie parade started. We had a good turn out and cookies were pretty well picked over by 10:15. Jeff has a swim meet in Boone but told Teresa she didn't need to go for his one event. Abbey is cheering at the wrestling meet here and I plan to go in about 1/2 hour when Jefferson will wrestle again. Dan is here deer hunting. (Haven't heard from the hunters yet) Jerry at at a car auction in Kansas City, Mass tonight and I still have more nativities I want to get out......