Monday, June 28, 2010

Visit to the local dairy for an ice cream social

Saturday we hopped in Matt & Emily's Rendevous for a trip over to our local dairy. Iwig Dairy was having their 100 year anniversary celebration. See their cows below.

Here's the dairy store with Mike, Emily and Matt headed in.

and Mike jawin' with the lady as he paid for our milk and ice cream.

and standing in front of an old farm tractor

They had hay rack rides and live music

and the piece de la resistance..... tada....
the ICE CREAM!!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Car Soup

Our wonderful 1969 Buick Wildcat getting ready for a car show-off.

Here are some of the cars we saw tonight

Don't we ALL remember driving or riding in one of these babies?

How about this 1929 Pontiac? There's no name identification other than that chief on the hood.

Flames, flames everywhere!
Ok, enough for me, time to go home to the doggies...

Yes that IS a book under Tucker's head. He won a signed copy from the author! Pretty cool, huh?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Garage sale, flowers, spiders and dogs

So we finally decided to have a garage sale and invited family and friends to contribute their goods, time and energy. Above is a good shot of Matt and Emily, oh and their adopted dog Sugar in the chair between them. Mike is waaaaay back in the corner guarding his baseball cards and Snoopy collectible books. We started out on Friday with muggy temps in the mid-80's and ended the day early afternoon after the heat index rose over 100. Saturday started quite muggy, then a HUGE storm rolled through around noonish and left us with some temporary cool temperatures. The pics of flowers later are taken after the storm when everything was so pretty and green. Here's a closer shot of the kids and pup.
and this really cool neon yellow spider. It was really tiny, maybe 1/4 inch counting the legs.

Now for some awesome shots of the flowers, starting with the deep purple butterfly bush:

and the milkweed. I didn't have my camera out when the Monarch was fluttering around it. Click on the pic to zoom in on the spectacular droplets of rain.

Our pear tree is absolutely COVERED with fruit beginning to grow larger. I'm already beginning to panic just thinking about the harvest and subsequent peeling, slicing, canning, freezing and baking that I'll be doing. That will no doubt require a few days off work to get it done and is very difficult to predict when it will happen, thus the panic.

Now, back inside for a minute to show you our temporary dining room furniture. Oh, I forgot to tell you that we sold our very old set that I had picked up for only $50 back in 96. Got a whacking $35 out of it, so not too bad, huh? Anyway, following the picture of the table that also shows the three dogs lined up in their queue waiting for Mike to feed them, are two shots of the existing circa 1969 vinyl (or perhaps linoleum?) floor that was found under a layer or two of carpeting. We're finally getting new flooring in the dining room and kitchen this month! I'm SOOOOooooooo excited! You'll know why when you zoom in on the pictures.

 OK, now is that gross or what??? It's only the one big spot by the back door that's all cracked like that, but it's really creepy! We're getting sheet vinyl that looks like real slate 12 x 12 tiles. It will feel like a whole new house once we get that put in. Little by little we're getting things done around here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The buy of the century!

What's all that you say? Well how about 11 polo shirts, most of them well-known name brands and 3 pairs of dress slacks all for a whopping $11... yes, that's eleven dollars!!! Woohoo! They were having a special, all the clothes you could fit in a paper sack for $11. So what if someone else wore them first, call them previously loved, broken in but not tattered (and if you saw my husband's clothes you'd understand about tattered!) So he's pretty much set up for another year of teaching. Oh yeah, we found these at a Salvation Army in Wichita, Kansas while visiting family. Below is a couple of pics of my finds. We've somehow given away most of our spare sheets for anything besides our king-sized bed, so when we discovered that our new futon used a full sheet and that twins fit our couch perfectly I began my quest for good deals on sheets. Well, below you'll see a pile of sheets, pillow cases and pillow shams in various sizes. There's even a brand new twin fitted sheet still in the package! How much did they set me back? Eight bucks for all I could stuff in a paper grocery sack!

Here's a close-up of a small dog blanket that actually got me started on my quest to fill the bag.