I’m Baaaaack

After about 6 months of not posting, I hope I haven’t lost all of my followers.  It has been a busy time.  In November my oldest, Sara, broke her foot.  Not that big a deal, right?  Except she was 7 1/2 months pregnant, with a 8-year-old and a 5-year-old, she walks everywhere, it was her right foot and she would have to take off the boot to drive, and Evie (the 8 year old) had a lead in a community theater production.  So I spent a few days each week in Chicago to help with logistics until the play was done and school was out for Christmas.


December 29 our third grand child, Alexander Vernon, was born.

Alex birth


In January we visited my sister and brother-in-law (yes, Junior, the painting and floor refinishing dynamo) in Gulf Shores.

In February I started not one but two part time jobs.  I am now children’s education coordinator at my church, and circulation clerk at my local public library.  Although the learning curve was not bad on either, and I found that I get housework done more efficiently, not much else gets done.

So, Alex is now four months old, I’m in a rhythm for working, and things such as sewing, painting, gardening, and WRITING should get back on track.

Alex smile



The rehearsal was at the same park we camped at, since we didn’t need as large a pavilion.  It was chilly and windy, but everyone was pretty geeked up.  Almost there!

Unfortunately, the caterer (Qdoba) was late due to a flat tire, and we didn’t realize that they had forgotten half the rice and the tortillas.  However, Nick Weber made AWESOME cheesecake for our dessert!WedPics Image 103251652WedPics Image 103300552

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After the rehearsal, we had some time for a campfire, one of the best parts of camping!

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Wedding Week

The week started with Ben and Jen arriving from Rochester (NY) around 2am Sunday morning.  They slept while we went to church and we met for breakfast.  I had a meeting and possible potluck for the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture-Blackbird Farm in Coopersville) I had joined, so I made a pasta salad, went to the meeting, and Tom, Ben, and Jen joined me there.  Jen had lots of vegetarian options, I only had to cook one dish, and very little cleanup.  A low key start to a hectic week.

Ben’s suit:  Ben ordered a suit online.  Good quality, but lots of alterations needed.  The pants weren’t hemmed, the vest was too tight to button, and the coat sleeves were too long.  I thought of buying lining and putting a gusset in the back, but that would be obvious.  Then I had the brilliant idea of taking the seven inches I cut off when I hemmed it, cutting it into 3 inch wide bias strips, and inserting a bias panel under the arms of the vest.  The fabric would match, and it would be less obvious.  It turned out well, but left little time for the coat.  Ben said just temporarily hem the sleeves, and do a “proper” job of it later.

Costco:  Our responsibilities were the rehearsal dinner and alcohol for the reception.  Two partial kegs would be ordered, Ben and Jen had bought a sangria in Rochester, and we got a variety of bottles and cans of different beers.  Also, ingredients for trail mix (a trail mix bar was the “favors”) and some candy to complement the s’mores bar, which was to replace the wedding cake.

Marshmallows:  Speaking of the s’mores bar, they also wanted some different marshmallows.  They had bought lime and lemon meringue online, but there is a local handmade marshmallow maker.  However, he was no longer selling at Fulton Street Market, but they were for sale at a store in Downtown Market.  I made a quick trip down and found they were only in 3 ounce bags!  So I made two batches of peanut butter marshmallows.  (Each batch, about 2 pounds!)  I didn’t make vegetarian, as that takes a variety of ingredients to replace the unflavored gelatin.

Camping:  We left on Thursday to camp.  Unfortunately, I had not packed the camper ahead of time, so I spent Thursday morning packing.  I have been writing lists and more lists for the last few months, so nothing (major) was forgotten.

I had told the family that came early to camp that I would provide supper, so I made a big batch of chili when we arrived.  Ben and Jen were with her family, who had also had a lot of arrivals that day.

Ben’s aunts and uncles and sister Anna all arrived Thursday, it gave us a chance to take a deep breath before the rehearsal morning.

Friday morning I made a trip to Meijer to get all the things that weren’t worth trying to transport to the campground.  A Meijer not set up in the usual layout made it a longer trip than it should have been!

Next post:  rehearsal, wedding day, and aftermath.

Welcome to my new blog.

I have set up both a library and classroom blog in the past, but they were rarely used.  Now that I’m retired, it seems appropriate to get a little personal.  I’ve joined a writers’ group, and my son-in-law inspires me with his blog, so it seems my turn.  I hope to resurrect my half-written children’s book, and have been told the best way to improve my writing is to write, and write often!  This is a place to share my thoughts on random topics, to share (show-off) my cooking triumphs; my knitting, sewing, and crafts; and whatever else comes along.  Please, sit back and enjoy.