Archive for April, 2009

Apartment gardening

Living in an apartment doesn’t necessarily prevent you from dabbling in gardening.  At least this year, I am going to try some dabbling!  I found these lettuce plants at the West Ames HyVee, got them tucked nicely into a window box and set them out on the balcony.  “I’m a smart horticulturist, I know how to water plants….I don’t need to punch out the drainage holes in my window box…don’t want to have soil leakages, etc” I thought smugly to myself.  Well…..one day later….April rains proved me wrong.  Did I forget that balconies get rained on?  Duh…Gotta rescue my poor babies from drowning.  I’ll let you know if they survive and make it into salad and sandwiches!

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A Rich Life

Just thinking about my life a little this morning. I live alone, my only son is miles across the ocean, but-or-and I have a very rich life that I am so thankful for. The world is such an interesting place, full of interesting people. For me, our little Sunday fellowship meetings and the others who are also drawn there make my life very rich. We have quite a group of college guys here in Ames, and each one is so strong, sweet and fun to be around. Here’s Justin playing with the kids.

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I don’t have a daughter, but I love being around other mothers and daughters and sharing in some good old fashioned girl stuff!

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The dads are fun to talk with too, and I often feel like they are my own sons or little brothers!

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And although there are no grandkids on the horizon for me, I have lots of wonderful “adopted” grandkids to love and cuddle and kiss!

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kids-and-babiesMy natural family is rooted in place and distance keeps us apart more than I would like, but no matter where I might be in the world, I will always have access to spiritual family like this, and for that I am very thankful!

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Poland

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Looking forward to this visitor from Poland today!  I wonder if he is missing his bed back in Poland?!

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President

You heard it here first: This little girl is going to grow up to be the first female US President!  She’s my great niece, I am CRAZY about her!

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The distinguished gentleman: a combination Billy Graham/Henry Kissinger type advisor

The press secretary/speech writer is kept busy by a constant flow of innovative policy initiatives

Preparing for a speech on the potential for biofuels with grandpa “Kissinger”

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May House

Had lunch at May House on west Lincoln Way a while back.  If you want a true taste of the sea, get the amazingly unique combination hotpot, which is one of Steven’s favorites there.  I love the beef fried rice…perfect comfort food.  Oh, and it’s one of the few places in town where you can get soda fountain RC!

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More Holidome

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The dynamic duo! Otherwise known as two of my favorite guys, my nephew and his son.

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Before spring settles in…

here are some pics of my winter decor.  Even in the winter, I make sure I have a little green around!

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