Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanksgiving

Dave and I enjoyed the turkey and wine at the winery today!  I wish I had talked all of you into going.  We had a full turkey dinner and dessert with 6 wines.  The “taste” glasses were rather generous so that we ended up with 3 glasses basically - 3 reds and 3 whites..  And since there was an empty place at our table with wine already poured we could have drank it also.  There was enough food for seconds but neither Dave nor I had room.  All for $25.  Next year I am just going to have Kevin and Rachel bring their respective dates and make it our Thanksgiving so that we don’t have to worry about travel plans.  We won’t know till Thanksgiving morning if Kevin and Jen will make it.

I hope the weather for Thanksgiving is like what we had today!

“My” painting is really good - I can even claim credit for a few strokes!

Posted by Maureen on 11/22 at 08:32 AM
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Another one I’ve never heard

OK ladies, you know that I collect alternative “Grandma” names and here’s one I saw that I think is really unusual:  MeMommie

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Colts Game

Did any of you stay up for the game?? I can’t believe they came back and won! I did stay up for it and I’m paying the price today! I’m at work, dragging!! Both Bobby and Matt were working at the game. Elliott stayed up to talk to Bobby. I just couldn’t make it so hopefully I’ll hear about what it was like to be on the Patriot side from him. I also saw the Pacers beat the Celtics. That was an exciting game, especially since the Celtics are really alot better than us, stats wise. they were 8-2. We were 3-3. This coming Saturday Elliott and I are going to the North Central musical, “Damn Yankees.”

Posted by CarolFay on 11/16 at 11:18 PM
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Surprise

When I got home from my 3 mile walk this morning Rachel came out the front door - with Nick behind her.  They came home to surprise me for my birthday on Monday.  Dave had gone to his Dad’s church and had brought him back for brunch also.  Lucky I keep a relatively neat house - that I had decided to go for a walk and wasn’t still in pj’s.  Nick said he could also come for the Yuletide Concert on December 12th.

Posted by Maureen on 11/16 at 02:06 AM
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Doctor Referral?

Can anyone recommend an orthopedic doctor that has experience in shoulders - I think I am going to look into my options to take care of my shoulder pain since after 3 years it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

Posted by Maureen on 11/11 at 03:38 AM
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Saturday, November 07, 2009

garage sale tomorrow

please stop by

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

biodiversity using native plants

I thought the speech last night was quite interesting. I know people who are into planting native plants but never quite understood what the fuss was about. Well Doug Tallamy advocated for choosing plants that support a variety of insects to feed the dwindling bird species and entire population ; diminish lawns and increase varieties of plants (especially native woody plants) to add oxygen to the atmosphere. He even had a website to help with making plant choices.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

To Minnesota and back

I enjoyed my week up North.  The leaves were still pretty in southern Minnesota, the farmers were all out in their fields harvesting and the snow wasn’t too bothersome!

As to the main reason I came to Minnesota - The Little House on the Prairie at the Ordway Theatre in Saint Paul - it was absolutely wonderful!!  It was fun to see Melissa Gilbert (Laura on the TV production of the 70’s and 80’s) as “Ma” and all of the other characters were perfectly cast.  All had lovely voices, the songs and orchestra, the minimal scenery, the costumes - all of it just great.  It was so touching to see the portrayal of those actual people and events - I was in tears on and off from the raising of the curtain.  Having read everything that Laura (and also everything of her daughter Rose) every wrote, seeing many photographs, and visiting the sod house site on Plum Creek in Walnut Grove, MN - I think it was just too touching.  I think the closest to Indy the production will come is St. Louis in November.  Saint Paul was the premiere city.  And the days with my folks were just wonderful too - full of conversation, good meals, some sorting and sifting, and just plain taking it easy.  My folks took me up to the airport yesterday(2 hours from New Ulm) for my 3:30 pm flight home.  I am “Silver Elite” on Delta/NW so I got upgraded to First Class when I came up, but I wasn’t as lucky on my return trip!  At least the pilot remembered to land here in Indy:)

Posted by Carol on 10/29 at 08:26 AM
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

This and That

The tanker truck explosion is sure causing an inconvenience for travelers!  86th Street from Meridian to Castleton is bumper to bumper going east.  I hope the interstate opens soon.

I checked travelocity out of curiosity - the tickets are now selling for $400 round trip to Honolulu.  No wonder it is hard to fly stand by - people buy their tickets at the last minute to get the deals.  Oh well, we paid 600 and have confirmed seats.

Looks like the sun is shining today ... plan to clean the gutters and mulch leaves.

Heartland Film Festival was enjoyable for the most part.

Posted by Maureen on 10/25 at 06:01 PM
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Weekend Reports

Rachel ran the marathon in 4 hours and 23 minutes.  An hour faster than the one in Chicago - I think the cold temperatures helped as did the extra training and of course her Dad to keep her company the last 13 miles.

While Rachel was in the shower and Dave in the room I had the boyfriend all to myself!  After asking some polite questions I said I am only asking questions so you don’t tell Rachel that we sat here and stared at each other.  To which he replied ... I like answering questions!  So how could I hold back after that?  But I did.  I did ask him what his favorite vacation was. I gave him to teasers to ask Rachel about on the drive home ( a vacation which included a trip to the hospital and I forget the other one).  It is interesting thinking about how long the getting to know you phase his - how much childhood history, likes and dislikes, stories etc - that they don’t have to know or need to know in order for the relationship to go forward but you are tempted to hand him a book entitled “All About Rachel” - and say read it and I’ll test you on it.  He seems nice enough so we will see how it goes.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Neighborhood Gossip

Have you heard Walgreens is planning to put a store up in the place of the funeral home and Hardee’s at 86th and Ditch?  Now we know why CVS made the move they did—it looks like they will beat Walgreens to an opening.

Posted by Kate on 10/17 at 08:02 PM
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Monday, October 12, 2009

question

anybody have suggestions for what to see in the Seattle/Portland area?  we’re leaving Oct. 21 to go there and then to Phoenix.

Posted by Kate on 10/12 at 09:09 PM
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Dessert on Thursday

I saw Barb at the grocery when I was shopping for dessert for Thursday - I was leaning towards pumpkin pie cake but also considering the pineapple/cherry “dump” cake. She said she would eat anything but pumpkin wasn’t her favorite so pineapple cherry it is.  There is a shortage of the pumpkin at the grocery anyway - apparently there is a pumpkin shortage.

Well Carol you got your sunshine - now how about 10 degrees warmer.  Our house was at 57 and Dave said that was low enough for him so now it is at 60.  He went to give blood this morning and was rejected because his body temperature was too low.

See you on Thursday ... requests for thermostat temperature?

Posted by Maureen on 10/12 at 06:36 AM
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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Lincoln and Oasis

Last night Gloria and I went down to IRT to see “The Heavens Were Hung in Black”  (a Lincoln play) - very good.  I won the tickets last week in the “Free Night of Theater 2009” giveaway online.  This afternoon I have been over to Greenbriar for a little Oasis Tutors meeting, and to meet our students.  As luck would have it, mine had gone home sick after lunch!  I will meet her next Thursday (hopefully she won’t be a frequent absentee) and get started with the program.  I have really enjoyed this the past two years, and it’s always exciting to begin again with a new student.  In other news, I think I would like to have a sunny day again tomorrow or Sunday!

Posted by Carol on 10/10 at 01:20 AM
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Friday, October 02, 2009

Yoo hoo Maureen

You are up next -  October 15.    Will this be ok with you?

Posted by Carol on 10/02 at 10:30 AM
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