Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

What the Beck???

Happy Birthday Matthew and Rachel!
Happy Halloween to Y'all!

Rachel turns 18 years old...
 My beautiful, youngest niece is now 18 years old.  
Where has the time gone? 
Jenny - can you believe it?

 Colton loved the helium balloons!

Wyatt is two-fisted.

 My two pregnant nieces can't wait to deliver.

 Three of my four great nephews pose for photos on the couch.
(Colton, Lincoln, and Wyatt)

Sweet Lincoln and his Dad, Matthew 
who celebrates his birthday today.

 Brandy, Lindsay, Wesley and Molly enjoy the party

 The guys 
(Cory, Rick, Ron, and Shane)

 Happy Birthday, Rachel!

 Nick ends the night on the drums

 Shane took over when Nick took a break


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

What the Beck???

It's winter clean-up time

Now that the temperatures are dropping, 
my hostas as dying.

It looks much better after cleanup

Many of the plants have a long way to go 
before I can cut them back. The spring plants 
need the "green" nourishments, so I have to 
be patient and wait.  

I re-edge the beds in the fall, so they 
are easier to deal with in the spring. 
Sage loves to get in on the action.

This bed was bitten by frost and clean-up was a breeze! 

Another major task in the fall is to have the fence 
inspected and repaired. Doing it in the fall allows 
the boards to age to gray by next summer, so they don't 
stand out so much! 

 Here is my next section to tackle. 
This one will take awhile. 
Thank God 70's are expected next week.

This wonderful tree has grown so much this summer 
that the limbs that go over the pond and sidewalk must be 
cut off of the tree.  Thornapple Landscapers have been 
hired to prune the tree and cut off the limb that will decapitate 
any winter visitors.  Have you trimmed your trees yet?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What the Beck???

It's Here!!!  It's Here!!!
     Ree's latest book arrived at my home yesterday. The new book is called The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime.  Jenny did you order it yet???  I did order a copy for my Mom because she enjoys Ree, too. This morning I paged through the book, and can't wait to begin cooking again.  Some of the recipes were already on her blog, which will be something I will remake and put in a link, so that y'all have access. The new ones will be unavailable unless you buy this NEW book. Why wouldn't you??  For all of you working adults, there is a section about cooking ahead and freezing to make dinner prep faster. I am thrilled with to begin again.  

Yeah for Cattle!

I was excited to see these sweet calves. 
I think they are twinlets,
 because there was only Mother Cow 
and them in the field. 

 She got a little protective when I got out of the car, 
and stepped between her babies and me.

Yes, these photos were from my trip, 
but they didn't really go with the other 
photos. I just had to post it because...

A Breathtaking Illinois Sunset

Since I arrived home we have had 
some amazing sunsets. 
This one took my breath.

A Crafty Idea for the Non-crafty Person

If you know how to sew on a button, then you can 
improve upon a pair of boring store-bought gloves. These 
adorable buttons made the gloves a must have for me. 
It also helped that I already had a gray winter coat from last year.  Come on, try it!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

What the Beck???

My Second Trip to Kentucky
Last day...I swear...

     My final city for this trip was Shelbyville, Kentucky. This is one of the largest cities on my list. Shelbyville currently has a population of 14,045.  After this trip - Shelbyville is a YES!!!!!!

I began my time here at McKinley's Bread Shop and Diner.
 This place came highly recommended from the the city hall clerk.
Apparently, this is a family owned business, and
the food was outstanding!
Most of the staff strongly physically resembled 
each other - siblings or cousins?

The deli was quaint and cozy. This photo 
was taken when I arrived. When I left, 
the place was hoppin' and packed.

This panini was to die for, because it was made as a
Gouda & Turkey Panini on Focaccia bread
with a spread of cranberry pecan mayo dressing,
 and topped with slices of bacon.
What a great idea for one to make at home!
I also loved the baked chips.

I laughed so hard when I read this sign.
Yes, I was standing on the sidewalk roaring!
I'm sure anyone who saw me assumed that I was
definitely a client! Maybe I should be!
If I move here at least there is a place
to go, if I lose my mind!

The teacher in me was really interested
in this historical sign. I loved teaching
American History.

I thought their government center was a beautiful building.

Shelbyville has several "antique malls".
This one was called The Calico Cat Antique Mall.
The following photos are some of the mini
rooms that were interesting.
I loved that white cabinet in the back.

This room was cool because it had antique bridal wear.

These were my purchases for the day. 
I think I spent a whole $1.50.

I love the names of the stores in this town. 
The are fun and playful names!
The Paisley Pig was another antique mall.

Don't ya love the names, too?
This store was a clothing store.
Their items appeared high end for consignment.

This was my favorite shop of the day. 
I bought a welcome sign for my front door, 
and a polka dot plate that I absolutely adore. 
This will be the plate I eat off of every day, 
because it just makes me smile. 

I can't use it until spring, but I liked 
that it was large and cute.

The blue is the bag I brought it home in - oops!
I just think this plate is the cat's meow!

This boutique was originally a dance studio, 
but they turned it into a children's store. It 
sells everything from tutus to prom dresses, 
and bibs to overalls. It also had a consignment 
area for the frugal shopper. 

Even the curtains made me smile.

I took a photo of these bibs because I thought 
I could come home and remake them for gifts.

This was the Shelbyville countryside.
Can you say Mooooooo?

I just love cattle!

This was one of the current properties for sale.
 I liked the house and barn. 

It was very farmish!