Friday, October 24, 2014

What's Happening With Libby

...our mutual friend Libby Lehman, that is. 



If you'll remember, Libby is still recovering from the effects of the stroke and aneurysm she had in 2013. What's especially wonderful: she has now improved to the point that she can use a walker! Wow...considering there were few hopes at times that she would make strong progress. She continues to have regular therapy, is speaking much more -- and in general, her improvements seem much better.

She still has a long way to go, though. 

You can help.

Libby's birthday is Nov. 12. Why not send her a birthday card?

Her current address is:
 Libby Lehman
 c/o University Place Nursing Center
 7480 Beechnut
 Houston, Texas 77074

 Encouraging notes, holiday cards or goodies would be welcome, as well. 

You can also visit the Inspired by Libby quilt auction, organized by Clara Lawrence. All of these quilts will be on display at Houston's International Quilt Festival this month...you have a few weeks to bid. (Yes, you can do it online.)

100% of the proceeds go to Libby's Medical Fund. (As you can guess, finances have been tight for the Lehmans, and they could use the extra help.)

Go here for more on Inspired By Libby --

The quilts up for auction are here. And they're beautiful. In fact, here's one of them: Libby's Wildflower by Melinda Bula.



 Go here to take a look at Libby's wonderful quilts, and learn more about her.




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

She Did It!

Daughter #2 got a buck! 

Her shot was the 'kill shot,' but as she said, the buck didn't know he was dead yet. The Brick's second shot brought him down.




Wow. You go, Angel...and plenty of delicious, healthy venison for fall and winter suppers.

(This was harvested in the Taylor Park Reservoir area in Colorado, for you Westerners who are curious.)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Stupidest Clock in the World

I'm pretty sure a BUNCH of Denver Broncos fans are going to disagree with me on this...

but hey, this is weird.



Even the cuckoo wears Broncos regalia.

I do like the photo of Mile High. (Yes, I'm aware it has another name now -- but it's still Mile High to me.) Go Broncos!!


If you'd like this to grace your living room, the Bradford Exchange would be happy to oblige.
 Go here to order your very own cuckoo clock.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Hunting Edition

The hunters are out there. 

The Brick and Daughter #2 left for Taylor Park this morning. They'd planned on heading out Saturday morning -- but during Keith's birthday supper Thursday night, he and Daughter #1 gave us all an extra gift: the flu. The Brick dragged himself to work on Friday, then spent the next few days shivering and trying to get warm. He finally started to feel better, albeit very tired, last night. 
     Daughter #2 came out of it faster...but she didn't feel that great, either. I seem to be teetering on the edge, but so far am staying inside the bowl
      They'll be gone all week. 
      Keith got a doe with bow and arrow this past weekend, and snagged a roadkill buck, which the DOW (Department of Wildlife) okayed. Daughter #2 and Keith (yes, them of the Bigfoot Incident)  will have lots of meat, even if she doesn't get anything. I'm hoping, though, they will.
     I get to stay home, work on elections...and let the chickens in and out. Maybe even get some writing done - who knows. Meanwhile:

Caryl Bryer Fallert's fooling around with some new ideas in her quilts... some fishy ones!   (This one's called "Aquarium #2."



People overlooked by history...including a former Beatle, and the man who invented television.

Number concepts that can help you save. (From  yours truly, via Midlife Finance) Also, from same:

When it's okay to be in debt.

The desperate need to be accurate, when you're a reporter or editor. Or regular person, I might add. You can make some really stupid decisions, based on faulty information.

A Union Jack for a former toybox?  Clean painted straight stripes with minimum fuss, too. (From Nicer Than New)



Ten perplexing mysteries that have finally been solved! Or at least, they're on the way...including a lot of unanswered questions about the Franklin expedition.

Credit card 'churning'...is it for you?  (From Mr. Money Mustache)

French bread taco pizza. Four other fall recipes, too.  Drool. (From Betty Crocker)


Quotes from Jennifer Garner. Finally - an actress who sounds like a real person, instead of a Paragon. Moms and working girls, take special note.

Have a wonderful week.


Quick, hide -- they're coming!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Are YOU Happy?!

It has not been a fun week.

Not only did Daughter #1 and Daughter #2's boyfriend get skunked hunting...they got caught in a blizzard or two, and brought home the flu.

As Daughter #2 pointed out, "I'm worried that the Bobbsey Twins got me sick from their little hunting adventure."
    They definitely shared more than stories. Not only is Daughter2 feeling crappy, but the Brick is congested and feverish. And I think I may be getting it, as well. But right now I need to take care of the invalids -- so I'm not sick. No, I'm not sick.

This whole thing about the Bobbsey Twins is funny -- but I can't laugh in front of Daughter #1 and Keith...they still feel miserable, too. Poor things. 

Ah well.

I'm still happy -- or at least I enjoy listening to Pharrell talk about it.

Weird Al Yankovic's version, "Tacky," is almost as good -- and perfect for those strange moments when you're wondering what hit you.

     Like the flu.

  (Look for the cameo from Jack Black, just before Al finishes everything up.)



The hunters (the Brick and Daughter #2) leave tomorrow morning. Keith goes out, too...but Daughter #1 may be the smartest one of all -- she's just staying in bed.
     Maybe after the hunters head out, I can get some rest.

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Giveaway!

Daughter Angel has a wonderful Etsy shop selling rock and gem specimens. Phenomenal Gems has any number of beautiful pieces, for use in display and jewelry. Take a look here.

It's an even better time to look, now she's sponsoring a giveaway! Two specimens plus a $20 gift certificate will go to a lucky person...all you have to do, to be in the running, is sign up. Ends Oct. 31st.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Do You Know An Encourager?




Thanks, Dilbert...the Brick found this. (So engineer-y of him.)