Archive for November, 2009

Radishes Continue

Phil got an email from the Crop Systems Extension Educator (multi-county region) asking what he had growing!  (The field is along the highway.)  So Phil pulled 2 and brought them in for pictures.  Just what I have been waiting for!!

The bigger one was in the row where the manure was knifed in.    It is probably 2 1/2″ in diameter!

The bigger one appears to have been in the ground 8+”.   Even though the smaller one seems to not be doing as much good, it has put out a long taproot.   The taproot seems to be a good 8″ as well.

So both the smaller plants and the larger plants appear to be doing really well in their job!  We have had a very mild November (yeah!!) so they are still green and alive.  It is funny to see the bright green field.   (The radishes will die off with two 17′ days.)

Both the big tuber and the long taproot will aid in reducing soil compaction and the radish itself is storing up nitrogen to be released in the spring when the new crop needs it.   It is obvious the bigger radish soaked up lots of nutrients from the manure he applied prior to planting!

My other posts on radishes are:

  1. Radishes! Aug 15
  2. Raising Radishes Aug 25
  3. Radish Update Sept 28



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Our Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

My parents came from Ohio on Monday afternoon.  I expected them (by their location at the phone call) around 2.  Busy mixing bread, I didn’t see them pull in or hear the doorbell at 1:30!!  {Someone still has a lead foot.  I thought they fixed that with his new knee.}

Tuesday morning Mom & Dad and I went to get the rest of the groceries we needed.  No place was crowded so we made the rounds in record time!  In the afternoon, we decided we were saving too many jobs for Wednesday so Mom & I made the mashed potatoes.

K got off work Tuesday night and landed in the midst of rush hour traffic during a holiday so came home slowly.  She got here about 9 p.m. after a quick stop at Gma M’s.  She didn’t know until the way home that they were still home so was glad for a quick Hi with them.

Thursday morning gave these 3 a chance to play games.

We were so thankful K was able to take her weekly day-off on Wednesday and have an extra bit of time at home.

On Wednesday morning, Phil & K went to a super fur place just 10 mins away for some winter projects.   Her box of treasures was fun to see!  …. from a distance!  Even Gma petted the (dyed) bright green fox since it didn’t look so real.   Otherwise, most of her pieces are complete with little feetsies and heads!  ~~~!  I can’t wait to show you what she makes!!  Hurry, K!

Mom & I made Peach Berry Pie and Marinated Veggies while they were out.

Here are my little how-to pictures for Shelly for crimping the edge of the pie.

Line your fingers up like this

Then push your index finger in between the other fingers.

With my family’s favorite filling… Peach Berry Pie —

I use my Pampered Chef round baking pan for pie.  Deep & it makes lots so there are leftovers.  🙂  This time the pie held its shape and wasn’t runny.  Of course, there were only 6 of us to witness it… as opposed to the 70 or so that had it runny at JP’s grad!  *sigh*

Thursday we awoke to find the turkey in the frig (in the garage) since Sunday was still frozen!  Hard as a rock!  😦    I broke the rules and thawed it out in warm water in the sink.   I always bake my turkey in a bag so finally about 2:00 we were able to eat.

It was a good thing that JP & K had made cinnamon rolls on Wednesday night.  Everyone (of them) were glad for a bigger snack to hold them over until dinner.

JP loves the Greek Salad at Panera’s so we did our version of that.  One new ingredient were Kalamata olives.  However, the store only had ones that hadn’t been pitted.

At dinnertime each one could make their own salad with greens, marinated vegetables, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, olives, peppercini, red onions, and a duplicate recipe of Panera’s Greek Salad dressing.    It was yummy!   I especially liked the dressing as the marinade for the veggies so will use that again.

After eating and cleaning up the dishes, K & Grandma sorted through some kitchen items they had brought.  K made a box to take back and a box for a bigger apartment before she headed back about 6 p.m.

(the unique packing boxes are blamed on Uncle Don. 😉 )

During our spare evenings and Thursday afternoon we watched movies together.  We saw Chariots of Fire, The Queen (of England), Far and Away, and The Preacher’s Wife.  Lots of sitting around!!  (And yes, I snuck in a show or 2 from the current Project Runway DVD in my stash as well. 😉 )

Mom & Dad left fast Friday morning and went most of the way through Indiana on their first day.  They arrived home safely this morning.  A fun week!

I am praying I don’t age like my parents and have apologized to my children already in case I do.

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She Keeps Working

While K is putting in over 50 hr weeks at her job, when she started there she also had a few freelance jobs to finish.

One client found her at the summer designer show on Daley Plaza.  (That sure netted extra contacts well!  Two deliveries for a top Federal Judge there! Yahoo!!)

This client was designing outfits for a Macy’s show and asked K to provide hair accessories for the models.  K said later this was a much bigger deal than she realized at the start!

One model had a hat designed and made by K —

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Baby Quilt

I started making the great-nephews & great-nieces baby quilts 5 yrs ago.

Number Seven arrived on Labor Day this year.

I finished her quilt in time for our guild’s quilt show and then sent it off to its new home in Indiana.

I used a new quilting book for the quilting patterns.  I liked how it showed me how to line up the quilting design within the blocks.  I didn’t have to use a marker on the quilt top this way.

Her momma says she likes it!  🙂  Thanks for the smile!!!  She is such a pretty baby.  (I wish these babies didn’t live so far away!  Imagine being a free babysitter. 🙂  Ahhhh… )

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New Wheels

After K took her car back to the big city, the men did some (more) serious truck shopping for JP.

Soon they found all he was asking for on Craigslist!

This is a 2001 Chevy S-10 with manual transmission and the bit of extended cab gives Nina a bit more space for her ride!

JP loves having his own (and paid for!) wheels and mostly uses it for college classes and heading to worship team practice.  It works for hauling feed home for Dad and it is nice to have an extra set of wheels with field work season!

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Watch TV on Sunday!

I forgot to give you an earlier warning!

The home rebuild show is on Sunday, Nov 15th on ABC at 8 eastern, 7 central time.

Hope you watch and hope you see me! LOL!  Only filmed when Miss Pink goes up the stairs to the kids’ rooms.  I’m sweeping in the doorway of another room.

But we weren’t allowed to look at the camera.  I have on my blue shirt & hard hat like everyone else. 😉

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Harvest Update

Obviously, my prayer warriors are terrific because it hasn’t rained all month! 🙂  Thanks!

Phil (with JP & FIL) are going strong at the harvest.  They finished the soybeans the beginning of the week. That is always a relief to have them done as they are so picky for harvest. Dry enough, but not so dry they shatter and they don’t hold up to snow.

They have some far away fields finished so that is better.  Yesterday a lot went south :\ with one landlord not wanting to make changes so Phil could haul out around the newly poured lane.  However, it is a difficult place to combine so Phil had hoped to get it out soon while the weather is tolerable.

Another thing can’t be posted but at least they know their error and have to fix it next spring.  But stress he didn’t need!

Today the combine plugged something terrible so Phil & JP are cleaning it out by hand here near the shed.  Not what he really wants me posting to you, so don’t bring it up!

I’m thankful they have had all these dry days to work.  It is terribly busy and stressful and long but at least they can keep going.   Phil is outside for over 16 hrs most days so I don’t see him much.  He eats on the run, usually a sandwich and a pear.

This week we hope to get the corn plot done and a lot of other acres taken in as well.

Thankfully tomorrow is Sunday and we can rest.  🙂

Miss K is heading home late tonight after work and will need to return Sunday evening.   Will be great to have a day with her.


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I finally picked and dried some of my herbs.

I just picked them and put them on a dinner plate or serving platter on 2 layers of paper towels and microwaved them until they crumbled.  Nothing fancy.


Then since I somehow garnered more energy, I dug up 4 of them or parts of 4 of them for pots.  I hope they survive in the house this winter!

herb pots

back row: Rosemary on the left & Thyme on the right

front row: Oregano (L) and Golden Oregano (R)

When I made the Virus Killing Soup a few weeks ago, I felt so smug putting in fresh herbs from my herb garden.  We’ll see if that happens again.  Otherwise at least mine are home grown.

It is sort of a bummer that the herb plants are so expensive in the spring but then don’t winter over here.  So if the ones I brought in make it, maybe I can put them back out in the spring.  We’ll see.

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Chicago in a Flash!

I really need to stay in Chicago longer rather than cram so much into a few hours!  Whew!

Lori, Shelly, & I had a B L A S T in Chicago!!  We left Lori’s Friday morning about 10:30.  We got back home at 6:20 Saturday night.  We did all this in 32 hours:

First we drove 1 1/2 hrs to the train station.

The ride was fine until we sat for an extra 20 mins partway to Chicago while the local police came and took someone off the train.  It made me sad to see the little girl with the disruptive one crying at the train station.  😦

We considered waiting for a bus but walked to Miller’s Pub for a late lunch.  Our bus drove off as we walked out the door of the train station.  :\

at millers pub

After lunch we walked around the corner to Blick’s.  Yeah for me – their Christmas sale just started.  I’m pleased as punch with my new paints & inks! 🙂  They offered to mail me my gift with purchase which hadn’t arrived to them yet – 3 Golden fluids and a DVD.

We walked back 1 block and got the bus to take us to the hotel.  (And jogged part of that since the bus we needed was beside us at one point!  Thankfully the bus got a red light!)   An interesting way to introduce L & S to public transportation! 🙂

Soon we arrived at our hotel, The Blackstone Renaissance.

arrival at hotel

Our room was beautiful!

our room

The bathroom was HUGE!

the huge bathroom

(You needed me in the picture for scale. 🙂 )  I thought I should have bought a pack of markers at Blick’s.  The wallpaper really needed coloring!! LOL!

It was time to head out for supper (no, we weren’t hungry yet)  so I took L & S on their first subway ride.   We did get seats even tho it was nearing 5 p.m.  It was very crowded tho!  We got off at the right spot and after a few minutes we figured out where the restaurant was where we had reservations.

But K had just gotten on her subway to meet us, so we walked 1 1/2 blocks to a fun store, Marbles.  Super ideas for gifts so I took a few notes.  🙂  We headed back to our restaurant as K arrived there too.

What a treat to have supper with my Miss K!!!

dinner with K

She then rode back to our hotel with us.  🙂  It was great to have a few more hours together.

at the hotel

Near 9 p.m. I walked her downstairs to get a bus to take her back home.   Her bus would come across the street so I stayed on my side, she waited in the bus cubby, and we talked via the phone across the street! 🙂  She got the next bus, we waved, and I headed back inside but was met with a locked door!  Around the corner, the other door was still open.  heehee!

{The hello’s are so much fun, too bad we have to have goodbye’s too.}

In the morning we had breakfast in the hotel restaurant.  Not too pricey neither too warm or plentiful.  :\  The decor was fun to see!

chairs at bfast
our bfast table

Our table with breakfast.  Loved the plates and the little bits of butter the girls got.  The waitress was sure I’d miss the bread so I didn’t worry about letting her bring me the potato thing.  I had a taste.  Cold.  :\

The view out the window was of Grant Park –

view of Grant Park

The hotel lobby carpet was intriguing….

hotel lobby 2

lobby 1

lobby 2

lobby 3

on carpet 1I’m looking for a new profile picture on Facebook… not this one.

on carpet 4

I’m going to try this one but need to play with the cropping first.  Find me there!!

Another hotel guest offered to take our picture! 🙂

girls at hotel

We packed up and headed out for our shopping day!   A stroll along Michigan Avenue and Grant Park was easy on this beautiful fall day.  Three weeks ago when we talked about this trip, I envisioned I’d be wearing my leggings & a winter coat.  Not even a jacket was needed!!

Hotel –

our hotel Sat a.m.The blue sky was fit for a postcard!

Grant Park Sat morn

The seasonal plantings at The Art Institute are always unique and lovely!

planters at AI

planter 4

Guess how I got this view? 🙂

Next was a subway ride to some shopping we wanted to do.   CB 2 – loved that place!!  Crate & Barrel – we continued on, hoping for super deals at the outlet.  Crate & Barrel Outlet – good!  I didn’t get much seeing that my “bag” for the weekend was FULL & heavy to pull (backpack on wheels) and my body was getting tired from all the walking.

CB outlet 2

Beside the outlet was a Trader Joe’s.  In the door and on the first floor was an Aldi store.   We took the elevator to the 2nd floor which listed Trader Joe’s.  The doors opened to a parking garage!  So we peeked around the corner and there along the side of the parking garage was Trader Joe’s!  ha!  We each got a bit of something and I was happy to find sugar-free mayo there!  🙂

CB Outlet

By this time, our arms were full and our feet sore so we headed to our connection to the train station.   We walked to the brown line – the El.

On our way to Chicago, I said to the others, “I’m scared of heights.”

I heard in reply, “Me, too.”


“Me, too.”

Yikes!! So here we go!

We walked about 2 small blocks to the station.  A darling walk and so much like K’s neighborhood.   So after another game of figuring out how to put our pass in the slot, we headed up two flights of open steps.  I was carrying my very heavy backpack and had to take a break part way up the steps.

At the top, I realized I didn’t know which direction side I was on!  And I lose my sense of direction going through the queue and around the steps.  Hmmm…

There was a crowd that looked nice waiting but to get to them, I’d have to walk the platform over the street.  No, thanks!  So I turned and there was a man sitting on a bench nearer to us.  I excused myself and asked him if this was the Loop direction. ” No.  😦  Down the steps and up the other side!”  *sigh*

I think at this point my traveling companions were ready to  push me over the side!!  However, once we were downstairs sure enough the other side was marked for the Loop.  AND we decided to use the elevator to go up.  Not a great elevator but easier than steps again.

I could have just freaked at this platform but soon here came our train.  As I saw it was stopping farther down than I was standing, I turned and saw L & S were waaaaayyyyy down the platform and nearing a door!  I had to RUN to catch them and get on the train in time AND I was over the street.  UGH!

We got on and it wasn’t full at all so we had room to sit and to unload our arms a bit.  NONE of us liked this ride so high but Lori was being the bravest and preferred this over the subway rides.

It was so good to get back on land again.  We walked a block and found Jimmy John’s for lunch.  We sat there an hour (we never run out of conversation!) and enjoyed the rest & the use of the facilities.

Just 2 blocks had us back at the train station for our ride to the car.   After we got to the car, we stopped for drinks (soft!) & the bathrooms at a gas station.  Later as we passed an accident that had JUST happened, I was thankful we had delayed our trip home with a stop for pop.

I got to my house by 6:20 Saturday night.  What a blast!  How tired we all were!  🙂

Thank you Lori for sharing your hotel room with us!!  🙂

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Weekend for Girls

Oh yeah!

This week has been over-the-top busy!  Why, oh why did I think I could do my scheduled things when Phil finally hit the field??????       { PTL! It has been dry all week. The 3 men have gone strong every day.  Yahoo!!}

Meanwhile…. THIS is happening….






I’ll be back later……







… after I have girl-time AND supper with my dd!  🙂 🙂 🙂

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