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This is me. Not much to say. I think there is nothing better in the world than having a good friend that you can have an entire conversation with and never say a word. I love to read. Nicholas Sparks and James Patterson are two of my favorite authors. I am not afraid to choose a book by an unknown author if the title catches my eye. If my kitchen was not so small I would have people over all the time and cook for them. I love to try new meals and make new things. Life without a pet is not a full life in my opinion. I have one dog – Sasha. Could not imagine not having her there every day to shed all over my house and get in my way and be totally excited when I got home from work. She knows when to jump on my lap and just be there when I have a bad day. People need to give animals more credit and everyone should own one.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas in Iowa

This past weekend I decorated for Christmas in IA. Just a few things missing so either next weekend I will get them finished or next year. Depends on how much free time I have...
The outside tree - with the orange and green from last year. Looks great in the picture and the next night the winter storm took it out. Chris has it back up and looking good again. Might have to post some pictures of it with the snow.
Inside tree - Silver and Blue - HUH??? I think I know of a truck and motorcycle that is the same colors. I got to decorate and Chris got to pick the colors.
Hopefully by next weekend there with be a wreath for the fireplace. Everything is purchased and looking at me. I probably should spend some time putting it all together. If it gets done I will post a picture.
Rockin' the speakers. If it does not move and I have the decorations I will decorate it.
While Chris and I decorated Sasha was of no help at all. I am sure we both could have used a nap also. Dogs...they really do have life perfect!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Pictures 2009 - Preview

We headed out to Lake Oakwood on Sunday to take our Christmas pictures. We got a ton of good ones even though Sasha wanted nothing to do with the camera, sitting still or listening. She just wanted to sniff around. Typical dog!!!

She is looking pretty crabby by this point in the day but at least she is somewhat looking in the direction of the camera.
Looking straight at the camera. My secret...stand behind the camera and ask her...
"Sasha wanna go for a ride with Grandpa in the Jeep"
Okay - so I know it is not a nice thing to do but it makes for a really good picture!
Sasha and her attitude!
Bet she learned that from...ME!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Garden...

As m0st of you already know, I will be moving to Webster City, IA sometime after the first of the year. Knowing that I love my garden and don't want to give it up, Chris found a wonderful area for my garden. He dug it all up, blocked around it and it is now done. It looks so since and big I am SO excited for next year. This might be the garden that gives me the best salsa batch yet!
Area all picked out
Block walls starting to go up
Another view of the wall
Finished...I kind of think this should be a flower bed instead of a vegetable garden. Looks too fancy for just vegetables. All I can say is that I LOVE my new garden area and I LOVE the talented man that put this all together for me so when I move I can still have a garden. I am excited to get moved to IA and get the garden planted in the spring. OK we all know that is NOT the main reason I am excited to get moved to IA!!!

Happy Birthday Chris...yesterday!

Monday, September 21, 2009


Notice the old, ugly, has not been opened and used in years silver screen door is gone from next to the current door. Looks so different.
The house it completely painted. Still need to do some trim work, paint the foundation and a second coat in some spots. But for the most part the house is painted and for sale. YAY! Now just need someone to buy it. If you know anyone have them call me.

The kitchen and bathroom - DONE!!!

Kitchen Ceiling
Kitchen Ceiling
Bathroom Ceiling
Bathroom Ceiling
Chris - thank you for all your hard work. It looks so good. You did an amazing job!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

and...We actually made it!!!

Mom and I rode in the 3rd Annual Cycle to Stop the Cycle on Saturday. This is an annual bike ride for the Brookings Domestic Abuse Center. This years ride was 24 miles and we rode all 24 miles with a ride time of 1 hour and 55 minutes. It was actually kind of fun...well until about the 20 mile mark then it was a little tough but we made it.
Today my legs say OUCH!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Painting the House!!!

It has taken me about a year to figure out what color I want to paint my house. Two weeks ago mom painted the garage with the winning color.

Getting ready to power wash the old paint off.
As you can see from this picture and the one above (on the garage) I had some trouble picking out the color so I had to paint the samples on the house. Looked like a patch work quilt for a while.
Finished garage. Perfect color. Thanks for painting mom.
Now the plan for this week is to scrap what the power washer did not take off.
Oh goody! Not looking forward to that! But it will look great when it is all finished. I will make sure to post the pictures when done.


Chris replaced the kitchen ceiling this weekend. Did not realize it looked so bad until the new ceiling was all done. Wow - what a difference!
Getting ready to start!
It turned out so good. I love how it looks. Thanks Chris - you did an amazing job!!!


Chris has been working hard for the last two weekends re-doing the bathroom. It was a long and very gross job. Everything is done but the trim. It turned out AMAZING.
Old shower walls coming down...GROSS!!!
OMG - That is what was behind my shower walls. Have I said GROSS yet!!!
New shower walls - New ceiling
Chris - thanks again...everything looks incredible.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy 3rd Anniversary Jodi and Shane!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Weekend in Webster City

Sasha and I took a road trip to Webster City, IA this weekend to spend time with Chris. I have been there before but this time Sasha came with. Looks like traveling is touch on the ol' girl. Yeah right! Looks to me like she had it made on the ride. Too bad she can't drive. I could have used a nap!!! Especially on the drive home!
She laid here for the majority of the trip.
If this picture had volume you would hear her snoring away. Rough life!!! Chris all dressed up and ready to go out!!!

Ah so cute!!!
Chris - THANK YOU for the great weekend. I had a blast and can't wait to see you again on Friday!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Happy 4th Birthday Izzy!!!

Party on the Patio

Chris, Chip, Mom, Janet
Chip, Dad, Mom, Janet Patron
My dad keeping his shot glass safe.

House Update

Dad helped us get the paver patio started...
Mom, April and I took the next few rows...
Thursday night Mom and April came over and we finished the paver patio. Thanks ladies, I could have never done it without you!
Constructing a paver patio was very hard work for Sasha. Apparently she felt she needed a break and a MGD Light 64 when it was all over.