Monday, October 27, 2008

A Day in the Life, Friday and Saturday

Posting on my blog has been one of my first priorities each day this past week. Today, I hesitate. I know it's because I am reluctant to bid farewell to this project. I can't tell you what fun this has been for me, and for Jim too. He reminds me to take my camera when we leave the house, and points out things of interest for me to photograph.
We've missed some good things too. I didn't get my camera out in time to get a good shot of the beautiful, blue heron we saw on the canal path one day. I forgot to take a shot of the yummy donuts we ate. Most of all, I dropped the ball on Saturday (as you will see). I have very few pictures of Saturday. By way of excuse, I will say I stayed up way too late on Friday night, it was a dreary, rainy day on Saturday and well, I just blew it. Please forgive me as you view the "Last Days in the Life". Sounds horrible when I put it that way. Anyway, here we go...

Friday is weigh-in day. I didn't gain in spite of all our "evil ideas".

We'll see what "they" did to my cholesterol count. It was off to the lab first thing in the morning, even before coffee. I took my travel mug along so I could have a drink as soon as I left the lab. Isn't that pathetic? And it's decaffeinated. Talk about mental addiction!

Signs of the times! Is this common in all parts of the country? Regardless of who wins, I think I'll be relieved next Wednesday just to have all the advertising end. Every day, Jim and I ask each other, "Just who do you believe?". I think the answer is, "Nobody".

Peter came to fix the leak around our vent pipe which caused a leak in our upstairs bathroom. What fun!

Maia, Peter's dog, came along. I tried to get a picture of her and ended up getting a picture of both of us. She is such a good dog. Peter said I could let her out, but I worry about the highway.

Meanwhile, back on the canal path. This is another section of the path. We are working our way toward our goal of walking from Newark to Macedon. If the weather allows, we will make it with ease. I plan to do a post just about the canal path at some point.

Proof that it pays to walk. Jim found $.44. Granted, it's not a $1,000 poker chip, but every little bit counts, right?

Isn't this a cute little boat? We were tempted to take it for a little ride, but thought better of it. The owner was standing just a few feet away.

Do we scrap more or eat more? Good question.

Just part of the breakfast bar on Saturday morning. Here is where I "goofed". We had a quick breakfast and then went back to the work room. I had to leave by 1 PM, so was very seriously working and didn't get many pictures.

When I left the hotel, I went straight to church where we had a kitchen shower for our church kitchen. It was raining cats and dogs and I left my camera in the car. Hence no pictures of the eighteen women and their lovely gifts to our church kitchen. We had posted a list of things we needed and received over and above what we had asked for, as well as monetary donations to purchase needed things. It was a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Oh yes, here is the fruit of my labor. I finished seven months of my calendar project. As you can see, it was stamping, not scrap booking, but we're pretty flexible about what participants work on.

As I end this "Day in the Life" project, I do so reluctantly. It has been such fun. I highly recommend it. I am so anxious, now, to put it together in a scrapbook. Laurie had just the right book. She purchased it at Hobby Lobby which is now on my list of places to visit later this week. I'm going to take a rest for a few days and try to absorb what a great week this has been.

~Huge Hippo Hugs~

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Day in the Life - Thursday

As usual, Thursday begins with Loser Breakfast. This week there were only four of us, but that didn't stop us from solving world problems.

Jim said he wanted to take a trip to Lowe's and invited me to tag along. On the way, we stopped by the evil supermarket. We enjoyed our sin at this sweet little park.

Loot from Lowe's. We are going to paint both our bathrooms (if we ever agree on a paint color).

In spite of our evil eating this week, we are determined to get back on our healthy eating plan; i.e., diet. So we made a quick stop at Wal-Mart where the Smart Ones are really much less expensive than Wegman's.

Sunny, but not trribly warm.

A new section of the Canal Path. Our goal is to walk the length of the path from Newark to Macedon before winter. Friday, we will go toward Palmyra. It was a beautiful day, brisk and sunny.

We saw flora,

and evidence of fauna. We are certain this is the hoof print of a deer. We decided , "If we believe it, it must be so".

Resting along the way.

Isnt' this a beautiful horse. He was enjoying this beautiful day too.

A little computer time.

I spent most of the evening getting ready for Friday's overnight scrapping event. I think I'm set. More about that tomorrow.

I have had such fun with this project. I've decided that I'm going to put this together in a small book and give it to my Aunt Mary. She will really get a kick out of seeing what a week in the life of one of her nieces is like.

Until tomorrow, "Hippo Hugs".

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wednesday in the Life of Hippochick

I'm afraid I wasn't really on the ball with my picture taking on Wednesday. I guess I was just so involved in what I was doing, I forgot the pics.

The first sight I had when I came downstairs was my poor scarecrow, blown over on the sidewalk.

I decided it was time to wear my "harvest socks". I love fancy socks.

It started out cold and rainy, and continued cold and rainy. I had to turn on the heat in my car at 8:45 when I left home to pick up my friend, Jane.

Jane and I went to Starbucks for coffee. She had never been to Starbucks! We had a really delightful time which included a pumpkin muffin for me and a blueberry scone for her. We were so wrapped up in our conversation that I forgot to take a picture. As the kids say, "My bad!"

After I dropped Jane off at home, I went on to Wegman's where they can't seem to decide which season it is.

I just needed a few items.

While I was out, I thought I might as well take advantage of Michael's 40% off coupon. I bought a new Thanksgiving stamp.

Since I'm going out tonight, we decided to have dinner for lunch.

Tonight was our monthly stamping workshop. Tonight, we're making Christmas cards. Here are just a few that Joy, our demonstrator, has made.

And these are the cards we made. I love the turkey. I think I'll make place cards for the Thanksgiving dinner table. Won't that be cute?

I am really, really having fun with this project. Tomorrow is another day. Hope you all have sweet dreams.

~hippo hugs~

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Day in the Life, Tuesday

Good morning, chickas. Here is what happened in my life on Tuesday, October 21, 2008.

Up at 6 A.M., a quick cup of coffee, then off to prayer meeting. We are praying for our leaders; church, local, state and national, in this time of seeming upheaval.

It was a cold and rainy morning, hence the tread mill. I walked my usual 40 minutes. Today I listened to Josh Groban. That makes the walk less painful.


We had an appointment at the Fairport Baptist Home for an update on our friend. I didn't take any pictures of this event. It is a difficult time, as she is slipping farther away from us and deeper into her Alzheimer's.

Another of Jim's "evil ideas". $9.99 lunch at Friendly's includes an entree, a drink and a two scoop sundae. Once again, resistance was futile!! Now you see why we have to walk so much.

Next stop, BJ's Wholesale Club: drink boxes and snacks for Sunday school next week. Pam's turn to treat.

Tuesday is "free popcorn" day at the Eastview Regal. We met Linda and Jason for "The Express". A great flick.

Six o'clock found me at Girl Scouts doing a little story telling. What a rapt audience.

I grant you, it was a little chilly in our house, but this? Do you wonder that I have bad dreams?