Sunday, December 11, 2005

Rylie's Winter Gym Exhibition

Rylie is now 5 years old and learning quite a bit in gymnastics. She is taught at the West Virginia Gymnastics Center. Rylie is now doing one handed cartwheels, the balance beam, and even starting on the parallel bars. She is shown here working on the balance beam and sitting with her gold medal. I am so proud of her!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

A Rose in Winter


Mid November and I just clipped another rose from my rose bush. To see a rose bloom this late in the year inspires me to give thanks for my blessings! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Halloween Fun!


Rylie and her neighborhood friends dressed up as the Scooby Doo Gang. Rylie is "Velma" in case you aren't familiar with Scooby Doo characters. Too cute! Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 04, 2005

Short Film by my Son in Law (Most Unflattering)

My 50th birthday! The agony of having to wear the funny T shirts and listen to "over the hill" jokes. And to add insult to injury......this film created by my son in law.

Rylie and Mom Video

New site lets you post videos and share with family and friends. I am trying it out. Let me know what you think. Rylie and Mom are performing in the hallway.

Friday, October 28, 2005

My new Toy

Knitting is just not the same without my new Ipod Nano. I listen to some great blues, a podcast, or an audiobook while I am working away on my latest project. Driving to work is now much less boring. This little beauty also holds all my photos, contacts, and calendar appointments. I have it skinned with an ice blue case and protective cover over the screen. Unfortunately the screen scratches way too easily without some protection. I don't always like to have earphones on, so i got this great iHome clock radio external speakers. The sound is suprisingly fantastic and full. It even has a sleep timer so my audiobooks can read me to sleep. These two products are a thumbs up in my opinion!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Lunch Munch

Rylie is now in Kindergarten. She is doing well and is rewarded each day with a "Bull Smiley" if she behaves and is respectful to her friends and teachers. When she accumulates 10 "bull smileys" she can invite anyone she choses for a special lunch in her classroom. I had the privilege of being her guest today in the "Lunch Munch" program. I visited her school, teachers and even got to watch them play on the playground. I really loved spending the time with her.

Welcome new "Grandkitty" Daisy!

Don't hate me because I'm beautiful!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

The Guest Room is Done!

After much work, painting, cleaning, etc, I can now say one room of our multiroom makeover is done. Have a look! This guest room used to be a family room until Bill and I transformed it. We are also repainting and remodeling the living room, dining room, "mamaw's sewing room", and the new family room, formerly the "basement". More pics will be coming. One thing I did learn from all the painting with my loving husband of 30 years.....never again. The marriage did survive, but we had a couple of rough weeks. We love each other, just don't let us paint together. Why the trouble you ask? Well look at it this way......I am a bit picky with the details in any paint situation, and my wonderful husband is a type B, easy going , and ok with that big drip on the wall person. If we could just meet in the middle, painting might not be so traumatic. We don't dare wallpaper. That was a "never again" task from the 80's.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

My latest masterpiece created by the wonderful Rylie. It is a beautiful addition to the gallery of art on my refrigerator.
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Monday, July 25, 2005

Great Quilts!

We just returned from a trip to Amish Lancaster PA. I have to tell you, I have never seen finer quilting. The stitches are amazing. I am inspired to finish the two quilts I have on the hoops. I won't let myself start a new one until then. Lancaster County has so much to see. The shopping is unbelievable with all the outlet stores. Some of the best Amish shopping was in the little towns of Intercourse and Bird in Hand. (Yes, I know the names are strange). We toured an Amish farm and saw two incredible musical plays, "Ruth", and, " Psalms of David". I have been to Broadway, but this tops anything I have ever seen. I am now back to work to pay for all the money I spent. It was a worthwhile trip I must say.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Fun making miniatures!

Our latest Mamaw-Rylie craft fun is to make miniature things from everyday items in the house. Rylie and I love to go to Barnes and Noble to get ideas. I found a book from American Girl called "Tiny Treasures". We learned how to make tables, wedding cakes, beds for our miniature world. Rylie is crafty like her Mamaw. Note: the toys are from McDonalds Star Wars collection.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Podcasts are the way to go!

I discovered podcasts as the newest way to listen to audio from the net. Think of it as TIVO for the internet audio. I am listenening to Mike and Evo on one of their Slice of Sci Fi podcasts as I write this. They are discussing the newest scifi shows coming out. Check out and download a podcast. You just click on the downloaded podcast to listen. There are a few podiobooks currently offered on this page. I like the Pocket and Pendant story. New episodes each week. If you have a PDA or mp3 player, dump your downloaded podcast into it and listen to it on your way to work. I really like this stuff and it's free. To find other podcasts, just do a Google search for "podcasts"

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Just Turned 50!

I just turned 50 years old and thought I would usher in the next half century with a unique blog containing information on my many interests. Over the past 50 years, I find my interests mainly fall into four catagories: Being a "Mamaw", science fiction, knitting and needlework, and of course, computers. There is just nothing better than listening to a science fiction serial podcast on my Sony Th55 PDA while knitting a sweater for my grandaughter. Unless, maybe it is watching episodes of Stargate SG1 with a steaming cup of gourmet hazelnut coffee while quilting on my latest creation.