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Published on January 1 2007

Yakking on the phone. Figures. Image000.jpg

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Published on December 26 2006

 

threexmas2006Me and my gangsta daughters on Christmas Day..... One day, sometime in the future, I will get a photo of the three of us in which we all look good. No gangsta signs, no crossed eyes, no CLOSED eyes, no drool.... I swear, if I have to pay for it I will get one eventually, lol!

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laurieandschulzSchulzie, the world's meanest nastiest guard dachshund, trapped me on the steps. He wouldn't let anyone pass until they had shared their Christmas Cookies. (Fat chance of THAT!)civilwarsaber

 

One of the things we did was show the new family historian (Hi Paul!) some of our family "primary sources"--the saber and diaries belonging to Edward Bruce Crofoot, my great-great-grandfather.  The diary is a record of his time with the Wisconsin 32nd, who spent a little time in Georgia on a trip across the state during the Civil War.

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The writing is pretty tough to read, although my Dad "translated" most of it several years ago. Lieutenant Crofoot had beautiful handwriting with swirls and flourishes-- and in a century and a half, we have lost the ability to read "real handwriting".shannondiary

 

 

 

Hope all of you had a wonderful warm Christmas.....

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Published on December 23 2006

 

(*tgid= "Thank God it's DONE")

skinnyThe best thing---nay, the ONLY good thing about Christmas shopping on the VERY LAST SHOPPING DAY BEFORE THE HOLIDAY is the Chinese Buffet at the end. I had my shoes off underneath the table....ahhhhhh, heaven.....

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Santa's Helpers....Mr. Indiana and Ms. Michigan. Yes. We *are* Midwesterners. How did you guess?dinnnnner

            

 

Mom says:

"Mushrooms and Noodles are GOOD for you. Kwitcherbitchen and EAT YOUR 'SHROOMS."

 

 

And knowing that ALL the Christmas shopping is done is even BETTER.

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Published on December 9 2006

 

My "Grandson", Adrian Abyss. The first boy child in our family. Isn't he just adorable? Such a sweet little guy... hey, I'm allowed to get googly over my grandson, right?

He's only here for the weekend, but he is making his presence....umm...known. Yes, "Baby think it over" is making us do just that.

 

 

 

 

He slept all night last night. I don't think she is getting the true experience of being a mother yet, but we still have two more nights.

I have visions of the Health teacher at home, smiling evilly as she punches in the code that gives the baby a fierce case of colic which can only be relieved by a drive in the car at 3 am.

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Published on November 30 2006

Last day of November, with winter coming on fast--proof was the slightly below zero windchills this afternoon. Trust me, my three-miler went a little more quickly than usual today, even with stopping to take a few pictures. Click to make 'em bigger: { gallery [parkpics] }

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Published on November 17 2006

 

There are a lot of very satisfied Seger fans in Wisconsin right now, and yes.... I'm one of them. And you'll have to excuse the lousy, blurry picture--we had floor seats, but we were far enough back to render flash on a little pocket camera completely useless--this pic is one of those arm's length, you-know-it-isn't-going-to-turn-out photos--but it was the best of them all.

The show opened with Steve Azar, who played a 45-minute set. He was very good, and I intend to look up his music. But man, it's gotta be rough to be an opening act with a crowd who haven't seen the-reason-they-paid-that-Ticketmonster-fee in a dozen years. Azar and his band got politely enthusiastic applause, but it was pretty obvious that the crowd thought of him as background music.

Seger and the Silver Bullet band, including the Motor City Horns, were great. After watching Seger perform at the opening of the World Series awhile back, I was a little nervous about how he would sound. His voice sounded great, though; and he took on the high notes as easily as ever. In his usual black T-shirt and jeans, he may have looked like a grandpa headed down to the hardware store on a Saturday, but he performed with as much energy as a performer thirty years younger.

The band went through the same setlist as in this post, the highlights for me being "Roll Me Away" (of course), "Wait for Me" (which had tears running down my cheeks), "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" (Seger introduced this with "Can you believe I recorded this FORTY years ago?"); and "Travelin' Man/ Beautiful Loser", which I thought was ....wonderful. Just wonderful. If Seger decides to retire again, he went out on a high note, as far as I'm concerned. (Btw, the little video shorts are from the Indianapolis concert.)

 

I still, hours later, cannot believe that I finally, after all these years, got to hear the man perform. I am one very happy fan this morning,even after 9 hours of driving, two hours of sleep last night, and an acute case of "loudspeaker ear".

 

The only downside to the performance was having the Worlds' Tallest Cheesehead in the seats directly in front of us. That man was 6' 8", I kid you not. He did block the glare from those spotlights, though, lol.

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Published on November 9 2006

Well, I had to do something today besides sit around in my pajamas blogging, right?

 

So I finished binding off my very first shawl. I finished the knitting awhile back, but I hate binding off knits as much as I hate binding my quilts.

 

 

 

So, here it is, looking very much like a pile of gray and tan and brown and white knots. I promise it will look a ton better after the blocking.

 

 

A little closeup of the stitch.

 

 

 

 

 And I must be enjoying the hand work, because I am already deep into the next one, lol. Whoever thought somebody with two left hands could learn to knit lace?

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Published on November 4 2006

She's gonna kill me. The very first thing my newly-of-legal-alcohol-consuming-age child purchased was NOT a beer. For shame. shawnlegal.jpg

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Published on October 28 2006

 

shsh.jpg No, our daughters were not supposed to have had birthdays three days apart. We did not plan it that way; but #2 child had other ideas about being a Christmas baby. meshannon.jpg As a result, I am lucky enough to have my two girls with birthdays near mine.

And here are our birthday pics for the year... nothing like a group of October girls on the loose shopping and doing the "ladies who lunch" thing at a Mexican restaurant!!!

And yes, my still-underage-for-three-more-days child drank Pepsi, not Margaritas. (At least, not while she was with her mom.)

Look out, Mastercard!

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Published on October 23 2006

It's kinda fun, having a cameraphone. (Yeah, yeah, I know....but I'm just barely into the 90's here, let alone the twenty-first century. Give me a break for being slow.) I lug the phone around everywhere anyway, trying to decide if I'm ready to completely drop the landline. (Yes.) So it's fun to be able to just whip out my phone for a picture. Too bad they aren't the best quality. Yes. Snow *is* falling out of this cloud. stormcloud.jpg I thought this guy must be nuts--at 36 degrees, it was awful cold out there for fishing. He probably thought the same thing about me and my bicycle, though. fisherman.jpg

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