Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Minnesota Meandering

As I mentioned yesterday, I visited Kendall in Minneapolis last weekend. 
Of course, we enjoyed some great meals; Minneapolis is not short on restaurant choices.


On Saturday, we had nothing on our agenda, 
so we decided to visit the Walker Art Center when a friend recommended it.
It was interesting and fun.


Right after that shot, we got scolded for being too close to the art.
I guess that gives us away; we are not art museum types.

While at the museum, we spent an hour watching films made by up-and-coming Minneapolis teen filmmakers and helped to vote for the best one. I love supporting kid awesomeness.

To be perfectly honest, we found the whole exhibit to be interesting but not something we plan to do very often. If the whole exhibit had been like this, I might be saying something different:


We laughed pretty hard.


but really; we could have done that with our iPad at home :)

A highlight of our time together was a visit to our dear cousin Ed, 
who is currently a patient at the V.A. Hospital


Ninety-five-year-old Ed is recovering from pneumonia and the flu but was as charming as ever, exclaiming, "The people you meet when you don't have a gun!" when we first arrived. Seriously, though, he looked good but learned that he is in need of open-heart surgery. That's a pretty big deal at any age, but there are obvious risks at Ed's age. If you are the praying kind, please pray for Ed to have peace with his decision, whatever it may be.

Even though I have a to-do list a mile long, I'm so glad I went to see Kendall; I needed to get off the dizzying merry-go-round ride for a while and just hang with my girl! How about you? Are you wrapped up in something lately that's sucking up most of your focus? If so, I know a great city you could visit! :)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Never a Dull Moment

I visited Kendall in Minnesota this weekend. Mr.4444 got home late Friday night from a business trip, so he decided he'd stay home this time; he gets other opportunities to visit Kendall.

When Mr.4444 is home alone, he gets bored and lonesome. He always gets especially bored in the evening and sends numerous corny texts. On Saturday night, he sent one to share the fact that he finally installed our new convection microwave, which we bought a few months ago to go with our new gas stove but hadn't gotten around to installing yet.


Gorgeous, right? 
(Seriously, though; I'd forgotten how messy non-cooktop stoves can be!)

Half an hour later, Mr.4444 sent this follow-up message:

DIY stainless fridge:


Here are the responses:


Never a dull moment...
Get it? Dull moment?
Yeah; we make a great couple.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The New Face of Beauty (with any luck)

I love this woman, and I love her Tree Change Dolls.


Did you play with dolls as a kid? What do you think of these?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Friday Fragments: Episode #342

Half-Past Kissin' Time
Happy Friday!!
It's time to sift through your week and share the bits and pieces left in the colander.
Thanks for being here. Click on the FF tab above to learn more.

***I think I forgot to write a Friday Fragments intro last week. Did any of you notice or care?

***A sweet mom-to-be won my Baby Butz Cream review this week. She was thrilled, of course!
I also posted a funny, spot-on video by Mark Gungor about the difference between the way men and women think. Check that out if you need a good laugh and feel like being validated.

***It occurs to me every now and then that if I died and someone had to come in here and clean up after me, there would be some serious eyebrow raising when it comes to my closet, especially. So, for the past two evenings, I have been cleaning like Oprah's coming over; it looks pretty darned amazing in the general living areas and, yes; my closet.  

***Because I don't have a lot of ideas for interior decorating, there is absolutely nothing on my kitchen table (except, at the moment, a benefit donation mirror), so I took a photo today to take to a home decorating place for advice. I took the photo from a distance so that the designers could get a feel for our style. You'd never know we've lived here for 15 years, would you? It's time we did a little decorating!


What's that up on the loft, you say? Let's just say we need to call Two Men and a Truck.

***Grandma 4444 isn't much of a reader, but I figured she'd enjoy reading Kyle's journal/book, so I gave her a copy. Soon after, at 7pm, she sent this email message:  Your journal is intoxicating; can't remember reading anything for two hours straight and getting so absorbed in it. Can hardly wait to continue. What a gift of love.  I am thrilled that she loves it so much, as does Kyle, of course.

***On a recent visit to my mom's house, I found that my feet were cold, so I asked if hers, too, were chilly. She said that her feet are always cold, so I decided to splurge and buy a very special gift for her, a pair of handmade shearling slippers from Shepherd's Flock. If she loves hers half as much as I love mine, she's going to be one happy woman!

***I received my slippers for Christmas, so I haven't had them very long, but I'm thrilled with them. I especially love that they were made in America by regular folks like you and me.

***Speaking of Shepherd's Flock, I bought a hat for Mr.4444 from them, too. He says it's the warmest hat he's ever worn in his life. It's so warm, in fact, that he is toasty when blowing snow in any temperature (and if you know anything about our Wisconsin winter this year, you know it's been COLD); it's even so warm that he sometimes can't wear it. Obviously, Mr.4444 will never be cold at a Packers football game, either. Stay tuned for a photo. (He's not home.)

***I'm thrilled to tell you that although I have five million things to do before the benefit next weekend, I am going to Minnesota Friday to visit Kendall, just because. I can hardly wait!

What's cookin' with you? Got fragments? Link up your Friday Fragments post below and meet some new friends!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Tale of Two Brains (Mark Gungor)

Mark Gungor is a pastor and marriage expert from a Green Bay church, so you've probably never heard of him, but he is so good that Mr.4444 watches his sermons regularly. (He might even go so far as to tell you that Mark Gunger changed his life, but that's another story.) I stumbled upon this funny, spot-on video of Mark's take on men's and women's brains.  It is brilliant.


They say that awareness is the first step!