27 April 2011

Indiana and Easter

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Indiana looks a lot like Missouri, which was very comforting to me when I was thinking about my daughter moving there. We can still talk about the same seasons and weather!

On our way to Bloomington we stopped at Cataract Falls. I didn't find very good directions but we got there... I won't say the number of ill thoughts I had. The falls was gorgeous, even in the pouring rain!

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While in Bloomington, we were able to secure the lease on Ashley and Eric's new apartment, see her office and eat in some amazing places. We also went to B Town's wonderful Farmer's Market.

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We enjoyed seeing where Ashley is going to work and where they will be living! It makes it so much nicer knowing!

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Her office building!

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Of course, it wouldn't have been Easter without an egg hunt! This year all the eggs held money!

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17 April 2011

Spring 2011

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One of the things that I love about my home state of Missouri is spring. One of the most peaceful things in the world is to see a Missouri dogwood peaking through the scruff of a wooded area.


With Easter approaching this coming weekend, I thought you would like to be reminded of the legend of the dogwood.

An old and beautiful legend has it that, at the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and other monarchs of the forest. Because of its firmness and strength it was selected as the timber for the cross, but to be put to such a cruel use greatly distressed the tree. Sensing this, the crucified Jesus in his gentle pity for the sorrow and suffering of all said to it: "Because of your sorrow and pity for My sufferings, never again will the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a gibbet. Henceforth it will be slender, bent and twisted and its blossoms will be in the form of a cross -- two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints -- brown with rust and stained with red -- and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see this will remember."


This weekend was the annual dogwood festival in Camdenton, Missouri.  It is one of my desires to attend this festival, admiring the dogwood trees that line the highway between Jefferson City and Camdenton.

Our neighbors have the most beautiful back yard,  lined with a split rail fence and wild dogwoods in the back.

I would love to have this view in my backyard while I sip on my tea in the morning.  I am grateful that I get to drive by it on my way to work everyday!

Here's hoping that where ever you call home, it is beautiful with the flowers of spring.  Happy Easter!



12 April 2011

Board Retirement Reception

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The JCPS School Board honored Bob at a reception on Monday night. Bob was given the opportunity to thank the board for their continued support and they gave Bob a gift certificate to the local music store.

The board stopped for a short time to enjoy cookies and punch with central office and the board. All the board members shook Bob's hand and wished him well. It was a very nice reception.

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Enjoying the kind words said by members of the Board


10 April 2011

Easter Treats

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I saw these delicious treats for Easter made from jelly beans, cornflakes, karo syrup and butterscotch chips and decided to see what I could do to them to make them a little more healthy.


I decided to make them with Fiber One Original Cereal (it looks like twigs) and peanut butter chips (because of the color). I simply melted the chips in the microwave (1 small bag) and added 2 c of the cereal and mixed them together. I then spooned out the mixture and made little nests. There is about a tablespoon of the mixture altogether. Then I added three mini Cadbury eggs (a small treat for Easter!) using some of the peanut butter to stick them to the nests.



According to the Weight Watchers calculator, these are three points for each nest and eggs.


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09 April 2011

The Purple Dress Project Giveaways!

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Ashley is giving away some incredible prizes on her blog A Hasty Life in connection with her Purple Dress Project. All you have to do to enter is to "like" her facebook page, tweet about it, or write a post on your blog. Ashley is working hard to raise money and awareness of Crohns Disease, a disease she was diagnosed with in January 2010. You can make a donation by clicking the button on my sidebar.  Ashley is trying to raise $5000 before the race in May.  If you can help her out by donating even $5, we'd both be grateful!



03 April 2011

Easter Hops In!

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Easter is so late this year. I don't mind it though, because I will get to enjoy our Easter things so much long this year. When Easter is in March I only see my St Patrick's things for awhile and then my Easter things for awhile. Now I can enjoy each for its own whole month!

My Easter decoration are mostly old things.  Things I have had since I first got married in 1977.  I love getting them out and remembering how each came to be in my possession.  A spring Walk Down Memory Lane!

Yep, these are new.



Recycled over many years!

Some of the eggs were handpainted by me, others by friends.


Egg on the left was a gift from Bob and Ashley and the bunny on the right is new!

This little wicker bunny has been around forever. The ribbon used to be bright pink!


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