Friday, April 11, 2014

Eliana Jean Fiedler

So sorry to all my followers. I have been lax in my postings lately. A lot has been going on in my world. More clients to add to the ones I already have which cuts into my free time in the evening. The best time constraint has been the best, however. I am finally a grandmother to a baby girl born to Hannah and Daniel. Her first name is Hebrew and means "the Lord has responded" and her middle name is my mother's middle name; a nice tribute. Hannah was in labor on the 8th and even though they had to do a C-section the nurses stated that this day would have been her birthday regardless.
Aiden with his new sister

They also took out a melon sized benign tumor from one of her ovaries that was wrapped around one of her fallopian tubes. They were able to save the ovary so she will continue to get hormones and will be able to get pregnant again if they want to from the other side. That being said a picture is worth a thousand words so here you have it; or her in this case! Enjoy.

Grandma and Grandpa Fiedler

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Crawfordsville kids

A few years back I was visiting with relatives in Indiana. It was a very hot day and they all decided to go to a park in town and play Frisbee Golf. I declined but grabbed my camera and went along for the ride (better than watching the Nascar races on TV). When I got there I noticed some kids coming out of a creek that ran along the middle of the park with the Frisbee Golf markers. They were covered in mud from head to toe. I guess that was their way of cooling off. Anyway when they saw me with my camera they asked if I would take their picture. I said sure so I had them sit on one of the benches. One of the younger ones kept asking me if I worked for the Crawfordsville Indiana paper. I said no but for some reason she didn't believe me. After we took the picture they wanted me to print it in the paper but again I told them I didn't work for the paper but would send them a copy of the picture. The oldest one declined to give me their address; understandably so since they didn't know me. A few weeks later when viewing the picture I really thought it was turned out well even though the subject matter was covered in mud! I went ahead and sent it to the paper in Indiana telling them they could do with it what they wanted. I never heard back but my in-laws told me they saw it. They failed to save a copy for me so I never saw it in the paper. I just hope the kids did!

Crawfordsville kids!

Saturday, March 1, 2014


Wisteria Tree (had tons of hummingbirds in it)

It wasn't the best time of the year to go since Vegas is in spring mode so everything flower and tree is just starting to bud.
pomegranate tree

Because of the snow and the extreme weather we have been having it was the best time for me and Michael to go. The experience of a premature enjoyment of 70 degree weather was worth the trip even though it was only 2 days worth of fun. We had gotten free tickets from NW Airlines back when Michael started working for them so we decided to leave the cold behind and head out. He had a retired long time friend from KMSP who had moved out there so they put us up. Him and his wife showed us a magnificent time with them.

me, Michael and Dick
They have a lovely home with a guest room and private bath for us. We spent the first evening just enjoying their backyard with flowers and a fire pit. No mosquitoes were found! Just humming birds in the flower garden that surrounded the backyard. Their house is enclosed as many were with very high brick walls. Ultimate quiet and privacy to enjoy conversation.

Having some fun at an outside museum (Dick's wife Bev)
We ate out for all the meals, enjoyed the "strip" with roving musicians and artists along with a light show (forgot my camera for that evening. ugh!). We even got some time to play cards, listen to our favorite hits from the 60s and talk about old TV shows that the guys have a propensity for and love to talk about. We topped everything off with a day at Hoover Dam.
            Who needs gambling when you have so many other things to do esp with great friends!  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Valentine Tea

Even though Valentines Day is past I wanted to post a note about a luncheon I attended. After viewing the pictures and hearing the visiting humorist talk that went with the lunch I decided that it was worth mention.

My friend Kathy invites me each year to a annual "tea" at her church. The speakers are wonderful and it makes for a nice early luncheon day with friends. It is held at her church and they serve beverages and a small lunch. These women go to a lot of trouble to put this together and they do a great job. Last year was a woman that did a quilt history of her mother who was on the Orphan Train. "The Orphan Train Movement was a supervised welfare program that transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded Eastern cities of the United States to foster homes located largely in rural areas of the Midwest. The orphan trains operated between 1853 and 1929, relocating about 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children." (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
This year was a humorist that has written several volumes that enrich the Norwegian Lutheran heritage.  Special Speaker was  Janet Martin, co-author of the book that inspired Troupe America's five Church Basement Ladies Musical Comedies. She was wonderful!  After asking if there were any Catholics in the room I was the only one and she had some fun with me as well by sharing the cross differences of Catholics and Lutherans. I had a great time with great friends.
me, my friends Kathy and her sister Sharon

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day (a day late)

No explanation needed.

Forgot my faithful readers that do not have Facebook. I will make this short and sweet (for Valentine's Day). Created some pics of Bandit for the day. My day was wonderful. It included candy, flowers and a card from my favorite man (not Bandit). We were going to go out for dinner but since both of us hate crowds we opted for a meal at home and some Olympic coverage. Nice ending to a busy day.

A little shredded cheese always helps

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Snow Dogs

getting to know you (musical note here)
Bandit getting to know the new neighbor dog, Kate.

I've got my eye on you
frozen toes (sounds of chattering teeth here, or toes)

the standoff (drum roll here)

Will you be my valentine?


Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

My husband is an awesome cook. We were discussing this with a couple that came over last night for dinner. He went on to explain that his mother was a very good cook. At Christmas she would spend all of one day baking 4-5 different kinds of cookies, along with other confections. He watched her and learned throughout the years. He said it was also kind of a "learn or starve" method as his mother worked full-time and he had no sisters that normally would take on the dinner making tasks during his elementary and high school years. Many times when we entertain he likes to try new or different recipes. Last night it was a lemon cheesecake. Not having a love of cooking I told him "why do you want to complicate things? Just make a cake from a box mix. Everyone likes cake don't they??" A picture is worth a thousand words so here it is.

Michael's Lemon Cheesecake with real whipped crème topping
Since the title of this post is "a picture is worth a thousand words" I am adding a lovely picture of my "soon to have a daughter daughter-in-law, Hannah. I include this because I thought it turned out so nice of her; her smile, her dress and the fact that her 3-yr-old son took it with my fairly expensive camera that he can hardly hold much less push the right button. Maybe he will be a future photo journalist, portraits a specialty! Way to go, Aiden!