Saturday, February 25, 2012

Here are 3 very short videos so you can see one of the reasons that I enjoy camping at Cutty's Des Moines campground even in the winter.
We had just had a beautiful snow fall ... only the third one on the winter and it was February 24 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

2012 February 18

         Another beautiful day in Iowa.  We have bright sunshine and slightly above normal temps for this time of year.

Kramer the cat enjoying the sunshine on Ella's lap

Don't be confused by the "Christmas" decorations.
When you look like Mr & Mrs Claus, you have some of those decorations up all year around.
         Ella is working this morning.  So while she's gone, I've been doing housework.  Feels like spring so I'm in the mood for spring cleaning.
         When you live in an RV and space is limited, things can get messy real quick.  The table and couch have become dumping grounds for miscellaneous stuff.  That is partly because some things really don't have a designated spot in which to be stored and partly because we tend to keep old mail, newspapers and magazines longer than we need to keep them.     
          Ella actually started this process a couple of days ago so I feel that I need to do my part here. (grin)  At any rate, things look a lot neater now than they have lately. (although I still have a cloth grocery bag full of papers that need to be gone through)

           I have lunch ready for when she is done working.  I sliced and browned some Italian sausage, sauteed some spaghetti noodles broken into short pieces and then added a can of diced tomatoes and a small can of V8 juice.  I've seasoned with garlic and herbs and will serve with grated cheese.  It's still about an hour before she is done working....hope I can keep from eating it until she gets home.

       The other thing that I've been working on today is adding video clips to one of my other blogs, Sermons by Thomas E Williams.  Check out "Why 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

2012 February 09

Since we are anchored in one spot for the winter, nothing much is happening RVwise.  If you want to follow what is going on in our lives otherwise, checkout my other blog
Since I've been given this Santa Claus face and personality, north pole news seemed like an appropriate title for the blog.  Unfortunately, someone else already had that domain name so it was shortened to npole news.

Monday, February 6, 2012

2012 February 06

If you watched the videos posted on Saturday, you know that we had some snow here in the Des Moines area.  Locally, in the western suburbs, we had between six and eight inches of snow and on the eastern side of Des Moines they had two to four inches.
Sunday brought a little melting and a lot of fog.  Then later in the evening we received another dusting of snow (less than a quarter of an inch).
This morning (Monday about six thirty) it is still foggy.  In about an hour I'll take a sunrise photo to post. There may not be an sun in the sunrise picture again today.
***to be continued***

Saturday, February 4, 2012

2012 February 04

Well, they were predicting a MAJOR snow storm to come through last night.  Looks like it passed over or around us ... again.  We'll see what the day brings.
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Mayhaps I spoke too soon.

Oh yes!  I spoke too soon.

Friday, February 3, 2012

2012 February 03

I've missed a few days of blogging.  I'll try to get caught up again.  January 28th was the last time that I posted here so .... that means 29, 30, 31, 01 and 02... Let's go.

January 29th was on a Sunday.  So that means Sunday school and church in the morning until about noon.  Ella worked that morning.  When I arrived at Sunday school, I learned that the grandson of some friends of ours had committed suicide. He was in ninth grade, a good student and athlete.  Apparently nobody was aware of any problems that he was going through.  I don't know if he left a note or whether anyone knows why he may have done this.

January 30th was a Monday.  We were in Ankeny by 6:30 a.m. so that we could be at our grandson's when his ex brought the great granddaughters over between 7 and 7:30. Took Charlotte to school and watched Lorelia until we took her to preschool.  Her Aunt Audrie was supposed to be home in time to take her to preschool but had to work later, so we took her.  We did some shopping ... and that's all I remember of Monday other than the fact that we set a new record high temperature of 68 degrees.

January 31st was Tuesday ... I was also sure that it was February 1st all day.  We watched the greats again from the time their mother dropped them off at Nathan's until they went to school and preschool.  Audrie came home on time but was sick so she went to bed and we took Lorelia to preschool again.

February 1st was Wednesday.  Again we watched the greats from the time they awoke until Charlotte went to school.  It was a late start day for Charlotte so we were able to spend more time with her in the morning.  
Beth was going to the doctors instead of school so she had time to take Charlotte to school.  That meant that I was able to get to the Men's Bible Study on Wednesday.
After Bible Study I returned to Nathan and Beth's and played with Lorelia until Aunt Audrie got there just before noon.
Ella and I went to Village Inn for lunch and then on to church.  We will be assisting with the Wednesday after-school program "Accidental Angels" for the next couple of weeks.  This is a group of middle school girls who have read the book "Heaven Is For Real!"  We are doing a discussion group on the book with the help of a DVD.
A supper is served every Wednesday at the end of the program.  Many of the parents come and eat with the kids before taking them home.  We also stayed and ate with them.  We arrived home some time after six p.m.

February 2nd  Thursday.  We went to the campground office and paid our rent and for the LP we bought.  We'll have to return later and pay our electric bill, because they had not gotten their bill from the power company yet.  It was another beautifully warm day and according to the forecast, it was going to be the last of those for a while.  Because it was so nice we took a drive up around Big Creek and Saylorville parks.
I did the usual Bible Study with the folks at Emeritus and then came home and worked on a sermon for the 19th of February.

February 3rd Friday is just beginning and all I've done so far is fix breakfast and update the blog.