Saturday, August 25

My Sis

My sister Theresa is home following her heart surgery and doing well. She says she will be doing even better when she can get back to her water aerobics at the Y. She misses them. How she did them with a 95% heart blockage is another miracle. So waiting the 6 weeks to get back to fun in the water is the next big thing.

Bike ride and other stuff

Keri and I rode the trail this morning. It has been awhile. We saw several deer. It is the time of year when they become more visible. Lots of people on the trail too. Bikers and walkers. We rode out to Bullhead farm and the goats were munching away. They do make great lawnmowers.

And tree climbers!

Last Wednesday was trivia at the Elks. Only two tables but those who do come do seem to enjoy it a great deal. We will keep it up until we take off for the southland in mid-October.
Thursday nights HyVee trivia was a rare one for me as I happened to know several of the answers. We did not come into the money due to our own mistakes in point management. But what the hey, that happens to everyone now and then. We always have fun at it regardless of the outcome.
One of the answers that I knew was Trebuchet and the reason I knew it was because of a cartoon I read on regular bases. Cul de sac by Richard Thompson

And this one is about cookies with raisins. I like Alice but she would have been a hard one to raise.

Thursday, August 23

New School Year

These are the new start of school year pictures of the kids we know. Will add more as they come my way. Do not be afraid to nudge me if I miss one. My school days were a very long time ago unless you count the school of life. On that one, we are always learning.

Granddaughter Ann and Anthony's 3 girls: Nina Grace

Nicoles son -Ethan, The oldest joy of Jason and Laura's grandparenting days. We have all learned a lot from this boy already.

Granddaughter Amanda and Brad's two- Elise the future actress
 And her super hero brother Leo!

And now we are adding Leo and Keri's oldest grandchild Brady, son of Greg and Erin
And we simply must add Beckett as he is the spitting image of his grandfather Leo. And that new haircut accentuates that even more! Beckett just turned 3.

Devon!!! Devon is my nephew and he is a freshman this year and starting on a whole new adventure of learning and he is excited about it.

Emily and Joe's pair of preciousness! Happy 1st day of school for Jorgen!
(Clara was more eager for the photo op than Jorgen 💙💜)

Monday, August 20


We used to have a serendipitous experience on occasion but it had been a long time or seemed as though that was true. Yesterday we went to Panora with the idea of attending Bob and Connie Safley's 50th Wedding Anniversary. Bob was Butch's catcher for many of the years he pitched for the Cooper Iowa fast-pitch softball team. At one time, ball games were a big part of our life. It seems we showed up for the party on the wrong day! So we switched gears and decided to see if Jan and Jack Tallman were home. They live on Lake Panorama and were a big part of many of our square dancing years. I called them to see if they were home but they were headed to DesMoines to have their son show them how to put new line on their weed whacker. Jan asked if Butch could do that and of course, he could so they came back home.
We waited for them on their deck. They had not yet traveled very far.

 Busy day on the lake.
 The lesson

After the lesson, Jan called Marv and Judy Smith.  They were going to be our next stop. We met them at the Owl's Nest in Panora for a sandwich followed by a spirited game of cribbage back at Jan and Jack's house. A good time was had by all!! A Serendipitous Day!!

Sunday, August 19

Uses for ORIGINAL BLUE DAWN-Thanks Mickey S.


Wild Life
Ever wonder why Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is the wildlife cleaner of choice after an oil spill? According to the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Dawn effectively removes grease but does not cause harm to the skin of the birds. It’s also biodegradable and contains no phosphates.

According to, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles. Here is the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children’s museums: 1/2 cup Ultra Dawn 1/2 gallon warm water 1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store) OR White Karo syrup works too! Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles). Dip bubble wand and get ready for some good, clean fun!

Kids get into the darnedest things! Like Vaseline and baby oil rubbed into their hair! Dawn is mild enough to use on their hair and strong enough to remove the most stubborn grease.

Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any build-up of styling products without any damage. Perform this once a month and you won’t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing.

Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere very well.

A safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants, including aphids, spider mites, and mealy bugs. Put a drop of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water, shake well, and mist your household plants with the soapy water.

Try this recipe from Merry Maids: mix 3 drops Dawn in 1-gallon water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spritz and wipe as you would with any window cleaner.

Use it to bathe the dogs. It kills fleas on contact and is much cheaper than expensive dog shampoos.

After you have finished your automotive repair project, soak your dirty tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. Dawn also helps prevent rust from forming on the tools.

Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack.

Take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave. Fill the rest of the way with blue Dawn. Put a lid on and shake to mix well. Spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will totally melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up including a bathtub ring.

Spray counter-tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it. Should you see a trail of ants, go ahead and hit them with the Dawn spray.

Add a squirt or two of original Dawn dish soap to your washer and run a hot wash, then rinse until there are no more bubbles. Dawn is a degreasing agent and helps to strip by removing oily residue. Be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse until the water runs clear.

A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.

Poison ivy spreads through the spread of the oil within the blisters. Washing the affected area with Dawn, especially on children who keep scratching the blister’s open, helps dry up the fluid, AND keep it from spreading.

If you have gasoline or motor oil stains on your driveway, you can use the kitty litter method to clean up the excess oil and then use a scrub broom and a solution of biodegradable Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water to safely and effectively remove excess motor oil from the pavement.

Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin. A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.

Dawn combined with corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover. Simply combine a little bit of both in your hands then rub it over affected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint – yet leave skin soft, unlike harsher paint removers.

Plastic wading pools can get very gunky, very fast. Dump the water, then scrub the pool with Dawn and a sponge. More potent cleaners like bleach will weaken and dry out the plastic in the sun.

Merry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. You can also use the spray on:
• Bathroom and kitchen counters and sinks.
• Woodwork, e.g., baseboards, shelves, and wainscoting. (Dry as you go–wood doesn’t like prolonged contact with water.)
• Tubs and toilet seats.

For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed, and then launder as usual.

Sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges etc. It lasts much longer than any aerosol type spray that I have tried. And It's non-toxic! It does a great job of cleaning the parts that it's lubricating as well!

For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks

Squirt Dawn down the middle of the pool and all of the dirt, suntan lotion, etc. will move to the edges of the pool for easy cleanup! AND it makes the pools sparkle.

Simply rub a small drop of Dawn on eyeglass lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up.

Cover greasy footprints on shower floors with a coating of Dawn; let sit overnight. Scrub away the gunk in the morning with a stiff brush.

Mix two tablespoons Dawn to a gallon of water and put in your sprayer. Try to get spray both sides of the leaves, branches and the tree trunks. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse the trees THOROUGHLY!

Here’s a brilliant idea! Need a hostess gift when visiting friends and family this summer? Print off this post and include it with a bottle of Blue Dawn! Talk about USEFUL!

Hoop Hop Showdown

I saw this game on Facebook and wondered what the rules were so here they are. You can see the game here:
What a fantastic way to get kids up and moving while having fun.
How to play Hoop Hop Showdown
A video of 4th graders playing a game called Hoop Hop Showdown has gone viral in recent days amassing over 8 million views. What a great twist on the game of rock, paper, scissors. I couldn't find the rules anywhere online so here they are. 
How to Play:
Set up a game board using multiple hula hoops. This should zigzag across your meeting space.
Split your group into two teams - with teams at either end of the hula hoop playing board lined up one behind another.
On the first whistle, the first member of each team hops from hula hoop to hula hoop until they meet somewhere on the game board.
They play a round of rock paper scissors until someone wins.  The winner keeps advancing on the gameboard and the loser goes to the back of their team line. Meanwhile, the second player in the losing team becomes active and hops onto to the hula hoop play area until they meet the first player from the other team where they play another round of rock, paper, scissors.
The aim of the game is to reach the last hoop on the gameboard which scores your team one point. The game can be played for a certain period of time and the team with the most points is the winner.


Butch was noticing a noise on the right front of our car that was unfamiliar. So he took it to our most trustworthy and favorite mechanic for fixing or whatever might be needed. It was a part connected to the right front wheel, part of the drive-train that has some wear showing and needs to be replaced. Here is where the luck comes in. We have a 100,000 mile or 10-year warranty and we are sitting at 9 years and less than the big number on the miles so it is covered! This is not the first time this kind of luck has been bestowed upon us and we are very grateful. This would have been an $800 plus expenditure if it were not covered. We will have to take it to Stew Hansens Hyundai in DesMoines for the repair. Sure wish we could have stayed local and taken it
back to our trustworthy and favorite mechanic. Of course, you want to know who that might be. Highly recommended!