Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Blankie??

So, the problem is that Warren's flannel blankies are wearing very, very thin...

Warren has a B with him any time he stops moving....
Originally, when Ronda made the flannel blankets, they were 45 inch squares.  Because of constant use, and frequent laundering, several of his favorites have developed holes.
I cut down his football blanket, and rehemmed the edges...Warren didn't seem to miss the size...
OF COURSE, I tried to make some new flannel blankets for him. I bought some new flannel, and hemmed around the edges.  Then, I washed the new blankets with some of his favs...

One afternoon, I put him down for his nap with a new B and an old B. He stood up, looked me squarely in the eye, and held the new B over the side of his bed...and dropped it on the floor.

For a child who doesn't talk much -- he is an excellent communicator...
So, instead of buying new flannel fabric from the fabric store -- I bought some OLD flannel receiving blankets from the Goodwill store. 
And I used a little hem tape to iron the tatters from his original football B onto the thrift store B...
I was hoping there was just enough of the OLD B to keep him interested...
What do you think?  Will he accept the new franken-B??

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Favorite Blankets

For many, many years, I have had one child here every week....cuz that's how I like to do it. One kid...for one whole day...all by him/herself.

My grand-nephew, Parker, is 16 years old now. When he was a baby, he spent one day a week at my house. Then, kind of in order, I had Cale, Ambrose, Garret, and Cash. It was wonderful...and I believe kids keep you on your toes. They bring an energy into the house....spending time with children puts your life into perspective...

Lillian was four when Warren was born. So I had plenty of alone-time with her. But it's been harder to do with Warren.  Because Lilly wants to come, too. Although, I do mostly have Warren ALL BY HIMSELF on Wednesdays.  I call that my Warren day...
When it's the two of them -- the house looks like this!! Uncle Ross is their human trampoline...
When they have a quiet moment -- Warren wants to sit with his "B"...his favorite blanket...
Lillian, who is six, only cares about her "B" when she goes to bed at night. She has a pink B at her house, and a yellow B here...
Warren has about 30 "B"s...It all started with a couple of flannel blankets my sister Ronda made for him. He LOVES, LOVES, LOVES his Bs...That was his first word...and it is his major comfort item!!
But WE ALL KNOW WHAT A PROBLEM IT IS when a child is attached to one particular item -- because if you lose that item...your life is a misery.

It was almost too late when that fact dawned on me....One of Warren's Bs was threadbare, and getting holes from the washing.  Hey -- it's just a piece of flannel -- I must make some NEW ONES -- right??

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lillian's First Road Trip!!

JULY IS ALMOST OVER..!! What happened to all my big plans? Grandma Camp started off with such promise -- I had a long list of places we were going to go this summer...things we were going to do...it seemed like we had all the time in the world.

 I just can't let the summer go by without planning at least ONE ROAD TRIP...

So, I called my young friend Anne, in Cedar Rapids. That's about 90 minutes from here.
Anne and Sarah came to see the Ya Ya show in Beaver Dam in May...so Lilly has already met Sarah

We made a checklist of things we needed to do:
  • Clean the car
  • get money
  • get gas
  • print a map
  • Have Garmin
  • Go shopping (in the basement) for some gifts


We packed up a basket-o-goodies (Sarah has a twin brother, Sam)
We gassed up at our favorite convenience store...
THAT IS BACON PIZZA, PEOPLE..!!
After one hour, we stopped at another Casey's for donuts (coffee for me)...
Sarah and Anne had made a plan for our day. The Girls are ready to go...
Can you guess what they're doing??
It's SKY ZONE -- the indoor trampoline jumping place.  AMAZING...
Anne and I sat upstairs, where we could always see what the girls were doing...they had SUCH A GREAT TIME...
Really -- you've got to love a place with a sense of humor...!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Marion's Visit: Day One

Marion arrived on a Tuesday night. And Wednesday was going to be our IOWA day.
We went to breakfast with John at his favorite little country joint.Argo...

Welcome to Iowa.  This was a $5 breakfast...their fried potatoes are AMAZING...
Then -- over to visit my friend Sue on her CENTURY FARM.
She gave Marion the tour of their beautifully restored farm house...

The upstairs kitchen has this pristine vintage stove!! 


The NEWEST addition to the farm is Sue's little potting shed

One of these days, I'll be sewing a curtain to go below the counter...it will be 19 feet long...
We went into LeClaire for a quick trip around ARTWorks. Marion bought a great little knit dress, and I got a long black vest.
Kim and Ronda came over to visit with Marion out on the porch, and then cousin Linda called and said she was on her way out. We made another quick trip back to ARTWorks, as Marion wanted to take a better look at their unique selection of clothes.

That night, I made Tabbouleh salad (Helen Farro's recipe) and a loaf of cheesy olive bread (thanks, Ree Drummond). We ate on the porch and watched the hummingbirds. The next day -- we would be leaving for our WISCONSIN ROAD TRIP...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Yelp Recommended Reviewer!!

At first -- when my review of Jim and Linda's didn't come up on the Yelp website, I thought it was because it had to be approved by somebody. Huh? Then, life gets pretty busy around here -- and I put it out of my mind.

Every now and then, I'd check back -- but my review was never there.

THEN, in a moment of epiphany, I realized my review WAS there, but because I was NOT a "Recommended Reviewer", it wasn't actually posted.

Hummm...I did a little digging on the Yelp website -- and found this explanation.


NOW I GET IT. I wrote one negative review -- so their algorithm probably thinks I am getting an acrimonious divorce from the owner. If I had written only one RAVE review -- they would believe I was having sex with the owner.

OF COURSE...so, all I need to do to become a "Recommended Reviewer" -- is write some other reviews??

So, last month, I started to write Yelp reviews. Lilly and I are both getting quite a kick out of this new activity.

I am happy to report that one week ago -- my very negative review of Jim and Linda's finally came up on their page. Six people have declared it "useful".

Friday, July 24, 2015

Jim and Linda's Supper Club

This is the story of why I had to become a Yelp reviewer...

John's birthday is in August, and we usually do a little day tripping through Wisconsin. 
Last year was John's 70th birthday, and we wanted to do something special...so we planned a THREE day cheese tour...
Wisconsin is a beautiful state to drive through. Charming small towns, lovely countryside, interesting cheese factories. So, we drove 5 hours to stay in Fondu lac.  We wanted to have his special birthday  dinner at Jim and Linda's Supper Club. We fondly remembered a wonderful dinner we enjoyed there many years ago.

Sadly -- the meal was a huge disappointment.  There were so many things wrong with that restaurant -- I decided to write my first YELP review.  Here it is:

Written in August, 2014:  We arrived early (to beat the big crowd). Sadly -- the crowd never materialized And -- I think I know why....

The clam chowder (served in small cups) was watery and tasteless. The salad was a small serving of wet lettuce on a flat plate, with a single piece of rock hard tomato and one slice of cucumber. The breadbasket was three grocery store rolls...unremarkable in every way... YIKES...

My husband ordered his prime rib medium rare. It arrived lukewarm yet strangely overcooked. Toughest piece of meat he ever chewed...and chewed...and chewed... His twice-baked potato looked like a frozen food product and it had no flavor.

I ordered the BBQ ribs -- and they were stale and awful. Boiled (two days earlier) would be my best guess. Reheated in the microwave, the bottled sauce was poured on top -- but the bottom of the ribs was a very unappetizing gray color.

I am sorry to say this must now go down as one of the WORST meals we ever ate....and, at $75...it was expensive as well as mostly inedible.

Our waitress was a lovely young girl who couldn't have cared less that we were disappointed in the food. I sincerely doubt anybody connected with Jim and Linda's Supper Club will read this review. From the look of the place -- the outdated interior and the unkempt exterior -- it's been going downhill for quite awhile -- maybe nobody is really in charge any more.

It's a pity...

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However, my review was not posted to the Yelp website...so I went on a mission to understand why not....the thing is -- I don't give up...Really.  These people do not know who they are dealing with...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I am a Yelp Reviewer

If you click on this link, you will see the 11 restaurant reviews I've written for YELP.

In Fennimore, Wisconsin. The Silent Woman. Who could resist eating here?? I figured I was EXACTLY the customer they were looking for...
Wow. An amazing burger...everything about it was delicious. I liked that they described who produced the cheese (it WAS in Wisconsin)
At the High Shores Supper Club in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
There is a reason why, suddenly, after all these years of READING Yelp reviews, I decided to become a yelp reviewer myself...