Mandy, if you're reading this, don't show Piper the next two pictures!
I made this little poncho for Miss Piper and hope she can get some wear from it before it's too cold this year. I did make it big enough that she should be able to wear it next spring too. The pattern is one that Jennifer from the "Thistlebear" blog on my sidebar made for her daughter's birthday. I used the same yarn she did, just in a different colorway because Piper loves, loves, loves pink. I hope she likes it. I made it on a whim and it only took two evenings! Jennifer has all of the pattern information on her blog. If you don't follow her, you should check her out. I'm sure you would enjoy her posts.
We sealed our patio and sidwalk this morning. Doesn't it look pretty and shiny? We really wanted it done before another long winter with 3 foot of snow sitting on the concrete, but it has to be almost perfect weather with temps in the 60's or low 70's and on a day Dennis was off of work to prep the area, etc. Finally today worked!
Last Friday at the lake, Burlington Northern Railroad replaced a bunch of ties on the track right behind our trailers. It was very interesting to watch the entire process. There were 17 different vehicles/tractors involved in the pulling out the spikes, removing steel plates, removing the old ties, replacing with the new ones, and then reversing the entire process. I'm usually not that interested in this kind of thing, but I really did learn a lot by watching. It is all done very quickly because there are two trains that use this track daily. There were hundreds of ties replaced within a couple of hours!
Piper's birthday party will be held while we're there so she'll get to stretch this birthday out for awhile. I'm looking forward to seeing my sister and family while we're there.
We have a new housesitter staying here with the animals while we're gone and we're really hoping that all works out well. Ellen has always stayed here when we traveled, but she's dealing with some health issues and she doesn't think she would be able to do our stairs right now. It's hard to leave someone else here, but I'm sure it will all be fine.
One last bit of news is that my middle brother was sworn in as a police chaplain for the Council Bluffs, Iowa police department last week. I am so very proud of him. It is a volunteer position. He worked as an ambulance driver all of his life until his back gave out on him. Then he worked for the 911 center in the records room until he retired two years ago. Throughout his career he has always met with officers and prayed with them and just listened to them talk. I don't think most of us realize the horrors that our officers see and face. We just hear the bad stories about a few bad apples. Most of them are there to serve and protect us at any price to themselves. Lynn is there for them. And they appreciate him. He has continued to meet with them since his retirement, this merely makes it official. I am so proud to be his little sister. He has such a HUGE heart for people. I know he'll never see this, but I want everyone to know how much I love him.
I hope you all have a lovely week and are enjoying the weather. Our leaves are turning very, very early this year and many of our trees have already shed their leaves. Last year we still had leaves in November. I have a hunch this is a warning of what our winter will be like.
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthianss 4:18