Monday, July 19, 2010

What A Day!

Whew! I'm glad Monday is coming to a close! Long story short, nearly every kid who came in to the library today needed a NAP! My tolerance for whining maxed out at about 1:30 today! Geez! And sometimes, you just gotta wonder where some of these parents come from! For example, I had 2 (yes, two) parents ask me where do they put a cd game into the computer. Really? You don't know? You've never in your entire life seen this done before? But alas, I work for the public so I, very politely, showed them how to put a game into the computer. What I really wanted to tell them was that maybe they should just read a book to their child instead.

On to happier material! I got to come home and have a fabulous salad topped with some of my delicious MogoOrganic veggies. In particular, I loved the cucumber. It took me back to when I was a little girl and we had a garden. Mom always canned pickles so we had lots of cucumbers. I can remember
picking them when they were about 6 to 8 inches long and about as big around as a banana. A simple rub of the hand across the skin to remove the little prickles and dust, and then I would bite into one. Warm and crisp and a little bitter. Yummmmmm.........Somehow, this was the best way to enjoy a cucumber. I did the same thing tonight. My little cuc was far too yummy to be sliced up into a salad. Instead, I savored every crisp, mildly bitter bite. Just look at the yummy
stuff we got last Tuesday. More green beans, red potatoes, blackberries, red onions and carrots rounded out the basket. Can't wait to eat the taters and carrots!

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Cards

After spending two days shopping at scrapbooking stores, I'm pumped to create! Only problem is that I also have to go to work. I took two classes at the CK convention in Des Moines. I was disappointed, as I figured I would be. Oh, well - I still had a good time and spent a little money. I went on Friday with a friend who also took a couple classes. I went with my friend, Mary, on Saturday. On Saturday, we shopped the convention (they were out of some of the things I wanted seconds of --drat!), made a trip to Archivers and then to Ankeny to Memory Bound. All I can say is that it's a good thing I don't live in Ankeny. I would be at that store ALL THE TIME. Such a great "idea place", too!

So here are a couple of the cards I created recently. The "County Fair" card is for my friend, Ali. I made a reference to her in the last post. I dropped the card off at her office on the way to work. She wasn't there - probably at the fair - so it was a surprise when she returned. The other card is for my friend, Tami, who has gotten me involved in a "card of the week" challenge. she is a collector of Author card games so when I saw the paper with the Author's cutout, I had to have it! I really love the way this card came out. The blue cardstock background was already perfectly distressed.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Mogo Goodness

I know that some of you are quite tired of reading about my baskets of produce, but here's another post. I'm doing it mostly so my sister in Georgia can see what I'm getting. And I hope my blog gets a few hits from people looking for MogoOrganic on the internet.

This week I had to have my basket delivered because I was working on Tuesday night. (Thanks, Paula!) I kept peeking in it all evening and smelling all of the wonderful earthy smells. This basket contained a strong, sturdy cucumber, 2 firm tomatoes, a bag of green beans, a bag of edemone (soy beans), parsley, an interesting stalk of broccoli, boiler onions, a hearty, perfectly formed and brilliant green head of cabbage, KOLARABI (love it!!) and garlic.

Yesterday I made the Cucumber and Tomato Salsa recipe that was in my newsletter. We ate it tonight for supper with the homemade pita chips, also a recipe from the newsletter. The kolarabi was enjoyed by me and only me. I will share that with no one. I've been munching my way through the cabbage, one raw wedge at a time. The green beans and soybeans may be eaten tomorrow. I'm afraid of the garlic and the broccoli didn't make it. (A moment of silence, please.)

In other news, I've been making cards again. Made some cute ones to send to my nieces and my nephew (who is going overseas) in California. I wish I could spend more time with them.

Work is going well. I've reformated our library programs and the attendance has improved. Yippee! Today we had 60 come in and out for our Craft Day!! That's AWESOME! That many people in 90 min. is a huge improvement over years past. I'm totally impressed that so many parents/grandparents/babysitters are staying and interacting with their kids. It's just what I wanted to see. It's amazing how much fun can be had without being in front of a screen of some kind!

My friend, Ali, is working her tail off getting ready for the Henry Co. Fair next week. This is her first year as coordinator. If you're local, be sure to stop by and check out all of the projects, livestock and entertainment the fair has to offer. It's FREE! And you can't beat FAIR FOOD! Yum!!! Lemon Shake-Up, here I come!!!