19 Dec

A time when the gift bag is a gift!

How perfect!

We found “Eve” on Christmas Eve 2006 in the cattle trailer on Nina Bay Farm.  Apparently someone was depositing kittens in trailers parked at the Sale Barn a couple of days earlier.  How’s that for a strategy to find homes for animals?

Eve did not have an opportunity to climb a Christmas tree in 2006.  She did climb Christmas trees the next two years.  The tree did not fall over.


Happy Holidays!

12 Dec

Christmas tree launch? Entrance to the Indianapolis Museum of Art

New Fields: More than a Museum

Gardens, Old Field Estate, Greenhouse, 100 Acre Park




Drive thru Christmas light show is the main attraction this year.

Friday Photos: Cake

8 Dec

Heavenly!  This year’s Christmas decorations at The Cake Bake Shop in Indianapolis  feature pink roses and swans.  Gail and I shared a pot of Afghan Chai tea in real cups and saucers.  The owners are American entrepreneurs at their best…service, style and quality!  The press release is out announcing the opening their second shop in Carmel, IN.

Carol and Gail

Our December birthdays tradition at the Cake Bake Shop in Indianapolis.


Check this out:  The Cake Bake Shop makes Oprah Winfreys O List!


Another day for DfGI

5 Dec


Here is a quick look at 160 shields in process (supporting 80 kits)…

Shields have five pieces:  Four from cotton prints and one PUL or polyurethane laminate.

Two pieces of the cotton print make the front at back of the shield (for maximum interest I choose different prints).

The other two pieces of cotton print are for “pockets”.  They are folded and topstitched before assembly.

DfGI shield before assembly

If it is not obvious, this is a LOT of cutting and ironing.

Pairs, right side facing, Grouped in 10s

End view of dozens of “pockets” folded and top stitched. Ready for assembly.









Here I sew again, preparing to ship in 2018.

Book Review: Cosmic Numbers by JD Stein

28 Nov



Previous book reviews included a book with an author having my maiden name as well as a book with a photograph of my niece on the cover.  This recommendation is a challenge.  Stein explains the universe with numbers and why.

A new friend who is also a recent Mechanical Engineering graduate and world traveler loaned me Cosmic Numbers.  I studied physics, chemistry, thermodynamics and differential equations completing my engineering degree…in the last millennium.  Differential equations:  my least favorite subject.  Cosmic Numbers is fantastic!  I plan to reread it and go deeper.   To engage us with his passion for science and why it matters to us, Stein wisely includes personal stories with biographical stories of the scientists credited with the discoveries.  Check out page 147.  Stein includes a theory on why James Bond is also known as 007…

Do you know a young person interested in STEM?  Stein describes how twelve scientists came to their conclusions as well as building on the work of others.  Consider recommending this book to inspire interest in STEM.

Thanksgiving 1863

23 Nov

Look for Blessings, and See Them as Mercies

Finally, Lincoln points out that even in the midst of unimaginable trial, there are daily mercies for which we can give thanks. His proclamations list many of them: fruitful fields and healthful skies; peace with foreign nations; a flourishing industrial economy; health on battlefield and home front; growth of the free population “by emancipation and by immigration”; and the fortitude to withstand the trial at hand.

November 26, 1863



Downton Abbey Comes to NYC

21 Nov

What did you love most about Downton Abbey?

The reactions to “new” technology…light bulbs, telephone, refrigerator, toaster, curling iron….?

The fabulous cars?

The amazing hats?

The civility?

The fine dining @ home?

The interactions/relationships with staff?

The lavish furnishings?

Vase, one of pair from great-great grandmother’s fireplace mantel

Covered Bridge (Parke Co IN)

8 Nov

Turkey Run State Park hiking trail (foot traffic only) AKA Narrows Covered Bridge

Modern concrete bridge directly behind the original covered one (notice the arches).

Downstream view


Built in 1882. The purpose of covering the bridge was to extend the life of the wooden supporting beams (safety).

From Houzz: Beautiful dining rooms from around the world

2 Nov


Blue-eyed Buddy Boy (update)

24 Oct


Buddy Boy

I introduced Buddy Boy in July, when he was found after being missing 21 days following a barn fire.  He is well.  Though he may prefer rolls of hay in the winter, presently he resides in the mower barn.

October Surprise