Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Curious George

Curious George
Not sure what "George" did to get himself all tied up... but, it sure appears he's in a bit of a fix.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Water's A Rising

All of that snow melting in Minnesota is headed our way - waters going up every day.  I believe the folks on the 2nd story will be ok - but, looks water will be going into bays below...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Forever the Optimists

Forever the optimists these ducks are fishing in a puddle - now granted in the coming days it will be considerably larger than a puddle as the spring flooding starts, but at this point they're probably walking...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tenderloin The Size of ?

Tenderloin
We ate at a new restaurant in Waterloo and Helen order a tenderloin - it was the size of a small third world country.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Eye Exam

Eye Exam
Had my eyes dilated during my eye exam - this is how I saw the world for a couple of hours...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Elaine

Elaine
We had Christmas yesterday with my spouse's cousins.  We net at the Olive Garden in Coralville, Iowa.  This is Elaine - Helen's Cousin Chris' daughter.  Since I ALWAYS... have a camera, well, I just had to take a photograph.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cold Bees Butt

Cold Bees Butt
Taken in Minnesota last weekend.  The white background is snow - the bee's butt must be cold!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lady Bug

Lady Bug
In the Middle School performance of, "Alice In Wonderland" they had some great costumes.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Granddaughter Emily

Emily
Emily was a member of the crew on the production of Alice In Wonderland.  Dressed all in black the crew was "ninja-like" moving the set about.  Behind every cast is an excellent crew!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Samuel and Me

Samuel and Me
My mother saved almost everything - the outfit my Grandson Samuel has on is the same one I had on in the photograph which was taken in 1952.  Samuel is 6 months old and I was 13 months old [I was a runt].

The outfit seems to have lasted for 58 years... perhaps Samuel's son will also be able to be photographed in the same outfit - 

Samuel

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The 9 of Hearts

The 9 of Hearts
Our Granddaughter was in her school play, "Alice In Wonderland" and was the 9 of Hearts.  She takes her bow after a successful performance.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cool Color

Blue Stage
The conference I attended last week had pretty awesome visual effects.  This was the blue stage.  Red stage is below...
Red Stage

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

King Cake for Fat Tuesday

King Cake
King Cake for Fat Tuesday - I don't know who got the baby...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Concentration

Daniel
Grandson Daniel concentrating on a toy while at breakfast.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mini-Reunion

2011 Mini-Reunion Attendees
Several of my classmates from the Iowa Falls High School Class of 1969 meet once a year, typically in Coralville, Iowa, for a "mini-reunion".  There are treats and wine tasting in the afternoon, followed by an evening meal intertwined with stories and conversation.  After dinner - there is a no-holds barred game of Trivial Pursuit.  This year the women struck first, second, third... well, you get the idea.  While the men were not "skunked" the women's victory string continues for another year.



Trivial Pursuit Pie

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hart Office Building

Mountains and Clouds
This past week the Iowa Credit Union people who went met with Senator Harkin (D-IA) in the Hart Office Building.

The centerpiece of the atrium is Alexander Calder’s mobile Mountains and Clouds.   The piece combines black aluminum clouds suspended above black steel mountains, with the tallest peak being 51 feet high.  It was one of Calder’s last works. The sculptor came to Washington on November 10, 1976 to make the final adjustments to his model, and died later that evening after returning to New York.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Jogging and Juggling or Joggaling?

My mistake on the earlier post it's 5 FIVE red balls - I'm impressed...
Sometimes You Do
And Sometimes You Don't

I SomeTimes Can't Walk and Talk

There are times I can't walk and talk and this guy is jogging and juggling 4 red balls.  The Jefferson Memorial can be seen in the background.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Veteran War Memorials

World War 2 Memorial
I visited the memorials in Washington DC yesterday.  As I was sitting on a bench next to the Korean War Memorial I was reflecting on the speakers we had this week at the Credit Union Convention. We had the Speaker of the House Speak and a host of Senators and Representatives.  All of them spoke to the looming deficits and that we, as a country must deal with it. What struck me is that both parties used verbiage, "...doesn't matter what side of the isle... this is a problem we all need to address."

Why do we have to have an isle?  Instead of Republicans or Democrats can't we have just Americans in each chamber?  As I visited each one of the memorials I realized that there probably weren't any Democrats or Republicans in the foxholes in WW2, Korea or Vietnam - just scared American kids.  Just like we have scared American kids in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the globe.  It's going to take Americans to fix our economy and frankly I don't care what party affiliations Congress might have - get in a room and get to work and get rid of the isle...
Korean War Memorial
Vietnam War Memorial

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Visit With Congressman Bruce Braley (IA 5th Distrct)

This is photo of the people from Iowa who visited with Congressman Braley this afternoon on behalf of credit unions.  Now - since I'm in the photo I did not take the photo - however,  one of Congressman Braley's staffers took this photo with my camera.  I did detect a bit of lens envy...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Senate Reception Room

I am in Washington DC with the Credit Unions Government Affairs Conference.  Yesterday was our (Iowa) day to visit our 2 U. S. Senators.  Senator Grassley was on the floor of the Senate so he asked if we could come over to the Capital (from the Dirksen Office Building) to meet with him.  Once there we waited in the Senate Reception Room located in the north wing of the United States Capitol adjacent to the Senate Chamber.  The Senate Reception Room was designed in 1853 to function as a meeting place where constituents could meet informally with their senators, the room continues to serve primarily as a public gathering space. I'm sorry we didn't get to spend more time there - I wanted to take at least another 100 photos.