Thursday, June 25, 2009

Aisling's Movie!

At last! My copy of my daughter's movie has arrived. I'm so proud of her, and so excited to watch it. Size 9 Pink is "the tragic yet heartwarming story of Clarissa, who is looked down upon by society for being somewhat different", and it's written, produced, directed, and edited by Aisling as her final project for her Film Studies course in college. It's been entered into several film festivals, including Galway, Sundance, and next year's Cannes! Have I said how proud I am of her?

Monday, June 22, 2009

New Kittens

We have five little kittens that are looking for good homes. Their temporary names are Shelby, Sally, Dash, Bullitt (aka Steve McQueen), and Eleanor.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pen Turning at Prairieland Herbs Sample Sunday

One really interesting event at the Prairieland Herbs Sample Sunday this week was this demonstration of hand-turning pen barrels. Rick and Ryan Nail brought along a lathe and showed us how it is done.

The picture shows (clockwise, from top left) Rick working on a piece of yellow acrylic; a close-up of the turning in action; a polished pen barrel on the lathe; a display of finished pens; and centre, another view of the lathe in use.
These pens make unique, beautiful and practical gifts, and Rick and Ryan will be back for future events, so keep an eye on for details.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sex On The Bike Trail

Having come home from a nice bike ride the other day, we were disappointed to find that we didn't have the necessary ingredients for our drink of choice, sex on the beach. Not to be thwarted by this, however, we came up with our own concoction, which we thought should be named "Sex On The Bike Trail"

(Makes two)
2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Apricot Brandy
1 oz. Peach Schnapps
Juice of one orange

Stir in mixing glass, then pour into two glasses with ice (I think crushed ice would work best, but cubes will do fine). Float a slice of orange on top, push a straw through the centre, and enjoy!

Monday, June 15, 2009


My first greeting cards ready to go on sale at Prairieland Herbs

Friday, June 12, 2009

First Harvest

From our own garden!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Out with the old...

I finally said goodbye to my old Bike, a very elderly and clunky Cherry. It's been donated to the Des Moines Bike Collective, who do wonderful work repairing and restoring old bikes, and selling them at very reasonable cost to new owners. 

...and in with the new

My new one is this awesome Scott S40. It fits me, it rides beautifully, it's light and comfortable, and I'm very happy with it. RAGBRAI, here I come!