Archive | July 2022


Yesterday we were out and about with my uncle Dave. First we went to the Union Pacific Museum in Council Bluffs which, by the way, is free, so if you’re in the area you should check it out. It had some really neat displays and interactive content.

The first floor is the history of the transcontinental railroad and general railroad history. There was a lot of neat stuff. I’m going to try to label the images with captions, so we’ll see how this works.

The second floor had exhibits that covered the 50s to modern times, including a train driving simulation and some other things.

The building itself was really cool, too, by the way.

After that we went to a really tasty restaurant just down from the museum. I had the fajitas and can highly recommend πŸ™‚ Hubby had the chimichanga and the others had enchiladas.

Then we went to the Rails West museum which was more like the museums I used to go to as a kid, fewer flashy displays but more actual stuff.

Outside are two train engines and some cars with original interiors. There were two engines, one was a coal burner and the other had been converted to oil. There were two caboose, though we could only go inside the newer one. There was also a club car – it is the one that has all the woodwork, the kitchen, dining area, and solarium. And there was a mail car that was pretty interesting. There was also a box car and another passenger car that we could not go in. I can’t label the photos because the app is acting up. Probably because it can’t handle all these photos.

And that was our day yesterday. Hope everyone else’s was just as interesting! This would have posted long ago but it has taken literally two hours to do this because the app keeps freezing. Annoying!

Have a non freezing app kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

New Flooring

After waiting for months, I was finally able to buy the new vinyl for the craft room floor. I waited so long, though, that this pattern was almost impossible to find. Then, I found it at Floor City for cheaper than the other places had previously had it! The only thing with it was that they won’t deliver to me – we had to go to Des Moines to a warehouse to ouck it up. But, doing that saved 400$ (literally) on shipping, so… yeah.

Ok. I say we, but I mean hubby. Hubby went to DM and picked it up. Either way, its here. That’s the roll in the craft room, waiting to acclimate and get put down. Whoo hoo!

We also had to run to Council Bluffs (it was a busy day) and while we were there we ate at Jonsey’s. I’d never heard of it, but it was pretty good! It home of the fried Taco, though only one us tried a Taco. I got the chimichanga, hubby got a fried burrito, and Chris got enchiladas and a Taco. I did taste it – the shell was fun. It a flour tortilla deep fat fried. Yeah, probably not good for you but very tasty.

And now that I’m hungry from looking at those pictures, I leave you with a dog and his Olaf.

Have a snuggly Olaf kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Wine and Cheese Day

Yesterday was wine and cheese day, so my calendar informed me. Since this is obviously an important holiday, we celebrated with both.

The wine is from our trip to the covered bridges that we took in May. I haven’t edited the pictures from that yet, but I will someday.

Anyway, the wine was good. It’s was sweet, which is the kind I like. I’m not crazy about dry wines.

The only other exciting thing was that I made a new recipe for dinner. Mediterranean pork chops and sheet pan vegetables. It’s basically a marinade of lemon juice, garlic, and oregano, but it was super tasty! It came from a magazine or I’d link to it.

And that’s all I’ve got. Have to get some work done, so I leave you with a highly offended cat. She was laying on the couch when the dog jumped up there, and she was having none of it.

Have a happy wine kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

The Bat

Yesterday’s excitement happened when I was cleaning the kitchen counter. I pulled out the mixer from the wall and something screeched at me.

Yep. A bat! Of all the weird things. So, I did what any sane person does when they find a random sleeping bat – I pushed the mixer back and left it alone.

Until hubby got home.

He got his heavy gloves, tugged the mixer out, and grabbed the poor sleeping little bat. It woke up with a screech and was very unhappy, but we took him outside without incident.

Not that he wanted to fly away.

Eventually, hubby took the glove off and left it laying there, bat still on it. We went inside, and came back a few minutes later and he was gone. I’d guess he was just scared and froze until he felt the danger was past. Goofy thing.

Anyway, have to go get some work done, but wanted to get this posted.

Have a surprise bat kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

A Day Out

With my quarantine over, we got invited to a BBQ at Lake Icaria. It was a really nice day, much cooler than it has been, so that made it even better. On the way home, we saw a sign in Corning for Lake Binder, which we’d never heard of before, so we decided to stop and check it out. It’s got a nice sized lake, camping areas, and some picnic spots, but, most interesting were the lily pads.

You can see the weird things that look like little shower heads? That’s the center of the flowers after the petals have fallen off. And here’s what it looks like with the petals.

Weird, huh? There were also some pretty purple flowers too.

Anyway, that was the excitement for yesterday. And now I need to get some things done.

Have a surprise ake kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Last Covid Day

Saturday was the last day of my covid quarantine. We spent it responsibly – started the Kdrama Hometown Cha Cha which so far is cute (we’re 2 or 3 episodes in) and also watched a few random things. As you can see, Benji has been my covid buddy. What a loyal little guy!

Have a TV kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Mad About Each Other

Little John Jones

Still got “the covid” as they say, haha! Didn’t do much yesterday except watch TV. We binged a whole Kdrama series (it had 13 half-hour episodes) called Mad About Each Other on Netflix. I actually didn’t like the first episode very much (A man with anger management issues runs into this crazy, paranoid woman who thinks he is out to get her because he happens to live next door to her and goes to the same therapist she does and so through a series of misunderstandings she attacks him with an umbrella, kicks his shoe into the street and jumps up and down on his car ), but we went ahead to the second and that one had a hook that actually starts getting into the story of who he is and what happened (he’s a suspended cop who got suspended after some hinky shenanigans via the head office and a drug dealer, while he was just trying to do his job he was falsely accused of corruption and he wants to clear his name), then it gets into why she is so paranoid (and it turns out she has a really good reason to think somoene is after her – because they are) so we stuck with it and it actually turned out to be a really good series. It has a lot of comedy in it (literally laughed out loud a few times) and some drama of course, but it never gets super dark. I’ll say it’s one of the few shows that had me actually yelling directions to the characters. Speaking of them, there are a few side characters that get some attention and are used well to add drama or comedy in when the main storyline gets too heavy with either one, and each episode is better than the one before until the next to last episode. It mostly annoyed me because they, of course, pull the stupid “we must break up boo hoo” crap that all series have somewhere, but it does have a happy ending in the final episode, so I can let that go (everything gets wrapped up, which is nice). I still think it would have been better without the break up drama, though.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got. It’s hot outside, so I’m happy to stay inside. Stay cool!

Jo πŸ™‚

Cherry Ice Cream

A couple of months ago we got a ninja creami on clearance. Since then I’ve been having fun making ice cream. It’s a pretty handy thing – you mix up your pint, freeze it, then the next day you pop it in what is vaguely like a blender, and voila! Ice cream.

Anyway, this one is cherry:

  • 1 TBS cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cherry flavoring
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 5 or 6 cherries cut in half and pitted

Microwave cream cheese 10 seconds to soften, then mix in sugar and cherry flavor. You can add a little vanilla if you want, too, for a more cherry vanilla flavor.

Add whipping cream 1/4 at a time and fully incorporate each before adding the next.

Add cherries, then milk. If you have room in the pint, you can add more of whichever you prefer to fill it to the max line.

Freeze, then process in your creami.

And that’s what I have for today. Still have “the covid” so thats fun.

Have a cherry-iffic day!

Jo πŸ™‚

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