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Friday, July 21, 2017

Childhood Memories - Lightning Bugs

Good morning,

Does this critter remind you of your childhood? 
I took these images of a Lightning Bug (aka firefly, or more formally, Photuris lucicrescens), strolling across our grill one morning. 

As kids, as soon as we saw Lightning Bugs we ran inside, poked some holes in the lid of a jar, then ran outside to catch a few to watch them flash.  Sadly, this wasn't a good thing for the bugs.  :(

Now we don't save them in jars, we enjoy them outside in the evening.  Our dogs enjoy them, too, but they must not be as tasty as cicadas because Wendy isn't trying to eat them.  ;)

Ah, summer....


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Graeter's Ice Cream Cake

Good morning,

If you're on a diet, this might not be for you.  But, then, there are exceptions, aren't there?  ;)

In that image above is a Graeter's Ice Cream Cake.  If you're from Cincinnati, you know about Graeter's Ice Cream.  There is just nothing like it.  Combine that ice cream into a cake and you've got the absolute BEST taste treat you'll ever find anywhere.
Note that the first ingredient is Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.  ;)
Catherine had two assistants as she was preparing to cut the cake.  Those are our Lab Testers.
It's not easy to cut an ice cream cake because, of course, it is frozen.  We worked at it, though.  I think we need a few more of them to practice.  ;)
 Wow, pure heaven on a plate.  *sigh*

Yes, I think we should go buy another one so we can practice cutting it....  Yes, of course, that's a good reason to get another one.... 


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ohio Farm Land

Good morning,

A few days ago we traveled North from Cincinnati to visit my brother in Delaware, Ohio. 

Ohio has excellent farm land.  Above you see corn in the field.  It'll be excellent on our table later in the summer, too!
Along the way there are farm equipment stores that remind me of giant Tonka toys.  :)

It was fun to see my brother and we enjoyed the road trip, too.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

On the Needles Now

Good morning,

In my Work In Process this week are two colorful hand knit sweaters that are my own original designs.

In the foreground is an adult size Patchwork Sweater that is a custom order so it has priority to be finished first and on its way to Australia.  My Patchwork Sweaters are my original design and each is different from the next.  I make them in all sizes for children and adults; in stock now are several in children's sizes.  Customers from around the world are enjoying these sweaters in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and others. 

There is a back story to my Patchwork Sweater.   I was watching a popular children's movie with my grandchildren when they saw a similar sweater on one of the lead characters. They liked it so much, I designed and made one for each of the grandchildren and have now included them in our shop where I discovered they are also very popular with adults. 

Click here to see Patchwork sweaters available to ship today or write to  me at Lois@EvensensProductions.com to order a sweater in your size.  Prices vary according to size.  You can also select other color combinations of your choice such as blues/greens, blacks/white/grays, earth tones, etc.  Click here to see all 345 shop items.

In the background (top of image above) is a Basket Weave purple, magenta, and blue sweater in adult size 34"-38" chest size.  The Basket Weave sweater will be available in the shop after I complete the ship the custom order sweater in the foreground.

It's already time to prepare for cooler weather here in the Northern Hemisphere.  We're working hard now to stock the shop for Back to School, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. 

What are you making, baking, growing, photographing today?

All the best,


Original and Traditional Hand Crafted Designs

Monday, July 17, 2017

Wendy's Newest Ribbons

Good morning.

Last weekend Wendy and Catherine (our daughter and Wendy's handler) competed in another American Kennel Club Agility Trial.

Our baby, Wendy, brought home two First Place Blue Ribbons!

Yay, Team Wendy!  We are so proud of Wendy and Catherine!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Penny's Platypus

Good morning,

This is our Penny, our sweet twelve year old Lab. 

Penny's taking a nap in our sitting room where we all spend a great deal of time.  It's so cute that our pups all seem to think the blue platypus is so very special.  They get new toys every time they go to a show so have hundreds of toys, but just like all children, they have their favorites.

This platypus is Penny's "teddy bear."


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sky Loft Suite 1718 - Allure of the Seas

Good morning,

Our friends, Martha and Russell, were aboard Allure of the Seas for two weeks and lived in a different suite each week. 
Today's images are of the second week and the second suite.  The bathrooms are all elegant and spacious.

Living and entertaining areas are also very, very roomy.
There is plenty of storage so you can stay for weeks at a time if you wish.
This is the guest bathroom off the living room.

And, finally, here is the balcony.  This suite has a hot tub!
There is also plenty of room to catch some sun and watch the sunset.

That's all of the images from Martha and Russell from this fabulous vacation aboard Allure of the Seas.

Thank you so much for sharing your images!  I hope our readers have enjoyed seeing them as much as I have.

All the best,

Friday, July 14, 2017

Stateroom Attendant Artwork - Allure of the Seas

Good morning,

The stateroom attendants aboard Royal Caribbean ships go the extra mile to Deliver the Wow!
These are two of the towel art creations made for our friends Martha and Russell by their stateroom attendants aboard Allure of the Seas.

Such fun!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Blooming Weeds

Good morning,

The birds bring us so many seeds that thrive here. 

Although those wild Morning Glories have pretty blossoms,
they have completely taken over two of our flower beds and are creeping across a walkway. 

It's time to get out there and do some cutting.  We wait for cooler days to do that sort of thing.  Since we're home year round now, we will be able to get all of this back under control eventually.

Although they are weeds, the green is quite pretty.

How is your garden growing?


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Boy and His Dogs

Good morning,

Our grandson, Alex, likes to visit us (mostly) to visit our pups.
The pups like it, too!  They just love all the attention.  That's our baby, Wendy, in the first two images.
Alex is cuddling with Erik here. 
Erik had knee surgery a couple of months ago so needed weeks of recovery time before he could play again.  Alex is so glad Erik is back in the game.
Penny, our twelve year old, is taking a break in one of the kennels.  There's a rule here with the kids that they do not bother the dogs when they are tired and retreat to a kennel where the doors remain open.  The kennel is "their" space that is to be respected. 
 Wendy is quite the princess on the pup bed.

Alex is trying to balance a tennis ball on Erik's head.  Erik is totally relaxed and lets Alex do these silly things.

 Erik:  Mom, do I have to put up with this?  
 Tug A War time!

It's always fun to see Alex, but the pups all took naps as soon as he left.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Up Stairs, Down Stairs

Good morning,

Today's images are a few more from Suite 1758 aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas.

This suite is two levels as you can see in the image above.
It's quite roomy and elegant!
There is space to relax or entertain in the living areas...
...and bright and airy bedrooms.
 There are bathrooms on each level.

 What a luxurious suite! 

Thanks again, Martha and Russell, for sharing these images with us.


Monday, July 10, 2017

More Suite Images - Allure of the Seas

Good morning,

Here are more images of the beautiful Allure of the Seas from our friends Martha and Russell. 

The balcony of their suite the first week was huge, but didn't have a hot tub as they have had in other suites in the past.  Still, there is plenty of room to enjoy the sun...
...or a meal with a view.
Here are a few more images of the interior of the suite.

 Wow.  This is cruising in luxury!



Sunday, July 9, 2017

Top Tier Party

Good morning,

I'm continuing with images my friends Martha and Russell shared with me.  These images are from their two weeks aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas.

The image above was taken at the Top Tier Party, a recognition event for those who have the most cruises with the company.  Martha and Russell are pictured with Captain Ron Holmes and two other RCCL personnel.  Captain Ron is a wonderful guy.  My Honey and I sailed with him for several years on board both Majesty of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas

More Allure of the Seas images to come!