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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Very Big Tires

 Good morning,

These giant tires appeared to be brand new and on their way to a very big vehicle.

It would be fun to know exactly where they were going and for what type of vehicle they will be used. 
The equipment used to mount the tires must be very interesting, too....



Monday, October 18, 2021

Road Trip - Passing Louisville, Kentucky

 Good morning,

We're still on our road trip from Ohio to Missouri. 

We passed Louisville, Kentucky, and crossed the Ohio River for a second time since we left home.

Of course, an arena named for Kentucky Fried Chicken.  ;) 

We weren't able to see over the highway guard rail, but I recognized the top of the Belle of Louisville Paddle Wheeler. 

Here comes that Ohio River crossing again. 

The bridge is being repainted...

...so is partially draped with cloth.


The Mighty Ohio River.  That water passed Cincinnati about 100 miles upstream.

Indiana here we come!

We love road trips.  It's so good to be able to go again since Covid caused so many changes in our lives.

All the best,


Sunday, October 17, 2021

Concrete Spaghetti

 Good morning,

I took these images while approaching Louisville, Kentucky.

 Do you ever feel you are driving through a bowl of concrete spaghetti?



Saturday, October 16, 2021

Leaving Cincinnati - Road Trip

Good morning,

Here are a few images I took while we were leaving home on our way to Missouri recently.  That's the skyline of downtown Cincinnati ahead.

There was plenty of construction on this trip, starting from home.  The I-75 bridge across the Ohio River between Ohio and Kentucky has been under repair for quite some time so traffic has been a nightmare.
This is a little nicer shot of part of downtown Cincinnati.

Those matching towers, center left, are the world headquarters of Procter and Gamble.  

And, so our journey began.  From time to time I'll have more images from our road trip adventure.

All the best,


Friday, October 15, 2021

Hoof Print Evidence

 Good morning,

Here's another image that our daughter, Catherine, sent to me.  This is hoof print evidence that the deer continue to wander the neighborhood, including the soft soil area beside our driveway.  

We have mentioned our many deer sightings to two of our neighbors who were completely unaware of their presence.  Amazing.  The deer are not only huge, they are here on a regular basis.  One neighbor even said, "I wondered why our flowers were eaten."  

I think it's fun to have the wildlife so close here in the city.  After 42 years living here, we have just begun seeing so many critters in the past eight to ten years.  Our dogs let us know sometimes when the deer are nearby;  other times we see them ourselves without the dogs seeing them across the fence that is covered by greenery.

Happy Fall!


Thursday, October 14, 2021

Fond Memories

 Good morning,

It was fun seeing this mug again in Catherine's office.

Yesterday I spent a few hours in our daughter Catherine's office to help with the crazy last minutes before a tax deadline.  She and I were partners with our own CPA firm until many years ago when I was swept off my feet by a certain Norwegian and we went to sea for twenty years.

The Majesty mug brought back memories of the six years Kjell and I spent on Majesty of the Seas.  Before that we were on board Splendour of the Seaa and after Majesty we were aboard Freedom of the Seas.  They are all beautiful ships and we have wonderful memories from those days.

But, retirement is good!



Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Bob's CNC Family Reunion

 Good morning,

I didn't realize it until after we were home, but I didn't take many pictures inside of Bob's CNC this year.  We were in Brighton, Missouri, to visit with friends old and new who are Bob's CNC users.  That's Bob closest on the left in the above image.  His right hand man, Keith, is standing to his left - go figure.  :) 

 I snapped a few pictures of "the shop." 

 This place has grown more than twice as big as it was when we were here two years ago.  We only missed last year because Covid cancelled the event.

We had a blast this year.  I only wish I had taken more pictures.  Here are pictures from two years ago.  I guess we all look pretty much the same.  Ha!

All the best,


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Rainy Road Trip

 Good morning,

You can see storm clouds ahead in this picture.

 The driving itself wasn't much fun for this trip, but it sure was great to get out on the road again.

We were on a road trip from Ohio to Missouri.  We crossed the Ohio River four times and the Mississippi River twice on this trip.  We truly enjoyed getting out again!

Are you back to taking road trips again?


Monday, October 11, 2021

Road Trip - Approaching St. Louis

 Good morning,

We drove through St. Louis, Missouri, on our way to Springfield/Brighton for our event with our woodworking friends at Bob's CNC for the (wood working friends) Family Reunion.

 The weather was much sunnier two years ago when we made this trip, but we had enough of a break in the rain for me to snap these pictures as we passed the Arch.


It was so much fun to go on a road trip again.  This is the first time since before Covid kept most of us at home.

All the best,


Sunday, October 10, 2021

Elsa's Run

 Good morning,

Catherine provided this video of Elsa's run at a recent agility trial.

Beauty in motion!

Congratulations to both Catherine (our daughter/Elsa's trainer) and Elsa!


Saturday, October 9, 2021

Erik at the Pool

 Good morning,

Erik just got out of the pool and put on his bathrobe.  Now he's trying to figure out how to "shake" off all that water. 

He figured it out.  At least he was reasonably dry when he got in the car. 



Friday, October 8, 2021

Road Trip Crochet Flowers

 Good morning,

Of course, I can't go on a road trip without a project to keep my hands busy.  

I started a large afghan and made quite a lot of progress on it both coming and going on our Missouri trip.  Above are centers of flowers...

 ...and these are the first flowers of 80 that will grace a beautiful pink afghan blanket.

Do you take projects along on road trips if you're not the driver?



Thursday, October 7, 2021

Rest Stop Flowers

 Good morning,

These beautiful flowers were blooming at a rest stop in Kentucky.  

Rest stops certainly have changed since I was on road trips with my family when I was a child.  I mean, gee, now there are flushing toilets!  Just kidding.  Most of the rest stops had flushing toilets when I was a child, but the facilities weren't nearly as nice as they are now.

More travel images from our trip to Missouri are coming....


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Meet Ember

 Good morning,

This four month old sweetie is Ember who is our house guest for a few days while her human (our friend Alicia) and canine family participate in Labrador Retriever Nationals near St. Louis.  Ember is a Millstone Labrador so is a relative of our Elsa.

 Those are our two Yellow Labs, Wendy and Elsa, romping with Ember.  Erik is ignoring the whole thing.  ;) 

All of the pups had a great time having Ember here.

Happy Fall!


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Monarch Butterfly in the Sun

 Good morning,

What a beautiful Fall image courtesy of our daughter, Catherine.  

Although the background somewhat camouflages this pretty Monarch Butterfly, it is still gorgeous in the sun.

Thank you, Catherine.  This is lovely.


Monday, October 4, 2021

Needlework and Wood Working Update - October, 2021

 Good morning,

It is time to work on holiday items so this month's Needlework and Wood Working Update begins with the generous size lap (or Christmas baby) blanket in holiday colors.  This is a highly textured blanket that is extra warm and comfortable.  $80.  More images here.

This Nordic Knit Intarsia Green Hat will keep your head toasty warm because the knitted in design naturally carries multiple strands of yarn.  $38.  More images including the inside of this hat here.

Click here for more of our hats in other colors ready to ship now.

Pumpkins are great for the entire Fall Season and these crochet and knit gourds will still be beautiful for years to come.  $25 for the set of three.

 This month I made quite a few pot holders and dish cloths.  The pairs above and below and extra large and double thick so are perfect for men or women with large hands.  They also make beautiful hot pads for serving at the table.

 These are available in the Home Living Entertaining Section of our shop.  $20/pair.

This is a scrubby dish cloth. 

This and the following dish cloths were crocheted of the same type of yarn in different stitches.
It is fun to see how the colors "arrange themselves" differently with the different stitches.
Some of these were custom orders...
...and others are available in our Home Living Entertaining Section.

Here are a few more that were a custom order. 
No, you're not seeing the same guitar that was in last month's Update!  This is a guitar that Kjell made for me so that we can play together.  Isn't it gorgeous!  He is so very talented.  Thank you, Sweetheart!

And, this is a lamp similar to one that he made for me several weeks ago.  This one is a custom order.

That's it for another month!  Come take a look at what else we've made:  EvensensProductions.com  When you are shopping for the holidays and for yourself, we hope you'll come take a look in our little shop.

We recently made a short road trip to Missouri to meet with other wood workers.  Watch this space for images from our trip.

After the wood working event, we had planned to rendezvous with other friends in Branson, Missouri, for a few days, too, but the new Covid outbreaks cut our trip short.  We had so looked forward to seeing them and hope we can do so next year. 

Thanks for your comments and encouragement! 

All the very best,