Sunday, November 30, 2008

When It Snows...

... make a Snowman!!

First Seasonal Snow

The last day of November and here is what we woke up to this morning in our back yard!  

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving '08

The night before Thanksgiving, the house was in full pie-baking mode.

The Day arrived and the table was set for one and all to eat and be thankful for all of our blessings:  Friends, Family, Health and Senses of Humor!
Then we gathered: Sidetrack, Chalupa, Big Dawg (sans one of his front teeth), Beaner, Jo Ann, Buzz, Peanut and Margaret.  It was a delightful meal. 

And over the break, we had time to catch up with an old friend and college roommate, Brad Bartles. 

All in all it was a very nice Thanksgiving break.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Big Dawg Loses His First Fang

DURING (note the end tied to the tooth.  
What you don't see is the other end... tied to the door)

Write Your legislators: Tell Them!

Grand Forks received approximately $165 million dollars within the first three months of their flood back in 1998.   To date, Cedar Rapids has only received $40 million dollars and it's been more than 6 months since the flood waters swept through.  Cedar Rapids (above) had 10 square miles of flood water and was much more substantially damaged than Grand Forks (a city half the size of CR).  

What little funding allocated is held up by HUD.  And even the dollars allocated amounts to a grand total of $70 million.  Our estimated damages could be as much as $5 billion dollars. 

Senators and Congressmen (women) need to know the regulations and restrictions are preventing critical funds from getting to the people who need it.  

Your help would be appreciated.  Write your Congresswoman (man) and Senators.  Send them a link to this post and tell these elected officials,  PEOPLE NEED HELP IN CEDAR RAPIDS!!!   FIX HUD!!!    Find a better solution for disaster relief than FEMA Funding and Community Development Bock Grants (CDBG is not designed for disaster relief and way too restrictive).


Monday, November 24, 2008

Help Wanted? or Wanting Help?

Side Track can't seem to buy a break and is effectively out of work.  On Thursday, she was given notice the Parent company of the company that recruited her so heavily, will bring all marketing efforts into New York.  This means the marketing and executive staff positions have been eliminated.  Laura, her boss and her boss's boss are on the street and in the market. 

As for the Taylor's, we'll survive.  Eventually our house in Monkey Doo will sell and things will stablize.

Buzz's job with the City of CR is contract work which is scheduled to end in January, but there is some hope for renewal.  Unfortunately, this work does not come with benefits so we've decided not to get sick or injured this winter.   

The great adventure continues... 

To The Victor... and Loser

SMILES!   Chalupa's team, Magic defeated the Peanut's older team, Blizzard by a score of 3 - 2.  Peanut had one decent shot on goal while Chalupa was in the net but failed to get a solid foot on it.  They managed to avoid each other for the rest of the match.  It goes to show, bigger is not always better.  In this case scrappy play and finesse seems to have won the day.  The smiles were after smiles were shared after the match... so all's well that ends... sorta well. 

En Mass or Solo

"Twilight": the line.  The movie was panned by Taylor, Taylor, Taylor and Taylor - four thumbs down.  Once they got past the excitement of seeing a movie on the Big Screen, the acting was lame, the plot was shallow, and Edward was not cute as the girls thought that he should be.  Consensus... the book was better.
This guy had it right.  Get out on a limb and enjoy the view.  This Eagle was perched on a tree less than a mile from our home.  When I passed by earlier... there were two.  One must have gone out to get a bite to eat.  Better than waiting in line at a movie, huh?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Hamburg Inn #2

Big Dawg and Chalupa may not have their picture on the wall of Hamburg Inn #2 with Clintons (Hillary and Bill), McCain, Obama, General Wes Clark, Huckabee, Governor Culver, Senators Harkin and Grassley and every other politico that crosses the threshold, but then again these heretofore Politicos don't have their picture on this Blog, do they? 

Scrub Crew

Chalupa and Peanut are scrubbing the stove together as loving sisters should.  Tomorrow, however, they face off against one another on the indoor soccer turf.  Hopefully there won't be much of a mess to clean up; that spirits remain high; sportswomanship is paramount; and parents can be proud.  We'll see. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Got Mileage Outta This:

What do you call a really, really, REALLY sad cranberry?

A blueberry!

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Two days and five games later, the IC Thunder ended the Indianola Tournament 5 and 0, to finish as 6th Grade Champions.  Each game was  bit more solid than the last.  Chalupa sits happy and tired, front row on the left.  She slept all but 25 minutes of our 2.5 hour ride home.  She'll also sleep well tonight.   

On the home front, Peanut had a soccer match this morning (indoor - which is played just like hockey), and she scored one of the team's 7 goals as well as assisted another goal.  A good day in the house for Taylor sports.   

Let's hope the ensuing week garners the same victorious results for one and all.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Before the game it was Dave, Alex and Scott.  Like old (OLD) times.

During the game it was Peanut and Buzz Daddy.  

After the game it was Lisa, Laura and Renee. 
Iowa 22, Purdue 17.  All in all it was a magnificent day!  Go Hawks!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Side Track Celebrates!

It was actually 11 days ago, but we finally celebrated tonight.  All's good with 29 and she'll tell you that.  Warm wishes (comments) are encouraged.  

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hef and the gals

Hefner is back in the picture.  And look who's with him, Beaner, Emily, and Hannah.  You go Hef! 

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Pella Trivia

Today, Chalupa played in a basketball ball tournament in Pella, IA.  Home of the largest wind mill in the United States and Canada!  Chalupa's team finished with 2 wins and 1 loss.  There is one team, CCA, that seems to have their number... and we all know they can beat them.  Today... was not that day.

Meanwhile, on the homefront... Iowa delivered to Joe Pa what will surely be the death knell to his hopes for a National Championship.  I am not sure many Hawkeye fans would want to wish any malice or ill will upon Joe Pa, but as Hawkeye victories go, this was in the top 5.  Go Hawks!!

PSU... finish the season undefeated.  Iowa will support you!  Go Lions!

Old Friends

Peanut, Jenny, and Ellie.  Reunited after 14 years.  Life's good.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It's a Good Day When...

We get a new president to replace an otherwise failed executive;  When our nation, despite some of it's flaws, demonstrates to the world what a democracy is all about;  When a country continues to heal from the deep wounds left by some of our ancestors;  When there is an ember of hope that things may actually get better... not worse.  When our process works, our voices get heard and our votes count (no more Supreme Court "Justice" thank you very much!).  

And best of all, it's a good day when I know tomorrow will be even better! 

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

We'll Call It.

For Immediate Release

The Taylor Family Congratulates President Obama!

November 4, 2008.  Iowa City, Iowa.    The Taylor Family wants to congratulate Senator Barack Obama on his election to President of the United States.   We are officially calling the election and will sleep a bit easier tonight knowing that George W. Bush will be out soon enough. 

Life will get better.  

Monday, November 03, 2008

Sunday, November 02, 2008


Chalupa and Abby Normal seen here as Eeyor and Rabbit.  Not sure where Winnie and the rest of the crew are.

Morgan and Peanut were dolls.  The pic doesn't do justice to how silly they looked.

Big Dawg, again doing his impression of Eddie Munster.

Guests from afar

In from Menomonee Falls, Morgan "Hawkeye" Schwartzendruber and the Peanut enjoy a laugh and some trick or treating.  This was their costume (NOT).  Scary, huh?

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Big Dawg and Gumpa

Nothin' like reading a story with Gumpa to make a young man feel special.