Friday, March 23, 2018

Early Birthday Dinner

We traveled to a favorite restaurant where we hadn't eaten a meal since last year. They send me a card to celebrate my date of birth - a free meal with the purchase of another meal. A nice gesture and a nice trip "out."

Who knew that when you order a baked potato the waitress will ask if you want it loaded? Sure. Who wants only butter on a baked spud?

Imagine my surprise when I saw on the bill an extra charge for sour cream, grated cheese and bacon bits. The six items all came in cute little metal containers, ready for us to pile them on ourselves.

They weren't that cute.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thursday and some Sunshine

We ran an  errand early this morning. Early for us, that is. About 9:30 we headed to south to another town named the same as ours but with the direction added to the name. One of my friends used to live in South Hutchinson and she said people would ask her if that was a separate town, or did they have to put South on the address? I guess when we live here it's not confusing to us. I have heard of East St. Louis, Illinois. Not that IS confusing.

Anyway, our tax preparer works in South Hutch so it's a nice little drive down with minimal traffic. That is one nice thing about living here. Very few traffic jams or long waits at signal lights. There is one exception to that last item. The light at Eleventh Street, Lorraine and Highway K61. Locals will know that there should have been an overpass there and at 4th, 17th and 30th. I guess at the time they were saving money but I have heard the main reason is that they thought people traveling the (minor) highway would not exit and come into town to spend their money if there were overpasses. Very short sighted.

We picked up our tax returns and we don't have to pay any extra. Next was picking up peanuts for the squirrels and a can of almonds for us.

Home for now until we leave for the airport restaurant to get a free steak dinner for me (with purchase of another meal) We'll eat early to avoid the crowds, just like all the old timers.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Nothing exciting is happening here which is a good thing. My Skype buddy in New Jersey may be getting some snow. It's funny how the national weather mentions Washington D.C. and New York but they skip over Jersey. I guess they think we know it's somewhere in between the two and we can figure out it must be doing the same thing there that it is doing on the rest of the coast. I did hear that parts of the New Jersey coast may have tides higher than usual but they did not identify the locations.

Lee's sister lives near, but high above, some water that rises with the tide. I forget what it's called but it's not a bay. I'll have to check the Google map.


The map tells me it's a pond.  Now is that so hard to remember?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

First Day of Spring?

I thought it was always the twenty-first of March. Maybe they changed it.

I'm trying to stay positive but it seems like we have a lot of news that is not good.

If this kind of stuff happens in other countries, I wish the news stations would cover it.  Or are we the only one?

Stay safe.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Kind of Nothing Day

I went to bed early last night and slept almost eleven hours. I wonder if I'm caught up now.

We have no schedule. Is that bad? We eat when we think we're hungry, nap some and do chores in between.

Retirement is pretty neat.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Here's Johnny!

I like this painting of Johnny Carson that appeared on the front of TV guide in an unknown year.
I was going through an old file case where I have some of the weirdest things that I must have wanted to save. This one was torn from the guide and put in the file under J.

I liked watching him back in the time when I could hardly stay up that late because I was working and had to get up in the morning. We later have learned that Johnny was not as he seemed to be. Not as friendly and kind in real life -  nobody's perfect. He gave most of us a lot of enjoyment and laughs in the character he played on his show. He was an interviewer who brought out the stories of his guests by letting them talk! And, let them tell their funny stories without butting in - at least that's the way I remember it. Some folks today who make their living on television could learn from the method of letting the guest talk without interruption!  Just my thought for the day.

I just returned from the store where I buy yarn. One of the colors I had chosen, Minty, was nowhere to be found in the Red Heart section. Another woman was there searching for colors and we began to talk about merchants not having enough of one color at certain times. We discussed what I was looking for and she suggested another store that also sells yarn. I left with a substitute color and went to the most distant cash register to avoid the "check out yourself" aisles.

Behind me I hear, "Is this the Minty you were wanting?" Here is this tiny little woman with a delightful East European accent holding a skein of yarn. It was a different brand but it was the right color. I thanked her and then she offered to take back the skein that I had picked as an alternate! I told her how sweet she was to be so helpful!!  What a nice thing to do.

It's no short jaunt back to the yarn aisle!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day

This little guy makes me smile. Reminds me of my first dog, Wiggles, who was a toy fox terrier. The card came from a granddaughter and she knows I would appreciate the yarn!

Happy Day to all the grands, family and friends.