Monday, February 28, 2011


Too bad these batteries don't fit the cell phone. Too bad because apparently the company who supplies my phone and the service, does not sell batteries in their store. What the ???? They referred me to a store in the mall or order online.
The explanation was that if they ordered in a supply, they might not sell them for an extended period and this type of battery would not hold a charge.
How about ordering just one for me? Nope, they don't do that either. Very strange customer service.
Maybe they just figure that when the battery finally fails, you will be in the market for a new phone. He didn't mention that option, however.
I'm not blaming the employee. He was helpful and did sell us a "refurbished" battery that is guaranteed for thirty days.
I guess we'll be searching Radio Shack or checking Wichita stores.
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ceiling Zero?

The weather observer here tells me this is W 1 X 1/8 F. This means "Indefinite ceiling 100, sky obscured, visibility 1/8 mile, fog."
In other words, conditions are IFR for planes and drive very carefully for automobiles.

The forecast for today was sixty-four. It's now forty-three. The sixty-four has been pushed back to Tuesday.
We'll see!
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Saturday, February 26, 2011


Another cold day. Forecast was for warmer but that didn't happen. Tomorrow? Sixty-one. I don't think so! Possible thunderstorms are included changing to snow tomorrow night.
We do have a variety.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mennonite Supper

This dinner was advertised as Liverwurst and Mush. While standing in line, we heard from the nice gentlemen accepting donations that there is no liver in the liverwurst. L. said they would have had a larger crowd if they had said that in the ad! However, I don't know what they would have done with more people. Folks were lined up around the huge meeting room waiting to get a tray. The money goes to an endowment fund for Mennonite Manor to support those in their home who no longer have the funds to pay for their care.
It was very tasty!
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Thursday, February 24, 2011


There is a new Ritz cracker. Very tasty. Individually wrapped. How lazy do we have to be to let the Ritz people put the cheese on our crackers?
I guess this has been going on for a long time. Peanut butter on crackers; oreos have frosting. . . these both come "ready made."

On the wrapper under the words, Garlic Herb, is the following statement: Natural flavor with other natural flavors. What does that mean?

BTW, they are good!

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011


We have had many visitors who look like this little guy. We think he's a junco - a name that neither L. nor I had heard of before we saw a picture in the Hutch News that looked just like this one.

Monday, February 21, 2011

President's Day

After a lovely 72 degrees yesterday, we have 19 this morning with a strong north wind blowing the flag out straight.
Yesterday L. worked in the yard, cleaning up leaves and trimming stuff. I walked around and watched.
This morning was a kaffeeklatch with three friends. A great way to start the week!

We're all waiting for more days in the 70 range.
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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Game Day

Last week K-State beat number 1 KU. We'll see what they do today against OK.

Later: Final score: K-State 77, Oklahoma 62.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

New Cafe

LP and I went to Wilder's for lunch. This is a new restaurant on North Main. The creme brulee was very good. Sandwiches - a little too much bread and not enough filling. A little pricey. Maybe California prices.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bakery with Real Bread

This small storefront on West B Ave. in Hutchinson has home made types of bread and sugary goodies.
The bakery has been there for a year but I had not known about it until an article in the paper mentioned they were adding bread to the sweet rolls.
This is egg bread and weighs heavy in the sack! Delicious with some butter or jelly.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A New Word

Today I learned a new word while doing my half of the crossword puzzle.

Peruke. I do not ever remember seeing or hearing the word.

I guess I'm trying to broaden my language skills.

BTW, it means wig, a type worn from the 17th to the 19th centuries

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mosaic at Dallas Art Museum

I have nothing going on here except the weather is wonderful.
This is part of a wall at the Dallas Art Museum. We've been thinking about the arts in Kansas since our new governor decided to abolish the commission for the arts and combine it with another entity. Today a committee voted that down but there is still a chance he might get his way.
There are so many other ways to save money and to raise money that this idea just stinks.
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Eight seconds in the microwave and they taste as good as if they were fresh
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Field of Geese

On the way to The Airport Steak House, we saw this field full of geese. One was larger and white. They must be traveling together.
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Black Balloons

We got out today in the sunshine and 49 degree temperatures to buy a small battery. On the way we saw these balloons in a tree two doors down. Wonder what was being celebrated. Did someone turn forty? Or eighty? They could have arrived from anywhere on the wind that has been blowing. That wind is also helping melt our snow. It feels almost springy out!
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Day Five

I could have gone with L. on his errands today but sniffles kept me wanting warm air in my oversize nose. I've always had a large nose - people thought I resembled my dad in that respect. Those folks didn't know I had been adopted at the age of five months. The heck of it is now, I think the CPAP machine is enlarging said nose every night. Oh well, sleeping on the same side each night is making one side of my face larger than the other.
It all goes along with time, wrinkles and aging. Maybe hats with veils will come back. I could start a trend! But definitely, no plastic surgery is in my future....

Thursday, February 10, 2011

4th day of Not Getting Out

I'll be glad when it's warm enough to melt the snow so that we can walk outside with no worries of slick spots.
Thank goodness we have enough food and everything in the house is working (except me.)
February is 1/3 over!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


We have seen this coming down all day. It's about 5 inches deep and the temperature is 6 degrees. Nobody from here is going anywhere.
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Monday, February 7, 2011

Sometimes Things Work Out

I wasn't due for this monthly treatment until Thursday morning. The weather forecast is for 6" of snow on the ground by then. I tried to call the pod where this is done and no answer for almost an hour. Soooo we just drove out there and I told them I was wondering if they could get me in earlier. Great news - two patients had cancelled today! I got in at 1:00 and out at 4:15. Those nurses are the greatest. Friendly, efficient, and full of good humor.
BTW, this "stuff" is working. The count it is trying to raise went from 400 to 900 in just under a year.
Optimum is 700-1600 so I'm in the good range.
It has to do with the immune system but I'm still not sure what they are counting.
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Sunday, February 6, 2011

I am not good at hiding things. Physical objects or my feelings. If you saw the meat drawer with bacon and sausage, would you have even noticed the aluminum covered paper plate below it? L. did, as soon as he opened the fridge.
He left to run an errand and I ran (not literally) to the kitchen to fix a relish plate for the Big Game. Carrots, celery with cream cheese and for me celery with peanut butter.) Carefully covering the plate with foil, I slipped into the MEAT drawer, thinking, he'll never see it there. All that meat is for breakfast which was over. . . today just doughnuts and coffee.
So as soon as he returned and went for a drink, he opened the MEAT drawer, pulled out the aluminum covered plate saying, "This is probably something that needs to be thrown away." I don't know what he thought when he saw my carefully prepared veggie tray, but I know what I thought when he said it should probably be thrown out.
Happy Super Bowl Day.
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Saturday, February 5, 2011


The repainting is finished between 3rd and 4th on the West side of Main. I think this really adds to the look of the block.

Now, if we could get the owners of the next building to the north to tear off that aluminum siding that was so popular in the 1970's, the block would look almost back to the original. (Click to enlarge and see the detail.)
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Friday, February 4, 2011

Brownie Troop ca. 1938

This was the troop that my mom (on the right in her nurse's uniform) and her friend had in the 1930's.
I am the one holding up an acorn or SOMEthing third from the right. My cousin, Marcheta, is to my left and friend, Dana next to her near the Red Cross flag. This was at Camp Fairchild, west of Hutchinson on Cow Creek. Dana's mother, Cecil is the woman on the left, the co-leader. Lots of fun in the summer time with tents even!
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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Neck brace

Lovely, but it should help my aching neck along with a shot and a prescription. I had a four month free span of time from seeing either of my two doctors. So what happened? I don't know but I do have a sore neck/muscles. Help is on the way.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Whole Lot of Gravy Goin On

This was chicken fried steak (top) and vereneke (bottom) Friday evening. A rare, delicious, and not too healthy treat.
This morning I was awake at 4:30 and in the kitchen by 5:30. The crockpot is full of stew meat, carrots, potatoes, onions, celery, V-8 juice, beef bouillon, bay leaves, and some spices. Lunch is at 1:30. With the wind chill at -11, I don't expect any guests. The schools are all closed. We didn't get much snow after the small amount of ice yesterday. Serious beginning for February!
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