Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Apartment Building

This was formerly Grace Hospital in our town of Hutchinson KS. I just saw a long ago request for a photo. It's great to have some old buildings refurbished and saved!

Knife Collector?

We have bought several sets of knives over the years. None were very sharp.
This Christmas we were given a set of Farberware knives in a wooden block. ( I was sure
it was something else.)
These knives are sharp! I was able to cut a tomato so thin that if we had received a newspaper
yesterday morning, I could have read it through the slice.
Because of the ice, there was no delivery on Monday but today we received two papers, wrapped
in pink plastic sleeves so we are caught up on the local news.
I'm trying to decide if it's worth a trip to the local thrift store to donate the old knives.
Who wants a dull knife. anyway?

Thursday, December 24, 2015


Yesterday L. wanted a sub sandwich for lunch. Remembering our last experience with trying to read the menu and pick out what we wanted from all the items shown, I signed on the their web site and wrote down what we wanted. It went much better at the speaker. Type of sandwich, Spicy Italian, check. Type of bread, Italian, check. Type of veggies, lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, pickles, check. Type of cheese, American, check. Type of sauce, brown mustard, check. Then a new question. Do you want it toasted? Yes, please. She repeated it all back and said, "That was Provolone cheese?" To keep it simple, the answer was yes.

So she quoted a price and we drove around to the window. Quick service and home to eat. Well, it was not toasted so I guess that's why the service was so quick. No complaint really. I'm sure that it is not an easy job to keep all of those hundreds of choices straight. But we both decided that toasting makes a big difference in the quality of a sub sandwich.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Last night I left my "work" on the table where I was working and in the middle of the night, L. found it in the dining room, on the floor with quite a mess. This morning it took me an hour and fifteen minutes to get it sorted out. I thought four year old puppies were past the chewing stage. Well, to be fair, they didn't chew it up; just tangled it up.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Styli or Styluses?

Turns out both are correct for the plural with styluses also acceptable. We had this discussion this week when I lost the rubber tip from the little sparkly stylus shown  in the center.
A year ago our son and family gave me a tablet and I told him I would buy a stylus. He said they give them away. Since I didn't find any free ones, I shelled out $7.00 for the cheapest one I could find at the "Office" store .Our granddaughter found the lost tip and she used Guerilla Glue to replace it so I wouldn't lose it again. So after the glue was dry, I used the little jeweled expandable and guess what! It doesn't work. Evidently the glue made the tip too rigid.  I would love to take it back to the store and tell them, "This doesn't work anymore." I can imagine what they would think of an old granny in tennis shoes claiming, "It's broke!"

So our son and granddaughters bought me a set of three to replace it. (The small boxes are made from old greeting cards folded and trimmed. A friend, Marie Hubbard, taught me how to make them. So cute!)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

More Hats

Yes, I've been making more hats. However, I bought one last Saturday at a terrific craft sale that is put together by a friend. She had over one hundred vendors and it was really fun to look and buy! The cream/ecru one is the one I bought. It's called a puff pattern. All my life I have called this type hat a stocking cap. My granddaughter called them "beanies." So the dictionary was checked and sure enough - beanie is not just a term for a hat worn by Brownie Scouts years ago. It is a stocking cap.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Zenith radio - 1937-39

These photos of Zenith radios are the one we were using when the news of Pearl Harbor was announced on December 7th, 1941. The tree with the Christmas tree is the actual radio in our son and daughter-in-law's home. The last one is an item for the magazine, Reminisce.

Days of Horses

This is a photo from 1998. Our oldest granddaughter during a lesson on riding - where else but in Horse Country - Kentucky!

Friday, December 4, 2015


Today we received a box of our traditional Christmas cookies, peppernuts. When I was a kid, my aunt in Halstead, KS, made these. Twelve cups of flour make a lot of little marble sized, hard as a rock cookies. It's the anise flavor that is soooo good. They are also called Pfeffernusse...not quite sure of that German spelling! And now from Halstead, through Hutchinson and on to Portland, OR; the grand girls made these. We have the photos to prove that they were made by hand and I'm sure much love...unless they got tired of rolling out those little pebbles.