Saturday, May 27, 2017

Passing Days

Our days seem to pass by with not much different happening.

Today, about noon, we had a dog that was not feeling well. She was trying to cough. Of course, someone wanted to call the vet immediately. (They close at 1:00 on Saturdays.)  I coaxed Jill outside where she tried to eat a lot of grass. It didn't look like she was getting much but after about half an hour of grazing, there were some results - twice.

After this she was calm and no more attempts to "cough." She wanted inside to get water. I brought it outside and she finally just lay down on the porch and has seemed fine since then.

I have talked someone into letting me feed the dogs and I have requested no more potato chips or French fries as treats for them.

Sometimes it takes a lot of talking and a harsh tone.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Stormy Weather

We did get the sirens today and radar showed a possible tornado headed our way. I put the cell  phone in one pocket and the charger in the other; harnessed the dogs and put leashes on them.

We were ready to head to the smallest bathroom. No basement here which is crazy in this state. Then we watched the weather guys in Wichita follow the radar. The funnels stayed mostly over farm country and so far no reports of damage. Then after heavy rain, the sun came out. The bad weather went south of us.

More rain tomorrow. My hope is for no more warnings!



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Springy Storms

Today we have many warnings in the central plains.  Rain and high winds have occurred all over the state of Kansas.
Yesterday there were tornadoes west of Great Bend.

Not a peaceful time of the year.

And Jill doesn't like the thunder.




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Unpleasant Encounter

Who knew it was so discouraging to order a sandwich.  I had the feeling that the clerk was being trained. There were long pauses between sentences. The speaker at the drive-through was not very loud. We couldn't hear the voice. "Please turn off your vehicle."  We still couldn't hear and Lee has excellent hearing.

I said I'd drive around. The window opened and an unhappy face appeared stating the amount of the purchase. I smiled and said I was sorry we couldn't hear. No response. Then I mentioned that she hadn't asked our choice of veggies. "No, you drove away."

Not a very pleasant way to help a customer. We got our sandwich. I saw her name was Mary Ann and smiled and told her I was Mary Lou. Not a glimmer of kindness or acknowledgement. So I said, "Your day will get better and again I'm sorry." Nothing.

So when we got home, I wrote on a blank note card, addressed to "Mary Ann" in care of the restaurant to "Keep Smiling. Sorry we had trouble hearing you."  No return address so she can't come and egg our house.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Surprise Visit

Older son and his younger daughter surprised us driving all the way from Tejas!

We no sooner had them arrive than we had them at work. Two fence posts - up.  Two downspouts - up.  Plastic on porch - down. One shelf in the bathroom medicine cabinet had collapsed and we couldn't get it perched back up. Someone, sometime, had put the shelf holders in upside down. One finally broke and dumped the shelf to the rear so nothing fell out when someone happened to be sitting on the throne.

All the holders were wrong. We did some serious spring cleaning, tossing anything that was outdated or looked weird. We had a whole plastic grocery sack full.  On to the "en suite" where the same condition existed. More stuff thrown out or recycled. Shelf holders switched. What a job for visitors!
I helped by throwing out and replacing what we saved.

Fluorescent lights over the sink and in the laundry room were replaced. And at the opportune moment with helpers here, one of the lights in the garage died.



It may be a while before they return!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Nice Invite

In my email there is an invitation for Mother's Day, addressed to my husband.

Lone Star restaurant is having a succulent steak topped with a grilled shrimp and champagne sauce. Margaritas are only $3.00. There is a chocolate dipped cheese cake topped with a strawberry. $22.99.



Too bad they closed a couple of months ago.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Latte at Home instead of To Go

Since I came to my senses and quit buying coffee at $5.00 a cup, I have discovered this product. Because I watch way too much television, you might know that's where I found it.

The directions say it contains six to seven servings when you press the spout for five to seven seconds (so many numbers to remember!)  Well, I have had it at least four weeks. I don't use it every day but I've kept track of the number of cups I was able to squirt out.  Twelve!

I think the price was $3.49 which is pretty cheap for a latte.  Oh yes. it comes in Vanilla, Mocha and Caramel. The Mocha was good. I'm trying Caramel next.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Warm - as in Eighty-one degrees

A nice summery day but with a little wind. We had to get out three times. That is unusual. We usually try to make it one trip a day - and some days no trips.

But when you forget something, back you go!

Such an exciting day.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Freaky Friday

I had to wait a day to comment on yesterday.

Everywhere we went, every errand we ran, and several persons were just unbelievably frustrating.
I have tried to learn to be more patient. For the most part, I think I have succeeded. In the grocery line waiting to pay, I don't sigh or shuffle my feet while waiting for the person ahead of me try to get their debit card to work.

I try to see the store clerk or worker's point of view -just like Gregory Peck as Atticus said in that great movie.

But yesterday at each stop we made, either the item promised us was not there or something didn't work out. The woman ahead of me in line had several items. Her card did not work when she swiped it. The clerk had told her on a previous visit to try putting scotch tape on the card.
 She had forgotten so the clerk left to go get some tape. At first there was a bubble. Tape off, more tape on. Success.  The clerk apologized and then we both wondered why people don't use cash anymore.

At the last stop, the record showed that I had not been there since August of 2015. I differed but computers don't lie. (People who key things in can make mistakes but they insisted.) Oh well.

Patience, Lord, patience - and I need it right now!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Soup from Seinfeld

Today it is cool and rainy so soup sounded good. I had everything for the soup Nazi's recipe except an apple.  How much difference could the absence of an apple make in a big recipe?

So I made it anyway. It was good and I didn't miss the apple.

2 skinless chicken thighs
1 cup peeled and chopped apple
1 cup chopped carrots
1 (15 oz.) can fire roasted tomatoes
1 tbsp. dried onion flakes (I chopped up some onion)
1/4 cup raisins
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. curry (I used only one)
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3 cups chicken broth
1/3 cup long grain  white rice (to be added later)

Use a 6 quart slow cooker. Place chicken thighs in bottom of cooker. Add all ingredients. I mixed the spices and lemon juice in with the broth and pour over all.
Cook on low 8 - 10 hours.   At the end you can separate the meat into shreds by using two forks.                    

You can put the raw rice in the last 30 minutes and turn cooker to high. I chose to cook the rice separately and add near the end. (I wanted it to be fully cooked.)

This is also known as Mulligatawny (sp?) soup.





Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Art at the Arena


Our town voted to improve the sports arena where the National Junior College Basketball tournament is held every March. I haven't seen the inside but it is greatly enlarged and  big new entrances on the south and west. The colorful circles seen here are also new. We are trying to figure out if they represent anything in particular. Maybe hula hoops; basketball hoops; halos; not sure.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Garden Phlox

Our pretty lavender stalks are coming up around the dead pampas grass that wasn't trimmed back this year. We'll see how that works out in the next few weeks. Will the grass green up?
Don't know.

Computer is Down

This was an eye opener yesterday. We went to place that has great hamburgers and the best fries (in our opinion) in town.  The voice from the speaker said their register was not working so we'd have to pay in cash. O.K.
I ordered two cheeseburgers and a medium order of fries. She asked me if I wanted cheese. Well, yes.
I repeated the order - that was two cheeseburgers and an order of medium fries.  The answer was is mustard and pickle all right?  Yes. No drink.
We drove around, paid cash $8.70.  Naturally we didn't look in the sack. At home there were no fries.
I called the restaurant and told her we had just placed an order there and I would like to know the price of two cheeseburgers. A lot of hems and haws. Finally she asked why. I told her we didn't get any fries. We could come back or they would send me a coupon. No. I just wanted to know if we had paid for fries or not. She asked if there was a receipt. Yes. Then I made the mistake of telling her the amount on the receipt.  $8.70.  Yes, that was right for cheeseburgers so we weren't charged.

Check the addition and what I assume is supposed to be the tax....$1.09? Our tax is about 9%.
If it were 10%, it would only be 80 cents!  I give up.

Poor clerks are so used to the computer/cash register doing the figuring. It was probably very frustrating doing the job and then some old lady calls in about it!



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Civil War Cannons

These are two cannons near a statue of Abraham Lincoln and four figures representing the armed forces at the time of the Civil war.

It seems the city didn't realize that these were authentic! When they found out, they chained them down.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Anniversary of the Blind Date

A blind date has been recorded by wood burning a slice of tree. Sixty-five years ago today . . .

Friday, April 28, 2017

Friend

This is Jo. We have been friends since before Pearl Harbor. She moved here from another town in Kansas. Her dad worked for Standard Oil. We were at a church camp in Sterling, Kansas, when this photo was taken.

The tower on the building in the background is gone, lost in a wind storm sometime after the 1940's.
She lives a long distance away but we keep in touch by phone. If I could just get her to use Skype on her daughter's iPad!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Chilly and Chili

After some days of eighty degrees in March, we are back to coolness.  It was thirty-three here this morning. Warmer today and tomorrow and then the forecast is for the mid forties for the week-end.

So the boss called for chili.  It is smelling good simmering now.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Errors

Around here lately it seems to be a comedy of errors. I decided to make a tuna casserole for Lee since he mentioned one the other day.

At the store I grabbed a can of tuna and a can of cream of mushroom soup.

Since I didn't have any noodles and a lot of spaghetti, I broke it up and cooked it. Added some chopped onions and part of a can of peas. I opened the can of soup which had magically changed from cream of mushroom to cream of chicken and MUSHOOM soup. The word mushroom on the can was bigger than the word chicken. Oh well.

When I cook, I like to put everything out on the counter and as I use an item, I put it back in the cupboard or in the trash if it's not recyclable. When we came home from the store, I put the can of tuna in the cupboard so Lee wouldn't see it was a product of Thailand. I sprinkled cheese on top of the mixture and then some crushed Ritz. Into the oven for 25 minutes to cook through.

The tuna is still in the cupboard.



Monday, April 24, 2017

Doctor Day

Another trip to the clinic. Our visit today was with the P.A. It was very pleasant and things went well until she asked us if  L. was taking the two new over the counter medicines that the doctor had suggested.

I looked at L. and he looked at me. Had we both forgotten? I know it's easy to disremember at this age but neither of us have any recollection of a suggestion to buy this product. It was written on the chart, which now is an iPad, but we are really losing it or someone forgot to tell us. No big deal. We went immediately to the pharmacy to buy them. They only carry one, B 12.

On to a larger pharmacy at our grocery. They don't carry it either but will order it for us and it will be there by noon tomorrow.

In case you're wondering, the item is B 1, Thiamine, pronounced Thi'a-meen. Never heard it pronounced that way before but that must be used in medical circles.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Too Many Accounts

I like putting photos on the computer. I like sharing them with family.

So I opened an Instagram account at some time in the dim past - and I guess I forgot that I had done that.

Then I got on the account that I thought I had and found the older one. I need to delete one. Their help page is no help. They only give me the option of deleting the one I want to keep.

I guess I'll just use one and ignore the other.

Technology seems SO complicated sometimes.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Nap Time

Yesterday I felt sleepy after lunch so I decided to take a short nap before a certain tv show comes on

I started to set the little alarm clock and my husband said he would do it. It was 1:40 and I requested a wake up for 2:55.  Got my CPAP on and snuggled down.

The alarm went off and I woke up - not feeling any more rested than when I lay down.

It was 1:55. I had slept about fifteen minutes. He reset the clock but that was the end of nap time.


Maybe a quarter of an hour is long enough for refreshing the brain.

Phone Questions

I have a new phone. I've had it a few months.  I still need a tutorial.

Today I tried to use a procedure that I have done many times before and it will not perform!

I need my granddaughters here to help me!!!

I don't want to bother my other helper who is 1800 miles away. He logs in on the computer and helps me with all sorts of things so the phone is so much less important, I'll just struggle on.

Such minor things to concern a person in this crazy world.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Needles

Yesterday was the day that rolls around every eight weeks - the day to get an IV of gammaglobulin.

The nurses are all so nice, pleasant, cheerful and efficient. I saw one young woman dressed all in black. The nurses wear blue surgery scrubs. When everything was assembled and the regular nurse was ready she began instructions to the lady in black. It finally dawned on me that this was a student at the local community college nursing school.

She prepared the many tubes, needle, tape and put on the plastic gloves. They looked for a vein. I kept very quiet, not wishing to tell them that the veins are small, they roll and just generally are very contrary.

They found a likely looking spot after looking on the underside of the arm.  Just above my left wrist she inserted the needle. They needed to draw some blood for testing and then attached the tubing. It was almost painless.  After she was all finished, I told her she did a really good job and that we didn't want to tell her beforehand that sometimes they have to try four times (the record was five) and I would go out into the world looking like a victim of something with coban all over my arms.

She seem pleased that I complimented her. After she was gone, I found out this was the last thing she had to check off her list. As an LPN, she had to do certain procedures before entering the RN program. The nurse told me that the student had been a little nervous. I would think so - trying the first blood draw on an old woman that you had never seen before!

Actually I was surprised by the fact that they didn't ask me if I minded if the student did the injection.
Usually they do but I think I was the last one to come in on her shift without a port!

I wonder who decided that the students should wear black.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1970's Colorado Vacation

This is from the middle of the 1970's. Great memories from that trip.
Back when we traveled!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Seventy Year Typing Certificate

We have just a few documents from our families. I'm sure our high school diplomas are around somewhere but this turned up yesterday.

From Lebo, Kansas, in Coffey County, my husband earned this certificate in his first year of typing. He was sixteen and a junior in high school. I met him five years later after he had graduated and served four years in the navy. Yes, in at seventeen and out at twenty-one. We met on a blind date and were married three and a half months later. I'm sure my parents thought I was nuts but we were twenty-one and I guess since this year will be year sixty-five, we must have been right.

I don't think I know where the wedding certificate is!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Old Words

Last week I heard a word in an old movie on TCM that I hadn't heard for a long time:  piffle.

We used to say this when I was in high school, "Oh, piffle!" An expression of disgust is the way we used it. So I looked in dictionary.com and found out it means nonsense. As a verb it means to talk nonsense.

That made me think of other words I don't hear anymore. My mom called a boy going by on a bicycle a towhead. I thought she meant his head was shaped like a toe.  Later I discovered it meant very light blonde.

When I was a kid, I was tall and had thin legs. My dad told me I looked like a shyte poke, pronounced  to rhyme with shy. This was  a bird with long skinny legs. ( I since have shrunk in height but still have skinny legs.)

A friend (?) in high school told me I had alligator skin on my arms.

Another person kidded me and said I looked like Helen Brown. I was too dense to realize he was really meaning that I looked like hell in brown.  I wasn't too sharp. In Spanish class the Latinos called me Seca.  Dried up and thin.

Luckily, none of these things bothered me. They were harmless names and not like some terrible terms that are used more commonly now.

How did I get from old movies to calling people names? Stream of consciousness, I guess.

Later edit:  I used Google to look up shitepoke"   A common name for the bird, a heron, is shite-poke, which is an old-fashioned way of saying “bag [poke] of excrement. Used in Europe.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Care of Handkerchiefs (or is it handkerchieves?)

Lee opened his package of thirteen men's handkerchiefs, priced $5.00. The option was six for $3.00. Not being quick at math, I told him to get the larger pack.

After looking at the packaging, he read the notice on the package:

Handkerchiefs are reusable (really?) and do not waste environmental resources.

65% polyester       35% cotton

Machine wash cold. (No heat for killing germs?)  Gentle cycle. (They must be very delicate.)
Only non-chlorine bleach when needed. (Who uses bleach?)
Tumble dry low. Warm iron when needed. (Iron? What's that?)

I doubt if we will be that  careful of these new things. They will surely last in good condition until he loses them.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Walmart - The Search

Today we went to Walmart to look for men's handkerchiefs.

My, there are a lot of aisles with men's stuff: overalls, shirts, shorts (inner and outer,) socks, jeans, undershirts, gloves, pajamas, t-shirts, bandanas (they were close to the handkerchiefs.)

After strolling for quite some time, Lee asked a clerk. One nice thing about this store and the big grocery store we have - when you ask, they will lead. They don't just say, "Two aisles over."

I also picked up more yarn. I am always told get all that you need. I do for what I'm working on now, but who knows what colors I'll use later?

So with a fine mist and a strong wind, we came home and plan to stay in the rest of Good Friday..

What an exciting day.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Doughnut Wars

Yesterday we bought two boxes of doughnuts. LN picked out six with ooey gooey frosting; I picked several plain but assorted goodies.

After they were brought home and deposited on the counter, my doughnuts started disappearing. First it was a half that was gone with L.'s morning coffee. So I ate the other half.

After lunch another disappeared. I confronted him and said, "You are eating my doughnuts!" No answer. Later I told him I was half joking but why did he buy those with frosting if he wasn't going to eat them? There was no satisfactory answer. I believe we are buying and eating too many doughnuts. However, I have only had 1/2 of one plain.

Late afternoon another is gone. I guess I'm going to have hide them or put them in a lock box.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Jersey Afghan

This is a sample of the beautiful work my sister-in-law does. (The rows are really straight; that is just an optical illusion.) She inspired me and I am now using up yarn to make a similar one. Of course, in order to complete it, I have already bought more yarn. I needed more colors. I shamelessly copy her ideas. I hope they aren't copyrighted!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Seasonal Shift

We had many spring days in February. Now we are having fall days in April. Windy and chilly but sunny today.

My sister-in-law in New Jersey and I have been making afghans. Since all of our four grandchildren have at least one or two, I am making "spares." J. has ten grands so she is quite busy. In her spare time, friends of her daughter express their yearning for one so she obliges and I have lost count how many she has made. We share our results on Skype and talk every day.

There are many ideas on the internet and the latest that I have tried are crocheted "sweaters" for mugs. Since Picasa has morphed into Google Photos, I'm not sure how to include a phot in the blog.
Well, I can't post the mugs but I was able to add the following:


This is the birth date of my dad's cousin, Violet R. Hampton Dewey. I have a photo of her taken for  a contest "A Nation of Readers" at the Hutchinson Public Library.
Wonder of wonders, I was able to include the photo. The pitcher on the table was one she bought for her mother when she was a small child, about five. She saw it in a store and asked her dad to get it for her mom. This photo was my entry in a contest "A Nation of Readers" at the Hutchinson Public Library. Under the crocheted throw on her lap she was wearing her sweat pants. I think people over eighty should always be comfortable!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Surprise Visitors!

A couple of weeks ago our doorbell rang. We don't get a lot of dings from it!

I opened the door and saw a K-State sweat shirt. I looked up and saw someone that I hadn't seen for about thirty years....a friend of our younger son who spent a lot of time at out house! He and his wife and twelve year old son were on their way to visit his dad in a town west of here. They stopped here to see us. We had such a good time catching up.

He's retired after teaching for twenty-seven years. He moved back to Kansas after spending most of his career in Washington state.

We used to tease him about looking like Robert Redford. And he still does - a younger RR!

Friday, March 24, 2017

It's Been A While!

After a few weeks, I think my computer problems are solved. If there were some way to thank our computer guru, I would do it. Thank you doesn't seem adequate. He has spent hours figuring out why the computer was "nuts."

Now if I just had something interesting to blog about.

The most important thing is we are getting some rain. It is so dry here that the first week in March we had terrible prairie fires north of our town, losing twelve homes. In the southwestern part of the states many farmers lost all their cattle, fencing, buildings and some homes. Help has come from all around to fight the fires and now bales of feed for remaining stock is being trucked in from Missouri and other places.  Teens are volunteering to rebuild fences.

I hope the rain helps all those who were affected.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Nothing to Blog About

I haven't felt like sharing anything with the few people who may read this blog.

The most exciting thing to happen here is a can of soda (which in this neck of the woods is called "pop")  exploded in the freezer. We did hear a strange noise one night. The dogs took notice but didn't go into barking mode so we didn't investigate.  And who would check the freezer for things that go bump in the night?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hats

The holidays are over.


I've been making hats - beanies - or as we called them, stocking caps.


The new thing is a pattern for a messy bun hat with a hole for the bun or pony tail.


These are a pattern called Mommy and Me.


One reason I haven't been posting is that our son helped me change some things on the computer and I couldn't find my blogspot page to compose a blog.  Some days are so challenging.