Saturday, October 12, 2019

A Rest from the Scrubbies

The approximate amount of scrubbies made: sixty-eight. Since the scratchy yarn arrived, I have really concentrated on making the circles. I gave nineteen away last week at the operators reunion. I was using one color to see how many I can get out of one skein. Twelve Avocado so far and there is still yarn left in that shade. We will see how many Guava, Watermelon and Icypop produce.

For a break, I decided to use up some left over yarn and start another afghan. I did five rows of blue and one of white. Then I went searching for other colors. In a sack I found two strange things - the beginnings of two more afghans. One with five rows of blue and one row of white and one just like it with red and white.  My brain must have this pattern on repeat.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Cold Front

Our drop wasn't as dramatic as Denver but from 70 to 32 is quite a shock.
The polycart even had tiny icicles this morning.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Chicken and (?) Dumplings

You know it's boring around here when all I have to write about it "what's for dinner?"

I hope it's as good as it looks. I just looked at Paula Deen's recipe. She says it takes 30 minutes to prepare. Maybe, if I had all the helpers to chop the carrots, celery and chicken. It took me a lot longer than that.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Light Bulb Change

Gee, it's bad when you can't reach your light bulbs and the ladder is a no-no for people of a certain age. So, we splurged and bought a new tool It worked after figuring out that you have to twist the handle several times to get the right configuration for removing old bulb and then twist again to put in the new one.
I confess there are a couple of things that are not described in the "instructions." I get the one for recessed fixtures, different size bulbs and extending the pole. But those two small items, center left have me stumped.

Maybe if the bulb is broken and you can stab the remains?

Thursday, October 3, 2019

89 drops to 61

Our weather has been hot for September and now the start of October. If you watch the weather people on tv, it has been that way over most of the south.

So last night we dropped to 61. Just the right time to be able to open the windows and "blow the stink out" as my mom used to say.

So I got up this morning and somebody has turned on the furnace.

How to stay married for sixty-seven years: keep your mouth shut.

Monday, September 30, 2019

New Project

Since the afghan is done (yay!) I started with the next fun thing.

The Scrubby yarn came yesterday so this morning between other stuff, I started making more.

They are addictive.

Saturday, September 28, 2019


I got an email. My package arrived in Hutchinson at 4:00 a.m. It  has now arrived at our house. So that meant it was only a week and a day since I ordered. That is not so bad. Can't wait to make more scrubbies.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Slow Delivery

I ordered some merchandise a week ago today. The website said 2-7 days. I got a notice that it was shipped from Wisconsin to St. Louis in two days. That would put it in St. Louis on Wednesday. I was hoping it would arrive today or tomorrow.

Today the notice says October 2nd.

It's a long, long way from Missouri to Kansas.

There was a notice that a longer time was needed for orders out of the United States. Counting from the day I ordered it, it will be thirteen days.

Looking forward to it.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Ain't there a Law?

A sight seen while out on a brief errand this morning.

A young woman stopped beside us at a red light with her left arm hanging out the window holding a cigarette. Her right hand was holding a phone, tilted on its side so she could hear and in front of her lips.

It's too bad that we were in the left turn lane so we couldn't see how she steered when her light turned green.

Some days I wish I were a police woman.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Days Roll By

Here it is Tuesday. I missed two days on the blog.  Somehow my days and nights have been switched. Awake late and sleeping during the day.

Last night I went to bed early and this morning I'm up early.

I hope to keep this pattern going.

We are still too warm for this late in September.  I wonder if we will have a mild winter or just jump into very cold days.

Still working on the afghan which was neglected while I made a bunch of scrubbies to send east.
I found the sparkly yarn online so I ordered some. It should arrive this week.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Quiet Saturday

Feeling a little "off" last night. Maybe I sat too long. But I did do my exercises.

Here is a picture of our back yard today. The one below is ten years ago. What happened?

It's a jungle out there.

Some day I'm going to learn how to put the oldest picture first.

Friday, September 20, 2019


Today I went to a big store that has a big W on the front - not Woolworth's.  I needed one item and luckily the door where we parked was close to that area of the store where the French Vanilla creamer is located.

I walked to the back of the store and returned to the front. I could not believe it. All the check-outs were do it yourself. There may have been three cashiers but they were halfway to the next block. So I used the self serve.

There were at least three employees chatting there. I assumed they were there to help old codgers like me scan their items. I asked one when she stopped talking if she would help me. She scanned the item and pointed where I should insert the bill. (I know this isn't hard. I can do it. I just don't work there and want them to do their job.) She put the creamer in a sack. I got my dollar bill, silver change, receipt and started to walk away.

See? It drives me nuts.

I had forgotten the creamer.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thursday - Pigs in a Blanket Day

We were having another hot day so we didn't mind staying home. We were called by the garage and they advised one part didn't arrive. So we may get the car tomorrow.

I had stuff to make hot dogs in crescent rolls. Not very healthy but Lee likes them once in a while.

So that was about the only important thing I did today - make lunch and supper.  For breakfast Lee makes coffee and we don't eat much. That makes for an early lunch.

Oh, I did make some more scrubbies.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Talk About Luck!

I went out to the garage to go to a doctor appointment, I started the car and tried to put the van in gear. The gear shift was free floating. No reverse. No drive. No nothing.

Called Triple A. Called to cancel Dr. appt.  Called Ford garage.

The tow truck was to be here in about an hour.

Came back in the house and the tow truck appeared. He wondered how he would get it out. He would be dragging the tires.

He got underneath and found a plastic connector had slipped off the cable to the gear shift. Put it back on. It worked!

Then he followed me to the garage, came in and explained it to the service guy better than I could. I can't praise AAA enough right now.

I got a ride home in their complimentary car. We got a call an hour later. No parts till tomorrow and that will be $500 please.

We were lucky we weren't in traffic somewhere. Also lucky that we can afford it - although there go the big bucks we were going to put in the savings this month.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

This was the name of a book, written years ago by someone who was on a tour of Europe.

This morning I woke up early, showered and dressed in clothes that I wear outside the home - not the usual, jeans or sweat pants and t-shirt. I was all prepared for my appointment with the dermatologist at 9:15!

 I don't know what time it hit me. The appointment is Wednesday.

Later: I checked the Google machine and it was actually a cartoon and then a movie, probably the first movie made from a line on a cartoon.

Sunday, September 15, 2019


First we had dogs. Then someone gave Lee a bird feeder. Birds and squirrels arrived.

More recently cats arrived in the neighborhood. Food bowls are being set out in front of the garage door which attract ants in addition to the cats. The garage door is now left part way open after an early morning surprise of a cat shut in the garage overnight.

With easy access to the area of coolness, a snake arrived. Lee spotted him making his way under the work bench.

Maybe said snake will get rid of some of the mice attracted there by the birdseed spilled on the floor.

And the door is still open about a foot - in order to let the snake get out.

How will we ever know?

A few ants have made their way into the kitchen.

I'm not blaming all this on the bird feeder, but one wonders.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday the Thirteenth

So far so good today - the 13th and a full moon! Except after a long nap, I felt "nicht so gut."

Now I have recovered.

I just heard the beautiful words Champs-Elysees on television.
I remember when I saw it in a book, I pronounced it champs uh lee sees.

And I read the big little book printed after the Shirley Temple movie, The Littlest Rebel. As I read it to my folks, the work "damn" came out "dam en" and I wondered why they smiled.

You can tell there's not much going on here when I write about mispronounced words.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Fair Attendance

I hope the numbers are good for the fair. The weather has been ideal. Not too hot now and there is no  rain yet. Some showers are in the forecast.

I had planned to stay home most of the week. That didn't last long. So far someone has had an errand that had to be run THAT DAY and THAT day was the first, second, third, fourth and fifth day of the state fair. The traffic has not been nearly as heavy as I thought it would be. Maybe we have just been out at the right time - not when the folks were all arriving or leaving!

Today it was house slippers from Walmart. He wears twelves. I went in and saw so many house shoes on the racks that I was amazed. The twelves looked too small so I got size 13/14. Got home and they were too small. Maybe sizes in other countries don't match up with our big feet.

Soooo I had seen that there was a shoe drive at the local grade school, Graber, where our sons went to elementary.  I called and asked if the drive were still on and did they take house slippers. Yes and yes. I also had a pair of cute shoes that I liked but never wore so I took them too. (They said slightly worn.) Hope someone with size 11/12 can wear the camouflage donation.  . .I thought the dog hair would be less visible on that design.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Stay Alert - Be Aware

Sometimes I think we must be in the high ten most frequent customers at the pharmacy.

Today we had another new RX  for Lee after seeing our doctor. We get our medicine at the clinic where we see the physician. Through some error it was sent to a grocery pharmacy where we had ONE prescription filled over Labor Day week-end. When we went to pick up the antibiotic which we had never had before, the clerk told us it couldn't be refilled until the 18th. Say what? We had never purchased this particular drug before.

Through some convoluted error, it had been sent to the wrong place and perhaps when they saw the name, they thought it was a refill for the item we got on the first of September.

I know mistakes can be made. I sure make a lot of them. But I don't work in a pharmacy!!!

It was all straightened out but not before a lot of worrying and gnashing of teeth by the patient. (None of that was displayed before the employee, thank goodness.)

It reminded me of the time when our older son was stationed in KY. The three year old granddaughter was ill. We went to the pharmacy to pick up the RX and they gave us a bottle with huge capsules. It should have been a liquid. Luckily we looked at it before we left the parking lot and got the correct dose.

Check and re-check!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Saturday - Already?

Where do the days go? Well, partly with me napping. Some days the most minor of jobs needs some sleep time afterwards.

Today Lee brought in the mail. It included a puffy package from the north. What nice people bloggers are!! Thanks a very nice lady who knew I was looking for sparkly yarn. I'll be busy neglecting the afghan again.

The weather is ideal for the start of the Kansas State Fair here. I prefer to hunker down and avoid the traffic. We're used to our local law breakers. No telling what the outsiders will do.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Feeding the Creatures

My husband loves dogs and well, animals. He enjoys feeding them. In fact, Jill is on a diet. We have had a running battle about feeding the two dogs from his plate at meal time. I mostly lost that war. The vet told him not to do it - several times. But this time we were going along pretty well after we saw an enlargement on her flank. Thinking it might be a growth or worse a tumor, we took her for a visit to Dr. A. Nope. Just a love handle. He said there was one on the other side.

So that worked on the table treats for a  while. It has been a month, but he can't stand to see them watch him eat so he has fallen back to "bites." We think she has lost seven or eight pounds. Our son held her but I was not skillful on setting the scale so it wasn't definite.

Next, he loves to feed the squirrels and the birds by filling the bird feeder with shelled peanuts and bird seed. When we go to the grocery store, the parking lot is full of grackles (?) looking for something to eat. Last week L. threw out some French fries and the birds were strutting around with fries in their beaks. I don't know if they ever ate them or not. Since L. stays in the car while I shop, he sees all the activity.

Today when I came out, the space next to the car was full of birds. I told the bag boy that the birds have found some seeds.  I got in the car and mentioned it to L.  He had bought a plastic cup filled with bird seed and had sprinkled it out the window.

And  last, we are now feeding at least three cats who do not appear to be strays. While they eat in front of the garage, the dogs are up on the couch, looking out the window and barking their irritating barks. I wonder if the cats' owners notice their pets aren't hungry - or are the kitties eating at home too and gaining weight?

What's left? Raccoons, coyotes, deer?  I may have to put my foot down.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Big Blue Bowl

Today was the day to make Lee's favorite - tuna casserole. I have a large bowl that I mix it in because I need a really big bowl.
So opened the cupboard to get it out. No blue bowl. The search was on. I knew that some very dear people were here last week and they cooked us a delicious meal. Now where would they have stashed the bowl?
I looked in  pantry/every cupboard. In the last lower cupboard I found it, holding a pie plate!

It's funny when you have a spot picked out for something, you think it should be right there.

The casserole is done and Lee just said, "It's delicious!"

Monday, September 2, 2019

W 2

These are hard to read but they indicated that in 1948 I earned $380.60 at Kress five and dime store and paid $14.65 in income taxes.
The next year $468.92 and the tax was$15.45.

Ah, the good old days. We didn't make much but nothing cost very much.

Sunday, September 1, 2019


I hate to say it but for several weeks (years) our van's steering wheel had a sticky spot. I put tape on it and it looked really classy - a bright blue to contrast with the black wheel.
While PN was here, he drove the van and discovered it was sticky, even with the tape solution.
Lee told him we had been going to buy one. Off to Walmart and we had a new cover! They were going to surprise me. I got into the van and saw this cardboard between the seats. My first thought was it was one of those things they used to put in a dress shirt that was for sale. (We haven't bought any dress shirts in some time so I don't know if they still do that or not.)
I turned it over and the big red letters identified it as a wheel cover. Then I saw the steering wheel. It looked like leather! Very thick and very black.
I am very happy.

PN just texted this photo to me and asked if I wanted the blue sticky tape from the steering wheel back?

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Battle of the Cookies

These are both peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips added. The one on the left was made by my granddaughter after bugging her to try the recipe I saw on the internet. . . a box of yellow cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup oil and 1 cup peanut butter.  350 for ten minutes. (We added the chocolate chips: 1 cup.) This was the Kansas version.

The one on the right has a WHOLE package of chocolate chips! I'm not sure what size package. They were made from scratch with Crisco, peanut butter and I am assuming eggs and flour and sugar. They were mailed from New Jersey to Kansas and hand delivered by the postman. When I told him what was in the package, he said, "I'm keeping these." I managed to wrest them away.

Both are delicious, soft textured and I can't leave them alone. Thanks to Judith for her thoughtfulness and notice to the post office: Try not to Throw everything. We have delicious crumbs to put on ice cream so no big loss there.

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Visitors Have Left

We had a wonderful week with part of the family arriving last Friday, part on Saturday, some leaving on Sunday with one remaining!  It was hard to keep track without a score card.

I kept busy making potholders for the Oregon branch. The girls took theirs home on Sunday. While I was doing pot holders, my sister-in-law finished her afghan. I am waaay behind on my project!

I used left over yarn.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Happy Birthday, PN

Today is our younger son's birthday. For the first time in many years, we are with him - or he is with us! As with many other families, our children scattered to the south and to the north!

I have friends who have all three of their kids living close to them. Our two do not. Mainly because we  are in a small town with very few new jobs in their chosen fields!

So we are glad when we can all get together. This time our daughter-in-law in the northwest and their two girls could not visit but we saw the ones from the south and the birthday guy.

(Did someone leave the cake out in the rain? We have been having showers.)

Monday, August 26, 2019

Chocolate - Read the Box!

Our two granddaughters from Texas arrived with many goodies. One was a box of chocolate for me.
They know that is my favorite snack.

I didn't even open it while the family was here. I didn't offer to share. I am an awful person.

After they left, I did open it. As you can see in the photo, there are two sections of a little tray that were wrapped in foil. I reached in and took a bite. Delicious. Before the second bite, I looked more closely. There were four layers; four wafer thin pieces of dark chocolate piled on top of each other!

 Then I looked at the box. It says many things that I can't read but two were chocolate and 8 stück.   That phrase meant 8 pieces. So there I was chomping down on four of them at one time.

As you can see, I put the rest back in the tray and later peeled off one piece for a treat.

Oh, and Schnitten means sleigh or sled or maybe some other meaning in the world of Schokolade.

Read the box. people!
P.S.  Zartbitter is bitter sweet.

Saturday, August 24, 2019


Not much has been happening here except moving some junk around and doing a little cleaning.

We have company! Part of the party arrived last night from Texas.

The other part will arrive today from Portland by way of Texas.  So excited!!!

Just wish the other three could have been here too but school intervened.  We'll be thinking of you, CSN!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Cool Wednesday

We were dreading going to the doctor appointment today because of the heat. Surprise! It was cloudy and cool all day until the sun came out later in the day. Then we went to 91.

All was good news at the doctor as we welcomed back the guy, a specialist, that Lee really liked. He had been gone a couple of years. He told Lee he looked good!

We also got an answer to a question about why our family doctor does not go the hospital when you are a patient there. He says this is happening all over the country. I guess specialists can still go but for just a regular problem you will be seen by a "hospitalist" that you have never seen before. In February my luck of the draw doctor was a very nice young man who looked about twenty. Nope. He was thirty.

This change is very strange in my opinion. I would still like to understand the rational for this. Has it
always been like this in large cities and we are just catching up? Why should we have confidence in these new persons who have never seen us before? They can read a chart but that tells them nothing about our personality or the way we react to situations.

Oh well. The times, they are a changin'

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Cleaning is not Always Good

Yesterday we cleaned out the bottom freezer on the fridge. We took out the basket and really got it nice a sparkly clean.

We put the basket back in backwards.

This morning Lee was going to have a frozen waffle. They weren't frozen. Evidently putting the basket in wrong, keeps the door from completely closing. It wasn't noticeable!

I threw out two large bags of food and three half gallons of ice cream.

It's now facing the right way and the temperature is back down to 14.4 according to Lee's handy, dandy thermometer.

Another First in this journey to incompetence.

Monday, August 19, 2019

A Broken Rule

Today was a doctor's appointment with our newish doctor who is thirty and looks about twenty-one.

The instructions say, "Be there fifteen minutes before your appointment." We live very close to the clinic so there is no big trip to take. Somebody this morning wasn't moving very swiftly. We finally got there one minute before the appointment. No problem! I didn't have to sign in on one of those electronic pads that are guaranteed to be germ free. No extra paper to fill out which they usually hand out every visit. And we didn't have to wait very long until we were ushered back.

We may try this method again.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Another Day, Another Earthquake

Last Friday we had the one that everybody felt.  At 7:59 a.m. a 4.2 was three miles west of South Hutchinson, KS. There have been many small ones since but this morning about 3:45 another 4.1. I
don't know if it woke me up or Lee moving around the bedroom. He said it wasn't loud like the one on Friday that sounded like an explosion. This one just shook.

I only felt one of the twelve or so since Friday. I was sitting at the computer and thought one of the dogs bumped my chair.

Nope.  Hope the earth calms down around here.

Friday, August 16, 2019


It started out normally. This day after our anniversary.....

I came out of the bathroom, shut the door and there was this loud "explosion" sound.  I thought something had fallen in the bathroom or the toilet had exploded. I looked at the clock - 7:57.

Lee thought a car had hit the house. What it was, was an earthquake. We've had few but some were very slight. This was a 4.2. Luckily, no pictures fell or wine bottles (we didn't have any of those here) and in the garage only a tube from the yard blower had rolled across the floor. Businesses and some homes had minor damage. For a while they blamed the frequency of the quakes on fracking. However, there is a fault near here. The earliest earthquake recorded in Kansas was in 1867!

Later in the day Lee asked me to close the garage door. I did but didn't have the door into the house completely closed. Jill got out. Lee got ballistic. I called the dog. It's like talking to a brick. We did not train these dogs and they are the first ones we've had that did not come when we called.

I got in the car and Lee started following her up the street in his Jazzy. Finally she started back toward the house, seemed to be tired and we got her up on the chair. Not a fun experience.

Later:  Yesterday I made a peach cobbler. The picture didn't look so good. It kind of sank but it tasted ok.  There is still some left. And now guess who wants apple pie. Krogers/Dillons, here I come. No more baking for me this week.

Thursday, August 15, 2019


Since a nice blogger (CH) sent me scrubbies, I have shamelessly copied them and had six completed. She mentioned that she had given some to nurses so since I was going to see some nurses, I took the six with me to IVIG.

Three were on duty and the room was full with almost every chair taken. After it had cleared out somewhat, I asked one of the nurses how many were there today. Three but one came and relieved Christine to have lunch. So I gave each of the four a red scrubbie.

Later, the mother of one of the teenage patients went out and bought cherry limeades for everybody!
When I could get her attention, I gave her one. Her favorite color is red and she is going to hang it on her Christmas tree.

I had one left. In came one of the nurses who was off to have a baby. She had the baby with her so we all loved seeing him. Six weeks old. In four weeks she has to come back to work. She got the last scrubby.

Now, I wish I could find the yarn with the sparkles in it. They are so much more - well, sparkly!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Today was the day. Every eight weeks I get an IV at the infusion lab in the local hospital.

Today I walked up to the registration desk. She asked my name and then stood and invited me to follow her about fifteen steps to a desk in a cubicle. There a nice young lady looked at my medical cards and had me sign the electronic signature machine, put on an armband on my arm and that was it.

Sometimes they tell me to have a seat and then a person from a cubicle comes and gets me. Several times the lady at the registration desk has done the whole deal right there at the desk, arm band and all.  Other times, they have pointed the way to the where the "checker-inners" are seated.

Formerly they asked questions about black lung and if I was participating in any government studies on health issues. Other questions about traveling outside the country were asked. But not today.

Each time it is a new experience. I can hardly believe they change their protocol every eight weeks. Maybe each employee just does what they want to do that day.

Anyway, I got my paper work and went to the fifth floor. Thank goodness for elevators. I barely made it across the parking lot and it was not that hot today. (87) Back to the nineties tomorrow.

P.S.  I forgot the most embarrassing thing I did. The registration lady asked how she could help me and I told her I was there for an invasion on fifth floor. I corrected it.  I think I watch too much news.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Forty-five by Thirty-six

This could be a lap afghan - or if you are very short, A  regular cover.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Here We Go Again

I started another afghan today. I am determined to make this one bigger - like my heroine, JRC, does!

No two are ever the same size here. I just chain the foundation till I get tired. But not today!  I have a chain seven feet long.

I wonder how many more skeins I need to buy.

The color of the yarn is "café latte" by Red Heart.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Half a Day - Lost!

This morning I had breakfast and went back to bed. Slept till almost 2:00.

Some days when you feel like something is just not right, you may just need sleep.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Fast Service

On August 8th we discussed ordering an item listed on Amazon. The literature said it would be delivered by the 10th. Finally, I checked it and decided to order. The price had gone up over $15 since morning. Forget that!
The next morning, the 9th, I checked it again after deciding it was still a good deal. The price was back down to the original amount. I ordered! My final account page showed the original $65.
It also stated it would be delivered by Sunday, August 11th.

On a Sunday?

Today, Saturday, the 10th, Fed Ex dropped off the box. They didn't ring the bell but the dogs notified us that something was here. I went back and checked the tracking page....Fort Worth yesterday to Edmond OK, to Wichita this morning at 7:15.


P.S. I would rather buy locally but the few places we have here that carry this item, did not have this model. Only Goddard and Newton were listed as having them in stock.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Cleaning Day for Carpets

We had the carpets cleaned today. Last time it was in February, very cold and I stayed in the house during the cleaning. Even though the "soap" they use has a very pleasant smell, it is overwhelming. It made my breathing worse and I ended up in the hospital.

So today I planned to stay out on our screened in porch with Lee and the dogs. Part of that didn't work out. Lee stayed in the one room that was not being cleaned. I did stay out on the porch. Thankfully it was not a 100 degree day with the feel-like temperature of 107! It had rained last night and was 70 cool degrees with a breeze.  How lucky can you get?

To avoid more coffee spills, I'm using the sippy cup/glass that was a souvenir from the hospital event celebrating all the people who have been born there. I think I was the second oldest there. One person was 92.

Anyway, I guess we start out clumsily with a sippy cup and when we get old(er) we end up using one for coffee, just in case.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019


Don't you like it when things just work out?  It does happen sometimes for me. The  one that repeats most often is the speed limits. We have two limits in our town - 30 and 35 mph. The only other one is when school lets out and it's 20 mph.

When I am driving and look down at the speedometer and see that I am exactly on what I should be on, I think, how lucky! Most traffic here stays within the right speed but of course there is always one who speeds on by.

The other thing that happened recently is that we went to buy one loaded potato at the barbecue spot. (We split it - they are huge.)
I called it in. That way we won't have to sit and wait in the hot car. (A/C is not working.) The order was one loaded potato with double beef. So we drove to the window behind another car and had to wait anyway. I didn't remember the exact cost so I grabbed a ten dollar bill, three quarters and a dime.  She told me the price was $10.84. I got a penny change. How close could I get? (I thought the price was a little higher than usual!)

So we got home and opened the extra heavy sack. There were two boxes, each with a huge potato but no extra beef! I thought I heard her say that next time it might be a little more because they didn't double the beef.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Traffic - where are the polizei?

On a short errand we saw two pick-up trucks in two different locations turn left when the green arrow was not on for the left turn lane. Luckily, no one was approaching so there was no collision.

The next strange maneuver was executed by a car ahead of me in a left turn lane. When the green left turn arrow came on, he glided to the right and went straight ahead, getting a head start on the cars stopped in the lane that was meant to go straight!

Very strange drivers loose on the street.  And next month is the state fair. We may hibernate.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Remembering Stuff

As any person past sixty will tell you, one has a hard time remembering things. Some things are important. Some not so much. Why do I remember things that don't mean a thing and can't remember different times we had together as a family?

The dumbest thing I remember is a line or two from the old TV series, All in the Family.
Archie and his son-in-law, Meathead, are having a conversation. They were at odds with each other most of the time and I don't remember the discussion. What does stick in my mind is that Meathead was putting on his shoes and socks. Suddenly Archie says, "That's not how you do it!" Meathead (Rob Reiner) had put on one sock and one shoe, leaving the other foot naked.

Archie continued: "A sock and a sock! A shoe and a shoe!" The younger guy couldn't believe it. Neither could I. But Archie thought he was doing it wrong.

So now on some mornings when nothing else is on my mind, I remember the line - a sock and a sock.

You can tell nothing was on my mind this morning.

Saturday, August 3, 2019


Today both dogs ate their food with no added broth, meat loaf, gravy or other condiments.

No hand feeding either.

Someone couldn't believe it.

It's what the vet and I have been trying to tell him for years - when they are hungry, they will eat.
Do you see love handles?

Friday, August 2, 2019

It's Friday

The days just seem to roll by and so I missed another day of blogging.

We are having a wonderful relief from the heat today. Only about 80. We were out for a short time to run an errand.

The dog is on a diet. What we thought was a fatty tumor was just fat. Actually there was one  on  each side which I still don't see but the vet says so. Love handles he called them. New rules: No people food and 1/4 cup of dry food twice a day. This is killing Lee because whatever he ate, the dogs ate. Only the female kept gaining weight. Thirty-three pounds on a small dog is too much.  Vet
said he could take her for two weeks for diet camp and she would lose the weight. So much to my other half's dismay, we are doing it ourselves. We have to shut them out of the room where we eat. They didn't sit and look at me. They knew they weren't getting anything from me and it didn't bother me at all. Others have a more tender personality.

Just call me Hard Hearted Hannah.

The photo is when they were rescue puppies. Jill is tan and Jack is black. The picture is very deceiving because Jill is the bully and poor Jack is intimidated daily. They had been in a kennel together so we thought they would get along. We got them on Halloween, 2011. Black and orange pets were half price! Mostly they do get along (ignore each other) but once in a while Jill will block Jack's path to the doggie door or snap at him for no reason. They do keep us company.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Another Gift in the Mail

Today I received a beautiful knit dish cloth that is too pretty to use. Bloggers are such nice people!

Thanks, Betsy,

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Sparkling Clean

Several weeks ago, a long distance blogger friend sent me two scrubbers. They are made from a yarn that has a scratchy texture and it also sparkles.

I have used it and liked it so I thought I would show what it can do with only water. (Disclaimer: I did soak the Corning Ware pan with soapy water and wiped it out. Only the burned on spatters in the corners remained.)

Here are the pictures.  Before and After.

I only used water and a little elbow grease. Thanks, Connie.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Caddie Escalade

I noticed in the parking lot there was a beautiful car. . . a Cadillac Escalade. Do they still call them SUV's?

As we left, I saw the same vehicle behind me. I turned to the 35 mph street into the right lane, then signaled for a lane change to the left lane. I paid attention to my speed. So far I have not had a speeding ticket but I got one for rolling slowly through a stop sign after waiting for a car to pass by. One hundred and five dollars will get my attention every time.

But back to the gorgeous black Cadillac. He/she was behind me and did not like the speed limit so they rolled out to the right and sped right along. After a few feet of separation, they moved back into my lane with no lane change signal. I turtled right along behind with speeder leading the way. We both reached the same stop signal light just a few seconds apart. Two violations: speeding and no signal for a lane change. If only Live P D could have been there.

Some people are in such a big hurry.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Mail Order Before Amazon

This was at Montgomery Ward  in the catalog department in Dodge City, KS, about 1955. I got hired right out of college to be the "department head."

That's when I had a waist.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Snail Mail

I have recently exchanged letter with a friend in western Kansas. She wrote on the 20th.  The post mark says it was in Wichita on the 22nd. I received it on the 24th.

Things I remember about the mail in the past:

For a local letter, you only had to write "city" on the envelope, after the street address.

We had mail delivery two times a day.

The mail man walked his route. (I wonder if it was a different guy in the afternoon.)

You could mail a letter to another town in Kansas and they would receive it the next day.

The rate for a penny post card was one cent (really!)

A stamp for a regular size letter was three cents.

In case you haven't noticed, it's now fifty cents. I wouldn't mind that so much if the service was a little faster. When you think about it, that is a bargain because you can send your letter to anyplace in the United States for that amount.

I say just raise the rate to a dollar and maybe the post office could get out of debt.

We sent post cards out one year (the penny kind) I can't remember the first line but here is the rest of it.
…..… sent at Christmastide,
My wishes for you are so many.
So after today, just throw it away.
The darn thing only cost me a penny.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019


I went to bed early last night and woke up early. However, I didn't get up and went back to sleep for two more hours. I know I had more than eight hours for a change.

We are still having wonderful weather for July but it is going to come to an end soon. Lee has been able to trim some vines on the house He is having more and more trouble walking, even with a cane.
But at least he keeps moving.

Speaking of which, I bought a cane I saw on the internet. It has segments that let you fold it up. It can stand on its own. Since I liked the idea of something unusual, it has a light and an alarm  on it. At night I can see and scare off any criminal.  (Like I'm ever out at night.) I do feel more secure walking. Ever since I took the physical therapy, I have felt more unsteady. I am  still doing the exercises at home since May 31st when therapy ended. It couldn't be the change is because I'm getting older every day and that has been sixty days!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Short Term Memory Loss

I was talking to my sister-in-law in New Jersey on the messenger part of Facebook.
Neither one of us could remember what I had written for the blog today.

There was a good reason. I hadn't posted anything yet.

We still have coolness. I went to Harbor Freight to buy one of those long handled deals that help you reach stuff on high shelves and change light bulbs. We had seen an ad in a flyer for one on sale for two dollars!  They were in the back of the store and when I paid at the cash register, I asked about the sale. She mentioned a coupon. I said, no,that I didn't have one. So I paid the huge charge of $3.26.

When I got home, I looked up the ad. Sure enough. The ad was on a whole page of items and each one had a dotted line around it and it was a COUPON.

Neither Lee and I are very observant. Lee was the one who had seen it first so I'll blame him.

Monday, July 22, 2019

The Cool Down

At 7:30 this morning it was 68 degrees. What a nice start to a lovely day.

I went to buy doughnuts about 7:30. No crowd at that hour. We came home with a dozen.
Now, at 9:00 p.m. there are five left. I had one with coffee this morning. So does that mean six were eaten by someone else?

Why isn't he in a sugar coma? That myth that says too much sugar makes a kid full of energy and wildness does not apply to the aged.

Sunday, July 21, 2019


I actually woke up and got up before 8:00 a.m.  Why I have been sleeping later for the past few weeks I do not know. It's more weird because no matter when I get up, I'm still tired.

I did get the kitchen mopped, did some exercises and picked up something for lunch.

So far, no nap and it's almost 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Big Purchase

A few days ago when it was still cool enough to get outside, I was loose in Walmart. I went there for yarn. I hope I got enough because if I didn't, I'll go back later and they won't have at least one of the colors I picked.

For a long time I have looked at my cooking utensils. They were originally black but after putting them in the dishwasher, they had ugly gray places all over them. I decided to splurge and went to the kitchen aisle. This group had everything I wanted, the price was right so I grabbed them.

After I got home and remove the label, I discovered they had metal handles. Great. Will the heat travel up the steel/metal or whatever it is?   I washed them by hand (!) and remembered that a long time ago I had made a pot holder that was made to fit on the handle of a pot. Amazingly I found it - in the pot holder drawer. It resembles a hat from Mexico with a tall, tall, crown.
So now I figure I'm covered. Or the handles are if I remember to use it.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


There was a lot of stuff we needed from the grocery store and very little of it was food.
Kansas has sales tax on food. I don't know how many states do not but I know of two - Oregon and New Jersey.

I spent ninety dollars and the tax was eight dollars. I wonder where those states without tax on food get all their finances to run the state. We need to have it now to get us out of the hole we were in for a few years when the legislature cut taxes and about ruined us.

So maybe some day we'll have enough in the treasury to remove the tax on food.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Wobbly Faucet

A little over two weeks ago we had our kitchen faucet fixed by the nicest plumber in town.  It was leaking, but not all the time. He replaced O ring with a kit. Those kits are not cheap! But we were pleased that it was done.

Yesterday all was normal until Lee called me to the kitchen. He was filling the water pitcher to give our indoor plants a drink. The one handled faucet was very loose. There was lot of  "play" in it.
We wondered why, all of a sudden, this would happen.

This morning I called the business and our good friend, the plumber, was here before noon. All he had to do was tighten a small screw. It may happen again. The faucet is ten years old - and no, it won't come off and make it impossible to stop the water flowing! I had decided I had better figure out where to turn off the water. He said, not to worry - that won't happen.  I will find out about the main shut off anyway!

Monday, July 15, 2019


It started out calmly enough. I even made French Toast (we were fresh out of doughnuts as my mom used to say.)

Then our neighbor called to tell us he would mow the back yard. We made sure the dogs were in the house and shut the doggie door.

Later, after the mowing, the nice neighbor told us there was a lot of cotton on the A/C. He offered to rinse it off. For some unknown reason, Lee went out into the garage and left the door open. Jack was under the chair but Jill was alert and she went OUT.

Oh woe. Lee said get in the car. Since I didn't have any car keys with me I thought that was not such a good idea. I walked out to the driveway and looked south. There was Jill two doors down, sniffing at all the aromas. I called her. I might as well have called a brick. These are the first dogs that we have had (nine so far) that have never come to us when we called them. I guess we forgot how to "train" them.

I went back into the house, got a leash and the car keys. When I came back, the dog was at the end of the driveway with Lee. I called her and she came running - looking like the dogs you see in the ads on tv. Her ears were flapping and she looked happy!  I opened the door into the house and she ran in.

Whew. Lee said a car was coming up the street and he was afraid she would run out in front of it.

So that was our excitement for the day.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Audrey and Me

What did she have that I lack?  I loved her style and didn't know I was channeling it with the blue hat.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

One More - 64" x 44"

Another afghan  ready for winter. This one had some surprises. I ran out of "Papaya" and the store evidently did too. So I substituted. On one row I left out a color. No frog stitch for me - just fake it and carry on. All the color rows are double crochet and the white rows are single. Soooo, I started a colored row with about three DCs and when I got to the end, I saw that for the next three stitches at the beginning, I had slipped back to the shorter stitch. Still no plan to rip. I figure these are minor things and I found out a long time ago that I am not a perfectionist.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wednesday - Hump Day

If I worked, the work week would be half over. Since that hasn't been the case for thirty-three years, it's no beg deal. When you aren't employed "outside the home," you still work every day.

It was really cool this morning so we went and got gas in the van. The breeze was wonderful. It felt like fall.

After a nap, I worked on the latest afghan. Three more rows and it's done!

Here are the clouds viewed from the gas station.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Boring - Just the way I like it

I was awake late last night so I slept until 8:30. I was still tired when I got up. How can that be?

At 2:00 I went to a place that refills auto a/c with whatever they refill it with. They checked our unit out and couldn't tell without a lot more tearing into it if is even repairable. I said thanks so much and came home. The car is so old it isn't worth it.

It does have a good heater.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Quiet Sunday

Today our errand was to the hardware store to buy a furnace filter - 20x25x1- with the best allergy filter they had. Done.

Next to the grocers to buy pork chops on sale.  Done.

The rest of the day involved a nap after lunch and not much else.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Possible Showers

That was the forecast - possible showers. Before noon it was sunny and not too hot - eighty-seven.

We decided to run an errand and as we backed out of the driveway, we saw dark clouds to the east. Normally that would mean the storm has passed us and is headed on out.

Not today. We drove just a few blocks and we were getting sprinkles which turned into a downpour!

This may have happened before but usually storm systems move from west to east here in the summer and the winter. Luckily the heavy rain didn't last long. North of here yesterday they received enough rain to cause flooding again.

The temperature is nice but I am pretty sure the farmers and those  who have been flooded out are not happy about all the moisture.

Friday, July 5, 2019

This Aging Thing

I am glad I've lived this long. Many good memories are available and then there are many things that I don't remember - just ask Lee.

One of the drawbacks of getting old is that each day when I wake up, it's always a surprise to find out what is going to hurt today. Oddly, it's different things on different days.

I guess I should be glad it's not all of them on the same day.

Hope you all had a wonderful fourth!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Firework Sounds

It has been legal to use fireworks here since June 29th. What a strange ruling.

What is more unusual is that we have heard hardly any noise from fireworks until late Tuesday night. The hours for noise are from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. The first ones we heard were about 3:00 a.m.

Yesterday was quiet. Today we have heard several loud booms. Jill hears them and so she gets a chewy that is supposed to help. Jack is not bothered.  The ornery, bully Jill has been under my feet, in the bed with Lee and in the dark bathroom. Poor girl. I feel so sad for all the dogs that have fears from the loud bangs.

I remember setting off the black snakes and holding those sparklers. My dad held the Roman candles.  Lots of fun for kids if they stay safe.

Happy Fourth of July.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Controversial Fur

I just watched a movie from 1938 with Lucille Ball and Jack Oakie. She was a movie star and wore several furs. One was a jacket, short in the front with four (4) fox heads hanging from their skins and in the front. When she folded her arms, they were no longer visible. The tails, of course, were in the back.
In another scene she had a garment that had only two creatures. These were much larger and looked like foxes. Their tales were again in the back and the front showed their mouths fastened together.
Can we believe that people wore those things?

Well, yes. The first picture is me in a white fur coat, (rabbit?) complete with muff and white boots. I think the hat was angora. It was fluffy yarn.

The last shot is my mom holding me with a stylish coat with a belt. I am not sure what material it was made from but later while I was still a child, she had what she called a seal skin coat. It was black and very shiny with black short fur. I wonder if it was really seal skin. 

This was in the Depression. We weren't rich but my dad had a job at the electric company, Kansas Power and Light, so we were never without necessities. Before I came around, Mom was a nurse doing private duty. Maybe she saved a lot of money. But as I think about it now, how in the world could a person on working man's wages afford things like that!

Later.  Second Lucille Ball movie, Annabel Takes a Tour. So far she has worn a coat with a humongous fur collar and a muff the size of sofa pillow, and a full length full fur coat. They must have been all the rage in 1938.

Even later. Now she is in a negligee with fur around the collar, down the front to the floor and on the sleeves! They must have had supplier that gave the studio a good deal.

A fact from which tells a lot about the starts and movies:  "Before her movie career she was a model at Hattie Carnegie's in New York. She mainly modeled heavy fur coats, because she was startlingly thin as a young lady."

Monday, July 1, 2019

Pictures You'll Never See Anywhere Else

The first one was taken at church camp in Sterling KS about 1946. Yep, that's me and Jo. She is saying something and I look like a dying calf in a rain storm (I don't know where I heard that expression.)
The second one is Marcheta looking coy and standing in the back yard of the house where her family lived for quite a few years. It was built in 1888 and still stands today. I loved that house! Lots of good times there and as they say, they don't build them like that anymore.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

More Old Pictures

The top picture is of my dear Marcheta, my second cousin who was more like a sister. She had everything I lacked: Looks. A Figure. She attracted Males. The thing we both had was a sense of humor and a lot of fun times.
In the first picture, she was doing a glamour shot, like Hollywood. In the second, which I took as a joke and not a mean thing to do, she is helping my friend Jo fix her arms and legs just right! The last one is JoAnn doing her thing for a beauty shot and a great memory.

I declined to pose.   This was 1947. Jo and I were sixteen and Marcheta was seventeen.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Fashions from the Forties

This was me on the left and my best friend on the right, all dressed up to go to church. Does 1949 ring a bell? I loved that suit and JoAnn's was a dress/jacket combo. We thought we were hot stuff.

Friday, June 28, 2019


Do these young women look like college students? This was 1949 and the initiation day for the cheer club at Hutchinson Junior College. The name was later changed to Hutchinson Community College. I guess some one thought "junior" sounded to juvenile.

We were told what to wear on the day and we all did it. Some egg white in our hair, large purse, one of a pair of galoshes, hose rolled to the knee, 1920's style. There must have been more demands about clothing but I don't remember what it was and can't tell from the photo.

Oh, that is moi third from the left, amazingly the tallest one there unless it's the angle of the shot! I have shrunk over the years from my five feet seven and a half inches.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Kitchen Kazoo Band

This is a group of ladies from the First Methodist Church, posing as if they are playing their kazoos.
I can't believe that my mom is not in the photo - maybe she took it. If you look closely, you'll see that the instruments range from an angel cake pan to a hand pushed carpet sweeper.

This might have been in the late 1930' or early 1940's. I don't know where or when they performed! I am amazed they are wearing slacks. I think they only came into common wear in the '30's.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Mr. Manilow

This is a photo I took at one of his  concerts in Wichita. I think it was in the 1980's. Then you could take pictures with a telephoto lens but no flash.

I was a big fan and even joined the fan club. When tickets went on sale, there was a separate line for fan members. I was the only little old lady in tennis shoes in that line. In fact, the day I was there, there were no bobby soxers in line either! Our younger son took me to one concert in Wichita and a couple rode with us to Salina to see his show. On the way home from that one, we drove through heavy snow that I don't remember being forecast!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A Nation of Readers

That was the name of the contest that was offered by our local library. This is taken with a 35 mm and was the only shot I took. That was the same with the other two. I later learned that real photographers take many shots and then choose the best one. I was lucky to get the one I wanted and all three of them were taken on film. Unlike today with digital, a person cannot see what they have until hours or in some cases, days later.

This lady was my dad's cousin, Violet Rose Hampton Dewey. This was taken in a house that was built in 1888. The room they called the library was lined with shelves built by her husband. The pitcher on the side table was given to her mother, Eliza Pringle Hampton. She went to a store with her dad when she was about five or six and picked out that pitcher to give to her mom.

Under that afghan, which I believe she made, are sweat pants.

I was so delighted that the photo won first prize. She went with me to  the award winners presentation. I received some money and a large book about photography. I wish I could remember the year. I believe it was the late '80's.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Kansas Scene

This photo was my second prize winner. Spangler's photo shop had a contest and I don't remember what the theme was. Maybe Scenes of Kansas? This was taken between Emporia and Newton, KS, just off Highway 50. The last time we drove that way, I tried and tried to locate it. Maybe the stone house was destroyed or disintegrated. Anyway, I was thrilled again to have won. I think the prize was a gift certificate.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

My Fav

Another picture with the Sawyer - not a prize winner anywhere else but it is with me.  MN and PN.