Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Kee rect!!!

The forecast for today said snow at noon. About eleven o'clock small crystals were falling and by noon it was snow.  It didn't last long though and the radar shows we are about out of the precipitation area.

Lee had a doctor's appointment. We are going to try something new....CBD oil for pain. It seems it's legal here! Plus some cream to rub on wrists or any other body part that is hurting. I'll report later on the results! I sure hope it helps him.

Monday, February 24, 2020


My sister-in-law and I were talking bout the new names that folks are choosing for their children now.

We both have very traditional names in our families. Fine.  My husband is a "junior." He made it very plain before our first son was born that he didn't want any "thirds" running around. Our last name is unusual so I wanted easy names for the boys.... Michael and Paul. I know that others may want their child to stand out in a crowd because of an unusual moniker.

The first name that I remember as being strange was Elijah Blue (Sher's son.) Many names are from the ethnicity of the parent - African American or Slavic or Greek. Many movie stars choose names that are out of the ordinary.

In yesterday's paper they listed new babies. This is not as common as it used to be and is not included every day.  The three I saw published were unusual. I'd love to hear what others think of these three.

Laken Rayne V.

Elijah Wolfe-Sage H.

Sawyer Timber B.

The last one makes me smile every time I see it.

 My folks had the right idea. Let me choose my own name and then I could never blame them if I didn't like it. I was adopted at five months old. Later they placed me on the floor with several pieces of paper around me with Lou Ann, JoAnn and Mary Lou. There may have been others but I guess if Mom told me, I have forgotten the rest.

So I chose Mary Lou. Oddly, there was a popular song at that time with the same name.


 I finally remembered the name of the man who had four children with unusual names - Frank Zappa!  Moon Unit and Diva were the girls; Dweezil and Ahmet were the boys. He gave his wife a choice of Moon or Motorhead. She chose moon. Diva was a loud baby.  This is all found on Google.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Nearing the End of the Afghan

I have about three inches more to work before the latest afghan reaches five feet long. Usually I don't make them that long. The are not lap robes but they aren't long enough to cover your head and feet at the same time. This one will be an exception.

Someone in New Jersey makes super size ones that cover a whole mattress on a regular sized bed!

Now that's an afghan!

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Caucus, Anyone?

I have spent several time segments today watching the Nevada coverage. I can't stay with it too long.

Why does it not make any sense to me?  Voting in our state meant going to the school and voting in November after a spring primary.

If someone can explain what the purpose of all this "caucusing" is for, I would gladly listen.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Income Tax Day

This is the day we picked up our tax forms from the nice people who prepare them for us.

I told Lee that I was so glad we didn't have to pay.  He said, "Oh, we paid!"  He's right - our fair share, according to the tax laws.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Same Woman?

This was a dear friend of my mom. I love the first one. It was  probably taken in the 1920's. I also love the decorated cardboard frame. She lived in Texas. Is that a Saguaro cactus on the left? I was thinking they were only in Arizona. (Google says Saguaro cacti only grow in the Sonoran desert of southern Arizona and western Sonora, Mexico, with a few stray saguaros in California. The saguaro cactus does not grow in Texas. It is a common misconception that the saguaro grows throughout the west.Mar 29, 2019)

In the "Lady with a mop" photo, she is shown cleaning up after some kind of gas stove exploded. I hope the gas was turned off because of the cigarette. You can tell they had fun - but what is the deal with the gun propped against the wall?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Trip Out

The title sounds like something from the sixties. All I meant was, a journey to the store which means I left the house!

I grabbed my bunch of bags from the back of the van! Usually I leave them at home but thinking ahead, I had placed several in the car. I went for only a few items and before 8:30 is the time to go! I could stop and look without blocking anyone's path. I bought more than I planned but they are saying (and not saying) we may (or may not) get a little snow.

It was amazing that what I bought filled up the five bags I grabbed! I did see a funny thing on the internet about not using plastic bags to carry out purchases when everything we buy is shrink- wrapped, on a plastic tray or in a plastic bottle. We do recycle but the grocery bags are not recyclable here.  I use them for garbage.

We'll wait for the next forecast to see if they are right (or wrong.)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A Chance at a Prize?

For the second time in a week I have received a letter from Publisher's Clearing House. In the first one they encouraged me to enter. "Not necessary to buy anything to win," but they suggest that surely you will find something you'd like in the dozens of offers.

Well, we did! Lee has been  wanting one of the see through visors to cut down glare both during the day and at night. Since we don't go anywhere at night, we'll get to cut the glare from only the sun.

Today I get another fat envelop from the same company with many more offers and the news that in order not to lose my winning number, I need to buy something. In the first place they didn't have my name spelled correctly. On the first letter everything was correct.

I think with a wrong letter and an extra L in my last name - plus the wrong street address,  it might be hard to claim the BIG prize.

So even though my chance is 1 in 6,000,000,000, I guess I'll just let my winning number be lost.

Is that six trillion?                    

Monday, February 17, 2020

President Washington

Last night I watched the History Channel's production of the story of George Washington. I realized how ignorant I am about his life and the history of the French and Indian War.

If we read about this in school, it didn't register with me.

All the details about his early life were a surprise. Hope you got to watch it too!

It was repeated Monday evening with Episode 2 following at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

An Interesting Saturday

Got up. Turned on the computer. Would not boot!

I was afraid my machine had "bit the dust." After talking to older son and trying a few things, we gave up.

Maybe I could go a day without reading the blogs I follow, or avoid looking up stuff on the internet that I wonder about. Or most importantly, Skyping with New Jersey!  About mid morning, I  found the iPad that M and M gave to me! The battery was empty, of course. I plugged it in and it slowly charged the rest of the day.

I used the invention, called the telephone, to let my sister-in-law know what was happening.

After supper, I texted with the younger son. He suggested the same thing that we had tried this morning with the exception of holding the on/off button for a longer time. It slowly booted and came back to life.

I hope it will be well now and not make me think it is ill and headed for "kaput."

Thursday, February 13, 2020


Today it was 8 degrees when I woke up at 5:00 a.m. I think it finally made it up to 17. I have not been outside except to grab the newspaper off the porch.

I did not plan to walk to the curb to get the mail. There are still some slick spots on the driveway and Someone didn't think I  would be able to avoid them so he suggested I not try to put a letter out. About 11:00 the doorbell rang. This is such a rare occasion that the dogs were in shock. I grabbed my letter and went to the door. Sure enough! It was our mailman. He had an envelope that was too big for our rural mailbox.

I gave him my outgoing mail and thanked him for the delivery to the door!

It was from the VFW.  Three bags for getting groceries or toting stuff! Very colorful and sturdy.  Very pleased with them.

Oh yes.  They were not free. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Remembering Mr. Lincoln

Today, February 12th, is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Of course, it is now combined with George Washington's birthday and is a federal holiday on the third Monday in February. . . mainly to give folks a three day week-end.  

Boo. Hiss. I liked a separate day for each guy.

The statue is in our downtown with President Lincoln at the top. Around the four corners of the base are statues of four service men from the Civil War.

The two cannons are actual cannons from that period. After the city fathers found they were historical items and not reproductions, they anchored them to the concrete with some heavy chains. Better late than never.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Some days going to buy bird seed, cat food and dog food is a chore I would like to avoid when it's cold.  I should be happy there is no snow or ice! I am thinking, why are we feeding the birds and the cats when if we let nature take its course, the cats would eat the birds and we wouldn't have to get food for anyone but us and the dogs.

I am kidding. Lee likes feeding them but it sure does make a sort of mess.

Then back home to make lunch and do the dishes. That should not be enough to wear me out, but today it did. I'll sit a crochet and see if I can get more rows done than my sister-in-law!

Sunday, February 9, 2020


The weather man said the wind was going to blow after 10:00 a.m.. He was right. We went to get gas for the van and forty-one degrees feels much colder with a strong north wind.

We got that accomplished and stocked up on groceries. I hope that the only other times we have to get out are the trips to the doctors. Wednesday they are showing snow but a high of forty-four. Melting on contact?

We pay attention to the weather in the winter. So far hardly any snow has appeared. I think we need moisture but I prefer rain.

Lots of crocheting going on - here and in New Jersey!

Friday, February 7, 2020

February 7, 1904

This is my mom's 116th birthday. This is the photo they had taken for their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary in 1963. 

I miss her and can't believe it's fifty-six years. I got the call to come to the hospital the morning of October 31st (Hallowe'en.)  I wasn't at home to get the second call from the school that our older son was sick at school. The released him to WALK home. He got as far as my friend's house which happened to be on the way to ours. She was next on the list if they couldn't reach me. She started out her front door and there was this five year old boy, on his way home from Kindergarten, sitting on the curbing  in front of her house; feeling too bad to go on home.

As I look back on this, it is amazing that the school just "turned him loose." We were so concerned about him being ill and put into the hospital that the shock of my mom's death was sort of unreal. It was an unexpected heart attack.

Our son was in the hospital overnight with nothing more than a temperature. It was quite a coincidence that both things happened about 10:30 a.m. Mom and Mike were really close. (He was the first grandchild for two years and then she was just as close to his younger brother two years later.)

Sometimes things just happen and we can look back and wonder why.

Thursday, February 6, 2020


Today was the first of five doctor appointments for February.  We usually don't have this many in one month.

I went to a place called Infection Control. It would be good news if they could control all infections but at least they are trying. This one is only twice a year so when they told me the next one is in August, I picked a morning time.  The Kansas heat, you know.

Now I have one more three weeks from today and Lee has three more. Leap year! But this is  too many trips to the clinic in the short month with the extra day!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Yes, it's cold. So far we have missed any moisture from this latest storm.

I got my hair cut early by checking in on line with a waiting time of twenty-two minutes. After waiting a few minutes, I drove to the shop and was first one listed on the display. Yay! No waiting. They have improved their website and it was much easier to check in - five minutes after the place opened.

Then our trip to the grocery store. I can't get Lee to go in and ride one of their electric scooters so he waits in the car and marvels at the people who go out in 24 degree weather in their t-shirts.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

A Remembered Quote from the 1930's

“I Am Not a Member of Any Organized Party — I Am a Democrat”

Will Rogers, famous Oklahoman, wit and rope twirler.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Record Highs

Yesterday the weather gave us a record high for February 2nd. It was 79 degrees here.

Later in the day there were several records broken in the land of football. KANSAS City Chiefs won the super bowl for the first time in fifty years. Andy Reid won his 222 game on 2/2/2020. In his second season in pro football, Patrick Mahomes won MVP.

We know Kansas is a confusing place. We have a river that the rest of the country calls the "Arkansaw."  Here it is known as the ArKANSAS River. Then the city of Kansas City straddles another river with half the town in Missouri, where the Chiefs play and half the town is in Kanas.
We are mostly flat but have some rolling Flint Hills in the east and some hills in the west on the way to the Rocky Mountains. Mostly it's quiet and not densely populated. There are some drawbacks such as taking fifteen years to catch up with the rest of the country on alcohol consumption. We were so dry that if your flight was over Kansas, no alcohol could be served until you got over and away from our borders. I guess that lets you know how high state laws go around here.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

What It Was, Was Football

Anybody who is an Andy Griffith fan might remember an album he put out in the early 1950's describing different events as viewed by an innocent Southern boy. He describes the game as those guys running  in to one another and as soon as one was knocked down, they carried him off and sent in another one.

And that's what it was today. Football. I was greatly unimpressed by our team in the first quarter. But, they came through in the end.

This is how it went at our house: We both sat propped up in bed, watching the game. In the middle of thefourth quarter, Lee accidentally hit the rewind, repeat, back-up or whatever it's called on the remote. (I do not like this feature.) The Chiefs had had the ball and suddenly the  Forty Niners were in possession! What happened?. Suddenly I realized this looked very familiar. We were in the "delay" frame!

I got out of bed and went into the computer room where the tv was in the right mode. I watched the  game to the end. Back to the bedroom where Lee was so unexcited by the game that he was asleep. I woke him up and told him, "You have to watch this." So I got to see it again and he got to see it.

I guess that rewind feature could be an asset in some cases.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Surprise Supper

The day I went to infusion, I decided to surprise Lee with a carry-out for supper. I ordered a small "The Works" from a locally owned pizza shop along with a mini "Greek" for me and picked them up on the way home.

He was surprised and probably glad that he didn't have to eat leftovers!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Hearing Issues

I know I have some hearing loss. I should go and get it checked out. High tones and phones ringing on television shows are not heard! I have some hearing aids but when I tried wearing them non-stop, I felt dizzy and the crinkling of paper and the water out of the faucet were very LOUD.

So yesterday when I was walking across the hospital parking lot, (with no aids) I was walking behind the parked cars next to our van. Suddenly the car that I was approaching to walk behind, began to  back out. I heard no motor. I side-stepped and walked around the front of the car. I don't think she ever saw me.

I wonder if it was one of those electric cars? Or maybe my hearing is worse than I thought.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

IV Day

Eight weeks goes by quickly. It doesn't seem that long ago that I was at the hospital getting a treatment that the doctor has ordered. Yesterday was that actual appointment but we had had a little freezing rain and then an inch of snow. I decided to hold off a day and they were very nice to agree.

As it worked out, the snow was gone by noon. Snow I can drive on but ice - not so much.

They are so pleasant at infusion. They offer warm blankets, hot coffee or cold water.

Nurses are just the best people!

Monday, January 27, 2020

An Errand and a Mix-up

Today we needed to get a battery for the garage door opener. Instead of parking in the alley at the back door of the hardware store, we parked in front because the batteries are near the front door and the cashier is there. We pulled up in front of the Ace Hardware. There was a sign. Use the back door cashier because the cash register in front is out of order.

So, I backed out and drove to the alley where we usually ALWAYS park. I went in and walked to the front of the store. No one was there and I could find no batteries. As I was returning to the back, a clerk asked if she could help me find something. I said yes, this round flat battery, #2032. They are now at the back of the store where I had originally entered, near the cashier. She said they had moved them recently!

I guess that was my exercise for the day.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Soup's On!

That is how my mom used to tell my dad and me that supper was ready. Yes, we call it supper our here in the middle of the country - except for those that have been influenced by the coasts.

This shows that at 7:20 a.m. the crockpot was full of roast, carrots and onions. No soup today.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Too Much in One Day

I didn't have a burst of energy but I did more today than usual. Cleaning the kitchen floor, doing several loads of laundry, folding and putting it away is not a hard job. I usually do those two things on different days.

And then there was the trip to buy pet, food - for feral cats, squirrels and our dogs. Luckily, that was all available in the same place! Then to buy yarn and some coffee that isn't available at our grocer's lately.

On to the grocery store about two o'clock. I thought the crowd would be thinned out. There were literally no parking places in the lot unless I wanted to walk a block and a half in the cold. I did not. We just went home and decided to go back later.

About four fifteen we went back. There were still lots of people but we found a parking spot. I had a new (to me) coupon from Dillons/Kroger. Buy $70 worth of groceries and get $7.00 off. Worked for me.

By the time we got all the food put away (the cashier said I saved $33!) we both were ready to rest. No nap!  Just sitting down.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Another Quiet Day

Feeling better today. I got up so early after an unusually early bedtime last night, that I had to take a nap about breakfast time We had lunch at 10:30 a.m.  Can you tell we are not on a schedule?

I love this necklace. It's from the Vietnam era and says 1968 on the back.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Throw-back Thursday

This was a vine on the back porch of our former house. Hoping for some flowers sooner than later.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

What Happened to Tuesday?

I can't believe I didn't post anything yesterday.

Now I remember - we had to pick up a prescription and some cash. Then I came home and watched the tv to see Dr. Phil and then the history going on in DC.

The reason I watch Dr. Phil is that my sister-in-law and I talk every day on Skype. One of our subjects is whatever Dr. Phil has discussed that day. We think his guests are not as interesting as they used to be. Either that, or we are tired of screaming arguments between family members.

I am so thankful our immediate family hasn't had any of that activity.

We got another tiny snow. I was amazed at the things that were cancelled or were moved back a couple of hours. I do not remember school closing or starting late. We all walked to our neighborhood schools and took a lunch on snowy days. (No school cafeterias then in our system.)

I guess I shouldn't talk about cancelling with an inch of snow.   We cancelled two doctor appointments we had for today.

Monday, January 20, 2020

A Little Heart

I made the first heart today from information I saw on a blogger friend's blog! This is a project to place these hearts where folks can find them. A tag will be attached with a positive message of hope for someone who might be experiencing a rough time in their life from bullying.

Here is the link:  http://www.thepeytonheartproject.org/

I made the loop too short so this one will remain with me. All the instructions are included for knit or crochet and where to send the finished hearts.

There are so many kind people in the world helping others.

The rest of my day was spent sleeping off and on! Hope for a better tomorrow!!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

PBX Duties

When the two hospitals in town decided to merge in the early 1970's some new things were added. The ambulance service was formed with regular EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) with the switchboard operators taking calls for the ambulance and dispatching them to the location  where they were needed.

I went to work at Hutchinson Hospital South in June of 1972. It was sort of a part time job with six days of six hour shifts. Lee worked shifts at the airport and somehow we worked it out. The boys were thirteen and almost eleven and there were very few times that they were home alone for more than an hour or two. (Today we would be locked up for child neglect.)

It was necessary to be calm and get the information from a caller who was under some stress! Then we would hand the information to one of the young men and wait for them to call in on a two way radio with the condition of the patient. We were still answering the regular hospital calls that came in on the PBX (private branch exchange.) I had worked at the independent  United Telephone Company in Russell, KS. for almost two years in the early 1950's. (Gosh, I'm old!) So I knew the basics of a switchboard.

One of the first calls I remember is one with the term,  "Patient is SOB." Now, that only meant one thing to me but I wrote down the initials. It sure made me wonder about that guy or gal they were bringing in.

One other term was, "Eyes are pearl." Are they white, grey, iridescent?

I later found out that SOB was the abbreviation for Short of Breath and PERL meant pupils equally reactive to light.

I learned a lot on that job and I really liked it. Later, at the new hospital, we had a tape recorder to record the calls so we could check for any errors. The operators at 911 at the Law Enforcement Center now handle all those calls.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Is New Always Better?

A few days ago a suggestion was received from the other half to have some tuna and noodle casserole. Fine by me. We both like casseroles.

So on the trip to the store, I bought noodles. I hadn't checked before I left home to see if we had any. Same with mushroom soup. I knew we had frozen peas and onion. Completely forgot that there should be 1/4 cup sour cream. (Hardly seems like enough to make a big difference in a good size recipe.) I dropped in a couple of tsp. of mayonnaise instead.

I was at the soup aisle when I saw a "new" can of mushroom soup for cooking. I'll try anything once so I added it with a can of the regular type.
I brought it home and after I got everything together for the tuna noodle casserole, I opened the can. What in the world?
It looked like beef gravy to me. I put it in the plastic container and opened the can of "regular" mushroom soup. All was well with dinner. I can't imagine the look if we had a tuna casserole with brown gravy!

By the way, I also had noodles so now we have plenty of those too.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Freezing Rain and Ice

During the night we received freezing rain. Everything is coated with ice. It has been 33 degrees all morning and is now up to 35. I hope that means it is thawing.

We do not plan to get out!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

More Adorable Cat Stories

Night before last Lee went out to the garage through the door from the pantry. The garage door was at its usual open stance of about one foot. Suddenly Jill ran by him and into the garage. Lee quickly hit the garage door switch and it closed before Jill could get out.

I don't think she was interested in getting out. She was interested in all the cats and kittens. She was chasing them around the van and they were going under the shelves and under the car. Lee was yelling at her to get back in the house.

I was blissfully sleeping and missed the whole thing.

Too. Much. Stress.

Now I want the door between the kitchen and the pantry reinstalled. There is hardware for it but no door.

Can you buy half a Dutch door? Or buy a whole split door and install only the bottom half?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tom Thumb Wedding

I may have posted this before. I'm running out of things to post. There is nothing new happening here except our garage is full of more cats and kittens. When they gather in front of the house to begin their march inside the partially closed garage door, the dogs hear them and bark for extended periods of time while looking out the front window. How soothing.

So this photo from the 1930's is a relief. That is me and Bobby Vernon dressed up as for a wedding.
Some women at the First Methodist Church evidently this was cute and I understand it was a common thing to do.  I would guess I was about four. I do not remember this occasion so I'm glad there is a photo of it.

Google has quite a bit about the history of these events!

Monday, January 13, 2020


We had a dense fog here today. Usually a fog will lift by afternoon, the sun will appear. Our forecast was fifty-four degrees!  That didn't happen. We never got warmer than forty and the fog stuck around.

This evening my weather app tells me the visibility is 437.4 yards. That must be an actual measurement. Do they estimate distances in tenths of a yard?

Sunday, January 12, 2020

I Had a Feeling

As I've mentioned, someone in this house hold is feeding some cats. I remember thinking, all we need is for one of them to choose this warm place to have a family.

About two weeks ago one of the black ones (they are all black - glad I'm not superstitious) looked a little heavy around the middle.

This morning when I opened the door to the garage to put some recycle in the cart, I saw two black kittens run from the old comforter Lee put there for them.

Yep. Now we have kittens to feed.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

"Only" Ice

Overnight we got ice. Everything is very sparkly except the streets. They seem to be ice free!

Twenty-three degrees and sunshine but the temperature is not expected to climb above freezing.
This is the north side of our back porch. We have plastic over the screen to keep the snow off the floor. Today it kept the ice off - even on the part that wasn't covered! The sparkles on the grass don't show up but they are there.

Friday, January 10, 2020


All the talk here is about the weather conditions. On the radar we look "out of it." But the talking heads and their interpretation of the maps say otherwise. School events, including football games, are cancelled. Freezing rain will do that.

So far we have just had fog, sprinkles and a thunderstorm. That is a little unusual for January but here we are. , , helping Jill, the fearful bully dog, find a spot to hide from the rumbles. That involves opening the small bathroom door where it's dark. Jack who is unafraid of thunder but is afraid of Jill, ignores the whole scene and sleeps on the bed.

Tomorrow we'll see if they like the expected one inch of the white stuff.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

A Long Walk

Today I went to the store with the big W on the front. I bought some cotton yarn and headed half way down the huge store to the grocery department. I was looking for medium dog bones.

Strolling along and looking at signs, I did not see any items for pets. I saw a clerk loading a shelf and asked where I could find Milk Bones. "At the other end of the store in the north west corner."

I reversed course and headed out for the long haul to the pet department. Why did I not remember where the supplies for dogs, cats and other animals was way to the end of the store?

I don't know how many steps I got in today, but more than usual.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Saved Scramble

Yesterday we had many bags of groceries to tote in. I hand them to Lee and he puts them on the dryer or washer which are right inside the back door. The last one I handed him wasn't the heaviest but somehow we mishandled the handles. The bag fell flat down to the floor. I picked it up and the bottom item was a dozen eggs.

I had checked the eggs at the store to be sure none were cracked. Now I was afraid to see what we had now. I opened the carton. Only two were broken. My thought was throw them out. Lee said, "Why don't you make yourself some scrambled eggs?"

So I did.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Weather Notice

On my cell phone I have a weather app. I can look up weather at any location and see the forecasts for here and where the kids are.

Today I got a notice. I thought it read, "Fine weather forecast. Expire 8:00 p.m. January 8th."

I guess I need glasses. It actually said FIRE weather forecast. It's very dry and the winds are increasing from 20 mph today to 45 and more tomorrow. Another day to stay inside.

I'll take it instead of snow though.

Monday, January 6, 2020

One More Photo

I was checking over my blogs and realized I had not uploaded the photo of my mom when she graduated from nursing school in Halstead, KS!

So I'll put it here. The black stripe on the cap meant she was a registered nurse and had passed all the boards.
  It was easy then to know who was nurse.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Two Dogs Sleeping

A few nights ago I dreamed (dreamt?) that I couldn't move my legs. I woke up and it was true. I grabbed my phone and took this photo at 3:00 a.m.  I call it a dog sandwich.  However, that would indicate a dog in the middle with something on either side of the dog. So I guess this is a leg sandwich.

We love our dogs (except Jill - the blonde on the right is a bully to Jack, the black one on the left.)

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Friday, January 3, 2020

Information, Please

Years ago on the ancient phone system, you could dial zero for an operator. I believe one could ask for information. Those "hello girls" were always there to give you a phone number in any location!

Yesterday I tried to find a phone number for a friend in a neighboring state, The number for this miracle of technology is 1-800-373-3411. I believe for a short time that the information number was just 411.

I was answered by a recorded robot asking me to state if I wanted a business or residential? She understood me. That was the last thing she understood.

The name of the town is two words. Let's say it was Poplar Bluff (it was not.) She/it/the voice could not understand it. "If this isn't correct, say Go Back."  I said "go back" a lot.

Finally, I tried the last name. It is an unusual name but sounds like a tool we use: butter knife. (Not it.)  She/it/the voice couldn't handle that at all. After many more tries of clearing my throat, lowering my tone several octaves and speaking loudly, I just gave up.

I think I'll write her a letter.

Later:  I remembered that I have list of class mates and some have phone numbers included. She was on that list! So I called her. Now the letter!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Mom's Photos

These are pictures of my mom from shortly after birth (what a long baptismal gown!) through high school and maybe prom in the white dress. Then graduation from nursing school in Halstead, KS, class of 1923. She was nineteen. She told me she was thin until she went to nurses training and had regular hours and regular meals. Then she gained weight and fought it the rest of her life.

The last photo was for their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary in 1963.  She died the next year at the very young age of sixty.

I have so many good memories of her and my dad. They adopted me when I was five months old and what a fortunate kid I was! They were not the parents who spoiled a child - I had a few spankings which were normal ways to correct children then. Some with a hand; some with a yardstick. There was not enough to make a mark and I'm sure I deserved to be disciplined!

It really is wonderful to have all good memories of growing up with them (except for the spankings!) and I miss them every day.