Saturday, February 29, 2020

Something Different

I bought some apples a while back. We didn't eat all of them. Today I decided to peel and fry the rest.

I had them for lunch. Mr. N. didn't care to even try a taste.

They were good.

Friday, February 28, 2020


I never imagined going to a Vape Shop. But when the place that specializes in CBD oil is closed for remodeling, the sign on the door said, "Go to Yogi's."  

My question was, where and what is Yogi's?  So I looked on my phone which has taken the place of the phone book, and there it was. Two doors down. (That information would have been helpful on the note on the door of the original shop!)

Sure enough. There it was so I went around the parking lot and pulled in right in front. Inside there were no people but soon a young man came through a door and asked if he could help me. He had the CBD cream and the drops to put under your tongue. The latter is for pain all over the body.

So  bought the combination. Lee tried it on a painful sole of his heel last night and it worked! I think I read somewhere that all those rub on salves depend on the rubbing more than the ingredients. Well, so be it! If it relieves local pain, we'll use it. Even if it's all in the mind!

Oh. I don't remember if I mentioned that it helped the side of my knee two nights ago.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Finally Found It

This is a picture of the sheet music for the 1920's song, Mary Lou.  I spent way too long looking for it on the computer. (It was on my phone!)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Another Dr. Appointment!

The phone system at our doctor's clinic was out of order. It proceeded long enough to keep telling me to stay online. After almost twenty-five minutes, I gave up. (Slow learner.)

When I tried later, it was repaired. The nice folks worked us in. Be there in an hour and fifteen minutes!  We did and the problem with the RX was resolved.

Now one more tomorrow for each of us. Not fun but the employees are very kind. Haven't found a bad one in the bunch!

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!