Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Last night I fixed my camera, so I was really pleased to be able to do that. I was shopping online to replace it and remembered that I had fond the manual online, so I went there to troubleshoot. I was staring at the camera to figure out what they were telling me and noticed that it looked crooked, somehow. So I just pushed where it looked like it needed pushing and it clicked right back into place . . . and WORKED! So, that's been my latest celebration; getting my favorite camera to work!
Tomorrow is a card and lunch day for 4 of us girls! Woo hoo! Joan and I are ready for the yard sale, so 4 of us are going to play cards all day and take a break in the middle to go eat lunch. I hope I remember to take the camera! I thank God for precious friends and for the energy to do this yard sale. Actually, it's an estate sale with garage sale prices. It will be mostly inside, so we'll have AC. Another good friend is going to run the sale in the shed to sell all the tools. He must be another angel! I sure thank God for him. He has priced all the 'guy' stuff. I should get a picture of the sale and all our 'staff,' too. Joan has already sold Floyd's house and over $4,000 worth of the contents, so she's doing a great job.
School is starting soon, so I'm doing my best to get the blog done early so I can get to bed early and be up and ready in case they call me to sub. I'm not so good at going to bed before dark, but Don used to tell me it was dark whenever I closed my eyes, so I just have to get everything done early. I can sleep anytime; it's just a matter of getting everything done. The summer sure has seemed short! I think maybe it's a good thing I didn't get a full time position!
Monday, July 30, 2012
Today I worked with Joan and she really had most everything done for the yard sale. I thought we'd be working on it all week, but we're done except for a little bit tomorrow. We've scheduled a girls' day of cards for Wednesday! Joan, Dorothy and my neighbor across the street, Haze,l will play Hand and Foot Canasta and then go to lunch at the Mexican restaurant. After lunch we'll go back for another game or two. Then I'll stay at Dorothy's house until church and we'll do midweek Bible study together. I'm looking forward to a sweet Wednesday.
I'll get some work done around here tomorrow and Thursday. Then the big sale is Friday and Saturday. I got some sun today. It was 111 here, though, so I didn't stay out too long and I iced down the water in the pool while I was out there! I'm thanking God for power to keep us in AC during this heat wave.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Today was a busy Sunday. It's Lee's last day here and he's helping me get tables up from the basement and loaded to take to a garage sale we're having on Friday and Saturday for Joan's brother. I'll be working all this week with Joan getting things ready for that sale. She's selling all his belongings and his house as he will be unable to leave the nursing home, so he needs all the cash he can get for his care. He fell a couple of months ago and broke his back; then a couple of weeks ago he fell and broke his pelvis. Now, they've diagnosed him with pulmonary fibrosis, so there is no hope for him to ever go back to his house. He is 87. It's tough getting through these kinds of changes. Joan has been a real trooper, but this has been really tough on her. I thank God for her in my life as well as in her brother's. We are blessed to be put on this earth in families. Have you ever thought how different it would be if we didn't have families?
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Today I had my good friend who cuts down trees for me come and cut down another tree. This one was in the back yard and really close to the house. It was a nice Norway maple, but it couldn't take the drought, I guess. It leaves a nice place in the back yard; I really think I'll be glad that it's gone. Sometimes we plant things that get out of hand and I think this was really one of those things, so I won't miss it.
So, I'm getting more and more chores handled around here. I sure thank God for Rene Hernandez who is so good to take care of my dead trees and my yard. He's an angel in my life!
Friday, July 27, 2012
Today has been another busy one. We went to General Tommy Franks' museum and hope to go back to it tomorrow. We went and visited with the best Realtor in town and that was very interesting and informative for Lee. He is interested in building some homes in this area and she suggested that her son wants to build and is looking for a builder! So, we went tonight and visited with he and his wife about a potential building job. That's pretty cool. Somewhere in there I cooked the fresh vegetables that Joan has showered on us: okra, quash and home grown tomatoes (not cooked tomatoes!) and made some gravy to go with roast I had in the freezer. I'll have all that left over for dinner with Dorothy after church on Sunday. I'm making a pie; the pineapple is draining right now. That pie will complete our Sunday dinner.
I'm plenty tired and give thanks for good people to meet and know, good beds for resting and a great pie I can make on the fly. Tomorrow will be another busy day. I hope we can go back to the General Franks museum and then go over to the Kiowa County museum, too.
Today Lee and I toured the Quartz Mountain Lodge and the little hikes around there. Then we rushed back to the house and cleaned up to go to Clinton and have dinner and a wonderful visit with some good friends of his. He had built their home 7 years ago and it was a gorgeous home. We went out to a restaurant where I had never been, but it was a real event! It's the White Dog Hill; what an experience! The food was delicious and the atmosphere and company were just wonderful. It was a really fun day.
I thank God for great times with family and friends. I'm surely blessed and I give thanks and praise.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
After the funeral in Roosevelt, we came back to Hobart for the interment. Then we all went back to Roosevelt for a wonderful dinner that the church provided for the family. After all that, Lee and I came back to the house and got into hiking garb and headed to the Refuge. Well, that was a great idea. We thought it would be a good time to see the lights from the city from the top of Mount Scott. I've never seen them because I can't drive in the dark, plus I don't go hiking by myself. But, Nate had been camping at the refuge a few weeks ago and he got pics of the lights from the top of Mount Scott at night, and I thought it would be a great adventure Well, it was! They ran us off Mount Scott at 9, but we did get to see the lights first. We headed back toward Hobart and the road was blocked because of wildfires. So we ended up driving about 40 miles out of the way to get back to Hobart. We saw herds of buffalo in the road as well as deer. I don't think I ever want to go there at night, again. That was kind of scary. The fires were pretty scary, too. We did make it home, but it's way later than I meant to be. It was a great adventure, though. I'm sure glad I didn't have to drive it.
I thank God for the opportunity to see lots of great family and friends, today. I even saw one of my favorite students; I guess we're just nearly related and I had no clue when I had him in class. It was a great day to honor James and celebrate his life. We'll miss him, but I'll treasure the memories of today..
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
This picture is one I took today when I was waiting for folks to arrive. These flowers are some Joan let me cut from her garden, again. The echinacea and the daisy and the artemisia (filler) are from my flower beds, but she has the great ones. She's such a sweetheart to share everything from flowers to veggies from her garden besides keeping an eye on the house and my mail when I travel. What a great friend she is! I thank God for Joan in my life. I have other great friends and family, but she is a great, great friend.
Monday, July 23, 2012
So, I'm home and back to reality. I hit the weed attack this morning, but I'm going to give them a break for a while. My brother-in-law's brother passed away on Sunday, so lots of family is coming in this week. I'm sorry it takes a death for the family to gather, but the family gathering is a good thing. Some will be staying here, so I'm so glad to have this house full of people, again! I hope I can get unpacked before everyone arrives! I thank God for wonderful family and friends, and I'm sure glad to have a place to welcome them. Don's mom and dad built this house to hold lots of people, so I love it when I can put it to it's intended use.
I think I've broken my camera. I can't get it to take pics. So, I've figured out how to work the timer on my old camera, but I can't find the cord to use to transfer the pics to the computer. It's always some challenge. God will help me find it; He always pulls me through the tight spots.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
I made it to pick up Dorothy today and got here home and settled, then got me home . . . not to get me settled. I guess I'll get that done over the next couple of days. I'm going to bed early tonight so I can get up early in the morning and go out and attack some weeks in the back yard. There's the mail to go get and sort, too. Ugh. I hate the settling in part of coming home. Home is sweet, though, and I thank God for it. I also thank Him for safe travels and a wonderful week in Branson.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
I'm in OKC today running around seeing old places I used to know and how they've changed. I'm going to a reunion event with a friend tonight and I'll see some folks I knew 20 years ago, I imagine. I drove by to make sure I know where to pick up Dorothy tomorrow. We'll head home in the middle of the afternoon tomorrow. This vacation has been interesting and fun. Back to the weeds, tomorrow!
Friday, July 20, 2012
I'm spending the night with a friend and my laptop doesn't work here, so I'm on a computer that is very strange to me. We had a good trip home from Branson and I've got to visit the kids and got to meet lots of new people today. I've talked to Dorothy and we're all set to go home on Sunday after church. I almost forgot I had the blog yet to do! It's way past my bedtime and it's been a long, but good day. I thank God for a safe trip and wonderful people to know and love.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I'm getting ready to load up and go home in the morning. Actually, I think I'll stay in the City for a couple more nights. Dorothy is there visiting with a sister-in-law and she wants to stay until Sunday. I can do that. I have just enough pills to do that. So, I'll pick her up and take her home on Sunday. A week in Branson has been fun. Now, I head back to the weeds, so I'm not so eager to face them. Oh, well, I've had a good week of rest and fun, so I'm braced for it. I thank God for opportunities to R&R! This has been a really good week.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tonight we're going to Branson Landing to watch the fountain show. Maybe it will be cooler tonight. We went shopping at my favorite card shop today and also to Mel's Hard Luck Diner for lunch. That's where the wait staff takes turn singing and it's like going to another show. It was great!
I've got to go do some stepping (I ride the elevator down and then come back up the stairs, so I can get in at least 10 flights of stairs a day.) I'd like to do 20, but I may melt if I do that, so I'll settle for 10 flights. I thank God for great weather and a fitbit to help me track my stairs and my steps for walking. Yesterday I did 4.5 miles. Today, I may not do so many. I remind myself more and more of my mom; she walked and walked and I'm following in her footsteps, it appears. I thank God for my mom, too!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I thank God for a beautiful place to be and enjoy His handiwork and for good friends and family. I am so blessed!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Today I walked 3.08 miles and climbed 20 flights of stairs. My friend who went on the cruise with me introduced me to the fitbit and it tells me exactly how far I've walked and how many flights (or equivalent to) of stairs I've climbed. It's wonderful to encourage me to keep on chugging. I had a great detox session today because I was sweating so much.
Then tonight we went to the hospitality party the resort had and had a good dinner and saw lots of Branson entertainers. Tomorrow night we're going to see Pierce Arrow. The weather is great and I'm having a great time. It's nice to be able to share this time. I'll go back home next week and get to work at home, so this is a nice time for me. I thank God for nice times, the ability to take the hard times and handle the big jobs, and for good friends and great family. I'm richly blessed.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
It was fun to go to church in Hollister this morning. When I'm here I always go there to church and it was great to see folks I love there. This is good times for me. I hope you all are finding time to relax, too.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Yesterday before I left for Branson I went to Imogene's funeral and celebration of life. Those ceremonies are always so difficult. However, the joy of it was seeing so many folks I love so much and to participate in all the precious memories provided by such a dear lady in all our lives. I was thoroughly pleased and proud to get to see Jeff and Davy (above) and Davy's wife, Susan and son and daughter, Bruce and Erica. We certainly made more memories to treasure.
Today I've had trouble connecting, in fact couldn't connect at all until just now. I get so frustrated with the world of technology. What matters is that I'm online now, and it's been a great day other than that. It rained here today and has been cool! I wasn't prepared for either, but I was blessed to see and feel both. Thanks for keeping up with me. I'm fine and heading to bed. God is great to provide for all my needs. (Even the Internet comes on just in time.)
I'm checked in and ready to crash. It's been a long day. I'm looking forward to a fun week. The connection here is pathetic, but it looks like I might get a quick post made. I'm grateful if I can make it from the unit and not have to drive out to McDonald's! PTL!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I've been packing all day and I'm about ready to leave in the morning for a week in Branson. This was a week I forgot to bank. I have to use it or lose it, so off I go! The good thing is that a friend is going with me, so I don't have to worry about driving after dark and I won't be there all by myself. I don't think I've ever done just one week in Branson, so I really don't know how to even pack. If I pack wrong, I'll only have to get by a week with whatever is wrong! It will be nice to share the week.
This is a picture I took last Saturday with the flowers that Joan saved for me. I finally had to throw them out today. There will be more when I get home next week, I'll bet. She brought me squash and tomatoes that I'm taking to Branson. She's such a dear! My uncle used to call me Miss Tomato because I ate so many tomatoes when I went to their house. Home grown tomatoes are so, so good! I thank God for the tomatoes and for someone who can grow them and will share with me!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Today I got some bookkeeping done and sort of wished I was out digging in the yard. My hip and back like the brain work better, though. I thank God I can get all the jobs done. He blesses me. Yesterday one of my Neighbors, who helps keep an eye on the house when I'm gone came by and visited a bit while I was out there working. I love it when she does that. She's so uplifting. She told me once before to be bold, and I think of that real often. I tend to revert back into my 5 year old mousy mode that my folks worked so hard to pull me out of, but I remember her telling me to be bold. That simple statement has meant so much to me. I doubt if she realizes it, but she lurks on here, so maybe she'll see this and realize what a difference she's made. I thank God for Gayle, too. (My sister might be thinking she'd like to see the mousy mode, again!)
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I finished the weeds today. Actually, there are more weeds in the very front flower bed and more in the back flower bed, but I got the bed done where the trees were removed and it was the one that was so out of control. I worked out there ALL DAY! God gave me a cool day, so I refused to quit. I knew I didn't want to be out there in 100 degrees and the high today was 86. It was windy, so I hardly even broke a sweat! I thank God for a cool day and the ability to get it done. I also thank Him for the machines to jerk me back into shape! I'm so going to bed early tonight!
Monday, July 9, 2012
Today I pulled weeds out of half the flower beds and I am paying for it! OUCH! I've done all the exercises I could to get some relief; hopefully a good night's sleep with fix me so I can finish it tomorrow. Those weeds will not win!
I thank God for wonderful friends. I thank God for the ability to work in the yard. God takes care of me and you! PTL!
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Today was a great Sunday. Dorothy came home with me after church and we finished up left over squash and okra from last night's supper. I added some turkey and dressing I had in the freezer and made some new gravy. Oh, there were left over tomatoes, too. If it gets any better for dinner, we couldn't imagine it. We finished off with sugar free pie. Yum.
Then I took Dorothy home and came home and took a 2 hour nap before going back to church tonight. Now, I'm going to watch some TV I've saved on the DVR while I was gone. Tomorrow I'll tackle the weeds and other chores. I thank God for naps, gone trees, precious friends, fresh veggies and Rene, who took down the trees!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Alyssa's mom and dad were next door (borrowing the parsonage) doing their yard sale nearly all day. I went over and bought a couple of things that I did NOT need, but could not resist. I could have bought more if I could have stood the heat longer, so I guess the heat saved me from collecting more 'stuff.'
Rene got some good tool bargains before he started on my trees, I think. Then he worked on finishing up the trees until after 1. I had company come around 10 and then we toured around Hobart and Roosevelt (a neighboring town, where my friend had come to check on a tombstone he had had placed at his mom, dad and brother's graves.) It was a good day for me to see some areas around here with which I really was not familiar and make some more connections. Everybody around here is related somehow and the longer I live here the more connections I get.
It's been a very relaxing day. I'm sure my company saved my life. If he hadn't been here I would have gone out and done something with the weeds that are overtaking my flower beds. I won't do that tomorrow because I don't want to ruin my makeup and have to do it over for church tomorrow night. So, I'll work on taking care of the mail. I sorted out all the trash last night, but there are some things that need attention and I'll do that tomorrow. Then, Monday I'll attack the weeds; they really have got to go, heat or no heat. I won't lay in the sun; I'll work in the sun. I thank God for a day of rest today and good company to help me enjoy it..
Friday, July 6, 2012
I just ignored all the chores today. Well, I did unpack and put away a few things. I also did laundry. I also changed the sheets in the guest room because Garrett had stayed there before we left. That room is ready for company, now. I went to Dorothy's house the first thing this morning and spent the morning visiting with her. The guys came to put the furniture back into her room where the AC unit had leaked and I helped to direct them where everything went. Since she can't see it's really hard for her, but it was an easy task for me. We got her room all in order and she was so pleased. Then I gave her a good haircut and rolled her hair for her. Then she took me out to lunch at the Mexican restaurant. That was a fun morning. I picked up my mail and then came home and spent an hour and a half napping in the sunshine. When the water in my little pool started to steam I thought it was time to come inside before i was the cooked goose. I'm headed to bed early since I was up until 2 last night. There is always so much to do when I get home, but I don't have any trains to catch, so I'm taking it easy.
I really thank God for Rene Hernandez; he's the guy who cuts my grass and is removing my trees. I fully intended to cut the grass, but I couldn't begin to start the mowers. Rene ran an ad on the dial an ad radio show just when I needed him. He does a great job; he's reasonable; and he's a perfect gentleman. I really think he is an angel God sent to me, and I sure thank God for him.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
It was a great trip for visiting, but I am so weary with driving. Today wasn't so bad because I didn't have any 9 hour stretches of driving. I'm learning how to better pace myself. I've got the car all unloaded; now, I have to put away everything. That can happen tomorrow. I'm going to get a bath and go to sleep in my own bed. Ah! In the morning I'm going to go help Dorothy get her furniture moved back into her house and then we'll go to lunch. Then I'll come home and put away all my trip things and start cleaning my house. I'm happy to be home and it'll be good to 'recall' all my things as I dust. I'll nearly enjoy it. :) While I was gone Dorothy had a leak in her house where the AC unit was installed wrong. The installer has been working for weeks to dry it all out, replace carpet and paint. It's all done but moving the furniture back into the room and I'll go be eyes for her and tell them where to put it. I don't think I'll have to work hard. I need to see her, anyway; I've trimmed my own hair twice since I've been gone, so I know she needs a trim, too! I hate to be gone from her a month, so we'll have a good visit tomorrow. I thank God for a wonderful trip with no problems!
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Garrett and I made it to Joplin today. We went to Cheddars for dinner and I'm ready to crash (We ate in the car all day, so we were ready for a treat.). I thank God for a safe trip. We'll be in OKC around noon tomorrow if all goes well! Yahoo! I'll be home before dark and sleep in my own bed. I can hear it calling me! I've been blessed with lots of great visiting, but I admit I'm road weary!
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Garrett and I are leaving in the morning. I have a room reserved for us on they way and we'll roll into home on the 5th. It's been wonderful to see everyone, but I am rather road weary. It's a wonder I don't have mono! They told us that he was highly contagious 4-6 weeks ago, but once the symptoms present not so much. I sure hope Gretta doesn't get it! I thank God that it's nothing worse that she has and that she's the only one of us who has it . . . so far!
Monday, July 2, 2012
I got up early this morning and walked 3 miles at the park with Gina and Elise and Ethan. Then I helped then clean out their 3 bay garage. They have the cleanest garage in the world, so that wasn't such a big deal, but it was about 100 degrees, so that made it a pretty big deal. They are hosting a corn boil this weekend for their whole church, and they serve the food out of the garage, so they want it to be especially clean. I left around 3 and drove to meet Gretta and then followed her to her house, which was new to me. So, it's been a big day. It's been good, but I'm ready for bed! This is the last leg of this summer trip. I've got our room booked for when Garrett and I head for Oklahoma on the 4th. I thank God for all the great visits I've had and the safe travels. He's blessed me so richly and I praise Him with thanks!
Sunday, July 1, 2012
This picture of Gina I took night before last when we went to the fireworks display. In the morning we're going for a walk at the local park and then I'm leaving for Gretta's house. It's only a couple of hours to her house unless I get into big traffic in Louisville.