5 Below but…

who cares??  It is only 45 days till Spring.  I am just home from having lab done at the local hospital.  My daughter was kind enough to take me.  Then we went to Bob Evans for breakfast and stopped by  Food Depot on the way home for milk and Prairie Farms Cherry Vanilla ice cream and caramel topping!  Now I think I will bake a cake to eat with it.

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Tomorrow and Wednesday we are under a winter storm watch for 6 –8 inches of snow and several inches more Tuesday night until Wednesday noon.  The roads are terrible here in town as the salt they put on the roads doesn’t work at the below zero temps.  I don’t care as I have become immune to the snow and the below zero temperatures.  I figure it will even out in a month or two and by May we will be getting some 90 degree days.  By then the snow will have all melted from my car and I won’t have to clean it off again.

I called and changed my  doctor  appointment Wednesday till February 26th.  I am hoping the weather will have moderated some by then.  Last week I changed my hair appointment to the 11th and my hair is looking so awful that I will have to make that appointment if I have to crawl.

I finished my Lisa Jackson book yesterday.  I read 512 pages in just over 2 days.  Now I have to hunt for something else to read.  I may have to resort to the over 100 books I have stored on my Nook.  I really do prefer a real book even though I have a cover for my Nook and it is easy to hold.

I hope this week is a really good one for us all.  If you happen to encounter an older person that needs help with snow removal, please stop and help them.  You will get your rewards in heaven.  My mom always used to say that and I do believe that it is true.

Stay safe and be happy!!


The day before…

Thanksgiving.  I hope you are all prepared.  I am getting ready for turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, etc.  I am feeling better each day.  Not much energy yet but I am getting there.

10 things I am thankful for on Thanksgiving Day 2013:

  1. My faith in God, He holds my hand when I need it.
  2. My family.
  3. My friends including my blogging family who has held me up in prayer so many times this year when I really needed it.
  4. I am thankful that I was eating at the Red Lobster in Peoria when the tornado struck.  If I had been home I would have been in the kitchen as it was nearing lunchtime.
  5. Healthcare insurance.  I have used it so much this year.
  6. Food on the table (too much sometimes)
  7. A roof  over my head as many of my neighbors do not have a roof over their heads right now.
  8. A bright sunshiny day.
  9. My brain is still functioning properly.
  10. And last but not least, I am thankful that I was born and raised in the United States of America.  I love my country!!

My kitchen window is still boarded up, inside and out so it is pretty dark in my kitchen.  I was told that my window should be installed in a couple of weeks. 

I hope you all have a Blessed Thanksgiving.  Stay safe and be happy!!



Old Photos…

The day before we moved to Illinois from Missouri.  I am the little girl in the front row in the striped shirt standing in front of my mother.  Rae is being held by my Aunt Edna.  Rae and I are the only ones still living.

Taken the day we moved from Missouri to Illinois.  I am the little girl with the striped shirt in the front row.  Four of my sisters and two of my brothers are in the picture.  Rae is the baby being held in her aunt’s arm and my youngest brother was born in Illinois.  Rae and I are the only ones still living in the picture.


Stay safe and be happy!!


A lot has happened…

since I was on here last. I was in the hospital for a couple of days, had many doctor appointments plus lab and the icing on the cake was my computer crashing. I ended up having to buy a new computer and that never is any fun. Trying to get all of the things you had on your computer that you need on your new one. Very frustrating.

It has been lightning and thundering and pouring rain this evening. A cold front is coming through and the hight temp for the next few days will be in the low 50s and the low in the low 30s.

I am sitting here yawning so it must be near my bedtime.

I hope you all have a peaceful weekend.


And the days grow short…

when you reach September.

“Oh, it’s a long, long while from May to December
But the days grow short when you reach September
When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
One hasn’t got time for the waiting game.”

composed by Kurt Weill, with lyric by Maxwell Anderson


I have always loved the month of September. It is the month of my birth. September is a transition period for Illinois. We still have warm days mixed with cooler ones. The leaves start turning the end of September and peak mid October. Not so this year: because of the drought many of the leaves have already fallen and many are just hanging dead on the trees.


And speaking of the the drought, Isaac is paying us a visit. We have had a nice steady rain since yesterday afternoon. There were even some tornado watches posted last night. Predicted rainfall for our immediate area is 3 – 5 inches. Ask, and ye shall receive.

Have a nice holiday. Stay safe and be happy!!


Dealing with growing older…

Things changed so much when my husband died. For 50 years we had done everything together. We even worked together for several years at Chanute AFB.

After we retired, Jim in 1988 and I in 1989 we began enjoying growing older. We both loved garage sales and auctions and we would get up on Saturday mornings and leave about 7 AM, stop by Casey’s to fill our travel mugs with coffee (they had the best coffee) we would head out of town in Jim’s truck for garage sales or an auction.

We would have checked the Champaign News Gazette for city wide garage sales. Those were the ones we liked the most. We would go as far as 50 miles (100 miles round trip) in our truck. Jim loved his truck and all of our married life Jim had a truck. A couple of them he bought new and a couple were used ones. I think one of Jim’s nieces in Wisconsin has this truck now.

Jim loved to buy lawnmowers at garage sales. He loved messing around with them and fixing them up and he was very good at it too. The above picture was taken in 2005 right before he was diagnosed with lymphoma.

Jim died on December 1, 2006 and that is when growing older was not so much fun anymore. beth