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Friday, November 30, 2007

Sightseeing Thurs.

Yesterday we got out and did a little sightseeing in Independence. We went thru the Marshall home and jail and Vaile Museum which is all decked out for Christmas. Beautiful! It was a very interesting tour, Ken really enjoyed it.
I decided I should learn to use the laptop so I'm posting on it and downloaded my recent photos from Thursday on it. See if I remember how to do that the next time, it is a little different from the desk computer. I think I've already forgotten. I need to write the instrustions down.

The weathermen are calling for a little ice tonight, I hope very little. The towns around us are having their home holiday tours tomorrow it would be nice if the weather was nice. I was thinking it would be fun to go through Orricks then maybe visit Ken's brother who lives near Orrick but if it's nasty not a good idea.

Sharing what you have is more important than what you have. Albert M. Wells Jr.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Well, we heard from the bodyshop, not good, still waiting on parts could be two more weeks. So we are thinking the RV should be fully winterized and unloaded. Then after it is fixed we may store it for the winter, so there goes our warm winter plans. It's rather timely that I get this inspirational newsletter on line today "Remember long, long ago, when you were considering living the "Potential Adventures of Jules", among an infinite array of other choices, how you suddenly turned to me and asked deadpan, "How much trouble could I get into, anyway?" " Well, how did they know!
I finished reading the I Hate to Cook Book, only cookbook I'ved read cover to cover. I was wondering if some of these products are still on the shelves such as canned Welsh Rabbit and a popover mix.

Since we don't have alot of news to pass on for a while and we probably won't be doing much, I will be posting less often maybe only once a week. "Every 'for sure' I've know in recent months, I've had to abandon because life keeps getting in the way." Oprah Winfrey ( This is the quote I got on line today from the quote of the day.)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Is it Saturday?

Does this little kitty look cold? Spoiled maybe.
Correction on yesterdays post, the name of the site is grab an Apron, reached by going to jerryandmartha.com/yourdaily art.

Not much going on, one day runs into the next. I have been working on my Christmas cards, the list seems to have grown this year so not everyone gets a handmade one. I got out my Christmas CD's I enjoy listening while I write. I had forgotten where I had put them so it took a couple of searches.

Oh, yes, congratulations goes out to the Lawson football team for winning Missouri Class 2 state title.

There's is a microsopically thin line between being brillantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap... Cynthia Heimil

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off'rings, and a thankfull strain.
Alexander Pope

What a difference a day makes! It's snowing and it sounds like it could stick and we may have a half inch by tonight.

Just would like to wish all you who read my blog a Happy Thanksgiving!

What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? Erma Bombeck

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A Summer like Day

The last two days have been just beautiful, temps in the 70s, but tomorrow brings a change to winter I fear. We even took out our bikes to enjoy the weather.
Tigger spotted this little snake outside our garage today while we were sitting outside. The first I've noticed around our house.
I'm reading a new book, for me anyway, called I hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken, it was big in the 1960's I guess. I read an article or two on it in the paper and thought that sounds interesting so I sent for it, a used paperback edition that cost 50 cents then, I paid a little more for it but oh well. It is a humorous reading cookbook and I am learning a little, and maybe I'll try a recipe. I really don't like to cook, clean up or shop but that's another story.
Here's a couple excerpts;
When you hate to cook, you've no idea what size your saucepans are, except big, middle-sized and little. Indeed, the less attention called to your cooking equipment the better. True for me.
These recipes have not been tested by experts. That is why they are valuable. Experts in their sunny spotless test kitchens can make anything taste good. But even we can make these taste good.
Speaking of cooking, incidentally, and I believe we were, one of its worst facets is grocery shopping. When you hate to cook, a supermarket is an appalling place.
So true, so true!
So you are probably thinking we are going out for Thanksgiving, I did too, but Ken bought a ham and a few of his favorites so I guess he is cooking ( I'll clean up).
May you always have love to share
Health to Spare
and Friends that Care.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Movie Day

After breakfast out with friends and a nap, you can tell it was a little chilly can't you as Ken needed an extra fur blanket as he napped, we decided to see a movie. Ken had been wanting to see Lars and the Real Girl and it wasn't showing near us anymore so we drove to Kansas. Then in the middle of the movie the fire alarm rang and we all left in a nice quiet orderly fashion, then turned back in to finish watching the movie. False alarm. It's a funny funny movie, yet sad in a way, maybe I was just in a sad mood. It was worth the drive though. Here's the blurb about it:
A Heartfelt comedy about a loveable introvert name Lars whose emotional baggage has kept him from fully embracing life. After years of solitude, he invites a girl he met on the internet to visit him. When he introduces Bianca to his brother and sister-in-law, they are stunned, Bianca is a life-size doll, not a real person.

Live every day with enjoyment we don't know what tomorrow will give us.

I'm glad the cats still enjoy their carriers!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Almost Here

The big turkey day is just around the corner and cold weather may arrive with it.
We are still waiting, we haven't heard anything about the parts, but we are still hopeful,that it won't be long.
So we haven't been doing much, just a few odds and ends that seem to pop up. We may be looking into a new phone and computer server as our current hiked up their prices.
I had a nice surprise in my e-mail, an old friend from Brazil sent me a message. It was nice to hear from her. We had lost contact over the years and I thought I should try and reconnect.
All it took was a letter to mutual friends here in the states, as it turns out they are going to Brazil in January to visit. Wouldn't that be fun!
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately
without growing apart. Elizabeth Foley

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The waiting

We had good news Monday, the doors and trim could be in Friday or Monday. Let's hope Friday!
I decided to do a little playing with some paints and this is what happened, the Autumn Sisters.
Does everyones computer look like this, think one visits the golden arches too often.
There is a very fine line between hobby and mental illness. Davy Barry

Monday, November 12, 2007

Friday, November 9, 2007

A little this and a little that

It was a beautiful day to get out and about. I cleaned out the last of the flower pots, the frost had finally hit the lantana plants. We've had these plants for 3 years but since we thought we may not be around to take care of them this winter to just let them go. They were getting alittle big to handle anyway. I cleaned up a few flower beds too and this little mantis crawled out.
Our tree out front is pretty now, I didn't know if it would be colorful or just dull after our dry summer but it has been a beautiful colorful fall.
We then went to a local craft show and I picked up some handmade potholders and a Christmas ornament. We also enjoyed a piece of homemade pie and an apple dumpling.
We then went to gather a few things out of the RV. The manager said they would know next week when they could get new doors. I crossing my fingers that they will be available and shipped next week.
Then we checked out our local art crawl, didn't expect much and that's what there was, not much, at least we supported our community by going.
Tomorrow is Alisha's funeral. Sad so sad.
My nephew, Chad, won an award as district kicker, although they lost the last game. He played with an injured knee that last game and they lost in overtime. So they had a good season. Good work Chad!
People talk about the meaning of life; there is no meaning of life--there are lots of meanings of different lives, and you must decide what you want your own to be. Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

When life's problems...

Wow, we had a beautiful sunset tonight, I had to rush out and get a shot of it.

This is our new retirement clock given to us by our financial lady here in town. We can now keep track what day it is.We don't need the exact time anymore as we don't really have to be anywhere at a certain time. How cute is that and how sweet was she.

We had a bad news call today from Ken's sister-in-law, Ken's niece died yesterday she was only 24. They are not exactly sure what was the cause, but they think is was a combination asthma and pain medication for wisdom teeth she had taken out Mon. You never know how long you have on this earth! This is the third niece of Ken's that has died young, one was murdered and another committed suicide. So sad! So we will be going to a funeral sometime later this week.

When life's problems seem overwhelming, look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself fortunate. Ann Landers

Were it not Folly, Spider-like to spin
The Thread of present Life away to win-
What? for ourselves, who know not if we shall
Breathe out the very Breath we now breathe in! The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Another nice weekend

We went for a walk the other day and this little deer just poised for photos, not too bad for my point and shoot camera. I may try and do a little painting of it, I haven't done much art work lately but fall seems to draw out my creative desires. I love the bright colors of the leaves, the crisp cool air and the smell of dried leaves.
Sat. afternoon we decided to get out and see a movie, we went to Across the Universe. It was very entertaining, it is a musical set to all Beatles music and the story line takes place in the 60's. Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, life goes on. The Beatles

Friday, November 2, 2007


Well, we made it though our first night out in the RV. We just went to a campground near by, they only have 30 amp service, no water or waste hookups. We couldn't figure out the hot water heater so we have to work on that. It was a cold morning, I guess it got down to 27, but it was cosy in the RV with our electric heater. We took a short walk in the morning and when we came back couldn't find Katie our little grey cat, she found a nice hiding place under the dash. I thought I had all the hiding places covered, wrong, we have to figure a way to cover up that one.

Ken then had an appointment to take the RV for an oil change at Freightliner, they told him to bring it in Thurs. afternoon. So I follow him down and as he parks it in with the semitruck tracters he cuts to short and hits the tracter's mud flap hanger and does a good job of messing up our lower doors. So now the RV is at Freighliners body shop. I just hope it isn't too big a repair job, but it didn't look good to me. I don't think we are meant to be RV'ers.

Don't be satisfied with stories how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myths. Rumi I believe we have started a very good myth of our own.