Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Weekend Recap:

I spent the afternoon making calico beans for deer camp.  It is tradition they start out with my calico beans.  I forgot the hot dogs this year but they liked it better without. (with the exception of Dwayne, he loves the hot dogs in it).  Deer camp is a big deal to the guys.
I worked at Something Special as they had open house.  We were kept busy all day which was very good for business.  I was tired at the end of day so I didn't go to church to help with the fall supper.
Michelle called around six and invited me to deer camp.  I've never gone before.  I wasn't going to go but decided I was tired of sitting around by myself.  There was lots of good food, fun and laughter.  I rather foolishly tried some apple pie moonshine.  It was really good.  I think they kept the shne out of it as there was no liquor flavor at all.  I've tasted moonshine before by one sip and it was very strong and awful tasting.  Had a good evening.
Once again, I didn't make it to church.  Instead I did all of Dad's washing and the bedclothes.  Took me most of the day.  Dwayne came home early from deer camp and fixed supper.  Tasted really good.

I need prayers as I'm struggling with staying home.  I get so bored!  Yesterday, I went to the career center and filled out applications for the hospital.  Today, I went to the hospital's job fair.  I'm not up on the latest technology so that's a downfall.  I did have an interview with Parkside Manor last Friday that went really well.  The only thing I have doubts about, he took my information down on sticky notes.  Really, sticky notes!  So, I don't really have much hope for that job.

                      I am very grateful for life and pray that a good job is in my future.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Weekend Recap:

I worked at the flower shop.  I had some difficulty delivering flowers to the S & T campus.  It is a little confusing with all the different buildings within the campus, but I got it done.
Dwayne spent the day working on his tree stand and cleaning up the cabin for deer season.  They were painting the floor and he didn't get home in time to go to our friend's 50th Anniversary Party.
Bobb Bullock, Linda and Kevin Roden, and Kathy Rogers
I sat with Billie Elrod, Loyd Workman, Carol Workman Ball and Brenda Love.
These are all old time friends from the original bunch of the Pig Roast.  Always a good time with the crew. 
It was good to see my friend, Bobbi Tynes and her husband Tony at the party.   Bobbi just had a double mastectomy a few weeks ago.  She is doing really well.
April and I sent to Springfield shopping and Dwayne watched the kids.  We found quite a few things you wouldn't find around here.  We always have a good time getting out and shopping and eating lunch.
We brought the kids home chicken nuggets and fries.  Cash would burp and then Iva would copy him, then both would laugh hysterically.  It was hard to keep a straight face and not laugh at them.
Dad turned 93 today.  We went to Vienna to see Felix Stratman as it was also his birthday.  They had a good time visiting.

                                                 I am grateful for the time spent with my daughter and for Dad celebrating another birthday.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Sister and Niece Love:

Katie, Ashlyne, Me, Kristin, Lizzy and Judy
Poor Judy had surgery a few days before so wasn't feeling well.

Ashlyne, Kristin and Me

                                                                   So grateful for all my nieces and my two sisters.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Weekend Recap and Dad's 93rd Birthday:

I decided to get out of the house and go visiting.  I had to go to Vienna anyway.  I first checked my lottery ticket-surprise, no winners!  I first went to see an old High School friend, Sharon Hutchison.  We had a good visit and she hasn't changed much since High School.  I then stopped at John and Sheila Allen's.  I used to work for them at Black Gold Pet Food.  I loved that job!!  Unfortunately, they sold the business.  Today is Sheila's and her granddaughter, Bailey's birthday.  Sheila got a big surprise at Bailey's birthday party as she is going to get another grandchild in May, 2018.  Great news for them.
I worked a couple hours at the flower shop and then Dwayne and I went off on a goose hunt.  We wanted to buy Cash a toy blue Ford tractor like Grandpa Dwayne has.  I looked up dealers on line and there was one in Rosebud.  Apparently, they don't sell many Ford's but mainly Internationals.  We did not find a toy tractor like we wanted.  I tried buying one online but it came as a miniature replica.  Right tractor, wrong size.
We then drove on to Herman for Octoberfest.   We're pretty lazy at these events.  We just drove around and looked at the wineries but didn't go in to any of them.  Out of our comfort zone, I guess.  We did have lunch at a German Restaurant and it was very good. 
I took a nap when we got home.  Chef salad for supper, tv and an early night.
I got up and started making my dishes to take to Dad's for his 93rd birthday dinner.  Dwayne made his famous sweet potatoes.   Mom taught him how years ago and he's made them ever since.  I'm not fond of sweet potatoes but everyone loves when he makes them.
April and Mike dropped the kids off while they ran into Rolla to Lowe's and to pick up the chicken at Lee's.
We had a tea party with they kids.

We had a great turn out for Dad's party.  Chad couldn't be there as he had to work at S & T.  He was setting up the platform for William Shatner to be the guest speaker.  When the kids were little, we watched a lot of 911 and William Shatner was the narrator.  April was almost four and was a contestant in the Little Miss Extravaganza at the Vichy Airport.  When asked who her favorite movie star was, she answered, "William Shatner".  We all thought it was cute.  The judges didn't get it.  So it was a joke in the family for years that April's favorite movie star was William Shatner.  Wish we would have known about it earlier and got tickets to go.
Dad had fun celebrating his birthday and even danced a jig-which he is famous for.  It was an overall good day of fun and visiting with family.
I am extremely glad to still have my Dad with us.
On a sadder note, Saturday the 28th was the two year anniversary of Mom's death.  Still miss her as much as when it happened.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Weekend Recap:

I worked at the flower shop to help Wanda out as Brenda was off for the day. I like working at the flower shop as there is something different to do all the time.  My last delivery for the day was delivering a beautiful flower to a lady in Bland.  On Google Map, it looked easy to find. I stopped at almost every house on Cleavesville Road but no one knew the lady.  I had been trying to call her but didn't have service.  I pulled over as I was leaving Cleavesville Road and got an answer but then lost service.  I was getting pretty aggravated by then.  I drove into Bland and tried again.  This time I got through and the man said to just stay where I was, he would come in.  Didn't even take but a couple minutes til he was there.  His wife had had a heart attack that day.  I was certainly glad we connected so she could get her flower.  I then tried to call home but had no service.  I'm thinking, was it divine intervention we got the connection to set up a meeting place.
 April was bringing the kids over for the weekend after work.  I knew Dwayne would be home before long but it was now 5:30.  I kept trying to call but had not reception.  Finally got through when I was almost to Vichy.  Dwayne had the kids; I met April on the road.
The kids start their day cuddling.
After the kids had breakfast, Cash and Dwayne went to get Dwayne a haircut and run errands.   Iva and I played and then she took a nap.  After Dwayne and Cash got home, we all went to feed the cows.  Cash gets such a kick out of driving the truck in the field.  Iva enjoyed the moo cows.  We had a new baby calf Cash was excited to see.
We then went to Pa Great's to work on getting the molasses press and mill taken apart to move to Chad's.  We are now going to be making Feeler/Elrod Molasses at Chad's every year.
Dwayne had to go home to pick up some tools so Iva and I stayed home.  Chad came by.  Iva went right to him.  Pa Great was there and she waved by to him as if she was leaving with Chad.  After they left, she went down for another nap.  Cash was one tired, dirty little boy when he got home.  He was pretty excited about all the work he had done.  After supper, Cash "cooked" us a meal and laid out real plates and silverware for us to eat.  I was his first guest.  I automatically started to eat my pretend food.  Cash said, "Grandma".  I looked over and he had his little hand out for us to join hands and pray.  I was so proud of him.  We always do this before a meal. He had quite the fun having me and then Pa eat with him.  Iva is content just to play quietly or color.
April came over mid morning.  She had a good time the day before.  Her and a few of her friends took the train from Jefferson City to Herman for the day for October Fest.  They then ate at Madison's in Jeff City.  April had calamari, which is squid.  She said it wasn't bad.  We ate deli lunch meat for dinner and then April headed home.  Poor thing, both kids got super car sick on the ride home.  They are both prone to car sickness. 
I took a nap and Dwayne watched TV.  That evening, we went to see our friends, Phil and Carol Bailey.  Phil had surgery earlier in the summer for throat cancer and has been in and out of the hospital ever since.  He is not doing very good.  Carol had carotid artery surgery Thursday for a 90% blocked artery.  She's not bouncing back as fast as she thought she would.  She had a full time job plus taking care of Phil.  We had a good visit.
We have another friend, Kenny Allen, Sr. who has cancer.  We stopped to see him and Pat on the way home.  Kenny was in good spirits but things don't look too good for him.  I always enjoy visiting with Pat.
Came home and watched TV
Did my morning chores and then made a custard pie to take over to Tony and Bobbi's.  Bobbi is recovering from a double mastectomy.  We had a good visit and Bobbi is doing so much better.
I'm so grateful for our family's health.  Please pray for my friends as they are enduring much with their cancer.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Day With Dad:

Dad thought he needed to go to the store, but after checking the fridge found he didn't need anything.  I suggested we go for a drive.  We wound up at my Aunt Alice and Uncle Robert Feeler's house.  We had a nice visit.  Although, I was saddened at the condition Aunt Alice was in.  She's very weak and her mind is just not the same.  Aunt Alice has always been a whirlwind, never winding down.  I have always looked up to Aunt Alice.  It was hard to see her that way.  Uncle Robert is doing pretty good but he doesn't get out much.  When we left, I was even more grateful for how active Dad is and able to take care of himself.
Dad must be pretty lonely this week.  He called me ten times yesterday, plus I went up to visit with him for awhile.  I don't mind the calls, they are a way to connect with Dad throughout the day.
Dad has come to depend on me being here for him since I'm not working right now.  It's a good time.
We went to the Vichy Wye to eat lunch.   I'm so full; I'm not sure if I can eat supper.  I feel like I could take a nap.  But then I wouldn't get the yard (leaves!) mowed.  I keep putting it off.

                                                                Had a great day and feeling grateful for time spent with Dad.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sam Elliott:

I had a dream about Sam Elliott last night.  I'm not one to croon over movie stars or singers, but I LOVE Sam Elliott's voice.  I also love his acting and charming good looks.
In the dream, Sam had built a small restaurant in the middle of his farm in Missouri.  (Don't think Sam owns any property in MO)  The odd thing was, you had to know it was there to ever find it.  Sam hired me to be a waitress.  Can't remember much more than that.  Where do dreams come from?  I hadn't watched any recent Sam Elliott movies or thought about him.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to meet a star of your dreams?  That would be Sam Elliott for me!

                                                            I'm grateful for this beautiful day the Lord has made.