Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What A Morning this has been

Wow, this has been the most unusual day I have had since well, I don't know when. Crazy, Busy morning!!! I slept through 2 different alarms (my fault because I had turned the volume down on my phone and forgot to turn it back up) but I still managed to wake up by 6:30. I also woke up with my left eye sealed shut and swollen (probably allergies again). I had to take Tony to school early-his car is getting a total tune-up today got home and had to take KJ to school about 8:00 and I no more got home and the plumber got here (Charles Oehm - I had no idea Dan ordered that water system, so I wasn't expecting you). ☺ 8:30 the door bell rings and it's Nebraska Furniture with the bed Dan ordered for Tony (I guess when your 6' 3" you need at least a queen size bed (Dan neglected to order a headboard for it though so now I need to find one).

Then my sister called and needed the size of the kitchen cabinet for Dads rental house we siblings have been working on for him. His renters trashed it so we are doing repairs there, so he can SELL it. When you're 80 and have heart trouble, you shouldn't have the stress of being a if you know of anyone that's looking for a 2 bedroom house, close to the high school etc let me know, it will be ready soon. ☺
Taking time out from working for a "Selfie" LOL
It will have all new windows (several windows have broken glass and the story goes like this; the past renter told the neighbor that one of the windows got broke out when the "Ghost" of the house threw a frozen hamburger patty at her". Seriously?!?!?!  We will have another work day this Saturday, as the sibs and I will work there again (I will after the funeral). The house will have a new front door and screen door, new carpeting, new kitchen sink and counter, fresh paint in the whole house and we gutted the whole bathroom (that was my job and it was a blast to destroy everything in there, right Levi?). So it has a brand new shower, sink and cabinet etc.

Anyway, hung up the phone and it rings's my Mom telling me the day and time of the funeral for one of the ladies at church. Then the granddaughter-in-law of the lady that passed away called and we discussed the meal etc. and how many to expect. While on the phone with her the doorbell rings, it's my Dad with more measurements to give to my brother when he calls at noon today on his lunch break. He no more left and Dan's worker rang the back doorbell and wanted to know where he should I put the load of barn wood? (Dan got barn wood to use in the basement remodel oh I didn't mention we are remodeling the ping pong and pool table room)? Yep, got that going on, too. Dan and his crew work on it in between other jobs. Kids are excited (so am I) because before it was just concrete floor and walls with my garage sale "junk" on the shelves but still room to play Ping-Pong with their friends. (I plan to post before and after pictures from both remodels...if I don't forget).

So he rang the doorbell again and said to call Dan and ask what he was to do next (worker has no cell phone). Worker started talking to me and my phone rang again. Grrrr telemarketer and add 3 more calls from telemarketers and this all before 11:00. I need to go to Wally World before school gets out at 1:30 today because then I have to drive KJ around in the country so she can take pictures for her Art assignment that is guessed it TOMORROW!!! So looks like One-Hour photo is in my plans today.

Right now as I look to the left of my key board I see 5 post it notes of things that need taken care of ASAP, (a Dentist appointment reminder card, tomorrow a.m., the date and time for Dan and KJ's eye doctor appointments Friday, in Lincoln, a reminder that Tony and Nick need to go get fitted for their Tuxes for Prom, (even though the aren't going to the dance part) a reminder to work on Tony's graduation invitations (that needs done pretty soon, I think), a reminder that one of Dan's brothers and his wife will be visiting us over night next week as they pass through here),  a reminder to take Before (during and after) pictures of both the rental house and our basement remodel and a reminder that the bed will be delivered today. Oh, good I can throw that one away. Oh, looky there...a recipe for "Egg Salad" using only 4 ingredients and not a note but I could write a note in all the dust on my desk. LOL.

Beside all the "notes" is a catalog that has 3 things in there that I need to of these days. Beside that is Tony's scrapbook...I planned to have it finished by his 18th birthday but that came and went so I plan to have it ready by his graduation (although he saw it on my desk and told me not to worry about it because "I don't need one" he's getting one...someday he might be glad I made it for him. ☺

I am happy that I finished one project that I started on in January. I have been teaching Sunday school for over 40 years and now as I am considering "retiring" from that, I thought I'd make a big binder full of Bible lessons and that's just what I did. I have 20 lessons on such stories from the Bible as Creation, Noah, Moses, the Ten Commandments, David and Goliath, Jonah, Jesus and also Attendance Charts. All they have to do is pull out the packet and make copies of it (and put it back in the binder when done, so it's there for the next person (I have nothing against ordering class material there's a lot of options out there; I just made this as I wanted that option). Each one has a type written account of that Bible person, a Song or two, to go with it, a work sheet, a coloring page (for young children) and either a Word Search or Crossword Puzzle about the story. I worked on it here and there as time allowed and was so happy when I finished it. Also on the back burner right now is my book about my life (this project may NEVER get finished as I don't work on it as often anymore never enough time in the day).

In other news...while I'm on here anyway I will tell you that Tony has gone on 4 college visits and I think he has decided NOT to become a Game Warden (available jobs are few and far between) and is considering Oklahoma Christian University, at this time. The 5 of us went to Oklahoma over Spring Break and all 5 of us went on the tour of the campus (you never know Nick and KJ might decide to go there, too). Tony has a friend from Camp that is there now and a girl from church goes there, too. My sister went there and met her future hubby there (not pushing him to get married) but you never know. It was cute (although it embarrassed Tony) but our waitress told us that she attends OC right now and she looked at Tony and said "If you decide to go here, be sure to look me up". ☺

SPRING BREAK came and went so fast. Besides the college visit we stayed home and worked on the basement. Well, sorta. Nick went camping with 2 friends (how they didn't FREEZE to death I will never know). This Momma was worried and even considered driving there at 1 a.m. to check on them. I texted Nick and he didn't respond so I started to worry but Dan told me Nick had told him that they would be plenty warm and that Nick's phone battery was almost dead (plus Nick is a sound sleeper). I was happy when I heard his truck in the yard that morning. He said Moh, our dog, helped keep him warm. ☺

What a great surprise Monday when it Snowed in the Morning and melted by Noon. My siblings and I were working at the rental house while it was snowing. Big flakes and so pretty (the snow not my siblings, well maybe they are flakey and pretty oh never mind). LOL. I love snow and even though it is SPRING I was happy to see it. Here's a picture I took from our porch that day. Well, it's almost 1:00 now and Dan stopped by for a quick bite before he goes back to work and school gets out at 1:30 today and I have a few errands to run yet before I pick her up (Wally-World will have to wait til later. I know what's for's Wednesday which means it's half-price BBQ Wings at Pizza Hut night and the boys ALWAYS!!!!!!!!! get Wings on Wed. ☺Well, if you read this all the way to here...I don't know what...but as always...Have a SON filled day.

Monday, February 24, 2014

HAPPY 15th Birthday

Well, this is a day late but Happy 15th Birthday to our beautiful daughter, KJ!!! "TIME FLIES"!!! Seriously, it's been 15 years?!?!? We woke up to what looked like powder sugar on the streets, a light snow, unlike the day she was born 15 years ago, when it was a whiteout. Driving the 15 miles to the hospital, we didn't know if we were on the highway or driving in the ditch but we made it there and she was born 40 minutes after we arrived. The Doctor barely made it there before KJ was born at 12:02 p.m. a Tuesday (all 3 kids were born on a Tuesday).
We didn't know what we were having and when people asked I'd say "Well, we will either have My 3 Sons or a little sister for Tony and Nick. They got a sister and although when we brought her home Tony looked at me and said "TAKE HER BACK"!!! we kept her and he quickly learned to love her and we got to keep her. ☺

Fast forward 15 years and now she's a smart, talented, compassionate, shy Freshman...who 3 years from now will be a Senior and making plans for college. COLLEGE!!! I can remember when the kids were little I would get so over-whelmed with these 3 gifts from God (I had 3 kids in 3 years...yes I got over-whelmed) and other Mom's would say "Enjoy this time with them it will go fast". And they were so right. I'm still trying to come to grips that my first born, the one we prayed for, for 15 years, will be graduating in 3 short months and then off to college. And the next year Nick will graduate and go off to college and in May 2017, KJ graduates. And for the record...NO I am not getting one bit excited about being "Empty Nesters"...Dan and I had that for the first 15 years of our marriage; I will miss the rush here, go there, do this activities, we've had these past 18 years but I am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for these three precious gifts.

KJ wanted a mother-daughter trip to Lincoln for her birthday so we went Saturday. (Do you know how happy it makes me feel that my teen aged daughter request that she wants to spend time with her older than dirt, Mom? Priceless)!!! ☺ She also requested a "Family Fun Night" (no cell phones or other distractions) so Sunday afternoon (yes, I gave up a nap to spend time with her in the kitchen) she made "Hidden Valley Oyster Crackers and "Spreads" (think a huge ball of cookie dough, no choc. chips added...yet, "Spread" out on a cookie sheet, bake it, then top with 1½ cups choc. chips put back in oven 2 minutes to lightly melt the chips and "Spread" out like frosting. Add sprinkles or crushed M&M's etc.. Did I mention none of my kids WANT a Cake for their birthdays? Anyway, after Pizza we all watched a movie together than all of us (but Nick who had to do homework) played Apples to Apples (I stink at that game). ☺ Unfortunately, she went to bed with a headache and a bad cough and didn't go to school today.

At the time of this typing, Tony doesn't know what college he will go to but we hope to get it figured out SOON. With Dan's help, Tony has checked out, Kansas State (KSU), Oklahoma Christian University (OSU) and York College. Tony is interested in becoming a Game Warden (in the Steamboat Springs, Colorado area ☺) so Wed. Tony and I will be driving to Pratt to check out the college there, with classes available for what he needs to be a Game Warden. He's also considering Business Marketing. (May I just say this...I'm glad it's HIM and NOT me...I HATED SCHOOL and everyone that knows me well knows how much I hated school...everyone but my kids that is). LOL
From day one Dan has told them he wants them to get a good education and has put $$ aside for them for college. I can't say that I ever regretted not going on to college because I knew it wasn't for me. Right after I graduated I worked with my parents. Dad had a gas station and they turned it into a café so I managed that and 2 years later I married Dan. I started working in a restaurant when I was 12 years old and later when Mom and Dad opened the Dipper, I worked there and seemed to always do that kind of work.

That kind of work isn't for every one and I know people who think it's a low totem pole kind of work but I always enjoyed it and it didn't bother me one bit to be a waitress (and besides SOMEONE has to do it). ☺ I made great tips (I bought 2 cars before I even graduated from high school) working as a waitress and made countless life-long memories and most of all friends. ☺
Well, I hadn't meant to tell my life story on here. ☺ (I'll save that for the book I am writing about my life, I only work on that now and then). I'm trying to get a scrapbook done of Tony's newspaper clippings from sports etc. by his graduation Open House. I did get a video done of his life for that day, surprisingly. Also on my desk is about 50 recipes (only the tried and truly good ones make the cut☺) I want to add to the cook book I have been working on for 20 years (Yes, 20 and it will be a gift to KJ when/if she gets married, shhh don't tell her). It will all get done in due time but for now I just do what ever the day has in store for me. At 54 years of age most of my friends and classmates are talking about their GRAND kids and retirement years but not us but God had a reason He blessed us with these 3 precious kids and I just pray He blesses me with many, many more years with them.
With that being said I will close "Enjoy your kids, they grow up FAST"!!!

Have a SON-filled week.

Thursday, February 6, 2014


For 15 long, tear filled years I prayed that God would bless Dan and I, with a child and on Feb. 6th 18 years ago, we welcomed our first born, a son, we named Anthony Ray. (sniff sniff) Tony makes us laugh daily with his humor and his smile and hugs, warm my heart.

He weighed 9 pounds and was 21 inches long on that sunny, winter Tuesday. Today, he stands as tall as his Dad, at 6 foot 3 inches. He told me yesterday he weighs 200 right now, but he will lose some once tennis starts (he didn't play basketball this year so no work outs either). He's very smart and talented and loves to make people laugh but most of all he's a Christian. It's hard for me to think about him going off to college in the fall and not having him in the house. He tells me he will text me everyday (after he told me I will be texting him EVERY morning as a Wake Up call) ☺ I will continue to pray for him (and Nick and KJ) as they grow into young adults. So happy God gave me Tony...I am so BLESSED. Happy 18th Son.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

HiGhLiGhTs Of 2013

Well, it's Dec. 19th and it's been weeks since I blogged so I thought I'd just post our "2013 Holiday Letter" that gives some of the highlights of our year. Grab some coffee or cocoa it's going to be a long read (it took me over 3 hours to type it all and then edit it down to 2 pages). 

Before I copy and paste it here I thought I'd mention that Dan did NOT win the Ford Truck Giveaway he was a finalist in (sniff sniff) but they told him they are sending him a nice "Care Package". ☺ (I RUN to the mailbox everyday looking for it but so far NOTHING). LOL.There's a lot of other things I should be doing right now but thought I'd get this done so I can mark it off the "to do" list. I finally sent out Christmas cards Monday (and some on Tuesday); didn't send out as many as in years past. Not only did I cut back on sending cards but I cut back on how many "goodies" I made and even on gift giving (we'll be going to Colorado to ski; that is the kids' "Gift" every year). ☺
The weather is confusing!!! One day it's 60* the next day 35* and tonight we're suppose to get freezing rain. Kids only have a half day tomorrow then no more school til Jan. 6th.

Greetings Family and Friends,
    We hope this finds you all in good health and ready for Christmas, just one week away and as usual I’m behind on getting my cards out, as I’m just getting this typed up TODAY. Here’s where I always recommend grabbing a cup of coffee, as I give a summary of what we’ve been up to in 2013.
    I’ll start with the head of the house, the bread winner; Dan. The Lord has continued to bless him with concrete work almost year round yet he still finds time to spend with the kids, even after a long day of work. He enjoys playing Chess with all 3 kids or even tennis but the highlight is skiing with them in Colorado, each winter. He keeps me busy running to Lincoln for supplies or bringing lunch or forgotten tools, to the job site. He continues to teach the teen class and helped “coach” the Marysville team to another 1st Place at the 40th annual Bible Bowl, in Sabetha.
Now as for me, after much thought and prayer, I went ahead and had surgery on my other wrist, in Oct. but unfortunately, it wasn’t as successful as the surgery on my right wrist. In May, I was left speechless (very rare for me) when the church family presented me with a plaque for 40 years of teaching and doing bulletin boards, etc.  Cried so hard I couldn’t even say “Thank You”. Dan let me get away for a quick trip to Branson with my parents and brother Jim, in October. The trip was cut short because my Dad got sick. He made it home but spent the night in the hospital. Dad had a stint put in, in June but he went to see the heart Doctor last week and he has to have by-pass (no date yet). Dad just celebrated his 80th birthday and I pray the Good Lord blesses us with many more years with Dad.
     Dad, Mom and Jim will be going with us to Colorado next week. They will be flying there (the 5 of us will be driving…all 13 hours, unless we run into bad weather like last year, when it took 27 hours). Steamboat was booked solid but Jim was able to get a condo by Winter Park. New ski trails for them and a new “view” for me; right by Rocky Mountain National Park. Also THANKS to Jim (and his timeshare and flyer miles) Kailoni and I, my Mom and Dad and Jim spent a week in the D.C. area. Dad was able to visit the Korean War Memorial and the other ones as well. We all watched the changing of the guard and I highly recommend it.
     In September, we once again had our annual Highway 36 Garage Sale (where do we get all this stuff)? What fun and so many people. At the end of this one, what was left over, we put on the curb, posted to Facebook come take what you want and it was ALL gone by the next day.
My niece Ashley and her husband Douglas that live in Brazil, visited the States for a month this summer; never enough time to do and see it all while they were here and it’s so hard to say goodbye. We also had 2 weddings this year; a niece on the Hooyer side and a niece on the Oehm side.
    My 35th Class Reunion (I know I don’t look a day over 29) was held in October. I always dread going but once I’m there, I’m glad I went. I even mustered up enough courage to hand out the awards (longest married, most grandkids, etc.) although my heart was racing, hands shaking and knees knocking. Also got to visit with my cousin, Linda and her husband and catch up on her family.
The Meal Tony made completely by himself all from scratch.
    Tony’s a Senior and I hope many of you will come help him celebrate when he graduates in May. He’s about to turn 18 and stands tall at 6’2”. He ran cross country, played soccer and plans to play tennis in the spring again. He decided he didn’t want to play basketball this year and in his words “I want to have more free time my Sr. year and with practice and so many games and I just sit on the bench…”. He didn’t go to the actual Prom but had a lot of fun at “After Prom” from Midnight to 4:00 a.m. (I had fun handing out the prizes every 30 minutes and managed to stay awake all night and even in church that morning). He got my Chevy Impala (when we got the SUV) and I think he’s put more miles on it than I did. He’s undecided where he wants to go to college but did go on a college visit last week. He worked for Dan this summer and looks forward each summer to going to church camp for a week, to spend time with his camp friends. This was his last year to participate in the Bible Bowl and took 1st place in Individual. (Nick took 2nd  and KJ 3rd)
    Nick’s a Junior this year and already looking at colleges. He keeps saying Laramie, WY (it’s close to Steamboat and I’m praying he stays closer to home). He still has chickens but they are on a farm of one of Dan’s employees. He got a puppy, Moh, in July and he takes her EVERYWHERE, seriously. While he is in school, Moh goes to the job site with Dan then Nick picks her up after school. She even went to KC this past weekend for the Oehm Family Christmas. She has been a great dog, not at all hyper like Comet (who sadly has not been seen since August). Nick likes to hunt (no deer this year…yet) and fish and asked for a kayak for his birthday and has been down the river several times (despite his Mothers fears). He also loves his week at church camp and loved the trip to the FFA National convention in Kentucky. He sure puts a lot of miles on his Dodge Dakota truck and his motorbike, too. I’m happy to announce he finally had that growth spurt he wanted he's now 5’8”.    
    KJ, a freshman, continues to play piano and violin and is “testing” out a guitar borrowed from Uncle Gregg. I love to listen to her play. She was so happy when she got her braces off, right before school started in August.  She enjoyed her trip to D.C. and took over 1,000 pictures there. When she got back she spent a week with me helping at VBS in KC and then going to a One Direction concert. She also got her learner’s permit but does NOT like to drive at all.  She gets all A’s and has a real talent for art and has prepared a few meals for us.
The meal KJ made completely by herself. Delicious.

     The 5 of us went to “The Hole in the Wall” a lodge in Iowa, for a weekend get together, in March. Dan’s Mom and all Dan’s siblings were there and their families. The weather was perfect this time. Lots of laughs when we played the Hooyer version of “Minute to Win it” games. We're looking forward to making more memories in 2014.
My Senior, Tony
Nick, a Junior
KJ our Freshman

Celebrate…the beauty of the season, the memories of the

season and the joy of the season. May peace, health and happiness be yours, in 2014.                                           

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bible Bowl results and other news

I changed the clocks for Daylight Savings so I changed the color of by blog page for the fall season. And yes it was another long dry spell of NOT blogging but cut me some slack...I'm NOT the Pioneer Woman!!! She has millions of followers and interesting things to post about and me...not so much. I am so glad I blog though because Saturday I was asked at the Bible Quiz Bowl how many times the kids took 1st place there and I didn't know for sure but I knew where I could look for the correct BLOG. Here's what I found out: the first year they went KJ was 8, Nick 10 and Tony 11 and the 4th player Colby, was 8 and they took 1st Place. They have gone 7 times and have taken 1st Place-4 times, 2nd Place-2 times and 3rd Place-once.

And while we're on the subject of the Bible Bowl this Momma is going to brag. Tony, Nick, Kailoni and our minister's granddaughter, Sophie, took 1st place in the Bible Quiz Bowl Saturday in Sabetha. Since all four last names start with "H" Tony suggested their team name be "4-H" and so it was.

This was Tony's last year to participate (he's a Senior) and he finished with 1st Place Individual, Nick took 2nd Place Individual and KJ took 3rd. As winners they got $$ to use to purchase items from the York College Book Store. Tony picked out a York College Ski cap, Nick had been looking for a slim NKJV Bible and found one and the boys gave their leftover $$ to KJ so she could get a York College long sleeve running shirt. Here's a picture a dear "sister in the Lord" took of the them getting their Individual award certificates.

I'm so proud of them because they could've gone to watch Marysville at State Volleyball (they took 3rd) or to the State Cross Country meet (Tony didn't qualify for Regionals this year) to cheer on 2 of his teammates (Joe placed 6th and Bryclin placed 16th) but they chose to go to the Bible Bowl. I'm thankful for all the time Dan spends teaching the teen class and helping them prepare each year for this. I wouldn't care if they were the last place team, it's the thought that they are reading and studying the Bible, that matters more.
I thought it was super cool that the very last question of the day was asked to our team was to finish this verse "Choose you this day whom you will serve...and I thought to myself "They better not get this one wrong" as I have a collection of over 35 items with this verse on it in our house. And my kids all smiled at me as they answered it with "but as for me and my House we will Serve the Lord". Joshua 24:15

It's almost been a month since my last post and a lot has been going on but  I just don't feel like blogging in detail. So on this wet, soggy day, grab a coffee or cappuccino (or run for the hills) as I give you a Reader's Digest snippet of life at my house.
 Here we go:

• the city has NOT worked on our street for 2 weeks (insert SAD face here)

• Mom, KJ and I to KC for my niece Kristen's very nice bridal shower (over and back in same day)

Yep, I FINALLY got to SPIN the Big Branson!!!
• Dan let me make a quick trip to Branson with my Mom, Dad and Jim. (I needed that trip more than you know Honey, THANK YOU). We were there a few weeks to early though to see the beautiful fall colors of Branson. We got to see our friends, the Gabriel's, in their show, at their new theater but sadly we had to leave at intermission as my Dad was very ill. It was a LONG trip back home and Dad had to stay in the hospital overnight because of a viral infection (we think food poisoning). Thankfully, he is fine now but we were worried it was his heart. I ♥ time with family.

• Made a few quick trips to Lincoln-one for supplies for Dan and one for clothes for Kristen's wedding. Oh and Dan got a pair of COWBOY Boots. Yee Haw!!! I really like them, too. The boys are ushers and needed Black Slacks, White long sleeve shirts and black shoes and belts. Good call Kristen because Nick needed the exact same things for his trip to the FFA Convention in Kentucky (and added 3 more states his has been to). He had a blast there and they got to go up into the St. Louis Arch, had a tour of Churchill Downs and the Louisville Slugger factory/museum. Over 55,000 students attended yes FIFTY FIVE THOUSAND the largest group ever. He brought me home some magnets and smashed Pennies, too. Not sure who missed Nick or his dog, Moh? (No spell √ Moh is correct). ☺ They have taught her so many "tricks". She's a great dog; (yes, I said it) calmer than our Lab was.

• I have won $30 bucks so far in the FREE Football Pick 'Em Contest this year; maybe even more because did pretty good on my guesses this week. Will know tomorrow when the paper comes out.☺
• KJ continues to take piano and violin lessons. She was named Honorable Mention as "October Art Student of the Month". She has 2 pictures on display at the Kiwanis Pancake Feed today.

• The boys are done with sports. Tony decided NOT to go out for basketball; he wants to enjoy his freedom, his Sr. year (he never got to play much anyway; even though he was pretty good). ☺

• Tony is undecided about where to go to college but Nick is pretty sure he will go to Southeast Community College about 35 miles from here and take the 2 year AG program. He went to their Open House and was impressed with all they had to offer.

• The 24th I had surgery on my left wrist; same thing they did on my right wrist but thankfully no aneurysm this time. I told him to tell Dan I couldn't cook for a month and yesterday when I had the 10 stitches removed (and didn't faint) he was telling me to wear the bandages 5 more days, etc. I said "And I can't cook for a week either, right"? He said he would right a note this time. ☺ He told me this scar will be doubt about it. Pathology report was good news but he just couldn't figure out how I could have so much inflammation and tendinitis. I reminded him of my injury 2 years ago when I fell on both wrists. Plus, I did scoop hard ice cream for many years. Yes; I dipped with my LEFT hand, too. I could arm wrestle just about anybody and WIN back in the day. ☺
I won't post the one without the bandage.
• Same day as surgery I went to our towns "Black Squirrel Night" celebration (yes, I know sounds weird but we are known for our BLACK squirrels and once a year the city serves "Black" (chocolate) donuts and cookies etc. the marching band performs and they have vendors along main street etc. and my Dad and I watched all the little kids in the costume contest. Oh, and I won a Free Turkey from the city, they give away 20 of them (truth be told, you actually get a $10 gift card to Wal-Mart). ☺

• Tony and KJ had to fix food for a grade again last week. I ♥ when they have that assignment. Dan gave their "scores" this time and of course he gave them top scores. ☺ I've also been trying more Pinterest recipes...mostly desserts though.

• Our Gospel Meeting started Sunday with former NFL player Willie Franklin. That man LOVES the Lord...he is on fire for the Lord. He holds the attention of EVERYONE, including small children. Afterwards we have been serving cookies (he calls himself "Cookie Monster") and as my Mom told him he looked like Jesus with all the "little children" flocked around him. He made me realize that I could be doing more to share the Love of our Lord. He calls 20 different people EVERYDAY and encourages them in their walk with the Lord (if they don't answer he leaves a prayer on their voicemail). He sings Hymns as he walks in Wal-Mart or other stores and most will join in or ask him to sing a certain hymn. He's NOT ashamed to seek and save the lost. Only 2 nights left. Tomorrow we are feeding him supper. Last year when he was here after supper Dan asked if he wanted to play ping pong and my 3 jumped up to head to the basement and Willie stopped them and told them to pick up their plates and carry them to the sink. I was like "SWEET"!!! (I don't usually ask KJ to help because she usually has homework or instruments to practice but she does help when I need her most). Willie is all about honoring your parents and having a "servant heart". Willie was here in 1981, it was 103º and he and Dan played tennis and Dan got heat stroke (Willie had Dan running all over the courts). When they got done they came to our ice cream parlor and got ice cream. When my Mom asked Dan WHY, he played Willie in tennis on such a HOT day his response was "Not everybody can say they played tennis with Willie Franklin". I love that man of mine!!!

• I got another 2 chapters written on my...I guess you would call it my Biography. I had to have something to take my mind off the pain in my wrist. No one will ever read it but maybe someday my kids can read it to me when they visit me in the nursing home or something and get a good laugh and cry from reading it, right?

• Enjoying the beautiful fall colors; the leaves are breathtaking. Have I mentioned I ♥ AUTUMN?

•That's all for now folks. If you read all this to the end leave a comment because I doubt to many hang around through all that mumble jumble. ☺

As always...Have a SON-filled week.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

OcToBeR NeWs

Surprised? I can't believe this is my 2nd post in October and it's only the 9th. I hope you ALL took the time to read my last post and VOTED for Dan, in the Ford Truck Challenge (here's the link in case you didn't vote yet or meant to but forgot check the VOTE Box under Hooyer Concrete). ☺
Bummer you only get to vote once but we have gone to great links to get the word out; that he's in the Top 10.

In other news...I went to the Dr. about my left wrist and he said I needed an MRI; so they walked me down a hall (after assuring me it was an OPEN MRI because I had flashbacks of the MRI for my right wrist). The technician had me lay on my back and prop my left wrist up (even though I asked if I could please lay on my stomach; like the first time I had an MRI) but no luck. As I started to go into the "tunnel of dome" my nose was touching the machine. I turned my head to the side and it was so dark in there I freaked out. I said "Get me out get me out I can't do this" (and NOT in a soft voice either). I told the tech I wasn't going to be able to do this machine(I think the machine was older then me and nothing OPEN about it). The tech assured me 88% can NOT go through with it on their first time and that most have to be "medicated" to go through with it. HE said the other option would be to have it done at the hospital down the street.

Well, of course they had no openings for the day I was in Manhattan so I did a little "retail therapy" before I went home. Later the Drs office called and said they would prescribe "Valium" for my next attempt because the Dr. will not do the surgery without the MRI. HE said he didn't want any surprises (aneurysm) like the last time. So, Monday, I took my 2 security blankets (AKA my parents) with me to Manhattan. I took the Valium 30 minutes before my appointment (I can't say that I felt any different though) and waited for my turn.

Let me just say that had I seen this MODERN piece of technology BEFORE I took the Valium, I can guarantee I would NOT have taken it. It was small (compared to the other 2 MRI machines I'd seen), it was well lit and you could see all the way through it and what a view. I was able to lay on my stomach, my left arm out in front of me, given headphones to listen to music, (offered a blanket but I didn't need it)and only went in to my shoulders. Even with all the noise the machine made, I still dozed off (perhaps the Valium or I was very tired). About 40 minutes later; I was done and thankful that it went so well. I told the lady tech that if I ever heard anyone say they needed an MRI, I would refer them to Mercy. And by the Dad drove home. ☺ So now I wait for the Dr. to look at my MRI and set a surgery date. Meanwhile, I wear the wrist brace and try not to bump it and also TRY to STAY CALM and stress free because I know what an aneurysm can do.

Nick is excited that he was selected to go to the FFA National Convention, the end of this month, in Kentucky. I just hope they make it back in time for the Bible Bowl that Saturday, after studying so long and hard for it. Nick has a photographic memory. He took 1st place at a FFA meet when he named all the "something" on a test. I think it was bugs or was it grains (he's not here to ask).

In other news...I survived my 35th Class Reunion!!! Every 5 years I always dread the thought of going to my class reunion and every time AFTER it's over, I'm always glad I went. ☺ I didn't get to do everything they had planned for the weekend. I didn't ride on the float with the classmates because I wanted to see the Pep Rally that followed the parade because Tony represented the Cross Country team and gave a quick "speech".

I called the local Motel and they added '78 to their sign

No, he's NOT rapping and yes I know his socks don't match; it was Spirit week.

King James and Queen Abi
I was so happy that our neighbor boy, James, was named "Homecoming King". To be politically correct, (according to Obama's Rosa law) you would say he has a intellectual disability but he's a bright, happy go lucky, intelligent young man and as evident by the vote, he is welled liked. Tony has been his buddy since kindergarten. To this day, when he sees me, he always says "Hi, Tony's Mom".

I did go to the Homecoming football game and all the classmates sat in the same section. I was so happy that my cousin Linda and her husband Ray came down for the reunion and we got to "catch up" on our families this weekend.

After the game, about 20 classmates (and spouses) went to the local (newly remodeled) Bowling Alley. Several bowled (I didn't because of the bad wrist and the lack of strength in the right wrist yet).  Sat. morning I helped decorate the building where we would gather for the evening meal visit. I didn't go on the "tour" of our high school (I see it often; as my 3 kids attend school there). They had a DVD of the Marching Band from the 70's. The band was known state wide as being one of the best bands and everyone loved the "Bulldog Shuffle". I loved the "shuffle"; wish they could bring it back. I brought my yearbook and it was looked through many times that night.

Our catered meal was very good. BBQ brisket, roasted chicken breast, green beans, oven-roasted potatoes and for dessert an assortment of flavors, REAL cheesecakes. YUMMMM! After supper, the Emcee had a moment of silence for the 3 classmates that are gone to soon and acknowledged the one classmate that "served our country". He also announced that our class raised over $2,500.00 (way to go) for the stadium renovation and the Class of '78 will be added to the list of contributors plaque. Then it was my turn (gulp, swallow hard, try NOT to pass out tell hands to quit shaking and knees to stop knocking) to present the 5 awards.

Those that know me know I do NOT like to speak in public. I started off by saying how I wished I hadn't transferred out of Mr. Minor's Speech class; had I stuck with it my knees and voice would not be trembling as I spoke. Thankfully, I made it through it and was even able to read the poem "Twas the night before our Class Reunion" I re-worded to fit my thoughts about reunions. Many said I did a great job and said they could NOT tell I was nervous (well, I need an Oscar than for "best performance" of a "confident" emcee.

the Red and Black Photo Albums used for Awards
I jokingly said that as I Googled what awards I should present; I realized that all the "awards" would go to me!!! (laughter) I "Lived closet to the school" (3 blocks) the "Teacher's Pet" I had the "Youngest Kids" (all mine are still in high School; although it was pointed out later one classmate has 6 kids, the youngest is a toddler the oldest is a Junior) and even more laughs when I said I was the "Classmate that still LOOKED the same". LOL

Here's the 5 that I actually used and awarded them with Photo Album.
Traveled the furthest: Arizona
Most Grandchildren: Went to the classmate that had 2 GREAT-Grandkids
Married the Longest: There were 5 of us that were still standing as I asked 30 years or more. One couple still standing as we passed 33 years and they had been married 34.
Last to Respond: 2 days before reunion but happy he was able to come

Smartest Classmate: This was determined by answering several trivia questions about our Senior Year. Who was our Class President? The Homecoming Queen? Our Class Colors? Who was our Drum Major? Where did we go for Senior Skip Day? What chain restaurant catered the meal, at skip day? Lots of laughs.

We all lined up for our group picture, decided to encourage more to attend our 40th reunion, in 5 years (32 attended; out of 106 classmates), visited with several and before I knew it, it was time to go home. I'm glad I went!
The Class of 78 in 2013
I saved the best news for last!!! I'M SOOOOOOO EXCITED!!! WHY, YOU ASK??? What one thing was I wanting so bad that I was about to offer my first born for (kidding, of course)? Nope, not that? Guess again! Nope, not that! They are working on my street!!!!! Seriously!!! Monday, I heard "beep, beep, beep" and looked out my window and saw the most glorious sight!!! There was a bunch of machinery, tearing out the gravel road that runs past our house. I literally teared up. I thought I was dreaming!!!

I was at Wally World yesterday and the mayor said "We're working on your street" and I said "If we weren't in public I'd hug you" (I agree, probably not the best choice of words and thankfully he's my former boss and knew that I meant, I truly was so excited). As I type this they are tearing up the street. You really have no idea how "stressed" I was because of these gravel streets these past 10 years (I remind you that we live in TOWN). I can NOT wait to see the finished product. Wait til my next garage sale and my repeat shoppers see the new improved street. They will be so happy that it is finally fixed. ☺
Day 3 of street work
Until next time (don't hold your breath, I never know when I will blog next).
Have a SON-filled week.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

My husband could WIN a truck

No JOKE!!! And this isn't SPAM!!!
Hey blog readers, got a minute?? Ok, so a while back my husband got a letter in the mail that Ford sent out to people who own their own business. The letter allowed him to send in a short explanation of why his company needed a new work truck. Long story short, Ford chose him to be one of the Top Ten!!! (You can vote for him, to help him win a new truck). So if you would pleeease click the link and go to the website, you can see, and hopefully vote for, Dan's submission-the brown dually (it gets 4 miles to the gallon and this week he had to have it towed back to town) above Hooyer Concrete & Construction (First column, second one down from the top). Every vote counts, but you are only allowed to vote once. We would greatly appreciate your vote and somebody has to win...and we hope it's him. It's going to be a LONG month, til they announce the winner. This feels like waiting for the birth of your child...exciting but it seems like forever. ☺ Thanks in advance! ☺ Janet P.S. Remember left column 2nd entry under Hooyer Concrete

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Help me come up with a new "job" title because a "Stay-at-Home-Mom" I'm NOT!!! ☺ Here's my day so far! I started my morning at 6:30. Got the kids up at 7:00. At 7:45 Tony tells me he needs a pair of compression shorts (he wears them under his cross country shorts because he's 6'3 and all legs and the shorts they wear as a team look/fit like a pair of Daisy Duke's on him) 1:30... when the cross country team leaves school for their meet at Belleville.

So, I drop KJ off at school, drive the 3 miles out to Wally World only to guessed it...they are out of his size. (I considered buying him a 3X but they were way to big). I made it just in time to my 8:30 Dentist appointment (I'm still numb) and left from there and drove the 35 miles NORTH, to Beatrice. Pulled up to Hibb*tt Sp*rts...yep, you guessed it CLOSED and they didn't open til 10:00 so I thought I'll just go on out to Wal-Mart. I found a pair in Tony's size, grabbed 2 boxes of KJ's favorite granola cereal (you can't get it here) and was out of the store in 25 minutes (that's a personal record for me). ☺

I stopped at McD's, grabbed a 6 piece chicken nugget (those things should be outlawed...nasty; my breakfast and early lunch) and headed home. I no more walked in the door and Dan called me...he needed a ride home from Frankfort...25 miles SOUTH of here. So I real quick dropped off Tony's shorts at the office. They have a chair in the corner and I told them they needed to put a sign above it that says "Tony's Forgot His stuff at Home" chair as it seems he calls once or twice a week to bring something from home he forgot. I asked if other Mom's "visit" them as often as I do and of course they said "No"! ☺

I jumped back in the Durango and headed to Frankfort. Got there and he wasn't ready to go, the tow truck wasn't there yet and asked if I'd go get a couple slices of pizza and some pop for them. I got back with the food and the tow truck got there a few minutes later. Don't tell Nick but our dog rode home with us, in the a card board box (hey I'm not taking any chances in our new vehicle). Nick seems to think we need to take her to Colorado with us...not happening and besides the condo DOES NOT allow pets (PHEW)!!!

So we get back to Marysville and I dropped Dan etc off at the shop and go to the grocery store. Spent 20 minutes in there trying to think what to fix for supper so I got my phone out, went to my email, look in my "recipes" folder and decided to make steak stripes (like chicken stripes) and cheesy potatoes. Well, that's the plan unless Dan calls and says "Let's go watch Tony run at Belleville"...50 miles WEST of here. ☺

As I type this the numbness is wearing off and it's starting to throb and all I want to do is take a nap but it's to noisy here today. WHY? you ask? Because the power company is trimming tree limbs in our block right now (it sounds like I'm at the Dentist office all over again) and guess what else???? The city crew is working on our street. They spray painted lines; looks like for where they will put curb and gutter. I rolled down my window as I drove past and I asked the worker that I know if they were fixing "MY STREET" and he said "We're going to try". I seriously almost jumped out and hugged him; ok maybe not but I did tear up as I drove off. I wanted to ask him so bad what they were actually going to do but the street supervisor was within ear shot. I will save my "jumping up and down and cheering" for when I see them actually making repairs. It's only been 10 years that we had a "gravel street" in front of our house.

Tomorrow I have an appointment in Manhattan, with the Dr. that did the surgery on my right wrist. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that I was unable to bend my left wrist down with out pain shooting up my arm (my right one did that before surgery). After moving boxes etc at the garage sale last weekend on Sunday I looked at my wrist and the growth was a lot larger. They called it a cyst on my right wrist until he did surgery and discovered it was an aneurysm. YIKES!! So, I'll find out tomorrow when I'll have surgery on the left wrist. Ugg!! Since turning 50, almost 4 years ago, I can definitely say I'm going "down the other side of the hill". I had 4 crowns put on (traumatic), got shingles right after that, fell going UP the steps and injured both wrist, need to have more dental work done and other things I won't bore you with. But you know what...I thank the good Lord each morning when I wake up to face another day and for my (pretty) good health and my NEVER Know what the day will have in store for me; "STAY-AT-HOME" life.

What did YOU do today? ☺

Have a SON-filled weekend!!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Glad that's over with (our annual garage sale)!!!

I need to buy a t-shirt that says "I survived the Hwy 36 Treasure Hunt" and wear it every Monday after the big event. ☺This past weekend was the 8th annual Treasure Hunt across Hwy 36, from the Colorado border to the Missouri border. Once again my Mom, sister and I had a garage sale at my house. This year we were able to fit it all in one garage (needed 2 but the 3 of us wanted to work side by side). ☺

Last year, we had to use 2 garages because 6 people had stuff to sale. I started preparing in early August for the sale and went room to room, checking every drawer, closet and even under beds and although I have a sale every year, I still found plenty of stuff to sell. I can NOT for the life of me figure out where all this "stuff" comes from. I hate clutter and consider my house a clutter free zone so where does it all come from.

In my defense the thing that I sell the most of is kids clothing; which is always nice because I have to re-stock their closets, too. I used to pass it on to others or take it to a thrift store but it dawned on me...I could use the $$$ to buy them more clothes, when they out grow theirs.
So anyway I piled it all in the corner thinking I would work on marking it off and on and then my niece and her husband from Brazil came to Kansas to visit for a month and of course the "marking of the stuff" was totally ignored for the month. The day after they flew home I got busy and put the "stuff" in the TV with the intention of working on it every spare minute. Well, those of you with kids still at home know that "life" sometimes (ok, always) doesn't go as you had planned. So for 2 weeks we walked around the boxes I had piled up in there. I had a huge box a ceiling fan came in on the couch in there and a few times KJ just sat on top of it as she watched TV and kept me company as I worked on it. Last week at this time I was frantic worried I wouldn't get it all marked and ready (turns out I was right as I still have 2 big trash bags full of "stuff" that didn't get marked or displayed (I'll save it for the next sale). ☺

Last Tuesday evening I had Nick back his truck up to the front porch and we carried everything out to his truck. Can you believe it took 2 truck beds full to haul it all to the back. (And all this from the girl who said "I don't have much to sell this time). The boys helped me set up the saw horses and put the 4x8 sheet of plywood on top (this works well as I don't have any real tables to use). I then cover each table with plastic and get busy unloading box, after box, after box and start putting stuff on the tables.

I like to "organize" the tables by "themes": Kitchen items, Bathroom things, Stationary, electronics. I use the same 3 shelf units to display "knick-knacks" on every time and store them covered in plastic to keep dust off and ready for the next sale. All clothing, coats and even bedding is HUNG UP!!! I NEVER lay clothing on the table. Time has proven that clothes sell better when on a hanger on a rack. I put the size of the item, on the price tag. I also have a girls rack and a boys rack, with a sign on it that says the sizes on that rack. I do the same with adult clothes, too.

My Mom was here Wed. and Thursday and we got all the boxes unloaded and out on the tables and realized we needed more tables but had nothing to use. So Mom and I walked by each table and put "stuff" in boxes (this broke my #1 rule...nothing in boxes, I hate digging through boxes on the ground at sales) all should be on tables, do I sound like I have OCD? ☺ I told my Mom several times I can't wait til my sister gets here...she ROCKS when it comes to organizing!!! She got here later than planned Thursday evening because she had to stop because it was raining so hard. She brought a table and a also another display shelf. She got busy on organizing and at 12:30 a.m. she and I went out and put up the signs. It was a short night, as we got up early to be ready for the first customers at 8 (probably lost some early customers but I had to get the kids off to school and 8 works best).

We were very busy and pleased with the number of customers we had Friday and Saturday but I personally think we didn't have as many as in years past. But also our town had 79 sales listed and there's no way you can possibly hit all of them. We totally relied on our garage sale signs to bring the customers to us as this year I made the decision NOT to advertise in the newspaper or on the "city map" to save about $25.00. I think it was a wise call but you have to put out great signs.

I live 4 blocks from Hwy 36 and 3 blocks from Hwy 77 so I put big signs on the corners. We use a A-frame sign on 36 that simple says "HUGE SALE" 4 blocks and has a ARROW pointing which way to turn. I will not put up a sign WITHOUT an arrow on it, pointing the way. People come from all over (more on that later if I remember) and they have no idea where such n such address/street is. I can't tell you how many people comment about the signs we have up and how easy it was to find us. At the end of the 4 blocks, I have another sign, with an arrow saying ½ block. ☺
Example of sign: I color my arrows in though. (not my sign)

All 3 of us agreed that the part we like best is talking with the customers (and of course watching our "stuff" go home with somebody else). ☺ If time allows and we don't have a line of customers waiting to check out (it happens and I love it) we like to see where people are from. Texas, Nebraska, KC, Topeka. In years past we've had people from Florida, Georgia and California (you can tell the ones that have come a distance because they are usually pulling a huge trailer behind their truck). We've met some nice people over the past 8 years of the Highway 36 Treasure Hunt and we have people tell us they drive by my house, to see if we're having a sale. ☺
We all 3 agreed we did NOT want to take anything home with us so we decided that on Saturday everything would be HALF-PRICE!!! I didn't make as much $$$ as in years past but I also didn't have to bring anything back into my house, either.  So it was a win-win decision for me.☺
By Saturday night the 3 of us were so exhausted we could hardly think straight but we all agreed that it was "fun while it lasted", as we started to pack up what was left. The 3 of us all agrees also that next year we were going to take a year off and GO to the sales (not sure if we will go east or west yet) instead and let our "Stuff" accumulate as we didn't feel like we have enough to have one next year. (although my dad said he would have one at my house (he sells things men and "unusual" items ☺ and his handmade walking sticks).

After the sale was over we put what little clothes we didn't sell in boxes and my sister will donate them to a homeless shelter in KC. Dan and the kids came out and helped put away the sawhorses and clean up the garage with us. The stuff we didn't sell (stuff that we had on a couple of sales that probably never would sell) we put in boxes, put them by the curb and I put a sign on it that said "FREE help yourself" and even put empty boxes by the pile, that they could use.

About 10 p.m. Sat. night, I put on the local "For Sale" site of Facebook; about the free pile and seriously at 12:08 a.m. I heard a car door and looked out the window and two people were digging through the pile, using their headlights to see. They did it nice and orderly and put back the stuff they didn't want. When Dan went out to get the dog early Sunday a.m. he said there was someone digging through it. By 3 p.m. everything was GONE except a few empty boxes. SUCCESS! I guess what they say is true..."One man's junk is another man's treasure"!!!

After 2 long busy days it all was over...just like that. We each got our money from what we sold and my sis got on the road back to KC (I always make her call me when she gets home as I know she is worn out) and thank the good Lord she made it home safe. I had hoped to take a Sunday nap but it didn't happen.

Garage sales are a lot of work but also if its done right you can make some $$$. I'm no expert by any means but below I have a Top 25 list of things (some mentioned above) that I think have helped me over the years to have successful sales. If you don't plan to have a sale you can scroll down. ☺

1. Ask yourself: Do I have enough "stuff" to make it worth my time?
2. Remember you are not only having the sale to make $$ but also to "DECLUTTER" ☺
3. Have an area in your home where you can keep a tote(s) to put items you no longer use in it.

4. If possible, put a price tag on it before you put it in there (saves time later)☺
5. Make sure item is clean and that it WORKS!
6. Price it to SELL! (a price you would expect to pay)
7. Put a price tag on EVERYTHING! People appreciate a price tag (I've been told that often).

8. Also put the size on the price tag (I even put the brand).
9. ALWAYS put clothing on a hanger; I promise they sell 99% better! ☺
10. If you see a shopper with their hands full ask if you can take it for them.
11. Decide if it's worth the price to advertise or just put up signs and put it on Craigslist or a local For Sale site on Facebook. (I have a good location and people find me easy because of my signs).
12. SIGNS ARE IMPORTANT so do them right!!! Don't write the address in tiny print and be sure to put an ARROW ← → so they know which way to turn.
13. Don't put so much stuff on the tables that people will be overwhelmed.
14. Try to organize the tables with a theme. Don't put glass ware with the toys.
15. Have a power strip close by the electronic items, so people can "test" them.

16. Make sure there's plenty of parking or people will drive right on by.
17. Display your big items and better things in the front to attract customers.
18. Be sure you start with plenty of cash (1's, 5's and quarters) as most tend to pay with a $20 bill.

19. My personal opinion: Don't take checks! (I got a bad one once and never got $$ for it).
20. Put the check out table where people will see you and know where to pay.
21. Greet your customers and thank them for stopping (even if they didn't buy).

22. Don't let anyone in your house!!! Period!!!
23. Be helpful but don't hound/pressure them. (I hate when people do that to me when I go to sales).

24. Have plenty of sacks and boxes and newspaper to wrap breakables.
25. Running a sale is not rocket science. It just takes some preparation, organization and effort to make it successful. And in the end … it’ll all be worth it. And remember to HAVE FUN!!!

Well, now that I've bored you with all that...I will end this post and if time allows later I will blog about what else I've been up to. Seriously, it's been a month since my last post???

As always...Have a SON-filled day!!!

Friday, August 23, 2013

33 years ago TODAY

                               Happy 33rd Anniversary to my Tall, Dark and Handsome Hub!!!

I'm very thankful to be able to celebrate 33 years of marriage today with my hubby. Most of those 12,048 days were great and the others . . . were character building. (We're both quite the characters by now, as you all know). ☺ I am so thankful that this young Iowa farm boy took a job as a hog buyer in this small Kansas town. So many girls wanted to date him and he picked ME and exactly 4 years after our 1st date WE said "I DO" til death do us part. I am so blessed to have this hard working, Christian man by my side, helping me raise our 3 awesome kids. As "OUR SONG" title says
♫ "Always and Forever" ♫. Time has gone by so fast (especially once the kids came along) and my prayer is that we have many, many more Anniversary's.

The Roses are from my parents. Thank You Mom and Dad, they smell wonderful. I told Dan years ago, back when a dozen cost $30-$40 dollars (before Wal-Mart sold them) "No Flowers" and I meant it. They die to fast and we could use that $$ elsewhere. Dan said we will go out to eat tonight; now that idea I like...NO COOKING!!!

It's been so long since I posted on here I couldn't remember my password. School started Aug. 15th. All 3 kids are in High School now. Tony's a Senior, Nick a Junior and KJ a Freshman. I took the traditional 1st Day of school pics on the front porch with my phone but uploaded them on FB. Hard to believe Tony's a Senior. I remember his first day of Preschool. I cried on the way home after I dropped him off but he loved it, which made it easier for me.

The boys are on the cross country team again. They had 6:30 a.m. practices all week, running 5 miles each morning and also practice after school, running another mile or two. Needless to say, with this humidity, the water bill will increase, from their 2 showers a day. I know I'm washing lots of towels!

How funny that Tony and KJ have a class together; it's like a Home Ec. type class. They even sit at the same table. He seems fine with it but she wasn't at first but she told me yesterday "he hasn't been teasing me" and she was "glad he's in there". Phew!

She's still taking violin and piano lessons after school. I had the carpets cleaned awhile back and I suggested we move her piano in this little room we have off to the side of the living room; we always referred to it as the "reading room" or the "fireplace room". She wasn't sure about it but once we moved the piano in there she wanted to add "the red chair from Gpa".

My Dad re-upholstered a high back chair and gave it to me and KJ quickly declared it was "her chair". The white lattice look mirror she wanted to hang diamond shape instead of the normal square angel (I think she may become an interior designer). The fireplace room had a lighthouse theme and she asked if I would care if we took them out and added her own things to it. I was fine with it, it had been 10 years or more like that so I was ready to see a change. I saved some of the lighthouse stuff and put in our bathroom with the same theme; the rest of it and there's a lot, will be on my Garage Sale next month.

KJ and I went to Manhattan one day and I asked if we could stop at Hobby Lobby and KJ fell in love with that store (she's 14...what took her so long)? She found several things she wanted to put in her "Music room" and I think everything we bought was 50% off. She likes the red, black and white look; as you may notice. On each side of the fireplace mantel there's 3 shelves and she filled them up.

 Might be my imagination but she seems to "practice" her instruments LONGER then before. ☺She also does her homework in that same red chair. Here's a few more pictures of HER Music room, remember she picked out all the knick-knacks herself, I think she did a great job. She also found a "piano keys" trash can and hung up a solid black valance and has a black and white rug under her piano bench.

Another highlight of niece Ashley and her husband, Douglas and his Mom and sister are visiting from Brazil. Woot Woot!!! He finally gets to be in Kansas when it's HOT and there's NO SNOW!! A bunch of us went to World's of Fun. KJ's cousin, Sydney, was able to go to World's of Fun with us so KJ had a "buddy" to ride the rides with and she spent 3 days with all of us there in KC.  Douglas' first time to ride a roller coaster and she put him on the Mamba...that ornery girl. I think they rode all the coasters there. No coasters for me but I did ride a few "EASY" rides. (Hey, cut me some slack...I'm almost 54). ☺ That night 26 friends and family went to a KC Royals game. Last night they had supper with us; had a houseful. Hope to spend more time with them before they go back to Brazil (like a $HOPPING TRIP). ☺

Nick got a puppy last month. Her name is Moe (I call her Moe Joe). She's a good match for Nick. He takes her EVERYWHERE. Now that school is back in session, Moe has been going to the job site's with Dan. We take family walks at night and she's right there with us. Nick turns "16" Monday (WOW)and he wanted a Kayak (he has to pay half) and he takes Moe with him in it. She sleeps in the dog pen at night but during lunch hour, she's allowed in the mud far.

I think I will end for now I'm sure I left out a lot of stuff maybe next time.
Have a SON-filled weekend.