Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sarasota

We went to Sarasota today to see Dad & Roberta.  It was supposed to be chilly today, so I wore a long-sleeved shirt and capris instead of shorts.  That was a mistake!  It was absolutely beautiful in Sarasota and I about cooked!  Dave and his dad worked on projects while Roberta and I shopped!  We went to Bealls and - this is a first - didn't buy a thing!  Then we went to Bed, Bath & Beyond.  I bought 3-4 things there, but nothing big.  We met the guys for lunch at Five Guys!  Then after lunch, Roberta and I went to Kirklands and to Marshalls.  It was a fun day!  Unfortunately, I have to take a tablecloth back to BB&B...for some reason the one I picked up was a round one.  All of the ones I looked at were rectangular...grrrrr!  I don't like to shop, let alone return things!

Tomorrow we go on a casino boat ride.  Should be fun!!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Windy day!

This was another beautiful day.  It was really windy, though.  Dave and I started our day at the clubhouse for coffee and donuts.  We came home after riding our bikes around the park.  Dave was going to do some of the things he has on his to-do list, but instead he said, "Let's go enjoy the sun and the water.  It may be the last warm day for a while."  So we went down to John's Pass to take some pictures and enjoy the gulf.  It was a little rough today, but it was beautiful!



The red "thing" in the middle of the picture is fish skin.  As the guy filets the fish, he throws the bad parts to the pelicans.  It's a hoot watching them!!
Our day was really made when we saw somewhere around 8-10 dolphins.  They were really putting on a show for us.  We watched them for a good 30 minutes before we had to leave.
God was also putting on a show.  Beautiful breakers in the Gulf.

Tonight I played 7s from Hell with 7 other ladies.  My partner and I got absolutely clobbered!  It was worse than Monday night, if you can believe that!!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Beautiful Again!

B&B again - bowling & bingo.  I started my bowling out with a 167...then it was downhill from there!!  My 2nd and 3rd games were 112 and 114.  Loved the 167 - it felt good to bowl well!!  I got lots of splits in the 3rd game and in the 2nd game, I just couldn't pick up any spares!  Yuck!

As for bingo...let's just say I didn't win again!  No one won the big pot, though, so I've still got a shot at it next week.  It was a little depressing - I'm getting tired of losing!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Great day!

Wow - another beautiful day!  I love this weather!  Actually, it was almost hot today!  It's still 72 degrees at 10:00 at night!  Amazing!

It was so nice that I took 2 bike rides today...one this morning and one this afternoon.  Plus, we sat out in the lanai to eat both lunch and dinner.  I also took the opportunity to have my nails done today.  I had a mani AND a pedi!!

Tonight I went to 7s from Hell...and it was awful!  Connie & Betty clobbered MaryEtta and me!  We got beat by over 5,000 points!!  Horrible!

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Musings

Today started out just like most Sundays except Pastor David from home called us to tell us that church had been cancelled because of ice!!  We assured him that we'd be carefully going to church!!  Too funny!!  He said he thought we'd enjoy his humor...and we did!!  There was no ice on OUR trip to church!  It was 66 degrees!!  Shortly after church our thermostat showed 79 degrees!  It was a beautifully sunny day with a full moon tonight.

We went shopping for some shoes for me.  We found me a pair of sandals that I like.  Then we went to Kohl's for some knives.  Dave got his shopping trip in, too.  He wanted to go to Lowe's for a few things.  I did a Sudoku puzzle while he was in there.

We ate lunch at Moe's Southwestern Grill today.  It's kind of like a Subway but with Mexican food!  Sort of like a Baja Fresh if you've ever eaten at one of them.  Very good food - a little pricey, but delicious!

This evening we went to the clubhouse to see the reveal of Who Am I?.  I submitted 26 guesses out of 59, and got 19 correct.  Not too bad of a percentage.  One of the guys got 35 correct!!  As a celebration, we had ice cream and cake!  Fun contest, Sandy!!

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Great day!

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day!!  Here at The Ranch, we started our day early by having our monthly breakfast up at the clubhouse.  We always have a great breakfast - eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits & gravy!  Of course, I only eat 2 pancakes and some eggs.  Dave, however, eats most of what is offered!!  Another nice thing about this is that we get served!!  Several of the men cook the breakfast and their spouses serve us.  Then the men clean up!  Dave cooks pancakes and does dishes!  I just go up to eat!

At 11:00 we met to play a ladder golf tournament.  It was lots of fun.  Even though neither my partner nor I had ever played ladder golf, we did all right.  We won our first match and then in the second match, we ended up getting beat 2 games straight by one point - bummer!  Actually I was glad we didn't win the 2nd match because I was hot and wanted to come home to cool down!

Then this evening, Bob & Ann, Ron & Marcia, Sudi & Howard, and Dave & I went to JD's.  It was a really fun evening!  The food was good  as usual...except for Sudi's.  We sat there from 6:30 until 8:30 - fun times!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Fun Friday

Today started out chilly (53), but very sunny.  We bundled up and went to the clubhouse to get ready to shuffle.  I shuffled in the first game, but I got warm quickly so shed my sweatshirt.  I was really glad that I wore shorts.  It wasn't cold at all at the shuffleboard courts.  I lost my first game because I put myself in the kitchen at the end...but I won my second game by 1 point!!  So I'm still .500...3-3 for the season.  I really, really like shuffling!

When we got done shuffling, we went to Beall's where I got 5 new tops!  I also went to Michael's and bought a skein of yarn and a set of knitting needles.  A lady at church told me she'd show me how to make one of the ruffled scarves that are so popular right now.

We came home and Dave cooked some burgers on the grill.  Then we took naps after lunch.  We decided naps were better than going to happy hour!!  This evening we tried to watch "The Gray" with Liam Neeson, but I didn't like it much.  Dave said he'd watch it another time.  Then we watched "Inside the DaVinci Code"...very interesting.  I loved the movie and wondered if there was any truth to it.  Dan Brown insists it's truth, but these experts said it was pure fiction!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thursday

Dave went to Sarasota today, so I had a "Peg Day"!  We didn't do aerobics because it was only 58 at 9:00 AM...a little too cold.  So, I baked some cornbread to eat with the frozen bean soup that Roberta gave us.  I also mixed up a new cookie recipe.  They are made of oatmeal, chocolate chips, craisins, and chopped pecans.  Yummy!  By the time I got all of this done, it was almost noon, so I rode my bike around the park.  Then I came home, ate my leftover chicken salad wrap and decided the day was too nice to waste inside baking!  I got into my swimsuit and went to the pool.  I was in the water for over an hour.

When I got home I started baking my cookies.  I got the last tray of cookies into the oven when Dave drove in.  After I finished the dishes, he and I went for our bike ride.  Tonight we ate our bean soup and cornbread and Dave's been watching WEIRD television shows...ancient aliens and before that about people who are stockpiling for disasters.  Strange!

Our weekend is a busy one, but we're looking forward to it!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Busy Day!

This day started out very, very cool.  By the time we went to coffee, though, I didn't wear a jacket.  Coffee was good - lots of people today!  Most of the people who go home for the summer are back now, so events are getting crowded.  We even had 38 at bingo last night.

After coffee, we came home and worked around here a bit.  Then I had to get into my Red Hat clothes, because we went to Ozona to a place called Molly Goodheart's to eat lunch.  We had 22-24 people - I don't know for sure how many were there, but there were a bunch of us.  The food was good, as was the service.  The restaurant is a unique one.  Very Florida!  Too bad it wasn't a bit warmer so we could eat outside!

We got home in time for me to sweep the lanai and the kitchen.  Then while Dave was napping, I played my computer games.  Tonight he stayed home while I went to the clubhouse to play 7s from Hell.  We've started playing on Weds. nights, too.  Several new people have started playing, so on Wednesdays they get to practice.  Penny and I were partners tonight and we won by only 650 points!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Loser!!

Bowling wasn't very pretty today...at least for our family.  I had a 127-118-121 or something like that.  I didn't feel comfortable bowling, so I wasn't happy.  If I hit the pocket, I'd get a split.  Just wasn't fun!!  I want to get better!!

As for bingo - again I'm a loser!  I guess I'm not a loser, I'm just not a winner!!  The pots were big tonight, but I just couldn't get that last number!  One of these days...

Dave got our home listed in zillow today.  It looks so pretty - the pictures are really good!!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Beautiful day!

This was a gorgeous day!  Right now it's 60 here and only 4 at home.  Sure makes the word cold relative.  Some of the natives think it's cold here tonight...but 4 degrees is cold!

We watched the inauguration today.  I went to play 7s tonight.  I didn't win...but we had a good game anyway.  I just couldn't get the cards tonight, and neither did my partner.  I got pictures taken of our mobile home and Dave put them on Craig's list.  We'll see if we get any bites.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday's Activities

We went to church this morning, which isn't unusual.  After church, we came home, changed clothes and ate a bite of lunch.  Then we picked up Sue & Penny and headed to Treasure Island to see the kites.  I wish we had gone yesterday...it was cloudy today.  Plus, by the time we got there the BIG kites were down.  These are amazing to watch.  These kites are nothing like the 10 cent kites we used to buy!!




After we finished watching the kites, we went for a drive down the coast and then headed to the Post Corner  for pizza.  It was a wonderful day to sit out by the water and just enjoy the beauty!  ...And, the pizza was really good, too!

Now we're watching Lois & Clark reruns!

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Saturday

Beautiful day!!  Sure glad Sudi & Howard brought back the beautiful weather!!  Here at The Ranch, the activity for today was the Chinese Auction.  People donate things they don't want any more, then we all pay for tickets (10 for $1.00).  You put tickets on items you want to "purchase" - if your ticket is drawn out, you "win" the item!!  We took some things to the auction and we brought some things home!  It was fun and people were able to get rid of some of their rummage without having a rummage sale!

We also went shopping with Bob & Ann and ate lunch at Pete & Shorty's.  I had a really good BLT!  Bob & Ann had loose meat sandwiches and Dave had a regular hamburger.  The manager talked to us a great deal - next time we're having tenderloins on his recommendation!

Tonight we watched "Bridesmaids" - what a dumb movie!  It was unrated, but should have been rated UR for bad language, sexual content, etc., etc.  UR for ultra restricted!!

Tomorrow we're heading to church, grab a bite of lunch, and then to Treasure Island to see the kites on the beach!  I hope to have some good pictures!

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Brrrrr!!

It was really cold here this morning, but it didn't stop us from shuffling!  When we got up it was 44 degrees here and 33 in O-town.  What's up with that??  I didn't like it one bit.  I even had to wear long pants today and those of you who know me well, know how much I hate wearing long pants!!  Our first shuffleboard game was really cold, but by the 2nd, 3rd and 4th games, I didn't notice the cold so much.  Right now it's 61 here and 47 in Ottumwa.

Tonight we went to eat with some friend from the park...we went to some wings place.  I wasn't impressed with the food :(!

I can't wait to hear from Sudi & Howard to hear how they liked their cruise.  I hope it was a good one for them!

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Yucky day!

Today started out really gray...and it stayed that way!  It rained this morning and then a cold front came through.  Dave and I are sitting here under our blankets watching "War Horse".  Dave even put on a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt!  It's 59 here and supposed to be around 49 in the morning!  Hopefully it'll warm up tomorrow.

I was supposed to "lead" water aerobics this morning while Dave went to Sarasota, but it started raining just at 9:30 when aerobics starts.  So, instead of aerobics, I came home, put on clothes, and Dave and I went to Sarasota together.  Dave did some "daddy-do's" while Roberta and I just supervised!!  By about 2:30 the wind started blowing really, really hard.  We wanted to get over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge before they closed it (high winds).  It was a very challenging drive, trying to hold the car on the road!!

Naps were in order when we got home and now we're just hanging out watching "War Horse".  I read the book and I certainly don't remember the book the way this movie is going!!  This horse is something else!!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday

It was another beautiful day in the 'hood!  It's 67 here and only 20 at home-home!  Bowling this morning started out so good...but it didn't take long for it to go to the dogs!  I had two good practice balls, and 4 out of 5 marks in the first 5 frames...then only 1 mark in the last 5 frames.  Ended up with a 127.  Then it was all downhill from there.  Yuck!  I did, however, win the poker $$ with 2 pairs!!

This afternoon, Dave washed our car while I vacuumed.  After very short naps, we went to the pool.  Since we didn't get there until 4:00 it was starting to cool down a bit.  We'll go earlier next time.

Bingo was as bad as bowling!  I was waiting for one number to be called in every game but one.  That one, I wasn't even close.  Still didn't win!  Bummer!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Gorgeous Day!

I know I sound like a broken record, but that's just too bad!  It was another beautiful day today!  It's only 67 now, so it's a little cool outside, but it will be lovely for sleeping!  This morning I went to the pool for water aerobics.  The water was like bath water - just beautiful!  I didn't want to get out!!  After aerobics, I came home, got my bike and went up 1st street passing out information sheets (the thing I volunteered for the other day).  I met some people I'd never met before and only got one resounding "I'm NOT filling out that form!"  Ok!  Some people are so afraid others will get to know them.  This lady is strange, though.

Dave worked around our place today, cleaning out the eave spouts and putting away his tools.  He even moved 3 plants to see if they'll do better on another side of our mobile.  When he got all done, we took our bike ride and then I went to play cards.  I'm a winner tonight!  Ann and I were partners and we  cleaned up. We were around 7,000 ahead of our opponents before the last game, so we didn't even count points after the last hand.  Fun!

Tomorrow's B&B day!  More later...


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Beautiful day!

I don't know if this is unusual weather or not, but I'm sure enjoying all of the sunshine and warm temps!  It wasn't horribly hot today, so we were able to open up the house and enjoy a nice breeze from the east.  After church today, we came home and changed into shorts.  The theme for the day was water, so we headed to Gulf Blvd to find a place to eat - on the water.  We ended up going to JD's because I wanted a salad.  So we ate outside in the bar area and I got my salad!  Unfortunately today they put mushrooms in it - BIG slices!  I'm pretty sure there weren't mushrooms the last time we ate there, or I would have asked them to hold the 'rooms!  Oh well, they were big enough that I was able to pick them out!

After lunch we headed south to St Pete.  We had planned to go to Pass-a-Grille, but Dave hoped to get a nap this afternoon, so we stopped in St Pete instead.  We were able to get a free parking place at a park by The Pier, so we walked out by the water and just "drank" in all the beauty!  Lots of sailboats today!!  While we were watching, two dolphins swam by.  I didn't get a picture of them because by the time I turned my camera on, they had ducked into the marina and were out of sight!  At least we saw them, so our day was successful!

When we got back to The Ranch, Sue's brother & sister-in-law were here and ready to work, so Dave didn't get a nap.  He's going to bed now and it's only 9:00!!  I, however, read for a while and then took an hour nap with the windows open and the ceiling fan going!  Felt good!  The workers got Sue & Penny's living area all done...it looks so pretty!  They're going to wait a while before they start another area.  Maybe a rainy day - ha!

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Saturday at the Ranch

Another beautiful day here!  It was almost perfect again!  Dave worked from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM at Sue & Penny's, along with Sue's brother and sister-in-law.  Tomorrow afternoon they should be done with the front room and ready to order carpet.  Then I think that Dave's planning to take a break for a little while.  He's pooped tonight!

I, on the other hand, had a fun day!  I played Bocce and loved it!  We played partners and I was partnered with Gail, who is a sister-in-law of one of our residents.  We won our first game.  After lunch we played in the semi-final round and got beat by my neighbors - boo!!!  Neither Gail nor I had ever played Bocce and you could certainly tell that our neighbors had played before!  It was really fun!  I hope we do it some more this winter!  I came home after our second game so I don't even know who won in the end.  I'll find out tomorrow, I'm sure!

While I was home this afternoon, I remembered that the Cyclone men were playing Texas in basketball, so I got to watch that game!  We won by 20 points - great job, Cyclones!!

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Perfect day!

Today was an absolutely perfect day weatherwise.  At one time it was 84 with abundant sunshine!  Now it's 70 and gorgeous out!  Today marked the start of shuffleboarding at The Ranch.  My first match was against my sister-in-law, who's a really good shuffler!  I ended up winning that match by 1 point (52-51) - whew!!  I kept score for the second game.  After lunch I had another match, this time against Dave J. who is a very, very good shuffler.  I didn't fare as well in this match.  He beat me 67-58 or something like that.  I was happy with the way I played, but I also know that he went easy on me in the last frame.  He knew he had it won, so he didn't knock me out of my 17 points, and he definitely could have!

I skipped out on the next game so we could go to the Legion and meet Sudi & Howard for drinks.  It was a beautiful day to sit on the water and just soak up the sun and the beauty of our surroundings!  Tomorrow I'm going to learn how to play Bocce Ball.  Should be an interesting experience!

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

I'm tired!!!

Dave got up early and was on his way to Sarasota by 7:15 this morning.  I got up about 7:45 and took a quick shower.  Then I started on my lasagna soup for this afternoon.  I had it made and in the crockpot by 8:30 or so.  Then I washed dishes and sat down to eat my breakfast.  I found out that we weren't doing water aerobics, so I decided that I'd better go for a bike ride.  It was a beautiful day today!!  It's still 74 here at 9:30 PM!!  After a teeny bit of lunch, I went to the pool to get some more exercise and some sun!  It was a perfect day to be in the pool!!

I came home about 2:00 or so because Dave was just 15 minutes from home.  When he got here he wanted a nap before we went to the rec hall for soup.  What an event!!  We had about 75 people in our little rec hall..and around 15 crockpots of soup!  My lasagna soup was a big hit, even if it was a little spicy!  We've got a couple of bowls left, so I guess we'll be eating soup tomorrow at lunch!

Speaking of tomorrow, shuffleboard starts tomorrow.  Then we're going to go to the Legion and enjoy the sun and a band.  I should be able to shuffle in the morning and at 1:00 - then head for the Legion.  I hope there are some porpoises tomorrow!!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wednesday

We had coffee this morning, followed by our annual meeting.  We installed two need members to the board of directors, and I opened my mouth to volunteer for a job...dummy!  As it turned out, Sue, Penny and I volunteered to deliver information sheets to residents around the park.  Ann volunteered also.

This afternoon, Bob, Ann, Dave and I went shopping.  We went to Sam's and to Best Buy, plus Lowe's...Then we got to have lunch (?) at Five Guys.  Our lunch was at 3:00 or so, so I'm not sure it can be called lunch!

Tonight we're watching the Cyclone men play basketball.  Iowa State led most of the game, but Kansas tied it up with 1 second to go in regulation.  Now, KU is clobbering us in OT.  Too bad!  It was a great game up until overtime!

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Beautiful day!

It was 81 here today...it's still 73 and it's 9:30 at night!  Gotta love THIS weather!  It's 40 at home right now, so even they had a nice day!  Today was B&B.  Bowling started out kind of slow, but ended up pretty good, for me anyway!  I had a 108, a 130, and a 149!  I was pretty happy with my bowling.  I only had about 5 shots that were really bad.  In the last two games, I had 9's on almost all of my first shots.  I was so, so close to strikes...just left either the 7 or the 10 pin each frame.  I got pretty good at picking them up!  Dave and Bob didn't do quite as well.  Ann, however, bowled pretty well.  Then we went to Acropol for lunch.  That's a good restaurant!  There were 28 of us!!

This afternoon while Dave was painting at 441, I went to the pool and just moved around to loosen up my back.  The water felt a little chilly when I first got in, but after about an hour, I hated to get out.  Tonight was bingo.  Ann and I both had bingos, so the evening wasn't a total waste!

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Gray day

This was not a typical Florida day.  It was cold (60's) and drizzly!  I prefer "abundant sunshine" and I think it's supposed to be that tomorrow.  I do know that it's supposed to be in the 80's tomorrow - yay!  Dave helped Sue & Penny today so I went through all the mail that we'd accumulated.  I updated my Christmas card addresses, and then I took a nap.

Tonight I went to Sevens from Hell.  There were 12 of us.  I figured we'd play two tables of 6, but instead we played 3 tables of 4, so we got home a little earlier than we would have.  It was fun...and I'm a winner!!  We won the first hand and the second, but lost the 3rd hand.  We had to win the fourth hand...and we did!!  Ann and her partner ended up winning after 4 hands by 5 points!  That's amazing!  Tomorrow is B & B.  Hope I bowl well!

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

We're home!

Dave says all I should say tonight is, "We're back home and it's 66 degrees!"  We had a rather BUMPY flight.  We hit turbulence just south of St Louis and boy was it turbulence.  It's been a long time since I've been on a flight where they asked the flight attendants to sit down because of the bumps!  It only lasted about 20 minutes or so, but it was kind of scary.  I was hoping the wings wouldn't fall off!!!  Anyway, we made it safely!  When we landed it was 72 and humid!  I'd taken my socks off, but I couldn't wait to get my shorts on!!

We went to Ron & Marcia's for supper.  That was really nice.  Tomorrow I've got to deal with the mail and other things, then I'll be enjoying the weather!

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Busy Day

This morning I went down to church where Juliene and Kathy were doing a Stampin' Up workshop.  I got to demo one of the cards - cute cards today!  I'm sorry, no pictures because everything is already packed away!

After lunch, Dave and I got busy and cleaned the house.  I cleaned the refrigerator and he did the floors.  Together we did laundry and packed our little bags for our flight tomorrow.  We're all ready to go and when we come home, we'll come home to a clean house.  That'll be nice!!  Tomorrow we're leaving about 7:15 to pick up Bob & Ann and head to the airport.  We've still got a few things to do in the morning, like unplug the computers and turn off the water after we take our showers.

I can hardly wait to get somewhere warmer.  Tonight it's chilly (not really cold), but the wind has picked up which always makes it feel much colder than it reads on the thermometer.  Sunshine, here we come!!

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday


Ever since I started working (waaaaay back in the Dark Ages) I've loved Fridays!  Today was no different.  About noon Bob & I went to Libertyville to visit with my cousin and his wife and get some things that Auntie Mae wanted us to have.  I'm going to try to get pictures of them tomorrow.  I got a doll that my dad gave Mae back in 1925, plus a yellow & white quilt top...(sure wish I had my quilting machine right now)!  She also had some of Aunt Helen's paintings and we got a whole box of pictures of family!  I have yet to go through them.  I also got Grandma & Grandpa's wedding certificate and a 16x20 picture of great-grandma Potts.  Bob got 3 leather straps with sleigh bells on them.  I think they were our dad's, but I can't prove that.   Cool!  It was fun seeing Ray & Deb and reminiscing about the family.  

When we got home, I went to the chiropractor for a much needed adjustment!  Hopefully I'll feel more in alignment tomorrow!!  Right now, I'm just sore!

I'm trying to get things rounded up and my little tote packed for the trip Sunday morning.  I can hardly wait to be warm again!!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Freezing!

I'm freezing up here!  I can hardly wait to get back to warmth!  It won't be long now, though!

Today Dave and I worked at the First Presbyterian Church's food cupboard, giving food to those who need help.  One of our "clients" shook hands with lots of folks, thanking them, and he hugged me.  I was his personal shopper and he said I was so nice!  It's very gratifying to do this.  Another gratifying thing was we had over 40 volunteers working today!  That's the most volunteers ever!

Now I'm sitting here with jeans, a long-sleeved t-shirt, SOCKS, and a sweatshirt, and I'm still cold!  I guess I'll just go to bed!!

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Woohoo!

One of the things I wanted to accomplish while I was home was to reconcile my checking accounts.  When I got ready to do it, I realized that I hadn't reconciled one of them since April of 2012!  Oh my!  I plodded along, one month at a time, and guess what???  I balanced right to the penny!  Woohoo!  It was a little scary when I realized that I had 8 months to do all at once, but it all worked out in the end!

I also got my paperwork filed today - I HATE TO FILE!  I've got to get organized before we leave on Sunday because I'm going to have to find all of my tax papers and get them ready to mail.  That's one thing bad about living in two different states!  Your tax man is in Iowa when the deadline occurs and you're not!!  I think I'll be okay though.  I have a handle on it all now!  By the end of tomorrow I should be ready to pack my paperwork in my "personal bag"!

Today I taught another couple of people how to play Sevens from Hell.  Hopefully when we get back in April, we'll have some people who'd like to get together once a week or twice a month to play.  It's really a fun game and easy to learn!  Tonight Dave and I went to church for the all-church dinner and now we're just sitting around enjoying the evening inside.  Cause, Baby, it's cold outside!!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!!

We had a wonderful New Year's Day!  We went to Bob & Ann's for lunch with Rhonda and her family and Vicki and her family!  After a wonderful lunch full of prosperity dishes (scalloped cabbage with cheese and black-eyed peas), we taught Vicki, Al, Rhonda, and Steve how to play Sevens from Hell!  It was really fun. We were able to listen to the football games all day, too.  Dave and Bob watched the games and the girls played in the basement.  When we finished our 4 hands of Sevens from Hell, it was time for supper!  Then we came home after Vicki's family left.  Rhonda's family goes back to Texas tomorrow!  It's been such as fun week - I love being around my nieces and their families!!

Now Dave is watching the House debate about the fiscal cliff - boring!!!  I'm trying to catch up on Pinterest and emails and my games!

More later...