Wednesday, June 13, 2018

My Flight Home


Don't u think this looks like a ship?  Denver Airport...

Went to Moline airport on Saturday May 26th and the plane from Chicago that would be going on to Denver was late, making it impossible for me to make connections in Denver for Redmond, SO back to Carol's... poor Carol and she thought she got rid of me!! HA!!
So the 27th back to the airport, try again.. got boarding pass and luggage checked, lots of moving things around so that both were under 50# each... Got to TSA and had the wrong boarding pass.. back to the check in counter, the machine was spitting our duplicate passes and i had the one for the person that checked in just b4 me!!!! Never occurred to me to check the names..... Well good to know.. Back to the TSA line.... and they had a thing that moves around you, you don't just walk thru it like in Redmond, and i LIT up... places were highlighted on her little screen, so i had to have a thorough pat down.. i mean THOROUGH, everywhere... i mean really, i am trying something nefarious !!! a terrorist.... suppose i am glad that they check but REALLY... i felt so very much safer and i am sure all the people that were there seeing the whole thing, did too.....
Got to my gate and they were already boarding..  got a bulkhead seat... my those are almost comfortable.... AND it was the most bumpy, horrid flight ever... weather, jostle, jostle, drop... even a little child screamed..... fun
Then in Denver did not really have long to wait for next flight BUT no... gate change, twice.... then the plane from Memphis was late due to weather, time changed at least 4 times!!!! Then they moved us, said they were boarding and we went down a flight of loooong stairs and down a loooong hallway to gate (it was a situation where you had to go out on tarmack to get to stairs to board plane).. THEN they had us stay in the hallway for a good 20 minutes.... i mean there were infirm older people, on crutches, in wheelchairs.... so people sat on the floor and waited....why we could not have just stayed in the waiting room until they were ready, who knows... a person did come by tho and checked us in so when they did actually board they did not have to do that too, we just trudged to the plane.... this was a bumpy flight too but not for long periods of time.... I am sure other people have stories of plane travel too, but this was a first for me to have like everything go wrong
And we got to Redmond just as the sun set.... really bright orange that turned darker and darker, with the mountains silhouetted  on the horizon, it was truly a wonderful, beautiful sight... 1st time seeing mountains for a month!!!!  It is flat, flat, flat in the midwest.. all the way from Iowa to Texas..  oh there are dips and heaves here and there but nothing high on the horizon that u can see for miles......
So... Take Care All and God Bless

Monday, June 4, 2018

Curtain Installation


You know, i don't have to do this, BUT just goes to show....
Think i am getting older or loosing reason ability, things just don't work as they used too.
This curtain  ........  You notice there is a high and low side to the rings holding curtains up... i use a cloth liner, just prefer that, can bleach and wash it to get musty smell and gunk off of it....
THEN i like it really high up so that my son, who is 6'2" does not splash water all over, because that is not really a concern of his......
SO.... well first i got the hooks on there the wrong way, so the short side was on the inside... then the liner showed over the top of the  outside curtain...(notice this AFTER everything was hung) can't have that, it is wrong.... soooooo ... decide to read instructions, as did not do that before, because this looks easy enough... right...
Then had to take curtains down and reverse the hooks so that the short side was on the outside... and the liner was hidden by the outside curtain.. that looked much better
You know, these rods you just pull them out to fit shower, then twist a certain way and it affxes to the walls of the shower and magically stays there.
THEN you know there is a little connector in the rod - a plastic thingy, weeeellll it was holding up the  hooks from freely rolling to the side when you moved curtains to get into the shower..  becuz there are these cool hooks that have rollers on them for easy sliding back and forth on the rod  .. that was not right... walked about, did some other things.... thought about it and NO there was NO way to get those curtains OFF all in one piece so that i did not have to do each step yet again, you know put on the hooks then put on each curtain separately.....
SO.... took the whole thing down yet again... this time i used a stool to stand on to get the damn thing up high enough, cuz really it was not high enough the 2nd time and might as well do the whole thing all over again as was having to take it all apart again in any case....
SO now i had to use the stool to put up the rod (because it was just a tad higher than i could reach)  and reverse the ends so that the plastic thingy was on the left side and the roller hooks could roll freely when getting into the shower... don't really need to worry about it being on the left side as only pull the curtain partially open anyway from right to left and does not go as far as the plastic thingy..... so up on the stool to hang rod, get down to pick up hooks, back up on stool to put on hooks, then down to get liner, up again to put on liner, down again to pick up outside curtain, up again to put up on outside curtain....  and THERE it is done and picture taken to show installed shower curtain and rod and rollers..... HA!!!!  SEE, think i just did not think things thru far enough, BUT you know i think things thru or start to and then just can't figure them out so just don't do whatever and keep thinking about how to go about, whatever.....
AND i HAD to have the shower curtain up, as  not something a person can do without...
So now think i will go outside where it is chilly, will we not ever have a summer!!!??? and finish edging the lawn... sounds fun, huh.....   Well i don't really have to think that thru....

Take Care All and God Bless

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

I'm Back


It was SPRING in Iowa.  When i got there, there was daffodils, tulips, flowering trees.... Everything was turning green, green, green...
The Mississippi was flooding.... gently, not into the parks which run along the river, but seemed to be rolling along really fast. Credit Island was cut off.. When i left most all of that had receded...


We did go to Texas, Oklahoma and back thru Missouri and the Ozarks..  The Ozarks were a surprise and very beautiful, lots of little and large lakes... lots of vacationing people, lots of boats... HUGE boats... and it is ALL  flat, flat, flat.....


When we got back from Texas the peonies were just beautiful, this person had them all along their sidewalk on a corner lot,  it was breathtaking....

no matter how long i stay, we never get everything done that we want to do, most but not all.  I never got my chicken divan that Carol likes and i crave at times.... have tried to make it for myself, but it is never the same.  She also makes GREAT  poached eggs and we had them a number of times, so very good with toast and marmalade.... yum!!!

The children are growing like they are being fed fertilizer!!! Guthrie is 12 this year (i think that is right) Laithe is 8... Juniper will be 4 in July and Cort will be 2 in October.... see growing like crazy.. Mom and Dad doing well too...
(and apparently i never got a pic of all of them together)

Carol and i went with the two oldest to Iowa City to stay in a hotel with a large pool and room service... went to a couple stores, got donuts... Went on Swinging Bridge in Columbia City... that was fun, the kids liked it too, altho there was a certain amount of trepidation to start for ALL of us, but we went all the way across and survived!!!

Will have pics of all this in later blogs....

Took youngest kids to story/craft hour at Chick Fil-A, they also have play ground equipment inside, which is a huge draw  :)

It was 100 degrees on Carol's deck the day i left.... OH and THAT is a story in itself... air travel, geez!  But we had mostly good weather, only rained, heavily a couple times, and had a great Moon over the Mississippi one of the 1st days i was there...

But i am home, all was well here, Brian even mowed the lawn!!!! But have been cleaning and scrubbing for two days now... hahaha.. their idea of clean and mine are two different things...

Am catching up with nail appts, pedi, vet appts for Luci.... yearly check..

Take Care all and God Bless

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Today in my yard

Today is SUCH a NICE day!!! Supposed to be in 80's... Sunny. clear, just downright pretty... have been dinking around in the yard here and there... grass where it should not be and weeds, oh my!!

Have these grape hyacyinths (sp) all over they just grown here and there, come up on their own, i planted a couple bulbs but not all of the ones that have come up..
 Tulips are just starting and all i have are red ones..
Am in the process of getting ready to be out of town for a month. Going to Iowa.. flying there, i know... have certain trepidation about flying, but what will be , will be, you know.... They say more people die in car wrecks than in airplanes, just not normally as spectacular, huh??? AND seems that alot of weird things are happening.. and now they want to relax FFA standards, really? Geez....
But going on United, not Southwest and don't plan on having any sort of fits or anything that will get me kicked off a flight, hahaha
I have not even met one of the little children i go to see, and he is going to be two this year... so i have been a slackard....

 Here is another of the Lentin Rose, they are so very pretty,

The pink flower has NEVER bloomed before, took it from mom's yard, had it in Bend, then moved it here to Redmond and been here for 7 years now!!! WOW that does not seem possible..... but this year it looks really pretty, but don't know why never bloomed and why this is the year, but thankful it is...

Am not taking my computer with me, so there will be not blog updates,  unless i can figure out the tablet that i have and am taking with me, so maybe someone in Iowa who is literate in these things can show me how to work it!!!!

Below is pic of Carl that was taken today.. he just looks old... is hobbling about, seems like he is in pain most of the time, perks right up when Brian comes home and when he is out trying to kill the neighbor's dog thru the fence.... his daily cardio, haha.  Still eats and poops normally and he is on two different nerve and pain pills.... feel bad for him





Take Care All and God Bless

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Spring Blooms


Mom's Lentin rose... So special when it blooms and then stay most of the summer.... so a good thing for the garden for color.
Been busy  :) well relatively so, got things done. Running about for chores and to visit two friends in Bend. Found some books on my list at Barnes and Noble.....
Today was stamp club near Bend and then to Madras to take pictures for a friend for her father's 90th birthday, lots of people showed up!! they have a HUGE family, there were 5 kids and then two of them had 8 and 9 kids each and two for 2 of the others. so LOTS of grandkids and even greats now... so weird to see these little kids be grown, even a grandpa who is one year younger than Brian!!! I remember taking them both to the Ice Capades in Portland....
It was a nice day today, overcast, BUT only needed a sweater!!
Take Care All and safe travels to all who are headed North or East.....

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Two Books

the last two books i read were good!!
The Child by Fiona Barton (had previously read the widow and it was good too! She has a strange/different way of telling a story, but once you get used to it was really enjoyable.
Mystery about a lost child

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo.  This was sad..... Love lost and found and lost

Also read The Disappeared by CJ BOX .... love, love, love his stories, Joe Pickett a wildlife ranger, his adventures and family.. for me, it is a really fast read, but filled with characters and adventure that moves right along!!!

ALSO found a David Baldacci that i had not read King and Maxwell written in 2013, it was VERY good too, his books are high adventure of the wildest sort and go on and on, not a fast read at all, police/military/private eyes... see.... lots going on there.....

Went to last Community concert of the season and it was really good Mark Masri, i believe he was a tenor (not too good about that) but could listen to his voice forever, very smooth, sings alot in foreign languages tho, so did not really know what he was talking about, but moved me...

Also have walked the last two days.... so maybe i am getting out a bit more?? Also had luncheon with my friends in Bend, One- Mary T.  used to be my boss turned 92!!!

It was VERY windy last two days and today was bitter cold too.... i hear it on good info that Spring will come....

Take Care All

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Better


Just had to add a picture... what better than 3 Sisters?? Even tho they have been on here again, never tire of them, there is MUCH more snow up there now, have had LOTS of Spring storms that has added tons of snow, ... up there.... not down here.  Yesterday snowed to beat the band for a hour or so, but never stuck at all, here in Redmond...
I am much, much better and find that if i actually get UP and move about, doing something i feel better, who knew???
Will Spring EVER get here?  We are supposed to have 60 degree weather by the end of next week, i certainly hope so... folks in Iowa have 4-6 inches in last couple of days, they even had to plow out the walk ways, geez.....
There are little buds on bushes here and about, but they stall and then stay as they are... crocus was up, but so cold they closed up again....
read John Grisham- Camino Island, the world pf rare books, pretty good and interesting
also Stranded by Bracken Macleod, will be looking for more of his book, that was a thriller taken place in the Arctic Sea and i just about froze while reading it!!  Got both at Fred Meyer...
Well Take Care All and God Bless, let us hope that the week end will bring us SPRING!!!