Sunday, March 9, 2014
Yesterday I watched the Met's home opener & they won. Full house with cheering fans welcoming the old & new players. It was exciting. Last nite I watched San Diego beat San Fran. It is good have baseball again.
Barb is going for a walk. It turned cold overnite & it is windy & raw today.
Barb doesn't have a printer so she was going thru the email, erasing, when she saw a picture of Andy's & figured it was a letter from you but she had erased most of is not realizing it was from you.
Last week we were discussing TV & Lar figured they have 12 TVs between the 2 places. Dale can't go to sleep without the TV. If he forgets to set the "off", it si going when I get up during the night.
Last Fri. we went to Jamestown & I found a top for summer -- just what I wanted. It will be cool for hot summer Sundays. Has like a cape sleeve & it just what I wanted. And to top it off, it is reversible. Different pattern on each side. Guess you can tell "it is just what I wanted"! But it is so hard to find anything, guess I go overboard when I find what I'm dreaming of. While shopping a younger lady passing by said "Wonder what happened to dresses." That is a good question. The last one I bot was 4 years ago.
I can't believe East is almost here. Hope we will have warmer weather.
Did you get the start of a tan in Fla? I know you had a great time.
Barb said the sign on Ryberg's house said "SOLD". Collins' house is still "pending". 2 more on 3rd to sell.
The plant that came to "The Nelsons" at Christmas had an amaryllis bulb in it -- now it has 3 beautiful flowers in bloom. There were 2 shoots but one died. I'm glad one lived as it is such a showy bloom. I wonder if we can save the bulb & have it grown again next year. I'll have to ask Larry.
The $1000.00 insurance policy my Dad started for me at age 20, now is worth $11,000.00 Less cash value but I'd never cash it in.
Today I heard that details between Katie Couric & CBS are being worked out, so you'll be unhappy Paul. But I bet you never watch CB S news programs. Barb keeps me informed on the pros & cons, mostly cons on what the GOP are doing. Most of it goes in one ear & out the other.
Thurs. A.M., the 6th
Wed AM, the telephone rang at 9 A.M. & it was Warren H. saying they were coming to Warren for a dental appt. Was I free to go out to lunch & you know my answer. Of course! We went to Perkins & had a good time talking & laughing. We enjoy each other's company & always have a good time. Warren has to come back the 26th of Apr. & if nothing interferes, we'll have lunch again. He is getting new uppers -- the reason for his visits to Warren.
Both yesterday & today Dale isn't home for lunch. They have it at work, supplied by the owners & hear about new equipment needed to work on cars, etc.
Fri A.M. the 7th
Last nite I watched the Mets vs. Washington. What a game: rhubarbs, hit hitters, 4 by the Mets pitchers, home plate umpire getting hit by a foul ball int he throat. It started to swell & he found it hard to talk. So another ump had to suit up & that took awhile. At 10:30 I went5 to bed with 1 inning to go. I figured the Mets could win as the score was 10-5.
Also watched the golf in the aft, the Master's Tournament and what a beautiful golf course.
So Katie Couric will go to CBS. Lynn's mother is very disappointed as she had watched CBS since Walter Cronkite & doesn't appreciate Katie C. being hired. I'm sure there are a lot who don't like it.
Kim didn't come last nite as she had a meeting to go to. Larry gave Dale a hair cut. Brab tr4ims her hair. She said if I don't like it, I have no one to blame. She does a nice job.
Last nite announcers at the games were Joe Morgan & Chris Berman & they did a good job. That's because Joe knows more than Chris & he let Joe do the talking. Otherwise He'll take over & talk, talk, talk. Joe & John are the best -- Sun nite games. According to this Nelson!
Soon lunch time & I'm "talked out".
Have a nice Easter. Our thoughts & prayers will be with you Paul & JoAnna on the 17th.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Barb & I went to the Chinese buffet tonite. She liked it & of course I do. Then we went to the Mall & got Dale's birthday present. He said he'd like another pair of pants, so I got him a pr. of Hagger's slacks in a bark color 34-34. The Lee's pant fit very good but they just had the lighter color, so I hope these fit just as well. Also a knit shirt that matched in a stripe. It's not loud so he should like it. Light tan background with a stripes that matches the pants. I stopped at Arby's & picked up 2 sandwiches for Sale & I'll fix French fries to go with them. It's his late Tues.
Dale put in P.C. pipe in the kitchen so no more leaking.
I was surprised you spent every Sun. at Edna's when you were in Spfld. I don't remember hearing that before. I'm sure she looked forward to having you there. Also remember Johnson's Bookstore -- we used to browse there.
Last month I made a white cake & it was really good & didn't get stale. Now I can't find where I put the recipe. I've looked & looked & can't find it. Tried another recipe but it isn't as good. I'm great at losing recipes!
The crossword puzzle you mentioned -- pot luck offering -- around here it would be rice pudding or Swedish meatballs.
Around here, they are hoping that an Applebee's will come in the new building we're getting -- i.e. Walmart & Lowe's. You're so lucky to have a Target. I wish one would come to Jamestown. There were rumors one was coming but it never worked out.
Thurs a.m. at 11:30 I'm getting a permanent. Sheila was away -- Las Vegas -- last week so I had to wait until Thurs. for an opening. They are 5 gals now but one gal only works Wed. & Thurs.
This A.M. I woke up early 5 A.M. & finally got up & went downstairs. By the time Dale left, I felt tired so I slept in the chair for 30 minutes. Then I got dressed, etc. I set dinner rolls & made a batch of choc. cookies. Baked 24 cookies & froze the dough for later baking. It is handy to have it in the freezer, but I must remember to take the dough out of the freeze the nite before I want to bake the next day.
Barb & Dale listen to the Wrrn radio & say they play good oldies & rock that they enjoy. They don't ever play any music older people enjoy. Barb also said, she read people are watching TV but more of the older series instead of the newer ones.
I have Thur's menu planned but not dessert. I have to know since I get a perm & that breaks up my day. It will be so nice to have it trimmed & curled again.
Apr. 3rd there will be baseball games to watch. While watching ESPN, a couple of announcers said they think the Mets have a good chance to be winners. Wouldn't that be nice -- my fingers are crossed!
Thurs the 30. Got a perm today & it looks nice. Glad not to have it hanging on my neck.
Want to finish this & mail it tomorrow when we go to Jamestown. Got your letter today & I see this is your last nite. I know you've had a great time & I'm sure Andy enjoyed his baseball experience & Eddie enjoyed Disney World.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Last week Dale worked on the Blazer, got it fixed, so it works good again (drives is the word). That cheered him up so he won't take the Monte Carlo out if we have snow.
Last week Blanche Jenkins (1st Lutheran) called me up. She had seen Rose, who was alert that day. She asked Blanch if she knew how I was. The reason for the call as she makes calls every week. But Rose did wonder if Jim was still living. And she was back in the Alzheimer's ward, which is kept locked. Kim said she heard Karen is back in Warren. Yesterday Blanche called again to say she couldn't see Rose because too many had the flu & they were limiting visitation . She also said a Pastor David Blank, who served Sheffield & Ludlow as his first call, accepted a call to First Luth. 6 votes against him. It will be 2 yrs in June since the former pastor left, so they are happy. She think he will work out OK. I guess a couple of wives nixed their husbands from coming to smalltown Warren.
One of the recent local papers told about the library's website on old time Warren -- its beginnings. Maybe you read the article & learned about it.
Thank you so much for the photo album of Andy's playing days. It was fun looking thru it. Hard to imagine him 6'3" & 230 lbs.
The picture of the Forest Park library brought back pleasant memories. That is where I got my first library card. Near Forest Park Jr Hi where we went to school.
I know Millie was glad to leave Spfld because of its decline, etc. I always read about Mass. in the USA Today state section & recently it told of the petty destruction of schools. It used to be a nice city to live in. The "X" was very familiar as we walked to the movie theater lots of Sat Aft. Millie got her hair "done" at a shop in that are. Can't remember the name of the theater.
Last week Barb saw a suit at Bon Ton she tho't I would like. Mon. we went to the Mall & I tried it on but I didn't like how it looked on me. Another disappointment.
When we walked (Spfld. again), first it was the tracks (train) we crossed, then White St. area, then the "X", then the library or the school. We weren't quite far enough in mileage to ride the school bus. One year we got a ride with a friend. Otherwise we walked. In high school we rode the city buss & got discount tickets. You kids were lucky we were close to Jefferson & Beaty. You rode with friends or Dad drove you. Now all grad school kids are bussed to the new school.
Yesterday the most piercing sound, sounded in our house. We remembered Dale put a device under the kitchen sink to alert one to leaking water. We couldn't find it so I called Dale at work &^ he told me where it was & we stopped the noise. What a relief. It is battery operated so it isn't attached to anything. It happened once before when Dale was home & it took him a few minutes to remember what it was.
In the Apr. 18th Family Circle, I copied 3 recipes that appealed to me. New potatoes & spinach bake, a strawberry rhubarb cheese cake, & blueberry-maple syrup for pancakes. Perkins has a blueberry syrup I like when I order pancakes or waffles -- if we eat there. You mix blueberries & maple syrup, heat til the berries popped open, then strain. Barb makes a similar one but doesn't strain them.. Like blueberries on top of the pancakes.
The weather channel keeps telling us "Welcome to Spring". I just wish it would arrive here. Next week sounds more promising. Barb likes to drink blueberry tea. Back to above paragraph!
This week I got the halibut from Schwans & we had it Tues nite & it was so good. I'll be getting it from now on. As long as it doesn't have bones, Dale will like it. Another addition to our dinner menu. I had scalloped pot. & cabbage with it. It was so good.
Sometimes there is nothing worth watching on TV. This aft. I have 3 choices: pre-season baseball watching Baltimore vs. Minn, golf, or my soaps. At 2 pm it will be the soaps as "As the World Turns" is exciting in its story line.
I'm watching Boston Red Sox vs. Minn. Twins & I'm surprised at the number of people in the stands with a cell phone glued to their ear. At the Mall, I heard a lady saying "I couldn't live without my cell phone." We're behind times -- both Hollertz & Benson have cell phones. When they visit their kids, they alert them as to how close they are when they travel. That is nice when you wonder how close they are.
Fri. A.M. I'm not sure if this will get mailed today or Sat. but I'll have it ready to go.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Read your letter -- a very complete report. Your Dr. & his nurse sound like very caring people. I'm sure all will go well for you in this new experience. I'm sure glad you had a complete physical & caught this in the early stages. You're lucky to be in an area with good doctors.
Last Fri. Bensons & Hollertz came for lunch. I had a 1 pm Dr. appt. so we met at 2 pm -- Holiday Inn. They quit serving lunch at 2 pm but a woman in charge said we could eat in the bar area & order from the menu. I wonder if she is the owner's wife. I'll ask Kim tomorrow. She came by & talked to us & said anytime we wanted a late lunch just say Cathy said we can do it. She was a very interesting person. They plan to meet in Apr. again & at the Holiday Inn. We were the only ones in the bar area so we weren't bothered with anyone smoking. We enjoyed each other's company.
Today I made a cake for dessert tomorrow nite & of course I had to sample it. It came out good -- made from scratch.
Last Sat. Wrrn paper had a very interesting article on the '56 flood in Wrrn. I know you will enjoy reading it. The town was really flooded.
The Commissioners are having a time here accusing each other. David Bauer is the one who starts things -- he was the same when he was pres. of the school board. Too full of himself.
Barb gets a number of catalogues featuring clothes and I've seen some tops I like. So far I haven't followed thru with an order, but now I think I will. I never see anything I like in the stores. I don't think older ladies count when it comes to decent styles.
Before we went grocery shopping, we went to the Mall. I needed to get some sympathy cards -- Jack Bjorkquist died. Barb wanted to look at shoes & I always like to look at shoes. We went to "The Shoe Dept" & they had some Dockers that I tried on & got a pair. Not exactly a moccasin but similar & so comfy. A taupe color, not really a tan. On sale plus 50% off so they only cost $9.99. I couldn't believe it & couldn't resist!
Last Sun I watched the Mets play Puerto Rico -- Mets lost. Mon. they were on again vs. Cleveland. They won. A lot of new names but some will go down to other teams until they are ready for the big one. I think they will field a winning team this year!!
Why I like & appreciate Paul's letters.
1) Usually I get one every week.
2) They are so informative.
3) Some part will make me laugh.
4) I hear what is going on in your lives -- family, jobs, pleasures, Andy & Eddie, etc. etc.
Thank you so much.
Last Fri, the 3rd, I had a Dr. appt. All is well. My blood pressure was 130/90./ I had a blood test, but I can't remember the reason. Whatever they were looking for was a little low, so I'll have another blood test in 4 months. The Dr. said I want you to have thyroid scan & it was this aft. at 2 pm. First they gave me a shot for color. Not dye but I forget what is was. I was a little shook up over the experience. Waited for 10 min & then called in. I had to lie on a long bed like with a pillow under my head & a pillow under my knees. It took about 15 min, 4 shots. Camera overhead & they moved it closer & then from one side to the other. Then I was ready to go home about 2:30 pm. Barb didn't wait there, so the receptionist called home for me & she picked me up. She was sure I'd have to call Larry for a ride, as she takes Scott home about 3:15. She was thinking of her experiences but from what I've had before I knew it wouldn't take that long.
I'm watching baseball: Cuba vs. Panama. Last of the 9th, 2 out, bases loaded & they are tied. Pan. is up. Then I'll watch Canada vs. USA. It is fun to watch.
Dinner preparations are started but it is soon time to get going again.
Now it's 8:30 & the kitchen has been put in order again.
We had a nice dinner with Lar, Kim & Torey.
Tomorrow Barb & I plan to go to Jamestown. If I don't find any clothes I like, I'll send an order from one of the catalogues.
I'll mail this from Jamestown. If we don't' go out on Fri. the letter isn't mailed until Mon.
Did you see the movie Crash? A lot of people were surprised when it won the Oscar. That is what I read in the newspaper. I watch old movies on TMC.
Hope things are getting better for you Paul.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Yesterday's forecast of icy roads came true -- no school today. Last nite that is what Kim hoped for. A long weekend for the kids. Teacher's meeting on Fri & Mon. is parent-teacher conferences. Dale almost slipped this A.M. when he started his car. He put salt on the walks so I had no trouble getting the garbage to the curb.
This A.M. I started dinner rolls as the ones in the freezer were used up. A good day to do it, as the 1st Thurs. of the month there is a lunch meeting at work for Dale. Also have dinner in the crockpot -- it has become a favorite for Dale & me. Barb hardly never wants to eat it. Only steak is in her diet plans.
Last nite Kim told us her Aunt Dede fell down the basement steps. She has a basement apt. ion her daughter's home. She does her washing upstairs & was going to take the basket to the basement. Her daughter told her to leave it & she'd bring it down after her shower. She also berated her for wearing thongs going up & down the stairs. In the bathroom she heard a thud & upon checking Dede was at the bottom of the stairs, head all bloody. She called 911 & she broke some bones in her neck & had a concussion. Was out for several hours. She must be in her 70's. She is alert now. To make matters worse, her son showed up at the hosp. drunk. Kim said "that's my family".
I should be able to have a fresh roll for lunch with our current favorite, thuringer. We get it at BiLo & it is very good, but expensive. It was a favorite growing up. Another favorite was spiced ham, but I never see that.
Fri. March 3
This aft. at 1 pm & had a Dr. appt. All is well -- blood pressure 130/60 & that is good for me. They took blood for some test. And the Dr. wants me to have a thyroid scan that is set for next Tues aft. at the hospital. Then at 2 pm Warren & Anna picked me up & we met Ted & Pat at the Holiday Inn. They stop lunch service at 2 pm but said we could sit in the bar area & order from the menu. Just the 5 of us & we enjoyed our visit & lunch. They made plans to come her in April so I can be along. Before we left the woman who said we could have lunch in the bar came by & asked how things were. We visited with her & she said we could come anytime if it was 2 or after & get lunch. She said tell them "Cathy said so!" I wonder if she could be the owner's wife. I'll have to ask Kim -- she knows just about everyone. I can't remember their name but it was in the paper recently.
I watched golf when I got home. There is a new young player from Spain & he is good. Right now the top 4 are tied -- Tiger, Phil M, the Spanish fellow & the 4th name won't come to mind. The Spanish fellow had pink pants, low cut waits, white knit shirt & belt & he wears clothes well The girls will be after him. He went to college in Fla.
Yesterday my nose dripped like a faucet. It was blow, blow, blow. I finally took an Airborne tablet & rested after lunch & that helped a bit. Took another one later & went to bed early. Today no blowing so I was happy.
This coming week the temperatures are suppose to be more normal. Sure hope so -- I'm ready for weather that is warmer. Low 20's was what we reached today. The sun made it appear warmer until the wind started blowing.
The nice thing about the crockpot meal that are leftovers & they make a 2nd meal. I really like that.
I haven't worked on my puzzle much this week but it will wait for me. I'm been playing Solitaire.
Nice to read about baseball in the papers. I wonder if we'll get the Mets broadcasts this year. Maybe I'll have to watch Pittsburgh as we can get their games. I like the idea of ala carte TV Wonder if it will come to pass or just idle talk.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I had a list of duties for this A.M. & got a good start. The I turned on Turner movie channel & got hooked on a movie. A group of girls living together & trying to get into movies, etc. Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, & Adolph Manjou or however you spell it. It is so cute. Maybe I can do 2 things -- listen, watch & write a letter. It was so good & a little sad.
We had enough snow this A.M. so I could use a sled to put the garbage at the curb.
Did you notice that Robert Peterson died -- he was Allie's son & Katherine's brother. Was interested in the old Negro League & wrote a book Only the Ball was White.
Mar. 1, the 5th Ave. bridge will close & they'll start on the new bridge.
Tues. Warren H. called said they were coming to Warren on Wed. to the dentist. Could I go out to lunch with them. We went to the Panda China Buffet in that new development next to Struthers. It was so nice & a great variety of foods. Soup table, 2 hot food tables & a dessert & fruit table. Warren filled 3 plates &^ Anna filled plates. I was careful because Lar & Kim came for dinner. But I really enjoyed the food. I said to Barb we'll have to go there for lunch sometime. I was surprised to see so many customers.
I'm disappointed with the Olympics -- they elave the "good stuff" the skating til the late hours when I'm suppose to be asleep. And I am, & miss seeing Sasha Cohen & the rest. I do like the speed skating shown in the earlier hours. Both men & women. And the skiing.
Later -- after your call. Your news was a surprise but I know you are in good hands. And I will be praying for you during this time.
I had to fill in some info for H.U.D. concerning the new medication program. Hope I put in the answers they want. My insurance enrolled me in this program & I received my cards & used them the first of Jan. to get my meds. Had no problems for which I was thankful, after reading the papers concerning problems they are having getting coverage.
After reading The Parent Trap article you sent, I'd say you & JoAnna are the exception to the rule. You share the household duties & that's how it should be.
Yesterday Warren H. said their latest gas bill was 400.00. Mine was 144.00 on the monthly plan. Theirs is less during the summer. We are thankful for all the work Dad did -- we are reaping the benefits.
I'm sure glad I'm using the crockpot more often. After I had my hair done, I fixed dinner & turne3d the crockpot on. When dinner time came, all I had to do was heat rolls & make a tossed salad. We had a delicious dinner with leftovers for tomorrow.
The other nite we still had lottery tickets but no lucky numbers. Barb spoke up & said I don't have to worry about money because something I've waited 20 years is going to happen. She'll have money. Earlier she said this to Dale & then to me. That's as far as she'll go in the story. But when she told Dale & then me, she added, I'm going to be married. I asked when? She said you'll know when the time comes. Dale thinks it is a "pipe dream". I don't know, maybe she is in a dream world. She spends enough time writing down her dreams. I'll keep you informed of this mystery!
This aft. I watched golf on ESPN. I like their announcer. This is a different type of golf. It is one against one & the winner goes to the next round. Tiger lost today so he is out. Phil M, V.S., David Toms, all lost today. I'll root for Canadian Weir to win. Hope you recognize the names -- they are all outstanding golf.
With Dale, it is all NASCAR. It was a good race last Sun. This week they are in Calif. We liked reading the NASCAR article from the N.Y. Times you enclosed in your letter. Also the basketball articles & reading about Andy.
Now I'm watching women's golf. Michelle Wie is playing. She is fun to watch.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
After Dale left for work this A.M., I turned & watched a great movie Mrs. Parkington with Greer Garson. Missed the beginning but sat watching it til near 9 A.M. It was so good. Then I took my shower, etc. & about 10 A.M. washed the kitchen floor. My back has been bothering me a bit so I sat & rested with an ice pack on my back. Started a new jigsaw puzzle & put some pieces in it. It goes together faster this time. Then fixed lunch for Dale, he work til 8 pm, cleaned up & watched my soaps. When Barb left to take Scott home, I did my ironing, mostly pressing my slacks &^ 2 shirts for Dale. Barb is making chili & Dale can have that so I don't have to make a meal. I'll fix scrambled eggs & toast for me.
I was shocked at Mimi's news & wondered why Dad never told me that bit of news. I'm sure I wouldn't forget anything like that. I thought when you forgave a person that ended the issue. Guess it didn't with Ruth. I tho't Rudy graduated from Augustana, another bit of news I missed. Poor Ruth, I'm sure Ruth needled him more than once. They were in La Porte awhile when Rudy worked in a funeral home. I often wondered why he had work red in a factory job & didn't use his education. Guess there's one in every generation!
You mentioned the Buff. paper -- there is now no evening paper, just the A.M. edition. Too much T.V. competition?
Did you noticed that the Caldwell girl your age died. Lung cancer -- she couldn't give up smoking.
Marilyn Thelin Passenger is in an Erie hospital recovering from a lung operation that is cancer. She never smoked. Erma Thelin was hospitalized in Wrrn. with a blood infection.
Barb was cleaning the small closet in her room & found some papers, etc. Lar & Barb's report cards & Dad's high school graduation picture. He is so young looking & cute. Barb is sure "it is a picture Paul would like." She's love copies for her & Lar & Dale but they won't reprint photos. She wishes they'd make an exception seeing it is such an old picture. I'm sure he graduated in 1935. Maybe it was '33 as he graduated from Augustan in '39. He went to college 1 semester, worked the rest of the next year & returned to college in the fall. He was very frugal & graduated from seminary with no debts & very little help from the family.
Yesterday I had a nice surprise in the mail. A Valentine from Andy with a note on it. I was so thrilled to hear from him. Give him my love & thanks. We'll celebrate Wed., tomorrow, when Lar & Kim come. I got their favorite candy & Barb plants to pick up some lottery tickets. Such gamblers we are!
Last Sun. Pat & Ted Benson came to Warren to go to church with me. We were suppose to go out to eat after church, but I couldn't go. We had our annual meeting right after church & I stayed for that. But soon all the others plan to come to Wrrn. for lunch & Ted & Paul will pick me up. It will be nice to see them all again &^ find out what is happening in their lives.
Friday, February 17
At 6 AM, I looked for the newspaper. It was very windy & I hope to get it before it blew all over. I wasn't successful. I had to go outside to retrieve it -- it had blown all over, was wet, torn & unreadable. We have a mat by the front door, storm door that opens, a mailbox so you think the kid could put it somewhere safe. We called & got another one.
Your letter came on Thurs. this week. That is wonderful news about your trip to Fla. The boys will really enjoy it & a good deal as well. Have fun. what are the dates? That is great news about Andy's basketball & that is he getting more playing time. Great height isn't always everything.
It is a good day & maybe weekend to stay inside & read a good book. Don't' have a good book so I'll finish my puzzle & maybe start another one.
Yesterday I made 2 batches of cookies. Froze part of the dough & baked 3 pans of cookies. A sugar cooky with a almond Hershey on top. Bake the cooky first &^ then put a kiss in when you take the pan out of the oven. They are good. Then the chocolate cooky with the Andes mint on top to melt as icing. So I have something with my coffee!
I'm enclosing a check made out to you Paul. But save it for the boys to spend in Fla. $50.00 each.
I've watched some of the Olympics & enjoyed the snow boarding & skating. But with NASCAR starting on Sun. in Daytona there is a lot going on & we 've had that on during lunchtime. Tiger plays in golf this week In Calif. so we have that on plus the regular shows I like.