Friday, November 29, 2013
I was finally happy after the Mets game last nite. The Mets beat the Braves 4-0 & Pedro M pitched the entire game. Except the last inning was scary -- bases loaded & Pedro got both Chipper Jones & Andrew Jones out -- the home run hitters.
Sun. is sure a busy TV day. The Mets last game on NY channel to be on TV so I have to watch that, Nascar & the Steelers at Houston & the Steelers are good! Even Penn State has improved.
To answer your questions -- it was just the Lavelles, Lundgren & Nelson's who picnicked together. I remember Janet L. made the best macaroni & cheese. Oil City was their first church, I think.
Dale is on vacation this next week.
Yesterday Barb & I went to our Mall & we were looking around & I bo't my 1st Christmas gift. Mentioned we start early! Barb also bo't her first gift.
Sun. aft. the 18th
Last nite I watched the Wisc/UNC game & it sure was an exciting game. I was rooting for Wisc. Boy those guys took some hard tackles. I bet the Carolina QB was sure sore today. How do the bodies take that punishment?
Today I'm watching the Mets. Dare I think they could win the game. They are in the lead as of the 7th inning.
Dale is always changing my dish cloths. This A.m. I decided to beat him at his own game & took a clean one. At noon there wasn't the blue one I put out but another one. He just took it for granted I left the old one there. Usually he smells if they are sour. I let him know I didn't like it.
Then I asked him what we could have for supper other than chicken. He suggested pizza & I liked that. Win a few, lose a few.
In church this A.M. Patty W. Phillips' boyfriend held the baby during church. He was a little fussy & they took him out for a little bit. He is so cute & a good one, that baby, that is.
The Mets did it - they beat the Braves 4-1. Glavine had a complete game. Chipper, Andruw, Francouer, who is young & a good hitter. Just 6 pitches to get those 3 out. Wow!!! They took 2 games to 1. That is a miracle.
Thurs. Sept 22
Kim was fine tonite. Talkative & in a good mood. Everyone has problems at one time or another.
Barb tried to cover some spots on the car. Dale got the color from work but she didn't do a good job -- even she admitted that. So today Dale redid the job; waxed the car & it looks so nice. You had to do an A+ job to please Dale.
Yesterday Barb & I went to the Lakewood Mall & I did some more gift shopping. Also got gift ideas from Kim for Larry. We went grocery shopping at Wegman's.
We didn't get to the casino. Guess we lost interest & Dale didn't really care to go.
He has enjoyed his vacation just lazing around. That's what vacations are for. This week was Sam B's last day at Shults. They are moving to N. Carolina. He has a job in a garage down there.
The weather has been perfect for Dale. He has spent time in the sun.
Can you believe Hurricane Rita. I'm glad I'm a Northern & away from the storms.
It is dark before 8pm now so you know summer is over. Next week, even tomorrow, will show a change in the temps.
We are all in good spirits here. Glad we are a family that cares for one another.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
This is Dale's Tues. to work til 8 so Barb & I went to Perkins for supper. Will fix tacos for Dale later.
I'll try to answer some quick questions. You mentioned greetings from Janet Lavelle. The other pastor who picnicked with us was Russell & Mildred Lundgren from Titusville. He was older than Dad & we lost contact with them. He moved a lot.
I enjoyed reading about JoAnna's aunts and uncles. I hope her mother is feeling better.
Sun. Gen called. She asked about the girls & wondered how they are -- are they in school, etc. I went along with her. She must be living in the past. The only girls I can think of is the 4 of us girls growing up.
I should write notes for letters. I know there is something else I want to write about but it won't come forth.
I got 5 more books & have read 3 of them. All very good. Nora Robers Northern Lights set in Alaska. Sandra Brown's Above & Beyond set in Texas & Shattered Silk by Barbara Michaels set in D.C. I'm so glad I love to read & enjoyed these books so much. (Finished the 4th. New Orleans setting. 5th a repeat I won't read.)
There is another house on 3rd Ave. E up for sale. The very last house up the st. on our side. Someone is working on the little house across the st. Barb thinks they are getting ready to paint it.
Fall is budget time at church -- pledges, etc. In her column in the church's newsletter, our pastor talked about sacrificial giving. She wrote her husband likes to buy videos & she likes to eat out once in awhile but they don't -- they practice sacrifice giving. The first yr. they went on a cruise for vacation & this year they planned a trip to Hawaii but cancelled due to the baby. Now all of a sudden they can't afford a few small pleasures of life. It left me with a bad feeling. Their housing expenses, gas allowance, hosp. insurance, plus is given them so if they budgeted they should be able to do a few things. I don't know how other people felt. I know when you kids were little we didn't eat out a lot & still gave a good amount to the church. Just a little gripe & it won't stop me from doing my part.
Wed. the 14th
The Warren radio said the 5th Ave. bridge won't be started until next March.
We're still having perfect weather. When Dale left yesterday after lunch, he commented when he gets home after 8 pm, it will be dark. Sure enough it was & I put the back door light on to welcome him home.
I picked 2 red roses yesterday & they are so lovely. A few more buds on coming along.
Just got back from having my hair done. Barb didn't sleep much last nite so she went back to bed. After I finish this letter I plan to think about meal planning. Have my recipes out & grocery list so we'll see what happens.
Dale likes to watch TV when he eats. He's like a little kid -- he gets so involved his food gets cold. And besides, he is a slow eater, compared to the rest of us.
I don't know if you knew Rick Schomer, one of Dale's friends. He is involved with the Mercy Ship that goes to different poor areas & helps out. Rick & his wife stopped by work to see Sam & Dale. Later in the aft. he came here & we had a nice visit. He builds & his wife is an M.D. Very nice. They leave Oct. 1 for Guatemala & they have to raise money for them to live while there. They were on their way to Boston. They didn't ask me for support just to remember them in my prayers.
It was very nice to talk to Andy last night. He said he had a nice birthday. Next one will be yours. That means fall is here & the holidays are ahead & all that goes with them. I look forward to it all.
Better get to my menu planning.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sun. again & I'm watching the Mets against Marlins. Soon baseball will be in the past. It's fun to watch football. Yesterday I watched Wisconsin win the game. Sure was a sea of red in the stands. Number 2 Brian Calhoun sure can run. (I like the word "sure"!)
Yesterday we received the Penneys Christmas catalogue & you know what that means. Suggestions! Barb's E mail is.....I'll enclose the slip so you can E mail us ideas. I'll still send money but like ideas for something to open on Christmas Eve or Day. So put on your thinking caps -- you know we like to start early.
The gas project on our street is completed & grass is planted. I suggested Dale water it but he hasn't followed thru. He did once & Barb did as well.
We had a guest organist today -- a Barry Keller. The pastor didn't make any comments so we don't know if he is temporary. He did OK.
Dale's El Camino is in a rented garage & mice got into it & smelled up the car. So he's been cleaning it until it is fine with him. Smells gone. He wants new wheels & tires for it & then it will be complete. He just got new tires for the white car. Names of cars don't stick in my mind.
It was 52 this A.M. but it has warmed up. It is nice to be able to wear fall clothes again.
I watched a little volleyball yesterday on TV. We played volleyball in high school & it was fun. I'm sure it is a faster game today.
Barb keeps track of mileage when she rides her bike. Her dream is 1000 miles but she only has 600 miles sol far. Last year she couldn't ride at all, so she is happy with what she's dong (so far). She'll still be able to ride before it gets cold.
The little house across the st. might have sold. A man & woman have cut down a tree & removed all the weeds in front of the house. All the stuff is piled up -- wonder if the city will take it away. It's way past the time alloted for pick up. Time will tell.
Dale went up to our Mall & brought me home a pkg. of Oreos and 3 dish cloths & I haven't bought any for ages. He got them at Big Lots.
The Mets were on the NYC TV channel but Dave O'Brien who also works for ESPN wasn't available. And the announcer talked all the time (not Tom) so I had to mute the broadcast so I missed the usual color of the game. Tom & David are great together. And they lost. They never can get the hits when they need them. Carlos Beltran is a "bust" this year for the Mets. Maybe it takes a while to get used to playing in NYC. I hope he's better next year.
I don't know if I have an allergy or a cold but I'm sure using the Kleenex.
Wed. the 8th
We have a chipmunk that is eating the sunflower seeds. They are big one 10"-12" in diameter & he's just about finished it. We try to scare him but we don't always see him. Barb cut them down to dry.
Barb says Andy should be happy that the Braves are on top in their division. But my question is "Can they win the Big One?" They've only won 1 World Series, haven't they?
I have a recipe for banana blueberry bread. Dale likes them separately but isn't sure of the combination. So I'll try it as I have 2 ripe bananas I want to use. I'm sure it will get eaten.
Fri. the 9th
Just got home from getting my hair done. Started a load of wash & will finish my letter.
Kim & Lar are fine. Next week Thurs. Kim & friends will help Betsy Moran celebrate her 50th birthday. so it will be a short visit here for supper.
The other Betsy (your classmate) doesn't know if she can take 2 more years of teaching. She bot an old house next to her property, had it torn down so she'd like to get that loan paid off. At the new elem. school she teaches 2 subjects & they have to follow a schedule -- they change from room to room. Teacher teaches same subjects to all her classes. If they run behind there is no time to make it up. It has been hard getting started in a new school where all kids are bussed but it should get smoother & easier as time goes by.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Not Ryberg's house.
Another of the homes for sale on East Third Ave.
After church I sat on the porch reading the Sun. paper. The 2nd Sun. t he weather has been accommodating.
Now I'm watching the Braves at Milwaukee. You know whom I rooting against! The Mets come on at 4:05.
Talked to Denise Johnson today & she sends greetings. She wasn't so negative so maybe things are better for her.
Do you remember Harriet Johnson? (Carlson, her married name.) Anyway they had one son & they kept him close to them. Never learned to drive, etc. Both parents died. Now he has a girlfriend & she is teaching him to drive. There is always hope.
Ryberg's house went up for sale this past week. That makes 4 homes for sale in our area & there could be a 5th if Ed Africa would decide to stay here or go back to Arizona.
Barb is riding her bike & Dale is out in the sun.
Starting the 30th, no tax on clothing in New York, so we'll be going to the Mall one day. Hope I can find something. In church today, Betty Casey said "it's impossible to find a dress." I agree, that's why I wear slacks a lot.
I've been watching the Weather Channel a lot because of the hurricane. Glad I don't live there.
Wed. Last day of Aug!
Yesterday we went to Lakewood to take advantage of N.Y.'s tax free week on clothing. What did I get? NOTHING. It is very hard to shop when you are an old lady! I was looking for a suit. Tried one on at our Bon Ton but I didn't like the fit & the sleeves are too long. Barb said I'll have to try the catalogues we get. We just shopped at Wegman's for groceries. I was very disappointed.
We've been getting rain from Katrina but not in amounts predicted -- 2"-4". Still the grass is getting greener. Dale hasn't had to mow much in July & Aug.
I clean the bathroom today but Barb isn't up yet. My duties are get meals, wash, clean bathroom & my room, change Dale & my sheets, iron (every other week or so), wash kit. floor & dust. Baking isn't a chore -- that's fun. So I have spare time to watch TV & take things easy. I watched a lot of the Weather Channel when Katrina was at its height. What a loss & I feel for all those people. An elderly relative from Biloxi is staying at Lake Chautauqua with Lynn's parents who came for the summer. They have a home in Fla. It must be terrible with no electricity & the humid heat, plus the rest. I wondered if a baby would be born during the storm & this A.M.'s paper showed a newborn & mother in Miss. But it was in yesterday's USA Today which I just read this A.M. When I was home Tues. a good book kept me reading. The last of the 5 library books.
Scott doesn't read & understand what he reads. Too impatient to be still. So he is in a special reading class & that bothers him. Most of the encouragement he gets comes from Barb. Marissa yells at him all the time & Lynn & Bob don't take time to help him in reading. It's all up to Barb.
Fri A.M. Sept. 2
Will bring this to a close as after I get my hair done, we will go to CVS & the Mall. Now I mail letters at the Mall because the mailbox is by the front entrance.
Lar & Kim are fine. School is OK. Kim is able to drive with 3 other teachers. With gas high she is glad this happened. I'm sure they are also.
A beautiful weekend ahead. Sun & not too hot.
Made a pumpkin pie for dessert last nite. Fall is on the way.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Hope you are feeling yourself again, Paul. Do you take vitamins -- think they would help?
We are having a taste of fall & it is nice. Barb is at Lynn's so I'm watching TV & decided to start a letter.
Got a card yesterday to send to Mim & it was mailed this A.M. so it won't be too late.
Barb's hair looks nice. She wondered if the front was too light but I think it looks nice. She had to pick Scott up this A.M. H e was having his hair highlighted. I was surprised at that. Barb stuck up for him making excuses. Like in Dear Abby this A.M. A 7th grade girl bemoaned the fact that she' didn't have a boyfriend when all the other girls do. She has plenty of time for dating. You aren't popular if you don't have a B.F.
Kim's friend Nancy is having problems with her 2 youngest daughters. They are dating & sleeping with losers & boys who are bad. Kim knows them from Sheffield & knows their records but Nancy doesn't believe her girls would do anything like that. Drugs included. They can have the car anytime & she knows they stay out all nite.
Kim starts school this Thurs & Fri. & school opens Mon. the 28th. Kane schools start tomorrow the 24th.
I think New York will have tax free sales for clothing starting Aug. 30th. Maybe I can find a new fall outfit. Barb finally got her email working. She called for help & they walked her thru the process. She spends a lot of time on the computer. Really happy to have one.
Soon you'll be busy with Sunday openings of the library. I'm sure a lot of people will be happy to have it available on Sundays again.
When Lar & Kim come on Thurs, we'll have our last summer meal. Hamburgers, potato salad, corn on the cob, tomatoes from the garden & they are so good & apple pie for dessert.
I like the phrase in your letter when telling how you felt when you were sick. "Oh, please don't let this happen," I silently prayed, lifting my eyes heavenward. How pious you sound!! What a laugh! Just rereading it makes me laugh.
Fri. the 26th
Wed. Barb & I went out to lunch overtown. Then to Blair's but saw nothing. We looked on the fairly new dress shop at the former Kresky -- how do you spell it -- K Marts, but they cater to a younger look &^ are expensive. Th en the library where I got 5 books: by Debbie Macomber, set in the Seattle area; Luanne Rice, Jane Feather, Nora Roberts & Barbara Delinsky. Types of books I like to read. So you know what I'm doing in my spare time. Barb got a cookbook I want to look thru. Feather & Macomber are new authors to me.
Kim is set for school. Are Andy & Ed ready to go back to school. Nothing special going on here.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
I'll start a letter as I can't wait to tell you how great Andy's pictures are. I really like the one of the front view in shirt & tie. I love the shirt & tie colors & it looks so good on him. They are all so good & I especially like the close up view of him in the brown & tan shirt. Has he chosen one -- it must be hard to make a choice.
And your evaluation was certainly a glowing report. I'm very proud of you. You take after your Dad. He was good in his work ethics and attitude, if that is the right word. I remember when he was thinking of retiring he said to the Council "maybe I'll stay one more year," & one of the members said let's say yes before he changes his mind.
Your library really has an active attendance -- we have nothing like that. How was it to be "king". Did you take pictures?
Last Thurs. Kim said you might see my name in the paper for golf. She had one of her best days & was first in group. I don't know if you check golf scores when you read the Wrrn. paper. I saw it in the paper.
Tues. Barb & I are going to the Indian casino in Salamanca with Kim. We'll leave at 10:30 & they have a nice buffet luncheon. Last time Kim, Betsy & Dani went they each spent $60.00 gambling. My limit will be 10.00 plus lunch.
We finally had rain on Sat. but it didn't cool things down. This week should be cooler -- I hope so as I need to do some baking.
I'm watching golf but it isn't Tiger's weekend. It could be between Phil M. & Davis Love.
Forgot to mention in the last letter that Barb likes to sleep in a dark room. The school yard has 3 lights in the play area &^ 2 are very bright. Before we changed rooms she covered the windows to keep it dark. I sleep with a nite light, the light from the lock, & the light that seeps thru from the school. No problem. Most nites I have no problem getting to sleep. The nites I have trouble are few & far between.
It was hot in church today. Nothing is cool enough for this weather.
We are eating tomatoes from the garden. How are Ed's coming?
Wed. the 17th
We had a great time at the Casino. We got there at 11 A.M. & the place was busy at that early hour. We were there about 1 1/2 hrs. I was the stingy one spending $13.00 -- no gain. Kim did the best but kept playing till all the money was gone. Barb had no luck either. We enjoyed lunch at a place on the way home. Eating at the casino is on the expensive side & it's in the middle of nowhere, practically so they can charge high prices. They are building a new larger casino & it looks like they will have a hotel on the upper floors. Dale has 1 more week of vacation & the 3 of us are making plans to visit the casino. Dale thinks it would be nice to eat at the casino.
I keep looking at Andy's pictures & they are all so great, it is hard to have a favorite.
Pittsburgh is at the Mets Tues, Wed. Thurs & all Pirate games are on TV so I get to watch the games. Pitts. has a great new young pitcher so Thurs. nite's game should be special. He is 5-0 with a low percentage.
Last pm I set dinner rolls. They are easier to handle if refrigerated overnite. Finish them this A.M. & tried a new recipe. Zucchini-carrot bars & they are good & very easy to make.
Lar & Kim enjoyed their weekend. Fri. nite Lar chose the special which are usually not high priced. It was shrimp & lobster Y& when the bill came it cost $45.00 so it was an expensive meal. Lunch the next day added up to $100 so it was an expensive weekend. But Larry said this is our vacation. They stayed at a bed & breakfast in the U.S. All filled up on the Canadian side.
Thurs. the 18th
At noon today Dale said some of the guys at work went drinking last nite & got drunk. One of them was suppose to take his girlfriend out to dinner & never showed. She was furious. Dale said he doesn't miss that. It was pay day so maybe that had something to do with it. Dale just saves his money. He has more than enough for a substantial down payment on a house. But he is content here for the time being.
Youngsville made the USA Aug 17th business section. About a former chimney Steve Sivak going to become a pharmacist & has 10 months left. Classes in Erie. Interesting story.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Another beautiful weekend. I'm watching a Judy Garland music on TCM. The Mets are on ESPN tonite.
Dale is on vacation this coming week. Nothing special planned.
The sunflowers are beginning to bloom & the bees loves them, as well as the zinneas & marigolds. I've never seen so many bees & have to be careful when watering the pots.
Fri the ones working for the gas co. left their "digger" on our front lawn as the work isn't completed. Bright orange in color. What an addition to our landscape!!!
Last Sat I made blueberry bread & it is so good. Barb wanted a blueberry pie & she wanted me to make the crust with oil instead of Crisco. I have a recipe so I tired it, but I don't like the results. The filling is good but from now on I'll use my favorite crust recipe, the regular one. This pie had the cream cheese layer & blueberries on top. Then I made a blueberry sauce for on top of all & it is really flavorful.
Back to the movie -- Fred Astaire is in the movie. I really enjoyed seeing a musical again.
Mon. A.M. the 9th
Our red rose bush has roses similar to American beauties. I cut some & put them in bud vases & enjoy their beauty in the house. Can look out at them thru the kitchen window. They have a little blight but Barb sprays them. I might have been overwatering them.
Lar said he planted the single flower rose as they don't get the blight But once they open they don't last. It is not hard to care for them.
I never realized bees feeding on the sunflower could be so fascinating. So much fund to watch them cluster around the flower. We have 4 more to bloom.
Dale turned his mattress & I washed the matt. pad & sheets. Now his bed is made & I have a load of towels to wash. 3 loads this A.M. How much easier today than in my mother's day. At least when we were kids she had the wringer washer. No driers then. Clothes lines. I don't hang clothes out anymore. Just rugs, etc. which I want to do this week when I wash the floor.
Barb is at Lynn's & Dale has gone to Jamestown. Barb thinks Dale isn't doing enough trimming outside. But this is his vacation & if he cares to do nothing that is fine with me. Tomorrow he will help me turn my mattress as I can't do it alone anymore. That doesn't take any time. As to working outside, the grass is all brown & you can't do much with the work the gas co. is doing. That should soon be finished. They are working on Dan Niezmik's property today. Can't do any lawn work until the fall rains come. The co. is suppose to see, etc. what they dug up.
Fri. A.M. the 12th
I'm home from having my hair done, took a load from the washer to the drier & put towels to wash.
Yesterday Dale washed the outside of the house. Get the dust off after digging, etc. The new gas meter is on the outside of the house -- in plain sight to Barb and Dale's dismay.
This is the weekend Lar & Kim are going to Niagara on the Lake with another couple. They'll leave after lunch. Betsy (your age) will have Torey for the weekend. Torey loves to make the rounds of the neighbor hood, begging for food & it's always welcomed for him. But he got "the runs" -- probably spoiled food. So last nite Torey couldn't have "people food" as Kim wants it cleared up so Betsy won't have a problem. The vet said to feed him ground beef & rice. Kim said I could put a little chicken on top so he was satisfied. He couldn't have ice cream but kept looking for it. A couple of Beggin strips helped. She spent $90.00 on Torey for flea medicine & something else.
Barb is experimenting with her laptop She got onto TIME & showed me a page she copied. She's had trouble with her password for some sites.
Time for A.M. coffee. I did smile when you told me about Andy's latest adventure. Oh the thrill of being parents! I'm still hearing things that happened like holding your breath to get a reaction. Courtesy of Larry. Do you remember!!!
I just read an article on the laptop about the Mets' Beltran & Cameron's collision on S.D. outfield. Very interesting what the laptop, etc. can do.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Larry gave himself a "buzz" haircut. He likes it -- easy to wash & easy to comb, meaning he doesn't have to comb it.
The bridge is opened but not completely finished. The sidewalks have to be finished. We haven't driven over it yet --I don't' go to the Dr. until Oct.
Last Fri. we went to Jamestown. I only got groceries at Wegman's.
This A.M. I was ambitious. Washed the counters, moving everything. Washed the windows, even tried to do the outside but didn't do a good job. I'm getting too old to climb by the sink & try to get the outside & not get it streaked. Afraid I'll fall. Anyway when Barb came downstairs my work inspired her to start cleaning the kitchen. She washed the walls by the sink & the cupboard woodwork. Cleaned the lower cupboards & they look nice. She's cleaning in sections as she went to Lynn's in the aft.
When I read your letter about the dinner -- I had to look in the dictionary to see what kind of sauce you had with the lamb. I found out it is made with egg yolks, lemon, rice & chicken broth. I thought I had memorized the spelling but I can't recall how it starts.
Gen called me last Fri. Ed built a little place for swimmer to change. Gen said 2 girls are sleeping there & won't leave & she didn't know what to do. I was sure that wasn't true & I told her to lock the doors & forget about it. Called Millie on Sat. She said when she lived in Spfld. a neighbor had Alzheimer's & she was always saying someone is in her garage. Gen also says Ed isn't dead -- he has a girlfriend. Millie thinks Gen thinks John is Ed, because she never talks about John. Just says the boys help her.
Larry & Kim had a busy weekend last Fri-Sun. On Fri they went to a wedding in the Pittsburgh area -- a former student. Sat. & Sun. they went to Niagara on the Lake with another couple who are older. We'll hear about their weekend on Thurs. Niagara on the Lake is near St. Catherine, Canada.
Our pastor is back. Elaine Jacobson Crandall, Barb's age, was the "grandma" to be in charge of the baby. Different ones will help out during the service. Elaine's oldest daughter is expecting so she will get getting some practice.
Last weekend Sheila (hair) & her husband were going to Pittsburgh for the weekend. One nite they were going on a 3 hr. cruise featuring a fish buffet -- all kinds of fish. Sounds interesting.
Last nite there wasn't much on TV so I turned to TCM & there was a good movie: Key Largo with Lauren Bacall, Claire Trevor, Humphrey Bogart, Ed. G. Robinson & Lionel Barrymore. It meant I had to stay up longer but I couldn't leave it. It was so good. And all those stars. It was great.
Thurs the 4th
I was up at 5AM -- you say "why when she is retired & could sleep in?" I wanted to get a carrot cake in the oven & pot. salad made before it got too hot. I don't turn on the AC til later. I open the doors & windows to cool off & put the dining room fan on. Then I got dressed, etc., watered the plants, rose bushes, pot & all. Decided to pick some ripe blueberries off our bush & now I'm resting. Soon I'll have a cup of coffee & sample the carrot cake. We're having steaks, pot. salad, green beans, & broccoli salad & carrot cake for our Thurs nite dinner. Barb does the grilling & the rest of the meal is in the fridge. Just the beans to fix. I'll sit in my chair & watch my favorite TV programs.
The last week of July there was Vacation Bible School. The last Sun. of July some of the children sang the new song in church & 2 older ones had the sermon on the Bible verses used. Denise Johnson Windlow's oldest daughter had a part & she speaks so well, loud enough & with expression. Will be a soph. at Wrrn. Hi. She has lectored & does a great job. Nice to see the youth take a part in the service.
I paid the tax bill on the house & also the insurance on the house. Also in Aug. I play for the newspaper for a year plus a tip for the paperboy. And I still have money in my checking acct. I'm very fortunate.
Monday, November 4, 2013
How was the bike ride. Did you have sore butts?
Welcome to the club. What club? Why the club that makes parents anxious when their kids aren't home by curfew time! I went thru that a few times!
When I got my Verizon telephone bill there was a charge of 40.00 for 2 min. I called to find out & it had something to do with Dale's computer. Someone got into it, or something. Dale will pay the 40.00. But I ended up getting Verizon online. 199.99 for 3 months, then $29.99. Computer comes on faster & one will be able to use the telephone etc. when Dale uses his computer, email, etc. They will also block 900 numbers. I don't know if I'm an easy mark but you can opt out of it after 3 months. Barb is happy to have it. What's one more bill. Ha!ha! Dale says he has service thru a local co. He has an email number but has never used it. Thurs. nite Lar tried to show him how it works but he didn't succeed.
Bert left today for Atlanta. She kept wondering why but she really can't be alone. Barb is only suppose to be there 2-3 hours, 5 days a week. Barb is kind of glad to have some time off. She's riding her bike now, & Dale is lying in the sun. I'm watching Seattle at Cleveland. The Mets aren't on this aft. Will be on Sun. aft. Barbs wants to go to Chapman's Dam.
You'll notice from the paper that the new bridge opens Aug 1st. And work is suppose to start on the Walmart - Lowe's stores in N. Warren. Some dispute about water run off might stall it.
I think the Chicago White Sox are the best team & could go all the way, even winning the World Series. Not a good thing from a Nat. leaguer fan!
I've had to change my seat when watching TV, so I can see the print. When I'm closer I can tell what is going on. Probably should have my eyes examined again but I see OK otherwise. It's a little over a year since I had an eye exam.
Millie sent pictures of her 90's birthday. Allan & Larry have changed so much. Heavier. Millie wrote Larry is after Debbie to watch her weight, but it's OK for him to have a tummy. Barb said it is nice to see pictures of cousins we never see. There were pictures of the wives, Linda who looks very good, & Larry & Debbie's 3 children. I've never met Allan's wife Liane.
USA Today had an interesting article about the rookie QB for Buffalo. It was very interesting. He was at Jim Kelly's football camp for boys - spent a day there -- & the kids loved him. "Played" football with them & praised the young boy if he caught a pass. That part was on a Buff. Bills TV program & you could see the adulation on the faces of the boys. Hope he does as well as the Pittsburgh QB did last year in his rookie year. It will be fun to see football again. Shows how fast the time goes.
The Mets were on last nite & in the beginning have signed a 16 year old they expect to be a great player. He can't start til he's 17. And they have another future player, a 6'5" pitcher from Venezuela. Barb said I'll have to take good care of myself so I can see them play. They have an excellent s.s & 3rd base players -- young ones. So there is hope for the future.
Mon A.M. the 25th
Last Sat. we had another 900 call from Nova Scotia, & it scared me. Didn't answer. This A.M. Barb called Verizon about it. I guess they don't block phone calls, only computer calls. Anyway they call it Modem Hijacking & said they won't pay the bill. It might be too late to take it out. If so, it will appear on the Aug. bill. I have the bill deducted from by bank acct. I'm glad Barb called as some of this goes over my head. Now I'll give Dale back his $40.00.
We finally had some rain during the nite, but I slept thru it. Barb said it filled the plastic water barrel 1/2 full. We could use more rain.
This will be another A.C. day. It's not already. Lot my 3rd load of laundry in the washer. Barb is riding her bike.
Wed. A.M. the 26th
We had a big storm last nite & filled the rain barrel. I haven't done much this A.M., except clean the bathroom. We can't go to the Mall this A.M. as we are hemmed in by trucks. The gas co. has started work on replacing the lines, & putting the meter outside. They had to drill thru the basement wall & it has been noisy. Now they are out front.
We have "egg on our face" as they started with Cary's house Tues. & had to dig thru where the rhododendrons were planted. That's why the neighbor has done nothing with it.
We've had 2 small tomatoes from the garden & we should have a good crop if they all ripen. Some big ones. Barb has given beans to the neighbors (Conaway house) -- can't remember how to spell their names & too lazy to get up. Also Lar & Kim have received some & we've eaten a lot of them.
I iguess the Mets like "home cooking" because they have a hard time winning on the road.
Dale likes sunflower plants & we planted them from seed. Now they are 6' high. There are 5 of them.
Yesterday I watched 3 movies from TCM -- in black & white & enjoyed them. If you think that's all I did you could be right. I did change my bed, washed a load & made meals. And I washed the floor! Spots came too fast to suit me.
Later. Barb & Dale aren't too pleased with the new gas meter & will talk to Larry to see how they could cover it. I think they are thru on our property but the final hook up won't be til next week.
Barb is now on the Internet. She finally got it all together.
It seems to me, when you lived awhile with Gen & Ed, you stayed out late & Ed went looking after you. Something your parents never did!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Glad to hear that the party was a success but I expected you to say something about the Gov. Maybe he couldn't make it due to a last minute appointment.
This aft. I got a perm & did I ever need one. I can't go 3 months because my hair grows too fast. It feels so much better now.
Last Fri. nite & Sat. Barb housecleaned her bedroom. She has started in the little room. Plans to clean the house this summer. I didn't take all my stuff when we changed rooms. I have your "baby book" & a couple of letters & that picture someone drew of you. Barb likes it & thinks you should have it.
I'm watching the Yankees at Texas. Texas has really improved & I hope they can beat the Yankees. Texas 1-0 so far. Just 1st inning.
Our hot weather continues but a cool wave is suppose to come Wed & Thurs. I hope so as I need to make some dinner rolls.
Bert's niece & daughter are still here. Tina wants to take Bert back to Atlanta with her. Bert said she didn't want to go but Tina won't take no for an answer. Bert said yes but now she doesn't want to go.
There was an interesting article in the Buff. paper about the libraries in the area. Will send it to you so you can see what is going on.
We had some rain on Sat. so that helped. It filled the water barrel we have to collect the rain. But most lawns are brown.
Kim says her golf isn't that good so I won't see her name in the paper with results of Tuesday A.M. play. Last year I saw it a couple of times.
Tues the 19th
Last Fri on our way to CVS I said to Barb "That looks like Jack Carey." We parked the car & talked to him. They were here to go to the dentist. They were staying with friend. Mary Ann was in CVS & we found her & talked. They had lunch with Bonace's so they saw their old house. Were disappointed the rhododendrons were gone & not replaced. Bonaces also said they aren't friendly neighbors. They are in Buffalo for the summer, Fla, in the winter. She showed us pictures of Lisa's 2 girls, Susan's girl & Paula's 2 sons. The one they adopted from Russia is 3 & a blondie & the baby boy is 17 months. Mary Ann misses Warren but is happy to be close to 3 of the grandchildren. Susan lives in Buff. now. It was good to talk to them again. They were good neighbors.
Now Bert is going to Atlanta -- they leave Sat.
Late -- Less humid weather has arrived. This is Dale's late Tues. so I set the dinner rolls & put them in the fridge overnite. The first thing in the A.M., after breakfast, I can form them. That way I can get thru using the oven earlier.
Thurs. Had a letter from Millie & pictures of her 90th birthday & pictures of the family. Allan & Larry have changed so much. Pictures of Larry's children.