Thursday, December 25, 2008


I hope everyone is doing exactly what makes you happy on this Christmas Day. 

I have a little story for you.

Santa stopped at my place last Friday, at dusk.  I heard boots on the stairs and the doorbell rang.  The boots were retreating by the time I opened the door.  (No I didn't see him)  The truck roared away as I spied the little tan box on the floor by my door.

Inside the box, a red bag  and card from Janelle.  In the bag I found unshelled nuts, hard candy of the old fashioned kind.  A perfect round orange completed the gift.

Oh, no, I thought: I gave away my nutcracker, but here it was in the back of a drawer I cracked open a pecan.  Thank you Janelle

P.S.  I filled the red bag with the canned food I was taking to a food drive--the gift travels on.

Friday, December 19, 2008


Had a 1.4 loss for the last 2 weeks. I didn't post last week because I had a colonoscopy on Friday and didn't think it would be very accurate after 2 days of clear liquid only diet.

The volleyball girls made me proud. Although they didn't win, they did stop Penn State from their perfect record of not losing a set this year. I will miss Jordan, Amanda, and Rachel.

About 6" of snow on the driveway this morning. The snowblower ran out of gas before I got done and didn't have any to finish. A very nice guy that is helping with the remodeling of the house next door volenteered to finish for me. God bless him. The house was recently sold as the lady that lived there moved to Lincoln to be near her son that has cystic fibrosis. This guy, Abe, said he is helping a friend tear out and fix it up. He said the friend's dad had bought the house and then died so the son is fixing it up. I think it is in real bad shape because the previous owner didn't have the means to keep it up.

Sunday is the first day of winter. Can spring be far behind.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Getting home

COLD,  Yes, Reno was cold this morning.  I waited until the sun warmed the ice on my windshield to start the drive home.  I expected to have to put on chains to get across the mountains.  I didn't have to.  I arrived home safely.

From Cold Springs Valley, NV I drove to Natomas, CA across the Sierra Nevada mountains. 
I-80 is the route and today, after a winter storm passed through, the road was wet and sloppy with a temperature hovering near 25F until I was 50 miles from home.  Not the best conditions, but the sun was shining.   The ugly road wandered through a white, blue and green winter wonderland. 

Monday, December 15, 2008

Winter Storm

How did the holiday gathering of Gatewoods go.  Anyone get any good white elephants?

Friday evening I watched Paulette dance in the Winter Showcase and she was dancing on Saturday so could not go to Reno with me.

Saturday morning.
Bright sunshine in Sacramento, ditto in Reno.  In between, over Donner Pass through the mountains.  Somewhere around Nyack, CA snow has fallen.  The road is wet on the sides and then in the middle and then dirty snow between the tire tracks.  I do not see a chain requirement; only the 40mph recommendation so I carefully drive in the slow lane.  I can still see the center line and some drivers; braver than I are zipping along.  Tiny snow flurries and I use lots of windshield washer.  Rest stop in Truckee and on to Reno.  I see the END CHAIN CONTROL sign as I leave Truckee.  The entire trip took from 8:30am to about 12:30pm

Being Grandma makes me very popular for the afternoon.  I get there in time for lunch.  About five PM Nana arrives and she, too, is very popular.  She's more popular because she has brought the PIZZA for dinner.  David and Robin, all dressed up, say bye, bye and leave for their party. Nobody cries.  We have pizza, salad and milk that gets spilled, of course.  Nobody cries as we mop it up and determine it is Grandma's fault because I filled Sterling's glass too full.

After clean-up, baths and pajamas we are ready for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer--the original.  Skyler only moves to view the TV around Sterling who dances to all the music and in between runs in front of the watchers.  Shae has questions, as usual.  Why is Santa so thin?  What is that (the abominable snowman)?  Is he bad?  and so on.  Sandy (Nana) and I wonder how this has remained a classic.

The kids went to bed after drinks of water and checking on one more thing or another.  Sandy went home, I started reading and David and Robin came home.  GOOD DAY.

Sunday.  We went to church and then Robin, Shae, Skyler and I went to the Nutcracker.  Great show.  Enjoyed by all.  Then to dinner at Outback.  On the way home it started to snow.  Meanwhile, after church, David and Sterling did the COSTCO shopping and watched football.  Sterling was taking a bath when we got home.

And now it is Monday afternoon and I had planned to be at home.  Too much snow, roads in bad shape and one more storm on the way.    It stopped snowing several times today, the winter storm warning lasts until 10pm.  I do have to get home tomorrow.  That will be an adventure.


Forty-three years ago today Jerry helped decorate the Christmas tree in the Oakland hospital. Meanwhile I was giving birth to our first daughter. 6 lbs 4 oz, 18" long. Happy Birthday Cindy. Love, Mom & Dad.

It is REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY COOOOOOOOLD. The high today is somewhere between 0 and 4. No, Myrna, I don't want to know what the temperature is in Sacramento. I got to play in the snow this morning. We didn't get much, but about 10" piled up in front of my garage door. I'm just glad it wasn't that deep all the way to the street.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas, Part Last (?)

Here’s what I know about The Gatewood Christmas 2008:

Meet at Scott & Lisa’s at 5 PM.

Bring a White Elephant for gift exchange. No dollar minimum or maximum. We can count on each other to be sensible.

Scott will pick up Mick. I’ll find something at his house to bring for his White Elephant.

We are doing a brunch menu, even tho it’s early evening.

I will bring a ham roast and Swedish pancakes.
Shirley’s bringing fruit salad.
Cindy’s bringing potato casserole.
Lisa is providing coffee and other drinks.
Jon & April: A fabulous, outrageously decadent dessert.
I forget what Sue said she was bringing.

I think the head count is:
Sue, Jerry, Cindy, Jaydee, Kendra, Mick, Shirley, Bob, Jon, April, Cassie, Alex, Adam, Randy, Janell, Jack, Scott, Lisa, Faith, Bob, Grady = 21
Sue; any word from Chantelle?
Deb’s family: Maybe (4)
Brad: Maybe (3)
Who did I forget? (Don’t say I forgot Emily. She has a wedding rehearsal on Saturday.)

Shannon and her four kids plus Amber and her son, Parker, will be coming from Indiana to Nebraska December 27-January 3. Please help me find a time and place for them and Mick to meet with each of our locals while they are here. It wouldn’t necessarily have to be all at the same time and place. For example, could they come to Sue’s in Norfolk on Friday January 2? Maybe to Shirley’s on her day off? Could Bob help them get to the zoo on one of the weekdays? I will be with them over the weekend of 27-28. Could Cindy meet them in Fremont on one of those weekdays? They’ll be staying at Mick’s old place in Oakland until the 31st and then at a guest house in Lyons until they go home.
Any ideas?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

V is for Migration


I lost the 1.2 that I gained over Thanksgiving. I got busy yesterday and didn't get it reported. I had a mammogram in the morning. Then I had lunch with Cindy and Terry. Grocery shopping and then I baked a couple batches of cookies. Had to get done in time to watch the Husker girls win the first match of the regional vb tournament.

Jacob needs to be added to the list. Dec. 12, 1998.

Pray for good weather next weekend so we don't have to postpone our Christmas get together.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Early Christmas memories

We lived at the Peterson Place until I was six and here are some Christmas memories.
The school always had a Christmas program.  Each student was given a piece to memorize and say it alone in the middle of the stage.  We sang songs like Up on the Housetop,  Santa Claus us coming to town ,and Christmas carols.  A Christmas play sometimes written by the teacher. Families came and there was cake, cookies and pie to eat after the program.  

The Long twins, Irene and Paulene and I, the first graders at Jefferson school were dismissed early for recess and sent to the basement where the stage was set up.  We were told not to go on the stage.  We talked about not going on the stage and then Irene (I think because she was the daring one) said "Why not?" and slipped behind the curtains.  She came back and her sister and I followed her to the stage.   We were having great fun in the forbidden territory.  We were busted by Carmen Dennis, the second grader who came down for recess.  She told the teacher.  I don't remember the punishment but there was punishment.
I always worried about getting coal in my stocking for Christmas.  We hung our real stockings on the oven door because there was no fireplace and the stove was connected to the chimney.  On Christmas morning the stockings contained an orange, pieces of hard candy and unshelled nuts.  One or two gifts were on the floor under the stockings. We got toys and games.   Sue and I got dolls, tea sets and girl things.  The boys got trucks and toy guns and boy things.  Blocks and Tinker Toys were always in our toy box.
Christmas morning, in the very cold kitchen, we whispered, ate candy and played with our new toys.

The Christmas  Bob, two months old, had pneumonia remains pretty clear.  The Goulds were visiting and the house was full of relatives.  Mom and Dad were putting on coats and wrapping Bob up and they went to the hospital in Oakland probably 15 miles away.  I spent the night at Smith's and remember asking Paul Dee if Bob was going to die.  He didn't know.  Bob didn't die, of course, he spent his very first Christmas  in an  oxygen tent.  I don't remember when he came home.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Peterson Place

Janell,  you and Shirley were both born while we lived on the Yost place.  And it is the one on 51 by the AT&T tower.  The rest of us were born while home was the Peterson place.  I don't remember Sue or Mick being born but I was six when Bob came along and remember Grandma Gatewood staying with us at that time.   Dad came into the bedroom and told Sue and I we had a baby brother.  I asked if we could name him Bobby or Donnie.  I went to school the next morning and told the kids I had named my baby brother.  Joyce Steen said I didn't; parents named their children.  I do remember Mick as a baby in the bassinet in the living room.  Sue and I were playing around it and tipped it over.  Dad always told about looking up from the table and seeing Mick carrying the newborn Bob from the living room.  

I started school at Jefferson School with Mrs. Young as my teacher.  Or was it Miss?  She had taught Mother at Jefferson school.   The Smith's picked me and someone else up every morning.  One winter morning while I waited in the snow, beside the water pump.  I stuck my tongue on the pump handle.  I do not know why.  I heard the car coming up the hill and pulled away real fast.  I can still remember how it hurt.   Here's what I remember as my first day of school.  Mother drove me and waited beside the car while I walked up to that heavy door and went inside.  It may not have been my first day.  Mother said she probably had her wash in the car with Sue and Mick an would have been pregnant with Bob.

The windmill and the pump in front of the house provided the water for the house.  Mother or Dad would carry it into the house in a white enamel pail.  We had a matching dipper to drink from.  Yes we all drank from the same dipper.  The house had no running water and no bathroom.  There was an outhouse and a galvanized tub was brought in from the back porch for baths in the kitchen.

I remember  riding in a horse drawn wagon while Dad picked corn.  One side was higher than te other and he bounced the ears off that side.  I don't know if I got it by ears of corn.  I vaguely remember a lot of people butchering a pig.  I definitely remember the fatty"cracklings" Mother heated to get the cans of lard.  Then they were givie to Grandma Anderson for making lye soap.

One day Dad brought home two snowy white puppies, one for me and one for Suzie.  Apparently we could only keep one and one day mine was gone.  No explanation.  I think we named that dog Snowball.    I don't know if it was the one that bit Sue.  

I  got hit above the eye with a glass bottle.  Paul Dee was holding the bottle and told me to duck he was going to throw the bottle.  I didn't duck and the next thing I remember was laying on the kitchen table with wet cloths on my head.  
I remember both, Franty and Virgil visiting us in uniform.  It seemed to me they just appeared and stayed for a day or two and left again.  I knew they came from the war.  Grandma and Grandpa Gatewood would come to visit after they had been in Phoenix bringing grapefruit and oranges.   Grandpa had asthma and would burn a green powder called Asthmador.  We liked to "smoke" with Grandpa.   Julia, Harley, Delaine and Richard Gould would drive from Colorado for a visit.  Richard was always sick with asthma.   I  was digging in the dirt one time when Uncle Harley came by and asked if I was digging my way to China.  He told me I could.  I worked at it for a couple of days and then one night it rained and my very small hole to China filled with water and I lost interest.

Sometime after we left there, Eddie Peterson built himself a little house along the creek and tried to make a pond by building or having built a dam.  The beavers didn't like his dam and tore it down.   The Ethel and Eddie Peterson lived in Omaha.  Eddie needed a retreat.

There was a pond there for a while.    We no longer lived there when Dad tried to teach me to ice skate on Eddie's pond.  He could ice skate quite well and said if I could roller skate there was no reason why I couldn't ice skate.  Well I couldn't.  

Friday, November 28, 2008


My Thanksgiving gain was 1.2. I knew it would be a gain, but by posting this maybe I will show a loss next week if I behave myself.

Tammie,Randy, Cindy, Jaydee and Kendra were here for dinner. Joe and Jacob came for dessert. Abby went to Colorado with relatives and Angie felt she should spend the day with her Grandma so she would not have to spend thanksgiving alone.

Today I braved the crowds and did a little shopping. I didn't get up before dawn. By the time I got to Walmart it seemed like a typical Saturday am crowd. Shopko and the mall were crowded. I did get a couple of things I was looking for so I guess it was worth it.

I worked on getting my yard cleaned up and then watched the Huskers pull out a thriller of a finish to beat Colorado. I think my heart is still pounding.

Tomorrow I plan to go visit Mick and see if he is settling in the assisted living.

Let's hope the weather cooperates for our get together on the 13th. Cindy and the girls will be there, but Tammie has her bank party that night so can't make it. Joe & Jacob are going to Crete turkey hunting as part of his birthday weekend.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

We walked with 30,000 other people.  Together we raised $700,000 for the Sacramento Food Bank.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Shae is five

A Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone.

There needs to be an addition the birthday list.  Shae Johnston is missing.
Her daddy noticed.  Grandma didn't.

Here's the first of things Janell, maybe, didn't know about our family.

Our family lived on three different farms before Grandma and Grandpa Anderson's place.
They were known as the Peterson Place, the Way Place, and the Yost place.

The Peterson place was owned by Eddie Peterson who lived in Omaha.  Our neighbors across the street were Ernest and Vernie Crawford.  The Moores lived down the hill.  I think  they were Mary's grandparents.  

More later.  I have five handwritten pages to post.

Friday, November 21, 2008


I gained .8 this week.

The endoscopy went well and got a good report. I didn't have to be sedated as deeply as when they do the ablation so I didn't have to sleep all afternoon. I wasn't supposed to drive until Tuesday am So - Shirley & I just bummed around Monday afternoon. Adam joined us for supper and brought a pumpkin pie that one of his friends had made from scratch.

f-stop Friday. since I haven't figured out how to post pictures yet, I'll just say it is frigid Friday. Brrr.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Christmas Part V

We're all good for the 13th at 5 at Scott & Lisa's.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Freaky Friday

Doesn't anyone want this turkey for Thanksgiving?


I lost .6 this week. Had a dr appointment this morning. I had lost 3 lbs since May. Not much put not a gain.

Sure is cold and windy today. Good time to work on something indoors.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Happy Birthday, Janell. Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Christmas '08 Part IV

How does December 13 at 5:00 PM at Lisa's work for everyone? I will need to talk to her on Thurs AM to set it for sure, but I think that might work. If not, we'll adjust.

How about the menu we picked?
Nothing is written in stone so we are wide open for suggestions.

Christmas '08 Part III

Okay, Shirley says:
"Cassie won't have Alex on the weekend of the 6th."
"Can we have it on a Sunday?" And
"Can we go to her place instead of Lisa's?"

Just so you know, Lisa was looking forward to hosting it again. We can reserve Shirley's for '09?


The real Shirley, not Bob. Happy Birthday.
Is the 6th going to work for you for Christmas?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Christmas '08 Part II

Okay, it's set:

Saturday December 6
5 PM at Scott and Lisa's

We'll need a head count, please. There will be four Carsons.

Here are my thoughts on the menu:
Quiches (3-4 - I'll make these)
Bacon and sausage links
Hash brown casserole
Mixed fruit salad
French Toast (Jack will make this)

Any other ideas? If you are okay with the menu, tell me what you want to bring.

Each person should bring a white elephant gift for the exchange. Shirley, can you coordinate that again?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Christmas '08

I talked to Lisa yesterday and she wants to have it at her house, pot luck. She has to check Faith's and Bob's game schedules for December. If we want it to be on the first Saturday in December, she thinks we will have to have it in the afternoon, rather than morning, but we'd like to bring brunch food anyway. We'd also like to do the white elephant gift again. I'll visit with her again on Monday to get a sate set for certain. Does anyone have a particular day in mind? Any other thoughts?

I'm taking Mick to the doctor tomorrow morning and for a tour of the assisted living wing at the manor.

Friday, November 7, 2008


I lost .8 this week. Not much but in the right direction.

When & where do you want to have Christmas?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Guess Who ?



I lost the .8 I gained last week.

Forcast is for a nice weekend. The sky here is blue, blue, blue. Just watched the streaks fo two airplains floating across the sky. One going east and one going west. The cold air up there really makes them visible.

Enjoy the weekend.

Friday, October 24, 2008


I gained .8 this week. I ate my way through the weekend and spent all week trying to make up for it.

Rain, rain, rain. I am just glad it isn't snow. The leaves are falling and are all wet so that is a good excuse not to mow or mulch. Hoping for some dry days before the grass gets too tall.

Tina has a blog called "Welcome to Tina's World". I don't know how to show the connection here. She has some great pictures of their second honeymoon trip to NAPA valley and some of Matthew playing football.

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Happy Birthday, Paulette. You can't really be the BIG 40 can you?
Love You, Aunt Suzie and Uncle Jerry.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday misc.

Thanks for looking at my photos.  I finally got Alaska documented.  It was harder than I expected.

It is cool in the early morning when I   walk to Peets coffee in the Raley's supermarket.  I pass a pond where the Canadian geese are making stopovers.  It is so fun to see them circle the pond and make their landings.   I have noticed; the students on their way to the high school do not even look at the pond let alone the show the geese put on.

Now--this afternoon, Nebraska made the BBC/World news on NPR--regarding the child abandonment law that was recently passed in Nebraska.   Who put the age 19 on that law?  What were your legislators thinking?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Last Saturday

Here's where I was a week ago.  This is Mount Shasta.  Isn't she beautiful?

I saw three plays in Ashland last week.  The Further Adventures of Heda Gabler, the Clay Cart, and Midsummer Night Dream.  The weather was cold  for a Californian.  

Friday, October 17, 2008

Weigh in

I'm down one pound this week.

What did we decide to do for Christmas this year?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Feather Friday - guess the bird

Weigh in

I'm down two this week. Inching my way back to where I was before my vacation.

Over on OSM, I started f-Stop Fridays. Check it out.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Happy Birthday to Kendra. Saturday was a great time. Shopping, lunch, volleyball, pizza. Special autograph. The smile on Kendra's face after meeing Joba Chamberlain and getting his autograph and picture taken with him even if it meant missing the last set of the volleyball game.

For those of you who do not know Kendra. She is a great Yankee fan. Joba C is a former NU pitcher who now pitches for the Yankees. He was at the VB game and was introduced. Jaydee went to get drinks and found him downstairs. She got him to autograph her ticket with a "happy birthday" greeting to K. The girls then went to find him and get his autograph on K's NU shirt and have her picture taken with him. The smile could not have been bigger if she would have won the lottery. Oh yes, the girls won in 3 sets.

I got second place in our 1-person scramble today and we got done with out it raining on us. Another busy but fun weekend.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Feather Friday


October already? Mornings feel like October. The trees are turning and starting to drop leaves. I moved my plants into the garage one night last week, but the temp only got to 38 so they are still safe.
We had a real busy weekend and it paid off I lost .6 lbs this week. not a lot, but another small step. The week was kind of busy also and I didn't get in a lot of exercise so am happy with the small loss.

Another busy weekend coming up. Cindy, Jaydee, Kendra and I are going to the Neb/Colo volleyball game tomorrow. Then have pizza for K's birthday. Jerry had a golf tournament scheduled that day that I forgot about when I got the tickets so we are having a girls day out. J & K and I are going shopping while C has her class then we will head for the game. GO HUSKERS.

Sunday I am playing in a one-person scramble. It is like any other scramble only you are the only team member. The golfer gets to take 2 shots every time. Kind of like a mulligan for every shot. Should be interesting.

Monday is our fall NWAGA meeting a scramble in Columbus.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Friday, September 26, 2008


Weigh day. I managed a .6 lb loss this week. Not much, but not a gain. I had Thursday off this week so am working today. I had stuff at work that needed to be done today. Since I was working, Lori decided to take off so I have been really busy today.

Yesterday on my day off (Jerry was also home) I did laundry, cleaned the bathroom, played 18 holes of golf and then went to Wayne to watch Abby play softball. Wayne was just too good for them. Abby did make one out by catching a fly ball. We stopped at The Max for a burger after the game and between the people at the game and the people in The Max we talked to a lot of folks we knew when we lived over there.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Feather Friday

Friday, September 19, 2008


I gained 1.2 again this week. The thought crossed my mind not to post this week, but
if I don't post, I would probably be in worse shape. It is the accountability that makes me keep trying. I know one problem is that I really slack off on the weekends when I am at home with the accessibility of the kitchen.

Janell, you need to add Tammie & Randy's anniversary to the Sept list. Sept. 25, 1999. I think the year is right.

Just took all the curtains down in the bedrooms which forces me to wash the windows.
So better get busy.

Friday, September 12, 2008


I gained 1.6. I seem to be going the wrong way. Haven't been able to get in much exercise and it really shows.

Norfolk has a health fair today & tomorrow so I went and had my blood drawn. The wait was about an hour. One booth was giving 10 minute back/neck massage. That really felt good.

I put a few things on a friend's garage sale this afternoon and tomorrow am so will go help with that later today. I also have an eye exam at 1. So a busy day. Don't know where we will watch the game tonight.

Tomorrow I plan to go to Connie & Joe's anniversay. Maybe will see some of you there.

My computer class that was supposed to start Wednesday has been cancelled. They have another one scheduled beginning in November. I hope they have enough interest so it isn't cancelled again.

Better get busy

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008


I am down .2 this week. Really had to work at it after our 3 day golf trip.

Loving your pictures, Bob.

How bout them Huskers - the girls beating Stanford and USC. I hope they can keep up the good work.

We had a nice rain on Monday and it is a little rainy here again today. Things were really needing a good drink of water.

The Denton picnic is Sunday. Donna just called and said she wasn't sure they would make it. Neal has to have prostate surgery this week and it will depend on how he feels.

Have a good weekend.

Frog Friday

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008

Frog Friday


Another month almost gone. Really feels fallish this morning.

I gained back the 1.4 I lost last week. It looks like I have been able to maintain for awhile. Now, if I could just figure out how to lose.

We are taking a little golf weekend. Leaving tomorrow to go to Ogallala, Gothenburg and Kearney to play. It is called the Western Swing, a package deal for 3 days golf and 2 motels. This trip we are letting the guys go with us. :)

Have a good Holiday weekend.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008


I finally had a loss 1.4 lbs.

There was a thank you note from Betty & Lynn in the Lyons paper with a site you can check on Travis then type in "rude".

In case you hadn't heard Travis was involved in a construction accident that left him paralyzed. I don't know how extensive, but he will be in Colorado for rehab.

Have been enjoying some of the Olympic events the past two weeks. Right now the BB team is playing Argentina. Guess I will get a cup of coffee and watch it.

Friday, August 15, 2008


Three days of golfing, shopping and eating only netted a .6 lb gain.

Shirley, thanks for the bed and shower for 2 nights. Have a safe trip to California.

Donna & I netted 10th place in the partner portion of the tournament. Prize money is in the form of gift certificates to the pro shop. I got enough back to buy a box of balls. I didn't do very well in the individual part of the tourney. Donna got second in her flight. The course was really hard with sand traps like you see on the
PGA/LPGA tours on TV.

Summer is winding down. Kids are going back to school. Even as hot as it has been, I don't look forward to winter.

Friday, August 8, 2008


Only once a year do we get to write a date like 888.
I gained .2 this week. Only got in a couple of nights of exercise. I really notice the difference because it seems harder to go the distance.

Joe & Angie went to Sturgis for a few days. Jacob went to Windsor, Co. Abby just got back from Europe. Cindy, Jaydee and Kendra to Ariz & Portland. Myrna & PJ are in Alaska. Lots of people travelling. My friend Donna and I are going all the way to Omaha Mon-Weds to play in a golf tournament.

We could really use some rain in this area. Running the sprinklers just isn't the same as rain.

Monday, August 4, 2008

New Blog

Jack is now a Blogospherian. He posted a good movie review. I put a link over on our list.

Friday, August 1, 2008


Up only .4 this week.

Not much going on this week. The computer classes were informative. The class I was to take Thursday was cancelled. This was the one I really needed. The instructor said she would send me the handouts that pretty much cover what she would be teaching.

To all that are travelling the next couple of weeks -- Have a safe and fun trip.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Thanks, Janell

What a wonderful day at Janell's. We got to meet relatives of Randy that Janell has connected us with through our Blogs. The food was great. The conversation was fantastic. Only one hitch - one rider was bucked off of Lucy. He was not seriously injured and really took it as a sport. It was so great to meet LaDawn, Brook, Stephanie, and others that I feel like I have come to know through the blogs. Also
Smitty, the former jockey, that rode for Gramps a long time ago. I'm sure the fun and reminiscing is continuing at the Carson family reunion today. I hope everyone has a safe trip home.

Thanks again Janell, Randy and Jack. Sorry we missed you, Emily.

To the Nebel's, sorry about Milo.

Another odd coincident. This morning in church one of the hymns sung during communion was "I Love to Tell the Story." Which was always one of Mom's favorite hymns. I had to wipe away a tear thinking of her.

Friday, July 25, 2008


90th Anniversary today of Mom's birth. I miss her.

I'm down 3 lbs this week. I'm taking the day off to do a few things for tomorrow, so if anyone needs to call me, I'll be around. I might be outside doing things, but leave a v/m, I'll call back.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Everyone's Invited!

First Annual Carson Ranch Great American Hot Dog Experience

As of today, I have a head count of around 30. (This includes LaDawn and her families; Brooke and her gang, Sue & Jerry; Shirley & Bob; Cindy and the girls and the 4 of us.)

Menu: Subject to change without notice

Hot Dogs / Buns
Condiment Bar: Assorted relishes, onions, cheeses, pickles, kraut, ketchup, mustards, etc….

Sweet corn, if I can find a good bunch
Potato Salad OR casserole (haven’t made up my mind yet)
Deviled Eggs?
Baked Beans
Peanut Butter Bars (Sue – better make a double batch)

Late Afternoon:
Mexican Marys
Chocolate Pound Cake
Home Made Ice Cream

Everyone who is coming should bring lawn chairs if they can.
Smitty; if you want to bring your mules and wagon, I have room and hay to put them up for the night.

Friday, July 18, 2008


I gained 1.6 this week. Still not getting enough exercise. My excuse - too hot.

Happy belated birthday, Emily.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Happy Birthdays!

To Emily! We are going to eat at the Olive Garden to celebrate.

And to Great Grandma. To celebrate for her, here is Aunt Grace's essay:

Memories of Joel and Almina Gatewood
By Grace Gatewood Smith written 4/15/2007

Since I am one of the oldest of the grandchildren of the Joel Gatewoods and was close to my Grandmother Almina (Zornes) Gatewood, I’ll try to write a few things that I can remember about her.
Grandma Gatewood was real short in stature and was a twin. She was raised by someone other than her parents I never knew nor heard much about her background. She had a sister Jane and a couple of brothers, I believe. She was a staunch Republican and was opposed to drinking, she would go around the community working for people and helping others, especially the sick. She made her headquarters and spent a lot of time at our home (Thornton “TW” and Agnes Gatewood) after Grandpa Joel died September 21, 1919 at the age of 77 years and 9 months. She was a faithful member of the Eastern Star and my dad took her to their meetings. Almina and my mother Agnes got along great. Agnes always called her “Mother Gatewood.” Grandma was helpful, always peeled the potatoes, and oh! Ever so thin so there was no waste. She always washed the dishes, too.
Grandma Gatewood and I used to pick up the corn cobs from the pig pen to burn in the cook stove. We prided ourselves on how many gunny sacks we could store ahead for a rainy day. Our mode of operation was to place a long cob rolled up in one side of the sack, dragging it along as we walked filling the sack one or two at a time. I also was Grandma’s bed partner and she snored a little. She was an avid reader and would read half the night by the light of a kerosene lamp. I loved her very much.
Grandma was always ready to go when the car went somewhere. One of her friends was Mrs. Myles Rogers, mother of Neal Rogers who lived near Divide Center between Decatur and Lyons. I often rode along when my dad took her to the Rogers to visit. The Donohues of Decatur, who ran a bakery, were also good friends. Mrs. Donahue suffered from lung trouble. She accompanied Grandma to Wyoming to see my Aunt Bess Harris in Binford, Wyoming. (Bess was Almina’s daughter). It was summer time and it was hoped the lighter air would benefit her lung problems. While there, Mrs. Donohue suffered a hemorrhage and passed away. Aunt Bess lived in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains so a doctor could not be summoned quickly enough to save her.
The Telliferos, whose daughter was Mrs. Mary Neary, was a place she visited. Jim and Mary Lambert were also her great friends. They ran a grocery store and on Saturday nights, about closing time, our family enjoyed crackers and cheese in the back of the store with them.
Grandma always talked about wanting to go to the Old Soldiers Home in Grand Island. When she finally went there she only lived a short time and died March 3, 1929 at the age of 77 years and 7 months. I was 14 and I remember going to the funeral in Decatur. One of her friends, Ina Lambert, sang at the funeral.
Since I was only five when Grandpa Joel Gatewood died I have few memories of him. His body was brought to our home to lie in state before burial. He was visiting his daughter Mary Dillon in Scottsbluff when he passed away.
Joel was a tall man with dark hair, later he had a long white beard as his picture with the Civil War Veterans shows. He was a Mason, Woodman and a Civil War Veteran serving with the 51st Regiment Indiana Volunteers Infantry. Our family had his sword but lost it when our house burned down Oh, how I wish it could have been saved! I know he ran the ferry boat between Decatur and Onawa, Iowa. My dad told of swimming a team of horses to shore on the night the ferry sank, November 16, 1908. That must have been something as the old Missouri was a treacherous river.

Monday, July 14, 2008

New baby

Welcome to the world little girl.
July 14, 2008 at about 4:40am est.  Robin Kathleen Sowell was born to Jeremy Sowell and his partner Sara Clark.  Robin weighs 6 pounds and is 18 inches long.  And she has red hair like her grandma, daddy and brother.  Robin's brother is Randy who will be two on Halloween.

Jeremy is the son of Denise Westfall, my daughter.  They all live in Florida.

California update.  The  sky is blue today, the sun the proper color and the upcoming moon will be white not red.

Monarchs beat the Mercury 105-97 on Saturday night.

Friday, July 11, 2008


Is this a lucky day 7/11?

I gained .4 this week. Not surprised since I haven't been exercising much this week.
Still have to be kind of careful of what I eat and chew it all really well.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Smoke and Sparks

Tonight the half moon is showing red through the smoke.  Smoke so thick this afternoon that shadows were faint on the ground.  And our breeze has picked up so temp is down by 20 degrees.   AND  the Monarchs put out the Sparks from Los Angeles.  BEAT LA!   Kara Lawson of the Monarchs will be on the USA Olympic Basketball team in August.  

Now if the fires that were sparked by lightening could be put out.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

California is HOT

I noticed on the evening network news they said there was a fire near Sacramento.  Well, two fires are "sort of" near.  One is about 50 miles east and the other is the one in Paradise, CA which is about 100 miles north.  Right now the fire isn't going to get us but the smoke and heat are bad.
Today we set a record the official high was 1o7 and in my car the outside thermometer said 112 this afternoon.   We have spare the air days all week.  Shouldn't drive and it is unhealthy to walk.  Just wanted to let you know we are OK and the fires aren't as close as the news made them sound.

I'm having trouble uploading the videos so maybe I'll get them on dvds and send them around.  Or figure out what I need to do to get them uploaded.

The Monarchs got Stormed by Seattle tonight.  They beat us by 16 points.  The team is struggling this year. 

Saturday, July 5, 2008


I lost 1.6 lbs this week. Thanks to the endoscopy and ablation I had done on Monday.
I am almost back to eating normal. So I better get back to exercising too. Will talk to the Dr. in a couple of weeks and have another checkup in 2 months.
We had a nice 4th cookout at Joe's last night with lots of fireworks around the lake. It was fun watching the kids enjoying the water and the beach. I even played one game of volleyball. All of Joe's and Angie's immediate families were there for supper and other friends stopped buy to watch the fireworks.
I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend.

Friday, June 27, 2008


I lost 3.2 this week. Last weeks gain and this weeks loss must be part fluctuation and not true gain/loss.
Haven't played much golf this week. We played 9 on Saturday before getting rained out. Sunday Fairplay had a men's tournament so couldn't play. Wednesday we had our annual ladies scamble. I had friends from Wayne over to play and we had a great time.
Tuesday night Jacob played baseball in Pilger at 6 and Abby played softball in Wisner at 7:30 so got to watch both of them. Last night Jacob played in Wisner and Abby in Wayne. Couldn't make them both so I went to Jake's game. He got on base all 3 times he batted and made it home.
Tonight, weather permitting, is couples night. Jerry won't be home and Denny has to work so Donna and I are going to be a "couple."
Better get busy and see if I can get my basement back to some sort of order and hope we don't have another stretch of rain.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Lodge Reservation

I started speed dialing at exactly 9am to get the reservation, but someone else got there first. So I will find out their name, and we will just show up and act as if we are part of the "whatever" family and enjoy meeting new people. We can probably pass for the branch of the family from North Dakota. Okay?

And if that isn't going to suit us, I have a back up plan. I rented it for Saturday, the 20th. Thought this might work out better than going to the last Sunday. How does this sound?

Friday, June 20, 2008


I had a really bad week, gained 2.4 lbs. Too much food, not enough exercise.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Reunion Hall Report

The hall is rented for the 14th. Somebody is having a 3-day reunion. Imagine that.

Anyway -- we will try first thing on the 21st to get it. Any objections speak now.
And that is probably Father's Day.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday the 13th

I stayed the same this week.

Jerry has decided he is not ready to retire. His truck engine bit the big one. He found a buyer that would replace the motor so he sold it and bought a newer one. If Jerry is forced to retire, Joe will buy him out. I guess I will stay with the 4 day week for awhile longer. I met with our retirement guy this morning and he says with our SS and retirement we could probably be ok until we are 90 if we retired at 66.

I think the water has all receded in the basement. I have cut the carpet into strips and tomorrow will load it in the pickup and haul away. Don't think I will replace it.

Friday, June 6, 2008


I gained 1 lb this week. There is always a lot of food around at the NWAGA golf tournaments. I didn't do very well, but had a good time. The weather cooperated and we did not get wet.
Golf league on Wednesday was rained out after about 3 holes. The clubhouse is a great place to watch lightening storms and it was an awesome display Wednesday night.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Reunion '09

It's our turn to reserve the lodge. Doesn't it have to be reserved in JUNE?

Friday, May 30, 2008


I only gaine .2 this week. Not bad after spending almost 3 days riding.

The trip -
We left Norfolk shortly after 6 am Friday. We drove in rain, thunder and lightening almost all the way to Grand Island where we met Tammie, Randy, Cindy and Kendra. Cindy and Kendra moved from Tammie's Escape to our van and we continued. Our first stop was Paxton and Big Ole's Bar and Grill. Big Ole was a big game hunter and the Bar is filled with his trophies. Right inside the front door is a Polar bear in a glass case. There are all kinds of animal heads on the walls, including an elephant and a giraffe. A lot of these animals would be considered endangered today. The next stop was Chimney Rock. The rain had stopped when we arrived there, but the wind was really blowing. We didn't take the time or spend the $3.00 each to go through the museum. We took a few pictures and stopped at a "trading post" to get the required momentos. The rest of the stops were for gas, meals and bathrooms. It continued to rain off and on all day. At one point in Wyoming I drove through the worst rain/wind storm I had ever driven in. Being on the interstate there was no where to pull off. Thank God we made it through safely. We arrived in Billings around 11:30 or 12 and went right to bed.

Saturday we left Billings for Butte around 9 am. It was still raining off and on.
We met George's family and friends and at Christina's cafe and drove to Harrison Lake. It was about 45 minutes from Butte. The last few miles were gravel/mud with a lot of water puddles to drive through. Everyone made it ok. It stopped raining long enough for the ceremony. At the lake-Cindy's pastor had given her some scriptures and words to say for the scattering of ashes. After she said the appropriate words, she poured some of the ashes into the lake, then invited anyone else who wanted to participate to do the same. She then poured the rest into the lake. We said the Lord's prayer, exchanged hugs, etc. We then went back to Butte for lunch/dinner at 5 at the cafe. We visited with George's family and friends and left to return to Billings around 7.
There was a second reason for going to Montana. Years ago Jerry hauled a lot of cattle out of Montana. He told me then that I should see Montana. This trip was to make good on his promise to take me "someday".
Sunday morning we left Billings for Spearfish, SD. Our first stop was to be the Roo Zoo which is a relativly new attraction. They have kangaroos, wallabys and wallaroos. The tour took about 20 minutes and then Randy wanted a picture with a Joey. If one in the group paid for a picture, all of us could hold the Joey and take our own pictures. On the way to the zoo we took a wrong turn and instead of going directly to the zoo, we took "The scenic route" through a forest on a very winding road. This lead us through Lead and Deadwood. After leaving the zoo, we went to Mt Rushmore. We had planned to stay to see it lit up after dark, but when we saw all the people come for the show, we decided to leave before the crowd.
It was about an hour back to Spearfish and our motel. No rain on Sunday
Monday am Jerry, Cindy and I took off for Lincoln and Tammie, Randy and Kendra took in some more sights. We got back to Lincoln around 7 and home to Norfolk about 10.

When we got back the rain gauge showed 4 1/2 inches and we have had at least 2 more since then. The sun is shining today and I hope it dries up enough to get the lawn mowed.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

reunion 2009

Isn't it time to reserve the lodge for next year's Gatewood reunion? I think we need to stay there because of the activities. I don't think the next generation will come if we don't.

How did the trip to Butte go? Are you back yet?

Friday, May 23, 2008

checking in

Lost .8 this week.

It is just after 5 am and we are getting ready to leave for Butte.


Friday, May 16, 2008

Weigh In

Gained one pound.

Don't make fun of me - remember, I'm on drugs.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day Everyone

My husband gave me a corsage to wear for the day. My son picked it out and delivered it last evening. It was a very nice pale pink pair of orchids and a few small pink flowers surrounding them. With a ribbon of course.

Not too many people wear a corsage for M-Day anymore. I believe I get to because my son works for the flower shop. I remember Mother's Day years ago when we all had a tulip from Grandma A's yard to wear. The rule was "if your Mother is living, you get a red or some other colored flower, if your mother has passed away, you wear a white flower." I do believe that everyone in church on that Sunday abided by that rule. Don't tell me any different, I won't listen. In our family only Grandma A wore the white flower. Until I was about 10 years old or so, that's the way it was, and then I remember the first Mother's Day when our own Mother wore a white flower. She didn't want to, but it was the thing to do.

The photo is from my backyard of the black and white tulips I have. If you had all been here, there would have been a tulip for each of us.

Hope your kids took care of you this Mother's Day.

Love, Shirley

Friday, May 9, 2008


Down .4 this week. Not much, but not a gain.

Janell, we miss you.

Friday, May 2, 2008


Happy Mayday (a day late).
I gained back 1.8 of the 2.4 I lost last week. I am still lower than the first of the year.
Rainy today, should get busy and do some stuff that will get neglected if Mother Nature ever decides it is spring.
Sunday Jaydee gets confirmed so will be going to Lincoln.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Sue's birthday

Happy Birthday, Sue.

Hope you have a big 65 party.

We are off to Bodega Bay for the weekend.  My birthday family weekend instead of Xmas gathering.  Suppose to be a nice weekend.  Details on Monday.


I lost 2.4 lbs this week. Don't know what I did that was different, but it worked.

Jerry went back to work this week. He took a load to Greely, Co., and today took a short load to Sioux City. He didn't have any trouble with his legs so as long as he gets out and walks around often he will be ok. He is going to cut back to just one load a week and maybe another short run. Sorry folks, but the truckers have to charge a fuel charge to be able to deliver the goods. I know this is one of the big factors in the cost of everything, but diesel fuel is over $4.00 now. When will it stop?

Friday, April 18, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jerry!

I hope you're having a great day! We love you!

Weigh in report: down 3 pounds.

Jerry's birthday

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday dear Jerry, happy birthday to you.

Be happy you couldn't hear that.

Feel good and have a great day.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

It's A Big Birthday for Someone Today

Happy Birthday Dear Jerry. Happy Birthday to You.

Hope you're feeling good, and wishes for many more.

Pretend like this is being posted on The 18th. I can't
stay up to post after midnight.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Happy Birthday, Grandpa

(I put this up over on OSM, too. That's the reason for the identifying edits)

Thornton W. Gatewood

(This essay about my Grandpa was written by my cousin, Paul D. Smith in March 2000. I’ve inserted a few notes.)

Thornton William Gatewood trained Thoroughbred race horses beginning about 1938 through 1969 after he left the farm in Decatur, Nebraska. He had been a farmer all his life and also a 4-H leader and breeder of Duroc hogs. He also raised and bred draft horses that he entered in horse pulls at county fairs. He was a baseball pitcher and a mentor for youth, including several nieces, nephews and grandchildren. The Depression was too harsh and he left the farm and began working at the race tracks. He worked for a couple of years for other trainers, usually in Chicago, Ohio and Florida.

The first horse he owned was Merry Bid. A lady owned the horse and gave him away saying, “If he ever wins a race, you can give me $100.” Merry Bid was a reclamation project as he had a bad cut on a front leg from running into a barbed wire fence. The horse recuperated at the farm of Thornton’s son, Jack Gatewood (Janell’s Dad) near Lyons, Nebraska. Merry Bid healed up and went on to win several races, some of them in Omaha at Ak-Sar-Ben and even in Canada.

Thornton was affectionately known as “Thornt” or “Tom” by people at the race tracks. One of the trainers who started training about the same time was M. H. Van Berg pf Columbus, Nebraska who went on to national fame. “Tom” owned and trained over 40 of his own horses and trained many for other clients. Jim and Min Pokorny of Omaha were clients for many years. Mr. Gatewood won over 170 races through the years and always had a small stable of 3 to 7 horses.

Among Thornt’s favorite horses was Extra Dividend, who was a black gelding he claimed in Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas about 1961. He went on to win 29 races for Thornt, racing and winning at age 12. (Note: Janell’s husband’s cousin, Gayland “Smitty” Smith rode Extra Dividend to a win for Grandpa at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Nebraska April 2, 1964. I have a wonderful picture of them all together in the Winner’s Circle, which I’ll try to get posted.) Another horse he claimed in 1953 at Oaklawn was Taos Cross, another black gelding who won 2 or 3 races every year in Omaha, St. Louis and Chicago, primarily. He was a front runner who liked to run one mile and 70 yards and usually was in front at least for a while. Other horses included Master Bird, Oklahoma Ted, Dark Search, Bonzar, Sirita’s Gal, Gracie Ann, Dark Powder, Jimmy Dee, Miss Woodchuck and her son, Splinter, Peggy’s Pic, Gramp’s Boots, Buzoots, Twelve Bells, Oil Prince, Kamalux, Hazlett, Batajax, Roble, Canpan, Hoss’s Pick, Red Mahoney, Don Rivers, Chet’s Column, Whirlango, Texas Beran, Beacon’s Beauty, and Bee Line Jet.

Horses that he trained for the Pokornys included Mr. Tops, Our Mistake, Glenbar, Sea Charm, Gentle Wind, and High Flame. He also trained for a Mr. Herbert Miller from Iowa and his horses included General Café, Busze, and Stormy Wan.

Thornt raced in at least 12 states and Canada, His travels took him and his constant companion, his wife, Agnes Connealy Gatewood, through 40 of the 50 states. Several of his grandsons helped out at the race track and at the home base near Lyons, Nebraska on the farm of his son-in-law and daughter John and Grace Smith (Paul D.’s parents) Some of the horses raced were born on the farm. John and Grace were partners with him in racing beginning when Taos Cross was claimed in 1953. They helped raise and board horses over the winter months.

Oldest son, Francis Gatewood, worked for Thornt at the race tracks after serving in World War II until 1949. Thornt’s daughter Kathryn and her husband Roland Nelson were also involved with horses and they traveled and raced together for a few years in the 40s. Harry Gatewood, Thornt’s brother, worked with him at the tracks for a time in the 40s and 50s. Some of the memorable tracks were in Omaha, Phoenix, Denver, Hot Springs, and St. Louis. His favorite place to run for the money was in Chicago. They also raced at the Nebraska tracks in Grand Island, Madison, Columbus, Lincoln and South Sioux City. Son Jack Gatewood also helped him at the tracks and at time wintered horses on his farm near Lyons.

Thornton Gatewood died in the early morning April 13, 1971 at the age of 83 at Evista, a retirement center in Lyons. He was buried on his 84th birthday. He and Agnes had celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. What was he doing when he arose in the predawn hours of April 13th? He was getting ready to go to Grand Island to watch the horse Splinter run. He was the last horse raise on the farm and was being trained by grandson, James Thornton Smith. The horse finished 8th.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Addition to the Family

This is Zelda -- this is titled "Zelda's Precious Moment Pose"

Zelda lives with Cassia and Alex and the cat, HarleyGirl. They are a precious family.

Friday, April 11, 2008


Down 1.2 this week.
Jerry is getting around a lot better and hopes to go back to work soon. He will be cutting back a lot probably just taking one load a week. He is really getting bored.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Happy Birthday to Tammie. She said she already got an early birthday present when Kansas won the national basketball championship. I guess that means I don't have to buy a gift. Just kidding. I hope she doesn't get snow for her birthday.

Sunday, April 6, 2008


Happy Birtday, Myrna. What are you doing today? We were going to have Easter today since I was gone that weekend. We decided to wait a couple of weeks and make it a Birthday cookout for Jerry's birthday.

Have a good one.
Love, Sue & Jerry

Friday, April 4, 2008


Gained one pound. I'm surprised it wasn't more. I got over my cold and got my tastebuds back.

Friday, March 28, 2008


Minus 2 pounds. Back into my favorite jeans AND buckled up the belt a notch. (Fist pumping) YES!!!!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Weigh in

Minus 3 pounds. I’ve been a little under the weather this week with sniffles, sneezing and a scratchy throat. Not much appetite, either. If I didn’t feel so crappy, I might consider it an unfair advantage.
We won’t get a report from Sue this week as she is in Arizona watching and playing golf.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

PJ's Lasix

Today I took Paulette to the Pacific Laser surgery.    She had successful lasix surgery on her eyes.  She can see without glasses or contacts.  She is now sleeping at home.  The doctor said it was perfect and she was very excited.  She is very excited.  More later.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


"The Good Lord willing and the crik don't rise" (don't know who I am quoting) I will be going to Phoenix tomorrow. My friend, Donna, and I are going to watch the LPGA on Friday, play golf a couple of days and visit with Donna's family. I get to go this year because Denny started a new job and didn't have any vacation.

I will skip weigh in this week and hope for no more that a couple of pounds gain while I am gone. Good luck to all of you.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Congratulations to Janell on her first place trophy at her Toastmasters contest yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed the process even though I got roped into being the backup timer.

Iris (Frey) Doolittle also came to watch. We had lunch and a great visit after the contest.


Friday, March 14, 2008


Down 3 pounds.
AND - I got back into my favorite black pants.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Our waterboy died last week. When we went to grade school at Edgington, a one-room school, Donny Neuhaus carried our water. He lived with his parents and brother, Larry, on a farm right next to the school. Every morning and every noon he would carry a bucket of water from their farm to the school. He was handicapped. I never knew just what exactly the problem was. He couldn't talk, only grunted, but he could laugh and understood when someone was teasing him. When he brought the water at noon, he would stay and play whatever game we were playing. All the kids knew to take it easy on him and not get to the hide-and-seek base before he did. He did not stand straight upright when he walked, but did not seem to hurt anywhere. I don't know if he ever went to school. Back then handicapped kids didn't have the same chances that they do now. I think he spent the last few years in the care center. He was 72.

Friday, March 7, 2008

weigh in & news

My hard work finally paid off, I lost 2.2 this week. I still have a nagging cough from the cold I had 2 weeks ago wish it would go away.

I got my first ss check last week and have gone to 4 days a week at CF. I will have Fridays off unless something comes up that I have to do that day. Then I will take another day. Three-day weekends - everybodies dream?

Jerry has been home all week with pain in his knees. The arthritis is really giving him a bad time. Dr. gave him cortisone shots to help, so hoping he will be able to go back to work soon. He has decided to sell his equipment, but has to keep working until he finds a buyer. Anybody want to buy a truck?


Sunday, March 2, 2008


And now we are in the official month of spring  only 20 days left.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap Day

We have one extra day of winter this year, darn.

I lost .8 this week. Didn't think I would lose this week because I have been sick all week and couldn't get my usual workouts done. I came down with a cold over the weekend and still have a cough. Even took a sick day on Wednesday and just laid around.

We helped Joe move on Saturday. They had most of the stuff moved. Friday they moved and set up the beds so that was officially their first night in the new house.

Saturday night was the spring dinner and meeting at Fairplay golf club so spring is coming, right?

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Stormy Sunday

It started yesterday afternoon; rain and more rain.   There was a high wind warning or watch for this part of California.  I waited all day for the wind to gust to 55 or 60 mph.  The wind started but never gusted to the speed predicted.  This morning the rain is falling and falling.  I have been watching the storm move from San Francisco where they did have some strong wind with their rain.  It looks like we will have a little rain all day but the storm will pass Sacramento by noon today.  

Because I stayed home I have almost finished a less-than-two-minute video of Sterling on her first birthday.  I find I can focus on the process of editing as long as I use to work in a darkroom.  (That would be three to four hours.) I've been looking for the best  background music.  Now I'm ready to get back to the longer road trip video.

Time to go out for the Sunday papers.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Friday report

Minus 2 pounds. I'm in shock, because I had the munchies SO bad all day Monday. I resisted until I got to my Bible study that evening and someone made the most beautiful cherry cheescake pie on top of a chocolate cookie crust and smothered in whipped cream - I caved and ate a whole piece. It was GOOD.

Also, I saw Brad G. yesterday. He looks really good. He trucked some boulders for TST. Joe Penny was with him and told us that he is getting ready to donate a kidney to his daughter Jennifer. She has Lupus and has been on dialysis (sp?) for a while. Keep them in your prayers.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Weigh In

Another .6 loss this week. Not much but not a gain. Must be the snow shoveling.


Happy Birthday, David. When David was a baby Mom, Shirley, Janell and I took the train out of Omaha to Biloxi for a short visit and to meet David. While Myrna was waiting for the train some kid snatched her purse right out of her lap. She said she had about 5 cents in it, but had to replace a lot of ID cards to get government benefits available through the Air Force.
Some of the things I remember about the trip - It was Hot and humid, much worse than Nebraska. We toured a shrimp factory. It was the first, and probably only time I was exposed to segregation. Most prominent were the separate restrooms in the train depot in Texarkansas. The bar car was closed when we were going through "dry" counties. There seemed to be long long stretches of trees along the railroad line. A friend (maybe she was Myrna's landlady) fixed us a great meal of fresh seafood.
Anyway, have a great day, David.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

February 14


What is your most memorable Valentine's day?

Mine was in 1961, Biloxi, Mississippi. I spent the afternoon at the Mardi Gras parade. The next day my son David was born.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Pet Peeve

One of my pet peeves is people who use handicap only parking spaces when they are obviously not handicapped. This hap pend twice on Sunday. First at Walmart where a lady (and I use the term loosely) and two teenage girls got out of the car a scurried into the store. There was no handicap sign on the plate or hanging from the mirror. The next time was at the Hy Vee store. I didn't see the driver, but again there was no sticker or hanging sign. I debated as to whether to call 911.
This is not an emergency situation just something that really bugs me. Probably should have looked up the non-emergency number and called. Keying the car probably wouldn't be a good idea. (just kidding) With 70% of the population in the US being overweight, a few extra steps into the store would not hurt them. As far as the lady with the teenagers, what kind of message is she giving those girls when she so blatantly disobeyed the law?

Would you have called 911?


Friday, February 8, 2008


Happy birthday to Andy. He probably doesn't see this, but will send him wishes anyway.

Weigh in

I managed to lose .6 this week. I must really be getting a lot of muscle. Anyone want to arm wrestle?

Monday, February 4, 2008

Randy L

Happy Birthday to Randy, my Son-in-law, a day late as usual. I wouldn't want to get it to him too early, it would be too much of a shock. He is getting old you know. Just kidding.


Randy L

Happy Birthday to Randy, my Son-in-law. His birthday was yesterday, but I would hate to shock him by being on time. He is getting old you know. lol.


Yesterday  while shopping at Target I saw Jergens lotion with original scent.  I checked the scent and sure enough it was the same or as nearly as I can remember.  I don't remember another lotion in our house while growing up.  Yes, I bought some. 

That reminded me of her favorite perfume, Evening in Paris.  One year near Christmas Dad gave me maybe, ten dollars, and told me to buy Mom a gift.  I bought the biggest gift box of Evening in Paris available in Lyons.  

Friday, February 1, 2008

Weigh In

Down .8 for the week, that's 3.4 YTD If I would not have to spend Tues and Wed knocking off the pound I am up after my Sun-Mon weekend each week, I could be making some real progress here.

This is SuperBowl weekend and since our Packers aren't playing, it's all about the food and the commercials, I'll have to do it again.

Check This Out

For Sue -- I clipped this from a newsletter months ago. A reminder of what the exercise is doing. So the weight isn't what it's all about.


Minus 3 pounds.
What is everyone else doing to keep the scale going down? I've been avoiding sugar like it's the plague and I'm trying to go walking for at least 30 minutes 4-5 times a week. I'm snacking on vegetables like celery, instead of potato chips (I really miss potato chips) and have been having a salad for dinner instead of last night's meat & potatoes leftovers. I'm SUCH a Redneck, I wouldn't bother to eat if I couldn't have meat & potatoes daily. Brooke was right about sipping water to stave off the munchies, so I'm doing that, too.

Help me out here, people.


First, Happy Birthday to Abby who turns 15 today. Happy Birthday to Denise who, if my calculations are correct, turns 50.

Weigh in. Not good this week. I gained .8. I am back to where I started the first weigh in of January 08. Really disappointed again, because I have worked out at least 2 hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Plus 1 to 1 1/2 miles over my lunch break. When does this extra muscle start burning the extra calories?

Better news weatherwise. No below 0 predicted for the upcoming week. Bad news is more snow and freezing rain for Sunday and Monday. Ground Hog day tomorrow. If he sees his shadow we have 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn't, spring is just around the corner - maybe a month and 1/2. (Do the math).


Monday, January 28, 2008

Good joke

Sue, you should go see the Sunday Funny over at Ralph's:

Friday, January 25, 2008

Progress report

Minus 3 lbs.
Shivering in the cold must burn a lot of calories.
I wish it would warm up, anyway.

weigh in

I lost .6 this week. I was hoping for more because I worked really hard this week.
Plus pushing snow off the driveway every morning before work.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Randy C

Happy belated birthday, Randy. Hope it was a good one.

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Sun Setting on a Winter Day

Trying out the new camera shutter speed.

The road to Norfolk on a chilly winter day

Having fun with the new camera.

Friday, January 18, 2008


Jaydee is 14 today. Happy Birthday to you. Will see you tomorrow-weather permitting.
Love, Gramma

Christmas party snapshots

From the top: Hosts Sue & Jerry
The Nebels: April, Jonathan, Shirley, Adam, Cassie, Alex and Bob
Jon & April
Alex & Cassie
The Carsons: Jack, Emily, Randy, Janell
Gatewoods: Scott, Lisa, Faith, Bob, Grady

Photos courtesy of April.

Progess (or lack therof)

Gained 1 pound.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Progress Report

Minus 11 pounds, as of 7 AM Friday.
DISCLAIMER: I had my period the day I recorded my starting weight. Also, I recorded it mid-day, so I'm not sure how accurate it was.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Present for Holiday dinner - Shirley, Bob, Jonathan, April, Cassie, Alex, Adam, Janell, Randy, Jack, Emily, Scott, Lisa, Faith, Bob, Grady, Cindy, Jaydee, Kendra, Tammie, Randy, Jerry & Sue. Did I miss anybody? Joe and his family never seem to make it. His excuse this time - he had to work. Abby started her club volleyball practice.

The first gift out was Bob's, A pair of "white elephants" dressed in red and green.
They were really cute, but no one seemed to want to steal them. The M&M jar, complete with M&M's seemed to be a real popular steal. Other gifts were the Carson family cookbook & prints from the Leaning Tree museum, a box with pencils and crayons, Elvis glasses, a box of candy, mugs with hot chocolate, a Christmas ornament, gourmet coffee, a bag of small athletic balls, I guess that's all I can remember. Someone can fill in the blanks. It was really fun and I hope a new tradition.


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Holiday dinner

OK I've been waiting to hear about the gifts and the exchange and all you guys talk about is the food.  Well you did say it was fun and Janell missed me.

What was the best gift and who got it?  The prettiest?  The funniest?   The ugliest?   What was the worst and who is stuck with it?  (Hint for next year..The worst one should reappear.)  No, I'm not coming to try to get it next year.  I want to hear about some new traditions--besides having to change the date.

AND who all appeared?

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Christmas a little late

And a good time was had by all.

A nice drive with the family to Norfolk. A great dinner with lots to chose from to eat. And a fun gift exchange. Everyone did great on the gift giving. And we all behaved admirably.

Monday, January 7, 2008


To everyone for a great afternoon of fun and good food!
Happy New Year!

Thanks, Myrna, for the cool postcards: you sure know what I like!

To Jerry; for getting us a deer this year.

Have a good week, everyone.

Late Christmas

We finally got to have our twice postponed family Christmas. Jerry's elk was the main attraction. Janell brought a venizen roast which was very good. Roast beef and pork were added for those not inclined to try the wild game. All of it was very tasty.

Since our house is not very big, everyone was in on all the activities. There is a nice room downstairs for the kids to tear around. I think they had a good time. We had a snowball gift exchange which was a lot of fun.

Now it is time to take down the decorations and put them away for another year. The outside ones may have to wait since they are buried in snow. So I better get busy because it is back to work tomorrow.