Saturday, April 25, 2009



Have a really good celebration.

Friday, April 24, 2009


Up .6 this week. Almost forgot to check in. The sunroom needed to be cleaned to get ready to bring my plants home. Also the table can be used for our late Easter dinner Sunday.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


EMILY will be awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing on May 8, 2009 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. WOOHOO!! It's been a long time coming and we are really excited about it. Plans for a celebration include supper at a sushi bar after the ceremony. Tentatively, we will celebrate it with a party at our place on June 21. Yes, that's the day after the Reunion - we are hoping the California and Indianna people can join us.


SHANNON will be getting married September 26, 2009 in Madison. They are planning a big formal affair. Amber tells me that the whole family is very fond of Dale. We will all be invited.

Friday, April 17, 2009


I'm down 1.4 this week. Golf must burn more calories than working out. I played 3 nights and worked out 1. go figger.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Today is the anniversary of Gramp's birthday. T.W., Thornt, Tom, Friday were names other people called him. To the family he was Gramps or Grampa. As I remember him he was not real tall and rather husky with thin white hair. He walked with a slight limp and after recovering from a broken hip while cleaning a horse stall he used a cane. Maybe his leg hurt because Gramma would sit next to him when he was driving and would grab his knee if he wasn't driving safely. He smelled like horses and Absorbine, a liniment for horses. He was a quiet man and I don't remember him every raising his voice to any one. He drank his coffee with cream and sugar. One time while having coffee Gramma said "We quit using cream in our coffee." Gramps replied "WE did not quit using cream." emphasizing the "WE"
He was a farmer when he was younger, but as long as I knew him he trained thoroughbred race horses. They traveled around the race circuit hauling their horses in a big truck that they cleaned out when they reached their destination and lived in it at the track. Later they had a small house trailer and had their horses hauled in a horse van.
During the off season they would spend some time with each of their 4 children. We always knew when Gramps was at our house when we came home from school because we could smell the Asthmador. Gramps had Asthma. For relief he had this green can with green stuff in it that he would put in the indented lid, light it and inhale it. He is the only person I have every know to use this medication.
After retiring they moved into the low cost housing for the elderly in Lyons. He still liked going to the races.
One morning in April he got up around 5:30 to get ready to go to the race track (Columbus I think) and died of an aneurysm. Very quick and painless. We buried him on his 81st birthday. Happy Birthday, Gramps, RIP.

What do you all remember most about Gramps?

Friday, April 10, 2009


Happy Birtday, Tammie. Have a great day.

I gained .8 again this week. I better go get on the treadmill before I get "to busy".

Monday, April 6, 2009


Happy Birthday, Myrna. Can't wait to see the pictures of your annual trip to Bogoda Bay.

We lucked out this weekend and didn't get the big blizzard that was predicted. The wind blew as promised, but we only got about 1.5" of snow. It is still cold and windy today, but we are promised a warm up this week.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

A day late

The bad news - 1.6 gain.
The good news - I can drive again for 5 years and I have lost 12 lbs since I last renewed my license.

We lost another neighbor this week. Bob was a widower when we moved in accross the street. He was 80 and had cancer.