Normally on Fridays, I meet one of my sons and we go to Taco Bell (yo quiero Taco Bell) for lunch.  Then I usually go to the library or shop, whatever needs done while I am in West Des Moines.

Today as I was walking out to the car, I began to feel I should call Steve II.  After I got in the driver's seat, I gave him a call.  He was in bed, sick.  He apologized for not calling me.  We had talked yesterday and both said we were going.

So, I got back out of the car and came back into the house for the duration.  I do not like going out anywhere.  So, I decided I would stay home.  Does anyone else feel that way?

My Table And Chairs

I bought a dining room set from my friend.  The table is big, six foot and that is before you put the leaves in.  It is a beautiful set and since we have four kids, it was perfect for our family.

The only problem is that the chairs started coming apart at their joints. I found some clamps I wanted and wonder if I can do this by myself.

Normally my husband does this type of thing and I leave him to it.  I don't know, do you think I should try this on my own?  What would you do?

I'm Getting Hungry

It's great to sit at the computer and create blogs, but, I am starving and need to take a break.  Wished I could go to Godfathers and order a pizza.  Unfortunately, Adel no longer has a Godfathers.  What's up with that?

Plus, it is freezing out and I'd best stay put at home.  Is it cold where you live?

My Granddaughters Dance

Last summer Steve and I went to Ames to watch our granddaughters (Taylor and Alyce) dance in their recital.  It was awesome.  Alyce is pretty new to dance but she is doing very well.  Taylor is a pro and she mostly does Hip Hop.

This year Alyce is learning Hip Hop.  I'm not sure Alyce is ready for hip hop dance lessons in santa monica, but Taylor surely is.  I suppose I am a little prejudicial but both of my granddaughters have a lot of talent.

When I was young, I was in tap and ballet.  At recital, I was only in tap.  I was able to take ballet as the teacher lived across the street from us and I was friends with her daughter.  I wonder where she is now.

I know it is bad to whine about life but I'm already sick of my hubby working nights.  There will probably be another five months of it.

The nights are long without him and my sleeping habit is shot all to heck.  I actually went to bed at 10:00 last night and woke up at 6 AM.  I laid there till 7 and finally got up and took my bath.

Normally I wait till he comes home and we watch a few episodes of the Mentalist (DVD) and don't go to bed till 5 or 6 AM.  Then we are up by Noon and I am tired all day.

Thanks for listening.

Back Home

Monday I had a full day.  I wanted to go to the Comfort Inn Suites between 9 and 3 to see about buying a new pair of Z-Coils.  If you've never seen them, you actually walk on these coils that cushion your steps, thus they help your back and feet. I bought a pair of dress shoes, so now when I rarely wear a dress or skirt, I'll have nice shoes to wear instead of tennis shoes.

Then I dropped off my paperwork for the allergy doctor to send me new serum.  Down the road I drove to the library and got more DVDs to watch.  On to the Valley West Mall to go to Younkers to buy new unmentionables.  Normally they fit you so you'll know what size you really should be wearing.  This time the lady didn't know how and said they are having clinics in February and to call for an appointment.  Forget it.  It took me over 5 months to get up the nerve to go there, not going to do it again.

After that I went to my doctor's office to pick up my prescriptions and on to the pharmacy to have them filled.  All this time I was without a phone as I left mine at home.  Bummer, but also a little freeing.

It's still winter, but I am thinking ahead to spring.  I want to get new swing sets richmond va.  Think I'll look around there.  Then there is the garden to plan for.  I'm getting excited already.

Are you sick of winter yet?

Time With Sue

I had a wonderful time while I was at my sister's house.  I drove there Monday and arrived early afternoon and came back home Friday afternoon.

We stayed up late every night, sometimes until 2 in the morning.  Each morning she had workmen coming to work on her house, plumbing, painting, etc. so we didn't sleep in.  We would play Bidacuda which is similar to wheel of fortune against each other, and Draw Som? which is a drawing/guessing game.  We watched all the episodes of  'Once Upon a Time', which I dearly love and am unable to get that channel on my TV at home. I think we caught up on talking but it won't take long before I will have withdrawals again.

Looking forward to the next visit already.

This Week

Tomorrow I am going to my sisters house in Council Bluffs.  I cannot wait, yet I feel sad leaving my hubby.  It's not like we are never apart.  Recently he's been working nights and it is really hard for me to get some sleep.

I know that we are going to have fun.  Plus I'm getting my hair lowlighted, which is always an uplift for me.  After being in the house for days on end without leaving, it will be quite a change.  We might even visit the casino, who knows.  I haven't been to one for a couple years now. Just being with Sue gives me joy.  I hope I do the same for her.

I'm still thinking of calling for some health insurance quotes as I don't think we have enough now.  I'll talk to Sue about that.

How much is enough?

Play Area At The Mall

Heather and Shelley took their kids to the play area at the Jordan Creek Mall.  I was on Facebook and saw the pictures of the kids having fun.

I didn't know then, that Shelley is fighting a bad ear infection and is in a lot of pain.  I asked Heather if Shelley had gone to the doctor and Heather said she had.  The doctor wants her to go to an ENT.  I think it is worth the effort to go and make sure there isn't something else they could do for her.

Ear infections are no fun!

I've Been Missing Church

For a long time, I missed church on Sunday mornings due to my health.  Wednesday nights are a different story.  I wasn't too keen on the book they were studying.

What I miss most is he music during worship.  They sing songs that are current, not the old hymns.  I love that.  Especially, when you hear those same songs on the radio when you are driving in your car.  Plus our keyboard lady came back and the keyboard, it really livens things up.

We also have two guitarists and a drummer.  Add to that the pastor's wife is the main singer and can she sing those songs!!!  Sometimes they have my daughter, Heather, sing and I always love that.  I wish I had the voice to go up there and sing.....oh, well.

Steve's Already Asleep

My poor hubby normally works 60 hours a week at this new job site.  Yesterday, they asked him to work on Sunday, too.  Usually he works from 3 PM to 5 AM (yuck).  Saturdays he works 3 PM to 11 PM and off on Sundays. 

He told me he'd be earning double time....woohoo.  I told him it was OK with me and to start saving some of that extra moolah for our trip to Hawaii.

Feel the Music

Have you ever been listening to music and actually felt it? Whenever I concentrate and really listen to music that I like, I can actually feel it in my soul. I have been listening strictly to Christian music for a while now, and if I close my eyes and sing with the music, it is so powerful. I really enjoy that feeling, and sometimes it gives me chills! I know that not all people experience music the same way I do, but I think it is because I'm a very sensitive person. I am not saying this is good or bad, just how I am. I think each person has something that really inspires them and that makes them have a great feeling inside. For me, that thing is musicMy favorite thing about the time I spend in my car traveling to and from work, is listening to music and singing. I hope each of you has something that gives you that same feeling!

How Could that be?  We've had really cold days including a blizzard or snow squall, whatever.  Today it's in the 40's and I don't want to go anywhere.

Can't figure it out.  Maybe I better go outside and let some of that sunshine shine down on me.  Catch ya later.

I Wonder When...

it will happen.  I'm referring to my oldest son and when he and Amber will pick out a ring.  I know things have to occur first, but I am getting impatient.  I'm normally not a pushy Mama, but I really hope these two get married.

Takes me back to when Steve and I got married in 1977.  I was outside the church in my jean shorts and top and an older gentleman came up to me and asked if this was where the Manning wedding was taking place.  Yes, it is and I'm the bride.  At this point I introduced myself and learned he was my husband's uncle.

Wow, memories will take you anywhere.  Maybe I should have Steve II read this post.  What do you think?

What I'm Reading

I just finished reading Jane Eyre and at first it seemed dry off and on.  Instead of setting it aside again, as I've done in the past, I persevered and it finally became interesting.  I am so glad that I did.

What before seemed dry became not only interesting, but I didn't want to put it down.  I bought it at the half price book store and it looked like it had a lot of wear.

If you haven't read this book, I encourage you to read it.  If you have read it, what did you like about it?

We All Need Sleep

Do you toss and turn most nights?  Can't get a decent night's sleep?  I'm right there with you.  Sleep is something we all need and I wake up every two hours, regardless.

Very frustrating.  Yes, our bed is over ten years old and has indentations and bulges.  It is time to get something new.  I really would like to have an adjustable bed (king size).  You know, Steve and I have different controls.

I actually have an old Kraftmatic but the mattress is really worn and ready to break open, here and there.  My sister in Alabama (may she rest in peace) had the mate to my bed.  They actually knew someone who made a new mattress for theirs.  Wish I could have one here.

Until then, I think I will look into egg crate foam.  It sounds like just what I need.  What do you think?

A New Year

Well, another year has come to an end.  We were invited to go to Steve's sister's but we decided to stay at home.  In years past, we would take turns on which house every one would go to.  Then we would play games.

That is what we would have done last night, too.  But we are getting older and staying in where it's warm.

I'm typing this on my new kindle.  Heather really surprised us this year.  She bought both Steve and I one.  What a wonderful daughter!