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3-7-11. Well we made it to March. I’m sure glad to see it here even though it is just a few more days until my birthday. Then I’ll be 39 again.
We have sure had a bad winter, but that’s been all over. I don’t remember a time in my 39 years that there has been so much disaster and turmoil all over the world. I won’t list everything because everyone already knows what’s happening. All you have to do is watch a news broadcast or read a paper. I read at least eight papers a week and sometimes more and watch the news at least once a day, usually more. After all that snow melted it rained a lot and the ground and lane has been so soggy we have to wait until it freezes again to go anywhere. We don’t even go get the mail every day, so I don’t get my news mailed all the time. The ground froze last night so I hope I can get this ready before it thaws out and get it in the mailbox. I guess the weather is the biggest part of the news for us.
We got a call this morning from our daughter (in-law) Sharon and she just wanted to tell us how much she loved us. She is so sweet. Everytime I see her she just showers me with compliments and it just gives me such a boost to see her. We don’t see her enough though. She said she has to go and get blood work done for her sugar and cholesterol. I’m afrais she may be getting diabetes too. At one time her cholesterol was really high. I hope her tests turn out okay. So many people are getting diabetes. Of course, I have it, my son-in-law, Carl, has it, Walt’s daughter, Mona, has it, her brother, Bud, had it, my sister-in-law, Marlene has it and that’s just our family members. I’ve probably forgotten someone.
I guess Mona and Bob Stephens made it back home to Ozark, Missouri okay after his stay in the hospital in Utah. First they flew to Kansas City and spent some time with her brother, Bud Carr, and then on home. I don’t know if he’ll be able to drive the truck anymore or not.
It is so dark and cloudy and it is supposed to rain some more again. They expect some big flooding again this year. Maybe even break the record. I’m sure glad I don’t live in a flood zone. I live pretty close to the Cedar River ,but there’s a big hill between it and me. We get enough standing water from the rain.
I have to go into Tipton in the morning at 8 a.m. for my regular 3 month blood work. My sugar has been running low so I hope that shows on my A1C numbers. Then the doctor will give me an exam to set me up for my yearly mammogram. I hope all goes well. I’m thinking I will try to move into town before next winter. As bad as I hate to. It breaks my heart to think about leaving here to move to town. If I can get one of the senior apartments I will go from a big three bedroom farm house to a one bedroom apartment and that means I’ll have to get rid of almost every thing I own including my washer and dryer. I’ve got boxes of pictures, big and little albums, drawers full of pictures and I wouldn’t even have room for all of them. I’d have to get rid of a lot of my clothes, because there wouldn’t be room for all of them, my beads and crafts would have to be cut way down, my keepsakes that I have collected over the many years would have to be minimized. I even have the first little flannel gowns I made for my babies before they were born. I sewed them on my Grandma Vina’s treadle sewing machine. She took such good care of it and it ran so good. I wish I had it to sew on today. I made Anita little pink gowns and appliqued little rabbits on them and made Jeff’s the same only blue. People used to dress their girls and boy babies in gowns for awhile. They were easier to take care of and change their diapers, etc. That’s been 51 years ago. I’ve still got all the letters I got from my first boyfriend back in the fifties, keepsakes that belonged to Jeff, my fiance, Vern, my neighbor/friend Ed, some tiny little outfits I made for my nephew, Eddie, when he was itty-bitty. I’m one of these people who can’t bear to dispose of my greeting cards I get from people, so I kept most of them over the years, at least back to the sixties and maybe the fifties. I’m just too sentimental and I’m gong to have to get over it, at least part of it. I stll have old reel to reel home movies from when the kids were little and I don’t think I have a projector anymore. I took them to Missouri to give to my sister-in-law, Maxine, but couldn’t get a hold of her while I was there, but I will try to get them to you, Maxine. I don’t know if they’re still good or not. My nieces, Wink and Kay, had some of them copied off onto a VCR and gave me a copy, but they didn’t show up very good. I guess they’re too old.
We went to Muscatine Wednesday before last, but with the prices of gas going up so much we’re going to start cutting down on our trips everywhere all we can. We may go to Muscatine once or twice a month and get the rest of what we need in Tipton or the Quad Cities when we got up there. I will miss seeing Lisa and the girls every Wednesday. Time goes by so fast. I have to go to Tipton in the morning then we will probably go to the Cities one day this week. That’s a pretty good chunk of distance when you count the round trip. I’m glad we’ve got a small car. I feel sorry for people who have to drive a distance to and from work. Lisa said Jacob is working for friends, Jason and Aaron, until he starts at G.P.C. I hope we don’t have to get the snow plowed anymore for awhile, but if we do they’ll probably send him. I love him so much and wish I could see him more.
I want to say we are now seeing robins, doves, red wings back up here. I haven’t seen the landlord or his wife back yet though. Their young mare is supposed to foal this month, so I know they want to be back for that. I’ve forgotten just when she’s due. I can’t wait to see the baby and take pictures. Oh yes, I will also have to get rid of a lot of my furniture as well as the washer, dryer and fridge. I have got so much stuff. I’ve probably got enough that I could have an auction. I could probably get my friends who own an auction company handle it, but it would be a lot of trouble. Oh yes, I just remembered that I have some shelves with sliding glass doors that I got back in the early sixties with those S& H Green Stamps.
I guess I have babbled enough about that.
Every time I think of it my heart flutters ( or skips a beat.) Good wishes and good health to my friends near and far. In Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Las Vegas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Texas and wherever else you may be. I think of you a lot even if I don’t let you know.
So bye, bye for now.