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5-9-11. A late “Happy Mother’s Day” to all the mothers. I had a good one. The weather was just perfect. Bright sunshine all day and temps in the seventies. Maybe a little heavy on the breeze, but not enough to spoil it by any means. Now that I think of it, I guess I didn’t even go outside at all. Shame on me. But here I am with excuses – I had a spot on my back and one on my ear that were both sore and itchy for a long time. I finally showed them to my doctor and she said it was sun damage and could turn into cancer if not treated. So she put liquid nitrogen on them both and it took care of the one on my back, but the one on my ear never did heal up. That was sometime last year. So I finally had her look at my ear again the last time I went and she prescribed a tube of cream for it and told me to use it twice a day and stay out of the sun and to not sleep on my right side (which is the side I always sleep on). It was getting better, then one day last week it was really nice out and we went out and shot arrows and even though I had on a straw hat I guess the sun still got to my ear, because it got really sore again and has two little raw spots on it so I think I goofed up. When we go places in the car I’m going to wear a scarf over my ear. I’m also taking some other medicine that says I should avoid the sun while I take it and I’m taking it all the time for my back. The tube of cream I got for my ear costs $225.00 for a one ounce tube. Isn’t that awful? Thank goodness my insurance paid for most of it. I don’t see any way a tiny bit of anything should cost that much. So I want to be sure and use it and not waste any of it. I try to not cost the insurance anymore than I have too. I sure won’t have to worry about the sun today as it is dark and raining. We’re supposed to get storms today too. We may have to go to the basement. I hope not. There’s no window or door going outside and I’m always afraid the big old house will fall in on us and trap (or kill) us. I know I made a long story out of my ear, but I want everyone to know if they have something that doesn’t heal to be sure and get it checked out. I knew that too so I don’t know why I waited that long. Yesterday morning Walt’s son, Robert Allison, sent me a text wishing me a Happy Mother’s Day. That was so sweet of him He always does that. He even calls me “Ma”. He said he was going to call me with a title of respect I deserve. Now how sweet is that? Anita sent me a really nice card and a gift card in it and then she texted me yesterday to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day and also Walt’s daughter, Berta, called on my phone to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day. She said she felt like she was taking a cold. I hope she doesn’t, but if she does I hope it’s not too bad. Her daughter, Amy, was going to take her out for lunch yesterday. Her daughter, Amber, had been there the day before with the two babies. We still haven’t seen Savannah. Amber sent us Easter pictures and they’re both so cute and sweet. Little Rylan is always smiling. I hope we can see them before long. We always go to the Cities during the week and everyone’s at work. Berta now lives on this end of Davenport, which isn’t as far from us so maybe sometime when they are there we can go up there and see them. Walt talked to his brother, Frank, last week and he had been out mowing grass. Walt has mowed this grass two or three times and once at the cemetery. It has stayed so wet it’s hard to find a time when it’s dry enough to mow. We plan on going into the Cities tomorrow and we plan on going to see Frank and his house since they remodeled it. I know it will look good. I liked the way it was before too.
I made some enlargements of bin Laden from the picture in the paper after they killed him. I put them on heavy paper and we used them for target practice last Monday. I don’t know if we should have, but it seemed like the right thing to do at the time.
They’ve got the young mare and her foal back here now. And of course, it is so cute. One thing that makes it cuter is that it looks just like her. It’s a little bit lighter brown, but that’s the way she was on the first. It’s about a medium brown with dark brown mane and tail and it has dark brown around it’s eyes. She doesn’t and that’s the only difference in them. It nurses then it lays down and sleeps. It also eats grass along side her too. At least two hummingbirds are back and we put a feeder on the porch and one is guarding it again just like last year. We’re going to hang another one out on the tree and maybe the second one might get a few sips before the other one can get to it.
I was hoping I could go to Ava, Missouri for at least one of the reunions, but with the gas prices the way they are I probably won’t go anywhere. Last time I saw Lisa she said it cost her ten dollars a day to drive back and forth to work and the gas prices have went up more. That’s a lot and especially when you’re a waitress. I think she gets good tips when they’re busy, but business has fallen off since everything else is going up so much. Last time we were in there a couple ate there that were driving a semi and when they got through they gave her a $20.00 to pay their check and gave her $10.00 to keep. Then when they left they left the change from the $20.00 on the table and she tried to give it to them and they said, “You keep it. You were so good about making sure our food was okay and everything.” So that was nice of them. We always leave her a nice tip and she always tries to get us to keep it. I always tell her we leave a tip anywhere else we eat so there’s no reason we shouldn’t tip her. I used to be a waitress and I know how hard it is. I remember in the seventies I worked in the coffee shop at Woolworth’s in Muscatine. It was a restaurant with hot meals and everything and there was a truck driver who delivered supplies to the store and he always ate there and left a 10 cent tip. That was little even way back then. The there was a couple that came in on Friday nights and I think they left two dollars and the other waitress would practially break a leg trying to get them first. Then there was a real nice couple from Davenport who came in once a week and always sat in my bay and always left me a fifty cent tip. That’s all of the customers that ever left tips. This couple brought their son in with them on Valentine’s Day and they had a heart shaped box of chocolates with a little doll on it. It turns out they were tryin to get me matched up with their son. He seemed real nice like them and he was a cook on a ship. I don’t remember if it was Navy, but I think it was. I was already involved with someone else so I had to pass.
The thunder is getting louder and closer. I haven’t heard any lightening strikes yet.
I’ve got a lot to do today and I have to get ready to go to the Cities tomorrow, but when it’s so dark and stormy like this I don’t want to do anything. I guess most people are like that. Well, I guess that’s enough of my ramblings for this time so bye, bye for