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8-8-11. Well, I guess I’ll see if I can pull anything out of my jumbled up mind to write about. Walt (Bob) had a good birthday on Saturday, August 6, 2011. He got Happy Birthday calls from son, Robert, daughter, Roberta, daughter, Mona and granddaughter’s Mel and Candi. My daughter, Anita also called. He received a card from brother, Frank (Dee) as well as calls and cards from sisters, Cora of Geneseo and Hazel of Monroe City, MO. Anita also gave him a card. Anita and Carl stopped by here for a very nice visit on their way back from the cemetery to visit Jeff’s grave. Yesterday was the 13th anniversary of his death. We went over there on Saturday. We mowed the grass and did a little more decorating. I put a new flower garland on his shepherd hook and finally got around to enlarging a picture of it, laminating it and hanging it on the hook. It’s a good picture of him holding the guitar Waylon gave him. I felt much better after we did that. Walt’s daughter, Berta, had to go back to the hospital and got two more stints put in. She has seven all together now. They said she has bleeding ulcers now and some kind of problem with her gall bladder. Mona told Walt that Crystal Lee has been transferred to a hospital in Springfield, MO. and they’ve started therapy. She’s got a long road to recovery so lets hope and pray for the best for her. So many people having so much health problems in one way or another.
Cousin Walt wants to say Happy Birthday to Cousin Jeff Heatherly. We meant to send him a card, but I misplaced his address just like I misplace everything else. As the old phrase used to go – “I’d probably lose my head if it wasn’t fastened on.” We got ten drops of rain one day last week when we were sitting outside. Then we had a lightening storm and got a half inch of rain in the gauge. Every little bit helps I guess. My flowers just aren’t doing good at all this year, but what blooms there is, are really pretty. The hummers must of started migrating. There’s been three all summer then I saw four a few days ago. Then Walt saw five, then yesterday evening we were sitting out and there were so many swarming around the feeders I couldn’t even count them. I love the little things, but I wish they didn’t fight so much. I don’t think any of them get much food because they’re so busy chasing each other off the feeders. They’re at it again the first thing this morning. We’re supposed to be in the 80 degrees all week. Sounds good. Davenport sure has had a big week. Last Saturday they had the big “Bix 7 Run. There’s thousands of people who come from all over the U.S. and other countries for that and a lot of people come to watch it.
Then the same day the big bicycle ride across Iowa ended up in Davenport this year. They dip their wheels in the Missouri River on the west border of Iowa, then ride across the state to some town on the Mississippi Riber and dip their wheels in there. There were around 20,000 people riding in that. Lance Armstrong rode part of the way with them. Besides the riders there’s people coming with them in cars, trucks, campers and bringing tents and whatever else they need and then after the ride they take them and their bikes home and a lot of the bikers and runners and whoever was with them stayed in Davenport for the weekend. They also had the Street Fest at the same time where vendors were set up and selling items. Then the Bix Jazz Fest started right after that with a lot of Jazz music being played and also the Davenport Fair was going on last week. All kinds of other things were taking place. We’ve been seeing an almost steady stream of motorcycles going west on I-80, headed for Sturgis, South Dakota for their big rally they have every year. I guess that’s enough for now, so take care of yourselves and bye, bye for now.