Monday, October 31, 2011

Day Afster Sunday Conference

President Draughon is the President of the new Madison Stake and a Bro. Drake and Mike Campbell are his counselors. President Vaughn is the President of the H'ville Al Stake. It was a good meeting but I got tired of sitting for two hours right before the meeting closed. Bro Decker was called to be a member of the High Council. That means that he will be gone one or more Sundays of the month visiting another Ward and helping them out.

Today was a usual Monday. I taught at the Center and then went to Curves and then to Walmart. I had to get come candy for the trick or treaters who never come to our house. I buy candy or cookies and then Frank eats it all up before Halloween! I got some peanut M&M'S and I just had to eat some tonight. I still counted them in my calorie count. I go to see Janet tomorrow for exercise. I've gained a pound and I want to see if that's muscle like Frank thinks it is. It's a real insult to gain a pound when I've been counting calories and haven't gone over 1,750 and that was for only one day.

This week-end is girls night out for Mary Kate, Trudy and me. MK has made reservations in B'ham for us to spend the night and we plan to look for thrift stores while we are down there. I have to start paying for my mattress and that with the personal trainer will take quite a chunk of change from my spending money! It's all worth it, I guess. I know Janet is worth it. I'm still getting used to my mattress. I think I may have a year to see if I like it.

Frank had a bad day today but he got to feeling better later on in the evening. It's bill paying tomorrow.  Nothing is certain but death and taxes!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday night of Stake Conference

Saturday night in Stake Conference is reserved for the adults. Entire families come Sunday morning or afternoon. The church was packed and we had to double park outside to get a place to park. We got there about 10 minutes before the meeting was to start. Two of the Seventies were there to conduct the meeting of splinting the Huntsville AL Stake into the Huntsville AL Stake and the Madison Stake. We'll be in the Madison Stake. Bro Decker is going to receive a new calling and I won't know what it is until it is announced in church even though I'll be riding up with them in the afternoon! Everyone will know when it's announced at the afternoon meeting. It could be a stake job and probably is.

The meeting was very spiritual and I enjoyed all of the talks. It was two hours long and I had to get out of the building quickly for I was double parked. The traffic in H'ville was fierce it being a Saturday night.
Saw Trudy and George and Cay and met Trudy's Relief Society President she's counselor to. We sat right in front of then.

It's time to go to bed now, it's 11:15 PM and I'm tired.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Rainy Friday

I taught at the Senior Center and Frank had an eye appointment today. I got home at 9:30 AM and we left for the Dr at 9:40 AM. It was in Athens and it didn't take us long to get there. The rain was messy but it wasn't coming down so hard that we got wet. I used the umbrella and Frank just walked in it. By the time we got home, the rain had stopped. It has gotten quite a bit cooler than it has been. It's the end of October and one would expect it to be cooling off some. The weather doesn't get really bad until January, most years.

The old Accord's trunk still leaks. The man said he would have to take the back window off to fix it and it would cost money. It didn't leak until we had the back window replaced so maybe they will be able to fix it this time.

My new mattress is sleeping better and better each night as I get used to it.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

High Five

I had two articles of clothing that needed to be altered and they had been waiting for me to find my "round tuit" so I could fix them. Well, today I got around to it. I have a nice blouse with the right colors and everything but it was too long for short little me. I got it online and was pleased with it but a large was rather large. I took up the hem of the shirt and hope it looks better. I also had a pair of pull up jeans that I got from Walmart that were too big. I sewed around the inseam and took them up in the waist and now they fit better. I still have two pair of pants to alter but I must have Karen's help in that. My inseam in 25 1/2" and if I can find out how to measure and allow for the hem, then I can do that for myself.
I found a pair of men's jeans for the harvest festival that were too large but they felt so good. I think I'll check back there later and see if they have any smaller jeans and I just might get some. I can try on so I don't have to buy blind.

Frank is still trying to get the Roku working right. We like to watch the Glen Beck show but the voice has been out of synch with the mouth movements. I wonder if other people are having as much trouble as we are?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Mary Lou came by the house on the way to Madison to a Dr's appointment and picked me up and dropped me off at the collision center to pick up the old Honda. We had found another leak in the trunk and they had the car for several days fixing the leak. I came home and changed cars and headed for H'ville.

I stopped to pick up an Rx and then went to Costco to return some clothes. Then I went by Sam's to pick up some protein bars that Frank wanted. Next, to Sear's to return some clothes I bought from Land's End that didn' fit. Then I went to Dick's Sporting Goods to return a yellow (easiest) tubing that was too easy for me. I stopped for a drink and then on to Athens and to the pharmacy and then I stopped for gas and then came home! I've got two loads of laundry in the works and the fall festival is at 6 PM at the church.

 I stopped by Good Will before I left town and bought a pair of jeans (men's) and an orange shirt. The shirt turned out to be a large size in a boy's size so I can't use it. I'll wear the jeans and maybe one of Frank's shirts to the fall festival tonight plus the black wig I bought at the Halloween store today. I'll make up my face and maybe I won't look too frightful for the little kids! I enjoy dressing up. I wish I knew where all of my wigs were. I have this one that is really awesome but I can't find it-don't even know where to look so I bought one today. Maybe I need a little box with cards in it to remind me where I put stuff from year to year.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Good Work Out

Had a good work at Janet's today. I'm using 5-6 lb weights now and it feels good. She said I am progressing and have good form. I feel like I'm getting stronger. When I pick up my sewing machine it feels lighter! I was dreading to have to pick it up to use. Now, it's not so bad. I have a pair of jeans that are too large and I need to take them up. Getting around to doing it is another story!

The old Honda is ready to be picked up. I called Mary Lou to see if she was going into town tomorrow and she said she was and she wouldn't mind stopping by to pick me up and carry me to the shop to get the car. Then, I have to come home and get my car and the things I need to take back to Costco and go to H'ville to pick up an Rx and go by Costco. Then there's the fall festival at church tomorrow night. It starts at 6 PM. It's a chili cook-off and games and trunk or treat for the kids. It should be lots of fun for the whole family.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Senior Center exercises and Curves then home. Frank wanted to order some things over the mail and I had to help him. I hate calling the automated bank account but he wants me to learn how to do it, so I did. When the balance was announced, I wasn't ready for it, plus when a large number is read off to me I can't picture it in  my mind. I'll get better.

Dad had some paper he wanted me to sort and I did that plus I got out some '05-06 bills that needed shredding and I did that. I filled two very large plastic garbage sacks full of shreddings. I still need to sweep the remainders up and put the small table up. Frank's still working on the TV in the living room.

I found some old pictures of family and I made three piles for the children and gave the rest to Frank. I want to get rid of any pictures that are just laying around. I have some in an album but don't want any more. The pictures now go into the computer.

Frankie called last night to say hello. Rachel is still having health problems and has been sent to the Mayo Clinic in Florida. She has relatives there and will probably go alone. Frankie might leave school teaching after the Christmas break. He's needed at the day care and he would love to stop teaching school.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bed Comes Tomorrow

I thought my bed was coming today and I moved furniture around so they could get the box springs and mattress in my room. I called the place and was told it was coming tomorrow, Saturday, so I'll sleep on the air mattress one more night. Actually it's more comfortable than the bed I took back to Costco. I've not had one back ache since sleeping on the air mattress, but I'm looking forward to having a real bed again!

We had some ice on the car this morning. I started the car and turned on the defrosters and it car was de-iced in no time. I did stop by Advanced Auto and got two ice scrapers and a squeegee. When I got home, I noticed an ice scraper in the door of my car!

We had a good exercise class. I explained why we wouldn't be doing the two neck exercises. I need to tell Jan about them so if/when she comes back, she won't do them.

Frank finally finished working on the TV. Now all the ugly wires that were hanging down are tucked neatly into a brown strip that is attached to the wall. After my bed arrives and the living room is cleaned up, and the floors mopped, the house will be in order once again.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Last Night

Tonight is my last night for sleeping on the air mattress on my box springs! My new mattress and box springs should be here sometime tomorrow. It hasn't been too bad, but I will be glad to have a regular mattress-one that doesn't leak air! Ha-ha! It's been like camping, minus the bugs, the sweat and the heat! It's been an adventure but I'm glad to have it over.

I had my work out with my personal trainer today. She told me some exercises not to be doing with the seniors and I was glad to get the information. We shouldn't tilt our heads up and down or rotate them and we had exercises that do that. I'll explain tomorrow why we won't be doing them any more. I had an enjoyable work out. I was using 6 lb weights for bicep curls. That will really cause by muscles to burn. We have some 5 lb weights that I will use until I go back to see Janet.

Frank worked some more on getting the TV wires hidden but isn't finished yet. He got the vacuum out and did the living room floors and behind things, where the large dust bunnies live. I'm bad about not moving things and dusting behind things. If I don't see it, it's not there!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


I slept in this morning and didn't go to Curves. I had to go to town to get some things that Frank wanted but unless I go to Curves in the morning, I don't go.

Frank had the living room all messed up because he was installing the Roku. It upsets me to have the living room messed up and I'm not happy until order is established. He still has some work to do, but I moved the recliner back to its usual place and moved a box downstairs that didn't need to be in the living room. I also moved a brown wicker-like storage cube out and hope to give it to Trudy.

It rained yesterday and the temperatures were in the 50's today and the wind was blowing. I hope our nice Fall weather returns and this isn't the start of the colder weather. The trees are turning beautiful colors, but the rain and wind makes them fall from the trees.

Our old 1990 Honda is still in the shop getting the trunk waterproofed. We don't need it unless Frank has to go somewhere. We need to renew our pistol permits but that can wait until we get the car back.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Blog Printed

I had about a year of blogs printed by Blog2Print last night. The dedication of the book got me to thinking. If I want my posterity to get to know me by my blogs, then I need to share my testimony with them.

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I believe in Jesus Christ. He is at the head of his church directing the affairs of the church through his prophet who is Thomas S. Monson. There will be other prophets to take President Monson's place after he dies. I believe in the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ by the prophet Joseph Smith. Through the authority and power of God, he translated the Book of Mormon from the golden plates. I have read this book many times and know that it is the word of God. It is a collection of books written by ancient prophets on the American continent and is true scripture. One only has to read this book and pray and ask if it is true to gain a testimony of it. This I have done and know that it is true scripture and is the word of God to us in our day.

May my friends and posterity know that I am faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has made my life better than I could have imagined. It fills me with hope for the future and gives me the hope I need to live every day of my life in joy and thanksgiving.

May I leave this witness to you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Again

Mondays seem to roll around quite quickly. Taught at the Center. We did 10 reps of most all things and really got a work out! I added one thing I got from the Silver Sneakers tape. It was with the ball and it was easy. Hopefully, I'll remember to do it again this Friday. I apologized for missing last Friday. I told them my daughter and grandchildren were here and I totally forgot about the exercise class. They said they understood. If I had remembered, I would have gone.

I went to Curves and had a sweaty work out. It's a good work out if I get to sweating! I came home and had to fix some lunch. I put three cans of beans to the one pound of hamburger meat this time. More fiber now.

I moved my cropped pants downstairs and brought up my winter things. It's not quite time to get into the winter clothing, but today was the day I did it. I can still fit into most of the shirts I brought up.

Mary Kate printed off some exercises for downstairs and I can't wait to do them. Tomorrow is the day that I work in my home gym. I'm looking forward to the time when I know the exercises and won't have to look at a book or paper to do them. Surely, it won't be too long!

We got the whole house filter installed and now the water tastes great. I hope I can get rid of the water filter we have at the sink. It will give a bit more room on the sink.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Family Gone

Mary Kate and the kids went to Sacrament meeting and then came home and got packed and ready to leave. She had the kids fed and ready when I got home. They left at 1:30 PM. We had a very nice visit. It never lasts long enough but kids have school to go to and MK has work at the gym to do and life goes on. Richard needs his family around him too.

Our home teachers came at 4 PM. We had a nice visit with them.

A letter was read at church that the Stake had split. We will have a Madison Stake and a Huntsville Stake I believe. We'll fine out the particulars at the Stake Conference in a few weeks. We'll be in the Madison Stake since we live West of Madison. Change is good at times.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Shopping Again

I haven't been able to blog in two days for I couldn't get into my blog. Don't know exactly why.

Mary Kate and kid and I went to H'ville Friday and shopped. We carried my Sleep Science mattress back to Costco. We carried it out to her big Honda and folded it in half and got it in. We got an orange dolly at the store and wheeled it in for a refund. They refunded the entire price of the mattress even though I had slept on it for a year. It hurt my back. We went to Hobby Lobby and Mary Kate returned some things.  We came home and the kids played with Grampie.

Today we went to Walmart in Athens and I got two pair of black sweat pants and a long sleeved shirt. Then we drove to H'ville and went to the Mall and to The Shoe Dept. I found the shoes like I have and like a lot and I bought two pair and a pair of house shoes. Sophia got a pair of boots and a black pair of shoes for her choir outfit. Nate was wishing for some shoes but didn't get any this time.

After shopping, we went to Trudy's. She wasn't going to be there when we got there, so we stopped at Subway and got lunch. Trudy was getting a pizza for the rest of the family. We had a nice visit with everyone. Even George was there. And of course it was great fun seeing "the boys", Carhartt  and Benny (the dogs!).

We got home at 4 PM, fixed supper and walked down the road to feed Danny Boy some apples. It was good to get out and walk although we were tired. Mary Kate took up the hem of my sweat pants. I had bought a pair of jeans at Kids Mart that were the wrong size but fit Mary Kate, so we had the sewing machine out and she took up her jeans. I have one more pair of pants to take up but will get Karen to help me for they are expensive pants and Mary Kate doesn't want to fix them. I think I have enough pants now with what I had from last year. They plan to leave for home after church and lunch tomorrow. It'll be sad to see them go.

My new mattress won't be here until next Friday so I'm sleeping on an air mattress on the box springs. We had two air mattresses which was good for MK was sewing on the bed and forgot about the air mattress and stuck a pin in it! I didn't want to end up on a flat mattress in the morning so I got the other air mattress and Dad blew it up for me with the vacuum cleaner. The kids slept on the injured mattress and the air stayed in. I will really appreciate my new mattress when it gets here!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


We have been unable to get on the internet for about a week. I hate to see my emails! Frank has spent 2 hrs on the phone with tec support learning how to fix the router and finally got it fixed.

I didn't go to Curves today. I needed to go to Walmart and get a few things for when Mary Kate and the children get here tomorrow. I didn't have milk on the list and will have to get some tomorrow. I came home and cooked some hamburger mix with rotini in it instead of beans because MK and beans don't go together very well.

I worked out downstairs this afternoon. I did 10 minutes on the Gazelle and 20 minutes on the bike. I did the various tube exercises and did some squats. I have a book that came with Frank's tubes and Janet worked through some of those exercises with me. She said to call her and she could show Mary Kate her studio. Maybe we can do that tomorrow. I found my pedometer and Janet can show me how to us it and how many steps are in a mile. That will be fun to use.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fiddler's Convention

It was a lovely Fall day to be going to the Fiddler's Convention! The temperature was about 85 degrees and the wind was slightly blowing. My brother, Ruth and I went strolling around the various booths looking at all the  things people had been making and selling. I bought a pair of earrings and a lanyard made out of pretty turquoise beads. What I'll use it for I don't know, but I have it and it's pretty! Ruth had a list of people she had to buy Christmas presents for and found a lot to things for all the people on her list. We walked around for about 1 1/2 hours and then bought some Kettle Korn an a drink and sat on the bleachers and waited for the music to begin. The first group were three sisters, all fiddle title holders, who fiddled and sang and sounded great. They were from Texas and played Texas swing music. They were very good. We left after they finished. The other music didn't start until later.

We had eaten lunch at Taco Bell and I had some chicken on flat bread which was very good. I usually don't like Taco Bell, but I have found a couple of things I like on their menu. I pretty well shot my diet today but I did exercise by all the walking I did. I'll have to make up for it by exercising in the basement tomorrow.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

day Before Fiddler's Convention

I took my car to H'ville to the dealership to get the oxygen censer fixed or replaced. Trudy picked me up and we went to Books a Million while we waited for Costco to open. I had to get some Triple Flex for Frank while they were still on sale. He called us and said he wanted some double sided tape and we went to Sam's for that. I got two pair of pants at Costco. One was a pair of sweats and the other was a pair of black slacks. I'll have to cut almost 1' off of both pair to make them short enough! I think I'll take the black pair back. They were size 12 but they were tight in the fanny and legs-tighter than I like to wear, anyway. They were an impulse buy. I got two pair of pants from Land's End. One was hemmed up for me and the other pair I will have to shorten. I'll take them over to Karen's house and get her to help me take them up. I need to cut off some and it always makes me nervous to cut because I have cut off too much material before.

The car was ready right as we were getting ready to go to Trudy's house, so I didn't get to see Forrest and Sadie. I was looking forward to sharing my testimony with them. I can go up next week and do that plus get the genealogy that I forgot last time. A new job might be in the air for George. Time will tell about it.

We're getting a whole house water filter and the guy was here today. It's ordered and will be in next week.

Tomorrow, Ruth and my brother will come up to go to the Fiddler's Convention with me. It's always a fun time. We don't care that much for the music but we love walking around the college campus and looking at all the booths and the things people have made to sell. What fun it will be!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


I went to town to get some more bolts and to cash a check and then on to Curves. No one else was there.

I got a good work out. Driving home sweat was dripping down on my neck as I was driving! Sign of a good work out.

After lunch, I went downstairs in my little gym and did some tube exercises and rode the Gazelle 15 minutes. Frank was down putting up some bolts that he wanted for himself. I put all of our empty boxes into black garbage sacks to be taken out with the trash tomorrow. I have to take my car to the dealership to get the oxygen censer replaced, so I'll need to get up at 6:30 AM to be able to take the trash bags out. I don't know when I'll get home. Trudy is going to pick me up from the dealership and I'll go home with her. Getting the car in early hopefully will mean that I can pick it up in a couple of hours.  I'll try to remember to get my genealogy from Trudy. She got it out for me last time I was over, but I forgot to take it home with me.

I'd like to go the the church Family Center and do some genealogy work. It will really be a learning time for me for I have never done any research. I've just gathered names and taken them to the temple. Now, I'll have to learn to do research, I expect. Should be fun!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Work At Home Day

I washed some clothes and rode the bike and did the Gazelle while the wash was going. Frank had put the eye bolts into the 2x4's yesterday and I was able to use them to exercise with the tubes. I like our little "gym" in the basement. I can't wait until I can remember all of the tube moves that Janet has me go through at her home gym. Then, I can show Frank the moves and I can do more than the 16 reps that I do now. I have a book that came with Frank's tubes but I don't know exactly which ones I should do.

I'll go out to Curves tomorrow in the morning and get a check cashed. I'll need to have money when Mary Kate and the kids come, plus I've used most on my "mad" money up buying necessary things.

We are getting a whole house water filter next week. Frank is tired of tasting the water and smelling it, too. I can't taste or smell it but he is hyper sensitive to it, so we'll get a filter.

I received two pair of pants I ordered from Land's End today. One pair was hemmed for me and are just right. In fact, 1/2" could have been taken up and they would have been better, but they are still just right. The other pair, a stretch knit, will have to be taken up. Both pair are grey.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Busy Travel Day

I taught at the Center and then came home. Frank was going to work on the plumbing and I thought he may need my help, but he was still asleep when I got home, so I went downstairs and worked on the bike and Gazelle. I did some squats on the Total Gym and did about 4 tube exercises, the ones I could remember.

Frank had too go get some supplies for the plumbing job and we stopped by Collins Supply to get some bolts to put into the 2x4's downstairs. I'll hook the rubber tubing onto the bolts with a "thing" that I don't know the name of, and can then do the exercises.

After we got home, we learned that I could go get Gert from the vet, but I had to wait until 4-4:30 PM. I read some and took a short nap and then it was time. Gert surely was glad to get home and get into his own cage. I think the other birds were glad to see him back!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

General Conference

We watched General Conference today from 11:00-1:00 PM and from 3-5 PM. I went out after the first session to buy some apples at the orchard and a few things from Walmart. I got back in time to watch the second session. I wrote down all of the speakers and the topic of their talks and maybe a few more notes that I was inspired to write. The talks will come out in next months Ensign and we can read them.  We'll watch Conference again tomorrow.