Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Good Day

I got some wash done and cooked the pumpkin chili dish in the crock pot. We had it for dinner and it was good. I couldn't tell it was pork. I left the chili seasoning out because the beans were chili beans plus we don't like chili seasoning. I'll make it again and will probably use ground turkey and see how that does plus it could use another can of beans and it would make more and last longer.

After scripture reading, we listened to a rock and roll CD. Blueberry Hill, Rock Around the Clock, Wake Up, Little Susie and many others. We enjoy listening to the rock and roll music. I can't dance through a song because my legs won't hold up but it's fun trying!

Trudy got her staples out yesterday and had nerve pain all night and couldn't sleep. She had the nerve pain today, too. Maybe some day she'll be out of pain.

Mary Kate said that Rachel would call her tonight. We think Frankie's bipolar has gotten in the way of his marriage. We'll know more after we hear from Rachel.

Monday, September 29, 2014


Had a good time at Silver Sneakers. Frank is able to do most of the exercises now. One lady said that he was an inspiration to her. She had a hard time getting there but she said if Frank could do it, so could she. You never know who you're being an example to. We went to the bank and then came home.

The pork roast I did in the new crock pot was very good. It was tender and the veggies were just right. Now, to be able to find one for the week-end when Mary Kate and family come. If not in a kit, I can buy a small roast and the veggies to put with it. I think I'll make a blueberry cobbler using Splenda and gluten-free Bisquick. Then Mary Kate and Frank could both eat it. His blood sugar was 108 tonight. I was pleased. We don't take it every night but I still cook the way I do when we got it under control. Occasionally he'll have an ice cream or a piece of cake but that is rarely. I don't bake any because I would eat it and if it's sweet, I can't say no to just one piece. My greatest evil now is diet Pepsi.

I get a lot of catalogs in the mail and I order things from them and then I get more catalogs. I use them for bird papers so they don't go to waste. I've ordered a bed skirt for the queen sized bed downstairs. I bought a new quilt and shams for the bed and the bed skirt will complete the ensemble. There is a single mattress on the floor at the foot of the bed that the kids can sleep on. I used to blow up an air mattress for them, but when I bought Frank his new mattress, we had this one left over. Being so low on the floor, I can't put the mattress cover or sheets on it. Mary Kate will have to do it for me. I also have a new denim jumper that needs taking up. MK can do that too. She will get my fancy sewing machine when I'm gone so she helps me take up things when she's here. I could do it myself, but I don't want too.

Looking forward to Friday and the Fiddler's Convention. Actually, we don't stay for the music much, we go for the crafts and things. Hope Frank will be able to stay the whole time.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


We slept in again and got up late. Had lunch and after I did our pills I discovered that I was short on some medicine so we went to the pharmacy. That was our trip for today.

I got the new crock pot out so I'll remember to put the pork roast and veggies in it in the morning. I was thinking I would save if for next week-end for Mary Kate but it said not to freeze it so I will cook it tomorrow. I hope it will be tender for I hate meat that I can't chew. I guess I could get the blender out and tenderize it if it's tough. We've been eating breaded talipia and chicken strips and it's been a good change.

I bought some new music books so I would be enticed to the basement to play the piano but it hasn't happened yet. Maybe tomorrow I can do it. My fingers are stiff just typing this. You loose what you don't use and I can't let that happen. Not having the choir to play for has taken away my incentive to practice and play.

Friday, September 26, 2014


We went to exercise and then came home. Jennifer was already here when we got back at 9:30 AM. Frank doesn't want a babysitter anymore so I'll be taking him where I go. This was Jenn's last day until we need her again. I'll call Home Instead and tell them I'll be on a "as needed" basis.

Frank will be going with me to the Fiddler's Convention. I'll carry a lawn chair for him to sit in while Ruth and I walk around the place and see what the people have to sell. I've asked my brother, Bubba, to sit with Frank and keep him company. Frank can walk around some but the walking is on grass and the walker won't work well on it. We'll see what happens. He seems to want to get out and go with me. His arthritis pain has lessened quite a bit and he can sit for long periods of time where he couldn't before.

I went to Kohl's and bought two quilts for the beds. One is like the one I gave Trudy, for my twin bed, and the other one is a full/queen quilt for the bed downstairs. I had a 30% off coupon. It's guaranteed
that I will go and spend money when I get one of those.

I had a long list for groceries but it didn't cost as much as I expected. I got everything on my list. I bought some ground pork for a recipe but didn't get any ground turkey. I think I still have some in the upright freezer.

Mary Kate may be coming up this week-end. It's conference week-end. I usually wear myself out at the Fiddler's Convention and am not too frisky the next day. In fact, it takes me two days to recover from all the walking. I don't get tired while I'm walking but the next day, whew! But it's a tradition in our family that Ruth, my sister-in-law, go and this year we'll have my brother and Frank. It'll be fun.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


We slept in and I was showered and ready to go by 11 AM but there was no place to go! I got Frank up for lunch and we watched the news during lunch. I meant to work downstairs cleaning and did get the steps swept but instead, stayed upstairs with Frank. Tomorrow, Jennifer is coming at 9:30 AM and I will do some shopping. I've got a long list of things to get at the grocery store. I need to stop by Staples and get some invitation envelopes and by Lowe's to see if I can find a lamp shade for a light in the living room. That light has been needing an upgrade for years and I'm ready to do it now.

I have a 30% off coupon for Khol's and I will probably spend some money there. I have to stop by the bank and have them help me with the check book. I do the bills online and my balance and the bank balance is off quite a bit. I need to find out why. I try to keep the check book in order and most of the time I'm just a few dollars off.

We're having very nice weather-in the mid 80's and not much humidity. I guess. I don't go out much and the times I do I'm in the air conditioned car and then into a store with air conditioning. We'll go to exercise tomorrow and then I'll bring Frank back home and then run my errands. He wants to go but there will be just too much walking around and he would have to sit in the car by himself too long. He could stay by himself but I'm afraid he might fall and I could never forgive myself if I left him along and he fell and I or Jenn weren't there for him.

The seroquil makes him calm and gentle and polite and manageable. I hope as the disease progresses he doesn't get like he was before the seroquil-obstinate, pushy, demanding and uncontrollable. The dementia will flavor the rest of our lives together and will end his eventually. I guess I'll need to live at least another 10 years or more. I don't have any say about that but the Lord being merciful, maybe I'll live long enough to take care of him until he's gone.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


We enjoyed exercise this morning. One of the ladies commented on how much better Frank was doing with the exercises. I sit beside him and don't notice how he's doing unless he's having trouble with something. I expect he is catching on to what's going on.

We came home after exercise and I did the laundry and Frank watched TV. Fox News is always on the TV whether anyone is watching it or not.

Trudy text me and said she had times when she was up that she didn't have any pain and she was looking forward for more of that feeling. I expect her pain meds are still pretty strong.

Nothing on the agenda for tomorrow. It will be a long day.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

To Trudy's House

I carried out all of the food and things for Trudy, put them in the car and we left the house at 9 AM. Had to stop by the PO and send a package back. I got too excited about opening the package instead of looking to see who it was from. I could have put "return to sender" on it but since it opened it, I had to pay $12.65 to send it back. It was some septic tank material that we hadn't ordered. It was in a flat rate box and would have cost me another $8.00 if I had taken the material out and then had to use another box to send it back in.

We had a nice visit with Trudy. Her pain level was manageable and she could get up and move around with her brace on. I took some food and the Relief Society sisters will bring meals every other day for three weeks. That should help her and her family.

We came back home and I called Dr Sharp's office about a medicine I needed and the nurse called the pharmacy and I had that prescription on file and didn't need the Dr to call it in for me. So Frank and I got in the car again to go to the pharmacy. He wanted an ice cream so we stopped by Cream Delite and got a "small" chocolate cone. Frank gobbled his up right away and I still had some when we got home. We had had a piece of the chocolate cake I made for Trudy and the ice cream on top of that probably made his sugar rise. We don't usually go for the sweet stuff but it is nice to have some once and a while.

The Fiddler's Convention is in another week. It's hard to believe it's almost October. Our weather has been in the high 80's with a cool wind-very nice days. Ruth and Bubba and I will meet in Athens and all go to the Fiddler's Convention together. Ruth and I love to walk around to the different venders and buy jewelry, towels, etc. She has a collection of rolling pins and there's two men who make beautiful wooden pieces that we always like to visit. Of course there's the music. We usually don't stay long for the music. I'll have to see if the sitter can come at 12 PM and stay 'til 6 PM. That should give me enough time for everything.

Monday, September 22, 2014


We went to exercise this morning. Afterwards, we stopped by the pharmacy to get some Allegra D for Frank's allergies. I had to show my driver's license to get it. I think you can make meth with it but our supply is full and we didn't need it for that (joke). I think it costs $25.00 or more at Walmart, but we needed it now and it was $31.65 at the pharmacy. We pay for convenience.

I came home and cooked for Trudy. I cooked a chocolate cake using the directions I found on Facebook last night. I substituted milk for water and a stick of unsalted butter for the oil. I forgot the extra vanilla flavoring. Don't even know if I have any. The mixture was stiff like maybe there wasn't enough oil but it baked up into a nice cake. I used the yucky canned icing but it looks good. I also made a big pot of goulash. The ground turkey was different and didn't have a lot of liquid cook out of it. I think I will use this kind when I cook it for us. We will take it to Trudy tomorrow.

This afternoon has been slow. It's hard to just sit around and watch TV but that's what Frank likes to do and I try to be with him when he's up. I feel really restless. This too shall pass.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

H'ville Three

We got up at 7 AM, had breakfast, and I was going to put my make-up on when Sadie called and said they were in town and would be at the house in about 10 minutes. I hurriedly got dressed and took the pail downstairs and when I looked out the back door, their truck was there. She and her Dad, George, had gone to look at the blueberries, which were gone. They came in and visited a minute, got the bed and things and then left. I got ready to go to Sam's before 10:00 AM. Frank went back to bed and said he would stay there while I was gone.

I got to Sam's at 9:30 AM and did my shopping. I got most of the things on my list, plus a few extra things. I got home around 11:00 AM and Steve was here mowing the grass. I had forgotten it was grass mowing day. I had a lot of heavy things to unload and was tired when I finished.

Had to go to the pharmacy to get some meds. When I was fixing Frank's meds for the week, I discovered two bottles that were almost empty so had to get some more medicine. When we were going, the radio was broadcasting the Alabama vs Florida football game. When we got home, we turned the TV to the station that broadcast the game and watched it the rest of the afternoon. Alabama won but didn't play that well in the first half of the game.

Forrest, my grandson, has a girlfriend, Ashlee, and they are getting serious. He want to get her a ring next payday. Trudy told me when I called to see how she is doing in the hospital.

Trudy will go to rehab after she gets out of the hospital since there is no one to take care of her at home. I think this is a good idea. She says the right side of her back hurts when she walks and they've gone up on her pain medicine. She'll get dismissed tomorrow, Sunday. I don't know where the rehab is. She said it was across from the hospital but that's a big place and I don't know where it could be. I'll find out and we can go see her Monday.

Friday, September 19, 2014

To H'ville Again

Frank fell at the senior center. He got tripped up in his walker and fell. We had lots of people help him get up. He wasn't hurt but may be bruised because of it. We ran a few errands in town and then went to H'ville to see Trudy in the hospital. We got there about 10:45 AM and stayed about an hour. She had visitors, one, Judy, who is her compassionate service leader. They have become friends. Trudy was very talkative and Judy left and came back with some KFC for Trudy and for Frank and me. That was very nice. It's good for Trudy to have more friends. She said she got lonely being at home alone so much. I believe she will have more visits this operation. She said her pain was being controlled and will go home Sunday. I was planning an early morning visit to Sam's when I remembered that George and Sadie are coming over in the morning to get a bed for Trudy. I called him and told him to come as early as possible so I could get to Sam's early. It won't be at 7 AM like I had wanted, but I'll get there anyway. They are having a sale and I only have one week to get there for it.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Went to H'ville to the Dr for Frank's Prolia shot. He (and I) get it once every 6 months for bone strength. The Dr's office had relocated and I found it but missed the right elevator and had to drive around some more. My Dr is in that same clinic so I'll know where to go the next time I see him.
We stopped by Chick-fil-a and traded in some toys for 2 ice cream cones. They were good. We came home after that.

After supper and scripture reading, we listen to some Oldies but Goodies music. We listen about 30 minutes to the CD, about 10 songs.

Trudy had her operation today but no one answered when I called her room tonight. We will go see her tomorrow after exercise. We like driving to Huntsville.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


We had a nice time at exercise. Went by the pharmacy and the bank and then came home. Frank snoozed in his bed in the living room while I washed some clothes.

Trudy's surgery is tomorrow at 8 AM. Hopefully, this will ease some or most of her pain and give her a chance to have a life. We had a Dr appointment tomorrow in H'ville at 9:30 AM but it will be too early to visit her. We'll go Friday or Saturday. She'll probably be home Sunday evening or Monday morning.

I don't remember if I wrote about taking the food pail to the Adams, but I think I did. George will be over sometime soon to get the twin bed we gave Trudy. They need a frame to put it on and Trudy said she thought they had one. She also got my new quilted spread to use. I guess I'll just give it to her. The twin bed will go in the living room and during the day she will lie in it so she can be with the family. She took the frozen meals that Mary Kate and I already fixed for her so she would have them when they needed them. The Relief Society sisters should provide meals for them, too. She will need help for a long time, I imagine.

I haven't heard from Frankie. I emailed him and told him to email me back, but he hasn't. Children, you never stop worrying about them.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday & Tuesday

Monday, we got up at 6:15 AM in order to be in Huntsville by 7:30 AM. We were to meet Trudy at 7:15 at the VA office. She didn't show up because she had set her alarm for PM instead of AM. As it turned out, we didn't need her help. The papers I gave Harley to look at said we had won our settlement so we were out of there in no time. We then stopped at Chick-fil-a to get a drink and drove to Madison to Kohl's to take back some clothes I had bought. I got a new crock pot for $15.00. I had a 30% off coupon. After Kohl's we stopped at the Crafty Behr and looked around. I didn't see any paintings I liked plus they were all $85.00 and I didn't feel like spending that kind of money on a painting that wasn't quite what I wanted. Did get to see Karen's doll clothes she's selling. She does such good work. Makes me wish I played with dolls so I could get them some great clothes.

Tuesday, I swept the floors and did a few chores and tonight some of the Relief Society sisters came for a visit. It was Carol W. and Sophrona W. and Mary Lou H. and Tony S. and Bobby, who is investigating the church. She is a friend of Mary Lou's. We had such a nice visit. Carol said she and her kids would come out for a visit. That's one of the things I miss about going to church-watching the children grow up. Carol's son Jacob brings the sacrament to us on Sundays and we enjoy his visits. He comes with another Aaronic priesthood holder. We surely love our Sunday visits.

We'll go to exercise tomorrow and then by the bank. Our 72 hour buckets came in today. I went out to take a letter to the mailbox and a large package was in front of the door. It weighed over 52 lbs. I had to open it on the ramp because I couldn't get it in the door. Frank and I took a bucket to the Adams next door. They are building a screened in porch onto the side of their house and we sat and talked for a few minutes. It was a nice visit. It's a 4 person 72 hour bucket full of food. Bobby said the man who is going to take care of our downed trees was supposed to come this week but he hasn't showed up yet. Maybe the trees will be taken care of some day.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


We had a nice visit with Trudy this afternoon. She is worried about her upcoming surgery. Maybe worried is not the right word, but she is concerned. She has to get better. She is on rock bottom now. She will have 2 fusions in her back. That will stop the movement in that part of her spine that is causing all the pain. This has got to work so she can have some kind of life. She has inherited the degenerative back disease from her Dad. Next she will need something done with her neck. She says it feels like bone on bone in her neck. Oh, that toils and troubles we have in this life.

Monday, we will meet Trudy at the VA office in H'ville and try to get Frank's case re-opened. They sent me time sensitive material and I didn't know what or how to do with it and a month later they sent me notice the case was closed. The men at the VA office will be able to help us. I am helpless in dealing with this kind of stuff. Trudy will be the mouthpiece there. Frank will go with me and we will have to be there by 7:30 AM for a line starts to form about 7:45 AM and they open the office at 8 AM and it's a first come first served operation.

The telephone man never came and I called them today and the recording said Tuesday someone would be out. The noise on the line is so bad that I couldn't hear all the recording was saying. I like our new phones. They are silver and have a re-dial. The old phones didn't have a re-dial. I even got the time and date right on it, but I haven't figured out how to leave a message on the answering machine.

Friday, September 12, 2014

No Show

We waited all day for the telephone man to come but he never showed up. We could have done many things but they will have to wait until later. We were planning on going tomorrow but Trudy texted and said she was coming over at 12:00 tomorrow so we'll go Monday. Maybe the phone man will come tomorrow. Someone called me this morning and said, "Mrs Layton?" and then the line went bad. The noise is very loud and I hope to get it fixed soon.

Got my Land's End jeans in the mail today. They are a tad big but they feel so good. Last year, Mary Kate got me to get three pair of jeans that were snug and she took them up lengthwise. I spent all winter feeling that my pants were too tight and I'm glad to have some jeans that are loose. I may not be in style but I'll be comfortable.

Frank is a lot better. I guess his medicines for Alzheimer's are working. We have good conservations and he is polite and nice. I hope this lasts a long time.

Frankie and Rachel have separated. They were arguing a lot so he moved out. I'm afraid it might be his bipolar that is acting up.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


After a trip to the Pain Clinic, which was short and sweet, we ate at Chick-fil-A. We went through the drive through and at the food in a shady spot in the Walmart parting lot in H'ville. We drove on back to Athens, stopping at Isom's Orchard where I got some apples and 2 containers of yellow squash. It was just picked this morning and really looked good. In fact, it was good. I cooked some of it for supper tonight. I discovered two packages of squash in the freezer and may go back and buy some more to put in the freezer.

Jenn won't be coming tomorrow because she is sick and I had big plans to take Frank with me to Madison and H'ville but then remembered the AT&T man is coming tomorrow to fix the noise in our line. I've forgotten what time they said he would be here so we'll just come back home after exercise and wait. We can go shopping Saturday.

I bought a painting at the Crafty Beher a couple of weeks ago and have really been enjoying it. It's back ground is black with green leaves and it has 4 tropical birds on it. Two red and blue Macaws and two white Cockatoos. I really like looking at it. Art has never affected me this way before. I enjoy good art but this painting makes me feel good. I want to see if the artist has anything else I really like. I have only one place for a painting and then the walls are covered with stuff-in my room.

I got a frame and matte for the picture of Christ that I wanted to hang but the place I wanted to put it was way up high and the couch was in the way and the TV table, etc., but Frank helped me get it up. He said he could get the ladder and climb up and nail the nail in but I didn't want to risk him doing it. I got the ladder from downstairs and brought it up. He moved the couch and I climbed up and put the nail in and hung the picture. We did it together. He was my cheerleader. Now, there's the picture of Christ and under it is the Birmingham temple and under it is our family picture at the Atlanta temple and under that is pictures of the grandchildren. The family circle-the eternal family unit.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


We went to exercise and enjoyed it. Frank is steady, sort of, on his feet and can do most of the exercises. We came home afterwards.

I set the time on one of the new phones and it set it on all three of the other phones, too. I haven't figured out how to put a message on the answering machine yet. AT&T will be out Friday to fix the noise on the phone.

Friday I will take some clothes back to Kohl's and then go into H'ville to buy some food at Sam's. Jenn will be here if the AT&T person comes while I'm away.

Trudy went to Mary Kate's today. Tomorrow, she has an appointment at the Pain Clinic and will drive back home for that. Then she is coming over here to spend the night Thursday night. I was surprised when Mary Kate said she was there. Trudy must really be worried about her upcoming surgery. Mary Kate told me to look at my email that Frankie had sent us all one. He and Rachel are separated and have been for a month. They still talk to each other several times a day but can't seem to get along when they are together. The children spend 4 days a week with Rachel and 3 days at Frankie's apartment. He will be teaching 2 days a week at a school in Knoxville and helping with the music at the day care center 3 days a week. He only lacks his dissertation on his  PhD, and hopefully he'll use his time working on it. The mother hurts when the children hurt.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Restful Day

We slept in and lazed around all day. We did go out to the pharmacy to get some meds but other than that, we were in the house.

I ordered 6 new CD collections. Tonight, we listened to the best music of the 50's. Rock Around the Clock was the first song. There were about 10-12 songs on the CD and they were all good songs that we knew. It's fun listening to a CD a night. We're finished around 7 PM and go to our rooms. Frank to watch TV and me to get onto the computer.

I ordered Mary Kate 2, 72 hour food buckets today. I called her and told her the amount. I can't buy her hers because I've had some big purchases or a lot of small purchases lately and it's too early in the month. She said she would get a check in the mail to me.

Trudy said they couldn't afford it right now. She has been in a lot of pain and she said that after the operation the pain management would be worse. While in the hospital, they can give her pain meds through the IV but when she gets home the pain may get worse. The Dr will be working with the Pain Clinic and hopefully they'll find something that will help her. The compassionate service sister and another sister were coming to her house today and hopefully they can provide enough meals for the family after the operation. Mary Kate fixed 2 crock pot meals for her and I have some hamburger soup in the freezer plus she wanted me to make some goulash to bring over. I guess I'll have to take Frank with me when I go over there. It takes about an hour to drive 38 miles. He will enjoy getting out.

I think I will buy a new crock pot at Khol's Friday. I have a 30% off coupon and the 6 qt pots costs $19.99. I need to cook more with the crock pot. I just need to know what to cook. I cooked 2 small Butternut squash in the crock pot and they did well.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Again

We went to exercise today. A couple of ladies told me that Frank was getting the hang of the exercises better and he did do better today. I'm glad he can get out and go with me. We dropped off a package for Mary Kate. I had ordered two couch protectors for her couches. The two dogs bring in a lot of dirt and she was using sheets to put on the couches. Maybe they will look better now.

I called Dr Walker's office or returned a call and found out that I was taking too much thyroid medicine and the nurse called in a lesser amount to the pharmacy. I'll pick it up tomorrow.

Tomorrow I have to help Frank take a shower and do laundry. I'll have about three small loads. I'll sweep the floors. I vacuumed Saturday but they will need sweeping by tomorrow.

I'm really enjoying a study guide book of the New Testament. It only goes through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John so I will have to order another book to finish when I get through with this one. In fact, I ordered another one just like I have so Frank and I can read it together. The scripture is there plus comments about Jewish life at the time of Christ and that is very helpful. I wanted us to read the New Testament the next book of scripture we read. We have only one chapter left in the Book of Mormon and will be ready to read the New Testament soon-as soon as Frank's book comes in.

Every night after reading the scriptures, we listed to a CD of music. 1st it was rock n roll and then it was some country and I get a catalog called Traditions that has music CD's and I'm getting more easy listening music, The Platters, some Do Wop, one Christmas CD and a Burl Ives folk song CD. Now, to find a place for all the CD's we're accumulating. It's fun to listen to the oldies when we were young. I guess we're young at heart now. I saw a couple on TV that had married in 1968 like we did and they looked OLD! I told Frank that's the way we look, old. He disagreed  with that.

Saturday, September 6, 2014


II put the new microfiber sheets on my bed. Don't know why they are special. Should have done the wash today but just didn't want to. I'll have it to do Monday.

I did drag out the vacuum and clean out the filters on the air cleaners and then vacuumed the floors. I always like the look of the floors after I've vacuumed them.

We went to the pharmacy to pick up some drugs. I do our pills on Saturday and found I was out of some meds. It was a quick trip. Steve was here mowing the grass.

I didn't do anything on the pictures. There are so many that I get confused when I try to think of what to do with them. Maybe Karen will  have some ideas when she comes over tomorrow. I did find our Patriarchal Blessings. I didn't remember putting them where I found them. I was looking for the stories I wrote when I was taking the online course about writing your life story. I don't believe they are in this room. Trudy and I have both looked and can't find them. I will put the blessings with the genealogy pictures that I am doing.

Hey Kathy. Hope you and Bill and family are doing alright.

Friday, September 5, 2014


Frank didn't want to go to exercise so I went alone. It was my day to shop so after stopping by the pharmacy, I headed for Madison. I stopped at Kohl's and got some sheets, a couple pair of long pants and a pretty shirt and a picture frame for a picture of Christ. It's a 5x7 and the frame has a mat and is 8x10. Now to get it on the wall where I want it to go.

I stopped by Walmart in Athens and bought some groceries. I was low on beans and I need to make a double batch of goulash for when Trudy has her operation. Mary Kate made 2 crock pot freezer meals for her and I have a large container of hamburger soup. I'll get some loaves of French bread to go with that and may stop by Sam's and get a large salad to go with that. It's less than 2 weeks before her surgery so I have plenty of time. Dad can go with me to take the meals to them.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Instead of doing pictures, Trudy and I cleaned drawers and shelves looking for a on-line-class I took called Write Your Life Story. I don't know what I've done with the work I've done. I moved it from my file cabinet and don't for the life of me know what I did with it.

Trudy found Mother and Dad's love letters that Bill and Lynn had put in a album. Ruth had given them to them to read and they must have thought I had given then to them for they organized them and placed them in this nice album, but I wanted them back. I had them in the bookcase behind the computer desk but I couldn't see them and didn't know where they were until Trudy found them.

I went to bed at 9:30 PM and woke up at 11:30 PM. Now I can't settle down when I lie down. Eariler Trudy had changed something on her Google account and when I tried to sign in on my blog I couldn't figure how to do it. But tonight, I used my password with the wrong email address and it worked.

We took the trash out a couple of times as we cleaned out drawers. The three drawers in the night stand in the kitchen are practically empty! The junk drawer needs it next and the china cabinet drawers. Years of junk have accumulated and needs to be thrown away.

I had Trudy text Jennifer to tell her to just come on in the house tomorrow for we will be at the senior center at exercise and may not be back home when she comes. I don't know what I will do. I only have too get groceries. I could drive to Madison and look around to kill time.

Trudy got Dad's old Apple laptop working and got to the site where we can up load the pictures in the genealogy part. I will use my desk top to work on. I'm most familiar with it.

We're talking about going to Frankie's house for Thanksgiving, Dad and all. Now Frankie has to agree too it. Maybe I can go back to bed now. I'll give it a try. It's 12:15 AM now.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


I worked all afternoon pulling pictures from the genealogy file. They were mostly of Frank's family but there were some of ours, too. I looked at 2 books of my father's work history. They are the papers that I put into see-through sheets. I added a picture of my mother with her story. We will have a good work once we finish this project. Trudy is here to spend the night and tomorrow she will try to scan in the pictures into FamilySearch. I hope she can get the printer and computer to work together so we can do it. If anything, she can teach me how to get on FamilySearch where it shows the temple work that has been done.

The world is in commotion from ocean to ocean...as the hymn says. ISIL, a Muslim terrorist group, is turning the Middle East into a cauldron of death and destruction. They have recently cut the heads off of two American journalists and President Obama, Oboma, has done nothing about it but give a milquetoast speech. This calls for war but he won't do it. I think he's a Muslim himself and he doesn't want to upset the leaders of the terrorists. He is such a poor example of a leader. He has about ruined the United States. That's what he said he would do when he was elected President. He would fundamentally change America and he has done just that. He's pitted race against race, Democrats against Republicans and all kinds of discord in our country. I'm almost afraid to print this post for fear of retribution of some sort, but I'll do it anyway.

Trudy has gone to the Dollar General to get some cookies. I was there a couple of hours ago getting some milk. We will work on the pictures tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


I have a lot of family pictures out and am trying to put them in some sort of order. I wrote two two page stories about my father and mother but I don't know any stories about any of the ancestors. While working with Trudy and the FamilySearch I will try to tell her who everyone is and how they are related to her. She then wants to scan the pictures of the ancestors into FamilySearch. It's a big project and we'll accomplish it some how. Her back surgery is in 16 days and she'll be out of commission for a couple of months or more.

I wore my new shoes today. Being boy's shoes they are rather wild. Black with bright orange soles and laces. They are comfortable though. People might think they are too bright for an old woman but I don't care what they think.

Frank has slept most of the day. He was awake some this afternoon and tonight. He's had dementia for almost 2 years now. His meds are keeping him on an even keel now.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day

Mary Kate and Sophia left here about 9:30 AM. It was a nice visit. She cleaned my tub for me before she left and it shines now. I can't bend down to really clean it anymore. I called her at 3 PM to tell her she had left some medicine behind and she was already home. It's a 4 hour drive and they gain an hour going into Eastern Standard Time.

I slept 2 hours in the recliner after they left and got up at 12:00 PM. After lunch, I swept and dust mopped the floors then decided they were clean enough to mop them so my floors are all clean now.

We're planning Thanksgiving at Frankie's house this year. We haven't told him that yet, but maybe he'll agree. I know he wants to show of his house. It's in Knoxville and we want Dad to go too so Mary Kate would drive her van so Dad could lie down in it. It's a 4 hour drive to their place. Trudy's back surgery is Sept 18th so hopefully she will be able to go too.