Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
It is currently snowing and we probably have about 6 inches on the ground. BT has spent most of the evening setting up my new computer. It is totally awesome, a big screen and some really cool new features.
27 degrees and snowing ******************
Thursday, December 13, 2007
The boys and I quickly dressed and headed down stairs for some cold cereal. Trying to entertain two little boys without TV was going to be a challenge. Luckily at 8:20 power came on. I reset all the clocks first thing. Lona called, they had been without electricity since early Monday, so her and Stephane and Mom came over to shower.
I made Blueberry muffins and the little boys ate their second breakfast. We spent the day enjoying the furnace, the computer, the TV, the blower dryer, the electric oven, etc. That is until we were eating dinner at 5:30, with a blink or two, the power went off again.
BT got all the kerosene lamps going, his propane camping lantern and several candles. The boys thought we were camping. They even got to watch a DVD with the battery on the laptop. Several times the lights would come on and then go back off. Each time Brady was disappointed, as he thought this was a great thing.
A little over an hour later the lights came on and stayed on. Once again I reset all the clocks.
I got a call to report for work at 4:30 AM in Linn in the morning. Our coop was hit hard.
Lori picked the boys up by 8 and I was in bed shortly after that. BT was in the basement when I went to bed, working on the water softener.
3 AM will come quickly enough.
Here are some pictures I took outside today.
Josie and I hung out together for about and hour and a half. Sarah kept in touch via the phone. I had just started to make us some breakfast when BT came in, shortly before 9. His drive to Sarah's station was a lot long then the trip home. The fact that the roads were more clear and he took a different route back made it quicker.
We were on our way home by 10:00, we pulled into a Shell station to see if they sold windshield wipers, but no such luck. The wiper on my side was shredded by the ice. We started with almost a full tank of gas as we were hearing on the radio that the toll-pike was without electricity and all gas stations were closed. Travel was slow, 50 mph was our average. We never saw any wrecks or cars in the ditch. Several looked to be out of gas or broke down. At the gas stations/McDonald's there were always several big trucks and cars sitting, all the buildings were dark.
Tulsa looked like a bomb had dropped, we saw down power lines, streets completely blocked with trees and branches, utility works, policemen, firemen all working to clear paths. At one point we even saw highway workers clearing trees off the interstate. There were almost no businesses with electricity. By this time my mirror had a 3/4 inch layer of ice on it.
We made it to the state line and turned into the first gas station. it wasn't as crowed as I thought it would be. Our stop was a quick one even though the pump was a slow one. After we got back on the highway, I pulled the sandwiches out of the cooler I had packed and we had a picnic on the road. The ice in Joplin was still extremely heavy, however the closer we got to Springfield, the less we saw. It came in patches. We began see red PAR utility trucks heading west on I-44. If our count was correct there were 40 of them. Later there were white truck from Barton Electric.
At highway 17 and 54, near Eugene Missouri, the ice was once again as thick or thicker then Tulsa. Eagle Stop Gas station and Subway were without electricity. It was scary driving Route E between Brazito and Osage Bluff because the trees were so heavy and hanging over the highway. I said we needed to drive down the center to feel safe.
At 5:15 we pulled into the drive way or I should say wormed into the drive way. We had to dodge around bent over frozen trees. I don't know who was more happy, us to get home or Bentley to see us. the normal 6 hour drive took us over 7 hours.
Lori came in just a few minutes after we got home. BT was down the road trimming trees so car could travel our road. Lori held the flash light for him to see. The boys would be staying all night with us as Lori was needed to say with her Mother who was in ICU.
About 8 I decided it would be in my best interest to wash a load of clothes as the ice was only getting worse and the electricity would probably be going off. I got the boys in bed be 9, I sat down to unwind and at 10:00 just when the news came on the electricity went off.
Armed with flash lights and cell phone we went to bed. And the electricity stayed off............to be continued.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
At 12:30 he hit highway 54 at Brazito. There it was fog, mist, more gloomy weather and it was down hill from there. At times we were driving in rain. Sarah called us 2 hours later to see where we were. I told her in Springfield. She said, they say there is an incoming storm later in the weekend, she might have to work. I think she was saying, "Are you sure you don't want to turn around and go back home?"
For the 6 and 1/2 hour trip, the rain stuck with us, hitting Tulsa at 5:30 and rush hour traffic with fog was no fun driving. We kept in touch with Sarah via cell phones, arriving at her house just 3 minutes before she did. With a key hidden we were able to make our way in with the luggage just before she arrived. Rusty was in Las Vegas but had been called to come home early for the incoming storm. He would arrive late Saturday night.
Sarah let Josie out for a potty break, we freshen up and then got in her car and went out for food. Our choice for the evening was BJ's Restaurant and Brewery. We were given a pager and told it would be about a 45 minute wait. BT had a stout and Sarah's choice was a berry beer of some sorts. Rusty called as we were reviewing our menu choices. I finished Sarah's beer when BT went and got her and himself a refill.
I had the Halibut Fish Tacos: Panko-crusted, lightly fried halibut, with chipotle mayonnaise, Santa Fe dressing, Napa cabbage, carrots, cilantro and red onions. Wrapped in a special corn/flour tortilla and served with tri-color tortilla chips, avocado cream sauce and fire-roasted salsa. Sarah had trouble choosing between the Jambalaya or the fish filets. The fish won. BT had a medium rare beef steak. His salad came after his meat so the manager came and apologized and refunded his salad cost. We wobbled out, the food and the beers were absolutely wonderful.
It was late when we got home, BT went and laid down in the bedroom saying he was going to take a nap, which would later turn out to be a mistake. Never lay down on a full stomach.
Sarah and I talked another hour or two and made a plan for Saturday. It was lights out.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Back at the house by 7:45, we had breakfast and I got ready to take the boys to town. We went to The Miller Performing Arts Center to see "The Christmas Story".
Hhumorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest of the 1940s follows 9 year old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Goldblatt's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out." All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boy's experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story has become a theatrical holiday favorite.
As we walked into the theater, the boys carrying their booster seats, Brady was excited to ride the escalator again as he had done last year. Finding our seats was no problem for Brady, an old pro since this was his second visit there. As we sat in Row G, he asked what instruments were they going to play. I got out the playbill and saw no musicians names. It seems they were using canned music, which Brady wasn't as excited about. It was a long production, with a 15 intermission, I texted Lori and told her it shouldn't be too much longer. The Christmas Parade was to start at 2:00 and we were hoping for a quick lunch and then the parade.
It was over just 20 minutes before the parade was scheduled to start when we walked out. 65 degrees would have made watch the parade really nice, but potty breaks and lunch called us first and then it was just too late. We met Lori at El Jimado and after that decided to head home. I stopped by Hobby Lobby for some fabric to no avail.
But I have to tell you about the conversation in the car going to the restaurant. I asked Brady what did Ralphie want for Christmas?" Brady said a BB gun and so do I. Alex piped up in the back seat, NO Brady you'll shoot your eye out! I thought we would die laughing.
I played phone tag with BT at this office and Eric and Kathy, as they had invited us out for dinner. At 6:30 they picked me up and we headed to town. BT pulled into the parking lot at San Cruz, just as we were walking into the building. After a great dinner and Margaritas, BT was ready for his easy chair. It had been a very stressful day at the office.
Sunday morning it was 66 degrees when I went for the newspaper, but the weather.com showed a fast moving storm coming our way. About 10, I let Bentley out as I knew otherwise he would be stuck in his pen in the rain. He had no sooner come into the garage when the rain came intensely. Within an hour the temperature had fallen 19 degrees. By days end it was in the low 30's.
I worked on Christmas cards and quilt patterns most of the afternoon. BT forged me a door knocker for the Three Rivers Christmas Auction.
I don't know where this weekend went but it flew by.
9:30 29 degrees.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
And later he said “Can we put up my tree now? Can we put up my tree now, pleeeaaaaase? I’m bein’ patient, mom. Am I bein’ patient, mom?”
Keep in mind Alex just turned 3 in May!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
But then like they say in Missouri, stick around the weather will change. Thursday's forecast is a high of 37, snow and a low of 21!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
SATURDAY: It was still way too warm for Deer hunting. Being home by myself, for a bit I got some sewing done. I picked up the grandsons about 10:15 and we went into town for an errand at the bank. They were happy with stickers there. Next it was a mission for Marshmallows. We stopped at the dollar store, but no such item there. So instead what else to do but spoil the boys and buy them a toy gun that shot rubber disc. We drove over to Schnuck's and found Marshmallows, which Alex carried proudly to the cash register and Brady carried the powdered sugar I needed for cinnamon roll icing. By buying only two things it avoided the grocery cart with the big plastic car attached to the front that they wanted to ride in!
By this time it was lunch time. I made the mistake of asking the boys what they wanted. Alex wanted McDonald's, and Brady, after telling Alex the french flies weren't healthy for him, wanted chicken legs from Lee's. So being the nice Gma I am, we went both places.
At home they boys were eating their lunch when Grandpa came in. We put batteries in the new guns and they were both a piece of junk. One gun shot one time, the other one wouldn't fire at all.
It was soon nap time for Alex and Brady had bought a computer game from home. I went straight to my sewing. I had to get a baby quilt done in a week.
Dinner was at the cabin, a big ole pot of Chicken and Rice soup. Bernie made a camp Blackberry cobbler for dessert.
Sunday: I was up at 6:15 and rolled out my cinnamon rolls that had been resting in the refrigerator over night. By 9:00 I was delivering them to camp. When I got there, the pot of coffee was finished and BT was frying some bacon.
I had to clerk for an auction at 12:00 at Brazito. The weather was just beautiful for the outdoor fun. It was very demanding work, you had to concentrate on the auctioneer and you couldn't talk to anyone. It was fun work, something I hadn't done for 4 or 5 years I guess. By 4:00 we were finished. I made $75.00 for a day in the country fresh air.I bought Lori a fireplace made of fiberglass with an electric log with real crackling fire sounds. It was 77 degrees when I walked in the door at 5:00 Way too hot for deer hunting.
Supper at Deer camp was a big ole pot of Beef Vegetable soup that Pat and Larraine had worked on together. I was back home by 7:00 and straight to the sewing machine.
Monday: My last day to sleep in and I was wide awake at 7. So I just got up and started sewing. A nice rain set in by mid morning and stayed all day. BT was at the cabin slow cooking a dutch oven full of beef stew. After dinner we all left the cabin. It's back to work for us all and hopefully cooler weather by next weekend.
Tuesday: WORK, Yikes!
Wednesday: Work again, but I took off at 2:00 for a hair cut and color, whoops, only my hair dresser was suppose to know that. I picked BT up at his office at 5 and we went out for Dinner at Colton's. When I got home I finished the quilt!!! Snoopy dance time!!! It is for Jennifer, BT's employee, her baby shower is Friday night.
Now it's recliner time, I can kick back and relax.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
My sewing had to wait this morning, supplies were needed for deer camp. I was in town by 9:30, after filling my car up with gas at $2.99 a gallon. MY treat was a stop at the quilt store where I picked up the book Linda had ordered for me. It is paper piece Sunbonnot Sue and Overall Sam. I can hardly wait to sew a batch up.
Bentley and I were waiting for BT outside when he arrived home. We quickly packed up and headed to Deer Camp. Jeremy and the little boys already had a bon fire going. Alex was looking in the cooler for hot dogs to roast. Chili was cooking inside the cabin. It was too warm to have a fire in the new stove, maybe later in the night the guys said. Larraine and Lori joined us for dinner too.
I came home about 7:30 and started sewing, by 10:00 my eyes were going crossed.
And now it's bedtime. After all I have to go to town for Marshmallows tomorrow!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
This morning, I talked about popular winter weather myths. Two of the more popular are woolly worms and persimmon seeds.
posted by Rusty McCranie at
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday morning, I worked in the kitchen all morning. I made chicken and sausage gumbo and cleaned all the vegetables for a relish tray. At the same time I filled the crock pot with nacho beef cheese dip. The vegetables and dip were to take to Jeremy's 30th Birthday party, the gumbo was for Sunday lunch.
BT left to go to the hall to cook chili in his grandmother's kettle. By the time I got there, it was simmering away. The Fall day was perfect. Most of the time you didn't even need a coat. Sarah made it to the party by 3:30. Alex gave her a big hug and then just stared at her. Like to say "is it really you?" Brady told her more then once, it's been a long time since we've seen you.
The hall was full of Jeremy's friends. It was great to see such a big turn out. Everyone brought a dish and there was plenty of good food. We stayed till about 7:00 when Sarah and I took the boys home to stay all night with us. They entertained themselves on the computer with a new game. Bedtime for the little boys and the big boy BT came at 9:00.
Sarah and I stayed up to watch the end of Mizzou's game. 55-10 what a blow out. GO MIZZOU!
Sunday morning even with the time change the boys were up way earlier then they usually get up. Alex got in bed with us first and was the kissing bandit. It was so sweet, then Brady came and had to keep up with little brother. Grandpa had them in the living room before 7:30 watching cartoons. Grandpa started a fire in the fireplace as I was making pancakes way before 9AM.
The day was spent, riding bikes, playing catch with Bentley and getting ready for a fish fry in the afternoon.
Jeremy and Lori came and we fried fish, potatoes and made Ramen noodle coleslaw. It was great to have Sarah home because she made us dessert. It was quick Cheery Cobbler. We didn't have a cake mix, so she got out a cookbook (What she can read a cookbook?) and made it from scratch. As we ate, Lori slept on the couch, too much partying for her last night. Larraine and Amber came just as we were finishing up lunch. Thank goodness, because they took all the leftover fish home.
BT and Jeremy power washed the kettle after lunch and Sarah headed home about 3:30. It was Miami Ink marathon on TLC, so we watched about 5 episodes until Jeremy and family left. We put some more wood on the fire and relaxed in our double recliners rest of the night. Sarah made it back safely to OK City by 8:45.
Family weekends like this are to be cherished!
9:52PM 50 degrees.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tonight a friend came with her granddaughter and a lot of pants to hem. Madison is a little shorter then pants her size so I get to cut as much as 8 inches off some of the pants. It's a win, win situation as she trades me kids books and computer CD's from Scholastic where she works. I got 5 computer games and 7 books for the boys.
Sarah and I have long searched for a great pumpkin muffin recipe like Panera's Bread shop makes. These that I baked tonight are pretty darn close, even though I put 1 1/2 cups of Missouri Black Walnuts in them (note that Mindy). The recipe calls for Raw Sugar, it took me 3 stores in Jefferson City before I found that. It also takes whole wheat flour along with regular white flour too and yogurt. I will take them to work tomorrow, minus the one BT and I sampled. They made the house smell so good!
Time for my hot tea now.
8:13 pm 52 degrees
Sunday, October 21, 2007
There was an auction in Jamestown, which was about 45 miles away. It was 55 degrees when we left home, but by days end at the sale it was in the seventies and beautiful .
The auction was at the late home of Dora Dietzel. She lived to be 97 years old. It was apparent that she never threw anything away. With the house, barn and 2 out buildings there was a lot of "stuff". The church across the street had the most gorgeous pies that they were selling by the slice, however the homemade cinnamon rolls caught my eye as I went to get BT a cup of coffee. So we shared both rolls and coffee together.
I had my eye on a pitcher and 6 glass in cobalt blue. Little did I know that there was depression cobalt blue. The set went for $270.00, I didn't even get to bid before it went way past my limit. The only other thing I had my eye on was a McCray "ice box", however they decided not to sell it. (Today I found one on EBay for $150, but it was pick up only and located in Ohio and I just couldn't' talk BT into a road trip).
BT bought $19 worth of rusty iron. It was after 4 o'clock before we left there. We stopped in town for a dinner of fried chicken and then headed home. We were tired.
Sunday I was up before 8, making Fastnachtskuckens for breakfast. BT made it up before I had the coffee perking. (Ha! who perks coffee anymore?)
Tom and Forrest came with the skid steer. They made quick time of moving the 11 trees out of the barn lot and leveling the dirt. The dust was flying and I told Forrest his hair was even a different color, of course so was his face. The high winds didn't help the situation today or the 81 degrees.
I made countless trips back and forth from my laundry to take pictures at the barn lot. Poor Bentley would get up in his kennel every time I walked out, thinking he was going to get to go with me. We kept him penned up, because he would like to follow the machinery.
Tom finished shortly before 4 and after my approval, I headed to Honey Creek Lutheran Church for their Turkey and Sausage dinner. I got two dinners to go along with Cherry pie for me and Blackberry for BT.
When I got back home, BT and Bentley were reviewing the fresh dozed area. Bentley was making himself a pile of "roots". After we ate, I finished the ironing and BT rested in the recliner. Time to get ready for another week of work.
10:09 and 70.5