Monday, June 28, 2010


Just a little bit about our Circle tour to Independence. Everything went well and those that went on the trip enjoyed it. It's sort of scary planning a trip that you hope everybody will like. The trip up to Independence went fine; nobody sped on I-380 where the speed cameras are! The museum or the Agribition Center as it is called is a very nice place. Even though Joy and I had been there before there was still a lot to see. Bill enjoyed looking at the old cars; there was a very old Packard there that I love, it was pristine. The back seat has its own windshield! The guys who went (there were 4) spent some time looking at Big Bud, the huge tractor on display. Some of the women who went are taking their families up there to see it. The one room school house was so fun to see, clean and neat. We had a great lunch at the Homestead, a special for the day for $5.99 that included a sandwich, one side and drink. From there we drove past the Mental Institution (we all stayed in the car so they couldn't keep us) which has beautiful grounds and is an impressive but old building. Hazleton and the Amish was the next stop. We stopped at 2 country stores and drove through some of the Amish country. Saw little kids riding in a little pony cart; someone cultivating corn with horses; one man mowing hay with a horse, lots of laundry on the line, gorgeous gardens.

Now I need ideas for a tour for next year as I "get" to stay on the project committee. Let me know if you have a place of interest for us to see!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Don't try this at home

Wednesday at story hour at the library. Tried to make a boat using a small water bottle, some vinegar and some soda wrapped in a paper napkin. Put small pin hole in lid of bottle; put vinegar in bottle, put some soda on a paper napkin and wrap up tightly so it fits in the bottle; quickly put the cap on and put bottle in small wading pool filled with water. Reaction--bubbles released make bottle move. Our reaction--next to nothing. Then try not using as much paper napkin, works better but still try something else like putting more vinegar and less napkin. Results--lid pops off spraying surrounding kids with vinegar. Some laugh, others wipe their eyes and wonder what the heck they are doing there! Next--librarian and helper clean up kids, floor and surrounding area. Have kids use cups to get water out of wading pool so can be dumped out. Take out plastic cloths from floor to dry. Helper goes home to mow lawn. Librarian stuck there until 7 p.m.

Monday, June 14, 2010

It's Raining, Again

I woke up to the sound of more rain. It needs to stop. My lawn needs mowing!

We were invited to a birthday party for a 4 year old/see the new shed party Saturday night. Jeff and Carrie built a big shed to house hay and feed for his cattle and we got to see it up close. Since it was newly cemented out and unused the little ones had a lot of fun riding bikes, trikes and little tractors around and around. I also got to hold and feed little Emily, just a month old. Jeff fixed burgers and hot dogs for a few neighbors and relatives. Nice time.

Went to a few garage sales Saturday in Lowden. I did buy some things; all new though. I got 2 new cookbooks (I really need more cookbooks?) and some new Tupperware from a dealer that were a little below full price (make a good gift for a granddaughter who has a birthday in July) and some Watkins products from a dealer. I didn't really need anything, but was a good walk. Took the Amvets key back to Del and stopped to visit Gerald R. while walking past there. Got Mother's mail. I missed the rain which started early and then came again later. Enough already!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Long Election Day

I worked at the polls yesterday for the primary election. What a long day; we had to be there at 6 a.m. and I got home around 10:45 p.m. after taking all our machines back to Tipton. We were sort of busy, had 199 voters, the last one coming in 3 minutes before the polls closed. I am chairman of our group of 4 workers; my 3 co-workers are very good and it makes my job easy.

Cheryl & Jim leave today to go back to California. How lucky we were to have them at Grandma's house--even though I don't think they thought they would be doing what they did on their "vacation". Jim has learned how to drive to St. Luke's Hospital! At least we had a good Friday trip--it was fun and I love Iron and Lace. Sunday's family picnic was great; so many people I hadn't seen for a long time. Also got to see Greg, Chelsey & Charley and on Monday got to see Laura, Emily and Dallas. Thank you for coming; I'm sure Grandma really enjoyed seeing you all. Thanks to Shirlee and Dan for taking care of Grandma on Sunday and we hope you made a safe trip home from here.

I'm off to volunteer at the library this morning and then we will be taking the Hartley's to the airport this afternoon. Larry is here; they are loading a semi with beans from the bin. Hopefully the bean dust won't settle on the two loads of wash I have hanging on the line.