Friday, November 05, 2004

Carly Kay

is the name of our new grandbaby born this afternoon at 3:40. She weighed 6 lbs 13 ozs and is doing well as is her Mommy. Doug is thrilled, but a little stunned because they barely made it to the hospital--Drue almost had her in the triage room. Trent is staying with friends, so he is fine. Anxious to see and hear his reaction to a little sister.

This means a flying trip to Colorado to hold Carly so I will not be writing for a couple of days. There will be plenty when I get back as well as pictures!

Drue is in Labor!!

I just received a call from Doug and he and Drue are on their way to the hospital. I'm going to be a grandma again today!!

Watch for details

I am so excited

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Berry Creek Bridge Posted by Hello

Goodbye to an old friend

Approximately 80 miles of my route are gravel roads. The county has been replacing bridges for the past year mainly in the more heavily traveled areas. Many were narrow and at least one had claimed two lives.

Today, however, they are beginning the process of replacing my most scenic bridge. It, in all honesty, is probably the most dangerous as it is one-way and on a bend of the road at that. The stream is crosses is Berry Creek and interestingly enough the first settlement of Berryton was along this creek. I have probably taken more pictures off this little bridge than anywhere else on the route. It is in a beautiful area--one that looks more like the Ozarks than Kansas.

I stopped to take a picture of my mail truck on the bridge several weeks ago because I had heard they were going to replace it. I had my camera set on black and white by mistake. At the time, I was disappointed. As I look at the picture now, though, I feel the lack of color sets an appropriate mood

The bridge needed to be replaced and if one life would be saved because of the upgrade, it is good. It's just that goodbyes are hard.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Last Thoughts on the Election

A couple of observations today. Family and friends I spoke to all expressed a sense of relief. Most of them voted for W so they were happy he won. But, more than that, just relieved that it all was over and they can move on.

I spend five to six hours delivering the mail route each day and often listen to talk radio. My usual choice is sports talk, but today I listened to the local call in show. They were doing post election coverage and taking calls. One of the callers pointed out that perhaps Bush's strongest asset was that the average person could identify with him. He is the type of person who would come over, watch the game & have some beers. People identified with him and when they finally marked the ballot, that made a difference. Interesting thought.

Lastly, I appreciated what Kerry said today. He had good things to say and I personally did not think it was too long. Of course, I was listening to him with the knowledge that Bush had won, which might have made a difference.

Oh, and I know I am back to Jim Rome when the talk radio call ins started talking about who will run in 2008!

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Election, Beer and Cookies

I try not to drink beer during the week. I happen to really like beer so I limit it to weekends. However, this election coverage has driven me to searching in the frig for a beer.

Dan has a water board meeting tonight & wouldn't you know it was his turn to furnish the refreshments. He volunteered to stop by Dillon's for cookies, but I refuse to allow those floury, chemical laden sad excuses of a cookie to be served by my family. So, with beer in hand, election coverage on mute I have knocked out two recipes of homemade cookies. They are quite delicious if I don't say so myself.

I think I will post the recipes because as I said, they are wonderful. Now, I will say I am a very good cookie maker, only Doug is better ( Kim, you make the best cheesecake). There is a possibility that one is born with the ability to make good cookies--kind of a gift. I say this because there are a bunch of really bad cookie makers out there. Before I post the recipes, I will divulge the secret to excellent cookies. There are two simple rules. First, do not overbake. Take the cookies out when they look not quite done. They will continue to bake after you take them out of the oven. Secondly, do not overbeat the dough after you put in the flour. There you go--simple as that!

Dan's Favorite Oatmeal Cookies
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
3 cups oatmeal
Chocolate chips or anything else you like

Beat shortening, sugars, eggs, water & vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients gently. Finally add oatmeal also stirring gently.

Bake 350 around 12 minutes. Do Not Overbake

Pudding Cookies
1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 small package instant pudding (french vanilla)
3 cups flour
1/2 package toffee bits and 1/2 cup coconut
Bake 350 for 6 to 10 minutes Do Not Overbake
Back to the election coverage I am changing to tea--one beer is my limit (actually I could only find one)

Monday, November 01, 2004

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.

Leonardo da Vinci

I have a friend who is, as she says, “going under the knife” today to have a surgical procedure done on her foot. I remember reading there are 26 bones in a foot. In some ways, you have to think it is one of the more important parts of the body or at least it holds a lot of weight. I know some people think with their foot— I know mine fits in my mouth well. (Sorry, my bad)

At any rate, our feet make our life wonderful when they work and feel well, but probably very painful when recuperating from surgery. Kathy, I am thinking about you—take care!

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Sunshine On My Shoulder Makes Me Happy

First--let me say the Cats did not win the game as predicted. It was a beautiful evening, good friends, yummy food and great conversation, but the Cats couldn't get the rhythm going.

I am reluctantly changing my clocks today. That means it will be lighter in the mornings but not much and by the time I am finished with my route during this heavy mail time of the year, it will be dark. I am glad I work outdoors most of the day because I actually think I could get depressed if I had an indoor job. John Denver said it all with his song.

An interesting thing about the change of time is how long it takes my body (probably it's actually my head) to adjust. My sleep is messed up, and I am hungry at the wrong time. My Dad never wore a watch. He was a farmer for 50 years and he always said he could tell what time it was by looking at the position of the sun. My Mom wasn't as sure. She is a gentle woman who rarely raises her voice, but putting a full table of food out and then waiting for the "men" to come to eat made her "see red" as she put it. For the most part, he was pretty close, though. He had a good body clock.

I guess all of us have an internal clock--trouble is, that body clock is harder to change from daylight savings to regular time than these crazy clocks we have around the house that automatically change themselves! How does that happen, by the way??