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The City of Pratt has a new website under construction. Actually, it is up and running and very impressive. Click here to see it! Susan Howell is the web designer. She’s a pro and knows what she is about. She and her husband, John, have a website here. If you want a website designed, you might want to give her a call.
We passed a Monday (yesterday) without taking Ally back to the hospital. That was a relief.
Jack seems to be feeling better too. He is following us around again and begging for treats. Today when Brit and I were reading the morning paper and chatting, Jack was lying beside us, paying no attention. The minute I said to Brit, “Well, do you think it’s time we head for Salina?”, Jack ran as if he were shot out of a canon, and hid. When Brit tried to get him to go outside so we could tie him up for awhile, he didn’t budge. He’s dead weight when he doesn’t want to move. That Jack is an eavesdropper!
I put a bottom round roast in a large crock pot early this morning, almost before I was awake, so we’d have something for dinner. Actually, I browned it off really good, boiled some water to cover the roast to get the pot going faster than if you don’t do that, and put that in the pot. I added a large handful of whole garlic, two packages of Lipton’s Onion Soup mix and some hefty shakes of Six Pepper pepper mix. After we returned from Salina, I added whole potatoes, onions and carrots. It sure does smell good.
Ally had physical therapy treatments today at our new facility so I took advantage of that opportunity to learn about membership for exercise. It really is nice, but appears to be about half the size it should be. There is a lot of equipment, which is in place and ready to go, but it leaves little room for maneuvering around it. They are waiting for a swipe card machine and some other minor things before they open to members on a 24/7 basis. I’m going to join and go up there every day!!! I just have to. I’ll start out on a treadmill. I’m at the bottom of the fitness ladder so I can only be upwardly mobile. They think it will be $20 per month for a single. I have to be careful with my back…but walking should work for the first year or two. I need a partner. I do better when I have a partner. Mona Guilfoyle, Charlotte Nichols and I used to walk five miles every single day, rain or shine, 50 below or 110. We just never missed. Then we’d finish by having coffee at F and M Drugs before walking home. We were in good shape back in those days.
The amount of mail and feedback I continue to get about my letter to the editor of the Salina Journal about Ext. 333 has surprised me. Two things have become evident to me: the intelligensia in Salina (those with a reading level over the 8th grade and the very people you’d think the Journal would want on their side) have been very outspoken in favor of my letter. The other is a ground-swell of anti-Journal sentiment that is prevalent in Salina that I was unaware of. They are so vociferously opposed to Ext. 333 that their feelings extend to the contents of the whole paper. I was unaware of this. I just feel the column is very unfair, but their anger goes way beyond that. The column may draw readers, but it sure isn’t drawing the kind of people, the ones who really consume newspapers, you’d think they’d want.
Here is one of the nicer letters, with the names omitted. “Hi. Had to write a note to tell you that my daughter, XXX, works at XXX (very famous place with a great following). The people in her office loved your letter and didn’t even know that my daughter knew you or that we had had lunch together and talked about how much we hated 333….They said, “Wasn’t that a great letter? It said everything we’ve been wanting somebody to say”…and they cut it out and put it on their bulletin board. She was over last night and I was telling her about our e-mail exchange and really got a kick out of the responses you had been getting, and said to be sure and tell you about their office.”
My good friend from Pawnee Rock was just here to make me laugh.
Bill Press has a book out that I want to read.
Pepperidge Farm has good mini chocolate chip cookies that are made with dark chocolate. I just wish they were loaded with nuts.
The Iraqi Government is to get legal custody of Saddam tomorrow. That should be interesting. I can’t imagine it will be smooth sailing.
Fav daughter gave me a new DVD/VCR player today and brought some of her DVDs for us to watch. That will be fun. (Under the Tuscan Sun is on for tonight.) Now to find a place for it amongst my electronic entertainment machines. It’s going to have to go UNDER something else, maybe my scanner, or hang from the ceiling. I am forever improvising. I’m also out of outlets.
My webmaster and I think that Greymatter is about to crash again. My blog is getting too heavy for it to manage all my words, so we’re going to do another redirect. You probably won’t even notice.
Run your cursor over my logo and see the name that emerges.
Stayed tuned, please.