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11/30/2007

TORI AMOS FAN LANDS THE SETLIST

Filed under: prairie musings, family, recipes — Peg Britton @ 3:42 pm

Mackenzie is a huge Tori Amos fan and has heard her in concert on several occasions.

Things you might not know about Tori Amos. Tori changes which songs she plays every single show and you never know what it will be… so there is always a setlist which is just a piece of paper with the order of songs printed on it.

In her concert in Dallas last weekend, Kenz and Luke were seated by the lights/audio guy and Kenz asked for the setlist. His response to someone else who asked after her was like… “Oh come on, I can’t give you that BEFORE the show… maybe afterwards but not before”. He looked at Kenz and said, “If you’re still here when the show was over, I can give it to you then.“ Mackenzie let him know that, of course, she would be there. My guess is she’d be about the last to leave.

So sure enough, as soon as the show was over, there must have been 10 different people rush to the lights/audio guy and say “Hey, can I have the setlist” and he said sorry but I’ve already promised it to this girl - and he gave it to Kenz! It’s not the hugest deal ever, obviously, since it’s just a piece of paper - but it is a big deal amongst fans and you can only get one from a couple different people at a concert - and he’s the most obvious. So unless you got backstage or have big connections with someone else, he’s your only hope and Kenz got it.

Jim from Milestone is here to remove the catalytic converter from the basement fireplace insert. He thinks it may draw better once it’s removed. I certainly hope so as I don’t want to have to paint again in my life time. Recently it took five coats of Valspar with additives (that means it was thick as paste) in this area to cover the results of Brit’s errant ways with his Boy Scout fires.

We’ve returned my vast collection of Virginia and Pennsylvania, etc. genealogy books back to their assigned place to the left of my computer. I’m out of space for any more family information except on my computer where the majority of my research resides. I wish there were a hard copy of all of it, but I gave up on it before I finished. I do have two published hardbound books for each of my grandchildren covering the Jury’s and Bourbon County Britton’s should they ever be interested in reading them, but it’s only a fraction of my material.

A weekend of nasty weather is heading this way and should make its presence known later this afternoon. Tomorrow is going to be a day of high winds that will keep us close to the fire with a good book. With that in mind, I have a Dutch oven full of split pea soup simmering on the stove.

I peeked at my Metapros totals for this month and see they are creeping over 155,000. I’ll know tomorrow as I don’t intend to stay up to 12:01 to find out. Thanks to all of you for making this another good month.

Here’s my split pea soup recipe, if you want to try it.

PEG’S SPLIT PEA SOUP….MY OWN INVENTION!
Amounts can vary according to your preference of flavors.
It makes a sizable amount, so find a big oven proof Dutch oven.
Bring to a boil in the Dutch Oven on top of the stove:
8 cups of water
very lean meaty ham shanks
3 bay leaves
Cook until the shanks/hocks/ham is done
You can also add a couple of small, very lean smoked ready to eat sausages, thinly sliced

Then add:
1/2 small bunch of celery with some leaves, sliced thick
a pound or more of carrots, peeled and sliced thick
6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 or 2 med. turnips, peeled and cubed
1# of split dry peas, rinsed thoroughly
2 chopped onions
8 to 10 large cloves of garlic, sliced
1 tsp. dry mustard
juice of 1 small lemon
heaping tablespoon of chicken base, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground pepper
a couple shakes of tabasco

Heat thoroughly on the stove then pop into the oven covered at 300 degrees for a couple of hours or until everything is done. You may want to adjust the seasonings, but usually this about does it.

Now, we usually eat a bowl or two just like this, but when it is very thick, because the dry peas make it that way, I add some heavy cream, canned milk or whole milk to thin it down. Then I chill it for later. You just have to adjust it the way you want it.

Hope you like it. It freezes well.

11/29/2007

WE FINALLY GOT OUR TREE UP….

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:04 pm

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Well, not really.  You can see from the clean windows it’s not our house.  But…the reason I like this picture is that the middle house in the background looks almost exactly like the one I grew up at 841 Highland in Salina.  The eaves over the front porch are somewhat wider and we had no slope at all in the front yard.  Other then those two minor items, you could have isolated the picture and told me it was ours…down to the swing on the porch. Take the blue house out and it looks like my old neighborhood.

BENJAMIN BAKER DAVOLL BORN NOV 1, 2007

Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 7:18 pm

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This is the newest member of our family, Benjamin Baker Davoll in the arms of his loving grandmother.

THREE YEARS AGO…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, Dane Britton — Peg Britton @ 9:55 am

Three years ago on this date Dane has his stroke that progressed into critical complications (due in part to medical mismanagement), multiple brain surgeries and hospitalizations…and eventually nursing home confinement. We wish it all weren’t so, but it is and we’re thankful every day for his strength and endurance that made him a survivor.

Today, and every Thursday when the stars are aligned right, he comes to have lunch with Brit and me. But today, his wheel chair is still spinning in circles so he has no control over its operation and he can’t be transported here. John with B and K Pharmacy is supposed to contact him tomorrow about repairs. It’s really difficult for him during these times as he can’t function in a regular wheel chair…he can’t move it manually, so he’s stuck in his room most of the time.

During these periods, he spends more time on his computer. If you want to drop him a line, his address is dbritton_at_wtciweb_dot_com/ Just remove the _ (underlines) and change the “at” to @ and replace the word “dot” with a period. Then you’ll have it. If I write it out here the way it should be, the spammers will gobble it up in no time as I have spiders crawling over my blog all the time.

Thanks to all of you who have been so kind to our family and especially Dane during these difficult years.

Granddaughter Mackenzie, Dane’s daughter, sends this to her friends on the anniversary date of her dad’s stroke. I’m sharing it with you and it follows:

Three years ago today my dad had his stroke. We are very lucky to have him still here with us and call him a survivor. But things are certainly not the way we had always planned. But life changes and you adapt.

As a reminder of how critical and time-sensitive strokes can be, please read these warning signs and quickly commit them to memory.

If you notice one or more of these signs, don’t wait. Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 or your emergency medical services. Get to a hospital right away! The American Stroke Association wants you to learn the warning signs of stroke:

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.

Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.

Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.

Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

11/28/2007

WALMART CAKE

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 7:46 pm

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Okay so this is how I imagine this conversation went:

Walmart Employee: ‘Hello ‘dis Walmarts, how can I help you?’
Customer: ‘ I would like to order a cake for a going away party this week.’
Walmart Employee: ‘What you want on da’ cake?’
Customer: ‘Best Wishes Suzanne’ and underneath that ‘We will miss you’.

Keep in mind this actually really did happen. The cake was for someone who was leaving an insurance claims office.

REMEMBER MATTHEW SHEPARD

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 5:28 pm

One hate crime is committed in this country every hour.

When these crimes are based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity, they are not acceptable and they need a strong Federal law in response.

The Matthew Shepard Act, a critical Federal hate-crime law, has passed both houses of Congress, but it’s in serious danger of not becoming law. The House and Senate are reconciling their versions of the bill, and it’s hit a political snag. They’ll make their final decision very soon.

This issue is especially timely right now. Last week, the FBI reported that hate crimes rose nearly 8% last year.

Please lobby your Senator and Congressman to ensure that the Matthew Shepard Act makes it to the President’s desk this year. Let them know how you feel about this critical issue and help with this human rights campaign. It’s the right thing to do.

TWO OF A KIND

Filed under: print news — Peg Britton @ 4:59 pm

This is interesting and was taken from the KU Alumni Magazine, No. 6, 2007. I think you’ll like reading about it.

When Patrick Huse, b ‘08, headed out to Las Vegas in July for the World Series of Poker tournament, he was hoping to use his card skills to generate some cash. After a brief stand as chip leader on day two of the 12-day tournament, the finance major, who honed his game playing against dorm-mates in McCollum Hall, finished a very respectable 128th in his first big-time tournament. His take: $58,000.

When Edward Fensholt, an Olathe high school senior entering KU this fall, decided to take the ACT college entrance exam a second time - despite scoring a whopping 34 out of 36 the first time around - he was hoping to use his academic skills to cash in a different jackpot: KU’s Perfect Achievement Scholarship.

Fensholt scored a 36 on his second try and became the fourth student to claim the scholarship, which goes to any Kansas high school graduate who posts a perfect score on either the ACT or SAT.

The approximate value of the four-year full ride, which includes tuition, room, board and book allowance: $58,000.

Just goes to show there’s more than one way to make aces pay.

TOO WINDY TO THINK HERE BUT PAM GROUT’S BOOK WILL TAKE US THERE…

Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 2:12 pm

Camellia Crowder Peas aren’t easy to come by. I was visiting with my friend at the I-R yesterday who expressed a yearning for crowder peas so I thought I’d get on line and find some for him and me.

There is a Cajun Supermarket in Baton Rouge that seems a likely candidate to carry the peas and sure enough they even have the Camillia brand. I just called them and found I can’t order them without their “order number”. “But your website isn’t working”, I pleaded, “or I would have ordered them on line.” “Well, if you can’t order them, neither can I”, she replied.

It was an inane conversation and hardly worth repeating, but I assured her that they would get an order from me if they would fix their website. She assured me she would talk to the higher ups in the store. I’d think she could just go to the aisle with the peas, pick them up and ship them to me, but that’s too simple.

At least I’m on the right track, according to my LA friend, Janis Gore, who wrote:

One day I was shopping in the beans and rice aisle at Wal-mart.

Two black women about my age were shopping together. One woman picked up a pound of pintos, I think it was.

The other woman said, “Put that back! Mama don’t use nothin’ but Camellia beans.”

That’s as good a recommendation for a product as any I’ve heard.

The wind is blowing a gale today. It’s hard to stand upright. I’ve only heard rumors….nothing to swear by…that someone fell off a wind tower in Lincoln Co. and an ambulance was called, that there is a new orthodontist in town, or on his way, and the talk of building a new gymnasium has been revived with a following in tow. Don’t put money on any of it.

Today someone from Iran was googling for Forbes AFB and hit my blog with it. I really didn’t know what to think so I passed the information on to someone who might know what to do with it. It probably means nothing, then again….it could if paired along with lots of other bits and pieces of information.

Yesterday another addition to my collection of Pam Grout books arrived and it’s a dandy. I gave it to Ally and Ruby as I know they will love it. Here’s a review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat:

The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life
Pam Grout
National Geographic Books 03/07 Paperback $19.95
ISBN: 9781426200953

Increasing numbers of individuals are seeking to spend their leisure time in meaningful ways. They no longer just want to go on vacation to shop until they drop or to sleep all day on the beach. According to Pam Grout, author of 13 travel and self-help books, the new quest is for life-enhancing vacations which can involve learning a new skill, volunteering to share one’s expertise, developing one’s intellect, or extending oneself in some creative, physical, or spiritual way. This easy-to-use guide to 100 Best Vacations is divided into thematic sections on experience-driven trips in the United States, Canada, and Mexico:

• Arts & Crafts Getaways
• Volunteer Vacations
• Brain Retreats
• Wellness Escapes

Each chapter includes a detailed description of the suggested vacation, some information on how it began, who would like it most, additional suggestions for things to do while you are there, and full contact details for the program. Check out building a house for Habitat for Humanity, learning to knit on a sailing cruise, monitoring active volcanoes in Hawaii, practicing tai chi in a tropical paradise, or caring for abandoned pets in Puerto Rico.

If you are looking for a Christmas gift for that young, adventuresome, creative person in your family, I highly recommend this book. After all, Pam is one of our own Ellsworthites, and it’s nice to support her.

Thanks for tuning in.

11/27/2007

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT KANSAS ORIGINALS, SUNDAY DEC. 2nd

Filed under: Wilson Musings — Peg Britton @ 4:54 pm

The Christmas Open House at Kansas Originals Market & Gallery this Sunday, December 2nd, will feature award winning artist, Bobbi Kerth.  She paints in the mediums of oil and water and specializes in whimsical Santa prints.  Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  There will be live music and refreshments will be served.

Karen Bond, Events Coordinator
785-658-2602

11/26/2007

KANSAS…KEEPING AMERICA SAFE FROM MISSOURI SINCE 1854

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:44 pm

Now, here’s a shirt for Kansans. That is, if you don’t take it too seriously.

11/25/2007

IT HAS BEEN A NICE WEEKEND SHARED WITH FAMILY…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 4:52 pm

Things are quieting down after the weekend. A lull in the activity is most welcome for short periods of time…not long periods.

Ally and Ruby will be here later with tales of scuba diving and snorkeling in Cozumel, one of Ally’s favorite dive spots. It doesn’t take long to get there and it is familiar to them as Ally and other friends have been there on several occasions. It has very good water and beautiful coral reefs for diving. If you can’t or don’t want to go, listening to the stories is the next best thing.

The slow-cooker is full of food and it smells very good. Along with a beautifully browned eye of round roast and browned veggies of every description, there is a large kettle of spicy apples simmering for dessert, maybe topped with some vanilla ice cream. We’ll all enjoy the wide variety of good flavors I have ready. We’re just waiting on the travelers.

The downtown Christmas opening is tomorrow night. It seems to me that having it yesterday would have been a much better option. It was a perfect day for it especially when lots of families gathered here for the weekend who might have enjoyed “Santa” and the festivities that are associated with it. They might have even wandered through all the shops and actually bought things, which is what it’s all about. I’m not privy to all the reasons that went into this decision, but I know there are others who thought Saturday would have been much better choice for merchants. I think the general feeling among some was that if there weren’t anything going on in Ellsworth on Saturday, they might as well go to Salina.

My hoya found a happy new home. I’m not sure where she’s going to live, but it will be in nice surroundings. She departed here today after over 30 years with us. My two large peace plants are loving their new home in the Wakarusa Valley.

Some voices seem to resonate in my head more than others. Wolf Blitzer is an interesting man with an annoying voice, imo. The same goes with most of the talk show people, except for Anderson Cooper and Bill Maher. After awhile, I am just forced to change the channel. Some politicians, no matter how interesting they are, have voices that wear thin quickly. Bush, Nixon, Perot, Kucinich, etc. There are some I never seem to tire of listening to…Bill Clinton, Barak Obama and the late Barbara Jordon. They not only have voices I find very agreeable, they parse their words in such an interesting way that I never tire of listening to what they have to say and how they say it. Voices aren’t easily changed. They stick with us forever and no matter how our appearances changes, voices remain the same.

Dane’s electric wheel chair shot craps this morning. He got dressed for church and was ready to head for breakfast when the joy stick on his chair went berserk. He had an aide check it and the same thing happened again. He’ll call John the chair repair person early tomorrow morning, but in the meantime, he’s stuck in a regular chair and can’t get around on his own. That will drive him berserk in short order.

Tomorrow I will continue the long task of putting things back where they belong. I have shelves and shelves of books that are stacked in the “stuff” room that I’ll return to their rightful place a few books at a time. I can only lift a couple at a time so it will be a slow process. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many things to do and they won’t be done quickly. I need a full time sidekick to help. I’d like to get everything sorted out so that when everyone is here for Christmas, they can take what they want and I can do whatever seems appropriate with the rest.

In the meantime, were very much enjoying the appearance of our digs. Having a good paint job and new flooring has made a lot of difference in our surroundings. Once things are in order…and all the excess “stuff” is out of here…it will be wonderful. I’ll really enjoy it then.

Thanks for tuning in.

THE SMITH CENTER REDMEN WON AGAIN

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 11:34 am

Incredibly, the Redmen stumbled at the beginning of their game against Pittsburg Colgan. It was the first time all year that they were behind in a game, but they quickly recovered, scored 40 straight points and won 40 to 14.

The game capped an unbeaten season for the Redmen, 13-0, and produced their fourth consecutive state title. It extended the the state’s longest winning streak to 54 games and allowed the seniors on this team to go undefeated during their four years of varsity play.

What a remarkable record this is. Congratulations to the Redmen and the community of Smith Center that made it possible.

Here’s an article by Kevin Haskin of the Topeka Capital Journal sent to me by Linda Hanney.

11/24/2007

MISSOURI 36 - KANSAS 28

Filed under: print news — Peg Britton @ 10:44 pm

A wonderful perspective on this rivalry appears on Leon Unruh’s website.  He’s written a wonderful essay entitled, “Big Game, Big Stadium”.

“The mystery of how good KU’s football team really is finally has been solved. It’s almost as good as Missouri’s.”  Don’t miss reading about it.

KANSAS STATE 29, FRESNO STATE 45

Filed under: prairie musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 6:12 pm

11/23/2007

A LOT OF NERVE…

Filed under: prairie musings, Wilson Musings — Peg Britton @ 4:17 pm

Yesterday Dane, Brit and I had our Thanksgiving dinner at the Midland in Wilson.  It wasn’t our first choice, but it was okay.  The ECCA bus doesn’t run on holidays so we didn’t have it available to bring Dane to our house.  We didn’t have anyone to transport him in our van…and Brit and I can’t get on the floor of the van to fasten all the necessary straps for his safe transport.  Had we figured out a way to get Dane home, I would have improvised some kind of meal for us.   Dane can’t get in Karen in Todd’s house because of a step and narrow door opening.  They had their family and guests to contend with anyway.  My kitchen helpers, Ally and Ruby, were on vacation. Made From Scratch was closed.

So…the Midland it was.  We pushed a couple tables together where friend Linda, daughter Allie and m-i-l Winnie joined us.  We had a lot of fun visiting, especially with a college student interested in politics to generate good conversation.  Dane really enjoyed his visit with Allie Denning.

We were about finished with our meal when Ally called from Mexico with a quick greeting for all of us.  Reception is notoriously bad inside the Midland so I stepped outside the front door.  I had just said “hello” when this woman jumped me and yelled…”When are you going to give up that table.  They told us you’ve been sitting there since 11:15 and we’ve been waiting for an hour and a half for that table.”

I was stunned, and when I’m stunned, I’m sometimes also speechless.

First I looked at my watch and it was 1:08.  “What table”, I asked, “the one with the handicapped man over there?”  She didn’t answer…she just reminded me how long they had been standing there waiting on THEIR table.

“We didn’t sit down until a little after 12:00”, I told her, “as that is when we had our reservations. We didn’t leave home until after 11:30 and there is no way we were sitting at any table at 11:15.  And, with two people who needed help with their food, it did take us about an hour to get our food and eat.  It was Thanksgiving after all.

I went in and told our group that they needed our table.  We weren’t ready to give up the table as Dane hadn’t finished his Merlot.  He didn’t even touch it.  We hadn’t licked our spoons yet.  They were torqued.

As Allie was helping Dane with his coat, the waitress pushed two tables together and seated the B**** and her party across the room. There was no shortage of tables.

When we went up to pay, I asked our waitress if she had told “those people” we’d been sitting at our table since 11:15.  She didn’t look at me or answer.  I asked again. No answer. I asked if she gave us the 10% off they advertised on the INDY website. No answer. I asked again. She never looked at me and only hung her head and told Brit how much the check was. At that point, I was tempted to go ask the lady who told her that, but by then I was burning and ready to return the rudeness and I didn’t want to do that.

When Linda told her waiter son about the incident, he said to tell me he was very disappointed in my response. He expected more from me and a better ending to the story, and then laughed.

It was only later that I started to think of things I wished I’d said to her and find out exactly which of the two waitresses had made that incorrect remark. That gal was the rudest lady in the world and Brit and Linda gave way too huge tips to our very inept and rude waitress.

Oh well.  We went there to eat because it was the only place where Dane could eat with us.  We haven’t eaten there in years and I can think of no compelling reason why we ever should again.

If I knew the woman’s name, I’d be tempted to “out” her right here. I didn’t eve get a good look at her as she was right in my face.

KEEP YOUR CALENDAR CURRENT

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 2:35 pm

On Sunday November 25, Kansas Originals will host the Post Rock Opportunities Foundation open house from 11:00 until 3:00.  A dozen artists and craftsman intend to participate.

On Sunday December 2nd, the Ellsworth County Historical Society will feature the Fort Harker Commanding Officer’s Quarters in Kanopolis with an open house where Santa Claus will greet children from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday December 5th, retired newspaper publisher Darrel Miller of Downs will talk about his book “Lincoln Park Chautauqua, Every Man’s University” at the Wilson Chamber breakfast. It’s at Made From Scratch at 8:00.  Go a little early if you care to have breakfast too.

Sunday December 9th in the upstairs room of the Ellsworth Antique Mall at 2:00 p.m., you can hear organ music played by David Rankin and Rosemary Spaun. The recital will be performed on an antique organ owned by the Ellsworth County Historical Society.

SUNDAY IS THE HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES AND SOUP SUPPER. MONDAY IS THE DOWNTOWN KICKOFF FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 2:15 pm

Ellsworth County’s Purple Power Catbackers sponsor the fifth annual holiday tour of homes and soup supper on Sunday. The homes tour is between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. The dinner is from noon until 3:00 at the VFW Hall. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any Catbacker, the Ellsworth Antique Mall, both banks and Sherman-Hoffman-Hipp. Tickets are good for both the tour and supper.

Also sponsored by the ECPPC promptly at 2:00 will be a live auction at the VFW Hall for four tickets to the Big 12 Men’s Championship Tournament in Kansas City. For further information, call Bernadine Bachman 472.5005.

The home owners who are participants in the show are Elizabeth and Dwayne Rice, Lisa Lindsley, Paul and Beth Wagner and Bernadine Bachman.Monday the downtown merchants usher in the holiday season with open houses, photos with Santa and the lighted parade at 7:00 p.m.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROY PORTER BRITTON

Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 1:52 pm

My main squeeze is 82 today and says he feels every year of it.  We have nothing at all planned for today (we had lunch at Paden’s if that counts) so we’ll celebrate later when we can gather family together.  We never seem able to catch them all, but  we’ll make a dent in the effort.

He said he’d rather just spend the rest of the day by the fire reading.  He has the the logs flaming and is settling in for a nice, quiet day at home.  It’s hard to beat that.

11/21/2007

WISHING YOU A HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY…

Filed under: print news — Peg Britton @ 8:50 pm

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IT LOOKS LIKE YOUNG PEOPLE LIVE HERE….

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends — Peg Britton @ 7:45 pm

Mark Bennett, Eddie and Brian (I’m not sure of their last names, but they are really nice guys) just pulled a pickup truck loaded with equipment, trash and leftovers from the basement carpet exchange out of our back yard. The new carpet is down and the furniture and “stuff” are back where they ought to be. They did an excellent job and even cleaned up after themselves, which I hear no one does these days, except plumbers Randy and Rick. Everyone needs a little coaxing.

It makes a world of difference to me how I feel about how a craftsman has done his job in how he leaves the site. Jeff, the wood person, did an excellent job and for sure he was well paid, imo, but he didn’t show off his work by leaving it sparkling clean. It would have taken him an hour at the most to wipe the floor down so it looked spankin’ new. He left scraps on the deck that Drew dealt with.

When the carpet layers were winding down, I asked if they would sweep the carpet as it was covered with tiny scraps. They don’t do that and others who do get paid extra for it, they said. They ruined a sweeper a month cleaning up, they said, so they quit doing it. But, they did pull out one of my sweepers and gave it a once-over, which was all it really needed. It made me feel a bunch better about their work. But, they also went out of their way to move a two tons of furniture and not complain about it. The empty safe we have from Seitz Clothing for a bit of nostalgia must weight over 1,000 pounds and is much more difficult to deal with than the Brunswick snooker table out of George Panzer’s beer parlor that also weighs close to that.  Moving those two things was difficult even with the best of skids.
The carpet is a much lighter color than we’ve had for the past eons and the change is very noticeable. It’s not only lighter, it’s also much more comfortable under foot and makes the room cozier. Cozy warm. Eddie said he loved the color of the carpet and called it “Buckskin”. I think that’s a good call. It’s made out of water bottles and polyester, or the like, so that’s a good recycling effort.

If you need a good carpet layer-person…he also does vinyl, wood and ceramic…give Mark a call at 785.819.4270. His business is “Bennett Installation” and his roots in Ellsworth go back generations. He is CFI certified and fewer than five carpet layers in the Salina area have that accreditation. His dad, Richard, has a carpet store on east Prescott between the YWCA and Braum’s. He carries more extensive lines of Mohawk and Shaw’s than you’ll find elsewhere. I didn’t know that until today.

Grandson Drew came by tonight after working at the bank to help us out. The floor/ceramic man, Jeff, left a mess on our bathroom deck so Drew cleaned that up, plus he sucked up all the burr oak leaves that had blanketed the deck.

Drew loved the floor and the new look of the house. “Grandma”, he said, “I just love every bit of it. I especially like it because it looks like young people live here.” What a kind remark. I love that boy. My friend, Meredith said she knew the place looked like an “art gallery”. I took that as a compliment. Great! That’s just what I was wanting to achieve from the very beginning 30 some years ago only we lacked any art. It just took awhile. It’s not a look most people would like.

We hope the weather clears for tomorrow so Dane can wheel himself to the Midland and meet Brit and me for Thanksgiving Day dinner. It’s not like we’d prefer, but with the floor projects, my chef diving among creepy creatures in the waters near Cozumel, and the limitations we have with Dane’s mobility, this was the best we could do. In a couple of weeks we can have a family gathering and try to make up for it.

The game between KU and NAU so far is a real mismatch. It will be the 600th win at Allen Field House for the Hawks.

My friend, Dave Leiker, who knows all things about computer programs that we wish we knew…gave me a handle on how to code my blogs. This is my first attempt and I’m encouraged it will save me a lot of time.

That reminds me that Cheryl Unruh, who is closely related to Dave, has a new essay called “Not the Pyrenees” that was published in the Emporia Gazette. She’s my favorite Kansas writer and Dave is my favorite Kansas photographer. They never disappoint me with their wonderful words and photographs. We all love Kansas.

I ran into a couple of local snowbirds at Gene’s today who were home from AZ. They are not people whom I know well, but are people I know. Their daughter lived in Alaska and frequented my blog in years past. She has since moved to Tucson and still keeps in touch. The couple was so nice and said they read my blog regularly to keep track of what is going on in town. That was very kind of them to say that. They also said Dane’s business savvy when he was working was very helpful to them. They had a lot of very kind words to share about him. It made my day.

Thanks for tuning in…

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