I’d like to say I’m placing the final ornament on my Christmas tree, with Ally and Patti watching me work, but the truth of the matter is this: This tree is in the gorgeous lobby of the Eisenhower Library in Abilene where Patti hosted her Wells Fargo party. It was a dandy party and a lovely tree.
There is a wonderful Christmas city displayed in the front lobby at the Library. It will be the delight of children visiting the Eisenhower Center during the holidays. The above photos were taken by Terri Walsh.
I toured Ellsworth this evening from one end to the other, missing nary a street, to see the Christmas displays. Some of the lighting arrangements are very impressive and are tucked around corners and down dead ends that you don’t want to miss. You should pile the kids and old folks in the car for an evening drive to soak up the holiday spirit.
Christmas is getting brighter here with each addition of feet under the dinner table. The latest to get to spend some time here is our youngest grandson who’ll arrive Christmas Eve and be home for a week or so. Middle grandson who lives in Kansas City will be here the minute he gets off work. He won’t linger in the city.
My friend, Anne G, is home after a lengthy stay in hospitals for back surgery and therapy. She’s mighty glad to be back in her own home. It seems a lot of people are having back or hip surgery recently and that can’t be very pleasant.
Tuesday I hope to get an H1N1 flu shot. I was told by my doctor to get one months ago, but I couldn’t qualify for one. Now, they are open to everyone. I have no immunity anymore because of the medications I take for Lupus so I need to avail myself of every vaccine known to man. And, I try to stay away from anyone with a cold, flu, or anything contagious as I have no way to combat disease. Heck of a deal but things could be much worse. I feel well and that’s what matters most at the moment.
Do some of you remember John Reichman? The famous mandolin player? He was here in concert with Susan Crowe and Linda Kidder a few years ago. They made beautiful music in the PAC and our schools. John is returning to this area…from Vancouver where he lives…to play in Skiatook OK on June 5th. His bluegrass band is called “John Reichman and the Jaybirds”. I’ll have more on it later, but if you know of anyone who would like to stage a wonderful concert, I can put you in touch with John.
Ringo has taken to wandering around again when I let him out to run. He leaps through the snow like a deer and is beautiful to watch bounding here and there. He just doesn’t return when I call him. Even “cookies” aren’t a draw anymore, but going for a ride is always a winner with him. When I ask him if he wants to go for a ride, he’s right at the car door, ready to go. He’s wonderful in a car and stays put as long as someone is in the car with him. Once he has the car to himself, he jumps up to the front seat and takes over. He does love his rides. The bad part is that he’d get into a car with anyone, friend or foe, just for the ride.
My friend Ryon, the chicken guy, spent most of the afternoon washing and packaging 944 eggs for marketing. He even uses a scouring pad on them so they are shiny clean. I figure his hands are so clean after all that he would be ready for serious surgery. He also just added 1,000 baby chicks to his flock. Being a chicken farmer is hard work.
I’ve been a news junkie for most of my life…national news of the serious variety. I’ve no interest in celebrity news or made up news. I’ve thrived on knowing what was going on locally, in Topeka, DC and around the world. It was always hard for me to imagine that everyone wouldn’t want to learn as much as possible in order to be informed.
Well, I’m fed up with the news and would be hard pressed, the way things look now especially at the state level, to encourage people to go vote. Now I know how many other people have felt for a long time. Things are such a mess that you wonder how people can screw up so badly.
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