Monday, August 27, 2007


Norfolk City ladies golf tournament was held Saturday. There were only 12 ladies that played. I don't know why out of possibly 150 to 200 ladies only 12 want to play. I didn't play well enough to place, but we got to play at the Norfolk Country Club for $35.00 which is less that green fees would be. I was only 1 stroke out of the money so it wasn't too bad.
Friday night the Husker Volleyball girls opened their season with the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) tournament at the Qwest Center in Omaha. I really debated about getting tickets and going to this event. As it turned out the games were shown on net (Friday) and CSTV (Saturday). The girls looked great and won 3 straight from Tennessee and 3 to 1 over #5 UCLA. Am looking for tickets to the Baylor game if anyone happens to know of a couple floating around.
Sunday Jerry left early and I didn't play golf so had the whole day to do some catching up projects. Never get them all done, but did get the kitchen cleaned and the table cleared off, besides all the usual weekend chores. Tried to get a little more organized with my paper glut to keep it from piling up on the table. Every time I see it piling up, I think of Mom and her kitchen table. After all of the kids were gone, she only needed a spot for her to eat and the remainder of the table seemed to collect all sorts of papers. I must get my lack of organizational skills from her.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

peanut butter bars

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup shortening (I use Crisco butter flavored)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350. Cream brown sugar, peanut butter and shortening. Add eggs and vanilla: beat well. Stir together flour & baking powder. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating till well mixed. Spread in a greased 13x9x2 inch baking pan. Bake in 350 oven about 30 minutes or till done (center will be slightly soft.) Cool
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
milk or cream
Cream together peanut butter and butter/margarine. Slowly beat in powdered sugar and enough cream to make of spreading consistency.

For the frosting I use more of everything and make a thicker layer of frosting.

We ended up with 5 inches of rain yesterday and last night. During the storm lightening struck a building across the street from C F. There is an apartment on the top floor of the building. The strike knocked down the brick chimney. The bricks went through an awning and landed on the deck. One of our service writers called the people that live there to see if they were ok. They had not even realized they had been hit. There was a small fire, but it was raining so hard the rain put it out. The sun is shining this morning so hope the rain is over for awhile.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


It is raining and storming again. We have had rain, wind, hail, thunder and lightening almost every day and night this week. I now know how LaDawn felt when they were getting rain every day. The computers were down because of a power outage overnight. First thing this morning was to get the system up and running. Outside a dumpster from the Methodist Church south of Courtesy Ford was blown into 3 pickups on our lot. I didn't go out and look, but the salesmen said it looks like the trucks ran into something going about 50 mph, which was about the wind speed last night. I wonder who is going to be liable for the damage. The church, the owner of the dumpsters or our business. We are not in a flood area and hope the flood control never gets full. I don't know for sure when it was built, but a long time ago Norfolk did have a real bad flood. I do remember when the Logan would flood between Lyons and Bancroft and west of Oakland. The Logan has been dredged out and dirt built up in these areas to stop the flooding. This weather is really unusual for August. We think of August as being hot and dry. This year it is HOT AND HUMID.
There has been a lot of fog in the mornings. If the ninety days from fog - there will be moisture holds true - November will be either real wet or real snowy. Monday evening we did get done golfing before the storm hit. Looks like we may have another postponement tonight.

Monday, August 20, 2007


Saturday Fairplay had a tournament scheduled to start at noon. Therefore to get done before noon we had to tee off a 8 am. But first we had to meet for breakfast. To get this all accomplished, the alarm went off at 5:30. This is supposed to be my day to sleep in. Oh, well. We got in our 18-holes and went home to laundry and grocery shopping and all the fun Saturday stuff that needs to be done. I went to church at the 6 pm service so I could sleep in on Sunday.
On Sunday we were invited to a 40th anniversary party for a couple we became friends with when we lived in the Scribner area. Janice also worked in the Lyons Nursing home when Mom was there. They have 5 girls and 19 grandchildren. No way I could keep all of the grandkids straight. The youngest girl lives in Idaho and wasn't there. We did a lot of stuff with this couple and one other couple in the 3 years we lived there. It was nice to catch up on their lives. Jerry didn't get to go as he had to take off for Ohio early on Sunday.
On the way home I decided to drive out to see how Joe's housebuilding was coming. The house is all framed out and ready for a roof. Angie and Abby were filling the block retaining wall with gravel and Joe was moving dirt. It seems to be coming along ok. They will have a real nice view of the lake when it is done. Jacob can go fishing whenever he feels like it. We walked through it and they showed me what was going to be what. Will be real nice. By the way, I have never seen Angie so dirty.
When I got home I took in the laundry, made beds, mowed the lawn, watered flowers, made peanut butter bars for the golf ladies NWAGA tournament tonight (weather permitting), had a "Healthy Choice" dinner out of the freezer, and watched Raising Helen on tv. This was my "day of rest?"

Friday, August 17, 2007


7/17/07 - Sounds like it should be a lucky day. Not much to blog about this week. Saturday we played 18 holes of golf in the HOT AND HUMID weather. On Sunday we were going to play in the afternoon. After Jerry changed the oil and sharpened the blade in the mower, he came in and said it is too d=== hot. So, we stayed home and watched the poor golfers play in Tulsa where the temp was over 100. And they walk.
The lawn had to be mowed. When it clouded up a bit I decided to "get r done". Just as I finished it started to rumble a little and we got a real nice rain at just the right time. Tiger won his first tournament with his daughter present in the club house. I always like to see Phil Mickelsen win and his 3 little kids run out to hug him when he gets done. Those hugs have to feel better than the trophy.
On Monday we had ladies league make up from the rain out the previous week. On Tuesday Donna & I played in a scramble at Kelly's. Kelly's is a nine hold course just west of Norfolk. We won with a 33. On Wednesday we had our regular league night.
It has cooled off a little today. Kind of a nice break from the heat, but it is supposed to be hot over the weekend. Too bad we can't bottle some of the heat to let loose in the winter.

Friday, August 10, 2007

#7 - Dream

The dream almost everyone has is to be rich and happy. Unless I win the lottery, I will probably never be rich. There are days I am happier than others. Being contented is not to have what you want, but to want what you have. The dream now would probably be to be able to retire comfortably and do some traveling. There are so many places in the USA that I would like to see.

Thanks LaDawn for starting this project. It has been fun to read every one's comments.

#6 - Being a woman

Best - Not wearing a tie to work. I couldn't tie it. Seriously, to be able to create new life.
Worst - not being able to pee in the woods without getting your shoes wet.
Serious side - Being underpaid for the same job as a man.

#5 best/worst

The best part is sharing and doing what your spouse and family like to do. The worst
is the differences. Since living together was not as common in the 60's, learning the bad habits and idiosyncrasies of your new roommate can be a shock. Like Cindy, kids can fit into both categories. There are times you want to beat some sense into them and times you can't hug them enough.
Like life there is good and bad in every marriage and family. It is best to dwell on the good and forget the bad.

#3 & #4 - money

Probably the most profitable $$ ever spent was for the house we bought in Oakland. It almost doubled in price while we were living in it. Unfortunately the money we made went to pay off other debts and taxes.
The worst $$ ever spent was on the house in Wayne. We bought it when interest rates were high and the market was bad when we sold it so we lost money on that one.
On a smaller scale - I have probably bought a lot of things that I thought were bargains and never really used. Since I am a bargain hunter. When I go shopping I never buy much that isn't marked down. This is the main difference between men and women when they shop. Men don't "shop" they "buy." Women shop for the best deal which is the fun of shopping.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

#2 Advice

These are all really thought provoking questions.
First, How many of us listen to the advice given to us when we are 18 and out on our own for the first time.
Living on a farm with the nearest town being less than 1000 people, what we knew of the bigger world was probably what we saw on television. Ozzie & Harriet, Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver, etc. I don't recall any women in charge. Our Miss Brooks was about a teacher and there was another program about a secretary named Suzie. These seemed to be the options for women. The advice I wish I had would probably be that a girl can do anything she wants to do or has the talent to do. When I was a senior in high school, I wanted to take a shop class but girls were not allowed to take shop. Boys could not take Home Ec. There were no girls sports either. This is kind of odd because when my Mom was in high school she played on the girls basketball team. I think just a few years before my high school years boys were allowed to take a home ec class. Women have come a long way in the past 40 years, but they still have some ground to make up.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

#1 of Ladawn's blog (AT 18)

What was my vision of the future at 18? That has been so long ago I'm not sure I can remember. Just out of high school my first goal was taking a business course at Lincoln School of Commerce. I took the secretarial course thinking I wanted to work in an office setting. My second goal, as was the goal of most girls of the 60's era was to get married and have a family. After working in secretarial positions and bookkeeping positions, I found that the accounting was more interesting. I am still working in an office setting. Hindsight being better than foresight, I think I should have taken more accounting classes and maybe became a CPA.
As far as the family - Although it was not Ozzie and Harriet, they all survived and are doing quite well in their own lives. When the babies were born, you think you have all the time in the world before they are grown, but that time now seems like just a few minutes. I wish I could be more involved in the grandkids lives. They will be out on their own way to soon.

#1 (AT 18)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


This weekend the Fairplay club tournament was held. The ladies and the men's championship played on Saturday. The men's championship also plays on Sunday along with the other flights.
I shot 95 which is ok for me but not good enough to win anything. Between the golf and the dinner a 9-hole par 3 course is set up on the back nine. I shot a 31 on this little fun event which was good enough for second place.
Since we couldn't play at Fairplay on Sunday, we drive to Battle Creek to play the course there. This is not a good course to play on such a hot humid day. It is a rather new course and the trees are not big enough for much shade. It is a fun little 9-hole course so we played it twice to get in our Sunday 18.
It has been trying to rain here for several days. We keep getting just a little bit off and on. It is all welcome. Today it rained pretty good for a couple of hours. Some of my golfing friends and I were going to play at Kelly's tonight, but it has been postponed until next week. Kelly's is a 9-hole course a few miles west of Norfolk.
Have been trying to set a day to do something with the grandkids. We like to get them all together and do something fun. Don't know if we can top the horseback riding they did last year. There is a new water park in Fremont that they might like so will try to get that arranged. It is getting harder to find activities that all of them will have fun doing since there are now a couple of teenagers involved.
We used to take them to HD zoo, but I think they kind of got tired of that so have tried to find some new stuff to do. Does any body have any suggestions?

Thursday, August 2, 2007

High places

This week a cell tower is being erected in downtown Norfolk. It has been both educational and interesting to see how these towers are put up. There are usually 3 guys waaaaaaaaay up there. I wonder how much they get to climb up there. I know if I was up there, I would not get anything done as I would be holding on with both hands. High places have always kind of scared me. Helping with roofing, siding and painting was kind of fun except when getting up on the ladders or roof. Climbing up on a roof is a lot easier than climbing down. Advice is always "Don't look down." Ya right. You have to look down to find the first step on the ladder to get down. Hiking in the mountains in Colorado last summer, I tried to stay to the inside of the trail. Janell, Paulette and I did make it to the top and a nice forest ranger took our picture. It was kind of scary standing on the edge of a mountain. When we were younger Aunt Grace lived in this big farm house. Sometimes while visiting, we kids would go clear up to the attic and look out the window. Since the house was on a hill, it really looked like a looooooong way down. While flying it is fun to watch things get smaller and smaller as you fly off into the wild blue yonder. (wherever that is) Then to watch everything grow back to normal when landing. Even though I don't like high places, I do like to sit by the window when flying. I try to pick out the major cities or rivers that we should be flying over. Cloudy days are always disappointing when I fly. Jerry, on the other hand, does not like to go down into caves. Everyone has some kind of phobia, what is yours?