Sunday, July 23, 2006

My dang car

So, I went to church today. After church was over, I went out to the car to unlock it nad open the windows, so Mom could sit in it. I went back in to get the girls, and when I went back out and opened the front door, the armrest fell off.

Then the car didn't want to start. I did try moving the steering wheel back and forth , but the key just didn't want to turn forward. I finally got it to go, and took Mom and Cayla over to Mom's. I had planned to leave both girls at Mom's, have lunch and then go to work at 2 (special request by our publisher, to finish details on a project). Since the car was acting up, I left Mom and Cayla at Mom's and drove Amanda home. When we got to Coalville, the "low fuel" light went on.

So, I had lunch and called Donna's hoping someone could help me get gas money. Suzanna made the offer. Yay! I went into work - drove the Chrysler - and was there from 2 to 5:45 p.m. I went to Donna's to pick up Jessica's sleeping bag for Amanda to take to camp and the money from Suzanna. Then I went to Wal-Mart to get a few items of food and put $10 on the gift card for gas. Gassed up the car and went home.

Just a lovely day. We're thinking about junking the Escort. I'm upset that I spent $341 two weeks ago to replace the exhaust system and now this!

Friday, July 14, 2006

A reunion, an escape, a reunion and a birthday card

Kent, Amanda and Cayla came home today. Kent decided to leave last night and drove all night. They got here around 7 a.m. I stayed home a couple of hours before gong to work. Cayla was going to feed her hamster, but got distracted. Some time later, I reminded her to feed the hamster. She went in her room, and came out upset. Her hamster had escaped because when she got distracted, she forgot to put the lid back on the aquarium. So, we waited until we knew where the hamster was, and Cayla eventually caught her.

I went to work, but stopped to get our mail first. Amanda got a birthday card from Kent's dad. The only problem is that he didn't put his (new) address on the card or envelope. So, even though I was going to nag her to write a thank-you note, I don't know where to send it. We knew that they were going to move, but haven't heard from then since. Maybe I'll send a letter to the old address and hope they've got a forwarding order at the post office.

The new season of SG-1 and SG-Atlantis started tonight and I got to watch them both. I'm going to bed now. I've got an article and some other stuff to write tomorrow, plus prepare my primary lesson for Sunday.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

On the road again?

I semi-finished that project at work. There is more that can be done, but with stuff that we have on CDs, so not with big, heavy, dusty old books. I've also got lots more writing to do. If I really put my mind to it, I could probably finish my last three articles this week. Well, one has to be done by Saturday morning, but the other two could be done next week. Maybe.

And, it's Amanda's birthday. I called at 8:04 p.m. (the time she was born) and Michelle told me they were on their way home. What?!? Kent had called me at work and said they would be leaving in the morning. At least, that's what I think he said - we had a tornado siren going and I had to hang up so I could go down in the basement. We didn't have to stay long, luckily. Once during a bad storm, we were down there for about an hour. Rain was coming in through a couple of cracks in the walls/foundation and backing up in a drain, producing a horrible smell. Today wasn't so bad, except for the fact that I came to work late and finished the Lifestyle section at 6:30 p.m. - an hour and a half past deadline.

The reason I went to work late was because of a stop I made while running errands this morning. Mom wanted a ride to Gary's house to pick up a few things his brother had put aside for her. She had asked Pat for anything related to our church, and Pat is being very kind to let her have the stuff. While we were there, I happened to see some old photographs in the large trash container. Many of them are in the 100-year-old range. Pat was tossing them because the people in the photos are not identified. I rescued as many as I could. I'll probably give them to the Webster County Museum or Webster County Historical Society. There were some old school-type books, a couple of military field manuals (one was drawing), and three ledger-type books with information relating to a local Catholic church. I'm going to contact them to see if they are interested. Otherwise, the museum or historical society most likely would want them.

Anyway, while I was trying to rescue the old photos, I got all sweaty, so I took Mom to her home and went home to get cleaned up. That's why I was late to work. Oh, and another thing I was given at Gary's house: five Heinlein books, including "Tunnel in the Sky." I've been wanting to reread that one since someone on Hatrack mentioned it.

This post goes back and forth in time. I'm going to back up just a little bit farther. This morning I sent Amanda several virtual birthday cards. I know she saw one of them, but I don't know about the others. I also don't know if she liked the gift I sent along for her to open while she was gone.

I wonder where they are right now? I called Kent's cell phone but he didn't answer, so I left a message. I bet he left it in his bag, turned off. I hope he calls to let me know their progress.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Yesterday - what a day

Yeah, I was too tired to post last night, plus too busy. I worked 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., went to lunch. Returned at 2:30, worked til 6 p.m., went to supper. Came back at 7, worked til 10:30. Went home, started a load of laundry, fed the cat, checked my e-mail in case Kent or the girls e-mailed me (no, but I had to deal with an e-mail issue from someone on a Yahoo group I moderate - the moderated member had posted the same thing four times in just a few minutes). Took a shower, had something to eat, went to bed. Somewhere in there is took out the garbage and brought in my sodas, which I forgot to do when I got home. Which meant that I had to wait til one was cold (put in freezer, luckily didn't forget to get it out.)

My muscles and joints hurt. I need to call the doctor's office about that. I also need to ask them if you can get tetanus from a cut received in a dusty storeroom while working with rusty staples. No farm animals up there, which is a classic source of tetanus. But, I'd probably better get a shot to be safe.

So, I've got to go to work this morning. I have a committee meeting at noon, and will probably work on the Sunday Lifestyle section. I've got a little finishing up to do with the books, but hopefully that won't take long (or be too messy - I've decided to wear regular work clothes, which means business attire, not jeans and T-shirt).

I just left a message for the person who is coordinating the transfer of the pages to a company that will duplicate them. I called him because I didn't remember leaving him a message last night. While I was talking, my words seemed familiar - now I think I did leave him pretty much that same message last night. Oh, well, I guess I really meant it.

Monday, July 10, 2006

What a day

What a lame post title. Whatever.

I was up at 6 a.m., at work around 7:45 a.m. Left work 4 hours later. I forgot to mention, I left the car at the mechanic's and walked from there to work, about 4 1/2 blocks. So, of course, walked back.

Went home, washed a load of laundry. Why? Because the project I'm working on requires me to be in a hot, dusty room with a bunch of dusty, falling-apart books. These books are old newspapers bound in book form. Which I'm ripping apart so we can get copies for this project.

So, I did a load of laundry, did some research for my project, e-mailed the information to my work e-mail address, got something to eat and went back to work, thinking I would be working on tomorrow's newspaper.

No. Was told I would continue working on the project. Fine, except I had asked for a fan and it wasn't there, plus I had showered and changed into the regular clothes I wear to work. When I was working on the books, I was wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

So, I went back home and changed again. Came back into town, went to the dollar store and got a couple of extension cords, some ponytail holders and a flashlight and batteries. Some of the books are behind stacks of other books and it's easier to see the dates with a flashlight.

So, I'm home now, starting a load of laundry. I've only got the one pair of jeans, and I'll need them in the morning when I go back and continue this project. Which is overdue, and I'll be miserable next week because it didn't get done on time - I've been warned.

I just wonder if it will be as bad as I feel right now - tired and in pain from all the complaining muscles (moving heavy books, etc.).

I forgot to mention: my ankles are swollen, my left knee hurts (which is especially fun while shifting gears) and I'm out of Dr Pepper.

Sunday, July 9, 2006

My family went on vacation ... without me

Kent and the girls are visiting friends of his in Kentucky. His friends drove up and took them back with them Saturday (left here around 1 p.m. Saturday and got there around 3:30 a.m. Sunday).

Comet and I don't know what to do with ourselves. She doesn't understand where everybody is. I'm staying up way too late, which is a usual behavior for me, but I think it's for a different reason this time.

But, I'll go to bed now. I've got a huge project that must be done soon.

Monday, July 3, 2006

Small-town living

We live in a small town in north-central Iowa. Although I've got a short drive to town to go to work, church and shopping, there are advantages to small-town living.

Last night we saw a deer walking across the street from us. Just casually strolling through one yard, across the street and into another yard. I often see rabbits in our yard or in others' yards.

Tomorrow there will be a Fourth of July parade - right down our street. Tomorrow night, the fireworks will be going off directly overhead. They are set off about a block away from our home. It's the most awesome show. ;-)

If we were to move into town (to save traveling time and gas), I would miss the little things like this.

In memoriam: Gary A. Trusty

Gary A. Trusty 56, of Fort Dodge, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2006.

Memorial services will be Friday, June 30, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home with B. J. Thomas, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, officiating. Friends may call from 12 noon until the time of the services at the funeral home.

Survivors include his brother, Pat Trusty of Phoenix, Ariz., and a niece Emily Marie Trusty. He was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Rose Marie (Walsh) Trusty.

Gary Alan Trusty was born on May 3, 1950, in Fort Dodge. In the early 1950s, Gary was one of three children to undergo the University of Iowa Hospital’s first open heart surgeries on a child, to repair a hole in his heart. This event influenced the rest of his life, which ended with heart failure. He attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from St. Edmond High School in 1969. Following his education he enlisted in the U.S Navy in 1969, serving until his honorable discharge. Gary began a spiritual quest that he pursued all his life. His lifelong experiments in living and thinking led him to many unique adventures that had become legend amongst his many friends. Gary was an avid collector of religious art and books. He was very generous with his time and money, and was always eager to help others when called upon. He was a loyal and faithful friend who is loved and deeply missed by those whose lives he has touched.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.