Thursday, May 31, 2007

New Web site

I had been considering this before, but since my cousin Becky contacted me, I decided to go ahead and do it. I created a family Web site at for: "This site is for the descendants of William and Lydia Burrell, who moved from Wisconsin to Webster County, Iowa, in 1880. This is also for the collateral lines - descendants of people who married into the family."

The site is here. I'm the only administrator so far, and I have it set that I have to add members. But if you fit in that category, please sign up.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Sold my car ...

for $50. The guy who bought it is going to part it out. He bought Donna's van for $50, too.

The mail hasn't come yet, so I don't know if my check will be here today. I've got to have my own vehicle and soon.

Now I have to get ready to go to work. Yippee.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Okay, enough whining

I had planned to post some thanks tonight, and when I got home and checked my e-mail I found something even more exciting to be thankful for.

So, we'll start with the original thanks. My sister, Donna, picked me up today and brought me - and my laundry - into town. My niece Jessica loaned me money to get some food and stuff. Donna let me do my laundry at her house and hang out there until it was time to take me to work. I also got to take a shower at her place.

Advance thanks: My friend Tanya, who will take me to work tomorrow. Donna will take me home.

And the exciting news: My cousin Becky, who found my blog and contacted me by e-mail. I haven't seen her or talked to her in years, so we have a lot of catching up to do.

If Blogger had one of those mood thingys, mine would be a smiling face.

So, how was your day?

So far, weird. Kent got all upset last night. A couple of things he had a point about, but the others he's just being unreasonable. I got a call from work and had to walk a photographer through the steps for uploading photos to The Messenger's CU site. I went step-by-step and it took awhile. Apparently Kent had walked by me and said "I want my computer" but I didn't hear him. So he was pouting about that and a couple other things I did wrong.

This morning he was still sulking until he found out that Donna was coming out to get me and would bring him a pack of cigarettes. Then he got - I was going to say cheerful - civilized. At least he wasn't biting my head off. He's going to have to restart the Chantix when we get the money - and go for the whole three months' supply.

So, Donna came out to bring me into town. I'm doing laundry at her place and she or Suzanna will take me to work. Suzanna will take me home tonight. Tomorrow, Tanya Brown will take me to work. I don't know how I'm getting home, unless Donna is off.

I hope my check comes tomorrow. I'm thinking of getting the car fixed. That will mean having it towed into town so that I don't cause more damage, and hoping that the engine block isn't cracked. If the car is fixable and costs less than $800, I'll have some left for bills and stuff. I want a small freezer - they cost about $150 at Menards and they'll deliver for $35 or so. I know we want to move back into town, but until we get rid of a bunch of crap and move stuff we want to keep into storage (which I am behind paying for), we can't even start looking.

School is out on Thursday, so at least I'll be able to sleep in the mornings. That's one bright point to look forward to.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Kent's random babble ...

is what you hear when he's on pain meds/muscle relaxers. Sometimes he gets overtired or something and then he dozes off at the computer and is somewhat incoherent when he talks.

Like right now.

He just asked "how's the water outside?" I think he means is the grass too wet to go get the paper. But I'm sort of concerned, so Amanda is staying home even though she hasn't gone to church much lately. He needs somebody here to call 911 if he does something stupid.

Saturday, May 26, 2007


I've been fighting about the worst headache of my life all day today. I hadn't had a Dr Pepper since yesterday morning, and caffeine withdrawal is the pits. I woke up in pain and couldn't get back to sleep. Cayla finally went to the convenience store and got me one. I feel a little better now - at least I don't think I'm going to throw up now.

Going into town to hit the library and run to the pharmacy for Mom, plus one more stop. I hate being broke. Kent wants cigarettes again after not smoking for two months - he only took one month's worth of Chantix, and the effect is wearing off. I've got less than half a tank of gas in Donna's van (I've put $54 in gas in the van since May 18 - 8 days ago), my check didn't come yet (loan against my 401(k) money) and there's no mail on Monday. So, I'm hoping to get $20 on a loan against Kent's stereo and buy some food for the next couple of days. I just hope that check comes Tuesday.

His dad called last night with a little family update. He's visiting the oldest son in California. I don't have anybody's address any more - not even his dad's after they moved last year. But I guess Kent has his phone number now, so we can go from there.

Well, I've got to go - I still have to work later. I've got tons of stuff to copy edit and other things to do, so I can't even call in sick.

It just keeps getting better. I was driving into town (Donna's van, remember) and the van wouldn't get out of first gear. I turned around and headed home. Just great. She'll take me to work, but I'm not sure how I'm getting home. Or to church tomorrow.

My headache is still there, just not as bad as this morning. Just give it time.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Name that kitty

So ... we got a new kitten last week - on May 15, actually. He's still small, though he was old enough to leave his mother. He was an outdoors cat at the Johns' in Webster City. Debbie mentioned that she had kittens to give away and Donna decided she must have one (to go with the other 7 cats she already has). I had been thinking about getting another cat recently - although I was thinking of getting an older cat at the shelter. But, I decided to tag along with Donna.

So, we went to WC and Donna picked the black kitten with white paws and white under his chin. I took the last kitten - sort of a tabby but more marbled than striped. He also has white paws and a white belly and white under his chin.

But we haven't named him yet. I suggested Nebula, because our other cat is Comet and I thought that astronomical names would be cool. I can't remember what other names we've considered over the past few days. Amanda wants to name him Vicious because he attacks things, but I don't think he's trying to be mean - he's just being a kitten. With razor-sharp claws, BTW.

My latest suggestion is Cuidado. It means caution in Spanish. I checked at to find words in Spanish or German that mean caution or warning, and this seems like the best choice.

But we're still open to suggestions ... any ideas?

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Car update

So, I'm driving my sister's van in the short term. I'm waiting for a check - I took out a loan against my 401(k). Kent is in the hospital - he had surgery on his left knee. He had had a partial knee replacement done but yesterday it was redone to a full knee replacement. He swears "never again!"

Until the check comes, we're broke. I'm taking something to the pawn shop to get gas money so I don't run out of gas today or tomorrow. Which is really sad, because we have two disabled vehicles with full tanks of gas sitting in the driveway, but I don't know how to siphon the gas out.

Life is good, isn't it? *insert ironic smiley here*

Friday, May 18, 2007

The ups and downs

Okay, yeah, I need to (well, should) blog more often. Mainly so that my blog posts won't be as sad and rambling as this one.

Friday, I got to go on a field trip with Cayla. Took lots of photos, had a good time.

Saturday, worked. I'm sure there was more to the day, but right now I'm drawing a blank.

Sunday - Mother's Day. Went to church, taught my lesson, went home. Worked for Jean, who called in sick.

Monday, worked.

Tuesday, off. Didn't get anything done at home. Went to Relief Society, then went to Webster City with Donna to pick up a kitten from the Johns family. He's tabby-colored, but looks more marbled than striped. Comet seems to hate him - she hisses and growls most of the time when she sees him.

Wednesday, off. Didn't take Amanda to church because she didn't have anything to wear. Forgot I was supposed to bring something to church, but I guess that will have to wait.

Thursday, payday. Cashed check, got a prepaid credit card to pay Kent's speeding ticket online. Paid to get car insurance reinstated. Went to lunch, dropped in at Mom's with sodas and the $5 I owed her. Kent dropped me at work and went home.

He called me later to say the car was overheating. I had been wanting to check to see if I could borrow some money from my 401(k), so I asked our HR person. She checked, and I can. But Kent would have to sign papers, too. So, I called him and asked him to come in and do that. The car overheated, so after he signed the papers, he headed over to our mechanic.

It may be the head gasket - and we're looking at $300 and up for repairs. I don't have a choice - I must have a car. Living outside town can be nice and peaceful, but limits transportation options - bicycling is definitely out, and walking would plain take too long.

So, we need money. I'm inclined to look for another car, since this is such a major issue and the car has some minor problems that should also be addressed. For one thing - okay, not a mechanical issue - is that it's a two-door car. Very inconvenient.

So, now we come down to the issue. I need money. I'll get about $1,000 in the near future, but in the meantime, I've got to get to work. So, I'm asking for gifts of money. Anyone who wants to donate can send to me through PayPal (at) yahoo dot com. In other words, you should know my name (look in the address bar) and my PayPal account is based on that e-mail address.

I realize that probably about the only person who reads this is my mom, so don't worry Mom, I'm not asking you for money. I just am desperate enough to beg for money from people who don't even know I'm begging. But what the hey, it's worth a shot.

Now I've got to put some cold food in the fridge, check the listings and go to bed. I can feel a headache coming on.