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January 2004


Wednesday, December 31 2003:

Finally back to the living.. I have been sick since Sunday and it was all I could do to get the company's books done so I haven't played on the PC hardly any.. Oh well I have to visit the Playroom.. We colored a little baby as a project and I had to make a quilt piece out of him..
DH came home around 2pm... I know the day that we would have been planing on going out but I am still not sure what we are going to do.. Tracy and Destry have invited us over as they are having friends over to celebrate the new year in.. Tiffani is working late tonight but they might go over for a bit.. Bet we just stay at home and watch the new year in on the sofa..


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Thursday, January 1:
Happy 2004 New Year
Last night we went over to Tracy's to begin the celebration of New Year.. Dalton was there but Brooklyn was at her mom's.. After a great meal and a great visit we decided we would rather be home to bring in the New Yeat.. So around 10 we went on home and watch the ball drop on TV.. then to bed to sleep the Oklahoma New Year in.. LOL
Waking to A warm morning but it also a dreary day with a heavy overcast. Looks like we might get some much needed moisture. We do need rain, to see us through the dry months of summer. But for now, I'll gladly turn my face to the sun and embrace it with joy, just like the wrens, and the sparrows, and the robins, and the hummingbirds, and the squirrels. Because in no time at all it will be spring again, and all the wonders promised by the swollen branches and the tips of plants breaking through the ground will burst into beauty.
Happy New Year, from my backyard to yours!

Three for Thursday
Wednesday, December 31, 2003
1. Name 3 ((or more if you'd like)) new years resolutions.
Share my faith in the Lord with others more.....
2. What 3 things would you like to do/like to go, this new years?
  • Get the girls school scrapebooking done.. Go on a family vacation with the girls and their families.... Go 4-wheeling more with the family.. Get the house projects that have been neglected over the years done.
    3. What 3 things do you like most about new years, and 3 things you dislike?
  • 1 most: New Beginnings..
    Least.. Can't think of any..


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    Friday, January 2:



    "I Am Woman, See Me Shop!"

    1. What's your favorite clothing store?:Dillards but usually only get to purchase off the sale racks..and the OU store at Wal-Mart We do Love those Sooners.
    2. Favorite grocery store?:
    Living in a small town we only have two.. Goodners and Super "C".. So neither are favorite when buying milk and eggs.. But I love to go to a SUPER Wal-Mart to get a better selection of things but times doesn't usually allow it for everyweek shopping.
    3. Favorite store for 'kid's stuff'?:
    My girls are grown but Christmas shopping for Brooklyn and Dalton introduced me to Kid's Stuff again this year.... Mostly done at Old Navy.. Steppin out.. (a western store).... and of course WAL-MART.
    4. Favorite 'girlie goods' store?: (soaps/lotions/etc.)
    Bath-n-body... All things Sweet pea is my favorite to Purchase there..
    5. Favorite 'I can find anything here' store?:
    Where Else. ... Wally World..

    Today was a kick back day for me as far as work goes.. So I caught up on the laundry and general housework.. DH came home in time for us to watch the OSU football game, they didn't win but they did play a decent game I guess. Tiffani and Kevin went to Norman after work and purchased food for tomorrow.. Yummmie.. while they were up there they ate at the Olive Garden.. We were going to go with them but we had company when they left.. So we had a grilled cheese sand... Yikes and I love the Olive Garden..
    David and Robin left because they had rode the 4-wheeler out then they came back out and we played Canasta... Well the girls won one and the guys two.. Robin was kind of sick or we probably would have won the others.. LOL
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    Saturday, January 3:
    Happy Birthday Kevin and Dalton....

    The weather is still warm.. I can't hardly wait for us to get around to go to town and do a little shopping for The birthday kids and then gather at Tracy's for a day of Picture hanging..... and Eating the seafood that Tiffani and Kevin bought last night at Norman.. Tracy got them a new pot for cooking things like this and they are excited to try it out and we are excited to eat their experiments.. LOL..

    Robby and his family are in from Houston.. I sure hope that we get to see them sometime before they head back home..

    This week's promise:God's daily promises.
    All things happen according to God's will.
    "it is a sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it."
    James 4:17
    When you are faced with the unknown, keep doing what you know to do: loving others, worshipping God, cultivating the fruit of the Spirit in your life. Trust God to show you the next step when you need it.

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    Sunday, January 4:


    The BCS National Championship Game returns to New Orleans with the 70th Annual Nokia Sugar Bowl Football Classic on Sunday, January 4, 2004 at 7 p.m. in the Louisiana Superdome.

    SOONER NOTES

    * This OU team is gunning for the school’s eighth national title. Three of the previous seven also endured a loss.

    * This is Oklahoma's sixth apperance in the Sugar Bowl. The Sooners are 4-1 in the game.
    They downed North Carolina in 1949 (14-6),
    defeated LSU in 1950 (35-0),
    lost to Kentucky in 1951 (13-7),
    defeated Auburn in 1972 (40-22)
    and
    turned back Penn State in 1973 (14-0).
    None of Oklahoma's previous seven national titles came as the result of a win in the Sugar Bowl.

    NOTHING GOOD TO SAY.. THE SOONERS LOST


    Sunday Brunch
    Now that the holidays are over...
    1. Which part of the holiday season are you most happy to see over?
    The Shopping
    2. What is the biggest/best present or surprise you received during the holidays?
    A Purple Flashlight from Tiffani
    3. How did you ring in the New Year?
    With the kids at Tracy's home.
    4. New Year's resolutions... do you make & break them, make them & stick to your guns or don't even bother?
    make & break them but I am hoping to keep them this year
    5. Has life returned to normal now that the holidays are over?
    Nope but we never expect them too until after Tiffani's Birthday which is January 9th..

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    Monday, January 5:
    Work this morning and then at Noon Dh, Myself, Tiffani, Kevin, Tracy and Destry meet at the Local Mexican resturant for lunch .. It was just going to be the girls but go figure all the guys made it also.. This was to celebrate Tiffani's BD.. She had taken off today for her paid BD day at the bank so afterwards we went to her house and played on the PC looking at things to do in Vegas area.. We have set our family vacation to go there in June.. Now the planning.. LOL
    DH and I just relaxed tonight.. he watched tv and I played on the pc..

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    Tuesday, January 6:
    Work ... Work .... Work that the name of the game today.. Tiffani gets off around 2:30 and we have taxes to do for the company and also the house cleaner is going to be here so I got to get busy.. I hope to get to play tonight on the PC.. LOL

    Here is a little catch up on
    I'm Turning into My Mom!?!"

    1. Do you have special/guest towels no one can use?
    Only on SPECIAL occasions but usualy not.
    2. Have you ever said "Because I Said So!" ?
    Yep because that is the only reason I could think of at the moment..
    3. Do you buy seasonal/holiday potholders?
    Noooo
    4. Have you ever refered to body-parts as "a Cookie -or- a Noodle" ?
    5. Do you ever utter the horrible phrase: "When I was your age..."?
    Yep guilty

    UpDate on my day:Later in the day while the house cleaner was here she asked me to the dinning room to look at one of my pictures.. Humm it is home interior of tea cups and it had collected moisture in behind the glass and was all over the mat.. Why.. Who knows.. I took it down and layed it upside down not knowing whether to open it up or just trash it.. Funny thing is it is the only picture in the dinning room that did this.. This evening was so cold that we had our special MALT-o-MEAL.. It did hit the spot.
    Destiny Kay was born today.

    BUDDY was ran over tonight out on the side of the highway.. I am so sorry that this has happened.. Tracy had gone to work and Destry was outside gathering wood when he noticed that he didn't follow him back inside he went looking for him.. Poor thing was going to cross the highway to visit the neighbors dog I guess.. Tracy and Destry are really going to miss him.

    Sheila Deviney died today when her Mobile home caught fire.. She was 30.. and such a sweetie.. DH coached her in many years of Softball and she and Tiffani played many sports together. Services will be Saturday Morning.

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    Wednesday, January 7:
    I can't seem to get caught up at work so another day hoping to see some day light in the books.. Of course it doesn't help have house cleaner here yesterday and today the carpenter is going to be here to hopefully finish the bathroom.
    Tiffani and Tracy meet again at the Lindsay excise center so Gizmo had to stay at home.. Sure miss the little guy.. but with the carpenter being here it is for the best.
    EVENING UPDATE: Carpenter did finally get the shower door squared.. Dang what a nightmare this has been.. I never would have dreamed that getting the shower replaced would be such a challenge.. This is probably why you can't find carpenter to hire for home improvements.. I need that little guy off of DYI to come stay with us for about 6 months..
    DH was so tired when he got home this evening he fell asleep in his chair.. I let him sleep until 8 then woke him to go on to bed.. Of course he was hungry so we ate a bowl of soup and both called it a night shortly afterwards.

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    Thursday, January 8:
    The Carpenter came back again early this morning.. Gee will I be glad when he is finished.. I worked most of the day with breaks spent in the back room trying to clean it up.. that is were I keep my family history papers and ohhhh it is a mess.. Really I was trying to stay out of the carpenters way :O) While he was here I used the back restroom since he was working in the front one. While back there I noticed a large water stain around the frame of the closet door .. Humm didn't notice that yesterday and we haven't had any rain.. but inside this closet is where the hot water heater is. You can imagine the thoughts that were going through my head.. When I went to open the door it wouldn't open.. It was swollen shut.. Then I noticed there was a small stream of water running beside the baseboard next to the sink. Crap now I knew I was in for a very long day..
    Carpenter finished up and as much trouble he had on the shower (+ he didnt do as good of a job as I would have wished)I wasn't going to ask him to help.. When he was leaving finally as DH was getting home this was around 5pm.. DH headed straight to the back to get the door open and what a mess he found.. Water seeping out of the pop off valve and MOLD on everything..
    To explain why I didn't catch this sooner.. We rarely use this bathroom.. I clean it but other than that it doesn't get used. Heck the back room has been in such a mess you could harldly get back there until today.. Well the closet is in the bathroom and it is small with the electric hot water heater on the south end of it.. The pop off valve did what it was suppose to do .. POP but when it reset it didn't reseal itself and was letting a small drip of water escape..
    So DH and I started in ~ with Tiffani and Kevins ~ help getting the things out of the closet.. (Almost everything had to be trashed) and then we begin hunting a pop off valve..
    After spending way to much time calling plumber and not reaching any DH and Kevin went to Tracy's because they have a brand new hot water tank in their garage and took the pop off valve out of it.. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER TO REPLACE IT :O)
    Finally around 7pm we have water again and no leaks all items out of the closet.. But the mess is going to take alot of time to get under control. We will have to completely stip the closet down and re sheetrock .. I am not sure we will be able to keep the door and the flooring will have to be dried out and new tile installed... This has been a very very tiring day.. So good nite everyone.. I am going to turn the fan on high in the back room and go to bed.
    Oh I forgot to note that Decelia called today with news that Donnie poped the question.. Looks like wedding bells will be ringing at Mobetie.

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    Friday, January 9:
    Happy Birthday Tiffani
    I can't believe 29 years ago I held Tiffani for the first time.. She is a very special young lady..We are so proud to call her our daughter..
    Today I did as much as I possibly could which didn't seem like much then at quitting time we all gathered and went to supper at Red Lobsters.. All = DH and I, Tiffani and Kevin, Tracy, Destry, Dalton and Brooklyn.. We had a great meal and a very good time being together.

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    Saturday, January 10:
    Today was Sheila Deviney's services. The church was packed and running over.. It was a nice service to celebrate her life.
    Norma and Leo also was at the services so afterwards we ate at the LUMBERYARD (Cafe in Maysville) there we saw many people that we hadn't seen in a long time.. Leo and Norma went back to their home after lunch and we went home to face the closet mess.. We just couldn't start before a nap was taken and it was a short one with the phone ringing off the hook..
    Carol came by around 3:30pm to help.. Thanks Carol.. You keep DH and I from going at eachothers throats..hhahheeee...
    Tracy called and invited us over to their house for Hot Dogs for Dalton.. He was at his moms on his actual birthday.. Even with us taking him out last night to celebrate with Tiffani and Kevin, Destry's parents and his Nana hadn't seen him to give him his HB wishes.. Tonight I think we have all the January BD celebrated.. LOL

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    Sunday, January 11: Worked in the closet off and on all day.. We got the 16ft trailer loaded and ready for DH to take to the dump tomorrow.. And I know we will have another load before we are finished.

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    Monday, January 12:
    Worked all day and I mean ALL day..
    This evening we ate a early supper.. Yea I cooked.. then we kicked back to watch tv.. We have washed all the Wall joints down in the old closet with beach that we can reach and have a fan blowing on them.. Tomorrow we will tear more of the walls out.



    Junk Food Junkies

    1. Coke or Pepsi?:
    Pepsi but I ask for a Coke but would rather have a Dr Pepper..
    2. What's your comfort food?:
    I have smoked for the last 30 years until January 1 2004 so I haven't found a comfort food yet cause I still want a cigarette.. :O)
    3. Chocolate: White/Milk/Dark?:
    White unless I am eating a hotlink then I want Chocolate
    4. Favorite Chips?:
    Just eating chips I would say Ruffles but it really depends if I am having dip what is my favorite.
    5. What food do you crave the most?:
    Guacamole I could make myself sick eating Guacamole.. Yummie so maybe that could be my comfort food.

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    Tuesday, January 13:
    Work ... today and this evening we meet Kevin, Tiffani and Tracy to eat Mexican food in Lindsay for supper.. Destry is working watching a well and Kevin had to be back to work at 6:30.. After supper the girls went home to a night of TV and DH and I stopped a Wal-mart to pick up more trash bags and bleach so we can srub and take down some more sheetrock out of the back closet..
    When did get home we decided tv sounded better.. :O) both of us are sneezing like crazy as it is.
    Tracy set the date for her home interior party.. January 22, which is a Thursday night at 6:30pm . I hope she has a good party especially since it is her first one.

    A Special lady
    Made me my Name blinkies
    She just might have yours
    Visit her site and tell here Okie sent you.
    Christian Working Mom

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    Wednesday, January 14 2004:


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    Thursday, January 15:
    Kevin home sick today so Gizmo stayed home with him..
    Nothing going on around here.. Just everyday life.

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    Friday, January 16:
    I am so ready for the week-end.. and it is suppose to rain and I am glad that way I will stay in and catch up on my playing.. LOL.. DH has already told me he will be working all week-end so I will have the week-end blues before they are over.. It is hard when he doesn't have days off on him but it sure makes for a longggggg week for me.
    Last night I was visiting my free-server site that I had opened when I was first bitten by the WWW bug.. Well mytime.topcities is gone.. Yep gone.. So if you anything linked to that page would you change it to http://alwaysaokie.topcities.com
    Topcites gives NO warning to the ones using their free sites and I have had that site for 3 years.. I had most things saved onto a disk but but what a pain to reload.. Most of the quilts are gone and I am not sure that I will rework them.. Oh well that is one way to clean house.. :O(
    Well got to get busy or I will be spending my complete week-end doing housework.
    Thanks Nancze for sending me your beautiful Valentine cards..
    See them here
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    Saturday, January 17:
    Nothing much new around here.. DH had to work and I did the regular housework and laundry
    Tiffani and Kevin are still sick so they are staying in today.. Tracy is helping with Basketball girls again this year and they had practice this morning...
    I made another visit to Tracey's ~ Christian Working Mom ~ and picked up a couple more blinkies for MyNest.. See them HERE
    Now I need to get them set on the pages I picked them up for.. :O)
    Isn't my new Okie blinkie just so cute.. Tracey just made my day when she made it..
    You Okies out there go get you one and tell her I sent you..
    ~ Just Thinking ~
    I've reached the age where the happy hour is a nap.

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    Sunday, January 18 2004:
    Again nothing much going on this cloudy and foggie day. DH is so tired that he has slept and slept.. As long as it is because he is tired that is OK but sometimes I think his BP is bothering him but he had his doctor appointment the 6th and all seemed about the same... no medice changes..
    I plan on playing in paint shop.. I have tried to make the little stamp that the WWW is exchanging and so far mine looks like.. ????@??? haahee.. So I am going to try again.. If I get one to look half way decent I will post it to share and start collecting some of my net friends that they have..

  • January 21: Yearly Weigh IN.. :O( OH MY GOODNESS THAT IS WEDNESDAYI don't know what to say except that I would imagine that I have gained not lost.. Well I will know Wednesday..

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  • Monday, January 19:
    Tiffani was off at the bank today so she came over and did the w-2's and 1099's printed and they are now behind us.. She went home as soon as she finished because she still is feeling good..
    After she left I started on getting things gathered for the accountant.. this is going to take a bit of time. LOL

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    Tuesday, January 20:


    I Love Me!
    1. What is your Best assest?:
    A natural born BSer
    2. If you were an animal, what would you be?:
    Adopted dog
    3. If you were a type of food, what would it be?:
    A food?? Gee I never thought of being a food.. Going to think on this one.
    4. What would you change about yourself?:
    TO quit giving excuses and JUST DO IT..
    5. Why would you change it
    Because I make excuses instead of doing things tha a meaningful to me and my family.

    Now A full day of work ahead of me..

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    Wednesday, January 21:
    I can't seem to find time to post.. due to work and gathering and loading stamps.. This is so much fun.
    Note: Tiffani is feeling better today and went back to work..
    Nat came over for me to take her picture to send with her SURVIVOR entry.. Wow I am so pround of her for going for it I wish her the best of luck even though I wonder if she picked WHO WILL CUT MY HAIR?? LOL Yep she is my hairdresser.. . She will be my Survivor for sure if she is picked..

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    Thursday, January 22:
    Worked until around noon and then went to Tracy to help her pick up her house .. She had a home interior party tonight which was her first party of any type to host. She was so tired because she had been working nights and she was suppose to to have been off the last two nights but she had to work OT due to them being short handed.. and would have worked tonight if she wouldn't already had the party planned.. Tracy didn't have a chance to work on getting any ourside orders but all in all she had a decent party with Kourtney, Tiffani, Aunt Carol, Nana, Robin, Betty A., Torie and myself in attendance. Sherry was the demistrator of the home interior party..
    Better late than never
    3 For Thursday

    1. Do you have any pets? If so what kind and what are their names?
    No pets as most would think of pets but we do have 3 barn cats that we think the world of but we don't let them in the house. We have guineas they aren't pets but they think they are at feeding time and the one and only Grandpup.. Gizmo ~ He is a dog but we try not to remind him of that fact.
    2. What are 3 of your favorite animals?
    Dog ~ Cat ~ Horse's
    3. What 3 animals do you not like?
    Not ANIMAL?? but I don't like snakes, scorpions, spiders

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    Friday, January 23:
    Well so today is Friday.. Sure felt like Monday to me.. I couldn't get anything done for hunting down invoices for Marathon.. Oh well that what I am paid to do..
    Tea let me use her Stamp set for My nest Stamp collection.. I like the other one but I do love these colors alot more ~ I know I have pink on the entry page but usually I don't do much pinks here in my nest.. plus this set HAS BIRDS ALL OVER IT.. Yeeepeeee I am just beaming with glee just looking at it.
    Well I got to hussle around now and pick up the house.. Tiffani is bringing home pizza and I am starving.. Who knows maybe we will get to play a game of cards tonight..


    Just wondering~
    How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teen-ager who wants to stay out all night?

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    Saturday, January 24:
    Tiffani and Kevin bought their luggage set at Wal-mart. Cost was $75.47

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    Friday, January 23:
    Hubbie is off so we went to Norman to the waffle house for breakfast then to Lowells to purchase a new hotwater heater.. A stop at wal-mart before heading home ~ Hubby set in pickup to protect the hot water heater.. :O) and I did a fast shop.. Coming out with things that weren't on my list like.. 3 fan tailed GOLDFISH and some scrapbooking goodies. Once back home Tiffani and Kevin came by on their way to town and helped hubbie unload the new hot water heater into the house...

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    Sunday, January 25:
    It has been a very very hard day.. As I told in here early in the month we had hotwater problems which cause major damage to the closet it was in.. This old house is trying its best to fall doewn around our eats.. Yesterday (Saturday) we went to Lowells and purchased a new hotwater tank and cleaned some more in the closet getting ready to replace the old with the new.
    Today we unhooked the old one.. tore out the rest of the sheet rock and scrubed the ajoining walls and studs. Once we had that cleaned and dry we (I) put kelt on the walls and floors and the fumes were bad even with us wearing mask. We used all the kelts we had purchased so we are on hold now until we can get to the store tomorrow.. So NO hotwater here..
    With DH having trouble with his Blood pressure and the slight damage to the lower part of his heart I tried to keep him out of there while I was doing the cleaning but he just wouldn't .. Earlier he was having a real tight feeling in his chest.. He is blamin it on the fumes and that it is not from his heart.. They have passed as of now but if he has anymore we are going to the emergency room.. I am so scared.. and he is so stubborn.. Say a prayer for him please..

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    Monday, January 26:
    ~ SNOW ~ Not much and it has been to warm for it to stay around.. Todays weather has changed from the mid 50's to the low 30's..
    DH is feeling OK today.. Not great but OK..
    For me today was a long day due to work. I received 4 calls from different Marathon departments wanting assorted things and they all wanted it NOW.. Right.. OK so I got most done but not the past due invoices. They still have them blocked but that wasn't top on their list go figure.. Then I messed up last week and forgot to pay the Custodian.. reminded when they called to say they hadn't received their pay.. Dang I got to pull my head out and get on top of the books or admit that it is more than I can handle..
    Tiffani brought a roast over this morning for supper tonight with all the fixings. I was still in bed when she got here.. Kevin got here around 4pm going back to town for me after more KELT's and 3 pieces of sheet rock .. He did wear a mask when he applied 3 more cans of Kelt's but the fumes were so bad it just made my nerves as tight a stretched rubber band.. When Tiffani got here I started nagging about putting the cart in front of the horse because the kelts needs to dry before the sheet rock is put up.. Dang why didn't I just hug her and be thankful that she and Kevin were here to help.. Well my mouth and looks can be harsh and I know that ... I was a ASS in every way and hurt her feelings. I don't know why I latched out at her when they were only here to help but I did.. With tears and telling her I was sorry she and Kevin went home right shortly after she got here even before DH got home. I could just kick myself when I let my nerves get the best of me and especially when I behave as a child and latch out at my baby.. She is such a sweet and giving person I had no right to behave the way I did.. .

    Something I need to put into practice~

    Say nice things and learn to listen.
    God gave us two ears and one mouth,
    so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.
    "He who guards his lips guards his soul."
    Proverbs 13:3
    Thanks Tea for these beautiful stamps..

    Monday Madness
    1. The one kitchen appliance I just could not live without is my _______. Stove
    2. My desk always looks like _______.Tornado just hit it
    3. The clocks in my house are always _______.A few minutes fast.
    4. The one television program I just can't stand is _______.?? None
    5. The one television program I try to never miss is _______.Survivor
    6. When it comes to housework, I really hate cleaning _______.The tub
    7. If I could re-design my living room, the first thing I would do is _______.Purchase new tables
    8. I wish I had a bigger _______.bathin my house.
    9. When someone points a camera at me and says 'Smile!' I usually
    _______.Smile
    . 10. I expect I'll have my income tax done by _______.April 14th.

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    Tuesday, January 27:
    Work again today and I hope with less work phone calls.. except from someone to help with the parked ~ overdue invoices..:O)
    I haven't talked to Tiffani this morning but her Dad did and he said she was OK.. Hugs little one...I love you
    I entered My tree stamp

    that I drew in the
    luv4country Stamp Contest the results will be announced around March 1st. 2004. Not that I thought I would win but it sounded like fun.. There are so many great artist out there it is neat to see my piece in the same window as theirs..
    Maybe you all know about this?? I didn't and I am not sure that I will black out my site but I will keep this graphic on display here in my journal from now until February 2, 2004.
    POW/MIA Internet Blackout Day on February 1, 2004,

    http://www.powmiaff.org/blackout.html

    The PURPOSE is to remind people there are many men still missing and unaccounted for who were listed as pows and mias.

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    Wednesday, January 28:
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY NANCZE
    I hope you have a great day..

    Look what Antonia is making....... ....... Isn't it so cute.. Go to her site and see the neat ideas she is coming up with..
    You will be seeing my birthday stamp on my stamp page and on my What's Up ~ calendar.. Thanks Antonia.. I just popped in to wish Nancze a Happy Birthday and to show my BD stamp off.. Now I got to get working..

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    Thursday, January 29:
    Cool Naw it is flat down cold.. The short walk to the mail box is a eye opener when you step out into that Oklahoma wind..


    Tiffani is turning her resume into a CPA office in Lnidsay I sure hope she will get it if that is what she wants.. Tracy has put in for days .. Gee girls I can't keep up with what you are doing.. LOL
    Watching the news today and I got to thinking how I had taken some of my graphics reminders down.. I remember them in my prayers but maybe by taking the graphics down people that visit don't realize that I do support them in their mission.. I hope that everyone is still holding our brave men and women in their prayers for the service they are giving to each of us and our country..
    3 For Thursday

    1. Do you like Disneys Animated movies? If not why don't you?
    Yes
    2. Name 3 of your all time favorite Disney Animated Movies.
    Cinderella ~
    3. Name 3 Disney characters you can most relate to.
    Goofy ~ is the only one that comes to mind

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    Friday, January 30:
    I got Tiffani's Resume mailed to the Shopper this morning.. She really would like to get this job and to get her off the road every day would really ease my mind. Tonight she and Kevin are going to the City to the Hockey game.. They asked us to go but we need to work on the back room so we are going to pass.
    I found this really cute adoption last night and I just had to bring it into My Nest because I have a picture of Tiffani and Tracy that fits it perfectly.. The picture was taken last year on our way to Little Sarah to ride 4-wheelers.. What a fun time we have had watching the girls have their bubble gum contest over the years.

    ~
    Tracy and Tiffani bubblegum Contest

    LC 01/30/04

    Found a new Meme site.. It was a Wednesday but thought I would join in.. Better late than never.


    What's On your front yard Right Now?
    It is almost 4pm so I went out to look to refresh my memory.. What I saw was BROWN GRASS.. a empty cardboard box that had blown into the yard from who knows where.. Note: Get that box picked up.. and 10 Guineaes ~ 3 cats ~ two blue birds ~ one Male Red cardinal.. I should have taken a picture.. I am sure glad they didn't ask what was on the front porch.. LOL

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    Saturday, January 31:
    Hubbie worked all day and I did very little around the house but I did have a good time playing on the PC.. I cleaned up some of my counters that were added to pages that I didn't have anymore since I lost my free sites at topcities and I also worked on a couple of pages for our Animal and one for the Movie The Passion of the Christ.
    TO THE TOP of page

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    February 2004

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    Sunday, February 1:
    I closed my entry page this morning to join in on the POW / MIA BLACK OUT

    Hubbie was off today so after a sloooow start he finished the sheet rock on the inner walls of the hotwater closet. Now to decide what we are going to do back there as in a doorway. Other than laundry I didn't do any housework.. Mostly we both kicked back waiting to watch the Superbowl and All Star Survivor.. It was a great day spent together

    Sherry a pal of mine from the myfamily.com playroom made me at new sigtag ... Thanks Sherry it is so cute.

    I will add this also to the PLAYROOM section of my Okie Nest.

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    Monday, February 2:
    Sunday Brunch

    MOODS

    1. What is your mood right now?
    Hungry but relaxed
    2. What is the most irritating thing you've had to deal with this past week?
    Leakie HotWater tank pop off valve
    3. What made you laugh this past week?
    My Hubby
    4. Who makes you laugh the most?
    My Hubby
    5. Are you most often relaxed, bored, busy or stressed?
    I would say I am more often stressed than any of the other.. Although I would like to say I am more often busy.. LOL
    1. I probably spend about ______ on the computer every day.
    Way to much ~ about 5 hours.
    2. It always takes me ____ minutes to get ready in the morning.
    Considering I work out of my home I don't go anywhere so I would say to shower and get to my desk about a 90 minutes
    3. I would rather go to the dentist than go to _________.
    NO WHERE I hate going to the dentist.
    4. My favorite dessert is ________.
    Coconut Cream pie.. NOT COLD
    5. When I go to the store for one item, I always walk out with
    about ____. 5 but I am sure I need all my purchases.
    6. If the statement, 'You are what you eat' was true, I would be a _______.
    Salad
    7. I set my thermostat to _____ in the summer and _____ in the winter.
    65 Summer and 68 in the winter
    8. My favorite outdoor activity is _________.
    Gardening
    9. My favorite indoor activity is _________.
    Playing on the PC or if someone is joining me in this activity it would be cards.
    10. When I'm feeling down, I usually _________.
    Play on the PC


    At Wynne'sshe is discussing adding a Web Cam to her site for weather.. I would but the weather here isn't very interesting and my scenery is very blaw.. And if a big storm moves in I would have the power off of my PC so guess this wouldn't work for my Nest. I did find a site that had some great Oklahoma City cams listed Oklahoma Live Web Cam Directory

    Today was filled with work ~ Now Marathon has changed how invoices are to be sent to Houston... A copy of all work tickets must be attached to the invoice.. Poop more paper work.. LOL

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    Tuesday, February 3:
    Norma came up today for her denist appointment so I joined her at the Ranch House for Breakfast then she followed me to the Ford house to leave the Surban there for oil and filter change and front end alignment.. Also they are suppose to detail it.. Two twips to Kansas so it was overdue for these things to be done.
    Before she took me home we had to make our stop at Wal-Mart.. LOL..
    When we got to the house she rehung my dinning room curtains which were taken down why I don't even remember now..Thanks Norma..
    Also I had asked Sindee when the Affair of the Heart was and she taged me that it is this week-end.. I sure hope the girls and I get to go..
    Before I begin working a little.

    The Lil People

    1. What's your nickname for your children?:
    Little one ~ Half Pint
    2. Did your mom have a special nickname for you growing up?:
    No I was just Gayla
    3. What's the best thing a child ever said to you?:
    Love ya Mom
    4. How many meatloaf's would you have if money was no object?:
    This question is beyond me.. Meatloaf doesn't cost much so guess I don't understand..
    5. What's the silliest thing one of your weasal's has done?:
    No weasal's in my household, but the girls were always doing silly things around the house.. Going to have to think about what would be the silliest.

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    Wednesday, February 4:
    Waking to a lite fall of sleet but the weather man says there will be more before nightfall they also said that Mobetie Texas(This is where my cousin Dee lives) has 4" of snow already this morning..

    I hope to searched again this evening for the midi of "On a Cloud" midi or mp3 by Cross Canadian Ragweed that was played at my brothers funeral services..
    The link I have is the closest thing I have found so far but someday I will find it to add to the memorial page for my Bub I sure do miss him. Is there a time that his passing will seem real? Some day I am sure but today I miss him terribly..

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    Thursday, February 5:
    Day spent as usual WORK.. Evening.. Hubbie and I watched Survivors All Star.. I sure hope they beat the team Richard is on soon and vote his blur off or I will be a non watcher.. Sorry folks but I don't need them allowing that blur in my life. I am a Survivor fan but enough is enough. What Richard is doing is one thing what CBS is chosing to show is ruining a great show.. I did hate to see Rudy get voted off but he WHY did he trust the girls.. Oh well I will be waiting on next week.
    Survivor 8 CBS Index


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    Friday, February 6:
    Tiffani, Tracy, Brooklyn and I went to the Affair of the Heart craft show yesterday afternoon. We had a great time as usual and the girls bought a few things but I cam home empty handed.. Yikees that is not good, well good for the budget but not for me.. LOL .. I just didn't find anything that caught my eye.
    When we got back to Purcell Tracy and Brooklyn went to Stratford to pick up Dalton ~ Tiffani and I had supper with Grandpa Dean at the Lumberyard Cafe in Maysville. Before we got our meal David and Robin joined us .. I hadn't seen them in awhile... Hubbie worked late so when I did get home ~ Brought his supper from the cafe. :O) ~ I hit the heating pad.. This right hip is getting worse instead of better so I guess I need to get a Dr appointment soon.

    Visit my Valentine page HERE


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    Saturday, February 7:
    Hubbie worked all day ~ Tracy has the kids and she had a game this mornign. (She is helping coach 4th - 6th grade girls Basketball at Lindsay.)Destry worked all day ~ Kevin and Tiffani worked until lunch. When Tiffani got off work we meet at a quick stop right off of I-35 and HWY 9 then we went to Olive Garden for lunch.. Yummie ~ Then we went to wal-mart to get file cabinets for the company.. I had traded vehicles earlier with Kevin. Using his pick-up to carry the cabinets home there was no way they would go in the Surb..
    Getting home around 4:30 after unloading the light things I had purchased and putting them away I went to bed.. Gee whiz this hip is a dull pain and riding doesn't make it feel very good at all. It's like the bone is rubing against the bone. Tiff and Kevin came over around 6:30 with hubbie coming in shortly after them. They are so sweet to to help unload the filing cabinets and they helped Hubbie get the Christmas decoration put away.. FINALLY.. I was begining to think that we would have them still boxed in the livingroon at Easter. :o)
    Now I am off this thing to get back on the heating pad.. :O)

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    Sunday, February 8:
    I would love to say that my hip is feeling better this morning but I can't.. Dang I don't want to go to the doctor for this and them tell me to just get off my A** and it will get better..
    Today was a day of R&R for me anyway. Hubbie did have to go to work for a while and then he went to Home depo to get a water regulator and a new shut off valve for the NEW hotwater tank.. We can't take the tank back to Lowell becuase they say we have to contact Whirlpool they aren't resonsible for defects. Once back home we kicked back and just enjoyed the day. The hotwater tank pop off valve is not leaking all the time just when I run the dishwasher or washer machine so it can be fixed later..:O)

    I received a new stamp and a beautiful Valentine gift from Tea .. Thanks Tea I love them .


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    Monday, February 9:
    At the end of the work day I meet hubbie at the shop and sorted through 2002 invoices for the ones that Marathon wanted. With that done we called the girls and meet them and their guys at the Ranch House for supper.. It is great to have supper with the kids and catch up on what is going on in their lives.
    Turned my HW in to Darylynn.. I should have spent more time on it but the ole hip is keeping me from play PC time..

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    Tuesday, February 10:
    My hip is still a dull pain.. I am trying to limit my PC time.. with work that is impossible but play time is out for awhile.. I have a DR appointment Thursday and I have a feeling she is going to tell me to get out of this chair.. Oh boy guess I will have to stand to play.. LOL
    Tiffani and Kevin invited us over for supper but hubbie didn't want to so we had a sonic burger instead.. He is so tired it worries me.

    I am running behind on my MeMes.. So here is
    Sunday Brunch
    MONEY MATTERS

    1. Cash, check or charge?
    Cash
    2. Who or what do you spend most of your money on?
    Our girls
    3. How often do you shop for yourself?
    Not very often.. I am one that shops when I need something or if I spot something that I like I shop then..
    4. One television commercial says the average American has 14 credit cards... are you average, above average or below average?
    Way Way BELOW average
    5. If you could take one paycheck and just have fun with it, what would you do?
    Now that is only in my dreams.. I would rent a cabin stocked with all provisions in the mountains and fly hubbie and I there to spend the week.



    1. On Sunday afternoon, I like to just...
    Kick back with a good book and relax. Nap time is something I always try to work in on Sundays.
    2. I'm behind someone at a traffic light, the light turns green and they just sit there, I...
    just sit there and mumble.. If the intersection is busy someone behind me will honk to get their attention...
    3. My immediate reaction to someone making a nasty remark to me is...
    Uprise of the eyebrows and say REALLY??
    4. If I had to live in a state/country where it was cold most of the year, I would...
    would find a indoor job and purchase a back up heat source.
    5. When the weather outside is hot and humid, I prefer to...
    take a nap..
    6. My favorite 'comfy' clothes to wear around the house is...
    Lounge pants and sweatshirt.
    7. If given a deadline at work/school to finish a project, I usually...
    Get right on it.. I don't like to wait to the last minute.
    8. If someone gave me a pet for my birthday, I would...
    Crap.. LOL.. No I guess I would hope it came with food and pre paid vet bills.
    9. As far as watching the clock on weekends, I...
    don't .. I don't wear a wrist watch anymore.. I am not on mcuh of a schedule anymore.
    10. I usually wash my car about every...
    I don't unless it rains alot .. but I have my surb.. detailed about every three months.

    Think Fast!


    1. Cookies: Choc. Chip /or/ Oatmeal Raisin?:
    Chocolate Chip
    2. Chest Hair: Yum! /or/ Barf-a-roo?:
    Guess I would say Barf-a-roo but some would be OK.
    3. If you were a bumper sticker you would say: Grow Your Own Dope, Plant a Man!
    Princess Alert! /or/ I Love to Embarass My Offspring!
    I Love to Embarass My Offspring!
    4. Vegetables: Rock my world! or Eeewe, I don't eat green food!
    I Love my Greens.. I could be a salad girl real easy.
    5. Mini-Vans: Kick-Ass or Loser Mobile?
    I have never had a mini van but we use to have a luxury van that I loved.. Now I drive a surburan and I love it to..


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    Thursday, February 12:
    The old saying when it rains it pours seems fitting right now.. My doctor appointment was at 9am.. My sweetie surprised me in showing up in time to take me to the appointment.. Thanks for the support babe..
    After a series or x-rays the results are in.... ARTHUR jr. has moved into my hip.. I say jr. because the Doc said it wasn't a bad case of Arthrist.. Will I dread getting a bad case because this has been a pain.. I was afraid of it being Arthur but I sure was hoping that it would be something out of wack and could be put back into position... After I was released with a subcription of Meloxican 7.5 mg to be taken twice a day for a week and then as needed.. LOL I hope that as needed won't be needed..
    Before I left for my appointment Tracy called her wisdom teeth are killing her.. She was suppose to have them taken out years ago but it seems that we just never made it high priority. Now she wishes we would have because her face is swollen and her mouth is in deep pain... A appointment is now made for a denist appointment the 19th, the earliest she could get in. Depending on x-rays if our Denist will take them out or if she will be refered to someone else.. While on the phone she told me that she has been having trouble sleeping due to her heart rate.. Do what I say?? She didnt want to worry me but she had a EKG ran at work and it showed some abnormality.. So she has a DR appointment at 1pm tomorrow to have it farther looked at. Oh sweetie My prayers are with you. Maybe the doctor can also help her with something for the pain with wisdom teeth if she can wait that long.. She is working tonight or she was going to try to tough it out through her shift..
    This evening hubbie treated us again to Sonic... Thursday night we watch Survivor and that is as good of a excuse as any to Eat out. LOL.. I can't say that I was impressed with tonights survivor.. There were many twist to the show tongiht but maybe it is just me but the blur is really taking away from the show.. I can't believe it getting to me but it is.

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    Friday, February 13:
    FRIDAY THE 13th.. Not that I believe that today will be any worse than any other day but I will refrain from anything dangerous.. LOL
    Tracy's appointment is this afternoon and she doesn't want dear ole mom to go.. Sometimes she is to independent.. She said it is just to get it looked at.. Probably do a echo or something like that.. I will be on pins and needles until I hear from her.. but that will be later in the day.
    Tracy called and then came by to tell me about the Dr appointment.. They put her on medication to regulate her heartbeat.. Seems the stress is what is causing it..
    We later joined David, Robin, and Tracy for supper at the Lindsay Mexican resturant.. YUK.. it was the worse meal we have ever had there..
    Destry was working late and Kevin and Tiff had gone straight from Tiff's work place to Norman to pick up the Crab legs and shrimp for tomorrow nights supper.. I can hardly wait for that meal.. ~ Grin ~

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    Saturday, February 14:
    Hubbie had to work for a little while this morning but when he did get off he brought me a sausage biscuit and a Valentine Card.. He never has been big on Valentine purchases so I am always tickled when he thinks to get me a card.. He showes me daily that I am his sweetheart with the things he does for me.
    It is snowing not heavy but IT's SNOWING which was a surprise with it being Valentines day.
    Hubbie worked again on the hotwater heater by putting a pressure regulator on it... Sure hope this works this time.. We are so tired of messing with it..
    Norma got to the house around 9:30 and I had already pulled my Scrapbooking things out since that is what we were going to do while the guys were at a farm auction. Norma didn't have time to get her scrapbooking things gathered so we worked on mine together.. Wow we got alot of pages done too.. Norma didn't want to go empty handed to Tiffani's tonight at Supper so she made two pies.. Yummie Cheese cake with Chocolate .. Thanks Norma for the Scrapbook help and the pies...
    When the guys were finished at the auction we went to Maysville to eat at the Lumberyard.. then back to the house so the guys could get some SOFA tv watching done.. Yep just a short nap but it was a nap.. LOL
    Then around 5 we went to show Leo and Norma Tracy's house and then on to Tiff's.. She and Kevin out did their selves .. Supper was delicious.

    I wanted to show my latest Valentine gift off

    Thanks Nancze.. Later it will be added to my Valentine page

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    Sunday, February 15:
    We have no major plans today.. so I expect a lay around type of day.
    Here is my Sunday Brunch
    Bed and Breakfast

    1. Are you a morning person or night owl?
    Morning
    2. What is the last thing you do before bed?
    Apply moisture cream to feet.
    3. What time do you usually wake up?
    7am
    4. Do you eat breakfast regularly?
    No
    5. What is your favorite breakfast food?
    If I am preparing it is ceral.. if someone else is preparing it is a eggs over medium with bacon.. (Grin)

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    Monday, February 16:
    President day ~ No mail and our bank is closed so I won't be doing to much as far as work..
    Tiffani and her friend Janet spend some time together this afternoon as it is her day off.
    Beginning of
    I will be keeping track of it here in my journal but the finished project will be added to my homework page.

    Today
    1. Spent time Scrapbooking
    2. Pamper my hands today.. Soak ~ Shape ~ polish nails
    3. This one I have already done.. Had my morning coffee at the Kitchen window.. Watching the birds eat.

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    Tuesday, February 17:
    Fast paced morning filled with invoices and more invoices.. All done in time to make my hair appointment at 2pm. Hubbie also had his trim done so we both got a treat today..but I got to go home afterwards and he had to go to work..
    Before I headed home I stopped at the Ranch House and got supper on wheels.. Rex chicken and then at Wal-mart.. for the necessities.. and also picked up some Valentine scrapbooking items that were on sale.
    Hubbie is making a full day plus night out of it so I kicked back and watched HGTV for a change..
    Tomorrow is Norma's BD.. I will spend the afternoon with her Saturday when she is having her Home and Garden party..
    A little funnie.. Gizmo had a nice roll in COW POOP today.. His Momma wasn't happy..
    Thanks Tea for the Playroom Stamps. They can be seen on my Playroom page and in my Stamp Collection.

    And a big thanks to Trica for making us a cute friendship baloon. It can be seen on my Playroom page



    1. Hair Permed and Cut
    2. Treated myself to supper at town.. Hubbie worked late so I ate alone
    3. Since Hubbie wasn't home (WORKING Late) I played on the PC all evening.
    Playing with setting my Easter pages

    UPDATE: Hubbie worked all night.. he didn't get home until 8pm Wednesday.

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    Wednesday, February 18:
    Happy Birthday to Norma.. I tried to call her but she was not at home.. I hope she is having a great day..
    Worked on the PC this morning then I needed to take Payroll taxes to the bank so while in town I stopped by Wal-Mart and purchased Chesters BD present.. and for myself I bought some flower bulbs.. I am so ready for Spring. The weather would be great if the wind would die down.. After I got home I took Hubbies present to that New barn we had built that he doesn't go to and noticed my tulips are peeking out from the soil.. so I walked around to the back where I had planted some this winter and was so mad to find that the dang guineas had uncovered most of the bulbs.. Waaaaa.. So I covered them back up and I am hoping they will survive..
    Tiffani and Kevin had their taxes figured tonight before they came after Gizmo.. Yeeepee they are actualy getting back for a change instead of having to pay.. They were so happy.. They brought us hamburger from Papa's ... We ate and visited for a bit then they went on home.. Not long after they got home Kevin called to say they sold the old car.. They are so excited that things seem to be going their way for a change..
    Chester finally got home around 8pm.. He was soooo tired.. He drank some tea, took a shower and went straight to bed.. He hadn't had any sleep since Monday night.. Busy busy in the oilfield right now.



    1. Surfed the web in search of local webcams
    2. Had supper with Tiffani and Kevin
    3. Purchased some flower bulbs.. Looking forward to spring planting

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    Thursday, February 19:
    The weather is warm but windy.. Dry conditions combined with warm, dry and windy conditions resulted in fire danger for our area .. The Fire alert covers central and western Oklahoma over the next several days. I tried to go out this morning and piddle in the yard but the wind just got the best of me.. But I did get the pond refilled with water so that the guinea's and cats can drink without straining their little necks.
    Tracy had her denist appointment finally.. Yep the wisdom teeth have gotten worse so they refered her to a Denist Brooks on 24th street in Norman ~ March 5th~ 9:45am for a consulation and then to have them extracted.. They will have to put her to sleep to do this since now the teeth are on a angle.. Can you believe it has went from 800.00 two years ago to 1500.00 now.. and she doesn't have dental insurance..
    Oh and Tracy and Destry got TWO blue healer dogs from Floyd Slay.. One is a pup and one is around a year old.. With them living so close to the highway they do need some kind of dog I guess. LOL
    Tonight is Survivor night on TV.. I look forward to watching but then again I don't.. The blur needs to go but I figure he will be around for awhile.. Blur and all.. If he wins again.. I think I am just going to cry.
    I can't find time to do quilt pieces like I use to.. So I am adding Last years and this Years Easter quilt pieces added to my My Okie Nest
    Both were done with tubes.. I wish I had time to draw but I don't want to sit at the PC and get the ole hip flared up again..

    They can be vierwed and or picked up on my Share Page.
    Okie's Easter Pages
    News around and about..
  • Tara found out that she is expecting ~ Due date is in September... Congrats to her and Jess


    The Breakfast of Champions!
    1. How do you like your eggs?: ~ over medium.
    2. French Toast /or/ Pancakes?: ~ Fench Toast
    3. Toast: White /or/ Wheat?: ~ Wheat, but I hubbie likes white so it is mostly white.
    4. Sausage /or/ Bacon?: ~ Bacon
    5. Breakfast in Bed /or/ Breakfast @ your fav Restaraunt?: ~ Anywhere as long as I not cooking.. LOL.. So I guess it would be Denny's or the waffle house for breakfast, both are faily good!

    1. Foot Soak
    2. Scrapbook
    3. Watch Survivors

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    Friday, February 20:
    Last night when Tiffani got off work we meet at town and had Mexican food.. Just the two of us.. Our men were working late again..
    I got home just in time to watch Survivor .. It just wasn't the same with Hubbie not here to laugh and gripe along with me.. I called him twice to tell him what was going on.. LOL
    Hubbie has been working alot of hours this week and he had to work all night again.. Work is really booming.. Usually it doesn't bother my sleeping that he isn't home but this time I didn't sleep very well so I am tired... With luck he will be home tonight. No more sleep through the week than he has gotten he will be sacked out..which is OK he will be here... Sure miss him but we won't let him know how much.. LOL
    After survivors and CSI I played in MyNest until bed time.. I am trying to set some pages for the pictures that I have scattered around in MyNest.
    Here is one I am still working on..Our Goldfish
    Wynne has a new Web Cam that is just the neatest thing.. I would love to have one to record those silly birds that visit our acre but the price is just to steep for me.. She said hers cost about $320.00.. A friend from the playroom Sherry uses webcam32, and says it's really pretty easy to use. if you go to http://www.surveyor.com/index_webcam32.html you'll see that you can try it out 10-day trial period before you buy it. But you got to have the Cam right Sherry.. LOL That I don't have yet.. I doubt that I do this since privacy ~ to a point ~ is a issue with me.. So I will stick with my Digital for now.


    1. Scrapbook
    2. Scrapbook
    3. Scrapbook
    I have it all out on the kitchen table so I am going to play play play...

    Now Nature hangs her mantle green On every blooming tree
    Robert Burns

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    Saturday, February 21:
    I feel much better this morning.. I spent most of the day yesterday in bed.. Stomach virus.. Bummer.. I tried to scrapbook some but that is about all I did other than moan and groan..
    Treat week is over.. I added the cute gift I received and report card plus the assignment to my homework you can see it here.
    Hubbie is working again today.. I am glad he got to come home last night but it was around 9pm so he basically showered and went to bed. BUT HE WAS HOME.
    I am going to Norma's for a Home and Garden party this morning .. Not that I have found anything in the book that I want but I sure things will look better when you actually see them.
    I am not sure what I will do the rest of the day but I probably won't be on the PC since the weather is going to be fairly good..plus I have all the Scrapbook things scattered out on the Kitchen table that I want to play with over the week-end.

    At Joan's blog she gave a link to Mardi Gras parade cam .. I have never been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras and I hope to catch a parade.. Joan said that some of the parades this weekend are in the afternoon and at night plus Monday night and all day Tuesday.. Surely I will be able to catch one.. MAYBE...
    Grandpa septic lines were backing up in town so Hubbie went over and got him to spend the night with us.. This is when I wish we had a guest room set up.. Oh well it is a good thing our sofa sleeps well.

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    Sunday, February 22:
    Today was a great day.. Chester took his Dad home in time for him to make Sunday School then we had Tiffani and Kevin over for breakfast.. They brought a movie... RADIO.. It was a great film.. I would recomend it for a rental if you haven't seen it.. They went home around 1pm and we was just kicking back with the thought of NAP on the brain when David stopped by with pictures of Destry Kay.. Our Great niece that was born in Flordia in January.. She is so cute and her parents looks so proud holding her.
    Ok so no nap .. He no sooner left then Carol came by for a could of minutes.. I am glad she did because I gave her her valentine gift and her birthday gift..
    Sunday Brunch
    The Concert Circuit
    1. How far would you or have you travelled to see a concert?
    Norman ~ABOUT 45 miles
    2. What is the best concert you've seen?
    Floyd Cramer
    3. What is the worst concert you've seen?
    Haven't been to enough to give a worse.
    4. Have you met a performer after a concert?
    No
    5. What singer would you like to meet most?
    Toby Keith

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    Monday, February 23:
    Slow steady rain.. I love it..
    Today I had little work to do since hubbie hasn't had time to prepare work ticket but tomorrow will be a different story.. So I started sorting some papers of the girls.. I really need to play CLEAN SWEEP.. but I know I would have to have someone here to shame into throwing things away
    Tonight is hubbies FEAR FACTOR.. show.. I can't stand watching it so I am playing around on the www.. hopefully getting something done but usually I get sidetracked on someones site and get nothing done..
    For The son-in-law if you ever read this.. TODAY IS THE DAY I OFFERED YOU CASHEWS... lol.. and in the can was NOT cashews.

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    Tuesday February 24:
    Work work work.. that is on my platter today.. Payroll ~ and get the final things done for the CPA... Fun Fun..
    This is Tiffani's short day but we decided instead of her coming to do the company filing it would be best since I have to be super busy that she wait and enjoy her half day in a way that she wants.. So this post is a short and sweet as I got to get to WORK.. :O)
    I hope to watch some of the Mardi Gras parade at this link. Mardi Gras parade cam .. LOL there is a parade goin on this morning.. 10am Oklahoma time.

    Wedded Bliss?
    1. Is Hubby Your Best Friend?: ~
    Yepper he is.
    2. What's his Best Trait?: ~
    His humor and devotion to me and our girls.
    3. What's his Worst Trait?: ~
    He was given a "ROUND TO IT" wooden coin from my sister Carol.. He means well but he is one of the worst procrastinator I've ever know. Sometimes I think it is more his lack of faith in himself is why he doesn't do some things.. but other things he just don't want to so he puts them off hoping they will GO AWAY..
    4. Has he Ever been Manly enough to by you a box of Tampons?:~
    Yes he has.. but I know he isn't comfortable with it
    5. What's the Most Romantic Thing he's Ever Done?: ~
    When he booked us a night in Dallas before we went to Vegas he found one with a in room hot tub *~ SMILE ~*
    He really isn't a romantic person so when he does anything out of the ordinary I could just squeeze him.. LOL


    A sweet surprise at the Playroom.. Tea update the little stick kids.. Gave us a 2004 look.. Thanks Tea.. They will have a home in my Playroom page in My Okie Nest

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    Wenesday February 25:
    I can't get in the groove this morning to be polite to do a post here... I am in a rotten mood.. Why.??? No reason I just woke on the wrong side of the bed but honestly I went to bed on the wrong side also.. Sure was hoping that I would be in a better mood this morning..
    Well work is on my TO DO LIST for today.. so I might as well get after it..
    UPDATE: Company TAXES have been taken to the accountant.. One thing behind me for awhile.. Now to get my personal ones gathered.. I am so ready for the week-end..

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    Thursday February 26:
    Busy day here during the work hours..
    Tonight hubbie brought home Rex Chicken dinners from the Ranch House for us and Tiffani and Kevin.. Kevin ended up being called back to work so his was taken home for him to eat when he does get home.. It was nice having supper with Tiffani.
    Shortly after she ate she went home to watch friends and we settled in to watch SURVIVOR.. I am so happy that Richard ~ The Blur ~ was voted off.. Yepper this Okie is grinning from ear to ear ..
    That's about it I have some pretties I need to set but first I need to set a St. Patrick page.. When that is done I will have the link on my index page.. I am running behind as I usually do. I also received a stamp award from Deb.. Thanks that is special to be included in your award. It will be set on my Stamp collection page.
    Sherry made me the cutest St Patty sig-tag .. It will have a home in my Playroom page in My Okie Nest

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    Friday February 27:
    Work first play later but first is my late tattle's

    What brand of laundry detergent do you use? Tide with bleach
    What brand of makeup do you wear?~ Cover girl
    What brand of ice cream do you buy?~ Braums!!
    What brand of of candles do you burn? ~Home Interior
    What brand of bread do you buy? ~Wonder
    What brand of cheese do you buy?~ Kraft
    What brand of fabric softener do you buy? ~Downy
    What brand of glass cleaner do you buy? ~Windex with vinegar
    What brand of paper towel do you buy?~ Bounty
    What brand of pop do you buy?~ DR PEPPER
    What brand of coffee do you buy?~ Folgers
    What brand of soap do you buy?~ Dove ~ Dial
    What brand of shampoo and conditioner do you use? ~ Nexxus

    Play time on the pc was spent helping Sherry, from the playroom, open a free account at topcities to play in.. She is calling her home GG Zone.. Original I like that..
    When hubbie got off work we got ready to go to Norman with Tiffani and Kevin to get the shrimp ~ crablegs and lobster for tomorrow nights feast at their house... Before we left they gave him the neatest card for a early birthday gift. One that we will never forget.. Scrapbook material for sure. ^:^
    First stop in Norman was to eat, which we chose to eat at the Outback. Everyones meal was really good and of course we got way to full. After we ate we went to Wal-Mart super center and got the sea food and extra's with that all done we headed home.. About half way home Chester said he was burning up ~ he had indigestion and broke into a sweat. Was it something he ate or is he getting a touch of a virus?? We will probably never know but for sure he is one sick baby.

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    March 2004

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    Friday March 5:
    It has been one week since I have written in my on line journal.. Why ?? I will try to do a recap of the last few days events taken from my hand written journal.
    Saturday ~ February 28th
  • 27/28: Kevin's Anniversay (2002)
  • 28:Chet
    Chester was up whe I got up at 7am and was on the sofa .. He still had indigestion and low fever but didn't want to go to the doctor I asked him if he had any other pains and he said no I just didn't sleep well.. Around 8am he had been sleeping and woke to ask me to rub his shoulder blade it was kind of hurting.. OK I panic and begin rubbing and nagging him to go to the doctor.. NO WAY I AM OK HE SAYS I just have a catch in my shoulder from sleeping... Tiffani called to check on him and when I told her how he was she mentioned taking him to the hospital and he said again NO he was fine.. Thank you Tiffani for calling your sister even though she had just gotten off work, and having her call her dad while you and Kevin came over.. When he got off the phone with Tracy I called Tiffani's house and she wasn't there.. I said OK Tiffani isn't home so they are probably on their way over so lets get dressed.. and go to the emergency room lets not be sorry that we didn't.. We got loaded into the car and on our way to Norman he is having tightness in the chest. Yep Hubbie was having a heart attack and our world has been turned upside down.
    Thank the Lord that we made it fine and he was admitted promptly.. 45 minutes from the time we left home to get him to the hospital and all hooked up to all the machines. The EKG is not showing anything ~ bloodwork has been taken and now we wait..

    Sunday February 29
    Chester is in CCU. He is stable and they are doing more test today with possible Artigram to be ran Monday at 2pm.. Fever is still going up and down. His shoulder and chest is still sore but he says it isn't hurting..

    Monday March 01
    Chester's Fever is up and down. He has slept almost all the time. He is hardly eating anything. The artigram has been canceled due to the 102.9 fever. I stayed until 11 but his fever has came down and they said there was no more medication. He sit up some this evening but still is sleeping alot.

    Tuesday March 02
    He was up when I got to the hospital sitting on the side of the bed.. He is so ready for them to do this arteragram ran.. They took him down around 10:30 and he was back in his ccu room around 1pm.. They put in one stent due to 70% narrowing in the right decending posterior artery.. One complete blockage of a side vesel which they didn't do anything to. No major damage was done to his heart they said "PTL". His heart rate is still low but they hope in time it will increase.. Doctor says it might take a few days.. and later with exercise and eating correctly it should get better. If it doesn't wasn't really discussed..

    Wednesday March 03

  • 3: Tiffani Doctor appointment at Norman
    After a battle of fever on top of the heart attack Chester is on the mend but still in CCU, if his heart rate continues to climb he may be moved to a private room tomorrow.. Many prayers have been sent up for him and we are sure that is why he is still here today. PTL.

    Thursday March 04
    Chester got to come home.. Again I praise the Lord for this blessing. After a short stop at the grocrey store and to get percriptions filled we went home. .

    Friday March 05

  • 5: Tracy had all 4 wisdom teeth cut out.
    It is great to have Chester home and feeling so good. He is bored of course and Monday he will be able to go back to work for half days, probably more than that but he has doctor appointments to fit in. It surprises me how this has given him a new burst of energy.. Guess the lack of blood that was passing through his heart might have been another reason for his tiredness. >.. I sure love this man and I praise God for every minute he allows us to be together.

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    Saturday March 6:
    Chester is doing great.. We went to town after lunch and walked our little Wal-mart.. then went to the video store and rented a couple more movies.. When we got almost home Chester got out and walked the rest of the way.. He is suppose to walk about 5 minutes a day until he goes back to the doctor Monday and so far so good.
    Tiffani and Kevin came over and joined us for supper.. and a couple of games of Canasta.. Thanks kids for coming over Dad and I enjoyed your company. We hadn't seen anyone all day and Dad really did need others conversation.

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    Sunday March 7:

    Sunday Brunch
    I Don't Wanna Grow Up
    1. Do you watch cartoons?
    Nope
    2. Ever buy a box of cereal (for yourself) just for the prize inside?
    Nope.. But I do like tony the tiger... Frosted Flakes
    3. Do you ever go to the playground to play on the swings, slide or teeter totter?
    Nope
    4. Do you occassionally pout, throw tantrums or cry to get what you want?
    POUT...All the time.. but doesn't really work but I do it anyway.
    5. How long has it been since you've done childlike (for example: ride a bike, play marbles, jump rope, build a sand castle)?
    Build a sand Castle about 3 years ago.. Ride a bike about the same time.. About killed my knees..
    Chester is still doing really good.. Getting a little bored with just watching tv so we went to town and go us a 6" subway sandwiches.. Not sure about the sodium content but the fat content was ok for his diet.. Later we took the movies back and rode around town abit just to be away from home.. When we did get home Norma and Leo came by joining us for leftovers for supper.. Then David and Robin came over to visit.. It sure has helped having company this evening to pass the time...

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    Monday March 8:
    Doctor appointment with Dr. Dye was great.. Chester's blood pressure was 118/86 which is the best it has been since he has started checking it. His next appointments are April 8 at 1:15pm with Doctor Crook.... April 22 at 9am with Dr Dye and then May10 with Dr. Dye (this may be canceled if April 22 appointment goes good)...
    Chet worked from around 11am and came home around 4:30... He seemed a little tired but not exhausted.
    Both girls and Destry came over to visit for a few minutes before they headed home for the day. We were teasing Tiffani about if she has a boy that what ever she names him it should have the initials of CW... Inside joke between Chester and Cheese Head ~ Kevin...
    Tiffani‘s doctor called and her count is at 4000 I sure hope that is high enough.

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    Tuesday March 9:
    Work ~ Work and more work.. Playing catch up is no fun.. Chester came home around 2:20 and after finding our insurance papers ~ Yep the bills are coming in ~ he laid down for a nap.. Tiffani got her around 3pm and did the companies monthly taxes then went on home since I wouldn't let her wake her dad.. heee..
    We had stuffed peppers and steamed veggies for supper done on the grill which Chester seemed to like OK.. This heart healty cooking is a challenge to keep things from tasteing so blaw.. I didn't realize how much I depended on purchased sauces which are full of sodium to spice up food.. Dang and he won't come near anything that has onion in it.. but I think tomorrow I will put a large chunck in and remove it before serving and see what he thinks.. LOL

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    Wednesday March 10:
    A beautiful day with a slight wind but needless to say I was stuck in the house doing company books. Chester got to come home around 2:30. Even though I was still working on payroll it is great for him to be home early. He didn’t take a nap today he was on the phone on and off most of the time but I do believe he is getting his strength back. Five days of lying around in the hospital really weakened him. Robert W. is in Odessa, Texas on a run for Marathon so I am so proud of my man for coming on home like the doctors told him to.
    While Supper was slowly cooking we took a walk up the lease road, that is North of our house.. It has a down slop and a uprise which makes it better than just walking a track. We can't walk on the sholder of the road because everyone knows us. The last time we tried we spent more time telling people that we didn't need a ride or just visiting then we did walking. I am still so surprised at the way Chester is getting along so good with his walking. Before the heart attack he would not have made it to the driveway entrance before running out of breath.
    After supper we just kicked back and watched tv and played with gizmo.. Tiffani and Kevin went to the Super Center wal-mart in Norman when they got off of work getting back home around 9.. Thanks kids for bring us some fresh vegetables. I sure wish the stores around here had decent fresh veggies but they don't.

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    Thursday March 11:

    This morning was a beautiful calm morning around 8am.. So I took a few pictures to add to different areas of my Okie Nest before I start work.
    These are some of our first flowers of Spring. They aren't in our actual flower beds but around bushes in the pond area of the yard. There are many more up but they haven't bloomed yet.
    The way the weeds look it is possible we will be mowing before the end of the month.

    Our pond
    We left the black pole which was one end of our clothes line as a reminder of times before dryers. Plans are for it to come down this Spring/Summer.

    Our latest purchase to add somewhere around the pond.
    He is so cute.. Cost was around $15.00 at Wal-mart.

    And our newest Easter yard decorations
    Cost was under $20.00 at Wal-mart for both.

    The frog and the Easter bunnies were bought in one of our walks in Wal-mart shortly after Chester got to come home from the hospital. At the rate we were going we were making at least one purchase per walk.. LOL.. and we were going into Wal-mart twice a day to walk.. I am sure glad the weather has gotten better so we can walk down the lease road..

    This is the lease road that we are walking in the evenings when the weather allows.
    This one is just North of our house and it goes way back over the hill.. We haven't made it even close to the end of it yet.

    As of 11 am the weather has changed.. The wind is up and it is cool out so if it doesn't calm down we will be walking in the house or at Wal-Mart this evening. It is survivor night so I hope that it warms up so we can walk outside.. Going to town would be rushed trying to get back by 7pm.. GRIN..
    We are going to borrow Carol's indoor exercise walking thing.. What the heck is it called??@@?? Oh poop I hate it when my mind goes blank.. Anyway we should be getting it tomorrow night.. It will be put into our bedroom I guess until I can clean out a place in the back bedroom for it.
    With this being Survivor night I have supper already cooking and it isn't even lunch time..
    I basted a LARGE chicken breast in egg beaters ~ skim milk and mrs dash.. Then rolled it in crushed Lays baked chips... Placed in pam sprayed foil pan with foil cover and put it in the oven since it has turned cool outside. Later this evening I will prepare veggie to go with it.
    I wonder without Salt if this is going to be eatable.. LOL The pepper steak I fixed last night was tender but with out the salt it was terrible. NOTE: I need to buy some Salt subsitute.

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    Friday March 12:
    Last night the chicken that I fixed was good but I should have taken the foil off the top sooner so that it would have gotten a little more crispie but as it was OK..
    Carol stopped by on her way home from Kristi's. She is working on baby afagan's for her twin grandsons that are due to be born May 19th. She is half way done on one but she better get after it in case they come early.
    Survivor All Star.. Goodbye to my Texan Coby.. I can't believe that the phone started ringing right after he was voted off.. Tiffani was teasing me about MY BOY getting the boot.. Ok Rupert you better stay on there for me.. Your my pick now.

    I give the praise to God that I have wonderful husband and a loving family.. I have been married 31 years to Chester and we are blessed with a small OLDER country home.. which I love but it has been very neglected over time because of finanaces and raising two lovely girls.
    Our girls are grown now, married and have homes of their own and overall they are HAPPY.. So we have a little extra finances and if the creek don't rise we hope to do some updating around the house and possibly add some new things. Problem is that I don't know where to start. Most of our married life we have lived from paycheck to paycheck.. Don't get me wrong we aren't rolling in the dough but we are comfortable and our investments toward retirement are not great but we are working on them.. (WE THINK)
    Prior to Chesters heart attack ~ February 28th~ we had began thinking on what we wanted to do inside the house. Of course I started working on a page ~ on and off ~ which is about my livingroom where we decided to update first. I am hoping that this page will show a before and after. As of now it is still in the Before stage.. LOL
    I am so depressed about how I have no decorating talent at all.. What a mess you say.. well it is when you finally got the finances ~ to a extent that is.. and you don't know where to start.. I haven't shopped in years and I don't know what to do first. LOL what a delemia.. Here is my LIVINGROOM.. and I need help..
    WARNING..
    I am not good with deminisions but I believe the photos added help show the layout of the room.
    and what we have isn't fancy but it is ours.. so before you look keep a open mind ..please

    Our Livingroom DIY Room planner

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    Saturday March 13:
    Friday I cleaned both back bedroom closet's out of the clothes that we could not or hadn't worn in a long time.. Tonight 4 trash bags and a backseat full of hangables laying down have now left this acre being donated to a salvation house at Chickasha.. Thanks Carol for coming over and picking them up for me..
    When Chester got off work to get away we thought we would make a venture to OKC and look at carpet and such.. We hadn't shopped in so long that we are way out of touch wiht what is available.. Chester had ate his slice of toast to take his medicine and it was buring off fast so we stopped at Moore and ate at the Western Sizzin.. I was surprised that they off Low fat potato bar things.. We each had a small sirlion steak me with veggies and he had a potato but he only ate half of it.. ME I cleaned my plate.. LOL
    We had called Torie on our way and she said her and Rodney had shopped until they dropped for carpet last spring and the best prices they found were at Haley's carpet in OKC so off we went to Hayleys.. Long Story short.. We found us some carpet we like and also like the price so the carpet for our Livingroon and Dinning roon was paid for and will be installed Friday.. We kind of wanted to do the bedroom also but we have no place to put the furniture all at one time so for now we will only replace the livingroon ~ dinningroom and hallway.
    We stoped at the Lindsay wal-mart and picked out paint for the livingroom.. Yepper wal-mart color-place brand.. the color is called Sasame which is a lite tan to me. I will take a picture when I get it painted..

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    Sunday 14:
    Tiffani and Kevin came over around noon and brought us a hamburger and to help us move what furniture we could into the back rooms. Tiffani also caught up on the filing while they were here.

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    Monday 15
    Tracy came out for a couple of hours and helped me get the dinningroom celing painted and the North wall.. We had meet at wal-mart to purchase the rest of the paint and I decided to go with a little darker color for the dinningroom .. it is called Barzil tan..

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    Tuesday 16
    I painted all day.. 3/4's of the livingroom was painted when I stopped fot the night.. When hubbie came home we meet Tiffani and Kevin at the Mexican resturant for supper.. We got home around 8pm so we went on to bed.. We are both exhasted. Getting new carpet has turned into a big project.... Oh but I am so excited to have new carpet.. and clean walls..

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    Wednesday 17:
    Livingroon ~ Hall and Diningroom is completely painted.. maybe a few touchups before the carpet is installed Friday.. all plug in plates washed and put back on.. Woodstove bricks washed.. Livingroon window sills refinished.. Curtain wased and pressed.. but not rehung yet.. I am gave out.. Tomorrow I have to play big time catch up on my work because when everyone gets off work we will be moving the Livingroom things out.. and that means I will be off line until the carpet is layed and things are put back in place..
    This evening when everone was off work we meet Tiffani and Kevin at the Mexica restruant for supper then we came on home

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    Thursday 18:
    I got the paperwork all caught up the best I could.. This evening Tiffani and Kevin qand then David and Robin came over to help move the Livingroom furniture out to the new barn. Chester wants to help but he just doesn't have the strength yet to do so..

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    Friday 19:
    The carpet layers got here around noon.. Final cost of installing carpet for livingroom and dinning room and the entry way was the house was $422.12. Before they got here I got the laundry done for the week-end. The weather was nice but windy.. I tried to work in the flowerbeds but the wind seemed to blow right through my ears.. Around 2:30 the carpet layers had all the old carpet up and the new pad down and took a break for something to eat.. They went into town to eat and was gone untill almost 4:30.. Crap what is the deal with this.. Chester ~ Tiff ~ Kevin ~ Tracy ~ Desty ~ David and Robin were all here before the carpet was finished being layed.. Tiffani had brought us Jo's pizza after we all ate a bite they all pitched in and got all the heavy pieces moved back into the livingroom and dinningroom.
    Chester was so tired that when the pieces were back in they all went home.. and we went straight to bed.

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    Saturday 20:
    It is a wonderful day here the birds are singing! I have all my windows open letting the fresh air in! Starting to get spring fever here and want to plant plant plant! But I have to wait until the beds are ready which until I get my painting done won't be for a couple more weeks.. Chester had to work today so I painted the kitchen.. That took me all day.. So much to tape off that it took longer even with it being a small room. When he got home we piddled around waiting for Tiffani and Kevin to come back from Norman. They went to get them a new lawn mower from Home Depo.. and while in Norman they ate at the Olive garden bringing me home a plate of Chicken alfredo.. Chester doesn't like pasta which he shouldn't eat anyway so he ate a bowl of his Low Fat soup and Low sodium crackers.

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    Sunday March 21:
    After Chester got back from getting the guys out to work he pulled the ice box out so that I could paint behid it then he hooked up the 4-wheeler and the new sprayer he had bought and sprayed the yard for WEEDS.. It seems that our whole yard has been taken over with. While he was spraying I did the painting behind the icebox and cleaned it on the sides that I can't reach normally. When he was finished he put the icebox back for me and I cleaned inside it which it was desperately needing.. When Chester got the sprayer cleaned out and put away I had prepared us a LOW FAT grilled cheese sand for lunch
    Chester had gotten a chill but no fever from being out doing the spraying so he wrapped up in a blanket and settled in to watch sports on TV but as usual this turned into both of us taking short Naps.
    Shortly after I woke from my nap we received a sad phone call.. Mike Jones had a massive heart attack and didn't make it.. He was only 47 years old leaving a wife and two grade school age children behind.. Chester worked with Mike daily.. They had discussed Chester's heart attack and Mike was very encouraging to him to mind the doctor. Mike will be greatly missed by Chester for a long long time.
    Around 5 we went to Tracy and Destry's for supper.. Tiffani and Kevin also joined us there.. Great meal but most of all it is so great to be with the girls and their hairy legged men as Chester calls them.. Destry cooked out on the grill which he did a great job.. It is wonderful that both of the guys seem to enjoy cooking on the grill..

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    Monday March 22:
    Work is the name of the game today.. PC is hooked back up finally so that I need to get busy.. The carpet is great and the paint colors I am happy with.. The kitchen was painted a lite yellow.. Well it is a little brighter than I wanted but I think it will be ok when I adjust to it.. If not I will repaint it.. LOL
    This week-end I received this cute pals from TEA The saying that she has on them says it all.


    Their permanate home is in my 2004 gifts / adoption page here in My Okie Nest
    When Chester got home from work we meet Robin and Tiffani at the lumberyard for supper then Chester and I and Robin went to Winans funeral home to pay our respects to Mike and his family.
    Chester was asked to be a honorary casket bearer which he is honored to be asked and to do.

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    Tuesday March 23:
    This morning I meet Tiffani at her work where we went to Norman for her second doctor appointment.. Tomorrow she will be at 8weeks in her pregancy.. She didn't get to see the doctor only his nurse.. She went over the things that would be done during the pregancy at the doctors office.. Whew did she ever talk fast.. Then she took blood to have Tiffani's iron ~ etc things checked. If there isn't anything that needs addressed then Tiffani won't be going back until next month.. At that time she will get to see her doctor and also they will do a doppler on the baby to hear the heart beat.. If by chance the heart beat isn't heard then a utla sound will be done.. but only if the heart beat isn't heard. My prayers are with the kids and their precious unborn child that all will go well and all will be healty.
    After I took Tiffani back to work I went by the Purcell Flower garden and purchased 3 new water lillies.. After getting them into the pond I realize I should have purchased a couple more.. We lost all but one so to have the water cover needed from the Oklahoma hot sun it will take a few more plants. The garden center is potting us some tropicals for me to pick up the first week of April so I will pick up more lillies then.
    Mike funeral was this afternoon. Chester went but I stayed home to get started on Payroll.. Norman came up to bring Leo clothes to wear to the funeral.. They didn't realize that it was today as I am afraid many won't. She and I visited on and off while I worked. When Chester and Leo came home we took a quick spin in Chester's new Company pickup into town where we went ahead and ate a early supper at the Mexican resturant.
    Around 7 Leo and Norma were leaving for home ~ as they were pulling out of the driveway Karl Herrington came by to visit with Chester.. He and Chester had a great visit and I was so glad that he took the time to stop by. They go along way back and it means alot to know that someone will take the time to check in on you when possible.

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    Wednesday 24:
    Sad news of another one of Chester work associates ~ Charles Gish ~ died last night early this morning.. of a massive heart attack. So sad and I must admit a wee bit scarey..
    Things going on around here today are: Chester has a denist appointment this morning ~ I have payroll to finish ~ Tracy is off this morning until Sunday evening
    When we rearranged the livingroom furniture we found about a 2" tear in the back of our sofa.. Sadly we hadn't ever moved it other than to vacuum under from the wall where it was set when delived Novemeber 2002.. Darn thing is so heavy I have to have help moving it around to even vacumm under. Anyway we purchased a 5 year comprehensive protection plan out on all the pieces for 199.95 when we id bye the furniture from Mathis Brothers Furniture in OK City.. It is suppose to cover damage like this so I called the 800 number that is on the warranty today.. Now I have to call back again Friday seems all their computers are down.. When I get a conformation number they say a tech.. will call about the problem in 8 - 10 days.. So we will see how long it takes them to get this fixed..

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    Thursday 25:
    Worked on finishing up payroll. With that done I was able to do some things in the back part of the house while Cheryl was here cleaning.. WE did get the livingroom curtains rehung while she was here.

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    Friday 26:
    I painted the bathroom today the brazian tan. I got it almost done except Chester is going to have to pull out the washer and dryer for me to paint behind them.
    I went to bed at 7:30 I was so so tired.

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    Saturday March 27:
    Chester and I went to Chickasha and picked out a new t.v... Final cost of the Big screen TV and 4 year insurance was $3073.35. It will be delivered Wednesday of next week.. That afternoon Tracy rode with me to Purcell to Krisiti's Twin baby shower. On the way home we were following Tiffani home and following behind a slow moving one ton truck loaded down with square bales of hay. Two came tumbling off and we were scared that we were both going to wreck.. PTL that we hit them but neither of us lost control.. after pulling over to see that there was no damage to the vechiles and to settle our nervers we went on home unharmed.

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    Sunday March 28:
    One month ago today Chester had his heart attack.. I am so thankful to still have him with us.. My life since his HA has been a roller coaster of emotions.
    We went to Sulphur to the Dog trade meet (Flea market) with Tracy and Destry.. Of course the weather man said the rain was over but being Oklahoma it rained so we cut our trip short.
    Chester did purchase this little giraffe to put in the bathroom
    3 pieces that are used to brighten the room

    These are 3 pieces that are used to brighten the room.. Matching pieces with all except the giraffe.
    Our bath
    On our way back home we ate breakfast at PV Denney's and then a short stop at wal-mart for me to pick up a quart of paint to hopefully get the wall behind the washer and dryer painted this week done.. and of course a few other odd and end purchases.. LOL
    The afternoon was spent naping and watching basketball on tv.. with a lite supper cooked on the grill and just simply relaxing.
    I found this cutie at Jaymes site and just had one to keep track of the

    Count down of our being Grandparents
    Lilypie Baby Days
    Proud parents to be: Tiffani and Kevin

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    Monday March 29:
    I called about getting the sofa repaired.. Can you believe they told me 8 - 12 weeks I will get the fabric and then I need to call them back and they will then set up a appointment with a tech to get the sofa picked up and repaired.. No idea how long it will take from the time the tech pickes it up to when we will get it back.
    Tomorrow's the big day "Glorious Appearing"the twelfth book of the left behind series is available... I can't wait to get me a copy of it.
    Chester brought home pizza.. Humm I think he is telling me he is tired of his low fat low sodium diet.. Well one night will be ok I guess ~ tomorrow back to the grill.. Tiffani and KEvin came over and ate with us and then went home shortly afterwards.. I am so tired in the evenings.. I haven't been sleeping good since Chester had his HA.. and it is begining to really show.

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    Tuesday March 30:
    The morning is so beautiful.. The wind is calm and the birds are cherping..
    We had 10 guineas at the beginning of spring.. and we are now down to 6. We live right beside a very active country road and the guineas are trying to make nest on the other side of it in the tall grass and are getting hit when crossing.. Many local people come to almost a dead stop but others are not missing a beat... The crippled guinea I would have thought would have gotten hit first but he is one of the 6 survivors. In a couple of weeks we hope to purchase some new babies.. They are fun to watch grown and roam the area. I just wish they understood to stay out of the road.
    Tiffani gets off at 11:30 today and I have a hair appointment at 1:30 so I got to get busy or I will not have my work done in time to enjoy the afternoon with her..
    Later gatter.
    All the painting has made My back, shoulders, hands and everything else hurt.. and they all are telling me to not paint for awhile.. I KNOW I need to take a break from it but it will never get done if ever put the supplies away.

    UPDATE from Yesterday: Tiffani didn't get off early one of the ladies at work called in sick so our outing was canceled..
    I went to town early for my hair appointment so I could get my wal-mart purchases done before hand. I have my eyebrows waxed and I am always so puffie and red I had to stop anywhere afterwards.
    At wal-mart I purchased 8 minature roses.. All pink ones.. I can't wait to get them in the ground.. I also purchased the 12th book from the left behind series "Glorious Appearing".. Now I will have to make myself not read all the time.. Chester will be hiding it from me before I get it read if he catches me with my nose in it.. LOL.. Just kidding he doesn't care but I have a habit or ignoring everything around me when I get a new book.
    I love my hair cut.. Makes me feel so much better to have it trimmed up and looking nice.
    When Chester got home I put us a steak on the grill with peppers ~ Asparagus ~ AND corn.. I also grilled some wheat bread sprayed with Can't believe it's not butter.. LOL.. While I was cooking he put a tarp over the old dog pen where we are planning on putting a new batch of baby guineas .
    Chester was full of energy tonight.. He went back outside after supper and started cleaning out the old garage.. If he was thinking I was going to help he was wrong.. I curled up on the sofa and started reading..

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    March Wednesday 31:
    Another beautiful and calm morning.. I have more flowers coming up.. I just love spring.
    Tiffani called on her way to work.. She has been nauseous and sick since around 5 this morning.. Looks like she is going to have a bad case of morning sickness with her pregancey.. Hang in there baby and pop that saltine in your mouth when you first open your eyes..

    Special event today..
    DAVID AND ROBIN's ANNIVERSARY
    Well I got to get busy.. they are suppose to deliver the tv today and I have bunch of work to do for the company..


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    Thursday April 1:
    April fools day... I never did get into this day but I am sure before the day is over Chester will find some prank to pull on me.
    Last night after he got home it was so pretty outside we fueled up the 4-wheelers and went for a short ride. While out we stopped by Judy's and visited a minute while they were outside loading their 4-wheeler to go to his mom's and spray her yard. Kenneth gave me a lever to put on my 4-wheeler gear changer .... My toes get so sore when changing gears so I can't wait for Chester to get it installed for me.
    This morning is another beautiful day in Oklahoma. I am fixing to get busy to get the company books done so that I can go outside and play in the flower beds this afternoon.
    Here is Chester's new Widescreen fully intergrated hdtv. Monster size. LOL

    We will be looking for a cabinet to go to the side of it to hold the DVD player and the Direct tv box.. I was hoping to find one when shopping last Saturday but Chester didn't really want to go to OKC so we didn't..
    Tiffani came by on her way to work and Gizmo is here with me for the day.. She said she tried the saltine this morning and so far so good.. Well I spoke to soon she lost her lunch and her supper.. She can barely talk her voice is so coarse from being sick.

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    April, Friday 2:
    Wonderful morning again.. I played in the North flower beds at the pond.. Chester says if he gets in early enough we are going to start cleaning the pond out.. Yuck but it will be such much more enjoyable when it is done.
    Well Chester didn't get in until around 6 and by the time we ate and started on the pond all we got done was gettting 80% of it pumped out.. Oh well we will start on it first thing in the morning.. So much for me wanting to go to the plant store before the OSU Basketball game tomorrow night.. Maybe just maybe I can sneak away.. Not..
    The regulators played their first game at NewCastle. Won one lost one.. not bad for their first games.. Tracy had to work so she didn't play.. We thought about going but we will wait to see if Tracy is going to play first..

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    April, Saturday 3:
    Chester had to work for a bit this morning.. really he just had to get the guys out on the job then he came back home.. The wind was blowing which made the air cool but we started working on cleaning out the pond.. Tiffani and Kevin came over.. they brought all kinds of things to prepare for tonights dinner.. It was so nice spending the whole day with them here at our home..
    David and Robin came out for a little while around noon and borrowed the new sprayer that Chester bought that you drag behind the 4-wheeler.. With us doing our yard and Destry doing his and Tracy's and now David the little machine has been well worth the money Chester paid for it.
    Around 4 we started dinner and then settled in to watch OSU play in the basketball big 4 game against Georgia.. OSU played a good game but lost in the final seconds of the game.. David and Robin came out to watch the last half of the game.. We had invited them to dinner but I had already throw away all the extras but they did join up in strawberry shortcake so I didn't feel to bad that they didn't understand we were eating at game time. Tiff and Kevin went home shortly after the game was over.. Tonight was SPRING FORWARD on the clocks so we turned in early..
    Destry and Dalton took Brooklynn to Minco to watch her play t-ball.. They didn't realize it was a tournament.. Tracy had worked Friday late shift so she didn't go but with them not getting home until around 11pm she was wishing there would have been away to join them. Hugs Tracy.. there will be other games.

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    April, Sunday 4:
    Chester went golfing this morning and I piddled around the house doing laundry and finishing my book the 12th book from the left behind series "Glorious Appearing".. I have really enjoyed this series of books.. I pray to our Lord that I will be ready when he comes.
    Chester got home around noon and brought us lunch from town.. Torie and Rodney had called earlier to invite us to go 4-wheeling.. We didn't go Chester and I are both a little on edge today.. I don't know why but we are both being really snippie with eachother.. Tired I guess but I feel a storm brewing..

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    April, Monday 5:
    My day was spent doing the company books and when I could sneak in a moment I piddled around outside as the weather is suppose to be rainie the rest of the week.
    When Chester got home he started working on the water hydrant at the pond.. It had been closed off a couple of years ago when the faucet broke and he decided he was going to fix it.. Tiffani came when she got off work to do the month end taxes and man oh man did she ever earn her money.. We hadn't received a notification on a unemployment change on the % that was to be paid by the company so we have a mess.. but tomorrow we will call them and get it all worked out.. While we were dealing with this... David and Robin showed up bringing back the sprayer and Robin had brought some plastic pots to me to transplant some of the water lillies into.. I really do appreciate them but tonight wasn't a good night to be transplanting but we did... Around 7 we called quits and went to town to eat Mexican food.. Kevin meet us there.. Dang what a night.. Don't get me wrong I love being around the kids and David and Robin but sometimes there are to many things trying to be done at once..
    I received a email from Norma and this was at the end of it.. I wanted to bring it in my nest as a reminder to myself.. She is such a great friend.
    Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
  • 1. Free your heart from hatred.
  • 2. Free your mind from worries.
  • 3. Live simply.
  • 4. Give more.
  • 5. Expect less.
    All these I see Norma doing every day... and I want to grow up and be just like her..

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    April Tuesday 6:


    What's On Right Now
    What's On your outside thermometer Right Now?
    We don't have a outside thermometer but according to the weather man it is 60 degrees

    What season are you in?
    Spring

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    Wednesday 7:
    Happy 3rd Anniversary to the Playroom..

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    April Thursday 8:
    Today was Chester's appointment with his heart doctor ~ Dr. Crook ~ at Norman
    Plans were to spend the afternoon together even with it including a doctor appointment.
    I worked for a little while this morning.. Chester picked me up at 11 and we went to Purcell for a early lunch with turned into a late breakfast. Chester and I like to eat breakfast anytime of the day so it was a perfect start of our day together.. Chester's appointment wasn't until 1:15 so we stopped in at the Cingular wireless store I updated my phone and Chester got him a new one with a new Number..While he was finishing up I walked over to the scrapbooking supply store.. where I bought some new print paper they had on sale. I can't wait to spend a few days making some new pages... Still to early for the dr appointment so we drove around Norman just to see what all had changed since we use to live there in 1972 ~ 75. ALOT.. LOL.. Time for appointment Chester went in and I walked across the street to see about my Aunt Juanita that is in the hospital.. I no sooner got to the 4th floor and Chester called my mobile and said that the Doctor had to cancell but rescheduled for the 22nd. I went ahead and had a short visit with Aunt Juanita's Daughters Barbara and Betty, and with Betty's husband Paul. Aunt Juanita is being taken to the PV hospital with the sad news that there isn't much they can do for her at this point in her life.. Age has just taken it's tole on her. It is so sad to see her not even knowing her own children.
    When I joined Chester we started off on the adventure of shopping for livingroom tables.. Oh what fun we had or I did anyway.. He hasn't joined me in shopping for furniture since we purchased our first LR sofa back in 1973.. Now he remembers why.. After making 4 furniture stores and in the last one walking around as he puts it 4 times in a circle WE FOUND WHAT I WAS HUTING.. LOL.. It will be delivered Sometime Tuesday if the creek don't rise.. Yepppee..
    We purchased a Two Pier Wall unit to go around the new TV, One Cocktail table, two end tables and one sofa table.. This was done on credit but I hope that I will have it paid off in 6 months before their interest kicks in..

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    April Friday 9:
    Today is Good Friday.. a day off for many but since I took the afternoon off yesterday I will work
    This evening we meet Tiffani, Kevin, Tracy and Dalton at the Ranch house for supper. Destry was working late so he didn't get to join us there.
    After we ate.. Kevin went home he was tired but the rest of us went to NewCastle to watch Tracy and David and the other Regulators play softball.. Dalton and Tiffani rode with Chester and I.
    Carol meet us there.. She is so sweet to come to watch the kids play ball. They won their first game but the second one they lost on a two out of three coin toss.. They had to do a coin toss because in the 3rd enning I believe Nat slid into 2nd base and hurt her ankle really bad. Anyway we got home around midnight.. These late games are good for the worker but are hard on the ones that have to get up Saturday morning and work.. LOL.. I am not one of those thank goodness.

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    April Saturday 10:
    Chester golfed in a tournament in OK City today so I just hung out here at home.. I did take the make up shelf that Dad had put up for us in Tiffani's old room and moved Mom's sewing machine where it had been.. Also I played with a flower arrangement in the kitchen and did a little scrapbooking. When Chester got home he was tired so we just kicked back for the evening with me scrapbooking and him TV sleep/watching.

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    Sunday April 11:




    Sunday Brunch
    Let's Go Shopping!
    1. How often do you go grocery shopping?
    Once a month for can goods and weekly for staples.
    2. What is the last thing you bought for yourself?
    A pair of capri pants
    3. What do you like shopping for most often?
    Scrapbooking things.
    4. Are you an impulse shopper?
    Yes and No.. Usually I am not but sometimes I just can't keep from it.
    5. What is the last item you purchased?
    Last purchase was the Livingroom tables.. other than a coke at the in and out store.
    Today our Easter guest were: Tiffani, Kevin and Gizmo ~ Grandpa Dean ~ Robin and David. We had red beans ~ Fried potatoes ~ Mexican cornbread and all the fixings.. The weather was really cool but no rain. Tracy has to work tonight and Destry and Dalton were spending the day at his parents so they only came over for a little while. Brooklyn was with her Mom. I gave two little matching Easter figuriens to Dalton one for him and one for Brooklyn.

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    April Monday 12:
    Kevin's dad ~ Bob was on his way home when he pulled over on the shoulder of I-35 to check his tarps that are used on his truck. As he was getting down from checking them he was strucked by a van at interstate speed. The driver of the van fell asleep at the wheel.. He was taken to the trama center but now is in ICU on the 19th floor of the OU medical center in Oklahoma City in fairly stable condition but I don't think they have even the slightest knowledge yet of what all is wrong and there are many. Last night they had found many already including broken ribs, some damage to one of his shoulder blades, punctured lung, broken ankle and some spine damage... Please keep the family in your prayers
    It is so sad that doing something he has probably done so many times before and then that one time and place everything changes. I just can't imagine what that driver must have felt like after running into him and then how Kevin's Dad will be when the final care is done. God knows his needs and I pray that whatever God's will is that it be.. You just never know when the Lord wants us to go home, we just have to be ready.

    April 13th Girly Goods
    1. Silver or Gold?: Love them both.
    2. Fav Perfume Scent?: Wings from Giorgio Beverly Hills
    3. Lipstick Color?: Vintage Wine from Cover girl
    4. Shampoo Brand?: Sebastian Salon brand is what I am using right now.
    5. Your Naughty Splurge?: Naughty? Don't think I have one that I can remember.. But my last splurge was on scrapbook paper.. Boring right.. LOL

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    April Tuesday 13:
    Tuesday is choose day
    4/13/2004
    Would you rather:
    live in a place with the constant threat of volcano eruptions OR the constant threat of tidal waves? As long as it is only a threat than either place would be a long as it is broad.
    go through an operation that would make you absolutely gorgeous, able to win any beauty contest OR one that would make you able to run faster than anybody on the planet? Well I guess absolutely gorgeous.. I can't see what running faster would benefit me.
    have warts on your face OR on your genitals? ~ Neither
    scream in pain everytime you comb your hair OR cry like a baby when you brush your teeth? ~ Comb hair.. I can't go all day with just one teeth brusing.
  • 13: Livingroom tables will be delivered.
  • 13: Gloria and her husband passing through Oklahoma
    Wall tv unit and Tables were delivered around noon
    Livingroom

    Livingroom

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    Gizmo waiting on his Mom.

    Livingroom


    After the delivery of the tables I went to PV and had the honor of meeting a internet friend.. Gloria .. She and her husband Wayne are such sweet people.

    It is so neat getting to meet someone face to face that you have visited with for months on the net.
    Robin and David came out, they brought supper too thanks Robin. They helped us get the furniture moved around and the tv hooked back up.. It took us all evening but Yeppee it is done.
    Tiffani and Kevin stopped by on their way home and said that Kevin's Dad is doing so much better than they could have hoped for. He is scheduled for surgery tomorrow my prayers are with him and the family.

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    Wednesday, April 14, 2004

    What's On Right Now
    What's On your feet Right Now? White ankle sock and slip on black sandals.. These are some of Tracy's that she left behind after her marriage that I wear outside when I am doing lite yard work.

  • 14: Norma flies down to Cindy's
  • 14: Gayla Sue ~ High school friend
    Has surgery to have a Neuro-Stimulator put in her back
    Work in on the menu today.. boring yep but it is life.
    This evening we just kicked back and didn't do much.. Chester watched tv and I played on and off on the PC.. Tracy is off tonight but her days are split so she works again tomorrow night.. How she gets any rest is beyond me.
    Tiffani and Kevin went to the hospital to see his Dad when they got off work.. The ICU that Bob is in shuts the doors from 6:30 to 8pm so it makes visiting very hard on the working families.

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    Thursday, April 15, 2004
    I am glad we have our taxes done and mailed off even though we had to pay ..
    Again today is another work day but I hope to get after it early just in case Tracy was to pop in.. She has to work tonight but with her being off last night she will be out running around this morning. I sure do miss getting to be around the girls on their days off.
    I forgot to post that I have my Princess and the Pea Homework assignment done.. I don't know why I had a hard time with this one.. Guess I hate to admit that I have quirks..LOL
    You can find it here.

    Thursday's Tattle
    Week Thirty Four.....April 15th, 2004

    Checks
    Do you have a checking account? Yep joint with hubby
    What design if any is on your checks? Plain Jane blue
    Does your checkbook cover match and have the same design as your checks?Nope
    What check number are you on right now? Heck it is way up there 8578 I had to look.
    Do you hate writing checks? Yep
    To whom was the last check you wrote? Phillips 66 convient store to get cash
    Do you handle the checkbook or does your husband? Really neither of us but Hubby pays the monthly bills.

  • 15: Cindy has knee surgery.
    Tracy did get to come over for a little while yesterday but she is so tired it doesn't seem that we really enjoy our time together but at least I got to see the little rascal.
    Chester brought supper home from the Ranch House and we settled into watching survivor.. Rupert is still holding on but for how long I don't know.. He is about the only one that I am wishing would win so he is going to have to play the game to be the sole survivor.

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    Friday, April 16, 2004
    Norma called this morning and said that Cindy is home and made it through the surgery fine. It was a long percedure of the doctor doing a clean up on Cindy's knee but he didn't actually fix the problem. Cindy will have to have another surgery 4 to 6 months from now..
    I did some tape and bedding in the back bathroom closet.. I didn't get finished since I ran out of taping dope.. When Chester got home David and Robin called and wanted to know what was for supper.. They joined us at Grassland, Bar-b-que was on the buffet and I must say that I wasn't impressed. Other than going out to eat we turned in shortly after the 10 o'clock news..

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    Saturday, April 17, 2004
    Chester and I both woke real early this morning. He had to go to town to check on getting some of the hands out to work so I rode into town with him as I needed to go to Wal-mart to buy our monthly paper and cleaning supplies. Only a few purchases that wasn't on my list ~ some Easter scrapbooking supplies that were marked 75% off so I just couldn't keep from putting them in my basket..I know I will use them sooner or later and three 4" pots of flowers to put out at the pond.
    With my shopping done and his work done we went to the Ranch House for breakfast.. TOOOOOO greasie this morning.. I should have cooked for him at home. Not a good sign to start the week-end off blowing our diet. When got back home Carol was at the house so she helped us unloaded my purchases and then Carol and I went to PV to see about Aunt Juanita.. She isn't doing any good at all.. After about a hour of visitation with Betty, Barbara, Marquita and Elvie we made a stop at Stage but they didn't have any jeans to fit Chester then a quick stop at PV wal-mart where I purchased a new windshield wipper for the Burb, two new towels to match the palm theme I am starting in our main bath and a new lilac bush to go out by the pond.. I am having a hard time not buying flowers at ever stop.. If they sell them I want to buy them. Time was getting away from us so we put it in fast gear and called Tiffani and had her call in burgers from the Lumberyard. When we got there Tiffani misunderstood me when I had told her that I had breakfast and didn't order me one but that is OK I didn't need one anyway. We arrived with minutes to spare to Lindsey's wedding shower that was held at the Maysville Church of Christ fellowship hall. The got alot of beautiful things to begin their marriage together. I wish that I had all those nice bright things for my house.. LOL
  • 17: Lindsey Wedding shower After the shower Tiffani and Carol came to the house and watched a little tv. I can't believe how tired I was.. "I feel asleep on the sofa" When their program was over we (with Kevin joining us) decided to go back to the little resturant "Grasslands" South of Lindsay for supper.. Fried CATFISH ~ Boiled chilled Shrimp ~ Another NOT on our diet especially the fried catfish but it was so so good.
    Once back home Carol decided to stay the night as she was just as tired as I was.. I turned in at 9pm I knew it would happen with us getting up so early.

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    Sunday, April 18, 2004

    Sunday Brunch
    April 11
    ~ Potpourri ~
    1. Which television series do you think had the best final episode? ~ The only series that I ever made sure I watched was Dallas so even if it isn't the best it is the only show I know.. LOL
    2. Do you own something that you really should throw away but can't part with? ~ One house shoe.. It was my Mom's and why I kept it I don't know.
    3. Would you be willing to spend a night alone in a house that is supposedly haunted? ~No I never did like to join in on sleep overs and I am sure thinking the house was haunted I wouldn't go.
    4. Go back to your childhood ... What did you want to be when you grew up? ~Wife and Mom.. And I am proud to say I did it.
    5. What do you need to make your favorite pizza? ~ Canadian Bacon.. But really I like surpreme put I wouldn't make it at home.


    I received word from Gayla Sue today in reference to her back surgery. It looks as though it will all work out and she will get to go back to work. YEAH! She will go tomorrow to have it all taken out and then back to them on the 28th to have it implanted for good, no more carrying around a box. PTL..
    Chester and I went to the Dog trade at Sulphur hoping to purchase some baby guineas.. None for sale yet but we did buy a little picnic table.. I think Brooklyn will enjoy it when she comes over.. When we left Sulpur we called the Tiffani and Kevin to invite them to join us for breakfast at Denneys at PV.. They did and also talked Tracy and Brooklyn into coming with them.. After breakfast the girls with their own way and we went on to Norman to look for bathroom fixtures.. We did purchase some but I am not truely happy with them but darn there is slim choices.
    Finally back home around 3pm and from there we just kicked back and enjoyed a nice evening together.

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    Monday, April 19, 2004

    Things on my Calendar today:
  • Norma flies back home being in around 7pm
  • Gayla Sue ~ High school friend
    Has the Neuro-Stimulator taken out of her back
  • Brooklyn T-Ball at Lindsay 7pm

    It doesn't seem like it has been 9 years since the bombing in OKC.. Such a great memorial shown this morning on tv. Work is on the menu so I got to get busy.. EVENING HAPPENINGS:
    BORING.. but it is our life... Supper done ~ Tiffani picked Gizmo up ~ FEAR FACTOR night on tv.. The only unusual thing that happened today was Mike Summers called and wanted Tracy's number he wants the basketball stand from their house. No it isn't for sell he thinks that he's x-wife who they bought the house from should have taken it when she left.. Get real they have been in the house since November of last year but Chester gave him Destry's number... And of course Destry told him no way nothing else is leaving that Janet left behind just because he thinks she should have taken it..
    Brooklyn played T-ball at Lindsay tonight but the weather was kind of spitting rain so we didn't go but plan on going tomorrow night to the one that she plays.
    I Can't remember if I noted that Tiffani's father-in-law "Bob" was moved into a regular room he continues to surprise us in his healing.. He still has a long way to go but he is so much better.. They also took the lung tube out today and that has been a big issue.. So now on to the little things that need to mend.. They still haven't done any surgery on his broken things.. Guess they are taking one thing at a time.. center>

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    Tuesday, April 20, 2004

    Things on my Calendar today:

  • Tiffani Dr appointment ~ 2:45p.m.
  • Brooklyn T-Ball at Lindsay 7pm

    Five years ago today, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered their classmates and teachers at Columbine High School. My prayers are with all the family and friends of all those that lost their lives that day and were injured.
    We had some big thunderboomers last night. The thunder woke me up around 11pm so I got up and closed the windows but thank goodness it wasn't severe, just loud. Of course Chet said he knew I was up but didn't think about the open windows. Got to Love him.. LOL
    Tiffani goes today at 2:45 to her doctor in hopes of hearing the heart beat of her precious bundle of joy.. Kevin took off so he could go to.. He is just about as excited as any to be father could be. Please say a little prayer for her and Kevin and our little Cheeze Whiz.
    Tiffani called at 3pm and the nurse couldn't find the babies heart beat which scared Tiff and Kevin to pieces.. The nurse called the Doctor in and he found it.. Not as fast as he would have like but he wasn't concerned.. Said that she probably wasn't as far along as they first thougth but didn't go into any other details than saying that. Next appointment is Tuesday May 18 at 1:45
    Chester and I, Tiffani and Kevin and Destry all made it in time to watch Brooklynn play in her t-ball game at Lindsay.. She played right field.. and did a good job.. Most of all she had fun

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    Wednesday, April 21, 2004
    Brooklynn right before Game Time last night

    04/20/2004
    T-ball game was at Lindsay

    Norma and I are participating in some Photo meme's.. See our latest photos here. It is going to be fun doing this together.. Someday I will convience Norma to open a site on the net but for now we will set our pictures on the same page in My Okie Nest... Hugs Norma.
    I planted some creeping pholox in the upper tire at the entrance to the pond.. I doubt that they will fill the tire this year but Phlox is a pernnial so it should look great next spring.

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    Thursday, April 22, 2004

    Today's to do List:
  • Get appointment for me at the Norman Woman's Center. ~ Got it done 10:20 April 26.
  • Chester bloodwork needs to be done at Purcell for Dr. Dye. TODAY
  • Chester Dr appointment with Dr Crook ~ 3.00 p.m.
    WORK this morning then get ready to run around with Chester to his doctor appointment.. And this evening SURVIVORS
    First stop ~ Dr. Dye's at Purcell where Chester had his blood work done..
    Next stop ~ Office Depot where we purchased a new Hewlett-Packard officejet 7100 series all in one Copier ~ Fax Machine ~ Memory stick reader ~ Scanner.
    Next stop ~ Val's bar-b-que cafe and was it ever yummie... We hadn't ate there since we lived in Norman back in the early 70's..
    Next stop ~ Still to early to go to the heart doctor's office so we made a quick whirl though Hobby lobby.. I still can't make myself pay 80 - 100.00 for a dirty clothes hamper.. So I until I find something cheaper we will continue using the plastic one that we have now.
    Next stop ~ Doctor's office.. First off we find out that the Doctor NO LONGER excepts our insurance.. DO WHAT??? OK so Chester is stressed big time but we decide to go ahead with todays visit and then make a decision on what to do.. They ran a ekg on him.. ($$$???) but all is fine as of today and he doesn't go back to Dr. Crooke for 5 months and at that time he is have a test ran at the hospital. They are going to call us two weeks prior to the appointment and then we might know more of what we are going to do. Dang I hate the thought of him having to change heart doctors but we can't afford not to use someone that our insurance will not pay.
    After the doctors appointment we came on home and settled into watch Survivor then we turned in both being totally exhausted from our outing.

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    Friday, April 23, 2004

    Today's to do List:
  • Attend Aunt Juanita's funeral
  • Go to Furniture store and get another end table
  • Go to Tracy's ballgame tonight.

    Norma came up and rode with me to my Aunt Juanita's funeral.. When we got back home her daughter Jenna called her and said the storms were to hit Duncan area around 5pm so Norma decided to stick around here to ride the storms out. That was OK but we had planned on going to OK City to get another end table and then to go to Tracy's ballgame.. David called and said Tracy's game was canceled due to the storms so we didn't go to newcastle which means we didn't go get another end table.. Sometimes I do feel as if I live in "as the world turns." Plans do change so quickly I often wonder why we even make them.. While waiting for all to decide what to do.. Michelle (Jimmie's wife) called about the girl scout cookies.. Can you believe that she told me they were in but she didn't have a way to bring them to me.. Humm but she paid the $21.00 that I owed for them.. HINT I guess.. So I got her address and will post a check to her next week for them.. This happens each time we order things from them.. Oh well..
    What we (WE= Chester and I, Norma and Leo, Tiffani and Kevin, Tracy and Destry and David and Robin) ended up doing was all gathering at the Mexican resturant in Lindsay for supper.. After we ate everyone went on to their own homes except for David and Robin and they came back to the house where we played a couple of games of hearts.. Wow what a long confusing day.. 11pm and Chester and I are finally turning in.. LOL

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    Saturday, April 24, 2004
    Chester and I got up around 6am and left the house around 8:30 heading to Norman to get replacement handels for the bathroom cabinets to match the new towel fixtures we bought at Bed and Bath last week.
    By the time we made it to Purcell we changed our minds and decided to go to seahorn in Shawnee to look at four-wheelers. Not much looking before we left we bought home a new 2004 Grizzly 660 Auto. 4x4


    After we left Shawnee we stoped at home depot in Norman and purchased the handels that we intended to do when we left home this morning.. then we broke for a bite to eat at Sante Fe Steak house in Norman then headed to the grocrey store to get a few things then on home. We stoped at Mickey D's in Purcell to talk to Tiffani, Tracy and Brooklyn where they we waiting out a break in the t-ball softball tournment that Brooklynn was playing in at Lexinton.. Once home we unpacked the grocreys and loaded all three 4-wheelers onto the trailer with hopes of going riding tomorow.

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    Sunday, April 25, 2004
    Sunday Brunch
    http://www.sundaybrunch.org/


    ~ Do It Yourself ~
    Would you be able to do these things yourself or have someone do it for you?
    1. Fix a flat tire. Change it maybe but fix it NO so I would have to have someone fix it.
    2. Fix a tear or make alterations to clothing. I could do it but it might not be wearable when I finish..
    3. Unclog a severely plugged up sink or toilet. I usually try to fix these but depending on where the trouble is wheter help from someone else is needed but I must admit that I prefer to have the hubby do it..
    4. Change the oil in your car. Never done this and not sure I would know where to begin so this is a take in for sure
    5. Put together an unassembled toy or piece of furniture out of the box. ~ I would attempt putting it together..


    Chester and I went 4-Wheeling at Murray State Park leaving home around 8am. Those joining us were: Tracy and Destry ~ David and Robin ~ Torie, Rodney, Caleb and Jamie Rose.
    The weather was perfect and the trails were idea for playing in the mud. Robin was the only one that got stuck and one time she did a good job of it trying to go across the middle of a mud hole and it was deeper than she thought it would be. She is lucky that there wasn't any damage done to her 4-wheeler.. Tracy got her bike hung up going up a small trail but got down on her own and then she was trying to do some donuts in a creek bed on Tories bike and she and it went over.. She went all the way but thankfully the bike didn't..
    Caleb really did great riding. He was one tired little boy when the day was done.. Jamie rode with Rodney.. For her to be only 15 months old I couldn't believe how she loved the ride.. When she fell asleep Torie took her back to camp because riding with her asleep is next to impossible.. but after a short nap she was ready to go again.
    After a full day of riding we headed to PV to wash them off and then stopped at Denneys for supper. Finally getting home around 9:30pm

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    Monday, April 26, 2004

    Today's to do List:
  • 26: Appointment for me at Norman Woman's Center. 10:20 am.
  • 26: Mine and Chester's Yearly Dr appointments ~ 3:00 p.m.

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    Monday Madness

    Sunday, April 25, 2004
    Using the letters in the word 'blogger' describe your blog for us.
    B_______Bird lover
    L_______Learning experience
    O_______Oklahoma
    G_______Grandparent
    G_______Grandchildren
    E_______Event Calendar with things that are important to me in it.
    R_______Ramblings



    A full day of appointments.. My first appointment was to be a 10:20 and I didn't get out of it until 12:30. Before leaving Norman I went to Hobby lobby thinking that the laundry basket was on 1/2 price since the other wicker things we advertised as being but it wasn't included.. LOL so I still didn't bye it.. stopped in at Target but I didn't find anything there so I made a stop at Lowells to look for lights to go above the bathroom vanity.. I can't believe I actually found some.. Now to see if Chester and I can replace the old ones with these new ones.
    Then off to meet Chester for our appointments in Purcell. I was running a little behind but so was the doctor.. I showed her the brusing on my left foot and the sore on the back of my right leg She didn't think it was anything saying I have good pulse in my foot and without cutting the other she couldn't tell what it was but wants to keep a watch on both of them.. I also told her about the soreness in my shoulders and in the continued pain in my right front hip. She did my yearly thing and sent me for blood work and chest xrays.. X-rays was full so I went to have the blood-work done but they poked me in the bend of my right arm, then the left hand then the right hand.. AND NO BLOOD.. I said no more I will go get my x-rays and come back.. When I did they ended up drawing the blood from the upper arm... WOW baby I had never had such a bad experience in my life getting my blood drawn.
    It was 4:30pm before Chester and I finished with our Purcell appointments so we called Tiffani and asked her to meet us at Jo's Pizza for supper.. Kevin was working up around Edmond so she did.. After we ate we called it a day and went home.. Chester put the new handels and hinges on the cabinets in the bathroom.. I was surprised that he had the energy I didn't do any extras other than plant a few annuals that I had bought Saturday.

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    Tuesday, April 27, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Me:
    Work: _______ Balancing paperwork to get a jump ahead on month end.
  • Chester: _______ Work
  • Nunn's: _______ This is Tiffani's early day..
  • Nunley's: _______ Tracy works again tonight.
    We went to Lindsay to watch Zachary play coach pitch baseball.. This is 3rd season to play and he and his team won by one run.. After the game we went our to eat with ~ Carol, Kristi, Kraig, Zachary ~ David and Robin


  • In Memory of my brother Bill
    Bill was born April 27, 1944 and died November 4, 2003

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    Wednesday, April 28, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______ Get appointment for me to see the Denist at PV ~ DONE and added to my calendar
    Get appointment set to get my hair cut. DONE and added to my calendar
    Get appointment set to get my eyes checked. DONE and added to my calendar


    There are only 3 Survivors shows left in this season!
    Survivor fans please take a minute to visit Shirl at "The Other Side" blog and comment on her Wednesday, April 28, 2004 Survivors Ready? post. Tell her Okie sent you..

    My first time to join in on
    Wednesday Whatevers
    1. Who is your biggest fan?_______ Hubbie
    2. Do you look in the toilet when you're done?_______ "What a question" NO Not usually LOL
    3. In your group of friends, what is your role?_______ Peace keeper
    Ohter meme's that I join in can be found HERE

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    Thursday, April 29, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Work: _______ Finish the accounting paperwork
  • Personal: _______
  • Doctor appointment for Mr. Dean in OK City.


    The admisitators at the Playroom started a Photo Challenge for Playroom members..
    This weeks challenge was Weather.. Check out my photos by clicking on the Playroom photo challenge blinkie made by Laura..

    Blinkie from My Front Porch
    http://myfrontporch.topcities.com/FPC.html

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    Friday, April 30, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Work: _______ Invoices
  • Personal: _______ Hair appointment with Kourtney at 12:30pm.
  • Tracy and David Softball game at Newcastle. 8:30 and 9:
    TO THE TOP of page

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    May 2004

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    Saturday, May 1, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______ Caleb and Tucker play T-Ball at Alex against each other.

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    Sunday, May 2, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______ Maysville Cemtery Dinner
    Sunday Brunch
    1. Do you have any hobbies or special talents? _______I love messing with FLower arrangements
    2. If time and money weren't limiting you, is there a hobby that you don't do now that you would want to start? _______ Oil painting and or Woodwork
    3. What clubs/organizations/unions/et cetera do you belong to? (Remember it can't be computer related.) _______NONE
    4. Is there a hobby you think is absolutely lame and you would never do? (Except perhaps under duress.) _______Paint by number
    5. Is there a hobby you've done in the past but cannot don't do now because of limitations or certain circumstances? _______Fork art painting

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    Monday, May 3, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Work: _______ Very little considering I have two appointments.
  • Personal: _______
  • Dr Page Appointmentfor for at Purcell at PV 9:00am
  • Denist Appointment for me at PV 1:00pm
    My Appointments went as well as could be I guess.. My eyes are giving me fits.. I am so tired of the headaches from them changing.. New glasses again this year.. My teeth need lots of work.. but that will have to be done a little at a time due to money.. No dental insurance here.
    Tonight Chester and I went to see Kaity play Softball at Maysville.. She is my 2nd to the oldest great niece.. Going to the games are keeping us hopping but welove watching the little ones play.
    Monday Madness
    1. Do you collect anything? Not really
    2. How many items do you have in your collection? NA
    3. What is the most unusual piece in your collection? and one more for good measure... NA
    4. Is there anything you don't collect that you would like to collect? Nope not unless it would be something that my girls would like later in life when I am gone.. Right now I am trying to clean out not add to..

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    Tuesday May 4, 2004
    Today's to do List: PAYROLL On My Calender
  • Tiffani off at 2:30
  • Gayla Sue ~ High school friend
    Has the Neuro-Stimulator implanted into her back as follow up on the things she had done in April.

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    Wednesday May 5, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______ Chester Denist Appointment at Marlow 10:50am
    Wednesday Whatevers
    1. What is the biggest problem in today's society? _______ Kids growing up with little to no guidance and the TV media exercising their freedom of speech.
    2. How does algebra relate to daily life? _______ I never did understand algebra to how it helps in daily life.
    3. What do you use the computer for most? _______ WORK and a close second is playing in my Okie Nest and in the Playroom at myfamily.com

    If have time come and see our Black Diamonds ~ Big Bears and Grizzly that Norma and I entered into this weeks Tuesday Photo Challenge CARGO

    When the work day was done and supper was ate.. Thanks Tiffani for bringing home bar-b-que sandwiches for us.. Chester weed-eated the yard it looks so good. I planted a couple more hosta's in the front flower bed and some lantanta at the stream of the pond.
    What's On Right Now
    What's On your 'favorite games' list Right Now?_______ I guess this means ON LINE.. I have never played any games on line.. Not on line it is Canasta, Hearts , Rummy.. Love them all..

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    Thursday May 6, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______ Housework and some basic cleanup around the house and tonight watch SURVIVOR tonight.

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    Friday May 7, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______ Tracy and the regulators play ball tonight at Newcastle. First game at 9:30 second at 10:30
  • Jim & Carolyn 33rd anniversary


    Regulators 2004


    Left to Right
    Back row: Pam ~ Todd ~ Kenny ~ Eldon ~ Donna ~ ? ~ Erick
    Front row: Bren ~ Tracy ~ C. J. ~ Kassi ~ Kourtney ~ David
    Not shown: Nat.. injured in second game.

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    Saturday May 8, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______
  • Josh graduation from College 2pm
  • Lindsey and Brian Wedding 2pm
    First thing this morning Chester and I went to town ~ he took the surb in to get a tire fixed that had been flat for the past week while I was going to watch Zack play in a ball tournment in town.. For some reason his team wasn't playing as we were told so when Chester got the flat fixed he picked me up and we went for breakfast at the ranch house.. Then home to get ready to go to Josh's graduation.. Out back we got to see three wild turkeys. See them at Fotolog.net.
    Look for my 05/09/04 picture.

    Having a double event in the family at the same time was hard to decide where to be but after much thought I chose to go to Josh's graduation. Reason was that there would be less people there to see him graduate then there would be attending Lindsey and Brian's wedding.. I sure wish I could have been at both but sometimes there are conflicts in things we want to do or attend. Those attending Josh's graduation was just the immediate family.. The only ones that wasn't there was Shanna and Dalton D. and Dalton and Brooklynn N. and they were with their Mom's for Mothers Day week-end and my thoughts is that is where they should have been.
    We didn't get home from Ada until around 6:30 and we were both gave out so we just kicked back and watched tv for the evening.

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    Sunday May 9, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______
  • Mothers Day
    As we celebrate Mother's Day, hopefully you are among those who know the love and care of a strong, nurturing relationship with your mother. If your Mom is gone say a hello to someone elses Mom.. If you enjoy a good relationship with your Mom, which I hope you do, celebrate it. If yours is broken, pray for God's healing. Whatever your situation, there is one whose love never fails. God takes care of us.

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    Monday May 10, 2004

    What a wonderful Mother's day I had yesterday.. First thing Chester decides that he is going to mow and clean up around the yard. While he was doing that I piddled around in the flower beds.. Tiffani called around 11pm and said they would be over later to cook lunch instead of going out.. That was great since we really didn't want to go anywhere.. My favorite meal.. Spaghetti... Yummie.. Tracy and Destry were running a little late as they also went to his Mom's and his Nanna's but they did arrive before we left the table..
    Both girls went together and bought me a new Bradford Flowering Pear tree and two minature Hybrid Tea rose bushes.. One is called Melissa but the other didn't have a tag so we aren't sure of the name of it.. I love them all and a extra was when they planted them also.. Thanks girls being your Mom is a honor more than you either will ever know.
    We are down to 3 guinea's.. Well that is what we thought anyway but out of the blue one more showed back up.. after being gone for over two weeks.. it went straight to the feeding area of the yard..but the three that were here didnt take to kindly to it showing back up.. Kind of sad that they shun eachother like that..
    Makes me wonder if maybe someday the others will come back.
    3 hours of SURVIVOR on TV.. Two other contestants, Rupert and Jenna, was voted off during finale leaving Rob and Amber as the final two contestants. Amber won.. I can't say that I was happy about this season because I wasn't.. but oh well it is almost over.. If you want you can vote one of the losing 17 contestants of "Survivor All-Stars" a second million-dollar prize. That prize will be awarded on a live show Thursday.. I think Rupert is going to get my vote or maybe not.. I am going to think on it today before I cast my vote
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______
  • Brooklynn t-ball game at Lindsay 6:30
    Zack plays tonight at Lindsay we think at 7pm
    Our goldfish Pond

    The small bush at the bottom of the pond area is a Miss Kim Lilac ~ Syringa Patula 'Miss Kim'
    The tag says that it should grow to be 4-6' tall and around 3-5' wide.. Easy to grow..
    I look forward to seeing over time how it does in our Oklahoma soil...

    Unwanted guest at our goldfish pond can be seen at Okie`s Nest of Photos at Fotolog.net.
    Look for my 05/10/2004 picture
    Another pond picture at Fotopages.com.
    Look for my 05/11/2004 pictures

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    Tuesday May 11, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______Tiffani's short day
  • UPDATE:
    ........
    Kristi's Twins are going to be born TODAY around noon instead of the 19th.
    Another UPDATE The twins were born: one 6'1 ounce and the other 6' 7ounces.. Mom and Boys are doing fine..
    Congratulations Kristi ~ Kraig and Zack.

    "Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile.
    Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.
    Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier."
    -Mother Teresa


    I put a new photo
    Oklahoma Making oil and gas can be seen at Okie`s Fotopage Fotolog.net.
    I spent a little time early this morning cleaning up around the 3 Heavenly bamboo ~ Nandina domestica ~ plants that were planted last year at the upper part of the pond area.. They have really grown.. They are a low maintenance plant and they are suppose to get 6-8' tall at full growth. They are about 3 foot now.. and really full.
    The eye doctors office called and My glasses are in.. Whew what a eventful day.. I will not pick them up until tomorrow.
    When Chester got home from work we ate a quick supper and decided to go for a ride on the 4-wheelers.. We set out to go to his dads which is about 6 miles away but within a mile the storm seemed to be getting closer so we headed back home.. Chester settled in to watch tv and I played on the pc.. I got to chat for a little while with Nat on instant messenger.. I sure hope her ankle heals soon so she can get up and around.. She has way to much energy to be down and out with it..
    Smiles from Mazeguy

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    Wednesday May 12, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______Pick up my glasses at Purcell.
  • Kenneth Dale's 41st birthday
  • Robby's 35th birthday

    What's On Right Now

    What's On your 'OOOPS' (why did I do that???) list Right Now?_______ Sit on my foot .. I have a spot on my right foot that looks like a bruise which appeared from sitting on my foot while at the computer.. and I keep throwing my leg up and under me and I catch myself saying oops got to get it down on the floor.


    Carol is a beaming grandma.. What a grand event the birth of Adam and Luke has been in our family.. They are doing fine... Hopefully we will be able to see this coming week-end.
    Tracy had a doctor appointment at Pucell ~ all is fine ~ while she was over there she went by the eye doctors office to pick my glasses up for me and went ahead since they had a opening and had hers check.
    When Chester got home this evening as we were headed out to get on the four wheelers for a trip around the section line.. Tom Calvert stopped when he saw us outside.. Chester and I didn't realize he was no longer living with his wife Rohna at Washington but for the past year had been living in Lindsay.. They have't gotten a divorce as of yet but he didn't believe they would be getting back together. I hate to hear this but if they are happy I guess it is a good thing. WHO KNOWS? I just couldn't imagine Chester and I investing this much time and love into our marriage to grow apart once the children are grown and out of the house.
    When we did get to start our evening ride we were surprised to find only a couple of miles from the house were BUFFALO's.. there were about 11 of them in a paster south west of our house. Of course I didn't take my camera with me so I doubt if the kids will believe us.

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    Thursday May 13, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______Cheryl will be here to clean today..Watch survivor tonight.
  • Chester Denist Appointment 8:00am
  • Chester's cousin Leeanne is having surgery today at Norman. Leeannes surgery went well per Mr. Dean.. I didn't make it up to see her today and I am not sure if I will be able to.. This is Payroll week and my plate is full to running over with things I need to get done..

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    Friday May 14, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______Go to Cassidy's graduation at Marlow HS .

    Kristi and Kraigs twins full names are : Luke Andrew and Adam Christian
    Tiffani and Kevin rode with us to Cassidy's graduation we left early enough so we could eat supper at the italian cafe in Marlow.. It was good but I will stick with the Olive garden..
    After the graduation ceremony was over we joined Cassidy's family and her friends at Donnie and Kims for a small celebration for Cassidy.. This coming fall she will be attending OSU.. Chester really is giving Donnie a hard time about her attending there instead of OU.. LOL.. Others from my side of the family attending was, David, Judy Kay, Herb Sherri and their girls.

    I am again and I say again rethinking the reason of my journal.. Over time I visited many blogs and journals.. Most write as if they are sitting at your kitchen table talking to you.. That is not what my journal is all about.. I do use it as a out reach to others but most of all it is for my daily timeline.. If something happens I want to remember when it happened.. So if you as a visitor reads this I hope you understand the intertainment of my journal is for My Grandchildren.. years from now.. LOL

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    Saturday May 15, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______NanNa's Birthday Party at Destry and Tracy's
  • C. C. & R. Construction Anniversary , Business was started in 2000

    Sleep in what's that.. I can remember before the girls were born that if we were off, Chester and I wouldn't get up until around noon on Saturdays, well those days are long gone.. We were in town this morning before 8am.. To be able to sleep in is a thing of the past.. but we sure won't turn down a Saturday or Sunday afternoon nap.. .

    While at town we went to wal-mart and purchased some new plants and bushes.. while Chester went to the feed store and got chicken scratch for the guineas.. Then we called both girls and they all (The 8 of us) gathered at the ranch house for breakfast.. Once we were back home Chester hooked the power washer they I had bought him for his birthday in February..


    He worked most of the day washing the house and sidewalks.. Wow it looks great.. we should have invested in one of these things long time ago. While he was doing that I planted all the things I had purchased and also moved some rocks around at the pond area. One bush that I planted at the lower north part of the pond is a dwarf burford holly ~ llex cornuta Burfordii Nana that has red berries in the fall but it is suppose to be compact but also can get around 4' tall and 4' wide... Another bush I planted is a Gold Spot Euuonymus ~ Eunonymus japonica "Aureo-variegata~ which is also a evergreen shrub with dark waxy leaves with yellow blothches..It is suppose to have small flowers in June but they will not be the case this year.. maybe next year.. It could grown to be 15' tall to 8'wide but it can be pruned at any height. While we were thinking about winding up our day so that we could get ready to go to Tracy's ~ David and Robin showed up riding their grizzly.. and they wanted to go riding so we dropped what we doing and headed out to show them where we had seen the BUFFALO's Wednesday evening.. Wouldn't you know they were at the fence line near the road so we didn't get to see them tonight.. and I had taken my camera so I guess we will have to try again another day.. After a short ride David and Robin went on their way to finish their ride and we got clened up and went to Tracy's for NanNa's 67th birthday cook-out. The kids did a great job with the cook-out.. Well Kevin did the actual cooking and Chester made the homemade ice cream but they had the things gathered to make it possible.. and of course furnished their home and all the food. Getting home around 10pm we were gave out so we called it a night and went straight to bed.

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    Sunday May 16, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______Roll with the flow

    Chester and I got around early this morning and went to Sulpur to the Bivens Dog Trade; Flea Market, held every Sunday. More information about Sulpur Oklahoma can be found at http://www.sulphurokla.com/
    We purchased 10 baby guineas and a table/cabinet made of the barn wood for Tracy and Destry's first wedding anniversary which isn't until in June but ot was the perfect piece for them to set their small tv on and should finish up the barnwood furniture for their sun room.. I also purchased a cut glass bowl. I am a sucker for cut glass items.
    When we were leaving Kevin called and we decided to meet them at Denney's for Breakfast then we went to PV wal-mart and treated Tiffani to some new flowers for her pots that she has scattered around their pool.. Now all she has to do is get them planted.. Once we were back home Chester hooked the power washer back up and got all except the top eve area of the house wash.. Gosh it looks great.. With the sidewalks looking like they were just poured.. Now all we like is the back deck but we had surprise visitors come by for a visit.. Here we are bummimng around out in the yard and we have company.. Don't get me wrong we were tickled pink that they came over but it would have been nice if we wouldn't have had bug gutts in our hair.. LOL.. Oh our visitors were Johnny and Twilla from Washington.. We haven't visited with them outside of a softball or basketball game in YEARS..
    Shortyly after they left Chester and I started picking up all the things we had dragged out over the week-end for yard clean up and called it a quits.. after both of us had our showers we kicked back to a evening of TV.. Which I must admit there wasn't a darn thing on.. but we relaxed anyway.

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    Monday May 17, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______Noting special on the calendar today

    I added a new Photo at Fotolog.net .
    I mostly am using it for general scenery photos that I have taken in the State of Oklahoma. As of right now I am just using it as a free site but in time I might update it to a paid site to enjoy all the benefits they offer.
    I have been trying for a long time to get a shot of any of our guineas getting their morning drink out of the goldfish pond.



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    Tuesday May 18, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______ Tiffani Dr. Appointment 1:45
    Wonderful news today.. Tiffani and Kevin's babies heart beat sounded strong when they went into the doctor appointment.. They are so excited. ~ Lord Willing ~ all will be fine and she will be able to carry this little life that is growing inside of her to full term with all being healty.. Next appointment is June 14th and they are suppose to do the utra sound then.. How exciting is that going to be.. I am going to plan on going with them that day.. :O)

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    Wednesday May 19, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______
    Worked today busy getting payroll done and finally got things back from the accountant so I spent most of the afternoon doing 2003 adjustments.. When the work day was done and supper was finished Chester and I went for a ride to see if we could spot the buffalo's.... What do you know they were there.. Here is a shot of most of the herd..

    Back home I settled in to play on the PC.. I am so behind on doing new things at my school site that I have at myfamily.com so I spent most of the evening in there.. I like to go out on the deck around sundown to soak up the view and give praise to God for another wonderful day .. while out there I saw some movement under our 16' trailer that we use when we take the 4-wheeles on a trip.. I figured it was one of the two cats that we have left or maybe even a oppossum.. but it was a racoon. Wow was I ever surprised. Chester came out and got to see it thank goodness or he would have thought I lost my mind.. He had said awhile back that he thought we had one getting into the cat food that we keep in the open garage but wasn't sure.. Now we are sure..
    I am still adding a new Photo at Fotolog.net as often as possible.. Norman and I are really enjoying this.. I mostly add radom shots that I have taken around home and other location in Oklahoma. I hope you will stop by when you can and post me a message to let me know you visited there also..

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    Thursday May 20, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______
  • Donnie's 40th birthday Payroll is finished. Now to get some of the odd things done.. I had to mail back some things to the accountant.. Sure hope that she gets the updates to me before we go on vacation in June.. LOL.. I hate draging out 2003 to the middle the 2004 but it seems to happen each year.
    I am getting use to Chester coming in around 5-6pm.. It is so nice to have some daylite left after he gets home but I know not to get use to it because as soon as I do things will change.. We went riding again this evening but this time we went East of the house.. It is really fun to do this.. but we should be walking or riding our 10 speeds more but we are enjoying the 4-wheeler rides..
    Out on the deck tonight hoping to get another glimpes of the racoon but he didn't show his self tonight but the sky was so clear the stars were seemed to be dancing.. Oh I can remember laying in the yard as a teen-ager gazing at the stars so seening the Big Dipper was a memory jogger
    Across the backyard the fireflies ~ Ligtening bugs were all around the pond.. Sweet sweet memories tonight.

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    Friday May 21, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______
  • Mr Dean's Doctor appointment in Oklahoma City
  • Amalia birthdat
  • Johnny and Twilla play music starting at 6pm
  • The regulators play 1st game 9:30 2nd game right after the first
    Chester and I went to Goldsby to listen to Johnny and Twilla play country music and also had supper at the cafe they were playing out.. It was so good to see them and also get to share what is going on in their lives.. After we had finished our meal we went toward Newcastle to watch the Regulators play ball. Carol also came over to watch the games.. Well after midnight they are winners of two games..

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    Saturday May 22, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______
  • Laura's Baby shower
  • Lindsey Morphew Wedding shower
    Chester had to get the guys out this morning so it was a short night for him.. but that didn't stop him for hitting the golf course once his morning work was done. I piddled around the house until it was time to get ready to go to Laura's baby Shower. When Carol arrived we meet Tiffani at the lumberyard for a quick lunch and then off to the shower.. She got many cute things but attendance was low.
    Carol and I came back home for a quick rest then we went over to Tracy's in hopes of seeing Lisa and her mom that were there to celebrate Josh's college graduation.. Well they had already left but it was nice to see Josh and meet his latest girlfriend.. She was really nice. They plus David and Robin joined us at the grassland cafe for supper then finally we went back home with David and Robin leaving around 9pm and us retiring shortly afterwards.
    I didnt' make it to Lindsey Morphew's wedding shower so I will drop off her gift at the wedding.

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    Sunday May 23, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______
  • Kristi & Kraig's 12th wedding Anniversary
    Chester mowed and weed-eated all the yard.. Eveything looks so nice around here today.. Around lunch we went to sonic and got burgers and took them to Tiffani's ~ we hadn't been to their house and a very long time.. Kevin has worked this morning but got in before we left. Back home nap time for us.. Yepppee.. This evening we messed around in the yard until dark bringing out the umbrellas, moving rocks to their new location around a tire to make a new flower holder... We also planted a bush at the South side of the dry stream called Variegated Privet ~ Ligustrum sinensis "Variegata" It is suppose to have vigorous fast growth with white edged leaves with clusters of white flowers in the spring. It can be used as a screen or a hedge.. We will be using it as a medium size screen. It is suppose to be extremly durable so we will see how it adapts to the Oklahoma clay dirt that is in that area of the yard.
    Then in for showers and a little tv and now I fixing to call it a night..Busy busy week-end.

    Sunday Brunch
    My Favorite Things
    1. What is your favorite color? ________ blue.
    2. What is your favorite piece of clothing? ________ This depends on the season but most seasons I love to keep my feet warm so I guess Socks
    3. Where is your favorite place to eat out? ________ Olive garden
    4. What is your favorite meal? ________ Spaghetti
    5. What is your favorite sport or recreational game? ________ To watch anything that the girls or family are participating in. To play as of right now is Ping Pong ~ Table Tennis

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    Monday May 24, 2004 Tiffani and Kevin had hamburgers with us tonight that were cooked on the grill.. Tiffani did the payrool taxes and they went home shortly afterwards.

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    Tuesday May 25, 2004 Tiffani, Tracy and I went shoping for clothes today.. We had a great day.. tiring but good. Destry took their cat ~ Toby to the vet today.. He isn't eating or going to the liter box. Tiffani also took Gizmo to the vet this morning to get him some medicine for the rash that he has.

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    Wednesday May 26, 2004
    Today's to do List:
  • Personal: _______
  • Tiff & Kevin 4th anniversary
  • Country Music Awards on tv tonight.
    TONIGHT ~ Barry Dean Song writer ~ Featured in the 39th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ~ Country's Night To Shine
    at 7:00 PM Central time and 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS. Reba McEntire is the host of the show and she will be singing the song
    ~ MOVING OLETA ~
    which was written by Barry Dean son of Harvey Dean of Kansas. Barry is a grandson of George and Oleta Dean of Maysville Oklahoma.
    I hope if you are watching that you will enjoy this song as it was written from the heart from ties to Maysville. Here is a link to Reba's latest album which has a audio you can listen to of the song.
    http://www.reba.com/album/default.asp
    Room to Breath
    Barry is a distant cousin to Chester and we are very proud of him.. If you would please request for your radio stations to play Moving Oleta for you today..
    Kevin came by and got Gizmo and took him back to the vet to get his rabie shot then on to Pets Smart for a hair cut.. He will be ok when he gets back home but he will not be happy for awhile..
    Tracy and I went to PV and found her a hat to wear... She is so light skinned that she needs to wear a hat especially since they have a pool and she is in it every chance she gets... Also bought the kids a couple of shirts.. One for Brooklynn is so cute.. Red with little horses on it.. with cowboy stitchery.. I just know she will love it. This evening we meet Tiffani and Kevin and ate supper at the Erin Springs cafe.. THE ONLY THING OPEN IN THE AREA.. for their anniversary..
    Sad news from Tracy.. Destry's cat ~Toby ~ that he has had for many years died today.. Heart failure..
    What exciting news at Nancze's blog. She is going to be a grandma also.. I am so happy for her and a big Congratulations to Cliff and Valerie.

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    Thursday May 27, 2004
    Work Work Work.. That's the name of my day..
    But this evening I am playing in My nest.. I updated my Photo meme's I can't believe how I am enjoying these photo challenges.. I now have one for each day of the week.. LOL

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    Friday May 28:
  • Hair appointment with Kourtney at 12:30pm.
    Nat is still off with her broken ankle. Our clothes washer went out.. We have had it for over 10 years and have worked on it a few times so Chester said no more we are investing in a new one.. Poo seems like our money is being spent faster than we make it.

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    Saturday May 29, 2004: Chester worked today.. Robert's brother-in-law Josh is in the Chickasha hospital. They did exploratory surgery on him late last night and found that he has cancer.. He had been going to the doctor locally and also to the Army doctor.. He enlisted in the National Guard his senior year of high school. They have been treating him for acid reflux trouble.. He is only 21 so young.. Prayers please for Josh.

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    Sunday May 30: We went 4_wheel riding at Murray State park.. Those joining us were: Torie, Rodney, Caleb and Jamie Rose ~ Kim, Kaity and Kaycee ~ Robin and David AND Kassi and Michael. We had a wonderful day.

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    Monday May 31 2004~ Memorial Day
    We went to Sears and bought a new washer and a new dryer.. Oh well I must admit this is my first matching set. Once back home Chester started in washing the 4-wheelers and I took a nap.. I had one of those terrible headaches.
    After a short nap I did feel better.. Around 5 we went to Tiffani and Kevins for a cook-out.. Everything was wonderful.. and the homemade ice cream just finsihed a perfect week-end.

    June 2004

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    Tuesday June 1, 2004
    Nothing exciting.. Just work and daily happening around here. Hips are killing me..

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    Wednesday June 2, 2004
    Boring around here. Again just work and makeing it through the day.. Spent the ecening on the heating pad.. I am still paying for riding the 4-wheeler all day Sunday.

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    Thursday June 3, 2004
    Payroll printed, signed and sealed.. What a week when I miss one day it throws me so far behind.. We have insurance audits next week so my PC play time is going to be slim to none..
    Announced in the Maysville News June 3, 2004
    This will be the Last Annualalumni banquet. Hereafter the banquets will be held every other year or every even year.
    The next banquet will be in 2006
    No month or date announced.
    I don't agree with this but since they didn't ask past alumni for their input I guess they really don't care what we think.
    I got a pair of new glasses today. using my same frames it still cost.. $690.00 , I remember when a $100.00 would bye a pair.

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    Friday June 4, 2004
    Another work day but it was a good day.. Finishing up around noon to do some much need housework. We went to Newcastle and watched Tracy and the regulators play coed softball.. Great day all in all.

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    Wednesday June 9, 2004
    Rain Rain.. the ground is full and we are suppose to get even more today.
    The company Libality Insurance audit is over.
    New washer and dryer delivered and installed.. they didn't get out of the drive before the auditor was on the front porch... It will take forever to get caught up on the laundry.. Well dirty word.. after the auditor left I was so excited to start a load of laundry.. I know I can't believe I said that either .. but when I went to get a load in I stepped in water.. can you beleive they left it dripping at the intake line.. What a day...then I went to the dinning room to call Chester and I be dang the celing was leaking..What a day...

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    Thursday June 10, 2004
    Destry, Tracy and Dalton brought us 12 new baby guineas.. One grey one that is crippled.. Now we have 18 babies. I sue hope we can raise these to adults in time to help with the insect problem...

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    Friday June 11, 2004
  • * Ann J. birthday
    Chester and I and all the family meet at the Mexican food cafe for supper then all but Tiffani and Kevin went to Newcastle were we watch Tracy play softball with the Regulators. They won both games. Another late night

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    Saturday June 12, 2004
    This evening we went to the Relay for Life softball game at Lindsay.. Tracy played on the hospital team..which played the Lindsay fire department. I like how they ended it.. They played for a hour and a half and when they tied the game they called it game.. No loosers in this game..

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    Sunday June 13, 2004
    We started in cleaning up the garage when Chester got called out to work.. I messed around the house getting the ironing done and then I laid back down for a nap.. When I woke Chester had made it back home and was cleaning in the old garage when David and Todd H. came over to get the old washer and dryer to take to a revine on Todd's land. Before they left Jim came over to give us a report on Chester's Dad. Jim took Mr Dean to the Vetrans hospital for the sore that he found around his elbow last night.. The said it was tenanice (sp?) and gave him a shot.. if it isn't better by the middle of the week he is to contact his regular doctor that he see's at the VA. Jim stayed until around 5pm.. By now we are tired of trying to get the garage cleaned so we finished what we started then took our showers and turned in early.

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    Monday June 14, 2004
  • Wendell & Jean anniversary

    Tiffani's OB Appointment / Utra sound 2:00

  • _________ I went with Tiffani and Kevin to the Ultra sound and doctor appointment.. Yeppeee the baby is developing as the want and seems healthy Oraise the Lord.. And we are looking forward to a baby ~ BOY ~ around the fourth of November..

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    Tuesday June 15, 2004
  • Uncle Blackie's birthday
  • Lindsey's birthday

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    Wednesday June 16, 2004
  • Keeley's Birthday

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    Thursday June 17, 2004
    I think I am going to make it.. Work has been a hand full plus some but it is slowly but surely getting done.
    This evening I did a couple of loads of laundry for Tiffani.. Their washer went out Sunday night and they haven't got it fixed yet. It isn't a big deal to me.. She folds and puts away and that is what I dislike most about laundry.. LOL

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    Friday June 18, 2004
  • Chester and I both have our hair appointments with Kourtney at 12:30pm. Nat is back to work from her softball broken ankle but she isn't working full time yet.
    I am taking a few days or weeks away from the PC.. We are going on vacation plus I am having hip trouble so the doctor says I got to stay out of the PC chair as much as possible.. Since I have to sit in it to work I will be limiting my PC evening time..I will update and tag as I can.. but if I disappear for a few days think nothing of it.. Now if I am gone for a month.. that is different.. come hunting me..LOL
    Check out my lastest photos

    http://www.fotolog.net/okie/
    and
    http://okie.fotopages.com/

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    Saturday June 19, 2004
    Left for Dallas to begin our Vacation.
    2004 Vacation

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    Monday June 25, 2004
    We got home from Vacation around 1pm.. My goodness it is nice to be home..

    "Watch out for attacks from the Devil . .
    Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith.
    Remember that Christians all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are."
    1 Peter 5:8-9

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    Wednesday June 30, 2004
    Rain rain and more rain.. The birds are singing loudly in between showers.
    Work is on my plate today as this is payweek for the company.. I would much rather play
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    July 2004

    TO THE TOP of page

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    Sunday July 4, 2004
    Chester and I went over to Todd and Pams for a cook-out and to watch their fireworks display.. They really had some good ones..
    Some of them can be viewed here.

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    Monday July 7, 2004
    New roof is being installed.
    Calls made to health insurance and Doctor's office to get payment to be made on Chester heart attack settled from February..

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    Thursday July 8, 2004
    New roof is on.. Final cost of roofing the house was $5014.95. We are pleased with the new look.. makes the old house look fresh. Now to repaint the metal post on the front porch and we will be finsihed with all big projects on the outside of the house this year. Well unless I can talk Chet into some shutters.. But doubth it untill some of the purchases that we have made this year are paid completely off.

    When Chester got home we turned right around and went back to town and ate Mexican food. It was really good tonight or I was really hungry.. If I don't get to excersising again I am going to regrett the extra pounds I have put on by trying to stop smoking.
    Before we left town we stopped at Wal-mart and I picked up 6 rolls of Vacation film... I had them made into double prints and put on DVD so all of us can have what we want for keepsakes.. The girls will be wanting to get them into a new album.. I had told them that I would purchase them both new albums just for the Vacation pictures.. but I haven't had a chance to shop for one as of yet..
    Back at home Chester set out to mow the lawn.. He is so silly he said he wanted to show me that he could get it mowed in one evening so that I would know that he could get a boat for cheeze whiz.. LOL.. He is going to spoil this baby before it is even born.. Of course I THINK he was just teasing..
    As soon as he made the last round he was telling me to get the keys to the four wheelers so we could take a quick ride around the section line.. So off we went to enjoy the perfect calm evening.
    What made me want to stop at my Dad's I don't know? We go by his amd Jonnie Ann's house just about every time we rude but I never felt the need to stop.. WELL.. I should have kept on going.. I am biting nails at him.. Now don't get me wrong no matter what happens I will always love him but I think he is installing a bridge that won't be able to get over for a long time.. He informed me off handed that he is selling his and Mom's home place.. Point blank he thinks he has it sold.. WHAT??? Well what did I expect? Him to discuss it?? No that isn't Dad but I did think he would have told us he was thinking about it before he actually found a buyer .. Oh well I held my tongue and said we had to go and off we went down the road.. We pulled over at the first interesection to let me rant and rave.. and Cry.. Little good any of this did me.. LOL... Really the land and home place being sold doesn't matter , really it is probably for the best because when Dad's time comes there probably would cause hard feeling with us 5 siblings on what was to be done with it. but no communication about it will just cause a deeper split in our family which is already split.. It just seems to be getting worse instead of better..
    No sooner did we get in the yard and Herb, Kenneth and David came by to pick up Kenneth's golf clubs he had left in Chester's pick-up Monday.. It was hard not to start ranting about Dad to them but I felt it was best if they come to their own decision in due time of how they feel about the sale of the homeplace.. Please pray for me..
    Well I'm off to do some thinking and praying... Night all.

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    Saturday July 10, 2004
    Arthur and Rosemary's
    Great Grandchildren
    The four ladies holding babies are Granddaughters.

    I am glad that most of us were able to be at Tiffani and Kevin's again this year for the Summer cookout..
    Thanks Tiffani and Kevin for having us over again.
    Attending were:
    Judy Kay of Texas,
    Kenneth, Merry, Dustin, Destiny and Merry's nephew Justin all of Flordia.
    Donnie, Kim, Cassidy and Trevor of Marlow,
    David and Robin and
    Mitchell ~ Todd and Pam son of Maysville.

    Kim, James, Kaity, and Kaycee of Pauls Valley,
    Torie, Rodney, Caleb and Jamie Rose of Maysville.
    Judy and Kenneth,
    Michael, Sheila, Tucker and Gentry all of Lindsay, and Sheila's nephew (I can't remember his name)
    Mindi, Jeff and Kylee of Chickasha.

    Carol of Chickasha.
    Kristi, Kraig, Zack, Adam and Luke of Purcell.

    Herb and Sherri of Maysville.
    Laura and McKinzie of Purcell.
    Lindsey of Wayne.

    Gayla and Chester of Lindsay
    Our hostess and host: Tiffani and Kevin of Lindsay (and Gizmo).
    Tracy, Destry, Dalton and Brooklynn of Lindsay
    and Mr Chester, Chester W.'s Dad of Maysville.

    Those that weren't able to attend that would have made it even more complete are: R. C. and Ladale and LaDales 2 children and 3 grandchildren of OKC, Robby, Esmy, Maria and Douglas of Texas, Kassi and Callie Jane of Maysville and Arthur and Jonnie Ann of Lindsay..
    Mom and Bill were there in all of our hearts.
    It was a great gathering.. Many enjoyed swimming in Tiffani and Kevins pool and all of us enjoyed the visit and the Hamburgers and hot dogs.. The only sad thing is that again.. DAD and Jonnie Ann didn't feel that they could be around the family even for a short time.. I am so glad that MOM taught us kids that during family time you are to put your differences aside and make the best of the situation.. Sure wish Dad would remember the times that he insisted that we bury the hatchet for the day and attend family affairs.. Seems everyone does it but him.. I would really like to give Dad a piece of my mind about how he can tell strangers that he has a family but will no longer have any contact with any of us.

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    Monday July 12, 2004
    Work this morning but shut down around 2 to go with Tiff to her doctor appointment. Kevin was suppose to have to work but at the last minute he got off so the three of us went.. :O) The doctor was concerned that Tiffani hadn't gained any weight but the little guys heart beat was good and strong so he didn't seem overly worried. Tiffani's next appointment is August 9 in the AM for her second utra sound plus there will be other test done to check blood sugar and such.
    Around the house the only thing that I have noticed that I haven't mentioned it out of the 10 baby guineas we only have 3 left that we know of.. Last Thursday the Mom hen dug out of the pen and took her babies with her to the paster.. Silly and Dumb guinea. I can't believe she dug herself out of the pen but she sure did.
    I rode my bike again tonight.. Dang that hill seems to be getting steeper by the day... LOL

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    Tuesday July 13, 2004
    PAYROLL is done .... normally I don't even start doing it until today but with Robert needing his before his wife left to take her brother for cancer treatment I cut it early... Work has been the name of the game the last two days.
    I rode my bicycle again tonight.. ALMOST made it up the hill without having to stop and rub my legs.. LOL.. Gee that is what we get for living on a hilly road.

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    Wednesday July 14, 2004
    Chester came home fairly early for it to be the top of summer and it being so hot. We were making tea and standing at the kitchen window watching birds flying north then south and then north then south over and over. they have been doing this for awhile.. I noticed them around noon today. Chester thinks they might be purple martins flying in a manner to stir up the small insects that live in the paster weeds. Another wierd thing is that the area they are flying over again and again is the area of the paster that I caught on fire last year while doing some brush cleanup around our yard and the fire department had to assist us in putting out.
    Standing there talking we strated discussing the BOAT for little Cheeze Whiz and his Pappa.. I told him again no boat until I have someplace to stay when out boating.. He said you want to get a trailer first ~ Right? ~ I said I would rather have a place on the lake ~ Like a cabin with the water excessible so little whiz could enjoy it year around.. LOL..
    I be dang here we are just blowing ideas around and I say you want to go down to Murray and look around and he said No it is to late tonight.. Haaahee.. but the next thing I know we are loaded up and heading to Clear Creek to see if there are any of the lake homes for sale.. LOL.. SHOOT...There was one that on the main road to the concession but it is OLD and doesn't look like much but we decided to stop and look around anyway who knows it might be worth fixing up.. Well do I have to tell ya I feel in LOVE with the location. The back yard has a lake entrance that you can walk about 200 yards to swim and fish plus it is in a neck of the lake so a boat could be brought to the back of the property to go out skiing or fishing... So we called the number that was on the For Sale sign out front and made a appointment to view the actual house/cabin at 6pm tomorrow night.
    ARE WE CRAZY OR WHAT??????



    "Having a place to go - is a home. Having someone to love - is a family. Having both - is a blessing."
    ~Donna Hedges




    What's On Right Now
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    Wednesday, July 14, 2004
    What's On your favorite tv show list Right Now?_______ Thursday nights CSI ~ Daytime show is scrapbooking


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    Thursday July 15, 2004
    HOT HOT HOT.. no other way to put it but it is HOT.
    Chester came and picked me up and off we go to meet the lady that is going to show us the house/cabin.. As we passed Tiffani and Tracy's we thought we better let the girls know we are going so we called but Tiffani wasn't home yet and Tracy's phone went directly to her voice mail. Before we got there Tiffani called and we told her to go get her sister and join us down there.. That we were serious and if they wanted to look while we were than to come on DOWN.. LOL

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    Friday July 16, 2004
    First thing this morning I meet Tracy at Tiffani's and we started painting their spare bedroom.. They were wanting to paint the nursery and the furniture that is in the room that is going to be the nursery they were going to move into the their empty spare room.. Used more as a catch-all room..

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    Saturday July 17, 2004
    Chester and I went to the RV and Boat show in OKC.. They have things on wheels that cost more than any home I have ever been into..
    Around 3 we meet Tiffani and Kevin at Burlingtons to look for baby crib but she didn't really find anything she wanted and the problem is that there isn't really any place that we know of to shop for them other than Burlingtons.

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    Sunday July 18, 2004
    Chester went golfing and I went over to Tiffs and help them moved the things out of the nursery room into the spare room that Tracy and I painted Friday.. Now to find a day that we can paint the nursery.. Maybe by the time Tracy and I can get a day that both of us can paint again they will have made up their minds what color the walls will be.. :o)
    Proverbs 16: 9-- In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

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    Monday July 19, 2004
  • OU FOOTBALL TICKETS ON SALE
  • My Sister-in-law Carolyn Birthday..
    Well I slept really good last night.. Seems that lately I am waking around 4am no matter what time I go to be with my hips aching.. This morning was different and I don't know why..
    Started work around 8am but Chester called around 9:30 and asked me to join him on a road trip down to Lake Murray to look around and to see what cabin/houses are going for in that area.. To make a long story short.. They want way TO MUCH... No way can we afford those type of prices and the ones we could afford you purchase the building but you still pay $150.00 monthly for the land that it sits on.. OK I understand the reason but that is a bit more than we are willing to pay per month on top of the purchase of the building... We did have a blast though.. We laughed and we rode around and around Lake Murray then decided what the heck let's go to Texhoma lake since we are this close to see what we find there.. TO MUCH.... So we drove and laughed and dreamed.. We took a couple of walks near the shore line but we never got our feet wet. Around 8pm we are finally got back home and our acre looks so good. Now it is back to normal living with our dreams put on hold for a little longer..
    Who knows the owners of the place at Clear Creek might make a decision on their place and we can dream some more.. Out of all that we saw today the one at Clear Creek would be the best for us, the price is withing the amount that we had thought we would spend and with the back yard having a lake entrance that you can walk about 200 yards to swim and fish plus it is in a neck of the lake so a boat could be brought to the back of the property to go out skiing or fishing... and the biggest plus for this lake is there is a Baptist lake church within a mile of the home/cabin.. but the owners might take it off the market and rent it out to some of their friends for the summer..We won't know what they decide for at least two weeks.. BUMMER..
    I need to remember this bible passage.
    "Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth." Colossians 3:2 NLT

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    Tuesday July 20, 2004
    I have some calls to make today for special day greetings..
  • Herb & Sherri's anniversary, they have been married 33 years today.
  • Jimmie Jr. ~ One of my Nephews.. he is 32 today.
    Little late but I usually am.. here is my Monday Madness
    July 18, 2004
    1. Do you prefer to be out in the sun or in the shade? Shade
    2. Regarding the walls in your house, do you prefer neutral colors or bright colors? neutral
    3. When hanging pictures on your walls, do you like things symmetric or asymmetric? Depending on the wall size and the picture
    4. How about where you'd like to live; country or city?
    Semi-country.. but not way out in the boonies.
    5. Your blog; Blogger, Blogdrive, Blog-City, or another one altogether? HTML at my home site
    6. Email; Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, or other? hotmail
    7. Air conditioning or just a fan when it's hot at night?AC
    8. Dinner; seafood or steak? Both
    9. Your all-time favorite music media; CD's, cassette tapes, or vinyl (or 8-tracks)? I don't have a favorite media.
    10. When learning a new software program, do you find it easier to follow a book or an online tutorial? Book first then the online turorial.. usually need both.

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    Wednesday July 21, 2004
    Today we are hoping to go down to Lake Texhoma again to see if we can find a place near the water that we can afford. Chester called the realtor again yesterday about the Clear Creek one and she hadn't heard back from the owners and he isn't a patient man.. We have always loved to spend summer time near the water and dreaming of owning a place near the water would be grand but probably just a dream.. Oh well dreaming is fun.. LOL..

    Count down of our being Grandparents
    Lilypie Baby Days
    The baby counter the only reason I added it is to remind me that time is slipping by fast.. I can't hardly believe Tiffani is in her 25th week.. I still like to say how many months.. 6 months to me.. Counting down in weeks confuses me..
    At Parentplace.com it says that at 25 weeks pregnant ~ Baby's ears are fully functional now, and he may even blink in reaction to a loud noise. The brain is growing rapidly. If you could look inside the uterus, you'd see a well-proportioned head and body. Can you tell this Grandma is getting excited..
    Tiffani and I plan on going border and crib shopping tomorrow since she is off so I got to get off of here and do some work..before Chester was to decide to go running around..

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    Thursday July 22, 2004
    Run around that is getting to be my routine this week.. Yesterday Chester and I did make it down to the lake area's again but again we didn't find anything within our range or close to what we are wanting.. I can tell he his getting flustered but I am not wanting to rush into something that I am pretty sure we will regret over time... LOL.. I am such a caution person that this is driving him crazy.
    Don't worry about anything, instead pray about everything! Philippians 4:6
    Well I got to hit the shower and get ready to pick Tiffani up around 9am to go shopping.. another day running around.. Tomorrow I will knee deep in paperwork and I don't like that on Fridays but oh well that's life when you play before you work..

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    Friday July 23, 2004
    Yesterday Tiffani found the border she wanted for the nursery and it is now ordered and should be here next week. Now to get the room painted.. She has decided on a plain white ceiling and the wall to be sponged a lite and darker tan with spatters of two shades of blue. When we get the border in and the painting done Torie called as said she and Rodney would hang it for them but it would cost them supper.. LOL.. Cousin Power is what that is called..
    With the shopping for border done we meet Chester at Elmore City and went back to the Murray Lake area.. Confused that is how it went.. We did find two that was within 1/2 mile to a mile from the boating dock so now it is bank time to see how much me can borrow on our own for something like this.. I hate that kind of paperwork but it has to be done..
    I did find out that if we might need medical help whild in this area of the lake that the Mercy Memorial Health Center at Ardmore is not to far away and Lisa, one of the Nurses that graduated with Tracy is working there.
    Since I have ran around for the last two days with Chester :O).. which I loved every minute of I have to get my nose into the bookwork.. No play for me UNLESS Chester calls and tells me otherwise..
    Tracy and Destry and Rick R. left this morning to take Dalton over to his Mom's and then they are going camping for the week-end. "Fun Fun Fun" but as usual there is cloud over the fun.. Dalton's Mom contacted Destry yesterday and there is trouble between her and the gentleman that she has been with for the last 10 years. She wanted him to know that Dalton would be informed about it this week-end.. My heart just breaks for the little guy it doesn't seem fair that his life should be put up in the air so many times.. He is only 10 years old and his mom left him and Destry when he was around 6 months old is what I have been told. He lived with Destry for about 6 1/2 years then with some trouble in first grade he moves to his Mom. School has been great for him where he is living it is smaller and students get more one on one.. The unstableness is both parents.. Destry has had another family after his marriage to Dalton's mom and prior to Tracy.. My prayers are with him and his Mom..

    A interesting LINK I ran across.
    http://www.criminalcheck.com/
    JUST PUT IN YOUR ZIP CODE
    I was surprised to find one listed in the county I live in.. And go figure I know him and didn't realize he was a offender.. Wow..
    UPDATE: We put a deposit ~ Escrow down on the lake house.. It will be Monday really before the ball gets rolling but a decision has been made if all the paperwork and codes passes the lending banks rules.

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    Saturday July 24, 2004
    Cold front is suppose to be here today and tomorrow.. I love the weather when it is in the 70's in JULY..
    Chester and I went to Norman and started the paperwork on a boat.. If all goes well we should be able to pick it up Wednesday evening..
    We also went to were we had purchased the livingroom wood furniture in hopes of bringing home one more end table that matched the set we purchased in April.. NOPE.. they don't handle it anymore so I will have to settle with what we bought the first time around. Which is OK we just thought we might get it to add in between the sofa and loveseat but a standing lamp will probably be better anyway.
    A stop at home depo to see if I can find the wallpaper that Tiffani was wanting at the nursery but they didn't have anything similar so we came on home.. After a short cat nap DAD came over with some golf balls for Chester.. Long story but Chester gave him $40.00 for them.

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    Sunday July 25, 2004
    We picked Chester's Dad up after Church and took him to Furr's in Norman for lunch.. Tiffani and Kevin was in Norman shopping so they meet us there and the 5 of us had a great lunch.. Afterwards Chester and his Dad headed home and Kevin Tiffani and I went shopping a little more.
    Purchases was baskets for the nursery that will be put on the changing table that Tiffani and Kevin purchased to match the crib that ??and Jennie are giving them.
    Tracy and Destry made it home safely from their float trip.. They got wet not from the float trip but because it rained almost the whole time they were gone.. But they had a good time..On their way home they went by and picked up Dalton.

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    Monday July 26, 2004
  • Destry's Birthday
    The Demacratic Convention has started. I do try to stay familiar with what is going on but I just can't watch all the coverage that is on about it.. I am not for Kerry and Edwards at all. I think Kerry has proven how many grey areas he has on most issues and I was really upset when I was reminded at
    NANCZE's that he nor Edwards have resigned their Senate seats and are drawing their salaries during the time they are campaigning... Now that is a good for their pockets but humm should we really pay them to campaign..
    The place at the lake is exciting and I don't want to get my hopes up.. Many many things could cause the deal to fall through..
    Our home is in the last stages of being paid for and we refinanced it once years ago to have some of the upgrades done ~ New 20X30 storage builiding built ~ Central heat and Air ~ New siding ~ New roof.. etc.. now it is almost paid for again and the interest isn't enought to assist us during the tax season so we are venturing into purchasing a lake house. It isn't anything special and it is a fixer upper but we hope to be able to enjoy it ourselves and also rent it out just enough to close friends and family to be able to claim it as rental property to Uncle Sam. Have we lost our ever loving mind or what.. Our accountant told us we needed to do something of course he suggested COWS.. and Chester just isn't ready to do any farming so we kicked this around with him and he said it would help if done right.. I hope it does and only time will tell.
    The main draw back of having another place is that I am NOT excited about having another place to clean.. Getting it cleaned up the first time will be a job and a half.. The little cellar/basement room is a mess its self.. If we do get it I think I am going to have to come up with some rules for family and friends so that I don't spend all my time picking up after everyone and not enjoying my time there... Don't get me wrong I don't want to make them do the cleaning but I do want people to pick up after theirselves and if they make a mess to clean it up.. LOL.. Hummm I wonder if that is possible to get across with out being a big B.... Doubt it.. LOL
    ~ Heart attack bills That were pouring in ~
  • Dr. Crook ~ $7,000.00.
  • Norman Regional Hospital ~ $41,503.15 I believe the insurance has paid all it is going to pay.. Makes you wonder WHY you pay so much for health insureance.

    Catch you later

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    Tuesday July 27, 2004
    Last night we all gathered at town to pertake in some Mexican food for Destry's supper.. All of us except Brooklynn and Grandpa Dean. Destry with a big grin on his face is in denial of being 31
    Tea is drawing some real cuties.. If I had more time on the PC I would purchase all her adoption pieces that she drew to offer as adoptions from my Okie Nest but I don't have the time that it takes to do adoptions correctly so I am honored when she gifts me with some of her latest to decorated my okie nest.

    THANKS TEA

    Last night I got the top of the middle bedroom closet emptied.. Now not to put anything back in it that doesn't have a reason for being up there. Today I hope to get to the clothes in it..but they are mostly winter shirts so it shouldn't be that time comsuming.
    I am trying to get a early start on my Challenge to myself.
    A challenge for me and our home to be done before Christmas 2004
    Decluttering
    I am a semi-packrat.. so the house is in dear need of Decluttering.
    They say it is one of the most simple ways to tidy a room. Every aspect of the home can be sorted out easily this way.
    Some of Saddies suggestions on ROOM Decluttering
    Choose a few days when you can be on your own, and work your way through the house. One room at a time. Take a few bags, polish and duster and get to work. ....
    Go through cupboards, and have a good sort out. We all have areas in our homes that seem to attract junk. Take a good look through,and be ruthless. Do you really need that empty perfume box you were keeping, or the Christmas cards you bought in 1987 but have never used? No? Then CHUCK THEM! Anything you are not sure of, put to one side and go back to later, anything that can be recycled then do so, and anything that's good enough for a charity shop, put in a large box.

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    Wednesday July 28, 2004
  • Got a couple of calls to make this morning .. it is Aunt Clara's and Houston's birthday.
    The decluttering project I didn't have a chance to do any of it yesterday.. because I was knee deep in work invoicing.. and payroll.. and I doubt that I get any done the rest of the week as I will need to get the companys routing end of month things done and get payroll printed.
    Chet slipped away and we went to Norris Marine at Norman and picked up the boat.. We also purchased life vest and ropes.. $457.98 worth of things to get us out on the lake when we do get to ..IT RAINED all the way home so there was no going to test it out..

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    Thursday July 29, 2004
    Dee called tonight to tell me why I couldn't get ahold of Clara and why they weren't at home yesterday so that I could send out their Birthday wishes..Clara has had her phone disconnected for some reason and Houston is in the Amarillo Baptist hospital in ICU .and will probably be in the hospital into the last part of next week . He has had a bad cough since May and with medicine it didn't get any better.. but I think I understood that they finally found in test that he had a sist on/in his heart the size of a grapefruit He went through surgery and all seems to be doing good to this point.. They still have to do some fluid draining on his lungs and the test have to come back on the sist that was removed. Please Keep him and the family in your thoughts and prayers.
    We also went back to to Norris Marine at Norman to purchases the little kids life vest and skis.. $168.74 more maybe this will get us out on the lake soon ..

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    Friday July 30, 2004
    Work this morning then we hope to go down to Lake Murray late this afternoon weather permitting.
    UPDATE: WE = Chester, myself, Tiffani, Kevin and Tracy, Destry and Dalton
    We did sneak away around 3:30pm returning home at 10:30pm..The weather was wonderful.. a little overcast but not to hot so we really enjoyed our late afternoon at the lake.. Tracy bounced right up on two but never was able to get up on one ski this time.. She use to ski alto as a youngester but since she had her knee surgerys she hasn't skied very much. She wanted to get up on one so bad but it just wasn't meant to be today.. All the guys skied.. Chester popped right up with me driving the boat.. LOL.. Like my driving has anything to do with it..
    This was Kevin's, Destry's and Dalton's first time to TRY skiing.. Destry skied the farest but the main thing is that they all tried and NO ONE got hurt. ..

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    Saturday July 31, 2004
    WE = Chester, myself, Tiffani, Kevin and Dalton
    went to the lake again leaving around 11:00am and returning home around 7pm.. Kevin tried again a few times to ski and he got up for just a little ways but gave out before he master it.. Dalton did get out there again today but did he really try.. Well he got out there without the fear so that is a big step.. One day I just know he will pop right up and he will be so surprised.

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    Sunday August 1, 2004
    Chester did play golf this morning but I didn't do a darn thing.. I had a slight sunburn and it zapped me..

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    Monday August 2, 2004
    Destry's Nanna is having test done this morning for her heart.. My thoughts and prayers are with her and the family that all will come out ok.
    Chester and I meet the appraiser at the lake house this morning at 10:30.. There aren't many people that I take a instant dislike to but she was one..
    Oh well after that experience was over we ate a sandwich at the little Mom and Pop store and then headed back home.. All was under control with the company so Chester played 9 holes of golf .. I have so much work to do for the company but I don't know if I am coming down with a cold or what but every bone in my body aches so I am off of here to rest. Tiffani is coming over after she gets off from the bank to do the payroll and month end taxes and I am hoping I feel better by then.
    Update Nana has alot of blockage so it looks as if there will be surgery schedule for Wednesday.

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    Tuesday August 3, 2004
    WORK.. I got most of the companys first of the month bills paid, now I need to sit down and do our personal ones.. It is always easier to do the companies since it has the money do them with our personal we have to put more thought into it..
    I am researching a purchase of a clean air purifier.. Seems the older we are getting the more we are developing allergys.. I wish someone would suggest a good one to buy that wouldn't cost a arm and a leg to purchase and to maintain. Anyone have any suggestions?
    David and Robin came out around 7pm on a mission.. Spring 2003 we told them that they could have a extra 220 window air conditioner unit that we have stored out in the garage to put in his shop. They never came after it so I assumed they didn't really want it.. but they do which is still OK with me. After they looked at the boat we told them of the possiblity of us purchasing the lake house at Murray so they deceided to wait until we know if we get the lake place and that the units that are in it work.. We wish the house had central heat and air but it is cooled with window units and heated with propane stoves.. it is no big deal to us as long as we can be comfortable as we sleep.. We see ourselves spending the major summer time inside during the heat of the day and at night. David and Robin seemed excited for us and our girls in the pursuit of buying a place near the lake. As I sit here writing this I admit I can see that the house is going to be full more than it is going to be empty at first.. Talking to them about what it has and doesn't have (3 bedrooms with 1 king and 2 standard beds) and us having 4 portable cots that could be used for the grandkids, Robin stated they would need their own room so they could build them a bedroom onto the house.. NOT.. I sure she was kidding but it made me wonder.. I did gently hint to them that this is a joint adventure of ours and our girls and that they could come down anytime but the beds and bedrooms are ours ~ the girls and their families. Sleeping arrangements will be first come basics if the girls aren't there for any and all guest. ..LOL

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    Wednesday August 4, 2004
    There was a gentle thunderstorm this morning which stopped around noon.. Then the Heat and humidity followed to make a HOT and steamie day.
    Destry's Nanna had a single bypass around 5:30pm. The procedure was scheduled for 11am but there was a emerengcy with her doctor. Praise the lord she is doing fine.
    My heart goes out to my little girl ~ Tracy ~ she is putting way to many hours in at work and with the added pressure of Dalton being with her and Destry all summer her nerves are slowly defraying. This week on top of the normal they also have Brooklynn which they were looking forward to but with Nanna being in the hospital things are a little crazy at their house. Sometimes, more stress is there by getting involved in areas that we could avoid. BIG HUGS TO TRACY...
    Dee called late evening and Houston is doing better but his stay in the hospital will continue at least to the end of the week.. with followups for a long time.

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    Saturday August 7, 2004
    Lake with Tracy ~ Dalton ~ Brooklynn, David and Robin.
    Brooklynn tried to ski by herself and did get up a little ways but found out that it was so much fun riding with David on his ski's.. Dalton got up for a long ways for the first time today

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    Sunday August 8, 2004
    Lake with Tracy ~ Destry Dalton ~ Brooklynn, Tiffani ~ Kevin and Gizmo.
    Brooklynn tried to ski by herself again today but didn't actually get up but she tried that is a good thing. Dalton is poping right out of the water now.. We are so proud of him and he is tickled pink..

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    Monday August 9, 2004
    Tiff's Ultra sound was this morning. She and Kevin rode together and Tracy and I rode together just in case work called Kevin in before we were through running around for the day.
    After drinking some orange looking drink that is to help them check for diebiets, Tiff was taken in for the Ultra sound which all looked well except there is still fluid in the babies kidneys.. about double the amount from the last ultra sound.. again they say not to worry but that another ultra sound will be done in 6 weeks to see if it is still there or if it has decreased or increased. They say this isn't unusual on boys but if it is still there next ultra sound that all they will do is inform the attending baby doctor when he is born..

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    Tuesday August 10, 2004
  • **Leo & Norma's 36th Wedding anniversary
  • **Norma denist appointment
    I meet Norma at the Ranch House for breakfast.. She was in town for her 6 month dental cleaning appointment. Leo and Chester also slipped away from their work for a bit and we had a great visit. When it was time for the guys to go back to work Norma and I went to Wal-Mart where we picked up some material for her to make Tiffani three different blankets out of for the baby. One was a leporad print that she will love as the baby later in years will be attending the Lindsay school system if they stay were they are and their mascot is a Leporad.
    Back home around noon and worked late trying to get things undercontrol since I didn't work yesterday or this morning.
    We got the appraisal for the house.. It was down some from what the gentleman was asking for the place so it is now in his court whether he wants to get another appraisal or come down on the price ... or keep it to sell to someone else.. We had decided that we wouldn't give him but $2,500.00 above appraisal and that is for the items that he is leaving at the sale of the place.

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    Wednesday August 11, 2004
    The weather is so nice.. Rainy and cool so it doesn't bother me that I have a full day of WORK ahead of me.. I am so thankful to have a indoor job especially on rainy days like today.

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    Thursdy August 12, 2004
    Up and at it at 5:30 this morning.. With the books fairly well done and payroll cut and stuffed I shut down the PC and went to Tiffani's to paint the baby's nursery. Whew with the ceiling done I called Tracy and she came over to help me sponge the walls.. Wow Tiffani and Kevin, we love the little guy already but please don't ask us to sponge paint another room for you all. There isn't a muscel in my upper body that doesn't hurt tonight.
    When everyone was off work we all gathered at the Mexican cafe for supper. Once home I took a long hot shower and stretched out on the sofa until dark so I could go to bed.. Knowing if I went to bed earlier I would be up and down all night.

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    Friday August 13, 2004

    Carol came over for Richard "WildCat" Mantooth's funeral this morning, I didn't attend as I woke up at 4:30 and falling back to sleep around 7am and didn't get back up until 10:30.. Shame on me.. I am so sore that I can hardly move my shoulders.. Dang I hate being this far out of shape..
    After the funeral Carol came out for a little while.. She brought us a hamburger from S&S and also brought us the OU tickets that a car customer of her's sold us.. Thanks Carol we appreciate you keeping us in mind when they are available.
    Chester golfed in the REC golf tournment at Lindsay.. His group came in 3rd place.. He had a good time that is what counts.. When he called to tell me they were finished and he was back working he had some Great news
    WE ARE GETTING THE LAKE HOUSE..
    The gentleman excepted the appraisal price with a extra $2,500.00 for the contents that he will be leaving at the time of selling. Looks like the closing date will be Next Thursday if all goes well with the final bookwork. We are so excited..
    When Chester got off of work we went to Lake Murray and began some outside clean up on the place.. With that done the house and surroundings looked so much better.. We grabed us a room in Ardmore for the evening

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    Saturday August 14, 2004
    After a quick breakfast at the motel we made a stop at Wal-Mart to pick up light bulbs and other small things that we thought we might need today at the lake house.. On the way to the house Tiffani and Kevin called and I asked Kevin if he would come down and help get the basement/cellar emptied out.. He will never know how much we appreciate him saying YES and Tiffani bringing him down.. We would have never got it done without him. Getting the basement/cellar emptied out and the ruined things tied down on the trailer we headed back toward home around 4pm.. While we were doing this Tiffani had gone back home to Tara's W. baby shower so with a heads up call she and Grandpa Dean meet us a PV at Kentucky Fried Chicken for supper.. After a stop at Todd and Pams to kick off the things on the trailer into one of their revines we went home took a hot shower and kicked back for a quite evening..

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    Sunday August 15, 2004
    The weather is so different for August.. It almost feels like fall.. Chester did go play 9 holes of golf getting wet but not soaked.. I did some laundry but mostly our day consisted of enjoying a day of rest, no company just us kicked back watching the olympics..
    Tracy worked today so I didn't hear from her, Tiffani and Kevin stayed home but they had company.. Rodney, Torie and Caleb came over and hung the baby's nursery border.. after they left Kevin got busy putting the dresser and changing table together...around 8pm He called and asked us to come over and see the room but we passed for now and look forward to visiting later in the week...

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    Thursday August 19, 2004
    WE CLOSED ON THE LAKE HOUSE
    With that done Cheryl and I went down and started cleaning. Chester got down there around 5 and I let Cheryl drive the burban home and we cleaned a little more but my lower back was hurting so bad on the way home I was dread tomorrow when we go back with the family for more cleaning.

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    Friday August 20, 2004
    Rain
    When I woke up around 6 I was in so much pain I couldn't even walk to the bathroom. I tried to get ahold of Chester but making phone calls was a challenge. I did finally make contact with Robert and he told him that I needed him at home.
    When he finally came after me almost a hour later I was curled up on the floor.. No postion was comfortable.. He took me to Dr. Hines office and she put me in the Lindsay Hospital.. I have a kidney stone that hasn't passed yet.

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    Saturday August 21, 2004
    Released from the Lindsay hospital but I still have the Kidney stone.. Medicine dulls the pain but I wish they could get it to pass.

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    Sunday August 22, 2004
    Home but the Stone still hasn't passed. I have a appointment at Norman tomorrow with a specialist..

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    Monday August 23, 2004
    Appointment in Norman turned into them putting me in the hospital to get the Kidney stone out.. When it is done I will be coming home.. Oh my goodness I am so ready to get some rest from this pain. Made it home around 6pm and I went straight to bed.

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    Tuesday August 24, 2004
    Slept most of the day on and off.. I am sorer than the dickens.

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    Friday August 27, 2004
    We went to the Lake.. I stayed in bed 90% of the day and night. Tiffani and Kevin, Tracy and David and Robin came down.

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    Saturday August 28, 2004
    Again I slept most of the day and night.. Yummie pain pills.. LOL

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    Sunday August 29, 2004
    We made it back home around 4pm.. I don't remember much about the week-end.. but I am glad to be home in my bed to sleep even some more.

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    Monday August 30, 2004
    Back to the living kind of.. Cut way way back on the pain medicine so I could stay awake.. Pain is really easied but there is a great deal of pressure and burning when I go to the restroom still.

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    Tuesday August 31, 2004
    I go back to the doctor today to get the Stent out.. I am so sick at my stomach that I can't keep anything down.. I guess I have a virus on top of everything else..

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    Saturday September 4, 2004
  • 4: VS Bowling Green 11 AM @ Norman
    We gave Kevin our tickets to the game. I didn't think I could sit long enough without constant trips to the bathroom to enjoy the game. He took a co-worker with him since Tiffani didn't get off work until 3pm.

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    Tuesday September 7, 2004
    Not feeling well today I really need to enter time for payroll but I don't think that I will get that done..

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    Wednesday September 8, 2004
    I stayed in bed most of the day yesterday. I feel much better this morning so I hope to get the companys payroll started and maybe even done so no play time untill I get caught up.. :O)
    Kevin took Tiffani to her doctor appointment yesterday. All looks well with her next appointment being September 21 at 4pm. They will do another ultra sound that day so I hope to tag along. Last night was their first baby class.. It was from 7-9 which makes for a long day for them both.

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    Wednesday September 9, 2004
    Work... Payroll done and bills paid.. that was the extent of my day.

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    Thursday September 10, 2004
    Happy Birthday Tracy.
    I thought I was feeling better but poo I am still buring so guess I will go to the doctor tomorrow
    I was at the doctors office when they opened and after a longer wait than I assumed I finally got relief. I didn't have any infection it was a bladder spasum? sp? Well anyway medicine that I was given stopped the burning within hours of taking it.. This evening we meet Tiffani and Kevin at the Local mexican cafe for supper.. We had hoped that Tracy would be able to join us for her birthday but she couldn't get out of work on time.. She finally did make it to her home around 11pm.

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    Saturday September 11, 2004
    Norma, Leo, Chester and I went to the Firemans auction at the lake this morning. We bought more junk than we knew what to do with.. Most will be hauled off but it was a great donation toward the volunteer fire department. Tracy made it down around 2pm and was surprised that we were still at the action. Special finds was a sleeper loveseat for $3.00 LOL... and also a fish cleaning outside sink... and of course Leo's special $105.00 boat.
    Once back at the lake house, Jim and Carolyn came by for a short visit. All except Carolyn went out for a quick spin on the lake.. They water was perfect for skiing .. Jim and Carolyn were needing to get on their way so with Jim delivered back to the dock, Leo and Tracy took advantage of the water and skied a couple of rounds each.
    When we arrived back at the lake house we put together us sandwiches and the guys kicked back to watch the football game. Before we were finished eating Sweet Lisa B. came out to visit Tracy. and around dark Destry made it down for the night. Around midnight we called it a day and went to bed. A wonderful fun filled day.

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    Sunday September 12, 2004
    Our day started with us (Tracy, Destry, Norma, Leo, Chester and I) finally celebrating Tracy's birthday with a breakfast at Mom's and Pop's then back to the lake house to get prepared to go out on the water. With a quick spin to show Leo and Norma where we ride the 4-wheelers we received a call from Tiffani that they were having Grandpa sent to the Veterans hospital because he is so week and light headed. So we went straight back to close up the house and headed for OK City.. Grandpa was on the upside of a stomach virsus they think so they sent him back home with no medicine.

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    Tuesday September 14, 2004
    Work is the issue today. I am feeling much better but I am not spending much time on line, seems that there isn't enough hours in the day.. LOL

    My 50th birthday is the 27th of this month and I received a wonderful surprise from Kat..Thank you Kat for sending me a birthday wish.. I love it.




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    September 21, 2004
  • Chester took me to my kidney doctor appointment at 3pm, when we were finished we went over to Tiffani ultra sound appointment at 4pm.. This was Chester's first time to get to see a ultra sound of Conner. and to say the least he was very impressed.
    After the appointment we followed Tiffani and Kevin over to Sooner mall to eat mexican food for dinner and a little shopping..killing time for them to go to the baby class that goes from 7pm to 9pm.

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    September 24, 2004
    Chester bought me cigarettes at the Paoli Tabacco shop, a carton cost. $21.95.. Wonder why he stopped at Paoli???

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    Saturday September 25, 2004

  • Baby shower for Tiffani and Baby

    After the shower Chester and I went on to the lake with Tracy and Destry. Stopping at a Steak resturant at Ardmore for supper. Once settled in at the lake we played a few hands of spades and then called it a night.

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    Sunday September 26, 2004
    After a great breakfast cooked by Chester and Tracy... we went out into the boat for a little while. Tracy and Destry both skiied but the water is really getting quite cool so we assume it will be the last week-end that we will be skiing..
    Tracy and Destry headed home around 4pm for home.. It has been a long time since my tears were turned on and I couldn't get them to shut off..but when the Tracy waved goodbye my heart became just as heavy as could be.. Why... Must be a to be 50 thing.. LOL

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    September 27, 2004
    I'm fifty today... Yeppee.. No kidding I am so happy to be able to say that this is my 50th birthday.. Only thing that could have made it better would have been for the girls to be down at the lake to celebrate with me.. The day was spent with Chester and I messing around the place doing small odd and ends and I enjoyed every minute of it..
    Celebrating my 50thI received wonderful gifts from Kat ~ Tea and Nancze
    Thanks to each of you for sending me birthday wishes.. Each piece made my day.




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    September 28, 2004
    Chester and I had a wonderful day.. He went golfing and I curled up most of the day reading.. We both could get use to this with much effort at all.

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    September 29, 2004
    We went to the Mom and Pop's for breakfast... So much for eating ceral this week..LOL We got all the wall covering off and Keltz on the studs once David or Leo checks the wiring we will be ready to put new wall covering back up and it will be a great place for the young ones to play when the weather won't allow them outside.

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    September 30, 2004
  • Jim's birthday.
    We meet him and Carolyn at the Fireside resturant for dinner. We had a great meal and a wonderful visit..

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    October 1,2004
    It started raining this Morning and was cloudy and windy all day, acting and looking like rain all the time. We went to Ardmore first thing this morning and ate at their new IHOP.. It was good but being new it was busy. Afterwards we went to Lowells then to Wal-Mart and picked up some things for the lake house. We had planned on catching quite a few garage sales in Ardmore but most people didn't open theirs .. Dry run on finding any pieces for my house for the baby. When we went back to the house we just chilled out and enjoyed being together..We are really enjoying these vacation days sigh..... It just goes by to quickly.

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    October 2,2004
    Tracy, Destry, Dalton and Brooklynn came down around noon.. A man was there to work on the Hot tub (which he didn't get anything done to it) as soon as he left we loaded up and went riding on the 4-wheelers.. Around 5pm Tiffani and Kevin made it down and we went over near Willis bridge and ate at Catfish platter.. Chester and I really enjoyed it but I am not sure the kids did.. Back at the house we just sit around and visited

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    October 3, 2004
    Around 1pm we headed home from the lake ... we had a great week but it was so good to be home..

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    October 4, 2004
    Back to work.. Marathon auditors arrived at 11am and didn't leave until 4:30pm.. due back tomorrow morning around 9am
    Chester and I meet Tiffani and Kevin in town for dinner. When we arrived back home we settled in to watch a evening of Monday night Football but Chester received a call that his hands were having to stay on a job much later than they thought so being a kind man and boss he went back to work taking them hamburgers... I am so lucky to be married to such a wonderful man.

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    October 5,2004
    The auditors are going to be here all day again. I will be glad when this is over so I can get back to a somewhat routine.
    Tiffani brought Jo's Pizza in for supper on her way back from her Doctor appointment.. She is now going every week.. I couldn't go with her due to the auitors being here and Kevin couldn't get off so she had to make trip by herself.. Praise the Lord that all is going well with her pregnancy.

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    October 6,2004
    Our 32nd Anniversary

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    October 7, 2004
    Work will be the biggest part of my day.. I am so behind on everything, Straightening up the mess that the auditors make took me all morning. I feel so bad that I haven't had a chance to check in on any of the many sites that I love to visit.. I hope that next week things will settle down some so I can find PC play time..
    Last night I was thinking about the "An Affair of the Heart", the big Oklahoma City Craft show will be held the last weekend of October. I always look forward to that but I am not sure that Tiffani will want to go this year since the baby's due date is November 4th.. Each and every year after I get home I say I'll never go back. but I haven't missed one in a long time.. When it is so crowded it wears me out.

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    October 9,2004

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    October 10,2004

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    October 11,2004
    Tiffani and I left around noon and went to Crossroads Mall and purchased her a couple of new pants to make it through the last few weeks of her pregnancy of course we had to do some browsing and made a few more small purchases then we went to Norman for her Doctor appointment. Kevin is on a all night run to Texas so we got 3 plates from Val's Bar-B-que to take home for us and Chester.. After we ate Tiffani did the company's taxes finishing up after 8pm which made it a long day for her and she was ready to go home to stretch out.
    I got on line and ordered 6 tickets to the Big 12 Championship Football Game being held at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO ,Saturday December 04, 2004 7:00 pm.. While I was at it I went ahead and reserved 3 rooms at the Best Western we stayed at last year.. Now I wonder if the girls and their husband will go with us or if the extra 4 football tickets will be given away to company men.

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    October 12,2004
  • Derek's Birthday A full day working but I shut down at 5 because I knew it wouldn't matter how long I worked I wouldn't get caught up.. I spent a relaxful evening watching tv with Chester..

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    October 13,2004
    WORK work WORK.. I am beginning to wonder if I will ever catch up..
    Working for God on earth doesn't pay much but His retirement plan is out of this world !!!

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    October 14,2004

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    October 15,2004
  • Mindi & Jeff wedding anniversary

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    October 16,2004
  • Josh D. 25th Birthday
  • VS Kansas State @ Manhattan, Kan
    Tiffani, Chester and I went to a auction this morning hoping to buy a king size bed for the guest room at Pa's Place but it was a full 5 piece set and it went for $525.00 which was a good price for the pieces but we didn't need all of them.. We did purchase two chair for $3.00 each that kind of match the dinning room table set that we have at Pa's Place. All in all we had a great time together.. Getting home in time to watch the OU football game.. Chester and I went down to the lake after watching the OU football game stopping at Ardmore's EL CHICO for a early supper.. We do love the Top Shelf Guacamole

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    October 17,2004

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    October 18,2004
    Worked this morning and had planned on getting all my work done but around noon a high school friend ~ Susie ~ dropped in and we visited until 6:30.. catching up on over 30 years took us awhile we talked non stop.. Whew I am as tired as if I had worked all day.

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    October 19,2004
    I wonder if I am ever going to get caught up at work.. At noon I took off to go with Tiffani for her weekly visit to the Doctor.. I just hate to see her go by herself. Before her regular DR appointment she had a meet and greet with a Doctor Stacy that will be the babies Doctor.. She was very nice and I think Tiff and Kevin will be happy with their choice. After that visit we went to the hospital and pre admitted Tiffani.. then on to the Dr. Appointment.. She has some thinning he said but nothing that would make us believe the baby would be here any sooner than expected.
    Then of course off to Wal-Mart to check on printing pictures that I take with the digital.. Their machine is OK but it seemed to have a different color to it.. For 12 pictures it cost $4.74.. not bad so we plan on making some of the baby when he is born to send out in the birth announcement cards. I bought Chester a pair of Sooner wind pants and also the new Celine Dion / Anne Geddes Miracle CD to give to the baby for Christmas. With him only going to be a around a month old we aren't going to overload with toys for him.. instead we will add to his savings

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    October 21,2004
    Work stopped around noon so that Chester could take me down to the lake house. Pa's Place... so that I can be there in the morning when the repairman comes to work on the hot tub.. It was strange to spend the night there by myself without Chester and I didn't sleep to well but it wasn't unpleasant. Chester did get the 4-wheeler washed before he left and also hung the bracket to display the American flag and also the OU flag. He has been wanting those from day one of getting the lake house.

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    October 22,2004
  • Chester ~ Grandpa Dean 85th brithday..
    The repairman arrived around 9:30 to work on the hot tub.. I was truely surprized that it only cost $149.00 to get it working properly.
    We were at the lake this evening so Chester called his Dad for his birthday.

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    Saturday, October 23,2004
  • VS Kansas @ Norman
    All of us got up around 7am and went to breakfast at Mom's and Pops. Then we headed out to ride the ATV's at the Lake Murray trails. We meet Norma and Leo as we were heading out. All had a great time. We saw one young man turn his ATV over trying to show off then Chester turned his over trying to go down a enbankment, Norma and I was sitting down the trail waiting for him and the others to come back so I didn't see him do it but I saw the after effects. It does make me upset when he does things like this.

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    Sunday, October 24,2004
    Robin was sick through the night so they left around 11:00 So Norma, Leo, Chester and I went on a short ride around the SouthEast side of the lake on our 4-wheelers. We had a great time. When we got back Chester and Leo washed all 4 of the ATV's while Norma and I picked up around the house.

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    Monday, October 25,2004
    Keeping my nose to the grind today was what was in store.. I planned on getting things caught up but the day never seems to go as I plan.. I first ran out of copying paper so I couldn't print the invoices or print the account receivables.. then Norma came by bringing me the disk and hard copyies of the pictures she and Jeanna took at Tiffani's shower. They were very good.. Thanks Norma.. Then before I knew it Tiffani and Kevin was here for Pancake supper and also Tiffani and I worked on getting the company's filing and taxes caught up. We still like a little that will need to be done before her little one is born .
    After they left and Chester was watching the baseball game I changed my Okie Nest username and password and sent it to the ones that have tagged me the last few months on the DoodleBoard which is only located in the main area of My Okie Nest...Where the journal is kept. Doing this I hope to be able to speak more freely in my journal. Many have the username and password to My Okie Nest that I don't know if they ever visit or not since they have never tagged. I will change the picture one again after the Grandbaby is born to insure that only ones that I want to view photos will be able to.

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    Tuesday, October 26,2004
  • James K. Birthday
    I got my hair trimmed today at 1:30 getting home just in time to go with Tracy and Tiffani to Norman for Tiffani's Doctor appointment.
    After her appointment we went to Red Lobster for supper.. We don't seem to get together often without the guys and I wanted to have a special meal for the three of us.. $90.00 later we had our bellies full.. :O)
    After we ate we went to Wal-mart and the girls got new OU shirts and wind pants to wear Saturday when they take Dalton and Brooklynn trick or treating.

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    October 27,2004
    Cloudy most of the day with scattered showers.. when it did rain it came down hard but it only did that a few times here... I had planned on going over to Tiffani's today since she had the day off but when she was awake I was working and when I finished up she had laid down for a nap.. SO.. I curled up and caught a few ZZZZ's myself.
    Chester went by and picked up the baby crib from Kourtney then stoped and picked up supper from Sonic.. I don't have the energy to get the corner cleaned out for the crib so it is setting unassembled in the livingroom.. Oh well I will get it done before the week-end.
    I watched the T.V. series "Loss" which isn't what I thought it was going to be about but it still has me interested in what is in the forest. I also watched some of the world series game and YEP the Red Sox won the World.

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    Thursday October 28,2004
    Survivor tonight. Wonder what goofy things they'll be up to this time.

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    October 29,2004
    Norma and I went to the OK City to the Affair of the Hearts craft show.. Soooo crowded this year that it made it terrible to park but inside other than some of the building being to hot we had a grand time.
    When we left we stopped at Braums for something to drink and Norma need some things from wal-mart so we popped into the one at Tri-city.. Getting back to Lindsay around 5pm thinking that Chester and Leo would be able to meet us for supper in town but Leo had to go North East to work and wouldn't be able to but Chester was on his way back to town so we went to the Lindsay Wal-mart to kill some time while waiting for him. While looking around I ran into Laura Sommers in the fabric department and asked her how things were over at the old home place..(She and her husband land ajoins my old home place land and she visited Mom often prior to her death) She told me all was well but that my Dad didn't own the place anymore he sold it to his renters.. I tried not to act shocked but I couldn't help it. I didn't want the land but it would have been nice if Dad could have at least told us that he sold it. Oh well so much for it being in the family through generations.

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    October 30,2004
  • Robin's Birthday
  • 30: VS Oklahoma State @ Stillwater, Okla
    Beautiful day
    Rodney, Torie and their kids came out at half time and watched the last two quarters of the game. OU Won 38-35
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    Tiffani and Kevin came over around 5pm to play cards for the evening. We hadn't gotten together to do this in awhile and it was alot of fun. Around 9 Tracy and Destry brought Dalton and Brooklynn over to Trick or Treat. Their costumes were great.

    After they were given their candy and other treats *we gave them both a new VCR tape ~ we gathered around the outside fire pit for Smores provided by Tiffani and Kevin..

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    Sunday, October 31,2004
  • Happy Halloween
    Rain ~ Rain ~ Rain.. A perfect day to lay around and catch up on our reading, tv watching and napping.





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    November 2004



    Monday, November 1,2004

  • Gizmo's birthmonth
    Ggrandpup Gizmo was born in 1996


    November already, what happened to October?? :O)
    It is still raining this Morning and it seems it will be cloudy and windy all day. It hard to believe today is the first day of November time just goes by to quickly.


    "But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives,
    he will produce this kind of fruit is us:
    love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
    goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. "
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    November 2,2004
  • Odis birthday
  • Betty A. birthday
    I can't believe I woke with a sty on my right eye. This one is at the bottom instead of on top and it is going to make for a long work day. I wonder if my finding a Christmastile game on line that I have enjoyed playing has anything to do with it.
    I voted today, and it looks like there is going to be a great turn out for this election year. NOTE: This was Kevin's first time to Vote.. Way to go Kevin.
    Kevin took Tiffani to her doctor appointment and there wasn't much change. The doctor did tell them that if she hadn't gone into labor by next Tuesday November 9 they would look at inducing her labor before the following Tuesday.
    I added a few belly pictures last night of Tiffani, in the Grands Tiff's 9 months page

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    Wednesday, November 3, 2004
  • Mindi's Birthday
    I'm glad Kerry conceded the Election today. I dreaded a repeat of last year. I did vote for Bush and glad he won
    I had lunch with Tiffani and Tracy at the corner cafe. Then Tracy and I stopped into wal-mart to picked up some cleaning supplies and then home for a quite evening. I painted the three ornaments that I had bought at Wal-mart and I plan now on purchasing enough to give my family at our Christmas gathering as a thank you for allowing me to take their pictures each year.

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    Thursday November 4, 2004
    Baby's Due Date.
    November 4th but no signs of the little one getting ready to make his appearance into this world.
    I had lunch with Tiffani and Tracy at another cafe in town that is on main street. Kevin popped in a minute and got him a sandwich to go.
    After lunch Tracy and I went back to wal-mart and picked up enough oranaments to paint that we are going to give to the family with their last year pictures in them. We had a blast painting them. When Chester got home he and Tracy set up the baby crib then she headed on home as it was already 6pm. Carol had her hair cut in town tonight and Tiffani was having her eyebrows waxed so when they were finished they had supper at the Mexican cafe. Kevin was working late.. Carol came out long enough to watch survivor with us then she headed home.

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    Friday, November 5,2004
    I worked until around 11 because Chester was going to have a short day. When he got home we went down to Pa's Place for the evening. We are really enjoying the fall weather with these great temperatures.. We couldn't beleive that there was someone skiing on the lake.. Everything was OK at Pa's Place but the leaves that had fallen were thick so it took Chester awhile to get them blown away from the house. Kevin is fixing us a half barrell so we can take it down to burn them in next time we go and it will also be used to make SMORES.. LOL
    We turned the heat up on the hot tub when we got there and when we got back from supper we enjoyed a nice soak.

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    Saturday, November 6,2004
  • Zack's 8th Birthday
  • VS Texas A&M @ College Station, Texas
    We left Pa's Place around noon stopping by KFC to bring home Chicken to eat at the half time of the ballgame. Tiffani and Kevin came over shortly after we got home and they went ahead and ate then we played a game of hearts waiting for the game to start.
    OU Beats Texas Aggies at Kyle Field, 42-35 wow was it ever a close game.. Tiffani and Kevin went on home shortly after the game as Chet wanted to watch the OSU game against the Texas longhorns.. OSU Lost..

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    Sunday, November 7, 2004
  • Leo's Birthday
    I have been crusing around the net trying to catch up with some of the ones that I haven't contacted in a long time.. One net friend Jayme had her baby 4 weeks ago.. and just think Tiffani was to have hers first. Congrats Jayme on the birth of your precious Amelia
    We are having outstanding weather here. I can't believe this week-end it has been so nice and we are truely loving it because who knows when it is going to change ~ the weather men say this coming Friday it will be close to freezing.
    Our day was spent with me catching up on some work just in case our little grandson was to make a appearance I want to be as caught up with the company books as possible. After lunch Tiffani and Kevin went to OK City to look for front room furniture and to meet one of Kevin's cousins for supper.. They brought Gizmo over on their way and he is going to stay the night with us. Chester did mow the yard and winterized the outside water things while I was working on the PC.. When we finished up and ate a late lunch we both took our Sunday naps. Around 5pm David and Robin came by as they were out riding their 4-wheeler.. They are still wanting to go down South riding and I told them not to wait on us to go as we don't know when we will be able to. Also they are wanting tickets to the Big 12, we told them that we are waiting until after the baby is born to make the decision if we are going or not. Plus we might get tickets given to us like we did last year. I don't know if they are going to go ahead and order some or not..but I did tell them that I have already booked 3 rooms just in case we get to go. I think I miss lead Robin into believing that if we get extra tickets we would be asking them to go ~ which we might ~ but the girls will get the first chance at them.. Of course with our grandson not going to be a month old I seriously doubt that Tiffani and Kevin would go even though Kevin's sister-in-law lives in Kansas City.

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    November 8,2004
    Still waiting to welcome Conner into this world... Sherri called this morning to ask if by chance he had arrived. It had been a long time since we had visited in a true sister-in-law fashion. We use to be so close to her and Herb and I long for that closeness.
    For days I have been trying to get into mytopsitelist.com


    but it is no longer on the net.. So for those that were members please understand that I had no control over it being taken down. I would like to contact those that were members to tell them but I don't have a member list ~ so if you see this graphic or a link on someones web home please inform them that they can take it down as it isn't active anymore.

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    November 9,2004
    Today is going to be another pleasant day here
    We are still waiting to welcome Conner into this world...Nancze is right it is nail biting time.. I just knew that he would make his move last night but NOT!! Tiffani has a Dr appointment at 4pm today so maybe she will get some news on what the little rascal is doing..until then I have work to do, a house that needs cleaned and laundry that is needing pressed and put away.
    UPDATE

    I did go with Tiffani and Kevin to the Dr appointment. Her blood pressure was 136 over 96 which alamed the doctor to a point. He had scheduled at the hospital induce labor on the 18th if she hadn't given birth by then but when he did his examine she was begining to dilate and with her blood pressure being where it was he told her he wanted to get her in sooner.. SO ... if she hasn't had him by Wednesday night she is to check into the hospital shortly after midnight to begin labor inducement with medication and then a followup drip IV around 6:30 am if needed... Until then she is stop working and stay laid down as much as possible. How can I be so excited and scared at the same time.. Not all women can even have children so I don't want to even complain as I am thankful that Tiffani is able to experience and have the privelidge of going through such a wonderful time. My prayers are with them that all will be well.
    After the appointment I took Tiffani and Kevin to Red Lobster for a celebration supper. Then we went by our house to pick up gizmo (Chester picked him up Gizmo so he wouldn't be at home by his self) then I took them to their cars since me meet in town to go to the doctor. Before I went home I stopped at Wal-mart and picked up a few odd and ends that we have been forgetting to get in my MANY trips to town..

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    November 10,2004
    It is raining softly this morning.
    This morning Tiffani went into work to close up her desk and then went out to the hospital where Tracy works to have Tracy check her blood pressure and it was 136 over 103 this morning.. She is going to call the Doctors office to let them know and to see if there is anything other than to lay on her left side that she should be doing.
    Tiffani checked into the hospital around 8pm.. Chester, Tracy and I stayed until around midnight then checked into a lousy motel in Norman.. I think we would have gotten more sleep in the waiting room.. We went back over to the hospital around 6am.

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    November 11,2004
    Conner was born at 6:50pm, weight 9 lbs, 20 1/2". Mom and Son are doing great.
    Chester and I left the hospital around 11:30 and instead of driving home we got us a room in Norman for the night. Visitors were: Bob and Darleen, Aunt Tracy and Destry, Kevin's Aunt, Torie and Jamie Townley, Carol Burch, David and Robin McCaleb, JT and daughters.

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    November 12,2004
    Spent the day at the hospital, we just couldn't seem to leave but finally around 9pm we did head home.. The new little family is doing great.
    Visitors today were: Leeanne Curren, Bob and Darleen, Reba ~ Kevin's Aunt, Arthur and Jonnie Ann McCaleb, Torie, James, Caleb and Jamie Townley, Kim, James, Kaity and Kaycee Kraft, Kristi Edelman, Stephanie Allen and daughter, Kritter and daughter, Leo and Norma Stagner, Jeana E., Kourtney Berden and Carol Burch.

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    November 13,2004
  • VS Nebraska @ Norman
    Hospital visitors were: Herb and Sherri McCaleb. Chester and I didn't go up today we stayed home and got grocreys and things ready for the kids to bring Conner home.
    Tiffani, Kevin and Conner arrived home from the hospital around 6pm. Conners weight at dismissal from the hospital was 8lbs and 12 ounces. He is a bundle of joy We are so happy to have him in this world and I praise the Lord above that all went well and that he and his mother is doing so good.
    Chester and I went home around 10pm. The kids didn't want anyone to stay with them..
    Conners visitors were: Chester and I, Aunt Tracy, Destry, Dalton and Brooklynn, and Bob and Darlene.

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    Sunday November 14,2004
    I went over to Tiffani's around 5:30 Sunday morning to assist in getting Conner up and down so Tiffani could get some rest and to get Sunday dinner started. They were so sure since the nurses didn't comment on Conners sleeping habits being bad at the hospital that he would sleep his 2 hours.. But not he was up most of the night or should I say Tiffani was. :O)
    Chester came over this morning and also Tracy and Destry and we had his famous pancakes for breakfast. then Chester went after Great Grandpa Dean so that he could see his latest Great Grandson..
    Other visitor were that morning, James and Jana ~ friends of Conners parents and late that evening was David and Robin.

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    Monday,November 15,2004
    Came home from Tiffs around 10am to get some invoices in the mail and start preparing payroll. I can't hardly think of anything but getting back over there to be around Conner and the kids. Everyone is fine. Tiffani and Conner go back tomorrow morning for a check up so that will be his first outing other than home.. He has had visitors which when I am back home around the pc I will update into my journal as for right now I am keeping it on paper to be entered here at a later date or added to this when I print it out.
    Well got to get back to work and get ready to go gaze at Conner.

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    Tuesday, November 16,2004
  • Brooklynn's 6th Birthday
    Conner first outing was to the hospital for a mom baby checkup. Conner weight now is 8lbs and 7 ounces.. He is rescheduled to have it checked again Thursday Morning.

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    Wednesday, November 17,2004
    I came home around 11am to work some. I don't mean to be so stressed but I am. I am getting little sleep and being behind on my work only adds to it.. Oh well non of this takes away from how happy I am to have Conner doing so well now. He slept for 3 hours last night before waking again to again sleep almost 3 more hours.. If he keeps this up we will be rested up in no time at all.

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    Thursday, November 18,2004

    Tiffani and I took Conner back to have his weight checked. He weighed in at 8lbs and 14ozs. Yeppee that makes mom feel so much better about her breast feeding.
    We picked up Ribs from Vans for us to have for lunch and enough to also have for dinner this evening. Tracy came over when we got back to Tiffani's to join us in a quick rib lucheon and to of course hold Conner..LOL..
    Tiffani got to cat nap when she could when Conner was napping she is getting so tired but she is loving every minute of it..
    Janet and Mckayla came by to see Conner on their way home..
    My nerves are stretched to the limit.. Kevin has been kind of tense around me the last couple of days and I don't understand if he wants me to be there or not but he does things like closes the bedroom door off where I am sleeping which makes the room cold, complains about me leaving a light on and that they are having to much company.. Well when he got home tonight he didn't seem pleased with anything that was going on so I packed my things and headed home leaving Tiffani in tears. It was so hard but I had enough of his rudeness, he seems to think that I am doing to much laundry.. Conner has been doing a lot of spitting up so the laundry is a everyday thing not a once a week thing prior to his birth.. Beleive me I am not going to wash anything that doesn't need it.. I DON'T enjoy doing laundry.

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    Friday, November 19,2004

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    Saturday, November 20,2004
  • VS Baylor @ Waco, Texas
    Chester went after the boat that we were having winterized at Norman where we purchased it.. He was so upset when he back up to hook on and realized that someone has stolen his hitch... after going to two places he finally found a replacement and headed home getting here before half time of the football game. Kevin had gotten off work early so I came home after a quick stop at wal-mart to catch up on some emails and just to relax and give them family time.
    I went back over around 5pm to stay the night. at Kevin's request..Conner isn't really that fussie but when you are tired it seems like he is.... giggle.

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    Sunday, November 21,2004
    Chester brought us breakfast burritos and shortly after we ate we left Tiffani's and went down to check out Pa's Place (The lake house).. all was well many many leaves that we will need to clean up when the weather is better but the cellar was dry and that was a big relief to us both. We did stop at wal-mart on the way down and purchased 3 little automatic electric heaters to place in each bathroom.. We are not fond of these but to make sure that the pipes do not freeze this winter we didn't didn't feel that we had any other choice.
    On the way home we went to homeland and purchased all the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner and then home to unload and put away. Since Cheryl is suppose to come tomorrow we did a quick pick up of the house then I went over to Tiffani.. It was about 7pm and she and Kevin we ready for some rest.

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    Monday, November 22,2004
  • R.C. & Ladale's 18th anniversary
    Foggie Day ahead.
    I didn't wake until 9am this morning by then it was time for Tiffani to give Conner his sponge bath and he loved it. I jumped in the shower right after and we got him dried and dressed and when I got out he was still awake with his Granpa Bob, Darleen and Robin there to visit. Robin brought him a t-shirt that says if you think I am cute you should see my Grandpa and a beanie lazy pony.. and she also brought Gizmo some treats and a new toy.. I thought that was so nice of her.
    Cheryl came to clean the house and Aunt Tracy around noon bringing snacks from sonic for her and me.. Tiffani didn't want anything but Tracy did bring her a Cherrylime slush which she enjoyed. Chester got there around 4pm with Kevin coming shortly after. Kevin cooked a big supper but before it was ready Tiffani had went back to bed and Chester had fell asleep on the floor so he and I ate and kept theirs on warm for the next Conner feeding at 8pm.
    I came home around 10pm because Kevin's sister-in-law, Tresea, that lives in Kansas City came to visit for a couple of nights . Gizmo came home with me since she has a year old puppy that is full of energy and Gizmo is so tired he was in no mood to have puppy company.

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    Tuesday, November 23,2004
    Rain, high of 52 forcasted.
    Rain Rain go away.. We are bogged down here .. We haven't discussed Christmas plans yet as Tracy doesn't know her schedule but I believe we will be getting together Christmas Day to exchange presents and have lunch but first we need to get through Thanksgiving dinner... Everything is purchased to cook it but I need the time to get my head together to get some things prebaked...:O) We have so much to be thankful for around here.. Conner is doing great.. A little trouble with his stomach but nothing major I don't believe, they are giving him some type of gas drops as percribed by the doctor and it seems to be helping. I am spending some nights there and that is OK I am enjoying each moment of it even though I am tired.. Today I have a lot of work to catch up on to get ready for Thanksgiving but I hope to have it completed at a decent hour so that I can also do some laundry and I need to pick up the back rooms before the holidays. But mostly I want to get things to the point of done in case Tiffani might need me over to help with Conner.

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    Wednesday, November 24,2004
  • Blayke's Birthday
    About 12:30 Tiffani and Conner went into town to Kevin's Thanksgiving Turkey fry.. It was good to see them get out and enjoy the day.
    I went home and was panning on getting some of my cooking done but I had a major head-ache which was caused from a lack of COFFEE.. LOL .. so I laided down around 2pm and didn't wake up until 5pm. When I did get up I put it in high gear with Chester's help and we got most of the ahead baking done and the house picked up getting to bed around 11pm.

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    November 25,2004
    Up around 5am to get the turkey out of the oven.
    On this day above all others, hearts overflow with thankfulness, happiness and love, Have a Wonderful Day with your family and friends on this wonderful day which we again have so much to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    November 26,2004
    Thanksgiving was such a great day and evening. Our guest were:
    Tiffani, Kevin, Conner and Gizmo
    Tracy, Destry, Dalton and Brooklynn
    Carol, Robby, Esmy, Maria and Douglas
    Great Grandpa Dean
    David and Robin
    We had a wonderful time sharing a great feast and giving thanks for the many things that we have. The afternoon was spent with some watching football, some playing upwords and all of us spoiling Conner.
    When Tracy got off work she came to the house to be with her family. After she changed she ate a quick bite and then gave Brooklynn her LATE birthday gifts from them and from Chester and I.

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    November 27,2004
    Chester and I finished decorating the Christmas tree and I got all the assorted pieces put out that I wanted displayed this year. Now we just need to get the empty boxes taken to the garage until after Christmas.
    Kevin has been a little sick yesterday and today so around 3:30 pm Chester and I went over to Tiffani's to sit with Conner while Tiffani went to the Lindsay Christmas parade where she rode on the IBC float. Tiffani made it back home around 6:30 with her boss and his family stopping in to visit Conner. While Tiffani was gone I had given Conner two bottles and a pacifier.. The pacifier seemed to help but I also know they aren't really wanting him to have one but he doesn't seem hungry but when you lay him down if he could eat his fist he would and then he is back up within minutes. Time will tell if they will continue giving it to him in between feedings.

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    November 28,2004

    Chester and I left home around 9:30 going to Norman to do a little shopping. We got Conner a few outfits that we gave to him now so his Mom and Dad can dress him out in fashion for the holiday events that they will be attending before Christmas. We went to Toys R Us and wow oh wow was we like to kids in a candy store.. I couldn't imagine having a child with me while I shopped there. We did get him a couple of things from there but we aren't planning on getting him much for Christmas.. Really.. He will only be 1 1/2 months old.
    We meet up with Tiffani, Kevin and Conner at Sooner Fashion Mall where we did a little shopping at JC Penneys for Tiffani and Kevin a new outfit for their upcoming Christmas Work party the 11th.. THEN WE GOT IN LINE AND CONNER HAD HIS FIRST PICTURE TAKEN AND what a perfect picture it was with Santa.. I will post a copy of it as soon as his Mom gives me one.
    We ate mexican food at the mall for lunch and I was sick before we got to the parkinglot.. Oh my goodness did it ever tear my stomach up.. but we had to make a quick stop at Wal-mart where we picked up a air hockey game for Dalton and Brooklynn for Christmas and then homeward bound. Gee it takes a long time to do just a little shopping, we didn't get home until after 4pm. When we got unloaded and things put away I searched the net and found a link to Kansas City MO to keep a eye on the weather for Saturday.. So far it looks like it will be cold Saturday night at the game but they don't have any rain or snow in the forecast for that night.
    Kansas City Missouri Weather

    After a look at the expected weather Chester and I gathered up our Sooner outer clothing that we want to take to the Big 12 game this coming Saturday. I put it all in one large suitcase so that we will have it all in one place to be put on when we get to the stadium parking lot and it will also go back into this suitcase when the game is over and we leave the stadium or at least that's the plan.. LOL.
    I have been working on the Newsletter that I included in the Christmas cards I send to extended family members. I am not sure if I like it but I think I need to quit playing with it and get it printed or I will be sending out cards way after Christmas. LOL
    Well it is only 9pm but I am tired so I am calling it a early night.. I hope my stomach settles down by morning.

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    November 29,2004
    I had planned on getting some bookwork done this morning before Conners doctor appointment but they had another rough night so I put things on hold and went over around 8 to let tiffani get some sleep before having to get ready to go to Norman. Kevin ended up getting off but I went ahead and went with them to the Conners Doctor visit: Conner Weighed in at 9lbs and 9 ounces length: 22 and 3/4"
    After the doctor visit we went to the Oliva garden for lunch and then a quick stop at wal-mart to pick up some pictures and some more burp cloths and other odd and ends . Conner never woke up once we left the Doctors office until we got back home.
    Leo's Mom is in the hospital at OK City with her heart, they won't know the results of the test until later tonight or tomorrow. Remembering them and her in my prayers.
    For now I have Conner's SANTA picture on Conners entrance page but it will later be changed out with his latest picture that I have in My Okie Nest.

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    November 30,2004
  • **Penny's birthday, Penny is a Playroom Friend that helped me set MyNest and gave me many lessons on setting tables


    It spit a little snow this morning.. Tiffani said that she let Conner look out so he would see what had settled on her car.. Also she said that his umbilical cord came off this morning.. Yeppee!
    I kept my nose to the books today and got somewhat caught up and ready for the first of the month.. Bad thing about this is I didn't get to see Conner all day.
    I wanted to note that We are down to one Guinea.. have been ever since we came home from being in Norman when Conner was born.. At that time we had three but something must have gotten two of them..I wonder if it will still be here this coming Spring.
    Our Guinea fowl

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    December 1,2004
    Since I got a lot of my work done yesterday and last night I went over to Tiff's early (6am) to relieve her for a bit and to do some laundry and such for her. Conner didn't wake up until around 7am then it was up and down until around 1pm. Then he slept from then to around 4:30pm. Kevin has a sore throat so he said he wasn't going to be able to help Tiff with Conner.. Gosh I don't understand him sometimes, did he really think that having a baby was going to mean that life would go on as it was.. I will refrain from getting on my soap box about his lack of sleep.. :O)
    Chester brought us home a burger from Mickey D's for supper so that we could kick back and watch the TV program LOST..

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    December 2,2004
    Up at 5:30 dressed and at Tiffani's right at 6. I stopped at Mickey D's and bought she and I a Bacon egg and cheese biscuit again this morning.. this could be habit forming. :O) Tiffani went to bed when I got there and slept to almost 10 but those 3+ hours doesn't even begin to make up for the hours that she has been up with Conner this week. When Cheryl arrived, Tiffani and I with Conner went through the shower things that Conner will never get to wear and sacked them up to take back hoping that she will be able to receive gift cards or at least exchange for a larger size. When Cheryl left Tiffani feed Conner and was fixing to eat her some late lunch herself when Bob and Darlene came by for about a hour with supper for Tiffani and Kevin and to see their little grandson. It is so sweet of Darlene to cook extra for to share with them. I left shortly after Bob and Darlene getting home to get my ironing done and packing for the trip to Kansas City, MO. Whew I am tired but I got to stay up at least long enough to watch the TV program Survivor
  • Garlin E.

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    December 3, 2004
    We left out to go to Kansas City MO around 9am.. Arriving there around 5pm.. checked into the motel, freshened up a bit then off to the BOATS.. Getting back to the motel before 1am.. TIRED that's what I am.. LOL

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    December 4, 2004
  • David
  • Big 12 Football game at Kansas City MO.
    Up at 7, back at the BOATS at noon, back at motel at 3, stadium by 4,
    Oklahoma defeated Colorado, 42-3, in the 2004 Big 12 Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City for the program's 39th conference title. Oklahoma won the South Division for the third consecutive season and for the fourth time in the past five years.
    Yahooooo OU WON.. Orange bowl here we come
    2005 FedEx Orange Bowl
    The top two-ranked teams ~ Big 12 Champion Oklahoma (12-0) will play Pac-10 Champion Southern Cal (12-0) in the FedEx Orange Bowl in Miami Flordia on January 4, 2005, at 7 p.m. (CT) in the BCS National Championship Game. The Sooners are playing in their third national title game in five years and will play in the Orange Bowl for the 18th time in the program's history.

    We went back to the boats after the game and back to the motel at 3am.. Now I am just tired beyond description.

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    December 5,2004
    We left Kansas City around noon stopping a couple times ~ to eat a great lunch ~ to stretch and fuel up and we also stopped at a Christmas light store. Getting to Dave and Robins around 7:30pm... We called Tiffani and Conner was still up so we went over for what we intended to be a quick visit. While we were there Tracy called.. she and Destry got into it (OVER SUPPER being cooked by whom) and he left.. taking a change of clothes with him.. Chester and I went over on our way home from seeing Tiffani, Kevin and Conner and she seemed OK.. heart broken but she has a good head on her shoulders and knows that all things look different after a night of sleep so we will see what tomorrow holds...NOTE: Destry was back home by mid-night.. Prayers for them..
    We had a great time in Kansas City but I can't keep the gameing hours like I use to so I am pooped.

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    December 6,2004
    I went over to Tiff's this morning stopping by Mickey D's to get our Bacon biscuit on the way.. Conner slept great last night but I didn't know that until I got there or I would have stayed home and gotten some of the company work done...Conner went down to sleep around 10:30, up at 2 and down before 3 and up again at 5. She said to go back home since he slept so well but I said I'm here go to be and that was all she needed to hear.. she went straight to bed sleeping to almost 10am.. I left before noon and came home to start the company paperwork but I can't seem to be able to hold my eyes open long enough to even check my emails so I am fixing to stretched out for a nap.

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    December 7,2004
  • Laura and Harvey's Anniversary
  • Photo Club ~ 6pm at the Chuckwagon
    I didn't get started on the company books again this morning. Kevin called and Tiff didn't get any sleep last night.. Conner slept fairly well he said but was congested and Tiffani couldn't sleep for listening to his labored breathing. He seemed about the same all day but he wasn't running any fever nor did he have a runnie nose and he was eating fine but was choking a little that he hadn't been doing. If he isn't better tomorrow she is going to try to get him into his doctor at Norman.
    I went over to Tracy to wait on the terminix person for her around 4pm but they never showed so I came home around 6:30, I was suppose to meet Norma at the Chuckwagon for the Photo club meeting at Velma but I made the decision to skip for now until I can pull some of the irons from fire.. So much going on in my life it seems right now.

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    December 8,2004
  • Hair Appointment, 3pm
    I am planning on working until noon then cleaning up to go over to see Conner then going to get my hair done at 3 but as with the first part of the week these plans may change. LOL
    I got alot of work done before I went to pick up Tiffani and Conner to go to town, Tiffani also made her a hair cut appointment at the same beauty shop.. Before we left I called Dr. Hines office and made me a appointment for tommorow at 2pm hoping to get on top of this runnie nose and sore throat.
    After our hair appointments we meet Kevin at Wal-mart and took back the double and to small things that Conner got at his baby shower. They ended up with a $511.00 gift card.. I think Tiffani is going to take that amount out of their savings when Conner gets his SS# and open his own savings account.

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    December 9,2004
    Norma flying to Cindy's ~ Will be gone until the 18th.
    Our weather is wonderful..to bad I have this nasty cold and I had to work until noon
    Chester had a meeting with Robby two times today.. NOT GOOD.. $13,000.00
    Cheryl came today ~ she gave me for Christmasa a braclet she had made with a adorable cross on it.
    Tracy joined me at my doctor appointment, we never get to see eachother anymore, it is sad that to get to see her she would come to the Doctor with me.. The Dr said I had some redness in my throat and my left ear was slightly infected, but I am not contagious unless I share Conners bottle.. LOL.. The Medicine given was AMOXI/CLAY Generic for 875mg Augmentin taken twice a day and Flonase nasal spray taken twice a day.
    When I was finished at the Doctor, Tracy and I went to Eubanks where I had hoped to get Dalton and Brooklynn's Christmas gifts but their Stock was low low low.. and all I ended up getting was Kevins gift. Tracy and I split up as Tracy still needed to get grocreys and I needed to get my medicine.. At Wal-mart I ran into and visited a little with My Dad. While standing the parking lot talking Chester walked over .. LOL .. He was there to pick up his medicine also.. Lack of communication between us I think.. After my medicine was purchased I went out to see Conner and of course Chester came out after he had wrapped up his day.. Chester got to give Conner a bottle while I helped Tiffani get their Christmas tree trimmed. Tiffani got Conners pictures in the mail today that was taken in the hospital.. She gave us a 5X7 so a new frame is on my list of purchases this week-end. When Kevin got home we headed to town to eat Mexican food, on the way I called Tracy. She and Destry meet us at Erin Springs Superette and joined us for supper. This was our first meal at town with Conner and he was great.. OF COURSE.. He just sit in his car seat and looked around then with one little fuss Aunt Tracy had him scooped up.. LOL.. It was good to have us get together in a spare of the moment for a meal again even though Tracy never got her meal.. What a mix up there tonight in the kitchen.
    Home in time to watch the tv show Survivor ~ It was a good one ~ Sunday is a big 2 hour finale and I will be interested to see who will win.

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    December 10,2004
    Work is on the menu first thing this morning.. I have to find receipts refering to the meeting that Chester had with Robby yesterday.. and that will take me most of the day since some go back into 2001..
    I am hoping before the day is over to get arrangments made to take to our mom's gravesites for the holidays, then while the weather is good get them set. Both our Mom's loved the holidays
    Tiffani and Kevin decided to go get grocreys tonight at Norman and to get a meal out while they were there.. GOOD NEWS... WE got to babysit Conner.. It was great.

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    December 11,2004
  • Tiffani's Work CHRISTMAS Party
    Conner is one Month old today
    Chester and I left home around 9 this morning to start our Christmas shopping, made it to PV and had to have a Carl Junior bacon egg and cheese.. There we visited while we ate with Brenda and John and she gave me a picture of her daughter and grand daughter to give to Tracy. (We all worked together at PV gas n go.)
    Our First shopping stop was at Sharps (a clothing shop)where we got Destry, Dalton and Brooklynn's gift.. Plus one for mine and one for Chesters.. LOL.. we know what they are but we will wrap them and put them under the tree to make the girls happy..
    Then we made a stop at Steppin out at PV but we didn't really shop, Chester was basically looking at their stock of cowboy boots and hats because he plans on taking his Dad over next week to let him pick out one or the other.. then a stop at a western store in Purcell to check their stock.. NOTHING.. then at another western store in Moore which had a large selection of both hats and boots.. Getting the time to get his Dad to Moore next week might present a problem.. but while we were there I found Dalton and Brooklynn a pair of leather gloves a piece. They will like them because they like to think they are workers when they go out on the farm with their dad and with them they can dress the part.. giggle.
    Next stop was at Country Leisure Spa's at Moore to get the Nunley family their Christmas gift and then to OK City to a Discount furniture store to get the Nunn family theirs.. Whew we were running out of time so we grabed a sandwich at a corner bar-b-que place near by so we could meet meet Tiffani, Kevin and Conner at Norman at Sears by 3pm where they got their first family photo taken. We couldn't get Conner to wake up.. WHAT.. it seems he never sleeps.. but he was snoozing really good but finally we did get him to open those pretty blue eyes long enough for a couple of good snaps..
    When they finished Chester, Conner and I headed home.. Yahoo.. We are geting to baby sit Conner while his Mom and Dad went on to Tiffani's Christmas Party.. we are in hog heaven.. I can not put into words how much joy he is bringing into our lives.. Before he got fussie I captured a quick picture of him in front of our Tree.. I will have to try again another day to get a better pose of him it isn't a easy thing to do when you want him in a sitting position.. giggle..
    You can see in his eyes that he is really tired.

    About 3:30am I woke up sick at my stomach.. I sure hope that I am not getting a virus and more important I hope Conner dosen't get it.
    I visited a sweet blog a couple of nights ago and look forward to many more visits with Kathy at Butterfly kisses

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    December 12,2004
    I am still a little sick at my stomach, every thing I eat and drink goes right thru.. YUCK!
    The last night of Survivor this season.
    Chris won as sole Survivor..
    I felt so sorry for Twila and I thought it was funny when Twila wouldn't say she was sorry to Eliza.. Grow up Eliza and the rest of you that made a big issue of what Twila said about swearing on her son.. I was glad that Twilla wouldn't say she was sorry to Eliza.. I laughed my head off when she wouldn't even knowing that if she did she probably would get Eliza's vote.. I am glad Scout didn't win.. the issue of her love life NOT being a issue in Oklahoma.. Well it was to me.. Why can't they pick one straight person from Oklahoma to compete?
    Survivor 10 will be held at Palau
    We didn't go over to see Conner tonight as we had planned since my stomach was torn up but we talked to the Nunn family a few times through out the day and they were doing fine.. giggle I am stupid when it comes to that little man..

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    December 13,2004
  • This week's TO DO LIST that is not the normal everyday work and house keeping!
    Finish and mail Christmas Cards ~ Wrap Presents and do shopping for my family gifts ~ Order sandwich platters from SubWay One for Sat and One for Sunday. ~ Make Chex Mix, peanut brittle and fudge ~ Get Christmas bonus done for Company Christmas Party ~ Get Chester packed for his hunting trip
    If I can get a couple of things done on the to do list I will be happy plus the regular work day things.. Oh and some laundry along the way.. Whew I got to get after it or I will be behind before I even get started with my day.

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    December 14,2004
  • Tiffani's doctor appointment was suppose to be at 1:20 was changed by the Dr. office to 2:30 but that wasn't done until we were already on our way to Norman. Tiffani had gotten around early so she could drop off the article of Conners birth (he will be 5 weeks old Thursday) to the local newspaper. So we popped in on Torie to let her see Conner then we headed on to Norman for some quick shopping.. I got a new calender for Conner since I messed his up and Tracy and Tiffani's Christmas finished.. Yepppee.. At the Doctors office I watched Conner while Tiff went in.. and he cried his little head off.. Walk ~ Talk ~ bottle ~ butt change ~ nukie ~ nothing worked.. Mercy was I ever glad to see Momma come out of the appointment room.. LOL
    We had planned on going on home but Tiff and I were hungry so I called Chet and told him that if it was OK with him we were going to eat out.. Olive Garden fixed supper for us tonight.. Yummie..
    UPDATE: Around 10pm Kevin called and asked us to meet them at the Lindsay hospital to pick up Conner to take back to their house for awhile.. His aunt Reba had been taken then with a heart attack which we later found was a massive heart attack.. She didn't make it.. So sorry kids.. They made it back home around midnight and we went on home. Hugs Kids.

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    December 15,2004
  • Company's CHRISTMAS Party
    Can anyone explain to me how it got to be ten days from Christmas? Oh, I am *so* not finished. I'm nearly done shopping but I still have some odd and ends to bye.. The insane amount of just life and stress is happening right now has caused me to feel like someone has isolated me from the normal space-time continuum and accelerated me to warp speed while keeping everyone around me at normal pace. It seemed to start this morning when I couldn't sleep..
    The summer audit results are in.. It has cause us to borrow money to pay them back on something that isn't what it showed on paper but couldn't be explained in a fashion suitable for the BIG oil company.. Hard lesson to learn but it has been learned the hard way.
    Bonus checks printed, signed stuffed on to payroll for Friday.. What a long long work day.
    Now the Company Christmas party.. Everyone showed up plus ALL of Roberts and Misty's family.. Why they come is beyond me.. but they do.. After the party we stopped at Wal-mart and we FINISHED the Christmas shopping.. Now on to getting everything wrapped.
    Tracy called on our way home and she had dyed her hair.. I can't wait to see my new brown haired blue eyed girl..
    Home and in my PJ's and I feel rotten.. At this moment, what I'd like more than anything is for someone to stick a vacuum cleaner up my nose and suck out everything in my head, especially since it feels like someone (and I'm not quite sure who!) filled my skull with a combination of insulation and cotton balls. I am still taking the meds the doctor gave me but I swear I feel worse now than I did when I actually went to the doctor.. I should have bought stock in Kleenex long time ago..

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    December 16,2004
  • Kylee
    It never fails -- I'm exhausted, I don't feel good I crawl into bed, my head hits the pillow and my mind immediately jumps to warp speed and wakes me back up. I have been up for awhile and thought I would post a little this morning but now I am sleepie again so Good Night again folks.
    Tiffani called at 8:30 to tell me she and Conner was coming over so she could do the company filing.. She couldn't believe that I was still asleep.. Wow I couldn't either but since I was up from midnight until 4am I guess I didnt' get any more sleep if I would have stayed in bed alnight.. I had a great day with Conner and Tiffani here.. She and I worked on and off, but I did more gazing at Conner than anything.. giggle..
    Chester fixed his famous Chester Cakes for supper.. I did iron Kevins shirt that he will be wearing to the funeral tomorrow while Chester cooked, so Tiffani wouldn't have to try to get it done in her attempt at being the perfect Mom and wife.. LOL.. She will learn but what the heck I have a baby press so it isn't hard to do here.

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    December 17,2004
    In Memory of Aunt Reba

    My son-in-law, Kevin's Aunt Reba passed away 12-14-2004
    For in the heart of a child lies the abundance of love
    At the above link you will find a picture of Reba that was taken at the hospital when she visited Conner when he was one day old.. Her funeral services are today. I will be keeping Conner while Tiffani and Kevin go to Reba's services. After the services Kevin and Destry are going to leave for Kansas to meet up with the other guys
  • Kansas Hunting Trip, Chester, and Leo and 3 other men are leaving this morning to go hunting.. I hope they bring home some birds this year. Once they are gone I hope to get all the presents wrapped, the ornaments that I am taking to my sisters finished..
    Tonight Tiffani has another company Christmas party.. so I get to keep Conner until she is finished and I hope that Tracy will be off work by then so we can grab a bite to eat together..
    I am staying the week-end nights with Tiffani while the guys are gone and I am looking forward to every moment of it and the week-end will be blessed with getting to see many extended family members first at my sister Saturday and Sunday at my father-in-laws. It's fun because there is a good balance of ages from infants, toddler all the way up to Grandpas.
    We'll have a lot of snacks at both places and then there's always some kind of game involving gifts at my sisters. Plus alot of picture taking.. grin ..


    Conner
    Picture taken: 12/17/2004
    36 days old
    Playing with Conner in front of our Christmas tree
    Pa Pa's and Gram's house


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    December 18,2004
    I stayed the night with Tiffani and Conner.. After a great night with Conner getting up at 3am and not again until 8am we started our adventure of all of getting ready to be at Judy's by 3pm.. Tracy came by for a short visit then went on to pick up Dalton to bring to the family gathering while Tiffani and I gathered our selves together to go.. After we all had baths we picked up the sub-way sandwiches and took by Judy's then went on over to my house to let Conner rest a little before his first time of seeing all the family. Finally leaving our house to go by my Dad's on our way to Judy's only to find him not at home.. So much for him wanting to see Conner.. I had told them that we would be over around 4pm but guess they didn't want to be around when the families were going to Judy's.. His loss but it makes me so sad that he can't put things aside once a year to be with his family. Dad is the one that tought us to get along and that there are times to push things under the rug at least for a night but now it seems he is going against everything he wanted us to do.. I guess he really is one of those parents that mean ~ do as I say not as I do..
  • Those present at My side Family gathering at my sister'swere:
  • Debbie *friend of Judy's
    Donnie, Kim, Cassidy and Trevor
    David, Robin and Kassi and her boy friend.
    Our host and hostess: Kenneth and Judy
    Michael, Sheila, Tucker and Gentry
    Mindi, Jeff and Kylee
    Kim James, Kaity and Kaycee
    Torie, Rodney, Caleb and Jamie Rose
    Carol
    Robby, Maria and Douglas
    Kristi, Kraig, Zack, Luke and Adam
    Emily
    Herb and Sherri,
    Laura, Harvey and McKenzie
    Lindsey and Brian
    Tiffani and Conner
    Tracy and Dalton
    And myself..
    "The Family"

    It's the families all across the land,
    That make a nation great.
    Who work together,play together,
    And carries its own weight.
    It's the families all across the land,
    That make a nation strong.
    Who pray together,stay together,
    Where everyone belongs.
    It's the families all across the land,
    Each doing its own part.
    That will make a nation live or die,
    For the family is it's heart.

    Author Unknown to Me

    Judy and Kenneth had hung some red plastic for us to be in front of to have pictures taken.. Ouch my camera didn't like the glare off of it in many of the pictures and many of the family had red on so they kind of blended in but it was better than having tools in the background...

    Gayla
    Tiffani, Conner, Tracy
    Dalton

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    December 19,2004
  • Family gathering at my father-in-laws
    This was a first ~ We thought we would try for a whole family picture.. WELL.. we did it but by the time we got everyone outside the sun had moved and to not get it in the picture the shot had to be taken from a angle.. No way was they going to turn toward the camera.. LOL
    It is kind of hard to let you know who is who in this picture of the gang but Chester is in the white shirt and I am standing in front of him in my glasses that turn into sunshades with my red OU jacket on
    Destrt has on his cowboy hat, Dalton is to the front left of his dad, and Brooklynn is on her knees 3rd from the end..
    In the corner is Tracy ~ Kevin ~ Tiffani and Conner

    Jimmie ~ Jim ~ Carolyn ~ Daryl ~ Eathon ~ Destry ~ Josh ~ Tracy ~ Kevin
    Chester ~ Gayla ~ Michelle ~ Braden ~ Keylee ~ Tricia ~ Grandpa Dean Shanna ~ Dalton Nunley ~ Josh's girlfriend ~ Tiffani and Conner
    Carolyn's great niece Harley, Blayke, Dalton Dean, Brooklynn, Hanna Beth and Amelia

    Conner did great at his first family gatherings .. he does like to be held so the passing him from one family member didn't bother him at all. Matter of fact he slept through almost all the noise. Tiffani will be pulling her hair out Monday trying to get him to lay down to sleep in his bed again.. giggle.
    I have a W32.Netsky.Z@mm!enc virus on my PC.. The Norton Antivirus protector can not repair, quartine or delte it.. So if I don't update here for a few days it will be because I am having trouble getting someone to help me get it repaired or deleted.. This just makes me sick.. and I have no idea how I could have gotten it..
    CHRISTMAS PICTURES

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    December 20,2004
  • Trevor's birthday
    I stayed up way after midnight reading and downloading a program to rid my pc of the W32.Netsky.Z@mm!enc virus.. I couldn't rest until I atleast tried.. I was scared I would do it wrong but so far as this evening my pc is showing clean.. Yeepppee..
    I have had a wonderful day. Tiffani and Conner came out around 1pm and spent the day and even stayed for a light supper.. We made 3 batches of Chex mix and visited on all afternoon. Kevin and a co-worker of his went to OK City to do their Christmas shopping getting back around 6pm. Now I just need to get the laundry folded and put away and the kitchen cleaned up so I can play on the pc a litle while.

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    December 21,2004

    Last night surfing the net and I found a neat link for Oklahoma; Bricktown and I loved looking at the Oklahoma Bricktown Canal tour
    Tiffani goes back to work January 6, 2005.. She is so sad and I don't blame her, only 16 more days... I didn't have to work until my girls were 6 months old. I just know her heart will be breaking that morning but they will adjust. I am just so glad that I am going to be able to keep Conner while she does work.
    Tiffani and I were talking about traditions of Christmas at our house yesterday and I guess the number one tradition is taking pictures each year.
    Pictures let you recapture the events .. you know they allow you to see the things you thought you would never forget.
    This is the same tree that I have used for a long time.. it is on a differnt wall of the livingroom with a few new ornaments and new type of garland to go with the beaded garland I have used for the past two years.
    The new garland is made out of foil paper put into a link fashion like we use to make back when I was a child
    but we didn't have fancy paper back then. I doubt that I will use it next year because I have a feeling it will not pack away very well. But if it does I probably will
    Our 2004 Christmas Tree

    Other Christmas tree pictures can be seen here
    This is the first year I didn't hang the girls stockings. Chester and mine are hung on the brick that surrounds the wood stove but I thought it was time to change this tradition and let the girls only have theirs at their house. Kind of sad not seeing theirs next to ours..
    Our new ornament from Tiffani and Tracy is a Sooner football bear.
    Christmas is such a special time of the year. For as long as I can remember, it was a time for families to be together. Laughter, and of course lots of food. A time to make memories in out hearts. My childhood Christmas memories are blurie but what I remember they were good. We didn't have much money, but it was a time of togetherness which still confuses me that My Dad doesn't join us when his children gather for any holday.. Well I am not going to get depressed over that maybe someday it will change before it is to late.
    LAST NIGHT UPDATE:
    Plans were to go grocrey shopping when Chester got home but he didn't get here until around 4:30 and Mathis Brothers was due to be here between 6 - 8pm so knowing that wouldn't give us enough time to shop we decided to stayed home and babysit Conner while Tiffani and Kevin went to Norman to pick up the pictures they had taken at Sears December 11
    Mathis Brothers delivered about 7:30. Stain safe replaced our sofa and chair.. I am not sure why since the sofa had been repaired and we had the material for the chair to be redone.. Oh well we excepted the new pieces and are tickled.
    We took a few pictures of Conner in front of the tree.. I probably won't add one here as I will wait and add some of him with his parents.. LOL

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    Wednesday, December 22,2004

    It is snowing here.. Conners first snow.. and I am loving it..
    Don't catch snowflakes on your tongue
    until you're sure
    all the birds
    have flown south for the winter.



    Tiffani is sick ~ stopped up nose and a bad cough.. she has a 10:30 doctor appointment this morning.. Tracy is off so she and Dalton are going to go over and sit with Conner while Tiffani goes to her appointment.
    I have company bills to pay and payroll time to enter so I got to get busy.. or when Chester gets here I won't be ready to go after our Christmas grocreys..
    UPDATE:
    Chester came in around 1pm as the company was slow due to the snow fall.. Norma called ~ she, Leo and Cindy had been to a lucheon at Elmore City and was going to stop by but when I told her we were on our way to town to get grocreys they decided to go to Tiffani's to see the baby.. I know Tiffani really wanted them to come but she was sicker than she was letting on and way they visited and when Chester and I got our grocreys we went to Tiff's to take her some Kleenex's.. They were still there so we visited with them and then Bob and Darleen came over bearing their Christmas gifts to Tiff, Kevin and Conner.. We ended up staying longer than we planned getting home around 5pm.
    I had plans on doing a little baking but by the time we got the grocreys put away and ate supper I was just plain lazy and kicked back to watch the tv program LOST.. which turned out to be a rerun.. While I was watching it, Kevin called and said that Conner had been crying for over a hour and throwing up.. Of course I said we would be right over, Chester would drive me since the roads have ice on them.. Getting redressed they called back and asked me to bring clothing to stay the night as Tiffani really wasn't feeling the best in the world either.. OK.. We will be there in just a bit... Packed a bag with enough in it to get me through the night.. They called again before we had left the house.. They had called the Dr. office and the attending Nurse told them to get Conner to the ER.. They would not give any advise on what to do for him throwing up since he is under 2 months old.. Soooo Chester and I went over and picked them up and headed for Norman emergency room.. Conner was so fussy when we got to their house but once we were in the Surbaran he settled right down and slept all the way to Norman.
    They took stomach x-rays and said he had a lot of build up stool and major gas in his colen.. The attending Dr. wrote a perscription and sent them home.. THAT's it.. They didn't know if it was colic but they did know that he didn't have any blockage anywhere.. JUST GAS..

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    December 23,2004
    I went ahead and stayed the night at Tiffani's or should I say the morning. We didn't get back from the Norman ER until around 1am.. We left Conner in his car seat placed inside the bassinett and he slept until 4:30 then didn't get up again until 8am.. He is still real fussy after he eats but he had a great BM so I am hoping that he will be better soon.. After talking to Conner's nurse I went to town to have the perscription filled which by this time it was pushing 1pm before I got it back out to them. I got home around 1:30 from Tiffani's.. I was so tired but I need to color my hair.. Wash that grey out you know.. giggle.. I had planned on doing last week but things have been so busy that I just never took the time to do it.
    Chester got home around 3:30 and we made cheese rolls and more check mix to take over to Tracy's. Christmas at Tracy's ... They had both of the kids tonight so after they had their Christmas at Destry's parents, we all gathered at town and had a quick supper then went out to their house to let Dalton and Brooklynn open their gifts from Santa and all..
    Christmas At
    Tracy and Destry's


    December 23, 2004
    Those present at Tracy and Destry's were:
    Chester and Myself
    Tiffani ~ Kevin and Conner
    Tracy ~ Destry ~ Dalton and Brooklynn

    OUR GIRLS AND THEIR FAMILIES
    Kevin Tiffani and Conner
    Tracy ~ Destry
    Brooklynn ~ Dalton

    Other Christmas pictures at Tracy and Destry's can be seen here

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    December 24,2004
  • CHRISTMAS EVE
    Tiffani and family came out around 1pm and I took family pictures of them at our tree.. The sun was still to bright at the window but by nightfall Conner is fussie so you have to take them while you can.
    After pictures we played canasta until around 6pm then called it a night.

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    December 25,2004
  • CHRISTMAS
    Both girls and their families (except for Dalton, he was at his Mom's) came out to the house around 10am we ate biscuits and jelly then gathered in the livingroom to open presents.

    Tiffani, Gizmo and Kevin (Conner was asleep while the gifts were being open)


    Tracy and Destry
    We had a great time opening gifts. Chester and I had cut our spending in half but we fixed them each a album with 2004 Vegas pictures that also we put some cash throughout the album that they could spend on something for their family.
    Those present at our house for Christmas lunch was: Chester and I, Tiffani, Kevin and Conner, Tracy, Destry and Brooklynn and Great Grandpa.
    Kevin deep fried the turkey this year and it was wonderful once he got it completely cooked..
    Around 7pm David and Robin came out and we ended up playing cards until midnight.. That wasn't a good thing since we were getting up early in morning.

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    December 26,2004
    We meet Tiffani, Kevin and Conner, Destry and Brooklynn at Wal-mart at opening where we purchased $160.00 worth of after Christmas things.. Next year Tracy and Destry will be hanging lights for a long time.. LOL
    After we were finished shopping Destry and Brooklynn went on home, Kevin went to work, and Chester, Tiffani, Conner and I grabed a quick breakfast. I don't know what happened to me.. but when we got home around 11am I stretched out on our bed and didn't get up again until after 2pm... Tiffani and her family was gone by then and it was just Chester and I.. He isn't feeling to good so he slept and I played on the PC until bed time.. Darn cold is getting him now.
    We were suppose to go to Cindy S. 30th birthday party at Velma.. And we had total intention of doing so but I just couldn't make myself wake him up to get ready to go..

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    December 27,2004
    It is a beautiful day here, suppose to be near 61 degrees with a light wind!
    Tiffani, Conner, Tracy and I are going to the lake house.. hoping to find everything well down there.. and that it made it through the freezing weather. Chester has a 1:45 doctor appointment. He still isn't feeling well at all..
    UPDATE:

    I picked up the girls and Conner around 11:30 and we went straight to the Pa's Place. The electricity had gone off but the only thing that it seemed to bother was the hot tub.. We are lucky that it didn't freeze and bust but we reset it and it started circulating with no apparent problems.. After we checked everything out, leaving Conner in the car since he was asleep and the house was cold, we made a stop at Mom and Pop's grocrey to show Nita and family Conner.. Then a bite to eat at ElChico, and of course a stop at Wal-mart to pick up some more after Christmas Specials.
    On our way home, Chester called and wanted a 7-up and some Chicken noodle soup.. Kevin called Tiffani and he is sick.. WOW.. We got home around 5:30 / 6pm bringing the tan pickup from the lake so Kevin can use it while he puts his pickup in the shop. When I did get home Chester was already in bed and he was running fever and having chills all at the same time. He had taken his medicine
    AMOXI/CLAY Generic for AUGMENTIN 875MG
    and I gave him a dose of Tylenol extra strength, but the poor guy is miserable. I will wake hime around 10 to give him another dose of medicine and to get him to drink a bit more, he decided he didn't want anything to eat when he was awake earlier..
    My FIL called around 8pm and it seems he is also coming down with something. He has a appointment tomorrow at 2pm..
    ON THE NEWS TONIGHT: 9.0 earthquake around the sunami's. The largest earthquake ever recorded. It is so sad but wow was mother nature ever showing her stuff. My prayers go out to all those people. How they will get a complete count of the loss of lives is beyond me but they are saying it will be quite large.

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    December 28,2004
    Chester is staying home from work.. He is still one sick man.. I have to get payroll done today.
    Kevin's SIL Tresea came in tonight from Kansas for a couple of days.

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    December 29,2004
    Chester is staying home from work again today.. He is feeling better but he had such a bad case of the bug that he is weak.
    I did the most silly thing last night.. I closed my PC cabinet door with a drink sitting on the shelf.. needless to say it went everywhere..YIKES.. It is typin5g numbers inside my words.. mostly aftre t6he letters 6h and 5g.... Looks like I will be buying a new keyboard. This morning it was still doing the same thing so I hooked up my old keyboard. At least the keys still work on it but they are stiff as a board..
    A online friend is in a situation with her grand daughter that makes me remember that there were times that my MIL could have beat me and my hubby for the way she thought we negelected our girls when they were younger. Nothing even close to this friends situation but in our case the girls grandparents made it to easy to drop the kids and go.. and to come back for them when we wanted to.. The day that my MIL and FIL said they had plans that we would have to make other arrangements it really pissed me off big time but now I could hug them for it because it forced us to grow up and become responsible parents. I pray that things will turn around for my online friends grand daughter and her mom will see the light while daughter is little..
  • Tonight we will watch the Alamo Bowl - - Ohio State vs. Oklahoma State - - Go Cowboys
    UPDATE: Cowboys lost

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    December 30,2004
    Chester went back to work today.. He says he feels 100% better..
    My morning started with housework and laundry but I didn't get all done before plans changed and I went with Tiffani and Conner to Norman to exchange some things. At least the bed is stripped washed and remade so maybe some of Chester's sick germs are gone.. Things that Tiffani was exchanging were things she had received at the shower for Conner and had planned on using but Conner is quickly outgrowing the 0-3months things so she wanted to take them back for the next size or to receive credit. Of course with no receipt so she didn't get near what we believe was originaly paid for the product so she got what she could on credit and somethings she kept and will try to get Conner in them at least once before they are packed away. Our last shopping stop was at Wal-mart to have film developed and to pick up a few things for tommorrow night. Kevin called while we waiting on the film to be developed, he was off early and wanted to go to Shawnee to look at 4-wheelers, so we finished up and meet him at Braums for a quick burger then Conner and I came on home while his parents went shopping.. I knew it wasn't just to look when they left and I was right and I know it will bring them great pleasure for years.
    This is what they brought home..

    It is so much fun having Conner here with us.. Gosh I don't even care if I spoil him but I know we will soon regret it.. giggle. While Conner was swinging Chester and I threw a couple of batches of Chex Mix together for tomorrow night but that is about all we did other than oogle over Conner.
    It is hard to believe that the end of 2004 is here and tomorrow night is suppose to be a night for celbration but all that has went on in 2004 and the resent catastrophe with the tsunami with it likely to claim more than 100,000 lives and left millions homeless makes it hard to see the joyfulness of the ending of the year except to pray that next year will bring calmer waters.

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    December 31,2004
  • New Years Eve
    Chester went by and picked up Tiffani, Conner and Gizmo around noon and we meet at Wal-mart parking lot and then we all rode together to the coner cafe to have lunch. Kevin was with his boss and co-workers riding 4-wheelers.. After we ate we went on to the house to enjoy the afternoon together/.. While waiting on the others to arrive Chester took a nap, with Tiffani and I trying to squeeze one in but we were not fast enough for Conner.. He wasn't in the mood to take a long nap today.
    The first to arrive was Tracy, Destry and Dalton with Kevin not far behind them. He had a great time riding and was a little tipsie so he ate a bite, played a couple of hands of cards then took a shower and the next thing we knew he was fast asleep on our bed.. LOL..
    When David and Robin got here we began playing Texas holdem at a quater bet limit around. Carol and Donnie, Kim and Trevor joined us before 9pm.
    Everyone seemed to have a good time with everyone going toward their own homes shortly after midnight or most were gone by 1pm. Carol stayed overnight with us.
    I received some cuties already for 2005.. They can be seen here.
    Thanks Liz and Kat.

    THOUGHT:
    As you stand at the end of one year and look over tomorrow into the beginning of a new one, please remember that before the resolutions are made and broken, and before this year has come to an end, declare to the Lord and in your hearts, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord..." (Joshua 24:15b) as our first priority!

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    January 01, 2005

    Short night, but we really did enjoyed it, we hadn't had that much company on New Years Eve in a long time.. and playing Texas Holdem was fun and no one really lost or won more than a few bucks.
    After we got up and had a few cups of coffee around 10am the three of us left for the lake house.. Carol drove her own car as she would probably want to leave early than we would want to Sunday..
    Joining us down there today was Carol, Tiffani, Kevin, Conner and Gizmo, David and Robin, Destry and Dalton. . (Tracy was working)) Carol, Conner Gizmo and myself stayed at Pa's Place while the others went to the riding tails around 1pm and rode until around6pm.
    Caorl and I got in the hot tub while Conner was sleeping but before he woke up the unit shut down.. Oh well looks like we are going to have to call the service man out again to fix it.. Bummer..
    Staying alnight was: Carol, Tiffani, Kevin, Conner and Gizmo.
    Visualize this thing you want.
    See it, feel it, believe in it.
    Make your mental blueprint and begin."

    Robert Collier

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    January 02, 2005
    MISTY RAIN.. We had a great breakfast cooked by Chester and Kevin, using that new grill the girls got us for Christmas..
    We didn't think that they would go riding but Torie and her family called and they were almost to the riding trails when they ran into the rain so they came on to Pa's place but since the rain was still a fine mist Torie and Jamie Rose stayed at the house with Carol, Tiffani, Conner, Gizmo and myself while the guys went on over to the trails to ride. We played or should I say tried to play a couple of games of Whaoo but the little ones didn't really like us not paying them their due attention so we soon gave up and visited. Carol left around 3 but the guys didn't get back from riding until around 4:30pm so while we waited on them Tiffani got in the hot tub to do a quick soak but she no sooner got in and the guys came home..After they all changed clothes, (Caleb and Kevin joined Tiffani in the hot tub for a quick soak) and ate a sandwich it was after 6 before we left to come home.. That is a lot later than we like to leave for home but things don't always go as planned.

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