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Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Rain - Thank Goodness!
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: something on Louisiana on PBS
Topic: Weather

We've had lovely rain the last few days!  After a very DRY July, we are in dire need of this.  Our grass, plants and trees are already greening up - this after we were sure some of it was going to die. I noticed my calla lillies are HUGE now!  I think it's going to be dry again for the weekend though & that's ok as we need to go car shopping. 

Found out today that the fall tuition for College Bound Daughter is all taken care of (thank goodness for student/parent loans!)  That is one thing I can stop stressing over.

I've been busy working on the Genea-blogger group games over on Facebook the last several days.  The "games" (in conjunction with the Olympics) end on Friday evening. I have at least one more task to complete that I set as one of my goals.  Head over to my genealogy blog to get the scoop (see link on the left).

Now to give you all a laugh - I decided to fix chicken for supper this evening & turned the oven to 300 degrees at 2:30.  I got the chicken prepped & put in a small roaster pan & stuck it in the oven & walked away.  At 4 I wondered why I didn't smell chicken cooking. Well, DUH!  I had forgotten to turn the knob to "bake"!  How silly is that?!

Found out yesterday that my 30th High School reunion will be next August.  Have had the home town team meeting monthly since the spring organizing it.  One gal who has done a lot for all the other reunions said she'd help but she just couldn't go through it all again so several took it upon themselves to organize. I think the class will be very happy with the plans.  It also helps that one of our class mates owns a club for our Friday night bash.  That saves a lot!  The reunion itself is being held at the same place my mom's alumna hold their reunions & I know from her, that the price is really reasonable. Which sure beats the $40 price we had to pay 10 years ago at the 20th (no offense to anyone but a lot of people didn't go in to eat dinner & just showed up after dinner for nothing - I really didn't blame them!) 

Second grader is all excited about school starting on Monday.  Brand new building - I haven't even been it as they've had a small water leak & have been busy getitng it all ready before Monday.  I'm supposed to "work" Monday morning showing kids to their classes so I'd at least like to see part of it this week.  College Bound daughter starts college on Monday.  Son is sick today so he stayed home from work to catch up on sleep (after a graveyard shift the other night) & to get to feeling better.  Photographer daughter has a new job doing - wait for it - photography!  She's working at a dept. store photography studio real close to where she lives & she says her job rocks!  Florida Daughter is dealing with some personal issues at the moment - so all my good thoughts & love are with her. 

So what have you been up to?

Posted by wendylittrell at 9:35 PM CDT
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Monday, 19 May 2008
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: Weather

So the weather forecast for the next few days says it's supposed to be a little over 90!  It's not even June yet!  I was really hoping we'd have a mild summer, sort of like last year.  At least by mid-afternoon yesterday there was a breeze blowing so when Photographer Daughter and I were outside with the boys, we sort of stayed cool.  Think her legs either got real hot or sunburned through her jeans.  I stayed in the shade.

Yesterday morning at church they honored the 2 high school and one college graduate that we have.  The college grad wasn't there but my Senior Daughter and the other high school grad was there.  They both looked really pretty (yes, Senior Daughter actually wore a dress to church - first time since middle school!)

They also received college scholarships from our Women's Group.  Hey, every little bit helps!  Afterwards was a cake reception for the grads.  Unfortunately there were about 3 different things going on with 3 different groups of people - some had a board meeting, some had a teacher's luncheon & then those who stayed for the cake & refreshments.  I was in charge of serving refreshments and it looked like Darling Husband and I were going to take our gang to lunch so I wasn't up for hanging out as long as we could there to wait on people to eat their cookies or cake.  So I made sure everyone knew that was it & started putting stuff away.  We went to a really cool restaurant in a neighboring town.  They have a "50's" style - the decorations, menu, music, etc.  The food is really hot when it gets to you (no sitting under a heat lamp!) and good.  We all chowed down & then headed back to the house. 

Let me tell you, by 9:30 last night I just couldn't keep my eyes opened so I headed to bed.  I think Senior Daughter will start painting her room this week as she & DH ran to the "Blue" home store to pick up paint. 

That's it from my world - how was your's this weekend?

Posted by wendylittrell at 6:25 AM CDT
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Friday, 4 April 2008
34 Years Ago Yesterday
Mood:  not sure
Topic: Weather

Should have posted this yesterday but I was too busy grocery shopping & cleaning up grandson's room.  So for the sake of argument - let's say today is April 3rd (it's not - it's Apr. 4th). 

April 3, 1974

Season of Lent, a Wednesday, start of Tornado Season in the Midwest. 

Scene: Gym of a Junior High School, mid-week sock-hop in full swing. Outside the weather is muggy, humid, the sky is green, rumors are flying about bad weather and tornadoes.

I was in 7th grade and 90% of the students at my Jr. High had stayed after school for the mid-week sock-hop.  The back door to the gym was open so some of us kept standing there looking out at the sky as others would approach & tell us they "heard" there were tornado warnings/touch-downs/etc. in towns close to us.

Then the Principal came on the PA System.  A tornado had hit Xenia, Ohio (town right next to mine).  Our parents were outside waiting to pick us up.  Go quickly but safely.  Most of us had left our books, etc. in our lockers so we quickly spread out over the school to retrieve our stuff & then leave.

When I got in the car, Mom said she'd stood at the back door of our house & watched the wall cloud/ funnel cloud / tornado head toward Xenia.  We wondered about Lenten services at church that night.  We wondered how bad Xenia was hit.  An F5 had hit the town - though we didn't know it immediately.

We did go to our church services that evening - we met in the basement as the clouds still looked pretty ominous. It wasn't until later & the next day that we really knew the damage.  Thirty-three people were killed, over a thousand injured.  To this day the residents of Xenia are panicked at the sound of a tornado siren.

For more information on this tornado visit:

and go to Youtube, search for Xenia Tornado to see the real thing and how horrible it was.

Posted by wendylittrell at 6:42 AM CDT
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