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There's gonna be a party!

Category: Daily Happenings | Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:39 pm

It will be the end of May, not sure of the exact date yet. It will be at Glenda's house. So far, there will be Glenda, Jubabe, Heather, Shanna, Cheyenne, dr and dooley. Anyone else wanna come? It's going to be a great time. Oh, Trey and Logan will be there, too. dooley

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Phoenix, two weeks in a row!

Category: Daily Happenings | Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:18 am

Yuck! We went to Phoenix two Sunday's in a row. Last week we went for my sister's anniversary luncheon. This week we went to visit some friends for lunch. dr wanted to stop at Cabela's sportings goods store to look at fishing stuff and gun parts. Our friends live way south off I-10. So, we called an arranged to meet them at Trader Joe's which was about halfway between here and there. We left here about 7:30 am and got down to Phoenix about 8:30 and started looking for a place to get some breakfast. Evidently, people in Phoenix don't eat breakfast. First, I had to get off the freeways. We went down on I-17 and got off on to the 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) and off that onto 75th Ave. We finally gave up and went on down to Glendale Avenue which is where Cabela's is located. Right next door to Cabela's was a Cracker Barrel restaurant and general store. So, we just had a light breakfast because we were meeting our friends for lunch in a couple of hours. We walked around and around Cabela's and didn't find what we wanted. It is much more expensive than we had thought it would be. dr decided he would mail order what he wanted from a catalog he has. He did buy a couple pair of jeans that were on sale. We backtracked to Trader Joe's. We bought a few things. It's a mostly organic/health food store. It started as a chain in California and has spread east. Anyway, we met our friends there. We ate at Fudrucker's which is a hamburger/sandwich place. We stayed over an hour talking but it was noisy. We left and wished they had an outside bench to sit and chat some more. We finally followed our friends back to their place and stayed until after 4 pm. We left because I wanted to get back up the hill before it got dark. It took us about two hours. Traffic was heavy and in some places very slow. For the most part the drivers were driving carefully but there was the usual amount cutting in and out and generally making it difficult for the rest of us, especially coming up that steep, curvy section of the mountain. We stopped at Subway when we finally got off of the interstate highway and got a sandwich for supper. I think after a cup of tea we will have an early night of it. I love visiting with our friends and with my sister last week but interstate/freeway driving is not my favorite thing to do. They are always constructing some part of it and there are always rude, obnoxious drivers that cut in and out and have no respect for the other drivers on the road. AND, most of them are young women in their late 20's or early 30's, not teenagers or guys. Have a good night. dooley

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Surprise or no surprise!

Category: Choices | Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:54 pm

Sunday, we went to Phoenix to see my sister. Her daughter e-mailed me last week and said Maxine & Ed were having their 40th anniversary this week and they were having a luncheon for them on Sunday about 11 am. So, I e-mailed her that since we had been planning on going down for the last two weeks and hadn't made it we would come down. So, we got there at about two minutes to eleven. There were no other cars there. I rang the doorbell and no one answered. I rang it again and we had just about decided that we were supposed to go to her daughter's house. Then, Maxine answered the door, still in her gown and robe. She asked, "What are you doing here?" I told her, "We were invited." She looked so confused and wondered how she had invited us and forgot about it. Then, her granddaughter showed up with a gift bag in hand and said, "Happy Anniversary, Grandma!" Maxine sighed and said, "I'd better go get dressed. I imagine the rest of the family is on the way." Her phone rang and it was another daughter saying, "We're on our way." Maxine said that her husband had a bad night so she was just reading and trying not to wake him. He came up the hall, saw the people and told her she had better go get dresses. The day turned out well. They enjoyed themselves but she wasn't prepared for guests and wished they had given her a bit of notice so she could have at least cleaned off the table before they descended and piled it high with food bags and disposable dishes.
They had all chipped in and bought her a swing for the yard with the awning over it and little glass tables attached to the arms. The guys spent the afternoon assembling it and only had four bolts left over. She said it didn't break when they took turns sitting on it so maybe they were just extras. It's been my experience to have not enough bolts, not too many. We took her a comforter for their bed as she had told me a few weeks ago that they needed a new one but she hadn't found one she felt they could buy at the time. Ed is disabled and they live on a budget.
So, my question is, would you like a surprise party or would you like to know ahead of time? Her daughter said, "But, when I talked to you last night you were feeling okay." But, sometimes Ed has a bad night when he was fine during the day.
I myself would not like a surprise party. I would like to be prepared, especially if people were coming to my house. I sometimes leave dishes in the sink and my table is always piled with things. Somedays I wonder that we have a place to eat. It's definitely not a place for everything and everything in it's place at my house. dooley

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