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A Wagon Train in Argyle

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I went down this morning to get my bi-weekly massage (Thank you, Linda!!!)  and her next appointment showed up a little early.  In the middle of my massage, there was a knock on the door. He was obviously a new customer … Continue reading

Hi, my name is Kay. How is Ed?

Ed continues to improve, gaining strength back after the surgery.  Knowing how close he came to a possible stroke, I am amazed at the speed of his recovery.  Surgery on Friday afternoon,  release from the hospital after lunch on Saturday, breakfast at the Snooty Pig on Sunday morning with Misty, and back to regular activities on Monday, including driving a car.  In—credible!

This week has been very, very interesting and I have had a wonderful trip back through memory lane.  We are going to pave the parking lot down at the Meadows Building.  Since we need more parking, I would like to empty and then tear down the old, tin garage down there.  I got a storage building up at Nonnie’s house and we have been going through the old garage, moving stuff I want to keep to the storage building, throwing away the termite-ridden wood, recycling old metal, and dumping what is just totally un-salvageable.  My goodness, the things we have found!

An old recipe book of my great-aunt’s, plus her old reading glasses

  • A Ford Model A User Manual from the 1920’s
  • From the old Meadows Grocery,
    • Two old, wooden counters filled with drawers
    • two counter stools
    • lots of short platforms used as stepping stools and for displaying weekly specials
    • a metal Camel display rack
    • the old cash register
    • two glass display counters
    • A multitude of post office boxes, both metal and wood, and customer windows from the old post office in the Meadows Grocery building
    • The Admiral refrigerator, the kitchen table, dishes, bowls, and cooking utensils from the Meadows Grocery kitchen
    • A wooden trunk full of Nonnie’s toys, journals, and autograph books
    • An old cane rocker
    • Old hand-woven baskets
    • Old bed frames, mattresses & box springs, a dresser and chest of drawers, with personal items and sewing patterns still inside
    • Two old sewing machines
    • Various tables and chairs from various decades

There are just too many items to remember them all.  Unfortunately, most of the wooden items were falling apart, literally, from termite damage but some of the less-damaged items I am going to keep and see if they can be repaired.  I can’t believe all the heavy red oak counters are now mostly destroyed.  I am just thrilled to have the items worth keeping and will not mourn the ones we have to throw away.  I can at least protect the items we have left.

One fond memory, for which I am teased by older family and customers: 

I used to sit on the stools behind the check-out counter when I was a little girl and wait for customers.  I’m quite sure that Nonnie would put me there to contain me, but I don’t remember that part of it.  When a customer would enter, I would smile and say something like, “Hi, my name is Kay.  Who are you?”

I may have lost many things, but I still have those two stools.  And I think I have that precocious child in me still, even after all these years.

Thank you, Ed!

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Another Round of Snow

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The Snow Continues

No, there’s really nothing new to report.  It’s still in the single-digits at night.  We still have snow.  Now, some of the snow has turned into ice on top of the snow so it’s kind of slippery in some spots. I’d take more pictures but the view hasn’t changed all that much from the other day. 

What has changed is that I am now BORED!!!  There are things I could be doing around the house but I don’t want to do them.  I’ve been rooting through old boxes, drawers, closets, and bookshelves, looking for things to donate to Goodwill.  I could continue that activity.  I could rearrange the accessories in the living room, clean off my desk, move the treadmill from one room to another, etc.  The good thing about living in the country is that we don’t have to shovel the snow so that’s not even on the table, but it might be fun, just because it’s something I usually don’t have to do.  Crap, now I’m REALLY bored!

Yesterday I resorted to posting some old pictures, just to have something interesting to do.  Now I’m thinking about going to Snapfish and creating a book.  One page for every age that I can find good pictures of Ed, me, Drake, Kim and Lee, showing what we all looked like at the same age.  That would be fun but, my goodness, where would you start?  There are pictures all over the place and only some of them are digitized.  Not only that, Drake is only 28 but soon he will have a birthday.  Maybe I should wait until he hits thirty and THEN put the book together.  No, that would be like trying to hit a moving target.  Not good enough.  The project would never end.

Hmmm.  I really need to scan some family recipes and put them in a book format.  That would be fun.  I could give family recipe books out to the whole family next Christmas.  All of the recipes are in one place so it would be easy to find them all.  Well, maybe not.  I don’t have my flat scanner set up yet on my laptop.  Do I really want to get into that right now?  Naw, not really.

Hmmm.  I could give the dogs a bath.  That wouldn’t be fun but it really needs to be done.  They are starting to stink with that wet-dog smell.  But what would you expect when their bathroom is outside and there’s snow all over the place?  Not to mention that I would have to towel dry them and THEN blow-dry them, since it’s too cold for them to go wandering around the house wet.  Never mind.  Too much effort.

I could ask Ed to build a fire in the fireplace and then we could just sit and veg out on the couch, with the dogs snoozing in-between us.  Ok, that’s getting closer.  Oh, hell, I think I’ll just take a nap!

Snow in Argyle

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Waiting for the Snow

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I am waiting for the snow.  I kept waking up all night, looking out the window, anticipating those little white flakes falling from the sky.  I’m still waiting.  Ed is still asleep.  The dogs are still asleep.  I’m sitting on the chaise lounge in the bedroom, watching the news on the shooting in Tucson, grieving for all of the victims, and listening to the rain fall outside the window right behind me.  I’m still waiting.

Why is it that we get so excited when it snows, especially in the DFW area?  It would be simple to say that we get excited because it snows so rarely down here but that’s not it, I don’t think.  When it snows, kids are outside playing in it, parents are taking pictures, the dogs are racing through it or maybe just sitting in it wondering what it is.  This happens all over the country, not just here. 

My favorite thing, at my age, is to sit and have a cup of coffee and to just gaze on the wonderful white display.  Yes, I too get the camera and take pictures of the dogs enjoying the snowy wonderland.  Little SoLow had to jump like a rabbit in the last snowfall we had, which was absolutely hilarious to watch, especially when Stephi and Sam just walked like normal.  I wonder if they were laughing at SoLow in their own way? 

Right now, the girls are sleeping and don’t realize what is coming soon but I can anticipate for them.  Every time that the rain slows down, I twist around to see if it has started yet.  I gotta watch that so I don’t get a crick in my neck before it even starts.  Man, does that hurt and really throws off the fun of the day!

I think part of the reason that I love the snow is that I won’t go anywhere when it snows.  Yeah, I know, it’s safer to drive on the snow than the ice but usually around here, there is ice just under a thin layer of snow.  That’s because it usually was fairly warm the day before and the snow immediately melted when it hit the ground but then froze because of the cold and wind chill.  I may go outside and walk in it but I won’t drive on it.  That means a day at home, relaxing, probably curled up in bed with SoLow, facing the windows.  Ed will probably be watching the football games today, reading the Sunday paper, and it will be a wonderful day. 

I hope you have a wonderful day today also, relaxing with your loved ones, and grinning from ear to ear all day.  If you do have to go out, please be careful.  Drive and/or walk safely.  Bundle up.  Cover your head and ears, protect your hands and feet, and, if you live in Texas, remember it could be worse…it could be a hot, humid August day and you could’ve just gotten into an enclosed car, waiting for the A/C to kick in, drenched in sweat.  Yeah, maybe the snow is pretty good after all, at least for us.

P.S.  IT’S SNOWING!!!!!  Gotta go get coffee and the camera!!!