Monthly Archives: August 2010

WEDNESDAY RANT DAY!!

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I know it isn’t wednesday but tomorrow is and so…
here goes..
I Haven’t written a rant here in quite awhile, but this just gets
my back up! When you use your atm card and make a purchase
in a store and ask for cash back..you SHOULD get your cash
back. You EXPECT your cash back.Sarcastic smile You shouldn’t have to
ask them to make sure you get your money! Three occasions
in the past two days I have had to ask why they did NOT
give me MY MONEY.. One young check out gal just looked
at me. I had explained to her that I wanted cash back before
I went and used my card. Proves some people do NOT LISTEN
when you are talking to them at all. Now when I go in the store..
I look for those aisles where you check yourself out. Light bulbWhy hassle
when you can do your own grocery check out and the machine
will ALWAYS give you the money back.Smile Thanks I needed that!!
(glad to get that out of my system!)

 

Isn’t that a beautiful auditorium? I placed a whole bunch
of photos at my wordpress blog about this wonderful old school
that is now closed due to the lack of students. I am hoping that
the city sure finds something to do with it before it gets run-down
and deteroriates.
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HOT here again today but it will cool off by the holiday weekend.
Rain coming soon too so we will welcome that as well. The grass is
turning brown so I hope we get at least a couple inches.
So.. What’s everyone doing for the holiday?.. There is no holiday
for us really here as the dialysis center does NOT take that as a
holiday for them. Mom will be in treatment that day. I will plan a
nice meal when she gets out.
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HOPE YOU ALL HAVE  A WONDERFUL WEEK! 
 
 

BACK TO SCHOOL…

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It’s another hot day here in Michigan. The ground is getting
brown and crunchy where we don’t water it, which means most
lawns around here in our town. School starts next week, and for
our town it will be a new start because several schools closed.
Now students are being bussed to new schools and placed
together where they weren’t in the past. So sad to see a very
large school sitting empty for the first time since 1920!
Most of us who grew up here just cannot wrap our minds
around that fact. It always was there and always had students.
Here sits a three-story building in excellent condition empty.
So many years have gone by and yet they improved and kept it
in tip-top shape.   All shiny and clean
no graffiti here. No disrepair.  From the balcony you can hear the echos of many students who cheered at so many high school performances. Every seat cushion in pristeen condition. Every stairway indented with the footsteps of thousands of students who passed over them. These photos were taken recently and not years ago.  They don’t  make them like this anymore..   
Hopefully in the future, the city can find some use for this wonderful landmark building.
    
To me and countless others who went there it is a tragedy to sit empty. WHY??
Not enough students.. plain and simple.. the costs for keeping a three story building going to
the city without the funds was just too much. The city has dwindled to so few who go to our
local schools. It’s a terrible shame, but that is the way it is.
Thanks goes to Dana Schick for these wonderful pictures of our school.

WEEKEND VIEWS..

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GOOD GRIEF.. gas prices are all over the place lately. Very confusing for sure. One town has it 15 whole cents cheaper than the other. Needless to say. I took my cans and filled them up while it was $2.43 cents. Usually when I do that it goes down but within hours it went back up 10 cents.  Not a real gas war thing but makes one wonder what is going on. Labor day is approaching and I begin to get antsy about this time. Friday traffic was backed up for at least 1/2 mile and I had to make a long detour and after I did that another road closed and I had to find another alternate route. I was just happy to get home in one piece. Crazy things happen over labor day and I still can’t figure out why. I just try to be more aware and careful over that holiday.

Here in town our local government has decided to dig up the old pond where we ice skated when we were kids. It was a deep pond and a lovely sight in our park there. We used to skate there every winter. Now that the climate has changed it rarely would EVER froze hard enough to skate on. Closed off due to being  dangerous in the winter it just sat there. So the city government decided to dig the pond up and remove the silt and make a swimming area out of it. The old building we loved will be used as a shelter area for swimmers. Not sure how long the whole thing will take, but they race to get most of it done before the winter sets in. We, who used to use the pond, can’t wrap our minds around anyone swimming in it. It will be made to have filtered water that is safe to swim in. Memories of the past will soon fade away to the sounds of children playing and swimming in the same pond we used. Eventually the whole idea of skating there will fade away and it will be one for the history books of our town. Here is a shot I took the other day of the progress of digging  up the old pond.

SUMMER VIEWS..

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Yesterday afternoon the weather was glorious and we traveled
into the countryside. Corn in the field is turning brown now,
we have had so little rain lately. Hay is being cut and golden rod
is springing up all over the roadsides. September is upon us.

 

Hope your weekend is filled with sunny skies and wonderful
weather!!

 

 

“GOING TO WORK”

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When I came downstairs this morning mom was up already.
It was 5:45 A.M. I asked her why she was up so early, that it
wasn’t even daylight yet, and she said “I have to figure out
what I am going to wear today.” She had  hours to decide but
it was  on her mind. She then added, “I always get up early on
days I am going to work.” Thinking smile Mom never had a job outside of
her home like other women she knew. If she wanted to make
money she would take on sewing or babysitting. I started to
fill the coffee pot and make her coffee when she saw the look
on my puzzled face. “WHAT?” she asked.  I didn’t hardly know what
to say. She got up every weekday morning with my father
at 5 AM, to get his breakfast and get him off to work. Getting up
early was a part of her life and was for over 40 years.
While fixing her breakfast I finally asked her, “SO you are going to
work now huh?” She answered in a small voice, YES… going to the
center is like going to work for me. I sit there for hours and there
are other people there to see and talk to and by the end of my
treatment I am ready to go home. I am tired and need
to get out of there.” Now that I thought about it, what mom said was
so true. It did feel like going to work. Packing up the snacks and
making sure you had everything because you can’t just leave
and go home. Yes.. that  is just what it is like. Leave it to mom
to figure out a way to make dialysis easier for her to deal with.
Life goes on here day after day..it is always busy and changes on
a moments notice. 
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Gas went down here for the second time in a week to 2.48! Almost a
20 cent drop in less than one weeks! Look for it to go back up around
Labor Day.Sad smile We have glorious weather here this week..nice and cool
mornings and just warm days.Sun Predictions say it will be back close
to 90 next week so I am enjoying it as much as possible. 
 
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY!!

“GOING TO WORK”

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When I came downstairs this morning mom was up already.
It was 5:45 A.M. I asked her why she was up so early, that it
wasn’t even daylight yet, and she said "I have to figure out
what I am going to wear today." She had  hours to decide but
it was  on her mind. She then added, "I always get up early on
days I am going to work." Thinking smile Mom never had a job outside of
her home like other women she knew. If she wanted to make
money she would take on sewing or babysitting. I started to
fill the coffee pot and make her coffee when she saw the look
on my puzzled face. "WHAT?" she asked.  I didn’t hardly know what
to say. She got up every weekday morning with my father
at 5 AM, to get his breakfast and get him off to work. Getting up
early was a part of her life and was for over 40 years.
While fixing her breakfast I finally asked her, "SO you are going to
work now huh?" She answered in a small voice, YES… going to the
center is like going to work for me. I sit there for hours and there
are other people there to see and talk to and by the end of my
treatment I am ready to go home. I am tired and need
to get out of there." Now that I thought about it, what mom said was
so true. It did feel like going to work. Packing up the snacks and
making sure you had everything because you can’t just leave
and go home. Yes.. that  is just what it is like. Leave it to mom
to figure out a way to make dialysis easier for her to deal with.
Life goes on here day after day..it is always busy and changes on
a moments notice. 
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Gas went down here for the second time in a week to 2.62! Almost a
20 cent drop in less than two weeks! Look for it to go back up around
Labor Day.Sad smile We have glorious weather here this week..nice and cool
mornings and just warm days.Sun Predictions say it will be back close
to 90 next week so I am enjoying it as much as possible. 
 
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY!!

A DAY AT THE FAIR..

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Spent some time outdoors yesterday and I wasn’t working!

The day was breezy and warm and NOT humid. There were
plenty of trees to sit under and watch the world go by.
Some of the oldest and largest OAKS in the county or state
are found here. They were just magestic.. where were we?
THE COUNTY FAIR grounds! The oldest fair in Michigan. It was SENIOR DAY,,
(yeah,,I qualified Confused smile  )
It had been a long time since visiting there, I sure was shocked at the
  
prices of just a carmel apple or elephant ear. Shows how long I have been away from
there I guess. The Smoke House above is on wheels and travels. Yummmy smells coming
         
from there and great ribs. Big crowds at the judging arenas and kids with their entries.
 
The ducks were swimming and the band playing tunes all afternoon. Yes there were rides, but they were not
running. DARN! Too early in the day! I love the tilt a whirl.. it was always my favorite.
AS I left the grounds
I looked back and saw the sun shining through those large
trees. It was just the perfect day!!