If you’ve read my about me page, you know I was born and raised in Hutchinson, Kansas. Even though I’ve lived in a couple other places in the state for a few short years, this is the city I know inside and out, upside and down. I was born in the old St. Elizabeth’s Mercy Hospital. It was originally a Catholic-run, 50-bed facility. Dedicated April 4, 1920, it still sits at the corner of 20th Avenue and Monroe Street. Here’s the building in 1922. At the time, it was on the outskirts of town and the nuns who managed it lived on-site. Look at that old car on the left side of the photo! The next photo is the newer building about the 1970s. An addition brought the bed total to 107 and its look became more modern. This is where my mama, Maxine [Dessenberger] Buller, was hospitalized when she had her mastectomy for the breast cancer she was diagnosed with in 1970. I can still drive by and point out the exact window of the room she was in; back then, they didn’t allow children under a certain age to visit patients. I was 13 years old when mama
I stopped again today to get a couple more photos and short video of the river. The water is higher and the currents much swifter. Eventually it’ll begin falling back to normal. The first photo is the plaque showing for whom the bridge was named. And here is a photo of the streets behind the apartment where we live. It’s like this all over the area. An apartment building in the block west of us has hardly any tenants right now because all of the lower apartments have at least a foot of water in them. Everyone in our building was asked to restrict our water usage this week… we were told earlier today that we can resume normal usage tomorrow. Our state has been hit pretty hard with all this rain. And last night an EF4 tornado ripped through the northeast part of Kansas. If you would, please say a prayer for those folks affected. Some lost their lives. Blessings and prayers to all!
[Argumentative comments about climate change will be deletedand ISPs blocked. I’m not going to be dragged into that subject.] Our area has seen quite the deluge of rain lately. So far this month, we’ve received 12.70″ when the average amount for May is about 4.44″. And it hasn’t come down as nice rainshowers either. It’s all been heavy ferocious thunderstorms with winds from 30-60+mph and even hail at times! Oiy. Our apartment building is about one block from the Arkansas River. From our third floor windows we can see the flood-stage river flowing! It’s still within its levees, but this is a river that, normally, can be waded into – maybe dog-paddled across! I stopped on the way home last week to get a couple photos and a video. In this first photo, I’m standing on the south side of the east entry to the bridge – photo is looking northwest. All those trees that are normally on dry land are under water. This next photo is still with me standing on the south side of the east entry to the bridge, but looking along the south side of the bridge toward the west levee. I’m standing on the Hutchinson side of the river; that levee
You know those lists of getting-to-know-you questions that folks post on social media to answer about themselves, then other people are supposed to copy/paste on their own page to answer? I thought I’d take just a few of those questions that I’ve run across to use for my own getting-to-know-me list (besides having you read my about me page). So, here goes… 1. Who was your all-time favorite teacher in school? Mrs. Judith Garnand when I was in the fourth grade; she was very young at the time and I think that’s what helped a lot of us in her class relate. She really made learning fun – I got straight A’s! I don’t know that she’s still alive, but I sure would like to thank her for giving me the confidence and skills to learn and enjoy doing so! 2. What is your favorite meal? I’ve always loved homemade spaghetti! My mama always made hers from scratch and I learned how to do mine that way. Jerry and I have somewhat vegan/gluten-free/sodium-free/sugar-free diets nowadays, so I’ve adapted all my recipes over the years to fit our needs. 3. What is your favorite desert? Oh boy… it’s always been cheesecake.
[This post is in memory of my father, Elmer Ray Buller, 1925-2012] I’d like to introduce you to my dad, Elmer Ray Buller. He was a World War II veteran in the United States Army. He has always been my hero. Dad was born November 25, 1925 in Hillsboro, Kansas; he died August 17, 2012 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, Kansas. He entered into service at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on June 23, 1944 as a Private in Infantry Basic Training; length of continental service was 5 months, 24 days; he received the Combat Infantry Badge and Rifle Marksman Badge. He and other troops departed from the USA to the European Theater of Operations (ETO) on December 12, 1944; they arrived on December 18, 1944. He was a Private First Class, Rifleman, in Company E, 41st Armored Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Division (known as the “Hell on Wheels” division [link]). He was part of the GO 33 WD 45 Battle/Campaign in the Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe (France, Belgium, Germany, Holland); the Battle of the Bulge [link]. Afterwards, he was assigned to a Special Service Unit as a Private First Class, Projectionist/Motion Picture. He was in foreign service for 1 year, 5 months, 22 days. He departed with