Miscellaneous and prayer requests

Of all things, we have the windows wide open today. After being in the 20s and 30s the past several days with freezing rain, ice storms, and some snow, it’s currently a balmy 75Β° with lots of sunshine right now. Ha! That’s Kansas for ya. If you don’t like the weather of the moment, just wait a couple minutes, it’ll change. πŸ˜„ While sitting here working on this post, I heard one of the grain trucks start to pull out of the seed company across the road from us. I absentmindedly looked up and watched. His truck putt-putt-putted and suddenly he stopped in the middle of the road . . . He ran out of gas! πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Always make sure your grain truck has plenty of gas to get you to the company and back to the farm. I forgot to post the photo of the water tower when it was finished being redesigned. Jerry took this photo with my phone as we drove by a couple weeks ago. A dark blue with the word Hutchinson, the “o” replaced by a sunburst. The company also applied new protective coatings on the underside and the ten legs. It’s the brightest and most

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Staying busy, last garden harvest, celery, a card, and ornaments

Back in February, when this whole pandemic thing began, and then in March when the shutdown occurred, I was suddenly thrust into days of nothing to do . . . Which is to say, after doing one thing or another day after day after day for years – mainly gardening (a goodly amount of this because it feeds us and all of the extended family), babysitting (mostly this), troop (AHG – a lot of this, too), taking care of Jerry (well, maybe this is the most), whatever β€“ I suddenly had almost nothing to do. YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Haha! Yes, I was estatic! I FINALLY had free time. I haven’t had any free time since my boys were born. πŸ˜† I was happy to just sit and do . . . Absolutely. Nothing. Ahhhhhhhhhh! I put my feet up and took a “shutdown vacation.” (I’ve never had a “real” vacation in my whole life. Growing up, my family didn’t do vacations. No vacations in either marriage. A two-hour drive in the country is about as close to a vacation as we’ve ever gotten. Lack of funds and untrustworthy vehicles being the main reasons.) All this nothing-to-do changed after a few weeks as I

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Meltdown, agony, and anger

(Be prepared, this is a longer post than usual.) So sorry it’s been nearly a month since I last made a post or been able to visit your blogs and comment as I would like. Once we hit October it’s a tough time of year for our family. My son Jeff’s death date is coming up on November 5. (And the next day of November 6 is son John’s birthday.) It’s been seven years, but it will always feel as though it happened yesterday. We go through the same thing each June as his July 4 birthday comes around because of the big way we always celebrated as a family. Added onto that, our family has been in a lot of mental and spiritual anguish the past few months for various reasons (some that I just haven’t talked about). This week has been absolutely awful because of a harrowing situation that could have ended so much worse. Some of this I won’t give all the details (for what will be obvious reasons), but I know that my blogging family will understand and send up prayers for each thing. P. S. I’ve promised a couple of folks some goodies in the

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