More photos and video of the river

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!

Rain, rain, go away

[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 on the other side is South Hutchinson – as I said, about one block away from there is our apartment building. Again, those trees should all be on dry land! And here’s a short video I took. You can see how swiftly the currents are flowing. Mind you, I took these last week – seven days ago. The water rose higher than this over the weekend because of more rain. Trees have been seen floating downriver because the excess rainwater has washed away the dirt from their roots leaving nothing to hold them. The weather pattern is supposed to be

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10 questions

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. When I was very young, my parents would take my brother and I to eat at Woolworth’s once in a while – that’s where I was first introduced to that oh-so-yummy desert! I know, I know! It’s nothing but sugar, so it’s a treat Jerry and I have maybe a couple times a year. If I make it, I use the Jell-o brand. My daughter-in-law Amanda makes a delectible lemon cheesecake that is to die for! 4. What is your favorite perfume? None. I have an intolerance to nearly all smells – perfumes, colognes, bath soaps, body lotions, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, candles,

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My dad, my hero… WWII veteran

[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 other troops from the ETO to the USA on May 24, 1946, arriving in the USA on June 3, 1946. He  received an honorable discharge on June 8, 1946. Summary of military occupations as extracted from his Separation Qualification Record: “Served with Company E, 41st Armored Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Division, in the European Theater of Operations throughout France, Belgium, Germany, and Holland for 18 months. As a member of a rifle platoon, assisted in carrying out tactical operations against enemy personnel and positions. Used a rifle to place fire upon designated targets or portions of enemy lines, and also used

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Three graduates

My mama, Maxine [Dessenberger] Buller died of metastatic breast cancer in October 1971 when I was 14 years old. In May 1946, she graduated from Hutchinson High School. Twenty-nine years later, in May 1975, I also graduated from HHS. The above photos were both taken in the same spot – right in front of my grandma Dessenberger‘s roses on the east side of her house. (Yes, I bleached my hair back then. Ugh.) And this month, May 2019, my grandson Andrew graduated from HHS! Forty-four years after me, and seventy-three years after my mama. Our emotions (mine and Jerry’s) ran the whole gamut that day… remembering the grandbaby we kept overnight who loved being outdoors, who tried to spray me with the garden hose at two years old, was fascinated with the hummingbirds that visited our yard… is now eighteen years old and starting his adult life. His dad (my oldest son who died in 2013) would have been so proud!! Our prayers will be even more fervent for him now as he faces the world and his future. ❤️ Love this boy so much! Three graduates. So many years and memories. Wow, my life is really flying by! Later, ya’ll!