Thursday, April 24, 2014

Oh, No, Snow Again

Well, winter returned today.  Everyone here has been complaining about the cold weather and the snow today has really dampened everyone's spirits.  It was just plain miserable to be outside today.
On the bright side, however, the birds are returning and we have seen ducks on the pond along with a few geese.  At least the moisture will green up the grass.

When we were in Bemidji the other day, we purchased a new bird feeder and seed.  John put it up and today the birds began feeding. 

 John and I spent the morning doing some chores around the house and then, after lunch, he went to the dentist to see about the tooth he chipped off a couple of weeks ago.  While he was gone, I worked on cleaning out files in the office and then went up to Sara's for a haircut.  The rest of our day was spent hanging out around the house and hoping the snow melts away by tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Couple of Busy Days

Tuesday morning we were up and out the door bright and early for my 8:30 a.m. doctor's appointment.  It was the usual check up with refilling perscriptions and blood work; however, he did give me a couple of steroid injections for the bursitis in my hip joints.  Since we didn't have time for breakfast, we stopped at Mc Donald's and then did some grocery shopping.  Our next stop was the accountant's  to sign our tax forms.  They weren't quite ready for us, so we told them we would take care of it in a few days when we were back in Bemidji.  Last night we were invited up to John and Jo's for supper where we spent the entire evening visiting with the kids and catching up on their winter.

When we returned home yesterday afternoon, there was a message on the answering machine from Pain Management.  They needed to change my Friday appointment as the doctor would be out of the office.  There was an opening this morning, so it was back to Bemidji once again today for a follow up regarding my back.  When that meeting was done, we headed back to the accountant and got the returns signed and on their way.  By now it was after lunch time, so we stopped at BK for a quick bite and then went on to Wal Mart and Home Depot.  The weather was on the nasty side this afternoon with cold temps, high winds, and rain, so we just hung out around the house for the rest of the day.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Home Again

We arrived home early Sunday afternoon and were so thankful to see that everything was okay with the house and shop buildings.  John and I got the car unloaded and after relaxing for a couple of hours, headed to Bemidji for supper and to pick up a few grocery items.  There was absolutely nothing to eat in the house.  On our way home we stopped in at Matt's and visited for an hour or so.

Matt dropped in this morning for a visit while he was waiting for Hanna to get done with her driver's training and weight lifting at the school.  While the guys talked, I got started on making some bread.  I did manage to get a couple of boxes emptied today while John ran into to the post office to pick up the mail that was held for the past week and to let them know they can begin delivery at the house again.  Tomorrow we will head out bright and early as I have an 8:30 a.m. doctor's appointment and then we'll visit the accountant and take care of a few other errands.  The rest of the unpacking will have to wait for a day or so.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Relaxing Day

We had another beautiful day here in Gillette with sunny skies and cool temps.  This morning, with the kids off from school, we all went to the local library and then headed to Wal Mart for some grocery shopping.  This afternoon everyone went outside for some "lightning" basketball and when that was finished, Isaiah and I managed to squeeze in a game of Scrabble before supper. 

This evening we attended the Maundy Thursday service a Dave's church and then spent the remainder of the evening visiting.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Visiting Family in Gillete

Before leaving Cheyenne, WY on Tuesday morning, John and I took a little ride around town and decided to spend a couple of hours in the WY State Museum.  This covered the entire history of the state and was a first class museum--best of all, it was free.  Right across the street was the state capitol building.

After leaving the museum, we hit the road north up I-25.  We stopped for lunch at an Arby's in Douglas and then continued up route 59 into Gillette.  The weather here is still chilly, but at least there is no snow on the ground.

Today the boys had their final day of school before Easter break.  John and I spent the day visiting with Amy and Dave and pretty much caught up on what has been happening here in Wyoming.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Icey Roads in the Morning

Dumas, Texas had some light snow overnight, but the streets seemed clear in town.  As we drove further north out of town, the roads became covered in solid ice and we saw quite a few cars in the ditches.  John could only go about 25 mph and we considered turning back and waiting for the temps to warm up above freezing.  However, we persevered and continued northward.  Once we reached the Oklahoma state line, the roads improved and were completely clear in Colorado.  We reached Cheyenne, WY a little before 5 p.m., ate supper at an Outback right next to the hotel, took a little drive through the town, and then called it a night.  Tomorrow we plan to do a little touring in town before heading out for Gillette.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

On The Road

John and I left Brackettville around 7:15 a.m. and stopped at Mac Donald's in Del Rio for breakfast.  We hit some rain as we drove north, but soon the skies cleared and we had good roads all the way to Dumas, Texas.  The further north we drove, the cooler it got.  There is a winter storm in the Denver area and heading into the area we will be heading for tomorrow.  We'll have to wait and see how things are in the morning to determine if and when we can continue our trip to Wyoming.