Thursday, January 28, 2010

Big FAT Liar

Many many moons ago when Kev and I were first dating, I discovered that he was a Big Fat Liar. Knowing this about him, you'd think I'd have left. And, maybe I should have, but he was cute and sexy and somehow those two attributes won over the honesty thing.

One evening, we were at his house, lying on the floor, watching TV. We were talking and snuggling and all was well. Somehow our conversation came around to prison and jail. (It's been 20 years or more, don't expect me to remember how we got on that topic.) Anyway, in the course of the conversation, Kev mentioned that he'd spent a week in jail. Because our relationship was new, I didn't ask what for, I just asked what it was like. After all, I liked this guy and didn't want to know all the bad aspects of his life... I'd have to leave if he were a mad serial killer or something like that. I think he finally mentioned that it had something to do with alcohol. I had already heard some details of his wild single years thought to myself, "yeah, that makes sense."

Nothing more was said for about 6 months until he laughingly told me the jail story was all a Big FAT Lie. Oh, it was soooooo buying this Big FAT lie and believing a guy I was dating...Sooooo very funny. Yeah. I'm still laughing about it.

But, it doesn't change the fact that he was a Big FAT Liar then, and he's still a Big FAT Liar.

We are not even going into the aspect of the conversation that starts with this phrase... "Well, YOU married him..."

So...yesterday was my birf-day. And, in the morning, Kev asked where our checkbook was. I told him and asked why. He said he was just curious and then mentioned he had to pick up my present. At that point, I jerked my head around to look at him and said, "No you don't. We just bought a new vehicle, I do not need a present." He said, "Sorry, but I had already ordered it."

Great...just great. Kev then reminded me that I'd probably have to ride home with Andy because he had a meeting at work, his Boss, Amy, had scheduled this staff meeting at 5 because that was the only time of day they could all get together. No problem, I made arrangements with Andy to pick me up.

Kev called a little after 6 p.m. last night, saying he was leaving Dodge, and he'd call again when he got to Ford so we could meet him at the Bar in town for supper. He called about 15 minutes later and said he'd be late because he was stopped at the railroad tracks by a train. It was a little after 7 when he finally said he was at Ford, so we drove to town for supper.

We got home and I went upstairs. Miss Kat came running upstairs, and covered my eyes so I wouldn't see my present. When I opened them, this is what I saw:

It's a ceder chest! See, look inside:

Kev knows a guy who is just starting a woodworking business and he made this for me! Kev drove to Montezuma last night to pick it up and pay for it. (I haven't even looked in the checkbook yet to see what it cost!)

I was stunned. I've wanted a ceder chest since I was in High School. It's made of knotty pine and is cedar lined. It smells so good! And it's just my style, simple and rustic. The knotty pine will go with our bedroom set and I love it. And, I can't believe he remembered and that he went through the trouble of getting me this! I don't know why, but he must love me.

But he's still a Big FAT liar. He lied about the meeting after work. He lied about getting caught by a train. And, somehow, when he lies, he still manages to get a Big FAT kiss.

Monday, January 25, 2010


I wasn't going to blog about this at all...but I will just for my Mother in Law. :)

Kev and I have been talking about getting a new car. Our 2002 Volvo S60, which we love, has 195,000 miles on it. It needs some expensive repairs. We'd been debating putting the money in the car or in just getting a new one. We've been back and forth.

We like the Volvo.
It gets excellent gas mileage.
It drives beautifully.
It looks good.
It had lots of safety features.
It is expensive to repair.
It is paid for.
Because it's paid for, insurance is cheap.

But, it has reached the point where we needed to do something and soon.

I really don't care what we drive, but wanted something with more leg room in the back seat. We carpool with Patrick, who's 6'6". He can't fit in the back seat, and I'm tall enough that my knees rest in his back and he's been crowded even in the front seat of the Volvo. So, I wanted something that was more comfortable for me and more comfortable for him. In addition, Andy's gotten tall enough that he didn't sit comfortably in the back seat of the Volvo either. So, my main criteria for a new car was leg room.

So, on Saturday, Kev and I drove to Wichita to shop. Car shop.

He was leaning toward a Ford Fusion. He's researched them and liked what he was learning. But, we've also talked about getting another SUV, and have discussed the Ford Escape. We had an Explorer years ago and loved it. Our 1997 Explorer routinely got 27 mpg. We haven't met anyone else who got that good of mileage, but we did. We loved it. It really fit our lifestyle very well.

When we got there, we test drove a Fusion Hybrid. Holy cow, was it fancy schamancy! The dealer kept talking about how it could sync this and that and you could bluetooth and use your mp3 player and how it would even wipe your butt if you needed it to. (Ok, maybe not that last part...)

After driving the hybrid, we tried an Escape.

To be perfectly honest, after driving a hybrid, the Escape sounded like a jet plane. Those hybrids are quiet! Especially since most of our test drive was running on the battery and not the engine. But, it had lots of leg room in the back seat, which I enjoyed tremendously.

So, we then test drove a regular Fusion. Which was still pretty fancy schamancy, but since it wasn't a hybrid, it didn't come with that butt wiping option. We really liked the Blue Fusions, but didn't necessarily like the looked like computer code... So, we looked at other colors with different upholstery and fabric/leather options. The color they came up with was an off white which to me said "OLD LADY DRIVER".

And, I shared that opinion with Kevin--it was UGLY.

So, we drove the Blue Fusion to lunch to decide if we wanted it, and could live with upholstery that we didn't really like, or if we wanted the Escape.

I really didn't care. I did like the idea of the Escape, because it would be something we could take out to the farm, and if Kev and I hunted separately, I would look better driving an Escape in my Camo than I would wearing Camo in a car. We both liked sitting up higher, and the leg room. The Fusion had sufficient leg room, it just wasn't quite as roomy in that back seat. Kev noticed how much easier it was for him to get out of the Escape than it was the Fusion.

So, we went to lunch and discussed what we wanted to do.

We decided to keep the Volvo, because it has little trade in value, and Miss Kat will be driving in 2 years. She can drive the Volvo, which is a nice looking and very safe car for a beginning driver.

But trying to decide on which vehicle to buy wasn't as easy. I really didn't care, and told Kev I would be happy with both, but I wanted him to be happy too because he drives more often than I do. He finally said we'd get the Escape.

Which totally surprised me, because I figured he'd want the car. And, to be honest, I preferred the Escape. But, really, I told him that all I cared about was the color. I wanted whatever vehicle we got to be blue.

We got a pretty good deal, and believe me, we made the salesman work hard. He probably went home that night and had a good stiff drink.

I'm going to hate paying the insurance bill and property tax bill, but financially, we can handle it. I just hope we like it, and don't regret not choosing the car.

But, I do have a bone to pick with my husband...

Yesterday morning, I was still in bed and overhead Kev and Andy talking about the new Escape....

Andy: " let Mom have her way and got the Escape."

Kev: "yep."

Andy: " you don't have a vehicle at all, because the Diesel is hers too."

Kev: "yep."

Andy: "She's so spoiled."

Kev: "yep."

I should have gotten out of bed right then and there and smacked the two of them up-side the head. Men.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Lady Deuces Basketball

We watched the final game of the Jr High Season last night. The girls were in the Championship game playing against my Alma mater...Ashland.

There's a pretty big rivalry between the Deuces and the Bluejays. It was very evident last night, as the girls game looked more like a football game than a basketball game.

I don't think that we played as physically when I was in school. Man, there were girls on both teams getting hurt last night. No blood, but lots of heads banging the floors, hands getting stepped on, bodies slamming into the floor and into each other. Both teams were in the Bonus early, both teams had girls in foul trouble in the first quarter! Girls who never foul had 4 fouls!

It was intense.

What's worse, is that whenever we play Ashland, my Alma mater, I really really want to beat them. It's an intense emotion, and nothing is more satisfying as beating them. (I didn't expect to feel this way when we moved here, but I do.)

Back to last night's game... since it was so intense, Miss Kat did not get to play, and I'm glad. I don't think I could have handled the pressure, because I was having trouble anyway. It would only have been worse if she had been playing, because then I'd have wanted her to shine and to kick some Bluejay butt at the same time.

The girls finally won, 45 to 37, but they had to fight for every basket and they had to fight to win. It was a really good game and I'm really glad the girls kicked butt!

Congratulations Lady Deuces--Undefeated Champions of the Southern Plains Iroquois League!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

the current project

I know that before Christmas, I said that my next project would be this one:

But...I lied.
I do want to do this--soon, but as I looked at my stash...guilt set in. Some of my projects I've had for years. And, I decided that I really needed to get some of them out of the way before I could work on Mom's kitchen.
So, I embroidered three sets of tea towels. On two sets, I did my own transfers with my own designs. One set was simply tea pots, the other was a Celtic design. (And, I gave all of them away without taking pictures.) Once I finished these, I got out this project that I know I've had for at least 4 years:
It's titled Flowers and Lace and it's a Dimensions design. The biggest challenge in it has been the off white stitching for the lace. I finished the top left hand corner of lace last week, and last night, I almost completed the upper right hand corner of lace. Until I noticed--on that last round of lace, the outside stuff--that something wasn't lining up right.
If you'll click on the photo, you'll see the inside lace is a lattice, then stars, then starburst thingies. Well...some idiot made her lattice one row short which threw off everything else. So instead of finishing that section...
I started ripping it all out.
I have most of it ripped and ready to go again, but still...I probably ripped out 4 hours of work. Tonight, after Miss Kat's ball game, I'll finish ripping out what's left, and then tomorrow night I can start over.
I have no idea what I'm going to do with this once it's done. In the old house, I was going to put it up in Miss Kat's bathroom which was painted periwinkle. It would have looked really nice in there. But, her current bathroom is turquoise, so it won't quite work.
Right now, all I want to do is to finish the darn thing--without any more mistakes.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

stitching for the office

I decided that my office decor would be related to libraries, books, and reading. I've got 3 counted cross stitch pictures up in there now, (Frederick the Literate, and the Angel reading and one you'll learn about below.) I have a few more waiting to be stitched.

I'm doing this one next:
It's titled: Reading opens up my world and is a MarNic design. It's going to be something. I mean, it uses lots of speciality thread and floss and...well, let's just say that I just ordered all the speciality thread and fabric, which cost me over $50! YIKES! But, this uses special hand died floss, and some variegated floss, fuzzy floss and lots of metallic thread. Most of these types of thread I've not used before. It should prove interesting, but I think it will POP.

I still need to find/order the two charms (the moon and the teddy's teddy.) Which will also be something new for me, I've never attached charms to anything. I've used beads, but never charms. Something tells me that this project will be full of challenges and new experiences for me. I can't wait to get started. (I just need to finish the one I'm working on now...I'll talk about it later.)

The picture below is of a project I finished before Christmas. In fact, I finished it in less than a week. I had all the floss, and the fabric. I used an evenweave fabric and stitched it over two threads. The only thing I had to pay for was the framing, and it was 1/2 price, so I spent $15. It's up in the office and looks great!

I guess that more than makes up for what I'm spending on my dragon, doesn't it!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Doe a Deer

Officially, I'm the only person--hunter--at our house who didn't get a deer this season. Andy got one yesterday. Except, the season is legally over.

Don't worry, he didn't break any laws.

Andy is working part time for the KDWP (Kansas Dept of Wildlife & Parks). Yesterday they got a call from a farmer? rancher? feedlot? (pick one) who had a doe in one of their corrals with a broken leg. A very badly broken leg. Andy was nominated to go put her down.

Andy said he was nominated because he's the low man on the totem pole and no one else wanted to go out in the below zero weather.

But, he shot the doe, put the correct tag on her, gutted her, and brought her home. While it's nice to have more will probably be a long time before she thaws enough for us to butcher her. And, dang it...I kinda liked knowing that neither Andy or I had gotten a deer. Now, the only "loser" at our house is me.

Who wants to come over and join me at the pity party?

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Books I've read in 2009

It's time for my 2nd annual reading list/book review. The following are titles I read in 2009.

Hemings of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed This is a biography of Sally Hemings and her children by Thomas Jefferson. Some of the Hemings children passed as white, others remained near Monticello and were free blacks. I found it an interesting work.

Diana & Jackie: maidens mothers myths by Jay Mulvaney. The library owns this book and I found it when I was shifting. It's one of those popular biographies and if I remember correctly, I thought at the time that you can find similarities amongst any celebreties if you look hard enough.

Dragonsheart and Dragonsblood by Todd McCaffrey. Todd has taken over the PERN series begun by his mother, Anne McCaffrey. I loved Anne's PERN books, and Todds are good too. He writes about a different Pass--the 4th Pass instead of the 9th Pass, but he's putting his own touch on PERN. Dragonsheart was the newest title, but since I had trouble tracking the characters and the plot, I re-read Dragonsblood. Both are the same basic plot, just from different characters viewpoints. Once I remembered what the plot was, it all gelled. If you don't know about PERN, then this doesn't make any sense what-so-ever, so go read Anne's books, and then Todds. Especially if you like Fantasy and Sci-Fi, because these books started out being more Fantasy and evolved into Sci-Fi--but not heavy science. And, they have strong women characters, which is always good!

The Last Princess by Matthw Dennison. You know...I can't remember off the top of my head what this one was about. I think I'm going to have to check Amazon...O yeah! This book is a biography of Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria's youngest daughter, who was raised and expected to be the child who would never marry and would stay home and care for mother. And she did for 20 some years until she fell in love and married. Her husband had to promise they would live in England so she could still take care of her mother. It was a good book.

American Farmer: the heart of our country by Paul Mobley This one was a fun pictoral book of Farmers all across the country. Beautiful photographs.

Once upon a dream and Once upon a star by Nora Roberts et al. Short storys. Each book has 4 short stories all on the same theme. After all the heavy reading...these were sheer escapism and light reading.

Tales of Beetle the Bard by JK Rowling. I had to read this book, which plays such an important role in the last Harry Potter book!

Dewey: the smalll-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron. This one was another light, but good read. Cat people would love this one.

Promises in death by JD Robb. Roarke and Eve...need I say more...

Doomed Queens: royal women who met bad ends by Kris Waldherr. Another non-fiction book, but WOW! was this one fun to read. Some women were just BAD!

The borning room by Paul Fleischman. This is a childrens book that I found in our collection. I picked it up and read it quickly. It made me cry and it made me laugh. I really enjoyed it, in fact, I didn't weed it from the collection because it touched me.

Little family big values: the Roloff Family by Matt Roloff
The Duggars: 20 and counting by Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar
Against tall odds: being a David in a Goliath World by Matt Roloff. Ok...confession time, I like to watch both of these families on TLC. So, I checked out their respective books. Nothing new, but they did have nice photographs in them.

In Triumph's wake: Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters, and the price they paid for glory by Julia Gelardi. Boy...was I ever into reading biographies about Queens and Royalty in 2009! This one looked at 3 Mother/Daughters--Katherine of Aragon and her mother, Isabella of Spain, Maria Theresa of Austria and Marie Antoinette, and Queen Victoria and the Empress Frederick (Vicky). No happy endings here folks.

Memories: Autobiography of Ralph Emery by Ralph Emery with Tom Carter. This one was fun, and light. I read it mainly for dirt about the Country Music stars, and I wasn't disappointed.

Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts. I read this one after seeing the Lifetime movie. Once again...the book is better than the movie.

Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman. This was the Newbery Winner for 2008 (awarded in Jan 2009). What a wonderful imaginative book. Yes, it's a Children's book, but you are never to old to read Children's books. This one is great.

Bells on their toes by Frank Gilbreth. Remember the original Cheaper by the Dozen movie? Well, it was based on a book of the same title. And This is a "sequel." About real people...written in the 40's or 50's. A nice book about a large family.

The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty. This book is set in Kansas. It's a book about a girl growing up in a single parent household. It was...ok. Something different than what I normally read.

The Testament by Eric Van Lustbader. Lustbader is best known for writing the Bourne triligy. This book was similar to the Da Vinci Code. It was an OK adventure book.

Who gets the drumstick? by Helen Beardsley. Ok, another movie tie-in here. Remember Yours, Mine and Ours? The one with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda? This is the book it was based on. In this case...I liked the movie better, but...I did enjoy reading about the real Beardsly family.

Once upon a castle and Once upon a kiss by Nora Roberts et al and Vision in white by Nora Roberts. No apologies here. Nora is one of my favorite escapism authors.

Walls: resisting the third Reich by Zassenhaus, Hiltgunt. This one is another one I found in the library. It's a WW II book about various ways people resisted and fought against the Nazi's. In this case, Hiltgunt took medicines in to a prison for Danish...or Swedish prisones and later helped get many of them released, and kept records of all the prisoners so that their families would know of their fate. Very interesting book.

Handkerchiefs: a collectors guide by Helene Guarnaccia. Volumes 1 and 2. I have several hankerchiefs that had belonged to Grandma. I was curious to see if any were valuable and wanted to learn about the designs.

The lives of Kings & Queens of France by Duc De Castries. I'm pretty knowledgeable about the Kings and Queens of England, but France? not so much. This helped, and it was interesting, but not being as knowledgeable about French History, I didn't always "get" what was going on. Still, I liked this one.

Colorful Tablecloths 1930's - 1960's by Yvonne Barineau. I have some of Grandma's tableclothes too...

Hansi: the girl who loved the swastika Maria Anne Hirschmann. I blogged about this one earlier this year.

Lion's Bride and The Treasure by Iris Johansen. Two more escapism books. Strong female characters. I liked them. They are about the same family of women which is always good.

Hansi's new life and Don't shoot, I'm already wounded by Maria Anne Hirschmann. I beat a dead horse...these books were by the same author as Hansi, but about her years after she emigrated to America. Didn't enjoy these as much, I said, I had to finish reading her story.

Finger lickin fifteen byJanet Evanovich. If you haven't read Janet's "By the numbers" books, then you don't know what you are missing. I laughed out loud reading this one. But, start with book one (One for the Money). Then come back here and thank me.

Midnight warrior by Iris Johansen Hey...I liked two of her other books, I liked this one too. Nothing high brow, just simple enjoyment.

Black Hills by Nora Roberts. I sometimes think Nora could write a book about falling in love with the "last man on earth" and make it enjoyable.

One saint and seven sinners by Ennan R. Hall. This book was written in the 40's or therebouts. It's about a preacher who moved his family to the panhandle of Oklahoma at the turn of the century. Let's just say that his family weren't as "saintly" as preacher papa. It's really Ennan's tribute to her father, written after his death. I really liked it.

Anchored in Love by John Carter Cash; Among my Klediments by June Carter Cash and I walked the line by Vivian Cash. See a pattern? Remember that horse? I read John Carter Cash's book about his mother, and then had to read June's "autobiography", which then led me to Vivian's book. The weakest title is June's. But, I learned a lot about the Cash family and decided that Vivian really got the worst end of the deal--publicity wise. Very enlightening books.

Rangers Apprentice 6: Seige of Mackindaw by John Flanagan. Another "kiddie lit" book. But, hey, like I said...I like books written for kids. I've read all the Ranger's Apprentice books. This one feels like the last one. Boys love this series, and I was introduced to it by two boys. Anyone who likes archery or adventure tales will like this book--but again, start with the first book.

Backwoods teacher byJoseph Nelson. Joseph Nelson was a teacher back in the Ozarks during the depression. As an outsider, this is a humorous book about all that the Ozark folk taught him during his first year of teaching.

Sword of the Lady by S.M. Stirling. This is the third book in a series about "the Change." It's an apocolyptic book. The world as we know it ended 20 years ago in this book. It has traces of King Arthur and Wicca and Good vs. Evil. I've read the entire series, and while I enjoy this series, I do get tired of all the battles and testrone.

The old buzzard had it coming and Hornswoggled by Donis Casey. Now, I'm not a big fan of murder mysteries, or mysteries in general...but...I really liked these two titles. Set in Northeast Oklahoma in the 1910's, Alafair Tucker, solves mysteries. She's a farmwife and mother of several children. Somehow, her children get involved in trouble and fall in love with the wrong men. Delightful, light mysteries. Also included are recipies of old farm cooked meals. And, let's face it, you've just got to love books with titles with the word Hornswoggled in them.

The lost symbol by Dan Brown isn't as good as Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons. It was...ok. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had some clue to the geography of Washington DC. But since I've never been there, and haven't seen most of the buildings mentioned...well, it just didn't do anything for me.

Echo in the bone by Diana Gabaldon. If you don't know by now how much I love Diana's books, then you really need to read my blog! My only complaint about Echo is that I'll have to wait at least 2 more years for the next installment. I think you'll see this title on my list again in 2010.

Y: The last man--ring of truth; cycles; and unmanned by Brian K Vaughan. These are all graphic novels--all titles in a series. I could only get three of them through Interlibrary Loan. These were mentioned in a journal as "best" graphic novels. So, I read them to see if they'd be something I'd add to our collection. Interesting premise--some virus kills all creatures with the Y chromosome. And, of course, the world doesn't work so well without men. (Hey, it was written by a MAN!) They were ok, but I can't see much local demand for these, so I passed on buying them.

Mistress of the Monarchy by Alison Weir. Weir writes biographies of English Queens, or highly influentual women. This one is about Katherine Swynford, mistress and later wife of John of Gaunt. Monarchs since the Tudors can count Katherine as one of their ancestors. Chaucer was her brother in law. I like reading Weirs biographies. They are scholarly, but not dry.

Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent. This one is about the Salem Witch Trials, based on real people and a real family. It's not a happy book, in fact, it's rather dark, and was interesting and intriguing. I came a way with a new appreciation of just how small minded the Puritans really were.

Kindred in death by J D Robb

Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts

Dragons of the hourglass mage by Margaret Weis and Tracey Hickman. This is the lastest "installment" in the Dragonlance series of books. Shear fantasy. Dragonlance and PERN are two of my favorite worlds.

The worst hard time Timothy Egan. I blogged about this one too. I think it's one of the best books I've read this year...non fiction books that is...

America's women: 400 years of dolls, drudges, helpmates by Gail Collins. I just finished this book. I think all women should read something about women's history. This is a nice concise and thorough book on America History. I've learned a great deal about we women, and I'm proud to be an "American Woman." This isn't dry, isn't boring. It's a fast read and it's simply interesting. Something to ponder that the author one really knows what women used for menustration throughout history until the 20th century. In fact, for early American colonists, cloth was rare and a valuable commodity, much to valuabe to what did they use? Something to think about.

With that, we'll end my facinating list of books read in 2009. I think there are 59 or 60 titles. Not bad...Thanks for sticking with me and reading the entire list :)

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The end of year recap

Our computer died over the Christmas break. Miss Kat has been inconsolable. She's been at death's door without her computer. Andy had a USB wireless card which became the victim of a dog's foot, as he keeps his laptop on the floor when it's not in use. I wonder if this has convinced him that he needs to find a new home for the laptop?

Today, I'm running our family laptop in to the shop. I think our power cord/supply is all that died. I hope that's the case anyway. We had several brown outs and lost power on Christmas Eve, and I'm pretty sure that is when the computer died. I had planned to blog over break, all know that I didn't!


Deer season ended on December 31. I went out several times, but was not successful for the second year in a row. I'm pretty bummed about that. Kev and I went out on the 29th and actually had 4 does come in within 50 yards of us. Unfortunately, Kev was sky lined. The does were fun for me to listen to. They were snorting and stomping their feet, knowing something wasn't right, but were unable to smell us. We walked out of the pasture following the trail they came in on and that is when we discovered that Kev was sky lined amongst the sagebrush. It was a good end to the season--actually having deer come in like I wanted them to, and getting to listen to them. (I couldn't see the deer as I was behind a different sage brush than Kev. He could see the deer, all I could do is listen and watch Kev and hope that one would come around on my side.)

I am thinking about getting a rifle permit next year. I still want to bow hunt, but dang, hunting on the wide open prairie is much different than hunting from a tree stand along a river among trees!

We spent several wonderful days with family and friends over the holidays. Miss Kat got to go to Colby for 4 days. I made a flying trip up to get her and didn't get to see everyone I wanted to see, but there was a storm coming in, and I wanted to get back home safe and sound. Turned out that we didn't get anything from that storm...but with Kansas weather, one never knows.

Shay-on and Lynn Dale both came down to visit with us. Shay-on and I spent time shopping and cross stitching and reading and talking and eating and...well, we just had a good time. Lynn Dale and Kevin went coyote hunting. They used the 4 wheelers and had a ball. They only got one coyote, but did call several in, so they were happy. We did get to play cards. And Shay-on and I actually won! We did! We won a game by 1 point...and, no I wasn't keeping score.

I am infamous for not keeping score correctly and if the guys win a hand, they might lose 100 points, or we might go set and gain 100 points...or so... This time, Shay-on kept score, and she was accurate and we WON! 99.99% of the time, Kevin and Lynn win every game. I swear they can read each others mind and know what cards each other has. It gets rather annoying, losing all the time!

We went out to Dodge City's new casino. The plan was to eat at the restaurant there (we've heard good reviews), but...once we were told the almost empty restaurant had a 2 hour waiting time for seating, we decided to go elsewhere. Besides, the casino was noisy and smoky and not really my cup of tea. We probably won't go back.

I didn't have any big "home improvement" projects this holiday break. Spent a lot of time just relaxing, which I enjoyed tremendously!

2010 is here and I look forward to another year of change and exciting times for myself and the family.