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To Mary's Journal Entries July - Dec 2003

June 30, 2003

Yesterday I planted some Okra plants that David had left over after thinning his out. They were still looking good today… I forgot to mention in my journal last night that yesterday I was taking a shower and shampooing my hair when I realized I hadn’t removed my glasses… I have been tired today. I wish I could take an afternoon nap. I know that would help. But I just can’t turn off this brain… I called our grandson Josh this morning and we had a nice long talk… Dave has finally got our pool ready. After spending lots of bucks and a lot of hard work… We will get in it tonight and I am hoping it rejuvenates me… Dave also painted an Apple birdhouse red for me that my brother George gave me when we were visiting him… Jamie, I am sure enjoying the African Violet you gave me. I think I have found the perfect window for it… A very special hello to Norma in California who reads my journal every night before she goes to bed. I love hearing from people who read my journal… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 29, 2003

Happy Birthday Lori!!! Lori is David’s wife and our daughter-in-law in Norman, Oklahoma… I called my Mother this morning and she is doing okay and I called and checked on our friend Marie in Florida who had a bad fall on Friday… Kenny called and so did Carole and George from Louisville, Kentucky… Tonight we met at the Royal Bavaria, a German Restaurant, for dinner to celebrate Lori’s birthday. David, Lori, Chris, Jenni, Madison, Kerry, and Erin were there. I didn’t know what to order so I picked something and pointed it out to the waitress. LOL Jagerbraten in Champgnon sauce, Spatzle und gem. Salat. I am not sure about the spelling. Anyhow I had a salad, pork roast, and noodles, with gravy. We also shared some bread and a sausage plate with sour kraut. I enjoyed being with the family and Madison was so cute. She gave me lots of smiles and loving… Tonight was a nice evening to sit outside but I couldn’t stay out because of the mosquitoes … Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 28, 2003

Happy Anniversary Phil and Diane!!! Diane is a friend in Australia… Dave left early this morning to go to the airport… I stayed home and listened to my favorite radio talk show. I can’t learn enough about how to take care of the flower and vegetable garden… The three baby Blue Jays were back in the courtyard this morning I frightened them when I went out to fill the birdbath. They sure are noisy birds… I cooked a roast for supper. When we have roast the dogs always get excited because they know they will get some carrots… I called my friend Pat. She and Carl were painting the outside of their house. I wish I still had energy like that… Tonight I am going to watch the Gaither’s Gospel Hour on TV… Dave came home from the airport and he is a happy camper to be back flying his plane… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 27, 2003

Happy Birthday Sandy!!! Sandy (Sis) is our friend in Rusk, Texas… I called and sang happy birthday to Sis this morning and she didn’t even laughed. She probably held the phone away from her ear. LOL… The three baby Bluejays were in our front yard this morning… We still haven’t seen any Hummingbirds. Put out some fresh nectar just in case they show up… I picked our first tomato this morning but not before a bird got to it. I wasn’t very happy about that… I went to the Pharmacy, BX, and Commissary with Dave… My arms and legs have been hurting and still having the weakness in them. I am sorry that I am so whiney. I have even shed a few tears today… David stopped by for a visit on his way to work. He has been going to Physical Therapy for the injury of his wrist and it seems to be helping. Rachel also stopped by for a short visit and introduced us to her new husband. Rachel used to live across the street from us and we watched her grow up. It sure was good to see her… I got caught up on Chip’s Journey today. Chip and Sharon are good friends of ours... You won’t be sorry if you check out Chip’s Journey @ Chip Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 26, 2003

Happy Belated Birthday Ruth!!! Ruth is a DASNI friend in Atlanta, Georgia… Thanks to Sonia in Santiago, Chile, South America, Aralee in Schertz, Texas, and Barbara in Wichita, Kansas for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… Kenny called last night and talked to Dave. I had gone to bed before dark and didn’t get to talk to him. Their new home is being framed now and they are getting excited. We will have to make a trip to Piedmont soon and see how it is coming along… I woke up at 6:00 this morning and made us pancakes for breakfast, not much else accomplished except pull weeds out of the garden and fed the flowers. I made several trips out to check on our almost ripe tomato trying to make a decision whether to pick it our take a chance on the birds or squirrels getting it first but I decided to leave it. We will be eating it tomorrow… Dave and I enjoyed watching three baby Bluejays in our court yard yesterday and this morning. The parents were nearby keeping a close eye on them. This evening they are gone… I had phone calls from my phone buddy Virginia and a DASNI friend Mary Ellen in Pennsylvania… Two of the Hibiscus are blooming and so pretty and the Roses are starting to bloom again… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 25, 2003

Happy Belated Birthday Robert!!! Robert is our friend in San Antonio, Texas… Happy Anniversary Chip and Sharon!!! Chip and Sharon are our friends in Florida… We are Home!!! I saw Dr. Morgan the morning we left for our vacation. He said my liver functions were elevated and my EKG was abnormal. He set up an appointment for me to see a Cardiologist on July 3… We had a wonderful time on our trip and no problems except for a truck that threw a rock and it hit our windshield and busted it. I got to spend five days visiting with my Mother. I surprised her and she was so happy to see me. We parked our motor home at Donnie and Martha’s house. My brother George, from Kentucky, came down. It was nice that we could all be together. George, Martha and I went up one afternoon to play bingo with Mom. She was better at playing bingo than any of us were… One night I got together with three of my classmates. Dave and I went to visit Daddy’s, my sister Lula’s, my brother Everett’s and his wife’s Ruth’s gravesites… It was Cole Porter days in Peru, Indiana so one night we all went to a Cole Porter concert. It was a beautiful evening and it was held outside on the old fire station lawn. Martha took me shopping at the mall twice and pushed me around in a wheel chair. Once when we were shopping at Target I had picked up several items and had them in my lap. We walked out of the store into the mall and we were in the Old Navy store when I looked down and saw the items in my lap. Needless to say we were both embarrassed so we headed back to the Target store to pay for the items. We sure did laugh about it later. We had lunch out both times at Panera Bread. I had never eaten at one of them before and this one had just opened. It was yummy. We went to West Virginia and visited with Dave’s brother Bob and his wife Margot, his sister Lucy and her husband Roger and children and grandchildren. And his sister Judy and her husband Dewey from North Carolina were in Huntington visiting also. We all got together and had a wonderful dinner at O’Charley’s one night… The morning we left, our niece Karen and children Jacob and Karianne came out to the Beech Fork State Park where we were camping and brought a box of Krispy Kreme donuts… While we were there we also visited Dave’s Mother and Father’s gravesite… We drove to Louisville, Kentucky and parked at my brother’s house… George had invited several of our cousins and his friend Carole, Uncle Bob and Ann, over for a cookout. I had not seen Joe in forty some years. Carolyn, Rita, and Diane and I had a good time laughing about the good old days… The next morning George, Carole, Uncle Bob and more cousins got together at Bob Evan’s for a breakfast. It was so good seeing Ernie and Margie and Ray and his wife. I hadn’t seen them in years… We left the motor home and dogs with George and drove the Honda down to Mammoth Cave to see granddaughter Jamie and husband Mitch and great grand children Allison and Matthew. Jamie is expecting a baby boy in August and she looks so cute pregnant. We all went out to dinner and then we drove back to George’s… I was exhausted that night… The next morning we left for home. We stopped in Washington, Missouri where Carole, a DASNI friend, met us for a short visit. While Carole and I visited Dave laid down for a nap… Then Dave drove on into Henrietta, Oklahoma to our friends Campground to visit with Wade and Jan… Dave was so tired and so was I. I had pain and weakness in my arms and legs. I wasn’t even able to visit much with Wade and Jan… Dave decided to come on home… We both have been busy since we got home. I had over 700 emails and my server had started bouncing them. I got through them yesterday… Today I did four loads of laundry… The best news is that Dave passed his physical today for his pilot’s license so he is no longer grounded… Dave has spent the rest of the day working on the pump for the pool replacing seals. I can’t wait to get in the pool again… David came by and brought us a bag of fresh green beans from their garden. I cooked them with some new potatoes for supper and they were so good… We have cucumbers and bell peppers out of our garden and our tomatoes are turning… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 11, 2003

We have been busy trying to get all the last minute things ready for our trip tomorrow. This will be my last entry in my journal until I return… David came by and brought me a book to read on the trip, “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” David was on his way to donate blood. This trip will make a total of ten gallons that he has donated… Got to get back to getting ready to go… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 10, 2003

I was really busy this morning getting ready for the Merry Maids to come. While they were cleaning I was out on the patio watching the birds and reading the Birds and Blooms magazine. Dave had gone to run some errands and to pick up our lunch at Sonic. The maids were here and gone in no time and it is nice again to have a clean house. It will be so nice to come back from our trip to a clean house too. We will leave Thursday morning right after my doctor’s appointment… Billy Graham has been in Oklahoma City this week preparing for a four-day crusade starting on the 12th. He did a segment on the news saying he had heard about the tornadoes we had a few weeks ago. And since we were under a thunderstorm watch today he said he was looking forward to running from one. LOL. Whenever I hear Billy Graham’s voice I get chicken skin. I was lucky enough to attend one of his crusades back in 1983... I am going through a period where I can’t seem to get enough to eat. I am always hungry… I have been having headaches on the left side of my head then they travel to the back of my head and then to the top. I am thankful they don’t last long… I had phone calls from friends Virginia and Martha… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 9, 2003

… I washed our sheets and put them back on the bed and I did it before bedtime for a change. I don’t like it when I get ready for bed and notice that I have to make the bed before I can go to sleep… I have started loading up the motor home and I fed the vegetables and flowers. The Hibiscus and Clematis will be blooming before long and I have tomatoes about the size of tennis balls… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 8, 2003

I was so tired by the time we got home last night that I did my journal and went to bed. I had forgotten to mention about the Kildee birds I was watching while I was at the hangar. They sort of remind me of Penguins. I don’t get to see them around my yard… I finished reading Jeanne’s book “My Life Turned Upside Down By Alzheimer’s” while I was out there. Also I saw a beautiful rainbow, no rain, just a rainbow. I watched that rainbow until it disappeared… I called my Mother yesterday and she had visitors from Florida last week. It was her Sister-in-law, my aunt Bev. Mom said she didn’t recognize her. I hope she recognizes me when I go visit her next week… This morning I got up and fixed us a big country breakfast and we ate out on the patio. It was really nice out this morning. Not too hot or too cool… Dave left right after breakfast and went to the airport… I did a lot of picking up around the house, got all the groceries put away, got two loads of laundry done and put away and got bills caught up… My friend Martha called to ask us out for dinner and as soon as Dave got home and took a shower we went to Alfred and Martha’s. We had a nice dinner, which included Cabbage Rolls and Lime Pie for dessert. Later we played Mexican Train dominoes. I even won a game and I had never played that game before. We had a wonderful evening but I am sure tired now… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 7, 2003

Happy Birthday Sue!!! Sue is a friend in Canada… Last night Dave and I were sitting outside on the patio and noticed the first lightening bugs of the year. They brought back memories of my childhood years when my brothers and sisters and I would catch them in a fruit jar… I got up early this morning and let the dogs out and made coffee… We drank our coffee out on the patio and I thought about making biscuits and gravy but that is as far as I got… I remembered to listen to my lawn and garden talk show on the radio. That and watching the birds and butterflies took up most of my morning… I made out a grocery list and Dave got groceries… I hosted the afternoon chat then I went with Dave to the airport. It was after nine went we got home. The traffic really made me nervous… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 6, 2003

Happy Birthday Mary Lou!!! Mary Lou is a friend in Nevada… Thanks to Heleca in Sweden for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… It was so good to see the sunshine and no rain for a change. The garden is sure growing and the weeds too. I pulled some weeds out of the mud… My Butterfly Bush, Dusty Miller, and Hydrangea are blooming… I spent a good bit of time out on the patio this morning hoping I would see a Hummingbird but none came. They sure are late getting here to our house this year… I worry about Dave a lot because he keeps falling asleep at the computer… We made some plans for a vacation. I just hope… I had a phone call from Joann Webster from the Alzheimer’s Assn. in Tulsa. She wants Dave and me to do a Question and Answer session for the EASE group in Tulsa next month. I will do a session for the people with dementia and Dave will do a session for the Carepartner… I haven’t gotten much accomplished today and what I did do I was pushing myself. Still waiting on that Vitamin B-12 injection to kick in… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

June 5, 2003

Thanks Edie in Dayton, Indiana for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… Thanks Sis for the phone call last night… Last night after I did my journal I went to a DASNI Task Force meeting online. Then after that I hosted chat. By the time I finished that I was exhausted… This morning at 6:30 it was pouring down rain and I didn’t want to get up but I had to for an 8:00 appointment with the eye doctor. There has not been much change in my eyes or cataracts since the appointment six months ago. He wants to see me again in six months… Later I went for a haircut and now I am all groomed, nails done and a haircut. LOL… Then we went to Subway for lunch… I did laundry, picked up around the house, and fixed supper… Virginia called… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 4, 2003

More rain during the night. I didn’t check the rain gauge but I think it was a good bit… I got in the whirlpool this morning with lots of bubbles and it felt good to be back in there. I usually just take a quick shower in the morning but decided to get in the whirlpool and I had Dave in hollering distance in case I needed help getting out. But I managed fine with the helper bars… I went for my appointment with Dr. Morgan with my long list of complaints. I feel like a hypochondriac sometimes and I know my family gets tired of my complaining. But I know my pain is real… The doctor ordered lab work and they did an EKG on me and gave me a Vit B12 injection… Then Dave took me for a manicure and then out to dinner at Santa Fe Cattle Company. The food was delicious and the service was good. We had never been there before and Dave really liked the peanuts in the shell. I would have liked them too but I can’t have peanuts or popcorn and I love them both… Dave tried out his new GPS and it works… We had planned on making a trip to Indiana to see my Mother but since the doctor wants to see me back again in a week we have scratched the trip… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 3, 2003

My computer clock was showing the wrong day and time. I get confused enough about times without having the computer confuse me… We got more rain during the night and it has been much cooler today but so humid. The humidity really bothers me… The vegetable garden is really looking good. For our lunch I warmed up some ham and navy beans that Lori had sent by David yesterday. They sure tasted good… Dave went to the airport to do some work on the plane and cut the grass around the hangar and he is still not home. I will post my journal without him editing it as I have been doing the past few days. So I apologize if I have made mistakes… I stayed home and did chat and folded laundry that was left in the dryer from yesterday… My brother George in Kentucky called and he is feeling much better. Also had a phone call from phone buddy Virginia… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 2, 2003

Happy Belated Birthday Norita!!! Norita is our Sister In Law in Lake Isabella, California. I can’t believe I called her two weeks ago to sing happy birthday to her and it wasn’t even her birthday and when her birthday really is I can’t remember it… Richard I am so sorry to hear you had a stroke. Please take care of yourself. You are a special brother in law… We got a pretty good rain during the night I slept through the night so I didn’t hear it. Thanks to my sleeping pill… I pulled weeds while they were easy to pull and watched the birds. I had heard that the Goldfinches move from here when it gets too hot so I was surprised but happy to see them still at the feeder this morning… While I was watching the birds I decided to get my laptop and take it outside on the patio and I got caught up with a bunch of emails that I was way behind on. I later gave the dogs a bath and did laundry and helped a 53-year-old lady in Alabama who has Alzheimer’s to get into the afternoon chat at the right time. She was having a hard time getting into chat when others were there so I called her when it was time for chat… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

June 1, 2003

A brand new month is here already... I have no idea where the time goes… I woke up with a lot of tummy pain, this time it was higher than normal but it got better as the day went on… I did laundry, mopped the kitchen and cleaned the water fountain. We sure have some dirty birds in our neighborhood… I hosted chat this afternoon and we had a great bunch of people there… Please remember, if you have dementia and would like to join our chats. Just click on the link above. You will meet some mighty fine folks there and we are all in the same boat… I received the newsletter last week from the Alzheimer’s Assn. Chapter in Oklahoma/Arkansas and they did a full page on me. Thanks Joann Webster for doing that article. You are doing a great service for people with Alzheimer’s and other Dementia. If you would like to read the article you can email me at and I will send you a copy of it… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 31, 2003

Happy Birthday Barbara!!! Barbara is a friend in Panama City, Florida… Happy Birthday Dan!!! Dan is our friend in Ohio… It was a little cooler this morning with a nice breeze… I pulled a bunch of weeds out of the garden and as always the more I pulled the more seem to appear… I fed the birds and noticed the mice had gotten into the bag of Thistle Seed. I fixed them and put the bag in a metal container. Thistle is much too expensive to feed the mice… I called my Mother and she had won three times at Bingo so she was happy to think that her luck was changing… I received a package today and it was a big surprise. It was a lighthouse birdhouse. Right up my alley. Thanks so much Sis… I called Barbara in Florida, Lynn in South Dakota, and Sandy in Texas… David came by and took me for a long drive in his Mini Cooper. We sure got lots of looks. I even got to see his baby Rhea. That Rhea has got to be the cutest thing I have ever seen. Then we had supper at Braums. Thanks David I enjoyed our afternoon together. Dave helped Kenny move some stuff to the hangar... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 30, 2003

It got up to 102 degrees today. So I only made a quick trip outside to check the garden and stayed inside the rest of the day. Mostly resting and watched a video. “Cool Hand Luke” I don’t know if I had watched it before or not. That is one advantage of have Alzheimer’s you can watch the same movie over and over… Cindy got groomed today I wish I looked and felt as good as she does… UPS delivered Dave’s birthday present today. It’s a new GPS for street. He can use it in the motor home and the car. I hope he gets as much use out of this GPS as he does the one in the plane… I have been enjoying ice cream bars today from Braums. I remember eating Eskimo Pies as a kid… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma…

May 29, 2003

Happy 100th Birthday to Bob Hope and thanks for the memories… I got my medications set up for four more weeks, did laundry and fixed liver and onions. I watched a movie “Airport”… I have been having the feeling that bugs are crawling on me and there are no bugs… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 28, 2003

This morning the Dell computer tech came to fix some of my laptop problems. One of them was a cracked case and another was I wasn’t able to use my laptop outside because when I would take it out there I couldn’t see anything. Also my fan had quit running. I needed to get all these things taken care of because my warranty is running out in a few days. It is hard to believe I have had my laptop for three years already… Dave mowed our grass and then went to David’s and mowed his acreage… David, Lori, and Kenny called and I called Carole... Kenny and Kathy will close on both of their houses on Friday. They are all moved into the rent house in Piedmont now and are watching their new home being built… I fixed supper and went to chat and to an online DASNI meeting… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 27, 2003

Happy Birthday Lynn!!! Lynn is our friend in Vancouver, Canada and our DASNI president… I rested more than I wanted too today… Dave called and made an appointment with Dr. Morgan for me. Our doctor is on vacation this week but will be back next week. I am hoping Dr. Morgan can fix me because I sure am tired of feeling this way… I made some fresh nectar for the hummingbirds. I am hoping they show up here soon… I called Lynn and Glenna and had a call from Virginia… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 26, 2003

Happy Memorial Day… Kenny and Kathy came last night and brought Dave a nice gift… I watched the Bob Hope special and remember watching him years ago when he would do the USO shows… In 1967 Dave got to attend one of the USO shows while on a one year tour over in U-Tapao, Thailand and I remember the boys and I were watching it on TV hoping we could see Dave in the crowd… I spent most of the morning just resting. I watched a movie “The Wedding Singer”, I believe that was the name of it… Once I got up about noon I was feeling better than I had in several days… Maybe I am going to have to spend more time resting until I am feeling better again… I did laundry, fixed a Spaghetti supper, fed the flowers, and did a lot of bird watching. We have a pair of Doves visiting us now and these are different than we have ever seen before. They have a black ring around their neck… Dave did a lot of honey do’s today… I watched the Memorial Services on TV and got choked up… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 25, 2003

Happy Birthday Dave!!! I had big plans on giving Dave breakfast in bed this morning but by the time I felt like getting up Dave was already up making coffee… So I waited till later and fixed him a brunch and we ate out on the patio… Dave had lots of phone calls and David and Lori came bringing gifts and Lori made Dave a birthday cake… We are expecting Kenny and Kathy later... I had calls from Martha, Carole, and Chip and I called my Mother and brother… I gave the dogs a bath and did a load of laundry… I gave Dave a day off today. I didn’t give him any honey dos… The Hollyhocks are blooming… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 24, 2003

Yesterday afternoon Dave and I went by and got a U-Haul truck to move Kenny. Kenny doesn’t get off work until after 6:00 and the U-Haul place is closed by then… Dave and Kenny loaded up the truck and took a load to the rent house. I helped Kathy doing some packing in the kitchen. I wasn’t near as much help as I would have liked to be but I did what I could… We didn’t get home till after midnight last night. So needless to say Dave and I are both tired today… I watched Beethoven 2 this afternoon… David stopped by to visit… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 23, 2003

While Dave was helping Kenny move I went to bed. I didn’t feel like doing anything else. In fact I think if I had to have done something I couldn’t have. I get these spells where I am so weak. I can’t explain it but it is not a good feeling… I have had sores in my mouth for a week and nothing I did helped get rid of them. I called my doctor this morning and was told I had a yeast infection in my mouth. It was caused from the Cipro. It seems like one medicine leads to another and now I am on Nystatin… We had thunderstorms and a little shower this morning… David called and I called Virginia… I called and placed another order to Land’s End… I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 22, 2003

Kenny called last night saying he had taken the kids out to ride their go-carts. They all had a good time. When I asked Josh if he would give me a ride and not go fast, he said he would be very careful when I rode with him… LOL…. Kenny told me that I had better not ride with Heather because she is really a dare devil… I woke up with a headache this morning and I have been cold all day… I called my Sister-In-Law Norita in Lake Isabella, California this morning and sang Happy Birthday to her. She started laughing and said it is not my birthday but you are the first to wish me a happy birthday this year. LOL.. I messed up again… We went out and looked at some property by David’s that he wanted us to check out. It runs into his fifteen acres. While we were out looking we managed to get stuck. But with a little help from me we managed to get out okay… Then we went by the meat market to pick up some meat and while we were there they were giving out Hot Links so Dave and I came home with a full tummy. Dave will go to Kenny and Kathy’s to help Kenny do some more moving. They hope to be out and sleeping in the rent house tomorrow night. I think I will stay home and rest… I noticed this morning we have some tiny tomatoes on one of the tomato plants. Another month or so and we will have tomatoes… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 21, 2003

It was still really chilly and rainy this morning. My joints were aching so I decided to get in the whirlpool and that felt wonderful… Then I went out and took a quick tour of my garden. It was too cool to stay out for long… I called David and he is feeling better… By noon it was warming up so Dave and I were able to have lunch on the patio… We did a lot of work in the yard today. At 2:00 I looked at the clock and thought I should go in and do DASNI chat but instead I stayed outside and fed the flowers and pulled weeds. We had gotten about two inches of rain in the last couple days so the weeds were easy to pull. But it seemed like every time I pulled a weed two more would pop up. I soon got tired and quit and went and sat down in my chaise lounge and watched the birds. I saw the prettiest pigeon on the neighbor’s roof. It had on a white hat and tail and the rest was all black. We don’t see many pigeons in our neighborhood and that is a good thing… I got the new sheets for our new bed that I ordered from Land’s End today and I washed them and put them on our bed… I cooked supper tonight by myself for a change... Tonight Dave and I are watching the Country Music Awards… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 20, 2003

Happy Birthday Sandy!!! Sandy is a friend in Ohio… Thanks to Diane in Australia, Holt and Wanda in McMinnville, Tennessee, Howard, Catherine, Uncle Bill, and Ollie in Gahanna, Ohio, Norma in North Carolina, Janey in Plainville, Illinois, Marie in Miami, Florida, Sis in Rusk, Texas, Amy in USA, and Susie in Austin, Texas for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… We had a good rain last night and thunderstorms. We got some good size hail also. I checked on the garden and we did have some damage to the plants but I think or at least I hope they survive… It really has cooled down. I have been wearing my sweater all day. Yesterday it was in the 80’s and today only in the 50’s… We have been getting rid of some stuff by donating to Am Vets and Vietnam Vets. We have so much stuff we need to get rid of… Virginia called and David. David has been suffering with some ear pain and had to see his doctor to have his ear irrigated. They are down to one Rhea baby now. The parents keep stepping on the babies.,, I called Josh and he and Heather have gotten new Go Carts. Both Go Carts have two seats so they can even take their Dad and Mom with them. School will be out for them on Friday… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 19, 2003

When I got up this morning the dogs were all over me giving me kisses. They really missed us last night while we were at Kenny’s and when we got home they had their legs crossed. LOL. I love my dogs. I recently read this in a dog magazine. “No matter how little MONEY and how few POSSESSIONS you own, having a dog makes you RICH” -----Louis Sabin… Dave and I sure agree with what Louis wrote… I cleaned the fountain and birdbath and washed a few windows then I took a tour around my garden. Our tomatoes are starting to bloom. I stopped and smelled my Roses and the Honeysuckle as I always do and they smell so good… I have just finished doing a word search puzzle in the Birds and Bloom magazine. I do better with the word search puzzle than I do with jigsaw and crossword puzzles… Dave got his stitches removed today and lots of errands and honey do’s taken care of… We recently had our DASNI Annual General Meeting online. This was the first one we have ever done online. It went really well. Lynn Jackson in Vancouver, Canada is our new President and Carol Mullikens in Missouri and I are Co Vice Presidents… I fixed cornbread for supper. Cornbread is one of my comfort foods… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 18, 2003

Dave and I had our coffee and breakfast on the patio this morning while watching the birds. The last baby bird left out of the birdhouse… I noticed when I was checking the garden that we were down to one eggplant and it didn’t look good so we went to the store and bought some more eggplants and another Celebrity tomato plant. Dave and I love getting fresh vegetable out of our own garden… My sister called and we discussed making a trip to Indiana. Martha said Mom was getting frail. So we may go next month instead of waiting till fall… I called Mom but didn’t tell her we might come to see her soon… We stopped at a road side stand where a guy was selling his birdhouses but I couldn’t make up my mind which one I wanted so we will go back another time… Dave and Kenny went flying and picked up Heather in Anadarko where she spent the weekend with her dad. They also flew over the area where Kenny and Kathy’s new home will be and they have started building. They took several aerial pictures of it… I stayed with Kathy and it wasn’t long till Josh’s Mother Teryl brought him home. We all watched the Jim Carrey movie Liar Liar. Dave and Kenny took a load of furniture to Kenny’s rent house…. It is late and good to be home and I am so tired… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 17, 2003

I went through grocery coupons and made a long grocery list for Dave this morning because we were getting really low on food in our house. After I finished with it I looked and knew there was no way that he could read what I had written because I was having trouble reading it myself. The words were going down hill and all the letters were so close together. So I decided I had better write it on the computer and let Dave print it out… While Dave was gone I did two loads of laundry and made some potato soup. It was cool this morning and I thought soup sounded good for lunch… David called and they have two new calves on their farm and still expecting one more. The first one, Well Done, a male was born on Thursday and Charlene arrived this afternoon… Kenny called and he and Kathy were taking time out of their busy schedule and going to an Air Show at Wiley Post Airport and they were going up in a C-45 plane… I have received Jeanne Lee’s book called “JUST LOVE ME, My Life Turned Upside Down By Alzheimer’s”. I think anyone who has Alzheimer’s or who knows someone with Alzheimer’s would enjoy this book. You can order Jeanne’s book by calling 1-800-247-6553, and receive a 20% Discount when you mention the code PUP28. This offer is good until June 30, 2003… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 16, 2003

I slept with one ear and one eye open last night as we were having storms again… So needless to say I have been tired all day. I had planned on doing some laundry today but I have been too tired. Tomorrow is another day… I had phone calls from my neighbor Jaunita and Chip in Florida. Chip and I had barely started talking when the tornado sirens went off so I quick got off the phone and started throwing things out of the closet again. But we lucked out and they didn’t touch down near us… I have never in my life seen so many tornadoes so close to me before… I called and placed an order with Land’s End… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 15, 2003

Last night I heard from a long time friend Jean who I hadn’t heard from in a long time. Chuck and Jean were friends who we used to ride motorcycles with and every Thursday night starting in the early spring and through late fall we would go on a dinner run. A dinner run is where we would go for dinner somewhere within a fifty-mile radius of Oklahoma City. Jean and I had fun talking about the good old days when we did that and trying to remember the names of some of the people who went with us. We have also made a couple trips to Dallas with them…. Today there is no way I could or want to climb on a motorcycle but Jean and Chuck are still doing it. They own the Oklahoma Honda – Suzuki Motorcycle Shop… I was up early this morning and sitting out on the patio by myself when I noticed something was moving the Primroses around. Soon a little bunny came out and when it saw me it jumped a foot off the ground and then took off. It wasn’t long till it came back and took another look at me… I paid bills and watered and fed the tomato plants that Dave planted this morning and looked through my recent Birds and Blooms magazine… Virginia called… Dave keeps telling me I am too impatient… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 14, 2003

After yesterday I have been doing a lot of resting. I spent most of the day out on the patio. I had a lot of birds and butterflies to watch plus I have so many beautiful roses and other flowers to enjoy… I have been spending very little time on the computer anymore. I am enjoying the spring weather while I can. Soon it will be too hot for me to spend time outside… I had phone calls from friend Pat, brother George, and David. I asked Pat if sometime she would come and take me to the mall so we can shop and do lunch, my treat. I think it would be a good break for Dave and maybe she could help me pick out something pretty to wear. I have a hard time picking out and making decisions about clothes. Dave tries but it isn’t the same as having a friend take you shopping. Jeanne in Hawaii suggested it when she called me the other day and I think something new to wear would perk me up… George was bragging to me about eating mushrooms and he had my mouth watering. At least he was thinking of me while he was eating them… David has three baby Rhea’s at their house. I can’t wait to see them. Dave is going to help David tonight to pick up another bunch of honeybees. David has three beehives now. There is nothing like fresh honey… I called Kenny and they are so busy at their house. They sold their home last week. So they have been cleaning up after the tornado damage, messing with the insurance adjusters, plus packing and moving to the rent house while their home is being built… I only wish I had the energy to help them move like I did when they moved three years ago… Dave has been preparing all our meals. Thanks Honey, what would I do with out you? Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 13, 2003

I still can’t believe how long it took me to get over this last funk I was in. Usually I can wait a couple days and it will pass, this time it was a couple weeks. I think it was brought on with a lot of stress… Dave left early this morning for a one-week follow-up visit with his surgeon. Everything was fine and he will go back next Monday to have the stitches removed… While Dave was at the doctor’s office and running many errands I got in the shower and was thinking what if I fall. I am so used to having him at home while I shower since he is retired. But everything went fine and I didn’t fall… I gave the dogs a bath and got busy picking up for the maids, doing laundry, and putting fresh sheets on the bed. I am trying to make it so they aren’t here long. They recently raised their rates again… I was outside pulling weeds and feeding the flowers when I remembered I wasn’t supposed to be in the sun when I am taking Cipro… Dave picked up our lunch at Sonic and we ate out on the patio while the maids cleaned the house. I am enjoying our clean house tonight but I sure am tired…. David called and I called my friend and web mistress Teresa in Missouri… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 12, 2003

I woke up feeling better this morning… David and Lori came by and brought me a beautiful card and gave me a beautiful Yellow Rose called Graham Thomas. They also gave me a Crown of Thorns and a dozen fresh country eggs… Lori transplanted some flowers for me and I gave her a start of the Passion Vine… I deadheaded roses and Dave planted the wildflower seeds and transplanted a rose that David had given me a few years ago… Erin gave me a pretty ornament for the flower garden… Then Dave went to David’s to cut his grass. It is going to be awhile before David will be able to cut his grass because of his broken wrist… I called my friend Martha… Virginia and Erin called. Virginia is doing better after her bad fall where she broke her shoulder blade. Erin and Kerry have set a wedding date for September 6… I went to the DASN chat this afternoon for the first time in a couple of weeks… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 11, 2003

Happy Mothers Day!!!

I called my Mother and she said she had a good Mother’s Day. They had an Elvis impersonator at the Nursing home to entertain them and My Brother, Sister, and Niece were there to be with her. Dave and I had wired some flowers to her. Mom said they were beautiful… I spent most of my Mother’s Day in bed. I had another flare up with my tummy. I am back on Cipro…. I had phone calls from David and Kenny. David and Lori wanted to come but since I told them I wasn’t feeling well, they decided to wait until Monday to come by. Dave gave me a Pineapple Jasmine Yankee Candle, breakfast in bed and fixed dinner for us…. Kenny, Kathy, and Heather came and brought me a nice gift set from Body Works and the fragrance is Sweet Pea. They also gave me an Asparagus plant, a Dwarf Crepe Myrtle, and a bag of Wild Flower Seeds. The wild flowers are supposed to attract hummingbirds and butterflies… Heather went swimming while they were here. Josh was at his Mother’s celebrating his birthday there today. I missed seeing him… The tornado that came through here Friday night missed us but did manage to do damage to Kenny and Kathy’s home in Bethany and they are still without power… Two days in a row of tornadoes was a bit too much… I am going to try and keep up with my journal again. But if it gets too much I will take another break… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

May 8, 2003

I want to apologize for just up and leaving my journal without any warning but I have been going through a tough time... Good news is Dave’s surgery went well and this afternoon we got the report back from the biopsy and everything is fine. Thank You God… Dave and I survived another tornado this evening. It touched down just a little over a mile from us. Dave, the three dogs and I were in our bedroom closet just like we were for the May 3 tornado that hit four years ago. That time it just missed us by 200 yards. Dave and I are feeling very lucky tonight… I am still taking a break from the computer, just wanted to post this… Please be patient with me and I will be back… Thanks to all who have phoned, sent emails and cards. They were appreciated… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 26, 2003

Last night soon after supper I went to bed. My legs were hurting so bad. It felt like there was a rubber band tied around each of my legs. When I have pain it makes me so tired… Dave fixed us a delicious omelet this morning and we ate out on the patio. We had a yard full of birds to watch. Blue Jays, Mocking Birds, Cardinals, Doves, Finches, Wrens, Sparrows and Doves. We had three Goldfinches at the Thistle feeder at one time, they are so pretty. But the Blue Jay would come and run them off but eventually they would come back… David called this morning and said the Hummingbirds were at his house, which is about twenty miles from our house. So I made some fresh nectar and put in the Hummingbird feeder and hung it up on the window. But not before I managed to break the feeder. I seem to manage to break more things without even trying. It is a good thing I have Dave, my Mr. Fix It, who manages to fix almost anything I break… I cleaned the birdbath and the fountain and put in fresh water. I fixed a Rump Roast for supper. We are about to finish off the beef that we got from T-bone… Dave worked real hard in the yard today and it looks so nice… Tonight we went to Braums for an Ice Cream cone… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 25, 2003

It is Friday and I have been having trouble all week trying to remember what day it is. Guess I have too much on my mind… I went out this morning and checked on the garden and the wind sure is giving the vegetables a hard time. I will be surprised if they even survive… David and Lori came this morning and brought Madison here for us to watch while David went to get the result of his MRI. Madison came walking in the house and started reaching for me to pick her up right away. That sure made my heart smile. After lunch we laid down to take a nap. I was pretending to be asleep and she kept pulling my nose. LOL… David got good news from the doctor, his shoulder is just badly bruised and he won’t have to have surgery on it. But they will do surgery and put a plate in his wrist next Tuesday… David and Lori brought some fresh Salmon for us to fix for supper… I have spent the rest of my day working on a survey for Linda Claire at the University College London in the United Kingdom… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 24, 2003

Happy Birthday, Marie!!! Marie is our friend in Miami, Florida… Thanks to Sue (Sis) in Manitoba, Canada for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I feel so blessed with all my Internet friends. Many of them I have adopted as brothers and sisters… Dave took David for an MRI of his shoulder. He will find out the results when he visits his doctor in the morning. We know for sure they will have to put in a plate in his wrist and just waiting to find out about the shoulder to see if they will have to do surgery on it also. I sure hope not… David and Kenny had planned on taking their Dad to Ohio this weekend to see the Air Force Museum. That has had to be postponed till later… The rain we had yesterday is making our garden look good. The Blaze Roses are blooming and the grass is getting greener and growing… I pulled some weeds this morning, after a rain they are much easier to pull and I swept and mopped the kitchen… One of David’s friends and coworker is the proud father of an Oklahoma Sooner’s Basketball player, DeAngelo Alexander #15, gave me a picture of his son. I will add it to my collection of famous people… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 23, 2003

It was rainy and cold this morning when I woke up. I ended up having to turn on the heat… Have been taking it easy today. I watered the plants in the house and God watered the ones outside. I got the clothes folded from the laundry I did yesterday… My brother is home from the hospital and I called to check on him. He had been outside checking on his garden. I am so thankful he is doing so well… I called Virginia and also Josh and Heather. Heather is going to be going to Branson this weekend and her choir group will be performing at Silver Dollar City. Way to go Heather. Josh’s voice seems to have changed over night, he doesn’t sound like a boy anymore but like a man. I can’t believe how fast he has grown up. He was busy doing his homework… Lori called to let us know that David had a bicycle accident this morning. The last we heard his doctor had sent him to an Orthopedic surgeon. We are waiting to see if he is going to have to have surgery on his wrist. His shoulder and ribs were also hurting him… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 22, 2003

First thing I did this morning was survey the backyard. I watered the vegetables and they are looking good and happy to be in the ground… I found my first rose in bloom for this year and it is a Zephirine Drouhin. It is beautiful and doesn’t have thorns… I saw the bottom of my hamper today. I washed five loads of laundry. That included washing our bedding and the dog’s beds too. I gave the dogs a bath. Dave worked in the yard, washed the car and fixed Taco’s for supper and they were yummy… I called my Mother and made her laugh. Then I called to check on our friend Diane in Tennessee whose husband Gary is in the hospital… David, Kenny, and Virginia called… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma.

April 21, 2003

Kenny and Kathy made it here last night and we had a nice visit. So that made my Easter just perfect since we got time with are children… I went to bed last night with my lower back hurting badly. After not being able to get to sleep because of the pain I decided to put some Super Blue Stuff on my back and finally was able to get to sleep… We had an early morning appointment this morning. I did not want to get up. I was so tired from my big day yesterday. But I did and we made it to our appointment in time. In fact we were about fifteen minutes early. After the appointment Dave wanted to go to Chandler, Oklahoma so I went along for the ride. But lucky for me I did because he stopped at a Nursery to ask for directions and I got a flat of Begonias to plant out front of the house and again I got to supervise. We came home and ate lunch on the patio and we were both so tired that we decided to lie down. Dave went to sleep right away and of course I just rested. I wish I could nap… I cleaned the birdbath and put in fresh water, fed the flowers, and I cooked supper… The hamper is full but I just wasn’t up to doing laundry. Tomorrow is another day… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 20, 2003

Happy Easter!!!

This morning after breakfast we got ready to go to Marc and Barbara’s for Easter Dinner. Marc and Barbara are our daughter in law Lori’s parents and our friends. There were about thirty there for a really nice dinner. Lori’s Grandpa said the blessing and her Grandmother made the best chicken and Dumplings. They were like my Mother used to make and Barbara made yeast rolls and so many desserts... It was nice being with our family and friends. Great grandkids Jacob, Trevor, and Madison were there. Also granddaughters Jenni and Erin… Kerry and Erin are now engaged and Erin was wearing a beautiful diamond ring… The little ones had a ball with the Easter Egg hunt, they were so cute… I called and talked to George. He really sounded tired, said he has had a lot of visitors… Kenny called and he and Kathy were on their way to Lawton to see Kathy’s Dad and Mom. Kathy’s Dad has been quite ill and also has Alzheimer’s. They plan on coming by to see us if it isn’t too late when they get back… I tried to call Mom but she wasn’t in her room. I will try again later… My Iris’s are blooming and we have baby birds in one of our bird houses… We got our garden planted and I supervised… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 19, 2003

Today marks the eighth anniversary of the Murrah building bombing and I still remember that horrible day so well. It has also been eight years since I got my diagnosis. The doctor told Dave and me that I had Alzheimer’s and I only had five years. When we left the doctors office Dave and I were in shock. But I am still here and happy to still be kicking even though I am living on borrowed time… I called the hospital and spoke to my brother and he sounded good but weak, which is to be expected with all he has been through this week. Then I called my Mother and told her about talking to George. She was happy to hear that he was doing good. She said the Easter Bunny had been to visit the Nursing Home and some of the ladies sat in the Easter Bunny’s lap but she didn’t. When I asked her why she didn’t she said, “Because I didn’t want to.” LOL I didn’t tell her we had planned to visit her on Mother’s Day but had to change our plans because of Dave’s surgery on May 6th. We will get there to visit her eventuality… We had phone calls from Martha and David… This afternoon Dave and I went and got groceries and then got some new patio furniture, fertilizer spreader, some Thistle for the birds and some flowers for the garden. Now I am worn out… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 18, 2003

I called my sister Martha last night to check on George. Martha drove to Louisville to be with George. Also George’s daughter had flown in from Colorado Springs and Melenie, another niece, was also at the hospital to be with him. Martha said he would wake up and look at them and give them a big smile and then go back to sleep… Martha called this morning right after George’s surgery and the doctor told them that the surgery went well and that George was breathing on his own. Thank you all for your prayers… This morning Dave and I went out to David and Lori’s to borrow David’s pickup so Dave could get a truckload of dirt. He is doing some landscaping around the other side of our pool and filling in some low spots. I was working hard at supervising… While we were at David’s we got to see our new grand puppy. She is so cute and playful. We wanted to bring her home with us. She is an Italian Greyhound and her name is Isabella. We also got to see Madison and I got a kiss and my grandkid fix… I have had a Good Friday… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 17, 2003

Thanks to Sandi in St. Charles, Missouri for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I spent most of the morning in bed resting then I got up and went outside. It was a good day to be outside. The Azaleas and Violas are blooming. I watched the birds, even saw a couple doves and a monarch butterfly… They took George off the respirator this morning so that is great news. They will do more surgery in the morning… Aunt Flo called she wanted to hear about George and Glenna… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 16, 2003

Thanks to Christopher in Chile for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… My brother George is in serious condition in the VA Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. After having major surgery yesterday morning they had to take him back into surgery at 3:30 this morning with complications. He is in ICU and on a respirator. I would appreciate prayers for him… All of this stress in the last couple days has brought on an attack of Diverticulitis. I did a load of laundry and have been on bed rest the rest of today… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 15, 2003

Happy Birthday Stanley!!! Stanley is our nephew in Peru, Indiana… I found out last night that Glenna from Vancouver, Canada, one of our friends who met with us in San Antonio, has been hospitalized in Texas. Glenna please get well soon… Dave went to see Dr. Morgan this morning for his six-month checkup and while he was there he showed the doctor a lump. The doctor right away called and made an appointment for Dave to see the surgeon who did my colon surgery several years ago. The surgeon said it needed to be removed and it is scheduled for May since the surgeon will be on vacation till then. I am trying not to worry… I called Aunt Florence, Glenna, Martha, and Virginia… Dave and I went to the Nursery and got our vegetable plants and did some checking on a load of dirt… Now we will wait till the wind dies down and it stops raining to start our garden. We are expecting thunderstorms tonight… My foot is hurting, probably because of too much walking and the weather doesn’t help either. When I have pain it makes me tired… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 14, 2003

Happy Birthday Bill!!! Bill is our nephew in Gahanna, Ohio and when I called him I think he said he was 38… I had a phone call last night from my brother George. He is going to have major surgery tomorrow. I would appreciate prayers for my brother. He is the only brother I have left out of four. Dave and I have been busy today. Dave went to the post office and picked up a large box of mail at the post office and we have been going through the mail and I have been paying the bills. I gave Cindy a bath, fixed lunch and supper, and took care of the plants. David did a great job taking care of them while we were in Texas. He brought all of them in when we had the freeze… It is 86 degrees and I am wondering what happened to Spring… I am still going strong. I am expecting that my trip is going to catch up with me any day now… Dave planted the Yellow Lady Banks Rose that Sis in Rusk, Texas gave me... Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 4 to 13, 2003

5th Happy Birthday Alice!!! Alice is a DASNI friend in Kokomo, Indiana… 8th Happy Birthday Howard!!! Howard is Dave’s brother in Gahanna, Ohio… Dave and I got home late last night after a wonderful trip to San Antonio. Everything went as planned for us. We had a nice Catfish dinner with Larry and Lynne on Friday. On Saturday we had met with DASNI friends in Irving, Texas. Even though we had never met them before in person they seemed just like old friends to us and the breakfast was great too… We arrived in San Antonio later than planned Saturday night because of a traffic jam in Austin, Texas. We were moving about five miles an hour for about an hour… Sunday we met at the hotel where our friends were staying and had a nice dinner… Monday we all met at the hotel and three carloads of us went to the Outlet Mall in San Marcus… Wednesday Dave and I went to the home where my Aunt Florence lives and she and I attended Mass and then had lunch. Then we went to her room and visited and I polished her fingernails. Dave did some paperwork for her because Aunt Florence is legally blind… Wednesday, Dave and I went to spend the day in Schertz, Texas where my school friend and her husband Gene live. Helen, another school friend and her husband Dean came in from Marietta, Georgia and met us at Aralee’s. Dean and Helen and I used to double date. Aralee had prepared a nice meal for us. We had a fun time talking and laughing about the good old days… On Friday I was having a tough time making a decision on whether to go shopping with some of the ladies or go to Sea World with the others. But I made a decision when Sally called and asked if I wanted to go to Sea World with them. So two cars of us went to Sea World and I am glad I went. It was a fun day. Even though I felt sorry for the ones having to push me around in my wheel chair… We all met at the hotel later and had dinner. Then we told everyone good-bye and gave hugs. It was so hard for me to tell them good-bye again but know already that we will meet again soon… Saturday morning we left for Oklahoma City… There is a lot more I could have added here and I would have liked to have mentioned every one of your names but I am afraid I might leave someone’s name out. But just know I love everyone of you… Dave and I enjoyed our breakfast on the patio this morning and it felt so good to be back out there. We were enjoying watching the birds build their nests and making plans for our back yard and garden… I have been doing laundry all afternoon. I have the last load in now and I may never change my clothes again. LOL… Dave has been doing yard work and tilling the garden… I called my Mother and when I told her she sounded good, she said, “Well I am good!” My next trip will be to visit my Mother… Thank you Honey for Driving Miss Mary… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 3, 2003

I slept much better last night… This morning Dave took me for a manicure and pedicure while he got some last minute groceries… We have been busy getting ready for our trip tomorrow… We will be going to Iowa Park, Texas and spending the night in front of Larry and Lynne’s house. Early Saturday morning we will leave with Larry and Lynne in their motor home and Dave and I in ours. We are going to make a stop in Irving, Texas where we will meet up with other DASNI friends, Ben, Beth, Tom, Karen, Dick, Garnette, and Janice at the Owens Family Restaurant for breakfast. Lynne and I are really looking forward to meeting these members who we have chatted with many times in the DASNI chat room but have never met in person… Then we will be going on to San Antonio, Texas. There we will meet with over twenty other Alzheimer’s friends from all over the United States and Canada. Dave and I also will be meeting with a couple of my school friends, Aralee and her husband Gene from Schertz, Texas. Helen and her husband Dean are coming in from Marietta, Georgia. It sure will be great being with all these friends… My Aunt Florence lives in San Antonio and we are looking forward to spending some special time with her also… David came by this afternoon and brought us some mushrooms and other goodies that Lori had prepared. I fixed the mushrooms for supper and they were yummy… I won’t be posting here until I return from San Antonio… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 2, 2003

I was exhausted after chat last night. My legs were hurting and so were my arms and I was having trouble getting up out of my chair and walking. When I am in a lot of pain like this, it always makes me more fatigued… Dave gave me my medication and I went to bed at 9:00… At 4:00 I woke up with the Peripheral Neuropathy in my legs and arms again. I was awake for a couple hours even with a sleeping pill I woke up. It was to too dark and early to get out of bed and besides I didn’t want to wake up Dave or the dogs. I just laid there in bed listening to Dave sleep and wondering why I couldn’t sleep like that. I was wondering why I had this Peripheral Neuropathy? Why I had a Desmoid tumor in my foot that was inoperable? Why I had Alzheimer’s? Why I couldn’t drive anymore? Why did I have to depend on Dave so much? Why couldn’t I take my dogs for long walks anymore? Why I couldn’t be a Grandmother like my friends Martha and Pat and take my grandchildren to Sea World, Disney World, or to the mall shopping? I was really having a big Pity Party. . I don’t like it when I have pity parties but it has been a long time since I had one… I know God isn’t finished with me yet and this morning I got out of bed and got started on my day pushing away again doing laundry and getting ready for our trip on Friday. I pruned the Crepe Myrtles… I have so much to be thankful for. I have a wonderful and supportive husband and family. Next time instead of a Pity Party I will count my blessings… I got a phone call this morning and when I answered I heard a sweet voice saying Aloha!!! Right away I knew who it was. It was a DASNI friend Jeanne Lee in Hawaii… Jeanne’s book ‘Just Love Me; A Life Turned Upside down by Alzheimer’s” is now at the publishers. You can order Jeanne’s book by calling 1-800-247-6553. I am going to get my copy for sure… David called and he had been mushroom hunting and found some big ones… Joann Webster called again and we worked on finalizing my letter for the newsletter… Dave insisted I lie down this afternoon to get some rest. I did but couldn’t fall asleep but I did rest with my legs elevated for forty-five minutes and that felt so good… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

April 1, 2003

Happy April Fool’s Day. I hope you didn’t get fooled… Last night was my night for TV. I don’t watch a lot of TV but I do enjoy Monday nights. The shows on CBS, I can’t remember the names of the shows but there are three that I really enjoy because they make me laugh out loud. Laughing is good for all of us… I was busy this morning getting ready for the Merry Maids visit. I always look forward to their visit. There are two ladies that come to clean. I try to stay out of their way so that they don’t have to be here too long. The longer their stay the more it costs us. Today they were out of here in no time… Cindy went to get groomed and she is looking and feeling perky… Dave picked up our supper at Subway… I had a call from Joann Webster today from the Tulsa Alzheimer’s Assn. She wanted to do a story on DASN International and on my life with Alzheimer’s for the next newsletter. I have been busy working on a letter for her this afternoon… My phone buddy Virginia called… It got up to 80 today but was way too windy for me to be outside… Thank you honey for editing my journal every night for me… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 31, 2003

Happy Birthday Erin!!! Erin is our granddaughter in Norman, Oklahoma. She is twenty today… I slept much better last night in our new bed… I have got caught up on paying the bills, set up my medication for a month, picked up around the house getting ready for the Merry Maids tomorrow, putting clothes in the motor home and surveying the back yard. I got so excited when I saw the Clematis, Peonies, Hibiscus, and Mums were peeping through the ground and the Dogwood tree is so pretty with all the flowers. I must get out and take a picture of it. Dave helped me to put the houseplants outdoors. I hope we don’t have another freeze. It got up to 79 today… David and friend Pat called this morning… Dave was still in bed this morning at 11:00. I think he was waiting on breakfast in bed again… I got him up to help with some Honey-Do’s… I ran out of energy before I got all done that I had wanted to do… I fixed supper and we ate out on the patio. It was a beautiful evening… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 30, 2003

We were lying in our new bed last night with our bed elevated and watching TV when I looked over at Dave and asked him if he felt like Mr. Rockefeller and he said he was waiting on a nurse to come in and check his IV. LOL… I don’t think either of us slept very well last night. The new bed is going to take some getting used too. I am not used to having a split in the middle of the bed… I served Dave breakfast in bed. Biscuits and Gravy and Coffee… I did laundry today and hung blankets and comforter outside… We were invited to David and Lori’s for Erin’s birthday dinner. Lori prepared a nice meal and the birthday cake was a Dirt Cake. It was Erin’s request… Great grandkids Jacob, Trevor, and Madison were there. So I got hugs from the boys and kisses from Madison… There was a large crowd attending the birthday celebration and I handled it well… We came home with leftovers and a dozen of fresh eggs… I called my Sister and Mother. Mom said she was doing fine and had a visit from Rev. Gough today. He is a wonderful man and is the minister who married Dave and I. Mom said he always asks about us. I called Aunt Florence in San Antonio, Texas and told her we would be to visit her soon. She is looking forward to seeing us and our Internet friends again… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 29, 2003

Thanks to Sandi in Florida and Marsha for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… Kenny called last night. They are making the final changes on their new home with their builder… When I checked this morning I was in 2nd Place on Top Alzheimer’s/Caregiver Site. Thank all of you who have help put me there. There are over 150 great sites there… You can join me in an Alzheimer’s/Dementia chat by going to the link at the top of this page, the one highlighted in red. If you have any questions about chat you can email me at … Our beds were delivered today and they got them all set up and right away I was in there checking them out. I am sure we are going to enjoy them. It sure felt good to elevate my legs. And tonight I will be able to raise the head of my bed for my GERD. No more blocks of wood under the head of the bed… I watched a movie on TV, “The Birds”. It was almost like watching it for the first time. I have watched it many times before… I fixed supper and made the best cornbread. I am bragging but I think my cornbread is the best… Dave and I are watching The Gaither’s on TV. We always enjoy their show even when they are reruns… I have had a good Saturday… It is supposed to freeze tonight and then we should have our spring weather back next week. I am looking forward to getting flower and vegetable plants when we return from our San Antonio trip… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 28, 2003

Last night I called my Mother and she sounded good but tired… I have been picking up around the house and cleaned the refrigerator while Dave got groceries… David came by after donating blood. Was on his way to work after a short visit and give me hugs. I am always happy to have my family drop by… We got everything out that we had stored under our bed and will have to find another place to put it. There won’t be any storage under our new adjustable beds. They will be delivering them tomorrow… I have been reading the Birds and Blooms magazine… Now I am going to watch the Oklahoma/Butler basketball game tonight… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 27, 2003

I went to see Dr. Morgan this morning and I found out that my ear pain was not an infection but caused by my allergies. He prescribed Allegra for me. Oklahoma is bad for allergies and with all the wind we have been having and just when I am wanting to spend more time outside… I cleaned the birdbath and filled it but forgot to feed the birds. I will feed them tomorrow… Our friends Chip and Sharon Gerber in Florida will leave Saturday morning going to attend the 15th annual Alzheimer's Association Public Policy Forum in Washington DC. We are proud to call Chip and Sharon our friends and also that they are DASN International members… I had a phone call from friend Martha and a surprise email from a long lost school friend Barbara in Peru, Indiana… I called Josh and Heather and they were real bubbly and talkative. I love talking to the grandchildren. They are both making good grades in school all A’s and B’s… I am going to go watch a basketball game now… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 26, 2003

Thanks to Ron in Peru, Indiana for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I woke up with my ears still hurting so I called and made an appointment with Dr. Morgan and I go in tomorrow morning… I have been pushing myself today. I did a load of laundry, making lists for things to take on our trip to San Antonio next week and made appointments for Cindy to get groomed and I helped Dave fix supper… Today my tulips are starting to bloom… Dave got the yard manicured and it looks really nice… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 25, 2003

I woke up with my ears hurting this morning. I didn't get much sleep during the night because of thunderstorms and the dogs being frightened. I think I over did it yesterday and I am feeling very tired today... I noticed that our dogwood tree is starting to bloom… Tomorrow will be a better day… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 24, 2003

We had our breakfast on the patio this morning and it was nice but windy… I had to give Cindy another bath. It seems she can always find the mud if there is some, she reminds me of the way one of our sons used to be. LOL… I did a couple loads of laundry and called my Mother. Mom was looking forward to a visit from her granddaughter Caroline and great granddaughter Brittney from Colorado this afternoon… After chat Dave and I went to do some retail therapy. We ordered a new box springs and mattress for our bed… Later we went out for dinner at Nino’s, the food and service were both excellent… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 23, 2003

A beautiful day here, it got up to the mid seventy’s. When it is like this I love being outside. I worked in the back yard, cleaned the birdbath and the fountain and put in fresh water, and filled the birdfeeders… Later I just sat down in the glider with Dave and enjoyed watching the birds, the dogs, and visiting with Dave… After lunch Dave made some bread in the bread maker and colored my hair. Then he went to the airport to wax the plane and get in some night flying. I was going to go but decided I just wanted some ME time and let Dave have some ME time too… I played dominoes and watched the basketball games… This evening I went back outside and did some more bird watching… Right now I have the TV turned off and just listening to the sounds of the aquarium. It really is relaxing… I will be relieved when Dave gets home and wearing that big smile he wears when he comes home from flying… Lori called… Thank you God for another great day… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 22, 2002

This morning I remembered to listen to my garden show on the radio. Then I went out and put some banana brew that I had being brewing around my roses and also I sprinkled some corn meal around them. I got this all off the garden show. I hope it works… We had lunch on the patio then after I did chat we went to the airport. While Dave was working on the plane, I read Patch Adam’s book “ House Calls” … Later I listened to the Oklahoma/California basketball game. Oklahoma won!!! There was a Parachute plane flying around the airport. I had never seen one before. It was so cute… After the sun went down it was really getting chilly out there and I was starting to whine cause I was cold. Dave had a blanket out there and gave it to me… David called and they are expecting three calves later this spring… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 21, 2003

I went to bed last night with my foot hurting and woke up at 6:00 this morning with it hurting. It worries me a little when it hurts so bad, I am hoping it doesn’t mean that the tumor is growing… The sun was shining and I have tried to keep busy. I picked up around the house and put clothes away. I don’t know how two people can make such a mess and dirty as many clothes as Dave and I do… I worked out in the flower garden pulling out more little purple flowers and cooked a chicken and made tortilla soup for our supper. We ate out on the patio and it was so nice to be out enjoying our patio again… I am trying to avoid watching the news because it brings back so many memories of the Viet Nam war when Dave was called overseas and left the boys and I at home alone for a year. He had to do this twice. So the boys and I were left at home for two years without a husband and father… I continue to do a lot of praying… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 20, 2003

Happy Birthday Kaye!!! Kaye is a friend in Thayne, Wyoming… Thanks to Dale, in Gore, Oklahoma for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… Today is the first day of spring but it feels more like winter with a cold north wind… Dave took me for a haircut and we stopped at the Del Rancho’s Restaurant for our lunch… I gave Cindy a bath, did more laundry and fixed supper… I forgot my afternoon medicine but thankful that Dave asks me if I had taken them and he made sure I took them. I was busy watching the basketball game and Oklahoma won… I had phone calls from my neighbor Jaunita and phone buddy Virginia and I called our grandson Josh… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 19, 2003

Kenny called last night, he and Kathy are busy getting ready to put their house on the real estate market… I got up early and got my shower so I would be ready for the interview call from Kyle in Canada. We talked for about forty-five minutes. She never once made me feel rushed when she would ask me questions about Alzheimer’s and what I would like to see done for us PWiD’s… I did a load of laundry. I am still pushing myself and feeling fatigued… Dave fixed bacon and eggs for brunch and made a pizza for supper… I am hoping for some energy tomorrow…I am praying for our President, troops and their families… God Bless America……. Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 18, 2003

I had a call from my brother George last night. He told me our Dad’s Brother and Sister are both on Aricept now… It has been a gloomy, rainy, and lazy day for me. I miss all the sunshine we had for so many days. The only thing I have gotten done today was answer emails, played dominoes, and cooked supper and I pushed myself to do that… I spent a lot of the day looking for my day planner. I am lost without it. I look at it several times a day to see what day it is and check on my notes. I finally found it in my purse and I have no idea how it got there. :) I called my friend Martha and Virginia called me… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

April 17, 2003

Thanks to Sandi in St. Charles, Missouri for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I spent most of the morning in bed resting then I got up and went outside. It was a good day to be outside. I watched the birds, even saw a couple doves and a monarch butterfly… They took George off the respirator this morning so that is great news. They will do more surgery in the morning… Aunt Flo called she wanted to hear about George and Glenna… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 17, 2003

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! Last night in our DASN chat I asked for help with hosting chats and I had lots of volunteers. Thanks to Alan, Ben, Jeanne, and Tom. I will now have some breaks from hosting chats. I have been hosting twice a day for three years… I was awake at 7:00 this morning. I took care of the houseplants and spent sometime outside watching the birds. They are already starting to build nests in the birdhouses… This afternoon Dave took me out to the BX and we did some retail therapy. Then we went to the Wiley Post Airport so Dave could take care of some business. Later we went to Kenny and Kathy’s. I was hoping to see Josh and Heather but they had gone to their other parent’s house. I had forgotten about spring break. We did get to see our grandson Chris who had come by on his supper break. Kathy fixed a delicious Salisbury steak dinner for us. Kathy showed us the ultra sound pictures of our great grandson. Then we watched our President speak on TV… The Bradford Pear and Red Bud trees are in full bloom now and are just beautiful… Ruth, a DASNI friend in Atlanta called me and she is leaving for India on Thursday… When we got home Josh had called and left a message on the answering machine. The poor kid was so scared because there were storms going on and a tornado in the state. He always calls me when we are having warnings and I try to calm him. I am sorry I wasn’t here when he called me… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

March 16, 2003

My deepest sympathy goes out to Jade’s family. Jade lived in Cedar Crest, New Mexico and was a DASN International member who passed away this morning at the age of 21 and also to the family of Kay Houston Coleman who had Alzheimer’s and passed away this month. Kay was my classmate who lived in Fairborn, Ohio… I woke up early and felt good so after breakfast we went out and did some more yard work. I started cleaning all the dead stuff out of the flowerbeds but it didn’t take long for me to give out and I went to the patio to watch the birds and the one white butterfly… Dave moved the bird feeder so we could see it better… I think I must be getting burnt out on hosting chat twice a day. I am starting to complain to Dave when it is time for me to go to chat. Dave wants me to take some time off from hosting chats and I am working on doing that… I called my sister, my nephew Jr. in Peru, Indiana, and friends Ben in Texas and Lynn in Canada… I gave the three dogs a bath and they are feeling frisky… It got up to 78 degrees today and thunderstorms are in the forecast. We are always concerned about tornados this time of year… Oklahoma won their basketball game today… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

March 15, 2003

We have had another beautiful day in Oklahoma… Dave fixed us a big breakfast while I worked on the checkbook and paid bills. I was thinking we had a lot more money than the bank showed then I found the mistake. It was the car payment that hadn’t cleared yet. It was nice to have the extra cash for a little while anyhow… We were in the back yard working. I was supervising. The Mockingbird was singing and I even saw a butterfly. Dave moved the Hibiscus bushes to make the obstacle course a little easier this summer when he has to start mowing the back yard again…. Later we went to the airport and Dave waxed some more on the motor home. I had planned on doing some reading but I fixed us a big salad and after lunch I didn’t feel much like reading. So I laid down on the bed and rested and listened to the basketball game on the radio. Oklahoma beat Texas Tech in an overtime game… I had phone calls from David and Kenny… I called Virginia to let her know we were back home. She was so happy to get my call. She misses me when I am away and she can’t call me. I called my Mother and finally got an answer. I have tried to call her all week. Mom sounded good and is looking forward to my sister coming back home from Florida next week… I also called my brother George in Louisville, Kentucky. He is looking forward to a visit from his daughter and granddaughter from Colorado Springs, Colorado… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 14, 2003

Thanks Jeannie in Honolulu, Hawaii for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… What a beautiful day, up in the 70’s and I love it… The Forsythia bush is in full bloom and it just seems like spring. I spent some time out on the patio watching the birds and walking around the back yard and wishing I knew what all the flowers were that would be coming up soon. I thought sure I would remember what was planted last year but I have forgotten… I always know when the Cardinals come to take a bath in the birdbath. They sing and I will look out the window to watch… Jamie found out she and Mitch are having a boy in August. Jamie didn’t really want to know what she was having but without asking her if she wanted to know the sex, the lady doing the ultra sound just said you are having a boy. Allison and Matthew are excited. This will make our sixth great grandchild… Dave rotated the tires on the motor home yesterday and today he went back out to the hangar and is waxing it. Both jobs are big ones… I have been answering emails, picking up around the house, hosting chat, rested and cooked supper. I am still feeling tired from the trip… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 8 - March 13, 2003

Happy Belated Birthday to Chris!!! Chris is married to our granddaughter Jenni and the father of Madison in Moore, Oklahoma… Happy Belated Birthday to Sally!!! Sally is our friend in Hollywood, California… Dave and I got back home last night and as always there is no place like home... We didn’t leave on the day we had planned, we had company come in on Saturday. Our friends Martha and Alfred came and spent most of the day with us. Martha and I took our 72 VW out for a drive in the neighborhood. She had never driven a VW and we laughed till we cried. We were like a couple 63 year old teenagers. I ended up having to drive it back home. It hurt my foot to push in on the clutch but lucky we didn’t get too far from home… Then Saturday evening Jenni had called and invited us over for a family dinner. What a great Lasagna dinner we had to. I also got my Madison fix. She really lights up our lives. She only had three sets of grandparents there to love her that night… Sunday we left to go to Wade and Jan’s RV Park… Jan and I got all the DASN things together for the Patch Adams Conference. Then we went to work on making some bookmarks to hand out… I took some bags of Tootsie Rolls to draw more attention to our booth… Jan fixed a nice dinner for us and the other guest who were staying at the RV park… It was late when we ate and then I went to bed… I had a bad attack with GERD and couldn’t get to sleep even with a sleeping pill. Finally I remembered I had brought some Papaya tablets that Lynn had sent me from Canada awhile back. I chewed one of them and was finally able to get a little sleep… Soon it was Monday, March 10th., the day before the Conference and the day to get the booth set up… I was excited… Dave and I had breakfast in the motor home. Then Jan and I got loaded up and took the slow road as we headed for Tulsa. We stopped and had lunch on the way and we also found a dollar store we stopped at. I had never been to one and how much fun we had. Everything in the store was a dollar… I bought six items and Jan was really a big spender… We arrived at the Adam’s Hotel at about 3:00 and right away we went to find our booth and then called the rooms of Carole and Larry Rose who were staying at the hotel. Neither was in their room but we found Larry sitting in the lobby and he helped us unload the car and soon Carole was at the booth and we got it all set up. It looked really nice when it was all finished… Our booth was in a nice location. It was right in front of a large water fountain and next to the TLC booth (Tender Loving Care). They were clowns and were handing out clown noses to all of us to wear… I would like to thank the Alzheimer’s Association for giving us our DASN booth. It made my heart smile just to look at it… Later Jan drove Carole, Larry and me to El Chico where we had a nice dinner… We went to bed early that night and did a lot of talking and we all wanted a good nights sleep because we had a big long day coming up… I took two sleeping pills but I woke up at 3:00 and couldn’t get back to sleep. I tried to just lie there but after and hour I couldn’t stand it any longer so I got up and took a shower… and waited till 6:00 for the time Carole and Jan were to wake up… As soon as we got ready we went to get registered. It seemed I was the only one of group with a problem of sense of direction. I was always following one of them… We went to our booth and the TV camera was all set up at our booth. They said it was to be on TV but neither of us had any time to watch any TV… I had also had a lady from the Tulsa newspaper who asked for my phone number and wants to do a story on me… Patch Adams spoke twice at the conference and I was so surprised to see such a tall guy, he was even taller than me… Patch taught us that LIFE IS A JOY and we should treat it as such. "Suffering" is a choice we can reject… I bought several of Patch’s books and had them signed… Patch was a very personable person and he acted as he had all the time we needed for each of us such as talking with us, posing for pictures with us, and giving us hugs… Dave stayed at the campground and did a lot of work around the area. He helped Wade who is working on a trail through the woods for a hayride. Dave was sure sore from the whacking he did with the axe… It was good for him to have a break from being a carepartner… I don’t know if he missed me or not but I do know the dogs did… Cindy would hardly let me out of her sight when I got back to the RV Park… I have been doing laundry and got it all caught up again… I can hardly stand having a hamper full of dirty laundry… Dave took the motor home to the Airport where all of his tools are and he is doing some work on the RV, getting it ready for our next trip to San Antonio next month… We got a much needed rain last night… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 7, 2003

Last night we had a guest join us in our DASNI chat. Mitchell Slutzky, a psychotherapist joined us and spoke on anxiety. Mitchell was very informative… As I have mentioned before if you are a person with dementia and would like to join our chats then please click on the red link above… This morning I had a phone call from Kyle Whitfield, a Social Worker from the University of Waterloo in Canada for an interview on Alzheimer’s… I am still not feeling very good. Last night I was having headaches that would go from one side of my forehead to the other and I was awake most of the night. When I told Kyle about my night she was so understanding and will call me back on the 19th and will interview me then… Tomorrow will be a better day… This will be my last journal entry until I return from our trip… I just got a call from David telling me his dog Wolfgang, died this morning. I am so sorry David and Lori. I want you to know I am crying with you… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma.

March 6, 2003

Last night I tried on my new sweater set I bought to wear to the Conference and I guess I think I am bigger than I really am because I bought a size 1X and it was huge on me… So now I have to take it back… I got up early this morning, gave the dogs a bath did a load of laundry and all of a sudden I started feeling very bad…. Dave took my blood pressure and it was real low and my pulse was 58. Dave told me to go lie down. So I asked Alice to host chat. Thanks Alice... I rested most of the day. Couldn’t fall asleep but I did rest and it helped. Dave read some of Larry Rose’s new book to me and we both laughed and even cried when Larry was talking about losing his brother. Dave and I have both lost a brother that was very dear to us and it brought back memories of them… Dave bought a new battery for the motor home. It is hard to believe we have had our motor home for almost eight years already. We sure have had some good times traveling in it and have visited many states… David called and Wolfgang his Doberman is seriously ill. I feel so badly for David; he has lost so many dogs… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

March 5, 2003

Thanks to Norma in Raleigh, North Carolina for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… Dave took me out for four hours of retail therapy. I got everything I needed for my trip to the Conference and then we went to the Commissary and got groceries… It is so cold out and the wind is terrible. I don’t know what the chill factor is but it must be at zero… David and Kenny called… David brought in a suitcase for me to use for the trip. It has been a long time since I have had to pack a suitcase. I am so spoiled with having a motor home… We will be leaving Friday to stay a few days in the RV Park and then Jan and I will leave Monday for the Alzheimer’s Conference… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 4, 2003

Happy Birthday Phyllis!!! Phyllis is our friend in Fairhope, Alabama… Thanks Jeanne in Honolulu, Hawaii for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… Jeanne sent the DASNI stuff on to me so I will be able to take it to Tulsa for the Conference. Jeanne used it when she went to the Alzheimer’s International Conference in Barcelona, Spain… I wanted so bad to sleep in this morning but I had saved too much to do before the Merry Maids came so we got up and stripped the bed and got everything ready before they arrived. Dave was a big help in getting ready for the maids. The house is nice and clean now and smells so fresh… Virginia called and she is sick with a terrible head cold. Seems like so many of my friends are sick. I hope I don’t get what is going around. Jan called and about five minutes later I had to look at the caller ID to see who had called I remembered the phone rang but couldn’t recall who had called. This happens to me often… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 3, 2003

Happy Birthday Mom!!! My Mother who lives in Peru, Indiana is 88 today… Happy Birthday Jamie!!! Jamie is our granddaughter in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky… I slept later than usual this morning and woke up to a beautiful day of sunshine… I have been busy all day picking up and did three loads of laundry and I am saving a couple for tomorrow… I called my Mother and sang Happy Birthday to her and she laughed. My brother George had came down from Louisville, Kentucky to help celebrate her birthday. I wish Dave and I could be there with her. But we never know about the weather this time of the year. We were there last year with her when she was in the hospital on her birthday. At that time she was so ill that we never dreamed she would see another birthday… I called Jamie and she will have the ultra sound done next week but she doesn’t think she wants to know what the baby will be. Of course her Mother Kathy and I would like to know. But it is Jamie and Mitchell’s choice. Mitch keeps saying he believe she is having twins… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

March 2, 2003

Well I am no longer suffering from Cabin Fever thanks to Kenny and Kathy. They came and took us to the land they bought yesterday and then took us to their house to see the house plans. It will be an over 2000 square foot home. It is really going to be beautiful. Later Kenny and Kathy took us to the Hometown Buffet where I ate really well. In fact I ate too well and suffered from GERD afterwards. You would think I would learn from past experience… We got home too late for chat or to see the Patch Adams movie but Dave recorded it for me and I watched it this morning. I also finished reading Speaking Our Minds by Lisa Snyder. I just hope nobody will ask for a book report on it though. LOL… The sun came out today and it was the first time I had seen sunshine in a week… We had a phone call from David and I called my school friend Carolyn in Frostproof, Florida and another friend Joanne in Benton, Arkansas… I have folded clothes that I found in the dryer from last week, picked up around the house and did some rearranging of my pretties… Dave cleaned up the back yard and made a homemade pizza for supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

March 1, 2003

Congratulations Jon and June on their first grandbaby Ryan Christian… Jon and June are our friends in Elkhart, Indiana… Thanks to Edie in Dayton, Indiana for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… Kenny called this morning to let us know that he had bought a little over ten acres in Piedmont, Oklahoma. They will be building a home on it… He and Kathy will be here soon to pick us up and take us to see it… I have been reading more of Speaking Our Minds and I am now half way through it… I tried to call my Mother but got the answering machine. I don’t know if she wasn’t in her room or if she just didn’t feel like talking. I am thinking my Mother is depressed and that hurts me… I got a call from my sister Martha. She was off to a style show. I think I am jealous of the weather in Florida and all the fun she is having… Don’t forget to watch the movie Patch Adams tonight. It will make you laugh… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

February 28, 2003

Happy Birthday Wyatt!!! Wyatt is one of my former Day Care babies who is nine today… Many of my day care babies are now married and have their own babies. It is so hard for me to believe that… It seems like only yesterday that they were here in my arms… Another month is ending today. Where does the time go? I slept much better last night with no pain… I got up early this morning, let the dogs out and took a shower and started on the laundry, fed the birds, and answered emails… Dave is still trying to catch up on his sleep that he lost when he was working… When Dave got up he made us an omelet for our brunch… I played solitaire and I noticed I am having a hard time seeing the difference in clubs and spades… I have started reading Lisa Snyder’s Speaking Our Minds. I can sure relate to what I have read so far. Reading makes me very tired… The mailman was good to me today except for the gas bill. He brought me a nice long letter from Carolyn, a school friend in Florida and also my crystal hurricane lamp that has been on back order since Christmas. It is so pretty when the light hits it. I love crystal and thank you Dave for this beautiful gift… Virginia called me... Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

February 27, 2003

Happy Birthday Louise!!! Louise is our friend and the Mother of Kathy, our Daughter In Law…. I didn’t sleep well last night.. The bones in my arms were hurting and are still hurting today. I don’t remember ever having pain like this before… I didn’t get much accomplished today except cook supper and play some computer games… David called; he and Lori are going to attend the Alzheimer’s Conference. I called my Mother and she said she didn’t play bingo today because she slept through it… I found out that Patch Adams the movie will be on Saturday night on ABC… The temperature finally got up to 32 degrees… I am suffering from Cabin Fever… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

February 26, 2003

Happy Birthday Jan/Mina!!! Jan is our DASNI friend in Henryetta, Oklahoma… Happy Birthday Tim!!! Tim is a friend in Michigan… I put a roast in the crock-pot first thing this morning and then took care of the houseplants and fed the birds. I had to go out and fill the birdfeeder twice… I called Jan and when her son Jeff answered it really threw me. I was expecting Jan to answer and when I am expecting someone to answer the phone and someone else answers I sort of stutter. Jan and I are really getting excited about the up coming Patch Adams’s Early Onset Alzheimer’s Conference in Tulsa on March 11… I have been reading a copy of Larry Rose’s second book. I can’t wait till it is out in print… Jan called me back and she is going to make me up some new DASNI business cards. Thanks Jan… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

February 25, 2003

Happy Birthday Margot!!! Margot is our sister in law in Colorado Springs, Colorado… I paid bills, did some picking up around the house, and played some solitaire and dominoes this morning and the rest of the day I have mostly been wrapped up in a blanket trying to keep warm… Dave cleaned the aquarium and made some bread in the bread maker… I called Margot and Virginia and I fixed supper… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

February 24, 2003

Happy Birthday Glenna!!! Glenna is our friend in Vancouver, Canada… I called my Mother last night and she sounded much better… I was really tired when I went to bed last night. Must have been from trying so hard to act like a normal person yesterday when Alfred and Martha were here… I called Glenna and sang happy birthday to her and she laughed. I don’t understand why when I sing people always laugh or else they get up and leave the room… I did laundry and watched the birds. I thought yesterday was cold but nothing like today. It has been down to 11 and the chill factor way below zero. At least we didn’t get all the snow that they got in Ponca City, Oklahoma. We are getting more snow tonight… David called… Thanks Jamie for the new pictures of the kids… Tonight when I was brushing my teeth I noticed I was having trouble squeezing out the toothpaste. Looks like I am losing more strength in my hands… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

February 23, 2003

Kenny called last night. He and Kathy have been looking at some acreage… We had snow today and it is oh so cold… Alfred and Martha came and surprised us with a new 36ft. diesel Winnebago Motor home. It sure is a beautiful coach with two slide outs on it… I heated up the Tortilla soup, made some iced tea and Dave helped me make a dump cake. We enjoyed eating and visiting. It was sure nice to have some friends visit. I wish we could do this more often… Martha called from Florida… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

February 22, 2003

It has been a beautiful day with lots of sunshine but very windy and cold… I picked up around the house, mopped the kitchen and cooked a chicken for Tortilla Soup. Dave always has to help me with it because it takes a lot of time and ingredients to get it all together… My sister called this morning and they had been down to the Keys and had a great time… I called Kathy in North Carolina and she said they had a Tornado today. Then I called Chip in Florida and Jeanne in Hawaii. Jeanne was out but I had a nice conversation with her honey Vern… I played dominoes and did really well at it… I have had a great day… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith in Oklahoma

February 21, 2003

Happy Birthday Kathy!!! Kathy is our niece in Seagrove, North Carolina… Happy Birthday Ernie!!! Ernie is a cousin in Kentucky… Happy Birthday Tex!!! Tex is a friend in Texas… Last night when I called my Mother she was still very hoarse. I said to her, “You don’t sound like my Mama,” and she giggled and said “Well I am.” I hope my Mother knows how much she is loved. When I tell her I love her and she says she loves me too and I can just hear it in her voice, she wants me to come visit her and it hurts me bad. I hope I can do that soon… Dave rented a carpet cleaner from Home Depot last night and has been hard at work shampooing our carpet and furniture. He even did the motor home. Everything looks so bright and fresh. Thanks Honey… We finally got the rain that we have been looking for all week… It sure was sad news about the fire in Rhode Island today… I finished up the laundry and fixed supper… Phone calls from David and Virginia… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

February 20, 2003

Dave took me to Linda’s Beauty Shop today for a haircut. I like the way Linda cuts my hair and she and I are the only one in the shop when I go so it is always nice and quiet and of course Linda and I talk non-stop… Right after we got back from Linda’s Dave left to go to the Airport to do some flying and more work in the hangar. It is too cold for me to go out there so I stayed home and hosted chat and then played some dominoes and solitaire and did the laundry.

We went to our Son's last night and got this picture of Madison scanned finally

Goodnight all… KTFIOK

February 19, 2003

Last night just before we were heading for bed Kenny called. David came by this afternoon and gave me a quick hug on his way to work at Tinker AFB. David works in the Aircraft Paint Hangar painting planes everyday. Our other son Kenny works at a Honda Car Dealership where he is a Wholesale Manager. Dave and I are very proud of our sons they are hard workers and very good at their jobs and they both have wonderful spouses who are very supportive of them… I slept later than usual this morning. I think it was because I had dreams all night. First I was out shopping for school clothes for our Sons who are in their late thirty’s and early forty’s. And then in the next dream I saw a tiger in our back yard. LOL… I managed to get started on pruning the roses this morning. Dave was busy vacuuming behind the refrigerator and giving the dryer a good cleaning. It is amazing how fast the dust and lint can accumulate… Martha, a long time friend, called and she and Alfred may be by this weekend to visit… This evening we went out to dinner at the Cimarron Steak House and then to Kenny and Kathy’s. Kathy was on call and got called back to the hospital soon after we arrived. Dave and Kenny visited while I watched a Disney Movie “Friendship Of Color” with Josh and Heather. It sure was great to spend some time with Josh and Heather and get their hugs… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

February 18, 2003

I think I really over did it yesterday because I have been dragging all day. I always seem to over do it when I have a good day, because I never know when the next one will come… I had phone calls from Jan and Virginia and I called my Mother. Mom’s voice sounded like a man on the phone. I have a feeling she is sick but she kept telling me she was fine… Dave has fixed all of our meals today… I watched many birds at the feeder and saw a dove on the ground… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

February 17, 2003

Thanks Sandi in St. Charles for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I woke up feeling better this morning. Maybe it is the new vitamins and the sunshine. I paid bills, answered some emails, and chatted with some online friends. When I went to strip our bed to wash the sheets I found Dave had gone back to bed. He sure does make a good retiree. LOL… Dave has been working hard on our taxes. After a lot of pushing from me… I was taking care of the houseplants this morning and noticed that I have a Cyclamen in bloom. It is so pretty and it was nice to see something blooming for a change. I have also brought in some Forsythia and it will be blooming soon. Judy, I am taking good care of the Christmas cactus. I noticed some new growth on it… I got started on my spring-cleaning. Washed the windows, curtains, and blinds in our bedroom and washed the windows and blinds in the living room and ran the draperies through the dryer on no heat to remove the dust. Dave took all the draperies down and hung them back up for me…. I had to cancel this month’s cleaning because of being away at the RV Park. And next month’s cleaning was due on the day we were to be at the AD Conference so I called and asked them to come the previous Tuesday. I sure miss them when them don’t come to clean… David stopped by for a visit… I am tired tonight but it feels good to have gotten a lot accomplished… Thank you God for a good day… Goodnight All… KTFIOK

February 16, 2003

Last night I went to bed early because I was really hurting all over. It seems that arthritis was attacking every one of my joints. When I hurt like I have been hurting lately it sure does make me very fatigued and not really wanting to talk or write anything. So it is a big chore for me to even post my journal… I got caught up on Chip’s Journey today and was saddened to read that it won’t be posted again till the middle of March. I always enjoy reading his writings… I had a phone call from Ruth, a DASNI friend in Atlanta, Georgia… I helped Dave fix supper. He colored my hair for me so that should make me feel better… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

February 15, 2003

Our youngest dog Tootsie if five years old today. Happy Birthday Tootsie!!! I called my Mother last night and it was nine o’clock by the time I got a hold of her. She was waiting on someone to come and help her to bed. She was really getting tired and had turned her help light on. I offered to call the Nurse’s station and have someone come help her to bed but she said the nurse told her they would be there shortly. Mom just had another friend pass away and I could tell it was really bothering her. This was a lady who came to visit Mom often. While I was talking to Mom the Nurse came in to put her to bed… I had a phone call from both our sons yesterday wishing me a happy Valentine’s Day. Really made my day… In the mail today I got a autograph photgraph of Don Ho. Thanks Vern and Jeanne... Dave and I finished off the box of chocolates. It had been so long since I had seen chocolate I really got a sugar high. I don’t like that feeling… Dave went with David to McAllister to pick up a claw foot tub, sink, and stool. David and Lori are fixing to redo their bathroom… I had a ME day so I gave the dogs a bath and washed their bedding and fed the birds. I called my sister and tried to call my niece Kathy but I got an answering machine… I got a phone call from Jan and we are looking forward to the Tulsa Alzheimer’s Conference. I need to call and make my reservation… Richard from Smithville, Tennessee called. Richard, I am glad you had a good doctor’s report… Our nice weather has come and gone. It is so cold and the wind is really whipping our flag outside. I can hear it outside the window… I fixed catfish for supper… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

February 14, 2003

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMANDA!!! Amanda is our grand niece in Seagrove, North Carolina… CONGRATULATIONS TO MORRIS AND ANDREA in Houston, Texas on their marriage today. Morris and Andrea met on DASNI a year ago and are the first DASNI marriage… I woke up at seven this morning and fixed breakfast, took medication, and soon I was back in bed. I had a very cloudy head and I was hurting. Arthritis in my neck, hands, and knees. The weather must be changing. We had a temperature of 76 degrees today… My sister called last night from Florida she and Donnie had spent the day at the state fair. They are having so much fun I wish Dave and I could be with them. Dave and I hope to go to Florida next winter… The only thing I got accomplished today was to set my medication for four weeks… Dave gave me a nice card and a box of my favorite chocolates and he said he will take me to Cimarron Steak House later but not tonight because I don’t feel like it and I don’t do crowds… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

February 13, 2003

Thanks Janey in Plainfield, Illinois for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… Thanks Leslie in Atlanta, Georgia for the Valentine card… I had to really push myself this morning to get anything accomplished. I wanted to just play dominoes but finally I got in gear and went to the motor home and put fresh sheets on the bed and cleaned the refrigerator. It always makes me feel better when I can get something accomplished… Dave got the oil changed in the motor home. We are already looking forward to our next trip… I spoke with Larry Rose on the phone last night and he will be coming to the Alzheimer’s Conference too. Dave and I are looking forward to seeing him again… I had a phone call from Jeanne in Hawaii, it was sure good to hear her voice again. Jeannie I hope you get your computer fixed soon. We miss you in chat… David came by this afternoon and brought some vitamins that he wants Dave and me to try… Goodnight Everyone… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

February 12, 2003

I have had a restful day. Not doing much of anything except playing games on the computer… We got our brochure of the Alzheimer’s Conference in Tulsa in the mail today. It is going to be A Focus on Early-Onset, Early Stage, Early Detection and Related Research and featuring Patch Adams. Dave and I plan on being there along with some other DASNI members. They have offered us a DASNI booth… We also got a video from our friends that came to visit us in December. David and Alice sent us a video of Box Car Willie in Branson. It is an old one but David and Alice were on the show. Dave and I really enjoyed watching the video… If you have dementia and would like to join in our chats you will see the link underlined in red above. We would love to have you join us… It has been a beautiful 63-degree day and I noticed my Tulips are up. Goodnight all… KTFIOK

February 11, 2003

Thanks to Sandi in St. Charles, Missouri for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I got up this morning and right after my shower I went to my computer and started reading and answering email and chatted with some online friends. I called Frances in Smithville, Tennessee and my phone buddy Virginia… It was 11:00 and I realized I hadn’t had breakfast or taken my medication. So I hurried into the kitchen and made my oatmeal and took my medication. Then I started some Peppered Steak in the crock-pot… I got all my laundry finished up and paid the bills, worked some with the checkbook, watered the house plants and mailed off a DASNI brochure to Chip in Florida so he can makes some copies to hand out to people in Florida… I am starting to feel a little bit caught up.. Jaunita and David called… Dave ran some errands, picked up a picture of my Mother when she was an infant with her brothers and sisters and parents from the frame shop and took our comforter from our bed in the motor home to the laundromat… I wasn’t happy with the frame shop because they didn’t put the backing on the picture that I had asked for. I was hosting chat and when I unwrapped it and looked at it. I really got upset with Dave cause it wasn’t done like I had told the lady I wanted it. I wanted to set it up not hang it up. I felt really bad afterwards and apologized to Dave. I feel bad for Dave, for having to live with an Alzheimer’s patient. I know I am not the same person I used to be and it hurts me and I hate it when I take it out on the one I love the most. Later Dave went outside and washed the car to let me cool off… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

February 10, 2003

I missed some birthdays while I was away. A Happy Belated Birthday to my brother George in Louisville, Kentucky, Morris a DASNI friend in Houston, Texas, Joanne a DASNI friend in New Jersey, Ben a DASNI friend in Irvin, Texas, and Frances my Sister In Law in Smithville, Tennessee … Thanks to Marie in Miami, Florida and Richard in Smithville, Tennessee for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… Dave and I got home late last night. It sure is good to be back home. While we were up at the campground we saw two beautiful snowfalls and saw temperatures from up in the 70’s to down to 11 degrees… The campground didn’t have a lot of campers because of the winter weather. It was nice and peaceful there and I got to watch a lot of movies and do a lot of bird watching. They had Woodpeckers up there and other birds that I don’t get to see at our feeders. At one time I saw six male Cardinals at the feeders at one time and seen several squirrels on the ground. I was hoping to see a deer but never did even though there were some deer tracks in the area… Jan and I made a couple trips to the Wal-Mart before she left for Montana and she let me look as long as I wanted. Jan and I had a great time visiting and so did Wade and Dave… Dave and I took some time off a couple afternoons and went to look at some acreage in the area… It is very pretty up in that area of Oklahoma… When I got home and signed on my computer I had over three hundred emails. It will take me a while to get through all of them… I had never been away from a computer for ten days before. I was suffering from withdrawal pains. LOL… I have ten days of laundry to do and that is going to take some time. Dave went to the post office to pick up our mail and I will put that off until tomorrow… David did a great job of looking after our Cichlids and taking care of the houseplants while we were away. Thank you David… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

January 30, 2003

Our condolences go out to Sandy in Rusk, Texas who lost her Mother last night to Alzheimer’s disease… Dave gave the dogs their baths and I washed all their bedding… I have been pushing myself today to get things done… Lori and Kenny called… We have been chatting in our new chat room and so far I can’t find anything wrong with it. We have had lots of chatters, some of them we haven’t seen since the Eldersearch site went down… I am going to miss all my Internet friends while we are away managing an RV Park for our friends Wade and Jan/Mina. We should be back in about ten days… I have a dental appointment tomorrow. Ugh!!!… I had better get back to getting ready for our trip… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

January 29, 2003

Our winter came back but at least the sun is shining and we don’t have all the snow that our family and friends are having in Ohio… I noticed I have had over 25,000 hits to my web page when I checked earlier. That feels great…Dave got the groceries we needed for our trip. I appreciate him doing that so much. I was going to go with him but didn’t have the energy I needed to get ready to go. I must have used up all my energy yesterday… I played some solitaire, watched the birds and a squirrel at the birdfeeder and that is about it for today… I had a phone call from Virginia… I have a headache so I am thinking of playing couch potato for a while… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

January 28, 2003

Happy Birthday Garnette!!! Garnette is a DASNI friend in Corsicana, Texas… Thanks to Deb in Sidney, Australia for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I am really tired tonight. I have been doing laundry and I got to see the bottom of the hamper and even washed the comforter and hung it out on the clothesline. Taking advantage of this beautiful day. It was up in the 70’s today… Dave and I have started loading up the motor home and getting ready to leave Friday. The dogs know what it means when we are taking things to the motor home. They love to go… I wish this weather would stay around through next week but I am sure it won’t… I tried to order Dave a new jacket from Lands’ End but the one he liked was no longer available. That is what I get for waiting so long… I fixed supper and got all the clothes out of the dryer and folded and put away and took care of the houseplants. I had my Fern outside trying to knock off the dead leaves and dropped the flowerpot on my bad foot. I knew it hurt but forgot about it until it felt like my house slipper was wet and when I looked my toe was bleeding and that is not good because of radiation and poor circulation it will take a long time for it to heal… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 27, 2003

Today would have been my Mother-in-law’s 95th birthday. I still think of Hattie often and about the long talks we used to have. I loved her and I miss her… I woke up with a terrible headache this morning and I decided to take three Ibuprofen because I wanted to get rid of it and fast… Dave was going out to help David split some logs and I wanted to go with him. Madison was there and I hadn’t seen her for a long time. I got to rock Madison for her morning nap. Lori fixed a big dinner and I fed Madison. She eats like a little piggy and is so cute… The meal Lori prepared for all of us was wonderful. I ate like I had been outside with Dave and David splitting logs. LOL … I called my Mother… Jan called and we are looking forward to getting together Friday… My brother George called and his surgery was postponed because he has a bad cold… I played a few games of solitaire on… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

January 26, 2003

We went out to David and Lori’s this morning. David need helped from Dave to get a couple Rhea’s moved to his farm from neighbors near by.. I was kind of worried about them doing that because I have seen bruises on David before from moving a Rhea. But everything went just fine. David now has a male and two female Rhea’s on the Lockhart Farm… Lori fixed Breakfast Burritos and we enjoyed them… Dave took me for another drive in the country… Goodnight all… KTFIOK…

January 25, 2002

I had a good nights sleep and woke up feeling good this morning… Dave got up and let the dogs out and went back to bed. He is still trying to catch up on his sleep… We had lots of sunshine today… I remembered to listen to my favorite talk show station on the radio, learning all I can about flowers and gardens… My sister called from Florida. She and Donnie are really enjoying themselves in Florida. I hope next winter we can head for Florida… I called Laura in Nashville, Tennessee. Laura is the founder of DASNI and I owe so much to her. She found me years ago when I thought I was the only person in my 50’s that had Alzheimer’s. But Laura found me when I posted at the site and my life has been better ever since. Laura is hoping to go visit her children next weekend… Dave went to the hangar to take out his new air compressor that he bought at Sears last night and get it all set up and then he went flying. He came home with a big smile on his face… I did laundry, played dominoes, watched the birds at the feeder and in the birdbath and watched a TV movie “Random Hearts”. I am looking forward to watching the AKC Dog Show tonight… Thanks Dave for editing my journal every night for me… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

January 24, 2003

Dave took our Bichon dog Cindy to get groomed this morning and I think they cut her too short for our cold weather but too late now… I had Dave take back a jar of Mayo that he bought the other night when I noticed that the expiration date was October 2002. It is a good thing I am a date watcher. I only wish they would be more careful at the grocery store. I won’t eat anything that is expired… I tried to read some in the Reader’s Digest but it is getting harder for me to absorb what I am reading. I love watching the evening news but I am always asking Dave, “What did they say?”… I had a phone call from Virginia… I tried to help Dave fix supper. I was trying to tell him how to make a dump cake and I couldn’t remember if you drained the pineapple or not… Maybe tomorrow I will remember… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 23, 2003

Thanks to Sandi in St Charles, Missouri for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… It is still very cold here but at least we had sunshine… I woke up early this morning and feeling really good and then later this afternoon my tummy flared up again and that is not a good feeling… I did get some laundry done and fed the birds and put water in the birdbath when I seen a Cardinal out there looking for some water… I called my Mother and she was fine. George had been to visit and brought Kasey up to see his great grandmother… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 22, 2003

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NORMA!!! Norma is our friend in Durham, North Carolina… I didn’t have any dreams last night and I am happy about that… It is freezing here and I am having trouble with poor circulation, my hands are so cold I can hardly type… I have smelled toast all day. Just another thing with my nose… I called Jan/Mina and we had a nice visit. We will be going to their KOA RV Park next week. I also called Norma in Durham, North Carolina to wish her a happy birthday and we talked about meeting again soon in San Antonio, Texas… My phone buddy Virginia called and Lynne in Texas called… I got the kitchen mopped and watched the birds in the birdbath. There was even a pigeon in the birdbath. Dave had to keep putting water in the birdbath because it kept freezing… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 21, 2003

We still don’t have our new chat room and last night everyone was having trouble getting into the one at Yahoo. We are hoping to have our new one soon… I had a phone call from Lynne, a DASNI friend in Texas last night. Her computer is broke and she hopes to have it fixed by Wednesday or Thursday so she can come back and chat with us… I had another dream where I was lost again. I wish I knew what is causing these dreams… Our winter came back and I have been in a sweater and wool socks trying to keep warm. I went to the couch after the afternoon chat and covered up with an afghan and two of our three dogs were up there with me… I fixed Liver and Onions for lunch and did laundry. I found clothes in the dryer that had been there for two or three days. At least I had turned on the dryer… I am feeling extra tired today… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 20, 2003

Thanks to Sandy in Ohio, Gaynor in New Zealand, Korozaan in Auckland, New Zealand for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I had bad dreams last night. I was out walking and got lost and couldn’t find my way back home. Every time I would show my Safe Return Bracelet to someone they would just roll their eyes. I often have dreams where I am lost. I woke up so tired and have had a terrible headache, so bad that I had to take something for it… We had another beautiful day here. Dave washed the cars and watered the lawn then we went for a drive in the country… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

January 19, 2003

Thanks to Chip in Satsuma, Florida for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… It has been a beautiful day with lots of sunshine and temperature got up to 65 degrees… I watched Patch Adams again and then I just switched channels on TV from one channel to another. I am bad about that… I called my Mother and she said she was doing okay. Then I called my Sister Martha. She and Donnie went to visit our Aunt Beverly and Uncle Joe in Lakeland, Florida yesterday… I enjoyed watching the birds and squirrel at the bird feeder… I told Dave tomorrow was a holiday so he didn’t have to work and he laughed and said he didn’t get any more holidays off… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 18, 2003

Happy Belated Anninverary to Alan and Gwynneth!!! Alan is a DASNI friend in New Zealand… Thanks Janey in Plainfield, Illinois for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book and also for letting me know about the Gaither’s show being on TV tonight… Martha, my sister called from Florida this morning. She left Indiana Tuesday hoping for warm weather. Well I guess it is much warmer than Indiana but not as warm as she had hoped for… I called brother George and he is scheduled for another surgery on the 28th of January. I hope and pray that this one will take care of his problem and he will never have to have surgery again… I have played dominoes, watched a movie and did laundry… Kenny called this evening… Dave fixed chicken fried steak and a salad for supper and it was so good and I made some pudding for dessert… I called Sandi in Missouri and I love talking to Sandi, she always sounds so cheerful… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

January 17, 2002

Last night I was able to get my Mother on the phone. We had a nice visit. She had played Bingo and won a bear… I have had a headache off on and on… Nothing much accomplished today… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 16, 2003

Dave surprised me with a large statuette of a little boy and his dog sitting on a bench for our court yard last night and he went by the Blockbuster’s and picked up Patch Adams for us to watch. We both laughed out loud and I cried. We are planning on going to hear Hunter (Patch) Adams, the man that the movie was about in Tulsa at the Alzheimer’s Conference in March… I just found out that our nephew Dewey and his wife Cindy in Lexington, North Carolina are expecting a baby. This is wonderful news because they have been married for twelve years and have wanted a baby for a long time and we are happy for them… I got groomed (haircut) and I feel so much better. Dave went to an Alzheimer’s Support meeting… My Sister sent me her Dr. Adkins book to read. I wish I could lose some weight. I am also going to read Body For Life… I have been trying for days to call my Mother and I keep getting her answer machine… I saw a Robin drinking from the birdbath today… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 15, 2003

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUDY!!! Judy is Dave’s sister in Lexington, North Carolina… HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEANNE!!! Jeanne is our DASNI friend in Honolulu, Hawaii. I recommend you visit Jeanne’s web site at Jeanne’s… . Thanks to Evelyn in Peru, Indiana for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I got up this morning but I was so cold I went back to bed and turned on the electric blanket. Then I got up and got cleaned up and had my oatmeal and took my medicines… Dave left early this morning to go to the airport to show the plane. I don’t think Dave really wants to sell the plane and I hope he doesn’t sell it because I think he needs his toy. I was doing laundry and I was thinking when Dave was retired that I would have less laundry but guess I was wrong… My phone buddy called and I called Judy and Josh and Heather. Josh got all A’s and B’s again on his report card and Heather hadn’t gotten her grades yet… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 14, 2003

Our deepest sympathy goes out to our sister-in-law Frances in Smithville, Tennessee who lost her brother and sister recently… Thanks to Sandi in St. Charles, Missouri for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I picked up some around the house, did laundry, and paid bills. I like to pay the bills as soon as they come in so that I don’t forget about them… The Merry Maids came and we have a nice clean house for another month. This is one luxury that I hope I never have to give up. Having them come once a month is such a big help to me… Dave and I went out on base and picked up our prescriptions and went by the frame shop. We are having a photo of my Mother and family framed. It was when Mom was an infant. Then we went to the BX and looked around, it was my first time to see the new BX since it was completed. It is really big and nice. We got more food for our Cichlids. We only have three Cichlids left but they are doing great and getting so big… We picked up our supper to go and on the way home we got to enjoy another beautiful Oklahoma Sunset… I received my Birds and Blooms magazine today. It is about the only magazine that can hold my interest anymore… I got out and filled the bird feeder tonight because we are supposed to have bad weather come in tomorrow… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

January 13, 2003

Thanks Sis in Rusk, Texas and Janey in Plainfield, Illinois for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book... I found out last night that my Mother has been nominated for Sweetheart Queen on her wing at the Nursing Home.. Good luck Mom, I know you are a Sweetheart of a Mother… Dave gave the dogs a bath and I filled the birdfeeder, put water in the birdbath and did laundry. We watched the Inauguration 2003 on TV. Then started getting a path cleared for the maids tomorrow… There were lots of birds enjoying the birdbath... I chatted on IM with Chip, a DASNI friend. I would like to see all of you follow Chip’s Journey at Chip I know you won’t be sorry… I had phone calls from Joanne in Benton, Arkansas and Jaunita in Oklahoma City… I called a friend Martha and we hope to get together again real soon… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 12, 2003

Happy 18th Anniversary to Bob and Marie!!! Marie is our friend in Miami, Florida… I called Marie this morning and she was having sunshine. I wish we were… Thanks to Gerri in Halifax, Massachusetts and Pat in Carson, California for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I took a full Ambien last night and slept better… I fixed us a country breakfast this morning and answered some Emails… David called and we went out to the Lockhart Farm. Had a nice lunch and Dave helped David with some fence on the farm. Chris, Jenni, Madison, Kerry, and Erin were there also. It is always nice to spend time with our family. Thanks David and Lori for the invite and delicious meal. After the kids left Lori and I watched a Lifetime Movie and cried… I made pancakes for supper… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 11, 2003

I was exhausted last night when I went to bed, I think I tried to do too much yesterday. I didn’t sleep well and today I feel weak and have no energy at all… I chatted with some online friends on Instant Message and called my Mother, a friend, Ruth, in Georgia and Larry in Arkansas… I have forgotten to mention on the day I was feeling my worst that I got a package from my friend Jeanne in Hawaii. I now have a new tape of Hawaiian music to listen too. The Hawaiian music really perks me up, especially when listening to TINY BUBBLES. Thank you Antie Jeanne… I don’t think any of you realize what goes into posting my journal everyday. I spend a good hour doing it. First I write it in word. Then I will have Dave check it for misspelled and misused words. Then I copy it and go to Angelfire and paste it there. Then I will look for a lighthouse icon that Teresa has provided for me and I will copy and paste it in just the right spot. Then I will preview that and make sure my breaks are all in the right place. Sometimes if they aren’t I can spend another half hour just trying to figure out what I did wrong. Then I will copy that entry and put it in another place on Angelfire just in case I lose my entire journal. This has happened to me before and I never want that to ever happen again. It made me cry… There are times I think I want to quit journaling, especially if I go long periods of time and don’t receive any emails or guest book signatures. I think is it really worth it? Am I really helping anyone with telling the story of my life? But Dave encourages me to keep on keeping on… Dave went to the airport today and I chose to stay home. This way we are both getting some ME TIME. Something we all need once in awhile… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

January 10, 2003

Thanks to Marie in Miami, Florida for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I woke up feeling so much better this morning. I stripped my sick bed and washed the sheets, took care of the plants, and set up my medication for another month. David called and asked if we would watch Madison while he took Lori to the doctor. We said yes and she is such a good baby. I fed her lunch, and she loves to eat, then we rested. Chris, her daddy picked her up… Thank you God for a better day… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 9, 2002

Today was a repeat of yesterday, another day of bed rest… Dave, thank you for being a wonderful and understanding nurse while I am recovering from this attack of Diverticultis… Tomorrow will be a better day… Goodnight all… KTFIOK.

January 8, 2003

Happy Birthday Noah!!! Happy Birthday Brenda!!! Happy Birthday Aralee!!! Noah is my web mistress’s Grandson in Missouri who is one year old. Brenda is our friend in Oklahoma City, and Aralee is a school friend in Schertz, Texas… Our dinner last night didn’t turn out to well. I ended up with a bad attack with my tummy. I can’t remember when I was in so much pain… I have been on bed rest all day. Dave brought my laptop in the bedroom and I have just been resting and eating very lightly and back on the antibiotic Cipro... Besides looking after me Dave took advantage of the beautiful 68 degree weather and did a lot of work in the yard, repaired the fence, and put up my new three hole bird house that I got at Christmas… Goodnight all... Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

January 7, 2003

Happy 34th Anniversary Joe and Sandy!!! Sandy is a DASNI friend in Ohio… Thanks to Diane in Australia for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I have been letting Dave enjoy his retirement and sleep till ten and then take an afternoon nap. This is going to end soon and I am going to get out my honey-do list… We had a call from David this morning. He was babysitting Madison while Lori was at a doctor’s appointment. I could hear Madison jabbering in the background. I am sure she wanted to talk to her Grandma III… I called and talked to Josh and Heather, they were both busy doing their homework… I am feeling better today so Dave and I are going out to dinner tonight… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 6, 2003

Thanks to Janet in Plainfield, Illinois, Edie in Dayton, Indiana, Tom in Ft Worth, Texas, and Ed in Aurora, Ohio for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I woke Dave around 8:00 on his first Monday of retirement and told him that he had overslept and he said “ No I didn’t” and turned over and went back to sleep. I fixed us breakfast and he fixed lunch. It is so different having him home everyday. But I will get used to it… I felt good this morning but this afternoon I started feeling bad and couldn’t get warm again so I went to bed and turned on the electric blanket and Dave made us some Cappuccino… We had planned to go out to dinner but since I wasn’t feeling good we decided to wait till tomorrow night. I know tomorrow will be better… I often have cravings and tonight I wanted Tacos so Dave went to pick up some… We received a card and newsletter from our friend Leslie in Georgia and she registered to win a BMW car when she recently bought her new 2003 Toyota Solara convertible. She said she was notified she was one of twenty five finalist to win a new BMW Z4 and she was to join the group of twenty five on January 3 to see if her key was the right one. So tonight I called Leslie to see if she won the car and she did. Congratulations Leslie!!! Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

January 5, 2003

I woke up with a clear head and no headache this morning. Thank you God… I got accomplished what I was hoping to do yesterday… I washed our bedding, the dog’s bedding, gave the dogs a bath and mopped the kitchen and dining room floor. Dave ran the vacuum for me… Dave typed up a schedule for my medicines so he can keep better track of my medications and what time I am supposed to take them… It has been a beautiful day up near the 60’s so I took advantage of the weather and hung out the mattress cover and the comforter to dry… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

January 4, 2002

Happy Birthday Matthew!!!
Matthew is our five year old great grandson in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky…
When I went to bed last night I knew I wasn’t feeling right and was trying to figure out why I was so tired for not getting anything accomplished for the day. But I knew Dave and David made plans to do some aerial photography today over Wade and Jan’s KOA RV Park in the Henryetta/Checotah area and I had planned to do a lot of picking up around the house and getting things organized again. Plus I was looking forward to a nice quiet day alone… I woke up in the middle of the night with one of the worst headaches ever and very confused. I wouldn’t have known where my head was if you had asked me… David came later and he asked if there was anything he could do. I had already gotten up and ate some yogurt and taken my morning medicines and Dave had given me some Ibuprofen and I told David a soft fried egg sounded good so he fixed it and a piece of toast before they left to go to the airport. I told them that I would be fine. I stayed in bed and when I don’t feel good the dogs know it and all three are in bed with me as close to me as they can get… Kenny called and we talked awhile and I went back to bed. There was no TV or radio noise. The only sounds were of the furnace kicking on, our fish aquarium, and the sounds of cars driving by and once in awhile a neighbor’s dog would bark. Then all of a sudden I got to thinking about all the sadness me, my family and friends are going through right now and I started crying and crying for the longest time and I cried so hard it wore me out… Dave and David got home around six and Dave fixed us a microwave dinner and I ate it in bed and then he showed me the pictures that David had taken, and they turned out really good. Wade and Jan were on the ground waving at them. They had a beautiful day for flying… I didn’t even feel good enough to get up and host the DASNI Chat as my headache came back… I took my medications and more Ibuprofen and an extra sleeping pill so I could fall asleep…That is the reason this journal didn’t get posted till late… Tomorrow will be a better day.

January 3, 2003

Happy Birthday Ashley!!! Ashley is our beautiful grandniece in Seagrove, North Carolina… Dave is officially retired today. I had him get us a new flag to fly at the flagpole in the courtyard for this special day… David came by and we called and talked to my Mother. She was in a talkative mood. They are having a big snow in Indiana. That is one of the reasons I didn’t want to retire in Indiana, too much snow there for me. It is 61 degrees here… I would like to thank Teresa, my web mistress, for fixing up the new Lighthouse journal page… I am so confused on the days since Dave is home all the time now… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 2, 2003

I have had a great day. I did laundry and then Dave and I went to an Alzheimer’s Support meeting. I had met the facilitator before when I spoke at the Alzheimer’s Symposium and she is good. But found out it was mostly for the Care partner, at least Dave can go for some support. I was invited to come back and I may do that occasionally… Dave and I fixed supper and we are one big mess in the kitchen. He will tell me to leave things alone and he will take care of it. But I always feel like I need to turn the meat or something. I am not a good listener… Goodnight all… KTFIOK

January 1, 2003

Happy New Year!!! Thanks to Pat in Carson, California, Catherine, Howard, Uncle Bill, and Ollie in Gahanna, Ohio, and Sis in Rusk, Texas for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… We watched the Rose Bowl Parade and I really enjoyed it then we watched the Rose Bowl Game and we won. The final score was Washington State University 14 and Oklahoma 34… I cooked Black-eyed Peas for supper so now we should have good luck for 2003… David called… I heard from Brian in New Zealand and it was so good to hear all of the good news Brian. You made my New Years Day… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma