Flood Update

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Sorry to leave you all in the lurch about flooding and rain fall in our area.  Earlier this week I had said it was predicted to be bad again with places expecting in excess of 7″ of rain.  Well…the forecasters were right.  People did get in excess of 7″…thankfully it wasn’t us.

The first night of rain we got a few inches…to be honest, I don’t even remember how much.  I think 3″ or so.  The town that I grew up in New Richland Minnesota and the neighboring town of Waseca got nailed….over 13″ overnight in some places.  Here’s a picture of the nursing home that my Dad was at before he passed away.

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Residents had to all be evacuated.  UGH.  I can’t imagine the work that has gone into saving this facility.

It was a mess in that area.

The next night, there was a new target for the excess rain.  It wasn’t us.  We got 4.4″ of rain, mostly overnight.  The Greene, Iowa area got over 13″ overnight.  The pictures from there are awful too….news is that the Clarksville area is a disaster too…Their water retention system was compromised and broke.

All of the water there is winding it’s way downstream reeking havoc on towns down river….and who is down river?

Our son Karl is a UNI college student in Cedar Falls, Iowa…that’s where the water is going.  So far, predictions are that this will be the 2nd worst flooding ever.

…and who is down river from there??? [Read more...]

Medical Update

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Friday I had the day off.  I had a doctor’s appointment in Lacrosse.  It was what I had hoped was my last trip there regarding my thyroid surgery last February.  The appointment was in the afternoon so in the morning I had some time for playing Grammy.

Carver decided to keep his mommy up all night and mommy need a nap…Grammy to the rescue.  It so nice that we’re close and this can easily happen.  Kalissa ended up at the doctor in the afternoon and went home with antibiotics.  Hopefully that will get her feeling a little better.

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After her nap she came and got Carver and I was off headed to pick up Kelli and then onto Lacrosse.  Kelli wanted to ride along.  I really thought the appointment was going to be more of a formality and didn’t want to interrupt anyone’s schedule to go with me, but Kelli wanted to go.

We haven’t had a chance to hang out lately so it was nice.

The day before Hubby and I had an extended conversation about whether I should take my crutches or the scooter.  I was thinking crutches…he thought scooter.  (he’s a little over protective).  Then I got to thinking that I wanted to stop at Wal-Mart and get groceries on the way home so I’d need the scooter for that.  We ended up compromising and I brought both.  So who was right…did I need the scooter or the crutches?? [Read more...]

The Elections

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Every month I team up with U.S. Cellular and share a little about my Samsung Galaxy S7 Smart Phone.  This is one of those posts.  If you have a kid or grand kid with a smart phone you might want to check out this parent child agreement on cell phone use.  I think it would be very useful when opening a discussion on phone safety with your children. You can find that here.

It’s elections season…love it or hate it.  Democrat, Republican, Independent.  We all have out choices.  This year more than ever I think people are waiting to make up their minds….me, not so much.  I’m almost positive in who I’m voting for.

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I will admit that it’s election season more than ever that I want to completely get rid of my land line phone.  I likely would except that it comes free with my internet service.

It’s a new time in history.  More than ever decision 2016 has gone mobile. This election season voters are relying on their mobile devices to learn more about the candidates and political issues before heading to the polls.  I know this to be true because I have children who have television but don’t get the regular channels, ABC, NBC and CBS, yet they know more about the latest blunder a candidate has made, the latest illness they came down with or the candidates latest view on all of the topics.  How do they get that news…social media.

The increased usage means that voters have faster, more frequent access to campaign information and candidates must expertly leverage digital tools like social media to interact and engage with the American public to win votes.

As we head into the homestretch toward Election Day, many voters are using their smartphones and tablets to gather information about candidates, events, volunteer opportunities and polling results on the news, social media or in online discussions.

In fact, according to the Pew Research, about two-thirds of Americans owned a smartphone in 2015, compared with just 35 percent in the spring of 2011.  That’s a big difference.

I can’t open Facebook without scrolling through and seeing jokes, commentary or even video links of the candidates.

That same research tells us that more than a quarter (28 percent) of registered voters in the United States used their smartphones to keep up with politics in 2014, compared to 13 percent in 2010.  And sixty-eight percent of smartphone owners use their phone to follow breaking news and 33 percent say that they do this “frequently.”

Phones do so much more now days and have so many more uses.

However you’re voting, Democrat, Republican, or Independent, keeping up with the candidates has never been easier.

Beth’s Quilts…

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I got an email message from Beth C back in August.  I’ll be honest, I don’t check Facebook messages as much as I should.  Often my email is so full and I get the warning to empty it that all of my time at the computer with correspondence is sent there.

I finally saw the note earlier this week.  It included some great pictures of quilts she had made.  Does is look familiar?  It’s a pattern Kelli and I put together.  You can find the free pattern here on the blog.

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It has long been one of my favorite patterns.  I love simple and easy piecing.  It’s great in Christmas colors too.

Beth liked the pattern and decided to change it up making it in a new color scheme….I think it looks great, don’t you? [Read more...]