Thursday, October 18, 2012

Leisure Center

Shortly after I moved to Medicine Lodge I began to hear people talk about the Lodge, the Plaza, the Leisure Center.  I started asking questions about these places and discovered that the Lodge is a place that 55 and older lived and the Plaza is a place where people lived that were on a limited income.  The Leisure Center is a place that cooks lunch for people over 60.  If residents are house bound the Leisure Center delivers meals to them and if they are capable to travel, but do not drive, the Leisure Center will pick then up and bring them to the center for a noon meal. I think this is such a great service to the residents of Medicine Lodge.  Also, twice a year Medicine Lodge has city wide yard sales.  The morning of the yard sales the Leisure Center provides a free will donation breakfast.  The first time I went to a breakfast at the Leisure Center, I was very impressed.  It was so clean and organized.  I am very proud to live in a town that cares about their senior citizens and provides for them.  Every week the local paper has a section about the Leisure Center.  Information about upcoming events, menus, etc.  Well, one week the Leisure Center article was asking for help on Thursdays.  They were looking for someone to drive the bus from 9-3.  This would include taking people to the store, bank, doctors appointments and picking up people from the Lodge and bringing them to the Leisure Center for lunch.  Also, delivering lunches to about 25 local house bound people.  Guess who volunteered ?


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Kansas Mums

I don't know why, but mums are big here in Kansas.  Lots of people have them.  Everywhere.  Front porch, yards, grouped with different kinds of mums.  Different colors, different sizes.  Mums everywhere.  On facebook it is announced the mum shipment is in, come and get yours. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against them, I just don't "get" it.  I should ask someone.  Anyway, I was very surprised one morning to find a beautiful purple mum in a pot on my patio table, that is located in front of my house (another thing about Kansas, very few people have their backyards fenced.  I will write about that another time).   I did not know how it got there or who put it there.  I looked around to see if any of my neighbors had been gifted with a new mum.  No, there were no other fresh new purple mums around.  I was on a mission.  I needed to find out who left me this mum.  I asked Hubby if he knew anything about the mums arrival and he did not.  I asked our Aunt that lives behind us as we are always doing favors for each other.  She did not know anything. I even asked my pastor if he left it.  He had teased me the week before and I thought he might have felt bad for teasing me and it was a makeup gift.  But no it wasn't him.  For a minute, I was afraid some hooligan had maybe swiped it from another yard and deposited it at my house.  I would not want some neighbor eyeing my plant that could have been stolen.  After about a week of wondering, I stopped by the local paper and had them put a little article thanking the nice person that left me plant.  The day the newspaper came  out I received a phone call and the voice on the other end said "you are welcome".  Well, my mystery was solved, it was my neighbor that lives caddy corner from us.  Guess what?  It wasn't for me it was actually for the Hubby!  When he mows our yard on the ride on mower, he runs it around her yard.  She is always trying to pay him, but he won't accept her money, so she decided to do something nice by gifting us (him) with a mum.  Mystery solved and Cindy humbled.


Monday, October 15, 2012


Well, I am still trying to figure my way around this blogging and posting thing.  When I had my blog designed, I had a permanent signature in place.  Well, that place is in the upper left had corner, not the bottom of the post.  I can't seem to figure out how to move it down where it belongs.  On the two other posts I have written I have removed it altogether but I like it and I want to learn how to move it.  So, until I figure that out, it might be posted in the wrong place.  That is a problem. 
There was something else.  I was going to write about my dog yesterday but decided not to.  Today I decided I would.  You see, when we go for out for Sunday lunch we take our little dog with us.  We only do this when the weather is good because I know all about not leaving a dog in the car.  But when it is cool, we park in the shade, crack open the windows and Lolli our little doggie comes with us.  When we get our meal Hubby and I put a little bit of our meal aside to give to Lolli.  She anxiously awaits our return.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Why I Love Sundays

I love Sundays.  I do not have to wake up to an alarm clock.  I very rarely sleep past 7 and that is just fine with me.  I have time for a relaxing cup of coffee, then it is out the door for a 30 minute walk with the dog.  On my return and before my shower I have time for a second cup of coffee.  If the weather is nice I enjoy this cup sittingout on the front porch.  Heavenly.  Then it is time to get ready for church.  When we moved to Medicine Lodge we figured we would check out all the churches in town and then choose the one we liked the best.  Well, our first stop was First Christian Church.  After one sermon and meeting the congregation we were sold.  We didn't need to visit any other churches. We felt so at home and  have been there for over a year now and we still love our church family and know we made the right decision. 
After church hubby and I  almost always go out for lunch.  Because we only have a few places to eat here in town, we have to travel about 30 miles and two towns away for a decent meal.  That is fine with us.  The trip is a beautiful drive where we are surrounded by wheat fields and wide open spaces.  Our choice of restaurants to go to is either a mexican restaurant or a hamburger joint.  After our tummies are full we head on home where we spend the rest of the day relaxing, watching a movie and maybe even sneaking in a nap.  Yes, I love our Sundays.

Look at that steam rising from that platter of fajitas.

I hope you enjoy your Sundays as much as I enjoy mine.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

I'm Back !

Well, after a two year break from blogging, I have decided to start blogging again.  A lot has happened in the last two years and I will get into all that at another time.  Right now I am just going to ease into the blogging thing again.  It is all new again and I will have a time just trying to relearn all the details of writing and posting a post.  So, be patient with me and sit back with a cup of coffee and read about my new life in Kansas.  We are in a small town.  Wait, I think all towns in Kansas are small.  I am not sure.  When we lived in Corona California my daughter's high school had three thousand students.  Our new town of Medicine Lodge has 2500 people.   A big difference.  So, my blog will be about our adventures of living in a small town.