Here in Medicine Lodge we have blood drives every two months. I have a very large vein in my right arm, so it is virtually pain free to give. However, I still can't watch any part of it. A few months ago I was unable to give (twice!!) because my iron count was too low. It needs to be 12.5 and if it is not that high, they will ask if they can have someone else check the other hand. This consists of a pin prick in the finger. Well, after I was denied because my count was too low the red cross worker told me to try to get my iron up a few days before they have a blood drive. They told me to eat cheeseburgers and oreos!! That works to get iron up. Of course one could eat spinach, but that is not nearly as fun. Well, today after a cheeseburger yesterday (no oreos) I had a count of 12.3. Bummer. Then they did a finger on the other hand and it was 12.6!!! Yeah, I was able to give.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I sure did. My youngest daughter, Melissa was here for the holiday. She flew in from Arizona and we spent 4 busy days together. We went to the farm for Thanksgiving. Hubby's mom and dad have two thousand acres, cows, wheat and kittens galore. The weather was just beautiful and Hubby's brother Jesse was there from California. Sister Linda and husband Jim were there. Linda's son and his wife were there from Texas and Hubby's brother Dennis, his son, girlfriend and two children were there from Oklahoma. Hubby's brother Dennis lives with mom and dad at the farm. The folks are both 83 and are as busy as ever. No sign of slowing down. Mom was a little under the weather for the last month or so, but she is much better now. Her doctors think it was her medication. They did a few adjustments and now she is feeling great.
I was up at 4:30 this morning. It was Hubbys turn to make breakfast for the men in his Tuesday morning bible study. Hubby kept telling everyone he was bringing Cherrios because that is about all he can make! Lucky for the men I like to cook because they certainly had a better breakfast than Cherrios. I set out everything I could the night before, so there was not such a rush this morning. The first thing I did was make a yummy coffee cake. I started with a box yellow cake and added 1 cup of sour cream, three eggs and 1/4 cup of water. Mixed it for 2 minutes and poured 1/2 the batter into a 9x13. Then I made a mixture of 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup chopped pecans, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves. I then sprinkled 1/2 of this mixture on the cake batter. Topped this with the rest of the cake batter and then sprinkled the remainder of the crumb mixture. Baked this for 40 minutes. Yum Yum. Then I baked large canned flake biscuits, split them open and placed 1 fried egg, ham, cheese and the top biscuit. Put a large pan of tater tots in the oven and that was the meal Hubby took to the men's breakfast. Much better than Cherrios.
I was out and about today and noticed large trucks delivering and setting up large Christmas decorations in the downtown area of Medicine Lodge. I just love the small town life and how they rally around any holiday and celebrate them all. The whole town is busy this Sunday starting with a chili cook off with the firemen. Then our church is having a craft fair along with cookies by the pound. I will be making 5 dozen cookies for that. All the stores will have open houses with discounts, and drawings and such. We will have a parade at 5:30 with decorated floats. My Pilots International Club will be entering a float. Pilots Club is an organization that supports funding for brain tramas and the prevention of brain injuries. Here are some pictures of the decorations going up.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 38 years. We have three grown children, Alisha, Wesley and Melissa. A son in law a daughter in law and 5 super grandchildren. After living in Southern California almost all our lives, we moved to Kansas. It has been a big change in our lives and we have handled all the challenges well. I have decided to get back into blogging and detailing all of our adventures in the midwest. I love the Lord, my husband, my family and my friends.