Archive for July, 2011

102 degrees in Hoyt

July 20, 2011

We have been in the hundreds for over a week now. I know much of the country is in the same boat and I have the luxury of air conditioning so I won’t complain. When I go into Topeka and see the roofers and highway construction people out working, I know how fortunate I am.

We have had a few visitors lately passing through. It was nice to see them as it has been a while. I always feel anxious about them coming as I never seem to have the house in the shape I wish it was. Organizing, cleaning and keeping things up aren’t my strong suit.

I have three watercolors in progress. I ended up ordering some more paint as I can’t seems to get the browns I am looking for. I question the point of doing it some times. I use up resources and I am not sure anyone will be interested in them. I also notice that showing them to some people just makes them feel worse about their skills. That is never the point but I can understand how that feels.


Too much stress=two cracked teeth=two crowns

July 13, 2011

Some days it doesn’t pay to get up. Six months ago, when I still had insurance, my teeth were in good shape. Now I am looking at this. Apparently I clench and that can cause cracking. I know when my head is hurting, I have to make an effort to stop myself from doing it. I was bad after that news so I went out and had a filet-o-fish sandwich and a small strawberry milkshake. It didn’t help enough though. Bah Humbug!

Summer in Kansas

July 12, 2011

We have been in one heatwave, are getting a day reprieve (only 92 tomorrow), and will be going into another one. It is hard to get enthused about this kind of weather. We went for a walk the last couple of evenings but the oppressiveness made it hard. I feel bad for the highway workers, the warehouse and railroad workers and all who must battle this without benefit of fans and air conditioning.

We took Jim’s mom out for a trip to Walmart. I have never spent that much time in one before. She wants her independence and to be able to do things. It is hard though to watch her struggle with not being able to find things and having trouble driving the cart.

We are supposed to be going to a sock knitting convention soon but I am doubting whether we will get to go.  I would almost rather cancel it at this point than at the last minute.  When I registered, I had no idea how hard things were going to get with my mother-in-law. There are days she doesn’t want to eat but denies it. I can bring her food but maybe she will eat some of it or maybe she will eat it a few bites of it days later. We were glad she actually purchased some food today as for weeks, when Jim took her to the store, all she bought was cigarettes.  I understand her COPD makes it hard for her to do things and when I try to help her by cleaning, bringing food or whatever, she doesn’t like it.

I went with Jim and his mom to the Hoyt Senior Citizens meal. I came out thinking I needed  to get a job or something. Dealing with turnning 55 was hard enough but I am not ready to make a habit of doing that.

It was hard to go through the store and see all the school supplies. Usually, by now, I would start buying to use at school or to help some of my students out. I saw a teaching job listed but this one was in Powhattan. It is almost like being taunted with possibilities that are beyond my reach. I reminded myself I could sub this next year and am thankful that we will probably survive financially.

On an upnote, I have been working on some watercolors. I have sorted some boxes from the garage and Jim took stuff to Goodwill. I worked on the kitchen floor again and it looks somewhat better. We have company coming so I had better get going cleaning the house.