Kansas City Zoo

Last weekend hubby, myself and our two dogs went to see our kids in Grandview, MO. Our daughter and grandson came by different car.

I think that is funny because my son always said anybody from Missouri was a hillbilly and now he lives there….

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Looking at the photo you see Buster’s tooth sticking out – he had gum infections so lost almost all his teeth and this one just will not stay behind him upper lip. In fact, I took him to the vet today (Monday) and found out he has cataracts that have almost blinded him. He is eleven years old, poor baby.

While in KC we made a trip to the zoo. It is a beautiful park. The landscaping is beautiful. One thing I forgot about the difference between Missouri and Kansas – Missouri is all hills so the park was a LOT of climbing hills.

Dad and I pretty much stayed at the front part of the park and let the kids go where they wanted too. (There is a 27 year difference between my twins and my age. When they are my age they will understand.)

Bob got to see his favorites thing anyway. He LOVES Penguins, has since he was 6 years old and told the kids at school at he kept on in his ice box at home.

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These were being fed and are warm weather penguins.

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These are Imperial Penguins and they are from the Arctic.
The glass is foggy because they have ice being sent in like a snow Icee all the time.

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I am sure the sign was made for children but what is my husband but not a child when it comes to Penguins! See what I mean?

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Bob and his buddy.

I finally got him away from the Penguins and onto an Elephant:

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These were beautiful twirlers, there were several of them. I had to take a video of them and send to my neighbor she LOVES them.

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Since last CT

The last CT we had of mom showed nothing new. She is still losing weight and waiting….. that is all I can explain about it. Clinically her health is good, she just has a tumor in her abdomen that is sitting there. They THINK it is connected to her colon but can’t be sure without doing an operation. She doesn’t want a biopsy or surgery so she sits.

If you have ever had to go through this with your parents you know what I mean. You love them and you want to take care of them. Yet this was first diagnosed in Nov. 2015. It has been 5 months of really not knowing much.

I have to shop for her, I take her out to eat when she wants to go. She wants me to come over and sit and visit everyday. (If she had her way I would live there.) Please don’t get me wrong, I do love my mom but some days I could punch a hole in the wall.

Her mind is going some; she has a lot of confusion; repeating herself; not remembering things she said yesterday. Then she gets argumentative and yells at me because I can’t figure out what she is pointing to or trying to remember. She thinks people are stealing things out of her house or moving things around. She is the only one there.

Today was a tough day; really tough. I had to just leave. She was telling me today that I think she is dumb. I told her I didn’t think she was dumb. I ask when did I say you are dumb or made you feel that way? She couldn’t remember but she said she would let me know the next time.

I know I am not alone in this. In 2010 in Feb. I sat with my sister as she died; then in September I sat with my dad as he died. I have been through death. I have even lost a child and grandparents and uncles. Yet I have never been though this.

Thanks for listening to me get this out of my system. I am not perfect but with God’s help I am trying to take care of her.


New CT

As I wrote earlier I have decided my mom needs another CT to see what is going on. We had to suspend Hospice so she could go back on Medicare. I wrote her doctor a note and he got back to me with in one hour with an appointment for her. So I believe he too is wondering what the tumor is doing. It has been two months since we found it and not much has happened.

She goes in Monday for a blood workup and a CT w/o contrast and one with it. I don’t know if he will send us to an oncologist or if he will just get the details and let us know. She and I both would love to see the CT’s; we are a see it to believe it kind of family.

When we suspended Hospice they had to take her wheeled walker and her stool that fits in the bathtub for her to sit while showering. But Praise be to God; I called Helping Hands and they gave us a Nova Scooter for her and one of her friends had a bath stool. So she can still get around okay. She is rather weak and needs to hold on to something to walk.

We will be anxious to find out midweek what is going on.

My hubby has been busy – he fixed our sliding door so it moves more easily and fixed the lock on it. It had become very hard to get it closed so we could lock it. He also put new dead bolt and door knob on the front door and door knob on the door to the garage – all with matching keys. HEY…. Until now the only way in was through the garage door. The realtors did not have keys to our place since it was a foreclosure.

I will keep you posted.

Feb. 2016

Mom and I

My Mom and I

It has been awhile since I have blogged. My life has sort of changed; it comes to all families eventually.

I am caring for my 86 year old mom. We found out in November when she took a fall that she has intestinal cancer. It is growing into her colon on the right side. Upon her doctor’s suggestion we have put her on Hospice. She chose not to have any surgery or biopsies.

Had she chosen too she may not have made it out of surgery or she would have ended up in a retirement home on a respirator. She did not want that.

Unfortunately she has been slowed down since she broke her back in a fall in 2012. Because of this the doctor did not feel that she was physical enough to undergo the surgery needed.

I was at her house 24/7 for a while but she is now able to do most everything herself. She is not in pain; though she feels a little pain once in a while. I am glad that God is watching over her. No one wants to have someone there all the time. You feel you have lost your freedom.

Hospice gives her bath’s two times a week; the nurse comes in once a week and a social worker is there every two weeks. All making sure she is cared for.

I know the time will come when I will have to be there all the time again and I will be. My mom took care of me and I shall take care of her. She does have short term memory loss; but hey, I have some of that!

Five years ago I went through this with my dad and though I don’t look forward to seeing her suffer I will be there this time also.

They don’t classify stomach cancer like they do other cancers – Stages 1, 2 etc….. we just have to wait and see what will happen. That is concerning to Mom and I; we would like to see if the tumor is growing – if it is attaching to anything else. Hospice says they don’t worry about that. They make the patient comfortable until their time comes.

In the mean time we worry and wait.

Two Wheel’s Challenge

I belong to a Photo Challenge group and each month they change what we need to find and photograph.

This month it is: TWO WHEEL’s – anything from motorcycles or bicycles or whatever you find.

I took the challenge and have posted a few and still have a few to go but I will post them here.

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When I stopped to take this one today, the older gentleman that owns the property was mowing his yard. He must have been close to 90 and still on a riding lawn mower. After I took the shot he said he was going to get some water. Thank goodness I was a little concerned about him!

Air compressor

This is my hubby’s pride and joy. He blows out our water system in the late fall, he airs up tires, he blows the dirt out of the garage with it. I have hinted for a power nail gun for crafts but I think he is afraid I will hurt myself with it.

Power lift

And of course something every guy needs to change his truck tires in the winter.

Trash cartI

I believe we all have one of there that go to the curb once every week.

Look around and see what you can find on two wheels.

Colorado – Bucket List item – Ziplining in the mountains

Last weekend my husband, daughter and grandson went to Colorado. Brenton’s first time in the mountain’s; kind of his last woo-raw before starting WSU soon.

Jennifer hadn’t been to CO but twice before and different places each time. Once for a family reunion in Coaldale, CO where we had a ball; she rode horseback but got so sunburned that she didn’t get to go on the White Water Rafting trip with us. Hundreds of hummingbirds were around us all the time. Her twin brother found out he liked rhubarb and strawberry pie, and proceeded to eat it every night. It was down in a valley and we had the Colorado River right behind our cabins where my father would fish every day.

This is their trip to Colorado….. I hope they were stopped when they took this photo. I think they had stopped for lunch in Colby.

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Brenton’s first time in Colorado…. so he and his mom had to jump for joy.

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Then they got to Estes Park where they would go on the ATV trip. What is with the jumping? ha
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Dad was in the middle with Brenton on one side and Jen taking the photo.

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Water falls.

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The guide let them get out and walk around so it wasn’t like they were stuck in the ATV.

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Photo bombed by a minivan!

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He took a photo of all of them. You can see my grandson is getting to be a tall guy. He turns 18 this month. He is much taller than grandpa and his mom. His great-grandpa would be so proud of him.


Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO; there are haunted tours of this hotel, but after our last adventure to Wilson, KS by daughter said NO, thank you.

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Note Brenton on both sides of this photo – the guide showed my daughter how to capture that. Pretty cool. I will have to try it sometime.

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Leaving Estes Park, they headed back to Idaho Springs, CO. Now it is time to rest and get ready to Zip Line tomorrow.

The first night they ate at The Cheesecake Factory, the second night at the California Pizza Company. (So jealous, as I stayed home to care for our doggies.)

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Bob checking out how high they are. He doesn’t like heights.

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All geared up and ready to Zip Line. There were six different zip lines they got to go one.

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Bob going down

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Brenton going down

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And Jennifer coming down.

They LOVED it, after the worry about the height there were no problems after the first ride they were ready to hit all of them and did. Bob even said he might have done the Bunging Jump had they had time. What will be next jumping out of an airplane?

Haunted Hotel Bucket List

My daughter has been starting to check off items on her bucket list. As she says it is not for the dying; you can do it anytime. I belong to a group called The Adventurous Babes Society. The group was going to spend the night in a Haunted Hotel in Wilson, KS. I ask Jen if she wanted to join me. She was all excited.

So on a Saturday we drove to Wilson, KS. It is a very small town between Wichita and Hays, KS. They have a hotel called the Midland Railroad Hotel.

Midland RailRoad Hotel

Beautiful Stair well

Stained glass windows


You can read the history of the hotel at: Google: http://www.midlandrailroadhotel.com

We arrived at Wilson on Saturday by 3 PM. Jennifer couldn’t believe how tiny the town was. We drove around for all of 10 minutes and that was the town; she thanked me for not having raised her in such a tiny town. I found the buildings to have been beautiful at one time. There was a building built in 1889 in midtown. So that was 10 years before the hotel was built.

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The other investigators were in the car behind the SUV.
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Everyday-Legacy PARANORMAL Investigators

Above is the Hotel as we found it; below that is the side of the car of the Paranormal investigators that would be with us through the night. The town had a beautiful church and a Czech painted egg, the railroad ran through the middle where the old Sunflower Coal plant had been. Yes, I heard the train coming through town a couple of times in the night.

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Of course we found the little store and the liquor store for snacks and drinks before we started doing anything.

We got checked into our room. The whole place was beautiful inside. It was all done in Mission furniture.

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This photo hung in our room; it fascinated me as I used to work for the phone company and we used cord boards like this. Below the first two photos are of our room.

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Below is the original safe from the hotel. Below that is a baby stroller that was in the common area.

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Our room was in the new wing that was added after the third floor burnt in 1902 taking 24 lives. They restored it and then added on the newer section. There was a little girl in one of the rooms on the third floor; she has been seen wearing a white dress and looks out the window in the back. There was also a sheriff in room 305 that was found hanged. The stories are mixed up as to the real reason he was hanged. Something happened with his son; and either the towns people hung him or he hanged himself out of sorrow for his son.

Talking to the staff, all of them have experienced things at one time or another. Beds having just been made and when they came out of the bath; the bed was turned down. Items moved and unexplained noises.

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Before our investigation began we gathered outside, this was not everyone. We started at sun down and had lights out shortly after that. We all had dinner downstairs in the “Sample Room” which was where retailers could come through and set up shop for people to see their goods. They have left the name the same. At our appointed time we all went upstairs to the third floor.

First we went into the room the little girl is reported to stay in. They had their monitors all set up and the infra-red cameras set up all over the hotel to map any sounds or movements that were not human. Once the lights went out everyone got every quiet and the “hunt” was on.

Now, I am not going to say I believe the monitor’s or equipment; all I know is what I seen, heard, smelled and felt. I for one am a very sensitive person to the supernatural; having had my own NDE  and encounters with other spirit beings. I was not afraid or worried. However, Jennifer was FREAKED OUT.

I heard the investigators talking to the “spirits” and trying for communication from them. I myself did not see anything. However, it was so hot in the room where everyone was I was standing in the hall way. All of a sudden I smelled a very strong odor of sulfur. One of the investigators was down the hall a bit and I ask him if he smelled it. He said he did and wasn’t it strange that we were on the floor that had burned down. By this time the girls in the bedroom were starting to smell it also.

I was one of the last people to come up to the third floor because I have a lot of trouble with my knees so I straggled behind. No one shut the door to the floor as we went in. Later I was so hot I was going to go sit on the stairs and the door was closed. I went back and ask on the team if they had closed it. They said no and tried, unsuccessfully to get someone to close it again. Nope. Yet, later when I was back around the corner I heard it slam shut again. No one had passed me and they radioed to see if anyone had come up the stairs and no one had.

After everyone had left the little girls room and went downstairs the investigator, my daughter and a lady named Trish were still in the little girls room. They started around the corner to leave and left a teddy bear in the center of the bed. They then left. I was sitting down the stairs a ways and could hear them talking to the little girls. It seemed she had followed them around the hall. The lady was talking to her and after a while she ask her if she could sing a little song. Jennifer said she heard a tiny voice start singing “Ring around the rosy”. And the miter lite up to 5.0 the highest it had been all night. (Jennifer said she wanted to talk to her but was afraid she would follow her home!).

Another investigator (sorry I don’t remember your names) came down the hall from the other way (my friend had been standing in the hall outside the little girls room this whole time, it was so dark you couldn’t see anything), the guy shined his flash light in the room and the teddy bear was face down in front of the door.   Hum did the little girl pick it up and drop it when she followed the three out of the room?

They called the other floors and no one was having much luck finding anything. It seems we seen more action than the other floors. We all went downstairs to go out and across to another building and then to the old jail.  Jennifer said the investigator was trying to get the little girl to follow them down when Trish told the little girl she needed to stay in the hotel; she would be safer there. They had no more readings after that.

We went to a deserted dentist office which to me was just old, dusty and nasty – didn’t feel a thing there. Then we went to the jail – that would not have been a place I would have wanted to have been locked up. Here are photos:

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Here you can see the key hanging on the door and the “newer” toilet.

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Here is the ball and chains they would be tied up with.

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The outside of the jail.

Okay that was our experience. Hey, I didn’t have a problem with any of it. The sulfur smell was strange, the door shutting, the bear being moved. There could have been reasons for all of them with so many people in the house.

HOWEVER, my daughter was still FREAKED out of her mind over the little girl. Now I did not hear that. When we went to bed she ask if I could leave the bathroom light on. Sure not a problem, there were slates in the door so it was dark enough to sleep. I slept like a baby other than being cold and could get the covers comfortable.

Jennifer on the other hand had wanted me to leave ALL the lights on; she didn’t sleep a wink all night. Between 3:00 and 3:30 (the witching hour) she just knew something was going to show its face through the window above our door or worse come inside.

I am not laughing at her (yes I am) but she no longer has any desire to go to a haunted hotel, house or anywhere.

Okay that one is checked off the bucket list…… Love you babe!



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