Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dennis Elder--September 30th, 2009

Dennis had horrible pain over last weekend. It was difficult to get any sleep. Since then, he met with his doctor who changed some medicines including those to fight pain.

They got to move back home to their lakehouse in Arizona yesterday! Wonderful news!

Susan is happy to report that their spirits are high, Dennis is now eating well again. The temperature there has now dropped to 90 degrees. Brrr... That's alot better than the triple degree temps.

We need to pray that Dennis' nightly horrible coughing ends soon.

They ARE receiving their cards, letters, etc. at their home now.

Other great news is that their niece, Lacy, and her husband, Pete, received their first bundle of joy yesterday! (Lacy is Jim and Deandra Gietlien's daughter and is Aunt Thelma Elder's first grandchild.) He has been named Cohen.

Thank you!


Dick Tripp

Nacoma reported today that her father, Dick Tripp, passed away yesterday. At this ime, that is the only specifics that I know. Once I know when and where his services will be held, etc., I will post that information also.


I need advice...

In the Spring, we bought a new dishwasher with all of the up-to-the minute cycles, etc. The only thing that it can't do, is load and unload itself. So very sad...

The problem is that it cleans perfectly but it leaves the dishes with that milky coating fairly often. Yuk!!! I always make sure that the water is as hot as I can get it before I turn the dishwasher on. I even use the extra hot water cycle that we have. I use Jet-Dry. I also use name-brand dishwasher soap gel-packs. I never use powder. I have even cleaned the machine with the dishwasher cleaners. Does anyone know what I am doing wrong?????????????? I would welcome any and all advice.


Tired of re-washing clean dishes in Leoti, Ks.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Grape Salad Recipe. DELICIOUS!!!

A couple of years ago, my Aunt Janice Elder brought the yummiest salad yet to our Thanksgiving dinner at Grandma's house. Since then, our family has made it several times. Given the fact that the holidays are just around the corner, I thought that you, too, might want to give it a try. It makes a BIG bowl full!

4 cups of seedless grapes (I recommend two different colors because it is pretty.)
1-8 oz. package of softened cream cheese
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. regular sugar
1/2 to 1 c. cheddar cheese (shredded)

1. Remove all grapes from the stems. Wash and set aside the grapes to dry otherwise the cheese mixture doesn't stick to the grapes as well as it should.

2. Combine the cream cheese, sour cream and sugar. Mix well.

3. After your grapes have dried, slowly add the grapes to the cheese mixture. Personally, I just use my hands to do this. That way, no grapes are injured in the making of this salad. (Ha! Ha!)

4. After you have placed the completed salad into your serving bowl, top the salad with your shredded cheddar cheese. Chill and serve when cold.

Happy eating!!!


Monday, September 28, 2009

Update on Leoti's new Restaurant

As I reported last week, Leotians are greatly anticipating the new restaurant in town!!! I know abit more about it now than I did before.

There are 12 partners. I know who a few of them are but since I don't know everyone involved, I prefer to not name them at this time. The cafe will be open 7 days a week and will be serving ALL three meals per day!!!

I have been hearing various things about when we should expect the cafe to open. I've heard everything from later this week to mid to late October. At this time, I would be surprised if it opens within the next couple of weeks. The partners are wanting the cafe to be just right before the doors open for business. Anyone who has ever been in Leoti's VFW, knows that no one would use the words "bright and sunny" to describe the building. However, that is coming to an end. Contractors have cut three large openings in the south side of the building where windows will be added.

I've also heard that modernization is also taking place in the kitchen.

People are also wanting to know what will be happening to the large BINGO crowd every Wednesday night. Once again, I don't know what will happen with that, however, some are thinking that the BINGO will take place in the rooms that were formerly the restaurant. I guess that we'll just have to wait and see what happens. Until several months ago, a good-sized crowd met at Scott City's former Catholic school. However, that building was demolished last year so that the church and parking lot could be expanded. To my knowledge, BINGO in Scott City has been non-existent ever since. The last that I knew, Tribune still has BINGO on Sunday nights at their VFW. I could be mistaken on that though.

Anyway, I'll continue to keep you posted...


Sunday, September 27, 2009

For Sale

If you are interested in buying a good-used car, please call our son, Adam, at 620-874-8216. He has a 1991 Toyota that he is selling. The body and interior are in excellent shape. He thinks that it might need a new voltage regulator.

He is asking $1,000 or best offer.

The car is located in Scott City.

Please call Adam if you are interested. I doubt if this car will be on the market very long. It's a good car. He and his wife are selling it because they already have a pick-up and a Mercedes. This car is not being used at this time.

Thank you!


Heart attack????????????????

Friday morning, I was plagued with constant pain on the RIGHT side of my chest accompanied by pain in my upper RIGHT arm. Eventually, it went away in mid-afternoon. Then, it returned for a short time on Saturday. Once again, it disappeared only to return around midnight on Saturday. During the night after that, it moved to the midportion of my right chest. By this morning, the pain was located at the bottom of the right side of my chest. I never had any problems with my breathing. During the night, Tylenol would help the pain go away. Once I got out of bed,the pain disappeared completely.

I never worried too much about the prospect that I might be having a heart attack. Why? Because for one thing, my pain was always located on the right side of my chest. Two, I have a mechanical heart valve. Before it was installed, the pain was throughout my entire chest. (My aneurisym was in my aortic valve.) Three. I will live on blood thinners for the rest of my life because of the m.h.v. So, since my blood is so very thin, no blood clots should have a chance.

Well, the R.N. adviced me to come to the emergency room as soon as the pain resumes so that blood tests including an EKG can be done. Alot more tends to show up on these tests if the pain is actually in progress. He also told me that even if you are on blood thinners, you CAN still have an attack. He also said that women can and often do have many totally different symptoms than men have. He knows of a woman who had a tooth ache and no other symptoms. Come to find out, there was nothing wrong with her tooth. SHE WAS HAVING A HEART ATTACK!!! Isn't that scary???

Other possible reasons for chest pain as I complained of include angina, pleurisy and asthma.

1. Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when your heart muscle does not get enough blood. It can range from mild pain to intense suffocative pain. It is treated from a variety of methods.

A. Lifestyle changes including slowing down or taking breaks when angina comes on exertion.

B. Avoiding large meals or rich food that leave a feeling of being stuffed.

C. Avoiding situations that make you upset or stressed.

D. Quit smoking. If you don't smoke AVOID SECOND HAND SMOKE. It is believed that second hand smoke can be just as harmful or even MORE harmful than smoking yourself. That is one reason that many restaurants and bars are now prohibiting smoking. (Thank God!!!)

E. Being more physically active. Of course, you may have to ask your doctor how much exercise is TOO much if you have health problems.

F. Losing weight if you are overweight or obese.

G. Taking ALL meds as your doctor prescribes, especially if you have diabetes.

2. Medications may be necessary.

A. Nitrates are the most commonly used meds to treat angina. They relax and widen blood vessels allowing more blood to the heart valve while reducing the workload on the heart. (In my case, I am not allowed to take nitrates as they will cause my blood pressure to drop and kill me.)

B. Other meds that may be necessary include beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, oral antiplatelet meds and anticoagulatants (blood thinners.)

C. Medical procedures. If meds and other procedures don't appear to fix the problem, angioplasty and coranary bypass grafting (CABG) may be necessary to treat angina.

D. Cardiac rehabilitation is the next step. It can include doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, dieticians and psychologists or other behavioral therapists.

2. What is pleurisy? It is an inflamation of the pleura of the lungs, especially the parietal layer. The pleura are thin moist membranes that cover the lungs and line the chest cavity. They normally reduce the friction between the chest structures as the lungs expand and contract. Inflammation of these plurae causes breathing to become painful and less effective. The wet and dry pleurisy often accur from complications of respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia, viral infections and Tuberculosis (TB) and are more likely to occur in highly susceptible people such as the elderly and other people who suffer with other diseases and ailments. It can also be caused by tumors or injuries. This is sometimes treated by the strapping of tight adhesive elastic bandages, painkillers and/or inflammatory medications.

3. The other culprit is asthma. We all know what asthma is. People with chronic asthma are oftimes treated with a combination of long-term control medications and quick relief meds, taken with a hand-held inhaler.

As for me, I suffer with both pleurisy and asthma. So, they are probably to blame for my pain.

I felt it necessary to put this information on my blog so that others are aware of these various things. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact your doctor. The R.N. also told me that whenever you are experiencing any major chest pain or breathing difficulties, you need to contact your doctor or hospital IMMEDIATELY! I have also been told that men and women should chew up and swallow an aspirin (not tylenol, etc.) as soon as chest pain begins. That does NOT apply to people taking various blood thinners such as myself.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Yard work? Snow removal needed???

If you need anything like that done, Skyler and Brice Mason are your men. As of today, they now have a snowblower in their possession. Please give them a call at 620-375-2133. It looks like we may have plenty of snow to be moved so keep their number handy!

Thank you!


Friday, September 25, 2009

E. Grace Floyd

E. Grace Floyd, 74, of Tribune, Ks., died on September 21st at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Ks. She was born on June 2nd, 1935.

Survivors include her husband, John, Son, Lloyd Patterson, Jr. of Tribune and daughter, Penny Graham, also of Tribune. She had 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. The family will hold private services at a later time.

The family would appreciate donations in her name to the Greeley County Library in care of the Price and Sons Funeral Home in Leoti.


Mary I. (Jeannie) Haines

Jeannie Haines, 79, passed away at the Greeley County Medical Center on Thursday, September 24, 2009. Visitation will be from 5-8:00 p.m. on Saturday at Price and Sons Funeral Home in Leoti. Her funeral will be at 2:00 cst on SUNDAY, September 27th, at the First Baptist Church in Leoti. Burial will be in the Leoti Cemetary.

Jeannie married Robert "Bobby" Haines on February 12th, 1950. He died on March 29th,1989. She was a homemaker and a bookkeeper for Western Lumber in Leoti for many years.

She is survived by two sons: Dwight and Kimba of Diamond, Mo., and Terry and Donna (Titus) of Leoti. Her two daughters include Becky and Kenneth Glover of Gunnison, Co. and Tammy Haines of Garden City, Ks. She also had 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Vera Rodrock-Mays of Eureka Springs, Arkansas is her sister.

The family would appreciate your donations in Jeannie's name be given to the Wichita County Museum of the Great Plains in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home of Leoti.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dennis Elder--09-23-09

Dennis is still having severe pain at times. He's not up to eating 3 meals plus snacks a day yet but he is getting the nutrition that he needs, He is having to be on very little oxygen now.

Dennis' 57th birthday is on September 30th. I'd LOVE it if we could all honor him with a birthday card shower. Please send your cards to this new address:

Dennis and Susan Elder
28078 N. AZ Hwy 188 #F
Roosevelt, AZ

He has doctor's appointments today and on September 28th. Hopefully, they will be leaving for their lakeside home right after Monday's appointment!

They want to thank everyone for their love and support through various acts of kindness, email, cards, calls, texts and the prayers sent up each and every day. By the way, they received some of the re-mailed cards and letters yesterday.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Restaurant in Leoti

For the past few months, people in Leoti have had no sit-down cafe in which to eat breakfast. Thankfully, we had the Dairy King for lunches and dinners. Gary and Sheila Campas have thrilled people by now being open for lunches during the week and of course, in the evening.

Hopefully by late next week, our new cafe should be OPEN. Several people have come together and have arranged to open the new cafe at the VFW. The bar portion will not be operational. The cafe will be located in the other two rooms. New windows are being added also. It will be great to have a full-service cafe in Leoti again!!!

I'll keep you updated!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Prairie Flower

As I earlier reported, the Whimmydiddle will once again be in Scott City this Saturday. The girls at the Prairie Flower want to invite you to drop by their store either on your way to or from Scott City. They will be having a ONE-day sale then. EVERYTHING with the exception of sewing machines, will be 20% off. They encourage you to come in and stock up for your winter quilting as well as pick up your holiday gift-making supplies while everything is on special.

Since Saturday is also Breakfast Club, their doors will be open at 8:00.

Check out their website: or call them at 620-375-2044.

Happy Wimmydiddle!


Baby sitting available

Our daughter, Leighlyn, and her good friend, Regan Matteson, daughter of Aaron and Kelly Matteson, are interested in babysitting. Both are very responsible young ladies. They prefer to babysit together so you get two for the price of one! They charge $2.00 per hour--per child. If you are interested or have any questions, please call them at the following phone numbers:

Leighlyn: 375-2032 (Blau Girls phone Line)
375-4584 (Family phone line)
Regan: 375-4036

Thank you!



Mrs. Birdena Pridey, 4th grade teacher at RBSES in Leoti, is once again sponsoring 6th grade students to Washington D.C. for a few days this summer. Before then, fundraisers will be taking place that will help pay the expenses. Our daughter, Leighlyn, is one of several kids who is planning on going on this trip so we would GREATLY appreciate your help in this!!! This particular fundraiser ends on Monday, October 12th. Since this is a pre-pay order, we will need your money and order by that day. Checks need to be made out to Stan Blau.

We will pick up and deliver your orders to YOU on Friday, October 23rd. All items are pre-packed frozen.

If you are interested in ordering anything, please call us at 620-375-4584 or send an email to Thank you!!!

RED WHEEL PRODUCTS, mmm, mmm good!

Here is what is available:

3 pound tubs of cookie dough:

a. Chocolate chip
b. Peanut butter
c. Sugar

Each tub is $12.00.

3# tubs of cookie dough

d. Triple Chocolate
e. White chocolate macadamian nut

Each of these tubs is $14.00

Gourmet bread batter--Just pour and bake! 2 large loaves or up to 30 muffins.

a. Hawaiian--pineapple, bananas, coconut, walnuts
b. Banana nut

$14.00 each tub.

French braid pastries--22 ounces each. They are handmade. Thaw, let rise, bake and enjoy. Frosting packet included.

a. Cherry Supreme

$10.00 each

Pumpkin Rolls

A rich moist pumpkin roll swirled with luscious cream cheese filling. 22 ounces each.

$15.00 each.

Pizzas--12" classic pizzeria style.

a. Combo (Pepperoni and Sausage)
b. Deluxe (sausage, mushrooms, onions, red and green peppers)
c. Pepperoni

$11.00 each.

Pies--10"--Just pop into oven for baking.

a. Apple
b. Peach

$11.00 each.


a. Pecan--thaw and serve.
b. Cherry--Bake.

$12.00 each

French Silk Pie--Just thaw and serve.
a. Chocolate

$15.00 each.

Burritos--7 ounce each--4 or 5 per package. Mild, hand-rolled flour burritos, loaded with meat, cheddar cheese and authentic Mexican spices.

a. Beef and cheese--4 per package
b. Beef and bean--5 per package

$11.00 per package.

Egg Rolls--8 per package--Crispy, crunchy, quick and easy to make. Filled with shredded pork and veggies. Bake or microwave.

a. Egg rolls with shredded pork

$11.00 each package.

Mini Tacos--24 per package--Bite-size, soft-shell tacos filled with seasoned ground pork. Bake or microwave.

a. With ground pork

$11.00 each package.


a. Tortoise--covered with strips of chocolate, caramel and pecans--30 ounce cake--thaw and serve

$14.00 each

Baby cheesecakes--12 per tray--pop-in-your-mouth. 3 each of 4 flavors (Cappuccino, raspberry, chocolate chip and key lime)

a. $14.00 per tray.

Ultimate Four-in-One Cheesecake Pinwheel. Rich and creamy! 32 ounce cake. Just thaw and serve. Presliced. 3 slices of each flavor. (Triple chocolate, Chocolate chip, Vanilla chocolate marble, Mint chocolate chip.

a. 4-in-one pinwheel.

$15.00 each.

We really appreciate your support!


Dennis Elder--09/21/09

For the most part, Dennis went without his oxygen tank from Saturday through around 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. After that, serious pain set in but, of course, it let up before they saw the doctor again. (Isn't that the way all of us are?)

Another chest x-ray was done and the results were good! The doctor increased some of his medications. She was glad to see that his eating has improved and that he is now gaining weight. Because of that, he does not require his nightly feeding through his F-tube as long as he continues to eat well during the day. He is basically eating like all of us but he still has to watch some things. If this continues, his F-tube will be removed next week. Hallelujah!

He's doing pretty well with no extra oxygen but they are keeping some on hand just in case. Its still hard to walk in those temps. Susan is hoping that they will be able to go to the stores sometime soon.

As always, they love hearing from everyone! They have no idea why the mail that we send to them is being returned. So, PLEASE send it to their friend who will then bring it directly to them. His address is as follows:

Dennis Elder
c/o Norman Meyers
P.O. Box 651
Tonto Basin, AZ

They GREATLY appreciate everyone's prayers!


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dennis Elder--09/18/09

Dennis had a chest x-ray done on Friday because of severe pain and problems with his breathing. Thankfully, the x-rays were very good. The doctor added another pain killer to help fight against the nerve endings' pain. The pain is probably to blame for the shortness of breath. He is starting to eat well now but some food requires more chewing than usual.

We also need to remember Susan in our daily prayers. She is probably dealing with more stressors and responsibilities now than ever before in her life. She has been experiencing severe headaches.

They are trying to get out earlier in the mornings to take their walks as the temperatures are still in the triple digits in Arizona. They also manage to walk inside the house a couple of times during the day.

Dennis and Susan appreciate every prayer, thought, email, letter, card and telephone call that is sent their way!


Bold Leadership for Kansas

I first heard of Sue Boldra who is running for Congress from our nephew, Joshua Blau, who is on her campaign team for election. She grew up on a McPherson County farm so she believes in honesty, integrity and hard work. She believes in FAMILY. Today she owns her own farm so she faces the Kansas farmers struggles first handed.

She believes that something must be done so that people, especially rural Kansans, can afford quality healthcare. Sue also wants to make sure that rural healthcare facilities and their staff receive all that they need to be the best that is available.

Sue is a member of a family who enjoys our great outdoors. She knows that farmers and hunters are the most ardent land stewards. She would make sure that the rights of the Second Amendment would be protected in our culture.

Sue has owned a small business for 20 years. In Congress, she would work towards a climate where the family business is not a thing of the past. Anyone with a passion to own their own business and to make it thrive, should be allowed to do so.

She believes in quality education. As a matter-of-fact, she has been an educator for OVER 35 YEARS! She believes that EDUCATION is the great EQUALIZER in America today. Education is the only venue to keep our economy strong and to keep our form of government secure. Something that not everyone knows is that KANSAS EDUCATION ranks in the TOP TEN NATIONALLY and in THE TOP THREE on EVERY major standardized assessment. She understands that many school districts are small by necessity not by design. She would work to make quaity education a true PRIORITY in Kansas. It is time for experienced, responsible education leadership in Kansas.

Energy is one of the toughest challenges facing America today. Energy prices are on the rise so our energy stragedy must take advantage of proven technologies and sources of energy that is available now. She also believes that the exploration of new and renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal should ALL be part of our national stragedy.

For more information, please go to .



Felisha JoDale Nolan, daughter of Dale and Lesa Nolan of Tribune, Kansas married Bradley McCray Moritz, son of Mike and Rhonda Moritz, also of Tribune, on Saturday, September 19th, 2009.

A fine time was had by all! After the wedding was held at their home in the country, the reception, a dinner and dance were held at Tribune's 4-H building.


Saturday, September 19, 2009


People here in Western Kansas are talking about the various "signs" that have been noticed here. Many believe that these signs are pointing to the kind of weather that we should expect this Winter of 2009-2010.

Here are some of those such signs:

1. large fuzzy BLACK caterpillars--People are noticing them all over the highways as they drive.
2. an abundance of beetles, bees, rolly-pollies, RATTLESNAKES A lady whom we met at Oakley's Fick Fossil Museum today, told us that some of her family members have been plagued with rattlesnakes this summer. She has had to kill two so far that were in her basement window wells. Ugh...!!! A couple of them were extra "fat." So after they were dead, she sliced them open to see what was causing their extra bulk. Instead of finding eggs or babies, she found nothing but FAT. This was a first for her. Truckdrivers and other people who spend alot of time on the road have also commented on the larger amount of snakes this year.
3. Extra leafy trees and bushes.
4. Extra fur on outdoor animals such as cattle, horses and buffalo.

My mother who is a teacher is keeping a diary of these signs. The "old timers" in this area are predicting a long, cold and snowy winter. (Personally, I hope that they are right!!!) My husband, Stan, drives trucks for Seaboard Foods. He will be carrying extra clothes, blankets, food, books with him in his truck just in case.

If you have noticed anything, please let me know. I find this to be very interesting.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Keystone Gallery

Wichita County is very proud of the men and women who live(d) here who went on to become amazing stars of the nation, world. Marion Bonner was one such man. He became a major player in the world of discovering and uncovering fossils. One of his sons is Chuck Bonner. Chuck also grew up in Leoti and has made his own name along his journey. Today, he and his wife, Barbara Shelton, own and operate their Keystone Gallery at 401 US 83 between Scott City and Oakley, Kansas.

We stopped by there this morning, Friday, September 18th. Unfortunately, we did not get to meet Chuck as he was cleaning and readying their chimneys for the upcoming winter. Fortunately, we were able to spend our time with his wife, Barbara Shelton.

Chuck is known for his exploration of the chalk beds in this area in the search for new fossils. He is also a noted artist. His wife, Barbara, is famous for her photograpy. They live right next door to their gallery. Both, their house and gallery, are located in older buildings constructed out of the native limestone that is so popular in Kansas. Their home is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Kansas.

I urge you to check out their gallery as soon as possible. It is well worth the trip to get to them. You'll find fossils that you may or may not have heard of, beautiful artwork, etc. You'll even get to meet their family dog whom they lovingly rescued from the pound. Yes, chances are she will introduce herself to you when you exit from your vehicle. She is a sweet being and will cause you no harm. They are open from 9:00 to 5:30 unless they are on a dig. It would be a good idea if you called ahead to make sure that they will be open. Their phone number is 620-872-2762.

I also urge you to check out their website at the following address:

They are more-than-happy to host school classes, etc who want to learn more about the sea that formerly flowed in this area that we now call home. If you are adventurous, they will guide you on fossil digs! Tell them that Lynn recommended them to you!

Here is their email address:

I am sure that you will be impressed!


Fick Fossil and History Museum in Oakley, Ks.

For years, we have promised Leighlyn and Abigayle that we would take them to Oakley's Fick Museum. Stan had never been there. I had not been there since 6th grade which was just a day or two ago. Leighlyn had visited the museum with her classmates when she was in the second grade. Today, we finally fulfilled our promise to them.

The museum was even better than I had remembered. I simply cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this educational experience. However, If you are not interested in looking at fossils, 15 foot long prehistoric fish, the skull of a masasaur, Tylosaurus Proriger, which was a 30-foot marine reptile found in Horse Thief Canyon of Gove County, etc, you may want to just pass on by this museum.

Many people associate dust and dirt with museums. You'll have to look long and hard to find anything un-clean in this museum.

Vi and Earnest Fick were once farmers in Logan County. Earnest had a real desire and ability to search out any fossil in the area. Along the way, his wife, Vi, who was an amazing artist all of her life, discovered that she could actually put his fossils into her artwork--literally. For example, she actually used shark vertabrae to construct a picture of a wicker basket. Fossilized snails became gorgeous flowers, etc., etc., etc... What a gift God blessed her with! Some of her earlier artwork that is on display at the museum include pictures of roses in glass vases. They were created with melted dental wax that were colored with melted crayons. Beautiful!

While you are there, you can learn the history of the German family massacre. You'll actually find a sod house INSIDE the museum! There is also a general store, a creamery and a military display. There's also a historical picture display that consists of more than 1,000 photographs.

Former Leotian, Erm Mitchell, has some of his interesting artwork on display.

World-famous George F. Sternberg has donated wonderful fossils that he discovered in this area to the Fick Museum.

Summer hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Saturday. They are open on Sundays during the summer from 2:00 to 4:00.

Winter hours are 9:00-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Closed on Sundays and holidays.

FREE admission.

The museum is located at 700 West Third Street. It is right next door to the county library.



We were so blessed to have visited the museum when the caretaker was there. She is a totally lovely lady whom knows so very much of the history that is spotlighted in this museum. She is just amazing For the past 30 years, she has been in charge of the museum. She brought the history to life for us. I hope that you are fotunate to meet her there. She is a real joy!

We had no idea just what all is available in Oakley. It is a beautiful town next to I-70 . Many friendly people live there. There are several really nice stores, a few beauty shops, a community-owned theatre, 3 banks, a BEAUTIFUL park that is complete with it's own pond and several cafes including Don's Drive-In Cafe, Our Place, Pizza Hut, Dairy King, Mitten's Truck Stop, etc.

Monument Rocks, a national natural and historic site, is located just 20 miles south of Oakley on Highway 83. Many, MANY fossils have been found there. Leoti's famous, former citizen, Chuck Bonner has his Keystone Gallery which is also a must-see is located between Oakley and Scott City. Plus, you just HAVE TO SEE world-famous Charlie Norton's bronze sculpture of Buffalo Bill that is located right along I-70. Charlie is one of Leoti's brightest stars ever! Come and spend some time in Oakley. There's a few nice motels available to those who are interested in spending the night or two.


Dogs under attack...

Today, Friday, September 18th, our family of four went on a splendid day trip. I am planning to write more entries about places and more importantly, the special people whom we had the honor to meet and spend time with along our journey. So right now, I will just give you the overview of our trip. We went from Leoti to Scott City and spent some time there. Then we headed north to Keystone Gallery, on to Oakley to the Fick Museum, then onward to Colby, down to Russell Springs and finally, back home again.

We stopped off at Don's Drive-In in Oakley for some very tasty pickle-os. They were delicious but not quite as good as Leoti's beloved A & W's Dill Slices. The difference??? The Oakley's delicasies were made with something like Tempura. They were wonderful but I still prefer Jack and Lois' dill slices! I think that their pickle slices were dipped in pancake batter before being deep-fried. MMM, Good!!!

Anyway, we were very fortunate to not have brought any of our four-legged family members with us today. If we had, we would not have been allowed to order our pickel-os. As soon as we parked our Venture between the two "automatic car hops", we were greeted by a HUGE sign. It read as follows:


PLEASE leave your dogs at home when you come to Don's Drive-In Cafe, due to liability and safety of our employees. Most dogs are not dangerous but it is the few that are that makes it necessary for us to BAN ALL DOGS. Dogs can smell the food and gets excited not knowing it is not for them, as it goes on by!

I printed this information word for word and with the same punctuation that the original sign has. We just got such a kick out of this that I had to make a copy of it to post here. So, if you're hankering for a good ol' pickle-o, leave your best friend, Rover, home or else you will not be served at Don's. Ha! Ha!

Here was a cute little note that was attached to the front of the menu boards that are posted at each "automatic car-hop":


Due to the higher cost of food--10-50% and the backlog to get new menus, we are adding a 9.7% charge on your final bill.

Um, be prepared to pay more that you bargained for when the order is delivered to your vehicle. LOL!!!


Dennis and Susan Elder--09/18/09

Arizona is still experiencing triple degree weather. Dennis and Susan are understandably envying our cool weather here! Susan takes the dogs on walks early in the morning before it heats up too quickly. Dennis and Susan are loving their time together.

PLEASE send more email, cards, letters, etc. to Dennis. If you have his cellphone number, please call him. His spirits are low at this time. He is not feeling as well as they had expected him to at this time. The pain still comes and goes but his proper breathing is not s good as it was in the hospital. Susan is calling the doctor today to get a chest x-ray scheduled so that they can see what the problem might be.

His eating is getting better. It is still slow but Susan is loving getting to see Dennis enjoying some of his favorites again! Personally, I think that that is a good sign.

Susan is asking for extra prayers at this time.

I have posted their email and mailing addresses in a previous update on them.

Thank you!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009


A friend of mine, Kelly Matteson, posted this saying on FACEBOOK. It is so very true that it is scary. Enjoy!

"Enjoy the little things. For one day, you may look back and discover that they were the big things..."


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Thomas Schemm--Tribune

Thomas Schemm, 69, passed away on 09-11-09 at his home in Tribune. Survivors include his wife, Darlene Turley, a son, Andrew Schemm, daughter, Deena Tameris, stepson, Danny Hoffman and step-daughter, Lucinda Neyer. Lucinda is the wife of former Leotian, Joe Neyer. Other survivors include one brother, three sisters, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. His memorial will be conducted at a later time. Price and Sons will announce it later.

Mr. Schemm was a submariner in the U.S. Navy. Memorials are suggested to the Greeley County Veteran Memorial, in care of the funeral home.

Best EVER Apple Pie

I discovered this great recipe in a VICTORIA magazine when I was pregnant with Leighlyn in 1997. Since then, it is the ONLY apple pie recipe that we use. Incidently, it's actual name is Best Ever Apple Pie! Following it as a delicious recipe for butter pie crust. I recommend that you place your water and ice that you will need for the crust in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before you actually put the crust together.

6 large apples (use 2 or 3 different kinds of apples)
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. firmly-packed brown sugar
2 tsp. flour
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice (optional)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 T. grated lemon peel (optional)

1. Peel, core and thinly slice apples. Put into a large bowl.
2. In a medium bowl, combine sugars, flour and spices. Sprinkle 1/3 of mixture into your uncooked pie crust. Toss the apples with 1/2 of the remaining spice mixture. Mound all of the apples into the crust. Sprinkle with the rest of the spice mixture. Dot this with butter. You are then ready to place your upper crust over all.

A frozen pie crust can be used but this is especially delicious if you use the following recipe!

2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 c. butter that you have diced.
1 T. granulated sugar
1/4 c. ICE water (We have a water and ice dispenser in our refrigerator. I take a large glass of water from the dispenser with a few ice cubes. Then I put them in the refrigerator while I am putting the pie ingredients together. Then I measure out the 1/4 c. of water and I am ready to go!

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Slowly add your diced up butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (I find that using my bare hands is a much better tool for working with my pie crust dough.) Stir in the 1/4 c. of your cold water (no ice). This will eventually form a ball. Pull out half of it and roll it to fit into a 9" pie plate that has been sprayed with PAM. Press the dough into the bottom and sides of the pie plate. NOW, you're ready for the yummy apple pie ingredients!

After you have followed the apple pie recipe and have filled the bottom crust with it, you are ready to roll out your top crust. When it is rolled, fold the crust in half. Then fold that half in half. Then you can safely lift the crust and place it on top of the apple mixture. Unfold it, half by half. Squeeze the edges of the bottom crust with the top crust. Using a sharp knife, cut 1" slits into the upper crust so that steam will escape the pie. Sprinkle with sugar or cinnamon/sugar. Bake at 425 degrees for 50-60 minutes. CHECK OFTEN. Various ovens and weather conditions can actually cause MAJOR differences in the baking times. Bake until crust is golden. Let cool for a few minutes before cutting. Enjoy!!!


Dennis Elder 09/14/09

Dennis and Susan want to thank everyone who takes the time to send them email, texts and calls. Most importantly, your prayers are greatly appreciated!

God gives them the strength that they need to get through their whirlwind days.

The chest x-ray looked pretty good on Monday. Good news! Because of that, Dennis can now slowly start to eat and drink during the day.

Dennis and Susan are praying for safety for the farmers who are planting and for those who are harvesting their fall crops. They are also looking forward to their farming in 2010!

Here is their email address as well as their mailing address:

Dennis and Susan Elder
c/o The Normandie #1017
14343 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ

Please continue to send your prayers upwards for them!


Monday, September 14, 2009

For Sale

We have a twin-sized bed for sale. It has only been used for a year. It includes a solid wood headboard, frame and mattress and boxsprings set. It is in excellent condition.

Please leave a comment after this post or call me at 620-375-4584 or 376-8922.

Thank you!


Important news for dog/cat owners in Wichita County

Wichita County as well as practically every other location in the United States has an over-abundance of unwanted and unloved dogs and cats. It is just heartbreaking! Though we can't fix the world's problem with this, we CAN FIX our own pets! On Saturday, November 14th, a project will be conducted in Leoti to spay/neuter dogs and cats here. At this time, the location for this has not been disclosed but I assure you that I will update you on that location. I THINK that this is only available to Wichita Countians but I could be wrong on that so PLEASE call Cindy Brooks-Fetty at 620-214-3154 or Melodee Hoffer at 620-872-1430 to answer any of your questions.

Dr. White, a veterinarian from Wichita, has graciously accepted the opportunity to be the doctor who will perform these operations in Leoti. When you bring your pet(s) in, please thank him/her for this massive undertaking! As I understand, each family can bring in 1 or 2 pets from each household to be fixed. Again, I ask that you call Cindy or Melodee to answer your questions.

This Community Care Project is NOT affiliated with any other organization!

Spaying will cost $25.00 for females and neutering will cost $20.00 for males. That is a major reduction over what is usually charged for these services. I have also heard that vaccinations, also at lowered costs, may be offered. Cindy and Melodee should be able to get these answers for you also.

To help with the costs of all of this, Brandee Hahn is holding a SCENTSY, wickless candle company, event. More information on all of that follows this entry.

Thank you!!!!!


Brandee's Scentsy Project

Brandee Hahn is doing her part in enabling Dr. White, a veterinarian from Wichita, to come to Leoti on Saturday, November 14th to do very low cost neutering and spaying of cats and dogs. The money that she earns via her SCENTSY project will go to benefit this very worthwhile event. The event runs from 12:01 a.m. on September 1st through 12:01 a.m. on the 29th. She invites you to go to her website, or to call her at 620-214-3532 to request catalogs. Please call her DIRECTLY to place your order.

She is also holding an open house at 306 S. Fifth Street, Charise Bocanagra's house, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23rd. This is a come and go. Please feel free to bring your friends with you!

Thank you, Brandee!


Friday, September 11, 2009

Picket? Anyone?

Everyone has their own opinion on our Prsident Obama's health care plan. I agree that something has to be done so that healthcare is affordable but I simply do not believe that part of his plan is right on. For instance, do you know that the makers of the plan actually expect people with certain health problems at a certain age, just "step aside" so that younger people with the same ailment can receive the medical care that is needed??? You're 70 years old. We assume but don't really care, that you have had a good life. There are younger people who still have alot to give to society so we are asking you to go into your own little world and DIE!!! To hurry such things along, the government would then give you a packet on what suicide methods work the best and in a shorter amount of time!!! The directions for each method would then be given. I just can't believe this!!!!!!!!! Where are our morals in all of this?????????

Personally, I have a mechanical heart valve. I have Tacyasus, Giant Cell Arteritis, Hypo-Thyroidism, Rheumatism, Bi-Polar Disorder, I have very unusual brain seizures as a result of my Tacyasus. Because of it and the Giant Cell Arteritis, my body produces aneurisms. Mercy me! I have MANY defects! Oh, and did I mention that I am overweight? All of those things make me into one of those people whom the government would not want to help. Plus, the Elder genes in my family have caused ALOT of cancer to my relatives. I imagine that those people wouldn't be too welcome as a candidate for Obama's Healthcare Plan.

So, you're healthy? Great! So now, you think because you have no health concerns, life will be wonderful when we have state-provided health care? Guess again. Other nations have already implemented programs such as this. When the people do become ill which requires some form of treatment, they call their handy dandy clinic or hospital and are basically put on hold. There is no ample amount of doctors and other medical professionals so you are forced to stand in line to see someone. I have talked to a good friend in Canada. She says that you must expect that it will be several days before you can be seen. Yep. Several days which as we know is too long in many cases. Ear infections which if not treated can cause infections in the brain which cause death. Diseased appendix which many die from when they rupture. And the list goes on and on. We have to ask ourselves, is that what we want for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren...???

I agree that measures have to be done to make it much more affordable for people when they become ill but I do NOT think that this is the answer.

I suggest that ALL of us pray for the right answer to these problems. I don't want to hear that someone whom I love went to the doctor and instead of receiving medication, received a suicide packet instead.

In God We Trust!!!


Dennis Elder--9/10/09

Just received Susan's update on Dennis.

Unfortunately, he has not been discharged from the hospital yet. They took him for a chest x-ray yesterday and discovered that he may have pneumonia. So far, there is no fever or other side effects so he will have another x-ray this morning.

Dennis' nurses say that Susan is a "natural" at administering his meds via his feeding tube. I am sure that that is one thing that Susan never thought that she would have to do! I am also sure that it is not easy. Before I married Danley, I was an aide at the nursing home. One of the ladies there had had to have a permanent tube inserted into her abdomen. We would have to use a large dropper to transfer her liquids and food into her stomach. It was TERRIBLE! You couldn't do it too quickly nor could you do it too slowly. It took awhile to get it "just right". She was a personal friend of mine and had always savored eating so it was tough not being able to let her eat. Even though she was comatose, she would groan if the food was poured in too quickly. That is one of the reasons that I believe that there are worse things than death.

Please remember Dennis and Susan in your daily prayers!


Thursday, September 10, 2009

You just have to check this out!!!

Its an amazing world out there and its located on our very own planet--EARTH!!! Check it out! I think that you'll be amazed at what you'll learn. I was! I'd love to visit it someday, however, I prefer to wait until elevators are built in. Plus, it would be nice if some fast food restaurants and RESTROOMS were built somewhere on the OUTSIDE of this new discovery. Ha! Ha!

Seriously, it would be awful to ruin the beauty of what is already there. Maybe man can learn abit there to help our modern world.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Be prepared NOW!

As you know, earlier thisyear, many people nationwide and overseas came down with Swine Flu. Many of those people died. Right now,the H1N1, the virus formerly known as Swine Flu, has quieted itself. That won't last for long if health authorities are correct. They are expecting anywhere from 560,000 to 1.1 million people in Kansas ALONE will be infected with it during the next 2 years. Vaccines should be available by mid-October.

They are advising Americans to gather and set aside enough food for your family and yourself for 3-5 days just in case. You also need to keep adequate amounts of pain relievers and fever busters on hand. That way, you nor your family will be forced to leave your home to go get supplies therefore spreading your illness to others.

It is very important that you wash your hands often and well.

If you think that you are sick STAY HOME!!! If you suspect that you might have Swine Flu, do NOT go to the clinics, hospitals or emergency rooms as long as you are only having mild cases. If you are sick and have chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart problems, contact your doctors by phone to see what you should do next.

It is very possible that schools and daycare centers may be forced to close off and on during the next 2 years.

Please pray that the authorities are wrong and that the illness will not spread causing death and so much anguish.


Another JOY of being FAT

This morning, I got a call from the grade school secretary,Bev, notifying me that my little princess, Abigayle, had gotten to school without her glasses. It didn't take me long to find them on our foyer table. I rushed them to school. Once I got there, I discovered several strangers walking around the exterior of the school as well as inside the school. At first, I was concerned when I saw the first two strangers. Thankfully, I found two more strangers visiting with the principal, Dawn Haverfield-McKinney. Whew!!! That was a MAJOR relief to me!!! I believe that they are architects, etc who have come to town to begin the building of our new school. Given the fact that each of them has tape measures attached to themselves, was another good clue!

Now onto my joy!!!

Abigayle is not to wear her glasses all of the time just for doing schoolwork. Therefore, we needed to buy her a case to hold the glasses when she is not doing schoolwork such as during recess, lunch, etc. Abigayle found a totally precious Hannah Montana glass case. It looks like a tiny little purse and has short little carrying "purse" straps. Abi looks so cute carrying it from place to place! However, her mommy doesn't look nearly as cute carrying it around.

You should've seen the looks that this elephant of a woman got as she carried this itty-bitty "purse" through the hallways of RBSES!!!

Oh, mercy!!! Just one more happy moment not being a skinny-minny! How good can life get??? Ha! Ha!


Helen Smades--Happy News

Today, 09/09/09/, is full of wonderful news! Helen Smades is celebrating her 96th birthday!!! Happy Birthday, Helen!!! Can you imagine everything that Helen has witnessed first-handedly in her lifetime? Amazing! Also, can you imagine all of the people whom she has touched in one way or another along her journey? Helen, Mrs. Smades, was a school teacher for MANY years. Even though she retired from that a day or two ago, people still remember her as being one of their very favorite teachers. That says a lot for her! Even people who did not like school, loved Mrs. Smades!!!

My family was very fortunate to have had her as a dear neighbor. We all looked forward to her next visit! Actually, to my sisters, Lori and Lona Sue, and myself, she was more like a grandmother to us. What a wonderful role model she has been to so very many people!!!

Helen now lives in the nursing home in Leoti. She would LOVE to hear from each and every one of you! I would love to see everyone send her a card and write down at least one special moment that you shared with her. It would mean sooo very much to her and to her family!!! I'd also like to take this time to do abit of preaching. Time after time, I see people gather in churches to say their final good-byes to loved ones. Time after time, I hear people mention how much they regret not telling that person just how much they loved and appreciated him/her. Unfortunately, I carry that same guilt with me. I'm trying to change all of that now. Anyway, those things should be said NOW before it is too late for these loved ones.

Some say that greeting cards are just ridiculously priced. If you'll go to such stores as dollar stores, you'll find that you can pick one up for a whopping 50 cents or a dollar. Can't we all afford that when it will go so far to make someone else so happy???

Please send your cards, letters, flowers or plants to Helen at the following address:

Helen Smades
c/o Golden Acres Nursing Home
211 East Earl Street
Leoti, Ks.

As always, I whole-heartedly recommend the Lady Bug at 620-375-2172. Tell them how much you can afford to spend and they'll do up something beautiful for you! They also accept Mastercard and Visa, checks and I think, even CASH.

Its never too late to receive a card or gift so even if your love cannot reach her today, it can get to her in the next few days.

Have a glorious day!


Dennis Elder--09/09/09

Remember 09-09-09 as it is the day when Dennis gets to walk out of the Mayo Clinic once and for all! He had tests done yesterday that were so great that the rest of the tubes were removed from his body. Halelujah!!! Today they leave the hospital to come home!!!!!!!!!! I am assuming that after everything that they have been through, they'll need to make this trip in 2 days.

Dennis and Susan want everyone to know that their prayers are sooo appreciated. The prayers provided much-needed comfort and support when Dennis and Susan knew that God was listening to and answering each and every one of them.

Dennis is an extremely strong man. Going through all of the testing, surgery, etc. that he has had to go through is not easy. Many people would have just given up. He is a farmer through and through. It was very tough for him not being able to do his own harvest and the rest of his farming himself. Thank God for his friends and neighbors who jumped in there for him!

I honestly do not know how Susan has made it through all of this the way that she has. Prayers definitely gave her the strength. From the way that I understand it, they spent most of their time alone. I never could have done it. Maybe I am just too needy. Anyway, Susan, I for one am VERY proud of you. I am sure that I am not the only one... She was such an amazing cheerleader for Dennis. Anyone who knows Susan knows that she is a totally optimistic lady. We need a whole lot more people such as her!

I am sure that they will love to hear from you at home! Please send any cards, flowers, plants, etc. to them at the following address: Actually, as small of a town as Leoti is, a street address or post office box information is really not important as everyone knows everyone else. Please send everything to

Dennis and Susan Elder
General Delivery
Leoti, Ks. 67861

As always, I recommend Leoti's Lady Bug for all of your floral needs. Both their flowers and plants are priced very well. They are beautiful!!! Even us poor folks can afford them! Ha! Ha! Please call them at 620-375-2172.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ovens vs. Crockpots

Yesteryear, most women did not work outside of their homes so it was fine to bake whatever needed to be cooked. However, few of us have the option of staying home today. Alot of families now opt for cooking with crockpots instead of running out to McDonalds every evening. If you have recipes that give baking instructions instead of crockpot instructions, here is how you easily convert.

Most crockpots cook at 200 degrees if placed on LOW. Their heat is 300 degrees when the dial is set for HIGH.

Oven suggestion for 15-30 minutes=Crockpot 1.5 hours on HIGH or 4-8 hours if placed on LOW.

Oven suggestion for 30-40 minutes=Crockpot 3-4 hours HIGH or 6-10 hours if placed on LOW.

Oven suggestion 50 minutes to 3 hours=Crockpot 4-6 hours on HIGH or 8-18 hours on LOW.

Most stews, pot roasts and other uncooked meat/poultry and vegetable combinations will require AT LEAST 8 hours on LOW or 4-6 hours on HIGH to be safe when eaten.

The Flylady

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Don and Ramona (Reifschneider) Krenzel

Don and Ramona Krenzel celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 7th, 2009!!!

To celebrate this momentous occassion, the Mullens, Kevin and Kathy and their sons, Tanner and Tate, planned a weekend at the farm. Their children and grandchildren and a few other relatives enjoyed an evening picnic at their farm followed by a small fireworks display. On Sunday, balloons were released.

Cards, etc. can be sent to the following address:

Don and Ramona Krenzel
339 B W County Road Y
Leoti, Ks.



Everett Dillen Pritchard

Everette Pritchard passed away at the Wichita County Medical Center on September 05, 2009 at the age of 77. He was born on January 7th, 1932 in Oklahoma. He married Margaret Snider in Leoti on June 5th, 1955.

He is survived by Margaret, son, Larry Pritchard of Stillwater, OK, daughter, Lori Butler of Stillwater, OK, daughter Suellen Pritchard of Spokane, WA and daughter and son-in-Law, Leah and Rodney Ames of West DesMoines, IO, 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 5 sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and an infant son.

His memorial service will be held at 2:00 cst at the First Presbyterian Church in Leoti on Tuesday, September 8th. His body has been cremated. His ashes will be scattered in a private scattering with family at a later date.

Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church in Leoti in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home of Leoti.

To view his entire obituary or to send your E-condolences through the funeral home, go to

You may send your cards, etc. to Margaret Pritchard at the following address:

407 West "J" Street
Leoti, Ks.

Once again, I strongly recommend our Lady Bug Flower Shop in Leoti for all of your flower, plant, etc., needs here. You can reach them at 620-375-2172. They accept credit cards.


A Prayer for a Cowboy

This wonderful poem was included in Lee Nathan Riddiough's memorial program. I found it to be very touching and just perfect for our loved one, Lee Nathan.

A Prayer for a Cowboy
by Tony Takacs

We are sorry for this cowboy
who has gone to somewhere higher,
we will be graced by his presence no longer,
at our campfire.
May he have gone to somewhere greener,
where the creeks never run dry,
where the mountains and fields are endless,
and the stars all fill the sky.
Where horses run in hundreds,
where no fences can be seen,
where tragedy does not exist,
and rivers all run clean.
Thank you for the memories, my friend
we'll be together soon
and I know that you'll watch over me,
from the clouds and the neon moon.

After the funeral, Lee Nathan's horse was saddled with his hat on the saddle horn and his boots were placed backwards in the stirrups. The horse just stood in the cemetary. Beautiful.


Sherry St. John-Fry

A friend of mine shared this information with me. I am now passing it on to you.

Sherry Fry, a former resident of Leoti, passed away on September 4, 2009. Her parents were Albert and Rosalie (Spade) St. John. She was born on January 17th, 1943 in La Junta, Colorado. Sherry graduated from high school in Leoti. She lived in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, California and Nebraska before she settled in Estes Park, Colorado in 1978. During her lifetime, she worked in the Department of Agriculture, banks and front desks of several motels in Branson, Mo., and Estes Park.

Survivors include her husband, Steve, and son, Lance Fry, both of Estes Park, her brother, Don St. John of Leoti, and several nieces and nephews. A host of friends from around the country will also miss her. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be held at a later time at the Overlook Ranch in Estes Park.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Estes Valley in care of Allnutt Funeral Service; 1302 Graves Ave.; Estes Park, Colo., 80517.

Please go to to see Sherry's online obituary and picture. You may also send a message to her family at the same site.

Please send cards, etc., to

Don and Judy St. John
312 S. Indian Road
Leoti, Ks. 67861


You may call our wonderful Lady Bug Flower Shop in Leoti at 620-375-2172 to order flowers, plants, etc. They accept credit and debit cards. I definitely recommend them.


Ron Blau--Update on 09/05/09

Stan, Leighlyn, Abigayle and I traveled to Hays to visit with Ron, Pam, Josh and Chelsee today. We really enjoyed our time together!

Currently, Ron is unable to return to work. He is still weak but is getting better little by little. Pam, had double knee replacements done this year also. Her knees are healing better now but neither, Pam or Ron, is as well as they would like to be. Fortunately, Josh and Chelsee are both working and attending college in Hays so they are able to help out tremendously.

Ron has changed his mind about the chemo and radiation. He has decided that he WILL do both. Fortunately, he can take his chemo via pill now. Most people are not having the nausea and other related side effects from the older chemo. Fortunately, much research has been done to conquer cancer over the years. I believe that with every passing day, we are much closer to the cure.

Daddy passed away on April 29, 1995 from lung cancer that spread to his brain, and then to his liver and went throughout his whole body. Because of his decision to donate his body to the KU Medical Center for cancer research and for the many other people who have chosen to do that, many other lives will be spared. His brother, Lewis, donated his body approximately a year earlier for the same reason and also at KU. They did their part to help keep other people and their family and friends from having to go through this horrible disease.

Since then, Stan's parents donated their bodies to KU. Neither of them had cancer so their bodies could be used for research for things such as diabetes, etc., etc. Personally, I suffer from two diseases that are incurable at this time--Tachasus and Giant Cell Arteritis. (The spelling may be incorrect.) Between the two of them, aneurisyms are formed which if not detected and removed immediately, will cause certain death. That is why I now have a mechanical heart valve. It is because of the donation of bodies that research has come that far to construct mechanical heart valves or to use animal valves. Consequently, I have signed paperwork for my body to be donated. I wholeheartedly advise others to do the same thing.

Anyway, I apologize for getting off of the subject of Ron. I just wanted to show you that doctors now have more capability than ever to save many more lives. Most importantly, God guides the hands and tools of doctors to help Him produce miracles. Please, continue to keep Ron and his family in your prayers as Ron will hopefully begin radiation and his chemo next week.

They would LOVE to hear from you!!! Here is their address:

Ron and Pam Blau
2816 Grant
Hays, Ks.

In God we trust,


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Dennis Elder--Update 09-05-09

Dennis' planned surgery went well yesterday, Friday, Sept 4th. Later in the day, his blood pressure and blood counts dropped. He was taken back into surgery to find and repair the blood leaks in his chest cavity. Once inside, the doctor found some blood clots from the first surgery. She promptly removed them and cleaned everything up. These blood clots happen alot in this particular operation. Since then, his vitals have returned to normal. Some pieces of his esophagus were sent to the pathologist for biopsies, etc. Those results should be to the doctor on Monday or Tuesday. The doctor and Susan are pleased with how Dennis is looking and doing now. He is also receiving extra plasma and calcium right now.

Dennis and Susan are VERY grateful to the people who are taking time out of their busy schedules to call, text, email or send cards to them. Those signs of love and support really help make their days much happier. I have their cellphone number but do not want to put it out without permission of them. I will give you their email address:

Dennis and Susan are able to receive your email in Dennis' hospital room so that they can both share them.

You can send your letters, cards, etc. to Dennis at the following address:

Dennis Elder
c/o The Normandie #1017
14343 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ

Please continue to keep them in your prayers.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Zim Daniel Clark

We are so very happy for the Kevin and Theresa Clark family!!! God blessed them with a gift that only God can arrange. A little boy named Zim Daniel was born on August 14th! The very happy brothers and sisters who welcomed him to the clan were Ashley Marie Simons, Makenna, Jacob and Joshua. This little fella' weighed in at 6 lbs-6 ozs.

Grandparents who have anxiously awaited for this wonderful day are Dan and Twilla Nickelson and Dick and Kay Clark. All of Leoti.

Maybe it's just something that I believe but I'm going to toss it out there anyway. Kevin and Theresa went childless for YEARS. Stan and I know just how painful that is since we, too, had to wait for 17 years to have our first baby. Anyway, along the journey in their marriage, they found alot of love to shower all over Makenna, Jacob and Joshua. Kevin, Teresa, Ashley, Makenna, Jacob and Joshua have created such a wonderful happy family. Now, Zim has been sent to be the cherry on top of their cake.

It seems to us that God rewarded Kevin and Theresa with their own baby because of everything that they have done to provide a very happy home for the three children whom God brought to them later in their lives.

God bless!!!


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dennis Elder

Please remember Dennis Elder, son of Ellsworth (Red) and Thelma and husband of Susan on Thursday, September 3rd as he will undergo surgery. His surgery is scheduled for 10:00 CST. If everything goes well, he should be in recovery by 3:00 CST. Here is his address:

Dennis Elder
c/o The Normandie #1017
14343 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ

Remember that all prayers are ALWAYS answered.


Great wisdom for all of us...

Work as if it was your first day.
Forgive as soon as possible.
Love without boundaries.
Laugh without control
and never stop smiling...

Remember that prayers are ALWAYS answered.

Janice Elder

My Aunt Janice had open heart surgery that resulted in two replaced arteries on August 7th. Since then she has been staying with her son, Darrin, until she was strong enough to return home. She is at home now. She is still weak but is glad to be in her very own home. She wants everyone to know that she really appreciates everyone's prayers and thoughts.

You can send her a card, etc. at the following address:

Janice Elder
General Delivery
Tribune, Ks.

Given the fact that I had heart surgery in 2002, I know how long the weakness lasts. I think that you should probably call Aunt Janice first and make sure that she is up to visits before you go to her house. I would advice that you not over-extend your visit. If she begins to tire, you should probably let her get some rest. PLEASE do not go to her home if you are having any viruses or have had a temperature in the past 24 hours. It is imperative that she not become ill at this time. Thank you!!!


PLEASE let me know!!!

When I began writing in my blog, I doubted if anyone would even be interested in opening it up to take a look. But, since I was sending out MULTIPLE email about what was happening here to about everyone on my email list and at least one of those people had had enough of my "writings", I decided to take that person's advice and start a blog. I have to admit, at the time, my heart was thoroughly broken and I was extremely embarrassed. However, I created my blog and began writing. Now, I am beginning to hear from people in one way or another, that they are checking my blog out on a regular basis. You have NO idea what a thrill that is for someone like me!!!

I've never felt like I was anything special or had any talents worth mentioning. However, some people are actually enjoying what I share!!! What a joy!

Could you do me a H-U-G-E favor??? Could you please comment at the end of this particular addition to my blog and tell me where you live? You don't have to mention your name if you don't want to. Also, I would love it if you could tell me what you would like to see me include in my blog or delete from my blog.

I love hearing from YOU!!!


Red Sun

Some have commented on the blood red sun that has been blazing in the Leoti sky lately. There were all kinds of theories as to what is causing the son to look like it has been. Meteorologists have reported that the smoke from the California fires is responsible.

Just thought that you might want to know.


An amusing conversation.

I took Abigayle out of school this morning at 10:00 to go to an appointment in Scott City. I picked my mother up at the school at the same time because she was going with us. As my mom and I were waiting for Abigayle outside of her classroom, Mama and I enjoyed looking at the students' artwork hanging on the wall. The students were to draw a picture of their family. Abigayle drew her Daddy with HUGE muscles, her sissy, Leighlyn, and her Mommy in a long pink dress. Of course, I thought that it was the best artwork ever produced by a seven-year-old.

Later, my mom and I were telling my sister, Lori (Riri as her nephew and nieces affectionately call her) about the artwork. If you are not familiar with Lori and me, you probably are not aware of the fact that we are a bit on the heavy side. Whoa! That's an understatement! We are ROBUST!

Jokingly, Riri asked Abi why she hadn't drawn a picture of Riri on the poster. Well, get ready for this one. As the old saying goes "out of the mouths of babes..." Very seriously, Abi explains to Riri that the poster paper wasn't "big enough" to draw Riri on it. Oh, my goodness! Nonny, Riri and I laughed and laughed and laughed at Abigayle's latest... Someday, we'll be able to write a book on Abigayle's funnies.


Wichita County Seasonal Flu Shots

I am passing on information that I just received via telephone from our county health department. As of today, September 2nd, the regular flu vaccine has not arrived yet but it should be here very shortly. At this time, they are planning on beginning the flu shots on Thursday, September 10th but only to self-paying patients. Each shot will be $15.00. For Medicare and Medicaid patients, those shots will be available in October as the State will not pay for the administration of these shots before October.

The Swine Flu Vaccine Schedule is a different story. At this time, there are still alot of questions as to who and when these shots should be given. I was told today that there may not be a surplus of this vaccine available. If that is the case, the first tier of patients who would be able to get the shots are pregnant women, parents and caregivers of babies 6-months-old and younger. People with underlying health issues will also be given the shots before the general public. Each patient must take 2 shots in order for the vaccine to be totally effective.

If you have any other questions, please call your own medical professionals or people who live in Wichita County may call our Health Department at 375-2289 or our clinic at 375-2222.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

More on Lee Nathan Riddiough

As I said earlier, seeing Lee Nathan go has been very saddening for my family and me. Lee Nathan was Daddy's life-long best friend. We did not consider him and LoRetta to be our friends. They are our family. I only hope that Lee Nathan knows how very much we all love him. I'm always telling people not to put off telling people today how much they love that person because tomorrow is guaranteed for no one. In this case, I know that I did not tell Lee Nathan enough how much all of us love him. As Daddy's cancer progressed, some friends became scarcer and scarcer when it came to spending time with Daddy. That was not the case with Lee Nathan. Though it tore him up to see Daddy so very ill and in so much pain, he made it a point to come over all of the time to show his love and support not only for Daddy but for all of us.

Here is more information about Lee that some of you may not have known.

Lee Nathan, age 77, passed away on Sunday, August 30th at Wesley Rehabilitation Hospital in Wichita, Ks. after suffering a fall and a stroke. He was born on Feb. 9th, 1932 in Wichita County to Ralph and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Kiefer-Riddiough. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He retired after 33 years of service with the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an Engineering Representative serving in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. He returned to Leoti in 1990.

Lee's passion was horses. For over 40 years, he raised, broke, trained and showed Appaloosa Horses. He and his horse, Doc, (my Daddy's personal favorite) placed first in the WORLD'S reining competition!!!

Lee Nathan had memberships in Parks Prsbyterian Church, the VFW, the Wichita County Historical Society and the Leoti Rough Riders.

He is survived by his wife LoRetta (Amermann) whom he married on June 23, 1956. Other suvivors include their daughters, LaDonna and Stephen Burrows--Cooperstown, NY and LeaRetta and Chip Gilbert--Southlake, TX. and 3 grandchildren, Mike and Keith Burrows and Lauren Gilbert. Vera Ford of Leoti is his only surviving sibling still living in Wichita County.

Services will be held @2:00, Friday, September 4th, 2009 at Parks Presbyterian Church in northwestern Wichita County. The church is 9 miles north of Leoti and 5 miles west. Rev. Paul McNall will be preciding. Wichita's U.S. Navy Funeral Detail will also be performing. Burial will be at the Carwood Cemetary close to Selkirk (between Leoti and Tribune.)

Friends may call at Price and Sons Funeral Home from 10:00 to 8:00 CST on Wednesday and Thursday. The family requests that memorials be given to Parks Presbyterian Church, the Leoti EMTs or the Wichita County Historical Society in care of the funeral home. E-condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home's website @ .

LoRetta's phone number is 620-375-4923.

Cards, flowers, plants, etc. can be sent to LoRetta and their family at

408 S. Third St.
Leoti, Ks.

To send flowers and plants, please call the Lady Bug Flower Shop in Leoti. That phone number is 620-375-2172. They accept checks, cash and credit cards. You can also have your own flower shop wire your order to the Lady Bug.