Kj went back to school this afternoon, he has class tomorrow, then comes home tomorrow nite to go to his Des Moines dr. appt. Tuesday afternoon, then back to Maryville. he hopes to catch the home basketball game tomorrow nite. the boy genuinely loves to watch sports. he says he'll hang at college for SuperBowl Weekend.
Katie has spent her day reading. and cuddling with Daisy.
need to type up this years band carnival merchant donation letter & get it mailed out....Band Carnival is MArch 19.
took an early evening nap then watched Ghost Adventures in the dark....
Katie has rediscovered Hannah Montana. I spent the nite picniking weird Barbie pictures.
finally put Daisy in bed with me because she wouldn't stop barking last nite. she is still growling and barking at KJ.
GS leaders meeting for this afternoon was cancelled. (yay!) thinking we'll have breakfast for lunch. don't know what the girls will eat....or if they are as picky as Katie is.....made KJ a homemade pan pepperoni pizza before he left.
snowing when we left the game, calling for quite a bit. Kevin will pick Daisy up tomorrow.
and Mr Bubba has went back to school.
todays quote...meant to look up a Dr King quote yesterday for Martin Luther King Day, but a day late, a dollar short....
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
1. be a grandma
2. build a little log cabin in the woods
3. take a college class
4. have a 50th wedding anniversary
5. quit my job!
things I have accomplished today:
1. work (sigh)
2. putting away the laundry kevin did
3. swept, mopped, swiffered floors
4. admired the fine job kevin did changing our sheets
5. complained about how slow zoo paradise is running tonite
Another day at work....Kevin took Katie to her 'extra' dance practice at Bethany, & distributed GS cookies to Lindsay, Mackenzie, Morrisa, Sierra, & Morgan. getting our house back! (now I need to clean it....)
Katie was supposed to spend the nite with a friend but wanted to stay home with me because she knew I'd be sad. She is a good girl.
Kevin fixed Daisy's harness, she loves to go outside & is very good at slipping out of her collar when she doesn't want to go back inside.
my new bibs kept me warm walking risers....except for my poor old cold feet.
kevin took kate to dance, I picked her up.
daisy is happy to have her home to snuggle with.
and my pictures are finally loading so I can FINALLY facebook & blog the girl scout pictures....the world has been waiting since SATURDAY! people need to know what Troop 8044 is up to!
AE called, the address on our order couldn't be verified.
made vet appts. for Sasha & Daisy next week.
katie demands that I stop saying epic...this word is reserved for ages 12 and under.
katie dismantled a rubberband ball.
katie is in our room watching a movie...only our vhs works, dvd player died.
the tv in her room is making weird noises....
kj took his tv to college since his roommate discovered the tv he took was dead after xmas break....this is kate's back up tv since kj has satellite in his room....
and the 'good' tv in the livingroom has a major picture tube problem with a big distracting wrinkle at the top of the screen...it will be replaced at tax refund time.
kj is on his way back to NWMSU...I almost teared up when I hugged him goodbye. He has mentioned several times that he probably should've just went to Trenton & drove back & forth. I pushed him to go to Maryville. It's good for him. he is such a good kid. I constantly schemed how to move out of my parents house...have to shove him out the door.
no one woke me up barking or fighting. now Daisy & I are online. Sasha is sleeping with Katie. Kevin is watching the original John Wayne True Grit.
KJ is sleeping in.
all is quiet.
if you're going to boil your wife in a vat in your sausage factory....take her rings off first.
keep it simple....use the ax already at the house of the person you're going to kill.
don't get into cars with good looking strangers.
I am a self-confessed Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. this week I found her in 2 different sources I was reading....
Missouri Conservationist Jan 2010 "Reviving a Sweet Tradition"....Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote in her books about her family making sugar-on-snow during the season and how delicious it was.
Dead Men Do Tell Tales History & Hauntings of American Crime & Mystery "The Bloody Benders Murderous Spirits on the Kansas Frontier"...Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder spoke of the Benders during a speech that she gave in Detroit in 1937. In her story, she told of her own family's possible connection to the fate of the Bloody Benders...."there were stories I wanted to tell but would not be responsible for putting in a book for children, even though I knew them as a child.
There was the story of the Bender farm that belonged in the third volume, Little House on the Prairie. the Benders lived halfway between the Ingall's homestead and Independence, KS. we stopped there, on our way in to the Little House, while Pa watered the horses and brought us all a drink from the well near the door of the house. I saw Kate Bender standing in the doorway. We did not go in because we could not afford to stop at a tavern. On his trip to Independence to sell his furs, Pa stopped again for water, but did not go in for the same reason as before.
There were Kate Bender and two me, her brothers, in the family and their tavern was the only place for travelers to stop on the road south from Independence. People disappeared on that road. Leaving Independence and going south they were never heard of again. It was thought they were killed by Indians but no bodies were ever found.
Then it was noticed that the Benders' garden was freshly plowed but never planted. People wondered. And then a man came from the east looking for his brother who was missing. He made up a party in Independence and they followed the road south, but when they came to the Bender place there was no one there. There were signs of hurried departure and they searched the place.
The front room was divided by a calico curtain against which the dining table stood. On the curtain back of the table were stains about as high as the head of a man when seated. Behind the curtain was a trap door on the floor and beside it lay a heavy hammer. In the cellar underneath was the body of a man whose head had been crushed by the hammer. It appeared that he had been seated at the table back to the curtain and had been struck from behind it.
A grave was partly dug in the garden with a shovel close by. The posse searched the garden and dug up human bones and bodies. One body was that of a little girl who had buried alive with her murdered parents. The garden was truly a graveyard kept plowed so it would show no signs.
The night of the day the bodies were found a neighbor rode up to our house adn talked earnestly with Pa. Pa took his rifle down from its place over the door and said to ma, "The vigilantes are called out." Then he saddled a horse and rode away with the neighbor. It was late the next day when he came back and he never told us where he had been.
For several years there was more or less of a hunt for the Benders and reports that they had been seen here or there. At such times Pa always said in a strange tone of finality. "They will never be found." They never were found and later I formed my own conclusions why."
ANd, while googling for Laura pictures to accompany my post....the upstairs bedroom at Rocky Ridge in Mansfield opened to the public in 2008! I must return!
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