Hi, here is the damn dodge as my husband calls it. I have to remind him fondly that this damn dodge has 250+ thousands miles on it (really- even with the original transmission) and it still keeps on going! Until just a few weeks ago.

It was the Tuesday before New Years Day, Kevin drove the dodge to work. His Chevy diesel was in the shop getting some new fuel injectors. Well that late afternoon I received a text saying I would need to pick him up from work that night. The brake line on the dodge broke and by the time he got to work, no brakes. Kevin works in Kansas City. Not the best part of KC! As you can see in the image above the car blends in with the scenery.

Okay- Kevin has always call my car the damn Dodge. Simply because he just doesn’t like Dodge. Well as he was working on the brake line, he really let his frustrations go. He was cursing and muttering something about Dodge not having the standard size brake lines. I’m not even going to try and explain all the reasons Kevin was complaining about the Dodge! I can say several years ago when I needed a new battery, it was not an easy process to put the new one in. The front driver tire had to be removed and while the car was up on a lift the battery was inserted from the bottom of vehicle. Once the battery was in place, the tire was put back on and car was set to the ground.

The Dodge is our backup vehicle. The one vehicle we use if either of our regular vehicles are in the shop. Prior to Kevin’s Chevy needing new injectors, I drove the Dodge after hitting a deer in my Honda. It’s been a good car and the price was right when I bought it. Good car.

Now notice the location where the car is parked. This is right outside the building where Kevin’s been working. Construction in KC, downtown KC. The jobsite was broke into on two different occasions. All the tools and equipment must be chained and locked even though they are inside a locked building. Images in the gallery below will show the chained lock boxes.

It was the first day of 2017 (a cold morning 23 degrees) and after going to three different auto parts stores, we were able to get a short piece of line so Kevin could limp the car home.

Do you have that one thing you are so fond of but someone in your family just doesn’t like it?

Here’s wishing you a safe and fun new year!

Sincerely,
debra

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  • Glad to hear you got it home!  250,000 miles is wonderful–and on the original transmission, no less! 
    I don’t know if there is something I have that my husband doesn’t like, but he has had some nicknames for some of our more “challenging” dogs.  Lucy was “Lucance the Nuisance” and DeeDee was “DeeDestruction”.  Does that count?  🙂ReplyCancel

    • Hi Kristi- those sure do. It would be fun to meet Lucance the Nuisance and DeeDestruction!ReplyCancel

dance class

Hi, I’m catching up from a busy December. Wanted to share with you my grand-daughters Christmas dance program. My daughter had sent a text about Briella’s dance program about a week in advance. The night before, I made sure the camera batteries were charged and then packed camera and batteries into my purse. The day of the program I arranged it to leave work right on time (5pm). The program started at 6 pm and I had a 45 to 50 minute drive, really depended on the traffic that evening. Well I got there right at 6. Good thing too, the little dancers were in the room practicing first!

Okay we go in and take our seats. The dancers make their entrance and begin to dance the routine. The image above was taken while Brie was preforming. Notice that she is in the back- way back. During each song, she was in the back. Erika explained to me that our little social butterfly talks too much in class- never does as the teacher says. However, Brie did really good. She’s just like her mama. Erika was so busy in school: dance; band; forensics; honor society; FMLA; drama; track-cross country and several others that I don’t remember off the top of my head. Our little Brie is a mini Erika!

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Okay- the program lasted about 40 minutes. Once over Erika invited me to eat dinner with them. We went to their favorite Mexican restaurant. Erika and Shaune each got a drink with Brie getting her special drink as well- a virgin strawberry daiquiri – imagine that!

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Now I have to admit, when it came to the family Christmas gathering at my home- I was bad. Bad in the respect of not taking pictures. When I remembered it was well past the gift opening. I did snap a pic of the wonderful gift given to me from the grandkids- with mom and dad’s help. I will wear it with immense pride.

I love this sweatshirt!

May your New Year be filled with much love and happiness.

Best Wishes,
debra

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first birthday
Hi, December 5, 2016 was a wonderful day. It’s been a year and now she’s one! As I mentioned in my previous post, here I will share images from Brynlee’s first birthday party.

When it was time to begin opening the presents, Brynlee wasn’t quite sure what to think or do. Well she caught on rather quick! Here are a few of my favorites of her opening the gifts. See how excited she is to see what’s inside the package?

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Brynlee with her dad.
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Here is an image I am thankful for. It is with great heart to have an image of Great Grandma with Great Grand Daughter- that’s four generations about 70 years difference in age!
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A group photo of all the kids at the party.
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By the end of the party Brynlee was barely keeping her eyes open. She was one tired little girl from all of the days excitement.

Family and Friends can download the images here.

Best Wishes,
debra

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  • Happy Birthday to Brynlee! Just love that last pic with chocolate cake all over  her face! Glad she has a great Grandma to share the special day with.ReplyCancel

    • Hi Grandma Kc. Yes- Brynlee sure loved the cake and watching her expressions was so much fun to see!ReplyCancel

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