Monday, May 6, 2013


Shirleen and Ann
This morning we headed to Panera for breakfast before we went to Shirleen and Chuck's house.  Today was a special day.  Shirleen and I were planning to go see her Mom (Ann) at her apartment in the senior complex where she lives.  Ann is 97 yrs old.  I have not seen her for 20 yrs.  She has aged, but she still looks the same. My mom and Ann were best of friends from the time we moved here.  What fun it was to reconnect with Ann and  to see her apt.  After visiting with Ann, we headed back to Shirleen and Chuck's house for lunch.  Shirleen made grilled cheese sandwiches, chips, and cream puffs for dessert.  We have had such a good time reconnecting with them.   After lunch, we visited for awhile and then headed back to the camper. 

Tomorrow we head to Des Monies! 

Me and Ann in her kitchen

Sunday, May 5, 2013


Last night Harris checked the Internet to see which Presbyterian Church was closest to us for worship this morning.  We chose "Peace Presbyterian Church in Elkhorn (outskirts of Omaha), which is about 20 minutes from the camper.  We were impressed with the church from the first minute we walked in the sanctuary..  The first person to greet us was the Pastor Dwight Williams.  He was very friendly and welcoming.  The next things we noticed was the screen up front.  This was the best blended (contemporary and Traditional) worship service I have been be in.  Dwight's sermon was a mix of 21st century and post modern.  After worship, he came up to again to talk again.  It was a good chance to get to know him better.  He old us about the history of the church.  It gave me a chance to tell him what a great worship service they have at Peace.  We also met his wife. 
Central High School

After church we went to Ihop for lunch before heading downtown to check out how things had changed around my high school.  It has been 20 yrs since we were in Omaha for any time, so when we went to see Central High School, at 20th and Dodge in Omaha, it still looks the same.  But the area around it has changed some.  Central was the Capitol building when Omaha was the Capitol of Nebraska.  This building has not changed in all the years since I graduated in 1962.  The inside has been renovated a couple of times.  I wish we could have gone inside, but it is Sunday, so not go. 

After driving by the school we headed back down Dodge to go by the house I lived in when I was in the 7th and 8th grades.  Then back to the camper.  I

By the time we got back here it was already time for dinner.  Thank goodness we had left overs from the other night. 

We have one more day here in Omaha before heading to Des Monies. 

Have a wonderful day

Back of Central High School

Omaha Downtown Street

Building in Omaha

Saturday, May 4, 2013


We got up to the sun shinning and the snow melting.  Yea we were going to leave Ogallala.  Harris had to go up on the roof and sweep off about 5 inches of snow of each of the slides before we could pull them in.  But it wasn't long until we were on the way.  Our destination as Kearney, NE for the night. We arrived at Ft. Kearney, State Recreation Area around 3:30.  Our plan had been to go see the  Pioneer museum in Minden, but since we go there so late, we decide to hold that off until another trip. 


On the road again!!!  Our destination this time was Two Rivers State Recreation Area near Omaha.  We arrived here around 3:00 p.m.  I called my longest high school friend, Shirleen, as soon as we got in.  We made plans for to meet for dinner.  We met Shirleen and Chuck  at the Texas Road House.  Then we went to their house to do some catching up. 

Then back to the camper for the night.  Our camper is parked about 20 minutes from their house. 


Yuck, rain this morning.  Well at least it isn't snow.  For that I am grateful.   After breakfast we headed to the post office to mail some things and then to the Walmart store.  We invited Shirleen and Chuck to our camper for lunch.  They arrived around 11:15.  We spent the rest of the afternoon catching up.  They left around 3:30

At 5:00 we headed out to EL Bees restaurant to meet my Cousin Shirley and her husband Don, plus their daughter Janice and her husband Henry, who live in Fremont, NE.  Don and Shirley are up here from Florida where they live visiting Janice and Henry.  The food was great and the conversation was even better.  I am sure the server was glad when we left, so she could turn the table over. 

We are enjoying a wonderful visit here. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Church at St Paul Presbyterian Church in Aurora, where we have worshiped several times before.  We really enjoy the preaching of the their interim Pastor Lynn.  After church we headed for Rob and Laurie's to change our clothes and be ready for the day.  When we arrived at their house they had decided to go to Garbanzo's for lunch.  It was a really neat Mediterranean restaurant, where we had great pita sandwiches.  After lunch we went back to the house to get ready to take Katie on a walk to the park and playground in their sub division. Katie was in awe of all the things at the park. Rob and Laurie put her in the baby swings, but she didn't like it.  Just about the time we were ready to go home, another family brought their little girl (about 1 yr old) to play.  They put her in the baby swing, where she preceded to laugh and enjoy herself.  Katie stopped in her tracks and watched the little girl swing.  Soon she walked over to the empty swing and patted the seat.  Rob put her in the swing, and Laurie began to swing her.  She began to laugh and enjoy it.  I think she just wanted to watch to see how it worked.  Once she had it figured out, she was ready to try it. 

Back home at Rob and Laurie's we hung out for awhile before having dinner.  After dinner, we headed back to the camper. 


Grandpa (papa) and Katie at breakfast
Up and at Rob and Laurie's house at 6:30 so we could stay with Katie while Rob and Laurie were at work.  We had a wonderful day with her.  She didn't seem to mind when her folks left for work.  Laurie said she didn't want to get up that morning, which meant she was tired.  That proved to right as she was ready for a nap by 9:00.  She crawled in Grandpa's lap and was ready to go to sleep.  I asked he if she wanted me to take her up to bed, and she said no.  Then I asked if she wanted grandpa to up to bed,  she shook her head yes.  So Harris took her up stairs. She slept about an hour.  Once up she had a snack and we went outside to play.  We were outside until lunch time.  Then we went to the park to play there for awhile.  She fell asleep on the way back home from the park.  Once home, Harris took her up to bed for another nap.  She slept an hour and half this time.  When she woke up she was not quite ready to get up, so she sat on my lap snuggling for awhile.  I loved that!!!  She was then ready for a snack.  After her snack we were back outside until Laurie came home from work. 

Katie at the park
With two naps, she was one happy little girl when her folks got home. 

Since Laurie had to go to cake decorating class and I had been there all day, I planned to cook dinner that night for Rob, Harris and myself.  I found this recipe for Taco pie that I wanted to try.  It was a hit. worth the three of us.  It is a keeper as far as I am concerned.  After dinner, we headed back to the camper to get some things done prior to leaving the next day. 

We had not planned to leave until Wednesday, but Denver weather was forecasting snow for Tuesday afternoon into evening.  Since we were heading east and north, we wanted to try to beat the storm. 


Last night we got lots done toward leaving.  Our plan was to get up early, be a Weight Watchers at 9:00 for me to do my monthly weigh.  Then to Panera for a bagel and coffee.  After breakfast, we headed to get a hair cut, fuel for the truck and to "King Souper" for a few groceries.  Once we had all that we headed back to the camper to get ready to head out.  We were on the road by 12:30. 

The weather was just fine as we headed north and east.  We arrived in Ogallala, NE around 5:00 p.m.  After getting set up we headed to  the Front Street Saloon for dinner.  I had one of the best steak dinners I have had in a very long time.  I also had a wonderful baked sweet potato, and salad.  Harris also had the steak special, with mixed veggies, and pub chips.  All in all it was a wonderful meal. 


Whoops SNOW!!  We got up this morning to 2-3 inches of snow on the grass this morning here in Ogallala, NE.   It was decision time.  Do we stay here another day or leave for Kearney?  As we watched the snow coming down and blowing, we decided it wold be best to just stay where were are.  It was warm here in the camper.  So with the decision made,  Harris fixed bacon, eggs and English muffin for our breakfast.  The rest of the day, I stayed inside watching it snow.  It was nice to just have a day to check out of things.  I caught up on some needed work on the computer. 

The snow finally stopped around 5:00 p.m.  It looks like we have close to 4-5 inches of snow on the grass.  It is not sticking on the street.  We decided it must have been bad on the roads as we had two campers come in around noon.  Usually campers do not check into a campground until dinner time. 

We are hoping to be able to leave tomorrow. 

Katie at the Park
Grandma and Katie on the slide
Katie and Grandpa  Cookies and milk
Snow at the campground

Katie at the Park