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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Carpet is in, Computers are Out.

The carpet is almost done at the library.  Except for a small part of the children's seating section, (they ran out of carpet and have to order more then come back to install it), it is all installed, and looks great.  It's a little darker than I imagined it would be, but it looks very nice, and we got rid of the strip behind the librarian's desk that has been a thorn in my side for the past two years.  lol.

Unfortunately, they unhooked all the computers and moved them around, which was understandable. They needed to be able to move the furniture around so they could lay the carpet.  But now, I'm struggling to get the computers hooked back up the way they were before, and we have no internet.  None. Zilch, Nada, Zero.  I did get all the computers to at least power on, except for one that I need to rig an extension cord to, but after working on it for hours today, I finally called the Board President, and told her I needed help getting the internet back on.

I'm sure it's just a simple matter of hooking the cords up correctly, resetting the router, and making sure the settings are correct.  But I have never been good at any of that, and my blood pressure rises every time I have to hook a computer up for internet.   Then my brain refuses to function, and I'd just as well give up.

Hopefully, we can get someone up from Great Bend to get it all figured out very soon.  Tomorrow I will reopen the library, but without the computer internet.  I will have to check out books and movies on paper, scan the bar codes into the computer and print them out offline.  Then enter them into the Pathfinder program once we are back up and running online.   A pain in the royal patoot, but it is what it is.

I also have to get all those nonfiction books that are piled high on the children's craft tables back on their proper shelves.  Some of them will be weeded out and put on the Weedy Shelf for a while.  If they don't disappear from there, they will be offered on eBay.

I used to have a book store on eBay and made some pretty good money doing it.  I'm thinking about opening an eBay store again soon.

On a side note, today was combination of Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday.  Dennis, Becky, Karsyn, Whitley, and little Maliyah brought me chocolates and flowers.  I'll take a picture of the flowers tomorrow to post.  It was a great way to finish a frustrating day at work.  Then Dennis and I went to Ash Wednesday services at church.  Our priest was fighting a bug and was pretty weak and pale.  I hope it isn't the influenza virus going around.  He has a heart condition and needs to stay in good condition.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Library Taking Over

The library has taken over my life. Even on my day off, I am planning library events, posting about the library on Facebook, writing newspaper articles about library events, and brainstorming about new activities to try.

I'm not complaining. Not really.  It does give me a break from housework and watching Hubby's choices of tv shows, and it give me a social outlet.

This week has been especially hectic. I'm in the middle of a big restructuring project with our DVD collection.  We have almost 700 DVDs that we loan to patrons.  So any changes to the collection take time. Lots of time.  

Then I got a call on Tuesday that the new carpet for the library is in stock and the carpet installers will start laying it down on Monday morning. Can I please  move all of the nonfiction books off the shelves and take them to the back room so the workmen can move the shelves easier?  Sure. No problem.   Nothing else to do. ;)

I have an event to plan called Take Your Child To the Library Day that was originally scheduled for February 3.  I postponed it to March 3, in hopes of missing the flu and nasty weather that has been prevalent this past month.  I'm still trying to find games, contests, and activities for that. 

And it's almost time to start planning our Summer Reading Program for the kids.  That is a huge project involving 4 different days of activities, speakers, music, and encouraging the kids to read, read, read.  There is a contest to see who can read the most in the time between the first session and the last session, about six weeks apart.

On top of all that, I have my regular library chores to do.  But I love it. Busy time goes much faster than slow times.  I love books.  

This weekend, I will have a day to myself, that's something rare now that Hubby has retired. I hope to spend it doing some art, and some writing in my novel.  I'll probably do that in the library too.

Yeah, the library has taken over my life. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  We had a relatively quiet holiday. I baked a ham, scalloped potatoes, and we took some cheesecake and pecan pie and hot rolls out to my childhood home, The Farm.

I grew up there, and now that my Dad is gone, I try to get  out there to check on my Mom, who lives there alone a lot of the time. My brother, Bret, lives there with her when he's not out in the semi.  It's a big relief to me to have him there, and my other brother, Tom, and his wife, Cindy live just a few hundred yards east of the main house.

We had a nice visit.  My sister, Linda, came down to visit from Nebraska.  She brought her grandson, Robby, with her. Tom and Cindy and their son, Dakota, came too. The original thought was to play some games with my mom, but we were relaxed while we visited around the kitchen table, and after eating all the sweets, we grew sleepy, so we decided to leave for home.

I've been fighting off a case of bronchitis this week. It always starts with a sinus infection, then moves down into my bronchioles and lungs.  If left untreated, it can go into pneumonia.  That's the last thing I need right now, with our plans to go visit our granddaughter and great granddaughter next weekend.

So I'll probably go to the doctor and get a prescription for an antibiotic either tomorrow or as soon as possible.

I saw on Facebook a count down clock for the end of the world supposedly to happen tonight. I don't believe we'll know when God is coming to take home His Believers, but I have my doubts that it is tonight. But I do believe that we should all be ready at all times.

Make sure you have repented from your sins, confess often, and ask for forgiveness, while vowing to avoid sinning again in the future.  If you need to seek forgiveness from others, do it now.  The Lord's Prayer says "Forgive us our trespasses, AS WE FORGIVE OTHERS."  God will forgive us in the same manner that we forgive those who sin against us.   Are you holding a grudge?  I try not to hold grudges.

The only one at this time that I feel I have trouble with is a certain surgeon, who made my life much more difficult than it could be, through his neglect and mismanagement of my health care.  I am trying to forgive him, but there is still just a little tinge of hard feelings, especially when I run out of the medications I will have to take for the rest of my life.  But I'm working on it.

I will be working tomorrow. I have my doubts that many will come to Story Time tomorrow, but I'm ready to take them on, if they do.  I'm keeping it simple, though.  It seems that if I go to a lot of work preparing Story Time activities, no one comes.  And no one calls to tell me they aren't coming.  I guess they figure I'm going to be there anyway, so why bother with telling me I can take a

I've whined enough for one day. I'm thankful for my husband, my dogs, my family, my house, my job, and the new red car my hubby bought for our combined Christmas gift. I feel like a princess in my shiny new red carriage.  We're still trying to figure out what all those bells and whistles do, but that's half the fun!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Family: The Cause and the Cure

My family has been wonderful through all the hard times since losing Teresa.  They have been so strong, and so dependable.  I know their pain has been terrible at times, too.  But they keep me looking at the positive side.  Sometimes the bad feelings come bubbling up, like gas from a swamp.  I feel then like I'll never feel good again.

Then my husband, Dennis, will come, put his arms around me.

"We'll get through this, together."

Grief takes time.  It is totally life-absorbing.

Holiday plans

I spent several hours last night re-typing some newly found but previously lost chapters of my novel, A Door In Time.  I thought I had lost them when the laptop I had stored them on crashed unexpectedly.  But thank the Lord, most of them were already printed out on paper, so now I can get them back with a little effort.  It was like getting an early Christmas present.

Speaking of Christmas, we are in a quandary again this year about where to spend the holidays.  Our daughter goes to her mother-in-law's house every Thanksgiving Day, then stays there to take part in the Black Friday sales.  My mom went to my sister's last year, my brothers both had places to go.  So we went to a neighbor's house.  It was nice, but we really felt a little out of place, not because of any lack of hospitality on our hosts' part. They were VERY gracious and friendly, and we had a good time there.  It just wasn't our family.

We have talked about going to the American Legion's annual Thanksgiving dinner at the armory. I've been there once. It was good, but not very cozy in a huge room with strangers, sitting on folding chairs along long tables. By the time I got there, most had already left.  Last resort.

I could just cook dinner here at home for the two of us.  Or we could go eat in a restaurant if any are open on Turkey Day.  We could go eat with his dad at the nursing home. For reasons best unmentioned here, it's better off that we don't do that.

We'll just have to discuss this further and come to a decision. I know Dennis is very disappointed that his family has abandoned the large family dinners that we always had when his mom was alive.  I find it sad that there is friction among siblings. Especially at holiday times. It's almost like the family died along with his mom.

I'll post later on what we decide. We will be traveling from Nov. 30 til Dec. 3. Driving to Colorado Springs for a weekend with our granddaughter and great granddaughter. We are looking forward to that. It will be little Maliyah's 3rd birthday on Nov. 28. She is growing up so fast!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season this year. Remember your lost loved ones and make new traditions and memories.  You won't regret it.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Great News for me!

I'm really excited. Next week, I will be restarting on my novel, A Door in Time.  A while back, I had a computer crash. It had my latest chapters from my story on the hard drive. I thought I had lost all the new parts. 

Then, last week, while cleaning out a cupboard, I found a 3-ring notebook.  Inside, was a copy of my manuscript, including the new chapters!  I reread them, and with just a few tweaks, will able to use them in the final draft.  I thought I was going to have to either rewrite those chapters or just leave them out.  Now I can simply edit them along with the other chapters and I'm that much closer to completing my novel.  There were probably 10 chapters that I didn't have on my computer.  I'll have to retype them, so it will take a little time, but nothing compared to the time it would take to rewrite them.

I started working on this novel in 2007. It's now 2017, almost 2018.  

It's time.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Odds and Ends

I attended another library workshop yesterday.  I sometimes complain about them, because I usually have to drive quite a way to get to them, but actually, I enjoy them. 

It's a day out, I'm not working in the library, but I'm not at home watching old reruns of Gold Rush and The Deadliest Catch either. Right now as I'm typing this, he's watching Moonshiners.  He's convinced that some of his ancestors may have been moonshiners.  I think he might be right. 

I am  getting ready for a party at the library. It normally would be a home party, but my house is too tiny, too messy, and I have two little dogs who would bark and raise Cain.  So I have my parties at the library instead.   It's a Signature Homestyles party--like the Home Interiors, but with more class.  I've invited over 60 people, and they should have received their invitations by now.  I did get one back yesterday.  I'll have to call and personally invite her.

I'm really tired tonight.  I think I'll cut this short and go to bed. I do have some prayers to make.  Scot Finkbiner is in the hospital fighting to keep his arm. He's already lost his leg above the knee on the left, and his arm is badly injured too since his car/semi crash.  I found out tonight that my sister-in-law's mother-in-law has passed. and I have a host of other people who are either ill or have lost loved ones lately.  The world is such an uneasy place.  God save us all.