Thursday, December 14, 2017

2017.12.14

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - DECEMBER 14, 2017 - THURSDAY
We are still following the yellow brick road and are in Dodge City tonight. We didn't get very far today because we went to Hutchinson to tour "Strataca", a huge salt mine. Before we went to the mine, we ate dinner at Braum's Ice Cream and Burgers.


Mom was really worn out and didn't want to go on the tour so she took a long nap and read her book.


The tour took us almost 3 hours. The underground salt is from a salt water sea that was here 'millions'
of years ago and slowly evaporated. It extends under much of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas to the east side of New Mexico. Let's just say there is plenty of salt. Salt was discovered in the area in 1882 (?), when a Mr. Carey tried drilling for oil and found salt. Salt mining began in 1910 or 1923. Back then the work was done using dynamite, shovels, and small 'train' carts which were pulled around. Now, after the salt is broken loose, it is scooped up by a huge loader and dumped on a conveyor belt. Part of the mine is used for data storage: medical records, mineral rights records, Hollywood movies, etc. Any machine down in the mine which is 650 feet deep must be taken down in pieces and then reassembled. Anything taken down is just left there because it's too hard to take it back up and it takes too long. It took us 90 seconds to go down for a tour of the 'museum' area.


On the way here we drove past miles and miles of wind towers (between Hutchinson and Dodge City).


The grain elevators here are HUGE concrete structures. Mom said she and Dad noticed years ago that the farmers don't have much on-farm storage, so they must haul their grain to the elevators.


I was looking at the map of Kansas and discovered that many towns in KS have the same names as ones in Minnesota. I found Courtland, Mankato, Minneapolis, Hutchinson, Madison to name a few. Crazy!


After we pulled into this hotel, Mom realized that she and Bev stayed here last year on their way to AZ.


There was a cartoon in the Dodge City Daily Globe, called Bizarro. In it a man is talking to Alexa. "Alexa, tell the neighbor's Alexa that if she doesn't turn down their music, I'm going to go over there and flush her down the toilet."  Maybe it isn't very funny here, but it was funny in the comic strip.


That's it from the travelers. Goodnight!



2017.12.13

TEKA - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - for DECEMBER 13, 2017 - WEDNESDAY
Yo!
As we were getting ready this morning, I overheard Terry say to someone on the phone, "Well, just keep us posted."  Of course I had to ask what was going on and he asked did I really wanted to know?
"Yes." He said that Dandi had been let out on Tuesday night to go potty and didn't return. Tonya and family had looked all over for her and had continued looking this morning and not found her. Tonya was going to leave a message at the C-store just in case someone had spotted her and she'd not been run over or eaten by one of the many coyotes. I responded that I've been expecting that Dandi would go to doggie heaven, but not in this way.

A while later, Tonya called to report that Dandi had been found. Tonya had left a message at the C-store on the corner. Shortly afterward a man came in to report that his wife had found a small cold and wet dog on their porch. They'd taken her in, dried her off in front of their fireplace, and wondered where she'd come from. So that story ended happily.

Terry had a conference call with the Mission Board at 11, so it was decided that he would drive to Sioux Falls and he and Pastor Werre would listen together. He left with the Tahoe before Mom and I were ready. We needed to leave our car in Sioux Falls anyway. Mom and I left shortly after. The plan was to visit Dorothy R. and I thought I remembered where she lived, but didn't. I was off a few blocks. Eventually we found the assisted living on E. Pampas place and got to visit with her before she went to dinner.

After meeting up with Terry at Good Shepherd church, we ate lunch at BK, and then headed south. We went to Yankton and came south on 81 all the way to Ted and Marvie's. Marvie had made supper for us and we were able to visit for 2-3 hours. It was good to see them, to see Ted's creations, hear about their family, and learn about the improvements they have helped with at NELS.

We drove an hour south to Concordia, KS to sleep at a nice hotel here.

Adios~ Kathy, Terry, Mom

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2017.12.12

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - DECEMBER 12, 2017 - TUESDAY
Greetings and salutations.
We sure had a nice day for December 12! The temperature made it to 41 sunny degrees! Of course there was wind, but with the temp and the sunshine, it was still nice.

Terry fed hay to the old cows and the calves. Then we unloaded the pickup load of corn that he brought home from the elevator yesterday.

After dinner we made a trip to town. Both of us needed to see the bone cruncher. Last Friday night while I was in bed, I turned my head to talk to Terry and something went c-r-u-n-c-h in my neck. Altho' my neck wasn't causing a lot of pain or headaches, I didn't want to drive Mom to AZ with my neck in that precarious predicament. Terry was out of whack, too.

Mom made it to Watertown by herself, but we met up and I drove her car out here. We ate pizza for supper and I've been doing stuff to get ready to leave in the morning. BUT I haven't packed yet.

Guess I'd better get to bed, so I can get up and do that. Goodnight!   Kathy, Terry, and Mom


Monday, December 11, 2017

2017.12.11

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - DECEMBER 11, 2017 - MONDAY
We had showers this morning with strong winds. Terry spent all morning fixing a big old school bell so Pastor Z could use it. I sewed.

I made some pretzel treats this afternoon, melted a Tupperware lid and wrapped a few gifts.

K&T


Sunday, December 10, 2017

2017.12.10

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - DECEMBER 10, 2017 - SONDAY - PEARL'S BIRTHDAY
We made a day of it, leaving home after 7 this morning and not returning until after 7 this evening. We started with church and Bible class. Lunch was at Culver's with R&A. We all had coupons and those butterburgers tasted better than usual. After that, Terry and I did some shopping. The GPLHS Christmas concert was at 3:30, and the Honor choir sang John Rutter's Candlelight Carol, one of my favorites. The 2nd band piece was really good, too. When that was over, we met D&D and O&L at Perkin's for supper. We sat and visited a long time. I had the chicken, bacon, broccoli pasta and Terry had a porkchop. Both were very good.

Goodnight!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

2017.12.9

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - DECEMBER 9, 2017 - SATURDAY- ROBERTA'S BIRTHDAY

Terry woke up early and got everything ready to go to basketball tournaments in Redwood Falls. Tonya had said we didn't need to be there right at 8 when the games started. The kids could each play 3 games. Joe's team lost 2 in a row, so they were out.
  Joe's team didn't have a lot of zip today, but I was told that their coaches really worked them at practice yesterday and they were tired out.

The team Pearl was on won all 3 of the games they played. Their last game was against St. John's, Redwood Falls that had only 5 players. And they were good. They had one tall girl, but the others were small as you can see in the photo. If that tall girl wouldn't have tripped just before the last buzzer, the outcome may have been different because the score was tied 12-12.

One of the girl's games had a final score of 8-7.   The St. Martin's kids played, too, but I don't know how they fared at the end. Tonya and I took Joe and Pearl and Pearl's friend downtown when they had a long break. We walked through a few Christmas stores for fun. Terry stayed to watch the games.

We sent Dandi home with Tonya and the kids.

This bug was flying around in the house tonight. It must have awakened and thought it was summer?

Adios!

Friday, December 8, 2017

2017.12.8

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - DECEMBER 8, 2017 - FRIDAY
I spent almost the entire day in town, and I am too pooped to pop. Did I finish? No, of course not, but I feel that I made good progress.

Terry stayed home to load some square bales for a guy who needs them for his horses. Then he pulled a guy out of a snow bank. We didn't think there could possibly be a place for anyone to get stuck. We simply didn't get very much snow in Monday's blizzard. The guy had a feed or hay grinder and he was lost. He came up Kevin's south road and tried to turn around in the deepest snow bank in the area. The temperature was just the right consistency so that the snow melted the tires it became very slippery right away. Terry said his hay-buyer had trouble maneuvering, also.

I had hung the sheets on the line to dry before heading to town, but they did NOT dry. Even tho' it was windy, the temp was right around 32 and the humidity was high. I thought it was just plain raw out there.

Tomorrow there are grade school basketball tournaments in Redwood Falls, so we are going to go watch Joe and Pearl play. We'll take Dandi, too, so she can go to Tonya's again. The coyotees will be on the run again next week.

It's too late to start a project, and I'm afraid I could be coming down with a cold, so I am going to bed.

Goodnight!   Kathy