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12-14-13. Well here it is almost Christmas again. We plan to have Christmas with my little family on the 30th according to everyone’s busy schedule. This year it will be at grandson, Jared Bassett’s new home. He and Carrie just bought it and moved into a short time ago. I think it was October when they moved into it. It’s just a little way past where grandddaughter, Lisa, lives. So I’m anxious to see their new home. They, like me had to get rid of a lot of things when they moved as they were living in a big four bedroom house. I don’t know how big this house is, but I imagine it’s smaller than the other one. I think they said it was just five minutes from where Lisa lives. That’s good they are so close. They were that close to Anita before so she really misses them. She and Carrie used to walk together every day and if there was a tornado warning Anita could get to their house real quick and go in the basement with them. Now if they don’t have a basement they can go to Lisa’s and go in hers. She has a real nice basement with a little wood stove, big screen television and I think they play games on it. Now I don’t know what Anita will do for a storm shelter and her living in a mobile home. I’m sure gonna be worried about her and Carl. We don’t have a basement anymore, but we live in this big brick building. We can also go to the courthouse basement too. I think they keep it open when the weather is threatening.

We’re still having cold weather and some snow, but I’m very thankful it’s not anything like it is so many other places. I think it was 1 degree Thursday morning with a much lower windchill and we got up at 5:30 a.m. and got ready and went to Hardee’s first and had breakfast and then headed for the Illinois/Iowa Quad Cities. It sure was cold, but the car gets really warm quick. In fact, we were so bundled up so much we had to keep the heater off most of the way up there and back. We did  all the things we usually do on over trips to the Cities each month. I had been looking forward to getting another Whitey’s banana split, but with the cold we decided to wait until next time we’re there. So on the way home we stopped at Wal-Cotts McDonalds and ate some lunch and I got a mango-pineapple smoothie. I really like those. They’re not as good as Whitey’s, but they’re still good.

We talked to Walt’s daughter, Berta on the phone day this week. She’s okay and this morning Walt’s niece, Renee Allison called and we had a good visit with her. She said she’s going to start working 6 days a week, 10 hours a day. So we won’t get to see her for quite awhile. She said Sundays will be the only time she and her husband will have any time together so I don’t want to ask her to meet us on a Sunday, but maybe a little later both of them might meet us just long enough for lunch. They live close to the restaurant so they don’t have far to go. She said she and her hubby, Joe, ate at Lisa’s Restaurant one night this week and they got good food. She said they got a chili cheeseburger and it had a lot of chili piled on top of the burger and was really good. I know I said this before, but she’s the daughter of the late Dale Allison from Ava, MO. She gave me Frank Dee’s phone number at the hospital so we can call him now. She also said they gave him a day pass and he went home with his daughter, Sue who lives in Hampton, Illinois. I’m sure that feels good to him to get out of the hospital a while. We love him so much and are really concerned and praying he has a full recovery. I think everyone who knows him loves him. It comes back to that old age worn question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” We can call him now that we have his number at hospital. Walt’s sister, Hazel called him this morning and chatted a while. She lives in Columbia, Missouri now. She sure is nice and I just loved her too. We still really like my apartment. It sure it cozy and warm and convenient. They have someone to plow the parking lot which is all concrete and then two guys came with snow blowers and cleaned the sidewalks. The mailboxes and laundry room are close to me and I don’t have to go outside to get to them.

We’ve been getting some nice Christmas cards. The cardinals are my favorites. I know it’s Jesus’ birthday, but God made the birds for us to enjoy. I see I missed the mailman so I will have to wait until Monday to mail this. I didn’t think it would take me this long to write it. Anita sent me a text a few days ago and said Robbie Wulf had passed away. She had Lou Gerig’s disease. I sure hated to hear that. I always like her. We both used to work at the Lutheran Home in Muscatine. I guess the last time I saw her was in Davenport, Iowa at The Old Country Buffett and that’s probably been longer than I realized. Her name was Robby Twitty at one time and she lived in Ava, MO. She was originally from Arkansas, but was living in Muscatine, Iowa when I got aquainted with her and she had been living back up here for a long time. I can’t think of much else to write now.

Someone needs to call me and give me some news, so I can write about somethings besides myself – (563) 272-1920.

Well, I guess I’ve wrote enough about myself for this time. Take care of yourselves and bye, bye for now.

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