Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tuesday and Hair Day

Today Bob and I will go to Independence to get my hair done and I need to get some makeup base and mascara too. The only Merle Norman business in the area is up there and I have worn only Merle Norman makeup since I was 27. If they ever close, I don't know what I will do for makeup.

We will eat lunch at Great China while we are there. I need to go to Bartlesville sometime this week to get some underwear before my trip to Florida with Leslie and John next weekend.

While I am gone, Bob will come over to feed and water Missy and clean out her litter box. I dread the trip. It will take two days and we will stay overnight in Alabama  before going on to Florida. But I am glad we are driving because flying is an ordeal for me anymore. I have had some horrendous flight experiences in the past.

I am curious to see if the new sink plumbing will leak since they had to completely re-plumb it. I dread that experience too. Bob, the plumber, said not to use it at all last evening. He wanted the cement to set.

Missy is patiently waiting here beside me for her breakfast and so I will finish this later...

We went outside for a couple of hours. Missy loves being outside!

I did my best to clean the carpet in the front seat of the car. It looks much better now.

I got my hair done in Independence and bought my powder base and mascara after Cathy finished my hair. 

We had our lunch at Great China but first we went to Walmart for a few things. I washed my car and vacuumed it out...especially the trunk. I had cleaned that sink while it was still in the trunk so there was a small mess left in there. 

This is the pool at my son's home and they will be taking the fence down after inspection. They have yet in put the finish on the bottom.

 Bob, the plumber, is coming back this afternoon to tighten a few areas. I ran the dishwasher this morning and the plumbing did leak a little.

More later...

Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday and Exercises

I guess I will go to exercises today even though I am looking for a call from the plumber and also one from Betty. I have the cast iron white sink Cyndi retrieved for me in the trunk of my car. Bob and I went to the house on Willow to get it Saturday morning. It weighed a ton and we were just barely able to get it into the trunk of my car. The plumber will have to get it out. It will take two of them...I am sure. I am going to bite the bullet and have the avicoto green sink removed from my kitchen and this white one installed in it's place. I dread the cost but I know Betty would not pay for it.

Betty is supposed to come some time today too and try to remove and replace the broken window in the storm door on the east side of the apartment. I have three chipped windows too over there but they have not finished breaking. The mower did the damage racing around to mow with his large mower. Betty has replaced him with a more careful man to do our mowing.

I expect Betty to want to raise our rents here again. Property taxes are going up 22% when you count state, county and city taxes.  If she does that, I will have to move again. I am at my absolute utmost ability to stay within my budget.

The Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Medicare Supplement  has not been taken out of my account yet this morning. I have checked twice and the money is still in there. They take it out each month on the 28th. The 28th was yesterday..on Sunday. I assumed they would take it out today.  This month I don't get my social security until the 14th since that is the second Wednesday of the month.  Half the month will be gone and most of my bills due so I will have to borrow from my savings again. That is so aggravating! They should pay me when they used to pay Bob...on the 3rd...since I am receiving his social security now. But there's no arguing with the government.

More later...

Well, they did take out the Blue Cross/Blue Shield premium after all. That's good. At least I know what I will have to borrow from my savings to pay my rent now.

More even later...

The plumber came at 2:00 to put in the sink Cyndi gave me. It's white and a cast iron sink. I gave the old green one to the plumbers and they can sell it for the iron in it. Betty, the landlady, also came and  took the broken window from the east side storm door to have it replaced.  I don't know what the plumber will charge me for his two hours of work. It was a big job but now the kitchen looks a lot better. His company will send me a bill.  

The pool...another step closer to being finished!

Bob came over at 5:00 and later we walked over to Brahm's, a block away,  to get an ice cream cone.  He went home at 7:00 and I took my bath and sat with Missy in the recliner until bedtime at 9:00.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sermon: Sunday September 4th

Discipleship Comes First
September 4th, 2016

Luke 14:25–33

"Lord, let me go and bury my father first."
 —Matthew 8:21

Jesus would not allow a potential disciple to first bury his father. 
Many Scripture scholars have commented that this man's father
had not yet died, and so anyone who wishes to be Jesus' disciple 
must renounce all his possessions, including a potential inheritance. 

Elsewhere, Jesus said that if anyone comes to him without 
hating his father and mother, that person cannot be his 

Hate is a strong word. In the language of Jesus' time, there were 
no words to express the concept of loving more and loving less. 
The only words in that language were to love or to not love, 
that is, hate. For a disciple, loving God comes first. All other 
relationships by comparison seem to be hateful.
God calls us to be disciples. There is no turning back. Following 
as a disciple of Jesus comes first. So what does it mean to be 
a disciple since Jesus did not actually found a church?  It means 
recalling what he taught and doing the same. Feeding the hungry, 
clothing the naked, etc.  Matthew 25 lays it out for us. 

We are called to make disciples of others by our example, but there seems to be a discipleship deficit in many of our churches. And it isn’t just for lack of resources.
Leaders are asking questions like, “What should we do?” and “How should we do it?” They want to know the best ways to turn this discipleship deficit into the kind of robust discipleship that will matter along the way.

We think God doesn’t need anyone to do anything for God, or for anyone else. We think God is quite capable of doing everything that needs to be done all by Godself. Except…we are the hands of God. God is Spirit. God’s Spirit attempts to persuade us into service. 

But first we have to respond to God’s Holy Spirit.  

God is fulfilling God’s promise to us to always be with us and to give us the Holy Spirit, and God wants us to join in the work in order that we can be shaped us into our best person.

Paul explained that when we become new creations in Christ, we are drafted into service. We go out on God’s behalf and offer reconciliation to the people in our lives. We don’t replace God, but we do join God in the grand plan of developing the kingdom of God.

On multiple occasions Jesus challenged the faith development of his disciples. As they followed him, he instructed them. There was much he did on his own. But as time went on, he expected them to step out in faith and believe and respond with more consistency. He expected them to step out of boats with greater confidence. 
Something happened in the days following the crucifixion that transformed the disciples from uncertain followers to heralds of the Jesus message, evidently willing to die for their convictions. While we will never know the details of how the Jesus of their daily lives became the Christ presence of their future, the gospel accounts are testimony to people’s hunger to know more. 
Whatever happened in the days following the crucifixion, the followers of Jesus were propelled into a new way of living and relating to this Galilean peasant they had been following. They were compelled to re-evaluate their Jewish heritage in ways that accounted for their experience of Jesus, both in his temporal life and as a spiritual presence in the present.   

With only the gospel accounts as our guide, we, too, are left to re-evaluate our heritage in ways that account for the clearly non-historical resurrection stories and our experiences of a spiritual presence we call the Christ.

And how so we do that? In Jesus’s day, he challenged his disciples to make great sacrifices. Jesus believed the world as we know it…. and he knew it…. was about to end. He believed in the end times and he believed they were upon his disciples. So they needed to make great sacrifices to change the world of his day into the Kingdom of God. He believed the time was short and that the end time was right upon them. We now know that did not happen. Two thousand years have passed and we are still awaiting the end time. 

So what is expected of us? We have the same challenges facing us that Jesus found in his world. We still have hungry homeless people. We still have people who are in need of clothing. We still have sick people.  And most of all, we still have lonely people. And we are still challenged to work for God’s kingdom to become a reality. But we need to be a part of the solution. We are God’s hands. 

We are the hands of God and because we need to be developed into the best person we can be and help build the best community possible.

He commissioned his disciples to go out, show compassion, heal and teach others. When they failed, he called them out for not faithfully becoming who they were called to be.
Discipleship is not just a solo effort—though it takes personal action and engagement. Discipleship is a group sport—best done in community! And our church is driven by the concept of community! 

And so what do we as disciples have to offer? Is it personal salvation? Not really. Many other churches will offer personal salvation to persons if that is what they feel they need. But what most people really need is to feel needed and to feel a part of a wonderful fellowship. What we have to offer is Community…that is why the name was chosen. We, as a church are attempting to help God build his kingdom on earth…peacefully…not like the Romans…using war and force.. but by actually caring about others as Jesus so often illustrated. This is the message Jesus spent his life declaring. 

As I have mentioned before, the earliest congregations drew people because they were a caring group who took care of the sick instead of leaving them to die beside the road. They made each person a part of a congregation that cared for one another.  They established “Community”. 

God has given various gifts to the Church. Each person has something to offer and offering that is part of their personal growth and discipleship. Paul was constantly telling the early believers that the health of the whole body is impacted by how each one uses their God-given gifts.

There are no Lone Ranger Christians. (And even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.) We are responsible for and to each other. It has been said that the gift God gave you is not for you. Instead, it is to be shared with others.

When we truly believe that our actions will impact the lives of others, it will change the way we live. We are responsible before God to be involved in discipleship—ours and others. Our individual gifts bring even greater responsibility.

Jesus commissioned his disciples to go out and make disciples, teaching them and making them a part of the community. That's personal and communal. Discipleship is a personal profession of faith by the individual. Finally, it is a community experience. 

We are responsible to be involved in our discipleship and to make disciples of the work and mission of Jesus wherever we go. That's why our church's name is "Community of Christ". And unfortunately, that requires us to set priorities. As a community of disciples, we need to be active in the community. That's a part of how discipleship works. And it should also come first in our lives.

Sunday and A Busy Day

I will fix my coffeecake today to take to the church school class. Missy is patiently waiting for her breakfast and the opportunity to go outside on the carport. That will be awhile...at least until I get the coffeecake in the oven and we are both fed. I slept well again last night and got up shortly before 5:00.

After church, several of us will go over to Cherryvale to "Just Us" for lunch. Phyllis may go. Bob and I will pick her up for church. She has hurt her right foot and is wearing a "boot" on it to immobilize it. It is swollen and sore but she is ready to get out of the house and is going to let us pick her up for church school and church this morning.

This afternoon I will do my congregation newsletters and get those in the mail for tomorrow.

Next week I will need to get some makeup base and mascara to take to Florida when we leave. I also need to get some additional underwear. So hopefully I will get the makeup stuff at Independence on Tuesday and the underwear in Bartlesville one day this week. I made up a list of things I will need to take with me when we leave.

More later...

The coffeecake is out of the oven and cooling before I ice it. Missy and I have been out on the carport for an hour and amazingly, she was ready to come back in.  She was fine...just lay on her mat and watched the birds and the squirrel. I watered my flowerpots in front.

My chipped storm door in the back finally just broke yesterday afternoon when I closed the door to latch it. Betty is going to come over Monday and try to replace it with one she already has. We'll see how that goes.

I called the plumber yesterday and left a message on their machine to call me on Monday. I will pay to have the white sink put in and get rid of that olive green one. They are both cast iron.  I know Betty would never pay the bill.  She would just say I need to be satisfied with the olive green one.

Betty is not one to pay any "unnecessary" bills.

I found this on my son's facebook page.

Pretty true, isn't it?


More even later..

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday and Breakfast Out

I did something stupid this morning.  I ate a bowl of cereal, forgetting that we always eat breakfast out on Saturday. So I had a short stack out at Eggberts and am really full now.

Bob and I dropped by the old house that Cyndi sold to pick up the white cast iron sink she had them save for me. They had finally got the kitchen redone. They were still in bed at 8:00 when we dropped by to pick it up. When I got home, I texted Cyndi and she texted the owner of the house and they set it outside the gate for us to pick up. I picked Bob up again and we went back to town to load it into my car trunk. That thing was HEAVY!  We will have to leave it in the trunk for the plumber to bring in. It will take two of them to do it.

When I got home this time, I took Missy back out for a little while but she was not content out there and wanted to come back in. Then I went out back and pulled up all the petunias from the flowerbed my son-in-law had built for me. They were very leggy and looked ugly. I saw Maureen out on her patio and walked up for a visit. I stayed an hour. Now I am trying to catch up on everything. I need to get that plastic bag out of the trash container and get it into the trash that the trash people will pick up on Tuesday. That may be a job in itself.

More later...

I just finished reading a biography about Alexander Hamilton and I find that politics were just as toxic in his day. Jefferson was one of the worst. Hamilton was just as bad...he constantly wrote letters for the newspapers castigating anyone with different viewpoints from his. However, Hamilton was very instrumental in establishing the Republic....our Democracy.

Bob came over at 5:00 to watch the news. He left at 6:00 since there was absolutely nothing on TV that either of us was interested in watching. I took my bath and Missy and I sat in the recliner and watched the weather channel until 8:30 when I just went on to bed.   

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday and Exercises Again

I slept well last night...for a change.  I did get up before 4:45 but have myself ready for the day now. Missy is patiently waiting for her breakfast and I will also fix my own in a few minutes. She will be begging me to go outside soon enough. I never take her out in the dark. So it doesn't get light until 6:30 anymore and we have to wait until then.

Bob and I have decided to eat out today. I get very tired of trying to figure out what to have for dinner. Every once in awhile we just have to eat out. It's been awhile since we've eaten at El Pueblito so we may go there this noon.

I will go on to exercises today and just try to be careful of my right arm. The rotator cuff gets very sore if I'm not careful.

I don't know whether we got rain last night or not. It was forecast.  More later...

Well, we had our breakfasts and eventually went outside at 6:30. We hadn't been out ten minutes and Missy began growling and hissing. I looked but didn't see a thing. Finally, though, I saw that little cat that looks a lot like her scurrying along across the street. She must have smelled him because I couldn't see him until he moved out in sight, He soon disappeared though Missy was too uncertain to be out any longer. She is lying here behind me on the daybed...her outside time cut short because of that little Tom cat.  Oh well...there will be other days.  She has to feel safe.

More even later...

I went down to visit Wayne, my former landlord, when we returned from exercise class. He is 96 and really needs the company. We had a nice visit. Marilyn came in while I was there and we had even more of a visit.   I got home just in time for Bob to pick me up for lunch.

The swimming pool pavers going in now.

Isn't that neat? I'm going to gross everyone out by taking my swimming suit!

Here's another view!

Really neat pool and pavers around it. maybe it will be finished by the time I go down there.

Bob and I went to eat lunch and then I came home to read. He came to do a small load of laundry. The washers at his apartment building won't do "small" loads so he does those here.

He will be back shortly to watch the news. I just returned from Walmart where I bought a few things I needed. I forgot the ink cartridges. Darn!

Well, more later....

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday and Housecleaning Day

This is the day I usually clean the apartment. There's nothing else going on Thursday.

I slept poorly. My thumb and my arm both hurt most of the night. I don't know what I will do about them. I took two Aleve and that should have handled the pain but it didn't.

I will try to get my housework done today....pain or no pain.

Yesterday evening, I cleaned and refilled the hummingbird feeders. They immediately swamped them and drank deeply.

I just read the County Chronicle. Two of the City Commissioners had a huge shouting match Tuesday evening. They should be ashamed of themselves. One was the newly elected mayor and the other was Jim Taylor, Jr., son of Jim Taylor Sr. Jim Taylor Jr. is much like his father....immature and a showman. Jim Taylor Sr. had his stint on the commission and when he couldn't get his way on every question, he resigned. They all act like immature school boys instead of dignified city commissioners.  I was appalled as I read about their behavior. 

More later, I guess..

Missy and I have been out on the carport for an house and a half now. It's nearly 8:00 now. I am about to go back in and begin my cleaning. She has been out long enough. Spoiled rotten cat!   I have had to go get her twice when she has sneaked away while I was on the laptop computer. She is sneaky all right!

I finally got away and went back in the house with her. I wanted to clean the apartment and she had and hour and a half outside.  I fixed lunch and we ate. It was good. It was a warm up of the casserole that Karan made for Monday. We will eat out tomorrow.

I read all afternoon and went to Sonic and got a Mini Sonic Blast. Ice cream sounded good.  It was 92 degrees. Then I had a cookie too.

Bob came by at 5:00 to watch the news. He had a party at Sycamore Landing at 6:30 so he left at 6:00 this evening.

I will take my bath now and be ready to sit in the recliner with Missy and watch TV this evening. It may rain this evening. It was sprinkling when Bob left.