Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday and An Empty Home

I didn't even get an opportunity to post yesterday.  It was a wild day. I took Esther and Keith to breakfast at Sirloin Stockade. I insisted since they had done so much for me. Afterward they left for Phoenix and they took me home.  I decided to go to church. Bobby, my friend, Karan's husband was still in the hospital and had been pain free for awhile. They think his problem was his gall bladder. But they are not sure.  They did a lot of tests. I called Karan and told her I was at church and would preside for her so she could stay with Bobby. Then I drove my own car out there.

We had a tiny little congregation since nearly everyone was gone for the Memorial Day holiday. Everything went off fine and afterward, Phyllis and Bob and I drove up to Great China and had lunch. Then I came home and decided to go out to John and Leslie's and visit with Scott, Ginger and Jerod and Melanie. I stayed until my second cousin, Tricia,called to say she and her family were in town decorating graves and would like to see me.  So I drove back to Coffeyville to visit with them.  Everett, my deceased cousin's widower, is a year younger then me.  He and his daughter always make a point of coming to visit with me when they are in town over Memorial Day.

Then at 6:00 Bob came over to watch 60 Minutes with me while I did my congregational letters. We also had some of those strawberries and shortcake that Leslie gave me.  He left at 7:00 and I took my bath and sat with Missy in my lap until I went to bed at 9:30......another huge day.

Today Scott and Ginger and Jerod and Melanie are coming over at 9:00 to visit with me before they leave for Tulsa to take Jerod and Melanie to catch their plane back to San Diego. Then they will leave for Georgia.

A further development happened after the wedding on Saturday. Leslie and I were putting away chairs in the garage and discovered that Ginger's Audi SUV was leaking oil on the garage floor.  They had had their oil changed before they left Georgia and the place that did it stripped the screw that held the oil pan. It had leaked oil all the way to Kansas and they had not noticed it.  Luckily, my son-in-law, John, is a genius when it comes to mechanics and he worked on it for an hour before our dinner Saturday evening.   They had to get O'Reilly's to make a new gasket and buy a new screw but it appears the original garage that changed the oil stripped the screw area and she will have to take it back after they get back to Georgia and have them "fix" the mess they made.  That will be a challenge. They are taking some extra oil on their trip just in case they need it.

I leave early in the morning for Independence to take my trip to Wichita and a plane trip to Texas for the rest of the week. So it will be a week before I get back to the blog. Bob will come over twice daily to feed Missy and take care of her litter box and do his laundry.

This photo was posted on my daughter in law's face book page and I copied it to post here. This is my daughter, Leslie, my son, Scott, myself, and my son, Keith.   I will try to get some more of those photos and one of the wedding cake I had baked for the occasion. I will add those to Saturday's post.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday and the Wedding

The big day is finally here. All the family is here and wouldn't you know, it has rained and may continue. We may have to move the service in..in front of John and Leslie's fireplace.  I have dressed and am pretty much ready. I've had my coffee and oatmeal and taken Missy out on the carport for a short while. The rain discouraged her.  I slept better then I have in weeks...until 6:00 AM. I'm always up at 5:00.  My son, Keith and his wife are still asleep.

Scott and Ginger and I stayed in town after breakfast yesterday and went up to the courthouse and they filled out the paperwork for their marriage license  and got the license. It cost $85.50. (Mine cost $3.00 in 1954.) Inflation! It covers everything. I fixed an envelope to send in their license after the ceremony.  I will need to do that before I leave for Texas on Tuesday.  I need to get some stamps.

We will pick up sandwiches at 10:00 at Subway and I will also take my bread and the pound of shaved turkey I bought just in case of an emergency and  the copy of the service and we will go out after we pick up those sandwiches. My younger son, Scott and his fiancee picked up his son, Jerod and wife Melanie at the Tulsa airport yesterday evening. I haven' t seen them yet since they are staying out at John and Leslie's home. All of Ginger's family are here too. They stayed at our Best Western here in Coffeyville.

Keith (who is an IT) got my laptop to print from the living room to the den again. It takes a password on the desktop and he set one up.  He also bought me some small speakers for the desktop. My kids are so good to me. I sure don't deserve it. I was a demanding disciplinarian type mother who expected good behavior out of everyone. They were great kids though and still are!

Rain is forecast for the rest of the week, including today. I just watched the weather channel. Darn!

Scott and Ginger gave me a huge basket of personal gifts and they also have one for Leslie.  Those kids! This marriage is going to be one of the best decisions Scott has ever made in his life. Ginger is really a keeper.  She is so thoughtful and so is Keith's Esther!

I may not get back to this until evening. It will be a busy day. I left a check for Leslie to pay Becky for the cake when she delivers it. I insisted I pay for it! She and John have gone to a lot of expense already for this wedding. I hope we can get some photos I can post here.

More later....

Well obviously I didn't get back to the blog on Saturday. It was a very busy day. I got a few photos but most of them were taken by others because I was involved in the ceremony.

Here are some though.  Here we are following the ceremony. Left to right that's me, Phallan, Ginger, Scott and his son, Jerod.  In the photo under this one is Ginger and her brother, who gave her away.


This is my son Scott with his new step daughter, Phallan.

This is my grandson, Jerod, Scott's son, with his new step sister, his step mother and his wife, Melanie in front of the fireplace.

This is Jerod with Ginger's mother.

This is Ginger, the bride, with her aunt.

This is Scott, my son, as he is downloading the photos from his sister's computer.
That evening Scott and Ginger invited all eighteen of the guests to dinner at Tavern on the Plaza.  This is Melanie, Jerod's wife on the far left, Phallan, Ginger's daughter, Ginger and Scott at dinner.

This is Ginger and Scott (barely visible) cutting the small wedding cake I had baked.

This is my older son, Keith, with his wife, Esther. They were there too.

This is the bride and groom on the patio following the ceremony. Note the wet pavement. Yes, it had rained. (again)

It was a huge day. Needless to say, I was exhausted. I slept really well that night after Keith and Esther and I came back home.
 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday At Last

You may have noticed I haven't had time to do my blog since Monday. It's been a wild week. Monday evening my niece texted her dad and said he needed to take her home from the emergency room at the hospital. You may recall that last week she had had to go to the emergency room since her blood count was so low, she was faint.   She had had an other emergency and was taken by ambulance that morning to the hospital. Since she lost her husband last August, and since her daughter moved out to share an apartment with friends, she has been alone out there. So we went to get her at the hospital and take her home. She called her daughter, who had moved out to live with friends in an apartment in Independence, to come to open her door. In her haste to get to the hospital, she had locked both her billfold and her house keys in the house.  When her daughter came and opened the door, Bob tried to get her to stay with her mother so she would not be alone while she was having this problem. She would not do it.

I couldn't bring myself to leave her out there by herself so we had her pack a few things and come stay in my den bedroom. She stayed Monday night and Tuesday night and then Wednesday, she had her D & C and we took her back to my apartment for one more night. After lunch Thursday noon, Bob took her home. She was much better . She has a Wednesday appointment with the doctor where she will learn the results of her biopsy. They found a large polyp and removed it and will have it biopsied. Unfortunately I will be in Texas at that time and will not be able to go with her to the doctor's appointment.  She does not want her dad to go...so she will be on her own. The doctor has scheduled surgery for next week if the biopsy allows it.

This week has been horrendous at work. The teenager who worked for an hour in the afternoon to put away the DVD cases in the shelves graduated and is not working now. So I go in about 15 minutes early and put them away in the storage machines and then shelve the cases and then scan bar codes for two and a half hours and then start putting away the DVDs that have come in while I was scanning.  I have been exhausted every evening but have had plenty to do when I get home. While I was at work each afternoon, Bob came over and stayed with his daughter so she would have someone here just in case she got lightheaded again and fainted.  It has been a wild week. Last evening I waited for Keith and Esther to come and they got here about 8:00. I was so happy to see them both. They had stopped and eaten supper. That made them later then they thought it would be.

Scott and Ginger got to John and Leslie's in time to take them to supper in Independence. They texted me they were there.  Scott will go to Tulsa this afternoon late to pick up Jerod and Melanie at the airport.  They are flying in from California. Ginger's family should be here this afternoon too and she will go visit with them at their motel while Scott goes to pick up his son and his wife at the airport in Tulsa.

Today I will go in to work after we eat breakfast. Keith and Esther are going to breakfast at Eggberts with Scott and Ginger and I and then Scott and Ginger and I will go up to the courthouse to pick up the paperwork for the marriage license.  Judge Cullins has signed the waiver for the three day waiting period so they will fill out the paperwork and got the license while we are there. Then I will come home and pick up my car and go to work.  I imagine it will be time. If I have time,  I will eat something for lunch.  If not, well I will have had a big breakfast.  Hopefully it will hold me.

It may be awhile until I get back to the blog.  This will be a busy weekend and then I leave Tuesday for Texas.  The wedding is tomorrow afternoon. If the weather holds, it will be held on John and Leslie's patio. If not, it will be in front of their fireplace in their living room.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Again and Work

This has been an exhausting day at work. I got up early after a really good night sleep. Leslie, my daughter, called me this morning to say the son of one of our members was murdered this past weekend  over at Columbus, Kansas. The memorial service will be Saturday at our church.  The killers have been arrested. Leslie called one of our other ministers to do the service because both she and I are involved in Scott and Ginger's marriage service on Saturday.  That was a shock...needless to say.

I fixed  the leftover bar b q I brought home from the birthday bask Saturday for our lunch today and served it on buns with the leftover beans. Then I send what was left home with Bob with the rotisserie chicken I brought home. That will give him something to eat while I have my company. My eldest son and his wife will be here with me late Thursday evening. The others will be at Leslie's the same evening.

Then I went on to work. Paula, the high school girl who volunteered for an hour every afternoon graduated Saturday so she was not there to help. And since the seniors are out we had a jillion DVDs to be put away and the boxes filed. I worked from 12:45 until 4:10 on that and then filed for Sarah.
When I got home I was very tired.  Bob had met the plumber at my apartment this afternoon and let him in to replace the garbage disposal  that had died last week.

Before I even sat down, I mixed up my cake for the First Christian Church in Independence.  I got it baked and after it cooled I iced it.  Then I called Phyllis and Karan to remind them about the cakes.  They will bring one over in the morning and Bob will come over to pick them up and take them to Independence. 

We were just discussing my awful day when his daughter called. She had had to go back to the emergency room again and needed a ride home. Bob and I took her home and found that she had locked herself out of her place. She called her daughter, who shares an apartment in Independence with some friends  and she drove out and let her mother in.  Bob and I did not think she should be alone under the circumstances and the daughter did not want to stay so I brought her home with me. She has her surgery tomorrow and will need to come back her at least until Thursday. Immediately after the surgery she should not be alone. It's something else. Her dad will come over to stay with her while I am at work.

I will fix chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and Bob will bring a salad for tomorrow's  lunch. Luckily I thawed plenty of chicken. I also made cupcakes yesterday so we will have one for dessert.

Then afterward I will go to work.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday and Breakfast

This morning our class group will meet at Sirloin Stockade at 8:30 for breakfast.  I hope this goes smoother then the dinner yesterday. Thank goodness this is the last of these I am organizing.

I did not sleep well last night. At 3:30 I took another Benedril but it didn't help much. I got very little sleep last night and what I did get was fitful.  That's what happens when I have way too many irons in the fire in a short time.  Next weekend is my son's wedding and the day after Memorial Day I leave for Wichita and a flight to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for four days for the SER Corporation National Conference.

I will miss church this morning. Bob is presiding for me. After  I got home last night he came over for our wine and to sum everything up.  He told me the church carpet had been cleaned and the church was a mess. The tables and chairs in the all purpose room where we meet for church school, was empty. The cleaner had not put the tables and chairs back up and some of the furniture in the sanctuary was still in the foyer. I suggested we go back out and get everything back to where it should be instead of waiting until morning. So that's what we did.  While we were out there, I ran the bulletins too. So now everything is ready for church school and church.

More later....

Well, the breakfast went very well. Only half the people stayed for the breakfast though. After breakfast, and we were through shortly after 10:00, I went on to church.  Here is a photo of Karan's worship center. That's Karan standing behind it.  The fountain was an overflowing bucket.  You can see it better in the second photo.

I was there for the last of the adult class and the sermon too.  After church we went out to El Pueblo for lunch. After that I came home and did my newsletters and baked my Apple Brown Betty. I fixed some peach tea and Bob brought some vanilla ice cream and ice for our drinks.

It's 4:00 now and folks will not be coming until close to 7:00. I have some time to rest. I should have a nice group tonight. There will be Bob and me, Karan and Bobby, Joyce, Marilyn, Howard and Judy and Gretchen and Richard and Mona and their teenaged son, Rami. I'm ready. I have seating for six in sofa and chairs, 4 chairs from my dining room table, and two folding chairs.

Bob will be back around 6:00 to watch 60 Minutes. Last Sunday night it was interrupted by the weather man telling about the severe weather in southern Oklahoma...hours away from us.
Grrr....

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday and the Birthday Bash

Today is the 80th Birthday Bash. I went to Eggberts for a big breakfast this morning with Bob and will not eat lunch.  We will have an early supper at Lanning's at 5:00 instead. I generally don't eat in the late afternoon because it doesn't help e to sleep well. I didn't sleep well again last night. I awoke at 1:00 and had to take a Benedril to get back to sleep.

I let Missy out for about 30 minutes this morning and she really enjoyed it. She went around to the east side and ate some grass we had not trimmed next to the patio there.  Then Bob came and we went to breakfast.

More later... I need to go to work for an hour.

I worked my hour and  came home to get around and ready for the Birthday Bash at 2:00. I still need to get my apples for the apple crisp Sunday evening. I will do that after the breakfast on Sunday morning.

After 2:00....

The 80th Birthday Bash was a success. We had 43 reservations but only 36 showed up. Since they had not notified us they were not coming, the class had to pay for their meals. That put us $98. in the hole.  Luckily the class treasurer was there and had the checkbook so we could pay the bill. All in all the group who attended had a good time.
This one of my classmates and the second photo is some of them visiting.

You can see we're all pushing 80. :)


The big surprise happened about 3:00 when one of the waitresses came in and told us we had to move our group of 36 upstairs. She said they had a reservation for 100 coming in at 4:00 for a buffet dinner.  I told her there was no way I was going to move thirty six 80 year olds up a flight of stairs.  Two of them walk with a cane.  Plus, we also had a buffet dinner and it was there in the room we had reserved. And besides that, we had reserved the room seven months ago and had stayed in touch. Just this past week, their owner had e-mailed me the menu and the cost per person and confirmed our reservation. Luckily I had printed off the e-mail and showed it to her.  She took the e-mail and called her boss who confirmed that we had the room and we were the group with the buffet. I was thankful I had printed off that e-mail and took it with me.  That gave me a jolt.  But I was adamant!

Personally, I was not all that happy with the room. It needed to be redecorated badly but it was the only place in town with a room large enough to accommodate our group. Also we were served with plastic dinnerware. But the food was good.  This is my last reunion..for good! I do not sleep when I have too many things going in a small amount of time.

I brought some of the leftover buffet home for Monday's dinner.  Tomorrow is the breakfast and I hope Sirloin Stockade has our room reserved for the breakfast Sunday morning.

I got into the recliner with Missy at  9:00 and promptly fell asleep there.  I got up and went to bed at 10:30.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday At Last

I didn't sleep all that well last night. I woke up at 2:00 and couldn't get back to sleep. At 3:00 I got up and took a Benedril.  Then I slept until 6:00.

I will go to exercise class this morning and first try to figure out what I want to have for lunch. I'm out of fresh ideas. I may run up to Country Mart and see if they have anything in the meat department to inspire me.  I need two or three things so that would not be an unnecessary trip.

Be back soon. 

While we were at exercises, Karan offered us some homemade veggie soup. I gratefully accepted. I love her veggie soup. We had it at 11:30. It was delicious! 

Then I went on to work. I put away a lot of DVDs because Paula wasn't there. She graduates today and probably will not be back now.  Her job was a part of a school program. Katie came in later and I scanned another aisle of books. Slowly but surely I am getting closer to half of the non fiction.  I go in for an hour Saturday morning to make up for taking off an hour  early on Wednesday to see Denise at the hospital. They released her yesterday until time for her D & C. Bob took her home in the late morning.  He will go see her some time tomorrow morning.