Monday, December 17, 2018

Monday and a Griefstricken Day

I am up at 4:00AM again but have had my sleep out and feel fine. I really don't have anything going today. Tomorrow I will have my hair done at 8:30AM. I took my gifts out to John and Leslie's yesterday afternoon...all but Leslie's. I am still looking for the rest of her gift to come in the mail. It may come on December 19th. I hope so. Otherwise I may just have to try to wrap it to take it to her.

Maybe I will do some cleaning today...who knows.

I will get dressed now and get ready for my day. I will feed Missy and myself and watch the news. When Missy sees me up and getting around, she may get up.

I do need to get stamps today to get the newsletters in the mail.

More later...

I fed myself and Missy and have been watching the Tulsa news.  The CBS news doesn't come on until 9:00AM. That's what I'm really interested in watching. Since I haven't nothing else going today, I will go to post office today and buy my stamps and get my cards and letter in the mail. Maybe I will get the ingredients for the Christmas dinner. I am waiting until the post office opens because I want to get some more Christmas stamps to get the letters in the mail.

Bob Avery texted me this morning that they were having a brunch at the senior center for those born in December and asked me to come join them since my birthday was December 2nd. So I went up there. When I got home I found that Missy had been very sick and thrown up a couple of times. I cleaned that up and then loaded her up in the carrier to take her to Dr. Barta. She gagged all the way up there. He thought she might have a growth or obstruction of some sort in her throat.  She was 15 years old and would be 16 in March and had lost many of her teeth so we decided maybe it was time.

So I had her put down. I cried all the way home just as I did when I had Slinky, Scott's Shar Pei, put down. This time I simply could not go in while he put her down. She had been a lot of company and like a member of my family. We lay down together every evening and watched TV. She slept on my bed with me and cuddled up next to my back. I will miss her terribly. I cried for an hour or so.

She was grandfathered in this apartment but I am not to have another cat or pet now that she is gone and at my age that probably is smart.

I am going to watch the 5:00PM CBS News and it is going to seem very strange not to have my Missy Kitty lay down next to me to watch TV.

Maybe I will eventually get used to it.....

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunday and Coffeecake and a Cookie Exchange Party

I woke up at nearly 4:00AM this morning. Once again, I had slept through the night.

I checked my e-mail right after I got out of bed. I had not had any additional news from my classmates but one couple offered to print off and mail the 62 that have to go out in snail mail. That was wonderful of them! If I had not already had Leslie offer to get that done at Four County, I would probably let them do that. But I also had all the envelopes already printed. I thanked them warmly but explained the situation to them. If I ever get to the place where I can no longer do the letter, I will turn it over to Dennis and Trini.

Over 21 years ago Shirley Gottschalk Bartlett turned it over to me.  I had it a few years before that but designed the letterhead and format a little later. John Wade came up with the name "The Coffee Grinder". At that time I began numbering them on the letterhead. This year's letter is number 21 but I had it several years before that and just sent it off as an ordinary Christmas letter at that time. And for several years the printing was done at a print shop but that got way too expensive.

Today I will bake my coffeecake and take that to church for the Church School class. After church we will probably eat out somewhere and then I will come back home and pick up my cookies at about 2:30PM and head out to John and Leslie's. I plan to take my Christmas gifts out to them at that time and put them under their huge tree. But I am also thinking of having a small get together Christmas Eve here at the apartment like I did last year. I could serve eggnog and cider and make a cranberry bread to serve. I will approach Leslie about that at church today. Also sometime Christmas Eve day, I will need to pick up my pie at Tyro.

Christmas morning I will put together Bob's fruit salad and a casserole dish. Cyndi says she is doing a green bean dish so it may be corn casserole instead of green bean casserole. I will take those as well as the pie out to John and Leslie's for Christmas dinner there. It is nine days until Christmas now. I sent out a bunch of Christmas cards with my own Christmas letter inside most of them yesterday. I actually got a lot done yesterday and even found time to take Missy out a couple of times.

I even thought about trying to get all those leaves bagged up for the trash people but then I thought about my arm and decided against it. Besides, I had an awful lot to do yesterday without raking and bagging up leaves. Sometimes I forget about my 83 years. 😀

Bob A. is taking his girlfriend and her daughter out to eat Christmas  at "Just Us". Kay will be having another Christmas dinner just like she did on Thanksgiving. 

More later...It's nearly 5:00AM and I need to get dressed and eat breakfast...and, oh yes, feed that cat.

Got all that done and even have the coffeecake baked. As soon as it's cooled, I will ice it.

Bob A. is going to drive himself to church. He is leaving church early to help Joanne bake cookies for the cookie exchange at John and Leslie's this afternoon at 3:00PM.  I will attempt to get Phyllis to let me drive since I have the coffeecake. She may insist she drives. I will see.

No, Phyllis let me drive but insisted she would drive next week. 

I will need to make a list of ingredients for the Christmas dinner part I am doing. I will need chopped apples, halved grapes, chopped pecans, chopped celery, and raisins.  I toss all that with mayonnaise. That's how my Bob always did it. If I make corn casserole too I will need eggs, butter, a pkg of dry cornbread mix, a can of whole kennel corn and a can of creamed corn, sugar and sour cream.

I will check with Leslie about the corn casserole.

If I do Christmas Eve, I will need the cranberry cake mix, and cider and  Braums eggnog.

More later..I need to ice the coffee cake.

After church Karan and Phyllis and I went over to "Just Us" to eat lunch. Afterward I took the girls home and said I would be back at 2:40PM to pick them up to take them to John and Leslie's cookie exchange party. On the way home, Scott called. He was at a movie that upset him and he just needed to talk to me. I think he just realized from the movie how tenuous life really is. I will not go see that movie. I am well aware of how tenuous life really is. That becomes apparent the older we get. I am so blessed to have my good health.

Probably a dozen people showed up at the cookie exchange and we all had a good visit. About 5:00PM or so, I suggested we leave and Phyllis and Karan and I gathered up our boxes of cookies in the exchange and said our goodbyes. I was very tired and I think Phyllis was too.

I got home in time to feed Missy her soft food and treats and I took my bath and got my PJ's on about 6:30PM and Missy and I watched 60 Minutes on TV before I turned to Amazon Prime and watched some more episodes of Dr. Henry's Lees career of being the foremost blood splatter expert and also a genius at using the evidence for a reenactment of the crime to discover how that evidence leads up to arrests. Those episodes are very interesting.

About 9:30PM, Missy and I went to bed. It was another of those huge days.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Saturday and a Good Night's Sleep

After getting to bed so much later last night, I slept well.

I got up at almost 6:00AM this morning, dressed and fed myself and Missy and then watched the CBS Morning News. Then I came in and checked my computer for more classmate news. Nothing showed up so I sent out another message that I had almost a full page to fill before I would get the newsletter printed off for those without e-mail and sent out to those with e-mail as an attachment.

So far..nothing.

But not everyone checks their e-mail the first thing in the morning like I do. So maybe something will show up during the day.

I have to bake cookies today for Leslie's cookie exchange party tomorrow afternoon. I will also have to bake the coffeecake in the morning for the Church School class.

I want to get a few Christmas cards out now. Few people are sending them anymore since postage has become so expensive. But  I have some people I seldom hear from and I want to send them out one with a letter included.

So more later...

So far I have sent out a dozen and a half Christmas cards, many with Christmas letters included. I have also baked cookies for Leslie's cookie exchange tomorrow afternoon and I also made a batch of peanut clusters. I took a Christmas decorated can of those to Marilyn, my neighbor. So I have been busy...too busy to eat lunch. It's 2:10PM and I have not had lunch yet.

I did take Missy out for a little while. It is fairly is 52 degrees and just a tiny bit windy. I got her to come back in willingly by asking her if she would like some more treats. I didn't have a bit of argument out of her after that. She scooted right back in.

I guess I will eat the rest of the chicken and noodles I bought yesterday noon out at the Dearing Drive In.

So more later...

My son posted this photo of their land...ready to build.

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I spent the afternoon making cookies and ended up also making peanut clusters and packing them into those cute little Christmas decorated cans. I finished my book as well. Thank goodness! I could never get into that book.

Late afternoon, I laid down with Missy on the sofa and watched TV until it began tearing. It has to be weather conditions or the wind blowing through the leaves of that tree that is in the way of the signal. I have had a perfect picture for days and the antenna is just where it has to be to reach the Tulsa signal.

Anyhow, about 6:00PM, I took my bath and put my PJs on and changed to Amazon Prime and watched some TV on that by streaming the signal. I kept falling asleep on the sofa. Finally at 9:00PM, I just went on o bed and Missy soon followed me. I was very tired. It had been a big day.  

Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday and Another Rainy Day

I slept pretty well last night. I was awakened at 11:38PM with a text message from Judy reminding me about the party at their house this evening at 5:00PM. It is a game day and we are to bring finger foods. It was sent shortly after 10:08PM but did not come through until 11:38PM  for some reason. I did manage to get back to sleep, thank goodness! I texted her to not text me after 9:00PM. That's when I go to bed and to sleep.

I also heard from an old classmate, Dean K. He has a farm nearby Coffeyville and wants to come  down from Topeka and check it out and also take me to lunch and dinner. He wants to crash here at my apartment overnight. I told him to come ahead!  I told him Betty H. came a couple of weeks ago and we had a great visit. Missy and I moved in on the trundle of the daybed and I gave her my bed with the new box springs and mattress for her overnight... and I would do the same for him. I sleep well on the trundle and Missy loves it because she can just take one step and be up on it without having to use the ottoman to jump on the get up on the bed. Maybe he will come before the weather gets bad this winter.

I got up this morning about 4:00AM, went to the bathroom and took my med. I had a sore throat which I attributed to sleeping with my mouth open. I took a zinc lozenge, just in case. I sure don't want a cold just now....or ever.

I had a great piece of news yesterday. My daughter, Leslie, called to tell me that her place of business would print off my 8 page newsletters at a minimal price and I could save my old printer from all that work. I need 62 copies.  I already printed off the envelopes and I will send the others off as attachments to e-mail. The 62 are just the classmates who do not have e-mail. I will still need to fold them and stuff them and stamp them but that is nothing compared to printing all those letters off.

It's 4:45 now and I guess I will get myself dressed and fed and ready for the day.... more later...

Both of us have been fed and are ready for the day. Missy is even in on the bed again. I have been reading my book with one eye and watching the Tulsa news with the other. :) I am not interested in the Tulsa news...all killings and fires. But I do want to watch The CBS news at 8:00AM.

I don't have a plan for today except for Judy's party this afternoon at 5:00PM. I don't know for sure what kind of "finger food" I will take.

I went to the grocery store and saw one of my classmates who had just lost her husband in July.  We visited about how important your friends are when you are trying to get through the grief. We saw six or seven different people there that we both knew.

I have celery.... so I will stuff some with pimento cheese and some with peanut butter in a dozen of so 1 1/2 inch pieces  of celery.

Keith called and we talked for over an hour. He was trying to figure out how to move my blog to his blog site. I hear that Blogger is intending to shut that site down that I have use since 2007.  He wants try try to salvage the information although I imagine I will lose the photos. He is such a joy! He has a heart of gold!

I got my finger food finished and got over to Howard and Judy's at 4:45. I was the first one there but the others soon came in.

We ate our finger food and then played dominoes all evening and had a good time. Later Judy served pie. I drank some "sleepy time" tea.

Howard and Judy will be gone for four weeks so there may not be a meeting at Mona's and Richard's on the 6th of January. It depends if Joyce is still in town. If Joyce isn't there and is deployed and  Howard and Judy are still in California,  Richard and Mona may choose to cancel theirs. If Joyce is still in town on the 20th, we will meet at her house or at Mona and Richard's since it will be their turn if they cancel on the 6th.

Right now it is 9:45 and I must get to bed. I am way past my bedtime. I do hope I can sleep after all the excitement of the evening.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thursday and Breakfast Out

Bob A. and I had breakfast at Eggberts this morning. We try to get together about once a week at 7:00AM to trade news. He told me about Joanne's various health problems.  Her daughters came to town yesterday to take her to the doctor and hear hat he had to say about her health. He didn't go over during the day so they could visit with their mother. He went over in the evening to watch the CBS news and also visit with the daughters.

I am so glad Cyndi vacuumed for me yesterday. I swept leaves off the carport and there were a ton of them. I had intended to get some large trash bags and clean up as many as I could but it rained this morning.  So I won't be doing that.

I slept fairly well last night. But I got up about 4:00AM  I fed Missy and got myself ready for the day.

Then I went by to pick up Bob. After we finished breakfast, I took him over to my apartment to pick up the blood pressure cuff he had given me years ago. His quit working and he is supposed to be keeping track of his blood pressure. I seldom use it so I gave it back to him. Then I took him back to his home.

It has been raining and I would like to clean up those leaves but it isn't going to happen now. The TV is working fairly well this morning. It took me awhile to get it adjusted so I could watch it. It tears occasionally but not enough to bother me.....and it's free.

More later...

I have been reading the Book Club book. It is called "The Red Garden". I consider it kind of strange and really not interesting to me at all. It's about the history of a family dating back to the 1700's and I just do not find it interesting. I have tried to get "into" it but it just doesn't work for me.  But I am plugging along with it, taking notes along the way. It is cold and damp outside. It was raining earlier. I did go out and sweep the leaves into a box I have on the carport. It's a mess out there.

More later...

It has rained all day and is really a mess out there. I made up my chicken stew and ate some of it, took some to Marilyn and the rest to Wayne and Merrill. They gave me ham and beans at Wayne's so I will have some more beans for supper tomorrow. I am out of yogurt for supper but it's too messy to go out again to get more.

I did the crossword puzzle in the Reporter and took the paper over to Marilyn's mailbox. I also lay on the sofa and watched some more Amazon Prime with Missy. I fell asleep for a little while which is alright since I haven't hadn't had a good night's sleep last night.

More later...the CBS news is on now...

My son posted this showing where they are starting to prepare their land. Phooey! It was a video and I couldn't copy the photo..maybe later...

I watched the news and then took my bath and fed Missy her treats and supper and then got my PJs on and got ready for bed. I read some more and then once again watched some more Amazon Prime TV until 9:00PM when Missy and I went on to bed. It had rained most of the day and I only went out once or twice. Once to pick up Bob for breakfast and another time to go up to Country Mart to buy a can of biscuits. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wednesday and Another Sleepless Night

I woke up at 2:00AM and went to the bathroom and took my med but then I couldn't get back to sleep. My printer is acting up and every once in awhile when I am printing envelopes, it won't print one. I have to turn the printer off and back on again and then it will print that envelope.

I have this eight page class newsletter to print off with 62 copies for the classmates who do not have internet. The others, I hope to be able to send out by e-mail. There are 624 pages to print off...actually. 312 to stuff into envelopes since I print on both sides. (4 pages in each envelope). It's a big job but it's only once a year.  I have just page 8 left to fill (the back of page 7) and then I can start printing them off.

I got up at 2:30AM this morning and printed off the 63 envelopes for those without e-mail. I will need a nap, that's for sure. I went to bed and to sleep at 9:00PM so that's approximately 5 hours sleep. Luckily, I don't have too much to do today. Cyndi will vacuum for me and I will just do the bare floors...that's the kitchen and bathroom. Then I will dust again. Even with forced air electric heating and cooling, I get a lot of dust. I change the filter regularly or it would be even worse.

More later...

It's been a tough day with Missy. This afternoon was pretty nice and she has really wanted to be outside so I let her out while Merrill and I were trying to get the antenna adjusted. While I was visiting with Merrill, she sneaked off and ran away. When he went home, I started looking for her. I spent three quarters of an hour looking for her. Cyndi came while that was going on and looked for a while too but Merrill came back over and joined the hunt so Cyndi went on in the apartment and vacuumed the carpet. I was just coming back from going around calling her when Merrill and Cyndi came around the building. Merrill had found her and convinced her to come back home. He put her in the apartment. I was really afraid she would get out on Lewark or even the highway and get run over. But she was fine. She napped in the late afternoon and ate some supper. I watched some Amazon Prime and she was sleeping on my bed.

I worked some more on my class newsletter.

Soon Missy came in to watch with me but I was ready to go to bed by that time. Then I heard her throw up in my hall. I got my Resolve and a clean damp towel and cleaned that up.  Darn cat! I know she can't help it but I just hope she doesn't throw up on my bed again tonight. I don't want to have to wash and dry that coverlet again. 

At 9:00PM, I took my chances and went on to bed.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesday and a Hair Appointment

I slept fairly well last night. My right arm ached and I woke up several times with that but got back to sleep o.k. and finally got up and dressed and got myself ready for the day at 4:50AM. I gave Missy her treats to get her off the bed so I could make it but she is patiently waiting for her breakfast of the soft stuff she has grown to love. She has been eating some of her ground up Iams and that is better for her. She has a time chewing. She must not have many teeth left. I don't look because she does not like to have anyone messing around with her mouth. :) She may still bite. :)

More later...I am hungry too. ...

Well, I had my breakfast and fed Missy. Then Bob came and I traded him out some bold coffee for some that was milder. He likes the milder coffees and I just make the bold ones 10 ounces and that seems to take care of the boldness.

Then I went out to Walmart and bought some essentials. I also bought some AA batteries for the church. The clock in the sanctuary needs one for sure.  Kelly will have to change it out though. He is tall enough to reach it with the step stool.

I need to go over to the Dollar General store and see if they have some small boxes for the little girls gifts.  Then I need to think about my lunch. I think I will have some tomato basel soup and crackers and cheddar cheese. That sounds good on such a cold day. It's only 10:30AM now though and I need to wait until closer to noon.

I bought some more light bulbs but although I can change the light bulbs out myself, I can't get the cover back on the fixture afterward. The last time Emmet, the maintenance man, was here, he did that for me too.

I finished up my Christmas shopping today and also got everything wrapped and under the tree. Unfortunately, Missy must have felt left out. She very methodically removed the ribbons and hid them under the TV table. I had to hunt them down and stick them on the gifts again. Darn cat! :)

Now, it's time to fix my soup! So more later...

I had my soup, cheese and crackers. It was very good. I will have it again tomorrow.  Then Thursday, I will make a casserole out of the chicken I have defrosted and share it with Merrill and Wayne.

Emmet came and changed out my dining room light bulb and put a fresh battery in my smoke detector. He is a very nice young man. He told me he was 33. I am trying avoid climbing on even the step stool. All I need is a fall.

More even later...

I read most of the afternoon until the news came on at 5:00PM and then I watched that as best I could. Sometimes the TV just tears. A lot of it has to do with the fact that there is a tree in the back yard just where my antenna has to point toward Tulsa. Much of the time it is a very good picture but if there is wind and the tree leaves are moving about, I get tearing on my picture.

I had my bath about 7:00PM and later Missy and I watched Amazon Prime until bedtime. We went to bed at 9:00PM.