Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tuesday and Cakes

It was very cool last night so I slept very well. In fact, I didn't get up until 6:00 which is quite late for me. I made the bed and got dressed and came in to the kitchen to feed Missy and myself. Then I realized I had not iced my cake before I went to bed so before I even ate breakfast, I got that cake iced. Then I took all the cakes out to the trunk of my car where I have a box to put some of them in.

I will pick Bob up at 8:20 to make our trip to Independence this morning. I may just take the detour even though it's a country road and a mess.  He will help me unload the cakes at the Christian Church then I will go on to the beauty shop to get my hair done. After that, we will go to lunch. We may eat at Big Cheese again since Great China is closed for a month. They return to China to visit relatives there.

I will finish vacuuming the living room and my bedroom this afternoon. Missy was lying in the living room floor close to the north wall while I was vacuuming yesterday and she hates the vacuum so I just stopped halfway through. It could wait until today. I'll finish when she is in on the daybed.

Tomorrow we will have our roast beef, potatoes, carrots and green beans. Bob will probably have some more coleslaw.  I now have cupcakes for dessert. I hope to bake cookies again this afternoon.  We ran out yesterday. Those went fast! They were the peanut butter crisscross cookies I made last week, The first batch I forgot and they did not burn but they got crispy. Turns out Bob likes them that way. So he wants me to leave them in the oven a little longer and let them get crispy again. I may not have any more peanut butter crisscross mix. I have sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookie mix though.

More later...


Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday and Some Cleaning Before Exercise Class

Today after I get Missy fed and watered, I will watch the weather and then begin cleaning the bathroom and kitchen. After exercise class, and after Jeannie has a chance to wake up and get up, I will vacuum the living room and dining room. I have decided to clean just one or two rooms each day. That way, perhaps my thumb joint will not swell up and get sore. My new vacuum sweeper is not self propelled and vacuuming the entire apartment seems to make my right thumb  swell and get very sore. That worked last week so I will try it again this week. Whatever helps.

I slept well last night after all the excitement of the fire at Bob's building. I'm surprised. I figured I would not be able to get to sleep but I was wrong. It had been a big day. I was tired and I slept well.

Missy is waiting for her breakfast so I will get back to this later.

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Missy and I both have had our breakfast and I have had my cup of coffee and will fix my chai next. She wants to go out but it's still dark and we don't go out in the dark. It's also chilly out there. She will just have to wait until later in the day.

By the way, I heard from my son last weekend and he was given a clean bill of health about his skin...no cancer..thank God! Both my sons were great swimmers and divers and outdoors men so I would not have been surprised if he had had some sort of skin cancer. They are not fair skinned like their dad though so that may make the difference.

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We had our exercises and afterward I fixed the hamburger pie. It was good. I sent a piece home with Bob and another one over to Marilyn R.  We will have our regular pizza tomorrow in Independence. I got my cake baked and some cupcakes too.  After they cool I will ice them.

Bob went home to take a nap and I watered my plants and took Missy out for awhile. It is a little chilly out there but she ate some grass and I know that's good for her. She is here on the daybed behind me now...evidently enjoying the company.

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Bob came back over for the news. There was really nothing on TV so he went home.  Then I took my bath and put my PJs on to try to find something interesting to watch until 9:00. I was scanning channels and found a documentary on a movie channel about the experiences of the German filmmakers who had to come to the USA to escape the Nazis just before World War II.  It was very interesting so I texted Bob about it.  I had never heard their story. After that was finished, Missy and I went on to bed.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday..and Church

I will bake my coffee cake for the church school class this morning. Bob always fixes coffee and one of us takes a treat of some kind...he takes banana nut bread and I take this coffee cake. We take turns.

I slept well last night but got up shortly after 4:00. It's slightly after 5:00 now. I want to get a start on this blog before I go in and feed Missy and fix my own breakfast. Marilyn R. brought me two cinnamon rolls that she baked last evening. She is so good about sharing her fudge and now these cinnamon rolls. I will have one with my oatmeal.

I will get back to this after breakfast. Missy is waiting patiently at my feet for her breakfast...so more later....

I have now fed Missy and myself and have the coffee cake finished and iced. It's 7:20 now. I have written my rent check for tomorrow and my tithe check for today. As Bob said on his text a little while ago, I am ahead of the game now.  I got up early enough not to have to rush.

Missy wants to go outside now but it's too chilly out there now. This afternoon, if and when it warms up, I will take her out for awhile. I hope to drive over to Cherryvale to eat at "Just Us" after church.  If Phyllis is at church, I will invite her too. I think Karan is still in Kansas City visiting her daughter. She will be back this afternoon.

We take cakes this week to Independence on Tuesday. Wednesday afternoon we will have Bunco at the senior center. I will have Ministerial Alliance on Thursday at noon. Bob will be on his own for lunch that day.

Tomorrow we will have something with ground beef. I'm not sure just what yet. We had goulash last week. Maybe we will have hamburger pie this week with green beans in it and a salad. I have pudding to be made up for dessert and I still have peanut butter cookies to go with it. Tuesday we will eat out in Independence after I get my hair done. Wednesday we will have a roast and Bob can have the left overs for his Thursday lunch while I am at the alliance meeting. And Friday maybe we will have a ham and potato casserole.

After lunch today, I will come back home and do the newsletters before the Living the Questions group at Karan's this evening at 7:00.  

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I got everything done and even read this afternoon. Then this evening Bob came over to watch the news.  He left when I went to get Gary for Living the Questions. Joyce called when we pulled up to Karan's and  cancelled. Her allergies were bothering her. Mona and Richard didn't show either. There were only four of us but we had a good meeting and visit and Gary really seemed to enjoy it.   I took Gary to the Dollar General store before I took him home.  He needed a few things and he doesn't have a car.

When I got back home, I watched a little of Dateline before Missy and I went to bed. I had just got to bed when Bob called. One of the apartments upstairs at Sycamore Landing was on fire.  They were all out in the parking lot and the fire department was there. There was a chance he would have to come over and sleep in my den. As it turned out, they were able to put the fire out with extinguishers.  A man had put some chicken on in the skillet on low and then forgotten it and walked over to the VFW.

Bob later called and said there was some smoke but it wasn't bad and he was just going to go on to bed.  That was some excitement for those poor old people! Many are in wheel chairs.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday and the Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast.

This morning about 7:00 or 7:30, I will go to the Lion's Club pancake breakfast. I have stripped my bed and am doing what laundry I had accumulated. By the time I get home again, the sheets etc. will be dry. Then I will remake the bed and put away everything else.

I'm waiting to see what the weather is going to do today. We missed the storm yesterday evening. It went a little north of us. I'm not sure what I'm going to do today besides this laundry.

Missy is waiting patiently for daylight. She wants to go outside. This cat just loves to be outside. I have taken her out quite a bit lately. I have left her out by herself some...but not a lot. I'm afraid she'll find some trouble out there with three cats that roam the neighborhood.

I haven't decided what to have for lunch yet. I want something light because breakfast will be heavy. I'll have to look at my recipe book. I'd like some kind of soup. That would be good and also light. I did have soup and salad at Olive Garden Thursday. I'll have to give it some thought.

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I went to the pancake breakfast about an hour ago and the stopped to wash my car. I do that once a week because it sets under a carport and there is no way to keep it clean.  I then come home and wipe the windows down.

I also stopped at the bank ATM and got some money for the next week. I still haven't decided what to have for lunch...whatever it is, it will be late afternoon before I want it. Pancakes are so filling.

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After Bob finished at the pancake feed, we went out to the church and checked for damage.  There was none. Then we went on to Goody's in Independence and I bought a sale top and a summer purse.  After that, we went to Big Cheese and had a mini pizza and a root beer.

Then we came back to Coffeyville and he took me home.  He will probably take a nap.

Bob came over after  his nap and we watched the news. He went home about 7:00 and I got my bath over with and watched TV with Missy until slightly after 9:00, when she and I went to bed.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday and Exercises Again

Bob has a doctor's appointment this morning early so he will not be at exercise class. I think I will go on. It may be cinnamon roll day at Utopia too. Yum!

We will have tuna cakes and friend potatoes for lunch today. Bob will bring salad and we will also have a veggie. I have one pudding left but I believe I also have fruit in the cabinet.

Marilyn R. dropped over last evening and brought me some of her wonderful fudge. I had one piece. She is so thoughtful!  She wouldn't come in. I had just walked in from the Joplin trip.

My eldest son, Keith, called me last night to ask my what kind of cancer his dad died of. He is going to be checked over by a dermatologist today and the doctor wanted to know.  I sent him the paperwork that Melissa had sent the Army to keep Scott from being deployed again to Iraq. It had the original doctor's diagnosis attached. The Red Cross had Scott sent home to help me with my Bob. I am kind of concerned that Keith has some suspicious stuff for the doctor to check. Bob died of squamous cell carcinoma that had spread to his lung. I asked Keith to keep me in the loop when he learns what the verdict is.

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I took Missy out after I ate my breakfast but it was chilly out there so I brought her right back in. It's only 7:00.  She was not a happy kitty! She hissed and spit at me. Funny cat!

We are supposed to have rain again today and tonight.  Some may be severe.

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We had a nice lunch and afterward Bob fired up his computer. It was very slow and needed to have the utility run to make it faster. I ran Glary Utilities while he looked at his bank account on my laptop.When I finished, it was much faster.  He went home after awhile to see what sort of mail he got and I took Missy out for a while. I was going to read my Kindle but it needed to be charged. So I have it in the kitchen being charged. Bob went home to take his nap. I may run up to Independence to look over Goody's. I really shouldn't spend any more money until my money comes in though.

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This is the latest photo from Scott.

Should be pretty....concrete with inserts of chocolate colored brick.

More later...Right now we are under a severe thunderstorm warning for another thirty minutes. I think it went north of us. Northern Montgomery County would be Independence, 20 miles north of us.

Bob will not be here this evening. He will go to the Baptist Church to set up tables and chairs for the Lion's Club pancake breakfast tomorrow morning.

Well, he fell asleep and forgot that he was to help put up the tables and chairs.  So he came over to read the newspaper and stayed for Brooks and Shields on PBS.

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I tried to watch the program about the National Parks and almost finished it. Finally though about 9:20, I just had to go to bed.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday and a Trip to Joplin

I slept well again last night. I did get up before 5:00 but I want to vacuum my bedroom today so that's alright. I will need to wait awhile to do that. I'm ready for my day.

We plan to go to Joplin today and eat at Olive Garden. Afterward we will go to Christopher and Banks and check out their sale. I don't need a thing myself so may not buy anything unless they have some cute earrings. We are taking Karan with us. She wants to do some shopping at Christopher and Banks. She has gained back some of the weight she had lost while taking care of Bobby before he died. She may need clothes.  We are not leaving until 10:00. Bob has gone this morning to his Lion's Club meeting.  He just texted me that he had not forgotten.

Missy is wanting to go outside. She has really loved being out now that spring has come.

We had some 70 mile per hour winds night before last and there is quite a bit of damage around town. This will be a day of cleaning up for many people. Many lost roofs and trees fell and hit roofs and cars. We escaped the worst of it here in this part of town.

More later... I'd better try to take Missy out before she throws a fit!

Well we went out a couple of times but it's chilly out there and she didn't want to stay out.  So we came back in. Bob dropped by after his Lion's Club meeting and visited awhile. He will be back shortly before 10:00 to pick me up for our trip. So, more later...after we return.

The latest photos of my son and daughter-in-law's new home.

Lookin' good! Here's another!

Again...coming right along!

We picked up Karan and left for Joplin at 10:00. We ate at Olive Garden at 11:00. Afterward we went to the mall and shopped at Christopher and Banks.  Karan bought three things and I bought a top that would go with my green jeans.

Then we headed for home and got here about 4:30. Bob was very tired and did not come in.  He will not come back this evening. He has a doctor's appointment in the morning and will not be at exercise class.

More later...Here are some more photos:

Ceilings. Nice, huh?

This will be the drive when they get it finished.

I sat in the recliner with Missy until nearly 9:00 and then we just turned the TV off and went to bed. It has been a big day.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday and Game Day at the Senior Center

I slept well last night even though the storm did move in later. I think it was about 2:00 when I heard a lot of wind and rain. When it gets light I will go out and see how my newly planted plants fared. Missy wants to go out right now but I told her "no, not until it gets light".

I've had my oatmeal and juice and am having my coffee right now while I work on this blog. I fed Missy first.  She always has very little food in her dish by morning. She gets her treats first and then some fresh food in her dish.

I will go to exercise class this morning and then come home and fix goulash. Bob is supposed to get some garlic toast and bring a salad. We have invited Karan for lunch.  I really need to run to the market some time today. I need six or seven things.  Among them, I need half and half for my coffee.

After lunch, Karan and I will go to game day at the senior center. Bob does not go. I think he takes a nap instead. I will need to fix a dessert for that. It will probably be brownies.

Yesterday I put the last of my bird feed in the feeder and the birds really enjoyed that.   Then I fixed my hummingbird feeder and hung it out too. It will be interesting to see if both survived the storm.

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I went to the Dollar Store and Country Mart to buy some groceries early this morning before exercise class. When Bob came by later to pick me up for exercise class we saw lots of damage from the straight line winds that hit here after midnight. Our end of town had no damage but the blocks from the 600s into town had lots of trees down.

When we got home and he dropped me off I started my brownies and later the goulash. Bob brought a salad and the garlic toast. It was all good and I sent some home with Bob and Karan and also Marilyn R.  Marilyn R. gave me some of her fudge after the game day at the senior center. I gave her some of my leftover brownies.

When I got home about 4:00, I took Missy out on the patio to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Soon I will take her in and we will watch the news, Bob will be over after 5:30 to watch the CBS news with us. After he leaves I will take my bath and sit with Missy in the recliner and watch Nature and Nova on PBS. 

This is the back of my son and daughter-in-law's new home. He posted it today on his facebook page.

Even the back is pretty, isn't it?