Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday and a Going Away Party

As you may have guessed, we had a huge day yesterday and I simply could not make myself post last night. We were over an hour late getting in because we made a side trip to Parsons...40 miles away  to pick up just one person. Personally I think that is wrong! All 49 of us were inconvenienced and late  because the tour guide wanted to pick up one more person.

We did have a  great time at the dinner theater though. Karan posted some photos. I posted and copied them and posted them here too. She put the originals on face book. Karan took the photo so she is not in the first picture.

Here's the one with Karan in it.

I don't know why it's red. But that's Karan in the center. Bob is barely in the photo.

Today Marilyn and I are having a going away party for Jeannie. She is moving to Tyro to be near one of her sons and we will miss her. She has been a good neighbor.  I am making my coffeecake and Marilyn is bringing all the paper plates, cups, napkins, etc. I have coffee tea and water to drink. The party is at 2:30 this afternoon. We have invited Wayne, our former landlord, and his son, Merrill, Bob, both the Russells and Marilyn and, of course, Jeannie and myself.  There will be eight. I put both leave sin my table and have a clean tablecloth on it for the occasion. We have bought cards that say how much we will miss her.  I don't know who Betty will get in Jeannie's apartment but I hope she is picky. She has made some pretty poor renter choices since she bought this fourplex and the house across the street. .

Bob and I will have chicken and fried potatoes and carrots and applesauce for lunch. I also have two cupcakes for dessert. I went out to Walmart this morning and bought almost $40.00 worth of groceries.

More later...it's time to start lunch.

O.K. I got lunch finished and it was good. I cleaned up after it too. I also iced the coffee cake.  Now I am resting. In an hour and a half, Jeannie, the Russells. Marilyn and Bob should be here. I understand from Marilyn that Wayne is not feeling well and will not be coming and she doesn't think Merrill will be coming either. So there may be just six of us after all.

Tomorrow from 10:30 till 12:30, I will work at the Red Cross bloodmobile with Karan. So Bob and I and maybe Karan will eat lunch out at El Pueblos afterward. It's been awhile since we've been there. 

So more later...

We had a good time! Wayne was able to come after all. Merrill, his son, was the only one who didn't. He was visiting his grandchildren.

Later Bob came back to watch the news but was having trouble staying awake so he went home at 6:15 or so. I took my bath and put my p.js on and will try to watch TV with Missy until I can't stay awake any longer. 

I guess I will go to exercise class tomorrow. I don't have to be at the Red Cross until 10:30. After I get finished at 12:30, Bob and I will go eat at El Pueblo .

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday and Cake Day

Today I will take the cakes to Independence to the First Christian Church.  Then I will browse around in Goody's until time to come home and go to lunch with the LTQ women.  Bob will be on his own for lunch today.

Scott, my youngest son, called this morning and chatted with me. It had been awhile since he had called. My kids are really good at staying in touch.

More later....Karan is here with her cake.

Tomorrow we will pick up Karan about 6:50 and go to Independence where we will board a bus for  Overland Park to a dinner theater. We used to do this a few years ago but the Condon Bank sponsored these trips and they sold to another bank and they discontinued the trips. Now a woman has decided to resume doing them. The 50 passenger bus is sold out.

More later....

Sunday, as I have said, we will, as a congregation, take a trip to Independence, Missouri to our World Headquarters for a special worship service out congregation is in charge of. My daughter is presiding and some of us have a part in the service. 

This is a photo of our church's Auditorium where all our World Conferences are held and in the background...the building with a spiral,  is our Temple for Peace. This is a poor photo. I have a much better one on my laptop computer. I took this one off our church's website.  The trees obscure the buildings.

This is the Auditorium I  mentioned. It covers a city block.

Here is a photo of the Temple although not a very good one. I have seen better ones. This is the back view. I will take some better ones on Sunday.

I did meet the girls for lunch. Mona was 35 minutes late and Joyce never showed up. The Dish people were there to change her TV and internet from the  Cox company to Dish.

I would rather have gone with Leslie to Bartlesville.

More later...

This is the group of us that went to lunch at Eggberts.
That's a pitiful photo of me. That's Mona on the left with the hat, me next to her, Karan in the light jacket, Marilyn on her left and Judy on the right.  

I got some rest in the afternoon. Bob came to read the paper. After he left, I took my bath and Missy and I watched some TV until 9:00 or so. Then we went to bed. Tomorrow, Karan, Bob and I will go to Independence to catch the bus that will take us to the dinner theater in Overland Park. It will be a a huge day. Bob will pick us up about 6:45.
 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday and a Dental Appointment

Today I have a dental appointment at 9:00. If I hadn't checked my calendar I would have missed it.  So I won't be going to exercise class.

This is the first day of spring and there is a mystery. I am unable to access the home page of my ISP for some reason. I tried on my desktop computer and now I have tried on this laptop. Neither can access Cox...my carrier.

We will have tuna cakes and boiled potatoes for lunch. Bob will bring a salad. We will have a veggie of some sort. I haven't decided which...probably corn.

This is also the week for cake day at the First Christian church in Independence. So sometime this morning I will bake my cake. Tomorrow morning I will be taking it and three others to Independence for their dinner tomorrow evening.  Then I will stay for my hair appointment. But I will come home for a lunch at Eggberts for the women of the Living the Questions group. Mona, who teaches at the Independence Community College, will be on spring break.  So this is primarily for her. She has a hard life. Her husband has a brain tumor and she has a 16 year old son.  That's a stressful combination.  She needs all the fellowship and support she can get.

More later....

I called Cox and they found the problem. It took awhile but they got it fixed.

My dental appointment was in April so I went on to exercise class. Afterward I baked my cake and also lunch.

 The plumber came out after lunch and fixed the outside faucet. Strange...the split pipe was on the inside...not the outside.  He got it fixed and tested it. He put a new faucet outside. It is plastic. I hope it holds up in the heat of summer and the cold of winter. I'd hate to have to clean up another mess like the one that split pipe caused.

I am having Jeannie's party here at my apartment. I put both leaves in my table so I can seat six there. I only have four chairs but I have four folding chairs too. So we will make do. Merrill and Wayne and Marilyn and I and Jeannie and both the Russells will be here.  That's seven. I also have wooden TV trays. Today I asked Bob too. He knew Jeannie and used to live next door to her. So that makes eight.

I want to see if I can get a pedicure this afternoon. If I can, I can wear sandals tomorrow. 

More later...

I got my pedicure this afternoon so I will be able to wear my sandals. I will wear them to Independence tomorrow. I may wear them Wednesday to Overland Park to the dinner theater.

Bob is doing laundry this evening so he won't be coming over. Missy and I have been laying on the sofa watching TV. I have had my bath and have my pjs on.  I did a load of laundry this evening myself. I have it out of the dryer and folded on top of the dryer. I will put it away in the morning.  I'll go to bed in a hour or so.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday and A Busy Day

This will be a busy day. I will go to church this morning and then afterward we will go to "Just Us" in Cherryvale for lunch. After that, when I get home, I will get my newsletters ready and out on the mailbox. Sometime this afternoon, I would like to get a nap. I didn't get much sleep last night...what with the water problem. I was also concerned about the possibility of mold. Hopefully everything will finally dry with Bob's fan in there.

I wonder if, when the plumber finishes the repair, he will test to see if the leak doesn't continue to pour out from under the sink again. I use that outside faucet to water my east side flowerbeds. I sure don't want to go through that mess in the kitchen again.

Last night when I was ready to go to bed, I found that my pillow, which I lay in the space between the bed and the nightstand, had been went. The water seeped under the wall and the bedroom carpet  was went where the water went under the stove and then under the wall to my bedroom carpet. I left Bob's fan on it all night and all morning.

We will have a guest minister today. She brings her husband and they go to "Just Us" too and sit with us.

I will need to make a sign for next Sunday. The congregation has rented a van and are going en mass  to Independence, Missouri, for a special worship serve at headquarters. My daughter is in charge. Some of us are assisting her. I have the scripture lesson. Karan has the offertory remarks.

So...more later....

I got the sign made and put it on the front door at church.  We have two more seats in the van.  We leave at 6:30 Sunday morning. I have sent out three letters today so perhaps we can fill those seats.

We had lunch at "Just Us" and the guest minister and her husband joined us there. There were five of us altogether.  The others went their separate ways.

I don't know if there will be 60 Minutes tonight or not. There are basketball tournaments. They don't seem to realize that not everyone is a basketball fan.

More even later...

60 Minutes was on at 7:00 and I had just had my bath and settled down with Missy on the sofa. So I turned it on and watched it.

Missy and I went to bed about 9:30. ...later then usual. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

I slept very well last night. It had been a big day. Missy and I got up about 5:00 AM, I got myself ready for the day and fed her. I had a cup of Chia Latte while I waited for Bob to come pick me up for breakfast.

Marilyn had called me last evening to ask if she could come to breakfast with us. I told her we would be delighted for her company. I called Bob to ask him to pick her up too and after I hung up, Marilyn called me back to say her son had called to say he and his family wanted to come and stay the night with her, So she took a rain check on the breakfast. We will ask her another time.

Missy has taken over my sofa. I noticed she was picking at the sofa pillows with her claws and snagging them.  I moved the pillows to the top of my cedar chest in the bedroom. I have to close the door to my bedroom to keep her out of there. She tends to want to lie on my bed and get cat hair on my coverlet. At night, I put her afghan on the bed and she lies on it. Then every week I run that through my dryer on "fresh air". I wash it now and then too.

More later...it is time for Bob to come pick me up.

Well, we went to breakfast and now I am home again. I don't have a plan for today. I probably could come up with one and may if it does warm up this afternoon. I will rake leaves and bag them again. They are not as bad as in the past but there are still plenty to do.  Also, if it warms up, I will take Missy out for awhile.

So...more later...

I had been doing some cleaning and decided to wash out Missy's litter box. I took it to the outside faucet and washed it all out and dried it with some old towels I had. Then I put it back in the bathroom. When I went back to the kitchen, I noticed there was water all over the kitchen floor.  I got all the towels I had and began mopping it up on my hands and knees. It even ran onto the edge of the dining room indoor/outdoor carpet.  I called Betty, my landlady, and told her about it and she began calling the plumbers. Then I called Bob and asked him if he still had his box of old towels. I had used all three sets of  my good towels and still there was water everywhere.  He brought me his old ones. I mopped with them too. Then he brought me his box fan and I set it up to dry on the wet carpet, the  dishwasher and the range. Now I am washing all those towels. They are now in the dryer.

Betty found a plumber and I showed him where the outside faucet was. I had left my hose connected all winter and it had evidently frozen in the faucet. That faucet connects to my plumbing under the sink. He will come back next week and replace the part that froze and broke in the outside faucet. In the meanwhile, I have the cleanest floor in town. And I had just washed it Thursday.

The towels are all in the dryer now. It will probably take an hour and a half for all of them to dry.

What a mess!
It took twice that long!

Anyhow, I had Bob come over and we went over to Brahms and had an ice cream cone.  That was payment for his trouble!

More later...

I watched TV  with Missy this evening. When I took my shower and went to bed, I discovered my satin pillowcase and pillow was also wet. I threw the pillowcase into the dryer with a dry towel. I felt along the carpet next to me bed and found that the water from the kitchen, under my range, had seeped under the wall  and wet the carpet next to me bed. I brought the fan in the bedroom and set it up to dry that carpet. In the middle of he night I thought about the area behind my nightstand and got up and pulled the nighstand away from the wall...and sure enough, the carpet back there was also wet. I set the fan to blow all along that wall where the range was on the other side.

The satin pillowcase was dry by then so I put it on my other pillow and left the original pillow leaning against the wall to finish drying. 

I didn't get much sleep and will try to get a nap later Sunday afternoon.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday and Another Very Busy Day

I slept very well last night. I did get up in the night twice and while up, I took the med for my thyroid problem. It's supposed to be taken on an empty stomach.  I finally got up for good shortly before 5:00 AM. I have dressed and got myself ready for the day. I fed Missy and myself and I have had my coffee and my Chi.

This morning Bob will pick me up for exercise class around 8:45 and afterward we will go to Utopia for cinnamon rolls and Utopiachinas. Karan and I always have the Utopiachinas with our cinnamon rolls. They are tasty! After that, Bob will bring me home and I will start for Caney to meet Nancy R. for lunch.  Afterward sh and I  will have a "catch up" visit. It has been several years since I have had a visit with Nancy. For a couple of years, back in the 70's we worked together at Blackledge Sales Company...a high end furniture store.

Bob will be on his own for lunch today.

I may get the rest of my dusting done when I get home from that. I started it yesterday but played out before finishing.  It is supposed to rain this morning. I hope it waits until I get home.

I am doing a small load of laundry now. I decided I had time enough before exercise class to get it done. 

It's 7:20 now so more later.....

I went on to exercise class when Bob came by to pick me up. Afterward we did go to Utopia and had a good visit with the group that meets there from the exercise class. When Bob took me home, I started for Caney to meet Nancy.  We visited for awhile and then went up to the Mexican restaurant  downtown for lunch. Nancy bought my lunch but only after I told her that I would buy our next lunch. We had a good visit. Unfortunately I did most of the talking.   Finally after lunch I realized  that and began to ask her about her son and his family. I stayed until 5:00. I tried to leave several times but she insisted I stay awhile later.

I got home about 5:15. Bob was already at my apartment  and had given Missy her treats. He stayed until 7:00 and after he left I took my bath and lay with Missy on the sofa until 8:30 when I went to bed. Missy joined me in a little while.  I could feel her jump up on the bed.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday and Apartment Cleaning Day

I slept well again last night and got up shortly before 5:00 AM. I dressed and got ready for the day then checked my bank account and ran Missy's afghans through the dryer on "fresh air". They were full of cat hair. Then I got our breakfasts and I had my coffee. 

Today I will clean the apartment. That's my only plan for today. However I do need to get to the pharmacy and get my meds. I forgot to pick them up yesterday.

I am hoping it warms up again. It's 36 degrees right now. It is supposed to get up to 63 later today and I hope it makes it. Missy really wants to go outside but it can't be freezing cold. She is too old for that.

I have the apartment vacuumed and now I need to dust!  It's 10:00 and in an hour I will need to start warming up the goulash and toasting the garlic bread.  I'd better go get my meds while I am thinking about it. I can dust after lunch.

Marilyn R. and I are planning a party for Jeannie, my next door neighbor in the fourplex. She plans to move at the end of the month. We think the party might be Thursday mid afternoon. Marilyn is checking with Jeannie to be sure she will be home then. Her family has been working at packing her things for a couple of weeks.  We will invite Wayne and Merrill who were our original landlords. They live next door and across the street from Marilyn. They know Jeannie well.  I may get a special cake at the bakery and perhaps even a gift.

After lunch...


Lunch was fine...warmups. But what we had left, I took to Marilyn R.

I cannot dust today. I am just too tired. In about thirty minutes the mail will come. I am anxious to see if I get any mail.

The mail I received was just "junk" mail.

I did hear back for Marilyn and Jeannie agreed to Thursday afternoon for her "goodbye" party. Marilyn and I will bring snacks. I may make my apple brown betty and bring vanilla ice cream. We will discuss snacks at a later time.

I got some rest this afternoon and later, about 5:15, Bob came over to watch the news.  He stayed until 7:00 and watched two old "Big Bank Theory" shows. After he left, I took my bath and lay with Missy on the sofa until 8:00 when both she and I went on to bed.