Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday and a Quiet Day

This might be a quiet day. I may need it. The week may be hectic. I do have to bake my cake today for the First Christian Church in Independence. After it cools I will ice it. That's it for the day. 

I slept well last night. I woke up once and went to the bathroom and while there took my thyroid pill. Then I went back to bed and back to sleep.

Tomorrow I will get my hair done and first deliver the cakes. Bob and I eat will at Big Cheese in Independence. Wednesday afternoon will be game day at the senior center. Thursday is free but Friday I will meet Gay at Cherryvale for lunch.

Missy is patiently waiting for her breakfast and I need to get mine too. So...more later.

We've both had our breakfasts and I was just checking my facebook site and saw that my youngest son and his wife did make it to St. Augustine this weekend. Here is a photo he posted.

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Doesn't that look neat?

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Lunch turned out well.  I also got my cake baked and iced. Missy and I have both had a nap this afternoon and also I have watched some TV.  It's almost 3:15 now and I guess I will finish my Utopiachino. Friday I had put it in the freezer. 

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday and Church

I slept until nearly 6:00  this morning.  I had stayed up later to watch an old movie.That helped me to sleep better.

I got up and got myself ready for the day and fed Missy and myself. I will go to church school and church this morning and afterward some of us will go over to "Just Us" for lunch.

I had an e-mail from my daughter this morning asking for my donation to the American Cancer Society. We do this each year in honor of my husband (and her father) who died in May of 2010 of advanced squamous cell carcinoma which had metastasized  all over his body before it was finally diagnosed. That is just one reason why I have my doubts about medicine and especially doctors.

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I had a surprise again this morning. My cable bill went up from $83.02 to $89.42...again! It seems every year they raise the price but give just as poor service on TV. Last night, right in the middle of my movie, one of their commercials froze. I missed about ten minutes of the movie until they finally got it unfrozen. Cox Communication is just "asking" for me to switch to Dish or an antenna.  That's a raise of $6.40 a month AGAIN! Every year they raise the price but don't improve the offerings.

 Six of us went over to Cherryvale to "Just Us" for lunch. As usual, I called ahead and had a table saved for the six of us. We got back to the church about 1:15 after lunch and dropped off Phyllis and Karan.

Now I will work on the newsletters for that part of the congregation that didn't show up. Later, about 6:40, I will pick up Gary for the Living the Questions group at Marilyn's house.  The only one I didn't hear from was Joyce. I imagine she could be deployed for FEMA now.

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I spent the afternoon resting and I took Missy out for a little while while it was 70 degrees and sunny.

At 6:40, I picked up Gary for our meeting at Marilyn's and we had a nice visit with everyone. It finished later then usual but Gary really enjoyed it. He has very poor health...COPD ...and no car so he is stuck in his apartment  most of the time.

I got home about 9:30 and stayed up until almost 10:00. I took my shower and Missy and I went to bed. I was very tired.  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

I slept well last night. I went to bed at 8:30. There was nothing...really nothing... to watch on TV. TV is getting more and more impossible anymore. And with my internet which is $30. a month, it costs me $82.03 per month. They are evidently targeting the mostly ignorant Millennials who think with their emotions instead of their brains.  I know. I have some Millennial grandchildren and those that qualify do think with their emotions.

Anyhow...I finally just went to bed. It was impossible. I would watch the History channel but it's no longer history....just foolishness. The same is true with the National Geographic channel.  Sometimes there is just nothing worth watching. Then I just go to bed.

This morning I will pick up Bob for breakfast. Afterward I will take him to his home and come home to vacuum the apartment. I never did get that done yesterday. I may bake those pork chops I thawed for a late lunch. I could also do some baked potatoes in the microwave. Add a veggie and Bob's salad and we would have a late lunch.

Well, we went to breakfast and then I came home to vacuum the carpets and clean the floor mats in my car. That turned out well. That regular car mat cleaner really works! I had tried the carpet cleaner for the house but it didn't do much.  

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This is the playhouse Cheyenne asked for for her birthday. John, my son-in-law worked all weekend to get it finished in time for her birthday. She is opening my gift there. It's a Strawberry Shortcake doll. They are so old collectables from the 80's. Hallmark is carrying them again.

Bob came over this afternoon and did a load of laundry. I was working on a sermon for March 26th. I hope to be better prepared for that one. It's a ways off so perhaps I will have some more thoughts to offer by then.

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I went over to the Country Time Antique Mall this afternoon and found two nice large crockery containers for Leslie's flowers this summer. I texted  her about them since they were only $35.00 apiece and she wanted them. So I bought them. She will pay me at church today.  She says they are usually $75.00 each. So, they are a bargain.

When I got home at 5:00 PM, Bob came over and stayed an hour or so. After he left, I took my shower and Missy and I lay on the sofa until bedtime. I found an old movie to watch and stayed up until 9:30 and watched it.  I went to bed at 9:30.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday and Utopia

I slept well last night. I did get up about 4:45 but had had lots of sleep.I got around and came in the den to check my e-mail after I had my breakfast and fed Missy. She wanted up on the daybed behind me and I carefully lifted her up there. She weighs 18 pounds and my limit to lift is 10 pounds. I fudged a little but I am working on my 5th week following my surgery so I think it is alright.

We will finish off the beef veggie soup for lunch with whole wheat crackers and sharp cheddar cheese but first I will go to Utopia at 9:30. Today is cinnamon roll day and I always also get a Utopiachino on the 1st and 3rd Fridays and a cinnamon roll. They are kind of expensive but I need to treat myself every once in a while or I feel slighted. :)

I got the crossword puzzle finished this morning too.

I need to vacuum today. I did the bare floors a couple of days ago but need to do the carpets today. I also want to go through my VCR tapes to put them in the box for the rummage sale on the 3rd. I no longer have a VCR tape player so I can no longer use them.  I may as well try to sell them.  Some people still have VCRs. I gave mine to Bob after I found I had no port for the VCR player on my new TV. I used the one I had for the DVD player.

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Just look at this mess of leaves left on the ground in front of Bill and Evelyn's apartment. Betty, the landlady had a couple clean them up last year. I will have to try to get her to do that this year. I worked and work on them before my surgery but there are many trees around the fourplex and they just keep blowing on our grass. the grass will be smothered this year if she doesn't get it cleaned up.

This mess is next to Marilyn R's apartment and the grass will be killer there too. The worst though is on the east side of my apartment.

This is my flowerbed area. It is a mess. You can see the lavender is still alive and my red mulch is showing some but the leaves are inches deep here.  Last week, I took my blower and blew some of the leaves away from my back door. They were so deep that I couldn't open the door.

This is just south of my back door near the hose storage. It must be six inches deep.

This is just south of the east above ground flowerbed. near the air conditioning unit.  I have worked at cleaning this mess up in the past but should not do it this year since I am just past the 4th week of recuperation after the surgery.

What a mess! I will text Betty later and ask her to have that couple come again this year and bag up these leaves.

Maybe she will but maybe she won't. She has had to re-carpet the house across the street again...the second time since she bought this property three years ago. The guy she rented to this time got the carpet so filthy that it couldn't be cleaned and she had to replace it again. They have been working on that house ever since the inspection. The guy had not lived in the house regularly and had let his nephew "house sit" for him and he had a teenage son there too. 

They had been smoking in there too and  their teen aged son even broke a hole in the wall. I told her to be careful who she rented to next time. Those two guys behavior was so erratic that I always locked my car at night. I wasn't sure what they might do. They picked up cigarette butts in the parking lot next door and smoked them. They also asked some of the tenants over there next door for pot. We don't want that sort of people in the neighborhood. Betty said she had vetted them but she still put up "no trespassing" signs in our parking lot. One of the men worked at the refinery and had for over a year but that's certainly not a reference.

What a mess! This has always been such a nice neighborhood too.

I have texted Betty about the leaves and she says they will get to that this weekend. Great!

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I sat outside with Missy in the 70 degree weather this afternoon after lunch. We did finish off the beef vegetable soup. I even took some of it to Marilyn R. 

I lay on the sofa with Missy for an hour or so after Bob left. I raked a few leaves away from the side of the house too.

Then about 5:15 Bob came back to watch the news and PBS with Mark Shields and  David Brooks!  He left about 7:00 and I took my shower and put my pjs on and got ready for bed. I will try to stay up until 8:30 or so.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thursday and Lunch at Sirloin Stockade

I slept pretty well last night. I finally got up at 4:45 and got myself ready for the day. Then I fixed my breakfasts and Missy's.

As soon as the optometrist office was open, I went to Caney and picked up my contact lenses. Then I came home and worked on getting the boxes ready for the rummage sale at the senior center and got them priced.

After lunch at Sirloin Stockade I came home and lay down for a rest awhile.

Keith called to tell me he had put Bob's notebook in the mail. He put Windows 8 on it and Microsoft Office 2010 too. It should be here next week. Bob will give it or sell it to Denise when it comes. His Dell, the one Scott gave me, works very well for Bob. It now has Freecell on it too. Bob likes to play Freecell.

When I got up from my rest I baked cookies again. It's almost 3:00 now and I am resting again.

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Karan called. Isabell's daughter, Camille, called and wants a couple f elders to come administer to her with oil.  Isabell is in the hospital at Parsons with COPD and is in really bad shape. Karan and I drove over there and anointed her with oil and prayed over her.  I really don't think she will make it. She is on oxygen and her heart and kidneys are failing.  I imagine we will be asked to do a funeral one day soon. Isabell is my fact one month younger. But she looks like Methuselah...poor woman. She has had terrible health for years.

When I got home, Bob was here watching the news and being company for Missy. he had a few cookies and we watched TV until 7:00 when he went home.   Then I took my shower and lay with Missy on the sofa for an hour or so. I think I went to bed at 8:30.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday and Bunco at Asbury Village

I slept pretty well last night. I did wake up once and go to the bathroom but I managed to get back to sleep. I finally woke up at 5:45...late for me.

I will make soup today for lunch. I picked up the makings at the Walmart here last evening. We have some wheat crackers that Bob left here and I will get some cheddar cheese at Country Mart this morning. Maybe I will make some more cookies. I have been eating a couple every evening.

This afternoon at 2:00, I will attend the Asbury Village Bunco games. That is usually fun.  I will not go to PINCH this evening. I have not been going out in the evening while I am healing.  I need the rest at home by then.

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Missy and I have both had our breakfasts and I am doing a small load of laundry. I am washing my towels and wash cloths about every other day nowadays.  Today is four weeks since my surgery.  Just two more weeks and I can resume my baths and give up the showers.  I still do not intend to go back to see that doctor that did my surgery. I will just trust that by six weeks I will be well.

I got the soup on with the stew meat too. Then I went to Country Mart and bought some sharp cheddar cheese. While I was at it, I bought the church some more plastic forks. We were out on Sunday.

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The soup was very good and I have plenty for another meal. We will have it again on Friday.

Also I had a good time at the Bunco game at Asbury Village.  Now I am very tired and will lay down for a bit.

I took the forks out to the church after the game. Then I stopped by Haymaker's Furniture on my way back to look at recliners. If Missy wouldn't damage it I would be tempted to buy one. She has damaged the one I have now with her claws by climbing into it. They had two "Best" chairs that were the right colors.

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Bob came over at 5:15 to read the newspaper. It was late. He brought the Journal too so we each read a newspaper. After he left, I took my shower and searched in vain for something to watch on TV. Finally at 8:30, Missy and I went to bed. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hairdo Day and Lunch at Great China

I slept really well again last night. I got up just before 5:00 AM and dressed and got ready for the day. Bob will keep my car and go visit his sister, Betty, while I get my hair done this morning. I will pick him up here at 8:20, as usual.

After Kathy is finished with me and Bob comes to pick me up, we will go to Goodys and look around and maybe Walmart until Great China opens at 11:00.   After that, we will come home and perhaps I will get a pedicure. Karan told me they do a good job at Happy Nails here in town. We will see. I haven't had one since Leslie treated me to one a couple of months ago.

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Both Missy and I have had our breakfasts and we are watching the news and weather.  According to the local weather we have no more rain in our forecast. I think we only got a tenth of an inch last night. That's not enough to do a lot of good.  We really need rain!

I texted both Denise and Dennis that the Cherokee Businesses are looking for a security guard. Dennis was wanting a job in security earlier and there were no openings. Now there is an opening. Maybe he will apply for that one.

My great granddaughter, Cheyenne's, birthday is Thursday. She will be five. She wanted a playhouse for her birthday and John and Leslie are building her one on their property. That will be so cute! I will try to share a photo of it.

 Here's the plan. I don't know how closely they will follow it but it is cute!

Looks like they have been working on it after dark. They are probably trying to get it finished before Thursday.

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Bob came over early and watched the news but left at 5:50 to go back home. Sycamore Landing was having a Valentine Day party.

I took my shower and watched TV with Missy until 9:00 or so when she and I went to bed.