Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Exercise Wednesday

I've been awake since 3:30. I woke up and went to the bathroom but then couldn't get back to sleep because I was wondering why the library has not called me. Aime doesn't seem to know either. Strange....

I started to fill Missy's bowl and found a slug hanging over the edge of it. I got a Kleenex and picked it up and put it outside in the trash.Ugh! Then I threw out the cat food in the bowl and washed the bowl with soap and water and gave her fresh food. Then, and only then, she ate some food. I don't blame her, I wouldn't eat from a bowl where I had found a slug either. I have no idea how the nasty thing got indoors. The doors are both tight.  That's the second one I've found in the apartment next to the back door. I can't spread poison because of Missy.  I don't want to poison her.

We will have exercise class this morning and then after that I will fix lunch. We are going to have creamed peas and chicken. I fix that with a can of boned chicken and frozen peas.  It's served over biscuits.  Bob will bring his jello salad with oranges.  I will fix some pudding for dessert and we still have cookies. 

More later.....

A stranger took this photo of Bob and me at Branson last weekend.

 He came along just as I was starting to take a photo of Bob and said, "Wouldn't you like to be in the photo too?" I gave him the camera even though I don't like my photos. (I look like my grandmother). :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday and a Hair Appointment

I have a 9:30 hair appointment this morning. Other then that, just waiting for a call from the library.

I slept well last night and didn't get up until 4:50.  I made  a pot of coffee and had a warmed up biscuit for my breakfast.

I need to vacuum today. I have put it off as long as I can. Missy is shedding and I am sure the house carpet is full of cat hair.

We will have the leftover swiss steak for lunch today. I will fix a veggie and Bob will bring his salad.

Yesterday we went over to Sycamore Landing to do the paperwork for his new apartment there. He won't know how much his rent will be until corporate gets back with the manager there.  He still needed some more paperwork so we came back to his apartment to go through his files and find what she needed. Then he went back and he signed all the paperwork.  Then she showed me the apartment he will get. It is small but nice. The stove in the kitchen needs to be repaired. And the stool in the bathroom needs a really good cleaning. They still have to do that. It has a large coat closet in the living room and a huge closet in the bedroom. I think it will work out for him. He plans to move in December.

I checked over the list of recalls for the air bags that are deemed very dangerous and implode with bits of metal in them and my Honda is not among the recalls. Neither is Bob's Toyota but John's Toyota  pickup is listed. It's the passenger side air bag that is dangerous. He will need to check with Toyota and insist they replace them.

More later....I hope the library calls today for my interview.

Haven't heard a word from the library. Maybe the position has fallen through. 

After lunch Bob and I worked on his statement for his new apartment. He got it notarized and over to Sycamore Landing.  They decided on his rent. It is a lot cheaper then the apartment he now has.

Then we pulled his floor mats out of his Toyota and we cleaned them. They came out pretty well.  They look a lot better.

He is really tired now and went home to take a nap. He'll be over later for wine and The Big Bang Theory. It will be reruns. Friday new reruns start and next week the Big Bang Theory moves from Monday night back to Thursday night. (or was it Friday?) I forget.

Missy is taking a nap over there in the recliner.

More later....

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Busy Monday

Today I will go to exercise class and then go with Bob for his interview at Sycamore Landing. He should learn what his rent will be over there. He intends to move in December.

Hopefully, I will have an interview for a position at the library sometime today.  I hope to start next week if I get the job. I have already registered for the Peace Colloquy Friday, Saturday and Sunday next weekend.

I have a hair appointment at 9:30 in the morning. I  washed my hair Friday evening. It was driving me crazy.

I took my trash out this morning and over to Marilyn's dumpster.  There was a large fox over by Wayne's property line. It saw me and ran for the woods.

We are having swiss steak at noon today. I thawed the meat last evening. We will have boiled potatoes browned in the skillet, a veggie and coleslaw. I will plan something for dessert...maybe some frozen fruit.

More later...

Dinner turned out fine. I read most of the afternoon. Bob came by for wine and we watched the new Big Bang Theory. We both think they changed writers  and the new episodes are not as funny as the past ones.  I hope they are aware of that.

I took my bath and put my pjs on and watched TV after Bob left. Missy crawled up on my lap...as usual.  I went to bed about 9:00.

I never did hear from the library.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday and Presiding Again

I preside at church this morning and I will need to go over my notes soon. But I want to get the blog started anyhow.

I slept very well last night. My right leg ached a bit but I was able to get settled so it was not terribly annoying. I slept until 5:45..which is late for me.

We will all eat out after church today, as usual.  Afterward, as usual, I will do the newsletters for those who cannot be with us. I send it out by e-mail to those who have e-mail.  I will have to go buy stamps. I am out of stamps again. I have been sending out birthday cards for those who have birthdays each month.  That takes a lot of stamps.

I have a fairly empty week. Tuesday I will get my hair done in preparation for my trip with Leslie on Friday. We will be attending the Peace Colloquy in Independence, Missouri. Bob will care for Missy while I am gone. We will be back Sunday afternoon.

Sometime this week, I should have an interview with the library for a job. I really want to work just five days a week and afternoons only. I can only have 20 hours with this program.  I will need to make up the two extra car payments that I was unable to make in September and August.  I still want my car to be paid off before the two years I have left in this program.

Other then those things, my week is clear.

More later....

I got the letters finished. Now I have to get stamps to send them off.

Dinner one day next week:

Parmesan Baked Pork Chops
4 boneless pork chops
1 T. olive oil
1 C. parmesan cheese (I used Kraft)
1 C. Italian bread crumbs
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder

On a plate combine the last 4 ingredients. Rub the pork chops with olive oil and then dip (coat) each one in the cheese mixture. Press the mixture over the pork chops to make sure they are well covered in it. Line a pan with tin foil and spray with cooking spray. Place the pork chops on the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Bob came over this evening and we watched 60 minutes. He went home early because he couldn't stay awake. He didn't get a nap today.

After he left, I took my bath and read my book. About 8:30, I gave up and went to bed.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday and Breakfast

This morning Bob and I will go up to Eggberts for breakfast. We do that on Saturday mornings.  Later today I will do some cleaning. I need to vacuum again. It's something to stay ahead of Missy's shedding.

I slept well last night. In fact, I slept through the night.  I must remember to take my blood pressure med this morning. I went off and forgot them when we went to Branson so it's been two days since I've had them.

I'm not sure what today will bring.  I want to write a letter to the property manager and send her letter back unsigned.  I am not agreeing to her list of proposals. I will try to get that in the mail today.


I got my letter ready to be mailed and ran it by Marilyn and Bob. Marilyn made a minor change and I now have it out on the mailbox for the mailman to pick up this afternoon.  I hope it does what I hope it will.  I sent her letter back unsigned. Marilyn has a letter ready to be mailed herself and is sending her property manager's letter back unsigned too. 

We'll see what happens.

We  are having tuna croquettes for lunch today with potato and veggie. Bob will bring a salad.  I have chocolate pudding and peanut butter cookies for dessert.

More later...

Lunch was good. Afterward I spent the afternoon reading. I am watching the news now. There are football games everywhere.   I have looked everywhere for the news. Not there is any good news anymore.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Back From Branson

We are back from Branson now.  We left Thursday at 6:00 AM, stopped at Joplin for breakfast and went on to Silver Dollar  City where we saw two different music shows. That evening we saw Liverpool Legends. It was a little disappointing. We stayed overnight and this morning we went to the Branson Landing and walked around for awhile. Then we went downtown and walked around. We left around noon to come back to Coffeyville.  We stopped at Crackerbarrel for a late lunch. I took one bite of my meat and realized it had a bad taste and odor. We left it and reported it to the manager. They only charged us for the tea drinks and veggies. I had a bad taste in my mouth for the rest of the afternoon.

We stopped at Braums and I bought milk and we both bought ice cream.

When I got home I ate a cookie and that helped a lot. I got that bad taste out of my mouth.

I cleaned up after Missy after I unpacked and put everything away.

When Bob came over we had cookies and ice cream.

I heard from Aime while I was in Branson.  She has sent my resume' to the library and they should be calling me next week for an interview. I would be interested in that position. I'm keeping my fingers crossed this time and not counting on it .  I will have to tell them I am registered for the Peace Colloquy Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  I will offer to work another half day to make up for the lost Friday.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Doctor's Appointment

Today is my doctor's appointment in Joplin. It's at 9:40. We will leave at 8:00 this morning. Leslie couldn't go so Bob is going with me.  Afterward we will eat at Olive Garden and walk the mall.  After we get home I may attend the PINCH meeting if I'm not too tired. It's at 5:30 this evening.

I slept well last night. I awoke at 3:00 and went to the bathroom and took my med for thyroid.  Then I went back to bed and back to sleep. I finally got up at my usual 5:00. I ate my last biscuit and had two cups of coffee. Same old stuff. :)

We leave in about 45 minutes so I'll get back to this later this afternoon.

More later....

My doctor was very happy about the outcome of my eyelid surgery. I don't have to go back.

Later Bob and I went to the mall and walked around then went back to Olive Garden and ate lunch. It was good...as usual.

When I got home and checked the mail, I had a bad surprise. We all had a letter from the property manager telling us a whole lot of new rules.  One of them was "NO PETS". I called the owner over this and bypassed the property manager altogether. I just told her I had no idea what I would do with Missy. I have had her11 years. I was given permission to have her by the previous owner.  She didn't make a mess and always used her litter box, which I kept cleaned out.

The manager also had said in the letter that we would be responsible to mow and trim every 12 days and also if we needed a plumber, we were expected to call one and pay for the repairs. There were a whole lot of other new regulations.

Of course we are already paying $25 more rent the new owner bought the property and we're going to have another $25 raise in January and we're already taking care of our own TV cost too. She gave up the business account. I just told told the new owner that her the rent raise and the TV cost amounted to almost $100 extra money each month out of our pockets and none of us had those kind of resources. We were all chipping away at our meager savings now.

I told her we kept her property clean and neat and she wouldn't be able to be guaranteed that from other new renters. I told her that Marilyn had had to buy a new supplement for her Medicare and give up her quilting and Jeannie's granddaughter paid a woman to clean her apartment every two weeks and she did that thoroughly.  I told her I took care of my apartment just as I had my own home.  I even created two flower beds that I cared for constantly.

Finally she told me that we here in the fourplex were all grandfathered in and not to worry about the regulations. They were aimed at the neighbors across the street who tried to move another couple in with them and had bought a puppy they had not had when they moved in.  They also do not mow.

She had checked around about the huge insurance premium bill and found a better and lower rate. So she had decided she was not going to raise the rent the second $25 after all.  I am hoping she stays with that decision. She is going to talk to the property manager about that.

Then she said she had heard Bob was going to move. Sycamore Landing, where he has applied called her to find out how well he paid his rent and if he kept the property clean. They were told he did well. She wondered if he was going to move.  I told her he was going through his savings too. He had less income then I do and his mother had lived into her 90's.  His rent at the Landing would be over $150 a month less then here at the fourplex. So he feels he must move to the cheaper lodgings.

I hope I have managed to convince her that we simply cannot handle more rent and we are doing the best we can to keep her property nice.  I don't have to decide what to do about Missy. I can keep her.

I told the other renters about my conversation with the owner.  Marilyn had stood and listened to my side of the conversation and I was glad. That way the owner could not say I said anything I did not. I had a witness to my end of the conversation.

Bob came over for TV and a cookie. I had him walk over to Braums and I bought us both an ice cream cone.  Later he went on home and I got ready for bed. We leave at 6:00 tomorrow for Branson.  This will be our last trip there.  Neither of us can afford to go anymore.