Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wednesday and Exercises Again

Today will be the only other day we have exercises since Friday is Good Friday and the senior center is closed. The library will be closed too.  I don't know what I will do with the day off. I want to do something though.

I plan to have chicken tettrazzini for lunch today with a veggie and perhaps the leftover tomatoes Bob brought yesterday. We will have fruit for dessert.

I imagine I will be scanning bar codes again at work today. I am still working on mysteries.  I don't recall how many more aisles I have to do. I will try to remember to count today. Of course, I still have all the non fiction side. That is the entire north side of the library.

Missy wanted to go out this morning so I let her out for awhile. She wandered off though so I went to get her. I insisted she come back home and she did but she growled and hissed at me all the way.  :) She's such a character.  I sure don't want her to encounter another cat and get into another fight. I spent well over $100 getting her well the last time that happened two years ago. She was in the hospital for a week.  Then I gave her antibiotic injections for a week after that. She had developed an enormous cyst where that stray had bit her on the back.  She really has never been as spry since that incident.

Here are the photos of the completed yard work.
This is the east side of the apartment where the pile of leaves were left.

This is the front..between the apartments.
And this is the area that needed trimming. Jeannie still had to go our and sweep the walks. They left that for us to do. Betty also should have the air conditioners checked over before the season begins. I don't know whether she will do that or not.

More later...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday and a Hairdo Day

And boy, do I need it! My hair has gotten oily from the wind.  My appointment is at 9:00 this morning.

I didn't have to scan bar codes yesterday. Katie was off again. She will be there today so I probably will be scanning again today. Yesterday I put away several hundred DVDs. It's so sad children are not reading anymore. They just check out DVDs and watch movies.

We will be closed for Good Friday so I will probably work a couple of hours on Saturday mornings the next two Saturday mornings to make up for lost hours.  I get paid this Thursday but I will be short four hours. I was off with that cold one Monday at the end of the last pay period.  I didn't have an opportunity to make up those hours. They have to be made up in the same pay period. 

We will have hamburgers and french fries for lunch. I have nothing but fruit for dessert. But fruit is good.

Missy wanted to go outside for awhile this morning so I turned on the light and let her out. She ate some grass again and then came back in the apartment.  I think she must need that grass to keep her system healthy.

I fell asleep in the recliner last night while trying to watch the PBS special on Cancer.  I saw a part of it but slept through most of it.

More later....

I put away dozens of DVDs at work. Then Katie came in  and wanted me to scan bar codes about 3:00. I did that until 4:40 and got two aisles finished.  Then I put away another couple of dozen DVDs and left before I got the boxes on the shelves.  

When I got home they were finished bagging up all those leaves. They got most of it done but not the east side where my air conditioner was located. I took photos of the mess they left because they had walked across the street and were visiting with neighbors there when I got home at 5:10. They had loaded up the mower on the trailer. I also had Jeannie come  over to see what they had left and talked to Bob about it on my cell phone. I made sure they saw all this activity. Finally (I imagine they thought I was talking to Betty about it) they walked down to the Dollar General store and bought some more black bags, dug into the bed of their pickup under all those filled black leaf bags, and found their trimmer.  Then the man trimmed while the boy bagged the leaves next to the air conditioner unit. Finally when they left, it looked presentable. 

Bob then came over and we had wine and a bowl of ice cream. He left about 7:50 and I took my bath and put my PJs on so Missy could sit in my lap. I went to bed about 9:00. I couldn't finish watching the program on cancer tonight either.  This photo shows how they were all loaded up and ready to leave and were visiting across the street. 

The above photo shows the untrimmed yard.
The above photo shows the pile of leaves they were leaving near my air conditioner unit. They had mowed all around it but done a messy job. They did not mow west of the flower bed you can barely see the end of on the right.

The  above photo shows the untrimmed grass they left around the poles. You can see they mowed/mulched the leaves they didn't bag.

I will post the improvement after the sun comes up.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Again and Exercises

I guess I will go to exercise class even though Bob won't be there. He has a doctor's appointment this morning at 9:00 so will miss the class.

I work this afternoon, of course. I will probably be scanning bar codes for the inventory again. I got one entire aisle done Friday but it took me two hours. I will probably start on the second aisle this afternoon. The hardest part is the shelves on the bottom near the floor. I have to either kneel or just sit on the floor to scan those bar codes.

Today I plan to have tuna patties for lunch with fried potatoes and the leftover corn casserole.  Bob will bring a salad of some kind. I'm not sure about dessert at this point. I had a little coffee cake left from church yesterday but I ate that with my coffee this morning.

Betty, my landlady, had told me last week that she would send a man to do something about the leaves around our apartments.  They are about two feet deep. I tried to blow them near the street on Friday but they were too wet from the recent rain. When the sun come sup, I will take a photo of them and post it here so those who read this blog will see that I'm not exaggerating.  Last year I raked and bagged them all but I simply cannot do that this year because I am working in the afternoons and I already come home from work every afternoon very tired. I am on my feet all afternoon and there is no opportunity to sit down. Four hours of constant walking and standing is exhausting at my age.

Here are some photos of the leaves piled up in our yard. I tried to blow them out to the street but they were too wet and there were way too many.
Here's another scene..
And the other side of my apartment where the air conditioner is located.
More later....

Bob came over for the news and wine but went home at 7:00. I took my bath and put my PJs on and sat in the recliner to watch that PBS special on Cancer. Unfortunately I fell asleep and missed most of it. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Morning and Church

I didn't sleep too well last night. I did all right until 2:30 when I woke up and started being concerned about the leaves out on our lawn. Last evening after Bob left, I hooked up the blower and went out and tried to move those leaves out of our yard. It was impossible. For one thing, there are thousands of them...piled two feet high. After I cleared the south end of the middle yard, I noticed the grass had been smothered and will have to regenerate after the leaves are finally gone. Betty, our landlady, told me she had a man coming to mow next week and he would mulch those leaves. I told her they were way too deep to mow and mulch but I don't believe she has a clue just how deep they are. I woke up at 2:30 concerned about the shape the yard is in. The leaves are piled up around my air conditioner. It's a good thing I don't need it because it would burn it up if I turned it on.  Finally I went back to sleep though and slept until 6:10...late for me.

Then I got up, dressed, and made my coffee and also made a coffee cake for church.  Our people really like coffee cake as they are gathering.

Bob came in awhile ago to read my newspaper. We always take the paper to John, my son in law.  So Bob comes a little early to read it first.

More later...

Church was good. Melissa preached and Karan presided. Afterward we all went out to El Pueblito for lunch. I went back out there later in the afternoon  and bought a gift certificate for my grandson, Jeromy, for his birthday on Thursday. That will provide him with a few lunches. He works at the refinery and that is nearby.

Last evening we all went out to Richard and Mona's for dinner and the Living the Questions group.  We got home about 9:00 and I took my bath and went to bed. It had been a big day.

I mentioned earlier that I would post some photos from the women's retreat last weekend.  These are the craft project we all did in our free time. We made these hymnbook angels out of old hymn books.  I thought they were cute although they took a lot of time folding pages. 
This is my friend, Jody, and another participant, Ruth. Jody is the one on the left.  They are sitting in the dining hall after lunch. The tables have been cleared but they are catching up on their visiting.
This is my dear friend, Mary, with another participant. Mary is the one on the right.  I didn't know the other woman on the left and did not catch her name. I have problems remembering names anyhow.

This is Sandee, our guest minister. She is a peacemaking specialist for our world church. Our church is one of the peace churches.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday and Breakfast at Eggberts

This has become a tradition. Bob and I go to Eggberts each Saturday morning for breakfast.  Afterward, he would like to go to Owasso for an Olive Garden lunch. It rained last night and may still be raining a bit so I don't know if we will still go to Owasso.  I let Missy out a little bit ago and she ate some grass. She must need that grass for her system.

I had mentioned  I would post some photos of my great grandchild's birthday party earlier this month The one looking through the gifts on her knees is Maia. Her three year old sister is Cheyenne. Cheyenne is looking over Maia's latest gift in this photo.

This is Cheyenne lying on Maia's bean bag chair. Maia was not all that happy about that.  Maia appears to be trying to shove the bean bag chair over....Cheyenne and all. Dad is standing there to referee that action.

Anyhow...these are just two of those birthday photos. Here is the birthday cake.

That's mom holding the cake while Maia blows out the candles.

More later.....

We did go to Owasso for lunch but first I had a call from Wayne, our former landlord, and he offered me some real good dirt for my flower bed. I called Bob and he came over and borrowed Wayne's wheelbarrow and shovel and brought a couple of loads of great dirt from Wayne's ranch for my flowerbed. As soon as I'm sure the opportunity for frost is over, I will blow my budget and buy flowers for my flowerbed and also my flower boxes. I spent over $100 last year fixing them to beautify the front of my apartment.

Anyhow, we did go to Owasso and had a great lunch. Then we shopped the sales at Kohl's.  Bob bought a long sleeved shirt and I bought a pair of brown slacks for church.  Now I have black, navy, grey, tan and now brown. I have plenty of tops but did not want to wear the jeans I work in to church.  Most of my old pants are at least two sizes too large.

When we got home, I went to Wal Mart and bought groceries.  I couldn't find the correct size for my furnace filter so I will have to get it at a hardware store. Otherwise, I'm fixed for awhile. I even stopped at Gillham's and bought some Roscotto wine. Tonight  I will have a glass before bed.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday at Last!

I'm always glad to see Friday come. Aime came with two of her compatriots from Dallas yesterday afternoon. The two from Dallas interviewed me. It went smoothly and Aime just waited in the hall while they did their questions for me.  They left around 4:00 and I got back to putting away the DVDs. Before I left at 5:00, I got them all caught up. It was a productive afternoon.

Today for lunch we will have the rest of our hamburger pie casserole and Bob's salad. I still have the cupcakes so we will have those for dessert.

The apartment is clean so I really have nothing to do this morning except go to exercise class. Earlier this month, they celebrated the birthdays of those born in March by having cake and then we took a photo of the celebrants.  You can see we are all seniors. The man in this photo is Karan's husband, Bobby.The woman in the plaid shirt is Marilyn, my neighbor from across the fourplex where I live.

I finally got the photos from Maia's birthday party downloaded and also some from the women's retreat from last weekend.   Maybe I can post some from each of those.

My son, Scott, called me this morning on his way to Jacksonville and we had a good 45 minute chat.  He has had a couple of job interviews and is waiting for the end of the month hoping for a for a call back.

More later about today.

I spent from 1:00 until 3:00 scanning bar codes on mysteries. I finished one entire aisle.  I will start Monday on the second aisle. After 3:00 I put away DVDs and filed the boxes in bookcases.  Much of the books are on the bottom shelf and they are very hard to scan without actually kneeling on the floor. At my age, that's a challenge!

Bob came over at 6:00 and we watched Brooks and Shields on PBS. They always give an interesting commentary.

We had the rest of the white wine and a bowl of ice cream. He left at 7:00 or so and I took my bath and put my PJs on and sat in the recliner with Missy in my lap. At 9:00 we went to bed. Missy was just as tired as I was.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Extra Busy Thursday

I got up at 5:30 and stripped my bed this morning to wash bedding and underwear. I should have done that last Thursday but had that awful cold and didn't feel up to it so I waited an extra week.

We will have tuna cakes for lunch today with fried potatoes, a veggie and salad. I still have two cupcakes for our dessert.

Aime will be in the library at 3:30 for an interview with me. I don't know what that is about but I'll find out this afternoon.

I received a letter from Blue Cross/Blue Shield yesterday telling me they will be changing  the draft of their premium. Right now that premium (for my supplement) comes out on the 5th of the month. Unfortunately, I don't get my social security until the 2nd Wednesday of each month so some times I have to get into my meager savings to make sure there is enough money in there for that premium.   But in May there will be an even larger problem. They tell me they will take the May premium out on the usual...then on May 28th, they will take an additional  $241.97 out for the June premium.  After that, it will always come out on the 28th of the month for the following month. My problem is that two premiums in May. Blue Cross/Blue Shield doesn't seem to realize many of us just don't have an extra $241.97 for that second May (June) premium.  Disgusting! Again...I will have to hit my savings.

More later...

I scanned the rest of the paperback books this afternoon. I don't know what scanning  Katie will have me doing next. 

I had used Cyndi's homemade furniture polish recipe and did all my furniture and some of the trim in the apartment. The fumes were overwhelming so Bob and I went over to "Just Us" and had their buffet instead. Today we will finish off our hamburger pie. When I got home from work, the fumes had dissipated.  He came over later for ice cream and we watched Forensic Files until 7:00 and then he went home and I took my bath and Missy and I sat in the recliner and watched TV until bedtime.

I went to bed at 9:00.