Monday, September 1, 2014

Bad Start Monday

Last night Bob and I went over to Bobby and Karan's for the Living the Questions group meeting. I noticed that someone had parked a pickup in Gretchen's drive and Gretchen lives in  Alabama now so I knew it wasn't Gretchen's. That's all I thought about it though. We left Bobby and Karan's at 9:00 after our meeting. Of course, it was dark.

This morning I took Missy out on the carport and was looking around and noticed that Bob's car had a huge dent in the driver's side front right where the headlight is located.  I went over to tell him about it and he came out and looked at it.  From the location of the dent we surmised that someone had to have backed into the front of his car. I called Karan and she told me the neighbor next door to Gretchen's have a teenaged grandson living with them and he is the driver of the pickup. Bob went over there but he wouldn't admit he hit the car.

I got Bob to call the police to get a police report so he would have one for the insurance companies.  The policeman is here now.

I have to work today...even though it's a holiday.

More later....

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sermon Sunday

I slept very well last night and didn't wake up until 6:00. I had stayed up and read to finish my latest book.

I have the sermon today at church and it will be a little different. I will share my spiritual/religious journey. It will be interesting to see how it is received.  My theology is not your conventional Christian theology even though I really believe in God. I have had so much nudging from God's spirit over the years, there is no way I could be even agnostic.

We will take up a "special" offering for my niece. It will take her a bit to get some order back in her life and decide whether to get a job.  She had been Terry's caregiver for so many years.

Terry had many serious health issues. He had Crohn’s disease for many years. When he was in his thirties he had lymphoma and managed to recover. Several years ago the VA gave him a test using a iodine type product intravenously which gave him stroke and put him into a coma. When he emerged from the coma, he was partly paralyzed.  Recently he developed cirrhosis of the liver, and lung cancer. He had been under hospice care for the past month or so.  But he was very uncomplaining.

We will eat out today after church.  And then I will do my letters. This evening our Living the Questions group will meet at Bobby and Karan's home at 7:00. It will probably be over by 9:00.

More later...

The sermon went fine. Afterward we ate at Maria's in Independence after church.  Then I came home and did my letters even though they won't go out until Tuesday. I wanted to get them out on the mailbox. Now I have a couple of hours to rest before tonight's meeting.

I work tomorrow.  I really hate being open on holidays but I guess there's nothing to do but do it. I imagine we will have visitors.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Busy Saturday

I got a good night's sleep last night.  Bob came over as soon as he got around so as to not disturb the children. He had his grandson, his wife and three children and a two month old baby staying at his place. They slept fairly late so we went to breakfast at Eggberts as usual. When we got home, I let Missy out and went out with her to give her some company and try to keep her on the carport area. She did fine until time to come in the house. Then she balked. I could not get her in so I left her out and came on in to clean house.  She stayed close by.

After I finished vacuuming she wanted back in so this time the problem took care of itself. 

I scrubbed the bathroom and kitchen floors and vacuumed the entire apartment.  Then I dusted and put all the scarves in the dryer under no heat/fluff to get the dust out of them.About 11:00, I started dinner/lunch. We had some of that goulash. I thawed another pound of hamburger and made another batch of goulash. I took some of it and garlic toast to Bobby.

Bob and I had our dinner with garlic toast with the coleslaw he brought. We had mixed fruit for dessert.  He brought over his peanut butter and I made peanut butter crisscross cookies this afternoon. They are pretty good. Of course I had to try one or two to be sure they are edible. :)

We are taking up an offering at church tomorrow for my niece. She will need some money until her widow's pension comes in.  

More later...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Laundry on Friday

I'm working on my laundry today...starting very early. Bob and I will go to exercise class this morning. When I get home, I will fix goulash for Denise and the family. I will also take them some Texas toast. I will have to stop at the market for macaroni. I have the rest of the ingredients.

I went out on the carport for awhile after I got the laundry in and took Missy out for an outside  break. It has been raining but has stopped now at least temporarily.

Bob's grandson and his family are over to Bob's apartment sleeping. They are awake now and getting ready to go out to Denise's house.  He came over earlier and had coffee with me to avoid waking them up.

More later....

After I got back from  taking the meal to Denise and her family,  Bob and I decided to go to Bartlesville. I wanted to get some hamburger patties from Peck's and also take some used printer cartridges to Staples. We ate at Dink's Bar B Q and then walked the mall. Neither of us bought anything.

When we got home, I went to Country Mart and bought some groceries. I wanted some stew meat but they didn't have any. Maybe they will have some tomorrow.  I want to have stew one day next week.  That's something I can do in the slow cooker.

Bob's grandchildren are going to stay at his apartment again tonight and leave tomorrow morning.  His daughter is doing better now that her kids are with her, Dee lives at home and goes to the college in Independence. The others are grown and out on their own.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Another Long Thursday

This will be a long day. This job ruins both my mornings and my afternoons.  Unfortunately, it's the only available position in this program here in Coffeyville.  Tuesdays and Wednesdays are my short days and I always have a lot of catching up to do in the afternoon on those days. I don't know when I'm supposed to job hunt. I guess on Fridays. day off.

Yesterday there was another glitch at work. Brent, the volunteer who works Tuesday afternoons did an X out at the end of the day on the cash register and was supposed to have done a Z at the end of the day. That meant when I Xed out at the end of my shift yesterday morning,  the tape showed my X out Monday (an error..I should have Zed out on Monday but missed the correct letter) and both his afternoon Tuesday and my half day on Tuesday morning and yesterday's Wednesday morning when I Xed out at the end of my shift. This cash register thing is a mess. The letters we use are so small and smeared with ink that they are impossible to read and the person ending their shift has to "feel" for the correct setting.  We are having to deal with this because a couple of weeks ago the cash register was short some money.  That reflected on me because I was the new kid on the block and the woman I worked with that day was a five year volunteer.  I hated that but that started this Xing out thing on my half days instead of just one person Zing out at the end of the day.  I don't know how the shortage occurred but I do know it wasn't me.  Wendy says doing this protects me though.

Tomorrow I am going to Bartlesville with Bob. He has a doctor's appointment and we will have lunch there afterward.  I want to stop at Dewey on our way home and buy some hamburger patties at Peck's.

Tonight we will have our "warm over" Parmesan chicken and a veggie and some tomatoes.  I will get some mixed fruit for dessert.

More later....

My nephew died this morning. Bob was over here when we heard. Terry was his son-in-law.  We went right out to see Denise, his daughter.  We spent some time there and Bob went back after I went on to work.

Tomorrow I will fix a casserole dish to take out to her. Her three kids are there now.  The church will do something for them after we hear from the pastors. My daughter, one of them, went out there when we were there. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Better Wednesday

I got a good night's sleep last night. It helped a lot to get the mystery of Juanita's checkbook settled and balanced. I could then put that dilemma to rest.  I called the Westar Electric company about the correct account number and they got it changed.  So she should be good now. She has closed her second checking account.

I need to go through my cookbooks and figure out what to have tomorrow evening for supper.  We are having our leftover Parmesan chicken tonight with fried potatoes and a veggie. Bob will bring a salad. I don't know about dessert either.

This is another of my short days at work...thank goodness.  I only had two patrons yesterday so I read most of the morning.

I'm having a problem with Missy, my cat. She has decided she wants to go "out" every morning now. I will not let her go out without me and not until it's light out since the neighbor cat comes over here in the dark. I don't know how friendly he would be but I know how hostile Missy is and I don't want her to go through another cat fight.  So until it gets light, I don't go out with her and I don't let her out either. This means she follows me around meowing at me wanting "out". The early morning is the only time I can let her out. In the evening here it is way too hot.  Last night at bedtime it was up in the 90s.

Tomorrow is another "long" day at work. I work from 9:45 until 4:15 on Thursday....without a break.  Even though I can lock the register to go to use the restroom, that doesn't protect the souvenir shop.  I could lock it up and leave a note saying "back in five minutes" and I may have to do that sometime. I hesitate to drink water on the job because of this particular dilemma. Amie still hasn't said anything to Wendy about the fact that I'm not supposed to work there alone. She probably won't now. She is evidently busy and has forgotten.

More later....

I met Leslie for lunch and later learned Bob had eaten enough lunch to just skip supper and go to Braums and have an ice cream cone instead of supper.  Tomorrow evening we will have the Parmesan chicken we had planned for tonight. Bob stayed for wine and then went home about 7:00. I took my bath and watched PBS this evening.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Another Exhausting Night

I didn't sleep well again last night. I awoke about 3:00AM and really never did get back to sleep. I got up at 4:00AM. 

I have way too much on my mind. Periodically the job bothers me..especially when I have too many people coming in at once.  I made two mistakes on the register yesterday and had to mark them on the tape. Then four people who came in and bought combo tickets (both the Brown Mansion and the Dalton Defenders Museum at a discount) called me and told me the mansion was closed. They evidently cut it too close on their time and missed the curator. I had told them to be ten or fifteen minutes early because Samantha leaves right on the hour by her time.  They will come back in today for a $22.00 refund.  That's strange anyhow because Samantha called to find out if I had sold any combo tickets and I told her I had sold four and they would probably come for the 2:00 tour since it was already noon and they had not come for the noon tour.  That troubled me.

Then the problem with Juanita's checkbook also bothers me. I am going back up to Independence after work to take Juanita to the bank to try to find out what happened to the other two bills that didn't clear the bank. If I don't get back in time to fix our hamburgers, we will just go to Braums and buy hamburgers and eat them there.

Trying to cook is getting more and more difficult. The job ruins both my morning and my afternoon. This is not good for a part time job.  I would much rather work either mornings or afternoon instead of half of both.  By the time I get home on Mondays and Thursdays, I am exhausted and really do not enjoy the cooking. And I have the cleanup afterward too.