Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday and Church

I woke up after sleeping well last night. My stomach problem seems to be gone this morning.  So I will go to church this morning. I got two papers today so I will take one to Bob and one to John.

After church we will eat out somewhere with the church group. Then after that I will do my letters and last of all bake Snickerdoodle cookies instead of making the peanut clusters for the library party tomorrow.  Peanut clusters are pretty expensive and I have the ingredients for cookies.

I enjoy listening to the Holiday music on my TV during this season of the year. And I like to watch "The Christmas Carol" every Christmastime too. I am taking the gifts for Jeromy's family to Leslie at church today. Jeromy and Marlene and the girls will spend Christmas at Topeka with Marlene's folks this year. They alternate the holidays every year. We had them last year.

I have a hair appointment in the morning at 10:00 in Independence. Afterward I will go to Goody's and  try to use my $10.00 gift certificate.  After that, I will go back to town and order a small Big Cheese pizza for our lunch. Bob brought Coke over. I seldom drink soda but when we have hamburgers or pizza I break down and drink a Coke.

Then I will need to go to the library at noon for the party.  We will eat as soon as I get home from Independence.

More later....


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday and Sadness

Today I will go to a funeral for a friend of mine who died Monday of a brain tumor.  Sad...so sad.  This is the second friend that has died of brain tumor in the past month.

Then Bob and I will go to Bartlesville and I will get some makeup and some moisture cream. I have some coupons for two free lunches at McAlisters too. I will also check into Christopher and Banks. I mentioned that noticed that some of my clothing was getting loose around the waist again and when I stepped on the scale I noticed I had lost 5 pounds.  That explained it.  I may have to give Karan some more of my clothes.

The city's trash collectors came yesterday and picked up the old TV that had set on the curb for a week. I was afraid they couldn't handle it. It was so heavy. But they got it.  Thanks goodness for that!

Monday they are having a Christmas Party at noon and I am to bring a snack. I guess I will make some more peanut clusters for that.  I will either need to do that this evening or tomorrow afternoon. I do need to go to the bank. I am running out of cash again.

I need to stop to get some hamburger patties at Peck's this afternoon if they are open Saturday afternoon. If not, I will get them on Tuesday when I go to see the doctor in Bartlesville about a couple of places on my skin that look suspicious.

More later....

The funeral was two hours long so we got a late start on going to Bartlesville. There we ate at McAlister's and then went to the Merle Norman store where I got my makeup.  Then we went to the mall where Bob bought some Christmas gifts.

I started having stomach cramps and we came on home after getting gas.  I was pretty wiped out all evening and went to bed about 9:00.

If I'm not better by morning,  I won't be going to church tomorrow.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday and Thank Goodness

Today is Friday and I am pretty well rested up this morning.  I slept well. The Grand Reopening Open House party was very well attended and was a success. Working from 1:00 until 7:00 is pretty hard for me anymore through. Katie is giving me the benefit of the doubt on my time sheet.  She is trusting that my coming in early every day has made up my lost hours.  I'm quite sure it has. I subscribe to my son's philosophy, "If you're on time, you're late!"  That's what he always told his men. I always try to be early anywhere I go.

I got quite a bit done yesterday besides working. I addressed Christmas cards and got several in the mail. Then I cooked lunch. I need to get one more card today and answer the ones I received yesterday. Also I need to write some more on the "classmate" newsletter. That generally goes out between Christmas and New Years. It isn't even finished yet. ...let alone at the printers.  I got another newsletter yesterday from a classmate and will need to type it in today before work.

I also want to vacuum today. I did a load of laundry before I went to bed last night.  I folded it out and put it away this morning.

I got on the scale this morning and found I have lost five pounds. I thought my clothes were getting a little loose. I really shouldn't lose any more. At my age, it comes right off the face. Which makes me look even more like my grandmother. :)

Bob and I want to go to Bartlesville Saturday (tomorrow). I need to stop at Pecks and get hamburger patties. I also need makeup from their Merle Norman store.  I want to go by the mall too. I also have two free lunches from McAlisters for us.  When Ginger and Scott and I ate there Monday afternoon, someone dropped one of their meals and they were 5 minutes late getting theirs.  I was finished with mine before they got theirs. So the manager gave us two free lunch tickets. Since they were going on to Memphis, they gave them to me. 

Well, I'm not getting anything done sitting here. It's too early to run the vacuum so I'll work on that newsletter and those Christmas cards.

More later....
It was a big afternoon at work. I spent quite a bit of time searching for "lost" books and DVDs from the inner library service. I wasn't able to find any of them so we will be sending out some notes to those who borrowed them.

I got the vacuuming finished this evening and also I got my Christmas cards  caught up and worked on the newsletter again and it's caught up. I am going to watch the Washington music show and then go to bed.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday's Library Open House

Today I will work 6 hours instead of 4. They are having an Open House to celebrate their remodeling from 4:00 - 7:00PM.  Katie wants me to make sure the refreshment table is full. Those hours may be exhausting because I am used to four hours. After 4 hours on my feet I usually am pretty wiped out.

Yesterday, I cleaned two huge bookcases by moving everything off them and using a furniture cleaner/polisher on them. I rearranged all the stuff on those shelves.  I also filed the newspapers for the week. I did some shelf reading and also put away the DVDs that Paula couldn't finish. I did some filing for Joy. I boxed some books up and filled the rotating rack with paperbacks in the lobby.  I don't know what they intend to do with all that "stuff" they have stacked in that back room.  I should only be in this location for a year if Amy can find me another location for my last year.  I enjoy the work but the "mess" drives me nuts.

I will fix a tuna noodle casserole for lunch today. Bob will bring cottage cheese and I will put paprika on it. He usually likes applesauce on it but I don't have any right now.   I am going to walk down to the Dollar General Store after it opens to get my cream of celery soup for the casserole.  Maybe I'll pick some up then.

I slept well again last night. I was scanning through the channels on my new TV last night and ran into "A Christmas Carol" so I stayed up to watch it.  It's not the same one I have but it was fine. I got to bed at 9:00. Going to bed later always helps me to sleep.

It may snow today. Yesterday it rained and then sleeted and when I got off work my windshield was iced over. But it wiped right off because of the Rain X on the windshield. But it was a mess.

More later....
 I got home at 7:15 and was really tired.  I stayed up until 9:00 and then went to bed.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday and Exercises

Today I will get back to my exercises again. I skipped Friday since my son, Scott, was here. I also skipped Monday because we went to get Ginger at the airport. Ginger, by the way, seems quite nice. I hope Scott marries her. ...but not too quickly. They need to get well acquainted first.

My brother-in-law, Bob, came over just before lunch yesterday. He had bought a Keurig coffeemaker too and wanted to compare his features with mine. It's not quite as fancy but it's just fine. I called last night and he had tried it out. He seems happy with it. He will come over this morning and we will let him try some different flavors so he will know what he wants to order. I have a coupon for him.

I finally managed to get the Cox remote  programmed to work all the features on my new TV. Now I put away the TV remote.

Today, because we have exercises, we will have hamburgers and french fries for lunch. I  might break down and get some ice cream too.  :)

That back room at the library is a real challenge. It is a real mess. I got one shelf arranged after I bundled all the magazines. They put those magazine bundles out in the lobby on a bookshelf  and sell them for $1.00 a bundle.

I'm not sure what I will do today. Katie may have me working on the shelves in the back or she might have me file DVD cases. There are three full baskets of them that were not put away yesterday. Paula, the high school student that works an hour every afternoon, go them all into the machines but evidently did not have time to put the covers in the bookshelves.  That would be an enormous job if she wants me to do it but it is a job...whatever. This second paycheck this morning, I want to pay a second car payment.

I slept very well last night. I woke up twice with my right leg aching but after I changed positions, I got back to sleep and slept until nearly 5:00.  That's my regular time to get up anyhow.

More later....

I worked on the shelves in the back at work and did some more organizing.  I also put away some DVDs. It looks a lot better but it's still a mess back there.  When I got off work, it was raining freezing rain. Luckily my windshield had Rain X on it and when I started my windshield wipers the ice slid right off.  I came right home and Missy was waiting for me. She wanted her treats and some fresh food so I took care of her first. Then I fixed myself a cup of Chi Latte. Then I had some yogurt for dinner. I am tired but not exhausted......for a change.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday and Back to Work and Cooking

I will fix dinner again today, I have thawed out some chicken tenders. I will fix mashed potatoes and gravy and  a veggie for lunch. Bob's jello salad is still here so I will use it and try to find time to make a dessert of some kind too. I also need to stop at the Health Food store and buy pecans. I plan to bake a pecan pie for Christmas dinner. I got the ham last night at the market.  I plan to do potatoes....perhaps baked.... and a salad of some kind and a veggie.  I don't want to make Bob's fruit salad again. I've done that for the Thanksgiving dinner and the church dinner last Sunday.  Maybe Bob will bring a different salad.

I'd like to go in 30 minutes early two days this pay period to make up for having Monday off. I also will have the 24th and the 25th off. The 24th is in this pay period but the 25th is in the next one. I plan to work this Thursday evening until 7:00.  That will give me two hours toward Monday off.  I will have eight hours more total to make up for the next pay period. (the 25th and the 1st of January) I may not be able to do all of them. Those eight will be in the next pay period. I'll just have to work it out.

I have a 9:00 hair appointment in Independence this morning. Then I will get back in time to start to fix lunch at 11:00. We will eat at 11:30.

Speaking of Sunday's dinner, here are some photos from that dinner and here is Bobby speaking with Phyllis that day.

Silly Bobby!

Here's Melissa (her back, at least) and Karan at  the dessert table.

You can see Bobby and Phyllis in the background.

This is my son-in-law, John, getting his food. You can see Cyndi here.

We had a really great dinner.

And my daughter has this darling dog, a Corgi, named Mini.

 
Cute as a bug's ear!

More later. ...

Lunch was really good and I took the peanut clusters to Bobby after Bob left. I did give Bob about 7 of them too. I also took some to my hairdresser. They turned out really good.

I am exhausted this evening. Another huge day of binding up magazines and after I got that finished, I started organizing that back room. What a mess!

I will take a bath about 7:00 and put my PJs on.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday and A Trip

Today Scott and I went to Tulsa to pick up Ginger at the airport there.  She seems like a really nice woman...perhaps the best he has found.  We stopped at Bartlesville and ate a late lunch.   Then we stopped again at Caney so Scott and Ginger could buy some wine. Then we went on to John and Leslie's so the kids could stay there until Wednesday morning and visit with Scott's sister.

I came on home on the road that leads to the church. This morning I wrapped the gifts Bob and I bought for Sara, the girl we chose to buy gifts for Christmas. I dropped them off at the church before I came home.

When I got home, Bob had been here doing his laundry. He was just leaving. I asked him to come back in and have some wine with me and visit awhile. When he left I went to the market. I bought the stuff I will need for Christmas dinner and spent $50.00.  Jeromy gave me his gift note from his work for the ham or it would have been even more.  I made some peanut clusters this evening. I hope they set up because I rushed them. Now I will take my bath and see if they are set up when I finish.

More later....

Ah, the peanut clusters did fine. I put them on waxed paper in the little Christmas tins I had bought at the Dollar General store. I will take a tin to Kathy this morning and also to Bobby, who has done so much for me over the years since Bob died. He can fix anything. 

Then I called Cox and they walked me through getting all the controls for the new TV on their remote. Now I can put away the TV remote.

I finally went to bed at 9:30. I got a lot done today!