Saturday, December 28, 2013

Saturday Again

Where does time fly! It's Saturday again and we will go eat breakfast at Eggberts as usual.  Bob came over last night and we had a small glass of wine and watched PBS together.  We could not find another Big Bang Theory so he went home to read.

I continued to work on my laptop computer which had developed a virus or a malware. I thought I finally got it all by running SpyBot several times and acting as administrator to delete those malware. My Avast had detected the problem. I went into the Wal Mart site to find one of those Miracle Foam mattress toppers and after ordering one, I received an e-mail telling me my address was incorrect on my order and I should fill out an attached form and send it back to them or they would cancel the order after ten days and charge me a restocking fee. I tried to open their attachment and that's where I went wrong. Soon another e-mail came that confirmed my purchase. That was the real Wal Mart and I have been fighting that malware ever since all this happened last night.  I don't know what else I can do. Avast continues to block it but the attack has continued.

More later...

I ended up doing a complete scan of the system to get rid of the malware in it. Then I went out to Wal Mart and reported it to them. They had already had one customer come in and report it but I was the one who brought them the name of the malware. .  

Friday, December 27, 2013

A Busy Friday

I went to Independence today to have my hair done. Afterward I came back home and cleaned up my kitchen in preparation of going to Bartlesville later in the morning.  I pulled out a drawer in my kitchen cabinets and the drawer glide broke. I called my landlord about it and told his son, who is our service person that I was going to Bartlesville and would leave the door unlocked so he could take care of it at his leisure.

Then Bob and I went on to Bartlesville to eat at Dinks Bar B Q, shop at their Wal Mart store  (looking for a miracle foam mattress topper). I didn't find one because it's after Christmas and they must have sold like hotcakes.  Anyhow after we ate, we walked around the mall. There are no exercise classes until the first Monday after the 1st of the year.  We then came back home and read our mail. He went home to take a nap. My landlord's son had come in while we were gone and fixed the drawer glide. That was a pleasant surprise. It's so good to let someone else take care of repairs now that I am renting.

I went up to V & S Variety to get some more page protectors for the cards in my new cookbook.  Then I came back home and checked my mail and my e-mail. My electric bill was quite a bit higher then last month. Of course we had some very cold weather in the past month so I guess I should have expected it.  That's the only utility I pay so I guess I shouldn't complain.

I am trying to come up with something different for lunch tomorrow. I have some left over ham so I guess I'll make a scalloped potato and ham casserole.  I'll put a veggie with it and Bob will bring a salad. I still have pie for dessert.  That should do.

We will eat breakfast out tomorrow morning so I had better go to the bank.   Lunch took almost  the rest of my money today.  

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Day After Christmas

This will be a busy day. I intend to put away my Christmas decorations and get my house back in order. I took my vacuum sweeper in to Liebert Brothers Electric to have the power drive repaired. I hope they can repair it.  I have had that Hoover sweeper  since Jerod was two years old. That would be 25 years ago. It's been a good one.

I will need to find some boxes to put everything in. When I put away my fall decorations, I used what boxes I had on hand.

I made a pot of my new gourmet coffee my niece and her husband gave me for Christmas. I love flavored coffees. They also gave me a new mug to drink it from. I put it in the dishwasher this morning and will use it later. The coffee is really good though. This one is vanilla hazelnut flavor.  Bob is supposed to come over for coffee this morning but I have heard nothing out of him so far.

Bob gave me a variety of goodies from one of those companies that packages them only at Christmastime.   I have refrigerated it and will eat on it later.

Jeromy and Marlene gave me tea and new family photos. I will get some magnetic photo holders for the ones of the girls. I like to put them on my frig doors where I can enjoy them all year around. . 

More later...

I went to the market and stocked up on sale items. I found some magnetic photo holders for the girls' photos at the Dollar General store. I also bought a bag to store my wreath in.  Everything is put away now.  I even took the leaf out of my table and that made it round.

I put my wrapping paper in a bag and confiscated the box I had it in for my Christmas decorations. They all fit in. .My storage closet is nice and neat with everything labeled so I won't have to guess where I put everything again.

Bob dropped over and brought me some of his warm banana nut bread. Yum! I had to have a small piece while it was hot.

We will eat our leftovers for lunch today. I have half that tuna noodle casserole left and fruit salad and a little green bean casserole.  So we will have plenty to eat.  I imagine he will go home afterward to have a nap. He is subbing today for Barbara and delivering her meals on wheels.  She has gone to Lawrence where her daughter lives for the holiday. We will not have exercise class again until the Monday after the 1st.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Crisp Christmas Day

It's quarter to 10:00 and I spent the morning putting together my Waldorf salad and making the green bean casserole up. I will bake it in Leslie's oven after we get out there. I want it to be hot to serve.

I searched everywhere for Leslie's Christmas gift and could not find it. Luckily I had bought her two. Finally I began taking the gifts out of the storage closet and lo and behold, there it was back in the back of all the other gifts. I had wrapped it after it arrived and it was hidden behind the other gifts. I have the table loaded down with gifts and the frig full of pies, fruit salad and green bean casserole.  We will take Bob's car out to the kid's house. His trunk is larger. I hope everything will go in there and ride alright too.

I hope to get back home by the middle of the afternoon. I always try to clean up with Leslie after our meal. Luckily she has a dishwasher but there are always pans and some utensils to be done in the sink. Tomorrow, I will put away my Christmas decorations. Next year I am going to get another small tree. Even though I had my ceramic tree, I missed having a real Christmas tree. I have a small space in my living room where I could put it.  I bought a few new to me decorations this year to make the apartment look more festive.

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Our meal was very good! Jeromy and Marlene donated the ham the company gave to Jeromy, Leslie made twice baked potatoes and rolls and I took the green bean casserole and the fruit salad. My pies turned out all right after all though the crusts on the pecan pie were a  little dark.  

I took a lot of photos at John and Leslie's as they helped their grandchildren (my "greats") open their gifts. 

I will  post some of them here.  Cheyenne opens her new: baby" Cabbage Patch doll.  Maia received one too but hers was an "older" doll for a three year old (nearly four) Then John and Leslie gave each of them a new trike and they took them out on the drive to try them out.

John has this little half Jack Russell and other half Rat Terrier named Speck. He takes her everywhere with him in his truck.

Last of all, this photo shows the children open their gifts in the living room. Leslie is in the back with Cheyenne and Marlene is behind Maia. 

John and Leslie have this huge tree two stories high. .You can see it in the background. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Very Cold Tuesday Before Christmas

Today Bob and I both have hair appointments. He passed up the opportunity to get his regular haircut two weeks ago and now he feels he REALLY needs one. Afterward we will eat at Big Cheese. But first I will go by the Merle Norman studio and get my moisture emulsion. I am almost completely out now. I tried to get some last week but they had it on order.  They should have it now.

This afternoon I will make my pies for tomorrow for John and Leslie's Christmas dinner.  I will wait until tomorrow morning to make my Waldorf salad. I want it to be fresh since it's mostly fruit.

It never did snow much..if at all. I saw photos of Bartlesville yesterday on the 5:00 news and they got some. I almost broke down and went to Bartlesville yesterday just out of boredom. It's a good thing I didn't.


Well the Merle Norman store had not received my order so i won't go there again. I will take my business to Bartlesville next time.   They didn't bother to call me so I know how important my business is to them. I did go out to Wal Mart and look around and bought a moisturizer from them. I'll see how that works out. I usually have problems with my face breaking out when I try another product.

I am in the process of baking my pies now. The pecan pie is out of the oven and the pumpkin pie is in there now.  I will make the Waldorf salad in the morning.  I hope that pecan pie works out alright. I made it in a deep dish plate and it took longer to bake then usual.

On our way back from Independence this morning, the sun was shining on the ice on the trees and bushes and it was simply a winter wonderland!  It was lovely!

For all my online friends, "Merry Christmas and a delightful New Year!!"

Monday, December 23, 2013

Cold Monday

I believe it said it was 16 degrees out there this morning.  Wow! And it was supposed to have been down to 7 degrees earlier.  I am not a winter person. I want to go to Restoration Studies Symposium the last of January and the first of February and I won't go if the weather is nasty.  That is disappointing. I always enjoy those things.

I slept until nearly five this morning and my cat, Missy did too. I turned the thermostat down so the room would be cool and that always helps me sleep better.

Today I will need to go to the market for just a couple of things. I'm out of milk and also half and half. I use that in my coffee in the morning. I also need to run by the bank and cash Bob's check for his season ticket to Silver Dollar City.  I ordered the cards with my debit card.

I will fix a tuna noodle casserole for lunch today. We will have a veggie and a salad with that and I may make up some crescent rolls I have here. I already have lemon pudding.  Anyhow, it should be an easy meal and a nourishing one.

Bob came over last evening and we watched 60 Minutes together. I was out of wine and cookies so we had nothing to munch on as we watched. When he left I took my bath and put on my pj's and stayed up until 9:30 or so before finally turning in.

We did take the gifts for Levi out to church yesterday afternoon. It was very crispy out there. 

Not much to report yet. More later....

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Quiet Sunday at Home

Leslie called last night before I went to bed and said she and Melissa had conferred and were going to cancel church because of all the ice. We were to have had the children's Christmas program and were going to give them their gifts too. But we can't control the weather. And we don't want to be responsible for wrecks and perhaps even injuries.  If I can get to Independence on Tuesday, I will drop off the three gifts Bob and I bought for Levi. I had just wrapped them and didn't get them out to church and under the tree. We were also to have had our Christmas dinner at church. That's been cancelled too, of course.

I went to bed at 9:30 and went right to sleep. I woke up at 1:30 and could see I was going to have trouble getting back to sleep so I got up and drank a glass of milk. That did it. I slept until 6:30.

I have fixed my biscuit and my coffee this morning and am just working on my computer. I downloaded and installed  the latest edition of Java. My browser insisted I needed to do so.  We'll see how it works.

More later....

 Hey! My Christmas cactus is beginning to bloom now.

We called Phyllis and asked her to go to lunch with us at Sirloin Stockade and she did. We had a nice visit and some good food. Now I don't know what I will do with  the rest of the day. Maybe I should take a nap.

There are no exercises tomorrow or for that matter, the rest of the holiday...two weeks.   The woman who runs the senior center is taking two weeks vacation at this time of year.