Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday and A Memorial Service

I will go to breakfast with Bob this morning and then later go on down to Bartlesville to meet Myra for lunch.  Then we will go to the Memorial service for Deanelle.

Last week there was a scandalous story in our newspaper here in town. It exposed something that occurred with a candidate for governor 16 years ago when he was 26 years old. I won't repeat the scandal  because it was a case of poor judgment, something many of us are guilty of when we are young. I met the candidate last year when I went with Marilyn to a meeting for Democrats. He seemed a very nice young man who wants to unseat our present governor... Sam Brownback. As far as I'm concerned, his past is ancient history. Most of us who have lived a few years have some things in our pasts we'd just as soon forget. Hopefully we learned something from the experience. He obviously did if the reporter had to dig back 16 years to find something to "expose". 

Yesterday, I wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper expressing my disgust with the story...which I consider sleazy journalism...something Fox news would do.

This morning I received an answer from the reporter.  He tried his best to justify his behavior. I sent him a reply expressing my opinion once again.  I hate the type of journalism that feels it must tear down a candidate by bringing up something that happened 16 years ago just to smear someone. I believe we should make our judgments on the person he is now.

That's how I feel about Brownback. He is accepting funding for his campaign from the Koch brothers in Wichita....big business...and a corporation. They evidently approve of the fact that he has given huge tax cuts to big business and passed the taxes on to Kansas property owners. He has also eliminated the food sales tax and the homestead exemption for low income Kansans and eliminated tenure for teachers. And we have to consider the number of Kansans dependent on Medicaid who are now uninsured. The cuts to funding for Kansas education can also be listed. Yes, if it's perfection Kansans are looking for in their governor, they won't find it in Sam Brownback. And that opinion is based on his present behavior.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Again

How time flies! The weeks just whiz by.

This morning Bob's nieces are taking him to breakfast at 8:00. We will have hamburgers and french fries for lunch.

Tomorrow I will meet  Myra in Bartlesville for lunch at McCalister's and afterward we will go to the memorial services for Deannell Holt at the Bartlesville Community of Christ church. She was Scott's age...53.... and died of cancer earlier this month.  We were great friends with her parents, Dean and Paula when Scott was very young. Their family used to go camping with us when we were young and campers.

When Leslie was 5 and ready to go to kindergarten I wanted to sew her clothing. She was so tiny it was hard to find anything to fit her. I was so frustrated. I did more ripping out then I did sewing. I was crying while trying to sew those dresses and Paula came in one day and insisted on taking the entire project of five dresses home to do for me. I cleaned her house and she sewed for me. Leslie's dresses won the purple ribbon at the fair. She was delighted to get to sew and was very talented and I was delighted to clean for her because I loved to do that.  It worked out for both of us. I bought fabric for both of us and she sewed "shift" dresses for us both. That's what we wore to camp in those days. 

She and Dean divorced years ago. She never remarried. A few years back she walked across the road at her home in Iowa to get her mail and a car hit her and killed her.

Bob will be on his own for lunch tomorrow.

More later....

Bob came over and we went to Independence. He was bored and I wasn't doing anything in particular so we walked around Goody's and True Value Hardware. store. Then we came back home. he stayed until 7:00 and we watched TV and then when he went home, I took my bath and watched Dateline with Missy on my lap. I went to bed about 10:00. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday and a Dental Appointment

Today at 8:20, I will go in for my semi annual cleaning and exam. I hope I don't need anything else. I really can't afford the dentist. He isn't in my budget but on the other hand I can't afford to lose any more teeth. A couple of years ago, I lost my bridgework due to a failed root canal on the abutment tooth.  That left me with a gap in my mouth that sometimes shows.  I couldn't afford a new four unit bridge at $4500.  So ever since that catastrophe,  I have had a semi annual cleaning and exam.

I also have to investigate the fact that the bank evidently failed to pay for my Reporter paper subscription. I had it scheduled for September 2nd and it showed up on my "paid bills" site after that but did not show up on my bank statement.  The real mystery is my checkbook balances with the bank even though the bank does not show the paid bill on the statement. I had a "discussion" with the woman at the newspaper after the carrier did not throw me a paper last night.  So I'm going to the bank after the dental appointment. If I can't be assured that my bills will be paid after I schedule them, how will I be assured that any of my bills are paid? It's a mystery.

I slept well last night. I finished my new book before going to bed. It was pretty good for fiction.

We will have the leftover chicken casserole  for lunch today. We still have some of Bob's jello salad to eat with it. I will have to come up with something for dessert.

More later....

While I was in the dental office this morning, Honda of Bartlesville called to tell me my car was ready.  I took my bank records by the bank first and asked how it could be that my account shows a check was written but it didn't show up on my statement and the Reporter says they never received it. The bank said the Reporter requires them to actually write a paper check and they evidently had not deposited it or it was lost in the mail.  After I picked up my car,  I went up to Independence and wrote them a paper check. I didn't stop payment on the other check because it would have cost me more to do that then the check. The bank charges $35. to stop payment.

Anyhow, it's done now.

We will have supper tonight instead of lunch today.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday and Back to Bartlesville

Another mess! I mentioned yesterday that my car is leaking oil AGAIN.  So this morning, first thing, I'm heading back to Bartlesville to the Honda agency.  I'm hoping it's just the oil plug and that someone didn't get it in there tight. In the meantime, my nice clean carport floor has another large oil spot on it. Drat!

While I am there, I will go to their Wal Mart for the few groceries I need. It is a superstore.

I will miss my exercise class and perhaps lunch here at home. I want to get some mascara there at the Merle Norman store too. I will drop by Christopher and Banks and check out their super sale too. So I may miss fixing lunch today depending on how long all that takes.

I slept well last night. I stayed up until 9:30 and watched the special on PBS on the Baby Boomer generation. It was fairly interesting. I find if I can stay up a little later, I can sleep better.

More later...

Sure enough...the car was leaking oil and from two different places.  So..they kept it again and will reinstall the motor (or order another new one...I didn't ask which) I have the courtesy car again. How disgusting! I am so disappointed in this entire mess.

Now once again I have to try to clean up a mess on the carport. I put kitty litter on it last night but I don't know if that will do it or not. I may have to borrow that "Green" stuff again and scrub it.

I have fixed my casserole dish for dinner and have it ready to put in the oven at 4:30. We will have supper instead of lunch. I got home too late to do lunch. That dish is quite involved.

More even later....

 Our casserole was fine but I can't decide if I like it or not. I froze half of it for another day.

Bob came over for awhile and I took my bath when he left and am reading my Kindle. I will go to bed when I can no longer keep my eyes open.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday and Back to Independence

This afternoon, after lunch, I will go back to Independence to balance Juanita's checkbook.  She called to tell me she had her bank statement yesterday afternoon.  Juanita has lost her sight and can no longer do those things for herself. She's 93 next month.

We will have our pork cutlets for lunch today. I will make mashed potatoes and gravy too and a veggie. Bob will bring coleslaw.  I have some pudding made and, of course, the cookies I made yesterday.

I finished my book yesterday. It was pretty good until the last part. It was by Lauren Bacall. At the last she began to repeat herself and get maudlin.

I have just downloaded another book and will start it today.

More later....

 Pembroke Welsh Corgi / Dog 8 x 10 GLOSSY Photo Picture

This looks like Leslie's Corgi puppy.

I went up to Independence to Juanita's after lunch and balanced her checkbook.  It went fine this time.

John brought me a check pay for the ink cartridges I used and the stamps I bought to send out the  class registration form.

More later.....

Bad news! My car is leaking oil again. I called Honda of Bartlesville and they want it first thing in the morning.  So, it's back to Bartlesville.

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Quiet Monday

I  have no plans for today. Exercise class, yes, and then I want to go out to my daughter's and see the new gorgi puppy.....named Mini.  She's ten weeks old. Yesterday when Jeromy went to his folks to do laundry, he accidentally closed the garage door on the puppy's leg.  They thought it was broken. He called his folks at church and they went home to take Mini to the vet. Dr. Cooper x-rayed the leg and it was not broken..only sprained. He gave her some pain meds and sent her home. She slept all afternoon. When Leslie called last evening, she was tormenting Spec, their other dog. I think she will be fine now.

I want to bake some more cookies today.......maybe this afternoon. 

I plan to have pork tenders for lunch with mashed potatoes and gravy and a veggie. Bob may bring a salad although he still has some coleslaw here from Friday. It's covered with Saran so it is probably just fine. I will make some pudding for dessert.

I hope to hear from the hospital about work soon. I don't know when the board meets to make a decision about my job. I still want to make another car payment if possible.

My friend, Doug, is having surgery this morning for a brain tumor. I am greatly concerned. It is a very fast growing type. I have him in my thoughts and prayers. I have known him since he was in high school and he is in his early sixties now.

More later....

I got my cookies baked this afternoon after I got my hair done. Bob went with me and we ate at Big Cheese  and then went out to Leslie and John's to see Leslie's new Corgi puppy. We will have our pork tenders tomorrow.

What a darling puppy. Leslie named her Mini. I wish I had taken a photo of her to show you all.

Later  Bob and I mowed the back yard and then even later he came over to watch the new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory".

After he left, I took my bath, put my pjs on and sat in the recliner with Missy on my lap and I read until 9:30.  Then I went to bed.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday and A Sermon

I have the sermon today and I have worked on it for over a week.  I hope it comes out all right. I am always concerned that the message be relevant for the culture of today.

I stayed up until after 10:00 again last night and slept until almost 5:00 AM. I sleep so much better when I stay up a little later.

Today after church we will eat out somewhere. Bob wants to go to Cherryvale to "Just Us". Phyllis would probably go with us but I'm not sure anyone else will.  We will see.

I have some laundry in this morning. I had some towels and two pair of colored jeans that needed to be laundered. I put in the other things I had too. They are now in the dryer.

Missy wants to go out this morning but it's still dark and it's been raining most of the night. I told her we would wait until it got light and she offered to bite or scratch me.I bawled her out and she has settled down now. That old cat gets more and more aggressive when she doesn't get her way.  I don't know what I am going to do with her if it gets worse. 

This evening we will just watch 60 Minutes.  The series about the Roosevelts is over now.

More later....

I went to Country Mart to get 5 pounds of potatoes but all they had was 10 pounds of potatoes. So I went to Wal Mart with the idea of buying ink cartridges while I was there. Wouldn't you know? They were out of combo HP 61s. I go out there constantly for something in their ad only to find they don't have it.  And the amazing thing is I bought both of my printers there. They both take HP 61 cartridges.

When I got home Bob had mowed the front.  I was going to bake cookies but decided to mow my side instead.  I'll bake cookies tomorrow afternoon. It's 5:00 now.