Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

I slept well again last night.

I got up about 5:00 and fixed Missy's breakfast and even my own. I forgot Bob and I were eating breakfast out this morning. I only had a small bowl of cereal and juice and I regular coffee. No one gets fat on breakfast so I will eat some more with him. 

I took Missy out with me while I watered all the flowers. We didn't get the rain we were forecast yesterday. After I watered and was ready to come back in, she wandered off to Kenny's side of the house again. I had to get a stick to prod her and make her come home. Strange...sometimes she does what is expected of her and other times she is in complete rebellion. That's a cat for you! (very much like humans).

I will pick Bob up about 7:30 and we will try out the new buffet. Sirloin Stockade has closed and sold all their Kansas restaurants so we have no idea what to expect out of this new operation. We don't even know if they kept Rick and Steve or let them go. I guess we will find out.

I am the speaker at church tomorrow. I had considered giving it up since I am 81 but there are so few left....Johnna's husband, Greg, was murdered last month and even though she is one of our pastors, she is not ready to resume being the speaker. Her mother, Sue, is 81 too and in very poor health. Her husband John, who is 84, gave it up years ago. That leaves, Karan, who is about to have complete knee surgery, Bill,  Leslie, Melissa. and me. Leslie gets some guest speakers from time to time and that helps. 

More later....

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday and a Good Night's Sleep

I had a good night's sleep last night after two nights of sleeplessness. I am feeling so much better this morning. I have dressed and fed Missy and myself. I took her outside with me while I watered everything. She went next door and I could not get her to come back home. I tried to pick her up but she was very angry and would have bit me if she could have reached my hands. She growled and spit at me and and wriggled around to try to reach my hands with her teeth. What an angry cat!  I finally put her down and she came home by herself. She is in the apartment now.

I will go to exercise class this morning. I haven't been all week. I need to keep that up.

I will see Dr. Webb on Monday at 2:30 and Dr. Peaster on Tuesday at 11:00. Next week will be very busy.

We have a 50% chance of rain today. 

More later...

I went to exercise class but was just exhausted for some reason. Afterward, I came home and soon started lunch. We had pork cutlet, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli and salad. The more I worked on it, the tireder I got. Then I cleaned off the dishes to put them in the dishwasher and did the pans. I am really exhausted now and depressed too. I don't know what's going on. I am seldom ever depressed.  I even had a good night's sleep.

For one thing, I am on overload right now and today one of our number invited another friend from exercise class to the class here on Sunday evening. I have it at my apartment this time. I can only seat 10 at best in my living room. We sometimes  have 12 if everyone comes.  Howard and Judy invited another couple time before last and today Marilyn invited this other guest today.  I don't know where I will put all these people.

I have a load of white clothes in the dryer now. I started them in the washer before I left for exercise class.

I think I will lie down and see if I can get some rest.

More later...

That helped a lot. When I got up the depression was gone. I don't know what that was all about but it may have been something about the feeling of overload just now.

Bob came over about 5:15 and stayed to watch the news and PBS where we watch Brooks and Shields every Friday evening in the Newshour. They do a good job of analyzing the news.  

After he left I took my bath and lay with Missy on the sofa to watch TV until 9:00.  Then she and I both went to bed.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday and Another Sleepless Night

I did not sleep well at all again last night. I awoke at 1:30 and never did get back to sleep. At 3:30, I just gave up and got up. I had way too much on my mind and it seemed to be impossible to shut it down.

First I thought about having that bunion redone. I will have to be either on crutches or a walker for six weeks afterward while it heals. Then I thought about the redo of my bladder surgery. I decided it would have to be done first. That will be a six weeks recovery....again. After that is all well, I will probably plan to have the bunion surgery....if it can be done. That will take me into the least twelve weeks of recoveries.  All that kept me awake....again. It's 4:00AM now. No sense trying to go back to bed now.

This morning I will call Dr. Gillis about my swollen ankle. When I get up in the morning, it is fine until I have been up an hour and then it swells up again and stays swollen all day.  I don't know what to make of it. I want to see if he can see me before he leaves for his next weeks week-long vacation. It will have to be today or tomorrow because he will be gone all next week.

My friend, Mary, from Springfield, that I got to see again at camp, called me last night to see how the ankle was doing. I told her it was still swelled up and the doctor was out both Monday and Tuesday and will be gone all next week. It was sweet of her to be concerned. We talked a bit but really nothing can be done until I can see a doctor about it. And then, I don't know what he can do about it. It isn't injured. It's just swollen.  I called his office on Monday but he was out and would be out Tuesday as well. Yesterday I already had way too much on my plate to try to see him.  When I called on Monday they wanted me to see the nurse practitioner instead. I told the receptionist I would just go to the Urgent Care on 11th street. She said if they needed an x-ray they would just send me back to them to have it done. Why would they need an x-ray? I hadn't fallen or twisted it and hurt just swells. An x-ray just shows bone anyhow. I don't need the additional x-ray. I spent seven years working in dental offices doing x-rays without any protection.  So I just forgot about seeing a nurse practitioner.

We will have that leftover roast beef and gravy for lunch today. I still have potatoes and carrots to have with it and some of Bob's jello salad. We will have cookies and fruit for dessert.  Tomorrow I plan to have the pork cutlets I bought day before yesterday.

More later...

My daughter, Leslie, called this morning. I explained my dilemma about needing two different surgeries and having a recovery time of twelve weeks. She said "why not have them at the same time and just have one six week recovery."  She is smarter then the average bear.  I sure didn't think of that.  I'll see if I can do that.

More later...

I finally got the doctor's office. My doctor is not in today either and he's completely booked tomorrow and will be gone on vacation all next week. They offered to give me to a PA or a NP but I want to see a doctor. She gave me to Dr. Christiansen, my brother-in-law Bob's doctor. I will see him at 10:30.  It wouldn't be such a big deal but the camp nurse told me there is a chance of a blood clot with swollen ankles.

So, at least I will see a doctor.

I went to see Dr. Christiansen and he said the swelling was probably because of the heat and the fact that we did so much sitting during the services.  He said I appeared to be in very good shape and not to worry about a blood clot.  I decided I like him. He seems very down to earth, personal, practical and nice.

I got home in time to warm up the roast and potatoes and carrots. We also had the rest of Bob's salad. Marilyn R., my neighbor, brought us over some cup cakes and we had those for dessert.

I took Marilyn the rest of the roast and carrots and potatoes. She had that for her lunch.

I went to Orschelon's and bought ten small cement blocks and laid them in that flowerbed on that peat moss that the birds dropped seed into and pulled out most of the sprouting seeds. Now I can fill the bird feeder again and if they drop seed this time, it will fall on those blocks. I will take a photo of that solution and post it here. I will also take a photo of the flower bed that I replanted the flowers in. I had to transplant the hen and chicks too. The squirrels dug them out and ruined that flowerbed too. I've had a time trying to have flowers.

Here the flowerbed that I moved all those flowers to. I looks fuller now.

This is the tomato plant with five tomatoes on it. I threw one away because a squirrel had evidently taken a bite from it.

Anyhow this is all for now.  More later..

Bob came over about a quarter past 5:00 and stayed to watch the news. After that, he left to go home and watch "Mysteries at the Museum" . I don't get that program on my TV.  I took my bath and put my PJs on before  I had a cookie and a cup of Chai. Then I watched "This Old House" on PBS.  After that, I came in here to bring the blog up to date. I will go to bed at 9:00.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wednesday and an Eye Appointment

I did not sleep well last night. I had too much going through my head. I finally just got up at 4:00 and came in here to read the e-mail and do my blog.

In a little while I will dress and get ready for my day. Missy is still on the bed. When she gets up I will make it and get her breakfast and mine. Then I will need to water the flowerbeds.

I will not cook lunch today. I have a 10:30 appointment in Caney with my optometrist.  This is my yearly appointment. My brother-in-law, Bob, has a Bartlesville appointment at 9:30 with Dr. Eslicker's nurse practitioner. He missed his appointment on Monday so now he will just see the nurse practitioner. I will meet him after our appointments and we will have lunch at McCalister's and perhaps walk around the mall. I also want to see if I can see the podiatrist, Dr. Webb, about my left foot bunion. I want to see if he can repair that failed bunion surgery so I won't get back home soon enough to go play Bunco at Asbury.

More later...

I have fed Missy and myself and watered all the flowers and tomato plant and dead headed the flowers. Before I leave this morning, I want to run the vacuum sweeper in the living room and perhaps the dining room.

I haven't taken my Zyrtec for two nights and that may be why I didn't sleep well last night. I notice I am having a sneezing episode this morning.  So maybe I should take some.

More later... 

I got the vacuuming all finished and dusting too before I left for Caney and my eye appointment. I met Bob and McCalister's at 11:30 and we had lunch. Afterward he went home and I stopped at Dr. Webb's to check about repair of my failed bunion.  I have an appointment to meet with him on Monday at 2:30. I have an appointment with Dr. Peaster on Tuesday to discuss redoing my bladder surgery.   What a mess!

I did get home in time to go out to Asbury to play Bunco. And surprise of surprises, I won "most Buncos".  The prize was a cute jar that was supposed to hold little hearts on which you would print your blessings.  I don't know what I will do with that but it is cute.

After I got home the newspaper came and I read that and did the crossword puzzle. Around 5:00 Bob came over to watch the news and read the newspaper. He left sometime after 6:00.  I took my bath and Missy and I watched TV...a PBS special about Yellowstone Park and all of it's animals and birds. Missy really gets into shows about animals and birds.

At 9:00, Missy and I went to bed. I was exhausted!  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday and More Disappointments

I waited all day yesterday for a call back from Dr. Peaster, the urology doctor that did my bladder surgery. He never called. I called twice yesterday and then again just before 5:00 when the office closed. The receptionist said he had been in surgery all day and would call me today. Well, it's 1:30 now and I still have not heard from him. I called the office at 10:30 and made an appointment to see him at 11:00 next Tuesday. He did the failed surgery and I feel he should be the one to redo it. We'll see how that goes.

I have not had a good track record with most doctors. Dr. Smithson, who did my hysterectomy when I was 30 and later did my surgery for my hernia, did a good job. He actually spent time with me each time I saw him.  He was a "person" doctor. I can't say that for Dr. Peaster.

Then before my Bob died we had a doctor we both loved...Melissa. However, notwithstanding the PET scan, the CT scan, the MRI, his cancer was never detected. He had developed lymphademia in his left arm. It swelled and hurt terribly. Our doctor sent him to a lymphademia massage therapist three times a week but that didn't help either.  We had a surgeon who did not want to do his biopsy because of his type 2 diabetes but told our family doctor that we had refused to have it done.. In other words....he lied. I'm not surprised that our hospital finally fired him.

After that, we were seeing my husband, Bob's, dermatologist and he suggested we see a Bartlesville radiologist who would do a "needle" biopsy.  He even got us an appointment that day and we went right up to see that doctor. He immediately scanned Bob's chest and after looking at the computer screen said,  "Well, this is cancer. We just won't know what kind until the biopsy comes back". Then he did the needle biopsy. That was on a Wednesday. On Friday, the biopsy came back. It was squamous cell carcinoma.  It had spread throughout his body and settled in his lungs. The prognosis was "days". My younger son, Scott, was due to be deployed again to Iraq but the doctor sent a letter with the results of the biopsy to his commanding officer and the Red Cross got his deployment cancelled and he came home to help me with his dad. The doctor suggested we should call in Hospice. He died a week later...the day before his 80th birthday.

More.. back in the early 2000s I had surgery for a bunion on my right foot. That was successful. Then in 2003, I had the same doctor do the left foot. That one failed. I showed it to the doctor that did the surgery and he said my only recourse was the "Keller" procedure. I looked that up. They evidently remove the protruding bone and put a rod in the big toe. It is only for people who have terrible pain. I don't have terrible pain but I do have to wear a very wide shoe in the winter and fall and sandals in the summer. I also have to set my left foot on top of my right foot when I sleep. Otherwise rubbing the bunion on the sheets in the night makes it hurt and keeps me awake.

Now this surgery....another failure.

I had the roast in the slow cooker while I went to have my hair done. It cooked three hours with potatoes and carrots and then I set the slow cooker on low to keep it warm. It was good but dry.  We will have it again on Thursday and I have made some brown gravy to go on that meat. Maybe that will help.

I have a 10:30 appointment in Caney in the morning to get my eyes checked. My brother-in-law, Bob, has a 9:30 appointment with Dr. Eslicker's office. He will drive himself down and will see the Nurse Practitioner because he forgot his appointment with the doctor yesterday. I will drive down to Bartlesville myself after my appointment and we will eat at McCalister's.  I want to see the podiatrist, Dr. Webb, while we are there. I want to see if he can do anything about that right foot's bunion.

Today, I am depressed. It's been a rough weekend and a half.

Today I checked into what a passport will cost. I was told it would be $150. plus the perhaps $160. I will probably go to Bartlesville to have it done. That post office will also do the photo. Ours in Independence will send me to Walgreen's for the photo. There's no rush. The cruise my daughter-in-law and son are sending me on with them and her mother isn't until next June. I hope to have both my foot and my bladder repaired by then.

I am looking forward to the Alaska cruise.

More even later...I have vented...thanks for listening!!

Here's something to cheer me up. Missy ignores the little solar cat Leslie gave me for Mother's Day. She simply ignores it. Missy has more personality then any cat I've ever had and I've had a few.

Well, this morning I set it in the sun to get it's glow. Missy went over and laid down and finally...after all this time...looked at it. I grabbed my camera and took this photo.

Of course, you realize it was in the sunshine and Missy loves to lay in the sunshine.

More later...

I've made peanut butter criss cross cookies this afternoon and even ate one of them. Then I read the paper and did the crossword puzzle. In about 25 minutes the news will be on and I will watch that this evening. I laid down awhile with Missy this afternoon. I even took her out briefly but it was too hot for her so she wanted back in.

More even later...

Dr. Peaster never did call today.

My brother-in-law, Bob, came over at 5:00 to watch the news and left after it was over.

I took my bath and laid down with Missy to watch TV.  In about an hour, I'll go to bed.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Next Sunday's Sermon

Take Up the Cross and Follow Me
June 25th 2017
Matthew 10: 24-39 is sometimes thought of as a hard saying. Let us share it. 

Matthew 10:24-39New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

 “A student is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the student to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they malign those of his household!
 “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.  What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.  Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body.  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  And even the hairs of your head are all counted.  So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.”

The author of Matthew tells us the disciples had been on a journey with Jesus and he had just shared with them some of the mission to which they were being called. Then he began to tell them what might happen next. It was Jesus’ way of preparing them to expect the unexpected. Jesus warned his followers they needed to be prepared to be rejected and face persecution simply because they would be labeled as his followers.

The passage opens with clear warnings and guidelines for the disciples. They are to share the values of God’s kingdom that Jesus had  shared with them and what they have learned is that there won’t always be a great reception. They must also be prepared to share in the rejection.

As the disciples proclaimed God’s kingdom coming near, they were also told they must remain focused on the mission and do what they must to attend to the Holy Spirit’s leading. 

This begins the transition into an even more commonly difficult portion of the passage. 

Beginning in Matthew 10:34–36, Jesus recites a familiar passage from Micah 7:6 where God and the prophet are engaged in an exchange about being faithful in their relationship amid unfaithfulness in the community. 

It reads like this. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”

When people challenge the status quo, they are often labeled as being unfaithful to what has become a way of life. Jesus seems to be telling them he didn’t come to keep the peace or harmony with what’s been happening in their lives of faith. His coming and his message will shake things up and invite new followers to a new way of life…a different way of life. They are challenged to put aside class differences and live the Kingdom of God in the here and now!

So let’s explore the Scripture:

There is some doubt among scholars of the New Testament that Jesus really said all these words because the words say that Jesus deliberately creates conflict… and this contradicts other of Jesus’ sayings where he recommends unqualified love. In this passage Jesus also refers to himself in the first person, something they doubt that he did except as found in the gospel of John…a very late gospel. 

For that reason, and because the saying is based on something the prophet Micah said, they conclude that these words are probably something formulated by the early Christian community as they encountered objection and difficulty to the message of living out the Kingdom of God in this life…a message that instructed disciples to take care of one another as well as those they encountered who were also in need. …something that was clearly counter cultural in that day.   

We should keep in mind that the sayings in this segment reflect a knowledge of events that took place long after Jesus’ death. Matthew is clearly depicting the situation as he knew it in his own time and Matthew is believed to have been written between the years 70 to 90.   

Then the author of Matthew says that Jesus clearly defines what the expectation is for life as a disciple. Taking up our cross may not always mean an actual cross…it may mean doing something that we ordinarily would not do…responding in a way that may be counter cultural in our society. 

We are not to stop loving others because we confess to love Jesus. We are simply to put his message and instructions first. 

According to Matthew, Jesus says that following him means we shouldn’t set aside the good news of the gospel because of another relationship. We instead should find hope in the reality that God will never betray us or abandon us. Our value is immeasurable to God and God’s fidelity to us is always promised. It is in that relationship that we can “lose” our life…perhaps not literally… but certainly as we decide to do the servant ministry that he instructs his disciples to do….meeting real need wherever they and we find it, we can in this way figuratively “lose our lives”.  

We know there are times when, if we choose to follow these instructions of Jesus, some people will challenge us. When Jesus said disciples should “take up their cross” and follow him, he meant disciples should have a wholehearted response and willingness to give up the way of life they might otherwise have chosen to live, and follow his “way” instead.  Perhaps that is why the earliest Christian community was first called “The Way”. 

So what does this mean for us as modern day Christians? Does it mean we should literally “take up a cross”? That’s not likely in today’s world. But it might mean that for us, we should be willing to lay down our lives to protect another. It means we should always be willing to help others we know who need our help. It means we should be ready to accept those that our society won’t always accept. That’s what Jesus would do. 

We all encounter opportunities in our everyday lives to assist others who need help. And it doesn’t always have to be something dramatic. But sometimes it’s just a matter of helping someone change a tire….or taking a meal to a shut in. Occasions happen throughout our lives to be helpful to others in need.  It’s just a matter of whether we notice and decide to assist that someone or simply walk away. 
In every situation we encounter, we should just ask ourselves. “What would Jesus do?” and then act….that’s basically what it means to follow Jesus. It won’t always be easy. 

While I was at camp this week something very different happened that challenged me and  many others in our witness of Jesus’ way. 

I was in the dining hall and a woman came in who was dressed very nicely for church. I had been busy so I just glanced up…and then I did a double take. It was not a woman…it was a man dressed as a woman. He went outside where there was a group visiting on the benches outside the dining hall and walked down toward the worship center. I went out to see how others reacted to him. They were as surprised as I was and after he walked down to the worship center, several of them laughed loudly. 

So I walked up and said, “you know he is just a cross dresser, He is who he is, just as we are who we are.”  They immediately stopped laughing. As I walked away it occurred to me that I had not laughed but I had not made any effort to speak to him either. 

I suddenly remembered that this same man had come to the last camp I had attended two years ago and after several visited with him, he had been well accepted. In fact he and his girlfriend attended the nearby Neosho, Missouri, congregation regularly. I was ashamed of myself. 

Later that afternoon, I saw our Mission Center President, Vivian, sitting next to him at those same benches and she was visiting with him. I realized again what a quality person she was. 

The next day at our morning group meeting, our leader,  Karan had three questions for us to consider. They were 1) What challenged you to grow yesterday? 2)   How could you have been more like Jesus? 3) What do you wish you had done differently? There was a long silence and then I finally spoke up and said,” I was ashamed of myself when the young man who cross-dresses came up here and I didn’t try to visit with him and put him at ease. 

I realized that Jesus accepted everyone in his culture. He accepted women who were the very lowest part in their society. He held children who were considered property by the men of that day. In fact, as objects, if they disobeyed their father, they could be stoned to death. He touched and healed lepers who were forced to live outside the city gates and shout out “unclean, unclean” if anyone approached them. 

Jesus was definitely counter culture. 

The next day the young man came back after he had worked all day and was dressed in his work clothes. 

Later the following day, I was serving dinner when he came in again very well dressed in his woman clothing…a bright red dress, hat and heels. He was carefully made up and well dressed…as a woman. This time I had the opportunity to talk to him as I asked him which foods he wanted on his plate.  

 “Matthew pretty much had it right in a later chapter in Matthew 25, when he said Jesus in a teaching parable had said: “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a foreigner and you showed me hospitality; I was naked and you clothed me; I was ill and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to see me.

 Whatever you did for the most inconspicuous members of my family, you did it for me as well.” 

It’s really not that hard to see opportunities. The hard part is to be able to act on those opportunities. 

So let us ask ourselves “what are we willing to do to follow Jesus?” and “What would Jesus do…in every circumstance we encounter?”

Monday and No Exercises

I slept very well last night and didn't wake up once. I got up at 5:30 or so. I have fed myself and Missy and am going to make a fast trip to the market to get meat for the week. I don't buy my meat at Walmart. I will get everything else there later this afternoon.

I have washed the  kitchen and bathroom floors this morning. Tomorrow after I get back from Independence, I will vacuum at least two rooms. I need to try to see the doctor today about my swollen ankles and also call the Bartlesville doctor who did my surgery about my surgery failure. It should be a busy day.

If I'm going to make it to the market, I'd better got back to this later....

My 56 year old son ran a triathlon last week in Florida and he did it in 1 hour and 40 minutes. Here is his photo.

He was exhausted when he finished.

I've had a stressful morning. I called the doctor's office about the swollen ankle (it's down least temporarily) and he will be out both today and tomorrow and he will be gone all next week on vacation. So I can't find out anything about that. Then I went to the grocery store and when I attempted to use my debit card to pay for my groceries, I accidentally put in the last four digits of my social instead of my pin number. I tried three times and finally just paid in cash.

Then I went to the bank to get my hair money back and I had been locked out of my account. I called the bank when I got back home and they reset it for me. Then I went back to the bank to get the money for my hairdo tomorrow.

I called Dr. Peaster's office and was put on hold  for awhile then when I told the receptionist what I was calling about she took a message and said she would have the doctor call me when he came in . That's been almost an hour and he hasn't called yet.

Bad start of the day...

It's 8:40 in the evening now and Dr. Peaster never called me back.   I called his nurse for the second time at 4:50 and learned that he had been in surgery "all day".  I asked if that began at 9:30 this morning and she didn't even answer me. She said he would call me in the morning. In the morning, I will be in Independence getting my hair done. I will have my phone with me and I doubt he will call me at 9:00 AM. That's when my appointment is scheduled.

I finally went on to Walmart to buy the bulk of my groceries in the afternoon. I took my phone with me and had it in my hand the entire time...hoping Dr. Peaster would call.  I got that finished. Then I finished my Sunday sermon.

I heard from my friend, Gay, today that her mother had died in her sleep last night. She was 99 and would have been 100 if she had lived until January. Gay and I have been friends for 63 years. I would go to the memorial service for her mom but I am preaching at our church next Sunday.  I did go buy a nice card and added a personal note and sent that to her today.

It's nearly 9:00 now and I have had my bath and lay with Missy on the sofa for awhile. In a little while, I will go to bed. It's been a huge day.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday and Church

I had another busy day. I fed myself and Missy and then got myself ready for church. Bob picked me up at 9:00 and then we went to get Phyllis. When we got to church I cut up Bob's coffeecake and he swept up the bugs in the foyer. Our church is in the country and every week there are a few bugs that find their way into the foyer. One of us cleans them up. They are mostly dead because Bob sprays around the doors and windows to mostly keep them out.

Leslie was in charge of church and she had a testimony service.  It was very good!

After church Bob and Phyllis and I went over to "Just Us" for lunch. Karan was till at church camp until about noon and she wanted to get right home so she didn't go.

After lunch Bob brought both Phyllis and me home. I opened my mail and put everything from it away. Then I did the congregation's newsletters and got them sent out.  Then I finished Sunday's sermon. Finally! I laid down with Missy about 4:15 and took a short nap before Bob came by at 5:00 to watch the news and 60 Minutes.

After he left Missy and I went out on the patio and swept and then I transplanted some of my flowers. The bird seed that hangs above my new flowerbed had dropped into it as the birds fed and the seeds had sprouted and ruined the flowerbed. A squirrel dug up the one with the hen and chicks and they were scattered everywhere.  I will weed the one I took everything out of the first chance I get.

I have the ankle all swelled up very large again so I must remember to call the doctor in the morning and see if he can see me.  I also want to talk to him about my bladder prolapse problem. I just had that surgery in January and now it needs to be redone. He will probably want me to call the same doctor that did it. I dread that.

It's 9:30 now and about time for me to think about going to bed. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday and A Storm

I slept fitfully last night. I got up close to 6:00 and soon after that, a storm moved in. After I dressed and had a cup of Chai, the rain stopped temporarily and I walked up to the lodge and took this computer up with me.

I checked my e-mail but there was nothing personal.... just a lot of spam.

It's ten after 7:00 now and breakfast is in twenty minutes.

I didn't get any photos yesterday since it was such a busy day. Maybe if the rain goes away I can get some today.

We had a great "chat time" with our World Church appointee Barbara Carter yesterday afternoon and she brought us up to date with the financial condition  of the church and answered lots of questions.

More later.....It's time for morning devotions.

"Homer" visits the morning SonBurst Worship every day. He is the hand puppet. Bill does a wonderful job of writing the scripts. He's the puppeteer. Homer gives lots of lessons and the kids love him.


We had morning devotions and also breakfast over now. In an hour we have SonBurst Worship group meeting. Then at 11:00 we will have our class.

The day was very busy again. We had the KP for breakfast today. I did the pots and pans again...there weren't many this time.

Later I learned that the cook had only moved the oatmeal pans and several other pans into the kitchen and not emptied them. After the kitchen was cleaned and everything put away and the dining room cleaned, he emptied them and took the pans with the dried oatmeal and three other pans with dried food in them to the kitchen to be washed. By then everyone working in the kitchen had gone for the morning except Karan who was visiting in the lodge and all others were down at the worship center for the early worship. Karan was the only one of our group still at the lodge and she had those pans to wash. Poor planning by the cook!

The class was good again. Barbara taught it. She uses a lot of personal experiences in her teaching and uses a lot of class participation. That makes it especially interesting.

In the afternoon, I worked on this blog and later went to a writer's workshop with Terry, the camp directer during the "shoes off" rest  period. After that it was supper time and I just helped serve. I didn't eat supper..I just had a glass of tea.

We went to the song service and worship service after supper was cleaned up. Barbara had another excellent sermon. During the sermon, I noticed that my left foot was swollen again....especially bad around the ankle. There was to be only "clean up" on Sunday morning and I didn't think I should do that with my swollen foot. This time it was swollen even larger.

Karan walked up the hill to get my car and I immediately packed up and left for home. I got home at 10:00 PM and unpacked and took a bath to go to bed. It was then that I noticed that my bladder surgery from January, was failing. I will have to speak with the doctor in Bartlesville that did the surgery and see what I/he should do about that.

Here Homer is saying goodbye to his friends!
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday and Still at Camp

Today will be another huge day. They are getting breakfast ready in the kitchen now. I will not eat as much this morning.

Flagpole devotions are at 7:20 but so far not many are up and around. We had a huge storm last night with 50 mile an hour winds and lots of rain.  Breakfast is at 7:30.

At 9:30 is the SonBurst Worship service. That's the one with all the up and down movements with  basically camp songs. I'm not wild about those but it only lasts until 10:00 and then we break into our groups. Class with Barbara is at 11:00. She is an excellent teacher.

Today our group (the Orange group...called "Sonkissed") is in charge of cleaning bathrooms.  We will do that after lunch.  Lunch is at 12:15. Then the afternoons are free periods. That's when I take my photos and do this blog.  I hope to get some more photos today..if it's not too wet by then.

More later....

It was a very busy day today. I ate lunch but decided not to eat supper  anymore. After the morning class, we had lunch and then later...after awhile, we cleaned the bathrooms in Founder's Hall.

This evening we listened to a sermon by Vivian, our Mission Center co-president. She did a good job.

Afterward, I noticed that my left ankle had swollen terribly. I went down to the trailer to lie down and elevate it. Soon Karan came in and brought me a small piece of watermelon. I had skipped the watermelon feed because of my ankle. Soon after Karan  came in, Jody came in carrying an ice pack. That helped the swelling a lot. Karan and I visited until 10:00 when we finally went on to bed.  I didn't even take a shower.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thursday at Camp

It was a pretty good night to sleep. I slept pretty much through the night in that king sized bed.

Today will be a full day. I will try to get back to this later. It's just about time for morning devotions.

So...more later.

Morning devotions went well. Afterward we had a big breakfast and after that we went to SonBurst Worship...not really my cup of tea! Too much singing with up and down movements...kind of kid stuff! But the puppet show was good!

Following that, we had a class....a very good class with Barbara Carter!  She is an excellent teacher! I really enjoyed that!

Then came lunch...notchos and salad and fruit and peaches. I ate too much again.

This is shoes off time until 4:00 when we have the "duck race". So I am catching up on the blog and reading my email. The only place to get a signal is in the dining hall. The router is at the caretaker's cabin.  I want to get some photos to share if I can get this laptop to accept the cord for the download.

After supper at 5:30, there is a song service and then at 7:00 the preaching service.  Barbara will be preaching and she is very good.

This my home away from home the next four days. It's John and Leslie's camper. It has three pop outs, one for the dining area, one for the living room area and one for the bedroom (complete with king sized bed.)

This is the lodge where we find the dining room and kitchen facilities.

And this is the worship center..which we call the tabernacle.

Everything is very green and beautiful today. It started out being 69 degrees but warmed up pretty well. There is a good breeze though.

I heard from my brother-in-law Bob today that Missy wasn't very happy yesterday evening that I was gone but she is better today.  She can make it until Sunday afternoon.

This is the area where the kids and grandkids and I scattered Bob's ashes seven years ago last May. In many ways it seems like a long time ago and in others it seems like just yesterday.

More's  a stream area he just loved.

This the pond that the children just love to catch tadpoles in. It also has snakes so they have asked the children not to go into it.
This may be a better/closer photo of the Worship Center. You can see the landscaping better.

Tomorrow I will try to get photos of Heritage Hall, the dorm, and some of the cabins.  But for now, I'm going to take my shoes off and read tomorrow's lesson.

Our team had the supper pans and dishes as our responsibility this evening. I did all the pans. It was a huge job. Afterward we had the song service and worship service. Barbara did a great job with her sermon and didn't use one note.

Later, after the service, they served ice cream sundaes. Then Karan and I went back to the camper and took our showers and went on to bed. It was nearly 9:30  and we had had a huge day.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wednesday and Camp

I slept fitfully last night. I guess it was the idea of finishing packing for camp. I started last night but there's always a lot of lat minute packing to do. Luckily, I make a list. If I didn't, I would forget something...for sure.

I finally got back to sleep and slept until almost 6:00...which is late for me. After I got up and dressed, I finished packing and put my bags in the trunk of my car. After the laptop finishes updating and shuts down I will put it and the charging cord in the bag and put it in the back seat floor. After I get to camp, I will take it and everything else into the camper.

I watered everything this morning. As I began to water, it began to sprinkle on the patio. That didn't last long so I finished watering.

I had my breakfast after first feeding Missy. She was nearly out of food.

My TV is out. I turned the weather on early and when I tried to shift channels, I lost the signal. I tried several things I knew but to no avail. Finally I called Cox. They said the TV was out in our area and they would have it back on by 12:30. I will be gone by then. I will try to log on the and see if I can get the Tulsa news. I can get the national news online with the computer. I still have that signal.

Perhaps more later from camp...if I can get a signal there.

The TV is back on and it's only 8:30. It didn't take all morning after all.

I will leave soon for Joplin area.  Bob will look in on Missy from time to time and feed her and clean up her litter box.  I will try to get a signal from the campgrounds later...after I get settled in.

I went to Joplin  and walked around the mall for awhile. Then I came on out to the reunion grounds.

It was hot but breezy. I had a difficult time getting the camper door unlocked. Kevin, the caretaker came to help and after several tries, he managed to get it open. It stuck for some reason.

When I got my luggage in the camper, I came up to the lodge, closing the door after me. Then I found I couldn't get the unlocked door open again. I got Vivian's husband, Leroy, to come tug on it and it finally opened. When Karan came, she thought the door was locked too. She had to give it a mighty tug to get it open.  Maybe it will get easier as the rest of the week progresses. That camper is really lovely. The kids left it at the campgrounds after they left Roaring River weekend before last.

After a full day, I finally went to bed at 9:00 or shortly afterward. I don't know how Missy made out with Bob coming over to feed her.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tuesday and Cakes

I got up at my usual 5:00 AM and did a load of laundry. Missy had missed the little bathmat that her litter box sets on and so it needed to be washed. So I threw in everything else in the basket as well as my PJs.  Now they are still in the dryer. The bathmat and towels are still in the dryer anyhow.

After that, I fed myself and Missy and then we went out to water the flowers. She stayed close by and I didn't have any trouble getting her back in the apartment. She seems very subdued nowadays. She sleeps a lot. ..more then usual

Before I leave for Independence, I want to run the vacuum in the living room. That's the only room I did not get to yesterday. Missy was in there sleeping and she hates the noise of the vacuum sweeper. I will do it in a little while. It's only 7:00. I have an hour and a half before I leave for Independence with the cakes and to get my hair done.

This is the only photo that I took yesterday that I didn't get on the blog. It too was a gift from my daughter. It says, "What can I give Him poor as I am? If I were a shepherd I would give Him a lamb. If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part....But what I can, I give Him, Give my heart."

She gave that to me years ago. I keep it on my bedroom wall too.

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I got the living room vacuumed. Missy wasn't wild about it but she came in the den while that was being done.

Now the apartment is clean. I will pack for camp this afternoon because I have the invocation to give tonight at the city commission meeting.  We will probably leave early tomorrow morning.

More later...

We got to Independence early enough to deliver the cakes first  before my hair appointment. Following my hair appointment we walked around Walmart and also went through a couple of store downtown to kill some time before lunch. We ate lunch at 11:00 at Great China.

Then I took Bob home and came home myself  to lay down and rest awhile. I did go out and pick the little plants that the bird feeder dropped on my new flowerbed. What a mess! I bagged them up and put them in the trash receptacle. 

Missy wet on the small rug that sets under her litter box again. That's twice today and once yesterday. It has been weeks since she has done that. I don't know what on earth has happened to set her off again.

I guess I will pack since the hearing with Sessions is very dry...nothing like that of Comey's.

More later....

Bob came over for awhile to read the paper and  watch the news. When he left I took my bath and Missy and I watched TV until almost 9:00. Then we went to bed.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday and Exercises

I got up shortly before 5:00 and got myself ready for the day. I will feed Missy shortly (she is patiently waiting here on the floor beside me) and myself.

I want to wash both the bathroom floor and the kitchen floor before I leave for exercise class and I also need to water the flowers and the tomato plant. I hope Bob keeps his eye on them while I am gone. I leave for church camp on Wednesday and will be gone until Sunday morning. Karan and I are staying in my son in law and daughter's RV at camp. I will try to take some photos and post them while I am gone if I can get a signal. I will take my laptop.

Bob will come over morning and evening and see to Missy. He will feed her and clean out her litter box and also probably spend a little time with her.  She will not be happy to be left alone for all that time.

Right now I'd better get Missy and myself fed.  More later...

I have fed myself and Missy and watered all the flowers as well as mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors and it's only 7:00. That will be all I do for awhile. I will go to exercise class and then come home and start lunch at 10:30. That pork has to bake for an hour..if I recall correctly. I will fix potatoes and a veggie. Bob will probably bring coleslaw. I will see if I have pudding for dessert. We ate the last of the strawberries last evening.

I took my payment for the hearing aid over to Stan. I only owe $250. now and I want to pay it off next month and be completely out of debt.  That will be so good!

I went ahead and vacuumed everything but the living room. I didn't vacuum that because Missy was in my chair in there and she hates the vacuum sweeper.  

Lunch was fine. We will eat at Great China tomorrow.  Bob and I will be taking the cakes to the First Christian Church in Independence in the morning and my hair appointment is at 9:00. We will probably look around Walmart after that waiting for Great China to open at 11:00.

I didn't have pudding so we had no dessert at lunch. I had cookies but Bob evidently didn't want any of those.  I had one after I got my cake baked. It is cooling now and I will ice it as soon and it is cool.

Missy is still in my usual. She will undoubtedly take it over while I am gone to camp.

More later...

One of my blogging friend's husband suggested she show some of the artwork on their walls and tell about it. So she did that. I can't say mine is artwork but I have some things I really like on my walls.  I will show some of them.

This is a metal sculpture that hung on the wall of my office when I worked as an ad executive for a local radio station between 1981 and 1992.  My boss redecorated the station just before he sold it and when I left, he gave this sculpture to me. It now hangs above the daybed in my den.  I've always loved it.

This hangs in my bedroom. I worked in a dental office as a chair side assistant in the 70's and one of our patients liked her dental work so much that she gave this art to me. She painted it herself and it is signed too.

My daughter gave me this for a Mother's Day gift many years ago. I wish it hadn't had so much glare on it and  you could read it. It says " Mom..No one is more blessed than I to have a mom like you. You're such an inspiration in everything you do." It hangs in my bedroom too.

I have other favorites too. I will share some from time to time.

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Bob came over at 5:00 and stayed until 6:00. After he left, I took my bath and put my PJs on. Missy has slept nearly all day. I am a little concerned about her. I took her out several times but basically, she just lay on the doormat out there. We stayed out about 20 minutes and then she was ready to come back in.

I plan to go to bed about 9:00...twenty minutes from now. I hope she will come in and get up on the end of the bed like she always does. But her behavior seems very strange.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday and Just Us

I preside today at church and Leslie will run a sermon from Church headquarters that she has downloaded.  After church some of us will go to "Just Us" over at Cherryvale for lunch.

I started my coffeecake for the Church School class this morning and realized it was not the one I usually get. I had a Betty Crocker mix instead. It was for cup cakes so I quickly changed my pans out to the cupcake tins and made coffeecake muffins.  It will be interesting to see how they came out. I will not ice them. Maybe the little girls won't like them without icing.

I'd better go water my flowers and the tomato plant. I'll get back to this later.

O.K. I got everything watered and got my muffins in the oven. I accidentally bought a muffin mix instead of my usual coffeecake mix. So I made muffins instead. We'll see how they go over this morning.

Scott called me this morning. They were on their way to see their baby raccoon that they had given to a wildlife shelter for animals. Scott found it in the grass at their home and it's mother had either deserted it or had been killed somehow. They fed it with a doll bottle. Ginger just loved the little thing but they really couldn't just keep it. No one was home to take care of it since they both work.  They kept it in the garage when they were at work. Here it is resting on her shoulder. 

More later....I've got to pick up Bob and Phyllis for church school.

We  all got to church and had our Church School class. It went fine.  John, my son-in-law and the little girls (my great grandchildren) were not there. The worship service afterward was a bit different. I presided but the message was brought by video by the president of our church. He did well but that was a bit different for the congregation.

Afterward Phyllis and Bob and I went to "Just Us" for lunch.  That too was good food but there were a couple of unruly children sitting nearby and that nearly spoiled our lunch experience. I never did have much patience with unruly children even when they were my own but I worked with mine and got them to eventually to be able to eat out and not disturb the entire dining room. I'm not sure the younger generation tries to work with theirs much to teach them good "eating out" manners.  I sometimes wonder how they behave at the table at home.

Obviously, I am an old woman with short patience with small children.

I got my newsletter finished and out on the mailbox for the mailman to pick up tomorrow.  I only have to send out three. Everyone else has e-mail and I just copy and paste it into an e-mail and send it out in a folder called "congregation".

More later....Bob will be over at 5:00 or so to read the paper and watch the news and 60 Minutes.

Wouldn't you know...there's a PGA golf tournament going on on CBS now. I can only hope it will be over by 6:00.  Blast it! Don't the networks know their sports fans are the minority of their network's  watchers?

Karan brought her cake early. She has joint school tomorrow in Parsons...that's where she is having her knee surgery on the 23rd of June...after we get back from camp.  Her daughter, Sheri, will be coming to stay with her for a week. She will get her through her therapy.

More later...

60 Minutes was on this evening and for once, was on time. However, it was all reruns. With dozens of commercials in every TV program, you'd think the producers could come up with something decent to watch.

I will try to stay up until 9:00 and then go to bed.  Just as soon as Bob left, I took my bath and got ready for bed. Sure enough, at 9:00 Missy and I went to bed.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

I got up shortly before 5:00 and got myself ready for the day. I fed Missy and then I picked Bob up at 6:50 and we went to breakfast at Eggberts.  After I left him at his apartment I came on home to find Missy in my chair. I don't know what the draw is to my chair.  I always have to get cat hair off of it when she finally gets down. Sometimes when the sun streams in the back door, she will lay in the sunshine on the dining room carpet. But generally she prefers my chair.

Here she is so you can see what I mean.

More later...

I watered all the flowers and the tomato plant. I hope I get some tomatoes from that plant.  It has blooms on it and three small tomatoes. But it's taking forever. I'll show you what I mean.

This is a "Better Boy" tomato plant. I hope it does well. I love home grown tomatoes.

More later...

Well, we had lunch and it was fine. I sent some food home with Bob and kept a sloppy joe for myself. I may eat it if I get hungry later on.  We had the strawberry short cake for dessert. I bought strawberries and short cake when I went to Country Mart this morning.

The mailman has come and I want to check if I got any mail.  So, I'll be back later...

I didn't get any mail so I laid down on the sofa to watch some TV and rest and fell asleep. I don't know how long I slept.  I must have been really tired though.  I seldom ever nap. I am always fearful that it will disturb my night's sleep later.

Bob didn't come over tonight. There was no news for awhile...until after the Preakness ran anyhow.

I watched TV with Missy on the sofa after I had my bath and fell asleep again. Finally I just went on to bed. Soon Missy followed me. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday and Lunch Out

I slept well again last night. Maybe that is going to be the norm now.

I will pick up Bob for exercise class this morning and later we will eat out at Sirloin Stockade.  First I will need to go get some cash from the ATM. My son, Keith, and his wife, Esther, sent me a donation this morning...thank goodness!
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 My social security is very late this month. I was almost out of cash. I used what I had hung on to from May and put it with the donation from my other son, Scott, and his wife, Ginger, and paid my rent.  This is a photo of him.
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My daughter and her husband, John, do a lot of neat things for me too. She is very busy in her job and with her two granddaughters. She is also one of the pastors at our church.

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It is really hard to make my budget when my income comes in so late. When this happens, I often just have to transfer something from my savings. Now that I have the car paid off, I will try to get all that I have borrowed from that back into the savings account. Next month I want to pay off the hearing aid. Then I will be debt free.

I have watered all my flowers already this morning and will think about making an extension to my new flowerbed.  There is an area just north of it that just breeds weeds. I may put some Miracle Grow in there and plant some flowers or maybe some succulents....perhaps hen and chicks.

I will try to get another photo of the new flowerbed after I finished it up yesterday afternoon. I may have to download it on the laptop again. The desktop computer just downloads a black blank photo.

More later....

What do you know! I was able to download it to my desktop computer. Anyhow, here it is completed. Of course, it will fill out as the plants grow.

Exercise class went well. I always enjoy visiting with a new found friend named Coleen. I like everyone who attends there. They are all compatible.

 This afternoon, I want to get some succulents to plant in one more unsightly space. I prepared it early this morning but need to get to the florist to pick out the succulents.  I already have the Miracle Grow.

And here is the hen and chicks I just planted, This is just a weedy area so I put some Miracle Grow in there and planted those hen and chicks. The challenge will be in the fall when a ton of leaves fall and there's no keeping the flower beds cleaned out.

So more later...

I picked up Bob for lunch and he insisted he was going to buy my lunch because I usually cook for the two of us.  So, I let him. That was very nice of him. It was a good lunch too.   He will be back this evening to watch Brooks and Shields. On Friday evenings on PBS they analyze the week's news.

More later...

I got quite a bit done this evening and Bob did come back to read the paper and watch Brooks and Shields.

When he left I took my bath and laid down with Missy on the sofa. I tried to watch TV but fell asleep once. I did stay up to watch "Beyond Reasonable Doubt". I just couldn't watch it all. I finally just went to bed shortly before 10:00...late for me.