Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday and Exercises

I slept fairly well last night. I awoke at 3:30 but got back to sleep after awhile. I got up at 4:45, made the bed and dressed and made up. I am ready for the day.

I guess I will go to exercise class this morning and afterward I will fix lunch. Betty, my landlady, brought me some catfish yesterday... all ready to cook.  I have never fixed catfish before but I guess I will give it a try. I need to get some cornmeal. I guess I will dip it in oleo and then roll it in cornmeal and then fry it. That's how Betty says she does it. Rick brought us four little pieces that Carmen fried last evening. I shared those with Bob...he was here then.  We will have baked potato with ours and a veggie. Bob will bring a salad.

I am doing a load of laundry again. Missy peed on the bathmat that I keep under her litter box again yesterday. She has been doing that quite a lot anymore. I have washed one or the other mat twice already this week.  This is the third time.

More later...

Well, the fish turned out to be "all right"....certainly nothing I would write home about. The rest of dinner was just "all right" too. I had no dessert.

I took Missy out several times today while the weather is nice but she refused to stay on the carport and I was not going to run after her all morning so I made her come back in the house.

I baked my cake for the First Christian Church in Independence and got it iced too. While I was at it I baked four cupcakes for Bob and me. We will eat the rest of the beans and cornbread muffins  tomorrow. Bob has a meeting at 9:00 tomorrow so he will not be going with me to deliver the cakes.

I am waiting for the mailman now. I hope to get the new glasses I ordered from Amazon that filter out the blue light from the computer, the TV and a smart phone. That is in all probability what is interrupting my sleep anymore. I take my contacts out when I take my bath and I am hoping I ordered strong enough glasses to be able to see. We will see.

More later...

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday and Church

I slept pretty well last night. I woke up at 2:00, went to the bathroom and after I heard her gentle "mew", I cleaned up Missy's litter box.  Then I went back to bed. I didn't get back to sleep until sometime around 3:00 AM. But I didn't wake up again until 6:00.

I got up and dressed and fed Missy and myself and will watch the weather channel and work on the blog for awhile.

We were forecast for some serious weather last night but it went north of us. That's good!

I need to send the Coffeyville Journal the Church Brief for next week. I usually do that on Saturday but I forgot to get that done. So I will do it this morning.

Bob drives this morning. He will pick up me and then go get Phyllis F. In all probability, after church, we will go to "Just Us" over at Cherryvale for lunch.

So more later...I will get the Church Brief done.

Well, I got that done and also ordered cat litter from Amazon Smile. That weighs so much I have a time getting it to the car when I buy it at Walmart. Amazon will send it to me freight free.

Phyllis picked us both up from church and afterward we all went  to Great China for a change. Karan went too since Becky didn't come to church today.

Then she brought us all home afterward. We had a very good dinner.

Now I will do my newsletters and get them in the mail tomorrow...the ones that are not in e-mail.

So more later...

I got the newsletters done and those not in e-mail out on the mailbox to be picked up tomorrow.  I also got a birthday card off to Steve D. whose birthday is Thursday.

I have the laundry in the dryer too. Missy wet on another bathmat so I have that one in the washer waiting for more laundry to be done. I guess I will go get the crossword puzzle finished in the Independence Reporter. I got part of it finished before Phyllis F. came to pick me up this morning.

I did find out something about my friend Gay. I called Adele, her sister, this afternoon and they are waiting for Gay to be released from the hospital this afternoon. One thing they learned was that she was very low on B-12 and also very low on B-1..thymine. That could make her disoriented and dizzy and unable to stand so they are thinking that was her problem. They are giving it to her IV because they think she does not absorb it well.

Time will tell if that is the case. Adele is staying with her and sleeping in the bed with her...just in case she needs someone to be there with her. I will call Adele tomorrow and see how Gay is doing at home.

More later...

Bob came over to watch TV while I was gone to get gas. He stayed until 7:00 and left before 60 Minutes was over. Strange....

I will take my bath and get ready for bed. It is 8:45 and I usually go to bed by 9:00. I ate some fish brought to me by my neighbors and it did not set well. It was very good but I just couldn't seem to digest it.

I guess I'll go to bed.  It's time.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

I slept fairly well last night. I did wake up at 3:00 AM and never did really get back to sleep. I finally got up at 4:00 AM. It's 5:25 now.

Bob and I will go to breakfast this morning and than his family reunion is at 11:30 at the Kansas Buffet (the former Sirloin Stockade). I told him I would go with him but I doubt I will be hungry again by then. So I don't know whether I will go or not. I really don't have a plan for anything else.

I am to pick him up for breakfast at 6:50.

There is a celebration downtown today. I may go down this afternoon to see what all is going on.  There is a woman who has been redoing older houses here in Coffeyville and she is leading the celebration. There are a couple of new businesses downtown too and I have not been down there to check them out. Karan was telling me about them.

More later....

I picked Bob up at 6:50 and we went to Eggberts to eat breakfast. I had a ham and cheese omelet. He had the Silver Dollar special.  After I took him home I went to Country Mart to buy oleo and some more cornbread muffin mix. Then I came on back home. I really should take Missy out for awhile. She has been very patient...not one of her usual best suits. So I will get back to this later...

I decided  to update all three computers including Bob's. I had that nearly finished when Bob came and we left for his family reunion.  We had a good time and one of his relatives paid for everyone's dinner. We were not told which one. I was very full.

When I got home, I laid down with Missy and took a nap. After I woke up I swept the carport. Then I read the Coffeyville Journal newspaper. 

Bob will be over later to watch the news.

Tonight after he leaves, I will wash my hair before I get ready for bed. I hope to stay up until 9:00.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday and Exercises Again

I slept well again last night. I got up shortly before 5:00 AM.  I guess getting the driver's license renewal and the passport application out of the way, has helped. 

I have drained the beans I soaked last night, put new water on them, added some salt and onions and have them slowly cooking in my slow cooker pot. I had a little bit of ham and I added that too. I will fix cornbread to go with them.

I will pick up Bob for exercises this morning. I have not attended all week. Monday I had my hair done and then Wednesday I went to Independence to renew my driver's license and apply for my passport. I also went by Juanita's and gave her her birthday gift. She was 96 on Wednesday.

I am still concerned about my friend, Gay, and her husband, Tony.  I will call her sister, Adele, later on this afternoon and see what I can find out.

More later....

The beans and cornbread worked out well. Marilyn R. came and brought Bob some cookies she had frozen and also brought back one of my bowls. I gave her some of the beans and cornbread. She will be leaving tomorrow afternoon for her plane trip to Florida to her son's home. She will be gone for at least six weeks. She is considering moving down there with him and his wife.

Adele returned my call later this afternoon. Gay is still in the hospital and unable to stand on her own. She falls over backward when she tries. In fact, Adele said when she stayed with her Tuesday night, she needed help even getting in bed and getting out of the bed. Her balance appears to be badly affected. They are going to do an MRI this afternoon and I will call Adele again tomorrow. Thank goodness Tony's daughter and husband are her to take care of him. Gay had been taking Prozac and another drug for her restless legs syndrome.  The doctor seems to think taken together they may be the culprit. He will put her on a newer drug for her restless legs.

I laid down with Missy and watched TV this afternoon. It's 3:00 now and the newspaper will be coming about 4:00.

Bob showed up at 5:00 and we watched the news and Brooks and Shields on PBS. 

More later...

I have ordered some glasses that filter out the blue rays of the computers, the TV and the phone. I should sleep better when I get them. 

I laid down again with Missy until time to go to bed at 9:00.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday and Cleaning Day

I slept really well last night without any pills. I didn't even wake up to go to the bathroom. Amazing!

I will clean the apartment this morning and then Bob and I will go out to El Pueblito for lunch.

Tomorrow I will go up to Chanute to see my friend, Gay. She got up in the night this week and got disoriented and fell and hit her head. She was in the hospital Tuesday and had five stitches in her head. While I was on my trip and her sister called me about it and we arranged for me to come up to Chanute to see her on Friday. She was to get out of the hospital Tuesday afternoon. She was diagnosed with debilitating grief.  She lost her 99 year old mother in September and her husband, Tony, is in dialysis three days a week and is not doing well. She is overwhelmed. She had had the total care of her mom for several years. This year her sister and her husband moved from Houston to Chanute and Adele has been able to help her but she still lived with Gay and Tony.

Gay and I have been friends since we were 14 and 17...a long standing friendship.

But today, I will clean. I'd better get to it. Daylight's burning....

It's 9:30 and I have scrubbed the floors and run the vacuum on all the carpets and upholstery.  I still have to wipe down the cabinets in the bathroom.

Now I need to go to the market.

More later...

I went to the market  and spent $61.66 on groceries. I knew I was out of everything and I figured it could be that much.

I ate lunch at El Pueblo with Bob and then came home and laid down with Missy and took a short nap.

I was wondering if I should still plan on going to Chanute tomorrow to see Gay and I hadn't heard from Adele. So I called her. She was on her way to Wichita. Gay is on her way there in an ambulance. She had a seizure today and the emergency room doctor said she needed to be in the Wichita hospital because there was a neurologist there and tests showed it was a neurology problem and not a stroke. Seizures can be controlled with medication.

Her husband, Tony, is already there in the hospital because he has had pneumonia. He is on dialysis three days a week this year because his kidneys have failed. They are releasing him today to his daughter who is back here in the area with her husband to take care of him while Gay is incapacitated. Tony was having a problem with his dialyses. They took him off of aspirin because they couldn't get his blood to clot.  Then he developed the pneumonia....probably stress related.  That is why he was in the Wichita hospital.


More later....

I am soaking some beans for tomorrow's lunch. I will fix cornbread too. I will go on to exercise class tomorrow and have the beans cooking in the slow cooker while I am gone.  Then we will have cornbread and beans for lunch tomorrow.

I stayed up and watched "This Old House" this evening with Missy. It's 8:20 now so I will play some form of Solitaire until 9:00 when Missy and I will go to bed.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday and Juanita's Birthday

I will probably not go to exercise class today. I want to go back to Independence and take Juanita her birthday gift. She is 96 today. I also would like to get my driver's license renewed while I am in Independence. I don't know what that will cost me this time since we also get a new official ID.

I will come back home and cook the meatloaf and baked potatoes. We will also have a veggie and a salad Bob will bring.  I will send him home with some meatloaf and gave some to Marilyn R. Later I will go to Bingo at the senior center.

My social security came in so I am no longer broke. I transferred the money back into my savings that I had borrowed to get through the month. Now I can go to the market too after Bingo. I have quite a list of groceries to buy.

More later....

I went to Independence this morning to get my driver's license renewed and intended to get my passport ordered and take Juanita's birthday gift to her.  I spent some money on all that. The Independence post office sent me to DJ's Photography to get my passport photo taken. He was gone and said he would be back at 2:00. By then, it was time to come home and start lunch.

So I did all that. (His son had hit a deer with his car and he needed to go get him.). Also, I attended Bingo from 1:00 till 2:00 this afternoon.

Afterward, I went back to Independence to try again to get my passport application done. DJ was still gone. So I went on to Juanita's and took her birthday gift to her and stayed awhile to visit. Then I went back to DJ's and he was in this time. I got the photo done and he made my copies as well. I needed a copy of both my birth certificate and driver's license.  Then I went back to the post office and turned in the paperwork for the application for my passport. I paid $110.00 for the passport application and $20.50 for the driver's license. Also $25.00  to the post office for their service. I paid $13.76 for the photo and copies at DJ's. So, I spent some money. It will be 4 to 5 weeks for the passport to arrive with my original birth certificate and 30 days for the new driver's license.

Bob came over at 5:00 to watch the news and left at 6:30. I will take my bath soon and lay down with Missy and watch Nature and Nova.  I will go to bed at 9:00.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday and a Tour

Today is our tour of the salt mines in Hutchinson. I awoke early again...about 3:00. At 4:00AM I finally just got up. I will dress warmly today. It's forecast to be chilly.

I have dressed for the day, fed Missy and myself. I am watching the weather this morning.

Yesterday evening I had Cox download their support icon on the large laptop computer too. Once a week they tune up the computers that is downloaded on. The cost is $10.00 a month. It's well worth that to have them cleaned up regularly. They schedule that at 5:00 PM on Tuesdays. I may have them download another icon on Bob's computer. They will service four computers for that $10.00 a month. It often needs service and it is one of the computers I leave on all the time. Bob doesn't stay on top of his updates.  Since Keith is out of the country part of each month, I can't trouble him with my computer problems anymore.

Bob will be by to pick me up at 6:45. Then we will pick up Phyllis. It's only 5:30 now so I have plenty of time.

More later..

Bob picked me up and then we went to get Phyllis. After we got to Independence, Bob parked and we soon loaded the bus.  There were 50 of us.

We drove to a truck stop south of Wichita and exchanged buses. The bus had no heat and it had a bad rattle. The second bus was the same type but it did have heat and was not noisy.

Then we went on to Hutchinson and ate a great lunch at an Amish community before we went on to the salt mines.

The tour was interesting but much too long. We were required to wear hard hats and I developed a headache about two thirds way through the tour. Finally I loosened the hard hat and the headache went away.

Here are some photos from the museum.

This is the outside of the museum.



This a huge chuck of salt in the museum.

This is Bob and Phyllis F. in the lobby of the museum.

This is a poster on the wall in the lobby.

This is just one stack of hundreds of files stored there.

We eventually got back home around 7:30. Missy was not happy about being left alone all day. She didn't get her 4:45 treats until 7:45. We were both very tired. Missy and I went to bed at 9:00.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday and a Hair Day

I slept fine until 2:00 this morning but then I realized I was going to have another restless night. I got up and took my last Zzzquil.  Then I slept until 6:00. I got up and checked my e-mail and then dressed for the day, fed Missy and myself.

I will leave at 8:00 this morning to have my hair done. Tomorrow is our tour of the Hutchinson Salt Mines so I had to get my hair done this morning.  Besides Kathy and her husband leave this afternoon for Texas to visit their grandchildren there.  She will be back in time for my appointment next week.

I don't have a plan for the rest of the day. I do need to go out to their Walmart after my hair appointment this morning and buy some Russell Stover chocolates for Juanita's 96th birthday on Wednesday. I will go back up there on Wednesday afternoon and take them to her.  I am sending her card off this morning with the church newsletters.

More later...it's getting light outside and Missy will want to go outside if it's not too chilly out there.

Well, she did but it was too chilly out there for her.

I went on to Independence and got my hair done and went to Walmart to get Juanita's candy and got it wrapped when I got home.

Bob came over shortly after 11:00 and I put the soup on to heat and we ate some more of it at lunch. I sent the remainder home with him.

Then after I cleaned up, I laid down with Missy and took a nap.

When I got up I found my birth certificate and put together the packet I will need to get my passport on Wednesday and also renew my driver's license. I hope I have everything I will need.  I will first get my driver's license renewed and then try to get my passport at the Independence post office. I will need to drop by Walgreen's and get a photo taken for that passport.

I also went to the bank and got some money for the trip to Hutchinson tomorrow. Everything should be paid for by the cost of the trip. I paid for that a couple of months ago. The passport will be expensive and I don't know what the driver's license will cost now. That should be all the expense I can stand this month. Next month I will try to get my holiday shopping done.  I leave on December 4th for Florida for Ashley's graduation from college. I will be back a week later on December 11th. I will need to take some money for that. I will need to check my bag and I will take a carry on.  I don't know whether to take my laptop computer or not.  Ginger will make my reservations for that trip.

We finished off the soup at lunch and Bob took the little last bit home for his supper.

Then I laid down with Missy and watched TV and took a nap.

More later...

Bob came about 5:00 to watch the news on TV. After he left  I took my bath and watched TV with Missy until 9:00 when we went to bed.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday and Coffeecake

I did not sleep well last night. I awoke at 2:00 and never could get back to sleep. Finally, I just got up at 4:00. I am dressed and have fed myself and Missy. In a little while, I will put together my coffeecake. Bob and I take turns providing the treat for the Church School classes.  We will go to "Just Us" for lunch after church.

This will be a busy week. Because of the trip to Hutchinson for the salt mines on Tuesday, I will have my hair done tomorrow at 8:30.

For tomorrow's lunch, we will have our vegetable beef soup again.

Besides that, Kathy will be on vacation Tuesday and beyond. They are going to Texas to see their grandchildren.

Wednesday I will go back to exercise class. I will miss tomorrow because of the trip to Independence for my hair.

Thursday is always apartment cleaning day.

So more later...the newspaper is here.

I have read the newspaper and made the coffeecake.  It is in the oven now. I think I have about 20 minutes left  for it to bake and then it will have to cool before I ice it. Actually I just glaze it.

So more later...

The coffeecake turned out well. And I picked up Bob and Phyllis F at almost 9:00 and we went on to church school and church. We had 18 even though four of our number were not there. Rick and Carmen were back too. 

After church, we went over to Cherryvale to eat at "Just Us".

Afterward, I worked on my newsletters and also took a nap with Missy.

More later...

Bob came over at 5:00 and watched the news and then 60 Minutes with me. When he left at 7:00, I gave him half of the coffeecake that was left at church. I took my bath and got ready for bed. I will try to stay up until 9:00 since I had a nap this afternoon.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

Bob will pick me up for breakfast out at 6:50 this morning. I will not cook today unless I make vegetable soup. I may do that. We never want much after a large breakfast.

I don't have a plan for today. Maybe I will get to read. I have not read much this week. I have been too busy with other things.

I did a load of laundry already this morning. Last night Missy wet on the bathmat under her litter box again.  I put the little mat under it and washed the large one with my towels and PJs. They are all in the dryer now.

More later...

This is my older son and his wonderful wife.

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They are such a happy couple. I am so happy they found one another.  They live in Phoenix. Our family always calls him our "teddy bear". He is so loving and family oriented. They will be here for Thanksgiving this year. I am really looking forward to that.

Shortly after that, I will be flying to Florida for granddaughter Ashley's graduation on December 9th. 

More later...

A photo of my eldest son from Egypt.

 
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He has taken a lot of photos on this trip.

More later...

We had a large filling breakfast and I will only have beef vegetable soup the rest of the day. I have it in the slow cooker cooking now.  We probably won't eat until mid afternoon. We each had a scrambled egg, three pancakes and two strips of bacon for  breakfast, I am full!

Now I will read. So more later...

About 1:00 in the afternoon, we ate our vegetable beef soup.  Bob brought crackers. He had also bought the meat for the soup. After we had as much as we wanted, we took some over to Marilyn R., my neighbor. We will have it again on Monday.

I read this afternoon too and also laid down with Missy and took a nap. I also ate my other Utopiachino.

We will watch the news this evening if it is available. So often the weekend  evenings are used for sports.

Hopefully I will be able stay up until 9:00 and also be able to sleep tonight.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday and Exercises

I slept well last night. Missy woke me up after midnight and had used her litter box and wanted it cleaned up. I did that and took my thyroid med while I was up. Amazingly, I was able to get back to sleep. I slept until 6:00. I must have caught up some of the sleep I had lost earlier this week.

I got myself ready for the day and fed Missy and myself.

Today I plan to go to exercise class. That's all I have planned for today.

I will fix Chicken Parmesan for lunch with fried potatoes and a veggie. I still have Bob's salad. I will check to see if it is still fresh. It had had Saran on it for two days. It may be fine. I still have one cupcake too.

I would like to read after lunch.

This may be cinnamon roll day at Utopia. If it is, we may go for a Utopiachino and a cinnamon roll before lunch. 


Sure enough...we went to Utopia for treats before coming back home. I took Bob home and told him I would text when we would have lunch. I'm not hungry and neither is he. We all stayed and visited awhile while there.

More even later...

We had the Chicken Parmesan and fried potatoes with a veggie and a salad Bob brought. It was good and he took some home for his supper.

I went to Happy Feet and finally got my pedicure done.  That feels so good!

After I got home, the newspaper came and I read that and worked the crossword puzzle.

Shortly after that, Bob came and we watched the news and also Brooks and Shields on PBS.  After he left, I took my bath and watched Dateline until 10:00 when Missy and I went to bed.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thursday and Ministerial Alliance

I slept well until 3:00 this morning and then I just laid there and could not get back to sleep after that. I got up at 4:00 again.  It's 4:45 now.

I will not be cooking today. I have laundry to do, cleaning to do and the Ministerial Alliance meeting to attend at noon.  Bob is going to take Joanne to Sedan for barbecue at Buck's for lunch. I will try to get some rest this afternoon.

Joanne had to cancel. She has developed some sores in her mouth and she couldn't eat barbecue. Bob just warmed up his hamburger from yesterday.

I need to get some chicken tenders at Country Mart to cook for tomorrow's lunch. I have potatoes and veggies and one cupcake. I need to ask Leslie to bring some ground beef for me at church too. I accidentally got chicken breasts instead of chicken tenders.  Now we will have Parmesan Chicken tomorrow with fried potatoes and a veggie. I still have Bob's salad and if it is still fresh, we will have that.

I also need to renew my electronic subscription to the County Chronicle. Busy, busy, busy.

I got that subscription renewed. Then I went to buy gas and dropped by the Happy Feet but they were not open...even after 10:00. So I gave up and went by Country Mart and bought chicken and a cake mix.

Then I came on back home. I picked up all the plastic bags I had been saving and took them by Genesis. They distribute food to the poor. And then came back home again. I will change my clothes and get ready for the alliance meeting at noon.

Maybe I can find Happy Feet this afternoon.

After the alliance meeting, I just came home and laid down with Missy and took a nap.

After I woke up, the newspaper came and I read that. Scott called and we had a nice visit. It had been awhile since I had heard his voice. He says they are still planning to fly me down there for my granddaughter, Ashley's, graduation from college in December.  That's good! It's taken her awhile since she dropped out once several years ago and lost her dad's GI bill benefit. She has done well and has had to pay for her education herself this time.  Sometimes they appreciate the education more if they have to pay for it.  I don't know how long they will want me to stay this time.

Bob came and watched the news and after he left, I took my bath and watched PBS.

I plan to try to stay up until 9:00 before I go to bed.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wednesday, Exercises and Bunco

I slept somewhat better but not great last night. I woke up shortly after 1:00 and it was off and on until 4:00 AM when I gave up and just got up.

Missy had peed on the clean bathmat again. Luckily, I had washed and dried the other one. I put the peed on bathmat in the washer. I will be washing my sheets tomorrow. Hopefully she won't pee on the clean one before I can wash the other one.  I don't know what I can do to get her to stop that. It's probably her age. She is 14 and will be 15 in March.

Missy wants to go outside but it's only 5:20 now.  We will wait until it gets light.

I watched again the response of our president to the chaos in Puerto Rica. The (unmentionable) man does not have one bone of empathy in his body. He "complimented" those poor people on only losing 16 people in the hurricane.  He also went on and on about the great job FEMA had done, saying nothing about all the work the people had done. 50% of the island still has no water or food. He didn't even see them. What a dunce.

I wonder what he will say at Vegas today. Will he praise them for only losing 58?

More later...

I didn't attend exercise class today after all.  I had a malware infection in my desktop computer and I had Cox Support work on it. I stayed home to be able to answer any questions he might have and it's good that I did. He needed my Microsoft password.

I fixed hamburgers and french fries for lunch and had cupcakes for dessert.

Then I went to game day at the senior center. I won $5.00 for having the most losses.  :)

Now I am reading the newspaper.

My eldest son is in Cairo, Egypt. He and a co-worker took a walk this evening.


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 It's pretty but it could be dangerous for an American.   

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Bob came over about 5:00 to watch the news and read the newspapers. He left a 6:30 and I took my bath and watched "Nature" on PBS with Missy. Then about 8:30, I got ready to go to bed. First I will read for awhile to get sleepy.

Missy and I want to go to bed about 9:00

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tuesday and a Hair Day

I slept  poorly last night. I went to bed too early...8:00. I was very tired all day for some reason. I awoke after midnight and it was off and on until 3:00 when I just got up.

Missy may disturb my sleep. She lies pretty still though. She does sleep with her head on my legs.

I will pick up Bob at 8:20 and we will take the cakes to Independence. Then I will take him out to Betty's house for his visit. I will go on to the beauty shop and get my hair done.  After that, we will go eat at Great China. Then we will come back to Coffeyville and I will take him home.

I just learned this morning from the County Chronicle that Coffeyville is getting two new businesses to create jobs. One is Tyson Foods and the other is Ranew, a company that does industrial coatings and precision metal fabrications.  Ranew will hire 30 people at first. No telling how many Tyson will hire.

Missy has been peeing on the bathmat I keep under her litter box. For some reason she doesn't get completely into the litter box before she pees. Luckily, I have two old bathmats which I put under the box. I am doing a load of laundry now that includes towels and that bathmat.  I have to cut her some slack. She is very old.

After that I may just rest.

More later...

We took the cakes to Independence and I took Bob to Betty's for his visit.  I got my hair done. then I picked up Bob and we went to Wal Mart for him to do some shopping. After that we went to Great China and had lunch. When I took him home and wrote the check for my rent and took it by the bank to pay it. Bob came over and I wrote his rent checks and he left to pay his cell phone bill.

After he went home, I laid down with Missy and had a short nap.  After I collected my mail, I baked some cookies.

President Trump praised the job FEMA has done there.  He said nothing about all the work the people there did. There are still areas that have not had any assistance yet.

Bob is here paying some bills online so I'll get back to this later...

Bob stayed until 6:30 and after he left, I took my bath and put my pjs on to lay on the sofa with Missy and  watch TV.  I watched PBS's "Finding Your Roots".

I stayed up until 9:00 in hopes of sleeping better.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday and A Massacre

I awoke at 12:30 and wasn't going to be able to get back to sleep so I took a Zzzquil to get back to sleep. I woke up next to a massacre in Las Vegas.  More then 59 people have been killed and 500 injured.  He shot himself in the room after police breached the hotel room. There were in excess of seventeen rifles in his room and two handguns.It turns out that he had 23 guns in the room and 19 at his home. Lord only knows what he had in mind.

I turned on Channel 6 but they were still doing "local" news. So I turned to NBC news to find out what was going on. ABC also was covering this news and even Fox was covering it. I don't know where CBS was. This is the worst terrorist attack in American history.

Channel 6 just offered a five minute blurb about this massacre. I am not impressed. I have been watching NBC report it all morning.  Still no CBS news.

This must have happened at 10:00 last night according to the Las Vegas sheriff.  Steven Craig Paddock was the name of the shooter. 

I am getting ready to leave in an hour to pick up Bob for exercise class.

So..more later..

I got Bob and we went to exercise class. Later I came back home and fixed dinner.  We had tuna cakes and boiled potatoes with broccoli and a salad. I had saved two cupcakes for our dessert.

After dinner I went to Independence to buy my makeup base. I also went by the driver's license place bureau but they were not open. Also, although I had most of what I needed with me, they now want our birth certificates too...why I have no idea.  I will go by Dr. Burch's office later to get a note authenticating my vision, That will keep me from having to have my eyesight checked there.

When I got home, I took Missy out for awhile. She loves to go outside. She's so old, I like to give her that treat. Bob came over at 5:00 to watch the news. He left at 6:30. I then took my bath and got ready for bed. Later Missy and I watched Antique Roadshow. At 9:00 we will go to bed. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sunday and Church

I slept very well last night and  didn't wake up until 4:00. Then I went to the bathroom and took my thyroid pill. Finally, I realized I had my sleep out and just got up. I had several e-mails from Richard. I answered them and then dressed and went in the kitchen to feed Missy and myself.

I have been watching the weather ever since.

It's now 7:00 and I have just been watching the weather news.

It's pitiful how little help Puerto Rico has received and what is even more pitiful is how this president has responded to their need. Until the media got wind of the problem, very little was being done. The president seem to be just obsessed with their debt.

When my Bob responded to Katrina and Rita, thousands poured into the area to help.

One reporter noted some of these concerns:

He was stunned as he walked through the darkened and humid arrivals terminal at San Juan's International Airport two days after Hurricane Maria blasted its way across Puerto Rico.

It was quiet. No military air traffic control units on the tarmac directing planeloads of aid supplies, no bustling command center sending convoys of trucks to hard-hit areas. No mountains of relief goods stacked and ready to be deployed where needed.

There were a couple of airport employees mopping the still-damp floors of the terminal, the only sign of life in the vast space.

"Where," he asked, "is the cavalry?" ''This is it," the man replied, pointing to several dozen National Guard pilots and support people, along with several dozen local and federal officials milling around the Forward Operations Base near the civilian terminal of the airport.

The reporter covered Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Haiti earthquake of 2010, among many natural disasters over the course of 30 years in journalism.

Disasters on the scale of Hurricane Maria are usually marked by the inspiring sight of thousands of military and federal emergency personnel flooding into the affected area.

Navy ships offshore, dozens of helicopters and cargo planes flying overhead, military convoys heading into affected areas with supplies and repair crews.

The only traffic on the still flooded highways that Friday consisted of civilians looking for gas, food, water or loved ones in the wake of the storm.

Twenty-thousand troops were sent into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city and surrounding areas. Thousands of foreign aid workers rushed into Haiti after the earthquake there leveled Port-Au-Prince, the capital. Within three days of that quake, the U.S. had dispatched some half-dozen ships and 5,500 soldiers and Marines.

The bottlenecks appeared to be easing by this weekend, with thousands of Puerto Ricans finally getting water and food rations, even if help was yet to reach many on the island of 3.4 million people.
Military trucks carrying water bottles and other supplies began to reach even some remote parts of Puerto Rico and federal officials insisted more gains were coming soon.

The U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort has been dispatched to the island and the Trump administration has named a three-star Army general to oversee military relief efforts.

Gov. Ricard Rossello blamed some of the problems on difficulties in getting aid shipments out of seaports and airports that were knocked out of commission in the storm, and then distributing the supplies on debris-strewn streets.

As the reporter departed on Wednesday, lines of desperate people trying to leave the island clogged the sweltering airport terminal. But at least the long-awaited aid flights appeared to be landing, a sign of hope things might start getting a little better for those left behind.

Pitiful, isn't it?

What's even more pitiful is this:

The Puerto Ricans are Americans and they need help badly. Trump says getting help to Puerto Rico is difficult because, "it's on an island in the middle of the ocean."

"Not to put too fine a point on this, but Puerto Rico is in the Caribbean. The U.S. territory is not around the corner, but from Miami, it’s about 1,000 miles – roughly the distance from the White House to the president’s Floridian golf resort. Puerto Rico is obviously an island, but it’s not “in the middle” of a “very big ocean.”

This is from one of my blogger associates.

I will leave in a couple of hours for church.  After that, we will go over to Cherryvale for lunch and then I will come home to do my newsletters and later will watch 60 Minutes on the news.

More later....

Church was good and dinner was too.

Afterward I came home and did the letters. Then I laid down with Missy and watched TV until Bob came. I think I fell asleep briefly.  We watched the rest of a football game and then watch 60 Minutes. Bob got tired and went home early.

I watched the rest of 60 Minutes and then took a bath and got ready for bed. I will go to bed at 9:00.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

I will pick up Bob shortly for breakfast. He has evidently overslept and it's almost 7:00. We usually go to breakfast at 7:00 AM.

Uh Uh..he just texted me he's ready. Be back later...First I stopped at the bank and got some cash for breakfast. 

We had a good breakfast and I took Bob A. home.

I tried to call Penn Avenue Styles, where I buy my makeup but they evidently are not open yet...or perhaps they are not open on Saturday. I will try again later. I really need to go to Independence ad buy my makeup base. I don't know that I have enough for three more days. When you are my age, makeup is very important. :)

I don't have another plan for today. I will try again later...

This is my younger son's home in Florida...they will be selling it soon.





More even later...

Bob A. came over and did his laundry and stayed for the news.  I tried to reach my Merle Norman store in Independence and they must be closed on Saturday. Strange....they are also a beauty shop. I've never heard of one closed on Saturday especially when they have a retail shop connected with them.  I guess I will just have to ration my makeup until Monday.

I have been reading my book again and watching the news. And I see our president is tweeting again and castigating the mayor of San Juan for "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help." the president tweeted. "They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort." What a tragedy and how non presidential! Why would I expect anything else from this egomaniac.

More later...

Missy and I  watched TV until 9:00 when we went to bed.
                              

Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday and No Meal Out

I slept very well last night.

Today I will pick up Bob A. for exercise class. We take turns driving. He wants to eat at El Pueblito for lunch. So we will probably do that. I have half of the hamburger pie but we can have that later.

I am still working on the book, "Long Time Passing", on the Vietnam War. It has 713 pages so it may be awhile before I get it finished.  I am on page 203. I read it years ago but have forgotten how long ago. It's out of print now. One thing I learned from both the book and the film is that student deferments allowed many to avoid the war. Colleges were absolutely full of deferred men. Most of the fighting was done by patriotic men and women, minorities and the poor, who couldn't avoid being drafted. Some went to Canada to avoid serving.

It's too bad Bush didn't read the book. He sent our men right into another war in another country...a country that wasn't even involved in our 9/11 tragedy. The hijackers in the September 11 attacks were 19 men affiliated with al-Qaeda. Fifteen of the 19 were citizens of Saudi Arabia, and the others were from the United Arab Emirates (2), Egypt, and Lebanon. And we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. Idiocy! Of  course, Bush spent the Vietnam War in the air force reserves piloting a plane that was obsolete and would never have been used in the war. He moved ahead in line of hundreds of other men to get his position. He also didn't show up for the reserves when he worked on his father's political election. Ah, the privilege of the privileged. If any other man had done that, he would have been prosecuted.

I took Missy out for awhile but it was too cold for her old bones. She came back in and climbed up on the sofa to nap. It's in the 50's out there.

I picked up Bob at 8:45 and we went to exercise class. Afterward five of us went to Utopia for Utopiachina and cinnamon rolls. We had a nice visit.  I warmed up the hamburger pie and we ate what we wanted of it and I gave the last two pieces to Marilyn R, my neighbor. She likes it!

I finally went to the market. I spent $35.00 there. I was out of a lot of groceries.

Then I came home and vacuumed the living room behind my velvet chairs. I discovered Missy had been back there rubbing against the chairs. She left a lot of  hair on those chairs. I will have to do that vacuuming more often.

It is nearly 4:00 and the paper will be here shortly. So...more later...

Secretary Tom Price resigned today before Trump could fire him. Trump is not a politician so he doesn't know the ins and outs of politics.  He is just an ex TV star who likes to say "you're fired!"

At 5:00, Bob A. came. He stayed until 7:00 or  watch the news and PBS. When he left I took my bath and laid down with Missy on the sofa and we watched TV until 9:00.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thursday and Apartment Cleaning Day

I slept pretty well until 3:00 AM this morning. I finally just got up and checked my bank account to see if my Blue Cross Blue Shield premium had come out of the checking account. It had.  That's always a concern because my rent is due on the first of the month and because my social security doesn't come in until the second Wednesday each month, I always worry about the checking account. There is only a little over $130. in there now. I may have to transfer some money from my savings to pay the rent.

I will clean the apartment this morning. I have already done my laundry. I plan to fix hamburger pie for lunch. Bob will bring a salad.


I hope to read this afternoon. I am still working on "Long Time Passing"..the Pulitzer prize winning book about the Vietnam War. I have been watching the PBS special on the subject by Ken Burns. It is a classic. Too bad our leaders didn't learn anything from that terrible destructive war. Over 58,000 Americans were killed and well over 2,000,000 South Vietnamese. Lord only knows how many North Vietnamese soldiers were killed...not even counting civilians on both sides.

More later....It's now 4:30 AM and I may as well get dressed.

I got the apartment cleaned this morning and fixed the hamburger pie for lunch. It includes green beans and Bob brought a fresh salad. It was all very good.

I read in the afternoon.  Then I laid down with Missy and took a short nap. Karan brought over my new grey jeans. Bob came over at 5:00 to watch the news and read the papers. He left at 6:00 and I took my bath and Lay with Missy on the sofa and watched the last episode of the "Vietnam War". It was very interesting...in fact a great documentary. It should win multiple awards. I only wish the present administration would have seen it.

Missy and I  went to bed at 9:00.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wednesday and Possible Game Day

I slept very well again last night. However, I am still sneezing and blowing since I am no longer taking antihistamines.

I got up at 5:30 this morning and dressed and fed myself and Missy.  Then I checked my e-mail.  I had a pop up that said my Firefox needed an update. I downloaded the update and hoped that was a legitimate pop up. So far...so good.

I will go to exercise class this morning. I hope there is game day too. I will have to ask Sheila when I get to exercise class.

It's getting light out now and it is raining again. Missy will be wanting to go out. Luckily we have the carport. More later...

King Nile View Room

My eldest son's room in Cairo Egypt.  Pretty nice, Isn't it?

I went to exercise class this morning, came home and warmed up the leftover ham and potato casserole and then went on to game day at the senior center.  I had a good time. After I got home, I read the paper and did the crossword puzzle and fed Missy her treats.

Bob came over to watch the news and when he left I took my bath and used my meds and Missy and I watched the "Vietnam War" on PBS.

Missy and I went to bed at 9:00.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday and A Trip to Independence

I slept like a baby last night. I didn't get up until 5:00. It was so good to feel better about the entire Living the Question group situation.

I have dressed and fed Missy and myself. I think it rained last night. It's still dark out so I can't really tell yet.

One thing I forgot to mention in yesterday's blog was that my old friend, Elnora, called while I was getting my gas at South Coffeyville.  Elnora lives in Denver. Last month she lost her youngest son, Brandon. He had a stroke and died in his bed. She found him in the morning. He was only about 50.  She is having his funeral on Saturday, October 28th, at a country church over at Edna, Kansas, just east of Coffeyville. She wanted me to know. She will put his obit in the Journal a week before the services. I advised her to tell her Tulsa Oklahoma friends and family to come north on highway 75 and to take highway 166 east through Coffeyville to Edna. That way they will avoid all that terrible construction on highway 169.

And since that is a country church, I advised her to put some signs on the corner where they should turn to find that church over at Edna since it's located on a gravel road. It was good to hear from her again. After my Bob died in 2010, she came and stayed with me for a week. We have known one another since we were children.  I will put a notice in our church bulletin and on the bulletin board and have it announced at church. There are not a lot of us left who knew them. But I will try anyhow. 

I will pick up Bob this morning at 8:20 to go to Independence  where he will visit with his 92 year old sister, Betty, and I will get my hair done and then go over to Juanita's to balance her check book. After that, we will eat at Big Cheese.

Juanita called yesterday too to say she had finally received her bank statement. I told her I would be there today to balance her checkbook. Yesterday was quite a day! Hopefully today will be quieter.

More later...

We went to Independence and I took Bob to his sisters and then went on to my appointment. Afterward I went to help Juanita with her checkbook. That turned out well. After that, I went to pick up Bob and we went to lunch at Big Cheese. We always enjoy that.

Then we came back to Coffeyville and I took Bob home.  I read my book most of the afternoon. 

I was working on my computer and got hacked. I got a message from my Avast that I had been hacked too and had a virus called Zeus.  I called the help number and got a guy who told me all four computers were hacked through my router and that he worked for Microsoft.  He walked me through a number of steps and finally told me I would have to pay $450. to get the computer cleaned up. That was when I realized he was the hacker. I told him I had no money and was waiting for my social security to come in so I could even pay next month's rent.  Then he suggested $350. I told him I said I had no money until October and even then would not have the money to pay anything for a "fix".  He told me he could not help me then. He said if I turned off all the computers, he could not guarantee that everything would not be gone when I rebooted. I turned off the computers anyhow and then I called Cox.

I explained all that to the service rep I got at Cox and he said I was correct,  The guy I was talking to was the hacker and I was wise not to give him any money. He said only the desktop was infected and he could fix that. The other three computers were not affected. He said his own mother had succumbed to the hack and paid out $450 to him. He asked her why she didn't call him. Then he downloaded a program on my desktop computer to get the virus' cleaned up. I went in to the laptop and finished what I was doing. Soon he called me back and said everything was clean now.  I was very happy.

At 6:30, I took my bath and got ready to watch the next episode of "Vietnam War".

Missy and I will probably go to bed again at 9:00 when that program is over. Bob had a "Meet and Greet" at Sycamore Landing where he lives. He won't be over this evening.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday and Exercises

I slept just four hours last night. I did send an e-mail apology to all for last night's fiasco.

I will pick Bob up this morning for the exercise class. Later, after lunch, I will go back to Bartlesville to exchange Karan's vest if they will let me. She found she had already bought that vest. I offered to buy it if they would let me exchange it for a smaller size.

I will also need to check the cabinets to see what I have to fix for lunch and also what I might have in the freezer. I have not gotten that far yet.

More later...I need to get ready for the day and get some clothes on.  It is nearly 5:00 AM.

We are having a ham and potato casserole for lunch with a veggie...and Bob is bringing a salad.  I will run over and get some peaches at Country Mart. That and cookies will be our dessert. It is 11: 05 now so I need to get busy.

I picked up Bob at 8:45 and we went to exercise class. Afterward I took him home and I came back to start the casserole.  It turned out well. Lunch went fine. After Bob went home I went back to Bartlesville and took the duplicate vest Karan had bought and exchanged it for a medium for myself.  I took highway 60 east on Nowata road to go back to 169 so I could stop at South Coffeyville and buy gas again.

That was a mistake. They are rebuilding highway 60 and highway 75 and it took me an hour and a half to get back to South Coffeyville for my gas. I stopped at the bank and withdrew enough money to pay Karan for the vest.

I had just got home and was putting the withdrawal amount into Quicken when the doorbell rang. It was Marilyn L. She had brought me a bottle of wine and a card and was here for support and reconciliation. We hugged and she came in to visit for awhile. I was so glad. Marilyn is a wonderful friend and I hated feeling alienated from her.  After she left I took the money and the receipts over to Karan's. I had barely rung the doorbell and she came to the door and she hugged me and we too reconciled.  I gave her the receipts and  the money and sat and visited awhile. I told her about my experience with Marilyn L.  When I got home at 5:00 Bob was here to watch the news.  I told him all the news.

That was a great outcome.

Bob left at 6:30 and at 7:00 I took my bath and Missy and I watched the "Vietnam War" on PBS.  Missy and I went to bed at 9:00.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday and Church Again


I slept well again last night. Maybe the bad sleep period is over.

Today I will go to church school and church. Afterward Bob and I will go to Cherryvale for lunch at Just Us.  Phyllis is gone. She went to see her daughter and grandchildren in Overland Park. Karan will be eating with Becky, Becky doesn't like to eat out of town. She has a square dancing meeting in the afternoon.

When I get home I will do my newsletters and then probably will read my book again until time to go to Marilyn's for our Living the Questions group meeting.  When I get home, hopefully at 9:00, I will watch the next episode of the Vietnam War on PBS.

More later...

I got my coffeecake finished and iced. I also took Missy out for awhile. She misses being an "outside" cat but there are too many strays in this neighborhood to let her out by herself. She would have another catastrophic fight and lose like she did right after I moved in here.

I came back in after I finished my Chai. So...more later...

I picked up Bob and we went on to church. We had our coffeecake and coffee and read our lesson aloud and discussed it.  Then we went on to the 11:00 service. Johnna did a good job and Rick and Carmen came again too. It looked like a very small group but by the time the service began many more had come in...almost late...and we had a pretty good crowd. 

Here's Kelly McIntosh "playing" the piano at church....it was the computer with our thumb drive with the hymns.  Phyllis is in Overland Park and Leslie and John are camping at Roaring River so it was Kelly's show.  :)

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Afterward, I drove over to Cherryvale to "Just Us" and Karan went with us this time. Becky did not come to church after all.

After we got home, I did my newsletters and read awhile.  Bob came to read the papers but left after Denise called him. She evidently was at his place and he went to visit with her.

It's 4:15 now and at 6:00 I will watch 60 Minutes before going to Marilyn's for the group meeting.  When I get back home afterward, I will watch "Vietnam War" on PBS, take my bath and lay on the sofa with Missy to watch the documentary until it's over and then Missy and I will go to bed.

Change of plans....

Bob and I left the meeting early. There was some conflict between Richard and me over who should just take over the meeting with their comments...not allowing others an opportunity to speak.  I just resigned the group. That is the best for all.

When I got home, I watched the documentary "Vietnam War" and went to bed at 11:00.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

I slept really well again last night. I did take a melatonin tablet and I think that helps. It also helps to have one less problem to think about.

I do have the trip to Hutchinson to go through the salt mines in October on the 10th.

I have one doctor's appointment out of the way and won't have another until November 6th. 

In January, I want to get the surgery redone.  That will give me plenty of time to heal before the cruise. Sometime after the first of the year, I will need to get my passport for that cruise in June.

I got up pretty early but had plenty of sleep. I have dressed and got myself ready for the day. I will pick up Bob about 7:00 for breakfast at Eggberts.

He will go to Tulsa today with some of his classmates...to have lunch and a reunion.  That should be fun for him.

I'm not sure what I will do today.  I have cleaned the apartment and raked and bagged leaves. I may just read. I have been working on my book for a week but have been too busy to read very much.

More later...

I ended up calling Karan and we went to Bartlesville and ate out at McCalisters.  Then we shopped at Christopher and Banks. Karan bought several new things.  I couldn't find anything I needed. I tried on some grey jeans but they were too large.

Then we came back home.

I had received my new med in the mail.

I read awhile and then watched Dateline until 9:00 when I took my bath and used my new med. Then Missy and I went to bed.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday and Exercises

Another good night of sleep. I did take a melatonin tablet.

This morning I will go to exercise class and afterward we will eat our leftovers from Wednesday noon ....the broccoli cheese chicken casserole. Bob will bring a salad. I only have cookies for dessert.

This afternoon, after lunch, I will go to the church and clean up the mess left there.

More later...

After exercise class several of us went to the Donut Palace for a chance to fellowship.Then Bob A. brought me home to get lunch together. We will eat at noon today. Then I will go out to church to clean up the mess.


Lunch warm ups were fine.

Then I went out to clean the church and what do you know! Someone beat me to it. It was already cleaned.

More even later...

Later, I learned that my daughter, Leslie, had cleaned it up. I should have known. I brought the towels home to wash them.

I took Missy out on the carport for awhile three times today. She loves the outside.  I raked leaves on the east side of my apartment after Bob left after lunch and so she got to go out there too. Generally I make her stay on the carport. But she likes to eat grass when she can and its long enough for her to do that right now.

Bob came over at 5:00 to watch the news and left at 7:00...after we had watched the news and later  Brooks and Shields on PBS. We both like their commentary on the news. I had bought some butter brickle ice cream when I went to Brahms for milk yesterday so we each had a small bowl.

I have taken my bath and washed my hair. I had raked leaves again today and it was 91 degrees out there so I was quite sweaty.

I wrote my boys an e-mail about my trip to Kansas City with Leslie on Monday and then went in the living room to listen to the music on TV and read my book.  I am reading "Long Time Passing"  a Pulitzer Prize winning book about the Vietnam War. It was written after that war was over. I had read it years ago but since I have been watching the PBS series I decided to re-read it.

Missy and I will go to bed sometime around 9:00 or 9:30.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday and a Trip to Bartlesville.

I slept well again last night. Missy woke me up at 5:30 with her little quiet "mew" to tell me she had used the litter box  and wanted me to come clean it up. What a cat!

This morning I will pick up Bob A. and we will go to Bartlesville to get my medical records from Dr. Peaster's office.  I'd almost bet money they are not ready. I am also to get the records that show the procedure he used to do my failed surgery.  I have to sign for them and pay for them anyhow.  Bob and I will eat out while we are there. I have leftovers from yesterday's casserole but maybe we will have that on Friday.

I have fed Missy and myself and am ready for the day. So...more later...

I went to Bartlesville to Dr. Peaster's office to pick up my medical records. They were ready.  Afterward we went out to church for him to check to make sure the lights were all off. There was still plenty of mess from the party. I took my card table home.  I had done quite a bit of cleaning before we left Wednesday night but plenty of people were still there so we left. Evidently everyone else did too. I plan to go back out there tomorrow afternoon and clean up and put everything away. 

Then we went on to Independence and had lunch at Great China. I brought half of mine home for Marilyn.

When I took Bob back to his apartment, I came home and lay down with Missy for a nap.

Bob came over at 5:00 to watch the news and after he left I took my bath and watched another episode of "Vietnam War" on PBS.  It's pretty grizzly.

At 10:20, Missy and I went to bed.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday and Exercises

I slept well again last night. I feel like a new person.

I will go to exercise class this morning and then after lunch I will go to Bunco out at Asbury Village.

For lunch we will have a chicken broccoli casserole. Bob will bring a salad.

Later this evening I will go to game day at the church and will take my Wahoo game and trail mix for my treat. Leslie picked up my card table yesterday afternoon after we got home from Kansas City. I have invited Rick and Carmen but I don't know whether they will be able to come. Rick works 70 hours a week.

There's another hurricane hitting Puerto Rico. Irma had already devastated the island two weeks ago. The PHD weatherman said the ocean was 88 degrees and that's what fueled these latest hurricanes. It used to be when the storms hit the gulf they strengthened. Now the ocean is very warm so they strengthen out there.

Lunch turned out fine. I am now baking cookies.  Rick came home for lunch and he said they were planning on attending the game day.


I went to Bunco at 2:00 and played until 4:00. I won "most wins" and got a nice candle and a plaque.  It's always fun to play out there.

More even later...

This evening Bob A. came by and we went to pick up Phyllis F. to go to game evening at church . We had a good attendance and lots of food.

I got home and stayed up later to watch the latest episode of Vietnam War, Ken Burns latest documentary.  It's riveting! I went to bed at 10:30.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday and Cake Day

I slept very well last night...for the first time in weeks.

I got up at 5:00 as usual.  I got myself ready for the day and went on up to Independence with the cakes. Then I got my hair done. Bob did not go. He had a committee meeting. When I got home I learned that his meeting had suddenly been cancelled.

I fixed hamburgers and shoestrings for lunch. After lunch Marilyn R. came over and I told her about my appointment yesterday.

After Bob left from lunch, I laid down with Missy and watched TV for awhile.

The compounding pharmacy called and I gave them my credit card number for my prescription. I had learned at Walgreen's that the  prescription Dr. P. wanted me to use would cost $371. I knew I couldn't afford that med. I called them and they asked me to check on the second one they wanted me to use in it's place.  It was $467. I couldn't afford that either. So I called them back again and after six tries, I finally got them again on the phone. They will have a compounding pharmacy in Lenexa make it up for me. That will be $75.00 each time it must be filled. The antibiotic I am to take before my next appointment on November 6th was $11 and change.

What a mess.

Then Bob came to watch the news. He left at 6:15.

I will take my bath later. I want to watch episode three of the Vietnam War on PBS. I will get back to this later. I went to bed at 9:15.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday and My Kansas City Trip

Another bad night's sleep last night. I awoke at 3:00AM this morning and that was all of my sleep. I had gone to bed at 9:30 after watching the first episode of the Vietnam War on PBS. 

One thing I learned yesterday though is why my memory is getting so bad. I had remembered reading an article in my Consumers Report Health magazine some time ago about the effects of antihistamines on the brain. I looked it up on the internet and found it.

The article said one of the side effects of Benadryl and other antihistamines is that they are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and antagonize histamine-1 (H1) receptors in the brain and produce impairment of cognitive functions, including attention, memory, sensorimotor coordination, information processing, and psychomotor performance. Histamine has been widely reported to play an important role in maintaining central nervous system (CNS) arousal and alertness.

These are related to the information processing demands of all human day-to-day activities and functions, and therefore, administration of agents that cross the blood-brain barrier and impair central nervous system functions may lead to serious issues  of patient safety as well as affect the quality of life of patients. For example, central nervous system (CNS) impairment will not only impair the ability to drive and operate machinery, but will affect activities such as classroom learning, causing patients to feel tired, sleepy, and unable to concentrate.

Evidence from epidemiologic studies has begun to determine a relationship between an increased incidence of automobile accidents and the administration of antihistaminergic agents. 3% of patients involved in fatal road traffic accidents were found to have previously taken an antihistamine.

Furthermore, 72% of patients who have used an antihistamine and subsequently been involved in a fatal road traffic accident have been determined to be culpable, compared with 86% of those who had consumed alcohol.

It has also been suggested that, cerebral H1 blockade is associated with falls in the elderly.

Assessment of the CNS effects produced by various drugs, such as antidepressants. hypnotics, and anxiolytics, using objective psychometrics has been a common practice since the late 1960s. However, the rigorous testing of antihistamines to ensure the central nervous system (CNS) safety of these agents is a relatively more recent development.

In order to evaluate properly, there is a need for objective assessments and pharmacologic evidence that is not solely reliant on a patient's subjective perception of tiredness and sleepiness. Penetration into the central nervous system (CNS) can be measured objectively using psychometric tests, developed specifically to assess the central effects of drugs, and also by positron-emission tomography (PET) imaging. It is important that objective assessments include placebo and positive (verum) controls. Placebo is used to control the measured effects of the experimental drug treatment and the verum to validate the sensitivity of the psychometric assessments.

This explains the memory impairment I have suffered. I have taken antihistamines off and on since the 1960's. This same article suggests use of antihistamines actually causes allergies to worsen.

I also copied this information for the benefit of the readers of my blog.  The information is not generally known by the public who take antihistamines. Many doctors are not even aware of these studies and side effects and continue to advise use of them to control allergies.

More later...after my trip. It's 4:40 AM now.  

Leslie came by about 8:00 and we left for Kansas City. We ran into a lot of rain on the way up. We ate at a Mexican restaurant and then went on over to the hospital for my appointment.

There I met Dr. Priya Padmanabhan MD, MRM, who is also an assistant professor at Kansas University Medical School and she explained the needs of my body to retain the bladder where it needs to be. (You can see why everyone calls her Dr. P.)

She drew us a diagram of what my body looks like and how the series of muscles are supposed to   work. She also had me do some exercises to see where the failure had happened. I could immediately see where Dr. Peaster went wrong with his surgery.  There are three groups of muscles that hold the bladder in it's place.  The upper group is what held the uterus when I had a uterus. Those muscles have to be utilized to hold the bladder up where it needs to be. He did nothing about those important muscles.... consequently the bladder did not stay up where it belongs.

I have an appointment on November 6th for a series of tests prior to an appointment to have the surgery done over.  It may be January before I can get the surgery scheduled. They are very busy.

I am to go back to Bartlesville on Thursday and sign for copies of my medical records at Dr. Peaster's office and also get copies of the procedure he used with his surgery.

Then Leslie and I came on back home. I really trust this Dr. P.  She explained the entire procedure for me.

Bob was here when we got home. I told him about my experience and after we watched the news, he left and went home.

I took my bath and watched the second edition of the Vietnam War on PBS.  It's 9:00 now and Missy and I will go to bed.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday and a Rainstorm

I slept better then I had in weeks last night. I had no drainage to keep me awake. Benadryl really works.

I read the paper and also placed a note on Rick and Carmen's windshield  to invite them to church. They may not c0me today if it is still raining at 11:00.  But I invited them anyhow.

I have fed Missy and myself, read the paper and swept the leaves off our carport. I took her out briefly but it was thundering and she hates the thunder. So we came back in. I notice I forgot to put our church brief in the Saturday Journal. It was a terribly busy week so I'm not surprised I forgot something. I got next week's sent in this morning. It comes out in next Saturday's Journal.

This is our speaker from the retreat Barbara Carter.:

She is an Apostle in our church. One of the few women in that position.

So More later...

My neighbors came again to church and just now sent me a piece a special cake. I am saving it to share with Bob A.  We had a very good service this morning and a good sized congregation too even though it had been raining. When your church is in the country, it's not as handy to invite people.

Afterward  Phyllis and I and Bob went over to Cherryvale to Just Us for lunch. Then we came back to Coffeyville and Bob took Phyllis and me home and then went on home himself.

I worked up the newsletter and even sent out a correction. Leslie reminded me that she and Johnna had traded so she and John could go to Roaring River to fish next weekend. Then I baked the cake that we will take to Independence on Tuesday along with Phyllis' and Bob's and Karan's.

I still need to ice it when it cools.

More even later...

I worked on my cake and tried to balance my checkbook. I failed that last job. Then Bob came and I gave it up and watched 60 Minutes. After that, Bob left. I started watching the PBS special on the Vietnam War.

Afterward, I took my bath and Missy and I went to bed.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday and the Retreat

I didn't sleep that well last night. Neither did Karan. Karan had some pain in her knee that she had had replaced the last week in June.

We had a good breakfast and afterward had classes and hymn sing. It was very good. Ted T. presided and so did our Vivian D. ...both are Mission Center Presidents...co-presidents.

We had a nice lunch too.

We had a question and answer session in the afternoon. 

On the way home, we ran into rain. I can see that I need some new windshield wipers.

More later....

When I took Karan home and went home, I found that Bob A. was there watching TV. He had come to  feed Missy her treats and watch the news. he stayed until 6:00 or so and after he went home I unpacked and put everything away that was in my suitcase.

I noticed that Karan had forgotten her purchases from Christopher and Banks so I took those over to her.  Then I noticed she had also forgotten her bathroom accessories so I took those over to her too.

When I got home the second time, I took my bath and watched some TV with Missy on the sofa. At 9:30, Missy and I went to bed. I took some Benadryl for my terrible allergies.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday and the Retreat

I slept fitfully again last night and finally got up a little after 5:00AM. I got myself ready for the day and packed for the weekend retreat before I got Missy's and my own breakfast. I made a list in hopes I wouldn't miss anything.

I will try to remember to take some photos at the retreat. I will pick up Karan at 10:00.  We will go over to Joplin first and eat at Olive Garden. We may browse around at Christopher and Banks at the mall. The registration doesn't start until 4:00.

Our coffee order from Keurig  came yesterday just as I was coming in from Caney.

First I want to go over to the bank and cash Bob's check for his coffee and that will give me some cash for the weekend. I may go on to exercise class since I am already packed.

Bob will come over tomorrow morning and tonight to feed Missy check her water and clean her litter box. 

More later...

I cashed Bob's check and picked up Karan. We got to Olive Garden shortly after 11:30. We had a good lunch and then went to Christopher and Banks and took in their 40% off summer sale.

Later about 4:00 we went on to the campgrounds and got our registration paid.

The service that evening was a get together.

Afterward we have dinner and later ice cream and cookies. Then around 9:30 we went on to bed.