Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesday and Cake Day

I slept well again last night thanks to Zzzquil. I got up shortly before 5:00. I got myself ready for the day and fed Missy and myself. Now she wants to go outside but it's still dark out there and we will not go out until it gets light outside.

I will pick up Bob at 8:20 and we will go to Independence to deliver the cakes and then I will take him over to his sister Betty's home and go get my hair done. After I get my hair done, I will go out to Juanita's and balance her checkbook. After that, I will pick up Bob and we will go eat lunch at Big Cheese.

This afternoon I will wash the floors in the bathroom and kitchen. This evening at 6:30 I will give the invocation at the city commission meeting and then stay for the meeting.

I took Missy out for about thirty minutes but the trash truck is on our block now and she does not like that noise. So we came back in the house.

I watched Trump's speech last night. We have learned nothing from the Korean and Vietnam experience. Even though these wars are basically guerrilla warfare and we can't tell who the enemy is, we continue to involve America in them and also try to make them build a democracy. That sort of movement needs to come from the people themselves...not have it imposed on them by America.  It's always easy for the generals to wage wars. They aren't out there in the heat of the battle.

The primary reason why the terrorists hate us is not because of our political system. Lord only knows, Capitalism  is a mess.  It's greed driven. They hate us because we are considered infidels and we are on their Holy Land.  To their way of thinking we are defiling it with our presence.   Anyone who doubts this should read "Imperial Hubris" by Michael Scheuer.

Michael F. Scheuer  is a former CIA intelligence officer, American author, foreign policy critic, and political analyst.  One of his assignments during his 22-year career was serving as Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station from 1996 to 1999. He also served as Special Advisor to the Chief of Alec Station from September 2001 to November 2004.


According to the author Michael Scheuer, the greatest danger for Americans confronting the Islamist threat is to believe—at the urging of U.S. leaders—that Muslims attack us for what we are and what we think rather than for what we do. Blustering political rhetoric “informs” the public that the Islamists are offended by the Western world’s democratic freedoms, civil liberties, inter-mingling of genders, and separation of church and state. However, although aspects of the modern world may offend conservative Muslims, no Islamist leader has fomented jihad to destroy participatory democracy. Instead, a growing segment of the Islamic world strenuously disapproves of specific U.S. policies and their attendant military, political, and economic implications.

I will load those cakes in the trunk of my car now.

More later....

We delivered the cakes and I took Bob out to his sister, Betty's home. Then I went on to the beauty shop.   Afterward, I went over to Juanita's house and balanced her checkbook. I also made out the check for her granddaughter's wedding gift and later after I finished everything, mailed it off. Then I picked up Bob for lunch. We went to Big Cheese.

When I got home I laid down with Missy and took a nap.

Tonight I will go to the senior center and ask the invocation for the city commission meeting.  I will stay for the meeting. It begins at 6:30 and should be over by 7:30.

So...more later...


Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday and Exercises

Today is supposed to be the solar eclipse. I will not watch it. I have no glasses and I have seen one once before when we lived in Bartlesville, Oklahoma  years ago. Maybe I will watch it on TV on the weather channel.

I took my last Zzzquil last night and had a good night's sleep. I will need to get some more today. I need a few groceries anyhow.

We will have tuna noodle casserole for lunch with peas and a salad. Maybe I will get some fruit for dessert. I still have cookies too.

After lunch I will bake my cake for tomorrow and ice it this afternoon. I will take the four of them to Independence tomorrow to the First Christian Church.  Phyllis and Karan will bring theirs over to me later today. When I pick up Bob tomorrow, he will have his.  I put them in the trunk of my car for the trip to Independence. I had neglected all of them for several days. The rose bush still looks good.

This morning I tore up the petunias in the above ground flower box. They were so leggy! I put them in a bag and trashed them. I watered the rest.  

Bob will be here in about 30 minutes to pick me up for exercises. So...more later...

Exercises went well. During lunch, Phyllis brought her cake over.  After lunch I went out to Walmart and bought $27.71 worth of groceries but forgot to get my Zeequil.  After lunch I went back out for that. It really helps me sleep and without it, there's doubt I could stay asleep. .

Today was the Solar eclipse. I didn't watch it. I didn't have any of those special glasses and didn't want to go to the college to get some. Besides we will only have 90% coverage anyhow. Instead, I baked my cake for tomorrow.  It's nearly 4:00 now.

More later....

Bob came over  at 5:30 and watched the news with me and after he left at 6:00, Karan came with her cake.

Now I will take my bath and put my pjs on.  At 9:00 I will go to bed.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday and Church

I slept really well again last night. I took Zeequil again. That seems to be the only way I can sleep well anymore. I got up at 5:00, my usual time to rise. I got myself ready for church and fed Missy and myself.

I have watered the plants in front of the apartment. They were wilted. The expected rain yesterday didn't happen.  The ground is wet so it may have rained a little in the night. This afternoon I will need to water the east side flowers and deadhead the flowers.

After Rick and Carmen came home I slipped out and put a note of invitation to church under the windshield wipers on their car.  They have come fairly regularly for a month. Our people really seem to enjoy them. Everyone greets them. I am so pleased with our friendly welcoming people.

After church we will either go to "Great China" or "Just Us" for lunch.  We will see what Phyllis wants to do. It doesn't matter which to Bob and me.

When I get back home I will do my newsletters and get the ones for people with only snail mail out on the mailbox for the mailman to pick up tomorrow. Most of the congregation has e-mail and I simply cut and paste it into e-mail for them.

More later....

We had a nice lunch at "Great China" but had way too much food so I brought some of it home for my neighbor Marilyn R.

I got the newsletter finished and am watching TV while I post here. Missy has been taking her nap. Poor kitty...she sleeps most of her life away.  She will be 15 years old in March.

One of my readers here wanted to know where I got Missy. My daughter gave her to me.  They had a litter of them. She brought Missy to church in a box for the "focus moment" for the children. The theme was "Do you believe me?" She asked the children, "If I told you there was something alive in this box, would you believe me?" The children all said "Yes!"  So she took her seat. From the back of the church, I said, "Well, what's in the box?" She said, "Would you believe it? My mother doesn't believe me." She then opened the box and showed everyone this tiny kitty.

I had invited them for dinner after lunch and they brought the kitten with them. I said, "What will you do with the kitten? I have no cat food and no litter box." She said "She will be fine." After dinner when they were ready to leave, I said. "Don't forget the kitten!" She said, "Better get some cat food and a litter box. She's yours." That's how I got her 14 1/2 years ago. 

Anyhow, after I laid with Missy and watched TV, I took a short nap. After I woke up, Bob came and brought some cherry limeades for us. They were supposed to be cherry limeade slushes but they got the order wrong at Sonic.

He stayed for 60 Minutes and then went home. I took my bath and laid back down with Missy to watch "The Nineties" on CNN.

We went to bed at 9:00

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

I slept wonderfully last night and didn't wake up until 6:00...late for me. I got Missy fed and got myself ready for breakfast out with Bob. We both had the Silver Dollar Special.

After he took me home, I did a load of laundry and later called Karan to see if she would like to go to Bartlesville with me. I had not been there for a long time. She and I went to pick up her meds at the Prescription Shop and then left for Bartlesville. There we went by Lowe's to check out the progress of the new shopping center. It looks like it will be opening the last of August. It will also have a TJ Maxx.

We stopped at Eastland Center so Karan could shop for two new recliners. She found what she was looking for there and took some swatches home to check for colors. She will do a special order to get the cover she wants. Then I stopped at QT to get gas.

We went to eat at McCalister's but they were closed for remodeling. So we went downtown to Pies and More but they were closed on Saturday. We ended up eating lunch at the old Martin's building and had a Reuben sandwich. It was very good but I took half of mine home for Bob. He loves Reuben sandwiches..

We had a good visit.  So more later...

When I got home I laid down with Missy and watched TV and rested. At 5:30  or so, Bob came over to watch the news and read the Journal. He left at 6:00 and I took my bath and got ready for bed. I laid down with Missy again and we watched TV until 9:00 when we went to bed.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday and Exercises Again

I slept really well last night and feel like a new person today. I was exhausted last night and had a terrible headache. I don't recall ever having anything but sinus headaches in the past.

I noticed my watch battery was down this morning so I made a fast trip out to Walmart to get one installed. Luckily Keith had put some money in my account. The cost, even at Walmart, has really gone up. Then I stopped at the bank for money. I was down to $5.00.

I will pick up Bob for exercises this morning and we may go to Utopia afterward too. We plan to have our leftover roast for lunch.

I will get back to this later...It's time to pick up Bob for exercises.

We went to exercises and afterward went to Utopia for cinnamon rolls and coffee and Utopiachino.   So we will have a later lunch. I am full and so is Bob.

More later...

We did have a later lunch and it was fine. We took the leftover  roast to Marilyn.

I got my mail and got my new ATM card with the chip in it. I activated it and then went over to Rutledge's and they showed me  their art collections. Sylvia is an artist and a very good one.

When I got home my paper was here. I read it and then did the crossword puzzle.

Bob is due her in 15 minutes. He comes and watches the news here.  Tonight we will watch Brooks and Shields on PBS.

More later...

After Bob left I  took my bath and watched TV with Missy until 9:00 and then I took my Zzzquil and went to bed.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday and Another Sleepless Night

I went to bed at 9:00 and went right to sleep. At 2:30, I turned over in my sleep and Missy fell off the bed. That woke me up and I went to the bathroom. When I went back to bed, I could never get back to sleep. At 3:30 I just got up.  I was just not going to be able to get back to sleep and it was too late to take a Zzzquil. I want to clean the apartment today.  So I need some energy. I will try to get a nap this afternoon. I have fed Missy and myself and it is now 5:20 AM.

We had some rain last night but no hail as was forecast. They had us under a severe storm warning. It's still dark out so I can't tell if there is any wind damage yet.  It's supposed to be 89 degrees today.

Bob and I will eat at El Pueblito at lunch today.  I have cooked three days this week and we will eat our roast beef leftovers tomorrow. Saturday mornings we always eat breakfast out at Eggberts and that's our primary meal on Saturdays. Sundays Phyllis F., Bob and I eat at "Just Us" in Cherryvale.

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When I got home from lunch I called the University of Kansas University Medical Center to see if they were on the list for Medicare. They told me I would have to call Medicare to learn that. So I called Medicare and after fifteen minutes or so finally got through to the person I needed to talk with to learn that information. After several minutes she informed me that the KUMC was not on their list. I called my doctor's office to tell them that I would have to cancel my appointment. The receptionist told me the doctor wasn't in until tomorrow but that he referred many people to KUMC and that seemed strange.

So  I decided to call Blue Cross/Blue Shield. I explained the situation to Laurie there and she said could I hold a moment? After she came back on she said she felt Beberah Williams at Medicare must have been confused. Blue Cross/Blue Shield handles many cases from KUMC and they do not pay if Medicare doesn't pay. And they pay all the time. So I decided to call Medicare back and hope I got another agent. This time I got Shanna. Shanna said there must have been a mistake. The hospital is listed as The University of Kansas Medical Center and Medicare does accept them.  She said every hospital in the US HAS to accept payment by Medicare. They are required by law to do that.  So I called the doctor's office back and explained what I had learned.  Incompetence! Thank God I pursued it. That took two hours to learn.

Missy has slept all afternoon. That old cat sleeps her life away.

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Bob came over at 5:15 and stayed until 7:00. When he left I took my bath and got ready for bed.  There was nothing to watch on TV so I decided to go to bed. By this time it was 9:05.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday and Exercises


I went to bed at 9:30 after taking a Melatonin tablet. That didn't work by 10:30 so I finally took a Zzzquil capsule. After awhile that put me to sleep. I woke up once in the night and got right back to sleep. I slept until 5:00.

I sold a book on Amazon last night. I will need to get it into the mail this morning. Every once in awhile I sell a book. You have to get it in the mail within two days. Then in two weeks you get your money deposited into your account.

I got myself ready for my day right away. I will go to exercises this morning but before I leave I will put a roast in the slow cooker with potatoes and carrots. I have some of Bob's coleslaw from yesterday so we will finish that off. I also have two puddings for dessert with a cookie.

After it gets light out I will take Missy out for awhile. It is forecast for rain tonight so this morning may our last chance to go outside.

More later...

I took Missy out for about ten minutes but then she wanted to come back in. I can't figure her out.

I went over to the market and bought a small package of carrots  and two onions and that cost me over $5.00. The cost of groceries has become sky high. It's almost time for the CBS news and I am curious about what damage Trump has done overnight.

So...more later.

I went to the post office before the exercise class and sent off that book. Then I went on to exercise class.

The roast was very good. After I cleaned up after it I got ready to go out to Asbury Village for the game.

There's a lot of discussion about the president's remarks yesterday and I'm not surprised.

Afterward I went out to church to see if we caught any mice in the traps I set yesterday. We didn't.

When I got home, Bob was here and had given Missy her treats. We watched the CBS news and then went over to Brahms to have an ice cream cone.

After that, he went home.

I took my bath and got ready for bed. We are under a storm warning tonight. It's only 7:30 so I have awhile before my 9:00 bedtime.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday and Hair Day

I awoke at 3:00 to go to the bathroom and that was all the sleep I could get. I ended up getting up at 4:00AM. I have fed myself and Missy and got myself ready for the day.

I don't know what my problem is but I am losing a lot of sleep and that is not healthy.  I may ask Bob to work with me and not come over except on Friday evening and Sunday evening. We  watch Brooks and Shields on Friday evening on PBS and 60 Minutes on CBS on Sunday evening. I would turn off the TV and read all evening and I would read a real book..not my Kindle. The TV, computers, cell phones and even the Kindle emit a blue light that interferes with our sleep. I would like to experiment to try to discover what is keeping me awake. I think the stimulation of talking in the evening also may interfere with it.  If I can discover what works, I will just quietly read in the evening before bedtime.

This morning I will pick Bob up at 8:20 to go with me while I get my hair done and then later we will eat at Big Cheese.

I will also need to go to the market this morning for potatoes for tomorrow's lunch and Half and Half for my coffee. That's about all I need except I will also need to go to Brahms for my yogurt.

Juanita called yesterday and wants me to to drop by next Tuesday to address a wedding card for one of her granddaughters and write her a check for a wedding gift. By then she may have her bank statement and I can balance her checkbook at the same time.

More later...

Bob called me shortly after 8:00 to say he had forgotten that this was the third Tuesday of the month and he had a senior center board meeting. So I went to Independence by myself.  I set the pork cutlets out to thaw. Afterward I stopped at the church  and set two mouse traps. Johnna, the teacher and also one of our three pastors,  had seen evidence of a mouse in her classroom. I had left two traps baited for four weeks and we had not seen any evidence of mice so I had put them away.

When I got home I cleaned up the flowerbeds and watered them. I threw away the tomato plant. Then  I went to the market and bought potatoes and a roast for tomorrow.

When I got home, I started lunch. Bob came over after that and we had lunch. Marilyn R. had called me to say she had some baked beans that she had made for her dinner last night and asked if I would like some. I was delighted and went right over to pick them up. I had not known what veggie I would serve.  That gave me a good one.  I also made some pudding for dessert.

I lay down with Missy after Bob left and took a nap. I slept a couple of hours...evidently making up for all the sleep I had lost lately.

Steve came after I got up from my nap and mowed our yard here.  I was so glad.  Here is Steve. He always comes to mow before the rain if at all possible. He is a really nice person.

 More later.... 

Bob didn't come over last night. There was a cookout at Sycamore Landing and he stayed for that. 

I watched TV with Missy after I took my bath. At 9:30, Missy and I went to bed. I couldn't get to sleep so I took a melatonin




Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday and Poor Sleep

This morning I awoke at 2:00AM  and went to the bathroom and never was able to get back to sleep. I finally just got up at 4:00AM. My sinus's are draining and I guess I will need to take a Zyrtec tablet or I will drown in my own juices. Maybe that will help.

Today I will go with Leslie to Tulsa. She needs to get her state birth certificate for her passport. In October, she and John are taking a Bermuda cruise. They went to Bartlesville to get that done last week but what she had was the hospital's birth certificate and she needed the one from the state of Oklahoma. So John got his but she will need to go to Tulsa to get hers. She didn't want to get it ordered over the phone like I did here in Kansas. Anyhow I am taking the trip with her. She will be by at 8:30 to pick me up.

I will wait another month until September to get mine for our cruise in June of next year. I had my car registration and tag to get this month and that took some of my extra money.  Last month I had my car insurance to pay and the insurance on the contents of the apartment.

I can't say I enjoyed the Living the Questions meeting last night. I may drop out of these meetings if Howard keeps insisting we use his DVD. None of us like it but he is determined to use it. It is John Dominic Crossan lecturing on the situation under Roman domination in the day of Jesus. I can just take so much of Crossan and evidently the others, all but Howard, feel the same way.

I dropped out of the PINCH organization for similar reasons. Howard is obsessed with social justice issues but I cannot get all that excited about one person attempting to change an entire society. It takes a movement to do that. And it takes years. Just think about Martin Luther King and his movement. His got him killed eventually just as Jesus's got him killed. The status quo doesn't like to be challenged. I say Capitalism is greed driven and if you think about it, that is true. The rich and powerful are not going to let anyone change the status quo. I just continue to write my letters to the newspapers around here because I realize that does get their attention. I am reaching their constituency.

It may not do any good but it makes me feel better about addressing the issues we face in America nowadays. It's certainly a different world then the one I grew up in...a much more violent one. It seems everyone has a gun anymore and are not shy about using them when they lose their tempers. Many people do things in a moment of anger that they would never do under different circumstances.

More later...

I went with Leslie to Tulsa for her to get her Oklahoma birth certificate and Jeromy, her son's, as well. John and Leslie are going on a cruise in October and they needed their state birth certificates in order to get a passport.  John got his last week because he had his state birth certificate. Leslie just had the one from the hospital and that will not do.

Afterward, we went to the Olive Garden for lunch. Leslie bought. Then we went shopping for John some new clothes. After that, on the way home, she told me her hair had been falling out. I  told her I thought that could be stress. She has a horrendous job as a case manager at Four County Mental Health.

On the way back through Coffeyville she stopped for a new tire for her mower. She had damaged the old one by hitting the barbed wire fence while she mowed.

Then she brought me home.  Missy was glad to see me.

More later....

Later, about 4:00 Bob came over to hear about our trip and watch the CBS news on TV. He left after that was over and I took my bath and laid with Missy on the sofa to watch TV. When I woke up later Missy and I went on to bed. It was about 9:30.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday and Coffee Cake

I did not sleep all that well last night. I took melatonin but I woke up at 3:00 AM, went to the bathroom and took my thyroid med and went back to bed. But I could not get back to sleep.I went over and over the hassle with the Bose remote I dealt with yesterday morning from 10:00 until 1:30. I could not turn off my mind.

Finally at 4:00 AM I just gave up and got up. It will be a long day. I have my coffeecake out of the oven and am waiting for it to cool to ice it..or glaze it...whatever. I took Missy out for awhile...about thirty minutes. I dead headed the flowers in the back and watered the ones in the pots in the front.  There were mosquitoes out there and I was glad she wanted to come in.

I will pick up Bob and Phyllis around 9:00. I am driving because I have the coffeecake to take. We will probably go back to "Just Us" over at Cherryvale for lunch. The "Railroad Inn" last Sunday was very expensive for Bob and me. I invited Rick and Carmen again. I hope they will come. I left a reminder note on their windshield. Leslie is speaking this morning.

When I get home, I will do the newsletters and later at 7:00 go to Karan's for the Living the Questions group meeting. I will pick up Gary. He wants to go this time. So far it looks like Karan, Gary and Bob and me, Judy and Howard, Marilyn, Richard and Mona and John and Wendy. I haven't heard from Joyce. So..at this point, just eleven of us. That's a good number for a small group study.

At the last moment, Richard and Mona had to cancel. But Joyce came.  So we had 10. When I got home and took my bath, Missy and I went to bed. I had baked cookies before the meeting and had had a very big day.  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

I picked up Bob at 6:45 to go to breakfast at Eggberts. It was good... although their prices have gone up.

When I got home I put my laundry in the dryer. I had started the laundry before I left for breakfast.

Later at about 10:00 I attempted to use my Bose remote to turn on the TV.  I had been having problems with it. Now it wouldn't work at all. The batteries had finally died. I replaced the batteries and could not remember how I programmed the TV initially.  So I called Bose. They walked me through how to program one part after another but there were just too many functions that would not work. The DVD player would not and the "source" button wouldn't either. Finally at 1:00 they said it had to be the remote and they would send me a new one free gratus. It should be here on the 17th..according to the woman I spoke to. In the meantime, if I need the "source" button I can access that function on the Cox remote.  I sure enjoy my Bose sound system. Now, I am charging my phone.  I just charged it last night but being on it nearly all morning ran it down again.

More later...

I watched TV and read all afternoon. I am trying to finish my book.  I also read the Journal newspaper that came at 2:00. It's been a quiet afternoon.


I took Missy out for a little while but she did not want to be outside...strange...

Bob came over at 5:20 and stayed until 7:00. When he left I took my bath and watched TV until 9:00 when Missy and I went to bed.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday and Exercises

I slept really well last night. I did take a melatonin tablet but our bodies make melatonin anyhow and as we age, it makes less. That's one reason some of us have problems sleeping as we age. Anyhow..I slept well.

It is raining this morning but I plan to go to exercise class anyhow. I missed Wednesday but got plenty of exercise anyhow since I cleaned the apartment.

Missy seems to be alright this morning even though I still have sofa cushions in the chairs.

I won't need to water the plants today since it is raining. It's supposed to rain all week and then next week it's supposed to get hot again.

We will have leftover meatloaf and baked potatoes for lunch today. I still have Bob's salad in the frig and we will have a veggie. I may fix pudding for dessert and I still have cookies. I will need to bake cookies soon though. I have one every evening with my yogurt. That sort of negates the yogurt though but it does put something mild in my stomach for sleeping ease.

I have decided to get my passport next month instead of this month. I did my car registration and tag this month. That was an extra.

More later....

I laid down with Missy and watched TV in the afternoon and later Bob came to watch Brooks and Shields with me.  When he left I took my bath. Leslie called and discussed her frustration about trying to get her passport  in Bartlesville.The paper she thought was her birth certificate turned out to be the form we use to order our official state birth certificate so she wants to go to Tulsa on Monday to get her actual state of Oklahoma birth certificate. She asked me to go with her. Of course, I will go.  Later Missy and I watched TV until 10:00 when we both went to bed. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday and Lunch Out

I slept really well last night. And I didn't take Zyrtec either. I got up at my regular time...5:00 AM.

Today I want to clean the apartment and mop the kitchen and bathroom floors.

We will eat at the Kansas Buffet at 11:30. That will give me a break from cooking.   I don't have anything else planned for today. I did my grocery shopping yesterday afternoon.

KUMC called me yesterday to change my appointment with the urologist. They wanted me to take a little later time.That gave me an opportunity to ask for a change to September 18th instead of September 11th. Also I moved the time to 1:30. Leslie was so relieved about the change of date and time. I was so glad to be able to make the change.

I wrote a letter to the editors of the three newspapers I subscribe to day before yesterday. I see that it was used in the County Chronicle this morning.  I get that one online and it's a weekly. Writing letters to the editors of our newspapers is a better way of reaching our legislators.  Their clipping service will see to it that the legislator sees it...your letter reaches their constituency.

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Well, it's 8:00  and I have mopped both the bathroom and kitchen floors and vacuumed the entire apartment.  That should do it for awhile. I still have to dust but that's not a big deal in a two bedroom apartment. I can do that after lunch. Right now, Missy wants to go back outside. So...more later...

I saw this on the news.

A disturbing video clearly shows the distressed 8-month-old baby crying while the infant was in the care of the two unidentified teenage girls.

"In that video, two young ladies could be seen on the video placing a small child, an infant, into a refrigerator," Ambrose said.

The video led police to the teenage babysitters, and in it they can be heard laughing while the baby cries.

I don't know what has got into some of the younger generation.  Some definitely have not been trained in proper behavior. It's a strange world...certainly nothing like the one I grew up in.

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We had a good lunch at Kansas Buffet. I saw a classmate of mine and she looked good still...at 82.

Now I will lay down and have a nap with Missy...if she will have anything to do with me.  She was angry before lunch because to keep her out of my chair, I put a sofa cushion in the chair. She was not happy. I went up to the shopping center to finish my grocery shopping and when I got home she was in the chair Bob uses. So I put the other sofa pillow in it and made her get down. Talk about an angry cat! Wow!

More later...

I have watched TV this afternoon. The news is grim...the president had a news conference and made some more of his "remarks".

The paper came and I have read it. It is 4:35 now.

More even later...

Bob came over a little after 5:00 and stayed to watch the news. It began to thunder about 6:15 and he went home. I stayed up and watched "To Sir With Love" one of my favorite old movies.

I went to bed at 9:00. later, Missy came in about 10:00 and climbed up on the bed. She was angry all afternoon because I put the sofa pillows in the velvet chairs to keep her from climbing up into them. I guess she got over her snit. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wednesday and No Exercises

I slept well last night and am dressed and ready for the day and have fed myself and Missy. We have been outside for a little while too although we came in when she wanted to eat something.

I will not go to exercise class today. Phyllis will bring me her registration and check for the tour in October.  I will get my meatloaf ready to go and after she comes I may go out to Walmart and buy a few groceries. I got my social security last night. Next month I don't get it until the 13th so I will have to be careful what I spend this month. I do have to pay the registration and tag for my car. I will just wait until next month to get my passport.

I broke down last night and sent another letter to the editors of the three newspapers I take. The president is going to get us into a nuclear war if he's not careful...and the man doesn't know what the word "careful" means. Enough politics...

I need to pay the registration and tag for my car today. That's a once a year expense.

I have the meatloaf mixed up and the potatoes all ready to go in the microwave. I know what veggie we will have and Bob will bring the salad. It's only 10:00 so I am ahead of the game.

 More later....

Lunch was good and we had enough to share some meatloaf with Marilyn R.  Tomorrow we plan to eat at Sirloin Stockade (now Kansas Buffet since it has sold). It is the cheapest place in town to eat and has a good variety.  I only cook anymore about three days a week.  I cook on Monday and Wednesday and Friday. We eat out on Tuesday after my hair appointment and Thursday we eat out somewhere and Saturday morning we out at Eggberts for breakfast.  That gives me a break from cooking.

I went to the Montgomery County Tag Office after lunch and renewed my registration and got my 2018 sticker which sticks on my license tag. It cost a little over $122. My car is 10 years old but the cost of registering it and getting a new sticker for the tag goes down..... very slowly.

I will need to get my drivers license renewed before my birthday in December.

I should go lay down with Missy, my cat, and perhaps get a nap.

So more later...

I never did that. I read instead and went out to Walmart and bought some groceries.

Bob came over shortly after 5:00 to watch the news. Afterward he went home. I watched a bit of the Glen Campbell tribute on TV. I couldn't watch it. He was just too pathetic with his Alzheimers. It made me very sad. My only sister died of Alzheimers 6 years ago.

I took my bath at 7:00 PM and got myself ready for bed. I did make a donation to PBS. I enjoy their programming so much more then anything else on TV.

Missy and I will go to bed at 9:00. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesday and Cakes

I slept very well last night for a change. I awoke at 2:00 and went to the bathroom and then got right back to bed and back to sleep.

I got up at 5:00 and got myself ready for the day, fed Missy and myself and after seeing the weather, went outside for awhile after I loaded the cakes into the trunk of my car.  I still have to stop at the church to pick up Sue's cake since she left it in the freezer there.

When I took Missy outside for a little while, she seemed nervous and wanted to come back in. She had been sick again last evening and lost her supper. I cleaned it up and cleaned the carpet there. She must have eaten too fast.

I got my paperwork from KUMC yesterday and filled it all out. Now to remember to take it with me to Kansas City next month. That will be the challenge.

I will leave at 8:20 to pick up Bob to go to Independence to deliver the cakes. Then I will go to my hair appointment. After that we will kill some time before going to Great China for lunch.

The flowers are holding up pretty well in this cool weather. I watered the potted ones yesterday. The east side seems to be holding up pretty well after the rain night before last.

This one looks a lot better.

It is really full! I went out after awhile and deadheaded the flowers and watered.

Tomorrow we will have meatloaf and baked potatoes for lunch with veggies and a salad.  Bob will bring the salad.

More later...

We went to Great China after we delivered the cakes and I had my hair done. We also went to Walmart and picked out book bags and school supplies. Every year we take school supplies to an elementary school in Caney, a community 20 miles west of here. They have no organizations to help them with school supplies for their low income families. Here in Coffeyville and Independence several service organizations donate school supplies.

After lunch we came back to Coffeyville and I stopped at the cemetery to check the birth dates on my folks tombstones. I will need that information to get a passport. My mom was born February 8th 1912. My dad was born February 24th 1906. Then I dropped Bob off at his apartment building.  He will take a nap. I might do that too.

More even later...

I did lay down with Missy. I took a short nap. Then the paper came and I read that and worked the crossword puzzle. After awhile, Bob came and we watched the CBS news...alarming as it is.

After he left, I watched PBS and later took my bath and got ready for bed. At 9:00, Missy and I will go to bed. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday and Exercises

I slept well until 3:00 and from then on it was off and on..mostly off. I gave up at 4:30 and just got up. Maybe the nap yesterday spoiled my sleep. Who knows. It's always a mystery.

I stripped my bed and after awhile I will do that laundry. I put my new sheets on the bed and remade it.

I have dressed and have myself ready for the day. Now it's time to go get breakfast for Missy and myself. I will pick up Bob at 8:45 for exercise class and then come home and do that laundry and fix lunch. We will have tuna cakes and fried potatoes and a veggie. Bob will bring a salad. I saved him a few strawberries for his dessert. I ate mine last night.

I heard from my friend Myra last evening by e-mail. She has moved to Wyoming to be near her youngest daughter. She has some health problems. I will miss her. We had some good times together. We used to meet at Bartlesville and shop and then have lunch together and catch up on our news. She is seven years younger then I am. She just doesn't have as good health. She lost her husband, Bob, a few months after I lost my Bob in 2010. We had been really good friends with them for 50 years.

So...more later...

Scott called me a little while ago. I had texted both Keith and him about the Tulsa tornado. We visited about it awhile.  Then he arrived at his job site and had to get off the phone.  It was good to hear from him again though. He used to call once a week but they have been very busy. They had her son, Nathan, there this past weekend getting him fixed for college.  They bought clothes, etc.

Ginger had bought him another truck this spring. I think Scott said it was a 2014..nice truck.

They have been working on their back yard too and it is looking really good. He has posted photos on his facebook page.

Then a couple of weeks ago, they took a cruise.

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This was their ship.

I got my laundry done and in the dryer. In about an hour I will start lunch. We usually eat at 11:30.

More later...

I got lunch going and Bob came over just before 11:30. Lunch was fine. I gave him the extra tuna cake to take home. I also gave him the rest of the strawberries and a cooky for dessert. 

I went to the bank to get some cash for my hairdo tomorrow and lunch.

Then I laid down with Missy and watched TV in the afternoon. Steve, the man that mows for us, came and mowed and trimmed the lawn. It looks very nice. He takes his blower and blows off the carport and patio after he trims too.

Bob came back after 5:15 and we watched the news and I fixed him the rest of the vanilla ice cream he brought by a month ago. Then we watched a DVD Karan gave him to watch. It was a Dean Martin roast of Bob Hope and Johnny Carson. They were both very funny.

Bob left a little while ago and I took my bath and will watch TV if I can find anything to watch. I plan to get Missy and go to bed at 9:00. It's ten after 8:00 now.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday and Storms

I slept well last night but awoke after I had a nightmare.  Must have been the Zyrtec I took at bedtime.

It stormed last night. I slept through all of it but I noticed that the desktop computer was down this morning. The other three were fine. I got it up alright and ran Glary Utilities to clear up any damage.

I got Missy her breakfast and had my own. When I dressed and turned on the TV, I learned  that Tulsa had had a tornado last night around 1:30 AM. It was probably an EF 2.

I will go to church school and church this morning and Bob will drive. We are planning on going to the Italian restaurant, the Brothers Railroad Inn, in Independence, for lunch. Bob will also pick up Phyllis and she will go with us.  I invited Rick and Carmen, my neighbors, to come to church but I don't know if they will make the effort with this rain coming down.

When I get home I will get the Crossroads Newsletter out.

More later...

Rick and Carmen both came to church this morning. Rick even helped with the communion. They seem happy with our congregation. The have come for a month.

Bob and Phyllis and I went to the Brothers Railroad Inn for lunch. It  was very good but a lot more expensive. We won't do it on a regular basis. We may go next time to Great China for dinner after church. We all like that.

I have four newsletters ready to go into the snail mail and all the others out in e-mail. Now I am working on my blog. We will be taking cakes up to Independence on Tuesday morning so I will be baking mine in the morning.  We will pick up Sue's at the church's freezer on Tuesday on our way to  Independence for my hair appointment.

I have nothing more planned this afternoon so maybe I will read my new Kindle book.

More later...

Instead, I took a nap. About 5:15 Bob came over to watch the news  and 60 Minutes...which was reruns. He left early to watch the CNN special on comedy at home. I took my bath and laid on the sofa with Missy to watch it too. I wasn't impressed. We finally gave up on it and went to bed at 9:45.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

I slept well last night...thank goodness! It helped that I had that schedule for KUMC changed. Things like that unsettle me and interrupt my sleep.

I got up after  5:30 and fixed Missy's breakfast. I was going to have an omelet at Eggberts so I only had my Chai. I picked up Bob and 8:50 and we went to Eggberts for our breakfast.

When  I got home I read most of the morning. I had a new Reader's Digest. Then I went out to the bank that handles my rent payment and found the drive through window was open so I gave them my rent check.  I was not late after all. Only after the 5th am I late.

I am just going to take it easy today. I have one small load of laundry and I may get that done.

I did do the dead heading of my flowers. It rained this morning so I won't need to water the flowers on the east side. I will probably water the ones in pots on the north.  I refilled the hummingbird feeder and that's all so far.

So...more later...

I took a nap this afternoon and when I checked the mail I had my newspaper.  So I read that and the rest of  the Readers Digest. 

Missy and I went out for awhile and I watered the flowerpots in the front of my apartment.  I also swept off the carport.  There are a lot of leaves falling for some reason...after all, it is August.

This is the above ground flowerbed that John made for me. It just started out with sparse flowers but that didn't last. Now it's overflowing with flowers.  And that yellow miniature rose bush is no longer a miniature.  It's taking over the flowerbed.

This one is also overflowing. It has rained twice this week so that helped and I go out every day and deadhead the flowers. That may help!

More even later...

About 4:00, I had a bout of diarrhea.   It went on for over an hour and a half. Finally it was over. Bob came over and read the paper and had another of Marilyn's brownies. They were delicious.

Now it's nearly 7:00 and I will take my bath and try to find something on TV worth watching. I want to stay up until at least 9:00 when Missy and I will go to bed.

Friday and a Quiet Day


I awoke at  3:00 AM and could not go back to sleep. Finally I just got up.

I didn't do much today except cook lunch. I was so tired.

We had chicken and boiled potatoes and the rest of the beans. Then we had the rest of the chocolate pudding for dessert. 

After lunch was much more productive.

I managed to find a valid telephone number for The KUMC and called them to change my appointment. I got one for September 11th at 11:00 in the morning.  Leslie said to grab that one so I did. She will take me up there for my consultation appointment. She and Karan are going to Kansas City on the 8th as 9th for her to see Sheri's hairdresser to get her hair done. Then on the 11th, she and I will drive back up there for this appointment. She seemed nonplussed about it though.  I will try to schedule any surgery after October 10th.  I would like to take my tour of the salt mines near Hutchinson. It's on October 10th.  After that, I don't care about the date.

That took most of the afternoon and I forgot to pay my rent. I had the check all made out but didn't realize I had not gone to the bank until it was  too late.I texted Betty about it and she said that was o.k.

Bob came over at 5:15 to watch the news. I had fixed the strawberries I bought at Walmart and we had a small bowl of them. He left at 6:30 after we watched Brooks and Shields on PBS,

I took my bath and Missy and I went to bed at 9:00.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thursday and Housecleaning

I slept fairly well last night. I woke up several times but did get back to sleep each time. I finally just got up shortly before 5:00. I have fed Missy and myself and have myself dressed and ready for the day. It's still dark out so I won't take Missy out until it gets light out.

We will have chicken for lunch today. I will boil some potatoes and we will have a veggie. Bob said he would bring a salad that he could use the tomatoes in. I have the rest of the chocolate pudding for dessert.

I want to clean the apartment today. I haven't done much except laundry this week. I will wash both the bathroom and kitchen floors and this afternoon I will vacuum the carpets and dust.

I noticed Bob's computer had shut down overnight. I hit the switch again this morning and finally got it back up. I set it on "sleep" in hopes it will not completely shut down again. In a little while I will go hit "enter" and see if it will come back up. I would hate to have to send it back to Keith to be reformatted again.

More later...

I got the floors all scrubbed and wiped down and the carpets all cleaned and vacuumed. I also did a load of laundry and folded it and put it away. Then I dusted.  I am really tired. Bob called a little bit ago to say he would be late for lunch. I suggested we just eat out since I am so tired. He agreed.  We may eat at the Sunshine Shop. We have never eaten there. I am very tired. I took the hose that leaked off the cabinet it fits into and poured some gorilla glue around the crack in the screw on part. It was the part that was cracked. That may not help but if it stops the leak there, I won't have to buy another hose.

We will see if it works.

The sunshine shop was real good. Bob got a huge taco salad and I got a pig sandwich. We both had a cherry lime aid and we split a piece of apple pie. It was huge but very good.  He is her now paying some bills on his computer. It is still working alright. I hope it continues. I don't think Keith has time to reformat the hard drive and start over.

More later...I am going to take a nap. I am really tired.

Bob came over to pay his bills online. He left after he read the paper and watched the news.

I took my bath and Missy and I went to bed after he left.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wednesday and Game Day

I slept really well last night without taking any medication. I got up at 5:00...as usual. I have dressed and got myself ready for the day. I have fed Missy but still have my own breakfast to fix and eat. I wanted to see if my bank account was up to date now and it is. The bill I wanted paid came out last night. Everything is up to date except my rent. I needed to withdraw some cash for the week so I lack enough to pay my rent until Friday when Keith's deposit comes in. My social security won't come in until next Wednesday.

I will pick up Bob for exercise class at 8:45. Some of the group may go to the donut shop afterward, If so, we will go.  After that I will fix lunch. This noon we are having hamburgers and french fries.  Leslie gave me tomatoes so we will have some of those on the hamburgers. I made cookies yesterday so we will have fruit with a cookie for dessert.

After I clean up after that I will go to Bunco at the senior center.

More later...after my breakfast.

I took Missy out for awhile but something out there bothered her and she wanted to come back in. So...we are back inside.

She seems happy to just lie beside my chair right now.

Before next Tuesday, I need to get a cake pan. I looked for one in the Independence Walmart Next Tuesday we will resume taking cakes up to Independence's First Christian Church. I have a cake mix and icing but no pan. I looked for on at Independence's Walmart store yesterday but they did not have the size I use. I will get one at Country Mart before then.

More later...

 Bob came over for lunch. We had hamburgers and french fries and coke for lunch.  We had pudding for dessert. 

 Then he checked his bank account while he was here.  Next he updated his utility and rebooted the computer.  It ran disk check and after that, it crashed.  I tried to get it back up for him but it would not come up. I plugged it in and went on to game time to let it charge. When I got home, I tried to reboot it again and after several tries, it finally came back up.   But Windows wanted to be authenticated. I attempted to authenticate it but was told it was not an authentic Windows.   I knew better. It was just Windows 7.  So I closed the program and opened a browser and it worked fine. I left it plugged in and put it on a TV tray in the dining room. I figured I had better leave it up because it might be kind of fragile.

I called and told Bob. He was really happy about having it back up.

He came over and watched the news and then afterward left. I went to take my bath but the water main at the end of the block is broken and they're working on it. So right now, at least, we have no water.

I will watch Nature on PBS with Missy and then go to bed at 9:00.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tuesday and Hairdo Day

I slept very well last night until 3:00 AM. At that time, Missy crawled off the bed and got sick. I heard her coughing and got up to check it out. She had coughed up a line of cat food. She must have eaten too fast or something. Anyhow I picked it up in a kleenex and got out the Resolve.  I sprayed that piece of the carpet and scrubbed it with a wet cloth. It all came up fine. She choked again in the hall but this time did not get sick. I went back to bed and back to sleep and slept until 5:00.

She seems to be fine this morning, She wants to go outside but it's still dark out and I never take her out in the dark. She will have to wait. It has been raining in the night. That means I won't have to water. We are to get rain today.

I will go to Independence to get my hair done this morning and I will take Bob over to his sister, Betty's, home for a visit. Afterward we will eat at Big Cheese.

I looked for Scott's deposit this morning but it hadn't been posted yet...for some strange reason. I did withdraw some of my rent money for my hair and lunch today.  And I want to bake cookies this afternoon.

More later...

I've taken Missy out twice but she doesn't like the rain and we stay out only about ten minutes. Then she wants to come back in.  So we are back in now.

I will watch the news. More later....

I got my hair done and Bob and I had lunch at Big Cheese. Then he brought me back home. I checked my bank account again and realized not only was my deposit from Scott not there but one of my payments had not been processed either. I went over to the bank to check on both of those things. They said it takes two days for an account to process a payment and since Scott transferred his transfer late yesterday afternoon, it would be tomorrow before it would  show up in my account. We will see....

By evening the deposit was there.

I baked peanut butter cookies this afternoon. Bob came over and had one while they were still warm. I was sitting out on the carport with Missy and he joined us. He stayed and read the papers. We watched the CBS news and the Tulsa local news and  then he went home. I took my bath and lay down with Missy on the sofa and watched PBS where they had American Experience.  I went to bed at 9:00.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday and a Doctor's Appointment

I had a hard time getting to sleep last night after the LTQ group met. I was just too wound up. I went to bed about 9:30 but was still awake at 10:30 when I got up and took a Zyrtec, It took awhile but I finally got to sleep and pretty much slept through the night until nearly 5:00.

I will go on to exercise class this morning  and from there I will go to my regular doctor's appointment. The doctor's office is only two blocks from the senior center.  I am supposed to have blood work done to check out my thyroid. I also want to ask him about my swollen ankles. They are pretty much swollen all the time now....especially the right one.  Other then that, my allergies are my primary complaint. ...that and the failed bladder surgery. There's nothing more that can be done about that though.

I have fed Missy and myself. We will have warmed up hamburger pie for lunch today. I still have  strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Missy is waiting for it to get light so we can go out on the carport for awhile. She loves to be outside and as long as she doesn't try to get away, I'm good with that.

So more later....

I took Missy out for awhile before I went to exercise class. She really enjoyed it and was very good. After exercise class, I went to the doctor. I told him about my swollen ankles and the failure of my bladder surgery. I also told him I had decided against having it redone for fear it would fail again.

He suggested I let him refer me to Kansas City Med Center.  He said they have some phenomenal doctors up there that have done some of the best surgery around. He said at 81, I was in such great health I might live another 20 years and surely would not want to have to deal with this bladder problem for all that time. He urged me to at least have a consultation with one of their doctors that he would recommend. I told him I would want to discuss it with my daughter and would get back with him.

After lunch, and after Bob left, I went out to Leslie's and told her about the doctor's visit. She agreed I should look into it. She said I would not want to deal with "leaks" and constantly looking for bathrooms on my cruise in June of 2018. I admit she had a point. I called the doctors office, explained the reason for my call and asked his nurse to have him call me at the end of his day.

Leslie cannot have the appointment on August 14th and 15th  or September 12th. And it has to be on a Monday or Tuesday. Those are her set days off work.   She also suggested I have my prescriptions filled at Walgreens in Independence since I am up there on Tuesdays anyhow. She says they are cheaper and I can call the prescription in and then pick it up at the drive through window when I get to town.

Leslie also gave me tomatoes and ground meat.

I have the best kids in the world!

Bob came over shortly after 5:00 while I was watering the flowers on the east side. Soon after that, I took Missy and we all went in to watch the news. After the news, Bob left and I was still waiting for the doctor to call back. He never did. Doctors!

I went ahead and took my bath and got ready for bed. I was glad I had explained all those days Leslie can't go to his nurse. Perhaps she explained that to him and when he calls me back about my blood tests, he will tell me what day we can go up to Kansas City for the consultation.

About 9:00, I went to bed.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday and Coffecake.

I slept very well last night and woke up shortly before 5:00 and just got up.  I have made my coffeecake and got it iced and ready for the church school class. I also got myself ready for the day. I am presiding at church today. Bill is speaking.

Phyllis has gone to Kansas City so she will not be going to "Just Us" with us. Bob and I will probably go alone if Becky comes and attends with Karan. And, oh yes, because it was Karan's birthday this week, her son, Mark, is down here with her. They may come to church today. They undoubtedly will not go to "Just Us" with us.

I had a problem with google today. When I logged on to this blog, I had no access to it on either computer. So I checked out the desktop too. I was locked out of it too.

I may have to log on again with the laptop too. I will check that out now.

More later...

Sure enough! I had to sign in again to google on the laptop too. Someone had changed my password 19 hours ago. I am back on it now though.

I am driving to church today. I have the coffeecake and whoever has the morning treat, does the driving.

I need to get my offering ready.  

So More later....

I got that done and then tried to take Missy out for awhile. She did not want to mind so I finally just got my broom and pushed her back inside. Darn cat! It's 8:41 now and at 9:00 I will go get Bob.

So, more even later....

I picked up Bob and we went on to church. I took my coffee cake and the order of service and printed off the bulletins. The church school class went well. Bill did a fair job with his sermon. We had another visitor. His name was Mike and he sat with our Mike. This fellow's wife is in our exercise class. Right now she is in California and he is alone.

We went to "Just Us"  to eat. I saw my cousin there with her best friend.

After I dropped Bob off at his apartment, I came home to do the newsletters. So more later...He will come by to read the papers and pick me up for the Living the Questions group at Howard and Judy's tonight at 7:00.

So more later...

Bob came while I was baking a peach brown betty with the Porter peaches Vic brought me. They were beginning to ripen from laying out on the window sill. The dessert looked great and I took it to Judy's for the Living the Questions group meeting. They ate most of it.  I gave Bob three of the peaches I had left and he will have them for his breakfast in the morning.  I still have three. I am not sure what I will do with them but I will probably have to use them tomorrow.

Right now I just finished my bath and have my P.J.s on and am ready for bed. I am exhausted. I baked my coffee cake this morning before we left for church. Then I presided at church. After that we went to "Just Us" for lunch and after that I came home and did my newsletters and got them ready for the mail and then worked on my next sermon and the bulletin for it. Then Missy and I went out and she enjoyed the outside while I watered the flowers on the east side of the apartment.

Bob came over while I was baking the peach brown betty and after watching 60 Minutes, we left for Howard and Judy's home.  

He brought me home at 9:00. It is nearly 9:30 now and I had better go to bed.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

I slept well last night but then I took Zyrtec too. That makes all the difference. I got up shortly before 5:00, got myself ready for the day and fed Missy. I took her out for 15 to 30 minutes until it was time to go get Bob for breakfast. Then I got Bob and we went to Eggberts for breakfast.

I have washed the bathroom floor again and also cleaned the carpet in from of the doorway to the living room. I will see how that worked out with the dry carpet cleaner. So, more later..

The carpet cleaning worked well. I used the dry method. I did not want to use water on it. It never looks the same once it's been wet. 

I took a nap with Missy and later watched an old movie with Bob. It has been a quiet day with not much going on.

I noticed someone had changed the password on this blog account but between google and I, we got it fixed.

After Bob left, I took my bath and went to bed about 9:00.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday and A Day Off Housework.

I slept well last night until 2:00 AM and then I just couldn't get back to sleep. Finally I got up and took a Zyrtec and after a little while I dropped back off to sleep and slept until 5:15. Then I got up and got ready for the day.  I fed Missy and myself and watched the weather. The Zyrtec wore off early. I sneezed and sneezed this morning.

Missy is ready to go out and I may as well take her out there.

More later...

We spent 30 minutes outside and then she wanted to eat something and get a drink so we came in briefly.  She wants to go back out now but I want to stay in awhile and watch the news.  I watered the front potted flowers while I was out there and drank my Chai. I also texted Bob to be sure he was still among the living. He was.

More later...

Phyllis F., our pianist at church,  just called me to say she would not be at church on Sunday. Hopefully, Leslie will be there to use the overhead for the music....if not, perhaps Kelly can do it. He knows how too.

I am presiding this Sunday for Bill.

Vic came by while I was gone and left me a dozen Porter Peaches. He called me later to tell me they were still a little firm and to leave them out at room temperature for a few days until they softened up before trying to eat them or use them.  I thanked him for them and told him I would bake a Peach Brown Betty when they softened up.

Bob and I are going out to El Publito for lunch today. I just can't come up with anything to make for lunch today. I thought about a chicken potato casserole but when he suggested eating out instead..I jumped on it. After exercise class, we all went to Utopia. I had my Utopiachino. One of them is in my freezer now.

Missy is sleeping in my chair and has been all morning while I was gone. She was in that chair when I left for exercise class and still in it when I got home from exercise class and Utopia. 

More later...

Vic left me a dozen Porter peaches this morning while we were at Utopia. This afternoon I set them on paper towels on the windowsills in the kitchen to try to further ripen them. They are pretty hard right now.

We went to El Pueblito for lunch...and I ate too much. I haven't been able to eat anything...even yogurt, this evening. In fact I took a Tum awhile ago.  Bob came at 5:15 and we watched the news and Brooks and Shields on PBS and then he left at 6:30.  I can't take ET on CBS. It's just too silly.

I took my bath and watched TV with Missy after I watered the plants on the east side of the apartment. I also did a load of laundry. Then about 9:30, I went to bed. I get so tired anymore. Must be the mileage....

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thursday and Cleaning Day

I did not sleep well last night. I woke up at 2:00 and really didn't get back to sleep and just finally got up at 3:00. I had a lot of stuff going through my mind and couldn't get settled back down. I will need a nap this afternoon. It rained last night and there is a 40% forecast for today too.

I got dressed about 5:15 and got my own and Missy's breakfast. I even prepared the strawberries I bought on Tuesday for today's dessert. I even have short cake and whipped cream.We will have hamburger pie for our main dish. That has green beans in it. We will need a salad. Hopefully Bob will bring one.

Missy and I went out at 6:30 and were enjoying the coolness out there when that scraggly stray grey cat came by and Missy got all excited and was going to take him on.  So I brought her in before she got hurt and shouted at him to "scat"! He's gone now and I will take her back outside in a little while.

I want to scrub the kitchen floor and vacuum today. I ran a wet swifter over it yesterday but that really doesn't get it clean. It just takes off the worst. I have to get down on my hands and knees with an old towel and 409 cleaner to really get it clean.

More later...

I got the kitchen floor scrubbed and the dining room and living room vacuumed before I played out. I will vacuum the hall and bedrooms later.   I even took Missy out again for awhile.  Now she is resting...in my chair.

More again later.

I laid down with Missy and got a short nap. Then I made the hamburger pie and it was good. I even took some to Marilyn R. We had the strawberry shortcake for dessert.

I laid down again in the afternoon  and caught up on some of the sleep I had lost.  It stayed pretty comfortable outside so Missy got to go out some more. I waited for the Reporter out there and it was late so I went ahead and watered the east side flowerbeds. 

Bob came over shortly after 5:00 to watch the news, and stayed until 6:30. Then I took my bath and got ready for bed, I watched TV until 9:00 and I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. I went on to bed.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wednesday and Exercises and Game Day

I slept very well last night. Of course, before I got too asleep someone got a wrong number and called me and after they apologized and hung up I almost got to sleep and the same person called the wrong number again.  This time they just hung up. I got right to sleep. I woke up twice in the night but got right back to sleep. I got up at 5:15 and got myself ready for the day and fed Missy and myself. When it gets light I will take her out on the carport. She certainly is ready.

I will go to exercise class this morning and I will drive. Bob and I take turns. Also I will go to game day this afternoon. I want to scrub the kitchen and bathroom floors today too. I generally do that on Tuesday but took a nap instead. I don't cook lunch today since Bob has a dinner at Sycamore Landing.

Missy is crying to go outside so I will get back to this later...

This is Missy's favorite place out on the carport. It's the little rug I keep in front of the door inside the carport door. She has confiscated it and thinks it is hers. She has almost destroyed it snagging it with her claws.

 This is the scene of the flowers in pots on the front of my apartment. It's all I can do in these 90+ degree temperatures to keep them alive.  I water them every morning. You can see the water spilled on the concrete. When it's nice, I often sit out there.

More later....

Several of us went to Utopia after exercise class and had a good visit. Mona and Judy and I got into quite a discussion on  discrimination in America.  Mona has felt quite a bit of it as an Egyptian...especially at the college where she works. We all shared our stories of our experiences with discrimination. ..either as a minority or as a woman in America. Just as we all do, we need the fellowship of others who see our point of view and who will hear us out.

I don't know what I will have for lunch. I will look around and see what I have that I can eat.

I ended up with a half price Sonic chocolate milk shake (calories, calories, calories) since I didn't have to cook today.  Soon I will go to game day at the senior center.

Judy came by to choose a couple of my DVDs that feature an entire group of  Biblical scholars that offer their input. We will choose from those two DVDs on Sunday evening when we meet at Howard and Judy's home. Gary e-mailed me he wanted to come. I will pick him up.

So, more later....I'd  better get to game day.

Game day was fun even though there were only nine of us.  When I got home my paper soon came.  And the Journal was in the mailbox. I read the papers and then did the crossword puzzle in the Reporter.  Bob came soon after 5:00 and stayed until 6:30.  When he left I went out and watered the east side flowers. Then I came in and took my bath. Then I watched PBS with Missy. She loves "Nature"on PBS. 

At 9:00 I will go to bed.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday and Hair Appointment

I slept well last night and only woke up once at 2:00 AM. I took my med and got right back to bed and back to sleep.

I got up shortly after 5:00 AM and stripped my bed to wash my sheets.  They are in the dryer now.

I got Missy's breakfast and my own. 

I took Missy out on the carport at 6:30 and she was very good. She just laid on "her" rug and was good.  I watered my front flowers...the ones that are in  flowerpots. We just came back in so she could get a drink of water. She wants to go back out right now but I want to watch the news now. She will have to be patient.

I will pick up Bob about 8:20 and we will go to  Independence so I can get my hair done and if Juanita has her bank statement, I may balance her checkbook too. I haven't heard from her yet though. After Great China opens at 11:00, we will eat lunch there. Tomorrow he has a dinner (lunch) at Sycamore Landing so I won't be cooking again until Thursday.  On Thursday we will have hamburger pie.

More later...

I got my bed stripped, the bedding washed and dried and the bed remade.  That's about all I got done this morning since I took Missy out for awhile.  But that's a beginning. This afternoon I will wash the floors in the bathroom and kitchen.   Thursday, I will vacuum.

So more later....

After I got to Independence I called Juanita and she had received her back statement. I took Bob out to his sister's home to visit with her and I went to get my hair done and later went out to Juanita's home and balanced the checkbook. Then Bob and I had lunch at Great China.  We then came back to Coffeyville and I took Bob to his home. He will take a nap, I am sure and in all probability, I will too. Missy will like that.

More even later...

I laid down with Missy and fell asleep and took a nap. Soon after I got up Bob came over and stayed until 7:00. When he went home I watered the flowers on the east side and then took my bath and laid down again on the sofa with Missy. I still couldn't keep my eyes open. I did watch PBS where they had "American Experience". They had a program on the Summer of Love in San Fransisco in the 60's.

I went to bed at 9:30. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday and Exercises Again

I slept fitfully last night. I awoke at 2:00 AM and took my thyroid med and then took a long time to get back to sleep. I then slept until 6:00..later then usual.

I got myself ready for the day and got Missy's breakfast and had my own. At 7:00 I took her out for a time outside.  We stayed out until almost 8:00. I watered the flowers in the front and sat out on the patio too and watched the hummingbirds eat.  I watered those flowers and the tomato plant last night.

I will go to exercise class this morning and while there I will cancel my appointment for surgery on my left foot. I have lived with that failure for 14 years. I can live with it a while longer.  My bladder surgery has failed after five months and I won't take a chance on another failure.

Today for lunch we will have the ham and potato casserole and a veggie and some more of Bob's cottage cheese and pineapple.  I may make up some chocolate pudding for dessert.

Bob will be by in about thirty minutes to pick me up for exercise class. I don't plan to do much today. Tomorrow I will do laundry and wash the kitchen and bathroom floors. Then Bob and I will go to Independence to get my hair done and have lunch at Great China.

More later...

After exercise class, we all went to the Daylight Donut shop and I had a chocolate twist and a carton of milk. There were eight of us there.I'm the one of the left with the amazed look on my face.


Everyone else is smiling. That is me on the left, Judy next to me, Mona next to her, Bob next to Mona, Karan at the end of the table Marilyn and Howard on the right side of the table.

We will have a little later lunch because of the chocolate twist. :)

Lunch worked out fine and I took the rest of the casserole to Karan. She is still recovering from her knee surgery.

Bob stayed after lunch and did a couple of loads of laundry.  Then he checked his bank account. I watched some CNN after the news conference by Trump's son in law.

More later..

Bob finished his laundry and went on home to take a nap.

I laid down with Missy and tried to watch TV but ended up taking a nap. When I woke up I went out to Walmart and bought another $20.+ worth of groceries.  When I got home and unloaded them and put them away, Bob came back..about 5:00. He stayed and watched the news. He left about 6:00. I watered the flowers on the east side of the apartment and then came back in and took my bath. I laid down with Missy and tried to watch TV again but, lets face it, there's nothing on TV on Monday evening. Finally I just came in here at 8:30 to catch up on the blog and  at 9:00, I will go to bed. I did take a Zyrtec this evening. My nose is running and I've been sneezing.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday and Rain

I love rain..even though it will cut down on attendance at church this morning. It has broken the heat wave.

I slept well last night even though I didn't take any Zyrtec.  I feel more alert this morning and I can use "alert", believe me.

I have dressed and am ready for the day. I have fed Missy and myself and we went outside briefly. Then the thunder and rain began and Missy is terrified of thunder. She wanted to come back inside.  Now she is lying on "her" rug just inside the carport door.

I have decided to forego the bunion surgery. I have lived with this failed bunion surgery for 14 years...what's a few more? I couldn't figure out how I could take a bath with my left foot hanging out of the tub. That isn't such a bad thing but getting out of the tub after the bath would be the problem.

Dr. Webb says, "no showers" so I will just live with the bunion.

More later....

The sermon went fine. Afterward, Phyllis and I and Bob went to "Just Us" over at Cherryvale for the buffet.  After that I worked on Bill's bulletin for next week. I am presiding for him. He is the speaker.
Then I put out the congregational newsletter. Those who are not online get one by snail mail. They are out on the mailbox now.

I have some coupons for two small milk shakes from Arby's but they have to be used today. It is the 52nd anniversary of their founding. I offered one to Bob but he said "let me think about it". If he doesn't want to use one, I will use one of them anyhow. I am never too full for ice cream.

He will be over sometime after 5:00 this evening to read the Sunday Reporter and watch the news and 60 minutes.  CNN has a special on the 90's. I think I have seen it.  

More later...

Bob came over and stayed until 7:00 and we had a small bowl of  butter brickle ice cream and a cookie. When he left, I took my bath and laid down with Missy on the sofa and watched the special program on CNN.

I went to bed at 10:30. Later then usual.