Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Tuesday and Another Power Problem

I slept very well last night and got up at 5:00AM. I am dressed, fed, and ready for the day.  I have fed the little gray cat and one of her kittens. She only brought one over with her today and they took turns eating from the bowl. They are very skittery and not friendly at all. But I am still feeding them. I like to watch them eat. I have put a flat piece of cardboard from the back of a small tablet, over the bowl and then set the empty watering pitcher on top of that.  That is to keep the snails out of the cat food bowl. The cat and her kittens know to push over the pitcher and move the cardboard to get to the food. I do not want to feed snails and the place is loaded with snails in the grass.

Last evening as I was watching TV, I noticed it seemed very warm in the apartment. I looked at the thermostat and it said 81 degrees.  I had it set on 77 and it was not running. A couple of months ago, I noticed my new dryer would not start. I called Steve and he said to go to the garage and flip the breaker that said "dryer". That did not work. So, I tried flipping it again and suddenly, it worked. So I thought nothing more about it.

Then a couple of weeks ago, the air conditioner was not working. I went to the garage and flipped the breakers off and on that were marked "AC". Then the air came on.

Last evening, it happened again so I called Suzanne and told her about it and then tried that four or five times, flipping it back and forth after waiting about five minutes between each try.and finally the air came on. I slipped on a duster and walked out to the west side just to check it out. It was running. I called Suzanne back and told her I thought it was the breaker box. She is sending the AC guy out later this morning to check out the AC. I think that's a waste of their money because I am almost certain that it is the breaker box since the dryer had the same problem last spring.  She is still sending him out and if it checks out OK, she is calling the electrician to repair the breaker box. After about 20 minutes, my room was down to 77 degrees. It is still working fine.

That's the only problem I have had here. But in 90 degree weather, that is a concern.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Monday and a Hope to Finish Mowing.

I slept well as long as I slept last night but I woke up shortly after 3:30AM after a nightmare of some sort. I don't even remember it now but it did wake me up and then I could not get back to sleep.

It is supposed to be a little cooler today...if you can call 88 degrees cooler. I hope to be able to finish mowing the west side yard today when it gets dry. It's supposed to rain again tonight and perhaps tomorrow.  We certainly do not need any more rain.

I noticed the cat's dish was empty this morning and so I refilled it and put the cardboard over it and set the little pitcher on top of that. That keeps the snails out of the cat food. The kittens and their mother know how to move that pitcher and the cardboard off in order to eat.

Wednesday, when I am in Coffeyville, I will go out to Walmart there and get some groceries. I need to buy some potatoes and eggs and an onion and some other stuff. I have made a list. I want to make potato salad for the cookout at church on Sunday after church. I would also like to pick up a pie at Tyro's little Amish store.  The Amish make great pies.

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I went to get gas for the mower since I am hoping to be able to mow today and finish the west yard. On the way home I was thinking about those kids who are moving in next door. I don't know whether they have  a mower of not but I am thinking about making them a deal if they would mow my yard every week. I would furnish the mower and the gasoline if he would mow for me in July and August. Steve hasn't yet got back with me about a price for mowing for me those two months and if I can work out a deal with the new young man next door, that would save me some money and save him having to buy a mower or pay someone to mow for them.

I also contacted Leslie yesterday about having the church take my offering out at the World Church level.  I texted her about that again this morning and she got right back with me with answers to my questions and she suggested the very same thing! Great minds...I guess. I had put a note on the windshield of their truck, asking them to ring my doorbell when they get up and around. I want to discuss that with them. It's nearly 10:00AM now. Maybe they will begin stirring soon.

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Well, I finally got the west yard mowed this morning. It's only 72 degrees and this is the time to get it mowed.

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 And I went ahead and re-did the front. After all that rain, I couldn't even tell I had done it. It's 10:40AM and I still haven't heard anything out of my neighbors. They must really be sleeping in this morning, They had a big weekend moving in. I am glad I got mine mowed.  I will have to re-mow that back before the end of the week. It's supposed to rain again tonight and tomorrow morning.

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Suzanne called before noon and asked me to go with her to Sonic to have a cherry limeade. Boy was that good! We rode around Caney and looked the town over. It really needs a beautification alright. They have a new program here to  try to enforce the ordinance but, as usual, no one is enforcing it. The same has been true in Coffeyville and Independence. There is no point in having ordinances on the books if they are not enforced.

She brought me home about 4:30PM and I am still eating the ice from that drink. We had a real good visit too. I have always thought Suzanne was a great friend and now she is a great landlady!. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sunday and Storm Warnings

I got up at my usual 5:00AM and it was storming. We were under severe storm warnings all morning...first until 7:15AM and then later at 7:30AM. I decided not to bake my coffeecake since in all probability not many people will be there.

Coffeyville's electricity has been off and on according to Bob. He has put his car in Joanne's garage to protect it in case of hail. I offered to go get him and take him by to pick it up but he didn't want me to do that. He said he wasn't even dressed yet. I told him under storm warnings he should be dressed...just in case. He said I had a point there. Bob said he would try to make it by 10:00AM. I probably will not make coffee since there may not be anyone there to drink it anyhow.

Anyhow, about 8:30AM I am going out to check on the church and then I will text or call Leslie to tell her if we have electricity there.

Karan is to speak today. I hope we have a congregation. Storm warnings are off at 7:30AM according to the weather station. It isn't raining here now. I am 15 miles due west of Coffeyville.

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We had a fair sized congregation even with the weather problems. Karan and Gretchen and Phyllis and I went to "Just Us" for lunch afterward. After I took Phyllis back to the church, I came on back home and did my newsletters. The little girls were disappointed I didn't have the coffeecake. I should have baked it.

I got the newsletters  out. There was only one to go out in the snail mail. It was Chris. Chris hasn't attended for several weeks. I hate that. He was a regular for quite awhile. The other young couple, the Abbots, weren't there either. Gene was however.

The rain has stopped.  Now I will go watch some TV that I have recorded.

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It appears I am now feeding three gray cats.... One mother cat and two small kittens. I knew that little gray cat was gaining weight but I just thought I was fattening her up. Little did I know!

Actually, after the mother cat and the two little kittens went across the street, I saw three or four more small kittens. One of them was yellow but the others were gray like the mother.  Wow!

Well, it appears my new young neighbors are beginning to move in next door. They have several trucks and cars over there with many young people carrying in boxes.  I don't exactly know what to expect. They are expecting a baby in nine weeks...a little girl, they told me.  I don't know how much I will be able to hear. But I imagine I will find out.

Here's another photo of the three that were over here eating.  I managed to get a little closer for this one.
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I have had my bath and am ready to go to bed in about an hour. It is 8:00PM now.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Saturday and Another New Kitty

I got up close to 5:00AM this morning, dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee and even my Chai. I opened the front door and two kittys were out there. One was the regular little gray cat and the other was a tiny little black kitty. Both were eating but when they saw me they ran away. I put more food in the dish out there and finally the tiny one came back. Now they are both out there eating. What have I started!! :) I need more cat food again.

I am watching CBS This Morning Saturday Morning now and was surprised to find Jeff Glor is one of their new hosts on the show. I am glad they are making good use of him. They treated him shabbily in my opinion.

I don't have a plan for today.  I am thinking about going up to Independence and talking to customer service about the ink cartridge I recently bought. I started printing off some new church directories and it only printed the cover in black ink. After that, it printed in green ink. I pay over $45.00 for those extra large cartridges and I expect better from them.

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I discovered I had another load of laundry...mostly towels and underwear to do so I began that.  It's in the dryer now. It's only 8:12AM now so I am simply playing solitaire as I wait for the dryer to finish.

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I finished the laundry and went over to Coffeyville to return an ink cartridge that was defective at Walmart.  Then I stopped at Karan's and took her the two new directories I had printed off. Then I came on back home and ate lunch and watched a couple of recorded programs I had recorded this morning. 

I dropped by Nancy's but she was sick to her stomach again and didn't come to the door.  Later, I called her and sure enough, she was sick again.

I thought about mowing the back yard but it is 2:30PM and really hot out there.It is 86 degrees out there. I will wait and see how it is this evening. I would rather wait until Sunday evening or even Monday or Tuesday...before my hair appointment on Wednesday.

So more later....

At 6:00PM, I went out and mowed the back yard and part of the side yard. Now all I have to do is the rest of the side yard.  I won't beat the rain on that one, I know.

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But at least the front and the back are finished. Maybe I can get the rest of the side yard before Wednesday, before I get my hair done.

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 The flowerbed is still looking pretty full. I will weed it later too. Right now I want to get something to drink and take my bath. It is 6:40PM right now.

It's 7:15PM now and I have had a couple of glasses of peach tea and a bath and feel like a new woman! In about an hour and 45 minutes, I will go to bed and I should sleep like a baby. 

It's 7:45PM now and it is thundering but not yet raining...but it's going to, I know.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Friday and Dusting

I didn't make it until 9:00PM last night. I went to bed at 8:30PM. I slept well and woke up about 4:30AM and went to the bathroom. The room was cold so I looked at the thermostat and it was set on 71. No wonder! I turned it up to 77 and went back to bed.  I got up near 5:00AM.  So I have dressed and had my breakfast and coffee and am now enjoying my Chai.

The only thing I plan for today is to dust the apartment.  I will not mow the back or side yards today. We are forecast for 95 degrees.It will have to cool down before I will get out in that heat and mow!

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I deadheaded the flowers in the hanging pot in the front and watered the flowerbed in the back and fed the little gray kitty. He/she is so shy. I don't know whether we will ever make friends. I went out and "kitty, kittyed" him/her but he/she was just too shy to come over to me. He/she just laid down in the grass and looked at me. But at least this time he/she did not run away.

While it was only 82 degrees, I went out with my trimmer and trimmed the mowed grass and also the back yard around the fence and the side yard.  If I don't get it mowed, it will at least look a little neater. It is too damp to mow just yet or I would do that. However at 8:45AM, my neighbors might not like it much.

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Nancy came by about 9:30AM and wanted to go to breakfast but I had had breakfast so I told her I would have brunch. This time..I bought. She bought last time.

I puttered around  all afternoon and didn't get much accomplished. I sat down to watch some Amazon Prime and fell asleep. I don't know how long I slept.

A couple of hours ago I took my bath and came into the den to play some solitaire. I don't know how long I have been at it.   But it's almost my bedtime now and I hope I will be able to sleep. I am not used to a nap. It's almost 9:00PM. I guess I will go to bed.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Thursday and Cleaning Day

I slept well again last night and got up about 5:00AM and dressed and got myself ready for the day. I had my oatmeal and coffee and juice and am now working on my Chai. My younger son, Scott, just called and we had a chat about his week. He has been very busy.

I have fed the little gray cat and he/she sat by my front door and watched me while I talked to Scott. When I got off the phone, though, it was gone.

This morning I will wash my bare floors and later today I will vacuum the apartment.

Alice, my neighbor, moved into her home over at Edna yesterday. She will be back today and tomorrow to clean the apartment she left here at the duplex.

I contacted Steve, who mowed over at the fourplex, yesterday and asked him to give me a price on mowing for me here during July and August when the summer heat will probably be too much for me to do my own mowing. Robert Edens, who mowed for Alice, charges $40. a week and I think that's too much for such a small yard. I want to see what Steve would charge me. I may just wait until later in the day..close to evening... and see if it will cool down enough for me to do it myself. It depends on the price.

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I got the floors washed and the apartment vacuumed. All I lack is the dusting and I can do that this afternoon or tomorrow. I will see how I feel when I have rested awhile. It's only 9:39AM and so I have plenty of time.

I had Cox Complete Care work over both my computers this afternoon and tune them up. I believe it had been several months since I had had that done. They are both faster now. There was some malware on the laptop. The desktop was clean. But he must have really worked them over because now they are faster. I pay $9.98 a month for that service so I really must use it. It's almost 4:30PM now and I need to think about having my yogurt for supper.

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About 7:00PM, I decided to mow the front yard. It is 90 degrees out there but part of the front yard is in the shade and the yard has grown with all this rain.  So it's 7:30 now and the front is mowed.

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The rest will just have to wait. The side yard is larger and the back is not bothering me yet. But at least the front is done.

I brought in my little solar cat. It sat out this afternoon and soaked up the sunshine. Now it is fully charged .
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I ate my yogurt for supper and now in about 30 minutes I will take my bath and watch some more Amazon Prime. I will go to bed at 9:00PM as usual.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wednesday and Visitors Today

I slept well again last night. I guess times for having to take melatonin are over.

I got up shortly before 5:00AM this morning and had my breakfast and dressed and watched the weather channel...which is my usual routine.  As soon as the weather on the eights comes on and I watch that, I go into the den and check my e-mail and work on this blog. This blog is really my journal.

I fed the little gray cat again this morning and then after he/she ate and left, covered the dish with a small tablet I had found. That keeps the snails and the birds out of it..I discovered that yesterday. The little cat knows to knock the tablet off the dish so he/she can eat. Smart little fellow/gal.

It rained hard last night but I slept well. I usually sleep well when it rains anyhow.

Diana and Tony are supposed to come this afternoon at 1:00PM or so. Diana is my eldest niece..Bob's oldest daughter.

I texted Steve Hoppock about mowing for me in July and August. He will give me a quote and I will see if I can afford him. I really don't think I would be up to mowing in July and August when it's in the 90's and 100s . It is hard enough when it's 84 degrees but I can manage that myself. And I need the exercise.  I just do each yard part and then rest and drink fluids between them.

Scott texted me this morning and told me my notifications were off on my phone and he hasn't been able to reach me by text or phone. I checked and for some reason  "do not disturb" was on. I turned it off. I tested it with Bob Avery and sure enough I hear a notification now when he texts me.

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Nancy came by midmorning and we went to brunch. We encountered Kelly there and sat with him and visited.We stayed a couple of hours. When I got back home I relaxed a little and then put more cat food in the bowl and put a pair of pliers on top of the tablet to keep it from blowing off.  Soon the yellow cat came by to eat. He/she saw the pliers on top of the tablet and moved them off and ate the food.

I didn't see the the little gray cat eat until Diana was here. She came about 1:00PM and stayed until 3:00PM or so. While we visited, Tony took the car to have the oil changed. The little dash light came on while they were on their way over here and he knew it needed to be changed. We had a good visit even though Tony didn't come in. He met her over at Janet's house after she left here. That's one of her friends from school here in Caney.

I went to the bank and also to buy gas again. I have done a lot of running around this week. The front yard needs mowing again but I just had my hair done on Tuesday so it will have to wait until next Tuesday. I get my hair and cut done on Wednesday next week.  I prefer to mow the day before it gets done.

It's 8:40PM right now and I have had my bath and have my pjs on and will go on to bed at 9:00PM

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tuesday and a Hair Day

I slept well again last night but got up at 5:00AM. I need to leave here at 8:00AM to make my 8:30AM hair appointment. I have fed myself, dressed and fed the little gray cat and am having my Chai Latte now. It's only 6:10AM right  now so I have plenty of time.

I want to check the Coffeyville Walmart for those Walmart brand single meals. The Independence store didn't have too many. I want the sweet and sour chicken and they did not have those. They are only $1.88 in singles. You can't beat that for a meal. It's a lot cheaper then Schwans.

I am so glad I got the mowing done yesterday. We have a 70% chance of rain tonight.

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They are moving right along on my son and daughter-in-law's new home.

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Maybe they will be in it by fall after all.

He says "Back view bricking about finished. Rocking for the fire place soon and stain for the wood portions of the back porch. Then leveling of the back surrounding area with added dirt, pool/hot tub and retaining wall".
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Here is the front. 

He says: "Matching Shaker Wood to be added to upper white paper area's and two more dark metal pieces to both sides of the porch entry. Stone to the lower white paper area's around the home. Here they are working on the front porch."

They hope to be in it by September. 

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I got over to Coffeyville a little earlier then my appointment and Toni came out to the car and said to come on in...she was ready for me. I got my hair done and then I went out to the Coffeyville Walmart store where I found all the frozen Walmart single meals I was wanting. I bought five.  

The Schwan's man will be here Thursday afternoon with my Schwan's order.  I will just order the ice cream bars from him from now on. I prefer the Walmart dinners. Not only are they better but they are more like true single meals. Some of the Schwan's singles are too much food for me. I prefer Amy's soups too. I can get those from Walmart.

Then I came on home. The trash people came as soon as I got home so I put away my trash container too. So the lawn is mowed and the laundry is done and I will wash the floors and vacuum and dust on Thursday. That should catch me up on about everything. I do need to wash my car and clean out the inside.
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I did wash my car and wiped it off and even trimmed my hedge. I saw the little gray cat come to look at the dish and saw that it was empty. So I put some more food in it and he/she ate some more.  I put a small tablet over the dish in hopes of keeping the snails and the birds out of it. If he/she comes back to see if there is still food in the dish, I will take the tablet off the dish so he/she can see there is still some food in there.

I went out to the Dollar General store and bought some more Lipton Peach Tea. That stuff is so good!

I sat down at 1:00PM to watch some Amazon Prime and after awhile I fell asleep in my chair. It's 3:30PM now. I hope I will sleep tonight.  It's supposed to storm tonight. I am so glad I got everything done that I needed to get done before that happens.

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It did storm this evening and I shut down the desktop computer. It is the only one connected to the printer and I sure didn't want to lose it. I went on to bed at 9:00PM. I was very tired.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Monday and Another Good Night's Sleep

I have been sleeping so well lately!  I slept until 6:00AM this morning. I have dressed, watched the weather and had my breakfast and fed both the neighborhood cats. Now I am enjoying my Chai Latte.

If the rain holds off this morning, I want to mow the side and back yards. I am waiting for the dew to dry off the grass. I got the front mowed yesterday.  Tomorrow I get my hair done. I want to go up to Independence today sometime and get a print cartridge for my printer and a few other things I couldn't get at the Coffeyville Walmart day before yesterday.

I also want to do some more laundry...my towels etc. And I was happy to find the error in my checkbook this morning. I had entered one item twice in my checkbook. I finally found it.

Yesterday, I learned I had lost another classmate. I notified everyone by e-mail that had e-mail. The others will learn about it in December when I do the 2020 newsletter. There may be more at that time. We are only halfway through the year.

I want to go check the grass in the back yard and see if it is dry yet. So I will get back to this later...

I just checked and and the grass is still too wet to mow. But my flowerbed is thriving out there.

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I do need to weed it again though. So more later....

I got the flowerbed weeded and the laundry is in. When it is finished I want to go to Independence to their Walmart store.  Maybe when I get back I will be able to mow. We are forecast for rain today but I hope to get the yard mowed before it begins. I hope my luck holds. I would begin with the back. It is smaller.

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I went to Independence's Walmart store and they didn't have the "Nourish" bowls either. If I get them, I will have to get them at Chanute next time I am up there to see Gay.  I did get the new ink cartridge there but it was a mess getting up there from Caney. They are resurfacing highway 75 about where the airport there is and just south of town on 75 highway. They had a guide car and one lane traffic with a wait time for the guide car.  A real mess. When I came back I went down tenth street to the road that leads west to the Cessna plant and then around the mess. It was longer that way, but much faster not to have to wait in line for one lane traffic.

When I got home, Nancy was ready to go to lunch. When I went to pick her up she had Jess for company. He stayed awhile so we were late getting away. We finally got to Eggberts for lunch after 11:00PM.   Then after lunch, she wanted to go downtown and see if we could learn what was going into the old Gilliam store building. It had been painted and looked nice from the outside. But there was no sign of any information about what was going in there. Then she wanted to see what was going on at the museum and so that was our next stop.

If it doesn't rain this afternoon, I will try to get the yard mowed after it cools off some.

Right now I want to get my laundry out of the dryer. So more even later...

Early afternoon I mowed the back yard. It is small. Even at that, I was sweating badly.  So I left the side yard...considerably larger...for later...if it doesn't rain. 

I got the laundry finished and dried and put away and then watched three programs I had recorded on Tivo.  After that. I checked the weather and it was 77 degrees so I went back out and mowed the side yard. Now it is all finished for another week...hopefully. Usually I like to mow on Tuesday because my regular hair day is Wednesday.  Of course, tomorrow, because my hairdresser has dental appointments for her family in Springfield on Wednesday, it will be tomorrow. That's why I wanted to get the yard mowed today.

Now, I need a bath and clean PJs. It's almost 7:00PM and I like to get my bath about that time so I can be ready to go to bed at 9:00PM.  Tonight I should sleep like a baby. I am really tired after all that mowing.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday and Church

I slept well again last night. I woke up after 4:00AM and it was raining hard. About 5:00AM, I got up and dressed and made my coffee cake.

I have fed the little gray cat and myself. He/she ate everything in the bowl and didn't leave anything for the snails or the other yellow cat. That's fine! He/she is the small one who looked like a starving stray when I moved in here in January.

The coffeecake is out of the oven and cooling now. When it cools, I will put the icing on it.

I am glad I got the front lawn mowed last evening. I don't know when I will get the side and back done since it's supposed to rain almost all week.

I wonder how my daughter and son-in-law are doing at Roaring River?  They are there this weekend. I don't know if it's raining there.

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We will have at least six gone from church today. We may have a very small congregation. ...especially since it's raining and forecast for even more.

We did have a small congregation today but it went well.

Bob and Phyllis and I went to "Just Us" for lunch and then Rick and Carmen came too. They were full! Luckily, I had called ahead with a reservation.

We had a good lunch! I drove. I had just filled up with gas yesterday.

I got home about 2:00PM and did the newsletters and also put together another two directories. On Tuesday, I will need to get another print cartridge. The one I had in there is fairly new and was an "extra" large one (and extra expensive)  but it ran out of the black ink today. I don't think it's even a month old. Still I will need one. I will just have to bite the bullet and buy another one.

I watched 60 Minutes after that and they had an extra program too and I watched it.

I went across the street and took my neighbor there one of the pieces of leftover coffeecake. I had only had two used out of the pan at church.  His name is "Tim" but I didn't catch his last name. He had John for his science teacher in high school. He had recognized him when the kids were here working on the mower last week. He seems like a nice young man. His wife is having a baby in two months and my new neighbors that are moving in next door next month are having one in nine weeks so I will have two new babies in the immediate neighborhood very soon.

I took Alice a couple of pieces of my coffeecake too.

I will go to bed shortly. It's been long day. I had hoped to mow this evening but I went out and checked out the grass about 7:00PM and it is still too wet to mow.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Saturday and Home Again

I probably mentioned earlier this week that at the last minute, I decided to go on to Church camp...even though I could only stay until Saturday...this morning. I left early Thursday morning and was gone until early this morning. I enjoyed my visit there and renewing old acquaintances...some I don't see except once a year at the family camp. I spent quite a bit of time with Nolan..an old friend who is now almost completely blind. We visited each day and I mostly sat with him at services and meals. He is a nice man and has many friends there. I don't know a soul who doesn't like him. He lost his wife to cancer soon after I lost my Bob in 2010.

The camp seemed a little unorganized and it was quite rainy and chilly. I had meant to take my jacket but accidentally went off without it. I could have used it.

Ken Simpson and his wife, Elizabeth, came yesterday and left last night. Ken has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and they have taken away his driver's license.   So Elizabeth is doing all the driving. 

Family news: My daughter and son-in-law celebrated their 44th anniversary yesterday while I was gone...on June 14th.

Here is their photo.

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They have had a very good marriage. They take care of one another.

This little black snake was in the rafters all the time I was there.  It was cold most of the time so it didn't really go anywhere. And black snakes are good snakes to have around. At least that's what the farmers told me.

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I have unpacked and am running a load of laundry.  I finally got my bed stripped too and am washing the sheets.

I left camp this morning about 6:20. It rained off and on as I drove back home. And, of course, every time a semi passed me coming from the other direction, it threw so much water on my windshield that I was temporarily blinded in driving. The camp is about 95 miles from Caney. I got into Coffeyville about 8:00AM and stopped at Eggberts to have breakfast. Then I went out to the Woodshed and filled up my car with gas. After that I stopped at the Dollar General store and bought some small plates for the coffee cake tomorrow at Church School. I also went by the bank and withdrew some more cash for the week.

When I got home, I quickly unpacked and put everything away.

I had a letter from the wife of one of my classmates and I want to retype it and send it out the the class.

So, I will get back to this later...

After I finished getting that letter out to my classmates, I went by Nancy's home.  I stayed and visited with her for over an hour then came back home and re-made the bed and put away the laundry.

It's now 2:35PM in the afternoon.

I am going downtown to look into that place where Karan's step daughter has a resale shop. I am caught up now. I looked through the resale shop and had a chocolate milk shake while I was there. It was very good..

Then I came home and put away the laundry.  I saw the little gray cat and gave it some food. It probably had not eaten much since I had been gone. It cleaned up the bowl.

I watched some of the programs I had recorded while I was gone and then at 7:00PM, I went out and mowed the front yard.  That's all I could do. Hopefully after church tomorrow I will be able to finish the job. If not, maybe I can do it on Monday. I get my hair done on Tuesday this week. My hairdresser has dental appointments for her family in Springfield on Wednesday. So she will be gone then.

Then  Wednesday, afternoon Diana and Tony are coming to visit me. They are back for Bob on Father's Day tomorrow and will be here several days .

It's 9:30PM now and I have had my bath and am going on to bed. At least I have a nice clean bed now!

Tomorrow, I am presiding at church and also will take the coffeecake for the church school class.. Now I am going to bed!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wednesday and a Coffeyville Day

I slept very well last night...again without Melatonin. I woke up a couple of times but got right back to sleep. It rained last night and thundered too. That just helped me to sleep.

Finally at a quarter past 6:00AM, I just got up. I got ready for my day and texted Bob to see if he wanted to eat breakfast with me. He did but he wanted to buy this time. I agreed. We had a nice breakfast at Eggberts and afterward I took him back home and then went to the bank for my money for the week. 

Then I went out to South Coffeyville and bought my gas. Then on to Walmart to get what little groceries I needed. I dropped by Toni's shop at a quarter past 9:00AM and sat in the car reading. After awhile, she saw me and came out to tell me she could get to me early. So I was finished long before 10:00AM. I stopped by Brahms and got my milk and yogurt after that and came on back home.

I haven't done much this afternoon but watch some programs on cold cases on Amazon Prime TV. I ate an ice cream bar for lunch and finished up my trail mix.  I will have yogurt for supper.

Tomorrow, I need to strip my bed and do my laundry.

More later...

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Tuesday and a Cool Day

I slept very well again last night. I am hoping the days of not being about to sleep without melatonin are over.  I have dressed and had my breakfast and fed the little gray cat. I sat in the recliner and watched it eat. It is very shy. If I make any effort to get out of the chair, it runs away. I think it is just a stray and is wild. It used to be very scrawny but is looking pretty good after all these months I have been feeding it.

I don't have a plan for today. I charged the battery on the Works trimmer last evening and will finish trimming this morning while it is cool. It is 55 degrees out there this morning. It feels like "fall" for a change.  The yard looks nice since I mowed on Sunday afternoon and evening.

I may go out to Eggberts for lunch today. I like to do that about once a week. If I can catch Nancy, I will ask her to go too.

I should have stripped the bed this morning and washed the sheets but somehow I just wasn't up to it. Maybe I will do it on Thursday or Friday. By then I will have some more laundry and my towels too.

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Nancy came by while I was using the trimmer to edge the lawn. She wanted to go to brunch and I was happy to go with her. We went out to Eggbert's and had our "usual" lunch ... chicken salad on lettuce, a bowl of fruit and a warm muffin....with coffee. We sat and visited for an hour. Then she brought me home. She had errands to run. I will sweep off the walk and check out the trimming to be sure I got it all. It is 10:30AM now.  The temperature is up to 72 degrees now. It will be a nice day.

More even later...

I got the rest of the trimming finished and swept off everything.  I also read the new Reader's Digest. I watched a couple of programs I had recorded this afternoon and also just played some solitaire. I haven't done too much productive today outside of the trimming.

We may get some rain later tonight. I am glad I got the mowing and trimming finished. I will be going to Coffeyville tomorrow for my hair appointment and grocery shopping. Also, I want to stop by the Braum's store for  yogurt and milk before I leave town.  

It's 6:30PM  now and at 7:00PM, I will take my bath and get ready for bed. I will go to bed at 9:00PM.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Monday and A Free Day

I slept very well last night. It may have had something to do with the mowing I did yesterday afternoon and evening. I haven't had to take melatonin for several weeks now. I got up at my usual 5:00AM and had my oatmeal and coffee and chai. I had some leftover coffeecake too. I took a piece to Alice, my next door  neighbor, have saved one for Nancy and had the last one myself with my chai this morning.

I have no plans for today. Maybe I just need to rest.. I think I will eat my leftovers from Great China for lunch.

Karan contacted me today to ask me to preside for her on Sunday. We have a guest minister coming this next Sunday. I spent a little time putting together the bulletin and am prepared. I am so glad I decided not to go to camp this week. I just don't want to deal with my sleep problems away from home.

I may check in with Nancy today. She came by before I went to church yesterday morning and said she was having trouble finding me at home.  I went by her place Saturday morning to see her and she was not home. I was home all Saturday afternoon because Steve and Suzanne were here installing my new blinds for the living room. It must have been Friday when she couldn't find me home. That's when I went to Bartlesville and I went by her house before I went to Bartlesville to ask her to go with me and her car was there but she didn't answer the door or the phone so I think she must have been with Sandy.

More later.....

I went out to Dollar General and bought most of the stuff I wanted to get at Walmart on Wednesday. I wanted to hang one of those hooks in the center of my living room valence. It hung a little in the center. That fixed it.

I tried to call Nancy several times this morning and she is evidently not home. Then I went by Roger Burch's office and picked up my contact lens prescriptions and then afterward went by Nancy's home.

She didn't answer the doorbell so I assume she is still not home. I was going to ask her to go to brunch with me but I think I will just cook one of my turkey pot pies in the microwave and eat here at home.

I had accidentally left my Great China leftovers in the car so I had to just throw them away.  There weren't much of them anyhow.

More later....

I had one of my turkey pot pies from Schwans and it was good. Later in the afternoon, Nancy came by and visited a couple of hours.  After she left, I had my yogurt and watched a program I had recorded until 9:00PM when I watched "Bull".  That about the only network program I like.

After it was over, I went on to bed at 10:00PM.


Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday and Church

I slept well last night and got up at 5:00AM as usual.  I watched the weather, and had my oatmeal and coffee and started my coffee cake and got it in the oven. As soon as I got it out and turned off the timer, I mixed up my cake. When the cake timer went off 28 minutes later, I noticed the cake was not baked. With the stopping of the timer, the oven was evidently turned off too. I had not had any experience with the timer turning off the oven too. My glass top range over at Coffeyville just turned off the timer but the oven had to be manually turned off.

The cake had begun to bake before the oven cooled down so I just started it up again and waited another 28 minutes for it to bake. Then I tested it and it was done. I took it out to cool and get iced after it cooled a bit. It will be amazing if that cake is o.k. but it appears to be. I iced it and will wait for it to finish cooling before putting the cover on it. When I get to church, I will freeze it and Bob will pick it up there on Tuesday when he goes to Independence to deliver the four cakes.

I speak today at church.

I have decided not to go to church camp after all. I was supposed to go over there Wednesday afternoon but I have been sleeping much better and I am conveniently near the bathroom here. I usually get up in the night once. At the campgrounds, in order to be able to sleep I would have to be in a cabin by myself.  Then when I had to go to the bathroom, I would have to walk up the walk outside to reach one.

I can't sleep in the dorm because the other people in there do not quiet down enough for me to sleep. And I am not looking forward to the heat either.  The only time I have to deal with the heat here, is when I mow.

So I decided to just forego going to camp and just stay home.

More later...

Church went just fine today.

Phyllis, Karan, Bob and I went to Great China for lunch. As usual, it was very good. I brought a little home for supper or lunch tomorrow.  When I came home there was a nice breeze so I mowed the front yard. It was the one I have to look at the most. It looks good now. I don't know when I will get to the side yard and the back...maybe this evening if it doesn't get any hotter.

Then I got the four newsletters finished and out on the mailbox for the mailman to pick up tomorrow around noontime.

Mike wasn't at church this morning and usually he is the first one there for just church.  I will e-mail him to see if he is unwell.

It's almost 3:15PM now. I think I will go watch some recorded TV or some Amazon Prime.  I will get back to this later...

About 3:45PM, I noticed there was a breeze out there so I went back out and mowed the side yard and the back yard. Now, it's done for a few more days. I had just mowed it Tuesday so the rain we had really caused it to grow. It needed to be mowed yesterday but I knew my hair would be a mess if I did it yesterday so I wanted to wait until after church this morning.

Now, it's 4:40PM, and I will go watch some more TV on Amazon Prime until 60 Minutes comes on. I always like to watch that.

After that is over, I will take my bath and put my pjs on and read awhile until 9:00PM...then I will go to bed.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Saturday and Dusting

I woke up earlier then usual this morning and finally just got up. I guess I had my sleep out. I notice the grass has grown a lot since I mowed on Tuesday. After it dries, I may mow again when it dries. It's pretty damp from the dew. I will need to mow before leaving for camp next Wednesday...probably on Tuesday. It's only 7:20AM now so it will be awhile.

I dusted the apartment this morning. It had been over a week. I don't have a plan for today except to mow. I am doing my little dab of laundry this morning...mostly towels and underwear. I have that laundry in the dryer now.

I heard from Gay this morning on e-mail. She wanted to tell me she enjoyed our visit on Monday. I always enjoy that drive up there.

The little gray cat has been here already this morning to eat the cat food in the dish. She/he left a little ..evidently for later.

More later...

I went out to Dollar General shortly before noon and bought some some bandages for my leg. I have gone through an entire box of those large bandaids. I ran onto the recliner a few days ago and the soft spot on the recliner gouged a hole in my leg. It is finally getting better now.

Steve and Suzanne, my landlords, came this afternoon and brought two new Venetian blinds for my two front living room windows. Steve installed them. Suzanne helped him by holding a yardstick to keep the brackets steady while he screwed the brackets in to the top of the window. They look real nice!

More later....

I washed up the feeder and mixed up some more hummingbird feed. For some reason, after I changed the feed last time, the hummingbirds never drank from the feeder. That's strange! I have always had lots of hummingbirds. Not here. Before I bought my hook, they were feeding from the fence where I had it propped up.

Monday, or perhaps Sunday evening, I will have to mow again. The grass is very long and I just mowed it last Tuesday.  I would mow today but for one thing, it's way too hot and for another, I am speaking at church tomorrow and I don't want my hair to be a mess....and it would be a mess!

More even later...

I have been reading again and watching some mor eof my recorded TV shows.

I took my bath at 7:15PM and will be going to bed at 9:00PM, as usual.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Friday and Vacuuming

I slept without Melatonin again last night and got up shortly after 5:00AM. I watched the weather while I had my breakfast of oatmeal and juice and my coffee. After that, I watched a new program on Amazon Prime that I have been following called Autopsy.  It has been very interesting.

Just before I went to bed last night at 9:00PM, I noticed a lot of police lights a block went of my place on 8th Avenue. I haven't seen any explanation for it on facebook this morning. Usually the Chronicle is on top of these things.

I fed the stray kitty again this morning and deadheaded my flowers again too. It rained last night so I didn't need to water them today. I'm sure they got plenty of water.

I finally ran the vacuum this morning. I had done the bare floors earlier this week and also the little dab of laundry I had in the basket.

So, I am not sure what I will do today.  I don't need a thing.

I will be leaving next Wednesday for the church short reunion. It will run from next Wednesday the 12th until a week from this Sunday the 16th ...about four days.

So more later....

I made a quick trip to Bartlesville to look for a new clutch bag to go with my purse. The old one was wearing badly at the corners. I expected to have to pay $ 25 to $30 for it but I found on that matched my purse at TJ Maxx for $9.98. It was originally priced $40. That was a bargain! I looked all over the mall but couldn't find a thing I wanted. I did manage to get Leslie's birthday card and gift though. Her birthday is July 1st.  I even found a card I wanted that said just what I wanted to say. So, that is done.

I got back home by 2:30PM and just in time to feed the little gray cat.  Poor little thing. I think it must be a stray.

I watched another episode of "Autopsy" this afternoon.  Those are interesting.

More even later...

A young man came by to see how satisfied I was with my Cox cable. I told him I was making do. I have the very least I can get since today's programming is nothing I am interested in except for the program "Bull".  Mostly I have that so I can get my Tivo  to record programs I do like such as Dateline, 20/20, 48 Hours and Forensic Files. He wanted me to sign up for Dish but that would require me to use their recording device and I declined doing that with Cox. As it is they are requiring mme to rent their router and modum.

He is going door to door to offer Dish to the people of Caney who are dissatisfied with Cox. I resent not having a cable choice. It is a franchise but that eliminates competition which actually makes it a monopoly. That way they can raise the rates every year. Mine is already over $109.00 for very little TV options....mostly the main networks. I usually end up watching Amazon Prime where I can get a lot more options. 

I ended up taking my bath about 7:30PM and going on to bed at 9:00PM.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Thursday and Another Reading Day

I awoke early again this morning but I could tell I had had my sleep out. I have my breakfast of oatmeal early and watched the weather on the 8's and then went back to my book.

Nancy called about mid morning and wanted to go to lunch so I told her I would pick her up since she was right on my way. And I did that. We went to Eggberts and ate our usual chicken salad and muffin and fruit. We both really like that. There was a very noisy little boy about two years old. Finally, since we could visit there for the noise, we went on to her house. I had intended to buy lunch but she beat me to the punch. I left the tip. Then she wanted me to come in for awhile for a visit, I did that and stayed two hours.

When I got home, I read the rest of my Kindle book.  About 3:15PM the Schwans man came and I paid for my order.  He delivered it. I got my mail and did the crossword puzzle in the Reporter before taking it to Alice.

I think I may vacuum tomorrow. 

More later... I may have something on the Amazon Prime to watch or something I recorded.

I watched  a Dateline show that I had recorded this morning. After that, I took my bath and got ready for bed. It's a little early but I will look on Amazon Prime and see if there is something there I would be interested in watching. I plan to go to bed at 9:00PM.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Wednesday and Hair Day

I slept like a log last night after doing all that mowing yesterday afternoon and evening.

Today I got up shortly before 5:00AM and dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee. I will be going over to Coffeyville today for my hair appointment at 10:00AM and I may meet Bob for breakfast. I have yet to ask him. Then I want to get gas at Woodshed and also go to the bank and later, after lunchtime, go to Bunco. I have the prizes this month for Bunco.

Then before I come back home, I want to go out to Walmart. I need a few things and I want to get a couple of  Walmart frozen dinners.  I like their sweet and sour chicken and one other that I can't spell. I like Schwan's chicken pot pies and ice cream bars. But their food is really too expensive for me otherwise. Their tomato basil soup is in too large a container for one person. I prefer canned Amy's for that. Then before I come home, I want to stop at Brahms and get my yogurt. I didn't have any for supper last evening.

I have put out food for the little gray cat. I don't know whether she/he has been by the bowl yet but I will go check.

More later....

I went over and picked up Bob  and we went to breakfast at Eggberts.  Then after I took him home, I went to Woodshed and bought gas and then out to Walmart for a few things. I passed on the frozen food because I was not going right back home. I went to the library and read and then went to get my pedicure. It had been awhile. Then back to the library to read again to wait for 1:00PM for Bunco.

While I was at the library, I looked up and saw Maia and Cheyenne and then Marlene, their mother.  We had a nice visit. And then they had to leave and I had to go over to the senior center for Bunco. Marlene is so nice to me...very pleasant. The little girls were happy to surprise me too.

After Bunco, I came back to Braums and bought my week's supply of yogurt. That's what I have for supper every evening.

Then I came back to home and took out my mail from the mailbox and am getting caught up on my blog.

More later...

I read my new free book most the afternoon until I got so tired I knew it must be time for my bath. So at 7:00PM, I took it and later at 9:00PM, I went on to bed. Another big day!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Tuesday and Up Before Five

I slept well last night but woke up very early. I realized I never did remember to put the laundry in the dryer yesterday evening and so I did that and started the dryer. Then I went back to bed until almost 5:00AM.

I got up then and dressed and had my breakfast and watched the weather on TV before coming in here for the blog.  I always wait for the "weather on the eights" before walking away from the TV weather. That gives me a more "local" weather report. Tulsa is over 70 miles away and their weather is usually not our weather.

I am in a quandary about today. I would like to go up to Chanute to see Gay and Adele but I need to be sure of the forecast first and check with them to see if they are available today before I make a plan like that. I may call Gay later on this morning. According to my phone there is only a 30% chance of rain here today but I don't know about Chanute. That's over 50 miles north of here.

Back to this later...

There is great progress on my son and daughter-in-law's new home:

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Roof on and brick laid. Next stone where paper is and upper wood siding applied and porch floor poured. Most the electric is strung inside and out, with can lights installed. the plumbing is completed. Lighting fixtures, inside wood flooring are ordered and meet with builder Ken Louallen Sr. for following next step(s). — 

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Well, I decided to go to Chanute this afternoon and have lunch with Gay and have a visit. We really enjoyed that.  She ended up buying my lunch. She said I drove up there and she wanted to buy my lunch. You can't beat a deal like that! 

I dropped by John and Leslie's and gave them the garage door opener Suzanne gave me yesterday to give to them....just in case something unforeseen would happen, they could get into the apartment through the garage. Then I went on to Chanute. On the way home,  I stopped again and They gave me three pounds of their ground beef.  When I got home, I put that in the freezer for later use.

Then I decided to mow. I checked the oil and added gas to the mower and then decided the oil might need a little more. When I had my Dixon mower over on Catalina, every once in awhile we had to add a little oil.  

I made a few passes on the front yard and then black smoke started pouring out of the mower. I quickly turned it off and contacted Leslie. That had never happened before. I was afraid it might catch fire. They were going to Bartlesville to eat out so they dropped by here and John looked it over. It was dripping oil (or gas) I couldn't tell which.  John discovered I had put some oil in it and it really did not need any oil so it was sucking the oil into the filter and dripping it from there onto the deck. 

What a mess! He cleaned the filter out with some gasoline and got the mower running again but they were going to drop by Lowe's in Bartlesville and get a new filter for it. After they left and I cooled off a bit, I went back out and finished the mowing. By then I was soaked again so I drank a lot of water and took a bath. The mowing was finished for another week. 

They dropped back by after they had dinner and John put the new filter in it.

Leslie told me she had intended to finish the mowing for me and then discovered that I had done it myself. Those kids are a blessing! I don't know what I would have done without John.  He knew exactly what to do after he figured out what I had done. I am such a dunce when it comes to anything mechanical!

Anyhow, I am ready for my hair to be done tomorrow.

I have had my bath and have my pjs on and it is 8:40PM. In a little while I will go on to bed. It had been a big day.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Monday and Late Sleeping

I slept until 6:17AM this morning and I hadn't even taken melatonin. Amazing!

I got up and dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee and am now working on my Chai.  Suzanne will be by sometime today to pick up the rent.  I have it all ready to go. She wants to have coffee sometime this afternoon. She and Steve have been gone to Branson too. I don't know when they got back. She said she was helping her cousin with a garage sale this weekend.

I don't have an agenda for today. I may do some cleaning. I missed getting to do that on Thursday since we left for Branson then.

Back later...

I washed all three bare floors this morning and watered the flowerbed in the back. I deadheaded all the flowers. Everything looks neat.  I probably will wait until Thursday to run the vacuum cleaner. I saw the little gray cat come to eat some of the cat food I put out this morning. I haven't seen the larger yellow one since yesterday afternoon.

I had one of my chicken pot pies for lunch today and I will meet Suzanne out at Eggberts at 2:00PM for coffee. I will take her rent check to her then. Alice can't come this time. She is closing on her house this afternoon. I will miss her when she moves to Edna. She has been a good neighbor.

I did some trimming of the grass in the back yard this morning.

I got the last book we are going to use for Church School class this morning. The name of it is "We Make the Road by Walking" by Brian McLaren. We have studied several of his books. His books make you think and thinking is always good for us.

More later...

Suzanne, my landlady, came by and picked me up for tea this afternoon. We sat and visited at Eggberts for an hour or so. Then we went out to Dollar General. She needed to pick up some things. Then she brought me home. She gave me the extra garage door opener to give to John and Leslie.

More even later...

I spent the afternoon going through old bank statements and shredding anything older them 2019. It will take me awhile but I hope to clean out the file cabinet of anything unessential.  I may work on it some more tomorrow.

I also did a small load of laundry of towels and underwear. 

Finally, I knew I needed to give the shredder a rest or chance burning it out.  I went in and watched some of my Amazon Prime programs. I was out of yogurt so I had an ice cream bar and a cookie for supper. (very unhealthy) While I am in Coffeyville on Wednesday, I need to stop by Braums and get some more yogurt.

At 7:00PM, I took my bath and at 9:30PM  I went on to bed.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday and Church

I slept pretty well last night. Woke up a little earlier then usual but still got plenty of sleep. When I dressed this morning I saw that the mosquitoes had eaten on me while I mowed last evening. I have three big bites on my chest. I may have to use some anti-itch ointment. I may have some on my back that I can't see but it feels a little itchy. With all this rain, I guess that goes with it.

I have dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee. As soon as I finish this part of the blog, I will go start the coffeecake. Leslie has the sermon and communion this morning. I am up next week.

We are forecast for a week of rain. It will be interesting to see if that develops.

More later....I'd better get that coffeecake going.

O.K. The coffeecake is in the oven and the icing is in the mixing bowl. I am ready to leave for church at 8:30AM or so. It's only 6:15AM now. I am ahead of the game. :)

So more even later...

The coffeecake is out of the oven and cooled and iced.

I see the little gray cat is back eating the cat food.

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I haven't seen the larger yellow one for several days.

More later....

For some reason, Leslie had traded Melissa  for the morning sermon. She hadn't told me so I had advertised the wrong speaker in the Church Brief in the Journal.

Bob and I went to "Just Us" after church for lunch and I ate more then I should have.  I got home about 2:00PM and started working on the newsletters. I got them out on the mailbox for the mailman to pick up tomorrow. The ones that go out by e-mail went out today.

I called Nancy after that and she had missed church again with an upset stomach. I suggested she take some tums and see if she could get to feeling better. We visited awhile and then I let her get back to getting dressed. She had been in bed all day. She really needs to go to the doctor and find out what is bothering her stomach. I have told her I would take her if she wanted to go...any day but Wednesday. I don't know why she doesn't want to find out what is wrong with her stomach. If it isn't vomiting, it's diarrhea. She has it sometime almost every week. You can't force people to go to the doctor though. It has to be her idea. She knows I will take her if she wants to go.

More later...it's 3:40PM now. So far, no storm.

It didn't look like it was going to rain so I got out and took Nancy the coffeecake I have saved for her.  Then I went to Dollar General and got some aa batteries for my Flawless shaver. The batteries finally died.

I came home and took my bath at 7:30PM and watched a couple of recorded TV programs until after 9:30PM and then I went on to bed.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Saturday and Air Again

This morning I turned the thermostat back to "auto" and it ran just fine. I don't know what the problem was last night but it seems to be working fine now.

I slept well without Melatonin. I woke up shortly before 5:00AM.  I dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee and Chai and waited for Karan to come. In the meantime, I filled the cat bowl and one or the other of the cats managed to eat it while we were gone to Sunfest. We looked all around the park and had a Indian Taco at lunch time at the tent where they made those.

Later we stopped by to see my kids. They had brought one of the puppies to the park to deliver to a woman who was to meet Leslie at a service station nearby at 2:00PM.  Poor little fellow was very hot. He is plump. He had plenty of water but was still hot.

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They only have one more to sell. Then they will be out of Cowboy Corgis from this litter.

I don't know how much John sold of his paintings.  But they seemed to be enjoying themselves.  And they only have the one Cowboy Corgi left to sell.

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 This is John and Leslie at their booth at Sunfest where is is displaying for sale his artwork.

Karan brought me back home and we went out to Myrtle's Market to look for the matching billfold for my new purse.  Then we went downtown to see Joyce's store but Joyce was closed today.

Karan went on back home. I will see her in church tomorrow.

More later...

Actually Karan just called a little bit ago to tell me she was going to attend her cousin's son's funeral tomorrow and would not be at church.  Her daughter, Sheri, and one of her sons will be there too. She felt she should go. It's family, after all, and she has little family left. .

I noticed it was over 80 degrees outside but the grass was dry so I mowed the front and 3/4 of the side yard before I played out.  This is the front.

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I think it will rain tonight so it may be a few days before I can finish the side and then do the back. We are forecast for rain all next week... the last time I checked this morning.  At least the front is done and this part of the side. I am drinking water like mad now. I was sweating like a horse awhile ago.This is the part of the side I finished before I wore out.

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I just finished my yogurt awhile ago. That will be my supper.

Scott, my younger so, and his wife, Ginger, went to Provo Utah  to do a marathon. Scott had  hurt a foot and had to stop at the 19 mile but Ginger finished her first 26 mile marathon. How about that!
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I am so proud of them both!

I went back out about 7:45PM and it had cooled down to 84 with a light breeze and I finished the side yard and mowed the back. Finished for another week! Now I am ready for my bath. it is 8:20PM

I will take my bath at 8:30PM and prepare to go to bed about 9:00PM or so!.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Friday and the Trip Home

We got up rather early at 6:00AM (late for me) and about 8:00AM we went over to the restaurant next door for breakfast. They had biscuits and gravy, scrambles eggs and biscuits....and of course coffee and juice. I didn't want gravy but I had some of everything else. All that including the show last night and supper last night was included in our total cost of $69.

Then we all packed our vehicles and started for home. We followed Janet's car to Springfield and then Karan set her GPS and it guided us back to Joplin.  We stopped at Olive Garden and had soup and salad and raspberry/peach tea for lunch.  It was very good, as usual. Darlene had a problem getting out of the car She had sat too long, I guess, and was too dizzy to walk alone. I was helping her along when a couple of young men came along and asked us if we needed a strong arm of help. Darlene is only 72 but she dies sit around too long and too much of the time and she does have problems with her balance.  One of the young men helped her into a seat inside and the other opened doors for us. We finally got seated and had our  lunch. Karan was very appreciative of their help and made arrangements to pay fort heir lunch. The others of us pitched in on it too. They were so much help.

We got back to Coffeyville about 2:30PM and I got back to Caney about 3:00PM.

About 4:00PM, Nancy came over and stayed a couple of hours and we visited. I told her about our trip. I also told her about the trip we are going to take to Overland Park to the dinner theater there in July. I gave her the information about that trip and she may go too.

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I read until 9:30PM and then took my bath ad went on to bed.  I noticed it was still 80 degrees in the apartment so I turned the thermostat  down to 75 but still the air didn't come on. I changed the thermostat to  "on" from "auto"and the blower came on but no cool air. So I went out to check on the air conditioner and found it was not running. I went into the garage and flipped the "air" switches on the box to "off" and then back to "on". Then  I went back out and check the air conditioner and this time it was running.

So I went on to bed. It was10:00PM or after by then. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Thursday and a Trip to Branson

I slept well last night until 2:30AM when I woke up to go to the bathroom and then could not get back to sleep. Finally, I got back up and took my three melatonin tablets. The next thing I knew Scott had texted me and it was 5:00AM and time to get up and finish packing. I slept like a log after taking those melatonin tablets.

I finished packing my overnight bag and had my oatmeal and coffee and am now working on my Chai. I got the Chronicle in my e-mail and read it and forwarded it on to those folks who like to read it.  I am ready to go and will leave for Coffeyville and Karan's about 7:45AM.  I want to be there at 8:15AM so she can get over to the fourplex and pick up Marilyn and then on to the apartment building downtown where Darlene lives. We are to meet Janet at the senior center at 9:00AM. I am not taking a computer since I will be back home tomorrow sometime. I will catch up the blog then. I hope our trip is uneventful.

I put the cat food our earlier then usual and I notice one of the cats found it and ate a lot of it.

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I got to Karan's plenty early and we got over to Marilyn's  five minutes early too. Then we picked up Darlene. Karan followed Janet's husband and we took a completely different route to Branson. It was a lovely sunshine day though and after we got there, we went to a steakhouse to eat.

Here we were having lunch at the steakhouse.
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They served entirely too much food and I could only eat some of it and left the rest.  Then we went our to the Landing and looked around. I could see right away that Darlene was not going to be able to walk around so she and Marilyn found a shady bench and sat down with Janet's dad to visit while Karan and I looked  around. Then Karan brought the car around and we picked up Darlene and Marilyn. Then we went to our motel room.

At dinner time, I was still very full. I ate one rib of my dinner and then got a box to store the rest for Janet's husband. He said he would eat it later.

Then we went back to our hotel room to use the bathroom and freshen up and then on to our show....a wonderful Chinese act.

We got back to our room about 10:00PM and I took a bath and read awhile and finally we turned off the light and went to bed.

Luckily supper and breakfast and the show were included in our $69.00 cost for the weekend.  It was really a bargain.

Karan and I are planning to go to Sunfest in Bartlesville tomorrow to see John, my son in law's display.

Here is his tent.

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We will see more of it tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wednesday and a Hairdo Day

I woke up and got up at 5:00AM this morning again. I still didn't take my melatonin but I will take it on my trip to Branson tomorrow. I am not used to sleeping with someone else in the room so I will take it..just in case.

We are forecast for rain tonight. I don't know how much will affect the roads to Branson.  Personally, I think it would be wise to just cancel the trip under these flooding circumstances but I am evidently in the minority. I know Karan is counting on me sharing a room with her so I will just bite the bullet and go on. I will be over to her house at 8:15AM tomorrow morning and then she will go over to the fourplex and pick up Marilyn and on to the apartment building downtown to pick up Darlene. Luckily, Karan is driving.

I will drive over to Coffeyville this morning to get my hair done. There is nothing going on at the senior center this afternoon so I will just pick up the coffee cake mix I need at Country Mart and come back home. My hair appointment isn't until 10:00AM this morning.

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I went out about 6:00AM and put the cat food out. At 6:20AM, I noticed the little gray cat was out there eating. He/she left some and after I went into the kitchen to do my dishes, I came back in to sit down to watch the weather forecast. She/he was out there again for a second helping but ran away when he/she saw me sit back down. Hopefully now that I am back at the computer in the den, he/she will come back to finishing eating.

The next time I looked, the yellow cat was out there finishing up the cat food left by the little gray one. 

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 I see Scott posted another photo of the progress on their new home. This must be the living room.

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I went over to Coffeyville early today and I am glad I did. I had some errands to run...a trip out to Walmart for some important things, gasoline at Woodshed, a trip to the bank and the post office and, of course, my 10:00 hair appointment. I had just got into town on my way to the post office when Toni texted me she could get me in early if I wanted to come to town. Of course, I was just then going by her salon so I just turned in and told her I was there.  She got me finished an hour and a half early. So then, I did my errands and even took the new 2019 church directories by Karan's house so she could sew up the binding and we could take them to church on Sunday. Even then, I got home at 11:30AM. Now I have the entire afternoon to do my thing...including my packing for the trip tomorrow.

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It's been lightly raining this afternoon. Just before the rain started, Nancy came over for a visit. She seems to have recovered from her bout of nausea.  I loaned her my new book about Ron Henderson's memoir. I read it yesterday afternoon. It was very interesting.

It's after 4:00PM now and I will start thinking about the yogurt I will eat for supper.

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After that, at 7:00PM, I plan to take my bath and then pack and then go to bed at 9:00PM.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Tuesday and No Coffeyville Flooding...yet!

Again I slept well without using melatonin. I got up close to 5:00AM as usual and dressed and ate my oatmeal and the last of the coffeecake and drank my coffee and now I am working on my Chai Latte.

I am not sure but I don't think it rained last night. I don't see any water on the glass topped table on the patio in the back. I know it is forecast today but don't know whether it is dry enough to mow and if I could get it mowed before the forecast rain starts.  It's only 6:15AM and too early to get out there to mow. My neighbor across the street mowed last evening but he has a riding mower and could do that quickly. I know the grass is probably still wet from dew if nothing else. I will just have to wait until it warms up to check to see if I can mow.

I have put the cat food out. Now I will see if either of the little cats comes to eat.

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It's 7:40AM and I haven't seen either of the little cats. But it's not raining yet either. In fact, we have sunshine right now. If it dries out before the rain starts, I will mow.

The great news so far is the river did not crest in either Coffeyville or Independence so, so far no major flooding like in 2007. Both  cities hope the water will continue to recede before the next major storm arrives.

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And, oh yes! The little gray cat is back eating the cat food out front. Good!

When he/she finished eating and went on back across the street, I started up the mower and mowed the front and side yards. I had to come in and rest awhile after I finished and drink some ice tea before tackling the back yard again. It doesn't look too bad so it won't be a catastrophe if I don't get it done. But after I sit awhile and wipe the sweat off my face, I will try to get it done. It is small....even smaller then the front yard.  The mowing is good exercise for me.

I was out a little while ago surveying the yard and Waste Connections came and picked up my trash. I am so glad. Mine was brim full. When I finished mowing the back yard I wasn't going to have room for my clippings.  Now I do.

More later...I had better get that back yard done if I am going to. It may rain yet. It is forecast for this afternoon.

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It's 10:00AM and I just finished mowing the back yard and it may be just in time. I see the wind is coming up and we are forecast for more rain around 10:00 AM.

I am so glad that is all finished though. This is the front.

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This is the back.

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And this is the side...finally.

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I talked to Janet at the senior center and there doesn't seem to be any water on the roads on the way to Branson...at this point.  However, we don't leave until Thursday and we have rain forecast for this afternoon and tomorrow too. So it depends on whether we can get over there without running onto water. We will plan to go to just south of Independence 160 and catch the highway to Altamont and Parsons and then take 400 to Baxter Springs. Hopefully there will be no water on the highway going that way.There is water on 166 just east of Chetopa. Janet checked.

I went back out for awhile and trimmed everything and it looks much neater now. That little Works trimmer really does a good job.

More later...11:30AM  and still no rain. I'm not complaining!

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Ah Ha! The little gray critter came back for another helping.

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I recently briefly connected with an old Caney friend named Ron. He had written a book of his Memoirs and I bought it at Amazon and received it today. I spent the afternoon reading it and enjoyed reading about his life. 

It's now 4:30PM and it hasn't rained yet today. I got quite a bit done....especially the mowing.

It may rain tonight.  Time will tell....

Monday, May 27, 2019

Monday and Again More Rain

I slept well last night without melatonin. Maybe I will try again to get by without it.

I had hoped to mow this morning but it is raining again and it is forecast for rain each day until Thursday. I never did get the side lawn mowed and now the front needs it again. The back still looks fine.

We leave on our senior Branson trip on Thursday. I would like to stay home. I don't like to even think about traveling into flooded roads and with storm and flood warnings everywhere.

I have put the cat food out for the little kitty but with the rain, she/he may not get it. It is still thundering and will begin raining again shortly.

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When I went back to the living room, the little gray cat was there eating that cat food I had put out. When the rain subsided a little, it took off through the rain to the house across the way that needs to have the grass mowed and then the house needs to be taken down. It's a complete wreck and as far as I can see, no one lives there. The grass is two feet tall. It's an eyesore for the entire neighborhood. But that little gray kitty made its way through the rain to that house. It must have a place there to shelter.

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This is that eyesore.  I have talked to the city twice about mowing the yard but it hasn't stopped raining long enough for them to do it. It will be a job!

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(6:15 A.M., MONDAY) COFFEYVILLE — The current river level is 23.1 feet, and has been rising steadily overnight. According to the latest information from the National Weather Service, the river in Coffeyville is expected to be at 25 feet Tuesday morning. The Coffeyville Police and Fire Departments have begun notifying businesses and citizens in the flood prone areas (similar to levels experienced in 2007).

The City of Coffeyville is instituting a mandatory evacuation for those in the flood areas. All citizens and businesses evacuated are to report to the Red Cross office at 128 W. 8th. A shelter is being established at the First Southern Baptist Church and animals will be allowed.

I saw this announcement on my facebook page.

Now the little yellow cat is eating the cat food I put out.

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I went out to the cemetery to hear Andy's speech but it had been cancelled. I didn't see the announcement on my facebook page. I should have known the Chronicle had their own facebook page and the announcement would be there. I stopped at Eggberts and asked where it had been moved to and they told me it had been cancelled on Sunday.  When I got home I saved the website of the Montgomery County Chronicle on my computer.

Wouldn't you know..the sun is shining brightly now. :)

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I went out about noon and checked the grass in the front yard. It seemed fairly dry at least superficially. I filled the mower and made one swipe across the lawn and realized it was entirely too wet to mow. So I put the mower away after all.   I will check it tomorrow and see if it stays dry or if it's going to rain again. I see there is a 60% chance of rain the next two days. I will just have to play it by ear.

If it doesn't rain any more today, and if the sun stays out like it has this morning, I may be able to mow this afternoon late. I would really like to get the side yard done and redo the front yard.

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It's 4:00PM and I walked out barefoot onto the grass and it's still way too wet to mow. Maybe tomorrow afternoon.

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I got an alert that the levee in Coffeyville was going to be breached tonight.  That will mean major flooding again like 2007.  I feel sorry for those poor businesses along 166/169.   Both those highways are closed.

I got this alert a little bit ago.

Alert: CORRECTION.6:37 PM: Water level is 25.7 feet and will reach 26.5 feet by midnight. Water will spill into the Coffeyville area causing flooding.

The Coffeyville levee breaches at 25 feet.

I have been reading again this afternoon and at 7:00PM, I took my bath. I will watch TV this evening.  I plan to go on to bed at 9:00PM.