Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Wednesday and Hair Day

I slept very well last night and was up at my usual 5:AM. I made my bed, dressed and got myself ready for the day. I am having my breakfast now and my coffee. Today I get my hair done over at Coffeyville at 9:00AM or so. I heard from Janet last night. There is no game day today. Tomorrow at 7:30AM, I get my crown prep. I hope she doesn't get into the nerve. My experience with root canal has been disastrous.... especially on a bicuspid. In order to do a crown on that tooth, she will have to build it up with much of the tooth is gone. The entire distal side of it broke off....filling and all.

It's 6:06 right now and I will go try to catch "the weather on the 8's" and see if there are any hungry cats out there.

The weather is overcast and chilly so I will wear a hoody or a jacket today.

I only had one cat come for breakfast and the was the neighbor's cat. He ate and left but Scruff didn't come at all. I don't know where she is eating.

Now I am watching the CBS news.  It's only 7:30AM and my appointment isn't until 9:00AM or so. I will leave here at 8:30AM. ..a little over an hour from now. 

So more even later..

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Tuesday and a Visit to Nancy

I did not sleep well last night. I probably went to bed too early. I sleep much better when I stay up and read later but my Kindle was being charged so I didn't have anything to read last evening. 

I was up before 5:00AM this morning and dressed and am eating my breakfast now. I plan to go down to Bartlesville to Green Country Assisted Living and visit Nancy about 10:00AM this morning, I also have some reading material to take to her. Afterward I may stop at Copan Truck Stop and have their small salad for lunch. 

Tomorrow I get my hair done and also I think it is also game day at the senior center at 1:00PM.  I will need to call Janet there to find out for sure because if it is, I will need a treat to take.

Then Thursday is my crown prep at the dental office at 7:30AM.

It's almost 6:00AM now and I want to catch "the weather on the 8's" next. 

It looks like the weather is going to be o.k. today and the rest of the week but not great. Too windy to be great.

Only Scruff came for breakfast and she didn't stay long. I brought the food in after she left. 

I finally did hear from Scott that they are alright. I saw on the weather that Tennessee  had tornadoes and was concerned that I didn't get a response from my text asking about their welfare.

More later...It's nearly time for the CBS news. 

I went down to Bartlesville and left about 9:30AM to visit with Nancy  again this morning.I stayed until they came to get her for lunch and then left. I stopped at Tyro Truck stop and had my small chef salad. I had bought Christmas cards and have been working on them all afternoon. It's after 3:30PM now and I have just put stamps on them and put them in the mailbox and put the flag up so the mailman will pick them up in the morning. 

While I was visiting Nancy and her friend there, I told them about the Christmas cards I had bought and they both wanted a box of them too. They were on sale so they were a real bargain. So next Tuesday, I will take them each a box and stamps. Nancy is still not happy there but has resigned herself that she will not be going home again. She needs to make friends and then she can be happy. It is a lovely place..neat as a pin and very well run. They both say the food is excellent.

I guess I will go read now. So more later... 

I read until 6:00PM and then I took my bath. I charged my watch again. The instructions said to charge it for 5 minutes. I did that but it's only 30% charged.  I don't know whether to plug it in again or not. I think I ought to. 30% isn't much of a charge.

I plugged it into the USB port on my laptop computer. I will leave that plugged in for awhile and see if it charges any more. 

I will go back to my book now for about 15 minutes and see if it charges any more. It's only 6:30PM now. I will leave it plugged in for 15 minutes and see if that helps.

It's 40% charged now. That's somewhat better. But not fully charged.

It's nearly 7:00PM now. I guess I will read awhile again. I won't be thinking of going to bed until at least 9:00PM maybe later.

Leslie just texted me that we are having church services in our building this Sunday! Hooray!!


Monday, December 6, 2021

Monday and Laundry

I slept well again last night, I was up at 5:00AM and stripped my bed, remade it and did some laundry. I just put it in the dryer. When it's dry I will fold it and put it away. It's 6:30AM now and I just finished my breakfast and am soaking the dishes. Since I no longer have a dishwasher, I Heloese them. I fill the sink with very hot water and put the dishes in it to soak until everything is soft or dissolved and them I rinse them off. I leaned that years ago from a column in the paper called "Hints From Heloese". She had a lot of tips on how to make your  housework easier.  She's probably long gone now. I was young when I read that column.

I don't have much of a plan for today except for the laundry. I was going to go back over to Coffeyville today to cash the check John Wade sent me from the classmates account but I will be going down to Bartlesville to visit Nancy tomorrow and I will get my hair done Wednesday in Coffeyville and that may be game day too at the senior center so I will just wait until Wednesday to cash the check. Thursday is my crown prep here in Caney. I dread that. I hope she doesn't get into the nerve so I lose another tooth. The crown will cost me $1353.25. That's with a 5% discount for cash. I will pay for it on Thursday so I will get the 5% discount. They plan to seat it on the 30th of December. I hope all goes well. It will be a busy week.

I didn't get any more classmate news in the e-mail this morning so I may address Christmas cards today and get them ready to go out later next week or next. It depends on how much news I have by then to work into the classmate newsletter. So far it's only three pages and it's usually seven. Of course, it's only the 6th of the month.

I guess I will go watch the weather and the news and check on the cats.

So, more later...

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My neighbor got the siding on their new master bedroom and the house looks a lot better!

More later...there were no cats out there. Of course, it 7:33AM and they may have given up on me. 

So far the internet is holding on the desktop computer. :) 

I did go over to Coffeyville to cash that check and also go to Wal Mart for some things I can't get at the Caney Market. I was also going to get my pedicure but found that place was closed. I hate that. I really enjoy a pedicure every couple of months. So after I got my errands run, I came back home. It is 10:54AM now and everything I hoped to get done...that I could get done. Now I will read until lunch time. I may go out to Eggbert's here for my lunch. It has been several weeks since I have done that. I have been eating frozen meals.

I did go out to Eggbert's at noon and had a senior meal. It was very good and quite cheap. But it was just right for me.

It's 3:15PM now and I have been working on the class  newsletter again. I got a Christmas card from a classmate who shared some news for the newsletter. I will go back to reading now. 

So again..more later...

I didn't read for long! I began working on my Christmas letter and got 11 of them done. I still have others to do but will need to buy some more Christmas cards before I can resume doing that.

It is 5:50PM now and I am missing the news.  I may have recorded the evening CBS news.  If so, I will go watch it now.

So, more later... 

My landlord dropped by to see if I wanted him to put the other two bags of leaves in his dumpster. I let him do that. Michael is very nice and so is his wife. He only stays here once or twice a week since they still live in Owasso. He has been painting next door where they will live eventually. 

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I found this photo on Leslie's facebook and copied it off. That is me..the old woman in front. Behind me is Sarge (their dog) and Ginger, Scott's wife, Leslie, my daughter, and Esther, Keith's wife. Somebody, possibly John, took this photo. It was taken Thanksgiving.

At 7:00PM I will take my bath and I plan to get to bed at 9:00PM again. Until then, I will go back to reading.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Sunday and Church Online and Zoom

 I slept very well last night and was up at my usual 5:00AM. I am having my breakfast now at 6:00AM. I have checked my e-mail and found another classmates' message for the class newsletter and added it to the newsletter. It's up to 3 pages now and usually it's at 7 pages but it's early yet. I hope to get it off after Christmas. Many of my offline classmates send their contributions in a Christmas card. I now have six classmates that have contributed.

I will go watch "the weather on the 8's" and check on the cat situation. Only Blondie showed up yesterday.

Both cats showed up today. So I took their food out to the front door. It is raining in Coffeyville according to the weather but it's not raining least not yet. 

 More later...

I watched the weather and we are forecast rain for today but so far I haven't seen any of it.  I read for awhile and then watched TV for awhile. I watched "Face the Nation" too. Then I turned off TV to come in and see if I could get the church service from Ontario Canada on the laptop computer.I used to watch it on the desktop computer but I have no assurance that it won't lose the signal. So, I'll try the laptop.

More later...

For some reason, the desktop computer stayed online during the entire service. It's 3:45PM now and the connection has stayed on all this time. I hope it has been fixed after all the time I ran the fix. So far, so good!

It's almost 4:00PM now and the desktop computer is still connected to the internet. I hope it is fixed!

It's 5:20PM now and I am waiting for our Mission Center worship service to come on Zoom.

Our building is closed due to another surge of Covid19. So we are taking this one week at a time about staying closed. 

I got on zoom on the laptop and the desktop appears to be staying online. But I am not complaining.

I watched the worship service and was deleted from it during the fellowship time.

It's nearly 7:00PM now so I will take my bath and later, after I read awhile, I will go to bed.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Saturday and a Rest Day

It has been a busy week. I have had very little relaxation. I have had some kind of project going all week.

There is no church tomorrow due to the rise in the virus cases in Montgomery County. We are taking it one week at a time. So I will watch the church services from Toronto Canada tomorrow like I did every week after we closed the church due to the virus last year. We will take opening the church services in the building one week at a time.

I was so exhausted after all the yard work yesterday that I went to bed at 8:30PM last night and slept through the night. I was up after 5:00AM this morning too.  

It's nearly 7:00AM now and I will go watch "the weather on the 8's" and check on the cats and get back to this later....

I haven't seen any cats this morning. I did go to the market for three things I needed. They aren't carrying my cranberry/grape juice anymore in the small bottles. I had to buy a large bottle this time. That will work for me though. I still want to support our local market.

I see I am going to have to give up on raking until all my neighbor's trees finish dropping their leaves. This morning I had more leaves on the yard even after I worked so hard to get the yard cleaned up yesterday. It was a waste. Oh well...

I got my ceramic Christmas tree down from the kitchen cabinet this morning. I gave my usual Christmas tree away two years ago after Karan got that homeless woman into Sycamore Landing. We gathered up odds and ends of furniture for her so she would have a home again. I gave her my Christmas tree because there was no place for it in my present apartment and she could use it. 

There is only one plug in in the den and I have my computers and printer hooked into that one. I plugged the ceramic tree into a plug in behind the sofa in the living room. I probably have some more Christmas decorations in the attic but I would have to climb onto the pull down ladder in the garage to get them and I probably shouldn't do that.

I guess I will get back to my book.  

More later... 

I checked my mail and I had received the  check for the class newsletter from our class treasurer. It's for stamps and to have the newsletter printed off for the 52 classmates who are not online. Since I only go to the bank in Coffeyville on Wednesdays I was not aware that all banks are not open past noon on Saturdays anymore. So I had made an unnecessary trip to Coffeyville. I will have to cash the check next Wednesday.  

I still haven't had lunch and it's almost 3:00PM so I had better eat something besides the peanut M and Ms I ate earlier today. Those are not particularly nutritious. I have some frozen meals and I will eat one of them. 

And that's what I did. 

I have been working on the class newsletter this afternoon. It's coming together pretty slow this year...of course there are fewer of us this year. It's 4:30PM now and I guess I will go back to my latest book.  

Instead of reading my Kindle I watched my annual December movie,  "The Christmas Carol" with George C. Scott as Scrooge. I downloaded and bought it years ago and watch it every December. It gets me in the mood for Christmas.

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My granddaughter, Sara, gave me the little nutcracker for Christmas... years ago.. and my son-in-law John made me the little Santa Claus.

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My sister, Phyllis, made me the ceramic Christmas tree years ago when they lived in Topeka.  I use it every Christmas. I am sure I have a few more Christmas decorations in the attic. Maybe tomorrow I will get the car out of the garage and get them down. Since I am to get new carpet from my new landlord on December 23rd, I will need to get the Christmas decorations put away before that.

It's a little after  7:00PM now and I will go take my bath and read until bedtime...probably around 9:00PM-9:30PM.


Friday, December 3, 2021

Friday and A Quiet Day

After this week,I could use a quiet day. I have had problems with the desktop computer all week. This morning it was frozen solid and I had to do a cold reboot. For some reason, it won't stay on the internet. It continually disconnects. Something to do with it's connection to the router. I troubleshoot it and it will connect for a short while then it disconnects again. 

The laptop doesn't have the problem so it must be the desktop computer. That's what Cox Complete Care said last week when I had them check it out. It's something about the network adapters according to troubleshooting. I just hope I can get it to hold the signal long enough for me to send the completed class newsletter to Four County Mental Health when it's finished. 

I managed to send the class newsletter to the laptop computer and I will put the newsletter together on that computer and send it to the woman at Four County Mental health for printing by attaching it to e-mail from there.

I see the desktop computer is disconnected again now. I ran troubleshooting and it still says it's the network adapter. It's connected again now but it doesn't last more then a few minutes. Now it won't stay connected at all. I will just shut it off and have Leslie come hook up the laptop to the printer. I will need to have access to the printer.

It's 6:49AM and I will go check out "the weather on the 8's" and the cat situation. 

Both cats came for breakfast and I fed them.

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I have been raking leaves but the dumpster is full and I have only done 3/4 of the front yard. I still have the side yard and the back yard to do.

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This is the part of the front yard yet to do. Big job!!! 

I was going to mow the rest of the front yard but I can't get the mower to start. I have never had any trouble starting it in the past. I wonder if it could be the spark plug. I don't know a thing about spark plugs so I guess I'm stuck.

It evidently wasn't the spark plug. It had just set too long.  I will continue to try.

It's 10:00AM now.

It's 11:00AM now and I finally did get the mower going and the rest of the front yard mowed. The rest will have to wait. I am exhausted though and I have a lot of leaves against the curb and when I get rested up I will take a black yard bag out there and pick those up before they blow back on the yard. I drank a bottle of water. That helped.

I got hold of Krystal and she is going to mow the rest of the yard for me. And she can do it today. I had suggested Saturday or Sunday or even Monday but she said she could even do it today. So that would even be better! I don't know what time she will come....probably sometime after 4:00PM or 4:30PM. She works at the Bartlesville post office.  But whenever will be fine.

It's 12:08PM now and I have blown what leaves I couldn't pick up across the street where they came from. My dumpster is full and there is a full bag I couldn't get into the dumpster. I am very tired and will read awhile and then fix me some lunch. I froze half of the chicken and noodles Suzanne gave me before I went to Tennessee. I will thaw those out for lunch.

That's what I had for lunch and it was good!!!

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This is my 86th  birthday gift from my daughter...she said it was me!

Steven, my landlord, texted me this morning to tell me my new carpet will be laid December 23rd. That will be fine. It will be an all day job but they will move my furniture to the family room/den and garage and put it all back where it was afterward. I will be so glad to have some new carpeting. Every time I vacuum I get a wad of dirt as large as my fist....and Suzanne had it cleaned before I moved in. The elderly lady that lived here before me was handicapped and could not clean well. 

More even later...Krystal came and mowed the leaves. She even swept the leaves at the curb into piles and I helped her pick them up and bag them. I gave her some extra money for all the work she did.  l don't know how long the leaves will stay cleaned up but I can't work that hard again. My neighbor to the south has large trees that leave leaves in my yard too but I can handle the back yard.

It is 6:00PM and soon I will take my bath and I will probably go to bed early tonight. I am very tired. It's 8:00PM now and I will just go on to bed.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Thursday and Lunch With Suzanne

I slept well last night but then I went to bed quite later. I finished my latest book first. I took my bath at 7:00PM but didn't go to bed until midnight.  But I was still up at 5:00AM. 

I also worked on the desktop computer all evening. It would not connect with the internet. I must have tried a dozen times to get it to connect. I finally was able to get it to connect just long enough to send a copy of the class newsletter to the laptop. And of course, the laptop can't print. The last update Microsoft did to it made to Windows 7 made that happen. 

I had received a couple of pieces of news from classmates and since I am trying to get it finished in December and get it printed off  at Leslie's printing office, I may have to send it attached to e-mail when it is finished to the woman that prints it for me there at Four County Mental health.

Suzanne called me last night and invited me to a birthday lunch at the Copan Truck Stop. She wants me to meet her there at 11:30AM. From there, after lunch, she will go on down to her sister's house in Bartlesville and I will go up to Independence in time for my 2:40PM appointment at the driver's license bureau.

But first, before lunch, I will clean the apartment. Right now I will finish my breakfast and begin mopping the floors. It's almost 6:00AM  At 6:30AM I will check on the cats. They didn't come last night so I don't know whether they will come this morning or not.

I transferred enough money last night to pay for my crown this month but I want to try to save $100 a month to put back in my savings and build it back up. There's only $1,000 in there now. 

I have everything clean except the dining room. I will vacuum it when the next commercial comes on.  It's almost 7:00AM now and both Scruff and Blondie came for breakfast. I fed Scruff first and then when she was gone  Blondie came. I was feeding him and Scruff came back.  I think the vacuum cleaner noise scared her off before.

I am still having trouble with the internet connection and the desktop computer. The laptop will no longer print so I mess with the desktop computer until it finally connects to the internet. That way I can send the finished newsletter to the woman at Four County Mental Health to print it off.

Keith and Leslie just contacted me by text and wished me a Happy Birthday! :) I saw Scott's greeting on my facebook page....and his ex-wife, Taresa, also sent me a greeting there.

I finished my cleaning except for dusting. I have cleaned up the vacuum sweeper too and put it away. It's only  8:15AM so I have plenty of time before time to leave for my lunch date with Suzanne. I am supposed to meet her at 11:30AM and that is three hours yet.

More later....

I went down to Bartlesville to the US Cellular store and one of the the women that works there helped me figure out how to unblock blocked numbers. Then I went up to Copan and waited for Suzanne to come to have lunch. She not only bought my lunch, and we also shared a piece of coconut cream pie and she brought me gifts. We had a nice visit. My hairdresser, Toni, also gave me a gift yesterday. Suzanne went down to Bartlesville afterward to visit her sister and I drove up to Independence to renew my driver's license.

It is 3:20PM now and I just got home from Independence where I renewed my driver's license for another 4 years. That will make me 90...if I am still around at that time.

 There's nothing on TV that I am interested in watching...even the news is depressing. Lots of violence and thousands and thousands of people that don't have sense enough to get vaccinated. This pandemic will go on for generations if they don't mandate vaccinations.

It's 6:30PM and I have had my bath and have my pjs on. I will finish this and then go read again. When I get more tired, I will go on to bed.