Saturday, August 22, 2009

Busy Saturday

Things have not gone well for Scott and Taresa. She is not interested in trying to make their relationship work anymore but since she does not have a job, she does want to stay with Scott on a platonic basis and let him support her and make her car and insurance payments. Strange...

I guess Keith, the other son, went to the Grand Canyon today. At least that was his plan. I haven't heard from him yet today.

Tomorrow I will get up and make a dessert for our trip to the campgrounds after church. Leslie will go with us. John will be sleeping. There is to be a short meeting before the Swim Pool Celebration to determine whether to pay the loan back in five years or ten years. Since we borrowed the money from our own reserves, I am in favor of ten years.

Today I painted the door in the bathroom and the woodwork. It was looking pretty grimy. It looks nice again now. I also read some and then dug up a Rose of Sharon and transplanted it. I gave Gay two of those yesterday. Mine look so good. I dug them up in Karan's walk four years ago and they are simply lovely. They continually put out seed for new bushes. I just transplant them after they get some height on them. Gay brought me some hollyhock seed and some pear butter. She is so good to me.

I helped Bob fix his gate latch too. Lots of odds and ends.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Fine Friday

Today we did a little cleaning before we began cooking for lunch. I made my apple brown betty and this time I made it with Splenda instead of sugar. It turned out well. The casserole also turned out well. It was chicken, rice, mixed veggies and cream of chicken soup. Tony and Gay came for lunch and we had a great visit.

It turned out well. I added some water and we had it again for supper as soup.

Scott called this afternoon and Taresa was coming back. I don't know how that came out but he will call me later this evening and bring me up to date.

Bob and I mowed and trimmed after Gay and Tony left. The yard looks nice now. We dug up two Rose of Sharons and gave them to Gay. We still have several for Leslie when she gets around to taking them.

Ours are beautiful and I want to plant several more in different colors.

A Day Passed Quickly

Some days seem to do that.

Yesterday we took our daughter to lunch. Afterward I went to the doctor. It was the first time in several years. I seldom have anything wrong physically. My right foot has begun to swell on top and every day for several weeks it has done this. It makes me limp. Melissa, my doctor, had her lab take some blood to make sure it wasn't gout and then sent me out to the hospital for some x-rays. She wants to rule out some kind of stress fracture. She thinks it is probably a broken blood vessel but then again, there's no discoloration. It's just a mystery. A broken vessel will not show up on x-ray. I need to be able to stand on my feet, because I will need to go back to work next year. We are running out of savings and the taxes on our house are skyrocketing since the 2007 flood that took out the entire east side of the city.

When I finally got home, Bob wanted to go eat out at Sirloin Stockade. I wasn't particularly hungry but humored him. I just had a salad.

When we got home again, I had a message on my machine. An old friend called to say his father had passed away. Louie was 68. I called the number left on the machine and talked to Louie's wife, Sylvia. He had died in the Bartlesville hospital of bacterial pneumonia at 1:00 PM. He also had congestive heart failure. They plan to have graveside services on Monday if the funeral people can work that out. Bob and I will attend.

Then Scott called. He and Taresa had a confrontation over one of his girl "friends" from the past year calling him. He hasn't seen anyone else since Taresa came back to him but she has no trust. I am afraid the relationship is not going to work without trust. She has no job and he has been paying her debts. I don't know what she will do. He is beside himself with grief. She took off in her car and evidently did not come back. He talked to me on the phone for an hour before he finally took an Ambian and fell asleep.

I went to bed at 9:30 and fell asleep right away but woke at 1:30 with all this running through my mind. I finally got back to sleep about 3:00.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Busy Wednesday

I went to Independence this morning and got my hair done and then met Juanita for breakfast. Her niece died last night...of cancer. She was 70. I don't know when the services will be because there was just a short blurb in the paper this evening. I suppose the longer write up will be in tomorrow's paper. I probably will not attend. I did not know Gloria.

Afterward, I came on home. A friend wanted some garage sale stuff for a non profit sale and so we gave her all our garage sale stuff. We will take the clothing to the Presbyterian church and donate it to their thrift shop.

We just had some soup for dinner. Afterward we went to John and Leslie's for a meeting. Nine showed up...out of 31. Not too good. We will have a special business meeting on the 30th to decide what we can give for support of the Mission Center. When we got home it stormed and hailed. I brought Slinky and Missy in the house. They were scared to death. After it settled down, I let Slinky out again. Missy fought me. She did not want to go back out. So, she will stay in awhile. I'm sure she will have me up in the night to get out.

Sunday afternoon, weather permitting, we will go to a meeting at our campgrounds over by Joplin. After that, there will be a pool party. We will stay for that too.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Big Tuesday

I got up late this morning and just had time to feed the dog his cinnamon toast and get over to my sister's house to stay with her while my brother-in-law went to his breakfast. After that I came back home and ate my breakfast.

Coming home Sunday from Webb City, we encountered a truck that threw a rock and hit our windshield, breaking it. We tried to get the windshield fixer to repair it but the break was too bad so they came back this afternoon and installed a new windshield. Luckily it only ran $148.11. It could have been much worse.

Slinky is not feeling well at all. His nose is hot and he has not eaten all day. I don't know what is ailing him this time...poor dog.

We went to a 4:00 meeting of the executive committee of the Ministerial Alliance. We are planning for our new year which starts September 3rd. Later Bob and I had a salad bar at Sirloin Stockade, where we held the meeting. Then I came on home and put together my notes and got them in the e-mail.

I am tired today. I did not sleep well last night. Missy the cat woke me up around midnight and again at 2:30, when I finally just put her outside. Darn cat!

Monday, August 17, 2009


As chairman of the House Republican Health Care Solutions Group, Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Springfield, knows a thing or two about health care. But some of what he knows just isn’t true.

“I’m 59,” Mr. Blunt said last week during a meeting with Post-Dispatch reporters and editors. “In either Canada or Great Britain, if I broke my hip, I couldn’t get it replaced.”

We fact-checked that. At least 63 percent of hip replacements performed in Canada last year and two-thirds of those done in England were on patients age 65 or older. More than 1,200 in Canada were done on people older than 85....

But he’s not the only Republican leader who has his facts wrong about British and Canadian health care. And some of his colleagues are a bit less contrite.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, recently claimed that in England, Sen. Ted Kennedy would have been denied treatment for his brain cancer.

The English National Health Service says that’s not true. The head of a related health agency complained about “untrue or misinformed” comments. And the president of the British Medical Association decried such “jaw-droppingly untruthful attacks.”

It shouldn’t matter. None of the health reform plans being considered by Congress would create an English- or Canadian-style health system here. But opponents of reform sometimes are careless with the facts about U.S. health care, too.

For example, Mr. Blunt was asked how long an uninsured American would wait for a hip replacement.

“If they go to the emergency room, I think they can get that done,” he said. Emergency rooms don’t do hip replacements, which require both hospital care and weeks of rehabilitation. They do emergency surgery, necessary to save a life.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Busy Sunday

This morning Bob and I will drive to Webb City, Missouri, where I am to deliver the Sunday morning message. We spent the day yesterday at Joplin at that excellent workshop. When we get home I will make my apple brown betty and do my Sunday afternoon letters and later have our Living the Questions group at 7:00. We are studying a book tonight called "Seeing Gray in a Black and White World". I recommend the book.

Wednesday the congregation will meet at John and Leslie's home for the congregation to see the powerpoint presentation that Kathy showed us last Tuesday evening. We will need to decide how much financial support we can afford to give toward the budget of the Mission Center.

Then next Sunday we will drive to our campgrounds to be involved in the discussion on budgeting for payment of the new pool at the campgrounds. After that meeting, we will have the "pool party" from 4:00 till 7:00 and celebrate the new swimming pool at the campgrounds.

It will be another busy week.


I learned this afternoon that the date for the group has changed to next Sunday. I did not learn about it until the apple brown betty was in the oven. We took it out to John and Leslie's and shared it with them. We will not be in town next week so will miss the group.