Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fun Saturday

Today should be fun... after 10:00, at least. Bob is coming by at 10:00 to pick me up and we will drive over to Joplin. We will eat at Olive Garden and walk around their strip mall. We haven't done the strip mall in months although we have done the mall itself.

Yesterday after my eye appointment, we came back to Coffeyville and I took him home until 1:00, when the class reunion planning meeting met. The group made some decisions about the reunion and then left. Bob and I had not had lunch so we went to Brahms and had an ice cream cone. He then brought me back home and I divided up the goulash from Thursday's dinner. I had a bowl of it last night for dinner. Perhaps he did too. It was just as good the second time around...maybe better.

I stripped my bed and am washing my lingerie with the sheets. I also will vacuum the house before he comes by at 10:00 to pick me up.

More later...

I have my dab of laundry done and put away and my bed remade now. I have made a list of possible dinners for Bob and me and printed them off. This will keep me from repeating meals too often.

On another note...we went by our doctor's office yesterday afternoon and got our flu shots. Mine didn't hurt at the time but later developed a knot and got pretty sore. She must have hit a muscle. It's still sore this morning but only if I touch it or lie on that side. It will be fine in time. I can't remember ever having the flu but at my age, I don't need to get it either.

Bob and I went to Joplin and ate at Olive Garden then we walked around the strip shopping over there. He bought some coffee at Target and I bought some colored jeans at Christopher and Banks. All in all, we got some exercise and also had a good visit.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Nice Friday

My brother-in-law went with me to Independence for my hair appointment this morning and then we went out to breakfast. Afterward we went to Wal Mart for some odds and ends and after that we went on over to Caney to my eye appointment. I got in early so we got back to Coffeyville early. Neither of us were hungry after that big breakfast so I took him on home.

He came back over at noon for the class reunion meeting at 1:00. About five of my classmates showed up and Dean called from Topeka. We decided to get name stickers and soda and call it good. John is going to try to get the college to stock that pop machine out there and then we will just pay them for what we use. We will not do cookies. We will have just had a big meal before leaving for the stadium.

Later we decided not to eat dinner at noon but we did divide up the goulash from yesterday's dinner and he took some home and I kept some. We may both get hungry later on.

Tomorrow we are going to Joplin to eat at Olive Garden and walk around the shopping center.

I got my Dead Poet's Society DVD this morning and tried to see if it would play. My player did not recognize it. It was Blue Ray. So I have contacted Amazon to see if I can return it. Then I ordered it in from the library and ordered another for my small collection.

More later...

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Rainy Thursday

It's supposed to rain today. We certainly need the rain but I never got my trimming done this week. I will definitely have to trim after I mow next Monday evening.

Scott, my youngest called this morning. I always enjoy talking to him. He is struggling with the loss of his girlfriend but he broke up with her this time and he believes he went to far with words.

My eldest son called yesterday afternoon while the cable man was here and I had to cut him off since the man was trying to explain to me about my new cable lineup. I hate that. I always enjoy hearing from my kids and they are great about staying in touch. Perhaps he will call me back this evening after I get off work.

I listen to NPR every morning to get the news of over night. Today was no different. Then I usually watch PBS in the evening. I sit in the recliner with the laptop in my lap and e-mail and read the news. After that, as I watch TV, I play solitaire.

I am trying to stay up with the political scene. In another 40 days, we will be through this horrible political scene. I still intend to vote for Obama. Romney is so out of touch with the common folk. A couple of days ago, he made the most outlandish comment. He said the poor are not left without health care. He said they can always go to the emergency room and receive free health care. This man doesn't live in the real world.

As I scan and file documents every day in the district court house, I deal with literally thousands of files of the hospital and various doctors suing folks for their emergency room fees. Many of these poor uninsured folks make payment arrangements to pay off thousands of dollars of fees and many have to take medical bankruptcy. There is no free medical care. These are the very people he was speaking about without health care. Many work at minimum wage jobs and some have no jobs at all but they have medical issues.

More later....

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Different Wednesday

Today will be different. I am going to work this morning so Bob and I can go over to Cherryvale at noon to eat at Just Us. I left some scanning last evening...not much..but some. I have a pile of filing this morning...everything I scanned yesterday. />

After we eat I will ask him to take me out to Leslie's to get some meat. I will get some more ground beef and a roast if they have one small enough. They have great home grown lean beef. They provide us with their beef.

I will fix the goulash tonight and put it in the frig for tomorrow's dinner. I do need to go to the market and get the garlic bread. Until I need more, I will not go way out to Wal Mart's here. It's a six mile trip out there.

More later....

After our dinner at Just Us, we did go out to Leslie's and got two packs of ground beef and a roast. Then we came back home.

I called Cox this afternoon and had my cable cut back some to save $25.00 a month on TV. I primarily watch PBS and seldom anything else.

They came right out and made the change.

On the political front, PBS says the president has pulled out in front of Romney in the polls at last and only needs 15 more assured states to win.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Quiet Tuesday

This should be a rather quiet day too. I am going to have my hair done (it looks terrible) in Independence. Then I will come back home and start dinner about 11:00. We are having chunky chicken hash. I forgot to serve the pudding I had made for dessert yesterday so we will have it today. Chunky chicken hash has the green beans in it so all we will need is a salad. We will probably have cottage cheese with either applesauce or pineapple in it instead of a salad. I do need to get some more meat from my daughter. I need a few groceries too but not too much. I have only spent about $150 for groceries this month. That's a lot less then I spent on frozen dinners and eating out each month...and a lot healthier.

This afternoon I will work. I never had a break yesterday and didn't finish my scanning. My file box and my scanning box were both full yesterday. I will work on the scanning today and do the filing from it too. That should keep me busy. Tomorrow, I will work in the morning instead of afternoon and Bob and I will go over to Cherryvale and eat at Just Us, the buffet there.

I have decided not to go to the in-service at the hospital on Thursday. I don't have the time to chaplain. It requires us to be available any time day or night. With my part time job, I am unable to leave work if I am needed. I will get my flu shot at the doctor's office...if I get it at all. I am seldom sick. The last time was 2004.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Quiet Monday

I have a quieter week this week. I will fix dinner today and then go to work and then after work I will mow. I have a hair appointment in Independence tomorrow and I really need it. Then I want to work in the morning on Wednesday so Bob and I can go over to Just Us and have lunch. It's been awhile since we've been there.

Today I will fix swiss steak and boiled potatoes for lunch. We will have salad and veggies and then pudding for dessert.

I have a Chaplain's in-service on Thursday at 11:30. Then on Friday I have a busy day. I have a 7:00 hair appointment, a 10:00 eye doctor appointment and then after dinner at noon, a 1:00 class reunion committee meeting here. But miracles of miracles, I have nothing planned for Saturday.

The next week starts October. It is very busy again. Every weekend in October, I have something going on. But in November, I am starting to keep my life simpler. The holidays will be coming soon and I want to enjoy them. I would like to go back to Branson in November. And, before our season tickets expire, I would like to go one time in December.

On the political scene, there's a lot of half truths being promoted as well as some false claims. But the fact that checks out all the rhetoric and rates it for the American people is helpful in sorting out the truth from the half truths. Once again, I suggest my readers check out the link on my sideboard to sort out the real truth. We certainly can't use what the candidates and their staffs say as truth on any question. As an example, note what Romney said last night on 60 Minutes against what he said in May with the very rich he was talking to at that fundraiser. Last night he said he would represent 100% of the American people. That's not what he said in May, when he said 47% of the American people didn't matter to him because they were not taxpayers and they didn't really matter to his campaign since they depended on the government for support.

What he said in a direct quote was this:

In his remarks, Romney used broad strokes to characterize millions of people who he said solidly support President Barack Obama.

"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney said in the video. "All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.

"And I mean the president starts out with 48, 49 percent … he starts off with a huge number," Romney continued. "These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Taxes are a contentious issue in the presidential campaign, and the statistic Romney mentioned was sure to pique the attention of the ostensible 1-percenters in his audience.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I'm Back!

I'm back from the John Whitmer Historical Association. It was a fine program. Some of the presentations were excellent. But I'm home now. My daughter and I left Independence, Missouri, at 5:30 this morning. We got to the church at 8:45, having stopped at Marvin's Market for some things for the cookout following the services.

The hosts of our stay were really fine people. They are really hospitable. It seems no matter how busy they are with their own lives, they are welcoming. I hope I can always be that hospitable.

The services were great! The cookout was also great fellowship and fine food. Then I came home and did my letters. I still have to unpack but I did sit and read the papers.

As soon as 60 Minutes is over, I will go unpack. I didn't attend the Living the Questions group. I was too exhausted and needed rest worse then I needed the group. We are not studying material I am interested in studying. We have stopped using the videos. Because of that, I will attend from time to time but not every time. I have decided to simplify my life after October.

After I unpack, I will take my bath and put my P.J.'s on and perhaps go to bed early.