Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Rainy Night

It rained last last. I don't know how much rain we got but it couldn't have been much. It looks like half an inch. As I said, not much.

My e-mail is down. It was down last night before I went to bed. It's still down this morning. I imagine Cox is working on it. In the meanwhile, I have no e-mail.

Bob and I did go to Joplin yesterday. He bought a gift card from Kohl's for his daughter for Christmas. And, of course, we ate at the Olive Garden. We walked all over the mall there. We got home about 4:00 and later he came over for leftover stew for supper and then we watched one of his old movies. As usual, there was absolutely nothing on TV.

He went home about 9:30. It was a big day.

I got my Christmas cards started yesterday morning and wrote my Christmas newsletter. I will send out just a few Christmas cards this year. Postage has become way too expensive. I am buying gifts only for those who will be at John and Leslie's for Christmas dinner and gift opening and Jeromy's family..who are here.

I will wrap my few gifts this afternoon and get them under my tree.

Surprise of all surprises, I got a $17 raise in my social security. That isn't much but it is something. We got nothing last year and yet everything from gas to groceries has gone up.

More later...

Bob and I did go to the movies this evening. We saw "Lincoln". We liked the movie but hated the dozen or so violent previews prior to the movie. We won't be going again. We paid $7.00 each to watch all kinds of violence which we would never have seen if it weren't a part of the offering at the movie. At least when I rent a video or get one on loan at the library, we can fast forward past previews.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday Again...At Last

This morning I have been working on my Christmas newsletters and Christmas cards for those nearest to me. I have printed off personalized newsletters to some of my friends and relation. I have a dozen more to go but at least I got a start on it.

Today, Bob and I are going to Joplin to eat out at Olive Garden and shop for some Christmas gifts for his daughters. We have spent the last two weekends attending funerals. I did stop at the church this morning on my way back home from Independence after getting my hair done. I did some more re-arranging and will finish moving things back where they belong either tomorrow or Sunday morning before Church School.

The tree will need to put back in place but I can't do that without it coming apart. My daughter and son-in-law will help me with that job on Sunday morning. Maybe Bob will go out to church with me and help me getting the offering table back where it belongs. Some other things also need to be put back where they belong. I moved the plants back into the foyer and watered them this morning.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Big Thursday

This will be a big day. I will go in to work this morning and work until noon. Then I will rush out to church for the 1:00 funeral.

Afterward I must go downtown to the insurance office and see what sort of quote Terri has for me. I am trying to find some cheaper insurance. My company, which I have been with for 15 years, wants to raise my deductible on wind and hail to $2500 and also raise my premium $119. I must find something cheaper. Between my taxes and my insurance my savings are about depleted.

If the taxes also go up 40%, I will not be able to afford my house and will need to sell and and move. If I do that, I will move to Bartlesville. Oklahoma taxes are much cheaper and I would not have taxes on a house at all. I would just need renter insurance.

It was a huge day...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday Again

Today I get my time sheet signed. It gets faxed in tomorrow. I will be there tomorrow morning instead of tomorrow afternoon. I will attend the funeral of the young man who died last weekend. He is the son-in-law of one of our members and the grand son-in- law of another. The services are at 1:00 tomorrow.

I got some sympathy cards before noon and got them sent off today. I also bought a roll of stamps.

We had a very tasty stew with biscuits for lunch and then I went to work. When I got off, I attended the PINCH meeting and then came on back home. Bob came over after that and we watched a real good movie..."An Unfinished Life".

Bob will go in to the florist tomorrow morning and pick up the plant from the church. Then he will go on out to church to let the undertaker in with the casket. He and John set up chairs this afternoon after 3:00. They can now seat about a hundred. If more come, they can put them in the foyer with the doors open.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Busier Week

The week has just become more complicated.

Last night one of our members called to say they wanted to use the church for the funeral of her son-in-law at 1:00 on Thursday afternoon. I certainly don't have a problem with that except for a couple of things.

First the young man's father is the retired minister of one of the community's largest Baptist churches. There may be a large crowd. Our church holds about 50. We are a small church whose world church encourages small congregations for community among the members. We have another 50 folding chairs we can set up in the aisles and the foyer with the foyer doors open. But any more than that, we cannot accommodate.

Second, the minister who will handle the service is from Pittsburg, Kansas, and is an Evangelist in our church. The person who will assist him is a woman Seventy in our church and is also from Pittsburg, Kansas. Pittsburg is about 60 miles east of Coffeyville. Because of the time of the services and the size of our congregation, the family does not want a dinner served.

I will need to take Thursday afternoon off to attend the service. That means I will need to work Thursday morning instead of Thursday afternoon.

I will be leaving about 9:00 this morning to take the six cakes I have here to the First Christian Church in Independence, Kansas. After I deliver the cakes, Bob and I will go to the beauty shop where I will have my hair done and he will get a haircut. Afterward, we will eat at Big Cheese.

This morning, before I leave, I will need to go to the market and get some stew meat and biscuits for tomorrow's lunch. I also want to get some sympathy cards.

Tonight I have library board meeting right after work.

Monday, December 10, 2012

A Busy Monday Again

I did not sleep well at all last night. I had received my home insurance on Saturday and the company did two things. First they raised my wind and hail deductible from $500 to $2500. Second they raised the premium by $119. Between the house insurance and the taxes,I am fast going through my meager savings. I will go downtown this morning and see if I can find cheaper insurance.

After that, I need to take my car by Gary's and see why my SRS light is staying on. My manual says it's either the air bag or the seat belt that has a problem. It may just be needing to be reset. I'll find out this morning. It's always something. But life is like that. When you're alone, you have to learn to roll with the punches.

I will bake my two cakes this evening after work. Bob and I will take the five we collect to Independence tomorrow morning.

Also tomorrow I have a hair appointment for my color and cut in Independence and Bob will get a haircut too and then we will have lunch at their Big Cheese. Then after work I have the library board meeting. Wednesday I have the PINCH meeting after work. Then I'm free until Sunday again and church and that Sunday evening the Living the Questions group will meet at Maritt's home.

More later....

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Elections and Holiday Dinner

Today will be our elections at church. We will also have a service although I'm not sure what sort. The woman who was to speak lost her son-in-law yesterday morning and she wants my daughter, who has the power point projector, to come up with a video to show. I called and her husband told me she had downloaded a sermon from the president of our church from our church's website. I might have known she would have it covered.

We also have planned to have our church's holiday dinner this noon. I have my salad and sweet potatoes finished and ready to go when Bob comes by to pick me up.

We are told we may have the funeral at our church and I don't yet know when or who is to do the services. It may be me. If it is, I have the service roughed out already. I will need to talk to the widow and his parents for details. The short obit was in today's paper. We may need to have a funeral dinner for the family too. I will know more later this morning.

I spent the afternoon working on the congregational newsletters. Then I read the rest of my kindle book. It is "Killing Kennedy" and my friend Bill sent it to my kindle for my birthday.

Now I finished the book and am watching the news on TV.

Three younger woman were elected pastor for the new year. I will serve until January 1st. At 77, it is time for me to step down. I will still do home visiting and hospital visiting for the congregation.

In a little while Bob will come over to spend the evening. He comes some time before six. He gets lonely now that Phyllis is gone. Evenings are worse for him.