Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday and Back from Branson

We got back from Branson about noon. It rained on us most of the way home and we came a different way then usual. We usually take the interstate after we get to Aurora, Missouri but this time to avoid a twenty mile detour I took highway 60 all the way to Nowata, Oklahoma then north to Coffeyville from there. It was a different way but probably longer anyhow because we went through so many small towns and had to drive between 55 and 65 most of the way instead of 70 as we do on the interstate. Anyhow, it was an interesting experiment.

I got unpacked an put everything away and then we went to Sirloin Stockade and we ate a late lunch. It was o.k. When we got back home Bob went to his house and took a nap and I took one in my recliner. I awoke with my arms hurting so I broke down and took two Aleve with milk. I am so tired of messing with these sore arms.

I bought some red wine in Branson and we had a very small glass last night before I went to bed and it was very good. Bob will come over to watch the news later on and we will have another small glass.

This is Bob over at Silver Dollar City.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Trip to Branson

Bob and I leave for Branson as soon as he returns from his Lion's Club meeting this morning. They meet over breakfast. I think it's a good thing he has something else to do besides run around with me. He really needs some male fellowship too. I have PINCH.

I have packed everything I think I will need except my glasses. They worry me when I wear them so I will get along without them. We will go out to Silver Dollar City today to see the Cajun Connection. They are not there past Thursday and that's why we're going a day earlier than usual. We are going to eat lunch tomorrow on the Branson Belle. It is accompanied by a music program. My Bob and I went one time years ago. But it's been years. I have forgotten about most of the trip.

We don't know how long we will be up to doing these things so we are doing them while we can. Bob will be 80 next year and I will be 78 in December. We are both blessed with pretty good health for our ages.

In November, perhaps sooner, Bob will be moving to the fourplex where I live. That small apartment is much nicer then the little house where he lives across the street and it will be cheaper in the long run. The rent will be $30 higher but all the utilities and the TV will be paid except the electric bill, even the trash collection. I will help him move. Mostly we will just walk across the street with his belongings. Bobby and Karan will help with the furniture. There will be no appliances. Those are furnished.

We will be back Saturday afternoon. I have put the cat feeder back out and filled it for Missy, my cat. I have also put out three dishes of water. She drinks a lot of water. No one will be here to clean up the liter box but I will do that job when I return on Saturday. I am not taking this laptop so there will be no more posts until Saturday evening. The weather is forecast to be lovely so we are hoping for the same at Branson.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday and Exercises Again

Bob and I will go to exercise classes this morning and then home. Later I will fix hamburgers and french fries for our lunch. I don't want anything that will cause leftovers. We leave tomorrow morning for Branson. We will take my car this time. We have put a lot of miles on Bob's over the past two years. Mine only has a little over 47,200 miles on it.

I awoke at 3:00am this morning and could not get back to sleep. I got up to go to the bathroom and when I blew my nose I had another bloody nose. That worries me. That's the way the erysipelas started last fall. It didn't break out until February but I had had bloody noses all fall and then caught a cold in January. After the cold was over, I had the breakout of the erysipelas. I certainly don't want that again. Between that and the aching arms, it has not been a good year this year for me health-wise. I am spoiled to being healthy. I am not prepared to start having health problems. If a strong mind about such things can help, I should stay healthy. :) In January was the first time I had to start taking blood pressure meds. Up until three years ago, I took no meds at all. Melissa put me on thyroid because of my low thyroid and my hair falling out. I don't know if that has helped or not. It's still pretty thin.

I hope to get a nap this afternoon.

Before I even begin this post, let me say I am in favor of the Affordable Care Act. We are the only first world country in the world that does not have some kind of national health care.

I know there are literally hundreds of medical law suits filed by local doctors and the hospital to try to recover some funds from people who have used the emergency room and have no insurance. These people are routinely turned over to collection agencies who also add on their fees. And I also know there are hundreds of medical bankruptcies.

However, what the government doesn't seem to realize about the Affordable Care Act is that many, many of the younger generation are loaded with debt.....much of it credit card debt but some of it is education debt. They can't buy a car or a house because of this debt. They have no more credit. How they will afford health insurance when we only have two insurance companies in Kansas who are participating in the exchange, is beyond me. They will not be competitive as the government expects. Even with the available tax credit and the lowest cost bronze plan, it will be just another difficult expense for them to pay.

Congress, especially the House, needs to spend their valuable time tweeking the Affordable Care Act instead of trying to defund it. The Supreme Court has ruled that is is constitutional and it is the law of the land.

I think the Republican party will have to pay the price for their stalling policies at the mid term elections. I hope the voting public will hold them accountable.

More later....

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Rather Quiet Tuesday Too

There's not much going on today either. I met my daughter for lunch in Independence today after my hair appointment and after I delivered our cakes from Coffeyville. Then I came home and went to town to pay my car insurance. It was less than I thought and that was a pleasant surprise. Of course, it's only until January and then the full half comes due. Also, when I receive the title, I will have to register it and pay the sales taxes on it. I bought it in Oklahoma and this is Kansas so I have to pay the Kansas sales tax on it. That will be a shock.

I talked to my granddaughter, Christina, this morning. Her baby is due on the 30th. It will be a girl and they will name her after her father with an "ie" on the end of the name. Kylie.

More later...

I went up and paid my car insurance this afternoon. It will come due again in January. I just paid the difference between now and January. I still did not get my title in the mail today. I did get a Penney's bill. I never received the new coverlet I had ordered but they billed me for it. I called Penney's and complained and they took it off my bill. I did not reorder it. This is the second time something has been lost in the mail from Penney's. It also happened with my living room bamboo blind. I know it's the mail and not Penney's but they knew it was lost in the mail and billed me anyhow and did not notify me. If I had not checked it out I might have paid the bill without getting the merchandise.

I am going to bed at 9:30. I tried to stay up to watch Frontline on PBS about the scandal over assisted living homes for us elderly but it was way too depressing.

Monday, September 23, 2013

A Quiet Monday

This will be a quiet day. The busy weekend is over. I will attend the exercise class this morning and then come home to fix dinner. We are having swiss steak, boiled potatoes, veggies, and Bob's salad. Then I have just a little of the Apple Brown Betty left after the Living the Questions group last night. So we will have that for dessert. We had a huge group for my little apartment last night. A couple of extras came and the living room was packed. Still we had a great time and even took a photo while everyone was here. Howard and Judy leave today for Arkansas. They have a condo there and they want to spend the last week of their vacation there.

This is our group. We watched a DVD video and then we discussed what we had watched. Then we had dessert.

This evening I will bake a couple of cakes for the Christian church's dinner tomorrow evening. I will be taking the six from Coffeyville up in the morning.

One of the women last night asked me for the recipe for the Apple Brown Betty. I love this dessert so I will put it here.

4 cups of cored, sliced and pared apples. (I leave the peeling but wash the apples real well first)

1/4 c. orange juice (I used lemon juice because I didn't have orange juice)


1 c. sugar

3/4 c. flour

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/4 t. nutmeg

Dash of salt

1/2 c.butter or margarine

Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mound the apples in a buttered 9X9 baking dish or deep dish pie plate. Sprinkle with the juice. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly, and place it over the apples. Bake for 45 minutes until apples are done and topping is crisp and brown. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Yields 6 - 8 servings.

It's really good!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Busy Sunday

This morning we will go to church...a little early to be sure the place is clean. Since Cyndi moved to Claremore, we have had no one to clean the church. I really miss that. Bob and I have given it a lick and a promise this month but it really needs a good thorough cleaning. I may try to get that done before we leave for Branson this Thursday.

After church, as usual, some of us will eat out together. Then I will come home and get the letters ready to go out. After that, I will fix apple brown betty for tonight's Living the Questions group. I will need to walk over to Brahms and buy some vanilla ice cream to serve with it. It will be wall to wall busy today.

I had a kind of disconcerting event this morning. After I woke up I blew my nose to clear it and bright red blood came out. This is what preceded the erysipelas earlier this year. The nose bleeds began before the Peace Colloquy Leslie and I attended in October and continued regularly until February. Then in February I woke up one Sunday morning with my face and eyes all swelled up. It took me from February 8th until the third week in April to get the erysipelas cleared up. First it had to be correctly diagnosed. The emergency room doctor called it cellulitis. My family doctor thought I had the common cold. I had to go to Bartlesville to a dermatologist before someone correctly diagnosed it and got me on a strong enough antibiotic used enough times per day to get it cleared up. Anyhow, I'm concerned that I have a nosebleed again.

Enough of that....