Saturday, August 2, 2014

Last Extra Day Saturday

This is my last extra day. Next week I resume my regular work schedule. Thank goodness! I really do not like working 6 1/2 hours.  I come home exhausted and then have dinner to fix.  I have been trying to fix dinner ahead for that reason.

Tomorrow we will go to church and afterward eat out somewhere.  I will need to do my letters  and send out a birthday card to one of our members who lives a far piece away. The family seldom   attends because it is a long drive to our church.  But we don't want them to think we have forgotten them. I send out birthday cards to all who are on the rolls whether they attend or not.

I will soak beans tomorrow night. We will have cornbread and beans on Monday. I will probably fix some pudding for dessert.  Monday is one of my 6 1/2 hour days.

I am satisfied with my new job although my new supervisor is rather "bossy".  Maybe after I get the routine down pat she will relax some.

I have made my lunch and put it in the frig. I hope I don't forget it.  It was 2:00 before I got to eat yesterday. We were fairly busy. 

More later...

When I got home from work, I was exhausted.  Bob met me at the door and suggested we go to Sirloin Stockade to eat. He wanted to buy my dinner since I had cooked all week.  We will have our casserole on Monday.  We had a good dinner out tonight. 

He stayed awhile but after the news and there was nothing more to watch on TV, he went home and I took my bath and tried my best to stay awake.  It wasn't easy. I was so tired.  We had dozens of visitors.

Here are some photos of the museum.

This is the front of the museum. 
This is the east side front.
These are some of the ordinary guns displayed there.

This is just inside the museum.  This shows the first "inside" bath tub in Coffeyville and an old type cash register. There are some posters on the wall of guests of the Interstate Fair and Rodeo held in August each year.

This an old homemade cradle  in the east room of the museum.

These are some visitors looking in some of the museum cases. Behind the counter is the curator, 
 This is a part of the gift shop in the museum. 
This is a display in the east room of the museum. On the right side there is a display of the bricks made at one of the old Coffeyville brick plants.

This is a scene found in the foyer of the museum. It is a display showing the Eldridge House, a hotel in early Coffeyville. Manikins displayed show a coffin and a widow and child standing near it. Four citizens were killed defending the town and the banks from the Daltons. The museum is dedicated to them. Four of the Dalton gang were also killed. One survived the raid.
This is also the scene just inside the museum. It shows a story about Chief Black Dog, a seven foot tall Native American Chief who weighed 300 pounds. His tribe were the earliest settlers of the area.

This is all the photos for this day's blog. I may include others about the raid and the Daltons at a later date.

Friday, August 1, 2014

A Working Friday

I worked today 9:45 until 4:15 then I came home and put the casserole in the oven. We had orange jello for a salad, chopped broccoli  and Bob's homemade ice cream for dessert. It worked out. 

Tomorrow I work the same hours as the past two days and then next week I go on regular hours. Monday and Thursday 9:45 until 4:15 and Tuesday and Wednesday 9:45 until 1:15. I look forward to that.

The TV is working fine now. I won't have to buy a TV yet.  I will just use the cable box to receive the signal.

Tomorrow we will go to breakfast at Eggberts.  Then at 9:45 I will go to work at the museum until 4:15. And tomorrow I will try to get an opportunity to take some photos of the museum.

The apartment owners mowed this evening. They only have our lawns mowed once every two weeks.  It looked terrible last Monday. So we had mowed the front and east side on Monday. We had just mowed the back yard on Tuesday.  They had mowed a week ago last Sunday so they mowed two days earlier this time.

Tomorrow evening we will eat the remaining ham and potato casserole.

That's all for today. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Another Thursday and Another Day of Make Up Work

This will be another 6 1/2 hour workday. I will also work tomorrow although ordinarily I will not work on Fridays. I will also have to work Saturday this week. I am attempting to make up the time I lost waiting for the college to call or the Safe House to call.  And I am going in fifteen minutes earlier and staying fifteen minutes later. I will continue doing that even after this pay period's time is made up. I will need the extra time to make 40 hours per pay period.

Also, hopefully, the Cox man will come back again today and install a new cable box. If this one doesn't work right, I will have to buy a new TV.  Bob will let him into my apartment since I will be at work.

I have my lunch fixed already. I will need to go over to Braum's and buy bread before I leave. I am using the last of the bread Bob gave me yesterday.  I bought shaved ham at the market yesterday and am using that for my sandwich. Bob gave me some sliced cheese. And I took an apple too.  

More later....after I get home from work.

We were very busy at the museum today. There were people from New Mexico, Dallas Texas, California,  and Colorado. We also had some from Oklahoma.  I came home very tired. 

Well, I didn't get my bread but Bob gave me another two slices  so I will make another ham and cheese sandwich for tomorrow and take some applesauce. I still need to get bread at Braums and litter for Missy.

I will fix a ham and potato casserole for tomorrow evening after work. Bob bought the ham pieces and enough for our Monday dinner too.  Saturday evening we will finish up our casserole.
Then Sunday evening I will soak beans and on Monday evening we will have ham and beans and Jalapeno cornbread.

This afternoon the Cox tech came for the fourth time this week. He was the senior tech. He said that box they left me was a piece of junk.  He brought in a very good box and I have pictures on all the channels I have contracted for. Now we'll see if I still have a picture tomorrow.  If not, I will have to buy a new TV.

We ate the rest of our hamburger pie tonight and had Bob's jello salad and his banana homemade ice cream for dessert.

We sat out on the carport after dinner and watched two red foxes over across the street near the woods.  Finally I convinced Missy to come in so I could take my bath and get my PJs on.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

First Day of Work Wednesday

This was my first day of work. Aime came and interviewed us and set me up for work in the museum.

It was interesting but there is a lot to learn about the routine of opening and closing. They have a security system and I only have a minute to get the door opened, turn on five light switches and get to the security system and get it turned off.  I also have to learn the routine of getting the safe open,  the cases opened and all the guns in their places in the cases. I also have to get the money in the  cash register.  There is also a lot to learn about the history of the robbery gone bad. I have a book to read to help me learn that history. The name of the museum is Dalton Defenders Museum. It is dedicated to the four defenders who were killed defending the town from the gang and protecting the two banks from them in 1892.

Wendy and I decided I will work 6 hours a day until I make up the  2 1/2  days I have lost in this pay period. So I will work 6 hours tomorrow as I had planned but I will work this Friday and Saturday 6 hours too. I naturally work 6 hours on Monday and then on Tuesday and Wednesday next week I will only work 3 hours. The Wednesday the 6th is the end of this pay period.

This morning I had my full TV and I thought the problem might be fixed.  But when I came home I had six channels that would not come on.  I called Cox again and they are bringing me another box in hopes that a different one will work. If it doesn't, I will have a buy another TV. If that happens, I will go back to the TV Starter package. Bob is going to let the tech in tomorrow to try another box.

Bob came over after I got home and got dinner warmed up. We ate the other half of the Mexican chicken casserole. We had cottage cheese with applesauce with it and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Tomorrow evening we will eat the other half of the hamburger pie and have a salad with it.

Tonight Bob went home at 7:00 and I took my bath and put my PJs on and worked on this blog.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Aggravating Tuesday

This is going to be  a difficult day. I can tell. Already I've had my share of problems. I tried to program my DVD player with the new remote and I got it programed just fine but in order for it to show up on the TV screen, I have to be able to access Video 1 and the TV is set on Video 2. Using the new remote for the cable box, I do not know how to access Video 1. So, although the DVD player comes on and runs just fine, it doesn't come through on the TV. I will have to call Cox again this morning to figure that out.  They don't open until 8:00.

But that's not the worst of it. Now I have been blocked out of my own online bank account. Last night I discovered that the bank has not put my new account number in the "bill pay" area of the online account. They still had the old account number in there and that account is closed. I rushed over to the bank when I discovered that but the assistant to the vice president I have dealt with on this mess had already left.  This morning I used my usual access code and password but it no longer works in the online banking.  I don't have time to deal with this. I have to leave at 9:30 for Independence for my hair appointment. The bank doesn't open until 9:00.  I may have to deal with it when I get back home.

Trouble, trouble, trouble.  More blog later....

Well the solutions to my latest two "problems" was easier then I thought.  I called Cox and they immediately walked me through the one step I wasn't aware of (getting into Video 1) and the DVD came right up.  Then she told me how to get back to "TV" from there.

Then Aime called and she suggested I start at the Dalton Defenders Museum tomorrow. She said if anything else opened up, I could always be transferred.

Then Teresa from the bank  called and gave me a number at the downtown office to talk to Tammy to straighten out my bank account. They still haven't got "bill pay" fixed with the correct account number but they say they will by this afternoon. I am able to access my online banking now  Perhaps I can schedule that electric bill to be paid on the 14th by then. And Tammy said she could intercept Scott's incoming allotment and get it into the new account.  That's a blessing. I hope it works out.

Anyhow, on to the hair appointment next.

I got my hair done and got back in time to fix lunch. I start tomorrow at the museum  and it will be an interesting experience.  Aime will meet me up there and have me fill out some more forms.

When I got home I went to the bank to get some money withdrawn for my next week.  I still don't have my debit card so I have to do everything with cash. I did learn one thing though. They charged me $10.00 for my new debit card.  Then I learned they had mistakenly ordered one for Leslie too.  I will still get that one and will offer it to her.If she doesn't want it, I can have it shredded.  They took the additional $5.00 charge off my account. It should be a full 10 days until I get the new card.

Tom Swanson, the bank's vice president, says I should talk to social security again and ask for a new social security number.  I hesitate to that because of the incompetence in today business world and government.  What if they don't get my social security from Bob and myself to me because of the new number.  That would be another huge mess.

This evening I started to watch the CBS news and the TV was off. It couldn't receive Tulsa stations. There were 7 altogether  that would not receive. I called Cox and they walked me through rebooting the cable box a half dozen times. It would come on temporarily but then drop the stations.  We decided it was the new cable box. About the time we decided that, it came on again.  I walked over to tell Bob I had it back on and when I came home, it was off again.  So I called Cox again and they tried rebooting the box again. It would not come back on. Finally I went through the entire range of channels and found 11 that were off. I got another cable appointment and then after I hung up all but four were back. It will be interesting to see what I have in the morning.  I go to work tomorrow at 10:00 following the exercise class so I have an appointment herewith the cable guy between 3:00 and 5:00. We'll see what I have tomorrow.

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Crowded Monday

This will be another busy day. I must call Cox back and order the bundled package if I want any TV again. Then I must make a decision about going back to work. I hope I hear from Safe House today.  I probably will take the opening at the Dalton Defenders Museum. I sure don't like the hours. It ruins the morning for getting anything done at home and the afternoon as well.  I wish it was either mornings or afternoons but not a part of both.

We had a nice group last night. Becky and Keith and Joyce didn't come but the others all came....including Marilyn, who just lost her husband this month.  We will have the next meeting on the 10th of August at her house.

The other Richard came last night for the first time in months. So Richard and Mona and their 14 year old son, Rami, were here and Bob and me, Marilyn,  and just Bobby (Karan is down at St. George Island visiting Gretchen). I think there were eight in all. That's not bad for my small apartment.  We watched one segment of the video  "Painting the Stars" and had a discussion. Then I served my Blueberry dump cake and it went over well.

I got to bed about 9:30.

I have invited Bobby to come to lunch with Bob and me today. He said he would come. I am considering asking Marilyn again. I asked her once and she couldn't come then. Her son, David, was in town to take her to lunch that day. But she asked me to ask her again.  I may ask her if she is at exercise class today.

I stripped my bed today and am doing that laundry. I need to wash Missy's white afghan but don't have anything to put in with it but the towels. I guess I will do that though.

More later....

I learned today that I do not get the “deal” I was told about last week with my TV package.  Josh brought me a box and installed it today. I have the Economy package along with my Starter package  but I do have a lot of extra channels just no movie channel That deal was for “new” customers.  I am an old customer.

But with the box, I do have TV again now….and music too. My new bill, with the internet which is $29.99, will be $74.75 instead of $58.88. But that is still cheaper then buying a new TV.

Now I have Marilyn and Bobby as well as Bob coming for lunch. I had better get that casserole dish in the oven. 

The dinner turned out well. After lunch Bob and I mowed the yard. It looks real nice now. At least the front and my side (back) yard do. We still have his large back yard to do but I get my hair done in the morning so I do not want to mow after that. We also tried to program his new remote.  Finally we called in Josh to do it.

Tonight he came over and we watched the news and one episode of Big Bang Theory. Then he went home and I took my bath and put my clean PJs on and am catching up this blog.

I was going to schedule my electric bill to be paid this afternoon but I just happened to notice  they still had my old bank account number on the bill pay. So I have another something to follow up on tomorrow. What a mess!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Another Busy Sunday

I will be very busy today, that's for sure.  I preside at church and we have guest ministers today. Robert and Kathy are coming from Fort Scott. Robert will preach and Kathy will sing for our special music. When we get to church, as usual, I will need to be sure the church is clean. Then  I need to run the bulletins off before Church School.  We are finishing up the current Church School study this week.  Next week we will begin the new material.

After church we will all eat out at Maria's, a pretty good Mexican restaurant in Independence.

Then when I get home I will do my letters and bake my dessert for tonight. I am having the group. Karan has gone to Gretchen's for a week so I will need to remember to remind Bobby.  Without Karan, he will probably not be at our church today. He is a Methodist and attends his own church before he comes to ours with Karan. Karan attends with him and misses Church School at ours. While the dessert is baking I will need to spruce up the house a bit.

Yesterday I checked to be sure the DVD player would still work without receiving TV. It does. It is hooked up to a different input port and I use Video 1 for it.   The box Cox is bringing me will receive through Video 2 to bring me TV.

The only other problem I have is that the Cox tech put a filter on the modem and now I am unable to print remotely from the new laptop. I assume that is what happened anyhow since that’s the only change in the system. He said something about improving the quality of my modem. If it isn't one thing it's another. I checked the printer installation and the printer Keith installed isn't listed so I have no idea how to re-install the remote printer. I will just send anything I want printed to one of the other two computers and print from there. Whew! It's always something.

It should be  a very busy day all right.