Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday and a trip to Bartlesville.

Scott wants to go to Bartlesville today so we will once more have breakfast out and then go to Bartlesville after that. I offered to cook him some eggs but he wants to eat at Eggberts. Bob will meet us at Eggberts this morning too.

I made some coffee in my Keurig coffeemaker awhile ago. I just had one cup since I will have regular coffee at Eggberts.

I slept well until 3:30 when I woke up with my legs cramping and my feet cramping too.  I stood on my feet at work for four hours yesterday.  They have me organizing he magazines in the storeroom. What a mess!  The have been remodeling the library all year long and that back room is a disaster area. They must have saved everything for years. I am to bundle and throw away anything past the past year except for seven different magazines which they are to keep for five years. Some are to be kept indefinitely..... like Kansas history magazines.  So I have reorganized those and all the rest  I will bundle to be recycled. I got all the newspapers done when I first started this job.

I will get some bananas in hopes of getting rid of the leg cramps.  I need to go to the market sometime today to get apples for my fruit salad for the church dinner tomorrow.  I have the rest of the ingredients.

Here is my new TV and stand:

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday At Last

At last it's Friday. I will have my work cut out for me today. I will plan to finish organizing that back room at the library.

Scott and I went to Haymaker's Furniture downtown and bought a really nice TV stand.  We went to the local Wal Mart store to get the TV and sure enough they didn't have any of the ones we were interested in buying in stock....just on display.  So he has taken my car (with a good sized back seat with separate doors and a nice sized truck) and gone back to Independence to get one of the two we looked at there yesterday. I hope he can manage to get it in the car without injuring his bad back. Harold will deliver my TV stand free of charge. He will be in the neighborhood here with a delivery at 11:30. Unfortunately, I could not get him to come off the price any at all. So Scott has spent more then he planned on the gift. But he has not complained.  I hope the Independence Wal Mart has the one he is interested in... in stock.  They generally do but this is the Christmas who knows?

Anyhow...I want to eat a bite before I go to work and he will eat when he gets hungry. We  ate a large breakfast at 8:00 this morning. I know I don't want to fill my stomach like I did last night..tonight. I will just have my yogurt or a smoothie. 

I slept fairly well last night although I woke up at 2:30 with a stomach...too much food at the steak house last night.  I took a Tums. Then later after I couldn't get back to sleep,  I took an allergy pill.  That Benadril put me to sleep after about 15 minutes.  I slept until nearly 6:00.

More later...

Scott got the TV installed but I will need a box to get high definition TV and the one I have (which is actually a DVR) won't fit in the space in the stand.  So Cox is bringing out another box on Monday.  When Scott installed my axillary speakers, for some reason the transmitter stopped working. I miss those because I have a hearing loss in my right ear and they really helped me hear the TV.  When the Cox man comes on Monday, I will ask him to look into that.

The TV is a 47 inch Emerson. It is like having a home theater in my living room. We watched movies on it since I have no TV reception without the box.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thursday and My Son

Scott came in last night about 10:00. He had driven straight in from Phoenix. That's 16 hours! Wow! Anyhow, I managed to stay up to get him in and visit awhile before he simply had to go to bed. And he slept through the night! That's good. He seldom sleeps more then 5 hours a night.

We got up this morning and later went to breakfast at Eggberts. After that, at 9:30,   I had that classmate meeting. Eight classmates showed up. A couple just couldn't make it. Phyllis pushed for Memorial weekend next May but I said I could not come that weekend because my son and his wife from Phoenix would be here.  So Phyllis suggested we move it up a week till the 16th and 17th. So that's what we're planning to do. I will do as little as I can get by with.  Larry has volunteered to check out Lanning's Restaurant for dinner that Saturday night. I will put mention of the basic plan in the Christmas newsletter and we'll see how much interest there is in it.  It's to be an " 80th Birthday Bash" and will be a simple meeting to renew friendships in the afternoon on Saturday and dinner that night with breakfast at Sirloin Stockade the next morning.  I personally am not interested but I will do what I can to bring it together but this is absolutely the last one!

Later Scott and I went to Independence and he bought a table to put together to set the TV on. We brought the box home in his trunk. I had to go on to work and he stayed to try to put it together. That was a disaster! He ended up throwing it away since following the instructions was impossible for him. It was very involved. Tomorrow, he wants to get the flat screen TV but I don't know what I will do with my present TV, which is too heavy to move easily.   

Anyhow I had kind of a harrowing afternoon at work myself.  I won't go into it now. It's just that I'm to organize that horrible back room at the library. That will be a job I will try to get finished tomorrow afternoon.

We met John and Leslie for dinner tonight at Tavern on the Plaza. It was very good and Scott bought .

Then we came home and crashed. I worked on this blog until 9:00. when I went to bed.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday Again and Exercise

I slept very well last night. I have to admit I ate a large bowl of ice cream before bedtime. That may have helped. Also I did no shelf reading which entails climbing up and down a ladder. That evidently aggravates my right leg.

Today I will probably finish trimming those laminated recipe cards and punch the holes in the corners so Katie can insert the ribbons.  Then I will finish looking up those donated books. 

Tomorrow I will change my bed and wash my bedding just in case Scott does come in late and he wants to stay with me. I got Katie to give me Monday off so I can go with him to the airport to pick up Ginger.  I will work the following Thursday evening for our open house for the public. I am to  make sure the refreshments are kept up. I will work until 7:00 that evening.

I need to sign my time sheet today too. I should be paid tomorrow. Maybe I will go ahead and make an extra car payment after all.

More later....

My Phoenix son, Keith, called me early this morning to warn me that my younger son, Scott, may  be on his way.  I called Scott and sure enough, he was on his way. He will be in here about 10:30 tonight after driving for 16 hours.  I called Keith back to tell him and then called Leslie to tell her.  Scott will stay with me tonight and maybe until Monday.  Ginger will be with him then and they will stay out at John and Leslie's.  I called Scott about 7:00 and he is in Oklahoma City so he is making good time but if he gets sleepy, he will stop and get a motel. I will stay up as long as I can tonight.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Another Busy Tuesday

This has been a busy morning already. I got up at 4:45 and fed Missy and myself some breakfast. I had oatmeal and a cup of coffee.  Then I made up my bed as well as myself and then remembered I am going to have to take the trash bins out to the curb.  This is Tuesday. Bob used to help me with that when he lived in the fourplex. Now it is my responsibility. Marilyn is too sickly and so is Jeannie. Jeannie has a heart problem and Marilyn has been/still is fighting cancer.

Then I decided to make up the bed in the den. The trundle had not been used since the first time Missy bit me. I had washed the bedding and just not put it back on the bed. I had to move the old laptop that I use for Quicken and to store photos and put the nightstand under the window. Scott will be here Friday and if he decides to stay with me, I will sleep on the trundle and give him my bed.  I will wash and dry my bedding Thursday morning. He has a hard time sleeping. After Ginger comes on Monday, they choose to stay out at John and Leslie's where there's a lot more room.

I have fixed myself another  cup of coffee and am eating a slice of the banana nut bread I bought at the craft show Saturday...the one at the Episcopal church.  I emptied the dishwasher and put away the dessert dishes I brought home from the church. They were my mom's and still had her name on the boxes. I will get some good out of them.

I also put the second leaf in the dining room table and I can seat six for Christmas. I will have John and Leslie (Leslie will be on call) and Bob and Dee and Denise...Bob's granddaughter and daughter and, of course, myself. I will fix ham, mashed potatoes, veggies and salad. I will need to bake a couple of pies....pumpkin and pecan. We had turkey for Thanksgiving.

Yesterday, I was very tired when I got home from work.  And the colored jeans I wore were dusty. I don't know how often the custodian runs the sweeper but I am getting pretty dirty as well as exhausted from climbing up and down to shelf read. I will wait until I have four or five pair and then run a load in the washer.

More later...

Today at work was better.  I started out looking up books that were donated to the library. If we already had them on the shelf, if the donated one was in better condition, we kept it and threw out the old one. After awhile, Katie came and asked me to cut out more recipes for the little recipe books she ran out of at the soup supper. I have mad eup a few dozen of them now. I cut them out and laminated them. Tomorrow I will trim them again and put a hole in one corner for a ribbon to hold them together.

After I finished the laminating, I put away DVDs until time to leave for home.  I received Scott's birthday card back from Hawaii.   His birthday was the 29th of November. Why it took so long to reach his apartment, is beyond me.  I didn't have to shelf read today so I came home cleaner and fresher....not so tired.

I did get next Monday off to go with Scott to pick up Ginger at the Tulsa airport. I will work the next Thursday evening to make up some of my lost hours.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Again

What a morning..... and it's only 8:30. I got up at 4:30 and made up and dressed and then I came in the kitchen and fed Missy and myself. Then I began to put things away from last night's meeting here. I organized my storage closet and as soon as I got that done, I wrote my Christmas newsletter and printed it off and wrote a Christmas card for a friend. I also baked the cake for the First Christian Church dinner tomorrow.  It's cooling now and I will ice it after I get lunch going after I get home from exercises. I will be taking the local cakes to Independence tomorrow when I go there to get my hair done.

I also did a survey online for Consumer Reports.  I have subscribed with them for years. Then I shredded an onion for our hamburger pie. I will start that about 10:45 and get it in the over for lunch at 11:30.

Sometime this week I will have to shop to get some toys for the children we have adopted at church and wrap their gifts.  We are also having a church dinner this next Sunday. I will have to make a casserole dish of some kind for that....maybe tuna noodle casserole and a fruit salad and dessert.

Now I will go to exercise class when Bob comes.   Here he is....

More later...

I got the cake iced.

Bob and I had a discussion and agreed that since I've been working and come home exhausted, he should discontinue his visits in the evenings so I can take my bath and relax and read. There's absolutely nothing worth watching on TV except the news and PBS and there's not a lot on that anymore. I have several books to be read. Bill gave me two for my birthday and I have never finished the Erhman textbook I started.

More still later.

Our lunch turned out very good. I called Bobby and he came by and took a portion of it. Bob and I will eat the rest on Wednesday. I get my hair colored and cut tomorrow and I will stop at Big Cheese afterward and pick up a small pizza for our lunch tomorrow.

I had to quiet the kids down at the library again today. I thought I might get in trouble with the  librarians for doing that but Adrian thanked me warmly and "appointed" me to be their "quiet marshall".
The kids congregate at the library but not to read or study...just for a place to hang out. They drink the library's coffee without paying the .50 they charge. They just help themselves.

I have not been able to reach my son. I tried to open his calendar which he sent over the weekend and both my computers saved the calendar but they were schedule. So I don't know when to expect him.  I want to ask Katie tomorrow to let me off on Monday so I can go with Scott to pick up Ginger at the Tulsa airport. Katie wasn't there today. I will have to sign my time sheet  Wednesday so I hope she will be there.

Tonight I will just have a cup of Chi and take my bath and read.  Bob called earlier to check on my day.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Busy, Busy Saturday and Now Sunday

It seems like I have been continually tired since I went back to work...even part time. I come home from work completely wiped out. I never want to go anywhere in the evenings anymore.

Yesterday was a huge day but it was fun! I went to breakfast with Bob first and then on to Leslie's to pick her up for the Christmas arts and crafts shows. We went to the one at the museum first. It was a little disappointing. Then we went by the Episcopal Church  and they had one there too so we stopped again. This time they had a huge Christmas cookie sale too and the cookies were $3.00 a dozen. I knew I had the Living the Questions group this evening so I bought an assorted dozen and a loaf of banana nut bread. I will slice that and put the cookies on my Christmas plate and make up hot cider with mulling spices. Those that don't want the cider can have an assortment of coffees and hot chocolates with my Keurig coffeemaker. I won't have to bake! That's a blessing!

Then we went on to the Methodist Church where they had another one. We looked around but didn't buy anything. We went on to the Magnolia shop where I buy tea for Marlene. We looked around there too but didn't buy anything. On to another Christmas store across the street but didn't buy anything  ..things there were very expensive so we only looked.  Finally we went by the Ace Hardware store where they have a huge gift department. We only looked there too.

After I took Leslie home, I drove down to Bartlesville to meet Myra for lunch and shopping. It had been awhile and we had a lot of catching up to do. We ate at Garfield's.  Then we walked around the mall looking for a pair of green earrings for Myra. Green must be out this year because we couldn't fine any that would match her new shirt. But I did finish my Christmas shopping.  Finally I came on home and wrapped the gifts I had bought for John and the great grand girls. I was exhausted by then. Bob came over for wine and visited for awhile but he left about 7:00.

I took my bath and Missy and I sat in the recliner and watched PBS until 9:00 when we went to bed.

Today we will go to church and out to dinner afterward with a group of others. I will come home and do the congregational letters and get things ready for tonight's group meeting here at 7:00.

Big day!