Saturday, April 2, 2016

Saturday and Conference Delegate Meeting

Leslie and I will go to Joplin today. They are having a meeting of World Conference delegates and both of us are delegates. I preregistered while I had the money some time ago. Thank goodness! This month I had to transfer money from my savings to make it through the month until the 13th. That's when my social security comes in this month. I have increased my tithing at church and I can really tell it.

I got up shortly before 5:00 this morning. Leslie will be by about 7:00 to pick me up. The meeting begins at 9:00 and it's 72 miles away. I have forgotten how to find the church there. I will have to google it.

Missy will not be a happy kitty to be left alone all day.  She loves to go outside now that spring has arrived. I try to let her out as often as I can work out the time. She is lying here at my feet right now...patiently waiting for me to let her out.  It's still dark so she may not get to go out until I get home.

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Well the conference turned out well attended. On the way back home Karan called me to tell me that Bob Maritt, her husband had died. He died at 11:45 this morning of that brain tumor. The funeral will be sometime this week. Karan meets with the funeral home tomorrow. Leslie and I stopped there as soon as we got home. I notified my boys and also texted Bob A.

I will eat some yogurt and perhaps a cookie with my Chai Latte.

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Bob came over and stayed until 8:00. I had been gone all day and Missy really missed me. She wanted to go outside and there was no one here to take her out. Maybe I can do that in the morning...poor cat. As soon as Bob left, I took my bath and will soon go to bed.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Friday and Exercises

I slept well last night. I got up about 4:45 this morning. I have had my breakfast and Missy has had hers.

I will get around and go to exercise class this morning and afterward will cook lunch. We will have the chicken tenders with mashed potatoes and gravy, a veggie and a salad. I will make pudding for dessert.

Missy is wanting to go outside but it's still dark out there and I never take her out in the dark. That's when that attack took place several years ago. A stray tom cat attacked her and if you remember, she spent ten days in the vet's hospital and I had to give her injections of antibiotics twice a day for ten days after that. I thought I might lose her.  So, I'm careful.

Leslie and I will go to Joplin tomorrow to a meeting for delegates for our church's World Conference in June. She and I are both delegates. Bob will be on his own for lunch. I imagine Leslie and I will leave pretty early....maybe as early as 7:30.  Our meeting is at 9:00 and Joplin is an hour and a half away.

I need to be back fairly early this afternoon because Keith will be calling to help me get the printer working with the two computers that are attached to it. 

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Dinner was good.  And we even stopped at Utopia and had coffee and cinnamon rolls.  Bob just left at 1:30. He stayed and checked his bank account and what do you know....his social security was in his account. So he paid his bills.

I'll have to buy another mixer. I had the wrong blades in the old one and it wouldn't lock them in and instead tore them up. Then those were the ones that went in the newer mixer and now I have no blades for the newer one.

I finally let Missy outside and guess what she did? She found a tiny little baby mouse and caught it. She carried it around in her mouth for awhile and finally after she played with it for awhile and frightened it nearly to death, I got the broom and made her let it go.  She was not a happy kitty and spent some time trying to find it again. As long as it stays outside, I will let it live. She looked and looked for it again but could not find it.

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Keith called and he worked on getting the printer to work with both computers.  It was just as simple as turning the printer on and then off. I pulled the plug then plugged it back in and it worked...with both computers.  I should have thought of that but it seemed too simple. Sometimes the simple answer is the correct answer. It took him all of 2 minutes to do that. I was glad I didn't take any more of his family time.

Bob came over to read the paper and watch the news but went home about 7:00. I took my bath and watched PBS until 9:00 when I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thursday and a New Restaurant

I slept well last night and got up close to 5:00 and did my usual things.

I need to go to Country Mart this morning to get  my Fleischmann's oleo. It's made from Olive oil so is healthier then regular oleo. I saw it at Walmart's last week, when I didn't need it.  I went back yesterday and they didn't have it again.  I also need to go to Brahms and get milk and half and half. They are only a block away  so that's no problem.

We are going to try out the new restaurant today at noon. It's called Italian Toscano. One of the people at exercise class tried it over the weekend and said it was very good. We will see. I want to try their Eggplant Parmesan.

Tomorrow we will have our chicken tenders for lunch with mashed potatoes, gravy, salad and a veggie....probably green beans.  I will make pudding for dessert.

Yesterday I tried to print off some worship helps from the church and couldn't get the laptop to print from the living room. I went in the den and deleted the document and was just going to print it from the den desktop computer. That wouldn't print either. had worked fine the day before and worked from both computers. I wonder how much of it  is Windows 10. I have learned from my experience with Bob's computer that it can be difficult. Keith said he would help me work it out this evening.

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The meal was o.k. but nothing I would write home about. Maybe it will be better after they've had  some time to work out the kinks.

I spent the afternoon reading. Then I watched "Camelot" (the movie). It's one of my favorites from the past. Bob came in toward the end. He watched the rest of it and went home at 6:30.  There was nothing on TV worth watching. So I worked on this blog.

Then I waited to hear from Keith about the computers and printer.

I heard from him while he was in the doctor's office getting his phlebotomy and I figured he had had a horrendous day so I suggested tomorrow evening instead. He has hemochromatosis....too much iron in the blood.

About 9:30, Missy and I went to bed.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday and Exercise Day

Even though I went to bed so early, I slept very well last night.  I got up at 5:00 this morning which is my usual time to rise. I have made my bed, dressed and made up my face, fed Missy and myself, and made a pot of chili for lunch.  I have it on "warm" now in my slow cooker. We will have Freetos and crackers with it and our rare can of coke.  We do not drink much soda. It is so unhealthy. It's loaded with high fructose corn syrup here in the US.  It is not used in either Canada or Mexico because it is so unhealthy. High fructose corn syrup cannot be processed by the body and it pours all that sweet corn syrup directly into the blood stream. No wonder we are so obese here in the US and we also have runaway diabetes.

I will take some of the chili to Karan. Bobby is still alive well past his 90 days. He was diagnosed November 7th. He has to eat baby food now. He cannot get anything heavier down and chokes.  Karan has done a wonderful job taking care of him. I also told Marilyn R, my neighbor here in the fourplex, that I would bring her some chili too.  She is such a good neighbor.

I will go to exercise class this morning. I missed on Monday because that is my cleaning day. I also plan to go on Friday. I don't know if there are any Bingo games this afternoon. I will ask Marilyn R. She will know.

Missy wants to go outside so badly. We went out all afternoon yesterday as I cleaned out my east side flower bed again. She just loves being outside. Over on Catalina, where we used to live, she had the run of the neighborhood.  Of course, she was a lot younger then too.  About 5:00 in the evening I would go out and call "here, Missy Kitty, here Missy Kitty!" And she would come running from two blocks away. I could see that little spotted blur running just as fast as her little feet could carry her and she would come right in. Unfortunately she can't do that here. There are stray cats in this neighborhood and they are aggressive.

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I went to exercise class this morning and afterward took Marilyn R. and Karan both some chili. Then Bob came for lunch and we ate it too and we had the last of the Butter Brickle ice cream for dessert. I sent the last bowl of chili home with him.  He can have it for supper.

His frig is icing up and making a mess on the floor. His landlady is going to have to do something about that.  This is the second time since he's lived there that has happened.

It appears Missy is going to take a nap. She went outside briefly after lunch but it thundered and that scared her back into the apartment.

I want him to find his wire brush and I want to clean up my bird bath and put another coat of spray paint on it. Darn thing! I bought it a couple of years ago and paid too much for it since it was cute and just the right size for my patio. It immediately rusted.  So I scraped it and put a couple of coats of brown spray paint on it. That didn't last. It's needing it again. I told the hardware store about it and they took them out of their stock.

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Well, we got as heck of a storm this evening. Bob was over here doing a couple of small loads of laundry and it began thundering. We rushed out just in time to move his car into Katie's carport. Katie doesn't have a car right now.  Just as soon as her boyfriend left for basic training, the car quit. So she has been dependent on family and friends for rides. It hailed golf ball sized hail for about ten minutes.  Luckily, his car was under shelter.

He came back and finished his laundry and left about 8:00. I then took my bath and Missy and I sat and watched Nova until 9:00 when we went to bed.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tuesday and Hair Appointment Day

I always look forward to Tuesdays for two reasons. First, this week I get my hair cut and done and then afterward Bob and I eat at Big Cheese.

I slept well last night. I had fallen asleep in the recliner and went to bed at 8:30. It had been a huge day. I slept until 4:00 but didn't actually get up until 4:45.

I have dressed and did my makeup and fed Missy and ate my own breakfast. I like to get everything done early so I can sit here and relax and work on my blog and drink my Chia Latte.

Missy is pouting. She wanted to go back outside but it's still dark out there so I had to tell her "no". She hates to hear "no" and ran up the hall to climb up on my daybed and pout.

I got so much done yesterday that raking the east yard is my only other project for today. I could dust the apartment too. The got the bare floors done and the vacuuming finished yesterday. I even got a lot of reading done on my Kindle in the afternoon.  I also took it to the doctor's office and it's a good thing I did since I ended up waiting so much.

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I got my hair cut and done and feel much better about it.  Bob visited his sister and after I picked him up we ate at Big Cheese! Always great pizza!

Now I will go out to Walmart and buy the few groceries I need.

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Well, I got my groceries and stopped by El Pueblo to buy a gift certificate for my grandson for his birthday.  He likes to eat there.

Marilyn R. came over to visit awhile and later while I was outside with Missy, Bob came to read the paper and  later watched the news with me. He went home at 7:00 and I watched PBS until I could no longer keep my eyes open.

Missy and I went to bed at 8:15.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday and Apartment Cleaning

I had a rough night. Around midnight I got up to go to the bathroom and Missy followed me in there. When I started to go back to bed, Missy reached out and scratched me on the foot. I ran her into the living room and scolded and swatted her. Then I went back to bed. Later, after a decent interval, she came on back to bed. When I had dressed this morning and come into the kitchen, I realized that not only was her food bowl completely empty but she had no water.  That may have been her bid for attention last night. I filled both bowls and she seems tranquil now. Poor kitty. She can't tell me what she needs so she gets my attention the best way she can.

I don't think I'm going to exercises this morning. I have quite a bit to do. Besides cleaning the apartment, I need to go to the bank and get my password reset. I must have put an old password in when I was setting up the new computer on Saturday. Now I am locked out. I will need to find out what I need to do to get it accessible again. Then I have a package to mail off at the post office. I am returning a table cloth I had ordered. I thought I had ordered a brown one and I received a taupe one. I already had taupe. So I got permission to return it and I am hoping they will send me the correct one. Then this afternoon, I have a 3:00 doctor's appointment. I was supposed to follow up with my family doctor after I finished my antibiotic last week. I couldn't get an appointment last week and 3:00 this afternoon is as soon as I could get in.

I think we will have tuna cakes and fried potatoes with a salad and a veggie for lunch. I still have cupcakes for dessert. Tomorrow I will have my hair cut and done. Bob will go along and visit his sister, Betty. Afterward, we will have a mini pizza at Big Cheese.

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I got the mess at the bank cleared up and am now back online there.  I mailed off my package and stopped by Genesis to take them some plastic bags. They distribute food to low income folks. They can always use plastic bags and I don't want to throw them away when they can be re-used.

I also got the apartment cleaned and the table set for lunch.

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Lunch went fine. Afterward I took Missy out in the sunshine and she had a great time eating grass and lying in the grass. That cat loves being outside.

I got to my doctor's appointment fifteen minutes early but had to wait 45 minutes to get into a room and then another 30 minutes in the room waiting for the doctor. That's why I usually get a 9:00 appointment.  They overbook. I know they overbook and so do they. I had to wait a week to get in to see him even at that.

All my tests came back great! I do have some deterioration in my lower spine but as I told him, I never have any pain there. Years ago, before Scott was even born, I was horsing around in the living room showing off for friends. Bob was sitting on an ottoman and I put my foot against his back to shove him off it. Well, instead,I fell over backward and hit my lower spine on the metal strip that held the carpet  down at the edge. I had excruciating pain! Later, I couldn't sleep in the bed and so I slept on the floor. In the morning Bob carried me into the back seat of the car and we went to the emergency room.  X-rays showed two cracked vertebra.  The doctor said I would be three months healing and would always have some back pain. I couldn't sit. If I sat, the cracks opened up and gave me really terrible pain.  So everywhere I went, I ended up either standing or lying down....even at church, I stood in the back of the sanctuary.  Well it wasn't three months healing. It was six weeks. And I've never had back pain. That's been over 55 years ago.

I also have diverticulosis and that tends to give me heartburn. I figured I had developed it when I began to have heartburn from time to time.  Tums seems to take care of it so it's not a problem to me.
About 50% of people my age have it.

Anyhow, I am through that and feel fine again. My philosophy is about 90% of the time, you're about as healthy as you want to be. And I am determined to be healthy. Attitude is about 90% of that.

When it warmed up, I raked leaves and bagged them up there in the center lawn of the fourplex.  If it's nice again Tuesday afternoon, I will do the east side of my apartment too.

Bob came over in the late afternoon to watch the news and stayed until 7:00 and when he went home, I took my bath and Missy and I watched some TV until I began to fall asleep in the recliner. Then we went to bed.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

A Very Busy Sunday

I slept pretty well last night even though I was upset over the printer not working when I needed it. Something happened in the configuration between the time Keith tested it and it worked and later when I tried to print. I tried using both computers....the desktop and the laptop. Neither of them will print at all. This afternoon when I try to do the newsletters, I will have to send the ones that go out in snail mail to the small computer that has its own printer and put the cartridges from the large newer printer into the older one that works. Then maybe Keith can work out a time to check out the problem.

This will be a very busy day. After church and we eat somewhere, I will come home and do the newsletters and then make my apple brown betty for dessert tonight. I am having the Living the Questions group tonight. I don't know how many will be able to come.  I'm sure of Gary, Bob, Marilyn and myself and perhaps Mona and Richard. I haven't heard from Joyce. Karan and Bobby can't come, of course.  Bobby is very bad. He is ready to die now. He says he is tired. Karan, of course, stays with him all the time. She has been so good to take care of him at home all these months. He made it until his 80th birthday. It was Friday. It's such a tragedy!

I need to go ice my coffeecake. I had that to do this morning too. I baked it early so I could read the newspaper. So..more later.

I got that done and I picked up Bob for church. Afterward, we went over to Just Us for lunch. I called ahead and Kay reserved a table for us. As usual, it was very good.

When I got home I worked on fixing that printer problem. I got the desktop able to print but it took Keith to fix it so I can print from the laptop.  

I cancelled the Living the Questions group. Only four of us were going to be able to come and I didn't want to fix that Apple Brown Betty for four. Marilyn was over to Winfield visiting her sister and was going to be late getting home and would have been very tired. Joyce was going to come but I didn't know that since she did not RSVP as I had asked everyone to do. Besides, Joyce had had company all weekend and was very tired too.

Bob came over halfway through the afternoon to read the paper and watch TV here. He left at 7:00 and I came in here to the den to finish this blog. It's 7:30 now and I have had my bath. I will go to bed at 9:00.