Saturday, June 18, 2016

Saturday and Breakfast

Keith called me and visited with me while I was out to John and Leslie's yesterday evening. He is always so good about fact, both boys are. They really stay in touch. That is so neat! They live so far away. One is in Phoenix and the other in Florida.

Bob and I will go to Sirloin Stockade for breakfast this morning at 7:20. He is to come by and pick me up.

Missy and I got up shortly before 5:00. I made my bed, dressed and got ready for my day. It's always the same routine. She is lying here beside me now, waiting for me to go into the kitchen and get her treats out and fill her food bowl.  Perhaps I'd better get back to this later...

I fed Missy and watered her and then took my cup of coffee out on the carport. It's warm out here but there is a mild wind and it's cool...when you can feel it.  Finally I went in and got my frozen drink from Utopia yesterday and took a spoon and ate it. That was a lot more refreshing.  We stayed out until 7:20, when Bob came to get me for breakfast. Missy finally went in after an hour and a half outside on the carport.

She had lain in the grass and loved every minute of her outside freedom. We had our breakfast and when Bob took me home he opened his computer and checked his e-mail and his bank account. I came in here  to the den to add to this and check my bank account. I notice my social security doesn't come in until the 13th next month and my car and apartment insurance are due the 17th. The only thing I still owe is my life insurance and the premium on my supplement. Then on the 1st, my rent is due again. Hopefully, by then, there will be some more in my account. It is very inconvenient to have to wait until the second Wednesday for my social security. Nearly everything comes due before the second Wednesday. Oh well...nothing can be done about that.

Bob did not eat his barbecue last night so I will not have to worry about lunch today.

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This is the lighting for my son and daughter-in-law's bar area.

Pretty, isn't it?

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Bob came over to read the paper and watch the news and then Bob left at 7:00 and I took my bath and washed my hair and then watched the old movie "Three Days of the Condor" with Robert Redford until it was over at 9:00.

Then Missy and I went to bed

Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday and Exercises

I'm not sure I'm going to exercises this morning. I will wait until closer to the time to make that decision. I woke up in the middle of the night in a sweat again and coughing again.

I have to go out to John and Leslie's at 4:00 this afternoon and stay with the girls until either John or Leslie come home from work. Jeromy and Marlene are taking another trip. I forget where this time. As it turned out, they didn't go to Colorado last time after all. I also forget where they did end up going.... if Leslie ever told me.

Missy is patiently waiting for me to go get her treats and food in the dish. And then, just as soon as it gets light, she will want to go outside. Early morning, around 7:00 is about the only time we can do that with this oppressive heat in the daytime.

I'll get back to this later.

I ate my breakfast of Greek yogurt with some of John and Leslie's peaches cut up in it. I had my juice and then I noticed I still had yesterday's meds laying out on the tea bag holder.  I guess I forgot to take them yesterday. It was a busy day.

I'm going to the market this morning and will buy barbecue sauce among other things. We will have the rest of our pork roast on buns this time and perhaps with french fries.  We also have Coke...a thoroughly unhealthy meal.

Bob texted me he would be over at 8:00 to read the paper before he leaves for exercise class.

I have watered all the flowers and also the tomato plant in the container that John and Leslie gave me. It is huge now and has at least a dozen cherry tomatoes on it. Of course, they are green but will ripen in awhile and we will have lots of tomatoes...if something unforeseen doesn't happen.

Missy is so happy to be outside. Awhile ago, that little stray male cat that is colored like she is, was across the street and she was growling and I thought she might go after him. I tried to make her go in the house but she would have none of it. She is too happy to be outside. To not abuse that privilege, she lies quietly on the doormat. She really wants to be outside while she can.  It will be up in the upper nineties again today. This has been a scorcher of a week or two.  We have been under a heat advisory all week.

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About 8:00 I made Missy come in. It was terribly humid out there and I had had enough of the heat myself. I found this on this morning. You may want to check it out.

More fact-checks on the Orlando shooting

We’ve spent this week fact-checking more claims about the mass shooting in Orlando. The most provocative claims have come from Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.

Let me briefly point you to some highlights of our coverage.

We looked at the entirety of Trump’s speech delivered the day after the shooting and found 23 separate talking points to analyze. Check out our story, "Donald Trump's speech on the Orlando shooting, fact-checked."

We also looked at some of Trump’s comments on President Barack Obama and whether Trump suggested that Obama had terrorist sympathies. Read Trump’s words and decide for yourself. We examined Trump’s claim that the Obama administration was "actively supporting Al Qaeda in Iraq, the terrorist group that became the Islamic State." We rated that claim Pants on Fire.

We looked at the differences between how Obama and Trump talk about terrorism and the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism." We explained the different schools of thought on whether to use that phrase or not.
Thursday marked one year since Trump declared his candidacy for president. Read the 10 most significant falsehoods we’ve fact-checked during the year of Trump.

While Trump dominated headlines this week with his rhetoric, we remain committed to fact-checking all sides of the debate. For the Democrats, we’ve fact-checked the following statements:

Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida said that the rifle used in the Orlando killings "shoots off 700 rounds in a minute." We rated that Mostly False.

President Obama said, "We've seen more manufacturing jobs created since I've been president than anytime since the 1990s. That's a fact." His comments leave out important context, so we rated them Half True.

Hillary Clinton said, "Hate crimes against American Muslims and mosques have tripled after Paris and San Bernardino." That’s largely accurate: Mostly True.

Thanks for reading PolitiFact.

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We had the rest of Karan's pork roast shredded and I added barbecue sauce and fixed some french fries.  We did have tea with it instead of soda. Then we had mixed fruit for dessert with a cookie.

Bob went home to take a nap and I took what was left of Karan's roast to her. She had buns and barbecue sauce so this made her lunch. We sure enjoyed that roast. I had cooked it in the slow cooker for eight hours initially so it literally fell apart.

Missy really wanted to go outside again but it's 93 degrees out there. So instead she is here behind me on the daybed taking her nap. 

I have to remember to go out to John and Leslie's at 3:30 so I can get there by 4:00. The girls should be there shortly after that and I am to stay with them until either John and Leslie gets home from work.

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I went out to church about 3:00 and left the two new doormats we bought while in Bartlesville yesterday. I picked up the old ones and put them in my trunk.  I will try to clean them up and find a use for them if possible.

Jeromy, my grandson, got off a little early so he wanted me to drop by his house and pick up the girls and their luggage. I did that. We had a good time playing. They colored for awhile and then we played hide and seek. They enjoyed that. I was there two hours before John and Leslie got home.  

When I got home, Bob came over and read the newspaper and watched the 6:00 news. Karan had given me some ice cream and we had a small bowl of that.

He left at 7:00 and I took my bath and Missy and I sat in the recliner until 9:00 and watched TV and then we went to bed. It was a big day.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thursday and A Trip To Bartlesville

Today Bob and I will go to Bartlesville. We have a twofold reason. First, I want to find out why I had no air conditioning in my car earlier in the afternoon yesterday and yet two hours later, it was back.  I certainly don't want no air conditioning when the weather is 97+ degrees. I have to be able to depend on that...especially in the summer months.

Yesterday afternoon after lunch I stopped by the Urgent Care again because I had developed an itchy rash....probably from the antibiotic. It came on right after I started the antibiotic. The doctor said since I was so much better, I should just stop taking the antibiotic. She suggested the itch could be controlled by a mixture of baking soda and baking powder and a little water to make a paste and spread it on the rash. I will just deal with it until it clears up. I don't want to deal with something that could be messy and stain my clothing.   

After I stop at the Honda agency and have that checked out,  we will go out to Lowe's and buy a couple of new door mats for the church.

Then we will possibly walk the mall. Bob really needs to get the exercise. He doesn't have any energy at all anymore. Then we will go to lunch and after that, come back home and I will drop him off at his apartment. By then, it will be much too hot to let Missy out. I took her out at 6:00 this morning and she really enjoyed being outside for an hour and a half. She behaved beautifully and minded me when I had to come in. It rained last night although I didn't know it. I slept pretty well until the cough syrup wore off and the cough returned. But I feel good again today so I can deal with the occasional cough.

I lost five pounds the hard way.

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They decided the relay switch was sticking.  That would explain why it would not work some of the time and would work part of the time. So they replaced the relay switch. That was a little over $90.  Now I hope that fixes it.

Bob and I stopped at Lucy's in Caney and had lunch he had red spaghetti and I had fish. Both were very good.  I brought home part of my fish and will eat it later...

Scott called later this afternoon. I had not talked to him in probably about three weeks. We had a good visit until we ran onto a dead spot and lost one another. He called me back and we finished our conversation.

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I ate the rest of my fish at suppertime. It didn't agree with me so I took some tums. That seemed to help. I have learned not to eat much in the evening anymore. Sometimes  heavy food of any kind in the evening will give me heartburn. I usually just have yogurt for supper. I went to bed at 8:00..just awfully tired.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wednesday and Almost Well

I slept fairly well last night. I did wake up once with a coughing spell.  But when I finally got up, I felt better. In fact, I am doing my Monday cleaning today. When I am finally really well, I will wash my bedding and vacuum the bedroom. I cleaned the kitchen and bath today and vacuumed the dining room, hall and den. Next, I will vacuum the living room. Right now I am taking a rest from the cleaning and working on this blog.

I decided to transfer back into my savings account the $200. I borrowed from it last month. If I leave it in my checking account, I may end up spending it.

I am having that sirloin pork roast Karan gave me for lunch today. I told Bob and he is going to bring his salad. We will have a veggie and a couple of potatoes with it. I also have the peaches Leslie and John sent home with Bob. I had peeled them and cut them into small pieces. He had a small bowl of them a couple of nights ago. I ate one the day I fixed them.

Last evening, Marilyn brought me a bar b q sandwich from the place on eleventh street. I seldom eat there because I prefer Dink's Bar B Q in Bartlesville.  That was so nice of Marilyn and she also sent me a couple of small pieces of cheesecake. Bob and I split the food.  It was very good. I sent her a "thank you" note today. Marilyn is a real sweetheart. Earlier, about lunchtime, she had been to the Country Mart deli and brought me a lovely salad. I had half of it for lunch and the other half at suppertime.

I stopped at the car wash and washed my filthy car. It had sat under the carport for a week and when the mower mows, it gets dust all over it.

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It looks like Ginger's cat and dog are great buddies!

 My Missy and Slinky finally accomplished this too.

After our lunch, I attended the Bunco game at Asbury Village, a lovely retirement home here in Coffeyville.  On the way out there my car struggled to cool. It was 97 degrees outside. After the games, it would not cool at all. I drove all the way back to town in 97 degree weather without any air conditioning.  I went by Gary's Automotive to see if Gary could check it out but he had given up and locked up for the day. When I tried to call, I got his answering machine. I called Honda of Bartlesville to get an appointment to have the problem checked out. I have a Thursday 9:00 appointment now.  Then I went on to my PINCH meeting.  I left my windows down  at the Episcopal church so the car would not just be steaming. After my meeting, I tried it on the way home and Eureka! worked. I just couldn't believe it! I still have to get it checked out to see what was wrong.  I don't want that to happen again when we have this steaming summer here in southeast Kansas.

Bob is going with me to Bartlesville tomorrow and we will go to Lowe's and buy the two new mats for the church's front and back doors. We will have lunch down there.

He came over briefly to have me fix his phone. It would not ring at all. and the he read the paper and then went home early. It was just too hot to be out running around.

I took my bath and went to bed at 9:00. The apartment was cool at least.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday and Cakes

Today I am taking cakes to Independence. After some consultation, Bob decided not to go. He certainly does not need this glop...whatever it is.

I got a better night's sleep last night. I took the cough syrup at 6:00 and that lasted until midnight. I didn't get up and take more then. It seemed to have a residual effect. I awoke coughing just once and then went right back to sleep.

I've had my breakfast and taken my meds. I just had some of Bob's coffee cake.  I did not feel up to oatmeal and the constant trips to the bathroom that brings on. Missy and I came on outside while it was cool enough for her to enjoy it. She can't come out in 90+ degree weather. I believe it's in the 70's right now. She is behaving herself right now and lying on the doormat. She has done well about minding me. Maybe she realizes if she does, she has a better chance at getting to come outside. When she gets ornery and obstinate she has to go in. 

I have another 40 minutes before I leave for Independence. Karan texted me awhile ago and asked what time I leave for Independence. I told her 8:15. She said she would try to get a cake to me by then. I texted her twice last evening but she never answered me. I imagine she was with Gretchen and Richard and having a good time. That's fine. After all she has been through this year, she needs a few good times. She lost Bobby in April after taking care of him for several months. If you recall her had a terrible brain tumor.

She just texted me again and said the cake would be out of the oven in five minutes.

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I may have mentioned earlier that my son and his wife moved into their new home last weekend.  I haven't heard a peep from either of them but I imagine they are meeting themselves coming and going unpacking and getting settled in.

I will be happy to hear from them when they have a moment.

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On another note: While I, as were most of American citizens, was horrified about the terrorist attack on Sunday that killed 49 people in a gay bar in Orlando, the media keeps calling it the worst  attack on American soil except for 9/'s not.

I was recently reminded that the largest mass shooting in US history actually happened on December 29, 1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek,  on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and the members of the 7th Calvary who had come to confiscate their firearms "for their own safety and protection". The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms. The Calvary began shooting, and managed to wipe out the entire camp. 200 of the 297 victims were women and children. 

We all need to stay abreast of our American history. Sometimes it's more "convenient" to just bury it.

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I read all afternoon and got a lot of reading done and now in the morning I will not go to exercise class. If I continue to improve I will go out to Asbury Village for Bunco.

I asked Richard if he would come look at Marilyn R's front door and give her an estimate. The trim is broken and coming off and the new landlady will do nothing about it. If it's not too much Marilyn will pay for it.

Bob came over and stayed until 7:00. I watched Genealogy Roadshow and another program  until time to go to bed.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday and Another Bad Night

This illness, whatever it is, seems to be worse at night. I woke up at 3:00 AM this morning with spasms of coughing. It went on until 4:30, when I finally just got up. I drank a couple of cups of water in an attempt to thin it out. I think I will go up to Urgent Care this morning and be sure this is not pneumonia. I have to go to the bank to get some money anyhow and  also to Medicine Shoppe to pick up my thyroid med. Then I'd better stay away from people until I know what I'm dealing with.

Bob must have had second thoughts. He did not come over last night. I'm sorry I went to lunch with the group from church now. I hope no one gets whatever this is.

I am in the process of thawing a sirloin pork roast and I will put it in the Slow Cooker and just cook it for later.  I thought I was on the mend when I thawed it yesterday evening. Now I'm not so sure. Maybe I can catch a nap later this afternoon. I fell asleep in the recliner last evening watching the Tony awards.

I haven't heard from Scott or Ginger. I imagine they are very busy with their move. Ashley, my granddaughter, called last night and I learned they had moved this past weekend. We talked a long while. Finally Leslie attempted to contact me and I had to hang up to see what she needed.  If I am able, by then, they need me to drive out to their place and stay with the girls until John or she comes home from work. Jeromy and Marlene are planning another week's trip and they want the girls to stay with John and Leslie while they are gone. Both John and Leslie are working now so that must be somewhat inconvenient for them.

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I went to Urgent Care this morning and the doctor there diagnosed it as a sinus infection with a terrible drainage and cough. She gave me a prescription for a codeine cough syrup and some antibiotics. That was almost $70. worth of meds. I hope they work so I can sleep at night.  Surely I will be over this mess in a day or so. I took a dose of the cough syrup fifteen minutes ago but so far it hasn't helped.  Maybe it takes a while to kick in.

I've killed two wasps here on the carport this afternoon. I don't want them flying around where I am sitting. Missy took off around the corner when I got out the fly swatter to get rid of them. I had to go find her again. I threatened to take her in the house if she insisted on running off every time I am distracted.  Needless to say, she came back.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday and Still Sick

It was another rough night. I am still running a temp.  I coughed a lot toward morning. Now I am also blowing. I did take an aspirin for that 100 degree temp and even finally got dressed. Missy needed to go outside and eat some grass and it's only in the 70's this morning. Later on today it will be in the 90s and she will not be able to go out.  Just now she is lying in the grass loving being outside while it's not so hot.

Bob is going to preside for me this morning at church. We went out to church yesterday evening and ran off the bulletins.

I had to cancel the Living the Questions group for tonight. If no one else wants to take it, we will have it next Sunday when I should be well.

I'll have to see how I feel about exercise class tomorrow. Unless I get a lot better pretty quick, that will be something else I will miss.  Hopefully, I will feel up to baking my cake for Tuesday's dinner at the Christian church in Independence. My hair appointment is Tuesday too and, boy, does it need help. I had intended to have it done in Independence, Missouri, on Thursday but was too sick to deal with it then.

I'll say one thing more about the Conference. In the 50 years I have attended World Conference of my church, this was one of the best. There was not a lot of animosity expressed on the issues and we even reached Common Consent on the issue of tithing! That's phenomenal!   We will begin tithing 10% of our incomes. I had already started doing that a couple of months ago. I wanted to see if it would cause me to run short each month. It did not. The boys have supplemented my income and that has been so much help for me.

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I finally dressed mid morning and took Missy out on the carport while it was still  cooler. Toward noon Bob came by to see if I wanted to go to dinner with the group from church.  I decided to go since it appears my fever was gone. I still have some coughing but I believe I am better now.

John and Leslie sent me some peaches and I got them pealed and cut up and in the frig in a  Tupperware container.

This is the inside of our Auditorium where the Conference was held. Notice the dome.