Saturday, December 31, 2016

Saturday and The Ohio State Football Game

Tonight we will watch the football game between Ohio State and Clemson.  Ginger is a huge Ohio State  fan. She played basketball for them when she was in college. Nathan and his girlfriend will come back for that event. We will have chicken wings and perhaps pizza while we watch the game.

I feel a lot better this morning. I still have the cough but that may take awhile to go away. Coughs usually do. I slept well because of the Zeequil, I guess. I have had my Granola and my coffee. I have also emptied the dishwasher and dressed and got myself ready for the day. I am now having my tea and honey. Scott just came in so I fixed him some ham and eggs and toast for breakfast. He is much better this morning too. Not as well as I am but much better then yesterday.

Ginger is sleeping in this morning. She was very tired when they got home. Nathan stayed the night too. He will go home today to get his girlfriend and they will come back for the game and stay the night tonight.  

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Nathan went home to get his girl friend.  He will be back this afternoon.

O.K. Ginger and I have been talking while Scott went to get his haircut. Now he is back. Ginger is going to work out awhile while I work on my blog and Scott is cleaning out the fireplace to build a new fire in it later on this afternoon.

I gave Ginger the 30 minute story of my life while Scott was gone. We traded ideas on the political situation. Ginger is really a nice person. I am very fond of her.

Now she is out on the drive working out. Scott is working around the house.  Soon we will go to the market when Ginger is finished and maybe get something to fix for lunch. It's almost 11:00 now.

More even later. 

Scott and Ginger went to the market. I was busy working on my classmate list to get ready to send off the other letters by snail mail when I get home and eating a sandwich for lunch so I stayed here.

Nathan and his girl friend came later in the afternoon and they all watched a football game to see who Ohio State would play tonight. It turned out to be Clemson.

The evening came by quickly and we watched the Ohio State/Clemson football game. Ohio State has a basically freshmen team and they made a lot of mistakes and never were able to make any score. Clemson won big. Before the end, Scott's cold kicked in again and he took some meds and went to bed.

I stayed up with Ginger and watched until the end. We all had plenty of snacks. I had a small pizza which I was unable to eat by myself. Luckily pizza warms up nicely in the microwave and I will have some more of it this noon.

I went to bed at 11:00.  I took two Zeequil capsules and slept like a baby.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday and Ginger Comes Home

Ginger and Nathan will be back tonight. That will be  around 10:00 PM though.

Scott is home sick with my cold. He called in sick. He is pretty miserable. I believe in "feed a cold and starve a fever" and so I fixed him some ham and eggs for breakfast and some hot tea with honey and he is drinking lots of water. He will just lay around today and see if the cold breaks. Mine is on the mend but I still have the cough. I slept well last night. I took a couple of  Zeequil capsules.

I called Cox last night and they walked me through fixing my e-mail so I can now "send" as well as "receive" e-mail. I got to bed about 10:00.

This morning Scott texted me that he was sick with a terrible cold and he had called in sick. It's the same one I've been fighting ever since I came....blast that minister who sat next to me on the plane to Charlotte last Tuesday a week ago. I caught his terrible cold and now Scott has it. I am on the mend after a week and three days but his is just starting. I warned him not to kiss Ginger when she comes in or she will get it too.

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Scott lay around and napped off and on most of the day. About 3:30 he got to feeling a little better and we walked around the community for awhile. He almost overdid it though. We got back about 4:30 and he got some of the Low Country Boil out that Von brought us yesterday, and put it in the microwave. He is eating that for supper. He is feeling a little better this evening.

I don't know what I will eat. I had a cheese sandwich and hot tea for lunch. I'm really not hungry yet.

I am feeling better but I've had the cold for a week.

Maybe more later....

I had some ham and potato salad for supper and watched Gettysburg  with Scott until Ginger and Nathan got home.  Then we turned it of and visited. They had had an exhausting flight and wanted to tell us about it.

About 9:30, I went to take a shower  and washed my hair. It was disgusting. Then after dryer it, I went to bed. I did take Zeequil and it worked.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thursday and A Worse Cold

I slept really poorly last night. I went to bed at 9:00 and woke up at 12:30 so stopped up I couldn't breathe. I got up to clear my head and almost never got back to sleep. Then I coughed for an hour before finally getting back to sleep. I am really dead headed this morning. I set my alarm to wake Scott up at 5:00, like he asked, but when it went off and I crawled out of my warm bed and went to call him, I found he was already up. I won't do much this morning unless I get to feeling better. Breakfast may help and coffee may help too.

I see he didn't forget to take his lunch. That's good.

Eddy spent the night outside. He scratched on one of their expensive chairs and Scott made him go outside...not that he knows why he spent the night outside. He is, after all, a cat.

Sometime this afternoon I will fix the potato and ham casserole for our supper this evening. Yesterday I cut the rind off all the leftover ham from Christmas dinner, left some in bigger pieces and cut the rest up into small pieces for this casserole.

Their soon-to-be-next door neighbor friends sent over some Cajun food last night. We will save it for tomorrow when Ginger and Nathan will return. They can help us eat it. There's a lot of it. I had Scott put it in the frig instead of the freezer.

Leslie texted me yesterday to tell me that I will get back on Wednesday the 4th of January just in time for an arctic cold front to move into Kansas. She said to enjoy the mild weather while I could.  I hope it holds off until she can pick me up at the airport in Tulsa.

Now I'll go and get myself ready for the day.  More later....

I am dressed now and made up and ready for the day.  I will just read my Kindle for awhile. I don't feel just real good.  I will be glad to get home on Wednesday and get my hair cut, colored and done. It has looked tragic all the time I have been here. It needed to be done before I left but Kathy was off for the holiday. I have an early morning appointment on the Thursday after I get home on next Wednesday.  I will wash it again myself tonight.

It's 65 degrees here at 8:30. It is partly sunny but pretty gloomy right now. If it warms up I will sit out on the porch and read.

At  9:35 it's still chilly (in the 60's) and overcast. So far, there have only been two days of sunshine since I've been here. I have been here a week and one day.

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It is 73 now. at 11:32 and mostly sunny. Maybe it will warm up enough that I can sit outside again. My Kindle is charging. I am eating the remaining potato soup.

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Scott came home about  1:00 and was hungry. I started our casserole dish and got it in the oven about 2:30. It was to bake until 3:30 at 375 degrees. When it finished and the oven was cooling down, we were watching the movie "Lincoln" and suddenly a huge wind came up and blew the tarp off Scott's grill. I saw it from the kitchen window and shouted at him to gp get it before it went into the river. He ran out to find it and secure it again and suddenly the wind picked up even harder and blew the tarp off the table and chairs on the patio. That tarp took to the air. I shouted at Scott but with the sound of the wind, he could not hear me. I was in my stocking feet but I opened the sliding door and ran to catch it. I ran about half a block to that church two doors down and finally caught up with it. I had run through dirt and sand in my stocking feet and my feet were soaked, but I had that tarp. I brought it back and Scott had secured that tarp on the grill with rocks from the walk and gone to get all the beach towels they had. We wiped down the table top and I came back with the tarp and the tie downs and he and I tied the tarp back on the table and chairs. He crawled under the table and dried off the chairs too.

The wind finally died down and we tossed all our towels and my socks and jeans in the dryer. What an experience!

Then Scott went to get the mail. In the mail, we received two DVDs from KOAM-TV out of Pittsburg, Kansas. They taped an interview with my Bob and Carol and Paul Fairbank after they got back from 9-11 in 2001. Bob's was the primary interview.  They sent us two DVDs of that short interview at the Red Cross Office in Coffeyville.  Scott is trying to save that DVD interview to his mass storage drive.  So far, he has not been successful.

He was able to put it on facebook and that gave the other kids and others access to it! Wonderful!

We were going to e-mail it to Keith to make copies for Leslie and himself.  Scott also wrote the news director at KOAM-TV to see if they might have the copy of the video they made of the church service at our church. They came to that service and set up their cameras and taped the part of the service where he talked about his 9-11 experience.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wednesday and Laundry

I slept well last night.  I woke up just once but got right back to sleep.  I got up at 5:00 and noticed Scott was not up yet. I wasn't sure what time he generally got up or I would have woke him. Sure enough, about 5:45 he got up and said he was running late. He needed the Dayquil I didn't take so I gave it to him. He grabbed a cup of coffee and took off.

I will do laundry today. I will do a load for myself and get my laundry washed up and then I will do several loads for him. I haven't looked to see what he has in his basket yet but will.... after I finish my coffee.

It looks like about six loads of laundry. That will be my project for today. I have it all sorted and have T-shirts...or mostly T-shirts in there now.  There is a load of underwear, one of the scrubs Ginger wears to work , one of jeans, and one of whites. I guess I will throw mine in with her delicates.

There are several stacks of clean clothing in there now on the counter. Scott did not get it put away last night. Maybe I can get him to do that tonight. I will fold the laundry I am doing now into the basket, I guess. There is no counter space for it. Maybe if I look in Ginger's closet, I can figure out where some of it goes.

In the meantime, I will have a cup of tea and turn on the news.

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One load in the dryer and another in the washer. Three to go. This gives me something productive to do.

I'm down to the last load in the washer and the next to last load in the dryer. I will cut up our leftover ham for a ham and potato casserole tomorrow.

I have put away the clothing that I found a place to put. Scott will have to help me find the place for the rest.

More even later....back to cutting up ham for the casserole.

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I finally finished the ham trimming and left some for sandwiches too. If Scott will run by the market this afternoon after we eat, I will pick up the ingredients for a ham and potato casserole. We will need some PicSweet veggies and same salad makings too.  If he needs NyQuil again this evening, we will need to get that too and green tea and Chai Latte. I want to get some cream of celery soup too for the base.

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I forgot the PicSweet veggies so we will just have to make do with what is on hand.

I did get all the laundry done and the towels are in the dryer now. We went over to St. Mary's so Scott could work out and then we came back to Yulee and ate dinner at a Japanese restaurant.  After that, we went to the market and bought some of our groceries for tomorrow's casserole dish. I brought home half of my dinner and Scott will take it for his lunch tomorrow. 

We are back home now and will watch TV this evening until bedtime.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Tuesday and Ginger and Nathan Leave

I assume Nathan, Ginger's son, did finally get in last night. I heard Scott get up and leave this morning but was very tired and did not get up to see him off to work. I am still fighting off this cold. Now I'm hoarse. Ginger is finally up. Nathan is not up yet. It must have been very late when he came in. It's only 6:40 now.

I have been up about 45 minutes. I've made my bed and dressed. I don't exactly know what I will do today here at the house alone. I will watch TV some to get the news and then read my Kindle. If the weather is nice I may take a walk.

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Nathan got up and got around.  Ginger took him out for breakfast. Then they were going on to the airport.

It's raining today. I have put the laundry in to wash and folded the laundry Ginger did last night. I don't know where everything goes so I have just left it folded on top of the counter in the laundry room. When Scott comes home this afternoon, he will know where everything goes.

I've texted Bob Avery and he slept late this morning...which is good. He said Missy's treats would be late this morning. That will be fine. She can wait. He says she is adjusting to the new routine.  That's good too.

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I've made some potato soup from the last six potatoes left from Christmas dinner. That's what I will have for lunch. There may be some cheese too.

I watched "A Few Good Men" for the nth time. That was fine. 

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I've had  my potato soup with some pretzels and cheese and it was good.

Then I got the covered box Ginger showed me to put the Christmas decorations in and took them off the tree and took the tree out to Nathan's truck. He will take it home on Friday and build a bonfire with it. I swept the needles off the walk and dumped the water out of the tree stand. Then I swept off the drive.

Now I see Scott is home. so....more even later...

Scott ate some of my potato soup with some crackers he brought home with some cheese.

Then we watched "The Accountant". It was pretty good though violent. It's 4:25 now. Keith called awhile ago and we visited for awhile.  Then the tax appraisal guy came and he measured the outside of the house.

Ginger and Nathan are in Ohio for the funeral. The funeral is tomorrow according to Scott. Then Ginger and Nathan fly back on Friday.

Scott and I watched a couple of movies this evening. One was the original "True Grit" with John Wayne. The old movies were so much more entertaining without terrible violence.

Scott went to bed at 7:00. He gets up around 5:00 AM. I will try to stay up until 9:00. I usually sleep better if I stay up a little later.

Tomorrow I will do my laundry. I did Nathan's today.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Monday After Christmas

I slept really well last night. It had been big day. We stayed up after the movie and visited and kind of watched TV until 9:00 and then all went on to bed. Ginger gave me another packet of those NyQuil capsules and I slept through the night. They keep my cough down. I am still fighting off the cold I was exposed to on the plane on my way down here. When I finally woke up this morning it was almost 5:00.

It's nearly 7:00 now. I'm the only one up. Ginger is on call. Scott has the day off.  Ginger will leave tomorrow to go to Ohio for her grandmother's funeral. She will take Nathan with her. He will come back down here so they can both take off at the Jacksonville airport. Scott will take them to the airport. Then they will return on Friday.

I've had my cereal and my meds for the day. Yesterday was an exhausting day. I guess it's my mileage and perhaps it wasn't that bad after all. They gave me some great lotion and candle gifts. Ginger will send them to me after she gets back. They would never make it through security.

This morning after everyone gets around, we will go to the market.  I need a thing or two.  Then I will try to get back to my book on the Kindle. Scott watches non stop TV.......CNN most of the time and movies some of the time. It's exhausting to me. I need to read and sit out in the sunshine some of the time.

Scott mowed day before yesterday and trimmed. The yard really looks good. I swept out their garage. That was needed too. It gave me something productive to do while I am here besides loading and unloading the dishwasher and peeling potatoes.

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I read my Kindle until the kids were ready to leave. Then we went to Fernandina Beach for lunch and we stopped at Walmart there for me to do my little bit of shopping. I had tomato bisque soup. Ginger had a salad and a pizza. Scott had a hamburger and french fries. It was all yummy. Then we went back out to Amelia island so the kids could go looking for the place on the beach called Driftwood. There they both bought a small Bluetooth speaker they could put out by the pool and listen to their music.

I will make some potato soup after Ginger is gone tomorrow. That will be good for Scott and me to have for supper.

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Ginger rented the movie, Florence", this evening and she and I watched it. It was very good.  I had wanted to rent it from V&S Variety in Coffeyville but it was not out yet.

Scott and Ginger have walked down to the mailbox to check the mail. I am staying here to watch CNN news and wait for Nathan to come. He and his mother will fly out tomorrow. It's only 6:10 right now and I will not take my bath until 8:30 or so.

It's 9:00 now and I am really tired so I will go on to bed. Nathan still has not arrived.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Day in Florida

I didn't sleep well last night. I am still trying to take cold, I guess. I have fought this cold ever since I got here. So the man that sat next to me on the plane to Charlotte must have done a job on me.

I need to text Bill this morning and thank him for the Kindle book he gave me for Christmas. He is so faithful to do that every birthday and every Christmas.  I will wait until it is later in Kansas though.

I need my friends and family to know I cannot use my e-mail "out" while I am here. The mail still comes "in" but texting and this blog are my only way to tell anyone "Merry Christmas" or "thank you".

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I just peeled some potatoes for Ginger. She has begun our Christmas dinner. It will be done in two crock pots. One for scalloped potatoes and one for the stuffing. She will do the ham and the mushrooms in the oven.

I cleaned up after the preparations.  That's one thing I could do to help.

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Got the dishwasher loaded and ready to go to the movie.

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The movie was called "Fences" and starred Denzel Washington. It was a very slow start and almost never gets going.  Ginger did not like it at all. I thought it was good once it got going but I wasn't sure it was going to get going.

When I finish this I am going to get my bath and get ready for bed. I didn't sleep well last night at all.