Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

Bob will pick me up later this morning...close to 7:00... and we will try to get a warm breakfast at Eggberts again. I am really getting tired of eating cold food there but I know Bob prefers it to Sirloin Stockade for breakfast.

I slept fairly well last night. The storm started again later ...I don't remember what time but it did wake me up. I stayed in bed though until the middle of the night when I woke up again and this time I went to the bathroom and took my thyroid med. This hacking cough hangs on... though although not at night when I take the Zrytac.

The huge limb that was hanging over Merrill's driveway fell down during yesterday's wind storm and it hit the tailgate of his pickup and put a dent in it. I took some photos after he began cleaning up the mess. I'll try to remember to post them here. Unfortunately, I didn't think about getting a photo of the entire mess. Merrill had begun the cleanup before I thought of it.

Here's the other one.

By the time I got these photos, Merrill had it almost cleaned up. He was really unhappy! I can't blame him.

Missy hasn't had her breakfast yet so I will get back to this later.

I fed her and took her outside briefly. I saw something I had not seen in a couple of years out there...a fox....a full grown fox. I didn't have a camera handy or I would have taken a photo.

Breakfast was good. At least it was hotter. I got back home and wanted to see if the fox was still out there. He wasn't.  They usually come out fairly early in the morning.

More later...Maybe I will get some photos of the 97th birthday get together we have for Wayne this morning at 10:30.

Well, the party went fine. There were already two folks there when we got there and after the one man left we finally got to visit with Wayne and Merrill.  Vic was there and brought a lot of bear claws so we didn't eat too many of Marilyn's cookies.   She gave most of them to me and also gave me some fudge. She makes very good fudge. We did have a god visit with Wayne and Merrill though. We got back about noon. I won't fix lunch since I had goodies this morning after a big breakfast.

More later...

I rested in the afternoon with Missy on the sofa. Carmen, from next door came over and woke me up. Rick told her I might be asleep but she didn't believe him. She had been to a garage sale and had bought a lot of lovely shoes that didn't even appear to have been worn at all.  She also got a couple of posters for the living room wall and a manicure set.   She wanted to show me all her purchases. She is really a sweet person...very childlike though.

I didn't fix any lunch today. Bob and I both had cookies and a piece of fudge that Marilyn gave me. I shared a little of it with Bob.

He came back about 4:00 and got some pecans for his banana nut bread. I will buy another bag this week for next Sunday's coffeecake.  He stayed until after 6:00.

Keith called this evening and suggested that he might drive down here from Ft. Leavenworth in June to visit me. He will be in a training class for three days beginning on that Monday in June. If he can get permission from his new employer, he will rent a car on Saturday and come visit me that weekend before his classes begin on Monday. If that works out, Esther will come too. That would be terrific! I haven't seen him since my 80th surprise birthday party.

There was nothing worth watching on TV. Tulsa had just their weather going and we are 72 miles north of Tulsa. Their weather doesn't usually affect us.  So I watched the weather channel instead. I went to bed shortly after 9:00.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday and a Storm

It poured down rain last night with a lot of thunder and lightning. I could hear it even though it didn't wake me up much. I finally got up at 4:45. I don't know if it hailed or not. Missy was frightened by all the noise. I don't know if I will go to exercise class or not today. It depends on if the streets are flooded again. I will just have to wait and see.

I fed Missy but am having her wait for her treats until after I finish this portion of the blog. I have dressed but have not had my breakfast yet.

More later...after it gets light out.

Well I had my breakfast and also went to exercise class. Bob picked me up. I also went to Utopia and had my usual...Utopiachino and a cinnamon roll. I also brought one back for my neighbor. Then at 12:00 Bob and I went to lunch at Sirloin Stockade. I had a coupon for a free lunch and Bob insisted on buying his.

I then wrote an article that Judy wanted me to write about PINCH and sent it to all four papers in the area. 

Afterward, he brought me back home and I lay down on the sofa with Missy and took a short nap.  Then I got up and finally found that DVD I thought I had lost. It's primary title was "First Light" and it's secondary title was "Jesus and the Kingdom of God".  I was looking for one entitled "Jesus and the Kingdom of God".  So I looked right over "First Light".

I have half a brain.

I went over to Marilyn's to have her sign the birthday card for Wayne. We will all go over there tomorrow morning at 10:30 and celebrate his birthday with him and Merrill.  I visited with Marilyn for awhile. 

Bob came shortly after 5:00 and read the paper and watched CBS news with me and later PBS so we could see the commentary of Brooks and Shields.  After that, he left and I took my bath and put my PJs on for the evening.  It's supposed to rain again later tonight...probably toward midnight or shortly afterward.

I will try to stay up until 9:00, take my Zyrtec and then Missy and I will go to bed.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thursday and Rain Again

We are forecast for more rain and perhaps hail later today. I am very tired of rain and wind. I can't keep my hair looking like anything.

I slept very well last night. I woke up at my usual 5:00 and fed Missy and myself

I took Missy out for awhile on both the carport and the patio. I swept off the leaves and other mess for both areas.

I will vacuum the dining room today.  Then I may bake cookies after lunch.  We will have hamburgers and french fries for lunch. I have both pudding and cup cakes for dessert.

Missy just got sick and vomited a couple of times.  I cleaned up the mess and washed the carpet where she did it with carpet cleaner.  Luckily most was on the indoor/outdoor carpet in the back hall. That and her own personal bath mat. I have it in the laundry now with my towels and underwear. I hope she's o.k. now.  I will keep my eye on her. She had been eating grass while we were outside.

I may bake cookies this afternoon. We have been out for a week.

More later....

I loaned my rattan chair to my neighbors. They needed seating. They will buy a house in the next few months and move and then give it back to me. I really don't have a place to put it. But it was pretty expensive. I gave the ladies chair that matched it to Bobby and Karan.  They needed a small chair for next to their fireplace.

I took my plastic bags to the Genesis site. They can use them to pack groceries for the poor who come there for assistance.  I also went out to Walmart to get a few things I will need in the near future.

I went to Sherwin Williams to find some of that wall paper cleaner that is like silly putty. I used to use it to clean wallpaper when I had wallpaper. They evidently don't make it anymore. I was hoping to clean the soles of my shoes with it.  Next time I am in Bartlesville, I will look at Lowe's and see if they have it

In a few minutes I will need to start lunch. Right now, though, I will take Missy out for a little while.

So more even later...

Well lunch was fine...but then how can you go wrong with hamburgers and french fries and Coke..especially if they are shoestring fries?   We had the cupcakes for dessert.

I talked to Merrill (Wayne's son) about his dad's birthday on Saturday.  I wanted to find out a good time to come. he said 10:30 would be fine. I invited him to come too... If Jeannie will bake the strawberry cake and I have bought a card...that would be good. Otherwise, I may do my coffeecake or Marilyn suggested some chocolate chip cookies she has had from Casey's. I could do a strawberry cake but it wouldn't be as good as Jeannie's always was.  I think she added fresh strawberries. was scrumptious.  We are inviting the Russell's too. They have known Wayne for a long time. ...even if they haven't rented from him. Wayne will be 97. He was born in 1920. 

But at least we have a time now. The menu can be a little later....

I did bake cookies this afternoon and vacuumed the dining room at last. I laid down with Missy later and watched TV until the newspaper came. Then I read that. Jeannie is going to her grandchild's graduation on Saturday and cannot join us. Marilyn is bringing cookies instead. She will contact her neighbors the Russells. 

My neighbor, Carmen, came by briefly and visited with me. She then brought me some of their supper..chicken and rice and beans. It was good. I shared it with Bob.

Later Bob came and stayed  until after 6:00 and after he went home I took my bath and Missy and I watched TV until 9:00, when we went to bed.Again, I was very tired!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday and Exercises and Buck's Bar B Q

We plan to drive over to Sedan this morning for lunch again at Buck's Bar B Q. We have invited both Marilyn and Karan to go with us. We will leave after exercises...probably around 10:30. It's about an hour's drive to Sedan from Coffeyville.

It rained last night but is supposed to be moving out this morning.

I slept until almost 6:00 this morning. I usually am up at 5:00 so I'm getting a lot of rest. I was pretty tired yesterday. I vacuumed the entire apartment ...except for the dining room. I also washed both the bathroom and kitchen floors. Missy was in the dining room..and as I have mentioned before, she hates the vacuum.  So I will do the dining room when she's in on the daybed.

I have fed Missy and myself too. I have had my cup of coffee and also my Chai.

More later....

I picked up Bob at 8:40 and we went to exercise class. When I got home I got myself ready for lunch at Buck's Bar B Q in Sedan. Bob will be by to pick me up at 10:30 and then we will get Marilyn and Karan.  It will take us the better part of an hour to drive there. I hope it's as good as last time..this time.

Our dinner was very good. Afterward Karan and I both went to Bunco at Asbury Village and had a good time.

Later after 4:00 I got home and got my mail and newspaper.  Soon after. Bob came over to read the paper and watch the news. He was very tired too and left about 6:30. He was having trouble keeping his eyes open.

Missy and I watched Nature on PBS and afterward, at 8:00 we just went on to bed. I was very tired. It was a full day.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday and Cake Day

Today we will take our cakes to Independence to the First Christian Church for their regular dinner this evening. I will also get my hair done and go by the Merle Norman store and buy my makeup and mascara. Then Bob and I will go out to Walmart to buy Missy's litter. They don't carry the brand I want in our Walmart. It's called "Slide" and it doesn't stick to the litter box.

I slept really well last night. In fact, I didn't wake up until 4:55. Then I just got up. My regular time for rising is 5:00 anyhow.

I got a really nice Mother's Day card from Keith and Esther yesterday.  It was late but I imagine with the training on Keith's new job, he hasn't had a lot of time to look for a card. It was good to get it though. I could tell he looked hard for just the right card.

Bob and I will eat at Big Cheese this noon. We alternate between Big Cheese and Great China on Tuesdays. We don't have anything like those two here in Coffeyville.

I took Missy out briefly this morning. And I put the solar kitty on the patio to catch some rays to re-charge it's batteries. I hate to leave it out there when I'm not here. There are some people in the area I don't know. Unfortunately we can't trust just everyone anymore. It's a different world then the one I grew up in.

More later....

I picked up Bob and his cake at 8;45 and we headed to Independence. I stopped at the church and we took the wreath inside. The hook on the outside wall was gone. We will have to do something different with it to hang the wreath.

After we delivered the cakes we went to the Merle Norman store and I got my makeup and mascara. Then we headed  out to Walmart where I found the litter and we both bought some more Zyrtec. I have only three left and Bob took his last one this morning.

As soon as they opened, we went to Big Cheese and had their small pizza. It is really good. 

Then I took Bob home and I came home. The solar kitty was still there on the patio...thank goodness. It is probably fully charged by now.

Missy, as usual, was in my chair. I told her to get down and amazingly...she did.

More even later....

I got every room in the apartment vacuumed and cleaned except for the dining room. Missy was in there and she hates the vacuum cleaner.  I will vacuum it tomorrow sometime.

We have decided to take Marilyn and Karan and go back to Sedan to eat at Buck's Bar B Q again if it isn't raining tomorrow. There's a 20% chance of rain tonight. There is very little chance during the day tomorrow. So we will wait and see.

Bob came over early...just after 4:30... and wanted to go over to Braums and have an ice cream cone. I've never been one to turn down an ice cream cone so we took his car over there and he bought. It was certainly good!  Then we came back and watched the news. He left early. He was having a hard time staying awake. I lay with Missy and channel surfed trying to find something on TV worth watching. It was difficult. In fact, I finally gave up, took my bath and got ready for bed. At 9:00...I'm ready to go to bed now.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday and Exercises Again

I slept well last night. The Zyrtec took care of the cough and I was able to sleep.

I will go to exercise class alone this morning. Bob has a doctor's appointment and can't go.

It is not sunny yet. I won't go out on the patio until the sun is shining. I did put the little solar cat out there on the patio. It's body glowed all night in the dining room. I am afraid to leave it out all night for fear it will disappear.

I will need to bake and ice a cake this afternoon for the dinner at the First Christian Church in Independence. I will take up the four we in Coffeyville bake tomorrow morning when I go up there for my hairdo.

It's getting sunshiny out now and I will take Missy out for awhile.

So, more later...

I took Missy out for awhile before exercise class but it got pretty warm out there so I brought her back in. Anyhow, it was time to leave for exercise class.  After the class Phyllis called and wanted to bring her cake over.  She did that and soon afterward I started lunch. After lunch, which was good, I baked my cake. After I got it out of the oven and cooling, I took Missy out again but it was too hot so she couldn't stay out long. I am waiting for the cake  to cool completely now so I can ice it.

I guess I will lay down for awhile and rest. I am still very tired. This cough wears me down.

So, more later...

I have a nice rest and then I got up and  iced that cake. Karan brought me hers and a wreathe she put together too. I will drop that off at the church tomorrow on my way to Independence.

In another thirty minutes, I will take my bath and put my PJs on and watch any TV I can find to watch before bedtime at 9:00 or 9:30. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mothers Day Sunday and Church and a Coffeecake

I slept really well again last night. I took my Zyrtec again.  It seems to dry me up and suppress the cough.

I had a strange thing happen yesterday. For one thing, I got Howard's DVD and took the box over to him after it arrived. Then I checked my e-mail. I had an e-mail from the retired church historian of my church in Independence, Missouri. It seems he also received the same package. I have no idea what his address is but he received one of those DVDs too and was not happy about it. After all, it cost over $96.00.

I sent him an e-mail apology and asked him to send it to me so I could take it to Howard. This was before my mail came with Howard's package. I notified the "Faith and Reason" people about the error and left a message on their phone. Hopefully they will get back to me tomorrow. I can't even imagine how such an error even happened. Maybe they will get it straightened out tomorrow. 

I got an apology e-mail from Richard about his angry reply yesterday. I think the world of him and would not want to offend him. 

Anyhow, the coffeecake for the church school class is in the oven and should be coming out in five minutes or so.

I'd better check that coffeecake. More later..

Coffeecake is done and out cooling. I will ice it after it cools.

The flowerbed next to the apartment doesn't look too good. It is pretty sparse looking. There is no topsoil there except that Miracle Grow I put in there to plant in. I only had part of a bag left and wanted to use it up. I may plant additional plants later if I get some more Miracle Grow. I would have to carefully rake back the mulch I put in there to do that.   I will see how those plants do that I planted yesterday before I make any decision about it.

The above ground flowerbed John made me looks good. It is full. His and Leslie's lilies and Scott and Ginger's miniature rosebush look good and healthy. I also planted some bedding plants in there last month.

Bob wants Phyllis and me to eat at "Just Us" with him but Leslie may have a plan for Mother's Day dinner. I haven't heard. I will have to wait and see.  He and Phyllis can always go on over to Cherryvale for their dinner.

More later...I'd better ice that coffeecake.

Well, I got the coffeecake iced and out to church. Not many ate any at this time though so I will divide  between Bob, Marilyn and myself and we will eat it up.

After lunch, since Leslie was on call and had a call at the hospital to follow up on, Bob and I went to "Just Us" by ourselves. She did give me my Mother's day gift though and it was so cute. Here is a photo of it. It is a cat...a cat lit up by the sun...a solar energy cat. I have set it out in the sunlight to charge it but here it is:

Isn't that something! It has a sign around it's neck that says "Welcome". I also got a darling funny card from her. She's a mess!

Of course, I got the wonderful coffees from Scott and Ginger.  Let's see if I can post that here again. I will never run short of coffee with those two.
Keith called and talked to me this afternoon. He is so busy with his new job!  He is excited yet nervous about it. It was good to hear from him again. He was going to call each of his girls as soon as he got off the phone to me. He is really good at staying in touch with them.

I have wonderful kids!

Each of the mothers got  a bedding plant from church. I planted mine right away. I didn't want it to dry out! I am going to go to Orchelon's and look for birdseed. My birds have eaten all of that that I bought at Walmart.

I got the birdseed and filled the feeder again. I will see how long it takes those birds to empty it again.

I also got the congregations newsletters done and out on the mailbox for the mailman to pick up tomorrow.

More again later....

This is my oldest great grandchild. She will be 14 in September. Her name is Sage and she is is just as nice as she looks.

More even later...

I took my new neighbors over to the street where Howard and Judy live.  There is a house next door they may like. They took down a telephone number to discuss seeing it with the owners. They are selling it themselves. 

Bob came over to watch 60 Minutes but got very tired and sleepy and finally went home.

Missy and I watched TV until 9:30 and  finally I went to bed too. I was very tired!