Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

I slept poorly last night. I had that funeral on my mind. And before I even went to bed at 9:00, some of the neighbors began setting off fireworks and it was very loud. It was only the 30th of June so I called the police. They said they would send a squad car out to get it stopped. It soon quieted down. It is illegal to set off noisy fireworks before the 1st of July. The 1st is early enough. It should just be legal on the 4th.

More later...Missy is waiting for her breakfast.

Well, I fed Missy and then took her outside for awhile while I was waiting for Bob to come pick me up for breakfast.  Eggberts' breakfasts have gone up. Their .99 senior coffee is now $1.29. I can't believe they charge $1.29 for a cup of coffee. From now on I will just order water.  I have coffee at home. I paid $9.05 for breakfast...a sausage and cheese omelet and coffee.

We will not have lunch today after such a big breakfast. Bob said he would just have a bowl of cereal if he got hungry.

I will meet Leslie at church at 1:00. Isabell's daughters and perhaps even her son will meet us there and I can get some family input from them. I have known Isabell for around 40 years so I won't need much. But they may want me to mention a few things about Isabell. They did that when I did George's funeral a year or so ago.

More later...

We had our meeting and I did some revision on the funeral sermon. I spent the next two hours working on it. Leslie met us out there. She is very busy today. This is her birthday. She is 60.

I dropped by Karan's on my way home from church and saw that she was doing well.  She took one pain pill this morning and will take one this afternoon before bedtime.  She has ice on her knee and is working on her jigsaw puzzle. She also got her new refrigerator today and it is very nice.  She has a great attitude and I believe attitude is 90% of healing.

I will go out to Leslie's this evening around 5:00 for her birthday. 

More later...

I did go out to Leslie's at 5:00 and learned that she had invited four other couples to come too. She had made brownies and homemade ice cream. It was wonderful. I had a nice visit with Leslie's friends too and got home about 9:00. I took my bath and decided to try to stay up a little later and try to wind down before going to bed. I will try to make in until 10:00. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday and Possible Exercises

I woke up at 3:45 to the sound of a violent thunderstorm. Finally, shortly after 4:00 I just got up. I went out and pulled my car further into the carport. Missy had crawled under my jewelry armoire.  The thunder and noise frightens her.  She seems to be alright now though..since the storm has abated.

After I got dressed, I came in to this desktop computer to check my bank account.  The desktop computer was down and I had to do a cold start up to get it up.  It seems to be working alright though. I will check the laptop out later. The small laptop I keep my Quicken on seems to still be up.

I may go to exercise class if the weather clears up...otherwise, I will just stay home. The rain stopped at least temporarily so I plan on exercise class. I've missed all week.

For lunch, we will have the leftover meatloaf and potatoes with a different veggie. I still have Bob's coleslaw in the frig.  We will have that too.

More later...

I have taken Missy outside for awhile. I had to convince her to leave a small toad alone. I took her little rug out with us and she finally laid down on it. We were out there for thirty minutes.

When we came back in I realized I needed to go to the bank for money for the week. I made a quick run over there and withdrew what I would need.  I got back home just in time for Bob to come pick me up and we went to exercise class.

Howard and Judy were there and Howard wanted to pick up his DVD and book right away. I had intended to go to Utopia but instead Bob brought me home and I was here when Howard came for his book and DVD.

We will have lunch in about an hour.

We had our lunch and then I took the rest over to Marilyn. I laid down with Missy and watched TV for awhile after that and took a short nap.

Leslie called to ask me to do the funeral for Isabell. She died on Thursday morning at the nursing home in Parsons. Leslie said she would assist so I agreed.  I spent the rest of the afternoon working on the funeral sermon and the order of service. Then I sent that order of service to Leslie by e-mail.  Later the funeral home wanted a copy too so I e-mailed it to them. Leslie and I will meet with her family this afternoon at 1:00 at the church to get some of their input. The funeral is Monday at 2:00 in Parsons.

I will go out to John and Leslie's today and take her birthday gift and card to her. She is 60 today. It doesn't seem possible.

Bob came over at 5:15 and stayed until 7:30. The neighbors were celebrating Rick's 52nd birthday and Carmen wanted us to come over for cake and to sing happy birthday to Rick. Jim and Evelyn, their next door neighbors on the other side came too. I came back home and got that half gallon of ice cream I had bought at Brahms and took that over. I also took him a card. We did that and then Bob went home.  I took my bath and went to bed...exhausted at 9:00.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thursday and Housework and Lunch

I slept well again last night. I got up about 5:00 AM and get myself ready for the day and fed myself and Missy. After I watched the weather I took her outside for awhile while I watered all the flowers. We have rain in the forecast but the forecast is seldom right for our area.

After I came back in I vacuumed and car out including the trunk and also vacuumed the dining room and living room. Now the place should be nice and clean for the weekend. Tomorrow I plan to go to exercises again. Then I have no particular plans. I would like to read my book. I haven't been back to it in a week.

I made up my microwave meatloaf and covered it with saran and put it in the frig to wait until time to bake it. I have the topping mixed up in the blender too. I bake the meatloaf for ten minutes and then add the topping and bake it another ten minutes. It's an easy to do way to bake a meatloaf. I will boil some potatoes to go with it and add a veggie. I will look for some steamers out at Walmart. 

I have one load of laundry in and I have Missy's afghans in the dryer on "fresh air". They are always full of cat hair. Every once in a while I run them through the laundry.

Now I have the laundry in the dryer and have cleaned the lint filter from the cat's afghans. Sure enough, it had a lot of cat hair in it.

I'm going out to Leslie's on Saturday since that is her 60th birthday. I have a gift and card for her.

More later... I need to go to the market. I need a few things.

Well, that little trip to the market ended up costing me nearly $40. Bob came over just as I started lunch. He had not been here long when the air conditioner repair man called and said he was on his way out to the church. So Bob left to go let him in and I turned off the preparations for lunch until Bob could call me and tell me when he would be back.   When that happened, I started lunch up again. After we ate, he stayed awhile. After he left, I resumed reading my book. The name of the book, in case I didn't mention it is "Cramming for the Final". It is very progressive. But in case my readers had not noticed before, I am a very Progressive Christian myself.

I have a group that meets every other Sunday evening to watch a video and then we discuss what we have just watched.  After that we have fellowship and refreshments. The name of the group is "Living the Questions". I have about a dozen different videos that we have watched over the past twelve years or so and that small group has grown from 6 to 14 over those years. We have lost three of our original group from deaths, including my own husband.

I have discarded many of my 4th century religious beliefs and gone back to the original beliefs about Jesus' teachings and the recognition of the Kingdom of God on earth. It may be hard to see that "kin- dom" in today's world but it does exist. We simply have to look for it.

I finished my book. So more later...

My brother-in-law, Bob, came back at 5:00 and stayed until 6:30. After he left I tried to find something to watch but ended up watching PBS's "This Old House". Bob, my husband, and I used to watch that regularly. He was pretty handy.

I noticed that my ankles were badly swollen again this evening.  I elevated them for awhile but that didn't help much. I finally decided to just go on to bed. I told Missy and I expect she will join me soon. She usually does.  :)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday and Another Trip

I slept well last night. About 4:00 AM Scott texted me and I woke up. I just got up then. Missy and I have both been fed and I am dressed. I checked my bank account and the Blue Cross/Blue Shield premium was taken out this morning so I brought my checkbook up to date.

As soon as it gets light out, I will go out and water my flowers. Missy will get to go out  then too.

I will miss exercise class today. I will go up to Independence to balance Juanita's checkbook. She called day before yesterday and has her bank statement.  When I get back home I will cook lunch and Bob will come over to eat. He will bring the salad.

It is getting light out now so I will get back to this later....

I got all the flowers watered and dead headed. Then I came in to change the battery on my hearing aid. That did not work. I didn't know whether it was the new battery or the hearing aid so I put another battery in it.   That didn't work either. So I took the hearing aid in the bathroom and cleaned out the canal. That was it...evidently ear wax. :0

I got the bedroom, hall and den vacuumed and the kitchen floor washed before I played out. I will do the living room and dining room and bathroom later. ...maybe tomorrow. I've about had it for today. It's 7:30 now.

More later...

After I fix lunch, I am going to the game day at the senior center. Karan is having her knee surgery today. I wonder how that will go?  She will have to do her physical therapy every day like Bobby did. I told her to call me if she needs anything after her kids leave this weekend.

I finally got the bathroom cleaned. Now all I lack is the living room and dining room. I'll get those tomorrow or late this afternoon.

I left to go to Juanita's at 9:00 and it took until 10:30 to get her checkbook done and visit  with her awhile. Then I stopped at the post office and mailed her check off and bought some stamps.

When I got home I hurriedly started lunch. We had the tuna cakes and fried potatoes, corn and coleslaw that Bob brought.  Then we finished off the apple brown betty with ice cream.

After I cleaned up my mess, I went to game day and enjoyed the fellowship. When I got out of that, I went to Woodshed and bought gas then came home and read the newspaper.

I called Karan over at Parsons at the hospital. She is comfortable right now. The surgery went well. They are keeping her pain free so far. Sheri is there with her.  After Sheri leaves Sunday afternoon,  I will be available to run errands for anything Karan may need.

Bob came back at 5:00 and stayed until 6:30. After he left, I took my bath and got myself ready for bed. Then I laid on the sofa and watched Nature on PBS with Missy.  It's 8:20 now and I will finish the blog before I go to bed. I have nothing on the calendar for tomorrow.

I will make a meatloaf for lunch tomorrow and we will have some boiled potatoes, a salad and a veggie. I have some fruit and cookies for dessert.

I do need a few things from Walmart tomorrow. I also need milk from Brahms. I will go to bed at 9:00. I was up at 4:00 this morning.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tuesday and Another Doctor's Appointment

I slept well last night. Of course, I took Zyrtec and that seems to help since it dries me up.

Today I will take the four cakes up to Independence to the First Christian Church and then get my hair done. Then I will go down to Bartlesville for my 11:00 doctor's appointment with Dr. Peacher.  I want to stop by Walmart and get some Decon for the church. I found mouse feces in the kitchen oven drawer and in the storage room near the high chair. We had put Decon out in the nursery and kitchen but it evidently had not had time to work. I cleaned up a mess in both areas on Sunday.

I took Missy out for a little while this morning while I drank my coffee and then after I put her back in I went to the bank and got some money for the week and also walked down to the Dollar General store and bought some trash bags. I took mine out to the church Sunday. They were completely out.

More later...

Everything worked out like a well oiled machine.  Bob went with me and we delivered the cakes...then I got my hair done and we headed for Bartlesville to the appointment. First we stopped at Walmart in Bartlesville and bought the Decon and some small styrofoam cups for the church and then went on to Dr. Peacher's office.

I didn't have to wait long. They took me right back and soon he was in the room with his nurse. He examined the surgery and said the bladder was only a little bit distended at the bottom. Everything was still attached just as he had done it and he thought I would be fine. He said he could give me some meds to help with the feeling of incontinence.  I was elated!

Furthermore, he was very congenial! It was "sweetheart" this and "sweetheart" that and "just call me if you need anything...anything at all". I thought perhaps he had a twin brother who was congenial. It was like night and day. :)

I will not have to have the surgery done over. Soon I will have the bunion redone on my left foot and perhaps I will be as good as new....just older. I texted Leslie to tell her. She called me to make sure she understood me.  Bob and I went to Dink's for Bar B Q afterward and when Leslie called she said I should go back and get those samples he offered me. When we finished lunch we did that.

Now I will lay down with Missy and rest. What a surprise!

I laid down for at least an hour and slept like a baby. I tried to watch TV but just couldn't keep my eyes open.  She is in here on the floor next to me as I type on this blog.

More later...

Bob came in at 5:00 and stayed until 6:30. I fixed us some Apple Brown Betty and ice cream. When he left, I took my bath and got ready for bed. Then I laid down with Missy and watched a new show called "Cold Case". It was interesting.... though rather horrifying . There are 120,000 unsolved murders in the US.

I went to bed at 10:00.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday and Another Busy Day

I slept better last night. I got up at nearly 6:00...late for me. I did strip my bed and launder the sheets and pillowcases and then  when they were dry, I put them back on the bed.

Then I dressed and got myself ready for the day and fed myself and Missy and went out and watered all the flower beds. She went out with me and this time she was better and nicer. She came back in when I was ready. She wasn't happy about it but the alternative was to not get to go out at all. I guess she understood that.

I will pick up Bob for exercises in an hour.  After that I will come back home and get ready to leave for Bartlesville. I have a 2:30 appointment with Dr. Webb in Bartlesville.

It will be another big day. I am feeling overwhelmed again. I called Bob and begged off making lunch today. In fact, I just am not up to much of anything today. 

More later....

Leslie called and asked me to go to lunch with her before my appointment. I met her at Tyro and we took her car. We went to McCalister's in Bartlesville and she bought my lunch.  We had a long visit about both of us feeling overwhelmed.  Then she went with me to the podiatrist to see what he thought about my bunion.

He said of the three options I had, I needed the Keller procedure and he said I would be walking on it right after the surgery. There are some procedures I would have to follow such as hanging my left leg out of the tub to bathe so it would not get wet. He said under no circumstances should I shower. I will have to elevate it on the way home and also use ice packs on it 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off it until he tells me to stop. I may do this surgery first. He can probably get to me before Dr. Peaster could. I told him I would wait until I talked to Dr. Peaster tomorrow before making a final decision.  Dr. Peaster may not be interested in redoing the bladder surgery. I will know tomorrow. Then I will make a decision.

Juanita called me while I was in the doctor's office and the call went to voice mail. She has her bank statement and wanted to know when I could come up to Independence to balance her checkbook. I called her back after we got on the road and told her it would be Wednesday morning since I had that doctor's appointment on Tuesday. Tuesday I will take the cakes up, stop by the beauty shop to get my hair done and then go on to Bartlesville for that 11:00 appointment. I will take my Kindle to read.  It may take awhile to get in to see him. Wednesday I will go back to Independence so I can be there at 9:30.

I got home about 3:30 and stopped by Karan's to pick up her cake and also Phyllis'.  Bob brought his over right after 5:00. He stayed until 6:00.  Then I took my bath. I will watch TV until 9:00 and then take my Zyrtec and go to bed.  I hope I can sleep.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday and Another Huge Day

I did not sleep well last night. I was concerned about the sermon I am giving today.  I woke up at 1:00. Finally at 2:30, after tossing and turning for an hour and a half, I got up and took a Zyrtec. Then I slept until 6:00 AM.

After I got up and made the bed and got myself ready for the day, I had my breakfast and fed Missy and made the coffee cake for the Church School class. Then I went out to water my flowers. I took Missy too. When I went around to the east side to water, she came too and lay in the grass and enjoyed the sunshine. When I was ready to come in, she would not come in. I tried everything I knew including the broom (as a last resort). That didn't work either. Finally, I carefully picked her up. She did her best to bite me but I managed to evade her teeth and opened the door and tossed her into the dining room. I don't know what I am going to do with that cat. She is getting more and more unmanageable when I let her outside.

I got the coffeecake iced and everything ready for the service today. My neighbors next door intend to come. That makes me a little nervous since I know I have a pretty liberal theology. I am happy they want to do that though.

This afternoon I will do the congregation's newsletters and get them sent out. Then I will make my Apple Brown Betty for this evening and get the dishes set out for that.  At this point, I have ten coming and ten is all I have room and seating for in my small living room.  Howard and Judy are in California and I don't know about Joyce. I haven't heard from her. 

Tomorrow at 2:30, I have my appointment with Dr. Webb. I will do to exercise class and fix lunch here as usual. I also will have to bake my cake. Then Tuesday at 11:00, I have an appointment with Dr. Peasher. We will deliver our cakes and then I will take Bob with me to that appointment and we will eat down there afterward.

Busy, busy, busy. 

More later...

The sermon went fine and the neighbors came too. They say they will be back next Sunday. We are having a Bar B Q dinner on Sunday after church. 

I got the newsletters finished and ready for the mail.  Then I made up the Apple Brown Betty. By then I needed to rest again.  The group started coming at 7:00. I went to pick up Gary and Bob stayed here and welcomed everyone in.

The meeting went well but ran late as we waited for John and Wendy and Linda who never showed up.  We usually are finished by 9:00. It was almost 10:00 when everyone left and I took Gary home.

I took my bath and Missy and I went right to bed.