Saturday, November 25, 2017

Saturday and the Kids Leave

I slept well again last night. I may just sleep on the daybed trundle from now on. Only small children have ever slept on it and that mattress is like new.

I got up about 4:30 and have cleaned out the litter box and dressed but still have to make up my face before I begin the day. We will meet Bob at Eggberts at 6:45 for breakfast. The kids have to leave at 7:30 for Wichita. We hope we can get our food and eat before 7:30.

I want to stay home today and see if Curtis comes to fix the antenna. I will contact Betty again if he doesn't come and mount it correctly. It's after 5:00 AM now. I'd better get myself ready and get back to this later in the day.

More later...

I got dressed and after 6:15 I woke the kids. We needed to meet Bob from breakfast at 6:45 and they just had thirty minutes to get dressed and get their luggage in their rental car.

We met Bob for breakfast at Eggberts and the kids bought all our breakfasts. They left shortly after 7:30. It was so good to see them and spend time with them again. It had been two years.

Betty said she thought Curtis was coming yesterday to fix the antenna. She asked me when I was leaving and I told her on Wednesday. I told her Keith had climbed that ladder we borrowed from Kenny and saw that the antenna was still hanging on those wires and was not attached to anything. She said surely he would come today and fix that. I hope she's right but I'll believe it when I see it.  I will stay home.

More even later...

Curtis never came. He didn't answer his phone either. He may be out of minutes and has no phone.

I warmed up the spaghetti for Bob and myself and took what was left to Karan. She was happy to get it. She said she hadn't had spaghetti for a long time. She was going to have it for supper.

It's 4:25 now and I probably need to go to the market and get sugar sometime.  I have the sugar bowl full so that will probably hold me for a day or two if I don't bake anything more.

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After Bob went home I took my bath and got ready for bed. Then I logged onto Amazon and watched a chick flick. Missy and I went to bed after 9:00. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Friday After Thanksgiving

I slept really well again last night. Keith spent the morning working with  the new notebook getting everything set up on it, After he finished his part and both Esther and he had their breakfasts, they took off to go through the Country Antique Mall. She loves to look around places like that.

I wanted to work on getting all my sites on the Firefox browser. I am nearly finished now and need to go over the Braum's to get bread and garlic toast for sandwiches for lunch.and the spaghetti for their supper. I could never figure out how to mark the kids' face book pages though. When Keith gets back, I will check with him on that.

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Keith and Esther stopped at Braums and bought bread, garlic toast and eggs. I intended to have the ham and turkey sandwiches at noon for lunch.   They also got chips.

We spent the day trying to watch some TV to see what all we could get. Finally, Keith borrowed a ladder and climbed up to the attic with a flashlight. Curtis had simply laid the antenna across  two wires up was an antenna wire and the other was an old telephone pole and no brackets. So when I tried to rotate it to get more stations it had half fallen off the wires and then the  picture was tearing. I texted Betty to tell her about it and she will contact Curtis to get him back out here to mount it on a pole from the rafters in the attic so it can be turned.

Curtis never showed up at all. Keith went out to our Walmart to try to find a pole and bracket to try to mount it from a rafter. They didn't have anything there. He went to Ace Hardware and got a piece of a pole and a bracket and a saw to shorten it but we decided to just let Curtis take care of it and I will  see if I can get Kenny from next door to climb up there and check it out after he does that. Gross Incompetence!!

That took up the afternoon and then Keith had to try to update his next trip to the embassy at Uzbekistan...somewhere near Russia. He leaves on Tuesday for a week.  He learned then that because he has to go through Turkey, he has to have a visa so he spent the afternoon trying to get his itinerary changed until he can get a visa before he leaves. Now he will leave on Tuesday on that trip.

The kids decided to take me out for supper. I generally don't eat supper but I decided that they did so I had better go with them to the Kansas Buffet. They also had me call Bob and invite him to go. We had a great meal there.

We came home and watched a Christmas movie with John Denver before we went to bed. Missy and I went to bed at 9:30 after I had my bath. It was a huge day!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thursday and Thanksgiving Day

I slept like a log last night...the best sleep I've had in weeks. Of course, I went to bed at 10:00 and that probably helped. But just having one more thing off my mind also helped.

I got up about 4:00 AM and went to the bathroom and noticed that my smart phone had updated during the night. So I laid in bed and installed that. Finally, about 5:00, I got up.

Esther is going to fix me a cheat sheet for the Tivo and the TV so after they are gone I will be able to navigate the TV.

After awhile, I will fix my corn casserole. We need to go out to John and Leslie's sometime before noon for Thanksgiving dinner. We will want to visit with them too while Keith and Esther are here.

Keith may want to go out to the superstore up in Independence for the laptop he wants to buy me to replace that Dell that was damaged in shipment when he sent it back. What a Christmas time! Scott and Ginger are giving me that trip to Florida on November 29th to take in Ashley's graduation from college. John and Leslie gave me the new smart phone. I've had quite a month.  My kids are so good to me. Leslie pays for my cell phone service too and always has.

Now the only thing I have to be concerned about is the trip to Florida and how smoothly that goes.

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Leslie's dinner was wonderful and my corn casserole and the Waldorf salad was very good too.  Leslie had two pies that she baked from a recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens magazine. They were scrumptious!  She had baked some new potatoes and rolls and we used some of Gay's pear jelly. Everything was delicious. After dinner we cleaned up and Leslie and I watched a football game while John took the others out to see the Llama, Shaggy.

 My kids have an Alexa and they use her for all kinds of questions. When we were out to John and Leslie's home, we all asked questions of Alexa. John has great fun playing with it. Children and their toys! Leslie gave it to John for his birthday in September.

Finally they all came back from the field and we all went out to Walmart and Keith bought me a little notebook that I can take to Florida with me. He also bought a two year warranty for it besides the one year warranty it already has from Microsoft. He is configuring it now. They are watching old Star Trek shows on the TV.  I am very tired and soon will go to bed. I am trying to stay up until 9:00. And it is 8:23 now.

Missy is ready to go to bed too.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday and My Kids Coming

I posted yesterday but it didn't post for some reason. So I will just skip Tuesday and get on with Wednesday.

I slept on the daybed last night. I wanted Missy to get used to it since I will be sleeping on it while the kids are here. They will be coming in this afternoon.  Also Curtis is supposed to come this afternoon to set up the antenna for the TV. I hope it works so I can cancel the cable. It has become way too expensive.

I will get around this morning and fix my Waldorf salad.  I will do the corn casserole in the morning. I have just got up. I slept poorly but did at least sleep without Zzzquil. I did have to take an antihistamine. My sinus' were draining most of the night and clogging me up. Finally I got into a good sleep and slept until almost 6:00 AM.

I'd better get around and feed Missy. She is patiently waiting for her breakfast.

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I have fed Missy and myself and am drinking my coffee now and trying to get caught up on the blog.

In a little bit, I will go start my salad for tomorrow. Then I want to strip the bed and do the laundry and remake it.  I also need to run the vacuum a little. Tomorrow is my regular cleaning day but tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and I just want to enjoy the family. I can finish my cleaning after Keith and Esther leave on Saturday.

Missy is lying here behind me on the daybed. In her old age, she has become rather clingy. I worry about how long I will have her. She will be 15 in March.

More later...I'd better get on that salad.

Well , I got the salad done and made way too much of it so Bob and I had some of it with our spaghetti at lunch.  I still have way too much. But at least all I will have to make in the morning is  the corn casserole.  Esther wants to have some fancy pecan candy. She needs the oven for that.  They will be here about 3:00 this afternoon....I hope. Maybe Curtis will be here then getting the antenna installed. It will be interesting to see if I can get any channels with an antenna. Betty can get her money back if it doesn't work.  Keith is bringing a Tevo too.  It evidently records programs and also serves as a box to receive programming if I have to stay with Cox. I can give up their box that serves as my receiving box. They charge me a monthly fee for using it.

I got the apartment vacuumed and also did a load of clothes...mostly their sheets.  They are all in the dryer. I'd better check them out. They may be dry by now.

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Curtis, Betty's maintenance man, came and installed the antenna in the afternoon. It only found three Channel 6 CBS stations and four religious stations. I was going to be very unsatisfied with that. Then Keith and Esther came and brought their old Tivo from their bedroom TV and installed it onto the antenna too. Then it scanned the  stations and picked up 13 stations and when I told Keith I had Amazon Prime, he used the signal from my router and was able to download all the movies and TV shows it could find from Amazon Prime. I have almost unlimited entertainment now. And besides that, the Tivo fit perfectly into the one empty space I had in my TV cabinet. So I want to keep the antenna from my landlady, Betty, because it gives me free TV and the Tivo Keith and Esther brought me gives me almost unlimited entertainment from Amazon Prime.

Esther and Keith and I had a great visit. Esther went to bed a little earlier at 9:00 or so because she reads her scriptures morning and evening and that left Keith and I to visit another hour. After he went to bed, I took my bath and Missy and I went to bed at 10:00.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday and Exercise Class and Lunch Out With the Girls

I slept well last night with the help of Zzzquil. I simply cannot sleep without help. My mind will not turn off.

Keith and Esther will be here Wednesday afternoon sometime. I am so excited! It has been nearly two years since I've seen them. They were back for my 80th birthday. 

Bob and I will go to exercise class this morning and then at 11:30 I will meet the girls at Eggberts for lunch. Our friend, Joyce, who has been away working disasters for FEMA has finally returned home. She wants to meet her woman friends for lunch today. This afternoon from 3:00 until 6:00 I will work as an escort for the Red Cross. It will be a busy day.

The TV antenna is supposed to be in today. I don't know when Betty will have Curtis install it. I wish it wasn't right at the holiday. Keith and Esther will be coming Wednesday afternoon. I have a lot to do to prepare for that. I want to change my bed and wash my sheets so the kids will sleep in a clean bed. I do that weekly anyhow but just did it last week on Thursday.

I had to go to Braum's for milk this morning before I could eat my oatmeal. I had used all the milk on the green bean casserole I made for yesterday's dinner at church.

Scott called this morning and we had a good visit.

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I got my breakfast over with and Bob came by to pick me up for exercises. After he brought me home, I went to Country Mart to buy some frozen shoestring potatoes. We will have hamburgers and french fries Wednesday noon. Tomorrow we will eat in Independence at Great China.

In about 30 minutes I will meet the girls for lunch. Joyce is finally back in town and she wants to catch us all up on her last couple of months. She has been out for FEMA doing disasters. She has both her houses for sale and I wonder where she intends to live when she is in town if they both sell. Maybe she will tell us about that too.

Bob told me he had acquired a virus on his computer this morning. He hopes Keith can log on to his computer this evening using Team Viewer and help him get rid of it. He tried out Internet Explorer and picked it up then. That browser is so vulnerable. I stay with Mozella Firefox.

More later...I'd better get ready for lunch.

Karan had the waitress take this photo at lunch. We really enjoyed hearing Joyce's stories about her FEMA experience.

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That's me on the far left. Karan is s between me and Judy, then Marilyn  and Joyce's sister Donna, and on the far right, Joyce. We had a good lunch and enjoyed Joyce's stories.

I need to start toward the First Baptist Church to the Bloodmobile.  I will work 3:00 until 6:00 as an escort.

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I didn't get home from the First Baptist Church until well after 6:00. They had about 8 people come right at the last minute to give blood.

Then I had a text from Bob. He had not heard from Keith and was concerned that he had a virus on his computer and his AVG did not find it. I called Keith and he and Esther are doing some errands this evening.  They will not be home until 9:00 their time.... 10:00 our time.  I asked Bob to run AVG again to see if it might catch the virus. AVG may need some updating. He may not have stayed up on his updates.

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It turned out to be a scam from someone pretending to be microsoft.  Keith took care of it and Bob's computer is fine. 

He came over later to watch the news. After he left, I took my bath and watched TV with Missy on the sofa. Then I fell asleep there. I used the daybed in the den for my bed since I intend to wash the sheets in my bed so the kids can sleep there. Missy and I went to bed at 9:00.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday and Church and a Basket Dinner.

It was one of those nights again. I awoke at 2:00 and I could see I was not going to get back to sleep. So I took a Zeequil dose and overslept until 6:00. Then I really had to fly to get everything done. I got it all done but just barely. I made my coffeecake up and the green bean casserole and then finally the meatloaf. The green bean casserole and the coffeecake baked in the oven at the same time and the meatloaf was done in the microwave. I even got it iced. But it's time to load up the trunk with all of it now. I will pick up Bob and then we will go get Phyllis.  I will get back to this after church.

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The service was very good and the dinner afterward was too. Only seven stayed for the dinner but those of us who stayed had a good visit and a fine meal. I brought home some of the green bean casserole and some of the  meatloaf. I sent them home with Bob since I will be having lunch tomorrow with the women from the Living the Questions group.

I came home without my minutes book. I will pick it up on my way to Tuesday's hair appointment and do the minutes that afternoon. I got my newsletters out to two who were not there. We had a nice size group there for Vivian's service.

I will need to get the bulletin done for Bill's service next week and also preside for him.

I will do that sometime tomorrow before I work at the Red Cross 3:00PM  until 6:00PM or Tuesday afternoon. I don't want to wait until Keith and Esther are here on Wednesday.  I want to clean the apartment and wash the sheets on my bed Tuesday and then sleep that night on the daybed trundle Tuesday night to keep the bed clean for them. They should be here about 3:00 in the afternoon on Wednesday. 

I don't know what there is on tonight's TV...probably nothing.  But I will lay down with Missy anyhow and just watch the weather channel if nothing else. I have had my bath and have my PJs on.
so Missy and I will go to bed at 9:00. It's only 8:00 now.