Saturday, December 23, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast at Eggberts

I slept pretty well last night. I only woke up once. Then I got right back to sleep. Missy got up in the night and accidentally wet on her clean bathmat. I put it in the washer and put the other one under her litter box after I cleaned up the mess. That cat! She is old too.

Bob will be by shortly before 7:00 and we will go to breakfast out this morning. Sometime tomorrow afternoon I will bake my banana nut bread for when the family comes. They are to be here at 4:00. I'd better get dressed and ready for the day now. It is almost 5:00 AM. The bank deposit from Keith and Esther finally made it last night in the night. Now I will pay my car insurance and apartment insurance right after Christmas.

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I ended up driving. Bob had ice on his windows so I drove. We had a good breakfast and we both had omelets.

When I got home, I cleaned the apartment.  I mopped the floors in the bathroom and kitchen and vacuumed the carpets. Now I am tired. It's only 10:30 and on Saturday I don't cook. I do have chili leftover from Friday so if we get hungry, I can warm that up.

I checked Leslie's facebook page and found the puppies sleeping soundly.

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They are out in the potting shed now and it;s warmed with a small radiator.

Leslie called to see if I needed anything for tomorrow afternoon when we have treats and open our gifts.  She is going to bring her hot cider.   We can use that. I also have flavored popcorn, a few peanut clusters, and some cookies. I will fix banana nut bread too.

I watched an old movie "Dirty Dancing"  on Amazon Prime this afternoon instead of taking a nap. 

Bob came over to watch the news about 5:30 and stayed until about 6:30. Then he went home and I took my bath and came in here to work on this blog.  There is really nothing on TV. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Friday and A Bad Thursday Evening

I didn't get a lot of sleep last night. I didn't get to bed until after 10:30. When I came in the den to get ready for bed, I discovered my computer screen was frozen and there was a message from Defender that I would need to call Microsoft at an 800 number. I took a chance and called the number and was informed that I would need to let the tech take over my computer to get the screen unfrozen. I took a deep breath and did that. I was informed that I had a serious worm..a Trojan and the entire network was infected. I had a feeling I had been had and was now hacked.

I then told the hack tech I was speaking to that my son worked as a tech for the Department of Defense and since I had no money I would have to have him take care of the problem. So by this time the screen was unfrozen but I was told the worm was still in there. But he logged off anyhow.

I couldn't reach Keith, my son, so I contacted my tech help from Cox. Luckily I got a knowledgeable tech and he went all through my drive and removed the hack. Then I went to bed after he said the computer was safe again. He also told me that Microsoft never posts a telephone number and that should have been a dead giveaway. Now I know. I always know not to open any link that I am not familiar with...but that looked like a genuine warning and my screen was frozen. What really gave him away was when he asked me what a "blog" was. But as a word to the wise, take my advice and never do what I did. You will get hacked if you do.The Cox tech said dozens of people in his experience had bitten on that hack.

I slept pretty well until 3:30 and then I got up to go to the bathroom and after that, I couldn't get back to sleep. Finally at 4:00, I just got up.

I left a message to Betty, my landlady, that I had a 10:00 appointment this morning and asked if Emmett could come in the afternoon to replace the sprayer on my sink. I never heard back. I will try again before I leave this morning.

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The chili is finished and in the slow cooker on "warm". I will leave it this morning to just stay warm.  There is Coke in the frig and I have chips and crackers. Hopefully, Emmett will not come this morning since I will be gone until about 11:00. He has my number and can call me if he does come this morning sometime.

We had our chili at lunchtime and it was good. Bob brought a photo Joanne had brought to show him of her husband, Bill, and Bob and they were best friends for many years.  Bob wanted me to scan it into my computer and print it off on some photo paper I keep. I did that. It finally worked. It took a long time and fiddling with the scanner. It's an old flatbed scanner and I hadn't used it in several years. But I finally got it to work.

I was out of sorts at lunchtime. My son, Keith, had transferred some money to me yesterday for my car insurance and it did not come through anytime today.  He sent it last evening and that may be why. I called the bank and they had no record of it even coming through but it had left Keith's account last evening. It irritates me that the bank uses our money for 24 hours and doesn't even have to be charged for doing that.  I am hoping to get the transfer by tomorrow.

I went by Utopia and had a Utopiachino and a cinnamon roll. I waited for Bob but he had forgotten that he told me he was coming after he had his haircut.

The maintenance man came to fix the sprayer on my sink and he couldn't get it to leak at all so he will return the part to Ace Hardware. I don't know what happened. When I tried to use it after the plumber put my sink in last year, it leaked all over the floor and I had to get a lot of old towels from Bob and mop all that water up. Now it doesn't leak at all.  Strange!

I got a lovely Christmas gift from the Cordas family. Christina is my oldest granddaughter. Kyle and Christina sent it to me. It is a lovely Precious Moment figurine. I collected those for years.  I put it in a prominent place in my living room. That was so sweet of her! I sent her a thank you note.

As I was getting ready for my bath, Christina texted me to find out if my gift arrived. I told her how delighted  was with it.

I took my bath and got ready for bed. The special Dick Van Dyke Christmas Special is on TV next and I guess I will watch it. Then at 9:00 Missy and I will go to bed.

I had just finished my bath and had my PJs on, when my next door neighbor, Rick, rang the doorbell. I answered it and he and Carmen had brought me a box of special cookies. I will put them out tomorrow evening when the family comes for refreshments and the gift exchange.  Evelyn had brought me a nice cookie gift the day before. We have such nice neighbors here now.

I went to bed a little early. I was really tired. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Thursday and a Trip to Bartlesville

I slept really well last night. I woke up about 2:00 and went to the bathroom. There I saw that Missy has missed the litter box altogether and wet on the floor beside it. I got out my 501 and washed the mess up. I hope this doesn't continue to get worse. At least she makes it to the bathroom which has a tile floor.  Anyhow, after that I managed to get right back to sleep.

Bob is going to the doctor in Bartlesville and I am going with him to see Dr. Eslicker.  Afterward we will go window shopping and later go to McCalister's for lunch. I will take my big drink cup and get my drink cup full for .98. Then I will share it with Bob. That reminds me...I need to wash the cup. It's in the trunk of my car and we will be taking his car.

More later....

Well, we saw Dr. Eslicker and he zapped Bob in several places.  I did his paperwork. Then we went out to the new shopping center and looked around. We didn't buy anything. I wanted to go to the mall to get some socks at Christopher and Banks so that's where we went next. We killed some time. At 11:00 we went to McCalisters for lunch. Yum!

We stopped by Pecks on our way back but they were closed until 12:30 for lunch and it was only 11:45 and we did not want to stay around for 45 minutes to pick up some beef patties so we just came on back home. He dropped me off at my apartment and went on home to take a nap. We will get beef patties next time we go to Bartlesville. I need to ask Leslie to give me some of their ground beef. I have only one pound now.

I will go over to Country Mart and get my banana nut bread mix now.  So more later....

I bought a few groceries at Country Mart.  Now we have a roast or two for future lunches.  I got my banana nut bread mix and some bananas and will serve that Sunday evening with the eggnog.  I have a few peanut clusters left too and will put them out.

In the morning I will make chili for tomorrow's lunch.  We will have corn chips and crackers and cheese with that. Hopefully, Bob will bring his cheese. After exercises tomorrow, we may go to Utopia for cinnamon rolls and Utopiachinos.

Betty is sending Emmitt to fix my leaking sprayer on my sink in the morning. I hope she will ask him to come in the afternoon. I wanted to go to exercise class and Utopia afterward. I texted her to ask her to ask him to come in the afternoon but I haven't heard anything back from her. 

I watched some TV earlier this evening but there really isn't anything I care anything about on TV anymore. I looked over the Amazon Prime things but much of it is Christmas right now.

I have watched what I am interested in watching. I took my bath after Bob left and laid down with Missy on the sofa and watched and searched through the Amazon stuff.

It's after 8:00 now and I will try to stay up until 9:00 and then Missy and I will go to bed.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Wednesday and Exercises and Bunco at Asbury Village

I slept pretty well last night. I did wake up once but got back to sleep just fine once I had gone to the bathroom. I also cleaned out Missy's litter box...and yes, she had missed the box and wet on the little bathmat. I put the other larger one under the litter box and put the small one in the washer. When she does the larger one, I will wash them both. Old cat! She's as bad as I am except I don't miss my stool!

I have made the trundle bed up and put it away. I have also fed Missy and myself and finished the crossword puzzle from last evening's Reporter.

I will drive this morning and pick up Bob. After lunch, I will go out to Asbury Village for the Bunco party. I missed Bingo last Wednesday. I just had too much to do. We will have tuna cakes and friend potatoes and corn at lunch today. Bob will bring his salad.

I want to get a banana nut bread mix for Sunday evening when I have the kids here for the gift exchange. I will also get some Brahms eggnog. It won't be anywhere near as good as Leslie's but it will be the best commercial eggnog around here. I will have the banana nut bread and eggnog and the remainder of the peanut clusters. I gave away my cookies to the neighbors and unless I find time to bake more, we will not have cookies.

My hands have hurt some lately. It's probably the change in the weather. I don't take anything for it. It isn't that bad.

Strange...since I cancelled my cable, now my internet is $28.99....down from $34.99. I wonder what that's all about? Also, I am supposed to be paying $10.00 a month extra for the service I get every Tuesday when Cox checks out my computer for errors. That was not on the bill either. I'm not complaining! I'm just making an observation. I had them add my new little notebook to the service. They will handle 4 different computers for that $10.00 a month. I had them take that broken ruined Dell off the account. The post office ruined it when Keith sent it back to me. It was packed in bubble wrap and bubbles and should have been fine.

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I picked up Bob and attended exercise class and  then we came on back home. I am very tired for some reason. I will start dinner in about 45 minutes and then go to Bunco at 2:00.

I located my Chase account and arranged to pay that bill too.  I want to keep my bills caught up as soon as I can.

I want to get the makings for my banana nut bread sometime before Sunday and get that made up Sunday morning and get my eggnog too. If I can find time, I will bake cookies again too.

I am washing the bathmats now. When I got home I put them and the other small stuff like Missy's afghans in the washer. I hope to get it all dry before lunch.

More later...

Dinner was fine. Bob is going to see Dr. Eslicker in Bartlesville and I am going along too. Afterward we will go to the new strip mall and look it over. Then we will eat at McCallister's.  It's been awhile since we've done that.

I had to put the bathmats back in the dryer. They didn't get dry before lunch. They are too heavy.

In about 45 minutes I will leave for Asbury Village and Bunco.

Miss Kitty is napping behind me on the daybed.

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I went to Asbury Village and played Bunco and then came home and took it easy. About 4:45 Bob came over and we had ice cream. The ice cream made him start coughing again so I made up a cup of hot tea. That stopped the coughing.

He left shortly after 6:00 and I took my bath and lay down with Missy on the sofa and watched a movie on Amazon.

At 8:45, Missy and I went to bed. I was very tired.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Tuesday and A Hair Day

I slept pretty well last night. I woke up twice but managed to get back to sleep by counting my breaths "one two, one two". Sometimes that works. I am still sleeping on the daybed trundle. It has a comfortable mattress. My mattress on my bed is no longer comfortable for me. And Missy can no longer jump up on the footstool at the foot of the bed to get up on the bed.

I got up at my usual 5:00 AM and started a load of laundry after I fed myself and Missy. Missy is feeling somewhat better. She has begun eating more again and got quite snippy at me when I lifted her up on the daybed to watch me blog. She wanted up there but does not like to be lifted. It seems to hurt her...even though I am very careful. She is lying quietly behind me now watching me type.

I will get my hair done this morning. Also I want to finish my shopping. I want to get three small boxes at Dollar General to put some cookies and peanut clusters in for my neighbors.

We will eat at Great China today in Independence.

After I got my hair done, we went to Sayers Ace hardware to look at all their wonderful Christmas stuff. Neither of us bought anything. I had already bought all my gifts and wrapped them and they are under the tree. Then we went to Walmart and bought the coffee for the church and some more small paper cups. Then we stopped at the other hardware store to check out their Christmas stuff and then Goodys. Mostly we were just killing time until Great China opened. 

Tomorrow we will have tuna cakes and fried potatoes with a veggie, probably corn, for our lunch. Bob will bring his salad.

I am looking for my coffees from Keurig. I ordered them last week and am almost completely out. Bob gave me two pods last night. He got Diana's Christmas gift of coffee and  was delighted when he opened it because he was completely out. Probably Christmas is slowing down our order.

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I notice John and Leslie moved the puppies and their mama to the garden house last evening. They have a small radiator out there to keep the chill down.

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The coffee arrived! Bob came over and got his and paid me for it. He did a small load of white clothing in my washer while he was here.

I spent the afternoon making more peanut clusters...some for Scott. He asked me for some when I was in Florida. I filled the small box I was able to find and then took it to the post office and got it in the mail. I then made up boxes for my neighbors here in the fourplex.  They all seemed pleased.

Bob came back later and we watched the news. After he left I took my bath and laid down with Missy on the sofa and watched a movie on Amazon. After it finished, I went on to bed at 9:00. I was very tired. It had been a big day.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Monday and Exercise Class

Today I will go to exercise class. I missed Friday because I went to Chanute to meet Gay and her friends for lunch.

I slept pretty well last night. I woke up once to go to the bathroom and got back to sleep until almost 5:00 AM.

This is a photo Leslie took at church of her granddaughter and Levi at prayer before taking up the offering. Karan is presiding and doing the prayer.

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I uploaded some photos from yesterday's cookie party at John and Leslie's. I will post them here.

This is John's sister, Alberta. She attended the cookie party yesterday.

This is John and Leslie holding their dogs. Leslie is holding Mini and John is holding his new puppy. I  asked Leslie the name of that puppy and it's Octativa and she is a blue heeler. They have a huge Christmas tree in their living room. They are standing in front of it. Leslie decorates the entire house.

I finally got to see the puppies. They are adorable. There are nine of them. I would post some photos of them but they are on my phone and I have not learned how to post photos from my phone.

Here is one I took from Leslie's facebook page. There are nine of them and so the photo is rather full.

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Aren't they cute? There are three multi colored ones. They are more valuable. And five of these are now sold when the time comes that they can leave their mother. They are registered Corgis. Leslie is holding their mama, Mini, in the above photo.

This is Jeff, He is the husband of Leslie's best friend, Cyndi. Cyndi came later and I did not get her photo or most of the others either.

This is John and Leslie's new leather couch. That was their Christmas gift to one another. That is John R. sitting there. He is a friend from church.  Notice the cup lights and the lights under the chairs. They also have nice trays that fit on each armrest. Very classy!

I tasted two or three cookies and also some of Leslie's special eggnog. She makes it up herself and it has "nog" in it. It is delicious! 

We left about 4:30. I did not want to run onto deer on my way home. We made it safely though.

Today I may go to exercise class since I missed on Friday. Then I plan to have chicken for lunch with potatoes and a veggie. Bob will bring a salad. I have all those cookies for dessert...if we need any dessert.

More later....I just noticed my Christmas cactus is in full bloom.
Here it is. How about that!

We've had our lunch and I have the dishes in the dishwasher. Bob went to get a pedicure. If and when he gets finished, I will go in to get mine done too.  

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I got my pedicure after Bob finished his. It looks so much better. If I could grow some nails, I would occasionally blow myself to a manicure too. Leslie had one yesterday and that looked so nice.

There is no paper today so I am just playing solitaire and when I picked up the mail, there was a Christmas card from Keith and Esther. I also got one from the Attorney General of Kansas and the new Governor. Whoopie!

Bob will be over later to watch the CBS news.

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Bob did come over to watch the news and after that was over he left.  I took my bath and watched a little TV but there was really nothing on I was interested in watching.   About 8:00 I became very sleepy and thought about going on to bed but realized I would be up in the middle of the night if I did that so I will try to make it until 9:00.

Maybe I can read for awhile.

I read until nearly 9:00 and then Missy and I went on to bed.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sunday and a Busy Day

I didn't sleep all that well last night. I woke up twice and had a hard time getting back to sleep. I finally just got up about 4:45 and dressed and got myself ready for church. I fed myself and Missy and then baked my coffeecake for the Sunday School classes. They ate all but one piece.

Church was well planned. We had a small congregation. Several were doing their holiday thing. But afterward four of us drove up to Cherryvale and had a good lunch at "Just Us".  Kay is fixing Christmas dinner there and Bob and I reserved a place for that on Christmas Day. Leslie is on call Christmas weekend and I will have them over for treats and a gift exchange on Christmas Eve.

I came home and did my church newsletters and afterward picked up Karan and Phyllis for the holiday open house and cookie exchange at John and Leslie's house. We left about 4:30 because I really didn't want to drive after dark. She had a smaller group then usual.  But there was a wide variety of cookies. I took my peanut clusters. I brought back a variety of cookies and left most of my peanut clusters there for the exchange.They went over well. The deer are thick around there after dusk. I sure didn't want to hit one.

I heard Rick and Carmen come back this evening. They were out of town this weekend and not at church. They said they would be there next weekend though. They are such good kids!

It's 9:00 bedtime. More tomorrow. Tomorrow I will post some photos I took at John and Leslie's party.