Saturday, February 3, 2018

Saturday and Breakfast and a Movie

I awoke up in the night and fund Missy out of bed. I looked for her and she was lying on the fuzzy bath mat I laid in the hall. Bob gave me two to help rotate with the two old ones I use to set under Missy's litter box. I put the fuzzy one in the hall and she likes to lay on it. She spent part of the night on the floor there on that fuzzy mat.

I will go to breakfast with Bob this morning. He has spent most of his spare time over to Joanne's.  That's great! I am happy he has found someone to spend his spare time with. Joanne doesn't get up until 7:00 and we go to breakfast at 7:00 on Saturdays.

Afterward, if Karan is still well, we will go to Bartlesville to shop, eat out and see the movie. Marilyn was going to go too but her kids are coming  so she will take a rain check.

I found out why my phone was so quiet yesterday. Something had put my phone on "mute". This phone is a mystery to me. It does several things on it's own like calling someone.  Bob had tried to call me twice and Marilyn had too.

More later...

Karan and Marilyn and I went to the movie, "The Darkest Hour", in Bartlesville.

First we went to eat lunch at a new restaurant Marilyn knew about. Then we went to Christopher and Banks for their 40 - 50% off sale. I bought two new tops and Karan bought quite a bit. Even Marilyn bought several things..

Then we went to see the new Hobby Lobby. Neither of them had been there. Finally we saw the movie, The Darkest Hour. .We really enjoyed  it.  In the way home we stopped at that little shop in Tyro that sells Amish food....jelly, pies, all kinds of relishes etc.

I dropped both of the girls off at their homes and came home to feed a hungry Missy her treats.  She has spent the day alone. I took my bath at 6:00 and sat down to read my e-mail, finish this blog and read the newspaper.  I will go to bed at 9:00. It has been a good day!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Friday and Exercises Again

I  slept very well last night. I didn't wake up until  almost 5:00 AM so I just got up since I had had uninterrupted sleep.

Bob contacted me last evening and said he decided not to go to the movie. Joanne isn't interested and he said it was too expensive.  He will just wait until it comes out on DVD and rent it from V & S Variety. I asked Marilyn to go too but if her kids come this weekend, she won't be able to go. I may ask Karan too now. If Marilyn can come too that will make it a threesome. If they are not interested, I will just go alone. There are few movies I care anything about anymore so when there is one, I want to see it. This one is "The Darkest Hour". It is about Churchill's experience during World War II.

I will pay my rent today. Both boys made a deposit and now I have enough to pay my rent. My social security doesn't come in until the 14th this month. The rent is due on the 1st and past due on the 5th and Betty will start adding a daily penalty after that. I hope to have enough by the 10th to pay that huge electric bill.

I will go to exercise class today. Afterward I will go to Utopia for a cinnamon roll and utopiachino

More later.....

First I went to the drive through banking and paid my rent and after that, I went to pick up Bob for exercises.

I almost forget my 10:00 doctor's appointment this morning. Just as soon as the exercise class was over, I left for my appointment. Joanne took Bob home.

They couldn't find anything at all wrong with my health.  I take a little thyroid pill and my blood pressure med and that's all. I have lost eight pounds. I don't know how that happened.

Afterward I went to Utopia and had my cinnamon roll and my utopiachino. I brought the second one home and put it in the frig.

I played cards on the computer after lunch. I ate the rest of the beans and cornbread for my lunch. Later I went to Sonic and had a mini Sonic blast for a supper. I am out of yogurt right now. That's my story and I'm staying with it. :)

I've just given Missy her treats and she came to get me to lay on the sofa with her. I'm not ready to take my bath yet. So I will wait until after the CBS news.

I see the stock market fell 666 points today and I have been expecting that. Anything that goes up so fast will very soon have an adjustment. That's just historical.

More later....

I took my bath at 6:00 or shortly after. Then after I got my PJs on, Missy and I lay on the sofa and I watched a movie on Amazon. I went to bed at 9:00 and Missy soon followed.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Thursday and Ministerial Alliance

I slept well again last night and got up about 4:30 AM.

When the Dollar General store opens I need to get some wet Swifter cloths.  I have plenty of dry Swifter cloths and just need the wet ones to finish my bare floors.

I sold a book on Amazon again yesterday evening. I  will need to go to the post office this morning to send it off and get a tracking number. Without a tracking number Amazon will not pay me.

Keith, my older son, who is an IT, says he has finished repairing my desktop computer and will be sending it back to me on Friday. I will be so happy to get it,   He said he has put two drives in it so I will have an interior  backup. He is also sending me another exterior drive to use to back up, I can use it to back up everything in My Documents in the little 2006 Dell laptop. It runs with XP and has been a  great little computer. It has it's own 2006 printer connected too and I have been sending everything important to it to save on a thumb drive or to be printed off. But the new exterior drive will be large enough to  save everything I have put on the C drive on it's My Documents all these years. There are a lot of old photos I want to save. I had scanned them there as I made up my kids each a Heritage Album.

Cox told me that little 2006 Dell laptop would not be able to get online now and the e mail would no longer work after their e mail updates last week, but so far, both work fine. Avast says it is secure too.

I will continue to use the original exterior backup he gave me on the HP notebook Keith bought for me last Thanksgiving after my large Dell laptop that had crashed after a Windows 10 update had arrived back from him with a broken screen and several broken keys.I hope the desktop computer arrives in good shape.

This is the day of our Ministerial Alliance. That meets at noon for lunch and I will attend again.

More later..

I went to  the Ministerial Alliance meeting. There were only seven there. There was lots of illness   and attendance was down.

I went to Dollar General and bought some more cleaning supplies and a cookie mix. Then I went to the post office and sent off that book I sold on Amazon. I also ordered some new coffees and teas and hot chocolate from Keurig and used some of our "points". 

I got all the apartment cleaning done except my bedroom. Missy is sleeping in there., I will clean that room later...

I got the bedroom cleaned after Missy got up and left the bed.

I went to Sonic and bought myself a strawberry milkshake.  Then I came home and watched the news.

 Marilyn called me back about the movie. If her kids don'r come this weekend, she will go to the movie with me. I want to see it even if I have to go by myself.

Later Bob called and said he was going to Joanne;s to watch the news, I took my bath and put my PJs on and lay on the sofa and watched TV with Missy until  9:00 when I went to bed. She soon followed me.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wednesday and Fact Checking Trump Speech

I think I will go to exercises again this morning. I slept well last night.

I went out to see the total eclipse of the moon and saw that but did not see the red moon. There were too many trees in the way. But it looked like this on one of my Hawaiian blog follower's blogs. 


I watched most of the Trump speech last night and then I checked fact check. Most of what he said was "more of the same"...nonsense.

Here is what they found:

The visa lottery "randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of our people."
We rated this claim False. While lottery applicants are randomly selected, they must meet education and work experience requirements. They must also be vetted by the United States government before being allowed to come to the United States.

President Donald Trump repeated in his State of the Union address one of his most frequent talking points — and one that has been repeatedly debunked.

"We enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history," Trump said in his address.

Measuring the size of the tax cut is a straightforward task. And as we noted the last time we fact-checked a similar claim, the tax bill passed last December doesn’t stack up as the largest cut ever.
On the eve of its passage, the Joint Committee on Taxation — Congress’s nonpartisan arbiter of tax analysis — said the tax bill would cost about $1.5 trillion over 10 years, or about $150 billion a year.

How does that compare historically?

The Treasury Department has published a list of the biggest tax bills between 1940 and 2012, measured not only by contemporary dollars but also by inflation-adjusted dollars and as a percentage of gross domestic product (a measure of the size of the overall economy).

Depending on what projection of the current bill you use and what yardstick you measure it by, several bills since 1980 were larger. Here’s the list by inflation-adjusted dollars:
Tax bill Inflation-adjusted dollars (per year)
American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (enacted in 2013) $321 billion
Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 $210 billion
Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 $208 billion
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 $150 billion
By this measurement, the recent tax bill ranks as the fourth-biggest since 1940.
The Trump-signed legislation falls lower on the list when the cuts are ordered from highest to lowest as a percentage of GDP:

Trump wrongly said wages are "finally" rising
Trump said during the speech, "After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages." Wages are rising, but they've been rising for awhile. We rated his statement Mostly False.

"We are now, very proudly, an exporter of energy to the world."  
Donald Trump on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 in the 2018 State of the Union address

Donald Trump exaggerates energy exports

President Donald Trump put himself on the side of average Americans in his effort to reduce government regulations, particularly on energy.

"We have ended the war on American Energy and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal," Trump said. "We are now, very proudly, an exporter of energy to the world."

There are different ways to understand the claim that America is "now ... an exporter of energy."
One way to read Trump’s statement is that the United States only recently began to export energy.

 This is flat wrong.

"We have been exporting coal, natural gas, electricity, refined products and energy technologies for a very long time," Paul Sullivan, a professor at National Defense University, told us in August. "Liquefied natural gas exports from Alaska to Japan have been around for a long time."

Trump might have meant that the United States had only recently become a net exporter of energy — meaning the total of all U.S. energy exports recently overtook the total of all U.S. energy imports. That’s also inaccurate.

"This has been falling, but we are still a huge net energy importer," Jason Bordoff, who directs Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, told us.

In its most recent projections, the federal Energy Information Administration concluded that the United States would become a net energy exporter around 2026, depending on the course of future patterns of global supply, demand and pricing.

The United States has been a net coal exporter for many years. It has been a net exporter of refined petroleum products since around 2011. So neither of those would make Trump correct.

Natural gas has done better. In the Energy Information Administration's January 2018 shorter-term energy outlook, it reported that "in 2017, the United States was a net exporter of natural gas for the first time on an annual basis since 1957."

We reached out to the White House and did not hear back.

Our ruling
Trump said, "We are now, very proudly, an exporter of energy to the world."

The United States has been exporting different forms of energy for many years. It has been a net exporter of coal and refined petroleum products, a fact that predates Trump. The one new development is natural gas. For the first time since 1957, the United States became a net exporter in 2017.

Overall though, it is a net energy importer, a situation that’s not expected to change until midway through the next decade.

Back to my life: 
We will eat the rest of our beans and cornbread today for lunch. Bob is supposed to bring me his cornbread mix this morning. If he forgets again, I will just buy another mix.  I have to get milk anyhow.

We are to do cakes again next week but I will be gone to Kansas City for my doctor's appointment so I will bake my cake on Sunday and send it over to Bob's to be frozen. I have no room in my freezer. Karan and Phyllis will need to send Bob a text or call him when they are ready to bring theirs over. He will come to my apartment to be here when they bring their their cakes over. Then Tuesday, I will take them to the First Christian Church in Independence when I go up there on Tuesday to get my hair done.

More later...

We ate the last of our bean and cornbread today. It was still very good.

I went to the car wash and ran my car through. Then when I got home, I took my sweeper out and vacuumed it all out. It looks much better. It won't last long because it sets under a car port. But for the time being, it looks nice.

I took Missy out for awhile too. It s 62 degrees this afternoon and is forecast to get cold again very soon.  She loved it. She laid in the dry grass in the sunshine and stayed out 45 minutes. I feel sorry for her in the winter. She loves the other seasons and she gets to go out a lot more. She used to be an outdoor/indoor cat when I lived on Catalina in my own home. I would go out at 5:00 and call her and she would come running. I could see the little speck running from two blocks away. She came right in for the evening and night but she had the run of the neighborhood otherwise. When we moved here in the apartment, we discovered there were many stray cats around here that would attack her. She spent 10 days in the hospital right after I moved in. I gave her antibiotic shots  twice a day for another week after she got home. She can no longer hold her own since she is nearly15 years old..Poor old thing!

More later...

I notice the movie I have been waiting for is on at the Bartlesville, Oklahoma Theater this Saturday at 2:00.It is "The Darkest Hour"  I asked Bob if he would like to go and he said "probably" I suggested we eat at Dink's Bar B Q this time and he said that sounded good.

I am so happy to finally get to see it.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Tuesday and Hair Day

I slept well last night and not with using Zzzquil either. I went to bed shortly before 9:00 and awoke only once....around 3:00 AM. But I got right back to sleep and slept until almost 5:30.

I have got myself ready for the day and cleaned up  Missy's litter box and fed her and myself.

I will pick up Bob about 8:20 or 8:25 and we will go to Independence to my hair appointment and Walmart up there and finally to Big Cheese for lunch.

Tomorrow we will have the beans and cornbread again. I took some of them to Marilyn R. yesterday but have plenty left for tomorrow's lunch.

Scott called me yesterday afternoon and we had a good visit. I haven't heard anything from Keith about the desktop computer. He is probably very busy.

More later...

Thursday I will go to the Ministerial Alliance meeting at noon. Bob will be on his own for lunch.

Friday I have my regular semi annual doctor's appointment with Dr Gillis here in Coffeyville. 

Next Monday, Leslie and I will go to Kansas City to the KU Med Center to see my doctor there again. I want to discuss any possible side effects of the surgery I am considering. That will help me decide whether I have another surgery.

More even later....

My daughter texted me this afternoon that her biopsy from the dermatologist came back and the place he took off on her nose was squamous cell carcinoma. She has an appointment in April on the 12th to have it removed by Dr. Myers in Tulsa. I encouraged her to ask Dr. Eslicker if there wasn't another surgeon that could do it sooner. That is a month and a half away.  My husband died of squamous cell carcinoma that had metastasized. She said she would ask.

Always something to pray about.

More later... 

Missy and I lay on the sofa and watched the president's speech. I will fact check it tomorrow. 

We both went to bed at 9:00.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Monday and Exercise Class

I slept well until midnight when my alarm went off. A couple of weeks ago we had a power failure here and when the power came back on I had to reset all my clocks. After that, the alarm went off at midnight. I bought the clock from Marilyn and did not get the manual so I will have to ask her to show me how to reset it so the alarm won't go off. I had trouble getting back to sleep so I took some more Zzzquil. I slept well after that until almost 6:00.

I washed the beans I soaked last night. We will have cornbread and beans with a relish tray Bob is bringing. He is bringing his girlfriend, Joanne, too.  She is a nice person.

I need to go to Country Mart this morning and get some paper liners for my cornbread muffins.

I may also get some pudding mix.

More later...

I am hoping to see the movie "Darkest Hour" if and when it ever comes to a theater near Coffeyville. There is no theater here in Coffeyville. I would have to go to either Independence or Bartlesville to see it. I don't find it at either theater.

More later...

Well lunch went well. My beans and cornbread was well received. I had french vanilla pudding for dessert. I took Marilyn R., my neighbor, some beans and the rest of our cornbread. for her supper.

I went up to the city electric utility and checked on my January bill. This apartment is all electric. The January bill with all the cold, cold weather was $292.58. I have checked into their Average Payment Billing since I do allow $100. a month for my electric bill.  This month's is almost three times that much. I can sign up for that in March. I may do that.

More later....

Bob called. He is going to Joanne's to watch the news.  I will take my bath and get ready for bed and watch TV with Missy until 9:00. Then we will go to bed and hopefully be able to sleep through the night.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday and My Sermon

I awoke about 1:00 this morning and went to the bathroom and took my meds. Then I could not get back to sleep. Finally I got up and took Zzzquil again. I finally got back to sleep and slept until 5:00 AM. When I got up and dressed and got ready for my day, I fed Missy and myself and then sat down here to do my blog. I have the coffeecake to bake this morning so I will get that in the oven before I finish this part of the blog. So..... more  later.

O.K. Now I have the coffeecake in the oven. I will see what I can get done on this blog.

Bob just texted me to ask if I had slept alright.  I told him about the problem with last night's sleep and the Zzzquil.

He said I needed my sleep. That's true. I have the sermon this morning and am also presiding and am the greeter. I have the adult church school class too.

My daughter and her husband will not be at church this morning. They are delivering Corgi puppies this weekend and the next one too. This weekend they go to Iola, Kansas, to deliver four. Next weekend they will be gone too to Rapid City, South Dakota, to deliver more.

Carmen has gone to work at the new Mexican restaurant here. I don't know whether she and Rick will be at church or not.  It may be a small congregation since without my daughter and her husband, the little girls, my two little great granddaughters will not be there either.

I am driving this morning and at 8:00 I will call Phyllis to tell her I will be driving.  We will probably go to "Just Us" for lunch after church.

More even later...

My younger son and his wife are so happy. He posted his happiness on facebook with this phoyo.

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He has been married to Ginger for two years...three this next May. I am so glad he found this wonderful woman.

I spent the afternoon trying to get the church newsletter done. I finally just used my old 2006 Dell and printed off the two that had no e mail and sent the others with Outlook Express from that computer.  It was supposed to be disabled because it was so old but they had not disabled it yet so I used it while I could.

Bob came over to read the paper and after he left I got back to this blog.

After awhile I will take my bath and get ready for bed but right now it is only 5:30 and it's too early to do that.

So..more later...

I took my bath  at 7:00 and laid with Missy on the sofa and watched TV until 9:00 when we both went to bed.