Saturday, February 24, 2018

Saturday and a Busy Day

I awoke at 3:00 this morning and finally just got up at 4:00.  I dressed for the day and Bob picked me up for breakfast. I had breakfast with him and went out to church to run off the bulletins and make copies of the Church School lesson. Then I drove up to Chanute for Tony's funeral. I had never been to a Catholic funeral before and it was quite interesting. Afterward the ladies at the church served us lunch. It was a good lunch and I finally had an opportunity to visit with her youngest son, Steven . I had not seen him since he was about 12 years old.  He is 58 now...just turned 58. My Scott will be 58 in November. Steven looks much the same except he has a beard. It ages him but I didn't tell him that.

After lunch I came back home. It was very foggy on my way up there but when we were in the funeral service, it rained. It stopped about the time we had the lunch but I came on back home anyhow.

I was awake very early this morning and was tired.

When I got home, my Echo would not work. I tried to get it to turn on the lamp. It is programmed to do that. I unplugged it three times and tried each time to get it to turn on the lamp but got no response after the initial "Hello". Finally after 10 or 15 minutes, it finally responded again. It turned the lamp on and also I got it to play music again. So I don't know what's going on with it but at least it is working now again. I plugged it in the lamp table the last time. It has a straight line to the router there.

This evening I will try to download "The Post" on my Amazon Prime. I would like to see it again. I hope it is available.

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I tried to order "The Post"  from Amazon but it would have to have been pre-ordered  at this time. I will try again later. Instead, I watched a biography of Elizabeth Taylor. It was o.k. and I found it on American Experience on Amazon.

After Missy and I watched that, at 9:00, we went to bed.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday and Exercises

I slept well last night. It helps to have a nice warm cat curled up against you too. :)

This morning if the weather allows, I will go to exercise class. I need the exercise since I have read all day yesterday after I cleaned the apartment. The weather was horrible with ice on all the trees so the only place I went was to Asbury Village.

I will eat some more of my stew for lunch. I wasn;t real impressed with it but may fix some biscuits to eat with it.

When the weather  breaks I want to go to Bartlesville. I have been home so much and only went to Independence to get my hair fixed and deliver the cakes,

Scott and Ginger called last night, They were on their way back to Nashville after going back to Yulee to dig up all the landscape plants that were frozen during the recent Florida freeze. On their way, they were planning all the activity for our cruise in June. I look forward to that new experience.

I am amazed how much better my carpet looks after using the new vacuum sweeper yesterday.  I guess I will try to sell the one year old Hoover upright.  Anyone with low pile carpet will get good service out of it. I have short shag here.

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I did go to exercise class and then afterward out to Walmart for some groceries  and Brahms for milk and ice cream. Now I will warm up my stew and get ready for my lunch.

Back again later...

I had my stew for lunch. It was fine. Though I've had better.

This afternoon, while I read, I listened to music on my Echo. When I asked Alexa to "cancel",  she would not. I had to reboot it several times before it began to work again. Amazon says they should not overheat and if it happens again I should return it. I will do that.

Four Tulsa teens threatened to shoot up nine Tulsa schools today and Tulsa police are charging them with a felony crime. The kids said it was a "joke". They had to send all the kids home.

The wet weather is playing havoc with my antenna in the attic and the TV. I may not be able to watch the news.

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No, the TV worked this time. I watched the news and after 7:00, I downloaded  the movie "The Bridges of Madison County" on Amazon Prime and watched it until bedtime. Then at 9:00, Missy and I went to bed.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thursday and Cleaning Day

I did not sleep all that well last night. I awoke at 3:00 and did not sleep well the rest of the night. I finally got up after 4:00.

I will begin my cleaning soon.  I also will fix some vegetable beef stew. I have some stew meat that I cut up to add to it. That will be my lunch.

I like to do the kitchen and bathroom first.

I got the bathroom and kitchen finished.  I even got the vacuuming finished  too. I was amazed at how much "dust" and "pet hair" I got in the canister. I just emptied it.

I took my trash over to the plastic barrel. The lid was frozen shut and I had to hit it over and over to get it opened.It is "up" to 31 degrees now.

I got my stew going this morning. I will eat about 12:30 today. 

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 The stew was "all right". I have had better. I will eat it again tomorrow. Maybe if I have some cheese and crackers with it, it will be better.

I went over to Stan's and had him look at my hearing aid. He put a new part on it.  The part that goes into my ear had deteriorated some from cleaning it with the small brush that came with it.  It is better now. I also had to change my right contact out this morning. I have forgotten when I got them but the right one...which is my better eye.... was blurring. It must have been worn so I changed it out.

I finished my book. Now I have the Reader's Digest to read and my Kindle book. I will start with the Readers Digest.

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I am almost finished with the Readers Digest. I have read all afternoon. It's been too cold to do anything else. I have worked on my classmates list. We lost another classmate this year. I had to made the changes on both computers.

It's raining a very cold rain. I need to get milk and toilet tissue so I will need to run to the Dollar General Store pretty soon. I want to watch the CBS news first though.  Then later I will watch another movie or another segment of the American Lives PBS program.

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I did watch another segment on Amazon. At 9:00 Missy and I went to bed. I had been up since 4:00 and was very tired.   

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday and Exercises Again

I slept well last night again.  I got up close to 5:00. I fed myself and Missy and dressed and got ready for the day. I may attend Bunco at Asbury Village at 2:00 depending on what the weather does. We are under a severe winter weather advisory.

My arm is much better today. On Monday I woke up with a very sore right rotater cuff.  I didn't do much more then read all day. I didn't go to exercise class either. I worried I might aggravate it.

I will eat the rest of my lasagna and green beans for lunch today. And I still have pudding and cookies for my dessert.

Bob A offered to give me a ride to exercise class but I imagine Joanne would be happy to just have him all to herself. :) I will just drive myself.

I heard on TV just now that the Reverend Billy Graham passed away last night at the age of 99.  His type of evangelical religion is not for me but I have always admired him. I hope he did not suffer.

I saw this ad online and thought it was so cute! The little kitty looks like my Missy when she was a kitty.

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I did go to exercise class and then went to Dollar General for a few things I needed. When I got back to the apartment I heated up my lasagna and green beans from yesterday and ate them with my pudding and a cookie for dessert. Then I filled my bird feeder. It is freezing out there and my bird feeders have been empty for weeks. Hopefully the birds can find them now. I saw a lovely cardinal yesterday but didn't take the time to fill the bird feeder. Last I time I looked, it was 20 degrees out there.

I will go out to Asbury Village at 2:00 for Bunco.

Right now I am listening to music on my Bob's Bose system.

I did go to Asbury Village for Bunco and won the most wins prize.  Then I came home and read my book some more until about 7:00 when I took my bath and watched the second half of my American Lives movie on the Lewis and Clark expedition across America from Ken Burns.

Missy and I went to bed at 9:30.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday and More Rain

It must have rained all night. I awoke at 4:00 and got up then. I got myself ready for the day and fed myself and Missy. Then I read my book until 8:00 when I left for Independence. It was pouring down rain so I took an umbrella. I knew I might get soaked since I had five cakes to bring from the church's freezer to the trunk of my car. I backed up to the sidewalk and took my umbrella  in with me. I locked the church door open and brought all the cakes into the foyer and put them on the bench. Then, two at a time, I put them in the trunk of my car and re-locked the church. When I got to Independence, Barbara helped me carry them into the church there.

Then I went to get my hair done  When Kathy was finished, I started home. The rain resumed and I had to put my fastest windshield wipers on . By the time I reached the church, it had stopped again. I lucked out.

Now, about 11:30 I will put the lasagna in the microwave and open the green beans. I made cookies on Sunday afternoon so I will have cookies and pudding for dessert. It may rain the rest of the day so I plan to just read my book.

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Juanita called about 10:45 to say she thought we needed to change the appointment  Thursday for her cardiologist in Bartlesville. We are forecast for rain the rest of the week. She is blind and it takes me some doing to just get her into the clinic. She would be soaked in the rain or a storm of any kind so I called Bluestem Cardiology and changed her appointment to March 1st at 2:30 in the afternoon. I hope the weather is clear by then. I called her back and gave her her new appointment  information.

I read all afternoon and later my daughter brought me a new vacuum cleaner.  It is a "non bag" canister vacuum and has a pet hair attachment.  That may help with the cat hair. It took me the better part of an hour to get it together. The handle did not want to snap into place. The instructions were not all that clear and it about defeated me. I got it done though. John and Leslie dropped by after they got finished with the accountant and checked out the vacuum and John tightened up the front door which was still leaking air....even after the maintenance man worked on it.. He has it tight now.

About 7:00 I took my bath and laid down with Missy to watch another episode of the American Stories by Ken Burns. This one was about the trek across America to reach the Pacific ocean. I ate some crackers and cheese for a supper snack. At 9:20, Missy and I went to bed.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday and Rain

I slept until after 6:00 this morning. A nice warm cat lying right up against me seems to help a lot. :)

I have fed Missy and myself and am dressed and ready for the day.

I had a good discussion last night on facebook with my ex nephew, David, and one of his sons, Russell, on the term "Monopoly on the use of lethal force". It started with a post from me on the second amendment. "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to bear arms, shall not be infringed." This was written before we had a standing army or police force, and used a militia to keep order in the nation.

Monopoly on the use of lethal force is one of the cornerstones that define a sovereign state. When military and police forces disperse that right, sovereignty and freedoms are curtailed or rendered ineffective. This is generally called "militarism'.  This means if you are not in the army or police, you have no right to bear arms.

An America where anyone can be, and often is, carrying a gun is an America where more police-civilian encounters escalate, with deadly consequences. We need a logical and reasonable solution to this dilemma before more schools and churches are riddled with bullets and more innocent people killed.

More about this later...

It is raining cats and dogs and there was even lots of water up on the carport. I will drive myself to exercises this morning. Bob is going to pick up his girlfriend and I have a couple of stops to make afterward.

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I'm too late for the exercise class so I will just skip it this morning. I tried talking to Cox, my ISP, about another raise in their internet rates. My internet went up $8.49 in February. That makes just the internet $53.94 a month with their $10.00 a month service plan. I cancelled the TV around Thanks giving last year when they raised that last year and the two together were well over $116.

In March I intend to talk to the city electric company about enrolling me in their average payment plan. My electric bill this last month was almost $300.  We are all electric here in the four plex.

It's pouring down rain anyhow. I stepped out earlier and cleaned up the leaves on the carport. When I got back from the market, I had to  do it all over again. The rain must have blown out of the north all night because the entire carport is covered in water.

So, more later..

I the market just now and bought the makings for soup and stew and also some veggies... some canned and some frozen.. I will eat one of my packaged meals tomorrow. I have my leftover cashew chicken from yesterday's meal at Great China. I will eat that today and tomorrow I will eat the lasagna I got from Walmart's with a veggie. Later today I will cut up the stew meat I just bought and make either soup or stew. I bought stew veggies today at the market. Either one will give me several meals.

Now I want to get back to my book....

I took my bath about 6:00 and then took my bath and put my PJs on and then watched "You've got Mail" on Amazon and then  I watched "Sleepless in Seattle". Missy and I went to bed at 9:00.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday and Church

I slept fairly well last night. I did get up at 4:30.  I got myself ready for the day and fed myself and Missy.

I got the newspaper and read it and also did the crossword puzzle. Now I will take it over to Marilyn's mailbox.

I tried to watch the news but it was mostly yesterday's news.

I will go to church this morning. I made copies a couple of days ago of the new material.

I believe we will eat at Great China after the services. Bob will probably drive today. He has his banana nut bread.  The person with the church school treat usually drives.

After I get home I will do the congregation's newsletter and get it sent out. Then I plan to read my new book,"The Triumph of Christianity". I read some yesterday afternoon but soon got tired. It had been a big day. 

I thought about what to have for lunch tomorrow, I bought several of those "single" meals at Walmart's last week. I will give one of those a trial. I still have one pound of ground beef and will probably make a meatloaf later in the week. I want to get some veggies to use with those "single" meals.  I believe I will have the lasagna with green beans on Monday.

It's almost 4:00 now. I have the newsletters out and am going to read on my book.It's "The Triumph of Christianity". So far...very interesting.

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I read until time to watch the next episode of Ken Burns' programs that  I have been watching for  a couple of weeks. This one was about the black fighter, Jack Johnson, who was the first black man to hold  the world boxing championship. It was interesting.

I stayed up until after 9:00 to see the last of it and was also posting on facebook about gun control

Missy and I went to bed  after 9:30.