Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tuesday and Mowing and A Hair Day

Today will be busy. I have several things I want to do. I got up early again this morning and dressed and had my breakfast.

At 7:00AM I want to mow the west side of my yard.  I got a little of it done yesterday evening before I played out. I got the front and back finished although I still have to trim. I have a different beauty shop time today. Toni changed it to 9:00AM.

After my appointment I want to go out to Rick's job site and find out what has happened to those kids. They haven't been to church for three weeks. Rick doesn't answer my texts and so I want to go by the truck business this morning and see if I can learn what has happened. All of us have really missed them. The last I heard, their granddaughter was diagnosed with scarlet fever and was in the hospital in Alabama.  The first week they were gone to Alabama to check on her. But that was just the first week. They haven't come back the last two weeks. I am really concerned.

More later....

I saw two small kittens eating out of the bowl this morning...but no mama cat. 

Here's another photo from my eldest son, Keith's, morning walks. He is still in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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Interesting looking place, isn't it?

I got the west side of my yard mowed and it only took me 20 minutes.

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I started at 7:05AM and ended twenty minutes later.  It is the largest part of my yard. Now that is done for another five days or a week. Last week I did it on Tuesday too. Of course, I did the front and the back yesterday on Monday. 

I will leave for Coffeyville and my hair appointment at 8:20AM and it's only 7:35AM right now. So I have awhile.

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I got over  to Coffeyville in time to go to the bank and get my week's supply of cash and then on to the beauty shop. After she finished my hair and cut it, I used part of the money to pay Toni and afterward went to Walmart to get some small Styrofoam coffee cups and creamer for the Church School class. Then I went out to Rick's office and got a hug from Rick. It seems they were camping last weekend. He thinks they will be in town for church next Sunday. I hope so. We have really missed those kids.

Then I dropped by Karan's to give her some shoes I had bought a couple of years ago that I could not wear. I had them on twice but they had no arch support so I could not wear them. She wears the same size as I do so I just passed them on to her. She liked them!

Then I came on home. I couldn't think of anything to have for lunch so I went out to Eggberts and had my favorite lunch...chicken salad on a bed of lettuce and a dish of fruit and a warm muffin. With iced tea that made a nice healthy lunch for $10.15. When I got home I had an ice cream bar for dessert.

I have been reading my latest book on the kindle. Then I went out to deadhead the flowers in the above ground flower box that John made for me.

I have also been listening to songs by Kenny Rogers on my Amazon Echo Alexa.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Monday and Rain

Thunder woke me up last night and then I heard the rain. That cooled everything off. It's supposed to be just in the 80's this week. That will be a welcome relief after a week or so of the high 90's. I slept well until 4:45AM and then just got up. If it's cool enough tomorrow morning, I will mow. I get my hair done tomorrow afternoon around 3:00PM.

Then on Wednesday we three (Karan, Phyllis and me) are looking forward to the dinner theater at Overland Park. It's 22 miles from here to Independence where we meet the bus at ICC west so I will leave shortly before 7:00AM Wednesday morning. Sherry will start loading the bus at 7:25AM.

I saw the three cats (mama and three kittens) again this morning. They were eating from the dish out front as usual. John told me yesterday that I was creating a problem by feeding these feral cats. l hate to just let the little critters starve but I can't catch them. They are very skittery. The mama cat hisses and spits at me and usually growls too if I even get near her. The kittens just run away. They are all terrified....but hungry. When I moved here, mama cat was skin and bones. That's why I started feeding her. Then in June, she had those five kittens. Even if I could catch them I don't know what I would do with them. There is no pound or shelter here that I am aware of and certainly no animal catcher.

More later....

I received the book I bought for Nancy on Amazon so I took her that, some coffeecake and a book package to send the book to David, her son. She has been sick to her stomach for three days. I also took her some Pepto Bismo.

She needs to see a doctor but she resists that suggestion. I think she is in denial.

I went out and mowed the front and the back and a part of the west side this afternoon. It was hot but there was a breeze and I will finish the west side tomorrow morning about 8:00AM before I go to Coffeyville to have my hair done. Toni called this afternoon and moved my appointment up to 9:00AM.

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This is the front.

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And this is the back. I may need to buy a sprinkler for August. I guess it depends on how much rain we get in August.

I checked on feral cat rescues in Kansas and they are all in the city.. ..Wichita and Kansas City mostly.

The big yellow male that is the father of the yellow kitten, was here eating the food in the owl. He belongs to the people at the house on the corner of Spring and 8th.

So, I will just continue feeding them.  I can't catch them or I would put some gloves on and try to catch the mama cat and have her neutered.

It's 6:00PM now and I will take my bath about 7:00PM which is my usual bath time. Then I plan to go to bed at 9:00PM.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sunday and the Sermon

I slept well last night although it took melatonin to get to sleep for some reason. Probably spent too much time on TV and online yesterday. Also I read in my Kindle and all of those emit the yellow light that destroys melatonin.  I didn't wear my blue lens glasses while doing that.

I have had my oatmeal and coffee and have the coffeecake in the oven baking. 

This morning the mama cat and three of her kittens were eating the cat food I left last night. She had the usual two gray kittens and also the small yellow one out there this morning.  The large yellow tom cat was also out there. I had filled both sides of the bowl so for once they had enough food for everyone. The four of them did finish off all that cat food though. So  I went out and refilled both bowls.They have a separate big bowl for their water.  I see the mama cat is lying in the dirt behind my hedge now. It must be cooler there.

Except for her and one kitten,. they are all gone now so I will go out to cover the bowl to keep the snails and the ants out of it. I will wait until she is gone or she will leave. This is a very dark photo but if I had been any closer she and the kittens would have left. They are very skittery. The tom cat was out there but she chased his off so the kittens could eat. The little yellow kitten that looks like him went off with him. The other two gray kittens and the mamma cat finished off the food. I re-filled the dish on both sides twice and then I did go cover the bowls with cardboard to keep the snails and ants out of it.

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This is the same photo only cropped. My son-in-law, John, showed me how to crop them.

Today is supposed to be very hot again but its supposed to cool off this evening and tomorrow it should be cooler...and the rest of the week.

I need to go check my coffeecake so more later.....

The coffeecake is out of the oven and cooling now. When it is cool I will ice it.  So, more later....

This was taken on my son, Keith's, morning walk. He is in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in Asia. It's beautiful, isn't it?

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The sermon went fine. Several people told me that, at least.

After church eight of us went out to eat at the Railroad Inn in Independence. Nice meal but pretty expensive. I do, however, have enough for another meal so that makes it easier to handle.

Then I came home and did the newsletters for the congregation! I sent off five in snail mail.

It's 3:45PM and already 93 degrees. It is suppose to rain tonight and that is suppose to cool it off. I hope that happens. I plan to mow early Tuesday morning before I get my hair done in the afternoon at 3:00PM. So I hope it will be cool enough to do that. Phyllis and Karan and I are going to the dinner theater in the afternoon early Wednesday morning on that tour bus with Sherry Epp.

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I read the rest of the afternoon and also watched some episodes of Amazon Prime and 60 Minutes before taking my bath at 7:00PM and then going on to bed  at 9:00PM

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Saturday and No Particular Plan

I woke up once in the night again but got back to sleep until almost 5:00AM...my usual rising time. I have had my breakfast and fed the mama cat and two of the kittens. Those two kittens are the only ones I have seen for quite awhile. I don't know what happened to the other three. Anyhow, I put out a larger bowl for water for the three of them and may just fill both sides of the smaller dish with cat food. It usually takes three fillings of just one side to satisfy all three of them.

I don't have anything in particular planned for today.  The apartment is clean and the laundry is done and put away. I'd like to mow the back yard but it's way too hot to do it today. It's only 6:15AM and it's already 76 degrees out there. I don't know what it will be by 8:00AM, when I usually mow. I might get it done on Monday before the rain starts. Next week I get my hair done on Tuesday afternoon because of my trip to Kansas City with the dinner theater tour on Wednesday.

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My neighbor's Colorado company (at least that is what the tag says) parked his pickup half across the driveway and I wasn't sure I had enough room to get out without having to go over the curb. I tried to ring their doorbell and I could hear them moving around in there but no one came to the door. Finally I left a note under their windshield wiper and asked them to move their pickup so I could get out of my drive. Then I edged my car out of the drive with two inches to spare.

I went up to Independence to buy some things at their Walmart and Brahms stores that I couldn't get at Dollar General here and then came back home. He had not yet moved the pickup so I edged the car back into the garage. Later I went up to Gabby's for a sandwich lunch and when I got back home, it had been moved.  While at lunch, I visited with Karen Kendrick. She used to have the Nanny LaRose store in Independence. Then I saw Mike...(I cannot think of his last name.) I believe he was in John's grade at school although he told me he had repeated the first grade and was a year older then John. He has retired already and is on social security. I visited with him awhile too. He still lives here in Caney.

When I got home I watched some of the programs I had recorded.

It is 5:25PM now and I certainly didn't get a lot done today. I did go over the notes for my talk tomorrow.

I watched the weather channel for awhile for their special programming and at 7:00PM, I took my bath and then at 8:00PM or so, I came in here to work on the computer. So far, the old thing is not freezing up. I hope that lasts. I will work here until 9:00PM, when I usually go to bed.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Friday and Perhaps Lunch

I got up about 4:30AM this morning. I only woke up once and that was about 3:15AM. I went to the bathroom and back to bed and back to sleep. I have dressed and eaten my oatmeal and even taken my blood pressure.  My blood pressure has been consistently low ever since I bought the cuff. I have been taking it every morning as Dr. Christensen wanted. And for some unknown reason, my ankles have not been swelling.

Mama cat and two gray baby kittens came by to eat cat food this morning. I left a larger dish of water out there for them too. In this heat, they may need it. The dog across the street was left untied day before yesterday and he was panting terribly. I took a plastic bowl of water over for him too. That family was gone all day.

Zeke mowed last evening. He evidently doesn't want to pay $40.00 a week to have Robert mow for him either. He doesn't have a grass catcher on his mower so now he has a lot of grass laying on the yard. He let it grow for over a week and it was at least ten inches tall again. I am so glad I have a grass catcher on my mower. When I mow, the yard looks neat. The part that Robert mowed on the riding mower for me has some cut grass laying on the yard. He doesn't use a grass catcher either.

I noticed I had quite a bruise yesterday on my arm where they took the blood out. It cleared up overnight though. One of the nurses turned the needle after it was in there and that really hurt. She said it wasn't flowing like she wanted. I filled the bag very fast so I have no idea what she wanted. In September, I will tell them not to mess with the needle unless the blood stops flowing. It was probably a good thing that I didn't mow yesterday after all under the circumstances.

Today, Nancy and I plan to go to the Copan Truck Stop for lunch...if she doesn't forget the plan. She gets her hair done this morning so maybe she will drop by again. Her visit yesterday afternoon was a surprise to me but we had a good visit...especially good after Suzanne dropped by too. I ordered Nancy a copy of Ron Henderson's book. She wanted to send it to her son, David. He really wanted to read it. I offered her my copy but she just said she would take the one I ordered from Amazon. It should be here soon...although possibly not in two days.

This is the day Nancy gets her hair done at 9:00AM so she may come by after that. Anessa's beauty shop is just up the street on Spring.

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I went out back to weed my flowerbed and found that Zeke had blown all sorts of grass all over my clean little patio and didn't clean up the mess he made in his own yard either. He really should mow on the weekend when he would be fresh. I am sure he was exhausted last evening when he mowed. Suzanne told me she thinks he works in the oil fields and that has got to be hard work....well paying but hard physical work. I went out and swept up the mess in my yard.

One of my blogging friends shared this poem with me on her blog. She had seen some fawns and does in her pasture.

The Fawn

Edna St. Vincent Millay

There it was I saw what I shall never forget
And never retrieve.
Monstrous and beautiful to human eyes, hard to
He lay, yet there he lay,
Asleep on the moss, his head on his polished cleft
small ebony hooves,
The child of the doe, the dappled child of the deer.

Surely his mother had never said, "Lie here
Till I return," so spotty and plain to see
On the green moss lay he.
His eyes had opened; he considered me.

I would have given more than I care to say
To thrifty ears, might I have had him for my friend
One moment only of that forest day:

Might I have had the acceptance, not the love
Of those clear eyes;
Might I have been for him in the bough above
Or the root beneath his forest bed,
A part of the forest, seen without surprise.

Was it alarm, or was it the wind of my fear lest he
That jerked him to his jointy knees,
And sent him crashing off, leaping and stumbling
On his new legs, between the stems of the white

Isn't that a beautiful poem?

I called Nancy to see about lunch and she was expecting company  and they would go to lunch. So I went over to Coffeyville to the senior  center and had their $2.00 lunch. It was very good. Asbury Village prepares it for them once a month on the third Friday of each month. They then give the money to the senior center.. That's a great deal!

Sherry, the tour director, contacted me today. She had one cancellation for next Wednesday's trip and is offering it to Phyllis. I contacted Phyllis and she was delighted to get to go. I printed off Sherry's instruction sheet and the poster. I will take it to Phyllis at church on Sunday.

I came home and read this afternoon. It's too hot to be outside any longer.

I rebooted my desktop computer again today too. And so far, this time, it is behaving itself. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

I plan to take my bath at 7:00PM again..as usual. It's only 5:00PM right now and still 96 degrees. Then I will go to bed about 9:00PM

More perhaps even later...

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Thursday and Cleaning Day

I got up shortly before 5:00AM this morning, dressed and had my breakfast. I fed the mama cat. I haven't seen any of her kittens since yesterday morning. It is very hot so perhaps they are laying low in some place  cooler...out of the sun.

I plan to vacuum this morning. I probably won't do much else since it is so hot. I do have a load of laundry in the washer. When it is finished, I will put it in the dryer.

I plan to suggest to Robert that I mow the back yard every week in August since he can't get his riding mower into the back yard. Then I may ask him to mow the front and side yards which he can do with his riding mower. Maybe he would consider lowering his price some if we do that.  It's just an idea. I will see what he thinks. He said mowing Zeke's back yard was a real hot and hard job since they had let it get so high and he had to mow it with a push mower.

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I had a Wal Mart frozen dinner for my dinner. and right after that, Nancy came by. After about an hour, Suzanne called and asked if I was going to be home. She wanted to return a book she had borrowed from me. She asked me if I wanted a cherry limeade slush. Nancy asked her to bring her one too and she would pay her for it. Susan came by and stayed awhile too.  We all had a good visit and a very good cherry limeade slush.

Suzanne also brought by her gift for the baby next door.. After she and Nancy left, I took her gift over next door. That baby is darling! It's 5 pounds 2 oz. now. Her name is Mason....but they don't spell it that way.  The maternal grandmother is over there too this afternoon.

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The mama cat has been back to eat again this evening. I haven't seen any of the kittens for the past two days. 

I watched some Amazon Prime "Murder She Wrote" after the company left.  I also ate some yogurt for my supper.  At 7:00PM I intend to take my bath and get into my pjs.  Then I will go to bed at 9:00PM as usual.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wednesday and My Hair and the Dentist

I woke up earlier this morning and just got up. I had gone to bed earlier too. I have fed myself and put out cat food for the cat but have not seen her yet this morning. I had my oatmeal and am working on my chai now.

There is an annoying pop up on my comments area. I am not sure how to get rid of it. When I check that I am not a robot, it pops up and it's nearly impossible to get rid of the thing. Blogger should get it off.

I sure hoped to be able to mow this morning and get the rest of the west side finished and re-do the front but it's 5:30AM now and already 79 degrees. It should be up to 98 degrees later today.

I will go over to Coffeyville early and see how much of my running around I can get done before my hair appointment at 10:00AM. I will ask Bob if he wants to have breakfast this morning. He came over to take me to pick up my car after I had my car air conditioning worked on last week and I would like to buy him breakfast. I need to go to the bank, buy gas and get my hair done and that's about all.

I am supposed to meet Suzanne at Tyro at 11:30AM this morning. I will park my car there on the east side of the church and then we will go to the dentist in Cherryvale. Our appointments are at 1:00PM.

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Amazing! Finally another sighting of the little yellow kitten eating the cat food.  It is the largest kitten. The gray ones are smaller....like the mother cat. This one is more like that big male who is evidently the father cat. I hadn't seen it in a couple of weeks...maybe longer.

More even later....

I went over to Coffeyville and took Bob to breakfast. I had told him I wanted to do that when he took care of getting me to Gary's and back last week.   Afterward, I went out to Woodshed and bought gas and then from there to Walmart to buy four things I needed and couldn't get at Dollar General.

Then I went to my hair appointment and then home.

I about 15 minutes I will go over to Tyro to meet Suzanne and her grandson to go to the dentist.

So even more later....

We stopped at the Subway shop in Cherryvale and had a bowl of very good soup. Then we went on to the dentist. I like him very much. I had bite wings, a prophy and a cleaning and exam and impressions for the partial he hopes to be able to design for me. I hope he can do that...although I have a terrific overbite and that may make it impossible. We will know in a week or two. I got all the way home before it occurred to me that I had not paid my bill. I called to find out how much it was and also to apologize for walking out without paying it. She said they would bill me but I suggested I just send them a check. The bill was $145.00, which for all they did, was not bad at all. I have the check out on the mailbox now.

Then we went to the Dairy Queen in Independence and Suzanne bought us all three a blizzard...a wonderful blizzard.  I was full as a tick afterward. Scout is such a neat kid. Very polite and helpful.  I was impressed. They took my back to Tyro and I picked up my car and came home.

Suzanne is paying Robert Edens to finish my mowing. I lacked the west side yard. I tried to tell her I would pay for that but she said, "no". She is having Zeke's mowed too. But it has been a week since Robert mowed theirs and she is going to tack that $40.00 on to his rent with a note telling him to read his contract. The lawn is to be mowed weekly to keep it neat. Robert used to teach and knows John.

I don't know how that will go over. This is the kids' first apartment and they are not familiar with the rules.

More later...

Robert finished my yard and also did the front and is not going to mow for Zeke. Zeke says he will get it done. Suzanne talked to him.

More even later...

I took my bath about 7:30PM and went to bed shortly after 9:00PM. I was very tired.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Tuesday and the Bloodmobile

I slept well last night and was up at 5:00AM, dressed and fed myself and the cat. I haven't seen any of the kittens yet this morning.

I may mow the back yard this morning at 8:00AM. It is beginning to look a little shaggy. It is 6:55AM  now and it's already 69 degrees. Today, and the rest of the week are all supposed to be a scorcher.

My neighbor and her baby are coming home from the hospital in Joplin today. Their yard, which Suzanne and Steve paid to have mowed last week, needs to be mowed again. I don't know when the young man will get it done. I thought about doing their front last night while it was relatively cool but decided I had better not try it. It was 8:00PM and I was already pretty tired.

I have a 1:00PM appointment to give blood in Coffeyville this afternoon. I also have a 1:00PM appointment in Cherryvale tomorrow afternoon with the dentist there. I am to meet Suzanne at Tyro Christian Church at 11:30AM tomorrow and leave my car parked there and go with her and her grandson from there up 10th street road to Independence and then on to Cherryvale to Dr. Eastep, This will be a new dentist for me. Dr. Conrad, my original dentist, retired.  I want to see what the chances and cost would be to have a partial made to replace the three teeth I have lost with the loss of my bridge several years ago. The abutment tooth to that bridge cracked in two and had to be removed. That cost me my bridge.

I have already mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors this morning. That's all the housework I will do today. Thursday is cleaning day. Friday, Nancy and I have tentatively planned to go to Copan Truck Stop for lunch or brunch on Friday....if she doesn't forget.

More later...

I am in on the laptop computer again. The desktop computer still tends to freeze up from time to time so unless I need to print something off, I will primarily be using this laptop.

At 7:50AM ,  I mowed the back yard and part of the west side yard. I will finish in the morning at 8:00AM before I go to Coffeyville for my hair appointment. It is at 10:00AM and I usually go a little early. Toni will get me in a little early if I am there. Then I want to go get gas at the Woodshed in South Coffeyville before I go to meet Suzanne at Tyro at 11:30AM. Gas is ten cents a gallon cheaper there then in Bartlesville or Coffeyville.

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I read right through the noon hour and then noticed I had 45 minutes to get to the bloodmobile. I grabbed my purse and keys and took off.  I got there 15 minutes early but it took the better part of an hour to get my blood taken. Afterward I sat down and had a ham sandwich and Pepsi and a glass of water. I was visiting with the Stillwell twins when I made my September appointment and suddenly I got dizzy. That had never happened before. I sat down for awhile and Florene brought me a bottle of water. After awhile, I went on out to the car and drove home without incident.

When I got home, I ate an ice cream bar and sat down in the recliner.  I probably won't mow tomorrow after all. I feel a little weak this evening. I did go out to Dollar General and buy some bandaids, some push pins  and some yogurt.  Then I came back home and watched TV. I was pretty wiped out.

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I watched a few programs I had recorded until 7:00PM, when I took my bath. I finished my book today too. I went to bed at 8:30PM. Tomorrow, I get my hair done.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Monday and a Doctor's Appointment

I got up earlier then usual this morning but feel rested so I must have had enough sleep. I have dressed, had my breakfast and fed the mama cat already. I have not seen any of her kittens this morning.  I am now enjoying my chai latte.

I have a 10:00AM doctor's appointment with Dr. Eslicker this morning in Bartlesville.  Hopefully, he will not find anything suspicious on me this time. I have had a basel cell on my nose and one on my ear.

I am in the living room using the laptop computer now. That desktop is still freezing from time to time so I will be using this laptop more nowadays.  Cox Complete Care said they had done everything they could to fix it. I know they spent hours working on it Friday night.

I see the mama cat is back out front with two of her gray kittens. I still don't know what happened to the rest of her family. When I came in here, the kittens ran away though.... not before they emptied the dish. I refilled it and one of them is back now eating. Mama cat is drinking the water I put out there now. I will have to refill that in awhile. One of the kittens is back eating now.  I enjoy watching the little critters. The entertainment is worth several bags of Meow Mix.

More later...

I left a little early for my appointment with Dr. Eslicker. He didn't find anything to zap today and put me back on a yearly appointment.

I walked around the new shopping strip in Bartlesville and then the mall. That mall is nearly empty. I didn't buy anything. I came back home and warmed up my cashew chicken from yesterday's dinner at Great China.

I read most of the afternoon and went out to Dollar General and bought another bag of cat food and some ice cream bars. This is the weather for ice cream bars.

I did get an appointment tomorrow at the Red Cross bloodmobile at the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville at 1:00PM to give blood. I am O positive and they need that type because it will be fine for anyone..no matter their type. They are down to three days supply of blood and they need to have five days on hand.

More later...the news is on. I want to watch it.

I watched the news and read some more of my free book on my Kindle.  It's almost 6:30PM now and at 7:00PM I want to take my bath. I plan to go on to bed at 9:00PM as usual.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday and Church

I got up earlier this morning too but I just couldn't sleep any longer. I dressed, fed myself and the mama cat, and watched the news about the slow moving hurricane. Then I mixed up the coffeecake to take to church. It's in the oven now.  When it's out and cooled, I will ice and cover it.

The young man who lives next door is here this weekend.  I don't know whether his wife and baby are here or not. I haven't heard any crying baby so perhaps the two of them are still in Mercy at Joplin. His truck pulled in last evening with a mattress strapped to the roof. There was another vehicle too. That was about the time I went to bed.

I don't know where we will eat after church. I usually consult Phyllis and if Bob goes with us, I also consult with him. We either go to Great China or Just Us, the buffet in Cherryvale.

More later...

The coffeecake is baked and out of the oven and cooled and iced. I will leave for church about 8:30AM.

More even later .....

I got to church and shared the coffeecake with the Church School class. What was left I sent home with John. Phyllis and I went to Independence to Great China for lunch and I brought home half of mine for another meal and so did Phyllis. The rest of the congregation, those that eat out, went to El Pueblo for lunch. I am not wild about Mexican food and rarely eat it.

When I got back home I got my newsletters out. They are out on the mailbox for the mailman to pick up tomorrow.

The mama cat has come over and eaten the cat food. I refilled the bowl. I haven't seen the kittens lately...except for the two she sometimes has with her.

I contacted Cox Complete Care about the freezing up of the desktop computer and they said they had done everything they possibly could do for it. They said it was just an old computer and the life of a computer is usually about three years. I believe this computer is a 2007....although I am not sure since Esther and Keith gave it to me. It was Esther's desktop computer.  It hasn't helped that Windows 10 has been downloaded on it and then updated from time to time.  Windows 10 has crashed two of my computers. It is just a disaster to an older computer. Microsoft has downloaded Windows 10 in the night in the past without my permission.

More later....

My eldest son is in  Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  This is some of the view on the way to his hotel.

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I was finally able to reach Nancy this afternoon. Her phone is on again/ off again.  it probably needs a battery. Several people have tried to call her this weekend and could not reach her. ...including me. Some of her church members tried to call her to tell her about a church board meeting they were having but she could not be reached. When I finally reached her, she wanted me to come over to visit. So I went over to her house for a couple of hours. She really encouraged me to stay even longer but I needed to get home, take my bath around 7:00PM and watch the recorded program of 60 Minutes before I went to bed at 9:00PM. We plan to get together for brunch on Friday.

I have a 10:00AM appointment with Dr. Eslicker in Bartlesville tomorrow. I want to give blood Tuesday at Coffeyville. Wednesday I have a 10:00AM hair appointment in Coffeyville and a dental appointment with Dr. Eastep in Cherryvale at 1:00PM. I will clean the apartment on Thursday and do my laundry. And Friday after Nancy's hair appointment, we will go down to Copan to have brunch. It will be a busy week.

But now it is 9:00PM and I will go on to bed!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Saturday Morning and a Repaired Computer

I got up to go to the bathroom at 4:30AM this morning and  found a note on the computer of all the Cox Complete Care tech had done remotely. It told me I needed to reboot before using the computer again. So I did that. The computer seems to run smoother and is not freezing any longer....yet.

I wish I could have printed off that note left on the desktop of the computer. There were about a dozen things he had done to repair it. And when I began to use this blog, I had to sign in again, That worked smoothly too. If this repair works, it is the best $9.95 a month investment I have made in a long while.

I hope to finish mowing this morning about 8:00AM.  I want to finish the west side and perhaps redo the front and finish trimming along the curb..

More later....

It's 7:40AM now and I hope to mow the west side yard at 8:00AM. It's still only 72 degrees right now. I want to get that job done before it gets hot today.

I have fed the three cats three times this morning. I still have only seen the mother cat and two kittens in a couple of weeks. I don't know what happened to the other three kittens.  I hope nothing bad.

I don't really have a plan for today. I washed the tile at the living room door last night. That's about all the housework I have done for a couple of days. The mowing and trimming are more important right now and sometime today I need to go to the Dollar General store and get a couple of things I need. ....cranberry grape juice and peach tea.  I drink a lot of peach tea....especially after I have mowed and am sweaty.

I guess Leslie will be coming home sometime today from camp.

Well, it's 7:45AM and 72 degrees now and I need to put gas in the mower if I am going to mow at 8:00AM.

So, more later....

I started mowing at 8:00AM and just now finished cleaning up. It is 8:32AM. While I was at it, and had the west side finished, I re-did the front. It was beginning to look pretty shaggy next to the west side. Now the entire yard looks neat.  I am pretty sweaty however. I brushed off my feet and mowing shoes and then came in and blotted off my face. I haven't yet tried to comb my bangs down. I imagine they are still pretty wet. But maybe this mowing will last a few days.

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After I mowed the west side, I re-mowed the front. This is the front.

It is 76 degrees right now. I got that yard finished right in the nick of time. After I drink some tea and cool down, I will go out to Dollar General and buy some more. I go through a lot of peach tea.

More later....

I went to Dollar General and bought the three things on my grocery list. While I was still in the parking lot, I saw Keith and Barbara Rogers and briefly visited with them. Barbara is doing most of the driving now because Keith has macular degeneration in one of his eyes and doesn't see well enough to drive. Barbara also mows although she does have a riding mower to do it with. I sometimes wish I had kept my Dixon. Right now I can mow with the kids' push mower just fine. But at 83, going on 84, I don't know how much longer I will be able to do that especially in late July and August. It is good exercise though. And I enjoy it.

I ate lunch late. I had one of my chicken pot pies for my lunch...with some peach tea.

Then I sat down to watch a program I had recorded on 20/20 on the life and death of John Kennedy Jr.  It's now 88 degrees outside and too hot to mess around outside.  It's 2:50PM now.

More even later....

I tried  to call Nancy a couple of times today and even went over and rang her doorbell but there was no answer. I drove through town to see if she was in the museum but her car was nowhere to be found. I am concerned. I tried to call Sandy too but she was not there although her car is there. Maybe they are together. I hope so. I would hate to think that Nancy is home and incapacitated in some way.

The computer is freezing up again sometimes. I had hoped that Cox Complete Care who worked on it all evening last night had fixed that and thought that they had. But evidently not altogether.

It is 4:45PM now and I really have not got a lot done today outside of mowing..

I watched another episode of "Murder She Wrote" on Amazon Prime at 7:00PM , took my bath and went to bed early. I had been up and around too long to stay up until 9:00PM.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Minister's Message July 27th Find Balance

Balance is hard…isn’t it? We get involved with one thing and let something else equally as important go altogether. Our lives then become lopsided. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was busily involved in making potato salad for the recent cookout at the church.  My doorbell rang and I answered to find one of my dear friends there almost in tears. She asked me if I was busy. I told her I was making potato salad for a cookout at church but my potatoes weren’t finished cooking yet so I was ready for a break. It was obvious she was upset. So I pulled out a chair and asked her sit down and tell me what was troubling her. She told me she woke up that morning and couldn’t remember the last two days. She was very upset. I told her she had had lunch with me the day before and did she remember that? After thinking a moment, she said she did now. She had been upset over the pending visit of her son who wanted to put her in a nursing home and was stressed over that. I suggested that might be the problem. Stress can do that.  She agreed that could be the case. 

Later, I realized she might need even more support. So I went to her home and she was very glad to see me. I suggested we go get a milkshake at Gabbie’s downtown and that too seemed like a great idea to her so we did that.  I spent the afternoon with her. I realize it’s only a temporary fix but when he is gone, perhaps I can get her to a doctor. 

Luke 10: 38-42

This is a story of Jesus and two sisters. He is visiting them at home. It is a “cottage meeting” type visit. Remember those? We used to have visits in the home from ministers or missionaries. Sometimes their visits would upset our TV watching but if we were wise, we would turn off the TV and enjoy a real opportunity to discuss the mission of Jesus and what that had to do with us. We may have chosen “the better half”.

In the case of Martha and Mary, though, we may sense a bit of sibling rivalry. Perhaps even some jealously.

The house is small. Indeed, it may be just one tiny room. There is no separate kitchen. Do Mary and Martha live here alone? What is it that keeps Martha so busy? What are her many tasks? As we try to imagine the scene, we can see Jesus and Mary sitting (on the floor most likely), and Martha bustling about. Is she tidying up? Is she fixing something for dinner?  We can only guess. She is not cut out of the conversation. However, she is a whirlwind of activity, racing against an unknown clock. And there sits Mary. “Can’t you tell her to get up and help me?” Martha asks Jesus.

A guest has arrived. Hospitality is freely given. In fact, hospitality is a hallmark of many cultures, both in Jesus’ time and now. It is odd how some interpret this passage as placing more importance on learning from Jesus and studying the “word,” to the neglect of hospitality. Although Jesus suggests Mary has chosen “the better part” (v. 42), he contrasts that with Martha being “distracted by her many tasks,” not that what she was doing was less important.

I was working on my next talk and my doorbell rang. It was my new neighbor..the young man. He had found one of my windshield notes.  I had not seen them for a while. They moved boxes in on two weekends ago and I didn’t see them for the next two weeks. He rang my doorbell and when I answered it I could see he was very hot so I invited him in. I had noticed his grass was very high.

I had an ulterior motive for wanting to talk to him about his grass. I thought he might not have a mower and although my original ulterior motive was to make him a proposition. If he didn’t have a mower, I was going to offer to buy the gas and let him use my mower if he would mow my yard too. But he told me he had a mower. In fact, the reason I hadn’t seen them was that his wife had had their baby prematurely and was in the hospital at Joplin. The baby weighed 3 lbs, 4 oz. and was doing fine. It was up over 4 lbs now and was nursing with his wife. So my entire strategy changed.  I congratulated him and asked him if it was alright if I put them all three on the prayer list at church.  

Looking at this text through the modern, clock-oriented lifestyles that are more and more commonplace today, gathering as disciples can become routine, task-oriented, and time-limited. How often do we watch the clock, rushing through an agenda of business, pushing the discussions to a decision so we can move on to the next task? As we rush from one minute to the next, do we remember God’s role in all that we do? God is present in our business meetings, if we but pause to recognize the divine presence. Christ sits at the table with us during potluck,   if we would just relax and not worry so much about the decoration or the spilled milk. More of what the “church” is about takes place around the table than sitting in the pew—just look at the first-century church experience for that!

We need the Marthas. We need the Marys. We need the Kevins. We need the Garys. Sometimes we need to cut the grass, replace light bulbs, prepare meals, plan a Sunday school lesson, select a pastor and congregational leaders, or plan budgets. Sometimes we just need to listen  to sermons, pray, and read the scriptures.  And sometimes, most importantly, we need to be available for anyone who needs us.

Being and doing are essential in the lives of disciples. Preparing a meal and listening to the teachings of Jesus are the beginning of mission.

Friday and Mowing and Trimming the Back Yard

I slept well last night and got up shortly after 5:00AM. I have eaten my oatmeal and had my coffee and am now working on my Chai.  I have fed the mama cat and two of her kittens three times this morning. These three, the mama and two of her gray kittys are the only ones I have seen in days. There were five kittys originally. I don't know what happened to the other three.  It has been at least a week since I have seen the rest of them.

Last night a strange truck pulled up in front of my apartment and sat there for twenty minutes with the lights on and the motor running. I finally called the local dispatcher and asked her to send the officer on duty to come by and check that out. I was not comfortable going on to bed with that truck sitting there with the lights on and the motor running. After an hour though, three more trucks came and parked in front of the east side of the duplex. One of them had a large trailer attached to it and it was parked across my drive...blocking it. Luckily my car was at Gary's in Coffeyville overnight.

Finally, I went on to bed. I figured they were all friends of Zeke, my new neighbor. I hope they don't make a habit of that.

Sometime this morning, Gary will call and tell me my car is finished.  Then I will call Bob to come get me. and take me to Coffeyville to pick it up.

I would like to mow the back yard this evening but I would like to buy a headband before I do that. I want to put it across my head to hold my bangs down and keep them from curling up and also to absorb the sweat.  I also need to trim.

More later....

The temperature was only 68 degrees this morning at 8:00AM so I went out and mowed the back and part of the west side before I played out. I will finish that later...maybe this evening.  I am drinking lots of tea this morning to cool off. And I still have the trimming to do too.  That will be my project for today.

It's 9:00AM and I still haven't heard from Gary yet about my car.  I was hoping he would get it finished early. This is Bob's birthday and he and Joanne may have plans.

It's 10:30AM now and 80 degrees out there. I will finish mowing the side yard later after it cools off some. However, I did get the trimming done in front and back just now.

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Still no call from Gary.

He called about 11:30AM and I called Bob. Bob came over and got me and took me to Gary's. I picked up my car and left his check in the key drop. It was not quite as expensive as he told me. But he is concerned about the compressor and we are looking at over $700 if I should need a compressor down the road in time.  I just hope it holds up.

I have read the Reporter and done the crossword puzzle.  I will take the papers to Karan. She takes hers to the shelter in Coffeyville. I have never been there and am not sure where it is. It is east of the highway 169 just off Walnut in Coffeyville. That's all I know.

More later..I'd better fix something for my lunch now.

I had sweet and sour chicken for lunch. It's a frozen meal from Walmart...just the right amount...not too much. I had it with peach tea.

Now it's 6:20PM and in just awhile, at 7:00PM, I will take my bath and put my PJs on. It's still too hot to mow...maybe in the morning.  It was just right this morning.

Well, I didn't take my bath at 7:00PM after all.  I was having trouble with the desktop computer freezing up so I called Cox Complete Care and had one of their techs work it over. That was an hour ago and he is still at it....deleting old useless files and tuning up the old computer.  I don't want to take my bath until he is finished or he may call me back while I am in the tub.  So, I am still waiting for him to finish here at 8:30PM.

I just ate some yogurt. I hadn't had anything to eat since noon or so.

More later...

Saturday morning: 

I finally just went to bed at 10:00PM Friday evening and the tune up was not finished then. I got up to go to the bathroom at 4:30AM on Saturday  and  found a note on the computer of all the tech had done. It told me I needed to reboot before using the computer again. So I did that. The computer seems to run smoother and is not freezing any longer....yet.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Thursday and Perhaps Lunch Out

I slept fitfully last night. If I were to try to decide why that was I think it would be too much tea all afternoon.

I finally got back to sleep around 3:00AM and woke up shortly before 5:00AM and got up. I dressed, ate my oatmeal and coffee and got myself ready for the day. I even filled the cat's bowl.

Today I only plan to have brunch with Nancy...if she still wants to do that.  Then, this evening, I will take my car over to Gary's to have the air conditioning serviced. Bob will bring me back here after I leave it there. Then Friday when Gary finishes it and calls me, I will call Bob and he will come over to get me to take me over to Coffeyville to pick it up.

I see the mother cat is eating the food in the dish now. None of her kitties are with her. I don't have  a clue what happened to them. She just finished and I re-filled the dish and put clean water in the water part.

More later...

Bob just texted me about when I wanted to take my car over there this evening. I suggested 7:00PM. I will see what he thinks of that.

O.K. He thinks that is fine.

More later....

In just a little while, I will call Nancy and see if she wants to go to brunch. I will wait until 10:00AM.  It's only 9:35AM now.

I went over and visited with Nancy for an hour or so. She had lots of leftovers to eat so she was not interested in lunch...not today anyhow.

I got my mail and had the new registration for my car in it along with the Reporter. And the car registration had my old Coffeyville address on it.  Then I realized that in the hub bub of moving and settling in the new place, I had forgotten to change the address on my registration and driver's license. So I called Heather, figuring I would pay my car insurance and apartment insurance when I went over to get my tag and registration taken care of. I got that done and went over to re-register my car and pay for that,

I figured I would have to go to Independence and get my address on the license done but that woman at the registration told me to go to the library and they would do it for me free of charge. That was wonderful! Plus... I decided to just take my car by Gary's while I was in Coffeyville if I could get Bob to bring me back to Caney that early. That too worked out fine. So all that is done and it's not yet 4:00PM in the afternoon. Of course, I am a lot more broke then I was this morning!

I have worked the crossword puzzle and will find something to eat now. I haven't eaten since 5:00AM this morning.

I found the rest of the chicken and noodles I had a couple of days ago and ate that for lunch. I also had an ice cream bar and some trail mix I had in the cabinet. 

I don't know when Gary will have my car finished tomorrow. When he calls me, I will call Bob and have him come over to pick me up so I can go back to Coffeyville to pay Gary and pick up my car. 

Between the bill for the air conditioning on my car, car registration and tag sticker, the car insurance and the apartment insurance... this has been an expensive month.

And  I am still kicking around buying one of those yard swings over at Tyro and borrowing the money out of my savings and paying it back $100 a month for three months. I would have to ask the kids to get it picked up in their truck and I hate to impose on them any more then I already do. I wouldn't use it much until fall anyhow though so there is no rush to make such a decision.

I plan to mow the back yard Monday sometime. It is really getting high but I want to wait until Monday or Tuesday to do that. I hope it doesn't rain anymore this weekend.

I have had my bath at 7:00PM and it's now 7:45PM. I will wait until 9:00PM to go to bed. I hope to sleep better now that I have all my errands done.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wednesday and Hair Day

I slept well again last night but got up about 4:30AM after I felt I had my sleep out.  I dressed, had my oatmeal and coffee and fed the cat. I have only seen one  or two kittens with her lately. I don't know where the other four have disappeared to. I wondered if someone had taken them to the pound in Coffeyville, ....or worse. I will keep feeding those who show up. Mama cat and the one kitten showed up this morning and I have filled the bowl twice already.

My County Chronicle hasn't shown up in my online mailbox yet today either...which is strange. Usually it's there early Wednesday mornings.

I will go back over to Coffeyville today to get my hair done at 10:00AM. I want to take my plastic grocery bags to Genesis while I am there too. When I have given Bob a chance to get up and around, I will text him about breakfast and see if he wants to go. I will wait until after 6:00AM.

I am doing laundry again this morning. Primarily I am doing towels and my underwear. 

More later...

Yes, Bob wanted to go to breakfast so I went over early and picked him up. I went to the bank afterward and later to Woodshed to get gas. Then since I was that far already, I went back out to Walmart to get the two things I didn't get yesterday. I was just going to get them at Dollar General but I was almost out to Walmart so I just went there.

Then I got my hair done, went to the bank to get a new check register, and then out to Gary's to see if he could check my car's air conditioning. It was not cooling well. He said the air had never been serviced since I had it and would need to be done in order to be sure it had plenty of coolant so I made an appointment. He is booked for two weeks but he said if I can get it over there tomorrow evening, he will get it in the first thing Friday morning at 6:00AM.

I called Bob to see if he would take me back to Caney after I left the car on Thursday evening and he was glad to do that. Then Friday when Gary calls to tell me it is ready, Bob will come get me and take me to Coffeyville to pick it up. That's two trips for him but he was willing to help me out that way. I have known Gary for years and I trust him. I couldn't trust just any auto repair man.

More later...

Jenny e-mailed and reminded me that the Chronicle comes out on Thursdays and we get the e-edition late Wednesday evening.  So it will come later this evening. It was a day early last week because of the holiday.

The smoke alarm went off again.  I poked on it time and again but it buzzed and buzzed. Finally after I tried poking it again, it stopped. I did not want to climb on a step stool to try to take the top off it and pull the battery, so, once again, I called Steve. He will come by sometime this afternoon after a funeral they are going to attend. I hate to be a trial for them but it seems to be just one thing after another.  First the power breaker to the dryer, then the air conditioner breaker and now the smoke alarm.

It is thundering and windy now and I imagine we are going to get rain again. I raked and bagged all those leaves last week and now the wind is blowing them off the neighbor's tree again and the yard is full of them again. This time, when the wind dies down, I will just get my blower out and blow them off the yard instead of raking them. I still have a painful blister from last week's raking. When I rake in the fall, I will wear gloves. It is beginning to rain again now.

More even later..

Steve and Suzanne came and changed the battery in the smoke alarm again. Steve thought it might have been an old battery he changed out with last week. They stayed just a little while and then left, They had been to another funeral and were on their way home when they stopped.

I watched another "Murder She Wrote" episode this afternoon. I had tried to clean up the mess of leaves from my neighbor's tree after the wind and rain this morning. After blowing it off my yard the best I could and into the street, I started sweeping the mess up and putting it in my Bag Buddy, I finally played out. It was just too hot to do that today.

Then the Tivo quit when I started to change from Amazon Prime back to the cable. I rebooted a couple of times and it finally reloaded. But it took awhile. It's 3:30PM now.

Nancy came by about an hour ago and stayed until just a few minutes ago..  She told me about her experience with David, her son, and his wife. She is rather exhausted from their visit.

It's 4:45PM now and I want to watch the news when it comes on at 5:00PM. I will finish this when I am ready to take my bath at 7:00PM.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Tuesday and No Plan

I slept very well last night and got up shortly before 5:00AM, dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee. I fed the little mother cat then refilled the dish for the kittens. I haven't seen the kittens yet this morning.

I don't have anything in particular planned for today. I may do my bare floors and finish the vacuuming I didn't get finished on Friday.  I still have the den and the dining room to vacuum. I also want to look for another small rug for the area in front of the front door so I may go out to Dollar General again after they open.

So, more later...

I found a little rug for the back door out at Dollar General. That meant I could keep the small one that had been at the back door, in the living room by the front door.

Then when I got home and put the small rug down, I noticed that after all that rain yesterday, the front yard looked like it had grown an inch. So I went out and mowed it again. I had mowed it first, before the back yard and the west side yard. Now, hopefully, that will hold it for awhile....at least five days.

I am watching some programs I had recorded yesterday for awhile to just sit and cool down.

I still haven't cleaned the floors or vacuumed the last two rooms.

More later...

I decided to go to the church and take the letter off the door window and then go on to Independence to get some frozen meals at their Walmart.  I got as far as Dearing and found that the county was spreading gravel on the road and there was a backup at 3900 where the church is located clear to Independence. By the time I finished at church, the cars were backed up clear down the south south toward Dearing. So I went south and east to Coffeyville instead and stopped at El Pueblo to get Bob a gift certificate for his birthday which is on Thursday. Then I went on out to Walmart there and bought my frozen meals and a birthday card for Bob.

I go to Coffeyville again tomorrow to get my hair done. I will get gas again there then.

It's time for the news now...so I will get back to this later...

I took my bath at 7:00PM and then watched an episode of "Murder She Wrote"  on Amazon Prime. Then I played solitaire for thirty minutes or so and finally went back in to watch some more TV..

I plan to go to bed at 9:00PM.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Monday and Mowing

I slept pretty well last night. I woke up several times and did have some trouble getting back to sleep. Finally, I just took some melatonin and slept fine until 5:00AM, my regular rising time. I have dressed and had my coffee, oatmeal and fed the cat. I haven't seen any of the kitties yet....just mama cat.

About 8:00AM, if it is still cool enough, I want to mow the west side yard. It is supposed to rain this afternoon and I would like to get that done before that happens. Other then that, I don't have a plan. I do want to get over to Dollar General sometime this week before laundry day and buy another mesh bag for washing my underwear. I really don't have to do that today but if I can get it done that's would be fine.

More later...

It's 8:20AM and  I just finished mowing the west yard. It took me a little over 20 minutes and it's done for another few days. I wanted to do it while it was just 77 degrees out there.

Now, I think I will go out to Dollar General and pick up the few things I need. So more even later...

I did go to the Dollar general Store and got some more net bags for washing my lingerie. I also went ahead and bought more cat food. I know I am going to need it in a day or two so I may as well get it today.

I fixed myself a broccoli and chicken frozen dinner for lunch. I had that with a glass of peach tea.  Then I finished off that piece of cherry pie I brought home from church last Sunday a week ago. It was still good! Now, later I will have an ice cream bar.

This is enough for now.

Bob called to ask if I still had my banker boxes and if I could let Joanne use them to move her daughter.  I told him I would get into the attic and get them out. He came right over and we loaded them into his car. Then we had some peach tea and visited awhile. Then he went back to Coffeyville to take them to Joanne.

After he left, I went to the Caney Car Wash and washed my car. 

Finally at 5:30PM, it started to thunder at last. It has supposed to have rained this afternoon. I moved the cat food  back a little closer to the door so rain wouldn't get into it if it finally rains.

In another hour I will take my bath..

At 5:59PM the rain finally started. It rained here for over an hour and then stopped. I took my bath at 7:00PM and went to bed after "Bull" was over at 10:00PM.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sunday and Probable Rain

I slept well last night and it doesn't appear it rained here last night. We do have a 40% chance of rain here today though.  In a little while, I will text Leslie and find out if they got rain or are expecting rain today. I really don't want to try to drive in the rain. ...especially on the interstate.

I have dressed, eaten and fed the cats and am now enjoying my Chai.

I see California has had a 7.1 quake now. Between the wildfires and the earthquakes and the terrible high rent, you couldn't give me California as a precious gift. I'll take my chances with tornadoes. They are a lot more rare and localized.

I will wait another hour before texting Leslie to find out what their weather is to be like today.

More later....

Leslie just texted me that it is not raining at the reunion grounds and it is clear there. So if all is well with no rain at 9:00AM, I will drive on over there.

More later...

I just contacted Karan and she is going with me so I will pick her up at 9:20 or so.

We drove over to the campgrounds visiting all the way. We saw a lot of folks we only see at camp or conference. It was a long service and they served communion and then we had lunch.  After lunch we stayed until 2:00PM or so and visited with some of them and then drove on back home. I saw Nolan Scarberry again with Deryl. We never did encounter any rain.

I was pretty tired when I got home. But I sent out an e-mail about Elnora's services. Then I opened an e-mail from one of my classmates and sent it on to all the online classmates. So I have been busy ever since I got home. It's now 5:10PM and I still have to get away from the computer and go watch the news and eat some yogurt.

More later...

At 7:00PM, I took my bath and got ready for bed.  It's been a long day. I will try to stay up until 9:00PM. If it doesn't rain tomorrow, I want to mow my west yard.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Saturday and Laundry

I slept well again last night and got up around 5:00AM. I have had my oatmeal and fed the cats...all of them. It has taken three bowls now. Of course, the bowl is small. I began by thinking I was only feeding one cat. Now I have a bunch!!

I have had my oatmeal and finally, I stripped my bed and am washing and drying my sheets and towels this morning. They are in the dryer now.  I feel pretty good today. Better then yesterday and much better then Thursday.

We are forecast for rain today.  I would like to get the back yard mowed this morning but after all that rain yesterday afternoon, it is very wet. So that probably won't happen. Also, the wind blew all kinds of leaves from the trees on the property and they have ruined the looks of my front yard.

I am still wondering if I will go to the campgrounds tomorrow. If it rains again, I don't want to get out on the road...especially the interstate. I hate driving around all those huge semis....it's even worse in the rain. They tend to hog the road. Once you've been hit by one like I was back in the late 90's, you are leery of them from then on. The one that hit me didn't even know he had hit me..even though he strung the drivers side parts of my car all over the intersection.  He missed my left foot by inches. I had to run after him, yelling at him, to get him to even stop. I will never forget that hair raising experience.  It made me semi shy from then on.

I don't have a plan for today except to re-make my bed and put the towels away.

More later...I looked out this morning and saw leaves all over my freshly mowed front yard.
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So I raked them into piles and put them in my mower bag buddy.

This is what it looked like after I got that mess cleaned up.

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 I can see now that in the fall, I will have my hands full. Well I raked and bagged over at Coffeyville and I guess I can do it here. It would be good exercise anyhow.

The laundry is finished and the bed is re-made. I only need to get the towels out of the dryer. So, more later...

This is the guilty tree! :)

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I got the towels put away. I guess everything is shipshape now.

I went to Bartlesville this afternoon and went to their Walmart store and bought some new beige towels. The ones I have are falling apart. I don't know why. They were only bought in 1981. Then I walked around the mall and bought a birthday card for my older son, Keith.  His birthday is August 3rd.

When I got home I decided to eat lunch here.  It's 2:10PM and I had better get to it or it will be supper.

I just finished my lunch. It was Schwans turkey pot pie...very good! I am having a glass of peach tea with it. I had an ice cream bar this morning so maybe I had better not have another.

I went over across the street and picked up all the debris from that child's fourth of July celebration. It was two grocery sacks full. When my grandchildren stayed with me and they set off fireworks, I insisted they clean up their mess afterward. I guess some people don't require anything of their kids anymore. This is the family with the garage door hanging askew and no back door at all.

I know, I know. I am an old grouch. Personally, I think it's good for kids to take some responsibility. My kids were excellent about it. We had a chart on the refrigerator door and I was included on it. We all had rotating chores to do and we all did them. If one of my kids didn't want to do one of his/her chores, they could pay their brother/sister to do that one for them. It worked for us and all my kids are well organized to this day. I know...I am spoiled! My son-in-law told me that.

This is my daughter-in-law, Ginger, with their cute little cowboy corgi, Sarge, on vacation.  Sarge is three months old.

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I didn't know when I would get my backyard mowed since it's supposed to rain tonight. So I just bit the bullet and went out and mowed it. Now all I lack is the west side yard.

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It's almost 5:30PM so I have another hour and a half before I take my bath. I will drink some water though.

More a little later...

I took my bath a little early  but did make it to nearly 9:00PM to go to bed.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Friday and Still Feeling a Little Weak.

I slept well last night and was up at 5:00AM as usual. I still don't feel as well as usual but not as bad as yesterday. I don't know whether it's the high blood pressure or the medication. I went ahead and took the water pill again this morning. After awhile, I may drive over to Coffeyville and  check in with the CRMC clinic on highway 166. I will give it awhile and see how I feel. The clinic doesn't open until 9:00AM anyhow.

It could even be my allergies. I have been sneezing my head off for days.

I am up and dressed and have had my breakfast and fed the cats. They were waiting for me to come fill their dish this morning. Mama cat is still pretty hostile. I would not approach her. She hisses, spits and growls at me. She wants the food but doesn't want me to mess with her. I don't blame her. She's wild. Lord only knows how she's made it this long. She was skin and bones in February when I began feeding her. She looks a lot better now and, of course, she's had that large litter of kitties.

More later.....

I mowed the front yard at 8:00AM this morning when it was 74 degrees out there and then got myself around and did go over to the 11th Street clinic at Coffeyville. They took my blood pressure and it was 120/60. She checked my charts and saw that I had only had a high blood pressure one other time. I went back out to Walmart and checked with their machine two times. Walmart had 149/90 both times. I stopped by the clinic and told them about that and they said they had no idea how often Walmart's machines were calibrated. Obviously, not often enough. She told me to put away that water pill and get back on my regular blood pressure pill tomorrow morning.

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Here's the front yard all finished.

When I got home I warmed up the rest of that turkey and noodles that Suzanne had brought me. That's all of that now. It was really good! I also had some more of that yellow watermelon later.

I may vacuum this afternoon and wash the bare floors. Tomorrow I will strip my bed and wash my sheets. I feel fine now.

More later...

I just went out to the Dollar General store to get some more Lipton peach tea. I used the last of what I had this afternoon. Wouldn't you know, I just got out of the garage and it began pouring down rain. Thank goodness I got the front yard mowed this morning. I don't know when I will get the back yard  and the west side done too. They need it but not as bad as the front did. It had been mowed a day earlier.  If I can get them done Monday or Tuesday I will be lucky.

More even later...I am going to get the floors washed and maybe the vacuuming too..

I did get the floors washed and vacuumed the bedroom, the hall and the living room. I will do the dining room and den later..perhaps tomorrow.

I will take my bath at 7:00PM and get ready for bed. I won't go to bed until 9:00PM though.