Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Tuesday and a Great Night's Sleep

I slept very well last night! Of course, I had mowed the back and that helped.  I slept until 6:00AM and that is almost unheard of in my experience.

I made my bed, dressed for the day and made up my face before fixing my coffee, Chai, oatmeal and juice. Then I fed the cat and her kittens. They ate like that was their last meal. Poor little things... I must be the only one feeding them.

I transferred another $100. back to my savings account. I only owe it one more payment and I will have paid back what I borrowed out of it for my partial. That will feel good.

I still have the large west side yard to mow today. I may wait until 7:00PM this evening to do that and avoid the dew on the grass. I also need to vacuum the den room and dust and I will try to get that done today.

I will have a big day tomorrow. Perhaps breakfast with Bob, my long hair appointment, a meeting with Bill Wade at 10:30AM for the classmate's information, and at 2:00PM, Bunco at Asbury Village.

Then I need to buy a few groceries at Walmart before coming back home and also stop to get milk at Braums.  I need to go to Independence one day soon to buy eyeliner and mascara at their Merle Norman store.

About 10:30, when it was in the lower 80 degrees, I went back out and mowed the west side yard.  It is somewhat in the shade and that made it easier. Then I emptied the bag and filled the kitchen trash bag too and put them both in the trash container. That's done for another week.

More later...It's 11:15AM now and I need to consider what to fix for my lunch.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Monday and Laundry

I got up early, as usual. I have dressed, had my breakfast and fed the cats. I stripped my bed this morning and washed my sheets and towels and underwear. They are in the dryer now.

I will also vacuum the apartment today and perhaps even mow this evening. It will depend on the heat. I will definitely mow tomorrow. I get my hair done on Wednesday. I also think that is Bunco at Asbury Village at 2:00 in the afternoon.

I am to meet Bill Wade at 10:30 on Wednesday too. He is one of the folks organizing Coffeyville's Reawakening to try to revitalize the community. It's going to be a big job. Everyone's online shopping (including my own)  is causing local retail to fail. I do buy my clothing in the store so I can try things on. Amazon has us all spoiled to free shipping and two day delivery.

More later. My laundry may be finished. I need to remake my bed and fold out my towels..

I got the bed re-made and everything put away. I still need to vacuum and perhaps even mow. My right arm is sore this morning so I will just vacuum unless the arm gets better before evening.  The grass is too wet from dew to try to mow this morning anyhow. I will try to do it at 7:00PM or 7:30PM this evening.

Something happened while I was running the dryer. The power went off just for a second. The computer says Firefox crashed and I had to turn it off and let it reboot to get the desktop to come back up. So far, so good. I hope it wasn't the air conditioning that went out. The light in the bedroom went out momentarily but came right back on. I notice it also affected the TV. It automatically went to the Amazon Prime site. I had been watching the Tulsa channel 6 and CBS news site.

More later...

I got everything but the den vacuumed using my left arm. That works! The right arm holds the cord. And in about an hour I will have the mail.

My son, Scott, had an update on the progress on the new home.

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See all the new outdoor lighting!

Not much mail today. No newspapers at all on Monday.It's 4:25PM now. I am hoping the weather will cool off a lit and I can mow the back yard. It is small. If that works out, then tomorrow I will mow the side yard.  That would do it for the week.

I will go read some more. I am reading "The Chamber" another John Grisham book.

It's almost 5:00PM but still 91 degrees out there so I will wait to mow until around 7:00PM. It should be cooler by then. I would like to get the back mowed this evening and that would just leave the west side to do tomorrow evening.

More later...

About 7:00PM, I mowed the back. It was in the shade and that helped. There was also a slight breeze. After I finished, I came in and took my bath. Then I watched "Murder She Wrote" and "Bull". and then after that I went on to bed. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday and Baking Day

I slept fairly well last night and got up earlier then usual since I had so much to do this morning. I dressed and made the bed and then baked the cake for the First Christian Church first. After that cooled, I baked the coffeecake and got it in the oven. When the cake was cool, I iced it. I am waiting for the coffeecake to cool now. I will put a glaze on it.

The cat and some of her kittens came and found me home and food in their dish.  They ate like they were starving. I don't know what they had to eat while I was gone. They missed food on Friday evening and Saturday morning. I fed them before I went to bed last night and again this morning.

The bank site was down last night and Keith and Esther's deposit wasn't in there when they finally got it up again this morning. Hopefully by Monday they will have it in there. Keith said he made the deposit on Friday. If it wouldn't be so much trouble, I would switch banks. This one seems to have a lot of down time.

More later...I will go put that glaze on the coffeecake.

I got over to the church at 9:00AM, opened the doors and cleaned up the few dead bugs. Then I made the coffee and cut the coffeecake. I also put the cake in the freezer.

The service went well. I had quite a bit of coffeecake left. I will take some of it to Nancy this afternoon.

Phyllis and I went to Just Us for lunch. I took her back to the church to get her car afterward. Then I came back home. I never did vacuum. I will do it tomorrow.

I took the newspapers to Nancy with her coffeecake. I visited with her a bit then came back home.

Jerod never did call me today but that's alright.  I texted with him quite a bit yesterday afternoon.

I am watching the Chiefs and the Raiders game waiting for the 60 Minutes program to start. After that, I will take my bath at 7:00PM and get ready for bed at 9:00PM.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saturday and Back Home

We had a fine time at the retreat. On the way home we stopped at an ice cream parlor and had a great ice cream cone. We got back about 4:00PM and I got unpacked and am catching up the mail. I will do the crossword puzzles in the Reporter in a little while. I have read my papers. First I want to take my bath.

Suzanne, my landlady brought me a box of furnace/air conditioner filters. I will use the ones I have right now and start with those new ones after Christmas.

I will have to bake and ice a cake tomorrow as well as my coffeecake. I will take the cake to church and put it in the freezer for Bob to take to Independence on Tuesday. I will serve the coffeecake to the church school class.

More later....

I took my bath and then I texted with my grandson, Jerod, Scott's son, for a couple of hours while I worked around the apartment.  I hadn't heard from him in awhile. He is pretty busy working following the last hurricane. He is an insurance adjuster.

I watched an episode of "Murder She Wrote" and then at 9:00PM I told Jerod I was going to bed. I was very tired. He will call me tomorrow afternoon and talk awhile.


Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday and Another Good Night's Sleep

I slept well last night and am all packed for the retreat. I have had my coffee, Chai and oatmeal for breakfast and fed the cat and her kittens. I am all packed and ready to go later this morning about 10:30AM. Leslie wants to leave at 11:00AM. I only have to pack the car.

The desktop is acting up today so I am having to use the laptop. I am going to go see if I can get windows activated now. It was still trying to reboot so I had to turn it completely off and start it again. This time it started and even connected to the internet and activated windows. Windows 10 has been nothing but trouble for me. But it seems to be working now.

I got the bare floors washed and will vacuum tomorrow after I get back home.

It's almost 7:00AM and I want to watch the news now. So, more later...

It is now 10:30AM and I am leaving for John and Leslie's to go to the retreat. I will be back sometime tomorrow and finish this up.

More tomorrow...

We had a fine retreat although I must say I nearly froze to death. Founders Hall  was ice cold and even a sleeping bag didn't help. I wrapped my feet in a towel and finally got to sleep.

But it was a good retreat. Just a terribly cold hall.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Thursday and a Great Night's Sleep

I slept well last night without any help from any drugs. I woke up twice but got right back to bed and back to sleep.  I got up at 5:40AM, made up my bed, dressed and got myself ready for the day. I ate my oatmeal and had my coffee and Chai.

Then I fed the cat and her kittens.

I have read the Chronicle news and forwarded it onto those I share it with.

I will go back over to Coffeyville to give blood at 1:00PM. I am to work as an escort afterward until 3:00PM. I will be going back over a little early to get John's birthday gift first.

Leslie contacted me about when we will leave tomorrow for our retreat. I will go out there at their house at 10:45AM. and we will leave at 11:00AM for Joplin, have lunch there at noon and shop at the mall there for awhile before going out to the campgrounds for the retreat. She will let me put my car in their garage just in case of bad weather.

More later....

I left about 10:00AM and went to Coffeyville. First I dropped by the library and returned the book I found I had already read. Then I went out to Walmart and bought some vanilla for my smoothies.  I then bought John's birthday gift.  I will give it to him when Leslie and I get home from the retreat on Saturday. Saturday is his birthday. Then by that time, it was time for me to go help at the Red Cross bloodmobile at the First Baptist Church. At 1:00PM, I gave blood again. Afterward, I came on back home, read my mail and the newspaper.

It is 5:15PM right now. I will do the crossword puzzle in the Reporter.

I did the crossword puzzle and also played some solitaire and at 7:00PM, I took my bath and put my PJ's on. It appears the Schwans' man isn't coming because of the rain. About 7:30-PM, he finally arrived but I was not dressed so I told him he was too late. I didn't need anything anyhow but I had planned to buy some chicken. But not in my PJs.

I watched an episode of "Murder She Wrote" and then decided to go on to bed. I had begun packing for our trip but will need to finish in the morning.

It's 8:40PM now and I will go on to bed.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wednesday and a Busy Day

I did not sleep well last night. My shoulder and right arm ached. Finally I took three melatonin tablets but they didn't work either. So I took two Aleve but still couldn't get to sleep. Finally, I broke down and took a Benadryl and finally got to sleep. I slept until 4:45AM and then just got up and got myself ready for the day. I had my coffee and Chai. I am meeting Bob for breakfast in Coffeyville. Then I will have my hair done and afterward go over to Stan's to buy some hearing aid batteries. After that, I will go to Woodshed and get gas and then to the library and take the two books back and see if I can find another two for the next week's read. Finally, I will go to Walmart and buy a few things I need. Then I will come on back home. No games today. I want to leave in ten minutes.

A couple of cats have been here this morning and finished off the cat food. I refilled the bowls in hopes of leaving some for some more of them.

More later....

I got almost all my errands done this morning except getting John's birthday gift, I will do that tomorrow morning before I go to the Red Cross bloodmobile at the First Baptist Church to give blood at noon. The place was not open when I was over there this morning. I came back home early since there were no games at the senior center today.

I read most of the afternoon and then went over to Nancy's to give her the newspapers. She did not answer the doorbell and may have been sleeping. She sleeps an awful lot anymore. She doesn't feel good much of the time but I cannot get her to go see a doctor. 

Karen Rankin came over for awhile this morning to visit just before noon. She is preparing for an auction at her Caney building and when all that stuff is gone she will put the building up for sale. She has her little cabin at Havana lake for sale now but it is in an unfinished state at this point.

After I left Nancy's, I went over to Myrtle's Market and looked around a bit but didn't see anything particularly interesting. They have a lot of fall decor out but I couldn't get in the mood to decorate.

More later....In another hour or so, I will make up a blueberry smoothie for my supper. It is nearly 4:00PM now.

Nancy came over as I was making my blueberry smoothie and so we shared it.  There was plenty for both of us and she gave me the blue berries.

I watched another episode of "Murder She Wrote" on my Amazon Prime at 7:00PM and then at 9:00PM, I went on to bed.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tuesday and Laundry and Leaves

I woke up very early but had a good night's sleep. I have made my bed, got myself ready for the day, eaten my oatmeal and had my coffee and Chai.

I have even fed the cat and her kittens. Several of them have been by for breakfast and I have filled the bowl three times. I think they are all full now.

It looks like today will be another scorcher. Before it gets too hot, I want to get my trimming done. The battery is fully charged now. It was plugged in all night. I will do that as soon as it gets light out.

Before then, I will do some laundry...mostly underwear and towels. Next week I will change the bed and put the sheets in the laundry. I also got the rest of the yard trimmed and got out the leaf vacuum and cleaned up the leaves again.  I had to take a couple of Aleve afterward. My right shoulder and arm hurt from the weight of that vacuum. I hurt it yesterday after carrying in the groceries I bought at the Independence Walmart store. But it sure beats raking and scooping up the leaves and bagging them. The vacuum mulches the leaves. I will just tough it out. It's only once a week.

More later.....

I got the laundry finished and put away. Nancy came over for awhile this morning just before lunchtime. She brought me some blueberries. I want to make smoothies  out of them. I have a recipe for blueberry smoothies.  It calls for plain yogurt. I went to the Dollar General store and they did not have any plain yogurt so I put it on my grocery list for tomorrow.  I gave her the coffeecake I had saved for her and the Independence Reporter.

I finished eating the cashew chicken for lunch that I brought home from Great China on Sunday. I will have a banana for my supper. I also had some lightly salted nuts earlier.

I will have a kind of big day tomorrow. I will ask Bob is he would like to meet me for breakfast  tomorrow morning at 7:00AM . Then I have my hair appointment at 9:30AM. I will go to the library for awhile and get another couple of books and take back the two I got last week. Then I will go by Stan's office and buy some more batteries for my hearing aid. There is no game day tomorrow in Coffeyville. They had Bingo today and I wasn't going to go to Coffeyville three days in a row. So I will go out to Walmart and get the few things I need and come back home.  I have to go back over there on Thursday anyhow to give blood at 12:00PM and work the rest of the afternoon as an escort. Then Leslie and I will be leaving sometime Friday afternoon for Joplin and later go on to the church campground for our Friday/Saturday retreat. It will be a busy week.

The 15 year old girl and her stepfather came and mowed the yard next door and I gave her Suzanne's check in the envelope when she finished. Now the kids next door are responsible for their own mowing every week.

It is time for my bath and then I will watch another episode of "Murder She Wrote" again before I go on to bed at 9:00PM.


Monday, September 9, 2019

Monday and a Good Night's Sleep

I slept well last night and was up shortly before 5:00AM., made my bed, dressed and had my oatmeal for breakfast. 

I heard from Bob this morning that he and Joanne and Nancy, her daughter, visited with Rick and Carmen at "Just Us" yesterday noon. Rick has been working Sundays. I wonder why he doesn't just answer my message invitations and tell me that.

It's a mystery!

I will try to get the back lawn mowed either this morning before it gets hot or this evening after it cools down a bit like I did for the front last night. Doing it in the evening means it's not wet from the dew. I am usually pretty tired in the evenings though.

More later...

I went ahead and mowed both the back and the west side while it was relatively cool this morning.  It was 72 degrees when I began and 74 now and the entire yard is done for another week. I do still need to trim but I will do that after the dew is all gone later this evening. That is not as exhausting.  I am glad to get the exercise though. Lord knows I need it.

 More later...

I just heard from John, my son-in-law,  He is home and I can come see Octavia's new puppies. I will try to get some photos too.

So more later...

I went out to see Octavia's puppies. John and given her three of Raven's seven to feed. Raven did not have enough milk for all of hers.  She also doesn't give them enough attention. Octavia, on the other hand, is a very attentive mama. This is her second litter. She has enough milk for her five and the other three of Raven's. That's a good thing. Raven's are thriving now, thanks to Octavia! That is so sweet!

This is Hoover, the father of Octavia's Cowboy Corgi puppies.

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He's a fine looking Corgi male.  

I went up to Big Cheese after I left their place and had a personal pan pizza for my lunch then went on to Cherryvale to have another adjustment on my partial. It was rubbing a little on the buccal side. It is more comfortable now. I think it's going to be fine now.

More later...'

After I got home I found some room deodorizers  that Suzanne had left here for me and put them together. They should make the apartment small like lavender after awhile.

She called this evening and chatted a bit. While we were chatting the kids next door arrived and began bringing in more of their new furniture...including mattresses.  They may plan to stay here tonight. They look like nice kids.

I started trimming with my trimmer and my battery went down. It had been a month since I had used it so I am not surprised.  I have it on the charger now. I will finish trimming with it in the morning.

It's almost 7:00PM now. At 7:00PM, I will take my bath and put my PJs on and watch another episode of  "Murder She Wrote" on Amazon Prime.  At 9:00PM, I plan to go on to bed.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday and Church and a Coffeecake

I got up shortly before 5:00AM this morning and made my bed, dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee. I am working on my Chai now. I put out more food for the mama cat and her kittens. They have been eating off and on this morning.

I have the coffeecake in the oven and set the timer so I could hear it in here in the office/den.

I slept well last night after I finally got to sleep. I wondered about the apartment next door. Suzanne had me check yesterday evening to make sure the water from the frig ice maker wasn't letting water flow onto the kitchen floor.  I checked and it was dry. Also the ice maker never made ice. After I went to bed last night I started wondering if a leak had developed later. Finally, I just got up and opened their garage door and went into the kitchen again to check. The floor was still dry and the ice maker was still not working. Steve will have to have a look at it. But at least the kitchen floor is still dry. I went back to bed and went to sleep. I woke up once in the night and went to the bathroom but got right back to sleep.

After the coffeecake finishes baking and cools, I will ice it with a glaze. Then I will leave about 8:00AM to go to church. I like to be there early to check things out, turn on the PA system and empty the trashes.

More later....

I got the coffeecake iced and ready for the church school class . Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Leslie did a good job with her sermon especially considering the theme ...it was a hard theme to deal with.

Phyllis and I went to Great China for lunch and each of us brought half our lunch home for tomorrow.

I spent a couple of hours doing the newsletters and getting them ready for the mail.

Then I read the rest of the afternoon, Suzanne and Steve came and got the new neighbor's garage door opener. They moved a lot of their new furniture and boxes into the apartment.

About 6:15PM, I gassed up the mower and mowed the front yard.  I was worn out by then. It had been a big long day. I will mow the back in the morning. Then perhaps by tomorrow evening or Tuesday I can mow the west side. It is 7:10PM now and I will go take my bath. I had recorded 60 Minutes and so I will watch that after the bath and before bedtime.

More later...

I watched 60 Minutes, took my bath and charged up my phone. Now, I think I will go on to bed. I am pretty tired.  It's 8:30PM now and that's close enough to 9:00PM

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Saturday and Another Good Sleep

I slept well last night. I woke up twice and went to the bathroom but got right back to sleep. I got up at 5:00AM as usual. I made my bed, dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee and refilled the cat's dish. Mama cat has already been here to eat and so has at least one of her gray kittens and the yellow  one. They must watch for my light.

I will vacuum the carpet here this morning before I go to get Nancy for lunch. The bathroom and kitchen floors were done yesterday morning.

I am watching CBS news right now. I will wait until 8:00AM to vacuum.

More later...

John, my son-in-law, spent the night  watching Octavia, their Blue Heeler  birth 5 Cowboy Corgi puppies! There are 5 days between the litters.

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Aren't they darling?? Three girls and two boys!

I got the vacuuming finished today. The apartment is nice and clean!

This is Sarge with Ginger's older dog, Chloe. They are buddies!

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Sarge came from Octavia's first litter and is a Cowboy Corgi. (Longer legs) A cross between a Blue Heeler (Octavia) and a Corgi (Hoover). He is five months old and so cute! Spoiled rotten, of course!

Here is picture of Sarge when he was just a puppy...along with his brothers and sisters going to get their second round of shots.

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 I think this is Sarge in this group, Ginger's puppy.


Here is Sarge in a more recent photo.

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 He is still as cute as he can be!

This the father of Raven's seven puppies. He's pretty young but he looks a lot like Mini, who would be his mother-in-law. :)

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Cute little fellow! He is a registered Corgi who belongs to the woman at Barta's Pet shop in Independence.

I called Nancy to see how she was doing and she had been in bed all day.  We were going to have lunch but she was sick again. She keeps talking about going to a doctor but never does it. I think she is afraid to find out what is causing her to be sick so much of the time. I just told her to take care of herself and then I fixed myself a chicken pot pie for lunch.

I watched the Ohio State/Cincinnati football game at 11:00AM. Ohio State won 42 to 0. 

More later....

I went up to Joyce's store later this afternoon and had a sundae. It was really good.  

It's after 7:20PM now and I am going to go take my bath and put my PJs on and after I watch some TV and read in my book, I will go to bed at 9:00PM.



Friday, September 6, 2019

Friday and Finally Apartment Cleaning

I slept like a log last night. I didn't have to take anything either. I got up about 5:00AM and made my bed, dressed and had my oatmeal and am working on my coffee and Chai now.

I fed the mama cat and she is lying on my doormat protecting any leftover cat food from her kittens. The little yellow one peeked around the corner, saw his mama there guarding the food and retreated.  Now a little gray kitten is attempting to eat but mama is still on guard. It is easing itself toward the food and no consequences yet. It is keeping one eye on mama while it tentatively eats some of the  cat food. So far, so good.

I didn't clean yesterday so today I will need to get it done. Then I can get back to my second book.

I am thinking about mowing the front yard again today. The grass grows so fast. I am waiting for the Weather on the 8s on the weather channel. I want to see today's forecast. The last time I looked...yesterday...the entire next week was going to be in the 90s. I may have to mow early while the grass is still wet from the dew.

I need to put some more cat food out. The dish is empty now.

Mama cat is back to eating again. She may have chased off her little gray kitten. :) The little yellow kitten is back and is able to eat now. Mama is back on the doormat but is not chasing the kitten off this time.

I just saw the Weather on the 8s and it will be 91 degrees today and until next Thursday when it will finally go "down" to 89 degrees.

More later....

Suzanne came about 8:30AM/9:00AM and found me sweeping and picking up leaves for the apartment next door. We began cleaning the apartment next door. We finished about 11:30AM and we went out to Sonic where she bought our lunch.

Then we went to the Dollar General store and she bought me some Glade room fresheners. She was going to buy a box of furnace/air conditioner filters for each apartment but they wanted an arm and a leg for them at Paul's. And Dollar General did not have the right sizes. She will get them at Walmart next time she is there. I still have two filters. That will hold me for two months. I can always buy some at the hardware store in Coffeyville. They have them.

We loaded up her car with the cleaning supplies and her vacuum cleaner and broom that she brought and then she left. We were both very tired. I will finish cleaning my apartment tomorrow. I got the bare floors done this morning before Suzanne came.

Suzanne and Steve are going to try to get a faux laminated floor (linoleum) down in my apartment before the first of the year. It would be the dining room, kitchen and bathroom. That would make it much easier to clean the dining room. As it is, I have to move all four chairs into the kitchen to vacuum in the dining room. And I never like to have carpet in a dining room. That is very good of them!

More later...

I went over to Nancy's after I finished reading the Reporter and I gave it to her. We are supposed to have lunch tomorrw at 11:45AM if Nancy is not sick then. I am to pick her up then. 

I stayed the better part of an hour. Her daughter-in-law called her while I was there and they had a nice chat. When I got home I filled the cat's dish and at 7:00PM I took my bath and watched an episode of "Murder She Wrote" on Amazon Prime. I had recorded Dateline earlier so I watched it too. I read my latest book again until 9:15PM, when I went on to bed. I was very tired.


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thursday and Poor Sleep

I started waking up shortly after midnight and had trouble getting back to sleep. I finally took Melatonin about 3:00AM  and got some sleep. I still got up shortly before 5:00AM.

I was worried about Hoover, the kids male Corgi. He has hurt his left front foot and was limping yesterday afternoon. I am concerned about what he must have stepped on that hurt that foot. It might get infected. He's a good dog...makes great cute puppies.

Blue Heeler Octavia will have her puppies next week. He is the father of them. They will be Cowboy Corgis...little bit longer legs. Anyhow, I was worried about Hoover and couldn't get him off my mind.

Suzanne called last evening. Her sister, Judy, is still having some memory problems. Two weeks ago, she passed out at the wheel and wrecked her car..totaled it really. She will have it repaired because she loves that car. She was not hurt but had passed out and taken out a fence at a cemetery and was confused and had memory problems after the wreck and that continued even later...Suzanne is taking her back to the doctor until they figure this out. She will take her to the Mayo Clinic if they can't come up with a diagnosis locally at Bartlesville. So we will wait awhile to clean the apartment next door. The new people won't be moving in right away. He has paid the deposit but will pay the September rent on his next payday...probably the 15th.

So I will clean my apartment today. My right forearm and right hand are still pretty sore. Lately I have been having problems with my right hand too. Usually it is only when I drive and have it on the wheel.  But it has been sore at other times now too. Getting old is not for sissies.

The cat and a couple of her kittens have come to eat the cat food. Grouchy mama has decided to hog the food and is swatting at the kittens to keep them away.until she is finished. She used to sit back and let them eat first...but no more.  She is evidently welcoming them to the real world.

More later....

The latest posted photo of Scott and Ginger's new home. Coming right along!

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I didn't clean my apartment today. I read my book instead and finally finished it. Nancy came over for awhile in the afternoon. I gave her the newspapers....all but today's Reporter. I had not read it nor done the crossword puzzle yet.  I finally had my lunch about 2:30PM and some iced tea. About 4:00PM, I did the crossword puzzle and took the Reporter over to Nancy. I just didn't have any interest in cleaning my apartment today.  I will do it tomorrow.

I started my next Grisham book..."The Confession".  I didn't get far before I took my bath. I will try to make it until 9:00PM and then go to bed. After so little sleep last night. I should be able to sleep.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wednesday and a Busy Day

This has been a huge day! It started with breakfast with Bob and after Itook him home, I stopped at the bank to withdraw my week's money. Then from there, I went out to Woodshed and bought gas. From there I went to the beauty shop and had my hair done. Then I went to the library to  take my book back.

I went to Walmart and bought the groceries that were not needing refrigeration.

Then I stopped at the coffee shop and bought some cookies for Bunco treats..

I went back to the library to check out two more books and to sit in the reading area and start one of the books.

When it was time for Bunco, I went to the senior center and played Bunco with six others.

From there I went to Independence to buy my makeup.

Then on my way back home, I called John, my son-in-law to ask if  I could come by and see the seven new puppies. He agreed and told me he was at the new kennel. I stopped there and saw those darling little Corgis. They were smaller then those Mini had had. But Raven is a little smaller Corgi then Mini so that may have made the difference.

The kennel is very nice. John did a good job on it. There are places and beds for both dog mommies and their puppies.   The kids and the moms will have their hands full for eight weeks. John says he has one of the Cowboy Corgi's promised already and they are not even born yet.

Octavia is due to have her puppies next week. She will have Cowboy Corgis since she is a registered  Blue Heeler. mated with Hoover, a registered Corgi. Her puppies wont be registered since they are  a mixed breed. But they should have longer legs.

Then I came on home and put away my groceries.and read my mail and watched the news.

More later...

I took my bath at 7:PM and went on to bed at 9:00PM I was very tired!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Tuesday and Assembling a Leaf Vacuum

I got up at 5:30AM and dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee and Chai this morning. I had just started this blog when Scott called and brought me up to date on their activities.  I brought him up to date on mine. His hours have been changed so he will be working 8:00AM until 5:00PM now. He actually prefers 6:00AM until 2:30PM. But his new woman boss decided he needed regular hours like the staff. He was not a happy soldier. He has to deal with heavy traffic to get there that much later. I suggested he go in when he wanted to at 6:00AM and have coffee at a coffee shop nearby and maybe avoid the bumper to bumper traffic that way. He may do that.

I have fed the cat and her kittens that show up here morning and night. They go through a bag of cat food a week but I can't let them starve and they are ferrel and so they would.

I have watched the progress of the latest hurricane and been thankful my younger son and his wife no longer live in Florida.

Keith called a couple of days ago and they are doing some work on their house again. They may finish fixing it up with laminated floors in their second bedroom and paint for both bedrooms and then later sell it for a larger home. At his age, I wouldn't recommend it but I kept my opinion to myself.  From my own experience, your 60's are no time to take on a mortgage, For one thing, the first half of a loan period almost all of the payment goes toward interest and very little toward the principle.

They are leaving in a week or so for their tour of Europe. I hope they have a great time! They certainly deserve it!

More later....

I got out about 8:00AM and mowed the west side yard. It was 73 degrees. Now the entire yard is finished. It was a little wet with dew but I only had the west area to mow so I went ahead with it.  It is done for another week. It is nice out there this time of morning. I did get three mosquito bites though. I will put some anti-itch cream on those.

Suzanne sleeps in until later in the morning so it will be awhile until she contacts me to tell me what day she wants me to help her clean the next door apartment.

More even later.

The trash collectors came this morning and I put away the trash containers in the garage of both 210 and my own.

Suzanne finally contacted me and said Thursday or Friday. I will clean my apartment on the alternate day...whichever one that is. 

More even later...

I received my new leaf vacuum this morning in the mail. I spent the better part of an hour trying to follow the directions to put it together. I finally called Bob to see if  I could bring it over to him and maybe he could figure it out. He said he would come over and try. We could eat lunch at Eggberts here in Caney.  So while he was on his way, I finally figured it out myself  but it was too late to stop him. He came in and looked over the directions and agreed that I had it figured out correctly! Amazing! I am completely confused when something has to be assembled, especially when the directions are not too clear.

I went ahead and took him to lunch since he had driven all the way over here ....really for nothing after all. We had a nice visit anyhow. He had to get back to Coffeyville before Joanne called to ask him where he was. :) So he left a little after 1:20PM,  Joanne was working at her church to fix a lunch for Tuesday (today, I guess).

When I got back home to the apartment, I found another package. Evidently the bag for the leaf debris came with the vacuum. That was not noted in the write up for it so I ordered one. Now I have a spare. 

I haven't tested out the vacuum yet. I am too tired to mess with it now. Just trying to put it together was exhausting and it is 2:50PM now and 90 degrees out there. Maybe I will try it later on this afternoon if the weather cools down. Right now I am just too tired.

I got my Reporter in the mail and my trash/water bill and will attempt the crossword puzzle in a little while. I scheduled the payment of that bill at the bank.

More later...

After I did the crossword puzzle, I took the newspaper over to Nancy's and gave it to her along with the coffeecake she likes so much.

While I was visiting with her, Carolyn came and was waiting for her to go to dinner with her. Nancy didn't know she would be coming at 4:00PM and was not ready so she ran to get her purse and Carolyn waited for her. I went out to Carolyn's car and told her that Nancy would be right down. She went up to get her purse.

Then I came on home.

More even later...

Later, I raked the few leaves I had into small piles and then got out my new leaf vacuum and my long extension cord and hooked it all up. I hadn't realized how heavy that leaf vacuum was until I started vacuuming up those leaves. It mulches the leaves as it vacuums them up too so I had the bag about 3/4 full when I finished.  I unzipped the bottom of the bag and dumped the contents into my bag buddy with the large black plastic bag in it. Then I went out back and got one of my lawn chairs and sat down to rewind the long cord. When I finished I was exhausted. I came in and drank a ton of water. Of course, this fall it will be cooler so that may help the situation.

Karan was going to buy one too when she gets back from Italy in a couple of weeks. But if I am 5 ft. 3 1/2 tall and fairly strong for my age and she is 4ft 11 inches tall, I am not sure she can handle one of those. They are bulky and pretty heavy.  I texted her and told her to wait until she got back home and I would bring mine over and she could see if she could handle one before she buys one.  She agreed.

I am doing my laundry this evening. It is mostly towels and underwear. It's only 7:25PM so I should have time to dry everything and put it away before I go to bed at 9:00PM.  


Monday, September 2, 2019

A Good Night's Sleep

I slept through the night without waking up. That always gives me a nice rested feeling in the morning. I discovered this morning that four puppies had been born and there are still more to come. I haven't heard from the kids yet this morning about the final result. It's only 6:40AM so they may not be up yet. They probably had a wild evening waiting for those puppies to be born. These are or will be registered Corgis.  I think the owner of the father of these will get the pick of the litter for providing that service.

I have fed the cats and had my own breakfast. I have been watching the progress of the hurricane down in the Bahamas on the weather channel. It is slow moving so will do a lot of damage.

More later...


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John and Leslie's Corgi, Raven, had seven new Corgi puppies last night. I just got word from Leslie and this photo. There are four males and three females.

It is 10:50AM and I also just finished mowing the front yard.  I will mow the back and west side later. I can tell I am out of shape for mowing just now. I had that August hiatus and that let me get out of shape.

More even later....

I cleaned up the garage too this afternoon. It needed to be swept out and I also vacuumed out the inside of my car. I was going to wash it but the car washer was down again. They had they automatic wash barricaded.

My car really needs to be washed. Maybe I can do that on Wednesday when I go to Coffeyville for my hair appointment.

I mowed the back this evening after it cooled off a bit.

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I mowed the front this morning before it got too hot.

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I will mow the west side tomorrow before it gets too hot.  That's my plan anyhow. We'll see how it goes.

It's almost 7:00PM now and I am going to take a nice warm bath and get ready for bed. I don't actually go to bed until 9:00PM. But I have got a lot done today. I mowed the front yard and swept out my garage this afternoon and also vacuumed out my car.

Then this evening I mowed the back yard. I have also cleaned up my computer and the TV Tivo recordings. It has been a busy day. 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

A Busy Sunday

I slept well until around 4:00AM. I woke up needing to go to the bathroom and my shoulder hurt.  I got back to bed and the shoulder still hurt so I got back up and took two Aleve. By then I was too woke up so I just got up. I have a big day ahead.

I am speaking at church but first I will bake my coffeecake and go over my remarks again. I am not happy with them but the theme for today is too nondescript to improve on. What all can you say about "Called to Mindfulness"? There isn't a lot.

It's 4:45AM now and I will go make my bed and put my clothes on. So more later...

O.K. I am all ready now, and it's 6:35AM and I am drinking my Chai and just finished putting the coffeecake in the oven. It still has 33 minutes to bake so I thought I would get back to this.  After it's finished and cooled I will ice it. I baked my cake for the First Christian Church yesterday and will take it to church and put it in the freezer. Bob can pick it up there on Tuesday when he delivers them.

Leslie told us Raven is in labor and has been since 4:00AM and still doesn't have any puppies and her water hasn't broken yet. It is 2:45PM now and I am concerned. poor thing! 

The talk at church went alright. Afterward Bob and I and Phyllis went to Just Us for lunch in Cherryvale and they were packed!  Bob drove and when he took us back to church to pick up our cars I drove on back home. I have been working on my newsletters ever since.

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I have them out on the mailbox even though the mail won't run tomorrow. It is Labor Day! It will be Tuesday before they get picked up.. I hope to mow on Tuesday since I get my hair done on Wednesday.

Keith called this evening to tell me they are doing some painting at their house this weekend. And they want to get their guest room outfitted with laminated floors when they get back from their trip to Europe. 

Suzanne and I went out to Sonic and got a cherry limeade and talked for an hour. I will help her clean the apartment next door this next week.  That's a logical time. I told Suzanne that Wednesday was the only day I would be unavailable next week to help her clean.  That's my "breakfast with Bob" morning, my hair day, the library day there in Coffeyville and Bunco at the senior center on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00PM. Then sometimes I  go buy what little groceries I need that are not perishable. And I will stop by Brahms Dairy Store and buy my milk. I will be out by then. I might buy a quart at Dollar General to get me over the holiday.

More later...

John and Leslie both texted me that Raven is having her puppies at last. At first, after several hours of labor, there were just two. But just now, at 8:20PM, she had another to make three.  I am quite sure she will have more later on tonight. John says the kennel is not quite finished yet so she will have hers there in the wading pool bed in their walk-in closet.

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It's 8:30PM now and I plan to go to bed  at 9:00PM. So, more later...

Before I went to bed at 9:00PM there were four puppies altogether.



Saturday, August 31, 2019

Saturday and a Cake

I slept completely through the night last night and woke up at 5:00AM. I feel very rested. I have made my bed, dressed and even had my oatmeal and coffee already. I texted Bob, as usual, and he is up too.

I am going to bake, frost and freeze my cake today. I will be doing my coffeecake tomorrow and getting myself ready for the 11:00AM hour. This has been a difficult theme. "Called to Mindfulness" doesn't even seem to fit the scripture but I have done the best I could with it. I am taking my banana nut miniature cupcakes too. I will give them to John and the little girls to take home.

I haven't seen Nancy in a few days. I doubt she went to see the nurse this week as she said she would. I have seen her twice this week and she had had diarrhea both times. She must live on Pepto Bismo. She doesn't really seem to want to know what is going on in her body. I am not going to discuss it with her again. I have offered to take her to Bartlesville to the doctor or back to Dr. Christensen or even Melissa but she does not want to go.

I was gone to Coffeyville for the day on Wednesday and to Chanute for lunch with Gay and Adele on Thursday. Yesterday I cleaned, So I have been busy.

More later....I had better get that cake baked before I lose the desire.

O.k. Cake is in the oven and has another 20 minutes to bake and then it needs to cool before I can frost it. I have made room in my freezer for it until tomorrow.

The mama cat and one of her gray kittens have been here separately to eat. Then the big yellow tom cat came and ate after that he sat nearby and seemed to be guarding the food that is left in the dish.  He may be trying to save it for himself. Funny to watch these feral creatures.

The yellow tom cat finally got tired and gave up trying to control the cat food. Finally the mama cat came back after he was gone and ate some more.

This is the duplex where I live. The east side is for rent now. It is a lovely home.

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I hope someone who takes care of it will rent it.

Nancy just called and wants to go to breakfast at Eggberts.  I will pick her up at 10:15AM for her breakfast and my brunch. She knows I have been gone awhile this week what with breakfast with Bob, my hair appointment, and game day all afternoon on Wednesday and being gone to Chanute on Thursday and mowing again on Friday after I finished cleaning the apartment.  She had not been able to reach me for some reason. She said she had called several times. Strange...I didn't hear the phone.

More later....

We did go to breakfast and I went out to Dollar General to get oatmeal afterward. I was nearly out and have breakfast to make tomorrow. I will also make my coffeecake up for the Sunday school classes. The cake is ready and will go into the freezer at church tomorrow. I gave Nancy some of those banana nut cupcakes. I will take the rest to John tomorrow.

I went up to Joyce's store and looked around this afternoon, Karen was there and we visited for two hours. She put her place out at Havana Lake up for sale this morning. I dropped the newspapers over to Nancy's after that. She let her Reporter lapse and I am just passing mine on to her. That gives me something local to do with them now that Alice has moved to Edna. They were gathering in a sack in the trunk of my car.

I went out this evening and trimmed my hedge and dug the weeds out from around the hedge. It looks a lot better now!  It's nice it's cool enough to comfortably do that.

At 7:00PM, I will take my bath and then watch some Amazon Prime before I go on to bed at 9:00PM..



Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday and a Storm

I woke up in the night to the sounds of a storm...thunder and lightning! Big time!! At 5:45AM, I just got up and dressed. I have had my oatmeal and coffee and am now getting ready to drink my Chai.

I fed the one kitten that came for the cat food this morning. I will need to go out to Dollar General when they open and buy a couple more bags of Meow Mix.

The desktop computer is having lots of errors/problems lately, So I have moved in on the laptop to finish the blog. I noticed when I went to pay my Amazon credit card that I have been charged for my Amazon Prime. It went up $10.00 a year. It's still a bargain. I was running out of money this week so I began using my Prime card for more... even lunch in Chanute yesterday. I bought my gas Wednesday on it too. I won't get my social security until the 11th of September this next month. Luckily both boys made a deposit into my checking account yesterday so I wrote the check for my rent. Suzanne will be by Sunday evening to pick up the check.

I will stay home today and stay in. And I will clean the apartment today since I went to Chanute yesterday instead of today.

More later....I probably should get started.

I got the apartment vacuumed and the floors mopped. All I have left to do is dust. I did that last week and it looks pretty good still.  I may give it a once over quickly and it's only 9:50 AM .

I also went out to Dollar General and bought paper towels and cat food. Then I put everything away.

More later...

I had Cox Complete Care tune up this desktop computer this morning and I am hoping that will stop it from freezing up. We will see.

4:55PM..

I went out a while ago and did some more mowing on the west side of the apartment. I noticed Nalonny missed some places. It sure is nice to have those limbs out of the way of my mowing over on the south end of that side. I picked up sticks for awhile and put them in his dumpster.

I can't tell a lot of difference in the desktop computer. Luckily I have a laptop and also that notebook Keith bought me last fall. If this one quits though, I will have to have the laptop fixed or the notebook fixed so one of them can use my printer. Right now the desktop computer does the printing. However I am hoping I can keep that function working on the desktop computer.

I will go watch the news now. Back even later...

I watched the news and took my bath and then watched an episode of "Murder She Wrote" on Amazon Prime. I noticed Amazon took the money for my Prime renewal out of my Amazon Credit Card.

I ordered a Toro Blower leaf vacuum and a bag that attaches for the mulched leaves after reading a glowing account of it in Consumers Report. I also called Karan and told her about it. She has a horrendous amount of leaves each fall.

At 9:00PM, I will go on to bed.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Thursday and a Trip to Chanute

I slept well last night and got up early, as usual, this morning. I stripped the bed and did a load of laundry and dried it and then remade the bed.

I contacted Gay and told her about the rain we are expecting tonight and tomorrow and we changed my trip to Chanute to today. I left here at 9:30AM and went over to the highway by way of the Kopco road. The highway 75 was blocked and holding up traffic. Then I took the Tyro road to 75 highway. I looked to see if John was home working on the kennel but I didn't see him. I was going to return the gate opener, their keys and the garage door opener. I didn't leave them in the garden shed last weekend because it was raining when I left their house.

I got to Chanute with a half hour to spare so I ordered some iced tea and took my book in to read while I waited for them.  It was John Grisham's latest book "The Reckoning". I simply couldn't put it down.

Adele also met me with Gay at Chanute and the three of us had lunch.  Adele is Gay's younger sister. We had a good lunch at Opie's and then looked around in a second hand store next door to Opies.

Gay needed to get back home to mow before the rains come in later this afternoon. So Adele left first after giving me a hug and then Gay left.  I started back home about 1:30PM or so and took highway 400 to just north of Independence. I wanted to stop at their Dairy Queen in Independence and get my Friday blizzard a day early. I took the book in there too and read while I ate the blizzard.

 I called Leslie afterward and stopped by her office to leave those things I was going to leave with John.

I finished it about 6:30PM this evening.  About 7:00PM, I will take my bath and watch the news. At 9:00PM or so, I will go on to bed.

I will do my Thursday house cleaning on Friday this week.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wednesday and Breakfast Out

I slept very well last night and didn't have to take anything to do that. I woke up at 5:30AM or so.  I will have breakfast with Bob this morning and then run all my errands.

I will need to go to the bank and my hair appointment is at 10:00AM but I usually go a little early and she usually gets me in early when I do that. My watch quit working yesterday and I need to see about that. The battery is not all that old and the jeweler put that one in.  I may have to buy another watch or see if one of my older ones can be resuscitated with a new battery. I will check with Cantrell's about that. Otherwise, I will order another one like I have. It was cheap and has a large face with numbers instead of dashes. The woman at Walmart told me she thought the watch had come into a magnetic field and it killed the battery.

Then I need to return the book at the library there too. I will perhaps have lunch there somewhere if I am hungry. I also need to stop by Country Mart and buy oleo and a treat for game day. Game day begins at 1:00PM and goes until 3:00PM or so. It will be an entire day's activities. But I usually enjoy it.

Then the mower will come tonight. I will not pay her the entire $25.00 since I have done some of the mowing myself. I did the front Sunday evening and two thirds of the west side yesterday evening. I will probably give her $15.00. We will see what the front looks like this evening. She may re-mow that and if she does I will pay her the whole $25.00.

I went to the library and returned my book and checked out another. It is the newest John Gresham book. It is hard to put down. I have a hard time putting any of his down.

Then I went on to game day and had a good time!

More later...

I did pay the mower the entire $25.00 because she re-mowed the front and finished the west side as well as the back. Her stepdad trimmed too. I will resume mowing in September. I will try to mow on Tuesday evenings because I get my hair done on Wednesdays. That will work out well for me.

I had a new battery put in my watch again. That was an additional $10.00 I had not planned on. I don't get my social security until the 11th in September. But I had Mr. Cantrell put the battery in anyhow. I can't get by without a watch.

Some newer photos of my daughter-in-law and son's new home just going up closer to being finished..They are supposed to be moved in in October.

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After the mower left, I took my bath and put my pajamas on and I will read until 9:00PM this evening and then go on to bed. It has been a big day!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tuesday and A Quiet Day

I slept fairly well last night although I woke up at 2:15AM and couldn't get back to sleep. Finally I got up and took some melatonin. Then I went back to sleep.

I woke up at 6:00AM at the sound of a loud guttural scream. It sounded so loud that it could have been in my den. I got up to check it out. I could hear low voices from next door. The kids next door are moving into a house they have bought at the end of the month and I will not miss them. They have not wanted to keep their yard mowed. They insist their apartment is infested with fleas. Suzanne is having it mowed and taking the cost out of the their deposit. Alice did not have a cat. After they are gone, Suzanne is having it sprayed. She thinks they brought in the fleas when they moved in. She will also have it cleaned. She doesn't want to rent to any more young people. She wants someone older who will take responsibility for the apartment. The little mother takes her baby and leaves every day. I expect she is going to her mother's and coming back to the apartment in time to fix dinner. They have a lot of young people over there in the evenings. Sometimes they have parked across my drive so I can't get in or out. It has been extremely annoying.

I will do some laundry this morning. That's about all I have to do today. Tomorrow is my hair appointment and also game day at the senior center in Coffeyville. I will probably have lunch there somewhere before game day. I also want to return the book I checked out of the library last week.

More later....

It's 2:26PM this afternoon and Suzanne called a little bit ago to tell me that Zeke has an Hispanic friend that he showed the apartment next door to who wants to rent it with his live-in girl friend. I dread that. She said she and Steve agreed that if they decided not to rent it to someone Hispanic, they could get into trouble. I suppose that's true but this young couple next door have been a problem as long as they have been here. They have had lots of young company who come for dinner with them and twice they have blocked my driveway.  They insist that Alice must have had a cat since they say they have fleas in the apartment. Alice did not have a cat or any pets.  I dread having these young millennial folks living next door to me.

But I know there is nothing I can do about it. It's Steve and Suzanne's apartment.

More later...

I went over to Nancy's again this afternoon  to see if she wanted to go get some ice cream but she had been sick to her stomach all afternoon so she wasn't up to it. I stayed awhile and visited with her.

Then I came on home and decided to mow the side yard. I got a little better then half of it done before I played out. I am out of the habit now and don't seem to have the steam to do it like I could before the kids started paying for it to be done for me. I really need the exercise! I have sat around all day today. Earlier I watched some TV. And maybe I have more energy in the mornings.  It's 5:00PM now and I will go watch the news.

More even later..

Well, I watched the news and the weather for awhile and then came in the den to play some solitaire for awhile before I go to bed. I think I will go watch an episode of "Murder She Wrote" and then go on to bed. at 9:00PM

Monday, August 26, 2019

Monday and Nothing Much Going On

This is a quiet day. Everything appears to be caught up. The laundry is done and the apartment is clean.

I slept very well. I woke up once in the night but got right back to sleep and slept until 6:00AM...late for me.

Later, I may go see if Nancy is up and around. I wonder if she went to her church services yesterday. When I came home from church yesterday morning I went by her house and her car was not out. I think she has skipped the services for several weeks. She doesn't really like the type of services of the group Sandy has recruited. They are too emotional for her taste in worship.

I mowed my front yard last evening. It had grown a lot since Wednesday evening...with all the rain. It is nice and cool out this morning and I had hoped to do the back yard today if it dried out. But we are forecast for some really bad storms today and tomorrow....complete with hail. I will stay in, I guess.  I don't want my old car damaged with hail.....if we get the hail.

It's only 8:25AM right now so the grass is still wet.

More later...

It's 12:15PM and the mail has not come yet...not that I expect to get anything important but I always look forward to the mail. I should have my Coffeyville Journal today. I didn't get it on Saturday...the regular day to get it.

I have read my health newsletters and played some solitaire while waiting for it. It's usually here by 11:30AM  at the latest and it is 12:15PM now. Charles could have a substitute running it today. When the young woman brings it, it's usually later.

I called Nancy awhile ago. She has the same old diarrhea again. She is taking Kaopectate this time. And her TV is out. She was waiting for the TV man from Cox to come to fix it.

More even later...

Well, I won't be mowing today. It's 85 degrees out and very humid. And this afternoon we are forecast for severe thunderstorms starting between 5:00PM this evening and even later after that. The mower won't be able to mow until at least Wednesday because of thunderstorms.  I am glad I got the front done last night while it was cool.

The mail finally came after 12:30PM and all I got was the Saturday Journal. ...as usual, a day late.

Nancy came over later this afternoon. She finally began to feel better after taking the Kaopectate. She stayed a couple of hours and then went out to Dollar General to buy some groceries. While she was here, we watched the first episode of an old TV show, WKRP of Cincinnati.

I ate some yogurt for my supper.    It is 5:44PM now. We are forecast for some severe storms tonight about midnight.

My watch has stopped again. Twice I have had a battery put in it this past year. Once at Walmart and once at a jewelry store.  I may have to buy a new watch. Something is wrong with this one...that's for sure.

I went on to bed at 9:00PM. The storm has missed us. Here in Caney, we didn't even have rain. 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sunday and Church

As you know by now, the problems yesterday were all me.

I slept off and on last night. Finally about 3:30AM, I took some melatonin. That seemed to
be the only answer. It worked! Strange bed...and Mini sleeps with me. I am not used to that since Missy has been gone.

I have re-packed and am ready to leave when the daylight comes. I have eaten and shared my oatmeal with the dogs. They seem to expect me to share my meals. :) And they seem to know I will be leaving and are kind of clingy. My overnight bag is re-packed and setting out here in the kitchen.

It is trying to rain. I hate that. I will have to drive in the rain to get to church and take a chance on the possibility of hail. It is in the forecast here...at least a possibility. The rain, I can handle in daylight. Hail is something else. I had one car, back in the 90's, badly damaged by hail. This car has to last me the rest of my life. I no longer have the resources to buy another.

When it gets to be daylight, I will leave for home or church. It is only 6:25AM here now.The sun is supposed to rise at 6:47AM...according to Alexia. If it is light enough, ( and the rain could prevent daylight showing and might prevent me from leaving then). If it is light enough, I could go home and leave my bags. I usually leave for church from home at 8:30AM. That gives me time to spruce up the church before the church school class starts. Bob is usually there by then too and starts the coffee. I will not have coffeecake today. Leslie and John are in South Dakota and the little girls will not be there.  I would have much of it left over. I doubt Johnna and Kim will be there either. They intend to move their membership to Pittsburg when Johnna gets the houses sold. Since she lost both her parents, she has lost her ties to our congregation and her other daughter goes to Pittsburg congregation.

It is 6:48AM here now and it is pitch black. I won't leave until it gets light out.

I put Raven out on the front porch and gave her a treat for going willingly. Then I tried to get Mini to go out and she would not. I took her through the house to get her out on the back porch. But she would not leave the garage. I finally just brought in food and water and left her in there. She immediately went to the air conditioning vent and lay down. I did not give her a treat because she would not mind me.

More later...

I left at 7:30AM and went home to unpack and feed the cat and her kittens. Then I went over to the church and met Bob and we cleaned up the dead bugs. He had sprayed for them. We are in the country and somehow they always get in. We had a very small congregation. Half of it was gone. It might have been the rain. Who knows!

After church Phyllis and I went over to "Just Us" for lunch.  Bob went home and Karan had company for the weekend and was going to attend some doings at the Brown Mansion. 

I spent the afternoon working on the newsletters. I had five hard copies to send. Then I watched 60 Minutes. After that was over I checked the temperature and it was 72 degrees out there and my front yard didn't even look like it had been mowed...thanks to the rain.  So I went out and mowed it. It's the one I have to look at. I will pay Nulonne $20.00 to do the side and the back this week. Or if it doesn't rain again I may do the back tomorrow myself and pay her $10.00 to do the west side.

It is 7:35PM now and I will take my bath and watch a program Leslie recommended on Netflix. I get a 30 day free trial on Netflix and I watched the first episode. I wasn't particularly impressed.  I may watch one more episode before cancelling. I looked over what Netflix offered and wasn't really interested in anything they were offering. Lots of violence and strange offerings. Nothing that interested me.

I got to bed about 10:00PM


Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday and More Problems

I slept fairly well last night and got up at my regular 5:00AM time. I put the two house dogs out to pee and Hoover was determined to come back in the house. I had to forcefully say "no!!" to him.

I fixed my oatmeal and had that and some juice for breakfast. Then I turned on the TV. There was "no signal". I went to wash my bowl and discovered there was no hot water anywhere. Weird!  I informed Leslie of all this and she told me to just put the dogs out and go home where I could have a nice warm bath. I told her I would survive without TV. and a nice warm bath. I have my library book. I can take another sponge bath this evening.  I will stay with the dogs. I don't trust the coyotes around here.

They have TV upstairs too. I could go watch it there. Surely it will work. It isn't the satellite anyhow.

More later...

I had the dogs inside for quite awhile but it is a nice cool day so I finally put them out and went upstairs to watch "Lucky Dog" on the upstairs TV.

Leslie contacted me to ask me to try the stove and see if the gas was on. It was. That means the tank must be out. I checked and it isn't leaking and that is good. It also is not warm.  So the hot water I used to wash my lunch dishes yesterday must have been all that was in the tank.

She said they had been having trouble with the living room TV. It isn't the TV. It is probably the Harman/Kardon Dish amplifier or receiver. It won't turn on unless the glass doors are open now.

It is almost 11:00AM and I think I will have another sandwich for lunch.

I see Raven is lying on the front porch. She barked to get back in an hour ago but then she wanted a treat. I have given both her and Mini a treat earlier but I don't want to overdo it like I had to do with Hoover.

It was in and out for awhile there. I think it is nice and cool out there and Raven had a bowel  accident earlier on the little rug in the great room and I cleaned that up and used soap and water to clean it and then I wiped her bottom with several wet paper towels. She needs to be outside right now.

More even later....

Ray, John's Brother-in Law came over and checked out the hot water tank. It was working fine. My hot water in my apartment is on the right knob. I understand the standard location is on the left. I was  trying to fill the tub by using the right side knob. And it takes awhile for the water from the tank to get to the bathroom. I was also trying to do the dishes using the right knob for hot water.

And as far as the TV is concerned, they have been having problems with it too so you have to pull the plug on the surge protector with the plug in it and count to ten and then plug it in again. Presto! TV again.

All this concern with no hot water and no TV was just my ignorance.

It has been cooler all day and the dogs have spent a lot of time outside. Mini wanted in awhile ago and so Raven wanted in too. I think I will just make myself another sandwich for a supper. I think the kids must have eaten the Schwan's stuff. I don't see it in either the frig or the freezer. I will only get half a sandwich anyhow. Mini and Raven will want half of it. :)

It is 5:00PM now. In a couple of hours I will  take a nice hot bath and then at 9:00PM I will go on to bed.




Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday and Dog Sitting

I slept fairly well last night. It was after 5:00AM when I finally woke up. I had a little trouble getting to sleep but slept well when I finally did.

I have packed everything for going out to John and Leslie's to dog sit for the weekend..I am so glad to do that. It is something I can do for them after they do so much for me. All three of my kids do. They are so good to me in my old age.

I will go out there there I go to the post office at 8:00AM. I have a book to send to Dean. He likes those special books about Coffeyville. The Coffeyville Journal put them together long ago. At one time, I had all of them but over the years I have lost a couple. When I was cleaning yesterday, I discovered I had two of "Coffeyville's Legacy" and offered one of them to him. He was delighted! He had found one in a second hand shop last spring when he was here. Now he will have two of them. I will keep my eyes open for more of them. I sometimes rummage through the second hand shops at Coffeyville to kill time between appointments on Wednesdays.

The cat and her kittens have been here already this morning. They cleaned out the food bowl earlier and were waiting for me to refill it. Usually only two of her kittens come with her. I don't know what happened to the other three.  They will have a hungry weekend since I will be out at John and Leslie's for the weekend.

It looks like they may have taken the rain out of the forecast until Sunday now. 

I am reading a library book I got Wednesday at Coffeyville.  It is called "The Longevity Paradox", It is written by a doctor who professes to teach us "How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age." His name is Steven Gundry. I am reading it but don't know if I can follow his advice. Still I will read his book this weekend. You never know.

More later. I still have to pack up the laptop computer.

I have packed everything and am heading to the post office and will leave from there to go to the kids'.

I got here and the dogs all came to greet me. Mini and Raven were out too and I sat out with all of them for a long while. I visited with Ginger, my daughter-in-law for awhile on the phone. This is her day off. Then I came in and Raven wanted back in too. I texted Leslie for awhile as they were going through Topeka. Leslie told me it was a 9 1/2 hour drive up there.

Soon Mini wanted back in too. So now both Mini and Raven are in. Octavia was in the garden shed. she came out to greet me when I brought Mini in. I don't see Hoover right now. At least I know he is out there somewhere.

I think I will make a sandwich out of that shaved turkey Leslie said she had bought.  It's lunch time for me.  I ate my oatmeal very early this morning.

That's what I had for lunch. I fed half my sandwich to Mini and Raven. They begged and I couldn't resist.

Halfway through the afternoon I went upstairs and found Hoover had sneaked in with the house dogs and gone upstairs to the office to sleep.  I tried my best to get him to come downstairs so I finally got the treats and coaxed him downstairs with them. He was not interested in going outside even though it was very nice and cool. He is not housebroken through so I had to get him downstairs and out. Even after 45 minutes of coaxing him with treats, he still did not want to go outside. I finally put a leash on him and pulled him out the back door. I wasn't sure if he would bite me or not but I knew he had to go outside.

I watched TV later..PBS had a special on and I can no longer get PBS on my TV at home. So I watched that until bedtime. I went to take a bath and discovered I no longer had hot water. (I later learned I had been trying to get hot water out of the cold faucet) So I took a cold sponge bath. Then I let the dogs out one more time and went to bed.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Thursday and Pouring Rain

The rain started about 1:30AM this morning and it has been pouring down rain ever since.

I will clean the apartment this morning and later on this afternoon pack for my stay at John and Leslie's. I got up shortly after 5:30AM this morning and have dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee. I will get my chai latte now.

I put some more food out for the cat and her kittens but it has rained too much for them to make it back for their breakfast. The bowl was empty this morning. So they made it before the storm began.

I lost another classmate this week. That makes two in August, We are fast dying off. We have 122 left. 144 are deceased and we have lost 26 who did not stay in touch with any of the four of us that have been the class locators and done the newsletters all these years.

More later....

I got the vacuuming finished and the vacuum cleaned up. I will wait for the filters to dry before putting it back together again. I am always amazed at how much dirt I pick up on Thursdays when I vacuum and wash the bare floors. Usually I take my shoes off and leave them by the door. Still I get a lot of dirt out of the carpet.

I asked Karen R. to call me when she gets up but she hasn't done that. I wanted to tell her what Suzanne told me last evening.

It finally stopped raining here a little before noon. 

The cat and her kittens must have come while Nancy and I were at brunch.  Their dish was empty, I filled and covered it again.  Nancy and I were entertained by Tim Perkins with tales about his episodes with his cows and bull. We stayed longer then usual as long as he was there.

More later...

I finally got a hold of Karen R. and she says she cannot even think about moving until she gets her three properties ready to list and sold. I texted Suzanne about her answer.

Leslie texted me about their plans for leaving tomorrow morning. She will put the dogs out if it is not raining and they will leave at 7:00AM. She says I can come out when I am ready. I have decided that since I get up at 5:00AM, I will just pack early in the morning after my breakfast of oatmeal.  It is 1:30PM now and I will finish dusting. That's all I need to do now.  I need to dust the bedroom.

It's 6:22PM now and I am preparing to take my bath at 7:00PM and  go to bed at 9:00PM. I will be up early in the morning, as usual, and get packed to go to John and Leslie's for the weekend.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday and a Very Busy Day

I slept well again last night. I haven't had to take melatonin for a couple of weeks. That's good considering the time I spend on the computer where the blue light is emitting. I don't spend a lot of time on the TV because there is so little in programming that I care anything about. I would like to have PBS but my simple package that I have to have to use my Tivo, doesn't carry it anymore. I got up around 5:00AM, my usual time.

Bob is buying my breakfast this morning at 7:00AM. I have a busy day ahead. First at 7:00AM, I have this breakfast with Bob, then at 9:30AM, I have my hair appointment, Then at 11:15AM I have my semi annual doctor's appointment. I am supposed to have my blood work done this time. I will spend some time at the Coffeyville library reading after that to kill some time before 2:00PM when I have Bunco at Asbury Village. That is over at 4:00PM and I will come back home. It will be a busy day.

Tomorrow I will clean the apartment and maybe have lunch with Nancy is she is not sick again. She has had an upset stomach all week.

Then Friday, I will go out to John and Leslie's and dog sit their four dogs while they go to South Dakota to a meeting. I will be there until Sunday morning when I will go to church.

More later....

I stopped at Dollar General and bought the gifts for the Bunco game at the senior center. Then took them to Janet's office to have them there just in case I can't come that day for some reason. 

It is 4:33PM and I am exhausted! It was a huge day..although fun playing Bunco at Asbury Village! There were only nine playing this time. Undoubtedly, it was just too hot for some to get out.

I stopped at Sonic and bought a small banana shake for lunch and when I took the lid off, it overflowed everywhere. I contacted the kitchen and had them send back the person who delivered it with wet paper towels and napkins. I did get the mess cleaned up but it was way too full to begin with.

It is very hot this evening. The cooler weather that the mower thought would come today did not come and it is 92 degrees out there and very humid. I hope she comes to mow tonight. If not, I will mow in the morning myself if it doesn't rain tonight. The yard really needs it!

The mower came this evening about 6:00PM. We are forecast for rain later this evening and she and her stepfather hoped to beat the rain...and they did. I paid her when she finished and Suzanne will write her a check....for tax purposes.

They finished about 7:30PM doing both my yard and the one on the other side of the duplex. I came in here to finish the blog and then I will take my bath and get my pjs on and get ready for bed. It has been a big day for me too. But I am really delighted to get the grass mowed for the week. When they left, I went out and swept off the drive and put a new bag in the bag buddy.

I won't be going to bed until 9:00PM.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tuesday and a Quiet Day

I slept well again last night and was up shortly before 5:00AM and dressed and had my oatmeal, coffee and Chai and then began reading.

About 10:15AM or so, I went out to the restaurant and had "brunch". My eyes were bigger then my stomach and so I brought some of it home with me. I will eat it later. It is chicken salad. I ate the muffin and the fruit and part of the chicken salad.

Yesterday I texted the mother of my mower and asked if they could mow this evening instead last evening. It was terribly hot last evening. 94 degrees but the heat index was 104 degrees. They chose to try to mow tomorrow evening... which is fine. I only hope it doesn't rain before she can get it done. Her mother said it was supposed to be cooler tomorrow evening.  I texted Suzanne about the change and she asked me to text the mower's mom and ask them to mow next door too. Suzanne told me that the kids next door have bought a house and will be moving into it September 1st. That's probably a good idea. They don't want to mow weekly and in their own home, they won't have to.

Suzanne's sister, Judy, who is 80 years old, had a wreck this week in her car and totaled it. She was unconscious and is confused too now. Suzanne is staying with her for awhile and taking her to  the hospital in Bartlesville for tests tomorrow to try to find out what is the matter.   Judy lives in Bartlesville. I thought she might have had a TIA.

I am doing my semi weekly laundry today. It's mostly towels and underwear.

Tomorrow I will go back to Coffeyville, I may eat breakfast with Bob, go to the bank and to my hair appointment at 9:30AM and then at 11:15AM I will go to my doctor's appointment. I am to have my blood work done tomorrow. Then  later at 2:00PM I will go to play Bunco at Asbury Village. I will come home afterward to help the 15 year old girl yard mower to stay hydrated as she mows.

I may go to the library there too after I go to the doctor's appointment.... to kill some time. They have a lot more selection there then here at Caney's library. And the Caney library is only open part days. Monday, Wednesday and Friday they are open noon until 6:00PM. Tuesday they are open noon until 7:00PM and Thursday they are open 8:00AM until 1:00PM. Saturday they are open 8:00AM until 2:00PM. Very confusing!! And yesterday I renewed my library card at Coffeyville. It is good for all of Montgomery County.

Thursday I will clean house again. Nancy and I may go to lunch if she is doing better. This week she has had an upset stomach again.

I just folded out my laundry when it was dry. I put all but the towels away. I will hang them in the bathroom later.

I only got the Reporter and some advertisements in the mail. I threw away the advertisements. I did the crossword puzzle in the Reporter. Then I put the Reporter in the trunk of my car to give to Karan to take to the Coffeyville kennels.

I read Ron Dawbarn's book all afternoon and finally finished it. It was very interesting. It was too hot to even be outside. The only thing I did outside was to deadhead the flowers in the flowerbed and water it.

Keith called on his way home from his work and we had a nice visit. I really appreciate the way he stays in touch.

In the meanwhile I called the Anderson's to see if they had Karen's cell number and they did. Patty gave to to me and I tried to call Karen. She evidently did not have her phone with her and was working out in the yard. I called Nancy back and told her I had found Karen's cell phone number. Then after I quit talking to Nancy, I called Karen again and this time she picked up. I told her about the duplex next door that will be empty the first of the month but she has three pieces of property to dispose of before she can rent this duplex. It may be a year before she could do that. But she is interested. Surely it will be empty again by then.

At 7:00PM, I took my bath and at 9:00PM, I will go on to bed.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Monday and Another Good Night's Sleep

I slept well again last night. It's been at least a week since I have taken any melatonin. I have just been sleeping much better. It was nearly 6:00AM before I woke up this morning. I woke up a time or two in the night but got right back to sleep.

I will try to get over to Cherryvale sometime today to have a couple of adjustments to my appliance. It is touching and rubbing in two different places and I think he just needs to reduce the acrylic in those two places a little and smooth off where he takes it off so it doesn't rub on the tissue in my mouth. I will call over there when they open at 7:00AM.

I have made my bed, dressed, and had my oatmeal and coffee and Chai for breakfast. The cat and her kittens have come and eaten the cat food I left out.....three times I filled that little double bowl. Strange...she won't let that lone little yellow kitten eat.  The other three are gray, like her. He looks like the tom cat.

I have texted Bob and he is o.k. this morning. He too has been sleeping better. I left some cookies and a piece of coffeecake for him...and the Porter peaches.

More later....



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This is the classmate, Dean, that came to visit last week. He began our class newsletter right after we graduated from High School in 1953. I believe he was at KU when he sent out the first issue. He kept it 20 years before he passed it on to another classmate in Oklahoma City. She kept it 10 years and passed it on to a classmate in Arkansas who passed it on to me over 21 years ago. I have done it every year since that and send it out to all the classmates we have kept in touch with over the years.

There were almost 300 of us at that time. 143 of us are deceased now. We have lost track of 26 of us. The rest are still with us. I send out a seven page newsletter in December, between Christmas and New Years each year to all of them.

I think it is really neat that we have managed to stay in touch all these years. They send me their news in December each year either by e-mail or in a Christmas card. I edit it down to news mainly about them and their spouses to keep the letter to seven pages. 68 of them get a hard copy. The rest get it by e-mail.

I will be dog sitting again this next weekend out at John and Leslie's house. They will be gone to South Dakota to a meeting. I will go out on Friday and stay until Sunday.

I have a 2:30PM appointment to have that adjustment done at the dentist in Cherryvale.

More later....


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I tried it and it works! 84 + 1935=2019 (I will be 84 this year in December).

I left a little early to go by way of Coffeyville to go to the bank and get gas at the Woodshed. I also wanted to get glass cleaner and bottled water for the church at Walmart. I got that and then went on up to Cherryvale and stopped at Sonic and got a banana milk shake. ( I didn't want to eat anything because I was going to the dentist and had already brushed and flossed my teeth. (that's my story and I am sticking with it)

Anyhow, it was terribly hot...93 degrees but the humidity is awfully high. I got into the dental office a little early and he may have got my problem solved. He said he would rather take a little off at a time then to take too much off at one time.  I appreciate that.

When I got back home, I had an e-mail from Pam Green. She has lost her mother yesterday. The mother had fallen in July and been in and out of hospitals and emergency rooms ever since. Last Wednesday they put her in hospice and she passed away yesterday early morning. She had been in terrible pain! I sent a card from myself and one from the congregation. Her brother is struggling with the loss! I will put the family on the prayer list. We each need to add them as we make up the bulletin.

More later...

I have worked on a paper that I did with Ron Dawbarn several years ago and I have now printed it off. I think I will re-read it this week. It has been years. Ron died several years ago right after his son killed himself. I have lost track of Joyce.

It is 6:45PM  now and Naloney will mow on Wednesday instead of tonight. Her mother thinks it may cool off a little by then. It is just too hot tonight and the humidity is horrible. Her mother has the flu now too. I wonder if she took the flu shot?

I will go take my bath and then read awhile. Then at 9:00PM I will go on to bed.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday and a Big Morning

I slept well last night. I woke up several times but always got right back to sleep. I got up shortly before 5:00AM. I knew I had a lot to do this morning. Not only did I make sure to feed the cat and her kittens but I baked my coffeecake and also a cake for the First Christian Church in Independence.  They are starting up their Tuesday evening dinners again after a month long break and we provide cakes for their desserts. I got the coffeecake baked first and when it was cooled some, I iced it with a glaze. Then I mixed up the cake and got it in the oven. When the timer went off, I tested it and it was not quite done so I turned off the oven and left it in there for a couple more minutes. Just a little while ago, I tested it again and it is done and cooling now.

I take the coffeecake for the church school study group and son-in-law, John, and my two local great grandchilden and anyone else who comes for church and wants some. If I have any left, I bag it up in sandwich bags and give it away. I take some to Nancy if there is enough. She really likes it. If I have several pieces, I give some to Steve and Suzanne, my landlady and landlord, too.

I have half a can of chocolate icing to ice the cake with.  I will take it to church and put it in the freezer there and Bob can pick it up on his way to Independence on Tuesday. He will have his and Phyllis' and Karan's too.  It is 7:35AM now and I want to leave here at 8:00AM so I will have time to finish washing the front door before folks begin to come. Cyndi cleaned yesterday but she ran out of Windex before she got the door done. I have some window cleaner...it isn't Windex but it will do. I am taking it. Next time I go to Walmart, I will buy some more Windex for the church.

I don't know where we will eat lunch today. I would like to go to Great China but that depends on what the others want to do.

More later... I had better get that cake iced.

Well, I got the cake iced and everything loaded into my car and got as far as the highway and recalled that I had forgotten the peaches I was taking to Bob.  So I turned around and went back to the apartment and got those peaches out of the frig and took them to church. I put the cake for the First Christian Church in Independence in the freezer there and cut the coffeecake and got out the plates and napkins and plastic forks.  My son-in-law and the great  grandchildren came in and had some coffeecake. My daughter soon followed and when the others came, they got some too. I had two pieces left so I brought one home for Nancy and the other one for myself.

The church service went well and we all went up to Great China for lunch. Chris didn't come because his mother was doing a fish fry for him and herself. Gene and Mike didn't come either. Mike has a wife at home to eat with. Karan was eating with her inlaws. But there were nine of us that went to Great China. It was very good!

I came home afterward and did my newsletters and got them out on the mailbox for the postman to pick up tomorrow.

Next Friday I will go out to John and Leslie's again to stay with the dogs while they go to South Dakota to a meeting of the people in his business. He sells a liquid vitamin and mineral supplement for cattle. Some of his customers use that supplement year around. Others use it only during the winter months.

It is 2:30PM now and I want to see if Nancy is home so I can take her coffeecake to her.

I finally reached Nancy about 4:00PM and took the coffeecake over to her. She wanted me to stay and visit again.I stayed until 5:30PM. She had had diarrhea all day and slept all day between episodes. It finally got stopped about 3:00PM.

When I got home I watched 60 Minutes at 6:00PM and then took my bath and put my PJs on.  I plan to go to bed at 9:00PM as usual. It's just 7:15PM right now.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saturday and a Great Night's Sleep

I slept like a log last night! When I got up this morning I fed the cats and watched the weather until the CBS news came on and then I came in the den to read the e-mail.

Now I have the laptop and am watching CBS news with one eye while I blog on it.

I don't have a plan for today. I have had my coffee and Chai and my oatmeal. I want to contact the mother of my mower and be sure she can mow on Monday evening. After yesterday's rain, the grass has really grown. And it looks like rain this morning too.

Something strange happened while Dean was here.  I ate a lot more food while he was here and we ate every meal out. Yet, I lost three pounds. How that happened is beyond me!

On Monday, I will need to contact my dentist and go over the Cherryvale and have him make a slight adjustment on my partial. It is a little long on the buccal side and is causing a blister under my tongue. He will need to take a little of that acrylic off and polish it smooth.

More later...

I had tomato basil soup with cheese and crackers for my lunch. That was an hour ago. Now I have been working on my blog on my computer and on the TV arranging recording of TV shows for the next week. I now have that done.

I did contact Krystal and ask if her daughter could mow for me on Monday evening..if it's not raining.  She said she could. Now I hope it doesn't rain all weekend.

More later...

I puttered around all day and about 4:00PM, I went over to Nancy's. I took her three of the Porter peaches Vic gave me. I had given three to Marilyn too. I have three left and will take them to church this morning and see if anyone wants them. I hated to tell Vic I don't care for peaches.  I figured I could give them to folks who do.

Nancy wanted me to stay and visit so I did. I came home about 8:30PM...quite a visit.  It was longer then I ever stay but I had not been over all week and she kept asking me not to go.

When I got home again, I took my bath and at 9:30PM, I went on to bed.