Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Tuesday and a Busy Day

I woke up fairly early but then I went to bed early last night too. I had a little dab of oatmeal even though I was going to pick up Bob A. for breakfast in Coffeyville at 7:00AM. I fed two cats....the Tom cat and the mama cat. Two of the seven that have given up eating here. The one I took out of the apartment the other day must have "told" on me.

Anyhow, I got around and went to Coffeyville to pick up Bob. After we had breakfast and I took him home, I went out to Woodshed to get gas and got my hair done and also went  to the Walmart store there to get a few more groceries that I can't get at Dollar General here.

Then  I dropped by Bob Wade's home to pick up the stamps for the mailing of the 63 newsletters that have to go out in snail mail. A roll of stamps costs $55.00 now! Hillary might be working on the newsletters and envelopes today.  I sent her one of the better copies of the mailing list too... from the Notebook. She contacted me for another copy of the mailing list again.

I came on back home then and warmed up some of the Amy's soup I bought today, cut up the last of the cheese and had some crackers with it. Then I had one of my ice cream bars for dessert. I am going to have to lay off those ice cream things or I will gain pounds.

More later...

I went by Nancy's to take her some more coffeecake but Jess was there so I didn't stop. I went over to Myrtle's Market and looked around for awhile and then when I went back, Jess was gone.
So I stopped and took her the coffeecake and stayed and visited awhile. When I got home I watched some programs I had recorded.

At 7:00PM I took my bath and  got ready for bed. I went on to bed about 9:00PM

Before I went to bed I fed a couple of the cats that came for dinner. Mainly, it's just mama cat and the Tom cat now.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Monday and a Chilly Day

Well, the weather has changed again and it is more like late fall or early winter. And it is the almost the last day of the year. Amazing changes in the weather this year!

Tomorrow I will get my hair done and pick up some stamps from John Wade, my class treasurer. I have no idea when my class newsletters and envelopes will be finished. It is up to Hillary at Four County Mental Health. She will let me know when I can pick them up.

Leslie has taken John down to Bartlesville to have his other cataract removed.

I don't have a plan for today although I may go over to the food pantry to see if they have any fruit.

I have been watching the Tulsa news. It is 7:45AM and I do want to watch the CBS news at 8:00AM.

More later...

I worked on finishing the Class Newsletter on the notebook with Windows 10 on it. Then I sent it on to Hillary to see if that would come out any better and it did! She will use that version to make my copies straight from her computer.

I picked up Nancy and we went out to the distribution center to get fruits and veggies and each of us took a sack. I got one apple and a bunch of bananas. I also got tomatoes.  I will keep some of them and give the rest to Bob tomorrow. He can share them with Joanne or Denise or both of them.

I got my mail. It was my water and trash bill...the largest one of all. $101.26. Even my gas bill was only $48.12. My electric bill was $47.26. Water must be precious here in Caney!  It certainly isn't tasty. I filter every drop I use.

More even later...

I am eating the apple now. I know those and bananas are good for us. Bananas have potassium and the older we get the more we need the potassium.

Tonight, I believe "Bull" is on TV at 9:00PM. That's my favorite program and I always try to watch it. That makes me go to bed at 10:00PM. Sometimes that makes me sleep better. 

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Sunday and Church

I woke up pretty early this morning but since I felt I had my sleep out, I got up and dressed and got ready for the day, I fixed my oatmeal and coffee and then fixed my coffeecake for the Sunday school classes. After it baked and cooled, I iced it and got it covered with saran.

I got over to church about 8:30AM and cleaned up the stuff people had dragged in on their feet.., turned up the thermostat and made the coffee. After Bob and Phyllis arrived. we started our church school class. Karan wasn't there for the class so we started without her.

Leslie brought Shawn. John stayed home and delivered his product to the farmers. Tomorrow Leslie and John will go to Bartlesville to the doctor. John is having his second cataract surgery early tomorrow morning.

After church six of us went to Great China for lunch. I had sweet and sour chicken this time. I boxed half of it up and took it to Nancy after I got my newsletters finished and got them in the mailbox with the flag up.

My neighbor, next door, brought me a nice box of assorted treats . I ate the caramel corn. I had a nice visit with Nancy again this afternoon when I took her the sweet and sour chicken.

The little girls, John and Leslie's grandchildren, were in Topeka with the other grandparents for the Christmas vacation so I had a lot of coffeecake left and brought home five pieces. I will take Nancy some tomorrow.

I fed two of the feral cats this evening. Several didn't come back this time. One yellow tom cat and the mama cat came but I didn't see the others.

I watched 60 Minutes this evening and then took my bath and although it's only 8:00PM, I may go on to bed. I am very tired.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

A Good Night's Sleep

I slept through the night without waking up until 4:00AM. Then I went to the bathroom, took my thyroid med and went back to bed. I slept until 5:30AM when I finally got up, dressed and got myself ready for the day and had my oatmeal and coffee. I am working on my Chai now. I fed the cats again. This time none tried to come in. There are three out there now. The yellow tom cat and the yellow half grown kitten and the gray mama cat. I have the cat dish and three plastic bowls out there.

I ran out of ink for my printer yesterday evening. That cartridge didn't last long. Maybe I'll go back to two cartridges again. I have just been using one color cartridge for ages. They usually last longer then this one did.

I don't know how long it will take Hillary to get those letters finished. She has her work for Four County Mental Health as her first priority. She will call me or Leslie when she is finished and I will go up to Independence to pick them up and pay for the job.

More later....

I picked up Nancy at 9:45AM and we went to Copan Restaurant for lunch. We brought home about half our lunch. I will have the rest of mine tomorrow or Monday. We went on the the Walmart at Bartlesville because I needed some ink cartridges for my printer. Nancy bought some bananas but after I got my ink cartridges, I also bought some coffeecake mixes and oatmeal and cat food.

Then we came back home to Caney. I went in and visited with her for awhile and Jess came and visited with her too. When I got home I put away my groceries and checked my mail. I had a package. Scott sent me the photo of him and me taken on the cruise we took a couple of years ago with Ginger and her family. It was nicely framed too so I put it on my dresser. That was so nice of him.

More later....I am going to try to find the Ohio State game on the computer.

I watched the Ohio State/ Clemson football game  until 11:00PM and Ohio State finally lost by one touchdown. They ran out of time.

I went to bed at 11:00PM

Friday, December 27, 2019

Friday and a Wild Cat in the Apartment

I had quite an experience this morning. I went out to feed the feral cats and one of them ran into the apartment. I spent the next twenty minutes trying to catch it. It went completely wild and knocked pictures off the wall ran across my printer, spilled my coffee on the server and broke the tail on my ceramic hen. I chased it to catch it and it gave me quite a scratch. Finally after closing off all the doors in the apartment...the bathroom and the second bedroom, I got it out from under my bed first with a mop. Then I closed that door. I finally took an afghan and caught it by one back leg and carried it that way to the front door and took it outside and turned it loose. I was exhausted by that time. I repaired the damage as best I could and hung the pictures back up again.

I have decided not to feed these wild cats anymore. I am going to look up "cat scratch fever" on the internet and I may go over to the clinic at Coffeyville for a shot or a prescription if that is going to be a problem.

More later...

I found that I could treat it myself with soap and water and an antibiotic ointment. I had some of that so I washed it real good with soap and running water and put that antibiotic ointment on it and a bandaid. I am going to go with that. What a morning!!

More later....

I went up to Independence KS (about 20 miles) and took my class newsletter up to the printing center at Four County Mental Health to be reproduced.  I need 64 copies (three pages on each side)  and they will also print the envelopes. I will fold each letter into threes and stuff them in the envelopes and add a stamp and send them off. This job done for another year when that is finished. This is my 22nd year doing that newsletter.

I read part of the evening and then watched some Amazon Prime  until bedtime. After my exciting morning, I was very tired. In fact, I took my bath at 7:00PM and went on to bed at 8:00PM.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Thursday and Clean Sheets

I got up about 5:00AM this morning and got myself ready for the day. The first thing I did was strip my bed.
I got the sheets into the washer and then had my breakfast...oatmeal, as usual. I had my coffee and am now having my Chai. Oh yes, I also fed 5 cats that were waiting for me to feed them just outside my front door. I'm going to have to go to Dollar General this morning and buy cat food. I stopped in Country Mart, the only place open in Coffeyville yesterday, but they wanted $4.75 for a $3.95 bag of Meow Mix.  I had enough to get them through their breakfast so I wasn't going to give Country Mart that much more for cat food.  Not when I could get it at Dollar General this morning for $4.00.

I have the sheets in the dryer now. As soon as they are dry, I will re-make my bed.

More later..the dryer alarm just went off the sheets are dry...

It's 6:20AM  now and the bed is re-made. In fact the apartment is clean, I bought gas for my car yesterday, washed the car while I was at Coffeyville and ran it through their dryer and the laundry here is all caught up too. I don't have another plan for today.

Maybe I will try to visit Nancy. I wish I had known that Kay was going to have a large cancellation for her Christmas dinner yesterday. The last I heard she was all filled up. Instead she had a large family cancel and had 18 openings.  I would have taken Nancy over there for dinner.

More later....

At 8:30AM  I went out to the Dollar General store to buy a few things I need....eggs, cat food, computer paper, some lipstick and some Twix ice cream bars. They had everything but the computer paper...which I needed worst of all so I made a quick trip down to Dewey to their Dollar General. I found it there.

I ate the rest of my cashew chicken from Sunday's trip to Great China for lunch today.

It appears all the classmates that are interested in contributing something about their lives for the class newsletter have done that. I haven't had anything new in several days. So I guess this weekend I will wrap it up and take it to Leslie on next Tuesday.

More later...

I finally went over to Nancy's and found that she had been sleeping on the sofa all day. Her den phone is not working right. I called twice today and it rang 6 times and then went to busy signal. It usually does that. I went over twice and rang the doorbell. She was sleeping very hard and did not hear the doorbell. The second time she did hear the doorbell and came to the door.

I took her some of that cashew chicken I had saved from Sunday, I ate the rest of it myself.

While I was there, Dale came to check on her. He hooked her up with facetime on his phone and she got to visit with her son, David, and see him at the same time. He and his family were in Seattle. David has arranged to hire a woman to come in on a regular basis and check on her...make sure she takes her meds and gets up and around... and eats. She has a lot of arthritis and hurts a lot.

I finished up the newsletter this evening and sent it off to the classmates that were online. I arranged with Leslie to check out the possibility of getting their printing center to print off 64 copies of the three page letter, printed on both sides. Also, I would like them to print the envelopes too this year. I sent the letter and the addresses on to the woman who will print them off. I don't know how long it will take her to do that but it is bound to be cheaper then me buying half a dozen print cartridges and doing it myself.

I have taken my bath and dressed my toe. I will go to bed shortly before 9:00PM.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Wednesday and Christmas Day

I slept pretty well and was up early and dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee and Chau. I watched the news for awhile and then went to Coffeyville early so I could get gas out at Woodshed in South Coffeyville. It was 2.17.9 there...quite a bit cheaper then at any other station. Then I drove around a bit and finally went out to Bob's where we were supposed to meet Joanne and pick up Bob and Joanne's daughter, Nancy. We got to "Just Us" just on time and had a fine dinner. I had pie with ice cream on it for dessert.

Then after dinner, Joanne took us back to Bob's apartment building in Coffeyville and I picked up my car and drove back to Caney. I vacuumed the apartment this afternoon and washed the bare floors. Tomorrow is my regular cleaning day but I had nothing going so I did it this afternoon.  I also did my one load of laundry earlier this morning.

I will wash my sheets tomorrow morning

Nothing else doing this afternoon. So I guess I will read. It is quarter past 3:00PM.

I read most of the afternoon and then watched some "Dateline" I had recorded on TV.

At 7:00PM I took my bath and went to bed at 8:00PM. I was very tired. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Tuesday and Christmas Eve Afternoon at Brooks Home

I slept very well last night. I thought I would after all that climbing up the garage ladder to put away all the Christmas decorations. I must have done that 15 times.

Leslie just texted me to ask me to come out early at 9:30AM so I would be there to watch the girls in case she was called out. She is on call this Christmas time. John has a haircut appointment this morning in Coffeyville. I will leave here at 9:00AM so someone will be with the girls just in case. I have everything in my car now so I am ready to leave when it is time. It is only 7:20AM now so I still have plenty of time.

We will have our gift opening there at approximately 11:00AM. Jeromy and the girls will be there and me and John and Leslie.

More later...

I left at 9:00AM and when I got there Leslie had already been called out . John had a haircut appointment in Coffeyville so I stayed with the little girls until Jeromy arrived and soon after that, Leslie came back. When John got back from his haircut, we had all our treats and soon after that we opened out gifts.

After we cleaned up I loaded up some of what treats we had left including a large bag of smoked turkey Jeromy had been given by the refinery...where he works.  I had blueberry bread left and some peanut clusters and some apple cider.  When I got back home I divided everything I had brought home and took some over to Nancy. I had given her a tin of peanut clusters when I finished them on Monday.

Nancy will have no place to celebrate Christmas. Hopefully her son, David, will call her. I stayed a couple of hours and visited. She is very lonely.  She always asks me to stay and visit.

While I was there, her cousin Dale called and chatted with her. They had gone to one of their grandchildren's home for Christmas and would not be back home until tomorrow. That means she will be alone for Christmas. Kay is filled up over at "Just Us" or I would ask her to go with us to Cherryvale tomorrow. As it is, I am going over with Bob and Joanne and her daughter, Nancy.

I will go over to Coffeyville a little early to buy gas at Woodshed. I am supposed to be at Bob's at 11:30AM. From there we will pick up her Nancy and leave for Cherryvale to be there by noon. 

More later...

About 7:00PM, I took my bath and got ready for bed. It had been a huge day and I was very tired. I turned off the TV and read for awhile and about 8:30PM, I went on to bed.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Monday and a Hair Appointment

I slept well last night notwithstanding the concern about the attempted break in next door over the weekend. I am a little concerned because of the death of that woman about a block away a couple of weeks ago. They considered it unusual and suspected foul play but later labeled it a suicide. I was skeptical about a suicide then. No one who knew her thought that could be a suicide.

I have dressed and got myself ready for the day. I have had my oatmeal and fed the four cats that were waiting patiently for their breakfast this morning.  I had to put out another bowl to get them all four fed and keep them from quarreling among themselves..

It's supposed to be foggy again this morning. I have an 8:30AM hair appointment this morning and I need to leave plenty of time to get there because of the fog. It's 7:30AM now so I will leave before 8:00AM because of the fog.  It's getting light now so I think I will go ahead and start for Coffeyville. I need to be back by 11:30AM to meet Gay and Adele for lunch at Eggberts.

I went over to Nancy's and took her a piece of my leftover coffeecake. I stayed and visited with her awhile until Adele called to tell me they were 10 minutes away from the restaurant. Then I went up to Eggberts to meet her and Gay for lunch.

More later...when I get home I want to bake my blueberry bread.

I dropped by the library and dropped off the book I had finished and left the empty ink cartridges for them. I also went by the post office there and mailed off Sage's Christmas gift. It will be late but it arrived late here so that can't be helped.

I met Gay and Adele for lunch and we had a good lunch there at Eggberts. We also had a good visit. They went on a little early to the doctor's office because I knew they would have to fill out some paperwork before he would see her/them.

When I got home I put together my blueberry bread and got it in the oven. It is cooling now. I will take it out of the pan when that is finished and slice it.

More later....

I got that blueberry loaf done this afternoon and sliced it and tried it. It was pretty good!

And since I wasn't going to have anyone here tomorrow night, I spent the entire afternoon putting away all my Christmas decorations. They had been up for weeks anyhow. I put them in the attic and climbing up and down that ladder was exhausting. I'll bet I will sleep like a  log tonight.  It's after 5:00PM, I think I will go watch the news. Perhaps more later.

I stayed up until 10:00PM because I wanted to watch "Bull" and that starts at 9:00PM. I took my bath about 7:00PM and put my pjs on to watch the TV.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Sunday and Coffeecake

I slept fairly well last night but got up earlier then usual. I got myself ready for the day and ate my oatmeal, as usual. I looked outside and three cats were waiting for their breakfast so I put out a couple of extra bowls so they would not fight over the food. The I filled their water bowl too

I had my coffee and am working on the Chai now. I was working on the class newsletter and almost forgot to bake the coffeecake. I have it in the oven now. The little girls will probably be at Sunday school and they always look forward to the coffeecake.

As I may have mentioned earlier, I had intended to have the family here for Christmas Eve but I later learned that Jeromy, my grandson, and his family plan to go to Topeka for their Christmas with Marlene's family. Leslie asked him when we would have our side of  the family's Christmas. He decided it would have to be at 11:00AM the day before Christmas and they would leave from John and Leslie's to go to Topeka.

So I am taking my gifts and the refreshments out to their house and John and Leslie will host the gift opening there. Yesterday I got the peanut clusters done and I will make the cranberry bread Tuesday morning before going out to John and Leslie's. I am also taking cider. She has eggnog from Braums! Yum!

Leslie is on call this Christmas.  She had Christmas off last year.

I am supposed to go out to Steve and Suzanne's after church this afternoon.  She will have to give me directions on how to find their place. They live in the country in rural Caney. 

Tomorrow I have an 8:30AM hair appointment in Coffeyville and I will drop off the second library book at the library there after that. Then I will come back to Caney to meet Gay and Adele for lunch at Eggberts here. I may make up that cranberry bread that afternoon after they go on to Bartlesville for their doctor's appointment.

Wednesday is just another day this year. I will celebrate Christmas by myself. I will go with Bob and Joanne and her daughter, Nancy, to "Just Us" in Cherryvale.  I will go over to Joanne's at 11:00AM on Wednesday and we will take her SUV to Cherryvale. Probably I will put away my Christmas decorations in the afternoon.

More later...

Pablo, next door, told me a little while ago that someone tried to break into his apartment last night and tore the screen off a window and threw it up on the roof of the duplex, I noticed a smear of blood on my door. but no damage.

He called the police to report it this morning and I called them too this evening. I wanted to be sure the police patrolled this area.

I went by Nancy's and took her some peanut clusters. She had been in bed all day . She aches all over. I stayed an hour or so. She wanted me to stay.

I watched some TV until 8:30PM and then just took my bath and went to bed.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Saturday and Peanut Clusters

I slept well last night and got up about 5:00AM. I have dressed and got myself ready for the day. I have had my oatmeal and coffee and am working on the Chai now. I opened the front door a few minutes ago to find three cats waiting for me to bring them some food. I have done that now and will get back to this blog.

I intend to make my peanut clusters today. I will have to go out to the Dollar general store at 8:00AM to see if they have any tins left for me to put the peanut clusters in. Leslie gave me one yesterday but I went off and left it in the back of her vehicle. I also left my funeral bulletin in the door pocket. So I will have to look for some more tins today. I do have a few small boxes I could use in a pinch.

More later...

I went out to Dollar General as soon as they opened and found several Christmas cans and also found the two I had at home. When I got back home I made the peanut clusters and after they set up I packed them into the cans with waxed paper between the layers. I got that finished and read awhile. I would like to get this book finished before I go to Coffeyville on Monday to get my hair done. Then I could drop this one by the library too.I have a luncheon date with Gay and her sister Adele on Monday too at 11:30 AM. They have an appointment with Dr.Eslicker in Bartlesville that afternoon.

Well, back to the book, I will return it tomorrow at the Coffeyville library. And I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch.

I'm still working on the class newsletter too. I will wrap it up this week and get it up to Four County to have it and the envelopes printed off.  Then I will need to get some stamps or stamp money from John.

More later...

I finished the book and this afternoon and then watched some Dateline on TV after I had my bath. I went to bed early ...shortly after 9:00PM

Friday, December 20, 2019

Friday and a Funeral Trip

I am going with Vivian and Leslie to the funeral of Kenny Wilson. Kenny was our Mission Center's treasurer. He was only 56 when he had a heart attack and died. Leslie worked with him on the Campground's committee.

I slept very well last night and got up a little after 5:00AM. I had gone to bed around 8:30PM and had plenty of sleep. I dressed and have had my oatmeal and coffee and am working on my Chai. I also fed four cats ...two of them are growing up kittens.

I am also doing my one load of laundry. I still have over an hour to get it dry.

Tomorrow I will make my peanut clusters and try to find some Christmas tins to pack them in for friends.  I will also take some out to John and Leslie's for our gift exchange at 11:00AM on Tuesday.  I will make up some cranberry bread for that occasion too and I will take my apple cider out too. After we have our gift exchange, Jeromy's family will leave for Topeka for Marlene's family Christmas.  I plan to go to "Just Us" over at Cherryvale for my Christmas meal. I have made my reservation there. Leslie is on call this Christmas. Bob A and Joanne and Joanne's daughter, Nancy are going to "Just Us" too. I will drive over to Joanne's and we will all go together.

More later...

I drove out to Leslie's at 7:30AM and  we drove over to Opolus to pick up Vivian  to go to Nevada to  Kenny's funeral. There were about 900 people there at that huge Baptist church and it was the best funeral I had ever attended ...if any funeral can be said to be "best".  It was very tastefully done and the funeral sermon was mostly about Kenny. He was extremely well loved by the entire community and was only 56 years old. and had had a fatal heart attack last week. After the funeral, there was a very large dinner at the Country Club there. Many of those people attended that too.

We got back late and were all very exhausted. I went to bed earlier then usual. I read for awhile after I had my bath and put away the clothes from the dryer and then went to bed at 8:30PM

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Thursday and a Surprise

Last night when I was ready to go to bed. I noticed the notebook was charging again.

This morning, once again, I tried to boot it up and it worked this time. I think it is the battery. I found the right sized screw driver but was unable to loosen the screws. I was afraid I would round them off if I kept trying. I think it needs a battery. In fact, this laptop needs one too. It is plugged in but not charging.  Over the years I bought at least two batteries for that laptop Keith gave me that was just like this one. That's the one the postal service ruined.  This one is identical and Scott gave this one to me. I have to leave it plugged in because even though it has a battery, it is not charging.

I am afraid to try to get into the battery at this time because I have the class newsletter saved on this laptop. I want to finish it before I do anything about a battery. I send the newsletter off to half the classmates as an attachment to e-mail. 64 of them get it in snail mail. I even have it saved thus far on a flash drive but don't send it off until after Christmas. I will need to update the letter on the flash drive too before I take it to Four County Mental Health to have them print off for me. This year I will have them do the envelopes too.

I got up about 5:00AM, as usual.  I had my oatmeal and  coffee and Chai already. I have even fed three of the cats. The others are probably somewhere warmer.

I have half a notion to go to Independence and see if that man at the TV store next door to Sayers Hardware will try to get those screws out of the back of the notebook for me so I can get that battery out and order a new one that size.

Well, more later...

Well, instead I called Cox Complete Support and a tech is going through the notebook to try to find the three errors I was warned about this week. He is doing a tune up. That will take about an hour so I plugged in the notebook again...... just in case it is the battery.

More later...

The mail came and I got my car insurance bill. In January it goes up $22.00 and change. The Medicare premium went up, Blue Cross/Blue Shield premium went up and now my car insurance premium went up.  My income from Social Security sure didn't go up.

Suzanne called and wants me to come out to their house Sunday afternoon. I will probably do that. She is such a good friend. I think I will make my peanut clusters on Saturday. I will got some Christmas cans to put them in., I have some around here but I am not sure where I put them.

Leslie will be by  tomorrow morning at 7:30AM  to pick me up and we will pick up Vivian after that Leslie will drive over to Nevada for Kenny Wilson's funeral at 10:00AM. It is being held at the First Baptist Church there.

More later....

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Wednesday and a Trip to Coffeyville

I slept well last night and got up about 5:00AM and dressed and got myself ready for the day.  I had my oatmeal and coffee and am now working on my Chai. When I opened the fromt door this morning, I had four hungry cats waiting for their breakfast. I have fed them now.

I hope we don't have fog this morning. I want to see if Bob wants to go to breakfast and also I  have my hair appointment and want to go to the library, go to Walmart and then go get gas at Woodshed and later at 2:00PM, go out to Ashury Village for Bunco. If I can get over there, it will be a busy day!

More later....

The trip to Coffeyville worked out fine...no fog.

I went to pick up Bob for breakfast and after I took him home, I went to the bank and got more money. Then I went to Woodshed and filled my gas tank up with gas. Then I went out to Walmart and bought all the ingredients for my peanut clusters for Christmas Eve. Then I went to the library and returned the book I had read. I am still working on the other one. I can't seem to get into it.

I went out to Asbury Village just to find that had decided not to have bunco today...so I came back home and read on that second book .

Then this evening, I decided to play solitaire on the notebook computer. It would not boot up at all. I tried and tried but it would not boot yup. Three times in the last week, it said it had an error and would fix it and then reboot the computer. That worked all three times but it would not boot up this evening at all. I looked up the warranty and the receipt that I had kept. The warranty is for two years and the receipt says it was bought 11/ 23/17...it's twenty five days past it's warranty date. I am still going to take it up to the Independence Walmart store tomorrow and see if they will still stand behind that warranty.

I finally went on to bed after watching Forensic Files until 10:00PM.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Tuesday and a Cold Morning

I slept very well last night but got up about 5:30AM. I have dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee and am working on my Chai now. I have fed the little cat and some of her kittens. They are very cold but I don't dare let them in my garage. They would climb up on the motor and might get hurt. They can get into the garage across the street. They also don't have a door on their laundry room and the can get in there. There are some blessings when people don't keep up their property. ...not many...not good for the looks of the neighborhood but good for those cold cats.

I heard from Kathryn Tabor, Don Tabor's widow, yesterday. Don died last year and she is looking for a ground floor apartment. I put her in touch with Mary Don Moore King, who had an address she was looking for. She wanted to be put on my classmate list and receive the newsletter. She got well acquainted with my class since she and Don always attended our reunions.  I did that. She had e-mail so I will just attach it to e-mail.

I am still reading the new book I bought off of Amazon. I am not overly impressed with it. After you have read Ehrman for ten years, everyone else seems pretty tame. The author calls himself "progressive" but he is not overly progressive. Of course Ehrman is a true New Testament scholar.

I don't have a plan for today. It's supposed to be very foggy today so I will probably stay home. I got my soup out again and will have that for lunch with crackers and cheese.

I notice my Cox cable came out of my checking account last night. Now just the gas and electric bills will need to come out. They don't come out until the 30th and the 31st.

I hope I will be able to get over to Coffeyville tomorrow for breakfast with Bob, my hair appointment and Bunco out at Asbury Village at 2:00PM.

More later....

I had my soup and cheese and crackers for lunch and and ice cream bar for dessert. 

I went out to Dollar General a couple of times this afternoon. I needed a few groceries and then later discovered I needed cat food too. So I went back for that. They are probably ready for their supper now.

I worked on the class newsletter for awhile and then read for a couple of hours.I have two books that I am working on now. I have watched the news..both the channel 6 news and the CBS news. It is 6:00PM now and when it is closer to 7:00PM, I will take my bath and watch some TV before going to bed.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Monday and Laundry

I woke up about 4:00AM but stayed in bed until almost 5:00AM.  Then when I got up and dressed and got myself ready for the day, I stripped my bed and did the laundry and had my oatmeal and coffee.. When the laundry was dry, I remade the bed.

I don't have anything planned for the day. I opened the front door and there were four very hungry cats and kittens waiting for their breakfast.  I put out four bowls of cat food and they dug in. :)

More later....perhaps.

I have been watching the CBS news and playing solitaire. It's too cold to go anywhere today.  But it's only 9:00AM right now.

I have been cleaning out my desk and trying to get it organized all morning. At 12:30PM, Nancy came over and wanted to take me to lunch. We went to Eggberts and had a chicken dinner...very good. When we came out, it had begun to snow lightly . It still is. She brought me home and and intended to stay in the rest of the day.

Then Scott texted me to asked if they could have my Wahoo board and marbles. I told him I no longer use it and would send it to them.  So I found a box to put it in, wrapped it in brown paper and took it to the post office and sent it off. They should have it by the 19th. I sent it priority mail.

I got a nice Christmas card from an old boyfriend today. He says will visit in the spring. In fact, I was going steady with him when I met and married my Bob in 1954. He later married too but he has lost his wife. He lives in Colorado. He would be 84 too.

I should get back to that mess in the den....More later...

I got the mess in the den cleaned up and got the gift wrapped for the woman with two children that we have adopted for Christmas.

I saw three cats and kittens waiting for food a little while ago so I fed them. Tomorrow I probably will have to buy more cat food.

I started a new book that I bought off Amazon. It is called "Being Christian In the Twenty-First Century". It 's pretty interesting so far. We may want to study it in Church School when we finish the book we are studying right now.

It's 6:30PM now and I will take my bath and dress and bandage my toe. Then come watch more TV.

More later....

I watched "Bull" at 9:00PM and at 10:00PM, I went on to bed.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Sunday and Church

I awoke at 4:45AM and just got up. I had to take Aleve earlier because once again my back was hurting and my right shoulder too.

I put some laundry in to wash while I fixed my oatmeal and coffee and fed the cats and the kittens.

After I ate, I decided to watch the programs I recorded while I was Christmas shopping yesterday morning.

I did that but I wasn't able to do my coffeecake this morning because I did my grocery shopping at the Independence Walmart  and they seldom have the coffeecake mix. So I didn't fix it this morning.

Church attendance was small. It was raining lightly and only 32 degrees so many of our Neodesha members were afraid to drive up because they had sleet and even some of our Independence people were afraid to chance it too. That left the Coffeyville people and me..from Caney. Leslie did a nice job with her service and afterward Phyllis and I went to "Just Us" at Cherryvale. I drove. It misted lightly but the roads were not slick. I drove under 50 mph all the way there. We had a good lunch and I drove back to the church to leave Phyllis to pick up her car. I think the others may have gone to Great China.

I got back home just fine and did my letters and got them out on the mailbox and put the flag up for Michael..

More later...

I stayed in all afternoon and watched some programs I had recorded. Then watched 60 Minutes and afterward took my bath. I switched to Amazon Prime and watched "A Christmas Carol". I watch that every year. It helps to get me into the Christmas mood. After it was over, I went on to bed at 9:30PM.  

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Saturday and Christmas Shopping

I read most of the day yesterday and this morning I woke up at 2:00AM with a very bad back ache. It appears to be a muscle problem. Too much sitting, I guess. I got up at 3:30AM and took two Aleve. It's much better now.

Today I am going to try to finish my Christmas shopping and get things wrapped. It's almost 5:00AM now. I have had my oatmeal and coffee and will have my Chai soon. I will start shopping at Independence and get Marlene's gift. I already have the little girls gifts. I still have Jeromy's to get and John and Leslie's, Sage's and a little something for Bob Avery. Then I will need to get everything wrapped. I have plenty of paper and bows. I have been slower then ever before getting all this done. It's because I have no actual Christmas tree up this year...just the ceramic one my sister Phyllis made for me years ago. I do have the apartment decorated with everything else.  It's hard to get into the spirit of Christmas without an actual tree though. I gave mine to Debra for her new apartment. I also gave her all the decorations that go on it,  She was delighted. I am happy she can use it.

I also need to contact Kay at "Just Us" and get my name on her list for Christmas dinner there.  Leslie is on call Christmas and will probably be swamped with problem people. I don't know what she and John will do for Christmas. I will ask her about Christmas Eve, I could have that here if she will be available and fix some fancy breads and have eggnog to drink. 

More later....

I just texted Leslie and she is fine with me having Christmas Eve here. She will be on call but she will be here if she is free. I will have John and Jeromy and the little girls  too.  I will bake some nice breads, cookies and maybe make my peanut clusters. They say they will bring the Braums eggnog.

I will get into the spirit of Christmas now. :)

I went to Independence this morning and bought all my Christmas gifts, ate at Big Cheese and came back home and wrapped them all and put them in the living room. I ordered Sage's from Amazon. It will be here on the 16th. I will wrap it and then send it on to her. Hopefully she will get it by Christmas!

I got a nice Christmas card from my friend Myra who moved to Wyoming to be near two of her kids.  The older daughter lives in Indiana or somewhere up that way . I wrote Myra a Christmas letter and put it in a Hallmark Christmas card and got it out on the mailbox. Hopefully Michael will pick it up on Monday and send it off for me. Michael Estes is my mailman.

I have Alexa playing some Christmas music now. I am determined to get into the mood.

I ate a breakfast bar and had a little juice, Then I watched "Lucky Doy". I had recorded it this morning wanted to watch this afternoon. Then I watched the news on CBS and  am now watching channel 6 Tulsa news.

I  took my bath and put my pjs on at 7:00PM and I will watch "Murder She Wrote" if I can find another episode. I will go to bed early tonight, probably by 8:30PM  since I have been up so long.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Friday and Cleaning

I slept well last night and was up at 5:00AM as usual. I will clean the apartment today because I didn't get it done yesterday. I think it was Friday last week before I got to the cleaning too. Monday, I will strip my bed and wash my sheets and bedding.

I ate my oatmeal and had my coffee and Chai and fed the cats this morning too. They were really ready for their breakfast. They were climbing on the storm door.

I see we are to have rain on Sunday and snow on Monday. I am not looking forward to that. Luckily, I have books to read from the Coffeyville library. I am quite a ways along in the first one. I may finish it today.

But first I wanted to clean the apartment. I washed the bare floors and then vacuumed  the apartment.

About noon I went up to Independence to buy a few groceries at their Walmart  and also get some cash. And then I stopped at the Dairy Queen and got a blizzard. Then I came back home. 

I read all afternoon  and finished my first book. Now I will have the second one to read before I go to get my hair done on Wednesday and I can take these books back to the Coffeyville library.

At 7:00PM.I fed the cats and the kittens and then took my bath and watched a couple of TV programs before going on to bed at 9:00PM.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Thursday and Reading Day

I woke up about 5:00AM and got up shortly after that. I had my oatmeal, coffee and part of my Chai. I fed the cats and two of the kittens.Then I checked my e-mail and went back to my book. I am reading Labyrinth, by Catherine Coulter. It is pretty riveting.

I went by the post office outside box and dropped in a letter I had that I didn't get into the mailbox that had the flag up yesterday.

Then I went by Nancy's house to see how she was feeling. She was fine...up and dressed. It was 10:30AM and we were going to go get lunch when her cousin Dale arrived.  We stayed an hour or so and visited with him. Then after he left, we went on to Eggberts and had lunch. Nancy didn't have any money with her and they are no longer accepting checks so I bought her lunch. She has bought mine several times so that was fine.

I then took her over to Myrtle's Market to look around at their Christmas decorations and lots of fun things. They have probably had a good month since much of what I saw the last time I was there had been sold..

When I got home I took up my book again. I read until 4:30PM when I put down the book and watched the news.

It's been a "different" day. I enjoyed my visit with Nancy and even that with Dale.

More later....

I went back to my book until 7:00PM when I took my bath, watched some "Dateline" I had recorded and then watched an episode of "Murder She Wrote".

I went to bed at 9:00PM as usual.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Wednesday and Hair Day

I slept pretty well last night despite the drainage I seem to fight constantly. I am allergic to this world. I am going to look for some Vicks nose spray over at Coffeyville this morning. Maybe that will help.

I have contacted Bob and will pick him up at 7:15AM for breakfast. I have had my little dab of oatmeal and my coffee and Chai and fed the four cats that showed up on my doorstep this morning.

I have laundry in the washer but I will put it in the dryer later...when I get back home from Coffeyville. It will be alright just setting there after it finishes. There are no games today at the senior center. They played Bingo yesterday. I don't go over for Bingo.

More later...

I got back home about noon. I had breakfast with Bob, my brother-in-law and then went to the beauty shop after I went to the bank and cashed a check.  When I got there about 9:00AM, I was told my appointment was at 10:00AM so I told the receptionist I would go to the library. At the library the beautician called to tell me she was ready for me. I had just got to the library. It appears the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing at that shop. Anyhow, I checked out a couple of books to read when there is absolutely nothing on TV that I care anything about..then I went back to the beauty shop. Toni did my color and haircut and then I went to the doctor's office to see about that prescription. Lori came out and told me she was calling it in for me. Then I just came on back home. I guess Lori, Dr. Christensen's nurse will take care of that from now on. Otherwise, I will forget it and not use the cream.

I did not find the Vicks Nasal Spray anywhere in Coffeyville so I guess I will not try it after all. The pharmacist suggested I try Benadryl.  I hate to use that too much because it affects memory though it does dry up the sinus drainage.

I guess I will read the library book this afternoon. It sounds a lot more interesting then the one on my Kindle. For lunch, I will have some more of my Waldorf salad that I brought home from church.

I can sure tell it's December and near Christmas. The mail has been two hours later this month. I ordered a new magnetic calendar for my frig and it is supposed to be here today. After ten or fifteen years, the one  I have had finally gave up the ghost this year. The magnet came apart. I tried taping it together but that was just a temporary fix.

More later...

I got the new refrigerator calendar in today's mail and copied all the birthdays etc. onto  it. After I had some lunch, I worked on my class newsletter again. I got another letter from a classmate in a Christmas Card today..

I read in my new book from the library for an hour or so. It is 4:30PM now and I will go watch the news...such as it is.

I watched the news and later some programs I had recorded and last of all turned to Amazon Prime and watched "Murder She Wrote". Then took my bath and went to bed at 9:00PM.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Tuesday and No Particular Plan

I slept well last night and got up at 5:00AM. I dressed and ate my breakfast and fed the cats and kittens. I don't have a plan for today. It's been awhile since I've seen Gay and I am thinking of driving up to Chanute to visit her.

I will wait until later to text her or call her to see if she has plans. It is plenty cold this morning.  I also want to see if they have snow.. I sure don't want to drive in the snow.

More later....The most aggravating thing just happened this past week. I am supposed to use a cream medication that was prescribed by the woman doctor that did my surgery at Kansas City Med Center. I tried to refill the med as usual and she told the pharmacy she refuses to refill it until I see her again.

l cannot drive up to Kansas City to see her. The Midwest Compounders Pharmacy at Lenexa suggested that under those circumstances, that I get my family doctor to prescribe it for me. They refill it for just a fraction of the cost from another pharmacy. It's $65 a month from the Midwest Compounders and I checked with my local Coffeyville pharmacy and they would charge me $300 for that same cream.

I called the doctors office in Coffeyville on Friday to ask the nurse to pass on my request to the doctor since he was not in the office on Friday. I gave her all the information and the name of the medication and the telephone number of the Midwest Compounders Pharmacy at Lenexa, She suggested I call back today (Tuesday). to see if that worked out so I did that. It seems the doctor is out today too. She could not find her note to him and did not know if he did that or not. I will be in Coffeyville tomorrow and will drop by the doctor's office to see if he would do that. If he won't I will just stop using that cream.

How incompetent!!! So typical of today's world.

I went out to Sonic at 1:00PM and had a child's lunch. .. two chicken strips, tater tots, and a small coke. Gay called while I was there and she and Adele made a date with me for lunch on Monday, December 23rd at Eggberts here in Caney. They have an appointment with Dr. Eslicker in Bartlesville that afternoon.

Then I spent the afternoon getting my Christmas letters and Christmas cards out. I will just have some last minute cards to do later. It's nearly 4:30PM now. I am going to watch the 4:00PM news while I do this.

I did pretty much all the cards and letters except for the last minute ones.

At 5:20PM I watched the news, such as it was,  and then at 7:00PM, I took my bath and watched "Murder She Wrote" on Amazon Prime. At 9:00PM I went on to bed.  

Monday, December 9, 2019

Monday and a Quiet Day

I slept fairly well last night. I woke up several times but managed to get back to sleep each time. I finally got up shortly before 6:00AM.

After getting myself ready for the day, I fed myself and the cats. Then I watched the news on Channel 6.  Now I am watching the CBS news. They are dealing with the impeachment now.

I may watch this awhile.

More later...

I tried to watch the proceedings  but both sides behaved like children so I finally just gave up and did something else.

I went down to Bartlesville and looked around at what is left of the mall. Then I bought gas and came on back home. The only thing I bought was the gas..... at $2.03 a gallon. 

I have two computers...a laptop and a notebook. I attempted to blog from the notebook but there was some sort of game on my blog when I attempted to respond to a remark on my comments. and I didn't care to play their little game and tried to bypass it. Then I was locked out and was forced to come in here to this laptop to finish my blog.

I get so tired of this sort of thing. On facebook, I get 40 different requests for "friends" from friends of some of my friends and the only way I can rid my facebook page of them is to go to my phone to log on and then I can delete them from there.  My computers don't offer that option.

More later....It's 6:15PM in the evening now and I will take my bath and get my pjs on and then watch some  TV.

More later...

I ate a breakfast bar for supper and some Waldorf salad. Then I watched an episode of "Murder She Wrote", took my bath , "All Stand" as well as "Bull" then I  went on to bed.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Sunday and a Basket Dinner

I got up fairly early this morning...5:30AM. I had a lot to do. I needed to add the miniature marshmallows to my salad. I remembered in the night that I had forgotten them. That's the first thing I did after I got dressed and had my breakfast and coffee. Then I put together my coffeecake. It is in the oven now. After I get it out and it cools, I will put the icing on it.   I have already done my dishes.

I came in after the coffeecake was in the oven and noticed a large raccoon eating the cat food. He must have run the cats off because ever since I ran him off , they haven't been back. Perhaps I should take the food in until I see the cats and the kittens again looking for it. I'll wait awhile to see if he comes back or they come back. I went out with a flashlight a while ago but saw no raccoons or cats.

The yellow Tom cat came and finished off his food. I am quite sure he is the father of the kittens because one of them looks exactly like him.

After church today, we are having our congregational Christmas dinner at church.

I am taking my Bob's fruit salad. It is apples, celery, two kinds of grapes, and raisins and miniature marshmallows. I mix it with Miracle Whip dressing.

More later...

The timer is going off. The coffeecake is  done and is now cooling. It's only 7:00AM so I have some time before I can ice it.

More even later....

I got the coffee cake cooled and iced and left for the church about 8:15AM . I loaded everything into the car.... the papers I save for Karan, the wreath for Debra along with the over the door hanger for it, the two bowls of fruit salad and the coffee cake. The service went well even though Karan had to substitute at eh last minute for the guest minister, who had a death in the family. She did well...especially after those circumstances. We had a nice big group who stayed for the dinner too. Mary Beth, Phyllis and Carmen and I did up the dishes.

I bagged up three pieces of coffee cake for Kelly and the rest disappeared on the dessert area. I got home, put away my salad and did my usual newsletters for the online congregation and ran off some for those four who are not online. The are out on the mailbox for the mailman to pick up tomorrow. I need to buy some more stamps tomorrow too.

I then went to the Dollar General store and bought some more 2 X  2 gauze squares for my big toe bandages and some trail mix and some ice cream bars.

I recorded some programs for after I left this morning. I guess I will go watch them. It's 3:30PM now.

I watched those programs and also watched "Bull" .

After watching an episode of "Murder She Wrote", I took my bath and went on to bed at 9:00PM.  

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Saturday and Craft Shows

I slept well last night and was up shortly before 6:00AM. I had my oatmeal and coffee and then fed the cats before having my Chai. Three of them came for their breakfast.

This morning at 9:00AM, I will meet Leslie in Independence for the three Christmas Craft shows. We are taking separate cars because she is on call this weekend and may be called in.  Karan and Debra were supposed to go too but late last evening, Karan texted me that Debra had chest pains and she had to take her to the emergency room. Last Spring Debra had had stints put in and she will need supervision today. They released her to go back to Karan's home. So Karan and Debra had to drop out of our meeting this morning.

I will get back to this later...

I watched the CBS news and some more of the cats came for breakfast. It's a little after 8:00AM now and at 8:30AM I will leave for Independence to meet Leslie. We will hit the three crafts shows if she doesn't get called out.

So more later in the day....

Just before I left at  8:30AM, John texted me that Leslie had been called out. That left me to go alone. I did that but was only gone from 8:30AM until 10:00AM when I got back home.

At 10:00AM I watched "Lucky Dog" and after that I ate some of Suzanne's chicken and noodles for my lunch.

After the mail comes, I will go up to Joyce's and get a sundae for dessert.

So more later...

I did get a sundae at Joyce's  and then I went out to Dollar General  and bought a wreath hanger for Debra.

Then I came home and made up the fruit salad for tomorrow's dinner at church.

I have watched a Dateline program I had recorded and am now watching the news. It is shortly after 5:00PM.

I see a couple of the cats are out there eating their dinner. I will need to put out some more for the yellow kitten.

More later...

I watched "Bull" and then an episode of "Murder She Wrote" before I took my bath at 7:00PM and went on to bed  at 9:00PM. 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Friday and More Cleaning

I slept very well last night and got up close to 6:00AM. I dressed, had my oatmeal and coffee and chia and fed the cats...only two came this morning. One was a little gray one and one was the young yellow one. I don't miss the pest that has gone to the farm.

I will clean this morning since I never got it done yesterday. Then after lunch I will take all my stuff over to Coffeyville to Karan's garage for Debra's new apartment. I also have those groceries for her. Nancy gave those to her.

I had better get the apartment cleaned before I lose the mood. More later...

I got my apartment cleaned just fine. Then I made an appointment with Tate Boys Tire and Service in Bartlesville and had my tires rotated and balanced.Then I came back home, loaded up the Christmas tree and decorations for it and took  them over the Karan's so she could store them in her garage until Debra gets into her new apartment.

Then I went up to Independence to their Walmart store. I stopped at Big Cheese and had a personal pan pizza for lunch and then went out to Walmart and got what I needed. I was going to get another cookie mix but they were out of what I wanted. I got the other two things I was needing anyhow and then came on back home.

I got my mail and also climbed up the garage ladder into the attic and put the empty boxes from my Christmas decorations up there.  The garage looks a lot better now.

I had intended to refill my prescription for the cream I use after my surgery but the Dr. at Kansas City Med Center wanted me to come back up for another exam before she would renew my prescription. I can't drive in Kansas City anymore so the compounding pharmacy suggested I call my regular doctor over to Coffeyville and have him reorder it for me. I talked to his nurse. He was out of the office today but she said she would give him the message Monday when he is back in the office. I called the pharmacy back and told them that. They suggested I call back on Wednesday and to be sure he did that. It costs me $65 a month for that prescription but if I had to get it at a local pharmacy, it would be $300. That's why the doctor who did my surgery uses that compounding pharmacy at Lenexa for those of us without the medicare drug plan.

It's 4:30PM now and I guess I will go watch the news.

More later...

I watched the news and later an episode of "Murder She Wrote" At 7:00PM, I took my bath and then went to bed at 9:00PM

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Thursday and Cleaning Day

I slept well until 4:00AM or so and couldn't seem to get back to sleep so I just got up.

I made my bed, dressed and did my makeup and then had my oatmeal, coffee and chai. Again, when I fed the cat and kittens I looked out there and that cat was out there eating the food of the ones I feed. Once again I chased it off.  But I knew it would be back so once again, I brought in the food. I am not feeding someone else's pet cat.

I will clean the apartment today. It is Thursday and that is my regular cleaning day. I want to get my Christmas tree down out of the attic today and the decorations that go on it. I am going to give it to Debra. I have no place for it and she will have an apartment at Sycamore Landing so she may as well have that. It will get it out of the attic here too.

More later...

I didn't get the apartment cleaned yet but I did climb up in the attic and get the Christmas tree down and the decorations for it. I am glad Debra can use it in her new apartment. I have no place for it in this one.

I also got two more Christmas cards in the mail from classmates with news of their lives in them. I called John Wade and we have almost $300. in the classmate account.  I will have this letter printed off at Four County Mental Health in Independence like I did last year. Leslie suggested I also have them print off the envelopes this year. We appear to have plenty of money for that. I will buy the envelopes.

I think I will go back over to Coffeyville tomorrow afternoon and take these groceries over to the church or give them to Debra if she can use them. If she can't use them, Leeann can distribute them to the old people she knows who are living hand to mouth.

That cat that appears to be someone's pet has been snooping around here again looking for the cat food. I took the food in and will keep it in the house until the ferrel cat and her kittens come looking for it this evening.

More later...

My neighbor took that cat to his folks' farm. He thinks it's a stray. It keeps trying to get into their apartment. That got rid of it. It will keep their barn free of mice.  I won't have to fight it off my cat food.

I fixed the strawberries and  had a small bowl of them.

Then I watched an episode of "Murder She Wrote" and took my bath at 7:00PM and went to bed at 9:00PM

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Wednesday and Bunco Day

I slept well last night and was up before 6:00AM. I had some coffee and some Chai  too. I even had a little bit of oatmeal.  Then I texted Bob to see if he was up and wanted to go to breakfast. He did so I told him I would pick him up at 7:15AM.  I got there a little early but he saw me drive in the drive so he came on out.

We went to Eggberts there in Coffeyville and ordered the breakfast speciaL This time he insisted on paying for breakfast. We had a nice visit and after I took him home I went out to Woodshed and bought gas. Then I came on back to town and went to the bank to cash a check. After that. I went to the beauty shop. Toni was not ready for me this time so I read from awhile while she changed her clothes. She had been working out.

I got my hair done and then went out to Walmart for a few things. Later I went to Dollar General for cat food. Then I went out to church and took some photos of our Christmas decorations. My phone doesn't take the best photos but I will post some of them anyhow.

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This is the communion table with the advent wreath and candles on it.

There were two of these stands decorated with Christmas lights and candles. One was by the piano/organ and the other by the computer we use to play the hymns when Phyllis is gone to Overland Park to visit her daughter and her family..

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Karan made these wreathes to use on the north and south walls of the sanctuary.

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Karan sent me this photo that she took when I was in the pulpit on Sunday. It shows off those decorations better that I have been posting.

I went back to town and went by Karan's to take some things to Debra for her apartment.  She is going to move into Sycamore Landing. That's where Bob lives and also where Joanne's youngest daughter lives. They each like it there very much.

I stopped by Sonic and got a little something to hold me over until evening. After that, I went to the senior center and we played Bunco all afternoon. Debra came with Karan and she taught her the game. I won the most wins. It was a lovely throw I can put over my legs when I watch TV in the evening. Debra won the most Buncos. That was good for her as a newcomer.

I came on back home after that. I read my mail and sent off a thank you note to one of my classmates who sent me a check to help with the class of 1953 2020 newsletter .

I will use it to help pay for the stamps.

Right now I want to catch the news. More later....

I had fed my stray kitties and cats and then another full grown cat came and chased them off and tried to eat their food. Several times I ran it off. It's obviously well fed and someone's cat so I am not letting it eat the food of the cats and kittens I feed. Finally after I figured they had all had all the food they needed, I brought in the cat food dishes.   

I watched TV for awhile but there was nothing on I was interested in watching. I started to watch an episode of "Murder She Wrote" but just couldn't get into it.

I just couldn't make it past 8:00PM and took my bath and went on to bed.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Tuesday and Another Probable Lunch Out

I slept well last night for a change. I stayed in bed until about 5:30AM but then got up and dressed, ate my oatmeal and had my coffee and chai and then fed the cats. It is 32 degrees out there this morning so they did not hang around long. They just ate and then ran off  somewhere for shelter and warmth.

I have watched the news and weather and read all the birthday greetings on this blog. I will call Nancy later on this morning to see if she is up to lunch. About 2/3 of the time she is sick..either with diarrhea or vomiting. I think she drinks way too much coffee but I don't know what all could be wrong to make her sick so much of the time.

I have plenty of food here. Suzanne brought me a large bowl of chicken and noodles and a dessert too. I still have the rest of my sweet and sour chicken too from Sunday at Great China. After we ate our beans and cornbread yesterday she also bought me a piece of cherry pie and that is also in the frig. And I still have some fruit salad from Thanksgiving. So I have plenty to eat.

I just texted Leslie and she is better although she now has a nose bleed. She probably blew too much yesterday. She has a terrible cold.

It's almost 8:00AM now and I still haven't watched that episode of "Bull" that I recorded last night. I will do that now.More later....

I watched the "Bull" show and it was another good one.

Then afterward, I called Nancy and she and I are going to lunch today. I will pick her up at 11:00AM. That's 45 minutes from now.

The trash people came a little bit ago and I just put away the trash container. The sun is shining and it may be a warmer day without all that wind we have had lately.

Leslie texted me a while ago to tell me my six year old great grandchild, Cheyenne, has a school program tonight and I want to attend. Leslie says she will pick me up at 6:30PM.

She came and got me early  and while were waiting for the program to start, she sent a photo she had taken Saturday of the christmas tree in the foyer at church.
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This is how it looked when Melissa and I finished decorating it.

I also took a photo of the first and second grade group that performed their Christmas music
this evening.
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The little girl in the front row third from the left with a cast on her leg, is Cheyenne, my youngest great grandchild of my eldest grandson.  She is a second grader.

When we got back home and Leslie let me out, I fed the cats and the kittens and took my bath.  I watched some TV until 9:00PM when I went on to bed.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Monday and My Birthday

This is my 84th birthday and considering that,  I am in pretty good shape.

I slept poorly last night and got up even earlier then usual. I ate my oatmeal and had my coffee and then discovered a couple of cats and a kitten waiting for cat food. I fed them and worked on the blog after breakfast. I had not blogged for a couple of days.

Suzanne is taking me to lunch today over at Copan. Leslie contacted me last night to see if I had any plan for my birthday. A couple of days ago, Suzanne asked me the same question and I did not have a plan at that time so she asked me if she could take me to lunch for my birthday. I thought that was really nice of her and said yes. So I told Leslie about it and asked her if she wanted to join us.  She will do that.

As it turned out, Leslie called me this morning to tell me she had a terrible cold (I could sure tell that by her voice)  and had probably better stay away from Suzanne and me. So it turned out that only Suzanne and I went to lunch. We had a great lunch and she bought me a piece of pie too. Then we went in to Bartlesville so she could buy groceries.

I went to the post office to buy stamps and Scott called to wish me a Happy Birthday.  My kids are so good about staying in touch.

John made me one of his oil paintings of a rooster for my birthday and Leslie gave me some really cute Christmas decorations and they gave me a neat card.  I hung the painting in my dining room. That adjoins the kitchen where I have my chicken collection. I set the Christmas decorations out for additional decoration. They are very cute.

This is the picture John painted for me. He is very talented.

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I stripped my bed and remade it and did the laundry this morning too.

More later...right now I am watching the news.

Suzanne came at 11:30AM and we went down to Copan to the restaurant there and had beans and cornbread for lunch. Suzanne bought me a piece of pie and I took it out in a box for later.

Then we went into Bartlesville to see her sister., Judy, and also to go to Walmart so Suzanne could buy  groceries. She buys most of her  groceries there at the Bartlesville Walmart. They have a great selection.

My older son, Keith, just called to wish me a Happy Birthday. 

It is 3:30PM now and I will work on this blog and not eat anything else for awhile.  I am still very full.

More later...

I took my leaf vacuum out and vacuumed up that pile of leaves piled up next to my garage door..

Then I watched TV and played solitaire until 9:00PM but then I was just exhausted and went on to bed. I recorded "Bull" and will watch it tomorrow morning. 

Sunday and a Sermon

I got up early again, well before 6:00AM and dressed and had my breakfast and fed the cats and the kittens.

I also made my coffeecake for the church school class. I got over to church early because I needed to prepare the wine and bread for the sacrament service.

The sermon went all right. I wasn't particularly impressed with the theme. since I personally don't believe in a "second coming" of Jesus.  I had a difficult time with that theme. I do believe there may be an "end time" because we live in such a dangerous and violent time. And I know all of us will have our own personal "end time". But the overall theme was still difficult for me.

After church Phyllis and Karan and I went to Great China for lunch. Johnna and Kim joined us. We had a good lunch and all of us took enough home in a box to have another meal.

I worked some on the classmates newsletter since I received some more classmate news. I now have two full pages finished. I have a long way to go however. before I finish.

I read that afternoon and later that evening watched TV until 7:00PM  when I took my bath and then watched some recorded TV until 9:00PM when I went on to bed. There is very little on cable that I care anything about. I will watch "Bull" tomorrow evening.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Saturday and Christmas Decorating

I woke up early but really ready for the day. I knew there would be four or five of us decorating the church for Christmas today.

I dressed and had my breakfast and fed that cats and the kittens and then at 8:30AM, I went over to church to meet the others and do some of the decorating.

Melissa and I worked on the Christmas tree while Leslie and Karan worked on the sanctuary. Debra cleaned as soon as we finished the mess. I should have taken some photos but I didn't.  Maybe one of the others did. I will check.

For now...more later... 

No, I didn't find any photos. I will take some on Wednesday when I go over there for my hair appointment and bunco. I will need to make cookies again on Tuesday for bunco.

I got home after Karan and Debra and I had a chicken sandwich at Braums. I was very tired.

I watched some Ohio State football after I got home. Ohio State,  Ginger's school team, won. After the game, I watched some programs I had recorded. One of them is "Lucky Dog" from Saturday morning. Then later, I watched an episode of "Murder She Wrote" took my bath and then went on to bed at 9:00PM

Friday, November 29, 2019

Friday and Frustration.

I woke up about 5:45 this morning and got up and got myself ready for the day. I had my breakfast as usual and fed the cats and kittens that were waiting for me to take notice of them. Then I decided to check my bank account to see if Scott's deposit finally made it.

The bank had me change my password on Wednesday and it worked fine when I checked my account for Scott's deposit yesterday. This morning it locked me out. I was furious.I always write down my password when they require me to change it and that's what I put in but it refused the new one this time. It took me 30 minutes to get a temporary password  since they are not open at 8:00AM in the morning. Not only did I want to check for Scott's deposit but also I wanted to transfer some money to my savings.

Aggravating! But at least Scott's deposit was there this time. I also made my deposit to the savings.

I will do some cleaning this morning since I didn't get it done yesterday. I found my Christmas centerpiece and put in on the coffee table and also got out my ceramic Christmas tree.  I had to put it in the dining room on the server because I didn't have enough plug ins in the living room. I have my lamps and the Echo plugged in to them and the automatic light switches too. My Christmas decorations are in boxes in the attic and I will have to get them down if I want to decorate.

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I have no place for the regular Christmas tree so I will just leave it in the attic.

I have another Christmas centerpiece for the dining room table. I hope I can find it up there in the attic. I will pull the car out later and check for the rest of it.

More later....

I took the car out of the garage and climbed up and one by one took the Christmas boxes out of the attic. I began my decorating but didn't get too far. I played out and figured I had most of the month to finish the decorating. 

I never did get any cleaning done so maybe I had better at least start. I will wash the floors first and see how much energy I have left after that. 

More later...

About 30 Minutes ago, I looked out and saw one of the little gray kittens looking for something to eat. So I filled the cat dish and two extra bowls as well. One of the yellow cats came and ate too.

I got all the cleaning done and some more decorating done also. I do have to dust again one day soon.  Tomorrow I will go over to the church and help with the decorating for Christmas there too.

I have just watched the CBS news and about 7:00PM I will take my bath and watch some TV until 9:00PM when I will go to bed.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thursday and Thanksgiving Day

I slept very well last night and was up at 6:00AM or so. Everything I am responsible for for the Thanksgiving Day dinner at Leslie and John's is finished and ready to go when the time comes. We are eating at 12:30PM so I will leave here about noon. After dinner and after we get the kitchen cleaned up, we will go to Independence to see the movie "Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood". Karan will meet us there and see it too. John may go too if he is interested. He has been working hard to get all his customers served.

Scott called me this morning. They are in Ohio for Thanksgiving. His birthday is tomorrow and I was glad to be able to tell him "Happy Birthday!"

I was going to check in with the bank and see if Scott's deposit made it before  the holiday but their server is down and I got  a runtime error message.

More later.... 

Well, the bank got it's server fixed but Scott's deposit didn't make it this holiday yet. 

We had a fine Thanksgiving dinner and afterward Cyndi and Jeff and my great nine year old granddaughter Maia and Leslie and Karan and I went to the movie and it was wonderful. I highly recommend it! 

I had some pie left and I divided it between the other guests and still had two pieces of pumpkin pie for myself. I will eat it for dessert for Friday and Saturday.  

A group of us are meeting on Saturday to decorate the church for Christmas. I am speaking on Sunday and also serving the communion to all Christians that attend.

When I got home I ate a breakfast bar and later at 7:00PM,I took my bath and got ready for bed. l was very tired again. I watched an episode of "Murder She Wrote" on Amazon Prime and at 9:00PM, I went on to bed.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wednesday and Game Day

I slept well last night and got up about 5:00AM, as usual. I dressed, fed myself and the cats. The leaves were mostly gone but I took a plastic bag out there and scooped up what was left and put them in the trash in the garage.

I will be picking up Bob for breakfast around 7:15AM. We will go to Eggbert's for breakfast. He lost his last opposing tooth a couple of weeks ago and has to stay with soft food now.  He can eat eggs but will probably have to forego the bacon.

I will go to the beauty shop early because my hair appointment is at 9:00AM this morning. After that, I will go out to church and decorate for Sunday and run off the bulletins.  It is Sacrament Sunday and we will be serving the communion to all Christians. I will need to get out the white tablecloths and get out the Advent candles. I hope I can find some greenery.

More later...

After I got my hair done, I went out to church and got the communion table done and the bulletins. I only lack the Advent wreath and Leslie says it is in the outside shed with the Christmas decorations. The one in the storage room is the small one that takes tiny candles. 

Then I went out to Tyro to pick up the pies and took them to Leslie's home. Then I went to game day. We had lots of goodies there. I took some of my peanut butter criss crosses. What I had left I gave to Marilyn. She loves them with her coffee.

Then I stopped at Brahms and got milk before coming home.

When I got home, I cut up the fruit for the fruit salad and added Miracle Whip and mixed it up. I have it chilling in the frig now. I am now ready for Thanksgiving.

After we clean up after dinner tomorrow, we will go to Independence to attend to the 3:00PM showing of the movie "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" with Tom Hanks.  It should be excellent. Karan will drive up and go too. John may go. Leslie doesn't know yet because he is still delivering product.

More later... 

I took my bath about 7:00PM and went to bed shortly before 9:00PM. I was really tired.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Tuesday and Baking Cookies Again

I slept well last night thanks to Melatonin. I got to sleep easily. I was so tired. Then I woke up at 2:30AM and decided to just give up and take Melatonin. I took three and went right back to sleep until nearly 6:00AM.

Today I will bake peanut butter criss cross cookies for the senior center for game day tomorrow.

I have dressed and fed myself and the cats and will do my dishes and have a cup of chai. Then a little later I will start the cookies. I want to watch "Bull". I recorded it last night when I went on to bed.

So more later....

I watched "Bull" and as usual, it was very interesting. I also played solitaire while I did that. Then I baked peanut butter criss cross cookies for the game day tomorrow at the senior center. Marilyn texted me she hoped I would come. I had already planned to go and that is why I was baking the cookies. But I responded to her anyhow and told her that.

That is finished and I have cleaned up my mess.

I am not sure what I will have for lunch. I went by Nancy's yesterday and there were several people sitting on her screened in porch. I think it was David and his wife but I didn't stop. 

I may just have another peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I had soup, crackers and cheese yesterday...with iced tea. I have very little tea left and I don't think I will buy more for this winter. I will just make hot tea..if anything. I may finish up what I have right now for lunch. It's only 10:30AM so it's too early to eat lunch now.

More later....

My daughter, Leslie, called me an hour later to see if I would be interested in going to Bartlesville with her for lunch and to buy groceries for Thanksgiving dinner. Of course I was delighted to be asked. We went to McCalister's for lunch and I had my usual half sandwich and cup of soup. As usual it was very good.

After we ate, we went out to their huge grocery store where you can get literally everything. It took the better part of an hour but we got everything. Then she brought me back home. 

I spent the afternoon on the computer and going over my Sunday sermon. 

Later this evening, the wind finally came up. The cats and the kittens were very hungry but the wind blew leaves right up to my front door and they piled up there. I swept most of them away and fed the cats and the kittens.

I watched an episode of "Murder She Wrote" and about 9:00PM, I took my bath and went on to bed.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Monday and Another Quiet Day

I slept well last night although I got up very early again. I had my breakfast and coffee and chai and even a piece of leftover coffeecake. Then I fed the cats and kittens.

I printed off the paper that Ron Dawbarn and I presented at John Whitmer Historical Association that time several years ago. I was afraid if this laptop crashed, I might lose everything.  The paper is backed up on the exterior drive  but I wanted to play it safe.

Wednesday when I go to Coffeyville for my hair appointment, I will need to get gas, go out to Walmart and get the ingredients for my fruit salad, a printer ink cartridge and perhaps even another thumb drive for the class newsletter and mailing list. I will play cards at game day at the senior center and later I will stop at Tyro and pick up my two pies for Thanksgiving. On Tuesday I will need to bake cookies for my game day treat.

More later.... 

I went on to Bartlesville and to their Walmart. I got the ingredients for my salad and also a new ink cartridge. While I was at it, I bought that thumb drive to save the class newsletter and mailing list on.  I bought gas at a QT there at $2.18 a gallon.

I watched TV until 9:00PM and then just went on to bed. I recorded "Bull". I just couldn't stay up any longer. I will watch it in the morning.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Sunday and Coffee cake

I got up about 5:00AM this morning and got myself ready for the day, ate my oatmeal and had my coffee and chai.  Then I saw two of the cats...the mama cat and one of her gray kittens were waiting for their breakfast. So I fed them too.  Later the yellow kitten came too. They have eaten now too.

I have the coffee cake in the oven and when it is finished baking I will cool it and then ice it with a glaze. I do that every Sunday mainly for my two great grandchildren. They are always disappointed when I don't have it.

More later...

The coffeecake is finished and cooled and iced and I am ready to leave for church at 8:00AM. It is only 7:00AM now so I have some time. I am doing a load of laundry so I even have some time to get it into the dryer.

So more even later... 

At 8:30AM I left for church and took the Reader's Digest for Bob and the coffeecake for the church school class.  We had a guest show up for church school class. He is seen walking around Coffeyville all the time. He has some limited abilities. He contacted Leslie for a ride but she was called out on a case. She was on call this weekend. So she called Kelly and Melissa to pick him up at Coffeyville and bring him to church. The folks at church school welcomed him and he sat in on the class without saying much.  He seemed to enjoy Vivian's sermon in the 11:00AM hour.

After church Kelly and Melissa took him home to Coffeyville. Seven of us went over to "Just Us" for lunch. I called Kay and made a reservation for us. Kelly had forgotten his coffee cake so Leslie took it. They can argue about that. :)

When I got back home I did the congregational newsletters and got them out on the mailbox.

I watched TV later to watch 60 Minutes and after that, I took my bath and went to bed shortly before 9:00PM. I was very tired.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Saturday and a Football Game

I slept poorly again last night. I had several things going through my mind and I just couldn't seem to shake them. Finally I got up shortly before 4:00AM. I had my oatmeal and coffee and Chai and then checked out the cats and kittens. Sure enough, they were there waiting for their breakfast so I poured four bowls for them. They ate greedily.

I watched the news for awhile and then decided to contact the classmates and tell them I was ready to start the newsletter and needed them to send me their news. I almost immediately got two e-mails with news. I had brought the deceased classmates list up to date last night. As I receive news, I will add it into the letter. When it is finished I will save it on a thumb drive along with the  list of classmates without e-mail and take it up to Leslie's office to be printed off there. This year I will also include the list of classmates without e-mail and they can print off the envelopes too. Last year, although I had them print off the letters, I printed off the envelops myself. Leslie suggested I let them do the envelops too. That would sure make the job easier.

Starting at 11:00AM, I watched the Penn State and Ohio football game. My daughter-in-law, Scott's wife, always wants me to watch it too so I have gotten hooked on them. She got her degree from Ohio State and is a terrific fan! Ohio State won!

More later... 

I went out to Dollar General and bought a calendar I could hang on the magnet on my frig door and then spent some time putting all the birthdays on it for the year.

I watched some TV until 8:00PM and since I had been up so long, I took my bath and went to bed.