Saturday, January 26, 2019

Saturday and A Trip to Independence

This little notebook constantly changes the size of the font when I am typing with no help from me at all. I am going to try to do this post in Word to avoid that problem. Then I will copy and paste it into my blog and see if that helps. I tried to add yesterday to my blog last night but the font became enormous. That is so aggravating!

The move went well in one trip. John is a genius at packing furniture in. We had both Leslie and John and Jeromy, my grandson, and a strong friend of his to help. But I will be unpacking boxes for weeks if the past two days are any indication. I simply will have to put a lot of unessential but valuable stuff in the attic….like old pictures and scrapbooks and things I may want to use later…Like my Christmas decorations. There is a floor on part of that attic.

The Cox man came at 10:00 yesterday as scheduled. However, over the past 16 years he has been on this job, he had only installed three Tivos.  He could not get it to stop recognizing an antenna that no longer exists here. He spent hours on the phone to other people who gave him step by step instructions but nothing worked. Finally, he decided he was going to have to wipe the Tivo clean in order to get it to recognize a cable. At 5:30PM, that worked.  It works fine now and I can also stream my Amazon Prime. 

I went to Walmart in Independence this morning to buy a USB wireless adapter for the desktop computer in the den room. He could not wire that because of a firewall in the attic preventing him from doing law.  So, the USB wireless Adapter is the answer.  My Echo does not recognize the modem and router I had to rent. So that will be necessary for it to work, I imagine. Alexa says we will have to reconnect for this location. It could not use the one for the TV. Leslie is coming on Monday to help me tear down the boxes…dozens and dozens of them.  She will also do the adapter for me. 

Well the "copy and paste" didn't work. I may have to get hold of Cox to get this resolved.

I worked all afternoon on getting things together but didn't make a dent in it. It will probably take a week or two to get everything out and in place. I even tried to wash the outside of the window in the den room. It looks better but certainly not perfect. It is 4:00PM now and I still don't have the living room done. I need to find the box that has the things from the curio cabinet in it. I really want to get that done before Leslie comes on Monday.  I may try to find those things before I quit for the day.

More later...I may try out my new microwave for something to eat.

Well that worked. The microwave will be just fine.

I found everything and put each thing in the room where it will go.

I worked until 7:00PM and then took a bath and got myself ready for bed and watched the news until 9:00PM and then went on to bed. I was exhausted!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Thursday and Move Day

I slept well last night and was up early. Bob and I met for breakfast since all my food is over to the new apartment. I took him home and answered two phone calls before I got Leslie's text that they were on their way. I will be awhile getting back online since I am dependent on Cox for getting that all done tomorrow. Who knows when I will be back online.  I may have to take my notebook to the library to do that.

See you all later....

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wednesday and One More Day to Move

I slept very well last night. I was exhausted as usual. I have one more day until the move...that's tomorrow. My family is supposed to be at the U Haul place at 9:00AM.  I am taking whatever is left of the small stuff this morning including the food in the frig and freezer. I will eat out for breakfast somewhere in the morning. ...probably Eggberts. I will take everything except my change of clothing and my makeup and toothbrush. I also want to deposit the money I have left of that money Betty paid me for my appliances. It needs to be in the bank not in my wallet.

I did a load of laundry this morning. I washed my sheets and I may just sleep on the daybed trundle this evening rather then tear up the bed again. I will just fold the sheets and take them over to the new apartment. Then I will remake the bed over there tomorrow evening.  I will strip the daybed and trundle in the morning. I will wash their sheets in the new washer and dryer there and remake the daybed and trundle over there...probably on Friday.

I went to my last Commission meeting last night and gave the prayer and stayed for the meeting. I will contact Doug by e-mail this morning to tell him I asked Mary to take my place. If that isn't satisfactory, he can ask someone else. After all, he is the one that wanted to disband the Ministerial Alliance.

Speaking of e-mail, it may be awhile until I can get back online. Cox is supposed to come on Friday sometime and get the computer set up again and also a cable connection for the internet in that den room. But I never bet on Cox. They can be very difficult to depend on. For instance, today I got a notification that I owe a $55.94 bill due on the 28th. I paid my $53.94 Cox bill on January 18th. That was before I even knew about the $2.00 raise in the fee. They seem to have screwed up again. I will call them again after 8:00AM.

But daylight's burning and I'd better finish my packing and get over to Caney early this morning.

More later...

I finally got hold of Cox and the bill they sent me electronically was the one I paid on the 18th less the $2.00 raise they  added without my knowing it. I sent them another $2.00 on Thursday through my bank.

I packed up everything in my frig and freezer and took it over to Caney and put it in the freezer and frig there. Then I came back home, got a few more boxes from Steve and packed some more stuff. I will go to game day this afternoon and then go to the Presbyterian church and leave my boxed up stuff before going back over to Caney to unload again.

Suzanne texted me and wanted to meet for coffee. I told her I would be there shortly before 4:00PM and I would meet her at Eggberts for coffee. She said she would also help me unload the boxes afterward. She also wanted to see if there was any flooring in the attic while we were there. She would pull down the ladder and climb up there to see.

We unloaded the boxes after we have a good visit and I headed back to Coffeyville to repack the last minuted stuff before taking my bath and watching TV until 9:00PM when I was going to bed. I will sleep on the trundle tonight.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tuesday and Also A Trip to Bartlesville

I slept well last night and got up early again. It was nearly 5:00AM. I will have a huge day. I will go to the beauty shop at 9:00AM, take the cakes on to Independence after that to the First Christian Church and get back here for my dental appointment at 11:00AM, then make a quick trip to Bartlesville in the afternoon to have my new visor installed. I heard from Matt in this morning's e-mail. The visor is here. I am so tired of having to push that thing up out of my field of vision constantly. On my way back, I will stop at Caney and unload anything I can load in the car this morning. I know I have one of the silverware drawers packed.

In just a little while, I will have my oatmeal for breakfast and coffee and Chai and watch the news and then head out to the beauty shop at 8:45AM.

So more later....

I did that. Bob contacted me and volunteered to take the cakes up to Independence. That simplified my day quite a bit. I went on to my hair appointment and then on to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned. After that I went on to Bartlesville to get my new sun visor for my car. I got that taken care of  too. I stopped on the way back and took my boxes into the apartment. I also stopped at the post office there to check out why I am not getting mail at either address. It's a mystery. The lady postmistress in Caney said I should get my mail in Coffeyville until Thursday when the address change takes effect. I asked her to check into it and call me but if she learned anything, she did not call.

I did go online and change the address for my Reader's Digest and Consumer's Report magazines so that has been taken care of. I also called the City of Coffeyville and gave them my new address for their bill and also the final bill.

Now I should contact Cox Communication and make sure they have my new address. Amazingly, they had it.  I wasn't too sure they would since few of my experiences with Cox Communications have been satisfactory except for their tech service.

At about 6:30PM I am to go to City Hall here and give the invocation for the City Commission meeting. That will be the last time for that. I will be in Caney after Thursday.

When I get home from the meeting, I will take my bath and after that at 9:00PM, I will go to bed. It has been a big day!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Monday and a Cake Day

I slept poorly last night. Actually it was fine until 2:30AM when I woke up concerned that I had missed something about the move.

I need to call the Reporter tomorrow and make sure they have my new address as of Thursday. Kim said she would take care of that but I haven't had a newspaper in well over a week. Of course, I know that is the fault of the US Postal Service. It takes a week to 10 days to get mail after you fill out a change of address form and then they send it clear to Wichita to be sorted at their Central Processing service. That's ridiculous! I also need to contact Consumer Reports and give them my new address but I am not sure I will know how to do that without a copy of the magazine for my customer number and I pass mine on to Bob who passes them on to Denise. I also get the Reader's Digest but I don't have a copy of that either...same reason.

Then I was concerned that the cable people would not have a Cox card for my Tivo with them when they come on Friday. They operate out of Pittsburg, Kansas, nowadays since they closed their Coffeyville office several years ago. That's the nearest office. That's at least 60 miles away. It's extremely difficult to contact them without dealing with complete incompetence. I had a terrible time just trying to arrange for an installation. I  told them I also will need the cable in that den room so I can stream my Amazon Prime. So, I am up at 4:00AM again.

Today, I have to bake my cake and ice it. Phyllis and Bob will be bringing me theirs and I should remind Karan it is our cake week. She usually forgets...especially since we didn't have church yesterday and had no bulletin to remind her.

I see we are under a wind advisory again until 9:00PM this evening. Just what I need...more wind. I also need to contact the City of Coffeyville about taking my name off the electric bill on Friday. I need to do that tomorrow  too. Lots of things to take care of when you move...especially in today's world of incompetence.

And, I almost is Martin Luther King Day and everything will be closed. I will have to do all of this tomorrow. And tomorrow I have a hair appointment at 9:00AM, cakes to deliver in Independence after that as well as a dental appointment back here in Coffeyville, at 11:00AM. That will be quite a trick.

I missed the Large moon last night since I went to bed early but one of my blogging friends didn't. Here is her photo of it. It is called a Super Blood Wolf Moon if I recall correctly.


Really unusual, isn't it? More later...

I have the cake baked and cooling to be iced. Tomorrow will be tricky. I will leave for the beauty shop at 8:45AM, get out at 9:30AM  and go straight to Independence to deliver the cakes and then  right back to the dentist at 11:00AM.

I don't know if I will get over to Caney twice today or not...depends on whether I can get some more boxes at Steve's. He is open today but not until 10:00AM. I asked yesterday. I could take my fall/winter clothing over first and after daylight at 7:30PM..except for what I will wear the rest of the week. I also need to take my vests and coats. That may be all I can take. I still have tomorrow afternoon and Wednesday to finish taking the little bit of boxed stuff.  We move the furniture on Thursday. It will be close.

More even later...

I took a load of clothes and coats over at 8:00AM this morning and put them away. Now I am ready to load up another load of clothes. I hope to get the rest of them over there and hung in the closets.  I will see if I can get another box in the front seat too.  Bob's Celebration of Life cards and stuff is in the trunk but I need to label it.

So more even later...

I made another trip over to Caney and unloaded clothes and coats.  I brought some things back here to donate to the Presbyterian church thrift shop. Bob contacted me about being free for lunch and I contacted him and agreed to eat with him and we went to El Pueblito and had lunch. Joanne had company. A niece came down from Independence to visit her. She gave him permission to call me for lunch. :) I picked him up when I got back to town.

After I took him home, I iced my cake and then called Phyllis and she brought hers over. Karan is working on hers now.  Bob will do his later this evening. I need to go over to Steve's and get some more boxes for the last minute stuff. I'll get back to this later...Karan brought her cake and I did get some more boxes and I ended up going back over to Caney with another load of clothing. All I have here now are the clothes I will wear tomorrow,Wednesday and Thursday.

I ate a bowl of ice cream for supper and watched some TV. At 7:00PM, I took my bath and got ready for bed. I went to bed at 9:00PM. I was exhausted. The wind blew hard every time I drove over to Caney.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday and Cancelled Church

I slept well last night and was up at my usual 5:00AM. I dressed and got ready for my day and had my oatmeal and coffee. Yesterday the pastors cancelled church for this morning. It's 16 degrees out there. Our 80+ widows don't need to be out driving in from Neodesha for church. That is just too cold for them to even be out.

However, I intend to take a load of stuff over to Caney this morning as soon as it gets light. This load is mostly Christmas decorations and I will unload them in the garage because Leslie will put them in the attic for me. I am out of storage in the apartment until the furniture comes on Thursday. Then I can put away some stuff in the furniture and have some storage in the shelf closet. Also, then, later because Steve is open on Sundays here in Coffeyville, I will go over there and see if I can get some more boxes.

I am down to the line on packing. It's mostly clothing, some of which which I intend to take over in the car today with the Christmas decorations.  I will take any I can't get over there earlier, in the car on Thursday with my silk lamp shades and the coverlet and sheets from my bed. The rest of the stuff goes in the van on Thursday like pictures, mirrors and the furniture.

There are some odds and ends which I will try to take in my car too. I will try to take some of my fall/winter clothing today and bring back one of my large luggage pieces so I can pack my underwear and some jeans in it. I still have the rest of the stuff in the cabinet over the washer and dryer here and the rest of the last minute stuff in my cabinet over the stool in the bathroom and my makeup. But I have moved a ton of stuff.

As I sort through it putting stuff away after Thursday, I may donate a bunch of it to the thrift stores. I need to cull out even more. I have trashed some stuff that just wasn't worth keeping. For example, I found the accessories to my old self propelled sweeper. That thing died three years ago but I just now found the accessories to it. I put those in the trash. It's about thirty minutes til daylight so I had better get that clothing loaded into the car.

More later...

I got many of the fall/winter jeans in the car but there just wasn't room for it all. There were too many boxes of Christmas decorations piled in there. I will cull through that den closet later today and donate some of the old stuff to the thrift stores instead of moving it. I still have 15 minutes until daylight. And it is still 16 degrees out there.

More even later...o.k's 7:30AM and daylight I am on my way to Caney! Back later!!

I went back to Caney twice this morning and then called Phyllis to see if she wanted to go to "Just Us" for lunch. She did! So we did that and had a nice lunch and then we came back home and I took her home and then re-packed the car again. This time it was just pictures and some more Christmas decorations and at 3:30 I called Marilyn to see if she wanted to go with me and see the apartment. She did want to see the apartment! She helped me take the rest of the pictures in and then we planned where everything would go. When we got back to Coffeyville, I got gas again (for the third time this week) and then went back to Steve's and got a few extra boxes...just in case we need them. I called Bob to come and get his things out of the cabinet on the car port. I had cleaned it up and put the things that were mine in a box to take over later tomorrow afternoon. 

I also need to bake my cake tomorrow morning and ice it too before I go to Caney again.  Then Tuesday will be very busy. I have my hair appointment at 9:00AM and I need to make a fast trip to Independence with the cakes and I just noticed this evening that I have an 11:00AM dental appointment in Coffeyville later that morning.  After that I can go back to Caney in the afternoon with more of the fall/winter clothing and the box I filled this evening and do whatever else I need to get done there.

Leslie texted me this afternoon to see if I had registered for World Conference of our church in April. To get the discounted registration, I had to do that before February 1st. So I got that done too.

It has been a busy, busy day.

I watched the playoffs this evening and it was a close one. The Patriots finally won in overtime. But the Chiefs played very well in the fourth quarter and nearly took the game. It was tied at the end and went into overtime when the Patriots finally won. It's after 9:30PM now and I am going on to bed.