Saturday, May 25, 2019

Saturday and Even More Rain

I slept very well last night. I did get up about 5:00AM or so. I had had my sleep out. It began to storm just as I was going to bed last night but the storm just helped put me to sleep.

I have dressed and made my bed and had my breakfast and coffee and Chai and am feeling satisfied. . We don't have much chance of rain until 3:00PM this afternoon if I can believe the forecast. That could easily change though. It's 64 degrees right now but is forecast to get up to 82 degrees today.

The ground is too saturated to mow though. Even if the sun would shine for awhile, it would take a lot of sunshine to dry up this ground. There are floods everywhere. I don't know how I will get to church tomorrow. The Dearing road is flooded and so is 10th street out of Independence so I may have to go on into Coffeyville and take Cline up to Woodland and west there to the golf course and then north there at that corner to Turkey Farm Road (2600 road) in order to go west to the church on that 2600 road.

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My favorite poem by Robert Frost. "The Road Less Traveled".

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I went down to Hobby Lobby about 11:00AM and bought the prizes for my June Bunco game at the senior center. Once a year we each provide the prizes. I got back home about 12:00 Noon.  I bought colorful bags and tissue to wrap them in. Hopefully I have chosen things the winners will appreciate.

Now, I have to decide what I will have for lunch. So, more later...

Oh wow! The new home is coming right along. They are laying brick!

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There are several more inside photos but this gives us an idea of what to expect!

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I can hardly wait to see it finished! It will be several more months.

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I read this afternoon and also watched a program I had recorded this morning. It never did rain and I considered mowing the back yard but it's 82 degrees out there right now and I knew I would be very tired and sweaty so I decided against it.

I will try to wait and see if I can do it on Monday. I even went out and filled the mower with gas but I just couldn't make myself do it. It will just have to wait until I am up to it. It's 4:20PM right now and unless it cools down a bit, I will not mow even later this evening.

 It's 5:10PM and I stepped out back to deadhead my flowers in the flowerbed and there was a light breeze blowing out there. I decided there may not be a better time to mow that back yard. So I changed my shoes and got the mower and mowed it. Now all I have to think about is the side yard. It may be awhile till I can do it depending on the forecast.

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That flowerbed's looking pretty good!
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I plan to take my bath at 7:00PM as usual and go to bed at 9:00PM as usual.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Friday Laundry and More Rain

I slept very well last night and surprisingly enough, I had forgotten to take my melatonin. Maybe I will try to get along without it and see how that goes.

I did get up at 5:00AM as usual.  I have dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee and even the Chai.

I checked my bank account and e-mail too. Next weekend is that trip to Branson with the seniors from the senior center. We will watch a music show while we're there. Karan is driving and I imagine the four of us will go in on the gas. I am a little leery of her driving. She talks all while she's driving and tends to stray from the center of the lane. But she does have GPS on her car and so she won't get lost.

Next week is also the weekend of the rent payment on the 1st. Suzanne will undoubtedly take Alice and me to the Copan Cafe truck stop for pie and coffee. That's when we pay her our rent.

I am so glad I got the front yard mowed yesterday afternoon. Rain is back in the forecast for today. Maybe I will be able to mow the back on Sunday afternoon. We have a 70% chance of rain today again. And 20% tomorrow and 50% on Sunday.

I also want to finish my vacuuming today. I got everything vacuumed yesterday except half the living room and the dining room. I will do the laundry and my towels that I have in the basket too.

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My cousin's daughter, Tricia, just called. She and her dad, Everett, will be in Coffeyville on  Sunday and they want to meet with us (Bob and me) that afternoon after they finish decorating the graves there.

Bob and I plan to eat in Coffeyville at Coffeyville's El Pueblo restaurant after church and then meet them around 2:00PM or so at Eggberts for coffee. They usually visit with us about 30 minutes every Memorial Day weekend. We plan to meet and visit at Eggberts after we have an earlier dinner. It's always good to see them every year. Everett has sold his house and moved further east of where he has lived all these years...after being flooded twice.  I want to get his new address. We always send one another Christmas cards.

It's 10:30AM now. I wonder if the rain will continue off and on. I would like to go down to Hobby Lobby at Bartlesville if the rain stops long enough. I have one more gift to buy as a prize for Bunco the first Wednesday in June. We have prizes for "most Buncos", "most wins", and "most losses".  Once a year, I am responsible for providing the prizes. I have the "most Buncos" prizes and "most wins" prizes bought but need to find somethings for "most losses". It seems to have stopped raining now.

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Well, the weather bureau has forecast more storms this afternoon, evening and night.  So I will not take a chance on getting into a storm just to shop. I still have another week to get those things. I will just stay in and read. The storm is forecast for around 5:00PM. It is 2:35PM now.

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I read all afternoon on the new study we are going to do for church school class.  At 7:00PM, I took my bath, put my pjs on and got ready to watch the evening news at 8:00PM. I plan to go on to bed at 9:00PM as usual. We are under a tornado watch but I don't stay up until 10:00PM unless they are really serious.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Thursday and a Quieter Day

I slept very well last night...storm and all.

As far as tornadoes were concerned they were mostly a lot of to do about nothing. Travis Meyer of Channel 6 needs to get a hold of himself. I imagine he scared a lot of Tulsa people with his determination that Tulsa was about to get hit by a tornado and screaming for everyone to take cover before the National Weather Service even alerted anyone. In fact, he commented that he had taken some criticism about that. They had some flooding but very minor wind damage there.

I finally just gave up on his hysterics and went to bed.  That's the problem with crying "wolf" way too often. You lose your credibility.

I got up about 5:30AM this morning...well rested. I dressed and fixed my oatmeal and  coffee and sat down to see what actually happened in Tulsa last night.

Today is cleaning day here. I will mop and run the vacuum cleaner later on this morning and dust. Right now I am just blogging and drinking my Chai. I plan to have chicken pot pie at lunch.

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While sitting there on the sofa watching the news, I finally saw both little neighborhood cats eating the cat food I put out each morning. They are so shy I just had to stay seated. As you can see, one is yellow and the other is grey. Most of the time the starlings get the food.  At least I thought it was the starlings. I chase the starlings off when I catch them.  When I first saw the cats, the yellow one was lying by the front door and the little grey one was eating from the dish. When I saw them and they saw that I did, the yellow one moved away from the door.

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Nancy and I got together for brunch.  We went out to Eggberts. I was sharing with her the book I bought for the church school class to study next. Karan recommended it. She had bought it and read it and was impressed. It was another of Brian McLaren's books."We Make the Road By Walking". I have started reading it one chapter at a time this morning.  So far, it is very good to make us "think".  Thinking is very good for us. Nancy seems a bit skeptical of anything to study besides the Bible. I assured her that we do study the Bible but just not formally. a class.  We have done a class strictly for the Bible years ago. And as we follow the liturgical year, we continue to study it.

Still she seemed skeptical.  Well, that's her privilege.

I washed both the bathroom and the kitchen floor this afternoon. I will begin the vacuuming but think I will save some of it for tomorrow.

I was sitting in a chair and I saw the little grey cat walk up and look in the bowl for more food. I went to get the cat food but  when it saw me get up, it left. I tried to call it "here kitty, here kitty" to give it more food but it didn't trust me. I did put some more food in the dish. Maybe it will come back later and look again.

I'd better start the vacuuming.

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I started reading the new book today and read three chapters. 

I had one of the Schwans chicken pot pies for my lunch about 1:30PM. The Schwan's man came this afternoon while I was home. He saw I was home. I usually schedule his delivery between 5:00PM and 7:00PM. I was glad he came this afternoon.

I got the floors finished except for the dining room and half of the living room. Then I played out and had to stop.  I will finish vacuuming tomorrow. The grass is dry enough to mow in front but I am too tired to do it this evening. I may try to mow Sunday afternoon or evening if it is still dry by then.

The more I looked at that front yard and all that clover, the more determined I was to mow it.

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So here it is. It didn't take long and the front looked worse then the side and back. I may do the back tomorrow if it doesn't rain.

And the little grey kitty did come back and eat the food in the dish out front.

It's 5:30PM now and I will take my bath at 7:00PM and go to bed as usual at 9:00PM

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wednesday and Game Day

I slept very well last night and got up around 5:00AM. I had my Chai and then texted Bob to see if he wanted to have breakfast. He did.

I was to pick him up at 7:00AM but I was ready to leave by 6:00AM so I went on over and ran some errands. At the last, I went out to Woodshed and bought a tank of gas. I started to come back to town by way of Buckeye Street and it was blocked off. Evidently, flooded.  So I turned around and went back to the highway and came back into town that way. That made me about 6 minutes later then I had anticipated. He was waiting for me outside the building. We went on to Eggberts for breakfast. We catch up on the news when we meet for breakfast.

Afterward I went to Braums and then looked around at Orschleln's parking lot for a small bag of red mulch. They only had large ones. So I then went on to the beauty shop although I was thirty minutes early. I had intended to read until my appointment. Toni was ready for me. She had had a cancellation. After that I decided to come on back home. I had way too much time on my hands. It's only a little after 10:00AM now. If the weather holds, I will drive back over for game day at 1:00PM. If it turns off rainy again, I will just stay home.

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I got back over for game day and we had a good time.  I left about 3:00PM and got back home at 3:35PM before any storm started. There is supposed to be about a 57% chance of it starting to storm again about 8:00PM this evening with about a 55% chance of storms with strong winds and large hail and possibly a tornado with some of the storms.  One to two inches of rain is forecast. By 10:00PM this evening the chances will be up to 90%.

My experience with the Channel 6 weather is that they way over emphasize the chances. They are evidently covering their bets....just in case that weather really develops.  Yesterday they were forecasting multiple tornadoes in Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri and some in southeast Kansas.  There may have been three of four in all that area but they were forecasting multiples of that.  I refuse to stay up all night sitting in my living room closet with a sofa pillow over my head waiting for a storm that may never develop.

I took my bath about 8:00 and will go to bed as soon as I finish this blog. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Tuesday and More Storm

I slept very well last night. It was probably the storm that helped. I only woke up once in the night and then I noticed I had nine or ten flood warnings on my phone. We continually get those warnings. Eighth and State are both full of water to the curb. I understand there is some flooding in Independence. I don't know how Coffeyville' s Verdigris River is doing. There's been an awful lot of rain and wind.  I stayed on the weather channel and Channel 6 until I went to bed.

I got up at 5:00AM and dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee. There is a lot of wind too. I can hear it blowing outside my den window. I texted Bob and it's pouring down rain there too.

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It's nearly 10:00AM and the rain has calmed down some now. It's still raining but it's raining gently and Eighth street is now showing, State is still flooded to the curb though.  I imagine I will stay in again because it's just very wet and yucky out there. I did go into the garage and did some rearranging though. I moved the little table with the trimmer on it against the furnace door sideways and put the mower back further into the garage. Now I can pull the car further in. When the rain let up a bit, I got my umbrella and took the trash container out to the curb. They haven't picked it up yet but I think they usually do that in the afternoon.

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I watched my recorded TV programs until the rain stopped and then I went out to the Dollar General store and bought a few things.

The sun is out now and it turned out to be a nice day...wet, but nice.  I hope it stays nice tomorrow for my hair appointment and the game day at the senior center.

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We didn't get our trash picked up today by Waste Connections, out of Bartlesville.  It seems their trucks are under water. I asked the city if they would be giving us credit for the time they miss giving us service and was told "no"...It doesn't work that way. I guess that's right. This was pointed out to me on my facebook site where I was complaining about it by Gretchen and Kelly..

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I watched Amazon TV until 8:00PM when I took my bath and went on to bed at 8:30PM. It had been another big day.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Monday and An Answer to Poor Sleep

I woke up about 2:30AM and was having a time getting back to sleep. Finally I got up and had Alexa play some soothing soft music for me for thirty minutes.  That put me back to sleep. That may be a new way for me to sleep better.

I got up at 5:00AM and stripped my bed and washed the sheets and my underwear.  Then I remade the bed before having a light breakfast of oatmeal and coffee and my Chai.  Nancy and I are having breakfast at 9:30AM this morning and that will be my lunch. I am to go over to Wayne's at Coffeyville at 2:00PM for that birthday cake and ice cream we have planned. In the event of bad stormy weather, I will not go and Bill and Evelyn and Marilyn can celebrate with him since they live right next door.  I will be disappointed but safer.

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We are under a severe thunderstorm watch here in Caney.   I will wait to start to Coffeyville until I see what is going to happen. If we have any severe threat or even hail, I will not go. It would not be worth it.

I emptied the rest of the bag of mulch into the dirt area behind my hedge. I would like to buy another small bag of red mulch to finish covering that area. It's only about half done. I have also swept out the garage and emptied the trash.  I would have mowed the front yard but the rain has started now. I just took my reunion registration form out to the mailbox and it was beginning.

Nancy and I went out to Eggberts and had breakfast. That will be my lunch.  It is 11:28AM now and I am full as a tick.

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My mailman just dropped by to get my eldest son's address and telephone number so he could invite him to their 45th class reunion this weekend. That's very short notice so the possibility of he and Esther getting to come is very small. The storms are to clear by Saturday but all the rest of the week we are forecast for storms. In fact we are under storm warnings right now so it is going to be very iffy if I get to go to Coffeyville to Wayne's birthday party this afternoon. I sure don't want to get into heavy rain or hail.

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The rain let up almost altogether at 1:40 and I texted Marilyn to see if it had done that in Coffeyville and it had. I told her I was coming.  I got there about 5 minutes after 2:00PM and the Russells and Marilyn were already over there.  So I grabbed my umbrella and walked over to Wayne's. They were waiting for me to cut the cake and Evelyn scooped out the ice cream.  The cake turned out very well and was good and the ice cream Marilyn bought was also very good. I had a nice visit with everyone and Wayne really seemed to enjoy the company.  Merrill was there too and he enjoyed everything too. Before I left I asked Wayne for a hug and told him we would have another party next year when he turned 100 and he had better be around. I also got a hug from Merrill. Merrill takes very good care of his dad.  I was so glad I went!

Just as we were leaving, the rain moved back in and all the way home I didn't drive over 50 miles an hour. It rained cats and dogs! Just as I got back into Caney, it let up again some. It's 3:15PM now.

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I moved my hanging plant into the front doorway porch this evening. It looked like it was getting drowned. The State street was curb full of water.

We had a heck of a storm this evening and I finally just took my bath and went to bed sometime after 9:00PM.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday and a Busy Morning

I got up shortly before 5:00AM this morning and began fixing my coffeecake after I had dressed and had my breakfast.  When I got that in the oven I started my meatloaf. I had a slight problem with that. I always do a "microwave" meatloaf and my new microwave is just a tad too small to rotate well. I had to stop it several times to adjust the turn table. The loaf pan is just a tad too wide to allow it to turn easily. I may have to start doing my meatloaves in the oven.

After the meatloaf came out, I iced the coffeecake. I will take all three things to church this morning for our basket dinner after church. I bought a pie Friday from the store in Tyro that carries Amish food.

I am not sure it rained in the night here. It was forecast but I slept well and if it rained it did not wake me up.

I just stepped out to feed the two stray cats that come here to eat and it appears it did rain last night. There's quite a bit of standing water out there. It's 7:30AM now and I will not start for church until 8:30AM. That gets me there at 9:00AM.

I received two of the five books I ordered from Amazon yesterday. I will take them to church too and put them on the coat rack for later. I think we still have one chapter in the book we are studying now.

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Here's the photo I found of my daughter-in-law, Ginger, with their new cowboy corgi, Sarge.

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Isn't that cute!

We had a fair crowd for church today. We had a nice basket dinner afterward and everyone pitched in to clean up afterward.  I had taken my meatloaf and I sent what little I had left home with Bob. I had two small pieces of the peach pie the Amish store had sold me and I sent those home with my son-in-law, John.  I sure didn't need them! I ate way too much at lunch.

When I got home, I took one piece of coffeecake over to my neighbor, Alice. She always seems to enjoy those when I have some left over.  I have one for Nancy and one for myself tomorrow morning.

I got my newsletters done and out on the mailbox as soon as I got home. Now I can relax and change my clothes. I recorded some shows I didn't take the time to watch last night before I went to bed. I may watch those now.

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I did that. I checked the grass and it was too wet to mow so I watched those shows I had recorded.  I took my bath at 7:00PM and At 9:00PM, I went on to bed.