Saturday, June 1, 2019

Saturday and Air Again

This morning I turned the thermostat back to "auto" and it ran just fine. I don't know what the problem was last night but it seems to be working fine now.

I slept well without Melatonin. I woke up shortly before 5:00AM.  I dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee and Chai and waited for Karan to come. In the meantime, I filled the cat bowl and one or the other of the cats managed to eat it while we were gone to Sunfest. We looked all around the park and had a Indian Taco at lunch time at the tent where they made those.

Later we stopped by to see my kids. They had brought one of the puppies to the park to deliver to a woman who was to meet Leslie at a service station nearby at 2:00PM.  Poor little fellow was very hot. He is plump. He had plenty of water but was still hot.

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They only have one more to sell. Then they will be out of Cowboy Corgis from this litter.

I don't know how much John sold of his paintings.  But they seemed to be enjoying themselves.  And they only have the one Cowboy Corgi left to sell.

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 This is John and Leslie at their booth at Sunfest where is is displaying for sale his artwork.

Karan brought me back home and we went out to Myrtle's Market to look for the matching billfold for my new purse.  Then we went downtown to see Joyce's store but Joyce was closed today.

Karan went on back home. I will see her in church tomorrow.

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Actually Karan just called a little bit ago to tell me she was going to attend her cousin's son's funeral tomorrow and would not be at church.  Her daughter, Sheri, and one of her sons will be there too. She felt she should go. It's family, after all, and she has little family left. .

I noticed it was over 80 degrees outside but the grass was dry so I mowed the front and 3/4 of the side yard before I played out.  This is the front.

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I think it will rain tonight so it may be a few days before I can finish the side and then do the back. We are forecast for rain all next week... the last time I checked this morning.  At least the front is done and this part of the side. I am drinking water like mad now. I was sweating like a horse awhile ago.This is the part of the side I finished before I wore out.

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I just finished my yogurt awhile ago. That will be my supper.

Scott, my younger so, and his wife, Ginger, went to Provo Utah  to do a marathon. Scott had  hurt a foot and had to stop at the 19 mile but Ginger finished her first 26 mile marathon. How about that!
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I am so proud of them both!

I went back out about 7:45PM and it had cooled down to 84 with a light breeze and I finished the side yard and mowed the back. Finished for another week! Now I am ready for my bath. it is 8:20PM

I will take my bath at 8:30PM and prepare to go to bed about 9:00PM or so!.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Friday and the Trip Home

We got up rather early at 6:00AM (late for me) and about 8:00AM we went over to the restaurant next door for breakfast. They had biscuits and gravy, scrambles eggs and biscuits....and of course coffee and juice. I didn't want gravy but I had some of everything else. All that including the show last night and supper last night was included in our total cost of $69.

Then we all packed our vehicles and started for home. We followed Janet's car to Springfield and then Karan set her GPS and it guided us back to Joplin.  We stopped at Olive Garden and had soup and salad and raspberry/peach tea for lunch.  It was very good, as usual. Darlene had a problem getting out of the car She had sat too long, I guess, and was too dizzy to walk alone. I was helping her along when a couple of young men came along and asked us if we needed a strong arm of help. Darlene is only 72 but she dies sit around too long and too much of the time and she does have problems with her balance.  One of the young men helped her into a seat inside and the other opened doors for us. We finally got seated and had our  lunch. Karan was very appreciative of their help and made arrangements to pay fort heir lunch. The others of us pitched in on it too. They were so much help.

We got back to Coffeyville about 2:30PM and I got back to Caney about 3:00PM.

About 4:00PM, Nancy came over and stayed a couple of hours and we visited. I told her about our trip. I also told her about the trip we are going to take to Overland Park to the dinner theater there in July. I gave her the information about that trip and she may go too.

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I read until 9:30PM and then took my bath ad went on to bed.  I noticed it was still 80 degrees in the apartment so I turned the thermostat  down to 75 but still the air didn't come on. I changed the thermostat to  "on" from "auto"and the blower came on but no cool air. So I went out to check on the air conditioner and found it was not running. I went into the garage and flipped the "air" switches on the box to "off" and then back to "on". Then  I went back out and check the air conditioner and this time it was running.

So I went on to bed. It was10:00PM or after by then. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Thursday and a Trip to Branson

I slept well last night until 2:30AM when I woke up to go to the bathroom and then could not get back to sleep. Finally, I got back up and took my three melatonin tablets. The next thing I knew Scott had texted me and it was 5:00AM and time to get up and finish packing. I slept like a log after taking those melatonin tablets.

I finished packing my overnight bag and had my oatmeal and coffee and am now working on my Chai. I got the Chronicle in my e-mail and read it and forwarded it on to those folks who like to read it.  I am ready to go and will leave for Coffeyville and Karan's about 7:45AM.  I want to be there at 8:15AM so she can get over to the fourplex and pick up Marilyn and then on to the apartment building downtown where Darlene lives. We are to meet Janet at the senior center at 9:00AM. I am not taking a computer since I will be back home tomorrow sometime. I will catch up the blog then. I hope our trip is uneventful.

I put the cat food our earlier then usual and I notice one of the cats found it and ate a lot of it.

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I got to Karan's plenty early and we got over to Marilyn's  five minutes early too. Then we picked up Darlene. Karan followed Janet's husband and we took a completely different route to Branson. It was a lovely sunshine day though and after we got there, we went to a steakhouse to eat.

Here we were having lunch at the steakhouse.
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They served entirely too much food and I could only eat some of it and left the rest.  Then we went our to the Landing and looked around. I could see right away that Darlene was not going to be able to walk around so she and Marilyn found a shady bench and sat down with Janet's dad to visit while Karan and I looked  around. Then Karan brought the car around and we picked up Darlene and Marilyn. Then we went to our motel room.

At dinner time, I was still very full. I ate one rib of my dinner and then got a box to store the rest for Janet's husband. He said he would eat it later.

Then we went back to our hotel room to use the bathroom and freshen up and then on to our show....a wonderful Chinese act.

We got back to our room about 10:00PM and I took a bath and read awhile and finally we turned off the light and went to bed.

Luckily supper and breakfast and the show were included in our $69.00 cost for the weekend.  It was really a bargain.

Karan and I are planning to go to Sunfest in Bartlesville tomorrow to see John, my son in law's display.

Here is his tent.

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We will see more of it tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wednesday and a Hairdo Day

I woke up and got up at 5:00AM this morning again. I still didn't take my melatonin but I will take it on my trip to Branson tomorrow. I am not used to sleeping with someone else in the room so I will take it..just in case.

We are forecast for rain tonight. I don't know how much will affect the roads to Branson.  Personally, I think it would be wise to just cancel the trip under these flooding circumstances but I am evidently in the minority. I know Karan is counting on me sharing a room with her so I will just bite the bullet and go on. I will be over to her house at 8:15AM tomorrow morning and then she will go over to the fourplex and pick up Marilyn and on to the apartment building downtown to pick up Darlene. Luckily, Karan is driving.

I will drive over to Coffeyville this morning to get my hair done. There is nothing going on at the senior center this afternoon so I will just pick up the coffee cake mix I need at Country Mart and come back home. My hair appointment isn't until 10:00AM this morning.

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I went out about 6:00AM and put the cat food out. At 6:20AM, I noticed the little gray cat was out there eating. He/she left some and after I went into the kitchen to do my dishes, I came back in to sit down to watch the weather forecast. She/he was out there again for a second helping but ran away when he/she saw me sit back down. Hopefully now that I am back at the computer in the den, he/she will come back to finishing eating.

The next time I looked, the yellow cat was out there finishing up the cat food left by the little gray one. 

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 I see Scott posted another photo of the progress on their new home. This must be the living room.

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I went over to Coffeyville early today and I am glad I did. I had some errands to run...a trip out to Walmart for some important things, gasoline at Woodshed, a trip to the bank and the post office and, of course, my 10:00 hair appointment. I had just got into town on my way to the post office when Toni texted me she could get me in early if I wanted to come to town. Of course, I was just then going by her salon so I just turned in and told her I was there.  She got me finished an hour and a half early. So then, I did my errands and even took the new 2019 church directories by Karan's house so she could sew up the binding and we could take them to church on Sunday. Even then, I got home at 11:30AM. Now I have the entire afternoon to do my thing...including my packing for the trip tomorrow.

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It's been lightly raining this afternoon. Just before the rain started, Nancy came over for a visit. She seems to have recovered from her bout of nausea.  I loaned her my new book about Ron Henderson's memoir. I read it yesterday afternoon. It was very interesting.

It's after 4:00PM now and I will start thinking about the yogurt I will eat for supper.

So more later...

After that, at 7:00PM, I plan to take my bath and then pack and then go to bed at 9:00PM.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Tuesday and No Coffeyville Flooding...yet!

Again I slept well without using melatonin. I got up close to 5:00AM as usual and dressed and ate my oatmeal and the last of the coffeecake and drank my coffee and now I am working on my Chai Latte.

I am not sure but I don't think it rained last night. I don't see any water on the glass topped table on the patio in the back. I know it is forecast today but don't know whether it is dry enough to mow and if I could get it mowed before the forecast rain starts.  It's only 6:15AM and too early to get out there to mow. My neighbor across the street mowed last evening but he has a riding mower and could do that quickly. I know the grass is probably still wet from dew if nothing else. I will just have to wait until it warms up to check to see if I can mow.

I have put the cat food out. Now I will see if either of the little cats comes to eat.

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It's 7:40AM and I haven't seen either of the little cats. But it's not raining yet either. In fact, we have sunshine right now. If it dries out before the rain starts, I will mow.

The great news so far is the river did not crest in either Coffeyville or Independence so, so far no major flooding like in 2007. Both  cities hope the water will continue to recede before the next major storm arrives.

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And, oh yes! The little gray cat is back eating the cat food out front. Good!

When he/she finished eating and went on back across the street, I started up the mower and mowed the front and side yards. I had to come in and rest awhile after I finished and drink some ice tea before tackling the back yard again. It doesn't look too bad so it won't be a catastrophe if I don't get it done. But after I sit awhile and wipe the sweat off my face, I will try to get it done. It is small....even smaller then the front yard.  The mowing is good exercise for me.

I was out a little while ago surveying the yard and Waste Connections came and picked up my trash. I am so glad. Mine was brim full. When I finished mowing the back yard I wasn't going to have room for my clippings.  Now I do.

More later...I had better get that back yard done if I am going to. It may rain yet. It is forecast for this afternoon.

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It's 10:00AM and I just finished mowing the back yard and it may be just in time. I see the wind is coming up and we are forecast for more rain around 10:00 AM.

I am so glad that is all finished though. This is the front.

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This is the back.

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And this is the side...finally.

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I talked to Janet at the senior center and there doesn't seem to be any water on the roads on the way to this point.  However, we don't leave until Thursday and we have rain forecast for this afternoon and tomorrow too. So it depends on whether we can get over there without running onto water. We will plan to go to just south of Independence 160 and catch the highway to Altamont and Parsons and then take 400 to Baxter Springs. Hopefully there will be no water on the highway going that way.There is water on 166 just east of Chetopa. Janet checked.

I went back out for awhile and trimmed everything and it looks much neater now. That little Works trimmer really does a good job.

More later...11:30AM  and still no rain. I'm not complaining!

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Ah Ha! The little gray critter came back for another helping.

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I recently briefly connected with an old Caney friend named Ron. He had written a book of his Memoirs and I bought it at Amazon and received it today. I spent the afternoon reading it and enjoyed reading about his life. 

It's now 4:30PM and it hasn't rained yet today. I got quite a bit done....especially the mowing.

It may rain tonight.  Time will tell....

Monday, May 27, 2019

Monday and Again More Rain

I slept well last night without melatonin. Maybe I will try again to get by without it.

I had hoped to mow this morning but it is raining again and it is forecast for rain each day until Thursday. I never did get the side lawn mowed and now the front needs it again. The back still looks fine.

We leave on our senior Branson trip on Thursday. I would like to stay home. I don't like to even think about traveling into flooded roads and with storm and flood warnings everywhere.

I have put the cat food out for the little kitty but with the rain, she/he may not get it. It is still thundering and will begin raining again shortly.

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When I went back to the living room, the little gray cat was there eating that cat food I had put out. When the rain subsided a little, it took off through the rain to the house across the way that needs to have the grass mowed and then the house needs to be taken down. It's a complete wreck and as far as I can see, no one lives there. The grass is two feet tall. It's an eyesore for the entire neighborhood. But that little gray kitty made its way through the rain to that house. It must have a place there to shelter.

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This is that eyesore.  I have talked to the city twice about mowing the yard but it hasn't stopped raining long enough for them to do it. It will be a job!

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(6:15 A.M., MONDAY) COFFEYVILLE — The current river level is 23.1 feet, and has been rising steadily overnight. According to the latest information from the National Weather Service, the river in Coffeyville is expected to be at 25 feet Tuesday morning. The Coffeyville Police and Fire Departments have begun notifying businesses and citizens in the flood prone areas (similar to levels experienced in 2007).

The City of Coffeyville is instituting a mandatory evacuation for those in the flood areas. All citizens and businesses evacuated are to report to the Red Cross office at 128 W. 8th. A shelter is being established at the First Southern Baptist Church and animals will be allowed.

I saw this announcement on my facebook page.

Now the little yellow cat is eating the cat food I put out.

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I went out to the cemetery to hear Andy's speech but it had been cancelled. I didn't see the announcement on my facebook page. I should have known the Chronicle had their own facebook page and the announcement would be there. I stopped at Eggberts and asked where it had been moved to and they told me it had been cancelled on Sunday.  When I got home I saved the website of the Montgomery County Chronicle on my computer.

Wouldn't you know..the sun is shining brightly now. :)

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I went out about noon and checked the grass in the front yard. It seemed fairly dry at least superficially. I filled the mower and made one swipe across the lawn and realized it was entirely too wet to mow. So I put the mower away after all.   I will check it tomorrow and see if it stays dry or if it's going to rain again. I see there is a 60% chance of rain the next two days. I will just have to play it by ear.

If it doesn't rain any more today, and if the sun stays out like it has this morning, I may be able to mow this afternoon late. I would really like to get the side yard done and redo the front yard.

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It's 4:00PM and I walked out barefoot onto the grass and it's still way too wet to mow. Maybe tomorrow afternoon.

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I got an alert that the levee in Coffeyville was going to be breached tonight.  That will mean major flooding again like 2007.  I feel sorry for those poor businesses along 166/169.   Both those highways are closed.

I got this alert a little bit ago.

Alert: CORRECTION.6:37 PM: Water level is 25.7 feet and will reach 26.5 feet by midnight. Water will spill into the Coffeyville area causing flooding.

The Coffeyville levee breaches at 25 feet.

I have been reading again this afternoon and at 7:00PM, I took my bath. I will watch TV this evening.  I plan to go on to bed at 9:00PM.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sunday and Church

I slept well last night and got up about 5:00AM, got myself dressed and ate my oatmeal for breakfast. and fixed my coffee. I put out the cat food for the little cats. I hope they get it and not the starlings.

I have the coffeecake in the oven and I think we have cakes this week so I had better bake a cake too and take it to church and put it in the freezer. This will be a busy morning. I am nearly out of milk and hope to remember to get some at Braums while I am in Coffeyville today.  I had better get some half and half too. I hope I can find a way to church that is not flooded.

We have our car trip to Branson next weekend. I don't know whether we will run onto flooding on that trip or not. Flooding is widespread around here and in Oklahoma. I don't know about Missouri. I will try to find out on Wednesday while I am in Coffeyville. I will ask Janet, the senior center manager, to check.

More cake is done.

O.K. the coffeecake is out of the oven, cooled and iced and the cake for the First Christian Church is in the oven and about to time out too. I will have to let it cool before icing it. I may just have to take it to church and ice it there if it doesn't get cool enough to ice before I leave. But it's only 7:00AM so I should be able to ice it before I leave. I will put it in the freezer at church and Bob will pick it up on his way to Independence on Tuesday. It will thaw during the day.

It rained again last night. I am so glad I got the back yard mowed yesterday evening. I don't know when I will be able to mow the side yard. We leave for Branson on Thursday morning...if we are able to go at all.

More's about time to take the cake out of the oven.

O.K. The cake is out of the oven and cooling. When it is completely cooled, I will ice it.I see on channel 6 that Sapulpa and El Reno, Oklahoma had a tornado last night. They are showing the damage now.
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I see the little grey cat is back eating the cat food before the starlings beat him/her to it.

We had a very small congregation today at church. The rain was intense and it must have influenced the congregation. There were only 11 there.  The sermon was very good though.  After the service, 9 of us went out to El Pueblo for lunch and after that I met my cousin's widower and his daughter for tea at Eggberts. They ate dinner. I had already eaten.  A little later, Bob came too and had a short visit. Everett and Tricia needed to get back to El Dorado, Kansas, where his older sister lives.

I came on back home after stopping at Brahms there in Coffeyville and buying milk and half and half and bananas. It poured down rain during the church service so there is no chance of me mowing the side yard today.  Maybe it will be nice tomorrow and I can get it done.  Anyhow, I got the newsletters done. They won't go out until Tuesday though because of the holiday.

Now, I need to change my clothes and relax. I will get back to this later.

I watched two of the programs I had recorded this afternoon on my Tivo and then about 7:00PM I took my bath and sat down at this computer to put together two more church directories.  I will take them to Karan on Wednesday and she will stitch them up on her sewing machine.

Tonight about 9:00PM, I will go to bed.