Saturday, July 27, 2019

Saturday and Laundry

I had some trouble sleeping last night until I took Melatonin again. Then I slept until after 5:00AM. I got up and got myself ready for the day, had my breakfast and started my laundry of my sheets, underwear, and the cloths I used to dust yesterday. They are in the dryer now.

Mama cat and two of her babies have been eating and drinking water out front. Three of her babies seem to have disappeared. I haven't seen them regularly. These two often come with her.

The only plan I have for today is to finish this laundry and re-make the bed and then later, for lunch, I will go up to Gabbys.  That's Joyce, Karan M's stepdaughter. Sometimes Karen there and we visit. Karen K is lonely, has no children, is divorced, and has few friends.

I haven't seen Nancy since Monday. She went to the doctor in Bartlesville with Dale, her cousin, on Tuesday. She said they didn't find any reason why she is sick to her stomach so often. She drinks an awful lot of coffee. That may have something to do with it.

More later....I believe my sheets are dry.

I got my bed remade and everything else put away.  So the apartment is clean and the laundry is done. I need a few things from the Dollar General store...not much, but some. I will go later.... after they open.I believe they open at 9:00AM.

I went to Dollar General at 9:00AM and bought the few things I needed. I worked on my talk some more and also rebooted the desktop computer. It had begun freezing up again. Re-booting fixed it this time.

Later I was going up to Gabby's for lunch again but she was closed so I decided to go to Independence for lunch. It had been ages since I had had a personal pan pizza at Big Cheese. Afterward I went to Dairy Queen and had a blizzard. It was great! With all I had eaten at that time, I didn't need another thing to eat this evening.

While I was there, I also bought gasoline. I was down to 4 gallons.

I read my book this afternoon and also deadheaded and watered my flowers.

I took my bath at 7:00PM. I am listening to music right now while I do my blog. At 9:00PM, I will go on to bed.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Friday and Some Housework

I slept well until 2:00AM when I awoke to go to the bathroom. Then I had trouble getting back to sleep. Finally I got up and took some melatonin and that helped. I slept until nearly 5:00AM.

I dressed and had my oatmeal and chai. Then chatted some with Bob A to see if he was doing alright. He was. Joanne's daughter is moving into Sycamore Landing today. I hope that will be a good move.

I will try to get some housework done today. I mostly read and watched TV yesterday...very unhealthy! I did deadhead my flower beds. That's about the only work I did. Today, I will dust, mop  and run the vacuum cleaner.

So more later...I had better get started.

Well, I got my floors washed and all the carpet vacuumed and also dusted everything. The place looks pretty neat. I haven't eaten lunch yet and it's 1:40PM.

I got hold of Suzanne and Steve, my landlords, about my toilet.  After it is flushed, the tank doesn't refill. I have been taking my plastic bathroom trash container and filling it with water to pour into the tank to flush. Suzanne is sending a plumber by to fix it this evening. 

Always something... but with a landlord, I am not responsible to have everything repaired myself.

More later...

The plumber came about 3:30PM and had it fixed in about 5 minutes. He said there was a lot of dirt in Caney water and that dirt builds up in the part that needs to be clear. So he just changed it out. Now I know I will drink bottled water.

It's almost 4:00PM now.

I heard from Dean, my classmate from 1953, this afternoon. He will come sometime after August 13th when school starts in Topeka. I have a dental appointment on the 13th so he will come sometime after that.We will go to Bartlesville and eat out and then on to Woolaroc. Dean hasn't been there since he was 6 years old and he didn't appreciate it then. He wants to see if it is something he will be impressed with now at 83. So we will go out there. Bob and I took Ashley out there when she stayed with us when she was in high school.

It's almost 5:00PM now so I will go watch the news for awhile. At 7:00PM, I will take my bath  and at 9:00PM, I will go to bed.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Thursday and Apartment Cleaning and Laundry Day

I got up this morning shortly before 5:00AM and dressed and fed the cats and myself.  I have had my breakfast too and my coffee and am now enjoying my Chai.

Later on this morning I want to vacuum the apartment and I will put the towels, underwear and my p.j.s in to wash soon.

That was so much fun yesterday at the New Theater in Kansas City. The place was packed and the meal was very good. Phyllis and I even split dessert.

I plan to basically stay home today. I have plenty to do. It's still nice and cool in the mornings. It's almost 6:00AM now and only 63 degrees. The yard has all been mowed and looks good.

I do need to go to the Dollar General store later after it opens. I am almost out of yogurt. That's what I have for supper.

Strange...when I went to flush the stool this morning  there was no water in the tank. I filled my wastebasket with water and filled it so I could flush. Then the tank filled up. I wonder what's with that?? More mysteries.

More later...

Ginger and Scott's new home is coming right along!

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I can hardly wait to see it finished!

This afternoon I have tried and tried to figure out how to delete some programs that were recorded from U Tube on my Tivo. I simply cannot find the way to do that.  I finally just gave up and did the crossword puzzle in the Reporter.

It's a little past 2:00PM now and I cannot get interested in vacuuming. I will do it tomorrow.

More later...

I played solitaire for awhile on the computer and went over to Nancy's to see if she  was any better today. She said she was. When I went over to see her, she was having her lawn mowed and trimmed. She had an appointment at 2:00 and it was already 2:34PM So, she had been napping and had to rush around to get there at all.

When I got home I worked on the Sunday September 1st communion service. I also worked awhile on my talk for that day.

Later I watched an episode of "Murder She Wrote" on  Amazon Prime around 6:30PM and then took my bath and got into my p.j.s. I plan to go on to bed at 9:00PM.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wednesday and a Trip to the Dinner Theater

I had this post all finished and when I attempted to save it, it didn't save. So here goes again.

I got up early again this morning. I woke up shortly before 4:00AM and went to the bathroom and then when I went back to bed, I couldn't get back to sleep. So shortly after 4:00AM, I just got up. No sense just lying there.

I dressed and got myself ready for a big day. I had my breakfast and watched the weather.  Now I am sitting here dealing with this blog and drinking my Chai. The dinner theater is in Kansas City, at Overland Park so it will be a fairly long trip.

I saw the mama cat out there eating the food I had left. She ran off when I went to sit in the recliner. Later, after I got my Chai and went back to sit down the little yellow kitten was eating. He/she ran away when I came into the room.

I will leave for the Independence ICC west parking lot at 6:45AM. Sherry wants to load the bus and leave at 7:25AM. I don't want to be the one to hold her up. I hope Phyllis and Karan aren't late. They are coming from Coffeyville.

Scott called and I was a little later getting away. But I wanted to talk to him. It had been a couple of weeks. I had hoped to go down to Nashville for Thanksgiving or Christmas  but they are going to Iowa to Ginger's mother's for Thanksgiving and having their kids and their families down to their new home for Christmas. So, maybe another time.

None of us were late...we all got there in plenty of time to board the bus.

More later....Here are the three of us at the New Theater in Overland Park. It is the largest dinner theater in the states and it was packed! We had a great time and a wonderful meal!

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Karan took this one on the bus on the way up there.

I got home about 7:30PM and was exhausted . I had been up very early. It was after 8:00PM before I had my bath. I went to bed at 9:00PM. A big.... but fun day!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tuesday and Mowing and A Hair Day

Today will be busy. I have several things I want to do. I got up early again this morning and dressed and had my breakfast.

At 7:00AM I want to mow the west side of my yard.  I got a little of it done yesterday evening before I played out. I got the front and back finished although I still have to trim. I have a different beauty shop time today. Toni changed it to 9:00AM.

After my appointment I want to go out to Rick's job site and find out what has happened to those kids. They haven't been to church for three weeks. Rick doesn't answer my texts and so I want to go by the truck business this morning and see if I can learn what has happened. All of us have really missed them. The last I heard, their granddaughter was diagnosed with scarlet fever and was in the hospital in Alabama.  The first week they were gone to Alabama to check on her. But that was just the first week. They haven't come back the last two weeks. I am really concerned.

More later....

I saw two small kittens eating out of the bowl this morning...but no mama cat. 

Here's another photo from my eldest son, Keith's, morning walks. He is still in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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Interesting looking place, isn't it?

I got the west side of my yard mowed and it only took me 20 minutes.

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I started at 7:05AM and ended twenty minutes later.  It is the largest part of my yard. Now that is done for another five days or a week. Last week I did it on Tuesday too. Of course, I did the front and the back yesterday on Monday. 

I will leave for Coffeyville and my hair appointment at 8:20AM and it's only 7:35AM right now. So I have awhile.

More later...

I got over  to Coffeyville in time to go to the bank and get my week's supply of cash and then on to the beauty shop. After she finished my hair and cut it, I used part of the money to pay Toni and afterward went to Walmart to get some small Styrofoam coffee cups and creamer for the Church School class. Then I went out to Rick's office and got a hug from Rick. It seems they were camping last weekend. He thinks they will be in town for church next Sunday. I hope so. We have really missed those kids.

Then I dropped by Karan's to give her some shoes I had bought a couple of years ago that I could not wear. I had them on twice but they had no arch support so I could not wear them. She wears the same size as I do so I just passed them on to her. She liked them!

Then I came on home. I couldn't think of anything to have for lunch so I went out to Eggberts and had my favorite lunch...chicken salad on a bed of lettuce and a dish of fruit and a warm muffin. With iced tea that made a nice healthy lunch for $10.15. When I got home I had an ice cream bar for dessert.

I have been reading my latest book on the kindle. Then I went out to deadhead the flowers in the above ground flower box that John made for me.

I have also been listening to songs by Kenny Rogers on my Amazon Echo Alexa.

I watched a Dateline show that I had recorded and after that, I went on to bed at 9:00PM..

Monday, July 22, 2019

Monday and Rain

Thunder woke me up last night and then I heard the rain. That cooled everything off. It's supposed to be just in the 80's this week. That will be a welcome relief after a week or so of the high 90's. I slept well until 4:45AM and then just got up. If it's cool enough tomorrow morning, I will mow. I get my hair done tomorrow afternoon around 3:00PM.

Then on Wednesday we three (Karan, Phyllis and me) are looking forward to the dinner theater at Overland Park. It's 22 miles from here to Independence where we meet the bus at ICC west so I will leave shortly before 7:00AM Wednesday morning. Sherry will start loading the bus at 7:25AM.

I saw the three cats (mama and three kittens) again this morning. They were eating from the dish out front as usual. John told me yesterday that I was creating a problem by feeding these feral cats. l hate to just let the little critters starve but I can't catch them. They are very skittery. The mama cat hisses and spits at me and usually growls too if I even get near her. The kittens just run away. They are all terrified....but hungry. When I moved here, mama cat was skin and bones. That's why I started feeding her. Then in June, she had those five kittens. Even if I could catch them I don't know what I would do with them. There is no pound or shelter here that I am aware of and certainly no animal catcher.

More later....

I received the book I bought for Nancy on Amazon so I took her that, some coffeecake and a book package to send the book to David, her son. She has been sick to her stomach for three days. I also took her some Pepto Bismo.

She needs to see a doctor but she resists that suggestion. I think she is in denial.

I went out and mowed the front and the back and a part of the west side this afternoon. It was hot but there was a breeze and I will finish the west side tomorrow morning about 8:00AM before I go to Coffeyville to have my hair done. Toni called this afternoon and moved my appointment up to 9:00AM.

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This is the front.

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And this is the back. I may need to buy a sprinkler for August. I guess it depends on how much rain we get in August.

I checked on feral cat rescues in Kansas and they are all in the city.. ..Wichita and Kansas City mostly.

The big yellow male that is the father of the yellow kitten, was here eating the food in the owl. He belongs to the people at the house on the corner of Spring and 8th.

So, I will just continue feeding them.  I can't catch them or I would put some gloves on and try to catch the mama cat and have her neutered.

It's 6:00PM now and I will take my bath about 7:00PM which is my usual bath time. Then I plan to go to bed at 9:00PM.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sunday and the Sermon

I slept well last night although it took melatonin to get to sleep for some reason. Probably spent too much time on TV and online yesterday. Also I read in my Kindle and all of those emit the yellow light that destroys melatonin.  I didn't wear my blue lens glasses while doing that.

I have had my oatmeal and coffee and have the coffeecake in the oven baking. 

This morning the mama cat and three of her kittens were eating the cat food I left last night. She had the usual two gray kittens and also the small yellow one out there this morning.  The large yellow tom cat was also out there. I had filled both sides of the bowl so for once they had enough food for everyone. The four of them did finish off all that cat food though. So  I went out and refilled both bowls.They have a separate big bowl for their water.  I see the mama cat is lying in the dirt behind my hedge now. It must be cooler there.

Except for her and one kitten,. they are all gone now so I will go out to cover the bowl to keep the snails and the ants out of it. I will wait until she is gone or she will leave. This is a very dark photo but if I had been any closer she and the kittens would have left. They are very skittery. The tom cat was out there but she chased his off so the kittens could eat. The little yellow kitten that looks like him went off with him. The other two gray kittens and the mamma cat finished off the food. I re-filled the dish on both sides twice and then I did go cover the bowls with cardboard to keep the snails and ants out of it.

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This is the same photo only cropped. My son-in-law, John, showed me how to crop them.

Today is supposed to be very hot again but its supposed to cool off this evening and tomorrow it should be cooler...and the rest of the week.

I need to go check my coffeecake so more later.....

The coffeecake is out of the oven and cooling now. When it is cool I will ice it.  So, more later....

This was taken on my son, Keith's, morning walk. He is in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in Asia. It's beautiful, isn't it?

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The sermon went fine. Several people told me that, at least.

After church eight of us went out to eat at the Railroad Inn in Independence. Nice meal but pretty expensive. I do, however, have enough for another meal so that makes it easier to handle.

Then I came home and did the newsletters for the congregation! I sent off five in snail mail.

It's 3:45PM and already 93 degrees. It is suppose to rain tonight and that is suppose to cool it off. I hope that happens. I plan to mow early Tuesday morning before I get my hair done in the afternoon at 3:00PM. So I hope it will be cool enough to do that. Phyllis and Karan and I are going to the dinner theater in the afternoon early Wednesday morning on that tour bus with Sherry Epp.

More later...

I read the rest of the afternoon and also watched some episodes of Amazon Prime and 60 Minutes before taking my bath at 7:00PM and then going on to bed  at 9:00PM