Saturday, August 31, 2019

Saturday and a Cake

I slept completely through the night last night and woke up at 5:00AM. I feel very rested. I have made my bed, dressed and even had my oatmeal and coffee already. I texted Bob, as usual, and he is up too.

I am going to bake, frost and freeze my cake today. I will be doing my coffeecake tomorrow and getting myself ready for the 11:00AM hour. This has been a difficult theme. "Called to Mindfulness" doesn't even seem to fit the scripture but I have done the best I could with it. I am taking my banana nut miniature cupcakes too. I will give them to John and the little girls to take home.

I haven't seen Nancy in a few days. I doubt she went to see the nurse this week as she said she would. I have seen her twice this week and she had had diarrhea both times. She must live on Pepto Bismo. She doesn't really seem to want to know what is going on in her body. I am not going to discuss it with her again. I have offered to take her to Bartlesville to the doctor or back to Dr. Christensen or even Melissa but she does not want to go.

I was gone to Coffeyville for the day on Wednesday and to Chanute for lunch with Gay and Adele on Thursday. Yesterday I cleaned, So I have been busy.

More later....I had better get that cake baked before I lose the desire.

O.k. Cake is in the oven and has another 20 minutes to bake and then it needs to cool before I can frost it. I have made room in my freezer for it until tomorrow.

The mama cat and one of her gray kittens have been here separately to eat. Then the big yellow tom cat came and ate after that he sat nearby and seemed to be guarding the food that is left in the dish.  He may be trying to save it for himself. Funny to watch these feral creatures.

The yellow tom cat finally got tired and gave up trying to control the cat food. Finally the mama cat came back after he was gone and ate some more.

This is the duplex where I live. The east side is for rent now. It is a lovely home.

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I hope someone who takes care of it will rent it.

Nancy just called and wants to go to breakfast at Eggberts.  I will pick her up at 10:15AM for her breakfast and my brunch. She knows I have been gone awhile this week what with breakfast with Bob, my hair appointment, and game day all afternoon on Wednesday and being gone to Chanute on Thursday and mowing again on Friday after I finished cleaning the apartment.  She had not been able to reach me for some reason. She said she had called several times. Strange...I didn't hear the phone.

More later....

We did go to breakfast and I went out to Dollar General to get oatmeal afterward. I was nearly out and have breakfast to make tomorrow. I will also make my coffeecake up for the Sunday school classes. The cake is ready and will go into the freezer at church tomorrow. I gave Nancy some of those banana nut cupcakes. I will take the rest to John tomorrow.

I went up to Joyce's store and looked around this afternoon, Karen was there and we visited for two hours. She put her place out at Havana Lake up for sale this morning. I dropped the newspapers over to Nancy's after that. She let her Reporter lapse and I am just passing mine on to her. That gives me something local to do with them now that Alice has moved to Edna. They were gathering in a sack in the trunk of my car.

I went out this evening and trimmed my hedge and dug the weeds out from around the hedge. It looks a lot better now!  It's nice it's cool enough to comfortably do that.

At 7:00PM, I will take my bath and then watch some Amazon Prime before I go on to bed at 9:00PM..

Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday and a Storm

I woke up in the night to the sounds of a storm...thunder and lightning! Big time!! At 5:45AM, I just got up and dressed. I have had my oatmeal and coffee and am now getting ready to drink my Chai.

I fed the one kitten that came for the cat food this morning. I will need to go out to Dollar General when they open and buy a couple more bags of Meow Mix.

The desktop computer is having lots of errors/problems lately, So I have moved in on the laptop to finish the blog. I noticed when I went to pay my Amazon credit card that I have been charged for my Amazon Prime. It went up $10.00 a year. It's still a bargain. I was running out of money this week so I began using my Prime card for more... even lunch in Chanute yesterday. I bought my gas Wednesday on it too. I won't get my social security until the 11th of September this next month. Luckily both boys made a deposit into my checking account yesterday so I wrote the check for my rent. Suzanne will be by Sunday evening to pick up the check.

I will stay home today and stay in. And I will clean the apartment today since I went to Chanute yesterday instead of today.

More later....I probably should get started.

I got the apartment vacuumed and the floors mopped. All I have left to do is dust. I did that last week and it looks pretty good still.  I may give it a once over quickly and it's only 9:50 AM .

I also went out to Dollar General and bought paper towels and cat food. Then I put everything away.

More later...

I had Cox Complete Care tune up this desktop computer this morning and I am hoping that will stop it from freezing up. We will see.


I went out a while ago and did some more mowing on the west side of the apartment. I noticed Nalonny missed some places. It sure is nice to have those limbs out of the way of my mowing over on the south end of that side. I picked up sticks for awhile and put them in his dumpster.

I can't tell a lot of difference in the desktop computer. Luckily I have a laptop and also that notebook Keith bought me last fall. If this one quits though, I will have to have the laptop fixed or the notebook fixed so one of them can use my printer. Right now the desktop computer does the printing. However I am hoping I can keep that function working on the desktop computer.

I will go watch the news now. Back even later...

I watched the news and took my bath and then watched an episode of "Murder She Wrote" on Amazon Prime. I noticed Amazon took the money for my Prime renewal out of my Amazon Credit Card.

I ordered a Toro Blower leaf vacuum and a bag that attaches for the mulched leaves after reading a glowing account of it in Consumers Report. I also called Karan and told her about it. She has a horrendous amount of leaves each fall.

At 9:00PM, I will go on to bed.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Thursday and a Trip to Chanute

I slept well last night and got up early, as usual, this morning. I stripped the bed and did a load of laundry and dried it and then remade the bed.

I contacted Gay and told her about the rain we are expecting tonight and tomorrow and we changed my trip to Chanute to today. I left here at 9:30AM and went over to the highway by way of the Kopco road. The highway 75 was blocked and holding up traffic. Then I took the Tyro road to 75 highway. I looked to see if John was home working on the kennel but I didn't see him. I was going to return the gate opener, their keys and the garage door opener. I didn't leave them in the garden shed last weekend because it was raining when I left their house.

I got to Chanute with a half hour to spare so I ordered some iced tea and took my book in to read while I waited for them.  It was John Grisham's latest book "The Reckoning". I simply couldn't put it down.

Adele also met me with Gay at Chanute and the three of us had lunch.  Adele is Gay's younger sister. We had a good lunch at Opie's and then looked around in a second hand store next door to Opies.

Gay needed to get back home to mow before the rains come in later this afternoon. So Adele left first after giving me a hug and then Gay left.  I started back home about 1:30PM or so and took highway 400 to just north of Independence. I wanted to stop at their Dairy Queen in Independence and get my Friday blizzard a day early. I took the book in there too and read while I ate the blizzard.

 I called Leslie afterward and stopped by her office to leave those things I was going to leave with John.

I finished it about 6:30PM this evening.  About 7:00PM, I will take my bath and watch the news. At 9:00PM or so, I will go on to bed.

I will do my Thursday house cleaning on Friday this week.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wednesday and Breakfast Out

I slept very well last night and didn't have to take anything to do that. I woke up at 5:30AM or so.  I will have breakfast with Bob this morning and then run all my errands.

I will need to go to the bank and my hair appointment is at 10:00AM but I usually go a little early and she usually gets me in early when I do that. My watch quit working yesterday and I need to see about that. The battery is not all that old and the jeweler put that one in.  I may have to buy another watch or see if one of my older ones can be resuscitated with a new battery. I will check with Cantrell's about that. Otherwise, I will order another one like I have. It was cheap and has a large face with numbers instead of dashes. The woman at Walmart told me she thought the watch had come into a magnetic field and it killed the battery.

Then I need to return the book at the library there too. I will perhaps have lunch there somewhere if I am hungry. I also need to stop by Country Mart and buy oleo and a treat for game day. Game day begins at 1:00PM and goes until 3:00PM or so. It will be an entire day's activities. But I usually enjoy it.

Then the mower will come tonight. I will not pay her the entire $25.00 since I have done some of the mowing myself. I did the front Sunday evening and two thirds of the west side yesterday evening. I will probably give her $15.00. We will see what the front looks like this evening. She may re-mow that and if she does I will pay her the whole $25.00.

I went to the library and returned my book and checked out another. It is the newest John Gresham book. It is hard to put down. I have a hard time putting any of his down.

Then I went on to game day and had a good time!

More later...

I did pay the mower the entire $25.00 because she re-mowed the front and finished the west side as well as the back. Her stepdad trimmed too. I will resume mowing in September. I will try to mow on Tuesday evenings because I get my hair done on Wednesdays. That will work out well for me.

I had a new battery put in my watch again. That was an additional $10.00 I had not planned on. I don't get my social security until the 11th in September. But I had Mr. Cantrell put the battery in anyhow. I can't get by without a watch.

Some newer photos of my daughter-in-law and son's new home just going up closer to being finished..They are supposed to be moved in in October.

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After the mower left, I took my bath and put my pajamas on and I will read until 9:00PM this evening and then go on to bed. It has been a big day!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tuesday and A Quiet Day

I slept fairly well last night although I woke up at 2:15AM and couldn't get back to sleep. Finally I got up and took some melatonin. Then I went back to sleep.

I woke up at 6:00AM at the sound of a loud guttural scream. It sounded so loud that it could have been in my den. I got up to check it out. I could hear low voices from next door. The kids next door are moving into a house they have bought at the end of the month and I will not miss them. They have not wanted to keep their yard mowed. They insist their apartment is infested with fleas. Suzanne is having it mowed and taking the cost out of the their deposit. Alice did not have a cat. After they are gone, Suzanne is having it sprayed. She thinks they brought in the fleas when they moved in. She will also have it cleaned. She doesn't want to rent to any more young people. She wants someone older who will take responsibility for the apartment. The little mother takes her baby and leaves every day. I expect she is going to her mother's and coming back to the apartment in time to fix dinner. They have a lot of young people over there in the evenings. Sometimes they have parked across my drive so I can't get in or out. It has been extremely annoying.

I will do some laundry this morning. That's about all I have to do today. Tomorrow is my hair appointment and also game day at the senior center in Coffeyville. I will probably have lunch there somewhere before game day. I also want to return the book I checked out of the library last week.

More later....

It's 2:26PM this afternoon and Suzanne called a little bit ago to tell me that Zeke has an Hispanic friend that he showed the apartment next door to who wants to rent it with his live-in girl friend. I dread that. She said she and Steve agreed that if they decided not to rent it to someone Hispanic, they could get into trouble. I suppose that's true but this young couple next door have been a problem as long as they have been here. They have had lots of young company who come for dinner with them and twice they have blocked my driveway.  They insist that Alice must have had a cat since they say they have fleas in the apartment. Alice did not have a cat or any pets.  I dread having these young millennial folks living next door to me.

But I know there is nothing I can do about it. It's Steve and Suzanne's apartment.

More later...

I went over to Nancy's again this afternoon  to see if she wanted to go get some ice cream but she had been sick to her stomach all afternoon so she wasn't up to it. I stayed awhile and visited with her.

Then I came on home and decided to mow the side yard. I got a little better then half of it done before I played out. I am out of the habit now and don't seem to have the steam to do it like I could before the kids started paying for it to be done for me. I really need the exercise! I have sat around all day today. Earlier I watched some TV. And maybe I have more energy in the mornings.  It's 5:00PM now and I will go watch the news.

More even later..

Well, I watched the news and the weather for awhile and then came in the den to play some solitaire for awhile before I go to bed. I think I will go watch an episode of "Murder She Wrote" and then go on to bed. at 9:00PM

Monday, August 26, 2019

Monday and Nothing Much Going On

This is a quiet day. Everything appears to be caught up. The laundry is done and the apartment is clean.

I slept very well. I woke up once in the night but got right back to sleep and slept until 6:00AM...late for me.

Later, I may go see if Nancy is up and around. I wonder if she went to her church services yesterday. When I came home from church yesterday morning I went by her house and her car was not out. I think she has skipped the services for several weeks. She doesn't really like the type of services of the group Sandy has recruited. They are too emotional for her taste in worship.

I mowed my front yard last evening. It had grown a lot since Wednesday evening...with all the rain. It is nice and cool out this morning and I had hoped to do the back yard today if it dried out. But we are forecast for some really bad storms today and tomorrow....complete with hail. I will stay in, I guess.  I don't want my old car damaged with hail.....if we get the hail.

It's only 8:25AM right now so the grass is still wet.

More later...

It's 12:15PM and the mail has not come yet...not that I expect to get anything important but I always look forward to the mail. I should have my Coffeyville Journal today. I didn't get it on Saturday...the regular day to get it.

I have read my health newsletters and played some solitaire while waiting for it. It's usually here by 11:30AM  at the latest and it is 12:15PM now. Charles could have a substitute running it today. When the young woman brings it, it's usually later.

I called Nancy awhile ago. She has the same old diarrhea again. She is taking Kaopectate this time. And her TV is out. She was waiting for the TV man from Cox to come to fix it.

More even later...

Well, I won't be mowing today. It's 85 degrees out and very humid. And this afternoon we are forecast for severe thunderstorms starting between 5:00PM this evening and even later after that. The mower won't be able to mow until at least Wednesday because of thunderstorms.  I am glad I got the front done last night while it was cool.

The mail finally came after 12:30PM and all I got was the Saturday Journal. usual, a day late.

Nancy came over later this afternoon. She finally began to feel better after taking the Kaopectate. She stayed a couple of hours and then went out to Dollar General to buy some groceries. While she was here, we watched the first episode of an old TV show, WKRP of Cincinnati.

I ate some yogurt for my supper.    It is 5:44PM now. We are forecast for some severe storms tonight about midnight.

My watch has stopped again. Twice I have had a battery put in it this past year. Once at Walmart and once at a jewelry store.  I may have to buy a new watch. Something is wrong with this one...that's for sure.

I went on to bed at 9:00PM. The storm has missed us. Here in Caney, we didn't even have rain. 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sunday and Church

As you know by now, the problems yesterday were all me.

I slept off and on last night. Finally about 3:30AM, I took some melatonin. That seemed to
be the only answer. It worked! Strange bed...and Mini sleeps with me. I am not used to that since Missy has been gone.

I have re-packed and am ready to leave when the daylight comes. I have eaten and shared my oatmeal with the dogs. They seem to expect me to share my meals. :) And they seem to know I will be leaving and are kind of clingy. My overnight bag is re-packed and setting out here in the kitchen.

It is trying to rain. I hate that. I will have to drive in the rain to get to church and take a chance on the possibility of hail. It is in the forecast least a possibility. The rain, I can handle in daylight. Hail is something else. I had one car, back in the 90's, badly damaged by hail. This car has to last me the rest of my life. I no longer have the resources to buy another.

When it gets to be daylight, I will leave for home or church. It is only 6:25AM here now.The sun is supposed to rise at 6:47AM...according to Alexia. If it is light enough, ( and the rain could prevent daylight showing and might prevent me from leaving then). If it is light enough, I could go home and leave my bags. I usually leave for church from home at 8:30AM. That gives me time to spruce up the church before the church school class starts. Bob is usually there by then too and starts the coffee. I will not have coffeecake today. Leslie and John are in South Dakota and the little girls will not be there.  I would have much of it left over. I doubt Johnna and Kim will be there either. They intend to move their membership to Pittsburg when Johnna gets the houses sold. Since she lost both her parents, she has lost her ties to our congregation and her other daughter goes to Pittsburg congregation.

It is 6:48AM here now and it is pitch black. I won't leave until it gets light out.

I put Raven out on the front porch and gave her a treat for going willingly. Then I tried to get Mini to go out and she would not. I took her through the house to get her out on the back porch. But she would not leave the garage. I finally just brought in food and water and left her in there. She immediately went to the air conditioning vent and lay down. I did not give her a treat because she would not mind me.

More later...

I left at 7:30AM and went home to unpack and feed the cat and her kittens. Then I went over to the church and met Bob and we cleaned up the dead bugs. He had sprayed for them. We are in the country and somehow they always get in. We had a very small congregation. Half of it was gone. It might have been the rain. Who knows!

After church Phyllis and I went over to "Just Us" for lunch.  Bob went home and Karan had company for the weekend and was going to attend some doings at the Brown Mansion. 

I spent the afternoon working on the newsletters. I had five hard copies to send. Then I watched 60 Minutes. After that was over I checked the temperature and it was 72 degrees out there and my front yard didn't even look like it had been mowed...thanks to the rain.  So I went out and mowed it. It's the one I have to look at. I will pay Nulonne $20.00 to do the side and the back this week. Or if it doesn't rain again I may do the back tomorrow myself and pay her $10.00 to do the west side.

It is 7:35PM now and I will take my bath and watch a program Leslie recommended on Netflix. I get a 30 day free trial on Netflix and I watched the first episode. I wasn't particularly impressed.  I may watch one more episode before cancelling. I looked over what Netflix offered and wasn't really interested in anything they were offering. Lots of violence and strange offerings. Nothing that interested me.

I got to bed about 10:00PM