Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday and Severe Weather

I woke up to thunder, lightening and rain  at 5:00AM. I slept pretty well even though the arm was pretty sore all night. I laid it on a pillow again and managed to get some sleep.

I haven't seen any cats but with all the noise of thunder and lightning and hard rain, I would have been surprised if any of them braved the storm. Two did eventually manage to make it after the rain subsided. One was a gray one and the other was the young yellow one.

John intended today to deliver a puppy to Tulsa where he was meeting someone from Texas who wanted to buy it. I doubt he will try it today...perhaps tomorrow. Parts of the Tulsa area had baseball sized hail...big enough to break out car windows. I saw that on the channel 6 news.

I have had my oatmeal, coffee and Chai. I even had a breakfast bar.

More later....

Bob called me  this morning to say he had taken Joanne to the emergency room last night  and the emergency room put Joanne in the hospital with pneumonia.  She has lung problems anyhow without pneumonia. She is very short of breath all the time. He is quite concerned.

I am sending her a card today and if they keep her several days I may send her flowers.

I also sent off updated newsletters to all those who are not online as well as those who are online. We are still not holding live services in our building. We are still able to get a streaming congregation in Toronto, Canada, that is online.  They have a very professional sounding service and I know the pastor there personally.

More even later...

I went out to John and Leslie's this morning to see the puppies before they are all dispersed. Leslie was gone. She was on call and they called her in. John thinks they have most all of them sold and will need to be delivered. Two were supposed to go today and another tomorrow to Tulsa to meet the folks from Texas and then he will take three more next week to Wichita and Hays. The one of the owners of the two that will be going to Hays will be meeting him halfway to Colorado at Hays. That leaves one left, I guess.

I had one of my chicken pot pies for lunch with cranberry grape juice.  

Toni,my beautician, called me this afternoon. Monday, the state is shutting down her beauty parlor and she wondered if I would like to have my color and cut done tomorrow at 11:00AM.  My regular appointment was to have been next Wednesday at 9:30AM . I told her I could do that (since the worldwide church is shut down now anyhow because of concerns about the Coronavirus) but I guess I will have to try to do my own hair until this crisis passes since she says this virus is shutting everything down here in Kansas on Monday. That will be a joke. My hair has always been impossible for me to do anything with,

I withdrew some money today for that. Blue Cross/Blue Shield and two of my utilities are still to come out of what I have left in the bank. I will have to transfer some money out of my small savings in order to pay the rent until April 8th, when my social security comes in next. At least that is almost a week earlier then the last two months. After the social security comes in, I will transfer it back into savings.

More later... It's time for the 4;00PM news.

I heard from Bob this afternoon that they are releasing Joanne to go home tomorrow. That's good! They must have got right on that treatment for pneumonia.  

It's 6:15 PM now and John just texted me that they have sold the last puppy. That's seven puppies. And folks are coming to pick them up.  Maybe he will still have to go to Wichita and Hays. I forgot to ask. I just texted him to ask. Yes, they will go on Monday to deliver those three. One goes to Wichita and the other two to Hays. From there the new owners will take them on to Colorado.

I see Big Yellow Tom cat is back eating supper from the double dish. He's the only one out there right now so I have not added any blue dishes of food.

In about 45 minutes I will take my bath. Then at 9:00PM or so, I plan to go on to bed.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Friday and Rain Forecast

As usual, I slept off and on last night. My arm hurt and most of the night so I laid it on a pillow. That's the only way I could have slept at all.

All  I have to do today is vacuum the dining room and den.  I will also dust again. It's supposed to rain this afternoon. I only have a book on my phone. The last time I got a free book, my Kindle battery was down. So it downloaded on my phone Kindle app instead. I get a free book every month because of my Amazon Prime.

Once again I did not get my Montgomery County Chronicle e-newspaper. I noticed it last night and e-mailed Kathy again but she was already out of the office and did not see my e-mail. Maybe she will this morning. She was supposed to have checked to see why I did not get it last week but evidently did not get it fixed because again this week I did not get it.

I had three cats outside to eat breakfast this morning. There were two gray ones and one yellow one.  Only one of the yellow ones are still eating. It is Big Yellow Tom cat.

More later....The CBS news is about to come on and I want to watch that.

I watched the news and then called Cox because my e-edition of my Montgomery County Chronicle still didn't come for the second time . Kathy forwarded me one last week but then it happened again this week and the paper said they had checked and it wasn't their problem  so it had to be Cox...sure enough it was.  They said they fixed it and hopefully I will get my own paper next Thursday. ( I was on hold with Cox for 38 minutes) When they attempted to connect me with Cox Complete Care, They dropped my number. So I reached them on my own.  What a mess! Cox is a joke. Cox Complete Care is a blessing though.

I went out to Sonic and bought their sale priced Wacky Pack for my lunch (two chicken strips and an order of Tater Tots with a small coke for $1.99...with a small toy) You can't beat that!

The mail finally hour late....

My brother-in-law Bob called me with good news. The mass on his kidney was very old and not malignant at all. It had been there for years and years. ...perhaps forever. I was very happy to hear that and I imagine his girls were too. The boys...., both of them,,,,ignore him.  Joanne, his girl friend, was also delighted.

More later....

I guess the weather people are having a time forecasting the weather. We have bright sunshine and no rain yet. It is 1:00PM so rain.

More even later...

Well I know I need more exercise for sure. I walked up five blocks to the post office and five blocks back and was exhausted when I got back home. .l am really out of shape from sitting and reading all afternoon all winter. I will need to do that every day for awhile to work up my stamina again. I could take a nap now and I don't take naps.

I never did get the rest of my housework finished either. John, my son in law, was going to deliver one of the cowboy Gorgi puppies to Tulsa this afternoon but the buyer decided he would meet him tomorrow or Sunday instead. That's probably best. I understand from the Tulsa news that they had a lot of huge hail in that area...some as big as tennis balls that even broke out car windows.  I thought he might like someone to go along with him and hold the puppy so it would not be frightened. We will see if John wants that. Leslie is on call this weekend and can't go.

I took my bath about 7:00PM and watched some programs I had recorded. Around 9:00PM I will go on to bed.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Thursday and Apartment Cleaning

I slept fitfully again last night but got enough sleep I guess. I tried to keep my right arm laying on a pillow. That sometimes helps. I was up at 5:30AM, dressed and got myself ready for the day and had my oatmeal and coffee. I will have my chai later.

I hope Bob gets his diagnosis today. I think it's deplorable that his doctor has made him wait all this time. He had the MRI on Monday. The technician said the doctor would have the results that afternoon. If he has a mass on his kidney, what else could it be but bad news. I am hoping the doctor is trying to get a second opinion from a specialist.

I will clean the apartment regular cleaning day. I will wait until after the news to start though.

I see three cats out there eating their breakfast. One is Big Yellow Tom and the other one is the younger yellow cat. There was one of the gray cats out there too but I believe they chased it off. There are three dishes out there and the cats are all related so they should share.

More later...

I see mama cat is out there eating now. It's a good thing I didn't bring the bowls in.

The Tulsa news is on TV now. The CBS news doesn't come on until 8:00AM. It's only 7:15AM now.So I will get back to this later...

I watched most of the CBS news before I turned it off and scrubbed my entry way, kitchen and bathroom floors. I will vacuum later. I have been weeding in my little flower bed in front and am tired. All that stooping and pulling the weeds has worn me out for awhile..I did get the trimming finished yesterday evening so the yard looks as nice as it can with all the neighbor's wet leaves pasted on it over at the west side. I should go out and rake some of them up but I am tired now...maybe later...

I did go out and rake up about a six foot area of wet leaves that were plastered to the ground. I took my black leaf holder bag out there and picked up all I had raked up and also rolled my trash container out there and stuck the bag in it and then rolled it back into the garage. Now I am exhausted. There is about a fourteen foot area that still needs to be raked and bagged but I am not going to do it today. It is supposed to rain tomorrow so it will be awhile until they will be dry enough for me to do that area. After they dry, I may try to mow that area and some of those leaves will be sucked into the mower bag and I may be able to dump them into the black leaf bag. That may be awhile.. I am either terribly out of shape or it's the mileage...I don't know which. It may be a combination of them.

It's almost 11:10AM now and I am getting hungry. I want to wait until noon to eat so I won't get so hungry in the late afternoon. I have finally finished off my strawberries and that is what I have been having in the evening while I read. I wish I had some bananas. They have not had the food pantry this week at all..That's where I usually get my fruit. I didn't think of bananas when I was at the Coffeyville Walmart yesterday morning.

Maybe this afternoon I will be rested up enough to vacuum the apartment. We will see. I like to clean the apartment weekly and also do at least one load of laundry every week.

More later...

I drove up to Independence to get some things at their Walmart that I couldn't get yesterday at Coffeyville. The bananas were the most important thing.

I thought about dropping by the kids and seeing the puppies but I had on white jeans and I knew they would want to jump up on me. So I will do that later. I may go ahead and vacuum now. I seem to have recuperated since this morning.

So more even later....

I got the living room, hall and bedroom done and then my back started hurting me again. I will do the dining room and den tomorrow. I have nothing else on the agenda for Friday.

It's time for the 4:00PM news anyhow so I will go rest and watch that.

More later...

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Suzanne came and picked up the Journals. She gets them weekly and enjoys reading them.I am glad she can use them.

This chart is from the Chronicle.

I will take my bath soon and put my pjs on and robe.  I intend to go to bed at 9:00PM.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wednesday and a Hair Appointment

I slept fitfully again last night. My right arm was aching off and on all night. Finally I got up and took two Aleve and that helped a lot. I dressed and had my oatmeal and the last of the boxed coffee and Chai Latte for my breakfast.

I kept my hair appointment in Coffeyville and Toni was the only one working. And while I was there I bought gas at 1.59 a gallon. Karan had given me some rubber gloves to wear to use to hold the nozzle for the gas. Then I went out to Walmart and bought my coffee and Chai Latte and used the last of my $10.00  gift certificate I had won at Bunco several weeks ago.

Then I came on back home.

One of the teen girls will be coming this afternoon to mow for me...probably Nalani. She was the usual mower last August. I plugged in the power supply for my trimmer and got it back together this morning. I did get most of the trimming finished before the battery went down yesterday. After sitting and reading all winter, I realize I am going to have to get out and walk and work my strength back up if I am going to get to mow this spring and summer.

It is noon now and I have had the last of my strawberries for my lunch. I hope Nalani comes soon.  It is 12:40PM now.

More later...

It's after 2:30 PM now and she hasn't come yet. Twice I have gone out and mowed on the west side but my stamina is gone. Too much sitting around all winter, I guess. I will rest awhile and then perhaps go back out and work on it some more. Perhaps by evening, I can get it done. Or maybe she will come later...

Krystal's youngest daughter came to mow for me. It was later then I thought but her mom brought her.  She did a nice job and charged me the same as the the other daughters did last August.

I am watching the Oklahoma news now and waiting for the CBS news. It is 5:20PM  now.

I see Sonic is offering their kids' meals for $1.99. You can't beat that for two chicken strips, tater tots and a small drink. That's all I ever need.

Big Yellow Tom is out there in front eating supper. I took the double bowl and two single dishes out there for the four of them. I don't think any of the other cats are there yet. I sometimes have four. 

It is 6:45PM now and I guess I will take my bath and put my pjs and robe on and read.  At 9:00PM or so, I will go on to bed.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tuesday and Rain

I woke up early this morning to thunder and pouring down rain. I slept until  6:00AM though. That's late for me.

I have dressed and had my oatmeal, coffee and Chai Latte.

I had two cats here wanting their breakfast this morning. They evidently have had their fill and are gone now. One was a scruffy looking gray cat and the other one of the yellow cats...probably the half grown yellow cat that belongs to mama cat and big yellow Tom.

The rain has stopped for now.

I have nothing in particular going today. I did laundry yesterday and will go to Coffeyville tomorrow for my hair appointment if Toni is still open. I will also go out to Woodshed and fill my gas tank and go to their Walmart for Chai. and a plug for my kitchen sink. It will not hold water.

I heard from Dean yesterday. He and Rod are doing fine. He also helps a 90 year old man who, I think, is a doctor. Dean has a good heart.

More later....

The rain has stopped and the sun is shining brightly! I am so glad! I had hoped to mow today but after all that rain, it will have to wait..

I guess I will eat one of my chicken pot pies I got from Schwan's some time back. That's what I will have for lunch.

I have been watching the CBS news but I think I will just read for awhile. I have been reading a book called "The Age of the Spirit"  by Phyllis Tickle and another called "The Underground Church" by Robin Meyers. I am 3/4 of the way through both. I really hope the library will re-open  soon because I miss my murder mysteries.

I finished "The  Age of the Spirit" and now am working on "The Underground Church".

I went out to trim the grass around the apartment but my trimmer needs recharging before I can finish. I was going to mow as soon as the grass is dry but my back is sore today and I asked the girls that mowed it in August to mow for me this week. Krystal Vanatta has three girls and one of them will do it tomorrow afternoon.

Bob still has not heard from the doctor about the results of his MRI yesterday.  That is so disgusting to me.  The doctor was to have had the results of the test yesterday afternoon.  The mass on one of his kidneys could be something fatal if not treated quickly.

More even later...

Monday, March 23, 2020

Monday and Laundry

I slept pretty well again last night. I lay my right arm on a pillow and managed to sleep better.

I got up close to 6:00AM and stripped my bed. I have the laundry going now and have had my oatmeal, coffee and am now having my Chai Latte.

I have three cats out there having their breakfast. Big yellow Tom is one of them and there are at least two gray cats out there.

Leslie will be coming around 11:00AM to have lunch...actually bringing lunch..and then she will climb up in my attic and look for those computer speakers for my new desktop computer. I went through all the boxes in the apartment again yesterday and did not find them. They have to be in that attic. I didn't expect to ever use them again so I probably didn't label the box they are in. I sure thought all that computer stuff was in the apartment boxes.

More later....

I found this on facebook:

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Pretty good chart.

I got my laundry done, dried and put away.  Then I found I was out of stamps and made  a run to the post office and bought two books of stamps.  They gave me a form I could use to put in the mailbox with a check and the mailman would leave me a book or books of stamps

More later... While I was out, I ran by the car wash and washed the muck off my old car. Then I came back home. I saw no sign of anyone at the library so I am stuck at home without interesting reading material.

Leslie should be here in a little over an hour. More later...

The war against coronavirus has intensified across the country as more workers are laid off, medical supplies dwindle, and authorities plead for Americans to stay home.

"I want America to understand -- this week, it's going to get bad," US Surgeon General Jerome Adams told NBC Monday.
So you see, we shouldn't plant false hope. It will pass we just don't know how long it will take or how., 

I have worked on the computer the past few hours. Leslie came for lunch and brought lunch. Mimi, her corgi came with her. She spent some time in my fenced in back yard while Leslie climbed up in the attic and found those speakers right away. She installed them and my camera and microphone.  She also downloaded Zoom so I can visit with her and the boys and see them as they can see me. They all have Zoom on their computers.

Leslie also put a lot of my extra boxes in the attic and helped me just leave down  what I will be needing this summer.  My blower and the leaf vacuum are going to be essential.

I will take my bath in the next hour and  expect to go to bed at 10:00PM this evening after 'Bull' as usual.
I put the cat food out an hour ago but one just now came to eat. It is the big yellow Tom cat. The others may be eating birds..darn it! They aren't showing up as often anymore.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sunday and No Church

There will be no church today. Our church's congregations have all closed until the corona virus danger is over...whenever that will be. Their first target was Easter and now they are saying May. They are shooting for May but it may be even later. No one knows for sure. This is a whole new ball game.

I slept well last night with my right arm on a pillow.

I have had my breakfast, coffee and dressed. Now I am having my Chai Latte.

I just texted Bob and he is up too. Tomorrow is his second MRI at 10:00AM and this time they will scan just his kidneys. They hope to figure out what the mass on his kidney is.

I will probably read or watch TV again today. I have several movies on Amazon Prime that I have bought over the years. I may watch another one of those.

The weather channel says it is raining here. I think it is.

I opened the door and looked out front and there were two gray cats waiting for their breakfast. The area right outside my front door has an overhang so their food will stay dry and so will they. Now I see one of the yellow cats is now out there and it is the large Tom cat.  And now the young yellow cat is out there too. I hope they will share that food. It seems to be rather peaceful out there right now. I know they are all wet and hungry.

More later....

I got my congregational newsletter finished and in e-mail for those with e-mail and hard copies for those with no e-mail.

Then I tried to find an online church service. I tried Jonesboro but really wanted to watch Toronto again. Unfortunately,I couldn't find their live service.

So I missed church.

More later....

I did find their video site right after it ran live. It was a very good service. The speaker was very good and the service was well planned. John presided and Michael played the piano beautifully.

I felt like I had been to church except for the lack of a congregation.

I started going through my file cabinet this afternoon and shredding unimportant stuff I have been collecting for years. Maybe while I am house bound this month  I can get that done. That way the kids won't have such a mess to go through when I am gone.

I wanted to watch 60 Minutes but the Oklahoma governor went over the situation in their state and preempted the entire program. Maybe I can find it on Amazon Prime tomorrow morning. That happened once before and I watched the episode I missed the next morning on Amazon Prime,

I hope to be able to watch "Bull" tomorrow night at 9:00PM if that governor doesn't take over that program too. He is so full of himself and not the brightest star in the sky either.

I want to strip my bed in the morning and wash my sheets before Leslie comes. She is bringing lunch and is going to climb into my attic to find the speakers to my desktop computer. If she can't find them I may buy some more. It depends on how much they cost.

I had three cats come for dinner and then they got into a fight over the food. There is plenty of food for all of them...greedy little creatures.

More later...

I played solitaire until 9:00PM, when I went on to bed.