Saturday, April 4, 2020

Saturday and Friday's Best Night's Sleep

I slept better last night then I had in weeks. I don't know what the difference was but I am glad I had such a good night's sleep. I sure needed it. I got up at 5:00AM but had had really good sleep and only woke up one time and even then I got right back to sleep.

I have had my oatmeal and coffee and am working on my Chai Latte.  I had the two yellow cats come for breakfast this morning. They were Big Yellow Tom and his offspring the younger smaller yellow cat. I haven't seen any of the gray ones yet. I am leaving the food out there for awhile. They may show up yet.

I will go over to Coffeyville's Walmart today in hopes of being able to get in there and get my groceries. I will run by Bob's home and leave the extra groceries I got from Suzanne on Sycamore Landing's "free" table. He will have to open their door for me. Those folks can use them. I don't want to go to Bartlesville since they have a lot more or the coronavirus then Coffeyville. The entire Montgomery County only has six cases. The Kansas governor immediately shut down everything except essential businesses. The Oklahoma governor waited way too late and they have a lot more cases.

I awoke this morning thinking this was Sunday and trying to recall how Dean got the shower to work when he was here. I always take a bath and this shower is different from any I have ever had in the past. I will need to wash my hair tomorrow. It will be a week since it was done. I will try to just blow it dry and hope for the best.

It is hard to recall which day of the week it is without looking at the date on the computer. Wednesday always helped me to keep track of the day of the week . I always had a lot going on Wednesdays. I always went over to Coffeyville to have breakfast with Bob and then went out to the Woodshed to get my gas, went to Walmart and sometimes to the library to read until time for game days. That sure helped me keep track of the days and gave me some fellowship. Now every day is the same...just "stay at home" unless I need groceries. I am beginning to need groceries for sure now. I need bread and milk and oatmeal and frozen meals. And I only have one medium bottle of crangrape juice which is what I use with my breakfast and lunch. I usually buy the six pack of that juice. Dollar General only had the one larger jar.

More later....

I went over to Coffeyville and took my excess groceries to Sycamore Landing's  "free table".   Then I went out to Walmart and bought nearly $50.00 worth of groceries that I hope will handle my meal needs for awhile. It should. Although I had to go around to a yellow taped off area to go into the store, I did not have to wait and the store was not packed with customers. I checked out my own groceries too. As I was leaving the store, my phone rang and it was in my purse. When I got it out and checked it, it was Leslie. She was at the Independence Walmart store and wondered if I needed anything, I told her I was at Coffeyville's Walmart store and had bought nearly $50.00 worth of groceries but thanked her for thinking of my needs.

I had one of my frozen lunches for my lunch. It was a Lean Cuisine Salisbury Steak and Macaroni and Cheese lunch for $2.12 and quite good. It was also just the right size for me. I bought six different frozen meals and none of them were Walmart's  Great Value  meals. Those go right off the shelf as soon as they are put there. I haven't been able to find those for a month or so. Those Great Value meals are a wonderful bargain. The Smart Ones meals are also pretty good and also  inexpensive.

I want to go out to our Dollar General store and see if I can find some ice cream bars for my desserts.

There are now 620 cases of coronavirus in Kansas. That number does not include the first case in Greenwood County and another case in Reno County, which would make the total number to date, 622. Seventeen people have died from the virus in Kansas and 151 people have been hospitalized. 

So more later..

I vacuumed the apartment...all but the den. I will do it tomorrow. I don't want to strain my arm and shoulder. I want to wash the floors too then.

I went to Dollar General and bought some ice cream bars to use for my desserts. Then I stopped by the car wash and washed my car. I don't think thee was any soap in the machine. I wiped it down when I got home with .paper towels and got a lot of black on them. That was basically a waste of $4.00 but it does look better now. I will be staying in for the next few days now that I have my groceries so maybe it will look better anyhow. This car is the only car I will have until I die, I imagine, and I want it to be kept clean.

No 4:00PM news. KOTV is broadcasting from their Oklahoma City station because someone in their Tulsa studio has developed the Coronavirus. They are cleaning the studio in Tulsa. They didn't say who it was that developed the virus.

More later...

It is 7:00PM  now and I will take my bath and get my PJs on then I will come back in and watch TV or read.

More even later....

Two yellow cats came for supper. Big Yellow Tom and his son/daughter. They ate their fill and left. I will leave the dishes out there for the gray cats...if they come.

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

Friday, April 3, 2020

Friday and An Even Better Night

I slept pretty well last night...only woke up twice. But I got back to sleep.

I got up about 5:45AM but I had cramps in the toes in my right foot. I took some meds especially for that and soon they cleared up.

Then I dressed and got myself ready for the day. I have had my oatmeal, juice and coffee.

When I opened the front door there were three cats waiting for me to bring them their breakfast.  Both yellow cats and one gray one were there. I put out the double dish and both blue bowls and they dug in. They ate fast and the two yellow cats left. It had been raining lightly. The area around my front door stays dry though It is only about four foot square which calls for cooperation between the cats or some cat does not get to eat.

I don't have anything on the agenda today unless I continue to go through the file cabinet and shred old documents. I will probably do that since I am stuck in the house.

It looks like more rain in the forecast for today and Monday. It had been forecast for a couple more days this next week but they have taken that out of the forecast. Without the data from airplanes, they are having a harder time with the forecast.

I plan to go to the food pantry this afternoon in hopes they have some bananas. I ate my last one for supper last night. I need some fruit. If they just  have veggies, I will take them to Coffeyville tomorrow to Sycamore Landing and their "free" table. I will need bananas, and bread and milk and Chai Latte by then.

More later...

I went up to the Independence Walmart to get my groceries but their parking lot was full and Leslie had told me they just let a small number of people in the store at once. The others have to wait outside. I went by the parking lot and it was full and it was raining and I sure wasn't going to wait outside with a large group of people. I went by the parking lot of the Walmart and the  Grocery too but it too was full. So I just got gas at Miller Brothers and came on back home.... a futile trip.

Then I got a text telling me my gas bill was ready and I pushed their link but it did not tell me how much it was or when it was due. I am supposed to get that information online but it wasn't there either. So I got their number and the automated voice told me how much it was and when it was due. Then I scheduled it to be paid. This is a kind of futile day.

One good thing that happened  this afternoon is that I got a free book on my Kindle because of my membership on Amazon Prime. That will give me something else to read.

More later...

I'm glad  I wasn't able to buy fruit at the Walmart store. Suzanne called to see if I wanted her to bring my produce from the Produce Market here and when she came by to bring it to me there were lots of bananas and blackberries and blueberries too. I will use my yogurt and make some smoothies with that fruit for my suppers. 

It's almost 4:00PM and the news will be on  then so I will get back to this later. I have plenty of fruit now.  More later...

I had a banana for my supper and a breakfast bar. That was plenty. I had my bath about 7:00PM and stayed up until 9;00PM when I went to bed.. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Thursday and a Better Night

I was awakened at 1:30AM by a loud bang noise. I got up and took my flashlight and looked all around the apartment and even in the garage. I didn't see a thing that could have made that noise so I went back to bed and even got back to sleep. The arm hurt off and on all night but I managed to sleep better anyhow. It's amazing what exhaustion can do .

I got up around 5:30AM and dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee. Two cats came for breakfast first the fat (and possibly pregnant) gray cat and then one of the yellow cats...the Big Yellow Tom, I believe. I had put their food out earlier.  They dug right in and evidently filled up and moved on.

I checked my bank account this morning and found more money then I thought. Keith and Esther had made a deposit there but still I had a lot more money then I thought. I went back over my checkbook with the calculator and could not find a mistake in the checkbook. I will wait until tomorrow and see if anything changes and if not, I will go over to the bank and see where all that money came from. Seldom is the bank wrong but one time years ago, I did catch them in an error.

More later....

I went out to Sonic at noon and bought their child's chicken strip dinner for my lunch. It is always very good and certainly cheap enough right now. It is $1.99 plus tax.

Then I came home and began going through the stuff in the storage under the printer. I did a lot or reorganizing there. I printed off some brochures for the church ....if we ever get to go back to church.

I also sent the newest classmates list from the laptop to the desktop computer so I will be ready after Christmas to do the new class newsletter  for 2021.

Since I had just cleaned last weekend and on Monday I didn't do my cleaning again just yet. Maybe I will get to it again on Saturday.  I'd like to take this "stay at home" time to go through my file cabinet and clean it out of old files and shred them and clean out the drawers to my wall unit. Lord only knows how long we will be alone and not around our friends. The prognosis just gets worse and worse.

It's time for the 4:00PM news right now so I will get back to this later.

I watched the news and some of the weather channel and just before 7:00PM I took my bath and put my PJs on and watched TV until shortly before 9:00PM when I went on to bed.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Wednesday and Another Poor Night's Sleep

I had trouble getting to sleep again last night. It was off and on and finally at 2:00AM, I took some ZZZquil I had brought with me from my lack of sleep experience in Coffeyville. I hate to take it because I think it affects my memory. But I need sleep worse then I need memory, I guess.

I have three cats here for breakfast The fat (or pregnant) gray cat was waiting for cat food when I opened the door. Then both yellow cats came and the gray one left. They are evidently very hungry. I will need to get cat food today after lunch. I think I will go down to Bartlesville to their Walmart store. Several of the things I need are not available at our Dollar General. The gray mama cat showed up later.

It did not rain last night. Maybe I will get the rest of the mowing done today. It is supposed to rain tomorrow, Friday and Monday. I had better try to mow today.

Suzanne will come by to pick up the rent and the newspapers today Luckily Scott had deposited $200 in my account so I had enough for the rent and the last utility in there.

I have had my oatmeal, and coffee and will soon have my chai latte. I will soon need more of that too.

I charged my Kindle last night and will try to read the rest of my book that is on it today. Between the Kindle and the computer and the TV, I get way too much yellow light and that causes me to have poor sleep. It affects the melatonin your body makes to help you sleep.

I think I will get the kids meal at Sonic for my lunch today. It is a special for $1.99. I am tired of frozen meals.

More later....

I changed my mind and ate anther frozen dinner. Suzanne hadn't come yet to get the rent and I didn't want to be gone when she came.. I will do the Sonic thing tomorrow..

I did take on one project. I trimmed my hedge and cleaned out the leaves from under it and pulled the weeds. It looks much better now. 

I am tired now and if I get rested up in an hour or so, I will do some more least finish the back yard even if I don't get the west side done. I came in and washed my hands and cleaned up my nails before Suzanne came. She was going to meet her sister so she didn't stay..and besides we are not to spend time close to another person.

More later...

I went out and looked at the back yard and it didn't look bad. So I didn't mow after all.  I read part of the afternoon until 5:30PM when I watched the CBS news. At 7:00PM, I took my bath did a load of laundry and dried and put it away and at 9:00PM, I went on to bed.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tuesday and A Bad Night

I think I woke up every hour on the hour all night long. Between my sinus' draining and the right arm and shoulder aching, sleep was nearly impossible. I finally just got up at 6:30AM.  I have dressed and had my oatmeal and coffee and fed four cats. A very fat (or pregnant) gray cat and both yellow cats have been here to eat. The scruffy looking gray cat is now out there eating.

I won't be doing much today. I am too tired. I wish I had something new to read....

Gray mama cat is out there eating now. I will need to buy cat food today.

I heard from Leslie last night  that they got in from Wichita and Hays Kansas at 8:00PM after leaving their home at 7:00AM yesterday morning. That must have been a huge day for them.

More later....

I read in a book I had on my Kindle all morning and then had my lunch at noon. I had another of my frozen chicken pot pies.  Then I decided to do my congregational newsletters and get them sent off.

That's what I will work on now. So, more later...

I sent off the letters for seven in the snail mail and all the others in e-mail. I also sent off the Daily Bread devotional from our church.  Keeping in touch is what this is all about. The church is closed because of the danger of the Colonavirus so we have to be creative to stay in touch.

It's 2:45PM now and the sun is shining brightly outside. I am afraid it may rain again tonight. I wonder if I should try to mow. I may check that out.

More later...

It's 3:31PM now and I got the front yard mowed.  I will wait until later this afternoon and try to get the back done.  I don't think it's suppose to rain tomorrow so maybe I can get the west side done then.

I am getting stronger...I can tell. Too much sitting around all winter. It spoiled my stamina. I will work at getting it back by mowing and walking.

I got most of the back yard done but it is lower and therefore wetter then the front yard . I will try to finish it tomorrow if it doesn't rain tonight. I got about half of it done. Suzanne will be here to pick up the rent check tomorrow. I sure would like to get the back finished before she comes and perhaps even the west side. It depends on whether it rains tonight or not.

It's time for the news now so I will get back to this later this evening.

More then..

I watched the news and then looked up and saw the young yellow cat waiting for his supper.  For some reason, he left before eating  He was looking around .like there were other cats around too but I did not see nay others. Anyhow the food is out there now.I ws going to take it out the front door but he acted like he might try to come in so I opened the garage door and went out that way and left it out in front of my door.

At 7:00PM, I will take my bath and try to get to bed at 9:00PM.. I sure didn't get much sleep last night.

When I came back in to watch TV after my bath, mama gray cat was eating on that food. She had quite a bit but then left. when she had had enough.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Monday and Another Stay at Home Day

I slept well last night. I got up, dressed and talked to Scott on the phone.then ate my oatmeal and drank my coffee. I saw two cats out in front waiting for their breakfast . The scraggly looking gray cat was one and one of the yellow ones was the other one. I had put the two sided food dish out there and the two blue bowls so they have plenty of food. It looks like the yellow cat has emptied one of the blue bowls and both cats are gone now...evidently full..... at least those two.

I transferred some money from my little savings into the checking account so I will have enough in there for my rent. My social security doesn't come in until the 8th of April. My Westar payment came out last night and my Blue Cross/Blue Shield too. My Atmos bill will come out tomorrow. Then my rent is due on the 1st. It's always a balancing act.

I won't need as much this month with my beauty shop closing and the fact that I bought groceries yesterday. I still have half a tank of gas too.

More later....

I watched the CBS news and then turned of the TV. I will run the sweeper over the carpet in the dining room and den. I never did get that done Thursday or Friday. I did get the laundry done. That's something.

I heard on the afternoon news on NPR  that Johnson and Johnson thinks they have a cure for the Coronavirus. Lets hope that turns out to be true.

I will get back to this later....

I ran the sweeper and  was amazed at the amount of dirt that came out of those two carpets...just the dining room and the den.

Then I had my sweet and sour chicken for lunch. I didn't get any mail today.....amazingly! I usually get something! I did send my grandson a birthday card. His birthday is the 2nd.

After that I read the book that downloaded for free on my phone kindle. It was entitled "The Missing Sister", It was just "alright"...nothing great! But it was free from Amazon.

It is 2:45PM now.  I may look to see what i might have saved on Amazon Prime recordings. I am too shaky in the legs to try to mow myself.

More later...

I talked to Nancy on the phone this afternoon and told her about the Child's dinner available at Sonic for $1.99 plus tax. It's two chicken strips, a package of tater tots and a small drink. I have had that twice this last week.. It's plenty for me.

I also told her tomorrow is a day the pantry is open from 3:00PM until  6:00PM. This time we have to drive through the drive there and open our trunks. If we don't do that, they wil put the grocery sacks on our fenders and we will have to put them in our card. They don't want the workers to be exposed to us drive through folks. That's good. I don't need a thing myself.

I put the cats dishes out again this afternoon  and so far they haven't come. It is sprinkling out though. Luckily I put my trash container out today. It may be raining tomorrow pickup day.

I am watching the channel 6 news now. At 7:00PM, I will take my bath and try to find something to watch on TV. I notice "Bull" is not on tonight...for some reason.   I will go to bed at 9:00PM.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday and An Appointment

My beautician called me yesterday to ask if I wanted to have my color and cut done today at 11:00AM. If I am going to get that done, this is my only chance. We have no live church anyhow during this Coronavirus time. Since our churches are shut down all over the earth, we have to depend on the churches that can stream their services. The site I visit on Sunday for my church experience is at Toronto Canada. And they record it and so I can watch it later.  The state of Kansas is shutting down any unnecessary business tomorrow.

I see I have three cats out there eating breakfast this morning. There are two gray ones, including mama cat and the scraggly gray one. Then the young yellow cat is out there too. He just finished and walked away. I put out the double dish, and two blue ones with cat food. I see another of the young gray cats is out there now eating.

I have some veggies I can't use. If Bob can meet me at 10:00AM there at Sycamore Landing, I will leave them on their "free" table for their residents. They always use them when I can't.

He says he cannot be there because Joanne is being released from the hospital this morning.

Yesterday I had the Sonic kids meal of two chicken strips and an order of tater tots and a small coke for $1.99.  You can't beat that value. It's not particularly healthy but it is cheap and tasty.  I think I will just order Schwans meals while we have this "stay at home" order.  I like the Walmart brand frozen meals but they are the first to sell out. I simply cannot cook for one. I think they are $1.69.

More later...

I watched some programs I had recorded until 9:20AM. My load of laundry is in the machine and I don't want to leave until I get it in the dryer. I am not sure how long that will be. It's in the rinse cycle right now and I don't know for sure how long it will be until that is finished and drained and spun damp dry but I imagine it will be awhile.

I got the laundry in the dryer and after everything was dry and put away, I left for Coffeyville.  I got there in time to have  an early lunch at Sonic. I had their $1.99 kids lunch...two chicken strips and a serving of tater tots and a small coke.

Then I had my hair done and afterward went out to Walmart to get the few things I needed for the week. I couldn't find kleenex, or paper towels. I only got breakfast bars.

So I took my groceries out and saw Bob with his groceries. He is concerned that Joanne is out of extra strength Tylenol and she needs it. He couldn't find it anywhere. So I told him I would look at our Dollar General store in Caney. I found it here in Caney and took it back over to Coffeyville so she would have it after she is released this evening. I also took those extra groceries for the "free table" at Sycamore Landing. I knew those residents could use them.

Then I went out to church to check on the trash. Last time I was out there the trash was full so I thought I would pick it up and take it home for my trash barrel. Cyndi was there working on her Easter wreaths She told me they had closed Four County Mental Health as "non essential". That's where Leslie works as a case manager so now she is not working and I don't know whether she will be paid or not.

After that, I decided to go on to Independence and check out their Walmart store for the things I could not find locally at Caney or at Coffeyville's Walmart.

They had everything I needed there. So afterward I came on back home and put everything away.

I am waiting for the news at 5:00PM now and after that, 60 Minutes.

More later....

I watched the news, then 60 Minutes and also the church  service at Toronto Canada that was streamed online.

Then at 9:00PM, I went on to bed. It had been a huge day.