Saturday, August 15, 2020

Saturday and A Visitor

When I opened the front door this morning I found five cats/kittens  waiting for their breakfast. It was Scruffie, her two kittens and one of the yellow cats. They all seem very hungry since only one yellow cat came for supper last night.

I have had my breakfast and am ready for the day.

I slept well last night but had a strange thing happen as I was getting ready for bed last night The last thing I do before I go to bed is take my contacts out. I got the right one out just fine but could not find the left one. The left one is just a very strong contact Roger used to start my lazy eye 40 years ago. The right one is a bifocal. I pinched in my left eye trying to find that contact and get it out but it appeared to be gone. Once, years ago, I had one move around behind my eye and I had to have Roger, my optometrist, get it out. I guessed that was what had happened this time too.

Either that or when I took my bath and washed my face, I might have caught it with my washcloth.  But it was almost 10:00PM and there was no one to do that this time so I put some drops in that eye and went on to bed. The drops soothed the eye and I was able to sleep.  This morning I put the right contact in and started to put away the case and there on the pad in the cabinet, was the contact for the left eye. It was crisp by that time so I put some contact drops in the case and put the contact in there to re-hydrate. Later today I will be able to put it in the left eye. That was strange event number one.

Then I had a phone call last night from one of those adjustable bed companies saying I had won one of those adjustable beds and the woman asked me if I wanted one with the headboard that raised or one with the footboard that raised. I told her I really didn't want one at all. I told her my daughter had bought me a new box springs and mattress just before I moved into this apartment. She then said they would deliver me one of those really good pillows as a consolation prize. They had my address and wanted to know if I wanted it to be delivered at 9:00AM or 1:00PM today. I told her that 1:00PM would best.

When I hung up I thought how stupid that was of me. Then the phone rang again and a different woman wanted to confirm my delivery time as 1:00PM. I will be very careful not to open the door to anyone without some kind of documentation this afternoon...if the delivery comes at all. That was strange event number two.

If Nancy is feeling well today we are going to eat lunch out....probably at Eggberts here. She was sick half a day yesterday or she would have gone with me for lunch with Gay and Adele at Ane Mae's in Independence. I went by her house after I got back home and took her my half sandwich that I had had boxed up yesterday afternoon. It was a turkey sandwich and was very good but it was huge, and since they had cut it in half, I had it boxed up for Nancy.

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Here's Octavia and her litter of five Cowboy Corgis. She sure looks tired. It had been a rough night for her.

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 That's the number she ended up with. Aren't they cute little critters!!

I was able to put my left contact in after it re- hydrated.  That worked out.

Nancy hasn't called yet so I don't know whether she is up to lunch or not. I don't want to call her since I may wake her up.

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I tried to call Nancy  about 10:00AM but I was unable to reach her. The phone rang 6 times and then went to voice mail. So I  tried again in about an hour and this time I reached her. She does want to eat out so we will go to Eggberts here. I have that appointment at 1:00PM so I don't want to get too far away. I will pick her up at noon. Then we can be back by 1:00PM just in case that woman comes.

Then at 2:00PM or so, Krystal and her daughter will come to mow. We are forecast for rain this afternoon and I hope to get the yard done before rain starts...if we get it. They have hard time forecasting  southeast Kansas weather.

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Nancy and I did go to Eggberts for lunch. Then I took her home. I had Krystal coming to mow and after that, a woman came to try to sell me a Easy Rest Adjustable Bed. Of course I wasn't about to spend $3,000 on a "sleep System" but for listening to her sales pitch they will send me one of their foam pillows. It will take 90 days to get it but what the heck!

Krystal mowed and when it is cooler I will trim.

I did get my book today. It is "Donald Trump and his Assault on Truth". It was written by the Washington Post Fact Checker Committee.  I barely started it before Diane, the sales woman came. She was here 2 1/2 hours and certainly earned her salary. Of course, I was not going to spend $3,000 for an Easy Rest adjustable bed. Leslie bought me a new box spring and mattress just before I moved over here. It's what they call a "flat bed" but it's a great set. I am sure not going into debt for an adjustable bed.

I got my cake baked for the First Christian Church in Independence before she came and even got it iced. They are starting their free dinners on Tuesday. I will run it over to the church tomorrow and put it into the frig freezer over there. I will see if Nancy wants to go too just for the ride.

I watched what was left of the CBS news after all that. I will go back to reading my book after the news. Then I will take my bath at 7:00PM.

Four or five cats came for supper. Scruffy, both her kittens and Big Yellow Tom and the yellow adolescent cat  came to eat and drink the clean water I put out there.

I plan to go to bed at 9:00PM or so. It's been a busy day.

Tomorrow I will trim the yard. Then I will watch the Toronto Canada church service at 11:00AM

Friday, August 14, 2020

Friday and Lunch Out

I slept very well last night and only woke up a couple of times to go to the bathroom  and get a drink of water. I got up shortly before 5:00AM and got myself ready for the day.

I had my breakfast of oatmeal and juice and coffee and when I opened the door I had three cats ready for their breakfast. I didn't see either of the kittens..just Scruffie and one of the yellow cats. They are gone now and Big Yellow Tom is eating there now. I am having my Chai now.

I have checked my e-mail and also balanced my bank account,  I still have several checks outstanding.

I will vacuum the dining room today and then at 11:00AM I will pick up Nancy to go to lunch at Anna Maes in Independence. We will meet Gay and Adele there for lunch. They have separation and wear masks until customers are ready to eat.

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I got the dining room vacuumed while the commercials were on. That is the entire apartment. All I lack is dusting. I will get that done sometime today.

I will have the yard mowed this evening.

I called Nancy at mid morning and she was sick all night so she could not go with me to lunch with Gay and  Adele.

John texted me that Octavia was having her puppies and they had cancelled their trip. to South Dakota.The puppies are more important.

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Krystal decided to have the girls mow tomorrow . Something came up tonight.

That's fine. Whatever is convenient.

I went over to Nancy's after I got back from Independence and took her half of my sandwich. It was way too large for me to eat. I had it cut in half. Naomi brought some cobbler over for Nancy too. She will have a nice supper.

Octavia had five puppies today and they are so cute.  They are Cowboy Corgis..half Blue Heeler and half Corgi.  They have a little longer legs then the Corgis. They are darling though. I will try to put their photos here. Keep in mind they are just newborns and still wet,

This is Number one Cowboy Corgi:
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Number two Cowboy Corgi
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Number three Cowboy Corgi 
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Number four Cowboy Corgi
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 Number five Cowboy Corgi
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Aren't they cute?

I will take my bath at 7:00PM and  plan to get to bed about 9:00PM. I am very tired again.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Thursday and Cleaning Day

I slept well again last night and got up about 4:45AM and made my bed and got myself ready for the day and fixed my breakfast and coffee. I opened the door to three cats...two yellow ones and gray Scruffie. I don't see the two kittens right now. Some of the cats are still eating but one is drinking the clean water I put out there yesterday afternoon.

It is trying to rain. There has been thunder for an hour. That's what woke me up. I have washed the bare floors already this morning. Later, during commercials, I will vacuum.  That has worked out to be the best thing to do during commercials. I will start after all the cats are gone.

I have a 3:00PM appointment to get my oil changed at Honda of Bartlesville. I am going to get a folder out for the service record I have kept. They always try to sell you an expensive service and twice I had not had the service record out of the trunk and agreed to a service I had already had. You have to watch those guys at the dealerships. They don't have that special they have always had. The oil change went from the initial $9.98 with a coupon that I printed off their internet site to $12.95 with that coupon but now they have raised it up to over $38.00 and are not offering a coupon at all.  I am taking Nancy with me.  She needs to get out of that house before she loses her mind. I will also take her to to Anna Mae's in Independence tomorrow at 11:30AM to meet Gay and Adele for lunch.

I want to get my Chai Latte now so I will get back to this later. I will start the vacuuming at the next six minutes of commercials.

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I got the bedroom and hall vacuumed during that group of commercials. Now they are starting another group so more later...

I got the living room vacuumed and am waiting for the next group of commercials to do the den. I may wait to do the dining room until in the morning. I have to drag those chairs out into the living room to vacuum it.

I got the den done during that last group of commercials and now I have only the dining room to do, which I will  do in the morning. Then I will dust again and be finished for another week

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I logged onto my Amazon account without a pause!  The first time in nearly 4 weeks I was able to order the book I was wanting.  I just put in my password and it went right through! I am so delighted. I didn't even need the OTP now....just my password.

I went out to Dollar General just a little bit ago and bought what groceries I needed.

I guess I will go watch some "Dr. G" for awhile.. It's only 10:40AM right now and it will be awhile before lunch. least an hour.

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I had one of my Healthy Choice frozen meals for lunch. That was good. I was getting ready to go get Nancy so we could go to Bartlesville to get my oil changed at Honda at Bartlesville and I wanted to check my hearing aid battery, I had put it in this morning. Unfortunately it was not in my ear.. I started looking around for it. It tends to slip out of my ear and I had Stan put what he called a "lock" on it. That helped. I looked everywhere I had been this morning and was getting ready to go out to Dollar General since I had been out there at 10:00AM this morning. I checked the trunk because I had been in there too. I had watered the flowers so I checked there.  I went and looked  everywhere I had vacuumed. It was nowhere to be found. So I got my purse and phone and was going to go check out the Dollar General Store and looked down on the floor of the drivers side of my car...and there it was. I was so relieved. That thing cost a lot of money. I paid for it when I was working for the Green Thumb people after Bob died and was paying off my car at the same time. I put a new battery in it and put it back in my ear. I imagine it came out of my ear when I took off the face mask I wore at the Dollar General Store when I got back in the car.


I called Nancy and she had just come in from the beauty shop and wanted to rest a bit before we left. I imagine she also wanted some food in her stomach.  I told her it would be about 20 Minutes and I would be by. So I will leave to go get her about 2:20PM It's just 2:10PM now.

We got to my appointment at Honda at 3:05PM and they spent an hour trying  to change my oil and sell me an extra $70. worth of work. I told them I got my tires at a local tire store and they rotate my tires free of charge and I had it aligned at that time too. They were not real happy about that but there was not much they could do about it. So I spent a little over $39.00 to have the oil and filter changed.

We got back home about 5:00PM and I left Nancy at her home and came on home to have my banana. The Schwan's man came as soon as I was home and brought my chicken pot pies.

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I took my bath about 7:00PM and watched some Amazon Prime TV until  8:50PM when I went on to bed. I was very tired.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Wednesday and Breakfast With Bob

I slept fitfully last night. It's probably because I didn't do much of anything yesterday except play FreeCell and watch TV. Today will be different. I will drive over to Coffeyville and pick up Bob at 7:00AM and we will go to Eggberts for breakfast, Afterward I will fill my car with gas at Woodshed and get my hair done at 9:30AM. I may go out to Walmart and get a couple of things or stop at their Dollar General and get them so I won't have to drive clear across town to their Walmart. Then I will come back home. There are no game activities at the senior center today. Next Wednesday is game day.

I went ahead and ate some oatmeal this morning even though I will have another breakfast at 7:00AM this morning. It keeps my system running. Oatmeal is so good for you. I also had a cup of coffee. I will forgo the breakfast bar and Chai Latte. I do need to check and see how many cats/kittens are waiting for their breakfast.

Well, Scruffie and her kittens were all out there and one of the yellow cats too.  The yellow cat ran all the others off. That's disgusting. There was plenty of food for them all out there.That yellow cat is eating like he/she had not eaten in a long time but I know I fed that cat yesterday morning. That yellow cat is the adolescent cat not Big Yellow Tom.

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I went over at 7:00AM and picked up Bob for breakfast.  after that., I went out to Woodshed and filled up my gas tank and then out to Walmart to buy groceries.  Then I got my hair done and came on back to Caney to get the child's chicken strip dinner at Sonic for $2.18.

Then I came back home and called Amazon again. This is almost four weeks now since I have been able to get into my Amazon account. I have now talked to 21 different people...none of which has been able to help me. Finally it occurred to me why I haven't been able to get their texts of a number to put into the OTP security. I have blocked all calls whose numbers are not familiar to me. I get so much spam I don't even answer them. I just block them and delete the numbers. I evidently have blocked the many Amazon customer service numbers.

I went back over to US Cellular in Coffeyville and found out how to unblock all those numbers. There must have been hundreds. It took me hours to unblock all of them. But it's done now and I should be able to get Amazon's texts now. After a few days I will try again to deal with them and try to get my account so I can access it. I am exhausted with the entire thing right now.

I went over to Nancy's after that. I tried to call her but for some reason her phone rings six times and then goes to voicemail. I will pick her up after she gets her hair done tomorrow and we will go to Bartlesville to Honda of Bartlesville and get my oil changed in my car. Before that we plan to go eat at McCalesters.

Friday I am meeting Gay and Adele at Anna Maes in Independence and I will take Nancy there too. She has to get out of that house.

Leslie and John will be gone this weekend to South Dakota to a meeting of people in John's type business.  Octavia is expecting her puppies any day now. If they are born while they are gone Ray, Johns brother in law, will feed and check on the dogs and cattle.

I had four cats and kittens come for their supper this evening. After they ate their fill I brought in the bowls and then worked on this blog while listening to music on Alexa.

It's my bedtime now. I took my bath when I got home from Nancy's and it's 9:40PM now.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tuesday and Another Boring Day

I slept very well last night and was up at 5:00AM. I have had my coffee and oatmeal and am watching the weather channel waiting for the "weather on the 8s" to come on.

I fed five cats/kittens this morning. They were all hungry. Last night was a rainstorm so none of them came for supper. I think they are finished now and I will need to get the bowls back in the apartment.

I don't know what I will do today. Tomorrow I will get my hair done and perhaps take Bob to breakfast. Then I will get gas and come on back home. There are no games tomorrow. They are on the first and third Wednesday afternoons. Tomorrow is the second Wednesday.

I finally saw the weather on the 8s. It looks hopeful no more storms this week. I am so glad Lowe's are not coming this week. I was not looking forward to the mess.

John and Leslie are going to South Dakota for a conference this next weekend.  I am concerned about crowds that come from everywhere for conferences. That is very dangerous. I don't know whether everyone will be wearing face masks and keeping their distance all weekend. They are both at risk...John with his diabetes and Leslie with her history of Crohn's disease. I am concerned about their immune systems.

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An hour ago I decided to try once again to talk to someone in customer service at Amazon. This was the 17th person in the past three weeks . Each one of them promised me they would get this settled so I can get back into my Amazon account and nothing has happened yet. This woman told me to wait 24 hours for an e-mail from Amazon and then try to log in again. I have been told this at least three times by various customer service people but it has yet to happen.  I have never got the e-mail. This morning I thought I would try once again to log into the account but was unsuccessful. Then I was locked out. That's when I thought I would try once again to get a customer service person that had some "follow through".

We will see. Tomorrow is Wednesday and I will be gone all morning. Maybe by afternoon they will let me into my account. I want to order a book.  This women seemed so sincere that I hope I can trust her to do what she said she would do. She said they had an entire file on my problem. I bet they do.

I went out and trimmed on my hedge again earlier. Darn thing grows fast. I have to trim on it every week.

I had one of my Healthy Choice frozen meals for my lunch at noon and an ice cream bar for my dessert. I will have a banana for supper.  That usually holds me until breakfast. It is 2:45PM now.

I may drop by Nancy's and see if she is up and around. Dale did sell her car. So she has no way to get around now except on foot. She won't go far that way.

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I never got over to Nancy's but I did call her. The Food Basket texted me to ask if I could help sort food Thursday afternoon. We will wear face masks to do the work. It will be all inside work.  I will pick her up shortly before 2:00PM on Thursday. That will give us something to do that is a service to the community.

I see Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris for his vice president candidate She has been a prosecutor in Sacramento and a Senator too. I hope that works out.

Sources close to Joe Biden have long said that he was looking for a governing partner. 

And while Kamala Harris is only a few years into her first term as US senator, one selling point on the experience front is her leadership as California’s attorney general. 

Harris often said on the campaign trail that she led the second largest Department of Justice in the country, second only to the US Department of Justice. And as Biden looked at the range of experiences that would make a vice president ready to serve, that was one of them.

She seems well qualified.

It is 4:55PM now. Scruffie came by about an hour ago and wanted to eat her supper so I put some food out for her. Poor thing...every time she comes to eat, her two kittens see her and come crowd her and eat out of her dish with her. This time she came by herself. She is getting smarter. :)

The Food  Basket texted me a change in their hours on Thursday. Now it is 11:00AM until 1:00PM and then again 6:00PM until 7:00PM. I may be able to work the early shift but I may not be up to the second one. I will play it by ear.

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At 7:00PM, I took my bath and watched some more TV shows on Amazon Prime before I will go to bed at 9:00PM.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Monday and Laundry

I got up at 5:30 this morning after a bad night's sleep. I woke up after midnight with a very sore neck. I must have slept crooked or something. I finally got up and took an Aleve. Then I went back to bed and after a couple of hours I had leg cramps. I had a med for that too so I finally got up and took a couple of those. I finally slept until 5:30AM. When I got up and dressed I stripped my bed and remade it and started my laundry. I believe it's ready to go into the dryer now so I will get back to this in a minute.

Five cats came for their breakfast this morning. Scruffie and her two kittens and Big Yellow Tom and the adolescent yellow cat all came at once. They ate their fill and left. I will get the bowls in and then get the laundry in the dryer. I will need to get cat food today.

I got the laundry in the dryer and am watching the weather channel now. I also stopped and got a breakfast bar to eat with my coffee.

I don't have a plan for today except the laundry. I will water the outside plants and deadhead them in a little while.  I want to watch "the weather on the 8s" for our forecast first.

I got the plants watered and deadheaded and I noticed we are forecast for  rain Wednesday and Thursday. This is Kansas so that may not happen.

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I got the laundry folded and put away. Now I have nothing much planned.

One day this week, Lowe's will come to put my new flooring down the the kitchen, utility area, dining room and bathroom. The plumber will need to come to get the stool out of the bathroom and turn off the faucet to the washer. Lowe's is not allowed to do that. Lowe's can move all the furniture out of the dining room and the washer and dryer out of the utility area and frig and range out of the kitchen. Thank goodness! I have no idea how I would do that!

Suzanne, my landlady, just called. She is not all that happy with the flooring she chose and wants to cancel the order at Lowe's and look at Derailed Commodity where she can find what she really wants. I told her that was fine with me. I am in no hurry to have to deal with all the commotion of them moving all that furniture out and the plumber coming to take up the stool. She said it might be months or it might be weeks but she wants to get what she really wants down there. I am really relieved.

I just ordered some of Schwan's Chicken pot pies for Thursday's delivery. I think I just have one left in the box and I really like those. I have one at least once a week. Other then that, I get my frozen meals at Wal Mart.  I even have begun to get my ice cream bars at the Dollar General Store here in Caney. Schwan's are much too expensive. Consumer's Report says Healthy Choice is a very good brand to get and costs just a fraction of the cost of Schwan's.

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I used the printer and noticed I was running out of ink. So I went up to Independence to the Walmart store and bought the three things I needed there and then bought the cat food and the ice cream bars at Dollar General here.

I wrote a check for the accrued interest on my old life insurance loan from back when we bought the double wide here in Caney and used the last check in my book  I thought I had one more book but it was from the Morgan Street address in Coffeyville. So I called and ordered more checks. Keith Rogers was supposed to have arranged that loan so the dividends would pay on the loan. That never happened. Then when Leslie was working for Prudential, we asked her to make that arrangement. For some reason, that didn't get done either. So every so often, probably once a year,  I get a notice from Prudential to make that payment. That notice came today and this time it was $48.89. Always something.

Anyhow, I should have my new checks in a week.

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We had quite a bit of rain and wind and even some pea sized hail this morning.

My neighbor across the street had two large limbs fall off his tree and into the street during that storm. He left awhile ago and left those limbs out there in the street. I finally went out there and pulled them next to the curb over there. He is the one who parks one of his three pickups in his yard. That is so disgusting.

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I watched some "Dr. G" , played some card game on the laptop until bedtime. I took my bath at 7:00PM and went to bed shortly after 9:00PM. I was going to watch "Bull" but just couldn't make it. I recorded it and maybe I will watch it tomorrow.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Sunday and Online Church

I slept very well last night and got up at my usual 5:00AM. I made my bed, made myself ready for the day and had my breakfast. After breakfast I opened the front door to five hungry cats. I took their food out through the garage just to play it safe. I don't want to chase a cat through the apartment. They are out there eating now. There is Scruffie and her two kittens , big Yellow Tom Cat and  the yellow adolescent cat. They act like they haven't eaten in days and I know I feed them every day at least once a day and some of them come back in the evening for supper.

Leslie texted me last evening to invite me to dinner today. They are grilling a chicken and baked potatoes and vegetables. I will call Jay at the Shed over at Tyro and find out what kinds of pies he has. I will stop there on my way to the kid's and choose one. His pies are baked by the Amish colony over at Parsons and they are great pies.

I so appreciate being asked to dinner at the kids. They did that a few weeks ago and I took a cherry pie. Leslie is not on call this weekend.

It looks like all the cats/kittens are gone now so I will go out and get the bowls and bring them in.

I see Big Yellow Tom is still eating hungrily so I will wait a little longer .

I received my new replacement Medicare card in the mail yesterday. I looked everywhere for the original card but somehow or other I lost it somewhere probably when I changed purses and cleaned that other purse out. I called Medicare a couple of weeks ago and they said it would be a month before I got it but it was only a couple of weeks.

I watched a couple of shows that I like on Sunday morning "Vet Pet" is one and I had recorded "Lucky Dog" yesterday morning and watched that too.  Then I came into the den to play FreeCell for awhile while I wait for Jay to open over at "The Shed" at Tyro. I will check on a pie then.

More later... I called  Jay and chose an apple pie. I will pick it up at 12:15PM...after I watch church online. Leslie seemed happy about the apple pie.

I am watching CBS news Sunday morning now.

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I watched the church service and immediately left for Tyro to pick up the apple pie. Then I went on out to John and Leslie's.

I hadn't been there long and Leslie decided she needed some Amish bread for our meal. We went back over to the Shed and she chose some. Then we went back to the house. John put it on the grill and we sat out on their patio/gazebo and drank iced tea. He fixed the chicken and Leslie put the veggies on in a skillet and I stirred it while she got everything else done.

The meal was delicious! So was that wonderful Amish apple pie.

John had sold some of his art work and he showed me photos on his phone of the art work he sold. He did 22 pieces. He is a talented artist. Some of that was oil paint and some was metal sculpture.

We had a nice visit and then later that afternoon, I headed back home.I stopped at Nancy's and gave her my extra piece of pie. She was delighted!

Later that evening, after my bath,  I logged on to the Mission Center site with Zoom. 

I stayed up until after 9:30PM and then went on to bed.