Saturday, June 26, 2021

Saturday and Rain

I slept  pretty well last night but woke up at 12:30AM to the sound of the storm. It sounded like it could tear up my plants so after awhile,I went out quickly and brought them in and set them on dinner plates. One is in the den and the other on the small rug in front of the front door. They are so pretty, I don't want them ruined. It's still dark out so I can't check on the flowerbeds yet. It's only 5:42AM now. The hanging plant I brought in the den, looks fine. Maybe I can set it on the TV cart in the window in the den. That's where I usually set the solar kitty when I bring it in for the night.

I have had my breakfast bar and oatmeal and am drinking my coffee now. It's nearly 6:00AM now and I will take the coffee in and turn on the TV for the weather.

So, more later... 

It's just drizzling now so I took the plants back out on their hooks.  If it starts pouring again I will bring them back in. I also fed the two cats, Blondie and Scruff, in the garage..just inside the garage door...while it's raining. 

I have finished my breakfast now and washed the bowl and cup. It's 6:35AM right now. 

It's 8:08AM now and I have been watching the news and playing solitaire all this time. 

The cats are gone now. The rain has let up for awhile but it is chilly outside. 

More later... 

I have been reading all morning. I finished the book I was on.

Krystal called me after she got off work and said she would come by after she left work and mow for me.I felt of the grass and it appeared to be dry even though it poured down rain after midnight. So she came and mowed for me and that took care of this week.

Brandon's back yard is still a mess.

I went to the Caney Market this morning  and bought three pieces of chicken, okra and corn and they threw in a biscuit. I couldn't eat it all so I saved two pieces of the chicken, half the corn and okra and half the biscuit for another meal....or two. I put it all in a microwavable covered dish. I am pretty much out of money now.  I will need to go to the bank tomorrow before church.

I had just put a new battery in my notebook last Monday and have used it every day since that including this morning. I just picked it up to use it and it has some kind of problem. It was automatically shut down because it was overheating and was running a program to recover it but that never worked.  Darn! I really enjoy using it on my lap while I watch the news. I may send it to Keith to see if he can figure it out. Always something!

I called Nancy  a little while ago and she had heard from Dale about David's progress and he is getting better and it will just take some time.

I guess I will go take my bath and read awhile before bedtime.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Friday and Cleaning the Apartment

I slept until 6:00AM this morning...very unusual for me! I was awake a couple of times in the night but basically, slept well. I am having my oatmeal now and drinking my coffee. In a little while I will go turn on the TV and watch the "weather on the 8's". 

I didn't clean the apartment yesterday and I usually do that on Thursday but somehow I just wasn't up to it. I don't have too much energy today either but I clean once a week and I need to get that done.

One of the girls will mow this afternoon even though it doesn't really need it much.  We are supposed to get rain the next week and it would REALLY need it by then. It was mowed last Thursday so it's been a little over a week.

I'll be back to this later.I want to check the weather.

Sure enough we are forecast a week of rain. I hope they can get the yard mowed before it starts.

I got all the flowers watered. I probably won't have to water for a week now with all that rain in the forecast. 

Blondie was the only cat that showed up for breakfast. I didn't  see Scruff  at all...unless she shows up later. 

I am not feeling very energetic today either. Unless I get to feeling better, I may not clean after all. No one will see it except me anyhow. 

I am feeling  a little better now and am starting to clean the apartment. It is 9:00AM. I will continue as long as I have enough energy to do it.  I have the mopping finished.

I have the bedroom and hall vacuumed. I am taking my time. I don't want to wear myself out. In a minute, I will do the living room.

O.K. I got the living room done. Next is the den and last the dining room.  Then I have to clean up the sweeper. It's 10:00AM now.

It's 11:00AM now and I am finished. I even dusted today. I was tired to begin with and now I am exhausted. I guess I was more tired then I thought. I have even cleaned up the vacuum sweeper.  I probably will just read the rest of the day. I don't know when the little girl who mows for me will come but I still have to put gas in the mower. It will probably be mid or later afternoon. But I had better get gas in that mower.....just in case. Then I will rest....and read.

O.K. I got the gas in the mower. I am ready for the girl who mows for me. 

Soon it will be lunch time.I may go out to Eggbert's and have my chicken salad fruit and muffin again. That sounds good...better then another frozen meal. I will have to check the money situation first. :)

I did go out to Eggbert's to eat but once again a child was screaming at the top of his lungs so I asked the waitress to bring me a box and a "to go" cup. I boxed up my dinner and the iced tea and paid the waitress and brought my dinner home to eat it in peace and quiet. 

I read until 2:30PM and finished my latest book and downloaded another mystery.

More later... I watched a recorded TV show and read on my latest book this afternoon and rested up after my day of housework.

My mower is coming about 5:30PM to mow and after that I will trim. In fact, I may trim before she comes because I don't know when the rain will begin.

I may go trim now.... 

And that's what I did. I got the trimming done before the mowing. I was afraid I would get the string broken off before I finished but I didn't. 

John, the girl's stepfather, came to mow since the girl that usually does it, is sick. Her little sister, who did it last week, is in Georgia visiting a friend. After working all day, I wasn't going to ask John to mow my yard. It isn't that bad.  It can wait a week. Then it will really need it. If it cools down by then, I can mow it myself.  If not, the girl who usually mows for me will be well by then. I got it trimmed anyhow.

It's 6:27PM now and I will take my bath. I put away the mower and the yard bag. I will read after my bath until bedtime.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Thursday and a Day of Rest

I was up at my usual 5:00AM. I slept fitfully but at least I still slept. I have made my bed, dressed and got myself ready for the day. I usually clean on Thursdays but I may just wait until tomorrow. I am pretty tired and I cleaned on Friday last week. It's 6:15AM now and I will go turn on the weather channel and check out the cats. I will get back to this after awhile.

I watered the flowers in the back yard. When the cats finish eating in the front I will water the ones in the front. Blondie s finished but is hanging around to drink water. Scruff is finished and gone. I will go water the flowers out there now.

I got the rest of the flowers watered after the cats left. Blondie is out there now..wanting in...but that's not going to happen.

I am waiting for the CBS news  now. That comes on at 8:00AM and it's only 7:26AM now. 

It's  11:27AM now, I have been reading most of the morning. Yesterday I had a letter from Blue Cross/ Blue Shield wanting me to send a payment for my July supplement. I cancelled July with them after I got my new supplement. Then yesterday I got the letter wanting me to send a check for it. Today I finally got hold of them and reiterated that I had cancelled them in favor of another supplement that was half as much as theirs. I think I got through with them this time. I hope... 

I read most of the afternoon and then called Nancy. She wanted me to come over so I went by and stayed an hour. Then I came home to be here when my Schwan's frozen food came. I must have missed him.  He never came back. That's his problem because they messed with my schedule. I am not staying home all day waiting for the Schwan's food. I can buy frozen food at the Caney Market...and it's much more reasonable in price. 

I took some information about dementia to Nancy since she wanted that information.

The cats didn't come for supper.

It's almost 6:00PM now and closer to 7:00PM, I will take my bath. I will read awhile after that. I may go to bed later if I am  still reading.

I watered my flowers again and then I read until the battery went down on my Kindle.  By then it was 8:30PM so I decided to go on to bed. I was tired and I had done very little today. Tomorrow I will clean the apartment again. It will be week tomorrow since I last cleaned it.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Wednesday and Game Day

I slept pretty well last night and was up at 5:00AM as usual. I made up my bed, and myself and dressed for the day. I have my hair appointment today and will get color and cut. I really need it.I have trimmed around on it a couple of times but I need a good haircut. 

I will need to go to the market again this morning. I used the last of my milk in today's oatmeal and need breakfast bars and breakfast blend coffee. I will also need a treat for game day. I could stop over to Tyro to get the treat but I imagine I can get something at the market here. I am trying to give them all my business. I would hate to see it fail.

My hair appointment is between 9:00AM and 9:30AM this morning. After that, I will go to the library in Coffeyville to read if they have opened it for just readers again. If not, I will sit out front and read my Kindle. I have empty ink cartridges for them too. Then I will get a light lunch somewhere before game day at 1:00PM. I also need to get gasoline for the mower today if the yard needs mowing tomorrow.

Now I need to turn on the TV and watch the weather and check on the cats. It is after 6:00AM now. I will get back to this later...  

I also need to water my plants before I leave at 8:30AM. 

I watered my plants and fed the two yellow cats as usual. I saw the weather was going to be pleasant. I put the cat food away when I saw they had finished with it. Then I went to the market and bought breakfast bars and almond milk and also cookies for the game day. I took all the empty ink cartridges and went on over to Coffeyville to get my hair done. Afterward I took those ink cartridges by the library and they were happy to have them. I took the Bartlesville newspapers by Karan's and left them on her front door post. Then I went by Family Dollar and bought some copy paper for the church to replace what I had used when I duplicated the congregational newsletter. 

I stopped by Sonic and bought a Wacky Pack for my lunch, went by the post office for stamps and then to the senior center for game day.

We had a good time although there were only four of us.  I looked into the bridge room afterward because the place that is recovering the chairs had finished four of them and they were very nice. It's a fine professional job. They used the $500. Diana,my niece, donated to the senior center for the dinner they served after Bob Avery's funeral. They still have four to go and by then the plaque will be ready and after they hang it, Karan will take pictures of the chairs and the commemorative plaque and send them to Diana so she can see the  results of  her gift.

I came on home and read the rest of the afternoon and finished another book. I took my bath at 6:30PM and read until 9:30PM, when I went to bed.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Tuesday and No More Rain

I slept well last night and was up at my usual 5:00AM. I am having my oatmeal now and drinking my coffee. I have nothing special planned for today. I might try to work a little more on the congregational newsletter if I get some more news from someone in the congregation.

In the meanwhile, I will go catch the weather and check on the cats.  It's 55 degrees this morning...pretty nice. 

While I was over at Nancy's yesterday afternoon she told me Dale had called and Nancy's great grandchild had finally been born. She was due on the 8th so she was quite late and weighed almost 10 pounds. Yesterday was the 21st.  They named her Nora.

David, her son, who had been in a coma for several weeks, is trying to wake up. They are taking turns reading to him there. They finally released him from ICU. They don't know whether he will ever be himself again or not.  He had some serious health problems before the bacterial infection happened.He has asthma and Parkinson's Disease. His immune system was already compromised. She waits by the phone all day for updates from Dale, who is in touch with Gina, his wife, who is there helping David's wife, Teresa, to read to him and help out.

More later... I will go check out the weather channel....

It's supposed to be pretty nice today. It 55 degrees and it's only 6:22AM. 

Only Blondie and Scruff showed up for their breakfast again this morning. I guess I will never see the others again. Well, it will be cheaper to feed them. Blondie has left now and Scruff is the only one out there. 

In a while I will go water the plants. That's my other regular chore..morning and evening. My flowers are staying lovely though so it's worth the effort.

The hummingbird feeder leaks and I can't seem to screw it on hard enough to keep it from leaking. I have refilled it every week...sometimes twice a week. I will have to fill it again this morning and I just did it yesterday. I did put a plastic bowl under it and will try to reuse what is in the bowl as well as new fluid. A hummingbird does come to drink from it so it's not a waste. 

More later.... 

I checked the hummingbird feeder and there was still plenty of fluid in it so I tried to tighten it again and just hung it back up. I did empty the little plastic tray that held the leaked fluid. Then I put it back where the the dripping would be above it.

I need to give the cats some clean water. They have almost emptied the bowl.

It's 9:10AM now and I just had a long conversation with my long time friend, Gay. We got acquainted when I was 17 and she was 14. Now I am 85 and she is 82. She lives in Chanute, Kansas.  

I went over to the church and ran off 15 copies of the newsletter, stuffed them into the envelopes I had addressed and stamped them. When I got back home I ran them up to the post office and mailed them and bought some more stamps.

Suzanne came by and brought me some papers and also took me to Sonic and bought me a cherry limeade slush. We visited awhile. Then she brought me home. She and Steve have very nice camper but they are ready to sell it and quit camping. It's just got to be too much for them now. I told Leslie about it and she is going to ask around her office and see if anyone would be interested in buying it.  

My new ink cartridge came today instead of tomorrow.  It was due tomorrow. It's 3:50PM now and I guess I will read awhile.

More later...

Monday, June 21, 2021

Monday and Laundry

 I slept fairly well last night and was up shortly before 5:00AM. I have had my breakfast and am drinking my coffee now.

I stripped my bed this morning and am ready to start my laundry soon. Then I will go turn on the weather report. I am not sure, but I don't think we got the rain that was forecast. When it gets light..I will check. 

I am working on a congregational newsletter. I began it last night but will have to go get some ink cartridges before I can print it off. It's not finished yet anyhow.I plan on putting it in the mail on the 25th. That will give everyone time to get me their news. I am thinking of ordering the ink cartridges from Amazon. It would save me a trip out of town.  I usually get my orders the next day from Amazon.

That's what I did. I ordered it from Amazon. It should be here on Wednesday. I will be over to Coffeyville on Wednesday so I can go put the retreat information on the bulletin board at church then.

The two blond cats are here for their breakfast.... Scruff and Blondie. It appears the others are all gone for good. They have been missing for several weeks.  

It is thundering now. So far, no rain... but it's just a matter of time.  The thunder and lightning scares the cats.  I think they have left now....without finishing their breakfast. They went somewhere looking for shelter.

It's raining lightly now and Blondie is tucked up next to my front door. I don't see Scruff. She could be out there closer to the wall but still out of the rain. I moved their food up closer to the door out of the rain.

It's 9:20AM and I am getting the laundry done now. It is still raining so I won't have to water my plants today. The cats are both gone now. It is 64 degrees today...a far cry from the past weeks.

I guess I will read until the laundry needs to be put in the dryer.

It's 11:10AM and I just went to the market to buy a couple of tings I was out of. I also took a can of Amy's soup and the manager took a picture of it so she could order it for me. I buy that soup whenever I am going to have soup. This may be a soup day. It's 64 degrees out there. 

More later..the laundry may be dry. 

It was dry and I folded it and put it away. It's 1:59PM now and for lunch I had some tomato basil soup with cheese and crackers. It was Amy's soup..much better then Campbell's. The sun is out and the rain is gone. It is 70 degrees out there now.

I saw on this morning's news that Naperville Il. had a tornado last night. Two of my classmates live there.  Ed Cotner and Ray Hill and their wives. I tried to call Ed but he evidently has no service. I did leave a message with my phone number if he is able to reply. I don't have a number for Ray.,,,just an address. 

I called Ed's number but he never got back with me. That's a mystery unless the tornado got him and his wife Carol.

I read most of he afternoon. Then I went over to Nancy's to visit. I stayed a couple of hours. I came home in time to watch the CBS evening news and water the plants in the back.

I took my bath close to 7:00PM and read again until I finished the book. It's 8:36PM now and I plan to go to bed at 9:00PM

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Sunday and Father's Day at Church

I slept pretty well last night again.I went to bed  a little early or I might have slept even better. I had had a big day though and was ready for bed. I went over my sermon a couple of times during the day. I hope it works out alright. It's based on the David and Goliath story in the Bible. It's Father's Day and I had two birth dad and my step dad. They both had Goliath experiences so I will base my remarks on that...and some of my own. God's spirit certainly was involved in all of those.

I have had my breakfast and am working on my coffee now. Soon I will turn on the weather and check on the cats. so, more later.

It's 8:12AM and I have been reading awhile. Now I am watching  Jane Pauly on CBS Sunday morning. I have watered my flowers and fed the two yellow cats. I brought in the food when they were finished.

I will leave here for church about 9:30AM and get there in time to sweep up the dead bugs at the door. Then I will put up my  worship setting. All this before 11:00AM when the service begins. I have no idea who all will be there. Last week was a small congregation. It's really not important how many are there.

There were ants in the kitchen and I cleaned those up and then swept the bugs off the front door area. I may go over to church this week and clean. Cyndi usually cleans but she is recovering from a surgery. I have the time so I may just do it myself.

We had another small congregation this week. Several were out of town and two were sick. 

After church Phyllis and I went over to Just Us at Cherryvale and had their buffet. The cost is $12.00 now but that includes dessert and their tax too. I took her back to church after our meal. That's where her car was parked. Then I came back home. I am really full. Kay's food is excellent! The place was packed and I am glad I called to make a reservation.

More later...I am going to read awhile. 

I read until 4:30PM and then put away my kindle. It needs charging again. So I put it on the charger.

Then I put new food in the hummingbird feeder. Just as soon as I walked away a hummingbird came to feed. I am hoping I screwed the base on hard enough so it doesn't leak this time.

There's a good breeze this afternoon and it's supposed to rain tomorrow, It might cool it off some. That would be good. I also have my phone on the charger. It seems not to hold a charge very well.

I will watch 60 Minutes at 6:00PM and then go back to my book. 

More later...