Saturday, May 28, 2022

Saturday and My Kids Leave

I slept well again on the trundle bed. I was up at my usual 5:00AM, crept into the bathroom and made up my face and since I had brought today's clothes in the den on hangers, I  dressed there and got myself ready for the day. I have put away the trundle and taken my two meds and am drinking my coffee now. They will not be leaving until after lunch. We will have ham sandwiches for lunch today. I bought some shaved ham and a half a loaf of bread this last week. I am drinking some coffee now. I will wait to have my oatmeal until Keith is up. I will eat with him. Esther eats a couple of slices of toast for breakfast and coffee.

We have had a great visit and I will be sorry to see them go. But I know they have to get back to Phoenix since Keith will be leaving for Rome next week. Esther may go with him. They would have to pay for her flight but Keith's is always paid for by the department of defense.

I am so happy to have my laptop computer working again. It took Keith less then an hour to get it working fine again. It still doesn't use the printer but anything I want to print, I can use the desktop computer. He set it on "share" but it still doesn't print.

I have not had the weather channel on yet this morning. It's only a little after 6:00AM. So I haven't checked on the cats either. Scruff came for supper last night.

Both cats were there so I fed them. I will put away their food when I finish here. I did catch the weather and  we are to have 86 degrees and thunderstorms today, 89 degrees and partly cloudy  and windy and tomorrow, Monday, will be 84 degrees and  partly cloudy and windy, Tuesday 83 degrees and thunderstorms, Wednesday 74 degrees and scattered thunderstorms, Thursday 73 degrees and AM showers, Friday 76 degrees and partly cloudy. That's the weather forecast for the next week.

 More even later...

Keith got up and he and I had our oatmeal. Esther slept awhile longer. When she finally got up, she had some toast.

Then we went down town to look around and check out the people Keith might know. He did find several people he knew and had nice visits with them. Esther and I went by the place where she bought a ring yesterday and bought another one slightly smaller. It had her and Keith's names on it. We walked up looking at the cars in the car show.Then I stayed with Keith while Esther went back to the ring place and picked up her new ring after it was engraved. They had engraved it "Keith" and "Esther". It was very nice. She also bought a purse.

Then we walked back to the car and came back to my home for lunch. They ate their leftover Mexican food and I had a ham sandwich.

We visited awhile and then at 1:30PM, they left for Tulsa.

I was cleaning up after our dinner and I put some green beans down the garbage disposal and when I started it up, a terrible noise came from it. I turned it off and reached down into it to see what was causing that terrible noise and one of the blades was broken off. I took it out and fished out the green beans and threw them in the garbage.  I didn't even know it was broken. I can't even remember the last time I used it. I seldom cook so I seldom use it.

I texted Stephen about it. He needed to know.

It's 4:12PM now so more even later...

I read until 7:15PM and then took my bath. I will read until bedtime now.  I plan to go to bed at 9:00PM or so.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Friday and Lunch With John and Leslie

I slept well again and was up about 5:30AM this morning, made up my trundle bed and got myself dressed and ready for the day. It's the kid's last full day here. They leave tomorrow sometime in the morning for Tulsa and then fly on to Phoenix. And then Keith will leave in a few days for Rome. I will certainly miss them. We have had such a great visit. 

We meet John and Leslie at 1:00PM today at Copan Restaurant for lunch. Leslie will not be on call today. It is 6:25AM now and I will go turn on "the weather on the 8's" on TV and check on the cats too.

Both cats were out there so I fed them and when they finished and were gone, I put the cat food back in the garage and covered it again.

I also managed to catch the weather forecast for the week.

Today it will be 82 degrees and sunny. Saturday is forecast to be 85 degrees and partly cloudy and windy. Sunday is to be 89 degrees and partly cloudy and windy, Monday 84 degrees and mostly sunny and windy, Tuesday 83 degrees and thunderstorms, Wednesday 72 degrees and scattered thunderstorms, Thursday 75 degrees and showers. More rain, it appears!   

I have been watching the CBS  news. Of course, it's all about the massacre in Texas this week of 19 school children and 2 teachers.

Esther and I watched TV for awhile but after we counted 8 commercials in each commercial break, we turned it off.

I imagine when Keith and Esther are dressed and ready, we will go down to the park and see what Mayfest booths are there. Right now they are dressing. 

More later...

We went down to the park and walked around and looked at the exhibits and Esther bought a hot dog.

Then we went to Copan to meet Leslie and John for lunch. We had a very nice lunch and even dessert. Then we went to Bartlesville to the store where we got the new phone and they fixed it so it does notifications when someone texts me and even puts a colored dot next to the text that I was notified had come in.

Then we came back to Caney and went back to the park to see if there was anything new there since morning. There really wasn't much new. I was very tired and they brought me home and did some more exploring by themselves. They even went out to Copan Lake and looked up the class Leslie was having a reunion with.

Then they came back to my place and eventually I warmed up the roast I had fixed for Wednesday's supper that I didn't serve and warmed up the veggies too and the potatoes and green beans and also served the coleslaw. 

We watched TV until 8:30PM and then I took my bath and got myself ready for bed. When I finished my bath Esther told me Scruff was out there wanting supper so I took the food out there and she ate her fill and then I put it back in the garage and covered it.

I plan to go to bed sometime after 9:00 or 9:30PM. 

The kids will be leaving sometime after noon to catch their plane in Tulsa.


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Thursday and A Supper Out with Keith and Esther

I woke up, as usual... early...5:00AM and quietly went into the bathroom and made up my face and then dressed here in the den. I washed the bowls we had used for our snack while we watched Forrest Gump on TV last night and put out bowls for our oatmeal this morning. We had a great visit last evening. I took my bath and then pulled out the trundle and at bedtime, I went to bed and as usual and slept well there. It is 6:16AM now.

I haven't had the TV on yet for "the weather on the 8's". I may turn it on quietly without sound. They are still sleeping. According to yesterday's weather report, it is supposed to rain again today. What a mess. 

Yesterday when I was ready to go to the market, my car would not start. It wouldn't even try and an icon appeared on the dash showing a battery. I turned off the ignition and tried again and it started.  Then I went to the market. I will try again this morning and if it happens again, we will go over to Auto Zone in Coffeyville and get them to test it. If I need a battery, they will install it free of charge for the installation.  Several years ago, I bought this last one from them.

More later.. 

I looked everywhere for my iron and ironing board for Esther but I could not find it. They must be in the attic.  I know I had them here because I ironed jeans for Bob Avery after I moved here.

While Esther was eating her toast, Keith worked on my laptop computer and got everything fixed on it except to get the printer to share with the laptop.I can still print from the desktop so that's not an issue. He also ordered a new battery for it.IT should be here Tuesday.

It's 9:53AM now. Keith and Esther are dressing and I have a few moments  to blog. Keith and I have had breakfast but Esther says she doesn't eat breakfast.  She did eat a couple of pieces of toast though.

We went over to Coffeyville and had Auto Zone check my battery, I did need one. They put it in. The old battery was badly corroded. I was sure glad to find one and have it put in. Esther wanted to look around the shop where the Country Time Music Theater used to be. So we all did that.

Then we went out to El Pueblito for lunch. It was very good. Keith took us a long drive around Caney after that. We stopped at Mr.G's and had a butter pecan flurry. The kids ate their leftovers from El Pueblito for their supper and  I didn't want supper after all that we ate and I took my bath at 7:30PM and while the kids watched a sci fi movie, I read in my book. 

Everett Johnson called me this evening and wants to meet me Sunday afternoon possibly for lunch after he and Tricia, his daughter, decorate graves. He will call me when they get finished.

I will probably go to bed at 9:30PM or so.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Wednesday and A Family Visit

I slept fitfully last night and got up shortly before 5:00AM . I guess I was anticipating the visit of Keith and Esther today. They will be here until Saturday morning. I am very excited about seeing them again. I last saw them on last Thanksgiving at Scott and Ginger's in Tennessee.

I stripped the bed again this morning and have been washing the sheets. They are in the dryer now. When they are dry, I will remake the bed for them. I will sleep on the trundle again while they are here. I sleep well on the trundle. It has a good mattress. No one but me and small children have ever slept on it. The only time I sleep on it is when I have company so it's not used much.

I am having my breakfast here in the den as I blog. 

I will go over to Coffeyville this morning to get my hair done at 9:00AM and when I get back, this afternoon I will put that roast in the slow cooker on low and let it cook all afternoon. We will have that with potatoes and carrots and coleslaw. I don't have a plan for dessert unless I get a pie.. Leslie wants us to get together for  supper at a restaurant on Thursday...tomorrow evening. That will give her and John a chance to visit with them too. However I could invite them over here for supper tonight. I will check with them later this morning.

When the sheets were dry I remade the bed. So that is ready for them anyhow.

More later..I want to check the weather. 

I got the weather and it's not that great for the visitors from Phoenix

Both cats were out there for their breakfast too so I fed them and when they were finished, I took the cat food back in the garage and covered it again.

Back to the showers are forecast and 62 degrees, Thursday 63 degrees and showers, Friday 80 degrees and sunny and Saturday 83 degrees and mostly sunny. Sunday 87 degrees and partly cloudy and windy. Monday 86 degrees and sunny and windy and Monday 86 degrees and sunny and windy and Tuesday 86 degrees and sunny.

The kids are coming this afternoon and the forecast is for showers and Thursday too. Friday is to be sunny but that's the best day for their visit. 

They leave Saturday.

It's 6:22AM now. 

It's 7:52AM now and I have been watching the CBS news again. They are talking about that latest school shooting where an 18 years old with an assault weapon killed 19 second, third and 4th graders and two of their teachers. We are the only country in the world where these mass shooting of children happen. Why do we feel we have to have assault weapons available for any one to buy. This 18 year old bought that weapon on his 18th birthday. Don't our citizens who feel they must have a weapon realize that the 2nd amendment was meant for a country that had no police forces or even a standing army and the militia was supposed to have guns only to protect themselves against hostile Indians. 

Why can't we get reasonable legislation passed against arming our citizens? Why do 18 years olds even need assault weapons? The last two mass killings...this one at that school where 19 students were killed and 2 teachers  and the one at the grocery store just last week, were 18 year olds. Why won't congress pass some reasonable gun legislation? I will tell you why. The businesses that make and sell guns are major contributors to the election funds of our senators and representative's. That's why!

Just read the second amendment and you will see what it was intended for...a seventeen hundreds early American militia.

More later...

I am back home now and I have put the roast in the slow cooker with the potatoes cut up. I need to get a vegetable. I looked at my carrots and they did not look edible. I think I will go get green beans. I can cook them in a pan instead of the slow cooker.

More even later...

I got the green beans and the meat and potatoes appear to be done. I have set the slow cooker on warm to keep it all warm.

I have been reading  until the Kindle needed charging again. It is on it's charger now.

It may be another hour before Keith and Esther get here. I think Keith said it would be 3:00-3:30PM before they would get here.

More even later.... 

They stayed in Bartlesville and had dinner so they were later then I thought they would be.  I put away the roast in the frig and we will have it Friday evening or Friday noon.

We watched Forrest Gump on  TV. I had saved it for several years so I could watch it anytime.

It's 9:32PM now and I will take a bath and  put my PJs on and go on to bed after that.

More later...

I will go to bed soon because I took my bath and am very tired.

Keith worked on my laptop computer and has it working now...all except the printer. He attempted to get the desktop computer to share the printer but he didn't get that done after all.Otherwise the laptop is working fine. I really don't need the laptop computer to be able to print because I can send anything from it to the desktop computer and print it from that one.

They are very tired and went on to bed. I will be next. I just have to pull the trundle out from under the daybed and go to bed.


Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Tuesday and Cleaning

I slept well again last night and I am dressed and ready for the day today. I will clean the apartment. I didn't do that last Thursday while Dean was here so I will get it done today. I am so glad I got the yard mowed Sunday afternoon. It has rained off and on ever since and Sunday afternoon was about the only time it wasn't raining. Before Keith and Esther come tomorrow afternoon I want to get the bed changed again for them. 

I am having my breakfast now here in the den. It is 6:35AM now and I want to go check out the weather and the cats. Scruff came for supper last night but I didn't see Blondie. He was probably fed at his own home.

So more later...

It rained again last night and I don't see any cats out least not yet. 

At last I have the weather channel again and it looks like rain the next three days.. 

It will be 67 degrees and rain and thunderstorms today, 65 degrees and rain tomorrow, 64 degrees and AM showers on Thursday,  and Friday will be 79 degrees and sunny, Saturday will be 84 degrees and sunny, Sunday will be 88 degrees and partly cloudy and windy and Monday will be 86 degrees and sunny.. The next three days it will be rainy. While Keith and Esther are here it will rain except for Friday. Drat!

More later...

I went to the Caney Market and bought bread, shaved ham for sandwiches and a roast and a large potato. I have small carrots to put in with the roast and I have onion soup mix to put on it. We will have ham sandwiches for lunches. We will have beef roast cooked with onion soup mix with potato and carrots for Wednesday's supper. I will put the roast in my slow cooker with the onion soup mix, sliced potato and tiny carrots to cook slowly in the afternoon on Wednesday. I will fix Broccoli/Cheddar soup for lunch on Thursday and leftover roast Thursday evening. Friday we can eat leftover soup or eat out. They will be leaving on Saturday.

I don't know what they usually eat for breakfast but I have frozen waffles I can put in the toaster and also eggs. I usually eat oatmeal myself but I can be flexible. Keith says oatmeal will be fine.

I will work it out.

Now I need to clean this more later....

I got the floors all mopped and everything but the dining room rug vacuumed.

I need to rest awhile before I do that one. I have moved the chairs out into the living room and kitchen so after I rest awhile I will finish vacuuming. Then I will dust. 

That should do it. I want to change the bedding tomorrow morning and wash it  and the towels and my underwear and dry them before I go to Coffeyville to get my hair done.

Then I should be finished for the week.

The trash people came and emptied our trash containers and I put them back up by the garages.

It's still raining outside and it's 61 degrees out there now..I am about ready to finish the vacuuming and empty the canister. Then I will dust.

I finished the vacuuming and put the chairs back in the dining room. Now I will rest again.

I am washing the towels and underwear now. I will do the sheets in the morning.

I got the laundry dried folded and put away. I also finished the dusting .I also ate that leftover lasagna I brought home from church for my lunch. Really pretty good! I had some of the bread they sent home with me too. And now I am eating the cupcake.

It's 12:56PM now. 

I began reading my book again and about 2:00PM, I woke up. I had fallen asleep over my book. I woke up when I realized that Esther had texted me and so I finally answered her text.

It's 3:45PM now. I have been reading again. 

More even later...

It's 7:56PM now.About an hour ago, Blondie came for his supper and a huge dog took after him. I think he got away but the dog was with some kids..without a leash and he was determined to catch that cat. I hope Blondie made it up a tree in the west yard. The kids called him but he really wanted to catch that cat.The dog was really after him. I yelled at the dog to get home!  But he wanted to catch that cat. I just hope Blondie got away.

Then Scruff came for her supper and I brought the cat food back out for her. She ate her fill and left and I brought the cat food back in the garage and covered it.

Then I took my bath and put my pajamas on and my robe.I will read for awhile and then go on to bed.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Monday and An Appointment With Cox

 I slept well last night but it was cold last night. I turned the furnace on this morning when I woke up. Then I dressed and got myself ready for the day. It's 48 degrees now according to my phone. 

The problem with the TV could be their obsolete piece of receiving equipment. It's a Motorola and two different techs have told me it's obsolete and they don't even use that brand more but they also say because of the Tivo it's the only receiver that will work with it. I notice the red light does not come on when it's attempting to change the channels now. The Tivo has two lights that are on when recording.

Right now the only way I have TV is to record the signal directly to the Tivo.

For example, I am recording the weather channel so I can get "the weather on the 8's". That's how I watched "Lucky Dog" on Saturday and "Bull" and "60 Minutes" yesterday evening. Weird!! I imagine it's the Tivo.They say it's old and perhaps obsolete. But as long as this works, I will do it this way.  I like to record everything this way so I can eliminate the commercials. 

I have had my breakfast of oatmeal and juice. Both cats were out there when I was going to take my trash out to the dumpster so I fixed their food and took it out to them first and they ate until they were full and then I brought the food back into the garage and covered it and then put the trash in the dumpster.

 More even later... 

The Cox man came to look at my TV and I learned what had happened.  They have made the lower numbered stations high definition channels and will be eliminating the higher numbered channels from their programming. That's why I couldn't access those higher numbered channels anymore after Saturday. I tried 06 and 08 and the other lower numbered channels and they all worked fine and they are high definition now.  

After the Cox tech left I went down to Tate Boys and bought four new tires and had my alignment checked and then had a re-alignment  done too. Then I had the oil changed and there was also a mount and balance fee on the new tires. The final bill came to a total of $554.90 but that should hold me for awhile.

Then I went to visit Nancy and took her for a ride to get her out of that place.

I got back home about 5:00PM. It is almost 6:00PM now. I need to get some bread and some shaved ham at the market tomorrow for lunches. I will also make a pot of .Broccoli Cheddar soup for lunch. I may buy a small roast too. I need a couple of potatoes and some carrots to slice into that roast.

I turned on the TV to watch the weather and I couldn't get it. In fact of all the channels I was supposed to get, I only got 7 channels.

I called Cox...again. This time I got three different techs. The third one was able to help me. After 25 or 30 minutes he finally got my TV to work. I was exhausted after that.

At 7:00PM, I took my bath and put my pajamas and robe on. It is 8:23PM now/I have had a big day. Tomorrow, I will clean the apartment.I didn't clean last Thursday when Dean was here.

I will clean tomorrow and do some laundry too.

I will take my bath at 7:00 PM and plan to go to bed about 9:00PM..maybe later.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Church and Dinner Afterwards

I slept pretty well last night. I was up at 5:00AM as usual. I am dressed and having my breakfast here in the den.

We are having that dinner at church today to honor Matthew's graduation from high school. I got my coleslaw made yesterday and it is in the frig where it has been overnight.I made it before I went over to pick up Sally last evening for supper at the Copan Restaurant.

It's 6:06AM now and since I have no TV, I can't check the weather but I will check and see if the cats are out front waiting for their breakfast. I will do that now.

So, back later...

They were both there so I took them their food.  

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This is the latest litter of puppies at John and Leslie's. One of their blue heelers, Echo,  got in with a golden retriever so they aren't what they really wanted. But they are cute! There are five black and two speckled.

More even later... 

The cats finished their breakfasts so I put the cat food dish back in the garage and covered it.

It's 6:35AM now. I just checked the TV and it's still not receiving a signal. Cox is sending a tech tomorrow between 8:00AM and 10:00AM to try to fix it.

So more later... 

I looked up the weather on my phone and it appears it is 48 degrees now and sunny . Maybe I will get my yard mowed this afternoon after all. It's supposed to get up to 67to 70 degrees later this afternoon. It looks like rain in the forecast for Monday with a high of 64 degrees, The same for Tuesday and Wednesday..especially Tuesday..Thursday, Friday and Saturday not much chance for rain.

More even later... 

I stayed for the dinner after church and helped clean up and then came home to wait for Krystal to come mow. I texted her that I was home at 1:30PM but she didn't come and she didn't text me back either. I even tried to call her because I thought she might be mowing her own yard. No answer at all.

So I decided to try to do it myself. At first I was only able to make two full passes around the front yard. Then I decided to rest awhile and try again. I got the entire front yard mowed and trimmed and was going to go do the back yard when her husband, John, came and said she asked him to do it. She was working extra at Pizza Hut. I was going to do the back because it is small and I did get it trimmed but John finished the west side and did the back as well. I gave him $20.00 for doing the biggest part of the mowing. He was satisfied and so was I. I was pleased I was still able to do the entire front. After resting, I could have done the small back yard too but he got to it before I finished the trimming so I let him do it. It looks nice again.

 May be an image of flower and outdoors 

And this flowerbed in the back yard is looking pretty good too. It is 4:31PM now and I am tired after mowing the front yard.  When my trimmer is charged, I will finish the trimming.

 May be an image of flower and outdoors 

And this is the flowerbed under the mail box. It's not near as big but it is decorative.

More later... 

I discovered something about the TV problem this morning and evening. Any programs I mark to record, are able to be recorded and then can be played back from the Tivo. I have no cable TV picture on my TV unless I pull up the schedule and mark programs to be recorded. Then I can record them and play them back from the Tivo. But if I just turn on the TV there are no cable programs... just an error message.


It's 8:45PM now and I will read awhile before going to bed.