Saturday, December 17, 2022

Saturday and a Waldorf Salad

I slept well again last night. I was up shortly before 5:00, dressed and stripped my bed and put clean bedding on it and put the sheets and towels and my underwear and pajamas in the washer. It is all in the dryer now.

Later this morning I will make up the Waldorf salad for the Christmas dinner at church tomorrow. That's the only other thing I have on the agenda this morning. I do still have to dust the apartment. With everything else that went on yesterday, I never got around to that.

When I first got up this morning, I went in the kitchen and picked up my original car key and took it to the garage to see if it would lock and unlock the car...and it did! One less thing to be concerned about!

In just a bit, I will fix my breakfast and eat it here in the den. 

So more later...I have my breakfast now. Soon as I finish, I will go check on the weather and the cats. It's only 6:22AM now but they may be out there. My desktop computer says it's only 27 degrees out there now.  Pretty cold for a couple of cats. In fact, pretty cold for me. If it doesn't warm up some after it gets light, I may not take my walk. If there's no wind I may be able to take it if I bundle up well. 

More later..

Both cats were out there waiting patiently for their breakfast. I opened their new cat food and it has gravy on it and they are really enjoying it. The dryer just stopped so I will go fold out what is dry.

I got the laundry done and folded and put away. 

Now The cats are gone. They are probably looking for a warmer place. I took their food back in the garage and covered it.  So the laundry is finished and folded and put away for another week. Now I am just waiting for "the weather on the 8's" to come on. 

I finally saw it at 7:21AM...certainly not on an 8. 

Today is supposed to be 43 degrees and sunny, Tomorrow is to be 49 degrees and mostly sunny, Monday is supposed to be 46 degrees and mostly cloudy, Tuesday is to be 41 degrees and partly cloudy, Wednesday is to be 38 degrees and cloudy, Thursday is to be 16 degrees and AM snow showers, Friday is to be 15 degrees and mostly sunny.  That's the week. The forecast for snow is still in there on Thursday. We will see...this is Kansas and anything can happen. It's 7:27AM now.

More even later....

It's 8:46AM and I just finished making the Waldorf salad and have it covered and in the frig to marinate overnight. I ate some grapes after I finished it. I had some washed and I didn't want to waste them. They were seedless and I had to buy a lot more then I wanted. I may end up eating them. I don't know if they would still be good by Christmas. This is just the 17th. That's another eight days.

It was 29 degrees out there and there was a brisk wind too but I took my walk anyhow. I picked up another grocery bag full of trash.

 More even later...

At 11:30PM I went by Sally's home and saw her car there and called her to asked her if she would like to go to Copan Restaurant for lunch. She was game,  so that's where we went for lunch.We each had a cup of vegetable/beef soup. It was very good. Since we ate lightly, we ordered a piece of Chocolate pie and split it. That, of course, ruined our good intentions.  :)

But was it good!! 

I took her home afterward. Her daughter,Jennifer, and her husband were in Bartlesville for a couple of weeks so she will see them soon. They live in California but they have an RV and use it when they travel.

I received a mystery gift today. It came from the Oklahoma City Amazon store but there was no name on the card with it. I guess it will remain a mystery. I would like to send a thank you note to whoever sent it but I don't have a clue who that would be...maybe one of my classmates...who knows. 

It's a beautiful gift. It turned out to be my eldest son, Keith. And it lights up too. I put three triple A batteries in it and switched it's lovely! 

I set it in front of my lamp so that brass above it is not a part of it. It's the base of the lamp behind it.

 May be an image of indoor 

What a neat gift! 

I took my bath at 6:30PM and put my pajamas and robe on. I never did get to my dusting but I can do it tomorrow afternoon. 

I will watch TV for awhile and then about 9:00PM, I will go to bed.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Friday and Dusting

I had a restless night last night and I was up at a little after 4:00AM. I had looked everywhere last evening for a letter I had received last month about "extra help" I was going to get from Social Security. I looked through my Medicare folder in the file cabinet because that's where I put anything I get from Medicare or Social Security. I was just sure I had put it in that folder but I could not find that letter. I did find the letter I got saying I would get the 8.7% increase in my Social Security benefit but that did not mention the "extra help" the other letter mentioned. I won't get that addition to my Social Security benefit until January 11th or thereabouts anyway. That was not the letter I was searching for.

This morning with a clearer head, I realized I was looking through my Medicare folder. I took out my Social Security folder and there that letter was..right on top. I will contact Charles this morning and see if I can go up and see him and show him that letter. He said on the phone last evening that we need to review my case because of my low income and total cost amount of my annual and monthly budgets. 

More Later....

I found both cats out there waiting for their breakfast and I took their food out to them. They are eating now. I took them out some clean water. They were needing a drink and their water dish was empty.

I am waiting for "the weather on the 8's" to come on. It didn't happen at 6:28AM..maybe next time.

I finally caught the weather forecast for the next week. Today is to be 41 degrees and mostly sunny, Saturday is to be 42 degrees sunny, Sunday is to be 48 degrees and mostly sunny and  Monday is to be 45 degrees and AM rain and snow showers, Tuesday is to be 36 degrees and partly cloudy, Wednesday is to be 39 degrees and cloudy, Thursday is to be 15 degrees and partly cloudy and Windy.Wow! Thursday is going to be a bear at 15 degrees and with wind too.

More Later.. 

I tried to put a comment on Kay's blog but I got a strange drop down menu and could figure out how to get past that so I could make  a comment. I hope someone can get a hold of her to tell her. 

More later ....

I went up to Independence and talked to Charles. He helped me discover that Medicare had signed me up to a prescription drug plan. He also gave me a gift card for a free meal at some place called "Creative Concepts" right downtown on Penn Street on the west side of the street. I had a toasted chicken salad sandwich and some sweet tea there. It was very good. The waitress told me everything they sell is made right there.

After I ate a wonderful chicken salad sandwich and drank some tea, I went back to my car and the remote would not work to unlock the door. So I had to unlock it with my key. I went from there out to Quality Motors and got a woman in the parts department to remove the cover and insert a new battery. She would not let me pay for it. She said they never ask people to pay for batteries. While I was there, I met Alan's son, Josh. And also got to see Alan. Alan looked much the same except for the grey hair. It was good to see Alan again too. I worked there back in the early 70's and it has changed a lot since then. Alan has bought the dealership too now.

Then I came on back home. 

Keith called me a little bit ago and we had a nice visit. Scott had called me this morning before I left for Independence. We had a good visit too. I tried to call Leslie to tell her about my experience at the insurance office. She was not at home so could not talk much. I gave her the basics and let her go.

Now I need to go buy a few things at Dollar General. 

All I needed was Friskies cat food and Dawn, the dish washing liquid. But I learned something new after all. It wasn't the battery that was the problem with the remote. Even with the new battery, the remote still doesn't work. So I will still be locking and unlocking the car with the key. I imagine if I took it down to the dealership in Bartlesville, they would charge me an arm and a leg to fix it. So I will lock it and unlock it with the key anyhow. 

More Later 

I got home just fine and read until 8:00PM. Then  I took my bath and put my pajamas and robe on. Then I went back to my book.

I plan on going to bed my usual time...9:00PM.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Thursday and Apartment Cleaning

Again I slept soundly and never woke up at all until 5:00AM. I took my meds this morning when I finally got up. I made my bed and dressed and got myself ready for the day. I am having my breakfast in here in the den.  I bought breakfast bars and oatmeal yesterday after my social security came in along with the ingredients I needed for next Sunday's Waldorf salad for the Christmas dinner at church.  

More later after I check on the weather forecast and the cats. 

Scruff was the only cat out there. But I fed her anyhow. She seems to be looking for Blondie to come. I don't know where he is this morning but she's still eating. I hope he is alright. She is still waiting out there. It is strange he is not out there. But she is still waiting for him to come.

Anyhow here is the weather forecast for this week. 

Today will be 42 degrees and partly cloudy,  Friday is to be 39 degrees and mostly sunny, Saturday will be 42 degrees and sunny, Sunday is to be 47 degrees and partly cloudy, Monday will be 47 degrees and AM showers and snow showers, Tuesday is to be 36 degrees and partly cloudy, and Wednesday will be 33 degrees and mostly cloudy.

That's the next week. We will be watching to see if we get rain and the first snow here on Monday.  

Scruff has given up on Blondie. She has left now. I will wait a little while to see if Blondie will finally come to eat. It's strange he never came when Scruff did come by herself.

At 7:50AM Blondie finally showed up for his breakfast. I took it out to him and he dug in!

It's late for him. He must have been in the house when his owners live. He seems quite hungry though. Of course, he's a big boy!

I don't think I will take my walk this morning. It's 29 degrees out there and that's pretty cold. I will wait and see if it warms up any.

He finally left and after awhile,  I brought the food back in the garage and covered it.

If I am going to clean this morning, I had better get to it and start mopping .

More even later... 

I got the mopping  finished was just beginning my vacuuming when Leslie called to say she had an appointment with the dog groomer in Bartlesville to have Mini groomed this morning. She wondered if I would like to go with her. She is going to do Christmas shopping. while at that shopping center.  I was finished mopping and was starting my vacuuming but figured I could finish my cleaning tomorrow because I would rather go with Leslie. She will leave her house at 9:00AM and be here in 15 minutes I figure. I finished my vacuuming and will dust tomorrow. It's 9:02AM now.

I'd better get my coat on.... 

She came at about 9:30AM and we went to Bartlesville to have Mini groomed. After we left her to be groomed, we walked around the shopping center and browsed in the stores. Then we went to The Panda Chinese Restaurant for lunch. She bought my lunch and also some other things at one of the stores for one of the girls, her grandchild. She also bought Christmas wrapping paper and bows.We picked up Mini and she was very clean and smelled nice and looked nice! I got back home about 12:15PM. I had enjoyed the morning.

I read awhile and then watched the news I had recorded. I went up to Mr. G's and had a small butter pecan flurry. At 6:15PM I took my bath. I read until the Kindle needed charging. I had had my phone on the charger and it was mostly charged so I changed it to the Kindle.

Now it's 8:01PM and I will find something to read until 9:00PM. It's really too early to go to bed.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Wednesday and a Hair Appointment

I slept very well last night again. I was up at my usual 5:00AM. I have not had breakfast because I need to go to the market and get oatmeal and breakfast bars in order to have breakfast.  I can have juice but that's all. My hair appointment is at 8:30AM so I will have to do my shopping after my hair appointment but first I have to find a UPS office to get that package in the mail back to Amazon. That probably means I will be making another trip to Independence after the hair appointment. First I will check the VNS drug store there on 8th Street in Coffeyville again this morning. Surely it's not closed with not even a sign on the door indicating that. It's worth a try. It would sure save me another trip to Independence. I need to drop by my bank this morning too and get a new debit card. The one I have has been compromised. They are still taking the $5.00 a month out of my checking account for the Caney Historical Museum and Gina closed my debit account there.   

More later.  It's 5:43 now and I want to get that label taped  to the box with the Christmas tree in it. 

And the cats never came at all yesterday for food. Surely they will be there outside the door this morning. I will check that and "the weather on the 8's" at 6:00AM.

Both cats were out there when I opened the door so I took their food out to them. They ate hungrily and finally left. I am sure they were hungry this morning.  They never made it at all yesterday...too much rain. I will go get the dish and take it into the garage and cover it.

It's 6:45AM now. I plan to leave for Coffeyville and my hair appointment at 7:45AM. So I have an hour. I got my package ready to go back to Amazon. I attached the new label over the old one.

I did have one piece of coffee cake and so I had some juice and coffee and ate that one small piece even some Chai Latte.

More later... I caught the weather:

Wednesday is to be 44 degrees and mostly sunny,  Thursday is to be 41 degrees and mostly sunny, Friday is to be 38 degrees and mostly sunny, Saturday is to be 41 degrees and sunny, Sunday is to be 47 degrees and sunny, Monday is to be 41 degrees and cloudy, and Tuesday us to be 35 degrees and  mostly cloudy. That's the rain this week evidently.

More even later.. 

Again, I got in early for my hair appointment and the bank was not yet open so I decided to go on up to Independence and see about getting that package sent back to Amazon.I learned that it wasn't actually at Anna Mae's coffee shop there in Independence. It was in the same building but down the hall a bit.It would have been open when I was up there but I didn't know it was not actually in the coffee shop. Anyhow, I got that taken care of and went back to Coffeyville to the bank and got my new debit card from Lisa and then used the drive threw there at the bank to get my week;s cash.Then I went out to Woodshed to get more gas.

The drug store location there on eight street was permanently closed. 

I went to Orscheln's to get John and Jeromy's Christmas gifts. All my Christmas gifts are now bought and I need to wrap them.

More later... 

For lunch I went out to Sonic and had their Wednesday special...a child's Wacky Pack with two pieces of chicken, some tater tots and a mini coke. ..and a small toy....all for $2.08 on Wednesdays and only at Caney's Sonic.

I took my Caney water/trash bill payment in an envelope up to Main street and 4th street and dropped it in the payment box on the corner. They will probably deposit that check today or tomorrow.

It's 1:31 PM now. I will go wrap those last two Christmas gifts. 

I got that done! Now all I lack is the girls gifts.I ordered them yesterday from Amazon. They should be here before Christmas.

 More even later... 

At 7:00PM, I took my bath and watched "The Christmas Carol" on Amazon Prime.I had bought the movie several years ago, because I always watch it at Christmas time. I will read until 9:00PM, when I go to bed.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Tuesday and a Dental Appointment

I slept well again last night and was up shortly before 5:00AM. I made my bed and dressed and got myself ready for the day.

The dental office called me a couple of days ago with a cancellation for today at 10:30AM and I took it. I need a prophylaxes and this was the first time I could work it into my schedule and they could work it into theirs. Tuesdays are usually pretty easy. I will have to pay them tomorrow when I get my social security. I am seeing Nancy on Mondays now and Wednesdays are sometimes busy with my regular hair appointment at 8:30AM and sometimes game day or Bunco at the senior center and I never like to miss those. Thursdays I clean the apartment but Fridays are pretty empty usually too unless I save that for dusting the apartment.  

I have an eye appointment with Dobbins on January 11th at 11:00AM. I will probably need new contacts least one. I only wear one in my right eye. Roger got my left lazy eye starting to work several years ago and at that time it had 20/30 vision. But I will have to pay that appointment off in payments...unfortunately. When they called me with this  appointment, I told them that. 

More later... I will get my breakfast, check on the weather and the cats now.

The cats are not out is 62 degrees and raining. I did catch the weather forecast though. Today will be 62 degrees and AM rain and wind, Wednesday will be 44 degrees and mostly sunny, Thursday will be 41 degrees and mostly sunny,  Friday will be 39 degrees and mostly sunny,  Saturday will be 42 degrees and sunny, Sunday will be 47 degrees and partly cloudy. Monday will be 38 degrees and PM rain and snow. That will be our first snow of the year...if it develops ....remember, this is Kansas and anything can happen.

The cats are nowhere to be found. It's raining lightly out there. I'll check again. It has stopped raining now and they may be out there.

I went up to the dental office at 10:15AM and got right in. I read a magazine about 15 minutes and then they were ready for me. She cleaned my teeth thoroughly and then I had the exam from the dentist. Everything was fine.'The dentist does not accept Medicare therefore not my supplement, Lumico, either.

I finally got the Christmas tree I had ordered from Amazon. It was supposed to be four feet tall and fully lighted. I opened the box and it was terrible. It was simply pitiful looking and there wasn't one light on it. I contacted Amazon and got customer service. They e-mailed me a label that I could print off and instructions on how to return it to UPS. I assumed that meant United Postal Service..our post office.  I took it up there and they informed me that it wasn't them. I had to take it to Independence to Anna Mae's coffee shop for UPS..

So I loaded it back in my car and made a flying trip to Independence and found that she closes at 2:30PM. There was no one there. So I knew a drug store,V&S Variety on eight street just west of the schools in Coffeyville also was UPS since I had sent Keith several computers from there. So I made a flying trip to Coffeyville only to find they were no longer open at all. I was there at 4:30PM so they should have been open if they were still in business at all. A complete waste of an afternoon and nothing accomplished at all. I will need to check V&S Variety tomorrow after my hair appointment and see if they are still in business at all. If they aren't, I will go back up to Independence to Anna Mae's coffee shop to get that package in the mail. Whew!! What a mess!


Monday, December 12, 2022

Monday and a Trip to see Nancy

I slept through the night last night and didn't wake up even once. I was up at my usual 5:00AM, made my bed and dressed and got myself ready for the day. I am having my breakfast here in the den now. It's 6:00AM now and soon I will go check and see if the cats are out there for their breakfast. But first I want to check my bank and see if any more checks have cleared.

No, the same ones that cleared yesterday evening. 

So more later...

I lucked out and found both cats out there and took their food out to them. Just as I got back in the house "the weather on the 8's" came on so I grabbed my phone and got a photo of the weather for the week.

Today is to be 53 degrees and PM showers, Tuesday is to be 62 degrees and AM rain and wind, Wednesday is to be 42 degrees and mostly sunny, Thursday is to be 40 degrees and partly cloudy, Friday is to be 39 degrees and partly cloudy, Saturday is to be 39 degrees and sunny, Sunday is to be 39 degrees and partly cloudy.  That's the week!

Now the cats have eaten and left. It's 49 degrees now. I will take their food back in the garage and cover it.

More even later...

I took my walk at 7:50AM and got back home at 8:28AM. As usual I got a sack full of trash from the street. I put it in my trash receptacle for the trash people to pick up tomorrow. I must be making a dent in it because there was a little less of it this time. I suppose there will always be some because people who don't care tend to just toss stuff out of their cars onto the street.

It's 8:33AM now.

I came back from my walk and went up to the post office and bought stamps. I wrote five letters to those who were not at church and told them about the Christmas dinner we will have next week at church.There will be no breakfast next week since we will be having our congregation's Christmas dinner after church at noon. I sent each of them a bulletin so they would also have the prayer list and the announcements.

I went to Bartlesville early. I needed some things I can't get at our market here so I stopped at Bartlesville's Walmart store and bought them. Then I went on over to visit Nancy who lives just across the street at the senior care unit. She dressed and we went to the Boulevard Restaurant there in the Tuxedo area to eat with Sally. Sally has breakfast and we have lunch there.

We visited quite a bit and then Nancy and I went back to her apartment and I stayed awhile and visited and left about 3:00PM. It drizzled some while I was in Bartlesville.

I stopped at Mr.G's and had a small blizzard.

Then I read awhile and also answered my mail.

Ashley Roper, Donna's great niece, who is a teacher here in Caney, stopped by to see if Stephen and Dee Anna had decided to rent their side of the duplex. I told them I didn't think so since they use it like a motel. I told her their grandchildren live here and they attend their games when they have some games. But I took her name and telephone number again just in case something changes.

It's 6:38 PM now and I will take my bath in a little while. The dental office called and they had a cancellation for 10:30AM tomorrow and wondered if I could come for my dental appointment then. I will do that since it has been over a year sine I have been to the dentist.

In about 15 minutes I will take my bath and put my pajamas and robe on and read until 9:00PM, when I go to bed.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Sunday and Church

I slept well again last night and was only up once, took my meds and went back to bed and back to sleep.

I am baking my coffeecake for breakfast at church. It is in the oven now and probably about halfway finished baking. I have the oleo for the glaze setting on the top of the oven. I am hoping it will melt and then I will put the powdered sugar in it and a little milk..just enough to mix it up to spread over the coffee cake when it cools.

Both cats came at a little before 6:00AM.They ate quickly and left to go find some shelter. It is cold out there....39 degrees. I brought their food back into the garage and covered it.

I am now waiting for "the weather on the 8's" to come on. I will take a photo of it on the TV and see if anything has changed in the forecast since yesterday.

I am the speaker at church today and I really kind of dread it. The scripture lesson is from Isaiah and I prefer to speak from the New Testament. But we don't have a choice. The theme is from the world church and of course, it's Christmas time and eventually it's going to be about the future coming of Jesus.

I see the forecast has changed considerably. It's down to one day of rain. ..and that day is Tuesday. Today is to be 45 degrees and mostly cloudy. Monday is to be 54 degrees and cloudy, Tuesday is the day of rain, 61 degrees and AM rain and wind, Wednesday is to be 45 degrees and sunny, Thursday is to be 42 degrees and partly cloudy, Friday is to be 39 degrees and partly cloudy and Saturday is to be 35 degrees and most sunny. Only one day of rain left in the forecast. 

I got the coffeecake out of the oven and it's cooling on a rack now. When it's cool I will put the glaze on it. That's a mixture of oleo and powered sugar...sometimes with a little milk added. The breakfast is not until 9:30AM. We usually have a lot of breakfast but Melissa and Kelly will probably not be there. They told me last week their company may not be gone in time for them to come to church.

I did send a mass text to those in the Crossroad's group...reminding them of breakfast and church.

More Later...

I left for Coffeyville at 8:30AM. I needed gas and I wanted to get it at Woodshed where it was cheaper. Then I went to the church and got everything ready for the service.

We had breakfast and then Leslie began the music for the prelude. Soon everyone that was going to come came and we began the service.  I had way too many notes and got confused toward the end of the service. It was embarrassing.

Phyllis  and I went to Eggbert's in Coffeyville for lunch and the waitress we got there was new and got our order wrong. We ordered the small chef salad and got a side salad which was some lettuce with a few pieces of shredded cheese on it. She also forgot to bring us any silverware. I had to tell her that. She was really busy and flustered.  The manager gave both of us a card for a free meal because of the mix up. We may not go back there for lunch again.

More Later...I read most of the afternoon on a new book. Then at 6:00PM, I turned to Zoom to watch the worship service of the Mission Center.  It was neat to see so many of my old church friends.

It;s nearly 7:00PM now and I will take my bath and get myself ready for bed before I finish the Blog.

So more later...