Saturday, January 28, 2023

Saturday and Dusting

I slept some last night but not really well until around 4:45AM, I just gave up and got up and made my bed and dressed for the day. Today I will dust the apartment and then go over my notes for the sermon tomorrow. I feel poorly prepared. I have so much going in my life...and lack of good sleep, I don't know how it will go. I will just do the best I can and hope to be taken off the schedule altogether eventually. Leslie told me to take a break for February.

I did find a coffeecake mix at the market yesterday. So I will fix that as usual and if I have any left I will take some to Nancy on Monday when I go down to take her shopping for some clothes that will fit her. She has gained 20 pounds living there in assisted living and eating that "heavy in calories" food they fix.  

Next Wednesday I have Bunco at the senior center in Coffeyville at 1:00PM, after my regular hair appointment. Toni, my beautician, wants me to come at 8:30AM that Wednesday. I will take a book with me and read at the Coffeyville library after my hair appointment until time for that Bunco game. 

Then Thursday, that Thursday, the next day after that,  is my hearing aid appointment in Tulsa... at 11:45AM. Leslie will take me and take all my prerequisites....the copies of my bank accounts.....4 copies of both my checking and savings accounts, and the letter I got from social security telling how much social security I have for this year. We will also take the copy of the e-mail that Morgan Cardosi sent me,  telling that I have qualified for the Neighbors in Need program and Leslie has already paid the $300 for the appointment for the program. Morgan is in charge of the program in this area.

So I have a lot on my mind. No wonder I have trouble sleeping.

More later...I will go check on the weather and the cats.

I caught the weather as soon as I got the TV turned on so I grabbed my phone and took  a photo of it.Then I checked on the cats and Blondie was the only one out there. It was 6:30AM and I was just in time to feed him too. He has finished and is gone now. I will leave it out there a little bit, just in case Scruff comes to eat too. If she doesn't come soon, I will take it back to the garage and cover it.

Now..the weather.. Today will be 59 degrees and partly cloudy Tonight will be 24 degrees and 40% chance of rain, Sunday is to be 28 degrees and cloudy, Monday is to be 25 degrees and mostly cloudy, and Tuesday is to be 32 degrees and cloudy, Wednesday is to be 41 degrees and Mostly cloudy, Thursday is to be 44 degrees and mostly cloudy, Friday is to be 47 degrees and sunny. It's 39 degrees now and brisk outside.

Scruff never came so I will take the cat food back to the garage and cover it again. I take it back, when I went to the library and I got back, she was there so I was glad I left that cat food out there.

More Later....

I spent a couple of hours going over my sermon for tomorrow.  I am not completely satisfied with it but I will work on it.

I went out to Copan Restaurant and had their  chicken pot pie special for my lunch. It was very good.

Then I went out to John and Leslie's to see the new Corgi puppies. There are 6 of them and they had their tails docked yesterday. There are five males and one female. Two are already sold but they can't be delivered until they are 8 weeks old.

More Later...

At 7:00PM. I will take my bath and read until 9:00PM when I plan to go to bed.


Friday, January 27, 2023

Friday and Finally Apartment Cleaning

I slept fairly well last night and was up and dressed at my usual 5:00AM. I was still disturbed by the man sitting right behind me trying to "coach" a child he called "goose" at the top of his lungs. I should have moved but I didn't. If that happens next time I go to watch  Cheyenne play basketball, I will move as far away from that irritating man as I possibly can. It spoiled my evening watching Cheyenne.

That set me up for some sleep disturbance. I never did really sleep really well after that.

I changed my bed this morning. I just wasn't up to it last week. I usually change it every two weeks. It had been three weeks and I knew it needed to be done. I need to move to the south side of the bed to sleep.The north side of the mattress is full of wrinkles since I sleep on that side every night. The south side is pristine...just like new. I might sleep better with that change. 

The laptop computer started right up this morning. Glary Utilities must have fixed it after I ran it. I have had the free Glary Utilities ever since I have had computers. The free part of it has always done the job. I download a new copy every so often and I usually run it about once a month. Whatever! It works.

It's 5:25AM now and I should fix my breakfast. Then I will move the laptop into the living room so I can watch the weather and the CBS news. And then I will watch for the cats. I fed them supper last night before I went to the game. I have the laundry in the dryer now.

More later...

As soon as I turned on the TV, "the weather on the 8's" was coming on. I grabbed my phone and took a photo of the forecast for all next week.

Saturday will be 60 degrees and partly cloudy and windy, Sunday is to be 32 degrees and mostly cloudy, Monday is to be 27 degrees and mostly cloudy. Tuesday will be 29 degrees and AM snow showers, Wednesday will be 37 degrees and  mostly cloudy, Thursday will be 36 degrees and partly cloudy.

More later...the dryer just buzzed! What do you know! Both cats came for breakfast! That's the first I have seen Scruff in a couple of days. She wasn't there when I opened the door..just Blondie.  But when I got back in the house, both cats were there eating!

Now I need to get to the laundry and the dryer. 

When I finished putting away the laundry both cats were gone. It's too cold for them to to be sitting out there eating. It's 35 degrees now and at least Blondie might have been out there before I even checked.  I put away the cat food in the garage and covered it.

More even later.. 

I got the laundry finished and dried and put away. 

After 9:00AM, I will go back the library and get a couple more books to read. I will probably start my mopping before then. Then I will need to vacuum. I just wasn't up to it yesterday...for some reason.

I have been muting the commercials on the TV. They annoy me no end.  There are way too many and they aren't even clever...just disgusting. I used to sell radio commercials and we always made sure they weren't annoying..just clever and informative. And we changed them no additional cost. It was the time the account bought. Rather then annoy the listeners, we let the commercial be changed as often as the account wanted....knowing the account's name was the repetition needed. And the key to the sale...was service..good service.

I went to the Caney Market and bought my coffeecake mix. I met the new manager, Cindy Cunningham (her maiden name). She worked at Consumer's Market the same time my younger son, Scott, did when they were teens. It's a small world! She wanted me to tell him "hi".

I was going to stop by the library to get a couple of more books but on Friday's they don't open until 12:30PM. I will have to go back later. That will give me time to clean the apartment and have lunch.

More Even Later... 

I got the bare floors mopped but now I need more wet swifter cleaners to mop with next week. I used the last of them today. I will need to go to Dollar General to get them. 

I may as well go out there now while I am waiting for the floors to dry. I did get the swifter cleaners at Dollar General. Then I went to the library and checked out two more books to read.

That kept me busy this afternoon.  Monday I will take Nancy to find some clothes that will fit her.

It's 6:18PM now.

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

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Thursday and No Apartment Cleaning Today

I slept pretty well last night and was up at my usual 5:00AM, made my bed and dressed and got myself ready for the day. Soon I will fix my breakfast move the laptop computer in the living room and turn on the TV to watch the weather forecast and the news. Then after that, I will start my mopping and vacuuming.  

I see it's 22 degrees out there this morning and clear. If it warms up at all I will take my walk. I have missed it because of the cold and windy temperatures. I need the exercise to keep my knees working.

I contacted Dale last evening and told him Nancy needed some clothes that fit her. She has gained weight and only has one pair of slacks she can wear and one top. I suggested he and  Gina take her shopping and buy her at least three outfits that fit her. He said that Gina had bought her clothes before and she would not wear them or even try them on. He said they would be out of town Friday until next week. He asked if I would take her shopping and he would bring me her debit card today mid day. I told him I could do that. So Monday when I go down there for my weekly visit, I will try to get her to let me take her shopping to buy at least three outfits that fit her. I will look at the pair of pants she wears and see what size they are. She is short so they will have to be petites or "short" size.

It will be a challenge.

More later...I will go fix my breakfast now. 

Blondie came for his breakfast but I didn't see anything of Scruff. That's been at last a couple of days since I've seen her. I hope she has found somewhere to eat.

Blondie has eaten and I took him out clean water too and he drank a lot of it. I will leave that cat food out there for awhile in hopes Scruff will show up to eat.

I caught the weather forecast and today is to be 41 degrees and partly cloudy, Friday is to be 56 degrees and partly cloudy,  Saturday is to be 61 degrees and mostly cloudy and windy, Sunday is to be  35 degrees and cloudy, Monday is to be 29 degrees and PM snow showers, Tuesday is to be 30 degrees and snow showers, Wednesday is to be 34 degrees and partly cloudy. So the forecast has changed even overnight. Still it looks like we will still have two days of snow showers. 

More Even Later... 

I read all afternoon and finished the second book . Halfway through the afternoon Dale brought Nancy's debit card by. I agreed to take her shopping for three outfits of bigger clothing  on Monday.

I took the  books back  the Caney library and dropped them into the book drop.

 I had the rest of Karan's goulash for my lunch today and an ice cream bar.

At 6:30PM this evening I will go to see Cheyenne play basketball at the Caney  Recreation Center

My laptop computer will not boot up anymore. I believe it has finally died. I get the screen image but that's as far as it goes. The sign in won't come up anymore. It's lucky I have the desktop computer.

What do you know, the lap computer finally came up. It took a half dozen tries to get it to load though. It's probably on it's last legs. It's very old. I like to use the laptop because I can take it in the living room with me in the mornings.

Now I am downloading Glary Utilities on the laptop, I am hoping it can fix whatever happened to that laptop Computer.  It is 41 degrees now. And it's 4:45PM.

I used the Glary Utility and I think it may have fixed the laptop computer.

I went to watch Cheyenne's basketball game but the guy sitting behind me was screaming his head off all during the game. I was glad to get home.

I got home shortly before 8:00PM, took my bath, and put my pajamas on and my robe. I will go to bed at 9:00PM.

Oh yes, just as I was getting ready to leave for Cheyenne's basketball game, I noticed both cats were out in front wanting their supper so I pulled open the garage door and got their food and took it to them.  I put it away after I returned from the basketball game.


Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Snow and a Game Day at the Senior Center

 I slept restlessly last night after 1:00AM or 1:30AM. I tossed and turned until 4:00AM when I just got up, made my bed and got myself ready for the day. I have an appointment this morning for my Coffeyville... and also game day at the senior center at 1:00PM if they don't cancel it because of the snow. 

It doesn't look like a lot of snow at first glance and the most important thing I need to do is get my phone working right again. I have no idea what has happened but it is really messed up. I need to stop at US Cellular over there and get the phone working properly again. It has several error messages like "Mobile Data is turned off" and "currently unable to optimize messages on phone". and "Cannot send your message until the service becomes available" I looked at "settings"but didn't see anything like Mobile Data or any mention of optimizing. I texted Leslie about it but she said that was beyond her expertise and I would need to stop at US Cellular this morning while I am in Coffeyville. So that's my plan.  

It's 5:21AM now and I have checked "the weather on the 8's"  when I first got up  Today is to be 41 degrees and snow showers.Tomorrow is to be 42 degrees and mostly sunny, Friday is to be 53 degrees and partly cloudy, Saturday is to be 57 degrees and partly cloudy, Sunday is to be 35 degrees and mostly cloudy, Monday is to be 30 degrees and mostly cloudy, Tuesday is to be 31 degrees and snow showers.That's the week ahead..doesn't look too good with snow showers two days next week. It's a good thing I went to the library yesterday. I should have checked out more books. I almost finished the first one just last evening.

I haven't checked on the cats yet. It's only 5:30AM and they probably won't be out there yet.

I will fix my breakfast and get back to this later....

I fixed my breakfast and checked on the cats, They weren't out there yet. I will check again in a little while. It's 33 degrees out there and it's wet too. It may still be raining. I feed  them in front of the front door where it is dry but that doesn't do anything about the cold.

I will check again now. cats yet. They may not come in this weather. Of course, it's only 6:08AM. I'll give it another try later... 

Scruff never did show up and I went on over to Coffeyville to get my hair done, read my book at the library and play at game day. I also stopped at US Cellular after my hair appointment and got my phone fixed. 

I left home at 8:00AM for my 8:30AM hair appointment. The roads were wet with snow and I just drove 50 miles per hour and I got home at 4:30PM and we had a good visit with our game.

I gave Marilyn my leftover treats to have with her coffee tomorrow and the rest of the week.

More Later... 

I read for awhile after I got home but at 7:00PM, I took my bath and put my pajamas and robe on and got ready for bed. I plan to go to bed at 9:00PM as usual.


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Tuesday and Cookies to the First Christian Church

I slept much better last night and only woke up one time and got up and took my meds and then got right back to sleep. I was up at my usual 5:00AM, made my bed and dressed and got myself ready for the day. I feel much more refreshed!

I don't know what the weather is like today. It's still too early and dark to tell. The desktop computer says "snow off and on". So it's anyone's guess. I will not leave here until close to 9:00AM and by then I will know whether the weather is good enough to drive over to our church and pick up any cookies there and Billie Jo's money for her cookies. I go across the street to that market there and buy my and her cookies. I usually try to be at the Christian Church in Independence by 9:30AM. The pastor is in his office by then and he comes and opens the kitchen door and takes the cookies. Then I go on back home.

I took the trash out and Blondie was right outside the garage door. When I took the trash  container to the curb he decided to come into the garage but I don't want him in there with my car so I made him go to the front door to eat. I took his food out to him. I didn't see Scruff.

More later..I will go turn on the weather channel and wait for the forecast for the week's forecast. And I always check on the cats..see if they are there.  

It took awhile but I finally got the week's forecast . Today is to be 39 degrees and rain and snow, tomorrow is to be 41 degrees and cloudy, Thursday is to be 42 degrees and partly cloudy, Friday is to be 51 degrees and partly cloudy, Saturday is to be 53 degrees and PM showers, Sunday is to be 31 degrees and cloudy, Monday is to be 31 degrees and mostly cloudy.That's the week.Today and Saturday sound like the bears!  Rain and Snow! 

It's 7:38AM right now and so far it's clear rain and no snow. Of course, it's early. I won't leave here until 8:45AM and we  will see what the weather is like then. The laptop computer says "winter weather" so I will just wait and see what it's like at 8:45AM.

I never did see Scruff. It may be way too cold for her to be out. I will check again before it's time for me to leave. 

More Later.... I left home about 8:45AM and drove over to our church to pick up Billie Jo's cookie money. There were no other cookies there. I had put Karan's cookies in my car on Sunday. When I got to Independence, I bought my and Billie Jo's cookies at the market across the street from the church. Then I took them by the church and honked as I went by the pastor's office. He met me at the kitchen door and took them in. The next cookie day will be in two weeks and until June it will be every two weeks. So February 7th will be the next Tuesday we will need them. Those who provide cookies should bring them to church on Sunday the 5th of February and put them in the frig there.  I got back home about 10:00AM.

I will go to the library and get a couple of more books to read now. I would walk but it's very cold and the wintry mix will be starting soon. So I will drive. I need oatmeal and breakfast bars from the market too so I will go there first.

I went to the market and bought oatmeal and breakfast bars and a treat for game day tomorrow...if I can get over there in one piece. It rained and then snowed some this afternoon...nothing hard..and now it is raining again.

Blondie showed up for supper and I took food out to him. I still see nothing of scruff.

Earlier this afternoon, I went to the library and checked out two books. I have been reading on one of them this afternoon. 

If I can get to US Cellular tomorrow I want to take my cell phone in. It is doing some very strange things.

More Later...

It's 6:02PM now.  I just took the cat food in.  Blondie had finished and left. In another hour I will take my bath. It is still raining some. I plan to go to bed at 9:00PM.

And now the desktop computer says "Wintry Mix"

Monday, January 23, 2023

Monday and Another Bad Night's Sleep

I slept terrible again last night.  I woke up at 1:00AM concerned about my budget again. After I paid for my 6 months car insurance, $333.63, I knew I wouldn't be able to make it until I get my social security on February 8th. I still have one utility to pay and I won't have gas money or even grocery money to make it until the 8th. That's over two weeks away. I turned that over in my mind most of the night. I finally just got up at 5:15AM and made my bed and dressed and got myself ready for the day. Rather then to try to find my insurance agent in her office to pay that car insurance, I sent my check off to Columbia, Missouri, the home office, in the envelope they sent me to do that. That was the day after Martin Luther King Day and that check has not been deposited yet. So it hasn't hit the bank yet.

Oh well, if it isn't one thing it's another.

I will go down to visit Nancy this afternoon anyhow. She counts on it and I simply cannot disappoint her. Her life is pretty bleak in assisted living. I just won't take her out to lunch. I will go after lunch. I will call them to tell her it will be after lunch until I can come.

I need to make some calls this morning to try to find a hearing aid company that will honor the Starkey "Neighbor in Need" program. I have two more places to call ...Freeman Hearing in Joplin and Lawry Hearing Aid Center in Tulsa. Those names and numbers were given to me by Morgan Cardosi, in Joplin, who is in charge of the Neighbors in Need program in our area.

More Later...

I found Scruff waiting for me to take her some food. She didn't eat much but she's left now.. I see Blondie has come now to eat. He may be finished and has left. I will leave the food out there awhile in case they come back for more.

I did catch "the weather on the 8's" though. Today is to be 47degrees and partly cloudy, tomorrow is to be 41 degrees and rain and snow, Wednesday is to be 40 degrees and cloudy, Thursday is to be 42 degrees and mostly sunny, Friday is to be 52 degrees and partly cloudy, Saturday is to be 55 degrees and partly cloudy, and Sunday is to be 33 degrees and AM ice. That doesn't sound too good for church.  Well we have no assurance that will develop.This is Kansas after all..

Leslie texted me that she would do the calling. I guess that makes sense since she is the one out the $300 payment for the appointment. I feel terrible about that. That's a pile of money. When I made that appointment at the Independence office I told the receptionist that I was making an appointment for the free hearing aids. I guess she didn't pass that information on to the woman who did the test because that is the woman who quoted me $3700 for the hearing aids.  It's a mess. There's a lack of information all around. None of those who are not interested in participating in the "Neighbors in Need" program have informed the person who is in charge of it, Morgan Cardosi. She is very frustrated about that.

More Later...

My daughter, Leslie, managed to get me an appointment in Tulsa on February 2nd at 11:45AM for the Neighbors in Need program from Starkey. She has got to be amazing! I may get some new hearing aids after all. I had almost given up. Every other one I called said they were not participating in the program.

I talked to Esther this morning and she is still waiting for one of their contractors who is supposed to put down their new floors. He had made an appointment and is two hours late and she is late for work.

I checked the bank later and that insurance payment did finally hit my bank account. They finally deposited it.

I texted Leslie and she says Cheyenne's basketball game tonight is at 6:00PM. I intend to attend again. 

Leslie just called to tell me they have pushed back the game until 6:30PM instead of 6:00PM. I will wait another 15 minutes to leave.

More even later... I attended Cheyenne's game this evening. Her team did not win this time but they did last time. This is only their second actual game. I think they all had fun anyway. Cheyenne got to play quite a bit tonight. I enjoyed going and watching her and her team- mates play.

I just took my bath at 7:30PM. I may watch some TV or I just may go on to bed. I missed a lot of sleep last night. I usually try to stay up until 9:00PM so I don't wake up so early in the morning. I need to do some laundry in the morning. I am low on bras. I will wash my pajamas too if I do laundry at all. I should have changed my bed last Monday but I just wasn't up to it. Maybe I can do it tomorrow before I take the cookies up to Independence's  First Christian Church. I will need to drop by the church to pick up any cookies there first and Billie Jo's money for cookies. I will go across the street from the church there to that market and buy mine and hers.  I have Karan's in the car already. She brought them on Sunday.

More Later tomorrow.



Sunday, January 22, 2023

Sunday and A Lunch at Church.

I slept much better last night. I didn't wake up until 4:00AM and then I dozed from time to time until about 4:20AM when I finally just got up and made my bed and dressed and got myself ready for the day.

I am eating my breakfast in the den. When I finish that, I will go check on the weather and the cats. It's only 5:11AM now.The cats won't be out there this early. It's usually after 6:00AM when they get here for their breakfast.

I am down to my coffee and Chai now. I just washed my dishes and put them on the drainer pad to dry.

Scruff is the only cat that came for far at least. She is looking usual, for Blondie. If he sees her eating, he will come to eat too. She is still looking for him but so far he has not come. I think she is finished now and has left. I will leave the food out there for a little while to see if he will come to eat.

I am still waiting for "the weather on the 8's" to come back on.

I caught it. Today is to be 40 degrees and  cloudy, Monday is to be 47 degrees and partly cloudy, Tuesday is to be 42 degrees and PM showers, Wednesday is to be 43 degrees and PM snow showers, Thursday is to be 42 degrees and partly cloudy, Friday is to be 52 degrees and sunny,  Saturday is to be 55 degrees and partly cloudy. That's the week! A possibility of rain on Tuesday and snow on Wednesday. We can hope for that moisture!

Luckily I made my Waldorf salad yesterday and it has been in a covered dish in the frig over night marinading.  It's just 6:31 AM now. I won't leave for church until 10:15AM. Church starts at 11:00AM. There is no breakfast this morning since we are having lunch at church.

More Later...

I left for church about 9:30AM, went to the bank for some cash for Wednesdays hair appointment and then went on out to church. Leslie and John and the girls were there at the same time. We had a much larger congregation today and a guest minister, Bill Garwood  and his wife Lisa from Nevada Missouri, and a very nice lunch afterward. Bill had a very good sermon and he and Lisa did a cute routine with Homer. Afterward we had a very good lunch. I gave Karan the rest of the Waldorf salad I had made. She really likes it and I had had all I wanted of it.

Next Sunday morning, we will have our breakfast as usual at10:00 then before the 11:00AM hour, we will have our congregation's business meeting at 10:30AM. 

I watched the Mission Center's worship service on Zoom this evening. It was very good.

Then since I had recorded 60Minutes I sat and watched that program. It too was interesting. Then I took my bath and put my pajamas on and my robe and got myself ready for bed at 9:00PM. It's only 8:38PM right now. So I will stay up awhile or I may not sleep well if I go to bed too early.