Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dental Appointment, Appointment

I had a dental appointment at 9:20 AM and I got there a bit early and got right in. Kumi was my hygienic and she asked if I had medicated. I didn't-I had forgotten! I had to go back home and take my antibiotic and then go back to the dentist at 12:00 PM. I bet I don't forget to medicate the next appointment! I have to take an antibiotic because of my knee replacements.

I was in H'ville, so I stopped by JC Penny's and looked for a black pair of slacks. I tried on a size 12 and a 14 to make sure which size was right. The 12 didn't need any alterations in the length so I got them. There was a red sweater with a kind of cowl neck and it was marked down from $30.00 to $l1.99 and I got it too. There were lots of sales but I wasn't in the mood to shop so I stopped at McDonald's for a hamburger and diet Coke and came home. It rained on me almost all the way home.

Dad was doing the birds when I came home and I cut some newspapers for  the cage bottoms for him. While I was home on my one hour lay-over today,  we put the bills in the bill book getting them ready to pay.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Forgot Things

I got up at 7 AM and did the usual routine and left the house at 8 AM to go to the Senior Center. On the way, I realized I had forgotten my scripture bag I usually take with me on Mondays. After the exercises, I had to go to the bank and then I had to get some gasoline in the car. I got out to Karen's almost on time.

We studied the pre-mortal existence and it was very interesting. The BYU professors talk about different topics and it's hard to study for that kind of discussion. I had read the lesson material and had read the Institute manual so I was sort if prepared. It was good anyway.

I came home and Dad wanted me to wash his electric blanket so I did. I decided to take down my Autumnal decorations I had enjoyed and put up some Christmas decorations. I had found the box that had my Santa collection in it, but the fiber optic tree I had used for years was not in it's box! I had to think hard but then I remembered that it died last year and I must have thrown it away. I found a smaller tree in a sack in Trudy's old bedroom closet that was already decorated and had lights and all, so I put it up. The tree with the Santa Clauses around it will probably be all the decorating I do. There is no room for anything else. My decorations are so sad but I'm not inspired to get anything else since no one can come over to the house.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Usual Saturday

Got up about 7 AM and ate breakfast. Cooked Dad some oatmeal but I had my usual cold cereal and banana. Then I had some clothes to wash. The smells from Trudy's house were on the clothes I wore plus it was time to wash clothes. I watched a football game and then folded the clothes. Dad is working at the computer now. I just finished an Easy Does It DVD and feel good from the stretching.

Football is still on and I may watch some more. It was good getting away from the house for a day but it was hard to return when I was bringing "smells" with me. Nuff said.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Day

I arrived at Trudy's at 10:30 AM. Mary Kate and Richard and kids were already there, having arrived the night before. I brought two casseroles and some blankets and my pillow, which I forgot and left there today!

Mary Kate had her dressing made and Trudy made her homemade cranberry sauce and we made some yams and marshmallows. The bird was cooked overnight and was ready. Trudy also made some pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips. The meal was very good. We just sat around afterwards and communed with each other. Sadie, M.K., Sophia and I did walk down the road and around for some exercise. We went to bed at 10:00 PM. 

We went shopping Black Friday at 9:00 AM. We went to Toys R Us and the crowds were great and the line to check out was very long, so we went next door to Books A Million and Mary Kate got a couple of games for the kids. Next we went to Penny's. I wanted a new purse. The store was full of people but there were great deals on purses! I got two of them, in fact! I bought some socks and a flash light for Frank and that's all I bought.

I hung around a while after we got back to Trudy's. She had gone coupon shopping and had gotten some great deals, but then it was time for me to go home. The Auburn-Alabama game was on and I listened to it on the radio and Dad had the game on when I came in. Auburn won by 1 point! They will probably be the SEC champions. We had left over turkey trimmings for supper.  It was good being with family.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Almost Done

I went to the bank and made a deposit. Dad wants me to start using my card instead of pulling out money from my purse, so the grocery money will be put into my account and I'll keep a running tally of how much I spend. Then I drove to H'ville too pick up Dad's Rx's at the Pain Center. Next, I stopped by Sam's to get a few things. I didn't buy anything I shouldn't have bought.

After Sam's, I drove to Athens and stopped by the pharmacy to pick up the meds and then stopped by Dollar General for some Ritz crackers that I needed for a recipe I was making. Then, I came home.

I wasn't tired so I cooked the broccoli and rice and cheese casserole. We can heat it tomorrow at Trudy's. I'll make the peas and asparagus casserole either before I leave home or over at Trudy's. I'll try to leave here by 9-10 o'clock in the morning. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shopping Again

Last night my plans were to get up early and go to Walmart and finish shopping for the meals I'm going to cook for Thanksgiving. The warm bed kept calling my name and I went back to bed to watch the BYU channel and then to listen to Neil Boortz on the radio. I finally got up and got dressed but it was too close to lunch for me to go out. I left after I feed Dad.

Walmart was crawling with people plus they had put stuff in the middle of the isles and there was less room for carts and people. I just had to get a few items so I wasn't there long. I had already gone to Lowe's and exchanged the flawed toilet seats for two different ones. One would think there wouldn't be such a large variety of toilet seats, but there are!

I will be going over to Trudy's to spend the night Thanksgiving day. That will be lots of fun! I'm not looking too forward to going shopping on Black Friday since the town will be full of people, but I'll be with family and that will be fun.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Interesting Day

It was my time to lead the exercises today. The center workers were busy setting up tables so the seniors could eat in the gym or the place where we exercise and there was some confusion going on when we were exercising. I went by my notes but didn't have some exercises written down and forgot them! We ended 5 minutes or so early.

I left the Senior Center and went to Trudy's credit union of make a deposit for her. Then I went to Karen's. I got home at 12:00 PM and I started a pot of beans. They were done by 3:30-4:00 PM. We had them for supper.

Tomorrow, I have to go buy some groceries for Thanksgiving. I'll be going over to spend the night at Trudy's Thanksgiving day and we all will go shopping on Black Friday. Trudy mentioned getting up at 4:00 AM! Is there anything in the world that I want bad enough to get up that early for???

Frankie and his family won't be coming down for Thanksgiving. We'll miss them but we sure will have fun together!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Things at church went well. I sure could tell that I hadn't practiced the piano in a week. Must do better next week. I sit 20-35 minutes at the keyboard at a time and today my back was complaining. We got two Christmas songs picked out. The kids will be singing in Sacrament meeting in December.

Thanksgiving is this week and tomorrow I'll have to figure out what my cooking schedule will be. The main casserole I'm doing is to sit in the refrigerator 8 hours and then cooked. Maybe I'll try to find another recipe for it. I found a broccoli and rice recipe that I want to make and I hope the broccoli is still good. It's been in the freezer for a while. I may have to go back into town tomorrow for I need to get some things for Mary Kate's family.

It's been in the 60's today and I hope it will be nice so the children can go out and play at Thanksgiving. There's going to be a lot of people at Trudy's house then. I need to take a chair just in case they need more seating.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Work Day Again

I haven't taken the toilet seats back yet. Maybe I'll wait until Monday when I'm in town anyway. After seeing how dirty the toilet in the upstairs bathroom was, I went downstairs to check on the bathroom there. The toilet seat really needs changing but I cleaned around the toilet and got it clean so we can replace the seat. I'm rarely down there, so I don't notice how clean or dirty things are in that bathroom. When the kids are going to be here, I usually go down and clean and freshen things up. It really can't look good because so much stuff is stored down there. I have towels and linens that are sitting on the three blue water barrels and that doesn't look good. I need help in getting that place organized.

I'm washing three loads of clothes and sheets today. I got up late and then didn't want to go into town.

I'm dreading the first of the year. We've been watching Glen Beck on TV and he has dire predictions. Inflating is coming and the price of food and gas has already gone up. I believe Congress will extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class but when Obama's health care bill goes into effect, Medicare will be cut millions of dollars. I don't know what us old folks are going to do. The future isn't very secure. But then, we only have today to worry about. Things will work out.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Yeah, It's Friday!

I substituted for Jan at exercise today. I'm getting to where I don't need my notes as much and I forgot some exercises. Today, the tape wasn't rewound and I didn't hear the familiar music. The music guides me to what exercises to do next and I was nervous with the wrong music. I will lead again Monday. I rewound the tape so it should be on the right side. I think I'll redo my notes and see if that will help.

I had to go to the Post Office to get some stamps and by the bank and then on to Walmart for groceries and then to Lowe's for two toilet seats. I got home and Frank enlisted my help in taking the toilet seat off and putting the new one on. The problem was that the new one wouldn't fit for some reason. Everything is standard in toilets, but this new one wouldn't screw on. So, I had to go back to Lowe's and return the two seats I had just bought hours ago and get two new ones to replace what I had gotten. The replacement seats were much cheaper and they were defective, so now they have to go back! Maybe I'll stop by Walmart to see what they have in the way of toilet seats.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lazy Day

Thursdays are usually lazy days. I sleep in, shower and get dressed. Did a load of laundry that I need to put in the dryer now and just sat around.

Frank cut his face shaving this morning and it's been bleeding ever since. The Dr's office said to go to the emergency room but that would be an ordeal. Frank thought of some powder that we use to stop the blood if we trim the bird's nails and nick them too close and he got it and I put some on the wound. It seems to have worked for the spot isn't bleeding through the band aid like before. I'll have to watch to see if he grows any pin feathers! Ha-ha-ha!

After exercise class tomorrow, I'll take by shoes by the shoe shop and get them to put some insoles in for me. The shoes are a bit too big and I hope this will cure that problem.

I sent two magazines to two of my friends and had a note in both but I put the address labels on the wrong packages! My brother called to see if I meant to send "Kathy"s" magazine to them, and Kathy called today to see if I meant to send "Ruth's" magazine to her! Sometimes I wonder where my mind goes when it goes on vacation.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Getting Close

Thanksgiving is next week and I haven't started planning for it yet. I have a new recipe for peas, asparagus and mushroom casserole and I need to make as list of ingredients for it. I need to make some veggie recipes so I will have something to eat besides sweets. I don't want to gain weight by eating all the sweets that will be there. I'll look in Mary Lou's  cook book for veggie recipes. Since I don't season any of my veggies, they would be bland for everyone else. I can go grocery shopping Tuesday and get things and pick up some cereal and milk for Mary Kate's kids. I'll have to cook the recipes Wednesday.  Mary Kate said they would be here Nov. 24th and maybe I can have everything cooked by the time they arrive.

There were a lot of people at exercise today. It's good that so many come out. I needed to take my clogs to the cobbler to get some inner soles put in and I was headed that way when I remembered they were closed on Wednesdays! I came home and cooked a cabbage and a cauliflower and had an early lunch.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Crown Day

We were at the dentist at 7:30 AM and Frank got his new crowns put on. It didn't take long and we were home by 9: 30 AM. We did stop at Hardee's and got a sausage biscuit and a steak biscuit. It was good and salty and greasy! Frank lay down to wait for the caffeine pill to wake him up and I decided to lie down too, and I didn't get up until 2:00 PM! That's what I get for getting up at 5:45 AM!

It started raining as we left this morning and I took my umbrella. It wasn't raining in H'ville when we got there and I said, "Do I need to take the umbrella in?" I didn't and it was raining hard when we came out! The rain had let up when we got home but it has rained off and on all today.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Usual Monday

We couldn't get the music to work at exercise so we had to do without. I have the tape that we have to turn over in the car and I'll bring it Wednesday. It's better when we have music to listen to. The music doesn't drive the exercises, it just fills in.

I had dropped off Dad's Rx's at the pharmacy before exercise so I could just pick them up and then go by the P.O. and mail two copies of the temple edition of the Ensign to Ruth and Kathy. I hope they feel the spirit of the magazines. Then I went to Karen's for scripture study.

It had started to rain but wasn't raining hard when I got home. I had gotten a dozen eggs from Karen's chickens so we had eggs for lunch. They were very tasty!

Talked with Trudy and Mary Kate today and everyone is looking forward to Thanksgiving. Rachel's grandmother is coming with them so that will be one more person to add to the mix. Mary Kate and kids will spend the first night with us and then the rest of the time with Trudy. It will be a great time being with all the kids.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Program Over!

The Primary program was today. We spent the entire Primary time running through the program and then went into Sacrament meeting and after the Sacrament, we performed the program. I had practiced the music and so I was confident and the children really sang out for their parents. Everyone was pleased with the outcome. Now, we need to work on Christmas music!

I teach the exercise class tomorrow and I have to take some Rx's by the pharmacy and mail some stuff at the P.O. and then go to Karen's for scripture study. The program on the Pearl of Great Price is one hour long so I'll be getting home about noon. Then Tuesday, Frank has a dentist appointment at 7:30 AM and we'll be going too H'ville.

The gang is coming for Thanksgiving to Trudy's house. Mary Kate is staying over here and Frankie's family and Richard is staying at Trudy's. I think Sear's if going to be open Thanksgiving day so they are getting an early start to Black Friday! I might have to go out with the gang, dun know....

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Poison Time

When Frank and I were out in the front yard the other day, I noticed four fire ant hills! The little devils have been working in silence. Since I don't get out in the yard much anymore, they have taken advantage of the situation. I had poisoned a small hill out by the road, but the poison didn't work or they didn't get into it. I think I sprinkled poison on five mounds today. If that doesn't do it for the ants, we  may have to buy some other type of poison or get Cooks Pest Control to do it for us.

We think Nanny's house has sold. Things are still in the works. It would be good to have that behind us.

Been watching a little football on TV. Tennessee just beat Ole Miss badly. Auburn and Georgia are next. Don't know if I'll watch it or not. Auburn is undefeated so far. It would be good to see Georgia beat them-ha-ha-ha!

The Primary program is tomorrow. It will be good to play some other kind of music than the program music. The music leaders have really concentrated on learning the program music to the exclusion of the rest of the music in the book.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Big Pile of Groceries

When I went to exercise class today, I had plans to go to Sam's and load up on groceries. One thing stopped me...I forgot both lists of things I wanted to buy. So I came home and got the one for Walmart and went there. I went up and down a lot of isles, which I don't normally do, so I got stuff I don't usually get! Plus, when I have enough money, I get two of items, so I had lots to two's in the basket. In fact, I barely made it out of the store with my basket, for it was overflowing! I had to go get a large, Coke Icee, stop by the Salvation Army and stop by Merle Norman and stop for some gasoline and then I came home! Frank helped my unload the car and put things up.

The weather is beautiful. It's cool enough for a light coat in the morning-8:00 AM- and warm enough by 9:30 to take if off. In fact, I took off my blue jean jacket at exercise class and left it there. I had to go back to the center and get it when I went into town. We've still using the air conditioner but did light the gas stove in the basement. We got some more propane and now we're set for whatever comes our way.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Work Day

I slept in since I didn't have any where to go today. I had laundry to do and I needed to cook some brownies to take to the Adams for burning our burn pile for us. Brownies have 1/2 c water and 2/3 c oil in them, plus 2 eggs, for gooey brownies and 3 eggs for cake- like brownies. I prefer cake- like brownies myself but since these weren't for me, I made them gooey. 

I washed three loads of clothes and hand washed one of my favorite skirts. I practiced the Primary music for the program that is Sunday. I know the music, but I want to practice it each day so I won't make any mistakes.  We'll practice the program in Primary Sunday and then preform it in the next 30 minutes or so. It will be over and done with before we know it.

Talked with Trudy and she is still planning on home schooling the children. They want it. Things at school have gotten really bad and they want out of that atmosphere.

I may go to Sam's to shop tomorrow after exercise class. We're on our last case of corn and Frank likes to eat corn a lot. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


It's 3:00 PM and we just got back from the temple. The traffic wasn't bad either way. I'm glad it wasn't driving at night for I don't like to go that fast at night!

Frank has been home piddling around. He's bathing the birds now. I guess I'll have to spray Gertie after he gets through with Rikki. They all need a shower a week for optimum health.

Don't have much on the calendar the rest of this week so don't know what I'll be doing. The burn pile is gone now. There's a few whips of smoke coming from where the big stumps of wood were but it's all gone. I'll have to make the Adams' some brownies and take to them for thanks.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Visiting Teaching

Ann and I went VT today. We could only see one sister today, but we had a good visit. I was to get the lesson from the Conference issue of the Ensign but I was impressed to talk about things we were thankful for instead. We left at 12:00 PM and were back by 2:00 PM. Ann mentioned that there might be changes to the VT routes and I'm afraid we will be split up. The thought is if you have two strong sisters together and they go out each month, you split them up and put them with a weaker sister to help encourage her to be a good VT. It rarely works out and sisters end up going along to do their VT. There's change in everything and sometimes I don't like it!

When I came home, the burn pile was almost burned! Bobby had said he would burn it for us and he did. I went out to say hello and talked with Brenda for a while. There are some big stumps of wood that are still burning and I hope it will be okay during the night. Next year, I'll try to keep up with the pile and will burn it while it is small.

We'll be going to the temple tomorrow at 7:00 AM. The weather is going to be good. This will be the only time we go this month since Thanksgiving occurs in the last week of this month.

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Post for Monday

I usually post around 7 PM. It's after supper and the birds a in bed and the house is quiet. Some days I post earlier when I have nothing going on.

Exercise class went well and then in scripture study we finished the Doctrine and Covenants and next week will go on to the Pearl of Great Price. I got home around 11:15 AM.

Trudy has decided to home school Forrest and Sadie. Forrest asked for it. It will be good to get them out of the government school system and into a good education.

Mary Kate called tonight and we had a nice chat. We have a new rule at our house-we receive no phone calls between 5-7 PM. That's when we are having supper and play with the birds and then have scripture reading and phone calls interrupt this flow.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thought It Was Sunday

This morning I had to ask Frank what day it was for I didn't know if it was Saturday or Sunday!

I needed to go grocery shopping today and I had Kari's jewelry party to go to but Frank wanted me to stay home and help him. I waited to shop until I left the party and used the AM time to cut some bird papers.

Kari's party was just a gathering of people she had invited to order some jewelry (if they wanted to). I found a turquoise ring I liked and ordered it. The turquoise is faux but it still very stunning looking. I like bling!

I went to Walmart after the party and just bought some veggies and a chord to fit something like ear phones to his Ipad. It fit and I was glad! Sometimes I have to take things back and I don't like to do that.

We watched the 2nd half of the Alabama vs LSU football game. We lost by 3 points! It's hard to be the grand champions the next year. Everyone is looking to bump you off the football field. That's the second game we've lost. Auburn is doing good this year. They haven't lost a game yet. I'm happy that they are having a good season but we must not let them beat us!

Friday, November 5, 2010


I subbed for Jan today at the exercise class. They are moving to a new apartment across the street and she was busy moving. The class is like a club. Almost all the same people come every time and it's good to see them.

I came home after exercise. We lit the gas stove in the basement this afternoon. We had too vacuum it out and turn on the gas from outside. We got it lit successfully. That should take the chill off the house on these cold mornings. The cold-29 degrees-in the morning should zap my flowers. Then I should clean their dead bodies up but I will leave them there so they will seed next years flowers. I quit gardening after I had breast cancer for I couldn't use my right arm for anything like digging and hoeing, but these impatiens come up every year like the angels planted them and I'm glad!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Not Tall Shots!

No, the shot I got today had nothing to do with making me taller. I've already accomplished that by wearing the clog shoes! Dad's appointment lasted longer than mine for I just saw the Dr and then the nurse came in and gave me the shot. I'll get another one in 6 months. It's called Prolia and should help my bones grow stronger.

Frank got started on his course of Forteo. He'll take it for 24 months like I did. They are self injected shots. The needle is very small and it doesn't hurt a bit. His bones are brittle from taking prednesone for so many years.

We had eaten at 11 AM so we didn't stop for lunch in H'ville. We came home and snacked at 3 PM.

The weather is getting colder and day after tomorrow it's supposed to get down to 29 degrees in the morning! There go all of the green tomatoes that are still on the vine and I bet my flowers will be zapped too! It's too bad for the flowers are still blooming and looking good.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wet Fall Day

I went to exercise class today. Not many people came out. After I got home, it started raining. It was a blustery fall day. It was a good day to curl up with a book and close the world out. I didn't do that. We had bills to pay and I had some paper work to do.

I got my exercise by going to the mail box four times. I had three letters to mail and after I got back into the house, I found another one that needed to go out. too. The fourth time was out to get the mail.

Tomorrow we go to Drs Phillips and Shergy. Frank has an appointment with Dr Phillips and I see Dr Shergy for a shot for my osteoporosis. The Forteo shots I've been taking for 24 months did make my body grow more bone and the shots I'm getting twice a year are supposed to grow bone also. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Off to Vote

We got up at the usual time and decided to go vote at 10:00 AM. We vote at the Round Island Baptist church which is on Brownsferry Rd. When we got there the room was full and we had to wait a few minutes for a spot to clear out. I messed up my ballot and so did Frank so we had to get another. I had read the amendments and had written a card with a "yes" or "no" by the number of the amendments. It didn't take us long to vote and then we came home. We passed by Ann R.'s house. She is my VT partner. She doesn't live far from me at all.

Came home and cooked a cabbage and a cauliflower for lunch. Dad had his usual plate of beans and corn.

We hope this election will give the Republicans a majority in the House and gain some seats in the Senate. Hopefully it will slow what Obama is doing to our country. He is trying to turn us into a socialist society and if he isn't stopped, he will ruin our country.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday All Day

I taught the class today and remembered more of the exercises. I'll soon be able to not use my notes. It doesn't really matter as long as we exercise. There are a lot of nice people that come to the center.

I went to Karen's for scripture study and afterwards went back into town to pick up the picture of the temple that I had framed. It turned out well. Dad wasn't in the mood to help arrange the pictures on the wall so we'll do it tomorrow.

The mail brought me my shoes from Land's End and I like them. They are black leather clogs. I may need to have the shoe shop put something in the right shoe because it is a bit sloppy and loose.

I got my printed blog in. I haven't read it yet. I really didn't know what I was doing so I didn't get all of the blog printed that I wanted. Mary Kate or Trudy can show me how. Thanksgiving isn't that far away and everyone will be at Trudy's house for fun and frolic!

I did the wash I should have done Saturday and had a good day.