Friday, October 15, 2021

Crocheting - Friends - Time for Me - Still Waiting

 Shiloh, IL  (Hi 63  Lo 43)

I'm still crocheting orders for people due before Christmas.   Since the mail system is so slow, I'm trying to get it all done by Nov 1. People need ti  send them out for their gifts. I'm so glad to have the work, to keep me busy and mind active. This was on Facebook and I have four orders for one. It's so cute. (Click on pictures to enlarge). 

I have been out with friends and dinner with the kids. They came over for dinner one night for meatball sandwiches. It's one thing my sis made and they loved them.     

I finally started thinking time for me. In June, I usually make my appointments for eyes, teeth and physical. I got the physical done, but the other stuff went by the wayside because I didn't want to leave Jim.  (Read previous blogs for why). I got a dentist appointment this week and found out I needed a couple fillings redone that have gone bad over the years. I also got a cleaning. I must say this is the first time I didn't have any pain with the shot and it was for a front tooth. I didn't have pain after it woke up either. They've changed  how to avoid pain, not sure what, but so glad it's all over and will go back in six months. I have an eye appointment next week and dermatology in a couple weeks. I'll be set for another year.

I'm still waiting for the military pay error to be corrected. I'm also waiting to hear from the social security for the new pay. I've had to fight a couple companies to change the amount of bills that no longer are in service and the one TV station I get that should be less because they're charging a higher price in taxes. I'm also waiting for monies from the long term life insurance. Nothing is fast, they sure can take it quickly but getting refunds is very difficult. I can't wait till it's all paid up. I hope that's by January. 

I have a very busy week ahead. Please stay tuned for next Saturday. 

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Trying to Move On - Last Time with Sister - Cancelling Accounts - Bond Movie

 Shiloh, IL (Hi  81  Lo 60)

It's been really hard trying to move on. It's only a month that Jim died, so I have to remember to give myself time. I'm on a couple zoom chats and the gals with the same problem, losing a husband with brain tumor say it takes awhile to recoup. I'll get there, I just need time. I want to thank everyone that's sent emails, texts and cards. This is when it's very important to know people and have friends. A sincere thank you to all. 

I spent last weekend with my sister, Doris and her hubby Herm. They're getting packed up to go back to Florida for the winter in a couple weeks. If the weather stays decent I may go down during the holidays but don't want to get stuck in airports because of ice and snow going or coming back.  We had a good visit and even tried to do some garage sales that was going on in her town. We got rained out and decided that best place to be was at home. 

Click the pictures to enlarge. 

Sis has a big dog and she loves her big bed it even has a pillow. 

She also sits on the couch with sis with her stuffed bone. It's like a pacifier to her. 
Sis loves to play with recipes, and she found a delicious meatball sandwich. Very good. I'm going to make it for the kids on Monday night. 
I went back home on Sunday afternoon. I had to get some calls made to cancel more accounts. I got up early on Monday to work on it and it took 5 hours to get 8 calls made. I had to wait to get hold of a real person, or fight with the automatic systems to get what I needed done. The one that I heard was really hard to work with was Verizon and I was dreading it, but one of the people in the zoom told me about a special number found on their  website. It took 15 minutes wait time, but the gal cancelled the phone line with no problems. She gave me a total of the future payments and I was done in five minutes. I'm still waiting to hear from the military and the social security. I think everything else is done. I hope. There's always something that pops up. I was getting charged $5 a month for something that I had to track down on Roku, I looked it up on Google and it gave me the Harmony Symphony HD, got that cancelled in no time. The reason I'm giving out the details, because so many people are getting charged and some of those apps start for no reason. Jim didn't do it and neither did I.  Please watch your bills closely. 

I'm walking around the path almost every night, not long but enough to keep my hips and knees from hurting. There's a cool apartment all decked out with Halloween decor. It's really neat. 

Just another view from across the pond to our building. It looked like it was going to rain, but never did. 
While I was walking the other day,  a guy with two Weiner dogs came up beside me. I'm scared of dogs and for a good reason. I stood real still and one of them got away from the guy and grabbed my shorts and hung on. He had to get the dog to let go. I have a hole in my shorts but luckily it didn't grab my leg. That's the fourth time that's happened in my life just walking past dogs. When I was three a dog attacked and bit my stomach. I've been afraid of them ever since. They must know the fear. From here on I'm going to walk far away off the path from dogs. 

Friday night Frank, Kyle and I went to see the James Bond movie. It was a tribute to Jim, he loved anything to do with Bond. When we were on cruises and they did the Bond questions he's win every time. He knew every movie's "Bond girl" and details about each movie. I'm sure he saw it from Heaven. It was good and I'm so glad I went with the boys. No spoilers. 
                                            Frank, Kyle and Dee. 
There were 7 of us by the time the movie started. I can't believe the seats were empty. 

                                            We did have a gorgeous sunset!
Would you buy this for Halloween?

Friday, October 1, 2021

Wrap up on Garage Sale - Sister Arrived - Celebration of Life - Paperwork

 Shiloh, IL  (Hi 85  Lo 62)

The garage sale wasn't as good as I had hoped, but we didn't have signs made up for the roads only advertised thru Facebook Marketplace and Next Door. At the end of the day we packed it all up and took it to Goodwill. It's closer and we had to hurry to clear the garage for family coming in for the Monday celebration of Life for Jim. 

Sunday: My sister came to support me for the next two days. We went to our son's for dinner as the family, Robin, Sharon and Johnny came from North Carolina. Our son Rick and grandson, Jack with girlfriend Tammy from Chicago.  It was great all came at same time. It was fun watching people coming together on the Google maps location sharing. (Click on pictures to enlarge). 

                                                Johnny, Robin and Sharon

We had a great time visiting. The younger ones played a "baseball" game of sorts with a whiffle ball . It was so funny to watch them. 

We sat around talking and having some laughs and eating. 

Monday: The celebration of life for Jim was from 10:30 to 12:30 for visitation then the service. It was a great service. Frank and Kendall gave a talk on Jim's life and it was perfect. Lots of emotion from everyone. The boys did a super job in getting it together. The room was setup perfect. There were at least 50 in the room. 

After the service the family had lunch in the lounge. The guests left and the rest of us went in a procession behind the Hearst to Jefferson Barracks in Missouri. It took about 30 minutes to get there. We lined up then went to the shelter for the burial service and taps. The flag was given to me along with the shells from the 21 gun salute. I also received a plaque and military certificate. The guards were retired and all on motorcycles. It was outstanding.  I wish I took more pictures, but I just wasn't up to it.  

                                                                The procession. 
We went back to Frank's and had a great dinner that was provided by Holly's parents. The North Carolina family headed home to drive all night. They had 11 hour trip ahead of them.  The rest of us called it a night and went our separate ways. 

Tuesday: My sis and I got up at 5am. She went back home and I went with Frank to Campbellsville, KY to take Kendall back to college. It's a five hour trip one way. He showed me the campus and we ate at a restaurant that had excellent food then  we headed back home. We arrived 5:30pm. It was a very long day, but a pretty drive in the foothills of KY. I crashed when I got home. 

Wednesday:  I started out on the phone to get accounts cancelled at 10am. I was done with the first round at 2:00pm. It took forever to get people to answer the phone and maneuver around the automated systems. I had called the dental place last week and had not heard from them with cards or paperwork to start my own dental service. I had to get something to prove I had insurance for my appointment next week. It took over and hour to get it in place, and hopefully they have it started.  I have to call back to see how I can get proof for the appointment. I'm back to crocheting in the afternoon. 

Friday:  I checked the bank statement to be sure payment was there and found a credit from the military had taken out two months pay. I called the military base right away to tell them to check into it. One month was taken out by mistake so in five days I should get that back. There's always something to check and get on the phone.  

On the lighter side of things. I made a gum chain dress in 1962 to 1970. It took a long time and my granddaughter in law, Holly,  is he size I was when I made it. I have now turned it over to her. 
I went to my sisters for the weekend. She's going to Florida this month so I  wanted one more time with her. It's suppose to rain, but I'm sure I'll find something to get into while we visit on our last time for the summer. 

Friday, September 24, 2021

Make Videos - Closing Accounts - Yard Sale - New Doctors - Obituary

Shiloh, IL  (Hi 80  Lo 47)

I haven't heard Jim's voice since mid June, so we were thinking where are videos with him talking. We didn't find any. It might be a good idea for everyone to take at least one video having a fun conversation, and hang on to that video for later.  Our friend Gary, in North Carolina did a podcast video and I'm saving it. 

 Jim on ham radio podcast

 Last Friday, I took Jim's name off the bank account. Saturday the account was no longer online so I was a bit panicky over the weekend to get it all back. Monday I was up early to call the bank and the lady helped me reopen the account in my name. All is well for the banking.  I've been closing accounts since we got here like lots of music websites and subscriptions. The big stuff is the Social Security, Verizon and a few others.  The military accounts switch isn't as easy. I had an appointment on base to work with the insurance, Tricare. I now have an appointment for ID card  in November which will activate the insurance. For now it's still in effect till Jan 1, to give me time to get an ID in case something happens to the date in November.  While I was on base I went to the commissary. It's my first time since Jim died. I am trying to eat right with lots of veggies and fruit. NO beef or red meat.

                                            Rice, broccoli and carrots grapes for dessert. 

Wednesday was a very rough day. It was two weeks since Jim's death, it's his birthday and the stress at the military signing papers for an hour wasn't easy. I still have a few accounts to work with and still working with dental insurance to get the military discount. 

Friday and Saturday we had a yard sale at our sons. It was both of us selling items. 

We're doing another day tomorrow, I hope it's a bit better. 

Since I'll be here awhile I'm making doctors appointments. It's time for vision and dentist. I already had my physical but now Medicare is requesting a "wellness" check to be sure things are being checked so to keep Medicare happy I made a wellness check. I made everything in October. I'm glad I'm used to changing doctors and sometimes it's a good thing to get other opinions.  

The funeral is on Monday. I'm posting the obit in today's blog, just in case someone is in the area and would like to attend. Next blog next Saturday. 


James F. Walter

SEPTEMBER 22, 1950 – SEPTEMBER 8, 2021
Obituary of James F. Walter

James F. Walter passed away in his home, surrounded by his family on September 8, 2021 after a short, yet brave battle with cancer.

James is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Denyse Walter (nee Spurlock); his children, Frank (Angie) Walter and Rick Walter; grandchildren, Kyle (Holly) Walter, Kendall Walter, and Jack Walter; brother and sisters, John, Robin and Sharon.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Alberta (nee Pittman) Walter.

James was born in Morehead City, North Carolina on September 22, 1950. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, in which he served in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He retired in 1996, after 26 years. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business from Park University.

On March 28, 1970, he married Denyse, the love of his life, after meeting her on a blind date at an airport in Florida. In April of 1972, and September of 1975, respectively, he welcomed his two sons, who were the most important part of his life.

James was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He had many interests and loves, including James Bond, auto racing, the St. Louis Cardinals, and especially The Beatles.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

His funeral service will be held at Lakeview Gardens in Fairview Heights, Illinois on September 27. Visitation will begin at 10:30am, services at 12:30, followed by burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Pastor Dr. Jim Kerr will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.