Friday, October 24, 2008

seeing old friends!

I went out with my friend Lynn last night. She wanted to check out the piano bar that opened here in town recently.
It was very nicely decorated. But also very expensive. I thought the music was a little louder than it needed to be. I think that the music at a piano bar should be soft enough to make conversation easy. And it wasn't. The music was very distracting. Although this wasn't my type of place, I wish them well with their new venture.

We went to another place here in town. Some years back, I knew just about everyone in the place..Not were there for about a half hour when someone I haven't seen for a few months came in..Ron is one of the nicest guys. Always a blast to have around. We talked about the bar that I used to work at. It really was just the perfect place. We laughed when we said that we would not forgive Bob and Sue..the owners for closing up and retiring. It was 8 years ago on the 20th of Oct. that they closed the doors...
Ron then went to spend some time with his co-workers. A half an hour later, he comes over by me and says,,I have someone here that you have to see....Low and behold, it was Bob and Sue..I still can not believe that they came in..especially after we just got done talking about them. I have not seen them in 3 years. They moved an hour and a half away from here. So, they don't get to this area too often. They both looked really good. They have the best spirits. They were the best people to work for. We have so many good memories. It was good getting caught up on things.
It was the highlight of my day, that's for sure. When they had the bar, they would have the best food for Packer games...Oh gosh, you would be so full.. Sue is one of the best cooks. There were times during the holidays that the customers would decide that we should have a pot luck dinner. Okay, we were game for anything..Sues living quarters were connected to the bar, so on a few occasions, some of the food would be prepared in her kitchen..One time a couple of the guys decided that they would make a turkey..In Sues oven..Then they proceeded to inject the turkey with some special flavoring. Well,,,they started a fire in Sues kicked them out and made them finish it on the grill..
One time when Sue and Bob were on vacation, some of the customers decided to play a prank for their homecoming..They put the yellow police tape across the front door. And on the floor of the bar, they put tape as it it were outlining a body...Sue and Bob got a kick out of that.
Good memories~!

It's been raining on and off here..and the weather man had to get nasty and make mention of snow..Flurries but snow none the am not looking forward to that. I better find someone that can figure out what is wrong with my car before too long. I have one more person that I am going to try. We'll see what he can do..

Well, it's off to bed for me. Morning comes fast and I'll be at smokes all day tomorrow.
Speaking of smokes. I am really trying to quit. I have been chewing my nicorette gum. I still have a couple of cigarettes, but it is far less than normal. I hope to be a non smoker soon. Wish me luck with that. It is really very hard for me to do. Especially when I feel like I am under alot of stress and pressure..But I don't want to keep using that as an excuse not to at least try. And try I will.......

Have a relaxed and peaceful week-end!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

WoW,,It's been a loooong But I made it through it. Not without getting a few headaches of course..Literally. I get these so called cluster headaches. The onset of them is that my peripheral vision gets messed up. I see a shimmering half moon shape. Almost like half of a kaleidoscope. Although it's strange because I don't always get the headache after. Thank goodness.

The mechanics had my car for three days. Three different guys drove it and not one of them could get it to make the sound I had discribed...Come On..When I picked it up, it was only a matter of a 1/2 hour before I heard it again..Adam did say that he had my front tire off and didn't find anything there either. So, I guess my tire won't just fall off..l0l
He did say that I will need new tires before snow hits...great. And I need a serpentine belt. That I am having done on Tues.

Now here is another strange thing. My brake line has been leaking for at least a few months...That was going to be a $200.00 expense. About a week and a half ago, it stopped leaking..Yes, you heard me right. I had mentioned the leak to Adam also. He kept an eye on it and he said also that it is not leaking...Now don't get me wrong, I am glad that I don't have that expense also..but it is really strange. Adam did say that there is a little rubber washer that may have moved a little or readjusted itself and that is why it stopped..Just to be on the safe side, I am going to still start setting money aside for car repairs, because right now I don't have anything. And for tires also.

I've been working over at Randys..what a frigging mess that is. I can't believe that amount of bills and paperwork that has accumulated. We did get thru a bit of it in the last few days. I told him I would be over on Monday to get thru the rest.

I'm feeling a little out of sorts today..With it being Sweetest day and I have no grandson is over. JJ, he is 14. I think later, he, Jeremy and I will go food shopping. That way, they can carry everything But as we all know it will cost me more. It always costs more when the kids go shopping with you because they want to get more of the extras that they like...That's okay. They're worth it..

I guess that's it for now.
P.S. I wanted to post a new picture at the end here and it won't let me...Don't know what is up with that.


Sunday, October 12, 2008

The day started out well enough. I was up early, ate some french toast and a cup of coffee. Then off to work. I worked from 9 to 2. When I left the store I had to go to my cleaning job..
I have been having car problems. Trying to take care of them as I can. Every once in a while I would here this strange sound from the front of the car..Actually there were two different sounds that I didn't like..One sounds like it is the left front tire...Could it be the wheel bearing??? Then I start hearing the fan make a clinking sound from time to time..When I was at the garage last week I mention it to the mechanic,,,*who is in a hurry* and doesn't really pay too much attention to me. He says it could be lose or it might be the water pump....Ugh..Fast forward to today.. the sounds that it is making seems to be getting worse...I am now at work and feeling like I just want to sit down and cry...And then, I pull myself up and decide that it is out of my hands. If the car breaks down on my way home, I will just have to have it towed. If it makes it back to g-town, I will drive it directly to the service station close to my house, leave it there and walk home....And that is what I did..I have to work at the smoke shop tomorrow from 9 to 4. I am covering for the day person. His son got married this week-end and so his other son and daughter in law are back from Germany for the wedding..Anyway..The service station is right next to the smoke shop..I know the owners of the service station. Although I don't tend to take my cars there because they are more expensive than other places around here. But I am at the point that I feel as a single woman, I need to be able to trust that my mechanic won't rip me off. These guys may cost more, but I know they won't preform work that I don't need..
I put my keys with a note in the key drop...won't they be surprised when they get there tomorrow? lol
Now my only concern is getting to my night job for the next few days if mine can't be fixed right away...I do have a couple of options..My daughter..but she works nights also, so that would be a hassle. I could ask Randy if I could use one of his vehicles...or Larry. That is probably what I will have to do..I don't think this service station offers loaners...
I'm trying really hard not to let this tear me down. I know that it will work out in the end somehow. I just don't need this expense. Oh well, whatcha gonna do?

I think I need to listen to my Joyce Meyer CDs...maybe that will put me in the right frame of mind...She inspires me to put my faith that the Lord won't give me more than I can handle...

I hope everyone has a wonderful week. The weather here has been absolutely beautiful. The trees are bursting with color.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

We had great weather here today..High 70s..It is supposed to last a few days. I worked at the store all day today. Everyone that came in gave me a report on how nice it was I was jealous for sure.
I had had three or four customers come in with in a few minutes of each other..then it got quiet again..As another customer was coming up to the counter, the phone rang..I answered it quickly. It was one of the customers that had just been in there. He explained that he had been in for such and such cigarettes and he was wondering if I would like to go out with I thought he was calling to complain or tell me that he had gotten the wrong cigarettes..To say I was speechless is an understatement..I had a customer waiting, so I just stammered out that I wasn't dating at this lame did that sound? I got off the phone as quickly as possible, took care of the customer, and then tried to figure out who the guy was...People don't always understand that they are only seeing one person when they come in. In a day, I see anywhere from 20 to 60 people..But I should remember the one guy that comes in for Pall could be a shame that I don't remember exactly who he was, he could have been the love of my life and I just turned down a date with I'll be looking for the guy coming in to buy Pall Malls...

My grandson Cameron is having such a hard time with kindergarten. His Mom called me the other day to tell me more about it. One of the other Moms told her that he husband works at the fire dept. and he heard how loudly this teacher was yelling at him. I told her to go to the principal an complain. That maybe she should see if she could get him moved into another class. Well, he told her that can't happen because they are too full. He also admitted that this teacher is known for yelling..WHAT? These are Five year old children. I told her to keep up with how she is treating him and if it continues, she will have to keep complaining until something is done. He had a substitute teacher for two days and didn't have any problems. When his regular teacher is there, he has behavior issues. Well, if the grown teacher can't control her behavior, it's no wonder that a five year old can't control how he behaves..
I sent him a card today to cheer him up. I told him that I was proud of him and that he should do his best in school..I also told him that the next time the teacher yells at him, he should nicely say, Please don't yell at me, it scares me..Maybe that will bring her to her senses..

I have gone thru all of Randys paper work. I have paid some of the bills. I have organized a ton of papers. Oh my word, he had bank statements that were three months old. I had spent 5 hours at his house yesterday. He couldn't believe it when he got home. He could actually see the Because he needs to go out and give estimates, he has to have daily access to the work orders..Then they have to be organized into, jobs okayed, jobs pending, jobs to be looked at and jobs that are already done. I went out and bought some folders that I can place right on the desk in a holder..When he comes home at the end of the day, he can put the folders he has where they belong and he can find the new contracts that he will have to go look at..

Jeremy went to another concert tonight. I told him that after this, he will have to slow down on that. He has been to more than a few this summer. It's time to start putting some money away for that rainy day. I know I should have started this a long time ago. But it's never too late to start a nest egg..and that's what I want him to do. I am trying to explain to him that although we are alright at this point, we both need to worry about the future. We need something to fall back on. I want him to know that the thing to do is to get used to putting a certain percentage of his wages into a savings account. He agreed that he has been to enough concerts for a while. So, getting him to save some money shouldn't be too hard. With the things that are going on in our world at this moment, it has made me open my eyes to what I should have thought about a long time ago. I have gotten caught up in the " have to have it" way of thinking,,,,No I don't Have to Have it.. I have nice furniture. I have nice clothes, I have comfortable surroundings. Yes, there is always something that we Want..But what I want most now is to know that I have something to fall back on if need be. That is where I will find more comfort..Not in things..It's a whole new way of thinking for me..But in truth, I like it. I feel comfortable with it.

I guess that is it for tonight. It's almost 11:00pm. I have to be to work in the morning. So, it's off to bed for me...
Have a relaxed Sunday!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I deleted my journal! That was harder to do than I thought it would be. I thought about trying to save it or portions of it. But decided against it. I don't have enough time to do half of what I want to do as it is. I certainly didn't think I would have the time to go through the journal to figure out what I would like to save...So, it's now gone.
Now back to trying to figure out more about this blog...and that can be mind boggling. lol But, I'll keep working at it. I'm not sure I like the layout that I have. It seems to confined. I guess that is one of the things that I need to change. I would also like to spice it up with graphics..

I spent part of this evening paying bills. Ugh...Online and by checkbook. And still having to make sure that I have enough to pay to have my brakeline done. I have been checking around to see if I could find someone that could do it cheaper than 200.00...but no real luck. So, I guess that is what I am going to end up paying.

I have been answering the phone for my friend Randy. He has a tree service. He lost his secretary and I said that I would help out..Well, somewhere along the way, he decided that this was working out for him and never looked for anyone to take over. Well, in the meantime, no one has been doing his paperwork at his home office. He is terrible with opening his mail. I went over there on Tuesday night and spent two hours going through bills, papers and misc. I didn't even put a dent in it. So, tomorrow after I am done with my cleaning job, I'm going to go to his house and try to do some more sorting and setting up some type of system. He has checks that he got last week and still has not put in the, I'll be busy. He does pay me. So, I can't complain about that. It's just so hectic.

I have to get a new docking system for my camera. I don't know what happened. It usually lights up when I set my camera on it. Now there aren't any lights, so I am assuming that it isn't working. I don't know if I want to invest in a new one. I might check into a regular battery charger. I think I can find one that would recharge camera batteries. Although without the docking system, I can't add any of my pictures to the computer...Oh well. With the way the economy is right now, I don't want to spend any money that I don't have to. I am tightening up the purse they aren't tight enough.

I guess that's it for tonight. I am tired and I would like to make it to a couple of blogs before I go to bed. Just wanted to drop in and say HI....

Hope everyone is looking forward to an enjoyable week-end!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Thank you so much for the tag! I may not comment each and every time I post one of yours. But please know that they are always appreciated!

Here I was, feeling a little lost and out of sorts. Wondering how and what I was supposed to do with this blog.....I decided to start this new one with a new name. I decided that The Dawn of a new day would be nice. I guess after my divorce, I feel like every day is the dawn of a new day for me..
As I searched for familiar faces in this unknown territory, I came across a few that I came to know over at aol..As I scrolled down on D's Designs, I came across this tag...How fitting. I had something that I could put on this new sight and feel comfortable with..
Change can be hard for me. I tend to stick with what I know. It's strange. I like to be spontaneous, but I also like the comfort of what is familiar. Especially in areas such as this..Lack of confidence maybe. Afraid that I will make myself look foolish. Those things will sometimes make me hold back thoughts or feelings. But just seeing that tag made me feel good about entering an unknown area...
We are all very fortunate to be able to make our journals a part of us because of the women that take their precious time to make tags that we are able to post.
So, my hats off to the talents you possess and the sharing nature that you have.

Wishing all a wonderful Sunday!

Here I go with my first entry..
I went to bed at 4:30 this morning and woke up at 8:30am...Gosh, I wish I had slept longer. Don't know why I didn't. lol
Last night I only did one of my cleaning jobs. I'll do the other one this afternoon or tomorrow.
I got home about 8:30pm. I had a mess in the living room. Before I had gone to work, I had started a project of taking pictures out of albums and putting them in picture boxes..It will help clear up some space. I had all of the albums in a plastic tote. I ended up being able to get rid of a lot of albums and everything from them is condensed into two boxes..

I had my car worked on last week. And you wouldn't believe the gas I am saving. I needed a new fuel filter. It wasn't cheap. But for the long run,,,I am saving so much. I have cut my gas usage in HALF..And as we all know, that is a GOOD thing.
Next week I have to have the break line replaced...I was quoted $200. Ouch. But of course, it is a must..Then the only thing I have to do before the snow hits is get tires.
I was trying to hold out on putting too much into the car because I was waiting for the house to sell so I could get something in better shape. Well, we all know how the housing market is looking. And the house isn't selling. So, off to plan B. Get the old car in shape. The mechanic actually said that once these things are done, it's not a bad car..And I have to admit, because it is a bigger car, it does have a wonderful ride...

I'm going to pick up my grandson in a little while. I'm going to have him help me with a couple of things..So, I better get moving and get dressed..I'll probably find the time to write a little bit more later.

Enjoy your week-end!