Thursday, December 31, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
So much going on...so little time..
That's usually the case at this time of year. With having a funeral to prepare for, it's time to make decisions as to what can be left out.
Dave's funeral was going to be set for Saturday. That has now changed. It is going to be Christmas Eve morning. Although we would have preferred to stay with Saturday, that isn't going to work. So, tomorrow morning it is.
The viewing will be at 9:30am, then the service. After we go to the cemetery, we will have a buffet.
My daughter is determined that we will still have our Christmas Eve celebration as usual. Which I totally agree with.. I think that might have turned out differently had she spent the last 25 yrs.
having a relationship with her dad. Under the circumstances, we will proceed as planned.
She made the comment yesterday that she wishes she had gotten to know him after he had stopped drinking. He stopped drinking five years ago. I am glad that he had some years of sobriety. I wish he had taken one step further and made amends with his kids. Oh well, we can't change what has already been.
I am eternally grateful that she at least had these last weeks with him. That she didn't shun him because he hadn't been a good father to her. I know my daughter and she would have lived with regret if she had done that..
The weather may not co-operate with us tomorrow. They are predicting freezing rain..UGH. I hope they are wrong once again. It was actually supposed to start this morning and so far it has not hit us. Now they are saying that it should start tonight around six..Keeping fingers crossed that it stays clear..We have people that are coming some distance for the funeral. To say nothing of Holiday travel in general.
Time for me to get out and resupply a couple of my buildings.
Thank you again for all of your prayers!
Thank you again Sugar for the tag...I love it.
P.S.S..I recieved my bonus yesterday from my boss...$500.00- What a blessing. I certainly never expected that..
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Thank you for all of your prayers! It helps to know that there are so many people that care.
I will try to make an entry later today...
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thank you Sugar for posting the need for prayers on Call 4 Support. That was so thoughtful. It brings tears to my eyes that so many people that I don't know would come by and offer their comfort. It makes things a little easier to face when you know that there are so many wonderful people thinking of you.
Thank you Linda for the award. I hope to get over by you today to pick it up. Hopefully I will be able to figure out all of the rules to pass it on...lol..
It has been a crazy week..as I know it is for everyone at this time of year.
I have people out of work, one building under construction and had to prepare for Christmas with my step-daughters and three younger grandkids yesterday..
Shannon spent the night at her aunts house last night to take care of Dave. Then this morning she pushed her aunt and uncle out the door to get breakfast..They were so thoughtful they brought a pizza home for her to take home to her kids...
She said that her dad is losing weight each day. He has been bedbound for about three days now.
The last words he has actually spoken were "back off" lol...Guess he didn't like all of them hovering over him..
She said that although he hasn't spoken, he is at times, talking with his eyes..There were a few times that he had tears in his eyes.
Dave is not strong enough to get up..although he has tried a couple of times. Last night Shannon gently tucked the blanket in and he was not strong enough to move it away.
I don't know why hospice hasn't come back on a full time basis. I know that they come when they think the end is very near, but my daughter feels like they should be back. They do come in once a day, except for week-ends. But with him being bedbound, I would think they would feel that he meets the criteria.
I'm going to go over tonight at 5:00..I will stay until 10:00pm..then Ken will take the night shift.
On a lighter note, I did have Christmas with my step-daughters and three younger grandkids.
Cameron, Mason and Destiny. They were very well behaved. Had lots of fun and enjoyed their presents.
I decided to make things easier on myself this year..lol..I bought sliced ham, put it in the slow cooker with some pineapple juice. Had rolls, potato salad, jello, meatballs and little store bought cupcakes...I had the cutout cookies baked but never got around to frosting and decorating them..lol..and guess what? Not one person said, "where are the cutout cookies"...lol...
With all that is going on, I decided that it was more important to enjoy the kids than to worry about what cookies I had on the table..
Randy had dropped off some more firewood for me..so I had a beautiful fire going..
It turned out to be a nice afteronoon..Cameron stayed over...we had a nice night of playing his new "trouble" game..watching a movie in bed and going to sleep early..a very nice ending to a great day..
Now I have to do it all again on Thursday. Shannon and I always celebrate Christmas Eve. If her dad holds on thru Christmas anyway. If not, we'll take it a day at a time.
I guess that's it for now. I'll keep you all posting on how things are going.
Once again, thank you for all of your prayers.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I'll try again tomorrow.
Things have been emotional here.
Spent time with my daughter and her dad yesterday and today..He was up and moving around a little bit yesterday. Today he didn't want to get off the couch.
After we left yesterday, the doctor came to see him..Dave asked him if he could give him any type of timeline on how long he had to live. The doctor told him 2-4 months.
The nurse had also been there at some point. Dave asked her what she thought.. Her opinion was two weeks.
I know there is no way of knowing when someones time is here. He could rebound tomorrow.
Right now, it doesn't look good..
He is nauseated, can't eat and appears to have a bowl obstruction. The morphine is taking care of the pain that comes from the cancer, but does nothing for the stomach pain. I don't understand why that would be.
It's going to be a hard road no matter how you look at it.
Dave, my daughter and family could use a few prayers...Please..
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I haven't been walking in it, but I have been out there with the shovel..lol..
It is a heavy wet snow..ugh..backbreaking.. My landlord plows, but they don't do a very good job.
I have a straight driveway and then it turns into the garage. Well, he didn't do any of the turn. Even I know that he could have pulled the snow back away from the garage door and then plowed it onto the grass..No, he didn't do that.
So I had to do it. Yes, I could have gotten out of the garage, but we still have snow coming down and it would have just been worse. Now that I know he isn't going to plow that area, I will have to make sure and not let the snow accumulate too much before Jeremy or I get out there..
Last night I went to sit with my ex so his sister (and my daughter) could have a break.
To be honest, I thought I was going to be keeping her company while her husband was gone.
Next thing I know, my daughter is telling me how to give him his morphine and anxiety pill...
He and I were on our own for about three hours. For the most part, he knows what he is doing. He asked me about my brothers and he hasn't seen them in 30 years..We talked about people we knew when we were married.
He talked about his son Steven, but didn't mention that any of the other kids had come to see him also.
At points I felt somewhat disappointed that he didn't have the common sense to say that he appreciated the time that Shannon is giving to his care...Not one word about it..Now, I know that he is dying and may not be entirely with it..And she is not doing it so that anyone pats her on the back..but I think he should have at least acknowledged the fact that she is doing it.
I had to laugh at the thought that everyone is trusting the ex-wife to administer his meds..LOL..
His sister didn't look overly rested when she came out of her bedroom..I think she would have slept longer, but the phone rang...
When I left the snow was really coming down..oh my gosh..But with the new tires I made it home without any problems...
Well, I think it's time for me to head back outside and shovel..:)
Drive safe and keep warm and toasty....
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I made ( finally) 4 batches of dough..yeah...
I did three loads of laundry..
I decorated my Moms small Christmas tree..I was going to put it in my breezeway but decided to put it on my dining room table..Looks nice..and I love having the extra Christmas lights to look at..
I made a roasted chicken and baked potatoes for dinner..Of course this happens to be a night when Jeremy isn't home..Murphy's law, ya know...
My kitchen is completely cleaned up...
Of course,now I feel like I could fall asleep and it's only 6:20pm...lol...
My daughter is going to stay the night by her aunts house so they can sleep and she can take care of her dad..
Tomorrow night my nephew will spend the night.
I will go over Wed. mid-morning as they have some appointments to take care of.
Shannon has finals all week so she will be stretched to the limits I'm sure.
Now I have to go to my work e-mail and do my orders for this coming week..
Have a nice week!
Friday, December 4, 2009
My back is doing much better...thank you for all of your recommendations on how to help it:)
Work is still running smoothly...(still keeping fingers crossed on this one)..
I am sooooo glad that it is Friday..I never knew I could love a DAY, but I do...lol..I was going to see about getting some more Christmas shopping done..but will have to wait and see about that.
Shannons dad (Dave) is now at his sisters house. There wasn't room at his apartment to set up a hospital bed..Last night was not looking good. He was pretty out of it. They do have a CNA around the clock now..That's really a good thing. Ken and Carol were getting worn out trying to do everything themselves.
Now today Dave is more aware of his surroundings and wanting to get some things taken care of before his time comes.
Shannon has gone everyday to spend some time with him. She is keeping her brother updated on things.
I am so happy that she has connected with her brother. He is 5 years older.
She has come a long way in her thinking. She has lost some of the anger that she was holding onto for the last 25 years.
I think she is finding peace at last and for that I am grateful..
She was going to Daves apartment today to pick up his girlfriend and take her to see Dave. She has made me soooooo proud stepping up to the plate.
For all the bad that was in my marriage to Dave, I can't regret that time because we were given such a special daughter. I am blessed..
I HAVE to start my cookies this week-end...oh my gosh, the time is zipping right past me and all I have done so far is get my mixer out from the cabinet...lol...
I am planning on having Carlos' daughters and my three youngest grandkids over to celebrate Christmas on the 19th..I decided to do that because I know they have many other places that they will need to be the week-end of Christmas. I thought this would make it easier for all...
On that note, I am going to get moving here and get some projects done...lol..
Hope everyone has a great week-end...
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The woman that I trained last week should work out fine. She seems like she will be very dependable..and hopefully do a good job..
Getting all of my accounts filled has lifted a heavy burden off of my shoulders..I hope things can run smoothly now...(fingers crossed..lol)
When I was cleaning my van out last week, I lifted a bucket that was heavier than I had anticipated and I pulled something in my back..Oh my gosh, at first I didn't think I was going to be able to move. It was slow going but I finally limped my way into the house...moving my left leg caused the most pain. Whatever I pulled was on my left side..after the first two nights, it started to feel a whole lot better. It isn't totally healed but at least I can move around better and it isn't affecting my sleep...
We have gotten so more bad news...my daughters biological dad had gone into the hospital last week. He was sent home with hospice yesterday..
Long story short...well, as short as I can make it...lol...
I was 3 months from turning 18 when Shannon was born. Her dad was 28. He had a problem with being responsible. He had a problem with alcohol..He had a problem with hitting me...But he loved his daughter...For the first 6 years of her life she had a good relationship with him..When she turned 6, I left him..He in turn decided that she would be better off if he stayed out of her life..The logic of a selfish man..
She saw him maybe 5 times by the time she turned 10..after that, she didn't see him until this past summer when his mom passed away and we went to the funeral. My granddaughter was there also..Monique is his first grandchild and he had never seen her. He hugged each of us and thanked us for coming.
A few weeks later we learned that he had cancer of the esophagus (sp). He also had a bleeder of some sort. They were able to stop that one, but it is unknown if another one will occur. If that happens he will just bleed out and that will be the end.
I had always worried about how Shannon would handle the news that he had died or was dying. She has so many mixed emotions where he is concerned.. Now that time is here.
He has five other kids. Shannon is his youngest. His other kids went to the hospital to see him over the week-end. As it turns out, someone had tried to get ahold of us to have Shannon go also. Shannon talked to Daves sister today. She said that tomorrow would probably be a good day for her to come and see her dad.
I told her that I would drive her there. I don't want her to deal with that sort of thing and then be by herself.
I hope she gets some sort of closure from meeting with him..It will never make up for all of the years that are lost. all of the years that she yearned to have her dad want to be with her. But it might be enough for her to let it go at last...
Well, that's about it for now. I have so much to do..but finding out this news late last night and not sleeping good has not helped me be very productive today.
I hope to get an early start tomorrow and get more done...
Friday, November 27, 2009
I have not done the Black Friday shopping in a few years. I don't have the patience to deal with those types of crowds anymore...lol..
My Thanksgiving was nice. It was just me and Jeremy. I think my daughter was a little miffed that I didn't make a point of coming to her house for a little bit, but I just needed to stay home and get some stuff done.
I made a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and sweet potatoes..and of course we had cranberry sauce..
Just as our dinner was about done, I made the comment that Jeremy should give his grandpa a call to say Happy Thanksgiving..I told him what Grandpa's plans for the day were. Jeremy decided that he would just walk down to the shop to say hi...
Jeremys Grandpa has a flag store that is about 4 blocks from our house. That is where Jeremys Dad lives. They had built a three bedroom apartment above the business.
This is the second Thanksgiving that Jeremys Grandma is not here. So, Jeremys aunt was making a dinner and taking it to the shop. Her brothers were supposed to be there with their families also..well, at the last minute they all decided that they had other plans.
Anyway,,,Jeremy put on his headphones and trekked over there. He saw two of his cousins that he hasn't seen for a few years. Spent some time just talking and hanging around..
By now my dinner was done and on the table...I began to wonder if he was just going to eat with them..lol...
He finally came home and we just reheated our food..
As we sat at the table, I asked him what he was thankful for...
He said that he was thankful to have a mom that was patient with him even though she has a stressful job..(awww)
He is thankful that he lives in a house instead of an apartment.
And he is thankful that he has a job when so many people are losing theirs...
Because Jeremy is not as mature as most young people his age, he can really surprise me with some of his thoughts..This was a time that I was surprised and very proud.
I told him that I too was very thankful for all of our health.
That I too was thankful to be living in a house instead of an apartment. lol
And that I was also thankful to have a job that provides me the opportunity to have and do some of the things that I would not be able to do otherwise.
We had a very nice talk..It was something to be Thankful for.
Throughout the day, I did work on my Christmas tree. I had set most of it up the day before.
It's funny how you automatically recall something about each ornament as you place it on the tree..
I came across two that had Carlos and Sheri written on them...Pulling at my heartstrings, I decided that it was time to put them in the garbage...
It's over and it's been over, but I still found it very hard to throw them away..Then it made me think of the bin downstairs that is full of our wedding stuff..Ugh...I know it's time to get rid of that stuff also...wedding cards, wedding albums, my beautiful bouquet...
As the saying goes.....JUST DO IT!!
On that note, I think I will get moving here and finish the tree...Have a wonderful week!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
On that subject.."men" not "snowmen"..I am at the point that I would like to meet someone. I think I am ready. Doesn't have to be anything serious or lifelong...Just someone to hang out with.
Meeting someone might be somewhat of a problem...I don't really do much. I go to work, I go to the store....and once in a while I go out to lunch..Now I know that if God feels the time is right, he will make sure that this person comes into my life..Just can't figure out how He is going to make that happen...lol...I know that if it is meant to be, it will happen...But I do think that I need to put myself out there in some way...but then again,,maybe not...lol...
Anyway...things have been crazy busy..I kid you not. Every darn time I think it's going to settle down, bam something happens..
We had lost a couple of buildings. Then picked up a few. So it evened out rather well..The building that is in my area is large. It's an insurance company. The woman that we have cleaning it had to have a cyst removed from her ear last week. That kept her out of work for most of the week.
We moved one guy from one building to another so I had training last week. I still have one more building that we are trying to find someone for. I had to cover that job two nights last week plus training..So, it has been hectic. I should be done training the one guy tomorrow..Then if we fill the other building this week, ( we are interviewing someone tomorrow..keep your fingers crossed) I will have to train her at least two nights...
I still didn't get around to making any of my Christmas cookie dough...I am hoping to do at least a couple of batches this week..
Saturday my daughter, granddaughter and I took an hour and a half drive north to get a gift certificate from a restaurant that my niece likes to go too..We had lunch, (Indian). It was very good..Then we hit the outlet mall..I didn't do too good finding Christmas presents. Monique did the best. She got things for her boyfriend, one of her brothers and her baby sister. These are her siblings her Dad had with his second wife. I am so glad that she is trying to keep a relationship with the kids..It's important to all of them..
After we got home, I did some cleaning. And that was it..I watched Christmas movies..lol..I got really lazy..
I got up at 2:30am and went to resupply two of my restaurant accounts. Got home at 5:00am. Made sure my fill in made it to her account at 6:30am. and then fell asleep in my recliner..lol..I woke up at 9:00am..
I moved some of my furniture around to make room for my tree. Then I was out the door again.
My granddaughter and I went to the expo center. They were having an art fair of American Indian items..I found a really nice print for 13.00. It has matting, but no frame. I will have to pick one up.
Then we went to lunch. Panera Bread. Monique hasn't been there, so it was a new experience for her. We had a nice time together. She's a good girl. I'm so proud of her. She works hard at school. She is prepping for college.
My girlfriend bought a small turkey for Thanksgiving. Then her brother invited them to his house for the day...She is giving me the turkey...awwww...how nice..I told her that she should just keep it in the freezer for Christmas, but she said she would rather give it to me. Isn't that nice?
It will probably just be me and Jeremy for Thanksgiving..I love family, I love the Holidays..But I have to say, I'm looking forward to a quiet day..
Now I need to get to my paperwork..again...lol..I have to e-mail my orders for next weeks supplies..
Then I think I will go to bed...lol..
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Both of these gentlemen keep their building in good shape. I don't have too many complaints from the restaurant managers..
I am contemplating going to the YMCA this morning to swim. My daughter and I have been trying to get back in the practice of doing our exercise routine. We went yesterday and walked the treadmill for a while and then worked with the weights..
I had also gone on my own one day last week...It's a start...lol
I did have a strange experience getting off the treadmill on both visits. I felt very lightheaded and had to give myself a moment to adjust.
I have never had that happen before. I don't know if I need to make sure and eat breakfast before I go or maybe I need to make sure I drink some water to ensure that I am hydrated.
I'll make sure and keep an eye on this the next few times that I go workout..(I know I didn't push myself too hard).
I got out the little tree that was in my moms room at the nursing home. The last two years, I have bought more ornaments for it. I'm going to try to get it decorated today. First I have to go to the store and by a large can of coffee..I set the tree inside of the can and put a couple of rocks in there to keep it stable. If I dont do that, the tree tips over too easy..
I am going to start putting my Christmas decorations in the breezeway. Then I will start in the house.
I put up three more blinds. Two in the living room, and one on the door that leads to my breezeway. I am really sick of dealing with blinds...lol..I have one last window to do..Then I can put my screwdriver away...Doing the blinds in the living room were a little bit of a challenge due to the fact that I have my curtain rod up already. I had to work around the brackets for that..
But it's done now and all is well.
It was a beautiful day yesterday. Oh my gosh, when my daughter and I went to the Y, I didn't even need a jacket. Can you imagine t-shirt weather in Nov. IN WISCONSIN? It was just heavenly...Hope today is a repeat.
Don't remember if I mentioned it in my last post,,,but I finally got new tires on my van..I was so happy. I am now ready for the rain or snow to come...(well, not really..lol..).
At least I will know that I can get out on the roads without having to worry about sliding into someone..
I have paperwork to do. Plus I have to e-mail my orders to my boss..Not looking forward to that.
It's not much, but right now some of my paperwork is a little scattered..I need to get in the habit of writing my orders down on ONE piece of paper. lol... I'll learn to get it in order when I get sick of making more work for myself...
Have a great week..
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Most of the time, I don't have a problem with getting a little older..but once in a while, I will look in the mirror and I LOOK OLD..Now, for the most part, I think that we are as young as we feel..But what happens when we FEEL old? When we start to get out of a car and our bones don't want to move as easily as we would like? LOL...I really do try to keep a positive attitude about aging..but once in a while...oh my...
My daughter brought over a cake..she got me the electric can opener that I wanted. She also wanted to take me out to dinner but time was not on our side..lol
I had to work for a few hours that evening..
When I got home I got on the phone with my friend Andrea. As we were talking I had another call come in. I checked it and saw that it was my ex...my sons father.
I didn't take the call. I told Andrea who it was and then proceeded to rant about what an ass my ex is....
We live about five blocks from where he lives and he has not seen Jeremy for over a year. He has not called Jeremy on his birthday in two or more years. He doesn't do anything for him for Christmas but yet he can call me on my birthday? WHAT is he thinking??
After I got off the phone with Andrea, I listened to the message that he left..All he said was,,"November 9th,,,Happy Birthday"...
I am so angry...Since our divorce in 1995, Mike and I have had times that we have gotten along and times that we will not see eye to eye..but this tops it all. I feel like I have forgiven him more times than he has deserved.
This is the man that has lost one son to suicide and STILL has not learned to make amends with his other children..
I give up.
And then....I get another call...from Carlos..(must have been the night for ex's).
I haven't talked to Carlos for some months..We didn't talk too long. He did ask about where I moved to.. I told him that it's the same house that he and I had lived in...He didn't have too much to say about that. lol...
I'm glad that night is over with...Too many emotions..lol
I have been doing some of my Christmas shopping...Oh how I love Christmas. I won't be able to go overboard, but it will be nice..My granddaughter is already talking about coming over to watch "It's a wonderful life", and Miracle on 34th st."
Can't wait for that..This year her boyfriend might watch the movies with us. He has never seen either movie...How that happened I don't know..lol
Work has smoothed out a bit..and believe me, that feels good..I will have another week or two of training and then all of my buildings will be covered. I think some of the people we have hired recently are Very dependable. Maybe I will be able to get thru the Holidays without too many problems..lol..
Guess I'll get to sleep now. Hope everyone has a great day tomorrow...
thanks for your address Lucy....
Saturday, October 31, 2009
It's going to be a busy day for me..I have one job to cover and one job to take our supplies from.
We have lost one of our accounts..I felt really bad because I am the account manager for three of the buildings and my boss has one..
We didn't lose the account because the cleaning wasn't up to parr. It happens sometimes when accounts come to the end of their contract and the customer decides to bargain shop..My boss says that you have to prepare to lose at least 10% of your business a year..
The one building has been cleaned by the same guy for 4 years. He worked Wed.night and then called me to tell me that he couldn't go back...What? He said that he had gotten scared while working and just left the building...He left the supply cart on the elevator..I asked him what had scared him..he didn't know. he was just scared..So, I had to drive 30 miles the next morning to put the supply cart away before they opened the lending center..ugh..then I had to clean it that night..
It a very old building..and I have to say, he kept it in really good condition. I wish I could get all of my cleaners to do their job that well...lol..
That building gets cleaned on Saturday instead of Friday. So, today I will go there to take care of it. Then remove our supplies..(most of which I have already taken out).
Then I have to meet my other cleaner at her bank and remove the supplies after she has finished cleaning.
I have to have all keys turned into the managers at each bank on Monday by 10:00am..Great, that just messed up my day..It wouldn't be so bad if they had said before the end of the day. Oh well, you do what you have to do...
My daughter and I have been having some problems...and that is unusual for us..I don't know if it's her or me..
Maybe it's both of us. Maybe we just needed some space from each other, I don't know. I only know that it feels terrible to have this splinter in our relationship..But damn it..sometimes she talks to me like I'm 2 years old...and I am not going to accept that anymore.
I know she has a lot on her plate. She is usually always tired because she works third shift and never seems to get enough sleep..But that doesn't mean that she can be short when talking to me.
We usually talk at least for a few minutes every day..we haven't talked now for about three or four days..I did comment to her by way of facebook. and then didn't like how she answered. SO, back to square one.
Maybe I'm just getting cranky in my old age...lol..
I was going to go with her and the kids tonight to the haunted forrest...I decided last night that I'm not going to go..I'm going to stay at home and hand out Halloween candy instead. I probably won't get many kids here, but that's okay..My girlfriend is going to come over and we will play cards while waiting for kids.
Last night I had intentions of going to my restaurant accounts...lol..my alarm went off at 2:30am.
I shut it off and woke up at 6:30am...lol..guess I'll be going tonight some time....or should I say very early tomorrow morning..
My house if clean, and I have most of my laundry done...that's a good thing..I do have to go to the store to get a few things. I know I should go before the stores get too busy, but I'm sitting here in my jammies thinking that I don't really want to even go out..lol..
On that note, I guess I will make myself get moving. It's way to easy to put it aside and stay on the computer....
I hope you all have a wonderful day and an exciting night of costumed kids.....and don't forget---
TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Why is it that just when you think things will smooth out and settle down,,,THEY DON'T? LOL
We are going thru some changes with employees..Some are good changes for the long haul..but in the mean time, it's hectic..
We have gotten some really awesome employees. They are proving to be dependable, detailed workers. For that I am really grateful.
I have had some time to myself, which is nice. I have been able to get some cleaning done..That has been driving me a little crazy..lol..I needed to wash floors and give my bathroom a good scrubbing..I did that last night. It was nice to wake up this morning to a clean house. Sit and have a cup of coffee without looking at dust bunnies
I had a nice time with Mason last week-end..we played games, had snacks and had his little party. My daughter and her kids came out and we had cake and ice cream..I had made a cake with little army guys on it. Nothing fancy..but when Mason saw it he said "awesome", so I guess it was a hit..lol..
I had taken him to the store so he could pick his present out himself. He got a very large tanker truck..It wasn't until we got it home that we realized how much stuff it did..Which was nice because I had thought it was a bit expensive for a truck..
I had extra army men after making the cake so I gave him those also..you would have thought that I had given him the most expensive gift ever..The cost for them...$1.00....lol..just goes to show you once again, it's not always about the cost of a present that counts..
We had a nice time at his pumpkin farm party..hayride and all...
I am looking forward to the week-end..(who doesn't, right)..I do have a few work related things to do but other than that,,I am free..
I am going to go out to catch a little of the Packer game. It just isn't as much fun watching it by yourself. My girlfriend is going to join me..Should be fun.
Well, that's it for the moment. I'm going to go to bed. Have to head out early in the morning..
Hope everyone has a nice Thursday!
Friday, October 23, 2009
It feels so good to know that I will have a day or so without running around..Well, at least not to the extent that I do during the week.
It has been raining non stop here. I don't know how much more of this I can take. Although I know it's better than snow, I don't like it...lol..Part of the problem is that I need tires on my van.
My boss maintains the van. I feel bad when it needs something..But it is not too safe with the tires that are on it right now. I also know that if I end up in an accident it will cost him alot more.
Just hate bringing up the subject.
Mason is going to spend Saturday night with me. I am going to go with him and his mom trick or treating tomorrow and then bring him home with me.
His birthday is Nov. 1st...He will be 6 years old..Can't believe it..They are all getting sooooo big.
His birthday party is actually going to be this Sunday..At the pumpkin farm..(hope it doesn't rain).
I really didn't want to go if my ex was going to be there, which I expected he would. That's why I made plans to have him on Sat..
As it turns out, my ex isn't going to the party..So, because my step-daughter let me know that Mason wanted me to come to his party, I will be going.
I'm still going to have a little party with him tomorrow though. I made a cake. I still have to decorate it..With GI Joes...That is his new interest..Along with transformers.
I had every intention of going to Walmart tonight, but I am running out of steam..lol..
I have been hanging blinds in my living room, cooking and cleaning.
I don't want to have to be doing all of my "week-end" things while Mason is here.
I also hung a couple of shelves in my living room..
I've had a couple of fires and I am just loving that:)
One of my workers is out for personal reasons..The soonest he could be back is the 27th and that is not guarantied. He has two buildings. So that puts us in a bind..ugh..I have only had to cover a couple of nights..but it is a big building..takes almost three hours just to do the garbage..
My body certainly lets me know that I am not used to handling such a large place..lol
With all of that going on, my daughter has also moved..and during that, her car broke down. She was Really lucky though..it turned out to be just the battery..Amen..we were really worried.
Now she is all moved in. I went there today to help her hang her curtains in the living room..
I think it's time to get some sleep..
I hope the rain stops and we can all enjoy the week-end!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monique driving away from my house..
Mason, Cameron and Destiny when they all spent the night...Oh that won't happen any time soon...lol..
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Well, I'm back..Bet you didn't even know that I was gone..lol..It is now Sunday. I feel a little better today:)
Accomplished plenty today. Worked on my paperwork..what a job that can be. Cleaned the office/guest bedroom..I put a wall hung shelf in the hallway..It looks pretty nice.
I went to Steinhafels and picked up a twin mattress set. It was on sale. Good deal. Now the room is done.
As I'm sitting here watching the shows that I had recorded, I decided to start a fire..That is one of the best advantages of this house. I started it with one of those paper covered logs that you buy at the store. Then I added some of the wood that Randy brought over. I am in heaven.
I have a memory of my Mom being here at this house for Christmas and enjoying the fireplace.
Makes me smile to think of it.
I think I'm going to use the rest of the shredded zucchini in the fridge to make some more bread.
The last batch turned out really good..warm with a little butter..sounds good to me.
I hope everyone has a great week!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Good morning! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Let's pray that there will be a cure soon!
I was so happy to get my laptop back..$189.00 later..Only to find out that my son could have done the job..How is a Mom to know? LOL...
I asked him why he couldn't fix his own computer if he could have fixed mine..Because I have my recovery disc..He doesn't...Lesson learned..
I've gotten alot more done around the house..I had put up one set of blinds in my bedroom. (still haven't done the other one). Then I put up nice curtain rods and a shear scarf. I thought it still looked a little bare so I bought the matching panels. Got those up yesterday. So, my room is looking very nice.
I had a stack of paperwork that I finally got organized and put into the file cabinet. Still have some organizing to do in there. But for the most part, it's done. Although I also want to put either a twin bed or day bed in there for company or when the little ones are here..
I have a built in china cabinet now. I got my china in there this week-end.
I do have a couple of shelves that I need to get up. I'm just not sure where I'm going to put them.
I rearranged Jeremys room yesterday. I had to buy a new cable for his tv. The one they had used didn't allow me to change his room around. Had I been paying attention when the installer was here I would have let him know that I needed a longer cable..The same goes for the living room. I needed a longer cable in order to change things around. I did that this week-end also. With the two large picture windows in the living room there was a problem with the sun hitting the front of the tv.
I put the tv in the corner. It works out well there.
I burned my first fire in the fireplace last night..Just one of the store bought Fake logs..lol..But it was very nice. I took a picture, so after I take a few more of the house, I will post them..
My boss went down to Indiana this week-end to visit family. He had one of the other employees at the office on Friday to take care of things. She got a call from one of our contacts that at the end of the month, they are going to go with another company with their cleaning business...Very disappointing of course. But it also makes me a little angry. We have three of their banks. One of which we have never had any complaints. One that has been under construction for over a year. I'm talking major construction. It has been a horrendous mess for my cleaner down there. Lots of extra work with the dust and dirt. Their guys moving our stuff to different places. Just an overall mess. And NOW they're going to go with someone else. I think it's crappy..
I'm hoping that my boss isn't too much of a bear when he comes back..lol..I know it's hard to lose jobs. but that seems to be the nature of this business sometimes. Especially now, people are looking for the best deal..Even if in the long run, they get what they pay for. They might find that they already had a good deal. And maybe they will rethink having nit-picked my cleaners.
I know that this employee needs the hours. The only other thing I have for her is a different bank. The part she may not like is that it is about 15 to 20 minutes further for her to drive. Now something like that wouldn't bother me too much, but some of the employees don't want to drive too far. Oh well, she can either take it or wait to see if we get something else closer to her..
Today I'm going with my daughter and granddaughter for lunch at one of the restaurants that we clean..VERY good food.. We are all looking forward to that.
I have to say, I am so blessed to have been able to move back into this house. It is so nice. Sometimes I come home later in the evening and I will be pounding nails and moving furniture around. Things I wouldn't have been able to do if I were still in the apartment.
I thank God everyday for what I have. I don't ever want to take anything for granted.
I hope everyone had a great week-end..talk to you soon and hope to post pictures also..
Friday, September 25, 2009
I hope all is well with everyone. Lucy, keeping you and your family in my prayers.
See ya all when I get back...Until then, behave...lol....
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I probably did more this week-end than I had intended..but I certainly didn't do enough to make me feel this tired..lol. And I still have a mess of papers sitting here on my bed that I still need to put away.
I had papers stuck in various places and decided that I needed to finally get them put where they belong. Of course, you have to sort thru them first..Oh how I do not like this job.lol..
I trimmed the bushes yesterday. They had all of these small shoots sprouting out all over that made them look messy..They look pretty good now.
I got another set of blinds up. I hung a different shower curtain up. I went to Target and bought my son the desk that he had picked out. And put it together with the help of my oldest grandson.
Then later in the day my other grandson and I went to Menards and I bought a portable firepit.
I didn't put it together..lol. Maybe I'll have it together and get some wood from my friend Randy by next week-end.
I have a pretty good start on my office. Oh gosh, it will be so nice to have everything in it's own place. It's looking nice.
When my daughter came to get the boys, I thought I would have them help me put my mirror on the dresser..
Well, that did not work out at all..When the guys from the store put it together, they used a screw gun..and they stripped it. We could not get the screws to go in..So now I get to call the store and let them know that they will have to send someone here to fix the problem..I'm not looking forward to that. I hope they handle it properly.
It's really disappointing to have my mirror sitting on the floor..
Well, I guess I should get off this darn laptop and get the paperwork off my bed so I can go to sleep.....
Hope everyones week starts well
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The new house...
My friend Larry and his girlfriend Melissa..They came over for Labor day...
Monique and Jeremiah Jr. They spent the night and we played a game of Monopoly...JJ won..lol
I haven't gotten any more pictures of the house yet. But will post more when I take them..
I am fairly settled in. believe it or not..I do have 3 or 4 more boxes to empty. I have to arrange the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. But other than that, everything is put away...
I did buy cheap mini blinds to put up. The shades that are already up are pretty old..I got one set of blinds up and decided that I couldn't do anymore until I get my daughters drill..The window casing is so hard, I could hardly get the screws in..One down, five more to do..lol..
I also have to decide on the window treatments for the living room. There are two large picture windows..NO privacy what so ever there...l0l
I love doing laundry..ha-ha...I can actually sort clothes. I can do just a small load if I need to and I can do it when it suits me..Oh the joy of having my own washer and dryer....
I sent out my new address to a few people..One being my ex..He needs it to send my monthly check. I didn't mention to him that it is the same place that we lived in together. He wrote back something about me moving up in the world, with his money..Oh yeah, the $125.oo a month I get from him has made all of the difference in how I can live...lol..then he made a reference to there being another man..as if I have to live in an apartment if I don't have a man to live with..
Things are calming down with work..at least for the time being. We found someone to do the new restaurant account that we got. I hope he works out..I certainly don't want to go back to going to work in the middle of the night..Gosh that took it's toll on my body. lol
My daughter brought our rummage sale stuff out to my garage. We were planning on have our sale this coming week-end..but now they are talking about rain...ugh..not too many days left for things like rummage sales. We'll have to wait till the end of the week to see how that is going to go..
Last Friday, we had to go to my ex mother in laws funeral. She was 96..She looked darned good too. I have not seen my ex for 25 years or so..He is my daughters birth father. Although he only raised her until she was 6..Then he made the decision that she would be better off without him coming in and out of her life...In other words, HE couldn't deal with it so he took the easy way out. Anyway.....I didn't even know him when I saw him. My sister in law had to tell me who he was..Dave is 11 years older than me..so he is 65. Now I knew that he wouldn't look the same. But I never expected him to look OLD...NO, I am not saying 65 is old..Hell, I'm not that far from it myself..lol..but he looked terrible. Far older than his 65 years.. My sister in law had to introduce him to me, my daughter and my granddaughter Monique. He has never seen her. Technically, she is his first grandchild..That's what drugs and alchohol will do to you..He has lost more of life than he will ever know. I'm sorry to say that aside from the abuse he put himself thru it also runs in his family not to stay connected. His mother had over 100 grand and great grandchildren. Of that many, there were maybe 15 at the service. She didn't get to know many of them. Such a waste..
I am by no means a beauty queen. But I don't look too bad for almost 54...lol...so, on a more selfish note, I do have to say. It felt kind of nice to be OKAY... I was 17 when Dave and I started dating..He was not a nice man. I endured phyical and verbal abuse until my daughter was six. That is when I knew I had to get out. I didn't want her to be a witness to that sort of thing. Dave used to say things like..."You stick like glue, you'll never leave".."Who would want you..all you do is sit on your fat ass and let it get fatter"..and many more demoralizing things..No wonder I had weight gain and no self esteem..lol...I didn't go to the funeral to "show" him..I went more for my daughter than anything. But I did have a thought or two about "what comes around, goes around". And although I endured many things, I have a good life. I have children and grandchildren that love me dearly. That is something he will never have because he didn't take the time to invest himself in them when they needed him....
On that note, I think I will close for now..I thought about getting a few things done. but I'll put them off until tomorrow...lol..
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Oh my gosh, I do not like moving...but I'm doing a pretty darn good job of getting things prepared.
I have everything off of the shelves. Cabinets cleaned out and bathroom scrubbed.
I have also taken my bed apart. I have to take the kitchen table apart also. I am going to let the movers take the table top for me. It's really heavy.
Yesterday I went out and purchased a new washer, dryer, stove and refrigerator..I feel so Blessed to be able to have done that.
I do have to go back to the store today or tomorrow to purchase the cords for the dryer and stove..It is the dumbest thing I have ever heard of...Having to buy these items seperately..Why doesn't the cord come with the stove and dryer? Oh,Oh,,I just figured it out.....lol...The plugs come in a couple of different types..3 or 4 prong..So, I'm sure that is why they have to be purchased seperately...Hey wait a minute here.. Even though they come in different kinds, they should still be included in the price of the item..
I also had to purchase the hoses for the washer..why is that a seperate cost? Doesn't everyone have to have them? Don't we expect to be able to get water to our washer without having to pay more money to do it???
It has been extremely busy at work...Still....Last week I was training two people, at the same location.
Plus I had trained another person for the restaurant account we just took over. On Friday he gave his notice that due to his wife's schedule, he won't be able to work after Mon...You got it,,I will be doing that job again until we find someone new..My boss will be helping me because there are three floors to clean..
At least until the end of Sept..Then we will no longer have to clean the kitchen floor. That is the worst part of that job. I will be glad when we don't have to do that anymore.
We have a couple of woman that are interested in this account because the hours would work for them..3:00am to 5:30am...But they have full time jobs and I don't think they realize how hard this type of cleaning can be..
I did e-mail my boss to say that maybe we need to consider one of them or both for this position..At least it would make it easier on me (and him). He plans on coming into town to help me with it..He's a good boss that way. He doesn't mind getting his hands dirty.
I hope my cable company has me on their list for the new house. I took care of making the change over the internet..Don't want to be without the internet or tv..lol
I don't know if I mentioned it, but they have rented out my apartment for the 15th.
If I get out sooner, and get things cleaned up..they will let the other people move in sooner than the 15th..and that will be more money back to me....Yea...plus I'll get my deposit back..That will all help with the new appliances..
Well, I better get back to work..I'm almost done. It's early yet..so, I'm going to take the rest of the evening easy.....
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I took a nap when I got home today...Oh that felt so good..I really did need it. LOL...
Starting Sunday night, I will be training a guy on the late night job..Keeping fingers crossed that nothing changes. I soooo need to get back to my own schedule.
Update on selling my rings. I got $86.00 for them..Not bad hey..I ended up taking in some more jewelry..Got another 89.00...
I also took in my Moms rings. They are taking the center stones out of both of them and putting them in a setting that I can wear on a necklace. One will be in gold and the other in white-gold.
I will get them back next week. I think this is a good choice that will work well for me..I can't wait to see them...
Haven't heard anything on Jeremys account. I'm going to contact the bank tomorrow. I'm also going to write a letter of complaint on the woman that took care of us.
I have my money out of there now..Now I have to find a new bank. There are three or four right here in town. I'm just not sure which one I want to go with...
It's 8:00pm..I think I will make myself a nice warm cup of Mexican chocolate and watch tv in bed for a bit..I'm going to get some extra sleep tonight...I hope..lol....
Have a great week-end. Hope everyone has beautiful weather...
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Well, I did it..I had my hair cut...SHORT..LOL...I have been trying to get the nerve up to get my hair cut short. And I finally did it. We women seem to hold our hair in high regard..lol..I keep making the statement, I am not my hair..lol..
I do like the cut. Think Pixie..at least very close to it. and I love it. Once in a while I have a pang of regret. But for the most part, this is working for me. Can you say Easy? Five minutes out of the shower and it's ready to go.
As usual, things have been busy. We are getting more accounts (good thing, job security). But it takes some time to get the right people to clean them. That's where the hard part comes in. The restaurant we recently acquired is wearing me down some. I go in at 2:30 to clean it. Then I get 2 or 3 hours of sleep and then hit the road to cover my accounts. There is an end in sight. My boss just hired someone to do this job. He isn't able to start until Sunday night..So I will train him for two or three nights after that and then he will be on his own..
On Monday we have a hugh building that will require 2 or 3 people. I don't know yet if he has the people hired to start that..I think he does. It will take me a few nights to train there. And THEN I should be able to relax some..lol..I hope..
I have most of my packing done. Now I have to go to the appliance dent and scratch department and try to find a good deal on a washer, dryer, stove and fridge.. Then I should be pretty well set.
Jeremy had a problem with his bank account. It appears that his debit card has been compromised. There are withdrawls from the banks tyme machine that he did not make. To the tune of 280.00..They told us to first go to the police department and file a complaint, which we did. The officer said that this was the second complaint for that bank this week..Went back to the bank. The woman that took care of us kept telling us that Jeremy must have allowed someone to use his card and pin number. At one point she basically said that I didn't have anything to do with this since I was not on the account....OKAY, now I am mad. I told her that he has aspergers syndrome and that I help him with everything..As we are talking I can hear a phone conversation with another teller. She is telling the person on the phone that someone else must have their pin number and card...So I say,,well there's number three..the woman is trying to tell me that it isn't the same problem...Oh yes it is the same frigging problem, I heard the conversation. I was soooo pissed. I told her that I would be back the next day to take my money out of the bank...I have been with them since 1996 and I did not like the treatment we were recieving..Bitch...Last year they sent Jeremy a new debit card along with a letter stating that his account Could have been compromised.
So, I am going to head over there as soon as I get off of the computer to take my money out..
Enjoy your day!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
They have the house looking really nice.
I can't wait until I can put my personal touch on it. You know how your mind starts planning how you will arrange things? Well, now that I have been there again, my mind is doing overtime...lol.
The bedrooms are on the small side. I was a little concerned about how I would be able to arrange my new bedroom set..They have a king size bed and the dresser is the same size as mine, so I should be good to go..
Now, time to go thru some paper-work..the job I like the least...
So, I'll be covering this one for a bit..
My granddaughter cleaned by herself for the first time last night. She didn't even take the entire allotted time to do it..
After I worked early this morning, I went to take a look at the bank to make sure she hadn't missed anything..WoW..she did a darn good job. I am really proud of her..The only thing I could find were a couple of fingerprints on the door. Not bad for the first time.
I called her this morning to tell her what a good job she did..She says..."Oh, you went there"? Yes honey, that's MY job..lol...
I have to admit, I was a little worried about her setting the alarm correctly..She did..
When my boss and I were talking about my renting this house, I had also mentioned that it would be a bit more money per month. If I found it to be a bit of a struggle financially, I would take on one of our smaller jobs for the extra money.
He said, well, you are ready for a review....
Yesterday I was at the office for more supplies and he says again, we have to have your review soon...He then proceeds to tell me that as of this paycheck, I will be getting a $125.00 a month raise...I told him thank you, I appreciate it..He said, No, thank you,,you do a fantastic job....wow..That really made my day.
I'm a bit of a worry wart. I always worry that I'm not doing enough or not living up to expectations..
His praise gave me a much needed boost in my self-esteem. And the boost to the paycheck sure doesn't hurt...lol...
I have one hour until I go to look at the house and do some measuring..It's going to feel a little weird to be there again. But not anything that I am worried about.
I so look forward to being in a house again.
I told my boss yesterday how much I have packed already. He asked if I was getting ahead of the game? Oh yes I am. I want things to run a smoothly as possible..Besides the fact that it is already the 11th..The first will be here in no time.
I called the mover today..He wants $90.00 an hour..Ouch..I don't think it will take them more than two hours. Not too bad.
That is about all that's going on here.
I hope everyone has a relaxing evening!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I got home from work this morning at 7:30...putzed around for a bit..well, mostly sat on the couch..lol...
I finally took a nice warm bath and went to bed..I woke up at 12:20...It's strange, I always feel like I should wake up refreshed..When I don't, I feel cheated..lol..I made myself get dressed and run a couple of errands. When I got home, I put myself into full drive and really accomplished quit a bit.
I packed my crystal, glasses, lighted wall sconces.. I think I packed up 5 or 6 boxes.
I now have all of the wall hangings off the walls, other than 3 of my larger prints.
I had gotten some spackle to patch up the nail holes.
I also cleaned the oven. I don't use it all that much anyway. So, I figured I would get that nasty job out of the way..I had gotten a can of oven cleaner at the dollar store. I didn't have many expectations for it. But I've got to say, it did a great job.
I have watched everything that I have recorded with the dvr...In a little while, Big Brother will be on. I will watch that and then try to go to sleep..And then the start of a new week begins.
It will be a little easier now that I have Monique trained at the bank...One less thing to worry about..
I don't know if I mentioned it in my last post, but on Tuesday, I will be taking a walk thru the house that I am renting. I know that I have lived there before, but there are a few measurements that I will need to take.
Tomorrow I am calling the mover to get a quote. Hope it isn't too high..It's only a few things. So, it shouldn't be too bad.
I had taken one of my diamond rings in to be resized..I don't know why my rings don't fit me. I haven't really gained any weight..but I have just recently heard that as you get older your fingers get larger...Oh great..lol..I think it might be the knuckles that they were referring too. I didn't hear the whole thing..But since my rings no longer fit, I guess it makes sense..One more step towards new things that come with age...lol..
I get the ring back on Wed..I have two other wedding sets, well actually three if I count my Moms wedding set..I had talked to the jewelry about having the diamonds set in a new setting. The gold settings usually start around $1,500...well, that won't be happening anytime soon..I spent a little time looking thru the jewelry cases. I noticed a necklace with a small diamond.
I asked if I could have the center stone taken from one of my rings and mounted so that I could wear it on a chain. She said that would work. So, when I go back this week, I will take the ring along so that she can give me an estimate on doing that.
It will have to wait awhile before I can afford it, but I think it's a good idea.
When I was married to Jeremys dad, we each had a wedding ring and I also had an anniversary ring..When we split up, I went thru a really bad time and one night I decided that I needed to vent...Well,,,vent I did. I took a hammer and flattened all of the rings. I put them on a chain. NO, I didn't wear them..lol..but I do still have them. I'm going to take them along to sell them for the gold. If I get 25 bucks, I'm ahead..
Guess it's time to say goodnight. Hope everyone has a wonderful week..