Friday, July 31, 2009

I helped my friend Larry clean the apartment that he just moved out of. We got it done fairly fast. After we were done, we went out to get a bite to eat.
As I was driving home, I noticed that there was a house for rent. It's only about three blocks from where I live now...

The funny thing about this house is that it is the same one that Carlos and I rented when we first started living together...

Well, the day before yesterday, I went and put in an application to rent it. The owner called me yesterday to tell me that I got it..I was so happy I almost cried..Really.
It's about $175.oo more than what I am paying now for rent. I can cut costs somewhere to make up that difference.
It's a three bedroom ranch. It has a two car garage attached to the house by a nice sized breezeway...full basement and best of all a fireplace..
I am so excited..Maybe that's why I can't sleep..
It will be so nice living in a single family home again. Not having to worry about every noise that is being made.
It has a nice yard. Plenty of room for the grandkids to play. I can grill out and use my new patio furniture..
The downside is that the bedrooms are very small...and I just got this new bedroom set...Ugh..that is the only thing that I am a little worried about. Fitting this set into one of the rooms..
Carlos and I had a King size bed. I have a queen now. That shouldn't be a problem..But my dresser is longer than the one he has. I am a bit concerned about manuvering that into one of the rooms..Oh well, I'll figure that out when the time comes.

Saturday is my grandson JJ's birthday..He is turning 15..I'm going to give him money..It's just getting too darned hard to buy things for them
He wants to come over today so he will most likely be here for his b-day. I'll either make a cake or get one from the bake shop here in town.
Maybe we'll even cook out. I can't wait to do that at the new house..I won't have to carry my propane tank downstairs and hook it up each time I want to use

Well, I'm going to go back to bed and hope to get another hour or so of sleep before I head out to work.
I hope everyone has a great week-end....

Saturday, July 25, 2009


My son turned 23 today..I can't believe how time has gone by. I remember the first day I went to the hospital to see him..Hooked up to the apnea monitor. LOL...he was not the cutest baby..
But when she (the woman from social services) brought him to my house, I knew that he would be staying...
At one year old, social services found his extended family. I won't go into the whole scenario, but I knew that we would do whatever we had to to keep him...
We eventually met his birth grandparents and one of his aunts and her husband and kids..

When he was 2 years old, we were able to finalize his adoption..
He has matured a lot in the last year. Every year I see him expand his horizons.

I got him some much needed jeans, socks, and some munchies that he enjoys. I made steaks for dinner..with asparagus...oh so

Tomorrow I will take him and his friend to Chicago for a concert...ugh...not looking forward to that..I will be sitting in my van for almost ten hours..I will have to venture out and see if I can find some stores to walk around

The concert last night (Lonestar) was ok..I was a bit disappointed with the sound quality. I don't know if it was the band or the open venue..It was still nice to be out and about:)

I have hired my far, she is doing a good job. I am going to put her in charge of the bank that I just let the guy go from. We actually had someone else for it..a young guy that does some specialty work for us..Well, he called Friday to tell me that his car had been towed away and couldn't get to work. I told him that he should take the bus..He said that he didn't know how the bus system worked...I told him to call the bus company and tell them where he was and where he had to go to...and they would tell him which buses he needed to take..He couldn't do that....Soooo, I went to the fair and then I picked Monique up and she helped me..
She had also helped with it last week..
I hope to have her start on Monday. She will be working Mon. Wed. and Friday.. about 2-3 hours a night.
She doesn't think she will have a problem being in a building by herself. She does a good job and I think it's worth giving her a try..At least I know she will show

Not much else new. It's a little after ten and I am tired. I don't know why, I took a nap

Sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite......

Friday, July 24, 2009

It's been busy,busy,busy...l0l...When isn't it?

My bedroom set arrived...and all of the pieces were there..It really looks nice. I love it.....But there is one little problem..The mattress is hard..UGH...When you first sit on it, it seems soft. For sleeping, it does not have the softness that I was looking for. I don't know if it just needs a little breaking in or if it is going to stay this way. I am very disappointed. I had so looked forward to sinking into the softness of a pillow mattress.

I have only purchased new mattresses once before. It was just what I was looking for. It wasn't a pillow top mattress. I don't know if there is a difference or not. I am going to call the store and let the saleswoman know that I am not a very happy camper. Or should I say sleeper??

I had to let one of my employees go last week. That was a first for me..Not the easiest thing to do but very neccesary. He just would not do what was on the task sheet.

He had two banks. We had other employees that were looking for more work. I gave one bank to a woman that cleans one of our restaurants. She is the best employee. She never takes off without two weeks notice. She never calls in at the last moment. And she does a darn good job of cleaning....So that is one bank I will not have to worry about.

The other bank is going to a young man that does some specialty work for us. He is only 20. I hope he doesn't let his private life interfer with his job. We will give him a chance.

I have also been training my granddaughter. She has worked with me two nights so far. She actually is interested in doing one of the banks..She did a good job with the duties I gave her.

Having her on board will help if I do have to cover a job because then I can take her with me to help with the heavy stuff....

Jeremys birthday is July as part of his present, I am driving him and his friend Jason to Chicago tomorrow for a 10 hour concert...Yes,, ten hours...I'll try to find something to do in the area..and then just camp out in my van..Oh the fun! lol

We have our county fair going on right now..Tonight Lonestar is playing..I love them and would really like to see them tonight. But I have to spend at least an hour or so training tonight. So, I'm not sure that I will be able to make it..I may try..Depends on how I feel by the time 5:30 rolls

Well, I guess that's about it for now..I'm doing some laundry and then I have to hit the road for a couple of jobs..

Hope everyone has a lovely week-end!

Friday, July 17, 2009

New bedroom set....

I won't get the side rails until Aug..But everything else will be delivered next week..I don't really understand how they can have all of the pieces except for the side rails..strange.

I'm off in a little bit to get Mason...
Looks and feels like rain..I hope it's nice and sunny tomorrow so we can hit the green...(golf)
Happy week-end to everyone.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

One of the bright spots in my life! Mason.....
I will be picking him up tomorrow..I think on Saturday I will take him to the driving range. He loves to play golf..and I had picked up that set of Real golf clubs at a rummage sale a month or so ago..
He hasn't seen it yet. I think he is going to love it. I don't know if they let little kids on the driving range, but I'm going to find out on
I will also be taking him for school supplies..It should be fun.
On Sunday, I will post some pictures of our time together..
I hope everyone has a wonderful week-end!

This is a very sad entry.....It's also a little graphic..and does contain some foul language...

One of my co-workers has a niece that has been missing since Jan..She is the mom of two small children. Her name is Renae.

They have found Renae (I think I'm spelling this wrong and I apologize for that)

Her boyfriend killed her, then placed her in a cooler(yes,like the one you take to the beach)..then he put the cooler in his mothers garage. After that, he took the cooler to his mothers boyfriends house where they put this young mom in a burn barrel and then cut holes in the ice of a lake and deposited the remains there.

All that is left of her is tiny bits left in the barrel..

All three have been arrested. Thank God!

Why am I doing this entry? First of all, She deserves for people to know what kind of monsters lurk out there in this world..

Secondly, I am so pissed that someone could do something like this. I need to vent it.

Oh believe me,,if this were my daughter. I would post bail for the mother fucker and I would shoot him.

When my ex and I had our few domestic violence encounters, he said it was all about money..the System was just trying to get more money by putting him on probation. Because you have to pay 20.00 everytime you go to see your p.0.

I told him that it wasn't about money...It was about the thousands of woman that end up dead because a man that claims to love them beats them..

He never did get that..

Maybe I am feeling this so much because I have been in domestic violence situations.

Please pray for this young mom, her little ones and her family!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Everyone gets an award!

Hello to everyone that has dropped by....
I was given this award from Lynne....I know the rules for passing it on are more specific, but due to the fact that I haven't ventured out into this blog world too far, I would like to pass mine on a little differently..I hope that doesn't offend anyone.
I would like whomever reads my blog to know that I treasure all interaction with them and would like them to snag the award and pass it on to those that they would like to.

Summertime seems to see a lower number of people reading blogs or adding a new entry to their own..
Facebook has taken some to their do facebook. But find that it doesn't have the same interaction..I use it more for getting tidbits on family and friends..
Here is where I feel I can speak my mind and feelings without it being a big deal.

As I said, I treasure each and every person that I feel connected to here on my blog.

It's always sad to see them go, no matter the reason. I look forward to finding them in the future and being able to reconnect with them.

Oh my gosh,,,I didn't tell you...I bought a new bedroom set!! It is not the top end line..But it is certainly not the low end. It is PRETTY..
The headboard is rather tall. The dresser and nightstand seem a lot larger than most...I did take a picture of it at the store, but I have not taken the time to figure out how to get those pictures to my computer..I will take pictures after it is delivered..LOL..
The best part of it all is that I also bought a new mattress set. OMG do I need that. I do not sleep well right now. The set I have now is so darn hard..and that is with a comforter, a couple of blankets and a pillow top cover on it..No, I can not deal with that anymore. I need to get a good nights sleep..
They don't have all of the pieces in stock..So, I will get the mattress set and I think the dresser and nightstand next week. But I won't get the bed until Aug..26th..ugh..I do not like waiting..LOL..I'm just glad I can get the mattresses right away.

I'm going to try to have Mason over this coming week-end..I tried last week-end,but I waited too long and he was already by his other grandma..
I want to take him school supply shopping..That is so exciting. He and Destiny are the last to go to school..They are growing so fast. I miss the little snugly babies that they were..The feel of their tiny little bodies and of course that wonderful baby smell..No,,,not the poopy pants
Not that I don't enjoy watching them do new and exciting things as small people,,You gotta love that. I just miss my babies..

Well, guess I better get rolling here. Trying to do a little wash so it doesn't catch up with me for the

Don't forget to snag your award..

Saturday, July 11, 2009

It's a beautiful day today! We had some rain last night, so it helped bring down the humidity...Thank goodness..

I don't have anything planned for today..I had called my stepdaughter last night to see if Mason could spend tonight with me...He already had plans with his other grandma..Darn, I knew I was pushing my luck with waiting until the last day to call..But I've been having problems with one of my workers, and wasn't sure if I would be working today.

I have made tentative plans to get him next Friday.....

Speaking of next week-end. Saturday is Jeremys turns 23...and for his birthday, I get to drive him and his friend to Chicago for the evening...There is a 10 hour concert. "Mayhem"...what does that tell you about the music? LOL...We went last year too..This year I had thought it would be nice to just spend the night. Now I'm not sure. I can't find anyone to make the trip with me..Which would have been nice..Then we could have hit the stores while the boys were at the concert...

Either way,,it will be a long week-end..

I think I'm going to do some price checking on motorcycles today..Small

I also want to check out beds..I could use a new bed. Right now I don't have a headboard..Not a major problem but it feels like a starter I was married, we had a hugh bed. The kind that sits real high, has hugh posts and makes everyone that sees it comment on it. It was impressive..It was his before we got married so of course, he got to keep it.

This week-end we have Bastille days going on. My girlfriend and her daughter want to go. We just made plans to head down there at 3 or 4..Should be fun...Music, food and people watching. Can't beat it..

Tomorrow I will check on one of my workers jobs. He has been a serious problem lately..That's a shame, because when he puts his mind to it, he does a good job. He doesn't seem to take the job seriously enough though. I checked one of his jobs last week to discover that he is not mopping the floor..or doing the bathrooms completely. I worked for an hour and a half after he was there last week. He hadn't wiped down the lunch tables or mopped the floor. One stall in the ladies bathroom had absolutely NO toilet paper..OMG..They are paying us for a service and they are not getting what they pay for..We have 9 of these banks. We can not afford to lose this account because he is in a hurry to party..

So, he will be getting a written letter next week informing him that if his work does not improve he will be let go..

He's 26 and has his third child due any day now...He's working about 15 hours a week...He needs a course in responsibility is what he needs..

It does feel good to have my week-ends to decompress..and after last week, I really need to relax..

Hope everyone has a wonderful week-end!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!!

My daughter came out by me with the kids. We went to watch the parade here in Germantown. Then finished loading up the car to head off to the beach..
We went to a state park that is located about 10 miles from my house...

We had a very nice time..I didn't think we would end up swimming because it's a little cooler today. Overcast..Not the kind of weather I usually enjoy swimming in..But we finally ventured out into the water..And of course, someone started splashing water and the next thing you know,,we are all diving

We had hamburgers,brats,hotdogs, potato salad, tuna salad and chips...Good food. We also had watermelon.

We played ball..Great exercize..By the time we were done, we were pooped
My daughter works third shift, so she only had a few hours of sleep...

I think I was home and in the shower by 6:00pm..That nice warm shower was soooooo nice. I didn't want to get out...But I did...then I threw our wet stuff in the washer..

Now I'm just sitting back and relaxing. One more load of wash to do and that's it for the night.

JJ came home with me. I don't think he's interested in heading out to watch the fireworks..I'm not..way to tired for that. I think we might be able to see some from here. We'll have to take a look outside when they start...

That's it for me. I'm going to lay on the couch and veg out for the night. It's only 7:30 and I would love to go to

Happy 4th everyone..
Cameron enjoying a slushy....
Me and Monique being

Me, Monique and Cameron. His first big ride.
We had a lot of fun at the carnival. It was a blast seeing Cameron enjoying his first big ride.
Not that I'll probably be going on too many with