Monday, January 19, 2009

Dreaming is what I hope to be doing soon...

It's been a long day. I try to get up extra early on Mondays. I have two accounts that I like to go to before they open. Today I slept thru my alarm. That never happens to me.
I don't think I should have even been that tired. I went to bed last night at a reasonable time..
I was running about a half hour behind my schedule..No big deal. Everything got done.
Tonight I trained a woman for a job that runs 5 days a week. She's somewhere in her forties. She got married in Oct. She wants the extra job because she has a motorcycle and the payments run $5oo.oo a month..Then she tells me that if her husband starts going to the bar when she is at work, she will sell the bike and quit her job...WHAT? I told her right out that she should just get rid of him and keep the bike...lol

One of my other workers isn't feeling well, so he asked if I could cover for him tonight. He cleans a bar downtown. I can go anytime after 1:00 tonight or by 6:00am...I will take the 6am....lol
The bad part is that I will be in my crappy clothes for cleaning. Then I will have to come home and clean up and get ready in decent clothes. Just adds more driving time to my day..Oh well. That's the way that goes.

I left a message for my ex today. I asked him if he wanted to file taxes together for last year. I figured that would save each of us some money. I hope.

Well, I better get myself to sleep so I don't sleep thru my alarm again...Actually, I'm going to set my cell phone alarm also...lol

Have a good one!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Meme

I picked this up from Linda!

Just boldface the items that you HAVE done, and leave the rest normal… (I had to do mine in italics, it wouldn't bold for some reason.)
I have added a star to the things I have done.

1. Started your own blog**
2. Slept under the stars**
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity**
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain.
**
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea**
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child**
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
**
22. Hitch hiked**
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill**
24. Built a snow fort**
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse**
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
**
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise**
33 Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied**
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
**
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight**
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling**
52. Kissed in the rain**
53. Played in the mud**
54. Gone to a drive-in theater**
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business**
58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching**
63. Gotten flowers for no reason**
64. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check**
68. Flown in a helicopter**
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar**
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone**
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle**
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
**
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous**
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one**
94. Had a baby
**
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit**
98.Owned a cell phone**
99.Been stung by a bee

I haven't done much today..I did manage to clean the apartment hallways. Although I didn't vacuum them. Maybe I'll do the tomorrow.

I did go to the store to get the newspaper and some creamer for my coffee. Then added a few more things to that list and wow, I spent $46.oo...
Then I came home, got comfy on my recliner and ate candy and drank soda..Ugh. I started watching a movie, fell asleep for a while. Oh my gosh what a lazy, fattening day...lol

Jeremy came home from work with some cheese pretzels..they were pretty good. Only had two of those and they aren't very big..

As soon as I read a few journals, I am going to finish reading the paper and then I'm going to vacuum. Not much else needs to be done. then I think I will take a nice warm bath. With lots of candles and a good book for company. My niece had sent me this bar of great smelling soap for Christmas..Smells like a lime Popsicle. No, I don't smell like one after using it..lol. At least, I don't think so..

Have a relaxing evening!



Yesterday would have been my Moms 90th birthday! She loved her Pepsi until the very end! So I had picked up a six pack of the small bottles. She also loved angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream. So of course I had to get that also..lol..
My daughter had called to make sure I was okay..(and I was) she said she was going to stop over for a few minutes. When she got here she noticed my pepsi on the end table..She smiled and said, I see you got the pepsi, I told her that I had also gotten the cake and strawberries..She laughed and said of course she would have to have a piece of that for grandma..
I did want to do my happy birthday balloon release like I did last year with my son. But with the weather being in the sub zero numbers, and Jeremys schedule being opposite of mine, we didn't get to do that.
And now? It's the dawn of a new day!

I trained a new employee last night. She's forty something. She seems very nice and she did a great job of cleaning. I have high hopes for her......The only glitch that I can see is her relationship with her husband...Damn. She and her husband are both only working part time. She at the post office and he does some sort of work outside..She needs the job in order to make her motorcycle payment. She made a remark that she hopes that because she will be gone nights, she hopes that he doesn't think that means he has all the free time that he wants to go and sit in the bar....Ugh..She told him that if that starts, she will quit the job and sell the bike. Great. I told her that if that is the case she should keep the bike and get rid of him..lol..I don't think she thought it was funny...I did tell her that if I had a bike I wouldn't give it up to babysit him...Oh well, all I can do is hope for the best..Fingers crossed.

I think everyone is tired of hearing and talking about the weather..Well, I'm going to add my two cents..It is damn frigid out. Today we are supposed to have a warm blast. Right now it is 6 degrees, with a wind chill of -5..We are supposed to see a high of 21..Yeah. Along with the warmer temps. we will also get a little snow. 1-3 inches.

I'm still waiting for the insurance company to okay the repairs to my van. I sure wish that they would hurry. You wouldn't think that at this time of year you would need to roll down the window, but with everything being drive thru, it happens alot. And everytime I roll it down, I pray that it will go back up without a problem. Because of the way the door was hit, it has affected the way that the window works. I know, don't use the drive thru...

I do have some really good news...My daughter went to court this week concerning the welfare of her kids having to go for visits to their dads house. He had been convicted of child abuse against my middle grandson. He and his wife are mentally abusive to all three kids and they had all decided that they no longer wanted to go there. The courts once again appointed a guardian ad litem..It was his conclusion that none of the kids should be forced to spend every other week with their dad. That it should be left up to them to decide when and if they wanted to go. I think the only one that will want to spend anytime there will be my grandaughter. She is already missing her three half siblings. But still isn't ready to go there and spend time with her dad and stepmom...It is a sad victory. On the one hand, at least my grandkids will not have to endure the mental torture that was being dished out. On the other, the kids will not have as close of a relationship to their other siblings. And I think that it is always a shame when kids lose a parent.
Either way, the will all carry the scars of how things transpired.
I also feel bad knowing that the three little ones now living with my ex sil will one day endure the same treatment that my grandkids have endured..He has some issues from his own childhood that will keep the cycle going. If anyone needs prayers, it would be those little ones.
Maybe a prayer or two should be said that their mom loves them a whole lot more than she loved my grandkids and won't stand for that type of treatment on her own flesh and blood..
She will also have to stand in judgment one day.

Well, time to get a few things done around here. I also have to clean the apartment hallways.
Have a nice week-end and try to stay warm...

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I made it through the day! (Smile)
Now the next day that will be hard is just around the corner..Jan.16th is my Moms b-day. She would have turned 90..Wow. Because I was the caboose baby, (my Mom was 36 when she had me), I know that I was really lucky to have her with me for as long as I did.
I also know that my Mom is still with me. I know that she is at peace. She is with my brother and sister that passed away long ago.
I know that she is basking in Gods Love. That makes me smile. It helps heal my heart.

It is damn cold today. My furnace is getting a good workout today. Because I made the choice to rent an apartment that did not include heat, I have to be concerned with how high we keep the temperature. I usually keep the thermostat on 69..but I'm telling you, yesterday and today I have needed to turn it up to 70...and put on a sweater and my nice warm footies...
And this isn't even the worst of it. We are supposed to get hit next week.
They are saying that one day next week the temps. will be 1..Yes, that is a one....But, I look at the bright side..it is also staying light longer..Not much, lol, but it is the start of seeing spring on it's way.


Janie, I'm going to start saving my change and then maybe this summer I will come down by you and we can go out to lunch together...


Yesterday I cleaned two of my three apartments hallways. I usually leave it until the week-end. But I didn't have a full schedule yesterday. It's nice to know that now I only have one building to do. That is three hallways.
It's not a bad gig actually. The part that is the hardest is dragging the darn vacuum around and up and down stairs. I have talked to the manager to see if they would invest in a commercial back vacuum. She says that the owner of the properties would probably do that..Well,,,,,,,,,,
Sill waiting..So, yesterday as I was cleaning I decided that I am going to check into getting one of my own..It's not cheap either. The ones that we have for my regular job cost $600.00...I could never pay that much, but they do have smaller versions. That would actually be better for my back anyway and I'm sure that they would be quite a bit cheaper. I am going to talk to my boss and see what a smaller one would cost.
In the long run, it would make my job so much easier. Plus I could use it in my own place.

I am thinking about getting my hair cut...It's getting fairly long. Aren't women funny about their hair? We act like it makes us..And it's just hair. And it grows back. (hopefully) lol...I need a change. I have worn my hair the same all of my life. There were a few times I found the courage to make a change. But then I spent so much time focusing on how different I was. My grandaughter keeps telling me that I don't realize how young I am. Most of her friends parents are older than me. lol..She says that I need to have more style with my hair..Yes dear..I tried to tell her that just because a certain style is popular, does not mean that it is right for everyone..
My sil is getting her hair cut. But she has a real small face and actually looks better and younger with it short.
Oh well, if this is my greatest delemia, then I am blessed.*smile*

I guess it is time for me to get off of the computer and go check out a couple of jobs.
I actually forgot about going to one of my buildings yesterday..Don't know how that happened..I'm going to go there this week-end. I haven't met the couple that cleans it..So that will give me the opprotunity to kill two birds with one stone.

Enjoy you week-end!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I had a good day at work. It's getting easier...Yeah! My days aren't necessarily long now. Today I was on the road at 7:00am. and I was done at 11:30 am. Not too bad. There will be days that I will have to be out a little later to check on buildings. Or real early. But for the most part, it is turning out fine.
I am having a problem with one of the workers. He cleans three of our banks for us. He keeps getting complaints at one of the buildings. I have to say that some customers are more picky than others. Anyway, last night he cleaned at the bank that has all of the complaints. So, I went there before the bank opened to see if he had done the job as he should be. It wasn't too bad, but I do feel that he should be taking a little more care in some areas. And then to top it off, the head contractor of some remodeling was there before me and he told me a few things that will be a problem if they are true. He said that he has a dish that he keeps candy in for his workers and he can always tell when our cleaner has been there because half of his candy is gone. He also said that there is always a fresh pot of coffee made..Hummm, we don't get paid to eat there candy or make their coffee.. So now what I have to do is go to the building after the bank closes but before the cleaner gets there to see how much candy is there and what condition the coffee maker is in. Then I have to go back there after the cleaner is done to check these things...Ugh, this is the part of the job that I am not going to like. I don't like confrontation and this guy does not take criticism well. Yesterday when I asked him very nicely if he could pay extra attention to a few things, he started whining and complaining..but you have to do the job right and it's now my job to make sure that is happening.....

I am so heartbroken for John Travolta and Kelly Preston. I can't imagine what they must be feeling right now. To lose your child at the age of 16 years. It's beyond my imagination.
Keep them in your prayers please.

Friday is the 2nd anniversary of my Moms death..How can it seem like it I haven't seen her for many many years? And yet, I can look at her picture on my desk and feel like she hasn't left.
In my head, I can still hear her voice. I still remember what it sounds like. But I think that sound is fading and that scares me.
And now I cry. I didn't think I would. I didn't think it was hitting me right now. It happens when it happens. I just didn't expect it right now. I miss my Mom!
She would (and I'm sure is) be so happy to see the job that I have now. She would be happy to see that I don't have to work at night, that I don't have to do the actual cleaning. She wanted so much for me. She was my one soft spot in this world and sometimes I feel so lost without her. If I could just see her one more time.....

Monday, January 5, 2009


Busy, busy, busy.

I spent the day going to my accounts..I had gotten an early start. About 7:45am. I was actually done by 12:15..Then I decided to head out to the office so that I could pick up more supplies to get me through the week. I left there and decided that I would make one more stop for the day as long as I was in that area. Anything to keep my gas usage down. Then our office manager called and asked me if I was too far away to come back and have the van looked at for an estimate. I went back, got the van estimate, went back to the office and gave her the paperwork. A bit more running around than I had intended, but it needs to be done. And the sooner I can get the van repaired, the happier I will be. Did I mention that it had snowed IN my van? lol....And to top it off, I haven't been able to take the car to the carwash. Ugh, it is nasty.

I went by Randys house tonight to do some paperwork. I told him that he needs more money in the account. He called me tonight to tell me that he went and picked up some money...Yeah...Because he has a tree service, he needs to make all of his money for the year in a short amount of time. And when a customer isn't sure if they want to spend the money to have the job done. He lets them do time payments. It works out well for each of them. Now when he has no work, he at least has some money coming in.

I kind of wanted to go out to dinner tonight. At least I thought about it before I got to Randys. But by the time I got done with his paperwork, I decided that my left over scalloped potatoes and ham would do the trick for me. I think it was 7:30 when I got home. I was too tired to worry about going out to eat. I think I might like to get out for a steak dinner one of the area restaurants offers. $6.95..small steak, french fries, and texas toast..It's really not a bad deal. That is offered on Thurs. I think I'll have to start making plans for that.

I better hit the hay. I sure didn't realize that it was after 11:00 already. I don't know where the time goes. I was tired at 7:30. lol

Catch you all tomorrow.


Saturday, January 3, 2009


Happy New Year to Everyone! May you all be blessed with health and happiness!

It has been so darn long since I have made an entry..My gosh, I think it's time that I change my background..lol. That will be my next project.

Senior moment going on here. I didn't look over my last entry, so I have no idea if I had said anything about my new job...Well, here goes.
I had told my boss that I couldn't work at one of our buildings any more. It was 25 miles from my house, bad weather on it's way and physically I just couldn't have such a long night anymore..He found someone to take the position. Then he offered me the position of account manager. Not the most money in the world, but enough to get by with the other jobs I have. Plus he would get me a van,,,,to be used as a personal vehicle also..And a $100.00 a month addition to my check for gas..
I took the job. I spent 2 and a half weeks driving around with my boss looking at the buildings that I would be in charge of..I have 24 and he has 24. We have a few banks, so he would show me where the alarm system is. Then walk me thru the building. I have to know where the supply closets are so that I can restock as needed..
Most of the time I was going out to his office to meet up with him. The problem with that is that when it came time for me to go out on my own..I was somewhat lost. Because we have all access codes and keys, we don't have any addresses written down...Oh let me tell you,,,that was a problem. The first two days that I was out on my own, I think I spent an extra 2 hours going in circles..lol..But I finally found every building that I was looking for. I did end up looking some of the addresses up in the phone book..
I have now figured out how to get to all of the buildings without too much trouble.
My friend Randy has offered to let me use his GPS..But I don't think I will need it at this point. I think I have it all figured out. I usually have to stop at 4 to 6 buildings a day. Except on Fridays, he has me down for two of them..How nice. Because I get going early in the morning, I can be home by 10:00am. Other than the everyother Friday that I still have my own cleaning job to do. If I am done with that by 1o:30. I can get out on the road and still be home before 3:00. Not bad.

There will be times when I will be expected to cover a job. When someone is sick or we have an opening and are waiting to fill the position. But things have been running fairly smoothly and that shouldn't happen often.

I do have to deal with our cleaners and that is new for me. I have one cleaner named Gary..Nice guy, about 55.He cleans one of our restaurant-taverns. His start time is usually 1:30 am. After closing. When he started he was able to get in and get it done about midnight. But with the holidays, they have been staying open later. He called me at midnight last week and said,,,,Sheri, there are people still here..I said, yes Gary, they are a bar, they can legally stay open until 1:3o. And they can stay open until 2:30 on Friday and Saturday nights...You will have to adjust your start time.

For the most part, I think I will like the new position. (I hope)..
I got my van....a nice 2006 dodge mini van..In nice shape..I had to work on Christmas Eve. I had just entered the parking lot of one of our accounts and guess what happened? One of the employees slid right into the drivers side door. Damn, did that really just happen? Yep it did. Had to call the boss and tell him. Ughh.
I can't even get the van washed because the door doesn't close properly. It even snowed into the van one night. What a surprise that was when I went to get into it.

The kids all had a nice Christmas. My two older grandsons came over for a few days and helped me with taking down the tree and getting everything back into storage. I did leave up my Moms small tree that sits on top of my dresser. I will leave it up until her birthday. Jan.16th. She always left our tree up until then, so I thought I would honor her by doing the same.

My apartment is going to be on the internet. My apartment manager came to me before Christmas and said that they had a woman coming up from Chicago to take pictures for the apartment rental site. And could they use my apartment as a model..Well yes you may..I thought that was a very nice compliment to be asked.
I was not home when they took the pictures. I was worried that with the way the living room was situated with the couch and tree and all of the presents that it might look a little crowded. She said that the photographer thought it looked great..Okay, works for me...lol

I looked on the sight today. They still haven't gotten the new pictures on there. I'll let you know when I get my debut..ha-ha....

I guess I have run out of time today..Good grieve, this could have been longer..lol

Enjoy the rest of the week-end