Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sorry about the double pictures here..I couldn't delete it.. this is the spare room/office.

The office side of the spare room..

dining area

fireplace side of the living room...

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..
I didn't take a picture of the living room because I had been doing bills..and when I do bills, I sit on my recliner and go thru them and thru what I don't need on the floor..lol..so needless to say, I had paperwork all over...
It's a peaceful night..it is so nice. I talked to my boss today about taking the week-end off. I am going to travel about an hour and a half away to my nieces house..my sister-in-law (her mom) is going to be there, so I thought it would be a good time to get away...
I'm paying the woman that used to be the account manager to handle the phone for me while I am gone. My boss offered to cover for me, but he already has his hands full. When he goes away he doesn't hand everything over to me. So, I didn't want to do that to him.
I'm just thankful to be able to go away...
I'm not thrilled with how this is set up..I wanted all of the pictures in one place. I don't know why they are seperated..
I better get moving here and get things ready for tomorrow..
Hope everyone is having a nice evening...

All of my grandkids in one spot...doesn't happen often..lol

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saturday night and no where to go...I guess I'm feeling a little sorry for myself tonight..I don't like to spend too much time doing that..lol..But sometimes it just happens. I don't even know where it comes from..Just sort of comes out of the blue and surprises me. I'll work thru it as I always do..

I accomplished quite a bit today. Cleaned out the van, swept the garage out..I still have all of the leftover things from the rummage sale..On the list for Monday morning, call Purple Heart or Salvation Army and set up a time for them to come and get the stuff.

My friend Randy dropped off a small load of split wood for me. I was going to build a fire tonight but don't seem to have the emotional energy for that.

I am glad to have the wood though. It sure beats paying for the fire logs. They're nice in a pinch, but they aren't cheap.

I was up at 7:00am, Jeremy had not gone to sleep yet. lol..We decided that we would go and do our grocery shopping..It really is a nice time to go..No waiting in lines..lol..

We went to Walmart. I get very frustrated there. I like the fact that I am saving some money by shopping there, but there are alot of things that I can't find there..So, after bringing those groceries home, I then went to Pick n Save to get the last of what I was looking for. Mission accomplished. I made steak fajitas for the first time. Not too bad. I think next time I will make them with chicken.

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

Just a short note..I'm at the library because my laptop has a virus..I took it in yesterday and hope to have it back within a few days..Although with the weekend here, who knows..

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

It's only 8:45pm and I feel like it's midnight...lol

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

Another Friday night and I am in my PJs before eight oclock...lol..

Humm,, Friday night, in jammies before 8 and I'm happy..I must be getting old.

I had to cover for one of my workers last night. I was there for about 2 1/2 hours. Not too bad. But I'll tell you, my body certainly knows when I have done some extra manual labor..lol

I covered another cleaner yesterday morning. Everyone is getting hit with bronchitis.

I am working extra hard at making sure I stay germ free. I can not afford to get sick.

It really sucks not having insurance. One of my cleaners asked me if I thought my boss might try to get some low cost health insurance...No,, this is a small company. I told him that most part time jobs don't offer insurance anyway..I work full time and I don't get insurance. I certainly don't know why he thinks anyone else will get it.

I have been able to get some more things done around the house this week.. I have gotten three sets of blinds up, curtains on the back door, a couple of closets straightened out and some picture hung..

I haven't made ANY plans for this week-end..I decided that I have spent way too much time trying to do too much on the week-ends. I'm going to just putz around. If I get things done, fine. If I don't, that's fine also..

At some point, I do have to organize the kitchen cabinets. When I moved in, I just put things in the cabinets without any thought to convenience. Now I will put things where they should be.

I've talked to my friend Randy about getting some firewood..I can't wait to use the fireplace. The ONE nice thing about cooler weather..lol..

So with the thoughts of a fire with blue and green flames, I'll close.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and restful week-end

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..