Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My birthday was on Monday...54..shhhh...don't tell anyone...lol..
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...

P.S..
thanks for your address Lucy....

Saturday, October 31, 2009

It's that time of year again..turn the clocks back..Dark when you wake up and Dark when you are on your way home from work...ugh..that in itself is depressing...

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

Thank goodness for Fridays....lol...

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

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..