Friday, July 22, 2011

Destiny with Linda's dog Sage..they fell in love..lol..this picture was not set up..Sage just wanted to be close to Destiny:) So cute..
Paris was afraid of stepping on a crayfish..lol..some of them were HUGH..
Destiny and I made pot holders..she will give them out for Christmas..
Feeding the deer in Crandon..

Last Thursday I picked up Destiny and had her spend the night so we could get an early start Friday morning.
We got on the road about 6:30am... She did fairly well on the trip..didn't complain..and only asked a few times few times how much longer..
She did sleep for a bit but not as long as I thought she would..

We were about 60 miles from Eagle River when I decided to stop at the last Walmart we would see before hitting E.R..

This Walmart is only 20 miles south of where my ex now lives..lol..I gave some thought to maybe running into him there and decided that the odds were too great for that to happen...
Well, I was wrong...lol...as we were walking into the store, Carlos and his girlfriend were walking out..ugh...
It went fairly well...UNTIL his girlfriend who is 68 and should know better decided that she needed to make her presence known started asking Destiny if she was going to come up and see grandma and grandpa....WHAT THE HELL?? Did that woman really just say that?? I was VERY angry..Just because she is with their grandpa, she is NOT their grandma...You don't get that privilege just because you're someones girlfriend..
It would even be different if I knew that she was REALLY interested in the kids..She's not..
When they came back from their winter in Florida, She did not go to see and spend time with the kids..I can't even imagine being away from them for that long..she has made the statement that they won't be having any of the kids up for a week in the summer because she doesn't want to take care of them...And then she has the nerve to refer to herself as grandma..NOT happening..
I did tell my stepdaughter about the comment and she did not like it..she said that this woman doesn't even know her kids...Anyway, other than that, the accidental meeting went fine..

Our time in Eagle River was so much fun..Destiny was so well behaved..I was so proud of her..
The first day, we went horse back riding..her first time and my first time in about 30 years..lol
She rode her own horse..she had the horse trotting..I was very proud of her..

My SIL lives on a lake and has a very small boat..so of course, we had to go out for a bit..
the weather wasn't the best so no one except Destiny was interested in going in the water..lol..

The next day we took a trip over to Crandon..When Shannon was little, we lived there for a while..so we went to her old school and took some pictures..then over to the courthouse..they have a penned area with three or four deer that you can feed..Destiny had never seen deer up close, so it was fun for her..

We had planned on spending the day there at Lake Metonga..but with the weather being on the cooler side we decided that we would just go there so Shannons kids could see where she would spend time crabbing when she was a kid..
As it turned out, we all ended up in the lake in our clothes..lol..totally unexpected but a ton of fun...lol..

Saturday evening we went to one of the resorts to listen to my nephew..he is a great musician..
Shannon stayed at home with Destiny and Paris...Monique went with us..
We had a really nice time:)

Sunday on my way home, I talked to my boss and found out a few things had gone wrong with one of the restaurants over the week-end...UGH...even with the new lady in place, I have been cleaning the restaurant for the last week..AGAIN...
I trained a new guy last night and will for the next couple of nights..then it will be up to the new lady to handle things...I HOPE...because I am worn out..to the point of going to check out cars yesterday with my daughter...If I decide to quit my job, I need a car..
The payments would be a bit higher than I would care to pay..so I decided that over the next couple of months I need to save some money so I have a better down payment..that would bring the monthly payments down..
Mainly I needed to know that I would qualify for a car loan if I give up my job..

This is getting a little longer than I had intended..lol..so I'll close for now..but next time I'll have to tell you the little story of what working all of these hours has done to me..lol..it's a good laugh..

Have a great week-end!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I had the cable guy out today to fix my dvr box..and while he was here he noticed that I was using a cable for my laptop..I told him that I was concerned with using wireless while living in an apartment..He told me that Time Warner Cable is a secure network and I shouldn't be afraid to be wireless...OKAY..I went back to wireless..
He did make me aware that the sites I use should start with https...if the "s" is not there, then it means the site is not secure...So of course, I'm looking for it every time I click onto something...lol..and then I notice that when I am on blogger, it is not a secure site.
I've spent some time trying to figure out how I can make this secure but not having any success..
If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it:)

Well, I did it...I turned over the keys to the bars and restaurants....Yaaahooo....
Tonight will be the first night in 2 1/2 years that I don't have to wake up in the middle of the night to make sure cleaners are checked in...
I'm so happy that I'm actually looking forward to going to bed..lol...

This change will make such a difference in my life..I will get adequate sleep, I will have the energy to make dinner, go walking, use my WII and so many other things.
I think I will be surprised at how much that shift was actually affecting me..

But it's done and now it's time to move on....

I'm also looking forward to Friday..I took a vacation day and I'm heading to Eagle River...I'm going to take my granddaughter Destiny with me...My daughter, Monique and Paris will already be there..They're going up on Wednesday..

My sister in law has a really nice trailer..the kind that has space in the back for her husband to get his harley loaded for transport..nice, very nice..they will stay there and I will stay in the house..

It will be interesting to take my grandkids to the lake that there mom used to play in when she was little..and the house where we lived..

I hope Destiny does okay on the trip...lol...she's only 7 and a four hour trip is a long trip..I might invest in a portable dvd player...
We'll make a few stops along the way of course...I think she will have a blast..I can't wait...

Well, time to get something done..I'm going to clean out my van..it is a hot mess..can't be helped when you live in it...lol...

Hope every one has a great week...I know I will....

Monday, July 4, 2011

Just stopping by to say Happy 4th of July to all!!

I'm sure most will be getting together with family or friends for a bbq....and just chilling...

I just got home from work..I feel wide awake right now..so, I'm not sure if I will stay up for a while or try to get some sleep now...

I don't really have any plans today..although there are a few options..

I'm still training the next girl..I'm not sure how she will do..I think she will be fine as a supervisor..but not so sure how she will handle it when she has to cover one (or more) of her jobs when someone doesn't show up...

My boss thinks that he has a candidate for the restaurant..it would be nice if he could start training Tuesday night..I figure if I help get him trained, it should take three nights..THEN I can turn the night buildings over to the new girl....

She will be working part time..she will have 7 buildings to supervise..it shouldn't be too hard for her..and she says that she likes night time work..
We'll see what happens...Time is a tickin....lol...

Have a Happy 4th!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

I am on pins and needles....I am THIS/CLOSE to getting rid of all my bars and restaurants....
My boss and his wife have interviewed a woman for the job..she will be working part time..1:00am to 6:00am....
I am actually meeting her today..she is coming to the office to do final paperwork. If all goes well, she may start as soon as tonight..She will go with me to all of the jobs..maybe help clean and learn all the quirks of the buildings.
She will get a good taste of things if she comes with me tonight..lol...I have had to go back to helping at the new restaurant because they had complaints...and I might add that they were not fully legit.
They complained that they found a french fry on the floor and they didn't think the bathroom floors had been cleaned...well, I've done the floors for the last three nights and they still complained..about the bathroom floors and they found a french fry...lol...it seems that there is always a random french fry that shows up...lol....
My boss even took the time to go there this morning at 6:00am to do a recheck himself..

Anyway, he suggested that the new girl go with me tonight and get a feel for things...of course that works for me:) the sooner I get her trained, the sooner I get to sleep all night and not worry about people checking in...

Please keep your fingers (and your toes) crossed that she works out..I need to have my life back!!

My girlfriends daughter is here from Texas..she is about 5 1/2 months pregnant and we are having her baby shower tomorrow...I went and did my shopping for it yesterday..oh the fun of buying baby items...I love it...I got him a baby pair of sun glasses...( it's bright and sunny in Texas)...a 5 pack of really cute oneies...a blue piggy bank that says, my first piggy bank...a very cute little stuffed giraffe that makes 5 different soothing sounds...so cute..and a couple of outfits and sleepers along with a baby sick kit..thermometer, syringe, medicine dispenser, etc..with a little bag to keep it all in...
However, I did forget a card and wrapping paper...lol..I'll pick that up today..

It's almost 11:00am and I have to finish my laundry and jump in the shower before I head out to the office to meet the new girl...CAN'T WAIT...

Fingers crossed and hopes up high:)

Have a great week-end!

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Kiesner is my maiden name....This is a street sign in a town about 45 minutes from my house. This is the area that my family settled in when they came from New York...
My daughter went with me today to search for family members in a few of the cemeteries that we could find..
We went on the spur of the moment, so we didn't really know where the cemeteries were..lol..
We just went to Brothertown and Jericho and asked where if there was a cemetery located nearby..lol..
We actually did fairly well..We found at least 15 headstones..AND we got in a LOT of walking..
The one cemetery was HUGE...and because of my daughters recent back problems, I told her she didn't have to walk the whole thing..but she was a trooper...

My grandfathers side of the family came from Prussia, Germany...My grandmothers side came from New York..My Indian heritage comes from my grandmothers side..
We also found the courthouse..right down the street from Kiesner Dr. So our next trip will be there..I figure I can find a lot of information there..

I have an ancestry.com account..I have found several people there that share the same ancestors as me...When I put the pictures of the headstones on my family tree, they will be able to take them and attach them to their trees..

It is so interesting finding all of these things..I wish I had done it when some of my elders were still alive..it would have made it much easier...lol..

Well, I'm tired and I want to send in my work orders tonight so I don't have to worry about it tomorrow....

Happy Fathers Day to all of the great fathers out there...and to the Mothers that took the place of fathers for whatever reason:)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I am trying to wish the rain away...l0l..today is the day we are having Destinys birthday party..She actually turned 7 on June 1st..her party today is a surprise..I don't know if my step-daughter made alternative plans..probably not..lol..
It is supposed to stop raining, but the temp is only going to get to 60..sure doesn't sound like a great day at the park...

I overslept this morning. I didn't get out of bed until 3:00am..lol..I had set my alarm clock for 2..
After I was done working I went to Walmart to finish my birthday shopping..I think I got there at 5:45.. I got out of there at 6:50..I'm telling you, I never spend that much time wandering around a store..
I spent $125.oo..presents, munchies for the party and a cord for the computer..I have decided that I should not have my computer on a wireless connection...as much as I like not being trapped by a cord..it really isn't save. I don't want to take a chance on someone in this building getting on my internet and then doing something illegal. So, it's back to a cord for me...

I did get Destiny some cute outfits, new undies, a loom to make pot holders..lol..I remember making them..I thought she could make some and give them for Christmas presents..I also got her a bead collection..she loves to make jewelry. And of course, the MOST important of all, a new make up kit...lol..she loves her makeup...

We (hopefully) have two new people for the restaurants...they will do their paperwork on Monday and I hope to start training Monday night..I will train one person and my boss will train the other...That will leave me with one restaurant open..and I think we have a guy for that..
Keeping my fingers crossed and my hopes up...lol...

It's almost 8:30..I better try to get a little sleep..I'll head out for the party at 1:00..I'll try to get some decent pictures today...

Enjoy your day!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

This is the ride that Cameron and I went on...I told him it would be the last time for me..lol...
This is our campsite...

We went camping the week-end before last..I took two days of vacation. It was wonderful to have a few days of not having to answer my darned work phone..Although I do have to say, I did check my phone a few times to make sure everyone had checked in...lol..I'm going to break myself from that habit..lol...

We had to put our tent up in the rain..NOT fun...it was also very windy out..so that didn't make things any easier..
We were happy to finally get it done..we didn't put our stuff in there until it dried out..
The next day we did some things away from camp...when we returned, the tent was almost completely collapsed..lol...we hadn't put the connectors on right..but we got it figured out and fixed..

We were in the Dells and received free tickets to one of the water parks...so we spent some time there..that was a lot of fun...

We never did make our dinner on the campfire..we decided to go the more relaxing route and eat out...lol...

It was a good time and certainly didn't last long enough..

This last week-end, I finally was able to have Cameron over..I had Paris here too because I had to go to work..When I got home at 6:00am, Cameron was already up. He was very understanding about my needing to get a little sleep before we started our day..

I had taken the boys with me the night before to meet my friends at a small church festival..
Paris isn't into the rides..but Cameron loves them..So, we went on a few..he played one of the games..We had something to eat..
After leaving there, we went to Joe and Lisa's house, minus Paris..he just wanted to come back to my house so he could play his game..lol..
Joe and Lisa have a great pond in their backyard..It's still kind of cold though, so Cameron just played in the sand on the beach..he had a great time...

Destiny was sure it was HER turn to come over..so I told her that I would write it on my calendar that she was next...lol..when they came to get Cameron, I'll be darned if she didn't look at my calendar and let me know that I hadn't written it down...lol..I did it while she watched...

Her birthday was June 1st..I didn't get a chance to see her..They are having a surprise birthday party for her next Saturday..so of course I want to take her presents to that..but I felt bad that she had to wait..I didn't want her to think I had forgotten her...I told her that I had to wait for her present to get here...she didn't seem concerned about her present..she only seemed concerned about her turn for coming over...it makes me happy to know that spending time with me is more important than getting a present...pretty nice..

Work has still been hectic..training people..people not even showing up for training and giving the newly acquired restaurant a final clean..We start regular cleaning there tomorrow night..ugh..not looking forward to it..but that's life in the big city..lol...

I did have some great news...I got a $3000.00 a year raise...AND they are going to get a part time manager to handle the restaurants...that is the BEST news yet...
It might take a couple of months, but they are doing it...I had hoped it would happen before summer is over so I could enjoy it, but not sure that will happen. Keeping fingers crossed..lol...

I guess that's it for news..time to get some stuff done...
Hope everyone has a great week!!