Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Yaaaay, It's Wednesday!!!


We have one girl out at work so we have been doing her stuff along with our own..It hasn't been too bad and we have been able to get a little extra time..But I'll tell you, I am tired at the end of the day...lol...
The heat and humidity has not helped one bit..I am so over this extreme heat..

Last week-end, I had Cameron over..He is such a good kid and loves to spend time with me...
 We had pop corn and a movie....
 Lol..he's sleeping with my lamb chop puppet and the remote in his hand...
 Laylana
Cameron and Laylana...


I took a couple of pictures when I picked Cameron up:)

It was actually supposed to be Mason's turn to come over...well, let the drama begin......

Here's a short back drop of what has been going on...
Melissa - my ex- step daughter
Tim - her boyfriend - father of Mason
Chris -  Tim's mom

Some months back, Tim, Melissa and Mason moved in with Chris.
They were having problems and the word was that she had cheated on Tim  but they were trying to work it out..

It didn't work and she moved out...She didn't take Mason with her.
Two weeks ago, I noticed that she didn't appear to have a face book page any more...In reality, she had blocked me..

I then talked to Chris and she said that Melissa told Tim that she didn't want Mason to see me anymore...What?? I have no idea what I did to make her angry..well, to be honest, she is an angry person by nature..she is her fathers daughter for sure..

She said that I had anger issues...uh yeah, when your father is trying to beat the hell out of me I'M GOING TO FIGHT BACK..

Tim has said that he is not going to keep Mason from me..Although I have opted to wait a bit because she will make Mason's life hell if she knows he was with me..
She is one of those women that will tell him if he loves her he won't want to be with me..
My view point is to let the dust settle a bit before I have him over again..I think I'll start out by going to breakfast with him and his other grandma..
She has said some really bad things to him already..about his dad..she doesn't care that all she is doing is hurting her son..Tim is a good dad to Mason and Mason will be much better off with him than with her..

I was afraid that Melissa would try to turn Monica against me..but that didn't work for her..I talked to Monica when I went to pick Cameron up and she said she has no problems with me having the kids..I'm so glad she didn't let this come between us...

So, it's always something in my corner of the world...lol...

On Friday, I'm going to Chicago to see Kid Rock..My boss gave me the tickets..she is staying in town to work some of the Harley stuff that is going on...My girlfriend Laurie is going to go with me..
She was going to get a hotel so we wouldn't have to make the long drive back after the concert but it seems that hotels are booked up all the way to Chicago for the Harley 110th...

I think we'll take our bags with us and see if we can find a room..if not, we'll drive back, no big deal...

Well, guess that's about it for me..I'm going to throw something together for supper..Jeremy is home tonight so I guess I'll cook..lol....
No kidding, last night I ate pop corn for supper...lol..Made on the stove...with butter:) yummy....

Have a great night

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

This may not be a post that everyone agrees with, but I need to post it anyway..I am so mad, upset and discouraged by this country..........

I applied for food stamps online last week..I received a letter saying that they wanted to do a phone interview...I took that as a good sign that I would be accepted..NOT...I make three hundred dollars too much a month..I actually started to cry when she told me that...I told her that I know she doesn't make the rules..but it's a shame that someone that really needs help can't get it while there are people that are able bodied and don't work but just keep having kids and receive food stamps...and then they sell them and the kids still don't eat properly...
This country has it's priorities messed up..We need to start helping the people that are trying to help themselves and to hell with the rest of them...
No, we do it the complete opposite..We give to those that don't work ( and could)...

I am so upset..They take your gross wages..that is before taxes...What I actually bring home is way below the limit..but it doesn't matter..they go by the gross income...

Tomorrow when I go to work, I have to drop my health insurance..that will give me an extra 150.00 a month...Besides it doesn't make any sense to have the insurance when I can't pay my portion..I already have two doctor bills that I am going to have to make payments on...and that is with out having had the actual physical...

Sorry for the rant..but I am feeling so let down by my own government...


I'll get over it...and maybe I'll see what I can do to make some changes in the way these things are handled.....

I hope your week is going well:) Mine will get better:)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

It's Sunday afternoon and I think I need a nap..lol..Not sure if I will actually fall asleep but won't mind if I do....

Yesterday I went to my friends house for a welcome home party for her son..He has been in Afghanistan since Nov..
Her daughter Lindsey was there also with her little girl Jana..
Lindsey has spent the last 3 years in Japan with her Marine husband..Jana was actually born is Japan..They just came back to the states a few months ago and are now stationed in South Carolina..They made the 17 hour trip home so she could see her brother..
Both will be leaving on Tuesday and my friend Julie and her husband Mike will be empty nesters again:)

Today my daughter and I headed out to the lake..A girl that my daughter went to school with was having a birthday party for her son..He turned 5..We only stayed for a few hours but it was still nice to be out and about..

The week-end goes by so fast..and then it's back to the work week..
We always wish for the week to go fast so we can have a break from the mundane work schedule..but in doing that, our summer is also going by so quickly..and I don't want that to happen..lol..guess I'll have to hope the work week slows down. 

On that note, I'll close...I hope everyone has a wonderful week:) 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Just a few more pictures....

 Martin Luther King Jr. was killed while standing on the balcony near his room..#306


 Monique...



 
I'm Back......lol....


We had a really nice time...for the most part..oh, that sounds terrible...

We left at 7:00am...got to Chicago at 9:00am to pick Monique up..
 And then we were on our way..I think we made three very short stops...

My daughter is so excited about Tennessee..I was excited too...It was nice to see a little of our country on the ride down..

I was not too impressed with Memphis..Which really surprised me. I had enjoyed going through Nashville some years back and truly expected to feel the same way about Memphis..

To me, it was all express way..every time we wanted to go somewhere, we had to get on  the express way and I didn't really enjoy that..the thought of having to do that every time I wanted to go somewhere let me know for sure that I didn't want to move there..
Especially as I get older..lol..that's the last thing I want to do..

I know we have the snow and cold here, but Wisconsin is a beautiful state..and I don't have to get on the express way every day....lol...

Another low point for me was having my feelings about my daughters boyfriend confirmed...ugh...I just don't like him..I won't get into it, but there were a few incidents that I wasn't pleased with..small things, but they showed his character..

All I can do is pray that this fizzles out...lol..which I'm sure it will.
Keep your fingers crossed that my daughter finally gets on 1st shift in Sept..THAT will play a large part in her staying here:)

I finally made it to Graceland and was very pleased with the experience..I went by myself as I wanted to do..It rained part of the time so that made the outside viewing a little tough..but I made the most of it...
I did by myself some souvenirs..I got a canvas bag, a coffee mug and a fridge magnet..I felt a little selfish getting so many things but it's ELVIS..lol...Oh, and I got a license plate holder..ha-ha...

The night before my daughters birthday my grandkids and I went down to her room and decorated her door...it was too darned cute..
We had also gone to the store across the street and gotten cupcakes to surprise her with:)

We went to Slave Haven...so awesome and informative..It's a house that was used for the underground railroad...

We went to mud island on the Mississippi...and even did a little paddle boat ride...

We went to see the ducks at The Peabody...it was cute..but I was more interested with the hotel itself..It was so grand..oh how I wish I could spend one night there..

We went to The National Civil Rights Museum..Where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot..It was something everyone should do..

We walked Beale St...we ended up going during the day..it was pretty low key..I'm sure it's hoping at night...

I'll post some pictures now...

 Monique, me and Paris outside of The Peabody..
 This is the tram we took to get to Mud Island..
 The Mississippi...
 Paris, Shannon and Monique...
 Graceland...
 These two pictures are Elvis' living room:)

 They had one of Elvis' jumpsuits in the museum at Mud Island and this is me being silly...
 The Mississippi..
 Me with my feet in the water:) They have the Mississippi carved in the walkway...filled with water of course..
 Slave Haven...
 Hope you enjoyed the pictures:)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

 This is what I found when I moved the bookcase..lol....
 My youngest granddaughter, Laylana...
 Cameron sharing his juice with the baby...
 This is my finished buffet...I love it...
Destiny being a lazy bones..She had spent the night with me on Saturday:)

My pictures didn't show up in the order that I wanted them to..and I am far to lazy to try to fix it...lol...

Destiny spent the night with me over the week-end...we didn't do too much..We did have movie afternoon...I made pop corn and closed the blinds, I got my pillow and we kicked back on the couch and watched Alice in wonderland with Johnny Depp...It was really good...

I finished my buffet as much as I could without having an orbital sander..lol...There had been a lot of water damage on the top of it..I got it as sanded as I could doing it by hand...It didn't turn out too bad..I put a coat of stain on it and called it a day...

I do have to move my large picture that is on that wall..AND at some point, I will want to get a larger tv..Ha-ha...

When I re-arranged the living room for the buffet, I moved the bookcase and realized that when I painted, I painted right around it...lol...Luckily for me, I still had the same paint in the basement...

I keep all of the extra electronic equipment in one of the sections. In the other I keep all of my mailing items..stamps  and envelopes and such..In the third section, I'm thinking of putting some of my china....that way, if I'm in the mood for a touch of fancy I'll have them at hand:)

The Green Bay Packers are having family day at Lambeau Field..I had gotten two tickets..one for myself and one for my daughter..the tickets weren't outrageous...but well worth the money to see a scrimmage  and get to see the stadium...I have never been there...WELL...that is the same day that we are supposed to leave for Tennessee....ugh..I am so disappointed to miss family day in Green Bay...
Hum...maybe if I'm lucky, I'll get to go to a game:) Dreaming here...lol...

Anyway...we were supposed to take two cars..I was going to come home on Wednesday with the kids....Now, I've taken off the entire week so I don't have to worry about coming back early..we will now be taking one car and riding together...Yay..I didn't really want to make the ten hour trip with just the kids...
I can not wait to go to Graceland....a dream come true..honestly, I almost get teary just thinking about it....

I also want to go to the Alex Haley Museum..The Peabody Ducks, The house that Elvis lived in as a child, Sun Studios where he had his first contract, Beal st. and The National Civil Rights Museum...So excited....

Only 4 more days...I am 90 % packed...
We have to stop in Chicago and pick Monique up at the airport on our way down..She left for Orlando yesterday for a convention. It is the National Association for Black Journalist..She was selected to be there by a woman that has mentored her...
She got a pass with her name on it that says, Student Journalist.
They also gave her her first business cards...How exciting..She certainly is a wonderful young woman:)

My daughters 40th birthday is Monday..Yeah, I don't know how that can be when i don't even feel 40..lol...
I went to the dollar store and got streamers, balloons, s birthday center piece and some little mints that say Happy birthday..We will of course have a different room than my daughter, SO, I'm going to decorate her door..so when she comes out in the morning that is what she will see...and then I'm going to decorate our table...It should be fun:)

Well, time to start preparing for tomorrow..
Hope all is well for you:)

Sunday, July 21, 2013



This is my new great niece Penny!!

She is about 2 1/2 months old..and I was lucky enough to watch her for a few hours Friday evening...Her mommy and daddy needed a date night..lol...

She was pretty good...but man, you sure do forget how much work these little ones are...lol..She only slept for about 45 minutes..and she was here for almost 6 hours..
I don't think she has been away from her mommy and daddy too much..so that probably has something to do with it..

We went for a walk...and had rain for about 1 minute..I wasn't too worried about it with the heat we were having..lol...

Yesterday I didn't get too much done..I did my laundry and sanded on my buffet..that was it...
I hurt my back last week..and I think that has played a part in my being a bit lazy..I'm not even sure how I hurt it..I have thought that it is because of the way I was sitting in the car on the way to work..
Isn't it strange what can bring on back problems?

Today I got up at 6:00am...then headed over to Walmart to beat the crowds...I did some sanding on my buffet..and then stained my grandma's cane..I REALLY need to get to the car wash...it's been too long since I have done that..I wish I had an outside water source..I would do it by hand...

I know if I get it washed, it is going to rain...lol...

Guess that's about all of the excitement around here...
Hope everyone had the chance to recoup for the new week!!