Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Making the move

I am somewhat familiar with blogspot, I have used it before, but I like AOL journals and am very disappointed that it is being shut down.  I hope they transfer this journal over for me, but I guess I will be copying it just in case.  My temporary journal at blogspot is now...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Completely shocked and disgusted...

A man from this area has been charged with shaking and slamming his 4 month old, that is right 4 MONTH OLD baby boy so severely that the infant is on life support and is so brain damaged that he will be removed from life support and the organs donated.  From what I understand this is a very large man and there are indications that the infant was not the only victim of abuse in this house...  I cannot even begin to express my horror and disgust at this..If you want to see the article and video click on the blue letters at the beginning of this entry..

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Almost a week

What a cute tag from Robyn at My Creative Corner,  she is very talented and one of the artists that I enjoy getting snags and tags from.  She has some awesome Halloween ones out!  You know how I love Halloween! 

Rich has been here for a week now and I have found myself falling into my old pattern of self doubt and insecurity.  He was not feeling good last night and moody and quiet and kept to himself so I automatically felt it was because he didn't care for me anymore and wanted to leave.  I got myself so worked up I got to crying.  Then I had a headache.  Sheesh.  I need to stop doing such self-destructive behavior because that type of insecurity does drive men away! 

Not much else going on.  Rich and Karl both have colds and don't feel good.  Sarah is going off her insulin pump for a while because it has not been working good for her.  I think the majority of the problem is her lack of body fat.  You need a good fatty area to put the inset needle and she has barely any on her.  She is very lean.  We have been using the same areas over and over and it is not good. 

I am due to go back to work Monday.  I am looking forward to seeing my co-workers and residents again but feel that I will have a problem keeping up for a couple days!  I am not ready for an 8 hr day!  The bills also keep rolling in and the money I do have rolls right back out!  I should get a disability check in about a week or so.  I hope so, because I need it.  By the time it comes, I should have a paycheck from Wesley again too.  I did receive a small one Wed. but I promptly used it to pay my house payment! 

I got the pleasure of talking to Dad and Mary yesterday from Dad's Tomato Garden Journal.  Link on right.  He has an outdoor webcam.  I have not had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of him yet.  He is like the elusive Yeti on the webcam!  :)

Birdfeeder action has heated up, but I don't think I will do bird cam like I wanted to.  I have a feeder right outside my kitchen window and I really enjoy watching the birds come and go during the day.  I think they feel fall coming on and are busy storing up fat reserves and hiding food for the upcoming winter.  We may have a frost tonight also!  It is hard to believe that Oct. is only 2 weeks away. 

Well, I have rambled on enough today.  Enjoy fall Y'all!

courtesy of Sugar Shack keepsakes  link on right

Monday, September 15, 2008

A new pet

THis is not the actual pet, but one that looks similar.  Meet Cookie.  She is a Bufo Americanus.  American Toad.  She was seen hopping across the lawn last night right toward the house.  She is very large for a toad also.  We have her established in a nice aquarium with plenty of dirt and leaves to dig into and a dish of water to sit in.  She seems happy and has already eaten a cricket for dinner! 

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Learning curve

Things have been interesting around here as everyone adjusts to having new people in the house and the new people adjust to living here.  Rich has been great helping me get the house in order.  I had a yard sale yesterday and made $55.  It rained overnight however and everything I had out got soaked.  I am giving away the stuff that I don't want now.  The kids have been having a great time with Rich's son here.  He is at a great age where he is like a little brother to Travis and a playmate for Sarah. 

Money is continuing to trickle in despite the fact that I have not gotten any disability or paycheck in two weeks.  Travis got his last paycheck and I had to commendeer it to pay some bills.  I got $20 to do private duty for an hour and then the yard sale money helps.  Also getting child support still. 

There has been an issue with my kids and lack of structure but I am going to work on that.  They do need more structure.  It has pretty much been a free for all here the last two years.  Also when the house is cleaned up it needs to stay that way!  I can't be a slob anymore, or the kids for that matter! 

Wish us luck! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


I've been putting off this entry out of fear of cursing or dooming this relationship.  But I don't think journal entries is the culprit.  Ok I met Richard about two weeks ago.  Well, we have been talking online for a few days prior, even thru my surgery and problems after.  I think I may have met "The One".  I am so afraid however to let my heart go.  He is 5 years younger than me and very good looking.  He is currently living in Albany but may move up here soon.  I know we might be rushing things, but with his situation and mine, it would be ideal.  I need extra income and he needs a place to stay with a safe and good school system for his son.  He is staying with his sister right now after leaving his son's mother.  No he is not married. 

We seem to just "click", I don't know what it is.  I am so afraid he is acting just to get me to fall for him, but if he is acting he is doing a bang up job of it.  He is affectionate, romantic, likes the kids, changed my flat tire etc...  his son and my kids get along great and all are eager to live together.  We will however be adding another dog to the mix!  So things should be interesting in this little house.  He has also mentioned the word "marriage" but not until a while from now.  We just tossed around the idea.  Maybe its all part of his "seduction" plan.  LOL!  Anyhow gonna take it slow and cautious.  He says he feels the same with me, that I seem too good to be true and he is waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Here is his picture... wish us luck!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Birdfeeder cam

I will occasionally have a webcam set up to view the birdfeeders outside my window.  I do not have a webcam host yet so the only way to be able to view it would be to add me to your buddy list and if you see me online to ask me turn it on! It is also available thru my yahoo IM, geocachelinda.  Send me a buddy request and if you see me online there I can turn it on if its not on already!   Linda

P.S. If anyone knows a free and easy place to host a webcam could you let me know?

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Birthday Sarah!

Happy Birthday to Sarah today!  She is 9 today.  She had her party yesterday at her Grandmother's.  I couldn't go because of the pain and the pills but today I am going to really try to do something with her!  I might have a friend come pick us up because I don't want to drive too far.  She enjoyed her party at her Grandmother's and got some nice presents!  Linda

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Maybe its the drugs...

Maybe its the drugs but does anyone here see this resemblance too?  When I first layed eyes on Sarah Palin, the Republican VP pick of Mr. McCain all I could think about was Wonder Woman!  I wonder if she is going to spin around and transform into WW and save the day!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Day from hell

You know that from my previous entry how sick I was.  On Friday at 1:30 AM I awoke with excruating abdominal pain.  I woke up Sarah and barely drove myself to the emergency room.  I almost passed out walking up the stairs and had to lay on them outside.  I sent Sarah in to get someone and lay their panting and sweating and both hands were numb and tingling.  No one came, so I managed to get up and walk into the emergency room clutching my belly and moaning.  Finally someone saw me and got me into a bed.  I couldn't lay down, couldn't stand up etc.. They drew blood, probably to see what kind of drugs I was on!  LOL, then started an IV and gave me morphine.  Didn't touch it, I continued to be in agony and they left me and didn't give me a call bell!  I resorted to yelling and screaming until they came back and gave me Demorol.  Still nothing.  They hit me twice more with more drugs  and antibiotics etc... Finally it started working and they decided at 3 AM to admit me.  I got upstairs by 5 and they gave me more meds because it was still hurting.  I was in such agony, I was sitting on the side of the bed, sweat pouring off me and moaning and panting like I was dying.  All the time in the back of my mind all I could think is people must of thought I sounded like I was either having a baby or having incredible sex!  LOL!  I was sitting on the side of the bed and couldn't move an inch.  Each time I did a bolt of pain would shoot thru me and I would scream.  The poor nurse didn't know what to do.  I told her it felt like a severe muscle spasm.  They called the Dr. and he ordered me some muscle relaxer.  I couldn't even see I was in such pain.  Finally that kicked in and I was able to lay down. 

I was in a daze all day and my roomate was an elderly woman on hospice and her family was in there ALL DAY talking very LOUDLY!  They kept bringing her food and describing different foods to her.  I swear if her daughter said Maypo or Lobster Bisque on more time I was going to fly over the curtain and strangle her ASS!  I drifted in and out for a while but really didn't get to sleep until around 9 PM.  I had the nurses take out my catheter and then my IV because I had to pee every 5 minutes!..  They kept coming in every 4 or 6 hours and hitting me up with more muscle relaxers.  I didn't get to leave the hospital until around 11 AM .  I am hoping deperately that pain does not return.  I am starving and ordered some Italian food and have hogged that down.  Will probably puke it up soon tho. 

I came home to starving animals, garbage strewn all over and pee and poop in the bathroom.  Travis did nothing while I was gone.  I had to feed the animals and clean up poop and pee.  I should of kicked him in the ass and told him to do it!    So I am still very dizzy and out of it.  I am hoping it will go away soon and I can start feeling normal.  I hate being sick and out of sorts like this. 

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sick as a dog

The last couple of days I have been not feeling very well, the pain is getting a little better but I have been having a feeling of not being able to "catch" my breath and still very swollen.  Now I feel sick to my stomach and dizzy.  I tried driving today and I was so carsick.  I was going by the surgeons office, so I stopped in and told them I wasn't feeling well.  They didn't even have a THERMOMETER in that office to take my temp!  They paged my surgeon and he was going to have them call in an antibiotic for me!  I told the lady, no I cannot drive over to the pharmacy and sit there for an hour and that I was going home.  I told them I would call them if I didn't feel better tomorrow.  I am wondering if I am having complications such as perhaps an infection or bile leak somewhere. 

Sarah has been a monster lately too and being demanding and rude.  She still expects me to wait on her hand and foot and gets mad if I can't do what she wants.  I try to rest and every couple minutes she barges in the room saying she is "bored".  I called her grandmother and she even seemed reluctant to watch her for a while.  She did take her for a couple hours but then said "I'll see you sunday" for her party.  She never said if you need something call.  I was so mad after leaving that Dr.s office that I have NO ONE to rely on and help me.  Now I know that isn't completely true.  My Dad called today and offered to take me to the Dr. tomorrow and to the pharmacy.  I feel like such a loser.  Here I am 42 years old with no friends or family willing or able to help me except for Dad.  I know my Mom would in a heartbeat but she is so far away.  She has felt terrible and worries so much about me.  I LOVE YOU MOM!

Ok enough whining! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Surgery went well!

A quick note to let everyone that surgery yesterday went well. I am still in some discomfort but will make it.  Buzzy is happy keeping me company.  Here is a dog similar to Buzzy.

Isn't that cute as all get out?  :)   Love that little doggie!  Travis had a birthday Sunday and is now 17!  Can't believe it!  One more year of school.  I know he is very immature still because his school Army recruiter called yesterday and I was trying to hand Travis the phone and he was yelling, I don't want to talk to him, I don't want to go in the Army!  So I'm sure that guy doesn't want him in the Army either!  Here is my surgery wounds don't scroll down if you get grossed out easy...



The large purple blob is my bellybutton!  You can see one insertion site on the left.  I have two others like that..  Linda


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Happy Birthday to ME!

Thanks to all who previously wished me a Happy Birthday!  I'm 42 today!  No, I don't really feel old.  I just feel like me.  Age is just a number.  Here is my gift to myself...

This little doggy needed a home.  I know I just found a home for my other dog.  Daisy is quite happy in her new home and we went and visited the other day and she is doing great.  This dog is older, slower and quiet!  He mostly plays, lays around and chews his ball.  He is a Cairn terrier.  Like Toto.  His name is officially Buster Brown but they called him Buzzy.  I don't really care for that myself.  The cats really aren't all that upset about him because he pretty much ignores them.  I think Buster is a better choice for us.  He is however very obese and is going on a diet!  His last owner fed him pretty much what he wanted, probably table scraps and on Sundays a double cheeseburger from McDonald's!  I think today at work we are ordering out.  Linda

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A crazy, busy week

This past week has pretty much been spent preparing for my gallbladder surgery on Monday the 25th.  I am so tired and worn out I'm actually looking forward to a break!  Financially it won't be easy but Travis said that I can have his last check to help out.  That is nice of him, even though I pretty much told him we need it.  His birthday is Sunday.  He will be 17!  Mine is tomorrow, 42 for me!  And dear Sarah will be Sept. 1st and she will be 9! 

The Washington Co. fair started yesterday.  I look forward to going because of the tractor pulls.  I may go Saturday night to watch them.  I don't know if any of you remember the lady Joy that I take care of.  Her daughter called and asked for help again.  I went over last night and helped get her ready for bed.  I only worked 45 minutes and she paid me $20.  I sure can use the extra cash.  That will give me gas for 2 days..  Sad isn't it?  $20 used to go so far.  Anyhow she has me booked for tonight and tomorrow also.  Friday we are having Travis birthday party out at this Dads.  That will be a late night because it doesn't start until 7.  I want to try to leave by 9 because I have to work the next day.  I am so darn tired of working.  My back has been killing me lately.  Then next Sunday is Sarah's party and I need to start planning and getting supplies for that.  She is having 8 guests.  I may go to the craft store and get some T-shirts and fabric paint so they can make their own commemorative T-shirts for the Fear Factor party.  At the very least it will give them something to do for 1/2 hr!  :)

Ok off to get ready for work.. once again...

One of my geocaches is on Youtube!

Watch as this girl goes out and finds my Geocache Throw Daddy from the Train!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Love is the answer

I heard this song yesterday and remembered how much I loved it.  Even as a child I loved it and it wasn't until I was an adult that I really knew what it meant!  I looked over the videos available but settled on this one. 


Monday, August 11, 2008

A little better...

Here we are at Monday again.. I have tomorrow off so Monday isn't too bad for me this week.  I really need to start school shopping.  The weather continues to be rainy and stormy.  I'm not complaining however, its better than scorching heat and humidity. 

Sarah and I have been thinking about a type of party for her and we came up with a Fear Factor party.  The guests perform different tasks like getting handcuffed and then having to retrieve a key out of a bucket of worms and bugs etc..  Making gross shakes out of different ingrediants and then switching them with something that isn't really made out of those things, out of their view of course!  Also the "dirty diaper" where they have to just use their mouths to fish bubble gum out of a diaper filled with yellow food coloring and chocolate pudding.  The first one to blow a bubble wins.  I think it will be fun with a bunch of squeally little girls! 

I'm excited the Washington County Fair will be starting soon.  I love the tractor pulls and hope to get some pictures from this year on here.  My camera is broken pretty good now.  It takes pictures but won't turn off and upload to the computer.  I think its time for a new one. 

Almost time to get ready for work.  I hope everyone has a good day!  Linda

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Pain, pain, pain

Gotta love that!  You can tell who the boss is in that cage!  Anyhow I am very uncomfortable this morning and that doesn't bode well for the rest of the day.  It could just be the way I'm sitting in this hard-ass kitchen chair.  I need a regular computer chair.  Maybe I'll see if my work is throwing any out.  They change office equipment like its underwear. 

A fellow journaler asked me about my hernia.  This is the hopefully easy to understand explanation of my type of hernia. 

I have either an inguinal or femoral hernia.  They develop in the groin area.  My last two hernias were on the left side.  My first was an inguinal and my second a femoral.  The pain feels like menstrual cramps to stabbing pains that radiate down my leg.  They are repaired under local and general anesthisia where I am given something by IV which knocks me out.  The incision is around 3-4 inches long and they repair the muscle tear with a mesh.  It is considered a day surgery and they send you home shortly after.  I do not do well after these surgeries.  I vomit and have intense pain which is barely relieved by the medication they give me.  Recovery time is about 6 weeks for someone in my line of work.  Probably less for someone who has a desk job.  Up and moving around after a couple days and can drive.  It hurts.  They told me "mild discomfort", but my ceserians were easier than these!  Probably because I was in the hospital hooked up to the magic button machine!  So I am a little cranky today and no I don't have a PMS.  LOL

There was a big storm that rolled through Saratoga yesterday with so much rain and hail that the streets flooded and part of the dirt track at the racecourse had washed out.  They actually closed the track for the rest of the day.  They did hand out vouchers for patrons to come another day, but I think they probably would of prefered to wait the hour it took for the track to be fixed and watch the races they came to see. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend!   Linda

Friday, August 8, 2008

Happy 08/08/08

Good Morning!  Is everyone going to watch the Olympic Opening Ceremony tonight?  I plan on it. 

I haven't had a good week.  I may have yet another hernia.  This time on the right side.  I had one two years ago and one 10 years before that both on the left.  If this one is a hernia, I'm going to have the surgeon patch up the whole area!  I am going to see the same surgeon for the hernia that I'm seeing for the gallbladder.  Maybe they can fix them both at the same time. 

I am tired of hurting and feeling sick all the time.  I have no energy and no desire to do anything. 

We have been having alot of rain and thunderstorms.  Travis rode his bike to work yesterday and ended up getting soaked and pelted with hail on his way home yesterday!  Now he doesn't want to ride to work anymore!  Can't say I blame him!   He only has 3 weeks left to work.  Not much else going on.  Everyone have a lucky day!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Wild baby bunny

This morning I was treated to the show of Tiger chasing down and tackling a baby cottontail rabbit!

This is not the actual rabbit, but one that looks similar.  In the excitement I forgot to take pictures.  I ran outside and yelled at him and he dropped it.  I went over and saw it was still alive and apparently uninjured except for a patch of missing fur.  I picked it up and brought it inside for Sarah to see.  We considered keeping it for a pet, but after some research online I realized this was not a good choice as it would most likely die in captivity.  We released it in a small field close to the woods and it bounded right away!  I am hoping Tiger will stop bringing down rabbits!  The landlord has said that people have seen fox right in the park here too.  I am worried because Tarzan is gone again and has been since yesterday afternoon.  I hope he comes back. 


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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Surgeon appt

Yes, believe it or not, my mood is disappointed.  My appt with the surgeon isn't until the 15th of Aug.  I can just see it now, having surgery scheduled right around the kids birthdays and when school is starting!  I know I will only be bedridden for a couple days, but STILL!  I think AOL should put a symptom list up as well as mood for us hypochondriacs.  Today, I am sneezing and crampy...  LOL.. 

Talked to Mom last night and she said kids are starting back to school down there in another few days.  Kids up here don't start until early Sept.  I have to go out and get Sarah's school supplies.  I finally started getting support again from her father.  That will help especially as I am going out for surgery probably.  I may need to use part of Travis' checks too.  I really hate to do it, but may need to in order to keep our utilities turned on etc... The credit card companies will have to give me a break.  I will call them and let them know the situation.  I also think the landlord will give me a break until I can re-pay him.  There goes the Christmas club check!  I am afraid of what this winter will hold for us with the heating bills.  I really think I may need a renter to move in with us!  I think a single mom with a child would be ideal! 

Not much else going on... Enjoy the day!


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Tuesday, July 29, 2008


It's official.  I have gallstones.  Now I have to wait to hear from my Dr. to see what she recommends.  I think she will say surgery, she already told me if there are stones I will have surgery.  I think that is just to prevent future pain and problems.  Not much else going on....

Monday, July 28, 2008

Still sick

I went to the Dr. today and she confirmed that it is probably my gallbladder and is sending me for a ultrasound tomorrow.  She said that the CAT scan will probably not pick up stones.  The ultrasound will.  If there are stones, I will get surgery.  This is not coming at a good time as I have very little benefit time at work.  Disability does not pay very much either.  So we will be struggling and may have to depend on Travis' paycheck to get by.  Besides, if I apply for any services, they will probably count his check too. 

I have been having some pain and feeling feverish today.  I hope they figure out what is wrong, so I can get to feeling better.  Linda

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Happy Anniversary

Two years ago, I left my ex.  It is hard to believe its been two years since my children and I escaped that living hell.  I used to pray for a way out and had such feelings of hopelessness.  I am glad that I found the strength and support needed to leave. 

On to more not so good news.  I am sick as a dog.  I ended up going to the hospital last night with what they think is gallbladder problems.  I have to follow up with my regular Dr. on Monday.  I won't go into disgusting details but just say that I feel awful! 

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Weekend update

I have not made it over to the fair to take photos.  I guess I'll have to take them on Monday when I go to pick things up.  It was hot today and I really can't afford to spend the admition fee to get in and then buy a disposable camera to take the photos.  I am having a hard time with money and have gotten behind on bills which doesn't help.  I have been having to rely on credit cards and that makes it worse.  I'm really in a fix.  It doesn't help that Sarah's father hasn't given me any child support but Sarah says he always is buying lots of groceries.   Travis is continuing to enjoy his job but did not enjoy his first paycheck!  He only got paid $36 dollars and was so mad.  He thought that was all he was getting a week.  We called and they said their pay period ended that day and he was only paid one day.  So he will get more than that next week! 

I picked some nice zucchini and a little squash.  I need to get a recipe for zucchini bread and also make up some of my summer pasta sauce.  I saute zucchini, yellow squash, onions, a little garlic and add it to chunky tomato sauce or stew tomatos and put it over pasta.  Not much else going on...  as usual! 

p.s. Daisy is also doing good in her new home!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fair update

Quick fair update.  Sarah and I did well on our entries.  I received BLUE for the following:

Summer Squash, Potted Plant, Wildflower boquet, foliage arrangement.

RED for Zucchini, Original arrangement and photography.

White for photography

Sarah got Red for squash, Blue for 2 wildflower arrangements!  So we did well considering. 

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bad Blogger, Bad!

Yes I am ashamed.  I haven't written since the 4th of July!  I guess I've had other things on my mind.  Not alot goin on here at the base of the mountains.  I'm getting ready for the fair.  I sent in my photos for judging yesterday and today, Sarah and I are going to finish up our boquets.  I need to go over to the dollar store and get a couple for vases.  There is a house down the street from my work with some lovely pink hydrangea.  I am thinking about stopping to ask for a couple to add to the cream pitcher bouquet.  My squash have not been doing well.  They have blossom end rot.  I need to get some epsom salts to mix into the watering can.  I heard that helps.  I don't think I will be entering the plant into the fair.  It is not in good condition.  I should of entered the pepper instead, its a beauty!  Hopefully this week, we will have fair pictures here and some ribbons!  Linda

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July everyone!  I hope you have a safe and pleasant day!  I have to work today, but may go take the kids to see fireworks tonight.  We are going tomorrow night up to the town beach in Corinth.  They put on a nice show.  I am going to put a note in the suggestion box at work about holiday pay at my job.  If you are a full time employee and work the holiday you get double time.  If you are full time and have the day off you get paid for the day.  Now the person that works the holiday and the one with the day off get exactly the same compensation.  Does that make sense to you?  Doesn't to me. Seems like the person that works it should get something a little extra like maybe getting paid at 2 1/2 the normal rate. 

Sarah is trying a new inset for her pump.  The needle is small and stays in her.  So no kinking of the delivery port.  Before it was a small plastic tube that kept getting a kink in the tip.  It was easy to put on her and I'm hoping this will solve our problem.  When the pump is working properly she does very well on it. 

Daisy has gone to her new home and is doing great so far.  Here is a picture that the new owners sent to us.

Look at that happy face!  Have a safe holiday everyone! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I have my friend back!

David e-mailed me and I went over for a short visit last night.  We seemed to pick right back up like nothing happened.  We did talk about the problem that occured and I agreed it was my fault and I could see where he got upset.  Sarah was wanting to jump in their pool but I said no.  It was getting late and the air temp was cool. 

We have been having problems with her pump lately.  Her inset site (where the tube goes into the skin) has been getting kinked and she is not getting her insulin.  As a result her sugars go sky high and she gets sick.  She started summer rec yesterday and decided she didn't like it and didn't want to go so we aren't going to make her go.  She said it was boring and she didn't know anyone there. 

I have decided to re-home Daisy.  I found a wonderful family for her and we are bringing her over there tonight.  Don't get me wrong, I love Daisy, but I don't have the time and energy to devote to her.  Her new family has a huge yard, a dog run and another dog for her to play with!  They said we can visit Daisy and they will send pictures...  I am going to miss her but I won't miss the mess and chaos everyday!  Or the poop and pee everywhere. 

Besides that there isn't much more going on.  We are going to fireworks tomorrow night at the racetrack and I have the weekend off, but no plans yet...

Thursday, June 26, 2008


I think I may have found my Dad's long lost twin brother!  LOL!

Sundae on the farm

I've been trying to caption my pictures, but as usual AOL wants to be stupid.  I think they are pretty self explanatory anyhow.  I took the kids on Sunday to Sundae on the farm.  Yes we had sundaes too!  This farm is the large Kings Ransom farm in Northumberland.  This farm boasts over 1000 cows and produces a massive quantity of milk each year.  If you click on the Bed and breakfast link at the top of their webpage you can find the history of the farm. 

We go to Albany today to hopefully get Sarah's pump up and running insulin.  Of course his Daddyship is coming.  He has nothing to do with her most of the time, but shows up to look like he cares for appointments etc...  Why bother? 

Travis starts work Monday.  He will be working at Wesley, where I work as a groundkeeper.  I hope he likes it.  He is already complaining that it is cutting into his computer/video game time etc. and that he shouldn't have to do chores because he is working!  Ha!  Welcome to adulthood son.  Its all about work now. 

Looks like rain again today.  I still haven't gotten the yard mowed and it looks like a meadow now.  Linda

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Six Flags New England



Yesterday, I took the kids and Travis' friend Ana to Six Flags New England.  It is a 2 1/2 hr ride.  Spent $40 in gas for the round trip!  It was hot, crowded and expensive!  I spent alot of dough.  Spent extra for a Flash pass for two so we can go to the head of the line on the rides.  Sort of the head of the line.  Saved alot of waiting in lines however so it was worth it.  We rode (Ana and I), the Scream.  That is a tower that brings you up over 200 ft and then drops you.  There is a pic in the gallery.  We rode the Mind Eraser.  I almost puked after!  The Batman ride.  Had to close my eyes.  Almost puked.  The Superman ride is the best.  You go up a huge hill over 200 ft and get dropped straight down!  Then you rush right into a tunnel and go around beds and corkscrews at over 70 mph!  All with just a little bar on your lap.  We got alot of airtime.  Then you go down and rush into a dark tunnel with misters in it.  I love that ride!   Travis and Ana went on a few rides together and Sarah too.  Sarah was disappointed that she didn't get to go on alot of rides.  It was very crowded.  Long lines too.  Alot of city folk.  I saw more tattoos, gold and bling then in a jewelry store!  Very urban type crowd.  If anyone decides to go I would recommend getting the flash pass.  Its worth it.  Go on a weekday before school is out for the year too.  Avoid the crowds.  If you want soda go to a place with fountain soda and get the large for 3.99.  Don't get a bottle for 3.50.  You get alot more in the large soda.  Enough for 3.  Or get the cup with free refills with the wristband.  Make sure you get the wristband too!  Its free.  Just don't forget to ask.  Otherwise the re-fills are 99c.  Bring comfortable shoes for walking and sunscreen!  Have fun!  Vote on my photo above!  Be honest, don't just say yes to be nice!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Here he is, my Dad.  Happy Father's Day Dad!

Not much else going on in life.  Work, heat, kids.  Travis is out of school except for a few exams he has to take.  Sarah still has a few days left.  We go to Albany on the 25th to get real insulin in the pump!  We have practiced with saline and will practice some more before we go.  Sarah's grandmother is nervous about it.  I wanted to take a couple days off but I don't think I will be able to. 

My veggies are coming right along.  I see baby squash at the base of flower buds that haven't opened yet.  I know I will have squash for the fair!  I have two small tomatoes but need three of the same size so I'm hoping I get some more soon.  I might be able to pick two close to the fair and refrigerate them until another one catches up.  The fair judges seem to want uniformity in size.  I will probably end up entering green tomatoes but perhaps red.  Have to get ready for work now... 

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Here I am

Shame on me, I haven't posted in over a week.  I have been getting wrapped up in online dating which really doesn't work all that well.  Also with work and the kids and the dog etc...  Chaos still reigns at my house.  It has been so horribly hot here.  In the mid 90's every day for the last 3 days.  It should break today hopefully with storms. 

Sarah's pump educator is going to be meeting us today at Sarah's grandmothers house to teach us how to use the pump.  It is going to be very hot there as she has no A/C either!  I need to get out of this state of apathy soon.  I kind of drift thru life just getting the basics done and not much else.  The house looks like hell.  I spent the weekend geocaching and canoeing with a guy from Albany area I met.  No he is not a romantic prospect.  Quite the opposite.  I suppose he could be if he wasn't so uptight!  I guess he would be what they call anal-retentive!  LOL!  Not that I didn't have a good time of course.  We had a wonderful paddle across the lake and down a creek.  We saw alot of birds including a great blue heron rookery.  I took pictures but they are trapped in the camera until I get to the store to download them onto disc.  My camera no longer connects with the computer.  I guess it got dropped too many times by the kids. 

I'm afraid Travis is going to develop another bad habit!  He slept in our room last night in Sarah's bed because it was so hot in the house.  I hope he doesn't make it a regular thing.  Not that it bothered me but...

A boy his age that goes to his school was killed a few days ago in a horrible accident less than a mile from our house.  A man was speeding up the mountain and crossed the line and hit him head on.  There was accusations of alcohol usage.  Both died in the crash.  The boy on impact.  Both thrown from their vehicles also. 

Time to get ready for work.  Hope all have a nice week. 

Saturday, May 31, 2008

New adjectives

I see AOL has decided to gift us with a huge list of adjectives to describe our current mood.  Too bad they still assume that I am listening to music.  I am actually in fact but not by choice.  Its the music from Sonic the Hedgehog game. 

We finally got a nice few rain storms come through today and give everything a nice soaking.  I went out hiking most of the day yesterday.  In the morning with my Dad and in the afternoon with a new friend from Albany. 

I'm sitting here right now with two different color Crocs on because I can't find the match to either one.  I'm sure they are somewhere under the couch in Daisy's lair.  LOL  She is funny sometimes and a pain in the ass others.  I can say ass now because they do on TV!  ;)  Hey AOL give us some emoticons too that would be cool! 

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Lost my friend

I did something stupid a few days ago and asked my friend Dave if he wanted to start dating again.  He said ok.  Then I didn't hear from him for over a week.  I called him last night and he was mad.  He said he went on and saw my profile there and that I had been online recently.  He took that as I sign that I wasn't really interested in him etc... so instead of asking me about it he cut me off.  I was so flustered and didn't know what to say I told him I didn't want to argue about it and hung up.  So I guess that is over.  He wasn't the right guy for me anyhow.  He was the one who makes stupid noises and laughs at people if any of you remember.  It just hurts because we were friends.  I guess I shouldn't of asked him to start dating again.  It seems I'm jynxed in the love dept.  I try internet dating and as soon as someone sees my picture they run the other way.  I'm I that hideous?  What do you think people?

I guess guys are expecting blonde with big boobs and no body fat these days. 

Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Memorial Day

I'm tired.  Tired of everything.  Tired of the mess my house is in.  Tired of working.  Tired of whining, ungrateful kids, tired of dogs who won't listen and kids that scream at said dog. 

Happy Memorial Day btw.  Lets pause at some point today to remember the courageous Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

I brought the brats to the Great Money Pit yesterday.  Oh I mean the Great Escape.  First I paid $30 for our season parking pass.  Then I had to fork over $5.00 for a little dab of Ben and Jerry's icecream on a cone for Sarah.  Her sugar was low.  I paid another $10.00 for a refillable soda sports bottle.  Free refills all day.  Paid $10.00 for a measly little chicken strip meal for me and the kids to split.  I spend $60 there just on food and parking.  I had already bought the season passes.  Sure you can bring a picnic lunch but you have to leave it in your car and walk back out into the parking lot to eat it there.  It is usually 100 degrees out there too and no shade.  What kid is going to want to do that?  Corporate greed!  A long time ago they allowed coolers etc... not anymore. 

I have to work today.  I'm not thrilled about it.  Staffing is probably going to pull us to do care so they won't have to pay agency staff. 

Tomorrow Sarah's insulin pump comes in the mail.  I have to be home to accept delivery on it.  I am taking a half day off to make sure I'm here.  She is getting a Animas pump in pink!  Later on a rep will come out and show us how to use it.  I will arrange to have him teach us at Sarah's grandmother's house.  The school nurse wants to come too.  She will start out using saline and then switch to insulin.  It will save alot of trouble with shots etc..

Not much else going on really.  Hope everyone has a good holiday today. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Still cold

Spring is lasting a long time around here due to the extended cold period we have had.  It has barely made it to 60 for days now.  I'm ready for a little warmth!  I think this weekend is supposed to warm up.  I have no plans for the weekend yet.  I would like to try and do some geocaching.  I want to try out that new GPS of mine.  I have wrens nesting in a wren house out back and they are the cutest darn things.  They chirp and burble all day long.  The baby robins at work left the nest and have been living in the courtyard at Wesley being duly tended by Mom robin. 

I talked to the Saratoga Co. Employment and Training place about Travis' application and they said he is probably eligible for the program and a counseler will be in touch with us.  I hope he trys hard.  There may be a position at my own job that he can take.  He will be able to ride into work with me!  That would make things convenient!  They hire kids to do cleaning, mow, yard work etc...  I think if he applies himself he will do well. 

I got a graduation announcement and invitation for my niece Nikki for June 27th.  She is a year older than Travis.  She works for the Great Escape summers usually.  She is a nice girl and is a good artist too.  I am going to see if I can take a half day off and go to her party.  Next year will be Travis' turn!  Hard to believe that kid is going to be graduating high school!  I hope he doesn't give up and quit. 

I guess I'm out of words...  Have a good day everyone! 

Sunday, May 18, 2008

My journal is not working

Would anyone know why my journal isn't loading properly?  Ever since I put in my last entry it won't load.  When I go in to edit it everything is there that I put into my last entry.  People have mentioned it to me that it isn't working...  Ok update, I just had to delete that last entry and now its working just fine.  I will put the photos here instead!


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Went to the nursery

I went to the nursery this morning and splurged and got one of the Super Bush tomato plants.    It is so big and beautiful.  Looks like I might be getting some maters for the fair this year!  I will have to take real good care of this plant.  Also got some flowers for the hanging baskets and some squash and zucchini. 

Gardening time

Yes indeed, it is gardening time here in upstate NY!  I put some green peas in this year in two spots.  First I planted some in one of my deck boxes.  The idea here being that they will grow and climb down the trellis!  I am calling them my upside down peas.  I have to tie the trellis to the porch however so the dog doesn't knock it down.  I also planted some the regular way behind my shed area.  I am going to call the landlord and see if the area behind my house will be suitable.  It does seem to recieve a bit of sun.  There is also a patch in front that is next to the driveway.  I think tomatoes will do real good there!  ;)

So anyhow.  I kept the answering machine because it works.  Works good enough for the guy at Greentree to call and say "You need to give me a call" in his deep, menacing voice.  I delete it...  I am not paying another dime on my Ex's house.  He can get a job in Saratoga and ride a damn bike instead of sit home on his butt and collect unemployment. 

I had to come home yesterday from work because my coughing was still bad and I started getting the bathroom emergency if you know what I mean.  ( runs )  I am still hacking up greenies today so I called in for today too.  I don't want to get the residents sick.  It may be allergy related but maybe not.  My co-worker is also sick and called in yesterday and today.  I am going to rest and maybe run a few errands.  I need to go to the post office and maybe go to the nursery and see if their tomatoes are in yet.  They might not have them out for another week or so.  They do however have some huge Super Bush plants in pots with stems that are 2" thick!  They are gorgeous plants but very expensive.  They have flowers on them already and those are big too!  They come with the tomato cage also.  Maybe I'll get one just to try it out.  I also want to get some wave petunias to put in my hanging baskets from last year. 

I did buy season passes for me and the kids for the Great Escape this year with my tax rebate check money.  They both love to go and we can also go to the one in Mass and NJ.  I haven't been to NJ yet but I want to go.  There is an animal safari place there too. 

Daisy has been enjoying her hedgehog toy.  You dog lovers know the type I'm talking about don't you?

Daisy gets many hours of ecstasy playing with her hedgie.  She even knows it by name.  Enough news for now... 

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Strange item bought at Walmart

No, the stupid head cold I have I did not buy at Walmart.  I may have gotten it there tho for all I know last week.  I bought a GE phone/answering machine combo.  It was relatively inexpensive and now I know why.  The first thing I noticed after setting it up was that it had 9 messages on it already!  I listened to them and could barely hear most of them.  I think someone bought it and returned it also.  The intructions were in Spanish.  NO English which is the language I speak.  I went online and looked up the product information and the manual online was also in Spanish.  I finally figured out what I wanted to so I will give it a try.  I am a cheap person at heart and always buy the cheapest product usually.  The reason for that is because expensive items and cheap items are all one and the same to kids, cats and dogs! 

I heard back from the dog trainer and they recommend private behavior consultations due to Daisy's fear aggression.  I do not think Daisy would bite someone or another dog however she would be disruptive in a class setting due to her phobias.  So I need to personally talk to the trainer and see what can be set up.  I also plan on buying her a short leash and harness so I can work with her in social situations.  She pulls hard for a little dog.  She digs right in with her legs and pulls. 

I also purchased a Wahl home haircutting system and cut Travis' hair.  I don't have pictures but it came out pretty good.  I just messed up slightly around the ears but don't tell him that!  We will keep it between us.... 

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

I would like to wish everyone out there a Happy Mother's Day.  You may have lost your Mom or don't have children, but everyone out there can relate to Mother's Day in some way.  I hope everyone has a great day.  I am bringing my Mom to the airport this morning.  :(  She had a nice visit however and is ready to go home!  I can't blame her.  We went to Manchester, VT the other day and she had a great time.  The scenery was lovely.  We stopped by Hildene, the home of Robert Todd Lincoln, one of Abraham Lincoln's children.  He had the house built when he was an adult.  It had fallen into disrepair, but a group bought it and restored it.  It is beautiful and the grounds are so nice.  I want to go back in mid-june because the gardens are full of peonies which will be blooming then. 

I had brought my Mom over to my house yesterday so she could see Daisy.  Daisy was very rude to her, barking and wouldn't go near her.  Then I put Daisy in the car because we were going to take her to the park.  When my Mom got in Daisy barked and lunged at her!  She looked like she was going to bite but didn't.  I was mad and put Daisy back in the house.  My Mom is afraid of her now.  She needs some training.  I don't think I know how to do it. 

Not much else for news.  Have a good day everyone..

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Ok now everyone say Awwwwwww!

Not to many of us out there that can withstand this kind of cuteness!  Those two near the middle look like they are sizing each other up.  This is the chick cam, link on left! 

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Little fuzzies

Go down to Falcon Cam on the left and click on it.  If you see a black box that says no video, just click it and a larger view will pop up and hopefully you will see our baby falcons in Albany!

The weather has finally warmed up and has been sunny the last couple days.  I may get some plants to put in this weekend.  I have to get new soil for my planter boxes.  I saw some hummingbirds yesterday at my friend Dave's house.  I will have to get the feeder out and clean it up, or just go buy a new one.  I gave Dave a little lecture because they were using red concentrate liquid that you add water too.  I told him they don't need to use red dye and it may even be harmful to the birds.  I'll dig up some info on line and send it to him.  My visit with my Mom has been good.  We went out and did a little shopping yesterday and took her out to see her great grandson's. 

I had a conference yesterday with Sarah's teacher and we developed a new plan on how to keep her ( and Me ) organized so she can get her homework done.  Grandma will keep out of the bookbag and let me take it home and sort it out.  Usually she just hands me all the papers and I have to idea what is homework etc...  Too many hands in the mix make it confusing.  I think Grandma is afraid I'll loose or forget Sarah's backpack.  Yes it may happen but I still need to bring it home. 

Still trying to get Travis to a job interview that he will like.  He has his mind set on working at the track.  We have missed all the job fairs so far.  Maybe there will be one this weekend.  I don't want him sitting around all summer.  He will graduate next year and needs some real world experience.  Not much else going on here...

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Another dreary, rainy day...

Now that we had a taste of spring, its been raining for several days.  We DID need the rain, but not this cold, dreary, drizzly crap.  I spent half the day with my Mom yesterday.  We went out to breakfast and then went shopping.  She got me a new scrub top.  I got some craft stuff for Sarah.  I came home after lunch and took a short nap.  Then got up and got Sarah and we went to Woods Hollow nature preserve to see if there were any tadpole eggs yet.  No none of those but something killed several small minnows.  I saw baby sunfish and perch and a bullhead, all dead.  Daisy ate two of them.  Yech.  I am wondering if they applied a type of algaecide in the water and it killed the little fish.  Daisy doesn't seem any worse for wear.  We will go back in a month and see if the tads are there.  A couple years ago we went and the edge of the pond was swarming with them.  I want to bring a few home and put them in an old aquarium so we can see them develop.  There was this foamy blue stuff floating on the edge of the water too, which makes me think something was put in the pond.  Anyone know anything about this?  Anyhow I had one stinky wet dog to ride home with last night.  She was so tired at bedtime from her romp that she was actually snoring! 

I have decided not to date that guy in Glens Falls.  He has a very negative energy around him and has a bad attitude about alot of things.  I don't need that in my life.  He never calls me either and I'm not chasing after him.  I am getting too old for that.  Besides I saw that he is looking online at still.  So am I...  LOL.  Ok time to go to work.  What a drag....   Linda

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Almost May!

Last day of April today.  My Mom is flying up and should be here after noon.  She is probably at the airport right now checking in.  She is staying until Mother's Day and then going home.  Not really much going on in my life right now.  It has gotten cold again so I am putting off gardening for a little while.  I have to find a good spot for a couple tomato plants and maybe some beans and peppers again.  I liked the peas last year too, so probably those too.  My landlord doesn't want me planting where I did last year because it was over the leachfield, I think he is afraid the roots will go down and mess up the pipes. None of the plant roots go down that far! 

A geocaching friend of mine bought me a brand new GPS.  He has been an e-mail buddy for quite a while and wanted to get me one.  So who am I to say no.  That girl at work said I should give it back to him because he is married and it might imply something.  Nothing is going on and he has plenty of money to burn.  He only sees his wife once or twice a year anyway, she lives in Texas and he is based here in NY.  They have a strained relationship to say the least.  I am not sleeping with him.  I know TMI. 

I have been seeing a guy up in Glens Falls.  His name is Scott.  Very single, has a job and a house.  Likes to bowl and recently bowled a perfect game!  He goes geocaching with me too.  I think he will make a good boyfriend for now.  Get to know each other and see where it goes. 

Don't forget boys and girls!  Mother's Day is next weekend! 

Saturday, April 26, 2008

More photos from Lousiana

Here is another installment of photos from Louisiana.  I guess I didn't get a copy of the zoo pictures on CD,  I will have to ask my brother to burn me one and send it up with Mom.  The weather has continued to be perfect but we need rain soon.  I am going to try to get ambitious and clean out the garden today.  Also need to work on this house for my Mom's visit next week!  Linda

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Beautiful weather

I know this tag has nothing to do with the weather but it sure is cute isn't it?  It is from Sugar.  I think her link is on the right.  Her work is getting better and better! 

We have had nothing but outstanding weather since I came back from Louisiana.  Sunny and warm.  Spring is here without a doubt.  Flowers blooming, trees blooming, birds singing, grass growing.  I need to get off my butt and rake out my garden and get ready to plant.  I have one bed I want to dedicate to perennials and then fill in the front with annuals. 

My Mom is coming up on the 30th!  She is coming to visit her family up here and me too of course.  Not much else going on otherwise.  Hope everyone has a great day!  Linda

Monday, April 21, 2008

More pics from Louisiana

I started adding captions for these pictures, but AOL is being stupid as usual.  They are pics from our fishing trip and to the pitcher plant bog.  Enjoy!  I will try adding captions later on.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Back home

Sarah and I had a great time on our visit to Louisiana.  We did most of what we wanted to do and came back tired and happy!  I have to work today, not to thrilled about that.  I could use one more day home!  Gotta earn the bread tho.  I added some of the pictures I took.  I will add more in the next couple entries.  All in all, we had a great visit with Mom and family and look forward to our next visit.  Daisy did well kenneling too.  Linda

Monday, April 14, 2008

Having fun in Louisiana

Here is a nice picture of the flowers I missed!  There were a few azalea left on the bushes but not enough.  On Saturday, my sister and her daughter and boyfriend came down from northern Louisiana and we had a nice cookout.  We went out and got a few caches near here.  Yesterday Rich and I took the 4-wheelers over to the old Camp Claiborne area in the Kitsachie forest.  There are miles of trails to ride there.  I was amazed.  Up in NY there is no place to ride.  4-wheelers are banned from most public lands.  I will try to post some pictures today or tomorrow.  Sarah rode with us too and had a really good time.  I rode my brothers ATV and after a while really got the hang of it.  It was fun spinning around the dirt turns and going thru the mud puddles.  Today we are going to the Alexandria Zoo.  Hope everyone has a good day...  Linda

Friday, April 11, 2008

On Vacation

This is my brother and I but it wasn't taken down here.  The dog is Little Buddy.  Sarah and I had a good trip down, but our flight out of Albany was late and we missed our connection in Atlanta.  We had to catch a later flight, so spent 10 hrs traveling all together.  It is beautiful down here.  Warm and humid.  The green and trees are amazing after coming from very early spring in NY.  It is going to rain today so we won't do much.  My sister is coming down tomorrow with her boyfriend and daughter.  Sounds like she may spend the night.  So we are having fun!  Linda

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Lisa at Life on a Bison Farm!



1. The rules of the game

2. Each player answers questions about themselves.

3. At the end of the post the player then tags 5 people, and posts their names, goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment letting them know they've been tagged.




I was working at my current job.  Only had one son who was 6.  I had met Sarah's father by this point and I was living in public housing. 


1.  Call the vet to fax shot records over to kennel. 

2.  Attend a women's luncheon with a friend.

3.  Go to the grocery store.

4.  Go to motor vehicle.

5.  Go to Sarah's school and get some needles.


Crunchy cheetos, cookies, candy, cereal.


Oh this is a good one!  First quit my job!  Sell my mobile home and buy anice home in the country.  Get some horses.  Travel the world.  Give to family and charity.  Not necessarily in that order!


1.  Being lazy.

2.  Impatient.

3.  Overspending

4.  Poor diet at times

5.  Gossip


Five isn't enough for me, so I'll just do the highlights!

1.  Italy

2.  Spain

3.  Montana

4.  Colorado

5.  Connecticut


1.  Clerk-typist

2.  Air Force member

3.  Kennel attendant

4.  Receptionist

5.  Clerk at Wild bird store

5 people I want to know about:

Carlene- Horseshoe Bend

Cindy-  Cindy's Life

Paula-  Country Tales

Ally-   Life with Ally

Helen- My everyday life

Whew that was a chore!  All that copy and pasting!


Sunday, April 6, 2008

My Saturday

I titled this my Saturday, but something happened on Friday that I would like to share.  I had mentioned to one of my co-workers (who happens to be very paranoid), that Sarah had a couple nits in her hair.  She took it upon herself to report it to either my supervisor or the Assistant director of nursing, who in turn mentioned it to the Employee health nurse who then called me at home and gave me a 5 minute lecture on head lice!  Needless to say I was totally humilitated and angry!  A personal issue that I am trying to deal with didn't need to be exposed like that.  Yes I understand the concern with me possibly having head lice, but I didn't to my knowledge and had treated myself also.  They think I am going to start an outbreak at work.  What a bunch of buttheads!

Anyhow....  Scott came over last night and worked on my moped and it seems to be running pretty good.  I am going to try to remember to get it registered so that I can start riding it!  I'm going to ask for an escort vehicle first to make sure I don't get stranded somewhere.  He saw 5 deer on the side of the road on the way home yesterday.  He goes over a mountain road and really doesn't like it.  OK well time to get ready for work.  Linda