Friday, February 29, 2008

Baby, it's cold outside!

Yes indeed, its a nice warm -17 degrees outside.  Yes I did say minus!  I am not braggin, I'm complainin'.  I hate this weather, this bone chillin cold that just makes it hurt to breathe and everything is frozen solid.  The side of the house is snapping and popping and big icicles hang down the sides. 

Tonight right after work, I am getting the kids and going to my niece's wedding reception.  I hope its fun.  It should be.  I probably won't stay too late because I am going to take care of my private duty lady in the morning and going back in the evening.  Also going over Sunday morning.  Then its off to the Great Escape with the kids!  I had bought a bag of brand new makeup to wear and I lost it!  Unbelievable!  I loose everything though!  Now after work I have to rush over to the drug store and pick up some new makeup.  I don't wear it very much but I think I need to start working harder on my appearance.  I also have to find time this weekend to shave my legs!  Ha, ha!  I look like a hairy ape right now!  I colored my hair last night.  Its a little bit redder than normal.  Luckily I have the complexion for it. 

My brother is going home today.  We got to visit a couple times.  I wish we had more time together but I will be going down this year so we can hang out more.  I think instead of bringing Daisy, I will just board her or find someone to take her for a week.  I don't want to put her through the trauma of flying. 

The Pay it Forward game:  I got this from Donna at:
1.~Leave a comment on my blog that says you want to play. First three folks to comment will get a gift from ME. (If I don't know it already, let me know how I can contact you, an e-mail is fine, and I do now have an e-mail added to my profile!)

2.~Do the same thing on your blog!The first three folks who leave a comment and commit to doing this on their blog, too, will get a surprise from YOU at a surprise time in the next 365 days!

Not much else for news!  Have a nice weekend everyone!

Thanks for the snag Donna!

Hi mom and brenda


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tuesday day off

I'm so happy I've got today off.  It has been a really long week and I'm burned out.  Of course Travis has refused to go to school and now he is sentenced to a day of housework which I'm sure he won't do.  I am not going to fight with him, he is too big and I get too stressed.  He will just have to suffer the consequences.  Legally he is old enough to quit school.  He better go the rest of the week or he won't be going with us to Great Escape. 

I am going over to do some private duty later this morning.  I also have to go to the pharmacy and the grocery store.  We are out of all the basics.  On top of it all we are going to get up to 12" inches of snow today and into tomorrow!  Hooray....not.  I am so sick of winter.  It is maple syrup season here now too.  I believe I did a entry about maple syrup last year...  It really doesn't get into full swing until mid-march but the people who have sugar shacks start getting ready now.  There is a link on the right for those interested.  My brother is up visiting from Louisiana.  I've only had time to see him once.  Now with this storm coming I don't know if I will see him today.  Its already snowing.  He leaves Friday.  I will be going down in July tho and we can do stuff together.  Maybe I'll make some chicken and biscuits and have them over for dinner tomorrow.  He is visiting his daughter.  My other niece got married a couple weeks ago and they are having the reception Friday.  I hope its fun.  I have to call her Mom and see what I can bring.  Its a potluck dinner.  The man she married is older than her father and wants to have children with her.  He has two or three kids already, one my nieces age!  I made this great pot roast two nights ago and had it over at David's house.  It was fantastic.  We don't have cream of onion soup around here so I substituted French Onion and the results were the same.  It was a very easy recipe and very tasty!  I am going to love my crockpot!  I hope everyone has a great day...  Linda

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Good Morning

Good Morning!  It is Saturday and I am going to be getting ready for work pretty soon.  Next weekend is when me and the kids are taking off to the Great Escape Lodge and Indoor water park!  I am bringing my friend Barbara with me so I'm not totally bored!  Not that my kids are boring but they will be busy playing!  My friend Barbara wears hearing aids and glasses so I told her we will be a fine pair in the water.  She won't be able to see or hear and I won't be able to see.  We will be stranded out there yelling!  I told her we should tie a rope to each other!  Here is a link to the place we are going.  Try to watch the video of the waterpark.  It looks like fun!  Great Escape

I am going to stop by someones house before work and get a bag of freecycle items.  They are giving away bras in my size, a dog sweater and an icecream scoop!  All items I could use!  I need to go thru my junk and freecycle them!  If you aren't familiar with freecycle, put it in your search engine and look it up.  It is a community group that offers and asks for free things that people don't want or want.  Usually its hard to get things that you need.  Easier to get things people are giving away. 

This house is crazy with all these animals!  The cats seem to spend most of the time running away from the dog and knocking over everything in the process.  Brownie is the worst offender.  Little Daisy thinks its a blast to chase the cats and bark at them.  She plays with Tarzan however and they chase each other all over! 

Not much else for news.  Hope you all have a great weekend.   Linda

hi mom and brenda!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lunar Eclipse

Did any of you go out and watch the lunar eclipse last night?  It was beautiful!  Very cold out here so hard to enjoy it.  I did take some pictures but AOL won't let me upload them.  I hope to get them on soon.

Do any of you like those Thin Mints that Girl Scouts sell?  Go to the store and get Keebler Fudge Shop Grasshoppers.  Same cookie and you don't have to wait all year to get them! 

Sarah tried to pull a fast one on me this morning.  She wanted to get up at 5:15.  She pestered and nagged for a few minutes and I let her get up while I stayed in bed for a couple more minutes.  I got up to see her booting up the computer!  I said "Oh no you don't missy"!  This is MY time!  We went around for a few minutes and I had to use my parental authority and tell her she is supposed to be in BED right now and this was my time to be online and if she didn't like it, she could go back to bed!  I hate being reduced to being another 8 year old with her and argue.  She is very good at arguing and comes up with some pretty valid reasons and excuses.  I think she could put the best trail lawyers to shame!  I find myself resorting to "Because I said so, and because I'm the parent".  I hate it when I'm start arguing with her!  I said I shouldn't have to argue with you like I'm an 8 year old too! 

Now I am going to tell all of you about my short period of time trying out for the Ice-capades the day before yesterday!  I was going about my business like it was an ordinary day, stopped at Stewarts for my coffee and danish before going to work.  Got out of my car in the upper parking lot and started walking down.  Just as I got to the roadway I found myself on the ground.  My right knee hit first and my lower back got wrenched.  I'm on my knees on the ground looking at my spilled coffee and wondering how the hell I'm going to get back up.  My back hurt and I was afraid I put it out.  I could see a car coming slowly up the road.  The person driving had seen me fall.  So I struggled back up trying not to fall again.  It was our Wesley chaplain that had seen me and he gave me a ride to the front door. I turned out to be ok but they wanted me to fill out an incident report just in case.  So as I was heading down and looking for the nurse I heard a Code Blue called for the parking lot.  A different one than I parked in.  Another person had fallen.  To wrap it up 7 people fell on the ice in a 5 minute span of time.  A light snow fall had been coming down and it covered the ice from view!  3 of the falls were nurses running to help the girl in the parking lot!  She had got sent to the hospital.  Word gets around fast because all day long people were asking me if I was alright!  Glad to know so many people care!  Linda

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Winter Blues photography contest

I am entering this photo in the beginner catagory because it is not really up to par.  It is a shot of a barn with the sun coming up behind it, but the barn is really too dark.  A friend suggested I enter it anyhow.  So here it is!  After reading my comments and seeing that "Blue" is the theme, I can see that my photo certainly fits both elements!  Winter and Blue! 

Monday, February 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom and Happy President's Day

Kids are out of school this week for winter break, I have to work all week except Friday!  I do get paid double time for today, but the person who has today off gets paid too, so therefore earns as much as I do and I have to work!  Where is the justice in that?  LOL! 

I have reserved a room for the kids and I at the Great Escape Lodge and Indoor water park for March 2-3 for our little get away.  I think it will be fun. 

I earned another $110 this past weekend end taking care of the lady for her daughter.  I am going in tonight, Wed, and Friday also to help out in the evening.  I think this may turn into a longer term position than I was expecting!  I really like the family and will meet the other daughter next week. 

Miss Daisy went to the vet to have her staples out and to get the rest of her puppy shots.  I think when she was spayed they made a mistake weighing her because she is now 11.4 lbs!  Unless she gained 8 lbs in 12 days!  She is getting big!  I thought I was getting this little dog and now I have a moose!  Her feet have even gotten bigger!  I think I was fooled because she was undernourished and it may have temporarily stunted her growth.  The vet says she may top out at 30 lbs!  Enjoy the pictures at the top...  Linda

I would like to wish my Mom a very happy 63rd birthday!  I love you Mom! 

Friday, February 15, 2008

Cold weather coming!

I wish this was me carrying a basket of flowers.  Instead we are getting another arctic blast coming down from Canada for us to enjoy.  My steps are a big block of ice.  I don't have an ice breaker.  I should of shoveled it off when I had a chance the other day.  Now its frozen solid.  I can't wait for spring!

How was everyone's Valentine's Day?  Mine was ok.  I got two kiss up's at work.  Those are carnations you can buy with a Hershey's kiss and a note for your favorite co-worker.  I got one for each of my co-workers.  I got one from my boss and the girls from the transportation dept.  My other co-workers brought in candy etc...  I had to go to Price Chopper after work and pick up something for dinner and some flowers for Sarah's grandmother and a card.  It was horrible for me to see all those men in there buying flowers for their sweeties.  Made me feel sick.  I feel like some kind of a freak because I can't seem to find or attract anyone.  I got through it however and when I got to the Grandmother's I had Sarah come into the bedroom with me and she signed the card and presented her grandmother with the flowers.  Her grandmother had a mini rose bush for me from Sarah!  I thought it was nice.  Sarah had a good day in school too.  We had pizza for dinner and I bought a heart-shaped chocolate cake for the kids. 

I got a phone call from the lady who hired me to take care of her Mom.  She was pleased with my work and wants me to come tonight to get her into bed and then Saturday and Sunday morning to get her up!  This is a great opportunity for me to help someone and to also make some extra money.  Sarah can come along with me also!  She can pet the stinky old dog that lives there.  His name is Simpson.  He is an old, warty Cocker Spaniel!  This dog is constantly licking his groin area which looks all red and irritated.  That is a big pet peeve of mine, no pun intended.  I can't stand being around animals when they are grooming or licking themselves excesively.  Creeps me right out.  (((  shudder  )))  

Ok gotta go have a nice day everyone! 

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to my family and friends!  I hope today is as special as you are.  If you are alone today I hope you think of me and your other friends and know you are loved!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A one day job today!

Yesterday I had a phone call from my cousin Kathy telling me that she had a friend who desperately needed someone to sit with her Mother tomorrow.  I was so happy because I had the day off ( now today ).  The lady I'm watching just had surgery and mostly needs bathroom help.  She wears Depends and doesn't make it in time.  I am to help fix her meals too.  I am getting paid more that what I make at my regular job and will be working for 10 hrs.  I should get around $150.  I know sometimes people throw in a bonus too!  The house isn't too far from me either.  I also offered respite services for her Father because he has Alzheimer's.  I think she was grateful she found me. 

The weather has been bone chilling cold.  I hate it when it is this cold.  Everything freezes and makes life difficult.  Luckily I can afford heat and the house is nice and warm.  Thank God, he has certainly held me up since I left my ex.  I've been praying for a good husband too.  Will everyone join me in praying for that with me?  Maybe I need to combine forces.  I don't want to walk through life alone all the time. 

Miss Daisy has been recovering nicely and growing like a weed.  She is into everything and likes to play.  Sometimes she uses her teeth and needs to be scolded.  She has a fetish for socks and shoes and likes to hide them.  Not fun in the morning when trying to get to work/school whatever.  So I am going to wrap this up.  I tried writing this entry last night, but Brownie sat on the keyboard and did something to hopelessly mess it up.  Bad Brownie!  

thanks for the tag Donna!

hi mom and brenda

Friday, February 8, 2008

An itchy subject

Ok folks this subject is a little touch, icky and to some gross!  I'm gonna talk about every parents nightmare!  Head Lice!  I recieved a phone call from the school nurse today with the annoucement that Sarah has been diagnosed with the little critters.  I sighed and said "Oh great".  I haven't had to deal with this since my son was little.  He kept getting them and it turned out the babysitter's kids had them and wasn't treated them. 

Now for those of you who don't know much about lice here is a couple facts. 

# 1  They are not caused by being dirty or poor.  Lice are caught by mostly school children due to close contact.  Lice can happen to anyone, rich or poor.

# 2 You do not need to treat the entire family.  Only the infected person needs to be treated.  Everyone needs to be checked but only the person with lice needs to be treated.

# 3  You do not need to cut off the infected person's hair.  I did cut my son's hair when he was little because it was an easier way to deal with them and he was a boy! 

So wish me luck while I deal with my latest burden!  

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Raining again

This rain today is not doing anything to my spirit except making it feel lousy!  It is cold, nasty and wet.  Yuck! 

Super Tuesday was interesting for voting.  Looks like McCain is the probable Republican candidate and it is still a toss up between Obama and Clinton.  I went out and put my vote in for what it was worth. 

Woke up this morning by the radio in the middle of a dream about living with the Ex again.  I was picking up his urine soaked jeans off the living room floor while he was out in the truck trying to sleep.  I was getting after the kids because the house was a mess.  Glad I'm not picking up after the ex anymore.  The only pee I'm wiping up is puppy pee.  Speaking of which I bet alot of you are curious as to the weight of Miss Daisy.  Believe it or not she is only 3.4 lbs!  I know the photos of her make her look much larger than she is.  She is a long legged pup.  I was surprised myself to tell the truth!  Thanks for all who voted! 

I talked to Travis' teacher yesterday and he passed all his tests that he just took.  He took a couple English tests for reading and writing.  He also took a Regents Global history test and passed that!  He could graduate with a Regents diploma if not for math.  He passed the math ACT exam but didn't pass the Regents.  Math is not his strong point.  He will graduate with a local diploma if he passed U.S. history ACT next year.  That is cake for Travis.  He excels in history and science.  The teacher is sending me info on something called the Vesid program.  This is a program that helps him find a job and will even give him a job coach to help him learn a job once he gets one.  They also have training for jobs etc...  The teacher told me the race track hires alot of kids during the summer and does a pretty good job placing in them in jobs they are suited too. 

I have to take Tiger to the vet today as he has been vomiting after each meal.  This started when he had the round worms in his belly.  He was vomiting them up.  I hope he isn't blocked or something.  I did worm him once.  I feel sorry for this cat, its been one thing after another with him.  Not much else going on.  Have a great day everyone!  Linda

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Monday, February 4, 2008

My poor puppy...

My poor little Daisy got spayed today.  Her little belly looks so sore!  She is eating and drinking alright.  Eating a little too much though, I need to put the food up.  Here she is with her incision.  She had to get staples.  They will be removed in a couple weeks.  She was also weighed.  Let's have fun and guess her weight.  Poll at bottom.



Someone thinks I'm nice!

My friend Carlene at Horseshoe Bend thinks I'm nice!  I am so happy that someone does!  I was so pleased to get this award today!  Thanks Carlene, your kind words mean alot to me:

.....A friend that has all kinds of courage and compassion for all...and on her own for the first time in years...


I will finish this later and put in my nominees for the Nice Matters award! 

This is being a little redundant because I'm sure all these people have been nominated already!

Helen at My Everyday life

Jeannette at Welcome to my travels

Jeannette at Jeanette's Jottings

Carlene at Horseshoe Bend

Donna at This that and hockey

I believe there are links to all these journals on the right...  There are so many more out there that I cherish and love, if I left you out don't feel bad, you are all special to me, just too many to list!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

6 more weeks

The Evil Groundhog has been drug out of his burrow and has once again sentenced us to six more weeks of winter.  Maybe if we let him sleep in for once he would be nicer.  Maybe wake him up around 9 am instead of 6. 

Sarah has her friend Heather over for the sleepover.  I bought a pizza at Wal-mart.  It was a fresh bake it yourself one with cheese.  It was only $6 something.  It is a big pizza too and looks good.  I should of got a veggie one too!  I love Wal-mart.  I got a new shower curtain and bathset.  I got some pet supplies and a baby gate to keep Daisy confined when I am out.  She is doing pretty good with her paper training.  She is starting to look more pitbullish every day.  She has nearly doubled in size.  She has a broad chest and turned out front feet.  That is really the only way she looks like a pitbull.  She might have a little in her but not alot. 

My Mom, Frank and Rich (brother) are going up to Bossier City, LA to see my sister today.  They are also making a stop at the Bass Pro shop there.  Kind of like mecca for fishermen/women.  I would like to visit there too when I go.  I guess they have live fish and gators in there!  Have a nice day everyone!  Linda

hi mom and brenda

Friday, February 1, 2008

No school Friday

Isn't this tag a hoot?  It is from My Creative Corner.  I was like that the other day with cleaning.  I will be like that today and tomorrow too!  Sarah is having her first sleep over here on Saturday night!  OMG what am I going to do?  I don't deal well with children at all.  My own I can handle but not someone elses.  This girl better behave!  They better go to sleep too when I tell them too!  I am going to rent some movies for them to watch and we will have pizza. 

I got my income tax return today.  My federal.  Funny $5,000 doesn't look like too much when it is in my bank account.  I've already paid some bills out of it.  I am still getting harrassed by the company that has the lein on the mobile home that the ex is living in.  Even though I don't live there I am still legally responsible for the payments, as is he.  They stopped sending him the bills because they haven't got any money from him.  I argued with the guy yesterday and told him to send the ex the bills and he refused to!  I told him I don't have any money to pay on it so I guess it is going to get repossessed.  Apparently the ex doesn't care because he hasn't paid on it.  He thinks I am going to panic and send them money.  Half of me is panicking.  My Mom told me to wait and see what happens and if I have to declare bankruptcy.  I also have a feeling to call them and see if they will take a settlement of a few thousand so I don't have to deal with this anymore. Or I can send them a few hundred and get them off my back for another couple months.   I bet the ex would like that!  His house would be free and clear thanks to me.  He can sit up there and entertain his so called girlfriend to his heart's delight.  So here is a poll.


Anyhow, I have to go to the pharmacy later before it starts snowing and freezing rain. School is closed today.  Sarah came home from school early yesterday not feeling good so I was going to keep her home anyway.  I called in to work.  Good thing because if we get significant freezing rain like they are predicting, I would of been stuck at work.  I need to get the puppy some Chew-ez too she is chewing on everything she can find.  She craps up a storm too.  At least she goes on the potty papers most of the time.  When it gets warmer I will try to housebreak her completely.  Not much else going on...  Take time to vote!