Friday, May 24, 2019

I have returned!!!!

so...looks like I'm going to change the focus of this blog(more on that later)'s time to get back to writing on here and letting all you wonderful people know what is going on in our lives.

so to start, I'm going to go back a few years...a little over 5 years ago I was laid off...i was devastated and it took almost nine months for me to find a new job...I was very grateful to have found one and it had good benefits...but it didn't turn out to be a really good fit for me...but since I couldn't find anything else, I made the best of it and all in all it worked out well for me.  Then a little over three years ago Trav lost His job and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and we started on the long road to getting disability for him.  Last month it finally came thru - on April fools day no less - but we still don't know all the details, just that it came thru.  Three years on just one income and his insurance ate half of that...we lived on credit cards and prayers during those long months...and now we have no money at all...we are losing our house - they are foreclosing on it - we don't like it, but that is the reality of our lives right now. 

So, since we really have no idea how or where we are going to live after the house is gone, we have formulated a plan.  We think it's a good one and once we have worked it all out, we think it will be a grand adventure.  This is something we are now looking forward to and hope that all of our friends and family will agree and pray we are successful.

Step one of that plan was implemented this week, where I let my boss know that I am RETIRING at the end of August!!!!

Step two will be revealed when it is time to take that step.

Thanks for sticking around for all this time waiting for me to get off my lazy butt and start writing again....and I hope you will be rewarded for your patience!!!!!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

New crafting fun

just thought I would share some of the crafting I've been doing stuff...and I think it's pretty kewl!!

not exactly sure how to make this work on the ipad, so I'm just putting them all here and I"ll worry about formatting later.

Let me know what you think....oh, right, these are all made out of cardstock and paper.....that's it...well, a little glue too lol

Monday, July 8, 2013

New handbag

This is my new handbag/clutch...all my peeps know I don't usually carry a bag, but I made this one last was cut on my die cutting machine and assembled by hand....just thought I would share!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Chapter 2013, page 35 of 365

Some days are very much non was one of them.....AND it was a monday......tomorrow will be better!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Chapter 2013, page 33 of 365

What a day!!!

Music class this morning with an awesome teacher and fun(ny) classmates. Then off to gville to pick up some furniture. Two trips later its all in the unit awaiting our leisure.

Now it's off to dreamland to prepare for another busy day tomorrow, starting off with the Grace Notes at 8:30am

Nite nite ya'll

Friday, February 1, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Chapter 2013, page 31 of 365

hhmm..would somebody please tell me where the HECK did January go?????  Wasn't it just Christmas?  New Year's?  Man, this is crazy!  Gives credence to something I head a few years's a Forest Gump type know, the 'Life is like a......' adages he was want to profess.....ok, nuff teasin... here it is....

Life is like a roll of Toilet Paper....the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes

<ducking and weaving to avoid all the rotten veggies being lobed at her, Lori runs for the bedroom to hide under the covers til the storm blows over....apologizing profusely all the way>

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chapter 2013, page 30 of 365

do you have dogs?   do you love dogs?  do you know what this is a picture of?

That is the door between the kitchen and the rest of the house....installed because the new pup is not housebroken yet and she LOVES the kitchen tiles.  We do NOT love her using them that way, so we build a door.  About 2.5 feet tall, with nice hinges and a latch.  There is a gap at the bottom just big enough for Rosie (the skinny cat) to go under, but small enough that Sage (the NOT so skinny cat) has to struggle a bit.  When we first put the door up, Annie would stand up on it and you could see her from the neck up.  Now it's like from her underarms!    She is growing fast!  

but back to this picture...

we are in the bedroom watching TV and I come out to get dessert and this is what I see.  

That is Annie on your right, with her nose right up to the tiles...and on your left?  one of her myriad of stuffed toys, keeping her company on her lonely vigil.

If you don't love dogs, this forlorn look should change that at a glance, if you DO love dogs I might have to hide so you don't get me for making her look like that!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chapter 2013, page 29 of 365

Another day of messed up phones and lots of talking. But, we had some really great laughs towards the end of the day reading our "Strength finder" results - bet you didn't know that I am first and foremost, a Relator! I know it's cheating, but I'm just gonna paste this result in here and you can let me know how accurate it is.


Shared Theme Description

People who are especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.

Your Personalized Strengths Insights
What makes you stand out?

Instinctively, you are comfortable being open and honest about who you are. Often you intentionally avoid people who are less than truthful. You prefer to spend time with individuals who speak as candidly as you do about their strengths, shortcomings, hopes, disappointments, failures, or successes. By nature, you might make certain types of difficult-to-understand ideas a little bit easier for people to comprehend. Driven by your talents, you might help people grasp elaborate or complicated ideas, processes, theories, or rules. Maybe you intentionally use easy-to-understand words and phrases. Chances are good that you thoughtfully select your friends. You avoid rushing into relationships. Once you trust and care about someone, the individual probably seeks your counsel. Because of your strengths, you are a well-read individual. People whom you have befriended turn to you for guidance. Often you help them see a situation or problem from a different perspective because of something you discovered while surveying a book, article, letter, or Internet site. For you, reading is the key that opens the door to a world of fresh ideas. You collect them, never knowing when something you read will benefit someone else.

Happy Birthday Mom

Did you know..(and this is my opinion, so take it for what it is worth)...that when someone we love dies, they take a part of our soul with them as they leave?  I really believe that is true...and did you know...(again, my opinion)...that each little part we lose leaves a place to be filled with loving memories and moments of joy. 

Interesting way of thinking about it, isn't it?  Yes there is the pain and there is the missing them and there is the desire to keep things the way they were and there is the (and this is the hardest for me for some reason) the inability to hug.....

All this just to say "Happy Birthday Mom, I still miss you and love you and fill my heart with your songs when I think of you....thank you for teaching me just how important love is"

Monday, January 28, 2013

Chapter 2013, page 28 of 365

Another great day in paradise.....meaning my awesome job!   non stop talkers    phones going wacko   reset to factory defaults     people relocating and emptying offices and cabinets into the 'quiet' room   no lunch    .........   it's Monday isn't it....I can tell.....sigh

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Chapter 2013, page 27 of 365

Today was a good day...Had Grace Notes practice this morning and all went those ladies!!!!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Annie's first play date

Ava invited Annie over for a puppy play date. We were concerned, Annie is a 'scary' dog. Most everything scares her. And she hasn't done great with other people either. But it was time to start getting her past all that and Ava needed the company of a younger more energetic dog, so we accepted. Boy are we glad we did.

Started off a little rocky, Annie was scared and defensive...there were actually three dogs, two older dogs there as well. All quite friendly - and slightly overwhelming for her.

But, with patience and persistence they worked it out and had an awesome time. Us humans did too. It was an extremely pleasant afternoon and the kids had fun.

Thank you Pam and Wayne for the great time. We will do this again.