Monday, March 31, 2008

thank you

Thank you to my loyal friends who have been checking back on a regular basis. I am sorry I haven't written in so long, it seems that my blog gene went dormant when I was sick and is just now waking back up. Tomorrow I will tell you about the Scrapbook Expo we just returned from yesterday - and maybe about the wild animal in the front yard today....nah, that one can wait til Wednesday!

See ya tomorrow and Thanks again.

I'll try to change my header too lol

Sunday, March 9, 2008

our weekend

We go into Ocala every weekend, usually on Saturday, to do our grocery shopping and this week was no exception - even tho we had gone to G'ville first thing Saturday to pick up some furniture. We went a little later than usual due to the G'ville trip so were coming home after dark. We were only a few miles from the county line when we saw a cop pulling a car over on the other side of the median. Figured they must be running radar so checked my speed and made sure I was at least close to legal. About a minute later I glanced in my rearview mirror because there was a care really close behind me all of a sudden...then he started to pass me and I realized it was another cop. No big deal, I wasn't doing anything wrong, so he gets about half way past me, then hits his brakes and pulls back in behind me...great - I had a headlight out, so we knew at that point that he was going to pull me over and sure enough, he did. You see, we noticed our headlight out on Monday, I think it was, and on Wednesday we stopped on our way home for a headlight bulb and windshield wipers (you remember Wednesday don't you? the night we SHOULD have stopped for gas?!?!?) Trav had planned to put it in on Thursday, but, as you might have noticed, it rained...Thursday AND Friday!! So that didn't happen. And what with going into G'ville Sat morning, we sorta forgot and so....we got pulled. Now, the officer Could have been a butt head and written me an equipment ticket or warning, or even given me a lecture on not being safe with out both headlights...but he wasn't and didn't. Maybe because when he got up to the window to talk to us, Trav was holding the package with the bulb in it up for him to see and half laughing and I was handing over my license. He started laughing as well, ran my license gave it back and told us to have a nice night. I thought it was funny. And was really glad that we had that bulb in the truck with us. And you know what? that bulb is STILL in the truck!!! Trav is sick today and since it almost takes an act of congress to change one of those bulbs, it didn't get I better not drive home in the dark tomorrow lol

But because Trav is sick, I didn't get my normal Sunday morning breakfast in bed with the Sunday paper and my sweetie...and I had to go get my own paper!!! I couldn't get the Ocala paper at the little store closest to our house so I had to drive on into town to pick it up...was coming back home via 27 when I looked to my left and what do you think I saw? A COW!!! Grazing on the side of the high way, just as happy as could be...and walking straight for the road! I couldn't just drive on when someone could get hurt, so I flipped around and pulled off the road between the cow and the road...and honked the horn a few times. Both to hopefully move the cow away from the highway, and maybe alert the owners that there was a problem. Well, the cow moved, but no humans showed up. So I called the sheriffs department. I told dispatch that if it had been a horse, no prob, I would go get it...but I don't do cows! no way, no how. she said she would send someone out and thanked me for calling. After I hung up I realized that I couldn't leave until someone got there, cuz I would feel responsible if someone got I sat there...and sat there...and honked on occasion when she got too close to the road. It took about 20 minutes for a deputy to arrive, at which time he came up and thanked me for helping out and I drove off. On my way home I thought about the irony of the two encounters with the law...(I have a twisted mind) cop pulls me over - no ticket, but stressed - so I send another cop on a cow's karma I tell you, it's karma - like that old tv show Karma & Dread? you remember that one don't you? lol good nite ;o)

Friday, March 7, 2008

We Are Blessed

We Are Blessed.

some days are better than others, lol

Wednesday Trav and I were being lazy…we went to eat at Bennigan’s on the way home and when we were finished eating it kinda looked like it was going to be really rainy, so we decided not to stop for gas. We determined that there was plenty to get us home and then back into work on Thursday. We stopped and picked up some parts for the truck on the way home and that was it.

So, on Thursday we came into town, I dropped Trav off at work and came to my building and went to work. Trav was trying to make up a little time at work from having to be off on Monday for the washer (that’s another story altogether) so he IM’d and asked that I pick him up, so that he could work that extra hour. No problem, I say (well, not quite that cavalier as I HATE having to drive over there at 5pm, but you know what I mean). Five o’clock rolls around and I go get him…traffic is really bad for some reason and we sit in traffic for about 10 minutes before we make much headway. Then we stopped at the drug store to pick up some meds. Then it’s time to go to the gas station…we are going to hit the one right before we leave town.

Weeellll, sitting there in traffic I was starting to get just a trifle nervous about how close we were cutting it, in the back of my mind was the thought that it would really be a bummer to run out of gas in the middle of traffic and have to wait for triple A to get there as we blocked the road….not a happy thought. As we made our way closer and closer to the station, I was relaxing a little at a time, thinking that we were doing good. So we are about a block and a half from the station, still on the main road, just at the entrance to the Publix shopping center and….yup, you guessed it, we ran out of gas. The truck just stopped running and refused to re-start. Before it came to a complete stop, Trav jumped out and started pushing and told me to steer into the parking lot…that truck is heavy! So it didn’t make it very far, he was pushing, but you know how that goes, right? the road was wet – it was drizzling and the entrance to the parking lot was slightly up hill…not a good combination, so I hop out and try to steer and push at the same time, it almost works…we are making progress, when whoops, we seem to both slip in the water at the same time and the truck starts rolling backwards…right back into traffic! I quickly hop back in and hit the brake, then get out and we try again, nope, not working. The cars are going around us and pulling into the parking lot, just ignoring us…brats! I am really starting to get worried about now, that someone is going to hit us or run into Trav at the back of the truck, when from across the parking lot – An Angel starts jogging towards us!!!! As she ran to the back of the truck she exclaimed “I’m not very strong, but I’ll help!” And put her hands next to Trav’s and saved the day. That little bit of help was all it took to get the truck (and Trav) to safety. After we stopped, she offered us the use of a gas can she just ‘happened’ to have in her trunk. So, off he goes to get it and to walk the block or so to the gas station. She works at the Publix right there and was on her way to work when she saw us struggling. Without hesitation, she threw herself into helping and went even further by providing the gas can- she had no way of knowing if we would return it or just take it and go on our way.

Well, we got the truck running, pulled around the parking lot, parked the truck and went into the store, with the gas can (now empty and in a plastic bag) looking for her manager…we really didn’t think they would want that can in the store but what to do with it then? We located her manager and explained what had happened and he took us to where she was – he asked her if she had been on break or just coming in and she said just coming in, so he asked if she was late because of it. She looked scared and said no, then amended it to – about 2 minutes. He then stated that he would make sure that she was paid for that time and that he appreciated her helping us and please take the gas can out and put it back in your car. The smile on her face was radiant! and she took off like a shot. As we walked back to the door the manager was telling us that they have a program there in which they award their employees tokens for doing certain things and they can use these tokens to buy gift cards and things like that. He assured us that she would most definitely be the recipient of one (or more) of these tokens. He thanked us for bringing this to his attention and we left.

We drove over to the gas station, filled up the truck and headed home in the rain.

We made it without any other incidents on the way….

Then we stopped to pick up the mail and had another surprise in store…a package from someone I correspond/interact with on a message board (Crafty One at Daisie Company) with some really nice little goodies in it…I had been RAK’d!!!!! How did she know??? How could she Possibly have timed it so that this package, and all it means, would arrive Just at that moment? When we had had a rough time and needed a pick me up? TWO Angels in one day!!! We are Blessed!

As Alabama has often said “I believe there are Angels among us”…we were blessed to encounter two of them in the same day. Thank You God.


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

I am your child

ok, here is the second one thanks for looking

Forever Young

If you are interested you can go here to look at my latest Lay Out. I'll be putting another one up tonight sometime.
Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Hope you like it. [shy smile]