Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday's Haul

My car just can NOT pass the thrift store without turning in. 
It was Monday; I had 2 bags of stuff to drop off and a few things to get at the grocery store. 
This is what I found:
Iris 6 drawer mini cart (the drawers do not hold 12 x 12 paper but I can find something to store inside) $6
Pair of everyday shoes for my grandson for the days when he wears flip flops but shoes would be more appropriate
2 pair of socks for me
TALL tree topper to add to my collection 
brand new Pez dispenser for the grands
Dr Scholl inserts (new)
and a small Santa ornament.


All this for $12. This was a very expensive shopping trip for me.
I think they charged more than I normally pay, but I can't complain. 

This is a Fossil crossbody bag I found last week for $3, now that was a deal.

It was another lazy day, I spent most of the morning reading in the sunshine. My friend stopped over after lunch and we chatted for a while, later in the afternoon I finally planted the rest of my plants....except a few I want to transplant. Rain is predicted for tonight and we need it....so I won't complain...or I'll try not to. 
Hubby fixed a hole in the deck after he came home from golfing. Still nothing as far as job interviews go. 

What will the rest of the week bring???

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thoughts On A Sunny,Summer Sunday

When you're retired and have a spouse without a job one day just slides into the next. The past few days I've been pretty lazy and spent a lot of time reading outside on the deck. I really love those kinds of days!!! The weather has been sunny and warm....low 70's.
Kev's job did not work out for him. He had a 45 minute commute and wasn't getting paid what they originally stated so he decided that he wouldn't really make enough to pay for the gas. So, after 3 days he decided not to take the job. He also is looking for a full time job and didn't know if that company would actually hire him even after a year had gone by....that's a long time to be in the dark.

this is my view and cheering squad as I wash the dishes
Friday evening we drove our little convertible in the car cruise. Our city has a car show every year and we usually drive in it, our car is not that special.....2006 red pontiac solstice....but Kevin likes to drive in the parade from Manitowoc to Two Rivers and I ride along. 
It was a beautiful night, before the drive we walked around to look at some of the 570 cars. I ran into a couple of my nurses in the chemo department and the wife of one of my former bosses. It was nice to chat with them for a bit.
When we got to Two Rivers we got something to eat and visited with more friends. Kevin was ready to go home early but part of me wanted to stay a while and listen to the music and have a beer. I decided to go home with Kev. Later I was reading in bed and I was able to listen to the music anyway...it was loud and I had the bedroom window open.
Saturday morning I slept until almost 10....very late for me. It was another beautiful day and I felt like reading again...so I did. I knew some friends were coming over after lunch but I was tired and decided to take a nap...guess what? Ten minutes later I hear someone walk in and say "Anyone home?" I knew he was coming and I had the back door open so it was not unexpected....I wasn't sleeping anyway. I like my friends to be able to pop in anytime. 
We had a very nice visit with a friend of Kev's and his dad, a man Kev calls his 2nd dad. Bill lives in AZ now and usually gets here once in the summer so we look forward to visiting with him. Later my bff came over with our grandson (more drama with his mom) but grandson J did get to stay. Deb, Jim, and Danny stayed to visit with everyone too. Kev popped in a pizza and Deb shared her veggies and dip with us. It was a really nice afternoon and I enjoyed it.
That evening another friend decided to have a fire in her backyard so grandson J and I stopped over there. We had good conversation, a beer, and a s'more.....I had 1, Jalen had several.
This morning I slept late again.........what is with that??? J's mom demanded (or rather made his brother call and demand) that I bring him home before noon. She is such a control freak. 
My neighbor was having a garage sale and Deb wanted to walk down there, so we did. Jennifer is trying to raise money for medical bills. Her husband has Parkinsons and  lymphoma. They are not that old....their daughter is 9 and the boy is 4. So sad. I am glad that we walked down 3 houses to meet her. 
Once again I was out on the deck reading when Kev came home from golfing. He wanted to go to Menards to get some things so I rode along. I picked up a few more plants.....I do that all the time...I just keep buying and buying. One thing he was looking for were parts for the grill, but they're not in stock so he was online chatting with someone after we got home. Before we got home we stopped to eat at Culver's. They have a supply of pamphlets on display and one is a nutritional guide. I was pretty tickled b/c now I can figure what was my best choices are before I get there. 
I love my new washer, it has a wash load size choice or water saver choice. I can open it up without having to hold down the stupid button that didn't work 1/2 the time. But.....best of all....my clothes are much cleaner....I am a happy woman. 
No summer school this week so I can sleep in every day....is that a good thing? 
I can't believe July 4th is just around the corner. 
Have a great pre-holiday week!!!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Ups and Downs and Downs and Ups

Normally (in my mind) my life is pretty quiet and boring...and generally I like it that way. Lately it seems like it's been a roller coaster ride. 
Kevin's son moved in for a few weeks until Kev blew his stack and told him to leave, it was not pretty and I don't think he was right, but he's not my son so I kept my mouth shut.
Then there was lots of drama with grandson J and his mom and me so he couldn't come over here. One of the things I was told was that if all 3 boys (ages 11, 10, 4) can't spend the night then no one can. I had to say no b/c she is NOT going to TELL me....ask and I most likely will say yes. I am not a big fan of people telling me what to do, unless it is someone with legitimate authority over me. 
Actually the 4 year old is a handful so I prefer to have the older ones only. All of the boys were over one afternoon for 2-1/2 hours and I took all 3 to the amusement park the week before....but those don't count.

 It's not my fault she lives with her parents and she doesn't make time for the boys. Actually the 10 year old stays every saturday night here. I am not responsible for that tradition. My 12 year old granddaughter was here and his heart was broken and so was mine.


When it was convenient for mom (several days later) the older boys did come over, but once again I was told both or none could stay overnight. I said sure.....the older ones are easy. The 11 year old decided not to spend the night anyway. That worked out good b/c grandson J wanted some alone time with Ava.


The next morning was summer school...but....I forgot to set my alarm the night before b/c it didn't seem like a week day....the kids were here, Kev is not working and I never know what day it is. Oh no...mom called again and read the riot act to J and me. There's more to that story but I am not going into detail. It turned out OK b/c that afternoon I took Ava and all 3 boys (my intentions all along) to some local caves. We had tons of fun.


After that mom let J come along when I took Ava to meet her mom and he spent the night again. I think she realized that he had not lied to her....altho she never apologized to him. I think when a parent wrongs a child he/she should apologize. Love is NOT never having to say you're sorry...but being thoughtful enough to SAY you're sorry. 
Now our house is quiet, very quiet and we like it.
Ava is not a problem at all, she takes care of herself, eats a lot, and is always pleasant. 
After some finagling I figured out that my washer was not even moving the clothes around...not even a little. It's sad to think that my dish cloths were actually getting more cleaning action while I was washing dishes than in the washer.....eeewww. Then it decided not to work at all. So.....I shopped....researched....and got a new one today.  Guess what I am washing first? Whites, of course. 
My youngest son, who doesn't talk to me, (long story that I do not want to get into) was in an auto accident and broke several ribs, toes, and chipped a part of his dislocated hip. His hip is back in place now and he's home but is in a lot of pain and bored somethin' awful. His girlfriend was waiting for me at the hospital, she's a keeper! He better keep her! I stayed and talked to her after Jason fell asleep and she gave me a sincere hug. She wants us to heal our relationship. I've met her but never really talked to her.
Both of my sons have picked wonderful women to be with. If it wasn't for my DIL, Connie, I don't think I'd have any relationship with my oldest son or their children. My daughter also has a great husband. Granddaughter Ava says she lives in a 'MOMocracy'....it works great for them. They live in the country and have 3 children (7, 12, 15) that are involved in various activities. Sometimes the children carpool, but usually mom or dad drives them to where they need to be. Dad also volunteers at the humane society with Ava b/c that is what she wants to do. She is thinking of becoming a veterinarian. 
The past 2 days have been perfect (weather wise) and I love sunny, warm weather. It was kind of nice to wash a load or 2 of clothes at 8am and then hang them out at 9am. Yesterday I was so lazy, I sat on the deck and finished my book. It was really good and I think I'll post about it later. The day before I got a lot accomplished so I think I deserved a lazy day.
Today I am doing laundry and blogging. Jalen's brother called me to say that J could stay here this afternoon after I picked him up from school (I take and pick up, I volunteered b/c I knew no one else would and I think it's a good thing to get out of the house for part of the day).......no one seems to ask....it's OK, he's easy....a couch potato for the most part. I'll take him 'home' around 4:30pm b/c Kev and I are driving in the Cool City Classic Car Cruise. We don't have a classic car but the Solstice is a limited car so he likes to drive it. I enjoy doing that with him.
Have a good weekend!
Thanks for being so patient with me.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Five Days With Ava

 My beautiful, silly, sweet 12 year old granddaughter spent 5 days with us.  We hardly knew she was here....except she eats a lot......I know she doesn't look like it, but she does.
We didn't really have anything exciting planned. We ran errands, hit the thrift stores, stopped at the library, walked along the lake , and had root beer floats. We had a nice visit. She's a keeper. 



She's my scrapbooking sweetheart.
She forgot her supplies at home....but never fear...grandma has everything here!



This is a short, quick post just for Ava.


When she ran out of photos she made some fashion design pages....she's always been into fashion.

In June we celebrated her little sister's birthday.


Don't you love this 'wish tree'?
I love the tree trunk.
Click on the picture to see her wishes. 
We are all so proud of her, she is a very motivated young girl and will go far.



She also made a bunch of cards. 
Tomorrow we have an adventure planned.
She's been staying up late watching TV and reading.....she's going home tomorrow so then it's back to mom's rules. 

BTW she reads my blog and your comments.






Saturday, June 13, 2015

You Know It's Time To Clean The Birdfeeder When.... and What Else Is On My Mind

Yes, It's time to clean out the birdfeeder and start over when the bird seed sprouts. I guess that is why it had a cover. 
Said cover will be going back on as soon as I can get outside to clean out this mess. It became disconnected and I never put it on this year. Either it's been rainy or I have been gone so it hasn't been taken care of. I should have time this week.

It was damp, rainy, and cool today but I and a friend managed to go to the local garden fair. I didn't get any photos but we came home with a car load of stuff. We saw tons of flowers, yard art, some clothing, and jewelry too. We each got a HUGE hanging fuschia for $15 (they took up my entire back seat) and some other things too. I ran out of money and was cold so after about 2 hours we came home. I try to go and pick up some new plants every year.

Now I have a rant....or 2.
I HATE my Maytag HE top loading washer. Ever since we got it, over a year ago, I said it did not get the clothes clean, especially the whites where it is noticeable. 
Finally, after months of looking at socks that smelled clean but looked filthy I decided to soak the socks that had been washed THREE times (my standard procedure for whites) in hot water with bleach and double rinsed. I soaked the socks overnight and this is what the water looked like. I drained the water and soaked them again in detergent and the water looked just as dirty. The next day I drained off that water and used a bleach soak. 


The sock in the middle was the one I soaked.
Several people on facebook have commented that they now have to soak socks too. 

I very seldom had to soak clothes before. The HE washers are supposed to save water.....How much am I saving if I have to soak every d** load of whites???? 
Maybe you are one of the lucky ones and you don't have a problem.....I know I am not alone though and I will continue to let anyone, who might care just a teeny bit, how much I hate this washer. It doesn't even have a soak cycle...if it did I could deal with it much easier. You can bet your boots that IF we ever buy a new washer I am going to check it out VERY thoroughly!!!

And I am not done yet..............
Our 10 year old grandson comes over every saturday night.....unless he is being punished. He hates living with his mom's parents and does not always help out or act respectful (so I am told). He's not as easy going as his older brother, who loves living with the other grandparents. But the only punishment Jalen gets is not coming over here.
He started to cry when he called to tell me he couldn't come over.
It is soooooooo lonely here when he's not here. I like my quiet time  but saturday nights are for him!

No sunshine, only thundershowers, predicted for tomorrow, so my new flowers will stay in their tiny containers for a couple of days yet. 

Thanks for stopping by and 'listening' to me rant.....sometimes I just gotta!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Hullava Week

It has been a very busy few days and I can't wait until tomorrow when I can leave the house when I want and have only 1 errand to run.
The week has had some GREAT, FUN moments.






There have been horrific times....unfortunately those are bothering me. I can not write when I am upset. So please send a prayer (I am fine) and be patient with me.

Until then here are 3 things that my breast cancer was 'good' for:
*I don't need to shave my legs every day like I used to do
*I realize I look good in short hair and don't have to hide behind my hair anymore
*I lost the weight that I needed to 

I'll be back in a couple of days!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

One My Way Home I Found.....

Today was a gorgeous day! 
A friend and I worked on a project at the library today (more about that in another post).
I passed many garage sales on my way home but I just don't need any more 'stuff' so I didn't stop at any. These things and lots more were piled by the curb in front of a house that was not having a sale....I wasn't sure why they were there...too good to be free. I continued home, used the bathroom, got a drink, and remembered I forgot to stop at the grocery store....so off I go again. I decided to drive past that house on my way (it's out of my way for the store) and I saw a free sign. 
I'm gonna stop!!!
And I did. Look what I found: two, yes 2, metal watering cans (one does not have the end on it, there was one more but I left it), there is nothing wrong with the ladders (I think I'll use them for plants), the plastic drawer unit already has a place in the corner of my bedroom (to replace something that is not quite working) , the Life is Good  sign will be outside on the deck fence (it will replace the sunflower screen painting that Kev threw out).



Another woman pulled up right after I did and was picking up stuff too. The homeowner came out and said she was just getting rid of stuff...."I'm not going to have a garage sale" she said, and she was putting out more as she cleaned the garage. My car was full and I had to buy some groceries....no, hubby did not see my stash...he was golfing. 
He's finished with the deck and put the furniture out this afternoon. Now I can enjoy any nice days we might have with a table and decent chair. 
But not tomorrow.....rain is predicted and we are heading to my daughter's. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Another Good Shopping Day

Yes, ANOTHER good shopping day....so many good days of late that I need to stay away from our little thrift store. 
One day last week they had all clothing (except dresses and coats) for $1. I don't need anything but was looking for my sister, hubby, and step-son.  I found a nice Christmas sweatshirt/jacket and a top for my sister. I picked up a leather skirt for myself....(I need to loose about 3# tho) and a fleece pullover for SS. For our grandson I found a pair of name brand jogging pants (he doesn't like jeans) and a camo zip up hoodie. 

Today I wasn't planning to go out but a friend had some plants for me......so I had to stop at the thrift store (my car can not drive past it, it automatically pulls in). I picked up a beach towel, navy t-shirt for myself (not in the pic), authentic Starbucks mug for my granddaughter, pretty letter holder, new Dr Suess hat, 3 small chip board scrapbooks for the grands, a really cool tie for my grandson (the loop is there and you zip it to the correct size - I have never seen this style before), some giant paper clips for some craft project, pair of ankle socks, and an aluminum double sided shot jigger. You didn't know I was such a sophisticated drinker, did ya?
Yes, all of that for.....
$5.99.
Now do you understand why it is my favorite thrift store?


Actually I scooped up the jigger because I knew it would be perfect for an air plant. I didn't have one but when I showed to my friend she thought it would be a great home too, so she gave me one of her babies. Thanks Carolee! I think he's going to love it here.

We have plans this weekend!
Kevin hasn't been hired but he is planning to take the job he was offered at the woodworking place....I don't know the name of it.

I did some weeding the past 2 days....all I can say is I am not as young as I used to be. When I am down on my knees I have a hard time trying to figure out how to get up....so far I have managed tho. ***SMILE***

As I've been typing I've been enjoying the smell of my Lilies of the Valley...so sweet...so wonderful to be able to enjoy them on my table.

Have a great weekend!!!!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thoughts on Thursday

I found this patch at the thrift store the other day for 50 cents. It's brand new and was from Hobby Lobby, don't know if they still carry these. It's appropriate and I had to have it!
When I first started to write this post I thought I'd be a day late....but I'm not. Now that neither of us is working it's hard for me to figure out what day it is.....guess I need to check the day on the right, lower, corner of my computer screen more often.


Now that Eastin is living here I see his sons more often. This week he's working extra shifts because they are shorthanded so I haven't seen them this week. 
Last weekend the 4 year old got angry and threw his Mexican jumping beans on the floor, Eastin wasn't too happy with him so he slapped him and spoke very loudly to him. The way L was sobbing I would have thought Eastin hit him with a baseball bat but I was in the house so knew what was going on. L cried really hard for about 5 minutes...then
Grandson L "dad?"
Eastin "What L?"
Grandson L "best dad ever"
I am so glad they got over it so quickly, don't you wish more people were like that? I do.
I was amazed at how fast he turned it off and was a nice little boy again. Grandson J stays angry longer. 

Some good news~
Kev has a job offer from a place about 45 minutes from here. He really wants the malting company job that he applied for (nearby) and he's giving them until Friday afternoon to respond to his resume, phone call, and email. Friday afternoon he's talking to the other company. The pay is ok, it's a line of work he knows, but he's never had to commute before so that's not up his alley. 

I'll keep ya posted!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

El Paso

In April we flew to El Paso for the National Bowling tournament. Finally Kevin bowls, again, with a team that takes their wives along. It's about the only vacation we take lately. I had finished my radiation treatments 2 days before we left and my breast healed unbelievably quickly! I did keep a shirt on when laying by the pool.
The hotel we stayed at had a nice breakfast, including waffles, which are my favorite!!! When this waffle is flipped over it's hard to see what it is.......at first I just thought 'What a weird shape for a waffle, was there a sale on the waffle irons whose shapes were deformed?' Then I flipped it over and VIOLA ~ 
Texas. 
Them Texans just gotta do things 'diffrent'.



BUT everything is NOT bigger in Texas.
We had to ask someone what this was....
it's....
a lime. 


The weather was perfect while we were there. I made sure to spend at much time here as I could. The guys bowl on 2 different days and I only watched on one. Kevin doesn't mind if I don't watch....it's not that much fun to watch and I wanted some sunshine.
While they bowled I relaxed at the pool and later went for a walk to the strip mall a block or 2 away. I stopped at a consignment shop and bought a new maxi dress (they are so comfy) and a sparkly purple tank top (for Red Hats).
I also stopped at Orange Leaf yogurt where I had $7 worth of ice cream. I'm worth it, right????

One of the few sightseeing things we did was to ride the Wyler aerial tram. I don't recall every being on one. It operates on a 2400' cable and rises over 900' to the mountain above. The ride is less than 5 minutes. The view is amazing! I'm glad we did it. One of the other wives did not go on it.



I think descending was worse than going up.


Going up

A beautiful shrub that won't grow in WI, but I'd sure like it.


Yup, I'm a little too big, but I there's nothing wrong with a little silliness.

A Cracker Barrel restaurant was just across the parking lot and Walmart was within walking distance in the other direction so we wanted for nothing....'cept a few extra days of vacation.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Stackfest

Hamilton Manufacturing was THE place to work in Two Rivers in its hey day. 
In 1880 the plant started out making wood type for newspapers. The company later expanded to building the type cabinets and  furniture for labs, schools, doctors, dentists, etc. In 1917 they started using steel for their cabinets, although use of wood continued. They made the first gas powered clothes dryer.
Hubby worked there for 30 years, his mother and several other relatives worked there also. The company employed 100's of people and the local economy was affected when the plant closed about 2 years ago.  There were changes in the past few years, a manufacturing plant was opened in Mexico (inferior work), the company was sold twice (as far as I can remember). Hubby was so stressed that he quit and found a new job in 2008....and presently he is searching for another. The company was sold again and demolition on all the buildings completed this year.
The manufacturing site is over 12 acres that now stands bare. The city is hoping to redevelop it into something beneficial. The harbor is right there.


Today, May 31, was the 'Stackfest' celebration in Two Rivers. It was a bittersweet event for many. A lot of the past employees were there to watch the implosion of the 233' smokestack. Two local bars with a good view of the smokestack had a block party, it was kinda neat because the bars are less than a block apart. Music was playing and old friends were catching up on the latest news. Food and drinks were served outside in the sunshine....but....the wind was darn cold. It was 53 but too windy...I had on 2 layers and had blankets along. It would have been a great day to get out and chit chat if it were warmer. 

We arrived early and had a great view.


 Debbie and I went alone, but Eastin and the boys caught up with us. My grandsons sat in the front by us while the guys were watching elsewhere and talking to old friends.

There were 100's of people who wanted to view the event, this is our little section. We are down in front.

 I took photos while Eastin and Deb took videos....we can share...easy peasy.

I've never seen a live implosion before.



Almost gone.

Now it's totally bare.
I hope they can put something nice there. 
We are a small town.............
What can they do???


Thanks for stopping by....what other 'adventures' are in store for this week???

Friday, May 29, 2015

God Has A Plan

I know He has a plan and I know my measly, little mind can not comprehend it, even when I try to guess what it might me. 
I believe we must believe and live by faith and not by sight.

'So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal'
2 Corinthians 4:18

A question I was asked recently " Where did God come from?"
and "what if we all are just someone's imagination" (in their head)?
or "what about life on other planets?" I was told they proved that life could be supported on Mars.
or "there are all kinds of videos on youtube explaining how we evolved."
and" man wrote the Bible and it has changed from the original writings." 
All I can say is--

"for we walk by faith, not by sight"
 2 Corinthians 5:7


I can't answer any of the above questions, I just do not have the knowledge, I only believe. I believe He has a plan for me. I can't even attempt to guess even though I try.
There are things in my life that were allowed to happen, things that hurt me a great deal. ...but life went on.
When I was 32 I was in an auto accident and developed a serious complication that put me in intensive care for several days. The minister was called, they didn't think I'd make it. But He pulled me through it.
Last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and if you are a regular reader you know all of the side effects I contracted. I was very sick, my heart was very bad, so bad that a transplant would have been in my future if the cancer was not present.
My EF was 19% (it should be 55-75%). This year is has improved to 34% and now is at 43%.
This was doctor week for me. I saw the oncologist, the cardiologist, the radiation dr, and a surgeon. One thing that was done was an Echo for my heart. I don't know who was more excited to see the report: me or the cardiologist. We were both very happy. I will be on my meds for life, but hey I am doing just great!
I feel really good, in fact what bothers me now is my knee....it has for several years....I feel just as good as I did 2 years ago. God has pulled me through another serious condition. What does He have in mind for me????

Hubby has been job hunting with no luck so far. We did purchase insurance but now we will have to meet the deductible again....it was so nice to have everything covered under his work insurance. It worked out really well that I had many of my dr appointments already scheduled for this week. When I saw my oncologist he told me that my medical port could come out. Oh no!!! There were only 2 days left in the week that I could have it done and still have it covered under our insurance. I waited a day for a phone call...none. I was at the same clinic so was stopped over at the oncologist and talked to them and the nurse made another call to the surgeons office (of course they are in different cities). Less than an hour later I received a call from the surgeons office....they could only do it that afternoon. "I'll be there", I said. I found a friend to go with me, hubby was scheduled to golf and they don't have any extras on their team (he would have taken me if no one else could), Thank God for my friends - one took me to Milwaukee the day before and a different one came with me to Green Bay yesterday. I was 'deported' yesterday (my medical port was removed).
It was a very simple procedure, done in the office. The worst part was the freezing...again, who likes to have a shot in their breast? who??? I talked steadily to the nurse to get my mind off the pressure I was feeling. The port removal went quickly and the dr explained everything thoroughly. I think it took the longest for the nurse to put pressure on the site (cautionary measure b/c of my intake of coumadin).
I really didn't need anyone to come with me (I wasn't aware of that at the time) but it was really nice to have some time to visit with Carolee, she's a busy gal.
Yesterday was a beautiful day!  It was 79 in Green Bay (less than an hour away) but 59 here....such is life living by the big lake. I had planned to pull weeds yesterday afternoon but the 'deportation' had to take precedence. Today it's raining so no weed pulling.....guess there will be more days to attempt that task.

If you've stayed awake long enough to read this long post I'm going to say "Have a GREAT weekend!!!"
I don't know where the past week went.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thoughts on Thursday

Yup, I have plenty of 'em.
Or would it be Anxiety on Thursday...
What Now Thursday?...
or How Can a Life Be So Messed Up???
Whatever it is I am sharing my thoughts.....
I fell asleep with them and woke up at 4AM with them....
Hubby's son, E, is 30 and has nothing other than a wife and 3 boys. Technically one of the boys is not his, but that's neither here nor there. E considers him to be his son.
His wife took the boys and moved in with her parents almost a year ago. They still manage to do things together but it seems (to me) like they have serious issues and might be better off apart. That's not the point either.
The point is that E and his roommate were evicted because a 3rd roommate took their rent money and absconded with it. Now he has no place to live...and no money...he never was good with money. He is also on probation and with no address there would be jail time instead and that would lead to him loosing his job. I asked Kev about him (we are both tuff love believers) and convinced E to call him. Kev needed time to think about what we are doing to do. Those two do not have a close relationship. E is the kid who left as soon as he turned 18, quit school, and got into some minor trouble. He seldom calls and comes over only when invited, and not always even then. Kev is NOT a talker or EMPATHETIC person.....it's very hard to know how he feels. They did talk on the phone a little last night and Kev told E that does loves him and wants to help him. So E is coming over after work this morning to talk and we're going let him stay for a while. That means I have to clean up our one small, spare room.....it's normally the kids room. The small closet packed.....I have to attempt to clean it out, at least most of it out. ugh!!!!!We'll try again to help E get his life straightened out.

Something else to think about......
In 10 more days we will not have insurance. Kev has not had any job offers yet. I have doctor appointments this week, no more until July, and my meds are filled for almost 3 more months. I'm not sure what we are going to do. Cobra is expensive, if we apply for other temporary insurance we'll have to meet the deductible AGAIN, and who knows what could happen if we take a gamble???

And...
Kev was promised a nice severance package if he stayed with his company until it closed. The place closed for lack of money....so what do you think? ....we're thinking there won't be any payment. 

That's enough for me to think about today.
Right now I am going to concentrate on the sunshine...........looks like rain again for next week.






Tuesday, May 19, 2015

More Living With Linda

Hmmmm
I've been trying to think.....
and
Yes, I think I have chemo brain..............although I hate to admit it. I'm not ashamed, but it is another imperfection. I never had a good memory, as I said before I don't remember much of my childhood, but I do clearly remember certain things. It seems like lately I often times have trouble coming up with the right word....ie: today when I was at Subway I was pointing to the cukes and said spinach, one day I told them I wanted paprika on my sub when I always have oregano (and I was picturing oregano-where did paprika come from?). Sometimes I try to explain what I am trying to say with my hands....and it's really surprising when the person I am talking to knows exactly what I mean. 
The other day I drove to my grandsons' school for their last concert. I found a great parking space and walked up to the door, it was locked. I rang the buzzer and the secretary asked if she could help me. I inquired about the concert and she informed me that it was the following day. DRAT! I know I have not done that before. Life will go on.......and on.........and on.
I KNEW it was the following day, in fact, as I was driving I kept wondering why I told Kathy I was busy on Tuesday when I was attending the concert on Monday, and I only had something scheduled for One day this week.  I knew we both had plans for Tuesday. 
I did make it to the concert and even sat on the floor with my 4 year old grandson and let him take photos with my phone. Mom, the other grandma, and some other family members saved me a chair near the front. The boys are so happy when we attend their events.

I always write all my appointments and plans on my calender so I know exactly what all of my options and obligations are.....BUT I guess I have to actually look at my calendar every day.
It has taken me 2 days to think of the word for the spray oil to use on cooking pans.  'PAM',  that's it! :-)

I have a 'coffee' date with a friend on Thursday. Will I go on the right day????

On the bright side hubby is getting some resume's and job applications sent out. Everything is done online nowadays.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Springtime Crafts

I'd like to take the credit for this cute plant holder, but I can't. I saw it on someone else's blog.....I am not sure whose. 
Of course, I had long ago thrown out my banana hanger. So I was on the lookout for another. When you shop the thrift stores like I do it's not hard to fine one for a $1 or 2.
This started out as a light colored wood banana hanger, I painted it white and distressed it a bit. Does it need more? Right now it lives in my house and the African Violet is for display only. All 3 of mine are blooming (thanks Carolee). When it warms up it will go outside with some small flowering plant. 



I also made another flip flop wreath and I WILL NEVER MAKE ANOTHER ONE....unless I can figure out an easy way to adhere the flip flops to the wreath form. I think they are so darn cute and summery! 
Naturally the wreath and flip flops are from the thrift store.

I'm not really proud of this one, but it certainly adds some color to the fence...which hubby needs to power wash yet. He does in in between golf outings. 

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