Monthly Archives: January 2009

CYBER TRIP FOR REAL..

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Photo by BECCA…
 
Stopped by BECCA’S BLOG this morning and boy
talk about taking us along on her trip to HAWAI!!
She and her hubby are there for REAL and she
is documenting it and taking us with her.
CLOSE your drapes, turn up the heat and
visit her blog and you will be sent to another
hawaiian get away. Granted she has been there
for a whole week so you will have to back track for
some fantastic photos. She still has a lot to show us
as she will be there for at least 10 more days.
It is a nice get away from all the white stuff and cold
winds that is for sure. Anyone can comment there, no signing
in or anything. Just thought you might enjoy the CYBER
GET AWAY!!    If you need to find me.. I will be there
looking at the sights!!   Wink
 
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SUPER BOWL MENU

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I haven’t mentioned the SUPERBOWL here.. I just mostly
watch it for the ads. 
I heard things will be different this year with the ads.
They will be more "homey" and gentle and funny.
We will see. I welcome that.. I hope to see a fair and
exciting game that is not one-sided. I will be routing for
the underdog team THE CARDINALS.. after all.. Pittsburgh is
nice but have won so many times before it is time for
someone else to win. What a story for Arizona if
they win!!
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This year our menu will not be Chili and snacks but…
a turkey dinner like thanksgiving with all the trimmings.
I chose this sunday to have a celebration with much
thanks for great news about mom’s condition. Her doctor
has told us that she has reversed her illness from
severe to moderate now. ALL because of the diet set
up by the dietician and her willpower to stick with it.
It has been a struggle but we have been willing to
keep to it. She got through the holidays and came out the
winner. Her levels have held for 3 months now steady!
A real cause for a day off the diet and eating anything she
wants. The thing is …I HAVEN’T TOLD HER YET!
You know this special news before she does. My sis and I
intend to tell her during our special meal on sunday as a
surprise. OH she knows we are having a dinner of turkey
but not WHY, so shhhhhhhhhh don’t tell !  Don't tell anyone
 
I will be off to the store today to get some little things to help
the meal be a very special one.  It is snowing here lightly,
mostly lake effect flurries. We are glad we are not closer as
they have nearly 6 inches of new snow over by the lake.
Saturday and sunday  we should have temps in the 30’s
and that is more cause for celebration around these parts.
Gas prices here now are 1.89 a gallon and milk is
holding at 3.79 in the stores here in town.
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Hope you all have a super Saturday!!
 

SUPER BOWL MENU

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I  haven’t mentioned the SUPERBOWL here.. I just mostlywatch it for the ads. 

I heard things will be different this year with the ads.
They will be more “homey” and gentle and funny.
We will see. I welcome that.. I hope to see a fair and
exciting game that is not one-sided. I will be routing for
the underdog team THE CARDINALS.. after all.. Pittsburgh is
nice but have won so many times before it is time for
someone else to win. What a story for Arizona if
they win!!
###################################################
This year our menu will not be Chili and snacks but…
a turkey dinner like thanksgiving with all the trimmings.
I chose this sunday to have a celebration with much
thanks for great news about mom’s condition. Her doctor
has told us that she has reversed her illness from
severe to moderate now. ALL because of the diet set
up by the dietician and her willpower to stick with it.
It has been a struggle but we have been willing to
keep to it. She got through the holidays and came out the
winner. Her levels have held for 3 months now steady!
A real cause for a day off the diet and eating anything she
wants. The thing is …I HAVEN’T TOLD HER YET!
You know this special news before she does. My sis and I
intend to tell her during our special meal on sunday as a
surprise. OH she knows we are having a dinner of turkey
but not WHY, so shhhhhhhhhh don’t tell !  Don't tell anyone
 
I will be off to the store today to get some little things to help
the meal be a very special one.  It is snowing here lightly,
mostly lake effect flurries. We are glad we are not closer as
they have nearly 6 inches of new snow over by the lake.
Saturday and sunday  we should have temps in the 30’s
and that is more cause for celebration around these parts.
Gas prices here now are 1.89 a gallon and milk is
holding at 3.79 in the stores here in town.
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Hope you all have a super Saturday!!
 

PART TWO.. 1985

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Well after getting fired so abruptly I got unemployment right away, but I knew I would have to get some kind of work fast or lose my apartment.  I answered an ad for a caregiver position in someone’s home. When I was interviewed I found out that the man was keeping his elderly mother at home who had advanced Altzheimers disease. She had just been diagnosed with Cancer as well. One other woman was hired as well as myself to cover the 24 hour shifts. I would work days and she would work nights. I already worked night shift  before and didn’t want any part of that anymore.

The man had his whole family at home as well. He had 3 girls and 2 very feisty Pomeranians.  It was a full house! I had no idea that his mother was that advanced until I had taken the job.  She yelled at the top of her lungs all the time and was given strong drugs for the cancer so it did not seem she was in any pain at all. She was just kind of singing to herself only very LOUD.  I loved to cook, so the time I was not taking care of her, I was making the evenng meals for the family to help out. It did keep me very busy there.

When her condition seemed to get settled some, the man took a trip to MEXICO. I say out of the country! Yep you guessed it he took his wife and left for several days. I was in charge of three kids and a sick mother. The other woman came to stay in the house too. She helped when I was busy doing something else. We were paid very well so I really didn’t mind all that much.. U N T I L   The woman passed away..

The other woman and I frantically tried to save her. CPR,suctioning,intubation it was just useless. We called the hospice and the nurses came.. the sherriff came , the coroner came. They took pictures like it was a crime scene.  There was not a “FAMILY MEMBER” present on the scene with valid papers to state what to do and what  NOT to do. Her doctor knew she had a DNR (do not resusitate) order, but that did not matter.They lifted her out of the bed onto the hard floor. The paramedics started CPR despite our frantic calls to stop. Finally the hospice supervisor showed up and said.. STOP.. we have orders.

It still did not stop the sherriff from making us feel like criminals. They pulled a sheet over her and asked a MILLION questions.The other lady and I were so upset we could hardly speak. My head pounded and the hospice nurses took our blood pressure to see if we were all right.  That poor woman laid there on the floor for hours covered while their investigation went on.

And then THE KIDS CAME HOME FROM SCHOOL. Their grandmother laid on the floor of the den covered in a sheet with cops everywhere. Tryng to reach their parents who were “OUT OF THE COUNTRY!” was a nightmare. This was before cell phones and we had to call the Ca. Highway Patrol to help track them down. Seems they had left  Mexico, driving and were in route home. Highway patrol found them in a rest area and informed them to CALL HOME.

The children were sent to a neighbors and stayed until the parents arrived home. I left at about 6 pm exhausted and the other woman and a pastor stayed at the house until they came home. The next day we all met at the house and told the entire story to the parents. We made calls and made arrangements. The man asked if I could stay on as a housekeeper for the family for a little while. I said I would and I remained there for almost  four months. 

Trying to save a person’s life and watching them pass away in front of you is life changing. Being grilled like a criminal who has done a criminal act and not being guilty of anything is life changing also. I will never forget it as long as I live. 1985 was a real life changing year for me….

The lessons learned back then follow me every single day. I learned about  my own strength,compassion, patience and faith. 

LIFE: PART TWO

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Well after getting fired so abruptly I got unemployment right away, but I knew I would have to get some kind of work fast or lose my apartment.  I answered an ad for a caregiver position in someone’s home. When I was interviewed I found out that the man was keeping his elderly mother at home who had advanced Altzheimers disease.
She had just been diagnosed with Cancer as well. One other
woman was hired as well as myself to cover the 24 hour shifts.
I would work days and she would work nights. I already worked night shift  before and didn’t want any part of that anymore.

The man had his whole family at home as well. He had 3 girls
and 2 very feisty Pomeranians.  It was a full house! I had no idea that his mother was that advanced until I had taken the job.  She yelled at the top of her lungs all the time and was given strong drugs for the cancer so it did not seem she was in any pain at all.  I loved to cook, so the time I was not taking care of her I was making the evenng meals for the family to help out. It did keep me very busy there.

When her condition seemed to get settled some, the man had to go out of town to a clinic in MEXICO. I say out of the country! Yep you guessed it he took his wife and left for several days. I was in charge of three kids and a sick mother. The other woman came to stay in the house too. She helped when I was busy doing something else. We were paid very well so I really didnt mind all that much.. U N T I L   The woman passed away..

The other woman and I frantically tried to save her. 911 calls and paramedic calls were useless. We called the hospice and the nurses came.. the sherriff came , the coroner came. They took pictures like it was a crime scene.  There was not a “FAMILY MEMBER” present on the scene with valid papers to state what to do and what  NOT to do. Her doctor knew she had a DNR (do not resusitate) order, but that did not matter.They lifted her out of the bed onto the hard floor. The paramedics started CPR despite our frantic calls to stop. Finally the hospice supervisor showed up and said.. STOP.. we have orders.

It still did not stop the sherriff from making us feel like criminals. They pulled a sheet over her and asked a MILLION questions.The other lady and I were so upset we could hardly speak. My head pounded and the hospice nurses took our blood pressure to see if we were all right. 

And then THE KIDS CAME HOME FROM SCHOOL. Their grandother laid on the floor of the den covered in a sheet with cops everywhere. Tryng to reach their parents who were “OUT OF THE COUNTRY!” was a nightmare. This was before cell phones and we had to call the Ca. Highway Patrol to help track them down. Seems they had left the resort to come home driving and were in route home. Highway patrol found them in a rest area and informed them to CALL HOME.

The children were sent to a neighbors and stayed until the parents arrived home. I left at about 6 pm exhausted and the other woman and a pastor stayed at the house until they came home. The next day we all met at the house and told the entire story to the parents. We made calls and made arrangements. The man asked if I could stay on as a housekeeper for the family for a little while. I said I would and I remained there for almost  four months. 

Trying to save a person’s life and watching them pass away in front of you is life changing. Being grilled like a criminal who has done a criminal act and not being guilty of anything is life changing also. I will never forget it as long as I live. 1985 was a real life changing year for me….

WEB LOG WHAT??

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Just think about it.. many years ago people didn’t know what
the heck a BLOG was. We didn’t know who invented it or
why it was called "BLOG" . WEB LOG was the original term.
Above is the link to tell you the true history of blogs. Surprising
to me it starts in 1971!!!  Well of course back in 1971 it really was not
the type of blog we have today. 


glitter-graphics.com

 
NOW everyone knows what a blog is.. they may not use one,
but they know what one is. I don’t have to stop and explain it
to a person when I mention that I have one I write on.
SO   Do you tell people you have one?? Do you tell them
they might get mentioned? Does it freak them out?? Around
here in our burg.. many people know what one does… but have
never seen one. They watch what they say .. they don’t want to
be mentioned.  What in the world would we all be without one?
I mean without the ease to communicate with others. We could use
e mail but I doubt it would be the same. It would not show each person’s
real personalities etc.  I have a personal journal that I wrote in for
over 30 years( yeah I am old Confused). I was used to writing every day
or evening what kinds of things were happening to me and what
things were going on in the world. It was just for me. Now I write and
don’t care if the world reads it. I never thought I would be in that position.

I decided to go back in time and look and see what was going on
way back when on JAN. 28…  I am soo glad I can.
I am amazed at what I wrote…. I went to the box and picked at
random a journal not even looking at the number. The books run from
1-28.. I picked number 14..  OH MY.. I could hardly believe it…
It was a very hard time in my life.

 
It is Jan 28 1985.. I am in my mid 30’s then. On this day
in my history I have received my last check including
2 weeks vacation pay and my pink slip with no explanation
as to why they are letting me go. EVERYONE knew but me..
no one told me what was going on there. I had worked nights
for 5 years, alone, and ran the whole entire office of over
200 clients in an answering service. There was no reason to
let me go. I had a stellar record there.  I found out later the fact that
because I was the longest running employee there, and making the most money,
I was going to be replaced. The head office said they wanted
"someone more experienced to run new machines." The office
was moving and "going in a new direction." 
I knew they just didn’t want to pay my insurance and salary.
GUESS WHAT??
Six months later the service closed and they all were out

of a job!  Smile  CELL PHONE came into play as well as answering
machines were plentiful.
 
So.. on that day.. I walked out and into the world to go do something
entirely different with my life. It was a real turning point.
 Four months later
something would happen that would change my life forever.

 
I love looking back sometimes and seeing how far I have come.
Now I rarely write anything long hand. My penmanship has suffered
so much I can hardly recognize it   All my journals will
be kept for however long I can.. it is a view to the past
written through my experiences.  Time captured through the
written word.

 
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!! 
 
 
 

WEB LOG…WHAT???

Standard
Just think about it.. many years ago people didn’t know what
the heck a BLOG was. We didn’t know who invented it or
why it was called “BLOG” . WEB LOG was the original term.
Above is the link to tell you the true history of blogs. Surprising
to me it starts in 1971!!! Of Course back in 1971 it really was not
the type of blog we have today. 


glitter-graphics.com

 
NOW everyone knows what a blog is.. they may not use one,
but they know what one is. I don’t have to stop and explain it
to a person when I mention that I have one I write on.
SO   Do you tell people you have one?? Do you tell them
they might get mentioned? Does it freak them out?? Around
here in our burg.. many people know what one does… but have
never seen one. They watch what they say .. they don’t want to
be mentioned.  What in the world would we all be without one?
I mean without the ease to communicate with others. We could use
e mail but I doubt it would be the same. It would not show each person’s
real personalities etc.  I have a personal journal that I wrote in for
over 30 years( yeah I am old Confused). I was used to writing every day
or evening what kinds of things were happening to me and what
things were going on in the world. It was just for me. Now I write and
don’t care if the world reads it. I never thought I would be in that position.

I decided to go back in time and look and see what was going on
way back when on JAN. 28…  I am soo glad I can.
I am amazed at what I wrote…. I went to the box and picked at
random a journal not even looking at the number. They run from
1-28.. I picked number 14..  OH MY.. I could hardly beleive it…
It was a very hard time in my life.

 
It is Jan 28 1985.. I am in my mid 30’s then. On this day
in my history I have received my last check including
2 weeks vacation pay and my pink slip with no explanation
as to why they are letting me go. EVERYONE knew but me..
no one told me what was going on there. I had worked nights
for 5 years, alone, and ran the whole entire office of over
200 clients in an answering service. There was no reason to
let me go. I found out later  the fact that I was the
longest running employee there, and making the most money.
I was going to be replaced. The head office said they wanted
“someone more experienced to run new machines.” The office
was moving and “going in a new direction.”
Six months later the service closed and they all were out
of a job.  Smile
I knew they just didn’t want to pay my insurance and salary.
So.. on that day.. I walked out and into the world to go do something
entirely different with my life. It was a real turning point. Four months later
something would happen that would change my life forever.

 
I love looking back sometimes and seeing how far I have come.
Now I rarely write anything long hand. My penmanship has suffered
so much I can hardly recognize it sometimes. All my journals will
be kept for however long I can.. it is a view to the past
written through my experiences.  Time captured through the
written word.

 
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY