Friday, June 30, 2006


I’m a people person and I love watching others. That is one reason why I enjoy working in retail. Over the years I have talked to some really strange people. I have waited on everyone from the snobs to the drunks. I usually just ring them up and send them out the door, not really paying a whole lot of attention to what they wear. I am no good at detail and have often said if we ever got robbed I wouldn’t be able to tell the cops what the person had on. I couldn’t even tell you what color shirt my husband wore to work yesterday. Today however I had one lady that stood out. She came shopping in her p.j. bottoms and bedroom shoes. This was at four in the after noon, which made me wonder what she had done all day. Now I know I am lazy, but this was too much even for me. I have never gone out of the house in my p.j's. unless maybe to the front yard to get the newspaper or take the dog to pee. Never in my wildest dreams would I shop in them. To me that was the Height of Laziness. What kind of person goes to the pet store in pj’s. I mean come on lady. Can you not take two minutes to throw on a pair of shorts and some flip-flops? The bottoms she had on were not even the sweat pant kind of pj bottoms. They were flannel/brushed cotton, and had a print in the fabric. She had on pink fuzzy slide on slippers. To top it off she was shopping with her husband. I couldn’t help but wonder what he must have thought when he got home from work at four in the afternoon to find his wife still in her PJ’s.

Maybe it is just me but I get dressed everyday. I very rarely even sit around the house in my nightgown/pj’s. I wouldn’t dream of letting my husband come home and catch me in them. (That is unless he came home to find me in something sexy which is a subject for a different blog post ha ha.Anyway mind out of the gutter and back to what I was saying.)I always get dressed. When I was a young bride living with my ex, I got up got dressed and cleaned my house everyday. I had supper on the table every night. I put makeup on and greeted him at the door with a kiss hello. Of course times have changed, and I know most women don’t have the luxury of staying home like I did back then. I don’t even have that luxury. I now work full time, Dinner is not always on the table and the house is a bit messier than when I was young, but at lest I have on shorts, oh and my husband still gets a kiss hello. Anyway, it takes all kinds and it gave me something to blog about.

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Feline Friday


Are we there yet?

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Never A Dull Moment

I'm sure you all have heard the saying when it rains it pours. Well in my house that usually refers to more than the weather. I never seen to get ahead. Just when I think life is going to calm down something always seems to come along to mess me up. Today it was my car. I think it is dying. It may be dead and just doesn't know it. Either way it is sick.

For several months now every once in awhile I have been getting a service engine soon light. I didn't pay to much attention to it, because it only seemed to happen if I was stuck in traffic. I just passed it off as a filter that needed changing or maybe a carborator adjustment.

Then today out of the blue as I was heading home for supper break the light came on as soon as I cranked the engine. Hmmm I thought. I pulled on out and headed towards my house anyway. Since I am only about three minutes from my house my thoughts were if it dies at lest I will have it home. I am no mechanic so I can't put my finger on what happened next, but something just didn't seem to sound or feel right with the way the car was driving. I looked down and saw that my speedomator was not working. As soon as I got home and parked the car I restarted it and the light was out, and it sounded better. I wasn't about to get back in the car to return to work, so I called my boss and told her I would be back but I might be late, and what had happened. I told her as soon as my daughter or her dad got home I would have one of them drop me off. The ex arrived first and dropped me back off. My husband picked me up. He drove my car up to get me. It behaved just fine. The speedomator even worked. I have no idea why it was being so weird for me. Maybe one the little fairies that live inside your car sneezed who knows. I just know the car is sick.

I think it might be time to look around for a new one so While I was finishing up my shift my ex went over went over to the car lot where he bought his car and our daughters car and checked out a couple of used cars for me. I had not really planned on buying a car any time soon, but I have to have a car and I am afraid with mine on its last leg that it will cost more to fix what ever is wrong with it than the car is worth. Anyway my husband and I talked to the car dealer when I got off work tonight and if they can swing the right deal for us we will probably try and go this weekend and see what we can find. Never a dull moment here.

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Work Sucks

I need to win the lottery so I don't have to work. I am on the schedule today from 12:30 until 9:30. I was on the schedule yesterday from 12:30 until 9:30. When I was hired I was told I would not work past 7 because they knew I kept my grandson at night. I wonder if they think my daughter can just tie him to a chair or something until I come home from work if she has to leave to go to her own job. Yes, my husband or her dad can watch him but that is not the point. I, ME, GRANDMA, is the one who watches him. I feed him a snack, play with him, and dress him for bed then lay him down for the night. This is the routine. He is use to this five nights a week. His mama has him ready most of the time but even on the nights she is home I usually go down to her house and see the baby before he goes to bed. I'm spoiled and he is spoiled. Working throws off our schedule.

Besides I'm really more pissed at them changing my hours till closing on principal alone. They knew when they hired me I kept the baby. They knew I needed to leave by SEVEN. If I had a second job working at walmart and I had to leave by 7, to be at work there I couldn't just say to them oh gee I can't come in tonight until after 9 because the pet store can't get there act together and give the hours to a part time employee. I would be fired in a heartbeat.

Just because I keep my grandson does not make it any less a second job. How can a company just up and change someone's hours around knowing they have two jobs. This place really sucks. They cut the part timers hours yet they change the full timer to part days and part nights. I don't get it. They would maybe pay some kid 20 bucks a week more to work the extra couple of hours those nights.

Those winds of change I talked about a couple of post back are blowing a little harder every day. I want to get out of this place. It is driving me NUTS. I bored, bored you hear me world. I WANT A NEW JOB..oooh sorry I got carried away. Anyway you get the idea.

The bad part is the hours I am working right now interfer with putting in applications. I am being scheduled off for the weekend which is great but 99% of places want you to apply during the week. The ones I would go to won't open until 10, I have to be back home and gettng ready for work before noon. This give me maybe an hour and a half to get somewhere get the application filled out and get back. Yes it can be done, but it pushes me. I need a day where I can concentrate on where I want to go and dress nice and spent time just job hunting.

Anyway I know today will be another S-L-O-W day, they all are. Last night I did ask off a couple of hours early since we were just standing there with our thumbs up our butt, but tonight I am the only cashier from 5:30 till closing so I am stuck. Yuck

I really need a life

Enjoy your day everyone.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Family Tree


I wasn't going to blog tonight, but I just revieved some wonderful news and I had to share it.

For several years now I have been searching my family tree. I have been very lucky and have found much more than I expected and can take several sides of the tree back four or five generations. The only name that has been really lost to me was that of my Great Grandmother Martha. Martha died when my grandmother was just a baby (about 1904) and my great grandfather quickly remarried since this left him with SEVEN children. I have been told that his new wife was a mean woman and never really treated the children well, but they stayed together and went on to have Four more children. As the household of children were growning up the ones that belonged to Martha were never allowed to ask about her and my grandmother never knew anything about her. This of course has made it very hard for me to trace her. I have looked for every Martha there was with her last name and posted on serveral geneology forumns. This week out of the blue I got an email from someone who had the same name in there tree. I wrote back and tonight I got the letter I have been waiting for. Martha's parents and grandparents names.

It turns out that Martha is accually Mary Marthena (Martha for short) and this is why she never showed up on the census records. I can not explain the connection I feel to this woman, and finding out more about her brings new hope to my life. I have deeper roots. Now I can continue my search and find more about my great great grandparents and generations before them

I am doing the happy dance

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Take a moment to appreciate nature today. Hug a tree!


No She Didn't


My last customer of the day today asked me if she could put a notice on our bulletin board. It seems she had rescued two kittens about 6 weeks old. Their mother was a feral, and these two were the only ones that they could catch. It perked my attention since I have halfway been thinking of getting another kitten to go with the one I have so I asked her what color are were, and if they were male or female. She said one of each and that one cat was black the other white with a little black on it. Hmm I said. I might be interested in the white one (which she said was the female). I took her number and told her I wanted to talk it over with my husband first and would call her later tonight My daughter was over at her dad’s when I got home tonight, so I went down there to see my grandson and say hello. I casually mentioned the lady to her and to my surprise she said she wanted to go see the cat. I reminded her that if she got a cat it was HER cat, and I was not going to take it. Ok, she said. So I called and set up a time to see them. Her dad needed to go buy some food for his own cat, so he came along for the ride. When we got there I picked up the kittens only to find that both of them were males, and that what she was calling white, only had a mostly white belly but was a tabby. At first my daughter said sorry she was not interested in a boy, but there was something about this kitten that stole her heart, and the next thing I knew he was in my arms so I could check him out for her. He seems pretty healthy other than an eye infection, which I can get some medicine for tomorrow. We went to Wal-Mart and got a litter box, dish, bed, toys etc. for him and came home. The first thing I did was put the cat in the bathroom sink and gave him a good bath. He doesn’t have any fleas, but looked a little rough around the edges. I guess living outside the first few weeks of his life had settled dust into his coat, because he was filthy. The woman who gave him to us said she had kept him two weeks, and I was surprised that she had not bathed him before now. Oh well, you just can’t tell about some people. When we got home we gave him some can food, and he ate like he was starved too. So I guess he has had it pretty bad. Poor baby. We think he might have a bit of Siamese in him. It is hard to tell though with his colors and age. The daughter decided to name him Simon though, and the name seems to fit him. My cat was jealous and would have no part of this kitten even though she is just a few weeks older than him. My grandson patted his head, and jabbered at him, but he loves mine, and didn’t pay much attention to this new one. I think he will love it though in a few days when he realizes it is going to live at his house. One of the neighbors stopped my daughter, as she was walking home with the kitten. This was a lady I had never seen before. It seems she lives in my building, just in the next doorway. There was something about her the minute I saw her that made me think she might be Pagan and after talking a few minutes she came right out and told me she was. She didn’t know anyone in any of the groups I have been involved with, but said she had just moved here a few months ago from Florida, so her and I both said we would like to talk some more when we have time. She said she was in her 40’s and has no kids. Wasn’t sure if there is a spouse or not. We only talked a few minutes. I plan on seeking her out later in the week in hopes of getting to know her better. I haven’t met anyone who has a similar belief system to mine since I moved. Should prove to be interesting.

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Weekend Update

img_0499.JPGOK I think I am alive. I am so tired. I really need to go to bed early again, but I haven't blogged more than a few lines in several days. Hmmm lets see what has been happening. Friday as you know I went to my mom's to visit "The Aunts". Saturday I had to be at work at 8:30 am, and didn't get off until 5:30. I was the only cashier for several hours, so I didn't have time to be bored (thank goodness). Saturdays seem to be the only busy day we have and that is due to the fact that it is the day the vet comes. He offers low cost shots so there is usually a big crowd. It is first come first serve with no office charge and most people who see him come into the store to shop. Of course that means they bring the dogs in, and that means poop and pee. Sometimes lots of poop and pee. Saturday must have been Poop at the cash register day, because I had to clean up three big piles. Gross. Anyway enough on that subject. Ewwww. My husband was home that day so as soon as I got off him and I went to do laundry. I have found a new laundry mat about ten minutes from the house that I really like. They have over 100 machines, so there is never a wait. They also have tables in there so you can usually find a place to sit while you wait. Since we had not had supper I sent the hubby across the street to KFC for chicken and we sat in there and ate it. Whooo hoooo, what a cheap date I made ha ha. My daughter decided to work Saturday night since she needed the extra money, so she was at my house as soon as we got home since she had come down to put the baby to bed. Talked with her a bit before she went and then headed to bed. Sunday morning her and I went shopping at the Williamsburg Pottery Factory. They are pretty much a glorified Wal-Mart, but I still enjoy going there. I didn’t find much but my daughter managed to snag a really pretty rattan piece for her living room. We stayed there longer than we should have, but time got away from us, and it was about 4:30 before we got home. I had promised “The Aunts” that we would come see them again that day so we got my husband and all drove the 45 minutes to the beach. My brother, his wife and daughter along with their golden retriever dog were there, so everyone had a nice visit. We took some family pictures, goofed off a bit and then came home. My daughter had to be at work at 11, so she had to rush to get ready. I was beat so I once again forgot the blogging and headed to bed.As you can see I haven’t had much time for anything but go, go, go. I need a vacation. Whew

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Sky Is Falling


The sky is falling the sky is falling. Oh wait, that isn’t the sky it is rain. Quick let’s jump in the car and then panic so we can cause traffic jams and accidents all up and down the highway. I swear sometimes that this is what people are thinking where I live. It seems that every time it rains here the traffic is ten times worst than normal. Yesterday was no exception. I had taken my grandson to visit my mom who lives about 45 miles from me. The day was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky and I had not had the TV or radio on so I had no idea that rain was even in the forecast. About time I was thinking about heading home I got a call from my daughter. Mom she said. You cannot come home! Puzzled I asked why. Because it is raining so hard that you cannot see out the door, the streets are flooded and parts of the city have no electricity. Crap I thought. I wanted to get home. I’m tired, it’s getting late and I want to just go relax. I told her ok, don’t worry I won’t leave yet. Call me back when the storm is over. I went in and turned the TV on. Yep the bad weather was heading our way. I went out to check the sky and saw where the storm was rolling in. I waited about an hour and nothing was happening. The storm went around us. The TV though was reporting two feet of water on the roads around my house. Not good. Finally a few minutes later my daughter called back with an all clear, and I jumped in the car to head home. I didn’t get far before I was kicking myself and wishing I had waited another half hour. It seems every one else had the same idea to wait out the storm. Traffic was horrible. What normally takes me 45-50 minutes to drive took almost an hour and 40 minutes. To top it off, the rain had not stopped completely. The only dry place in the world must have been in my mom’s front yard, and our apartment complex. I had to use the wipers all the way home. My grandson was a bit fussy when we left my moms but thankfully he took a nap while we were on the road. I would have been pulling my hair out if I had to listen to a one-year-old cry for that long. I was afraid I would arrive home to find my tomato plants beat down from to much wind and rain, but they had been under the patio so they got just enough to give them a good drink of water. I have about 6 tomatoes now so I happy to see them still on the vine. Anyway that was my day yesterday. I will post about the rest of the weekend tomorrow.

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Feline Friday


I've seen a few people around the web doing feline friday so I thought I would try it. I'm not sure if your suppose to sign up somewhere so others can come to your page. If so can someone direct me. Anyway Maggie my kitten thinks she should go outside every time I do. I bought the water bottle to scoot her butt the other way. I usually leave it near the door so I can get it in a hurry so when I caught her looking at it my first thoughs were this:

(Cat taking to the bottle) I want to go outside and you keep getting me wet every time I try.

"We need to talk"

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Has anyone else been to this web site? It made my heart ache to see what people were saying.

So much hurt and sadness in our lives. *Sigh*


Thursday, June 22, 2006

Winds Of Change

I'm feeling restless. I can't put my finger on it, as to why I feel this way, but I know a change is coming soon. I am sure part of it is because I’m planning on changing jobs as soon as I can find something else. From the beginning I have not really liked my job. I've only kept it because any job is better than no job. It didn't take me long after I started to come to the conclusion that this was not the place I wanted to be. Honestly I'm bored to tears. The first week I was there it was ok. It was something new, and I had never worked at a store where people could bring in there dogs. Unfortunately it only took me about three weeks to realize that the completion was beating the heck out of the company I work for. Business is really really slow. At first I passed it off that it was a new company, then I thought maybe it was because they had not done a grand opening, or word had not got out they were there. Finally I had to be honest. It is just SLOW because they do not have any business. It’s a privately owned company, and the boss is one of those kinds that want his employees to be busy, even when there is nothing to do. I have been so bored some days I swear I have thought about counting the dog bones just so it will pass some time. Also the cash register is one of those kinds that have a touch screen. It is very sensitive and easy to make a mistake on. It is also one that you don’t realize you have made the mistake until the end of the day when your money doesn’t match the report. More than once I have been short only to find out that it was because I had scanned for a price check and when I tried to void the line (sale) the machine had already accepted it. I was written up for that. OK, I chalked that up to modern machinery and vowed to be more careful. Today though was the icing on the cake. I was over paid on my last paycheck (which went into direct deposit) and because I did not catch it and report it to them they jumped on me. Accusing me of “stealing from the company”. I was told the only reason I was not fired was because I didn’t accept an actual check in my hand, and it went to the bank. I honestly didn’t realize I had been over paid as much as I had been. I just glanced at the bank statement last week when the check went in. I saw we had some extra in there but I thought it was because a bill had not posted. I was not trying to steal anything. It turns out that for whatever reason the time clock did not clock me in and out correctly and 24 hours of my pay was paid as over time. So in other words, the lady in payroll screwed up and they are passing the buck telling me I am the bad guy. I wanted to tell my manage to take the job and shove it, but knew better than to burn a bridge if I didn’t need to. I’m over it though. Like I said.. The winds of change are coming

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I am Earth

Just for fun I took this survey

I am earth. It didn't surprise me. This is my favorite of all the elements. When I have particpated in public rituals I am usually asked to call earth.

This is what it said about a earth person:

The Earth Person

The Earth person cares about what is real, physical, and experiential. She learns by doing. She doesn’t care for “pie in the sky,” and she isn’t a dreamer. Her goals are achievable, and she is patient and methodical in working toward them. She likes things that are real, things that she can touch; which will show even in her aesthetics. If she is an artist, she will be drawn toward things like sculpture, or toward handicrafts, which have a “product” as an end result.

She loves her home, and although it may or may not be tidy, it is a welcoming place, with comfortable chairs, plenty to eat, and pictures on the walls. The Earth person has a highly developed nesting instinct; her home is always a touchstone, she always wants to return to it, and being “settled” is her favorite state. She may very well live near where she grew up, as her sense of rootedness is quite meaningful to her.

The Earth person commits readily—she doesn’t experience much conflict when choosing to commit, and may not see it as having negative aspects. Her friendships, romances, and jobs will all tend to be long-lasting. She doesn’t mind tedium, and is patient and tolerant of the “rough spots” in a relationship.

Romantically, Earth people are marriage-minded; they think in the long term and are generally faithful. They are unabashedly physical and enjoy their sexuality. Earth people are at home in their bodies, not just sexually. They touch readily; a hand on the arm, a pat on the back, or a sympathetic hug are the natural communication media of Earth. They enjoy the physical, even the vulgar, and they love to laugh.

Earth people can be stubborn and bull-headed. They can refuse to change their minds or their ways, even when they’re obviously stuck and need to change. They can be difficult to argue with, sticking to their position tenaciously for no other reason than it’s their position. Likewise, an Earth person can be difficult to get out of the house. Earth people are the ones whose friends drag them to parties because otherwise they’d just stay in every night. Their lives can become an endless rut.

Earth people also have an unfortunate tendency toward obesity. Although some love to exercise, and recognize it as a basically physical activity, many don’t—there’s a lot of Fire in exercise. Probably the unhealthiest Earth people are the ones who stay in terrible, even abusive, situations because they fear change. Agoraphobia—literally a fear of open spaces, but really closer to a fear of leaving the house—is a debilitating Earth disorder.

An Earth person can choose to become balanced, adding Fire, Water, and Air to her makeup for a happier and healthier life.


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Blessed Litha (or Happy Summer Solstice)


Blessed Litha to all my Pagan friends, and Happy first day of summer (or summer solstice ) to those of you who clebrate the day that way.

I have to work until 9:30 so I won't get to spend time doing the things I really had hoped to do this year. ( Walk on the beach, or go to the park and light a fire in a grill and cook out)

The last few years I have celebrated with a women's group I belonged to. I no longer have time to devote to this group and I have dropped out, but I wanted to post a photo of our ritual a few years ago.

The wheel turns once more..

Enjoy your day everyone.


Monday, June 19, 2006

A Goddess For Every Need

*footnote* I recieved permission from the author of this article to use it with the following copywrite information

Thank you Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Copyright,2002, 2006, Laurie Sue Brockway all rights reserved, adpated from her book, A Goddess Is A Girl's Best Friend: A Divine Guide To Finding Love, Success and Happiness (Perigee Books, December 2002). For more information go to

A Goddess for Every Need
A selection of divine figures from world religions, and how they can help you in your daily life.

By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

The Goddess in her many forms is accessible to modern women for divine inspiration and guidance with all aspects of our lives. They can help increase finances and good fortune, bring love and success, enhance intuition, and ward off negativity. Most of the figures below are actively worshipped or considered goddesses in one tradition or another; and others, like Mary Magdalene, are revered as spiritual heroines or saints. Find out which divine female can help most as you learn to empower your self-esteem and spirituality and bring out the goddess in you!

Goddesses of Work and Finances
Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of fortune, gives you a hand -- or four -- increasing your income, your financial potential and your ability to plan for your future.

Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt, helps you pursue your career goals with passion and focus.

Brigid, Celtic Irish goddess of inspiration, poetry, birth and blacksmithing, helps you find your inspiration and creative flow.

Nemesis, Greek goddess of retribution, helps you handle office politics and troublemakers while helping you see ways you sabotage yourself.
Durga, Hindu Mother goddess of protection and war, helps you draw your boundaries and protect yourself from negative energies.

St. Térèse, beloved Catholic Saint known as The Little Flower is a spiritual heroine for women of all faiths. She helps you get even the most menial jobs done by showing you the relevance, power, and sacredness in life's little chores.

Goddesses of Self

Hathor, Egyptian goddess of love, beauty and pleasure, helps you to your inner light and shows you how truly beautiful you are.

Lilith, Hebrew Goddess, said to be Adam's first wife, was demonized in the Bible but is an empowered woman in Kabbalah and Feminine spiritually. She helps you discover your dark and wild side.

Oya, Yoruban goddess of wind, hurricane and wild weather, helps you welcome the winds of change.

Nike, Greek goddess of Victory and herald of success, helps you claim your victories in life.

Goddesses of Strength

Mary, mother of Jesus, is not considered a goddess in the Catholic Faith yet has all the powers of a divine female and is the primary representation of the feminine divine for 2000 years, making her the Spiritual Mother for us all. She helps you connect to your healing power.

Sophia, goddess of wisdom in Gnostic Christianity, is also referred to in Hebrew texts and the books of Solomon. She helps you tap into, and trust, your own intuition.
Kwan Yin
Kuan Yin, Chinese goddess of healing and compassion, helps you find compassion for yourself, and others.

Green Tara, Tibetan Buddhist goddess of protection, helps you feel safe and shows you how to stay calm and centered in a crisis.

White Buffalo Calf Woman, Native American Spirit Woman, is the mystical feminine force who taught great sacraments to her people. She helps you connect with the true nature of the soul and create a more peaceful life... and world.
taught great sacraments to her people. She helps you connect with the true nature of the soul and create a more peaceful life... and world.

Goddesses of Love and Romance

Venus, quintessential Roman goddess of love and beauty, shows you that self-love and appreciation is the first step to embracing your own divinity and empowering your sense of self-worth.

Oshun, Macumban Goddess of sensuality, beauty and womanhood. Helps you tap into your more sensual side and express your sensual self.
Isis, famous Egyptian mother goddess is hailed for her healing, magic, and resurrection powers. She helps you rescue troubled relationships and get them back on track.

Freya, Norse goddess of sexual prowess and war, guides you on how to be a man magnate and enjoy every minute of sizzling sexual energy in your life.

Persephone, Greek goddess of springtime who was abducted by the god of the underworld, shows you how to liberate yourself from bad relationships and set forth a new path in your love life.

Gauri, Hindu goddess of love and marriage shows you how to get yourself ready for a serious relationship, and how to gently encourage your true love toward the altar.

Goddesses of Friendship and Family Life

The Great Goddess is the divine female energy of all there is. She represents life its self, death, and regeneration and can help transform your relationship with your own mom by connecting with the power of your female ancestry.

Pele, the Hawaiian fire goddess who dwells in the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, shows you how to channel and express anger and heal hostility in a healthy way.
Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene, the spiritual heroine who is closely linked as soul companion to Jesus, helps you survive the loss of a loved one.

St. Lucy/Lucina, the cherished Catholic saint who originated as the Roman Goddess of a newborn's first light, Lucina, can help you open your spiritual eyes, see family in a new light and bring light to the shadow side of family life.

The Muses, the nine Greek deities who joyfully presided over the arts, are among the most familiar mythical woman and Goddesses. They help you Celebrate creativity and connections with sisters and friends.

Vesta, the Roman Goddess of the Hearth, assists you in creating a true home.

Goddesses of Play and Lightheartedness

Bast, Egyptian goddess of play, felines and females, shows you how to be as playful as a pussycat.

Iris, Roman goddess of the rainbow helps you add color and zest to your life.

Butterfly Maiden, Native American spirit woman, takes you from cocoon to butterfly and helps you transform your life.


Sunday, June 18, 2006

Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

This was the weekend that my grandson went to his dads. I am still not happy with that idea and suppose I never will be. The baby does not know these people, and is not happy there. Yes I know they have rights, and yes he is the dad, but he only wants to be the dad on his terms. He never calls on comes to see his son EVER except to pick him up every other Saturday morning and returns him on Sunday night. This does not give the baby a chance to adjust to him. I worry about him when he is there, so I wanted to make sure my daughter called to check on him. I walked down to my daughters about 9 last evening to remind her to call and found out that she had offered to baby sit for a friend of hers. They work at the same bar, and have known each other for a few months now. Her friend was told if she didn’t come to work that night that they would fire her. She called my daughter crying because she had no one to watch her baby. The lady that had been keeping her had plans and couldn’t keep her. My daughter was off last night and felt sorry for her so she told her to bring her over. Her friend is a single mom too and only 19. Her baby is 15 months old and just found out that she is pregnant again. She is dancing to make ends meet. From what I learned, She has been on her own on and off since she was 14 when her mom kicked her out choosing a man and drugs over her. She went into foster care and had just recently got back in touch with her mom. For whatever reason they had a fight, and her mom kicked her out and now the girl has nowhere to live again. What kind of mother can turn her back on her child and grandchild is so low in my book that I cannot think of a word bad enough to call her. Anyway this girl’s former foster mom has taken her in for a few weeks but she has already told her she can’t stay there. The father of her little girl has deserted her completely, moving out of the area, and the boyfriend who has father the one she is expecting now has fled too. I didn’t get the entire story, but what I did learn seems pretty sad. She is thinking of getting an abortion, and toying with the idea of giving the 15 month old up for adoption. She feels like she can’t offer her the life she needs. I think she is just running scared. My daughter said the friend feels like she has nowhere to turn and no one to help her. I told my daughter to encourage her to go to social services, or a local shelter. There has to be someone who can help her. I told her to even tell her to go to a church. Now I am not a church person, but I do know that most of them at lest have phone numbers or some kind of resource for people who need help. My daughter let her friend stay over last night when she got off work. There was no need to wake the little girl up in the middle of the night to go home. Anyway I feel bad for the baby, and the friend. I hope she can get her life straightened out. A part of me wants to help her, but I have my hands full with my own daughter and grandson so all I can offer her is an ear to listen and a bit of motherly advice if she ask for it. I did have my daughter call about my own grandson while I was there and left to come home upset because his dad said he had cried almost all day and did not take a nap and would not go to bed for them and was still crying and awake at 9 last night. We told him if the baby would not settle down for them to bring him home and he could come back and get him this morning. I knew in my heart thought that they wouldn’t. There pride would not let them send him back. The hell with my grandson’s feelings. It is “there weekend” I came home feeling a bit blue. To top it off my husband is sick with a cold so he was no company for me at all last night. I went to bed early saying F** it. The phone woke me this morning before 9 and it was my grandson’s dad calling. He couldn’t get an answer at my daughter house ( we found out later that her phone was not working..It seems a new neighbor had tapped into her line to get free phone service, anyway more about that later)The dad was calling to tell me that the baby needed to come home that he was not doing well at all and was very very sick. That he was coughing and his nose was running and he was crying. I told him I would be right there to get him. I couldn’t get my daughter on the phone either so I called her dad to go wake her (There are advantages to having him live next door to her). I got his machine, and I stared cussing. Where the F was everyone so early. I jumped into my clothes and was at her door in less than 2 minutes. I ran into the ex coming out his door as I was going in hers. Her friend was sitting in the living room playing with her little girl and my daughter was asleep. Both of them said the phone never rang. I told her to get dressed that her dad and I would go get the baby, and that we would take him to the ER when we got back. It only took a couple of minutes to get the there house and when we arrived we found our grandson to be perfectly fine. No fever, no tears and just a little cough and runny nose. He was so happy to see us; I knew right away that the only thing wrong with him was he just wanted to come home. I suspect he was having separation anxiety and was just over tired. They probably didn’t know how to handle him or what to do for him to settle him down. Or maybe his dad just wanted to go somewhere today and thought he would give the baby back early who knows. I am just glad they did. I took him to his momma and we fed him and I brought him home with me for a nap since my daughter’s friend and baby were still there. When he woke up I took him back down to his mom. I had planned to do laundry early this morning then go see my mom, and visit my dad’s grave, but my day got thrown completely off schedule and I didn’t go. I volunteered to do my daughter’s laundry today too and she offered to pay for mine since I was doing everyone’s. I don’t know how we get so many dirty clothes. Between hers and ours I had FIVE dryers full. It took me forever to fold everything. Usually my husband or her help but today my husband is sick with a cold and didn’t feel like going. I could spend another five minutes bitching about him and how helpless he is when he is sick but I won’t since this post has already turned into a 20-page novel. Anyway I got it folded and home and it is all sitting in the middle of my living room floor in clothes baskets where it can sit and rot for all I care. I am just in one of those moods. I will continue this rant tomorrow. I'm going to bed.

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Fathers Day

A few days ago I went shopping for fathers day cards. I needed three, one for my husband, one for my son and one for my ex. I don't know who writes these things but nothing I saw seemed appropriated.My husband is not the father of my children, and it seems all the "To my husband" cards center on words stating what a great husband and dad the man is to "our kids". After reading almost all of them I managed to find one that said something about never being lucky enough to win the lottery but being lucky to have found him. Who are we kidding here? I want the cash from the lottery ha ha. Oh well one card out of the way. On to card number two.

Trying to find one for my son was just as hard. My son and his wife are separated. He has not seen his daughter in about a year. The cards all seem to say I am so proud of what a great dad you are to your kids. Well, he is a great dad, but the kid isn't here. Why rub his nose in it. Nothing seemed to work I finally picked one out that said we are proud of the man you have turned out to be. Short and simple. One problem. It said WE. I didn't see that until I got home. I’m giving it to him anyway. His dad and I are proud. I just wish I had found one from "mom" Oh well, it's to late now to look for something else.

Card number three was for the ex. Now I know it is probably a bit unusual to buy a fathers day card for an ex husband, but he is the father of my kids, and he is a good father and grandfather. He deserves a card from me letting him know that I feel that way, and that I am glad he is there dad. Only one problem. They don't make a card that says that. The cards that say you’re a good dad also say you’re a good husband, and he isn't my husband. I finally settled on a funny card for him. Dilemma solved. There is one man though that I did not buy a card for this year. My dad. My dad passed away in Dec. 2004, and I'm missing him. For some reason this fathers day is hitting me harder than the one last year. Maybe it is because his death has finally sunk in. I just know the longer he is gone the more I miss him. I will go visit his grave tomorrow, and tell him I love him and I miss him and what a great dad he was. I don’t need a card to do that. He already knows. Happy fathers day everyone.

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

La Dee Da

Not much happening here the last few days. We did get the rain off the storm that hit Fl. It poured all day yesterday, which I suppose was good for the crops and grass. My flowers on the patio got a bit more than they needed and now my tomatoe plant is beat down. I need to find a stick somewhere so I can tie it up. Also one of my chimes I had hanging broke. I went to the grocery store after work tonight and they had some pretty ones, so I was at lest able to replace that. I put some steaks under the broiler for supper, and have just been sitting around tonight being lazy. I don't even have the dishes done yet. I have to get up and get the kitchen cleaned. It's almost bedtime. As I said just a la dee da day..Maybe tomorrow will be more interesting.


Friday, June 16, 2006

Another MeMe

1: What is your middle name: Ann
2: What color is your mailbox: Silver. We have a cluster box

3: What kind of car do you drive: Buick Regal
4: Have you ever hit a deer: No

5: Do you have to drive over a bridge to get home from work: No

6: Do you get the paper delivered to your house in the morning: No
7: Who checks the mail in your house: Usually me.

8: Do you have a small driveway: No we have a parking lot

9: Do you know anyone with the same ringtone as you: I don't have a cellphone

10: What do you do first in the morning: Use the bathroom, then go wake up my grandson, if he is not here I go sit on the couch to wake up a bit more

11: What brand is your printer: HP photosmart
12: Do you enjoy fighting with people: Not really
13: Is your hair naturally straight or curly: It was curly until I had my first child. Now it is straight
14: Who was your second grade teacher: Do I remember second grade?
15: Are your teeth crooked: A little in the front
16: Are you taller than your mother: No

17: Do you have a favorite word: Yes, but I won’t repeat it here ha ha

18: What color is the interior of your car: gray

19: How many cars do you own/ have owned: Two now, me one and hubby one
20: Do you have a deep dark secret: No I am pretty open

21: Do you know anyone who never rode a bike No
22: Do you enjoy writing in colored pens? No, I want black ink

23: Does anything hurt on your body right now: my throat is a little sore

24: Do you cry during movies: Rarely

25: Do you hate your life: Sometimes

26: Do you get mad easy: It depends on the situation; if it involves my family yep you better believe it.
27: Have you ever gone more than 3 days with out eating: No, Not even a day
28: What is your biggest pet peeve: People who live in glass houses and throw rocks at me
29 What is your away message: I don’t have an away message but if I did it would say “I’m away”

30: Do any of your friends have kids: At my age most of them have grandkids

32: Who should pay on the first date: It depends on who ask who out.

33: How many years older than you are you willing to date? I don’t date unless you count my husband and he is four years younger than me.
34: Do you have any good friends? No all my friends are bad ha ha.

35: Do you have any mean friends: No

36 What is the ugliest color in your opinion:

I like all colors

37 Have you ever liked someone who all your friends couldn’t stand? No not since high school

38: Have you ever felt like driving off a cliff? Yes, so it’s a good thing there are no cliffs where I live

39: Have you ever been fired from a job: No

40: What year was your house built: I think these apartments are about 20 years old

41: How tall are you: 5ft 6 in.

42: What is the closest green object? A house plant

43: What is on your feet: I'm barefoot

44: Do you always wear underwear? Yes unless I’m not wearing any clothes at all

45: Do you want to have kids: I have two, and two grandkids

46: How many years apart are you and your next sibling: I have a brother 6 years younger than myself and a sister 20 years younger (we all have the same mom and dad)

47: Who is the last friend you have, that you could never picture being gay? I have gay friends so this question doesn’t apply

48: When was the last time you had a girls night or guys night: Probably about a year ago when I was part of a women’s group.

49: Whats your mothers name: Mom

50: Stupidest movie you ever saw:?

51: Do you collect comic books: No, and I don’t read them either

52: Do you look like your dad: Yes, more than my mom

53: Do you have any TV shows on DVD: Nope

54: Are you wearing makeup: I was this morning, but I think it has worn off

55: Do you have a tattoo: Yes, a butterfly on my left leg just above my ankle

56: Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend: Nope I have a husband

57: If you won the lottery you would: Buy a house out in the country somewhere and get lots of animals.

58: How many pairs of underwear do you have: What is this about underwear? Who makes up these things anyway ha ha

59: Is there something you want to tell someone but you don’t know how: Nope, If I have something to say, I say it.

60: Who is your hero? Can't think of one

61: Do you work a lot of hours? Is 40 a lot?

62: What do you do when you are stressed out? Depends on what I am stressed about.
62 Is there anything you regret: Lots of things.

Wasn't that fun? No I don’t know why I do these silly things ha ha ha.


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Just for fun

Just for fun check out the birthday calculator.


Wednesday, June 14, 2006

I Would Be

I saw this on both Nio and Pepperlady, and thought I would fill it in for myself.

If I were a month, I would be: October

If I were a day of the week, I would be: Saturday

If I were a time of day, I would be: Sunset

If I were a sea animal, I would be: A Mermaid

If I were a direction, I would be: North

If I were a sin, I would be: Lust

If I were a historical figure I would be: Betsy Ross

If I were a planet, I would be: Venus

If I were a liquid, I would be: Water

If I were a stone, I would be: Amethyst

If I were a tree, I would be: Oak

If I were a bird, I would be: A Peacock

If I were a flower/plant, I would be: A Daffodil

If I were a kind of weather, I would be: Summer rain

If I were a mythical creature, A Fairy

If I were a musical instrument, I would be: a Harp

If I were an animal, I would be: cat

If I were a color, I would be: Purple

If I were an emotion, laughter

If I were a vegetable, I would be: A cucumber

If I were a sound, I would be: Singing

If I were an element, I would be: Earth

If I were a song, I would be: The Dance

If I were a movie, I would be: Gone With The Wind

If I were a book, I would be written by: Myself

If I were a food, I would be: Lobster

If I were a place, I would be: The Mountains

If I were a taste, I would be: Salty

If I were a scent, I would be: Patchouli

If I were a religion, I would be: A mix of everything

If I were a word, I would be: Love

If I were a body part, I would be: Lips

If I were a facial expression, I would be: A smile

If I were a subject in school, I would be: Home Economics .

If I were a cartoon character, I would be: Scooby Do

If I were a shape, I would be: Circle

If I were a number, I would be: 7

If I were a piece of jewelry, I would be: EarRings

If I were a piece of furniture, I would be: A Bar Stool

If I were a car, I would be: A Mustang

If I were an item of clothing I would be: well worn jeans

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Just Fooling Around

It's one of those lazy summer days where I have really got nothing done. I'm keeping my grandson again today, because I really enjoy him and like spoiling him. We slept in and after breakfast went to Wal-Mart. It had only been a few days since my last trip, but I had a couple of things in mind to look at. One of them being a new phone. I bought a cordless when we moved in a few months ago, but it is a cheap one and you can't hear a darn thing on it. I have to sit perfectly still or it goes into complete static. I intended to get an old fashion wall phone and buy and extra long cord. Wouldn't you know it? I got home and realized I had looked at everything but a phone. Old age creeping in I guess. So now I have to make a second trip. Anyway the little guy and I finished up there, and went to the post off so I could mail off a package to Pepperlady
She is asking people to send her things for her friendship jar and I had something for it. After that we drove through the Burger King for lunch. I don't know what moron was working today, but I wanted to go in and wring their neck. There were only two people in line ahead of me and it took us 15 minutes to get to the window for our food. By the time they gave it to me I didn't want it any more. The baby was crying and we were both hot and sweaty. The baby ate very little and I gave him a bottle and nap. While he was down I watered my plants. The tomatoes are really growing and I have two on the vine now. Here are some random photos I took just for fun.
My tomotes

img_1002.JPGMy tomatoes

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Read This Cat Blog

For those of you who are pet lovers this will come as no surprise. For anyone else, well just chalk it up to the world of blogging. I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had a blog for my cat. Well it seems a lot of other people do too. One of them is named Zeus, and you can find his blog here
The post called "The Amazing Zeus:Ships, Soldiers and Miss Maggie May" is about him and my cat. As you read it please keep in mind that this cat did not really come to Virginia. This is all make believe and Zeus is going on his adventures via post cards that we sent to his human.
While your there be sure and read some of the back post to see where else he has gone this summer. Your going to love it.


Monday, June 12, 2006

Just Desserts

Oh my goodness, I am still laughing. You have to visit this blog.
And read the post "Just Desserts"
After my last rant. It was the perfect thing to run across.


Tell Me Why

Answer me this. Why are men such pigs? Not all men mind you, but a lot of men as far as I am concerned are pigs. Take my sisters boyfriend or I should say ex boyfriend for example. Today out of the blue, after dating her for over a year he decided he no longer wants to be with her. No fight, no problems, no advance warning, just boom. No excuse at all. Just the words "I don't want to see you any more because I don't think we are right for each other and I want to break up". What a jerk. She is devastated. Her world revolved around this man. She is heart broken and in shock. She doesn't understand what went wrong. I offered to beat him up and cried with her on the phone when she told me. Sisters are like that ya know and if I thought it would change anything I would knock on his door and pop him in the nose. He is a jerk, and a pig and should be hung by his balls until they rot off, then I should bitch slap him again just for good measure because he hurt my sister!Ok now that I vented for a minute let me back up. We are not talking about kids here. My sister is in her mid 30’s and this man is ten years older than her. They have both been married before and he has two kids. My sister deserves better than this loser. She is smart she is pretty and she is younger than me ha ha. Her ex husband treated her like crap when she was married to him and she really thought she had found Mr. Right with Tim. Even though there is a big age difference (ten years) and he was not willing to have a child with her, she thought they had a solid relationship. He even took her out of state a few weeks ago to his daughter’s high school graduation. Now he decides they aren’t working out. Go figure. He makes me sick. Most men make me sick. My husband and ex included. I could go on and on about both of them, but I won’t. At lest not today.I’m going to take a bath now…A nice girly bath, one with bubbles and candles. NO MEN ALLOWED. JERKS!

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

My Day In Photos

As I mentioned this morning the daughter, hubby and I took the grandson to the beach. It was his first trip this summer. He would have no part of it. Turns out he is a little wuss ha ha. You would have thought I was killing him when I put his feet in the sand..NOOOOOOOOOOO way was he setting them down. ohhhh my I'm getting dirty he thought. I had to laugh. He doesn't get that from my kids. They loved dirt from the time they were big enough to sit in it. Must be something he inherited from his dad. (the wussy part that is) Oh well, it doesn't matter, he is a sweet baby and I love him more than life itself, so I was happy to hold him while I waded. Actually he was content to sit on a towel so we stayed awhile and enjoyed the sun. It only got about 75 today and with a breeze off the water it was a perfect day. Blue skys, fresh air. Who could ask for more. We didn't bother to go all the way to Virginia Beach, which is really the only "real" beach in the area. It is the Atlantic ocean, while everything else around here is either part of the Chesapeake Bay, or the James River. We opted for the Bay which we can go to and enjoy a small family beach that has swimming and a park area. No summer crowds and only a few minutes from the house. We stayed about an hour, and then headed out for a bit of thrift store shopping. I haven't really found one I like since moving to this town, but I still enjoy poking around. I did find a paperback, so I may read some later. The prices were cheap at the first place we were at, and I couldn't help but over hear a young pregnant girl ask how much a high chair was. $5.99 was the reply, but if you take it today you can have it for half price. I have no use for a highchair myself since both my daughter and I have one for the grandson, but I thought to myself wow what a steal. The girl was excited and wanted it, but went to her car to see if she had enough cash with her. She said she didn't want to charge $3.00. While she was gone I paid for her purchase. I don't know why, it was just something I felt compelled to do. When she came in and they told her the look on her was thanks enough. I told her it was a random act of kindness. I hope she will think to do the same for someone some day. I think we can all use a guadian angel. Anyway my bargin of the day was a 69 cent ceramic cat which I will post a picture of, along with the photos from today.
After we shopped, we stopped at Cracker Barrell for supper, I had the chicken and dumplings which I highly recommend if you ever go there.
When we got home we had a visit on the porch with my ex so he could see the baby. He (the ex) managed to catch the stomach virus I had the first of the week. He is better today, but we still didn't want to go into his apartment. I can't figure out how he got it from me. I had seen him on Monday before I got sick, but he didn't get it till yesterday. Strange little sickness. I just hope my husband, daughter and grandson don't get it. Yuck.
Oh well I have rambled enough..

Since I am posting so many photo's I did not enlarge them. You will need to click on them to see them full size. (these are posted in no particular order, and some are just shots of people on the beach)

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Cat Photo Contest

I'm sure you will think I have lost my mind for asking, but can everyone please go to this web site
and click on the photo contest link and then vote for Maggie
She is my cat, and is in 2nd place. I would love to see her win. You can vote one time a day for the month of June, and the contest is for the entire month.

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Stuffed Mushroom

If you like mushrooms you will love this recipe.
1 lb fresh mushrooms
1 c. bread crumbs
1 med onion
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
6 oz sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Wash mushrooms, remove and save stems from mushrooms. Mince onion until pulverized. Drain liquid from onion, Blend mushroom stems, onion, Worcestershire, and remaining ingredients in processor to"pate" consistency. Stuff mixure into caps; cover with shredded cheese and bake at 450 for 10 minutes


Friday, June 9, 2006

Today's Rambling

My grandson stayed over last night and since I didn't have to work today I told my daughter I would keep him all day instead of sending him to the day care. He woke up about 8:30 and had a snack (he isn’t much of a breakfast eater) and we got dressed and went to Wal-Mart. I was almost out of cat food and wanted to get a couple of cans there. I normally buy it at the pet store where I work, but lately I have notice the kitten doesn’t seem to be gaining weight. I am thinking it might be that the “good” cat food is not rich enough in fats for her, so I got some of the cheap stuff to see if it would fatten her up. Weird logic but I am hoping it works. Do you think maybe she has worms? If so will that keep a cat from gaining weight? She has never been tested. She is a finicky little eater and rarely empties her bowl. Anyway I got the food, and while I was in there I wandered back to the garden center where I found an African Violet. I haven’t had one in years, never having had much luck with them, but with the sunlight I get now from the windows I thought I would see how it goes. I also bought a lucky bamboo, and a container to put it in. I had one of those a few years back and it did great for a long time. Then I kept forgetting to put water in the bowl and it died. Other than that I just looked around a bit, finally buying a hammer since ours seem to have disappeared off the face of the earth. ( I suspect my daughter “borrowed” it, although she denies knowing anything about it.) ( I found the hammer while I was writting this post...Oh well now I have two. )After we left the store I decided to take the baby to the park to play. Him and I had never been alone, and I thought he might enjoy it. He is still a little young, so after a few minutes on the swing, and a couple of “pretend” attempts at the slide (mostly for photos) we headed back towards the house. We stopped one last time at Trader Joes” for some goodies. Our Wal-Mart is across the street from there so I actually went in circles, but I knew that what I was going to buy needed to be frozen, and wasn’t sure how long we might stay at the park. I bought shrimp fried rice, which I am going to make for dinner tonight along with some Lumpia. (Yummy) I also bought both coconut and lemon sorbet. I had not tried either from them, but it was only a $1.99 a container. The lemon is a bit sour for my taste, but the coconut is really good. I only had a few bites of each to see which one I want for later. After I got the errands out of the way, we came home, had lunch (leftovers for me from earlier in the week when I made rague over noodles) and that along with a sample of tonight’s rice and bread for the baby. I laid him down for a nap, and now I am spending a little time relaxing. Or at lest trying to. The construction workers are back. They are working on the units above and beside me today so they are level with my windows. Lucky for them I don’t run around naked on my day off…Ha ha..Catch you all later


Thursday, June 8, 2006

More on the construction

Pepperlady ask if they at lest did a good job on all the construction that has been going on.
Yes, they did do a good job, but I have no idea when the work will be done. Different companies are being hired to do different things. I know for sure we still have to get our new air conditioner (which means anothertrip in the house..but I think the office sends a note out for that one) .Also they haven't finished putting in the new carpet on the outside steps. The units that have an upstaris balcony are getting new top rails on the baclony, we are suppose to get some new shrubs and things like that too. They still have a little trash to clean up from tearing down the old laundry room, and I think some of the sidewalks are still cracked. (see photos of work over the last few months in my photo section for pictures) The office expects it to take all summer before all the buildings are finished. Fun Fun.


Mid week Blahs

Window and Doortrash in the backyard
Open DoorOpen Doorway
I thought my tummy was better today but as soon as I ate this evening the diarrhea came back. I am hoping it is just from having real food for the first time since Monday (I ate very little yesterday). I am still weak and tired and have absolutely no energy. I went to work this am but didn't make it but half a day. I told my boss at one I had to go home. I really wasn't feeling well and I wanted nothing more than to lay down and take a nap, but for what ever reason it wasn't meant to be. I arrived to find my house once again invaded by aliens. No not the kind from outer space. These seem to be of Hispanic descent and spoke very little English. Very nice but very irritating. I can't speak or understand a word of any language except English, which I understand makes me the ignorant one. However I am a firm believer in one rule. If you are going to live in my country. Please learn to speak my language. Ok enough of that. I am getting off subject here.
You may remember several post back when I mentioned that the apartment complex I live in was doing some extensive remodling. Part of that was to give everyone new doors and windows. This is great, and the new look is very clean and modern, but it is taking them forever to finish. Instead of doing one building at a time they have jumped around. Doing a window here, a door there, and keeping the noise level at a decible that would drown out even the most noisy airplane. (In case I have never mentioned it we live about a mile from the airport and I am in the direct path of the landing strip, so we see and hear almost all the airline traffic) Anyway I'm in an end building so of course even with all the jumping around I am one of the last to get the new stuff. I had seen the crew out here last week and asked the superviouor (who is the only one that speaks fluid English) what day they would be in my apartment. I explained my concern about me needing to know because of my kitten and that she would run away if they left a door or window open. He assured me that they would not be doing my unit until at lest the end of this week, and promised me he would let me know in advance. Well, when I came home from work this past Monday there were men everywhere. I was pissed. My bedroom is in the front of the building so the minute I drove up I could see that they were in my unit. The old window was off and the new one almost on. My first thoughts were of the cat, and thankfully she was hiding under the couch. Once I saw that she was ok, my attention was turned on the fact that my bedroom was a shambles. I felt like I had been violated. I could not believe there men were in my house much less my bedroom. I have over sized window sills so I have some of my stones and crystals along with a few of my nick nacks in them. I also have candles and things on my night stand. All of this had been taken off and laid across my bed (which had not been made that day) I found dirt and dust everywhere on the night stand because even though they were working just above it on the window, no one had bothered to move or cover it. I was livid. I snapped to the first worked, that I thought they were going to tell me ahead of time when they were coming. I have a cat I said. He just shrugged his sholders as if to say "no speak a da english" I bit my tounge and went on in the other room to find some lunch. I had just sat down when another worker walked in my front door. He didn't even bother to knock. In broken English, he asked me did he need to inspect. I can only assumne that the first worker told him I had a problem of some kind. I told him no, that I just had not expected them that day, and I was concerned about my pet. (pointing to the cat which was now in my arms). Ok he said and left. They finished up the windows in the bedrooms and then again walked back into the house to say"Finished"Needless to say I was not happy. On the way back to work I once again found the supervisior and asked him did he know when they would be doing the back of the apartment (which would include the door). He thought about it a minute and then told me he would do it the next day. Well yesterday came and went (I was home all day) and no one showed up to do anything.Something told me this morning that I better lock the cat in the bathroom and as bad as I hated it I shoved her in and went on to work. As I mentioned in the beginning of this post I arrived home shortly after one to find my apartment once again invaded. This time from the rear. The cat was locked safely away and my dinning room window was missing, with a new one in place. I got the last laugh this time though. They had closed my blinds which I had left open, and as I reached across to pull them I scared the shit out of the man on the outside who was finishing up the caulking. I wish I had the camera ready because the look on his face was priceless. He did manage to say Hi...I just grinned and said hi back.A few mintues later after I stopped laughing I went on outside to ask them if they would be doing the door today too. Yes they said. Thank goodness I thought. TWO hours later, they finally finished up and were gone..YES!!At lest they won't be back and can move on now to annoy someone else.


Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Sick As A Dog

I've heard the expression "sick as a dog" all my life. I feel sorry for any dog that is as sick as I was last night. I had a good old fashioned stomach virus. All I have to say about it is it was not a pretty site. I still am not feeling well, and missed a day of work today. My body feels like it has been run over by a truck and I am tired and weak. Maybe I will be in more of a blogging mood tomorrow.


Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Moon Struck

Full Moon
I love the full moon. This one is actually only 97% full, but it somehow drew my attention tonight as I came in from the car. I wish my camera had a stronger zoom. Sigh

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Photo From Today's Rambling


My grandson stayed over last night and since I didn't have to work today I told my daughter I would keep him all day instead of sending him to the day care. He woke up about 8:30 and had a snack (he isn’t much of a breakfast eater) and we got dressed and went to Wal-Mart. I was almost out of cat food and wanted to get a couple of cans there. I normally buy it at the pet store where I work, but lately I have notice the kitten doesn’t seem to be gaining weight. I am thinking it might be that the “good” cat food is not rich enough in fats for her, so I got some of the cheap stuff to see if it would fatten her up. Weird logic but I am hoping it works. Do you think maybe she has worms? If so will that keep a cat from gaining weight? She has never been tested. She is a finicky little eater and rarely empties her bowl. Anyway I got the food, and while I was in there I wandered back to the garden center where I found an African Violet. I haven’t had one in years, never having had much luck with them, but with the sunlight I get now from the windows I thought I would see how it goes. I also bought a lucky bamboo, and a container to put it in. I had one of those a few years back and it did great for a long time. Then I kept forgetting to put water in the bowl and it died. Other than that I just looked around a bit, finally buying a hammer since ours seem to have disappeared off the face of the earth. ( I suspect my daughter “borrowed” it, although she denies knowing anything about it.) ( I found the hammer while I was writting this post...Oh well now I have two. )After we left the store I decided to take the baby to the park to play. Him and I had never been alone, and I thought he might enjoy it. He is still a little young, so after a few minutes on the swing, and a couple of “pretend” attempts at the slide (mostly for photos) we headed back towards the house. We stopped one last time at Trader Joes” for some goodies. Our Wal-Mart is across the street from there so I actually went in circles, but I knew that what I was going to buy needed to be frozen, and wasn’t sure how long we might stay at the park. I bought shrimp fried rice, which I am going to make for dinner tonight along with some Lumpia. (Yummy) I also bought both coconut and lemon sorbet. I had not tried either from them, but it was only a $1.99 a container. The lemon is a bit sour for my taste, but the coconut is really good. I only had a few bites of each to see which one I want for later. After I got the errands out of the way, we came home, had lunch (leftovers for me from earlier in the week when I made rague over noodles) and that along with a sample of tonight’s rice and bread for the baby. I laid him down for a nap, and now I am spending a little time relaxing. Or at lest trying to. The construction workers are back. They are working on the units above and beside me today so they are level with my windows. Lucky for them I don’t run around naked on my day off…Ha ha..Catch you all laterlittle panels in between making it look like tiny windows.I think it makes it look like a more expensive door than the old one which were just regular sliding.
IMG_08851.JPGThe new windows raise up and down instead of sideways, which I like because I can sit my bottles and nicknack type things in three places (the bottom has a ledge too which doesn't show from this photo)
My grandson on the swing today..He is getting to be such a big boy. Sigh!

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My Cat Collection

My Cat Collection


Saturday, June 3, 2006

Festival Photo's

Here are a few photo's from the Greek Festival.

Entry to the Church

Inside at the Altar/Pulpit area(not sure what they call it in this religion)

Close up of previous photo

Jesus on the ceiling (this was awesome)

It's hard to tell, but the photo hanging was made out of tiny tile, and is copied from the one below it.


More dancing

Checking out the craft area.

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Rambling Thoughts

I've had a busy day today. My grandson spent the night last night and I got up early so I could get him back to my daughter's. She had to get him ready to go to his dad's house. This weekend is the first time he is staying over night with his dad. He will have him until five p.m. tomorrow night. For the life of me I still don't understand what kind of idiot the judge is, giving a 12 month old child to a man who he barely knows for over night visits. As far as our family is concerned this jerk is just a sperm donor and unless things change drastically he will never be a real dad to the boy. I really hated seeing him go, and wish I could have found a way of preventing it, but the courts have ordered every other weekend visits, and here is nothing I can do, I'm the grandma. And legally have no rights. I do however have a new respect for mom's and grand moms who disappear in order to keep kids away from there dads. If I had the money and a place to go, I think I could take the baby and just drive away. Ok, maybe I'm just over reacting and deep down I know I probably wouldn't really do that even if I had the means, but it does make one wonder just what they are capable of. My biggest fear is that the baby will get hurt while he is in there care. I just don't trust this family. They are a bunch of beer drinking, pot smoking redneck trailer trash ass holes. I'm sorry if that word is offensive to anyone but sometimes you just have to call a spade a spade and ass holes are what they are. I could go on and on about the problems we have had with this family, but this post is already getting long and I am probably boring most people already.
Anyway my husband, daughter and I decided to get out of the house awhile and we took off for a little local fun. The Greek Festival was going on today and we headed that way. All I can say is Awesome..The church was really pretty. It is Greek Othadox and I no nothing about that religion but had a cool church. We had lunch there eating something called Moussaka. It sounded better than it taste, and I didn't finish it. I think next time I will stick to the pita's and fries.
When we left there we stopped in at Walmart, which the hubby opted to sit in the car while my daughter and I shopped. Later in the evening my hubby and I went to the movies and saw The DaVinci Code. I liked it a lot. I had read the book, and was impressed as to how close the move followed it. So many times books and movies tend to vary off from each other
Ok, I've rambled long enought. More next time

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Friday, June 2, 2006

Wish List

I am starting a wish list and this is the first thing I am putting on it. I have seen this statue in person only once at a local pagan shop. The owner has it on her altar and I was blown away by it. Like most things I wish for this one will probably stay on the list a long time. The average price I have seen it selling for is around $75.00. With the recent move and trying to catch up if I have $75.00 floating around it is going to go towards a bill, or food. Oh well, you can't blame a girl for dreaming.

Earth Goddess Altar Statue
(Gaia is a Greek goddess personifying the Earth)

The following information comes from Ritual Magick: Wiccan & Pagan Supplies and I give them full credit for both the picture and information on the symbols

Keys to the Images on Gaia's Body
Moving outward from Her womb, engraved tattoos on Gaia's legs display the evolution on life in the seas, from the earliest bacteria and single-celled protozoa, to sea mammals on her buttocks. A key to all the creatures and their eras, is provided.

Similar engravings on her arms show the forests: Redwoods on Her right arm, and the tropical Rain Forest on Her left. Her right breast is a cornucopia of nourishing fruits and vegetables, while Her left breast-over Her heart-is the Moon, whose phases beat the pulse of the ocean's tides and women's cycles. In the back of Her hair, tiny creatures trace the evolution of vertebrate life on the land, with braids representing the double helix of DNA forming the umbilical branches of the Tree of Life. The chronological scale is logarithmic, beginning at the base with the Devonian Age, when the first Amphibians crawled out of the swamps onto dry land, and progressing upwards towards modern times. Different geological eras are distinguished by differing background vegetation. Comes with a diagram which provides a detailed key.

At the crown of Her head, the pinnacle of emergent consciousness ("Crown of Creation") is represented by a Whale over her right hemisphere, and a Human Child over Her left. The child holds a ball-a globe of the Earth.

Around Her face, clusters of leaves representing the fifteen sacred trees on the Celtic Tree Calendar comprise Her hair. A key is provided. Also among her hair are flowers: Rose, Poppy, Hibiscus, Daisy, and Morning Glory. Circling Her shoulders, a Monarch Butterfly represents the Sun, and a Luna Moth the Moon. Other Sacred Insects may be found among Her leafy locks: a Dragonfly, a Scarab, and a Spider.


Thursday, June 1, 2006


I found this over at PepperLady's blog and decided to tag myself.

Five Things in my fridge
1. Milk
2. Sour cream
3. Dip
4. Grapes
5. Diet Dr. Pepper

Five things in my closet
1. Shoes
2. Clothes
3. Photo Albums
4. My husbands Djembe Drum
5. A wooden chest my dad had made for me when I graduated high school

Five things in my car
1. Junk Mail
2. A childs car seat
3. Empty soda cans
4. Loose change
5. Three bags of clothes that I need to drop off to a donation center

Five things in my wallet/purse
1. Drivers liccense
2. Food store savings cards
3. Photo's
4. Change
5. About $20.00 in cash

Five things on computer desk
1. A bag of chips
2. Old Check book
3. Old receipts
4. A writting pen
5. A diet Dr Pepper

Feel Free to tag yourself