Either you like the snow,or you do not….

January 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Yesterday, it snowed here five inches, today  it is Still snowing hard . I almost got stuck in the parking lot at work because they didn’t plow it yet. Fun Times. Either you like the snow concept or you do not. Today my thoughts run in the middle. I like the snow, I think it is pretty but not when you have to drive in the stuff around the people who do not know how to drive in the stuff. The police is out patrolling the streets not to keep us safe today, they are checking the  sorry soul who was driving to fast  when the morning temperature out was a mere 16 degrees outside.

I started my new job on Monday. I am liking it so far. I am cooking at an Assistant Living facility. I worked for the Company in 2004, when the Company had a big layoff, I think most of the employees were let go. My last job ended in November , so I have been looking for work like so many are these days. It is sad how many folks can’t make the rent anymore and there are kids hungry at night. We are supposed to be one of the richest nations. I think it is sad when families raised their kids in the family home in 1960, are loosing the home today.

I had a fun time this morning watching my little dog trudge through the snow up to her belly to go poop. Gizmo likes to take a stroll around the yard to find a good place. I do however have a problem with my dog and it is not cute anymore when it is one a.m. I do have to get up and work all day while you missy dog can lounge around the house all day and sleep if you want to.(There is something wrong with this picture). I had gotten Gizmo from my last  employer. I was taking care of an elderly man and when he died in November, his daughter asked if I could take Gizmo because she loved me and would listen to me. 

I am working on a few stories to submit to a few publications this year. One story I am working on is for  ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul” There are two stories I would like to submit to. One story  is on being a parent.  I lost my husband to his disease when my son was young. As a young widowed mother, I had the awesome responsibility to raise my son. My son died in a car accident four years ago. The second story I am working on is ‘The Power of Being Positive’. Life comes at you fast .You have the choice in life when difficulties come ; You can be a lemon taster  or you can keep moving forward in the good things God still has for your life. My life changed in a moment literally. I choose to keep moving forward. Part of my being able to stay positive is a faith in God, and accepting my son’s death. There was nothing I could do about the situation.  Levi did not suffer. The next story I am working on is for a local publication called ‘Good News Northwest’. The paper has been good to publish excerpts from my book.

I am enjoying my life. I am in a good place. I enjoy my writing, my job, I have a great place to get dressed in the morning. My son’s room is my dressing room. I put his life in pictures up on the wall. I am glad I have great memories of raising my son, the best gift God could have ever given to me.

 

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A New Year, Fresh Start

January 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

I hope that the New Year has started off well for you so far. I never made any New year resolutions, so I did not have to beat myself up over not sticking to any of them! I think I have just decided to try to live be consistent in my life and not try to go overboard with my daily routine. I have so many friends that laugh because they did not go exercise the first day of January. Some folks laugh that getting out of bed was enough exercise for the day. (I love it). I think everybody has over eaten for the Holidays like we all do. Now it is time to get back on track and get back in shape. (I will start tomorrow)

I will be starting a new job next week. It will be a new career for me. I used to work for this Company a few years ago in another department. I was blessed to see that a few of my co-workers still worked at my old job. It is always nice to start a job where people are glad you are coming back and not whining that you are back!

I almost titled this week’s blog: Keeping Busy is not Enough”. What I mean by this is, when someone looses a child or a spouse, you feel lost at times, lonely and it may even be hard for you to get out of bed. Choosing to be positive is that a choice. it is easy to give up, have a bitter attitude, grumble at the world, not wanting to appreciate a sunny day. I can easily see how some people can feel this way. It was not easy when I lost my husband and my son. I live life to the fullest because I don’t feel cheated on any level of life itself. I can write, work, take my dog for a walk like anyone else. It still feels different not to be able to call my son and ask about his day. It is still hard sometimes not  to be able to share a problem I am having with my deceased husband. I have learned that I am allowed to make plans and goals for the rest of my life.When my son died, my world was suddenly changed forever. I chose to keep living life to the fullest everyday, because I have a purpose still for my life. Yes, I became one of the dreaded “empty nesters” also. So I could have spent all my time now crying over the fact that my son moved out of the house to help his grandmother nine months before he died, and the fact he died. Life to way to short to spent miserable all the time. I am a very Blessed woman. I have learned the secret to inner happiness. Enjoying and living life. Yes,by the way, I do have some days where I am sad and cry  over the loss of my son, but I know he is in good hands with God, and I will see him again soon. I have started telling folks “I do not hope, I know this for a fact”.

I know this is the Great year of calamity and all but we will just have to see. in 2000, everyone was concerned we would not have a dial tone. remember that? Well our phones are fine. I am not saying it will be an easy year, every year it seems it gets harder to make ends meet, everyone you know if either not talking to each other or fighting over money or disagreements on raising the children.

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Happy New year!!!!!

January 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New year ful of prosperity and a look into a brand new year. This year like every past year, holds uncertainty. The econemy goes up and down,our rent goes up, but no raise to help offset the cost. Groceries are Expensive. It is not so funny when we have to choose between put gas in our car,feed you children OR pets, or pay our rent.

At least gas prices are starting to come down some. Every new year,we wonder how this year is going to be different than lasy year. We just have to wait,watch and see what developes. I don’t listen to predictions because predictions have a way of not becoming a reality. I do know that it is tough out there. I feel sorry for our young generation. There are not many jobs to compete for. Adults are having a tough enough time trying to make ends meet let alone a young college student.

It is a nice morning here as I sit in my office writting this blog to you. I enjoy the sunshine,but it doen not feel like winter to me. Last year had a good snow. I miss driving in the stuff. I know what you are thinking.SNOW is she kidding?No I am not kidding. I like the snow, It is nice to look at all the snow capped moutains, flocked tree tops,  white lawns, you bundle up in a warm coat and scarf. Coffee just seems to taste better when it is Cold outside, with snow  falling quietly out your big window. I guess there are no accidents to speak of, no one slidding into a ditch to get pulled out, no one is pulling out in front of you only to hit the curb after loosing control. There are a few points that are good,but I do miss a white winter this year. I know the season is not over yet, but we had a whiter Thanksgiving this last year than a Christmas.

 

I do not know what my future holds for me. I have had some people try sand tell me what is going to happen this year in my life. I am sorry, but the only one who knows what my future holds,is Jesus. I know there are well meaning folks out there, but I reguard what He says. There are so many people who are concerned about the fact that I am single. I can not beleive that friends are wondering if I am going to marry this year. it some what cracks me up. Some people (me) are happy in the relationship I have right now, and do not want to discuss if I will ever marry in my future. I know these folks are worried about me after Levi died, but I am happy,healthy and doing very well at that. I like the way I have decorated my house and I do not want to change it because someone else did not like Victorian style. I feel very comfortable in my little house and like to “take a step back in time” when I come through the front door. it is always a treat to walk on the carpet your son helped to install for his mom. I thought it was so sweet of Levi a few years ago, he wanted to “Fix” his mom’s house up more for her so she had a nicer place to live. If Levi could only see the house. He would be shocked at his bedroom. it is truly A Victorian dessing room.I love to get dressed in the morning and put on my pajamas at night.

I have an interveiw in the morning at a place I used to work a few years ago. I will be working as a dietary Assistant if I do get the job. The Company was a good place to work in the past. In my last job, I only had one person to cook for and please, NOW… it should not be to bad. I will keep you posted on the update.

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New Years End Trends

December 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It is now New Years Eve morning when all through the house,not a creature was stirring,not even my dog as she has already eaten,gone outside,barked at the neighboring dogs, and is nestled quietly back in her warm bed. I am once again sitting here in my office with this time my morning cup of coffee. Today is sunny,cold but no 40 mile an hour wind blowing. I was just sitting here thinking about what I had heard from a popular news program I never watch. There seems to be some growing trends at the end of this year there are as follows:

It seems to be a growing trend I hear to show off and actually wear our Christmas gifts. I know I am only fifty, but when I was growing up, this was called polite and good manners. You always are seen in what grandma and grandpa bought you and it did NOT matter if you liked it or not. When you seen your grandparents,aunts uncles and such,you told them thank you again for the gift. If it is a birthday mind you, you sent a HANDWRITTEN thank you note. (A little side note to add, if I had ever thought of saying what I might had been thinking,because I did not like something, I would have been a wall fixture somewhere).

The next growing trend is the little girls and boys that are on you tube showing off expensive bags, jeans and such with a “non-bragging disclaimer.” when there are so many children homeless and nothing to eat I do not feel sorry for some little ” ”  who did not get his or her iPhone this year. Poor maybe not poor dad did not know the little girl was disappointed until it was on you tube. I am sorry,but my son at 15 years old, bought his own phone,and paid for his own plan because I was a single parent,he knew one I could not afford his phone and plan also, I was not going to pay for his luxury.

The next growing trend is on a commercial. WHY do we have Ansestry.com? Over the last couple of years, I can not tell you how many countless hours my mom and I have sat in her living room and just talked about her life in Chatsworth. My mom lived next to the Stage coach Inn(anyone remember the movie Golden Ear ring?) My mom used to go all through the Stage coach Inn when she was a little girl. The movie  Company left everything when the movie was done filming.I know things have really changed in the last few years. I love to hear about her family in Kansas and Colorado. This is why I do not understand why we have a website to tell us about our past.If  we wanted to go back and see how far we can trace our roots,okay,but when there is a commercial on about having dinner at the table as a family that is hard to swallow. My family growing up always sat at the table and talked about our days. if we needed help with homework or such, it was there. Mom and dad got home the same time every night.

I just know things have really changed in the past few years.it is sad there are no jobs to speak of for our youth. There are no jobs for the adults either. it is getting harder and harder to provide for your family. Next Year we choose a new President Maybe anyway.

In 2012,I wish you joy,peace prosperity,happiness,a new sence of familt time, and be thankful you have a home to go home to and a family to fill the house.

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE and GOD RICHLY BLESS EVRYONE OF MY READERS.

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December 15th Book signing

December 29, 2011 at 3:08 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

The Book signing at the Library was dismal at best. Only about four people showed up at all and two of the visitors were to support a couple of the authors at the event. The authors were in good spirits and we all went to each others tables and talked about the books and our future writings we have going on. it was surprising since The Idaho Writer’s League was sponsoring the Holiday Book Fair. as part of the program , the authors all took turns pitching about their books. I read a poem that my son had written and I read from my book. I had an enjoyable time with some of the other authors and we all got a sugar high. I look forward to a book signing when a few people will show up.(snow was no excuse).

I hope that everyone had a good Christmas. I went to some friend’s homes during Christmas eve and Christmas Day. Christmas eve, some friends came to my mom’s house after church and had dinner and opened some gifts. Christmas morning, mom has a tradition of making rice pudding. So we had our coffee and breakfast. Later, I went to some more friend’s home for dinner. I had a good few days.

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I Am Back Online Now

December 15, 2011 at 12:28 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Taking Some Time To Smell The Flowers.

I know it has been a few weeks since I have been able to blog or Face Book, but my computer was not cooperating with me in the least. I am back now and should be able to keep my readers up to date with my book signings and the movie trailer I am working on for the book.(My Pastor would have said”Now you will have to retrain me.) I am not that bad but almost…

Moving on, I am going to be at the Library in Coeur D’Alene tomorrow at Ten A.M. to set up the books and get ready to read a poem of Levi’s as well. It should be a fun day.I hope to be able to see some of your smiling faces tomorrow even if for a few minutes to drop by, have refreshments and say a quick hello would be nice.

I went to a Christmas party Monday night, I will post pictures of the event this weekend. I cannot believe it Christmas already. where has the year gone?  it will New Years here before we know it. WOW. Mom is having a Christmas eve dinner after Church,she has not gone to church on Christmas Eve for years. Some friends of ours who go to my Church talked her into being excited about going. I am glad she is willing to get out even if for an hour and then have a nice dinner and open a few gifts on the Christmas Eve. Mom and I are eating rice pudding and COFFEE Christmas morning.

I have been working on the video trailer for the book for a week now. it is coming along nicely. A neighbor is helping me. I am using a song that she had written for her son who died in the war. I wanted a song like “Time In a Bottle” By Jim Croce. The song is beautiful. I hope you will like the end result. I should have it out on my You Tube Channel in the next few days.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas surrounded by those you love and hold dear. I am thankful to you for all your support and reading my FB pages and this blog. I could not do this without you all  and you are appreciated.

Hopefully, I will see some of you tomorrow.

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End of Summer News

October 5, 2011 at 2:29 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Wow, it is turning cold already. Where has our summer gone to? Last week we had some 80 degree temperatures, this week it is in the 60’s. I love Fall though. it is my favorite time of the year. I can’t wait to take my fall drive and look at all the changing colors of the leaves. I get a coffee and start looking for the leaves.

I love downtown because on Government way, all the maple trees are starting to change colors now. it is beautiful.

I need to catch-all my readers up to what has happened the past few weeks. I stopped blogging for a few weeks because I was trying to take an online class in freelance writing and blogging. Well… I could not log on to the class and after 8 days of trying to take my class(I really looked forward to taking this class.)

I gave up and asked for a refund for the class. I wanted to learn the tricks write a blog that people want to read. That is what the class had said.

I had a great birthday. Thank you so  much for the birthday greetings on FB.I had a quiet night on Tuesday. Jeff had to work in California. It was a hard birthday because Jeff could not be here to help me celebrate the BIG 50.

At the end of September, I went with a  friend to Beauty Bay on Lake Couer d’Alene  I had a nice relaxing morning sitting on the dock and watching boaters and the water skiers. I took the climb up to the outhouse behind my friends float house. it was an interesting trek up the hill I will tell you. There was not really a marked trail to get to the out house, then I thought I was going to get stuck because I could not get the dumb door to open when I was coming out. I finally made it out of the out house ordeal and sat down on a swing a few feet from the out house. Then I saw the deer droppings. I just decided to back to my quiet lounge chair and just take in the view of the lake. My friend and her family rebuilt the float house dock last year. I think my friend told me the dock was floating away. I know she put a lot of work into this vacation home and it looks great. In Idaho, you do not have to go very far to have a home away from home.

As far as October is looking, I have sent out some press releases for the book and I am currently working on a radio commercial to try to generate some new interest in my book. The book is doing well, but I would like to market the book to a wider public interest. I can not believe the book has been published one year now. It is amazing the fun I have had writing and publishing “Healing in the Storms”. Thank you for those of you who has bought a copy of the book. I have been getting so much good feed back on the book. I am slowly working on my second book “More Healing in the Storms”. I am having fun writing this book as well. This time I mam not working two jobs trying to write at the same time. I have more time to think this year.

I am excited to announce I am having a first year since the release of “Healing in the Storms” party October 21,2011. I hope to see a lot of you at Rosalie Storments home on the Highlands to help me celebrate.

I am watching the a squirel playing, chasing each other around the tree. They are so cute to watch them play and bury the nuts and apples to get ready for winter. I can say that bad word because I like the snow. I love sitting in my office and drinking coffee and writing this blog. I will write some more soon. Be sure to check out my FB page for the book to see pictures. Have the rest of a great week.

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First chapter of Healing in the Storms

July 12, 2011 at 3:43 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I added a new page to the blog. It is the first chapter of my book. The address to my blog is http://www.HealingintheStorms.wordpress.com

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News paper articles

July 11, 2011 at 3:22 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

I have submitted a couple of news paper stories about Levi. it is a tribute to my son. We will see if they get printed. I have also included 2 photos of him as well.

This is a hard time of year for me. I deal with pain of the loss of my son Levi on a daily basis. Some people comment I am alway cherry and laughing. I have my bad days and my sad days. I just keep myself busy with writting, blogging to you good friends who support me. thank you I

mean it. I love writting and I appreciate you taking time to read what I post. I post a poem to Levi today on his memorial page. I hope you like it.It is hard to loose a child. We feel like we were left behind. But in reality I choose to llok at it as this: God must not have been done with me yet so I will keep moving forward in the good things he still has for my life untill he calls me home to. This is all I can do everyday and keep a chin up and be down. Nobody likes to around someone who is down all the time. Some people I know do have a good reason to be. Everyone handles grief different. Some never get over the loss of their loved ones. I know I will never get over loosing Levi, but writting “Healing in the Storms” has helped me to remember things I had forgotten about because it was to painful.

I did an online interveiw recently. One of the questions asked to me was”How and why did you write your book”? I answered the question with I wrote my first book because after Jerry and Levi passed away, I was always being told to get your book done. You have so much you can give to people who are grieving. I was told I have so much information on how I have handled my loss, that I should share how I have moved forward after the tragedy of Levi’s death in 2007. I am glad I have written my book. I have gotten positive reviews and responses to the book. It has been a long road to where I am now. I feel I am doing good, I have friends I can call if I am having a bad day and need a cup of coffee, I just try to not remember Levi. I used to try to keep myself really busy,exaustingly busy and it didn’t work. I learned the tears are good to cry. I need to cry sometimes and not hold them back. It does get easier the closer it is to July 20. I used to get really depressed and want to sleep all day. But that isn’t good to do. I go have nachos in his honor and go for a drive and put Pillar on. Levi liked that band. Mom and I will get tacos that night probably. We all used to get taco Tuesday, this time it will be taco wensday.

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Garden Plaza Book Signing

July 10, 2011 at 4:46 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

I had a fun day today. I signed books at Garden Plaza this afternoon in Post Falls. My assistant shot some video footage and also took some pictures. I am editing the video now, and will get it posted in a couple days. One of the videos will be on Amazon.com and the interveiw will be on FB and my blog. I never dreamed tha I would been doing my 4th book signing this summer. I love meeting all the people, my friends and getting to talk about my book.

I am planning on a couple more book signings this summer that some of you may be able to attend, I am planning one in a beautiful private back yard on the lake. I want to set the signing up as a party to celebrate not just sign books. I am also planning on having a signing at Barnes and Noble in August. I have a few more in mind, I will post the dates as soon as I have them confirmed. It is shaping up to be a good summer this year.

 I will be submittingto the press the story I had written for Levi next week.  Keep an eye out for this article. I am also looking into the Spokesman review as well. I wanted to remember Levi next week.

I have my radio interview in the works plus a radio commercial is close to being done and put out on the radio air waves. it is fun to see this end of the marketing. i usually just get to enjoy someone elses radio commercial and like to hear it. it will be weird to hear about your book on radio.

I submitted my book to Spring Arbor distrubution. If they like my book, and accept it, they will help promate the book as well. This could be exciting. I am also planning on checking into mor book clubs as well this summer. I love even though I may be slow at getting to projects, when they start to come together, you want to do more.

Like I said, I will keep you posted on upcoming projects and book signings. Thank you for all your support and reading my blog.

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