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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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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The End Of The Year

December 29, 2011 at 3:03 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

It is the end of another year,I hope this year leaves you with fond memories and looking ahead for 2012. This year has been so amazing to me. I can not believe how busy I have been. I was  blessed with writting my first book last October, and I have been busy hosting a few parties at my house and at a few dear friends home to celebrate the book event. With two dear friends, we all went together on our ad and had a book signing this summer at the First Friday event at Possiblities. What fun it was to sit out in front of the store and talk to all the folks who came by. I said hi to so many friends I have not seen in awhile. This spring, I hosted a very special Victorian Tea Party for two special young ladies. What a fun time thier grandmother and a mother had that afternoon. I taught the two girls how to set up the tea party, we made all the food and set the table before the grandmother and mother arrived. I used the nicest china plates my boss gave to me for the party.

I started to writ down a few stories for the new book I am currently working on. I was given the pleasure of working at a little farm in my hometown that is called”The Little Red Raspberry Farm” It reminds me where I grew up with my twin brother on our ranch. The owner of the house built his home with his son in law and grandsons over thirty years ago. I sat down on the back porch and listened to all the families who came to pick the berries,laughing and talking and having a good time. I wrote seven chapters in a day just letting my mind wonder about when I grew up riding my horse in the orchard behind the house. Rich had an acre of property a couple of years ago, his daughter and I went and bought him some chickens to complete the ranch feel. His daughter painted the hen house barn red and white trim. The ladies as we call them love to run around and peck in the dirt. I am serious, this was one of my best jobs I have ever had.

What do I have in store for my new year? Let me see, in my future, I am seeking employment like so many other folks are. I so look forward to putting on the finishing touches for my video trailer for the book. I am planning on doing a few book signings and marketing an e-book . I will still be busy and I hope to see more of you awesome people. I can not tell you how blessed I feel. I had one of the best gifts God could have ever given to me even if for while. My  son Levi and my late husband  were the inspiration for my books. I had so many stories to tell on them about. Your kind words and encouragement has been so appreciated. This has been a difficult journey to walk through. Iam healing more everyday. I get up every morning with my cup of coffee on my Victorian couch and have coffee time with the Lord. He is my inspiration to keep moving forward and never looking backward.

Have the rest of a Blessed Holiday season. I look forward to the new year because it holds some Glorious things in it. There are so many things that I am grateful for. I am so thankful for the good memories that keep my life going forward, loving friends and family that encourage me .

God Bless you all

Julie

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The Leigh family Reunion

October 15, 2011 at 4:17 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I had so much fun today getting together with family members I haven’t seen in a long time. Some of my family, it has been too long. My cousin candy came to visit with her husband from Washington. They were on their way to Sturgis. I love Dennis’s new Harley. I took a fun pose on the bike like I was relaxed on the seat. It was great to get updated pictures from my cousins and aunts. I will post them early next week for you to see.

I submitted a story to the Chicken Soup For the Soul book. It is on FamilyCare giving. We all know I have zero experience on this subject. It was fun to set down and let my mind create a new story that will be inspiring and Glorifingto god. I coudn’t be able to have the attitude I have everyday if it wasn’t for His Grace, peace ,love and encouragment. I am glad I am able to find a few more

stories to get my name out there more. I will be submitting a new story for Good News. The last story wasn’t printed for some reason, so I will just try a new one for next Month’s issue. I am having fun putting together  new material and keep my writting current. It is easy when you work a lot or are really tired, to not write anything.  

I am still waiting to hear from KVNI about interveiwing me about the book. When I know, I will post the time. I will be putting the interveiw on FB, and you tube as well.

Writting hs been such a creative outlet for me. After the death of my son, I coiuld have become bitter and angry at life, God, the world. It doesn’t solve any problems, it just makes you bitter, angry and make people not want to be around you. I hate lemon tasters. I am able to put some feelings and emotions down on paper, edit  what I want to say and then put the finished project on my Healing in the Storms FB site, or the blog or in a magazine article. It has been such an amazing journey that God has been taking me on. Last year, I couldn’t type very well, now I am doing well. It is funny when you have a simple request for God and he does answer you but, you get to have fun in learning how to type better and faster. When I look back on all my  GoodNews stories and newspaper stories or story submissions I have been involved in the last year, is just amazing to me.

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The Big Moose

September 6, 2011 at 3:45 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

On Saturday night, I kept a friend of mine company so his daughter and son in law could go to dinner with their kids from Seattle area. I went home at 9 p.m., and went to bed because I had a long day that day. I remebered I was going to buy some ribs and corn on the cob for mom to celebrate Labor day. I went to the store and dropped off the groceries to my mom’s house at 10p.m. I was not 10 feet from a giant moose in my mom’s front yard. it scared me and (Of cousrse) it scared me because I didn’t expect to see bullwinkle eating my mom’s grass. I looked the moose, trying to unlock my mom’s front door to get in. The moose yelped and went over by mom’s tree and started eating again. I left QUIETLY

a few minutes later and went home. I missed the best part of the night. The moose bugled to his family at 2 a.m. He beds down at the next door neighbors house. The next night, I missed it again. The whole family of moose was at mom’s house. The neighborhood all stood out at my mom’s driveway and watched the family of moose.

I have deer walking down my street at 5 a.m. everyday. the bay down the hill from me is brown and cruchy so the deer come up my street to eat the neighbors lawn and trees. it is cool to see 5 deer walking down your street early in the morning. we also have quail in the early morning. Before all the cats get up, the quail come and eat.

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Had a great time at a special baseball game

July 24, 2011 at 3:22 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Today, I went into Couer d’ Alene to a baseball game . A friend of mine is a treatment program. The judge had a ball game the judges court against the guys in his program.The judge won this time… Rematch again next year. I am glad he puts this on every year, because it is a fun time had by all.

I am redoing my back yard. I have a cousin coming in 2 weeks and I am in the planning stages of putting together a first year party to celebrate the book “Healing in the Storms”. I am putting in lavender in hopes I can keep it alive long enough to enjoy it. (You garden specialists laugh) I am not kidding. I need tips to keep my back yard alive. I have a great lawn care person, but the rest of it, left up to me,dies. (I do water!)

I can’t believe that summer is getting ready to come to a close after next month. I am not fooling, it goes by faster every year now. I love the Fall of the year and putting everything to bed.Some people live for Spring when everything comes out and blooms. I just have always liked to take a fall drive and see all the pretty colors and the cool crisp air..Oh I am sorry I know some of you are cringing right now. I will try and enjoy what is left of my summer.

I have a few more events I am working on like another interveiw,plus the radio interveiw, and a few more book signings. This has been a fun journey I am on. I never would have thought that one, I would write a book that has gotten so much positive responce. I am so blessed to have friends and familt like you who continue to support me. Thank you.

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Have a happy and safe 4th.

July 3, 2011 at 4:41 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

I would like to take this time and wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July weekend. Thank you to all who have served in our armed forces.

I had a good but exhausting weekend. I took care of an elderly gentleman for some friends. They live on a little farm outside of town. I was so blessed tonight. I was able to see a 2 year old dear eating grass and garden for about a half hour tonight. The dear was so beautiful. She didn’t seem to mind that I was watching her eat. I needed this kind of blessing from the Lord.

I went to check on my books at Hasting’s today. They have sold all but 4 books. Thank you to all of you who have bought one of my books. I am glad my story continues to get out to those who are hurting.

I have a book signing next Saturday at garden Plaza in Post falls from 3;30-whenever I get through. I will post pictures for those who cannot attend.

I have to work on monday, so go enjoy the picnic and baptism for me. I wish I could attend, it ends when I get off from work. So what do you do???

I found a story I started working on last year. I am glad I found this story. I am going to do a booklet out of the information I saved. I am going to title the booklet”Journey Through Then storm” I hope to have it published by this fall. I will keep you posted. I found out I can have the booklet translated into Japanese, I am excited at the prospect of this new project. I also am working on putting the book “Healing In the storms” in e-book form. So I will have the rest of a busy summer. it will be september before we know it.

Look for my article in the GoodNews paper this week. it is a tribute story for my son Levi who died 4 years ago on July 20th. I miss him very much, but I have a lot to look forward to, because I can concentrate on writting a tribute story in his honor and have happier thoughts this way.

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