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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Ringing in 2012

December 31, 2011 at 11:28 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

 

 

 

My name is Julie. I am the author of the new book”Healing in the storms” published by outskirtspress.com.

I will be in bed at the stroke of Midnight,only to bewoke up at twelve sharp by fireworks,gunshots and yelling. Oh waht fun.

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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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Christmas Eve Morning

December 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

It is once again Christmas Eve Morning, when all through my house,the dog has just started stirring to go tell me it was time for her to go outside. My dog had just come back in and settled next to her food, I came into the office to clear my head. As I sit here in my office sipping a cup of Christmas tea(coffee was hours ago) I look outside my window at the snow. I get a brilliant idea for my Christmas Blog.

My mind goes back to a time when Mary and Joseph had baby Jesus. There was not room for him so he was born in a stable. Jesus grew up with his brothers and sisters as we all did and went on to his public ministry. Jesus died a very painful death for our sins.

I write this story because when I was thinking about a Blog for this morning, I was married to a good man for 6 years. Jerry died on 12/17/1990 from his disease. I was left to raise our four-year old son Levi alone. I struggled to raise Levi as I think Mary sometimes did. At one point in Mary’s life, Joseph died. Back in those days a woman was not allowed to work outside of the home. I know her family helped to take care of her and her family,but I bet it was hard for her. Mary lost her first-born son. Jesus was from Heaven above,but He walked on this earth for 33 years. I was given the awesome privilege of raising a fine young man as Levi. My son died in a tragic car accident at age of 20 in July 2007.

I know as a mother and a wife Mary had many hard days. She missed her husband and I know she missed Jesus for a very long time. Some people want to put limits on someone who is in a time of grieving. The Bible does not tell us how long Mary grieved the death of Jesus. The Bible does not tell us how long the desiples grieved either. I can tell you that this Christmas Season is like the last 4 christmases without my son. It is an empty spot in your life that nothing will fill. I am Blessed to have loving family and friends who care when I am going through a hard time  and I know I can count of them even to have a cup of coffee and talk.

In this Christmas Season of joy and giving, give your spouces an extra hug and an extra Christmas kiss to your children and loved ones you hold dear. I wish you all the Very Merriest Christmas and the most prosperous New Year to come.

God Bless You

Julie DeGon

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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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Very expensive car problem

July 28, 2011 at 2:38 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

Yeaterday I went to see a friend to do up some t shirts promoting the book. I went to leave his place, and the car wouldn’t start. i had it towed to Post Falls last night. I found out that the timing belt broke, plus the water pump is leaking I won’t get my car back until Friday sometime. So far the cost is &700.00. I was going to be getting cool t shirts to promote my book but…

I am lookin g forward to the  Leigh family Reunion on August 6th. I haven’t seen candy and Dennis for a few years now. it will be nice to see her again. I am glad mom is hosting the event. she has not been having trouble with gout. But she wanted to have it,so it will be nice.

RASPBERRIES. Come to 2570 Ponderosa Blvd. in Post falls and pick. They will be ripe for only 2 more weeks. there are still so many . Come for your jam supplies or popsicles,or yogurt and raspberry freezer treat. it is going to get hot.lol. it probably will for 2 days.

I hope you are having a great summer so far. I will let you know how the car got fixed, if I had a nervous breakdown before then,etc. I am just kidding. I am having a better summer than I expected to. i ususally don’t enjoy the summer heat, but this year hasn’t been to bad so far. SMILING.

I am working on another book signing in Ausgust. i will keep you posted on more details as they evolve.

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My Biggest Responsibilities

July 12, 2011 at 4:24 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

Signing my book “Healing in the Storms” at a local coffee house in my home town.

My dad had Cancer, so I took him to his Doctors appointments when I was in High School. The second thing is my husband had Diabetes. I took him to Dyalisis for 3 years untill he passed away from his illness. The third biggest responsiblity would be being a single parent of my 4 year old son.

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The Falls Park

June 26, 2011 at 7:52 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

I have just gotten back from the Falls Park.265 lbs of water travels through the dam per minute. That is a lot of water. The reason the park and boat launch is still closed is because our dam is relieving the flooding in North Dakota. The water eventually flows into California.

I have not been to the Falls Park in a couple years. The last time I was there, Jeff and I went to check it out. He was impressed as well. I love that the kids can fish all day from the bridge and there are plenty of trails to hike on and a nice big play ground offered as well. I used to take my kids when I owned a day care center(my youngest day care child is a jr. in High School) I would let them play, and look at the water, have lunch, then go home for nap time.

Some of the kids reading this will say “yes,that is what we did.” plus going to the library in the afternoon. That is how each child could play computer games or read books. It has been so long ago it seems since I owned the day care. it is fun to see the kids now and see how they have grown.

I planted some plants yesterday. I hope they live. I have a real black thumb. And I do water. it is a standard quote to tell me. I am trying to compact my bushes in my flower bed tight, so I don’t have to weed as much. We will see.

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Have A Happy And Safe Memorial Day

May 29, 2011 at 11:35 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all of you who are now serving and the ones who have served in our Military in the past. Words can not express our gratitude for all of your sacrifice.

I hope everyone has a great day tomorrow,some of you like I will be working and are thannkful we have a job to go to.I have the best employer.I am like part of the family and it is a great feeling to be able to go over and just hang out and visit.Last weekend,my boss and I went to the estate sale together and then to the farmers market.I love taking care of my older gentleman.I took some kidding when I first got the job,but I like what I am doing,and God wanted me there,and I had the time to write my first book while taking care of Rich. I have learned that sometimes people wonder why you like doing something,but when God plants the desire in your heart,there is nothing else you would want to be doing in it’s place.

May God richly bless where you are in Him,always be still and know He is God,and know all things work out for good for those who love him.I hope you reall Know how much you are loved by the father and by your friends and family.I am blessed you read my blog.

The cutest story I can think of is one day I was browsing through my son Levi’s My Space, the general question was”Who was your hero?’ Levi said”The guy who invented gatorade.” God Bless Julie

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