Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Birthday in Heaven

Do you think they celebrate birthdays in Heaven? I guess I really don't think so? Not sure why but I think there must be more important things to do then celebrate when you came to earth? Anyway, today is my little brother Brian's birthday and because he went to be with Jesus so long ago I cant call him to wish him a happy birthday. It would have been his 42nd today and I woke up way too early because I think my sub-conscience still thinks I am able to call him and be the first to wish him a happy birthday. That was "our thing", he would call me very early on Christmas eve to be the first to wish me a happy birthday and I in turn would call him a week later on New Years eve to wish him the same. You never know when its going to be your last and unfortunately on his last birthday on earth I overslept (never do) and didn't call him until 10 am at which point he proceeded to give me a lecture on where I went wrong! Wow, its funny the things we miss when someone you love is in Heaven? If I could just have it back? So Brian is in heaven today and I am here. Very strange still, after 12 years but I guess if anyone deserved to be in heaven, it would have been him. He went through a childhood that no child deserves! (yes, it was way worse than mine) Although, I still cant help but to ask why that although he deserved to be in peace with our Lord and Savior why he had to leave the family he had always longed for and had finally found? Why 2 little boys that he was so proud of could be left with out the father they adored? Why a woman is left to raise these boys by herself? Their lives would be so different if he had lived! Why after 12 years the only good thing that has happened in any of our lives as a direct result of his death, is my relationship with Christ? I still don't see how that was a good trade off? I mean I guess it was for me in that sense but how was it good for Brian or his family as they continue to struggle with the fact that he is no longer here, no matter how it looks on the outside? And now I must go as the tears are streaming and I cant find a tissue!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Brian!! I love and miss you, my sweet little brother!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas 2008

I detest the commercialization that Christmas has become and I am glad its over. Don't get me wrong, I had a wonderful Christmas, spent with my family. We spent the whole day in our PJ's and eat really "UN-Christmas" like food. (btw: the gourmet pizza's were awesome!!!) It was great fun having the boys here and I didn't even care that my home looked like a war zone all day! (REALLY Nonny, ask Sissy!!) It was a good time had by all and I am glad its now over! I was really getting sick of the "happy holiday's" crap instead of "Merry Christmas" hellooooooo?? Did the people forget that Christ was born and that is the reason for the celebration?? Duh, even the 5 year old boy could tell me that as he did on Christmas! Oh well, its over and now I say..... Bring on FLORIDA!!! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEESE!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Turning 40 something

I am in fact turning 40 something tomorrow! Yuck! When I say 40 something I really am not sure of the exact age as I always have to ask my Sissy how old I actually am as I don't have the time or the desire to calculate it myself. (please no one remind me) So anyway, the birthday celebration begins tomorrow, yippee! I think Sissy is more excited every year for my birthday than I am. Actually, I know she is. Now I am going to go off track.. Big surprise I know...
But speaking of Sissy....A very dear friend of hers told her that maybe it was time to cut the umbilical cord from her Mommy (meaning me). Really?? Is that what a Mother and Daughter should do when the daughter has a family of her own? I think not!! How sad would that be? OK, so we talk about 10 times a day. (no kidding) We have the same cell carrier and our sprint to sprint minutes are in the 1000's. We get together for dinner at least 1/2 times a week in the winter and about 4/5 in the summer. We cook, we laugh(she makes me laugh ALL the time) and we whine together on any given day. She refers to me as her "BF" on her blog and anytime we need justifying one need or another for each other, we are there! Whats wrong with that? We have our own lives and our own friends but the bond we share is very solid. Does she tick me off or I her? Yep , you betcha! So what, we get over it and we have rules and boundaries we don't cross .(she follows them better than I do) She loves the Lord and she loves me so who cares if we are "bf's" we are adults free to choose who we want to be close to and we choose each other! So, there! I believe I answered my own question!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snow and the Countdown to Florida

This morning I awoke to a windchill of 30 below, the wind howling and snow EVERYWHERE and by EVERYWHERE I mean EVERYWHERE! I don't believe I will see my street again until spring. So that got me thinking about my trip to Florida on January 29th. I went there for the first time 2 years ago to see Judes as she left me for sunshine and the only way to see her was to fly there! So I did and decided at the time to take the drama queen with. Then this past year I went by myself, telling the drama queen she could go with me every 2 years. Well, her time is here and how bad of a mother am I that I would love to be going by myself? (I wont be as her ticket is purchased and I gave her my word she would go this time) Really I blame Judes for these feelings I am having as she is the one that showed me such a great time during both of my trips to see her in 08. Now with these frigid temps and pure white streets outside I am officially beginning my countdown to Florida, 38 days from now!! Let the games begin!!! Look out Judes here we come, again!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Bone to pick with "Mom"

OK so we all know my "Mom" aka Judes is in Florida this time of year as her old bones can no longer handle the Minnesota winters she grew up in. We all also know that I go and spend 5 days with her on my own special and only Vacation I ever take. (with this year bringing Drama queen again) We shop, eat, laugh, go to all the attractions and sleep at her house on the golf course, lounge at the Olympic size pool and just generally have a great time! I know great deal if one is blessed enough to get it. (I am) So, what does she do?? Well, even knowing I am going to be there in less then 7 weeks to turn her life upside down in a whirlwind of fun and excitement. Today I opened my mail and found a beautiful birthday card for me and in it a significant amount of cash!! HELLO??? I am coming to mooch off her very soon and she still seems to find the need to send me birthday money!! Seriously, the card would have been wonderful by itself as I know it was sent with a great deal of love. (and it said so on the bottom) Anyway: Although MUCH appreciated very silly of her! Whats one to do?? Save it till Florida and buy her lunch?? (next to laundry its her favorite thing to do, no kidding) Thank you Judes for making me smile at your silliness and your very generous gift! I love you and will see you soon!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Blessing's and Oreo's

Don't you just love the attention you get from the Lord?? I sure do! I was whining to Him about needing a new client or two and what does He send me? Yep, you guessed it 2 (count them 1 & 2) new clients! What does one do to get this special attention from the Lord? Who knows? I guess it is just the fact that I am a Christian does it but that just seems to easy, doesn't it? Anyway, 2 new clients and Christmas is not even here yet! What happened the rest of the day? Well, I cleaned three houses (with the help of Pooky) and the clients I went to were so generous with Christmas gifts it makes me think that I may be doing something right in my business? Oh, who am I kidding, I am a neat freak (which bodes well considering I have a cleaning service) and that neatness spills out into my service. Its funny as there are some things while cleaning that I want to skip and then I start thinking that even in cleaning toilets I am doing it for the Lord and that thought instantly guilt's me into doing a great job and that alone is evident by these Christmas bonuses I have been getting! Go, GOD!
The Grandboys came for dinner tonight and that was a lot of fun showing "the boy" how to properly eat an Oreo cookie. He was so cute when trying to mimic grandma.
FYI: the proper way to eat an Oreo is to take the tops of 2 cookies, give the tops to "the big boy" (my SIL) and put the other 2 with the fillings together to create a better Oreo and then dip it in milk for ten seconds and eat! Can you believe "the big boy" just eats the tops with out milk?? Gross!
Sissy was not happy with me when I let the boys each open 1 little tiny gift I had for the boys. They were thrilled, she, not so much.
Memo to sissy: Party pooper!
Question: has anyone gone to MercyMe from my blog?? MAKE ME S.L.O.B. of the Month? Please? Sissy did her part (big time) how about the rest of you? Just click on them from my blog and done. How much easier could it be? Sissy is bribing people to do it for me on her blog and if that is what it takes I will offer lunch to anyone who does it from here! Me and lunch? Nice deal!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A day in life....

These days just get goofier and goofier! It starts off with "Mr. Yuhas" (the weather man) informing me that we have gone up 20 degrees since yesterday morning and we are now at a "balmy" 5 degrees. Anyone in Minnesota (not Judes as she has no idea what a Minnesota winter is anymore) knows that anything above 0 degrees is in fact "balmy" but really we don't need to be reminded of how silly that sounds in the morning! He then informs me that Thursday we will be in a heat wave of 20 degrees. (again above 0, so yippee)
Happy Wednesday! I decide that before I can really begin my day, I must take the car to get washed(very, very dirty, so dirty that I will pay to have it cleaned) . Being very lazy I spend 26.00 to have someone do everything. I pay and leave and get a mile down the road to find slush being splashed all over my car! There goes 26.00! Actually, they have a no dirt for 48 hours guarantee. Boy am I going to utilize that little clause tomorrow!
Then it was off to do a bid for the son of my dear client that had died. Got the job (THANK YOU, JESUS) and went to the next client's. Spent a whole hour there (20 minutes talking) lol Then it was off to my mechanic to pay for Pookys car, buy the "dil" and myself some windshield wipers. (I think new ones every year are mandatory in this frozen tundra we live in) I thanked Greg the owner of the shop and told him I was happy to have single handily increased is December business with all the work I have paid for in the last week! He laughed thinking I was kidding. (NOT) Then off to the mall to meet Sissy and the boys so she could get some shopping done. OOOOOH, those boys are soooo flippin cute I cant stand it! Then came home and about 5:30 pm the drama queen informs me that she told one of her classes that she would make "puppy chow" for their party tomorrow??? Hello?? Seriously?? Why do kids wait to tell you the night before?? And I don't mean just the drama queen, all of those little former ankle biters do it!! Yes, of course I ran to Target and got the stuff so "she" could make it! That done, I sealed around the air conditioner with that lovely 3m plastic and now my day is done!! How was yours??

Monday, December 15, 2008

What is going on??

Seriously, do I need all these headaches?? My mechanic called to say he had good news.... The good news being he could fix the car! Haha, very funny!
$ 385.00 later I had my car. My insurance company (state farm) did reimburse me the $111.00 for the tow!! Thank you, State farm!!
Get home, eat dinner and while still pouting about my car dipping into my Florida fund, I change and start washing clothes! Five minutes into the rinse cycle I went looking for my phone to call Sissy and cant find it. Yep, you guessed it, it was in the washer! It is now sitting in a bag of rice (drying out) with me praying for one of those miracles God always seems to send my way. (with that statement it seems selfish to ask for the phone to dry) Anyway, wha wha wha so while I am whining... Let me say thanks 2 all of you for helping to make me S.L.O.B. of the month for November! Oh wait... That's right, you didn't!! Is it really to much to ask? All you have to do is come to my blog, (you obviously do that anyway) then just click to the MercyMe blog on the left! Is that really so difficult to do?? Look at the month I have been having?? Do I not deserve to be named SLOB of the month for December? Wont me being named it make me forget all the crap from this past 6 weeks? Never mind, you obviously think not!! I am going now to see if my rice, I mean phone is dried yet??

Saturday, December 13, 2008

What a night

Yes, what a night!! First of all the day started with a trend show at Nordstroms. Good time, who knew that most guys in fashion are gay?? Not me!! Then it was off to take a short nap because I was out late celebrating Christmas with my sister. (nice time had by all with a wonderful concert by my nephew and even "the boy" chimed in to sing "Jesus loves me" and "I'm a nut" they were both so sweet. But never the less I was up late and had to get up at 6am to get ready for Nordstroms. So I took my nap and went to work. (playing hostess for a client until the we hours of the morning) It turned out I was actually done at 10:30 as they already had a D.D. I went out to my car and found that the key would not turn and with 3 mechanics there I was told I needed to get it to my mechanic for repairs and I would not be driving it home! Great, why is it that they don't break down till they are paid for?? (that happened with my last car too and as it was getting closer to my Saturn being paid off I actually contemplated refinancing it so that it couldn't happen to me again. (I guess I should have went with my gut)
Anyway, my Pooky bear came and get me and calls to tell me very excitedly that he is being pulled over for a head light out and he will be there shortly. Funny that he was excited because it was his first time, being pulled over. I am glad that he was at least entertained while coming to get me! Not 30 seconds after the 1st cop left another pulled him over. No ticket either time but great joy for danny. (no kidding) Anyone that knows Pooky can picture him gleefully being pulled over will have a smile on their face when reading that part! Oh well, all is well and I am home. (even if it is w/o my car) Happy, happy, joy, joy!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Baking for Christmas

Last night I decided to bake cookies for Christmas. I attempted my favorite ones (peanut butter kiss') and well, not so much! Wow, I learned once and for all that I am NOT a baker! Talk about flat cookies? They were so flat I believe if you looked closely you could see my counter top and although they tasted great they looked like something my sweet grandson could have made. Actually, I think the boy could have done better knowing my Sissy is his Mother! What a joke they are! Even my new apron a dear client brought me from Hawaii did nothing to make them better. So, I have determined me looking good did nothing to improve my baking skills! So much for bringing them to my Mechanic this morning when I went to get my oil changed. Maybe my bombed cookies had nothing to do with me and it was God wanting me to give my Mechanic money instead?? Good thought, I think I will go with that? So, really I took a hit for the team!! Way to go, me! As my Sissy would say..... Such a giver!!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

What does it mean to be a Mom or a Dad?

I started thinking about that today after "dad" left and "mom" called. I don't really know as I never really had either. I mean sure the "biological" ones are listed on my birth certificate but that is as far as it goes. Just listed, because I am sure that they are not what God had in mind when He gave me to them. So, what is a father or a mother? I don't know!! I will tell you what I believe God had in mind when He created a family and it certainly was not what I got! One should have a Mother to nourish and feed you so that you grow up in the REAL presence of Christ, one you can trust and respect. Who loves you as the gift a child should be. One that when you become an adult you can listen to and respect the advice that is given. Will always tell the truth to you. (even if you don't want to hear it) Somehow knowing that they will never take advantage of you and will always give you honesty and love.
So if that is my idea of a Mom, what is my idea of a Dad?
I imagine a Dad is one who is always there, he can fix anything, (cant every Dad?) loves the Lord and has a great respect for those he cares for and is really cute! (what daughter doesn't want to think their dad is the best looking dad out there?)
Simple qualifications, right? Apparently not as I didn't get either as a child!
Although, it was sad growing up and getting married without the love and advise of parents as everyone should because, that is the way God intended it to be. He did send me two such people that fit the idea I had of parents while growing up and although they were not sent to me until my late 30's, I am so darn grateful that He did give me the Mom and Dad that I longed for as a child! By sending them so late in my life I suppose it helps to teach me patience (something I desperately need) and shows me that our time and God's time are two very different things! So, if you are waiting on something from God? Take a breath as it could be awhile but when it does come, it comes BIG!!
I hope that I have given my children at least what I feel a Mom should be? Who knows I guess that I tried to do the opposite of the "bio" one and hope they never feel the need to blog about me!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Weekend story

Its Sunday and the weekend has blown past. It started on Friday(my day off) nice and quite, sending the drama queen off to school, (don't you just love the kids that are in school) Friday night was spent with Nonny and the Boys having dinner at my house then me and Nonny ditched the kids and went shopping! That was so much fun to do when it is just adults. When you get to buy what you want and there are no kids there to beg you for stuff or to whine about it. Then of course being the Nonny that she is on the way home at 11pm she realizes that she cant find her check card! (where have I heard that b/4? Oh yeah last year when she did the same thing) Not the best way to end a nice evening but, she is used to it by now as she always seems to do it! lol None the less it was a nice evening! Saturday I got up to go with Sissy and Kels to look at the family portraits we had taken and other than my double chin they were all beautiful. Its amazing how fast time goes. It was hard not to think how old the kids have gotten and how much our family has grown. (doesn't help with Sissy spitting them out year after year) How does time get so far away and the kids grow up so fast that you blink and they are adults? Jen looked so pretty and so adult like that its hard to imagine that she is so old and married with 3 kids! There is one picture of my SIL Bri with his boys that just makes you stop to thank and praise God for sending such a wonderful man for Sissy. He is such a sweet boy! Seeing my Pooky bear in a picture with his fiance was weird. Even my little boy is all grown up. They look so lovingly at each other and again it makes you praise God! Even my drama queen looked all grown up. Until Saturday I had not seen a picture of her that made me think that. My point? I have a beautiful family that I am so grateful for! Anyway, off track again: Saturday night was spent with my Sissy making meals for our freezers. Its amazing all the meals we made together and how cheap the meals were when doing it like that! I mean really?? Where can you get lasagna for a family of 4 for $5.50 a pan and homemade? I will tell you... My house!! It was fun and when we are done today we will have about 30 or more meals each in our freezer's, for really cheap and with the economy the way it, that's a great bargain.
Now its Sunday morning and I just watched (for the 3/4 time) MercyMe Christmas sessions on GMC. (thanks to Tivo) What a way to start the day! I could watch and listen to them 24/7 and never get bored!
It has been a very busy, productive and fun weekend.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pigs on the freeway.....

I bet you thought it was something horrible about cops??? Nope!! Its Thursday (my Friday) and I have nothing to write about this morning other than the story I mentioned above. Yep, pigs on the freeway. This morning I got up at 5 and turned on the news in time to see all these pigs running around highway 494. Funniest thing I have seen in a long time, the Minnesota highway patrol trying to round them up. I was gonna say funnier than a chicken with... well u know the rest and as I was about to write it I started thinking that statement really isn't so funny?! Why do we even say that?? What is so funny about a chicken with its head cut off? Anyway, the semi driver is fine and no one was hurt, not even one little piggy. So now they can catch another semi (if the state patrol can catch them all) and head off to the market to be slaughtered and such~ Run Piggies Run!!
Bacon anyone?? mmmmm bacon....

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A bill collector comes calling

I get home today and there is this not so nice message from my ex father in law telling me there is a civil suit going to be filed in my name for a past due bill. Well, anyone that knows me knows that I pay all my bills, in full monthly so as not to ever have a problem. (I have lived that way since my divorce. well actually about 2 years after the divorce because for the 1st 2 years I had no money and I put them all in a box. Which my nephew found to be a good way to pay bills) So, I call the company that left their number and find out that it was in fact a credit card that was in my ex's name and now miraculously 10 years later it shows up in my name. In all fairness I thought I had taken care of it many times over the years. Every time anyone called I would explain it and send them my proof of documents and then I would follow up call and they would tell me it was taken care of. Bunch of big fat liars!!!! I was finally told today that it would be marked "refusal to pay" and sent to the next agency each time I sent anything in the past. So, I talk to a supervisor and he informs me all the ex has to do is tell the truth that it was his card and he filed bankruptcy on it. Well, NOT! He said why should I? I told him because it was the truth and well giving him that kind of power is just to much for his brain! So, I give up with the weasel and the lady handling it calls back and at this point I am so upset I am crying as I cant believe I married someone so far from who and where I am in life. Nancy seems to take pity on me, if I would just calm down! (me calm down?? lol) She told me that if I say a prayer for my ex she would take care of it for me. (I did inform her I usually do daily as he really needs them) She also pointed out that
" the fire we walk through makes us stronger"
If that is the case then I should be one tough chick by now??!!
Moral of the story??? There are still some nice people in this world and then there are the not so nice... I prefer to surround myself with the nice ones!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Lazy weekend

Have you ever laid around in bed for a whole day?? I did on Friday and boy was it weird. Thanksgiving was wonderful. The meal was spectacular again this year. Sissy does an amazing job, although, she was getting a bit testy when the big guy (her husband) questioned her about her turkey. It was actually very funny. How dare anyone question Sissy about her turkey? lolol After the meal I went and worked for the last time (they are moving to CA)found that she had given me a very nice bonus with a sweet note thanking me for years of service. Then back to Sissy's house. I was happily driving back thinking the ex husband would be gone by then and work was done so I could sit and have fun with Dawny and Sissy and all their families. Wrong creepo(no I do not call him that when my children are around) was still there! Not only was he there but he had went outside for something and so as I was walking into the house with him behind me and the creepograbs my butt! Talk about gross!! I'm like seriously, don't you have a girlfriend? He says yes,but he still misses me! Gross!! This is the man that told his 15 year old daughter when she went to spend a couple of weeks with him that "there would be no religious crap" while she was with him. Enough said! Anyway, he finally left and we spent the next four hours playing games and having fun! A very nice Thanksgiving! Then came Friday.. We usually shop on black Friday but I chose not to this year and I ended up staying in bed other than getting up to make pancakes for the kids and then dinner! It was so weird as I have never done something like that b/4. (other than after my shoulder surgery or the birth of my kids) laying in bed and doing nothing is not something I can usually do as I am a "always doing something" kind of person. But I did it and it was fun and weird at the same time. Saturday we got the leaves taken care of in the front yard. (good thing as it snowed last night and the ground is covered in white) I then took Drama queen to dinner and stopped and got a movie and now its Sunday and the weekend is over! On to Christmas!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Twas the night b/4 Thanksgiving..

And all through the house... Oh wait that's Christmas.
Well, its still the night b/4 Thanksgiving and I am at my computer contemplating what tomorrow will bring? For one I gave Sissy the rights to the meal about 4 years ago so all I have to do is make mashed potatoes. (done) Then I thought I would make some "Jesus eggs" and that's done too. Because no one but me likes sweet potatoes I have also made them already. I am all set to drive over in the morning and be waited on. lol (like that's gonna happen) Sissy is busy making everything tonight and I don't feel sorry for her as I gave her the drama queen last night to help her with everything. What a good Mom I am!
Then I find out today that my ex will be there! Wow, what a great time that will be. But I will be nice because all of our children will be there. Praise God dawny will be there to keep me sane and I will then smile as though all is right with the world because in my, world it is!!! Praise God for all He has given our family and I am very grateful that I am His, knowing/reminding myself that will make it so much easier. Besides he will only be there for dinner and then its on to music and games with my loved ones! Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Over my funk...

Boy, that didn't last long?? But yes, I am over myself!! Whining and all is gone! Could it be the glass of wine?? lolol No seriously, its gone. I had the day off and I got motivated enough do at least dust and vacuum my house. Boy was it a mess!! Sissy and Nonny might tell you that my house is NEVER messy and that it is always clean. I know better! I still need to scrub the bathtub (something they never see) but I am saving that for a special day! Never did get the leaves done today though as it was supposed to rain/snow and I already surmised that I would not be able to do it so even though there is some blue sky, why start it now?? The day is good and I am off and only have to work Tuesday and Wednesday then off for another four!! Back to the wine.....

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Hold fast....

Hold fast to what?? As you can tell by my title my day has not gone as I had planned! It sure seems like that is happening a lot these days. Not sure why? Is it the frustration of all these cancellations? Is it the shoulder injury that I now have to go get physical therapy for? Is it that my kids don't seem to appreciate me? (although, Sissy does and is always there to make me look like the queen of everything) Is it that I cant seem to get all these leaves raked and my neighbors lawns all look beautiful? Is it that I have to much time on my hands, to think? Is it that I am going to being 40 something soon and I don't want to get older? Maybe its because the sun refuses to shine?
I don't know, maybe it is a combination of all these things or maybe none of these things and I am just in a funk? I have not felt like this in a very long time and I don't like it now! I try to remember to just "hold fast" as help is truly on the way. But when will that be? I pray all these things will just miraculously go away for the holidays!! Oh well another day off tomorrow maybe I can get those leaves done?? I know.. Stop whining, as I have it so good and no one wants to read about sob stories!! lol At least the Vikings won to brighten my day!!
Here's a thought maybe Jude's will let me come to Florida sooner?? That would surely fix my mood!!!!!
FYI: Not 20 minutes after I wrote this Jude's called and put me back on track. (which only makes me want to go to Florida sooner) My whining is done and I should really delete this post but I think I will leave it to remind me?
BTW:Its really good to have a Mom!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Shattered glass and finally a day off...

Yep, yesterday I was at work and cleaning the shower of a new client and of course the glass door slipped off track and when I tried to put it back on track the darn thing shattered in a million pieces! Nice way to start a day when I still had 2 more houses to do! Glass was everywhere and I of course had bare feet. Boy, it was fun going downstairs looking like a complete idiot to tell this new client I had just shattered her shower! Happy Thursday!! She was pretty nice to me about it though and informed me that her husband had done the same thing the year b/4! HELLO???? Had she told me that when she hired me I would have been extra careful with it! Oh well, I got the shop vac and started cleaning it all up! It took me a good hour to do so and I was then very behind on my schedule. ( I really cant wait to get the bill for that error) In all the years of cleaning I think the biggest thing I have broken was a plate. I then went from there to my next house (next door) I really tried to regroup and until I began cleaning Sharon's did I begin to get out of the mood the shattered glass had put me in. I think it was because I was in familiar territory (3 years doing Sharon's) and I got over myself, finished Sharon's and on to Polly's. Why is it that when you are now behind you see all kinds of those darn little spider webs in EVERY corner there is?? More behind! I am sooooo glad Thursday is over and it is Friday!! Aaaaaah, Friday that wonderful day that I have off! So, good to see it again as it has been so long since I could wake up and send Drama queen to school and then jump back into bed. (drama queen had cleaned the house after school, w/o being asked yesterday so I had nothing to do) (think she was trying to get off being grounded early?? Didn't work but I got the house cleaned. lol) I really need this day as Saturday my Sissy is MAKING me go get portraits taken with all of our family! While it is a nice concept for the Children, I detest pictures!! I am sure being 30 pounds overweight is why I cant stand them. Whatever the reason I am not looking forward to it! But at least I have Friday off.........

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Crappy day!

Wow, what a sucky day!! Another cancellation by a client that is done twice a month. (big dollars gone) Really people can I get a notice?? I started to think that I was upset at the loss of money and then realized that it is my big fat ego that is taking a beating. Thinking it was somehow me and not the economy? In realizing that I also found that only "my Sissy" really understands me and the way I think. Maybe because she is my oldest? I don't know but I am glad that at least someone understands my goofiness and why I think the way I do. Then on to the Drama queen.... Because I am such a nice Mom and its cold out I picked her up from school today (school 2 blocks from home) and she proceeds to tell me that she "borrowed" her Ipod to her friend Megan. (this is of course the Ipod I bought her to replace the one stolen in September) I start yelling at her (I could not help it) telling her that we are going right to her friends work to get it back. Then she tells me that it really was another friend and she cant really remember her name. Long story short we got the Ipod back and she is now grounded for 3 days and no Ipod till apple invents something new! OK, maybe the last part is a bit exaggeration but you get the point? What would posses her to borrow it out to someone she could not even remember the name of?? Really is she 18 yet?? Her drama just goes on and on! Stop the world I want to get off??? Is Christ here yet?? Calgon take me away!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Judes left and Mercyme in Iowa, all in one

On Saturday November 15th Judy left again for Florida,
(dramatic pause.....................................................AGAIN.)
A little back story: The first year she went it was only for a month or two and she really didn't want to do that and now 3 years later she leaves earlier and earlier and cant wait to go. Heck next year she may leave in September and come back in July? Oh wait, she says she will never stay that long cause she cant stand the humidity! Poor baby! Anyway, my point is that I will miss her greatly! She is as close to a Mom that I can get as my own really sucked and God sent Judy! Anyway, she is gone and so I must thank her for leaving the same day as my Mercyme concert in Iowa! Maybe she planned it that way so I would not freak on her so bad?? Oh well, Judes is gone and no more shopping at Kohls or the numerous lunch dates till she returns in "June". (OK so I will fly down at the end of January, but that don't make the story dramatic and pitiful)

Now for the same day Mercyme concert!! All I can say is...... WOW!!!
I have seen more of their concerts than I have fingers for but this one by far was the best they have EVER done!! I told the kids and myself that after I stalked them (pookys word) in Iowa I was gonna stop following them around and then they did the best show ever!! How can I stop now?? Their concerts are like a natural high and given my past I am all for that!! lolololol

The extra bonus was that I went with my sister and we had a good time! (except for the fact that there is only flat lands in Iowa and every gas station there puts a 100.00 hold on your credit card!! (how sad was that after the 3rd try of pumping gas?)
Also, this weekend I learned that I really just need to take things in stride. But I cant seem to do that. If I make a plan I expect that plan to come through! I think that comes from my childhood and NOTHING ever turning out the way I was told it would? Disappointment after disappointment, always being told things would be one way and they were always the other and that never meant good! I think of my client/friend Polly who has this attitude of ... oh well no big deal, blah blah blah and she was born with that attitude so there is really no hope for me!! Anyway to point out again: Judes is gone, Mercyme is awesome, I had a nice car ride with my sister and going with the flow is a personality trait you are born with and there is no hope for me!!! lololol

Friday, November 14, 2008

God really is funny..

Yes, He is!! So, I whined yesterday about my client canceling on me and what happens today??? Well, my attorney calls to ask if I would be able to do a house for one of his clients and they would pay me my usual rate but that it would take about 20 hours to do!! First of all, ummmmm YES!! Although, he goes on to say that it is a house that the police have just finished with because it was a crime scene!! Yuck! My thought is I will go in there and there will be like a body taped out and a lot of other yucky stuff?? But oh well I asked God to take care of the cancellation problem and He did in a BIG way! (but always sure to show me that He has a sense of humor) So, no matter what the house has in it or what must be done, I asked for and received a "new client" . No matter how gross, disgusting or disturbing it may be! (I will just take Pooky along to hide behind)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The economy and another cancellation

When will this madness end?? I got another cancellation of service from a client tonight. (Could she not have called after dinner so I could have at least finished it?) I realize that the economy sucks right now but really, does the economy really need to get me involved? I am perfectly happy in my little world right now. (actually, not right now as I just had a cancellation) Actually, it is not the cancellation that irks me because I know people are falling on hard times. Its the fact that she was to be done next Tuesday and she calls me at dinner on Thursday to cancel! Doesn't everyone live on a budget?? I mean, REALLY ? Let me explain how a budget works:You enter in your bills for the month then you enter in your income and BAM, there is your budget! Calling your cleaning service 4 days b/4 cleaning, to cancel is not cool! Do they not know that I am taking a road trip to Iowa (of all places) to see Mercyme? With the trip this weekend there was no room for error on the part of my budget!!!!! Apparently my (ex) client, did not get the memo? Actually, I had just left all my clients (in the past month including her) my cancellation policy and no where in it did it say that a 4 day notice was OK. I was nice to her though as I know times are tough. She said she would call if she could afford me again? Sissy, would you like to reveal what my answer will be and why??

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Who says God doesnt have a sense of humor?

Not me!! I just got a call from my dear friend Darla and she told me that she is in fact not only turning 40 next month but that just yesterday she found out that she is over 3 months pregnant!! Funny stuff people!! She had no idea! I always thought there was no way one could not know they were pregnant. I mean really?? How do you not know?? In the case of Darla it is clear as to why she did not know. Background: She has always wanted to be a Mom but had many miscarriages and sadness when trying to reach her goal. Then 4 years ago she was finally blessed with a beautiful little girl that is probably the cutest little girl I have ever seen! So after much disappointment and sadness she was given what she wanted most. End of story?? Nope! God being the humorous One that He is has now given her another gift! Sure she had signs that to anyone else that had not gone through what she had would have thought of being pregnant first thing. Not Darla, she dismissed it all as this or that until she could no longer dismiss it. She says she will now be one of those 70 year old parents at her child's graduation, I informed her she would only be 57 or so so that's not to bad!! Funny stuff! Anyone reading this please stop and say a prayer for Darla? She is gonna need them!! Funny stuff people, just when you think you know what is going on He reminds us that He truly is in charge of it all and that He has a great sense of humor!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Pooky


My Pookys birthday is coming and he will be 20! That in its self is shocking to me. How can my sweet little boy no longer be a teenager? Where does the time go? I can remember the day God gave (on loan) him to me. He came out with this massive amount of dark hair and was the sweetest little boy I had ever seen. Now he is turning 20 and where did the time go? The poor boy is so much like me that its scary. We think almost identical on all important issues in life and he still has those big brown eyes and beautiful dark hair so he even looks like me. Although the rest of him looks like his father. But oooh is he a cutie. He is now into his second year at college to become a police officer and hopes to one day be a detective. He had a great influence in his life with our friend Richard and Danny wants to be just like him, in the law enforcement field. I will always be grateful to God for sending Richard into his life. There have been a few bumps in the road to his adulthood but over all he is becoming such a nice young man. He is engaged to a sweet girl and his life appears to be set on a good path. Its funny how God truly gives him the things most people take for granted IE:father figure, grandparent's, that would normally help him to make decisions or give guidance in his path through life. God has given him a Mommy, a Sissy, a Fiance and a Judy and Virg to help him/us through whatever comes up! So, I say a grateful THANK YOU to God for sending my dear son all that he needs to help him be the man he is and the great man he will become! Happy Birthday my Pooky bear, Mommy loves you so very much! Thank you for being who you are.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sprint vs Comcast cable

Well, there is NO comparison. Sprint is second to none (except maybe qwest) I have been with Sprint for I think 7 years for my cell service and although there have been some rough spots they take care of their customers!! Now that everything can be communicated through email and you don't have to wait on hold for anyone, it is awesome! You have a problem and Sprint will take care of it! Even if you are an existing customer. (not that that was always the case, it is now) Email and great management has made Sprint the best company for cell phone service!
Then there is Comcast....If you have a problem you pick up the phone to call them and then spend (with no exaggeration) 5/7 minutes on the line trying to get to any human there is. After you finally get to them most are rude and I have been "hung up/disconnected" on a couple of times. Only to then call back and start all over. I have now learned that if you want to get anyone quickly at Comcast you have to choose the option to disconnect your service then the people are nice! But why should I have to threaten to go to dish in order for someone to care?? Maybe Comcast should take a page from Sprint on how to deal with their customers? Note to Comcast: Call Sprint or even Qwest and find out how to really show your customers that you appreciate them?? By my last post on Comcast there seems to be many that agree! Think anyone from Comcast will ever care? Thanks Comcast for helping to remind me how great the other companies that I deal with are!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Drama queen and the bad Mommy

So the drama queen was off yesterday and I had to work. (poor mommy) Anyway, so she calls me to ask if she can watch "when a stranger calls" one of those scary movies she for some reason loves. So I told her sure and hung up. Then I got to thinking that it would be really funny to prank call her?? Because I was scrubbing toilets I decided to enlist the help of dear Sissy in my plot to scare the drama queen. I call Sissy and ask her to block her number and begin prank calling DQ... So, Sissy being Sissy muffled her voice with her shirt and proceeded to crank call her just like the movie she was watching. Wow, she scared her bad!! lol
Funny stuff people and I am sure it does not make either Sissy or I contender for anything of the year! So, after she calls her a few times she then calls the house phone where DQ is hysterical telling her Sissy all about the phone calls and Jen muffles her voice in her shirt and asks DQ.. "Did they sound like this?" Poor DQ !! Funny stuff people and I am a bad bad Mommy for instigating it all!! lolololol
Its SNOWING and I get to stay in my house all cozy and warm. No driving out somewhere to clean someones toilet. Nope, just me and the drama queen (no school too) and a movie Marathon. (no scary ones I am sure)
lolol ~ Bad Mommy!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Redeem yourselves

OK people you can redeem yourselves of not making me the "S.L.O.B. of the month" for October by making me it for November! How can you do that? You ask? Well, I will tell you.... Go to Mercyme TV anytime in the next 3 days and checking out their live shows on their blog! That's right click on their blog from my blog and you can potentially redeem yourselves and while you are there click on MercymeTV and you will not only help me out but you can catch their concert live!! What more can one ask for? Really people you have 3 nights to choose from. The concerts start at 7 central. So PLEEEEASE help make me S.L.O.B. of the month??
Help make one of my dreams come true?? (the person in Iowa stole my other dream of Mercyme "meet and greet" tickets, do you want to also steal this dream???)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tattoo


What do you think of my tattoo? Its on my ankle and I am pretty pleased with myself for getting it! I went out tonight and got it with my dear Sissy! Wow, was that fun! Going with sissy anywhere is fun but this was beyond that. Her humor is something only her Mommy can understand. (lucky for her someone does) We ended up getting matching tattoos. (actually she just copied me as I went first) I feel kind of bad for her as she truly is "her mothers daughter" it was fun and now we are branded for Christ! She reminds me on the way home that we were going to fast for 24 hours as an offering to Christ. She could have reminded me earlier in the day as I only had lunch and not dinner yet? (I was going to eat when I got home) So I guess I don't need to exercise tonight then? Double bonus! Sweeet!!

2008 Election

Its finally over!!! I am so glad the election is over!! No more commercials, no more junk mail and no more phone calls!! No matter who u voted for we must now pray for our new President, Barack Obama. But its not completely over yet as there is a recount in the Minnesota Senate race between Coleman and the comedian! Pray for the right out come there?? (Coleman) lololol

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election 2008 part 2

Did everyone vote? I did and it was a very hard decision. Most people think there is no decision to make its either their party affiliate or not! Period! End of story for them. Me? I don't think this year was so cut and dried. If I had a choice I would have opted for a third choice. But, there was not one and I made my choice in the booth. Yes, it took me that long.( although dawny likes to think that I already knew who I was voting for.) Anyway, the election is over for the President and Obama has come out on top. Congrats to him. Now no matter who you voted for we must pray for Obama. He is our President and all respect and prayers we have are due to him. I am still waiting for the Minnesota Senate race to end. PLEASE oh PLEASE don't let a comedian win that race?

BTW: Thank you all so much, could you not have gone to the Mercyme blog from my blog? Is that really to much to ask?? Once again I am NOT S.L.O.B. of the month! Really people I must be talking to myself? Maybe that's it? No one reads this blog? Thank you all non readers for not caring about another human being's deep desire! (to be slob of the month, duh)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Mercyme ~ I lost

Yes, I in fact lost on my bid for Mercyme "meet and greet" tickets!! Poor me!! I am sick about it! Don't those people know that I am their # 1 fan? That I did this last year and wanted to go again this year but the bidding got up to $300.00 for a set of two and that was even to much for me!! How pathetic will I be driving 5 hours to Iowa (of all places) and sitting in the 1st row of the balcony? I guess Pooky is wrong and I am not a Mercyme "stalker" as he keeps saying while making fun of me. I cant be a stalker if I cant pay $300.00 to meet them again? Soooo, shame on you who out bid me and took away my fall fun! I will see you in the front row in 2 weeks and shake my head at you. (if I can from sooo far away) Poor me.....

Saturday, November 1, 2008

When I die....

When I die I want a "Life celebration & going home event". Do my children understand that? Cremate me and send me home. (actually by the time you cremate me I will already be home) lol
So, those are my wishes! Please do it?! I want a party to celebrate and NO wake as I think they are the dumbest things to have. To go and view someones body is morbid, burn me up and be done! I will be with the King in heaven and you poor souls will still, be here!

Comcast Cable

I really detest Comcast cable!! Ever since they took over for Timewarner cable (that I loved and had no issues with) the customer service completely changed, the people are mean and rude and could care less that you have had cable TV for 28 years! They now dollar you to death with their rates that are going up faster than my pay does. How does a cable company get a monopoly in my city or any city for that matter? Why cant we have choice so that it regulates the price and forces Comcast to be nice to customers? They sure are lucky that I don't want to sign a contract with a satellite company or I would be gone today! Then again put me on hold again for 27 minutes for a problem you created and a 2 year contract don't sound so bad AND I love at the end of every conversation you have with them they ask"what phone service or Internet company do you have"? Like I would EVER switch my Internet or phone to Comcast!! Funny, dumb company! Improve your customer service, lower your rates and don't be rude to existing customers, otherwise you don't stand a chance at ever getting anything other that cable from me and even that is in question!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Election 2008

Well the election is almost over and I don't want to vote for either presidential candidate!! On one hand you have someone with very questionable "friendships" that make me scared and on the other hand we have a guy that just sounds angry all the time! I saw McCain on Larry king the other night and he did not give me any reason to vote for him and Obama just has a lot of crazy "friendships" that scare me to my toes! I mean we all have someone we know that is "goofy" but to have as many of his "goofy" people in my life would make anyone question my sanity! So what does one do?? Well, I have no clue but I know one thing.... I don't want either of them!! Is there a better candidate out there?? Not this year! I guess I will just go vote for "Norm Coleman as putting in a "former" comedian with wacko ideas does not sound good. So, I know I will not vote for "Al Franken". I am sooooooo flippin sick of all the commercials!! Enough already! Is that good enough?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

2 houses a funeral and a birthday!

I did one house this morning, fought with their shower and the shower won. Then I changed like superman in a phone booth and went to Marys funeral. (very sad to say goodbye, but rejoiced in the fact that she was in heaven with the King) then went and did another house. Why do clients that are never there only there when I am in a hurry?? Then came home and made a birthday dinner for Megan's 15th celebration with all my kids, in laws and grandchildren. (except of course for my Pooky who is away at school) That was fun! (not the cooking but the kids) The cake was good and now I will need to exercise a great deal more tonight to supplement the cake! I cant believe all that remembered Megan on her birthday? It was really sweet and very thoughtful as Meg is the type that needs reassurances like that! I am now exhausted and need a nap or to veg out in front of the TV. (if Kelsey will ever finish her show?) Wow, is she slow!! Hoping for a quieter day tomorrow but, not likely as the Grand boys are coming for the evening!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Honesty still lives....

Yes, simple honesty still lives in this world! I went to the dollar store by my house to get a powerball ticket as I could not find the one I had purchased for last weekend. I went in and the nice young college boy who owns the store with his dad told me I had won. I said great how did I do that?? He said I had left my ticket there and that his Dad had told him to save it for me. He said he was bored and checked it and that I had won 100.00 dollars!! I said yeah right, very funny!! He said no, no you did I will show you and he ran the ticket and gave me my winnings!! My happiness was not from the 100.00 dollars but from the fact that he and his fathers honesty was so amazing in this troubled world! I asked him why he did not keep it for himself and he said that God was very good to him and that he did not need to take something from someone else!! HONESTY, does still live in this world and there is proof at the little dollar store where I live! (yes, I gave him 20.00) its not the money that makes me happy, it is the faith that this incident gives me, in the hope of this world!

Here am I......

That's a title of a song I could not stop listening to on my ipod today while working. I just couldn't stop, I just kept hitting the back button. Of course the song is from Mercyme (did you even have to wonder) lol its from their itunes original CD and the chorus is so beautiful it asks "whom shall I send, who will go for me, who will rise up for the King?" Then goes on to sing "Here am I, send me". So I cant get it out of my head. Here am I, send me!! But send me where? Where should I be at this moment in my life?I mean life is darn sweet in my little world. But,if I am supposed to be doing more, what is it? What do I want to be doing when He does return?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Snowing in Minnesota!

I cant believe it is only October 26th and it is snowing outside!!! What the heck?? I mean really it is not even the drama queens birthday and it is snowing? Now I have to go outside this week and put away all my lawn furniture and throw away all the no longer useful plants and face the fact that summer (which never really got off the ground anyway) is over and there was no fall to enjoy! Poor me, my beautiful flower gardens are gone and now being replaced by all my neighbors leaves (how do they blow over a 6 ft fence??) and yucky snow that has come waaaaaaay to quickly this year!! Although, I would not live anywhere else in the world then good old Bloomington Minnesota, I cant help but get a twinge of envy at the thought of Judes leaving for the winter in 3 weeks! (and that is a whole other story)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mary Died..

I was called today by Mary's son and told that she had died, yesterday. I was than expected to continue working? How was it even possible? My beloved Mary had died! I really like all of my clients but, Mary? I LOVED her! She was 78 and just a spit fire!(she acted like she was 20) Such a joy to be with and oh how she could tell stories of her life! I loved listening to how she grew up, her families big house with the servants. So fun to listen to as she never sounded snobbish or anything it was just the way it was. I loved hearing of the trips she would take to the far away places when she was a young lady. Her stories of her beloved husband who had died a few years back were so wonderful to hear. I would go there and spend the first 15 minutes just talking then she would follow me around the house and we would talk the whole time. A home that should have taken an hour to clean always took two and a half! I loved the times when we would go for coffee or breakfast and just sit for hours hearing about her life. I was so fascinated by her and her life. She grew up "privileged" and it continued throughout her life. But, you would never know it the way she acted. She was such a dear sweet lady! I will always remember the way she said goodbye.. It was always "toodles". I called her house after I was informed of her death just so I could hear her answering machine tell me "toodles" one more time. I did get to see her last Friday and she was not doing well then. I made her soup and sat on her bed talking with her. When I left I hugged her and we told each other I love you, as we always did. Little did I know it was the last time I would see my "Mary" again. At least I did get a goodbye and I am trying to be happy for her as she is now in heaven with our Lord and Savior and her beloved husband. But, I cant help the tears or the sadness I feel at never being able to see her face again here on earth.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Drama queen part # 99

Poor Meg is sick! Actually I think it should be poor Pooky (who had to bring her to the Doctor and had to deal with them trying to get blood from her, lots of drama as she started hyper ventilating) or poor Mom? (who has had to clean up her messes and walk around disinfecting the house and anything she touches so no one else gets it! Even when sick she does not miss her chance to be a drama queen. Got to give her credit! lol
So, she was finally feeling better yesterday and wanted me to make her Mac and cheese. I tried to explain that she should only have toast or rice but she insisted and well I was tired of listening to her whine about starving. Yep, you guessed it, it all came back for a second showing. But, once again dear Meg is taught a lesson on listening to Mom. Poor kid, when will she ever learn?? I mean really she only got her ipod and phone stolen a month ago. Did she not learn from that? Must go now as the smell of the disinfectant on the mouse and keyboard is making me sick!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Minnesota Vikings football

Could they have been any worse today? I mean, really?? Come on?? We finally have a great owner but everything else sucks!! What happened to our team or the hopes we had for our team? Do any of them really want to win? (including A.P.) The state of Minnesota deserves to have a solid team, why cant we ever get it together? Heck, I deserve to have them win! I have been faithful to them all these years. Even when Judes said today that I should "pick a new team" (parish the thought) I was appalled because you never desert your team. Period!! Otherwise I would not have the right to rant and rave about them if I was not loyal. (makes sense to me) My point???? PLEASE Vikings give me something good to write about? I deserve it and it is your time to go the distance, you owe it to your faithful fans and your owner!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Scary night for the drama queen

Anyone that knows my 15 year old knows she is a drama queen and I mean severely a drama queen. So, tonight she calls to tell me that her Aunt is taking her to a haunted house for fun. Well, being the good Mother that I am I ask Meg if she really wants to go and she says yep! OK, Meg have fun I tell her. (this is a girl that BEGS to watch scary movies and gets very mad at me for not letting her do so) So, I get a call that she is waiting in line and again I ask if she is sure? Again, YEP! So, 15 minutes later I get a call from her screaming at the top of her lungs and crying "MOM, I WANT TO COME HOME!!! At first I was not sure what was going on and I asked her where she was? She screams "I AM IN THE HOUSE" "GET ME OUT" !!! Knowing what a drama queen she is I am just laughing hysterically inside as I try to calm her as she is still screaming for me to get her out! Even typing I am still laughing as I think about it! So, I get her cousin on the phone and ask her how long before they are done and poor Kelsey informs me that they just walked in and the "window greeters" are what scared Megan and it was all down hill from there. Poor Meg has text me numerous times still scared. I am hoping the whole experience will get her off the wanting to watch scary movies, kick? Funny night for Mom (how bad am I?) Bad night for Meg! lol

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Second chance at love?

Is there such a thing as second chance at love? If you marry not within your faith and you get a divorce is there such a thing as a second chance? Because you did not wait for the one God had chosen for you for what ever reason do you get a second chance? As a strong Christian I believe NO! I blew it the first time and now my job is to raise all of my children in faith and send them on their way. But, what happens after they are all gone? Do I then start dating? Yuck! Don't get me wrong I have had opportunities but have always said no thank you. Believing it is my duty to raise my children the way God wants me to and not complicate their lives anymore than what a divorce already does. Buttttttttt, what then? I think typing it out I have answered my own question. No, I should not! I blew it not waiting for the one God had in store for me (but, I got three great kids out of it) and now I will be content with what He has given me in my life. (boy does He give me a lot) So the answer?? I am grateful for what He has given me and am content with my life the way it is and I should stop watching "lifetime" movies!! Kids are back gtg!

Bringing them to Christ?

Wow, can life get any crazier? I feel like I am running around like a chicken.... Oh, you get the point! Last night had to fill in and cook for 80 at church. I had forgotten how much I used to like doing it although, I do not want the job back, it was nice being there with so many friends again. Now I just picked up most of the higher ground group to go to the corn maze tomorrow after work! These kids are pretty neat and it just makes me smile when they all get in the car and start singing to the Mercyme cd I had in. I think this is finally the weekend to really bring them to Christ? I pray God gives me the words to say. Its weird but the Mercyme music has helped them get to this point. Now prayer will bring them on in and they can be "one of us" hee hee that sounded like a cult! hee hee
Prayer for the 2 that have not yet turned their life to Christ.

Monday, October 13, 2008

How is it possible?

How is it possible that my beloved daughter has turned 27 today? Where oh where did life go? How could life have gone so fast and that I am now a Grandmother of 3 ? What is happening to my life? Will/can Christ just come now so that we can all leave with Him in peace? Am I finished doing what He had planned for me to do? That's a tough question to answer with out His help. Is the fact that I lived through a childhood that no child should have to go through good enough to say, done!? Or maybe that I have brought 3 children into this world and they just may all turn out alright, walking with the Lord? Now that I am writing, none of it seems enough to hear Him say.. "Well done my child" The words all of us Christians long to hear? So, now that I am way off track, what is the answer? I guess to continue to try and make a difference in this crazy mixed up world by, honoring Christ and wait for His return! Happy birthday my Jen and thank you for 27 wonderful years that you have given me thus far. I look forward to many more! Unless of course Christ comes to get us and then I will look forward to eternity in our heavenly bodies together forever! That would be even better as I would then not have to exercise anymore! Until then I will bid farewell and go force myself to work out now before we have Jens very fattening birthday dinner tonight!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Mice and mayhem

Anyone that knows me knows that I am terrified of mice!! Those little rodents and me just don't mix well and I am deathly afraid of them! (still cant figure out why God made them but will wait to ask Him) So, yesterday I smelled something in Megs room, it was like a wet moldy towel which I knew to be the smell of a dead mouse! I had everyone search her room. Meg, Pooky, Corey and Adam and they found nothing. (I knew it was there but I could not bring myself to look just in case I actually found it, didn't matter that I knew in my head it was already dead I just couldn't do it) Well, they didn't find anything in that mess of a room of hers! (my whole house is cleaned because of my illness towards messy houses, but that is another story) Megs room is a disaster no matter how many times I clean it with the pretense of "redecorating". So, I have Sissy come after Church stuff to look, because if anyone will look really the way I would it would be Sissy. She didn't find anything either, unfortunately and the smell is still there! But, in the whole scene Meg starts freaking out on her and me because Sissy is making her move things to look behind and now Meg is throwing stuff out of the way just so she can say "see I told you nothing was there" I thought for a second Sissy was going to deck her but she held her patience and even offered to help Meg clean her room. Nope I don't need any help and basically get out! What a fun morning!! But at least I did my exercising to Mercyme sessions on GMC that I had taped so I was in a good mood when Meg had her fit as only a 15 year old could. (although, she acted more like she was 10) The smell is still there but I have bought enough decon to kill all the mice in the United States and I foamed every crack on the outside of my house so the little buggers cant get in! (how will I ever get all that overflow of yellow foam off so the house does not look so silly?) I have done my part and all without acting on the urge to smack Meg! I will leave the rest up to God to keep the little rodents out and put a smile on Megs face!

Back to exercising

Today I will begin to exercise again! I had start to do it last December and was really losing inches then Pooky came home in May from school and I just quit. Not sure why? Maybe he was a good excuse? Its really silly though as I had so much more energy when I worked out. By "worked out" I mean I would do 15 to 30 sometimes even 45 minutes of "walk away the waistline" 4 or 5 times a week! Not really what you would call working out as most of the time it was only 15 minutes but heck, it worked, until I stopped! I would get really bored with the DVD. Even adding Mercyme music with it only kept me doing it for while longer!For whatever reason I stopped and now I want to lose 20 pounds and or 4 inches whichever comes first? Does anyone know why exercising is sooo boring? Why it is so hard to train yourself to do something that is so good for you? Whatever the answers I shall begin today to make a serious attempt at eating more healthy and exercising on a regular basis! Final question: Considering what I do for a living (slave) why oh why am I still in need of getting rid of these extra 25 pounds? Lots of prayer is requested at this time as I would really like to get rid of the inches in 5 weeks as that is when I will "meet and greet" with Mercyme again and the last time I did that I made an idiot out of myself and would like to redeem that! So, it begins, I shall lose inches or pounds by exercising and eating right, beginning today!!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Two seasons in Minnesota

There are really only two seasons in Minnesota and I will tell you they are not spring, summer,fall or winter! No, not at all! In Minnesota we only have two count them, 1 and 2... Winter and Construction seasons! That's it! I am sitting here waiting for Nonny to get her butt here and where is she?? She is at the tunnel waiting to get on 35, why you ask?? Cause once again they have shut down one of our two major highways (94) for whatever reason. I personally believe they just like to put up orange cones and pretend they are working with our hard earned money! They really don't seem to ever get anything done and here I sit waiting to go to the Apple orchard and Nonny is late!!Of course it could be that she got up late and its not the traffic at all, but her and the fact that she made plans for 10am on a Saturday morning? Hmmmmm, I wonder?? Either way, there are still only 2 seasons in Minnesota and I am glad winter is coming and the cones will be gone. (I wonder what they do in Texas and places like that, is there construction all year long??) If so I am glad to be in the extreme frigid north, still waiting for Nonny to show up!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Grumpy people @ 15

Really I should title it "grumpy Meg". Wow was she a pill this morning! Actually I think I need a dawny pill after dealing with her! So, its 8:45 last night and Meg comes to me and says that she wants her hair cut like this boy band from Japan. (in all fairness they look like a bunch of girls) I asked her 5 or six times.. "are you sure"? Yes, mom, oh pleeease, can I get it?? Being the wonderful Mother I am I took her right out to the get it done. She brought the picture in with her(that she wasted my ink on) and told the lady what she wanted! Done! She looked adorable and just plain cute. Then came the next morning. Wow, a 180 like only Meg can do! She hates it, its not at all like the picture... blah, blah blah What it up with 15 year old girls?? Why was sissy NEVER like this? By "never" I mean.. Never ever ever in a million years would she be disrespectful and rude at 6:45 in the morning and on my day off too!! Where oh where did I go wrong? After the way meg was this morning I am secretly glad she hates her hair! It looks great but what does she know she is 15!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

He who angers you, controls you

My favorite saying is "He who angers you, controls you" so, what controlled me today?? My vacuum!! I was at my last client of the day and it was an elderly woman who I am very fond of but has all these little rugs and by little I mean very little. I am trying to move them and vacuum putting them back carefully and they would get sucked into the vacuum and I was getting sooo flippin frustrated even my ipod was not giving me relief! When after the third rug got caught I cursed in my head (yes it is still a sin) then I remembered my favorite saying and realized I was letting this machine control me!! That in itself is funny and I started laughing. Imagine letting a vacuum control you?? How silly!! But my question must be why do the elderly need six small rugs to go over their already carpeted floors? In a 6 by 10 room? She is not the only client that has this, all the elderly do! Oh well, the ministry we have when done cleaning makes it worth it but it is still very frustrating or silly depending on who is reading this? Oh well, I have tomorrow off and all is right in my world as I dont have rugs all over my house!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Getting old!

I cleaned three houses then went and got meg a shot and had my brows waxed then off to the eye doctor to find out that I will in fact in the future need bifocals!!! Nice huh?? So, what does that mean?? Well, I thought about it and Dr. Scott confirmed I am in fact getting old! Nice day, huh? Cleaned 5 toilets and was then told I am getting old! When will this madness end?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Last monday off!

Poor me, it is my last Monday off! I am trying to decide if I should feel sorry for myself or rejoice in what God continues to bestow upon me? Back story: I have always been off on Mondays and Fridays and just work Tuesdays, Wednesday's and Thursday's. I know its a great schedule as I am usually home by one in the afternoon. However, it is a schedule I am used to. Now for whatever reason God keeps sending me more clients that I cant say no to. So I bid farewell today to my Mondays off and thank God for blessing me in this yucky economy and allows me to bid on front row Mercyme tickets!! Oh yeah by the way: If you are reading this could you go to the left of my blog and click on Mercyme's blog so I can be S.L.O.B. of the month, next month?? NO ONE deserves it more than me as I am truly their biggest fan!!! While you are there check out their "cover tune grab bag" posts, they are really funny! So, I bid farewell to my Mondays off! Goodbye my Mondays, until we meet again.........

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Is it wrong?

Is it wrong to be secretly smiling when my Grandson cries when seeing is other Grandma? Well, that's what happened and I am trying to find some guilt in those feelings but it is really hard! Story: Mini Coop, my 6 month old grandson was at the celebration yesterday while we kicked off the birthday season and I was holding him and he was being his usual self. Smiling and cooing so cutely, when in walked his other grandparents. Who by the way live only 20 minutes away but for whatever reason only see the boys at birthdays and Christmas. (that in itself is a tragedy as I can only go a few days without seeing "my boys" and when I don't see them I am talking to them on the phone. (something I detested doing, seeing or hearing about until they came along) Anyway, off track again.....
So, they come in and poor mini coop took one look at them and started bawling. I walked into the kitchen with him and he stopped. Then trying to let them see this little cutie I went into the dining room where they were all sitting and he took one look at them and started crying again. Poor kid it was actually kind of funny as he would look away and turn to me and smile like realizing oh its OK I am still in Grandmas arms. Then he just could not help himself and he would turn again and they would try to talk to him. (not the baby way like I do , but the way you would talk to an adult, and I am sure that didn't help) I mean really he is six months old! It was really funny cause he acted like he was watching a horror movie, where you are scared and just keep looking away, quickly! How bad of a grandma am I that I found it funny? Even when sissy was holding him and his back was to them the "other grandma" took him out of sissy's arms and he must have thought I took him cause he was fine until he turned around and saw it was her and started bawling again! So, again I ask how bad am I?? My oldest grandson who's 5, I call him "boy". (I love saying "hello boy" to him when he pries the phone from his mother begging and pleading with her to let him talk to grandma, he always knows its me) Anyway, the boy loves his fathers dad. Always so excited to see grandpa that I could not help but ask them how they could go a day without wanting to call him all the time? I was not in any way trying to be mean or anything it was just an observation as I cant go a day without talking to him! He is so much fun on the phone, the love he shows is truly a love like no other! Morale of the story... I am so grateful to God for these boys, its so sad that they cant have all their grandparents all the time! Oh well, they seem pretty happy with me! Am I bad for secretly smiling? Maybe so?

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Birthday season begins today..

Birthday season officially begins today with Brian's celebration. Then we wait two weeks and its Sissy's turn then we wait another two weeks and there is Megs and yep you guessed it another two weeks and its Pooky's! Somewhere in between meg and Pookys is Jackers! Oh be quiet Sissy and Pooky I know when my Grandsons birthday is... Its the 3rd! (I just looked in my book) lololol I crack myself up!! For those who do not know the whole story Sissy and Pooky (mostly Pooky) give me a lot of crap because once I forgot when Jacks birthday was, please, I am getting old and if Sissy didn't have soooo many children I would not have to challenge my memory so much! So really its all on Sissy! Anyway, off track again!!
So, birthday season is upon us and I will sit and try to figure out what to do for each that shows them all what they mean to me?? Maybe I should just give them all nice cards and save my money for my Florida trip? Of course my son in law is sooo easy to buy for, as he is so easy to please, that I am done with him already! The rest of them I think I will donate their gifts back to myself and use it for Florida! So now that I have come up with such a brilliant plan, I must say thank you to all my wonderful children, in advance of their birthdays and giving me my winter vacation in Florida! What great kids!!! (it may be my plan but their still great kids)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

My embarrassing day

So, I am at my second house of the day and she happened to be home but said she would be leaving soon. So, I went downstairs and started work with my Ipod in going about my work. Then I went upstairs and she was gone so I really started getting into my music when "God with us" by of course Mercyme came on. Anyone that knows me knows this is my favorite song and I cranked it up and was singing very loudly and when it was over I was so into it I started it again and started dancing while dusting and all the while still singing. When I say singing I don't mean sounding like Bart! I mean really loud and awful and of course up the stairs she comes scared me to death with a big smile on her face!! How embarrassing can you get?? The song is on my play list, listen to it then imagine me sounding like a dying animal and that is what she heard!! Worst of all she is a new client and must think I am insane!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Toilet paper roll

Why is it that our children cant/wont replace the toilet paper when it is empty? They just leave it there, not even bothering to at least grab some more out of the closet to at least throw towards the toilet for whoever may be next?? I mean really? Is it that hard to do? Why do they just assume "mom" will take care of it? Further more if your job is to take out the recycling from the kitchen to the garage and empty it into the garbage can and that is your ONLY job around the house, why cant she seem to do it? Or mow the lawn? His only job! Which brings me to the question:
Have I spoiled my children into believing that they will always just get it handed to them whether or not they do anything to earn it? I mean they are pretty decent kids/young adults but, have I ruined them for the future spouse they marry or the society I dump them in? What happened between the 1st child (who is married with 3 kids and her only fault in life is she does not keep the cleanest house) and these last 2. Was it because #1 grew up poor without it all being handed to her and #2 and #3 have not?
Is being poor better teaching to our children?Actually, #1 was very lazy growing up too! So, to sum up my whine, I have 4 years left till they are all gone and I will fill my own toilet paper roll when needed!

Monday, September 29, 2008

God is sooo good

So, I just got done writing about having to take care of my Pooky Bear financially and although I could make it work, it was less for retirement. Then of course God stepped in as He always does and a client called and stated she would now have to go on bed rest and would need me weekly (which pays for Pookys expenses) I am talking not 45 minutes after getting it all set with Pooky! To this day I am truly amazed at the attention God gives to our lives! He takes care of every detail and every need! What an awesome God we have!! The thing is today's events are nothing new to me or my children, He has been giving us this special attention for years and it is constant! Actually, not sure if special attention is the right way to put it but I dont know how else to say it? I really don't see how He has the time to do what He does for us with all that is going on with the rest of the world but, are we not so blessed to have a God that is so great?! I really don't see how anyone could doubt the power of God and that Jesus is the way to Him!
Foot note: No Pooky it does not mean you get to spend more!!!
May God take care of Abby and make her bed rest fun!!

My Son aka "My Pooky Bear"

So today I had an adult conversation with my Pooky bear. Usually because we are both so much a like any serious conversations can turn very heated. Not the case today. For any that don't know he is a poor (and by poor I mean penniless) college student and he went back to school (in the car I am now paying for) very late last night without mowing the lawn as I had asked him to. Never mind it was after 10:30 and I could not go back to sleep because all I could think of is him getting into some horrible accident and I would be called any minute by the police. Anyway, off track again.. My point is that there was a misunderstanding with school aid that neither of us saw coming and at first I was very upset at him. So I must say that I am sorry to my Pooky bear for at first blaming him. I see now that neither saw it coming and I will take care of my Pooky for the rest of this semester because I adore him and I can afford it right now. (although, I was hoping to put away the money from the new clients) Oh well, he assures me he (mostly his future wife I am sure) will take care of me in my old age or pay me back, which ever comes first? (I am sure it will be old age?? Morale of the story: I adore my Pooky Bear even when he irritates me, I suppose he will say the same as he is his Mothers son!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Vikings are so sad!!

The Vikings have done it again!! They suck!! OK, so they were playing a team that is 3 and 0, but come on?? Is there any other player on our team besides A.P.?? If I was not already sick to day I would be after watching that game! Actually I think they managed to make me worse! We will never get the Vikes a new stadium if they don't start playing like winners! They have now managed to ruin my already crappy day!!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Mercyme's God with us

OK, so I am at work today listening to my Ipod.(really what else is there to pass the time while cleaning someones toilet?) Anyway, "God with us" by.. say it with me... Mercyme )I know big shocker!! It came on and I just kept hitting the back button. The first house took me 1.45 hours so I must have listened to it 20 times? Now I have listened to this song since I first heard it at the fair (in concert) in 2007 . It is so powerful. Some days I could listen to it for hours and never seem to get tired of it. The chorus is so beautiful that at times I find myself raising my hands to God while singing. So... my question is.... How twisted am I? Or am I just such a Mercyme fan that I am a junkie? Or is it just really good music? You be the judge. Its on my playlist listen to it and let me know??

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sick and twisted people

Why do people think it is ok to involve you in something you want nor are a part of? Thats what happened today when I came home from a hard day at work and got my mail. (yes, children it was a hard day as I had to do some very yucky things that I was for once underpaid for) Anyway, off track again.. So I got my mail and there was a letter from a man/sicko whom I had only met maybe 4 times in my life. He was threatening me and the person that he was really mad at, that I am close to. So besides the threats and the horrible language that was in this letter he then had to involve me! Me?? Why me?? People really, keep your sick people away from me!! Then I thought I should pray for him... It took everything that I am to do it and believe me it took a couple hours later before I could force my self to do it. OK so I paused while writing this and did it. Didn't really make me feel better (as doing so has done in the past) but maybe forcing oneself to pray for someone you don't want to has nothing to do with us? Or maybe it does? Cause boy this strange person really needs prayers but by the sound of his letters he might be beyond them? Whatever the case he was weird and I feel really sick for the person he was really mad at, as all her family got the same type of letter today. Bearing all her private things. Another point: why do woman pick losers to begin with?? I am glad I am single and today reinforces it! But most of all I am glad I have surrounded myself with good, loving and Christ filled people!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Question to ponder?

If Christ cant return until all four corners of the earth have been preached to and the world is round., how long do we wait?? I'm really wanting His return now... Anyone got an answer??

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Wild weekend

Wow, the weekend went by so darn fast. It was crazy and wild. When you spend it with 5 teenagers (not sure if one of them is still one, though)how can it not be? I am glad it is Sunday night though. Does that mean I am old or just in another phase of life? Or do both questions ask the same? Whatever the case its over and the new week begins with one more day off. After bringing my niece Kelsey home today I realized how easy it is to break into someones house and you can do it through a front window with a ladder in broad daylight for the whole neighborhood to see and no one cares! Thats what we did as my Sister was not home like she should have been!! I must now rethink how safe my own house is when I am away? Actually on Friday night someone left the front door unlocked and Fuzzy was able to sneak in without the dogs even moving off the floor where they had been planted all evening! Some great watch/guard dogs! (I have now determined Pookys dog is completely useless) Fuzzy was able to come in and scare everything out of me! Boy, do the kids find that funny. Anyway, off track again..... Yes, now I remember the question I had... How safe are our homes really? Oh who cares the Vikings won and all is right with the world!!