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Back to School! April 5, 2017

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in Family News.
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After almost 2 years as an Activities Aid, I finally got my chance to move forward with my career. 4 weeks ago, my facility offered paid CNA training, and I jumped on it without batting an eye. I was so proud of myself when I called to tell Mike the good news!!!  Now  I am done with the classroom time, finished with a 92% GSA, equivalent to a B final grade. I am good with that, I know what I need to work on.

Today, I started my first of 9 days of Clinical training at a local LTCF. I worked with a CNA today; tomorrow I will be on my own. Not knowing the clients is the biggest hurdle. It will be a challenge I will happily embrace. I just wish it would stop raining when I have to walk all the way from the back street over to the front entrance~ mrrrrffff…

Since the schooling was paid for by the Facility,  work hours lost during class time needed to be made up. This month, I am going in at 7:30am every morning to make the popcorn (yes!), get the room ready for the next activity. I did good last month, working 2:30-6:00pm to make up lost hours, and only lost 3.5 hours on my last paycheck. Not bad, considering I worked my normal hours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and will continue to do so through April. I haven’t had a real day off since school began. I did unfortunately have 3 days off for bereavement when we lost Mike’s Mom. She was at our facility during her last days, and Dad was in the hospital at the same time, flu and pneumonia, so I would clock out every evening and go sit with her for a little bit before heading to the hospital to visit Dad, and finally head home around 7:30 every evening….

We love you Mom…Mike is working on the Box, thanks for helping Mike with that. Dad is picking it up tomorrow.

 

 

 

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UHaul what 1,500 Miles and then bake Carrot Cake Cookies??? January 6, 2013

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in Back of the Fridge Recipes, Family News, The Greenwoods.
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My dughter’s MIL is frikken amazing! She just drove a UHaul from TX to KY, 1,500 miles, over the Cumberland Gap, landed in her bed at 11:30pm last night. And is now baking Carrot Cake Cookies. I so got the recipe!!!!

CARROT CAKE COOKIES

Carrot cake box mix*
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
Bake 350 for @10 min.
Eat while warm.
Yum
*Any cake mix can be used. Just made chocolate with Caramel pieces. Try the butterscotch chips with chocolate-BAM!

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My mom used to make these all the time, then she passed the spatula down to me when I was about 13. 😉
I am loading up on eggs and boxed cake mixes tomorrow, right after the house nurse leaves! Thank you, Chrystal, you ROCK, Sister!!!!

A Letter to my Daughter and new Son-in-Law June 28, 2012

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in Family News, Heart Notes, Special Announcements.
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To my new Son-in-Law and my Daughter,

What roads you have travelled; the high school days, the wanton joy of young rebels, daring to be different, the flights of random reckless abandon, the Goth chick and the Punk.

Jake, what a journey yours has been, you moved away and then a duty to your homeland took you a world away, fighting for our freedom, putting your life on the line, selflessly. We cannot imagine the roads you’ve travelled, the villages you’ve passed through, people’s faces, the likes of which none of us can fathom, but you came back to us, when we least expected it.

Natalie, there is a big heart in that tiny body, just waiting to be loved, to be appreciated, to be treasured. You deserve this day, along with every joy that comes with this new adventure. You’ve come a long way from the crazy mixed-up violin case-slinging little girl who didn’t know where she fit in, who wouldn’t take crap from anybody. You knew all along what your heart was telling you, but I was not listening. I was trying to protect you, to keep you, my last hope for a better tomorrow, afraid that by letting go, I would lose the last thing I had that was so dear to me, my Mini-me!

Now, as you plan your future, I realize that I’m not losing you. You will always be close to my heart and as strong as you have always been, your own person. Stand tall, Little One, and hold your head high, and you will exceed even your own expectations!

We celebrate your new life together with joy, with love and many blessings!

Love you guys,
XMomX

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Today is my birthday. RIP EAB April 21, 2012

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I get an phone call on Monday afternoon from the Ex’s wife. Ok, she’s good people in my book, a real trooper, we get along fine. She tells me she has bad news….after battling various health issues, Nats Aunt and Uncle, both in their 70’s, ended their lives on Monday morning, up in MI as well. -the oldest of 4 kids, Cindy was looking in on them and found them. Cause of deaths pending autopsy.

Today, I’m feeling somewhat ok, not my best-I reamed DH last night about (issues), felt really bad afterward.

Then Nats came home from a shopping trip with her girlfriend BT, and gifted me with an iPad 2 for my b-day!!! WHOOHOO, right? I stayed up until 2:30am configuring emails, reloading all my apps that are on my iPhoney and “the Cloud”. I got 4 hours sleep before waking up to see her drive off to work, without my usual good-bye. My bad. I felt horrible for not getting up earlier.

Today, after a ride to town to get avocados for tacos, etc, I sat down at my desk to begin another work day. I glance at the Inbox and I see an email that reaches out and grabs my eyeballs and yanks them out of my sockets.

EAB RIP My Beautiful Wife

It’s from E’s husband, Fred. EAB, short for Elizabeth Ann Bradley. I call her E~

I’m reading, thinking to myself, it’s a joke, right? keep reading, naaaahhhh, it’s another one of those spam emails asking, no begging for me to send all my earthly wealth to some poor soul how left his entire inheritance somewhere in S. Africa.
I keep reading, my brain isn’t registering the contents. I AM NOT READING THE WORDS. I scroll to the bottom, and in big bold beautiful living color, a picture of E~

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E ended a long battle with depression last Sunday. They were on their way back from their long winter trip in the RV, to the West coast and back up to MI. They got to FL, where she decided she couldn’t continue on, ending her life there. I am devastated…I cried uncontrollably for nearly 30 minutes. DH never heard me.

This pic was taken 3 days before her life ended.

As I look at this picture now before me, bigger than life, I see her eyes are not looking at the camera. They are looking to the horizon…what were you thinking about, E?

and WHT IS UP WITH MICHIGAN, is it the freaking Bermuda Triangle????

Hey, E? If you’re if you’re out there, if you’re listening, Honey, let me know what you find out, please? And give Mr. Churchill a big HEY HO! for me~

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I’m keeping busy, I never felt so drained. My heart hurts. People don’t realize what this does to loved ones left behind. I’m going to become a Families Left Behind Advocate. This is insane.

E: I will miss our emails and the political rants, the photos of the “fur-babies”, the cross-country trips in the RV, the threats of someday showing up at our doorstep. “No worries, we have running water, bring it!”….

I love you, and will miss you, Old Friend,

see ya around the bend….

S~


Agave you my heart… December 2, 2011

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in Family News, More than Corn in INDY.
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It began snowing last night, light and barely there. It was surreal, a wonder to the senses.
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Thanksgiving weekend, we had a wonderful visit with my two sons, Girlfriend, wife and 4 grandkids. My older son keeps busy with his automotive repair shop, so getting away was a big thing for him. It had been 2 long years since we last saw each other.
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Not going off-topic, the following mention is something I think my older son could benefit from, so am going to give it a try.
I just placed an order for Agave Nectar, going to give it a try. I went out in search for Mexican Vanilla like the good stuff my DSIL gave us one Christmas 5-6 years ago. In my searches, I found this wonderful site: Global Goods, Inc.
I ordered a liter of the vanilla and 2- 24 oz bottles of the Agave nectar I’ve been hearing about. Come to find out, it’s a great substitute for other sugars that can cause inflammation in Rheumatoid arthritis- a WIN for DH 🙂

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Dinner bell and a hungry student are calling me. I promise to return at a more quiet time to continue this post.
Until then, have a lovely evening!

Good Food, Good Drink, Good Friends, Good Grief April 4, 2011

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We lost a dear friend Sunday morning.

Gloria, Earl, Bud and Shirley


Our former Landlady, Gloria, passed after a nasty fall several weeks ago, breaking her hip for a second time. I believe she was 89.

Her husband is 96 and his son wrote to tell me the sad news yesterday. He said his dad has lost his short-term memory, so this is doubly sad.

I worry that Earl may not be long for the world without his Gloria. With tireless devotion, she took care of her “boys” Earl and his brother, who lives with them.


We lived on the other side of a nice stone double, in a lovely neighborhood in ‘Tosa; of all the places we’ve lived, this was one of our favorite place (besides where we are now), we loved living there. We have many fond memories of summer days spent sitting on the back porch with them. They got a kick out of my letting our Budgie, Spaz, fly freely in there screened-in porch. He would even fly in their house if the back door was open. They got a kick out of him landing on Earl’s shoulder and calling Earl a “Jerk Birrrrrrrrrrrrrd”. Spaz has quite a vocabulary.

Spaz is King Farook of his Gilded Castle

We have many wonderful memories of that time and place, they were a big part of the healing that we both went through during our divorces. I have to say, it was the best place for us, at the time. Earl’s Brandy Manhattans and Old Fashioned’s helped me get through some tough times, too! He loved to get me schockered on one of his yummy drinks, just to hear him laugh at my going on about his drinks-they could knock the socks off a bear, if a bear wore socks. HA HA!

Some of my fondest memories

Gloria: I will miss coming over and working on your computer, after Earl turns it off by unplugging it from the wall, YIKES!

I will miss hearing your laughter from the other side of the wall as we “chat” back and forth on our computers. We use to laugh that we were on opposite sides of the wall, could practically talk through them, could hear each others giggles, and still we chatted on the computers, for fun. Those were some fun times and I always got a kick out of every time you called to have me come over and “fix” something.
I will miss seeing our evenings,  sitting on the back porch reading, having a cocktail or listening to rainstorms, or the endless traffic next to our block that never stopped.

Fun with Books

Gloria and Earl practically adopted us, they were like the grandparents we never had. We were so grateful when they welcomed the kids with welcome arms and open hearts and had a blast visiting with them, whenever they were up.

The Gang's All Here

We loved our barbeque grill-outs with you, Gay and Dean. The Jello-Shooters were hilarious fun!

the GrillMeisters

Glo-Girl: You were my Pen-Pal after your computer quit and we could not chat online anymore.

You are so loved, and until me meet again, we will miss you, Glo-Girl

as your last email was signed,

Much love    Us

Good Food, Good Drink, Good Friends, Good Grief April 4, 2011

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We lost a dear friend Sunday morning.

Gloria, Earl, Bud and Shirley


Our former Landlady, Gloria, passed after a nasty fall several weeks ago, breaking her hip for a second time. I believe she was 89.

Her husband is 96 and his son wrote to tell me the sad news yesterday. He said his dad has lost his short-term memory, so this is doubly sad.

I worry that Earl may not be long for the world without his Gloria. With tireless devotion, she took care of her “boys” Earl and his brother, who lives with them.


We lived on the other side of a nice stone double, in a lovely neighborhood in ‘Tosa; of all the places we’ve lived, this was one of our favorite place (besides where we are now), we loved living there. We have many fond memories of summer days spent sitting on the back porch with them. They got a kick out of my letting our Budgie, Spaz, fly freely in there screened-in porch. He would even fly in their house if the back door was open. They got a kick out of him landing on Earl’s shoulder and calling Earl a “Jerk Birrrrrrrrrrrrrd”. Spaz has quite a vocabulary.

Spaz is King Farook of his Gilded Castle

We have many wonderful memories of that time and place, they were a big part of the healing that we both went through during our divorces. I have to say, it was the best place for us, at the time. Earl’s Brandy Manhattans and Old Fashioned’s helped me get through some tough times, too! He loved to get me schockered on one of his yummy drinks, just to hear him laugh at my going on about his drinks-they could knock the socks off a bear, if a bear wore socks. HA HA!

Some of my fondest memories

Gloria: I will miss coming over and working on your computer, after Earl turns it off by unplugging it from the wall, YIKES!

I will miss hearing your laughter from the other side of the wall as we “chat” back and forth on our computers. We use to laugh that we were on opposite sides of the wall, could practically talk through them, could hear each others giggles, and still we chatted on the computers, for fun. Those were some fun times and I always got a kick out of every time you called to have me come over and “fix” something.
I will miss seeing our evenings, sitting on the back porch reading, having a cocktail or listening to rainstorms, or the endless traffic next to our block that never stopped.

Fun with Books

Gloria and Earl practically adopted us, they were like the grandparents we never had. We were so grateful when they welcomed the kids with welcome arms and open hearts and had a blast visiting with them, whenever they were up.

The Gang's All Here

We loved our barbeque grill-outs with you, Gay and Dean. The Jello-Shooters were hilarious fun!

the GrillMeisters

Glo-Girl: You were my Pen-Pal after your computer quit and we could not chat online anymore.

You are so loved, and until me meet again, we will miss you, Glo-Girl

as your last email was signed,

Much love Us

CJ’ Surgery May 15, 2009

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CJ called me this evening-she had her surgery today.

She sounded ok, shrugging it off as relatively uneventful,  sounding only a little stressed. Little Rhonda wailed in indignation in the background as her daddy attempted to cajole her into Dreamland, but Little Girl wasn’t having any of it…oh the memories come rushing back to (not so long ago) days when her Mommy was as little and every bit as vocal! Has it been that long?

As I work diligently on my first sock, I feel a calm sweep over me. Handiwork is so relaxing, I am swept away with thoughts of younger days. Some memories cause a small shudder- how did I manage to keep my sanity with two small children, one only a baby and the other, a toddler. There were days when I could have ripped my hair out in frustration.

Like the time Christy and her brother thought it would be fun to have an Oatmeal and Tea Party in the bedroom, with a brand new canister of Quaker Oats. I should have known when things got quiet, too quiet…..until I went to get them for lunch, only to discover they had served up an entire box of Oats in Christy’s room, all over the bed, the little tea cups and saucers neatly piled high with the powdery oats, and that red shag carpet…….I will never forget that carpet, and the amounts of hidden particles I would find months, no YEARS later. That stuff can get in the smallest spaces! I thank the Gods to this day, my children could not read: “Just add water”!

Oyes, those pitiful wailings in the background sounded so familiar, Baby Rhonda. Your Mommy is in for some fun times~and she will survive, because she will remember her younger days, as I do now.

BIG HUGS to yo, CJ, my Baby Girl. You are so blesssed and I am so proud of you.