September 19, 2018

Wednesday Medley: Something New!

Good morning! Blogging friend, Terri, is kicking off a new weekly meme today to fill the void left by the end of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Thanks so much, Terri, for giving us something to talk about on Wednesdays!

1. What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?  It might not be the most "amazing," but I've always wanted to drive all the way across the country on Rt. 30, the first cross-country highway. I live about 2 miles from the highway so it's always been in my life, but it was an old episode of I Love Lucy, in which Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel drive to California on Rt. 30 for Ricky's career, that sparked the dream. I want to see the country and stop at ALLLLLL the kitschy tourist stops! Then I think to come home I'd need to drive the length of Rt. 66.

2. Name five songs that you have completely memorized?  Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer (I've sung it to both my kids and all the grandkids as seems to soothe them for some reason.), Amazing Grace (first verse only), How Great Thou Art, I Should Have Been a Cowboy, and Piano Man.

3. What takes up too much of your time?  Work! Ha,'d be awesome if I didn't have to work. Okay, activities such as the blog, Facebook, and games.

4. What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?  I don't watch any scary movies. I can deal with the ones that are suspenseful like the old Hitchcock movies, but today's ultra violent, gory, too close to reality movies leave me cold. I don't want to see that stuff for entertainment. I don't watch any TV show that glorifies Satan, demons and the like.

5. What’s worth spending more on to get the best?  Haircuts, shoes, bras, furniture, work done on the house. Probably lots of things that I can't think of this morning!

6. Tell us something random you want us to know about your week...  Poor Colton is apparently a bit of a clutz. Last night he tripped and fell into the radiator at home and got a big knot on his noggin. Mommy took him to MedExpress to get checked out and he walked in the door, tripped, and whacked his head off a chair in the waiting room. He's fine, but he's going to have a good bruise today.

Giving new meaning to "baby bump."

September 18, 2018

Tuesday 10: On My Mind

10 Things Crossing My Mind This Morning

1. I read that the Emmy's were another show of the entertainment industry voicing it's opinions on things. Honestly, who cares. Your job is to entertain us. Just do that, please. If you are as smart and creative as you think you are, how about some new ideas instead of yet more remakes of old classics or more "reality" shows? Concentrate on that stop believing that you are experts (on whatever the hot topic of the day is) who need to make your opinions heard.

2. The Colin Kaepernick Nike ad, Colin Kaepernick, and the NFL.  I love me some football. In particular, I love me some Steeler football. I don't always get to see the games, but I pay attention to how the team is doing. Football is an escape, a game, it's for fun. Stop mucking up my enjoyment with all the political stuff. It's a bunch of 300 lb. guys pounding each other into the's not politically correct. Stop trying to make it something it's not.

As for Kaepernick...I can't muster an ounce of a care about his Nike ad. It's not going to change anything or anybody's mind. If Nike wants to pay him buckets of money and portray him as a hero that's their right. And this may tick a lot of people off, but Kaepernick also had the right to take a knee. Do I think it was the best or most respectful way to get his message across? No, but I do believe he had that right. Just as the 49ers as his EMPLOYER had the right to let him go. Having a right to do something doesn't mean you are exempt from the consequences of your choice.

3. Since we're talking about Colin Kaepernick, while I don't care about his Nike ad. I found the evolution of Kaepernick's look interesting. It seems to have changed over the years as he came into who he viewed himself to be.

Early Kaepernick...

Kaepernick along the way...

And finally, the Nike ad...

It doesn't really matter how I view the Nike ad since their target audience was young urban black males. I'm sure it worked for them. To me it's like they went out of their way to make him look like a terrorist.

4. I am tickled Henry Winkler finally got an Emmy after all these years. I've always felt he was an under appreciated talent.

5. Something smells hot. I think it's my laptop. That's not good. I hope it doesn't go up in flames until I can get a new one.

6. Praying for a good outcome in a story breaking in my local news. A young mother, who does not have custody of her children and who does have mental health issues, has taken her two children from their father and run off. The search is on and there is a real fear for the children's safety.

7. The world's first space tourist. A Japanese billionaire has basically bought that right and chose the moon as his destination. He is also planning to pay for several artists, musicians, and writers to go with him. Possible launch date? 2023. I'll believe it when I see it.

And I have one big question. They are supposed to go in a big rocket, not something that looks like the space shuttle. Will there be a crew of astronauts with them? Are they coming back or is it a one-way ticket?

Would you go if you had the chance?

8. Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and the accusations now facing him. I'm not buying it. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for predators getting what's coming to them. What I'm questioning is why now? Where's the credibility? If Kavanaugh doesn't get appointed, I'm betting that it will be the end of the accusations. It's a timed stunt to keep him from being appointed to SCOTUS.

9. All those dealing with the aftermath of Florence. I'm watching the news and it seems that even though she has passed, the flooding will continue for several days yet and conditions are right to spur tornadoes and other nasty weather. Praying for safety and the assistance they need.

10. Everything I need to do today on my day off. It's a long list, so I'd better get moving!

Have a blessed day, my friends!

September 17, 2018

Kind of Glad It's Monday

Good morning and happy Monday! We got this, we can do it! Remember to take your Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle the heck out of it! Make it the start of a great week!

As for me, I am glad the weekend is over. I worked both Saturday and Sunday in the dementia unit. I do love those sweet residents, but it wears me out because, as I've mentioned, several of them have gotten a lot worse in the few weeks I've been there and they just aren't capable of doing the activities...and yet, we are still supposed to try. It's hard when it seems like more and more of them are staying in their rooms and sleeping or even if they come to group, they are sleeping in the chairs.

One woman, whose family we've known for forever, is a major distraction as she doesn't sit still. She is constantly trying to get out of her chair. She can't walk alone and we can't walk her because we are not nurses aides. We can't turn on our backs or pay full attention to the others, either, because of her. No one wants her to fall, but we can't get any help from the aides. We've been told to have the aides remove her when she gets really bad and is distracting to the group, but the aides consistantly refuse to take her. I understand on days like yesterday when several people called off and there was only one aide on the afternoon shift. But it's the same story when the unit is fully staffed. The only time they take her or help us out is when the dementia coordinator is on the floor.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to working out of the unit today and then having tomorrow off.

Tim spent yesterday working on his truck. He had to change the oil, the oil filter, the air filter, and I don't know what all else. It's a big production with his truck and he has a bigger diesel engine than most pickups so it takes a LOT of oil.

Megan mowed our grass yesterday. That was so nice to come home and find last night since the rain from Florence is moving in this morning. It has been a blessing having her kick in to do that for us a lot of the time.

I'm also looking forward to connecting with the girls from my Bible study group tomorrow. The couple who teaches us and regularly hosts the group are out of town for the rest of the month so we are meeting at the beautiful home of another member and next week we will meet at Barnes & Noble. With working full time I don't seem to be quite as in touch outside of class as I used to be so any chance to see everyone is a treat.

Well, I'd better go finish getting ready for work and get my lunch packed. It will be time to go before I know it.!

Make it an awesome day today...for you and for someone else!

September 15, 2018

Sunday Stealing: 65 Questions, Part 1

I am working again on Sunday so getting my Sunday Stealing answers up tonight and will visit and comment on all of yours tomorrow evening.

If you want to join in the fun, just click the button below.

Click Here

Here are questions from Savannah at The Rainbow Society

1. Do you ever doubt the existence of others than you?  Other what?

2. On a scale of 1-5, how afraid of the dark are you?  I'm not afraid of the dark at all. It's the things in the dark, real or imagined, that go bump in the night that might at times give me a little bit of worry. Maybe a 3 at the worst. I don't even want to think about what could raise my fear level to 5!

3. The person you would never want to meet?  The only people I could think of are those rare individuals who are truly evil....the Hitlers, Ted Bundys, and Pol Pots of the world.

4. What is your favorite word?  I love words. I love to read. I love to listen to spoken words. I love to write. How could I choose just one word??? Maybe "love" as it covers a multitude of sins and encompasses forgiveness, grace, mercy, and compassion.

5. If you were a type of tree, what would you be?  Oh, I think I would choose to be a weeping willow. I've always found them to be so beautiful and serene.

6. When you looked in the mirror this morning what was the first thing you thought?  My curls don't look too bad. I might be able to get away with not washing my hair (daily washing is not good for curly hair, but often necessary because of how it looks).

7. What shirt are you wearing?  It's the top to my navy blue dotted-swiss pajamas.

8. What do you label yourself as?  I've never really thought about it, but I suppose things like forgiven, follower of Jesus, a reader, nice.

9. Bright room or dark room?  Somewhere in the middle.

10. What were you doing at midnight last night?  Sleeping.

11. Favorite age you’ve been so far?
  This one is pretty good.

12. Who told you they loved you last?  My husband.

13. Your worst enemy? I don't think I have any actual enemies.

14. What is your current desktop picture? A photo of our Beagle/Basset Hound mix that died last December.

15. Do you like someone? I like lots of someones.

16. The last song you listened to?  I'm not sure, but I think it was a hymn at work.

17. You can press a button that will make any one person explode. Who would you blow up?   I can't think of anyone I dislike that much.

18. Who would you really like to just punch in the face?  Again, no one.

19. If anyone could be your slave for a day, who would it be and what would they have to do? I don't know who it would be, but they would need to love cleaning because I'd have them deep clean my whole house.

20. What is your best physical attribute? (showing said attribute is optional) I don't usually agree, but many people think it's my curly hair.

21. If you were the opposite sex for one day, what would you look like and what would you do?  I'd probably look much as I do now only more boyish (I have a male cousin a couple of years younger than me and he looks very much like me). Maybe I'd be a writer or work in some way with animals and nature.

22. Do you have a secret talent? If yes, what is it?  I can't think of any.

23. What is one unique thing you’re afraid of?  I'm afraid of snakes, sharks, and being old and dependent on others. None of those are very unique.

24. You can only have one kind of sandwich. Every sandwich ingredient known to humankind is at your disposal. A nice, fresh bun, cracked black pepper chicken, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

25. You just found $100! How are you going to spend it? I'd turn it in just in case the owner was looking for it. If I got to keep it, I'd buy some more clothes for work.

26. You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, but you have to leave immediately. Where are you going to go?  Australia.

27. An angel appears out of Heaven and offers you a lifetime supply of the alcoholic beverage of your choice. “Be brand-specific” it says.  It would be one of the wines we buy regularly on our trips to the wine country along the PA/NY boarder.

28. You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place?  Love everyone. No hate allowed.

29. What is your favorite expletive? Crap on a cracker!

30. Your house is on fire. You have just enough time to run in there and grab ONE inanimate object. Don’t worry, your loved ones and pets have already made it out safely. So what’s the one thing you’re going to save from that blazi
ng inferno?  I'm torn between the family photos and all the stuff I have about my family tree.

September 14, 2018

Saturday 9: Teenage Dream

Doing this quickly before bed on Friday night because tomorrow I start my first working weekend in years.

Thanks to Sam for bringing us the music and the fun questions week after week. If you like what you read, please join in the fun by visiting the Saturday 9 site.

Saturday 9: Teenage Dream (2010)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Much of the video for this week's song takes place in a convertible and on the beach. How's the weather where you are? Would you be comfortable riding around with the top down today? 
It was mostly overcast today, but the sun popped out for a few minutes every now and then. It was humid as all get out, though, so I'd have rather had the top up and the air on!

2) This video was filmed all around Katy Perry's hometown of Santa Barbara. Amtrak runs through Santa Barbara via The Pacific Surfliner. Tell us about a memorable train trip. 
My mom tells me I rode on the train with her to Philadelphia as a baby/toddler, but I don't remember it. There haven't been any other train trips unless you want to count the Christmas train at the mall.

3) Katy sings that her boyfriend thinks she's funny, even when she gets the punchline wrong. Do you think you're a better joke-teller or audience? I'm a way better audience. I don't have the comedic timing to be a good joke-teller.

4) Her "teenage dream" lover is shown working out with a heavy bag. When is the last time you visited a gym? It's been a few years, but hey, I'm leading the residents at the nursing home in exercises 5 days a week so that sort of counts.

5) Katy changes her hair a lot. She's gone from long black hair to cropped blonde hair with stops at red, green and purple. Today, are you having a good hair day? I am actually having an excellent hair day. I ordered a different kind of Deva Curl gel this time and I loooooove it! It held my super curly hair all day and no frizz! Even in this humidity!

6) Katy thinks dimples are "irresistible" and can't help poking a finger when a dimpled friend smiles. Do you have dimples? I did when I was younger and skinnier. Maybe they're still in there.
7) Two of Katy's fragrances (Meow and Purr) are sold in cat-shaped bottles. Are you wearing a scent as you answer these questions?  If it hasn't worn off since this morning I'm wearing Winter Candy Apple body spray from Bath & Body Works.
8)  Katy's favorite dessert is ice cream (specifically Cold Stone Creamery's Birthday Cake Remix). What's the last dessert you ate? I had a mini pumpkin gob at lunch.
9) Random question: How often do you change your bedsheets?  Weekly. Unless it's hot and we're sweaty in the night...or the dog tosses her cookies on the bed...or there's a diaper changing disaster with the grandbaby. I miss hanging the sheets out on the line to dry. There was nothing like clean sheet day with line-dried sheets.

September 13, 2018

Thankful Thursday

It's my day off, so nice to sit here this morning and catch up with everyone. I'm praying that all of you living in the potential path of Hurricane Florence are taking seriously all the recommended precautions in your area...better safe than sorry! "Stuff" can be replaced, life can't.

Today is also the day to link up with the lovely Rebecca Jo @ Knit By God's Hand for Thankful Thursday.

This week I am thankful...

** for the day out of the dementia unit yesterday. I love those residents dearly, but it can be stressful and frustrating trying to carry out the activities we're expected to do when the residents are nearly all at the lowest level of functioning. How do you play a game or do a craft or exercise with those who have severely limited vision, hearing, and mental abilities? It was just really good to spend a day working with the other residents who are able to participate and respond to the activities.

** for my day off today to run errands and take care of some chores around here. Dust, clutter, and laundry wait for no woman.

** our daughter's procedure went well on Monday. The doctor didn't find any signs of what he was looking for, so that's one thing ruled out. He did give us a lot of hope. It seems that the problems our daughter has are fairly common among white women of her age/generation (I'm wondering why?) and in 50-75% of the cases doing the test she just had solves the problem. We will have to wait to see if it helped her, but if it doesn't, the fact that this problem was eliminated helps point the doctor in the direction of a couple of other possibilities.

** my feet have been hanging in there. Considering that I have plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, arthritis, and bone spurs going on that's a huge deal! In the dementia unit I'm not on my feet a whole lot. The residents are more comfortable when you are on their level so I spend a lot of time on a low wheeled stool. For those days I use orthotics in my shoes and wear a thin compression brace on the foot that I had the tendonitis in this summer. It's been enough.

Since I was out in the rest of the nursing home yesterday I knew I'd be running non-stop so I pulled on the heavy duty brace I got from my podiatrist. It's got stiff, heavy stays in the sides that keep my ankle from leaning in and won't let my arch sag at all. In fact, it really doesn't allow it to bend at all. It was enough. My feet didn't really bother me. The arthritis in my ankles caused some pain, but not until I got home and took the brace off.

** that our area was mostly spared this past weekend. It rained here for three days. We got at least 6 inches of rain. We've had several rainfalls like that this summer and there has been severe flooding in some areas near us. There were a few places that flooded this round, but the water receded quickly and didn't seem to get as high as it had other times. Our house isn't in a place where flooding is really a problem except for wet basements (you won't find finished basements here). Right now I'm just hoping the yard dries out enough to mow the grass before the fallout from Hurricane Florence gets here.

** for fall decorations and pumpkin spice everything! Yes, I am that annoying girl that LOVES all things fall. This is my favorite time of year. I love the colors, the smells, the tastes. My house is decorated in fall colors (pumpkin spice, roasted garlic, sage green, gold, red, and brown) all year round. The walls in the living room and kitchen are painted pumpkin spice orange. These are my happy colors. This is my happy time of year. I love how busy it gets, but at the same time I like how cozy it is. I actually like the shortening days that bring people inside in the evenings. I like the heartier, richer foods. The way the lights seem to glow from windows and the flicker of candles.

** for my life, the blessings God pours out on me, the opportunities I have, and for the peace my faith gives me.

** for each one of you!

September 11, 2018

Tuesday 10

I missed posting last week. My bad. So...before I run out of time and have to head to work, here is this week's installment of the Tuesday 10.


1. Work. Today is the first time I will be completely on my own as the life enrichment person in the dementia unit. Tomorrow I will begin training to be out on the floor in the rest of the facility.

2. Hurricane Florence and those I know who may be affected. Friends are leaving tomorrow to drive south to Georgia and then Florida for a 4-day cruise. Then they are supposed to drive up the coast to visit family and friends in Top Sail and another coastal town. They refuse to change their plans so their safety is front and center in my prayers.

3. My daughter. She had some sort of outpatient procedure yesterday. They were looking at her bladder to see if she had some condition a urologist suspected. We were hoping this was the case as it would give her some long needed answers. No cure or fix, but a plan of attack, at least. But they told her they didn't find anything wrong. Back to square one.

4. Rain. Or rather the lack of it. The rain was supposed to be over by noon yesterday, but continued all day. When I went to bed at 12:00 last night it was still raining. What a wonderful thing to wake up today to find that it has finally stopped!

5. Walmart. I need to stop after work. We need bread, lettuce, mayo, socks, and I want to get a few pairs of black leggings for work.

6. Serena Williams' horrid behavior over the weekend. All that ranting and raving and accusations aimed at the official. Then to have her coach ADMIT he was trying to cheat....  For shame, Serena. That kind of behavior isn't fitting for anyone, but especially knot for an athlete of her caliber. And in all of her ranting and crying about sexist officials she doesn't seem to care that she stripped that lovely young woman she played against of her moment in the sun...and I'm suspecting of her idol.

7. The coming weekend which will be the first one I've worked in years and years. Probably since our daughter was about 3. She's 26 now. That's kind of the only thing about my job I'm not thrilled with.

8. The coming year. Our Bible study group met last night to celebrate the Jewish New Year. It's a big one in the Jewish world. They just finished their year of Jubilee, last week marked what they believe was the anniversary of Creation, and this year is the 70th anniversary year of the re-establishing of Israel as a nation. It is interesting to follow what they are saying over there as Messianic Jews believe we are very close to the times and things described in Revelation. Traditional Jews are doing things that according to scripture prepare the way for the Messiah (who they believe is yet to come). Just really, really interesting stuff.

9. The "party" I'm having on Facebook tonight and throughout the week, I think. I'm kind of kicking myself for signing up to have it, but I wanted to help out a friend. Sigh. It's for undergarments that are similar to Spanx, but that I'm told is far better. It's kind of pricey, but I suppose no more so than good quality undergarments tend to be.

10. Patriots' Day. It's hard to believe it's been 17 years since the attacks of September 11, 2001. So much has changed since then in our thinking, our way of living, of how we view our safety, and even how we view the world and people around us. President and Mrs. Trump will be at the Flight 93 Memorial today for the ceremony (I am praying the Trump haters will stay away). My thoughts and prayers are with those missing a loved one who died that day.

I'm off to work in a few minutes. Wish me well and wish me wisdom and insights into getting the residents to engage. It's gotten pretty bad with several of them declining all at once. The director is working on a new program because what is currently in place worked when the residents were higher functioning, but now they are almost totally level 4's...which is the last stage before the one that brings the end.

September 10, 2018

Wild, Wet & Windy Monday

Good morning! I'm sitting here this morning glued to the TV and listening to the rain pour down on the roof and the wind howl. It's been raining virtually nonstop since Saturday morning, the remnant of tropical storm Gordon. I haven't checked the rain gauge this morning, but by last night we'd already had nearly 6 inches. The wind started last evening. Our weekend was a bust as far as going anywhere or getting much done. We just relaxed and watched movies all day yesterday.

As you can imagine, the weather is causing lots of problems. This area has lots of mountains and valleys and lots of rivers and streams so flooding is a big problem. Many of the school districts around here are either delayed or closed for the day. The power is out in many places. Lots of roads are closed. I'm hoping I won't have trouble getting to work since I travel right beside the major creek in the area. So far it looks like the only place the road is closed is a few exits beyond where I turn off.

I am curious to see what it looks like when the sun comes up. I've been hearing small branches hit the house all night. I imagine there will be a lot of stuff to dodge on the drive to work.

To top it all off, the first story I saw on the news was "breaking news" of a gas main explosion in the county where Tim is working. I called him because he is building a hotel near the gigantic gas processing plant that is being built. Thankfully, he answered his phone. The explosion took place in the area of the exit before his and he hadn't even made it to work. He was still sitting in traffic in Pittsburgh. I'm glad he's okay, but from the sounds of it he may have more trouble getting to work because of how large the thing is and many roads are closed.

Say a prayer for me today, because I'm thinking work is going to be a lot of "fun."  The residents will be responding to the weather and be agitated. I hope it's dry where you are and that Hurricane Florence doesn't come your way later this week.

Happy Monday?

September 8, 2018

Sunday Stealing: What's for Dinner?

Here are more food questions from Facebook.

1.   Ever had ramen noodles? How do you fix yours? Do you add anything to them? 

Of course I've had ramen noodles. Is there anyone who went to college and didn't stock them by the ton? I still eat them once in a while for a quick lunch, but I stir in some steamed veggies.
2.   Do you like spicy foods?

I do, within reason. I'm not one to pour hot sauce on everything or snack on ghost peppers, but I like a little bit of heat. 

3.   Crispy or grilled chicken on your salad?

I like them both and I know the grilled is better for me, but the crispy is so darn good!

4.   Do you like corn on the cob?

Very much! We have it a couple of times per week during the season.

5.   Pumpkin or apple pie? 

Pumpkin, of course!

6.   Dinner rolls or crescent rolls?

I'm not a fan of crescent rolls as dinner rolls...too greasy. 

7.   How do you like your eggs?

Sunny side up....IF you can cook all resemblance to snot out of the whites and keep the yolk runny. If not, then scramble them, hard-boil them, turn them into an doesn't matter.

8.   Most expensive meal you have ever eaten?

I'm not sure, but we have never minded paying the price of a good meal. Burns Steakhouse in Tampa is a strong contender.

9.   Do you like stir fry?

Yes, if you leave out the water chestnuts.

10.  What kind of pots and pans do you use?

I have a few Cooks sauce pans and frying pans, some odd pieces that I like, and my most used pan is my Copper Chef. I cook just about everything in it!

11.   Do you like Brussel sprouts?

They are my favorite vegetable.

12.   Canned or fresh tomatoes?

Fresh, please.

13.   BBQ Chicken or Ribs? 

Ribs, but again it depends on how well you cook them.

14.   Do you like coffee?

Not at all.

15.   Cupcakes or ice cream cake?

I don't eat a lot of sweets, but usually I'd pick the cupcakes.

16.   Hot dogs or polish sausage?

Hot dogs if you're putting it in a bun, polish sausage (kielbasa) if you're serving it straight up on my plate.

17.   Do you like cinnamon toast?

Not particularly.

18.   Do you eat dinner at the table or in front of the TV?

Since it's just the two of us and Tim gets home so late, we eat in front of the TV.

19.   Do you like to BBQ?

Some, but not a lot.

20.   Do you like cold cuts?

I'm actually on a bit of a "cracked black pepper chicken" kick.

21.   Do you like rice?  


22.   Macaroni and cheese?

A little. I'm not a big fan unless it's the original Kraft kind in the blue box.

23.   Key Lime Pie?

Yes, please!

24.   Favorite Fair/Carnival Food?

Fried dough.

25.   What kind of gravy do you like?


26.   Jalapeno Poppers?


27.   Broccoli/Chicken Alfredo?

No thanks. I don't like anything "alfredo."

28.   Do you like cottage cheese?

If I put enough sugar on it.

29.   Do you like lasagna?

Yes, I do.

30.   Do you like hard boiled eggs?


That's it for this week. Thank you,Bev, for keeping us supplied with questions week after week!

Click to join in the fun!

September 7, 2018

Saturday 9: Gotta Travel On

Saturday 9: Gotta Travel On (1959)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, the Billy Grammer sings that "summer's almost gone, winter's coming on." When you look out your window, do you see any evidence that the seasons are changing?

I think it's beginning to look a little like fall, though right at the moment it doesn't look like anything out's dark!
2) He admits he has laid around and played around for too long. Do you consider lazy days to be wasted days?

Some of them. It depends on whether that was my plan or it just kind of happened.
3) Billy relaxed by fishing. Tell us about a visit you made to a pier, or a ride you took on a boat, this past year. (Bonus points if you went fishing!)

I don't think I've been to any of those places in the last year.
4) Born in 1925, Mr. Grammer was the eldest of 13 children. He and his wife Ruth were childless. What do you think is the ideal size for a family? 

It's up to the individual and what they want.
5) This song was very popular on juke boxes back in 1959. When were you last in a bar or restaurant that had a juke box? Did you play it?

Last weekend. There was a juke box in the bar, but we were there for dinner and didn't play.
6) In 1959, movie tickets zoomed up in price to $1.00 and Ben Hur was the big blockbuster. What's the last movie you saw in a theater? Do you remember how much the ticket cost?

I don't remember what movie it was, but I'm going to say the tickets were about $9 each. Ticket prices have held pretty steady for several years.
7) Huckleberry Hound was a hit with the younger audience in 1959. What cartoon did you enjoy as a kid? 

Lots of them...Saturday mornings were the best time of the whole week! If you make me narrow it down, I guess it would be a tie between Scooby-Doo and Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Werner Bros. gang.
8) In 1959, continuing dramas (soap operas) were still broadcast each day on the radio. When you turn on the radio, do you listen for talk, news, or music? 

Music. I usually only listen to the radio in the car and talk radio makes me tired. Not usually a good thing when you're driving.
9) Random question -- Which competition would you rather judge: The Pillsbury Bake Off, The Miss America Pageant, or Dancing with the Stars? 

Dancing with the Stars! That's not even something that requires thought. I love that show and the dancers and celebrities always seem to have such a good time.

**If you enjoyed today's questions be sure to pay our host Sam a visit at the Saturday 9 site and let her know. And visit some of the other blogs playing along.

Oh, My Heart

Well, when today is over I will have made it through my second week at the new job. Am I still enjoying it? YES, I AM!!! I didn't think I would like it as much as I do, but I absolutely love it...and that is because of the residents. They touch my heart so much. Every day there is something that brings tears to my eyes, but every day there is also something that brings joy.

Right now all but one or two of the residents are lower functioning on the dementia scale so activities are a challenge, but I'm learning to play off of their cues and often the way they lead ends up better anyway. Some like to laugh so we act silly with them. Some like to dance so we dance with them. Some like to hold your hand and be nurturing so we let them. We share hugs and smiles and tell them we love them. We don't try to force them to remember what they can't but join them in their world for a while.

It's sad to see what this disease has stolen from them, especially as I learn about who they were before. (They were top notch nurses, teachers, sculptors, bakers, business people, and more.) I don't know if it plays a role, but it seems a majority had high stress lives. Maybe a reminder to take time to relax and take it easy?

There are bright moments, too, when a patient who rarely says anything that makes sense responds correctly to something or they smile and tell their families they like you because you're nice.

Yesterday's highlight came from a male resident who sits alone all day every day because he likes it that way and tends to cuss and be a bit ugly to anyone who comes around. Last evening as I was gathering my things to leave his face lit up in a huge smile and he spoke kindly, took my hand and kissed the back, and thanked me profusely just for being there. Awwww...... I will hold on to that today (and every day) when he yells at me to "shut up" or flings some foul insult....that bit of the real man, the one that for a moment found his way through the holes in his mind to say "Hey, I'm still here. I'm still me."

September 5, 2018

Saying Farewell to the Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's a happy day...the Wednesday Hodgepodge is back!...and a sad's the last one. Joyce has decided not to continue. After 9 years, that's understandable. It's tough to come up with interesting questions week after week and visiting all the blogs playing along is time consuming. I wish you well, Joyce, in wherever the future takes you and your blog.

1. What has been the highlight of your summer so far? (It's still summer people! 

I know it is still summer, but the season of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING has begun...a fact I'm torturing a girl at work with! But back to summer. The highlight of my summer was definitely having my daughter and her family buy the house next door to us and getting to spend so much time with this guy, who isn't feeling very well at the moment.

2. What do you wish you'd done more of this summer? Less of?

I always wish I had gotten to go more places. This year was another year of staying home because of my husband's work and babysitting. I also always wish I had spent less time on the same media, be it the blog, Facebook, or whatever.

3. Something you're looking forward to on your September calendar?

I'm already doing it. I'm at my new job and loving it. I can't think of anything else because I don't really know what my work schedule will end up being at this point so I haven't planned anything.

4. Best/favorite book you've read this summer?

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

5. Share something positive, encouraging, or uplifting here.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Truth. God is good all the time and all the time God is good. I never cease to be in awe of how He does exactly the right thing at exactly the right time. It may not always feel that way at the time, but a bit of time and distance shows His wisdom far surpasses mine. God is exactly who He says He is. He can and does do exactly what He says He can and will do. He is the same today as He was yesterday and the same as He will be tomorrow.

Now I'm off to work. Have a blessed day, friends! And God bless, Joyce. Thanks for all the years of fun!

September 3, 2018


I am...

Reading: Tails, You Lose by Carol J. Perry

Listening to: some true crime show that Tim is watching with his eyes closed.

Loving: that it's the unofficial beginning of fall, my favorite season.

Thinking: that my stepdad seems to be aging rapidly.

Feeling: a little melancholy that holidays are nothing like they used to be.

Celebrating: two whole days with Tim.

Grateful for: everything.

Weather: 90 degrees, sunny and humid.

Enjoying: the last few hours of my day off.

A quote I want to share: