May 31st

Hello everyone. It is a nice sunny day. However, I’d like to know where the month of May went.

My sister was able to get the flowers put on the cemetery early and what a blessing that was since they had a horrible snowstorm around a week of rain.

Now the grass has turned green and things are looking better.

Here we are at a time when schools are ending, and graduations are happening. Graduates are getting ready to begin that new journey of their life so let’s pray for their safety.

Now temperatures are climbing and families are thinking about summer activities, planting gardens, fishing, camping, and planning vacations.

Some people will be moving over the summer and starting new adventures in their lives.

However, there are those whose lives change very little and that is the disabled.

Now I want to address the disabled because I am seeing so many ads on how easy it is to get disability once you reach fifty-five years of age.

I am here to tell you that is not true. There are some rules that have changed however you can still planning on being refused at a minimum of three or more times.

There are some simple guidelines one should follow

1. Apply as soon as you can no longer physically work
2. Upon first rejection hire an attorney who works only with disabilities and social security.
3. Make sure you have lots of medical documentation and a doctor that understands how to fill out the paper work.
4. Write your congressman before you lose your home, car and personal belongings.
5. Don’t expect everyone to do the work for you.
6. Fight for what you deserve
7. Make sure you have worked with Vocational Rehabilitation or it’s an automatic rejection
8. Don’t give up because that’s what they want
9. Plan! Plan! Plan!
10. Find someone to help you if you don’t know what to do.

Don’t apply if you can work because the longer you work the more you put into Social Security and the larger your check will be when you need it.

It is important that we all understand the importance of not taking advantage of the system. When we do that we drain the account so that it isn’t there later on.

Take pride in working and work as long as you can. However, when you no longer physically can work take the steps that are required to assure yourself of an adequate living.

Cut back on extra spending. Learn to live modestly and within your means. If you don’t have the cash don’t purchase something you can’t afford.

Don’t listen to ads that make it sound like everything is free and easy and your ship has come in because they are misleading you.

Respect the disabled and those who need the help. After all their life has been affected the most by being disabled.

Do what you can to keep active and have a positive attitude. Don’t let the world beat you down. Enjoy family, nature, hobbies, and simple entertainment.

Whatever you do I wish you the best and if anyone is having difficulty getting disability let me know and I can guide you through the process. Remember lawyers are in it for the money. I get nothing from it.

So now that I have posted about one of my concerns I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

So until next time 🙂

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May 30th

Hello everyone hope everyone is fine on this blustery day 🙂

Now if Murphy’s Law could be tattooed on my back it couldn’t have any more of an impact than what has been going on lately.

Extra bills this month with Car Tags and incidentals.

My sons unemployment ran out and there is no more. Then he lost his driver’s license and you can’t even get work with out an Identification.

Replacement’s are now up to $15.00 .

My check was spoke for and is gone.

Food ran out except for all those extra cans in the cupboard that need something else to go with that you don’t have.

Then to make matters worse the cats have been fighting all week and I’ve had to get on them.

This whole week has had me major stressed out not to even mention I didn’t have the money to order my newly published book.

Now I have always believed that when things get at there worst the Lord will come through for you.

Facing my house insurance and my car insurance and the car tags without any money. I prayed and prayed that my state reimbursement for groceries would come. I don’t due taxes since I’m on disability and even though I have my books I haven’t made enough for it to be a problem yet.

For three days I prayed and that was before I realized my son had lost his license I thought he had found it and everything there was okay. Last night I prayed extra hard after he told me he didn’t have it.

Well today guess what was in the mail? It was enough to cover a replacement license, tags on the car and the car insurance. Now he can go look for work.

I still have to worry about the house insurance but that is the smallest one and it is better to pay one overdraft bank charge than three. At least my bank gives that option.

Then today I found out that the two new books that I ordered will arrive tomorrow instead of June 7th. I have already sold them and mailed an invoice to the public library which would cover the house insurance. Let’s hope that check comes through right away.
I will be praying extra hard tonight for that and thanking the Lord for blessing me today.

I learned as a child the Lord helps those who help themselves and I keep trying. However, sometimes I just need a little extra help because society has a way of working against you.

However, I never give up as I have learned “ask and you shall receive.”

Tonight I am going to pray extra hard for my books and that my new book takes off. I have poured my heart and soul into all of them but this last one even though I didn’t tell all told much.

I am going to pray to be able to continue to have internet because I love my internet friends. However, if I have to put it on standby it will be for a short period of time.

Always know I will come back. I am going to continue to pray for my health and my sons.

Prayer to me is very private no one sees me do it but it’s between me and my Lord. Thank you Lord for being my best friend and walking with me through the good and the bad times.

Now on a different note: I also gave Baby my cat a bath today. This is a twenty-five to thirty pound cat that doesn’t like water and is covered in hair.

She is a very clean cat but I don’t know what she did Murphy’s Law was at it again as I was planning a bath for her on a warm day. However, today when she woke me up to feed her she smelled like she had rolled in the litter box. Oh my gosh. I don’t allow that smell to get out of control in the house. Yet here my house reeked. She couldn’t go in any room without smelling up the entire house.

I took my pain pill for my back. Then I prepared the bathroom and got the water ready. Finally she got curious enough to come to me so it wouldn’t be an exhausting chase. Once I had her I closed the door locking the other cat out so he couldn’t sympathize with her.
Now she was sitting in a sink of water and I had a lock on her where she couldn’t get away. Her nails are very long and that was my biggest worry but she doesn’t like to hurt me so she was very careful about that even though she wanted out and down. I had my container to use to rinse the soap off of her and even a stool that I could sit down if my back and legs gave out. Not having any cat soap I used my dove shampoo and continued to wash her. When I finally had her rinsed I sat her up on the counter on towels that were ready to dry her. She was once glad to be on the counter and allowed me to try to drive her for a few minutes. Then she had decided enough was enough and jumped down. By then I agreed with her and she now smelt good and I could let her travel through the house.

She spent the day grooming herself until I laid down to watch “Let’s Make a Deal ” and then she finally fell asleep on my lap. She has now forgiven me for the ordeal that she hates so much. No the male cat Skeeter is giving me the evil eye wondering when I am going to attack him. We will see if my back is up to it tomorrow. I can’t do both in one day.

After telling my son he said he would make sure to take care of the litter box and make sure it was clean as that is his job for living here.

Now as the day grows late I hope Murphy has gone to sleep as I have had enough this week.

It is time for some positive in my life. That’s why my sight is cjanasdreams. I use it when things are going well.

So think about how your day has gone and what is going on in your life and share it with others as it may give them a laugh, a smile or a brighter day.

I hope somewhere along the way I have brightened your day. At least now I can look out and see sunshine even if the winds are strong today.

So as I end my day I know that progress was made and I am thankful for that. Now I can continue the evening chores with peace of mind.

So until next time 🙂

May 28th

Hello everyone. I hope you had a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend. It was a time to remember those that have served us and our country as well as those we loved who have left this earth before we were ready.

It is a weekend mixed with joy, sadness, tears, and many memories both good and bad. However, somehow we always manage to appreciate this weekend. It brings families together and a renewal of memories and faith that we take for granite on daily basis.

Now we will be ready to move on into summer life and what it will bring our way.

Farmer’s will be busy working in their fields. Families will enjoy camping, fishing and BBQ’s.

It is a time to appreciate nature and family. Schools will be out and students will enjoy their freedom from books and studying.

Gas prices will affect travel and vacations. Hopefully there will be a drop in food and gas so that all may enjoy some summer.

My enjoyment for now is knowing that my book “Secrets Behind Closed Doors,” is now life. It is my forty-year journey of teaching. It shares the good, the bad and the ugly. I talk about the Beginning years of teaching when it was fun to be a teacher. I discuss the ending of my career and what literally chased me out of my career that I loved.

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I will be adding the book links this week but in the meantime you can contact me or go to Amazon.com.

I have already sold some books and they haven’t even arrived yet.

So as school ends for 2013 so does my career as told in my book.

I wish everyone a wonderful week . Stay safe and warm.

So until next time 🙂

May 24th

Good morning everyone 🙂

It has been a very busy month. When I haven’t been traveling for book signings and readings I have been busy working on my book “Secrets Behind Closed Doors.” It is a forty year journey of teaching experience. It is over three hundred pages and could have been more but I decided I had told enough.

The strange part about it all is that last night on the news the asked why “Teacher’s don’t want to stay in Idaho,” and what could be done to keep them.

Talk about timing. My book will go to the publisher’s next week. I have two adjustments on the layout and hopefully I can finish it today.

Yesterday I traveled down the road to Twin Falls and did a reading at the Heritage Assisted Living Center. They loved hearing the poetry and I felt so could when they clapped. It was a nice turn out and a pleasant day.

That is my first real reading exposure. I’m not use to reading what I write so I was somewhat nervous and tried to go back into my teacher mode where I am comfortable.

When we were finished we enjoyed refreshments and said our goodbyes and I headed for home just in time to beat the rain.

I was glad to be home as the traffic was horrible.

I get so tired of the cars that want to ride on your tailgate. I was going the speed limit of seventy five all the way as I had my cruise control set. However, it seemed like every time I looked in the mirror someone was about to enter my backseat.

I came very close to flipping someone off for pushing me down the highway but then I thought of road rage and I resisted but it sure stressed me out.

I took the back road cut off as soon as I could get off the free way and came into town from the old frontage road where there was no traffic and what a relief.

When I arrived home my son had dinner ready and I was glad to eat and be done for the night.

I did absolutely nothing after I got home except enjoy my cats and talk on the phone with my friend.

Now as we are entering Memorial weekend I am very happy to be able to stay at home. My sister was able to get the flowers on the graves at the cemetery last week before the snow hit. I always keep in touch with her to see that it is being done since I live out of state.

I will spend my weekend remembering all the good times with family and friends who have already passed over.

I will be thankful for the blessed memories that I have and I will remember the service of all our military families.

What a joy it is to live in a country where we still can be free to think about the things we cherish.

So on this memorial day whether you are traveling, camping, having a BBQ or just sitting at home give thanks to all of your loved ones.

So until next time stay safe and warm 🙂

 

May 12th

Hello I’m sorry I was gone so long but I have been so busy between book signings and trying to complete my manuscript I had to just ignore a lot of other things. “Secrets Behind Closed Doors” my forty-year journey as a teacher is now reading to start the layout on Monday and I should be ready to order the first proof book on Wednesday. Then I have The Burley Library Book signing on the 18th and the Twin Falls one at the Heritage Center on the 23rd. Then I may be able to catch up with myself but today is all about mother’s.

MOTHER’S DAY!

Mother’s Day brings a special meaning to me. Not only did we remember her as our mother but it was also her birthday. Now my mother came from a large family as their were thirteen children born into it although two died early on in life. Now, we didn’t live close to these relatives as they lived in North Dakota and we were in Montana. However, mom use to tell us stories about her growing up days and what it was like.

Mom was known for strict routine of what day you had to accomplish which chores. Monday and Friday were laundry days. Tuesday was finishing the Ironing. Wednesday and Thursday were either baking or going to town to pay bills. Saturday was grocery day and Sunday was church.

She never drove a car until her mid forties so she always walked to town through cold bitter mountain air.

Her day started early in the morning when the milkman delivered the milk as she didn’t want it frozen on the porch.

Then she’d heat up the house and start breakfast for everyone. Dad always wanted bacon and eggs and us kids were usually happy with cereal.

Then while we ate she put up our lunches and got us ready to send us off for the day. She always stood at the back door and waved as we headed off to school. Dad always kissed her goodbye as he left for work.

Frequently we’d come home to fresh-baked cookies, cakes, or donuts. She was a wonderful cook and you enjoyed everything she made. If she made anything using dough for pies or pasties she would take what was left over and make jelly tarts for our after school snacks.

She was remembered at Halloween time for her famous popcorn balls as they never got hard and she made sure to shake all the kernels out before making them.

At Christmas Time she would make a delicacy of every type of candy she could think of.

Her favorite snack came from the depression. She was known for having a late snack of crushed up soda crackers in a class of milk. I never cared for that but it was fun to see her enjoy it.

She was able to make meet stretch longer than anyone I have ever known of course we only had one man in the house and that was my dad. Being girls our appetites wasn’t like those of my boys.

She taught herself to sew to save money and became a perfectionist in her art of sewing. She made all of clothes growing up. I didn’t even know how to shop in a store for clothes until I was a teenager.

She always kept her home in order and her bills paid. She was proud of whatever she did. Her only activities outside of the home were Church and the Axillary for the Printers Union. She would attend the woman’s church meetings and exchange new recipes and then come home and try them on us. We never knew what she’d be baking next. However, her homemade bread was delicious. It always made the house smell so good and she would melt better on it and make sure we had a piece while it was still warm.

Mother’s are there to teach and guide you and they complain a lot along the way but they are the foundation that holds the family together.  When I lost my mother I realized that my best friend was gone. I realized that no more would we have those late night chats on the telephone or giggle over silly things. I realized that I now was the foundation for my family and I had to carry on alone. I didn’t like that feeling although I had already been a mother for years.

Now I look back at the women in my life. My grandmother, my  aunts, my mother, my sister, my friends and I think how important Mother’s are not only one day of the year but everyday of the year.

I applaud those who are able to be stay at home mother’s and do the hardest job in the world. After all no manual comes with children. No education in the world can teach you how to be a good mother because every one’s life is different.

So as we celebrate Mother’s Day and I remember my mother and her birthday may she rest in peace, let’s help those who are struggle and need someone to listen to them.

Let’s make the world a better place so all children want to honor their Mother’s on Mother’s Day and let’s remember to share love with all of those in our lives who we have been blessed to have and know.

Many people will be traveling on this day so I pray that you will have a safe and heart warmed journey returning safe to your loved ones.

So until next time 🙂