Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Dear friends

December 31, 2013



Dear Friends:

    May you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve! The afternoon so far has been good.  Mom is in much better spirits then when I left here yesterday.  She was very put out that I didn’t get the tea she wanted when she wanted.  She became verbally abusive and I got angry.  I have to admit it wasn’t long but it was nuts.

    Last night once I got back to the house was alright.  I got the dogs out a couple of more times and that was a bit much.  I have a feeling I hurt Preston’s feelings when I had to correct him about the pulling.  Let’s just say by the end of the night and this morning he cuddled.  I also have a feeling he may have peed in the bed.  So there is a strong possibility he wasn’t as forgiving as I would like.

I spent the morning with the pups until about 10:30 or 11.  I did some laundry and played with them in the living room.

On the way back to my house I stopped at the churches and got at least one calendar for Mom.  I found her in the back hall dozing.  I spent time chatting with her and then did some of her laundry. John came by for a quick visit and then she had lunch.  I went shopping at noon and got back by 1:30.

As soon as Mom is back downstairs I will head back to the pups.  I don’t think the rest of the night I will be doing much.

Have a great one.

Kate

Monday, December 30, 2013

Dear Friends

December 30, 2013



Dear Friends:

    Well as you can see I was able to write again.  I tried to write in bound book but I just couldn’t.     The whole concept of time seemed to be lost on me yesterday.

    I stopped at Micky D’s to get some dinner and then headed to the house.  I made a couple of attempts to walk the pups they were not having it.  I finally made them (especially when the rain stopped) around 9:30. 

    The rest of the night was a lazy night.  I spoke to Jim on the phone and made a couple of text messages to Lawyer Bob.  This morning was a fairly lazy morning.  I walked the dogs and spent most of it watching NCIS or something on the tube. 

    I finally got up and showered and came back to the house and talked with Mom who seems to be feeling slightly better.  She wants me to go to staples along with Trader Joe’s for her Tea.  I am also going to get snow boots.

I also have to get some cheese and crackers for Dave’s Party on Wednesday.

I need to get calendar for Mom from Church.

Well I have to grab something to eat and look at the cards and the do the shopping.

I will try and write tomorrow.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Dear Friends

December 27, 2013


Dear Friends:

Sorry for the absenteeism.  Nancy’s computer at the house is now uncooperative and I haven’t had much time to do much except for the occasional email check when I get back to my house.

    The last couple of days consisted of work, spending time with Mom and a lot of sleeping and TV watching and of course the dog walking.  

There have been times when I am seriously reconsidering getting dogs for the future.  The pups have been pulling a lot and it can be really painful for my body.  How can I do this in the future?  Not just for them but anyone who wants me to watch their dog(s).  How will I be able to do it for my own?  For the last couple of days I have had (what I consider) serious trouble getting out of the car from midday to the end of the day.

Mom and I have had a discussion about certain version of CReam of wheat cereal she was looking for and so I bought what I thought  she wanted she was insisting it was wrong and she knew what she was talking about.  Today I went back to the store to get it and the only ones   they had were the 2 1/ minute one.  Well a short while ago I was emptying the recycle bin for outside and I found the last box she had and it was the EXACT one that I had.  Mom had to concede that I was right and looked at me and said “Don’t you love it when you're right?” On the grand scheme of things no.   But is frustrating when she doesn’t listen and insists that I not stand what I know isn’t she doing the same thing?

Anyway, right now she is eating Wheatena (something I thought was being discontinued nationwide) that I bought this morning.  It sounds like she is watching TV too.
Well I Have to head back to the pups and get them their afternoon walk.  Its been raining and this should be interesting to say the least.

I may not be able to write tomorrow but I will try before the holiday comes by.

Kate.




Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dear Friends

December 26, 2013


My Dear Friends:

    Well today was very busy.  I had six hours to get the mail open and sorted and delivered and for the most part got it done.  I couldn’t do much of the re-address mail but that can be another day.  It was so cold in the office and I was drinking coffee just to keep warm.  I was able to chat (but not long with both Marlene & Susan) I talked with her as I was leaving for the day.  I will probably be hammered with Lockbox tomorrow.

    After work I headed to Milford.  I made the important stops that I wanted to and then I came back to the house by 3:30.  The time just seemed to slip away so quickly.  I got the dogs outside and they did their job.  I was getting a little annoyed with Preston because he kept pulling me and it was really hurting my arm and hands.  

    Once I was done with all that I relaxed and watched TV.  You know how was cuddly right?  Yep Preston.  I also was freezing so I have the heat up too.  I watched TV and made some calls.

    I had been calling Mom a few times to see how her legs were doing.  When I called at break time she said she was waiting to hear from the MD.  Her legs were swelling and Tess offered to get the meds for her.  She was sleeping when I got to the house this morning to get the rest of the garbage out.  

 I would later discover that we have mice.  Liz took care of it late this afternoon and has set the traps.  When I called Mom for the second time this afternoon she told me Liz was there setting the traps.  Later Liz and I texted each other and I finally called her.  I am really not thrilled to know that there are mice there.  This particular one apparently was sick and not afraid.   They caught it and threw it out so if there are anymore we have to check them.

Well there are a few more hours of the NCIS Marathon so I am going to watch them.  I think we are done for the night anyway.

After tomorrow I will be done and have a very long weekend.  I am so looking forward to that...

Kate

Thankful Thursday 12/26/2013

  1. I am thankful Mom is here to live life the way she wants
  2. I am thankful Mom was here to celebrate Christmas her way.  Quietly before anyone asks.
  3. I am thankful for my family warts and all.
  4. I am thankful for a job I love
  5. I am thankful for my friends.
  6. I am thankful for the volunteer organizations I belong too.
  7. I am thankful for the changing seasons.
  8. I am thankful for my health even though it scares me at times.
  9. I am thankful for the home I love.
  10. I am thankful the snow and ice were gone this week.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Dear Friends

December 25, 2013


Dear Friends:

    Merry Christmas everyone.  I hope you and yours have a blessed day.   My intentions were to go to 8:30 mass this morning but that just didn’t work.  My arms were not cooperating this morning so I decided to finish the laundry and walk the dogs and of course watch TV.  I still have to put together the gifts for this afternoon.  I am in a real panic because I can’t find Jim’s and Liz tells me that he will be here today!

I talked with Mom as I am typing this and she hasn’t been up long but is feeling better she says.  I don’t know if that means she is going with me this afternoon or not.  We will see when I get there after church.

I was checking Facebook and my cousin Joe sent me this link from the Piano Guys it is a classic and very beautiful. (I hope it works for you this way if not I will find another option).

Well I better get going.  I have those gifts to get together before heading to the house (I also could probably do it when I get home)  Speaking of gifts Mom told me what she was giving me for Christmas.  One of her cherished necklaces and she wants me to have it.  This is getting a little spooky as though she is preparing to give stuff away.

Well I better go...

Kate

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Dear Friends

December 24, 2013



Dear Friends:

    Well it is here!  The Christmas Holiday has arrived.  I am awake at 4 in the morning. Since I didn’t do any surfing last night of any kind.  The boys are sleeping in the bed room.  I think Preston is put out that I got up but I hadn’t checked on the mice brothers at all until this morning.

    Yesterday was not the best day.  I got on Mom’s proverbial shit list when the room wasn’t cleaned enough for Olivia to do the job.   Mom was starting to get obnoxious and so I hung up on her.  I still do not understand the concept of cleaning the house before the cleaning lady comes.  It is a freaking waste of time, energy and fucking money.  I called Liz to tell her about it.  She was sorry that it happened but she repeated the same story (she has been doing that a lot lately I have noticed) she told me the night before.  Mom was still annoyed with me when I got home last night but she did tell me she still wasn’t feeling well and wasn’t sure what she was going to do.

    Work went okay despite my midday foul mood. The mail volume was light for monday and I didn’t get lockbox until near the end of the day.  The people who delivered it said that Fedex had more important Amazon packages to deliver then our lockbox. That means I will have lots waiting for me on Thursday.

    This morning I will probably work on my holiday cards and get people’s presents ready for each celebration.  I do have to stop by the Veterinarian for Packy’s pills.  I really should have been doing that yesterday or earlier.  Then I will go over and get my outfit ready and then leave for Liz and Nel’s for a while.

    It might be another early night for me and the boys.  Wehn I got home last night I walked the dogs and one of them did their job but I didn’t have a bag.. It was quite interesting watching me do this.  It actually was disgusting but i washed up real well.  I got really cold and achy for a little while and so after they were fed and I got fed I went to bed.  As soon as the sun is up i will walk them.  They haven’t been out since last night.

I am going to go back for now but will check in later...

Have a great one.


 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Dea Friends

December 22, 2013



Dear Friends:

Good Afternoon!  I am with the pups and they are fine.  I have been here nearly an hour or so.  The first one to come greet me surprisingly enough was packy.  I had to go to Preston and chat with him and he sort of growled at me.  Once I said time to go out they both came running.  I took them on the beach where we walked around on the sand a house or two down and they both did their job.  Got to do that more often!  While we were on the beach I noticed some ducks move quickly into the water as we were nearing their territory and they moved quickly out when we headed back home.  They are both in the bedroom sleeping.  

I am surfing the net as best as i forgot my password directory. I actually will have to go back home later after I do more shopping.  My first stop will be to Lassie’s Restaurant for Liz & Nelson’s gift.  I will get Chris’s on the way home from work tomorrow and get Mom’s today as well.

I got up around 7:30 and started my day.  I ended up having the runs and got cleaned up and showered.  I watched a hair of tv and then got Mom up for her meds.  She seemed okay when I left but according to Jim she was crotchety.  He called her a little while ago...whoo boy.

I had gotten a call from her to have me get her a few things before I came home.  I told her I talked to Jim and he said they spoke.  She definitely didn’t want to talk about it so we didn’t.  While I was talking with her I made a list and then got dressed.  I headed to Grocery store got the items and then made a stop to the restaurant.  

When I got home Don came to me.  He had a Christmas gift for us (chocolate) and we talked about the email I had sent him before I left.  He then told me about his co-worker.  Then he told me about what will be his final day of work tomorrow.

When I got inside Mom had been lying on the couch. I put away the things I bought and emptied the garbage and took some vegetables out for her to cook.  She had made plans to make eggs.  We discussed Christmas presents and we decided that I would go to Savin Rock tonight and get the gift cards instead of tomorrow.  It was much better to do it tonight.  

I got some clothes together said Good bye to Mom and did some shopping and then came back here.  I walked the dogs and then fed them.  We had been watching TV and now relaxing.  I did get a few cards done but I just don’t want to now.

Liz sent a text message and told me she and Mom had words and Mom became agitated and abusive to Liz.  Of course this was BEFORE I got there.  Mom was fine with me.   Liz was afraid she would take out her anger and frustrations on me after the fights with them.  I am not going to let her.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Dear Friends

December 21, 2013



Dear Friends:

Well its Saturday and I have been awake a few hours now.  I did some laundry paid shared expenses and surfed the net and answered emails and watched TV.  But I felt I wasn’t getting a lot done.

I went to bed around 10 last night and slept for the night pretty well.  My wrists are hurting and so is my left arm.  I have taken Tylenol so hopefully it will be okay.

I had to make some early morning phone calls just to make sure I knew where cousin bill was coming.  As the morning wore on I talked with Nancy and Patrick and they gave me the skinny on little Packy.  Liz called around 10 and said she was on her way to pick up Mom.

After talking to Nancy about Packy (giving him wide berth when he is starting to growl) stuff like that I headed to the store to get a few things.  As I was leaving I saw Neighbor Kim and when she asked me how Mom was I explained to her the story.  She sort of figured something was up.

I made a stop to D&D for coffee and then headed to the store.  I bought the necessary items Mom wanted and I bought some unnecessary stuff. Two cans of frosting.  That’s it nothing else.  I started eating one of them and its sort of almost empty but I might go and eat some more.  Anyway as I arrived Liz called and told me she was on her way to pick up Mom.

So I made sure things were done.  The laundry in and out of the machines, got the ice away from the driveway (she still walked on ice when she got here).  I also watched TV and paid some more bills.

Anyway it was nearly 1 when they finally got here.  We got her inside and she  literally sat down exhausted.  I started getting ready for the errands I had to run and Mom fell asleep and Liz puttered around.  I would imagine the hours I was away were more than stressful.

I had to drop off the prescriptions that Mom needed to take and that took so long.  It was crazy out there.  Yeah I know but it had to be said.  I got to the Nursing home a little after 1:30. 

The Gift Delivery was great except that PJ was demanding we help her bring residents down for a musical program.  I spoke to her about it.  Next time she is rude like that to either Telka or myself I am going to discuss it with Natalie.  The gift delivery was great did I say that.  People got all excited to see Santa and the elves.  It was great even though it was really hot in the building.  We took pictures of the group through out the delivery and at the end.    We were done just before 3. 

Telka and I chatted about stuff in general.  Then we took off and I headed back to Costco.  The lines were still pretty long but this time there was an employee directing traffic.  I went in got the prescriptions and out I went. 

A short time later I got home and Liz was still here.  Mom was showering and Liz was puttering around the kitchen again.  Cousin Bill came over and so did our friend Tess while I was out.   My supper had arrived so I at that and had more a couple of hours later.

Mom came down had some tea and was looking at her meds and getting really obnoxious with Liz.  You see Liz was trying to get it all set up so all we had to do is give it to her at 9 when she was in bed.  She was adamant that she was coming down for them.  When the time came she asked me to bring it to her.

Other than writing a little I spent most of the night watching the TV and not doing much of anything else.  I will have to do it tomorrow afternoon.

In the mean time I need to get some rest…

See you tomorrow.


Kate

Friday, December 20, 2013

Dear Friends

December 20, 2013


Dear Friends:

    Has it been two days since I really wrote?  Regretfully it has.  It has been very hectic and very busy and right now I am not up to doing much.  I will have to though.  Let’s see where did I leave off last?

    Mom has now been in the hospital two days.  She had the stint put in late yesterday afternoon and already is doing better according to the doctor and of course Liz.  While Mom was in the surgical room we all gathered in her room and waited.  Once she was settled into her room again we left just before 8.  She was pleased to see us altogether.  She slept well she said when I saw her at lunch.  Jim was there and after I got to the room he took off for here.  I spent some time with her and Tessa and then when Mom was getting sleepy we left.   

    When I got there after 4:30 again Liz was there (she had called me earlier to tell me Mom’s room had been changed)  she was having IV’ infusion when I arrived as well.  She seemed like she was getting tired just as I got there.  I stayed with them until 10 of sox.  We talked aobut different things. 

    I think it was nearly 7 when I got back and Jim was getting ready to head back to PA.  He is taking a friend  to Baltimore at Christmas but he will be here after that.  He was not pleased  when I told him I would be house sitting all next week.  He immediately called Liz to discuss it.  Mom told him and Liz adamantly I am to do what I was supposed (take care of the dogs)
Since I Have been home tonight I have had dinner, surfed the net and showered.  I have made a grocery ist of a few things that Mom wants when she gets home.  I will get those in the morning while doing any and all last minute shopping tomorrow before I go To the gift delivery.

    Well I just got a call from Liz it looks as though there is a strong possibility that Mom will be here some time after 12.  We will have a visit from my cousin Bill who is currently visiting family in Massachusetts.  We are trying to figure out just how he found out as none of us posted anything on Facebook, or twitter nor did we send out mass emails.

    Well I have more laundry to do before she gets home tomorrow (not a whole lot but I don’t want to be doing it when they arrive tomorrow).  I may also write out long over due Chrstmas cards.  For those of you who have sent ones I thiank you and I will be sending them soon.  I mean actually I do have five days still!

    My Thankful days:  I am thankful Jim made it here safely and will be traveling safely home.  I am thankful Mom made it through the procedure and her numbers returning to normal.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dear Friends

December 18, 2013


Dear Friends:


    I am thankful that I was able to get out of my driveway.  I had a late start and it took me a few minutes to get out.  The drive in wasn’t too bad.  The traffic was slow but the roads seemed clear.  

I was so tired today and still had so much to do.  I was hoping to get more shopping done by tonight and get the garbage out but something changed.

Mom got a call from the oncologist/Hemotologist (Dr. Lu) he told her to go to ER at the hospital in New Haven.  It seems the liver was starting to go bad.  He wanted her to have a Ultrasound.

So as we were discussing it the option of having me go with her while Tess drove her liz arrived.  That was bizarre to begin with.  Mom didn’t realize she had been talking to Liz.  Anyway after some phone calls and discussions with M&T, and my crying.  Liz took her to the hospital.  She called me twice the last time was a few minutes ago.  Mom is in her room I think and will have surgery tomorrow to put a stent in the liver.  It would seem the tumor is pressing on the liver.

While they were out I did some shopping.  I needed to have it done for tomorrow.  I came home after the errands and had dinner and finished emptying the garbage and recycle and watched TV.

Now I am going to bed.

Dear Friends

December 17, 2013




Dear Friends:


    I am going to do a quick Daily thank-you that I will add on to my Thankful Thursday list in a couple of days.  


    I am thankful I was able to get to and from work safely.  Today was the storm they had been predicting for a few days.  For some it started at 7 am I was leaving by 7:30 so it had been going good by then.  Luckily most if not all the schools had been closed for the day.  This should make parents and kids thrilled to death now and later.  How was this affecting me?  The drive in wasn’t bad.  The ride home took me nearly an hour.  I was going 20 miles an hour all the way home.  Avoiding the major highways.  The only problem I have now is trying to get out of my driveway.   I am stuck in the driveway and I tried a half dozen times to fix it.  


    As you can see I abruptly ended last night’s entry.  I wasn’t able to finish it until tonight but I also not in the mood to finish it.  Mom and i had another argument over a twitter post I made during the weekend.  It was to the Woodmont CT and read something like this:




Anyway, Mom felt it was being mean to the contractor and that I should apologize.  We started yelling and she was calling me names.  I am not going to let her insult me.   I just didn’t feel like writing the rest last night.   Like I said yesterday the whole plowing thing was resolved with the men coming and doing it last night and apparently tonight.  When I got home tonight though things seem fine.  



Work was fairly quiet.   There were only two people in my immediate area.  NIamba and me.  The other half of the team that was here was in their new area.  Don’t make me explain its late and I am tired.  If the weather is holding out tomorrow we should all be present and accounted for.


Mom was working on the last of her Christmas cards when I got home.  She was n’t feeling great and was cold.  She defrosted macaroni and cheese and cooked it up for our dinner.  After dinner we did our own thing.  All I did is watch TV.  I was just too tired (and probably lazy).


Mom says Jim is coming up on Thursday.  That’s great news.  It better not be to referee and tell me things to be hurtful and annoy me.  He will be here at night.  He plans on staying for the holidays.


Okay I need to go to bed.  I have to get up early for work.


Kate

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dear Friends

December 16, 2013


Dear Friends:

    It is has been a morning.  My intention was to get up and out of the house by 7.  I wasn’t as successful.  I ended up staying in bed a little longer than I should have and I did iron but I didn't leave until way after 7.  I managed to get to the office way after 8.  TRaffic was bottled up by the garage as usual.

    I got to work and helped Mama Joanie with something and that got to work.  Started on the postage stuff from friday and then worked my way to the lockbox that came a short time later.  The Post office mail came but it was heavy so I spent most of the day on that and will have to finish the lockbox tomorrow.

    I heard from my friend John B he looked into the situation with the plowing and said the construction company is responsible to get the driveways and street cleared until the project is done.  They were also told to get a machine in here to get it done until the winter and project is done.  They are supposed to come tonight.

    I am relieved that I actually got to the bank today to pay for this Thursday’s luncheon.  I was tempted to put it off until tomorrow but it is supposed to snow tomorrow and I would rather not go out into it if I don’t have to.   If it is really bad I am not going to work either.  Well I will have to see what its like tomorrow.

    Here is my daily 30-days of thankful:      I am thankful for the volunteer organizations I belong to.  At one time I belonged to three Volunteer Organizations.  One was  an organization that not only provided opportunities to have affordable housing  to towns based on income it also allowed members to be involved from the ground up.  They were taught the funding, the building, all of it.  I was a part of that as well.  It was for low to mid income.  We nearly almost had one here but it never came to fruition because of sites and opposition.  We had the funding but it just never worked out.  The other two Volunteer Organizations I am still a member of.  

One is the  GFWC Milford YOung Woman’s club. and our local Town committee (Democratic).  IN 1995 a woman approached me asking if I would be interested in joining a women's Volunteer organization that was starting up in town.  We would be a part of a state Organization as well as International Organization .  Both  a long tradition of Women’s Volunteering and community SErvice.   WE have done a lot for the city of Milford, and I have made a lot of friends and met people with the same goals in life as we have.  

Well  I have some stuff to do so I am going to close out...

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Dear Friends

December 15, 2013



Dear Friends:

    We had a power blip about 4 am this morning  or longer because the computers had to be rebooted and logged onto and the electric clocks were blinking and the cable box was re-setting itself.  The snow and or rain stopped sometime after 2.  Yeah I was awake at that hour.   Apparently we had another power failure just before I got home from bingo this morning.   I am thrilled to report that it didn’t last long.

    I left the house around 10 or so after taking a half hour to clear off the car.  I think there was an inch of ice on it and I almost ripped the windshield wiper blades when I used them to move the ice.  I also might have done damage to the seal for the windshield it self. 

    Bingo went well.  Angela was there for staff members and she was serving coffee when I got there.  I got out of the boots and switched shoes and started setting up.  We started playing around 10:30.  Even though I have played at that time before it seemed much later than usual.  We did play until 11:30  and then after cleaning up and chatting with Claudia I came home.

     After pulling into the driveway awkwardly Neighbor Don informed me we had just lost power-again.  We talked about the road and weather (our street looks really bad)  WE agreed it should be okay if it doesn’t get too cold over night and it melts. 

    When I came in Mom was trying to cook apple sauce.  She was a little concerned and I told her we didn’t have any power.  She had to wait a little while before it came back on.   She is preparing our dinner for tonight pork and rice. 

    Despite her getting a good night’s sleep she is not feeling well again.  The itching has subsided thanks to the benedryl medicine but the condition she has is becoming more aggressive.  She is concerned that this is coming faster than we expected.  For now she is going to lob around in her pajamas.  Dinner for all intensive purposes is ready and just needs to be cooked.

    We did talk about Christmas.  For example what will Lliz be doing?  We think nothing much so we probably will hang with Ethel that night.  Mom is going to call her and find out.  Jim will be joining us again this year.  

    I told Mom about the gift suggestions that Liz had for her and her kids.  She thought they were all good suggestions except for the gift certificate to Lassie’s Restaurant.  Anyway, we are planning to take Audrey and Jason (I am guessing) to see Annie in Bridgeport sometime.  It should be fun.

    Well I am going to go write some letters to Mary in Australia.  I also need to start doing something about the Christmas cards before it gets really late.  How are you all doing on the Christmas/Holiday shopping?


Before I go here is the daily Thankful for today:  I am thankful for a home I love.  Fifty one years ago my family moved into a 1920 conventional 2 story  3 bedroom home.  When I was born and when I was younger I thought the house was big.  We had 7 rooms all together.  Over the years there were renovations.  We made the dining room and Kitchen we added a room to the back and I had discovered in later years it wasn’t that big.  We have a marshlands in the back that provide beautiful sunsets and frequent birds flying around.  Sun rises and moon rises are incredible. 

    This house has seen a lot of things over the years, happiness, sadness, sickness, death, and accomplishments.  That’s why I am thankful for a home I love.

Well I am going to write that letter..

Kate

Dear Friends

December 14, 2013



Dear Friends

     It is after 8 and it is still snowing.  There was indeed a lull in the snow fall earlier today and Mom took the opportunity to go out and do a few errands.  While she did that I managed to shovel the sidewalks.  A lot of good that was considering its all covered again.  I will have to do it again tomorrow.

    Other than laundry, the sidewalks, and attempted to help with dinner I haven’t done much.    I did start letter to the kids but haven’t gotten far.  Mom took a nap this afternoon after she took some antihistamine.    Now I think she is watching TV or the TV is watching her.

    As most of you have noticed today was the 1 year anniversary of the Newtown Shooting.  Many places around the country marked in many different ways.    As we remember that tragic day a horrible and deadly replay happened  in Colorado yesterday.  My heart and prayers go out to those families who were subjected to this horrible event.

I hope it wasn’t any where near my friends and family that live in Colorado.  I would get really worried.  Well in Kristina’s case she is 108 miles from it while Miriam is about 40 minutes north of the town.

    I managed to get two of the emails this weekend to the kids  I am probably going to wait to get Kristina’s out tomorrow.  I need to go to bed.

Have a great one.


Kate

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Dear Friends

December 14, 2013



Dear Friends:

    Greetings from snowy Milford.  The snow came bright and early this morning and by noon time it slowed up.  According to weather.com we are supposed to get snow all day and it will turn to rain over night.  It amazes me how quickly the weather changes constantly.  Here I was all set to settle in house for the weekend and I may have to go to bingo tomorrow after all.

I slept in this morning until about 9.  I was glad because I needed after what I consider a long week.  Between work, shopping, extracurricular activities.  Since I wasn’t going out today I thought it would be good.

Mom got up and has been doing various things.  She is having severe itching all over her body (mostly likely due to the medication she is on) and it has her on edge.  Which would explain a lot of agitation.  She will be calling the doctor about it sometime.  As long as i know that I will try and be a little more open to things.

Since I have been up I have been doing some laundry, writing letters, and updating budgets, Christmas lists, and a little TV watching.  My intention this afternoon is to get a lot of cards out. I may not be able to mail them but I will get them done.






BEfore I sign off for now here is my daily Thankfulness:  


I am thankful for a job I love.

Twenty one years ago I was hired at a major University in the medical school as a file clerk.  Mom had been working part time and I had graduated earlier that year from college so I had been doing job hunting in between temp assignments.  She came home one night and told me I have a job at OPS.  I would be starting the next day.

I met Gerraine the next morning and we discussed my job duties and about everything else that entailed file clerk work.  Three months later I was hired as a full time and made permanent a year later.  It was put on hold as the first of many labor disputes I would participate in began and they wanted to protect me on some level.  in October/November of 91 I became a permanent employee and became a strong union member (no choice really).  

As the years passed and Gerraine retired I was placed under the guidance of many other managers and supervisors.  They placed a lot of trust and support in me which I am eternally grateful for.  There was  a short time where my hours were reduced and when the position I currently have now became available I took it.  In OPS/PFF I became backup mail clerk/file clerk and now full Mail clerk.  

To some it may be a menial job but there is some brain work to deal with it and there are constant changes to it.  I make sure the documents and mail go to the correct people and if it changes I keep on top of it.  I have made many friends and have seen many changes over the years and I wouldn’t change it for the world.




Not doing very much this morning