I started this blogging journey in December 2013 thinking I wouldn’t make it through a couple of months. Here it is a year later and I’m still here. Some months have been pretty slow posting wise, not so much life being slow. As a family we’ve been through a lot this past year. Dealing with the bullying of my grandson in the spring and then with finally getting the diagnosis of Autism. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome but due to the changes in the DSM-V he falls under Autism now.
Had a pretty quiet summer, got the pool up and working even with dealing with a leak in a new liner. Spent a lot of hours on the mower in the “back 40” from March through October. One of my favorite things to do outside. In the midst of all of this I started back to school, working on my Masters in Criminal Justice. It has been an interesting journey from May. Been on break with no classes since mid October but they start back next Monday, 5th. Transferred to Nova Southeastern in FL to finish. Pretty interesting class starting, all about Firearms and Ballistics and the other one on Forensic Science. Looking forward to these two.
Still hanging on to my insurance license, got too much time and money invested not to keep renewing it every two years and doing the continuing education. I am in the midst of working on my AFIS (Agriculture and Farm Insurance Specialist) designation, so I guess taking the third part of that course will be my continuing education this year, that and the Ethics class that is required.
Started by journey as a Jamberry Nail Wrap consultant in November. Funny thing, I’d never heard of them until August of last year when a Face Book friend had a Face Book party and then became a consultant. Wish I’d know about this company before. Pretty new, started in 2010 and growing fast. Check it out: http://www.eulasullivan.jamberrynails.net/ and anyone wanting info let me know. Cool nail wraps and get paid to have pretty nails. It’s only in the US and Canada right now.
Through all of this the last month has be trying on my health and dealing with blood pressure issues. I am hoping that things will settle down again when school starts back next week and one of the grandkids will be back in school. They have all been sick including the three year old. This crazy flu and respiratory stuff is nothing to mess with. If you are sick with this, go to the doctor, emergency room or something. Kids are dying from it, scary crap!!
If we could keep all the vehicles around here running it would be a miracle. Out of seven vehicles, three are down right now….OUCH that’s a lot of $$$$’s going to be going out the door.
This is about it for my crazy life. Striving to increase my blogging and writing in this new year and accomplishing much more along the way. With major home improvements looming on the near horizon it’s going to be a busy one.
The tree was decorated with the help of the three year old grandson. He was never happy with it, kept saying it needed more lights and things. So of course we kept adding and adding, but he was happy.
He said he wanted a winter wonderland with my Christmas houses, but of course he had to add a train. His big brother put his train up for him. I thought he was going to add some of his Thomas the Train trains to it but he didn’t.
On Friday after we got the decorations done it all caught up with me and I was sick. Blood pressure up very high for the first time in about seven years and on Saturday morning – it was bad- I spent 1/2 day in the local Emergency Room. Guess I have to deal with this crap again, and with classes starting back in a couple of weeks it couldn’t have happened at a worse time.
Even with the trials of Autism/Asperger’s being around, I am so thankful for my grandchildren to be as healthy as they are. I can always look around and see others that are not doing as well. Sometimes when the meltdowns hit we neglect to see the positives. I think that we sometimes let ourselves get overloaded with what is going on in our lives and forget that we have it so much better than a lot of others.
Merry Christmas to all!!
Capture a fleeting moment and experiment with blur and movement.
That moment when you know it’s gone from being silly to completely over the top.
In this age of social media, we hear the word connect more often, don’t we? Connect with us on Facebook! Connect with me on LinkedIn! Given what today’s technologies can do, it feels like the world is getting smaller, and we’re more connected than ever before.
There are many ways to interpret this theme: from a gadget to a handshake, from a bridge to a gathering among friends. What’s yours?
I had several different thoughts on this one, first about the Natchez Trace Bridge over Hwy 96 W in Franklin, TN – but then – what better way to say connect than a family tree.
What better way to connect – the family tree
Solitude – so many different aspects. Took a trip down the road today with my middle grandson. Looking around Franklin, TN at some of the things that he remembered and some of the changes going on. I’ve always loved the place where the Factory at Franklin is now. It was once the home to Jamison Bedding and years before that Dortch Stove Works. My husband worked there when it was Jamison Bedding 40+ years ago when I was pregnant with our first son.
Just another cog in the wheel of life
Now that Writing 101 is over where’d my motivation go????? First two Criminal Justice classes are finished and don’t have another one starting till mid-August. Guess I need to try to concentrate on getting some work done and trying to make some money somewhere here. Not going to do much today though. Going to take a day or two and just chill some.
What did you do yesterday to celebrate our Nations Birthday? I hope everyone had a fun filled day with family and friends.
Finally got the pool moved and patched and set back up and finished mowing the yard. Little grandkids had fun in it yesterday, which makes it all better when they have fun and laugh and play. Kids did fireworks last night and enjoyed themselves I hope. I was stuck inside most of the night studying and getting ready to take a final exam in one of the classes that ended.
I think I am going to go for a rambling drive after a while and take a few pictures.
Writing 101, Day Twenty: The Things We Treasure
For our final assignment, tell the tale of your most-prized possession. If you’re up for a twist, go long — experiment with long form and push yourself to write more than usual.
I have a lot of “things” that I treasure. A lot of collectibles that can’t be replaced etc. What I treasure most are the memories I have of my parents, my other family members that have gone on and of my children and grandchildren when they were little. I still have a small grandchild that makes memories for me daily and those I treasure as well. I think if we stop and look around us we will realize that it’s not the material things that we have that we should treasure. Yes, our possessions are important and most of us worked hard for what we have and as I’ve said a lot of what we have probably couldn’t be replaced. However, those things mean very little to nothing in the grand scheme of our lives. What means the most, or what should be mean the most is our families and our faith in whoever or whatever each of us believes in as a higher power. Speaking for myself, it is my family and my faith in God that I treasure beyond all else.
I have those “things” that I enjoy and like to have around – you know the sports stuff for us die hard, bleed blue Kentucky Wildcat fans or Tennessee Titan fans. Some of things grace my walls and all I have to do is look up from this computer and see the big blue UK logo or prints of football and basketball players. The Native American prints on my walls along with the pictures of my grandchildren, those are all things that are important to me but I can live without them.
At the end of the day what I treasure more than anything is when my grandkids tell me good night and give me a kiss and hug, those little arms around your neck make all the other crap worthwhile and can make a horrible day into a pretty good one.