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.
Posted in Autism, children, Family, Farm, fun, grandchildren, Holidays, memories, RandomRamblings.., Time
Tagged anxiety, Family, farm, grandchildren, home, life, Random Ramblings, wishes
Colors can stir emotions within us, tell stories, and transform our images. Today, use one color to add life or drama to your shot.
This shot is of the ticket booth at the old drive in on Hwy 50 in Lewisburg, TN. It’s closed for winter and looks so desolate and abandoned. Took a shot of the sign at the entrance also but the color on this one really stands out.
The following photos are of the sign and the concession stand area. They all have the pops of red.
Posted in Fall, Farm, NaBloPoMo, Photo101, Photography101, RandomRamblings.., Storms, TN, Water
Tagged children, Family, farm, grandkids, life, photo101, photography, Random Ramblings
My how the world has changed over the last 45 years. Yep, this year I have been out of high school for 45 years, graduated in 1969. Thinking about a couple of school reunions coming up in the next two months made my mind drift back to all the things we did (or didn’t do) as teenagers and young adults. We didn’t have a TV until I was a senior in high school so there wasn’t a lot of TV watching at my house. I listened to the radio a lot –
Burnt up a lot of those small transistor radios listening to WLS Chicago. Played a lot of records 45’s and more on the little portable record players. We thought we were on top of the world if we had a portable record player that we could grab up and take from room to room or even outside. Then it was the 8track players, then the cassettes, then the cd’s and the Walkman and on to the MP3’s and IPods.
Now if I want to walk on the treadmill I just plug my phone in and play music through the speakers on the treadmill. Yep this is my next phone, just ordering it…. The Amazon Fire.
It’s pretty amazing that this little phone can do everything the big IBM computer I worked on back in the early 80’s could do and SOOO much more. Hard to believe all the changes just in this little bit of technology.
The changes at the schools I went to are sad in so many ways. The high school in Park City, KY is no more, torn down and only an elementary school there now The school I graduated from in Leipers Fork (Franklin, TN) is gone for the most part, office is gone, home ec building is gone. Cafeteria and gym and a few classrooms left now. That’s where we have our reunions and remember that no matter how bad we thought it was back then, we really had it good and were too young and foolish to realize it.
Don’t get me started on the cars, used to be able to fix a car with your hands and a few tools. Now it’s mostly computers running them to and you need a degree to figure some of it out along with specialized tools. Take a 2003 Dodge 1500 – trying to replace an oil pump takes an act of congress…. Well ya got to pull the front half of the motor off anyway and then there’s the three – yes 3 – timing chains. I remember learning to drive in a 1955 Chevrolet that seemed to stay broken down more than Jerry could keep it on the road running. Always seemed to be a problem with the gears and the linkage, etc. Wish I had that old 55 right now, it would be a lot better than the stuff we have around now. At least it wasn’t made of fiberglass and would take a hit without flying in 50 different directions. While I love the technology and what is supposed to be better on gas, it just doesn’t seem to make much sense some days. I paid $2.89 a gallon today for gas and that was with more than $ .30 a gallon off with my Shell Fuel Rewards card. That $ .35 per gallon is just a distant faint memory these days
Most of us had a pretty good childhood whether we are willing to admit it or not. We played outside without having to worry about someone snatching us. We had chores to do but we also reaped the rewards of hard work. Working in the garden, or tobacco fields or hay fields, taking care of the chickens, hogs, cattle, horses, etc. – it all had to be done and we did it and we played hard too. I don’t ever recall being bored and most of the readers of my generation will probably agree with me. Now all I hear out of my grandkids is I am bored, but they don’t want to work or do chores or do anything except sit on their butts and play video games.
I hope within the next year or so this will become a working farm. Fencing should be done by then and horses here as well as a few head of cattle, maybe a goat or two and some chickens. Definitely planning on a garden, need to become more self-sufficient for sure. Till then I’ll just keep my memories close.
See ya on the flip side, have a Happy, Sunny week my friends.
Posted in Class Reunions, Family, Farm, KY, Leipers Fork, Park City KY, RandomRamblings.., Time out, TN
Tagged blogging, bored, cattle, cell phone, changes, chickens, computers, dreams, Family, farm, fencing, Franklin TN, grandkids, Hillsboro High School, history, home, horses, Kentucky, Leipers Fork, life, memories, music, Park City High School, Park City KY, photo, pigs, radios, Random Ramblings, technology, telephones, Time out
Why is it so hard to sit down and write??? The words are there, I just can’t seem to make them go down like I want them to. I have been trying to focus on work this week and now trying to get into working on my novel. The novel is really a work in progress for sure. And, it is not progressing along very well. Maybe it’s just time to put it up again and start on another project that might be less painful. I really need to focus on something that doesn’t tear me apart inside when I get into it. Maybe this is not such good therapy after all. This is just not happening now. Moving on….
Posted in Family, RandomRamblings.., Time out
Tagged death, dreams, Family, history, home, life, memories, novel, Random Ramblings, Time out, wishes, writing, writing prompt
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.
Posted in Family, RandomRamblings.., Time out, Writing 101
Tagged blogging, dreams, driving, Family, grandchildren, home, life, love, memories, Random Ramblings, Time out, wishes, writing 101
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.
Posted in Family, RandomRamblings.., Time out, Writing 101
Tagged blogging, dreams, Family, grandchildren, home, Kentucky, life, love, memories, photo, Random Ramblings, Time out, treasures, wishes, writing 101