Two and Six Going on Thirty

I spent 13 hours with a 2 year old, 5 were with her 6 year old brother also. A great day, lots of fun and hugs. What more do you want from a job? Fun and Hugs should be a requirement. So, I'm still watching the neighbor kids. Sweet, smart kids. Don't know when the mom will be out of rehab. What is the answer to drug addiction?      Jan

Weird Dreams

You all know about my weird dream life. Last night was something new. A tiger (VERY common in my dreams) had a dog that she carried on her back all the time. A Golden Retriever. There was a kitten, and there was something wrong with it. The tiger put the kitten in her mouth to carry it, (oh oh I just remembered seeing a tiger on TV move her cubs last night), so anyway, she was carrying the kitten in her mouth and she accidentally swallowed it! No S#*&! So I told the guys I was with (I was at work in a warehouse, where I work a lot in my dreams), I told them we had to get her (the tiger) to the Fire Station down the street, there was no time to call 911. So my friend ran to get his car, his girlfriend showed up, he was getting his car out and accidentally ran into her car which was in another parking space trying to get out. There were big flakes of white paint flying through the air.

So, lots of other stuff was happening with the cars and building etc...yadayada. We get to the Fire Station and I run in and tell them, and we bring the tiger in, and the paramedics squeezed the tigers tummy gently, and pushed the kitten back up it's throat and onto the floor. The kitten was alive, but they said it might have permanent brain damage and possibly be blind. I thought to myself that was okay, I would take care of it, but I was thinking what a lot of work and responsibility it was, but I was willing to do it.

Then it all just segued into common dream activities and places for me. An amusement park, big houses, walking along concrete, brick and grass hills, and going through this one house because it's a shortcut, yadayadayadayada.

Another dream last night had to do with HUGE Walls of Water. Tidal Waves. And me at the beach. That's a real common theme for me though. So, how are you?  Jan


Candidate Choice


Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this work are solely those of the author at this point in time, and may or may not be valid at a later date or a later hour. All material here is not claimed to be statistically nor even rationally true.

I don't know what I think about the presidential candidates. And I know I'm not alone. This is the first time I truly do not know who I want to win the Democratic nomination. At this point, it has to do with the vice-presidential running mate, which I don't know yet.

I worry that Clinton is not strong enough to handle the presidency, although of course there are so many support staff, she'd probably be fine. I liked Bill Clinton a lot, so I'm hoping there's reason behind me believing some of those same principles would be the same or similar.

I worry that Obama doesn't have the experience needed to handle a job of that magnitude. Being in the Legislature certainly doesn't necessarily qualify you for presidency. And just pure instinct...I don't know, I just don't trust him. No particular reason, and my instincts are often wrong, and would not prevent me from voting for him if he in any way showed himself to be qualified.

On the other side, I do think McCain has the experience and intelligence to be a good president. But, I don't agree with him on hardly any issues, so I can't vote for him.

And no, gender and race don't have anything to do with anything I've said. I won't hold being a white male against McCain, no matter how badly the current white male messes up.

I like as individuals all three. I am more afraid of war and terrorism than I am of poverty. I'm used to being poor, but I'm also used to being alive. As far as the issues go, I know what I want, but I sure don't know how to get it. After war and terrorism, I'm mostly concerned about health care.

I knew months ago exactly who to vote for, who beyond any comparison would make the best president. And if he will give us another chance in 4 years, I hope he runs again and wins.       Jan


I was going to post about ADD/ADHD, and started looking at my ADD articles, and well, I found some humorous stuff, but most of it's not really that humorous to me, I read these and usually just think hmmmm...yep yep yep while nodding my head. Yes, that was 3 yeps.

So, when I found the You Know You Have ADD when... thingys, I thought of these things that have happened to me, far...

I took two purses out today because I didn’t know what was in which one.

I often open the microwave to put in a frozen dinner and there’s a used-to-be-frozen dinner in there from 2 hours ago.

You can spot a lot of us by the coffee cups on top of our cars.

Here’s some “You know you have ADD when…” taken from various, umm, okay, I don’t remember which sites, I’ve just collected them. The first one, I actually wrote something similar a couple of days ago, because it was true!

You know you have ADD give in to the fact that you can't stand doing the same job for more than 6 months and become a "career temp" (5 yrs & counting...)

You know you have ADD literally can create 4 - 5 valid resumes reflecting your work history for the past 20 years, and no two are in the same field!

You know you have ADD ask someone the same question 6 times and can't remember anything but how funny they would look with a cow bell on their neck!

You know you have ADD start to clean out a closet and eight hours later it is more disorganized than when you began.

I've cleaned up my room so well I couldn't get to the door to get out. Many times.

You know you have ADD are channel-surfing on TV, with an open book on your lap that you are highlighting in two colors while listening to music, playing with the cat and talking on the phone, when your partner enters the room to ask a question and you get annoyed at the interruption!

You know you have ADD when...You have 3000 bookmarks in your browser.

You know you have ADD have more and better toys than most children.

You know you have ADD when...your mother clips Calvin and Hobbes cartoons to fill in the gaps of your childhood album

You know you have ADD when...You know you are a professional with ADD when you go to the supply room 6 times for a paper clip and never get it. (although you have brought everything else back, and have gone through the office refrigerator 5 times)

You know you have ADD can talk to someone for 15 minutes and not remember what the other person said, let alone what you said.

You know you have ADD change your order at a restaurant once for every other person in your party as they order, since what each person is ordering sounds really good at the moment. Wait-staff hate you. Then you always want to taste something off another person's plate, an

You know you have ADD dart around in traffic to avoid being behind a tall vehicle that blocks your view, then at the mall you do the same thing in crowds of people.


Temporary Employment Agency

On my resume, I'm going to put that I owned a temporary employment agency. I'm not going to put that I was my only client. The past few days I've been taking care of two neighbor kids. I've told the Mom for years if she'd go into rehab, I'd help her husband with the kids and all. So she finally did it last Tuesday, and might be there for another 30 days or so. I can't afford to not work, so the Dad's going to pay me, but don't know how much. I can still do some of my side jobs. So anyway, I haven't been on spaces much this week, drop in in the evenings and read a few blogs, leave a comment here and there, but I think about you all a lot. What's up with that? I thought a social network would feel quite detached, or I at least would feel quite detached, but you all are like real people. Go figure.

In school, in a couple of my classes, we had a class email group. It was part of our grade to participate and share opinions....some of us more strongly than others...  I loved doing that, but even though I saw these people in class twice a week, I didn't feel any ummm I don't know....friendship type stuff with them. Yep, I voiced my opinions loud enough to make A's. lol.

Weather's been like it's March. Warm in the 70's, cold in the upper 20's, windy, sunny, rainy, snowing, cloudy. You know, March in the mountains. Blooming: Redbuds, Dogwood, Bradford Pear trees, Daffodils, Hyacinth. Tulips are up but not in bloom yet. Oh, and the Forsythia, one of my favorites. Mountain Blue Birds are back, don't know where they go, but they come back in the spring, and even though there are cardinals all year long, there are two pairs who come in March every year. Seasonal ducks have gone north, we don't have a lot of different kinds in this specific area.

I came in from watching the kids and made chicken and corn in the microwave, poured a salad out of a bag, and grabbed a glass of water on my way through the kitchen. Plopped down in front of my computer and I just realized I haven't touched my food, and my baseball cap is still on. I need to breathe, lol, be back later.     Jan


So, nice weather, huh?


Good Afternoon,

It is quiet and peaceful here in my room, everyone is gone. These are my favorite times. I love to be by myself, and usually don't have the tv or music on, just like to have quiet. It's sunny outside, and 48. Yesterday was beautiful, it was sunny off and on all day, in between gray snow clouds. We had what I think was the hardest snow of the year, just pouring down, for hours. But very little stuck, because it's been in the 60's here and the ground is warm. I saw about a half hour from here at a higher elevation, everything was white, if I had known that at the time, I would have gone to get pics. I enjoyed being out running errands and shopping for Pat's Mom's 90th birthday in all the snow. Some cars had about 4 inches on the tops, more on ones that had been parked for hours. Weird, but normal March weather here. It's going to be 70 on Thursday they say. Last April, and a lot of April's, we have snow after sunny days in the 80's. I love the changing weather here. After growing up in south Texas and the coast of Florida, I have no desire to live where it's hot over 8-9 months of the year. I like a change, would like a lot more snow though. I spent a fall and winter in South Bend, IN, an hour out of Chicago, and not far from Lake Michigan. I quickly learned what "lake-effect snow" was, because you hear it every day. It's too cold there, cold from mid Sept. though April at least. Maybe somewhere in between would be good. I'm thinking a higher elevation in this area, maybe North Carolina, which is only about a half hour from here. Or further north in Virginia. Here is good though. Very good. Okay, I thought if I started writing, I'd think of something I wanted to write about, but I guess not. I should have a Seinfeld blog. A lot about nothing. But funny. I love Seinfeld. Still.          okbye   jan





I made cupcakes last night. It was about 9pm when I took some to my aunt. This morning, I took some to a couple of my neighbors. Sometimes the smallest things bring so much joy to others. My aunt and one of the neighbors live by themselves. They both were so happy they cried! Over cupcakes! I'm going to make sure I do more things for them. Having people bring cupcakes should be such a common occurrence that no one should be that surprised and touched by the kindness. I want to find ways to give a little more to others. And I don't mean this in a selfish way, but it makes me feel better than it does them, I'm sure. I also get a blessing out of doing things for others, I hope I remember that more often.

Hey, who else made Easter Cupcakes? What kind? I used a cake mix, made Chocolate Fudge ones and French Vanilla ones. But I made buttercream frosting for them, and colored some of it. Okay, that's really why I did any of this, so I'd have an excuse to use food coloring. And I have the same effect going on as if I had colored eggs. My fingers are still all different colors. And the countertops. And a couple of blue spots on the floor. And remember the white puppies??


I Missed You!

Hey! I missed you! I've had so much work this week I did nothing else. Have not even been blog-walking. Hi to everyone, I hope you have all had a wonderful week. I'm glad for the work and have another 6 days of long hours. Unlike the rest of you who come home and take care of kids and mates and animals and the house and the yard and bills and paperwork.....(okay, I USED to do that), I tend to come home and hide until time to go to work the next day. Just don't handle as much as easily right now, but I'm getting there! I'm off today and wanted to just say hi and ask you to not forget about me. I love the cupcake comments, aren't cupcakes good memories? I think we should all make cupcakes this week, even just for ourselves. Maybe there's a neighbor that would like one too. See you later, I'm off to see your blogs.     Jan



Do you know there are hundreds of cupcake blogs? I love making cupcakes, mostly because I love to decorate them. So I was watching Food Network last night, and there was a baking show on. And one of the segments was cupcakes and there was this cc recipe I wanted to try. So I go to the website and look it up. Then you know how that is...I clicked on a cc link or two and do you know there are hundreds of cupcake blogs? I am such an amateur cc maker and blogger, I was just blown away by the number of cupcake people. What is your favorite type of cupcake?      Jan


Perhaps an ADHD Day?


Okay, I'm not sure what happened. I have too many things going on to even list. I'm now eating lunch, and looking at the mess I've made. I have hundreds of books, assorted furniture to hold the books, a desk, lots of shelves, two computers and a twin bed on a high platform in my room. It is packed full. NOW, it also has plastic, newspapers, open paint cans, a roller and two brushes full of paint and a little tiny bit of room I've made next to a wall, with wet paint on it. Shhhh, no one else knows. I'm very happy. Maybe I've painted for so long, it takes the chemicals from paint on my hands soaking through to my bloodstream to feel happy. I'm sure my microbiology professor would agree that was biologically possible. (Probably agree I should be hospitalized. Immediately. And not for paint related issues, either.)

So, now I've got yet another project going on, nope didn't make a birdhouse yet, but the weather's prevented my setting my work area up outside for that. I do have 6 partial resumes made, and laundry going, and seeds planted in flower pots, and did I mention I took the door off the closet to make it easier to get in there? Hey, it's snowing pretty hard, and very windy. Not much sticking because it's been in the sixties. Where I live, it's about 1600 feet up, but it's a matter of about 40 minutes to be up where there's a couple of feet of snow. Maybe I could borrow a vehicle and drive up there. And then stop and play in the snow, and then I'd need a snack so I'd have to go into Mountain City and oh, there's the cutest little shop there, and and huh? Paint? Oh yeah. Gotta go paint now. I need a babysitter!!!!        jan   


Pat's Surgery Went Well




Pat had knee surgery today. The doc didn't know until he got in there what was wrong. She had torn cartiledge along with arthritis. I'm sure she'll post tonight about it. Everything went well, no problems at all. She's sleeping and I just put a pot of beef stew (her favorite meal) on. I'll make some cornbread in a little while, and maybe a cake. I think your supposed to have cake after surgery, right? I know I sure want some, and I wasn't even very close to the operating room. I had some fairly major surgery over a year ago, and she was really good to me. Then with my car wreck in October I was out of commission for a few weeks too. I rent a room here, and love to be by myself. Funny thing, after my car wreck I didn't want to be alone. I practically moved into the living room on the couch for about 2 weeks.

Pat's had 3 surgeries on her shoulders, so she's a pro at post-op healing. Her Puppies are going nuts not being able to jump around on her bed though! Sabi, the older dog curls up next to her and tries to take care of her. The Puppies do not do that. lol.            Jan


Birdhouses, painting and Chili's

Got to paint today. A little money and a clear head. I don't know which I needed more. I used to build birdhouses, and I think I'm going to start doing that again. I used to make colorful, tropical, beach bird houses, and people liked those in Florida, not sure if they will sell here. I mostly want to go into building 'real' bird houses. Do it the right way, with the bird's interests at heart, not gee this'll look cute in the back yard. I want to do both, actually. There's a farmer's market here that starts in May. I'd have time to get several built before market time. It's not enough for a full-time income, but it will help, and it's only on Saturday mornings. Then I could do a web site for them...hmmm.

It would combine my love of making things, painting, playing, nature, birds, and the important thing....I'd get to use power tools and paint every day. Yup, my kind of job. Construction work and cooking in restaurants are two of the things I can't physically do right now. I like restaurant work, but know I couldn't lift 40-80 pounds on a several times a day basis. Ditto waitress work. I've done every job in restaurants, servers usually make the most, sometimes more than the managers, and usually more than cooks. But it's too heavy too. And, I don't like it near as much as back of the house - kitchen. Of course, I washed more dishes in management than I did anywhere else. The kitchens, first thing  in the pilot lights, ovens up and running, coffee on. Good smells and the radio on. I love early morning kitchens. One of my favorite places to cook was Chili's. I cooked in 2 different ones. Both were spotlessly clean and used the freshest ingredients. I still love going to Chili's. It's my favorite overall restaurant, and I've lost count of how many I've been in, in many states. I was in the original one in Dallas years ago. Well, I'll be talking about chili cook-offs and Terlingua if I don't stop. Oh, I know what's going on, I'm Hungry! lol.  I'm going to go make...umm....nope not chili. But I do make incredible chili. I came home from work to eat lunch today, and I made myself a little steak and a package of spring vegetables, with asparagus and squash in them. I have half of the lunch left, be back later. I guess I might as well get the paint off my hands too. It's distracting me when I look at the keyboard. But we've been there before. lol.  Jan 

Here's a link to our Farmer's Market:



Happy Day To You

wow. I'm still not used to the online friend thing. Thank you so very much. You all are like a sunny day to me. Corny to say I know, but when it comes to making me feel better, that's how it is. I wrote my whiny blog and did not feel much better. I'm quite isolated and often feel alone. Then late last night and again just now, I came back and saw I was not alone. Not alone online and not alone in whining. This is amazing. I've been online since 1995. I've written programs in a couple of languages, I've made web sites for other people, I've worked in a lot of different tech support, network support, and sales departments, and I've fixed hundreds of computers. (I know that sounds like I know what I'm doing, but I just know how to find what I don't know.) Anyway, I've never had the people connection, and even online, you are more friends than most of the "friends" I've had. Thank you so so much.      Happy Day to All of Us!        Jan



Something is munching on my hard drive. I'm getting corrupted files and some sectors are having problems. I have not had this laptop a year, I got it last July. It's a Toshiba, and after having Compaqs/Hps for years, I have not been pleased with this one. Next one will NOT be a Toshiba.

So, how ya doin'? Is anyone not depressed? Is anyone full of energy? It seems like this time of year is hard on those that do have some depression. But, it is almost here. Spring. Sunny days and bloomin' flowers. I do okay with cold and snow, but once it turns drizzly and gray, I'm ready for a change. And I know, most people have it worse than me... we need the rain... stop whining... But no matter who has what wrong with them, no matter who's going through what, humans still have the capacity to wish things were better for themselves. If we didn't have that, if we didn't always want more, always want better, the species would have died out long ago. So there. I get to whine, only because I want to insure that the world keeps going.

The roses have leaves, many trees have buds, bulbs are coming up, I think Spring will be here tomorrow.           jan





1) Don't let worry kill you -- let the church help.

2) Thursday night - Potluck supper. Prayer and medication to follow.

3) Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.

4) For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

5) This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

6) Tuesday at 4:00 PM there will be an ice cream social.. All ladies giving milk will please come early.

7) This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the alter.

8) The service will close with "Little Drops of Water." One of the ladies will start quietly and the rest of the congregation will join in.

9) Next Sunday a special collection will be taken to defray the cost of the new carpet. All those wishing to do something on the new carpet will come forward and do so.

10) The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They can be seen in the church basement Saturday.

11) A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.



*The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.

*The sermon this morning: "Jesus walks on the water". The sermon tonight: "Searching for Jesus".

*Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

*Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jack's sermons.

* The senior choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir.

* Please join us as we show our support for Amy and Alan in preparing for the girth of their first child.

* The associate minister unveiled the church's new giving campaign slogan last Sunday: "I Upped My Pledge--Up Yours."

* 8 new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.