Friday, November 21, 2014


This has been a crazy day, with my day ending with my car key ripping a hole in the pocket of my jeans.  I'll take it, though, I was protected by a young man who almost t-boned my car this morning.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

New Halloween Tradition

Mom and I have developed a new tradition:  We sit outside on the driveway in front of the house, I bring a tv tray and, using my iPad, the two of us watch a movie while handing out candy and visiting with neighbors.  It makes for a wonderful evening.

Last night the movie of choice was The Ghost and Mr. Chicken starring Don Knotts.

Last year it was a spookier movie, The Lady In White.

Now the question begs, what should next year be?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Update 10-28-14

Just a brief update. The picture above was taken at the JC Penny salon where I have my hair cut. I had not been there since March (6 months) and my stylist took around 4 inches of hair off in most places. There was enough left on the floor to form a nice sized mustache.

 Later, after grocery shopping, I went to my dental appointment for the last of this latest round of visits. This was to put the last two permanent crowns in my mouth. I'm hoping I won't have to go back until at least next March (Spring Break), as I do need to get some more work done on my teeth, but I need to pay down the debt that this emergency created.

I'm planning on going to the Temple tomorrow and will try to get a few pictures while I'm there.

Friday, October 24, 2014


It's been over six months since Spring Break and around four years since I last took a week off of work.  Let me put it this way, the last time I took a full week off of work, it was having surgery to remove my ovary.  Yep, it's been that long.  Partly because taking time off at a school doesn't work very well with getting the job done.  The other part is that I simply can't afford any kind of vacation trip.

I'm taking a week off to get caught up with things at home, but also to try to recharge my batteries.  In short:  I'm burned out.

From work.

From caregiving.

From trying to squeeze time to run a load of dishes between work, Mom and Church.

Don't get me wrong, I love what I do at work, I love my Mother, I love Church.  It's just been too much with nothing getting done at home.

So, I'm taking a staycation, of sorts.

I'll be taking Mom to appointments she has made this coming week, I'll be taking care of appointments that have been long neglected for myself, and trying to find time to go to the Temple and do some writing.

Maybe take Mom out for a ride in the car, just to get away from things for a few hours.

We'll see what this coming week holds, but I'm praying for strength, patience and a little more serenity in my life.

Monday, October 20, 2014


I haven't made this since Decker passed away.

1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can Corn
Rice - add to desired density

Optional:  Cheese

iOS 8.1

A big improvement, but not fully there yet.

See if you can spot what is wrong: