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Bad Weekend

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Had an emoticon weekend last week when DH and I were blessed to spend 4 days with our grandson. Its been months since the little guy has been able to spend time at our house. And 4 days worth, well that was just FABULOUS! We went to the Atlanta Aquarium, Knoxville Zoo, ate Crab Legs at Joe's Crab Shack (The little guy is now officially known as THE CRAB MASTER), to see the movie After Earth, played in the rain (don't tell his mom), made chocolate chip pancakes, colored pictures galore, made funny videos, had a smash down with his cars, monster trucks and train, made up scary stories, and much more. FUN was definitely the name of the game! emoticon

While we were taking care of our grandson, our daughter was busy studying for her finals. And that proved to be successful too. She made the DEAN'S LIST once again. 3 for 3! emoticon She has finally made it through all of her core requirements and is now headed to Nursing School come Fall!! emoticon

Yet with all the positive, happy moments of late I am quickly reminded how fast things can change as this weekend in contrast is downright horrible. DH decided yesterday, unbeknown to me to... QUIT HIS JOB! His reason is there is a guy at work he can't seem to get along with. He now says he has no intention of returning to any kind of work. Our finances, without this job, are supported only by a small trust my husband receives which is currently tied up in bills and... debt. Debt, that HE created out of total misuse of credit cards. He told me for years we were fine financially, and yet behind my back racked up cards right and left that I didn't even know he had, to the tune of $80,000. emoticon We are 3 years into paying them off and have approx. 2- 2 and a half more to go. His job allowed us to do little extras (home repairs, movies, etc) that otherwise we wouldn't be able to do. Add to that the fact I no longer work due to chronic eye disease and worsening vision which has already robbed me of driving, teaching, bike riding, sports and more. Majority of things I do manage these days take extra time as well as I have to be so ridiculously close to see and pull off. Reading a bedtime story to my grandson isn't as easy as it once was. Even simple walking can be a problem. Hell have no fury like a step, rock, sidewalk crack or stick you don't see. So this new situation means A LOT MORE STRESS as well as no health insurance (something I have needed for years), no personal therapy, no additional nutritional counseling, not even a glimmer of hope for a 3 day beach trip this summer with the grandson and daughter, and who knows how S L O W the updating of the house will now have to become. It was already slow to begin with. DH knows full well we needed thus extra income and that his decision is going to mean the end to things we were planning, and yet he chose to do it anyway. He didn't even bother to talk to me about it. emoticon

The only good news to report is I am not binging. I am actually way too angry to even think about food. However I am considering whether I can dig a hole big enough and whether the woods behind my house are large enough to hide a body.

Just kidding! Maybe.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 7/5/2013 4:42PM

    emoticon no words. I hope you husband comes to his senses and makes it right.
In the meantime, stay strong and on track. You are worth it!

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IMAVISION 6/27/2013 3:56PM

    I am sorry that you have been faced with such an ordeal. Maybe your husband will see the need for the extra income & reconsider finding employment.

God bless!

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PMFISH 6/15/2013 10:44PM

    I remember those days when I wanted to kill someone and tell God they died, never did have any bodies to hide. I did shuffle a couple off to parts unknown and they will never darken my doorway again. I hear your frustration and hurt. Especially when you have been left out of life altering decisions. Glad you are not binging. Ask God for strength to get you through this trying time. Better yet tell hubby you expect him to come up with the answer to the problem. Hang it there. emoticon

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RURAL3 6/15/2013 10:29PM

    I am sorry to hear this. I have things I would like to say but it would serve no purpose. Are you sure he quit? You are in my prayers Sallie.

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LKWQUILTER 6/15/2013 7:09PM

    emoticon emoticon I have no right words!

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Monday, June 03, 2013

My grandson officially graduated from KINDERGARTEN today. emoticon Besides his diploma he was presented with 2 awards. BEST EFFORT and PRINCIPAL'S AWARD for consistently demonstrating excellent behavior. emoticon DH and I are so proud of him!!!!

The ceremony was awesome. The children did wonderfully and the songs they sang were really sweet. Afterward parents, grandparents and other family and friend went back to the classrooms for cookies and juice, to see various artwork that the children had done and to hear presentations from a few of the students. My grandson stood up in front of everyone and read a piece he wrote on what he wanted to be when he grows up. "A CAR ENGINEER SO THAT HE GETS TO GO UNDER CARS." emoticon I am not sure what happened to Fireman? Perhaps he put that ambition on the back burner for the moment. Nevertheless we all had a great time. I even received a personal thank you from his two teachers in appreciation for the treats I have sent in throughout the year. This was an unexpected but very much appreciated!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 6/12/2013 5:27PM

    Wow - what wonderful accomplishments!! Best Effort AND Principal's Award!! I see great things ahead for this young man. :-)
Love the pic, too!
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Sallie - I am just sure the teachers really loved having you and your caring, loving 'treats' as part of their school year. As you well know, being a teacher yourself, those little added things for the little ones make things fun and go a long way. And inside, your grandson feels extra loved and special that it is his Memaw who provides such lovely treats to his classmates. Anyway, I am glad they gave you a personal thank you for all your hard work!!
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Lastly, I want to say that I am sure that all you and your DH do for him contributed your grandson's excellence. This is one LOVED boy, and that shines through!

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RURAL3 6/4/2013 11:24AM

    congrats Memaw emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/4/2013 10:51AM

    What a thrill! I can sense the pride. emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 6/4/2013 7:54AM

    Fantastic!!! We had two grandsons in kindergarten this past year, I was so hoping that each of their schools would do some sort of graduation program... neither did/does!!! :) (I'm used to my school, where the little ones graduate with caps and gowns..)
Your grandson is as cute as can be.... what a blessing these little guys/girls bring to our lives!


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PMFISH 6/3/2013 9:48PM

    Precious boy! I know how you feel and it is GREAT!

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LKWQUILTER 6/3/2013 8:41PM

    Ya'll are mighty proud grandparents Sallie. emoticon

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Saturday, June 01, 2013

First off I am hoping this blog uploads as I have had great difficulty with this the past several days.

The nutritionist canceled the appointment I had scheduled with her this week and reset it for the 1st of July. Now I must wait until then to weigh in which will take an act of God to keep me away from the home scale but I will try!

In other news, DH and I are so tired! We've been cleaning, sanding and staining cabinets and floor to ceiling shelving all day. They look so good though and worth the hard work! Can't wait to tackle the rest! emoticon

Tomorrow we are headed to church in the am for the grandson's Soccer Awards Banquet along with the daughter, Dan, her ex, his wife and parents. Should be fun! Super proud of the grandson and the whole Cobra team. They ended the season UNDEFEATED!! emoticon emoticon

Monday, our grandson graduates from Kindergarten. emoticon Can't believe how fast this school year has flown by. He can slow down anytime now. emoticon It's been such a big year for the little man and the next will be bigger still with First Grade and all it has to offer, in addition to the baby brother he will meet for the first time come Fall.

In anticipation of the class party that will follow graduation Monday, I made up some treats for him to give out to his classmates and teachers. A simple, fast and inexpensive way to help kick off Summer vacation! Just 30 minutes and under $10 for 30 of them.

I also found a really cute idea on PINTEREST that I decided to begin for the grandson as well. I bought the book "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr., Seuss. I printed out an instructional poem, lamented it and attached it to the front of the book with ribbon. At the end of every school year from now until his HS graduation, his teachers and other educators (PE, Art, Drama, Club, Coaches, etc) will be asked to write a special note, memory, song, poem or other encouragement in the book. There is also room designated for Family and Friends to give their words of wisdom, a place for pictures, memorabilia and a special section for his own thoughts, dreams and visions of the future. I talked it over with the daughter and she was is very happy with this idea. I hope come graduation years down the road my grandson will appreciate the thought behind the gift as well.

Hope everybody is having a great weekend! Wishing all my fellow Sparkies a safe, fun and Sparktacular SUMMER!! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 6/12/2013 5:30PM

    You are always so amazing! So creative and thoughtful!!!
Love this book and your terrific idea of ho w to make it even more special!!
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LKWQUILTER 6/3/2013 4:19PM

    What a wonderful idea Sallie. Have a great summer.

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CATLADY52 6/3/2013 1:23PM

    That is a great idea! Have a great summer. emoticon

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A-Z About Me! (via HEALHTYSLIM2)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

If you read it ... you have to do it ... have a little fun!

A - Age: 54 years young emoticon

B - Bed size: king but downsizing to a queen soon

C - Chore you hate: scrubbing toilets and cleaning the cat box! Double YUCK!!

D - Dog's name: Cinnamon, our brown lab which the grandson nicknamed Meme, the runaway dog. No leash=a visit to every neighbor in sight to catch up on all the latest gossip. emoticon

E - Essential start of your day: stretching and prayer

F - Favorite color: blue

G - Gold or Silver: both

H - Height: 5'5"

I - Instruments you play: none emoticon

J - Job title: early education teacher (preK-3rd)

K - Kid(s): one daughter and one grandson

L - Living arrangements: 4 bdrm 3 bath house

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: five as a child, three as a teen, one in 2002.

P - Pet Peeve: people who pretend to be something they are not, rudeness/ bad manners

Q - Quote from a movie: "Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it or learn from it." Rafiki in "The Lion King"

R - Right or left handed: right

S - Siblings: 1 brother, 1 sister, both older, sister passed away in 2008

T - Time you wake up: 6am, if I am lucky enough to get to sleep.

U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": ukulele

V - Vegetable you dislike: beets and turnips

W - Ways you run late: husband

X - X-rays you've had: kidney, mammogram, dental, chest, sinus, arm, knees, elbow. Am I glowing yet?

Y - Yummy food you make: pasta dishes and desserts

Z - Zoo favorite: tigers and monkeys

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HEALTHYSLIM2 6/13/2013 7:06PM

    Thanks so much for playing!! emoticon emoticon

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MUFFINSKI 5/31/2013 2:38PM

    Nice blog and such fun too!

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IOEINC 5/26/2013 9:13PM

    That was fun!!! Thanks for sharing!!


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CHLOE453 5/26/2013 7:30PM

    emoticon This was such a fun blog to read....thank you for posting!!!

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Week In Review

Friday, May 17, 2013

DH and I have enjoyed seeing the grandson twice already this week. Wednesday, we took him after school to his favorite indoor play place where the owners have built a new super large Jungle Jim/ Clubhouse for all the kids to enjoy. Our grandson was over the moon at seeing it and played in it for hours. He didn't even miss one of the extra large bounce houses they needed to take way to have space for it. I talked my daughter into meeting us there so she could see her son's reaction to the surprise. She and I talked "nicely" together while my husband played with our grandson and she even showed me a Power Point Presentation on the Titanic that she did for one of her classes. She got a 96.8 on it! She also took the time to tell me that my grandson received an excellent end of the year review from his teachers. As a retired early education teacher and a grandmother to boot I really enjoyed hearing how well he is doing in school. And if all this wasn't enough shock to my system, my daughter even invited her dad and me to attend our grandson's Soccer Banquet on the 2nd. WOW! Now, I know all this "niceness" can and most likely will be short lived when it comes to my daughter but at this stage I will enjoy any break in the "drama" I can get. emoticon After the play place, DH and I took the little man to Applebee's for dinner before returning him home. All in all, it was a good day!

Thursday, the daughter texted us to asked if we could pick up her son again from school and take care of him until bedtime. She was on the way to the ER with a sore throat from hell, no voice and trouble breathing. Turns out she has a severe case of Strep Throat. She had to get a steroid injection in the back of her throat (OUCH!) to take down the swelling and inflammation and was prescribed a course of antibiotics. DH and I took our grandson back to the play place than to a nearby lake for a picnic dinner and to feed the ducks, geese and swans before heading home. I helped with his bath, story time and put him to bed. By this time our daughter had returned home with a very raspy voice but at least she has one now, and told us of her ordeal.

If we haven't been busy this week with the grandson, DH and I have been painting! The kitchen is coming along quite nicely. DH and I have finished the trim throughout the kitchen and laundry room which includes all the crown molding, chair molding, windows and doorways, doors and base boards. We have changed it from a medium country blue to white. It took 3 coats of paint with primer to cover the blue but it was worth the extra work. What a difference a color can make! The windows and doorways all look so much larger now. We are quite happy with it. Next up the wall color which will be "Westminster Gold" from Benjamin Moore. I will upload pictures but not until after the kitchen is complete.

As for today, I'm relaxing. I am a bit tired, not to mention SORE. So I am taking the day off. Tomorrow we will be off to the grandson's soccer game in the morning. Go Cobras! I hope my fellow Sparkies all have a great weekend. Keep Sparking my friends! WE CAN do whatever we set our minds to. emoticon

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LINDA! 5/18/2013 1:12PM

    It was a nice and busy week for you. I know from experience, there is always a spot for our grandchildren....anytime our children want us to babysit is just fine... emoticon

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SAILING2GOAL 5/18/2013 11:39AM

    Nice to hear you're having a good week. I'm looking forward to seeing the photos of the kitchen!

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IMAVISION 5/17/2013 7:07PM

    Sounds like y'all had an enjoyable week. I hope that your daughter is enjoying complete healing by the time you read this.

I am interesting to see your kitchen all finished. It sounds as through it will be quite lovely.

God bless!

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CRAFTINWIFE 5/17/2013 6:37PM

    emoticon Sounds like a wonderful week!

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IOEINC 5/17/2013 5:02PM

    SOunds like a lovely week for you!!


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BRENDABUNNY 5/17/2013 4:32PM

    Glad to hear your having a great time with peanut and getting along with DD for a bit....I know you much rather prefer things to go smooth so here's hoping it will...have a great weekend! emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 5/17/2013 3:11PM

    Really glad you are having a good week Sallie.

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ITSJUSTJANE 5/17/2013 3:05PM

    Glad you are having a good week with your daughter and grandson. :) I can't wait to see the pics of your kitchen. It's amazing what a little paint can do!!

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