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Fascinating piece of family history

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My uncle shared this picture today, as we remember our heroes.

This is my grandfather. He was a pilot in WWII. He was shot down by the Germans and captured. This is his POW mugshot, 1944 at Dulag Luft interrogation centre fresh out of the hospital. He apparently said to my uncle "I've looked better". Grandpa also said that if it weren't for the very skilled German surgeons, he may not have survived.

  
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DOOBRIE 11/12/2014 1:11AM

    That's a great story Kathleen. Thanks for sharing!

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IAMBIZI 11/11/2014 8:57PM

    thanks for sharing!
bizi

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BAILEYS7OF9 11/11/2014 1:38PM

    My neighbor was an ACE! How funny how I just knew him as Kelly's Dad growing up, but years later listening to him talk about it.


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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/11/2014 12:01PM

    Very cool story.

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It's officially official. I am moving to Barbados :D

Saturday, November 01, 2014

I've been back from Barbados for a couple of days now and I'm still in shock as to how everything has come together.

It's officially official. I am moving to Barbados on April 1, 2015. I found an amazingly cool little apartment for $550 US/month and it is furnished and includes electricity, water, local landline and internet. It's a cute little loft apartment that is less than 300 steps to a beautiful beach. I'll be a 10 minute bus ride south to Holetown and a 10 minute bus ride north to Speightstown. On the top of the building is a gorgeous rooftop terrace with comfy couches, a bar, gas grill and an amazing view of the sea.

And here's where things got really amazing. The guy who owns the building introduced me to a woman who owns 3 restaurants on the island (all specializing in Italian food). And she is giving me a trial when I get there. She said the only reason she couldn't promise me a permanent job offer right now is because of my lack of experience (which I completely understand) . So she's going to take me on for 2 weeks in April where I will be working as a prep cook, getting veggies ready for salads and garnishes and plating up some of the simpler salads and appetizers. However, she really liked my attitude and determination and was pretty sure she'd be giving me a job after the first 2 weeks.

Things with Shawn went great. I will confess that I did a bit of snooping and asked people about him. Everyone told me that he is one of the nicest guys they know and that he would do anything for anybody. He is really respectful of women and isn't a player like a lot of the other men on the island. Turns out he's been telling people for the past couple months about his girlfriend Kathleen. *lol* We spent some really good quality time together and I'm excited to go back in April and continue this. We have talked every day since I got home. :)

Now I just have to get through the next 5 months.

  
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BLUEJAY1969 11/3/2014 1:24AM

    How wonderful for you! I hope you will be happy with all of the newness in your life! What an adventure for you!
Hugs,
Jeanne

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JUST_BRENDA 11/2/2014 9:20AM

    That's fantastic! Amazing how everything comes together: home, love, employment! emoticon
Hopefully you'll still stay in touch on SP.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/2/2014 8:31AM

    That's FABULOUS Kathleen!! I was dying to hear about how things went (sorry I couldn't make yesterday). When can we get together in person? Is there a night this coming week that you're off? Or maybe next weekend? Let me know.

I'm so so happy for you!! And we are definitely ON for our xmas eve tradition especially since it may be our last one here together ... No matter what is going on in my personal life (with a guy in it or not) - that night is OURS!!

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IAMBIZI 11/1/2014 4:01PM

    I AM SO happy for you that things seem to be going your way. I am sure you will do well with the restaurant! You do have a good attitude!
awesome news!
HOw is your grandmother taking the news?
bizi


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OPHELIE 11/1/2014 2:26PM

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DOOBRIE 11/1/2014 2:20PM

    It's all good! 2015 is going to be your year Kathleen - enjoy!

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Finally...an update...

Thursday, October 02, 2014

I have now been living with Grandma for a month...and I should probably put up a blog. :)

It has been (and still is) a HUGE adjustment for me. I'm really struggling with the lack of MY space. However, Grandma and I had a great chat the other night as I was worried that she expected me to hang out with her in the living room (and honestly, I knew she didn't...I was just stuck in my own head). Turns out, she doesn't give a rat's a$$ where I hang out. *lol* If I want to spend my days off in my bedroom, I can. She said she was worried about me sitting in the living room and being annoyed by the tv shows she watches. I laughed and told her it didn't matter...since I now have internet (and Netflix), I can watch whatever I want, whenever I want.

In financial news, I'm exactly where I want to be. I already have put aside the security deposit for my apartment when I move to Barbados. That doesn't include the money I've put aside for my trip in 19 days. :D

My schedule at work has really changed...and I'm once again faced with early mornings. I'm now opening the department and I have to be at work for 6am. Blech. Thank goodness I live close to work.

And with that, I'm off to watch my newest favourite tv show and then pack my lunch before I head to bed for 8:30. What a life I lead.

  
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SEAWAVE 10/16/2014 5:54AM

    Keep in mind that the adjustment is probably as hard on your grandma as it is on you. It's to be expected, I think, when "joining houses". But look how far you've gotten towards your goal of moving to Barbados.
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DOOBRIE 10/3/2014 3:04AM

    That's great that you have the deposit for your new apartment in Barbados and how exciting that you will be there in 19 days!

Glad your Grandma was understanding about the living space. She sounds a sweetie.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 10/2/2014 8:37PM

    Small sacrifices for the heaven that awaits you soon. Happy for you my friend.

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IAMBIZI 10/2/2014 8:35PM

    sounds good! emoticon

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BLUEJAY1969 10/2/2014 7:01PM

    Glad to hear that you are doing well with saving up and maybe starting to adjust to your new living situation!
Hugs,
Jeanne

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CZESTES 10/2/2014 6:53PM

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Sounds like things are dropping into place and that is a good thing.


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Serenaded from Barbados

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This evening I got the sweetest message from Shawn:

"Hey Babe....the chorus of this song makes me think of u. Just change two words: Oh, won't you stay with me?
'Cause you're all I need
This is (not ain't) love, it's clear to see
Oh (not but) darling, stay with me"

(attached is a sound file of the Sam Smith song 'Stay With Me')

He then followed it up with:

"I know telling u to change lyrics sounds silly...but the music swells the way my heart does when I think of u."

  
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COOKWITHME65 9/13/2014 2:41AM

    What a lovely message to receive. Lucky girl/ Lucky man.:)

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COOKWITHME65 9/13/2014 2:39AM

    What a lovely message to receive. Lucky girl/ Lucky man.:)

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COOKWITHME65 9/13/2014 2:37AM

    What a lovely message to receive. Lucky girl/ Lucky man.:)

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COOKWITHME65 9/13/2014 2:35AM

    What a lovely message to receive. Lucky girl/ Lucky man.:)

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DOOBRIE 8/25/2014 4:27AM

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Wonderful, Kathleen!

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SEAWAVE 8/20/2014 5:14PM

    Awww, how sweet is he!!!

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JUST_BRENDA 8/20/2014 7:25AM

    so romantic!!! I bet you are counting down the days!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 8/20/2014 4:49AM

    Very romantic.... So happy for you!! emoticon

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BLUEJAY1969 8/20/2014 2:51AM

    How very sweet!
Hugs,
Jeanne

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I'm not making a mistake. I'm making a sacrifice.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Oh dear friends....I am having really hard time today. Please bear with me, because I think this post is going to make me sound like an awful person.

I think I'm making a mistake moving in with Grandma. I had a realization today, as I looked at the bruise on her face (because she fell at home the other day). I am giving up my independence to move in and be Grandma's part-time care giver. But it's too late now....I've terminated my lease, and started getting rid of furniture. Grandma is super excited I'm moving in....and I don't have the heart to tell her that I cry myself to sleep every night as the end of the month gets closer.

This morning I had my piano moved in to my room at Grandma's. And then spent the rest of the day with her...because I didn't know how to tell her I wanted to go home. I got home 45 minutes ago and cried.

I'm trying to hang on to the knowledge that every small and large sacrifice I make brings me that much closer to living in Barbados.

  
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SEAWAVE 8/20/2014 5:13PM

    This is a truly difficult transition for you, and no matter what you choose you'll probably second-guess yourself. If you do ultimately move in with your Grandma, I think it will be important for you to ensure that you have some activities outside of the home that don't involve her. You don't sound like an awful person at all, you just sound like you're seeing some things that you might not have realized before. It's usually our own inner voice that we listen to last!

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JUST_BRENDA 8/14/2014 8:34AM

    You aren't a bad person at all... rather, you sound quite kind and caring.
Being a caregiver is a big responsibility and it IS a sacrafice. There will be down days. It's not an easy job.
It's wonderful that your grandma is excited for you to be living with her.
You'll need to make an effort to take care of yourself too!

PS. I was kinda confused. Is the plan to live with your grandma for x months, then move to Barbados to live on your own? At one point, I thought your grandma lived in Barbados.

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BLUEJAY1969 8/14/2014 12:11AM

    You don't sound like an awful person sweetie, you sound human! Hang in there and things will look up! I don't know your whole situation so it's hard to offer any advice other than take time to grieve what you are giving up so that it doesn't hit you in other ways!
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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 8/13/2014 5:31PM

    Keep your focus on the END result or goal you are aiming for - it WILL be worth it Kathleen!! Change is hard... sacrifices suck sometimes... but we need to keep our eye on the end goal!! For you that is living in paradise - not just for a 'week or two' of vacation .. but for GOOD.

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IAMBIZI 8/13/2014 4:44PM

    what will happen to her when you move out?
sorry it is so hard.
(((((HUGS)))))
bizi

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