Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Well, I got to talk to the case worker of my grandchildren finally today. I expressed my concerns and asked some pointed questions, which she half hearted gave partial answers too. They did say that it looks like they will be looking to place the girls somewhere permanently. They are looking to terminate the mothers rights, finally. I gave her all the info she asked for and she said they would start their check they have to run on me to see about getting the girls down here, when they finally decide to terminate the rights. I think that will be somewhere toward the end of the month. I believe that is when her next court date is.
So at least the news was more positive than I have gotten in any of the other conversations I've had with her. I'm still upset with the way the system has gone about things, but not too much I can do about that. Now I'll keep my fingers crossed, but I'm not gonna hold my breath.
Monday, May 03, 2010
OK so now I have a new motivation. Robby wants us to get married sometime this summer. We are going to go to Vegas. He doesn't want all the hoopla, so we won't have one here. I don't mind that, I've been through the whole big wedding thing and don't mind not doing it again. I'm searching on good deals for the trip and I would like to get back down into onderland before we go. That means I have to get serious. I can do it if I set my mind to it. I'm figuring we'll go about mid to late June. So here goes. It's time to lose lose lose. I will not do it in an unhealthy way, I appreciate my health way to much for that. I am excited, nervous, scared, all those things you're supposed to be, lol. Keep pushing me, I need all the help I can get.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
As I sit here doing my laundry, I have to think how different I am than I was when I was younger. You know you never think about age until it affects you or a loved one in a negative manner. While my parents are fairly old in numbers, neither is old in spirit, so age to me has been a hard concept to grasp. Over the past 2 years,(since I turned 50) my body has changed. This is hard for me, because I've always just taken it for granted that it would remain the same. Oh, I know the weight has a great deal to do with some of the changes, but not all of them.
Over the past 2-3 weeks I have begun a regular work out program. I have not done this in a very long time. I've always just been active. Well over the past year my activity level has decreased alot. I started working again and my job is mainly a sit down job. While I know that a little soreness comes with using muscles that haven't been used in a while, it has floored me how bad I hurt. Almost enough to make me quit, I said almost. I know the exercise is good for me and helping me to get back to a level of fitness I need to be at, but at the same time, I can understand how some people just can't tolerate it and give up. It is not in my nature to give up, so I don't worry too much about doing that.
I know that alot of this is just rambling, but I need to get this out so I can make some sort of sense out of it. Things that are good for us shouldn't be so difficult. If I had just hurt for a couple of days like I used to when I started something new, I wouldn't have thought twice about it, but when you almost can't crawl out of bed the next morning there is something desperately wrong, and I don't mean medically wrong, I'm medically healthy. I know that I can't be as healthy as I should be, I'm extremely overweight, but I have a good heart rate, my blood pressure is well within normal range, etc. Why is it so hard to get back to where I once was.
OK, I'm done whining and rambling. I'm so glad I have friends here who understand and don't judge people. You have all been very helpful.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Ok, let's see if I can figure out where to start. When coming to the track to work for the first time I have learned that there is a whole world that outside people never see or know about. Race trackers are a tight knit group. A family of sorts. You have the front office people, those are the people that everyone sees. I'm one of those. We take care of the daily entries, silks, paperwork, etc. Then of course we have the owners and breeders, without them we wouldn't have racing. Then there are the trainers. They take horses and get them ready to race. They break them, train them to race. The trainers have a crew of people working for them and these are the people on the backside. These people are the groomers, asst. trainers and other misc. people. These people on the backside usually live back there. Most of them don't have cars or maybe just 1-2 of a bunch will have and they do the driving for the rest. All of the barns have tack rooms. In our barns there are 44 stalls per barn and 8 tack rooms. The trainers are issued tack rooms based on how many stalls they have in a barn. These rooms can be used for, of course tack, feed, or to house some of the employees. They have no facilities in them. They are just an empty room. They do have electricity and we provide them with air conditioners, due to the weather around here. There are outhouses (port a pottys) throughout the backside and there are 2-3 sets of showers. We also have a set of about 20 dorms. These are basically the same as the tack rooms, but are set apart from the barns, though still on the backside. There is a laundry on the backside. The people back there are not allowed to cook in the rooms. Most of them have groups of communale BBQs. Our track is only about a mile from the local Walmart. The folks walk there alot. They do most of their shopping there. These people are used to this life, most of them don't know any other. The majority of the are of hispanic descent and speak little english.
There are Chaplains at every track, they are there to do what chaplains do, lend aid. They work for a program called REAP, (racing employees assistance program). The REAP group is there to help anyone in racing with a problem. They take donations, have events to raise money, etc.
We have 2 chaplains at our track, they are a couple. The female of them has started a sewing class. She and a volunteer have been teaching some of the women on the back how to sew. They have had some sewing machines donated and I'm going to go through and clean and service the non working ones. I feel that this is something that I can do to help.
Now that I've said all of this, don't feel sorry for these people. They are all well fed and for the most part as happy as anyone else. There are problems of course, but this is a life they have chosen. They love the horses, and this is obvious when you see them back there. They enjoy being close to them.
Maybe it will help us to reevaluate our lives and the things we have. Either to make us more thankful or more aware of the excess that we think we NEED.
I know that it has been a real eye opener for me. I hope that everyone has enjoyed hearing about track life. I know that there are many things that I have probably left out, but at least I have given you an idea of track life.
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