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A touch of niceness!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

What a long day and it still not over. I ended up working twelve hours yesterday, I stumbled back to the hotel to lay down for an hour and got up to begin the restoration of Kelly. Picked up poodles and went back home to truly survey the damage. I am so disgusted and so outdone by this flooding ordeal. With no furniture and the smell of wet carpet heavy in the air, I felt the tears well up again. Poodles are running around sniffing, wagging their tails and wondering what is up. I am so tired from lack of proper rest, I tackled their living space by disinfecting and cleaning and wiping things down in the kitchen. I had to resort to making lists of items I had to toss due to water damage.

Once I got their area halfway decent, fatigue wore me out and I needed to clear off my bed and get into it. I have to have a game plan and I needed to rest my mind in order to plan my work and work my plan. So I cleared the bedroom a bit, put my jammies on and laid down for a few hours. My girlfriend called to check on me and we talked for a bit. I still feel a little overwhelmed so the next thing in order was to get to wi-fi area and get something hot to eat inside of me. God started talking to me, I started to develop my game plan in my head the next steps I am going to take. I headed across the street to my local Panera Bread. They have wi-fi and I figure I could use my coupon to get something hot to eat. The manager was so sweet when she asked me how my day was going and I told her this have been my week from hell. Since I have never ate at Panera's before I wasn't familiar with their menu and she gave me suggestions. When I pulled out my wallet to pay for my soup and sandwich, she told me to put it away, she would take care of it emoticon I was so stunned by her act of kindness. She even bought my food to my table for me and asked if everything was okay. I told her I was going to write about her random act of kindness-her niceness truly touched my heart and I know I am on the road to becoming whole again emoticon

Although I have the daunting task of putting things back place and trying to make my living space decent again-I came up with some hard truths. I don't need a lot of stuff. I don't have to patronize anyone or anyplace that doesn't value my self worth. I do not have to take or accept substandard behavior and when life gives you lemons, make some sweet lemonade! I stressed out here and there, but I am still standing!!

  
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MARVEEME 5/28/2011 9:29PM

    I LOVE the Panera Bread chain. They assist the homeless and hungry in our local area and everywhere they have a restaurant. They also donate products and gift certificates to charities too. Recently, they test marketed their "pay what you can" theory, and it has blossomed into the opening of a few separate not-for-profit restaurants. You can find out more about that here:

http://www.usatoday.co
m/money/industries/food/2010-05
-18-panerabread18_ST_N.htm

I'm so glad you were able to enjoy a little R&R with the Panera folks, and that it helped you get un-befuddled a bit.

BLESSINGS!

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Putting it all together Friday

Friday, May 27, 2011

Well I made it to Friday(exhale emoticon) I have a nine hour + shift tonight, then the games begin. My apartment is on track for me to be able to get the poodles and move back in tomorrow morning. I won't have any furniture or TV in the main living areas but at least I will be able to sleep in my own bed this weekend. I will be able to use the clubhouse during the weekend for internet access. All is well. I am planning on deep cleaning in my kitchen, I am going to hang new blinds-ones I like in the living room and once I get my furniture back on Tuesday, I am going to reconfigure everything to get a fresh spring perspective.

I bagged up a lot of paperwork and "stuff" that I plan on going through this weekend. Shame on me it took a flood to get me to purge and file paperwork. I will have time without "vegging out in front of the TV" to put my bench for my little patio together, plants some flowers in the boxes and clean off my dresser and chest of drawers. My friends want me to come by this memorial weekend to relax and fellowship and chill here in Kansas City. Hopefully our round of bad weather will subside and we can see some sunshine and bright blue sky. emoticon

I've already started putting the pieces back together in my life by getting a manicure before work to repair my nervous nail damage and taking charge of my overall mental health emoticon

  
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MAUITN 5/28/2011 10:59AM

    I know that getting back into your apartment will be such a great feeling. Have a good weekend.

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DINGALLSTOO 5/28/2011 9:45AM

    Sounds like the fellowship would be a good diversion after a little purging. Have agreat weekend. I could use a little purging motivation myself!

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Grateful

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The past 24 hours have been a test of my faith and my resilience and I can truly say this Thursday morning, I am still standing! I am thanking God I was home when the apartment over my own hot water tank burst sent gallons and gallons of water into my humble home. Thank goodness I was able to get a hold of complex management team who were very proactive to reassure me that I would be made whole again. Hallelujah for USAA renters insurance who took my claim with care, offered cleaning assistance and just gave me an overall sense of security during this minor inconvenience. I say minor because I was put up in an hotel down the street from where I live and my apartment complex will reimburse me for my poodles boarding. Right now the plan is to get back into my home by Saturday morning and the clean up continues emoticon

My furniture is being securely stored and will probably not be returned to me until Tuesday. The cleaning company just called me to make arrangements to clean any of my clothes, curtains that gotten wet during the my downpour. I will be without internet and cable access this long weekend, but my apartment complex has wi-fi in the clubhouse and I have 24 hour access and will be able to log on emoticon My carpets will be cleaned and ceiling replaced and I look at this as a big push on my spring cleaning. I guess my biggest tragedy of this minor inconvenience is that I broke three acrylic nails emoticon, ate a horrible patty melt from Denny's last night and broke down and had a cup of coffee with cream and splenda this morning from the free hot breakfast bar emoticon I had to pull myself up by the bootstraps and get my act together and not let the stress send me into a free for all food binge. I was able to go back to my apartment last night and get my work clothes for today and tomorrow, get a few creature comforts, my laptop charger and I had some fruit and protein powder to eat. No matter what I am still on this weight loss journey and I am still determine to stay on track emoticon

Just because I will have no TV to watch this long weekend, I will have time to read, watch a boatload of DVD's I have laying around, purge some old wet papers and get organized for fun summer living emoticon

  
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DINGALLSTOO 5/28/2011 9:42AM

    Sorry about those nails emoticon allthings considered it could have been a lot worse. I think of the poor people in the tornadoes. Great day to count our blessings. Have a great weekend.

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NIKKICOLE83 5/26/2011 1:38PM

    Well you could have had to deal with an insurance company that wasn't as accomodating. It seems like they are doing a good job of putting you back together. The Denny's melt isn't that big of a deal. Look at all you went through. Plus you are eating great any other time. GOod luck getting things settled.

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MARVEEME 5/26/2011 12:55PM

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Looks like you're close to that pot of gold already!

SPARK ON!

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Wet Wednesday

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I was awaken this morning to downpour of rain, in my kitchen, dining room and living room emoticonTo God be the glory it happened while I was home or my poodles would have been literally up the creek emoticon As I quickly write this therapeutic blog, I am stuffing stuff away for the soaked areas and still getting ready for my shift. My weather alert radio has been going off like a choir this morning because my county is under a tornado warning. If it rains, it pours emoticon

I refuse to give into stress and despair. I quickly hustle the poodles out of the apartment and took them to the kennel for boarding. I didn't reach for a bunch of sugar and coffee-a small miracle right there. My apartment complex will be putting me up for a few days at an extended stay and paying for my poodles' boarding. I did run and grabbed me a some Church's chicken for comfort, but I am still standing, I still have roof over my head, its just wet and I still give God the glory! emoticon

  
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WHIPPEACHZ 5/25/2011 4:18PM

    Sounds like a tough time... stay strong. Hope it all works out soon.

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MARVEEME 5/25/2011 1:55PM

    My prayers are with you and your neighbors.

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FITANDFIFTY2 5/25/2011 1:40PM

    emoticon Oh my ,, You are holding your own in spite of all this,, and we all know how easy it is to turn to the "comfort" foods,,, congratulations, and I wish you the VERY BEST in all of this. I manage apartments, and that situation sounds like a nightmare for all. I also have a poodle :) (he is my baby..:) ). Here is to some dry weather for you too!! God Bless!

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NARUZOZO 5/25/2011 1:20PM

  Have a nice day and good luck

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Keeping safe Tuesday

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Another rash of bad storms is going through this Tuesday. Watching all the devastation that took place on Sunday in Joplin, plus I found out why the sirens went off in my area late Saturday night-because it was a tornado warning on the edge my county. You can't beat Mother Nature's wrath. I guess I am going to have a get ready to escape/emergency bag packed and ready to go. Poodles will have to have one also. It seems this spring is filled with deadly storms and like it or not, I still live in tornado alley emoticon

I thank God for discernment of spirit. Relationships come and go, but your true blue friends will be there no matter what. Watching the ending of Oprah's show, I paid particular attention to people and friends that admired her for more than 25 years and came out to honor her. I am glad to say I have a few true blue friends I can count on and I thank God for giving me the insight to let go of toxic or potentially toxic friendships. Life is too short and I do not have the time to waste on negative relationships!

  
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KNH771 5/24/2011 7:56PM

    An emergency bag is a great idea! Keep safe and God bless...

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