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A Good and Bad Day

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I spent the afternoon with my Mom yesterday. We went over t0 Windsor, Ontario to the Caesar's Casino. It was an early birthday present for me. I came back with $5.00 more that what I had started out with (money that Mom and the bus tour had given me). So I did rather well there. I had fun and made money!

But, I came back to a low tire. And I had just had 4 pounds put into in at the beginning of the week. So, now I am headed to the tire place to have it checked out. I don't know if it's a rim leak or a puncture or if I will need a new tire. (The tread looks good.) So much for having a little bit of money to pay bills with! Most people say they take one step forward, two steps back. With me, it feels like one step forward, ten steps back.

I have read that we make our own luck in life. It goes better for us if we have a positive attitude. I am just having trouble lately taking what I have read and applying it to my own life. I need to re-read these articles and see if I can work on that a little.

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SLIMLILA 10/23/2011 1:28AM

    I still keep telling myself I am a nice person even though it seems like not nice things always happen to me. Glad you got into Canada and had some fun, how long was the trip? Guess that means Mom is doing well too, that's good.

Patty.I applied for a couple more jobs yesterday and one of them was only P/t but they talked about having a work/life balance and that was an interesting perspective. Then again, if you worked 2 days at one job and another day or two at a different job, surely it would be more balanced and reduce stress... I know you have your Avon and you made that discovery this week about 6-7 hrs a day of socializing, so now we just have to get you a higher paying job for 2 days a week, to lessen the financial stress and let you have some balance. Did you hear from that interview you went on yet?
Happy Birthday (early) too! When's the big day? Is this the big one coming up?

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NPA4LOSS 10/22/2011 6:47PM

    Sometime we just have to Keep on Keepin' on!

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NANCYRUBIO 10/22/2011 11:57AM

    Life is what happens when we are planning other things.
Cheer up, you are healthy and still have a sense of humor. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and ..your head held high.

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CHRISSY792 10/22/2011 10:50AM

    I'm so sorry! That is the same way my life works but I just try to assume that it will all work out! I know that's much easier said then done but some days that's all that gets me through! One day I was somewhere and I was leaving right on time to get the kids off the bus and I went to my car and had a flat tire! Thankfully my neighbor got the kids off the bus and I finally got a hold of my hubby so him and my mother in law took my car in to get a new tire and I took his car! I had one of our kids with me and I was driving down a huge hill with a stoplight at the bottom and when I went to stop his brakes wouldn't work! Thankfully by the grace of God I stopped and parked his car somewhere safe but my dad had to come get me and my son! So all in one day we had to get all new tires for my car and fix my hubbys break he wasn't trying to kill me :)! Sadly days like that happen to us all the time but somehow we make it and I just have to hope and pray that when days like that happen it will keep working out! I'm sorry the end of your fun day ended so bad! I hope next week is better for you!

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Socializing News Blurb

Thursday, October 20, 2011

On the morning news yesterday, there was a blurb about how people should socialize about 6-7 hours a day. I remember thinking to myself that this amount seemed a little high. I also realized that I don't socialize nearly as much as I should.

It was my run errands day yesterday. (And, of course, it was a rainy,windy day!) I went to the grocery store and bank and noticed that people seemed more talkative yesterday. I stopped at one of my Avon customer's house to pick up a watch that she didn't care for. She was very talkative and I realized that she was a lonely person who just needed someone to talk to for awhile. I went to my mom's to dye her hair for her. She was also in a talkative mood.

With all the visiting I did, I didn't get a lot of things done that I had wanted to, but I couldn't help but remember the news blurb that I heard in the morning. It made me aware that it is very true that people do need socialization every day. It did me good to get some in. So, I've got a mental reminder to at least spend some time talking to someone on the phone for a little bit every day. This gives me a reason to touch base with people that I haven't touched base with in awhile and to keep up with people that mean so much to me.

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SLIMLILA 10/21/2011 12:59AM

    Good thing to realize. Glad you had a good day and enjoyed socializing...

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PRAYINGSUZIE 10/20/2011 3:36PM

    I love to socialize. It helps me to have the right attitude. Thank you for posting this blog!


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NPA4LOSS 10/20/2011 12:04PM

    People need people. Talking on the phone with a couple of my Spark Friends and my co-workers who keep me laughing are what make my days Sparkle. emoticon

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ASHLEYROXX 10/20/2011 9:14AM

    Great post!! This is a great reminder for everyone. Thank you for posting this!

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Prioritize Time

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I had a job interview yesterday with a neighboring city's treasury department. I kinda felt that it went well. But I don't want to get my hopes up. I know that job interviewing is not one of my strong suits. I've been practicing like crazy and hoping it helped me. I need to get a new job so desperately. Working a few hours a week for someone who is very critical is not doing me any good at all.

I realize that my job skills need brushing up on and have spent a lot of time on them lately. I know there is so much more I need to accomplish, though. My typing speed drops quickly if I don't practice a little every day. My data entry 10 key count is the pits. I bought a regular keyboard with a 10 key pad on it yesterday to hook up to my laptop so I can start practicing that. Then, there's the time spent on the internet looking for jobs. That can get really time consuming. I have to prioritize this in order to get a job and afford to stay where I am and pay my bills. I can't do that with my present job.

I also realize that there is more in life that I want and need to do. I will keep making my lists and really work on scheduling and prioritizing these other items. I am determined to get my life more in balance as soon as I can. I just haven't quite got the knack of how to do everything yet. I've read articles and understand the concept of everything. Just need to put what I've read into practice. So, I'm off and running today to see how I do on the first day of my prioritizing project.

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NPA4LOSS 10/20/2011 8:27AM

    emoticon believe in yourself and keep your chin up. All this hard work will pay off for you.

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SLIMLILA 10/18/2011 11:27PM

    I can sure take some of your advice to heart..Hope that interview was finally the one. I was complaining to a friend that I've sent out over 50 job apps. and feeling frustrated, and she told me the story of the guy who went on 100 job interviews and was ready to give up and #101 was the one that got him the job....

Your persistence always inspires me... emoticon

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It's That Time of Year Again

Monday, October 17, 2011

About this time every year I find myself a little more depressed. It's the time of year my father got sick and passed. It will be 25 years on November 10. Come the middle of October, it always hits me. At least I am aware of what's going on and the reason behind it. But I still find myself struggling to find ways to keep myself busy and upbeat.

My circumstances this year don't seem to want to help. My daughters are not near me. We've been busy and haven't talked as much as we usually do. I am working at a job that I don't like and barely covers one or two small bills each month. I struggle to find ways to make and save money in order to cover the rest of my bills. I'm not really doing much socially and know it would help if I did. I just feel that I am at a crossroad in my life right now and have a lot of decisions to make.

I must put my thinking cap on, put my ideas and thoughts down on paper, and push myself to get out and do things. I want to do things that are different and meaningful. Time to get out the address and phone book and check online. Get myself in gear is the order for the day.

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FRANCESLUCAS 10/18/2011 2:17PM

    Girl, I understand how you are feeling! And you can get yourself out of that mood! You know it will pass but you can make it pass faster by getting out there and doing something. I find that when I help others, I forget about all my issues. Money problems are so straining so doing something that will take your mind off that would help!! Good luck to you! Will be praying for you!

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SLIMLILA 10/17/2011 11:26PM

    emoticonSo much on your plate Patty, good that you take the time to write it all down and get some excellent feedback like SpaceyKP gave you. I'm noticing Seasonal Adjustment Disorder (SAD) starting again when we go out at 7:30 and it's pitch black...

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SPACEYKP 10/17/2011 9:51AM

    If you're looking for things that are social and meaningful, you should be able to find plenty of volunteer opportunities online. I remember hearing about a website where you can find all sorts of volunteer opportunities in your area, but I can't think of the name right now. I'll let you know if I do find it!

If you have trouble keeping yourself busy this year, maybe instead of thinking about your dad passing away trying turning your thoughts to all the good things about him. Write in your journal about everything you loved about him. Or you could do something productive to help honor and celebrate his life. It's a little late for planting outside, but maybe you could start some seeds inside and grow a little memorial tree/plant/flower in honor of his memory. Or put a scrapbook or photo album together of all the good times you shared. Something that you can look at that will make you smile and feel happy.

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A Nice Thing Happened

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Yesterday, I got to see my oldest great-niece for the first time in at least 5 or 6 years. It was so nice to see her again and spend some time with her. I also got to spend some quality time with my sister as we waited for my niece and her kids to get there. Family is the most important thing to me.

It was also a nice, quiet day for me. I got a couple things done around the house that I've put off for a few months, like hanging pictures in the extra bedroom and going through some cupboards in the laundry room. The only bummer of the day was the way the Tigers lost to the Texas Rangers. til next year.

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SUMMARAH 10/16/2011 6:29PM

    I'm trying to get to see my granddaughter. Family means the world to me, too.

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SLIMLILA 10/16/2011 4:37PM

    Glad to hear good things happened for a very nice change... & you got to enjoy time with family.

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SWEETANGO 10/16/2011 11:37AM

    Family time is the best! Sorry about your Tigers loss yesterday. I was watching while they were ahead 2-0, and was hoping for a victory. When I turned off the TV, things got ugly. . .are you counting down the days until spring training already? I know that some of my baseball fan friends are...
Have a great Sunday. Judy

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FITMARY 10/16/2011 9:55AM

    Family makes it worthwhile!!! emoticon

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