While I am no longer a kid in school I am still taking a spring break. Sometimes work gets to the point where we can no longer handle the daily grind and we just need a break. So in 6 days I will be flying to Los Angeles with my mom. You see…she will be celebrating her 50th high school reunion. So she and I will be going back to the place of our birth, how cool is it that she and I were born in the same town, San Pedro California (click the link to find out more about this wonderful little town) http://www.sanpedro.com/
So after 3 more days of work I will be off for 11 wonderful, yet busy days. Bring on the vacation!!
Let’s face it….We’ve all been the new kid on the block. Whether it has been a new neighborhood, a new school, or even a new church bible study class. I’ve been there many times in my life. Recently, 2 years ago, I was the new kid, or adult kid, in a new church, in a new class. Now….I haven’t had much luck in churches, making friends and such. I am very shy and introverted. Any attention put on me is cause for panic. So I’ve had a rough time making friends and getting to know people (My whole life really). Thankfully for me this church makes it easy to make friends, which I have and I love them all to pieces.
Yesterday a new girl walked into our church. She wasn’t sure where to go or what class she should be in. Well that is really a personal choice, there are several awesome classes, the class I’m in is perfectly awesome. So I asked the confused girl if she needed help and she said she wasn’t sure where she was going. So I asked her age, close to mine, so I said “follow me” and brought her to my class and introduced her to my friends.
So many times I have needed that. Someone to step up and say “Hey you’re new come be my friend” So many times it hasn’t happened, to me or others like me. We get forgotten, we’re the nameless people in the room. (FYI, I don’t feel this way at my current church) so it really felt good to step out of my comfort zone and lend a hand 🙂
I’ve been saying for a couple weeks that I need to take an afternoon and clean up my little flower garden and get it ready for spring. Well I haven’t done it and quite honestly haven’t paid any attention to my little garden, until yesterday.
As I was walking back from the trash dumpster I noticed some color poking through the dead leaves and (very) dry dirt.
I have columbines coming back in 2 places and several daffodils. The daffodil bulbs multiplied when germinating this year. I planted 2 little daffodils last year and this year I have 2 coming up.
There are also 2 little pansies poking their heads back up 🙂 I’m so excited. I brought my hose out and watered them really good. Now I need to add more dirt. That will come payday.
Two weeks ago yesterday my heater decided I didn’t need to have heat, despite the cold winter temps and the snow falling from the sky. It was a Sunday so I knew nothing could be done that day so I cranked up my space heater and covered myself with blankets and dealt with it. I guess I shouldn’t say it went out that day. It took a few days to go out completely. In the beginning it was blowing luke warm air and trying to get to temp. By the middle of the week it gave up trying to blow anything close to warm air so I turned it off. A repair guy came out that week and said it needed parts and he would see what he could do. Well a week later I still had no news on my heat so I asked, I know I was driving the park managers crazy but hey…I was cold. Final verdict was that it couldn’t be fixed and I may have to get a whole new unit but they were still looking for parts. Dandy! How was I going to pay for that?
Long story short, kinda, I have heat again! Turns out it just needed a simple part that could be purchased at Ace Hardware. The park managers ran into a guy who once did their electrical work at their restaurants. Simple and easy. Less than an hour and I had heat. What a great surprise to come home to.
Whether they be simple little gestures or something monumental, in this world so full of hate and violence it truly warms the heart to know there are people out there still caring about one another. Let me tell you my little story.
I live in the mountains of Arizona and this week we have been hit by storms bringing snow and severe cold. Sunday I woke up with no heat. The snow hadn’t started yet but I knew it was coming. I called the mobile home park managers and let them know. I knew there was nothing that could be done on a Sunday but I wanted to be on the list for Monday. The property handyman, Josh, couldn’t make it to my place Monday, something more pressing came up and I completely understand. The storm hadn’t hit yet so I was ok. I have a small room heater and that was doing a good job for my living room. Things didn’t really go south until Wednesday night, when the snow started and the temps dropped severely. I hardly slept Wednesday night do to the severe cold in my bedroom, the little space heater doesn’t do the job for 2 rooms. Eventually I did warm up and fell asleep.
Thursday the repair man was finally able to get to me and sadly my furnace needs parts ordered. So I was prepared to sleep in my living room under my electric throw blanket. But as I was getting ready to take a shower, i had moved my little heater into the bathroom, the property manager was knocking on my door with another heater for me to use. I didn’t cry in front of him but when I plugged it in and felt the warmth coming from this little, yet powerful heater, I sat down and had a cry. It’s not often that people show such kindness to others anymore.
People really do take for granted what they have until they no longer have it. So I will use my 2 little heaters, with great appreciation until my furnace can be repaired. Hopefully today 🙂
This is how I was spending my cold snow day
Electric throw blanket, kindle and a hot cup of tea.
Be kind to one another. It truly is appreciated.
*side note*….I got yelled at over text messages for not telling one of my dearest friends that I had no heat…lesson learned 😉
So….Yesterday, Dec 26, was my birthday and some say I go a little over the top with posting, on facebook, about my birthday, but…You wouldn’t understand unless you have a birthday anywhere near the Christmas holiday. Thankfully I have never had the problem of getting jipped on my birthday. My mom made the rule when I was born that is was going to be a day separate from the Christmas holiday and for the most part it has been that way.
Yesterday started out as a comedy of errors. The weather was gross. It was sleeting, windy and cold. I would much rather have snow. It’s not so slippery. Then the sleet turned into light snow. As if that wasn’t bad enough….we lost my mom’s cat. Thinking he’d gotten out of the house we searched, in the snow, around outside the house. Calling his name and shaking his treat bag. No cat. This went on for close to an hour. I decided it might be worth a drive around the neighborhood. Still no cat. After an extensive search of the house I finally heard a tiny little “meow” (Luke isn’t a mouthy cat, Unlike his sister) Found the cat…..in a cabinet. Stupid cat. That finally over we made our way out for our traditional shopping trip. I had a coupon for Gamestop, and they were having a sale. I spent too much money but oh well…It was my birthday after all…We went to a couple other places and I got some things Iwanted. Including a new TV 🙂
All in all, kitty mishap and all, It was a great birthday
Did you have a great holiday weekend? I sure did. Though there are a few aspects of the weekend I can’t seem to understand, it was, all in all, a great weekend.
Thursday started with some fun at my moms house. Trying to make my grandma’s Norwegian pancakes turned out to be a disaster, which is odd since they have come out every other time we’ve made them. Oh well, we had regular pancakes instead. Then we watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving day Parade. When I watch parades I always get transported back in time to my high school days when we, a marching show band, played holiday parades in between competitions. What is a show band you ask…Glee for high school marching bands in California. Then came the dog show. That is always a fun thing to watch. Congrats to Best in Show winner Charlie the Skye Terrier, he was adorable.
Thanksgiving dinner was really good. Rather than spending all day cooking a meal that takes 10 minutes to eat, and since it was just 3 of us, we decided to let the casino do the cooking. The line was long but it moved fast. I took these while waiting.
They always do awesome holiday decorations.
Friday, even though I had to work, was just a quiet day for me. Sometimes a girl just needs to take a day and keep the socializing to a minimum and just be. There is nothing wrong with doing that. It has nothing to do with anyone or anything other than the person who just needs to sit back and “Be”. I did get a few blog posts done for my book blog. That was a fun thing to do.
Saturday I did some shopping 🙂 Got a few Christmas decorations. Hug out 🙂 did basically a whole lot of nothing really since I had woken up with a migraine. I just keep a low key and chilled.