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Bad Weather Makes Me Cook = Gaining Pounds!

With the weather coming in the form of ice, sleet and snow k11253065 Sunday night … through Monday… and still on the ground Tuesday… I didn’t have to work…

Our Seniors stay home on such bad weather days… No one wants them to fall…k12864083

I was getting ready when I got the call…k7108300

I’ve been in the house like so many others… that I was really looking forward to seeing my Senior Friends at the YMCA

When I’m in a lot… I tend to look for something to cookk14082118 NOT a good idea… I know I’ve gained pounds ouch! this winter!… but, hopefully summer and warmer weather will help me…

A simple snack for our TV watching night is Velveeta Cheese/ Rotel (Famous Queso Dip) with Tostitos Scoops… I like the way they are made into a little cup…

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I used Wal-Mart‘s Brand of Rotel…works fine!

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and also Wal-Mart’s version of Velveeta… “Melt and Dip“…works fine…tastes great!

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Just added to my small crock pot and heated until melted…stirring occasionally…

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Yummy with Tostitos Scoops! tostitos-scoops

The simplest recipes are sometimes the best!

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They Missed Me!…

Finally feeling better u44896001 … 3rd day working at new job with the YMCA Senior Day Program…

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I couldn’t be happier

I walk in and they all say, “You’re back!”  k14686746 like I had been gone forever!…

Does that not put a smile on my face! k5749882 

Getting into the routine pretty fast…

and the girls and guys I work with are so nice…

The time flies by k0831221

Breakfast… Cereal

Games… k8504272

Crafts… k8307294

Lunch… k0274789

then I’m on my way home…

and then they say, “You’re not leaving!”…

Feeling blessed! k13471352

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This entry was posted on January 23, 2014 and tagged . 6 Comments

First Day… New Job

I awoke to the alarm clock… Something I hadn’t done since I retired 3 years ago…k7492445

I did away with it… and never had a watch on my wrist… either…

Three years to just wake up when I wantedgo to bed when I chosedrink my coffee or hot teak6131408… do my blogging… play with my cat… and be home with my husband…

I loved every minute! …

But, I have lately thought I would like to have a part-time job

but, it had to fit my desire…

When the first of the year came… I applied for a job… and was hired…

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So last night… I sat the alarm for 6:30am… because I had to be on time for my first day of work…

This first day of me going back to work happened to be my Birthday!…

Another milestone in itself! …k16746900

I arrived a little before 8:00am…

and was greeted warmly by the other staff members…

I was shown what a normal day would be like as I was introduced to the Senior/Adults arriving by bus and car for the Day Program…

Approximately 30+ people are enrolled…

Some come by the YMCA bus transportation and others come with a spouse, grandson , daughter or son…k5266113k4878812

They all seemed so happy to be there…

proving to me this was a good… caring… place…k9696519

Breakfast was fixed by us… simple cereals… oatmeal with toppings… coffee, hot chocolate…

Some had already eaten…

As we waited for all to arrive… I mingled and talked… I met a most versatile group…

Alzheimersk5780440mental disabilities… handicapsk4878805… old age…

They talked… seeing them reacting to people that have become their friends… Some quiet… some busy… some talkativek12374389

A rich variety of personalities…

They looked at magazines… read the newspaperk12588960… watched TV

Some had special things to show me… a book… a bracelet k7149844… handmade crafts… a sport’s shirt…

We exchanged names …

Me, promising to try to remember their name k15902086… but, that it might take me awhile

I was showed around the area… a quick tour of signing in… fixing foods… bathrooms… clothes closet… supply room… etc. …

We then played BINGOk8504272 thoroughly enjoyed by many… winning small prizes…

College students came in bmc-logo… to mingle with the participants of the program… adding to their class assignments…

They loved the attention of the students…

My part of the day ended as lunch was beginning… and many asked if they would see me tomorrow… I reassured them I would be back and looked forward to seeing them too… Wasn’t that sweet! k7149993

It was a great day… and I enjoyed my Birthday very much… k9791907

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New Job Planned Just For Me!

I’ve been thinking of going back to work part-time…k15791475

I thought I had a painting job which I would have loved… but, the small business moved to another town… too far to drive…k3555539

Disappointed?… Yes, but… I have had a few of those things… disappointments k16024578… in my life and have learned to go with the flow… believing it wasn’t God’s will at that time… that He would have something even better for me… if I just had patience and belief in Him…

I request His guidance in my life every dayx27278458 … and have seen Him work in such mysterious ways…

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My resolution word is “Courage”… if you’ve been following me…

and I’m resolute in keeping that word uppermost in my mind in my endeavors…k11029325

I’ve never been the one to rock the boat… k5300551

stir the waters… pix1235

cause upheaval…

I am probably the peace maker… k10823752do not like chaos…

the glue that holds things together… k4511827

the one who finds “the way”…k11164484

I’m certainly not bragging…

but, the Lord has given me the wisdom to know things and have insight…k16290739

and to have respect for myself as well as others…

I was determined as I said to move forward… k6563032

I have things I want to do…

things I want to see…

things I want to change…

I posted my resume…yes, a resume k3991567… which I had not had for quite a while…

It was to the YMCA … a place I felt was a good place to work…

friendly people…

caring people…

respectful people…

and the job opening fit me like a glove… a perfectly fitting glove… k8089127

Assistant Activities Director…

Planning and implementing things for seniorsk15456115 in the Adult Day Care Program…

Some wheel chair bound… Most ambulatory…

Playing games… doing crafts… reading… field trips… helping when and where I am needed… serving them breakfast and lunch…

I wanted part-time as I said… This is 3 days a week…

5-6 hours a day…

Only Monday – Friday … mornings… No weekends…

Is that not a job made in Heaven!… k8724896

It is for me…

After being called for an interview yesterday… k11784999

which I hadn’t done in a long time…

We were told that we… who had been interviewed… would be called this afternoon with their decision…

I felt I fit this position as I said… but, you never know what someone else may have for the criteria…

I was being patient… as I have learned to do…

talking to my sister on the telephone this morning when someone beeped in… and before I could check to see who it was… my cell phone was ringing…k14838638

Holding my sister on… answered… to find that I had been chosen for the position!…

I was elated.. actually more than I realized…

After “drug testing” and paperwork x18537461 tomorrow… will begin soon after…

No one could have planned this but, God… It was structured just for me!…

and I feel blessed…k1589151

Beginning My New Year

My head is spinning with new thoughts on what the New Year may hold… and things I want to accomplish!k5436749

Some things I have done already!…

Made a new resumek6543634

Emailed it to the YMCA for a job openingYMCA-SVG-Common_International_svg

I’ve started my Good Things in 2014 List… (will be daily)

Todays good thing was our invitation to my nephew’s home for a wonderful New Year’s Day meal… all foods included for health… wealth… and good luck…

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Corn Beef

Mashed Potatoes

Fried Corn with Bacon

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Greens

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Corn Bread

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Pecan Pie

Cake

Wasn’t that deserving of my “Good Things List” item!

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I want to save some money this year… k14001119

I will follow this chart…

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Something I feel I can manage…

I will have to do it monthly instead of weekly… because of how our money comes in…

I will also put aside in a container of some sort… 10% for God… each month… to be used for whoever or whatever I see fit at the end of the year…

( actually where God sees fit).k5280428..

HE doesn’t ask for very much!

I always keep a calendar… to keep track of appointments and fun stuff!… already bought and hanging… One in my kitchen 140101_006 … one from my cousin on my computer desk 140101_007

I will share more later… my list is a long one… some leftovers from 2013… hanging around… to complete… k9486576

But, I feel good about my start…

Just Because the Oven Is Hot!

I’ve got to quit cooking and baking!…

or do I…

I got up early as I usually do…

Waffles kept calling my name… and I hoped everyone else was in the same mode… because that is what I made…

Blueberry Waffle Mix with extra blueberries and my homemade blueberry jam…

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Love lots of Blueberries

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I checked in the mirror to see if I had turned blue… but, no I was just fine… but, I did have a smile on my face!…

I then decided to make a Coconut Cake for my husband… No… he doesn’t need it… but, I treat him sometimes… Oh… get real… all of the time!…

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Coconut Creme makes the cake so moist!

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Then… that little pumpkin that I had bought was staring me in the face…

“What are you going to do with me?”, it seemed to ask…

I just decided to take all of the seeds out of it… and toast them in the oven… a little Cooking Spray… a little sprinkle of salt… and let bake until turn a light golden brown and crunchy…

I just love munching on them!…

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Pulled out all of the seeds…

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Rinsed seeds really well…

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Laid seeds on a sprayed baking sheet to dry…

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Baked in hot oven until golden brown and crispy!

My next thought went to dinner… and I love having things done a little ahead of schedule… so, while the oven is hot in go the three stuffed peppers I have…”the last of the last” as my Mom used to say… that my daughter-in-law’s Mother had made for me this summer… She made me 24 of them to put in the freezer… “I love you Pam!”… They were so delicious and we will enjoy the last of them later today!…

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but…

I’m not finished!…

I was on a roll…

The oven was hot and I wasn’t going to waste the heat…

and actually felt good with temperatures being low and flurries in the air…

While the peppers were baking I put together a cabbage casserole recipe a lady at the YMCA told me about…

Remember… I’m a simple person… and this was a simple recipe…

Head of cabbage cut up… I like it in long pieces… and placed in a greased (Spray Pam) baking dish (8″ X 8″) … Pour a can of Cream of Chicken Soup mixed with 1/2 c. of water over the cabbage… top with bread crumbs and pats of butter…

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We will see how it tastes later along with the Peppers… but, how could it be bad!…

I think my stomach is growling… from all of the wonderful smells wafting around in my kitchen… Husband says, “It smells like a delicatessen”, as he peeks into the oven… k8579335

Daily Prompt: On the Edge

We all have things we need to do to keep an even keelblogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us ACTIVITY

Things that keep me having an even keel“keeps me balanced”…

You mean, “Things that keep me from going crazy!”…

Blogging SSH0003

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Best stress release I have found since I started in 2011…

Blogging friends to talk to… Just a few words to perk a person up… How neat is that!

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My swimming aerobic class at the YMCA

Have met such nice people… even made a new friend… Will be doing for two years as of Jan. 2014… just keeps me moving… a good thing…

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I read more on the internet than books lately… but, a book once started… is wonderful…

Cookingk13711813

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More like baking… I’m better at that… but, I love trying new recipes… and YES… keeps me busy and even…

Crafts k8463493

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and redoing older items… a favorite thing of mine… When busy with a project I’m a happy camper…

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Hearing different conversation… Gives your mind some new things to ponder on…

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with sister… friends… cousins… Leaving my worries behind… Concentrating on them for a while…

Grandkids k5872361

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Listening to them talk… playing with them… shopping with them… No better way to keep me happy!

Clubs    TopsLogo-Color

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BUNCO (2)… TOPS Group…

Talking… learning… preparation for programs… Definitely… a mind stimulator…

Thrift Store  Antiqu_C

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Actually looking and looking… for that special “treasure”… like a hunt… that makes you smile when you find it!…

I guess I have lots of things that keep me on keel…

so, maybe I won’t go too crazy!… k10631664or get too off-balance!

Don’t Go Away Yet… Summer!

I just read a post by “This Blog Needs A Title”… Yes, that is the actual name of his blog… and that’s what caught my interest… the title …

He expresses his statements simply

and the last being…

Where has summer gone?”… http://thisblogneedsatitle.com/

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I don’t know… except it has been an unusual summer weather-wise here in Kentucky

not as many hot days…k10226537

not as many sunny days…

lots of rain all of a sudden…095b0617

dry days for weeks…

and then starts all over again…

Things I’ve done…

Went on vacation to Savannah… and Tybee Island… Making me want to move there…

I’m really very serious about this… but, no one really believes me…

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Have been on numerous short trips to some Casino Hotels… pbu0761

They pay for the room and the food… So, we take advantage of that… A night away is always good to clean out the cobwebs… vl0008b110

Have lost a family member… a brother-in-law… so sad for my sister and the rest of us… watching this coming about for over a year…k5673685

Have had a few lunch dates with my “girl” friends… Enjoying talking… good food… and browsing in shops…u23965518

Have kept up my water aerobics… but, weather has hindered that at times…x23686509

Have managed to get husband to YMCA… and he wants to join… An achievement I’m happy about!…u15313290

Have met so many nice people as acquaintances… and made a few new friends Isn’t that grand!

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and I have obtained a new jobteaching painting classes… That should help me stay busy this winter…x30276018

Things I would have liked to do:

Have my Grandkids more… They are busy with trips… ball games… friends… moved a little further away to a new house… Miss them!k5872361

Still haven’t zip-lined through the trees… b09989

Still haven’t made it to the drive-ink6801775

Still haven’t lost those pounds… k13970169

Still haven’t opened an Etsy Account to sell purses for kids that I like to make… 2839v3-max-450x450

Still haven’t done a few things (Repairs) around the house we need to make…k8994862

Still haven’t got a flowerbed fixed I’ve been wanting to redo…k13745297

Summer! You just need to give me more time!

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Could you just hold on for another month or two?

Daily Prompt: Never Again

Have you ever gone to a new place or tried a new experience and thought to yourself, “I’m never doing that again!” Tell us about it.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us NEVER.

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I’ve had a few jobs in my life… some part-time as I worked full-time

These are in no particular order…

EBAY seller…vga0007

I’ve cleaned houses after construction… ( “never going to do that again” )k14386366

Worked in a laundromat as an attendant…k2945996

Worked at a fast food restaurant doing prep work for salad bar…  ( “never going to do that again” )

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Babysitting…  ( “never going to do that again” )k13240812 only my own grandkids… they are fun!k13240808

Taught Sunday/Bible School…k5345036

Teacher Assistant with Special Ed Students…EMH, BD, TMH, FMD, MDkar0018

Long Distance Operator…x15453619

Information Telephone Operator…k5304291

Supervisor Long Distance…  ( “never going to do that again” )k8110808

Bakery clerk… x30140326

21st Century / YMCA After School Program– Instructor…

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Housewife/Homemaker/Mother/Wife… 031c0205ll

Grandmother… k5872362

Convenient Store Clerk…  ( “never going to do that again” ) k6162480

Leader of a club… k9666965

In making this list it gives a pretty clear picture of the work I like to do… and the work…

“I’m never going to do again!”…

Now, why?… is the question

Hard work… little pay…

Middle man… too many people acting like your boss …

(One person is plenty telling me what is expected)…

Dangerous… there is a lot of “strange people” who get out early in the morning or late at night…

Opening a store on your own in the dark… is not a good thing…

Have had my kids… raised them… worked with kids all of my life… ( love them )… but, a younger person has more energy…

Cleaning in an empty house… is not safe…

Summertime Fun for Kids!

Summertime is made for kids

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I try to have my grandkids over and do things with them… as often as I can…

I so enjoy being with them…

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watching how they do things… k13778033

seeing how they change so quickly…

I had Carson for two nights… I love it when they ask to stay… and seem to enjoy whatever we do…

From just lying around watching their favorite TV showsx12965119eating of course…”bottomless pits” at timesx17632026 … playing catch with a football in the backyard… or kicking the soccer ball

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Sometimes just sitting in the swing k4398182or on the glider just enjoying the quiet…

Mom takes them to the poolu21645540 … so when I asked Carson if he would like to go to the YMCA to swim… he opted for the park instead… even turned down the offer of going to the movie theatre dse0010

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One of their favorite things to climb on…

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These things swing as they walk on them…    Water sprinklers are on…

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Kids love these!                                                                          My boy looks so big!

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Climbing… sliding… swinging….                                     These just make me dizzy!

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I am a confident, inspiring leader… Ready to excel.

Group of kids at park for last day of school…

loved their T-shirts

Last night the Iroquois Amphitheater in the same park had one of their free movie nights

The kids had picked this date because they were playing…”Ghostbusters220px-Ghostbusters_cover

… Kennedy had seen it at a friends but, Carson had not seen it

We gathered a few drinks/snacks and sweatshirts… Sometimes gets cool… The movies don’t start until 8:30pm due to it needing to be dark

We arrived to find “The Ghostbusters” and their vehicle right in front of the entrance

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We took a picture and then proceeded in to find that we are not supposed to bring in outside food/drinks… But, for some reason they were overlooking thisEveryone it seemed… had brought a drink of some kind… and snacks

I imagine they understood… We were here because it was FREE… and had “kids” with us… and it was “outside”…

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We found seats easily due to being a little early… but, by nights end I estimated about 350-400… people…

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They gave away 3 prizes using our admission tickets k3867483to draw the winners out…

and the weather was just right…

Popcorn was the only item boughtk7486159 … You smell it… you gotta have it!…

I love the way the audience gets into the movie with being outside…

Hollering “Ghostbusters”! … when they asked… “Who ya gonna call?”…

Carson said as we left… “ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts!” k1417749 like said in

the movie…

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We all had our favorite part

Carson: when the old lady in the library turned into a scary ghost…

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Real library where the scene was filmed…

Kennedy: when the girl opened her fridge to find a scary ghost…

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Me: “Marshmallow Man” walking through the town… and then melting all over evryone…

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It was a fun evening

and when I passed the “Ghostbusters” near their car 130610_001Ghostbusters… on the way out of the parking lot… and yelled… “Who ya gonna call!”… and the kids giggled

http://youtu.be/WzyosYPveSI selling Ghostbuster vehicle…