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Brianna, Tyler and the girls moved to Denver in July. Since then, I have been to Denver twice. (Currently on the second trip).

I have missed them so much over the last 6 months. Brianna and I have always been close and it has been hard not having her close by. When she lived in the Quad-Cities, we didn’t necessarily see each other every day or even once a week, but just knowing she was “right down the road” made it so much easier.

Casey only has 4 more months of high school left. It just doesn’t seem possible that he is old enough to graduate. He has decided to go to a local community college and major in computer science with a minor in game development.

I am seriously considering moving to Denver so that I can be closer to Brianna. I won’t move for at least 3 more years until Casey finishes college (at least the community college). I am still unsure if I want to do travel echo or even teach echo. I have had problems with my right shoulder and already had surgery on my left so I am sure that I won’t being doing echo’s for much longer. Guess I will just have to see what all transpires over the next 3 years or so.

Allie and Lilly are getting so big. I can’t believe they will be 4 and 2 in April. I already have my reservations for April so that I will be in Denver for their birthdays. Allie is talking about having a “Frozen” birthday. She just loves that movie.

Work is going really well. I am back to working what is considered full-time but work only 4 days a week. We have hired two new techs and they are working out really well. It is nice to WANT to go to work again. Don’t get me wrong, I still have those days, but they are far and few in-between.

I have joined a the Quad-Cities Photography Club and have learned a lot with more to learn. I have tried to get out and take more pictures but the weather surely has not cooperated this year.  Between the rain, snow and cold it has been difficult.



Random thoughts….

  • On Saturday morning, I watched my baby (yes baby) (ok she is 25 yrs old) girl as she and her beautiful family drove away with a U-Haul full of their stuff headed to Denver, CO. As much as my heart is hurting that I won’t be able to just stop by to see my daughter, her husband or both of their beautiful girls, I also am so very happy for them and the opportunities that lie ahead for them.
  • I watched the video update on Randy Travis.  Prayers for him, his family, the doctors and all the healthcare workers on his case.
  • I had an awesome time volunteering for the John Deere Classic again this year. (This was my 4th year). I love working with the people at the Admissions tent. We all have a great time together and definitely shared some good laughs. I am truly sorry for those that I hit with the security wand….I promise not to touch the wand next year!
  • I am so blessed to have the friends that I do. I can not thank them enough for being there for me. I sure have been through a lot over the last year and they have stood beside me and even held me up. Didn’t matter what time of day or night it was, they were there.
  • Living far away from family when you know that they need you is so very hard! Wish I could be there for my Mom. I will be there soon, just wish I could now.
  • Going back to work on a Monday after having 5 days off sucks! Going back to work on a Monday after having 5 days off AND being on call SUCKS!!!!!!!!
  • So excited, I am going to the Heartland Jam this weekend. Wasn’t sure I was going until today.
  • Can’t believe that I am going to register my baby (yes, baby) (ok, he’s 17 yrs old) boy for his SENIOR year in High School tomorrow.
  • Can’t wait for my hair appointment this Saturday! Really need to “wash that man right outta my hair!”  (man=gray)


This week, I was flooded with memories. Not exactly sure why but I believe it to be an amazing thing when they sneak up on you.

The other day, I decided to clean the kitchen floor. Since I just moved into a rental house, I felt like the floors may not have ever been REALLY cleaned…so I did what my Mom and Aunts always did…I got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed the floor with a bucket and scrub brush….the smell of the ammonia brought back so many memories and thinking about how my Mom would clean the floors every week that way. I could hear my Aunt Dutchie screaming at us kids if we would just open the door and she had just cleaned the floors….didn’t matter if you had to go to the bathroom or not…you were NOT going to walk across her nice clean floors!  Thinking of Aunt Dutchie made me think about her hanging her clothes outside on the line to dry…not matter the weather.  She owned a dryer but I can tell you she NEVER used it!  Even in the winter, the clothes were hung up.

Yesterday, someone posted a picture of the old style hair dryer on Facebook…the one you put a plastic type bag on your head and hooked the hose up to it and connected it to the suitcase it came in and turned it on. Boy did that make me go back a few years! I remember my Mom putting that on us all the time to dry our hair.  I used to love watching my Mom set her hair in rollers and use it. The pink kind of rollers with the toothpick looking thing to hold them in.





These items then made me remember the time that I wanted a perm and Mom said she would give me a “temporary” one to see if I liked it first…She made me sit on the floor in front of her and she painstakingly took little pieces of my wet hair and twirled it  around her finger and then used a bobby pin to clip it to my head. She did this to my entire head (FYI–I have VERY thick hair) and then she sprayed it down with water and put a CLEAN pair of underwear on my head. I had to sleep (yeah, right) like that all night and the next morning she took out all the bobby pins and “fluffed” my hair with her fingers and sprayed it with AQUA-NET hair spray. I was so proud of my curly hair! I couldn’t wait to go to school and show everyone. As I proudly walked onto the bus with my new do, I was welcomed with the Gee boys singing, “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair” and then a huge uproar of laughter. I was so upset, I think I may have even cried. When I got to school, there was even more teasing and when I went to the bathroom to try and comb it out, I just made it worse.  From that day on, the Gee boys called me “Fuzzy Wuzzy”.

So what are some of your memories? Good, bad or indifferent…..

New Chapter

Well, it has been quit awhile since I tried this blog thing….gonna try again…

So much has happened since my last blog (Sept. 2011). Marty and I got a divorce, I sold my house, moved in with a guy, moved out 5 months later and now it is just Casey and I. We live in a 2 BR duplex that is perfect for the two of us. At least it works and no one else to deal with.  I will admit that I am a little lonely at times, but am determined to find things to occupy my time so that the loneliness doesn’t take over.  (Like blogging?)

Casey is officially a senior in high school. I can not believe how fast the time has gone. I sure hope he enjoys his last year. Not exactly sure where he is going to go to college but more than likely somewhere in/near Denver, CO.

Brianna, Tyler and the girls (yep…two beautiful granddaughters) are moving to Denver, CO the first weekend in July. I am not sure I am ready for them to move, but I know that it is what is best for them.  Gonna miss them more than anything!

Work is going better. I am working part time and wishing that I could go back to full time because of finances. Thinking about moving to Denver after Casey graduates or maybe even doing some traveling Echo stuff. Guess I will have to see what the next year brings.

I bought a Cannon Rebel T3 and am loving it. I have gotten the photography bug. I know I will never be more than an amateur but I am ok with that. Love taking nature pictures. I will have to attach some if I can figure out how.

So…recently I had someone say something to me and I have to wonder….Do people really think like that?  How is that working out for them?

What did they say you ask????      Well, the guy that I was living with told me that “When you are in a relationship, the relationship comes first, not the children.” He was dead serious.    Really???? What do you think????

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