Thursday, February 22, 2018

the luxury of time

I started to work as a lifeguard at the Moose Pool when I was in my mid-teens thanks to my mother's connections to the lodge governor. We made 50 cents an hour for years on end and not only sat in the stand but babysat a bunch of kids who got dropped off and served them snacks from the little shack at the entrance where we took money or checked passes.  Somebody called the labor board on them for underpaying us and we all got a big chunk of settlement on back pay.  I worked that job until I graduated from high school and started at DSCC.  I also worked at Acred shoe store and babysat for one of my favorite teachers during college.  After two years there I headed to ( what was then ) Memphis State and the UT Center for Health Sciences where I graduated in 1977.  Within two months I had a job that I kept for 40 years and some change.  I owned a house, sold it and moved to the country to raise 4 year old Lauren.  I took call for about 10 years after I started at the hospital.  

I am just now recovering from the hours on end of sleep deprivation and just plain old fatigue from living that life and putting myself last.  To those who are younger with me and have kids and a life outside of work I say keep those priorities because that's where the good stuff happens.  As I wrap my mind around the future I have time to explore what makes me happy and go for it.  Before you know it I'll have hobbies again!

I ran into Mamye at the chicken store  and she was relieved to see me not trapped by floodwater.  As I drove down through David Lee's driveway I noticed that the river is almost up to the Hideaway.  The foundation crew is hard at work and I drove down and did a walk through of a home that I had never been in.  It's gonna be do die for gorgeous.   Congrats Lesli and fam!  Of course the river is all over the flats behind Mozella and thems' houses.  The crest of the North Fork is today but there's more rain on the way.  There are buds of all kinds in my yard just waiting to burst forth in bloom.  I can't freakin' WAIT!!

Chillax ~

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

no words

Today was lunch with the girls which included various sandwiches and a to die for roasted red pepper and gouda soup.  We caught up with what's going in everybody's life and I had a new pic of Reaves to pass around.  She is finally looking like her mama did at that age!  Afterwards, Mamye and I marveled at the history seated around that table.  

On the way in I stopped at Donna's to get some soap and lip balm plus another pair ot cute cheap readers in 3.5 which are hard to find.  They are purple polka dot, by the way.  We chatted during lunch about a 45th reunion and we shall see if that comes together.  Our classmate Darryl wants us to go on a cruise but that's just kind of....not realistic for most all involved.  I wouldn't DARE get stuck on a ship with a bunch of folks on a mission like reuniting 45 years later.  

My immediate concern is the flood status of local rivers including the Big Muddy, Forked Deer and Obion all of which affect my access to civilization.  I'm planning ahead for the big one where I don't have to get out for a few days.  

Otherwise it's all rainbows and unicorns except for the Florida legislature.  Talk about a passive aggressive move!  I refuse to believe that there is nobody with morals in government.  All it takes is for them to quit taking bribes and represent the ones who voted them in.  

The water is wide...I can cross over ~


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

beatin' the rain

I slept in today since I was up later last night.  I headed up to the gentral' for the basics and found that my favorite ex-waiter at The Bus Stop works there now.  I was in line behind an "extreme couponer" and they were already in motion so I said just carry on.  Chick apologized about a hundred times and I replied I had nothing but time.  The guy behind me, however, was glaring so they got him done.  The store is much cleaner and the manager gave me tips on what days NOT to come which is when all the trucks show up.  I asked the couponer how she does it and she said it's a lot of work.  She ended up owing 14 bucks for a buggy full and I paid 75 for my stuff.  

I drove to the cabin expecting Johnny's crew to be there and was pleased to meet Daniel Garis from Union City who does crawlspace repair and leveling and whatnot.  They're not going to be able to work for the next week because of rain.  I left with a vintage living room window which one of the guys carried to the car for me.  You can't beat that kind of service.  James Frank walked over to gimme a hug and look at the progress.  Our little community rocks.  

Namaste ~

Monday, February 19, 2018

a day full of joy

My friend had an appointment in Memphis today so me and her Mom are hanging together.  So far we have washed dishes, done yard work and talked about social work and the hospital.  We took Pearl for two walks and she pooped in the neighbor's yard but like good pet owners we scooped it up.  Pearl hasn't lived there that long so she was pretty leery of me all day and kept her eyes peeled all day.  Around lunch time several visitors showed up in the form of Kathy George, Laura Lacy, Judy Hatch and Hazel Hatch.  Between the six of us we worked about 400 years for Parkview Hospital as it was formerly known.  Everybody had a story or five and we got caught up on the ones who have moved on or are still there.  Judy made a Sonic run and Kathy brought to.die.for cupcakes from the new little place.  Pearl had to go into hiding because it was just too much for her.

We rested after that to catch the news and shortly after that Gay and Huck the road dog rolled in.  It was a perfect spring day that reached 77 with a nice breeze.  I had a sneezing fit or two but that was probably from the mold in all those leaves we stirred up.  I wouldn't trade the experience for all the tea in China.  I think that, particularly as we age, slowing down enough to enjoy these visits, whether random or planned, is a gift from God so that we get to relive the past.  

My new heroes are these kids in Florida who are vowing not to give up OR give in.  They are grieving, mad and hurt and rightfully so.  Once again, and hear me clearly:  I do not want to take away your guns and neither does anybody else.  We want responsible gun ownership like the guy who turned his into the local sheriff's department rather than selling it on the street or having it stolen to commit a crime.  We all have to be accountable on this issue.  Enough is enough and #neveragain.

Resist.  But always stop and smell the roses ~

Sunday, February 18, 2018

trolls r us

Social media is something relatively new considering I didn't even have a computer until about 15 years ago.  It serves us well as a way to stay in touch with friends and family and in organizing groups, etc.  A responsible person with a FB page shares thoughts and feelings, recipes, baby pictures and whatever the hell they want because it is THEIR page.  Because I am not a staunch gun totin' conservative I get a lot of troll activity on my posts from time to time.  I'm used to it and normally don't engage them.  I would never ever go on someone's page and try to destroy them by insisting that I am right.   That is narcissism at its' finest and is what causes polarization among people and incites anger and violence.

That being said, yes I am a person with a love of peace and compromise.  I do not claim to be right.  As my friend said to the troll "she speaks from her heart" and that makes me a target for these kinds of folks on important issues.  Once again, have at it if you feel so inclined but remember that others are reading what you write and making judgments about you and your own business.  You will always have the last word, that's a given.  And it's a very aggressive type of behavior.  I will agree to disagree with you when you show respect and not call me stupid for my beliefs.  Otherwise, we have nothing to talk about.  I am not upset or mad at anybody.  Just trying to find my way through this life like everybody else.  I watched the parent of a dead student speak at yesterday's rally and his words were "I don't know what to do next."  I have a feeling this latest school shooting will turn the tide on the issue because too many folks on both sides of the aisle are feeling pressure from their voters.  I may be wrong, but one can only hope and pray for a resolution.

Grace ~

Saturday, February 17, 2018


I've been in the house for so long that I've escaped most of the diseases that are terrorizing folks.  I guess my luck ran out because when I got up this morning I was walking into doors and walls to get to the bathroom.  Dizzy headed and nauseated.  Could be vertigo.  Who knows, but I threw up and felt better.  I know, that's too much information!

I was gonna' title this post "Janie's got a gun" but figured I'd have the FBI on me in a heartbeat so just no.  If I did have one?  It would be a double barrel shotgun to blow out the wall of my house in case somebody gets crazy.  I also have a couple of very nice knives compliments of Watson.  What I simply DO NOT get is the trolling and arguing and bickering surrounding the sale of repeating weapons.  I have been called, in no particular order, things like stupid, demolibtard, bleeding heart liberal, and on and on.  Guns don't kill people.  People with guns kill people.  How did they get those guns...and that many of them?  These people fly under the radar thanks to the NRA aka contributor of millions to political campaigns.  How did our country get to the point where we are that divided over an issue?  I am not anti-gun.  If you do your history on the NRA you will find that it was established as a reputable organization for hunters.  Somewhere between there and here they became the runner of guns to crazy people.  The seller of the Parkland gun was "mortified" that the weapon that was legally bought in his establishment was used for the massacre.  His mental health check was asking dude if he had a history of mental illness. Umm. Right.  

Most of these shooters put a lot of thought into their plans or they wouldn't be able to pull them off.  That guy in Vegas is a prime example of this.  Yes, it could have been worse and would have been if he hadn't offed himself like a coward.  Many active shooters do this when backed into a corner but only after they've mowed down innocents.  I thought it was kind of funny that the PD assigned to the Florida shooter said that he "expressed remorse" for what he had done which pretty much rules out an insanity plea.  He will spend the rest of his life in jail on our dime.  These are cases where I do believe the death penalty should be applied swiftly.  The evidence is there...use it and don't make us wait while you drag this idiot through the court system and we pay for it.

I try not to go off on tangents but this shit has got to stop, whatever it takes and I don't have answers.  They are out there though, and as a village we can figure it out if everybody plays nice.  What is particularly troublesome to me is that the white supremacy bunch claimed credit for this kind of like ISIS does when somebody sets off a car bomb.  These two groups are comparable in scope because of their focus on ethnic cleansing and violence.

I am a middle of the road kind of person and have changed my opinion on a lot of issues over the years: i.e. death penalty for mass shooters caught in the act.  And other murderers and rapists and such who are convicted on DNA.  I will remain pro choice 'til the day I die.  

So save your snarky comments and memes for somebody else on this issue.  Too many Americans are horrified with what is happening not just with this issue but all the other ones being tossed around like the wall and the Russians and the food stamp cutting.  This is not a rant because I don't have the energy for that.  It's just my thoughts and  a rainy dreary day is a good time to express them.

Keep the faith ~

Friday, February 16, 2018

not my job

If I were a teacher or parent of a school age child right now I'd be terrified to go there.  I've known many educators over the years who have gone above and beyond to ensure that their students got the best education.  They do it because they love to see the light go on in a kid's eyes and it pays the bills and sometimes?  It's just cool to teach.

Protecting students from mass shootings is something relatively new to our society that started somewhere around Paducah and spread like wildfire.  Because of the ready availability of repeating firearms sold for "sport" it has turned into an epidemic of blood and gore.  These teachers didn't sign up for the reality of shielding six year olds with their bodies and hiding under tables with the dead ones.  The carnage that has been put in their workplace is a phenomenon that gun rights activists are busy arguing about calling kids stupid because they eat tide pods.  You can't fix stupid which is even more reason for stupid to not have access to an AR15 "style" weapon.  

I love way too many teachers to name anybody but you know who you are.  Keep the faith ^j^