Monday, September 25, 2017

Who do you look to for guidance?

Do you pray first in all things???
I mean all things, even spouting off about your opinion about the president's latest tweet or tirade. Do you pray before  you go off about that or the NFL, NBA or whatever has you riled up???

No, I do not pray before all things, but I have learned to bite my tongue and NOT talk about politics at my job.

If you recall, I was a state government employee for over 20 years and we were advised every political season that we were not to publicly campaign for any one candidate unless we wanted to lose our jobs. I remember when my dad would never talk about politics or who he voted for because he too was a full time state employee.

This was all before social media was all the rage and everyone felt it was their right/privilege and obligation to spout off their opinion no matter who it ticked off or made mad in the days/weeks to come.

When I worked at TWRA, I got so ticked at hearing our Tech II call Obama a communist and tell raunchy jokes that were off-color and racist and brag about how she hated him and how she worked for the CIA in the past. It made me sick to my stomach and I knew I could never be like her.

My last day at wildlife, I really wanted to tell her off to her face but I knew it would be wasted words because she just didn't see any other way but her way. I am so thankful David and I made the decision for me to leave state government and seek a job close to home. It took a while and I really do like my job and I am constantly learning something new every day/week and that is a good feeling to know that I took a leap that did not backfire on me.

This time last year, I took a job with a printing company that only lasted 45 days. Now that I think about it, I wonder if they let me go because I opened my mouth about my political feelings the day after Mr. Trump was elected. Nope, I did not like it and I was very afraid for our country that day and still am months into his time as president.

Well, anyway... here we are in Late September and football season is in full swing. I love watching football, college, high school and NFL. I talk to the tv during the games and cheer on my favorite teams (Denver Broncos !).

I hate that this "taking a knee" mess has divided people yet again. I just want to watch my football and escape reality for a while. I don't care where you go to church, who you pray to or where you sleep at night.

 I am a grown woman who loves football and hockey and I am also a former Army Wife/Army Mom and I taught my GS troop/Cub Scout Den how to fold that flag, how to do a proper flag ceremony and how to carry the Flag in a parade or ceremony.  We were even on call to do flag ceremonies when the council needed us because I made it that important.

I will not take away another's freedom of speech because that was one of many things this country was founded on.

Folks, I just want to watch football in peace without the politics. Take your protest elsewhere.

At the end of the day, no boss on this earth can tell you how to live your life unless you choose to submit to them. The only being we are to submit to is the Almighty God.

Search your heart and pray before you destroy relationships on facebook, social media, work and professional life with your tirades and political posts.  I know I will continue to search for answers.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Night Thoughts

How are you this evening?

Some are celebrating homecoming, some are celebrating doing absolutely nothing and some are madly getting ready for their child's bday party the next day.

Today was the first day of Fall here in the US and it was a very warm day for Middle Tennessee.

Friday is my longest workday and most hours on my feet.

By the time we get off work most nights, I am exhausted and want nothing more than to go home and put my feet up and possibly take a snooze break.

However, tonight, I got a text message a little while before work was over and was happily surprised to see my buddy Steph had driven down to see me for awhile. We had dinner, she brought me my pampered chef order and she took home some melts and origami owl items.

Hard to believe how fast time has flown. My grandson will be 2 next week and tomorrow we celebrate his birthday on my birthday. This I think is pretty cool.

Life is uncertain, folks are fighting cancer and  fighting for their lives every day.
Be sure and love loud and proud. Always tell others how you feel about them so there is no doubt.

I am working hard daily to cut back my sodium, eat healthier and bring lunch from home more to save money. I am not losing weight very fast, but I am losing little by little.

Whatever you have going on the next two days, make it great, keep it positive and stay kind to others.
See you next time!

Friday, September 15, 2017

1st week

Both David and I have been peppered with a certain question this week. Honestly I find it curious and would never think to ask a newlywed couple this question.

Both co-workers and friends have asked us "Well, do you feel any different since the wedding?"

I laugh, shake my head and say, no not really every single time.
Still have to get up and go to work, do the laundry and all the other regular daily chores of our lives.

Tomorrow I have several things on my list to get done.
They include, working the Drug Take Back at the Dickson Fairgrounds, going to a friend's birthday dinner and going to find a few things we need this weekend.

Have I told you that I hate, hate, hate shopping and I hate driving in Nashville???

Well, to get your name changed you have to drive 45 minutes in any direction to find an office of the SSA. It's comical really. Here I am, taking off personal paid leave time to go get my name changed and then visit a friend for lunch.

It's my paid time off, but I would rather use it to visit a forest, campground or fishing area. We really need some time off to do some relaxing where we are not consumed by stress about work.

I also have things to return that my friends kindly allowed us to borrow/use during the reception here at the house.

I have been really congested for days now and hoping it subsides soon. This cough just wears me out and I know it makes others around me uncomfortable, but I do what I can to control it.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

It's Official!

Yesterday at 11 am

Several friends and family gathered at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Dickson, TN.

They were there to lend encouragement, cheer us on and pray for us as we had our wedding ceremony.

My grandson Nikolai did great as our Ring Bearer and stood with the bridal party during the ceremony. I have been told he even gave a thumbs up to the guests in the pews during the service.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that attended, sent cards, watched online (my son/his family), texted and supported us yesterday.

We had a few little glitches that made me crazy at the time, but now we laugh about it all.

The wedding cake was beautiful and delicious (designed, baked and decorated by the one and only Kourtney Sadler Souza!)

My now sister-in-law Laura Williams was our caterer-in-charge with my dear friend Denise Claggett as local assistant. Together, the two of them made the reception go off without a hitch.

Two of my dearest friends in the world stood up with me during the ceremony. Tiffany Jackson and Stephanie Taylor, thank you so much for all you did to calm me down, listen to my rants and get me through this past 30 days of craziness. It was all worth it and we need to do dinner /girl's night again soon!!

I did my best to hug every guest at the church and speak to everyone who attended. If I didn't speak to you, I am so very sorry, the miss was not intentional by any means.

Here are a few photos that my sister and other family/friends have shared thus far.





Friday, September 1, 2017

Did You?

Did you stand in line today at a bank?

Did you smile at the teller?

Or did you grump at them to do your deposit or cash your check?

Did you have your account number handy or did you come unprepared and expect them to look up your information, and fill out your counter withdrawal slip for you?

When they struggled to find your account, were you helpful or hateful and refuse to cooperate?

Did you make someone uncomfortable by calling them baby cakes?

Did you say thank you to anyone today?

Today was a crazy day in my life, we were short-handed and though we got through it, it was not always easy to smile at each person because we were so exhausted and just trying to get through the day.

Do you keep your commitments? Do you tell someone you will attend an event and then find a way to squirm out of it because you feel a tiny bit uncomfortable?  How do you think they feel? They thought enough of you to invite you to be with them that day. This type of behavior frustrates me to no end.

If you plan to be somewhere, you find a way to make it there no matter what. You don't scheme with your "bestie" to give you an excuse to get out of something you don't really want to do. You put on your big girl panties and do what you promised. Commitment folks! This is the way it should be!!!

Our rings are ready! I am so excited that most things regarding the wedding are in place and ready to go. Just need to get through a few more days until it is time to say "I DO".

My little TEAM BRIDE is all hands on and between phone calls and texting we have tons of stuff worked out and ready to roll for next weekend.

Pray for each other folks!
Pray for Texas
Pray for those with damage
Pray for those helping those in danger
Pray for the families wondering where loved ones are
Pray for those in hospice care
Pray for the caregivers
Pray for the moms/daughters
Pray for the fathers/sons
Pray for the Dads who miss their kids and for the kids who are missing them.
Pray for the ones grieving the loss of a loved one
Pray for the ones planning a big surprise event

Take care of each other!