Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekend Update;

One of the joys of staying at home is the ability to visit family and friends.  Thursday, I went to visit my good friend, Susan.
Friday, my cousin, Ron York and his wife Martha, came to visit Mom and Dad.  They live in Oregon.  We have visited back and forth with them throughout the years.  Ron brought lunch and we had a good afternoon of visiting.
Pretty much a boring winter day.  We spent the day doing absolutely nothing but watching TV.  This is good for Dwayne as he works hard all week and is on the road for 3 1/2 to 4 hours a day.  Now that I'm staying at home, a long day of being cooped up on a Saturday is pretty boring.
After my morning coffee break, I put a chicken on to cook as I was making chicken pot pie for supper.  Went to church; had a good sermon.  Nancy Ragan and I were the ushers for the month of February.  Ushers at our church also includes passing the offering plate.  I kind of like being an usher as you get to see more people.  I think it is to be a solemn activity but I can't help but smile and whisper hi to people along the way.
The kids came over for the afternoon to watch the races.  It was exciting to see a young newcomer win the race.
Cash is in the phase of hiding under furniture.  He loved playing under the kitchen table.  April said when she was vacuuming Saturday, Cash pulled out the bar stools and hid behind them.  For some reason, he is now afraid of the vacuum.  But when she shampooed the carpet, he was just fine.  The shampooer is much louder than the vacuum.

I love the Sundays when we all get together for a meal and visit.  I want it to be a tradition the same as my mom and mother-in-law did for years.  I wish my cooking skills were the same as when the kids were growing up.  Now I find it hard to put together a meal.  Must be getting lazy.  lol

I am grateful for our family time.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Finally, I am back to blogging.

A lot has happened since I blogged last.
Tuesday, December 14th we received new Black Gold jackets at work.  We thought it was a pre-Christmas gift. (Little did we know!!)
 Wednesday, December 15th I was called into the office and told they had sold the business and Friday would be my last day.  What?  Two day notice!  What a shock!  Silly me, I said I can work to the end of the year to get the taxes done.  I was taught when you start a job, you finish it.  But no, Friday was to be my last day.  I felt bad about the taxes and work that need finished.  It took me a couple days to think, "Connie, it's not your responsibility anymore, don't worry about it".
I took losing my job in stride, upset but not overly so.  Until yesterday!  Now I feel great sorrow as I loved my job and the pay and benefits were good.  Now, I am thinking of all I lost.  I always was a slow learner!  lol

I have missed blogging.  I had to get a new computer for home and hook up to the internet.  Needless to say that was a long process with a few hitches along the way.  At least now, I'm up and running.

I always thought things happen for a reason, but I haven't found a glimmer of hope in my situation yet.

I need to get caught up on blogging my life after unemployment.  Lots of family time and good memories.  Speaking of good times, my dad just called and invited me up for lunch.  Spontaneity, haven't had that in a long time.

So grateful for all I have and a loving family.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Weekly Visit:

Chad's Birthday Barbecue:

Dwayne, Connie & Chad
Dwayne, Connie, Chad, Todd, Cash, April & Mike
Mom, Me & Dad
We celebrated Chad's birthday Sunday with a barbecue.  The day was extra special as Mom and Dad were able to come down.  Momma hasn't been able to get in my house for months.  Dwayne and Chad had a ramp for her wheelchair and she's now able to walk some on her own.  Very happy for that.
Todd barbecued and Michael, my nephew, helped set everything out.  Desmon was with Chad and happy to see Mom and Dad there.
My 90 year old Father washing dishes!
After eating, my dad started rinsing off the dishes.  Mom said he was just showing off so we would all brag on him.  I told Dwayne what she said and he said she's probably right.  Which she was, but no matter, how precious it is that your dad is helping clean the kitchen at the age of 90?
We had a nice evening visiting and I'm sorry to say, I accidentally deleted the picture of the family with Desmon in it. 

I am grateful for my son's birthday and the celebration with family.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Chad Anthony:

December 12, 1978
I have so many favorite pictures of Chad. Here is just a few of them.
First day home from the hospital.

People used to tell me I looked too young to have a baby. I would get so mad, thinking I was not young, I was 21 years old!! Now when I look at this picture of me holding Chad on the horse, I think I look around 14 years old. Funny how time changes your perception of how you look or how old you feel.

First Christmas Card:

Picture at Grandma & Grandpa Elrod's and Chad's 1st Birthday:

Chad and Dwayne.

We were so excited at the birth of our first child. Chad was due on December 12th and promptly arrived on his due date. When Chad was born his hair looked platinum instead of blonde, it was a really pretty color. I worked for Dr. Stricker at the time of Chad's birth and he came to see us in the hospital. (Quite a first for Dr. Stricker as he normally didn't remember any of his help's first names) He looked at Chad and said, "Well, Snookims you have the same color of hair as mine". Dr. Stricker had more of a silver color of hair than gray. That was probably one of the longest conversations I've had with Dr. Stricker. I feel honored that he came by to see us.
Chad was an easy baby to care for. He loved being around people and would reach out to most anyone. We joke now that that is still a trait of Chad's, never meets a stranger and is always reaching out to someone. Chad was very obedient. He minded very well and usually just a strong word or a "look" would be all it took to make him behave. Chad has always been a little grownup. We went camping at Moreland's Resort when they boys were small and Chad would go out with Dwayne at midnight to check the trot lines. He was only 3 1/2, we never thought anything about him going. He just always seemed older than his age and we treated him as such. Chad loved helping Dwayne work, anything his Dad was doing, he was right there beside him. That is one think I miss most about us having our own construction business; Chad at a young age running the backhoe, helping Dwayne with any job, big or small.
Chad is a very caring person. He still gives hugs to his grandparents and even today I never see Chad without him giving me a hug. Chad has the biggest heart, anyone in need, he is there to help them. Chad is exceedingly protective of his brother and sister and I am very proud of him for his loyalty to his siblings and family.
It is so hard to believe my first born child is now 36 years old.
Happy Birthday, Chad!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Dear Friend, Carmen:

I lost a precious friend this week.  Carmen and I used to go to Sunday School together.  There is quite an age difference and we hit it off.  Our lives were quite different also.  Carmen's daughters were grown, she had a career, and although as nice as can be, appeared to be prissy.  (Looks can be deceiving, which is why we (I) shouldn't judge by appearance) Wherefore, I was a stay at home Mom, kids not quite grown up yet and though I'm very talkative, shy at meeting people.  We were just good friends.  Sometimes I would stop to visit Carmen if I was making a trip to Jefferson City.
I called her sometime over the summer and told her next time I had an appointment I would stop by.  She said, "Oh, please do".  I stopped last Tuesday.  I was sure in a state of shock.  I didn't know Carmen had had multiple health issues and major surgery since I spoke with her last.  A girl answered the door and I said I was there to see Carmen.  She said she was in the bedroom.  I thought that was odd, so I asked if Carmen was sick.  She said she wasn't.  I thought Carmen was taking a nap and she would tell her I was there.  She said I could go on in the bedroom.  SHOCK!!  Poor Carmen was in a hospital bed and you could tell she had had a stroke.  (Remember those symptoms so well from Grandpa Andy).  I walked over and held her hand.  Her face lit up and she grasped my hand and held it the whole time I was there.  She tried to talk to me but darn it, I couldn't make out what she was saying as hard as I tried.  I'm sure she felt frustrated.  I went ahead and carried on a conversation about April and my new grandbaby, talked about Shelby's wedding, etc.  She had tears in her eyes as I was leaving and held my hand in a tight grasp.  I am SO GLAD I stopped.  There are times we are in a hurry and think, I'll stop another time.  But I had made up my mind that morning I was stopping.  Whenever you get a nudge to visit someone, that nudge is probably from God.  I have found that to be true more than once.  I will miss Carmen, but I'm glad her suffering on Earth has ended.

I am grateful for the chance friendship I developed with Carmen.

Wonderful Weekend:

We went out to eat at Sput's with our friends, Kim and Ramey.  It's nice to get out of the house and see others.  We get in a rut of just staying home and really need to get out more.
I did chores around the house and Dwayne started digging post holes to put in our new yard fence.  Made me a happy person as he started last Spring!!
Mid-afternoon, Dad called to say Mom was really upset over Wayne and he was afraid she was getting sick again for me to come up.  Judy was already there and we tried to console Mom.  As weak as Mom was, she wanted to go to the cemetery.  (It was cold and misting out)  She had never been to the cemetery yet and wanted to go put Christmas flowers on Wayne and Mark's graves.  Troy came up and helped us with safely getting Mom to the van.  When Troy was younger, he spent a lot of time with us.  Every Memorial weekend, we would go around to cemeteries and put flowers on our friends and families graves.  First thing we would do was clean all the weeks off and clean the tombstone.  Troy and I automatically went to the grave to clean off old flowers and straighten things up.  Mom did good while there.  We then went to the Davis Cemetery to put flowers on Mark's grave.  Mom can't walk very far so Dad drove right up through the cemetery to get as close to Mark's grave as possible.  Once again, Mom did well.  I think all the emotions of losing Wayne caught up with her and the crying made her weak.  We all get scared everytime she's weak she'll get pneumonia again.
It was actually a healing day for all of us.
Troy, Judy, Mom and Dad
Saturday night, we went to our friend's, Mike and Susan's for a Christmas party.  Once again, good to get out of the house and catch up with friend's.  I admit I'm a wee bit jealous over Susan's Christmas decorations.  They are beautiful and she adds to them each year.  My excuse is she works from home so she has more time.  lol
Out of the house again!!  Dwayne and I drove to St. Elizabeth.  April and I went shopping at the lake and Grandpa babysat Cash.  We had a great time shopping and eating lunch.  We used to do this all the time.  Although, we love Cash, it was nice to just shop and not juggle getting him in and out of the car seat and shopping carts.  My Christmas shopping is done.  Mike fixed supper of sloppy jos for us.  Watched TV and then headed home.
My weekend wasn't over yet.  I took my last vacation day and wrapped presents.  Took a nap and just enjoyed my day off.

I am grateful for family and friends.  I need to get out and visit more often.