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Not A Typical Christmas

candy cane

This Christmas was a different one for the ‘Kid’ and I. Since I just started a new job there was no extra money for us to buy for each other. We made the decision not to decorate the house or put up a tree. There wasn’t even a candy cane in the house. There was no traditional Christmas morning breakfast because we both slept in.

This was the first time since the ‘kid’ was born we did not celebrate Christmas in our home. I have to say, this broke my heart. I realize that he is 25 and no longer a child, but I always want to do right by him and that includes having presents under the tree. I want him to have wonderful memories of Christmas and not give him a memory of that ‘one’ Christmas we did nothing.

Not being able to buy for each other this year helped remind us that there are worse things in the world that could happen. It also reminded us to be grateful for what we do have and not focus on what we don’t.

I have a new job.

We were able to be involved in our family gift exchange.

We had a wonderful dinner and in excellent company on Christmas Eve.

We were able to prepare food to take to my folk’s home for our family on Christmas day.

I was able to help my mom out since she wasn’t feeling good.

We realized that the best gifts are not always ones you unwrap. We have the gift that my parents, his grandparents are still with us and we got to share another Christmas with them.

We have the gift of our health and capabilities to go to my cousin’s home and have a delicious dinner and lots of laughter.

We have the gift of hearing, to hear the laughter of my great nephew, the laughter of my brother, sister and extended family, laughter of my parents and kid. Listening to music. Listening to conversations.

We have the gift of sight even though mine needs help with glasses. Seeing all the smiling faces and joy in my loved ones eyes.

We were gifted with friends and family that love us.

We have the gift of our cousins that we love dearly and are grateful for the joy, love and support they show us all the time.

We have the gift of the best Aunts and Uncles a family could have. They love us unconditionally and that is an amazing gift.

We were given the gift to look at things in a new light.

We have the gift of a roof over our heads and food on our table.

We also have the greatest gift of all, a loving, caring and a protecting God. He always meets our needs.

When I look at this year and how it was a different Christmas for the “kid’ and I. I have to say, it was a great Christmas. We were surrounded by people we love and that love us.  You really can’t ask for more than that.

Here’s my suggestion to you: If you didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas, or your plans didn’t turn out the way you had hoped, don’t be a Scrooge about it, be grateful for what you already have.

Remember everything you have whether it be material possessions or not, is a gift. Be grateful because not everyone has what you have. There will always be someone that would love to be in your position (good or bad).

If you have a grateful heart you will ALWAYS be blessed.

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Music Monday: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

TSO

Good Morning, Just a few days till Christmas. This is a group that The Kid” and I listen to while we are opening presents. It’s not your typical Christmas music but fun to listen to if you like lots of electric guitars and drums.

I hope you have a great day.

TSO: Wizards of Winter       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWBjl-jPcVM&list=PL17C986CA3CEED034&index=39


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My Journey: New Job-Still Waiting

hourglassAfter a month or so of “busywork” on the new job, I still have no clue on what I’m doing. Or what I’m supposed to be doing.

Weeks into the job, I finally got an eight-hour training session on one of the four programs I need to run. The trainer was great, full of energy and kind of funny. She knew her stuff, and when she didn’t, she brought help in. I liked that about the training class. She did move through the training quickly, which I didn’t like, I wish she’d slow down for us old folks to catch our breath.

A handful of us (semi-newbies) were thrown into this training class that had been in process for a week. We were only there to learn the one program.

I was thrilled to finally have some training, even if it was only for the one program. I was excited to learn more about my job, and it was a great change of pace from the mindless work that I’d been doing.

After the training, I go home having a sense of accomplishment, thinking ‘great! Tomorrow, I’ll have the opportunity to start doing real work!’ I even took a few minutes to review the course work that was handed out, and I was pretty confident about starting the “real” job.

Boy was I let down. I walked into the building, thinking, ‘today is finally the day I get to work on the computer program for real.’ NOPE!!! My supervisor informs me, that we are swamped and she cannot pull a person from their job to sit with me. So, back to the “busywork” it is. (Bubble popped). They are unable to provide a timeline for starting the ‘real’ job.

Don’t get me wrong I will do “busywork,” all day, for the next twenty years, as long as I know that is my job. But knowing I was hired for a different position, makes me feel less productive than I should be. I am very grateful for this job, and I will continue (with a smile), with the “busywork” till they are ready for me.

I can’t wait for the chance to shine a little. Until that day, I will continue to make friends, learn as much as I can from my co-workers, do what I am told, and do it very well.

Abiding my time, grateful for new experiences, adventures, lessons to be learned, and leaving my comfort zone. Before I know it, all of this awkwardness will be in the past and everything will have worked out the way it is supposed to.

AS A SIDE NOTE: The team is beginning to warm up to me, or I to them. Things are still a little odd at times, but they are getting better. People are beginning to carry on conversations with me, and a few are even laughing at my sense of humor, or maybe just me. Either way, I’m okay with it.


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Music Monday: Gayla Peevey-Christmas

hippo

Here’s a fun song to start the week. Have a great week. Sorry if this song gets stuck in your head.

 

Gayla Peevey – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEmjp5P23nA&list=PLyn1b86Ad_a5sgiXKIyLwB2WIxQGndU9q


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My Journey: New Job-Fitting In

The past few weeks have been tough ones for me. I started a new job, helped with our family Thanksgiving dinner, we had a death in the family, and I helped organized and cook for the funeral lunch.

The new job has been hard enough for me to deal with let alone all the other things going on.

I am not used to getting up so early. Not working for a year had my sleeping habits skewed. Buying clothes and going through that torment was rough.

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Now trying to fit in at a new company. This has turned out to be a challenge for me. I am not used to that, in the past I have been able to make at least one connection and made a friend by the 2nd day.

This has not been the case this time around. I have been struggling trying to make new friends. I know I am a goober and have my own unique ways. But really??? Still no connections. I think I have lost my touch.

The company I am working for is one of the most different and odd places I have ever been in.  There are no cliques. Everyone pretty much keeps to themselves. It took 5 days before I heard laughter in the office. That just blows my mind.

I know this is a workplace, but come on….no laughing? Even outside where the smokers gather…no one talks to each other.  Just weird.

I have never been in an office setting where there is silence and you can hear every cough, sneeze and phone conversation. Did I mention this office holds around 100 people?

I have been trying to make friends by jumping into light conversations with a joke but they seem to ignore me. I have introduced myself to over 50 people and I get nothing in return.

I was beginning to get paranoid, thinking they don’t want to have anything to do with the ‘fat’ girl or the old woman. Yes, I am the oldest person on my team. Even my 3 supervisors could be my children. I was thinking maybe I was the smelly kid in the classroom or my attire didn’t fit in.

I know none of those are true. I am not the only ’big’ person there, I am not the oldest person in the facility, my clothes are just as nice as everyone else’s and I shower every morning.

What am I doing wrong? I may not be the most social individual but I can carry on a conversation.

Today something happened. I was setting with one of my team members shadowing her. We began to talk and she was sharing all kinds of information about her family and baby. I let her do all the talking and didn’t share one piece of personal information.

What I did though was share my personality as she spoke. I made sarcastic comments that directed back to my behavior and listened carefully to her stories and asked questions.

After a few hours setting with her, one of our team members jumps into the conversation. He looks me in the eye and says…..Can I ask you a person question? I said, sure just ask long as it’s not my weight. We all laughed at that one.

He asked me how old I was. I responded honestly. He had a big grin on his face and said, thank goodness, I am no longer the ‘old man’ on the team, we now have an old lady. I had to laugh. I know how he feels.

That was that. I made 2 friends within minutes all because I gave them the opportunity to share with me.

I have been doubting my choice by accepting the job offer after the past couple of weeks. But now, I think I will hang in there a little longer to see where this weird ride takes me.

You are never too old to learn how to make friends.


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75 Things I Am Thankful For

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I love this holiday. It’s always full of love and loved ones. I just want to share what I am thankful for.

  1. Family: I love my family deeply and I am so grateful for each one.
  2. ‘The Kid’. The best kid a mom could have.
  3. Siblings…Love you knuckleheads.
  4. New job.
  5. Having a year off from actual work.
  6. Discovering new things about myself this past year.
  7. A beautiful sunset.
  8. The changes of the seasons.
  9. A spring breeze blowing through my home.
  10. My niece and nephew
  11. My great nephew and new little nephew or niece on the way.
  12. Prayer
  13. Prayers answered
  14. The right to serve my God.
  15. Music
  16. The ability to hear and see.
  17. Starting a blog….a great outlet to share with others.
  18. All the men and women that serve our country.
  19. New adventures
  20. The capability of learning new things.
  21. A tall glass of sweetened ice tea.
  22. Cousins: you all rock.
  23. Friends: Thanks for loving me for who I am.
  24. A working vehicle.
  25. The sound of rain on a tin roof.
  26. Waking up every morning.
  27. The flow of a good pen.
  28. My Bible
  29. A roof over my head.
  30. Food in the fridge.
  31. Loving and forgiving parents.
  32. The internet
  33. Grandparents that spoiled me as a child.
  34. All my in-laws and extended family.
  35. The ability to read and write….Thank you teachers
  36. Humor…..nothing better than having tears run down my face from laughter.
  37. The smell of cut grass in the summer.
  38. The state of OHIO
  39. The colors of autumn leaves.
  40. Sunshine
  41. Blue skies with big white fluffy clouds.
  42. Hearing a child laugh.
  43. Not having to do laundry by hand.
  44. A ripe tomato from the garden.
  45. A summer rain shower
  46. All the mistakes I have made…they made me grow.
  47. Photography….outlet for some creativity.
  48. Heat in my home on a cold day.
  49. “The Kids” quirkiness, even though they aggravate me sometimes.
  50. My parents staying together for over 50 years.
  51. Hearing and knowing the Word of God.
  52. My family photos
  53. The collection of family music.
  54. The ability to help others
  55. Knowing how to organize
  56. Ordering online….so convenient.
  57. Watching trees blow in the wind.
  58. The sound of a piano, mandolin, violin, guitar or banjo.
  59. The trash man. He takes away all the unwanted things from my home, so     I can have a clean home and street.
  60. I know how to play Euchre and Marbles.
  61. My mom & brother taught me how to play baseball.
  62. The Ohio State Football team.
  63. Daisy flowers
  64. For all of you that read my blog.
  65. Being curled up in a comfy blanket.
  66. A handwritten note/card.
  67. A shoulder to cry on
  68. The sound of the ocean.
  69. Having an external hard drive to save all my photos and music.
  70. A GPS…I wouldn’t be able to get from A to B without one.
  71. Police and firefighters
  72. A place to lay my head at night
  73. A good haircut.
  74. For eye glasses so I can see clearly.
  75. Chocolate

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

What are you thankful for?


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Music Monday: Sheryl Crow/Doyle Bramhall II

This song was originally done by Citizen Cope, these 2 did a remake. I like this version. If you don’t know who Doyle is. Please look him up. He’s pretty good guitar player.

Have a great week. Remember to look for the little things that make you smile. Start with this song.

Sheryl Crow w/Doyle Bramhall II: Sideways

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-YUqdbWCH4