Monday, September 26, 2011

Sleepers and Self Checkouts.........

Do you ever stray from your normal genre of books??? I like to do that once in a while....my normal being fantasy/thrillers/chillers/scifi/adventure fiction type books.....sometimes i just want ...i don't know...something different.... so i'll prowl around the book shelves in Hastings (my local book store) especially in the clearance section until i find an interesting title or maybe just cover art, glance at the first couple of pages to make sure i like the author's style of writing and take the path of the not usually read......I call them sleepers........The Secrets of Jin-shei was just such a book. What a wonderful book it turned out to be. The author introduces you to several young girls their lives destined to intertwine. She make you invest emotionally in these girls so you care what happens to them. I was worried i wouldn't be able to keep them all straight which sometimes happens when so many characters are introduced but in the end i had no trouble at all as they are all uniquely different. If your looking to immerse yourself in a story the spans a lifetime and full of Chinese tradition and folklore and a sisterhood then this is a book for you........
Hard to believe i found time to continue reading this while moving but i became so caught up in it that every free moment my nose was stuck in this book. Don't you just love books that pull you in like that?
On another note..........i read on the Internet news that some stores, mostly grocery stores are doing away with their self checkouts! All i can say is its about time! Hubby and i have boycotted these since their inception. We believe it does away with jobs........usually you see one cashier that will 'watch over' about 4 self checkouts in case their are problems. The way we see it thats 3 people without a job. Ofcourse its a toss up some store say they will keep them and some stores say they will do away with them. I guess some people find them convenient......to me sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture......the more they automate the less they need to employ.........
I'm also one of those annoying people that don't let checkers get away with bad service...........Sometimes i can go thru a line and the checker doesn't even give me a smile or an 'HEllo' or even a 'Thankyou' ...........I used to ignore that.........whatever.........but then i got to thinking one day about how i work customer service and how many days i smiled when i didn't feel like smiling......how i was friendly to the most obnoxious people and i got to thinking that i deserved at least that much in return......Do i complain to management??? ........I'm not beyond doing that if its really , REALLY bad or if i can't turn the situation around somewhat........but ever since i took it upon myself to be more friendly and open i make sure and engage the cashier. I start with a big smile and ' Hi how ya doing?'........really doesn't take much and usually that lightens things up and we chit chat thru out.......But then you run into some that are paying attention to everything around them but you......no matter what you do.....or flirting with their bagger if they have one.......or the ones that say nothing at all from start to finish totally ignoring your attempts at conversation.......
You know i get it ......i really do......cashiering sucks......been there done that for over 20 years. I know not every day is a cheery happy go lucky day.......but in my opinion it is their job and i know the employers expects at the very least to smile......say hi and thank me when i hand over my money........thats really not too much to expect.............So, thankyou.........have a great day......and come again! Hugs! deb

Friday, September 23, 2011

Welcome to the New Apartment..........

.........um.......yeah...........excuse the mess...........but i thought you'd like a peek........Whats it like going from 1600 square feet to about 600 sq ft. ? um....well yeah.....you guessed it , it sucks.....The frig is about half the size of the one i'm putting in storage......the stove going in storage is a glass top i've had for years.......lets just say Jinx and i are adapting......Hubby says home is wherever he lays his head next to mine.......he's the greatest right?
We are still seeing this as temporary.......we've only brought the bare necessities as we see it. Its a two bedroom and the second bedroom is full of all our worldly possessions in boxes. I should have taken a pic of that, maybe next time.......All the big furniture that we are not carrying up to this second floor apt is being stored down hubby's parents place a little south of here( including my big and apparently heavy art table). They have a barn but apparently we've just learned theres no room in the barn cause hubby's brother is working on his truck in there so our stuff will have to be under a carport for a while until he finishes up the truck....yeah.........didn't expect that.......i'm trying not to hyperventilate. I was already a little nervous about the barn thing now its a carport.......but its free......sigh.....
So everything that is coming up here is up here. You see that blanket with the big cat on it? We've had that thing our entire 22 year marriage and hubs had it before that. He brought it home from Korea when he was stationed there. It so wonderfully thick and heavy and no matter where we are it makes it feel like home to crawl underneath it.
Everything i have with me there are a few things i've left behind........I no longer have to worry about watering the trees and plants and worry if the huge trees out front are going to die from lack of rain.......I no longer have to worry if our 12 year old airconditioner which is two years past warranty is going to die on us after laboring thru these awful summers.....I no longer have to be aggravated with our neighbor ( the one who bought the house by the way) running his pick up up and down the shared driveway 50 times a day (no idea how they afford the gas to run as much as they do) or race his four wheelers and dirt bikes up and down the road........I no longer have to worry if all the remodeling projects we had going around the house would ever get done.....
Things i know i'll miss.........privacy.........sure i had neighbors but they were at least 100 yards away..........i'll miss standing on my porch having a conversation with the moon..........my bird feeders and bird bath and all the entertainment they brought me. I'll miss space........i think once you've lived in the country and owned your own home nothing less will ever do.......Apartment living is so depressing........i don't see how people do it honestly......To be cramped in such small spaces so close to other people......We'll do this but its gotta GOTTA be just a step to something better.........I pray the powers that be have something better in store for us.............
We have one more day of moving stuff.........tonight we move all the big stuff like i said down south........Hubs and i have done all the moving ourselves up until now but some big burly guys are coming over to help lift the big stuff onto the trailer (read frig, stove , washer and dryer, wall unit, roll top desk....) I'm hoping enough show up that i can take a much needed break from lifting.......body is sending out signals that enough is enough........I want to wipe down the frig and pick up trash and such around the house before we hand over the keys.......take a final walkthru..... Whew! aren't you glad this is almost over???? Hugs! deb

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Jinx has had a rough day........

Sorry no picture this post (busy, busy, busy)..........Pulled out the cat carrier and gave it a good wash down.......we never use it......Jinx just stays home......so today .....shot day was an OMG moment for Jinx. Jinx was born in April of 2005 ( I know this cause i just got a copy of his records , my memory is awful!) He came from my MIL house out in the country. We almost didn't get him because a week before we were to take him home he got bit by a snake on the side of his face........if you look close you can tell the pupil is messed up in that eye. We've never been sure how much he can see out of that eye.......he'll move his head at all kinds of weird angles when he's trying to look at something so i'm thinking at the very least he doesn't see too well out of it.
Well Jinx never made it into the house until he got fixed and declawed and his shots and he's been inside ever since.......oh theres been the occasional dash out the front door two feet before he has second thoughts and waits for me to come pick him up and just recently i bought him a halter and leash, so theres been a few forays around the yard lately........but other than that Jinx is safe and sound inside with me. We did not even keep him up on his shots so in his defense this little trip to the vet was something NEW!
I set the carrier on the floor and opened the door and after a few sniffs he climbed in and i tucked his tail in and shut the door.....okay ....good no problem......collected my keys, wallet and out the door.......we got to the end of the driveway before Jinx started talking loudly about his incarceration and rubbed his head incessantly on the finger i stuck in the door. But about 6-7 miles later we were there and Jinx ended his conversation when the truck stopped. There were two people and one poodle on a leash in the waiting room. Pretty calm waiting room in my opinion..........
However when the vet pulled Jinx out of the carrier it was apparent he had peed all over himself and the carrier........now did he do that on the way there or after the poodle came over to sniff noses? Either way i think he did it because he was scared.........so instead of going to pick hubby up from work i took Jinx home , plopped him in the bathtub where he was a very good kitty and gave him a quick bath. I think he wanted it off of him as much as i did. Now i'm gonna hit the carrier with the water hose and go pick up hubby. We are hauling furniture tonite and a few more boxes. Tonite is the last night in our home. Tomorrow we move the bed and every thing else. I told Jinx that this was the worst of it and tomorrow he gets to explore a new home! Hugs! deb

Monday, September 19, 2011

Apartment hunting.........

Searching for a new place to lay our heads.........it was a little disheartening.........the first place was total ghetto..........i think a little piece of me would have died if i had to live there............the second place had no apartments available.......Ah oh hope thats not a pattern...........the third place............felt kind of like Goldilocks and the three bears........it felt just right......not great , not perfect.......after you've had your own home i don't think any apartment would ever feel great or perfect.........this is not the direction we intended to go...........but we knew full well this may have to be a step in the direction we want to go.........so as they say time to put 'my big girl pants on' and deal with a smile and good attitude so hubby doesn't feel worse than he already does. I keep repeating my mantra 'Everythings gonna be okay'............hubbys not on that bandwagon but maybe i can carry off that attitude for both of us.........
Getting all the utilities switched over and we start moving boxes tomorrow........Jinx gets his shots updated Wednesday.......its gonna be a crazy week........so i may be a little scarce on here until next week. We took out a three month lease..........lots of jobs in CA still in the works so keep your fingers crossed! And remember.........'Everythings gonna be okay.......' Hugs! deb

Friday, September 16, 2011

Doodling and Waiting........

Wish i had some news...........I keep reminding myself and hubs that no news is good news.....at least he hasn't been rejected..........he did get turned down for a Washington state job in Seattle. Apparently he was eligible but they had better qualified applicants.........sigh........sure we want the CA job but we've also applied to others in Washington and Oregon.....We have to be out of our house by the end of the month and believe me at Sept 16 we are beginning to feel the time crunch.
Thing is the VA and government fiscal years start over on October 1st........could be they are waiting until then to hire on more people, that could be holding up the process . So we have to be out of our house by Oct1 but we may not hear anything until Oct1 . Just bad timing all the way around. We've seriously started looking for an apartment. We are trying to find one just on a month to month basis........apparently my town doesn't do that??? Then we need a storage facility for all our stuff...........all this just an expense we didn't want to have to put out. But the new owners already have someone lined up to move in here so we gotta go.
To be honest i'm ready to get out of here..........ever so slightly sad........stood out on my porch yesterday and watched the full moon play tag with the clouds and thought about all the times spent in the house........but so ready to move on.......The new owners will be coming in this weekend and next weekend to work on the inside of the house.......new bathroom floor and kitchen floor........you know how grumpy i'm gonna be about that.......but i will put on my brave face.......maybe i'll go grocery shopping and let hubby handle it.......
I hope you like how the butterfly is progressing.......As you can tell i finally decided on blues. I think i will use alot of orange in the flowers. Think good thoughts today. Friday always feels like a good day for us to hear something about the job. The end of the week is a good day to change someones life........hello VA are you listening?..........call me! Hugs ! deb
Just received word that hubby was NOT selected for the job in CA.........sigh.........still a few other jobs in the works but either way we have sold our home. At least now we know we WILL need an apartment and storage space come the end of the month and things are not so up in the air. Ofcourse there is still the chance that the person they offerred it to will turn it down and give hubs a second chance. Thank you for all your well wishes and thoughts. I'll let you know whats up with us on the job front. Ofcourse hubs still has his current government job so all is good there. Just looking for change.........

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Let the coloring commence.........

okaaaay....last post was weird....originally i had typed a paragraph between each picture but when it published POOF! no words! So until i know that was just a fluke i'm not going to say much...
So the drawing is done and i felt the need to outline everything in black....ahhh...i may come to regret that...but its done and can't be undone....last post....in the words that didn't appear i asked your thoughts on some color ideas....???? I originally thought turquoise and purples for the butterfly but i've been seeing some lovely monarchs floating around lately.... I'm open to suggestions.....the flowers??? and whatever those things are on the bricks??? Hugs!deb

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Butterfly WIP

I've had a butter fly in my head for awhile now. I think it translated fairly well out of my head and onto paper.
I see the picture in layers with grass and the butterfly at the top. I have yet to add the grass. Its going to be a little difficult with the majority of it disappearing behind the butterfly. But i'll give it a go.
I think i want to fill in with more flowers.....maybe a sunflower or daisy type........Its been a fun drawing and its moving along quickly so i wanted to show you some 'in progress' pics. Any suggestions for colors??? I'm leaning toward shades of turquoise and purples for the butterfly or maybe shades of orange like a freaky monarch??? Hugs! deb

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Again...........

Those of you who have been following me for awhile know that i stopped posting on my first blog RunDebRun because my daughter objected to having her privacy violated. I stopped blogging for awhile but decided i missed it too much so i started this blog LearningToJustBreathe thinking i could keep myself from mentioning her. But she has slowly crept back in and is objecting again............Problem is when someone is such a part of your every day life how do you avoid mentioning or acknowledging their presence??? I tried to keep it vague just calling her my daughter but apparently i was still too forthcoming.
I'm sorry this is so abrupt . Anyone wanting to contact me or stay up with the CA job thing please do write me at adbt16@suddenlink.net. I'd love to stay in contact with you. I've met some wonderful people on here. I still plan to be lurking and commenting on your blogs . I think i may keep this blog up and running just to show my artwork and work in progress. Sounds boring i know. LOL! But if you'd like to see what i'm doodling or crafting do stop by and if you'd like to chat please email me at the above address. You know i'll always love to hear from you. Hugs! deb