Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Still Here!

Checking in quickly to let everyone know we're doing fine.
I've canceled some of my online accounts, so if you've tried to check on me thru them and haven't been able to, that's why.

Still no job, hence no internet at home. I find I can not make it to the library everyday to check my email, but am trying to get here at least 3 times a week.

If you want to get in touch, send me an email. gramma@grammashands.com

I joined a couple friends to Sonoma last week, Tuesday. Had a great time. Did a lot of walking, looking at shops. Some of them offered free wine tasting. Tried a local port that was simply wonderful. Since we didn't have a big budget, the free samples were nice. There was a shop with free samples of cheese, others with samples of chocolate, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, local fruit...
We took a break at an Irish pub and sampled some potato dishes, then had dinner at a Ti restaurant. This was a first for me.

All that walking really did me in. It took a few days to recover from it. My knees and hips especially suffered.

Well, my time is nearly up, better beg off...
Take care...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Checking in...

Just checking in to let everyone know all is well.
The heat is still on here, although we did have a few days of very pleasant weather.
We had a congregation picnic the weekend before last and the weather, while a bit hot for some of us, was nice.

It was loads of fun. I was able to bring my grandson. After a while, this quite little guy was very vocal. Yelling with the other kids and having a blast. There was a water balloon toss...I watched and took video. Some played volley ball and others played baseball. And loads of food!
Emery came along. It was fun to do something with him. He's always on the run.
Such is the way with teenagers.
And since he and I are not in the same congregation, I see him even less.

Still no job. Since I no longer have Internet, my search isn't like it was when I could just get on there a number of times during the day. I've signed up with an employment agency and set to do so with others.

Well, my time here on the library computer is almost done!
More later...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Greetings everyone...
Sitting at the library right now, you can sign on for an hour at a time. That wouldn't be so bad if the computer was a bit faster. I spent the first 20 mins waiting to log into my email. Anyway...still not bad considering it's free.
I'd like there to be more available that's free...
Oh, well.

I canceled my gym membership today. That was hard. I just didn't want to, but it's a non-necessary expense. I can always sign up again when I've got a better income.

I'm going thru trials right now and will be glad when their done. Satan is trying his best to turn me from serving Jehovah, but of course it's my earnest goal to remain faithful.
I am getting out in the ministry as often as time allows. I enjoy my time with the sisters. They are wonderful encouragement. There are so many of my friends who are out of work right now. We all agree, it can't be much longer before the end of things as we currently know them and on to a new and glorious time. In the meanwhile, keeping our faith in tact is key. Always depend on Jehovah.

More later...

Friday, August 07, 2009

Financial Hit

Due to the economic times we’re in, we have lost our internet service.
This being the case, posting won’t be as frequent as I’d like, but it won’t stop.
I’ll be accessing the internet from our local library. Hey, it won’t be so bad…it will get me out of the house more and one less bill. I can get internet for FREE!
I got to the library at 10:25, turns out they don't open till 11:00, so I decided to sit in the car till then and compose what I will post on my other sites.

I was thinking about what bills I need to pay once I get to the library and it occurred to me that I need to pay the registration on my car. I didn't account for that when I was planning my bills, so it looks like my credit card payment will be late.

The weather here has been simply wonderful. This will help the utilities bill, since I haven’t had to run the A/C in quite a while.

I finally got most of the drapes hung in our new place here. I still can't find the brackets for the ones in my room. I had been waiting for Emery to have time to help his ol mom out, but his schedule has been so hectic, I finally decided to tackle it myself. It went so well, I even hung our heavy coat rack.

Some weeks, Emery is so busy with work and his ministry, that I only see him when he’s on his way in and off to bed late at night or on his way out early in the morning. I have to admit I had been feeling neglected. I expressed my feelings to him and he’s been making efforts to at least have brief conversations with me.
How will it be when he moves out???
Some day’s I find myself thinking maybe it won’t be so bad getting married again. I’d have someone home to keep me company and talk to. Then I remind myself being alone is better than being in a bad marriage, and I’m just not willing to risk one of those again.

I have an interview with a local employment agency today. Hope that works out.

Anyway...coming to the library wasn't so bad and I'm actually looking forward to it. I've decided to check out a movie while I'm here.


Saturday, August 01, 2009

August Calendar

I came across this, thought you'd enjoy it.

Human Calendar


Minimum Budget

So, money is getting very tight and I really have to skimp. I keep a lot of staples in kitchen...flour, sugar, oil and spices. I ran out of bread and have no money to get some, so was looking for a recipe for flat bread, since I don't have yeast. Yeast expires and I never seem to use it before it does, so I only buy it when I need it.

I found a nice video showing the ease in making flat bread. I will be tyring it out tonight.

I'm still on the search for a job, but still not bites.

The weather here has been really nice. I can't wait for the heat to be all done, so I can start my winter garden. I didn't have any success with a garden this summer. I got started too late and the heat of the summer was just way too much for the young plants to survive. I was really looking forward to fresh veggies from the garden. Especially tomatoes.

Oh, speaking of tomatoes...out in the field ministry this morning, I met a nice woman named Maria. She wanted to share some of her garden with me. (truly a blessing as food is running low at our house) She gave me a large box full of tomatoes and zucchini and requested I return for more when this ran out. I shared them with another family and still have plenty for the week. A nice sandwich with sliced tomatoes, onions and lettuce sounds wonderful!
This is a nice reminder of how Jehovah takes care of our needs.
Matthew 6:25-34

I remember as a young girl, spending the summer with my favorite aunt at the time, who had a veggie garden in the back. I thought it was wonderful to be able to go out to the garden and pick fresh lettuce, tomatoes and all that was needed for that nights meal. So, every new place I move to, I start a garden. The last place we lived, the ground was just too hard and full of gravel to sustain a garden. The year we tried, the carrots would grow some, but we couldn't pull them out of the ground! We rototilled it an conditioned it before hand, but about the only thing that grew were the green onions and tomatoes. Still that was wonderful. This year will be the first time I try a winter garden.

Well, I'm off to hang curtains.

Have a good day.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Well I made it to gym this morning and took a Zumba class. It was pretty fun and I'm really looking forward to the next class.

I found a studio that has a video on ther site...take a look, I think you'll be inspired!


I'm always nervous with I go to a new class by myself, but I really really wanted to do this one...so alone I went. Once your there you really get into it. There were a lot of different kinds of people there at different levels...I can't wait to do like some of the woman who you can tell have been going to the class awhile.

It's supposed to be about 10 degrees cooler today, so I'm planning on NOT running the A/C. Giving it and my budget a break.

Well, off to get things done...have a wonderful day!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hot Hot Hot

Well, they tell us it's going to be back up into triple digits the next few days. I started the A/C early this morning to see if I can finally keep this place cool!

I feel pretty good today...the first time in almost a week!
I lost 10 pounds while I was sick. Not the way I would have like to have done it, but I'll take it. Now I've got to get back to my exercise routine to get tone back in this old body! Amazing what happens in a week when you stop. However, I will be taking it very slow, as I don't want to overdo it and relapse.

I mentioned in my last post that I was going to redo this blog, but I have decided to create a new one. I've decided this would be the best way to accomplish my goal. You can visit my new blog at http://grammashands.blogspot.com/

Well, I'm off the change my room around.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sick, sick, sick!

Oh wow, have we ever been sick here!
I felt great on Tuesday...got some work done around the house and garden. Felt so up I even pushed myself an extra 15 mins with my workout. Later in the afternoon, however was a different story. I began to get sicker and sicker. Had to ask my son how he was feeling, just in case it was the casserole I made. LOL...I didn't think so, but you never know. He was feeling fine.
Later that night, he was feeling pretty sick to his stomach also. Funny, he was extra vigorous with his workout that day too.
Anyway, he snapped out of it enough by Thursday that he could get out and resume his regular routine. Me? Here it is Saturday, and while I am feeling considerably better, I am still not able to eat well and feel like I can keep everything down. Sure is depressing to stay in the house sick like this.

My dear grandson Adien, came down with it before we all did. He was so bad, that his momma had to take him to the emergency room on Thursday afternoon. I felt just awful that I couldn't go down there with them because I was still so sick. I'm sure I drove his momma nuts calling to get a status report every so often.

I'm planning on a change for my blog, so stay tuned.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Me and My Toes!

OK, I just don't know what it is with me and my toes, but in the past year...I have broken 3! That's just in the past year!
I did it again yesterday. And of all things, it happened when I was stepping down into the pool at a friends home. I must have put my foot down wrong.
The weather here has been pretty hot. Spending a few hours in the pool was glorious! The sunburn I got as a result of it, was not. Obviously not enough sun screen.
Because of the broken toe and the sunburn, I won't be making it to the gym tonight. Friday nights are always my favorite, because of the Hip Hop class my friend and I take.
Oh, I've decided to keep my gym membership. I found I can have my membership down graded, cutting 1/3 off the monthly rate. All this means is that there will be a few locations I won't be able to go to...no problem.
Well, off to try to get a few things done around here.
Don't forget to visit my site http://www.grammashands.com/. I've added the afghan I've been working on.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Grammas Hands

Well, Lilly and Aiden have moved out.
In the beginning, I said I kicked her out, but the truth of is, she had a choice. We were having a discussing about something she didn't like and was heading out the door to avoid it. I told her if she left at that time, then don't come back. She left...her choice.
I miss my grandson terribly!

I called her a couple days ago to see how they are doing...and to tell her I loved her.
She says their ok.

Beside out in the ministry more, I've been revamping my web site, Grammas Hands. So say tuned for that. I like the way it looks much better and I think you will too.

Because of currently being out of work, I have to cut back on my expenses, so I will be canceling my gym membership. Not looking forward to it, but I need to eat. I can always sign up again once I get back on my feet.

Well, more later...

Friday, July 03, 2009


Ah! It hasn't been a year yet!

Still haven't gotten my first unemployment check, but I'm told it's on the way. Hope so...I went a paid rent yesterday. It's a weeks pay and will be gone as soon as they cash the check. It will be another 2 weeks before I get another. Groceries are low...2 more weeks before I can go to the food locker. They only open once a month here. We have plenty of staples like rice, pasta, beans and other canned goods. I'll have to have Emery buy some meat, milk and fresh fruit and veggies.

I've been looking everyday, numerous time a day to find work on line. Monster.com, EDD, Craigslist...places like that. Still no prospects. I've decided to go ahead and apply for a retraining class. Someone told me that Pel Grants will no longer be offered because of the state budget stuff. We'll see..

In the meanwhile, I get out in the field ministry as often as possible. It's calming. I really enjoy the conversations with people we meet. There are a lot out there who are also out of work.

I've decide I should cancel my gym membership. Really worried I'll put the weight back on, but I don't have a choice. I'll just have to be diligent. I have plenty of exercise DVDs, so I'll pull them out.

Well, more later. Time to clean.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Joined the Ranks...

Well, I've joined the ranks of the unemployed. I knew it was coming, but it's still not easy.
Emery has been wanting to move to a place of his own, but I've asked him to please hold off till I get another job. Not sure I can make it on unemployment with out his contribution towards rent.
Glad we're not in the kind of social circle where it's made fun of to live with your mommy! He's such a wonderful, delightful son. I treasure him more that he can know. He's been house sitting for some friends this week. I was delighted when he called me the other day just to talk. Perfect timing, as I was feeling a bit blue, feeling down in the dumps about how I was going to get all the bills paid and stuff with Lilly.

Lilly is back home. It's a little better this time, but we still have our issues. I love having the grandbaby here! He and I are constant companions. If he's awake and home, he's right there with me. He loves being out in the garden with me. I'm working on getting him to understand that once we plant it in the ground, we don't dig it up again! I will miss him dearly when (if!) they move into a place of their own.

In anticipation of being let go from work, I started a web site to sell things that I make. I was making baby blankets for friends, they encouraged me to make them and sell them. I did. I was surprised to get $75 each for two that I made! Anyway, I've been learning to make jewelry and have added that to my list. My site can be viewed at http://www.grammashands.com/.
Funny...so far I haven't added any baby blankets! I do have one in progress, but I've been really enjoying making the jewelery.

Well, I know before I said I was going to be more regular about posting. If you consider it's been about a year since my last post, I am regular...yearly postings! I will, once again, try to be more regular.