Thanksgiving 2014

Thankful

There is so much trouble in the world today; across the sea with other countries and across our nation with our neighbors.  I have many feelings and comments I could express regarding Vladimir Putin, the craziness going on with the Michael Brown incident, and Obama. However, I will keep my comments to my self as they are brutally honest, direct, and some could consider them hurtful.  Sometimes truth hurts.  Nonetheless, I AM THANKFUL!

I am thankful that I live in America!  Although we have a country who is in turmoil and profusely bleeding, I believe America will regain her beauty and can heal from the torture and illness that has been imposed upon her.

I am thankful for my family.  States span between us but the miles cannot diminish our love for one another.  We will always be aunts, cousins, uncles, nephews, grandparents, nieces, and in-laws.  WE ARE FAMILY and for that I am thankful.

I am thankful for my kids!  God has blessed me with children who are kind, considerate, loving, compassionate, goofy, fun, vibrant, different, and genuine.  Whatever they choose to call me, I am honored to be their momma, mom, madre, ma, and mother.

I am thankful for all the friends who have come (and some gone) into or from my life and our relationships. Each one of them has left an impression, given me inspiration to do more, or encouraged me on some level.  I am who I am because of my family and friends, past and present.

I am thankful for my health.  As I near the big 5-0 mark in life, what I consider to be the TOP of the hill, I realize how I could have been worse for the wear on so many levels.  I thank God for my health.

I am thankful to live in a country where we will not be persecuted for proclaiming our faith and that many faiths are practiced.

I am thankful God has awoken my desire to share stories and our life’s adventures.

And, lastly…I am thankful for my supporters.  Thank you!

For what are you THANKFUL?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

The Boy & Rhinestone Cowboy

Really y’all, this IS my life!

I’m sitting here working and singing along with the music playing in the background; I’ve got the 70s station streaming and Rhinestone Cowboy was playing. The Boy walks in and repeats the lyrics “Rhinestone Cowboy” that he just heard.

I asked “Do you know this song,” knowing it was waaay before his time. His reply “no.”

So, I continued to sing and The Boy said “carrots and lettuce?” Why is he singing about carrots and lettuce?

WHAT??? I replied. “He’s not singing about carrots and lettuce, the lyrics are “cards and letters!”

Ha ha ha. REALLY!!! You can’t make this stuff up! Bawhahah..still laughing. This IS my life…I am so very blessed with goofy kids who bring laughter to my life every day.

The Love Affair is Ova!

You may remember when I wrote of a love affair (read it here) that started more than ten years ago.  Well that special love has somewhat subsided.  Let me tell ya a story.

It all started…

…a few nights ago when The Boy came in from work, was obviously thirsty, headed to the fridge, opened the door, looked at his options, grabs something, closes door and proceeds to lean against the fridge while chatting with other house occupants.

Approximately 20 seconds later we hear beep…beep and realize he’s leaned against the DeadFridgedoor panel controls and now the indicator lights are off…nada…nothing…dead.  The fridge is no longer working, not cooling, not making ice and definitely not providing water via the dispenser.

A Determined Guy

After spending an hour flipping breakers, unplugging and plugging in the appliance, pushing countless combinations of buttons to see if we could get it to reset (the online GE manual offers NO help in resetting the appliance); The Boy managed to get the compressor to kick back on…meaning it was once again cooling…question was for how long?  Although none of the functions on the front end were working, the interior lights still off and still…no water or ice cubes, it was cooling and I was well, as happy as I could be considering the situation.

GE Customer Service (rolling eyes) what a joke!

This event took place on Sunday night.  I did not even bother trying to call GE’s customer service as it was nearing 11:00 pm and I knew they wouldn’t be open and would wait until morning to call.

So, I get a text message from a very apologetic son (who is at school) at 7:56 am on Monday morning  reminding me the service lines open in 4-minutes; I assured him the call would be made in short order.  Eight minutes later on Monday morning I placed the call and explained to the person on the other end the events of the prior evening.  She assured me since my purchase was less than a year ago they would have it back up and working for me.  After giving all my information, the particulars of where and when the appliance was purchased (why do we fill out and send warranty cards that has all this info on it, if they are only going to ask us again for it when we need service???  It’s baffling!)  Anyway, after giving the info the customer service rep says she can have someone out here….GET THIS….on the 30th of May.  HUH???  That’s ten days from now…SERIOUSLY???  I explained to her that I was calling about a fridge, you know…the big box that holds food which needs to stay cold and not a coffee maker, microwave, or dishwasher that someone could live without for a few weeks, if necessary.  This is a FRIDGE, stocked with food…and who knows what it is liable to do in the next couple of hours much less ten days.

She explained to me they do not have “same day service” on their appliance repairs.  I replied that I was okay with that, but to wait ten days was ludicrous and asked to speak with a supervisor.  The rep said she could squeeze me in on the 28th…again I refused to accept such a long wait period and repeated my request to speak with a supervisor.

After being on hold for 40-minutes (I guess they were hoping I would hang up and accept the 10-day wait period), finally a “supervisor” came on the line, identified herself and stated she understood I was unhappy with the time frame of service quoted to me earlier.  DANG right I was unhappy!  I explained to her that I paid quite a sum for the hunk of metal, it is less than a year old, and I refused to accept that it would take them a week and a half to mosey over and fix my fridge.  I was getting a bit hot under the collar at this point and asked the supervisor if there were that many broken GE appliances in my area that warranted such a long wait period?  Her reply, ma’am we do not have same day repair service…yadda yadda yadda.  I restated already being informed of the “no same day service” policy that GE has in place and that I was not asking for same day, however I refuse to be satisfied with the 8 to 10 days wait.

I guess she was tired of hearing me rant and finally said they could have someone out tomorrow between 1 and 5pm.  I replied, “fantastic…book it, thank you…see them tomorrow,” and hung up.

Tuesday, May 21st

Bill, the repair tech shows up and I gave him a little history of the events that caused the outage; again I was assured he’d get it up and running again.  He plugged his laptop into the top of the fridge (didn’t know there was a plug up there) and a few moments later he started making questioning noises of confusion.  After a minute or two he turned to me and said he’s never seen anything like it….no reading of anything, nothing and that the lack of readings would indicate the entire unit should be dead (but it isn’t…remember The Boy pushed buttons and kick started the compressor).  Bill was baffled, wasn’t sure what was going on and decided to order a new motherboard and front display unit and that he’d return on Thursday to replace both.  In less than 15-minutes he was gone.

Thursday, May 23rd

ItsAlive-The FridgeEarly in the morning I receive a call from my sister who told me to look at the fridge.  I saw lights working on the display that has been out for the better part of four days.  I pressed the water and ice buttons….yep…dispensing and the interior lights are back on. (Imagine that?)

I decided to keep the replacement appointment just cause the thing was really being strange.  Bill arrives a little later that day and I fill him in on today’s miraculous awakening of the chill box.  He was just as surprised as we were but stated that it is clearly malfunctioning and would prefer to replace the motherboard just to be on the safe side, I agreed.  Fifteen minutes later, he had the replacement part installed, ran diagnostics and conveyed everything was in perfect working order, thanked me for the business and was gone. (Ahhh a knight in shining armor.)

Okay, maybe the love affair isn’t ova….but I sure dislike GE’s policies and their customer service department.  Just cause I was pissed and on hold for so long waiting to talk to the supervisor, I searched the internet for unhappy GE customers.  Man oh man what I found sure makes me wish I researched the appliance department before purchasing the fridge.  I’ve concluded that either their products are truly crapola or their repair tech’s have not a clue about what they’re doing (no Bill though).

Bill, well let’s just say I’m totally into him….he made my week! 🙂

The Boy and life as a cart-go-getter.

Well it is official, my youngest is employed and I feel old!

Luke's Shirt

Kroger’s New Slogan

A few weeks ago The Boy became gainfully employed at a local grocery store as a bag boy and cart-go-getter, and has his first month of paychecks under his belt.  Let the life lessons commence…Life lesson #1…be responsible and get a job.

His first check was a whopping $14.18 but he didn’t care because it was his money, earned by his hard work.  I knew this check would not be enough to open his personal checking account, so I had the clerk cash the check for The Boy to have some pocket change.  And, being the super great awesome mom I am (blushing), I asked the teller to transfer the necessary funds from my savings to to open the account. Life lesson #2…learn how to manage/budget funds and balance your checkbook.

O.M.G…What a Miser

The Boy absolutely loves having his own money, but won’t spend it on anything and expects that I continue to purchase his Oreo Shakes from McDonald’s.  If I say he has to pay for it, all of a sudden he decides that he really didn’t want one in the first place. Hopefully this will be a trait that remains with him throughout his life (buy your own stuff).

Blue Truck

The Boy’s Truck

Oh what a harsh, harsh world we live in.

For the last year or so all The Boy  has talked about was getting a job so he could pay for his auto insurance and drive the little blue tuck that Gramps and JMAK (The Boy’s brother) bought him.  Life lesson #3…pay your own way, pay your own auto insurance.

Unfortunately, reality has been a little hard on him.  He recently learned that in order to afford  the maintenance, fuel, and insurance for the truck, one needs to work more than 12-14 hours a week, and at this point his average is roughly 14 hours a week.  Life lesson #4…life isn’t always fair.

He is on the “School to Work” program at school, (it used to be call work release when I was a kid) and he is dismissed 1.25 hrs earlier than non-working students.  With this school approve program in place, we’re hoping he’ll be able to work more hours each week.  Life lesson #5…hard work and dedication pays off.

Hard Working Fella

@ the doctors for meds

@ the doctors for meds

As a “Cart-Go-Getter & Bagger,” The Boy has to retrieve shopping carts from the parking lot, no matter the weather.  While at work…getting carts, he has found himself in snowy, slushy, cold, and rainy weather…yet never complains.  Last week it hit him like a brick wall.  After fighting a head cold for about 10-days, he finally told me his throat hurt and it was hard to swallow; so needless to say we made a trip to the doctors and the verdict…strep.  Life lesson #6…sometimes ya gotta work, even when you’re sick.   Here we are a week later, he’s feeling more like himself and has declared he dislikes being sick. My reply…duh, who does?

So now the cycle continues…he works, deposits checks and is saving up for his insurance deposit (while sparingly making small purchases for himself).  Once he has enough “cash-ola” for the deposit, I will take him for his intermediate drivers license and he will “finally” be able to drive alone, without a fully licensed driver with him.  That is a day I don’t want arriving too quickly as it will only confirm that The Boy will be an independent semi-adult and have no reason to rely on mom for much more than food and housing for the next year :-(.

New Chapters…to be written???

Instead of thinking about losing my youngest to his chapter of independence, perhaps I should consider the fact that I too have reached that stage in life that I have often thought about during my 32+ years of raising children.  That thought being…I too can be independent and do those things that I could not while rearing three kids.  Not really sure what those “things”will be, but I always my Bucket List for ideas.

Gosh, being a parent is a truly wonderful experience leading up to a sad realization.  If we do our job right, they won’t need us for much…other than to let them go and to always love and support them unconditionally…for the rest of our days on earth.

 

Almost 47 and still learning…

…that it is okay to put myself first, sometimes.

For being 16 years old…”the Boy” is quite insightful at times.  He’s reminded me of some of the things I’ve taught him and his brothers over the years.  Two recent lessons which have gone full circle are:

(1) “If they really wanted to be part of your life, they would make time for you to be in their life“; and

(2) –>

Priority-Option

I believe I have a pretty smart kid; but then again, I may just be a bit bias.

With a new year approaching, it offers a new canvas for me to paint the picture I want to see.

Thanks kiddo…I am ready to make changes, take chances, and step ahead in the new year and leave the past where it belongs…in the past.