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I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I’ve blogged anything.  My life since last year has taken some unexpected twists and turns and while the year is still young, I’m still a little muddled at where this path is going to take me next.

Where to start.  Scottie is now a year and a half old.  He continues to be a constant source of joy for me and his parents.  It is simply amazing watching him grow from being a little baby into a toddler.  He is walking…no running…and climbing all over the place.  He is starting to speak and has wicked temper tantrums when he doesn’t get what he’s asking for.  He calls me “amma” and says “hi ya” “ee ya” (see ya) gives wonderful hugs and is just a big ham.  As you can tell I love him to death.  I have had the opportunity to babysit a few times, I think I’m suited for the role of Grandma!  Love it!

Erin is now in 12th grade, and is looking forward to Graduation.  She is still quiet and our bookworm, but hopefully soon she will be working and coming out of her shell somewhat in the next year.

As for me, in June I finished my 2 year program, and in August I found myself living in Kamloops, renting a room from a childhood friend.  By Sept, I found that my husband decided he didn’t want to move here with me, so now I’m separated, and making it permanent, I guess soon.  Life is full of surprises.  I am enjoying being in the city, lots of things to see and do.  I am hardly ever home, whether it be looking for work, shopping or just visiting with my adopted family.  I’ve made a few friends but I do miss my family.  Oh heck, I miss Clearwater, but not the boring life I led before.  At least now, I get out, take the bus downtown, sit in the park (when it’s warmer) or just go for a walk somewhere.

Let me see, what else can I catch you up on?  I guess that’s about it…Oh I am on a work trial for 30 days at a local retirement home, am enjoying it!  I am doing a bit of administration work as well as receptionist and kitchen work.  Answering the phones, and the door and building databases are part of my main duties.  No work is offered after this, but I figure it’s something else I can add on my resume as well as the experience which is something I can not give back!  LOL

So, I enjoy life one day at a time, take it as it thrown to me, and hopefully I don’t spiral out of control.  I’m doing okay with my good days outnumbering the bad days but I still have them.  I will be okay.  Yes there is a reason I am sure for this, but I will persevere.  I have to. I have 2 lovely daughters, a son-in-law and a grandson to love.  I will be okay.  Yes I will  🙂

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*A smile is just a smile, but a smile from the heart can change someone’s day. So smile like you mean it. You never know who you will have an impact on today*

I love this quote I got off facebook this morning.  I often go into the status shuffle and pick a quote or a funny little saying.  I admit some of them are just so disgusting that I frequently pass them by, but this one hit me this morning.

I like to smile, makes a day feel so good!  Yes, I have my down days, and quite a few of them I might add, but it makes my day when I see my girls smile even for fleeting second.  And it makes me feel extra special when I see my husband smile.  He has had some really hard times, and I do all I can to make him happy.  He’s a good man, deserves a whole lot better, but he’s getting better. We’ve had 27 years together and things are good.

Anyway…smiling is good for all of us, young and old, big and small. So smile a little smile or a big smile, it’ll really make you feel good and you will make another, who may or may not be having a good day, feel so much better!

:>) :>) :>) :>)

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Life, everyday

Well what can I say that I haven’t already?  The weather has been phenomenal, love the sun, but the storms are crazy.  No thunderstorms, which is strange for this time of year, but lots of wind, rain and hail when it does fall.  It was a really dry winter, and people are predicting a hot summer. Who knows, no one can really tell, can they? Oh I know if we look to nature, to the animals especially, we’ll find that the signs are there but I’m just not that nature savvy.  My cat is shedding more than usual, is that a sign?  I have read about the geese and know that if they fly high up in the air in autumn, that it means to be a warm winter, and if they fly low, it means a long cold winter.  Or is it the other way around?  See, I read but don’t remember.  Something about animals fur too, if it’s thicker, means colder weather.  Hmmm…do I really want to go pet a bear?  I think not!

Back to the real world and me!  haha I got my hair cut on Saturday, still taking a bit to get used to, but I like it.  Short hair is good for a lot of things. Easier to take care of, just wash and go. I like that. Long hair is too high maintenance for me.  School is going, learning that web design and maintenance, haven’t actually designed anything yet, but soon!  My grades are in the high 80 mark range.  So am pretty happy with that! I’m actually learning something!

Grand-parenthood is slowly creeping yet, Shannon’s at the 6 month mark now, and is looking forward to being a mother.  Jason is a typical 20 year old boy, wanting toys and not quite sure of being a father.  Terry says that is typical of men, and I sort of remember of all the differences coming out when our girls were small. Oh here’s a picture of our grandbaby (I refer to the baby as he..maybe I’m wishfully thinking?):

He’s a very active baby, much like his mother and is always kicking here, which is what he was doing here.  But he’s there and he’s real and he’ll be here before we know it!

Hmmm..What else can I tell ya?  Not a whole lot.  Life just goes down its usual bumps and turns and an occasional fork but I think maybe..just maybe things are looking up for us.  We’ll see what happens. We take it one day at a time and hope things turn out for the best.  That’s all we can do, right?  Oh and keep on smiling despite how lousy some days look!  :>)

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It’s Monday once again. Just what does that mean?  hmmm…good question. Monday just another day of the week.  Or is it?  Monday is the beginning of a new week. A day notorious for Murphy’s law. If anything out of the ordinary happens, it usually does on a Monday. Why is that?  Are we so relaxed from the weekend, that we are not aware what’s happening?  Do we just not want the weekend to end?  hmmm…I don’t know why, but today it seems hard to wake up, to get into the routine of school, life and everyday things.  Well it could be that it’s still early.  It could be that it’s sunny out. It could be that I still want the laziness of the weekend to carry on through today and beyond.  Yep. Mondays.  Yawn.  It’s time to get cracking…or is it?

:>)

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30 years ago today, Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg in to the Atlantic Ocean to start his Marathon of Hope. Who knew that today, his run, his dream would still be going. His run for cancer ended sadly in Thunder Bay, Ontario when the cancer that claimed his leg, grew in his lung, and ultimately claimed his life. Every year since then, the legacy grew and the money goes to research to the research for cancer.  His family, who come from Vancouver, are still very active in the marathon. Every September, people from all over Canada and many parts of the world take part in the marathon to raise more money.  What started as awareness with one man with a dream is now a legacy, and a hero to all of us.  Please remember this man, and his dream of 30 years ago.  Terry Fox, you’re dream is still alive, I know you’re smiling down at your legacy. :>)

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It’s been a quiet week, nothing too interesting or eventful happened this week.  My hard classes are ending this week, and I have 3 left for this semester.  I’m so enjoying this education stuff, even if it does get frustrating at times.  But if it didn’t challenge me, I’d be bored stiff, I’m sure.  I’m flirting with the idea of opening my own business, but I’m not sure if it’s going to make me the money I want at the moment.  hmmmm…decisions…decisions….I’ve applied for parttime jobs and summer jobs, but I haven’t found anything yet.  So in my extra free time I’ve been writing. I’m writing articles, written a couple of “ficlets” and just trying to get ideas. The volunteering is going well still, slowing down quite a bit, but they like to have me come in and “work” learning new and fun stuff like shredding, answering phones, sticking labels on folders…You know real exciting office work.  But I’m thinking this is where I want to stay, helping people on computers, showing them how to write resumes, etc.  I have always liked people, but in big groups, or even small groups, I get really overwhelmed. I think this is why I don’t do store clerking, or bank tellering (hehehe…I made up a new word!  Gotta love that) so I’ll stick where it’s quiet, and people seem to like what they’re doing. This is what I need.  It’s not quite as overwhelming and I’m gaining the confidence I need!

Well it is Sunday, am wondering what to do on this nice day, maybe write some more, we’ll see.  My eyes are behaving themselves, but still have some pain in my right eye which absolutely drives me nuts.  Nothing can be done except heal the symptoms and hope it goes away on it’s one.  Yeah, that’s fun, never knowing if this will be the last attack or not. I try to keep a stiff upper lip but sometimes it’s hard not to whine and complain. BUT I have to remember there are people worse off than me.  I’m lucky, I still have my sight and I thank God every day for that.  Okay enough whining. Need to smile, and be happy.

:>)

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Uveitis.  Just what is it anyway, and will it ever go away???  Apparently not, this is my 4th year of dealing with this crap and I’m really getting sick of it.  Uveitis, or iritis is an inflammation of the iris. It’s quite painful, makes your eyes light sensitive, and I don’t mean just a little, I mean a lot.  I’m a sufferer.  And there are lots of us. I’ve researched this condition, and there is no cure for it. It’s a condition that can be caused by an auto immune disease or in my case, they can’t find a cause other than the marker gene, HLA-B27. This gene is a marker for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoid , lupus , scleroderma , Behcet’s disease , anklylosing spondylitis, Reiter’s disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and B-27 disease. I haven’t had any of these, thank goodness, but it’s would be comforting to know why I’m getting these attacks so often.  I don’t mean to whine or complain, but why can’t they find a cure?  All they can do is treat the condition with eye drops, (steroid drops), eye injections (oh doesn’t that sound like fun???) all of which can lead to glaucoma and cataracts.  Is this what my life is going to be like?  I know my ophthalmologist by his first name and all the staff. You know have been going there a lot, when they look at you and say, hi Leona, how are you? as soon as you walk through the door.  Yep.  I think I’m going to figure out a way to raise awareness, to raise money for research, and to get the word out there, that this condition is just as important as anything else. Sight is important!  For more information on this check out this site:

http://www.avclinic.com/iritis.htm

As for me, I’m having a better day, but after the pain I went through this weekend, I am glad.  I just want this episode over and done.  I’m tired, grumpy and just want my life back to the way it was.  Since that can’t be done, I’ll try to smile and carry on. Pick myself up and say..there are worse diseases out there.  Suck it up, girl, you can do it.  :>)

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