Wednesday, May 23, 2007


My friend from Bun In The Oven tagged me, so here I go. This meme make's me think a lot! And at my age, that's a real job!!!

INSTRUCTIONS: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so.

1) The Life & Times of a First Time Stay at Home Mom
2) Mom of 2 and Wife of 1
3) BlondeMomBlog
4) Bun in the Oven
5) BJ's Blunders

Next select five people to tag:

Tee,Kim,Wanda ,Luzie , and Kellibelly. I've chosen five, but please, you all are welcome to do this. So if you have a minute or two, please give it a try.

What were you doing 10 years ago?

OMG! I have to really think about this one. I'm pretty sure that I was feeling the "empty nest syndrome". My baby was 19 years old and wanting to be totally on her own. I think that was a difficult time for my husband and I. I remember pacing the floors at night, just waiting to see her car light's turn into our driveway. Oh yea, my hubby could go on to sleep. But not me. I needed my chickie home in bed too! I was such a worry-wart!

What were you doing 1 year ago?

One year ago, I was thinking about what kind of part-time business I could do from my condo. I really wanted to try medical transcribing. However, I had never done that. I worked in the medical field for 12 years for a pediatrician. I found someone that was willing to take a chance on me, and I did transcribe one tape, but it became too difficult for her to get the tapes to me and it just didn't work out. I never got paid for the transcribing that I did! And I still have the her equipment. I now sell Mary Kay part-time. But, I haven't totally given up on the medical transcribing. Maybe down the road when I retire. (ha,ha)

Five snacks you enjoy:

1). Light & Fit Vanilla Yogurt
2). Fiber One Bars- sooo good!
3). California oranges right now
4). Watermelon, cantaloupe and honey dew, strawberries
5). Chocolate in any form.

Five songs that you know all the lyrics to:

1). Beautiful - Christine Aguilara
2). Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (he-he)
3). Don't Forget About Us - Mariah Carey
4). Here Comes Peter Cottontail
5). I Can Only Imagine - Michael W. Smith

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:

1). Pay off my mortgage.
2). Buy a Canon Rebel with mucho lenses
3). Buy a beachfront property.
4). Take a trip to England or Australia or both. Why not? I'm a millionaire!
5). Take care of all family member financially.

Five bad habits:

1). Spend too much time on my laptop.
2). Don't exercise enough.
3). Worry about things I can't control.
4). I should dust more often. (who cares)
5). I should clean more often too! (who cares)

Five things you like doing:

1). Taking photos
2). Being on the computer
3). Spending time with my children & grandchildren & friends
4). Selling Mary Kay
5). Jewelry Making

Five things you would never wear again:

1). Bikini
2). Shorts
3). Halter tops (I think they are making a comeback)
4). I won't wear a bathing suit!
5). High heels

Five favorite toys:

1). Laptop
2). Camera
3). cellphone
4). Beading
5). Scrabble

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Fire at the "Pond Condominimums"

Yes, this is the development that I live in. No, it was not my building that was involved with this horrible fire on Mother's Day. I have posted a couple of picture's. But honestly, it doesn't even begin to show the damage that has been done.

I left my condo around 12:00 on Sunday, to go to my daughter's house to enjoy another Mother's Day cookout. I received a call from my friend a few hours later telling me that as she was coming into town, there was a hook & ladder and ambulance at one of the buildings in the developement that I live in. And, that the building was on fire. My first question was, "it's not my building is it"? It really did scare me. Supposedly, the fire started around 12:45 p.m. Everyone was able to evacuate the building. I was so glad to hear this. I didn't get home until around 8:00 p.m that evening. There were people in cars coming in and out of the developement. There were people on foot and on bicycles trying to get a glimpse of this horiffic scene.

It continues to be such an eery feeling for me because I have been in a situation like this about 15 years ago. My son had been doing his homework in the basement area of our home. He left his room, with a candle burning and came out into the family roon. My daughter at the time was around 12 years old. She had smelled smoke and ran downstairs to find out where it was coming from. She woke her brother but the fire was burning out of control in that one room. She ran upstairs and woke her dad and I and when my husband got downstairs to inspect, he told me to call 911 right away. Fortunately, our neighbor from across the street was a volunteer fire fighter and was at out door when he heard the call on his moniter. He came in with the garden hose and pretty much contained the fire until the fire trucks arrived. We all managed to get out safetly, including all of our pet's and stayed with our friends next door. Our home was a real mess. The smoke damage was really bad and the fire had traveled up the wall into the ceiling. The fire had gotten into the electrical wiring and our house had to be completely rewired too. A cleaning service came into our home and completely washed down everything. We lived in a motel for two weeks. We were very fortunate in many ways. We had our lives and we had good insurance that took care of everything. I am, to this day, so thankful that we escaped with no injuries. We could replace much of the things that were loss.

Each and every time I leave the development or return home, reminders of the fire that I had been in are flashing in my mind. Seeing devistation from the fire damage is so unnerving. It is a constant reminder of how lucky our family was.

There still is no determination of what caused this fire. The only thing that we keep hearing is that the fire started on the third floor balcony. Now, we know that grills are not allowed. Apparently the fire started on the balcony and went up the outside wall into the rafters and spread. I guess it will take time for the investigation to be completed. This is a double building, unlike mine that houses only twelve condo's. There are twenty-four families that were living there and are now displaced.

When you see how things like this happen, we all are reminded that we should not take anything for granted. Many of the people living in these condo's are elderly. I'm sure that it has been very difficult for them. Please keep these families in your prayers.

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Not a day goes by that I don't think of you.
They say I should move on, but tell me, where?
Where such love as I have shared with you,
Such sweetness from such joy so many years?
There has to be some room for storing sorrow,
Some place to keep one's undivided pain,
Where past can still be present, though in shadow,
And I can hold you in my arms again.
Ah, darling! We will be together always,
Though you are dead, and I must live alone.
Time is nothing but an open window
To things more real, which you and I have known.
When we were married, we became one flesh;
So now in me you'll not return to dust.

March 21, 1938 - May 20, 2003