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Thursday, March 1, 2012

I haven't posted for a while, so thought I'd better get busy.

The person(s) who thought it was  cool to steal my debit card information got away with it.  Oh, I got my money back, most of it, anyway, through the bank, and we contacted all the businesses that had also been duped by the theft.  But the police gave up the search, saying it was done online through an overseas connection, and there was no way to trace it to bring the perpetrator to justice.

It was a scary experience that apparently happens quite often.  So, please, if you shop online, be sure that little padlock at the bottom of  your screen is showing that the site is secure.  Then, hopefully, you can have a better shopping experience than I did.  I don't even know what site I was hacked through.  But I'm being very cautious from now on.

This winter has been a series of ups and downs for me.  I contracted strep throat only a month after recuperating from an extended bout with bronchitis.  Antibiotics healed both illnesses, thank the Lord.  But the drain in strength and resilience has left me exhausted.

I'm working several different shifts in different positions at work.  Some days, I work in Restorative Nursing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (love those hours), some days I'm charge nurse from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. (don't care much for those hours), and sometimes I work charge nurse from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (not too bad).  On weekends, I'm often working as charge nurse from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (ok, depending on the day).

We are almost to the end of the current session of F2K, which is the free creative writing fiction class at Writer's Village University, where I mentor the Ernest Hemingway Room.  I enjoy doing this, but it does involve a lot of time away from hubby on weekends, and from getting my housecleaning done.  This session has been heartbreaking for me, with two of my dearest friends withdrawing as mentors from the class.  Everything is up in the air and the jobs they did are left undone to a degree.  It will take some time to get the ball rolling once more.

I have two novels in progress, but haven't had the energy to work on either one of them since November.  I'm hoping that as soon as F2K is over for this session I can get back into them.  I would love to get one published this year, if not both, even if they are self-published.

My art, well, I dabble with colored pencils now and then, but haven't painted anything since January or so.  I'm scheduled to display at our local bank this spring, so I need to get something painted for that.

I hope to host our family's Easter dinner again this year.  Last year, we had a great time playing whiffle ball in the empty lot just south of our house.  It was nice enough weather that we could set up all the food on picnic tables out back on the patio, and everyone brought their lawn chairs.  I'm praying that it will be nice again this Easter.

My two dogs are getting fat and sassy.  They both seriously need trimming, so I will be calling for an appointment with the groomer.  Kim Lambert, a local pet groomer, does an excellent job, and has taken care of all three of my dogs, from my late Cuddles to the Shih Tsus, Starr and Bandit.

I've been following my grandkids in their school activities and sports.  My grandson, Colin, is making his mark as a basketball player.  He is only a sophomore, but he starts on the varsity team most of the time, and even if he doesn't start, he usually plays a majority of the games.

Regan, was doing a great job as cheerleader, but was having some problems with some of the other cheerleaders and has dropped out for this season.  I was not happy about this, but I do understand.

Abby, in eighth grade this  year, played basketball and was cheerleader for the Jr. High teams.  She does a good job as well.

I have grandkids living in Concordia that I would love to be present for their games, but I didn't have a schedule for their activities.  Teresa Faith is quite the little gymnast, winning awards for that. Alexandra is active in archery. I hope to see more of their activities this spring and summer.

I guess that's enough to bore you to sleep for now.  I wish everyone a happy Easter coming up.

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