Thursday, May 30


Leroy has got Jake working with him on the sprinklers now and they are almost done!! We need to get some decent fill dirt in the yard, and then buy some GOOD sod. No more Bahalia for us!

I have a ton of stuff to do at work tomorrow after being out for these two days!!! I am actually looking forward to it!

I still haven't gotten the pictures of the grandkids to Eckards, but I will soon. I wish I had my own digital camera, but OH WELL! I can use the one at work from time to time, but I don't really like doing that.

I took today off, it was actually the second day. I had a bit of a virus. I'm not going into details, but Immodian fixed it LOLOLOL. I feel tons better now, and I made Lasagna for dinner. I will also make a salad and probably bisquits.

We have gotten the house kind of straightened up, so Jake won't have too much to do tomorrow. I have got to figure out stuff for him to do this summer.............PLEASE EMAIL ME WITH PRODUCTIVE IDEAS!!

I'm happy..........are you happy?


1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.

2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush
your hair.

3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They
always catch the second person.

4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.

5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.

6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.

7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.

8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.

9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.

10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap.


1) Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.

2) Wrinkles don't hurt.

3) Families are like fudge . . .mostly sweet, with a few nuts.

4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.

6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber,
not the toy.


1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.

2) Forget the health food.
I need all the preservatives I can get.

3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while
you're down there.

4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a
rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.

5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers, but
nobody bothers to ask you the questions.

6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.

7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.


1) You believe in Santa Claus.

2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.

3) You are Santa Claus.

4) You look like Santa Claus.


At age 4 success is . . . not peeing in your pants.

At age 12 success is . . . having friends.

At age 16 success is . . . having a drivers license.

At age 20 success is . . . having sex.

At age 35 success is . . . having money.

At age 50 success is . . . having money.

At age 60 success is . . . having sex.

At age 70 success is . . . having a drivers license.

At age 75 success is . . . having friends.

At age 80 success is . . . not peeing in your pants.

Hey! The lady at Boots and Braids says I'm not boring. I'll go for that!!!!

Thanks Shirley! I like my life just the way it is. Kind of crazy.

Wednesday, May 29

Am I Boring?

On the left hand side of my page there is a web ring thingy that says notice someone|get noticed. I put it there a while back, just to do something. So I was looking over my blog this evening, waiting for Leroy to bring my cigarettes back, (he got home in time to take the boys to church) and I clicked on the notice someone area. It will take you to different online journals. I read a few entries from some and have came to the conclusion that I am boring.

I mean what do I ever do. I work. I come home. I cook. I get run nuts by 5 kids. I take tons of Tylenol. I go to bed.

Tonight I got a roasted chicken from Sam's Club. I made what my Grandma Clara used to call "potatoes with the jackets on", which is whole boiled potatoes of course. Green beans with bacon grease (yes, I went all the way to the bacon grease). It was great. Top it off with Red Velvet cake.

Did I tell you I am up to 200 pounds?

Oh, BTW, Leroy did a great job on those sprinklers. We might be able to get grass now!
My stomach hurts

I have to take the boy's to church, and my stomach hurts. I need to lay down. Leroy should be home. I put the girls in the shower without thinking that we have to leave in a couple of minutes. Mmmmmmmmmmmm......sounds kind of crazy, huh?
The Hunger Site : Give Food for Free to Hungry People in the World

Tuesday, May 28

KindlyRat's Poke Salad

I can't BEGIN to tell you how much snail mail I have to go through. I keep it on top of my little filing cabinet next to my computer and it is PILED HIGH. I guess I should get started, but I don't want to. Dang........................

Oh, BTW, Leroy is out putting sprinklers in our yard. I don't know why. We don't have any grass LOLOLOL.
Great Trip

We had a wonderful time down south in Ft. Lauderdale. The only thing I regret is that we couldn't stay at his son's house for the Bar B Q yesterday. We really needed to go by and see Leroy's Aunt and get home at a decent hour, so we left his son's house about 1 p.m., by the time we visited with his Aunt it was 5 p.m. and we didn't get home until almost 9.

I will have pictures up soon!!! We were able to spend some GREAT time with the grand babies!!!

Thursday, May 23

I'm Pooped!

I did a great Powerpoint presentation, but I added back ground music and it is GIANT. 5.6 mg. How do I get it smaller?

We go to Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow. YES!!

Monday, May 20

Tell me what you think about KindlyRat's Poke Salad!
SuperKids Spelling Builder - Hangman

I could have swore I posted something to this thing at work..............oh well.

I mad Lemon Pepper chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, and bisquits for dinner. Leroy called me about a half hour ago. He is going to work an extra hour (11 hours a day) for the next 4 days, and take off work at 11 on Friday so we can go to Ft. Lauderdale!! Fun! Fun!!
Today in History
Good Mornin'

Guess what? Today's my Birthday. I'm 42 years old.

Sunday, May 19

This SuperKids Math Worksheet Creator - Basic Addition site is really great!! I had no idea quite the extent of resources available.
Mouth of Babes

Truly a heart warming story about the bond formed
between a little girl and some construction workers.
This makes you want to believe in the goodness of
people and believe there is hope for the human race.

A young family moved into a house next door to a
vacant lot. One day a construction crew turned up
to start building a house on the empty lot. The family's
6-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all
the activity going on next door, and started talking
with the workers.

She hung around and eventually the construction crew,
gems-in-the-rough, all of them, more or less adopted her
as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her, let
her sit with them while they had coffee and lunch breaks,
and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her
feel important.

At the end of the first week they even presented her
with a pay envelope containing a dollar. The little girl
took this home to her mother who said all the appropriate
words of admiration and suggested that they take the
dollar pay she had received to the bank the next day to
start a savings account. When they got to the bank the
teller was equally impressed with the story and asked
the little girl how she had come by her very own pay
check at such a young age.

The little girl proudly replied, "I've been working with
a crew building a house all week."

"My goodness gracious," said the teller, "and will you
be working on the house again this week too?"

She replied, "I will if those useless sons of bitches at
the lumber yard ever bring us any drywall that's worth
a shit."
I want Chocolate Pie!!!!!
Clean House

I have been cleaning this messy house for two days. If it wasn't for Jacob, I wouldn't get anything done. He is SUCH a big help!! Leroy is home today finally. He is stuck off in the bedroom. I will say this for him, he has cleaned the bathroom. Hopefully, I will get him to do the other stuff in our bedroom.

Jake and I are stuck doing laundry. Folding and hanging. That sucks!
This is good....Quia - Matching, flashcards, concentration, word search
Leighanne is not doing well in school at all. I assumed the school would be able to teach her what she needed to know, but that is not necessarily so. I have found The First Grade Backpack - Arithmetic, and it is my intention to have her do two work sheets a day.

I have found other sites as well, Praise God!! I will have to MAKE time to give more to my children. I think too much of myself.

Saturday, May 18

I appreciate this site....Wallpapers, free backgrounds, free animated gifs, free stuff and more. I am beginning some new pages and have gotten a few backgrounds from them!!
Tons of Clothes

Folks give us stuff and I buy stuff, and I don't through stuff away. The girls closet was so full that it was literally breaking the bar. I went through toys, shoes and clothes in the closet today. We gave away 4 bags of toys. We have two bags of shoes, and 7 bags of dresses, etc. Can you believe that? I kids say I ought to have a yard sale, but I prefer to give stuff away. Folks bless me, and I attempt to bless others.

There is a TON of other house work to do, but I'm tired now. I am going to attempt to take a break and then works some more.

Thursday, May 16

You know, I feel in love with Leroy because I respected him. I loved the way he enjoyed helping other people, he had a good work ethic, liked animals, etc.

NOW,,,,,,,,,,,,,he gets home from work is not home 15 minutes and he is out helping someone else til all hours of the night. Last evening he SWORE he was just taking his friend across the street over to collect some money from a job he did. He didn't get back til 10:30. I have not asked for an explanation, I don't want to hear it.-

Monday, May 13

The day after Mother's Day..........

I bar b q ed ribs and chicken yesterday. We had the left overs today with corn on the cob and carrots. Now, the good part IS....I bought a mixed cheesecake from Sam's. Do I need to tell you how good it is?!?!?

I am back to work this week. Although I enjoyed the class I taught last week, I was pooped when it was over. Have a ton of stuff to do at work.

Lee Lee and Destiny are getting ready to take a bath. Jamila has to do the dining room and George has to do the dishes. Jake is down with his Dad working on someone's car, of course.

I rented 5 movies at Albertson's for .79 cents a piece. They just built a new Albertson's 2 blocks from my job. I am going to cancel a lot of that stuff I pay for on Direct TV. I only watch the cop shows and forensic stuff anyway. Of course we have to keep the kid channels.

Well, let me go beat some kids...................

Saturday, May 11

I stole this SheepGame from KindlyRat's site.
Look what I found

I was messing around and did a search for my grandfather's name on Google. This is what I found:

I am searching for any of the Shelby Family that lived around El Cajon, San Diego, Ca. from 1900 and foward. A Travis and Pearl Shelby had a son named Howard Shelby and he was last known to live in Santee, Ca. around 1973. any help will be great.. Annie Shelby d. 7-12-1988 and was married to Al VanVeen was there ever any kids? Looking for J.P. Shelby also married to Clara . Who were the children? Jarie Shelby married a Elby Brewer and lived around San Diego, Ca. I would love to find those Shelbys in Ca. that are still living..

That's my family they're talking about. I have emailed the person, but this was posted in 1999. Wonder if I will hear anything?????????????????
John Robert Powers

Turned out this company auditioned ALL my kids. Then I did a Google search on them and it's a school where they want you to pay thousands. NOT!
Bear Facts

If you're a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing
but sleep for six months. I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself
stupid. I could deal with that, too.

If you're a bear, you birth your children (who are the
size of walnuts) while you're sleeping and wake to
partially grown, cute cuddly cubs. I could definitely
deal with that.

If you're a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business.
You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get
out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.

If you're a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up
growling. He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and
excess body fat.

Yup..... I wanna be a bear

How Gay Are YOU?


Is there enough days in the week? I think not.

I went through all the girls' drawers today. Threw away a lot of stuff, and organized the drawers. Jake has not been able to fold clothes all week, because of home work, so we are now separating all the clean clothes by who they belong to. I guess we will then just do pile by pile, but not this morning.

Jake signed up for some audition and modeling thing, so we are taking him to that at noon. Everyone now is getting their bathing suites on. After the audition, we are going to go by Gandy Beach. That is really the worst beach we have in Tampa, but the allow dogs there, and I want to take Molly.

Leroy is working as usual. I'm gonna make him some hot wings for dinner. I finally made it to Sam's Club last night. You know they have really cheap Gas there.............

Friday, May 10

Sam's Club

Well I would go to the store if B of A would ever get me off hold and talk to me!!

Tuesday, May 7

Interesting...............Ben the Benly Benis?
Pulling for Progress

I am teaching my Hillsborough Community College class for noncustodial parents this week. It sometimes amazes, but should not suprise me how talented some of these young men are. For example, check this out.

Monday, May 6

Here is a link to ::: s t o r    e n t e r t a i n m e n t ::: You can make your own little animation of yourself like on the left there ;-)
This is good............

One evening, after attending the theater, two gentlemen were walking
down the avenue when they observed a rather well dressed and attractive
young lady walking ahead of them.
One of them turned to the other and remarked, "I'd give $250.00 to
spend the night with that woman."
Much to their surprise, the young lady overheard the remark, turned
around, and replied, "I'll take you up on that offer."
She had a neat appearance and a pleasant voice, so after bidding
his companion good night, the man accompanied the young lady to her
The following morning the man presented her with $125.00 as he
prepared to leave. She demanded the rest of the money, stating "If
you don't give me the other $125.00, I'll sue you for it."
He laughed, saying "I'd like to see you get it on these grounds."
Within a few days, he was surprised when he received a summons
ordering his presence in court as a defendant in a lawsuit. He hurried
to his lawyer and explained the details of the case.
His lawyer said, "She can't possibly get a judgment against you on
such grounds, but it will be interesting to see how her case will be
After the usual preliminaries, the lady's lawyer addressed the court
as follows:
"Your honor, my client, this lady, is the owner of a piece of
property, a garden spot, surrounded by a profuse growth of shrubbery,
which property she agreed to rent to the defendant for a specified
length of time for the sum of $250.00. The defendant took possession
of the property, used it extensively for the purposes for which it was
rented, but upon vacating the premises, he paid only $125.00, one-half
of the amount agreed upon.
The rent was not excessive, since it is restricted property, and we ask
judgment be granted against the defendant to assure payment of the
The defendant's lawyer was impressed and amused by the way his
opponent had presented the case. His defense, therefore was somewhat
different from the way he originally planned to present it. "Your honor,"
he said, "my client agrees that the lady has a fine piece of property,
that he did rent such property for a time, and a degree of pleasure was
derived from the transaction. However, my client found a well on the
property around which he placed his own stones, sunk a shaft, and
erected a pump, all labor performed personally by him. We claim these improvements to the property were sufficient to offset the unpaid amount,
and that the plaintiff was adequately compensated for the rental of said
property. We, therefore, ask that judgment not be granted."
The young lady's lawyer answered, "Your honor, my client agrees
that the defendant did find a well on her property. However, had the
defendant not known that the well existed, he would never have rented
the property. Also, upon evacuating the premises, the defendant
removed the stones, pulled out the shaft, and took the pump with
him. In doing so, he not only dragged the equipment through the
shrubbery, but left the hole much larger than it was prior to his
occupancy, making the property much less desirable to others.
We, therefore, ask that judgment be granted."
In the Judge's decision, he provided for two options: "Pay the
$125.00 or have the equipment detached from it's current location
and provide it to the plaintiff for damages."
The defendant wrote a check immediately.

Why, when I am full is mind still hungry for food. I want to quit smoking soon. Wonder how fat I will get then. I don't really mind being the size I am--195 and size 14-16. I could lose some weight, quite a bit really, but I don't feel bad about myself. I don't want to get bigger though LOLOLOL.

I am doing my best to get Jake caught up with work from school. Lots of folks would tell me to just let him fall or stand on his own. If I did, he would fall. PERIOD! I have to push and push and push, but it gets done. I hope when he gets grown, he appreciates his bossy Moma. It's just my way of helping. Some folks do it other ways. You see I try to let him do it on his own, but I won't allow it to go so far that he fails.

George and Jamila are doing well in school. Leighanne will have to repeat the first grade, but that's okay. It will do her good and you have to remember she had brain damage when she was born. Weighed one pound, 3 ounces. Was in the neo-natal ICU for 4 months. She is my miracle baby.

Destiny will be smart, you can tell. She starts Kindergarten year after next.


Pancakes for dinner. A little bacon and fried eggs. Desert??? Mixed fruit. How does that sound???

We had a great time!! Had to leave a little bit early. I still get tired easy, but Jake has a TON of school work to catch up on! I will be teaching this week, and trying to work on a grant.

Sunday, May 5

Dad's Anniversary

We are going to my Dad's today for his First Anniversary Party. The kids are still looking for sandals, of course. I feel good, moving kind of slow, but then we cleaned the whole house yesterday. Inside and out...LOLOLOLOL

Hope you have a great Cinco de Mayo!!!!!

Friday, May 3

Got this from Red Dwarf . It's a helicopter gae called Fly The Copter . Of course I can't get it to go LOLOL.
I have nothing against George W. Bush. Personally, I think he's doing pretty good with the hand he has been dealt. He has even approached his alcoholism in public and that is to be commended. But KindlyRat posted this site ----> >>> We record the damage, and enjoy a good joke LOLOLOL.
My Job

You know I get a lot of satisfaction out of my job. Especially if I am doing a GOOD job at it. Today, I have invoicing to do from two contracts; which requires a lot of attention to detail. The I have to research and write a section of a grant we are trying to get for job creation and placement in the inner city.

Now that I am no longer on that freakin' PEG treatment for my Hep C, I can think again. I wasn't even able to do one thing at a time, and was totally unable to multi-task. I like to be able to do my job well, and run my house well. I don't mind this carpal tunnel and pinched nerves in my neck nearly as much as I did just not being able to THINK.

I have to teach my Steppin' Stones -- Job Readiness/Life Skills Training next week at Hillsborough Community College for the noncustodial parent in the Pulling for Progress Class. After my class, they will be taught to do cable installation and be able to make enough money to pay their child support and live. It's really a great program!!
WebMD - Symptoms

Pay attention to what you read. People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON. . . It is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on.

Then people come into your life for a SEASON. Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons: things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life.

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
And dance like no one is watching.

Thanks Dona............

Wednesday, May 1


You give your love and friendship unconditionaly. You enjoy long, thoughful conversations rich in philosophy and spirituality. You are very loyal and intuitive.

Find out your color at!

I got this Channel 4's Gay-O-Meter from KindlyRat's site. I took it. It said I was 60%, that meant right in the middle, a well adjusted hetero babe (well that's what it said)!!!!

I love the month of May! Not only is it spring, but Mother's Day is in May and my birthday is May 20th. Top that off with Memorial Day weekend and it has to be the best month of the year!

My life is SO back to normal. Folks really need to learn to appreciate normal days and feeling good. I know I didn't before, now I DO!

Everything is going well with the kids. As I mentioned, we went camping this last weekend. My air mattress had a hole in it, so I didn't sleep well, but we had a good time anyway. On the way home we bought the kids a large pool at WalMart. It is 10 foot across and 2.5 ft. deep. They love it. We blocked half the back yard so Molly the Dog can't get to it!!!

Speaking of Molly...........we had her spaded recently, and yesterday we had to bomb the house for fleas. We gave her two good flea baths this week, and of course she uses the junk from the Vet. Leroy went to Home Depot and bought stuff for the yard yesterday and some Bahalia Seed. We have NO grass.

Sunday we are going to my Dad's for his 1st Anniversary party. Any suggestions on a gift????? Email me!!!!

MAY IS HEPATITIS MONTH!!!! Educate yourself. Get tested!!!