Large Families

I come from a fairly large family with brothers and sisters that do all kinds of things and have lived in all kinds of places.  As a kid I did not enjoy having so many siblings, I was not a very happy child, lonely as can be, even with all those other kids around.

Now that I am older I am grateful for each and every one of them. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without them all.  Each one has assisted me in one disaster or another in some way or another. And I in turn will do anything that I can for them when they are in need.

Hubby comes from a large family also, it is unfortunate that they are not as close to each other as mine are, and are not always willing to come to each others aid when needed, such a shame because they each have so many talents and skills to offer also. But we were raised that family always comes first and they take care of each other no matter what.

My family has a plumber, a car mechanic, an electrician, a construction worker, a heating & air conditioning specialist, a writer, an office worker, a computer whiz, an engineer, a tax preparer, a car sales person, a school bus driver, a package & shipping specialist and the list goes on as they all move around in their careers and locations. Each and everyone would be there for me if I needed them, gotta love it!

Younger Brother

One of my younger brothers has been incarcerated for the past 15 years and has just now been released and has been looking for work since his release.  He is staying with another brother for a while until he can get back on his feet, which my take some time.  It isn’t easy for someone who has been locked up to get back in the swing of things, it takes time and patience. Finding employment has been one of the biggest challenges for him, but things are looking up for him, I just got an email from him telling me all of the things that he has been up to since his release, which was right before Halloween. The family had a really nice Thanksgiving holiday this year with him being home, where he belongs, once again.

In his latest email he was telling me that he has finally landed a job in the field that he was in before everything went haywire 15 years ago.  He had worked in industrial electronics/construction and was getting really good in that field, but a lot of things have changed in that field in that amount of time so he needed to be refreshed in it all before he could get back into it. So he took some classes, did good in them (of course, he is a very smart guy) and then started looking for work.

He finally has landed a job at a company, Zycon. It seems that Zycon is an industrial directory. Engineers, contractors, industrial companies, etc. can use this directory to find manufacturers and distributors of the industrial products and services they need. He was going on about grommets, blowers, flow meters, quad rings, lock pins, pneumatic cylinders things like that are so foreign to me, but are second nature to him of course. Of course I checked out their web-site and boy was I over my head on that site, but it seemed to be a good place to find things that one would need in that field.

I’m so glad that they are giving him this opportunity, with his record and everything, I hope that they treat him well and give him the respect that he deserves and needs at this point in his life.  I wish him luck and look forward to getting more of this kinds of positive emails from him more often.

Monday, ugh….

Had to stay home from work today, Hubby is still ill and we are having the coldest temperatures we’ve experienced since the ending of last winter, I think I’ll light a fire in the fireplace tonight. Got a call first thing this a.m. from the insurance company and they are sending a claims representative out today to check out the fallen tree in the back yard.

I’m not looking forward to going outside to the backyard in this harsh temperature with him, and poor Hubby insists on getting bundled up so he can join us and ask questions also.  Looks like I will need plenty of chicken soup to get us through this one, hot chocolate for me though! I love this old sign that is hanging in my kitchen, that I picked up years ago at a yard sale for a buck fifty! I’m glad that I can take a picture of it and have it posted on here for everyone to read, not just the ones that land in my kitchen. And believe me there isn’t a line of folks just itching to get in! LOL!

both are great to have on hand

Chocolate vs Chicken Soup


Looking Forward To a Slow Week

I only am scheduled for two shifts this week at the mall, Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, I’ve been lucky lately and haven’t worked a week-end for well over a month, so I guess I can’t complain too much.

My brother has emailed me that he has a PC for me and will coming up for a visit soon and bring it with so that he can set it up and hook it up, ready, set, go, 1,2,3 and all of that.  I guess it will be going onto the dining room table, we never use it to eat on anyway, maybe once a month, if that, we all sit down together.  At least I will be close to the kitchen, bathroom, front and back door, right smack dab in the middle of the house, easily accessible to everyone that is so dependent on me for every single little thing.  Oh my, I sound a bit resentful don’t I?

I hope the weather will be consistent this week, it needs to make up it’s mind if we are going to be hot or cold, wet or dry, I could plan my week a little better if I knew what to expect.  Guess we will find out the old fashioned way, wait and see.

Knick Knacks

My grandmother had a small collection of figurines that she kept in a little display case. I must have inherited the collecting gene from her side of the family.

Some of them were Hummels that she bought in Germany when Pop Pop was stationed there. They were little porcelain girls and boys doing everyday things like sharing an umbrella or playing on a tree swing.

She had another one that was a dark color and very heavy – I think it was made of brass – of three monkeys. She always used to say that the monkeys knew more about proper behavior than most people. They were demonstrating “See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.”

funny monkeys

See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil