Friday, March 28, 2008

Spring is Finally Here!

We hit an official 79 degrees here yesterday, although my car said it was 84, it was a beautiful day! I spent most of my day sitting at the Auto Shop getting my car fixed, which was really, really REALLY boring.

This weekend I am taking Wyatt to see The Water Horse. There is a local movie house that plays FREE kids movies throughout a 8(?) week session each year. I haven't taken him to the Cinema in a while so I hope he enjoys it. We love our popcorn!

Monday, March 17, 2008

How am I?

16 years ago today, I left my abusive ex-husband. A date I never forget.

What is going on today? How do I feel today? Another day sure to be etched in my mind.

Sad? Anxious? Isolated? Low Spirited? Gloomy? Relieved?

I am not sure I can completely explain how I am feeling right now. Friday night (after work) I was told my office would be closing. There was no answer for the Why? or the When? but that is sure to come later. I almost hyperventilated, well I suffered a little hyperventilating because loosing my job after 15 years is upsetting. As anyone can imagine, I am worried about several things. I am making every effort to see this as a blessing in disguise. I've only been 'let go' once in my life and I was very young, just out of high school without the responsibility of any children.

The timing just couldn't be worse, my house has been listed for 6 months and hasn't had anyone seriously interested in putting in a offer. The job market is also weak, in this area where there are several colleges and tech schools, businesses can easily hire a younger person with a education (that I don't have) at a lower pay than someone who has years of experience and needs a higher salary. Man, who hasn't experienced that?

My son, Wyatt, how will he be affected? Like I said, the job market here is extremely weak, I had to work 15 years to be at the pay scale I am at now (not to mention the 4 weeks a year vacation time, it's been a life savor since Wyatt gets sick a lot). What I am getting to is his welfare, not just having a decent place to live, but providing him with the necessary health care, nutritious food, clothing and his happiness. He tells me on occasion how 'bootiful' our house is and I will loose it without my current income. Another painful move, not something I look forward to.

Me, work? What am I going to do ? What am I going to do? WHAT AM I GOING TO DO? :O(

I am overfilled today with anxiety, I am a single parent over 40 with a 3 1/2 year old son that does not receive any child support or outside assistance from his father.

I don't have a nest egg since every penny I earn has gone to making a house a home for my kids (that includes Gayle, my 20 year old daughter) and the cost of their happiness. Over the years I have said, I'll try to save, I'll try to save......and then doctor, hospital, dental and other unexpected expenses come up. And did I mention my car? I have bad luck with vehicles because I again have a vehicle that is in need of expensive repairs. I tried to trade it in for a cheaper car, yeah right, the only way to get anything over a $5,500 trade in is if I buy a much MUCH more expensive and NEWER car. Love that. NOT

I have no choice but to deal with what has been laid before me and make the best of it. That's what I keep telling myself, the reality is now, I am very sad and can't stop the tears from flowing.

I have hugged and kissed and tickled my little man Wyatt this past weekend so much he told me to leave him alone. :O) So of course I tickled even more. Then he says tickle me more, tickle me more....I just do what I can to not let him see mommy in tears. He is what keeps me hopeful!

It just goes to show that life happens that isn't always good and it could be much worse.

Friday, March 14, 2008


Tag, your it!

If you are reading this, copy and paste this post onto our own blog. Then leave me a comment here so I can come read yours :)

This actually took a little thought. Have Fun. Scattergories... it's harder than it looks! Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following... they have to be real places, names, things.. Nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person you got this from had the same first initial. You can't use your name for the boy/girl. I love this game (and have it at home).

1. What is your name? Paula
2. 4 letter word: Pine
3. Vehicle: Probe
4. City: Peoria
5. Boy's Name: Paul
6. Girl's Name: Patti
7. Alcoholic beverage: Pina Colada
8. Occupation: Photographer
9. Something you wear: panties
10. Celebrity: Paul Newman
11. Food: Pita bread
12. Something found in a bathroom: paper
13. Reason for being late: Poop detail
14. Cartoon Character: Peebles
15. Something you shout: PLEASE!
16. Animal: Panther
17. Body Part: Privates
18. Word to describe you: Patient

Wyatt Scissor Hands?

A while back I was sitting quietly in my living room enjoying a television show, then it hit me! Wyatt had been quiet for far far FAR too long. My bedroom door was closed so I went to see what my innocent, sweet, loving little man was up to! Apparently he thought some of my doilies needing modifications or some altering because he had gotten my scissors out of my bathroom (they are small and super duper sharp!) and snipped a few.

When I first went in my bedroom, I asked him what he was doing, he quickly said "nofing" Seeing the scissors in his hands, I then asked if he had cut anything (I was thinking, OH NO, NOT MY NEW COMFORTER!!!!!) I searched his body for any cuts, he's never used any scissors before. He showed me the first doily. He just stood there, I was trying NOT to laugh because he was so cute! I decided to ask him if that was the only one, something told me he might have done more. He said "Yes, over here mama" He took me to the other doily as if he was Vanna White, so casual held out his hand and showed me his work!

I think the pictures say it all.

Super duper sharp scissors

First snipped doily, no biggie, I can deal with that.

Two snips, Ok, still no biggie.

Several snips! Thank goodness it was just my doilies and not my brand NEW comforter!!!

Thursday, March 6, 2008


In order by Month

Shelly Lynn Mixer 01/07/64
Opal Pearce 01/14/39
Connie Workman 01/21/63
William Harold Nelson 01/23/00

Emily Renee West 02/05/98
Shirley K. Nelson 02/16/45

Paula Jean West 03/01/65
Patrick Richard West 03/24/61

Wesley Cole Stokes 03/25/09

Wesley Cole Stokes 03/25/09

Lori Workman 04/01/83
Robert Burl Workman 04/06/62
Sondra Kay Rosario 04/25/67

Halley Diane Nelson 05/18/07
Gayle Leeana Stokes 05/30/87

Joseph Richard 05/31/87

Matthew Alan Nelson 06/12/00
Brandi Wolf 06/24/87

Johnny Larance 07/04/79

Wyatt Cooper Stokes 07/12/04
Nicole Leeann West 07/14/86
David Robert Nelson 07/25/64
Cindy Workman 07/28/88

Natalya Wolf 09/25/04

Teagen 10/21/06

Lily West 10/20/08

Paula Teresa Stokes 11/01/65
James Pearce 11/20/32
Brynn Nelson 11/22/04

Shawn Workman 12/16/85
Cody Montana West 12/22/94
Patty Smith 12/29/74
Ron Mixer 12/29/54
Erika Workman 12/30/90

Please send me a note if you have any that I haven't listed or needs updating.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

I'm Ok...and busy

Ok, yes it has been a while since I've posted anything. I promise to make some time real soon.
I have no idea why he would do this, maybe just because he could? Wyatt is always 'hanging' his toys from his net. I'll start collecting the pictures and get them together to post.