Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm so Crazy

It seems like I don't write about anything but work lately. My job is out of control. I don't have time to do my real job and I feel like I'm barely able to keep my head above water. It has been pretty amazing taking over the small business. When I was stressed about how everything was going to work, small answers keep falling into place and it seems to be working out. Today, I had to grocery shop, discharge a client, move an office, train staff on a computer program, make a millions small decisions, deliver food to the day care, walk up three flights of stairs a million times and so much more.

The good news is that the staff the was coming in at 9p to relieve me got there at 8p so I got to come home early. There are small miracles happening around me and it's going to be okay!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I'm Exhausted

Our company technically bought the assets of another company and we are taking on all their business. Today was the day all their employees were terminated and I spent most of the day offering jobs, not offering jobs and getting a turned down on a job offer. I am so tired. I was so worried that I would have to work all night long. I might have to tomorrow night. I'm in for a
long week, month, etc. until the dust has settled and the transition is over.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A very good weekend

Let me start off my saying that I wish I had my camera this weekend but I forgot it.

Saturday morning I got up and made a apple/blueberry cobbler for the reunion. As we got around for the road trip, I also made fried potatoes to take with us. Very yummy. We finally headed out to the big reunion.

Cowboy loaded a box of veggies for his old neighbors, Ross and Betty. Ross and Betty are the cutest old couple you will ever meet. We stopped by and to see them a couple of weeks ago. Ross's health is failing and it sad to see. We stopped to visit and drop of the veggies and they weren't home. So it was off to the reunion.

Cowboy's adopted mom's family was present for the family reunion, including his best friend, Mom's son. They were like two peas in a pod and pretty inseparable all day. It is so good to see him with his friends. The food was awesome. The company was good.

There was a little boy there, Garrett. He became my buddy and wanted to play chase and tickle monster. He and a little girl there about wore me out. Later, I was talking with Garrett's mother and she told me that Garrett cried when John McCain didn't become the president. She said he was very interested in the election. So I called Garrett over to have a conversation with him. I finally asked him who the president was, "Brock O'bama". Did you vote for him? "no". Who did you vote for? "Lebron James". It was the cutest thing. His mom gave him the right name and then he tole me he wanted "John Cain" to be the president. I wanted to take little Garrett home with me.

Cowboy got a call from Betty to thank us for the veggies and then told us that Ross had a stroke and was in the hospital. Betty has an eye condition and can not see to drive so she is dependent on others. Ross is her world for many reasons. We headed out pretty quickly and went to the hospital to see Ross. He actually looked better than we had anticipated. He was hitting on the nurses so I know he was good. He got a little teary eyed when we left. My heart broke.

We then stopped by to see Betty. We did a few things for her. Programmed our numbers into her cell phone since she can't see to do that and taught her to use the voice activation calling key. Cowboy also re-wrote her phone list in big letters so she could see them. Our heart goes out to them. They are such a cute couple and are the best people you will ever meet.

We got home very late and were worried about her being home alone so long by herself. Come to find out, Cowboy's son had stopped by and let her out. Good for my Sadie.

Today has been a total lounge day. I made some salsa from our garden veggies and took care of some laundry. Cowboy cleaned up around the house. We took a little nap and other than that, just not a whole lot happening around the house.

It was a really good weekend.

Friday, July 24, 2009


I am so thankful that today is Friday. Cowboy and I are just exhausted. It's been a really long week at work, which he has been so wonderful to help me. We have just been on the go all week and have a busy day tomorrow.

I have worked so much this week that I left work around 1p today and met my hubby on the golf course. I played really well with the exception of a couple of holes. Cowboy only beat me by one stroke on the front 9 and by 6 strokes on the back nine. We have a running 9 stroke bet and it looks like I won today. We played with a couple of brothers.

Al has played for 35 years and Steve is just picking the game back up after 17 years. They were very nice and it was nice playing with them. Al told me he was impressed with my game since I played the day from the men's regulation tees and didn't once hit from the women's tees. Very nice compliment.

My brother and his family took my mom and headed out to Hilton Head for a little vacation. My mom was so excited she has never seen the ocean. I called my brother and asked him to buy my mom a digital camera. She uses those cheap disposables and her pictures aren't very clear. I wanted her to have good memories of her trip. I can't wait to hear if she is surprised.

Tomorrow we are going to a family reunion. Cowboy's adopted mom has a family reunion every year at this time and tomorrow is the day for it. Cowboy says we are leaving early in the morning. I'll have to have Sunday to recuperate.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Crazy Work Week

Work has been super crazy this week. We had to move a part of our programs on Monday and it made for a very long sweaty day. I was so tired when I got home that I could barely keep my eyes open. The merger that we are involve with hasn't happened yet but should take place on Friday which will increase my work load again, as if I don't have enough to don't have enough to do already.

I meet myself coming and going at work and I am so tired by the time that I get home. I told my boss that when everything settles down, I am going to take off for a couple of weeks and just disappear. He thought that was a good idea. October is when I'm going on vacation.

Sometimes I just sit back and dream of winning the lottery and doing nothing but putzing around my house and doing nothing but what I want to do, with no clocks, schedules, etc. in my life. Do you think that could happen in my life time?

I wish.

Until then, I guess it's off to bed so I can be off to work in the AM.

Monday, July 20, 2009

An Awesome Day

My sister called early on Friday morning to see if we wanted to go to her farm to pick sweet corn and ride four wheelers. We had a tee time for Saturday so we made plans for Sunday.

Cowboy and I got up and left the house by 8:30a on Saturday morning. We loaded up Sadie and we were off. We met up with both my sisters and my parents and headed out to the farm. She has a huge garden (104 tomato plants) and it goes on from there. They had planted 12 rows of sweet corn about 1/4 of a mile long. We picked a ton of corn.

Here is what we brought home. We gave two dozen ears away and still have enough to fed our whole sub division.

After the corn picking, it was off on the four wheelers. My sisters rode the big one together and I was on the smaller one. I was planning on Cowboy riding with me but he decided not to go. My oldest sister's husband rode his trail bike behind us. We rode through some amazing country side. It was wooded with rivers, creeks, stone walls mixed with fields of corn. We got to one spot when my sister pulled over and said, "I'm taking you by the river. Steer towards the bank and lean to the left." "Oh, yeah, put it in low." and she took off. For a moment, I was a little freaked out. Okay, it was more than a moment and more than a little freaked out. What if I fell off.
I made it through and didn't fall off and didn't wreck. It was fun. When then drove over an ancient wooden bridge that looked like it would fall down at any moment. Next along the river to see a small one room cabin. I could have driven on that trail a 100 more times and not have seen the beauty of it all.
We then went out to eat lunch, then off to the parents and then back home. I worked up all the corn and picked out of our garden and then gave Sadie a bath. Cowboy cleaned the car and changed the oil. We finally sat down for dinner at 9:30p--both exhausted.
We both agreed it was a good day,

Friday, July 17, 2009

I am tired

It seems that I have been talking "blogging" about work a lot lately. So here is the latest.

1) Crazyhorse Operations Manager is flipping crazy and sends me more email that are passive aggressive that I have time to read. Get a life, step up and do you job and leave me the "F" alone.

2) Because Crazyhorse Operations Manager is too busy with email--I had to take time out of my day to paint and sweep our new locations. I am the highest paid painter in our agency.

3) We are taking over a company and my head is spinning with what to do about the personnel. I know one thing for sure "Nasty Director", who thought she would go to the board of directors to have input into the merger, needs to shut up. Sorry but you won't have a job soon and there's nothing I or you can do about that.

4) My boss is going on Vacation for two weeks, back for a week and then gone again. We are in the middle of a merger and you are going on vacation. Just to let you know, I will be taking two, no maybe, three weeks off sometime soon,

I'm done and I'm tired.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

He Loves me

This was my surprise when I came home tonight. He loves me. I am one lucky woman!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

All Fired Up

I was seriously all fired up by the time Cowboy got home tonight. It all started yesterday when I got a call from Verizon yesterday at work. They were my carrier of my cell service until is switched and got an iPhone.

Let me say that I waited patiently for my iPhone. I waited until my contract ended. I was a loyal and good paying customer. The day that my contract ended, I left V and started my with my new provider. I then got my bill, charging me for service from 6/10 to 7/9, however, I ended my service on 6/14. So I didn't pay the bill, waiting for them to send me the adjusted bill.

So yesterday, I get a call from V , the collections division at work. I told them that I'm waiting for the corrected bill and they tell me it was sent out on the 10th. Yesterday, was the 14th, I didn't have the bill. I told them that I would pay when I got the bill and politely hung up.

So today they called me again at work. I told them that I had spoken with someone yesterday and I would pay when I received the bill and not to call me again at work. I finally hung up on the snotty collections person.

When I got home, I found the old bill. I called the company which was difficutly to even get through. Once I got thru, the customer service agent could only tell me that I was being billed because the "computer" bills until the end of the monthly cycle. What kind of BS is that?

I then ask to speak with a supervisor and Kathryn gets on the phone. Her total bitchy self, said that it was their policy to bill for service until the end of the billing cycle when you stop your service, especially because I transferred my number. What kind of shit is that? I'm not going to pay $80 for service that I didn't use. I then asked to speak with someone else and she told me that there was no one else to talk to. I could call back tomorrow and I may get her or may get someone else but I would have to take that chance. I was hot. Don't tell me that I have to pay for a service that I didn't use. Don't tell me that I can't talk to someone else and for goodness sake, don't tell me there is nothing more that I can do to A) understand or B) come to some other resolution.

So I got on their web site and emailed the VP for this area. I looked at their business agreement and think that I am right. I even included quotes in my email. I may not get the resolution that I am after but by golly, don't tell me that I can't talk to someone else.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

All is good on the home front

I am absolutely loving it when I get home and get to go out to the garden. We are getting tomatoes daily and the cucumbers are coming and soon they will be coming out of our ears! The yellow squash is still growing and Cowboy loves the hot banana peppers and the jalapenos. Our cherry tomatoes are Sweet 100's and they are super sweet and I can eat them all by themselves.

Cowboy and I have made up and all is good on the home front. Our fight was stupid over things that don't really matter in the grand scheme of things. It's good that we don't fight very often. I can remember only 3 in 4 years that were this epic so I think we are good.

He bought another motorcycle today. He's trying to convince me to ride it, which I have a license to ride but I'm not sure I want to ride it in the city. He thinks we need to take a trip to the farm. We won't keep the bike long. It's a fixer up to resale. We'll see how long we have it.

Monday, July 13, 2009

I lost it

I am a fair fighter. I pride myself on fighting fair. I don't throw in the kitchen sink and I don't name call. I try to stick to the issue and listen and then say what I mean. I don't like fighting. I don't like ugly fighting. I don't like name calling.

This morning. I lost it. I did everything I didn't like to. I yelled. I named called. I stormed out.

And then I felt like shit.

However, tonight is better and I get a little pampered when we make up.

We work it out. That's the main thing.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

I don't want to

I don't want to go to work tomorrow.
I don't want to be in charge of anything.
I don't want to be responsible for anything.
I don't want to have to think about anything.
I don't want to have to make any decisions about anything.
I don't want to have any stress that builds up in my shoulders and makes my head ache.

Is is possible to reverse time and become a kid again with a summer vacation? If so, sign me up.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Yesterday was a seriously weird day. I left for work and had to go to our south office for a supervision meeting with staff there.

Then back to my office, where I couldn't find my keys. Drives me crazy when I can't find my keys.

I had a meeting there where this guy that I work with was seriously annoying. He thinks that he is right about everything and I try very hard to be kind but I seriously want to slap the shit out of him.

Then off to lunch where my husband met me and a few co-workers. We went to Caroline's favorite BBQ joint and after one bite of my food and cock roach appears on my plate. OMG! I don't normally freak out about that kind of stuff but OMG. The manager was very good about it and got me something different to eat and then took care of the tab for the whole table.

Then off to paint some furniture for work where it was hot and humid.

Then off to a meeting with my boss where I got lost on the way to his office. Seriously, I have driven that way many times but somehow, I got lost and was late for this meeting. We are taking over another company and it means lots of work for me in the next couple of weeks.

Then dinner with Cowboy and his son and daughter in law. Dinner was a little strained because the son has a few current issues going on,

It really isn't a day that I would choose to repeat. Glad it's done and over with.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Random pictures of Sadie

Here's my baby girl trying to get under the couch during a thunderstorm. Isn't she funny.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Birds in the house

Honestly, we have birds living in our house.

Lots of birds. Mostly babies. And very noisy.

Last year they birds found their way down the chimney and made a nest in the top of our wood stove. The birds can't get actually into our house because the surround of the wood stove stops them. But it doesn't stop how noisy they are.

They are loud. They go in spurts of noisiness.

I asked Cowboy about them and low and behold, he can't hear them. They are too high pitched for him. So I'm left to go nuts with the birds in my house!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The hunter went hunting

I guess I would be more correct in saying the hunter went fishing. Cowboy took off early this morning to spend the day with his buddy fishing. He came home with about 15 lbs of bass fresh from the farm ponds. Guess who will be having grilled fish soon.

I know I keep complaining about work but it doesn't seem to be getting better. Today I was accused of laying off staff because of a personal conflict between that person and myself. I don't have that power and I'm quite certain that human resources would laugh at me if I even suggested that. I guess everyone has to have someone to be mad at.

I need a huge vacation. Two weeks off, maybe three. Hell, I might as well take a month off. Target checker is looking very appealing right about now. I can only dream......

Monday, July 6, 2009

My Head is Swirling

Work was crazy, busy, and my mind is swirling. The next couple of months are going to be crazy and I don't know where the time to get everything done will come from. I am so overwhelmed by my job sometimes and this is one of those times. My head hurts with the thoughts that are in there just spinning.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Siamese Twins

We have Siamese twins at our house. The first appeared in the flower garden with the Gerber daisies and then the yellow squash appeared. What next?

We have had a busy weekend. Thursday night started with a motorcycle ride to a Mexican restaurant for dinner with the son and his wife. The food was yummy and I will certainly go back.

Friday morning was up early to our favorite breakfast stop and then to the House of Rock for some gravel to put down in our pathways around our stone steps. It looks so awesome. It was the finishing touch for the walkways.

I need to get busy and finish a few of the flower beds. I have to go out and admire it several times a day.

Friday afternoon, we headed out to Columbia, MO for birthday party of a friend. She turned 40 and we just took the drive. We didn't know anyone but it was kinda fun and the food was awesome. We were home late.

Saturday morning was up early and to the farmer market. We bought some fresh produce for Cowboy's old neighbors. They are getting older and don't have much of a garden so we took them a huge basket of goodies. I made a yummy upside down blueberry cake and we were off to Emporia, KS. We visited the old neighbors for a couple of hours and then it was off to Cowboy's cousins for a cookout. I met several of his family members for the first time. It was a very casual BBQ with some amazing food. That was the most members of Cowboy's family that I have ever met, which was also very nice.

This morning was up to take poor Sadie for a walk. Then off to play golf. I had four pars and two birdies and play pretty well the rest of the holes. It was a good day. Then we were off to Cowboy's sons for dinner. BBQ ribs, baked beans and salad. This was a weekend of good food!

I'm tired. I have a load of clothes to finish and then I think I'm off to bed.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Girly Girl

My guy doesn't know what to do with a girlie girl?

A girl that needs emotional hugs and tender words that make me feel warm and fuzzy.

A girl that isn't always as strong emotionally as she appears.

A girl that can cry.

A girl that doesn't show her emotional feelings to many people.

A girl that has a huge heart and can feel it breaking when things aren't good.

A girl that can appear to be rock solid but is a soft as mush on the inside.

What will he do? I can tell him what he should do but will he be able to do it? I guess that will be part of our story.