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Archive for February, 2009

Signup for COW’s

You guys always make me smile! I attempted to catch up on some of my reading this morning and found this little gem in Magg’s journal- she said she was a COW- a Cranky Old Woman! and you know…maybe that is what is wrong with me?? hehehe! Should we start a club?

On the phones last night was laughable if it wasn’t so pitiful! I called one salesman to offer him the paper and he took 15 minutes to dissect my promotion. At the end I had my head laid on my desk, eyes closed and answering his questions. When I lifted my head the two women beside me were in hysterics! They have a bet on whether he will actually buy the paper next Friday on a callback to him. Oh and the callback has to be from “Lou”, not “Sally” or “Jane”, or he won’t talk to them! My work peers figure that I am an easy soft touch. I am sick to death of men hearing that they love listening to my “sexy voice” and I can call them anytime for “anything”.

I hung up from the idiot- oh and in the place for callback I wrote for my own reference- “idjit” and will know exactly who it is- I took this call. The man was drunk at 7:20 p.m. and the conversation went like this “you want to read the paper to me for $2.90?” “no, sir, I want to sell you the paper for $2.10 a week!” “well sweetheart, I am blind, my sister is blind, my other sister is blind. It runs in our family! Even my dog is blind! Now, if you would come over and read me the paper even for $2.90 I will buy it!” I had had enough of Xerox salespeople- that is what the first guy sold- and people claiming to be blind so replied “Sir I would but I cannot! I am blind too! Now I am going to hang up, have a great evening!!”

The next woman was 71 years old and on a lot of meditations for her health problems. She took “1 meditation before breakfast” and 7 pills after!!

I get home to a message that Nathan isn’t coming in this week. The week ends today right? His dad had forgotten to call with the message on Monday so thought to keep himself out of trouble with his wife he best call on Friday…hehehe!

The next message was very touching. We took Gracie and Ashley shopping at a second hand store yesterday. We foraged through the costumes, books, then the dresses. Each of the girls chose “Princess dresses”, then we allowed them to choose several shirts and skorts, shorts etc. to put in the bucket. After we were all done we displayed their choices and let them choose the dress and two other things. Life lessons learned early. Gracie chose a very Gracie sweater- pink, fluffy and crocheted roses attached! oh my but tacky! She chose a little pink tye dyed skirt with attached leotard! UGLY! Ashley chose two adorable little shirts and the dress had a black velvet top and red satiny full skirt. Her clothes were beautiful! great taste already. I then allowed them to choose an outfit for Melodie and a little Dora skort for Josee as they were coming in later. A Cars shirt and book were put in the basket for Nathaniel as it was his birthday party with us yesterday afternoon.

Gracie’s mom called and left a message that Gracie would not take off her dress and could not stop talking about her day. The call ended with the mom’s voice breaking and her saying “I just want to thank you for her day and also for everything you do for us! It really means so much!”

I like creating good memories…and yesterday will never be repeated or matched in mine!

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Throw another log on the fire

yup. It IS all my fault! whatever your issues, whatever your problems may be…just blame me!! I did it!

K. and I discussed a perpetually late feather brained mother and how I would have to talk to her. I wanted her son there this morning as we wanted to celebrate his birthday but she had other plans so we expected him around the usual time of 2 today. We took out G. and A. and had a blast! The kids shopped for second hand clothing for themselves and their friends, we went to the Cereal Cafe and then to McDonalds. We arrived home  around 12:20 expecting Mel. and Josee. Settling in the phone rang. It was one very irate mother who thought she had told me that she would have her son there for noon! Oh man…the woman who is always late and who has caused me to be late on several occasions now had to deal with me not being there on time! It was a definite miscommunication although Kori says that  no, it isn’t. She claims the mother told me most definitley it would be late today when she came in, not noon.

The mother was absolutely horrible to me on the phone and went on and on. I said nothing back except to apologize.  When the dad brought his son in he shrugged his shoulders and said “oh these things happen”. I waited til he looked at me and said “not with me.” He thought about it and said “you are right, it never does! You are good!”

So…I think I know and he knows and K. knows where the problem lies but whatever!!

Yesterday another individual judged me terribly wrong and gave me a firm undershaking of my self worth. It was as bad as it gets. I woke at 4 a.m. and a few moments later my pillow was wet with tears. I get overwhelmed when someone judges me and treats me wrongly. I just don’t understand. I certainly do not believe in karma…my life would be much pleasanter than it is! Today the individual has apologized and admits to feeling foolish.

You cannot take away words. They hang ominously between people and sink deep down. It doesn’t matter if it is true or not, someone else believed them to be so does that not make me that person to them?

It is Friday…yay?

No Support System

Tim started his drug/alcohol rehab today. The final analysis is that he hasn’t enough of a support system. Seeing his paperwork from the meeting on the car seat I glanced through it, not to be nosy but just curious as to the way it was handled. I read questions like “who would you call if you had a car accident?”

answer “my mother”.  Several other questions  were all answered with “my mother”.  It overwhelmed me when I realized that the only person he had cited was me…I was his one and only support!

His dad supports him but is it uncool to say so? Or…is that because I am his father’s only support system too? Really…I wonder how much of a support those guys are to each other?

Any wonder I get tired?

I spoke with Toni and mentioned that I have basically withdrawn from life, the internet and friendships…for now. People have expectations in friendships and I cannot fulfill them so there is no sense of disappointing people now is there?

There truly is a time and a season for everything and at this time I am doing what is needful…

Darn Weather!!

nosnowangelhere

Nope…no snow angel here! Just a very tired little ole lady trying to get my driveway cleaned out! Tim is working at the snowblower and I have the scoop…

marchsnow

This is between my neighbor’s place and here! Crazy huh??

Trying to get dug out as some kids are coming to my place for the afternoon while their parents get to work.

Pease Porridge Hot

“It is tooo hot!” Mama Blair exclaims and sits down at the puter desk. I made my morning fare of porridge and await the curling iron and hair straightener to heat up while the porridge cools. Cannot be content can I?

Today is action packed, as usual! A chicken and pork roast waft a comforting essence on this prelude to a storm day. Goldiron mentioned snow his way yesterday and later tonight we are promised another “Big One”!

Late in the day yesterday a friend contacted me to teach the teens this morning as she had forgotten that she will be away. Not a problem except it takes preparation. I read a few verses as I pulled the sheets tight around me last night and fell asleep meditating on the lesson. Unfortunately my mind did not stop all night and my sleep was restless as a result. However I got up with the lesson close to prepared. It took a few moments to sit down and type up my outline and the outline for the teens.

I also teach Junior Church this morning and decided to deviate from my normal lesson and revise the Teen’s lesson for younger ones. Easier that way?

Today is Periwinkle/Stella/ Toni’s birthday!!

I miss her a lot with her puter being down…

Time for porridge…how is your day?

Cranky Mama

Home alone tonight I plod away at housework, exciting huh?

My mood is such I would not be good company on IM.

My finger just bled all over the keys…I had my finger pricked today to test my cholesterol which was according to the attending nurse- “amazing”, especially the good cholesterol reading. I have with my blood pressure being excellent a 1% chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years…tee hee!

How was your Saturday?

Catching up

Westy mentioned in a previous comment that she wondered if I have my childcare at Cindys?

Yes I do but we have outgrown our spot there and my potential is so much bigger!

I am truly thankful for Cindy and her willingness to let us use her space.

Let me see…an update.

I have 4 fulltime 4 yr olds. We are working on being sure that they recognize their lowercase letters, numbers, names and addresses, phone numbers, printing and reading. My early morning hours that used to be spent online writing are spent making sure I am ready for my daily program.

I let a little guy go because of biting. I gave the mom two weeks to find someplace else and she took him out immediately.

She found herself back at the centre last week because she was not happy with what is out there for care and he spent a biteless week with us! The mom wants him there as she never has to worry about him. One day at a time?

At the end of last summer I had a family who wanted to put their three kids in fulltime care. I did not know that other parents would in the next while want part time so told the parents there was no room in the inn.

The kids had a very difficult time when they first came and we worked very hard with them. Except for being very busy we had a great rapport with them and their parents respected us. The mom put the kids in a place I did not agree with but because she hadn’t asked my opinion and was believing her friends on the reputation of the place I determined to remain silent. It was the biggest, fastest growing “in” place for kids. Then why was the staff turnover so drastic?

The mom called this week as she had gotten a call from another childcare centre where her kids had been on the waiting list since birth. The dad had told her to not move the kids this time until she had spoken with me. I had met her own mom twice in the last few months and she had wondered if I had a building as the kids needed to be back in my care. She mentioned that they are not school ready, and their behavior has changed since leaving my place.

Well when the mom called I highly recommended the place and then told her I was glad that she was getting the children in there. I was not at liberty to divulge what I know about the other place as much was told to me in confidence and consultation from chlldcare educators seeking my opinion.

I suggested calling them and giving two weeks notice, making sure to live up to the agreement in the handbook. She did that with the director on the other end of the phone.

The message was passed to the owner/operator who in turned called the mom back and demanded her to get her kids out of there NOW. It turned very ugly. The mom called me in tears after calling the authorities on that childcare centre. Later I met the mom who threw her arms around me and told me how much she loved and appreciated me. I say “me” but Kori is included in my business.

Now…if I can continue to get more positive reviews than negative I will be fine!!

Momentarily I have 12 afterschool children for fall if I have a building, several preschoolers and two children of 12 months…!!!

Others are worried about me in general. “Me” plus God is a majority and He definitely is there and giving guidance.

Be around when I can, ok?

YOU are always on my heart though…and in my mind…SMILES!