Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I'm Here!

I am at my new job now and I love it. Gary is really a fun guy and so is Ann.  They are real laid back and have helped me to adapt to what I need to do.  I just wanted to say hi and that all is well.

Happy Halloween to you all! xox Barbara




Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Linda! Who is she???

Even though this lady is residing in MY house, she may at some time appear in yours. Be Alert! A very weird thing has happened. A strange old lady has moved into my house. I have no idea who she is, where she came from, or how she got in. I certainly did not invite her. All I know is one day she wasn't there, and the next day she was!

She is a clever old lady and manages to keep out of sight for the most part, but whenever I pass a mirror, I catch a glimpse of her. And, whenever I look in the mirror to check my appearance, there she is hogging the whole thing, obliterating my gorgeous face and body. This is Very Rude! I have tried screaming at her, but she just screams back.

The least she could do is offer to pay part of the rent, but no. Every once in a while, I find a dollar bill stuck in a coat pocket, or some loose change under a sofa cushion, but it is not nearly enough.

I don't want to jump to conclusions, but I think she is stealing money from me. I go to the ATM and withdraw $100, and a few days later, it's all gone! I certainly don't spend money THAT fast, so I can only conclude the old lady is pilfering from me. You'd think she would spend some of that money to buy wrinkle cream.

And money isn't the only thing she is stealing. Food seems to disappear at an alarming rate - especially the good stuff like ice cream, cookies, and candy. She must have a real sweet tooth, but she'd better watch it, because she is really packing on the pounds. I suspect she realizes this, and to make herself feel better, she is tampering with my scales to make me think I am putting on weight too!

For an old lady, she is quite childish. She likes to play nasty games, like going into my closets when I'm not home and altering my clothes so they don't fit. And she messes with my files and papers so I can't find anything. This is particularly annoying since I am extremely neat and organized.

She has found imaginative ways to annoy me. She gets into my mail, newspapers, and magazines before I do and blurs the print so I can't read it. And, she has done something really sinister to the volume controls on my TV, radio, and telephone. Now, all I hear are mumbles and whispers.

She has done other things, like make my stairs steeper, my vacuum heavier and all the knobs and faucets are harder to turn. She even made my bed higher so that getting into and out of it isa real challenge. Lately, she has been fooling with my groceries before I put them away, applying glue to the lids, making it almost impossible for me to open the jars.

She has taken the fun out of shopping for clothes. When I try something on, she stands in front of the dressing room mirror and monopolizes it. She looks totally ridiculous in some of those outfits, plus, she keeps me from seeing how great they look on me.

Just when I thought she couldn't get any meaner, she proved me wrong. She came along when I went to get my picture taken for my driver's license, and just as the camera shutter clicked, she jumped in front of me!

I hope she never finds out where YOU live!

Halloween Ideas

Need some ideas for Halloween?  Try this....




Meme Time! 

Using the third letter of your first name,
answer the following questions:  Barbara = R

1. Famous Singer : Rascal Flatts!

2. Four letter word : Rose

3. Street : Road LOL

4. Color : Red

5. Gifts/Presents : Ring

6. Vehicle : Rover

7. Things in Souvenir Shop :  Rust

8. Boy Name : Rick

9. Girl Name : Riana

10. Movie Title : Rent

11. Drink : Raspberry koolaid

12. Occupation : Raodie

13. Celebrity : Robert Young

14. Magazine : Readers Digest

15. U.S. City : Ranoke....I made that up LOL

16. Pro Sports : Rugby

17. Fruit : Raisen

18. Reason For Being Late To Work : Rash

19. Something You Threw Away : Rugs

20. Something You Shout : REALLY!

21. Cartoon Character : Road Runner

22. Song Title:  Remember When

Whew!  That was tough!

Let me ask you......and tell you just in case you wanted to know

1.Do you wear a name tag at work?
I start a new job tomorrow and it will be the first time in a LONG time that I have NOT had to wear a name will be great.  Everyone knows me anyway LOL

2. What kind of car do you drive?
I drive a Ford Explorer that my sister passed on to me when she went to Heaven...I also have a 67 Buick Special and Rick has a green truck......

3. What do you order when you go to Taco Bell?
I LOVE Taco Bell.....but Rick doesn't so I don't get to go there too much, but I love everything there.....And I mean EVERYTHING

 4. Have you ever had a garage sale?
Don't have a garage and if I did it would probably be attached to my house and I really do not think I would like people living in my garage if I had one or storing their things there......Now I have had a yard sell.  It is ALOT of work and we usually get together with a couple of families and make a day of it and whatever we don't sell goes to charity.

5. What color is your iPod?
iPod?  What part of don't have one does everyone not understand....and if I did I would not know how to use it....LOL

6. What kind of dog do you have?
you all know Miss Tiny, my baby....she is part chiwawa and part rat terrier.....which by the way she has been having spells so please keep her in your prayers

7. What's for dinner tonight?
Rick "said" he was going to barbeque the ribs that I thawed out yesterday that he was suppose to barbeque last if not.....leftovers
8. What is the last alcoholic beverage you had
I don't do drugs....

9. Stupidest thing you ever did with your cell phone?
I don't know....maybe I forgot to charge it up?

10. Last time you were sick?
I just got over being really sick with a terrible cough.  I am 100 percent well now but it took me two rounds of antibotic and alot of tp.


11. How long is your hair?
I just cut it recently so it is still pretty long as it is growing back....but I have it layered now so the longest part is to the middle of my back and the shortest part is to my chin wait make that my chest////

12. Are you happy right now?
I am thrilled!!!!! Happy to be starting a new job.....I really should be getting ready for instead of taking this quiz......

13. What did you say last?
Rick called me on the phone to ask me what actor was in the movie we saw last night and then gave me my list of dutys for the day.....silly me I actually thought I would get a day off from everything.....wants me to go pay bills and get the truck I said, "OH ALRIGHT:


14. Who came over last?
Our friend Gilbert and his sister Mary who bought over her dog which Tiny and the cats were extremely rude to.....they helped Rick put some sheetrock on the ceiling....

15. Do you drink beer?
rootbeer....only I would rather have a diet pepsit unless you got icecream.

16. Have your brothers or sisters ever told you that you were adopted?
Yes.....and that I was retarded and a midget.

17, What's your favorite key chain?
The one Eric gave me from his school Texas Culinary Academy

18. What did you get for graduation?
Do you realize how LONG ago that was?  I do remember getting money and two statues.

19. What is in your pockets?
Don't have any pockets on right now....

20. Who introduced you t o Dane Cook?
Eric....this guy is FUNNY

22. Has someone ever made you a Build-A-Bear?
No but I think they are SUPER CUTE 

23. What DVD is in your DVD player?
A Mighty Heart

24. What's something fun you did today?
Sang some songs on (waitressangel) if you care to listen...if not...that's ok too. 

25. Who was the principal of your high school?
Mr. Irvin?  Heck IDK

26. Has your house ever been TP'd??
All the time when I was in school.....and let me tell you if it rains it is a pain to clean up after.

27. Why do questions always turn up missing?
IDK because computers eat questions.

28. What are you listening to right now?
My computer humming and a while back I heard a train whistle.

 29. Drinking?
I already had some coffee, but hot chocolate, sounds's chilly this morning.

30. What is your favorite aisle at Wal-Mart?
Music or Books

31. When is your mom's birthday?
June 19th

32. When is your birthday?
February 16

33. What's the area code for your cell phone?
if I know ya I'll tell ya the whole thing

36. Where did you buy the shirt you're wearing now?
Believe it or not I got this shirt at Goodwill.  It is a leopard shirt and one of my favorites

37. Is there anything hanging from your rear view mirror?
Tas and a dolphin....when I drive crazy around a corner it looks like tas is trying to eat the poor dolphin.

39. How many states in the US have you been to? Which ones?
do drive through's count? MS, TX, IL, MO,CA, NM, WIS

ok i had to go make me some cappichino...i am back...

41. What kind of milk do you drink?
I rarely drink milk, but when I do it is 2%.

42. What are you going to do after this?
I have to finish going through my clothes and cleaning my bedroom and then I am...going to pay bills.....grrrr.

43. Who was the last person you went shopping with?
Eric I think

45. What is your favorite fruit?

46. What about your favorite dessert?
Cherry Cheesecake

47. What is something you need to go shopping for?

48. Do you have the same name as one of your relatives?

49. What kind of car do your siblings drive? IDK

51. Do you like pickles?

52. How about olives?

53. What is your favorite kind of gum?
I don't chew much gum......
54. What is your favorite kind of juice?

55. Do you have any tan lines?
not anymore. LOL

56. What hospital were you born in?
A hospital in Carbondale Illinois

57.  What are you going to be for Halloween?

I was thinking about being a crash dummy for my new job....but I don't think that would be appropriate for my first day on the job. LOL
58. Do you remember the name of your kindergarten teacher
 Mrs C

Monday, October 29, 2007


Peanut Butter Cookies


   1 cup chunky peanut butter
   1 cup butter
   1 cup sugar
   1 cup brown sugar
   2 eggs
   1 teaspoon vanilla extract
   3 cups flour
   1/2 teaspoon salt
   2 teaspoons baking soda
   1 package Reese's peanut butter cups

Cream first 6 ingredients together. Add flour, salt, and baking soda and mix well. Roll into balls, dip in sugar, and flatten with fork. Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes. Another option is to roll into balls and place in a mini muffin tin. Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes. Immediately place Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in the center while still hot.


Serve with Milk!!!!!


A Halloween Thing Going Around

1) What are your three favorite scary movies or  Halloween movies?
2) What is the scariest monster to you? 
 Dracula!!!!!  When I was a kid I just knew vampires were real!  I would watch the movie every Saturday...I learned to take the trash out before it got dark....I think my parents didn't remind me on purpose so that they could see me run like the wind in the dark so the vampires wouldn't get me.....
3) What is your favorite Halloween candy? CANDY CORNS!!!!!
4) Have you ever seen a ghost? aT MY old restaurant there was a little girl ghost who liked to play tricks on us. Such as knocking things off the shelf and throwing objects across the room such as a toaster one day.....REALLY!  She would also hide the ticket orders and put up fake ones or ones from the day before....We had a party in the big room where the groups met and caught on camera a little girl playing with someone who wasn't there.  I have a picture I took in Port Aransas of a ghost coming out of a chair.  If you look back through my archives you can see a picture of it..... 
5) Do you own any glow-in-the dark clothing? I have pajamas that glow in the dark.....
6) Would you spend the night in a haunted house? no  after seeing that moive room ...what was that number where he couldn't leave?
7) Have you ever bobbed for apples? is hell on your makeup and hair.....
8)  What is your favorite Halloween memory? Eroc and I always dressed up to compliment each other.  When he was two he was a football player and I was a referee. One year we were both pirates.  The funnest I had was the year he was a doctor in training and I was his patient.  We went all out and alot of people thought I was really hurt until we stood up on the stage and claimed our first place prizes.  
9) What is the scariest nightmare you have had? It hasn't happened in a while and I really don't like talking about it because when I do it happens.....BUT sometimes I dream that I can not wake up.  I can look around the room but I can not is super scary...I just keep repeating the Lords prayer...and when I do move I do not go back to sleep...... 
10) Are there any famous haunts in your town? Read this....
It is true I have been there many times and witnessed it for my self

Saturday, October 27, 2007


I am sooo ready for my new job after today....

I was sceduled to do candy.  I got there at 4:50am and got my candy cart.  There was a huge stack (over my head) of bottled  gallon water in front of it I had to move first.  Then a set of stairs....why it was put in front of my candy cart I do not know.

I proceeded to filling the first register with candy and noticed that the day before it was not filled.

At 5:45 a opening cashier is suppose to arrive.   Started noticing no one had shown up//// great now I would have to do all the opening dutys and open the store.

There is a list of about 15 things you have to do before opening.  It takes more than 15 minutes and I only had 5 by now.

So a few bad words went off in my head and I proceeded to do them. 

No one showed up until 7am so I was the only cashier there.

We were extremely busy because this is our homecoming week and there was a parade for today.  Many people buying candy, sodas etc.

Finally someone showed up, but it was too busy for a break.

At 9 I got my first break......

I talked to the manager before leaving today and he said that they had cut the opener to save on labor hours.....wrong spot to cut if you ask me....

Anywho he PROMISED that I would have an opener tomorrow morning....

All I can say is they are lucky I am such a dedicated employee even in my last days there because I know alot of people would just call in or not even try to open if no one was there to help.

I had over ten people at one time waiting to check out in the only register available....mine since I was the only one there.

One more day I kept repeating to myself..

No more nights, no more weekends, no more 3 :30 am the morning wake ups and no more trying to do 3 peoples jobs.

I was pulled off of the candy after only doing one.  So tomorrow I will have an extra hard time filling the almost empty shelves. Hopefully I will be allowed the time to finish on my last day there.

I will miss the people I work with and alot of my customers.

I will NOT miss rude people, people cussing at me, a certain woman manager.

On to better things.

Now....if I only had a brain.....

This insurance stuff is a challenge to me......but I WILL DO IT!!!!



Thursday, October 25, 2007

My New Job

My new place of employment

My desk and work space

Ann my friend and new co worker

Gary owner new boss and friend

My first day will be October 31st.

They said I could wear anything. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

What do I wear?

It has been a long time since I worked in an office....what am I suppose to wear???

It is a country sort of place.......

And then we have todays funny thing that happened.....

We have certain items that are in a basket by our registers and we have to ask EVERY customer if they would like to buy it or they get it for free.

Today I had scruncies in my basket.

Scruncies are the rubber band things you use in your hair to make a pony tail.


I got a kick out of asking the guys if they wanted Scruncies....they would automatically say no.

I would then ask them if they knew what a scruncie was....

One man said....I don't know what it is but if it ain't on the list I can't get it. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Got Any Nuts?

Ok so I am still at my old job until Sunday.  Today I worked from 7 - 4. 

This man came in and bought two cans of almonds.  He then gave me two coupons for the items and I scanned the first one....50 cents off.

I scanned the second coupon and nothing happened.

I tried again.

Finally I looked at him and asked....

Sir do you have two nuts?

I can not believe I said that LOL

He was older and didn't catch what I said....

Thank goodness LOL

Friday, October 19, 2007

He Almost Started Crying...

I told my MAIN boss today that I was leaving and his face just dropped.  He was so upset.  He almost started crying I told him....Don't you dare because if you do I will.

I will miss Mark because he was a great boss.  He listened to me when I had a concern.  He is good at fixing things between people.

I will miss everyone there alot, but I have to think of my future.  He even told me that he himself was going to school and would be leaving soon.

I think this is just God's way of watching out for me.

My last day there will be Oct. 28.  I start my new job on Oct. 31.

I guess that will be an easy day to remember when I started :)

I know it is the right path, it will just be hard to say goodbye to some of the people there.

Others I will be happy to be rid of.....

On to bigger and better things.

Mark also said if I do not like it I can always come back that he would hire me back in a heart beat.

That was nice to hear.

He tried to talk me out of it, but realized I was making a smart decision and sent me with his blessings and good luck.

I really don't think I will be going back, but at least if I decide to I will know the door is open for me.

I guess I won't be Employee of the Month anymore......

One of the new girls today told me that I was the nicest one there and that she was so glad to have someone that would help her out.

She was so sad when I told her that I was leaving.

Hopefully the rest of the gang will help the new ones along.

I will of course worry about them.

I will still be able to visit with them when I grocery shop but it won't be the same.

It is hard to say goodbye.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A song for all of my dear friends here

I sang you a special song today to say thanks.....




It is sooo awesome to have such great friends here in Jland.  I so appreciate all the advice you have all given me. I know I can count on you to keep me on the right path.

Everyone seems to be in agreement that it is time for a change for me.  I feel so blessed to have all of you here and in my corner.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I will be giving my definate written notice tomorrow and let God lead me and guide me through my new adventure.

I just wanted to say that I appreciate your comments and affirmations.

Going to go for it guys!

I am sure you will see me more on here as I will have my own computer at work and a whole new set of things to talk to you about.

I have some new pictures of the new room as well to share with you soon.

We have closets and some sheetrock now!

Maybe I will get to use this room before I am 80 afterall!

:) LOVES YA! Barb   

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

They Don't Want Me To Leave

I worked today at my grocery store job.  I went in at 4:45am to do the candy.  At 7 my manager came in and went to her office.  I gave her a few minutes to get adjusted and then I went in and told her I would be giving two weeks notice.

Her face fell.  She was not a happy camper.  She asked what they could do to keep me.  I told her about my job offer and she said she would tell the other managers and maybe there would be something they could do to improve my current situation there with different hours and possibly a raise.

I think my mind and body is ready for a change though.

I went after work and talked to my new employer to be.  He is very excited to have me coming in as his new staff member.  He is ordering me a book for learning the insurance business.  He said I would have to go to school for three days and take a test to be licensed.  He said he would cover all the cost of the schooling and books.

He asked if there was any way I could start sooner than two weeks.  I offered to work there on my day off, but he said everyone needed their days off.

He said he could wait until my two weeks was over.

He gave me an old book to study until mine comes in.

I am kinda scared to study the older one as I might get confused when it comes to the new laws and old laws.

It looks kinda hard, but I am sure if I put my mind to it I can do it.

I will be talking to my current managers again on Friday.

I am off tomorrow and I plan to just relax and enjoy my time off.

I am excited about the change and hope I am making the right move.

My current manager said she really does not want me to leave because I am trained in so many areas in the store....candy pharmacy and cashier.

She said she hated to see me go because I am so good with the customers and they would miss me terribly.

I will miss everyone too, but I think it is time for Barbara to have a new beginning and how can I turn down such a great offer.  Schooling paid and the perfect scedule..  Not to mention the fact that Rick and I will be working the same time and have more time together.

I ask for your prayers that I will make the right decisions.

My motto has always been never look I am trying to focus on the future.

I pray God will lead me and guide me.

Also I need prayers for my brain to learn all this new stuff....sure I could just keep doing what I know and go on.....but why.

I think I need to just buck up and get busy learning new things.

What do you think?


Tuesday, October 16, 2007


O M G....


I was taking a nap today and out of the blue I got a phone call.  It was from my insurance office here in my home town.  The owner of the office was calling to offer me a JOB!

Yes you read it right. I did not apply for this job, he just picked me out of the blue.

He asked me if I would be interested in coming to work for him.

My hours would be from 9 in the morning to 5 at night. I would be off during the day for lunch.

I would be off weekends and get two weeks paid vacation a year.

I would be making more money than I am now.

I would have a set scedule.

I could sleep past 5am in the morning

NO more would I have to put up with stuff I have mentioned here before......

It is an insurance office so he could show me the best insurance I could get on my own, I still have not received any benefits from my current job because of their mistake of not sending me the paperwork

He will be sending me to school to become licensed.

How can I go wrong?


I am giving two weeks notice tomorrow....oh yeah even that is cool with him.

I have known my new boss for over 20 years and he knows my personality and how I am with people.  He is a sweet considerate man and I have never even seen him in a bad mood.

I am sooooo excited!

I want to scream it to the world!

Yeah me!!!!!! 

Monday, October 15, 2007

A few pictures from my visit to Erics

I will write in here more later about my visit with Eric until then here are some pictures from the trip

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Barbara ology


Q. What is your salad dressing of choice?
Q. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
Q. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?

Q. On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant?
usually around 5 dollars.  Highest was 10 dollars twice....

Q. What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
Q. What are your pizza toppings of choice?
Pepperoni, Sausage, mushroom and extrA cheese
Q. What do you like to put on your toast?
blueberry and black cheery fruit spread

Q. What is your wallpaper on your computer?
Sunflowers in a field that says Happy Autumn
Q. How many televisions are in your house?
2 that work and 1 that needs an antena


Q. Are you right-handed or left-handed?

Q. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?

 my gallbladder, tooth, snot, poop, pee...can someone say TMI LOL
Q. When was the last time you had a cavity?

Q. What is the last heavy item you lifted?
the dang flour and dog food at work, not to mention all those bottles of water that weigh like more than me,,,and my back is killing me!
Q. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
A nurse od'd me on morphine one time after a surgery on my arm and they had to bring in the crash cart.

Q. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?

Q. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
if I changed my name I wouldn't be me anymore...or would I

Q. What color do you think looks best on you?
colors fit better in their box
Q. Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?
once I swallowed a bee/////
Q. Have you ever saved someone's life?
Actually yes....I saved two little girls from drowning, a little girl from choking and lady in my old restaurant from choking and a guy who had a seizure.
Q. Has someone ever saved yours?
At the time it happened I really thought so.  I was caught up in some rapids and a counselor grabbed me back..... 


Q. Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100?
yeah. On the cheek
Q. Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000?

Q. Would you never blog again for $50,000?
show me the money

Q. Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000?
no.....but maybe for a million

Q. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
don't think so...
Q. Would you, without fear of punishment, take a human life for $1,000,000?


Q: What is in your left pocket?

Q: Is Napoleon Dynamite actually a good movie?

Q: Do you have hardwood or carpet in your house?
FLOORS...WHAT ARE FLOORS? The newest floor is in the kitchen. All the other rooms have old three layer linoleum.  The new room still has the wood floor and there is carpet in Eric's old bedroom.
Q: Do you sit or stand in the shower?
Stand...who sits in the shower?

Q: Could you live with roommates?
yeah, but I'd rather not

Q: How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
Two pairs of Jesus sandals

Q: Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
got stopped one time coming home from karaoke, but since I don't drink......nothing happened....he said I had a tail light out.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
I don't want to grow up.

Q: Who is number 1 on your top 8?
Rick and Eric and Tiny


Q: Last Friend you talked to?
My son Eric
Q: Last person who called u?
Q: Person you hugged?


Q: Number?

Q: Season?
summer if I have a place to swim, spring for the flowers and winter for the cold nights of snuggling.


Q: Missing someone?

Q: Mood?
happy Eric is here!
Q: Listening to?
Ricks truck coming home from work

Q: Watching?
myself type this quiz

Q: Worrying about?
pain in my back

Q: First place you went this morning?
coffeepot....Rick was in the bathroom
Q: What can you not wait to do?
feel Healthy again

Q: What's the last movie you saw?
Death Proof

Q: Do you smile often?
sure as often as I can

Q: Are you a friendly person?
everyone tells me I am.