Changing Your Clocks Today

It’s that time of year again. We lose an hour and I gain a year. That’s right, I turn 52 today. I bet you thought I was going to write about changing your clocks today. Gotcha. keep reading!

clock and fire alarm

Age is just a number.

52 is just a number. One of the lessons I’ve learned over the years is to be comfortable with who I am.

And, yes, I am comfortable in my own skin.

I do no like the fact with that we lost an hour on my birthday. Especially when my birthday falls on a Saturday.

I’ll make due. A nice dinner, maybe a martini or three and just a laid back happy to be me and have good friends in my life.  I couldn’t be luckier. I have a wonderful family and some amazing friends.  I LOVE YOU ALL!

We all have hard times in life. But the people you surround yourself with makes all the difference.

As we turn the clocks ahead remember to take the time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. If you don’t, you may wind up in a house full of carbon monoxide or the house could burn in your sleep.  If you are lucky your detectors will beep until your are totally annoyed. Then you’ll be happy you are alive to be pissed off that you have to stop everything to go get batteries.

Now, GO CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS, MOVE THEM FORWARD AND PUT NEW BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS.

P. S. Enjoy yourself, be happy with who you are and make sure you stay safe.

(((HUGS)))

 

 

I Hate Valentine’s Day Feelings Of Grief

I hate Valentine’s Day feelings of grief. Valentine’s day is hard for some without suffering a loss.

When you lose a spouse, or significant other, it is already hard to deal with the feelings. Now you throw in this romantic Valentine’s Day holiday and it just adds another day in the year to remember that you suffered a great loss.

I’ve read posts from people that have lost a partner in life and so many people have heartache. We see love all around, candy, flowers, cards, gifts, decorations, people holding hands, special Valentine’s Day menus. It’s hard to be happy for those that have that special someone.

I remember before marriage I was single and it was always a day that you just wished you’d have someone. When you have a great love and you’ve had some wonderful years, then they are pulled out from under you, you just want to crawl in a hole.

For me it’s been over 18 years since my husband died. We didn’t do much, but for us just being together was special. I’m in a great place in my life, but hate seeing other people suffer.

If that’s you, I want you to know It will get easier, I promise. I just takes time.

My message to those that have a great love by their sides, love them every day. Cherish each day you have together. Take a minute and think about those that lost someone and give your “date” an extra special hug for someone who’s suffered the huge loss of a lifetime.

For those feeling the heartache, allow yourself to feel the pain, but treat yourself to something that may give you a moment of happiness.

FASFA deadline is almost here

As the FASFA deadline is almost here, Know your deadlines and get them filled out and submitted. Remember, you can always estimate your financial information and send it in corrected later.

Click Here for the website to fill out the FASFA forms to help pay for your child’s education.

Here’s a post I wrote previously with tips on filing your FASFA forms for college.

FASFA Deadline is Fast Approaching

My Dog is Sick

My dog is sick and I’m hit with the reality that she is an old dog. I adopted her 4 years ago and she’s now 11. I’ve become so attached to her it’s hard to think of her not being a part of my life.

Lulu, my dog, sitting on the couch

At the vet I find out that there is some concern and I need to do some tests. We aren’t sure what’s wrong. She’s more active than normal but also going to the bathroom more than normal. Tests can become expensive. Those expenses are only the tests, then there’s medication and retests once she’s done with the medication.

One step at a time

We run some tests, just the most important. The tests were $166 making the visit total $250. Now it’s go home and wait.

The next morning, Ring, ring, the test results are in. I get the call to find out that her liver is showing higher than normal numbers. Like they should be about 100 and they are 1500. (don’t ask what the numbers are or mean, all I know is it’s a big difference and doesn’t sound good)

The medications would be $125, but they have a program where I could get one of the prescriptions free. So it was only $95. Next week I go back to get more tests done to see how she’s doing. I’m sure it will be $166 or more, bringing the total to $511.

In December I took both my dogs to the vet and had to do IMG_1274some vaccines. I only did the required because as it turned out the other dog had a tear in his eye. That visit with medication was over $600.

I still have to get more vaccines.

When is enough. At this point I don’t have to worry because it’s minor. I’ve seen people with dogs that had cancer and they continued to treat their animals. Sometimes spending upward or $10,000.
So when do you know enough is enough.
It’s an individual choice, just like people, each person is entitled to their opinion. And each of us will decide what’s right for us.

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Until I had dogs of my own I didn’t fully understand the love you can have for a pet. I now have two and love each of them in their own special way. I don’t know what I’d do if it was cancer, or something that needs lots of expensive treatments, but I know I would do more now than I would have thought anyone should. But the unconditional love of these dogs has taken my heart and I am glad I don’t have to make that decision at this point and hope I never do.