Sunday, November 30, 2003

Back to work!!

Well it is Sunday night and I am almost excited to get back to work!!! I feel like I missed an entire week. I DID!!! I always feel like I am playing hookie when I stay home sick. Guilt takes over and I feel like I really shouldn't stay home, but when you run a fever it is not doing anyone a favor by trying to be a martyr and go to work sick!! I have my clothes laid out, and lunch made all excited to get back in the swing of things!!!
Now I am looking forward to next weekend!! We have our Christmas Party at the Indian Casino!! I don't gamble, but I might try my luck in a few machines. I want to decorate my house this week too! I have mostly homemade ornaments that I like to put on a real tree. I love the smell of a fresh tree, and I have yet to find the perfect fake tree that looks like a Noble Fir!!
Some people feel like it is horrible to get a tree and throw it away after the holidays. I know these trees were planted just for the purpose to sell for Christmas trees, therefore I like to keep the people in business!!

Friday, November 28, 2003

Hold on tight!!

Whew, the wind is a blowin!!! It started about 4 this morning, and I woke up at 8:30 gasping for air. ( I use a CPAP machine at night to breathe because I have sleep Apnea) When the power goes off the machine stops, and there I lay with a mask over my nose waking up gasping for air!! The first time that happened I just knew I was having a heart attack!! Then I realized that the power was off and to pull the mask off my face so I could breathe. I now have a portable battery pack that I keep charged for nights like this. I also take it camping with me!! I'm sure people walk by my tent wondering what the hell that humming noise is coming from my tent?!! I also have a battery powered toothbrush I use. I realized one night that the toothbrush was rather loud, and there were some people sitting around the campfire while I was brushing my teeth in my tent. It got really quiet, then I thought "OH GOD"!!! So I walked out of the tent yelling it's my toothbrush guys!!! Everyone giggled at that!!
Well my sister came and got me and we drove out to the Ferry Landing (2 miles away) to watch the waves hit the beach and fly into the air. I have a friend that lives on the beach and his house was getting wet!! High tide was the same time the storm was heavy. I have seen worse, but it is still fun to go watch. They stopped the Ferry because of the wind. I've been on it at times when the wind was so bad that waves actually go over the entire ferry. Once I heard a big crash from the galley when we went over a huge wave, and the huge coffee pot had fallen. They closed the galley then and that was the last run for that day!! I'd rather be on the beach watching the ferry bobbing in the waves.
Well I think I should post and run before we lose power again!!
Remember the commercial in the early 60's when they shrunk the Kleenex boxes? They used to be bigger, then they pressed the air out of them and made them smaller. The commercial had a guy walking head in to the wind holding onto his hat yealling "They're squeezing the air out of the kleenex boxes"!! No? hmmmmm, I'm getting old!!

Thursday, November 27, 2003


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! Hope your day is filled with warmth, loved ones and plenty of the food you want. Be safe and come back and tell me your Holiday fiasco story!! C'mon, someones gotta have a burnt turkey story!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

What is TV coming to????

Am I living in the dark ages, or what?? I just saw an advertisement for "queer eyes for the straight guys". HUH??? Now we can say "queer?" I am not a prude by all means, and I am not homophobic, but whaaaa? What is this show about? And what are all these "real tv" stuff? "The Bachelor" women cry when they aren't picked..."The Survivor"...... Fear factor? My biggest fear is to be tied up and put in a room with a tv and made to watch all these stupid shows!! I will admit I watch one of the stupidist show on the air, and I love it..."Will & Grace" it is not Will, but his gay (or should I say queer now?) friend and his drunk gal friend Karen that steals the show!! I am doing alot more reading now-a-days!!

I'm Baaaaaack!!

Yahoo, I feel human again!!! my sister brought me some Peppermint stick ice cream 'cause I was still sick and haven't eaten much at all in three days. It must be the cure, 'cause right after I ate it, I was feeling better, and my fever went down and now I can't sleep!! But I slept most of three days, so I probably don't need the sleep, but my brain says I need the sleep, but everytime I try to lay down and sleep my legs flop around. (restless leg syndrome). I finished my book (J.P. Beaumont series #11). Did some crocheting, now I just drank some sleepytime extra tea, and gonna attempt to sleep again!!

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Phyllis is out of commission...

Phyllis is temporarily out of service. She has a really bad cough, a high fever 104.8 and is down with thera-flu and hot tea. Very bad cold, which seems to have settled in her chest.

Couldnta been brought on by sticking to frozen deck could it? Nah...she's tougher than that.


Saturday, November 22, 2003


Yeouch!! My tailbone is really sore from landing on it the other morning!! I finally got the nerve up and got a mirror (yes Mary Lou, a wide angle one) and looked and saw that I have a big purple bruise on the crack of my butt!! Kinda like the eyes on the pix Don had on his blog the other day!! So I am sure the bone is bruised too. My toes are still bruised.
It is cloudy and 33 degrees. We just might end up with some snow tonight!! YAHOO!!! And I have that bag of salt and a snow shovel right by my door!! Maybe it was a snow dance I ended up doing on my porch the other morning!! If it was, then we will have a blizzard!!
My sister and I both are not known for our grace, that's for sure!!

Friday, November 21, 2003

Yahoo TGIF

Well thank goodness it is Friday!! I had a weird week. After the deck dance I did in the wee hours yesterday morning trying to see the Northern Lights, (If someone saw me, they'd think I was doing some kind of obscene ritual to the ice God, but in fact all I was doing was trying to get my fat ass off the icy deck and trying to get my flannel nightgown unstuck without ripping it off me) I was getting into the company van and noticed I had stepped in dog poop!! Soooo, here I was doing another dance only this time I was on my feet. I guess it looked like I was trying to do the moon walk on the frosty grass. My bachelor neighbor whistled out his kitchen window at me and asked if I was ok, and I said no...fresh dog poop!!! He laughed. The dear doggie found just the right spot to deposit his prize for me. Right in front of the drivers door of the van!!
Ah well. So today I woke up very stiff and sore from my fall. I had landed on my butt and my right leg was under me. I noticed this morning that I have two black and blue toes!! I shiver to think what my butt looks like, but I won't go there, nor will I allow anyone else to either!! I am looking forward to this weekend. It might snow Sunday!!! YIPPEE!!! I now have a bag of salt at my front door in case I have the urge to run out and look into the sky again!! Well I need to get to my "Happy hour" meeting!!

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Northern Lights!!

I got a call this morning at 5:00 AM from a friend telling me the Northern Lights are on display. I jump out of bed and run to the deck and couldn't see anything but some streaks of fog, so I go to the lower deck to see out back, and next thing I know, I am flat on my back!! I should've known better as I did the exact same thing two years ago!! Only then I knocked myself out cold!! This morning I caught myself before my head hit the step that goes down to the lower deck.
I am 54 years old and a large woman. I was wearing my 3/4 length flannel nightgown. Did you know that warm flannel sticks to frost? Well here I am trying to get up, and my feet kept sliding out from under me!! I tried to slide to the step, but I was stuck to the frost, and was choking myself. I tried again to get up, and all this time I am grunting and moaning then I get half way up and fall again then I scream. I live in a mobile home park, and my neighbor's house is about 20 feet away from my house. Their bedroom is right next to my deck. I can imagine what they are thinking with me making all that moaning, grunting and screaming noises!! They are probably giving each other the high five thinking "yippee, Phyllis is getting some, you go, girl!!" I finally crawl over to the upper deck and get myself up. I then go to the front, and see the Northern Lights streaking across the sky. I like to share my excitement, so I called my brother and sister. (I'm sure Mary Lou will tell you her side). Later I got a call from my sister asking me to come get her and take her to the hospital. She fell too, but landed on her knees!! (Go figure) She said she was ok, but wanted to let me know she fell. We both should've known better, we go to bed thinking it will snow over night. So if it is clear, we should think it is icy, huh? Family trait.....STUPIDNESS!!
I go back to bed for an hour, and now I am really sore!! I pulled the muscles on my right side from my neck down to my knees. Swell, I just came back from seeing a Neurosurgeon about my neck and lower back. I am supposed to get a Steroid shot in my neck. I have degenerative disc diease in my neck and bone spurs, resulting in much pain in my lower back. Ah, life after 50 is quite an eye opener!!
Well time to try and get ready for work!! Hope everyone has a great day!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2003


It's not fair!!! Snow in Everett 30 miles away but not here!! WAAAAAAH!! :-(

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Changing Links

Ok Leslie, and Don are now changed on this blog...gotta go do mine now.
Well I feel like I should enter something, but I actually have a blank!! It has poured all day today which I LOVE!!! It cleans all the pollen out of the air!! I have been busy at work getting drivers trained for the road. Part of the training includes distractions, and scenarios on how they can handle different situations. Well I have alot of fun with that!! I am taking my horn with me tomorrow to get them every time they take their eyes off the road, and when they take their hands off the wheel They will learn to hate me!! hehehehehehehe!! Then Thurday we will be on the County roads and I will take my handy little siren with me!! BUAAHAHAHAHA
I am getting ready to make a schedule for visiting the Senior Centers and the rest homes for Christmas!! I will dress as an elf and have Santa Clause with me and hand out candy canes and fruit and sing Christmas Carols. I get all tingly doing that!! Leslie can relate to that!! I am trying to talk my sister into going with me. She would have a blast!!

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2003


Well this is more like it!! I woke up at 10:00!! I couldn't get back to sleep until about 5:30!! I woke up today with a whopping head cold!!
Swell!! Well at least I woke up!!
This is what we are getting tomorrow:

...High Wind Watch For Sunday Afternoon And Evening For The Northwest Interior...

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for the northwest interior for later Sunday. This includes western Whatcom and Skagit counties... the San Juans... Whidbey Island and the Admiralty Inlet areas.

A strong low pressure system is expected to move into central British Columbia later Sunday. An associated strong front will move across the region Sunday evening. Strong southerly winds are expected to develop in advance of this front... then the wind will switch to a westerly direction and remain strong. Sustained wind speeds with this system could reach 40 mph with gusts potentially reaching 60 mph or better.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio... the official voice of the National Weather Service... for the latest statements and forecasts on this developing storm system.

YAHOO!!! HOLD ON!! (where do all the little birds go during strong winds???)


Well good grief, here I am sitting in front of the computer at 4:00 AM on a Saturday morning!! I went to bed at midnight, and woke up at 3:30!! I was so excited about going to bed without having to set the danged alarm!! Well back in the old days I would just be getting home from bartending and starting my own little party!!
I still have my own little parties but not like the old ones!! I always seem to have a party going on in my head!!
It gets me in trouble at work at times!!
I train people to be a transit bus driver, and I have a little K-Mart siren that fits on bicycles. I put it in my purse, and when the driver is speeding in the school zone or someplace like that I press the button and the siren goes off and the driver about shits his pants because he thinks he is getting a ticket, and during training!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
I already told you about my fart machine.
I now have the little square remote control taped on my office door with a sign taped on it that says "doorbell" the machine is taped on the other side of the door. Needless to say, people get their giggles with it!! Boy it is good I no longer drive the public bus!!! I would probably have it taped under a seat by me so whenever someone sits there I would push the button and make the crowd think they have gas!! I wouldn't be suspected at all because I would be busy driving the big bus down the street!!
I better get back to bed!!

Friday, November 14, 2003


Here is my cat Punkin...She is the sweetest thing. All the cats I have had are rescue kitties. Punkin is a dwarf. She has really short legs and is only 1/2 the size of a regualr cat. She tweets not cries. and she is not as mean as the look on her face says she is.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

who did this

it must've been my sister!!

Old Musings


I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones that everyone has clipped on. I can't afford one so I'm wearing my garage door opener.

You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn't like me anyway.

I was thinking that women should put pictures of missing husbands on beer cans!

I was thinking about old age and decided that it is when you still have something on the ball but you are just too tired to bounce it.

I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age and call it "Pumping Rust."

I have gotten that dreaded furniture disease ....that's when your chest is falling into your drawers!

I know when people see a cat's litter box, they always say, "Oh, have you got a cat?" Just once I wanted to say, "No, it's for company!"

Employment application blanks always ask who is to be notified in case of an emergency. I think you should write, "A Good Doctor!"

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do . . . write to these men? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen could look for them while they delivered the mail?

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older then it dawned on me . . they were cramming for their finals.

As for me, I'm just hoping God grades on the curve!

Wednesday, November 12, 2003


Yahoo, it is Hump day, so where's my Hump? Must be a family curse!!
The only hump I get is on the back of my neck!!! Where the Hell did that come from???? I look in the mirror, and see things that absolutely do not belong there!! It seems that things happened overnight!! Maybe it will go away overnight too!! hahahahaha And my hair???? Where did it go??? Girls aren't supposed to lose their hair!!! I used to have thick bouncy beautiful hair, now it is drab and alot thinner!! The Aliens landed and took me to their spaceship and did strange things to me and deposited the remains!! And my Betty Boop shaped face!! Where did these jowls come from???
Okay, I quit!! Give me back myself. I don't like this game any more I am pulling my pants up and going home!!

Monday, November 10, 2003


testing the hyperlink thingy

ok I will try what you told me Mary Lou.


Well it is a typical Monday. Work was hectic but ok, and it has been pouring all day!!
We have a friend here in Oak Harbor that was in a bicycle accident Sept 1st. he is paralyzed (a quadraplegic) like Christopher Reeves.
He needs a respirator to breathe and was told he probably will never speak again. He is an ordained minister.
He wrote a letter to his friends that got me crying!! It is such an inspirational story that I would like to share it with everybody!!
Go to Stuart Corey and read all about the accident and please read his letter from pastor Corey!!

Sunday, November 09, 2003


University of Wisconsin study

A University of Wisconsin study that was just released revealed that
the kind of male face a woman finds attractive can differ depending on where
she is in her menstrual cycle. For instance, if she is ovulating she is
attracted to men with rugged and masculine features.

And if she is menstruating, or menopausal, she is more prone to be
attracted to a man with scissors shoved in his temple and a bat jammed
up his ass while he is on fire. Further studies are expected.

Hmmm, doesn't that say it!!!!
I have had a very busy week and not up to alot of correspondence. Will get to it later.

Saturday, November 08, 2003


Tuesday, November 04, 2003


This says it all....

There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real! When the door of happiness closes, another opens; but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don't see the one which has been opened for us.

Don't go for looks; they can deceive. Don't go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find the one that makes your heart smile.

Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you humble, enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Monday, November 03, 2003

Away for three days

Well I am going to Olympia for three days coming back Thursday night. I am going to a class for work. I found a new clothing store the last time I was down there and got a charge card. Today the mail brought me a book of sales coupons for 30-50% off for the store!!! CHAAAAAAARGE!!!!!!!!

Dang, these trips are costing me too much money!!

Gee, I can hardly wait to come home and see what my sister has done to my blog page!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Oh my gosh!!! I cannot believe my own eyes!! There is a new show on tv that shows a pretty girl looking for the perfect GEEK??? HUH??? Are we a sick society or what??? Is this what they call entertainment??? And the stupid show Fear Factor!!??? Do people really like this shit??? Now a good show like "ER" or "Third Watch" or "Trauma Life in the ER" That is a good show!!

Later, folks

Sunday, November 02, 2003

I Love These Kind of stories...

THE CAB RIDE (I love this story!!)

Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living. When I arrived at 2:30 a.m., the building was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window. Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, then drive away.

But, I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. Unless a situation smelled of danger, I
always went to the door. This passenger might be someone who needs my assistance, I reasoned to myself.

So I walked to the door and knocked. "Just a minute", answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 80's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940s movie.
By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware. "Would you carry my bag out to the car?" she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness. "It's nothing", I told her. "I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated". "Oh, you're such a good boy", she said.

When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, then asked, "Could you drive through downtown?"
"It's not the shortest way," I answered quickly. "Oh, I don't mind," she said. "I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice".

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. "I don't have any family left," she continued. "The doctor says I don't have very long."

I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. "What route would you like me to take?" I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, "I'm tired. Let's go now"

We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

"How much do I owe you?" she asked, reaching into her purse.
"Nothing," I said.
"You have to make a living," she answered.
"There are other passengers," I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.

"You gave an old woman a little moment of joy," she said. "Thank you."
I squeezed her hand, then walked into the dim morning light.

Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life.

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk.

What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift?

What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.


Crash Sunday!!

Well I just talked with my sister and she said she was reading my "nonblog" I asked what that was and she said nothing!! In other words shje knew I was either busy or doing NOTHING!! Well I try to save my Sundays for doing NOTHING!!! I got so tired out from yesterday that today I crashed.
I was busy all day yesterday. I had my hair dyed at 9:00 then came home and dressed and went to the Church at 11:00 to help out with a wedding that was scheduled for 2:00. Everything went well until the bride was getting dressed at 1:45. She was putting on her backless bra and the sticky pad that holds it on her did not stick, so I ran out to my car and got my EMT first aid kit and got the 3" tape and taped it on her. hahahaha then she was getting dressed and realized she didn't have her slip. We looked at her and could
see through her slinky beige dress and could see her thong, garter belt and bra right through the dress. So someone ran to her house to get a slip. The wedding began 1/2 hour late. During the ceremony the Pastor was asking her to repeat, and he was asking her to commit things to her marriage and he said "and all her worldly goods" she did a whiplash to him like to say "WHAT???". She owns her own trailer and car. They both are unemployed at the moment and he is on the mend from alcoholism. It was a funny moment.
Then the Pastor was announcing to them and was saying their names and he said "Randy and Larry" hahahahahahaha He meant to say "Randy and Cheryl". We all burst out laughing at those moments!! All in all it was a great wedding.
I got home around 5:30 totally EXHAUSTED!!! I did some chores and was going to bed about 2:00 AM and took two Tylenol PM. I read for an hour then woke up at 11:00 this morning!!!!! I got up and did a little crochet and started my laundry, saw my cat curled up on my bed and laid next to her and just woke up!!! it is 3:30!!!! So my entire weekend was shot. All I want to do is sleep today.
It is cold here!! Frost every night. It snowed in Olympia, but not here.
I stayed home Halloween to hand out candy to 150 kids and got only 8!!!! So I now have way too much candy!! I will take it to work to put in my cookie jar. I have a jar that looks like a policeman, and when you open his head he says real loud "Stop!! Move away from the cookie jar". Everyone comes in and tries to sneak my candy. I actually have it full for them and especially the buswash guys. They think they are really getting away with something!! hahahaha I can be in a meeting and we can barely here the cookie jar and someone will say "Phyllis, someone is in your cookie jar" HAHAHAHAHA
Tomorrow starts another week. And away we go!!