I was surprised that we have gotten another big snowfall in such a short time since the last one. We have had mild winters for a lot of years and I hope this is just an anomaly. I had to work last night when it was snowing and I was exhausted when I got home, working in the snow is really rough for us that are not used to it. I am off till Wednesday and I hope most of it is gone by then. It is beautiful as long as you can stay home and just look at it.

I am worried about my grandson Austin as it seems he does not care about school. How can someone 16 years old in this world not realize how important education is now. Picking the wrong road can make life a long struggle and not as fun or rewarding as it could be. Why are some kids born and always do the right things and others do just the opposite? It’s not that he was not always reminded how important it was to do well and its not like he is ignorant, just wrong in though.I have been working around the house a lot lately, fixed up the spare room by painting, new light fixture, wood laminate flooring and new electrical receptacles and covers. Vernon my son in law laid the floor for me. He might not be such a bad guy after all,lol.

I have a futon coming to put in that room so I can use it as an office/guest/ TV room. I will feel better about my granddaughter Mila staying here upstairs rather than downstairs on sofa when I am in bed. I need to get in the garage and clean it out, it is a disaster now. I don’t know how it gets that way,lol. I hung a new TV in my bedroom and I was surprised that it was really not hard at all to hang. It was harder to run the cords down through walls and under carpet to make it look nice.


1 Comment

  1. Kathy said,

    March 4, 2010 at 3:42 am

    You’ve done an excellent job in fixing up the place; I’m impressed. My past love (of 13 yrs.) & I have bought over 20 foreclosure homes in the Chicago area and done all the rehab ourselves & sold them. It’s very gratifying, so I know the pride you must feel. Again, I am impressed!

    I often travel to the DC area as 3 or my children were born there, when I lived in Dale City, VA (1976-1985). I still own a little chunk of land at Indian Acres of Thornburg, but haven’t been there in years. I have 4 children who are grown; only Jordan (19) still lives with me and we all travelled to “Snowmagedon” the weekend of the big snow… of all things! We leave Chicago only to get stuck on I-66 (Haymarket) at 1AM that Friday night of the big snow! Our normal 12 hr. drive turned into over 15 hrs. We were glad when we arrived safely and not too happy to turn around and have to drive back to Chicago 2 days later. However the roads were fairly clear by then & only a hold up at the Allegheny Tunnel for 20 min. Other than that the drive was fine.

    I sooooo love the East Coast & did a roadtrip from DC to Acadia National Park in Maine last summer, with my youngest daughter, Jen, camping along the way. It was truly beautiful and I had such a great time! Which makes me think of your comments about your grandson, Austin. Best advice that I can give would be to spend as much one-on-one time with him as possible. Teens need to be loved more than any other age group and I think adults think just the opposite; younger children require more attention. Teens tend to get lost if they don’t have the constant, positive feed. My kids will all tell you now that I was a crazy woman (goofy). Did crazy things just to make them laugh, even though they SAID they didn’t like it or were embarrassed. I just stayed as close to them as possible. It’s all that you can do. At that age, you can not control; only influence. So… spend time with him… try being interested in what he’s learning in school. They seem to learn better when they think that they can TEACH YOU something new; makes them want to study harder to do so. It worked for my own children and my youngest daughter graduated from NIU with national/international honors. I started her with college because I chose to go back & take classes (work toward my own degree) after my divorce. I begged Jen to humor her dear ole mother & what do you think… she made straight “As” and decided to go F/T until she got her teaching degree/certification. She’s dynamite!

    You’re doing all the right things… just by caring so much! Hang in there, my dear. It’ll turn out fine in the end; especially with you wanting it so badly. I’m impressed by your caring and concern.

    Well… I must close for now. I am studying for an accounting exam tomorrow night (working toward my CPA). I know it’s crazy at my age, but I do believe it’s never too late, and it’s been my life’s goal. My children are grown, so why not?!!! Anyways… YOU take care. Email me if you’d like. I make many trips/year to Virginia, so maybe sometime we will meet!

    Either way… Sweet dreams, my good man! xoxox Kathy

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