Saturday, April 28, 2012

No New Scavenger Hunt

I normally do Scavenger Hunt Sunday with Ashley but she had a family emergency this past week. You can find my post for that here. She is continuing the list from last week. You can find the linkup with Ashley here. In the meantime, I'm sharing some photos I took this last week. I love sides of buildings that are covered in vines. They make me think about English countrysides with old buildings there. April-2012-008 They let me get fairly close! I had to stand in the rain, my feet getting wet, hoping they would come a little closer, and standing as still as I could just to get them to look my way. Every time I moved, the one farthest out would start squawking at the top of his lungs. April-2012-054 This is one of the few remaining flowers in the Friendship Gardens left. We've had freezing temps for the last several nights in a row. It's taken away all the tulips that I photographed out there last week. It's just crazy weather. April-2012-016 As I said, I was in the rain taking all these shots. I love raindrops on leaves. They are cool. April-2012-014 Have a great day and enjoy a little spring!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Economic Realities

I’m at a crossroads today. My unemployment benefits are done and I haven’t been able to find employment. Since I’m someone who is looking, I have some ideas of why no one wants to hire me.

First of all, there is the fact that I’ve only worked sporadically since I got married. There were many reasons why it was difficult for me to work, but those of you who have paid for daycare have a clue. When my oldest was not quite two, I had twin boys. Because of the problems I’d had with my first pregnancy, I was considered high risk and I couldn’t have worked. Yes, doctor’s orders. Then there was another surprise.

I was pregnant again. This time I had placenta previa and was hospitalized several times during that pregnancy and had to have an emergency cesarean. I’m thinking I was being told I better stop having kids. That was taken care of.

For the next sixteen years I had a baby in the house. My youngest had several health issues that caused several hospitalizations, a tumor that resulted in several surgeries, and ultimately took her away from me. She was a difficult child to find daycare for, let alone pay for all the kids at different times. So, until 2004, I mostly stayed home with her and worked occasionally.

That doesn’t always translate well when looking for employment. From September of 2005 until December of 2009, I did work at different places steadily. Then I was fired. It was a call center for a cell phone company. I had never worked in one. I spent the next six months applying everywhere under the sun and tool the first job that was offered. It was another call center. Lack of sales quota ended my job there. I have been unemployed and looking ever since. It’s been almost a year.

Can you imagine what an employer thinks when he looks at my resume? She doesn’t have much experience. She’s almost 50. She hasn’t had a great work history. How much can she really do at her age? There are other factors I can’t talk about here, but there are other factors. In other words, there is a lot going against me.

People who aren’t looking for work don’t really understand the reality of the situation. I’ve been told I’m not looking hard enough and I should take what’s offered. Nothing has been offered so I can’t just take it.

The bottom line is this. I NEED A JOB!!!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I Spy - Repeating Patterns

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It's that time again. Yes, the time you all have been waiting for. It's I Spy time with Dazee and me. Isn't that wonderful? I know! You can't contain yourself. Then let's get going with this week's show. Be prepared for next week too. The next set of categories are "Handle" and, as always, "Your Choice". Here are my interpretations.

Repeating Patterns

Patterns are everywhere. They're in nature and almost everything man made. I found a few things at the park.

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Your Choice

I had to pull over to quickly get this shot. Once again, it was at a rather long distance so the clarity isn't great but I love sharing these.

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And this turned out better than I thought.

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Come on! I know you want to link up! Get your photos on and have some fun!

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Tuesday and Twitter Trains!

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How is everyone doing this week? I have some inspiration for everyone this week. You know how I love trains right? Well I have a bonus photo for you at the end of the post. Check it out!

In the meantime, lets get started with Shellie at Shellie Sakai, and Jen at The Survival Mama for the train ride. I know they are excited to get started and so am I.

And for those of you who love to take and share your own photos, Dazee, at Crazy Daze and Night Dreams, co-hosts a photo hop with me on Thursdays. You should check it out and link up with us. We would love it. Grab the button and show us what you see behind your lens. This week's categories are "Repeating Pattern" and "Your Choice"

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Here are the linkies for the Train rides! We would love to see you there!

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday



Let's go photo hopping with Ashley at Ramblings and Photos! Come on! You know you want to!

Yellow

Love this place!

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Something that makes or made you smile

Trains always do.

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Ancient or Antique

It's 118 years old. That qualifies.

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Splash

Fountains are always cool.

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In the Sun

Soaking in the sun where they can so we can enjoy the blooms.

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Next week's categories can be found here...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I Spy - Architecture

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So is everyone ready to show off your photos? I know I'm ready to see them all. Dazee, at Crazy Daze and Night Dreams, and I are anxious to see what you have to share with us this week. You know the drill. We give you one category and the other is entirely your own. How much fun is that? I know! It's a blast! So link up with us and enjoy! Below are my photos this week.

Old river towns can have some really diverse architecture. Just check out these. They're all different.

Architecture

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Your Choice

I don't get a chance to shoot these guys often and these aren't the greatest. I had to shoot him from a distance so I'm sorry for the poor quality. I just wanted to share.

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I don't think he was thrilled that I kept getting closer and he decided to walk away. I WAS STILL NOT EVEN CLOSE!!! Paranoid bugger!

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Next week's categories are Repeating Pattern and Your Choice. Come on! You know you want to!



Monday, April 16, 2012

Tuesday and Twitter Trains!

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Life is getting rather frustrating for me so if I seem a bit off, you'll understand. Oh yeah....my name indicates I'm a little Mad doesn't it? Okay. Go with that.

So how about we get things started? Are you ready for some blog hopping fun? I know I am. My co-conductors, The Survival Mama, and Shellie from Shellie Sakai, and I are ready to get the train rolling down the rails. All aboard!

If you are in for a little more hopping fun, you should join me and my buddy, Dazee Dreamer, on the I Spy hop on Thursday. We love to share photos with each other and thought we would share with all of you. The rules are actually few. There is always one category we choose and one that is yours. You can take photos with your phone, pull them from your archives, or alter them in any way.

Just grab the button and have some fun. This week's categories are "Repeating Pattern" and "Your Choice." The link goes live at 8pm Central time each Wednesday and runs through at least Monday. Come on! What do you see through your lens?

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday



Come on! Join Ashley at Ramblings and Photos for some photo hopping fun!

Simple

Who remembers when you were young and everything was simple?

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Grain

I know. Not inspired. It's rice!

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Transportation

It comes in all shapes and sizes.

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Stitch

You have to have one of these to make a stitch.

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Bubble(s)

Dishwater. It's all I have.

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Next week's categories can be found here...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I Spy - Looking to the Left

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Did everyone have a good week? Mine was better than last but still have things going on. Hope everyone is doing well and getting ready to get their Spring on. Yeah, I know. Corny. Deal with it.

Just join Dazee, at Crazy Daze and Night Dreams, and me to have some fun. What do you say? I really dare you to join in. You never know what your photos will show. You just might be a photo star. Now come on! Link up with us and share! Next week's categories are Architecture and Your Choice.

Looking to the Left

You all thought I would post a self portrait to prove I was really looking to my left. Ha! Not gonna happen. You'll just have to take my word for it.

This one was taken while I passed the street.

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This one was taken when I stopped to talk to a friend who was having a bad time.

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Your Choice

This was a new addition to the downtown area. At least I haven't seen it before.

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You know you want to link up so do it!



Monday, April 9, 2012

Tuesday and Twitter Trains!

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How is everyone this week? Did you all have a great time last week? I know I did. Check out my co-conductors, Shellie Sakai and The Survival Mama. They are fantastic writers and bloggers and I'm proud to call them my co-hosts.

Who's ready to board the train? Then let's go. Don't forget to scroll down and link up with your Twitter account too. I dare you!

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday



New

This is one of the "new" blooms at my house.

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Life

"Life" comes in all shapes and sizes. This is the shape I chose.

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Fragrant

I love the "fragrant" smells you can find when walking through the gardens.

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Pink

Don't you love the "pink" in this?

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Obvious

You can guess that my theme is "obvious". It's spring!!!

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Next week's categories can be found here...