This is the one year anniversary of a devastating tornado that virtually destroyed my family’s hometown of West Liberty, Kentucky. I was not born there, but visited it most of my childhood with my grandparents on weekends when they took me “down home”. It is the “home” of my heart. Some family still live there. When I think of home, I think of this town.
Here are my thoughts on the anniversary of this terrible tragedy:
I still haven’t been to West Liberty since the tornado hit one year ago. I tear up just thinking about everything being changed. I have so many happy memories of it from my childhood and adulthood and in my mind it will stay the same. However, the reality will hurt once I see all the changes. So many affected. So much loss.
I know though, that this town is made of things much stronger than bricks and wood. Its heart is strong and its people stronger. The changes will hurt, yes, but the spirit of the town, it’s people, will remain strong and vital. That’s just how West Liberty is. It’s what I love most about this town that I call “home”.
It’s people will rebuild with that pioneer spirit that it was originally built with. It will be new, but it won’t. The people have not changed, just the buildings. I am proud to call West Liberty my “down home” !!!
Life can take strange twists and turns when we least expect it. You can be plugging along thinking all is well and then something happens that not only opens your eyes to the truth, but also moves you to change course. This is my new reality. I am living with my mother in her guest room because I had to leave my home situation. I have my kitty cat here with me and am trying to find a place to live. Unfortunately, that is going to be an issue. I cannot work anymore and I have a very limited budget since I live on ssdi. Basically I will probably end up in an area that is dangerous because I cannot afford much more. I like to eat and get my meds so I have to work this out so I can do that.
I never expected to be living with my mom at 52. I thought I would be getting ready to retire (before I had to quit working). I have rolled with the punches that life has thrown at me and always look for the positives. There is a sadness this time. You see, I love my husband. I did not want to leave. It was hard to do. However, on reflection, I have had issues all around me that I chose not to see. You know, living with your head in the sand. Well, my eyes have opened wide and I see everything with a clarity that was missing prior. So, now what can I do? Stay tuned… I do not know but I am sure it will be changes I did not anticipate. Hopefully I can grow into a better person who has a frugal yet rewarding life left to me from this point forward. We will see…
Hi everyone! Here it is, 5:30 in the morning and I have been up all night. I have been battling this flu thing and thought I was turning the corner only to discover that the joke was on me. Ah well, I will get better so I am making use of the insomnia to add a new category to this blog that is about something I love to do!
I have added the category called “Coupons and Savings Log”. It is just what it says, meaning that I will be posting my shopping excursions and show the savings I have received with coupons. It is not hard to do and more people are getting on board because of the economy. Seriously, it is NOT hard.
There are people out there who think they do not have the time to use coupons. I guess it is ok to pay hard earned money for things that you could have gotten for free. It is amazing when I hear people say things like that.
So, not only for me to see the results of shopping with coupons, I thought I would share so others can see how you truly CAN save a bunch of money using coupons. I will also share with you the websites I use to research and get more online coupons as well. I hope you will find this information helpful.
I would like to preface this with the fact that I have made several trips to the stores listed and in the spirit of keeping it as simple as I can, I am putting each trip separately so you can see how I achieve the savings. I will also be using abbreviations to simplify the process. The abbreviations are below:
TS=Total Spent before coupons
CPN= Coupons savings
ATS=Actual Total Spent (or what I paid at the register)
ECB= Extra Care Bucks (CVS)
RR= Register Rewards (Walgreens)
Thanks and happy shopping!
Ok, I admit it. I found this new snack and had to share it! If you like pineapple you will love this! Dole has come out with this new snack called “Real Fruit Bites”. It is delicious I tell you! It consists of pineapple and yogurt and whole grain oats and the best part is it is only 80 calories!
My mil tasted a sample at walmart and decided to buy it and bring it home. I tried it and loved it! I will try to find a coupon for it and buy it again. Anyhoo, just wanted to pass this along even though it is not lupus related.
Today we are finally getting the one thing we have not had a lot of lately, rain. Rain is a welcome visitor because it has been so dry that most of the lawns are brown and crunchy and actually hurt to walk on barefoot. Yes, we needed this rain for sure.
Rain is also a painful experience for those who suffer from diseases that affect the joints. Most of us will tell you how we can “feel” the rain coming. Our joints will inevitably ache and throb anywhere from a day to a few hours ahead of rain. Science will have you think this is not a real phenomenom but all in our heads, and yet, for generations this has happened to those with joint issues. It cannot be proven by science but it doesn’t make it any less painful or stop it from happening to those who do experience it.
My own grandfather used to predict rain because of his aching joints. Most of the time, he was right! As a child, I remember laughing at him because he could “feel it is his bones”. I am no longer laughing. I have become like my grandfather. I do not watch the news much, and since I don’t, I usually do not know the weather forecast. My body, however, can tell it for me. I have been aching for a couple of days now in my hands and feet.
Sometimes, the old ways are good ways. Many old wives tales have some basis in facts. Otherwise, they would have ceased being said years ago. The reason for the continuation of this is that, before we had tv meteorologists, we had the signs of the woods, the trees, the land and of course, our bones. These were the telltale signals that something of import was about to occur. People “listened” and watched for the signs of changes. They were more in tune with nature.
This is one that I am sure many others can attest to. This bone deep achiness before the weather changes. Rain, or cold fronts, it doesn’t matter. It is felt by more of us than most know.