Laura's Life Day by Day

These are the things that go on in Laura's life. Thoughts, emotions, concerns, and just day to day living in Laura's world.

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Location: Roseville, Michigan, United States

I've been married for thirty years now. I have three grown children and five grandchildren, and another due in November. My boys are both married and my youngest, my only daughter still lives at home. I work at an assisted living place taking care of elderly residents.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Happy Halloween

Ah yes, yet another Halloween. In anticapation I await the arrival of my five grandchildren. Their faces proud as they show off their Halloween costumes to their Grandma and Poppa. And then they will be off with their parents making their way around the neighborhood for Trick or Treat goodies.
As I wait for this moment to arrive, my mind takes me to Halloween nights of days gone by and a smile comes over my face. I think of those Halloween eves when I was a child and compare them with the Halloween of today. So much about this children's holiday has changed.
When I was young on Halloween, I would come out of the house dressed up in my costume of choice for that year. Usually it was made from my imagination using items found lying around the house, my mothers make up and so on. I would glance up and down our street to see almost every house on the block with porch light lit. Someone would be at each of these houses sitting inside of their open door with a large bowl of candy eagerly awaiting the next batch of Trick or Treaters to arrive at their house. I would roam the streets of our neighborhood with a few freinds, our pillowcases in tow. We would go house to house on every street within walking distance filling our cases with all sorts of goodies until they were too heavy for us to carry. Then we'd go back home, empty out the contents and go back out and fill them up again. After doing this a few times, we would hit all the stores up on the main street and get candy or pop or whatever they were passing out that year. We would get home around 10 or 11 p.m. and start sifting through our halloween treasures. We would be eating our favorite candies while we sorted it out and counting up the change we had received. Fond memories indeed.
Then I think of this Halloween. The children dressed up in the most popular costumes of the day. They would be purchased by their parents for a good deal of money. These Trick or Treaters will go down streets with only lit porch lights scattered here and there. Their parents will be escorting them house to house to ensure their safety. Only the older teens will be allowed out with just their friends. These children will start at dusk and be through for the night by 7 or 8 p.m. Then it will be off to the local police station to have their candy checked for foriegn objects before they even get to think about eating a single piece. Some children will skip the Halloween night Trick or Treat run completely. They will don their costumes and go to a church or something to that effect for a Halloween social gathering with their parents. By about 9 p.m. the little Halloweeners of today will be out of their costumes and getting ready for bed.
So different was Halloween when I was young. In a way, I'm glad that I grew up when I did. For some reason, Holidays just seemed to be celebrated better back then. I wonder if the children of today will look back fondly at their Halloween memories and compare the differences when they are middle-aged to when they were young.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Sleeping Beauty

A damp cold fills the air. The wind howls. However today, for me, has been tranquil, quiet, peaceful. I got out of bed, dressed for work, and headed out the door. A cold rain hit my face as I made my way to the car. I started to drive. No music. Hardly a car in sight other than my own. I entered the building and went up to shift report. No arguements from the staff. Everyone was in a good mood. I went up to my floor and spent a quiet day with my residents. No problems, no complaints. After work, I went to the gym. Unlike when I usually go, it was not crowded. I did not have to wait to get on the treadmill or any of the weight machines. I felt an inner peace all day long which continued throughout my workout. Came home feeling refreshed and calm. I walked down the empty hallway and peeked into my Sheila's room. I found her just as the enclosed photograph portrays. I looked at her sleeping there. My poor sleeping baby. She takes care of her eldest brother's three girls all week long and this Saturday, for her, was spent watching her other brother's two boys. I remembered back to when she was a small child. The times I used to spend rocking her to sleep while singing her a lullaby. I looked at her sleeping face and mixed emotions of sadness and joy filled my heart. Sadness in the fact that sometime in the not to distant future, I will no longer be able to come home and find my little beauty sound asleep. For she will have found a life of her own away from me. Also a joy in the fact that my little sleeping beauty has grown up to be a very kind, compassionate, and caring individual with so much to offer this world. But where ever her life leads her, the memory of this moment as I watched my little sleeping beauty will be etched in my mind and in my heart for all eternity.

Friday, October 27, 2006

The Party's Over

It's over. The Tiger's lose the 2006 World Series. Even little Evan was bored with it. The walks, the errors, the wild pitches, and the lack of hits against a Cardinals team that was focused and out for blood. I thought maybe in the top of the nineth we had a shot, but it wasn't meant to be. Congradulations to the Cardinals and to the Tiger's, better luck next year.

Game Four

What a rollar coaster ride!!! A drab 1st inning esculates to excitement when Casey hits a home run to get the Tiger's rolling in the 2nd. I begin to think the game is ours when Casey gets a RBI- single in the 3rd. Rodriguez follows Casey's lead and gets another RBI-hit and I am ecstatic!
I start to tense up when the Cardinals answer back with a run in the 3rd and 4th innings leaving the Tiger's with a slim lead of 3 - 2.
Depression sets in as the Cardinals score 2 more runs in the bottom of the 7th and take over the lead.
But wait, A light at the end of the tunnel! The Tiger's tie things up in the top of the 8th and again, I have hope.
The light at the end of the tunnel burns out and so do my hopes for a win when the Cardinals recover the lead and keep it. Game over 5 - 4 Cardinals. That sucks!!!
But one little tidbit of info you may not be aware of. Did you know that both previous World Series where the Tigers played against the Cardinals, whoever won game 4 lost the Series! I pray history repeats itself. We'll have to wait and see. Until then . . .
Game 5. . . Do or Die.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Did You Ever . . .

Did you ever have a day where you just felt like doing nothing. Today is that day for me. I don't know what it is. I didn't get up until about 11 a.m. this morning. I didn't even bother to make the bed. Dishes in the sink, laundry to be done and guess what? I ain't doing it. I had all kinds of plans on what to do on my day off of work, but I just have no motivation to do anything. I sat around in my p.j.s until around 3 p.m. Then I forced myself to get dressed and get out of the house. I decided to go to the gym and work out. That would surely get my juices flowing, NOT. I did my work out and I had planned to go in the pool to take a swim and then enjoy relaxing in the hot tub. However after the work out I took one look at the pool area and thought to myself, I don't feel like changing into my suit, I'll just go home. The ride home was dreary. Gray clouds filled the sky. Bumper to bumper traffic and I'm driving along just as tired as before my work out thinking about taking a nap. Shortly after getting home, my daughter came home exausted from taking care of the kids all day. I took her out for dinner, that was nice, but we were both too tired to really enjoy it. We came home, she went to Joey's and I waited for the ball game to start. My head is pounding, I feel achy all over and then, a rain delay. Now they say the game will start in about an hour. I just want to sleep. But I won't. I'll just sit here and suffer until they start the game. God, I hope we win tonight. I need something to lift my spirits.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Game Three

Game 3 . . . we sucked!!! And that's all I have to say about that. The only good thing about tonight was that I was watching my grandsons and they were able to distract me from the T.V. throughout the baseball game. I can't believe that this is the same Tiger team I watched on Tuesday. Oh well, I still believe in the Tigers. I also believe that our Tigers shall overcome these obstacles such as wild pitches, errors, endless strike outs, and the inability to score runs. In the end, the Tigers shall prevail and we will win this World Series. Go Tigers!!!!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Game Two

Forty-one year old pitcher Kenny Rogers . . . What can I say? His post series pitching has surely been a sight to behold. Rogers is fired up, focused, and has fantastically pitched twenty-three consectutive no scoring innings against the Cardinals, the A's, and the Yankees so far. That is the fourth best of all time! And he might beat that if there is a game six and he pitches again. The look of raw determination on the face of Kenny Rogers when he possesses the mound is a thing of beauty. Thank the Lord for Kenny Rogers. The big question of the day . . . Why didn't they just let Rogers finish off the Cardinal's in the 9th? I was holding my breath when the relief pitcher had the bases loaded. Like they always say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I'm looking forward to game three on Tuesday night. Go Tigers!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Great Days

Great day today. Even though it started out kind of wet and raining. Got up this morning and went to the gym for a workout. That was good and it keeps me busy so I keep my mind off the cigarettes. (If you read my first blog entry, you know that I'm trying to quit) I'm down to 8 cigarettes a day and starting tomorrow, it will be only 7 a day. Anyways, after I got home from the gym, Sheila finally woke up and wanted to go to IHOP. So we went there and had a great breakfast in the middle of the day. Then we went shopping together and bought new clothes. I like spending the day with Sheila. We don't get to spend as much time together as we used to with our conflicting schedules so I'm really glad when we do get to spend time together, just us girls. We got home and Sheila got ready to go over to Joey's and I'm watching Michigan kick Iowa's butt. I also watched the end of the Michigan State game earlier today just in time to see them come back from 3 touchdowns behind and win their game. In a little while, the Tigers will be playing the 1st game of the World Series and I'll be focused on that. The day just couldn't of been much better than this. Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Can't Sleep

O.K. I can't sleep. My day was very busy. I got up at 5:30 this morning to get ready and go to work. Worked hard all day. Stopped by AAA to pay my car insurance. Stopped at Walgreens, then the gas station before going home. Then I was thinking about taking a nap, but instead, I went to work out at the fitness center. I figured if I'm going to quit smoking, I might as well go all out and start working out again. (I know I'm going to feel it in the morning) after that, I came home, ate, did some laundry and the dishes, watched the Cardinals beat the Mets, then started trying to figure out stuff on this blog site. So, Why Am I Not Tired!!!!! I'm wide awake and I have to get up for work in the morning. I'm missing my Sheila too. She's not coming home tonight. I know she's all grown up and everything, but I just don't sleep well when she's not home. I was the same way when the boys lived at home before they got married, but with Sheila, a little bit more. She's the youngest and my only daughter. I read her blog tonight and I saw the picture she had posted of my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. It looked kind of dark and hard to see everybody, so I decided to go through my files and I found this photo that is sort of the same as Sheila's posted photo, but a little bit lighter. I am so very blessed to have such a wonderful family and such a beautiful daughter.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

You just never know

Today at work everything was running smooth all day long. Everything was peaceful and quiet. It almost seemed like a weekend, not much going on. Then, as I am doing my last rounds before going down to shift report and leaving for the day, it starts. I go into one of my residents rooms to see how she is doing and to say goodbye until tommorrow morning, and I find her in bed. Her face has a bluish tint to it and my heart sinks. I go over to her to touch her skin to see if she is cold and clammy and breathe a sigh of relief when she opens her eyes. She looks dazed and confused. I call the nurse on duty to have her come up and check out my resident. By the time the nurse gets up to my floor, the resident is getting her color back and talking coherently. In the back of my mind I'm thinking, O.K. the nurse is going to think I'm overreacting in regards to the situation. However, I tell the nurse on duty exactly what the resident looked like when I arrived in her room. Thank God this is one of the nurses that have respect for what the caregivers have to say because, if it was one of the other nurses that thinks she knows everything and we are nothing but moronic workers, my resident could be dead by now. Anyways, the nurse took my residents blood pressure, which was on the low side of normal. I kept repeating what she looked like when I found her to the nurse. The nurse decided to check her oxygen level in her blood. It was extremely low. The nurse called the doctor, and the doctor told her to send my resident out 911 emergency. It was so difficult to leave work after that. I'm just sitting here wondering what happened to my resident and whether or not she'll be alright. Sometimes my job can get so stressful. I get filled with all kinds of emotions. Everything can be going perfectly and then boom! You just never know.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

New Blog

Hello everybody and anybody,

I've decided to start my own blog instead of just responding to my daughter's blog all the time. And the issue for today is: I've decided to quit smoking. Yesterday I called a smoking cessation number I got from my insurance pamplet and they are going to send me an informational kit to help me with quiting the cigarettes. I plan to be totally smoke free by Christmas. Wish me luck. I know it's going to be difficult, I quit a long time ago, but I started up again about six years back and I'm ready to quit for good this time.