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What?

In the early 70's, my family moved to Mississippi from Louisiana. I was enrolled into a military school to begin my high school years. At 14 and being a female it was quite terrifying. My first day to attend classes, I was as lost as a student during his first day on a college campus. The school I was going too also had boarding students and their dorms. It was a new world to me.   I'll never forget the first break of my first day. I sat on a bench alone pretending to be absorbed in a bo

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Absence and Life

First of all, hope all of you are doing great and life is going well for you. I miss being here everyday. It's my enjoyment. But, life took a sudden turn and I've had to focus on day to day real life, supporting family. I know I don't need to explain most of it, but I just wanted all of you to know that GA is still my happy place although I've not had a lot of time to spend here lately.   Still, no promises for tomorrow, but hopefully I can soon direct more of my time to GA and my duties he

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I'm in the Dog House Now

Yeah, I've managed to make my way back to the disciplinary house of idiots. I'm almost embarassed to say. I broke two rules that go unsaid at my house. Don't pour oil or grease in the garbage, and don't bother my stuff! Nuff said.   I fried catfish filets Tuesday evening for dinner. I never re-use oil. My hubby always takes it out because he says I don't take it far enough away to keep the pets out of it. So, he was busy that evening and I thought, "The garbage guys run tomorrow. He'll

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Just Life

You know? I guess I should feel fortunate to have an interesting and progressive life. We had a disgruntled employee threaten to burn the plant down this week. We went on lock down. The local law enforcement visited us many times, and I actually had a pistol in my cradenza. So yeah, life goes on. Ok, so far.   My funny this week was my homophobic supervisor that shares my office space. We have a door between us, but normally, it remains open. He hates gays although, I think I've said it

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Vacation

So, finally back from vacation. Did I have a good time? Shrugs. Cozumel is a great place. I visited there several years ago when hubby and I did a cruise.   Our resort was all inclusive. Drinks and eats free, lots of activities, etc. It was ok. Nothing wonderful, but clean, nice folks, and our room and view was to die for. We got up, sat on our balcony and watched the cruise ships dock every morning. The pool and pool bar was right below us. So, that was a plus.   We met a lot of n

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Chapters of Life

There's been several times as life moved along that I felt I could close a chapter and move along. One was my move from home, never to go back except to visit. That was the first closure I ever felt.   I think the second chapter would be when I found out I was pregnant. Life definitely changes as you once knew it if you intend to be the kind of parent any child needs. So, I closed the chapter of not being responsible for anyone but myself. My husband has always taken care of himself and b

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Knowing the Difference

Facebook has always been a pain to me. I only keep my account open because of family, nothing else. But, how do you know you're in a good place? I'll tell you.   I find myself worrying about friends on here during the day, hoping they are ok. Did they get their job? Has their relationship gotten better? Are their health issues being resolved? Are they just ok? When you join a group of people, you keep an open mind, and an open heart. GA does that for me. It's not stress worrying about you all.

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Everyday GA

First of all, thanx to all that gave me noms for the awards. Blew me away. So sweet.   I was blown away when I read an entry from a member that had been a victim of a scam. She wasn't sure if she should have posted it here, but several came to her aid. Once again, kudos GA. You assist your members, regardless and give them priceless tips. It amazes me.   I haven't blogged lately because my life has been total chaos, but it will even out. I'm confident of that.   So much has happened here t

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Not a Tongue in Cheek Blog

So. I find it amusing at times the things I see posted at GA. There's so much knowledge here that some could get a free education. Before the Soapbox closed, politics were wide open. If you didn't know something, you probably could find it in the Soapbox.   Next, I read all of the posts made by teachers. How wonderful. Where I live, schools are losing their accreditation, teachers are poorly paid, and students are beyond redemption. It makes me feel good to read some of the posts by tea

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New Year, New Happenings

I've been under the weather for four or five days now. Hubby gets home today and grandson wants to go get Gatorade, hot pockets, etc. I put a sweat shirt on over my long sleeved tee shirt and yoga pants and head out. We are walking around in the small store, and I shout, softly, "Come on. We need to go." A guy look around the aisle, and says, "Are you talking to me?" I'm like, "NO, I was talking to my grandson Kyle. Sorry." "No worry, I'll go with you." WTF I'm 54 years old, feel like

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Ray Price dead at 87

Many of you youngsters have no idea who Ray Price is. I used to wake up to him singing on Saturday mornings at my home. My Dad loved him. If you want to hear some wonderful and heartfelt music, Google Ray Price Greatest Hits. 'For the Good Times is wonderful, but I love so much of his music. I know this shows my age, but music like this should be remembered, and revered. May this iconic Country singer be remembered with respect and love.

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Bully and a Black Eye

This is absolutely crazy. My eight year old grandson is sporting a black eye. "real black eye" His eye is almost swollen shut, and black puffiness below. He was defending the same little boy from a few weeks ago. The teachers told my daughter that they were looking into it. The little guy Kyle defended is very young and naïve. What is going on here? Kyle's teacher told my daughter that the bully hit the younger child and Kyle jumped up and punched the other boy in the face, resulting Kyle

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Twas the Fight Before Christmas

It's no secret that I am a Christmas idiot. When Halloween ends, I'm all about Christmas. I start planning to put up my tree, start my shopping, and plan my Thanksgiving Dinner so I can get it out of the way and concentrate on Christmas. This year it has been a nightmare!   Thanksgiving was at my house, so I assembled my tree, left it in the porch house until the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I had about twenty folks for Thanksgiving Dinner, and out of the five women over twenty there, my t

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Not in This Lifetime

So, I just found out my grandson is being bullied. My daughter's roommate said some of his neighbors were calling him a faggot. No, not happening. My hubby went ballistic, and I am livid. Kyle is kinda passive because he's been told not to fight. My hubby just told him the next time this airhead called him a faggot or fairy to knock the hell out of him. "not because of the names, but the principle"   Kyle is so sweet, and very protective of friends. He took up for a boy at school the other da

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My Journey

Day by day, I watch and learn on GA. There's a lot of goodness, uncertainty, sadness, and much, much talent. When I took on being Louis's co-help in the Editor/Beta program, I was very paranoid. I didn't really know if I was the one to do it, but I wanted to. Period.   I've been rewarded time and time again for doing it, but I was presented a challenge that actually scared me, but I went with my heart, was honest, and was rewarded over and over.   I responded to a young author's request

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All is Not Fun

My little four legged buddy, Gypsy Rose, and my kitty, Ms. Kate sat on the deck this afternoon, loving the coolness and rustling of the leaves.   I chatted happily with my best bud on the phone, listening for the hubby. "I sit outside on the deck when he is working on deer stands, working on the dozer, etc., in case something goes wrong. He leaves his phone because of no service in the back. If something happens, he shoots three shots with his pistol." So, that being said, someone beeped

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Really? "embarassed"

So. All of you know that I should have been born a blonde. But, as I get older, it is becoming more obvious. My antics are almost unbelievable, but true. "unfortunately"   Hubby is in awe of how I am still me, even at this age. He thought I would grow out of it, and learn from experience. Nope, I'm still me evidently.   "back at the farm" A couple of weeks ago, hubby was over at the lake, filling the fish feeders, cutting the dam, etc. I decided to try to help him with the outside chores, an

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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

The EMT grabbed his bag, and ran briskly up the drive. He hoped this time he wasn't too late, and all were still alive.   Before he could reach to knock on the door, it was opened by a man. He looked shocked, shattered, in a trance like state, blood on both his hands.   The EMT motioned for his partner to take care of the broken guy. He continued into the house emitting a sad and fearful sigh.   Sobbing sounds led him down the hall to an open bedroom door. There lay in a puddle of bloo

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Best Friends Are Like Family

I try not to post sad things, but this is weighing so heavily on my heart. Many of you that keep up with my status, chat with me, etc., know that I travel a lot with my best friend, and go to her house a lot to spend the weekend, and vice versa. She lives about forty miles away.   Her son has been a problem child since he was 15 or so. He's now 19. got his GED, and started Junior College yesterday. She was so proud, and so hoped that he was getting on the right track with his life. He has

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Definitely Not a Gardener

So, I mentioned a little while ago about learning that there is a right way and a wrong way to water a garden. Wellllllll, I'm still confused evidently or just plain stupid. My brother called me yesterday before I left work and asked me if I minded watering the garden for him. (garden is at my place) I said sure, no problem. After all, my hubby has very plainly explained to me last time how to do it properly. When I get home, I let my doggie out, and we go out to do my good deed of the da

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Silence Is Golden

So, I stayed silent through the whole deal happening in California. I held my breath for the best, and it came to be. Ok, so, my workplace is very iffy as far as gay issues. If we have any gay employees (besides my gay butt), no one knows about them.   My boss walks in today and says, "Have you seen where they passed the bill in California for gays?". I was like, mmmm yeah, why?   Response. "I don't understand why the American people try to block our own citizens from their rights. Wha

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Only Me

I can have drama when I don't want drama. Dang.   When we got home from work today, hubby said he was going to weed eat, so I decided I would surprise him and water everything, and wash off the deck steps. As I was washing the steps, my dog, 'Gypsy', started barking like hell. I looked up to see two people getting out of a car. One of them had a small leather case, and the lady was just all smiles. Still holding the water hose, I walked toward them. They explained that they were Jehovah

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Wow!

When I came to GA a little over a year ago, I was clueless. I just searched ,"gay stories, gay authors". Yep, I found us. My first month was me scared to comment, trying to decide if I wanted to become a paying member, and in awe of the acceptance here.   Then as some of you know from one of my other blogs, Nephy stepped forward when I went in chat and beckoned me in. She was so damn nice.   I am not going to rehash all of that. This is to remind everyone that a great place to be result

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My Mom

I know that I may bore many with this entry, but twenty five years ago my mom had a massive heart attack. She was the age that I am now. The doctors told us that if she made it through the summer, she would make the winter. She died August thirty-first of that year. She was the only girl of ten children. Today, only one of her siblings lives. They all died of heart failure. Yeah, it scares the hell out of me. My hubby is very supportive and day to day life makes me question my existence. I have

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Couth

So, I was not going to tell this, but it is eating me alive. My brother is retired out of the military. He asked last weekend if he could bring his girlfriend to stay for the night. Of course, I said it was fine. They got to my home around three in the afternoon and we grilled and visited while my hubby cooked. They had probably been there about two hours and she started telling about someone that had been to her father's business and wanted to buy some of his offerings. The person wanted t

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