Archive for April, 2009

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2009 by pjack214

It’s been a few days since I have blogged but
here I am! Spring has been a busy day for me.

First it was getting ready and preparing for my
Art Show at the gallery. Lots of work goes into
that. Making tags with the name of each painting
and the price for each. Making sure you have
enough paintings to hang. Painting some,
framing some, this on top of making sure you
have enough wine, cokes, and snacks to serve
at the opening. This was last Saturday but the
Thursday before I had to go down and hang
the paintings. That was not easy, I can decorate
around furniture but hanging one painting after
another was a chore. Wow…I was tired before it
got here. But it was great.

I will be posting a blog on that as soon as I have
photo’s to show also. But let me say that I thank
each and everyone of the people that drove to
Watertown to see my work. You guys are great!

Speaking of paintings, I have a fund raiser to
attend tomorrow (Thursday) evening. I have a
painting on sale there also. The proceeds will go
to Kid’s on the Block, a non-profit group that uses
the money to go into the schools, groups, churches
…etc. and using puppets they teach the kids about
life’s issues, AID’s, teen pregnancy, blindness,
deafness, etc. Check out their website at

This is my 5th year to work with Kids and I love it.
They center the fund raiser around “Chairs” for
Chair-ish the kids. Your project should have a
chair in it. An actual chair, a painting of a chair,
a picture of a chair…anything that centers around
a chair. Check that site out .

I will be posting more on this event after tomorrow
when I have pics to show and share also.

After all this is behind me I will start working on
my upstairs. I have 3 bedrooms to paint, a hall
and a bathroom. I also would like to get the cabinet
painted in the bathroom, lay a new floor and
change out the sink and faucet. All this work I will
do myself. But its just a matter of getting this
bottom moving and going…and finding the time!

I will also post later on how all that work is going!


Could That Be The Reason I Am Not Married Anymore? Part 3

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2009 by pjack214

See postings from February 10 and April 1,
2009 for part 1 and 2.

My ex worked nights just about the whole
13 years we were married. I guess I got use
to him not being there when I was. His days
off were usually Friday (while I worked) and
Saturday’s. So I was the one that took the kids
to day care, picked them up, cooked for them,
fed them, got homework, baths and got them
in bed. Not that I blamed him because he had
a good job, but it would have been nice to have
had him there in the evening.

He was good at getting up sometime after the
kids and I left and before going to work he
would usually pick up all the things we left out
on our mad rush for the door to leave on time.
On Friday’s, usually our day to eat out, sometimes
he would cook. He was a good cook.

But like I explained in an early post of “could
that be the reason I am not married anymore”,
I stated that I was usually the joke person in
our relationship. Keep that in mind!

Early on in our marriage, I did work several yrs.
part time after my daughter was born. One of
these jobs was with the chain of drug stores, Revco.
One morning on my way out the door, tip toeing
through the bedroom I noticed that my ex had
his foot hanging off the bed out from under the
cover. He could not stand his feet to feel
weighted down. The other foot was out of the
cover but still on the bed. A little light bulb
went off over my head……

I went on to work (And yes, I left you hanging
on what I did) and waited. I worked up at
the registers at the front of the store, in front
of the pharmacy. The phone was on the wall
there as you went into the pharmacy. I knew
about what time my ex would be getting up
(same time daily) and when the phone rang….

I was called over to the phone since I had let
someone else answer it. When I said hello,
my ex laughed and asked where the polish
remover was. Yes, I had painted his toes!
Bright RED! I laughed and proceeded to tell
him that I was out and that he wore steel toed
boots, no one would know. I would bring some
remover home that evening. I heard panic in
his voice and after telling him several times
that I had none…I finally owned up and told
him where to find the remover.

As I was telling this story to the ladies at work
yesterday one of them popped up and said
“Could that be the reason you are not married
anymore?”……I was so proud of her for that
cause I never thought about putting that in the

Thanks for stopping in and having a laugh
with me!

Administrative Professional Day

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2009 by pjack214

Administrative Professional Day

I got called to the bosses office first thing this morning, as
I was going in there sat three of the agents that I do work for
and my supervisor. I got a bit nervous then, not really sure
what that bunch would pull. But as it was, they presented me
with the most beautiful silk arrangement with paint brushes,
tubes of paint and pallet knifes stuck down in it. All this in
a beautiful white pedestal vase with two birds on the side.
Seven agents and my supervisor went in to do this for me
and Angel arranged it. They could not have done anything
any better for me, it is so very thoughtful.

At lunch my supervisor and his boss took Cindy, Deborah and
I out to lunch. We went to Raffty’s and had a really nice
lunch. Then later, the three of us were again presented with
a cake that was decorated with 14 carrots, to symbolize that
we are all three 14 karat gold! So neat.

All this to show they appreciate us and the work we do.
I know that my move to the TBI less then a year ago was
one of the best moves I could have made. Matter of fact
my year anniversary will be here May 16th and I have to say
I have enjoyed this year. I was welcomed into the unit with
open and welcoming arms. I was made to feel at home right
off the bat. I think that they must feel the same way about
me that I feel about them.

Thanks for stopping in once again,

Where Are Your Manners?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 20, 2009 by pjack214

When it comes to the kids of today and
their manners, I would say that I was
brought up in a different time. But
when you experience someone older
that shows lack of manners, I have to
wonder what is up with that?

I guess some people were not made to
be waiting or dealing with the public.
I stopped for lunch today after attending
the funeral today. And the woman that
waited on me was not friendly at all.
Now I can understand someone having
a bad day, we all do but when you work
with the public and it is your job to serve
those customers in a friendly manner,
you just have to put that bad day behind
you and do your job, if you can’t, you
need stay at home that day.

I have worked off and on with the public
since I was 16 years old. I understand the
meaning of being polite, helpful and
friendly. Today though you go in so
many places and they don’t even say
hello as you step up to the counter, they
mumble your total amount for payment
and don’t even say thank you. What is
wrong with people today?
I can also see someone being shy but

being shy doesn’t equal out to bad
manners either. You don’t have to
carry on a full length conversation,
just be polite and wear a smile.

On the flip side of this, I know there
are rude customers out there. I don’t
agree with the saying “the customer
is always right”, but when you work
with the public, you have to make
them think you agree with them or
without being rude, point out what
is really correct. Bite your tongue
and keep that smile on your face.

With that said, let me also say that
being polite when out in the public
becomes very hard at times also. Like
when you open a door for someone
and they don’t say thank you! I usually
nicely say, “you are welcome”. I try my
best to be polite even to someone rude,
even if it’s just so I can prove a point.
Maybe next time this person will stop
and think about their behavior.

So be nice, smile and show your manners,

Wine, Dinner and a Play

Posted in Uncategorized on April 17, 2009 by pjack214

In May I have been invited by a friend
to attend a wine tasting, dinner, play
party. Apparently she has purchased
a play where all of her guest invited
will have a part and play a certain
character. It is a murder mystery.
The wine tasting and the dinner will
link into the play.

I had been asked back in December
if I would like to come and be a part
of this….of course I said YES. I have
never done this before but I am the
type that would just jump right in
and have a great time with it.

To make this more interesting is that
all the names for the characters will
be named after drinks….the host idea.
I am not sure what names will be
going around, but I am going to be
Bud Wiszer! I will be an FBI agent
that investigates the murder. This
is somewhat fitting since I work for
the TBI in Tennessee. I am not an
agent but….it just seems to fit!

I will be stopping in at Goodwill and
locating a suit jacket to wear. I have
a plastic badge that I will be redoing
to read “FBI”. I think I will see if I
can locate cigars to carry in my pocket
and I will also throw something on the
jacket to make it looked stained. I wear
my hair short but at this time I think I
will slick it back and really get into the
part! I will need to get a toy gun to carry.

This sounds so much fun and after May
16th I will be posting again on this
event with pictures I am sure….Yes,
I would never attend this without
my camera!

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping in,

Texting While Driving

Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2009 by pjack214

This past weekend, a friend on mine
that lives in Ohio went on a Spring
Break trip with her husband and son.
What was to be a fun and relaxing
vacation turned out to be a scary and
thoughtful trip. I received this email
from her this morning and then I said
said a prayer to God for bringing this
family home safely. Please read the
attached email and heed the word of
warning that goes with it. All could
be lost in a matter of seconds.

To all my friends…a request..

PLEASE…don’t TEXT and drive.
Not only do u put every unsuspecting
soul at put yourself as well.

This week while on vacation during
Spring Break in Pennsylvania we
had a very close call…too close for
comfort and let me tell you nothing
puts a damper on a vacation like
seeing your life pass b4 yr eyes
wondering is this it? Has our
number been called…will my son
be spared in the back seat…who
will be there for our son..have we
covered all our basis with his care
in our absence?

I have NEVER seen my husband
look so shaken and I will always
remember the expression on his
face that day…. First disbelief, alarm, fear,
acceptance to what was bound to happen…
After this close call I remember
looking in the back seat at my
son…at my husband … I heard
myself whisper… That guy…he
was texting!… ..Hubby just sat
there with this glazed over look
in his eyes… I called his name
twice to snap him out of it after
that idiot has passed us… and
lastly the expression on my
husbands face… Anger!

We were sitting at a major traffic
light waiting for the light to change…
We were talking, laughing and
planning our day. The cross traffic
was moving along at a good clip
when we first hear the squeal of
tires and then see this huge black
SUV heading right for us. There
was no where for us to move…
There was a car right on our tail
as we sat there (being first car at
the light) and there was not much
road for us to move on our right…
It was a 2 way-er.. The way the
traffic light was..we were a little
ways back which ended up being
a very good thing. The guy driving
the SUV was moving along with the
traffic which was moving pretty fast
and it seems at the last minute realized
he was missing his turn into our street…
he swerved when he was pass center
of the the turning lane (right into
our lane).. He was driving fast as
it was…looked like he panicked and
pressed on the gas even more…
(I remember this because we
heard the noise you hear when a
car speeds up..) ..his tires just squealed
as his SUV tipped dangerously.. he
tried to control the car and get it
back onto his lane but what we saw
was his SUV heading dead center
right at us. It’s amazing how clear
things get at the last minute…how
you notice detail… This guys phone
was still being held up in the air
(saw it thru his drivers window)
and I could still see his fingers moving
on his keyboard (I saw him grasp the
steering with his right hand at the last
minute)… he was a clean cut business
type…wearing a black suit and white
shirt…it was a black SUV with Tan
interior; his expression fear! My
husband just whispered… ‘I have no
where to move to’… as he tried to inch
our car more to the right out of this
guys way.. The SUV swerved so
bad at the last minute I was so surprised
he didn’t clip our front drivers end..
or still land on us the way the SUV
tipped… this guy was having such a
hard time controlling his car he then
went up his right side onto the lawn
on his other side which had a slight
slope to it…and almost tipped his
SUV again.. It really was a miracle
he didn’t flip that thing …and then
he gunned it and sped down the
street… when we looked forward…
the traffic was slowed..almost stopped
in front of us and everyone seemed to
be looking down our street after that
mad man… I again noticed more
detail in our shock I guess… there
was a car almost stopped in the cross
traffic… a lady was at the driver side..
a male on the passenger side..and
their necks were craned back it
seemed as they looked our way
with their mouths opened wide
in disbelief.

Everyone just sat there for a bit… no
one beeped at us to move when our
light turned green..we just sat. Had
my husband not moved the inch he
did and that guy not looked up and
jerked his steering wheel at the last would have been a head
on for sure.. we would have been
sandwiched between two cars….that
guy would have taken us with him
for sure… we in my small little car
would not have been so lucky!
We ended up heading back to
the Lodge and taking it easy
that afternoon… I remember glancing
back at hubbys side of the car as we
walked toward the Lodge… thinking…
surprised that guy didn’t scare the
paint off that side of the car (smile)!

Texting while driving….there is no
need for it! What did people do
when there was no texting? It can
wait! Please be very careful and alert….
Please pay attention when you drive..
be very alert for
those idiots that think they can
do everything while they drive.
Life is too precious to let some
dumb text message get in the way..
Everyone is important/precious to
someone… Nothing is that important
that it can’t wait a few minutes
until the driver is parked somewhere..

Stay Safe


After I read this I emailed her back. In
her next email she shared with me that
her husband does not get shaken up
very easy, to see him that shaken made
it even worse for her. What probably
took place in a matter of seconds was
probably the longest time of their life.

Thanks for stopping in,

Niece’s and Nephew’s – Horse’s, Car’s, College and Acting!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2009 by pjack214

You have met my niece Holly,
my drama queen, let me introduce
you to my the rest of my niece’s and

There is Chase, the oldest at 25
years old. Chase recently married
in November and he is the son my
oldest brother, Ray. Chase and I
have always been close. He use to
spend a lot of time at my house,
playing with my daughter when he
was younger. He is a very handsome
young man, polite and sweet. Chase
took up racing Go Karts at the age of
13 years old. From there he went to
racing cars. He started out at a local
track and then he moved to ARCA
racing. He took home a first place in
ARCA in Daytona, holding the record
for the youngest driver to sit on the
pole in Daytona. From there he went
on to racing BUSCH and his first year
as a rookie he finished 10th in Daytona.
Chase then went on to race NASCAR
Craftsman Trucks on the team with
Bobby Hamilton. Chase is not racing
anymore but you can check out his old site at
and while you are at it check out his
new site for out furniture

Next is my niece Paige, Chase’s sister.
She was studying to be a vet but I think
as changed that now. She will still
being working with large animals
like horses since that is her true love.
Paige is 21 and has been riding and
showing Arabia horses since she was
about 14 years old. She fly’s out to
Arizona to show a lot since she has
several horses out there. In the 2008
US National Championship Horse
Show, Paige took home the Champion
of HA Reined Cow Horse AAOTR and
Purebred Reining AAOTR. She has
showed a couple of times here in TN.,
that I have been able to go and support
her at. She is awesome with her horses.
She has control and is in charge of
these beautiful animals while she

Then there is Cobi. Cobi is the youngest
of Ray’s children. Cobi is from Romania,
he was adopted in to the family when
he was about a year and a half old.
Cobi is now 15 years old. He is a
loving boy that has recently developed
that change of voice thing! Cobi has
yet to find his nitch he what he is good
at like Chase and Paige but I can tell
you this. He has awesome grades and
the boy can knit! He knitted Holly a
hat a couple of years ago for Christmas
and I was so impressed.

Then there is my nephew brought into
the family by marriage but none the
same, still my nephew. That would be
Sean, he is my sister in law, Lori’s son.
Lori is married to Ray. Sean is in his
first year of college and since school
started I have only seen him once.
When Ray first told me about Sean
and his sister Jessica I was taken
back a bit cause my first thought
was “what will I talk to this kid
about”…See Sean is VERY smart.
He is intelligent to say the least
and with that, I figured that I
would not have anything to say to
him or that he would talk over my
head. That did not happen. Sean
and I hit it off great! We joke around
with each other and laugh a lot. He
is a sweetie and a great kid. He plays
in the Marching Band at his college
and he is really good. He was picked
out of Middle TN., high schools to
tour Europe and play there in several
cities. Sean also scored a 22 on the
college entry exam when he was 12.

Then there is Jessica. She is 17 now.
Looks just like her Mom with pretty
blue eyes and blonde hair. Jessy is
just now into boys and has a steady
these days. She is so unlike the rest
of them for she is shy and quite. I
have been asked a couple of times
to help her get ready to attend events
in her life. Once was when she was
going to dinner with her Dad and to
the show Star Search and the last
time was this past Halloween when
she was going out with friends to a
Haunt House and wanted me to help
fix her up with her makeup and stuff.
I love it when my nieces and nephews
ask me to be a part of their life.

Then there is Holly of course. My
Drama Queen. So talented in whatever
this child does. She is in the 8th
grade and is 13 years old. She is an
only child, my youngest brother Mark’s
daughter. She sings, plays piano, acts
and is always trying to entertain
everyone. She is at this time going
through that “leave me along attitude”
that teens go through. But she is also
a sweetie at times.

I love each and everyone of my nieces
and nephews with all my heart.

Now on a very serious note, I must
mention Ray’s son between Paige
and Cobi. We lost Sean ( the first
Sean of the family) to cancer at the
age of 8. He was diagnosed with
brain cancer at the early age of 4.
After 4 years of suffering, we lost
him. He would be 24 now.
But we know that he was taken to
heaven on the wings of angels and
that per his wish, he operates the
rain button for God.

Thanks for stopping in and
reading about my family,