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Let’s Celebrate Easter

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.

Mahatma Gandhi

First up! CRAFTS!

Coloring Page       Bunny Planter       DIY Eggs

Next Free Printables

Vintage Easter Clipart      HE is Risen      Happy Easter Banner

And of course, FOOD…GLORIOUS FOOD!

Brown Sugar Honey Glazed Ham      Dijon Rack of Lamb

Oven Roasted Asparagus       Scalloped Potatoes

Individual Pineapple Upside Down Cakes          Carrot Cake 

God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’

Billy Graham

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Job…Week Five – Will I survive?

***Warning…Rant***
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I have only been at my job for five weeks. I am pretty sure I have also lost five or more pounds from the hard work, heat in the building (sweating) and not eating. I have worked many places in my life, however, this has to be the most uncontrolled, free for all, uncomfortable, place to work
I briefly touched on the youngun’s and their phones last week, this week; I explain a severe problem with the lack of work ethic in people. I work a shift where I am the oldest person on shift. I am supposed to be considered a “leader”, however, since I am so new, nothing I say matters. The cook is who is supposed to be “in charge” and yet, he has one of the poorest attitudes of the bunch. He is not there to do more than just his job and even that, sometimes is questionable. When I question issues I see, I am told, “that’s how we always have done it”, “this place isn’t built for this or that”. “I’m not here to do more than my job”, “I don’t get paid for two jobs”. And when you have more than one youngun, they seem attach themselves to each other and get out of every part of their job, just the minimal gets done.
Texting and social media are more important than taking resident orders, getting their drinks or salads or even serving food. IF you can find them during service, they are in a corner together, giggling, playing on their phone or just completely MIA. Which makes more work for those who are actually doing what they are supposed to do. It’s not just the kitchen staff that does that, other staff have been known to not show up to the dining room to help serve while leaving those who wouldn’t normally be in the dining room, to serve.
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My biggest concern is there is absolutely no team work, what so ever. So many of the staff don’t care or don’t seem to think being part of a team will actually help them in the long run. I have the tedious task of cleaning the dining room (usually alone) after meals, which wouldn’t be too bad, if we only served one drink, one plated item,  gave them only spoons or forks and no table linens. Instead, we have two – three drink cups, three pieces of silverware, up to six plates or bowls for food for 20 tables of two – six residents, with tablecloths, “covers” and napkins. Compare that to the small dining room of 25 people with the extended version of place settings and (up to) three youngun’s serving and cleaning.
My body has not had this much abuse ever! Even when I worked at Wal-Mart, I never had this much pain in my body. I push through the physical and mental pain each day and each day, it gets harder and harder to understand why I have to put my body through that. Then I remember my friends. The residents make me smile! Is that enough?  Most of the time, I feel I am fighting a losing situation. The promise of things getting better, seem to be fading into the night skies and the passion for the job, is just not where it once was.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
~ Maya Angelou

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New Job…Week Three & Four

Well, I have made it to one month. Didn’t think that was going to happen. 
 
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How has it gone? 
 
Who knew working in a nursing home could be so challenging. Not talking at all about the residents, in fact, I am going to high light some of them this week. The crew I work with… I thought my high school days were over. I have never seen so many people do so little in such a long time. I am sure many of them go out of their way to do absolutely nothing. I am pretty sure I shocked a few when I found time to deep clean or even just clean some areas, which really needed it.
I have come to the conclusion the younger generation has just come to the point where, it’s all about them and do whatever they want to do. I don’t even think they are there for a paycheck. I think they come just to giggle and play… That said, I am by NO means perfect, I struggle every day getting my work finished, however, it’s not because I am busy texting or tweeting, but because the job is so big and my body doesn’t know how to work through this type of pain. I have nurses and other staff who love me because I care and that’s the problem my mind is having. I really care about this job and these residents. Every day I get up and wonder what Ms. Mary is going to do. Will Mr. Smith be in a good mood or bad mood. How is Ms. Sally doing. (Of course, all names have been changed.) So, I struggle with my “job” but enjoy my work. 
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Since I’ve brought up some of the residents, let’s talk about them. They have the normal senior illnesses and some have some different ones. I am not allowed to ask, due to HIPPA, so I treat them like I would want to be treated.
My first friend, Ms. OK (cause she’s from Oklahoma), reminds me of my grandmothers. A little of this one and a little of that one. Taught Home Economics for 20 years and is a great critic of the food. LOL! I love hearing about her family and her “school” years. We have some in depth conversations on food. Her table partner and my next friend, Ms. Curly, she’s sick and sad, but I don’t know why, so I just treat her with love and compassion. She is another great person to talk to for just about anything. She’s so excited, her Granddaughter just bought her first house and she’s so ready to share it with her grandma! I wish I knew what was wrong, but it’s my job to talk to her, make her feel better and have wheelchair races back to her room with Ms. OK.
Mr. Smiley, is just that. He smiles all the time, never has a frown and has such a sweet personality. We don’t talk about much, but we have our lunch “date”, almost every day. I take him back to his “home” and he will wait for me to be finished with what I need to do, before he’s ready to go back. He also plays the piano, by ear and he is GOOD!!!! 
 
Ms. Mary is a tiny tiny thing. She wears these tiny tiny black Reeboks and when I take her for her ride back to her room, she just swings her little feet in the air. She has a tiny tiny voice and is one tough cookie. She is also one to venture off to places, while going “full out commando”!!!!
Ms. Cat, reminds me of my great grandmother. She has the small curvy body with the curly hair. She loves her stuffed cats, which purr and meow. Scared the bahgeebers out of me the first time I saw it! She reminds me of a small child though. She gets so sad and cries and it just breaks my heart. 
 
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That’s the introduction to my friends and the reason why (I feel), I am there. 
 
Next update, should include some really fantastic news about the kitchen.  
“You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.”
~ Anouk Aimee

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New Job…Week One & Two

I have to say, I have missed my time sharing the ups and downs, travels and recipes. Well, time to get back to the fun.


I have recently started a new job, one I never thought I would have had. It really is a dream job (of sorts). I used to be a baker & cake decorator. Loved that. So, I was just applying for jobs, I found one which just spoke to me. I told myself, this is MY job. I told the hubby, this is MY job! Went to the group interview, which I am really not a fan of, and I knocked it out of the park. The director of the (place I applied), was just impressed with me! The only problem, it was PRN (which is as needed, not sure where the PRN comes from) and she wanted me as full time! 


Background check, drug test, reference check all done. And with that, I went to full time! Sun & Mon off, which is perfect, as hubby has those days off and my permanent place (after training) would be 12 pm – 8 pm! Heck yeah! 


Orientation day was a long day, company’s really need to find other videos for people to watch, other than the ones made in the 1980’s! Three other people were there with me. Three dietary aides (like me) and one CNA. I now am employed at one of the area rehab and care centers. I would have to say, it’s more of a nursing home, and that’s OK. My training schedule was going to kill me. Seven straight days of 5:30 am – 230 pm: FOR TWO WEEKS! I am NOT a morning person and I haven’t been on my feet working in over twenty years. I’m going to die. At the same time, a new chef was hired and he agreed my schedule was brutal and we worked out a better schedule. Still three weeks of 4 am get ups! UGH! My schedule did change to Fri & Sat off and 12 pm – 8 pm. OK, still not bad, but never going to see the hubby. 


First week went well. Then disaster happened. Well, two disasters happened. Have you ever worked some place where you know you are: 1. Not wanted. 2. Expected to know more than you do. 3. Realize you are in over your head.  Those were just the first disaster. Heartbreaking, discouraging, frustrating. Second disaster: I got sick. I’m talking contagious virus which mimics the influenza with acute pharyngitis. Had to leave early one day and then out for another four days (and two days off). There went one week of training. 


I head back to work with major anxiety and fear. I did not want to go back disaster I had left a week prior. Game change! It pays to keep in touch with those who really want you there! I went back to work today and chef tells me, I will now be scheduled Mon – Fri, 12 pm – 8 pm. WHHAAAATTT???? AND I got my new shoes! 

New non slip shoes. Loving the colors


What will this week bring? Will I be the person they are expecting in the kitchen? Will I finally finish my training schedule? Will I like my new shoes? And will April, the giraffe, EVER have her calf? And why am I glued to YouTube watching her? 

This is NOT April.

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” ~ Mary Kay Ash

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It’s Super Bowl Time!

Good morning and happy Thursday!!!
Count down to the Super Bowl has started! Parties are partying! Players are playing! 

I, myself, am not a fan of the SB, never have, but man those Budweiser commercials are killer!!!

Whether you are a Patriots fan or a Rams fan, it’s all about the fun, food and game!
What are you going to serve at your SB Party?  I have searched Pinterest for all kinds of goodies to share! All of these recipes are not mine, they all have links back to the people who posted them, so make sure you go check them out.


Chili Cheese Dogs
Football Treats
Cause the game isn’t competitive enough…Let’s add some BINGO Free Printable!

I have just one more. Another Free Printable!

Football Pool

Well, I hope your pick for the winner, wins! Enjoy and let me know what you had for your party.

“I predict one of these two teams will win the Super Bowl.” Gilbert Gottfried

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Grand Mesa: Color Sunday

Here we are, last week of September and the Aspens on the Grand Mesa are amazing! They even have a day for people to come out and see. Take a ride on the gondola to the top of the ski slopes and back down. Hike or bike through the trails. Stop by the community center for Turkey dinner and craft fair and several yard sales along the way. There were so many people, so many cars, just loving it up! Honey, Max and I were among the million of them!

Two weeks ago we went to Crested Butte, light traffic, dirt roads…TOTALLY different feeling. The Mesa, tons of people and asphalt tops, if you pay attention to these things, your body is telling you, you need to get back to nature, reground yourself, let go and boy do I miss those days! Don’t get me wrong, the Mesa was great and the trip to Salt Lake City, just have had different effects on me. Total different experiences.

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So off we go!

Check out the colors of the day!

 

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There is a time in the last few days of summer when the ripeness of autumn fills the air. Rudolfo Anaya

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