(Cate, this quote is for you)
YOU CAN'T CONTROL HOW SMART YOU ARE, HOW FUNNY YOU ARE, OR HOW GOOD LOOKING YOU ARE. THE ONE THING YOU CAN CONTROL IN YOUR LIFE IS HOW HARD YOU WORK.
JOY. I am feeling that for my lovely granddaughter, as she prepares to graduate from high school tomorrow. She has worked hard, had fun in school, and made lots of friends. Now, it is on to the REAL life.
THANKFUL. I am so thankful for all the people who came to our party (on a very rainy day) to celebrate Cate's accomplishment. I am so thankful for the ones who weren't able to make it, and still went out of their way to remember her accomplishments. But, there is one who deserves a HUGE Thank You and that is sister Sandy. You see, I hate to cook. Always have, always will. Sooo . . . Sandy cooked all the food for the party AND made three of the most beautiful, huge cakes. It was amazing, and I can't say how much it meant to us all that she did all that hard work for us. Pulled pork, potato salad, maid-rites, cucumber salad, beans, and CAKE!!! She even sent french fries and chicken nuggets for the little ones. Thanks, Sandy! I am thankful for you.
WORRY. Have you turned on your TV lately? Of course you have. Jeepers! Twilight Zone. OOOEEEOOO. I keep thinking we are living in a parallel universe . . . AND I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE GOOD OL' NORMAL DAYS! Each morning is the beginning of a topsy turvy kind of experience. It has become necessary to keep a score card of the new "exciting" developments of crazy events. I don't care what party you are a part of. Actually, I think so many of us are leaning toward the Independent zone. Regardless, a lot of stuff is going to crap for everybody. What an odd time in history, we are living in.
The WORRY part involves something kinda selfish on my part. With our plans for Woodbridge Haven moving forward, the major part of funding will (or would have) come from Medicaid. With our plan to fun a facility for special needs people, (primarily autistic people), the state currently provides waivers for their care, when they have aged out of the system (school or young-person day-care programs). IF the Medicaid funding is cut drastically, there will be little money to cover these services. Parents and family members will have to find some place for their loved ones to go during the day, so that they can continue to work to keep a roof over their heads. They would probably end up having to pay out of pocket for these services, and those don't come cheap! Without this funding, guess what? Mom or Dad will have to quit work to keep an eye on their child. And by this time, the child is actually a grown-up. And as any adult, they want to have a fulfilling day just like everyone else. With the services we will provide, they will be going to the movies, having art classes, actually growing things in a garden, learning to cook, and sharing their days with friends. Just when our years-long dream is coming true, the government may be throwing a monkey wrench into the works. Sorry, but that really makes me mad.
It has been dreary and rainy here a lot, and with my busted butt, I haven't taken the time to shoot any pictures or draw Little J. Maybe next time.
UPDATE: Hey, I almost forgot to give you latest on the "mystery" stuff from the can of tomato juice.
The company that I called about their product, said they would send me a "collection kit" so that they could analyse what the heck that stuff was. After waiting several days, and the specimen becoming moldy, my family insisted that I pitch it out and forget it. THEN the collection kit arrived. It consisted of a padded envelope. I could have sent it to them immediately if I had known that was how they wanted to pack it. So, we will never know what was really in that can. BUT, the good news is that they sent me three coupons for a total of $8.00 off their products. Whoo hoo! But, no thanks.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL