Spring disguised as Winter

December 30, 2006

All over the country the weather is drastic.  Huge amounts of snow dumped in Colorado, New Mexico and the Texas panhandle. 

In North Texas it is spring disguised as winter.  Officially we are in our 9th day of winter.  Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature.  Temperatures in the 60’s.  Several counties at a time were in severe thunderstorm warnings.  Several more had tornado warnings.  All in all there were 15-20 tornado’s yesterday (depending on who you listen to).

The end result for my house was a much needed rain for the grass and huge pecan tree in my back yard. 


Thought for the day – December 25, 2006

December 25, 2006


I hope everyone has a wonderful day.  Christmas dinner and then to work this afternoon.  I’ve talked to all my kids and some of the many significant people in my life, either by phone or IM.  I had a pleasant surprise, my g/friend, the deserting bastardette, called me from Pittsburg this morning. 😀

Only 364 shopping days til Christmas.

Saturday – Christmas Eve Eve

December 23, 2006

Today is my day off.  I worked until 10pm last night.  The alarm rang at 6am and I wanted to kick myself for winding down that two hours before I went to bed last night.  Jump up, throw on my clothes, my face and off I go to work.  Make sure that 21 kids are appropriately dressed and off we go to church for the baptism and confirmation of 11 them.  We have two vans full of kids and a caravan of cars traveling 25 miles to the church.  The Bishop performed the ceremony, which is a huge deal in the Catholic church….especially at Christmas time.  After the services we had a fiesta in the cafeteria/gym.  It was beautiful and I cried.  I have lived to be this old, have raised about 1,003 kids and for the first time  I am officially a ‘God Mother’.

Back in the van, back to the ranch, short staffed.  Sorry about your luck, there is no way I can work today.  Call the ‘on call’ person and that would NOT be me.

Back home, check my e-mail, put on my jammies and down for a short nap.  Four hours later I wake up.  It was glorious.  The most wonderful nap I’ve had in years.  I got up and realized that I haven’t done the laundry and I have to be back at work at 8 in the morning.  Threw in a load of clothes and started doing a little baking.  I don’t know how many of you know what ‘a little baking’ means.  In my family it is relative.  My Mom, the Grand Bastardette, cooked enough for a small army every time she went in the kitchen.  So for me a ‘little baking’ meant two pecan pies and a loaf of banana nut bread.

Laundry is done, baking is done….for the day anyway.

I’m back to bed……goodnight all.

Lets party

December 22, 2006

Two Christmas parties yesterday at work.  One for the staff.  We all brought food and ate until we were miserable.  All the staff got navy blue TYC sweat shirts.  They’re nice.

Last night the AA people came out.  One couple performed for the kids.  Sang Christmas carols got the kids up to sing with them.  The theme of the performance was the 50’s.  Kaye was dressed up in bobbie socks, a poodle skirt and a scarf tied around her neck.  Ray in his leather jacket….generally looking like a hoodlum.  They were great.  They called for volunteers.  And then solicited certain staff…me being one of them….for a certain song.  We taught the youngsters to do ‘the twist.’  You can sure tell the difference between a bunch of recovering alcoholics and ‘normal’ folks.  The ‘normies’ were very reserved, being quite frightened of what others would think.  Those of us in recovery have learned how to do this simple thing…..DON’T TAKE YOURSELF SO DAMNED SERIOUSLY!!!  It was great fun.

After they party people left the kids cleaned up a mountain of popcorn from the floor and by 10pm there was no evidence of a party.

Two kids were packed up to leave this morning.  On their last night, they get to sleep in the library, play X-box and watch movies.  They said their goodbyes to the staff that were leaving.  As we walked out of the building I could hear the boys thinking….LET’S PARTY!

In memory

December 15, 2006

My beloved Dad passed away 3 years ago today.  I miss him so much.

Cool things

December 12, 2006

Yesterday I went to a celebration that was different from anything I’ve ever seen.  At my church we had Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration.  It started out with an entrance procession of Aztec Dancers dancing down the aisle of the church.  They were incredibly beautiful.  Their dance was so powerful the vibration could be felt throughout the church.  The floors are marble, but the deaf could have felt the beat.  Actors portrayed the story about the appearance of the Blessed Virgin to Juan Diego.  Mariachis sang, the band played the church was alive with song.  After the celebration of the Mass, the fiesta was held in the gymnasium, with food and more Aztec dancing.  Fr. Richard confessed that he was hearing drums in his sleep.  He lives five minutes away, but he could hear the drums as they practiced in the night.

I cannot believe I have lived to be so old without witnessing this wonderful celebration.  I know I must have looked like a child in wide eyed awe.

This morning I met the kids from work, a caseworker and the superintendent at the homeless shelter, where we work and feed the homeless. 

Maria was there again.  She recognized me and we talked for a while.  She stopped suddenly and said she HAD to pray for me.  Never have I been one to refuse prayer, so I said sure and thanked her.  This lady who is apparently so mentally ill, stood behind me and place her hands gently on my head and began rubbing my scalp.  She pronounced me off limits to the demons that are robbing me of my peace, attacking me in my sleep and depriving me of rest.  She prayed on and on massaging my neck, shoulders and back.  I had not said one word to her about how every other night I wake in the middle of the night and lay sleepless for hours.  Or how, when I woke this morning my head hurt so bad I could hardly lift it from my pillow.  When her prayer was over, she sat beside me and said, each day you have to give your guardian angel permission to protect you from all evil.  You know that is how God works, free will.  Just tell them ‘Angels today you have permission to save me from myself and anyone else who would harm me.  Then she said she had a gift for me.  She said she knew I would appreciate it.  It was a well worn picture from the cover of a magazine of Michael the archangel.  I told her I would treasure it always…..and I will.

Flight attendants

December 9, 2006

All too rarely, airline attendants make an effort to make the in flight “safety lecture” and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:

1. On a Southwest flight 245 (SW has no assigned seating, you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced, “People, people we’re not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!”

2. On a Continental Flight with a very “senior” flight attendant crew, the pilot said, “Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants.”

3. On landing, the stewardess said, “Please be sure to take all of your belongings. If you’re going to leave anything, please make sure it’s something we’d like to have.

4. “There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane”

5. “Thank you for flying Delta Business Express. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride.”

6. As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Ronald Reagan, a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: “Whoa, big fella. WHOA!”

7. After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Memphis, a flight attendant on a Northwest flight announced, “Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, surely everything has shifted.”

8. From a Southwest Airlines employee: “Welcome aboard Southwest Flight 245 to Tampa.. To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don’t know how to operate one, you probably shouldn’t be out in public unsupervised.”

9. “In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with more than one small child, pick your favorite.”

10. “Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we’ll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Southwest Airlines.”

11. “Your seat cushions can be used for flotation; and, in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments.”

12. “As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.”

13. And from the pilot during his welcome message: “Delta Airlines is pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!”

14. Heard on Southwest Airlines just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City the flight attendant came on the intercom and said,  “That was quite a bump, and I know what y’all are thinking. I’m here to tell you it wasn’t the airline’s fault, it wasn’t the pilot’s fault, it wasn’t the flight attendant’s fault, it was the asphalt.”

15. Overheard on an American Airlines flight into Amarillo, Texas, on a particularly windy and bumpy day: During the final approach, the Captain was really having to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what’s left of our airplane to the gate!”

16. Another flight attendant’s comment on a less than perfect landing: “We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal.”

17. An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the Passengers exited, smile, and give them a “Thanks for flying our airline.” He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said, “Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?” “Why, no, Ma’am,” said the pilot. “What is it?” The little old lady said, “Did we land, or were we shot down?”

18. After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the attendant came on with, “Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Capt. Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we’ll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.”

19. Part of a flight attendant’s arrival announcement: “We’d like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you’ll think of US Airways.”

20. Heard on a Southwest Airline flight. “Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing and if you can light ’em, you can smoke ’em.”

21. A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport. After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from New York to Los Angeles. The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax . . OH, MY G__!” Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!” A passenger in Coach yelled, “That’s nothing. You should see the back of mine.”

Shamelessly stolen from Mr. Doug

But really……..the best ever were from my own flight attendant Pamela: