Today is the last day of the kids in this area’s summer vacation. I think we have everything that is on the Back To School Supply List and tonight we will be having an early dinner and hopefully the house will be nice and quiet so that we can all get to bed early to get a good night’s sleep before the big day that starts way too early for my taste.
I never really understood why the 5th of May was a celebration of Mexican heritage, so I looked it up online and found that Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The Internet makes learning things such as this so much easier and quicker than back in the day when you had to rely on your encyclopedias or going to the local library.
My over night stay with my sister and her six year daughter Nichole, my favorite niece of all time. Believe me I have a whole slew of nieces and nephews and Nichole has stolen my heart since the day she was welcomed into this world. I have witnessed and have played an important role in various births, family and a few close friends, but this one was an experience that I’ll never forget.
Nichole is starving for attention. Having a single mom is a difficult situation on everyone involved with the whole world seeming to be at your door wanting to come in and make things worse. Each one with their own agenda and expecting something in return, simple as that.
Anyway, I try to visit them as much as possible, it’s only a two hour drive but I have to go over 2 mountains to get there and often the roads are way too dangerous to drive on. I always bring several “presents” to surprise and delight her. I can’t seem to get enough of seeing that wonderful and totally pure excitement and the ear-to-ear smile that just lights my life up for several days after leaving them to head back over the 2 mountains to where I now call home.
This time I brought a lap steel guitar and gave it to her so that when I play my guitar she can play around on this wonderful lap steel guitar so that we can sing and play together. This girl is just exploding with musical talents, loves to dance and sing and is able to keep a beat no matter what type of music comes on. I would love to encourage her in any way possible to explore and find at least one musical instrument that she can play for the rest of her life. Music = Life while Life = Music, simple as that.
Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag
It is always such a treat when Jessie, my sister’s ex sister-in-law, comes into town and I am included in the visit. She is a Traveling Nurse and had spent a good amount of her adult life time in the service, so she walks and talks the army and medical issues and has more stories to tell then someone her age has the right to have. LOL! I would love to read her memoirs if she even sits down long enough to write anything down that isn’t necessary for a list, a chart or form!
She gets to see and hear a lot of the new medical items that come out that are necessary for her to learn about and learn to use. She sounds like she can do just about anything that any doctor can do, legally and morally. She can work wonders with a thermometer, blood pressure machine, a finger oximeter all the way up to an x ray machine and MRI and CAT Scans that are always changing and improving as fast as they can pump them out. None of this equipment is cheap and if I asked Jessie to give me the breakdown of what the hospitals are spending on medical equipment, I’m sure she would be able spout out some type of number and or percentage, she really has a wealth of knowledge from such a wide spread area(s).
From what I hear she may be in the area around the Memorial Day Weekend which isn’t too far in the future. This year is flying by. In just a couple of days it will be March, which is one of my favorite months of the year! Say good-bye to winter and hello to spring!
Since my sister couldn’t take off work to go pick up her son from school, who had gotten into a bit of trouble in school today, she called me and asked if I could do it for her. Since I wasn’t slammed with my usual work load today I told her that I could take care of it for her. I had to wait in the guidance counselor’s office for over 15 minutes until they brought him out to me so I took that time to look at all of the pamphlets, brochures and fliers that had in there. I have an issue with just sitting still, I usually have a Reader’s Digest that I keep in my purse to that I will have something to read when I find myself in situations like this.
I was surprised to see so much literature available in that office concerning scholarships for their students to take advantage of after graduation. I don’t remember having that much information about scholarships in the guidance counselor’s office in my high school, but then again going to college wasn’t really an option for us back then since my folks didn’t seem to encourage any of us to further our education past high school.