Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My Mom and Me

I love this picture of my mom & me. This was Christmas 1970, so she was very pregnant with my sister (who was born in January).

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I'm beginning to look

I'm beginning to look

My hubby is about 6'5" (was 6'6" before his major bout with a negretizing strep infection in his leg & toxic shock), so I have looked short next to him all along. But now my 10 year old son, Buddy, is starting to catch up with me. I am now about 5'9 1/2" (down from 5'10 3/4" - scoliosis & bad car accident). Now that I like being tall....I'm

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Update for "If I Wasn't So Numb.... I Would Scream..."

A lot has been happening the last few days, to say the least. I do not want to go into too much detail here, but suffice it to say that Somebody's in Trooooouuuuble...... ;)

We got pieces of information that led my hubby to end up with a name. I then used what I call my "mad ninja internet skills" to find out about this person. I even connected him to the city that something was delivered to. I can actually tell you a lot about his moving around from NC to the Bronx to TN. I found his mug shot and information about him doing this before and getting caught at least two times.

I cannot connect him with the three names on the Southwest Airlines tickets, but I did find them on the internet and the three women definitely know each other and would very likely travel together. Question is... Are they in on it? Or did this thief somehow pull them into all of this?  If they are involved, they are definitely living one life publicly and a totally opposite one in reality.

It was so funny just now! I just called the bank's claims department and gave the guy there the information we found yesterday on the culprit. He said that I should get a job researching for  He was shocked and said that he has never gotten that much information from a customer.   It sure feels good!  :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

If I Wasn't So Numb.... I Would Scream...

I am ready to scream!!!!!! Our shopping trip was cut short today when our debit card was denied. It turns out that someone evidently got our credit card number or something and charged 3 Southwest Airline tickets and another charge at some Audio business.

I'm just basically numb right now....

We don't get another paycheck until the 25th. The bank said that it can take up to 10 business days for them to research and credit to our account. I hope I am understanding correctly that the money will be credited back... That thought just gripped me. Yikes!

Anyway, we have two important bills to pay before then... plus we needed a few specific things from the store. Even after they reimbursed the overdraft charge, we are still in the hole...

Actually, I'm somewhat grateful that we were so low on our savings at this time, because otherwise it would have probably been worse. We have that overdraft protection thing where they will take money out of our savings to cover if we go over. With this nifty activity... we indeed went over. This also meant that they had more money to steal.

I have had a couple of family members in the past steal from me and a couple of "friends", but being robbed by someone unknown feels way different. With the one's I knew, it was much more a betrayal of trust.

I cannot quite figure out what this feeling really is. I am not in denial. Been there...done that... I tend to work at figuring out what emotions I am feeling these days. Right now, I am feeling numb with a major tightness inside my body. Kind of like anxiety, but it is a bit different. I'm sure that it contains anxiety, but there is something more. I am also having a big problem with shaking since this all started. I might as well have taken a placebo. I will have to remember to keep a hold of something for awhile, because I tend to fall a lot more when the meds aren't cutting it.  Anxiety or being over-tired seems to basically nullify this particular medicine.

Anyway..... I was just talking to one of my BFF's on the phone. I needed someone to talk to. Hubby can't be reached until later tonight. Thanks to the idiot train engineer that was texting while driving a train last year and killing people in California... They are not even allowed to have their phone on during breaks or anything while on duty... But, back to the problem of today...

While talking to her, I broke down and cried a bit. No, I am not one that even attempts to keep the tears in. I can cry about almost anything: sadness, happiness, sappiness, etc, etc. But, I had not cried before that or even after. Now that I think about it, I think part of what I am feeling is shock.

I keep reminding myself that I have gotten through a lot of MUCH worse things. I will get through this. This storm is minor compared to many others.

When I am in the midst of a storm, I try to stay focused and alert to what I am supposed to learn during this time. God has always taught me something important while I am in the middle of it and I am sure that He will continue to do so. Sometimes, it has been simply to get me to rely on Him sooner and more fully - which actually is NOT a simple thing to teach me... But there is always something - even if it is to be able to truly tell someone that I DO know at least a bit about what they are going through.

I have also decided that I refuse to go through a big storm (or even a little one for that matter) without something positive coming out of it. If I am not taught something, then it was all for nothing...and that is NOT OK with me. I am not generally a stubborn person, but when it comes to things like this or someone telling me that I cannot succeed at something... Watch Out!

So, have I learned anything yet in this storm? Actually, I have.

I have learned to have a stash of money somewhere and not have it all in "one place". I am sure that I will be learning much more. We will just have to be patient and watch.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

Meet me on Monday is a blogging meme hosted at Never Grow Old. There are five questions each Monday. It's a great way for bloggers and their readers to get to know each other better.

These are the questions for this week:

1. What is your favorite yogurt flavor?

Definitely Blueberry!

2. Ankle or knee socks? and on the same theme, white socks or colored??

Ankle socks... usually white, but I also love pink or purple fuzzy socks when it is cold outside.

3. How is the weather right now?

Warm and sunny with a slight breeze...finally...

4. Are you a fast typist?

Somewhat.  I used to be much quicker, but my main strength regarding typing was my accuracy.

5. Red or White Wine?

Neither really.  If I have any (which is very seldom), I like the more basic ones like Arbor that even considered a wine?  lol

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Stylish Blogger Award!

A huge thank you to Lisa at Susanna's Apron  for presenting me with a "Stylish Blogger Award"!  How cool is that?  Be sure to check out Lisa's blog!  Her writing is encouraging, thought-provoking, and personable.  I especially like the way she applies God's Word to some everyday situations in such a clear manner.

I now get to share seven things about myself and then introduce ten lovely blogs that I think are stylish!

About me:

1. I am a pretty good cook, but not really a baker.  This is mainly because I am a self-proclaimed fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type cook.  I go more by my senses.  With baking, it is much more of a "science" and you cannot as easily just change it up.

2. When I was in the fifth grade, we did reports on a state other than our own.  I had Mississippi and did a really good job on the researching and writing of the report.  I even finished all of the "steps" on-time.  When it came time to do the oral report in front of the class, I lied and told the teacher that I wasn't done with it.  I did this every day until it was too late to still do the oral report.  I then turned it in and the teacher said that I would have gotten an "A-" if I had turned it in on time.  It was most of our grade for the quarter and I received a "D" in the class.  I hadn't thought that all the way through, because I was in serious trouble.  I never told my parents or my teacher that I had it finished on time, but was avoiding getting in front of the class.

3. I am a HUGE NCIS fan!  If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook, you probably already know this.  I tend to turn away at the gross stuff, but absolutely love how they focus on and develop the characters.  I have the first seven seasons on DVD, so if there isn't a marathon on when I need want it, I can put on my very own!

4. I love listening to Disney Radio with "Buddy".  A lot of the music on there reminds me of some of my favorite 80's music.  I am a fan of several teen

5. A few years after I graduated from college, I was diagnosed with a reading comprehension problem and dyslexia.  It was never discovered or really even tested for until I was taking a group counseling facilitator class at the community college and my professor picked up on it. 

6.  I am not afraid of heights, but I am afraid of falling.  I can be way up in the air as long as I am somewhere that seems stable (like looking out the top of the Gateway Arch or down from a tall amusement park ride).  I do, however, get scared standing on a chair or ladder.

7.  I honestly get excited when a little leaf appears on my family tree at

Here are the stylish bloggers I recommend that you check out.  I consider them all stylish in their own ways.  These are in no particular order.

1.  Cooking with K    
2.  Reflexions
3.  Sunflower Schoolhouse
4. Katherine's Corner
5. Tammy's Recipes
6. Finding Joy In My Kitchen 
7. The Finer Things In Life
8. Centsational Girl
9. Little Green Notebook  
10. Storage and Glee 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award

So cool! I just received my first blog award!  Thank you Barbara at Notes From the Second Half for thinking of me and giving me this award.  Be sure to check out her wonderful blog.  You can also follow her on Twitter @NotesFrom2Half.

I am supposed to tell you all seven things about me, so here it goes...

1. I have two children. My daughter is 22 years old and my son is 10. There is enough of a spread that it is like they are both an "only child".

2. I am VERY proud of my Native American heritage!  Two of my Great-Great Grandmas were full-blooded Indians. One was the daughter of a Cherokee Indian Chief and the other was Choctaw.  My grandma always said that I also have a few drops of Shoshone blood thrown in.

3. I do not even know the name of my biological father.  I am having trouble locating the one person who is still alive (I hope) that my grandma thought might know his name.  All that I know is that he was about 6'7", had red hair, rode a motorcycle back in late 1960's, and was likely quite a bit Irish.  Not much to go on...

4. I am actually quite shy IRL...until you get to know me. Some people are surprised that I am so introverted, because I often have to behave in an extroverted way to enjoy the life I desire.  If I want to teach children music, have some great friends, etc... I have to put myself out there.

5. I went to college on a music scholarship.  My main instrument is the trombone.  My "specialty" was that I had an amazing range.  I also taught myself to play: baritone (both clefs), trumpet, saxophone, flute, french horn (& then took some lessons), and the harmonica.

6. I was a baton twirler from the first grade through my senior year of high school.  My favorite thing was doing "2 baton". In my solos and one duet, I loved going from one baton to two by doing a one handed back-bend while twirling to pick up the second one and ending the routine by going down into the splits while twirling. Don't expect to see either of those tricks these days...

7. I am sentimental, reflective, resourceful, and a big fan of the arts.

Now, I get to pass the award on to 15 newly discovered blogs.  Most of these blogs have been around much longer than mine, but I have discovered them somewhat recently. They are not listed in any particular order.  Be sure to check them out.

1. Lost and Tired
2. Garden of Eagan
3. Solodialogue
4. The Journey Leads Home
5. Homeschooling in Heels
6. Larainy Days
7. Live, Love, Educate
8. Missional Mama
9. The Thrifty Home Schooler
10. Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
11. Welcome to Normal
12. Saving by Making
13. Whole New Mom
14. Delighting in the Days
15. The Artistic Spectrum

Monday, April 18, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

Meet me on Monday is a blogging meme hosted at Never Grow Old. There are five questions each Monday. It's a great way for bloggers and their readers to get to know each other better.

These are the questions for this week:

1. Caesar Salad or Garden Salad?

Definitely Garden Salad! The more variety of veggies...the better! Plus, I am not really into Caesar Salad Dressing that much, either. I will eat a Caesar, but when given a choice...bring on those veggies!

2. Will you be watching the Royal Wedding on April 29th?

Probably will just see A LOT of coverage after-the-fact. I admired Princess Diana and am interested in Prince William and Kate, but have no desire to plan my time around it.

3. Last thing you spent lots of money on?

Buying our 1978 RV this February and then the unexpected repairs that were necessary when the wheel tried to come off on the interstate. (You can read more about this in my Pity Party post.) It took our whole tax refund and then some, but was worth it. With situations as they are, it isn't just a luxury, but is actually a necessity. Later, we can just use it for long as we don't go too far from home. It sure can put away the fuel.

4. Window seat or aisle seat?

It depends. If I am seated with strangers, I usually prefer the aisle. I don't like to feel trapped and would feel bad if I need to get up during the flight and disturb them...even though I RARELY get up or even unfasten my seat belt. If I am traveling with family or friends, I like the window seat best. I love looking out the window and honestly don't like the aisle due to attendants and others always bumping into my elbow, etc. BUT, if I am flying with my son, another child, and/or someone whom has never flown before - I like to offer them the window, so they can have a memorable experience. My first time flying was when I was 27 years old and was in awe from the sights I got to enjoy.

5. Do you know your blood type?

Yep! A-

When pregnant, I always had to get those RH shots. Ugg!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

Meet me on Monday is a blogging meme hosted at Never Grow Old. There are five questions each Monday. It's a great way for bloggers and their readers to get to know each other better.

These are the questions for this week:

1. If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That would have to be potatoes. I love potatoes in many forms: baked, mashed, fried, hash browned, roasted, and french fried. I have always been picky about my french fries, though. I prefer them with very little or no salt and not too greasy. I know, you are probably thinking, "Fries without salt? Why bother?" Simple...I don't like salt. I do not eat french fried very often anymore, though, because of my swallowing difficulties from my Parkinsons.

2. Do you write your blog posts in advance or the day you post them?

I usually think about my posts for a day or more (sometimes even long in advance) and have it all but written in my head. Once I actually begin typing the post, I usually finish it that day and post it right away.

3. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?

Yes, two times.
The first time was when I was in the second grade. We were on vacation with friends and at a drive-in movie. Us kiddos were laying on the hump where you park. The movie The Pink Panther was showing. It was the second movie and most of us kiddos were asleep. I was RUDELY awaken to a full-size car filled with eight people sitting on my feet. It was the owner of the drive-in whom was driving really drunk! My mom made him move forward and off of my feet and pulled me out before he could run them over with the back wheels. My best friend also had her toes ran over. One of my friend's cousins saw the car coming at the last minute and pulled my younger sister out of the way. She would have likely been ran over in her mid-section... obviously NOT GOOD!

I was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The main thing I remember was how loud it was in the ambulance. It seemed that they had at least five different radios going loudly at the same time and neither of my parents were with me. Pretty scary. We were from out of town and the drive-in theater's owner was a friend of the doctor, apparently. He told my parents that nothing was broken, but that I had to stay off of my feet as much as possible for a few weeks. Well, we were quite poor, so my "second opinion" came from a phone call my mom made to a doctor. He said that if nothing was broken, then the worse thing I could do was to not walk on my feet. It hurt SO bad. I had to go to my dancing lessons and even remember crying at recess, because the teachers were determined to keep me on my feet all through recess to help me...

Well...when I was twenty-four, I had x-rays on my feet. Guess what they showed? My feet had been broken in MANY places and fused back together badly. I was born with really bad feet and ankles anyway. I was taking dancing lessons initially for physical therapy. It was cheaper and our landlady's daughter was a dance teacher. She turned out to be a wonderful influence in my childhood...wonderful lady!

Ever since then while watching a movie at a drive-in, I refused to sit outside of the vehicle. My children never did either. This last summer, I sat outside on a lawn chair at the drive-in for the first time since. It felt weird, daring, and in a way...liberating. I also have avoided any of the Pink Panther joke.

The second time was in 1995 when my then-husband whom was famous for getting into car accidents, succeeded in tipping our van over and spinning it on a Kansas City area highway in a one-car accident. Impressive huh? :) As the van was heading straight to a wall of rocks and my life LITERALLY passed like a movie before my eyes, the van started to roll. We had a medal TV mounted in severely hard plastic between the front seats. On the third time that my head was on its way to smacking into the TV, I blacked out. I cracked that severely hard plastic with my head. My daughter (about seven at the time) and I rode to the hospital in the ambulance. My ex was unharmed. My daughter had hit her head, so they took her as a precaution. Because of the way they had found me, they used the jaws to pry the back door of the van open and removed me on a board. They were sure that I probably had a broken neck, ribs, ankle, knee, and possibly back. I obviously had a concussion and MANY bruises. It turned out that I had no broken bones, but several bruised bones, ribs that still to this day go out very easily, and my concussion.

I still get VERY nervous when driving near rock walls. Then guess where I moved a few years the most mountainous state: Nevada. I am getting much better, but I have to preoccupy myself when I am a passenger, so the driver (usually hubby) isn't driven insane. :) I can't help it.

4. What is your favorite candle scent?

It kind of depends on the season. Some faves are vanilla, lilac, lavender, and apple spice.

5. Coffee or tea?

The ONLY coffee I like is a Lite Mocha Frappucino with lots of cinnamon powder on top and no whip. My hubby calls it my fru-fru coffee. I also love FRESH-brewed ice tea without lemon or sugar and not too strong. I'm really picky about my ice tea.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

Meet me on Monday is a blogging meme hosted at Never Grow Old. There are five questions each Monday. It's a great way for bloggers and their readers to get to know each other better.

These are the questions for this week:

1. What jewelry do you wear 24/7?

Only my wedding and engagement ring set.

2. Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?

I'm definitely a twirler! In fact, when I was really young, I honestly thought that I had invented twirling. My parents mostly cut their spaghetti, so I must have seen it done on TV or something. When I showed them my amazing discovery, they informed me that it had already been invented...after they stopped laughing...

3. How many siblings do you have?

I was raised with my half-sister whom is three years younger than me. We share the same mom. I also have a step-brother and a step-sister whom share the same dad with my half-sister. My step-father adopted me at a very young age. I'm the one on the left.

4. Were you named after anyone?

My mom wanted me to have a name that nobody she knew had. I was supposed to be named Renee'. Just before I was born, my mom moved next door to a little girl named Renee' whom evidently was a real "brat"! lol

So, my mom changed my name to Stephanie Le'ne. She believed that she made up my middle name, but in the last several years I have met several people named Linnea, Lynnae, etc. I really like my middle name, but do not like the spelling at all. Except for my birth certificate, any governmental papers will NOT include the apostrophe. Therefore, my name looks like "Le ne" or "Lene" - neither of which looks or sounds like anything to be proud of...

My daughter's name includes my middle name in a way that I feel is spelled much better. :)
This is a favorite picture of my mom and me. I was almost 3 years old.

5. Coke or Pepsi?

Neither! The main pop I will drink is 7up or Sprite. I have many times gone without a drink just to avoid Coke, Pepsi, and many others.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ten Places I Want To Visit In My Lifetime

For someone whom has never been out of the contiguous United States, this is a lofty list, but this would be ideal for me.

1. The Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas - I have seen a lot about the vacations there and it is AMAZING! Many great aquariums, swimming with marine life, etc, etc... This is definitely number 1 on my list!

2. Italy - There is just some much I love about Italy! Beautiful scenery, wonderful food, and full of history!

3. Egypt - To see all of the history there including several of the pyramids. My son LOVES learning about Egypt and seeing mummies at museums.

4. The Grand Canyon - Believe it or not, I have never been there. It is SO beautiful and majestic.

5. The East Coast of the USA to visit many historical sites from history. These would include places like Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Maryland, and more.

6. The Cherokee Indian Reservation in Oklahoma - I am VERY proud of my Native American Heritage! I have a lot of Cherokee and Choctaw blood in me and as my grandma used to say... a few drops of Shoshone. I would also like to find out where my ancestors were before the Trail of Tears and visit there, too. I'm sure that it would be an overwhelming experience, but would definitely be worth it.

7. Pearl Harbor and Hawaii - I should have visited when my sister and her hubby were stationed there, but I could not afford even the flight then. I'm a very patriotic person and really want to explore Pearl Harbor someday. I would want to check out several of the touristy things in Hawaii like a luau, eat LOTS of fresh pineapple, and experience the beautiful sunsets!

8. Australia - It is such a beautiful country and I can speak the language! ;)

9. An Alaskan Cruise - I have always wanted to go on a cruise. I'm not really into walking on ice or being super cold, but I do love to experience some beautiful scenery!

10. Niagra Falls - I absolutely LOVE waterfalls. This would be the ultimate!

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