New Look for a New Life







I ended up spending a long weekend in Maine, babysitting my grandson’s cat while my daughter and the kids went on a trip to CT. Before they left I had my daughter cut my hair real short.




I figured it would be easier to deal with in AZ, with the new job at the snack bar.  My daughter gave me the purple blouse for my birthday…so now I got 5 shirts. 

Anyways, I have the Google Earth app on my tablet, and have been checking out the Desert View in search of the employee areas. In all the time I lived in the Grand Canyon National Park before, I have not really explored much of that area. I assume that must employees don’t unless they live there, because it really is soo isolated. With the app, I found the campground, snack bar & gift shop and a few other buildings that I never knew existed. The snack bar where I will be working is open from about 8am-6pm during the Spring & Summer, and 9am-5pm during the Fall & Winter.

So I am sure to have plenty of time to write…actually I have to restart my novel because all my writing got left behind at my brother’s house, I may also be able to learn about astronomy and the history of that area. Seeing as my digital camera also got left behind I won’t be taking as many pictures. This tablet I am typing on now has a camera but I don’t really expect to be online much to post pics while I am there. Mainly the tablet will be used to read the dozen of free books I downloaded this week and to play games that don’t require internet service.

This weekend the temp is in the 20’s here in Maine and it snowed yesterday, while the Grand Canyon is enjoying the sunshine and temps in the mid-50’s.


Forced Into Minimalism, and Thriving

I had gone down to Manchester, NH; to see about getting a live-in caregiver job. While I was there we all came to the realization that it was not going to work out. I also was notified that I wasn’t allowed back to my brother’s home.

So the only belongings that I had with me was 3 pair of pants, 2 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts, 1 hoodie, 1 beachtowel, 1 pair of purple slippers, 1 pair of white shoes, 1 coat(that isn’t in the picture), 1 pair of purple gloves and 1 hat, and 1 set of PJ’s and luckily I had my wallet & my tablet in my purse.  When i went to Walmart to buy some yogurt I also bought a pair of purple jeans.   It all fit in 1 travel bag. 

I found the camera battery charger in a pocket of the bag, but unfortunately the digital camera got left behind at my brothers house. I also left my birth certificate and a bunch of other paperwork that I will be wanting later.  Well with everything I own now in 1 bag, it definitely makes traveling a whole lot easier.


Yesterday, I got an email stating I got a new job in AZ. Wow, talk about perfect timing. A job with a cheap apartment for $25/week rent. It’s in a very isolated location….poor almost nonexistent internet service, 26 miles away from the post office, library and anything else. But right now the housing is the most important thing.

Later I will have to buy black shoes & black poants for work, after I get to AZ. But I can handle living with 4 pants & 4 shirts for my free-time wardrobe. It’s less to carry around, less for the laundry, and less to store in a closet. Oh hell, all my clothes now fit in 1 bag so I don’t even need a closet.

Winter Weather

This picture was taken from my aunt’s front step a week or two agoImage

it was about 25º outside this morning…just 2º warmer then Anchorage, AK. We got some more rain & little bit more snow. Today is my oldest son’s birthday. He is in Hinesville, GA, Where it was about 66º today.

I have already had enough of this cold & icy roads. If I ever get this disability stuff taken care of I will he spending next winter back in Phoenix.

Almost December

At midnight last night it was 10 degrees out, and then at 7am it was really cold…5 degrees. Yup its Wintertime. 

There was 17 people gathered at my brother’s house for a yummy Thanksgiving meal. My S-I-L, made the cutest place sittings for everyone.


Weight-Watchers Gave Me a New Cousin


This is MaryAnnImage

I haven’t seen my cousin in years, and was totally shocked when I ran into her at Wal-Mart yesterday. Once upon  a time she weighed about 332 pounds. I swear that she lost half herself somewhere. Actually she goes to weight-watcher meetings on Wednesday nights.

Now I like the Jennifer Hudson & Jessica Simpson commercials for weightwatchers; but lets face it…they are Hollywood people, and like most hollywood people their life & level of income demands them to look good. But when an ordinary normal single mom can lose alot of weight, It really means something & I take notice.

I still have the little gadget that lets me figure out the points value for food, so it shouldn’t be all that hard to start it up again. Course it’s only good for food with labels where fats, protein, fiber & carbs, are listed. But I don’t want to pay for meetings just to get all the books to figure out how to deal with other food (like all my sister-in-law’s homemade cooking)

Anyays, I had gone into Wal-Mart because I ran out of yogurt, so I picked up 6 containers of Chobani Greek yogurt, 12-bottles of Liptons Citrus green tea, a bag of Pistachios, bananas, and 2 frozen meals.



This Weeks Schedule

I have always been in the habit of making lists. Sometimes I will even make the same list a few times and leave it in different places. My oldest daughter had once told me that I make lists for EVERYTHING, and I make more lists then anyone else she knows. She would laugh if she found shredded up paper in the trashcan because she knew if she put the paper back together like a puzzle that it would be one of my many lists.

I still make lists for trivial stuff, but not as often as before. Course now I can’t remember shit without writing stuff down in a list or on a calender. Supposedly some people say I am OCD because of it. I say they are full of hogwash.

So anyways, This week seems to be getting busy. Here’s my schedule so far…

Today/Tuesday: Organize my desk

Tomorrow/Wednesday: Get house ready for when Sharon comes home

Thursday: Go with my aunt to her Dr. appt

Friday: Hopefully the washer gets fixed so I can do laundry

Weekend (Sat & Sun): hopefully I get to enjoy some of my town’s 250 year celebration

Next Monday: I have a Dr. appt @ the spine clinic in Dartmouth


Well I need to get back to organizing my desk…I spend my time with my laptop then I do organizing anything else which is why that job takes so darn long. Earlier this morning, my laptop decided to put  itself in “hibernation” mode and then wouldn’t let me turn it back on for awhile. Guess I need to put this week’s schedule on a calender in case I can’t get to any list on my laptop.


My Fabulous Five

Now I have been reading a blog from a lady living in Arizona for a couple years now, and quite often she posts different lists titled her “Fab 5″.  Seeing as I can’t think of anything else to post today, I figured I might as well try to come up with my own list of “Fab 5’s”

  • 5 (non-food) things I want to buy: Kindle (never replaced my broken one), camera battery charger (left my in AZ), more time on my cell phone, new laptop, memory sticks to hold more pics
  • Last 5 movies I watched: Fargo, Hansel & Gretel, My Cousin Vinny, True Girt..(the new one), Damn I can’t think of a 5th one
  • 5 things I wish I had a college degree in: Photography, Nutrition, Computer Programming, Nursing, Web Design
  • 5 places I still want to visit: Alaska (yes I have been before, but I want to see more), Coast of GA (hope to visit in October with my aunt), Hawaii, Canada, Australia (need to add PASSPORT on my list of things to buy)
  • 5 things I miss from Arizona: public transportation, variety of grocery stores, funky little coffee shops, pretty flowers/plants everywhere, unique artwork everywhere

Well that’s about it for now. I need to clean up my room a bit before I go stay at my Auntie G’s tonight. She will help me with some of the paperwork I got from the “NH Housing Authority”. Still hoping to get into my own place by the end of the year.