I wanted to write a quick post tonight, because I had missed so much last month. I did try to go back and post some recipes; at least I did get that much accomplished. I’ve been getting ready for the upcoming Holiday’s and trying to find some old family recipes, trying to stay up on my reading and enjoying my personal and family life.

I’ve spent a few hours looking through my sister’s old family albums. That has to be my favorite hobby. I only wish that when someone takes a picture, they’d write down the names of those in it and the date it was taken. That information is priceless.

Not a lot of new things going on these days. I did quit my job, for various reasons. I didn’t even make it to the 90 day mark, in which I would have gotten paid for the 40 hours of orientation I had put in, watching endless hours of mind numbing videos and taking numerous tests. Of course, they don’t tell you that, you’re not getting paid for it, until after you’ve been there a few weeks. That wasn’t even cool. If I had depended on that, I’d been sunk.

Steven, came home yesterday to switch cell phones with me, which turned out to be a major ordeal. I spent 2.5 hours on the phone last evening, with my provider trying to get the two phones, changed. What used to be a simple switch of the sim cards has now become a two day trip, to the local mall, to have the boy there, try and mediate between the two. By the way, he reprogrammed mine; he reset it back to its original state. Now Steven has two phones. I’ll have to spend an hour or two on the phone in the morning trying to get it put mine back, it’s a vicious cycle. I have to ask myself, whatever did we do before all this technology?

“I’ve had a week… I’ve had a week,” I used to laugh when I heard older family members say that, but now I can totally relate, when all my appliances decided to break at the same time, I spent countless hours on the phone and dealing with repairman, it almost seemed endless. It felt like, I was up to my eyeballs in/with repairmen. It’s a long story, and I’m just glad it’s over. Everything is working again, for now anyway. And, if you have a few hours to spare, I’ll go into it with you, but all I have to say about it now is… I recommend that you buy really cheap appliances, so that when they die, you can give them a proper burial and get new ones; far less headache in the long run, than trying to get them repaired. I’m just saying…

I do enjoy Steven’s trips home. He wanted to go to Golden Corral today, and against my better judgment, we went. I’m not sure what I was hoping for, but that wasn’t it. I did get a chance to see Brother Ferrell and his wife, there. I’ve always been very impressed with the both of them. She was a foster parent and he was part of the visitation ministry at our church. When Steven was a baby, he ran a temperature of 105 for 4 days; he had some kind of an infection in his blood stream. Brother Ferrell came to visit everyday, when most people were fearful to even come into the room, he wasn’t. To me, that meant so much. There aren’t too many people that will do that, and I for one wanted to make sure that he knew just how much it meant to me.

She did mention to me that, she loved and appreciated my daughter Mandy for being a foster parent and that she had given her a big bag of socks at church this morning. I didn’t ask why. I’m sure it was a loving gift for the kids, she has a good heart. Thanks again, to the both of you, for being so giving.

Not much more to report really. I did meet a few new people this week and my newly founded, Toni’s group is meeting regularly at KJ’s for brunch. I have to admit, I’m really enjoying it. I get to talk to friends whom listen and I get slopped with the now called Virginia aka Toni’s. Yum…

Toni was the woman that invented my favorite comfort food, years ago. The restaurant has a new owner and I was told that he renamed it after his daughter. To some, it may sound disgusting, but if you haven’t tried it, you don’t know what you’re missing. They take a biscuit and cut it in half, then add a layer of hashbrowns; a layer of eggs; cooked to order, I do over easy, and cover that with sausage gravy. True, they top it off with shredded cheese, but I’m not a fan, I have them leave it off of mine, if they remember.

I will add that everyone needs to be slopped about once a week, in the company of good friends. It’s more than just therapeutic; it’s good for the soul. I recommend it to all my friends.

I did get an email from a cousin on the Reed side; she informed me that Lincoln Reed, the last of my Grandma Phebie’s first cousins from her uncle Charles Reed and her aunt Marelda Mary “Relda” Chadwell Reed’s line, had past away in October. I’ll have to do an “In Memoriam” for him at a later date and back post it in October. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family and may he rest in peace.

Also, I wanted to wish my sister Linda Ann’s significant other, Chris Baeyens
a very Happy Birthday today, Gelukkige verjaardag hé Chris!

I want mention, that I wrote this quick and off the top of my head, so if there are grammar or editorial mistakes, please feel free to mention them and I’ll go back in later and fix them. Thanks.

As always and Welcome to the Family,
Sheila Jean Adkins Metcalf


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