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Last Online: October 13, 2019
Birthday: July 23
Country: United States

About Me

It's now official!! I married a truly wonderful man on Christmas Eve (2012) after being divorced for 19 1/2 years. I absolutely love being married, contrary to my earlier convictions of never wanting to be married again. I love being able to come home to someone at night that I want to be with and being able to say "my husband" now...

I work at a local school district as a teacher's aide (I've had this job for 22 1/2 years now). I've worked with a variety of children over the course of the years, but would love to use my teaching degree, rather than having it collect dust!! My second job is managing a low-income apartment complex, which I've done for 12 years now. Doing this job is like doing one's own income tax, but for 16 units, ALL THE TIME!! Low income apartments are forever changing tenants and they constantly seem to be in upheaval over something!! Some nights, I feel like I could get buried in an avalanche of paperwork! I have picked up a second apartment complex in a different town and with a different managing firm. With both apartments, I do the majority of the stuff in my own time. With the second complex, I have to go in one a week to get some things done, but as long as some things get done, they're not too picky.

My daughter is living nearby with her boyfriend. They seem to get along well. She is supposed to be looking for a job, but we'll see!

My husband is a school bus driver at another local school and has been a bus driver for about 26 years. He also is a bass guitar player for a local band, called Killer of Giants; they play all Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath songs. He's wanting to start another project but hasn't started on that yet.

My step-daughter is living about 5 minutes away in an adjacent town. She has a son that was born on Christmas Day, 2012, and he is absolutely adorable. He's fun to be with and I am always excited when they come to visit. He's definitely a ball of energy!

UPDATE: There's now another addition to our household, as of the end of March, 2013.... my husband and I have adopted a basset hound from the local humane society. His name is Bo and he is a little over 3 years old now. We're not quite sure why is previous owners gave him up, buet we have a speculation... Bo has a slight limp in his right front leg. His upper bone stopped growing before it was supposed to and is slightly bowed. Also, upon the Humane Society taking an x-ray of the leg, they noticed the signs of onset of arthritis.... :( puppy arthritis!! He's adjusted really well to our house and absolutely LOVES the attention that he is getting! He's an adorable dog, but very spoiled. And very stubborn!

Favorite Music

Some songs that are out now are not too bad, but my favorite has from the 80's (when I was growing up!). Some of my favorite singers include, like I said, the "big-hair bands" (GNR, Poison, Motley Crue) and Cher. I've gotten hooked on the Hair Nation Channel on Sirius Satellite as well as the 80's on 8, which I've got in my car. I've had it so long that I really don't know if I could ever switch back to regular FM radio!!

Favorite Movies

Pretty Woman, Moonstruck, Sleepless in Seattle, all Star Trek movies, the X-Files movies, the Twilight series (go Team Jacob!)

Favorite Television

X-Files, Star Trek (original series, TNG, Voyager), MASH, Cheers, Night Court, Smallville

My husband has gotten me hooked on Pawn Stars, Operation Repo, Restaurant Impossible... gee what else was there? I know I'm missing some! Some of the events that occur in those shows are so BIZARRE... but pretty comical!


I used to love cross-stitching, but haven't done that in a really long time!! SO, I like to grill outside while reading a good book or magazine with a drink in hand, of course. I collect sunflowers; I've downsized some of what I had when I moved into our house. I'm currently thinking of where I can put the things I haven't put out yet!! I really hate to put them in the garage sale that we need to have this spring (the garage is trashed!!) so I better get busy looking! Not sure if this means looking for places to PUT the sunflowers out at or looking to see what I can part with right now!

Favorite Books

There are several books that I consider "easy reads", meaning if I have a few hours, I can finish these books off really fast. These include: Danielle Steele, Mary Higgins Clark, and Carol Higgins Clark. If anyone has any other suggestions for good books, please let me know. I'm on the lookout for more books to read! Contact me for suggestions!


I hate to do this, but stated that I would do this in the swaps, so here goes:

ErikaG - Shared Journal Experiment #14. She did NOT send or reply to any messages that I sent to her for her immediate attention a week after the send deadline, nor did she contact the person she was to send to.

raeaz - Shared Journal Experiment #16...Same as above....

driftwood -


sweetsweetlife - Shared Journal Experiment #22.... the gal that was supposed to receive this has attempted to elicit a response from her in regards to the whereabouts of the journal

wikkedlilgrrl - Shared Journal Experiment #24 as well as possibly another one before that. The partners have tried to elicit a response to these 2 swaps with 3 weeks late in sending



Lamont1989 rated for Travelling Letter #4 on Jul 21, 2015
BeadDiva rated for Summer Atc on Jul 1, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the ATCs. The one with the flowers was my favorite.
Erika21 rated for Handmade card - Newbie Friendly #6 on Jun 29, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the extra cards. You have some really nice designs :). I love how you wrapped the cards up like a gift; it made it extra special to open.
Comment: So excited to read this!!
thisisme rated for Jen and Jeni's Random Journal Swap on Dec 7, 2013
Comment: Fantastic as always!! Look forward to reading it..
ImzadiRose rated for Journal of Randomness on Jul 17, 2013
Comment: 7/17/13 ~ I joined a group to join this swap. Early on I knew I wouldn't get it. This user is the host and after making the swap, she wasn't on very much. There was at least a month gap before she popped on 4 days before the swap was due, never said a word about it. I left a comment about it. Will re-rate a 3 if it comes, but not holding out hope. Extra disappointed to be flaked on by a host who in her own description said it was a time consuming swap and to not join if they didn't have the time for it.
Apelser rated for Shared Journal of Lists #18 on May 31, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the journal. I enjoy reading your lists.
MzNavi rated for Shared Journal of Lists #17 on May 10, 2013
Comment: Congratulations! And thanks for the great swap!
kthanxbye rated for April - 1 sentence a day on May 9, 2013
Comment: I just got it today:) thanks for doing this swap with me.....i love ya!
thisisme rated for April - a sentence a day on May 5, 2013
pynart2 rated for List of.....JOURNAL PROMPTS on Apr 28, 2013
Comment: Love your little book. Did you make it? Like the answers also, very clever.
Response: Thanks for the heart. Yes, I made the book and I couldn't help but add the responses in back right before I mailed it out. Sorry if it got sloppy in some areas. Handwriting and me don't always get along well!
thisisme rated for journal of randomness on Apr 16, 2013
KateKintail rated for Shared Journal Experiment #26 on Apr 1, 2013
Comment: Thank you! Received today but haven't read through it yet. Excited to give it a good, long journal entry and then send it home in the next round.
SoulKissed rated for ~Who Said That?!~ on Mar 23, 2013
Comment: Love your creativity that went into making this card.
SKKCreations rated for ~Who Said That?!~ on Mar 18, 2013
Comment: Cute! I love MASH! And my one word.... Swapping! ;)
Mizchef rated for Guess My Occupation ATC on Mar 11, 2013
Comment: I got your atc today! My guess for your occupation is school nurse?
Response: Not a bad guess!!! I'm a special education aide (who happens to be a certified teacher but can't find a teaching job yet!!!).
kthanxbye rated for private - March/spring ATC on Mar 5, 2013
Comment: Thank you......I love them :)
Comment: Thank you for sending out so early! That is always nice!
BlackRainbow rated for Make Them Wonder Postcards on Feb 20, 2013
Comment: Hi! As first i thought this was an ad but when i saw the US stamps I knew this is part of the "Make me wonder" LOL Have a nice day =)
Response: LOL!! This is too funny! Thanks for making me giggle today!
awesomomster rated for Make Them Wonder Postcards on Feb 11, 2013
Comment: Thank you! I loved it and believe it or not...I LOVE Nora Roberts!! (JD Robb) lol
Response: I like her as well... I couldn't help but do her most recent novel!

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ImzadiRose on Jul 10, 2013:

Hope to see you back soon. I am disappointed to not have received the swap from you that you hosted. Hope you'll come back and make things good!

racheljohnson on Dec 6, 2012:

Thank you for the wonderful holiday card! Snail mail makes the season bright. :)

Swap-bot is lucky to have members like you. Happy holidays and happy swapping!!

kindledwhimsy on Jan 8, 2012:

Hi! :o) ...just thought I'd pop by to say that the one sentence journal swap for December is packaged up and I will be popping by our post office today to send it out today. Happy New Year! See you in the mail! Ainslie

17Papergoddess on Mar 4, 2011:

Educating Esme: Diary Of A Teacher's First Year by Esme Raji Codell --- a wonderful read. Check your library for it:)

aseknc on Dec 20, 2010:

Hi Jen! I just wanted to let you know that your MASH Maxwell Klinger ATC was sent out today. Please let me know when it arrives safely. :o) Thanks! ♥Anita

Harineke on Dec 10, 2010:

Hi, Don't forget to send your Santa-list. Should have been sent already. I see you did send it to some already, not to me yet. So many addresses :). Hugs, Harineke

kthanxbye on Sep 30, 2010:


kthanxbye on Sep 27, 2010:

I am writing you back tonight:) I am sooooooooo tired. I am still not sleping, but the house finally is not smellin glike smoke...thank goodness.

kthanxbye on Sep 21, 2010:

Hello Doll! I got your letter......I am writing you back:)

MagicNorth on Sep 1, 2010:


Thank you for joining Stitch, bitch and swap. I'm looking forward to know you more and very soon do some serious swapping!

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