SoCS~valuable

I have been doing my family tree for around five years. Yesterday, a lady contacts me in Ancestry following her curiosity about having the same relatives. After a little bit of sharing information, she was my mother’s cousin on her dad’s side.

I don’t remember her; however, she mentions she did visit us when I was young. I do remember her mother and my mother talking about her aunt. We exchange information about our relatives and she sends me a few pictures of my grandfather, her uncle. I’m very happy to finally have a few pictures of him. He died in the ‘70s. I was a teenager and we didn’t get to see him as much as we all wanted. There were a lot of family issues that cause a little bit of distance between the families. A valuable lesson that later in life no one will never forget.

This is my grandfather the way I do remember him tall, big glasses, and wearing his hat.

 

 

SoCS~”val” is hosted by Linda G. Hill.

SoCS~ “Practice”

After weeks of social distancing, this situation is driving me nuts. One thing I’m grateful for my husband and I are still working. The place he works have then on rotation and the days he’s at home he’s on called, taking classes online and gets paid.

In our schools, the teachers and administrators are working from their home except for the custodians and us the kitchen staff. We have been bagging breakfast and lunches for the kids and parents will pick it up between 11-1. Our district has twelve schools and only five are open to prepared and pick up lunches and mine it’s one of them.

To keep everyone on the payroll they send the other staff kitchen to the open schools. In our school, two other elementary kitchen staff are working with us. I also have to rotate the staff because of the social distancing only eight can be at the building. When we are off, we also get paid but we have to be on called until 1. Everyone gets along very well and the schedule has been working great.

With this pandemic and social distance, we are having some tough times. As a group, I can see how everyone has been affected by this coronavirus. We missed our routine, our students and the rest of the staff members. We don’t know when the schools will be back to normal. We have 24 days of school left and not seeing the students has been tough.

I’m feeling bored, tired and listening to the News it’s making me anxious. My pile of books to read is down to two. What I’m going to read next? I can’t go to Barnes and Noble’s they are limiting customers inside the store and I need my time to find good books. I guess I can download books on my kindle, however, I love the touch of the books it feels right.

What about the word “practice” for this prompt? It looks like I didn’t use it at all. The only thing I can say that I have been practicing my lettering for my bullet journal. But with this feeling of being bored nothing looks fun anymore. Also, with the social distance, I’ve never realized I’m a hugger and I missed it.

 

SoCS~ “Practice” is hosted by Linda G. Hill.

SoCS~ “Welcome”

A little bit of info on what’s going in my state. The cases of Covid19 are up to 28. Schools and businesses are close for the exception of the grocery stores; some other places are adjusting their hours. As for me, I work this week at the school and I’ll be working next week. We have been cleaning our kitchen and bagging breakfast and lunch for the kids. I don’t know how far we will keep bagging lunches or there is a chance they can close the schools for the rest of the year.

Everything is uncertain at this time. Our lives have changed so fast. We have our last mass on Thursday, this has been the saddest lent. Schools and church services will be online.

I always believe things happen for a reason. It’s time to reflect the way we have been living our lives. We have taken everything for granted. Let’s use this experience to live a little differently and make some changes. Spend more time in our homes with our love ones. Cook homemade food, watch TV, read and play with the children. Let’s cherish what we have, we don’t know our tomorrows. I’m already missing my little ones from school their smiles and their crankiness.

Be Happy, enjoy your home, your love ones and Welcome to our new ways of living.

 

SoCS “Welcome” is hosted by Linda G. Hill.

#SoCS & #JusJoJan 2020 Daily Prompt – Jan. 11th

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “the first 3 words of the first full sentence.” Okay, follow me here. This is what I want you to do: 1. Grab the closest book to you when you sit down to write your post. 2. Open it to a random page. 3. Locate the first complete sentence on that page. 4. Use the first three words of that sentence to start your post, then take it from there–write whatever comes to mind. That’s it! Have fun!

Thirty years ago, I was living in Puerto Rico. We have our two oldest kids and we were living in his grandmother’s house. My husband has a part-time job and he was in the Army National Guard. Money was tight and I can’t even find a job.

My husband decided for our family to join the ARMY in May 1989. He already has the basic training from the National Guard so it was an easy process simply filling the paperwork, signing- in and moved. His first assignment the state of Texas. We follow him in October 1989. My two oldest kids were 5 and 3. It was one of the hardest decisions we have made, however it was the right one. The only regret we have it’s being so far away from our families.

Otherwise, our lives have been great, we have a chance to travel and live in different countries. Our favorite has been Nuremberg, Germany the best 4 years of our life. However, from living a great life also we were aware of the dangerous situations any person who joins the military. My husband has been in two wars “Desert Storm” in Kuwait 1990 and the Iraq War 2003. Also, he would be gone for weeks or months for training we barely got to see him. He retired in 2008 when he suffered an injury in one of the trainings.

SoCS & JusJoJan 2020 is hosted by Linda G. Hill.

SoCS~ “Year”

A reflection of this past year.

This year has had its ups and down nothing has been perfect, still, I feel I did better than last year. Setting up a bullet journal (bujo) in April has been a great help with organizing and finishing tasks. Also, a quick reminder of appointments and important events. I can’t believe how much this bullet journal has helped in organizing my work and personal life.

At work, everything has been fantastic. I love my job; however, I have days where the stress can ruin my entire day. What makes my job stressful? The attitude of some of the students who don’t have any respect for others.

I have been enjoying more quality time with my family, however, analyzing how my year went I can do better. I need to incorporate more visits or phone calls with my siblings and be a better friend to my friends. I need to call them more often.

I didn’t write much this past year I put it aside. I’m concentrated on taking care of my health. I didn’t realize taking care of my health it was tougher than I thought.

Next year, it’s going to be great. My health will stay as my priority because without my health I can’t do anything.

SoCS~ The word “year” is hosted by Linda G. Hill.

SoCS~ “weigh/way/whey”

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “weigh/way/whey.” Use one, use ’me all, bonus points if you do that last thing. Enjoy!

 

I went for a checkout at the doctor’s office when the nurse took my weigh it looks, I can’t lose those extra pounds. No matter how much healthier I eat or drink extra water, my weigh doesn’t drop down. The Dr. wants to check my thyroids meanwhile I’ve to stay with my healthy eating habits and hopefully wait for those extra pounds to disappear. It’s a way for hope.

 

I’ve another tough week at work we are feeding more students this year. The school is getting crowded and with all the cooking and lifting my knees are giving up. They are bothering me for a while. A way to admit I’m getting old.

 

On this rainy day, I’ve to make a few errands and a little snoop at the flea market I can’t resist that.

 

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