The Case of the Missing Kitten

My sister sends me a message the other day and wants to know if I wanted one of the kittens at her house. He’s blue/silver and she knows that I’ve been looking for one like him for awhile. I have two other cats, Cleo and Paisley (he’s a boy,his name is a whole ‘nother story lol). My sister told me that the kitten was skittish but not feral. She could catch him while he was eating but he wouldn’t just let her walk up to him otherwise. She caught him the other day and let me know that I could come and get him. He doesn’t like being held at all. I put him in the laundry room with a litter box just to kind of let him get acclimated to the new place. And plus I didn’t want him hiding where I couldn’t find him. The first day, he stayed up on the laundry room shelf. He wouldn’t socialize with the other cats at all, well, besides hissing at them which Cleo and Paisley reciprocated. I know it takes a little time for older cats to accept newer cats and vice versa. We decided to name him Sheldon because one of Rhi’s favorite shows is Big Bang Theory.
So the next day, I went to check on Sheldon to see how he was doing. I looked all through the laundry room. I thought maybe he had gotten behind the washer and dryer. No big deal. Except when I looked back behind the dryer, I noticed that the hose that goes from the dryer to the vent outside was pushed aside. I thought, “Oh no, he’s gotten outside.” I figured all I’d have to do is set some food out and wait for him to come out of hiding. That would have been a simple solution had he actually been outside. I told Will about Sheldon being missing. So he went and looked around outside for him. He even looked under the house. He didn’t see or hear anything. Fast forward to later in the evening….I walked in the living room and Will said, “I know where the kitten is. He’s between the floors.” Huh..I didn’t even know we had two floors. See, we live in a manufactured home. We have the main floor and then a sub floor. Will said that he must have gotten stuck in between the floors when he escaped from hole in the laundry room floor where the hose is. Just then, I heard Sheldon start meowing. I wanted to help him but I knew there was no way he was going to come to me if I called him (even though I tried anyway). Will said he could move the vent flashing over so that he’d have a way to crawl out from between the floors and come back up through the vent opening in the floor.
So my plan was to open up a can of tuna and hope that the smell would lure him towards the vent. I left it there overnight with the vent cover off. I didn’t put it down in the vent because there was no way I wanted the smell of tuna wafting through the house. I had to put the other two cats up in the laundry room so they wouldn’t eat it. The next day, I got up and half expected to see the tuna gone. It wasn’t. That meant that Sheldon was still between the floors. I start panicking at this point because I knew the kitten couldn’t survive more than another day or so. I didn’t hear him meow during the day at all. But later on in the afternoon, I heard him again. I mean honestly, I would have torn the floor up to get him out. But I really didn’t want to. I had another idea. I thought maybe if I bring Cleo and Paisley in here, he’ll hear them and come on out. When I let them out, Paisley immediately found the tuna and began eating it. A few minutes later, I notice a little blue/silver head popping up in the vent opening. I tried to reach in and pick him up, but he backed up into the vent opening. So I decided to get a piece of leftover chicken strip to use to lure him out of the opening. He finally starts easing towards me. He sees the other cats eating the tuna and he gradually starts climbing out. I picked him up and held him even though I could tell he really didn’t want me to. I was just so glad he was finally out of the floor.
The other cats seem to be warming up to him. Maybe if Sheldon sees that the other cats aren’t afraid of us, he’ll come around. He’s still a kitten so I’m hoping that even though he may never be a lap kitty, at least he won’t mind being around people as much.

Why, hello there!

It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? Things have just been so crazy here. I am praying they are finally slowing down some. I am still trying to find a job. The job market around here is pretty non existent. If I wanted to get a decent job, I’d have to work in Jackson, which is over an hour away. So I just keep hoping that I can get a job with the same company that employs my husband. I probably won’t like the job, but the pay there is decent. I really need to find something because I have bills that are past due. Mostly credit cards but I still want to pay them off. I would like to know what it’s like to actually have money to put back for fun things instead of every penny going to bills. I don’t have to be rich, it would just be nice to be able to not be so stressed over money all the time. And I think getting out and working would be good for me. I haven’t worked outside of the home since I worked for the state. That job was just not for me. If they hadn’t put so much work on me in the beginning, I would have probably stayed there longer. They wanted me to train, plus work the front desk and then help the other workers with their case load. If I had already been trained, I wouldn’t have minded doing those things. But it was just too much for me being a new employee.

The kids will still homeschool. If I do go to work, I can just make sure they get their lessons done at night. Rhiannon will probably work on her’s during the day. I don’t usually have to scold her for not doign her school work. Trey, on the otherhand, is not going to want to do his work. He’d much rather play video games or watch youtube. Rhiannon is responsible enough to stay here with Trey, she’ll be 15 in December. And plus, we have family around who are always home. I refuse to put them back in public school and they don’t want to go anyway. From what I’ve heard, the bullying there has gotten pretty bad. The school itself is not in a bad part of town or anything. It’s in a very small town. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no bullying. What really makes me mad is that parents will go to the administrators about the bullying issue and nothing will be done. Then when the bullied child has enough and fights back, they are punished. I have always taught my kids to not start fights and walk away when they can, but if someone hits them, I don’t expect them to just stand there and take it. I’m grown but I can tell you right now, if someone hit me, I would defend myself.

Jake graduated back in May and he’s been working on the pipeline for the past few months. He’s gone a lot and we hardly get to see him. We went to see him last weekend. He’s working in Louisiana and we just so happened to go through the town where the Duck Dynasty people are. They have a store there, which if you’ve watched the show, you’ve seen. None of the Robertson’s were there though. But we did still take some pictures in front of the sign. We only stayed one night. We came back on Sunday. Then yesterday, I was sitting in my office and saw someone wlak past my window. It was Jake! I was really surprised to see him. He got a day off and decided to drive home to surprise us and his girlfriend. He has to go back today but I’m glad he got to come home and see us for a little bit. I am hoping he gets some time off after this job is completed. I know he misses being here because he’s not used to being away from home. But I am so proud of the young man he has become. He’s always been a hard worker though. However, even though he is 18 and towers over me, he will always be my baby.

That’s it for the update….Keep praying for me to get a call about a good job soon!

Almost time for school again!

When I was a kid, I never really liked going back to school that much. The only thing I did like was buying schools supplies. What was really awesome is when they would have personalized school supplies. I always thought it was neat finding pens and pencils with my name. I still think that personalized items are great idea for school kids! And now, you can order online so you don’t have to worry about not being able to find your name. I never really had that problem because my name is fairly common.
Also, now it’s not just pens or pencils that you can personalize. You can also get personalized water bottles, notebooks, lunch bags, duffel bags,backpacks, staplers, and just about anything else you can imagine. Kids think it’s neat to have their name on stuff but it also helps them to keep up with their items also. When something is personalized, you don’t have to worry that your child’s things will get mixed up with another child’s.
The school year is just around the corner so go ahead and get started on school shopping and get it out of the way!

I need a job.

I need a job, like yesterday. This childcare job is playing out. I am only working about 2 days on average. Sure, it’s great for the parents. The mom took a higher paying job and she’s not having to send her daughter to daycare any more than 2 days a week. If I hadn’t been keeping the little girl since she was 7 months old, I’d probably just tell the mom that I couldn’t keep her daughter any more. But I guess until I do find another job, I’ll continue to provide childcare for the mom.

I have applied at so many different places. I have an associates degree but that doesn’t seem to be very helpful right now. I have to admit though that after being an inhome childcare provider for the past 3 years, I am a bit hesitant getting a job away from home. I like working at home and being my own boss. But at the same time, I also like to be able to pay my bills. I have several credit cards that are behind and I’d love to get them all paid off. I got the credit cards before my income dropped so much so I always intended on paying them. If there hadn’t been drama with 2 of the other moms (who are sisters) then I’d still be making enough to pay my credit cards.

However, I’d be equally happy to find a job that I can work from home. I think I’d be good at any sort of data entry/computer job, well except for transcription. That was a class I did really well in while I was in college. But the thing is, the files you transcribe in class are fairly clear and so it doesn’t take that long to type it out. The files I’ve been asked to transcribe for various companies usually have poor audio quality. Actually, one company gave me a file to transcribe as a test. It was really clear and not hard to understand at all. I passed the test but the first file they assigned me to transcribe was barely audible. They wanted a 24 hour turnaround and there was no way I was going to be able to do that with that low quality file. So yeah, anything but transcription LOL.

If anyone knows of any jobs hiring online, I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know in the comments!

Exuviance Intensive Eye Treament Pads review

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I’m 36 but I don’t have a lot of wrinkles. However, I do use a few products to prevent aging.  I think products I’ve used have worked fairly well. But I have noticed some fine lines around my eyes.  The eyes are usually the first place that starts to age because the skin is so delicate.  The only time I really see the fine lines is if I really look. I just want to keep them unnoticeable.

I was excited that I had the opportunity to try Exuviance® Intensive Eye Treatment Pads. They contains Lactobionic Acid and Pro-Vitamins A, C and E.  The Lactobionic acid is derived from milk sugar and is gentle on the skin. It helps to hydrate the skin and smooth out fine lines.  It also prevents and reverses aging. It’s gentle enough to use on any skin type.

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I left the pads on for around 15 minutes and that seemed to be adeqate enough time for them to work. I didn’t use the hydrating cream but still saw results.  I noticed that the fine lines had dimished and were no where near as noticeable. The Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment pads also helped with the dark circles under my eyes that I sometimes get when I don’t get enough sleep at night.  They also even out the skin tone under my eyes.

I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking to erase those small lines around their eyes and dimish the appearence of dark circles under their eyes.  The eye pads are not cheap at $48 for a set of 12 (24 pads) but I think they are well worth it because they work. And since it says to use them 2-3 times a week, they should last you approximately 6 weeks. So it’s really less expensive than other products.  It’s not nearly as costly as some products that are out there that don’t even work to begin with.  At least with Exuviance, you get results. If you would like to try it for yourself, you can find the them at Giveaway! ends 6/21

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