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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Subject:-Waves- Yeah, I'm still here
Time:12:35 am.
 photo Gabriella Aaliyah Hawkins - 7 months_zps1sobvsso.gif

It's been a while since I've posted. Life has definitely moved on. I have been doing temp work for quite a while and have now found a great job as an auditor, once again. Life has come full circle, I started out as an outside auditor thirty five years ago and I am once again working as an outside auditor. Go figure.

And of course, there is my granddaughter. Gabriella is now seven months old and the love of my life. There are not words enough to tell you how much fun she is and how much her grandparents love her. We are most lucky that my daughter lives close so we can see the baby often. Her uncle (my son) has a lot more fun with his niece now that she is old enough to respond. My little Princess Gabby!

Health is always an issue but things are going along so I'll leave it at that.

Take care f-list, Hope all is well with you!


Chicago, 1-21-15
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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Subject:Gabby Week one and a half
Time:6:30 pm.
Gabby- 10 days old photo gabby2_zps0a4e5cba.jpg

Thank you all for your congratulations and well wishes. Gabby is doing well after having spent the first three days in Newborn ICU. When my daughter's water broke it triggered an infection in both of them. She also had a few breathing issues (air bubbles in her thorax) that required her to be on oxygen for a few days. Between the IV for antibiotics and the oxygen we were not able to hold her until a few days after she was born, but I am happy to say she is doing great and thriving. Both hubby and I have made frequent trips to our daughters' to help out with the baby and to give her a rest (not only did she give birth, but she needs to recover from the c-section) all the while coordinating with the other grandmother for their care. For my in laws 65th anniversary the other day, my daughter and Gabby managed to surprise them with the a visit from their great-granddaughter. Can't tell you how much fun it has been to take care of my granddaughter ... ;)

The job I have been so enjoying this last year has come to a end. The attorney I was working for passed away in December. The primary attorney had moved to Florida two years ago and decided it was time to close this office for good. So, I am once again looking for work. But until I do find work, there is always Gabby to play with.
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Friday, June 20th, 2014

Subject:Gabriella Aaliyah Hawkins- Our new grandaughter!
Time:10:58 pm.
Gabriella Aaliyah Hawkins photo gabby1_zpsafed502d.jpg ... 9 lbs 6 oz- 20 inches long photo gabby2_zps3de7b0d1.jpg

Our daughter gave birth to a baby girl at about two o'clock today: Gabriella Aaliyah Hawkins weighed in at 9 lbs 6 oz and was 20 inches long. Laurie ended up having a c-section due to Gabby's size and an infection that developed. Mommy, baby, and daddy are doing well. Grandparents are over the moon!
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Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Subject:tap-tap-tap Is this thing on?---- Hello, yes, I'm still alive; how are you'all?
Time:1:09 pm.
tap-tap-tap Is this thing on?---- Hello, yes, I'm still alive; how are you'all?

Dropping in from real life for a minute to wish all my friends here a Happy Mother's Day, a wonderful Sunday, and an all around great day to everyone!!!

My health (knock wood) has been good, tired but not really sick. Still have several issues to attend to but, but over all, much better than last year and we won't even mention the year before that.

I have a NEW job!!! I start tomorrow at a law firm as their new Administrative Assistant and Accountant. Yes! A real job, thank G-d and the powers that be. It means no more going to sleep at 5am (unless my insomnia decides it doesn't care that I have to be up in the morning) but the work will be interesting and the money will go a long way to paying bills. I still plan on doing trade shows two weekends a month (doing my steampunk jewelry) and the firm is aware of that and understanding if I need a day off, so, keep your fingers and any other body parts crossed and things should go well.

Hope to stop here more frequently now that life seems to be on a more even keel, and yes to all those asking silently, try to up date on all those loose ends that I still have dangling.

Take care f-list, Hope all is well with you!


Chicago, 5-12-13
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Friday, June 29th, 2012

Subject:Happy Birthday, that will be $180.00 please
Time:11:26 am.

Today is my birthday, and while the day is going fairly well, you can see by the above photo that the early morning hours cannot claim the same. Some how, some where in the yard, Dezzy got her claw caught and it cracked in half. She came running in, didn't seem to be in pain until I noticed the blood (broken nails bleed a lot). When I checked, she wouldn't let me touch it and limped away a bit. Soooo, a trip to the emergency vet at midnight, a costly 'peticure' (they had to remove most of the claw due to the angle of the break, it will grow back in the next 2 to 4 months), and a less than relaxed night.

She keeps trying to eat the cast, so I covered it with a sock that is taped at the narrow part of her leg. So far so good. And how is your day going?
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Monday, April 30th, 2012

Subject:It's Monday again ...
Time:5:26 pm.
Aggh, it's Monday... again.

I've been trying to work more (we need the money, lol, as if we're the only ones); it's just hard when my body is still not up to snuff, but still feeling better than most of all last year, so that's an improvement. I have developed a fondness for electricity (very hard to see and read the computer by candle light so there is a need to pay the bills) so, work it is.

I have been working (when time and my health permits) on the next chapter of Dances which is, roughly about half way finished.

I'm booked the next four weekends so I need to get cracking and work on making more jewelry and other products. For those curious, behind the cut is a sample of some of the work I did for C2E2 in Chicago last month.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend, comment if you feel so inclined and enjoy the rest of the week.

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

Subject:-waves- Hello, still alive, still coughing and baby shampoo?
Time:5:42 pm.
Hello, still here, still coughing (about six weeks now) and I still can't hear. I get better, I get worse. The doctor found staph and H2 flu bacteria in my nose. You will not believe the treatment: 8oz of water mixed with 2cc of Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo sprayed up my nose twice a day.

I kid you not. You spray it up your nose and the anti-bacteria nature of the baby shampoo will kill the bacteria. While the infection is clearing up, I still can't hear out of my left ear (both ears became plugged up when the infection started but most of the hearing in my right ear has returned). I'm supposed to wait another month or two to see if the loss is permanent. It's very frustrating. I spend all my time saying 'What, I can't hear you' to... basically everyone.

On another note, I have started work on finishing Dances. The next three chapters and the last chapter are written, with three to four (maybe) left to write. Shug has been nice enough to beta the last few chapters for me (-waves to Shug- I know how hectic real life gets, hope is well with you and your family) and will post them all when the story is complete (which will be hopefully soon). I also started back to work two weeks ago and have shows this weekend and next so I have plenty of work to do (but don't feel like it) and did I mention we need to clean up the house with an eye towards possible selling it and moving if the bank mortgage modification does not go through (keeps fingers, eyes, and all other body parts crossed since I have absolutely no desire to clean out the garage and basement).

How are y'all doing out there? I really need to get back to work (and go buy a winning lottery ticket ...lol). Later!
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Subject:Hearts to my friends
Time:6:19 pm.
My grateful thanks to those who sent me hearts and kind thoughts. I had every intention of reciprocating and then some, but instead, I spent the day at the hospital with my daughter. Originally they thought she had a kidney stone, but it now seems she has Pyelonephritis - an infection in the lining of the kidney and as painful as a stone. She is doing better and will hopefully be back on her feet in a few days.

In the meantime, when it rains, it pours. I have the flu again and have been coughing up a lung (the docs at the hospital thought I was there as the patient and not my daughter). Just because I got sick doesn't mean she couldn't have a problem, too.

Hope everyone had a great day, I know I'm glad its over. I turned to my hubby, while we were sitting in ER waiting for the cat scan results and said, "Don't say I never take you anywhere."
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Friday, December 16th, 2011

Subject:Lily & Dezzy in trouble and a set of SSHG holiday drabbles
Time:5:58 pm.
Lily and Dezzy in Trouble:

You should have seen the floor, if you could have found it under all that mud! They're not sorry they're a mess, they're just sorry they have to get cleaned up. But I have to say, they really did have a good time ... lol


I wrote a set of SSHG drabbles for the Secret Santa Challenge at grangersnape100 (cross posted to Potter Place, Ashwinder, and the Petulant Poetess)

The Language of Gift Giving

Summary: Written for the grangersnape100 Secret Santa Challenge. Seven 100 word drabbles.


The Language of Gift Giving

Annoyed, Severus threw the slip of parchment on his desk and sat down with a sigh. How could Minerva do this to him? It was bad enough that he had to buy Hermione a Christmas gift, something that said ‘I-care-about-you-and-truly-believe-we-have-a-future-together-but-I-have-no-idea-how-to-proceed-with-this-relationship-without-royally-cocking-it-up.’

Now he was her Secret Santa, too. Not only did he have to buy her something personal, but now he had to buy her a second gift that she was going to open in front of the entire staff.

The first wedding-anniversary was paper, what do you give someone you’ve been seeing for six months?

A book?

An engagement ring?

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Friday, December 9th, 2011

Subject:Because I needed a smile today
Time:9:12 pm.
I posted this to shiv5468's journal the other day, but the video makes me smile so I thought I would share it here, too.

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Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Subject:SSHG Exhange Master list us up and a few drabbles
Time:7:26 pm.
The SSHG Exhange Master list is up. Wonderful stories and art, you can't go wrong no matter what you choose.

Two of the stories inspired these drabbles. See the notes after each drabble for details.

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Friday, March 11th, 2011

Subject:A health update (as if that's a new topic) ... lol
Time:4:33 pm.
mollyssister poked me to tell me I'm on this weeks HGSS quiz and asked if I was still around, since I answered her in the comments, I thought I would post my answer here, too. Feel free to skip the update by clicking on the image below and go read/play the quiz.

In addition, in the middle of my on-going health issues (or really at the beginning of this round of problems), one of my dogs, Mandy, went into kidney failure and died the beginning of December. We ended up with a new puppy just before I went into the hospital that kept our other dog, Lily, company (she was terribly depressed when Mandy died- wouldn't eat or play) and kept my family busy. She's a sweetheart and funny to look at (one blue eye and one blue and brown eye!) This is Dezzy (three months) and Lily (two and a half years old) together:

... And Dezzy at four and a half months:

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Time:8:13 pm.
All right, some days my life is just a poorly plotted novel.

Today would have been my mom's 83rd birthday (still to close to when she died, only twelve weeks ago), so my son and I went to the cemetery to put flowers on the grave. My doctor's appointment ran longer than I thought it would, but I wasn't on any schedule, so it was close to dusk when we went to the cemetery. Drove in, put the flowers on the grave, cried, got back in the car, cried again, and headed for the gate. Evidently, they closed the cemetery while we were on the grounds, the gates were pad locked and chained.

There is a drop (think moat deep) all along the edge of the grounds that lack a fence (I thought about trying to drive out through the 'clearing' until my son and I figured I would bottom out and then how would I explain that to...whoever). I drove around, all the gates were locked; without a way to get out, I called the cemetery and got their answering service. I explained I was locked in the cemetery. The nice girl on the phone took my phone number and said she would see if she could get someone to call me back who could help me. So, I called the police. They weren't as surprised as I thought they would be. In fact, the officer said it happens periodically and they would send someone to let me out.

In the meantime, the man from the cemetery called me. I went through my song and dance for him, his comment was, "Well, it's late. How comfortable is your car?"

At my shriek of "What!" he said, "No, I'm kidding. Really, just kidding, I'll tell you how to find the back road to get out. I'll talk you through it." Which he did.

I met a police car coming in just as I was leaving (they were coming to lead me out, seems it happens enough that the police know how to get in and out the back way to rescue those trapped inside).

Time for a hot bath.



---I still have to answer those who responded to the previous entry, but I just want to thank everyone for their prayers and kind thoughts; they have helped me more than I can say.
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Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Subject:The catastrophe my life has become...
Time:2:42 pm.
Just thought I would detail the catastrophe my life has been for the last two months in case anyone has been wondering where I went or what has been going on. I find it hard to believe so much has happened in such a short time. I can only hope things will improve.

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I cannot wait for 2009 to end. I plan on going from 2008 straight to 2010 (which hopefully will be a much better year!). If you don’t see or hear from me for a bit, you’ll know why. I sincerely hope the holidays have gone well for everyone. My wish is for a Happy, Healthy, New Year for one and all!

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Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Subject:Isn't Life Fun? The lack of me at Dogtoberfest, Dances, and Babes In Arms (wtf?)
Time:2:40 pm.
I apologize to anyone who looked for me at the Dogtoberfest. We weren't there. Thursday night found me feeling a bit punk, but ignoring it since we had a show to do. Yesterday morning my body decided to do it's bit to convince me I was not well- running a low grade fever of 100, congestion, coughing, laryngitis (I sound like Minnie Mouse on helium!), and general aches and pains. So, an application of hot chicken soup, meds, and copious amounts of fanfics, in between naps have been in order. I did manage to get some writing in this morning, finishing most of the next chapter of Dances, connecting the bits and pieces I already have written. I know, nothing from me forever and then the thought the story should actually be finished and posted by the end of next month, it boggles the mind, I tell you!

On a humorous note (well, to me anyway...lol) my hubby, when he first loads the van for a show, will usually chant in a sing-song voice - "I know, we'll put on a show! You can make the costumes and I'll do the scenery." This is a throwback to the old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland movie "Babes In Arms" when the 'kids', mostly in their late thirties but playing seventeen year-olds anyway, put together a show in the old barn (you actually see an old barn, but keep your eye on the structure as it is about to change) to raise money and help save the farm. Obviously the shows were worthy of anything Ziegfeld had ever put on. The trailer for the movie is below. Look at Mickey Rooney from :09 to :30 leading an orchestra in full tux and the audience seated behind him. Remember this is supposed to be in a barn...smile...the actual trailer starts at 1:14 with the most amazing sets, costumes, and show numbers (shown at 1:18 to 1:23 and 2:18 through the end), all performed in the barn (which must have had the same magical properties as the Weasley's tent considering what it looked like from the outside at the beginning of the movie). I love the bonfire at 1:28. Oh, rest assured, they do raise enough money to save the farm bringing a tear to gramps and grandma's eyes. Those crazy kids.

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Subject:Life Update, Dogtoberfest, and a "To Do List"
Time:12:14 pm.
This is my attempt to check-in/stay connected to my online friends/life and not go AWOL again even though things in general have been going from bad to worse to bad again.

My mom has suffered another possible two strokes (there is more damage on the scans, but her personality changes were noticeable twice during a twenty four hour period suggesting two strokes several hours apart, which would bring the total to seven now). A bladder infection put her in the hospital for a few days (her kidneys are weak, too) and then back to the home which has seemed to spike her hostility and anger to those around her. Time to try some new meds according to the doctors.

My dad still is having a hard time dealing with it all. Unfortunately, that leaves me with all the paperwork, talking to doctors, talking to the home, physically checking up on my mom (without her seeing me), and any other items that must be dealt with, still.

An outdoor show last weekend (which facilitated two 14 hour days before the show in addition to the 12 hour days of the show) that only had "some" rain (Arggh! Drowned rat is not a good look for me, really...lol). Cannot wait to get back to the indoor shows - and indoor plumbing, and no bugs, and electricity, and A/C, and-well, you get the idea. We will be at Dogtoberfest (sigh-yes that really is the name of the show) in Berwyn this weekend. It's connected to the Octoberfest celebration (yeah, I know it's being held in September not October...shrugs... I didn't organize this fest; just exhibiting at it). Stop by and see me if you're in the area.

Coming along on tax work (took a few days off since I've been feeling a bit punk every time I eat anything- I suspect an ulcer from the stress lately, but don't want to go to the doctor and do those hellacious tests have time to verify my suspicions at the moment. On the plus side- I've dropped another clothing size!

Still need to comment on friends LJ's regarding last post for HWW (yes, I know I'm way behind), especially the bit on ariadne1's LJ regarding droxy and me(her LJ has a few 'interesting' pic, too -waves- Hi, Sweetie!) .

To Do List:
1. Finish tax work.
2. Make new pieces for this week's show.
3. Write (finish WIP and original trilogy)
4. Clean house (so not going to happen)
5. Make dinner (-snort- Yeah, right)
6. Read fanfics and play hooky

Hope all is well with everyone - Later!
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Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Subject:Back to my regularly scheduled life...
Time:7:27 pm.
Had the most wonderful time this weekend! I loved meeting everyone in person (I know I'll never remember everyone's names); really enjoyed every minute of it!

I'll disable the exclamation point now, but you get the idea...grin

I really enjoyed the cosplay (ahem, won't say too much about the images, but it amazed me that the table was the right height, I would have thought it was too high). Note to self: Remember to wear a costume next time.

Unfortunately it's time to get back to reality (I hate when RealLife interferes with my fun). I have an unbelievable amount of work waiting for me, though I was pleasantly surprised to find the house clean and orderly. Hubby even bought dinner for tonight which I thought was most thoughtful-except for the work he wants me to look at (insurance forms, an intro letter for sales, and graphics for a new ad- I also suspect he has ulterior motives for later, too, since he said the house was so quiet without me. We'll see).

Sigh, time to get back to work - Take care all!
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Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Subject:Hogsmeade Weekend and a real life update, sort of
Time:8:37 pm.
Can't wait for this week's Hogsmeade Weekend. I'm so looking forward to meeting/seeing everyone (I'm sure I'll never remember all the names). I plan on taking pictures and will upload them here. I really need the downtime these days!

I've been out of touch for a while, and have to say the last month has been difficult at best. My Mom has suffered from Dementia for a while-about three years, but the last three weeks have been really bad. The doctors think she's suffered two more strokes that have caused the Dementia to sort of accelerate to the point of extreme aggression. Due to violence against my Dad (she's had various levels of hostility toward me for more than two years), we've had to hospitalize my Mom twice this month, this last time, for good. I'm told this is permanent and will most likely get worse. It's been hard for my Dad since she's been mostly okay with him up until now. The medication they are treating her with has calmed her down to the point of mostly cooperating with the hospital staff (unless she sees me or my Dad, then her monitors go off and she starts yelling. Basically, all hell breaks loose). I still stop at the hospital a few times a week, but only see her when she is asleep. Not a good situation, but there is not much I can do.

I apologize to anyone who contacted me and has not heard from me recently, I'm still trying to play catch-up with my life (and losing ground, anyway...lol).
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Monday, July 20th, 2009

Subject:A bit of an update & Icons for sharing (HP Fan art, Star Wars, Firefly, Pithy Sayings, and more)
Time:9:37 am.
It has been far too long since I last updated. A few ups and downs in my health, as well as my life in general. Still trying to catch up on my writing. This is Lily and Mandy a year later:

Icons anyone? It’s been a while, but here is another round of icons for sharing. You are most welcome to take as many as you like. Take them all – that’s what they’re here for.

The artists here were kind enough to give me permission to use their art, so please remember to give credit to the artists in the keywords, their talents are amazing. And since they were so well received last time, I’ve also included some Star Wars and Firefly/Serenity icons, as well.

For those interested in more icons, you can click on this link Icons For Sharing, or look in the memories, fifteen previous pages of icons are listed there. Enjoy!

Here is a preview, the rest are behind the cut:

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Subject:We've added a new member to our family!
Time:11:11 pm.
It's just a few weeks and I still miss Kelly more than I can say, but we decided to get a puppy to keep our other dog, Mandy, company. This is our newest addition, Lily (it was the name the breeder called her and just seemed to really fit, so we kept it). Mandy has been playing top dog, taking her out, watching her. Lily is a tri-color Sheltie, thirteen weeks old.

I need to find my camera (these are from my daughter's phone) and take shots of 'the girls' together.
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