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Monday, November 24, 2008


This is where my life really Shines. Kim is my Gorgeous Moon Rise , My Beautiful Sunset, My peaceful Star filled sky. He is my protector, My buddy, My partner for ever , My friend and lover.

My Husband. Kim. We have been married for 29 years. It has been so much fun.

Kim is My every breath, I could not breathe without him.

He is My every smile, I would not smile without him.

He is My every hope, without him I would have no hope.

He is my universe, without him I would not exist.


He makes me laugh. He is warm and caring and kind. We only get the weekends together because he is a Truck driver. I am currently working M-F. For that I am Thankful. Very Thankful. Usually I only get every other weekend off so having the weekends off for now is very special. We talk on the phone a least twice a day. I Love hearing his voice, his laughter, He loves Me, I love Him. More importantly, We really really LIKE each other. I wait for every trip he makes home. We love to go to the Movies, eat out, and take trips. We are good together. He completes me, He had me at Hello, He is the wind beneath my wings, He is every Love song ever written. We are one. We have come to that part of lives where we can finish each others sentences, I know what he thinks, he knows what I think. I am in love with my Husband. I am so Thankful He is in Love with me. I am so Thankful.

Together, We love the Dogs We have had, Bear, Alex,Jake and Ben.

We are both Thankful to have them in our Family.


Family. People who have Families that they love are the luckiest People in the world. Next to Your Health It is the best thing in your life. I have two Sisters and Two Brothers.

My oldest Sister (2.4 yrs older) Marilyn lives in Florida with her new Husband Robert. They are very Happy. Marilyn's son Forrest , and his Wife Stacey and their two children Andrew and new baby Faith will be moving to Florida next month. I hope they will all be Happy and enjoy their new lives together. Marilyn is sooo excited to have her kids back with her.

My oldest brother (1.8 yrs younger), Randy lives in Hawaii with his Family. They are very Happy. His wife Karen has always fit right in with our Family. Everyone Loves her. They Have five super children. First is Beautiful Rebecca, She has long, long pretty blond hair, Then there is Arron, He is so sweet. He is working in Hawaii. Then Jonathan, Jonathan is attending college in Salem Or. I am very Proud of him. Next is Rachel, She is also Very Beautiful. The last time I saw Rachel she had the cutest personality and gorgeous curly hair. Finally , Daniel. He is A Marine. Our Family is so Proud of him. They are a very strong Family.

My next brother is Tim. He lives In Albany Or and has four children. Michael, Michelle, Misty and Greg. Tim Manages a Chevron Station and currently his son Greg lives with him. Misty has a beautiful baby girl named Carmen. Tim loves his Kids and likes to spend time with them. He likes to watch Nascar and is a big Dale Jr fan. Tim has had a rough time. He has been on his own since he was 16 years old. Considering all that he has had to struggle with , I am proud of him.+ He has made a few mistakes (who hasn't)and he is now at a more comfortable place in his life.

Denise is our baby Sister. She lives in Newport Or. She has four children. Chelsea, Chris, Tressa and Andrew. Chelsea was Married to Nathan this summer. They have the cutest little boy, Donavan. Chris and Tressa live with their Grandma and Grandpa in Sweet Home and are in School. Andrew is a little clown and very smart and lives with Denise. Denise works for Walmart in Newport and is the Night shift Manager. She has worked her way up thru the Walmart Ranks and I am also very proud of her.

I love my Family. I pray for them every Day that they will enjoy their lives and make the most of their time together. That they are protected and guided down the right path, open only the right doors and are Healthy and Happy. I am really Thankful that I am part of this Family.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I am Thankful for My Health. Nothing else matters without your Health. I will never take for granted that I am blessed with good health. Take care of yourself first!! Be as healthy as you can.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I have some great Friends. Suzanne is one of My most treasured friends. I consider her family. She is so kind. She loves everyone and everyone loves her. She is beautiful. I would trust my life with her. Always dependable , always has a kind word ,definitely believes in the Golden Rule. She is my "BFF". I am Thankful that I have her in my life.

I have many friends from work. The each have a special place in my heart. My boss Chuck, is another person who I could never say enough about. He is so considerate and funny and great to be around. He is a great family man. Super good Dad. He is someone I look up to.

Steve is a Assistant Manager that I work with also. He has such a great sense of humor. He has a witty and funny and very warm personality. Steve is also a great family man.

Bobbi is so sweet and laughs easily. She also is a very great friend. We have known and worked with each other for 25 years. She is very honest and so fun to be around. She is the life of any party.

There so many people that I love . I am grateful for each and every one of them!!!


I am extremely Thankful I am an American!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I have many,many things to be thankful for. TODAY I am thankful for all my Possessions. (Especially My TV.) I have a warm home filled with things that I need and Love. I drive a Toyota Pickup that I can depend on.

I am Very Thankful that I have enough things in life that occasionally I am able to share and help those who do not..

I am Thankful that I want to share. I desperately believe in the Golden Rule.

"To Do Unto Others As You Would Have Others Do Unto You". I am Thankful that I can forgive those who do not.


With Thanksgiving so close, I have started to consider some things that I am most thankful for. TODAY, I am Thankful, Grateful and Lucky to have a Job that I Love. I am the Human Resource Manager at Kmart.
I have worked for Kmart for nearly 30 years. I have been in just about every position they offer at store level. Currently, I am doing my most favorite one.
In my job I get to interview, help select and hire the associates that fill our store. I take them thru Orientation and when I can, training on the sales floor if and when needed. I get to council, correct, appraise, and compliment them daily.
Most importantly I get to know them personally. Nearly every single associate will come to me with their daily concerns and we always end up on a personal note about their lives. I like this part a lot. It makes them an individual, Human, an actual person and always a friend. I am lucky.
The management team at my store is Exceptional!! We have all worked together in a couple of different Kmart's over the last twenty five years. Take Five managers that all Love their Jobs, add 80-100 associates in a store that is successful in sales , stir and you have a delicious place to work. I am Very Thankful for My Job!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Christmas comes this time each year. It is so amazing how many shoppers are surprised by it's arrival. Working in retail you learn to see the seasons quite a bit differently than the normal "people". For example, In January, I begin thinking of summer furniture and swim suits . The "people" are still thinking Winter coats, sweaters and snow toys. In June , It's all about back to school , kids are just beginning to think about summer vacation. In August we put out Halloween, and Thanks Giving follows quickly in September . Then, Just like Clock work, we look like Santa's Work Shop. Usually Halloween,Thanksgiving and Christmas are all present at the same time.
" AGAIN, ALREADY, ARE YOU KIDDING ME, THIS IS CRAZY, we just bought school supplies" !!! People exclaim.

"I just don't understand why stores have to put this out earlier and earlier each year", People

"I simply refuse to look at any of your displays until after Thanksgiving" People promise.

" I can't believe anyone will actually buy this stuff so soon" People say.

" I remember when Christmas used to mean something special, and not just stores making money" People remark

" Right , I understand totally" You say.

Whats' That, You would like three 6' Pine Christmas Trees and two lighted Penguins if we have them. OK, I'll go check, be right back!


Sunday, November 9, 2008


Here are some photos of our Four Collies . We had "Bear" from 1979 to 1991. He was every ones friend. Really funny personality and very smart.The first two photos are pictures of Bear. The second one is with Forest ,Marilyn's son. Bears registered name was Terrabella Cheyenne. We began calling him Terry, but he some how got us to call him Bear by the time he was about 6 months old. He weighed 105lbs at his full adult weight.

The next two photos are pictures of "Alex". We had him from 1991 to 1999. He was a rescued dog. He was about One and half when we got him and he weighed only 37 lbs. His top weight while we had him was 115lbs. His original name was Samson, but he flinched every time you used it so we called him Alex. His registered name was Alex Ray Vaughn. (after Stevie Ray Vaughn). Alex was a beautiful dog. He had the prettiest coat of all. He was King of our House. He demanded much and gave more. He loved to head butt. We wish we could of had him from his beginning.

Then there was Jake. My baby. My little "Pumpkin Butt" I miss him alot. We had him from 1999 to 2008. He weighed the most at 123lbs. He was so sweet. His registered name was King Jacob Vaughn Raider, a little of everything we love. He loved to give hugs and kisses. Jake was easy to train and was pretty smart. He slept upside down and barked non stop. He hated people food (except meat) and loved to play with stuffed toys. Jake has left really big paws to fill!! The next two photos are of Jake.

And now ,there is "Ben" He is turning 4 months old on the 14th of November. The first photo of him was taken a few days after we got him. 9/11/08. The second photo was taken a couple days ago. He is growing so fast. He learns more and more every single day. He got to go shopping at Kmart On Sunday. He absolutely loves people. I cannot say enough about the breeder ( Kathy Cupps ) She did an amazing job during her puppies first 9 weeks. They were socialized and loved alot. It has made a great impression on Ben and he is a great puppy because of it. I know this to be true because Jake was treated the exact opposite, he was kept in a crate and was being saved to "bond" with his new owners. Unfortunetly we were the only ones he really did bond with , ever. But Ben is such a Happy Puppy. He learns really fast and loves to play. He is curious about every single little thing that is touchable with his furry little nose. He has brought us Happiness. We love him.

Bens Registered name is "Benjamin Ukahli" and he weighs 41lbs. We are so pleased with him and very delighted to have him be part of our Family.