Friday, September 16, 2005

Meet Anna

She's from St. Bernard Parrish and had a tale to tell me that brought this smile to her face. She has a collie, a Lassie dog, and she knows where he's at. Fortunately for her she had a tag on him that even had her cell phone number on it and she received a call one day from a female rescue worker who stated she had her dog. After a lengthy discussion it was revealed that this awesome dog had to have swam 14 miles to get to dry land, worked with the police for three days and finally went with the rescue worker who stated the police didn't want to give him up, but did, reluctantly. The rescue worker has bathed the dog and her son went to pick him up.

She is not the only one that came in and smiled when their beloved pets were brought up. Another gal told me that CNN rescued her riotweiler after she called and called and begged and begged.

Now I'm telling you, these people are stressed out to the maximum limits, but bring up their pets and they're smiling!!!

A couple here and there are rescued, but so many left to save. Poor babies!!!
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Red Cross -- Fort Myers

I have been working all week long at the United Methodist Church in Fort Myers for the Red Cross doing medical intake for people who need medications or physician referrals. Boy do I hear the tales.

I will be leaving this weekend for the disaster area. Tomorrow another class to take and then I'll be free to go. I haven't a clue where I'm going at this time. I just know that I will do what I can do to help the people that have lived through something so horrid that I just cannot imagine.
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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

If I must ...

I'll give her a kiss, but I'm light on my feet and ready to get the heck out of here if the baby you keep calling sissy does anything I don't like.
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I don't want that noisemaker near me!

Body language says it all doesn't it? Jake didn't want his sister near him.
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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Who's nose?

I look at this picture and think, my son, Matt, has my nose. I've seen him when his nose looked like this. But enough about the nose.

Here is proud grandma holding Leah Elizabeth. Precious baby girl!
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Labor Day

And that's no pun intended. Ha ha ha! It just was, in more ways than one.

On Labor Day, September 5th, 2005, Leah Elizabeth was born. Sarah, her mom had a great labor and delivery. Awesome. Not much discomfort at all. She arrived at the hospital dilated to 7 and 5 hours later had the baby after about 5 good push contractions.

Leah Elizabeth is my 4th grandchild. She's so precious!!! She's such a sweet peanut and weighs 7 lbs. 11 ounces and is 19 1/2 inches long.

Welcome Leah Elizabeth!!!
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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Lee Sar, my employer, is good!

I went to the Red Cross training program today and let them know that I was unable to leave until next Saturday as my employer requested that time to get someone to cover for me while I was gone.

Oh, and while some companies can be cold hearted, some aren't. I was a LOT nervous about asking them for time off to go help in this disaster as I'd only been employed with them for 6 weeks. I was not only given THREE weeks off to go help, but IT'S WITH PAY!!! I am absolutely stunned.

Meanwhile, my girlfriend who works for a hospice in Wisconsin is crushed as she's as compelled as myself about going and helping out in our nations worst disaster in history, and her boss told her NO. When she tried to plead her case she was told they had a business to run.

Today she tells me that the Mississippi nursing board called her asking if there was anyway she could come down and help (they got her number because of a web site she'd visited and inquired about before the bad guys told her no) and the medical personnel working were exhausted and they were looking for relief. My friend has a 30 foot camper and wants to bring it down. They told her to bring it down along with any camping items she might have. She tells me that she is now preparing to leave for Mississippi regardless of what her company says although she'll speak to her boss's boss on Tuesday and try to get some cooperation with them.

My goodness! She doesn't want to be paid! She just wants the time off to go help some people that desperately need it!

HELLO??? Is anybody there? But for the grace of God it's not YOU needing the help!!!

My other girlfriend works for a large trucking company and she was told no also. There was nobody to cover for her.

Selfish, selfish people! But not Lee Sar, my employer. They are good. Real good. And generous.

Thanks Lee Sar for making it a lot easier for me to go help the people that need it so badly!!!

Wash board

This is how you wash your clothes in Colombia. It's a washboard built outside of the house. No washers or dryers here. You use elbow grease to get the clothes clean and then you hang them on the line to dry. I was trying to wash out a couple of things while I was there and I must admit, it would take some practice to get things done in a timely fashion.

Yeah, notice how time goes by and I just change the subject? What can I say?

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