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The Pledge of Allegiance

Published June 12, 2018 by lynn k scott

My sister used to post the Pledge of Allegiance on her Facebook every day.  After reading a post, from a Canadian no less, commenting on our country, it never ceases to amaze me the ignorance of some people.

I consider myself a conservative and I’m REALLY tired of the liberal agenda we’ve had to endure prior to this last election.  While no president is perfect and will never appease everyone, at least Trump is trying.  He’s not setting race relations back to the 1960s, unlike his predecessor did.  He is upholding current laws, holding people and countries accountable and showing respect to our military.  Don’t like how he presents stuff; too bad.  Sorry…not really…but there is nothing wrong with a direct approach to saying what needs to be said.

Just really tired of seeing people wanting to be placated or having an opinion on something that’s none of their business (*cough* Canada).  Today, is one of two days per year, I don’t tolerate anything and I will say whatever I feel needs saying; filter be damned.

I rarely write political posts, but the older I get, the less I give a shit.  I firmly believe liberalism is a disease and should be treated as such.  I’m about to get a bunch of “hug-me-jackets and rent some padded rooms for those who get all bent out of shape and need their “safe” space.

We need to go back to live and let live.  And while the (many) 20-somethings are finding out who they are, they might want to respect their elders and observe a bit before opening their mouths to speak on topics they really have no clue about. NO life is more important than another.  You get what you work for so stop using excuses as to why you don’t have what you think you should.

Will I lose followers?  Perhaps.  Do I care?  Nope!  I know this post makes me sound like a bitch.   I, however, know, and own, my bitch status.  If you don’t like the U.S., turn off social media (if not in the U.S.) or feel free to leave from any airport or nautical port.  Either way, I’m an American and I’m proud of it!

 

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And the Oscar goes to (repost)

Published June 6, 2018 by lynn k scott

I created this post, “And the Oscar Goes To…” a little over a year ago.  I felt like sharing it with all the parents of teens (and tweens).  We’ve got to support each other.  So unless you’ve been “repelled”, you’re doing a good job with your kids and their cell phone.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

New Job

Published May 2, 2018 by lynn k scott

I have been looking for another job for quite some time now.  Working in Human Resources can tell you a lot about a company.  It also allows you to know secrets that would completely irritate the rest of the employees, should they ever come to light.

That being said, my current position isn’t good for me.  There are far to many “questionable” decisions for my liking.  Add to that, when we were getting to renew benefits, the owner was going to cut them significantly.  I had posted my resume to see what else was out there.  I couldn’t afford how much I would shell out to cover the benefits my company was.

Long story short, a friend of mine asked if I was getting an assistant and sent me the job link she found.   My boss apparently saw my resume and posted one of their own….to replace me!!!  I had been upfront about how detrimental cutting the benefits would be.  I was basically dismissed from that discussion.  Then, instead of my boss coming to me to discuss why my resume was posted, he chose find someone else to do my job.  Later, after their interviews, it was determined they would “reinvest” in me.  They didn’t know I knew about their interviews for my position and that no one would accept the low pay they were offering.  Why?  I do A LOT for this company, but am severely underpaid; but not according to “the powers that be”.

That situation never sat well with me and I have kept my options open ever since.  On Monday, I had a job interview.  It’s a completely different line of work.  I will assist in running an office and we will start a benefits program; with my help.  My new employer is paying for my current benefits that I will continue on C.O.B.R.A., until we have a new plan in place.  I was hired on the spot.

I get to wear the same clothes that I currently wear to work.  There’s something to be said for not having to dress up every day.  Jeans and tank tops are awesome!!!  It’s a busy office, but I feel my stress level will reduce considerably.  My health has to be a priority.  I already feel a bit relieved having given notice.  A weight definitely has been lifted and prayers have been answered.

They have five dogs at my new job.  So I still can take a break and regroup (if need be) with some pup time.  You’d be surprised how much working with animals can help keep a person balanced.

Today, I discovered, they are going to replace me with an executive assistant.  That ticks me off a bit.  I have been saying for over two years, they don’t want an HR person, but an assistant.  An executive assistant position will probably pay more than my position.  That’s just how this company works.  They pay new people much more than existing staff.

I will complete the rest of this week.  Get through next week, as Friday is my last day.  I will not prepare “how-to” sheets for all the work I do.  After working for a company for five years, you would think management would want to discuss keeping me or at least acknowledge I am leaving.  Not one word.  A few coworkers know, because I told them.  They will be sorry I am leaving.  In part, I believe it’s because no one else knows how to do my job.

It really sucks, working so long for someone to feel this unappreciated.  Five years is a decent amount of time to be with one company.  I guess it’s just too hard to acknowledge I’ve done a good job for them and to wish me well.

Buh-Bye (Facebook)

Published April 30, 2018 by lynn k scott

I have made the decision to inactivate my Facebook account.  While I have made some amazing friends and have a dozen (or so) friends from church on my page, the ultra-liberalism and negativity of Facebook has become overwhelming.

My life is extremely chaotic and full of serious issues that I have no choice but to deal with.  From dealing with my own cancer diagnosis, my sister’s cancer diagnosis, and some legal issues my a couple of my sons are dealing with, Facebook doesn’t offer the support I need.

I did trial runs, if you will, by shutting off the account for a week or even just a weekend.  I proved to myself, I didn’t need that social platform.  True friends have multiple ways to keep in touch with me.  I started posting more to InstaGram.  I still can see pics of my friends and their children.  I can get spiritual memes from K-Love radio as well.

In my opinion, Facebook has grown too big for it’s britches and I can’t in good conscious support that particular platform any longer.  I have more time for my family and friends, in real life; not online.  It also allows me for more writing here and focusing on what’s important in my life.

I appreciate those who continue to follow me on this crazy journey.  There is definitely more to come….just bear with me.

Who Can I Trigger?

Published February 16, 2018 by lynn k scott

Trigger, that’s not a word I usually use.  Why?  I feel it’s a word for the younger generation.  I don’t care if you a Generation X, Y, Z or Millennial.  Your character speaks more than the year you were born.  That being said, this blog will probably “trigger” a few of the younger and less conservative followers.  If you don’t follow this blog or know me personally (and some people do), then you should know one of my favorite sayings is, “I’m not a bakery and I don’t sugar coat what needs saying”.  So in the infamous words of Graham Allen….”Heeeeere we go!”

I consider myself an ‘old-school’ mom.  I am the mother of five children; with one child under 18-years old.  I am not a perfect mom.  I made A LOT of mistakes with my older children (another story; another time).  However, I am hell bent on correcting some of those past mistakes with my youngest daughter.

I live in California.  It would be an AMAZING state if not for all the liberals and illegals (not undocumented – ILLEGAL) that are here.  I don’t placate the “entitled ideology” that far to many young adults and their children seem to have.  I have conservative values but also feel I help those in need when I can.

That being said, my take on parenting:  You are NOT there to be a friend to your child.  You are the PARENT!  Rules and accountability are first and foremost. If you think your child is your BFF, he/she is NOT!  They are a child in need of guidance, enforced rules, etc.  That friend you are looking for will be there when adulthood is reached.  For now, focus on raising good kids.  “NO” is not a four-letter word and your kids need to hear it.

I love my daughter with all my heart.  She is spoiled rotten; I admit this.  However, there is a point where she knows what is right and wrong.  Is she allowed to do whatever she wants, whenever she feels like it?  HECK NO!  She is given chores that are to be completed. She used to get an allowance.  When she got a phone, the monthly amount equaled her allowance, no more allowance.  The phone is routinely checked and no downloads without consent.  She gets called out when she gets too sassy.  Respect is a key role to raising kids.  She has manners:  Yes, please.  No, thank you.  Excuse me, ma’am.  She is being raised as a child of Christ.  Ooooh, I went there:  religion.  Yup, I sure did.  I honestly believe, if more people had God in their lives, this world would be a much better place.

I have rarely spanked my youngest.  Why, because rules were set early and more importantly, they were enforced.  My daughter in on the verge of becoming a teenager.  While her hormones are kicking in and sometimes she gets called out a bit more on her at-home behavior, I don’t foresee her being one of “typical teens”.  If she ever went that route, my house would be spotless, because nothing makes you think more about what you’ve done than a few good hours of manual labor.  Has it come to that?  Not even close.  Is it an option (if need be); you bet it is!

Is she allowed to wear make-up?  Nope.  She gets to wait til she is 15.  I allow lip gloss and that’s it for now.  Why?  She’s 12!  She doesn’t need makeup.  A cashier at Ulta even said, “maybe next year she can add mascara”.  Sorry, not happening.  There’s no reason to push her to become older than she is.

Is she allowed to wear ripped jeans, shirts that show cleavage, run around unsupervised with her friends?  Nope!  She may not dress ultra-conservative (she’s not going to a nunnery after all), but she knows what is appropriate.  Has she ever tried to get to get away with pushing the clothing envelope?  Of course.  Then, I tell her to go back upstairs and change.  You know what?  She does.  Why, because she has been taught to listen.  Silly me.  I know the parents of her friends.  Sleepover or movie outing?  I speak with the other parents to make sure we are on the same page.  Get involved!  It’s what you should be doing.

My daughter is also at the age we can cover social topics.  What is appropriate for certain situations.  What would would be the consequences for acting like a fool in public?  Or blowing a potential job interview because your friends or mall time is more important?  How about wanting excess clothing or shoes?  I am proud she gives the appropriate responses.

We have covered race, in a variety of instances.  She’s a bi-racial child who isn’t allowed to use that as a reason something did/did not happen.  There are far too many successful, minority people, to let race stand in their way.  I am proud to say, my daughter doesn’t see color.  She will be anyone’s friend as long as they are respectful and are willing to chat.  Her cultural heritage is important; but she’s an American first.

Oh yea, and we say the Pledge of Allegiance in our home too.  We stand, quietly, with hand over our heart, anytime we hear the National Anthem.  We support the 2nd Amendment. My daughter will be visiting a gun range soon to learn weapon safety and how to shoot.  Take a guess at what I think about gun reform.  I may not own any weapons (currently), but I sure as heck could care less what over-paid, non-working, liberal Democrats think “we the people” are entitled to.

Do you know, my daughter already has the mentality that she will need to get a job, as a teen, to pay for the extras she deems important to her?  Do you know, she’s not dreading that? Why?  She has been taught from an early age:  you work for what you want.  Nothing is given to you and further more, you shouldn’t expect it would be.

I don’t care what someone’s education is.  You work hard and you make progress.  If it’s not within your means, you don’t get to have it.  I wish more people would understand this concept.

So my mini-rant about spoiled, self-centered, entitled parents/children is over.  I believe this country needs to get back to a Christian-based, conservative way of life.  Respect, a hard work ethic and caring for your community and country is needed.  If you are upset about this post, perhaps you might want to re-evaluate why you are now “triggered”.

 

Dutch Bros. Coffee

Published December 1, 2017 by lynn k scott

I make my own coffee every morning.  There are days I like to treat myself.  Being in Northern California, there is an amazing coffee company called Dutch Bros.  If you’ve never heard of them, or worse yet, haven’t tried their coffee, you’re truly missing out!

There is a Dutch Bros. near my office (about 5 minutes away).  What sets this coffee stand apart from the (self-dubbed), ‘Evil Empire (the coffee joint that must not be name – but has a celestial sign + a word meaning money), is it’s product and staff.

While, you can’t go inside, sit down at a table and suck up free Wi-Fi, you can order at the walk-up window or pull up to one of two drive-thrus.   There you can order an assortment of coffees, teas and blended drinks.

As a coffee purist (also self-dubbed), if you’re among the few people who don’t need coffee for survival, please wait to order your blended, non-caffeinated drinks til after 9:00 a.m.  Those of use who need that hot cup of coffee thank you in advance.  Sorry…I digressed there for a moment.

Anywho…with the chemo meds zapping every bit of energy I have and continuing to work full-time, I have been relying on lots of caffeine boosts from Dutch Bros.  Since it’s the Christmas season, the Caramel Eggnog latte is my favorite.  Add a bit of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon and you’re in eggnog heaven.

If I can’t get my eggnog, I go for a Carmelizer or 9-1-1.  The days that I am completely exhausted, are my 9-1-1 days.  Who couldn’t use 6 shots of espresso?  Calm down…it’s not that bad…everyone knows espresso has the least amount of caffeine.  Six shots is just the right amount of extra boost.

I would say 99% of my Dutch Bros experience comes from the Dixon, CA location.  When I’m not at work, I will occasionally stop by the Fairfield, CA location.  Soon, Vacaville, CA will have a location open.  Can’t wait!!!!

Don’t forget to get a stamp card.  Every 10 purchases gets you a free drink!  If you buy a reusable cup (I have 3) from them, you get a free drink.  It also saves you $0.25 on each purchase when you bring the cup in. wp-1472070865046.jpg

When my 11-year old daughter would commute with me, I would have to hide my stamp card.  She would count the card to see if there was an odd number or see if it was almost filled when she knew it should be almost empty.  Why was she checking?  She wanted to know when I got the yummy Dutch Bros. treat and she didn’t.  If she caught me, I would have to take her to get her Chocolate Frost.  I stopped letting her look at the card; she was costing me a fortune.  LOL

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She found out I got DB without her.

I will gladly take Dutch Bros. gift cards for all birthdays, holidays and thank-yous.  Honestly, I can’t thank them enough because they are a beacon of good coffee, pleasant employees and fun during my cancer journey.

Recently, we were able to get a Dutch Bros. ornament with the purchase of a large, hot beverage.  Well, obviously that meant we needed make a stop and have one of these ornaments for our tree.  Who could resist a deal like that, right?

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How can you not like a place like this.  Seriously, try out Dutch Bros. if they are anywhere near you.  I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t appreciate the energy this company offers along with some pretty good coffee.

Rant: Selling/Buying on Facebook

Published June 21, 2017 by lynn k scott

*Steps up on soapbox*

*Taps mic*

Hello…I’m going to say my peace about buying and selling on Facebook.  Feel free to agree (or not).  Having been an admin a sales boards, as well as a buyer or seller, this is how I see it….

SELLERS:

  • Provide the city your item(s) are in.
  • If you are willing to travel to meet buyers; say so.
  • Go in order of contact.  If someone by-passes the comments and PMs you (hoping to jump ahead of someone), let them know their place in line.
  • If listing more than one item for sale, either use the “Start Discussion” option to get out of listing a primary price OR list the most expensive item first and subsequent items/prices in the description.
  • STOP using screen shots from other groups.  It’s harder to see the item (and that’s just for starters as to why you do don’t do that).
  • READ the rules for each group.  They are there for a reason and you’re not so special that they don’t apply to you.
  • If you get permission to post something, add “Admin approved” to the beginning of your post.
  • Keep all appointments.  Do not cancel at the last minute.
  • Remove your post when it has been sold.

BUYERS:

  • Have the exact amount of money the item is being sold for.  No the seller doesn’t need to make change for you.
  • Keep your appointment and be on time! If you agree to buy something, then show up to buy it. Time is valuable; including the seller’s.
  • Be prepared to pick up the item. It’s not the seller’s responsibility to get the item to you.
  • If you respond to purchase something, be prepared to pick it up.  If you need to make arrangements for a later day/time, let them know that upfront; not after you should have been at the meeting location.
  • Ask ALL the questions about the item BEFORE agreeing to the purchase.  Do not ask them after you have agreed and set a time/location for pick up.

BOTH Buyers and Sellers need to be respectful of each other.  Times are hard.  Facebook allows free advertising and the ability to stretch our paychecks by getting rid of items we no longer need and/or want.

*Says ‘Thank You’, nods and steps off soapbox.*

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