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Happy New Year_88 Happy New Year everyone!  2015 is going to be a good year.   On January 14th I will have worked in the Deli for 3 months.  It’s hard to believe that much time has gone by already.  I’m about 3-4 weeks away from my first raise, which I’m excited for.  Work has been keeping me pretty busy these days.  I love working in the deli because you are always moving, either cooking, waiting on customers, and many other chores.  I love the customers.  They are the best.

I would like to get more regular about posting here in this new year.  I am also trying to get back on my path back to goal.  I’m golden in the exercise department; work takes care of that.  My eating needs to be reined in and I need to take my lunch to work where I HAVE CONTROL of what I eat instead of grabbing stuff when I’m starving and tired.  I also need to drink more water and cut back on my Diet Dr. Pepper.  Tracking is so important when I’m on track and in control; need to get back to that too.  So, it’s back on the right path towards my goal.EmilySarahDec2014

My granddaughters got their pictures taken right before Christmas.  They all came out so good!  Sarah is becoming quite the teenager and our Emily is 3 now!

Al and I had a nice Christmas Day at my brother Bobs house.  They cooked a turkey with all the trimmings and great lasagna.  I got up early that day and made an Upside-Down Pineapple Cake, a Dreamscicle Dessert, Chocolate Covered Mini-Pretzels and lots of deviled eggs.  We had a great time, great food, and great music by my dear Al.  He played his electric guitar and sang all our favorite Christmas songs.  We had to leave early due to the fact I had to get up at 2 am for work the next morning.

Have an awesome 2015 and thanks so much for visiting.



Hi everyone!  It’s been awhile since I posted.  I’ve had a busy couple of months with some changes in my life.

In October,  Al and I headed up to Spokane to help our granddaughter, Emily, celebrate her 3rd birthday.  She loved her Minnie Mouse party at a Jumping/Sliding place, with all the trimmings and we loved celebrating with her.  We stayed with LeRoy, Rachel, and the kids for a week and had a blast.  Miss Emily is such a sweetheart and really loved having Grammy and Grandpa to spoil.  Al & I and LeRoy & Rachel all had a double-date to Silverwood Theme Park for Scarywood.  We all had such a good time and great memories were made.  Emily’s birthday is October 7th and mine is October 5th, so we both had a great week.  LeRoy took me out for the day on my birthday and spoiled me rotten.  First, a trip to our favorite restaurant, Red Lobster (we are the only two who like it).  After that, he took me to Kay’s and had me pick out something just for me.  I got a beautiful heart necklace.  We finished the day with a visit to our favorite collectible store where he bought me a beautiful dragon ornament.  My boys gave me a great birthday this year.  They are awesome sons.


DSCN8230I’ve been busy with a new job that I started on October 14, 2014.   I work in the Deli Department.  I’m loving the job and getting out among people again.  It’s a hard job; on my feet 8-9 hours a day and running constantly.  Some days I feel I’ve run a marathon (or two) but I’m always up for the tasks at hand. I do enjoy the job. I’m looking forward to the medical kicking in, as Al and I need that since we are paying an outrageous price every month and we cannot afford it.  Times have been tough.  We are looking forward to a great New Year.

I’m still on my Lifetime Journey and always will be.  Life has gotten busier and I’ve put back on a few pounds but I’m hanging in there.  I have not gotten into a routine with my eating and journaling but it will happen.  Exercise has not been a problem since I started working.  In fact, I’m getting so much exercise during my shifts that I have no problem falling asleep at bedtime.  I usually work the 4 am to 1 pm shift, which I love.  I get to get the display case set up and looking pretty, slicing the meats and cheeses and making the salads (20 of them).  I cook the chickens, fry the foods for the hot case, customer service (I love interacting with the customers), and a lot more.

Our granddaughters, Emily and Sarah, had a great time visiting Santa at the mall.  Emily went right up to him and wasn’t shy at all.  Sarah had to be paid $10 to sit on Santa’s lap.  Her Mom was more than willing to dole out the bucks.  LOL  In the middle pic, Emily is giving my son, LeRoy aka Daddy, a big hug.  She loves her Daddy.


I am hoping that this post finds all of you having a wonderful holiday with your friends and family. We are going to my brother, Bobs, again for Christmas Day dinner. My little brother, Rip and Robert & Chrystina & baby Sophie, will also be there. I’m dying to see little Sophie. She has gotten so big. Samantha will have to work but I hope we see her before she heads to work.  We are having lasagna and turkey – good fixings. I’m going to bring a Dreamscicle dessert, Upside-Down Pineapple cake (Cathi’s favorite), and some deviled eggs, which we all love. I’m so glad the store is closed for the day, giving us a day off.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


1stDateCollageSMToday is the 40th anniversary of our first date – climbing to the top of Multnomah Falls.  We walked to the top on May 30, 2014.  Fond memories.

Al has been writing about how we met back in September 1974.  If you would like to read about it please click on the links below.  I’ve put them in order of his writing.  Did I tell you that I just love how my Al writes?  He makes it feel like you are right there.

Section 1 – Al & Dotti’s Love Story
Section 2 – Al & Dotti’s Love Story

Tomorrow I have my job interview with the Grocery Manager at Fred Meyers.  Wish me luck!

Have an awesome week everyone.