I live in Rhinelander, WI in the great northwoods. I moved here with my ex husband in 1977 when my oldest was just a wee one. We divorced in 1980 and that is when I met Tommy.
I was employed at a resort here for 7 years, cleaning cottages and doing mostly anything the job required. In 1986 I got a job at a local nursing home and have been there for almost 24 years. I was a supervisor for 14 of those years and then moved to an Office Manager position in the therapy department. When a new company took over in 2006 my Office Manager postion went out the window. So my new job description changed to Therapy Tech, which meant doing the same kind of work but more of a physical aspect, like transporting people back and forth to therapy.
Now, I have been off work since April 21st, 2009. I had to have a spinal fusion, my second one, and I am disabled. Meaning that is it unlikely that I can go back and do what I did before. I also had a knee replacement in 2007 and that is giving me grief also. Balance issues and pain are pretty much keeping me from doing what I used to. So that is why I started a blog doing what I like, computer and reading.
My oldest, Jen is living in North Carolina with the two little ones and her husband Clarence. My son, Erik, lives in Miami, is a computer programer and his hobby is competing in marathons that include running and biking . Jen and Erik were from my first marriage. Kara, lives in Fort Lauderdale with her partner Emily. And my youngest Katie lives in Oshkosh, WI. with her boyfriend and the only one that is close right now.
Did I mention that I was Irish?? I am and I have been to Ireland twice, first time in 2000 when we took the two younger children and in 2007 when it was just Tommy and I. Had a great time both times. I would love to live there...
So that is a bit about me, nice to meet you!!!
UPDATE: I will be having another surgery in 3 weeks. I am having a revision done on my total knee replacement. Something is just not right in there. I also had an MRI of the hip. I do not know what is in store for that... Great news though!! My son-in-law will be home from Afghanistan in a few short days!!!! My daughter and her little boys are excited for that to happen. That has been two deployments for them in the last 2 years....
Clarence is home from Afghanistan and is currently being promoted to Warrant Officer and the little guy Dylan has started kindergarten. I had the knee revision back in April and it went well, I no longer have pain when walking, now it is just at night. sheesh...
UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE: August 2011
Surgery went well at first but as of this date I am having some serious issues again. Maybe infection, maybe a rejection of implant. Have had tests and more tests. Not sure what to do at this time. On happier news, all is well with the family and grandchildren. Getting bigger as I write this.
This is a picture of me and our little red, 1975 Corvette Stingray
We live in Rhinelander, WI.
My husband Tom and Little Red
My eldest daughter Jen and her husband ClarenceTheir children, my grandsons Dylan 6, and Cobi 9. They live in New Bern N.C. Clarence is a Marine stationed in Cherry Point, N.C.