Monthly Archives: April 2015

Celebrate the Small Things – BUSY WEEK

Hey everyone! It’s Friday again and time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom

My alter ego at lilicasplace is in the homestretch of the A-Z Challenge! Definitely celebrating that. It’s been rough and I’ve fallen behind a couple of times, but I’m going to make it.

My daughter Mandy came for the weekend last week and I was thrilled. We attended a barbeque hosted by my good friend and neighbor Tamera. We had a blast. I met her sister from Newark who was funny as hell. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard!

I had my first speech evaluation on Wednesday that went well. The most significant issues are focus, concentration, and reaction in stressful situations. That being said, there was a problem with Medicare. It seems they combine Speech with Physical Therapy and listed themselves again as my secondary rather than my primary insurance. I’ll have to deal with that next week.

As usual, I’m still here and blessed with some very special people in my life. As long as I’m still vertical, I’m good!

What have you celebrated this week?

 

 

 

Celebrate the Small Things – FAMILY and MORE

Hey everyone! It’s Friday again and time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites. 

After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom

This week has been extremely busy but I have a lot to celebrate!

  1. I had a wonderful time with my daughter over Easter weekend. She drove me around running errands and to the supermarket for groceries Saturday. Unfortunately, on the way back we got a flat thanks to a pothole and had to wait for a tow truck to put my donut on. Our Easter dinner was Italian delivery because by the time we made it back it was late.
  2. My alter ego is still hanging in there on the A-Z Challenge. If you’d like to see how I’m doing, check out my other blog – lilicasplace.
  3. I’ve made some wonderful new blogger friends over the past couple of weeks. That makes me happy.
  4. Most of all, I’m still here and have people that truly care for me, both online and off.

What have you celebrated this week?

 

 

 

Redefining Disability Challenge – DISCRIMINATION

Hello blogger friends and welcome. Here is another post for the

redfng-disblty2Redefining Disability Challenge started by Rose B. Fischer. If you click on the image to the left, you can see exactly what it’s all about and feel free to join. Answer as many of the 52 questions as you like, or the ones that pertain to you. There is no time limit. Answer them in one post, one a day, a week, or whatever fits your needs.

I’m going to spread the questions out over the remainder of the year since a lot of the questions pertain to me already. For today’s post I’m going to answer question(s) 17 .

17.    Have you experienced discrimination because of disabilities? Discrimination comes in many forms, from refusal to employ or accommodate a person with a disability to treating that person with disrespect because of it. I would be lying if I said that I’ve never been discriminated against because of my disability. It’s disheartening, hurtful, and most times makes me extremely upset and angry. Unfortunately, when I become upset, angry or overwhelmed, I tend to stutter and/or cry when attempting to speak. It’s one of the residual effects of my sub-arachnoid hemorrhage and stroke from 2011 that I’m still working on. It’s why I will be continuing with Speech Therapy starting later this month.

Anyway, the most recent episode happened about two months ago when I called traffic court in Secaucus, NJ with a question about a ticket I’d paid several months earlier that hadn’t cleared through PA’s DMV when I tried to renew my license. Normally I spoke to one woman in particular, but since I wasn’t home, I couldn’t remember her name off the top of my head. Unfortunately, I ended up with a lady (ha!) named Donna.

I was already a little emotional because I’d just come from DMV and couldn’t renew my license and the title and tag place was trying to give me a hard time registering my vehicle. ?????? While I was on the phone with the Traffic Court, my friend and neighbor took care of the registration nonsense.

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, my bleed HAS NOT diminished my mental capacity AT ALL. My brain just needs to re-route the way it processes information and sometimes it takes longer than it used to. That’s all. I tried to explain this to the Donna person on the phone when I first got on but she was condescending, rude, and disrespectful from the beginning of the conversation.

When she asked for my Driver License number and/or ticket number, it took me a few moments to realize that she needed my old NJ number; I had my PA one in my hand. I apologized and told her everything was at home and all I had with me was my PA license. Her response was, “And what good do you think a Pennsylvania license is gonna do for me?! And why are you crying? Crying will get you nowhere with me.” I again tried explaining that I’d been there in person months earlier with cash in hand to take care of said ticket, but it couldn’t be accepted since it had to go before the prosecutor and Judge first. Mind you, I’m trying to calm down while this “lady” continued talking down to me like I was slow.

Of course, she wasn’t having any of it. “Well, I’ve worked here over 15 years, and I’ve NEVER heard of us not taking cash as payment for a ticket! Just, just give me your name and I’ll look it up in the system.” I did and she came back telling me that everything had been cleared and she didn’t know why there was such a problem. She read off my old NJ address and I reminded her that I lived in PA now. After more hemming and hawwing, she took my address down and said she was going to send me the paperwork showing that my ticket was paid in full.

I left out much of the conversation, but wanted to give you the general gist of what I went through. When I got off the phone all I could do was break down and cry in the title and tag place. My friend Tamera had taken care of the registration fiasco for me, hugged me and said, “Don’t cry Miss Eva, people like that only lose their blessings. Let it go.” I tried, but it turned out to be a pretty bad day for me.

I didn’t find out until I called NJ DMV a few days later that I had to pay the restoration fee in order to have that listing taken off the record. It would’ve been nice if someone had let me know. Thank goodness the lady at NJ DMV was a sweetheart and actually stayed on the phone with me and walked me through the procedure as I did it online. I heart her and the lady at PA’s DMV because she was a sweetheart too.

That’s all I have for today. Until my next post, have a great day all…

 

 

 

Celebrate the Small Things – April 3, 2015

Hey everyone! It’s Friday again and time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge

Katie @ TheCyborg Mom

This week has been CRAZY busy for me. 

My alter ego over at lilicasplace is doing the A-Z Challenge this month and I’ve been swamped trying to get posts, research and information together in a timely fashion.

My daughter Mandy is here spending Easter weekend with me and I’m so STOKED about that. We have a lot of catching up to do. I’ve missed my ‘baby’.

I completed my Physical Therapy for the year, but am doing the Wellness program at my physical therapy center. It’s available to anyone who’s ever been a patient there and comes at a huge discount. Love it.

Best of all, I’m still here and blessed with some very special people in my life.

What have you celebrated this week?