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Giving Back!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2012 by dianaswonderworks

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We today I went down to the food bank. Needed groceries and some toiletries. I have not been able to get a ride to the food stamp office, and so I walked to the food bank, hoping to get some assistance, I had no idea how I was going to get it all home, it is about a mile walk, and not a big deal empty handed, but carrying, dish soap, laundry soap and groceries was going to be a tough challenge. Stepping out in faith that somehow I would make it home without difficulty and letting that supreme power handle my light work. Great news, I made it home with a ride from some one I knew up there and arrived without incident at my home. Even got help carrying it all in! What a great day!

Well, this all lead to something else. On occasion, I have walked up to the church next door to that office for dinner on Thursday nights. It is usually good food and a chance to meet people from around town. I asked my friend who helped me get home today, if she could use some help tomorrow. Yes, she is the one who does the cooking for this dinner every week. She said yes. I mean hey, what else am I doing right now? I am currently unemployed and count on these little things myself to stay fed and keep a roof over my head. So I thought I am not doing anything like work at this time, other than working on my art. So I have time to give back in a simple way to those who have been helping me. I can offer my arms and legs and help them to continue to provide these services. In my own little way helping to contribute to my own needs as well as giving me an opportunity to help people who are in my situation or even worse off. So,  tomorrow I will be working. It may not be a paying gig, but it is working. This is my way of saying to those powers that be, I am ready to give my time. With any luck, it will expedite my chances of making some real cash! keep your fingers crossed, I really need a break, and am willing to do what I have to do to make it happen.

Well, I have about $2.00 in chance on me, just enough to get one last lottery ticket. I just got home, and not sure if I am going to splurge it today or wait for Saturday night’s drawing. I will see what my gut tells me. For now I am happy to be home again and looking forward to working on some painting. It is my stress release. Since tomorrow I will not be home all day, this is my day to do what brings me joy! I am going to work, smile and dream of the things I want in my life. Wishing for all the blessings and dreams I wait to happen everyday. Wish me lots of luck, I am sending it your way too! If you have anything to share, I will gladly respond and if you want an extra happy wish, let me know what you are hoping for and I will send some extra love and good wishes your way. Sending out my love to you and yours as always, diana

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Untarnished Bliss!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by dianaswonderworks

Today was a busy day. So much to do and so little time. I have been neglecting my artwork a lot lately, and I miss it very much. Once done here, I am determined to get busy. None the less, had to go into downtown Knoxville today. Last night I received two calls about work. The first call was to do two shifts, one on Friday and another on Saturday, for banquets. Guess this means, I get to make a couple of dollars this week! That is good news, the second was for me to finish in person, my online application at a temporary service. My appointment was today at 11:15 am, just got home a few minutes ago. My story for this blog will be focused on an event that transpired on the way to that interview.

We were driving along a stretch of road, nicknamed Death Highway. So named, because it is a a four lane road, with no lights for night driving, and countless blind spots. These blind spots created by the constant winding road. Closer to the city, traffic lights and street lights do appear, but the speed limit is still 45 mph or higher. As we come around the bend,a sight I have never seen before, a true shock! In the middle of the road, no median in sight, just two solid yellow lines for protection, is a sight that made me gasp and want to cry all at the same time. Here in the middle of massive traffic from both directions, with only a yellow line for protection, is an elderly gentleman, with a walker. He is walking in the center, and obviously should be wearing a wide load sigh, because he is definitely over the width of that yellow line.  I slow down the truck and gasp, looking at the traffic, I realize that a women, following him, is keeping traffic at bay. She is driving (or rolling) at a slow speed to shield this man as he walks along the center of the road. I say call 911, and realize, that she has probably done so, since she seems to be keeping an eye on him till reinforcements arrive. Now, I look at this man, surely he must be terrified beyond belief, shaken with tears confused and lost. I have seen patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, once they find themselves in an unfamiliar place they pretty much lose it. I look at him walking, with vigor in his step and a HUGE smile on his face. Not sure if in his old age, he just wanted to do something he could have never gotten away with in his youth (some can be quite feisty at this point in this part of life). Or, if he was truly just out of it, and had a completely altered perception of his place and time. All I do know, is that whether he was just trying to get away with something, or if he had lost the cheese off his cracker, he was happy! The look on his face was like the look on a college boys face at the beach during College Week! He was walking with pep in his step, big smile spread on his face and looking at the sites around, like he was at an amusement park! At this I started laughing, it was the cutest and funniest thing I had ever seen. I know he was in danger, but not really all traffic was slowing down, to accommodate, but I swear he looked like he was having the time of his life. So, I say GO YOU! He was happy no matter what planet his brain was on, and I am sure he has been taken to his rightful place of living for now. At this point, I feel worse for the folks who had to retrieve him, I am sure they are worried sick then and now. If they are reading, all I can say is this ” Wish you could have seen his face!” you would have worried less and smiled a whole lot more.

Okay, so now on to other things, I have not as yet, won the Power ball or the Mega ball. I continue to have faith however, the year is not up yet, and hey it could be next year. For now, I am hoping for it to be this year, and enough said about that. It was a glorious fall day today, not too hot and not too cold. There was a nice breeze and I enjoyed the weather immensely. I may get on here later with a blog about how the job interview went, that was exciting too. Enough for now, sending my love to you, have a wonderful evening, and if you wish to comment, please do.  diana

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The Hermit’s Day Off!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on August 22, 2010 by dianaswonderworks

Well, today the hermit took a day off. I was actually social today and went to go visit my friend Sherry and her husband, Charlie! It was nice to get out of the house and hang out with some one besides myself for a change. Getting used to being all alone at home is going to be strange for sure, but I have every confidence that once I have a job and a busy working it will be less of a strange thing. We ate, a change for me, right now my belly is so full, I feel sick. Not used to having so much food in one day. Guess that is a compliment to the chefs, they both cooked today. Excellent food and even better company. We watched the movie Furry Vengeance, it was really funny, we laughed a lot! Charlie missed some it, it seemed a nap was what he wanted today. Which is all good, we should all do what we love, when we have time off! For breakfast he cooked pancakes, and for dinner Sherry made hamburgers and fries, plus home made pickles. I am stuffed to the gills!

I am home now, and bound and determined to get some artwork done. Concentration has been in short supply, due to all the stresses lately. That really stinks for me, art is my only real outlet, so I need to be able to relax enough to work. On the other hand not too much, so that I feel exhausted and want to fall asleep. Last night was full of fitful dreams, and many moments of wakefulness. Which means today I am tired already and it is still early! Got to tough it out, way too early for bed, and too late for a nap, since this will only ruin tonight’s rest.

On a lighter note, no lottery windfalls this weekend, and tomorrow, my car will go into the shop ( gas leak fix and oil change). I have today’s newspapers to do some job hunting tomorrow, and get ready to hit the streets on Tuesday. Got to get a job asap! Still hoping for the factory job I went to for an interview earlier this week. Not that I love factory work, but I do love the pay-scale there. It would work comfortably with the bills I have here. So, pray hard it works out for me there, and the rest is just to keep me busy! Hopefully, they will call tomorrow and I can start on Tuesday, what a a relief that would be for my nerves. Still fighting them, the anxiety comes and goes. Right now, I am feeling anxious, so I have to get myself under control again, that will work for a while and then they crop up again. But, it is getting better everyday, so far. The main key is getting to work, so it will go away for good! Hope you had a pleasurable weekend, sending you my love, as always, diana

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