Sunday, January 29


Hello its been awhile,Life has been busy, California has had some crazy rain & Snow recently. We no longer are in a drought.After three years of not seeing a drop of rain  we finally have steady rain and abundance of rain. For that I'm am gratful. Now my concern turns to the homeless  out in the cold wet nights.Keep them warm Lord.I posted this picture of my Pastor and close friend of 25 years.He is Citizen of the year.I was so happy that he won. 2016 was challenging he suffered a heart attack Oct 2nd while preaching at a friends Church.He had two stints put in and is recovering. I will close here for now and will try to blog more.Thanks for taking the time to read my blog

Wednesday, June 22

FREE WIFI....But at what cost?????

We live in a time where everyone is obsessed with staying connected, We post photos of our food,We feel the need to let people know we are waiting in line at  the DMV,Addicted to  emojies(putting a smilies face at the end of a text.)We can video,take a picture, type a letter,order food, listen to music  watch a movie,And see photos  of a strangers trip to bora bora..all with our dell phones.Yet we can't make eye contact  when standing next to someone,  we automatically pull out our phones and eyes shift down and there is silence.We are losing out ability  to have a conversation. No need to take the time to dial a number and carry on a conversation  we can just text and Multi-task.We need to wake up people before human conversation  becomes extinct. I'M DONE RANTING I NEED TO POST THIS AND CATCH UP MY READING ON FACEBOOK 

Sunday, January 3


Merry Christmas bloggers,I had a great time with my family,I enjoy having them at my house.Laughing and eating hanging out
We also went to Gallo Arts and seen The Nutcracker. I am gratful for so may things.I hope you all had a great Christmas  and a blessed New year in 2016
 Sister Trisha, Dee,Bonnie

Me and Sis
We got selfish sticks for Christmas  lol.Sorry my blogging has become scarce lately.Happy New Year!!!!

Thursday, August 27


The title says it all.I weigh in at 204lbs Put back on ten pounds of the 25 I lost Doctor put me on a diet to lower colesterol).There is no excuse as to why I went on a snack binge.Life has been stressful lately.....July 17th I took my Sister to the emergency room she was very sick.Her vision was in and out.She couldnt stand up.She bacame very confused.The hospital ran alot of tests. The Doctor said her liver was inflamed.Sis had been sneaking alcohol again, after 3 years sober she relapsed.The doctor told me."I am going to put it blunt to you, Your probably going to lose your Sister"I prayed God help her , to help herself, Give us strength to get through this difficult time.Having lost three siblings you become numb, scared . A Minister and his wife from my Church came up to the hospital and prayed for my Sister.The next morning I walked into her she was awake and sitting up having lunch and talking, her confusion about 80% gone.I was so happy..... Yes I ate her dessert (Im bad).Sis spent the next five weeks in the hospital.Some days were better then others. I went everyday and sat with her two hours a day.During this time I hit the vending machine like a gambler in a casino..JACK POT..chips,sodas,candy bars, it became comfort food to me. I made excuses for not excercising..But Sis is home now(Thank God) and doing better.Its day by day for her. I am determined to dropping ten pounds as required from my doctor.Today I am 204 pds not to bad for a guy 5'10" But not good with bad colestrol.Im back on track and will up date you all soon.
Keep my Sister Iin your thoughts and prayers
Thank you

Sunday, April 26

It shouldnt take a Funeral to have a Reunion

Hello my blogger friends, sorry for not writing in a while.For the most part Life has been good.Let me go back a little.In March a long time friend from Church lost her battle to cancer.She was only 46. A Mother of three and a husband who was her High School sweetheart.It was very difficul to see them at Church mourning a great loss.
 I can say that Irene kept her Faith til the end.She always believed God would heal her from cancer.HE DID..... just not in a physical way.He gave her a new body and I believe without a doubt shes walking on streets of Gold in Heaven. 

                          I titled my entry to say this..."It shouldnt take a Funeral to have a Reunion" At the funeral I ran into A Mother and daughter who have been long time friends of mine.We attended the same Church for over 15 years.We worked on the Newsletter together and did Childrens Ministry together.But when they left my Church around seven years ago,We both got busy and really didnt see each other that often.We kept intouch through Facebook.When I seen Sister Jenny at Sis Irenes funeral she grabbed me and hugged me and gave me a big smile.I called her "Mama Banda".Even though we were at a funeral we were happy to reunite.We planned on getting together soon.

                          Three weeks later Im at Church when we got word that Sister Jenny passd away..WHAT??? It cant be true??"I said standing there in shock. I found out later that she had a heart attack and her husband found her.I knew that she had heart problems and had a pace maker put in years ago.She had just retired two years ago.BUT I couldn't believe what I was hearing.
                           A week later I found myself back at the same Church that she and I reunited just weeks ago.Her daughter sang Strike up the  band Moms coming home.She sang so beautiful, Im sure her Momwas proud of her....It saddens me how we let time go by you never know what tomorrow brings.We need to make sure we spend time with loved ones.Not just an email or tex or comment on facebook we need to pick up phone more often and laugh together.Let them know we  love and appreciate them.
Sorry this post wasnt a light hearted story but I needed to write it.
You all have a Blessed day
Sis Irene and her husband

Thursday, April 9


Well it has been awhile since I blogged. Let me back track. November 13th I had dental work done.I had to have 16 teeth extracted.I was awake  through the procedure.I did alot of praying.Ive been needing this done for several years.My dental insurance finally approved it.It was very painful.I had to get top dentures and they did a great job on them.Me being only 48 they wanted to make them as real looking as possable. The follow up was very difficult learning to talk, swallow and eat was very challenging.I got them just in time for a big family weekend for Christmas.I had a hard time wearing them and it took me an hour to eat a plate of food.Over time and determination I finally got the hang of it.And now I feel much better about my appearance and learned how to smile.Thank God for helping me through this.
                       Also I've been helping my co worker care for her husband he was 74 and diagnosed with brain cancer Shes 71 and was doing all his care.Transferring him assisting him any way she could.So sad to see someone going through this.Cancer affects everyone.She would call me over to pray for her and her husband. I felt honored to help out.He passed away last month.She doesn't have any family or children.I try to meet her once a week for lunch and just listen to her.Asking all of you to send prayers Marlenes way for God to give her strength.Hope you all are having a good day

Sunday, November 30

Call an Elderly friend today
As most of you know I work with the elderly.Almost 30 years now.Yesterday I was at work and I was reading the in house newsletter
"Chatter Box" and I came across a name I regonized, Littlejohn.The lady I worked for was florence and her husband was Lawerence,this was back in 1995.Curiosity got the best of me so I went down the hall and knocked on her door,"Who is it?"a woman asked(not opening the door)"Hi Im John,By chance do you know Lawernce Florence Littlejohn?
Her voice was a little weak"Im Florence!!!"
"Florence its me John,I took care of your husband years ago" I heard the door and  unlock and there stood Florence Littlejohn,She looked the same,just a little older she stood 4 feet tall,"Oh my my come in,I remember you,Your the only one my Lawerence liked and didnt fire,You stayed three days so I could attend my neices wedding and that was back in 1995"Wow, her memory of me was sharp,It made me deel good about myself.We talked awhile catching.up kn life.Lawerence passed away in 1996 Florence decided to sell her Mobile and move here to "The Estates.I got up to leave she smiled at me and said"Honey come visit me anytime,It was so nice to see You again Shawn"I smiled and said "Its John"She said "The lawn,yes its beautiful this time of the year" 
"Yes it is" and I closed the door behind me

Sunday, November 23

Update on Me!!!!!

Thanks everyone for the kind words and the

Saturday, November 22


This is a story about defying the odds,overcoming obstacles and not holding back,This is Linda and Greg they met at "The Estates,Greg was on a kidney donor list over five years,He became very sick while waiting for a kidney.He finally received his new kidney, there were many complications and he got worse,While recovering on bed rest someone stole his
 truck.(The police never found it) during all this he became good friends with Linda(another resident),she too has health problems,despite the odds against them they fell in love and got married.The Estates gave them a weddingreception. Cake,decorations,a pianiast the works!!!Greg and Linda were very happy as were the Residents.The line to welcome the Bride&Groom consisted of hover rounds,walkers and wheelchairs.Smiles on every face.For an hour everyone was able to forget there aches, pains and heartaches.Greg is doing great health wise and Linda couldnt be happier. What a Blessed Event!!!!

Wednesday, November 19


Sitting here at home recovering from major dental work, Last Thursday I went to my dentist and she said my top teeth could not be saved.They had to come out.16 teeth total.I sat in in that chair praying like never before.She kept me awake during the procedure.12 shots and 2 1/2 hours later I sat there grateful that it was over, Well at least that part of it.I came home in pain, swollen and couldnt talk, Nuggett kept staring at me like "Now what? Why wont you greet me?"I tried to tell her, but sounded out of it and she shook like a 3.0 so I crawled in bed and babied her as I tried to rest.I started thinking about how women go thru alot to give birth, They are brave.God knew what he was doing when he created women to give birth, 
Now its been a week and Ive been resting, Eating only soup&oatmeal. Tomorrow I go for impressions and hopefully in two weeks I will have my top dentures, Its been 15 years since I showed any pearly whites.I have to google how to hope you all have a good day and don't forget to brush your teeth! !!!

Saturday, November 8


My great neice Grace was assigned to send send "Flat Stanley 'to a relative in another State,Someone who was reliable to follow thru with the homework assignment a responsable relative.Naturally my Neice thought of me,after all I am the responsable one in our family.....right!!!!!WRONG.
Flat Stanley is a little cutout paperboy representing Literacy in America.(google him) after he arrived at my house from Oklahoma all I had to do was take a few pictures with "flat Stanley" and write about my home town,Simple Right!!!!Wrong.My Neice did agreat job coloring him his hair and eyes were the same as mine.On the back her name written in marker by her Teacher(great forgery)and then her Teacher lamenated him.

 I decided I better get the assignment done and mail him
 back..So she could get a good grade.Couldnt find the letter with instructions or "Flat Stanley" anywhere.My one and only day off from work I searched three hours at my house thru my paperwork.Loser Uncle,I cant fail my great neice now.I went to the Library looked up "Flat Stanley",after 45 mins of researching I found him printed two copies,(just incase),I then typed up a letter welcoming paper boy and included a little history of my town,then went to the dollar store bought a box of crayons sat out in my truck(imagine a grown Man sitting  in the parking lot coloring a cut out doll) I tried my best to remember how Grace colored her Stanley, I then drove around found a Mailbox center got him laminated and mailed.
Lesson learned Pay attention to where you put your mail,Who am I kidding lesson learned Just say NO 

Tuesday, November 4


This morning at work I was assisting a client with Physical therapy,We were walking down the hall. Night shift manager Betty was walking a small dog (reminds me of Toto from The Wizard of Oz) his name is Biscuit, happy to be out and walking. Betty was telling us that Biscuits Daddy Wendell is in the hospital he fell at home, He should be back home in a few days. and she wanted to make sure the dog was walked.Betty has a master key to every apartment, she is in charge at night to answer all emergency calls, close blinds lock the lobby doors Ect. She has lived at "The Estates about nine years and loves her job. She was talking up a storm as she unlocked the door and took Biscuit inside. Frances(my client) and I continued our P/T a few seconds later Betty returned with the dog, She said"Opps wrong apartment Im suppose to be on the second floor,"  She was a little embarrassed. I replied with" Well they do all look like" We all laughed.Frances and I headed back to her apartment to work on a 1000 piece puzzel.I try to do things that keeps the mind clients active.We had a good day it was time for me to go home as I was walking through the lobby, At one of the tables in the dining area there sat a little lady, her grey hair sticking out from under her straw hat. She looked a little distrauct and a crowd of elderly women were gathered around her.As I got closer I could her shakey voice. "Doctor Chalk told me there might be side affects with my new medication, But seeing a lady with a small dog standing right there in my livingroon is just to much for me It was so real, I put a call in to Doctor Chalk hopefully he will call me back soon. "I didnt want her to think she was hallucinating so I walked up to the ladies and said "Night shift Betty felt badly about walking into your apartment earlier today with Wendells little dog. To which the lady quickly replied "Thank you Jesus Im not seeing things,"

Saturday, October 18


Nephew Eric 3 months old(now he's 35

Saturday Oct 18th 2014

Afternoon Bloggers,
Thursday was a sunny day here in California (year 3 of a drought)I decided to organize my Christmas boxes in my garage to be ready for  December.I was moving boxes around while Nugg was playing in the corner with her shadow.Behind the stack of plastic tubs hidden in the back sat an old dusty tub.I pulled it out dusted it off, opened the lid.Inside was old newspapers that had turned yellow over time.I pulled up a chair sat down and began to unwrap the newspapers.I couldnt believe my eyes,Stuff I hadnt seen in thirty years.I found pictures of my Family,Hand written letter's my Mom Tiny(from her Grandchildren) had kept.My 6th grade "First place" award for triple jump.My one and only first place ever lol,WOW Mom kept everything.It was as if I was transported back in time,A time where my Family was alive and happy.Many memories came  back to me,I grabbed my phone and began to take pictures of the items I was finding.Within 30 minutes I had seven Neices and Nephews texting me from.all over and we began to remenisce back and forth.Each one asking if they could have their stuff Grandma saved.I decided I would make each one a package for Christmas and send them to them. In return they must send me a hand written Christmas card(not a tex message)  with a picture of their kids so I can do a Family tree. For me Christmas came early.....Finding this box in my garage is a Blessing,

Larry age 6 mos(now he's35)

Joey age 3(now hes 34)

Tammy on the (RT)took 3rd in Calif  training for the Olypics

My Sis Barbara(R.I.P )and Jeanette(age 15)
for me Christmas came early