Laughter sparkles like sunshine.

Went to Massage Envy and had a massage. Then over to Sleep Number to redeem my $250 coupons. Was there for literally hours because they were so busy. Long story. It took all day, but finally it all worked out. Ran over to La-Z-Boy and bought a two reclining chair couch with cup holders. Pretty much the same looking couch as Skipper and Cheri’s. Comfortable and practical. Then got to Welch’s Plastics at 4:29pm, which is good, because they close at 4:30pm. lol After fighting through traffic, I was thrilled to make it on time. They cut the plastic I needed, and I was finished lickety-split. Came back to the hotel. Went upstairs and grabbed some cheese, crackers, and soda. And fell asleep for 5 1/2 hours. Yep. It is now 10:30pm – and I am Wide Awake! Just another typical day. lol

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Good things come to those who travel.

I am at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino using my timeshare for seven nights. This is the first time that I have been able to use my timeshare. Checked in today. Have been getting oriented. Hoping to kick back and relax and enjoy this week.

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You are my greatest adventure.

My new Handyman Raymond is so fantastic. If only I could have found him from the beginning, I could have saved thousands of dollars, because we are literally redoing Everything. He is doing such a great job, and I am so happy with him and his work. I don’t know how I got so lucky to finally find him, but I am so grateful and feeling so blessed. Also, I got lots done today. Seems like there is still so much to do.

Tonight, we went with the Friday Night Gang to Silver Lakes Clubhouse for dinner. Skipper and I had ribeye steaks. Everything there is so delicious. Another gorgeous, sunny day.

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How intensely do you want to exist?

Shiela’s Handyman Raymond and his crew worked from 8:30 to 5:00pm today. They have accomplished more in one day, than Handyman Chuck did in six months. And they know what they are doing. They are re-doing most of Chuck’s work. My favorite part so far, is they put in, long, double-size plates in the door jambs with extra long screws, for security. If someone wants to get in, they really have to work at it. Which may happen, but, we’ve done what we could do. So much else going on, but it is all business, and none of it is easy. Taking one step at a time. Going to a tax preparer tomorrow, to see if they can help me fill out the paperwork required for my new tax preparer. (Don’t ask). My life is way too complicated at the moment. Hopefully, it will work out. Or not. I really don’t care. One day at a time. I can always live in my van.

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Hello sun in my Face. Hello.

Last night had Popeye’s chicken with Cheri. Skipper came in after. He had driven to Anaheim and picked up Cheri’s two aunts from the airport and drove them back to Yucaipa. Big fire, call the Blue Cut fire, so he had to drive around the long way because the fire is so bad.

Tonight had tacos with Skipper and Cheri. Poor Skipper left his keys in the house, and had trouble getting me to get his door open. But, we finally connected and it worked out. I went on a few errands and shopping with him.

I got lots of the little things I wanted to do today, but, again, did not get to the big things. And I am going to have workers in my house the next few days. NOT looking forward to that – Again! Seems there are always workers here. We keep doing the same projects over. Cross fingers, it will get done right this time.

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Be a better you, for you.

Went for my pedicure this morning. I have started doing the gel. I really like it a lot. Today we used blue glitter. Very pretty.

Called back about my washing machine. Dustin is coming back on Thursday. He is the one that put in the heavy duty shocks that did nothing to help, so I am not really expecting this to get solved soon.

Ruben came back out and sprayed for the third time. Still have cockroaches. Very disgusting.

Raymond, the Handyman came and gave me the estimate for the work I need done. It is literally starting over from scratch. I Honestly would be better off, if I had just purchased a brand new duplex. Especially, having to start from scratch over and over and over again. Cannot get a reliable handyman. I am sooooooooooooooo frustrated, and broke. This is awful. But it has to be done. He says they will start Thursday and that it should take nine days. I should have just stayed in my van and kept going.

I tried putting up a corner unit today and I am about one inch shy of being able to do it. I want to put in begin my hanging TV, but of course, No. I’ll have the handymen look at it, but it’s not looking like I can do it.

I put up a canary security camera in the living room. Of course, it is so dark in that room, you can’t even tell it’s me, let alone, if it were a stranger. Definitely feeling frustrated this afternoon. No matter how hard I try, it is so much better, when I just “vacation”. I guess I’m doomed to vacation. lol A girl’s got to do, what a girl’s got to do! Smile!

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Become intensely conscious of the present moment.

Waited for so many important phone today, that never came. It’s funny how some days are like that. I was all prepared to take care of so much business, and literally, nothing happened. lol Frustrating because I want to get things done. And I really do not want to start new projects, because I am going to be in Las Vegas next week. So, it looks like the month of August is pretty much shot as far as accomplishing business.

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Blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places.

I had Valarie’s Housekeeping clean both units, and Valarie knows some handymen. First Valarie has Shiela call you, and then Shiela brings over the two handymen. So, the three of them came this morning and I showed them all of the work that I need done. Short story, most of the work that has been done, has to be done over, because it all has been done so badly. Makes me crazy, but I just need to keep trying until things are done correctly. The walls, the doors, the ceilings, the bathrooms, and so much, much more. Probably xanax time – just need to take the edge off, bite the bullet, and move forward. It is hard being alone and not knowing a damn thing. But, I still move forward, as best I can, that is for sure. I’ve pretty much eaten an entire stick of salami and a bag of missile pops. Tomorrow, I am going back on the Potato Hack. Did several loads of laundry. Just putting one foot in front of the other. I am so tired of doing the same projects over and over and over, but getting someone who knows what they are doing, has really been a challenge. And there is no way for me to know, until after they after finished. But the weather is hot and gorgeous and my air conditioning is working great, and I am tucked away into my peaceful little corner, so I am happy. Believe me, this is just a little slice of life. Not the biggest deal in the whole world. Frustrating, but I am sure others have had to deal with this nonsense also. The one thing we are guaranteed is that life is not perfect. lol Never was, never will be. So, these curve balls come, these curve balls go. If these guys don’t get it right…. hey! don’t even go there! lol Everything works out in the end. And some day, I hope to take a little trip, and get back to the simple life.

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Willing is not enough, we must do.

Cleaning ladies came early at 7:00am this morning. Isn’t it funny, how some mornings you’re up and away super early, and the one morning you HAVE to be up – you’re totally not awake! lol Guess I was up most of the night worrying about being up early, and then, I was sooooooo tired. Ended up sleeping most of the rest of the day away. Wasted the whole day. I think it’s the “worrying” that got in the way. Silly little things can throw your whole day off. Definitely feeling more awake now.

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To be brave means to keep going anyway.

Valarie came and is charging me $125 for both units. Her cleaning gals are coming this afternoon!
She also has a handyman team. They are coming this weekend to see what I need done.
I drove to Silver Lakes this morning. While I was gone, Chuck came and cleared things from my yard and garage for me, but his trailer is still in my yard. I called him, no answer. And I let him know that I have found a new handyman. Called my property management in Michigan, and yes, they can still provide service for me, even if I obtain more properties from a local realtor. Stopped and had a cheeseburger at In & Out Burger. Been meaning to do that since I moved to Barstow, and today seemed like the right day.

Got too hot next door. No electricity. No cool air. They pretty much finished up. Will come back at 7:00am tomorrow and clean my unit. Looks like Handyman Chuck did a poor job on quite a few things, so will have to have new handymen redo quite a bit. Sighhhhhhhhhhhh……….

Tonight went to Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner with Friday Night Gang.

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