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Surviving this World on a Budget

#METOO

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There is a lot going on in the world of Hollywood that is seeping into the lives of women everywhere.

If you haven’t heard, Harvey Weinstein, a film studio exec and co-founder of Miramax, has been accused by many women of Hollywood of sexual harassment and assault. To read more about that, you can read it here at the Telegraph. Close to 50 actresses have spoken out against Weinstein, claiming many people involved in Hollywood have been covering up these crimes for decades.

Rose Mcgowan was suspended from Twitter a few days ago for speaking out against him and for being blacklisted in the movie industry for claiming he raped her. Her Charmed co-star posted this tweet on October 15, which gained a plethora of responses taking a stand against sexual assault.

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Thursday Afternoon

 

 

I got off the Spur, looking for the Post Office from the wild goose chase Google Maps sent me on.  I went into the Enchanted Forest and asked the owner, Mr. Walker,  if he knew where my location was.  I showed him my phone and across the street was the Gas Station Google insisted was where the federal building was supposed to be.

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I headed downtown to catch the Number One to the actual place I needed to go.  This grand building, opened in 1933 and composed of Cordova limestone, the three-story rectangular building was designed in the Beaux Arts style architecture.

It was like going back in time.

 

I decided to walk back to the Transfer Center and of course I don’t know north from south;  ended up on Main and 8th near the Hilton.

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I have lived in Texas since 1995 and Fort Worth since 2011 and I never knew we had a JFK monument.

Nestled safely between the Convention Center and some fine downtown restaurants was the bronze statue of our 35th President.

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President Kennedy was assassinated November 22, 1963 in downtown Dallas in a Lincoln convertible.   The rare occasion First Lady, Jackie Onassis, was by his side.

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I sat on one of the benches, closed my eyes and I could feel the history of this monumental event.

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I continued my journey to the station, purchased a vitamin water and my favorite BBQ baked Lays and thought to myself,   not too shabby for a Thursday afternoon.

 

 

With Hugs and Hope

Diane

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My Mother-in-Law, when my kids were little was Sicilian.  She taught me so many tricks to feed a family of six and sometimes more on a tight budget.

Pasta was the mainstay of almost every meal, but sometimes we had to switch it up.

The kids called it JimBob- after our late Labrador Retriever that lived to be 16.  (I know, twisted sense of humor)

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One thing that is so awesome about cooking Sicilian, is you can change up the ingredients.

When the kids were little, we used sliced  hot dogs for the meat.  This version I am using Turkey Sausage.

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Enjoy!

Dystopia

 

 

We are standing watch.

My dogs and I…

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I’m not sure what time it is because it is always dark.

I can’t tell you when it exactly happened-it just did.  Time turned left instead of right.  The gods and the angels are crying….

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People started turning against each other for what, I don’t know.

Fighting for TV’s, electronics, cars….

Don’t they know those things mean nothing?

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Here we are, we have free will and we choose this.  We choose to blame, accuse, and fight

For things that mean nothing

So, we are standing watch, the few that remain sane in an insane world.

We wait

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For the darkness to clear,

For the rain to come,

For the sun to come out again

We wait

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We wait for the angels to show a sign

That the light will return

The fighting will stop

The blame will stop

We wait….

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And keep our faith that the heavens and the earth will be balanced once again.

 

With hugs and hope

Diane

 

True Friends

 

I hung out with my bestie this weekend-you know the one, Sasy.

Her and her man had a lovely time at the nearby Casino.

We totally need to go- we would kick some BFF  Casino ass!

The same weekend, her daughter turned 21, so,  her gift  was the “gramma takes the kids so momma can get her party on’. present.

In between all of that, she picks me up and takes me to my job that is outside the bus range.  Now, she lives about 20 minutes away from me, and my job was another 20 minutes in the opposite direction.

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After work, Sasy picks me up and we go to the cell phone store so she can do an upgrade.  Well, they have this awesome deal, if you add a line you can get a free phone and the second line is dirt cheap.

She immediately asks me if I need a phone, knowing full well my situation.  So, here we are, grandkids and me at the phone store.

I can’t accept the phone.

Is it pride?

Is it, obligation?

 

Or is it because, I don’t know how to accept gifts and I don’t know  what true friendship  love really means.

Yes, I have friends.  Not very many.  But the ones I have had, I have had for life.

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My childhood friend from grade school, since we were 7 and we lived on the same block.

She taught me how to dance to Barry Manilow.

My other  bestie that I’ve known since Junior High. We experienced life  together the only way 13 year olds know how.

Yes, and I have had friends here and there, and they come and go.

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My 23 year old Elfin Girl, that dyes her hair purple and yet, she is an old soul….and I love her

I still have far away friends that I keep close to my heart.  And they are still part of my life.

But, those rare friends, that stick to you…..

And if you are fortunate enough, you know what I am talking about.

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Okay, so, Sasy and I are kindred spirits.  WE KNOW EACH OTHER.  Like it was meant to be.

I was meant to have this great opportunity to know what true friendship love really means.

When we were at the store, she insisted on getting the phone for me, and matching phone covers too,  and I am like, ‘but we’ve only been dating for 2 months.” My sarcastic sense of humor…..

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I have never been very good at accepting love, or gifts.

Whether it is a sisterhood, a best friend, or that of a  true lover.

But, today, I am learning.

 

 

I am so grateful for the love that is opening up for me in all shapes and forms.

With Hugs and Hope

Diane

 

 

Central Meadowbrook

 

 

I really am fortunate to be where I am right now you know.  My mind is NOT filled with the busy-ness of the rat race and the matrix of society.

I am so grateful the experiences that I have- I get to see so many things.  I have seen the worst in humanity and I have seen the best.

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I live in an area, the town Mayor or some city official decided to call Central Meadowbrook.  It’s in the eastern central part of town.

 

In a low income apartment building, with the faint smells of the overflowing dumpster behind us and the sewer line that seems to keep plugging up.  I take a small trash bag with me whenever I take the little ones for their walk and pick up as I go along.

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My babes haven’t been to the groomer in a very long time; they are looking a little shaggy, but Olive wouldn’t have it any other way.

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I have learned to use natural remedies to keep the fleas at bay, and they actually welcome being sprayed down.  It soothes their skin.

I have made best friends in a very short amount of time.  We are a village-we take care of each other and share what we got.

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The Spur always takes me to a new adventure.

I am seeing so many things and meeting so many people.

 

I know I will have to go back to work the 8-5 – and when I do, I hope I don’t forget how to really live.

 

For those that read my stories, Thank you.

With Hugs and Hope

Diane