Granddad and Grandchild

He only had one grandchild, my son. Well duh, I’m an only child and I only have one kid!

He adored my son. My son idolized his grandfather. They were quite the pair!

They both loved to read and both loved trains. My son will not go near a train anymore and I guess that makes sense but it’s sad.

The day my son was born.

My Dad in his favorite shirt (that I kept) with my son reading books.

My Dad and my son on trains. They always had so much fun together!

2pm Friday

Yes, it’s 2pm here in Texas. Today is my ex husbands (my sons father) birthday. He is 38. Does he wish to spend the day with his kid? Nope! Does it surprise me? Nope! 🙄

I worked for Lyft from 5:20-8:30am today. I took a guy to the airport and he slept the whole way. Then I took a kid to football practice and then a stinky guy to his job. When I dropped him off, it was 8:07. I had to pick up Styled at 9:30 and I was clear across Houston!

I got on the tollway and was able to get near her place by 8:45. Lyft signed me out at 8:30 saying nobody needed a ride in the direction I was headed, umm, okay! I was thinking to myself that Half Price Books probably didn’t have The Outsiders by Stephen King and why should I go in when I have 4 more Dexter series books to read. I changed my mind and headed in. They had the book! So yay!

I got to finish the 4th book in the Dexter series while I waited for Styled to get her hair done. Now on to the 5th! I did not get my nails redone after her hair appointment, I didn’t want to pay the $10 when I am struggling with bills at the moment so I will do them myself. Styled got hers done. I took her for her groceries and got her home. I drove home and took my son to the bookstore and he’s still there.

I got all but one of my mom’s bills set up for autopay finally too. Go me! The gas company didn’t even make me verify anything, they just let me set it all up. All of the other companies, I had to have my mom with me. That’s okay. It’s done.

I am eating salad, vegetables, anything filling but am still hungry. I need to google about healing and hunger. Maybe there’s something to that.

Here is just one thing I found:

I found a new social media site for people trying to lose weight. It’s called Twinbody. I am of course juliehcares on it and it seems like it’s a motivational site where you can make friends with the same struggles. I like it so far.

Y’all have a great weekend!


I watched 2 movies on Netflix late last night.

This was really good and based on a true story. It’s about a girl that started to get brain fuzzy and the doctors just thought she was crazy. Note: she wasn’t! That’s all I will tell you. I like movies based on real life. They are much more realistic!

This is one of those Hallmark movie types that a girl is getting divorced yet stays to help her ex mother-in-law pack up her house in some random town and falls for another guy. Eh. It was cute, don’t get me wrong. Just unbelievable to me.

I also read an entire book yesterday too.

Man this was a great book! A few years old but I’m telling you, Stephen King withstands time when he writes! It’s about a preacher man and his love of electricity and a kid that knows him and keeps running into the preacher throughout his life. I couldn’t put it down!

I watched the movies and went to sleep around 1am. I woke up at 6:30 to my alarm. My son wanted to go to church this morning for the free donuts at 8am. I am SO tired that I came home and I am writing this whilst back in bed.

I got into an argument with my son last night. He wants to have people over to swim on Tuesday. I work that afternoon so I told him he needs to change it to Wednesday. He had his friend ask his Dad to supervise instead! OMG I was pissed! I told him to change the date and stop trying to tell me what he’s going to do instead of asking. It was one of those “I’m the adult and you’re the child” arguments. And then this morning he lies about taking a shower that I told him he needed to take before going to church. I swear I’m going to have to ground him in the next few days if he keeps this up. And he’s only 13?!? Lord help me!

I have plans to cook today. I went to the store and spent $80 on stuff that I can cook and bake with. I hadn’t been able to find xanthan gum anywhere but got some yesterday at Kroger. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a thickening agent for baking.Whole Foods didn’t even have it. Whole Foods DID have macadamia nuts which was good other than the price of $10 for 8 ounces. Highway robbery at that place!

I also got sugar free cherry jello to make meringues. They sound very sweet from the recipe but maybe it will help those cravings around that time of the month. I got a lot of stuff and my mom offered to give me money when I got home but honestly, I may be broke, if I take it from her she will hold it over me later and I don’t want to deal with that. I have to have the ingredients to cook and bake so I will deal. It’s not like I have to buy these ingredients all the time!

Lastly, I am going back to sleep. I hope y’all have a great Sunday!

Books this week

I have finished reading Master the Day AND My Big Fat…Fat.

Master The Day by Alexander Heyne gives you the tools to get your life in order whether it is to lose weight, start your own business, make more money, whatever your goals are. Very simple things like changing your habits, mini goals and not HUGE goals (instead of saying I need to lose 100 pounds, say I will lose 10 pounds or I will quit drinking soda. Keep going from there!

Favorite line in book on page 13:

You already know what you need to eat, what exercises to do, what tiny habits to ingrain, but you just aren’t doing them.

Isn’t that the truth??? The book makes a ton of sense and changing tiny daily habits is SO much easier than looking at the full picture! So I made a tiny habit form for this week.

None of these can hurt me or my chances of success. He suggests not counting calories but I don’t think I can do that. He also suggests picking the plan that works for you and just keep doing it, even if you have a day off and eat 5,000 calories, go right back to it! He is on YouTube and Instagram and I’m sure he’s on twitter and Facebook as well, I’m just not. 😀

Great book. On Amazon.

Now Samantha Dee! I throughly enjoyed your book! Your take on diet plans is the absolute funniest I have read in a LONG time! Your experience with Slimfast on page 139 was so on point. “The only trouble seems to be that, in between leaving my house and arriving at my desk, I will swing by a petrol station and pick up a chocolate bar and a massive latte with hazelnut syrup.”

What I found interesting is that you and Alexander Heyne have the same ideas. Work on the MIND and the body will follow. How funny that the 2 books I decide to actually purchase say the same thing???

I had to let you know how much I enjoyed this. I was able to read it in just a couple of hours since it kept me entertained throughout. When I am feeling down about this whole process of changing my lifestyle to be healthier, I am sure I will be reading this again.

On Amazon. Go check it out if you haven’t! She’s a blogger on WordPress too so follow her for more funniness!

I hope you had a great weekend.


I woke up early for the fact that I didn’t have to take my son to school. I woke up at 7!

I didn’t do anything this morning but lay around and play this game on my phone called Gardenscapes. I’m at level 1000-something and was having fun. I got unlimited lives for 10 hours so yeah.

I jumped up at 11 and rushed to get dressed and leave to go see Forgetful. She was having lunch when I got there and as I was sitting with her, her step daughter in law and grandkids showed up. We all talked for about 30 minutes and then we all left. I told her I will see her tomorrow and the daughter said she will see her Monday morning.

From there I went to pick up my sons friend that is going with us on our overnight vacation. His room wasn’t clean though so I had to go into their apartment and wait but that’s okay since I got a chance to catch up with his mom! She’s so sweet and apologetic over nothing (she thinks her house was a mess – it wasn’t). She handed me money to take him with us. I’m giving it back when we are home. He doesn’t need it and I don’t want to take money from her. She’s being treated for cancer and already had a pacemaker so she doesn’t need to be handing out money, especially when this was my idea. She said she was going to tag along with friends to the casino in Lake Charles LA but ended up staying at home cleaning with her brother there to help her. Umm, ok? You’re supposed to be having FUN when your child is away, not cleaning! Well, whatever she wants to do is fine as long as she’s happy.

I brought the kid home and then we 3 went to Barnes and Noble. I left the boys in their favorite section and went outside to walk around the huge parking lot and get my daily exercise. I haven’t hit 10,000 steps today and not sure I will but I did get my watch congratulations for completing all of my goals for the day. 😂 I ended up buying myself a few books and am going to read the rest of the night.

er the book store, we went to the grocery store. Why I was nice and asked my mom if she needed anything, I have no idea. She wanted me to buy her a honey baked ham already cooked and some soda. So I did. I'm an enabler. I admit it. She's diabetic and I bought her Dr. Pepper. I'm so bad. I spent almost $100 on groceries! And I only went there for milk and dinner! I did run into the lady that has caregivers though and that's good. She's great and has lots of employees so I can just refer people to her if they need help.

I have been in pain. I am not complaining much because I should have gone to a doctor about it a while ago plus I try my best to not complain. I made an appointment with a podiatrist for Tuesday morning. He's the same one that put titanium bars in both feet to correct bone spurs and who made me insoles in high school. He's not near me but I don't mind driving to see him because he is THAT good! I hope whatever is wrong can be fixed with insoles. I can't afford surgery. And I want to walk! I don't want to have to sit around for weeks healing. 😞 Pray that I just need special insoles please! So you know I'm in actual pain if I called a doctor and am going to spend the money. Yep. I'll have to let you know how that goes.

I ate one small chicken leg for dinner from a already baked chicken in a container at the store and now I'm sick. Like I ate too much sick. From that!!! That's one of the BIG reasons I don't recommend surgery as an option to lose weight. Trust me, even after 20 plus years, you will still barf when you eat too much! Sad, right? I have been for a few days now though and I think it's my body getting used to all the exercise and healthier foods. But junk I can keep down with no problem! KitKat? No problem. Cheddar cheese and crackers? No problem. Salad? Barf. Chicken or hamburger? Barf. NOT cool stomach! And some people wonder why I eat cheese and crackers a lot. 😂

This poor kid stinks to high heaven. My entire upstairs reeks of BO! I just made him take a shower and hopefully he put on deodorant!!! I sprayed the entire upstairs with glade while he was in there. He was sitting on my sons bed with no sheets so yeah, I had to spray it down! He's such a sweet kid too. Check out what he wrote on the bathroom mirror:

If you can’t read it, it’s a huge smiley face and it says “thx ms julie”. Very sweet boy!

That’s my day. I’m going to go read. Hugs everyone!