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2/9/17 back at home and job applications…

Maggie came home on Tuesday. She had fun but said it was a lot of quiet time.
There were places that Maggie couldn’t apply to online so she and I went and picked up some paper applications. . We had a good time, it was so nice to have her back at home. We picked up the apps and found a few more stores for her to put applications in at. As we went around the new areas Maggie wrote down the names of the new stores. Driving around in the dark there was one group of stores that we couldn’t find the entrance to their parking lot. We drove all around the group of stores to find the drive. Maggie is always sure that we should keep a lookout for zombies wherever we are. This generation is always looking for zombies.


12/7/16 William has a job!!!, dates, bracelets and cats…


William got a job…I so excited and so scared. William is so focused on everything that he does. Will he hear the bell and go into work? Will he remember any special time instructions, like if the boss says come in an hour early tomorrow, will he remember to tell me to bring him in early? Its such a blessing that he will be working!!! He will be a utility person. Maybe running a machine, maybe making boxes. They need to see how mechanical he is and if he takes to the work and if he likes it and if they like him. They will give him a ninety day trial and see how it goes. It will give him a chance to see how manual labor for eight or more hours a day feels and give him some money in his pocket. He already had a pair of steel toed boots. William got a lunch box today. He didn’t look that excited when he found out that he had been hired. He said that he was looking for more time off. He has been home for so long looking for a job. I hope that he enjoys it and decides to stay. He doesn’t need to stay forever. If its not for him, he can look for something else. But this will give him a start and maybe he can learn a skill at this job.
I used to spend a lot of my free time looking for a job for William. Now as I pass businesses I say to myself, have we put an application in there yet, could William walk that far if the weather gets bad …oh wait, William has a job. We found out this last week that he has this job, so we haven’t put in any applications this weekend. I have a lot more free time now. I need to fill it up with something productive. One of the companies that we had called just a few days ago called back the day that William was hired. William told them that he had just gotten a job. It made me feel very secure to think that there is a back up company if this falls apart.
Beth is on a first date with the boy that she is seeing at school. They wanted to go to the mall. She has known him for a long time at school, and has only had the courage this year to tell him that she likes him. I am at the mall with them. I am not following them around, but I am at the mall. Beth was so excited and nervous to get to meet him tonight. I don’t know this boy at all, so I won’t let Beth go in his car with him. I like her to have the boys come over to our house a lot so that we can get to know them
Maggie has started making bracelets out of para cord. She had wanted to go to the store to get more rubber bands, but I told her that we would need to look on the computer and see what her grades were first. If she had at least a C in the classes where the teachers post grades then I would take her to the store.
It is getting colder here. It may frost tonight. I still need to get a back up winter jacket for Maggie. She always has trouble with her jacket zippers, and now goes through at least two jackets each winter. To be fair, we do only buy used jackets, so the person before her could have weakened the zipper. We need to start putting plastic on the windows.
We have a third kitty. She is orange and loves to wrestle and play chase and to stalk us. She thinks that if she gets really low into the kitty litter, that we can’t see her. She also thinks that about the living room too. She lays on the floor and just looks like she is ready to pounce. Sometimes she hides behind the leg of the furniture.


12/6/16 volunteering, working and school…

William, Beth and I volunteered today. We serve dinner at a local church. The food is cooked at another location and brought to us. We go each week. Maggie used to go with us but she has a class on Wednesdays that ends at seven o’clock. Usually William serves drinks and Beth and I either put food on the plates or we carry plates to the people who came into eat. I like doing the trays the best, There are no decisions to make. When we dish up the food we need to look at how many people are there and how much food was delivered and quickly divide to see how much to put on each plate. I would rather give out too little and have enough leftover for seconds.
No one called for an interview with William today. The maintenance company that works on our house has been playing ads on the radio. They need workers, electricians, plumbers, everything and they are willing to train. I called today but it was after five and they are gone. I will call tomorrow and get the time the they start and where they meet. Since William doesn’t drive I would need to drop him off and pick him up every day.
Beth didn’t feel good this morning. Not bad enough to stay home, but bad enough to slow her down. She had Alternative Energy club tonight. She didn’t call to have me get her early, so she must have felt good enough to stay. The boy that she likes is in AE too, so that helps.
William is starting to put up the Styrofoam in the house. We have an opening to the attic that is covered with a board It is OK in the summer, but in the winter all of the heat goes to the attic. We get Styrofoam sheets. They are about an inch thick, twelve inches wide and about three feet long. There are about seven in a package. We cut them with a sharp knife and winterize with them. Sometimes using plastic just won’t work. We use them outside to go over the vents to the crawl space. As long as we take them off before it gets warm again we are OK. The crawl space needs the vent to get fresh air when it is warm out.


12/4/16 job hunting, walks and projects…

William is still looking for a job. We have started applying for him at the businesses right by our house and will work our way away in a big circle. We copied a map.of town and enlarged the area around our house and are highlighting where we have applied. Pizza Hut called yesterday. They had gotten his application and wanted to see if he had a driver’s license. He said no. The lady told William that they would keep his application on file and might be hiring in the kitchen when the weather gets colder.
Maggie is in college. She is not struggling but it is not easy. She does like school. She needs to join a club. She needs some friends. I think that she needs to join a club, but Maggie is an introvert and thinks that she is fine, This weekend she may go volunteer with some students that are also in Environmental Science. She is bringing home the information on where and when. Maggie is still making a lot of dragons out of rubber bands. She really enjoys making them. In one of her classes she has met a boy. It is her intro to Environmental Science class. The class is only a half of a semester.Maggie says that this boy is just like William. The class went for a walk around campus to look at trees. The teacher showed different kinds of trees and interesting facts about the campus. The boy gave Maggie some twigs. Maggie tossed the twigs back at him and he gave her some leaves, which she tossed back at him too. Maggie decided that he is a lot like William, her brother. His back pack has a solar panel on it and he acts and talks like William. Maggie decided to tell the boy one of William’s jokes. The boy thought that she was the funniest person that he had ever met. She had a good walk around the campus.
Beth has gotten her senior project. She has been so worried. If the project is something that you don’t want to do, it makes a long year. The students had a choice between taking a laser pointer and making it into a game, something else and making a cage around a new robot that the school is getting. One of the arms on the robot is about six feet long. They also need to decide where in the room to place the robot and where to move everything else that had been in that spot. She wanted the robot and got it.Woo Hoo!


8/25/16 job search, and starting school…

William is sill looking for a job. We are doing a few applications at a time. If we do too many all at once I am worried that too many companies would call for interviews all for the same day and William would not be able to get to all of them. We have decided that he should apply at places that he would need to be driven to and say that he could only work on the weekends. Then I would drive him. He just looks so lonely. The girls have gone back to school and William is still at home. The only problem with this plan is if they want to interview him during the week.
Maggie started school today. She is in full college. No more college and high school. She had a good day, seeing a few familiar faces. She has four classes and she looks like she is looking forward to them. I am so relieved. Beth starts school tomorrow. She has first week. The kids are grouped together and do projects and presentations for the week. First week lets the kids get used to the school and there is at least one student from each grade in each group, so the students can get to know everyone. The regular school classes start next week.


7/15/16 mom’s new house and interviews…

Mom bought a new house. She likes to buy houses that need work and fix them up and sell them. She says that she is getting older and that this may be the last house that she buys. She got the keys for this new house last Wednesday and the moving van comes on this next Tuesday. There are a lot of things that she takes over in her car. She has a lot of glass, pictures, potted plants, some statues, coo coo clocks…we take these things over in our cars. She could have the movers move them, but she doesn’t like to pay them for the extra time that it would take. This new house is nice. It doesn’t need a lot of work. It needs a new roof and the inside needs painted. Mom seems very content at the new place.
William has had a lot of interviews. He is even shaving for interviews. He normally will only shave once a month so this is a big deal. None of the companies that he has interviewed with have called back for a second interview. William wants to get a job and move out into an apartment. Then maybe he will go back to school.


6/3/16 job search…

William got a call about a part time job at Burger King yesterday. He called back last night and was told that the lady that had called works from five am to eleven am. William called back this morning at five-thirty and the lady said that she was opening the store and would call back later. William is very sweet, but he isn’t a morning person so it was tough for him to get up and make the call.  Now we are waiting. This is a restaurant job so I asked William to shave.  He will only shave for me once a month. It isn’t the end of the month.


5/13/16 homework, the job hunt and changing majors…

Beth had to interview someone about their childhood. She chose me. The questions were about my childhood, where and how did I grow up and what are the differences between then and now. It was fun to tell her about my past.
William has now signed up with one temporary agency and is in the process of signing up for two more. He is also going out each day to look for a job. I hope that the finds a job soon.
Maggie has decided that  she wants to change her major from Environmental Science. She says that there is too much math and it requires chemistry. Maggie likes science but not chemistry. She is very frustrated. I asked Maggie to look at the University’s website and see which colleges she might be interested in. We can go talk to the counselors in these colleges and see what suggestions that they can give Maggie. She has until fall semester starts to decide. She doesn’t need to pick a major by then, just which college to go to. See, if she takes a math class in the science college and decides to transfer to a different college, it might be too different from the math in the college that she ends up in. She doesn’t need to make a final decision, just get a good starting point.


5/12/16 William calling the temporary agency…

William needed to call the temporary agency today. I went over with him what he needed to say and ask during the call. He is a quiet person who doesn’t talk to a lot of people or talk on the phone so he needed some coaching. He is really too old for this kind of direction from me, but he doesn’t know what to do without any help, so it is a frustrating time that we must get through to find William a job. With each call it gets easier for him. He needed to give them his name, let them know that he had finished the paperwork and had gotten his steel toe boots and see if they had any jobs available for him. If they didn’t he needed to ask when he should call back. He called and said to the person who answered did they have any jobs on our side of town. They said sometimes. They both hung up. I said that they didn’t know that it was William that called or that he had his boots. He needed to call back and give the correct information. I asked William if he wanted to write a quick list of what to ask and say. He said no he didn’t need one. He called back and gave the correct information. The person said that they would look to see if they had any jobs for him and leave a message on our machine tomorrow. William also asked if he could sign up with other agencies since this one doesn’t have many jobs on our side of town. The said yes. They both hung up. William said that he would check the answering machine tomorrow and call them back if there were any jobs.
Tomorrow we can look for another agency to sign him up at if he doesn’t have a job yet. When we call we can first ask if they place people on our side of town a lot before he takes the time to sign up.
Beth has been doing math. It is going slow but she is putting a lot of effort into it. She would love to be done with it.



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