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Television, Donations, City

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Well first of all, the WISC-TV interview went pretty well, as usual I get on the air and start answering questions and there's so much going through my mind that I want to say, I just mess up, but hey..that's what editing is for. At least all the information was given and out there now.

A local mini-mart had one of our donation cans in their station and the manager said he'd tried to call me (no message left), and when he couldn't get ahold of me to pick up the money, he took the canister down to the wading pool behind the playground and gave it to one of the lifeguards...the thing is...we've not seen the money yet, and that's been a month or so ago.

So, the problem is...where'd the "big chunk of money" (as the clerk said) go, who's got it, and why didn't the playground get their donations which were collected? So frustrating, I'm thinking the guy dialed the wrong number, because I've been here constantly, especially the month before (July). Then I tried to call the station back and find out the date he took it down and who he gave it to, the woman working there had no clue where the playground was (mind you, this playground is about 2-3 blocks away in the HUGE park. She didn't even know where the wading pool was or the castle!!! wow..)

You've seen pictures of the can anyone miss that from the street which isn't that far away!! Seriously, you work about 2-3 blocks away and have never seen the need to get out more!!

*deep breath* Then the board had asked our city parks dept. connection (this isn't the first time, because we'd asked to have something put in there last May during the CAMDEN RIde and nothing) to put a sign in the case on the kiosk at the entry to the playground telling about our need for donations/help, and where to donate and contact us. I was down there for the interview, and .............................nothing there. So I went home, made up a poster, laminated it, took it down and put it up with tacks on the outside of the kiosk.

I'm getting so frustrated with this guy, the one who just retired did everything he could for us, answered all my calls, emails, etc. This one....rarely do I get a response to anything. I keep thinking how in the world are we going to get this built with this lack of communication!! It just drives me insane.

Anyway, so that was my Thursday, I hope this weekend turns out better, even though they're calling for rain Saturday and Monday, keep our fingers crossed they're wrong.

Have a wonderful weekend, not sure I'll be here tomorrow. Always smile, through the storms, and try to do something for someone else one day this week, even if it's anonymously. emoticon

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COMPCHIC52 8/29/2014 1:05AM

    you would think they would have a safe where they keep money and would put it in there till you came and got it. hmm sounds like a lot of fishiness to me. send us a link to the interview would love to see it. emoticon

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JENNEINAZ 8/29/2014 12:26AM

  I hope the money gets found soon.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/28/2014 9:54PM

    ((((HUGS)))) When is your blub going to be aired??????

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TV, Playground, Plans

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just looking at the plans I think there's a lot that needs to be changed.

#1-they totally forgot to put the "Little House on LaPrairie" in (a playhouse that was made and donated by a local 4H club, LaPrairie 4H).

#2-much of the individual equipment isn't accessible (ok, people, this IS an integrated playground)

#3-just don't like all the disconnection of it all.

#4-they totally missed the main entry into the playground and now there's a huge sandbox placed there (in the plans, not in the actual playground).

#5-the sandbox only has 1 accessible digger (we need at least 3-4 like we currently have, because they're used so much!)

And on, and on, and on.

During our meeting Monday, we have one member who is so....pushy. Every time we spoke about something he would raise his hand and say "Let's give it to the Executive board to do" (one of them was the plans for the playground), or "Let's set up a committee to look at it" (one of the fundraisers HE brought up). Then he doesn't bother to volunteer to be on the committee.

I keep thinking, look, if you don't want to discuss it, to sit through a meeting, why be on the board? I believe it's because he's one of the first members, and he just doesn't want to leave the board. Oh well, he does help some what, which is great, but he can be annoying, too.

I have an interview with WISC-TV, one of the major tv stations here in Southern Wisconsin tomorrow at 9 am down at the playground. I can speak about anything on the phone, in front of people at a meeting, but get in front of the camera, and wow, I forget half of what I want to say. Hmmmm wonder if I should just put it on my hand and read from there. *LOL*

It's going to air this weekend and be on their website, so I'll be able to see it when I get back home Monday evening. We're hoping this gets some funding coming in, because right now we've been stuck at $17,000 of the $30,000. we need to get the $70,000. from the City Council..only 1/3 of the amount we actually need.

I sent out a ton of emails to various radio/tv/newspaper places in Southern Wisconsin, so let's keep our fingers crossed.

Anyway, I hope you all have a Wonderful Wednesday and always carry that smile along with you!

Little House on LaPrairie

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JENNEINAZ 8/28/2014 10:55AM

  That sounds like a cool playground to be. My kids loved those diggers when they were little.

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COMPCHIC52 8/28/2014 12:18AM

    you watch it will all happen. it will be beautiful. Board member can suck but some reason there needed. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/27/2014 1:23PM

    Some people are just in these endeavors not to accomplish but for the prestige (perceived) and the power (good grief!) **SIGH**

Wow!!!! I hope to catch your interview when it's done! Way cool and you'll do fine!!!

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Busy, busy always

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Oh my gosh, I was so busy yesterday; had to go to town for a doctor's appointment that I'd not crossed off the calendar (it'd been rescheduled), but I was going in anyways to pick up a gym bag, umbrella, blanket, glass with sealed top, some food snacks to give to a homeless man that came to our church Saturday evening. Dropped them off with our minister to give to him, because I didn't want him to know who they came from, plus we won't be at church Friday/saturday, we'll be out of town at the trailer (so no posts from Saturday until Tuesday), then had a CAMDEN meeting that afternoon and was making food for the potluck in between times.

So busy and with the storms during the day, lost electricity a couple of times, had 2. 8/10" of rain and more today. But the sun's out but chilly breeze.

We're going to the trailer on Friday, so not sure I'll be online or not, we'll see how busy I am. I have a tv interview sometime this week, waiting for the call back or an email.

Have a wonderful day, and always share that smile! emoticon

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JENNEINAZ 8/27/2014 10:42AM

  That sounds like a fun kind of busy. Enjoy your weekend.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/26/2014 8:14PM

    Ali, that was wonderful to bring food for that homeless man. Blessings.

good luck with your busy-ness! That was me last week.


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COMPCHIC52 8/26/2014 7:06PM

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FANNYMANSON 8/26/2014 3:25PM

    It's so sweet of you to help that man, he will certainly appreciate it!
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A Different Kind Of Challenge

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wow...where do I start.

Our son and nephew both took the ALS challenge last night, they never expected me to find some ice, but I found it, thanks to the bowling alley, who also filled up the bin for us to us.

I went in the pool today, after finding it'd lost nearly 4" of water since yesterday when my son and I filled it up again. I found 2 more holes, on the posts, in the liner. That now makes 7 holes on posts in the liner that's only 3 years old. It's a liner that has a 20 year warranty. My husband and I decided we're going to hire someone to put another liner in, in the spring, because all the money we've spent on chemicals, we're not going to waste them. They'll also be bringing the water to fill the pool, too.

This is ridiculous, the other place still hasn't called us back.

I also made a video in response to those who post links and videos putting down the Ice Bucket Challenge. In it I challenge them to sit for one hour with a diaper on; not moving, not speaking, not talking; having someone feed them, change their diaper and clean them up in every way. And if they can do it, and not see the ALS Challenge in a different way, still saying it's not helping anything...then I'll donate $5 to ALS...BUT they have to prove in the video it was done for an hour without any movement at all on their part, but for their eyes, and turning their head a little.

I'm waiting to see if anyone takes the challenge. I lost a good friend to ALS in 2012 (which I mention in the video), and I'm just tired of people who put it down. As of today they've raided $62.2 million and you have no idea how much awareness. This has been their best fundraiser EVER.

Anyway, I'm getting ready to go eat, so I'll let you go, have a beautiful day, and always smile.


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JENNEINAZ 8/25/2014 10:09AM

  Sorry about the pool not doing what you expected. I hope the repair person fixes it quickly!

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COMPCHIC52 8/25/2014 4:20AM

    I listened to the story from the man who started this ALS challenge he has ALS and has for been trying to bring awareness and this is one thing that worked really good, he was the Frist one who challenged someone to do it and the rest is history. My husbands Aunt died from ALS Lou Gehrig`s. the suffering that you go though is unlike anything else. My husband is fixing to take his challenge and today my brother took his I took the video it was so cool. emoticon

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ALIHIKES 8/24/2014 9:22PM

    Wow I was feeling bummed because I have to reline my water feature (little waterfall). My liner is 8 years old!

Really great response to the ice bucket naysayers! Yes it has been a great success for ALS awareness. I also lost a friend to ALS, he was only 45 with teenage kids and a loving wife. I participated in a walk/run fundraiser on his behalf, which was a huge time commitment for the organizers, and that event didn't go viral like the ice bucket challenge!

Hugs from

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2014 7:22PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time @ the bowling alley. So great that they helped you with the ALS Challenge. And what an awesome response to nay-sayers!!! I couldn't have thought of a better response, that's for sure.

A 3 yr. old liner with that many holes is ridiculous! **SIGH**

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and hugs!

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An Anniversary, a Funeral, and a Birthday

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sounds like a movie...kind of.

My husband took myself and our son out to a chinese place we've been going since before we got married, and have gone to every year on our anniversary. It's a favorite of mine because I used to go there even as a kid, with my parents, and so it's become a tradition.

I loved it, he's such a wonderful husband; he had no problem figuring out out how to take care of my insulin reactions, when I started having seizures from my epilepsy, he handled it like a trooper, and my temper..well, he just walks away, which is normally the best. *L* doesn't happen often, but sometimes I just get so frustrated, but I'm much better now, rarely happens if ever.

But he's stubborn, too, so we fit together well.

I'm going to hit the pool, I'm actually sweating and that rarely happens, but the humidity is horrible today, and well, I just have to get out there, unless.......I melt away some of this weight...maybe I should just stay here, huh?

Anyway, have a wonderful weekend, we have a funeral tomorrow morning (my husbands cousin, she was in her 70's and had special needs) and a birthday (my great-nephew turns 1). During the party, my nephew (his dad), plus our daughter and son are all going to do their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, so I'm taping this, it should be GREAT. I can't wait, been waiting for this since last week. We gave them extra time since they all work and couldn't do it.

So, anyway, busy weekend for me, I'll be canning tomatoes on Sunday, probably hit the pool after, because it's supposed to be hot then, too, and I know once I'm in the hot kitchen, I'm going to be wanting to cool off.

So have a great weekend, stay safe, and I'll see you when I'm able to.

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JENNEINAZ 8/23/2014 11:45AM

  That sounds like a lot of stuff in just a few days. I hope you find time to breathe and enjoy it all!

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COMPCHIC52 8/23/2014 2:08AM

    emoticon Lots going on emoticon

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