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About Ms Debi

Born and Raised in California~Anaheim, Yorba Linda, Whittier Lived in other states such as Ariz, SC, now in Florida Visited the countries of Mexico and Germany Spent loads of my growing up at Lake Havasu Am a Bible Believer, Christian Have Faith in God, and still here. Spent my life with medical issues and still dealing with them. Several Birth Defects Doctors told my parents I wouldn't make it to age 10 Look at me now, am in my mid 60's Genealogy is a passion of mine Daughter of a Vet, ex-wife of Vet, mother of Vets Ancestors were vets am a Daughter, Mother, sister, aunt, Grandma Been Homeless, Rich and Poor (my opinion of) Drove a Taxi for 20+ years. College-educated, but still learning Always adaptable and flexible

and Life Goes On…

With the September month heading out to a cooler October, I am anticipating lots of activity here for me.

Got, filled out, and turned back in my annual paperwork for my Housing with the county housing authority. I only see this case worker (let alone talk with them in person) once a year. Not allowing appointments for ongoing clients (been one now going on 4 years). Don’t trust the mail to get this paperwork in on time, so hand delivered it myself. But with the receptionist locked away in the entry room to the offices, I had to talk to her through the mail slot and then was instructed to put my paper work in the other mail slot to the left for paperwork. It slides down into some box. This mask BS really makes for interactions a hardship. I still prefer face to face with my case worker ….it is only once a year!!

And STILL have to do the same with my lease here at the apartment community shortly. Housing is dealing with my subsides and the apartment is the lease. Paper work is almost Identical….just different names of the companies. (EDITED: paperwork was waiting for me once I got back from the housing office…got questions, but of course they will have to wait till Monday ~ it’s all in the timing.

JUST a Reminder~ Florida has early voting coming up. With my experience as a precinct poll worker, I am trying my hand at working the EARLY VOTING. this will start late Oct / 2020 The MAIL IN BALLOTS go out , or did go out yesterday. I expect mine this weekend or early next week.

Till then, Remember to register to vote…AND GO VOTE

365 Days of Writing Prompts 09/22/2020

September 22

Practice makes perfect
Tell us about a talent you’d love to have…but don’t



Don’t care for my voice, the squeaky high pitch. Was a member of a church youth choir and would belt out the words . Was told I had rhythm, moving with the beat. This was also the same time I had major surgery (twice) on both my ears to repair the eardrums.

I have heard my voice on a recording device and don’t like it. This is one major flaw I am dealing with as to starting a You Tube channel. My voice is more like a nasal tone.

oh well……………………………….

Seven (7) Rules of Life

….my take after reading this informative blog post. Sorry Raising Star, but this post took some actual deep diving into to answer back.

LET IT GO Not sure what I have to let go. Been married twice and divorced as many. Let those old relationships go …..along with the baggage . Just moved along.

Ignore what others may think of you Well this is an easy one. Never Gave a Flip what anyone thought of me. Get to know me and you will know the real true me.

Take time to heal Does anyone really heal. I have so many outside scars showing and countless ones mentally to still work through.

Stop Comparing Sure I would love to have what you have, the money , property, material things. But why? If I want what you have, it may take longer but I will get what I Want.

Remain Calm…it’s not that I don’t care, just go with the flow.

Depend on yourself always have said….Me Myself and I

Show those pearly whites (smile) ~ only in my case, it’s a toothless grin!

Then came the link of SELF CARE and 10 Habits from Forbes. Still working on the *KNOWING YOUR WORTH like working on making more time for myself. I try to get out of the apartment more often, if just to ride the bus up to the local market and back. Learning to say “NO” is still hard to do. I like to help, just being to helpful sometimes for my own good. I DON’T JUST EXSIT I AM NOW LIVING Was only there for everyone else. Now the kids a grown and on their own I find I have the free time I always wanted…but now not sure of how to deal with. *HAVING BETTER HEALTH such as eating healthier and staying away from the Emotional Eating. Not sure what that really means….I am always snacking…fruits mostly, like grapes…I can pop those suckers non stop!!

GRADITUDE is what we all need to have more of. I am so thankful for ~ My Life (with the grace of GOD), My Health, it is better than it was 20 years ago, and on that, I am very grateful for the youngest child who with the Almighty guiding of the LORD, got me to the hospital that fateful day. I thank God EVERY day for another day he gives me.

365 Days of Writing Prompts 09/21/2020

September 21

We can be taught!
What makes a teacher great?


Yes we can be taught. I’ve had bad ones and the Good ones .

My 4th grade teacher , small and short. Some of the students were actually taller than she was. She gave me the love of books. Every afternoon after lunch, she would read a chapter or two of “Little House” books. The whole year was knowing about Laura Ingalls and her family…we got through the entire series of books

Then in 6th grade, this wonderful women got me out of my shell. I had just had open heart surgery a year earlier. She got me on the stage where the class acted out a short skit for everyone, I played the mom.

7th and 8th grades in Junior (not middle) High School started the love of music, playing the 3rd and 2nd chair in the woodwind section. On to high school, I played in the Marching Band.

High School, nothing there due to moving so much….it was a blur. Now College in my 30 and 40’s….Business classes with MR Davis as the dept. lead He made learning easy by intertwining real life with the classes. Hard to explain. There was also My Accounting teacher. Hated math to begin with, but he was very patient with all of us. Granted most of the students were old enough to be his parent/grandparent!!

So I go with the saying OLD DOGS CAN LEARN new tricks.

365 Days of Writing Prompts 09/20/2020

September 20

No fair
Tell us about something you think is terribly unfair — and
explain how you would rectify it.


This one is a bit of a mind thinking. Don’t really think of anything being unfair.

So not much to write about…something may come to mind at another time I suppose.

September Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month

Florida has the BAKER ACT   


Spread Love & Not Hate

I have said it before, but I will say it again, life is anything but easy. Currently, we are under trying times and it has been painfully difficult for many months now. NO, COVID-19 has not gone away or anywhere close to it as the president claimed it would. With times being extremely difficult for every single person around the world, I think it is very important to bring some attention to something heartbreaking for many people. September is “Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month”

Suicide is not something that is discussed often because many people do not what they can or should say. Unfortunately, this is something that will impact families and friends long after the tragic loss of their loved ones. Those that are left behind will have to go through the rest of their lives wondering what they could have done differently…

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My Christmas trip to Germany

Got to go to Germany for Christmas 2019 to see my new grandson who was 6 months old by the time this American Oma showed up.

Met the little one with his two older sisters and parents at the Frankfurt airport. Took us about 2 to 3 hours to get to the little village they lived in. Yes, cobble stone roads where the norm within the small village streets. Very tight, most cars weren’t the big cars like in the USA. The houses were more like cottage looking on the outside, but tight inside. There were stairs that turned like a corkscrew.

It only snowed the second day I was there

Yes, that is SOLAR PANALS on the roofs of the houses. Can’t really explain the heating system but it was very warm and toadsty indoors.

Got to sample some of this (I don’t drink but had to see what all the fuss was about!

of course the Christmas festivals were a must to see. Actually went to about 5 different local ones. A lot of walking.


I hope to go back someday, but this time while it is warmer. It was cold!!!

365 Days of Writing Prompts 09/19/2020

September 19

Are you being served?
What’s the most dreadful (or wonderful) experience you’ve
ever had as a customer


The most WONDERFUL experience I had was last year. Had the opportunity to go visit my son and his family in GERMANY. Never had a Pass Port in my life. Last time I went to another country was over into Tijuana Mexico in the mid 1970’s….just had to show your ID.

My Pass Port only took about 3 weeks to get. I am living where you can do all that (paper work, photo, fingerprints, etc) here in downtown Sarasota. Once I got the Pass Port back in the mail, just had to photo copy back to my son who then got the travel arrangements set up for me.

Flew out of our downtown airport , heading towards Charlotte NC to transfer to the Oversea flight. Once I landed in NC I was given the top notch service of a wheelchair attendant who got me to the right gate in just under 5 min. Yes they were fast, it would have taken me over an hour to walk to the gate (all up hill) or worst yet, could and would have gotten loss.

Once they started checking in for the 9 hour flight, I was given an upgrade (at the time didn’t know what or why ~didn’t ask!) I was told I would be the last to board and taken to my seat with help. Up grade was from the back of the plane to middle at the entry doors (and bathrooms)

I was so excited and tired I slept most of the 9 hours. Woke when the food carts came by (which was almost every 2hrs) Got interested with the TV screen in front of me…You know the outside temps got to -90 (MINUS now) way up there where we were flying over some body of water.

I was thankful the ticket counter girl in Sarasota placed the wheel chair service for me on the whole trip..had one waiting when I got off the plane in Germany. And an added thing was THOSE USING WHEELCHAIRS were the first to get off. We were taken to small transports heading to the customs area. This was when I discovered the plane was NO WHERE NEAR the airport building.

Have heard the horror stories of CUSTOMS but didn’t have any problem there. Got through and with help of the attendant who was still with me, got my one bag (of course was the last to come up the luggage belt.)

Once I got through the official doors into Germany, this is where one of the DREADFUL things happen. I am ALONE in some Foreign country, English speaking only, and my son hadn’t arrive. My Cell phone wasn’t programmed to call him. But was alone for long. Met my new Grand~SON moments later

Mumbles … Television

WoW how the Television has impacted our world. First set I remember was after mom remarried and there was this big COLOR console in the living room. Had a AM/FM radio on one side and a Record Turntable on the other. Didn’t have any “clicker” remote at this point. Sat down as a family watching shows like “Wonderful World of Disney”, ” Andy Williams”, “Gun Smoke”, and the “Pondarosa” with the Cartwright family. Of course we had the “American Bandstand” and “Dark Shadows”

Only one TV was in the Living / Family Room until I got out on my own at 19 years old.

Had the Cable, CUT the cord almost a year ago and bought the Air Ananta. No network TV, just the old westerns and movies. Spend my time on the free streaming apps and You Tube now a days

Leigha Robbins

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The prompt I am writing for is a week old… OMG, how did I get so far behind!?  Please forgive me.  This new medicine routine I am on is really kicking my but.  Plus I have added pool therapy twice a week I need to make time for.  If I could just have a couple of good days I think I could get caught up, but naps keep sneaking up on me and my boyfriend is on a leave of absence for a month and so I am spending more time with him which means less writing time.  Speaking of writing… let’s talk television.

I grew up in the era of a tv in every room.  Ok it wasn’t to that excess, but the living room had one, a small portable in the kitchen, (why I don’t know but,) a small one in the…

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Gone and Done It AND need help

What you ask did I do now! Well I now have my Amazon Affiliate and Associate accounts.

Just set up and Etsy Shop HERE This is basically to sell my photos on line. Little bit always helps..

Still having a bit of a problem getting the code on here for my link on Amazon. Not sure where it goes or how to paste it as a link. This is so confusing

Saw a blog on my reader with the Affiliate links on a Page by themselves….How is that done?

Don’t have stuff to sell on Amazon, but know you can sell with a special link to you so you can. Again, not sure how this is done.