Hi my name is j.b. I am a Michigander and a soon-to-be empty nester (again). I have been reading here at Rose’s for almost a year and post comments when I “feel it”. I am the youngest of 5 (two bros and two sis’s) and had the nickname “kook” or ”kooky kid” and was proud to be the “class clown” in high school.
My father was a Navy vet and he died of Lung Cancer, at the age of 40, when I was 8 years old.
That would remain a void, never to be filled, no matter how much I drank…….so, I quit 14 years ago. Thankyouverymuch.
I am proud of my sobriety, which is a very nice change from the shame I had for so long.
I married young (the first time) and had 4 children in 6 years, 3 boys and (finally) a girl. During that time, of rearing kids, I became a hairdresser and that really helped support me while I went through a very difficult divorce.
I met my husband (the one I’m going to grow old with) at the ice cream store, next to the salon I worked in and we married 5 months later, almost 11 years ago.
I gained two more daughters; one will present a grandchild in January.
We have two dogs; Blaze, a 9 yr. old Brittany, Daisy, an (approx) 9 yr. old Springer Spaniel mix, which we unintentionally rescued, and Lilian, a hand-me-down cat that I “stole” from the Animal Shelter.
I retired from the “beauty” industry about 9 years ago, when my close friend, Perri, got me interested in jewelry making. I am now enjoying that very much (and making glass beads as well).
I sell at the local market and anywhere else I can, in or near the city which I live.
I had never really been “political” or interested in any of the goings on in the political arena, until September 11, 2001. That woke up the patriot in me and it was the next election cycle, grueling as it were, that I became addicted to talk radio, Fox News and began defending W and defining my conservativeness.
I do not defend W any more, but I will admit that I miss him so much now as my president. I do not have a president.
And never in my imagination, would I have thought that I would think that, let alone say it out loud. (Or on a blog!)
There was a time, not that long ago (yet it seems like eons), I felt safe here, in America. Regardless of whether or not I was, I felt safe.
I do not feel safe today. I feel there is an enemy with-in. I believe there is one big orchestrated effort to destroy OUR AMERICA and I want to be a part of the effort to STOP it.
I am absolutely sickened by what is happening in OUR COUNTRY since Barry has taken office and the year(s) leading up to that, actually. The information I have read here and other outlets, some of it truly frightening, has opened my eyes (and mind) to stuff I wish I never knew and yet feel the need to share.
Anyhoo, I appreciate all of you here and am glad to be a part of “something”, which is (to me), so much better than nothing. Right?
I would like to add that;
I believe in God the Almighty, the general goodness in (most) people and karma’s a bitch.