Look into my eyes.

Look into my eyes.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Crazy work stuff going on but this weekend is another huge event.

MNEA RA is at the Lake this weekend.  The liquor and wagon is loaded in the car.  The IPad arrived.  I have to still find to plastic containers for the tickets.  I am hoping to raise $3000 this weekend.  That would be about $10 per person.  Cross your fingers. 

I have to get a test run early Friday morning and will be going to the Lake early.  Cosmo and I will be spending about an hour putting together the wagon with all the bottles.  I am sure the entire roll of tape will be used. 

Wish me luck.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


I want to again thank everyone for coming to the dinner.  I am happy to report that the total is now $10,777.  Several times a week I get mail from strangers donating money.  Ok, so they are not total strangers they are Retired MNEA members.  THANK YOU.

The AVON fund raiser is off to a good start.  I will re-post the fliers on FACEBOOK under the event A LifeTime of Freedom- AVON sale.  You can message or email your order and I can send you my address.  Remember I get a large portion of the proceeds.  This is a great way to buy product and help me out.  I will deliver to your area if you live outside the St. Louis area.

Thanks for all the help.

Lately I have been feeling the affect of falling sugar levels with insulin on board which are causing fast lows.  On the other hand I have been having really high highs.  Not sure why.  I hate the way it makes me feel and how it impacts my energy level.  I worry that I won't catch these changes and so I am testing even more.  It stinks! 

$14,223 seems like a huge amount, and it is overwhelming to think that I have a number attached to my life.  Every single penny I have is going to this cause.  There are no extras happening in my life.  I hate to spend any money on even the smallest things unless it is a necessity.  It hurts to hear my parents voices on the phone right now.  They are so worried about me and my health and are also just missing me.  I wish I could spend the $500 to go and see them but that $500 has to go the DAD.  I'm homesick for Florida also but know what this DAD will be able to do for me. 

Even after writing the final check in May I will continue to do fundraising events.  When school gets back into session there will be a picnic "The Dog Days of Summer"  and also a Trivia night.  It is still a long road I have to travel in order to get my DAD.  But I will be so much safer with my new friend in my life.  I have never allowed my disorder to make me feel handicapped but it is controlling my life and I hate it.

Sorry I rambled but I needed to vent and say what is on my mind.

Thank you for the continued support.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Emotions are calming down

I have taken today to calm and refocus.  (MAP Testing)  I have been blessed with wonderful friends and surprised by people who cares about me and my safety.  As many of you know Friday night I was very emotional and overwhelmed.  To have total strangers come to the event and show support for someone  they do not know is amazing.  There are so many people who helped me make the event a success that I hate to name them for fear of forgetting someone.  All I have to say is that TEACHERS ARE AMAZING!

I am done with 2 events and have 3 more to go.

1. AVON fundraising
2. MNEA RA raffles
3. Dine to Donate May 16th at TEXAS ROADHOUSE  (mark your calendars for a lunch date)

I will be posting the AVON information later this week.  There are special items and the women who are helping me are donating the proceeds to SDWR in my name.

I will be purchasing  (if I can't get one donated) an IPad Mini for the MNEA RA.  I am also putting a huge liquor bucket/wagon together.  All tickets will be 6 for $20.  There will be one type of ticket but two buckets so you will be able to split your tickets in half.  The ticket for the liquor and IPad will be pulled on Saturday so that the winner of the liquor can celebrate with 300 of his/her friends. 

I will be finalizing my last payment for my DAD on the last day of school.  I will continue to fund raise in order to help cover the cost.  I just cannot wait much longer.  I need a DAD soon.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Drum Roll Please

Thank you for all of your support. 

I have a finally tally for the event last night...


So that makes my grand total...



I am so overwhelmed

Last night was wonderful.  I have lots of thoughts that I will be writing about later this weekend but the down and dirty is that I am at $10,000.  My friends helped me raise $4,817.  There are no words to describe how loved I feel right now.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

Thank you to all of the cat-sitters last night.  I had a very happy kitty last night.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Productive Break

So all the baskets are wrapped and looking great!  I have more than 30 baskets, 5-10 silent auctions, and we will have mystery balloons for sale.  Purchase a  # balloon and win a prize that is worth between $10- $70.  You are guaranteed to win every time.  

Thank you to all the local businesses that have helped to make the dinner a success.  
 American Carnival Mart -Party Land
Main Street Market
Three Dog Bakery 
Flower Petaler 
Thistle and Clover 
On Target 
Texas Roadhouse
Schlafly Brewery
Blumenhoff Winery
Yuppy Puppy 
Happy Tails 
3 Kings 
Sparadise Nails 
Pretzel Boys 
The Tavern 
Rich & Charlies
Global Quesadilla Company
The Bug Store
O.K. Hatchery Feed & Garden Store 
King Pin Bowling
McArthur's Bakery
Food Service Center
Missouri Candle & Wax Company 
The Tan Company

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Another Eventful Day

Yesterday was spent selling tickets to my MNEA Family and checking out the event hall.  I had a long list of things to buy for the party and I have to admit it was fun shopping today.  I also made many batches of dog treats.  They are easy to make but take 40 mins. to bake.  This is when I wish had a convention oven.  But the house smells good and the bags are weighed and tagged. 

Wednesday will be a long day.  In the morning I will be going over the dinner details with wonderful cook and then wrapping baskets.  Several good women are coming to the Graham Headquarters to help finish baskets and I'm sure it will be a good time.  If you are available to help out for a few hours let me know.  I have to finish typing up the descriptions of the baskets and silent auction items.  We have great prizes and gifts for everyone.  The generosity of businesses and people have been overwhelming. 

I'm also working on making two baskets for the MNEA RA in April.  I will also have an AVON fundraising event going on in April.  I will be posting the new fliers after the dinner event.  It will be easy to buy product and I will make sure the delivery is fast and simple no matter where you live in Missouri.  I love a good road trip north and south.  If I get the funds there may also be a Ipad mini to raffle off at the RA.  I will asking my friends to help man a table (off of the RA floor) to sell tickets during breaks.  So be prepared to say yes to me when I ask for your selling help.  LOL

My goal is to contact SDWR by the end of May with the all of the money.  If you are thinking about donating or paying with a credit card please see if your company has a matching donation program.  This will double your generous donation and help even more. 

Cosmo is doing great and is loving the warm weather.  Every time I open the door he attempts to run out of the house. When he starts running you don't notice the new gate.  He is a fast little guy. 

I am in need of help setting up and cleaning up at the event.  If you can come around 3:30  or stay after to help put tables away it would be great.  

- setting up tables and chairs
-unloading and setting up baskets and gifts
-unloading food and setting it up
-setting up the kids activities
-decorating the hall
The goal is to have very little clean up except for trash and moving tables and chairs.  Everything will be disposable so that things will go quickly.

I know a rambled tonight and I'm sorry but I can't sleep and my brain is jumbled.