Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November Already!!!!!

Wow!!! Time flies. My digital camera is not working and I have lots of great photos to add but words will have to suffice.

Khalil is now a Wolf, having graduated from being a Tiger Cub. And silly me! What was I thinking when I volunteered to be the Wolf Den Leader at the last Scout meeting before the summer break. So now, my Saturdays start at about 7am getting him ready for basketball practice at 8:15am. I come back home, get my cup of coffee then go back for Boy Scouts!

I'm just starting to pack for a move to a new apartment! Actually I'm cleaning, throwing out stuff, etc., etc. The reason for the move? Well I was blessed to apply for and receive a housing voucher almost three years ago. It used to be known as Section 8. I think folks had a misguided notion of who Section 8 holders were--low income folks from the projects--but actually not. It's just a means of having a rent paid so you can live anywhere from an exclusive senior or otherwise high rise to a house. I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. If I weren't trying to make a home for my 91-year-old Mom and make sure my daughter and grandchildren have a port in the storm to weather some emergency, I'd back my butt up in one of those self-contained, secure senior facilities on Chicago's Gold Coast or at least the near Loop area. I would have stayed where I am but my current landlord's property would have failed the required inspection. And he doesn't have the money to make the type of repairs that would be necessary! So we're moving to a nice 2-flat across from the campus of one of our major colleges. Next year I will look for a house. There are time constraints on using the voucher for the first time. Everyone is excited! Me too, though the bulk of the work for getting this move done is on me!

Finally. I am now an Independent Sales Representative for AVON. It took me a while to decide to commit to this endeavor. But I'm glad I did. I can honestly say I love AVON products and am impressed by their commitment to two very important women's issues--domestic violence and breast cancer. I knew about the Breast Cancer Walks but not the walks for Domestic Violence. The Domestic Violence walks have taken place in the New York area. The first ever Chicago Domestic Violence walk will take place during a PGA event in 2011. I have been affected by both of these issues.  I am an 11-year breast cancer survivor. My daughter and her children have been the victims of domestic violence. So I am committed to being a representative. Visit my online store at http://www.youravon.com/susanblakes

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