Did I mention the great news I received last week? – (Posted late on 02/21 from 02/16/2016)

So, I have been so focused explaining the business end of things lately that I forgot to mention the fact that I have one of the Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dogs coming in to visit my longest running clients (to date) next Tuesday. I am so very excited about this fact.

What an honor it is going to be to have one of these fantabulous dogs in my midst. I have written about them and met several of them before, but that was in their home setting. I can’t wait to see what the dog will be like in a professional setting. This will be my first opportunity.

When I say that my mantra is With Age Comes Respect, I totally mean it, I believe that With Age Comes Respect. These dogs show respect for each and every individual despite their age, background or need (not that I don’t respect everyone, but my focus is on the elderly).

The best thing about the dog coming in is the fact that this woman and her husband totally miss their Golden Retriever so much and every one of the Comfort Dogs are Golden Retrievers. This opportunity should be really intense and I cannot wait to see just how great it truly is going to be!

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And, Monday rolls around again – (Posted late on 02/21 from 02/15/2016)

One of my sets of clients has not needed any help since Friday morning. Finally, I will be going back to work with them this evening. I will be happy for the work once again.

Even though I love what I do, I still have to make a living. I am certain of one thing though, I regularly lose clients to the throes of death, so I do not like losing them due to a little thing called money.

I will state this here and now. I never have, am not, nor am ever willing to cheat anyone for any purpose – especially elderly individuals. That certainly would not be representing the fact that I believe that With Age Comes Respect now would it?

So, now that brings us to the fact that it is Monday and I am ready, willing and able to service each and every client of mine to the best of my ability. I will continue my service for as long as I possibly can and do so for as many people as I possibly am able to.

How cool is that? Well, if you ask me, I believe that it is totally cool – and I am so excited to see just how this Monday can take me forward to all of the other Mondays yet to come!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all my clients! – (Posted late on 02/21 from 02/14/2016)

As I stipulated in a past post, Valentine’s Day (to me) is a day of love for the masses. It is a day that I can show my family, friends, and, especially my clients just how much they mean to me.

Although this is an occasion that I want to provide happiness and love to many, I sometimes feel as though I am lost, forgotten soul. This year I did get one whole Valentine box of chocolates from a very sweet 85-year-old woman. At least she remembered me on this day of love!

Forgive my sentimentality. Sometimes I just wish that I was as important to others as they are to me. I guess I am feeling sorry for myself today because although my clients suffer from aches and pains of getting older, at least many of them had the loves of their lives present with them for many years – or still today – showing and telling them how great they are. I was just never that lucky in love. I guess that is why I deem it so darn important to display the fact that to me With Age Comes Respect.

And, even though I am feeling down, I want everyone that is reading this post today to know just how important you are to me – even if I have never met you – because you are reading my post about my passion and all that I deem important. To you all, Happy Valentine’s Day!

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More taxes on the horizon – (Posted late on 02/21 from 02/13/2016)

I don’t recall whether or not I mentioned in previous posts the fact that my last year’s client files were destroyed by the cheap laptop I purchased at Target. The darn thing did not have an internal hard drive (which at the time I thought would be just fine because I had not one but two external hard drives that I felt would suffice). The issue came when this computer started bugging out on me and fried both hard drives!

This became a huge problem because many of my clients needed to have those records for their taxes. Thus, I had to rebuild the files. Then I could work on the actual taxes.

In addition to working on all of the wonderful paperwork, I also worked on all the Valentine’s for my clients. It has been a very busy day indeed. The good thing I have to report, however, is that I believe that I am practically ready; only one or two small things left to do in order to complete this over-exaggerated task (and to think my degree from Western Michigan was in Accounting! I so much rather showing clients that With Age Comes Respect rather than how much I can save them funds being sent to the Federal Government!).

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It’s Friday, It’s Friday! (Posted late on 02/21 from 02/12/2016)

As Rebecca Black puts it:

(Yeah, Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ark)
Oo-ooh-ooh, hoo yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

7am, waking up in the morning
Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs
Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal
Seein’ everything, the time is goin’
Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’
Gotta get down to the bus stop
Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends (My friends)

Kickin’ in the front seat
Sittin’ in the back seat
Gotta make my mind up
Which seat can I take?

It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to the weekend

7:45, we’re drivin’ on the highway
Cruisin’ so fast, I want time to fly
Fun, fun, think about fun
You know what it is
I got this, you got this
My friend is by my right
I got this, you got this
Now you know it

Kickin’ in the front seat
Sittin’ in the back seat
Gotta make my mind up
Which seat can I take?

It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to the weekend

Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday
Today i-is Friday, Friday (Partyin’)
We-we-we so excited
We so excited
We gonna have a ball today

Tomorrow is Saturday
And Sunday comes after…wards
I don’t want this weekend to end

R-B, Rebecca Black
So chillin’ in the front seat (In the front seat)
In the back seat (In the back seat)
I’m drivin’, cruisin’ (Yeah, yeah)
Fast lanes, switchin’ lanes
Wit’ a car up on my side (Woo!)
(C’mon) Passin’ by is a school bus in front of me
Makes tick tock, tick tock, wanna scream
Check my time, it’s Friday, it’s a weekend
We gonna have fun, c’mon, c’mon, y’all

It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to the weekend

It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to the weekend

Well, maybe my clients don’t all party any more on the weekends, but they sure do look forward to the fact that I will no longer wake them for the next couple of days. They know I am here for them, but that the weekends are theirs to do as they please. This is yet another example of how I show them that With Age Comes Respect.

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Days simply eke by – (Posted late on 02/21 from 02/11/2016)

This is the last day this week that I will have to work more than the allotted share of hours required in normal-style jobs. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are my ‘push’ days. I work for four of my clients on each of those days – and work longer hours besides. This way, Mondays, even though I care for five clients, are more organizational than anything and Fridays are to close out on all of the activities that I have not attended to on the other four ‘workdays.’

When I think in these terms, it is no wonder that I can see the days of the week simply eke by. Each day holds its own special activity; each day means something special to each of my clients. That is why it is so easy for me to show daily that I believe that With Age Comes Respect.

Today will consist of at least 10 hours of service to at least four clients while trying to maintain some semblance of organization in everything else in life that I undertake. I can and will do it. I am dedicated, hard-working and believe in my cause.

I do have to admit that I do look forward to my Fridays and weekends, however. They are great days to catch up on everything else I have to do in life.

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This year is moving so fast! – (Posted late on 02/21 from 02/10/2016)

Well, it is already Ash Wednesday. I can’t believe just how fast the days seem to be going. And, if I feel this way, just think what a conundrum this poses to the elderly that feel as though their days are numbered simply because of their age.

That is why it is so important to me to display the fact that I believe that With Age Comes Respect because this helps the rapidly passing time to actually mean something; creates a more secure feeling than sheer pensiveness. I try to create the effect that each day means something; that each of my clients mean something special to me.

Only one of my clients is Roman Catholic like I am. I have offered this wonderful woman the opportunity to go and get ashes with me this evening, but, so like most other seniors, the traversing about at nighttime is more of a ‘have to’ kind of thing than a ‘want to’ thing. I totally understand that she would rather stay home inside where it is warm and cozy than to go out in the cold night air for a brief period of time just to be able to get ashes.

God still loves this dear woman – maybe even more than I do. I am just glad that she knows that here decisions are hers and hers alone. I am glad she knows that I am here!

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