Work life? (e.g., education, first job, occupation):
Taught K-8 and Special Ed
Went back into school for Nursing shortly after my father was diagnosed with cancer.
I have worked mostly ICU, telemetry, and Hospice, for close to 30 years. I did 'traveling nursing' for three years. Also, I am a 'Clinical Specialist"/RN, working in surgery providing specialty services of PRP-Platelet Rich Plasma, and stem cells-(BMAC)-Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate. I am very much into holistic and preventative medicine, and believe that people should take a certain amount of responsibility for their health and lifestyle choices.
Simultaneously, with my nursing career, I also had the opportunity to be an entrepreneur and own my own Kaffeehaus/Gift Shoppe in Germantown, WI, called "Beanjuice Kaffeehaus"
Family life? (e.g., spouse, kids/grandkids, friends, places lived):
Widowed, one daughter
Four grandchildren, the eldest of which just graduated with her Masters this last May, and whom I had the pleasure of backpacking throughout Panama with, for almost 2 weeks this past June.
The second eldest is an electrician. The third in the line-up works for a concrete company and has been known frequently to think "out of the box". The youngest of my grandchildren, co-owns a farm and business known as "B's Bouquets" in the West Bend area of Wisconsin.
I have five great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.
I have lived in several states since high school, including Texas, Colorado, Arizona, California, and Wisconsin, plus several other states while 'traveling nursing'.
Doing today? (e.g., where do you live, working or retired, hobbies, travels):
I currently live in Delavan, WI and am still working in surgery as a 'Clinical Specialist'. I am not looking to retire anytime soon, as I love the idea of using our own bodies to help heal ourselves.
I am currently in the process of setting up an AirBNB in the Delavan/Lake Geneva area entitled "Get Hooked Cabina"-Glamping at it's finest.
Hobbies: I love to paint(mostly watercolors), as well as many other creative endeavors. I love propagating plants and am an avid gardener. My garden(no pesticides, no processing), provides me with food not only throughout the summer, but all winter long, as well.
Travels: I have had the pleasure of traveling and spending time in most of our beautiful United States. I have traveled to parts of Central America, South America, Canada, and Europe.
Bucket list? (e.g., plans for the future, travel):
Before my father died, he always wanted to go back to the Philippines. My granddaughter and I were planning a trip earlier this year, 2021, but because of COVID, weren't able to go. Someday, I am hoping to go as my father's proxy.
Last, but not least, I've always wanted to go to Australia to ride in a kangaroo's pocket. Okay, we all have our fantasies. This one is mine!
But, seriously, on the home front, I would be totally satisfied and happy to put some of these creative ideas that are running around in my head into projects and be a part of a community coop/business with several artists and take the time to do a lot more art work.