I was born and raised in Central Massachusetts and that is where I reside today. Though there are days when I would love to move, the kids and grandkids keep me here.
I’ve been driving a school bus for the last 22 years, give or take. A few years ago, unhappy with the company that I worked for and increasing issues with my hip and lower back, I decided to go to college. Obtaining a degree was one of the many items on my bucket list anyway. I thought I would be happy with an Associate Degree and able to find a job that I liked. What I discovered was, learning is addictive (I love it) and driving a school bus pays better than entry-level jobs in healthcare. So just as I was about to graduate, I took a chance and applied to a state university. I was accepted into their online degree program.
A few weeks ago I finished my first year at University Without Walls, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I took out another ten grand in student loans to try it out. The burden of paying for a degree is daunting and I’m not sure I can justify the cost at my age. There are so many other things to check off, from my bucket list.
To be continued…
I am also an independent distributor with Life’s Abundance, a natural pet food company. I do this as a hobby because I feed my dog and cats their food exclusively. Being a distributor helps pay for it. Their products are top of the line and I tell people about them all the time. Some want to try them, some do not. I’m really not a high-pressure salesperson so it’s their choice. You can take a look by clicking on the above link.
In 2012, thanks to my mom, I was brought into the world of Alzheimer’s Disease. Last year I signed up to become a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association. They were launching a new program and it seemed a perfect way for me to help educate and advocate. I am a Family Support Volunteer and my goal is to provide family and caregivers with resources and support. Writing about Alzheimer’s Disease and care giving are going to be a huge part of Ramblin Ann from now on. I have had a lot of practice writing while in school. Sometimes I feel that having a root canal might be more enjoyable than writing but I have found that when I do not write I crave it. So it is what I will do.
That pretty much sums up “me” for now.