Sunday, April 30, 2023

So long to another library

It is always sad to hear that another library has closed, or is closing. All those precious books to be sold in book sales or auction, or worse—destroyed. Libraries hold a soft spot in my heart, and I have spent many hours in the library reading and researching, and I have spent many hours with my kids checking out books and movies. I also worked part-time at my local library as a Library Assistant, and then became Library Director. My local library closed during the pandemic and never re-opened. The Fort Worth Central Library was never one that I frequented often, and is now shutting its doors.

Fort Worth’s downtown library has shifted locations a few times in its 120-year history. In April 1892, several women meeting in the home of Jennie Scott Scheuber formed the Fort Worth Public Library Association, paving the way for the first library. Built in 1901 by H.H. Greene in the neoclassical style on Hyde Park land granted by Mrs. Sarah Jennings (with a stipulation that the land always be used for a library/park purposes) and a generous donation of $50,000 from Andrew Carnegie, The Carnegie Public Library opened on October 17th 1901 at 915 Throckmorton Street.

Green, Herbert H., Architect, Schwartz, Charlie L, photographer. Carnegie public library, Fort Worth, Texas / photo by Charlie L. Schwartz. Ft. Worth Texas, ca. 1905. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2007684776/.

During the onset of the Great Depression, reading rooms were becoming overcrowded, and it became apparent that a bigger library would need to be built. An appeal from the library board to the Public Works Administration in 1933 eventually secured funds for a larger building, but those funds would not arrive until 1937. The Carnegie Public Library was demolished in 1938, making way for a new triangular shaped three story building designed by Joseph R. Pelich. After serving as head librarian for 37 years, Mrs. Scheuber retired and Harry Peterson became the first professional library director, who was responsible for converting the library’s collection to the Dewey Decimal System.

W.D. Smith Commercial Photography, Inc. Collection, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. "Fort Worth Public Library ." UTA Libraries Digital Gallery. 1963. https://library.uta.edu/digitalgallery/img/10006597

The Fort Worth Public Library remained at this location for almost 40 years until the library moved to its current location on West 3rd Street in 1978. With funding from a bond proposition, a new building was built to accommodate the growing population. This building was originally designed as an underground library with street access through the Tandy Center Subway, and would be plagued with roof leaks for years. In 1981, Edwin E. Bewley, the great grandson of Sarah Jennings, initiated a lawsuit against the City of Fort Worth to regain the property - citing that it was not being used as a public library or for any other purpose which fell within the terms of the April 8, 1892 Agreement, and its use as a public library had been abandoned by the City of Fort Worth. The city tried to appeal, but lost, granting Sarah Jennings' heirs entitlement to recover the title and take possession of the property. The land and the building were later sold to a private developer.

Copyright © 1997–2023 John Roberts. Architecture in Fort worth "Fort Worth Public Library". https://www.fortwortharchitecture.com/fwlib.htm.

The Fort Worth Public Library, or Fort Worth Central Library as it is known, added an expansion in 1995, raising the entrance to street level. The interior was redone in 1999, but the Fort Worth Tornado that swept through downtown in March 2000, caused millions of dollars worth of damage to the new additions. The library remains incredibly underutilized - only one of three floors is accessible to the public. Staff closed the basement at the start of the pandemic and the third floor, which they can only access by using a ladder and a maze of hallways, remains unfinished. This unfinished floor reflects the troubled history of the building.

The Central Library building was sold in December 2022 for $18 million. City officials decided that the location no longer fit into the library's future plans and that they would be seeking something smaller to ensure that a library would still be present within the community.

I am an avid reader and although I have traded my hard copies in favor of digital copies, I still believe our libraries play a key role in our communities. Libraries are more than just a place for stocking the bookshelves. By providing services like e-books, e-readers, computers, tablets, and Wi-fi, our libraries are allowing easy access to digital information, which is a crucial step in becoming more modernized. Libraries also offer free workspace to get together with you team on projects and videoconferencing. They are our universal centers that provide access to information to anyone, and everyone, and equal access to everyone is a core value of libraries.


Sunday blessings!

 










Thursday, April 27, 2023

Happy Admins Day!

 

Administrative Professionals Day recognizes and celebrates the work of secretaries, administrative assistants and other office professionals for their contributions to the workplace. Administrative Professionals Day is always observed on the Wednesday of Administrative Professionals Week.

 

 

I was remote both Tuesday and Wednesday and I found this sitting on my desk with a note when I arrived at my office today. I am so thankful to work with so many amazing people. Norberto is one of the PA Clerks that works for the CPS side of my agency. I work with him and a few other admins working the desk at our building. He is such a nice guy and always watching out for everyone at our building.


 


Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Happy Birthday Babe!

Happy Birthday to this amazing and extraordinary husband that God has blessed me with!! He celebrated 54 years today, and I am happy to have been part of 27 of them. with more ahead of us! He amazes me every day with his strength, even when he is not feeling well. While, he has a rough time doing the things he used to be able to do without a second thought, he still trudges on. I πŸ’“ you Babe!! 😍😜




Saturday, April 22, 2023

Autcraft - POTW

 Player of the Week





 We now have four Skylords playing on Autcraft! LOL!

Friday, April 21, 2023

Friday is here!

 

 

I love my job but I am happy to see this day at the end of the week. Monday started off a bit rough. I had just gotten into routing and my work laptop decided it wanted to malfunction, freezing up multiple times, causing the BSOD. Calling on my team to take over routing for, me and after calls to IT, I was on my way to the regional office to swap out my computer. It literally took all day. Unfortunately I did lose some documents, etc. because they were not saved to my One Drive. I also lost all of my bookmarks. LOL. It will be a process to get back what I had, but it happens.

 

I found out yesterday that my girl Kinna was accepted for an Admin IV position with the Texas Comptroller's Office, so she will be leaving DFPS. While I am happy for her, I will miss working with her. She was so sweet. Now, it's up to me and Michelle to keep routing above water since it will only be the two of us until our new admin is fully trained, but we will still be down an admin. We should have four. May is going to be hectic!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

New Minecraft server

So, we started a brand new Minecraft server, which is running on my PC, and have been playing quite a bit. My niece and my daughter's friend that lives in the UK is also playing. Although the time zone is a bit tricky since he is six hours ahead of us, he hops on and goes on adventures with us. LOL.








Carpathia arrives

 



Bankruptcy hearing/Last day for taxes

Our bankruptcy hearing was today and I am happy to say that it went very smooth. We were last on the docket since our attorney's last name is Wright. I guess they go in alphabetical order. So glad to have that out of the way and hopefully we hear good news. Today was also the last day to file taxes and we just got ours filed within this slim time frame, thanks to my mother-in-law. We never wait this long. We normally file months in advance to get them out of the way, but we kind of procrastinated because of our bankruptcy hearing. It wouldn't have mattered. This is the first year that we haven't received a tax return.
 
No more child tax credits or earned income. Our kids are grown and it's kind of sad really. I spent the majority of my marriage when our children were small having our tax return taken by an ex-spouse, along with MY CHILD TAX CREDITS - for T and Skye - every year. Even though we were current on child support payments, we still could not have a bank account and we lost our tax return every dang year. The child support laws really need to change. And now we are at a place in our lives where we get nothing back, and could really use that extra cushion.
 
Kudos to those getting a return, and a huge slap on the back for those of you still lying through your teeth to fool Uncle Sam. 😜

Monday, April 17, 2023

Manic Monday

Wow. Could my Monday have started out worse? LOL! First, it took my work laptop 84 years to load so I could login. I swear, it was a good 20 minutes. I started the day checking the RMTS's and printing out the call sheet. Then I checked my email to see the unit status messages for the day. After that, I logged into IMPACT to start routing the 35 cases on the workload. Ten cases in and my screen freezes. I actually thought the battery in my mouse had died since I use a wireless one. But nope. It was the computer itself. I had to do a hard shutdown. I booted it back up and it blue screened, which is not something you want to see happen. BSOD (blue screen of death) is not a good thing. After two freeze ups, two BSODs, I shut the system off and called my backup admin, Michelle. She took over routing for me and I called IT. I had to call in a ticket and wait on a return call, and then head out to our regional office. 

So yeah. I spent my Monday driving the 40 minute drive to and from our regional office for a visit with IT to swap out my laptop. By the time we made it back to Fort Worth, it was 4:30, so I just headed home to end my day. I literally got nothing done today. πŸ˜‘

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Happy Birthday T

 

I was going to post earlier, but got sidetracked celebrating and playing Minecraft. Happy 23rd Birthday to our amazing son!! I can't believe how fast the years have gone by. Twenty-three? How crazy is that?! LOL! Hope you enjoyed your Birthday day with pizza, cake, and gifties! Love ya lots!!




 

The draft

When you forget that you saved a post to draft. Yeah, I do that quite a lot and then forget to publish them, hence you will see back-dated posts from time to time. πŸ˜‚

Friday, April 14, 2023

111 years ago

On April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic began its maiden voyage, leaving Southampton, England. Four days into her journey, the luxury liner sank just hours after colliding with an iceberg. Over 1500 souls were lost this fateful night, and the TITANIC remains one of the worst maritime disasters.

TITANIC has always been my favorite ocean liner and when James Cameron's movie hit theaters in 1997, it catapulted Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio, as well as this ship to fame, bringing her back from the depths of the ocean, never to be forgotten. I made a tribute to this beautiful ocean liner on my website a few years ago aptly titled - Leaving Port. Of course, JC's movie is depicted because it also became one of my favorite movies, not just about the ship, but the story of Jack and Rose as well. I am a sucker for a good romance. LOL

As a MINECRAFT player, I was ecstatic when I came across this build by ChronosDarth. He did a fantastic job recreating this ship in MINECRAFT.


 


Work Day Fun

Today was my very first APS Regional Meeting. My unit had custom shirts made with our last names and unit number. I had the opportunity to meet some of the supervisors and caseworkers that I work with on a daily basis face to face. Voices were able to be paired with faces and it was great! All of the units put together baskets that were raffled off. We played some icebreaker games, had to get up on stage and do impromptu skits to nursery rhymes filling them in with APS related work, awards were given out, and lots of goodies. My supervisor received an award for outstanding supervisor in the district, my unit - Unit 55 - was recognized as a top unit in Tarrant County for our mentors and my workers keeping their caseloads down, and me, along with all my other admins, were recognized as the backbone of our units. All in all it was an awesome day! No pics to post as we were told to leave all devices out of reach. 😁 I know I have said it a thousand times - but I work with some of the most awesome people!!! I πŸ’“ my job.

 

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Autism Acceptance Month

 



The month of April used to be known as Autism Awareness month but now we are calling it Autism Acceptance. Why the shift?

It's a simple – but important – revision. I don't think I could have said it any better than Christopher Banks, the president and CEO of The Autism Society of America.

"Awareness is knowing that somebody has autism. Acceptance is when you include (a person with autism) in your activities. Help (them) to develop in that community and get that sense of connection to other people."  




Today, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, a day to celebrate the lives of people with autism and show our support for their needs. This day was established in 2008 by the United Nations General Assembly as an international observance to encourage member states to take measures that promote better understanding and acceptance of those living with autism spectrum disorder.

 

Sunday Blessings



Holy week begins! I started my morning off with my online church service I enjoy listening to and watching. It definitely lifts my spirits hearing Pastor Brandon preach on Sundays. One of my absolute favorite songs is His Mercy is More by Keith & Kristyn Getty, and we sing it quite often. It's just one of those feel good songs that leave you with this giddy light feeling.

What love could remember no wrongs we have doneOmniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sumThrown into a sea without bottom or shoreOur sins they are many, His mercy is more
What patience would wait as we constantly roamWhat Father, so tender, is calling us homeHe welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poorOur sins they are many, His mercy is more
Praise the Lord, His mercy is moreStronger than darkness, new every mornOur sins they are many, His mercy is more
Praise the Lord, His mercy is moreStronger than darkness, new every mornOur sins they are many, His mercy is more
What riches of kindness He lavished on usHis blood was the payment, His life was the costWe stood 'neath a debt we could never affordOur sins they are many, His mercy is more
Praise the Lord, His mercy is moreStronger than darkness, new every mornOur sins they are many, His mercy is more
Praise the Lord, His mercy is moreStronger than darkness, new every mornOur sins they are many, His mercy is moreOur sins they are many, His mercy is mΠΎre



My niece came over and stayed with us for a few days. She left yesterday, but we got a chance to make a new Minecraft server and play. With the help of my son, we were able to get our port-forwarding working, so she will be able to play with us from home, too. I do miss her being over all the time. I mean, I did practically raise her. LOL! She stayed with us more at times than she did her mom. πŸ˜€ I needed this weekend as I had routed all week and worked the front desk. Oh my word. It was a hectic week! I am going to enjoy the rest of it. Maybe clean up at bit and then play some Sims 4. We might play Minecraft later this evening. 




Saturday, April 1, 2023

April already??

Wow! Have I really not posted since February? Sorry about that. Life has been a bit crazy and hectic. I have had non-stop meetings for work and more on-going training sessions. We have two new admins on our team so that is awesome. Work has been going swell! We were finally able to get our daughter back on her medications and possibly start more therapy. We will see at her next appointment in May. She is still having sleep issues, but she seems to be doing a lot better than she was over the holidays, which was heartbreaking to watch. A huge hurdle we had to cross was getting all our paperwork together so that we could file bankruptcy. It was not something we wanted to do, but something that had to happen or we are never going to get anywhere. So thankful the process has started and that we have a great attorney - same great guy that helped my husband win his Social Security Disability pay. In fact, he was the one that told us bankruptcy usually follows SSDI, and here we are.

I had always thought that by the time I reached the age of 50 (I celebrate the big 50 this September), we would be nice and settled in our own home that we would be paying on and family outings and vacations every year like my parents. Haha. πŸ˜‚ Wishful thinking. We spent half of our marriage playing catch up with child support for two kids that my husband hadn't seen since they were age four and two. His ex-wife received every single tax refund, plus MY kids child tax credits because I didn't work, and we were never able to have a bank account because the state of Arizona constantly checks and tracks any assets, including any bank accounts, especially savings. I guess they think if you can afford to save anything, it needs to go towards child support. Even after paying any arrears and were current on his payments, they still continued to check for extras. BS!! I closed our accounts and we never had a bank account. When my husband suffered his traumatic brain injury in March of 2016, and then two years later faced the fact that he could no longer work because of memory issues and other injuries, the money that we had received from him almost dying was used to make a "deal" with his ex. A lump sum payment of $15,000 was offered to her to close his child support case, and she took it. So happy she did.

Fast forward to today, and yes I now have a job, which I am so blessed and thankful for, but we still cannot make ends meet. According to today's standards, a single person with no kids should be making at least $65,000 to live - and we as a family of four make under $50,000. πŸ˜” To say that we struggle is an understatement. We have one vehicle, a special needs adult child that will probably never hold a job that will allow her to live, and an adult son at home. Could he be working? Probably. Is he? Nope. Why? Because it would be more of a problem for him to have to have transportation to and from a job. My husband already takes me to and from work, tries to do a little grocery shopping in between, as well as try to keep the house in order. He cannot play chauffeur for both. Add the fact that my son does not have a driver license, so even having a second vehicle would not matter. Heck, because of vision issues, we don't even know if he can pass the driving test. So no, my adult son who is getting ready to turn 23 this month is not working. If not for my mother-in-law, we would not even have a roof over our heads. She could have kicked us out a few years ago and gotten triple the rent we had agreed upon, which we have not been able to fulfill since my husband had to medically retire and file for disability. But I know God is watching and I will continue to work and keep praying that my family can somehow get ahead in this crazy thing called LIFE.



Now to update my blog. 😊