Friday, February 24, 2017

It's Mom's Last Day


It's a big day for Mom

It is her last day at work at the Potato Processing Plant were she has worked for 44 1/2 yrs

Mom was just a teenager (18 yrs. old) when she arrived in Idaho from her home state of California.
One week later she started working for Lamb Weston, a company that makes french fries and other potato products

The first 12 years Mom worked in the production plant in several different positions. General Labor, Quality Assurance, Operator and even worked in the Maintenance Dept! In 1984 she began working in the Accounting Department doing the Payroll and did that job for 22 years. The last ten years Mom has done the Cost Accounting. 

A lot of life goes by in 44 years

Mom got married
Had two children, a son and a daughter
got divorced
bought a home to raise her children in
sang with a local country western band
took some college classes in accounting
adopted an older pug and fell in love with breed
Met her soul mate 
 remarried gaining 5 more children
Sold her home 
Mom & Dad bought some property to put a home on
 and that is now The PugRanch
Lost her Dad in 1999
welcomed 25 grandchildren
was diagnosed with Breast Cancer
Started a blog called the Idaho PugRanch
lost her Step Mom in 2015
celebrated 5 yrs cancer free

And through it all she had her job at Lamb Weston

Now a new life chapter called 


Congrats Mom!

We are the PugRanch Kids
Bailey, Hazel & Mabel


  1. Oh yes thats a WOOHOO moment!
    Happy Retirement Mom
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. Congrats to your mom! She is going to love being around you all the time and you will love having her home with you more often.

  3. Whoohoo!!! Congrats PugMom! That is a bunch o' stick-to-it-ness for 44 years!
    Did they give yu a bag o' spuds fur a retirement giftie? Bol!

    Enjoy yur new life chapter!

  4. we wish your mom a wonderful time with you... now she is there all days...isn't that great? Happy retirement and all the best for da idaho pug ranch ...

  5. Hari om
    Oh my word, life in a paragraph!!! Here's to the next one being written :-) hugs and wags and congrats, YAM-aunty xxx

  6. OMD, 44 years at one job?! That's impressive! A VERY happy retirement to your momma! We hope they give her the gold watch and everything when she leaves.

  7. Hooray! Woooohooo! Time to party!

  8. Happy Retirement! What an accomplishment
    Lily & Edward

  9. That is amazing you worked at the same place for your whole working life, that so rarely happens any more.
    Here's wishing you a long and happy retirement. Have fun!
    Lynne x

  10. WE ARE SHOUTING WITH GLEE MEOWING OUT LOUD, STOMPING OUR FEETS AND JUST ALL AROUND HAPPY AS CLAMS FOR YOUR MOM!! She has worked a very long time been a dedicated employee and had a most wonderful and loyal Company who appreciated her!!! Enjoy each day and we are so glad your mom started blogging. Tell her Mom retired on a Friday too. It didn't sink in that she had retired until about WEd of the following week.
    Hugs madi and Cecilia

  11. PS we didn't know your mom sang!!! Now that she is retired we need a video of her singing to the top of her lungs. LOL

  12. Woot Woot!!! We are soooooo happy for your Mama and just know tomorrow she'll be starting such a whole new adventure!! Who knows, maybe she can start a new country band!!
    Dory, Arty, Jakey & Bilbo

  13. Whew, Mom sure packed a lot into her life. We say it is now time for her to sit back and relax and enjoy life with her family, both human and of course, furry:) Congrats, Mom!!!

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  14. Congrats to your mom! Happy retired life -- this means more time with you guys, right?!!?
    PS: Sorry we've been absent - our mom got all busy and so we haven't had any computer time.

  15. Congrats to your mom!! It won't set in until she gets up in the morning, sees a ton of snow, and then relaxes BOL! Time to celebrate!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  16. Wow, that is a lot of living..and that's a very good thing! Congrats to your Mom on her retirement! I am sure she's going to LOVE it. BOL

  17. Enjou your retirment you should be very proud

  18. Your Mom is a super interesting lady! Congratulations on the retirement!

    Abby Lab

  19. Yep, a lot of adventures happen while working. But SHE says, after retirement, you realise how much work interfered with your social life! Happy Retirement. Enjoy all those grandkids. They grow so quickly.

  20. Woo-hoo. Congrats on a splendid career! As a recent retiree myself, I can wholeheartedly recommend it! Going from 60 to zero will be an adjustment, but you'll no doubt be busier than you thought possible in the next chapter. Kudos. ❤︎

  21. Congratulations and best wishes for a very happy ever after! ♥ ♥ ♥

  22. Congratulations to your mom! She is going to love retirement☺

  23. Congratulations on a well-earned retirement! We wish you all the best as you start this new chapter. Here's to sleeping in, if the pugs let you!

  24. Soooo incredibly happy for your Mama!!!!! She is going to have a blast!!!!!! Sending lots of love!! DakotasDen

  25. Congratulations to your Mama!!

    Matt & Matilda

  26. Congratulations to your Mom! Well done! Now she'll have plenty of time to spoil all three of you even more normal! :)