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Cathy A. Larkin
Name Cathy A. Larkin
Location San Jose, California
Age 61
Joined 302 days ago
Hobbies Artist-painting, sculpture and found materials, sewing my own clothing if I have space and it isn't too large (big coats and that kind of thing)
About Me I'm a retired nurse who went through back surgery in 1998 at Christmas time. I live alone and I raised my 2 sons-37 &40 by myself. Otherwise ,I am nothing special and haven't done anything special other than care for sick people and surgical patients. I cna't any more because of my back surgery. I had to retire many years before I would have. I am living in an area I don't know much about but it has been bad luck for me since I moved here. I'm living on $866 from SSI. Things aren't that great but I am kind of strong and try to work my way through things and pay my bills that grow faster than the SSI. I love you and your show Ellen. At least it gives me a daily chuckle and a good dose of female humor. There are too many men out there who insult and tell women how to act to get the ultimate man. I don't want the ultimate man! Creeps! Like Steve Harvey says-the men want the cookie and don't care about the woman behind it. I think he is terribly sexist and not funny when you pay close attention to his oogling and cries occasionally about his mama. I hope you r mother's injury to her spine is healing and it broke my heart to hear of this accident. I'd sure take good care of her as I did my own mom before she passed away. she said I gave her the best shower she ever had. She died of complications of diabetes. And before she was not talking any more, she told me to loose weight. I have dropped 100# but now I am stuck on a plateau. I refuse to have bariatric surgery! I need to loose 50# or about, and I have met my goal. My Doctor said I won't get diabetes with the amount of weight I have lost. My brother got off with her will so I never had a chance to read it. he let her little 2 br cottage with a garage, go and walked away from it just so I could not have a chance to have it. I would have rather had my mom but her cottage had both my dads and my moms spirit in it and now it is gone so I could never buy it back. It needed lots of work but I would have done it with my own hands! It was in Morgan Hill in a community for 55years and older. I could have lived there now and that was the time my brother let it go to the bank, when I hit 55. He has problems with his mind and used my youngest son to live and ate his food until my son finally realized he was being used by him. I could not and would not ever interfere in the learning situation that went on with my son as much as I loved him. He had to learn who his uncle really was to understand. At least I have my son back because my brother poisoned lots of family, cousins, aunts and uncles about how nuts I was. I had found out from my son, that my brother says he is bi-polar. This is what he said. I have no proof of this and my elder son says it is an excuse for his bad behavior. Time will tell when I get a phone call because he has no place to go or is caught up in the legal system. I am planning to deal with my sons and my grandsons and their gals they are married to. They are my family. I love you very much Ellen! Keep going strong! You have given the one thing we need the most HAPPINESS and A GOOD LAUGH!
Cathy A. Larkin
See All the Winners of Day 1 of 12 Days!
129 days ago

Dear Ellen, Please don't cover up that darn Sty! It is better to let the air to get to it. Your beauty comes from within you and not because you don't wear makeup in spite of Cover Girl. We all deserve a makeup free time when we need to! I have been in nursing since I was in my very early 20's and now I am a young 61. I entered your 12 days contest but could not get tickets to come to your show. My car is too old anyway. Use warm compresses on the eye and it will heal well on its own (while your many doctors fuss with you!). I am sure of this as I had one this fall! Love you!

Cathy A. Larkin
Win 12 Day Tickets from the Ellen Shop!
193 days ago

It would be great to be on your show for the 12 days. I have little money and have entered everything I have found to give it a shot. I haven't been out of my apartment in years other than to go to the store. I can't afford a vacation as my income in os only $866 per month. Maybe some day all of my entries and all of the help I have given others will come back to me. I did then to support my family and pay the bills. I haven't had an easy life and my kids are not watching the show but I do every day! So, if there is some way to get tickets w/o buying something, I would love to have them.

Cathy A. Larkin
Message from Ellen
204 days ago

I was just trying to watch your show and all hell breaks loose-malfuntioning DISh and TV neighbors taking advantage of me because I do try to be a helpful person and then having any thing nice I try to do bites me in the butt. so I am missing your show.I will finish this after I see your show. ok! Your show is over. This has been a particularly bad week when I took a friend to the er because she was worried about her BP. It was 12MN , Mon. am and I was there til close to 4 am-I had 2 hrs sleep. that am , I had a call from one of her friends and she asked me if she had caused her BP to go up. I told her no but she didn't hear me and told the lady with the BP issues, SHe was angry with me for accusing her friend for raising her BP. I would never hurt anyone with making them responsible for whatever. I have been pursecuted this all week and there is one week day left. I have slept about 8 hrs this week. I have asked you for help to have my own fixer upper as I have never had a home that was mine. This is just greed and I won't do this any more. I deserve what I get or what people perceive of me. I just want my HUD voucher so I can have a yard to grow food and live where I can paint and make art.Renting is all I deserve at my age when families are homeless.I hardly live on $866 a month so I can't care for a home or cottage. My family wants me to return to Morgan Hill and this is fine if I have a voucher so I can find a place to have a glider and a garden.A place to make art and a cooks kitchen to make vegan type foods as I've lost 120# now by cutting meat out of my diet. I need to eat fruits and veggies. I just don't tolerate raw due to a cancer scare and I don't digest anything but cooked-I don't boil anything but I do use olive oil to cook my spinach and it tastes so wonderful this way and retains the vitamins. I love you and your show and you have many entries from me. I do need a car but please if I do qualify for one, make it a hybrid. I don't want to destroy this earth for my future grandson and his offspring. I am beyond my working yrs and have tried for jobs-too educated and too old to work now. I do the elections as an inspector only-takes a couple of days to get over that! I do it anyway. Keep dancing and I will too! catalark@gmail.com

Cathy A. Larkin
Hugh Jackman and Ellen on Hosting the Oscars
214 days ago

I spent so much time in college and working, I never had my own home. Now I am stuck in an senior apt. and don't know if they may evict me due to not wanting to participate in their meal program. I have lose over 120# by eating vegetarian or vegan. I would rather live in my car than be force feed a bad diet. I am trying to fight them but every time I get the job done, we have new management. This apt. is greedy for cash and wants to force others to use their meal program but if i did I would end up diabetic as my mother did so I refuse. I wish I had my own little home so I could do my art and eat what i want. I just never thought I would be in this mess? Maybe the car you are giving away would house me with a sleeping bag.

Cathy A. Larkin
Message from Ellen
221 days ago

i'm glad your season is beginning again. i am sure i am not the only one. wow! Season 11! I entered every day for about the same darn thing but all of this is not my choice. My life gets worse daily due to filling out leases 4 times this year and 3 managers at this apt., fighting a battle of what and how I should eat after loosing 120#. This place wants to have MONEY AND ONLY MONEY in spite of my health.
I have my DVr set in case i am out so I don't miss your show! Love ya!!! catalark@gmail.com

Cathy A. Larkin
Clint Eastwood, Carly Rae Jepsen and Justin Bieber's mom, Pattie Mallette
276 days ago

I am looking forward to watching Clint as I missed the original show. You don't have any contests posted so I will just be glad to send you a note here. I am having a real struggle this year. When I think thing may get better, they get worse. Is this Murphy's Law? Must be. My apt. is not telling me I cannot eat the way I am accustom to eating. I have lost over 100# but I won't if I am forced to consume animal products and so much salt it is like drinking ocean water. I have had issues with my gut for many years and it all went away when I dropped the pounds. I am in touch with an organization who helps HUD clients deal with discrimination. I have more than one complaint toward them. Their nasty meal plan is more than my rent and I cannot pay my bills if I eat that bad stuff. I don't want to weigh 320# again and have a polyp in my colon that was just pre-cancerous. I have been here 10+ years and I am ready to live out of my car until it dies-not too far from this now but what do I do with my things I bought with my hard earned money? I had told you about being attacked about 2 months ago on Memorial Day weekend. I was told by the landlord, a woman, that I need to be more careful and it was my fault this happened. We lost the crazy landlord and now have crazier! I was so shocked being told this after I have had much support from the YWCA telling me this type of attack is never the victims fault. I totally believe this but not having any understanding from another woman who said I put the whole complex into danger! I am the only one who was hurt!!! I just hope I can move away but I have been told that no housing for the poor is being built in San Jose area now. Just for the rich. I wish I had an older cottage and we have lots of them in the area I have lived in for over the 10 years I have been here and then fix it up. It would be a gift from God for me and my oldest son and grandson. I know I could find a place like this to fix up but I don't have the money to qualify for the loan to buy the land and do the work. I watch HGTV all the time and would love to have a nice little sea glass colored cottage with a little yard and a place to soak my sore back. I have never had a home except when my dad was alive and in good health. Without that man, my son's would have been out of control as I was a single mom. Dad took them on tractor and taught them to garden for veggies and we had berrys-black, about 12 fruit trees. My sons were very young but the oldest one, it still stick to his mind on how he was raised by his grandpa. I hope that before I am too old to do anything, I can have my little cottage. I turned 61 on July 6th this month. Ouch! Other that feeling stuck in a senior apt., I am fine and don't belong here. Most of the few friends I had here, have passed away. I have actually become healthier as long as I don't eat this food!!! Love Ya Ellen!

Cathy A. Larkin
Ellen's Summer of 12 Days Tickets!
285 days ago

catalark@gmail.com I'm the gal who is always crabbing about my living situation. I lost close to 20 years of my life due to a back injury caring for others in the hospital as a nurse. I never made what nurses do now and don't have a pension. I have a feeling I will end up with my son and grandson or just my grandson soon as there life is not doing well. My grandson is a gem and I want his to have a good life where my sons and myself lack. That boy just turned 13 the day before my birthday and has never had his own room! My kids did even though I struggled to make this happen. Love you Ellen and if I can't watch, I record and watch later. I have a DVR because I haven't any other life. I am looking forward to year 11!

Cathy A. Larkin
Ellen's Summer of 12 Days Tickets!
302 days ago

I don't know how to get tickets to your show. I also could not afford to drive to LA because my son, grandson and I have old cars. It would be very special to be on your show. It would be even better to be on your 12 Days shows. I'v never won anything other than a handful of nickles when my mom and I went to South Shore Tahoe. I was good luck for her! I got a handful of nickles and came home broke. She is dead now but I am sure she still plays the slots in heaven.