Are Eagles Considered Poultry?

Yesterday was an odd day, but in a happy, surprising way.  Our dog, (who hates baths) wanted one of kidlets bath toys so bad that he climbed in the tub with her.  So, having the good fortune of timing, she was done and I bathed him.  I thought that would teach him a lesson, but tonight he had his nose right back in the tub.  Also, our cat (who is scared of her own shadow) didn’t run away from kidlet, but rather rubbed up against her and let kidlet pet her.  –Who replaced my animals?  And finally, the third small miracle, kidlet picked something off the kitchen floor and put it in the garbage can all on her own.  Okay, for those of you who don’t have kids, this last one makes me sound slow, but she’s only 1 1/2 yrs, old!  This is big.  As if these small miracles couldn’t make me happy enough, I was blessed with today….
What a day!  At the start at my day lied a ton of possibilities.  By this afternoon, I got a plan.  Everything just came together today….as in years of hopes and wishes.  I started this morning having vague desires but no real direction, by 2:00p.m. after talking to my boss, I found out that if I acquired a Diploma of Floristry (which I’ve been wanting to do for awhile) that it would increase my income.–That was the one thing I wasn’t sure of and the one thing that was keeping me on the fence.   Having done some research this past weekend, I have found an on-line program that is on average completed in 6 to 9 months and that is a fraction of the cost of other programs I’ve seen.  Just to be sure, I’ve sent the link to my boss to have her look over the courses to see if it’s just as good.  I also called my Financial Representative and sought advice of taking out a loan against my Simple IRA to fund this.  Under the terms that are unique to me, he advised that it would be okay to do so, considering my age and the fact it’s to further my education and increase my income.  The loan paperwork should be in the mail tomorrow for me.
Also, Hubby and I sat down this passed weekend and hashed out the details of starting my own hand-made jewelry shop…something that would be on-line all year and that we would take to Craft Shows as well.  The BEST NEWS of today, is that I can do this Diploma AND still start jewelry.  I feel on top of the world right now. 
As far as the jewelry goes, I’m getting how-to books in the mail from Amazon this week.  That tells you where I am in this process, but everyone has had to start here.  With Winter around the corner, I could think of a better time to start to learn this art and build inventory.  I’m also incredibly blessed that my Hubby is behind me in both these pursuits.  He’s helping me with the “Black and white” aspect of the business, figuring how much money we’ll need for inventory, etc.  He’s been down this road before with his own business about 10 years ago, (which he literally gave up for this job with the Boy Scouts.)  So, it’s nice to have that experience and support behind me. 
Also, with this Diploma of Floristry, I can take this knowledge with me anywhere.–As in wherever life takes us years from now–as every town usually has a Floral Shop, and although I can’t bet they’re always hiring, this Diploma will make me more employable at a higher rate of pay.  I can also do this job no matter what age I am, which will be great to fall back on in my retirement years.
I sit here in awe at how in a matter of hours everything can come together so quickly and smoothly.  I think I know who I can thank. 🙂

Falling, Falling, Falling, Fall

Yesterday was simply amazing.  We took a drive up north to see fall colors.  We ate a wonderful lunch at a family Diner in St. Germain.  The owner even run by the spitting-image of a friend of mine who is serving overseas. He even had the same name and great sense of humor.  You could have knocked me over with a feather.  We saw Canadian Geese flying south all day, I took pics of fall colors and we ended up at a Craft Show where I got a BEAUTIFUL lime green, wool, hand-knit purse and a sock monkey for Kidlet.  I FINALLY found a Sock Monkey!  Can I get an AMEN??? —Okay, Okay, sorry. 

Gorgeous Fall Colors Yesterday on the Road

Gorgeous Fall Colors Yesterday on the Road

 

Kidlet Loving the Well-Pump Water Fountain
Kidlet Loving the Well-Pump Water Fountain

 

Hubby and Kidlet Walking Happily in Fall Colors

Hubby and Kidlet Walking Happily in Fall Colors

 

Canadian Geese Flying South

Canadian Geese Flying South

More Brilliant Fall Colors

More Brilliant Fall Colors

I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better day.  It was a beautiful day out with the family and one of the few days I spent the day living in the moment.  It served as a great escape from my thoughts about my life and my work at the floral shop. 
You see, my boss wants fall pictures of the shop and greenhouse up on website.  However, I’ve taken the pictures with my camera, which has a memory card and also a USB cable to transfer pics.  Her computer doesn’t have a SD Card Slot and if I transfer by USB, they have to have the software from Canon on their computer, not to mention that I run everything through Photo Shop before uploading. –That program is also only on my computer.  So my wish, as I’ve done before is to take a day where kidlet is at Day Care and I can work from home.  However she’s been denying me this and my gut tell me that she doesn’t like the idea, and my worst fear is it’s because she doesn’t trust me. –Like I’m going to mark a bunch of hours down that I haven’t ACTUALLY worked, which I would never do.  So, I’m stuck with this project and no real quality time to do it, as my days with kidlet are crazy and I have little to no time at night once she’s down, because of the things I need to catch up on for the family.  So, I really don’t know what to do about it.  Hubby suggests not doing them until she gives me time to.  And things at work are such that if she has a problem with a person, they’re usually the last to know.  I guess it’s time to out my big girl panties on and talk to her about it.  Being an adult sucks sometimes.  Oh well…certainly not the end of the world.
I’ve also been thinking about my life a lot lately and I want more out of it.  I want to pursue my education, but as trivial as it sounds, I don’t know what to go into.  My main interests do lie in floristry/plants-but I hesitate to pursue, because I’m pretty sure my hourly wage would not increase even with the new knowledge.  My other passion is art.  I want desperately to learn how to make jewelry.–Specifically Poly-resin Orchid Jewelry)  I would LOVE to become a Craft Vendor, but am unsure how, and the time needed (i.e. how many shows I would need to sell at to make it worthwhile.)  I want knowledge in a new area to make me more valuable if that makes sense.  I would love to run my own business (i.e. Craft Vendor) where I could work at home creating, even on a day or two a month where kidlet is at Day Care. 
Obviously I have a butt-load of things to think about and I’m open to ANY suggestions at all.  I would, in fact, greatly appreciate them.

Summon the Choir!

The Heavens opened yesterday and God smiled on me as I finally got the Back Massager I’ve desperately been needing.  It’s a piece of heaven and it gets me feeling normal again without a huge chiropractor bill!  Summon the choir for the Hallelujah Chorus!  Okay, as you can see it doesn’t take much to make me happy.
On a different note, I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’ve found this week of Fall Premieres way less exciting than previous years.  It could be that I’m just not into that many shows anymore…with the exception of tonight.  Hubby and I are big fans of Thursday Night TV on NBC….so tonight is once again Holy.  YAY!  The next night of importance….perhaps tomorrow for the Presidential Debate, but definitely Sunday for “Family Guy” and “Desperate Housewives.”  –Yes, I’ll admit it.  Hubby likes it too, but more-so for the eye-candy.  (Desperate Houswives that is….not Family Guy-Peter is not eye-candy)
I’ve been on another spree of making more paper beads.  Hopefully, I’ll get more pieces of jewelry finished soon.
Kidlet is under the weather today with a cold caught from Day Care.  Work/Day Care tomorrow is up in the air right now pending a fever.  We’ll just have to wait and see.  Anyone up for Booger-Wiping Duties? 
I’ve sent Hubby on a mission of purging the house tomorrow.  He has directions that anything we haven’t used or I haven’t asked for, gets pitched.  We need a good purge before the snow flies.  It’s an effort for the house to look better and more clean, especially after all the work I do most days.  I’m looking forward to it.
Finally, we’re also on a mission to find a small dog to add to the family.  NOT A YIPPER THOUGH!  I mean a beagle or a basset hound, etc.  I’m looking forward to that too…and I’ll keep you posted.

Full of Hot Air

Well….it was fun.  Kinda.  We got the go-ahead for our Hot Air Balloon Ride yesterday.  We headed to Wausau, ate an early supper and met our friends who went with us.  We got to the site, signed our lives away and got to the balloon launching site.  We watched them unpack it, and blow it up.  My excitement was brewing while Nicole’s nervousness was boiling.  We got into the basket and the winds picked up.  We got jostled around the basket pretty good, and fifteen minutes into the winds not letting up, we had to quit.  We have to reschedule for a 4th time.  This time is for the morning of Oct. 19th.  Pray for us.  
In the meantime, here are the pics to prove we were at least there:

 

 

 

 

 

Despite, the disappointment, we still managed to have a good time, so it wasn’t a complete waste.  We’ll just try it again!

Vibe’n Life Again

Good morning.  It’s been a busy few days, so I apologize for the tardiness of this update. The drama mentioned before is over, life has moved on and I’m feeling good again.  I guess we need bad days in order to appreciate the good days that much more.  I just don’t like to write when I’m really down because I don’t want this blog to be a bid sob-story.  That’s not what I’m about.  Reporting life is what I’m about. 
Anyway, we FINALLY got our car Wednesday.  IT’S WONDERFUL!  It’s a 4 cylinder, but dang it has balls.  It has XM (which we’ll keep) and OnStar (which we won’t).  It has a whole 400 miles on it, as I took it on a road trip Thursday.  I did spend an hour at the dealership complaining about the treatment we received a couple of weeks ago from them (which I blogged about here in a previous post.)  I didn’t intend to complain that long, but the General Manager wanted to hear the story and so it went.  They attempted to compensate us with a dinner for two at a local restaurant and 2 free oil changes.  Also, one of the associates got fired…not only because of us, but because he had pulled the same thing with other customers.   The attempted compensation was nice, and the apology appreciated, but I’m still pretty sure we’ll go someplace else to get our next car.   Anyway, here’s the car that was such a pain in the butt to get, but worth it in the end:

2009 Pontiac Vibe

2009 Pontiac Vibe

 

 

Back Storage The Folds Down

Back Storage The Folds Down

 

Center Console

Center Console

I posted a couple weeks ago that I ordered some Bath and Body Works Lotions.  I got both “Enchanted Orchid” and “Wild Honeysuckle.”  I LOVE the “Enchanted Orchid” but the “Wild Honeysuckle” doesn’t smell anything like Honeysuckle but I’m learning to like it.  It’s just nice to put scented lotion on after a shower and smell good for awhile.
This week has been an odd one at work.  Monday we went from 0 to 5 funerals during the course of the day.  Despite the number of funerals, we’ve still managed to be dead all week.–No pun intended.  Yesterday just as the boredom officially set in, something worse came in and we got a shipment of baskets.  I hate unpacking baskets because of the Chinese Warehouse Dust that comes with them and the tedious work of putting liners and pricing all of them.  In the same breath, it was a mixed blessing because it kept us busy all day.  Oh well, you take what you can get.
I’ve been addicted to www.Etsy.com again in pursuit of a new key chain and a sock monkey (for Kidlet)  –A new ride deserves a new key chain, I think. So far, I like these: 

 

 

 

At the moment, I can’t decide, but I love window-shopping online and I love wish-lists even more.  It’s like actually shopping.  It doesn’t take much to make me happy.
Speaking of shopping, I did get a new book from www.Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Verb-Days-Mindful-Intentionally/dp/1599212951/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221923145&sr=8-1  I just got it yesterday and flipped through it last night.  I’m really excited about it! 
Oh, and thanks again to Netflix, I got to see “The Notebook” last night.  Okay, if you haven’t seen this flick, YOU REALLY NEED TO!  It’s amazing!  I LOVED IT!!!  –Yes, it’s a tear-jerker, but a great one.  Oh, and on the subject of Netflix, I received some coupons for a free month trial if anyone is interested.  Just let me know.  I know how much we love it and how well it fits into our lifestyle.  Friday or Saturday nights are now usually movie nights. 🙂 
On a different note, we once again rescheduled our Hot Air Balloon Ride for this Sunday (Sept. 21st.)  I’m actually really excited about it (again) because the forecast actually looks good, and if we go up the trees around our area are turning colors and are GORGEOUS!  YAY!!!!  Maybe God’s plan is better than mine after all.–Don’t tell Him I said that.
Finally, I decided to put all of my Life Lessons into a Journal for Kidlet (someday.)  These are the querky thoughts/lessons I come across in daily life.  My only problem now is tracking down all the ones I’ve had.  Luckily, my Twitter archive (http://twitter.com/Knittwit) will help…once I get time to flip through them all.  I only have about 12,000 updates.  Yeah.

Into Every Life a Crap-Load of Rain Must Fall

It’s been a rough few days for me here.  There’s been a little family drama, and with that, a pretty bad day of missing my mom (even though she passed 4 1/2 years ago.)  I think it was all worth it–meaning the family situation should improve, and it feels really good not to be holding anything in anymore.   Today is better, but I’m still pretty tired from it all.  Yesterday was the lowest I’ve been in a  really long time.  Today is a new day and the past doesn’t dictate the future.  Time to move on.
In other news, we’re waiting for our check to come in for our down payment on our new car and as soon as it does, we’ll go an get it.  It’s been a long few weeks of getting it all worked out, but I don’t mind.  In my world, the anticipation is half the fun of the event itself.  It’s been nice feeling really excited about something, it’s been awhile since that’s happened too.  
As I write this, it’s an hour before we get our mail and see whether the check is here or not.  If it is, it means a trip to Wausau this afternoon to get the car.  In which case, I should be more ready than I am at present, so I better go fix that.  I’ll write more later.

Stop the Presses!

Stop the Presses!  STOP THE PRESSES!!!!  I believe that shift you felt was the world ceasing turning and I’m pretty sure everyone is getting off single-file now.  I FINISHED SOMETHING!!!!!!
No Really!!!  I FINISHED AN ART PROJECT WHILE HAVING A 1 1/2 YEAR OLD!!!!!  Here’s Proof:

The 1st Beaded Necklace Finished With the Beads I Made!

The 1st Beaded Necklace Finished With the Beads I Made!

 

Paper Beads

Paper Beads

 

See?  SEE!?!?!?!  A new necklace to replace my old one!  Yay!  It took a long time, but it was worth it! 
So, if I’ve come across as crazy by asking for people’s old magazines, this is what they’re for. 
You’re still taking me to the institution though, aren’t you?  Oh well, lemme get my supplies at least……

Sunny Pee

*Warning: this Post includes some personal medical issues, explained in non-medical terms.  It is written out of truth for the purpose of entertainment.  You’ve been warned. :)*

Wow, what a few days it’s been.  Thursday my body confirmed that I had a UTI.  (Urinary Tract Infection)  Whoopie!  Hubby was kind enough to get me some Azo to treat the symptoms and the plan is that I would wait it out a bit before deciding to go to the Dr. 
Thursday night came and all of the sudden I had internal lower back pains.  Crap.  This can’t be good.  So, into the walk-in clinic I went, fearing my kidneys were failing, I’d end up on dialysis and die after I accidentally missed a couple of appointments.  (Obviously you seem my optimism here.) 
To speak quite frankly, at this point my urine was also a different shade of normal upon going in, also heightening the dialysis outcome in my mind. 
I got in to walk-in, symptoms explained and they asked for a urine sample…that I saw coming.  What I didn’t see coming, was the  Orange Easter-Egg dye colored sample I ended up giving them.  Great.  I was sure I was dying.  I had a “Scrubs” moment  (Where one’s imagination takes over into a ridiculous day-dream) where everyone was at my wake, various people asking how I died and others shaking their head sullenly saying, “Orange pee.” 
I nervously got into the Dr.’s room and waited for the nurse.  She asked if I was taking anything and I explained that I had taken one dose of Azo that afternoon. 
“Oh,” she said, “That would explain your sample.  Azo turns your urine orange.” 
“What?,” I thought “I’m not dying?  No dialysis?  No appointments I might perish from if I forget them?  YAY!……Wait, why isn’t this on Azo’s packaging in bold letters: “THIS PRODUCT TURNS YOUR PEE ORANGE AND, NO, YOU’RE NOT DYING.”–I’ll have to write the company.” 
Two Life Lessons got added to my list that day.  Life Lesson #139:  Azo turns your Urine Orange. & Life Lesson #140:  It’s best not to first learn of Lesson #139 in a Hospital Bathroom.
In other news, I have another Orchid in Bloom!

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My Mini Cattleya in Bloom 🙂

I also got a chance to devote about 3 hours to myself yesterday.  (THANK YOU, HUBBY!) and I worked on these:

More Paper Beads I Made in Earth Tones

More Paper Beads I Made in Earth Tones

I need to find a way to coat them in sealer and dry them, but then they’ll be ready to go and I can finally attempt to replace the necklace I adore so much!  Yay!
And finally, I would like to devote this part in “An Ode to Netflix.”  Hubby and I don’t get to the theater.  Between finding a sitter, and more difficult-finding a movie that we want to pay theater prices for, it just doesn’t happen.  We started getting Netflix a couple of months ago, and it’s WONDERFUL!  I can once again feel “in the loop” of the current Pop Culture.  And even more than that, this morning CBS Sunday gave a run-down of up-coming fall movies coming out.  This means, I popped over to the computer and was able to enter the titles I think look good to my Netflix Queue.  We’ll get the movies popped into our line-up as soon as the DVD’s come out!  YAY!  That alone makes Netflix priceless to me!  THANK YOU NETFLIX! 
Oh, and if you want to check-out upcoming Fall Movies to perhaps do the same thing, here is where I found them this morning:
http://movies.aol.com/fall-movies
Have Fun!

Nuclear Fall Out

Yesterday was a hard day….it was a day I felt really lonely-really missing my family. –By that, I mean the family that doesn’t exist anymore.  I was missing my mom, but it was bigger than that.  I realized that I missed my nuclear family.  (My mom, my dad and I)  And I realized too that despite being unhealthy, dysfunctional, and corrupted, I belonged.  I really haven’t had that feeling since.  And the days I miss my mom, I mean I miss the very few days I got a real glimpse of her..usually right out of rehab.  I missed the fun that we had, and because of death, selective memory becomes easier and all those years we fought or rarely spoke or that avoided her like the plague (because of her clinical depression & alcoholism) seem to fade in remembrance of the few good times.  I know that.  
But in lieu of all this, I wish to become closer with my dad, in a relaxed friendship sort of way.  I know despite my age that I will always be his little girl and he will always be my dad, but after 27 years I think I’ve also earned some friendship thrown in there.–Sometime to forget our roles and enjoy each other as we are.  I guess I’m craving this more than usual because he is the only link I have left to the roots I miss and he is the only parent I have left. 
I wrote him an e-mail explaining this yesterday.  I have yet to get a reply, but I know this is a busy week for him, so we shall see. 
In the meantime, I also know I need to work on letting all this go.  The only thing that’s preventing that at the moment is this void I feel.  I guess I find myself desperately wanting to fill it (at least a little) with something so I can be the best person I can. (as in Wife, Mother and Friend)  Most days, letting go isn’t a big struggle–yesterday I just fell down I guess.  You win some and you lose some.  *shrug*
I did finally get a chance to work on my art last night.  I have a lot more to do, but somehow, the little I did get done was some pretty good therapy in lieu if a pretty bad day. 

Paper Beads I Started on...They need more work yet

Paper Beads I Started on...They need more work yet

 

The new canvas I started. (Also needs more work) I was in a Sci-Fi mood-which is odd for me.

The new canvas I started. (Also needs more work) I was in a Sci-Fi mood-which is odd for me.

I’m sure you noticed one of the Dragon Fly-like things has it’s head ripped off.  That was compliments of kidlet.  The head was found and is being repaired at the moment.  Oh well.  It’ll still work.

Earth-Toned Hate Mail

Today was productive.  Grocery shopping, 2 loads of laundry washed and dried, 4 loads folded and put away, kitchen floor swept and mopped, living room vacuumed, bed made, bathroom picked up, and I even voted.  I’ll take that gold star now…thanks!
I got to thinking while I was cleaning, of WHY I clean…and that answer is actually quite selfish.  I mean kidlet could care less what the house looks like, and Hubby is at work most of the day, so I guess I clean for me.  Only when my list of chores is done, do I feel calm and like I accomplished something.  Unfortunately, the 5 mins it remains clean before getting dirty again (after all, we have a toddler) usually gets missed, but at least I know I did it. 
Back last year I had got one of these necklaces: http://www.beadforlifestore.org/servlet/Detail?no=20&sfs=176b4938.  I got it in Earth tones and I LOVED it!  Unfortunately, the plastic closure-clasp cracked on it and I can’t wear it anymore.  I was heavily debating getting a new one as I wore it everyday, but I think that I will try to make my own.  Granted, I know as I write this I have great intentions, but it’s about timing over here…as in when finding time to do it.  But, hopefully I will be able to make time real soon.  I miss that necklace so much!
Yesterday work actually picked up as we had a couple of funerals and our fall bulbs FINALLY came in.  We got some Daff Bulbs called “Peeping Toms” this year….kinda creepy if you ask me.  We had an elderly gentleman come in and spent quite a bit of time debating over what flowers to get his brothers, sister and mother.  We looked at each other silently wondering “His mom is still alive?”  It was later in the conversation that revealed that me meant Mother Mary, and that it was around her birthday.  Furthermore, he told us that he used to know the exact age of Mother Mary.  I mean no disrespect in any by saying this (as I, myself am Catholic) but isn’t that a bit like knowing the exact age of Santa Claus?  (In which case I guess I mean St. Nicholas who actually did exist.–okay, I’m trying to talk my out of getting hate mail here.  It’s taking too much of my energy, so let me have it I guess.)

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