Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Yes, 2 posts in one day!!! As I said my mother is in town so we have 3 generations together. I'll post a picture. The interesting thing is my husband turned 50 in June and I think he feels the need to prove he's only in his 30s. He has been doing major projects on the house lately leaving me exhausted. The man does not sleep!! We got a new front door put in--big double with storm door. He got bare wood and we needed to paint. These past 3 weekends he put in a hardwood floor in the living room and dining room. It's bamboo and gorgeous! He did an amazing job. He's finishing up the trim today--staining was done yesterday by me and I have to finish putting poly on it so he can put it on on Saturday. Then maybe we can get the furniture out of my garage and I can put my car back in there. He planted more flowers. Oh, our mailbox got blown up at 2:00 in the morning on July 4th. M80 most likely so he had to replace that too. He's replacing more parts in Brittany's (dd) car. I get tired just watching him. AND it's my birthday week. So I turn 51 and my body tells me I'm close to 100! My fibro and bone disease is really doing a number on me. Of course I can't just do nothing, gotta use my elbows so then they hurt more but what else can I do?? Reminds me of that George Carlin joke about age: (paraphrasing)

"You're 4 and a half, gonna be 16, become 21, you turn 30, pushing 40, reach 50 and make it to 60, you hit 70, then you hit wednesday, you get into your 80's and hit lunch, you turn 4:30 and make it to bedtime, then in your 90's you say I was just 92. If you make it over 100 you're like a little kid again- you go backwards - 'I'm a 100 and a half!'"

Have a great week!!!

don't forget about Under the Big Top crop the weekend of the 15th, 16th, and 17th!!! There will be animal acts, sight to amaze and delight you! Games and prizes!!!


Found summer and boy it's been pretty nice most days. We've had a few of those hot ones and today is humid but give me these over the ones my parents get in AZ! My mother is in town visiting and she's enjoying the weather too.

A few weeks ago I was in Wichita, yes I know, who goes to Wichita, but we found some cute stores, to attend The Angel Company's 2011 Seminar. This comapany is really impressive. They have stamps made by different designers, some of them in-house, beautiful lines of paper and they carry Copic Markers and Memento Inks. But that wasn't what hit me the most. Yes they are in the business to make money, but they are so supportive of their "Angels" (reps) that the owner or her husband actually is involved directly with them. As in phone calls, emails- not form letters or such but they know about you and your family and they ask about them and actually care. Mischelle and her husband actually hugged me. I was just a guest yet they took the time to meet me and talked with me latter and remembered who I was. There was no pressure whatsoever. It all came from the heart. When they gave us the new catalog the girls who had samples in it were so excited. They were surprised. Several were sitting at my table and they were just "normal" people. No airs about them, chatted with me, didn't act superior in ny way. It was really cool. When I asked some of them to sign my catalog they were even embarrassed but I told them they should be honored. I'm not going to lie and say there was no talk about sales but it really does come down to personal choice and how much you put into it. BUT, no pushing to do more, do better....Acceptance at whatever level you're at. A very unusual direct sales meeting. A very nice change. I've been to several other companies' "rah rah" sessions and higher level management pushed about sales---sell this much by this time or-----. AND the other companies don't let you use any product not their own. I don't have to use TAG cardstock, ribbon, etc. I can use my Cricut AND my TAG supplies for classes. Who does that. If you hadn't figured out by now, yes I did become an Angel. You can join as a hobbyist. Minimum sales requirement is: wait for it------$100 every 3 months. I can do that just on my own selling to myself!!! But after showing a few people the projects I made at Seminar I already have orders. LOL I'll have my Angel link hooked up soon so I'll post it here for you. If you are creative, Ivy, you can submit your designs, Ivy, and have your own line, Ivy then who knows what can happen from there Ivy. (lol)