Thursday, October 11, 2018

Saturday 9 Love is In the Air

Unbreak My Heart

Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme! 

Saturday 9: Unbreak My Heart (1996)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Songs like this are enduringly popular in part because each of us has had our heart broken. Give us the name of a heartbreaker from your own life.

2) Toni Braxton sings that "nights are so unkind." What did you do last night?
 Fed our new cows, laundry, made dinner, and watched television

3) While this song has Toni singing the blues, in real life her love life is happier. Now aged 50, she's engaged and has been sporting a diamond on her left hand. Do you believe that a bride is ever too old to have a big wedding?
  I believe that whatever age you are, you are entitled to the wedding of your dreams. 

4) Growing up, Toni Braxton's parents severely restricted how much TV their children could watch each day. Ironically, today Toni and her sisters participate in a reality TV show on the WE-TV network, so TV cameras are a big part of their daily adult lives. What TV show do you try not to miss?
  I will rarely ever miss Criminal Minds or Swat. It drives my hubby crazy as I don't like to do anything those evenings because I am always afraid we will be late. 

5) She is prone to dry skin and applies Kiehl's Hand Salve to her hands and arms throughout the day. Tell us about a product you're brand loyal to.
  I always buy Lipton Tea and I always buy Maxwell House coffee. Also, my home is always scented with Pink Zebra products. If you have not heard of it, you should check out the website, www.pinkzebrahome.com/cslater

6) Toni admits to being "a bit of a germaphobe," and always maintains a supply of hand sanitizer and wipes. What is always on your shopping list?
  Tea is always on my list. I go shopping often due to the work that I do, but rarely do I make a list these days. We stay stocked up for the most part and I buy less it seems from the store, but tea is a major item on the must have list. 

7) While she is not shy about her body, and has worn revealing outfits on the red carpet, Toni Braxton refused a 2011 offer from Hugh Hefner and Playboy to pose nude. What's the last thing you said "no" to?
 Work. I am constantly being asked to pick up extra shifts and I am not willing to do that at this time due to watching my grand doll. 

8) In 1996, the year this song was popular, Mattel introduced a Star Trek Barbie and Ken set. Have you ever fantasized about space travel? 
  No, I do not believe I ever would want to go into space. 

9) Random question -- Would you (or did you) invite an ex to your wedding? 
  My husbands ex girlfriend was married to my brother when we got married so she was at our wedding. I also have a dear friend that I dated at one time and I would have invited him if he would have been near. 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Will We Make It?

Whew! When you hear the day I am going to have, you will be tired. It started about an hour ago when I woke up and began the day. Of course, farm life is a busy one, but this is not farm work calling my name really. I am leaving later today for a long planned trip to Myrtle Beach for a trip with my daughter, her fiancé, and some of his friends. Sounds like an easy day, right?

It might be if that was all I had to do today. The day started early though, because as many know, I help my in-laws quite often and I have several things of paperwork to do for them. I also have to get some things lined out for the sitter that will be with the grand doll as we are potty training and it needs to go smoothly. ( I hate leaving her even though I know I am getting burned out.) My husband is like a kid so I must make sure things are ready for him as well.

I need to leave at 7:30 a.m. this morning to head about 2 hours north of home to my Pink Zebra rally. I am super excited about it, but I wish it would have been a different day than today! We will be revealing the new catalog and our winter items!! It is always exciting to see what the founders have discovered for us to add to our line of amazing products and I am thrilled to see (or smell) the new scents that we will have available!!

Once home from there, it will be finish laundry, finish packing as time has been hectic this week, get some loving from my grand doll, cook dinner, do dishes, make sure all home bills are paid, pick up the living room and try to run the vacuum. I am sure then it will be time to head out on vacation and I will be one tired lady. I am sure I will sleep in the van tonight and that makes me nervous as I usually don't sleep in a car.

I have a good book packed and I have some other small activities packed. I am taking my work along as well because I truly never stop working. With the new catalog release, I will be anxiously working for my fall and winter sales and I am always looking to add team members to my team. I love sharing the opportunity to be your own boss, working for a company that truly loves their consultants, and one that allows me to earn trips and many other incentives.

My biggest worry today is whether we will make it to South Carolina safely without too many detours. I know many of the roads are still closed and I am fully aware that many places are still flooded, but we are being told by our resort that they are open for business and fully operational.

As you can tell, I better get busy. I am on my second cup of coffee and I have set here long enough. Take care and I will report back soon.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Bill Cosby: American Dad to American Sexual Predator

Bill Cosby, a well-known actor and comedian that at one time was considered America's Dad due to the success of The Cosby Show and the love people had for the actor himself has now fallen from grace as he was escorted off to prison on Tues. Sept. labeled a violent sexual predator by a judge and has many more accusers than what he was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison for.

Cosby, age 81, has been accused by more than 60 women of sexual assault. This sentence on Tuesday came following a long trial on sexual assault against Andrea Constand. Constand maintains that she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby while she was employed at Temple University and he was a member of the board there. Her case is one of the only ones that could still be taken to court due to the statute of limitations for others.

Miss Constand maintains that she knew Cosby through her work at the university and that she considered him a friend, but that on a fateful night in 2004 her life changed when Cosby gave her drugs and then sexually assaulted her. She says she was unable to move during the assault. Other women have said the same type of assault happened to them. Miss Constand maintains that her life drastically changed following that night. Her family agrees that she went from being a vibrant young woman full of life to almost a recluse for years. She still is not married or in a relationship, which could come from trust issues following Cosby's alleged attack.

Tuesday in the court room, Cosby's attorney's fought for no jail time due to Mr. Cosby's age, but the judge felt that age was not an issue due to the age Mr. Cosby was when the attack happened and that many men in prison age the same age or older than Cosby. The judge, Mr. Steven O'Neill simply told Cosby “It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come,” He sentenced Cosby to 3-10 years with Cosby leaving in handcuffs immediately following the sentencing and labeling him a violent sexual predator. Cosby will be required to register on the sexual offender list and must attend counseling following his release from prison. Cosby was fined $25,000 and has to pay all court costs. 

Mr. Cosby's conviction is one of the many that we might see following the recent "MeToo" movement that began. Many women have stepped forward to accuse powerful men of sexual harassment or assault in light of this movement. People like Harvey Weinstein, Les Moonves, Matt Lauer, and many others. It's almost another women's rights movement. 

Have we seen justice in this case? Is justice possible when a man or woman has sexually assaulted someone? 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Talent Abounds on "America's Got Talent" Finale

If you have  missed this season of "America's Got Talent", you may have well missed the best season yet. I have not always been a huge fan of the show, but this year the talent has captivated me and the people have lives that have fascinated me as well. The final 10 performed last night and let me tell you the stage was full of raw, electric talent!

Amazingly different personalities and lifestyles were represented but the talent that was there on that stage was refreshing, electrifying, energizing, and completely astonishing!! I believe that the judges were blown away by what performances were done last night and I believe that it will be hard to pick a winner based on talent.

Of course, I have my favorites and so I will talk of them. There are three people that completely stole my heart this season and they all three have made it this far and I hate to see any of them walk away tonight without the title of "America's Got Talent" winner. I would personally give them all money and a winner title, if I was able.

The first one to steal my heart was Michael Ketterer. Michael is a fabulously talented singer and he went with a very brave choice of songs last night singing, " Ain't No Mountain High Enough". He made it simply him and a piano on stage. You could hear the nerves, as one of the judges commented but Michael is just pure natural talent!! Plus, his story is one that will make you cry and want to give him a huge hug all at one time. 

Michael is a part time pediatric mental health nurse, a part time worship leader, and an amazing father. Michael cares about people! He has a love for people that many never get in their lifetime. He and his wife have adopted 5 boys from foster care with one being a special needs child with cerebral palsy. He has a daughter that dreamed of having three brothers and convinced him and his wife to adopt. His first call was for three boys, which he adopted and the love for his children comes out each time he talks about them. This man can change lives!! 

My second choice is  Samuel J. Comroe.  Samuel is a comedian that has simply stolen by heart and allowed me to see comedy as a talent. He is simply genuinely funny!! Samuel also has a story that pulls at my heart strings. At age 6, Samuel was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and he does not try to hide it, but embraces it in his comedy. Many of his jokes are based on it. 

Samuel is a father of one beautiful daughter born just before his time on the show and is married to a beautiful woman from Bangladesh who is an illustrator. He has done some other bits on other shows and I am sure we will see much more of him. He is a true masterpiece.

My third favorite is Courtney Hadwin. Courtney is such a complete surprise when she sings. The stage totally gives her a new persona. At just 14 years old, Courtney looks very quiet and shy when she is being interviewed, but when she takes the stage, a much older and less shyer person is on that stage.  She was Howie Mandell's golden buzzer when she performed " Hard To Handle". Her performance on stage completely shocked the audience and the judges as she is simply a different person on stage.  Her talent is like that of James Brown, Janis Joplin, and even Tina Turner. This young lady will go places with her talent if she sticks with it. 

I hope you will watch the finale tonight and I hope to see one of these three on the stage as the season's winner!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Successful Campout _ Brown County State Park, Horsemen's Camp

Well, fall is officially here as we have now been on our Labor Day Campout. UGH!! I hate to even say those words as I know winter is sure to be right around the corner as well. However, it was a successful campout filled with good friends, good food, and lots of fun!

Our neighbors own horses and we have become good friends over the years and we camp with them quite often. We usually go to Brown County State Park to camp with the horses and this time was no different. We did not take our horses this time as I had the grand daughter most of the weekend so I would not have ridden anyway. We will take them in October though and ride as the weather will hopefully, have cooled down some and we can actually enjoy riding.

We made a couple of trips to the nature center and we spent some time at the playground. We personally are friends with the gentleman that operates the saddle barn, Jordan and we always visit with him and the grand doll rides a pony or two or three. ( Three this time). He is the one who sold us her pony, Snickers. She loves her dearly, but Snickers can be a little on the pushy side so I am cautious about her walking her without me or Pappaw there.

Brown County State Park is beautiful, especially in the fall of the year. Leaf watching is one of the many reasons why tourists visit there. They have two campgrounds, a family one and the horsemen camp. I have never stayed in the family camp, but I'm sure it is as nice as the horsemen's camp. Many improvements have been made in the past couple of years to the horse camp and even most of the primitive toilets are now improved. New manure bins have been placed throughout the camp as well. Sites have been cleaned better and overall, it is a nice place to camp. I would like to see new hitching rails put in, but I am sure it would be an added expense that is just not necessary at this time. I do believe that someone that rides horses should be in charge of running that camp and not the park director as he does not ride horses at all.

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend and it is back to work as usual today!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Weekend Fun

As many of my readers know, we are avid campers in the summer and fall. This weekend was no different. However, we were looking for a nice and quiet place to go and close to home since my daughter and her fiancé wanted to go and he had to work. We found it at Johnson County Park.

It is a smaller campground and there is not a lot to do near there, but it was very clean and well taken care of and we were very pleased with it! The camp host was parked next to us and my husband and I spoke to him for a few minutes on Saturday evening. He is a retired gentleman and very friendly, but we discussed some of the rules and he does seem strict about them being followed.
The really nice thing about our site was that a fairly newly built playground was across the road from us and my grand doll loved that! She played so much on Friday and Saturday that she was in bed at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The rain was nasty Saturday morning, but it stopped by noon or so and the afternoon turned out to be quite pleasant. The temperatures were in the 70's and maybe lower 80's and it was pleasant. Evenings were cooler, but perfect for sitting around a campfire! I did not want to go in the camper as the weather was so nice. We knew the people across the drive from us as she was a former co=worker so that made the weekend even better.

Johnson County Park is actually located on the public side of Camp Attebury. There is also a horse park near there where shows take place most weekends from spring until late Oct. Johnson County Park is located near Edinburgh, IN and is somewhat of a country setting, but not really rural. The park has nice graveled lots as well as a very clean shower house and a nice playground. The also have older swings, a couple of cornhole games and a dump station . Very simple campground but nice. They do not allow tent camping, which being that I am local, I am thankful for as it used to be a lot more ran down than it is now and the host says it keeps a lot of the riff- raff out. Now, I know many good people that enjoy tent camping, but that area seemed to attract a lot of drug activity as well as many not so nice and unlawful citizens. I am pleased with the decision! 


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Good Thursday Morning

Hello to all my friends in the world outside this farm. How are each of you on this cool fall like morning? Yes, it is cool in my neck of the woods this morning as temps are in the upper 50's. Don't rush to buy pumpkins though as the heat index is supposed to soar to over 100 degrees by Monday. UGH!!!

It seems to me that this has been a very hot and somewhat wet summer. I am looking forward to some mornings like this one. I would love to see temperatures stay in the 70's and lower 80's for a bit. Yesterday the high was 76 degrees and it was wonderful to be outside and play with the grand doll.

Mornings like this and days like yesterday are good for hikes. I got this photo from Pixabay,  but I feel like it is taken on the back side of our property because it looks exactly like the view you could get from it. We have trails like this that we made when a neighbor and his friends used the property to ride Suzuki Samari's back there. I miss those days! My girls loved to ride with them.

I decided to do this early today because the grand doll will be here at 7:15 and I never find time to get anything done but play with her when she is here. I also have to work at my in laws today so my day is fairly busy! I enjoy my morning by myself. I like to sit outside with my coffee, but it's never light out anymore when I get up so that is out of the question. So here is my view this morning.
I am visiting with my friends. I am blogging and reading what each of you have written. I wish you all the best of days and I hope to visit again later! 

Until out trails pass again, have a great day!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tuesday Tiny Tidbits

Hello everyone! I am attempting to start a new plan in order to keep my blogging more on track. I am thinking that if I can find something that I can share and make a catchy title, it might keep me more on track.

My Tuesday Tiny Tidbits is going to be just for me currently, but I am thinking about opening up a weekly post that other can link too and help others too. I know that blogging seems to come and go at my house, but I do enjoy the time that I am here catching up with all of you.

Tuesday Tiny Tidbits this week is going to just share my other blog with you. I currently have my business blog as well as this one. On it, I share products that we sell and other business related information. I hope that you might check it out, here.

I also wanted to share an update on my grand doll. The surgeon says that her right leg is beginning to really look good. The growth plate is even beginning to straighten. The left leg is not straightening quite as well as we hoped but it is getting better so we will take it. It's been a long journey and she is looking at probably 2 more surgeries, but it does not seem to stop her and she is growing and doing all the things that a 3 year old should so I would say that she is ok.

Well, if I am going to read any posts I better get busy reading and stop chatting. Take care and have a terrific Tuesday!!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saturday 9 -The Nanny

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saturday 9: The Nanny

Saturday 9: The Nanny (1993)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This week's song is the theme from a sitcom that originally aired from 1993 to 1999. Were you a fan?

A. Yes, I loved the show. I found Fran's voice to be annoying at first, but I grew to love her and the show. 

2) The song tells us that Fran once worked in a bridal shop. Have you ever worked in a retail setting?

A. I have worked in a retail setting several times. I was a manager for Dollar General for about 4 years. It is an exciting job but a very tiring job and it seems that these days customers are generally rude. 

3) The kids in the Sheffield household appreciate their nanny's "joie de vivre," which is defined as "exuberant enjoyment of life." Are you feeling joie de vivre this morning?

A. I can't say I feel joie de vivre, but I tend to enjoy life and I like to be happy and joyful. 

4) "The Nanny" is the colorful one, the one who wears red when everyone else wears tan. What color do you think you look best in?

A. Purple is my favorite color. It may not be what I look best in, but it is what I prefer to wear.

5) The TV show, The Nanny, was the brainchild of actress Fran Drescher. She got the idea while visiting her an old friend in London. Her friend's pre-teen daughter enjoyed having Fran as a confidante and shopping buddy. Do you enjoy shopping as a leisure activity? Or would you prefer to just dash into a store, grab what you need, and get out and go home?

A. I would say it depends on the mood I am in and what store it is. I could spend hours in a bookstore and I typically could spend a lot of time in a hardware store, like Menard's. I hate to clothing shop and I don't like to grocery shop. 

6) The friend Fran was visiting in London was Twiggy, who was the world's most famous model in the 1960s. Name another famous model.

A. Christi Tiegs

7) The Nanny: The Complete Series is available on DVD on Amazon. It consists of 19 discs and takes 55 hours to watch, start to finish. What TV show have you recently binge watched?

A. I don't binge watch anything. I can barely sit through a show , much less binge watch it. 

8) The Nanny theme was sung by Liz Callaway. Her father, the late John Callway, was a long-time Chicago newscaster. Have you, or has a loved one, ever been on TV?

A. One time several years ago, I was on television. I was part of a newscast about a support group that I was a part of when my dear friend, then boyfriend, was deployed during Operation Desert Storm. Most members had left because their loved ones were home, but being a Marine he was still deployed. 

9) Random question -- Which of these adjectives comes closest to describing you: sexy, sophisticated or down-to-earth?

A. I would say that I am down-to-earth. We live on a hobby farm and so I tend to be with animals and the outdoors quite often. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Trip Of A LifeTime

The last time we talked, I was headed to our Pink Zebra reunion and I must say it was a fabulous experience. We learned a lot, had some fun and enjoyed some fine speakers. I actually got to meet Kelly Gaines, one of the founders of the company and she was a delight. The most exciting part of the entire reunion was learning where our incentive trip is going to be. It is Limerick, Ireland!!

Ireland has been on my bucket list of places to visit for so long now and I must say that I am absolutely thrilled with this choice!! It is the trip of a lifetime and can be completely paid for by the company if I work hard and dedicate my time to this business. Many of you are well aware that my plate is usually full with chores here and the grand doll as well as working as a home health aide and the other multiple tasks that I have in a day. However, I plan to do all I can to earn this trip!! I am looking into vendor events and other ways to sell products and make new contacts. I am so excited!! I literally cried when I seen where I could go!!

The even better part of the trip is that we are actually staying at Adare Manor, which is a castle!!! Where else does a Sprinkle Queen deserve to be but a castle?? I plan to make sure my daughter earns her trip as well so that we can share this experience together! Pink Zebra truly is one of the best in the world to work for! They truly spoil us as representatives and make life as wonderful for us as possible.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Saturday 9 = Love Is All Around.

Love Is All Around

Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme! 

Saturday 9: Love Is All Around (1970)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This week's song is the theme from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a sitcom that originally aired from 1970 to 1977. Were you a fan?

  Yes, I enjoyed the show. I feel it was a little ahead of it's time, but overall was a good show. It reminded women that they were able to make it on their own.

2) The song tells us that Mary Richards can turn the world on with her smile. Yet the real-life Mary Tyler Moore said she was uncomfortable with her "wide mouth." If you could improve on one of your facial features, which would you choose? 

I have some issues with some teeth right now so I would say that I would improve my smile as well.

3) We also hear that Mary can "take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile." What do you think makes a day "a nothing day?"

A nothing day would be a day where I could sit on my porch and read all day with no interruptions.

4) Mary works in the newsroom at WJM. Her desk is neat as a pin. Are you neat? Or do you lean to the sloppy side?

I would say both. I prefer things to be organized and in place, but life's chaos makes that impossible at times.

5) Mary's best friend, Rhoda, worked as a window dresser at Hempel's department store. What department store did you most recently shop at? What did you buy?

The only store that I have been in lately was Wal-Mart and I don't consider that a department store.

6) Mary Richards lived in Minneapolis. What city is nearest to where you are right now?

Indianapolis, but I am traveling to Louisville, KY today with my daughter for a Pink Zebra reunion. If you don't know what Pink Zebra is, check out my site here

7) Originally the part of Mary Richards was written as a divorcee, but in 1970, there were no TV shows that centered around a divorced woman. Think about the women in your life. Are most of them married, divorced, single or widowed?

Most are married. I have a couple of friends that are single and my mom is a divorcee.

8) The MTM production company logo featured a mewing kitten. The cat was found in a Minneapolis shelter, and, after her sequence was shot, she was adopted by a crew member who named her Mimsie. What's the name of the last cat -- or dog or hamster or rabbit -- that you petted?

My dog Jazzy and my cat Prince were the last animals I petted. However, I also petted Snickers, my grand dolls pony and I petted Rambler, my horse.

9) Random question -- Would you rather have a job that kept you seated on your fanny or standing on your feet?
 Seated these days. I have worked many hours on my feet!!

Saturday 9 Love is In the Air

Unbreak My Heart Welcome to Saturday 9 . What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Satu...