Friday, August 18, 2017

What is the Best Way to Avoid the Heat? Toilet Paper?

Baby in toilet paper
There are many people who truly enjoy the heat.....I'm not one of them.  I start dreading summer in early spring and then become thankful for every day that is NOT hot. But, this year, those days were short-lived as we have had record breaking temperatures (in the North West) along with a drought.  There is no green left in this rain forest.  It is brown. No rain for months.

My complaint is not just founded on how ill I feel when the temperature is over 72 degrees but mostly on the threat of wild fires.  When there are wild fires in the desert, it is completely different than when they are in the rain forest.  One spark can trigger devastation for huge areas as we are so heavily treed.  My daughter's home is surrounded by acres of trees and the property behind her recently succumbed to a fire.  There are over 125 fires raping these forests right now.  

Did I mention that when you live in the rain forest few homes, and most businesses do NOT have air conditioning -- so there is no escape.  Looks like my grandbaby has the right idea -- no clothes!

On a humorous side, here is why I hate  dislike abhor can't tolerate summer......CLICK here for 10 Reasons To Skip Summer.

Outside of working like crazy meeting writing deadlines this month and interviewing incredible guests on my show, I did get some quality time with the grandbabies.

Mini Boss and company

My daughter asked that I travel to the city and babysit William and Aubrie in a hotel while she attended a celebration of life event for her friend's mom.  It was a hoot helping Rochelle and her girlfriends get ready for the 1980's event which included music from that era and dancing.  

There isn't much to do in a hotel located downtown in a large city, so I had the kids (5 years and 1 year) run races down the hall of the hotel.  So many giggles and thank goodness no one was in sight.  

This was the first time my granddaughter was away from her parents for the night.  We weren't sure how it would go, but she didn't ask for her mom once.

Brothers and Sisters

It is evident from the moment these kids wake up in the morning to the time they go to bed, that they adore each other.  William is kind, caring, gentle, thoughtful and helpful.  At FIVE years old, he will drop his toys and run to his sister's aid if she needs it -- without being asked.

He is respectful to his parents and polite with all adults.  He will grow up knowing HOW to treat a girl and she will grow up knowing HOW girls should be treated.

I knew William loved taking care of his sister but to see it in action, almost made me cry.  I read them a bedtime story and Aubrie intently watched her brother listening to the story, waiting for his reactions to it (one of Beatrix Potter's series I saved from my kids' collection.)

When the story was over, William said, "Don't worry, Gramma, I know what songs Aubrie likes. I will sing her to sleep."  She was out cold in a matter of minutes.  This sweet "Mini Boss."
Mini Boss

I have the greatest respect for this mom and dad in raising their children and could not be prouder of them or my grand babies.  

Sibling Love

Someone stole my clothes!!

I can't believe that this "queen of organization" left her clothes hanging in the hotel's closet. Even worse I didn't realize they were missing until this morning when I wanted to put on one of the outfits.  I called the hotel and they said: "Sorry, no clothes were found and the next guest must have taken your clothes with them."  

I have two questions:  1)  Isn't housekeeping supposed to look in the closet when they prepare the room for the next guest? 
2)  Repeat of number one.

Lesson learned:  I'll never do that again.

Our precious Star

Star is one of our rescues, a long-haired mini Dachshund.  We have had her and her mate for two years.  Star was a show dog.  Both she and Gunner were severely abused. Consequently,  she is still very shy and tries so hard to please.  To see her relax like this is very unusual......I don't think she likes the hot temperatures either.

Mini Dachshund

This has been my contribution to my favorite monthly blogging challenge.  You may want to consider joining us to share what goes on behind your 'closed doors' in our Fly on the Wall challenge.

Pour yourself a cup and enjoy the other blogger's stories this month:

Baking In A Tornado
Menopausal Mother
Searching for Sanity
Spatulas on Parade
Never Ever Give Up Hope
Bookworm in the Kitchen
Cynful Thoughts
Evil Joy Speaks

Monday, July 31, 2017

Do Most People Expect a Calm Before the Storm?

We have all heard the idiom There is always a calm before the storm.

Think about that for a moment.  What it suggests is that if things are going a bit too smoothly or calmly, WATCH OUT.... The storm is about to emerge.  Many of us have experienced that, especially those of us who seem to go through periods in our lives when everything seems to be going wrong - one thing after the other.

Storms of Life

Many of us have heard this expression our whole lives and consequently have expected the negative scenario to happen.

When things are going too well, someone might say, "Just waiting for the storm to hit -- it always does!"  And...sure enough, if we wait long enough, everything goes south. 


Sunday, July 30, 2017

When You Stand on a Soapbox - What are You Shouting?

If I am going to stand on a soapbox and scream..... nine times out of ten it would be about animal abuse.  If I had the time and the means I would drive around town and look for dogs that have been left in hot cars so that I could rescue them. 

Last week I wanted to take my pups to the park for a nice cool walk in the shade but the cement en route to the park was too hot for their little paws.  They were ready for their walk, giving me those puppy dog eyes and jumping around in circles so I decided to drive them to the park.  I had already backed out of the garage when I realized I forgot their water.  When I got back to the car my little mini-dachshund, Star had LOCKED me out.  In her excitement, she had jumped on the door locks.  

The car was in the sun and I knew how fast it would be deadly hot inside.  Then I remembered that my husband had a spare key in his desk.  It WAS NOT there.  I called him in panic while he was at work, but his car was in the shop and he had no way to bring the key to me.  

I was freaking.  I called my friend who would drive to my husband's store, get the key from him and bring it to me.  But that would take at least 20 minutes and I envisioned my dogs would not survive that long. 

I prayed.  I cried.  My hubby called and said "Start talking to Star and get her excited. She might pop the door back open."  It W O R K E D.  It only took a minute and she was happy to open the door for me.  I will NEVER, EVER do that again.  

Star and Gunner

Star and Gunner are rescues.  They were show dogs who were mistreated terribly.  Gunner, the male, washes Star's face every day.  After all, they were married for a few years and had babies together.  When we rescued them, they came as a pair and they are adorable together. Gunner was hurt by their owners because he would protect Star from their abuse.  So sad.  But they are two of the sweetest rescues we have ever had.

This past week, Gunner has been lethargic and sad.  He is too young to leave us yet as he is only 11 years old. Even though he seems to be improving a bit every day, it is difficult to know what will happen.  Star would be devasted if he left her.

Does everything happen for a reason?

Hubby tried to start his car last week and realized there was a fuel pump problem.  We had it towed to the garage where it was confirmed we needed a new pump.  After waiting almost a week for the parts, it was finally ready for pick up.  Hubby gets in, turns the key and.......nothing. This was AFTER he paid $750 for the repair.  

The mechanic asks the shop boy to get the jumper cables and the kid put them on BACKWARDS.  Blew up the car.  Hubby walks back into the office, throws the keys on the desk and said: "Fix it!"

Bad mechanics

It hadn't started because either they put in a faulty pump or they never cleaned the fuel lines  - but that was their problem, not ours.

After another week, the shop called to say they had ordered many new parts and that this was entirely their fault.  I was surprised as we had expected a fight.  

Another two weeks go by.  Finally, they called to say it was ready for pick up.  Hubby drives the car home and realizes that the entire dashboard had been changed along with many internal parts.  The car never ran better.  We were actually going to get rid of it, but now it is like brand new! 

                                  What would you have done?

Grocery theft

I was loading my groceries from the cart into my car in the Costco parking lot.  It was taking some time as there were a lot of them.  I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a man was loading MY groceries into HIS car.  He was bigger than me and I had no idea what might happen when I approached him.

"HI,"  I said as I walked towards his car.  "I bet you did the same thing I do all the time without realizing you had the wrong cart."  I lied.

""  He stammered.

"Yes, YES!" I said as I walked to the side of his car and pointed to my groceries.  

"Oh...I don't know how those got in my car."  Come on -- did he honestly expect me to believe that?

How was your week? 

Monday, July 24, 2017

What would you do if you found out you are being poisoned?

What do you think it feels like to find out you have been conned or worse yet -poisoned?  Listed below are the first eight weeks in my series, World's Biggest Con Job. In this series, you will find answers to many of your questions about the vitamins you may be taking. If you don't have any questions, then it is time to ask some

Vitamins are supplements we take to make us feel better, look better and have a better sense of well being.  What most people do not realize is that they may be hurting themselves more than helping.  BUT, there are supplements available that are pure, unadulterated, unaltered and with LIVE enzymes to give you the most benefit.

In each one of the following articles, I explain what you need to look for when purchasing your supplements and not buy them because of the brand name or price. One of the largest vitamin companies on this planet (with a name that most people trust) is actually one of the worst.  They use the cheapest DEAD, synthetic ingredients possible to make the biggest buck.  They made a net profit of $48 BILLION last year.  That's NET!  Laughing all the way to the bank while the people taking their products are being lied to and even worse, getting sicker.  That article is in Week Eight below.

I am a registered symptomatologist and a certified health coach who has been steering people to optimum health for 35 years. I have cured myself of a wide variety of physical limitations ranging from chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, and uterine cancer. It doesn’t matter what you have to overcome specifically. It’s important to boost your immune system in order to heal current disease and prevent future disease.  A proactive attitude today will pay huge dividends tomorrow. 

healthy cells

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Do You Know How to Sell Yourself or Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

Common sense
When someone says, "I can't sell anything" or "I can sell ice to the Eskimos" where do you fit between these two extremes? Were you born a salesperson or did you become one? Selling is based on common sense.

Some people believe that you must have a certain type of personality in order to sell something. Some people don't like to 'feel' as if they are being sold something. Sometimes we have the mindset that we will NOT buy and yet walk away with a purchase. Why? Were we intimidated into buying? Did the salesperson make us realize that we had a definite 'need' to make that particular purchase?

Every single day we either buy or sell something and, at times, without even realizing it. We buy and sell thoughts, ideas, objects, lies, or truths.    

own worst enemy
The expression that someone is their own worst enemy often stems from them believing lies about themselves.  A negative experience or an abusive relationship can have long-term effects on our state of mind. When you buy the thought, you buy the lie. If we hear something about ourselves for a long enough period of time, we tend to believe it -- or 'buy the lie.'  That thought can be one that we have told ourselves or one that someone has drilled into us. When our self-esteem is low, we have a tendency to tell ourselves things like - "You have no value."  "No one will ever love you or want you."  "You aren't qualified."  "You will never be successful."

If we are products of our environment, we need to take inventory as to where these thoughts are coming from.  Are we in a relationship where we are made to feel that way about ourselves?  Or are we possibly jealous of others' successes that we believe we will fail if we try?

giving up

In the face of failure, some people throw their hands up in the air because they feel helpless to change the situation -- so they don't even try.

don't care about you

I am a public speaker and learned a long time ago that people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. People will gravitate toward you when you can empathize with them; when you show them that you understand their situation.
Years ago while making a presentation for the products I was selling, a man said to me "I am not sold on your product but I am willing to give it a try because I trust you."  Fortunately, after his purchase, he was extremely satisfied and thanked me.  When you believe in what you are selling, people will trust what you say about it.

There is a lot of information available on how to sell your merchandise. You can take a course, read a book, do research online. What I want to address here is how to guarantee you don't sell.  In other words, here is a humorous look at how NOT make a sale. 

Whether you are selling a car or a bottle of vitamins, certain things you do will help guarantee you do not make the sale. It has been said that trying to sell yourself is not as important as selling your product. Hogwash! Selling is ALL about selling yourself. Here is how to guarantee you DON'T sell. Think about it!

Starting with the 10th way not to sell.......


10If your prospect asks you a question to which you do not have the answer, make it up. Hopefully, they will never find out. No matter what they ask you, say “I don't know.” Appear uninformed. Don't offer to find the answer to their questions.