My husband and I are trying to teach ourselves (this being the mistake already) a new wire wrap technique. Oh my frickin' gosh! We have now, both stepped on each others last nerve like a hundred times over. We've been together for 29 years, (wait did I get married when I was 9?) and we've worked together on our jewelry business for the last 16 years, so believe me, we know how to push those "buttons". I know eventually we'll get it down, but until then I feel like a giant voice is yelling down from the heavens "IT IS FUTILE TO FIGHT! YOU WEAK EARTHLING REBEL JEWELERS, GIVE IN TO OUR DEMANDS OF INADEQUACY..." We in the underground of 'Sole Proprietorship' will CONQUER ineptitude!!! A new product line is on the way,by heck! Always remember nothing is futile, we all have the POWER of ADEQUACY!!!
Friday, March 26, 2010
My Mom is coming home from her winter home in Arizona. She's like my favorite person in the world. I've missed her, even though we chatted almost every day. Mom is the best, she unconditionally loves and she always forgives. Her faith is strong and she is always kind to everyone. I strive to be half the person she is. She is truly wonderful, but one of the coolest things about my Mom... she is a Trinket Giver. "What is that?" you say, Let me try to explain. A Trinket Giver is a person who always sends a little something something home with someone to brighten up their very dull existence. A tiny refrigerator magnet with a deep inspirational message, or maybe just a laughing bunny figurine. Three kitchen towels because she bought a set of six, and only needed three. A pair of size 11 flip flops that just don't fit her right, maybe because she wears a size 9.(she's so cute!) When ever you leave Mom you leave with a tiny Trinket of her love. The best Trinket ever was last year, after having a wonderful "Mom Meal" and some awesome "Hanging with Mom Time" we headed home. We realized we hadn't left with a Trinket.(What?!!!) Was this the end of an era? A ripple in the time and space continuum? As we tried to find normalcy in our empty Trinket less lives, I reached into my purse to grab my checkbook and "TA DA!" The Trinket! There it was, a can of green beans! Mom had slipped the can into my purse as we were leaving. All was right with the world again. My wish today is "Trinkets For Everyone!!!"
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Wow! It's incredible out this morning! The sky is blue, the sun is warm, and our wiener dog Gabby is stretched out on a pillow in our window sill. Man, what a life. I've always said, in my next life, I hope I come back as my husbands dog. Talk about the life of Riley. Who is Riley anyway, and why did they have a life everyone envies? Gabby's only worry is whether we've run out of the turkey bologna she's buffaloed us into feeding her. She just stopped eating everything! Even our Vet said, "you've got to find something she'll eat, she has to eat"... How good are you at running things when you can get a professional to let you eat bologna?( she's working us all like the 'cheap suits' that we are.) Here's the thing though, we totally let her. We love her to pieces, and we wouldn't want it any other way. My wish today is that everyone should do something fun, (like shopping for the finest in turkey bologna) or have something you adore (like a very cute but very picky wiener dog) in their lives that oozes love and makes them smile.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I changed the greeting in my Etsy Shop site today. You'll be able to tell who's on a diet around here. I spent all day typing in every descriptive word I could come up with about Chocolate. How, you know, it's Heaven sent and all the angels sang in harmony the day it was invented etc...I compared it to a Chocolate Decadence Cake, the kind that's not fluffed up with with all that intrusive flour, but gets down to business with cocoa, sugar and butter. So rich you should only have a sliver, but instead you opt for the gargantuan piece that makes you moan for hours. OK enough about CHOCOLATE, but seriously isn't it the greatest? The day I found out it could help your mood swings was the day I started have immense mood swings. What ever it takes Chocolate is the be all end all...milk, dark, extra dark and OK even white chocolate has its place. So I say to you, There are worse habits! Live your Bliss.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
OK, this whole winter is full of firsts. Cathi and I spent most of yesterday trying to place a "scrolling Widget" in my blog, and not just any widget, a Scrolling Sky Scrapper 3 Picture Widget. OMG is this for real? HTML, Java script, Widgets what the hell? The day before I tried to use the directions on a website, I clicked right , left, and stared at my computer for 5 hours until Betty explained to me I was just looking at a UTube tutorial video. I hadn't even gone into his website.(Aaarrgggg!!!!) Anyway...back to yesterday, Cathi picked me up and took me home with her to navigate this covert operation on her own computer. I watched in total awe as she moved through the sites with the skill of a Microsoft genius, and then, nothing. We couldn't get that beautiful Widget to go in my blog! It looks so good in hers http://www.thinklocal.blogspot.com/ I was so envious. So before she pulled out all of her hair, which by the way, she had been to the salon earlier that morning and it looked fabulous, we moved out to her art studio. We got down to business out there, building shelves, cleaning, basically making it a little more user friendly. Now this I could handle. Being a laborer, that's me. This computer stuff, not so much. Later last night we were on the phone for a couple hours trying again, (the frickin Widget thing) we actually got the widget in the blog, but of course it was at the top of the blog and nothing else was there, CRAP! Our brains were toast so we quit for the night. This morning I woke up with one mission in mind, the 'Evil' Widget. The house was absolutely quiet, except for the light haunting music of the Sponge Bob Theme. That's as deep as we get at 7:00am. I sat down at the computer, looked at all my notes, and dang it, I did it! Just a mere 7 hours later, I did it! Easy Peasy, just like that, There is a Scrolling Frickin' Widget in my blog. Whew, now that's like 20 hours of my life I'll never get back. Thanks to Cathi for teaching me not to be scared to do things, thanks to my parents for teaching me to finish a job, and thanks to the academy...(there is really not an academy) but there should be!!!! My wish for you is, "May all of your Widget's be where you need them to be". Have a wonderful day.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Today is St. Patricks Day. Everyone should be wearing a little bit of green. You don't want to get pinched. Remember when you were young at school, you'd be freaking out if you forgot. Oh no! I'm going to get pinched, some creepy kid would notice and point you out. You'd be scrambling for a green pen to draw on yourself, or stuffing grass in your shoes (like you had a new fashion statement) I remember thinking this is the worst day ever. Now wouldn't it be nice if that was all the stress you had to deal with today? Not how am I gonna pay my rent, or how am I gonna pay this bill or that bill. So today I wish for you a little less worry, and a little more fun...Wear a little bit of the green so you don't get pinched!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Today, another first, I went to Tea with my girlfriend Betty. Awesome! It was everything a girl would want in an afternoon. Betty picked me up, a trendy cafe, a Caesar salad, a pot of tea. Me being me, I had mine iced (I know uncool right? but really, it was cool) Then we got down to the business of solving all the worlds problems. Hard work? No, very pleasant actually. It would be a beautiful world if everyone would just listen to me. Just kidding, I don't really have any answers other than what my parents taught me, Never judge anyone, always be kind, be honest, and always work hard. Oh yeah, my mom always told me to get up early, put on my make up, my pretty underwear, and remember my name. I know who I am all right, but I think I've gone wrong, because I have no make up on, and I'm wearing granny panties right now. I'm a frickin REBEL. My wish for you today is be a REBEL!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Welcome to my first blog. I'm excited but very nervous. I'm still trying to figure out how to use my computer. Usually, I'm not defeated by machines, I'm the one in the house that hooks up the VHS, the DVD, the stereo etc...This computer thing though, it seems to be alive,"It's Alive!" I have discussions with it,pull my hair out over it, laugh at it, cry and scream at it, but every now and then I get to feel proud when I learn something new on it. I do however have a wonderful support system. My girlfriend Betty has taught me all my basic computer skills, (Oh how the angels sang the day I "got" cut and paste) she also helped me set up my Etsy shop www.coolmontanajewels.etsy.com then she painstakingly took all the gorgeous photographs of our line. She was beyond kind when she maintained our shop while we were living like gypsies, going from state to state, and show to show selling our handcrafted jewelry. (More on that in future blogs) My girlfriend Cathi, www.thinklocal.etsy.com has helped me hone my basic skills with challenges like, quicker shortcuts, cool backgrounds, and just reading miles of instructions to me, so I could finally comprehend what I was reading. "She has the patience of Job." I'm sounding more and more like my mom everyday. (That's a good thing and a future blog) I am blessed beyond blessation. ( In my bubble world, blessation is a real word) I wasted a lot of time thinking I couldn't do things because I didn't know how, when all I had to do was ask my girlfriends to help me. "My Girlfriends" Wow that sounds awesome to me. A few years ago Cathi told me she didn't know what she would do without the women in her life. She said "A girl needs girlfriends." At the time I didn't really know what she meant. I do now.