Monday, March 30, 2009

I had one of my SERENE MOMENTS this weekend!

With my boyfriend, Ollie, working in Wisconsin, I ventured to his house to check on everything, and to get away. Ollie lives in a cabin on the river.
I took along "my son's" brindle boxer, Tiger.
Saturday, RAIN.
You know, something about being in a cabin at the river, I just really didn't care that it was raining. I kicked back on the couch with Tiger lying beside me and caught up on a little bit of NOTHING!
Sunday starts with lots of sunshine, but cool and windy! Again, something about the surroundings made me just not care.
I loaded up Tiger and took a drive along the river, stopping at homes of my friends to see how things were coming along. There's still a massive clean up going on since the big ice storm in January.
Tiger and I stopped several times and just enjoyed the river. It has changed so much since the two floods last year.
Lucky for me, I remembered my camera. I have one of those old fashion ones that takes film. I took several pictures of the river and will be posting them soon!
Tiger and I spent the rest of the day just hanging out and enjoying the sunshine.
I'll be returning this coming weekend. Ollie will be in for a couple of days and then will be returning to the job in Wisconsin.
I am really ready to see him.
Anyway, thanks for stopping by.
If you are a dessert fan, stop by my "Yummy!Yummy!Yummy!" blog and view my recipe for Twinkie Pie.
Also, I have a new blog in the works. It is titled "Visions of Life: A Journey Towards Health and Wealth". If you have a health topic you would like me to explore, just let me know.
I will be starting, by request, with Heart Disease.
Stay tuned for my photos from the river. I will be posting them within a day or so.
You'll definitely want to hang out and enjoy some Serene Moments there.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I just have to share this with everyone!

My candle business is about to get EVEN BETTER! That's right! You heard it here first!

The company I work with has just announced that they are adding a line of ALL NATURAL, MINERAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS! How exciting is that?!

The products are expected to kick-off in MAY and here is what we will offer:

MINERAL FOUNDATION - 8 SHADES to start with; made with natural bismuth ingots



PRESSED POWDER - perfect for those who do not want the MINERAL FOUNDATION

BLUSH - 5 SHADES to start with

EYESHADOW - 16 SHADES to start with

SLIMLINE LIPSTICK - 10 SHADES to start with; made with Vegetable Oils/Natural Wax...

LIPGLOSS - 10 SHADES to start with; Sunflower Oils, Vitamin E...

MASCARA - BLACK and BROWN; purified water, moisturizing oils...

BRUSHES - a line of makeup brush applicators

So, there you have it!

I will keep you posted with more and will post photos/video when I get it!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Thought this was cute! Wanted to share it!

One day God was looking down at Earth and saw all of the rascally behavior that was

going on. So he called one of His angels and sent the angel to Earth for a time.

When he returned, he told God, 'Yes, it is bad on Earth;

95% are misbehaving and only 5% are not.

God thought for a moment and said, 'Maybe I had better

send down a second angel to get another opinion.'

So God called another angel and sent him to Earth for a time.

When the angel returned he went to God and said,

'Yes, it's true.The Earth is in decline; 95% are misbehaving,

But 5% are being good.'

God was not pleased. So He decided to e-mail the 5%

that were good, because he wanted to encourage them,

and give them a little something to help them keep going.

Do you know what the e-mail said?

Okay, I was just wondering, because I didn't get one either.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I am sorry to have neglected my blog for a few days. I am quite busy trying to get ready for the Taste of Home Cooking School. It is on April 2nd and I have reserved a booth for my candle business. They are expecting an attendance of 2,000!
I have been busy buying up product for the show, but, even more time consuming, has been getting my information cards with coupon and scent sample ready for the gift bags. It really takes quite some time to get 2,000 ready.
I do appreciate your patience.
I try to use this as my personal blog, keeping my business information to the side so that it is your choice if you would like to see it. Most of you know, however, that I have an additional blog, that covers more of my business. It is where I "advertise", so to speak, by telling about the business and things related to it.
I hope you do not mind this post crossing that line, but I want to share my excitement, nervousness and anxiety about the upcoming show and, maybe, you guys could kind of "cheer me on".
I do want to let everyone know that I would love for you to visit my business site, not so much to buy, although I would let you, but to enter my weekly drawing. There's no kind of obligation, but I would love to see a fellow blogger win!
Just click on the jar candle, fill in your information and submit!
Thanks guys!
I'll finish up the inserts for the gift bags by Thursday and the rest will be pretty simple. Then, I can get back to blogging.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Good news! When you sign up for mobile and e-mail alerts with Redbox, they send you codes for a free movie on Monday and Wednesday!
I love it!

Here is today's code:


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Serene Moments

Please take the time, sit back, relax and enjoy all these Serene Moments! They are my gift to you!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I am so excited! I just found a GREAT DEAL! A FREEBIE! Who doesn't like those?!
Okay, so here's the deal. Redbox is having FREE MOVIE WEDNESDAY!
If you're not familiar with Redbox, basically, it is a portable movie rental box. It's about the size of a soda machine and they place them in businesses. The movies are $1 a night anyway, but FREE is even better.
Today's code is: GTL456
You can go to their website and sign up to receive their weekly codes via e-mail and/or text!

So, ENJOY! Glad I could help!

Oh, and, by the way, YOU OWE ME ONE (several actually) Hee!Hee!

Monday, March 16, 2009

I thought it was time for a change of scenery! How do you like it?

The first day of Spring is coming up fast. I am so excited! Each year, I set about looking for the perfect plants. I have my favorites, but I am always looking for something new. Last year, I found several flowers that I loved. It was the first year that I had a large spot and lots of time on my hands, so I just kept buying flowers. Of course, with my hip injury, I couldn't plant them, so I would have Cody or Ollie put them in the ground for me. I babied them, most every day and, I must say, it paid off. I had beautiful flower beds.
This year, I have started a few plants indoors. I plan on ordering some and then, it's off to the local nursery. There's a wonderful nursery, not far from my home, that has a huge selection of flowers. The people are friendly and "glad to have you". The plants are well taken care of and healthy.
I just can't wait to get started!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Everyone, please, go to this site and do what you can to help


Every child needs a chance to live!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

You know, sometimes I can relax knowing that I've saved money. I am really big on getting a good deal and rarely pay full price for anything.
If you like good deals, here are some great links to get them:

I AM NOT PAID TO ADVERTISE FOR THESE COMPANIES!!! These are just my faves: - have an excellent selection of toys for kids of all ages, awesome clearance - clearance is great, have really good sales and will give coupons for money off and free shipping - great deals on ALOT of stuff, different deals every day - have one great deal per day (I paid $8 for a 2GB MP3 player) - good deals, clearance is great - check out the cabela bargain cave for good deals - good deals, especially e-mail deals, always a coupon - great deals on food, new menu every month

If you need suggestions on other products, drop me a note or e-mail! Chances are, I can find you a deal!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Well, they say all good things must come to an end and, this evening is that time. The high temperatures are gone and nowhere to be seen in the 7 day forecast. I knew, this early in the year, it was inevitable. The rain and wind has moved in and the temperatures are dropping into the 40's (day) and 30's (night)and will beginning raising some by the weekend. I haven't given up on fishing, yet. We have a trip to the lake in the works for this weekend and as long as the temps aren't freezing and the winds stay "reasonable", we should be able to go.
Sounds as if the wind may be dying down, if so, it'll be a great night for sleep. The only thing better than rain when you're sleeping, is rain on a metal roof when you're sleeping. It lulls you right into dream world.
I spent the day doing a little spring cleaning. Funny how things can just accumulate over time. Of course, since getting hurt, I can't do some of the most simple things anymore. I have to kind of work in spurts, but I get it done. I have to keep things straight or I will lose my sanity and will not be able to RELAX and ENJOY all my SERENE MOMENTS!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

By the way, if you're not familiar with Angel Food Ministries, you need to take a look! Click the links!
They provide food boxes at discount prices for EVERYONE! They use the profits to help others! Here's PART of what is offered for the month of MARCH. This stuff isn't shabby and, with this economy, what better way to save money?

Ribeyes Meatballs Chicken Breast Ham
Vegetables Chicken Tenders Desserts
Chicken Nuggets Eggs New York Strips
Soup Ribs Pasta Pork Chops

I could go on and on! They put together special boxes for holidays. Right now, they have 2 special boxes for Easter dinner!
They have locations all over. It is a church based program, so you don't have to worry about getting ripped off.
Check their site, see if they have a location near you. Chances are, they do!
Hello! Another wonderful day! We hit about 80 again, but darn that wind! I am itching to go fishing and I hate to wait!
Want to let you know about the new blog:
I'm trying not to neglect this one while trying to get the other up and running. I call it Yummy! Yummy! Yummy! I will be concentrating on my business, because it's got yummy scents, lots of yummy recipes, photos....anything that I deem YUMMY!
Drop in if you get a chance.

So, Ollie has made it to Milwaukee and is all settled in. I had to tease him: it was 34 degrees and dropping with plenty of lake effect snow. He wanted to turn around and come back! The joys of traveling jobs.

I'm still waiting for that appointment with a neurologist....I guess I'm about as good as I can be. I do have my spirits back up some, even though my "cheerleader" is gone. (Lord, he's going to kill me for that one!)
I'm generally pretty upbeat. I'm a bit of a jokester and it is rare to see me not smiling. I use people to keep me up! I concentrate on their needs and it pushes me through. I love to cut up and you never really know what I might say! Nothing bad, but I'll get your attention somehow!
Hey, thanks for listening! We'll "talk" soon!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

I can't believe it's been such a beautiful day. 80 degrees, a little too windy, but wonderfully sunshiney! What a word, huh?
I'm am once again returned to the home life. The boyfriend officially heads back to Milwaukee tomorrow. He'll leave early morning. It's about a 10 1/2 hour drive on him. If things go well, he'll get to come back in April.
I'll be hanging with my son, Cody, oh, a shout out for him, he just landed a job!!! Anyway, we have Tiger, his brindle boxer that I take care of. So, hopefully the two will keep my occupied for the next few weeks.
We have rain moving in, so the next few warm days will probably be ruined. No fishing for Gena, dang it!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hi, all! Sorry I left you hanging for a few days. I know I was missed, IMMENSELY! Hee!Hee! I was hanging with the boyfriend. He travels a lot for his job. He is a self-employed site coordinator. Anyway, he is working a job in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is in for a few days, so that's where I have been. With his job, you truly learn to appreciate your time together. He is gone months at a time. They try to schedule him days to come home, at least once a month, but it doesn't always work that way. I went 8 weeks without seeing him, once. He has about 10 or 12 weeks left on this job, then he will have, hopefully, a couple of weeks free, before starting the next job in Skylar, Nebraska (forgive me if I spelled it wrong). That job will last about a year, maybe longer, most likely longer.
So, how is everyone? Lets hear from you!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Having one of those days. You know, the ones where nothing goes right. A little more background, I have been off with a work injury for just over a year. Dealing with workers comp isn't fun, but, I have to say that they have done pretty good. My biggest nightmare has become my orthopaedic specialist. After he performed surgery on my hip, I started having major pain. He says the hip is fine now, but, to me, it still hurts. Since surgery, the pain has moved into the back, down the leg, all the way into my foot. I have a lot of numbness, too. My ortho is supposed to be setting up an appointment with a neurologist. I was in his office on Feb. 18. I have tried to be patient. I realize that it is hard to locate a neurologist that takes workers comp, but I located one for them, was still waiting...Here it is, 2 weeks since the appointment, still nothing. I start calling EVERYBODY only to find out that the doctor's office hasn't even requested approval with workers comp, much less tried to set up an appointment with the neurologist. They put a note on my account saying they were waiting for approval. My workers comp case manager was pretty upset with that. I spoke with her last week and she was waiting for the paperwork and referal, too. My workers comp case manager is pretty upset, as well. What do you do? I am literally at their mercy and growing worse every day. Plus, the neurologist is already booked up to the end of April. I am so frustrated.
This is not my "Relax and Enjoy all your Serene Moments", moment. I guess we all have our days.
I am so ready to get my life back. At 39, I'm not ready to give up yet. I have always been active, a real outdoorsy type, GARDENING, hunting, fishing, just enjoying the outdoors.