Snow Day Coffee Musings

Coffee cup with steam“Snow is a great equalizer. It softens rough edges, hides ugly imperfections under its pristine cloak, quiets the harshness of sound. Traveling in it gives us all the same struggle (& a little sense of adventure) as we forge our way. That’s why I love the snow!” ~ Mary Herling Manifold

When I saw that this morning I loved it and asked Mary if I could quote her today in my blog post.  She is one of my many cousins on my dad’s side that I grew up with playing under grandma and grandpa’s dining room table while the adults sat around it telling stories we all remember well to this day.  Some very fond memories from that time.  I’m so thankful for Facebook as it has kept us all in touch when our family yahoo group turned in to a political soap box.

It is snowing this morning again, looks like we might have picked up another inch or  two.  Fresh covering over all of the foot prints and sled tracks on the hill in back, and the trees are all covered again.  So beautiful to sit in here and look at with my coffee in hand, Christmas trees all lit up and music playing.  I love working from home, I get so much more done this way.  Doesn’t hurt that I love my home!

Yesterday I made a decision that I have been pondering for several weeks.  In November of 2010, I had started another blog page for my faith, This Broken Angel – A Prodigal Daughter’s Return To Her Faith.  It isn’t that my faith isn’t woven into my life, or that I am in some way ashamed and want to hide it.  But not everyone believes as I do, or wants to read about that.  It can get kind of deep and The Musings Of Marvelous Martha is not faith focused, it’s about the crazy life I am living and not sure this makes any sense but the two are linked.  Sometimes I will reblog a post from there to this page but if you are at all interested you can skip on over there and follow it too.  Oops, hijacked myself.  The decision was if I was going to brush the dust off of that page and keep it, actually posting to it, or just let it go.  I decided that it will help me to stay focused daily on my walk so it is all cleaned up with a new look and I’m posting on it again.  Even bought the URL as when you invest money in something you tend to apply more effort.  🙂  And when you invest your time, you tend to put more time and effort into the task, it all feeds off itself and grows.

I just noticed I have 57 emails in my direct sales inbox for my 3 direct sales businesses.  I swear they mate and multiply over night sometimes.  Oh well no big deal. I will get to them later today.

You know what I love? This sounds nutty, but the smell of the carpets being cleaned!  Right now mine are being cleaned as I sit here.  If you are in the greater Cincinnati area, I recommend Blue Sky Carpet Cleaning.  They do residential and commercial and they rock!  6 rooms and a hallway for $99 right now.  You can’t beat that and who doesn’t want nice looking rugs for the holidays?  🙂  Not sure what the deodorizer is they use but it smells great.  With 3 cats and a dog, I may do this every 4-6 months.  They are a small, local business, 859-307-5690.  Support small, local businesses!!!

Hmm…my coffee cup is empty, time for a new pot of coffee.  And then back to work as soon as the carpet cleaners are finished. (I’m now standing at the kitchen counter with my laptop working and watching my carpets look AMAZING.  🙂

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Friday Confessional

YAY!!!!! Friday at last! WOOHOOO and that means it is time to let it all hang out and confess.  Link up with Aubrey and get it all off your chest, and read up on what others are sharing.

I confess…

Poor HoneyBabyMine had to work a LONG day (18+ hours) yesterday.  I missed him a bunch when I came home and he wasn’t here.  I tried hard to stay awake til he got home but finally just couldn’t do it anymore, gave in to sleep and crashed.

I confess…

He can wake me up like he did last night, any old time he would like! And that is all I’m going to say about that.

I confess…

I might have given him a hard time about snagging my Monster in the fridge when he left this morning.  But in my defense, he rarely passes up an opportunity to tease me about things.  No worries, it’s all in fun and he has me laughing frequently, but I wasn’t letting this go without a jab about not feeling the love when I saw it gone.  🙂

I confess…

He looked so adorable taking a nap when I came out of the bathroom, with the yorkie and one of the cats curled up with him on the bed.  I considered a picture to post on Facebook but was able to control myself.

I confess…

I am SO happy right now.  Life is just full of so much goodness and so many blessings, much of which is because he is a part of my life.

I confess…

I am going to sneak out of here and do the grocery shopping while he is napping so it is done and out of the way so we can kick back and enjoy his kids tonight.  Hopefully I can pull this off without waking him up, he needs the sleep!

Friday Confessional…

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Confession time!

If you have something to get off of your chest, click the little girl above and come share.

I confess…

I have a headache, sinus related that I can tell, and  I fear it is the start of a summer cold.  This would just suck because I want to have a relaxing weekend. Chilling does not include filling tissues with a nose full of snot over and over again.

I confess…

I am thoroughly enjoying being a dog owner again.  My daughter’s little darling, Penny, the yorkie, is making for more interesting work days.  I bring her to the office so she isn’t caged during the day and she is enjoying it.  She has toys, a nice mat to lay on, and a pack-n-play if I need to keep her isolated while meetings are going on.  Mostly she wanders the office with her nose on the floor looking for food.  I swear, she is fed!

I confess…

It is a 2 Monster kind of day. As in Monster Energy, Absolutely Zero.  The can that has 2 servings?….I am on the second can now.  Not so much for the energy, but more for my ADD, I am having issues focusing.  12 billion thoughts in my brain and I cannot seem to nail down just one to work on.  This sucks.

I confess…

the secretI decided to start reading The Secret.  I am very intrigued as many are raving about the movie and book, so I am giving it a fair chance to impress me.  If you have read the book or seen the movie, please comment as I’d love to hear other’s opinions.

I confess…

I am now currently reading too many books, if that is even possible:

The Secret – by Rhonda Byrne

Every Woman’s Battle – by  Shannon Ethridge

Black Listed By The PTA – by Lela Davidson

Be A Direct Selling Superstar – by Mary Christensen

A View From The Top – various Avon Senior Executive Unit Leaders (SEULs)

Friday Confessional

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Confession time!

Click the icon above and let it fly!

I confess…

Silly things can really annoy the crap out of me.  Example:  it rained this week and while driving along I noticed this line across the windshield every time the wipers passed by.  There was this tiny, itsy, bitsy twig under the wiper.  Actually more likely a leaf stem.  In no way was it impeding my ability to see, but it was not making for a nice, clean wipe each time.  It bugged the snot out of me and then when I tried to reach out and grab it, it was too far from my hand.  Since it was raining I wasn’t getting out of the car to get it.  Later, when I was on the way home from work, and then yet another day, I noticed it again, having forgotten to get it when I stopped. grrrrrrr…..

I confess…

I’m PMSing.  If it is sugary, sweet, laden with fat and super high in calories…yeah I’m on it and it is SO going in my mouth.  Candy, cookies, dry Captain Crunch cereal….and the ‘edge’ is there but I’m controlling it.  So far, so good. No bodies to bury or hide.  Just need about 10 hours and I’ll be good.

I confess…

I am losing interest in Farmville2 of late.  Just not really caring anymore if my crops are super sized with fertilizer, or if the cows get milked, or chickens fed.  Just do NOT care.

I confess…

I have SO many books to read, not sure where to start.  🙂  It’s like crack for me.  I’m delightfully overwhelmed.

I confess…

I am seriously wanting to crochet.  But it is too warm.  I have 5 projects in various states of completion but just cannot imagine doing them right now.  I’m also wanting to color.  Which means finding a good coloring book and crayons.  But that means a trip to the store.  hmmm….at least that store doesn’t sell food, which is all I can think about right now.  😦

A Mickey-D’s Morning Musings

Similar to my frequent Coffee Musingsonly I’m musing over McDonald’s breakfast with a huge, fountain, Diet Coke.  Because I had enough coffee already today, it’s too stinking warm in this office with no A/C for anymore coffee, and fountain style is the greatest way to have Diet Coke.  I have no idea where we’re heading today, only that I need to write.

First order of business, PLEASE do me a huge favor, my marvelous readers, and go vote for my son as Cincy’s Hottest Dad.  I realize beauty and hottness are in the eyes of the beholder, but as a mom I am biased as hell and his wife is too.  And he could win a $1,000 shopping spree, which if I know him will be used more on the wife and kids than himself.  And besides, odds are you don’t know anyone in this particular contest so help a sister out here. Click -> HERE <-  to vote.  You need to register your email to have your vote count, and can vote daily!  Please do and please spread the word. Thank you, wonderful readers!

Life in the castle just got better last night, as if that were even possible.  First, my cat, Pixel, finally decided to venture up from the lower level bathroom where the litter box is located, and explore the house.  This while we were up and active.  I strongly suspect she comes up at night, as there is no way one cat is eating all of that food herself.  But her making her way up while the Knight and I were watching TV is fantastic.  Sunday it will be 2 weeks since I relocated her to the castle, and while I know it can take 2 full weeks for them to get confident and venture out, I was getting worried about her, down there in the bathroom, residing behind the toilet.

The other reason life got even better in the castle?  We got cable!!!!  The Knight has a wonderful, HD, projection TV…9×15 foot!!! It totally rocks.  He plays Call Of Duty on it.  I wanted to watch The Walking Dead and other favorites on it.  Now I can! WOOHOOO!  I love this TV!  Not nearly as much as I love him, mind you, but what a perk!  And those zombies look scarier and their brain splatter nastier on that large of a screen.  AWESOME! Just have to get my hands on the remote (*wink*).

1010260_641335462560958_218663362_nOkay I am trying SO hard to be patient as I adjust to the horribly rotten “different” driving habits of Kentucky drivers.  I am now a Kentucky resident so I am one of them and need to become “one” with them on the highway.  But I just don’t see that this can happen.  These folks SUCK as drivers!  REALLY they are terrible!  One of the worst, deadliest stretches of highway in the United States is supposedly the I75/71 “cut in the hill” in northern Kentucky, at least I had heard that it was at one time.  It isn’t in the top 10, or even 15 that I can find.  It is a very steep grade, I will give you that.  But honestly, is it necessary to come to a complete stop before venturing downward?  I’ve skateboarded on steeper hills folks!  I kid you not, we’re moving along a decent clip, heading north, when suddenly traffic stops.  I swear I can hear the other drivers, “OMG!!! THE CUT IN THE HILL, SLOW DOWN OR WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!”  Yesterday it was going south, which is UPHILL on this stretch.  Again, dead stop.  If traffic comes to a complete halt, I expect to see bloody carnage, severed body parts and shattered glass strewn across the lanes, crumbled cars, maybe one on its top and a random bumper to add some drama to the scene.  I simply cannot, with my lead foot, conform to the Chicken Little ways of my new community.

Okay now on to the serious sex part.  Hey, I get that sex sells, I really do.  Men are just horn-dog animals (Pigs according to the ex-oinker, King of said swine).  But really, am I the only one disturbed by the lack of respect for the sanctity of marriage?  I stumbled on a show, Mistresses, and I am really disappointed.  Oh I know, what did I expect with that title, but really?   No one on this show has any respect for marriage. NO ONE.  All the leading ladies are bed hoppers except the one, a widow, who has discovered her dear, departed spouse was carrying on a multi-year affair and had a love child. I can accept and deal with the lesbian couple (so far they seem to be the only ones faithful to one another), but everyone else is either married and banging others or single and doing the sheet mambo with someone who is married.  Is it any wonder that marriage and life long fidelity is almost unheard of anymore?  Even supposedly devout Christians have a huge problem in this area.  Lured by images, tv shows, movies, magazines the temptation just keeps growing and folks cannot seem to resist and lean on their vows.

Years ago when the ex-oinker had ‘issues’, he worked through a fantastic book called Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Timeby Steve Arterburn.  Not only was it super for him, there is a section in every chapter for the wife/girlfriend that helps her understand men and their sexual needs.  Though I haven’t read it yet, but it is on my book bucket list on my Kindle, there is one for the gals too, Every Woman’s Battle: Discovering God’s Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillmentby Shannon Ethridge (forward by Steve Arterburn).   (Every Woman’s Desire is a great book, not just for the women, but for men to read to really understand us women and what we desire…but it is pricey and not on Kindle.  I’m going to check my local library for it because it can’t hurt me to read it again)  I really do not know all the answers, but ladies, meet his needs! Men, fulfill her desires!  COMMUNICATE and learn about what the other needs and stay faithful!  Oh, and the book Love and Respect is awesome too, though I’m learning “respect” is defined differently from man to man, so ASK him what it means to him.  I’m waiting for the Knight to define it in his terms for me, as showing him respect is paramount in my heart.

I no longer will ever accept infidelity in a relationship.  One strike, zero tolerance, it is O-V-E-R.  Temptation? WALK, no wait, RUN THE HELL FROM IT! If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, tend to your own and maybe it will green up!

The storms have blown through, now I’m working and listening to multiple scanners hoping to find work to dispatch my crews too. More work equals more money.  I am all about getting those finder bonuses!  Guess it is time to get back to what I’m paid to do.  Ya’ll have a marvelous day!

Monday Quiz About Me

Acting Balanced

It’s Monday which is quiz day.  Not sure what to write about but want to post something?  This is your hop/meme. Click the icon above and come link up. Acting Balanced posts the first 4 questions and you make up a 5th question for those reading your blog to answer in the comment section, so be sure you do that as you move around.

Here are the Questions:

1.  June 10th is Iced Tea Day – do you drink iced tea?  Sweet or unsweet?  Flavoured?

2. What would be an essential for you to survive a long airplane flight?

3.  How do you explain wanting an iron to someone who does not speak English?

4.  Should smoking be allowed in restaurants?

**And the bonus question for readers to answer below in the comments**

5.  Who or what is your go to when you need a little inspiration in your day to get your motivation mojo on?

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1.  June 10th is Iced Tea Day – do you drink iced tea?  Sweet or unsweet?  Flavoured?

Yes I love iced tea!  I grew up drinking mint iced tea because my grandma on dad’s side made it.  Everyone in the family at some point had taken a cut of the mint plant and started growing it to make grandma’s tea.  She would cut and dry the mint to be able to make it all year round, it is kind of a family tradition.  I will need to start my own mint plant here soon at the Castle so that I can make it.  It is sweetened, so I have to be careful not to over do it or the weight I am losing will be back.

2. What would be an essential for you to survive a long airplane flight?

Xanex and a few very strong drinks.  No really, the other passengers get very disturbed by my being curled up in the fetal position on the floor sobbing and sucking my thumb.  I HATE flying, it terrifies me and never gets any easier for me.  I have found that the Xanex and a couple of shots of whiskey = the Marvelous one will sleep like a baby all the way to the landing of the plane.

3.  How do you explain wanting an iron to someone who does not speak English?

Acting it out!  I think I could easily express it to someone that I needed an iron through actions.

4.  Should smoking be allowed in restaurants?

Yes.  Let me explain. I am not a smoker and do not like being around it at any time but especially when eating.  However I do not believe the powers that be should make it illegal to smoke where folks eat, leave that to  each individual establishment to determine if they will be smoking, non-smoking, or have designated smoking sections.  There is NO proof whatsoever that second hand smoke causes cancer, that is a complete bogus claim.  There are beliefs and theories but so far no proof.  Not to mention that often the food those folks are consuming in the smoke free environment are doing far more damage to their bodies by clogging arteries etc.  Places that opt to remain smoke free will draw customers like me, who do not smoke and don’t want to be around it while eating.  Those that allow it will draw smokers.

YOUR TURN – ANSWER THE NEXT ONE IN THE COMMENTS SECTION:

5.  Who or what is your go to when you need a little inspiration in your day to get your motivation mojo on?

I have several.  I will go to Youtube and watch either Patsy Clairmont or Amanda Gore.  Both are hilarious women.

Friday Confessional

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F-R-I-D-A-Y

Can we just let that sink for a moment?

(insert dramatic, silent pause…..)

Last day of the work week for most of us, a day long awaited throughout the hustle, bustle and insanity.

Okay back at it!  It is Friday and that means Aubrey has the confessional open.  Click that innocent looking little girl above to link up and confess your naughtiness from this past week.  Confession is good for the soul, it is said, let it fly.

I confess…

I am exhausted.  Not sure why, just flat out tired.  I think it is the whole getting used to being up earlier. I was starting the wake-up process at 6:15am during the school year, which some days meant crawling from my rack at 7am after multiple uses of the snooze alarm, in order to get Mia on the bus (the 8yo I was watching before and after school).  Now, I am waking up at 5:15am.  My poor, over worked guardian angel isn’t even awake at that hour.  I am pretty safe without her assistance until I walk out of the door, provided I don’t use the stove.  🙂  I am getting into bed around 9:30pm so not sure why I am so sleepy other than adjusting to the new time, and sleeping in a new place.

I confess…

The new place is the boyfriend’s home, the castle of my Knight.  More or less I’m shacking up with him.  🙂  I am very happy, just adjusting to new surroundings.  As this week is ending I’m sleeping solidly having gotten used to noises etc.  In fact I am sleeping better next to him and loving it!  Slowly I will move in all of my “stuff”. I have clothes there and will gradually move in my earthly belongings but no rush.  I have what I need and I have him.  No sense totally shocking the poor guy.  Heck, he already accepted my cat, my niece’s cat and soon my daughter’s Yorkie.  Tell me that isn’t love!

I confess…

The longer I am with this company the better I like my job.  There are days it is mentally taxing and I leave here super fatigued, but I love it.  Those are the days the stereo in the car is cranking out something to help me transition out of the office mentality and into the ME time mind set.  Even with all the road construction and highway traffic issues, I am in a pretty good mood.  Getting upset doesn’t make the cars move any faster, so I just relax and roll with it, singing along with the songs.

I confess…

I really could use a nap right now!  Might have to run out and get a Monster.

Ya’ll have a wonderful Friday!

Friday Confessional – Saturday Style

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*Due to a busy day and a fairly pissy mood, I didn’t FEEL like confessing on Friday.  But Aubrey is such a wonderful meme/hop hostess she won’t mind me letting it all fly today.*

I confess… 

Yesterday sucked for the most part.  From the time I rolled out of bed dragging butt tired right up to laying on my bed in the middle of the afternoon sweating buckets from the humidity, it just sucked.  If it could go wrong yesterday, it did.  Until I arrived at my honey’s house, then things improved 200% simply because he is who he is and always makes me laugh.  And he is just hot.  And looking at him and feeling my heart swell up with love for this guy just does wonders.

I confess…

If looks could kill, the boss and a slew of others I bumped into yesterday would be in the early stages of decomp at the moment.

I confess… 

I sleep better when I’m with him.  No clue why other than I just do.

I confess… 

There will never be enough time in my life to read all of the books I’ve added to my Kindle….but I keep adding them anyway.

I confess…

I just polished off a great bowl of oatmeal and if it weren’t for the fact that I’m finally losing my muffin top, I’d go for another.  Ah, self control.

I confess…

I’m about to go finish reading a really good book that is eating at me to see how it ends. Unintended Consequences, a freebie on Kindle a while back, has been really good!

Wine & Cheese ~ 62nd Serving

Romantic lunch setting with wine and food for twoWelcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Many weeks on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining.

Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times.

I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well. I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal.

If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings. Sit back and join me now for the 62nd  serving of some wine and cheese!

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WINE

:(  I am most unhappy with myself at the moment.  I logged in to my Sparkpeople account and was very disappointed in myself.  I had set a goal to get the weight off by my 50th birthday…and I failed.  Mostly because I never bothered to TRY to get it off.  I grew very comfy with the ‘curvy’ me that so many men tell me they like.  But I know it is not healthy and with high blood pressure and heart disease floating in the family, not to mention cancer of a few forms, I need to stop ignoring that my being a few pounds over weight is NOT a good thing.  There is nothing sexy about  poor health.

😦  I forgot my running shoes today.  I don’t run, but I do love to walk and when I was shopping for good shoes the folks in the running store fixed me up with these saying it would be better for me support wise etc.  I meant to bring them so I could walk at lunch.  I have on my work tennis shoes but those aren’t supportive enough.

😦  I just looked up my nightly glass of wine to see how many calories it has, and I’m not happy.  A 4oz glass (seriously who has a 4 ounce glass of wine?? that is a sip!) has 80 calories.  I’ll not be indulging in that for a while.

CHEESE

🙂  To make it easier to stay motivated to get the weight off, the 3 oldest of us in the Diva Den are in a friendly little competition of Biggest Loser.  Mom and Boo are doing it through work, I am going up against them at the home front.  I plan to win.

🙂  I had such a yummy lunch today!  Subway is just down the street so I opted for a 6 inch sub, building my own online to make it fit my calorie plan before I went to buy it.  Gotta love technology

🙂  I love the perks of my job.  Not only my own office, blue jeans is acceptable attire, but I also have a 26″ HD flat screen in my office.  I’m munching lunch, watching the Reds game, and can watch all day if I like while I work.

🙂  It is such a beautiful day outside!  I’ve got the office front door propped open, can hear the trains nearby, birds singing, this is really sweet!

DESSERT

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