Sunday, February 20, 2011

Oh Happy Day!

Just a brief note!  Since football season ended I have been thinking "what now".  Today I remember what now.  It is a beautiful, warm, sunny day and the Daytona 500 is on tv.  Between my favorites Dale Jr. and Tony Stewart, I expect a fun day.  I know lots of people think only rednecks watch Nascar, but I am NOT a redneck!  Gotta go.  They have started their engines! Bye!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Confusion Reigns

I love making decisions!  It's not hard for me but changing my mind often follows.  So for now I am going to try my hand at jewelry design.  I have tried it and love it for now.  I've played with all my daughter's  jewels and helped pick out more.  So I have business cards, a title and I provide cheap labor for her.  We have been developing a web site which will be activated soon.  I am excited about making very trendy but one of a kind pieces of jewelry.  We will see how this works out.  I still have quite a few pieces of furniture (from another decision I made) in the garage waiting for me to paint them.

I am still going to be developing new flavors of Cake Balls.  My youngest grandson will not let me quit making these.  If you find them for sale at local bakeries, don't complain about the price.  I have seen them for $17-27 per dozen.  Let me tell you that they are very expensive to make and take tons of time.  He absolutely loves them so I will keep playing with this.

My daughter has a bichon with a huge vocabulary understanding.  She understands about things like "tomorrow" and  "go clean off your dirty feet", and "hide it Katie".  Yesterday we had 40 mph winds blowing leaves in the house every time we opened the door to let all the dogs in or out.  I said to the dogs "when you go out take some of these leaves with you".  Poor Katie stood there looking at me and at the leaves trying to decide how to do what I asked!  It was very funny!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine's Day for One

Anyone without a sweetheart could really feel left out on Valentin's Day.  I think most probably try to ignore it, but that is really difficult with the world covered in pink and red.  Don't get me wrong, those are two of my favorite colors.  I heard on TV yesterday that you can treat yourself for Valentine's Day.  I think that is a great idea. I have been doing that for years.  Also Christmas and Birthdays!  Buy yourself some favorite chocolate, a bunch of flowers from the grocery store, and get a manicure.  Then just enjoy the weekend and feel special!  You could even add a bottle of wine to your gift list.  What a nice way to spend a holiday.

My Cake Balls seem to be a success.  They all arrived in the mail without being destroyed (that's another story) and my grandsons thought I was a magician.  Morgan said getting a German Chocolate Cake in a ball of chocolate was magic.  Maybe that is what makes them special.

The packaging mentioned above was engineered by my son-in-law.  It involved platters, bottoms of cookie cans, foam plates, stretch and seal, and pool noodles.  You would have to see it to believe it.  I have a very talented family.

Hope every one has a good Valentine's Day!  See you next time!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

How Frustrated Can One Person Be?

After the Super Bowl and two snow events it is time to get back to business.  Last week I spent an hour one day trying to get an upgrade on my AT&T phone.  With a new phone on the way I watched for FedEx for 2 days.  No luck so I called AT&T again.  Forty five minutes later my phone was on the way.  It arrived and guess what?  I have no signal.  None, nada, not even 1 bar.  So tomorrow I will be battling AT&T again.  Wish me luck but don't try to call me!

I am still exploring my options but I am not sure about Cake Balls.  After making 20 dozen I don't see this as an occupation.  They were fun but they require a lot of dishwashing.  I would never apply for a dishwashing job so why would I take on one voluntarily.  BIG bowls and lots of them, baking pans, and cookie sheets.  Double boilers and melted dipping chocolate everywhere.  I think I will keep looking for my new specialty.

With a new snow storm on the way tomorrow I am looking forward to being snowed in with no deadlines to worry about.  Taxes are done, Valentines are in the mail.  I think I will read a good book and watch the snow fall.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I Have Some Explaining To Do!

More than a Nana doesn't mean that being a grandmother is less than wonderful  It's just that when your grandchildren have the audacity to grow up and go away to college you have a lot of extra time on your hands.  With no job to define me I am left with grandmother being my only identity.  I really think I need to be more than that.  I've always been good at multi-tasking so now I feel lonely with only a very part-time way to contribute to the world.  Now that I have made that clear I will move on .

I had some thoughts today on being grateful.  Most of us hate taxes!  Thinking about doing our taxes, paying taxes, even others spending our tax money.  Well, what if you didn't have to pay taxes?  What if April 15th just didn't apply to you?  Wait a minute now.  Not such a happy thing if you didn't make enough money last year to have to file taxes or pay taxes!  I decided that I might should be grateful for the need to file my tax forms again this year!  Makes you think doesn't it?

I have been very busy today so I have had no time to spend researching what comes next for me in this life.  I am still open to suggestions so
send my blog address to anyone you think might be helpful to me.  Or even who might enjoy laughing at my attempt to find a new identity.

It's not too late today to find something to be grateful for in your own life or to wonder about your own journey.  Unless you are a parent with children at home.  Then you get no options or choices for a few more years.  Take care and have fun!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Beginning

This blog is an experiment.  I could have just as easily started a journal, but I am hoping for some feedback to jumpstart my search.  I have spent months trying to decide what to do with myself- -maybe become a crafter?  Start a business?  Find a job?  They all have their pros and cons.  I have played with my daughters business on Etsy and think it is perfect for her.  However, when I think of something I would enjoy making to sell on Etsy, I find there are already 100,000 of then available.  I had a great time  last weekend making Cake balls.  And they were wonderful cake balls.  Unfortunately I have no idea where to sell them so they are becoming Valentines for my family members.  I love making throw pillows and they are exceptionally pretty, but Etsy is full of them.  Same thing with little girls dresses.  Same thing with great looking aprons.  As you can see this is the mystery I mentioned in my profile.  I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me and I hope it has a fun ending.