I've been watching these lilies for what seems like an eternity now. I brought them from the old house in pots and wasn't sure they would make it from last year. When I saw the sprouts back in February - I was delighted and cautiously optimistic that they might actually make it.
A month went by and I continued to observe and send positive vibes to these plants.
I moved the pots out to the rose bed because they would get the necessary sun.
Could I dare dream that they might bloom? I've watched them daily and babied them with the weather and I'd even admit to talking tenderly to them at times.......
About two weeks ago I noticed the blooms slightly peeking from the tips....I was ecstatic!
Four days later and a bit more growth had me even more excited. I counted 41 (as in fourty one) buds on the two plants. What better treat could I have hoped for? the pictures don't show it but there are 8 stalks of leaves/blooms in these 2 pots.
Here's what I'm seeing these past few days as the buds continue to unfold and reveal their potential.
That main stem on the above plant is as large as my thumb. This plant stands about 4 feet tall in the pot.
I can barely wait until these beauties begin to open....the colors are a vibrant magenta and white. These are stargazer lilies and the fragrance is intoxicating. I can't wait to see them myself and share them with you. One bud today was beginning to turn a much lighter shade...so perhaps within the next week I'll be blessed with blooms.
And speaking of blooms.......
Can anyone identify this plant/flower? I have a few of them in the large flower bed. I don't know what it is.
Nannie and Popa graciously agreed to provide the swingset for J's birthday. Both J and K are taking full advantage of the daylight hours and spend a great deal of time in the backyard. We wanted to provide a "safe" play area so we decided to mulch the area around the swingset and then put edging around that. We also discovered that, due to the shade from the tree, grass will not grow in the large area surrounding this tree....so we decided to mulch it and then fill the grass in around the edge of the border.
39 bags of mulch......over 100 feet of edging with rubber safety top, 4 hours of intensive work (with a few gatorade breaks :) and a tremendous amount of satisfaction on a job completed and well done. We didn't realize it until we saw the evening news - but it was 97 degrees on Sunday. No damn wonder we were so hot and sweaty.....even in the glorious shade of this maple tree.
We plan to fill that inner circle with these:
Last year - for Mother's Day or my birthday - I can't remember - A gave me these two hosta plants. They each had just a few leaves that were no bigger than a child's palm. Look at how they've grown in just one year. Today I plan to split the rhizomes into 6 individual plants and then place those plants in the flower bed around the tree. I'll fill in the remainder spaces with either caladiums or Purple Heart.
Here's a few more shots of things going on in our backyard:
This is just 4 days old and yes....that's ivy growing in the 5 o'clock position. Yes, I know that I said that I HATE all kinds of ivy. Yes, I said that it would be eradicated anywhere on our property. No, I don't know what possessed me to include this except that I already had it, it was a gift from someone and with it being in a container - it wouldn't be able to spread anywhere on the property. There's sweet potato vine, two variations of coleus, some white petunias, and that tall grass that turns purple in the fall.
Take a look at these ....
My only guess is that the sunflower plants came from seeds knocked to the ground by the birds when they visited the feeders above. We have 3 sunflower plants that are about 18 inches tall so far. They only get morning sun - so I'm not sure how well they will do.
More landscape pictures tomorrow.....and some opportunities for you to help me identify some plants. Gotta get outside and in the flowerbeds before it gets too hot.
Was it Sesame Street or another children's show that had the song, "Three of these things belong together.....three of these things are kinda the same.....
I'm not sure which of my thoughts belong together today - for they are rather scattered and the only thing connecting them is really that I'm the common denominator.
I watched my son - whose birthday was officially this past Saturday pointing the water hose (turned on fully opened) at a patch of clay dirt in our back yard....then he proceeded to stomp in it and smash it all over himself up to his shins. Now his entire legs from the knees down are an orange stained color. I couldn't help but think how we all could benefit to be more childlike with life because he certainly is still childlike enough to enjoy something so simple as stomping in the mud. I wonder where the time went. I marvel at how much progress he's made in his therapy. We'll talk about that progress when we meet this week with his therapist to map out a plan for the summer.
We've watched Willy Wonka (with Johnny Dep) and the Chocolate Factory at least 40 times in the past month. Both J and K have the dance down to an art and can just about quote the script from memory. Yes, they know the songs and soundtrack inside and out.
My blog friend Karla is expecting again - you might remember her from last year this time when her daughter Ava died shortly after being born with a heart defect and labor/delivery gone awry. I wish her and her hubby peace above all - because it's difficult to love again after losing so much.
We completed our Memorial Day project ahead of schedule. I promise pictures tomorrow.
I'm learning how to manage my time better and more effectively.
K is trying to give up her daily nap - I need it more than her.
My brother in law is scheduled to arrive home from Iraq tomorrow. There isn't going to be a welcome home party for anyone other than him and his wife/daughters. I'm thankful for many things relating to this....most of all that he's coming home alive and that the time passed quickly. I don't regret the decision that I made last fall to not attend the going-away party.
I've discovered a new joy in spending time with my children....my younger children, that is. We're playing in the water and going swimming in the hot tub (that's what they call swimming) and laughing and screaming with glee while they run and slide on the slip N slide. I try to work more effectively so that I can spend uninterrupted time with them. Many days we leave the house so that daddy can work without interruptions and company.
My flowerbeds and landscape continue to come together. My camera is in the vehicle that isn't here today; otherwise, I would share pictures today instead of tomorrow.
My business is continuing to grow and I"m enjoying how it's changing me.
A began her job today at Walmart. Let the learning begin :)
M was here for 4 days before she requested to go back home. I am dealing with so many emotions where she is concerned because she challenges all of my insecurities. I wouldn't allow her to be on the computer 24/7, stay up till 2/3 am, sleep till 11/12 and not contribute anything to our family/house while here. She didn't like it so she went home in a huff. Every time I think about what her life is becoming - I'm scared to death of the consequences that are headed her way. She's oblivious to them and so is her daddy - as long as they are having fun - that's all that matters. Play now....play later....let other people pay all along. She is so confused that I personally find it overwhelming to even be in her presence. Obviously - I'm dealing with a myriad of guilt emotions. The one thing about her not being here is that I don't have to have it all crammed down my throat every single second. I feel like I have failed her as a mother and being in her presence in just a reminder of all the ways that I wish I could have helped her. Telling myself that I can't change or help someone who constantly refused to be helped or loved doesn't make the feelings of guilt and disappointment any easier to deal with.
B still has 8 marching shows to write this year. The bottom line will look great for us and I'm pleased to say now that with the income that I'm contributing - things are looking much better for us. We're going to be able to accomplish a tremendous amount this summer with our home and family.
Oatmeal cookies are best served warm and chewy, right? With a swallow or two of cold, fresh milk.
We've got 11 homes in our subdivision under construction right now. Five homes have been moved into in the past 90 days. Three have contracts pending. The diversity and uniqueness of our growing neighborhood is exciting to me. I feel so at home here and am experiencing a contentment that I"ve never known before. We even have a celebrity across the street and down two homes. She was a contestant on one of the *Survivor Shows. Isn't that kewl?
See what I meant about rambling thoughts? Which of these things belong together? What's the common denominator other than me?
You betcha :) Except that it's England......and the United States hasn't caught on (yet)
I look forward to the day when our country and our society, who has taken the "crisis health care system" and made it into the "everyday, health maintenance system" while the cost skyrockets and the results plumet, will adopt a more preventative and natural approach. This is just my opinion, of course - but it's supported by research :)
More women should have babies at home, not in hospital, says Health Secretary
By Marie Woolf and Sophie Goodchild Published: 14 May 2006
Pregnant women are to be advised to give birth at home as part of a revolution in childbirth policy that will reverse decades of medical convention.
Patricia Hewitt, the Secretary of State for Health, is to "challenge the assumption", prevalent since the 1970s, that the safest place to give birth is in hospital and that home births can be dangerous.
In what is being billed as a historic shift in the politics of childbirth, doctors will be told to offer all pregnant women the chance to deliver their baby at home with the help of a midwife and their own choice of pain relief.
The Independent on Sunday can today reveal that the Government is planning a "strategic shift" in childbirth policy away from hospital delivery and towards births in the reassuring surroundings of home. It has commissioned research to support the case for home births and "challenge the assumption that births should take place in hospitals". The Secretary of State wants to "demedicalise" pregnancy and challenge the "presumption" that birth should take place under the supervision of a doctor.
"A strategic shift towards more home births is part of the Government's move for more care to be provided in the community and in the home, and away from acute hospitals," said a Health Department source.
The move comes as new figures reveal that more than 200,000 women, a third of all who give birth every year, suffer some psychological distress after delivery. Ms Hewitt wants to "empower women to make real choices about how they have their babies. I want all women to be offered the choice of a home birth, and a choice of pain relief," she said.
Andrew Lansley, the Tory Health spokesman, asked if there were enough midwives to enable more home births.
Maureen Treadwell, founder of the Birth Trauma Association, said the birth needs of all women need to be taken into account. "A huge number of women have been deeply distressed by child- birth. Women shouldn't be discouraged from having home births if they do not have any risk factors, any more than those who want to give birth in hospital," she said.
A new report, expected to be published later this year, will warn that there has been little change in how expectant mothers are treated over the past decade. Its author, Dr Caroline Gatrell, a sociologist from Lancaster University, said: "As soon as you go through the hospital door the chances of having forceps are much higher and you are less mobile, which increases stress. It has to be about choice."
About 47 per cent of women in England and 38 per cent in Scotland give birth without medical intervention. But childbirth groups believe up to 70 per cent could deliver safely at home.
"At long last the whole movement into hospitals in the 1970s and belief that home births was unsafe, which was based on incorrect statistics, looks as if it may end," said Belinda Phipps, chief executive of the National Childbirth Trust. "It has taken decades for this issue to be taken seriously, even though the evidence has built over the decades that having birth at home is as safe or safer than in hospital."
Mavis Kirkham, professor of midwifery at the University of Sheffield, said: "We have had a couple of generations of people saying only hospital is safe and that terrible things can happen at home, but once women know that a women has had a home birth and is happy you see more women choosing it," she said.
Preliminary research carried out by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence shows that women who give birth at home may be more satisfied with the experience than those who give birth in delivery rooms.
We held J's 4th birthday party today. We have plans for next weekend and so did most of the people who we would have invited. His birthday is actually next Saturday but we celebrated today.
Here's a few shots. Enjoy.
Don't know why he wasn't looking into the camera. It's still a GREAT picture of my hubby's parents. her birthday is coming up in mid July - I'll have this picture framed for her.
Wanna guess what he got? Do you remember when you were turning 4 or when you got your first bike?
Here's the gang picking up the contents of the pinata.
I don't know who had more fun with this cake topping....him or my hubby and me :) The Thomas train winds up and goes round and round on this puzzle track on top of the cake. We all had a blast making it work.
She feeds herself without assistance now. She loved the cake and ice cream...we just didn't give her red/green/blue icing on her cake.
Sometimes when I look at pictures like this one - I think to myself - "Where did all the time go?" It seems as if it were just yesterday when I was gathering goodies for a party for this one to turn 4. She's about to be 19.
Hold on to that time dear friends....it picks up speed and flies like the wind.
I'd like to begin by saying that while I can appreciate your position/opinion on direct marketing - I respectfully disagree with it. I'm guessing that you've had a negative experience along the way somewhere and now your thinking and judgment is clouded to include ALL people, anywhere, with any company. Ironically, your generalization and attempt to include anyone and everything is very limiting.
The income that women (and men) in the direct selling business earn IS a huge appeal to others. They control their paycheck pretty much with their effort - they don't have a boss or corporation that limits their potential and they don't worry about who is the next one to get a pink slip because of cutbacks/closing/layoffs. Money drives our economy and is a basic NEED of most people. It's not an appeal to everyone (obviously) but income is what makes our lives operate and to deny or degrade those that are interested in this information is...well, wrong. The scale is different for different people. The direct selling industry itself is a reputable profession - but, just as life itself, is riddled with people who are greedy, irresponsible, dishonest and nasty.
Likewise - it is filled with people who are nurturing, trustworthy, reputable, and who operate within an attitude of abundance (there's enough for everyone).
My goals were to provide for myself and my family while being able to operate a business that allows me to stay within my circle of integrity. It was either this business or go punch a time clock for someone else - which I didn't really want to do because then I would give up the benefits of being a SAHM (which is really important to me) and lose the flexibility that I need in order to support my husband's business and participate in the other things that bring me pleasure. It would be only a matter of time before I'd be operating way outside of that circle of integrity and I'd be miserable. Also inside that circle is the desire to be able to promote a product or opportunity that I believed in and that would deliver the results as promised. I have that with the company that I am with.
Since I picked up and got moving in January, here's just a few of the things that I've been able to accomplish through my business. I invite you to take notice at how some are income oriented and some are not. I'll list them in the order that they come to mind.
1) Pay off our credit card balance of $6800 that was left over from remodeling projects last fall (this was my main goal) 2) Pay for 10,000 square feet of sod in our front yard and all the prep cost that went with that project 3) Share the opportunity with 15 other women 4) Meet over 400 women as a guest at an ESCAPE that either became my personal client or the client of a new consultant on our TEAM because I was helping that consultant get her business up and running. I'm socializing with some of these women now and they are not on my TEAM. I have new friends that are not business related. 5) Qualify for a trip to San Francisco (I'm qualified but have not received the trip YET because 2 consultants still need to attend training and meet their requirements) 6) Earned the promotional gifts during March/April which include matching purse/keychain/change purse, a leather overnight bag and a iPod Nano. These are tangible items that demonstrate my activity. 7) Establish the groundwork for a reputation within our area as offering something that benefits employers and employees. I now have businesses contacting me for a space on my calender. 8) Offering a SERVICE to these places and people - stress is killing this country and I offer a way to deal with that stress while being rewarded for my time/effort/expertise. 9) Build my self respect - I'm accomplishing something on a daily basis and it keeps building upon what I did yesterday. This is not to say that without this business I don't have any self respect but it is to say that I feel more organized and "purposeful" and not like I'm fraying out in the wind waiting for someone or something to do something for me. 10) Make a difference in the lives of people that I've met WHILE making a difference in our checkbook.
I think I'll stop there.
When surveyed a few years back, more than 45% of women said that the primary reason they choose direct sales was because of income/potential. I chose to share the stats that I did the other day because I believe they are impressive and because it was a quick post that I could c&p without having to spend a great deal of time typing up. Does that make me a money loving, greedy bitch who uses people as ladder steps while I advance myself at everyone's expense? Perhaps in your belief system - but certainly not in mine. It just makes me someone who had some information to share that was quick and what I felt informative.
These women that have joined our TEAM in the past 4 months.....one was a SAHM who hasn't done anything for herself in YEARS...and whose self esteem was wavering (if not drowning). I've seen her invest in herself (not with money or at the expense of anyone but her OLD self) and bloom in this arena. She's laughing and enjoying adult relationships with other women in our efforts to make a difference in the lives of others. She says that she is now a better mother and wife because she is getting her need(s) met and now has more to give to her family (in addition to the income). her hubby says he likes the new woman that he's married to. Another has 2 teenage sons and wants the interaction with other adult women and something more feminine than she gets at home. Another one is the wife of our chiropractor who saw the opportunity to share the treatments/services with their patients. Our newest consultant is retired and needs a "challenge" in her life. Another is a woman who wants enough money each month to buy herself some new clothes, another one wants enough to get her products for free. Another woman is a single mom who is tired of having to do without when it comes to bills, groceries and gas. Income is a necessary part of many people's lives. We all have different motivation and money is a motivator for many people. Do you know many companies in this country where women can go to work for less than 10 hours a week and be making over $160K in less than 3 years? And love what they are doing without sacrificing things that matter to them? I have no shame in offering an opportunity to help other women accomplish their goals. Not all of these goals are cemented in money.
I'll pass on responding to your direct sarcastic attack regarding those in third worlds - cause I believe that to be just a nasty way to end your comment.
Why do you insist on using sarcasm to attack the position or views of others? Is that the way that your anger or frustration comes out? Are you even able to have a rational discussion or engage in meaningful and mutually beneficial dialog regarding this topic? How could you possibly tell from one single post (or even a few) and make such a judgment and accusation as you have? How could you know that I have 3 or 4 post in the draft stage that talk about the different changes that have occurred in our lives and in the lives of those that I'm working with because of this business?
I use the word TEAM as an acronym for Together Everyone Achieves More. There's synergy in relationships and common goals and common activities. I also use the word HOPE too - Helping Other People Excel. I believe if you help enough other people get what they want - that along the way you are going to get what you want. I believe that it is right and good for all people to be rewarded for their efforts along the way. Direct selling is the way that I have chosen to get what I want. My husband chooses music to meet his goals. Some people place Google*ads on their web page to earn money. Some people give up 60+ hours a week to another person/corporation/boss in order to earn a living. I'm not sure what you choose to get what you want because I only know you through your sarcastic and misguided attack on me and other direct sellers.
Are there people who are like you describe? Yes. I've met them and moved away from them so I would not become like them.
Are there people who are interested in learning more about what I do? Yes. To date - 8 people have emailed me to learn more. Some of them have joined our TEAM - some are still thinking and weighing it out - and some declined.
So......label me as you want. I know what my truth is. If you want to talk about that truth - or even share your experience (whatever it was/is) then I'm open for dialog. I'm closed; however, to your snide and insulting jabs. Your truth is not the same as mine and what you think of me has little consequence to how I operate except that I'm here to say that I don't fit your stereotype.
Wishing you blessings of prosperity and the attitude/activities to enjoy them, Dora
We're having home made macaroni and cheese, breaded pork chops and steamed brocolli.
A is home from UGA for the summer and so far, that's going well. I'm planning J's birthday party for this coming Saturday. I have two ESCAPES@Work this week with some offices. I'm working with the new consultants who just joined our TEAM. Life is good. Life is prosperous. I'm happy.
I got to thinking about the people in Darfur......wonder what they're having for dinner?
Two women friends had gone for a girl's night out. Both were very faithful and loving wives, however, they had gotten over-enthusiastic on the Bacardi Breezers.
Incredibly drunk and walking home they needed to pee, so they stopped in the cemetery. One of them had nothing to wipe with so she thought she would take off her panties and use them. Her friend however was wearing a rather expensive pair of panties and did not want to ruin them. She was lucky enough to squat down next to a grave that had a wreath with a ribbon on it, so she wiped with that. After the girls did their business they proceeded to go home.
The next day one of the women's husbands was concerned that his normally sweet and innocent wife was still in bed hung over, so he phoned the other husband and said, "These girl nights have got to stop! I'm starting to suspect the worst. My wife came home with no panties!!"
"That's nothing" said the other husband, "Mine came back with a card stuck to her ass that said.....
'From all of us at the Fire Station. We'll never forget you.'
Did you know that the average annual salary per year of working women is only $30K? Did you know that over 40% of these women work more than 50 hours per week? Did you know that the majority of them sleep less than 7 hours per day? Did you know that the average commute time per year is over 100 hours? Did you know that over 63% of households in this country live paycheck to paycheck? Did you know that most of these women feel like they have no other options?
Women all over America are paying thousands of dollars for education. Women all over America are competing for jobs that many want. Women all over America are sacrificing precious family time....some sacrifice themselves.
How many of you have asked yourself, "Is THIS as good as it will ever get?"
What are you sacrificing to have what you have?
When was the last time that you really enjoyed the way that you earn money? The people that you interact with? The working relationships that you have? When was the last time that you were rewarded for a serving spirit and helping other women to feel good? When was the last time that you earned more than $40/hour* for your efforts?
Are you ready to explore your options? Have you been praying for a better & easier way to make your ends meet?
Consider the following information regarding income and the BeautiControl opportunity:
BeautiControl Directors earn an average of $41,000 Teacher - $32,000 Government Job - $32,500 Executive Secretary - $35,000
Senior Director earns an average of $65,000 Physical Therapist - $41,000 Nurse - $52,000 First Year Lawyer - $55,000
Executive Director earns an average of $81,000 Stockbroker - $65,000
Senior Executive Director: $135,000 (Angela Brown earned $159,400 last year & has been w/ the company less than 3 years) Pediatrician - $131,000 Dentist - $135,000
National Executive Director earns an average of $160,000 Last year Cindy Least earned $279,000 (been with the company less than 4 years) Linda Schindler earned $266,357 Faye Powell earned $253,778 (she's 79 years old - it's NEVER too late) Congresswoman earns an average of $162,000
Senior National Ex. Directors earn an average of $360,000 Barbara Ward earned $504,000 last year
Got your attention? What to talk about how this might work for you? Did you realize that you can become a Director in as little as 7 months with our company?
Income is only one benefit of many -
Are you ready for something different? Contact me today and expand your options.
* income based on national sales average of a 1 hour SpaESCAPE. My personal average is $78/hour