Sunday, October 14, 2012

This is It!

This is the last weekend before the retreat.  I got tons done yesterday and I'm tying up loose ends today.  Good thing...since I've only got til noon!  Well, after dinner tonight, I can finish up if I need to. 

I'm hauling boxes and boxes to the garage and had to take a break.  Vickie is quite the prize shopper and I do believe this is the year of BIG prizes.  Not so much in price, but in SIZE!!!  Seems like the boxes are just bigger and there are more of them!!  But that's not a bad thing... at least not for the Crazy Croppers attending this years retreat!

I'm so ready for this.  And it sounds like everyone else is, too.  Just so much fun.  And I can't wait to see everyone.  It's like a big ole' family reunion.

Well, now that I've rested for a bit, I'm off to haul more boxes to the garage.  I am actually starting to see the floor in the living room!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

It's been a Great Weekend!

The weather has been awesome!  I love these cooler temps and I love having my house open all day.  I've been very busy, but very productive.  I'm about to sit down and kick my feet up for a little bit.  I've been going 90 to nothing all weekend and, by golly, I deserve it!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Once Again...

I'm been so stinkin' busy!  Not only is my Fall Crazy Cropper Retreat sneaking up on me, I've committed to having a vendor booth and teach classes at a 3 day crop in Joplin (KISS Crop N Shop).  This is starting to feel like one of those "go big or go home" deals.  Over 300 ladies in attendance!  I'm not even sure where to begin, but almost 100 page kits is a good start!  Then, I have to figure out what product I'm going to take.  Michelle and I are working on card and tag kits and then, thankfully, Vickie and Keli are going to take care of setting up the booth and helping us out that weekend.  If we aren't busy, we'll at least have fun!!!

I was quite excited to learn that my "Learning Your Cricut" class is the #1 Best Seller in the classes!  WOOHOO!!!!  I'm on a best seller list AND I'm #1!!!!

Ok, off to take some Tylenol and try to curb this headache I get every time I start to think about it!

Come see me!  It's November 9 - 11 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Joplin!  Shopping is free and you don't even have to be a cropper to take classes.  Just go to the website...  It'll be a blast!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

August has been Hot and Crazy!

I'm so glad we are getting some break in the heat!  It's been terrible, but the cooler nights are so welcome.

I held my Close to My Heart Open House last Saturday and had quite a houseful!  I think there were about 50 ladies here and we had a wonderful time!  So many new, fabulous products to share, not so mention a brand new, Cricut Cartridge... Artiste!  You know how that won my heart!  I was so excited to introduce it to all my customers and they were almost as excited as I was!

Now, it's time to get crackin' on the retreat!  It'll be here before we know it!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

40th High School Reunion yesterday

I have to admit... I was hesitant to go.  But, I'm so glad I did.  It was amazing seeing everyone and the memories were awesome!  40 years is a long time and while most of us have changed, a lot of our personalities and voices were the same.  And smiles.  That's what I remembered the most about people.  I can't wait for the next one, now. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


That's all I can say about Convention this year.  It was amazing.  So many new products, so many friends, so many laughs and tears and so much excitement.  There is no way to explain what Convention is like... you simply have to experience it.  And then, you have to recover from it!  And that's going to take a while. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Well, it's finally here!  We leave in the morning for Dallas!  I am so ready.  I am packed and I do believe I am ready to go.  Peggy should be here anytime.  We are going to have a quiet night and get a good nights' sleep and be ready to go in the morning!  YEEHAA (that's Texan for woohoo!)

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Til we leave for Convention!  Dallas, TX, here we come!!!  I just hope Peggy and Miranda are as excited as I am... they have to be, if not more!  This will be the first time for both of them.  They have to be going crazy about now!  I'm just about ready.  I've got some laundry to do, but other than that, I've just about got everything together.  I've packed all my stuff for the creative sessions.  I'm in the process of updating the maps on my GPS.  I've got a new book on my Kindle.  I've got 2010 Word coming so I can get my laptop updated.  New credit cards are activated.  Nails are done.  Snacks and supplies purchased.  Now, to just get there, see all the new stuff and start spending money!!! WOOHOO!!! Isn't it great to have a good reason to do so!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

It's July... and it's a HOT ONE!

Senior Class of '72
Well, it's July.  June was so hot that I have to wonder what July is going to bring!  I do not like the heat.  I much prefer the 70's!  Speaking of the 70's, I have my 40th High School Reunion this month... Class of 72, ROCKS!!!  I can't believe it's been 40 years.  I also can't believe I've been catching up with old friends... Janice Baker.  WOW.  We were best buds in school.  And she's been a Facebook friend for a while... I just didn't know it was her!  How crazy is THAT!!!  Here's a blast from the past...  MY senior picture.  I may have to add others... just to preserve them!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

What an awesome weekend!  Judy and I just messed around all weekend.  We were up at 6 each morning and enjoyed coffee and breakfast on the patio.  Shortly after getting our coffee fix, we found ourselves working in the back yard while it was still cool.  We planted and cleaned up the patio.  I moved furniture around and got everything just like I wanted it.  After the coolness started passing, but before the heat of the day hit, we went shopping!  To Michael's for scrapbook stuff, Lowes and Teal Greenhouse for plants, Hobby Lobby for cute stuff for outside and lunch here and there.  Then back home and inside during the heat of the day for 3 wonderfully creative days of cardmaking.  Pinterest and Dotty for You was our best friends!  Then, as the evening approached, and the patio got shaded, we moved outside to grilling for dinner and finishing the patio.  We even got the old lawnmower sold! VERY productive weekend!  YEAH FOR US!!!  I'd put some pictures up, but they are on my phone and I haven't sent them to myself yet.  But, they are on Facebook!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Love this Spring Weather!

Yesterday was the absolute perfect day.  High was low 70's.  Nice breeze.  Even the pollen count seemed low (at least the stuff that bothers my sinuses!).  It was Mother's Day and I spent the day doing just what I wanted.  Nothing big.  Just messed around the house... sheets changed, yard mowed and trimmed, read a little, watched a little TV, worked a little in my scrapbook room and fixed myself a wonderful dinner!  Filet on the grill along with a stuffed shiratake mushroom and corn on the cob.  YUMMM!  I was in no hurry all day and not once felt stressed!  How awesome is THAT!

So, I'm heading back to work today, relaxed and ready to conquer the week!  I might just take off Friday to give myself a nice 3 day weekend.  OWH is Saturday, so that would be nice to have the day before and afterwards to relax... some more!  I can get used to this!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Mom Used to Say...

"Time just goes so much faster the older you get!"  I used to think she was crazy.  But now I know she's not!  I can't decide if it goes faster because we are busier or what!  I would just like for it to slow down a bit.  We are already breathing down the neck of May... and then July will be here and gone and the Fall Retreat will be right around the corner and then CHRISTMAS!!!

Ok...ok... deep breath.  Eyes closed... R E L A X....

Just R E L A X...

I wish it was that easy!  I know it's because I have so much planned... this Saturday, consultant's thing at Christina's... May 3 - 6, trip to KC to meet up with Diana and do birthdays with the grandkids... May 11th, Allysa's graduation in Webb City... May 19th, OWH... June 6 - 9, conference at work... July 18 - 23, trip to Dallas with Lyla, Miranda and Peggy... and see, I am already into August, when I have my Open House and I'm gearing up for my Fall Retreat in October and THEN, there's CHRISTMAS!!!

Oh, good grief.  If I were home, I'd go take a nap.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Busy Day!

I took today as vacation.  The new cleaning lady came and I wanted to be here to meet her.  That is certainly something that is so unnecessary, but SO nice.  I love being in a clean house, I just HATE to clean it.  I just have so many other things that need my attention.  SO... I am not going to feel guilty.  I'm not.  Really.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I Ordered a Kindle

While I love listening to books in my car, I am missing that "reading" that I used to do.  The downtime, quiet time and just relaxing time you get from sitting down and reading page by page and word by word.  I do too much multi-tasking the way it is... I need focus time.  I didn't go crazy and get the Kindle Fire, although I did contemplate that... the color and web browsing was very tempting, BUT, I refrained and got it for what I originally wanted it for... READING!  Besides, one person who owns a desktop, 2 laptops, a netbook AND an iPhone, doesn't need another "web-browsing" device!!!

So, I'm excited... since I'm a Amazon Prime member, I have access to the free lending library AND I can get books from the library.  It's all good!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Well...can't totally blame it on Pinterest!

While I do spend a lot of time on Pinterest, I can't totally blame it for me not posting in a while!

We had our consultant's retreat in Branson a few weeks ago, then I started planning this Girl Scout fundraiser crop, then I got involved in making drapes for a friend at work, then I had an OWH party, then I got busy getting ready for my Open House this coming weekend. WHAT is WRONG with ME!!! 

I really need some down time... D O W N T I M E is what I NEED!  I guess I can do that when I get all of this stuff done!

Phew.  For now, I'm getting ready to go to bed!  Night!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pinterest! Can You Say AHHHHH!!!!

Pinterest is taking over my life!  I am so serious!  I am cooking from recipes found on there and now I'm making more cards than ever and only because I found them on PINTEREST!  Now, I have to figure out how to add a link from here to there!  I've seen it done on other blogs and NOW, I must have it!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Long First Week 2012

While we were off on Monday, this past week was SO long!  Only 4 days, but SO long!  What am I going to do next week when it's FIVE days!  Oh, it's not so bad... if I could just get my hormone replacement meds!  Geez... I've been dealing with that all week and still don't have them.  I'm starting to feel the edge coming back on.  I've got a headache this morning... my head just isn't as clear as usually... crabbiness is setting in... crying just TALKING about Grey's Anatomy the other night AND everything and everybody is just pissing me off, in general!  And they said the hot flashes would be the worse symptom to return... but wait... that was a male pharmacist that told me that!  Hmmmm... go figure!

So, if I can just get through today (with my OWH ladies) and tonight (with out of town company staying) and not lose ALL of my friends, I think I can make it... IF, my damned doctor will just change my prescription so I can GET IT!!!!

Ok... that felt a little better... to yell on here.  Nobody gets hurt.  And if I do hurt someone or piss them off, I'm sorry.  I'm really going to try not to.  (maybe I just take some tylenol PM and sleep thru Monday... nah... I can do this.. I think I can, I think I can!)

Monday, January 2, 2012

And Just Like THAT.... Happy New Year!

Spent the weekend scrapping and eatin and cleaning.  Got all my Christmas stuff put away and the house back in order, so now, it's time to welcome 2012!  So much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to.  It's gonna be a good year... I feel it in my bones!

And, it didn't hurt to hit the casino and lose... just to get it out of our system!  Gotta love a sister who can be spontaneous, too!