Friday, February 26, 2010

Missy goes to the vet...

Well, we've had Missy a little over 3 weeks now... guess she's a keeper! (Previous blog entry on the Missy saga... here!)

This morning she goes to the vet. Hope to find out exactly what kind of dog she is... and how old.

This week we've been working on playing ball. She's getting better at returning the ball to me now.

Yesterday as a break from working in the kitchen, I did some raking and burning weeds. It was fun to have Missy outside with me... well... that is... until my cat Katie tried to chase her away!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

So NOT fair!

I am NOT happy right now... just heard back from the computer place about my beloved Macbook. Internal hard drive... fried... back up drive where all my data has been happily backing up... fried...

Good news... got a new internal hard drive installed... FREE... was covered by my Apple Care Plan. So it's like a new computer now.

Bad news... no data... photos?

Anyone have any experience with hard drive recovery companies?

Will be contemplating my fate... and lessons learned as I tape, mud, sand... CRY!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I just discovered Prezi... and learned more about Twitter!

Today I attended a business luncheon with the topic of Social Media.


I learned about Facebook Fan pages... I think that I need one of these for my business!

And then there's Twitter... tweet tweet about whatever... connect with like-minded people!

Then I learned about Prezi! Have you heard of it? It's a way cool presentation tool!

You've got to watch this Prezi about Twitter! I especially liked the 60 second video clips revealing... Why Twitter?!

PS... You can follow my tweets @tipsfromtoni..

Going to a Lecture Luncheon today!

I'm looking forward to attending the luncheon at NW College entitled: Social Media - What's the Latest?

I've gotten into Facebook & Twitter somewhat recently. What a ball I've had reconnecting with friends way back into my childhood. It's so fun to see what old friends are up to!!!! And to connect with folks who have similar interests thru Twitter!

Do you have a favorite Social Media?

I'll tell you... the world has become a much smaller place!

Get my tweets if you'd like @TipsfromToni. I tweet often about using Shaklee products... because... I love them! Just recently tweeted about cleaning your veggies... and letting the sunshine in.

Well, time to go walk Missy... the dog that adopted us!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fascinated with how the mind works....

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For a long time now I've been fascinated with how the mind works... and how our thoughts influence our lives in the choices we make.

Here's a quote from Dr. Robert Anthony, "I say that quite confidently: I personally do not teach positive thinking. To me, by the time you think positive it is too late. It is important to understand that is not our thinking that creates our circumstances, but the emotion that is attached to our thoughts."

So... what are you thinking... with emotion? And is that what you want to attract into your life? Our thoughts determine and shape our lives! Our thoughts open up for us opportunity that jives exactly with what we're thinking!

A book that I've found most helpful in getting my thoughts in alignment with what I want in my life is The One Command by Asarah Lovejoy.

It's so important to get our thinking right! For sure... what ever you "think" is the truth for you!!!!

But... is it what you want?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

OK, I admit it... I love having a dog.

Missy has won over our hearts!

It's been over a week now. She takes me for walks and I have to admit... I love getting out and walking again!

She walks with me to take the garbage out at night...

No need for a door bell anymore! I'm alerted to all potential visitors!

She respects my 2 kittens and 2 adult cats... Again I ask... "Missy did you know when you chose us that we had 4 cats?"

Other posts about Missy...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

For My Boston Friends! This is right on!

Got this in an email from my Mom. Boy is it right on!

I'm getting a bit homesick.... I think!

For those of you who have never been to "Bawstin", ( Boston ) this is a good guideline. I hope you will consider coming to "Beantown" in the near future.

Information on Boston and the surrounding area:

There's no school on School Street, no court on Court Street, no dock on Dock Square, no water on Water Street. Back Bay streets are in alphabetical "oddah" (order): Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth, Exeter, etc. So are South Boston streets: A, B, C, D, etc. If the streets are named after trees (e.g. Walnut, Chestnut, Cedar), you're on Beacon Hill. If they're named after poets, you're in Wellesley.
Massachusetts Avenue is Mass Ave; Commonwealth Avenue is Comm Ave; Dorchester Avenue is Dot Ave.

South Boston is Southie. East Boston is Eastie. The North End is east of the former West End. The West End and Scollay Square are no more; a guy named Rappaport got rid of them one night. Roxbury is The Burry, Jamaica Plain is J.P.

How to say these Massachusetts city names correctly:
**Say it wrong, be shunned**

Worcester : Wuhsta (or Wistah)
Gloucester : Glaw-stah
Leicester Lestah
Woburn : Woo-ban
Dedham : Dead-um
Revere : Re-vee-ah
Quincy : Quinzee
Tewksbury : Tooks-berry
Leominster : Lemin-stah
Peabody : Pee-ba-dee
Waltham : Walth-um
Chatham : Chad dum
Samoset: Sam-oh-set or Sum-aw-set but nevah Summerset!

Frappes have ice cream, milkshakes don't.
If it is fizzy and flavored, it's tonic.
Soda is CLUB SODA.
"Pop" is DAD.
When we want Quinine water, we will ask for TONIC WATER.
The smallest beer is a pint.
Scrod is whatever they tell you it is, usually fish. If you paid more than $7/pound, you got scrod.

It's not a water fountain; it's a bubblah (bubbler).
It's not a trashcan; it's a barrel.
It's not a spucky, a hero or grinder,... it's a sub.
It's not a shopping cart; it's a carriage.
It's not a purse; it's a pockabook.
They're not franks; they're haht dahgs (hot dogs); Franks are money in Switzahland or Franz.

Police don't drive "patrol units" or "black and whites" they drive a "croo za". If you take the bus, your on the "looza crooza". It's not a rubber band, it's an elastic. It's not a traffic circle, it's a rotary. "Going to the islands" means Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket.

The Sox = The Red Sox
The C's = The Celtics
The B's = The Bruins
The Pat's =The Patriots

Things not to do:

Don't pahk your cah in Hahvud Yahd .. they'll tow it to Meffah ( Medford ) or Summahville (Somerville) .
Don't sleep on the Common ( Boston Common).
Don't wear Orange in Southie on St. Patrick's Day.

Things you should know:

There are two State Houses, two City Halls, two courthouses, two Hancock buildings

(one old, one new for each).

The colored lights on top the old Hancock tell the weatha':

"Solid blue, clear view...."
"Flashing blue, clouds due...."
"Solid red, rain ahead....."
"Flashing red, snow instead...."

- except in summer;
flashing red means the Red Sox game was rained out!

Most people live here all their life and still don't know what the hell is going on with this one:
Route 128 South is I-95 south. It's also I-93 north.

The underground train is not a subway. It's the "T", and it doesn't run all night (fah chrysakes, this ain't Noo Yawk)..

Order the "cold tea" in China Town after 2:00 am you'll get a kettle full of beer.

Bostonians.. . think that it's their God-given right to cut off someone in traffic.
Bostonians.. ...think that there are only 25 letters in the alphabet (no R's - except in the word: "idea" idear).

Bostonians.. .think that three straight days of 90+ temperatures is a heat wave.
Bostonians.. .refer to six inches of snow as a "dusting."
Bostonians.. .always "bang a left" as soon as the light turns green, and oncoming traffic always expects it.
Bostonians... .believe that using your turn signal is a sign of weakness.
Bostonians.. .think that 63-degree ocean water is warm.
Bostonians.. .think Rhode Island accents are annoying.

Send this to your friends who don't live in Boston

(and the ones who do!!)

Big day today for the Middle School kids

Just got Aaron (6th grade, age 12) out the door. He had to meet the school bus before 7am this morning.

It's a big day for Middle schoolers all around today. It's Showalter day at Northwest Community College. More details... here.

All middle schoolers learn to play an instrument and sing in choir. TODAY, they get to perform individually or in small groups in front of a judge!

This performance represents a significant portion of their music grade!

Let the instrument playing and singing... begin!!!

And so off Aaron went all dressed in his black dress shoes, black socks (yeah!), black dress pants, white shirt with red tie! Very handsome!

Aaron will perform a Trombone piece with 2 other trombone players in his school.

Break a leg kids!!!!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Did she know?

Did she know when she picked our house that she chose a family not only with two boys... but with 4 cats?

Day 4 with...

The dog that adopted us.... day 4.

Missy enjoyed many walks this weekend! She seems to be settling in nicely and is already taking a place in each of our hearts...

She had a run in with our big black fluffy cat this morning. Fluffy was out all night and more than ready to come in this morning at 5:30am when I took Missy out.

Missy was a little too rambunctious for Fluffy... and learned her first... "Stay away from Cats" lesson.

I'm about ready to go for a walk with her before getting started with my morning stuff.

I was so upset last night! Charlie our flame point siamese kitten had gone outside with Fluffy while I was making supper. Then... I forgot about him.

So at 9:30 last night fear struck when I remember what I had done... and couldn't find him anywhere in the house. (The kids usually let the cats in when they see them out the french doors to the backyard.)

For an hour I was calling "Charlie.... Charlie...." walking outside all around the house... Sadly at 10:30 I crawled into bed saying prayer that he'd be OK during the night.

In the bathroom this morning our other kitten named Emma was smelling around the vanity door... so I opened it up... and out came Charlie! Sigh...

Aaron (age 12) had had the door open, Charlie went in... Aaron closed the door... last night at shower time.

The Chicken Wisperer had this FB entry this morning: Madison, WI Couple

It would be so cool to have chickens! Maybe?

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Day 3 with...

We're going on day 3 with little pouchy. She arrived on our doorstep late Thursday afternoon just before it was time for the kids to arrive home from school.

I have questions...

1. Who does she belong to?
2. Was she abused?
3. Exactly how old is she? I believe that she's got to be at least 4 months old.
4. How did she arrive on my doorstep?

I've named her Missy. She's a very well-behaved, very smart. She sits to have her leash put on even!

Her belongings have grown: borrowed dog house, water bowl, food bowl, dog food, chew bone, treats.

For now she resides on our enclosed (unfinished) front porch until...

Thursday, February 04, 2010

So this dog...

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OK, I swear that I wasn't thinking about a dog today... at all!

This afternoon my mother-in-law stops by. She sees a dog sitting on the front steps.

She's thinking, I didn't know they got a dog.

Then the kids come home right after the dog appears. We've never had a dog... the boys have always wanted a dog...

PROBLEM... I have 4 cats... two of which are kittens. I've never been in charge of a dog!

I'd like a dog... like... sometime in the future... when I'm done with my house... but NOW?

She must belong to someone. She's just a pup... and so sweet and clean... Looks like an australian shephard, border collie mix... maybe???

Well, she's on my front porch for now... yes, I bought dog food, but just a little bag.

More later.

What are you thinking about?

Was having an email conversation with a wise friend about a recent challenge...

She shared these words of wisdom:
"what a wise man once said, what you put your attenion on increases and grows."

Oh my gosh... that statement is so true!!! Honestly, I thought that I knew this... but maybe some lessons need to be relearned...

My challenge stemmed from a LACK OF ATTENTION OR FOCUS!!! I can see this clearly now!

So, I grabbed my trusted notebook and pen... wrote down some goals... and am now thinking of some action steps.

You know, I just love LIFE! As a Mom, you HAVE TO get good at balancing lots of things at once.. like this... and this... and this.... I love the start of a fresh new day... new month... new year... a chance to get back on track!


Now, off to get something accomplished!!!! Because before long... it'll be... "hey Mom, what's for supper? I'm starving!!!!"

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Today's Lunch: crunchy, green salad

I've been craving salads lately! Which is soooo awesome!

Costco has these packages of lettuce... they're whole little heads of lettuce. They keep great!!!

Today using part of one of these lettuce heads, I added blueberries, a few strawberries, a few chunks of sharp cheese, walnuts, crutons, topped with Olive Garden's italian salad dressing (did you know that you can buy jugs of this stuff to take home?). On the side for extra crunch I added 4 sesame crackers.

Oh... it was so good! Refreshing... light... OK... just yummy!

Leave a comment! Share you favorite salad ideas!