Ode to a Cat

Meow,Meow is what you say

Meow, Meow throughout the day.

You lay on my leg, my lap, my head

You want to be pet as you flop on my bed.

You follow me around and watch what I do

You’re stuck to me like paper on glue.

You purr, and you snore and make other cat noises

You stir and alert if you hear other voices

But then it’s back to sleep for a little “cat nap”

It’s what you do best…….

Cat’s purr, they snuggle and then they rest. ūüôā

All things idiotic

I saw a story on FOX news this morning about a newly wed couple who ended up in jail. They had just gotten married and were on their honeymoon staying at the Holiday Inn. The husband gives the wife a hard karate kick to the floor and when a couple of bystanders try to help her, she assaults THEM. Both the bride and groom ended up in the slammer for the night. The woman was still in her wedding dress! Can you believe how dumb some people are? I don’t think a honeymoon spent in jail bodes well for this couple. I do not see wedded bliss in their future. We share this earth with some real winners.

Uh Oh, Not Again!

This morning Scott and I got a call from the front desk of the Comfort Inn that we were staying at in Ohio. Our van window had been smashed and the van broken into! Can you believe it? The second time in just one month. It felt very de je’vu to me. I’m sure I looked very attractive standing outside in the parking lot at 7:30 in the morning with my bright colored pajamas on, no makeup¬† and my hair sticking out at bizarre angles. Whatever. I was in no mood…. and I hadn’t even had any coffee yet. The hotel called the police so we could at least file a report. (and yes, for your information I did tell the young officer that my Arbonne samples had been stolen and that I was a consultant with said company. He obviously was a very intelligent young man and did not say one word about me selling makeup and skincare when I looked so “early morning” scary. Smart¬† man.)¬† Some low life had found a piece of concrete ( a broken part of a curb) and threw it through the drivers side window. The person then snatched the bag that had my Arbonne samples in it. What is it with people? This is the second time that my samples have been stolen. The only thing that made me smile was the thought of some stupid , drunk guy (coming out of the hotel bar after midnight) seeing what he thought was a purse he could steal only to have a huge disappointment when he finds out he snagged a bag full of ladies skincare products. Serves him right! This time nothing else was taken. (thank goodness!) BUT we still have to repair the broken window. We were leaving this morning to come back to Tennessee anyway….but now we had to make an unexpected trip to Walmart for some clear plastic and duct tape to temporarily patch up the window for the 6 hr. trip back home. What a pain! Can I just say that going 80 mph down the interstate highway (um….I mean 70mph uh….that’s the speed limit, right?) is crazy without a window. The sound of the wind beating against the plastic is deafening. The family had to scream at each other to be heard over the wind. We had to have the plastic because for half the trip it rained….and I mean major storming going on. Great, that made for even more noise! Oh yes, and before leaving we also had to go to the car wash and use the super duper car vacuum to suck out all the ba-zillion glass shards all over the car. When the window got smashed it must have exploded like the A-bomb because there were pieces from one end of the van to the other. So, not only did we look like the Beverly Hillbillies with our plastic and duct taped van, screaming at each other to be heard over the turbo wind whipped plastic, but Scott and I also got cut on some glass shards we had accidently missed when vacuuming.

I just don’t get some people. This crime was obviously a crime of convenience. Smash the window with a piece of concrete that happened to be loose on the curb. Grab (what he thought was) a purse. I mean who does that sort of thing? No conscience. That is what really bothers me. I guess I like to think the best about people so when this sort of thing happens it really gets to me. It’s just so wrong.

The Plaza Inn

The Plaza Inn is in Mt. Victory, Ohio. It is a great little restaurant.¬† Scott had heard about it from several people and so we decided to check it out yesterday for lunch. We liked it so much we went back for lunch again today. We all enjoyed our food. ( I recommend the philly cheese steak sandwich, or the Plaza burger. Very yummy and really hit the spot….. the kids enjoyed the taco salad in an edible tortilla bowl…for family that plans on visiting us once we permanently move to Ohio, plan on at least one meal at the Plaza Inn restaurant!) Lisa was our waitress yesterday and she was so friendly. She treated us as if she’d known us all of her life. Today our waitress was Phyllis who wore a genuine smile on her face. We even met the owner of the restaurant¬† who gave the interesting history of her family’s business. The family has owned the business there for 50 years. That alone should tell you something. Obviously, they are well loved in their community.

I think that the Plaza Inn Restaurant is the type of place that a person can go and be treated like a friend.¬† In a fast paced, crazy world where hardly anyone has time to even pause long enough to get your order, it’s nice to know that in a small town in central Ohio there is a restaurant where time slows a little bit and one can just relax and enjoy a delicious meal with family.

Arbonne’s Shampoo

I was telling my husband this morning that my hair was not its “usual” self.¬† (I didn’t bring my Arbonne shampoo because the containers are so large.) I was forced to use the hotel shampoo and my hair feels flat and weighed down. ( Ick. ) I don’t like it at all. I miss my self adjusting shampoo from Arbonne! The other day I was talking to a young lady I had given shampoo/conditioner samples to and she said she loved them! Her hair is treated and tends to be dry, after using the Arbonne shampoo and conditioner even her husband noticed how soft her hair was. Is that great or what???¬† While I am on the subject of hair…I really love the new Sea Source Spa hair masque too. It makes my hair feel like silk. I feel like a shampoo hair model. “Hello, my name is Dawn and I have awesome Arbonne hair!”

Very Genuine

Today Scott took me to meet with the Amish men that are making our cabinetry for our new house. I saw samples of their work and I have to say the cabinets are gorgeous! What craftsmanship. We also looked at the tools they use and all the machinery…all without electricity. It truly is amazing. There were also some beautiful secretary desks that they are working on. (I’ll keep that is mind for future reference:) I feel very blessed by all the people that God has brought into our lives as we build our house in this new area.¬† Not only have we met some of the most friendly people around, but our house will be a display of such wonderful craftsmanship. Our house frame will be built by Amish men, as will our cabinets, bathroom vanities, and doors and trim. We are having concrete done with acid wash/stains. (if you have never seen acid washed concrete you can’t fully appreciate the artistic beauty of it.) Everyone that will be working on our house have been so friendly and kind to us, above and beyond. Yesterday, we met the man who will be doing our plumbing, at his house….what a beautiful spread he has. 75 acres with a beautiful pond. He invited us over to his house to celebrate the 4th of July—well us, and 200 of his closest friends and neighbors:) Sounds like fun.

We went for a drive today with the kids and with Scott’s parents. The countryside is just beautiful. Green rolling hills dotted with farms. It’s picture postcard perfect.

Any Town U.S.A

We were driving back from Mt. Victory tonight…going through Belle Center. I mentioned to Scott that this truly looked like a stereo-typical mid west small town. It was a warm spring evening. Kids were at the corner Dairy Dip (I can’t remember the actual name) getting an ice cream.¬† It was a building on the corner about the size of a large closet. There were a couple of large grain silos on the main street. I think they were still in use but I couldn’t be sure. People out mowing yards, and others sitting on their porches on tree lined streets. Scott and I ended up on one street that still was made from brick. How old must that be? Do they still make brick streets anymore? It was just very peaceful. I cannot get over how quiet it is around here.¬† Having lived in a city for the past 16 years I’ve gotten so used to all the city noises….that real quiet seems even so much more quiet. Does that make sense?

Star Light, Star Bright

I’m blogging from Ohio tonight. My family and I made the trip here today. Not to far in the future, west central Ohio will be our new home. Tomorrow my husband and I will be going around and talking to various people about our choices for things for the house. What kind of windows? Doors? Stains for our cabinets? What color will the trim be? There are so many decisions that need to be made. We are going to have such wonderful craftsmanship with the people that are building our house. It’s very exciting…..even if building a house is a lot of work. Oh well, several months of house building craziness traded for many years of home owning enjoyment. It will be worth it.

When we were out tonight I was struck by the beauty of the night sky. Twinkling diamonds of light against a black velvet sky. I stood in the driveway for several minutes just taking it all in. There is something peaceful about being out in the country at night. I did tell Scott that these rural roads would take some getting used to…… No street names (just numbers), no street lights (unless you count the moon), and there are a lot of deer around so one must drive cautiously. I’m pretty sure I’ll love it.

I Have a Wish…

I really wish there was a way that I could let more people know about the opportunity that Arbonne offers. Yes, Arbonne has these wonderful skincare products, yes they have vitamins that are full of the nutrition that we all need, yes they have a beautiful color line, and yes they have recently created an awesome spa line.¬† All these things are great and I’m so thankful to Arbonne for their safe, pure and beneficial products…..BUT I’d really love to be able to reach out to more ladies that are looking for the OPPORTUNITY. This is a really great company to partner with, especially for women.¬† This is the type of career that one can make an extra few hundred dollars a month working part time or several thousand dollars a month as a full time business. It all depends on what someone wants for herself.¬† The possibilities are endless. I have truly been amazed at how helpful and encouraging the ladies of Arbonne actually are. They WANT to see me succeed. My success MATTERS to them. It is very unusual to see that kind of thing in corporate America. That is what makes Arbonne so unique.

I remember one day reading some Arbonne success stories and one of the ladies said, “if I continue to do what I’ve always done, then I’ll always get what I always got.” That’s so true. If everything in your life is going well and you are happy with it, then that is GREAT!¬† You are indeed blessed…But if you wish you didn’t have to trade your time for money at a job that you don’t really enjoy, or you wish you had more flexible hours so you could be there for your children, or you long to not worry about how bills are going to be paid this month….then maybe you should consider Arbonne. Look down the road and into your future. What is your life going to be like a year from now?¬† 5 years from now? 10?¬† Are you content with what you see? Like I’ve mentioned before so many people have dreams that are never realized, their dreams are tucked away and then slowly forgotten…..only to be dusted off every now and then. Dreams that were once so vibrant begin to fade.

For me, when I first considered the Arbonne opportunity I thought to myself, “What is my plan B?”¬† If life circumstances changed for me, would I be ready? It gave me food for thought.

If anyone is reading this blog today and what I’ve said has struck a nerve with you, why don’t you send me a comment? I’d love to talk with you…..and who knows it could make all the difference in the world.

Doing Detox

Today I began Arbonne’s 7 day Detox program. This program promises to rid my body of toxins. Toxins that I’m exposed too through pollutants in the air, preservatives (among other things) that I eat/drink, and even toxins that are a by product of daily stresses. All these toxins can cause fatigue, low energy levels, and body aches. Believe me, the low energy and the fatigue have become all to familiar to me lately. It’s lousy to feel this way….so I’m ready for a change.

It’s time for me to purify my body… I’m drinking a beverage (throughout the day) of 32 oz. of water mixed with 1oz. marine botanicals. This will help me to clean and detoxify my body from the inside out. Last night I used the Detoxifying Hair Mask. I have to say my hair looks very shiny and soft today.¬† It feels very conditioned. The Detox tea helps to support my liver which is the bodies natural purifier. The rescue body wash is a gentle, purifying formula¬† that protects against free-radical damage and lays down a protective moisture barrier on the skin‚Äôs surface. Everything works together.

I’m anxious to see how I feel by Saturday evening. That will be an entire week on this detoxification program. I’m looking forward to some renewed energy, and a healthier body.

Other people have to pay hundreds of dollars to have just one detox spa treatment at the trendier spas around the country. I get to enjoy this for just a fraction of the cost of the spa fees—and I can detoxify over and over again, as much as I want in the comfort of my own home. I love Arbonne!