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May 22, 2009

Today's Bouquets

The phrase, "It never fails..." is one that I like to avoid. It establishes a negative expectation as well as a sense of being the victim. I will say, however, that the pursuit of blogging has been derailed more times lately than I care to count.

We recently eliminated our land line, choosing to use our mobile phones as our primary numbers. This should have been simple. Instead we took a 6-hour world tour of Verizon Customer Service. We lost our Internet for several days, just when it was crucial to stay connected. In addition, my Chase bankcard was stolen and used for fraud ($280), and Wachovia neglected to post a cash deposit which caused my first business account deposit at Union Bank to bounce.

Even now, the act of trying to write this post was obstructed by Blogger's inability to SAVE NOW.

Not to despair, there were some wonderful blessings that popped through the cracks of negativity. Here are the highlights...
  • We tried to sell a black '91 Chevy Silverado to create revenue for my daughter's March 2009 wedding. I affectionately referred to the truck as The Beast. Although it was highly functional, it was ugly and slow. Two months after the wedding, the janitor at my 9-year old's school happened to be driving by our home and spotted the FOR SALE sign. (His name is Miller, too.) Within 2 days, he payed cash for the truck and we no longer have to worry about Tuesday street sweeping!
  • After almost 15 years of earning my kitchen tools and cookware by hosting PAMPERED CHEF shows, I have now become a Consultant! It was time to say yes to a recession proof business that has been going strong for almost 30 years. I love their integrity and the awesome quality of their products.
  • My son, Bryce, wrote a wonderful speech that could have been used for his 8th grade graduation, but we suspect that he was uncertain about it. With his recent flirtations with unhealthy peer groups, he acknowledged in his piece that being cool is not what life is about. No one made him write about self respect and respect for others. It came profoundly from his heart. And, this mother's heart was touched incredibly!
"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing, it's when you've had everything to do and you've done it!"
-Margaret Thatcher