Gratitude Sunday – August 23, 2015

After a two-week hiatus, back to my Sunday Gratitude ~ not that I haven’t been grateful all this time, just haven’t written them down here in this blog!

It’s still a whirlwind of adjustments, waiting, learning to do things, and coping with Estate crap while still moving forward.  I’ve been learning new skillz (such as trimming trees and hedges and bushes)!  The pool is almost always clear ~ so hard to do in this heat and humidity but I managed to keep it from getting to the point of no return.  The front yard has been tackled and is almost picture-perfect.

I am so looking forward to the school year starting so that I can back into a normal rhythm.  These late nights (chatting till 2:00 am!) and late wake-ups (often past 9:30 am) are wreaking havoc with my inner clock!  Need to bring things back to some sort of normal.

Gratitude List

  1. Feels great to be writing my blog again and reading all the great comments left by my readers.

  2. So happy to Skype with Ms Raye and catch up on each other’s happenings.

  3. I love when a friendship pops out of seemingly nowhere ~ starts with a simple hello and next thing you know you are chatting away till the wee hours of the morning.

  4. Thanks for letting me use your face, Tonia, for my MK makeup class.  You look beautiful! (Not just because I did a fabulous job… 😉 )

  5. Speaking of Tonia, what a short and sweet run we had.  Too bad you didn’t pick up Christopher sooner so you could stand in my doorway for an hour while your car was running.  We had to meet so soon to your moving to Edmonton.  Thank goodness we have FB!!

  6. And who would not love that wrap?  I swear I could (and often do) eat one every single day!  Roasted pepper hummus, avocado, broke yoke fried egg, tomatoes… Yum!

Gratitude Sunday – May 16, 2015

It’s funny how some weeks I seem to have no time urge to write and others, I just let ‘er rip!  I thank you all for your kind words for yesterday’s post.  I sometimes have my moments and just “blurt” it out onto the “page”.  I am touched by your kindness, dear Readers.

Gratitude List

  1. I must thank Julie for coming over and being my model for our Mary Kay “Glamour Night”, even thought the whole Mary Kay thing is NOT her thing!  You came for me, and I am touched. (I would have encouraged you to sneak out the back door but you beat me to it! 😉 )
  2. I created my MK website not three days ago and yesterday got a call for an order!
  3. Not only did I deliver the goods to my new customer today, I actually sold her the career.  Never saw that one coming.
  4. So happy my cousin Melanie reminded me that “Bessie” was playing so I could at least PVR it – would have forgotten otherwise and would have been so peeved (still haven’t watched it, so no spoilers, please!)
  5. This may sound funny but I’m so glad I took time to read.  Two fabulous books read, one after the other and now I’m trying to figure out which one is next!

(Anarette:  Please forgive me, I promised you Elvish (Elvian) stories for today but I forgot today was Sunday – I don’t like to post twice in one day (unless it is a reblog) so I promise you will get it tomorrow!)

And We Have Lift-Off!

Due to technical difficulties, this post is a tad later than it should have been! Yesterday really means two days ago…

I have mentioned a few times in this here  blog that I have started a new Mary Kay bizz.  So far, all that has entailed is purchasing a small inventory (choice is always totally up to you just how much you want… you can start with a whole lot of nothing, if that’s the way you want to roll) and participating in various training sessions, meetings, and whatnot.

Well, yesterday I finally had my launch!  Apparently, as far as launches go, it was a success (according to my leader, Martine).  Who am I to argue?  I’m in training!  Of the 20 or so ladies I invited to help me start out, 14 showed up (and three called to let me know they were tied up and couldn’t make it ~ very appreciated).  This, too, is considered a good turn-out.


The table


Some may, or may not, have come for the food (!)  No, seriously.  Some totally came for the food!  😉 I made sure there were plenty of goodies to eat (Thai Salad Wraps, Chicken Chipotle Wraps, Open-Faced Smoked Salmon sandwiches, veggies and baba ganouj, salmon and coffee bites, prosciutto-wrapped shrimp and brownies and fruit tarts.)  Only thing left over was the second plate of sweets that got forgotten in the fridge!  Much to my sons’ chagrin…

Thankfully my friend Dominique called to ask if she could come early.  Absolutely.  As long as she understood that I would be putting her to work!  I have this problem, you see.  I can be over-ambitious when it comes to food.  I have a reputation to uphold, you know.  I needs must deliver!  Thanks to Dominique, I did.  She took care of all my veggies for the platter as well as the salmon sandwiches.  Woot!


My helper


Martine arrived early to help ~ OK, she totally set up my table with the products while I finished in the kitchen and getting my cadeaux ready.

Martine and silly me

Martine and silly me

We sat/stood around my dining room table whilst Martine explained the company and the products and I went around “sputching” creams on hands and handing out wet cloths.  There were many laughs…  After the presentation, they were all invited to take a closer look at the products and see if there was anything that tickled their fancy.

A good time was had by all, I sold a few items and am now pumped to get this going.

It’s funny… ever since I signed up with Mary Kay, I have a phrase from the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” that keeps repeating in a loop in my head. (I wanted to add the clip but don’t have the technical ability (read inclination)

  • 02:03:14 You’re the reason I get up every morning…
  • 02:03:18 and that Mary Kay’s havin’ such a good year…




Sunday Gratitude – April 12, 2015

All kinds of emotions were going this week.  Highs and lows and in-betweens.  I guess, we could call it a normal week!

I’m getting more into the whole Mary Kay thing, which deep-down I didn’t think I’d do, to tell the truth.  I was afraid it would be a little too rah-rah-rah for me but turns out it’s just enough!  Still haven’t had my official launch but I’m OK with that.  I’m still in the reading/learning stage.  Every event I attend, everything I read brings me closer to feeling ready to go out there and do my thing.

The weather is finally being nice to us in this neck of the woods!  The snow is mostly gone ~ all that’s left are the shady areas that the sun just can’t reach.  Still, the warmth will take care of those “problem areas” this week that’s for sure.  It puts a smile on faces everywhere which is definitely far from a bad thing!



Gratitude List

  1. Super happy to have gotten my new wheels on Tuesday.  Woot!
  2. At fairly regular intervals I’ve been lunching or supping with friends/clients of Mick’s.  Wednesday was a truly lovely time with Pierre V., who misses his buddy big time but was finally able to see me.  He reminded me of Mick’s shake of the head while quasi-growling “Non” when he knew he was right about something and others tried to convince him he wasn’t.  The rest of the evening we would alternate between “non”.  The good memories keep piling up.
  3. It’s funny, I had a hard time coming up with a story to go with this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt.  I felt it was just OK and the response was so positive.  Go figure!
  4. Saturday’s Mary Kay Coast-to-Coast meeting at Place Bonaventure was quite the initiation to the “Family”.  I never saw so many pink cars in a parking lot in my life!  Quite inspiring to listen to some of these women’s stories and how they built their businesses, many times overcoming some truly difficult times.
  5. I am beyond grateful to Julie and Gabrielle (lovely neighbours) who insisted I get off my arse and go dancing at La Tulipe with them and some of their friends.  Despite having to pop a couple of Advils to ease my throbbing feet, I had a most fun time and danced for four hours straight!  (And, bonus ~ got hit on by a very handsome younger man!  Talk about an ego boost….)
  6. Today was so gorgeous out, I was able to bring a chair outside and read a page or two in the sun…

Sunday Gratitude – March 15, 2015

Was just about to hit the hay when I realised I forgot this week’s list!  My bad!

The weather was all over the map this week, from +6ºC to -15°C to sunshine, to grey to blizzard-like conditions.  Mother nature must be going through menopause; she’s blowing hot and cold!

Lots of cooking, a few walks some catching up on sleep, hanging out with various friends… good week!

Gratitude List

  1. Was a good week for the catering business.
  2. Had a great Skype chat with my Sister-from-another-Mister, RRR.
  3. So happy I accepted the invites to the Mary Kay and Tupperware Parties ~ they have made a comeback!  Got made up all “perty-like” in the afternoon, then in the evening sat around with a bunch of women heckling the Tupperware lady and laughing till it hurt.
  4. Not only did I sit with four women at the Mary Kay thing and with nine women at the Tupperware thing, my morning started with brunch with four other women!  It wasn’t International Woman’s Day on Saturday but sure felt like it. 🙂
  5. Had a great lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in too many years to count ~ not only did we reminisce and catch up on each other’s lives, we realised we had much in common ~ who knows what could result!