Friday, August 24, 2007

Happy Friday!

What a week. It started off very badly. I am still sad thinking about my sweet Hope. I sometimes still think I hear here meowing but I know she is not here. She was my most vocal cat. Pretty much unless my cats are in distress from the dog chasing them or trying to play with one of them they never meow. I guess that must mean they are 2 happy and content cats.

I am busy planning a party at work for 250 to 260 employee's. I have never planned a party all by myself for this many people. My companies CEO has challenged the MFG group, my group, to host a company wide "social event". Instead of 1 large party a year, usually a Christmas party, we are going to have 6 "social" events a year. Each department throughout the company will host one of the parties. The only requirement is that the CEO picks the date and time and it has to be on site after work. At least that is the requirement right now. We were challenged by our CEO one night about two weeks ago when he took the entire MFG team out to dinner to host the event. We were challenged to have a creative event and to think outside of the box, and well since I am one of only 4 woman in my group and the one with the creative background guess what? Yep, I am planning it all. Luckily the Men I work with have come up with a few ideas but they are not acting on them. Now I am placing them in charge of the drinks aka alcohal. The guys came up with the basic concept for the party and I took it and ran with it. I am trying to push it one notch past what everyone else would do. I want the WOW factor! I want my CEO to know that I can think outside of the box and save money as well as host a fabulous party that may one up our sales and marketing team! I can't say what sort of party it is because part of it is going to be a surprise for the employees. I am just wrestling with what sort of give away to hand out to all of the employees. I thought of T-shirts, but that is ordinary. I want something smart and cool and I need something under $5.00 each since we have 250 to 275 employees.

On another note I have had a sore throat all summer I think. I just realized it. I have this slow drip at the back of my throat and one of my tonsils has stayed swollen all summer. I know it is allergy related. I guess I just thought the Allegra D would work but it hasn't. I am going to make an appt next week to go back to the ENT Dr. I really need to have my tonsils taken out, but I am just to old so I have to suffer with sore throats until I die I think. I just do not understand why I have had this lingering sore throat all summer. I was told the only allergies I have are to cats, dust, and a slight allergy to dairy products. I have reduced my cat count by 2 this summer, not by choice it just happened or needed to happen, and I haven't had much dairy lately. I do not have much carpeting in my house and that's helped my allergies. I used to have Asthma attacks on a regular basis and now I can not tell you that last time I had an asthma attack so why I have a sore throat is beyond me.

I have gotten creative lately. I am hoping to have some things to sale on either E-bay or etsy or both soon. I hope to get some items up on Etsy this coming Monday. A few will be Halloween related. Then I have some scrapbooking/collage items that started out as belt related items but they transfer so well over to collage and scrapbooking. I just have so many and it doesn't make since for me to keep them all to myself, so I will be sharing very soon.

Stayed tune. I will have some sneak peaks this weekend. All I can say is I am having lots of fun making them.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Goodbye My Sweet Hope

Princess Hope

December 24, 1993 - August 20, 2007
(She lived 4 years after after the pictures below were taking)

Not a way to start a week

Sunday evening I finally decided to mow and edge my lawn after a few weeks. The weather was perfect and not so hot. First I touch my lawn mower with two of my finger tips and burn them. Dumb I know; why I thought the outside of the mower was cool is beyond me but I guess I did because I touched it while it was hot and now I have two nice blister on the very tips of two finger sin my left hand. Then about 30 minutes later I nearly cut off a few fingers also on my left hand with the edger. Thankfully instinct came into play and I let go of the juice which I was holding with my right hand while at the same time moving my hand quickly away from the edge blade/wire. I did decide at that point I was done working in the yard for the day and went in to take care of my fingers. That was Sunday evening.

Monday hasn't started off much better. I had to make a very tough, heart wrenching decision this morning to euthanize my eldest cat Hope this morning. It is one I have been wrestling with for months now. I have had problem with her for almost 2 years now and for the last year and a half she has lived in the guest room all by herself away from the other 2 cats and Walker, my teenage dog. She had everything in the room and everything was fine until about a month ago when she started pooping on the bed. She had her own clean litter, but for some reason decided the bed was better. So for the last 3 weeks I have wrestled with what to do. She didn't have the best life living in a room all by herself I know but I really didn't know what else to do. I tried letting her out to roam but she would get scared, run under my bed and I had already been down that road with her before I decided to give her her own safe environment away from the other animals by shutting her up in the guest room with her own amenities. I knew this weekend I had to do something. I had a cat the was in some sort of distress and at 14 years old, with only one glaucoma filled eye, I made the toughest decision to do what was best for her. My sweet little Persian Oreo cookie, Hope is now in a place where she roam free. I didn't think I would cry but darn it I could barely get the words out when I brought her in; they assured my I made the best decision for her and she lived a good life. Odds were something was going wrong on the inside and it was just her time to go. So needless to say my week has not started off on the right foot. HOPEfully it will get better.