Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Two Weeks in February

One of the the many blessings of living in the country is the view out my kitchen windows.  I can watch the neighbors cattle, my western bluebird families, tree swallows, humming birds, and assorted fury creatures, such as rabbits, squirrels (grrrr) and gophers (double-grrrr).  Occasionally, I see a coyote or bobcat wander through the yard.  And then there are the deer.  Love 'em...hate 'em, depending on their appetite for my plants.  LOL!

For two weeks in February, the critters are completely overshadowed.  Our 40+ almond trees burst into bloom and we live in a white-flowered wonderland.  The trees are scattered all over the property, so the "show" is everywhere, but especially outside my kitchen window.

I've taken a few photos to share.  All but one is taken out my kitchen window.  The other one, of our Almond Alleé was taken by my daughter.  It is actually her backyard.  (She also lives on our property.) 

Please forgive the fact that I didn't straighten and stage the kitchen counters. :o(

Can't wait to get going on the herb garden there!

It is so lovely to have this wonderful reminder that Spring is right around the corner!  Especially during the dull, grey days of February!

What beauty do you find outside your windows this time of year?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Has it really been THAT long?

Wow! It's been half a month since I posted!  Time sure gets away from you when you're having fun...NOT!

I am just about over the worst cold I can remember having in years!  I suppose the intensity wasn't as bad as some, but 4 weeks into it and I am still coughing occasionally.  I haven't felt like leaving the house for weeks.  I even skipped the local Depression Glass Show; a real passion of mine! THAT is just how bad I felt.

To add to the misery of a cold, I found out during this time that I am going to lose my job!  Yep, isn't that special?

I have been with this company for almost 15 years, surviving 2 acquisitions, and have never had anything but a very good (sometimes stellar) performance review. 

After the first time the company was sold, the new company closed the plant in my town.  I have been telecommuting (working from home) ever since.  Now, 7 years later, we are being required to move to an office on-site.  There is an office in my area, but I have to move to an office 3 hours away!  I told them to go ahead & terminate me!

Why?  We live in California.  Thankfully in one of the "more affordable" areas.  They want me to move to Silicon Valley, 3 hours away.  I can't realistically afford to move there.  I could drive there for 3 days a week and stay in a hotel, on my own dime.  That would be a complete disruption of our lives.  My husband is 72 years old and I am not leaving him for that often or for that amount of time.

So what am I going to do? 

First, I'm trusting the Lord that this is His will for me.  He will help me to make the best of it!  If you're a pray-er, will you pray that I continue to listen & follow his leading?

Second, I am going to kick my Tupperware business into high gear!  I can replace my "pretty good" corporate salary with Tupperware earnings in just a few months.  It's what I would rather be doing anyway!
I won't bore you with all the details of my Tupperware career.  If you're interested to know more just click on the picture below and it will take you to my Today's Organized Kitchen Blog. 

I'll be very careful not to bore you all with Tupperware.  But, if you ever hear of anyone who wants Tupperware, or might be looking for a career in direct sales, please send 'em to me!*Ü*

On the bright side, I will have more time for blogging, crafting, decorating, picture framing, etc.! 

This blog should become much more interesting soon!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Big Food is doing what?

Yes boys and girls, we have blueberry imposters amongst us!

Here a link to the Yahoo Green blog post about this: Blueberry Imposters