Monday, 30 January 2012

Dizzy Days!!

What's wrong with me today!??  Is it the cold getting to my brain, or lack of sleep due to a darling doggy waking me, wanting to go out to the toilet at 3.40am and then not being able to get back to sleep!? Or is it my age!!?  For a split second this morning I thought I had forgotten my PIN number when paying for diesel for my car!!  Thankfully it came back to me but what if I get another 'senior moment'? Should I write it down and keep it about my person?!  What a disaster if I had got to the checkout and loaded up a huge load of shopping in the supermarket and then forget the PIN number!?  Then just now I nearly put a bottle of red wine in the fridge!!  Aaargh!!  Disaster!  I've already done that last year and opened up a bottle eagerly anticipating the refreshing cold taste of a glass of white wine after a hectic day, only to see COLD red wine flowing into the glass - tasted disgusting by the way - so impatient was I to wait for it to reach room temperature I glugged it down!!  With the weather about to turn colder and another day older too, I can only expect more 'dizzy dolly' moments!! 

Thursday, 26 January 2012

The Doggy Popcorn Episode!

Had a complete panic yesterday!  Jess, one of my gorgeous dogs, decided to eat a load of the 'wotsit' polystyrene-type 'nuggets' used for packaging in boxes!  Empty box in the porch, left there for putting out with the recycling, 'nuggets' still inside.  She'd investigated the box earlier and decided it wasn't of interest but the moment I go outside to put something in the dustbin, I return to find her munching a mystery something which I immediately realise what, when she then dived over to the box and grabbed a mouthful of the 'nuggets'!  Shit!  Couldn't believe she'd done that and that if only I'd disposed of the 'nuggets' earlier!  So panic-stricken that they would expand inside her, or poison her, I called the vet to be told that they'd probably dissolve but if any problems to bring her straight down.  Thankfully little monkey is OK and those 'nuggets' I'm told, are made from corn starch, so really she'd eaten something like popcorn!  They didn't even swell when I put a couple into a cup of water and did crush down to nothing when I squished one in my hand!  Phew!!  Next time I go to the cinema I'll check carefully what they've covered in salt or sugar, in case they've decided to sell me 'packaging nuggets' instead of the real thing!  At least they'd be quieter to eat though!!!

Monday, 16 January 2012

I Can't Believe......'s January and there's daffodils out in bloom!  A whole bank of them all happily waving their yellow heads around in Windsor last week!  Hope they're not too shocked by this cold snap!  I can't believe Christmas came and went so quick - well the Christmas tree all packed up in its box, still standing in the living room, waiting to get put back in the loft is a reminder that just four weeks ago we were getting all geared up for it and now it's a distant memory!  I can't believe we still haven't put the Christmas tree back in the loft!!  I can't believe yet again we have a Christmas pudding left over - why do I buy 2 when we only ever eat one!?  I can't believe I have to fill up my car with diesel yet again! Boring! (and expensive!)  I can't believe we're halfway through January already - this time last year I was still in my 30's - now I'm in my 40's!  I can't believe I'm still awake and not asleep on the settee - blogging at night prevents me zonking out whilst watching the news, cup of tea in hand!  On that note bed is calling, so off I go...but not before adding yet again...I can't believe I'm going to be an Aunty!  :))

Monday, 9 January 2012

My Blog's Gorn Public!

Thanks Netmums for having me on your Bloggers Network, as of today!  Scary biscuits!  People might read what I blog! - but then, duh!!! that was the general idea!!  I feel like a new Mum - so proud to bring forth my creation to the world!!  ("Oh get over yourself, Suzanne," I hear you say - "it's a blog, not a baby!!")   Nevertheless, I will help my little 'blogchild' entertain you and hope you enjoy watching 'it' grow.  For now, bedtime is calling - oh but damn, so is that pile of washing up in the sink!

Friday, 6 January 2012

I'm going to be an Aunty!!

Well it's now official - I'm allowed to announce that I'm going to be an Aunty!  Yes my little brother will become a father in July!  And I will be an Aunty!!  Yes - see I'm so excited, I keep saying it!!  Looking forward to this year's Christmas shopping already!!  Those little Christmassy clothes for babies are so cute!!  Roll on July, I want to meet my new nephew or niece already - from your scan photo, you're looking good already babe!!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Flying Dog Poo!!

Anyone in the UK today knows how windy it is!  It was like Armageddon this morning - squalling winds and lashing rain - floods everywhere - if these are just gales, as described on the weather report, imagine what hurricanes and typhoons must be like!  Nearly had a mishap picking up the dog poo this morning!  'Him indoors' bends down in the lashing wind this morning, poo bag in hands, stands up straight on successfully scooping the poop, only to have the bag literally ripped out of his hands!!  Contents of poo bag fly out into the air, whilst empty bag whizzes airborne away and across the field!!  Good job I started to laugh just a split second later and not before, else I'd have been hit in the face!!  Talk about getting egg on your face! Shit happens!  Haha!!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Self-Employed versus Working for the Man!!

Well 10 years ago I had a full-time job and a steady salary every month - these days I'm at the mercy of good ol' supply and demand!  It has taken quite some time to re-adjust to the change in work culture when switching to self-employment.  For instance, not being able to take for granted that there's X-amount of money coming in each month - instead you just hope for a busy month!  Difficult, given these economic climes!  If you're sick you don't get paid, likewise, days off don't come into the question - for the same reason!  However what I do like - is being my own boss, planning the days when I take bookings for dog-work and now more recently, Phoenix work.  I enjoy working from home and preparing my Phoenix brochures, researching events and contacting organisers.  Receiving Phoenix stock and preparing customer orders for delivery.  Report writing for dog behaviour work and preparing for classes!  Chatting with dog owner clients and making appointments for one-to-one training sessions!  And blogging about it all and updating social media sites!  I even love doing my accounts every month!  The best thing of all is being able to spend more time with my lovely dogs - I now get to walk them and play and train them - all of us are much happier as a result!  I hope to get busier to ensure that there'll not be a return to commuting in the rush hour to a place where the work is dreary and for which I have little passion and where office politics and stress reign!  It is with that in mind that I'll continue working hard to endeavour that this woman will not return to working for da man!  :))

New Products for 2012!

Christmas has come and gone in the blink of an eye!  It seems to be true that the older you get, the faster time flies by!  Well what's next to celebrate??  Good ol' fashioned lurve!!!  There are loads of cards in the Phoenix range with a Valentines Day theme - please see my beautiful website

New Year, New Blog!

Happy New Year!  With the New Year has come a brainwave!  Why not share with you all, my experiences as an Independent Phoenix Trader!??  The beauty of the business is that there are no targets or pressure imposed by the company - just as well! as in the last year since I joined, I've not done much with my Phoenix business other than sell to friends and family!  Hence why I've not blogged about it up 'til now!  But now - in 2012, the Phoenix will rise, so to speak - already booked in for a handful of events and customers asking for the new brochure already - looks set to be a promising year!