Saturday, April 30, 2011

...which way is up?

On this day in 1925 automaker Dodge Brothers, Inc was sold to Dillon, Read & Company for $146 million plus $50 million for charity. On this day in 2009 Chrysler automobile company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Topsy turvy. Keep on truckin' or autoin' and always give it your best. Please give a shout out to RY who is feeling under the weather. I recommended a double vodka which made her feel even more 'under'.

"My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's.

Oscar Wilde

Thursday, April 28, 2011

...let it Snow

Phoebe Snow, whose signature hit, “Poetry Man,” established her as a leading light of the singer-songwriter movement and whose swooping vocal acrobatics transcended musical genres, died on Tuesday in Edison, N.J. She was 60. She named herself after a railroad car, had a daughter who was born with severe brain damage and befriended Karen Carpenter when Karen was in New York battling anorexia nervosa. A voice given to her by God, she is best known for the above mentioned song but my favorite track is Ms. Snows' "If I Can Just Get Through The Night" where she takes on the roll of an addict. Rest In Peace Phoebe. People get ready, there's a train a comin'. Phoebe Snow has reached her final destination.

"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."
Henry Ellis

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

...growing pains

Last night we wanted the air conditioner on since it was unusually warm. All that I needed to do was to turn a switch to cool the home. I also knew that when the electricity bill arrived, I could pay it. How simple, wonderful and blessed am I. Mankind has always been searching for sources of energy to keep things rolling and sometimes stuff happens while we try to grow. On this day in 1986, the world's worst nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl plant in the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire in the No. 4 reactor sent radioactivity into the atmosphere; at least 31 Soviets died immediately. Finding and keeping ways to keep us energized are of paramount importance so we keep on trying, perfecting and growing. Nuclear accidents,common mode failures,dam failures,oil spills are all unfortunately part of growing pains. Let's appreciate the sources of energy that we have and do our best to use them wisely. Pictured today is my favorite energy drink. It also comes in sugar free FBomb and citrus, both flavors delicious, one being much more fun to say out loud.

"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools."
John Muir

Monday, April 25, 2011

...before and after

It used to be that people could drive their cars without a license plate, before this day in 1901 when New York became the first U.S. state to require them. After that day, when we have a dastardly deed to perform requiring a vehicle, we need to mud pack the plate to remain anonymous.Ahhh, change. MM, SS and I spent part of last week in Leesburg, VA assisting in the set-up of a Thomasville concept store. This type of store focuses on many rooms of a similar nature in one shared space, i.e. bedrooms together, Dining Rooms together, and so on. It was fun, artistically challenging and also required physical and mental strength. Luckily God gave it to me and work got done. Before we left, the place was a scattering of furniture and accessories. After we left, there was more of a rhyme and reason to the whole setting. Have fun today, work and study hard and have your martini after everything has been completed, not before.

"Change means that what was before wasn't perfect. People want things to be better."
Esther Dyson

Sunday, April 24, 2011

...chocolate alert!

Happy Easter everyone. Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again. Christ probably liked chocolate as much as many of us do. He was a man of taste, a good heart and undying faith. There was a close call early this morning tho'. (Please see photo attached) My darling Grandneice was on her annual Easter Egg Hunt, when lo and behold, she saw the Easter Bunny hiding eggs! Rather than attempting to cover her findings, she took the honest approach and walked right up to the icon, introduced herself and was prepared for whatever result might be. As usual, they became fast friends. He is now on of her 'people'. Speaking of chocolate, on this day in 1907 Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, was opened. Have a great day, give praise for all that you have and if you run into an icon either physically or spiritually, give him/her some love.

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, April 18, 2011 news is good news

A song by Anne Murray popped into my head this morning. I awoke well before the sunrise and went out to my deck with the boys to make sure that the bird feeders were full. The squirrels were already up, the birds were singing and the trees are all in bloom. Perfect. We never know what lies around the corner. That is why we have faith. Jump into your day with hope, no matter what things are nagging at your core. On this day in 1930 BBC Radio announced that there was no news on that day. Anne Murray would have loved that! "A Little Good News" by Anne Murray. More good news is the "Reinventions" line coming to a Thomasville store near you in the very near future.

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." William James

Monday, April 11, 2011

...louie, louie

Today is International "Louie, Louie" day! Everyone uses this annual opportunity to celebrate the song that has been called the greatest party song of all time. It has been recorded more times than any other rock song in history and was very nearly declared the official state song of Washington. J.Edgar Hoover had this song analyzed, fearing that it had sinister content. He and many others missed, however, someone screaming the F word at :53. on the original recording. Work hard today, listen to the music, and try not to use the F word if you are laying down tracks for a song that will stand the test of time. This day in 1954 is considered to be the most boring day since 1900 according to the True Knowledge Answer Engine. Perhaps they weren't partying to "Louie, Louie!" Hold on a sec! Mother Goose is at my front door. BRB. I'm back. She gave me a post it and asked me to blog for her:

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,

Home again, home again, jiggety- jig;

To market, to market, to buy a fat hog;

Home again, home again, jiggety-jog;

To market, to market, to choose Home Decor,

We'll take these, we'll take that, of this we'll take four!

To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,

Home again, home again, market is done.

"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions." Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

...the power of one

Never underestimate your power. We have chances everyday, many times per day, to make ours and the lives of others better. Letting someone in front of you at rush hour, waving a friendly hand when someone f*cks up on the highway, rather than giving them the finger, holding a door for anyone and more. Put these behaviors into action, and watch how the Universe gives back three fold. If you already do this, you know what I mean. If you have been an a**hole for years and are just beginning to try this method, it may take time for things to regain their balance. Give it a try. The power of one leads to the power of many. On this day in 1388, despite being outnumbered 16 to 1, forces of the Old Swiss Confederacy were victorious over the Archduchy of Austria in the Battle of Näfels. I was 12 at the time and somewhat remember this, being in awe of the David and Goliath concept in action. I was also texting a friend at the same time and missed most of this.

"Either you run the day or the day runs you." Jim Rohn

Saturday, April 9, 2011

...what's in a name?

What is in a name? Firstly, it was not your choice, unless you marched to the courthouse as soon as you could walk and demanded changes. Some names conjure up images, others seem pretty plain. Mary means "wished for child". Tom stands for honesty. Brian means "Noble" Sophia is the Greek word for wisdom Michael means "God like" I assume that Michele does also, as this name is a derivative of the aforementioned name. Ashley means "Ash Tree Cleaning". Lovely. On this day in 1904 "Longacre Square" in Midtown Manhattan was renamed "Times Square" after The New York Times. Sometimes money has a meaning also. Shown today is "Beau" which means "beautiful" in french. My nephew named him because the man is both French and beautiful. So is my nephew for that matter!

"A lot of people get impatient with the pace of change." James Levine

Friday, April 8, 2011 of art

We are all works of art in our own, unique way. Embrace your qualities and embrace the qualities in others. Even if some of those qualities annoy you to no end.

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.

6. Play mini golf.

On this day in 1820 The Venus de Milo was discovered on the Aegean island of Melos. The sculpture was created at some time between 130 and 100 BC, and is believed to depict Aphrodite (Venus to the Romans) the Greek goddess of love and beauty. It is made of marble, slightly larger than life size at 6' 8" high, and its arms and original plinth have been lost. Anyone holding these missing pieces, please contact the Louvre.

"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others." Ayn Rand

Thursday, April 7, 2011

...Floor Sample Sale Thomasville!

Thomasville is introducing some fab new collections and they will be arriving in stores soon. Many classic Thomasville case goods and upholstery pieces on showroom floors are reduced currently. They have to make room for new arrivals! Stop by your nearest showroom and bring in your measurements. Shown today is a teaser of the new 'Affinia Collection.' Even tho' we are all getting ready to improve our outdoors, please don't miss this opportunity to focus on our interiors!

"Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?" Alfred Lord Tennyson

Friday, April 1, 2011

...chew on this

Today is the day when we let out the 'li'l prankster' in us! April Fools! Innocent hoaxes, tricks and other clever ideas will make people laugh, puzzle and perhaps even attempt to repay you! Remember to keep things light and fun. Here are a few of my favorite April Fool pranks.

1) Hot-wire your ex's car and drive it to a vacant parking lot. Preferably to another city; better yet, another state.

2)Tape magnets to the bottom of an empty coffee cup, and attach it to the top of your car. Laugh at all the people who frantically try to get your attention as you drive by. This is even funnier if you are the proud parent of an infant. Attach magnets to the bottom of the car carrier, set the little dumpling on the roof of your vehicle and drive like mad.

3)If the victim has a phone with a hook that presses down when the handset is in the cradle, tape it down. When he or she answers a call it will keep ringing. Make sure to dial them incessantly to insure many calls and much frustration.

4)Has your victim been working on an important document on their computer? Carefully hide the document in a safe place, then create a fake document with the same name. Fill the document with foul language or a funny story. At the bottom put "April Fool's!" Or don't, and see if the document gets emailed to Corporate!

5) While we are on the subject of computers, this one is sure to touch a nerve. If the victim uses Microsoft Word, go into the victim's computer and change the auto-correct feature so it misspells common words. Just open Word, choose "Auto-Correct Options" from the Tools menu, and have it replace common words like "the" and "and" with wacky words like "fuckhead" or "asshole." Be creative.

On this day in 1891 The Wrigley Company was founded in Chicago, Illinois. Hey, does that come in pepper flavor?

"A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life." William Arthur Ward