Stormy Days, Book Publishing And So New Things to Learn

There have been many storms these last few days. But nothing that has caused any new flooding in Manitou Springs. Halleluiah!

But my basement is very damp right now. The old ways water came in seems to have happened again. Didn’t have the heart to take a flashlight and see if the new area was also damp tonight

Spraying YL Thieves Spray down there to keep mold at bay. Doesn’t even really smell bad. But don’t want to forget to keep on this bit of prevention so I don’t have a future problem.

I worked a very long day at Commonwheel last Sunday. I was lucky. I had a mid-shift person. She even let me take a break and walk home to get my lunch eaten there very quickly. I had debated about buying a sandwich, as I had only packed fruits and energy bars with a lot going on in the morning as I was trying to get out the door. When she offered to let me take a real break and pointing out it would probably take as long at that time of day for me to get a sandwich anywhere, even if I called it in as take-out, as going to my home that was just a few blocks away, well, I went for a walk. We had a slow beginning of the day, but steady sales. Lots of people commented on “what a nice shop you have” when we engaged them in conversation. Always nice to hear.

As it neared 8pm and closing time, I decided to count the cash as it had been quiet for quite some time. Then people started coming in and I had 4 sales, all CASH! So I had to count everything again. Still, was happy to up the end of day sales by almost $100 when they all left.

I have been raiding my Etsy inventory to keep Commonwheel stocked. I really need to get into my feather studio and create more FantaFaces. I realized that I hadn’t ordered the kidney surgical steel ear wires, so did that. They will take a week or more to get here, so probably won’t have those on Saturday. But can make masks for both the Gallery and restock Etsy. Trying to order the leather thongs for my necklaces. Found the store, but was after they had closed. Gotta remember to do that tomorrow.

On Thursday, my Greek friend who I hadn’t seen in more than a month showed up at my door. We were both hungry. I suggested we go to The Loop Mexican restaurant for Fish Tacos. She eats a more restricted diet than I do, but she was willing to split a meal of these with me. She really enjoyed them. And so did I. I haven’t had many meals out, very restricted budget, but I deserved a treat and had a good time catching up with her travels and new paths relating to staying healthy she is exploring.

I have been working with Zoltan to get his “Galloping Wind” book published on Kindle, then on CreateSpace. When I was working on the Quark version for CreateSpace I discovered numerous errors in the Kindle version. Including two Chapter 12s. So as I worked on the Quark version, I corrected the Word document to download again on Kindle. After waiting so long to get this published, he was anxious to get it up before family from across the ocean arrived and he could show them he was once again a published author. This isn’t his first book, and won’t be his last.

I have suggested to him that we work and learn things together after the Art Festival so we can both find more financial freedom and success. I think he will also buy the very reasonably priced YouTube Video Training that I did. I also bought the upsell, as it has more training and more things I can repackage and sell.

Commonwheel’s gallery show “Under Pressure” had 18 artists in it and took me way more time to do the Facebook posts than usual. Trying to connect images to the right artist was a challenge for sure. And they also had some workshops that needed advertising in both Facebook pages I write on. Only added one outside the box fun thing to these posts. The song “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie seemed to be a real fit for this show.

I walked around town for a few openings. I had meant to go dancing at Stargazers, but after walking to 3 galleries, I was exhausted. Still hadn’t quite recovered from my summer cold. So I just crawled into bed early and began reading Gary Young’s “The Gift” that I had purchased earlier this year.

I have had a really difficult time getting in my car to run errands and go shopping. But I did, and got lots accomplished in that one bit of driving around. I was out of the friendly half-blind squirrels sunflower seeds, and a few other things prompted me to get out the door. I stopped at my favorite outlet store and discovered it was their last day in that location and they were moving back to a past location that is much closer to my home and in more of my errand routes.  Good news for sure.

I walked into the “antique mall” next to this store. I am always hopeful of finding old books or magazines here. Only once has that happened. But I found 5 fun videos on sale and spent a whole $2.50 on them. Mostly cartoony ones that I had heard about and never have seen. When I will have time to watch them, have no idea.

During this drive a Commonwheel challenge arrived by my phone. A member was very upset about having to pay a fine she incurred and even though a Board member and had been there when we clearly stated fines would all be enforced, she didn’t think she owed it. She was being very rude to our President who was there to train her and wanted to know if I as a Board member would concur to the idea this person was allowed to quit without the 30 day notice and remove everything that very day. This person has been a “thorn” in my side and many other members for years. I felt it would be best if she agreed to end her tenure at Commonwheel that day, to let her do it. And then change all the codes on locks and web site areas. We have had other people resign on happier terms lately, so it was really time to change the codes, which we should do yearly anyway, but haven’t. Stirred up some challenging conversations with quite a few members. Next Monday’s Board meeting should be very interesting.

On Monday, I walked to MAT for a Manifest meeting that actually happened. The last 2 had been canceled for health and weather reasons. This is a half mile walk there, and a bit farther back when I loop around to go to the Post Office.

A little later my Greek friend up at my door. She wanted to know it I wanted to go for a short walk. She was here to listen to the Concert in the nearby park, but that was more than an hour away. I almost said no, but being very behind on my hiking and I needed to get moving after being so sick, I said, sure and changed shoes. We hiked up the street, then turned off and went higher and higher. I took her up to the place I had sat on the rock to watch the 4th of July fireworks. It was even more daunting to look at how steep it was below that rock than in the dark.

As we headed back down, we noticed lots of purple spots on the road. There was an Elderberry, or Boysenberry Tree with ripe berries on it. Need to look this up, but not now. She was so delighted to enjoy this treat. And so was I. They were delicious. We had very purple hands when we were done. We ate every one we could reach, pulling the branches down for each other to reach just a little bit higher. Very fun and a tasty treat for sure. We want to go back in a few days, as there were many that were not ripe within reach. Will see if that happens.

Some how I need to do some postings on my Hiking blog . . . gotten very far behind, but as you can see I only seem to get time to post here once a week, so this does come first. Those I can catch up on, as they are mostly photos and a bit of description of the hike.

The Art Festival has me constantly working on it. Ads with deadlines, making sure everything is in place, meeting with people to get what they were working on into my hands, etc. I will be very happy when this is successfully over this year.

I walked to the gallery to bring in some inventory, from my Etsy stash, meet with 2 members about their Festival jobs, bring one somethings she needed, pick up items from the other. I walked to the bank to deposit a check I had been holding for an artist after jury and it had gotten buried. She reminded me that I could cash it when I saw her during Art Walk. I got to see the drilling equipment that was re-drilling the 7-Minute Spring well so it can be used at Sun Spa for water to bath in and drink again.

I had a really pleasant surprise today. I had not actually looked at my Diamante envelop, but when I picked it up, a check came floating out. A large check. That will be very helpful in the next month, as I want to buy some training programs to work on after the Art Festival is over in September. And it was noted that they think they will begin doing regular distributions early in 2015. Not sure how much, but anything will be appreciated. Thank you Mom & Dad for having made this investment that my Brother and I split after you passed. Will make me smile a bit more every time I see a check from there. I had worked at Diamante, and my Dad liked some of their investments. Some were cashed out while they were alive, but this one was left to us as it was not distributing and yet it is a very good investment. University Village in Colorado Springs where I shop all the time and it is thriving.

There are at least 3 trainings that I want to take in the next few months. All being offered right now. I can buy a couple and do the training later, sort of like how I am handling the Drag-N-Drop program I just bought. I do want to attend the live trainings for one of Tony’s offerings, so that will be challenging on Thursday nights, but at this time I don’t have meetings on those nights until the day before the Art Festival. I think I will miss that class. But there are always replays to watch forever in the members area.

One of these trainings has lots of things I can resell and are very relevant to marketing right now. I really need to focus on that aspect of a way to create financial change in my life. And it really does work with writing and publishing books, as a way to advertise them and at the same time guide people to the trainings I am an affiliate for already.

I swear, these, are the last trainings I can buy before I start implementing what they have to teach me and begin to generate some income, rather than being all outgo of $s.

The Art Festival needs to go back to a very part-time job again, which it was before the flooding, but took over much more time this last year than ever before. I believe that all the things I have put in place this year, will just be easier to continue in the next years, and perhaps if the flood mitigation works well, we can move back to Memorial Park next year. That would make the Art Festival so much easier to do than having to arrange for Shuttles and ways to guide people there. Plus just measuring this park so I feel that I can place booths in it in a way that works with a totally different layout than last year has been quite the challenge.

Am schedule to try and measure the Fields Park one more time. Have notes about what I need to measure to figure out how to draw it in a way that trees and mounds are not encountered in the wrong place when we actually mark the booth areas on August 31st.

Will do some driving errands also.

Then tomorrow night going Dancing for Sure! Tiny Barge is playing at Stargazers and they are really fun!

Stormy Week in Manitou Springs

This has been a week of rain storms and sirens going off warning of Flash Flooding.
Monday the new siren just a block from me went off along with both my phones and the radio and the siren in my home all at once.

Highway 24 was closed, people were turned away from town. That was the day I walked to MAT and got a ride back with a family from PA that needed to get to the Cog Railway.

Yes, Flash Flooding was possible. But the creek politely stayed in its banks all through town.

My cold was just about gone on Tuesday. Still not totally over it, but so much better. Actually getting some energy back.

Tony Laidig did a webinar on taking photographs at night that was interesting. I need to learn more about my camera to do some of the settings he suggested. But looking at my Firework photo, I was happy that I had gotten some as good as I did without this webinar.

I had wanted to write an email to the person who had taken so much of my money and recently declared bankruptcy, and that just poured off my fingers last night. It was a “put me in the place of you when you came asking for help and see if you can now find a way to make an effort to pay me back some of the money I loaned you to help you back then” note, not an angry note. No response yet, but who knows if she even opens my emails any more . . . or if she really does have a conscious and will ever make good on her promises before and during the time she was bankrupting everyone.

This morning was filled with getting things done for advertising for the Art Festival, things that need printing and on the web site finalized and sent to others to handle.

I had thought on Wednesday, I would get some things done and contact my Coach to set up a time for a call. But the Art Festival, then the rain distracted me quite a bit. And my brother needed some things done quickly for his Parish Gap Band web site. New drummer and a change of wording describing the band’s music and a new gig to post. That took up a bit of time getting the header redone and other pictures that needed switching out all over the web site.

In the early afternoon, my roommate went out to weed the very overgrown garden and quite a while later, I heard the rain start.

Then it hailed. She was out sheltering under a tree, and came dashing in soaking wet.

Heavy Rain & Hail Storm in Manitou Springs

There was a river of red mud coursing down Ruxton Avenue and hail piled up in the yard.

Heavy Rain & Hail Storm in Manitou Springs

Then it quit and the sky lightened and it looked like it would clear up.

So I walked down to my Manitou Springs Art Council meeting at Manitou Art Center. Our wonderful President brought two pies from Gooseberry Junction on highway 115: Gooseberry and Rhubarb and we all had half a slice of each. YUM! We had some interesting conversations and a new member joined.

As the meeting got near to ending, someone said, “Is that rain.”

Heavy Rain & Hail Storm in Manitou Springs

And a couple of us responded, “NO! That’s HAIL!” and we headed downstairs to see Hurricane style storm. A storm like many of us have never seen or only seen a few times. The water was coming down in sheets and it was hailing.

Heavy Rain & Hail Storm in Manitou Springs

 

Crazy drivers were going up and down the Avenue. Very lucky that no one got stuck or had an engine die in our area. Not sure what the town looked like farther east, but on the streets on the way down and afterwards around my house there was quite a bit of red gravel that had traveled down from the hillsides.

Heavy Rain & Hail Storm in Manitou Springs

Again the creek kindly stayed mostly in its banks, but Memorial Park was a soggy mess. I didn’t get pictures of that, as someone offered me a ride home, and I accepted. Although since the sky was clearing up, I was tempted to walk home, but I took the ride instead.

Heavy Rain & Hail Storm in Manitou Springs

Maybe tomorrow I will walk down there and take pictures of how it looks after two heavy rainstorms. I do have to go to the shop and have a CD of photos I want to leave at City Hall for a councilwoman, so will take a walk in hopefully not so stormy weather.

 Ruxton was pretty much a mess with lots of gravel on it.

Heavy Rain & Hail Storm in Manitou Springs

There was hail everywhere around the yard and in the garden areas.

Heavy Rain & Hail Storm in Manitou Springs

Our garden didn’t survive the second storm as well as it had the first one.

Heavy Rain & Hail Storm in Manitou Springs

 Hopefully the squash plants will survive, and maybe some of the other plants will come back. Sure wish I had picked some lettuce yesterday . . . And I want to see how the mint is doing. Of course, I am sure much of the catnip will survive, but I had thought of cutting some of it yesterday, but just didn’t find the energy to go into the garden and do that.

And then the sun came out.

Blue sky after Heavy Rain & Hail Storm in Manitou Springs

Though it did rain again after it got dark, as it is raining now.

I went into my basement, and there is water seeping in from a new area that I cannot capture it. It is coming up from below the half wall that separates the full basement area from the crawl space. And there was water in the barrel that has the sump pump. There was none there on Monday after that rain, but today was a different soggy story down there. Not sure what to do, but keep a watchful eye on the situation the next rainstorms.

It will be interesting to see what tomorrow brings for weather and how the creek and town looks.

It certainly seems that some of the mitigation work has made a difference. And the dredging of the creek really helped as the water rose, but didn’t get high enough to get out of its banks most places. If the dredging hadn’t been done, I think this would have been a different story to tell tonight.

Dredging Fountain Creek in Manitou Springs

And here it is past my time to get to sleep and I haven’t done any links or written to my coach. But fading fast, so will call it a night.

 

Slowly Healing and Dealing with a Bit of Depression

I have never been a good sick person. And it is all the harder when one has to take care of oneself and still try to keep up with the business aspect of one’s life that doesn’t stop when you just want to sleep the day away.

My time to totally get rid of this cold has been slow. The first week I was really miserable, but as time has gone on, feeling better every day. Still, the cough hangs on and don’t have my energy totally back yet.

The attitude of the Manitou Springs Officials about the promoter that is trying to sneak in another “Art Festival” into Manitou Springs during its busiest tourist time and also its rainest month, it the Park that Commonwheel was directed away from, well, that is just frustrating. It had me questioning what I have been doing to create a quality Art Festival over the last 40 years, with my sabbatical years not counted as time I coordinated it, but the Art Festival did start in 1975 and always only allowed in high quality art work. I guess we will see what we shall see on July 26 & 27. Will there actually be an Art Festival, or will it be canceled, or will it be filled with collectibles and other junk? And will there be any advertising? Or will he just rely on the tourist traffic that will be in town that weekend.

And since today we had Hwy 24 closed, opened, closed, opened again, causing the Police to direct people away from even coming into Manitou Springs and Fountain Creek ran fast and very muddy brown, would an Event in Memorial Park have been asked to close down?

The Art Co-op was told by an police officer to close as the water was rising pretty high behind the building.

I had walked down for a ManitFest meeting last Monday, only to find out it was canceled. There was a Commonwheel meeting that night, but not for 3 hours. So I got in a 2 mile walk, instead of just one that day. I could tell my lungs were still filled with crud, as it was hard to walk back home, uphill, then back again a couple of hours later. It was an interesting meeting. Our President asked for compensation for extra time she had spent training us on the POS system. People thought she should have asked before, but then she didn’t know that the system wouldn’t be up and running with less than 24 hours before it was to be used. I was kinda torn between yes, she deserved compensation, but yes, this wasn’t the perfect way to ask. Since I had been the first person to use the system, I saw how many glitches it had that we resolved that day because she knew who to call or where to look for a solution.

But it did have me wondering why I haven’t asked for some compensation for all the extra time I have had to spend, not just last year moving the Art Festival in just 3 weeks, but since then getting all the new pieces in place for it to be in Fields Park again, and the many extra meetings I have attended to get us some new and really great advertising. Then there is the addition of the Bristol Beer/Wine Garden. I am going to hint at the idea I deserve a bonus for the first time in many a year . . . but where that will go if the Festival doesn’t make money this year, which is a high possibility, how do I handle that?

Which leads to why I am a bit depressed. Financially I haven’t been able to create a better situation for me with my time eaten up by the Art Festival during the months I normally would have spent really focused on my own business. I did get the “How To Create A Sustainable Event” on Kindle, but it needs tweaking and promoting. I feel a bit guilty that I haven’t had time to read and implement all the suggestions my Arizona cousin has taken time to do for me. But I will very soon.

I have paid for classes and software that I haven’t had time to explore. A really interesting one of Drag & Drop ways to create Children’s books. I am not sure why it is that much better than my being able to work well in PhotoShop. There are lots of characters and backgrounds that come with it. But then, I have tons of photos and could create my own. Still the price was right, and it has some other software that comes with it to help create “path” books where a reader can chose where they want to go next in a story line. How to add those type of links can be tricky, so this could be very helpful when I do get back into writing more books.

And taking time to rest and heal my body has also pulled me away from sitting at the computer. But that is really important if I am to get through the next two months without a relapse or get even sicker.

I got myself motivated to get ink for one of the printers that isn’t working. The girl there told me all of her kids are sick in the same manner of symptoms as I have. She also gave me ink cartridges for free and told me they could help me find a printer to replace the laser printer if I want them to help. And at Costco, I ran into a “health nut” friend, and he told me he has had a nagging cough for over 2 months. I really don’t want to have that happen to me, so resting is a good idea along with many herbs and essential oils applied to my body and taken internally.

I brought some oils for my 1st Friday Tune-up and had Sharing Inner Health work them deep into my spine. I do think that helped.

One of my clients actually got his book on Kindle. We worked together and separately to make this happen. Yeah! Next is his book that needs to be published by someone else not connected to him. I keep putting off talking to CreateSpace to make sure I have things set up for HieroGraphics to be a publisher and that I can also have my personal space as an author. Just wrote myself a big note to do this tomorrow.

I do think I will have the Art Festival Flyer ready to go to the printer on Friday, maybe even on Thursday. Finally getting people giving me the information I need.

Then there is this odd virus that has popped up on my computer that resets itself whenever I delete it after a virus scan. Where it came from, how it got past Norton in the first place, I don’t know. I think I will look into SafeMac Virus Software. It just brings in ads, and sounds pretty harmless, but very annoying and another challenge I could do without!

My hiking friend is going on a trip, so she is not into taking a hike this week. I really need to get out in Nature in the sunshine after all this craziness and dealing with this cold.

I was suppose to go to Denver on Sunday for a reunion of the Great Book Group ladies, but just could not convince myself to drive for 3 hours round trip for a bit of camaraderie. I did get a quick chat with the organizer and she is going to plan another gathering in the Fall. I should be more up for that one, as I miss these ladies that I used to see about every two months, then haven’t seen in way over a year.

At the Gallery, when I returned from my trip, I saw that I had sold quite a few masks and hair clips. I raided my Etsy store for masks to get masks to my display quickly. I have spent a couple of sessions in my feather studio to create hair clips and masks for the Gallery. I noted that I hadn’t been selling earrings this summer, which was weird, then today when I checked in my masks, I saw I had sold some. I was going to stop by and figure out exactly which ones on my way home, but instead I did a “good Samaritan” thing that kept me from going back to the Gallery. When my ManiFest meeting was cancelled because people couldn’t get into Manitou Springs due to the Flood Alert, a family from Pennsylvania came by and asked what to do as they were not being allowed to go up the street to get to the Cog Railroad that they had 4pm tickets for. One of the people at the MAC suggested I ride with them and show them the back way to Ruxton Avenue that is my street and goes up to the Cog Railroad station. So I did that. It made them very happy and I did my “good deed” for the week and got a ride home.

I walked down to see what the creek looked like, but for some reason didn’t take my camera. It was very muddy, not too high, but running very fast. The best part was there didn’t seem to be much debris in it.

I almost forgot the most fun part of my last two weeks. When I went to a Chamber Marketing meeting, I went past the Fields Park and took a picture of the brown grass to ask what was going on. I stayed on El Paso and for some reason, decided to see what house was For Sale at the stop sign street near Rockledge B&B. When I came back down the street, there was a very strange creature laying on the lawn behind a fence.

Moose in Manitou Springs

I do wish I had gotten a better picture, but didn’t get myself energized to get out of the car to do that. And besides, I was debating what I was seeing, a very strange horse, or a Moose, and if it was a Moose, they are considered very unpredictable. Then again, there was an iron fence between us. It turns out a few days later this lady Moose was relocated to a new home, as she was getting too comfortable in the area, and could be a threat to people, especially when she headed down to the park where the pool is and many tourist and locals hang out.

On the 4th of July, I hiked up the road to find a place to sit to watch the fireworks. For many years they would shoot them off Red Mountain which is directly across from my house, but that got dangerous with our really dry winters and summers. So now they shoot them off Higgenbottom Flats near Hwy 24. The place I thought I would watch from had trees that had grown up and nowhere comfortable to sit. So I went up the road a little further and saw a rock that looked very stable at the top of a very steep area. I maneuvered myself safely onto the rock and waited for the show to begin. I did wonder if I could get up safely and considered asking one of the youngsters that gathered on either side of me to “spot me” getting up, but in the end, I just slowly got up and didn’t even get to prickled by the Yucca near me.

I do so love fireworks!

4th of July Fireworks in Manitou Springs

 

 

 

Communication Glitches Have Plagued Me Recently

I have to admit at the Young Living Convention there were a few communication glitches with my roommate.

The first night, when we were discussing about timing to get up and ready for the first morning, she reminded me she meditates for 2 hours each morning. I told her I needed 1.5 hr to get ready, so was setting the alarm for 7:00 am to be sure we could leave at 8:30. It wouldn’t take a full half hour to walk to the center, but wanted to get there before the whole crowd arrived.

I woke up and looked at the clock and it was 7:53 am! She was all dressed. I asked her why she didn’t wake me? She told me I hadn’t told her to do that, and thought I just needed to sleep. I repeated what I had said about needing 1.5 hr to get ready as I dashed to the bathroom, and she said that wasn’t saying wake me, it the alarm didn’t go off. Lesson learned the hard way by me.

She went to see what in the breakfast area while I did the very least amount of things it would take to get out the door in about 30 minutes. I had mentioned the night before that sometimes these places had instant oatmeal that she could eat (being vegan), but I didn’t like oatmeal. She came back with 2 cups of “porridge” and it looked worse than any oatmeal I had ever seen. She ate hers and some of the one she had brought for me, and saying she did not remember me saying I didn’t like oatmeal.

A couple of days later, we learned that was actually gravy for biscuits and gravy. Something else I abhor, and probably was a shock to her vegan system.

And of course, I wasn’t allowed to have any bit of feelings of being upset, as it was my fault for not actually communicating my needs properly. So the morning was a bit tense, and I had to breath out of it. At the center, I wanted to get a seat near a big screen not in the main crowded area. She dashed off towards the center, saying she would find seats and come back for me. I wasn’t totally happy with where she left me, so walked down the aisle a bit and found perfect seats with open space, an aisle in front of them. Great view, great sound. Claimed the seats, and stood looking for her a bit. Gave up and just settled in to listen.

Later, I saw her in  a crowded seat area not far from me and I let her know where I was sitting. Soon thereafter she came and sat by agreeing these were great seats. From then on we looked for seats on the open aisles or corners so I could stretch my leg with poor circulation easily, and not be cramped between others. Didn’t always happen, but most sessions that did work.

We did get a bit of dancing in three different nights. It certainly felt good to be moving to fun tunes.

A really fun thing that happened was at lunch, after a terrible wait in line and no lettuce at any of the salad bars, we joined a table that had people for Colorado and some associated with horse health. I looked at the woman across from me and asked her with her unusual name of Komitor and being from Colorado, if she was related to Deb Komitor, an artist friend in CS. Yes, she was her X-sister-in-law, but good friends.

My roommate in Manitou Springs and at the convention are both very interested in working with healing horses, and other animals, with natural approaches. To meet people from Florida and Colorado who did that work and training was truly amazing to have chosen to sit near these people when you realize there were 9,000 people at the convention to chose from as table companions.

But even more amazing, was that my convention roommate had actually contacted this person by phone when she was “parrot-sitting” for another mutual friend!

We had some really great conversations at this table, then had to hurry back to the meeting.

The last communication glitch really came when talking about when everyone wanted to leave. The driver had sort of given up on stating his preference, as had a communication glitch with my roommate also. She and I discussed when to set the alarm, or the wake-up call, that I was using since the first night. I suggested we get up at 7am to get on the road close to 8:30, but she said that meant she would have to get up really early to meditate. So I said, OK, 8am then.

I woke up at 7:05am and she was up and about, all dressed again, but hadn’t woken me, because again, I didn’t say, “if you do wake up early, wake me up at 7am.” She said she had woken at 3am and couldn’t sleep, so had meditated then. I had heard lots of bed squeaking at that time, but didn’t realize she actually had gotten up then to meditate.

Anyway, I got up and began the process to get ready. Decided to get some milk, cow milk, somehthing I haven’t used in a long time, from the breakfast area for my shake and ran into one of the other riders in the car. She convinced me to relax and enjoy a last fluffy waffle with her. Our driver showed up and said he would move the car around to our room’s door and let my roommate know I was breakfasting and would return soon. So we did actually leave closer to the time he wanted to leave.

The ride home was really smooth, and got home well into daylight time. I unpacked, took a hot bath and then as stated in the last post, awoke at 4am with a high fever!

Monday was a day of bad communication with Manitou Springs City Council about the Art Festival that was to be held July 26 & 27 in Manitou Springs Memorial Park that the Chamber and MSAC had just gotten questions about, and no one knew anything about. It took me 4 phone calls to get the information from City Hall about who was behind this. I learned days later, that the Chamber had called and was given that information from the person I was calling with one phone call last week. Why couldn’t they give me that answer as quickly?

And even my apology for saying if I sounded a bit harsh, or “hot” in my first response, which, when re-reading it, I was basically asking why they hadn’t given us the common courtesy of a notice of this application, but that it might have been because I was a bit feverish in reality.

It just got worse from there. I became a bad person, ungrateful for the honor they gave us for our 40 years in business – right actions speak louder than words, and their actions around this was not very honorable in my opinion.

They can’t grant a monopoly for any business and I should just “Peace Out.”

And even though everything I passed on to them was verified, including bad reviews at the Denver BBB and on FNO were seen, I was just bashing a competitor to gain a monopoly.

I had asked at least 5 City Officials, when trying to decide where to hold the 40th Art Festival, “What other events will be allowed in Memorial Park?” long after they had approved this, and not one mentioned this quote “Art Festival” The park is a real mess. A 15 minute rain shower created a giant muddy slip & slide during the WineFest and the Chamber said, another few minutes of that storm, and it would have been a very dangerous situation.

Not helping my healing, but had to write some of this up, so I could let it go a bit more.

I got quite a bit of work done for the “Under Pressure II” gallery show FB and Tweets I do, and will finish that up on Monday – do the posting.

Thank goodness, the Chamber and MAC leaders see the side of this I do, that diluting a well respected event with competition that is untested and has negative reviews is not very good for the city as a whole. Nor do we really need a badly run art event in our town that approved by City Council when we just got to the next step on the way to become a State approved Creative District.

 Again, not much I can do, but wait and see what the weather does and if he actually puts on an event of the quality he says it will be, or if it will be more like some that have garnered the negative reviews in the past.

 I think I am going to try to do some posts on my hiking site to catch up there a bit, or maybe just go to bed early to work on healing this what I still hope is only a cold.

I ran into a friend at the Farmer’s Market who has been on very healthy diets for years, and she said Isounded like she did when she had Pneumonia this winter. Yikes! That can’t be what I have, can it? I am very feverish on and off still. I bought some different herbs after getting produce and am trying some other ideas to knock this out of my system.

Been listening to videos from a site called Sacred Spirit to soothe my soul.

 

Quick Summary of the Last Week and Young Living Convention

Actually this is more than a week worth of summation.

On Monday, June 23rd I rode to the Young Living Convention in Salt Lake City with two people I had never met and my Sharing Inner Health friend.

I realized as we left town, that I had left my distance glasses at home . . . that was a bit challenging, but there was nothing to do about it except try to get seats close to screens when ever possible.

The driver travels all over the country to different conventions and his family, mostly going West. He was the smoothest driver I have ever ridden with in all my travels. He also had packed lots of dried fruits and nuts that he shared all week long. Wish I had eaten more of the Gogi Berries he offered, as that might have upped my Anti-Oxidant level to fight of this cold . . .

We all became friends as the week progressed and discovered mutual interests. And when we hooked up with another friend from Colorado Springs, we discovered she knew everyone in our group. They have all been to more YL Conventions than I have starting back when they actually met Gary Young in person and talked with him years ago.

At the first gas stop, I wanted to pay for filling the tank. But our driver said no, none of us could pay for gas this trip. He had planned it long ago and just having company was payment enough. We did take him out to dinner one night, but I am thinking I will at least send him a physical thank-you card soon.

One of the Rest Stops was Solar Powered, which I found very interesting and heartening that they did this so there could be lights at night.

YL WriteIt_Solar RestStop_9920

The 20th Annual Young Living Essential Oils Convention was packed with wonderful speakers and the new products that were introduced are amazing. Gary Young always surprises us each year with new ways of finding health.

The main focuses this year were new kits for special purposes. He created two complimentary kits of blends to help our Veterans, or anyone with PSTD. One was especially made for children and another was aimed at pets.

Then there is the new Oil that was named for the theme of the Convention: “Live Your Dream”.

But the most interesting products for some of us, was his step into the healthy food market. He is growing Eikorn that is an ancient grain with very low gluten. They have a pancake mix and spaghetti made with this grain. Plus he created a syrup that is healthy to go on it. Had a taste, and it is really good!

Einkorn Growing at the Lavender Farm

What seemed very counter intuitive was that the food that was served at the meals provided by the Convention was very heavy in gluten items. There were some very healthy choices, but many others that were based on wheat, like pizza.

Gary has two sons. Both are sort of miracle children. Mary Young was 53 and 56 when she had her children. That fact has amazed me more than once. the youngest is even more of a miracle. He was very sick after his birth and Gary was allowed to take him home as the Hospital could help him no more and expected him to die soon. Gary treated him with oils and he is now 9 years old. When he was 6, he was attacked by a loose dog that missed his jugular vein by about a quarter of an inch. This youngster is quite a handful.

Gary Young & Youngest Son on Stage

He takes after his Dad in some ways, but seems more into being showy than inspired by helping others. He is very sure of himself and can speak well. It will be interesting to watch him grow up.

The most challenging part of the conference was I had expected to get a briefcase type bag to use all week long. We did, but it was the worst designed carry bag I have ever encountered. I am sure they will hear about it from many people. On the second day and each day afterwards we saw people using past bags, and I had wished I had brought one from home that would have been much better. There was no place to put a water bottle or oils. The pens supplied didn’t work and the place to hold a pen was too short and they fell out. The zippered areas were not well planned and it had a strange configuration for the straps, that everyone kept trying to figure out what would work best. Then it had a Velcro strip that was to hold the top flap in place, but any unbalanced use of the compartments had it slipping and not holding its shape.

OK, just had to vent a bit somewhere about that.

The other major challenge was there were 9,000 people and it was hard to get seats at some of the workshops I really wanted to attend. This is where not having my distance glasses really was challenging. I took quite a few notes and did photos of many screens with my camera. Now to get them all into the computer so I can refer to them easily.

Gary also announced that there will be a Caravan For Peace in December of 2015. They will travel from Jordan, I think, to Bethlehem and end in Jerusalem. Should be an exciting adventure. Our Colorado Springs Friend wants to be on that Caravan. She has done many of the other trips, so I believe she will make it happen.

I met some very interesting people that I want to connect with soon again. One person lives in Oregon on a farm near where my brother lives. A very interesting person who is having some digestion issues that were similar to mine in the past. I think I gave her some good suggestions, and after an hour of waiting in line together for our product orders, we really liked each other. What I didn’t know was that my order had not been processed! So I couldn’t pick it up after that long wait. But meeting her made it worth the time spent in line.

My favorite speaker, other than Gary Young, was “My Name is John, I am your Friend.” He was very motivating and interesting to listen to on the last day. Have to go back into my notes to find his full name.

I bought some brochures and books that interested me. And some tear-off information sheets that I split packages with my Sharing Inner Health friend so we could each have more variety than if we had just bought some ourselves.

The BEST part of this adventure was going to the Lavender Farm a bit south of Salt Lake City.

Lavender  at Young Living Lavender Farm in Utah

Here we rode in a wagon drawn by Percheron Horses, watched a Jousting match and ended with music by Crystal Gayle that was very fun and uplifting.

Percheron Drawn Wagon

The lunch they served us here was the best food I had all Week long other than the Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant with everyone on Wednesday night.

At the Farm, I didn’t go to any more workshops. I spent some time with one of our non-traveling companions, then when her hip was bothering her, I wandered around and enjoyed the farm alone. Seeing the growing of so many of the plants that Gary talked about in a place of such beauty was awesome.

Wolfberry at the Young Living Lavender Farm

If Gary Young can get Wolf Berry Plants to grow in the US, I am guessing that that would be a major step towards having them in many more products. Seeing this sign and a group of the bushes on the farm was a delightful surprise.

And the distillery was really interesting to see. I drank a bottle of Juniper Water.

Distillery where the herbs are loaded.

When they distill each oil, they release water that is infused with that herb. It was pretty strong.

Distillery Below discharging water.

Gary has preserved dozens of pieces of old farm equipment. Including of course the first distillation tanks.

Old Distillery Equipment.

He had a barn filled with covered wagons. It made one really appreciate not having to ride in them ever!

Covered Wagon at Young Living Lavender Farm

They did not look comfortable at all. No padded seats.

One of the wagons that people got to ride in was a Stage Coach very well preserved.

Percheron Draw StageCoach

There was sleigh and other odd wagons in this shed. Not something that looks comfortable to be working all day riding on that red wagon.

Sleigh Ride anyone at Young Living Lavender Farm

He also has a collection of interesting animals. There were Shetland ponies, Brahma Bulls and one very raggedy looking Camel.

Camel and Brahma Bull at Young Living Lavender Farm

There was also a Reindeer herd and some Bison.

Reindeer herd and Bison at Young Living Lavender Farm in Utah

 Everywhere I looked, I saw all different sizes and shapes of bees enjoying the flowers.

Bees at Young Living Lavender Farm in Utah

My favorite ones were the big old Bumble Bees. Had trouble getting good pictures of them, as the seemed to always be on the move or had the heads stuck deep into the flowers and I got “butt” shots.

Bumble Bees Young Living Lavender Farm in Utah

There so many types of flowers there and the bees where having a great time. The one on the right is enjoying Clary Sage.

Bees at Young Living Lavender Farm in Utah

And then there was this beautiful Black Swan swimming in the pond that had paddle boats.

Black Swan at Young Living Lavender Farm in Utah

It took two to paddle, and I had no idea where my other friends were, so just walked around the pond and took photos.

The Farm is home to Percheron Horses. They have a lovely new barn to live in that is airy gives them lots of space in each stall.

Horse Barn & Percheron Horse at Young Living Lavender Farm in Utah

Gary Young who has twice been struck down so badly he was in a wheelchair, now Jousts! His sons are pretty skilled at the beginning skills that lead up to being able to Joust.

Gary Young Jousting at Young Living Lavender Farm in Utah

He built a full sized Jousting Arena on the Farm and that is one of the bits of entertainment we could enjoy twice that day.

Crystal Gayle and Friends ended the day with an outdoor concert. I couldn’t sit still, but wandered around listening to her music and enjoying the views.

Crystal Gayle & Friends in Concert  at Young Living Lavender Farm in Utah

And as I was walking up the road back to the car, having just turned off my camera, there was Gary & Mary Young riding past me. And the older son was courting a car full of young ladies just a few feet away.

Gary Young  at Young Living Lavender Farm in Utah

And as I approached the place we had gotten a perfect parking spot, I had to take a photo of the field of Clary Sage.

Field of Clary Sage  at Young Living Lavender Farm in Utah

The next morning, we headed back and had another perfect ride to Colorado.

Watching the upper level distributors get recognized was interesting. But I realized it would take a lot of work to get there. And as much as I love the Oils, I don’t want this to be my main focus in life. Still, I was filled with enthusiasm and ideas for how grow this business and some relate to my book writing. I want to use the web site referred to in “Discover Essential Oils For Optimum Health” in a way that all my down-line can benefit from it.

View  at Young Living Lavender Farm in Utah

I got home, unpacked, was feeling a bit achy – 9 hours in a car after many days of sitting and standing in lines, that was to be expected. So I took a hot bath and slept like a log until 4am when I woke in a pool of sweat with a fever and a scratchy throat. I haven’t been sick in the summer since childhood and here I had just returned from a very health oriented conference. I had taken all my supplements and used oils every day. Where this came from, I have no idea. But I was really sick, like last winter. I want to be done with it quicker than last winter’s bout of this dis-ease! And am on my way to doing that.

So I have been resting, doing some work, resting, doing some work, etc. And taking hot baths and dosing myself with more Vitamin C and B than one can imagine. And I am sure I have not overdosed as they both have signs that I haven’t seen that would tell me I have taken enough.

Then on Monday I got a call from the Chamber and an email from MSAC asking if I knew anything about an Art Festival happening in Manitou Springs Memorial Park on July 26 & 27th. I did not. Did some research, time I didn’t have to spend when feeling this sick, and discovered it had been approved last October when we were all dealing with the flooding. No one on City Council had thought to do any research on the character of the applicant or consult with the Chamber or Commonwheel about how having a second Art Festival would effect Commonwheel who has been around for 39 years at that date.

I contacted a well respected promoter and he defined this organization as being run by a “Scumbag” who has many complaints against him on every count. This promoter had convinced another city to not allow him to put on a Festival in direct competition to the established one in another small town up North.

And they are letting him do it in Memorial Park where our Festival had been for many years, but City Officials had directed us away from for this year as we don’t know if the flood mitigation will hold up to a major rain on the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar. And that park has no grass, so if it rains, it will be a mud slide, and if it doesn’t it could be a dust bowl if winds come up. Not to wish anyone ill, but will be interesting if the weather turns on him that weekend.

Now I have to find time to put up posts on both of Commonwheel’s FaceBook pages explaining we are not associated with that Art Festival in any way.

I followed one link related to advertising for this event, that I can’t find again, that led to an image of an old Commonwheel poster. That seemed very rude!

And then in one of his calls for entries, it said antiques and collectibles would be allowed. Plus although it says it is juried, it also says something to the effect of “all types of crafts”, which sounds like there could be some very crafty items there. What type of Juried Art Festival is that?

I did get quite a bit of work done on our Press Releases and a good start on the 4-fold flyer today. Still, am not feeling even close to 100%, so will head to bed and hope to add some photos to this tomorrow night.

Just had to write this up before it got too much farther out in time.

I was on the Tony Laidig webinar on Tuesday, just barely could see straight, but it was very interesting. All about scanning books.

I can hardly wait to get back on track with my writing! I am so grateful I got my “How To Plan A Sustainable Event” book on Kindle before I left. And my cousin in Arizona is reviewing it with lots of helpful suggests for me to incorporate for a quick update. Plus, it is inspiring her. So hopefully that means others will be inspired by it also.

Looking forward to watching Fireworks in Manitou Springs this 4th of July.

And now going to take more Vitamin C, dose myself with oils and head to bed to wake up closer to health in the morning.

Bees at Young Living Lavender Farm in Utah

How Fast Can I Catch Up This Week

I have just an half hour to work on this post.

I am getting ready to leave for the Young Living 20th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City with a friend and two people I have never met.

We will be driving there starting early in the morning tomorrow.

We were suppose to leave today, but then the driver decided there was little point to being there all day on Monday as it was geared to members that had higher ratings than we do. So we want to arrive in time for the welcome dinner, but not much earlier.

The driver will pick up on person on his way here, then my Sharing Inner Health friend and I will be waiting at my house for him to pull into the driveway and pick us up. We will head out on Highway 24 and go up to I-70 as I did with my hiking friend last year when I met my brother in Twin Falls, Idaho to exchange items from my parents home that was up for sale. Should be an interesting adventure.

Last Sunday, I decided to take a short hike on Intermann Trail off Bevers Lane in Crystal Hills Park by myself. I had a lovely time to be alone and reflect on all that has been filling my life. And some wonderful orange and black butterflies posed for me in a few different places.

Butterfly on Intermann Trail in Manitou Springs

And it was the day for yellow flowers everywhere I looked. There were other wildflowers, in fact some I had no memory of seeing in the past. I really had a hard time turning around and heading back, it was a perfect weather day and I really needed this time alone. I questioned if I would have gotten as many pictures of butterflies if I had been hiking with anyone else and I just wandered about on a few different trails, never gone down very far, as I didn’t want to have to hike back up some steep hill alone.

Michael Baum was having a Home Studio Sale, so I stopped by there and had a lovely chat with his wife and saw the many improvements she was working on to give their back yard and deck a clearer view of the Red Rocks Canyon. And I was hungry and thirsty so indulged in food which she encouraged as it was nearing the end of the Open Studio time and there was lots left.

All week long I kept working on my “How To Plan A Sustainable Event” book and actually did get it published on Kindle on Friday late that night. Hurray!

I wanted to go through the process before helping a friend get his book published. I needed to remind myself how to do some of the steps and had to look up a training or two in order to get it all done properly. Though when he showed up and we began the process, realized he didn’t have a Kindle Account and has some password challenges. Then he wanted to use a business name and didn’t have that tax number with him, so it didn’t get published that day.

I had to work at the Commonwheel Gallery two afternoons. One shift for myself and one for another member for pay and that helped pay for part of my upcoming trip. And one last entry into the Commonwheel Art Festival brought his application as I was closing on Monday night. Two past friends showed up and we all had a few minutes to catch up with our lives.

Working on a Tuesday meant I missed the Tony Laidig training that I so enjoy, and I will be missing the one next Tuesday when I am in Salt Lake City at the Young Living Convention. Better catch up with those quickly when I return or I will get way behind. As I am with the Kindle training and getting the sale page up for the Laidig PhotoShop training that I can sell myself.

Worked on getting all of the images from the Festival participants into various sizes to be used on the Web Site, FaceBook posts, Press Releases, the KRDO Sponsor TV ad and a video I will need to create quickly upon my return. I had decided doing them all at once made more sense than sizing them just for the web now, besides I needed them for the TV ad right now also. So just going through the process of sizing ones for each purpose actually was quicker because I could decide which ones to use for what purpose and not have to remember what ones I had used later.

I had a Manitou Springs Art Council meeting on Wednesday night. That meant I missed “So You Think You Can Dance, and will miss that next week also. Dang! I really love that show. Such amazing talent exhibited by these young dancers always inspires me to reach greater heights myself.

My Sharing Inner Health friend needed some items printed for her new business name. I was having printer “Hell” and it took a lot, but got them printed for her with the corrections she needed done. Then later in the week when I tried to print some business cards all my printers decided not to cooperate. I have some of the funkiest cards printed for an Event ever. I really wanted to have the “How To Plan A Sustainable Event” information to hand out. Just not very professional looking, but they have the information on them if people want to learn more about Sustainability relating to Event planning.

I did get the web page up for the book, but it is incomplete, as is the book, which needs some different photos and a really good bit of editing. But it has all the information and I feel good about having these things both done before leaving tomorrow.

A friend brought me a Chocolate Mint plant I had wanted to plant here, but just too much going on this week to get it planted. Especially with my roommate leaving also who is the real gardener in this household. It is really healthy and I am sure it can wait until I return to get in the ground.

 I did get all the images sized and a CD for KRDO that I have asked another Festival committee member to deliver. And I got all of the logos for all of the sponsors so I decided to ask the Poster Art Creator to do the final work on getting the poster done and sent off to KRDO this week.

I took photos of the new show “Alchemy” at the Commonwheel Gallery and had written the posts and Tweets last week, so was able to add the photos and put up the posts after the opening. Glad I had written the posts! And billed for it so will have a check upon my return.

Got the Smoothie Vendor to agree to use Paper Compostable Cups to resolve the Cold Drink Plastic or Compostable Cup challenge. Yeah! I’ll get him a T-shirt for helping us that way with just a minimum of grumbling. He had just bought a case of plastic compostible cups and these will cost a bit more, but it would have added confusion for the sorters and the public if all other clear plastic cups were recyclable and these couldn’t be because of the food waste that would be attached to them.

In exchange for getting my Sharing Inner Health’s friends flyers and letterhead updated and printed with all the proper information and a bit of work on her web site, I got a massage on Thursday from her. That felt great. Except the horrific pain I sometimes feel in my back happened while she was working on me. I breathed into it and with some more work it resided. Still, not a fun moment.

OK, my half hour is up. Just a few more sentences and I need to get to bed. I am mostly packed, just will need to add some oils and food finishing touches to be totally done. But those will come in the morning.

I called to see if I could get a hair cut and my hairdresser had a Friday opening. I went to remeasure some areas of the park, then to that appointment which was across the street from The Fields Park. Then to a meeting at the Chamber for the Web Site. Have gotten many compliments on my much shorter hair cut. Changes are hard for me, giving up my long hair, but the perm she gave me months ago revitalized and the curls are very cute, or so everyone tells me.

Walked on the ArtWalk. The Alchemy show was really well attended. Had fun seeing Lane Jewelry’s new space and the really amazing transformation they had done on their new location.

Learned of my friend Patty deBendett’s sad health state. And that her kids are not being very kind, which seems very surprising having known them all their lives and didn’t suspect this wicked side they are showing.

Yesterday worked with my friend on his book and finished up some Festival pieces.Connected with both tenants about garden watering and mail and newspapers being taken care of for me. And then there is the poor little half blind squirrel who needs a bit of food each day, not sure if that will work, as the cottage tenant leaves early, but she will put some out in hopes he finds it.

Just really glad I had today to pack and get more things finished up for the Festival relating to Sustainability and Advertising.

Off to bed now!

Butterfly on Intermann Trail

 

Oh yeah, need to pack the computer also . . . can’t imagine not checking emails for a week and what that would entail to play catch up on my return!

A Week Later After Meeting Overwhelm

This week was filled with meetings.

By the 6th one, I was not as on point as normal.

The best parts of the week was getting to work with a client on his book and getting my Kick-Starter “reward” for supporting the new Local Grocery Store in town.

I do know I did some work on my Book on Sunday, but not much. Probably worked on Festival items and prepared for the upcoming meetings. Oh yeah, I did some work on the print items Sharing Inner Health needed recreated with the new business name.

Monday at 9:00 am, I met with a KRCC representative to talk about the Music portion of the Art Festival. Instead of Commonwheel buying us morning treats, he offered to buy me a Chai, which I gladly accepted. He also had all sorts of potential solutions and a great new opportunity for getting the Art Festival more exciting advertising. We discussed that if KRCC can have some say in the music line-up, they will put a couple of musicians on the air the weeks leading up to the Art Festival. Wonderful advertising for the musician and for the Art Festival.

Plus KRCC has sound equipment to loan if we can pay the Sound Engineer a fee that was more in line with what we have paid in year’s past.

Then he mentioned SeptembeRama – Making Arts the focus of September. We might get to be the Kick-Off Event for that concept. The “What If . . .” festival happens the second weekend in September and ManiFest, which will have a booth at our Art Festival happens the 3rd Weekend. I forget what else he mentioned, but that makes it really a fun month just with those events. We all involve kids and music and many forms of the arts in our Festivals.

I decided to call an artist who was going to submit a late application that I am really anxious to see. He said he had forgotten he hadn’t done that and was leaving for Venezuela the next day.  He promised to get it sent before he left. And Google’s Doodle artwork by an 11 year old reminded me of his style of art work, without the animation Google had added for her. He really liked my telling him to check it out.

At 1:30 pm I met with a Festival committee member at the storage unit to discuss signage. He will be in Africa when the Art Festival is happening, and is willing to take on some big tasks before the Art Festival. It was a great meeting. He has ideas of placement and we discussed cutting most of the 4′x4′ plywood A-frames in half to be easier to handle and have more to use. He took one with him to experiment with and will get in contact with Fab Lab at the Manitou Art Center to see how they can help.

And we are loaning our stage “risers” to another non-profit who said they could help with signage in exchange for using these. So he will contact her and make that all happen as smoothly as possible. The “risers” are behind and supporting many items in the storage unit, so she will need a team to get them out and figure out how to get them back in so they don’t cause trouble when we take items out that need to be used before the Art Festival or loaded first onto a truck for transporting them to the Art Festival.

At 3:oo pm, I had a ManiFest meeting. I had dashed to the bank before that meeting and was hungry. I had a bowl of soup at the little cafe at MAC. Then when we got to the meeting, Seeds Cafe had brought food again. Wonderful Kale Salad and a veggie mix with fresh tortillas. I didn’t need dinner that night.

Two women were talking about having a “milestone” birthday in the next few weeks. I asked which one. Sixty. I said I was ahead of them. They both told me they had no idea I was older than them and that I looked really good. And one of them is a fitness instructor. Made my day!

At home I did a quick check of emails and got the T-shirt inventory started. Worked on the Park Map a bit, but didn’t get either project finished.

Started my Tuesday with a substitute person for Aine that was really sweet. I liked the 4 directions “prayer” that she did with us. Need to listen to that again.

At 2:00 pm there was a Chamber marketing meeting where the new Chamber Web Site was shown to us in a very unfinished stage. They have been working on this since last Fall I think and it is dreadful! The current one is so much better. No one was happy. The presenters seemed to think it was really good, but I don’t think anyone else in the room, other than the person who was the liaison thought it was better than the current one.

I missed the new Kindle Training Q & A Session and realize I will have to do this training next month. Every Tuesday is filled at 2pm except the one the first week of July. Though that may have a Chamber meeting . . .

Tony’s training at 5:00 pm was the second half of what one needs to do to be a success. I asked a dumb question, which made me realize I was not on point for myself and was feeling pretty tired.

Some new applications are coming in and that is time consuming.

I finished up the Park Map, only to discover there is still some measurements that don’t look quite right. Need to go back and figure out where some trees are and the actual space that is a bit slanted where the Beer Garden will go so we can have a safe path. And just now realized I forgot to send a pdf of that to the Beer Garden sponsor . . .

I also worked on the Agenda for the Festival meeting the next day. I had emailed out to members that I would appreciate if they could bring a snack as I was “meeting out” and just didn’t have the energy to feed them this time as I usually do. And they had responded positively.

Wednesday, I finished up the Festival Meeting Agenda and walked to the Post Office and Commonwheel to make copies. Stopped to smell some roses at the Cliff House garden that were really worth the effort. How I love the scent of roses! Dropped off my dues and the deposit receipts also.

I really wanted to get a short massage, but that person wasn’t in his office, so went on to pick up my Kick-Starter Reward from the Local Grocery Store. Those items will keep me from needing to do any more shopping before my trip, except for some things I want to have on my trip. I bought a type of tea I had wanted to support them and my taste buds.

I worked on rewriting the Food Vendor letter and realized there could be a big glitch if we ask them to use Recyclable cups for all cold drinks. The Smoothies that were accepted could not have their cups put in a recycle bin, so would need to be Compostable. So should we require all cold drink cups to be Compostable? No one has responded to this yet.

My roommate decided to vacuum and clean the bathroom some for the meeting. That was helpful and much appreciated.

I took our visiting cottage kitty back to his home as his owner was returning that night and I didn’t want to take a chance of him escaping when the Festival committee members showed up. He wasn’t thrilled with me leaving him there. But I am sure he will be glad to see his real person when she arrives that night.

One of the members did not show up which complicated handing out jobs. The others took on many things and we had a good discussion about signage and community sponsors. The one that is taking on the job to contact all the food vendors to make sure their paperwork was in order came early and we went over what she needs to do for that. A job she can do at home.

T-shirts were another big discussion. Use Tee-Spring to try to do some fundraising with this year’s poster design? And one member wants to let a friend of his bid on doing he regular T-shirts with the sunset colorization that most silk-screen artists will not do, or charge a huge fee to do. Gave him the inventory to share to see what a cost would be for the different styles.

And how to handle the “Group Booth” concept if no other members sign up? I had some ideas, but need to keep working on this. Luckily still have a little bit of time.

Everyone brought something yummy to eat. One person just got told she couldn’t eat Almonds, of all things, and brought a chocolate treat with Almonds that she then left with me. That was really dangerous as it is very tasty and I am a Chocoholic.

The meeting got over in time for me to relax and watch “So You Think You Can Dance” – my most favorite TV show. And the only one I will be watching for many a week now that Survivor is over. That ended my night on a fun note.

Started of my Thursday morning with a meeting in downtown Colorado Springs with the insurance person who had disappeared and the Beer Garden coordinator. He will have to purchase on his own. We discussed some other things and I realized I had forgotten to bring the map that was sitting on my desk.

On my way home, stopped at the pond to see if the Heron was there. He wasn’t, but I saw the Turtles my hiking partner had told me about. And of course, my camera battery died on me. Still got a couple of fun photos. And was good to walk out in the sunshine. The geese were congregating on the little island and a Mallard Duck swam right past me. A moment of nature’s beauty always lifts my Spirits.

How can I make money from my photographs. Keep putting that out there for my subconscious to find a solution to help create more financial security.

At 1:30 my favorite client showed up, well, a little later than that. We discussed the different books he has done and how to market them. We downloaded the image for the cover. (When I worked with it on Saturday, it really does look good I think.) He has a book that needs to be published without being attached to it and one that would be perfect for Home Schooled kids. I suggested he needed a web site and to get hosted by my favorite host, Springs Hosting. Money is tight, but I really think he needs to do this before the first book is published. Or at least put up a FaceBook page. He sees the possibility of it being made into a movie, and it does sound feasible from the outline of the story he shared with me. He found a font he liked, but had not put it on the Thumb Drive and couldn’t remember the web site it came from. Future assignment for him is to get that to me to work on the cover.

After he left, the weather made a major change. It hailed. Not to bad, but scary for the garden.

Saturday Sharing Inner Health came by and we finalized and tweaked the 4 items she needed with her new business name. My printer printed two just fine, then acted very badly and colorized things wrong. Need to figure out what ink cartridge is empty or what is going on with it. I really need to buy a new laser printer and a scanner that actually works with my most current computer. After my Young Living Convention I will look into that.

When she tried to print them on her printer, she couldn’t get her Quark to open. So will come by tomorrow night with her computer to see if I can figure anything out. I also think I might not have saved them with their .qxp extension, which would complicate matters even more. And I will probably open my older computer and print them as pdf in hopes they will print properly on the old laser printer that will only talk to my older computer with an older version of Quark on it. Technical challenges galore.

Saturday I worked on my clients cover and it is looking good, except I still need the font.

Worked on the cover and the header for “How To Plan A Sustainable Event” and created a web site with pages that have addresses I can use, but no real content. But it is up and that is a big first step.

Sent off some excerpts from “Sinister Frog” to the Cottage Tenant to see if she wants to do a cover image for this very wickedly strange book written by keyboard player in my Brother’s band Parish Gap, and long time friend of the family.

I need to write a note to my Coach – it has been a year, and I have not finished my last 4 calls. I know his time is now more valuable than when he made this offer, but I had no clue how my life would get swept away by the flooding of Manitou Springs and the amount of time that would consume. Tomorrow is another day, and perhaps I can get that written.

I got into my FantaFaces Studio and created 5 pairs of earrings, fixed one for myself, put a clip on a hair clip and created 3 masks with Ostrich Plumes. While working, I decided what I want to have for sale at the Art Festival if there is even a scaled back Group Booth. I will only have items made with Macaw and Parrot feathers for sale. I need to just have fun and play with all of these beautiful feathers in my studio upon my return. That way I could just have one or two of my small A-Frame boards for the display with very colorful and unique items that won’t be hard to handle.

And now I am once again very tired and have blogged late into the night. Need to come back and do the links and maybe add an image, but not tonight, just too tired.

But feeling good about how I had a really productive week. With all the connections I am making and the community involvement, I am sure the Art Festival will be very successful this year. And with any luck, won’t need so much attention going forward as it has this year. Will be really nice to get back to a normal routine for it and get more time to write, publish and market my own books.

I had hoped it would rain today, but it didn’t. Need to get some water on the garden tomorrow . . .

 

Saturday Did Not Go As Planned

I opened some emails on the Commonwheel Festival Computer and that got me off to the wrong start for working on my book.

There were things that did need immediate attention and I hadn’t sent out emails relating to the Festival meeting and a request by another festival organizer I needed input from the Festival Committee.

I made a list of things I need to attend to before leaving for the Young Living Convention and it seems overwhelming, but I need to put it in focus of doing one thing, then the next. And one piece actually relates to my Sustainable Festival, letters I need to write to the food vendors and artists about our Art Festival being a Waste-Wise Festival and how they must or can participate.

I also listened to one webinar that was really a sales pitch to a product way out of my financial scope at the moment. It did inspire me to get a web page up for the PhotoShop Instant Expert Training by Tony Laidig that I can resell. But not today.

My doorbell rang and a young man from Oklahoma asked if he could pay me to park in my driveway a couple of hours. They could not find parking and wanted to shop in some of the stores nearby. He pulled out a 5 dollar bill and said he would have to pay if he could find parking, so wanted to pay me. I said yes, and will use that for a food treat next week.

I decided I needed to work on Sharing Inner Health’s changes for her flyers and letterhead, so that would be done when she is back in town early next week. I got that to a point I need her to proof them again, but have paid off my visit last week and am ahead for if I need another one, or a Tune-Up in the future. This is the best type of trade for me, helping to keep my body healthier.

My upstairs tenant had more, but not all of her rent. She was shorted 20 hours on her pay check and they won’t correct that amount until the next pay day two weeks from now. Her mother can loan her the rest, but she lives way out East, so it will take a day or two for them to get together. I assured her it was fine, and as long as she communicated with me, we could work this out together. I opened a bottle of Young Living’s Peace & Calming and had her rub it on her wrists. She noticeably calmed down and we had a nice talk and she left feeling calmer and assured we were fine in this situation.

That encounter made me think of my Salida friend and how an essential oil had helped her. So I emailed my her to ask how she was doing and if she wanted to have a phone chat about essential oils. She does tomorrow.

I went next door to an art opening my roommates boyfriend was playing in a duo for the art patrons. The project manager for the Flood Mitigation in Manitou Springs was there and I had a very enlightening talk with him. He even drew me pictures – elevations of what he was talking about relating to what needs to be done for the Commonwheel building. He mentioned our landlord had permission to tear down the garages and the City really needs that done in order to get a grant to build a flood wall in the creek that will save all building owners along Lover’s Lane a lot of money. And the City will even pave the area when the rickety garages are gone. Not sure why he hasn’t done that and he didn’t return my phone call. Will try again tomorrow.

I was very good and did not eat or drink anything at the Art Opening, as this is the last day of a 3-day “fast” and I did not want to come off it with heavy or sweet foods. It was very tempting, but I behaved myself. May even keep up eating less and drinking the Lemonade drink for a few more days. But won’t totally stick to only that.

I brought an artist over to have a look at my garden and admire the Iris and Peonies. It did make her smile.

Glorious Iris & Poppies in My Garden

After that encounter, I took a few minutes to eat an avocado on the porch and read my comics. Then I took Big Louie, the cat, for a walk outside. Very slow mover, but I did look at a couple of things I needed to check on in the back yard.

When I came in, I shut down the Commonwheel computer and did some work on my Sustainable Event/Festival book. What is mostly left to do is the letters that will be in the resource area of a web site, not actually in the book. And a few other missing pieces. It has not photos right now, and may not. We will see how that goes. Tomorrow I really will focus on getting that to a point I could send it to a few people that might be willing to read it and do a quick “proof” to see how it reads. And the Title – What will its Title be? Still a mystery.

I was feeling very “stuck” before working on the book. I still am a little bit, but having made some progress and seeing how close it is to getting finished, I have a bit more motivation and momentum to keep me moving forward. May even ask Tony for one more of my training sessions just to talk about this, and my friend’s book that he needs to publish, but not be associated with and how to do that using HieroGraphics Books LLC publishing on Amazon. Which reminds me, I need to call and get some things sorted out there.

The garden was unwrapped by my roommate in the morning and looks so very glorious. No hail, thanks to the weather guardian angels. And it got a bit of gentle rain earlier today. I just can’t stop taking pictures of it.

Iris on an Old Fence

A Hike and Raindrop for My Body and Spirit

The day after the Commonwheel Art Festival jury, I worked on getting all the information sorted out and getting the checks copied and deposited in the bank. I walked to the Commonwheel and the copier was in pieces! That paper jam a couple of days ago must have been much worse than normal, so no wonder I couldn’t fix it. I decided to wait a day to deal with the checks, then realized I could photograph them and that would work just as well as a record as making copies.

My arm was still pretty sore and I had a call from my friend who does a class for Raindrop Technique using essential oils to confirm the time she needed me as the “demo body” and she had an opening the next day. She needs some work done on flyers and letterhead that need changing since she no longer owns the School of Inner Health to reflect her new business name and session fees. That made it easy for me to say yes to exchange some (healing) time for (computer) time.

I mentioned I had a chance to go on a hike in the morning before the session and was thinking of skimping that training that she invited me to, and she agreed the fresh air would do me as much good as a training. And she wanted to be the “demo body” for that training anyway.

So I started my Friday out with a massage and some Craniosacral work on my aching body. My knees and my arm all felt much better when she finished working on me. I was kind of spacey when she was showing me what she needed done, so when I did work on it, wasn’t totally sure all she needed done on two flyers and her letterhead. And none of the past versions were anywhere to be found on either of my computers. After a quick search, decided it would be easier to just create them from scratch and not waste any more time. Could have been done three computers ago and not transferred well to each upgraded computer over the last few years.

At 11:00 am, I was to meet someone from the Chamber to loan the Parking Signs with Arrows to them for the WineFest happening on Saturday. That went very smoothly. Lucky I had had the Zeb Boys pull all the signs to the front a few months ago, as those were behind heavy stuff and would not have been fun to get out if they hadn’t been moved forward by those strong young men.

I was signed up to go to StarGazers for Martini Shot. The first set was fun. During the break, I caught up with a couple of women friends and got to talk to the organizer to be sure he totally understood why I was a No-Show last Friday. Raccoons and my very sore shoulder and being filthy at that the time I would have normally left my house. He did and cracked a joke about being filthy in different ways.

The second set started with a very loud drum roll and the volume of all of the instruments was turned way up! I could not handle that, so left. Was probably a good idea since I had to get ready for the hike the next morning and it was good to get to sleep early enough to not feel tired when I woke up.

This was my second “stroll” hike with the Singles group and it was not as well attended as the last one, but met a couple of interesting women. I do hope the one calls me to help her get connected with some people I mentioned she might like to know. She took my card, but didn’t give me a way to call her, though on the site, I probably could find her, but that is just more work for me that I don’t need right now.

It was a lovely day, not many waterfowl were to be seen, but I just relaxed and enjoyed the walk in the sunshine.

I got to the healing session location too early. So drove home to eat and picked up my Grade B Maple Syrup that a group of us had ordered. The Cog traffic was horrendous, but I got home and fixed myself a quick lunch, then went back using the highway rather than driving back through Manitou Springs.

The ladies at the session were all ones I had met before. Two bought my “Discover Essential Oils Books” and one has a business in Fort Collins and she wanted to buy 6 copies wholesale. We set a time for her to come to my house and do that the next week. Watched a video about using essential oils on animals that was very interesting.

Just before the session, it began to rain, then hail. I felt very concerned for the WineFest. When driving home, I drove around Memorial Park, and it was filled with people. There was a perfect parking space, so I stopped and chatted with Leslie. Yes, it had rained and hailed, but people had just sheltered under tents and then came back out when the sun was shining again. But the ground was very muddy as the grass was not in good shape before the event, no water since last September has it in very bad condition. I was very grateful that this event went so well for all the effort our Chamber Staff put into it. And they said the signs worked really well. More people road the shuttle than any time in the past.

My roommate and I did some gardening and I am sure I worked more on the computer as that day ended. I also connected with my cottage tenant to assure her we would watch her big kitty while she was away for a week.

On Friday, I had tried to print the Images I wanted to enter in the 46 Views of Pikes Peak gallery show, but neither printer made them look good. I called Walgreens and asked if they could make 6″ by 4.25″ prints and I was told “yes.” Since the deadline was on Sunday, I decided to wait and take them to get printed on Sunday.

Sunday, when I went to get my images printed and was told that no, they only did 6″ x 4″ prints. Tried two other places and the same answer. So I decided to create 5″x7″ images to print, but hadn’t paid good attention to the price increase for those. I hurried back to Manitou, as I was working the afternoon shift at Commonwheel and this was the first day we would be using the new POS System. It is very slick and easy to use. But I was a wee bit tired, so when I was checking out I wasn’t as on point as normal, but since I had only had one sale, it was still easy. There were lots of people in during the shift, but no buyers. Though one gentleman who I had shown his lady some pricey pieces of jewelry, turned and whispered back to me as the were headed towards the door, “I’ll be back.”

On Monday I created 5″x7″ images by adding white border. I was shocked by the cost at Walgreens, so I went to my least favorite place to shop, WalMart. They had a better price on prints done in 1 hour, so I narrowed my choices down to 8 prints to see how they would look. I was scheduled to remeasure the park with two other Festival committee members at 3:30 and I did not have what I needed in the car. I drove home – cursing myself for not thinking ahead and putting the needed items in the car when I left earlier, but then, I hadn’t expected the price glitch or the time glitch to get the prints done.

The prints looked great. Just couldn’t take them to KRCC that day, as I would just make it to The Fields Park in time to meet everyone. I had forgotten sunscreen and had called the Commonwheel to ask someone to call one of the members to bring me some. It was a very sunny day and I did not need to get sunburned!

The measuring went quickly with these two very helpful people. I still haven’t had time to translate those new measurements onto the map, but it was helpful to determine we would have plenty of spaces and could even add another row if we wanted to go farther back to the West.

Our general meeting was that night and I did not have much of a report prepared, but wrote it up as the meeting progressed. I even remembered to bring the Job Sheet for members to sign up for their Festival Jobs.

Tuesday, I drove to get some supplements I needed and actually had a moment to see my dear healer and friend Vivian Rice at that office. Then I delivered the images to KRCC and they had no problem with them being a bit late, or at least that was what the receptionist said. The absolute deadline was June 7th for items that had to be postmarked by June 1st, so hand delivering them before that date was OK. Whew! I had put too much effort into this project to miss a deadline. And I rarely wait until the last minute to get things done, but it happened this time.

The rest of the day, I worked hard on many pieces of the Art Festival wanting to be able to take Wednesday off for a long hike if the weather was good and not feel guilty about not working that day.

My Tony Laidig webinar was about changing one’s mindset and one’s financial picture. It was one of his “tough love” sessions. And is actually part one of two or three other sessions that we will be having on the following Tuesdays.

I have been obsessed with taking photos of my Poppies and Iris and other flowers around town.My Iris are extremely beautiful this year. The ones from my parent’s Oregon home hadn’t bloomed much the last few years, but they are glorious this year. I really need to figure out a way for all of these photographs to create some financial freedom. I am trying to let my subconscious work on this challenge.

I have also signed up for two other courses. One to learn PhotoShop better and a 30 day book challenge. I am devoting this weekend to getting my Sustainable Event Book much closer to finished!

Wednesday my doorbell rang and I was greeted by tree trimmers. I instucted them to be very careful over the garden area. And they promised they would. I looked out when I was dressed and two guys were working with one in an area with nothing but weeds below and the guy dropping limbs above the garden had no helpers. I went out and told them they needed to pay attention more over my garden and my heirloom Iris from my parents home. This time they did seem to understand my concerns and worked more as a team on the garden side.

Wednesday was perfect weather for hiking in Lovell Gulch outside of Woodland Park. At the beginning of the trail we ran into two other artists out for a hike. We were just about a week early for the flowers to really be awesome, but there was plenty of beauty to be seen and I did get some nice flower and Pikes Peak photographs. I had in mind doing a 365 Views, or maybe just 52 Views of Pikes Peak before the KRCC “contest” came along, so I was prepared for that and have a different idea for my book. Just need to get it more solid in my mind. Will it have quotes? Or just locations? We’ll see. My hiking partner told me she has many notebooks filled with quotes . . .

We did the full loop. We left my house at 11 am and returned at 6:30 pm. It is about 30 minutes to the Trailhead, but my hiking friend wanted to drive up to Rampart Reservoir for the views. It was lovely. So I am not sure exactly how long we did hike, but we did the full loop. Many miles. We were both very tired at the end. I was very grateful that my knees did not pain me, and they actually felt better the next day than they have in weeks. So hiking is a cure?

When I got home, I decided to watch “So You Think You Can Dance” to really take a full day off. I love this show! And was really glad I did that.

Thursday I started a 3-day Lemon Fast with my Grade B Maple Syrup. It was also the first day that the big kitty, Louie was alone in the cottage. He did not seem to be doing well after his mistress had been gone all night. My roommate and I decided he needed to come spend her vacation with us in my house. Louie is a rescue Cat and hasn’t had an easy time since being adopted. He had some surgery before she took him home, then moved into a cottage nearby in the flood zone, and just a few months later moved here just in time for his mistress to leave for a week. He is a really big and loveable kitty. We both miss Kolohe who died a mysterious death last year just before the flooding in Manitou Springs. Louie lets my roommate walk him on a string and is very happy snuggling with her at night. I just hope he will be able to readjust to cottage life when his mistress returns  . . .

Zoltan who I am helping get a couple of books published came to my chaotic office and I set him some tasks to accomplish to get closer to being able to publish his book about a wild mustang. We are aiming at getting it done before I leave on the 22nd of this month. At least it should be a Kindle book, if not a CreateSpace book.

I didn’t go to any of the places I had on my calendar that day. Worked on Festival and Kathleen’s items. Made it through the first “fast” day with liquids and one banana. Just can’t take my pills without some food in my stomach or I begin to sneeze and feel queasy.

Friday and I met with the woman who was buying my books. She is very interesting and we would have talked longer, except she is allergic to cats and Louie wanted to rub on her, so we agreed to talk more another day.

Worked on lots of pieces for the Art Festival – Food Vendors in particular – and I keep finding things that need to get done relating to that part and had a couple of late applicants to look at. One was very good, the other, not a fit.

I had a “Tune-Up” at Sharing Inner Health and was able to have time to go over exactly what she wants on the flyers and letterhead. I will finish that up next week.

This magnificent Horse Chestnut Tree is in full bloom on the West edge of the property Sharing Inner Health offices at. It is very unusual for this tree to be seen in Colorado. I feel very blessed to have captured it in full bloom and shared it with my hiking partner when we were coming back into Manitou Springs after the Lovell Gulch hike.

Horse Chestnut Tree at Sharing Inner Health

I am not going to work on anything but my book this weekend, with standing breaks of clearing up my chaotic office. And probably some photos of the garden to get myself outside. That will be the last day of my 3-day cleanse. I am not good at this fasting stuff, and had to eat a banana and an avocado today.

The weather sounded like possible hail, and my roommate came home and we put sheets and tarps over all the garden areas. It didn’t hail and just barely sprinkled later in the evening.

Having caught up with this blog, but not my hiking one, it is way past my bedtime, so no photos, but may add some later. The Iris and Poppies really need to be seen!

Jury Day and a Sink Falls off the Bathroom Wall in the Cottage

I was awakened at 7:10 am on the morning of the Festival Jury with a phone call from my cottage tenant.

She told me the sink had fallen off the wall in the bathroom.

My first question was “Is there water spewing?”

“No,” she said.

That was good news. And next I said in jest, “Well, you had said you wanted to have a new sink.”

“I wouldn’t pull a stunt like that.” She sounded very upset, and hadn’t realized I was trying to lighten up the situation, not accuse her of doing anything to have caused the sink to fall off the wall.

We got that sorted out and I told her to be sure I had a key, as her brother had changed the lock when he moved in, so I could have my plumber friend look at it.

She leaving soon, and I just didn’t want to hurry up and get dressed to look at it, but I did go into the basement and turn off all of the water to the cottage as she couldn’t find shut off valves just for the sink and we really didn’t need to have a flooded cottage with us both gone for the day.

I called and left a message for my plumber friend and told him where he could find a key if he had time to look at it while we were gone. Not sure I remembered to tell him about the kitty that needed to not escape.

On Tuesday, I had bought a connector for the projector at Staples that did not work. I had called to see if anyone had a PC laptop, no one did. So I decided we would just look at the images on the screen of one or two of my laptops. I had called and told the member hosting the jury at her home that we did not need to use the screen, but needed a way to look at the laptop or laptops. We decided if she added an extra piece to her kitchen table, that that would work just fine, and it did. When I called her on Tuesday afternoon, she had upsetting news to tell me, she had broken the glass part of the Coffeemaker I had brought over a week before. That was the least of my worries, as she did have a smaller coffeemaker to use and I had not used this one for many years. I don’t drink coffee and never had brought it out for any gatherings as Festival committee meetings happened at night. It had come here when my parents visited as they had to have coffee, but mostly been hidden in a cabinet all these many years past.

I finished gathering what I needed for the Commonwheel Art Festival jury session and drove to the home where it was to take place. A bit stressed, but what could one do, but continue on with one’s scheduled day. Admittedly, thinking about what this would cost put a damper on my spirits and I was really concerned how this would effect my trip in June and if I could buy the Tony Laidig program for learning PhotoShop. Well, surely if I just bought the least expensive piece of it, I could still do that and get the training.

This member hosting the jury session was an excellent hostess. She added food items to the very complete offerings I had, so we did not go hungry during this all day process.

There were not enough entries to fill the park, and still we had to reject a few and put a couple on the Wait List as there were too many in a couple of categories. With no really bad looking art, this was hard. Still a few offerings did not please all members of the jury, so rejections happened.

I will have to put out a call for an extended deadline with a few categories closed as I have one year in the past. More extra work for me. And I will go back and listen to the phone calls to see if I can invite some of those who missed the deadline to be apply. There was at least one that sounded interesting and different from anything we accepted.

We all worked well together, had some stories to tell of travels during lunch on the patio with a great view of Pikes Peak in the sunshine.

Finished up with one glitch. Neither of the people who were pulling checks and applications from the return envelopes heard me say to put the applications in their categorized folder that they came out of.  Not a big deal, but just a bit of extra time before we could get packed up and finished with the whole jury session.

I had had a phone call from my plumber and my traveling companion during the session. Each had something I needed to deal with later. So when I got home made those phone calls. My plumber friend had estimated it would cost me about $300 to buy the replacement sink and the faucet, not good news, and that didn’t include his labor to put it in if the father couldn’t.

Talking with my traveling companion for Young Living, she offered to give me a massage Friday in place of a cancellation she had and told me she needed me to do some more computer work for her, so we could do a trade. That sounded great to my sore body. And I will get a Raindrop Treatment on Saturday as the demo body, so that should help me heal more.

My roommate was rather low key and stretched out on the porch. She told me she had done a great deal of seed planting in the garden today. And that some negative energy from people from the past had been strongly around her. She went off to a healer to help remove that energy from around her and the house.

My cottage tenant had called to say her father would come and look at the situation that evening when he was off work. So I was sitting on the front porch when the cottage tenant came home and she had some lovely news for me. Since she had wanted to put a new sink in the bathroom, they had gone and bought the sink and he would install it. We chatted about her cat and made jokes about him having jumped up and broke it as he is a heavy kitty. Then I mentioned I would need some help watering the garden when I was traveling and she could do that. And she needed someone to watch over her kitty when when she would be traveling earlier in June. I will happily watch over Louie and make sure he doesn’t get too lonely while she is gone.

When her parents showed up, I told them how very thankful I was to have them in my life. I thanked them profusely for taking care of this problem. And they assured me they had planned on doing it a bit later in the summer, but since this problem happened now, they just wanted to get it fixed quickly and their daughter would be happy with the new sink for a longer time.

I was really tired, but couldn’t rest easily, so took my camera out to the garden and played a bit with some macro shots and tried to get the perfect image of an Iris with the creek water running behind it.

I listened to the Tony Laidig Expert Media PhotoShop training and it was really helpful. I need to purchase that program and get myself promoting it in hopes of creating some income soon. And I looked at the info for the Kindle book class, need to get that affiliate link also.

And now I have stayed up way too late tonight, catching up with these last few challenging days with a few magical and lovely pieces.

My hiking partner did not call back, so not sure what I will do tomorrow, but I really need to spend some time in nature and not bending over in the garden, as much as I love my wonderful flowers growing there.

 Iris in my Manitou Springs Garden