Tuesday, July 26, 2011


We continue to be busy in our new business.  I'm loving my job and each day is a new challenge.  Word is getting out.  People know we're here... and that's half the battle.

 Today we attended a Senior Expo at the Mall.

In planing for our very first trade show/expo appearance, I ordered hundreds of pens with our business info on.  Unfortunately two weeks after I placed the order, the pens had still not arrived.  "We'll make do without them," I said.

But just as everything else has worked out in this whole business endeavor...  the UPS truck pulled up to our door yesterday and guess what?  

Yep, you got it....

We had pens!!  

Since we're just starting out, we didn't have a professional trade show set up, so we had to improvise.  We had our video otoscope to show peeps what the insides of their ears look like.    There was candy, business cards, magnets... well.. you get the picture.  And speaking of pictures...

In other news...  the ants have returned and they mean business!  Gary insisted I put ant traps in corners where they were coming in.  I hesitate...  because I'm afraid Gracie will find them.  But I was careful and put a chair in front of them.  

"Gracie," I said.  "I have to go back to work.  Now you stay away from the ant traps!!"  

We shook on it.

But when I came back over, she showed signs of being interested in where they were...  So I took them up, then I sprayed the parameter with lysol.  It used to work for me..  Don't ask.  

Afterwards I caught a stray ant lugging a chunk of poison back to its home.  It seemed disoriented and kept going in circles, so I ended its miserable life. 

Dear Diary,

Note to self:  Don't puke in front of mom just minutes before dinner.  There's nothing like hearing 'oh gracie...  you poor thing...  you're sick...  I'll not feed you tonight so your tummy will feel better.'  Yea.  That'll work, Mom.  I feel better already.  Gracie.


  1. Sounds like things are going well. You deserve the success.

  2. I hope your business venture continues to go well.

  3. I am so happy for you!

    Your pal, Pip

  4. Love the story about the "pens". Isn't it great when things just seem to have a way of working out - I call that a "God thing"!

    Gracie does look "down in the paw". Poor Girl! Hope she feels much better by morning.

  5. Poor Gracie! This is the second blog I've read tonight that the dog is sick! I hope she is better tomorrow! Your setup rocks, it's very professional looking, I enlarged to get a better look. Don't get rid of the ants, they are very clean and are little maids. Now you won't have to clean up crumbs, they will do it!

  6. I'm so happy for you! This sounds like a real success story! Great about the pens! Nice set-up!

    I used to use "Terro" for ants if a new colony decided to raid the house. Did the trick.

    Poor Gracie, is the heat getting to her? I hope she feels better in the morning!

  7. Dear Gracie
    Do you have an upset tummy?
    Thank you for the wise words of wisdom

  8. It's exciting to visit the blog and see how things are progressing with y'all's new venture! I think the booth y'all set up at the Expo looks great.Really Professional and nice.

    Girl, when it gets hot and dry down here in Texas, the fire ants go on the move.... don't you just hate those little buggers???

    And Gracie, Oh Honey - bun! You better get well soon! it makes us worry when you are sick!


  9. Glad to hear you are staying busy and that the pens got to you in time! Gracie, please feel better soon.

  10. Gracie, I sure hope you are feeling better this morning! Looks like your pawrents are well on their way! Puppy kisses, Miss Mindy

  11. Poor Gracie, hope you are all better today!

    Happy to hear that the pens are here, I love to get free pens:) Sounds like the business is doing really good! Congrats on that!

    Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

  12. Hi Bobbi, glad things are going well with your new venture!... as for the ants, if you sprinkle mint leaves, dried or fresh, where they are coming in, they won't cross the barrier... works every time (another something I learned from my little old great~grandmother!)... xoxo Julie Marie

  13. So happy to hear {hearing...BOL} dat da business is going so good. Congrats!

    Gracie, is you sad dat your Mom is tryin' to get rid of all your new wittle anty furends? Hope you's feelin' better soon.

  14. So glad to hear(pun) the new business is taking off...must feel great to know that things are developing. The ants are a nuisance aren't they. We decided that by leaving them alone outside they don't come inside....so far so good!

  15. Checking back to see how Gracie is feeling today. (Wed)

  16. Good for you guys! I know where we'll be heading when we are in need of hearing aids......

  17. I am so glad to hear business is good!

    We have to use those ant traps in the spring but the cats pay them no mind. They work great for us!


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