Once again I find more interesting dog things to speak to as opposed to my own uneventful life. And I'm not kidding about that....
However I have managed to keep busy with my blooming herbal business, its taking most mornings to talk with the people, put the orders together and send them.
It's a lot of fun to watch this small business growing...its adding some pocket change to my wallet...I just wish I had a little more time to spend on building it.
But what I have here today; something that we all can use...Check it out;
I monthly urine test for dogs and cats!
I got this so I can watch Orbit's Kidney values because of his renal disease.
Actually I received this about five days ago...but I have to figure out how I can follow Orbit around and put the dip stick under him while he goes potty.
I think I'm going to document this adventure...They say that this test is something that every pet owner should do, because it will actually serve as a preventative type of thing.
They say the test will show values for Kidney disease and infection, bacterial infection, UT infections, Diabetes and Urinary bladder disease, autoimmune disease and hepatitis and liver conditions.
Every time I go to the vet for orbit, a test costs me $100 minimum.
I just wonder how cat owners can get this to work, or for that matter, dog owners. By using this test, I can see how my herbs are working for him and how successful or NOT diet therapy is working...and it not cost me a fortune to monitor his progress or lack thereof.
Okay, I'm gonna do this today....
Let's see how successful I will be...Video to follow
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Once again I find more interesting dog things to speak to as opposed to my own uneventful life. And I'm not kidding about that....
Posted by Holly Mead at 3:12 PM
Sunday, February 24, 2008
So what do I do with this week as I wasted more time that can never be recaptured?
I worked on building my small intent business which is Chinese herbals for dogs and cats.
Here is my herb room;
Okay so I'm not going to make my fortune at it...right now I'm getting about 10 orders a week.
What I love about it is when I get the happy thank you notes or calls from the pet owners that are ecstatic that the herbs helped their dog or cat, and generally these are very sick pets. People seek out me as a last resort, which is too bad, because if we can get the pets taking the right herbs early on during the illness....then it really really works. (same with people)
Along with this comes new Internet friends that I'm making along the way. Many of the people I sell my formula to become people who stay in touch and it seems we get to know one another. Not only do they trust me with their pet's health, but many of these people become customer's them selfs!
I've been working on the marketing of the business...and the Internet is a tough market to crack. Google AdWords are $.50 to up to a $1.00 a click...that's just crazy, I remember the days when $.20 was high.
So this week I have been obsessing on doing search engine optimization so that I can garner organic clicks as opposed to payed for clicks. This too is very difficult because it takes experts do this type of thing...and once again they want thousands of dollars to optimize a website.
I continue to pursue this because it is a great hobby but also because I'm thinking of when I get out of school that I will continue on and practice animal acupuncture...I'm kinda developing an idea for something along the lines of;
"Affordable Holistic Health Care For Pets"....
I'm thinking of trying to set up small clinics where people can, at any time, bring in their dog or cat for herbal consultations, as well as dietary counseling. Pet health care is getting to be unfordable for many pet owners.
Just tossing it around..we'll see.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I've been thinking about this phenomena for a couple of days.....it's really interesting how the whole thing works.
I remember when I first started blogging I had no idea why I was doing it and I was also clueless as to how to find readers or to find blogs that I liked to read.
Little did I know that there's a whole world of different people out there, and all I have to do in order to know them is to click into their blog, make myself comfortable and live life through their eyes.
Its as if I know these people.......
Lone Chateline single.... much to her chagrin; But for me, her journey to find true love and good sex is a hoot! Although there are days when I just want to go through the computer and just give her a hug...because this journey can sometimes be a rocky road. I know that she she will eventually arrive at her destination one day soon, but it just takes time and patience.
There is BettyJo ....what a good and loyal friend she must be to her many friends. You know when reading about the slivers of her life that she would be someone you could talk to and she would make you feel like everything is was gonna be all right. She also can tell a funny story and I love her cats...
Lady Banana from the UK...very grounded and blogger extraordinarie..I also like the fact that she is another interesting and obviously caring woman and I have been lucky enough to share a little slice of her life.
How about Honey Suckle Rose; all those kids and a hubby.....she's just starting her journey and I admire her for her wonderful and positive spirit through these hard and difficult times. I could never do what she is doing so well, which is raising a family! Not to mention she has a wicked since of humor. I also forgive her for supporting Obama as she has forgiven me for supporting Hillary...HEHEHEHE. She has also come clean...she like me...is a political junkey and we can't help ourselves!
I have found a new blog, and its really a lovely piece of work, and get this; it's written by a man...
It's called While Walking Duncon and its a wonderful blog to say the very least. If you love beautiful prose and dogs, this is a must read blog.
I'm looking for a few more blog friends..I would love some suggestions, but not too many. Once I commit to my blog friends, I'm there for blogging life. I think I can handle about three more blogs to add to my blog roll. Suggestions?
Posted by Holly Mead at 10:12 AM
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I've never been the type of person to hang around women...and there's a reason for it. Because most of them are top notch bitches...fact and end of story.
And tonight I got a reminder of how nasty they really can be. Uggggg (I also see the irony of my dream for a woman president...that's not lost on me)
I am working on setting up a Eastern Nutrition group, which gets people together once a month and we discuss blah blah blah...and I'm doing this with a woman from my school, who I really didn't know much about, but she seemed intelligent and has a wicked sense of humor.
It was my job to set up the group e-mail account. I did it, but I spelled the ID wrong. I had no idea that I did it wrong, because it was an honest mistake.
I received an e-mail from Ellen that she could not log in. I had no idea why, and then I got another one from her, so I went and checked it out and found that I had misspelled the ID.
Here is my e-mail to her:
Ooooops, spelled it wrong...lol sorrry!
Here is HER message back to me;
I can't tell you how many times LOL :) I've tried to log into the google email account LOL:) and it's so LOL funny LOL.... but I've gotten the impression LOL that this isn't something LOL you're LOL interested in LOL but I'm so tired from LOL laughing about it LOL that it is what it is LOL LOL LOL
I just wrote a blog about how people are so disrespectful of each other.
I'm just going to crawl back in my hole and stay away from people and get more dogs.
Posted by Holly Mead at 8:20 PM
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I know, I know , I know...
Just by looking at my sidebar its not hard to tell what I've been up to.....
Old habits die hard.
There have been words floating around that are really bothering me.
No matter what channel or news article I read there are groups of people that are called "lower scale democrats"....
These are people that work hard for a living and did not complete college.
"Lower Scale"......I don't know why more people are having problems with that description. And they(pundents and newswriters) say these words with no conscience...Uggg
Here are more words that erked me
"You challenge the status quo and suddenly the claws come out," Obama said.
The CLAWS come out? Really?
Here is the next one that fries me;
Then yesterday Obama told reporters who had asked about Clinton's latest attack ad,
"I understand that Senator Clinton, periodically when she's feeling down, launches attacks as a way of trying to boost her appeal."
I'm not a republican but at this point, its not looking so bad. I was listening to talk radio and it was a liberal station. All they could talk about was John McCain's age and how someone this old just needs to give it up. This is a man who has campaigned for a year straight working 18 hour days. His mother is on the trail with him and bless her heart she is 96 years old.
What a bunch of mean spirited haters are nation is becoming.
People are down right rude to one another and the concept of respect seems to have been thrown out the window along with old people, uneducated people and women.
Posted by Holly Mead at 8:16 PM
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Yesterday while I was getting ready to go or doing something, I don't remember what it was, but I caught my sweet Orbit just standing there, very alert and he was staring at me and it was very intently.
I looked back at him and I was thinking how beautiful he's looking, his coat is shiny, his eyes are bight, and his spirit is light.
But there is no getting over the fact that in the terms of his life on this planet, he is getting old by all standards.
So every time I have one of those special moments with Orbit where we're lookin' eye to eye, I commit them to memory, because I know that soon my four legged loyal best friend will no longer be with me, a sad reality, but a fact of the cycle of life and the way things just are.
As I continued to look into his eyes as we were staring at each other, I took that opportunity to ask Orbit a few questions;
"Orbit when you die and leave this earth will you come back to me somehow tell me your doin' okay? And will you come back and tell me what its like on the other side? And will you promise to do it?
We looked at each other for quite a long moment after I asked him those questions...
Eventually the spell of that moment was broken and we once again began to as usual move through our day
Last night I had the strangest dream.
Dreams being dreams, I have no idea where I was or how it could happen or even why it was happening;
The phone rings, I don't know what phone or where, but I do know it's my aunt Patty;
In the dream I know that my aunt Patty is no longer with us, and that she's just recently died, and for some reason I just know she's calling me from another place.
First of all I hear a big sigh of relief ....."ahhh", and she goes on to say that "I feel so much better" and I could tell from the sound of her voice that the physical discomfort from the MS that she has endured for 25 hard years, was no longer a part of her and that sigh was a signal to me that she was free from the heavy burden of her earthly body.
She then went on to tell me that the "other side is a beautiful place and that it's a good place to be, and not to worry for her"
The dream ended with me gazing up to the night sky looking at images of what looked exactly like illuminated cut out paper dolls. There was Patty, holding hands with other people, and following them was a trail of happy dogs and cats carving a trial into the night sky as they made their journey upwards towards the heavens.
Such a vivid dream.
Last night my my sweet Orbit, my trusted friend, who always wants to make sure that I'm doin' okay, that I'm not sad or worried, and that I'm always happy, made sure I got those answers to the questions I had earlier asked him.
I think it was Orbit who gave me that dream so as not to worry, and he did it while sleeping quite soundly and contently at my side, he did it just to make sure I don't ever worry about him;
Because he hates to see me sad.
Thank you Sweet Orbit.
Posted by Holly Mead at 6:56 AM
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Okay....I lied. The reason I never have any time to post lately is because I have become utterly consumed with politics.
I spend time reading different pundent articles and I am constantly surfing the net trying to find positive information with respect to my candidate of choice.(which is scarce)
My moods rise and fall depending on the news cycle and I have concluded;
This is OUT OF CONTROL.
So what am I going to do about this? Here is my list;
1) No more cable news 24/7. In other words, the TV stays off so that I'll not be tempted to wonder over and space out on the newest news cycle. I swear they write news like soap operas now a days..I'm hooked!
2) No more endless surfing the net trying to find more more more about politics.
3) No more weekend marathons watching election returns. STOP THE MADNESS!
4) No more political discussions with my mother or my aunt. Surly we can find something else to talk about?
5) No more poll watching. I'm putting down on living for the next poll...NO MORE POLLS!
Today I have been about 50% successful. The Huffington Post tries to lure me, but I quickly closed the page. The TV is off....
NO MORE POLITICS....or I shall go seek some therapy....Holly get a life!
Posted by Holly Mead at 7:06 AM
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I seem to have no time what so ever. I'm not sure what the deal is, but I'm tapped and am having difficulty keeping up with my favorite hobby was is to blog.
In retrospect it all started with this;
I started cooking just for Orbit because of his Kidney disease. He wouldn't eat the special Kidney food they make for dogs...So I did what any good dog mom would do, I started making him his own special dinners...
The problem with that is that now I have to make special dinners for ALL of them. So it seems that I am always shopping for the evening's delight, or cooking the "special dinner" as my dogs so fondly know this ritual, as well as constantly picking up and cleaning dog bowls since they get this gourmet feast two times a day.
Here is the menu;
Black Sessame Seeds
Oh and lets not forget that all of this food for my sweet preciouses happens to be organic!
Here is a picture of Orbit's very favorite organ meat; Kidneys
|Jan 28, 2008|
Posted by Holly Mead at 3:09 PM
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Daisy has a little problem...it's an addiction and I caught her right in the act....
Daisy has "ring around the nose". It kinda takes me back to my ole party days...
Now I live vicariously through my dogs.
What does that say about me?
"Awwww shucks, so what if I tear up the grass...its so much fun!"
Posted by Holly Mead at 7:19 PM
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Today was the first time I have ever voted.
It struck me that this was a profound moment for me. For the first time ever, there was a woman on the ballot for President of the United States.
It gave me goose bumps. I know this is a very hotly contested race, but the fact remains, finally a woman is in the running for the top job.
Love her or hate her...she's has given us all a gift. Hillary Clinton is making it possible for the next qualified woman to run for this high office.
She has broken through a glass ceiling for future generations.
I don't understand why so many women get so angry with her...
Sure shes not perfect, sure she has some baggage, but what she has accomplished is open up the door for the next very perfect female to be elected President, if there is such a thing in the eyes of this country.
I believe that no matter what anyone's political affinity may be, this woman deserves respect for her very hard fought battle.
Just my humble opinion.
Posted by Holly Mead at 7:18 PM
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Errrr......there is so much of this crap floating around and these idiots get away with it. If we were black, they couldn't say such a thing. All the black leaders would be calling and protesting and the Talking Heads would be horrified that such a thing could be said on the air....Nope, par for the course.
So it goes and we seem to....just let it happen.
I'll be glad when this election gets settled.
I thought since today is a rainy day, and I have that wonderful picture that I posted at the start of the post, I would highlight our own dog pile right here on Sassafras St....
I'm fascinated by that thing Daisy does with Chico, it's so strange. Here I am on the phone with a friend and I'm talking to her about her her herbal formula...right next to me is my area where the dogs just pile up together and sleep on the ten pillows that are thrown around. And here is Daisy doing her thing again, I think this is a pretty good video of what they constantly do with each other.
I really wish I had more to write about, other then my dogs....but I seem to be in a void of some sort and its where nothing is moving or changing.
Sometimes that can be a good thing...right?
Posted by Holly Mead at 7:07 AM