Groundhog Day – Early!

I had my own “groundhog day” yesterday.

My newest bird, Lucky, who is a sun conure, a type of parrot,  is a lively addition to my household.  He brings the count to 3.  In the past I had as many as 4, but then I was still married and had help.

Lucky, as with most conures likes to hang out under my shirt or blouse.  He would like to be friends with my two blue-headed pionus parrots, but they have seniority – and are larger birds.

Since I only have 2 hands I can transport all three with Lucky on my head and the other 2 on my hands, or with one on my shoulder.  Another way is for Lucky to be under my shirt hanging on.

So, yesterday Lucky was under my turtleneck top, Gracie was on my left shoulder, and Sueño was traveling on my right hand as a perch.

Lucky decided to come out and peeked his head out on the left side in the front.  He saw Gracie on the spot he was going to head for, but the better part of valor led him to duck back into my top.  Our own groundhog day.

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Since this is Phoenix where the weather is mostly nice this time of year, I’m not sure what this says about the season, but perhaps we’ll have at least 6 weeks more of lovely weather.

There is a song in this somewhere…

Wishing you your own advantageous “Groundhog Day”,

Wendy Weber,

Custom Song Design and still the Singing Network Marketer

Assumptions – They Can Be Dangerous

I learned years ago about assumptions – they can be dangerous to an event.  It seems that some things never change and every time I forget that, I make a false assumption and things don’t go as I expect.

All of it comes back to awareness.  Leila and her caretaker went to a dinner and service at my temple.  Leila is very loved there but people are people and sit with friends and Leila and her caretaker were left by themselves except for some hello’s.  I’ve been knows to do that myself.  So when I was finally told about that I knew how it happened – I hadn’t made the folks aware.  They were actually stunned by the realization and it will not happen again.  I will always send a message to the Rabbi and a few other people prior to any event Leila will attend and I won’t be going with her.

Reminds me of the days when Leila went to regular Girl Scout Camp sessions.  She attended the equestrian sessions.  The one year I didn’t prepare the camp director and counselors about strategies with Leila, it was hard on everyone.  After that I always did and I received glowing reports of how she did and what she taught all of them.  Leila is  gift, but her special needs sometimes requires preparation by the people around her and also for herself.

I find this with other things I do.  I cannot assume the rehab will call me when my mother goes to the hospital on an emergency basis (they didn’t) or that the hospital will (they didn’t) or that my cousin will text me when he’s told someone will call me (he didn’t).

When an event is being put together, I have learned that I cannot assume anything will be done without reports to me and checking over and over.

So, I say again, except in some math problems, assumptions can be dangerous.

Wishing everyone happy holidays and wishing you a joyous melody in your heart and harmony in your life,

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

 

I’m Back!

It’s hard to believe that I haven’t posted in over two years.  I’ve been busy with other things, but I’m back now.  There’s a lot to catch up with.

The best thing was that at the end of October 2013 I retired from my job I’d been at for 14 years – a 401(k) specialist at a large financial company.  They had a nice package and I’d had enough so I retired.

Retirement is when you find out how much people appreciated you, well, at least me.  I really hadn’t known the impact I had till I left.  I miss the people but not the job.  Not for one nano-second.  And if there’s a smaller unit of time, that, too.

I hundreds of people come and go from my department and team.  I miss choir there, but that was dead anyway – another sign that it was time to go.  I did receive a lifetime achievement for the United Way Talent show we had for the last several years.  I always did original music and parodies that pertained to my company and related things and always a tribute to United Way.  I don’t recall anyone performing ever did that besides me.

So that’s a start on catching you up.  Lots more to come.

I’m in the middle of Passover, so Chag Sameach to all my Jewish friends and family, and Happy Easter to those of you who observe that holiday.

And, be well.

Wishing you a joyous melody in your heart and harmony in your life,

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

Special Olympics – Medical Forms Every 3 Years

My daughter Leila loves participating in the Special Olymics.  Over the  years she participated in several of the events and for a long time got medals in the Equestrian events – western style.  She gave up horseback riding after 10 years.  The last time she fell of a horse she said it was enough.  She did finish the season – I required my children to come to a logical conclusion and expected no less of Leila.  And then she was done.

Now it’s time for bowling.  So, I had to get a quick visit into the doctor because the medical exam had to be within 6 months of filling out the form and her last well-check was earlier than that.  Luckily we were able to sneak in a Saturday morning appointment with our physician Jan Zieren.  Leila gave the staff the most entertainment they’d had all day and she is a very willing patient regarding blood tests. 

So the exam is done, the form turned in, and she’s ready for the next 3 years.  Vive le Special Olympics.  And thanks  Dr. Z.

Wendy Weber – The Singing Network Marketer

Phoenix Theatre – Spitfire Grill

I love going to the theatre.  I especially love going to the Phoenix Theatre, because it’s about 20 minutes from home, it’s easy to park, it’s a straight shot down 7th Street in Phoenix.  The performers are excellent and the production is usually excellent.

The “Spitfire Grill”, which we saw last night, I believe was an Arizona premier – not sure if it was a world premier, but some of my play-buddy Carol’s and my favorite local performers were in it.  For instance, Toby Yatzo and Rusty Ferracane appeared and we’ve seen them many times before – great talents.

It turned out to be a musical and it’s really fun to see something new that we knew nothing about.  The music was very good – not necessarily memorable as something from Les Miz or My Fail Lady, but still good.  Certainly worth the price of our season tickets and then some.

So if you get the chance to see it anywhere, take a chance!

Wendy Weber –  The Singing Network Marketer

I Entertained in Las Vegas!

Well, I did technically.  I entertained in Las Vegas last week-end.

Of course it wasn’t on a big stage.

I was at a training on Stock  Trading with Courtney Smith and a number of people who have been to T. Harve Eker’s Peak Potentials trainings.  This was not a Peak’s event, however.  Courtney knew I had written the song and invited me to perform it.

I had been to the Freedom Trader Intensive training in Los Angelos in early June and really ate up the information.  I am a mutual fund specialist but knew nothing about stock trading.  I very much saw the value in Courtney’s training.  There are techniques and ruled to follow for eventual success. 

At a Peak Potentials training there are declarations that we take home with us to say every day so that they get embedded into our subconscious.  I have been saying my Freedom Trader declarations several times a day. 

I am the Singing Network Marketer, but my songs and parodies are not limited to that subject.  I knew I was going to write one on the Freedom Trader.  A few days before this week-end event one occurred to me while I was driving in the car to choir rehearsal.  I had a lot of it written in my head.  After typing it up I took it on the plane Friday after work along with my ukulele for accompanyment.   Another couple of lines occurred to me and I added them.

Needless to say my Las Vegas appearance was a triumph.  I may never perform there again, but the memory will last a lifetime.

Taking one last bow now that I entertained in Las Vegas…

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

One-by-One

I spoke to my mother this weekend.  She informed me that another of her friends had passed away.  This was not unexpected because her friend had recently developed severe dementia.  Her granddaughter called to let my mother know.  Mom and Sis had done a lot of traveling together. 

I also had known her from many visits back to Chicago over the years.  Also, her niece taught my oldest daughter in Sunday School in Phoenix, another “Jewish Geography” phenomenon. 

My mother is 90 and all her friends are being lost to her one-by-one.  She really feels it but keeps busy with various classes, group events, and synagogue events and an occasional local family gathering.  She had recently purchased a new car and is very independent in getting around town. 

Being in good health, her intention is to be around for a very long time – I think it’s no accident that children and grandchildren are younger.  Mom, my oldest, and I just did a trip to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to celebrate Mom’s turing 90.  She wouldn’t do all the things we did with anyone else – especially the whale-watching from a zodiac.  I have to post the photos.

Here’s to a long life with good health. 

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

Chat and Texting

There’s something to be said for online chat and texting. 

Chat is pretty much real-time communication and can be very useful, whether at work, online, through my email account, through Facebook, etc. 

Yesterday a gal in my Freedom Trader group arranged hotel  accommocations for a training we’ll be attending together.  Back and forth online to get all the info out there.  We don’t know each other but I guarantee we’ll be friends after the conference.

Later she texted me – since I was on a training call I wasn’t looking at the computer and I could text back so that we took care of the details.

You know, I resisted texting for a long time.  But my daughter’s house manager is hard to get by phone – lots of phone tagging, you’d think she’d lose weight with the effort….  Anyway she suggested the easiest way to get hold of her was by text, so I was dragged finally into the texting world.  I’m not a pro, however, I refuse to use lots of abbreviations and want to spell out most words.   I did have the foresight to get a phone that has the QWERT keyboard.  Otherwise I’d never text!

I’m not ready for the smart phones.  Someday – when I’m forced to….

So here’s to chat and texting.

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

Music to Your Ears

If you were at any of the musical events in which I have participated during the last two weeks, hopefully they would have been music to your ears.

I love harmony and enjoy singing in choirs.  I also enjoy and am good at creating parodies and some original music, so the other week I participated in my company’s United Way kick-off ceremonies by singing parodies I wrote with accompaniment by my ukulele and a CD I created with my electronic piano and my Mac.    Great fun – I do this every year.  This was part of a talent show and last year I tied for 3rd place with the juggler.  We haven’t yet heard the results of this year’s show.

The following week, last week, our choir at work gave three concerts, which were very good.  We were in excellent harmony.  I had to switch from soprano to alto because not enough altos were able to get out of their regular jobs to participate.  Whatever makes the music!

Saturday night I participated in my Temple choir in a concert at our Selichot service, a service prior to the start of the Jewish holiday Rosh Ha Shanah (Head of the Year).  Most of the singers are professional singers so the quality is wonderful.  I really enjoyed doing that and the congregants who were there just loved the music.  More to come during our services.

This concert followed a study session with the Rabbi, which I attended till I had to rehearse.  There was also a wine and cheese party. But since I can’t sing after eating, especially dairy, I refrained.  Maria, who is part of our custodial family, put away a cheese plate I selected for me that I accessed from the frig before going home.  Enjoyed that later!  Can’t drink wine and drive and sing, so didn’t do that, either.

There’s something about the music, the harmony, and the wonderful acoustics in our sanctuary that just warms my heart and gives so much pleasure. 

I hope that whatever you do for fun is music to your ears…

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wisdom from Liz Schreiter

Well, I don’t know if she got this from somewhere or came up with it herself, but Liz Schreiter, another friend and mentor of mine, says:

Don’t sacrifice what you want the most by giving in to the moment.

That sounds like excellent word of wisdom

Trusting that you can see the wisdom in Liz’s words,

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

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