Road to Recovery – Coke and Cats

We went to a cat show this weekend in Atlanta. Lynn, Joel and I. We were just in Atlanta last weekend – for APF, so it was a bit deja vue-ish.  When passing by the exit to World of Coca Cola last weekend en route to APF we were talking about taking time out of our busy weekend work schedules to do some fun things. I suggested that on our cat show weekend we needed to make a point to visit World of Coca Cola.

We left Friday, checked into the hotel in Buford where we left C2 and Ivy, and then made the trek into the big city for a visit to the soda pop tourist attraction. I’m glad we diIMG_7977d this. Even though I’ve been to World of Coca Cola before, it has been awhile, the previous visit well before I was smack in the middle of a cat empire and the beginnings of a blossoming Chubbs Bars domain. I loved the reminders, as we ventured through the retelling of the Coca Cola story, that protecting the secret recipe of an amazing product despite the schemes of many to take it from you is the right thing to do. I was inspired to persevere and steady on.

As we made our way through the attraction, we laughed and joked about the tour that would one day retell the making of the original Chubbs Bar and how much it would parallel the invention by pharmacist John Pemberton of what would later become a fizzy beverage sold in every corner of the world. I get all rejuvenated and inspired by true stories like Pemberton’s. They remind me of what is possible.

The cat show we attended yesterday and today also reminded me of what is possible. A sweet kitty named C2 that ended up at my salon over 7 years ago in a state of major disarray and fearfulness earned her Grand Premier title on Saturday afternoon, making her a 1 ½-show grand. At 12 ½ yrs of age – this is a feat accomplished by few.

I took C2, whose full name is Steeplechase Lahtis Sweet Chloe to her very first show last February mainly just to fill the other half of the cage I got for Cotn Hill’s Petunia that I wanted to grand. Both cats were Opens at that show in February 2014. Petunia granded the first day but had to stay in the ring on day 2 to finish up getting her 6 rings in for a Premier title before she could claim her Grand Premier title. My little “cage stuffer” cat, C2, came away from that show with 60 of the 75 points needed to earn a Grand Premier title. Petunia was her competition. This was a pleasant and unexpected surprise indeed.


Thirteen months later, C2 was at another show acting as official “cage stuffer” and companion to my new kitten from Australia, Trazarra I’ve Been Travelin’. Going in to the show yesterday I hoped that C2 would be able to earn those remaining 15 points needed to grand. I’m pleased to say that she got those 15 points plus a spare by the end of the first day. I continued to show her today, netting a total of 34 points for the weekend – 94 points total. She only needed 75 to grand. So I’d say it was a good weekend. Considering the age of this cat and how she came to be mine, she is an excellent reminder to me that yes, anything is possible and hard work does pay off.

I am pleased to say that I got my run in every night this weekend, no matter how late it was, how tired I was, or how full was my belly. I ran a mile no matter. Even tonight after I arrived home, I got 3.5 miles in as I enjoyed the mid-70s evening full of crisp air and a beautiful sunrise.

I love the settled feeling of accomplishments. A new Grand Premier. An unbroken commitment to run a mile each day for 30 days. And so many other significant and business-building connections and transactions built over a weekend full of cat hair, coca cola, and good times.

Press on, my friends. Press on. Anything is possible.

Showing off Chubbs Bars on a Persian coat.
Showing off Chubbs Bars on a Persian coat.


C2, the new GP!
C2, the new GP!
Ivy - never still enough to get a good picture.
Ivy – never still enough to get a good picture.

Road to Recovery – Stats

I’m 46 years old, 5 feet 9″ tall, 136 lbs and, other than during my 5-pregnancies-in-a-row part of my life, I’ve pretty much weighed the same all of my adult life.

I eat a fairly healthy diet of mostly veggies, nuts, seeds, some fruits, poultry, eggs, and my daily latte (every once in a while, I sneak in a 2nd latte but rarely since my first visit to the naturopath.)

I had a first month’s check up with the naturopath Tuesday afternoon. resulting in a continuation of the herbs for the now seemingly gone cold weather allergy. We will continue for a bit longer to help ensure the allergic reaction does not return and to clear up a minor bit of sinus drainage. I am thrilled to be able to get outside and exercise once again, regardless of the temperature.

The naturopath upped my muscle/neck tension herbal remedies. I have to say I’m beginning to notice a slight improvement there. I’m bordering on optimism and not wanting to get my hopes up at this point. Time will tell. For now I enjoy less neck pain and being VERTIGO-FREE FOR 2 WHOLE WEEKS! Oh ya! So wonderful! May tomorrow also be vertigo-free. Such a blessing!

It’s been a busy week, culminating in some long but productive days of video shooting for It’s been such a pleasure working with Marc and Melissa and visiting with them over the past few days. There should be a good bit of footage to launch on L2G in the coming months.

Despite the long days, I have gotten my runs in each night, sometimes quite late. Tonight I ran 1.17 miles at 10:45pm, in the rain. A light rain- so not too bad. Truman is really liking our late-night jaunts around the neighboring streets, I think. He gets excited when I pull out my sneakers at the end of the day. I find that we are both getting faster, and I am dragging him up hills less and less.

I press on because I made the commitment to do so. It’s been 2 weeks and a day of “30 Days, 30 Miles.” Half way there!  I can’t give up now.

IMG_7953I’m posting this picture of some new Chubbs Bars coming in April for our first official “Chubbs Bars Customer Appreciation Month.” I think they turned out great and look forward to launching them soon.


Road to Recovery – No Rest for the Weary

Well it’s Tuesday night. I’m really tired. I didn’t sleep very well (or much at all) the first two nights at APF, and the days were jammed packed with running to and fro and making my brain stay on top of my game throughout the day. By the time Lynn, Joel and I pulled up at the school building late Sunday night to unload, we were all more than ready to punch out and get some sleep.

I arrived home from APF around 8:30pm. At 9:00pm I laced up my running shows and hit the pavement to get my mile in. As fatigued as I was, it felt glorious to be out in the crisp evening air after being cooped up in a hotel building for the past four days. It was so quiet out – everyone else tucked into their homes for the night – the world seemed so still and peaceful. I cranked up the iTunes and enjoyed the complete solitude.

Monday – my day off. After working the past seven days straight, I needed Monday. I got up after nearly 12 hours of sleep, puttered around the house, finished unpacking, did some chores, caught up on some emails and finances, picked Katie up from homeschool co-op, went to the doctor to get my RLS meds RX renewed, went grocery shopping, and completely forgot that I needed to run a mile. At 7:00pm I remembered my commitment and took off down the street, getting 1.85 miles in before retiring again for the night.

So ya, the homeopathic remedies for RLS are not working. Not at all. After too many sleepless, restless nights, I resorted to taking my meds again. Ah, sweet glorious sleep! I got my RX renewed for another month. I’m not giving up on this holistic thing for sleep just yet. Actually my sleep doc and naturopath are both working with me to tweak things to find the most effective, least medicating, yet most cost effective way to actually get some sleep instead of pacing the room at night. As it turns out, it is expensive to buy a good night of sleep.

Today, Marc LeFleur and Melissa Verplank arrived in town to shoot some new footage for Learn2Groom. We actually begin the shooting tomorrow and will go into Thursday to capture some grooming as well as some business topics. This afternoon we hauled all of the camera equipment upstairs to the grooming room at the school and afterward, decided to take advantage of the upper 60s weather by walking downtown to catch a bite to eat. A perfect night to enjoy some outdoor seating and a tasty meal. Only it started to rain about 2 blocks into the walk. Bummer.  I dropped Marc and Melissa off at the restaurant and then hustled the ¾ of a mile back uphill to the school with Truman in tow. I put Tru in my office, quickly dried my hair, and then hopped in my SUV to drive back down to the restaurant where I met Marc and Melissa again, showing up just in time for the appetizer.

When I got home at 9:00pm my dear, sweet husband was willing to go on a walk with me. It was a great way to kill 2 birds with 1 stone: I still needed to get my run in and we needed to catch up on work and family stuff with one another. Mike and I walked 2.5 miles. Combined with the 1.5 miles I did downtown earlier in the evening, I’m going to declare that 4 miles of walking will equal, at least for tonight, a mile-long run. Since I made my own “30 Days, 30 Miles” commitment, I think I can do that.


Here’s a picture of Ivy at APF this past weekend, on the Wahl Clipper demo table. She did great for her first time out at a show. She’s just so perfectly cute!