Saturday, December 29, 2018

Big Changes in the New Year




Merry Meet,

The new year is bringing many changes to my life and I am now ready to discuss much of it…as you have seen in the last few months, you all can tell I have been quite busy…let us sit and chat while I have a moment to breathe…grab a coffee and a chair…get comfy and I will fill you in

First up is school…my dissertation has been published…I am now a doctor…that just does not seem real yet…also, I have been in school for 14 years…the first time I did not need to log into class was VERY strange and brought on a strange form of loss and depression…though other students and professors tell me this is normal, I was still sad and missing going to class…on January 19, 2019, I will be walking in the ‘All Campus’ graduation ceremony in Orlando…after my first husband beat me so badly, I was told I should go on disability and college was out of the realm of what I would ever be able to do – all I can say is follow your dreams, work for them and you can accomplish almost anything…I did

Nature’s Power and Energy is closing…we have worked hard to create a patent on the HydroQueen…our patent is now up for sale with a broker…I love inventing but, right now I do not have time to devote as this company needs…it has been open for 8 years, took on no dept, conducted 3 major, infield scientific experiments, an obtained a patent…to do this we have had to work with the alphabet soup of governmental departments, shared knowledge and created an amazing network…my fire system will be shelved for now…as of December 31, 2018 this company is closed – any request for information or on employees should be directed to me at wrooney2@yahoo.com

The Sunshine Paddle will also be going through changes…we will be closing the website and moving all data to the Facebook page…the paddle will still be happening on 4/20 as every year…no one gets paid and all donations go to the running of the paddle and split among charities…my thinking is to reduce costs by shutting the website down – we will keep the Photobucket, captain’s log and continue to post in Facebook…thank you for understanding

The Circle of Boudica will now be run by Lady Tabitha…again this is due to not being able to invest time needed to take care of it properly…after 12 years at the helm, it is time to pass it on…Tabitha has been working with the members for over a year now and has my full support…for anyone who has questions or needs help, please contact me...I will continue to be a part of the group, just no longer the leading role...


Teaching English to children and adults in China online for a company called First Future has been a challenge…learning to work in a different country is not easy…I am however thankful for the opportunity…it is Xi Jinping who requires the people that teach in China to carry international credentials…along with TESOL credentials, one must learn more about computers and internet connections than you ever considered to keep classes going…my students are amazing and make getting up between 3 am and 4 am worth it…also with a 13 hour time difference, I am working a split schedule…this is not easy and has put my time off at a premium…

American Boudica Publishing and Media is where my heart is…we are producers of the written word, photography, video, fine art, fun graphics and custom sculpture…we do this across several different medias like: books, academic papers, vinyl, sublimation, wood, metal, painting, epoxy, etc.…we create not only books, academic papers and fine art but, also clothes, home goods, how to and crafting videos, and custom work…this has been a joy and a blessing…with the ability to expand our creativity Chris and I have expanded the American Boudica, Girly Pirate and Sea Tribe brands…we have sold and shared product in 30 different countries around the world…at the end of the day, I feel blessed and thankful to be part of it all

You may wonder why so many big changes, the last few months have been hard…several situations have needed my attention, I was stretched too thin to help with much…an answer to this is to clear up some of my schedule…the big change allows new opportunities to present themselves…I look forward to what is to come with great excitement and anticipation…So, as I transition forward, I will continue to teach and do my art…I will continue to paddle for charity…I am also looking to gain new teaching opportunities…at 53, I want to enjoy my life and to do this it had to be objectively looked at…I completed school and my patent…I am putting my focus into what makes me happiest…those who love me will understand and those who don’t never will…I now weigh anchor for new and uncharted territory

Thank you for taking the time to check in…I am alive and well…soon life will slow down to a normal pace again…even though it felt like minutes, I looked up and 5 years were gone…it has been crazy and amazing…I lost many along the way…it makes me happy you have been patient with me and are still here…May 2019 bring us the blessings we have all worked for....


Blessed Be,
Dr. Dorraine Cooper-Rooney
The Girly Pirate



Saturday, June 23, 2018

From My Perspective




Merry Meet,

I too am glad to slow down a bit…it has been several months since I could breathe…I am happy you had time to come and spend with me…I know I have been locked away for a while but, look at all that is going on…

The big news is school…I have passed my dissertation defense…my dissertation is currently at the editor – then to the publisher…I will walk for my graduation in January…people have started calling me doctor, I am not used to it and still looking around to see who they are talking to…lol…my final choice in dissertation subject matter was supply chain strategy…it was a load of work and I am proud of it…

American Boudica has started the creative wheels rolling again…this is reflected in our web-store…we are getting the Boudica series ready for a new installment…along with Girly Pirate brand, we have now started the Sea Tribe brand…we welcomed new coworkers Gunny and Alex to the merry mayhem Chris and I have created…as a brand American Boudica uses everyday people to model our clothes, not models – this way you can see it on different shapes and sizes…BTW our models take the pics so, you can note different areas too…our products are born out of a sense of adventure and a need for quality…some items are produced in our offices and we also work with vendors from around the globe, providing they meet our quality and cost standards…I do not put them online unless we have them in-hand…if you need a larger order or see something you want you see in one of our adverts, just message me and we will do our best to take care of you…

Natures Power and Energy is in the final weeks of grant paperwork…I thought for a while that I would not have time to put it together but, they were nice enough to grant me an extension on the work I had already completed…my construction crew has mastered solar and the new office has not had a failure yet…honestly, inventing is harder than pregnancy…hurry up and wait…tons of paperwork and lots of sales…it feels as though you sell yourself more than the product…I think I can fine tune the HydroQueen and the fire system has gone through a mock trial on a computer…the Facebook page promotes a sustainable view, we do this so people can be educated and feel comfortable in the sustainable concepts and thinking…

It is with a heavy heart that I am closing Rooney Detail…it was fun and gave me the ability to make money while I was in school…I loved the ability to work on some awesome cars and for some great clients…now that school is over, I have the time and energy to focus my efforts on my 2 primary businesses – this is the reason, I choose to close…I am keeping the equipment to continue working on my own cars:)

The Sunshine Paddle has been busy making donations…cash was taken to the abuse shelter and the food bank from donations…collected cardboard in the children’s recycle dumpster…the Photobucket and website has been paid through donation…a goods drive allowed us to drop a truck of household goods at the abuse shelter thrift shop…it is a great blessing to help the community…

In the circle of Boudica we celebrated Litha with great abundance…the veggie garden has fed us well…the grass is growing, flowers are blooming…and peace has been given…life is good…if you can not see the beauty of life around you, maybe it is time to change your perspective…

I was gifted with my grandson for 7 months…his dad was at college and mom was in officer candidate school – them doing wonderful things gave me time to spoil him…from a great school to awesome adventures, he made life fun…he has gone back to his parents and I miss him very much but, I am glad he is in a happy place and doing well…and I just have to say – OMG, the life of a 5 year old is busy…

The gardens are a riot of color…it feels good to start cleaning up the yard, it will take a few months to get it back under control…poor Walter has had to help in the hundred-degree heat…if he had his way, we would have a concrete yard…lol

I have started teaching English to children and adults in China online for a company called First Future…I am just starting so, it is kind of crazy hours – it does however, give me time to work on my own companies…the students make it really fun and the pay is better than pizza delivery…yes, never a dull moment here…

So happy you had time to catch up and hang out...

Blessed Be,
Dr. Dorraine Cooper-Rooney
Your Girly Pirate


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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Current True Reckoning


 
Ahoy,

Glad you had time to stop by…take care, construction is everywhere in my life…sit down, put your feet up and relax…lets chat… 

With so much expansion going on here at Dorraine Cooper-Rooney Limited…we took on a new office…got a great deal through Tom of Carports and More who sold me the shell of the building and had it delivered and set up…I got a great solar set up through Amazon so, the new office is off grid…hooking up was really easy and fun…I have been posting as we go…the steps are in and the next is insulation…so cool 

American Boudica Publishing has now opened a webstore…we were selling through other vendors but, could no longer abide by their practices…we are excited to be carrying such a quality product line and expanding…we have been able to get feedback from our customers and fab deals from vendors, I really feel blessed…love the mailman arriving with boxes of new product
 

Nature’s Power and Energy has begun grant paperwork on the HydroQueen to do more research and expand the parameters of the current patent…we have also chosen to put in for the grant on the small compartment fire system…working in a green environment is highly inspiring…our construction crew has been gaining practice by wiring and installing panels on the building…so groovy to be a part of it all…

I and 1 of my detailers got the privilege of working on a 68’ Camaro at Rooney Detail…inside and out, it took 2 days but, was so beautiful when we were done…a widow was getting ready to sell it, when she saw how nice it came out her mind changed…she gave it to her granddaughter
 

My doctoral journey is almost over…I am getting ready to implement my research…two more chapters and then my final defense…the 14 year journey is coming to an end…though this is a good change, it is still change and brings a little stressful – I think every graduation feels this way, your in school for so long, it is hard to know how to act when school is no longer there…
 
In a deal that I was able to work through some vendors, we are able to offer a T-shirt and artwork where 80% of the profit goes direct to the Sunshine Paddle…we are back in the water practicing now and will be looking for donations starting March first…April 20 will soon be here…my sting ray puncture is still not fully healed but, it is much better…it feels awesome to be back on the water

The Circle of Boudica has been a growing space…a garden has been planted for Imbolc and gone through the first up-potting…flowers on the peppers and tomatoes are already forming…the potatoes, peas, beans and lettuce have all taken root and begun to sprout…this not only feeds us but, nurtures more positive energy…

Helmat has been staying with me for school…we have a high-level pre-k up the street and him staying here allows him to go for free…at Kids R Kids, he is allowed many learning opportunities…the music bus, tennis, ABC mouse and soccer – teachers talk to parents daily…it has been amazing to watch him…it feels wonderful to see him so happy…he is excited, when I move to the new office – he gets the old one and he has big plans for "His Room"…poor Walter now there is 2 of me…lol

Well, I am glad we had this time to catch up…come by again soon

Captain D
#girlypiratelife
 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

In through the nose – Out through the mouth – Keep Paddling


 
Merry Meet,

How have you been??? It has been a crazy year – highly productive but, crazy…I am glad you have stopped to celebrate the solstice with me…it is good to clean out the old energy, to let in the new…I am so excited for 2018 to get here…

American Boudica has been busy behind the scenes as well as having many global public appearances…art shows and exhibits have been high on Chris’s list…Rose has been going to jewelry shows…we currently have 3 books started and waiting for me…it did my heart good to see them keep the home fires burning while my focus was elsewhere…Alex is joining us as we begin to put together the Girly Pirate Store
 

Nature’s Power and Energy has landed our first patent…the HydroQueen is ours…this was a long-fought battle…my best advice for anyone going through this – do not give up, listen and keep pushing forward…we have started putting together the marketing for her, and started the next projects…the excitement is palpable…

Rooney Detail has been a good company this year we have worked on 35 cars…fine detail, fabric cleaning and waxing have raised the bar…the private driver department of this has made money too…Chris will be working with Walter to build this…gets more interesting as it goes along…


My doctoral journey is almost complete…I passed my second defense and now await release from the IRB to complete my research…the dissertation is your work ‘filtered’ through the eyes of your committee…I am blessed with a wonderful committee…it is a great body of work and knowledge…I am also blessed with many family and friends who made time for me…
 

The Circle of Boudica has helped in 4 different countries this year…we hope to handle more next year…this tight knit group has helped many and I am Thankful for it…it is a blessing to be part of it…life can be good and that should be celebrated…

The yard is wrapped up for winter…it will be exciting to sit by the fire with a cup of rum laden cocoa…I would be happy for you to join us

Blessed Be,

Captain D

 

 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Saying Thank You


 
Merry Meet,

The last few months have shown how really bi-polar life can be…I am happy to see you…grab you a chair and a soda and sit with me…life has been more hectic than usual…lol…I know that is saying something…kick your feet up while I fill you in…
 


My first defense was before my dissertation committee…my second defense presentation will be before faculty, IRB, students and the public on November 30, 2017…if I pass this I will be allowed to conduct my research…I can see the light at the end of the tunnel…the third and final defense is when the research is complete.  documented and ready to present…I am pushing to graduate this spring
 


Nature’s Power and Energy has been a hive of activity…on October 19, 2017 the HydroQueen was finally approved…on 11/08/2017 we were issued a patent number and that patent will be released on 11/28/2017…this is a little over 6 years since inception and 5 years from filing…now to market…research and sales…pushing forward…
 

American Boudica has been moving at a snail’s pace…with so much focus being diverted to completing the aforementioned situations- we have chosen this time to work on creative skills (writing workshops, drawing classes, photography class, etc.)...this will place us in a better position as we get ready to be back at work…
 


The detail shop has been busy as people get ready to see family on the holiday…they want it to clean to go and cleaned up when they get back…lol…I love our customers…any car booked for this weekend gets 10% off total receipt.


The Sunshine Paddle has been rather slow, and we had to call off the holiday challenge this year due to my getting punctured by a stingray while at Ft. Desoto…though we plan on continuing, it will just take some time to heal…I continue to practice and get ready for Paddle 2018


In the Circle of Boudica, Yule is approaching fast…the winter solstice for this year will happen on December 22…it has been a busy year and we have much to be thankful for…the bonfire this year will be open to all who wish to attend

FEMA inspected the house and verified the damage but, turned us down as we were still living in the home…at first, I was very upset, then I remembered that I still have a house and I am young enough to work to fix it…it is not up to the government to bail me out…
 


I have most of the clean up from Irma complete…I am getting ready to plant a winter veggie garden…Helmat has been running around with me…grandchildren are awesome…he has helped as I have started winter pruning and planting…we have been teaching him to ride a bike…I am thinking of getting chickens again…it will have to wait until my dissertation is complete…as you can see my focus is direct on the grandchild, school and turbines…my view will expand again shortly, I promise…

Thank you for taking time to visit :)

Blessed be,

D. Cooper-Rooney
 

 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

LOOK AT HER GO


 

Merry Meet,

As we roll in the hurricanes of fall, I am thankful…glad you stopped by…it will not be long until I see the fruits of my labor…I hope you plan on being there to enjoy it with me…

American Boudica is back from hiatus…Chris has been working hard and I feel I am playing catch up...lol…during this time we are getting ready by upgrading with new tools and software…we currently have 3 books in the works…a new video is not far off either…it is fun and breeds excitement…
 
At Nature’s Power and Energy has made our final upload to the patent office on Friday and expect to have release any day…the HydroQueen started as a dream…to do the research on this apparatus was so much of a learning curve – product, government agencies, workers…when I gain patent, it will be around 5 years from start to finish…I did all the patent paperwork myself – if you have money, get a lawyer…it is a long, hard process
 



Butter Wet Wax…this is a great application…with wash on a lightly dirty car, it takes about 3 hours and lasts and average driver about 2 weeks…leaves a very smooth, mirror finish surface and has UV protectant…smells like bananas…I have done 3 cars, I love how it gives the appearance of fresh paint…
 

http://www.girlypirate.com/education.htmlMy dissertation has been a long journey…Thursday I have my mock-defense on the first 3 chapters of my research…it has been a difficult journey for my committee, I am not a patient person…getting ready to take my credential exam is adding to the stress of it all…lol…it will be great to have it done
 


Dominos has kept me driving around Zephyrhills…Rooney Media released its first video under Sunshine Paddle to help women learn to do bills…At Girly Pirate, we are still looking for a multinational T-shirt vendor…so there is much to do...
 

In the Circle, we are celebrating the Mabon Festival…good food and feasting to celebrate the harvest and how hard we worked through summer…a time of being thankful for all that one has been blessed with…
 
 


 
During hurricane Irma, the marriage-line on my home cracked open…I have applied for FEMA and am waiting for inspection…I have paid off my home…I had to go see my mentor, Walter Stewart, this reminded me that even when things are not easy-sometimes you need to pull up the big person panties and roll…I was happy to see him and it was good to hug him…because of it being so long, much of the paperwork on the home has been lost and I have had to file through the court for new paperwork…I did not make it to MA this year and my nephew gave me a hard way to go for missing his birthday…so, at some point I must go visit…I have also been applying for jobs, it would be nice to find a place to fit in…no, there has really been no pool time since July…I turn 52 Tuesday and I will be headed to the water, it has been too long and the salt in the water is calling the blood in my veins….Wanna Come???? I would love to see you there...it will be a day of water and food...it will be nice to have a day off...

May your day be blessed,

D. Cooper-Rooney

The American Boudica and Original Girly Pirate