Saturday, July 22, 2017

Summer Mental Sojourn


 
Merry Meet,

How are you? You have the relaxed look of summer…for me it has been a season of focus, trying to get some closure and move forward…I laughed when a friend told me it made her tired just to hear about what was going on in my life…

Chris has been enjoying a summer break…he and rose have been romping around mid-west England…American Boudica is currently on hiatus…this is allowing both of us to focus and wrap up other situations…

Though Nature’s Power and Energy is still waiting on patent work, that only takes Alex and myself…the rest of the company has been given summer hiatus…a well-rested crew tend to be more innovative…
 

Rooney Detail and Driving has been busy…my guys do not mind working in the heat…I have been catching trips around the state…it is the slowest month of the year in Florida and we Floridians use this time to visit family and friends…I have met some super interesting people and have gotten some interesting sites…
 

Rooney Media will be releasing its first video this week…this is really special…it will be far from the best but, it will be a place to start…it feels good to be moving forward…with so much going on it has been difficult to get trained on all the new software
 

Girly Pirate has been looking for a global vendor or a vendor with the ability to handle global disbursement…I have also been contacting individual countries to see if we can acquire special dispensation and possibly handle distribution ourselves…I think I have found a brick and mortar in Zhills…applications will start being taken in October…

Sunshine Paddle has been making appearances…Pine Island in Hernando County has been a great respite…thanks to the boat rental people, there we were able to take several young people on their first boat ride…Honeymoon Island was a great adventure…the weather was so wonky we were not able to paddle but, it was great exploring the island
 

Study, research, write…and repeat…school is burning my brain…I am on the last leg of my doctoral journey…I have submitted my first 3 chapters and wait to hear if they have been accepted…global supply chain strategy…non-military procurement…I know you are just so excited to hear such terms…I can do this…I am blessed with a great study group…
 

The first of August is coming and I have planned a feast and movies in the pool…Lughnasadh will be opening the harvest season…in my view this is a season to give thanks – for what you have and for future blessings to be bestowed…
 

The genetic testing showed me to be of Pirate and Viking decent…no real surprise to me…the medical information is clean…I did have a high rate of Neanderthal – no wonder I am so hard headed…I have found a few new relatives…really kind of cool
 

My grandson has kept me running…I have been helping him get ready for pre-K…I bought workbooks and we work on at least one page each time he is here…I took him on his first boat trip…it was a paddle boat and I let him navigate…He met Ranger Bill on Honeymoon Island who explained the natural environment the Island provides to creatures in and out of the water
 

Glad you made time to jump in the pool with me…it does the mind some good to slow down and focus…the parents are good…the husband has been a challenge but, what husband isn’t…lol…the question I get asked often is when I will take a vacation, the only answer for that is “soon”…in the meanwhile, I will take breaks like this when I can…I also am putting together a winter wardrobe and hope I can get time to visit soon…

 

Blessed Be,

Captain D
 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Brain Flush


 



 
Merry Meet,

Have you ever been one step away from melting down…I am glad you stopped to see me, it has been so super busy that I am surprised I remember to breathe…I would love to slow down as I am in dire need of a break but, this is not the time for that…sit down and I will fill you in…

Chris has been working on American Boudica…with me working on the dissertation, he has had to carry the weight…he has been doing an AMAZING job…Rose has stepped up to help to give us both mental support…this company employs 10 people globally, none are full time…this company is based in art and literature…we volunteer as readers and aid with such charities…
 

Natures Power and Energy is an LLC…many of us have been working globally for several years and now we await the release of the patent…we heard from the inspector last week, we will now need more revisions…so many of us are counting on this – 5 years so far…my frustration level is really high, I feel the weight on my shoulders to get it right…there are about 25 global workers in this currently

Rooney Detail and Driving has been busy…it employees 4-part time local…trips to the airport are getting to be a specialty…summer crusin has been cause for wash and wax…working by appointment only allows us to focus on one customer at a time…I just go through the books and customer requests for the time being because, the dissertation needs my focus…


Rooney Media has been setting up its first few projects…a few videos and a back drop for a United States drummer…this has 15 local workers and 10 global workers…this has had a big learning curve and been really interesting…working with people to find their inner creativity has been unique…


Girly Pirate has been busy…this company has 12 workers globally…T-shirts, Flags, stickers along with books and artwork will soon be available…we have been working on getting a contract on brick-n-mortar in Zephyrhills…we will soon be hiring locally…these will be people who will be trained to handle orders both on and off line….

The Sunshine Paddle for 2017 raised $240 in cash and was split between Sunrise of Pasco Abuse Shelter and Helping Hands Food Bank…it is my blessing to be able to help make my community a better place…this charity is in over 85 countries and has been able to aid communities in reducing violence in the home…we have stepped forward and do this work for free…there are over 25 crew members globally…

If it was easy everyone would have a doctorate…I am still working on my dissertation…much like the patent office, it is rewrite after rewrite…to say this is a long-drawn-out process...I am spending hours upon hours in research…so much so, I am choosing to gain my credential- this is an extra exam that will cost me $800…if I pass, with my degree, I will be able to work on the global supply chain…this has added a heavy study load to an already full schedule

In the Circle of Boudica our prayer for rain was heard and answered…mid-summers eve is coming up on the 21st…several people went over the rainbow bridge in the last few weeks…at times I wonder if I just notice it more because I am getting older…Father’s Day is coming and it is a blessing that the men in my life now are awesome


I have been working from 4 am – 8 pm, 7 days a week…for the last few years…I have many people counting on me…as soon as some of this slows down, I will again have time to hang out with everyone…until then, my focus is work…some people have gotten angry with me about this…I cannot help it, the responsibilities I took on require follow through

I have entered into genetic research…this requires weekly extraction of some body fluid…at the end I should have a bumper of medical information…it is exciting…my doctor thinks it is cool as it will aid him in treatment of my parents, daughter and grandson…

As you can see, I have had a great deal on my mind…more than just a little overwhelmed…I am sorry if you feel ignored but, this is what I must do to get where I want to go…I am thankful you are patient and understanding

 

Blessed be,

Dorraine
 

 

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Feelin the Vibe



Hello,

How are you??? I am working on fine tuning me…it has become time to let go of some things that are not working…finishing up different things…and really just learning and growing though many of life’s lessons…

The projects at American Boudica are moving slowly at the moment due to a hyper schedule of all of us as individuals…Chris has been handling our Art shows throughout South Yorkshire and I have been getting ready to open the showroom 3 days a week, Walter is currently constructing the space…Rose has been doing evermore intricate bead work…she really amazes me…we have 2 books in the works right now

Nature’s Power and Energy is still waiting on the patent…this is more than a little frustrating…after much thought, this company got put on hiatus until either we receive the patent or I wrap up things that, at the moment, take higher priority…

Rooney Detail has been having a good month…lots of RVs and boats getting ready for summer…thankfully we got the Meguire’s order got here late last month…we got a call to go to the coast to work on a 59 Rolls Royce…so very neat…the private driver work has proved helpful too…it is fun to watch the company grow

Rooney Media is still in the learning dynamic…with a pirate for a boss, it is not easy…camera angles and lighting…content…we should be ready to start rolling out the work soon…this seemed like it was going to be so easy, again those who do it correctly make it look much easier than it is…though I have been finding it enjoyable and it adds another feather to my cap:)

Girly Pirate has been busy working with media productions…the seminar went well but, many have requested video…to be ready when they are ready to shoot the video, I am working on putting together separate pieces of the seminar to make each video a section of the overall seminar…this is really fun and exciting

The 2017 Sunshine Paddle is complete…this year was plagued with problems and I ended up going alone…I was thankful that I had started a workout challenge several weeks before or I would have been in real trouble…with the amount of working out in the water and out, it took every spare second I had…I am glad to be able to help the community- it is a blessing…

The dissertation is working…the first 3 chapters are complete…I will soon need to defend them…I have submitted my IRB paperwork and am awaiting permission to implement my survey…OMG hurry up and wait- this has my nerves frazzled…this will be done soon and I will have my doctorate…I am excited about completing and it is driving me forward to graduation

In the Circle of Boudica, Beltaine is 4 days away and there will be NO fire this year due to burn bans…so, I will celebrate by swimming circles in the pool…I will pray for peace, in mind, in heart, and in habit…and I will pray for rain, my beautiful Florida is dry and needs the water…

Walter and I got the pool up…I cleared away all that was dead from the gardens, this was a good deal as we are dealing with drought conditions…Mom and Dad took a trip up North…they had a great time with my brother’s family…I am getting ready to take the CSCP credential exam…so much at one time can sometimes be overwhelming


Blessed Be,

Dorraine

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mice, Men and the ability to Adapt


 
Merry Meet,

          It feels like ages since we have had time together…as with the flux that is life much is changing…the pod has been busy…things are starting to swirl after the new year and I am a little tired…it should start paying off soon…some of our plans have been adapted to suit changes that have been thrown at us but, I am blessed with a crew that can accommodate almost anything…

          American Boudica currently has a few projects on the books…Rose has been taking the jewelry to craft fairs…Chris has been requested to bring the art to exhibit it in the UK…2 books are in the works – 1 children’s and 1 on driving…there is also a huge focus on the upcoming lecture…the presentation is in process of developing…tickets and posters are now being printed…it is really coming together nicely…

          Nature’s Power and Energy is doing battle trying to get the patent out of the patent office…this is very frustrating…there have been so many setbacks with this…I wish we could just finish…it is holding up our other projects and making everyone upset…though at times one feels beat down, the more important thing is to pick up and move forward…no one said it is easy, if it was everyone would have one…it took a few hours but, I was able to complete the taxes on my own, YEA!!!

          Rooney Detail is busy…tax season is when people tend to trade in lease cars…here in Florida it is important to the paint to keep the pollen, dust and bugs washed off all year round…the team is doing really great work…even with a few rain days everyone has been happy…wash, light detail and wax $50 special…

          Rooney Media is breaking in new equipment and new staff…the projector screen and projector have arrived and we are working on understanding how they work and all of what we can do with them…the gopro and all of its pieces are a horse of a different color…the amount of knowledge and effort that goes into make the video…it has been a learning curve

          Girly Pirate has been an adventure over the last few months…we were getting ready for a North East Lecture Tour when things got crazy…with the new contract requirements, we plan on being in New England in May…our first seminar, “A Pirates Story: Life, Business and Adventure of the High Seas”, is coming together well…it will be March 27 at the Quality Inn in Wesley Chapel…clients will be given tools to help them in business and building blocks of critical thinking at every level…several global vendors have pitched in to help…there are only 40 seats and tickets will go on sale March 1…this will be an amazing night

          The time for the Sunshine Paddle is growing closer…we are getting ready to do a donation drop…we have been practicing at Anclote and Weeki Wachee, the pics and video have been great…the animals have really been enjoying us…it is so funny to watch them preform, dolphins are natural dramatic actors and manatee are comedians…

          My dissertation is working…slow plodding research…it is not just about the material but, also the rigor of the references…so much to understand and think on…each journey into the depths of academia is different for everyone…I am working in the procurement section of the global supply chain…at times I feel as though my brain is bent

          The Circle of Boudica has been a beautiful place to be…Imbolc has just passed…we cleaned out the house, time to get rid of old energy and make room for new…we celebrated with a fire and setting off Chinese lanterns…we are planning new raised beds to celebrate Beltane and maybe even some chickens to bring in energy of love and nurturing…

So as you can see, it has been an ocean of work to ride the wave of fun…the family and garden are well…I am glad you took the time to hang out…I hope to see you at the seminar or maybe out with me on the water…

Your Captain,

D