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Nothing Like WORK to Cure What Ails Ya

It appears my anger has subsided…..it was replaced with sadness the following day then I basically just got over it….working yesterday helped a lot…..and venting to my mom….she always calls at just the right time! ha ha! I suppose this is just to be expected….this rollercoaster of emotion…….

It helps when I dig my nose into some work…….being self employed there is always LOTS to be done……but there are other things as well….calls to the VA….resheduling doctors appointments….dealing with my car window…..crappy financial stuff and calls to insurance companies……things I don’t “normally” do but have taken on while Paul is incapacitated…….

See, we have a division of labor here in our house…….there are Paul’s “things” and there are my “things”…..sometimes I have to tell the kids “You are asking the wrong parent”……like if it’s a Math question, that’s a Paul question……I handle English……He takes care of anything involving engines….I don’t even like to pump my own gas but I will…..but car repairs or anything I can’t stand doing……they are greasy and gross….ha ha ha! BUT I take care of the entire household maintenance…..grocery lists, kids chores, cleaning and laundry so that is a pretty fair trade as far as I am concerned…..but I am finding I am having to take on more and more……I am out of my comfort zone…..

Truth be told, it’s not like I CAN’T do it……I mean, I have spent MANY a year single and self-sufficient and caring for my own vehicle and paying my own bills, etc. I refurbished an entire home so I can do pretty much any kind of home repair project and I have mowed many a lawn……..not that I can’t……I just don’t “Like” ha ha ha! guess I need to suck it up and just do it!

One thing I AM getting excited for is getting through this weekend and focusing more on Little Dog Entertainment. For those that don’t know, Paul and I are both small business owner’s. Little Dog Entertainment is our booking agency. When Paul went into music full-time 15 months ago he went out to hustle up gigs and spent time working with event planners and wedding planners. They would often ask if he “knew of a classical guitar player or a string quartet?” so our booking agency was born! Just like we did as Realtors, we are bringing buyers (event planners) and sellers(our musicians) together and the musicians pay us a little off the top for finding them work. It’s a win-win and everyone is happy! We LOVE working this company….a LOT!

I also run LolaBelle’s Treats, my dog treat/food business. We work Farmer’s Markets and have many regular customers who see us for our homemade dog treats and out homemade dog food. We also do some boarding and sitting and we have a line of hand-made dog sweaters and toys. We have been giving some thought to being a distributor for Blue Buffalo as well. The whole idea behind this was to generate enough money to eventually open a store front in Portland with doggie daycare. I have never been interested in the grooming aspect but there has been a bit of a void since Critter Love shut down and this town could DEFINATELY support a doggie daycare/retail store. So that has been the ultimate goal……funding being the main issue of course….

When I lost my “real” job last July we decided to make a go of this full-time. We were both receiving our unemployment benefits and if there was ever a time to “go for it … it was then. We agreed that if one of the businesses really started to take off we would work together on that business. The fact of the matter is, Paul and I are dynamite when we work together. Working real estate as a team for all those years proved it. When we work together we are AMAZING….so we knew eventually one would pull us in…

…we have spent this entire time giving that decision to God……I would even speak it out loud……that we would look to Him to lead us in the direction we needed to go……and we really feel pulled towards the booking agency……

I love LolaBelle’s and all our wonderful customers and we WILL continue to run it as a part-time venture just like I have been doing for the past 3 years…..besides, it’s still a sweet little money-maker so I have no intentions of giving that up…..I may hand it over to the kids in 6-12 months and let them work it while I supervise and manage their money….but again, we will still be working our markets just like always…..but things like putting my food into vet’s offices and going retail…..that has to wait…..

So this Saturday is the Rockport Market Days and they are also having the Nautical Market next door so we anticipate LolaBelle’s Treats making a big HAUL this Saturday! And LOOK! Lola fetched this article from the Rockport Pilot showing the Maritime Museum if offering very inexpensive nauticle antique appraisals! Cool! I offered Rachel a cut of the profits and she has been making my Peanut Butter and Chicken Chip Treats. Her Grandma has taught her GREAT cookie making skills so she is a natural at baking. Nothing would thrill me more than to hand the reigns of this over to her in a year or two so I am giving her an opportunity to step up if she wants it. If not her brother might want it…..or not….and that’s ok too……

So for now we stay small 😀 and we will continue to take care of all our regulars and maybe a few more new customers too! But our big expansion dreams are being put on the back burner….and that’s ok!

When Paul was in the hospital, I had the opportunity to work Little Dog Entertainment more than I ever had and let me say this……I LIKED IT!…….talk about a blast from the past…..I was talking to people and making DEALS…..and there is nothing that gets this girl’s blood pumping MORE than working a business DEAL…..Paul gets it…..I was smelling the blood in the water…..I wanted to book that event…..we were talking numbers and possibilities on how to make this bride’s event even BETTER!……I was in my element…….and I didn’t realize how much I missed it until that very moment sitting in the hospital parking lot……

I am not sure I even realized how devastating it was to me to lose our real estate business. Paul and I poured our heart and soul into it and built it up to tremendous success and to have it all end so quickly was shocking and devastating….emotionally….financially……it was a sad day when we decided, together, that we HAD to cut bait and move on…..we let our licenses (including Paul’s Brokers License) expire…..we ended all our advertising contracts…..and it died……it was horrible……

and that’s how I knew LDE was the way to go……I had that same feeling I had when Paul and I still worked in “The Shack” in Rockport…..our friends remember……that was one of the GREATEST times of our marriage was working together in The Shack at Coldwell Banker in Rockport…..and how I felt sitting in that truck in that hospital parking lot was the EXACT same feeling……and that’s good enough for me……

So plans are in place….my marketing campaign is starting to come together…..and we are going “old school” here….I am talking “shaking hands and kissing babies”…..I know how to work it…and Paul can come with or Paul can stay home and work the phones……this WILL work….I KNOW it…..

So, now after reading this entire blog post this is where I insert my Shameless Self-Promotion of which my fans know I am the QUEEN of!

Visit our website  www.LittleDogEntertainment.com

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 We provide musicians for weddings, corporate events, private parties, memorial services and more! Best of all, our services are FREE! (our musicians pay our fee!) Vocalists, Flute/Piano, Absoflutely! Quartet, String Quartet, Classical Guitar, Jazz, Salsa, Tejano, DJ’s…..we have it all…just give us a call! Paul-361-563-3539 Lisa-361-230-0631


Ode to a Dog

Ok, so this isn’t really an Ode…..I don’t even know what an Ode is….but I need to give a “shout out” to my incredible dog Abigail…..and the rest of our pup pack, Ginger, Lola and Lilly.

Abby came to me in a very unusual way. You see, Lola was supposed to be my dog. I had dreamt of a fuzzy little lap dog since I was a child…..Paul knows that since he was there for some of it and even remembers me going on and on about how someday I was going to get a fuzzy little puppy and dress her up and put bows in her hair…..so I finally go one…..on Paul’s Birthday…..??….yes, I got a dog for his birthday…..don’t ask ok….that just how we roll!

So anyway, long story short I get this dog and low and behold……she is a tom boy. She tolerated me and my insistence on dresses and top knots but truth be told, she liked Paul better…..he would share his sandwich and Cheetos with her….and he would throw her ball forever!…..and she REALLY liked that……so my dog fell in love with my husband…..I can’t blame her! I think he is pretty awesome too LolaBelle!

So there I was….after 2 years…..and we had this great dog…..who had no desire to let me pick her up, didn’t like to cuddle and would only sleep in our bed, provided you don’t TOUCH HER! Place even a toe on her and she is OUT and heads to her apartment under the bed…..

So finally I had enough….I wanted MY dog darn it! So the search began……We were long into our business of LolaBelle’s Treats and we were a foster family for Last Chance Rescue so I knew adoption was the only option. I headed over to Petfinder.com and spent a month searching for just the right dog. I looks at Poodles and Poms and Papillions and Yorkies ….. even called on a few……almost adopted more than one Bichon but they would be adopted by the time my call went in (:D)

And then I saw her……a picture of this black blob of fluff….just hanging from a shelter volunteers arms…..and her toes were white……on all four feet where these white toes……and I knew in an instant….that was MY dog! So I told my boss at the time I needed to go….my dog was sitting in a shelter in Lockhart and I had to go save her! So he rolled his eyes and waved me off and out the door I went!

I kept telling myself….and my husband…..that if for some reason she didn’t work out we will put her in the Last Chance Rescue system and get her adopted and at least we saved her from a high kill shelter, right? But I knew…..I knew as soon as I scooped that dog up in my arms it was going to work out.

We had 3 hours to kill on the drive home so we talked…..I told her all about the nice man at my house who would try to steal her with sandwiches and offers of play time but I told her to RESIST and that she was supposed to be MY dog….and she listened……I told her about my Aunt who had been diagnosed with Melanoma and how sad and scared I was…and she listened……I told her all about the house she was going to and that she is going to have sisters to play with and she would never again have to worry about having something to eat.

That night I stretched out on the couch and she crawled up on top of me and stretched out too and promptly fell asleep……I looked at Paul and said “THIS is why I drove 3 hours for this dog…..I think it’s going to work out!” and has it ever!

Abby is my constant companion. She follows where ever I go……always keeping me in sight…..she is my clown…..chasing her friends around the yard and doing her little “bunny hops” when she is fetching a ball….she is pure JOY….always happy to see me, even when it’s simply a return trip from the bathroom! She loses her mind when you walk in the front door…greeting you with yips and yaps and lots of jumping and dancing….like she hasn’t seen you in a month…..

The children get annoyed or they are too “busy” to greet her…..I make them stop and say hello…..she is teaching and we don’t even realize it……life is short….tell people you love them….every day! That’s Abigail’s motto!

She always comes when I call her. She always accepts the invitation to sit in my lap. She is always up for a nap in the big bed and she stands on my lap quietly while I hug her and cry into her fur. When I walk in the front door she stands on the back of the couch and places one paw on each shoulder so she can look me in the eye when I speak to her and she gives me a snuffle and a few kisses and I whisper in her ear how much I missed her. I then scoop her up and hold her like a baby….with her back legs wrapped around my waist…..never seen anything like it…..but she would stay there forever with her arms around my neck and her legs around my waist and her little 20 lb. body pressed up against me.

My dog is a gift…..He knew I needed her then……with my beloved Aunt dying…..I just needed this pup more than I could possibly know……but He knew……..He knew I would need her even more dealing with my husbands cancer….so he sent me this furry little angel to be beside me during our trials and tribulations…..and she does so…..ever faithfully….

I am always reminded of this sweet little video…..and may we all receive a pup like my Abby…..

We Are Still “At It”!

I had a horrible thought over the weekend…..that people would think that LolaBelle’s Treats and Little Dog Entertainment would be on hiatus until this whole thing blows over……

…..they are NOT!

I can see why people would hesitate…..knowing how much is happening here at Casa de Klemm…..but the funny thing is, we LOVE our work! It really ISN’T work to us……and it’s a much-needed distraction and our major source of income…..so we MUST carry on…..

When we were on the way to Victoria for the “gall stone removal that never was”, we spent the entire hour and a half drive brainstorming…..that’s a “Paul and Lisa” thing and has been for years….it is a real driving force behind our marriage….coming up with marketing ideas and what is next for us in the way of business….we have a lot of fun doing it…..we give each other high fives and get crazy excited about something….I know for me I get almost giddy with excitement! We always bring a pad and paper and come up with great ideas…..we may not implement all of them….but we implement MOST…….

Paul’s flute ensemble Absoflutely! was born on such a brainstorming trip. Our marketing campaign involving Lola on a series of real estate postcards was born on such a trip. LolaBelle’s Treats was born on such a trip…..It’s what we do and a big portion of who we are….that drive….that energy…..our businesses are just too big a part of who we are to set aside and risk it dying a slow and painful death…..

So LolaBelle’s Treats is continuing with our baking! I am usually cooking everyday and will continue….. so that I have plenty of stock available. Even if I am not here, our “representatives” (my kids! lol!) know how to weigh out and ship off an order! We are also STILL boarding!! We are not accepting “new” boarders at this time but our regulars are always welcome!! I know you may think your dog is a pain but we don’t!! Besides, our dogs are working hard here at the homestead and they like having a friend visit so they can play and forget their stress too! And we will continue to offer pet sitting services! Your pet stays at home and we come in for home visits! Again, even if Paul and I are out-of-town, LolaBelle’s has people at the ready to take care of all your pet sitting needs! Lots of frozen Dog Food is ready as well so don’t HESITATE!

I am not afraid my husband will die…..but I AM afraid people will think “Oh she doesn’t want to/doesn’t have time to/has better things to do than mess with my dog treat order”……hence this blog post…..

Little Dog Entertainment will actually be the easier of the two businesses to carry on. For those that don’t know, LDE is our Entertainment Booking Agency. We work with wedding and event planners, churches, civic organizations, and just everyday people and help them plan and book entertainment for events. A huge chunk of that business can be run from home or from a bed with a personal computer. And Paul was smart enough to “cross train” me so I can run it too!

It’s really very similar to the real estate industry. Paul and I spent several years as local Realtors and worked real estate deals from Whataburger Field, a pontoon boat in the middle of Copano Bay and a rest stop on the way back from South Carolina! Booking entertainment is an incredibly PORTABLE business! Not only is it no trouble for us to book an act from a hospital bed, there will be great joy when doing it!! So don’t stop calling!! Leave a message and we WILL get with you! Paul will have to postpone his own personal appearances of course…..much to his chagrin…..but we have plenty of talented musicians who will pale in comparison to my incredibly talented husband….but I promise they will be great too!  Ha ha ha!

But seriously, calling us for a job will not be an inconvenience…..it will not “put us out” … we don’t have too much going on or too much stress……the truth of the matter is….it RELEIVES the stress! ha ha ha! There isn’t much my husband enjoys more than putting a great musician with a valuable client and having everyone walk away THRILLED! Our musician friends are happy because they just got a job…..the client is happy because they got a great act for a great price…..our event planner is thrilled ’cause man, we made her look GOOD!….and we make a little money too! We don’t want to be “spared” the trouble of the job! We LOVE our job!

So keep us in mind and share with your friends! Don’t have a pet but have a cousin in Fargo who is a dog NUT? Tell her about us! Your good friend works at a retirement center and they are always looking for Senior activities? Tell them about Little Dog Entertainment! We ❤ Referrals!!

And thank you all for the kind words of support and encouragement and of course, your unending prayers!

Rained Out…..

Well….I will NOT be taking LolaBelle’s Treats to the Corpus Christi Southside Farmer’s Market today…..made it half way across the causeway and it was just POURING…..

I really HATE missing Market days…..first off, it’s a good source of my income….secondly, I really like my Market friends and I miss them! We always have a great time there….meeting new people….meeting new dogs friends….and talking with people about something very dear to us……DOGS!

We are big dog lovers here in our home…..but Paul and I are really the worst….we both “crush” so hard on our dogs! ha ha! But my dog friends, and I have a TON, totally “get it”.  So starting this dog treat business 3 years ago was such a natural fit. Paul and I really love getting out there with folks and “talkin’ dogs”! So to miss that this week is disappointing.

I even made our first batch of “doggie ice cream” and was all ready to hand out free samples……wahhhhhh….ha ha ha ha! “Oh woe is me my name is Lisa!”  Really, today just wasn’t the day for doggie ice cream….people probably would have looked at me like I had 2 heads……of course, when you are in the dog treat business lots of people do that anyway! HA!…..but I need a warm and sunny day for the ice cream debut and today just wasn’t it.

So thank you God….for giving us this rain! My grass REALLY needed it……and for some unknown reason I am not supposed to be at the Market but we trust in you to Provide!!

Does Your Dog Feel Sorry For You?

*For those that don’t know, I also have a LolaBelle’s Treats Blog and I hijacked this story because I thought it pretty appropriate…..you will probably read about our dogs alot…..they are very special to us and are going to be instrumental in helping Paul get through this difficult time…..*

I found a really good story on DiscoveryNews.com about dogs and whether or not they actually feel empathy. If you talk to dog owners….especially people who are really into their dogs…..they will tell you YES…dogs knows when you are sad or upset…..

There really isn’t any SCIENTIFIC evidence…..rather than empathy, they may be experiencing “emotional contagion”, more of a knee-jerk reaction to various behaviors and other cues. For example, if you yawn, others near you, including dogs, might start to yawn too. No one is certain why this happens. Some scientists suspect it has to do with communicating levels of alertness and coordinating sleep schedules.

We have been experiencing empathy from our dogs lately…..this is a photo of my husband….recently diagnosed with cancer. His dog LolaBelle has been constantly by his side….not that that is unusual in itself….they have a very special relationship…..but it’s obvious she has “ramped it up a notch” since Christmas time when he started exhibiting symptoms.

The behavior change we have noticed the most is her willingness to cuddle with me. Lola is the most wonderful dog ever….but she isn’t much of a snuggler…..imagine my disappointment when the “fluffy little dog” I dreamt of since a child grew up to be a tom boy and only be interested in playing and sharing sandwiches with her DAD. But again, the last 2 months we have noticed a change.

She wants me to pet her now. She sits on my lap. She lies on my head from time to time (that’s a DAD THING!) We attributed it to her “growing up” (she will be 5 in July)…….but hindsight indicates she knew something just wasn’t right……

My mother’s Westie Mix Lilly, spent days in my lap…..she just wouldn’t be denied…..that’s the terrier in her! But that dog INSISTED I hold her or she be allowed to snuggle by my side……This occured during the days we waited for the biopsy results……you can never convince me that dog didn’t know I was scared to death.

What do you think? Has your dog ever cried with you?

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