Yes we are still here. Life is really getting much better. Everyone is doing fine. Mom went home. (When I told Dad he needed to start letting mom have her SS check to help out with her little needs and stuff, he packed her up and took her home. Had we only known that was the key. Don't mess with Daddy's money. LOL!) Sissie and I were kind of wishing she would stay. We know they aren't eating right over there and we can't get them to come to dinner every night. Although she is happy to be home and seems to be doing very well there this time. Of course we miss Kasey. He sure kept things hopping around here.
Johnny is doing fairly well. He and Sissie are having a few issues that I am sure will resolve themselves. (I hope, tension can get thick around here.) His weight is going up again and Sissie is concerned. He has a dr. appt for Wednesday.
I am guessing that everyone has heard the good news already....
I'M FINALLY GOING TO BE A GRANDMOTHER!!!! It has been five long years and now it is happening! Frankie and Shelby found out they were pregnant last week and are both so excited. Of course everyone is mixed on whether it will be a boy or girl but otherwise we are happy about it. (except Sissie who wants to move out before it gets here because she claims to not like babies but we all know different!)
Mimi is having a good summer. She is currently spending the night with one of her friends tonight. We will resume homeschool sometime later this month.
Tonight I am going to end this with...
PRODUCTS THAT FAILED
1.Pepsi A.M. and Crystal Pepsi
In the late 1980s, Pepsi came up with the brilliant plan to cater to the breakfast cola drinker, under the assumption that because Pepsi contained caffeine, it must be a natural substitute for coffee. Well, you know what they say about assumptions -- but needless to say, Pepsi AM was not successful, and neither was Pepsi's later foray into clear cola, Crystal Pepsi. Apparently, when it comes to cola, the consumers know what they want -- they want it brown, and they want to drink it all day long.
2. Ben-Gay Aspirin
Ben-Gay cream is great for topically relieving aches and pains. But the idea of swallowing Ben-Gay? Not so appealing. That was the problem the company faced when they tried to launch an aspirin. Their first brand extension, Ultra-Strength Ben-Gay, was essentially the same product as the original and was very successful. The aspirin? Not so much.
3. Maxwell House Ready-to-Drink Coffee
The way Maxwell House described its ready-to-drink coffee sounded appealing enough -- it was "a convenient new way to enjoy the rich taste of Maxwell House Coffee." Just one problem -- the coffee could not be microwaved in its original container, virtually canceling out any "convenience" it may have offered. If you can pour the "ready-to-drink" coffee into a mug and microwave it, you can certainly pour yourself a mug of coffee from a coffeemaker. And that's just what consumers continued to do.
4. Colgate Kitchen Entrees
The Brand Failures blog explains: In what must be one of the most bizarre brand extensions ever Colgate decided to use its name on a range of food products called Colgate's Kitchen Entrees. Needless to say, the products did not take off and never left U.S. soil. The idea must have been that consumers would eat their Colgate meal, then brush their teeth with Colgate toothpaste. The trouble was that for most people the name Colgate does not exactly get their taste buds tingling.