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Monday Mottoes – #192

It’s Memorial Day in the U.S. and our thoughts reach beyond barbecues and the beach to those who served our country. They laid their lives on the line so that we might have freedom. So today, we honor those who gave their all. It was not in vain. Which brings us to two quotes: “America’s…


Negotiating 101

Know what you want. That’s it in a nutshell. If you’re aiming to close the deal on a new job, house, mate, or bargaining for a bauble from Middle Eastern markets, you must have your intended outcome in mind. Do you really want this and to what extent (or price) are you willing to go…


Cause for Celebration

I’m in the midst of a very busy time of life. This season, which has nothing to do with seasons of the year, has been particularly stressful. I need grace under pressure. Lots of it. Pulling myself out of bed this morning after three hours of sleep, I realized that I must count my blessings….


Monday Mottoes – #191

The headlines over the weekend said it all: “At Least 3 Climbers Dead, 1 Missing After Tragic Weekend On Mount Everest”. These were smart people, educated people, athletic people. Why risk it all to say you had conquered a particular summit such as Everest? Personally, I don’t get it. I guess my life is extreme…


Trying to Schedule Wayward Workmen

I currently have groups of workmen at three properties that I’m keeping an eye on in my spare time. I’m very thankful that they’ve shown up because handymen and contractors are in short supply in our area. Workers are booked up and backed up until somewhere near Thanksgiving… and summer hasn’t even officially begun. My…


Disastrous Deliveries

It’s a busy time right now and I have deliveries arriving around the clock. The funny thing is, I feel like I’m on a hidden camera show because I recently put some radical panel curtains on the front door that allow me to look out, but for outsiders not to see me. For the most…


More Blue Home Accessories

It’s that time of the year in much of the world when thoughts turn to the beach. Accordingly, I’ve been sniffing around for an accessory or two to brighten the home and lend that air of breezy blue. While I normally reside in the Serious World, my forays into the Fun World have not been…


Monday Mottoes – #190

Today we are entering the positivity zone. I tell you, most days I’m around people who could turn anything positive into an absolute negative: from a sunny, gorgeous day, to a happy getaway vacation, to a bouquet of roses, to a healthy body, or gainful employment. There’s always something wrong. And they want to blame…


Kicking Carpal Tunnel to the Curb

My wrist, hand, thumb web and everything in-between hurt. A lot. I’m not talking pins and needles, I’m talking the feeling of knives stabbing into my wrist and forearm. Repeatedly. It’s my fault. I’ve been typing around 20 hours per day, much of it research where I scroll or “mouse” through online documents, hundreds of…


Major Love for a Mini-Kitchen

Okay, I admit it. I’m in love, presently with a mini-kitchen. This is not a paid endorsement, lest you even need to ask, lol. Relegated to a tucked-away corner, there will be a little laundry and mini-kitchen combo area off of a downstairs den. It might be a place for overnight guests to grab a…