Friday, September 22, 2017

Is There A Secret to Stop Doing Stupid Things?

shower stallSometimes I do dumb things.  At the time they don't seem so stupid, but hindsight is a great teacher.  I was speaking at a conference for three days last month and was hosted in a beautiful home.  After arriving at my destination, I wanted to wash my hair quickly and assumed the bathtub was the best place to do that.  I knelt on a throw rug and s t r e t c h e d my neck to reach the bathtub faucet.  About an inch shy of the faucet, I stretched some more by "standing" on my tip toes.  There!  I could do this!

cracked ribs

BUT.....the rug slipped out from under me and I landed on the metal edge of the shower track on the tub.  I heard the noise and before the pain set in, I said out loud "NO!"  I heard my ribs crack.  My mind raced wondering how I was going to stand in high heels while speaking each day for a few hours let alone carry boxes of my books into the venue.

I managed and no one noticed.  But when I got home and relaxed later that week, the pain intensified.  Funny how that works.

I was excited to be featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul's Newsletter at this event.  I was selling my books as well as the Chicken Soup ones I have written a contribution.

Does one dumb thing lead to another?

Speaking of stupid things, my husband was reaching for a T-square in the garage and his elbow hit a bottle of sulfuric acid on the shelf.  It landed on the cement floor and the carpeting by the back door.  I heard the crash and ran to the garage.  In a matter of seconds, the acid ate through his jeans, shoes and socks.  While he was getting out of his clothes, I threw lots of paper towels onto the floor to soak up the acid.  It was beyond weird seeing the red acid eat like a cancer.

muriatic acid eats through almost everything

Thank God he was not wearing shorts and that he had shoes on his feet.  His feet are still very sore and burning as well as being a beautiful orange color.  While cleaning it up and then neutralizing it with water, we were breathing it in -- not good!

New and better

We have been in our store location for 11 years on main street downtown in our coastal town.  Over the years we wanted to do improvements but our landlady was reluctant to give the go-ahead.  After that many years, she referred to us as 'family' but we soon found out that talk is CHEAP.  And so is she.  She owns several complexes, homes and buildings in our town and all of them are deteriorating.  But the rent goes up each year.

Last October we noticed rat droppings in our back storage room.  We contacted pest control and they set traps.  The landlady had the roof repaired earlier that year and suspected these were roof rats that had found a way into the store - as many as 20 each week.

After seven months of fighting with her and the rats, she stopped paying for pest control and refused to fix the problem.  We had been diligently trying to find another place to rent and were advised by our attorney that we were within our rights to break our lease.  In fact, the law states that we would be able to collect from her all the rent we had paid since the problem started, plus our moving expense.  Fat chance of that happening.

There were absolutely NO spots to rent downtown.  We tried going out of town a mile or so which didn't work out either.

I Smell a RAT!

In the meantime, the smell of the rats dying in the ceiling was unbelievable.  Both my hubby and I started to feel ill but the day I walked into my office and there were MAGGOTS crawling around was the day I lost it.  I closed my business.

However, we still  had to maintain our jewelry store as it was our livelihood.  Then a miracle happened.

A man who owns the strip mall on the other (sunny) side of the street walked into our store and asked if we were interested in renting an additional parking space as he owned the parking lot.  We told him we were not but jokingly asked if he had any places to lease.  He said "As a matter of fact, I have a tenant moving out of one of my large spaces but I would be willing to divide it in half to be the size of your current store."

He offered us a brand new space the same size as our existing one for HALF of what we are paying now.  The building is beautiful and the store.......well, I'll post pictures as we approach Grand Opening but it will be awesome.  I will be eternally grateful for those nasty rats!

moving a 3500 pound safe

Besides the major feat of moving, we had to get our John Dillinger 3,500 pound safe moved.  Through sheer brilliance, hubby and friend were able to figure out a way to raise the safe high enough to get a pellet jack under it to move it out the front door.

Moving a safe that weighs 3500 pounds

OOOOOPPPPS - it might not fit.  We had 1/2 an inch to spare but that did not include the handles.  By some kind of miracle they were able to walk it out the door and had a tow truck lift it up and move it across the street.  Wonder what people thought to see a safe swinging from the back of a tow truck.  I couldn't watch.  My heart was in my throat.

Tow truck lifting safe

Three thousand five hundred pounds and it is NOT on rollers!
Tow truck lifting heavy safe

BUT....they did it.  We are now doing our renovations and hopefully will be open in a couple weeks.  I will have a beautiful office twice the size mine is now.  Considering we will have air conditioning, which we never had in the previous one, we may just sleep there some nights!  But NOT's week one:


 Tearing down walls, putting in new spotlights, painting......

Tearing down

Notice the 96 spot lights they installed.  Awesome

                      Nothin' better than fresh Halibut

My SIL took grandson fishing almost every day this month.  They were catching enough salmon for all of us to enjoy throughout the winter.  One day they caught 11 salmon in 45 minutes.  But the best day was when a 50 pound Halibut took the bait, broke the fishing pole and SIL had to wrestle the beast onto the boat.  Here stands two very proud fishermen!

53 pound halibut

No Fly on the Wall post would be complete without the grands

The first pic is Brie playing with her ice cream.  She was warned that it might fall if she continued to do that and there would not be another one.  Did she listen?  No.  The picture of disappointment (she knows better than to complain) says it all:

When a child doesn't get her way

Deep thinker
She's such a deep thinker

And a bathing beauty

Star and Gunner
Star and Gunner adore my friend and must be held

My favorite blog post of the month always is Fly on the Wall.  It gives me a chance to share what happened in my life during the past month as well as connecting with other bloggers to hear what their month was like.

Grab a cup or a glass and have some fun reading these posts:

Baking In A Tornado
Menopausal Mother
Searching for Sanity
Spatulas on Parade
Bookworm in the Kitchen
The Blogging 911


Friday, August 18, 2017

What is the Best Way to Avoid the Heat? Toilet Paper?

Baby in toilet paper
There are many people who truly enjoy the heat.....I'm not one of them.  I start dreading summer in early spring and then become thankful for every day that is NOT hot. But, this year, those days were short-lived as we have had record breaking temperatures (in the North West) along with a drought.  There is no green left in this rain forest.  It is brown. No rain for months.

My complaint is not just founded on how ill I feel when the temperature is over 72 degrees but mostly on the threat of wild fires.  When there are wild fires in the desert, it is completely different than when they are in the rain forest.  One spark can trigger devastation for huge areas as we are so heavily treed.  My daughter's home is surrounded by acres of trees and the property behind her recently succumbed to a fire.  There are over 125 fires raping these forests right now.  

Did I mention that when you live in the rain forest few homes, and most businesses do NOT have air conditioning -- so there is no escape.  Looks like my grandbaby has the right idea -- no clothes!

On a humorous side, here is why I hate  dislike abhor can't tolerate summer......CLICK here for 10 Reasons To Skip Summer.

Outside of working like crazy meeting writing deadlines this month and interviewing incredible guests on my show, I did get some quality time with the grandbabies.

Mini Boss and company

My daughter asked that I travel to the city and babysit William and Aubrie in a hotel while she attended a celebration of life event for her friend's mom.  It was a hoot helping Rochelle and her girlfriends get ready for the 1980's event which included music from that era and dancing.  

There isn't much to do in a hotel located downtown in a large city, so I had the kids (5 years and 1 year) run races down the hall of the hotel.  So many giggles and thank goodness no one was in sight.  

This was the first time my granddaughter was away from her parents for the night.  We weren't sure how it would go, but she didn't ask for her mom once.

Brothers and Sisters

It is evident from the moment these kids wake up in the morning to the time they go to bed, that they adore each other.  William is kind, caring, gentle, thoughtful and helpful.  At FIVE years old, he will drop his toys and run to his sister's aid if she needs it -- without being asked.

He is respectful to his parents and polite with all adults.  He will grow up knowing HOW to treat a girl and she will grow up knowing HOW girls should be treated.

I knew William loved taking care of his sister but to see it in action, almost made me cry.  I read them a bedtime story and Aubrie intently watched her brother listening to the story, waiting for his reactions to it (one of Beatrix Potter's series I saved from my kids' collection.)

When the story was over, William said, "Don't worry, Gramma, I know what songs Aubrie likes. I will sing her to sleep."  She was out cold in a matter of minutes.  This sweet "Mini Boss."
Mini Boss

I have the greatest respect for this mom and dad in raising their children and could not be prouder of them or my grand babies.  

Sibling Love

Someone stole my clothes!!

I can't believe that this "queen of organization" left her clothes hanging in the hotel's closet. Even worse I didn't realize they were missing until this morning when I wanted to put on one of the outfits.  I called the hotel and they said: "Sorry, no clothes were found and the next guest must have taken your clothes with them."  

I have two questions:  1)  Isn't housekeeping supposed to look in the closet when they prepare the room for the next guest? 
2)  Repeat of number one.

Lesson learned:  I'll never do that again.

Our precious Star

Star is one of our rescues, a long-haired mini Dachshund.  We have had her and her mate for two years.  Star was a show dog.  Both she and Gunner were severely abused. Consequently,  she is still very shy and tries so hard to please.  To see her relax like this is very unusual......I don't think she likes the hot temperatures either.

Mini Dachshund

Monday, July 31, 2017

Do Most People Expect a Calm Before the Storm?

We have all heard the idiom There is always a calm before the storm.

Think about that for a moment.  What it suggests is that if things are going a bit too smoothly or calmly, WATCH OUT.... The storm is about to emerge.  Many of us have experienced that, especially those of us who seem to go through periods in our lives when everything seems to be going wrong - one thing after the other.

Storms of Life

Many of us have heard this expression our whole lives and consequently have expected the negative scenario to happen.

When things are going too well, someone might say, "Just waiting for the storm to hit -- it always does!"  And...sure enough, if we wait long enough, everything goes south. 


Sunday, July 30, 2017

When You Stand on a Soapbox - What are You Shouting?

If I am going to stand on a soapbox and scream..... nine times out of ten it would be about animal abuse.  If I had the time and the means I would drive around town and look for dogs that have been left in hot cars so that I could rescue them. 

Last week I wanted to take my pups to the park for a nice cool walk in the shade but the cement en route to the park was too hot for their little paws.  They were ready for their walk, giving me those puppy dog eyes and jumping around in circles so I decided to drive them to the park.  I had already backed out of the garage when I realized I forgot their water.  When I got back to the car my little mini-dachshund, Star had LOCKED me out.  In her excitement, she had jumped on the door locks.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

What would you do if you found out you are being poisoned?

What do you think it feels like to find out you have been conned or worse yet -poisoned?  Listed below are the first eight weeks in my series, World's Biggest Con Job. In this series, you will find answers to many of your questions about the vitamins you may be taking. If you don't have any questions, then it is time to ask some

Vitamins are supplements we take to make us feel better, look better and have a better sense of well being.  What most people do not realize is that they may be hurting themselves more than helping.  BUT, there are supplements available that are pure, unadulterated, unaltered and with LIVE enzymes to give you the most benefit.

In each one of the following articles, I explain what you need to look for when purchasing your supplements and not buy them because of the brand name or price. One of the largest vitamin companies on this planet (with a name that most people trust) is actually one of the worst.  They use the cheapest DEAD, synthetic ingredients possible to make the biggest buck.  They made a net profit of $48 BILLION last year.  That's NET!  Laughing all the way to the bank while the people taking their products are being lied to and even worse, getting sicker.  That article is in Week Eight below.

I am a registered symptomatologist and a certified health coach who has been steering people to optimum health for 35 years. I have cured myself of a wide variety of physical limitations ranging from chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, and uterine cancer. It doesn’t matter what you have to overcome specifically. It’s important to boost your immune system in order to heal current disease and prevent future disease.  A proactive attitude today will pay huge dividends tomorrow. 

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