Friday, October 20, 2017

What Do You Do if a Power Surge Blows Up Your Computer?

ChristmasWhat would your response be to this statement?  "I have all my Christmas shopping and wrapping done."  When I told my daughter, she smiled and said, "Of course you do, Mom."

I enjoy buying throughout the year when there is a sale of the item I need.  Even more fun is wrapping everything as soon as I bring it home.  I keep a hidden list so I know what I bought and how much I spent but, then I forget the majority of it.  When the gifts are opened I get excited all over again.  I know, I know, it's a small pleasure but I love it!

kids wrapping gifts
Mostly excited about gifts wrapped from the grands

It's been a month of finalizing the renovations on the new store.  What we expected to take a couple weeks has turned into seven weeks.  BUT WHAT A JOB hubby and his buddy have done.  They did all the work themselves and it is over-the-top beautiful and unique.

Our store will be divided into four parts.  You enter into a small showroom then walk down a long, wide hall which is an art gallery.  The gallery will have art done by our local artists including paintings, masks, huge carvings, etc.  Then you will enter the main showroom which then leads into my office and spa space.

The idea is to make it an experience for everyone who comes into the new store.  Several times a month, when we were in our old store, new clients would comment that we had the nicest store on the coast.  It was a hole compared to this one.  Saying all that to say this, we are excited and so happy to be out of the last rat-infested one.  Sad that the landlord would not address the problem after we had been there for 11 years.  Read that story here.


Took forever the find the proper spotlights (96 of them) to showcase everything beautifully.

Also difficult to find the slate gray flooring to match the shelving and walls.

We should be ready to move in by the end of the month. YAY!

After months of severe drought and heat, we now are into our rainy season with high winds.  This is always a concern when you live in the center of a forest.  True to the season's charm of falling trees, we lost power for a few hours yesterday.

Amazing the things you can find to do when you have no electricity.  I decided to move furniture and clean under and behind.  Found a few little trinkets I had not known I lost.  I have protection on my computers in case of power surges with a 30-minute grace period giving me time to shut down everything properly.  BUT, when the power came back on, it blew one of my monitors.  Didn't think that would happen with all the security I have.

broken monitor

Even though my unit is five years old, I thought it was worth a shot to call APC.  SURPRISE -- they are replacing the backup unit and my monitor.  How great is that!  Worth the time to make the call!

No Fly on the Wall post would be complete without pictures of the grands.  William turns six tomorrow and he is still (as my dad would say) 'the best kid in the bunch.'  As his little sister is almost two, their interaction and admiration for each other are more amazing every day.

kids napping
Nap time

walking in woods
Where is brother hiding?

pumpkin patch
Hello Autumn

summer walk
Good-bye summer

Please check out my fellow bloggers' posts to share a smile or a laugh

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Are You Being Fooled by Your Supplement Company?

Are there days when you feel sick and tired of feeling sick and tired?  Can you imagine waking up every day feeling rested and great?  You can realize optimum health.  It is feasible and within your reach.

I am a registered symptomatologist (one who studies the sets of symptoms relative to a medical condition) and certified health coach who has been steering people towards optimum health for 35 years.  It’s important to boost your immune system in order to heal current disease and prevent future disease. 

After curing my own cancer when told I would die over 35 years ago, I have made it my life's mission to help as many people as I can to realize optimum health.  My offer to you is that I will assess your health questionnaire and give my suggestions at no obligation to you.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Do You Applaud Good Behavior and Ignore the Bad?

Children playing

The older I get the more I seem to love the sound of children playing.  Sitting in my living room on any given late evening in summer, I delight in the squeals and interactions of children playing outside.  Skipping rope, riding bikes, playing hide and seek in the dusk all bring back memories of when my kids were growing up.

However, please tell me if I am alone in this -- when I hear kids yelling at their parents, swearing at each other and their parents, screaming in rebellion for any number of things, that is a whole different scenario.  I would never have tolerated it as a young parent and I certainly would never tolerate it if my grands did that.
Children in restaurant
Grandson with his main squeeze

Friday, October 6, 2017

If Only You Had Not Made That Mistake, Then What?

Battered Hope
This is a Secret Subject Swap blogging challenge.  Each month a group of bloggers is given a secret challenge to interpret in their own way.  The challenges are just that -- to make you step out of your comfort zone and share your thoughts about that subject in a new way.

My challenge this month gripped my heart.  It would take a book to be able to answer it but then again, that is why I wrote my memoir.  Battered Hope was written about so many traumas in my own life so other people would be able to relate to me on a variety of levels.   

Here is the question posed to me this month and my answer is in the form of other questions:
Has there ever been a time in your life where, in the heat of the moment, you would have literally sold your soul for a different outcome if it was an actual possibility and not just a phrase?

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?