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HELP!

Is it avoidance? Procrastination? I’ve been struggling to write. To move forward with my writing seems to be non-existent. Heck, I’ve been having trouble moving forward with all of my projects. Even this blog post has been hanging around in my head for a month or more now. I can accomplish everything from start to finish. Writing. Remodeling my house. Yard work. From beginning to end. But, only in my head. Putting everything in motion has me stuck.

Am I afraid? But what’s there to be afraid of? Maybe people won’t like my stories or the way I write? And why now? It’s never stopped me before. And it’s not writer’s block, because all the stories are in my head just waiting to be put down on paper, to be typed up, and thrown out into the world. I sure as heck don’t want to take all these stories to the grave with me. (Which will be a different blog post coming soon. Well, it will be if I can get myself in gear and moving forward. Haha)

And my projects! I start and then…Like replacing the broken bricks on a planter. I’ve started on it, but have faltered along the way. And I have legitimate excuses too. Like, it’s way too hot out or I won’t have time to finish it. I’ve done brick work before, so why am I so afraid that I’ll mess up and have to start over? I just don’t get it.

So what do I do? How do I move forward and keep moving forward?

I’m sure we all struggle from time to time with this procrastination. With that little voice in our heads causing us doubt in our abilities. What do we do?

What do you do? How do you keep yourself motivated and moving forward? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So, now that I’ve finally gotten this blog post written, I’ve got the song, “Help!” by The Beatles, stuck in my head.

Enjoy.

Okay, that’s it for now. Hugs till next time!

Oops!

Even though my last post was about saying good-bye to 2020, I realized there was more about the year that I’d like to put behind me. Most of that post was positive, but there were negatives too. So what better way then to tell you about it and show you.

Sorry about the video being shaky. I hadn’t figured out how to download the footage from my surveillance cameras, so I video taped the video with my cell phone. LOL. And the oops comes in at about 34, 35 seconds.

My neighbor couldn’t decide whose yard to park in. His or mine, so he split the difference. He wasn’t hurt but his car was totaled and he did a bang-up job on my planter, wall, and fence. Literally. This happened right at the beginning of our stay at home orders, so dealing with the insurance was more of a mess than the yard.

My insurance adjuster would not come out because of covid and everything was done through emails, text messages, and video calls. Then she told me she wouldn’t go after my neighbor’s insurance. I had a $1,000 deductible and thankfully, my neighbor paid that. The insurance adjuster sent out a company that they work with to do the estimate and I’m beginning to think my adjuster didn’t even look at the estimate. She sent out a check minus my deductible and said my case was closed. That company wanted two thousand more than what the insurance paid. Evidently, my adjuster thought it was a done deal because she went out of town and didn’t let me know. I finally got in touch with another adjuster and she said she would look into it and call me back within two days and she never called me back. It took almost 3 months to finally get it fixed. Long story short, my neighbor sent a guy over to give me an estimate and he came in just over the amount the insurance paid. And he did a great job.

He took it from this,

To this,

To sum it up…My neighbor was cited for excessive speed and reckless driving. (Yes, I did file a police report when it happened.) When my house insurance policy came up for renewal eight months later they raised my rates. I never did hear back from my adjuster. Two months after they raised my rates, they decided to go after my neighbor’s insurance and found out he didn’t have any. Next time, I won’t file a claim. I’ll do the work myself.

What I’m thankful for is that my dogs were not out in the front yard at the time because they would have been in that very corner barking as the neighbor came up the street.

Oh well,things happen. It’s just a part of life.

Hugs till next time.

Wow, it’s been a year to forget.

I last blogged on March 12, 2020. I completely forgot that I had posted at the beginning of the pandemic. Many of my family and friends have wondered where I’ve been since then. Well let me tell you that I feel like I’ve fallen down a black hole and landed upside-down in the “Twilight Zone” and I bet many of you have felt the same way. So let’s wrap up this past year and hopefully we can move forward.

We faced long lines.

And empty shelves. (Sorry, no pic.) Grocery stores frown upon it and I like to follow the rules. Even though the lady in the dry goods aisle next to me said, “I’ve got to take a picture and send to my sister.”

We made masks. And more masks.

We had stay at home orders and tried to find things to pass the time.

We cleaned our houses top to bottom. Scrubbing floors, walls, ceilings, doors, and more. A friend of mine took it a step further and decided to paint her kitchen, her bathroom, her bedroom, and the sewing room.

We planted gardens.

I grew lentils for the first time. I planted a little over 100 plants and got just under a cup of lentils. LOL!

Heck, if you can’t find the food in the stores, you might as well grow your own. My nephew told me that if we had to rely on what we grew, we would starve before our first harvest.

We faced high prices and still are. Did you know that grocery stores raised all their prices when people started getting the extra $600 a week with their unemployment? It was on the news. Hello! Not all of us receive unemployment. Some of us are on a fixed income.

I cooked and baked.

We didn’t do take out for two months!

Many of us spent a lot of time on the computer. I, myself, spent most of my time working on projects and working in the yard. It’s amazing what you can do with some old lumber, a hammer & nails, and a little paint

I’ve also done some more sewing. I made quilts and pillows for two of my sisters for Christmas. I crocheted slippers for two of my sons and myself. And I did some plastic canvas projects for a friend.

I know this is long, but it’s been a long time coming. I wanted to do this post at the end of 2020 but have done a lot of procrastinating. 2020 has come and gone, and it is time to say farewell. It is a year that we want to forget, but will always remember.

We are finally moving forward. Things are opening up. Kids are starting to get back to school. Vaccines are available. We are still wearing masks and keeping our distance. A new normal, they say.

What will you remember about 2020? What would you like to forget? Are there positives for you? Negatives?

How did you pass the time? Let me know in the comments.

And I will close this out with hugs till next time.

So, you’ve been put on quarantine.

Well, let’s hope not, but if you were… Watching the news and reading posts on Facebook about the coronavirus, it seems that toilet paper is the big item on everyone’s hoarder list, right after water and canned food, and it got me to thinking, is that really all we need?

When there is a crisis, whether it be a pandemic, an earthquake, flood, or even war, (Heaven forbid) the news tells you to have enough water, food, and medications to last you at least 2 weeks.

I racked my brain and even asked my sons, “What would you need on a daily basis if you were quarantined?” So we’ve come up with a list of things that you normally don’t think about or you take for granted on a daily basis.

  • Toothpaste
  • Bath soap
  • Clothes soap
  • Bleach
  • Band-aids
  • Peroxide
  • Dish soap (Or at least enough paper plates, paper cups, plastic silverware, etc. to last 2 weeks for everyone in your family. Just a thought; It’s cheaper to wash the dishes.)
  • Pain and fever reducer
  • Anti-bacterial ointment
  • Antihistamines
  • Vitamins
  • Dental floss (My youngest son said that he would go crazy if he couldn’t floss every day. But floss is good for other things too. Just google it.)
  • Pet food! Your fur babies need to eat too!

So ask your family and yourself what would you need on a daily basis if you were quarantined and share in the comments.

I pray everyone stays safe and healthy and till next time, HUGS from me to you.

I just finished reading Stevie’s blog post about her essentials if she were to be put on quarantine and you can read it here, https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2020/03/14/quarantine-essentials/comment-page-1/#comment-23068

And I am going to the grocery store tomorrow and will update on my findings. Stay tuned and till then, hugs for a great weekend.

Fall Back!

Here in the United States most of us turn our clocks back an hour in the fall.

Get an extra hour of sleep, they say. Yeah, right! How many of you enjoyed that extra hour of sleep? Go ahead and chime in. Raise your hands. Admit it, you opened your eyes and looked at the clock and said, “Yay! I get to sleep another hour!” and sleep would not come.

I was awake at 4 a.m. I usually get up between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.

Another advantage to turning the clocks back an hour. You get another hour to accomplish more stuff, except you start struggling to keep your eyes open through the entire Simpsons episode. Then you wonder why this freaking day seems to go on forever.

Oh, and another thing, we get an extra hour and yet the days are getting shorter? Oxymoron? Go figure.

Oh well. Enjoy the extra hour no matter what you plan on doing with it. As for me, I am ready for lunch and…Oh my gosh! It’s only 9:15 a.m!

It’s going to be a long day.

Hugs till next time.

Karen

 

Faith, Effort, Persistence

I don’t know what I was reading yesterday. It might have been one of my horoscopes, but these three words came up; Faith, Effort, and Persistence. And they made perfect sense to me.

It doesn’t matter what we are going through in life or if we are struggling with problems, or maybe we are just trying to complete a project, these three words can help keep us balanced and moving forward.

When you look at the word faith, it can be the faith in a higher power, the faith in someone else, or faith in yourself.

And we have to put in the effort to keep moving forward. To accomplish our goals. To make things better. Without effort, you might as well give up. Because no one else can do what you do. You are unique in everything you do.

And last but not least, persistence. If it doesn’t work out the first time; Try, try again.

It makes sense, right? Life isn’t easy and sometimes we need guidance and a plan.

So, remember these three words; Faith, Effort, Persistence, today, tomorrow, every day.

Hugs till next time!

 

How do you blog?

I know it has been some time since I last posted a new blog post. My cousin Pam has been emailing me asking if I am okay. So for everyone out there, I am alive and still kicking. (And right now I am cursing the wind. I hate the wind.) We did have a beautiful rainbow on Tuesday so I guess it’s just nature balancing itself out.

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I follow a lot of blogs and notice that they all seem to have a different approach to blogging. Some only promote whatever it is that they do. Writing, sharing recipes (cooking blogs), crafts, etc. While others (like me) like to share everything. Well, almost everything. 🙂 I like to keep my darkest secrets to myself. Bahahaha!

So when you blog, do you share those funny little moments, like the cat puked up a furball, or my kid used the toilet for the first time today?

Do you let people see the more human side of you or is your blog strictly business?

Do you blog every day? Once a week? Once a month? Or whenever you have time?

I’d love to hear how you blog. Let me know in the comments.

And till next time; HUGS!

 

Help! I’ve Got Fleas!

Not me actually, but my dogs do. And I’ve tried just about everything except… My son called me last night and I told him my dogs have fleas and he told me, “So get rid of them.”

“What, the dogs? Okay, I’ll send them down to you.”

And he laughed. He’s probably tired of me telling him every time he calls that I have fleas. A couple of months ago it was ticks but I got rid of those. The fleas are seeming to be a bit harder to eradicate. I don’t like to use chemicals on the dogs, in the house, or in the yard so I tried the natural ways. Flea shampoo and spray with lemongrass, cinnamon oil, and cedarwood oil. Didn’t work. I tried Dawn dish detergent. Works for a few hours and then they are back to itching, scratching, and chewing. 🙂

I’ve used white vinegar on the dogs as a rinse after their bath and apple cider vinegar in their drinking water. No go. Coconut oil, lavender. Nope. Diatomaceous earth in the yard, on the carpeting, under the couch cushions, and their beds. Nada. Even sprayed the yards with lemongrass.

I’m running out of natural options here.

Now you are going to tell me to go out and buy that chemical stuff. Works every time, you say. Nope. Tried that too. Spent $47 on Frontline Plus. Didn’t work. Spent $53 on K-9 Advantix. Still got fleas.

What irks me is that this is the first year in many, many years that I’ve had fleas.

Any ideas? I’m open to suggestions.

 

Have you ever?

Googled your book, that is. My nephew asked me that question yesterday. Then he asked, “Would it show up on Google?”

“It should.” I told him.

“Okay, give me a title to one of your books.”

And I told him, “Kiley’s Best Friend”  and this is what he found!

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Kiley-s-Best-Friend/695212619

(The photo is mine, not theirs.)

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Interesting!

After I hung up from talking to him I decided to google “Kiley Wished for a Puppy”

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And where I found it (and a few of my other books as well) was at Bokus.

That made me smile. Why you ask? Because my dad’s ancestors immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden!

That is soooo cool!

So, have you googled your books? Let me know what you found in the comments!

That’s it for now. Happy Saturday!

Hugs till next time!

 

 

 

Lets Cut Costs!

Okay, so I’ve decided to cut the cord. Actually, I cut it months ago. My phone, TV, and internet was up to $195.00 a month. That’s outrageous! So I canceled the TV and phone.

Yeah, right. Like I can get by with no TV. Ha!

I picked up a Roku and I got a free Roku by signing up with Sling TV for two months.

I was paying $25 a month for Sling and then another $15 for Tennis TV. And it was okay.

But last week I decided to try You Tube TV. I am paying $40 a month still, but I am now getting Espn, Disney, and the Tennis channel, plus a bunch more. (There’s a difference between the Tennis channel (Which is the one I had with my cable provider.) and Tennis TV. And I also get all my local channels. (Except for the CW which is channel 5 and I’ve got to have channel five so I can watch “Legends of Tomorrow! 🙂 )

I also get my local channels with an outdoor antenna. That thing has been there for about 30 years and yet it still picks up all the local channels in HD and even some extra channels.

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learn more about You Tube TV

Compare The different TV streaming services here.

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As for a home phone, I am using Magic Jack and I kept my internet with my original provider. (If I can get it cheaper and just as reliable, then I’ll switch that too.)

So, overall I am saving about $80 a month.

Internet-         $69.99 a month

You Tube TV- $40.00 a month

Magic Jack is $35.00 a year. Which makes it about $2.92 a month.

If you are looking to cut some costs, check out your options. It’s worth it!

These are just my opinions and I don’t get paid for them. Bummer! Haha!

Okay, till next time, HUGS!

I forgot to mention that if you are a sports fan, you’ll love You Tube TV!

Update! I was going through my You Tube TV and found that it doesn’t have the A&E channel. So just a heads up on that.

Also, if you don’t care about ESPN and the Disney channel, Sling Blue is the best value at $25.00 a month.

 

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