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Surprise! Red Hot Cherry Peppers

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I love having a garden outside my windows, even if it is limited. This year we chose to only plant tomatoes and peppers. We usually pick a Santa Fe hot pepper, but because we decided to grow from seeds this year, we really did not know which one to buy. Somehow we ended up with more than one kind and these were the first to harvest. I had no clue! They look like tomatoes!

Thank goodness for the internet. Put in the right words and you can find anything. Unfortunately, I did not learn enough before I tasted it. The flesh is pretty mild and has a sweet background taste. Feeling safe, I decided to pop the remainder in my mouth. Oh my! That only lasted a half sec. The seeds are very, very hot! My tongue was on fire for at least an hour.

These peppers are popular for pickling and stuffing. Their flesh is too tough for drying. However, you can chop them to add to salads or sauteed veggies, and even salsa.

Just a reminder: Stay away from the seeds! If you have ever cooked with these, please let me know what you did with them.

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Wallpaper Your Windows

Sometimes blinds, curtains or shutters just don’t fit the bill. You want something unique for your windows.

If you have never visited Wallpaper For Windows, be sure to check out all the fun things you can do for privacy or decor.

Watch this great video highlighting Wallpaper For Windows on the popular TV show Designing Spaces.


Check out this example for a kitchen area.

When you visit their site you get a lot of guidance on measuring and applying. They will even do the cutting for you now. Whether you want pretty or privacy, Wallpaper For Windows offers a solution.

 

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The Easy Wheelie!

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I know for sure one of my besties (you know who you are) would have appreciated this gem last year when we hauled heavy bags of rocks from the front driveway to the back patio at my wheelbarrow-less home. We got so worn out we ended up using the top of a lawn mower to stack the last bag or two. Awkward, but it sorta worked. The WheelEasy™, available online at Allsop Home and Garden, would have been even better than a wheelbarrow because most of the lifting would have been eliminated! And, if I need to be on the outside of my windows doing the work, I don’t want it to be painful.

The larger model is pictured above, but there is also a smaller version, The WheelEasy™ LE, available. It is the perfect choice for those with less storage space, although either model takes up less room than a wheelbarrow.  Both fold up for storage or transport.{52FE0FD7-B635-465B-A044-803AA823E540}_Weeding_small

Both of these nifty yard carts make moving rocks and gravel, collecting weeds or spreading bark a whole lot easier. Because the handles drop to the ground, you do not have to lift. Are you ready to harvest some veggies? The WheelEasy™ LE  will make the job so easy. And, when fall leaves drop, just rake them into the cart and haul them wherever.

The WheelEasy™ LE holds up to 150 lbs  ($119.99)

The WheelEasy™  holds up to 350 lbs.  ($159.99)

Visit Allsops and make your yard and garden activities a lot more efficient.

 

 

 

 

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A Fresh Start

Well, it’s about time! And time does pass by quickly, doesn’t it?

Since you are visiting here, feel free to read past posts, but keep in mind the events themselves are from some years gone by. However, I am amazed at how what they stand for is still often similar, a few years later.

Please take note of the new format. It is nowhere near finished, but now there are some great companies that I handpicked to help you enhance your windows. Make sure you visit them to get ideas for decorating your windows, or for changing what you see outside of them.

I have always loved natural light, which is why windows are one of my favorite topics. Come back soon to see how this new format evolves.

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MY WINDOWS DO NOT NEED BULLET-PROOF GLASS

This morning, I was thinking about a conversation I had with a man who belongs to a study group I attend. He was commenting about how sometimes he is amazed when he is driving at how few mishaps there really are. Overall, drivers do what they are suppose to do. I have often thought that myself. It applies to vandalism as well. With all the potential situations that could occur, for the most part, people respect each other. In fact, when you think about how much doesn’t happen that could, it far outweighs what does happen.

I am sure this would not indicate to all those people affected by the terrible event this week in Colorado. What happened to them far outweighs what should ever happen to any of us. It is so appropriate to have them in our thoughts and send them well wishes.

That being stated, it is also a very good time to remember that most of us get up each day with an opportunity to be very grateful that most people respect each other and want the same thing for others that they want for themselves. The unfortunate, and even evil, things that happen are not the rule, they are pretty minuscule in the whole picture.

I am so glad I have a category titled “windows to the soul” so I can get away with a post that has absolutely nothing to do with business, at least not directly.

Count your blessings, and remember :

GRATITUDE IS EASY AND IT IS FREE

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CELEBRATE!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”
Albert Camus

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A SMILE AND A HANDSHAKE

Nothing like back to back, out of town family visiting, with major dental work sandwiched in the middle, to knock the blog right out of me. Where did the month of June go? All in the name of summer fun!

I guess you might say it gave me time to reflect a bit about business related events happening around me. I was reminded of an employee who worked for our window cleaning company back in the mid 1990’s. He was a troubled fellow who had moved here from California with his mom. He sort of wore his problems on his sleeve, and would often complain about whatever was occurring in his life.  For the most part, he completed his work regardless of his personal problems.

Once, after a long couple of hot days, he came into my office madder than a hornet, ready to jump on anyone who got in the way. I cannot remember what he was upset over, but he made it clear that it was my fault and our company was treating him badly. He quit and stormed out of the office without giving me any notice. I was frustrated, feeling somewhat deserted by a person who I had accommodated more than once when he needed help.

Then something very unusual took place. Within 10 minutes, he walked back in, looking like a sad little puppy.  He did not want his job back because he knew he needed to make a change, but he wanted to apologize for taking his stuff out on me. He told me that he knew it was all about him, not me or my company. I will never forget that incident.

This young man wanted to take responsibility for his behavior.  I don’t even think he thought of me in terms of a future reference. He just wanted to make things right.  To this day, I have appreciated that more than he could possibly realize. I am sure it made me a better employer.

Because that same business is still family owned, I am aware when upsets occur. Only the faces have changed. The types of employee problems remain the same. In a small business, it is hard to always keep business and personal separate. Employees have bumps in the road that you end up knowing about, and because you care about them, it is hard not to be involved. Empathy is appropriate, but you also have to remember that the survival of the business itself has to come first or no one will have an income. 

Recently, there was a similar upset that did not have the same ideal ending. Different lessons to be learned, I guess. Hopefully, the upset, and now terminated, employee will on some level want things to get repaired. Life will go forward, and somewhere in the future it will become obvious that when a change is needed, a smile and a handshake work best.

Another thank you to that honest window washer who needed a change. You showed me that no one has to be made the bad guy.

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OH DEAR… HIGH WINDOWS

Dear Son,  (my one and only son, and my youngest child)

I know your father taught you how to use a squeegee at an early age, and he might have even put you on a tall ladder once or twice. I do not remember giving you permission to climb up really tall ladders.

And, I know for sure I never suggested jumping off a building that was over half of a story. 

Please  try to look like you are having fun.

Love, 
Mom

Oh, the things we do for clean glass.

Are your windows dirty? Support your local window cleaner.
HIRE A PROFESSIONAL!

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BEING GRATEFUL

It really amazes me that I was somewhere in my fifties before I realized that it was impossible to feel gratitude and negativity ( overall word chosen to describe anything that disturbs my peace) at the same time. This may sound simplistic, but I find it a useful tool when I get stirred up. Recognizing what I can be grateful for right now usurps all the stuff that is out there in the universe ready to distract me if I let it.

Today, Memorial Day, is a day to reflect on gratitude. My kids…all five of them…are lucky to know their father. He is around to tease them or advise them. He was not that lucky. His dad died in WWII at the age of 20.  He is one of so many who fought for all of us to have freedom. 

Whatever you do today, remember to pause and take a quiet moment to be grateful. It might just start a habit. 

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RINGS OF FIRE THROUGH THE WINDOW COVERING

What great pictures there are today of the solar eclipse that occurred yesterday!

Here in Albuquerque, the sky was clear, and since it was one of the most optimum places to view this happening, there were a lot of special events and viewing options. I prepared myself to witness the affects, but did not obtain any special eye wear or gadgets to make it possible to stare right at the  solar eclipse. 

Instead, being the good “window related” person I am, I found some interesting places to make those rings of fire associate themselves with windows and window coverings.

Yep, that’s little rings of fire created by the big ring of fire in the sky. And, seen through a vertical blind in the guest room. How appropriate for me. 

As a bonus, the reflection of this event made something even better on the wall directly across from the window.

This was almost as much fun as the total solar eclipse I witnessed on February 26, 1979 in Oregon. We lived on a dairy at the time, and mid-morning the skies became totally dark and the cows started to come home.

For Your Windows sells vertical blinds, but darn, we don’t have any with little rings of fire.

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