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SAY GOODBYE TO 2010

Wow, where did it go already? I hope you are ready and willing to open the window to new a beginning.

I want to thank all of you who read my blog. It has made my 2010 more fun for sure. Please come back a lot in the coming year.

” NEW YEAR’S DAY – Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

MARK TWAIN


A Happy New Year to all of you.


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WONDERFUL CONNECTIONS

I love it when research goes around in a circle and ends up in very interesting places.  Even better when I get to bring it back to window trivia.

When my right brain gets a certain itch, I love to color. I find it very therapeutic. A few years ago I was introduced to Mandalas, and they became my favorite coloring project. Below is just one example of one you can download and color at the Free Mandala site.

This morning I was learning about Rose windows. They are circular windows mainly used in churches with a Gothic architectural style. They actually look similar to what you see when you look into a Kaleidoscope.  Here is a Rose window from over the altar at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel. Make sure you spend some time reading about them; the history is very intriguing.

Both Kaleidoscopes and Mandalas are mentioned in information concerning Rose windows. To be honest, I had never thought about the connection between Kaleidoscopes and Mandalas, but I have a lot of affinity for both. I need to study more on this two subjects and blog more later for sure.

In the meantime, I am checking out this online store for a new Kaleidoscope, and while I am waiting for it’s arrival I think I will get out my watercolor pencils and color a few Mandalas.


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KEEP ON DECORATING

Don’t worry about missing your holiday decorations. The window wallpaper department at For Your Windows has some great deals for dressing up your windows.

The 3 items pictured are all overstocked and ready to ship out at special prices. Great ideas for privacy or how about those long, narrow windows by the front door.

These 3 selections are discounted right now along with other great           choices. No glue, just plain easy!

<<<<<$17.48

$16.28>>>>>

Have fun shopping! $14.95

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

My blog title is not catchy today, but it is sincere.

I hope your windows are clean, dressed up as you like and maybe even decorated.

Most of all I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Please enjoy this great video my daughter, Kelly, created from pictures she took at the River of Lights here in Albuquerque. Make sure you have volume too.

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TRIMMING THE TREE

It is not possible to get through the Holiday Season with out decorating the blog at least once. Our tree has a plethora of ornaments accumulated over years of kids. It would be difficult for me to have a different theme than “potpourri.” If I get a decent picture I will post for sure.

In the meantime, keeping with one theme only, I will decorate here with some interesting examples.

Peacock feathers anyone?

Or how about some snowmen.

And since we are into decorating, let’s keep with some windows…

Filmore Street Creperie in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco

How’s that for decorating the blog?

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NOBODY IS ALWAYS RIGHT

The other evening at a holiday gathering, I was talking to a woman I had just met who cleans houses for a living. She mentioned that she was going to “fire” one of her customers who never showed any appreciation for her work. I thought back over the years at the times that has been necessary with my own businesses.

Those customer service concepts I grew up with such as, “The customer is always right” or “100% guaranteed”  have certainly transformed along with the business itself. But, is the customer always right? How do you behave as a customer?

We used to have a call centers, known then as  “phone rooms,” and I trained a lot of people to work in them. My first question to someone interviewing was, “What do you do when someone calls you selling something?” (This was before caller id) If the interviewee said, ” I hang up!” I would tell them the job was probably not for them. My thought was if they did not like someone calling them, they would most likely not do well calling others.

My point here has nothing to do with sales calls, but it does have to do with flows going both directions. How do you act when you are a customer? Do you think it in any way determines how you get treated as one?

These flows usually match, whether you are a customer  wanting good service or a business owner wanting happy customers who appreciate your work. However, that does not mean you will always want to keep every customer. Nobody is always right.

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COLORFUL GLASS TRIVIA

Since it is the season for decoration and color, it must be time for colorful glass trivia. Besides that, you know I love a reason to decorate my blog.

You might think that the largest stained glass windows would be found in some other country, but not the case. For years JFK airport in New York held that honor with one that was longer than a football field and 20 feet high.

To the dismay of many the 900 panels were dismantled in 2008.

Now, still in the US, there are two other structures that display the largest. If you visit the mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois you will see the 2,448 panels and 22,381 square feet that make up the largest in the world.

But, the largest one in a church is in Covington, Kentucky at St Mary’s Cathedral of the Assumption. there you will find 117 figures displayed in an amazing 24 ft wide, 67 ft long window.

These window certainly don’t need any more dressing up. I may need to investigate how they get cleaned however. In the meantime, enjoy them as colorful decoration on my blog. Pretty colorful trivia too!

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FOR YOUR COOKIES

Today it was all about cookies for Christmas. I hardly looked outside my windows, except to see a little rain and snow which is unusual here in New Mexico. I will probably dream about cookies tonight because we baked about 60 or 70 dozen.

I did Google www.foryourcookies.com and I found nothing. Maybe I should think about that for a future enterprise.

Picture only shows a portion of them.

All about cookies today!

Nuff said.

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MY CLEAN WINDOW THEORY

Back in 1982, a theory was introduced called the BROKEN WINDOW THEORY. This theory sparked a lot of controversy among social scientists. Two of them, James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling presented this idea in the March 1982 edition of  The Atlantic Monthly:

Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside.

Or consider a sidewalk. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of trash from take-out restaurants there or breaking into cars.

The main concept here is to fix problems before they get out of hand, inviting others to participate negatively. Many critics agreed that taking care of initial problems might deter further damage, but not as many agreed that this theory would prevent it from happening at all. Okay, all you thinkers, comment on that one!

Pretty sure there will be no controversy about my theory, which is called the CLEAN WINDOW THEORY. I am certain that if you get your windows cleaned by a professional, you will never again want to do them yourself . That theory also states that if you have clean windows, your neighbors  will want their’s clean too.

Improve your outlook on life.

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL

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ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT

I have mentioned previously here that you might want to take advantage of the window replacement tax credit available until the end of the year. You can receive up to a $1500 credit on your 2010 taxes for specific home improvement issues, window replacement being one of them.

Here are the qualifications:

Qualifying for the Tax Credit Program is Simple:

  • Purchase energy efficient qualifying windows/doors from Window World, and keep your sales receipt as well as the NFRC/ENERGYSTAR labels.
  • Have your windows/doors installed anytime between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.
  • Using your sales receipt and ENERGYSTAR proof of purchase labels, claim the tax credit on your tax filing for the 2010 tax year.

You can only get a maximum of $1500 no matter what type of improvement you do that qualifies. You can use this for window treatments as well, as long as they are the kind that meet the requirements. For Your Windows offers those at our SPECIAL ORDER page on our site. They are manufactured by Hunter-Douglas and they the only ones that meet the requirements for a tax credit.

You better hurry if you want to take advantage of this. It ends in a little over 2 weeks!

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