For Your Windows


Not sure if it is the 70 degree temperatures in late November, or the effects of our online shopping ability, but yesterday when I took my soon-to-be 11 year old granddaughter birthday shopping at the mall, it was NOT crowded. And, the traffic was fairly light even for a normal Saturday. I think the perfect scene is a balance. I did enjoy shopping at a locally owned pet store on Small Business Saturday; they were super appreciative. It will be interesting to see how this holiday shopping thing evolves over years to come. I hope we will continue to see a bit of everything. Today, I am staying home. If that is your plan as well, stop by one or more of my favorite online places and check out some great gift ideas for inside or outside your windows. cozy throws and other discounted gift ideas  decor for the patio and indoors – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49  fall planting ideas – up to 77% OFF  privacy and decor for your windows blinds and shades at discounted prices – FREE SHIPPING ( up to 94″ wide) great styles – super prices – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25


And if your windows are dirty, I always suggest that you HIRE A PROFESSIONAL. 

Buy the gift of window cleaning, and improve someone’s outlook on life!

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I almost titled this post wrong. Our family celebrated Thanksgiving this past Sunday because it meant the whole family could be there. With other commitments it just is not possible to do on the actual day. I thought about using “faux” or “pseudo” in the titled, and then I realized that “real” was much more appropriate. I was so grateful to have EVERYONE there, with no one missing and even a few extra. That meant all five kids and their mates, and all six grand-kids. No one posed for these pictures, but you get the idea.

Not everyone make it into the pictures, including me, but the vast group is obvious. Thank goodness for a huge living/dining area at daughter’s home. And we even got the littlest member, Oliver, who was born way early at about one and a half pounds and still has a feeding apparatus at age three, to enjoy some pumpkin pie with his uncle Stace. We are all super happy when he eats!

All went well, ending off with a beautiful sunset seen from the foothills of Albuquerque.

So, while I am being so self-indulgent, I will add the part about the new dog who lives at my house. He looks like a little deer, and he really is a little dear. Meet Prancer.

He enjoyed the day as well, and now he knows the whole family.

A real Thanksgiving is when you can enjoy it with family, friends and pets, no matter what day it is. I hope all of you are as fortunate as I am.

Gratitude is easy, and it is free.


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Tribute to the Brave Ones

The Noble and the Brave:A Veteran’s Day Tribute

When America had an urgent need,
These brave ones raised a hand;
No hesitation held them back;
They were proud to take a stand.They left their friends and family;
They gave up normal life;
To serve their country and their God,
They plowed into the strife.They fought for freedom and for peace
On strange and foreign shores;
Some lost new friends; some lost their lives
In long and brutal wars.Other veterans answered a call
To support the ones who fought;
Their country had requirements for
The essential skills they brought.We salute every one of them,
The noble and the brave,
The ones still with us here today,
And those who rest in a grave.So here’s to our country’s heroes;
They’re a cut above the rest;
Let’s give the honor that is due
To our country’s very best.

 Joanna Fuchs

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Hearts for Texas

I originally posted this back in 2012. After this weekend’s tragedy in Texas, I thought it was still valid.

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 :


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