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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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WINDOW WOMAN CLEANS UP HER ACT

Where did March go, and where have I been?

Been busy, been under the weather, been overwhelmed, been lazy, been tongue-tied, been blogless…heck, one excuse really is the same as the other. But, I am back!  I hope you missed me just a little bit anyway.

Spring has sprung, at least in Albuquerque. Window cleaning weather for sure.

How do your windows look? Below is my first list for the season to show you where you can hire a professional.

Albuquerque, NM                            MY WINDOW MAN   

Ventura County, CA                      MY WINDOW MAN  

San Diego, CA                                    MY WINDOW MAN  

PENNSYLVANIA                          Noble Window Cleaning

MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL            Freedom Cleaning

SOUTHERN CALIF                   PacifiClear Window Cleaning  

Near Dallas         Clearview 

 Orlando Fla.      Absolute Window Cleaning    

DC and Maryland      We Do Windows

 Minneapolis, MN         Karins Services

Orange County, CA         Grady’s Window Cleaning

Corvallis, Oregon    Beckon Call Window Cleaning

Farmington, Mn     Shine Window Cleaning

Olympia, Wa            All Seasons Window Cleaning

Portland, Ore           See Clearly Window Cleaning

And, remember to think about covering up some windows if needed, either to make’em pretty or keep the sun from heating up the house or damaging anything inside.  For Your Windows is ready to give you some ideas.

 

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HANDING DOWN WINDOWS TO THE NEXT GENERATION

Exactly a year ago, I did a blog post called Regarding February. Well, here we are again. Thank goodness it is almost over, because it is just not my favorite month. However, we are having such a mild winter, I have decided to view it as getting ready for spring.

As a result, I contacted My Window Man here in Albuquerque, which means I talked to Maria who was highlighted in my last post, and I invited them over to make my windows sparkle. Lo and behold, my grandson Hunter, who just celebrated his fifth birthday,  tried his hand at holding a squeegee.

The way time flies it won’t be long until he accompanies his dad more often. Not sure how many he cleaned, but they all look so much better. 

Thanks, My Window Man!

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BABIES, WINDOWS AND MORE WINDOWS

In a world that changes by the minute it is always nice to experience stick-to-it-iveness at least sometimes. On February 7, 1986, I interviewed Maria to be the nanny for my kids which included two month old twins. She was the best choice, and as an extra bonus she was a twin herself. We lived in California back then, and we were just getting the second My Window Man up and running.

About two years later we sold that company, along with a start up in LA. We invited Maria to move with us to Albuquerque, and she agreed. As our needs changed, Maria blended right into the transitions. This past Tuesday, she celebrated her 26th anniversary.  She now works for our daughter, Stephanie, who was 4 years old when Maria was her nanny. When Stephanie was younger she babysat Maria’s daughter, and that same daughter (Melissa) has put in time babysitting Stephanie’s kids as well.  All of the aforementioned kids feel very comfortable hanging around a My Window Man. Any one of them can wield a phone or a squeegee.

Dedicated employees like Maria do not come around everyday. 

      We appreciate you!

I am not sure it could happen, but I think For Your Windows needs one of you. 

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WINDOWS WITHSTAND WHATEVER WEATHER

Whether the weather be fine,

Or whether the weather be not,

Whether the weather be cold,

Or whether the weather be hot,

We’ll weather the weather,

Whatever the weather,

Whether we like it or not.

Author Unknown

I have been rolling up my sleeves lately and working to help schedule work for my favorite window cleaning company here in Albuquerque, My Window Man. It might have just a little to do with the company being owned by family. To get the year started out with a boost we are offering a discount to repeat customers. The weather has been incredible, up until today’s windy presence.  We have had cool, but sunny New Mexico skies – perfect for window cleaning.

That condition does not stop customers from questioning the weather. I get amused when I look at their past notes from May or August and it says, “Call me when it is not so windy” or “I will call you when it is not so hot.” I am pleasant with them of course, but weather is weather whenever.

If you windows are dirty, don’t hesitate to hire a professional to clean them in the winter. Cool crisp winter days look better with clean windows.

And, it is always a good time to check out cheap  discounted window covering at For Your Windows.

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WINTER WINDOWS

I could say I have been trying to thaw out this week. That certainly is what the fish in the pond outside my window have been doing.  The birdies have been walking on the frozen water every morning.

We had some record cold temperatures here in NM this past week.

It has been fun observing the persistence those window washers across the nation have when the weather turns cold and snowy. Trust me, they are all ready and willing to do their job, which is to make your windows sparkle.

Don’t let the weather stop you from getting yours clean for the holidays. Your window washer will appreciate you!

And, if you are missing your hummingbirds like I am, and want to see windows they are still outside of, be sure to check out the  live Phoebe Web Cam in Southern  California. The first babies of the season are fun to watch. One hatched yesterday, and the other just might today, so visit often.

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A HOLIDAY LIST

Is there anything more fun than helping others be successful with their business? Probably not!

That is why I have compiled a list of ways to shop and/or get ready for the holiday season.

Need an assistant to lighten your load, contact Erika. She is virtual!      VPA

A great way to keep in touch…check out Send Out Cards.

If you need a wardrobe addition or a gift idea, visit KikaPaprika.

Pearls make a great gift. These are custom crafted by Claire.  Clarista Pearls

Looking for a photographer in Albuquerque, look here. R Wolfe Studio

Planning a trip soon. Contact Karen at  BTS Cruise and Tour. She knows her places!

Want some help decorating no matter what time of year. Kathleen is the person. Martinez Interiors

If  the recent weather in Albuquerque has damaged your roof, check out Doyle Roof Masters.

Have you seen all the new digital ideas for scrapbooking?  Creative Memories

Behavior modification in the Pacific Northwest…visit a Positive Changes Hypnosis Center

If you need window cleaner or house cleaning anywhere, be sure to check with me. I know a lot of them!

Now, if I may indulge a bit as I keep it in the family.

If you live in Albuquerque and want a massage, contact Kelly.  Massage Works

Want window cleaning in Albuquerque?  My Window Man

If you do any gift shopping (even for yourself) on AMAZON, please use my daughter’s affiliate link. Also, visit her coupon and bargain site often for great deals.  Wheel N Deal Mama

   ALL YOUR AMAZON shopping

and, please remember…

 gift certificates are available at Wallpaper for Windows, and maybe someone you know would like a neat bird feeder or greenhouse, available at the Outside Your Windows department. 

For Your Windows ships NATIONWIDE!

Networking and referring other businesses is almost as much fun as the holidays.

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WINDOW CLEANING WEATHER FORECAST

How silly is that! Weather is not the problem. Dirt is.

It does not matter what the weather is doing. The window cleaning weather forecast remains the same everywhere for the next 50 days.

Partly holiday with showers of fun, family and gifts to give. 

Rain or snow really does not dirty the windows, or clean them either. Best bet is to HIRE A PROFESSIONAL for that task.  Now that I have the weather issue out of the way, and you are on your way to improving your outlook on life, I am going to go start learning how to put links and pictures here. This is the first time I have used my new tablet to blog and I have a lot to figure out. Please refer to links on the left to visit other sites.  

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YOUR WINDOW TO SUCCESS

This morning during an educational moment at a business meeting, I was introduced to this example of a marketing strategy.  As a business owner and entrepreneur, I find this very thought provoking.

“Third Place” – From the very beginning, the Starbucks marketing strategy has focused on creating the “third place” for everyone to go to between home and work. Creating this unique and relaxing “experience” and “atmosphere” for people has been very important for the company as they have realized that this is one of the strongest concepts attached to the company, to which customers have been strongly attracted.

If you are promoting a business of your own, think of how you can use a concept like this in your own marketing strategies. Integrate those strategies with your underlying intentions so you can service your clients and customer even better. Please comment on your strategies.

Speaking of servicing customers, I think it is time to list a few more window cleaners. Remember, if I don’t list one in your area, just ask me. I bet I can find one.

Portland, Oregon                                                   See Clearly Window Cleaning

Olympia-Lacey, Washington                      All Seasons Window Cleaning

Corvallis, Oregon                                                   Beckon Call Window Cleaning

Fountain Valley, CA                                             Grady’s Window Cleaning      

More to come.          

And, if you are ready to dress up some windows with quality cheap window coverings, visit For Your Windows first. While you are there be sure to check out the OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOWS department for bird feeders and greenhouses.  For Your Windows has both sides of your windows covered.      

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WHAT’S UP? WAY UP!

My son took this picture of a co-worker he shared the neck pain with yesterday. The body position they had to endure to clean these windows made it necessary to trade off frequently or suffer the consequences. Unfortunately, he was still sore when I saw him later in the day. It will be interesting to hear how he feels today.

This is just one of the reasons you should hire a professional window cleaner when your windows are dirty. Shoot, my neck hurts if I have to change one light bulb from a ceiling light or hang a window covering.

And, speaking of what’s up.

Today and tomorrow are the last two days to enter the For Your Windows $75 Giveaway. Right before the holiday season, too. Be sure to check out the details and enter now.

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