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Planning For Fall

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So, I am convinced I brought the hot New Mexico weather to the Pacific Northwest. Here in Portland, it is probably going to have record breaking temperatures this weekend. The windows will be closed and the AC’s on for sure! However, it is not too soon to plan ahead for what you want to plant outside those windows this fall. I love crocuses. BloomingBulb has some great fall planting specials right now. Besides finding the bulbs you want, you can learn where to plant what, and when. Those pretty crocuses are on sale and the bulbs will get shipped to you in the fall, mid September or so.

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Think daffodils!

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Amaryllis too!

You will love their selection for fall, so plan ahead and take advantage of the great deals.

Meanwhile, I am hoping to see some pretty flowers, even in the heat, as I head up the Columbia River Gorge to an open house for the Girl Scout camp I spent a lot of time at many years ago-what memories.This should be an interesting adventure!

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Camp Wind Mountain (Arrowhead)

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At This Window You Get Potatoes

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I just love it when a business endeavor succeeds! I had the pleasure of attending the Oregon BrewFest this past Sunday. My nephew Ken and his wife Amy recently debuted a wonderful food cart here in the Pacific Northwest ( I say here because I was raised in Portland, and am visiting from ABQ). Baked & Loaded Potatoes operates from a cute, little, custom renovated school bus. That’s my sis posing in the Spud Bus window last Sunday at the event held in Silverton, Oregon.

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I certainly am not a food critic, but I can honestly say the baked potato I ate was spectacular! What a great addition to all the brew that the festival offered.

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If you live anywhere near Portland or Salem, and ever need taters served, or if you just want to follow where the Spud Bus goes be sure to check out their site. No matter where you reside, like their page on Facebook. 

When a new business succeeds we all win! Great job, Ken and Amy!

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ANYONE IN DIXVILLE NOTCH NEED WINDOW COVERINGS?

At the risk of leaning to politics, which I am not doing on this blog, I want to mention Dixville Notch. If you do not know what or where that is, don’t feel bad. I am probably older than most of you, and I was not familiar with it either.

Each election year, New Hampshire is the first to hold a primary. Dixville Notch actually opens their polls at midnight and closes them a few minutes later after their small population has cast their votes.

Last night they had nine voters, which was a bit lower than normal. This event has been going on since 1960. The interesting thing about it, is that since 1968, whoever got the most votes for the Republican nomination has won it again for the general election.  Last night there was a tie. Wonder what that will bring.

I find this intriguing. Maybe it is all just coincidental, but small happenings can sometimes manifest much bigger phenomena. Never underestimate the power of a tiny idea.

I bet Dixville Notch is lacking a brick and mortar location that sells window coverings. Guess what! For Your Windows offers what you need at its online store, and it ships nationwide.

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WINDOW CLEANING COPYCATS

I use the word “copycats” in a positive way for sure. Over 26 years ago, shortly after moving from Portland to Southern California, I hired a young 20 year-old to work in our new My Window Man office in Orange County. I almost lost her at least two times for various reasons. She stuck around, met her future husband – a 20-year old fellow we hired to wash windows- and later opened an office in San Diego. After they were married, they sold that office and moved up to Ventura County. The Oxnard My Window Man has serviced customers for almost 20 years now. 

Their work ethic and dedication paid off for sure!

Our bags are packed, the fridge is full of food for our son who is house-sitting (and even helping with some painting in the kitchen) and the car is fueled up. We are heading out to visit My Window Man in Oxnard. Time to talk about business and family while we eat some great seafood.

While I am gone, I will still blog, and For Your Windows is still open to help you with all your window covering needs.

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BALLOONS OUTSIDE MY WINDSHIELD, TOO!

When you live in Albuquerque, this time of year you see balloons everywhere, including outside your windshield. (No, I was not the driver.)

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is celebrating its fortieth year this week. We took out of town guests to see the fanfare at a Balloon Glow. It is always a treat.

Not a picture you can snap just anywhere.

Firing up.

While you are here checking out the balloons, make sure you learn how to win the $75 SEARS GIFT CARD that For Your Windows is giving away

Check out the details!

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PART OF THE ART

Wow, this museum would be fun to visit for two reasons. Art and windows, what a great combination.

The Dali Museum, in St Petersburg, Florida, not only offers amazing displays of art by Salvador Dali spanning over a 50 year period, it provides us with some pretty incredible window design. On January 11,2011 at 11:11 am this beautiful structure opened. I have to give them a thumbs up for making sure they keep the windows clean. Here is a local window cleaning company,  Bay Area Window Cleaning, making them sparkle. 

             This is a $36 million museum … I wonder how much the window cleaning budget is.

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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

Hopefully, I am not speaking prematurely. Along with a little monsoon moisture arriving this past weekend – we are way behind this year in New Mexico – I am happy to report that the hummingbirds might be around after all. All my feeders are clean and re-filled after witnessing 3 or 4 friends in one day, and one was a tiny little critter. Maybe they will finally appear in numbers like they do most years. I sure hope so, cause I love those hummers.

Only indirectly changing the subject, my title fits me being delayed with my blogging responsibilities. I don’t know where the time goes. I want to make sure I highlight some more businesses, especially those window cleaners. I love window cleaners, I’ve been married to one for almost 34 years. However, I think he lost his squeegee a while back . Thank goodness for younger family members who picked up the trade.

Let’s travel to Maryland. Somewhere between Washington DC and Baltimore – please excuse my lack of geographical expertise – there is a well-established business called JENCOR Services. Owned by Dwight Rowe, they cannot wait to live up to their motto which is “Making Them Shine One at a Time.” Check out their website to fully get how professional they are, and to check out all their services, and the areas they serve. I am still wondering who cleans the White House windows. This one is close, but I am pretty sure those windows are done in-house.

Now that the hummers are back, I think I need my windows cleaned.

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THE HEAT IS ON

And, I don’t mean I am feeling pressured or the sun is hot today. I mean my heat is on! I have not had the heat on in our house for almost a month, and today, May 1st, I broke down and turned it on. It is like winter has to make one more statement before getting the heck out of here.

The winds are hitting over 40 mph, the high temperature today might reach 48 – this coming Thursday the temperature is suppose to get to 85. The hummingbirds are trying to visit the feeders outside my windows, but they are finding it quite challenging, to say the least.

Visualize a nice warm day. Let’s visit Orlando, Florida. Their high today today will be 88, and we could go to Disney World.  Millions of visitors head that way every year to visit all the attractions.

Over two million people live in Orlando. That also means lots of windows. If your windows reside in Orlando, check out hiring a professional.  Absolute Window Cleaning not only cleans windows and screens, they do pressure washing,blind and shutter cleaning,  gutter cleaning and screen replacement. Have a business? They accommodate commercial too.

To avoid getting blown away, I think I will stay inside today, clean my kitchen and maybe finish the book I am reading.

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FIRST CLASS WINDOWS

Nothing like sitting in The Parlour Car on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight to make one appreciate the fact that windows can be made to fit. What a way to see the Pacific coast.  There are definitely a lot of naked windows on the train to look out and enjoy the various terrains. We went from the desert in New Mexico to palm trees and beach in California to mountains, snow and tall forests in Oregon.

Now I am officially on vacation. But, that won’t stop me from blogging about windows or anything else that seems to be worth mentioning.

Being in Portland reminds me of when we started our window cleaning company up here. We were always worried about the rain. What we learned later when we moved to drier climates was that customers make a bigger deal about weather when you have less. If it rains it ruins the day, unnecessarily. In Portland, if you stop what you are doing because it is raining, you might as well stop doing anything.

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THE LITTLE PURPLE SUITCASE THAT COULD

This is it!  Now it’s all about looking out the train windows on Amtrak going up the West Coast from LA to Portland.  (The leg from Albuquerque to LA is overnight and not as scenic.) The windows will most likely not be totally clean, but the view is amazing.

I will be posting some pictures of outside the windows for sure. I am putting the link to my previous story from a year ago called THE LITTLE PURPLE SUITCASE to introduce or remind all my visitors of its inspiration.

Mom’s ready to board the train for her final train trip! But, there will be more story.

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