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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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WINDOW REMINDERS

Sometimes, I get so excited about clean windows, hummingbirds and gardenias (all related to the glass in my house in one way or another)I forget why I started this blog two years ago. Here is a recap of the products at ForYourWindows.

BLINDS

Your choice of aluminum, vinyl, faux wood or wood. We have verticals too!

CELL SHADES

Honeycomb design, great for insulation and sound absorption.

SOLAR WINDOW SHADES 

Protect the inside of your home from UV rays that damage carpet, furniture and decor, and keep the heat out this summer with interior or exterior solar shades.

 PRETTY CURTAINS

Plain or frilly, check out our great selection.

WALLPAPER FOR YOUR  WINDOWS

Inexpensive, fun way to decorate or provide privacy.

GREENHOUSE KITS

Build your own greenhouse!

BIRDFEEDERS

And, don’t forget the birdies

 

Pun totally intended…have we covered YOUR windows?

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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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LEAPING INTO SPRING

I just might be one of the only bloggers who did not blog on February 29th as we began a year of “leaping” over the day we would normally be on during most years. I thought about addressing the issue, but decided to wait until March arrived.

Ah…March is here, and even if we have wind (we do today)  or a slight snow storm, I am delighted. The fish in my pond act like they want food, but I will wait until a bit later to start feeding them again. Then, it will be time to bring out the hummingbird feeders. 

Springtime means sprucing up the backyard and the windows. Inside you might need curtains or blinds. Outside maybe some solar shades. For Your Windows can help you with a lot of window related issues. Check out the Outside Your Windows page that offers greenhouses and bird feeders. 

Wouldn’t this be fun to visit in your own backyard?

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WINDOW TO WHATCHAMACALLIT

Okay, you were probably born in some decade last century. Maybe the 60’s or the 40’s or something like that. Please tell me, when my four younger grandchildren, all born between 2003 and 2008, are older how will they refer to the decade they were born in?  Having done a bit of research, I find that I am not the only person asking this question. Over the past 10 years there has been no consistent agreement on this.

Here are some of the choices.

1) The 2000’s

2) The aughties

3) The aught naughts

4) The naughties

5) The oh oh’s

6) The ohsies

7) The twenty hundreds

And now we are in the in-betweens maybe? Or is it the “tens”?

You would think that because this problem existed at the turn of the last  two centuries, someone would have found a solution. I think we need to come to an agreement on this  so we can hand it down to our future generations. 

I started For Your Windows in 2010. What is your suggestion on how I can refer to that later?

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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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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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A WINDOW TO EAGERLY OPEN

Are you ready?

I am!

I am looking forward to opening the window to 2012.  Most people want to lose weight, save money or quit smoking again. Those are all good resolutions for sure. After much thought here are my top decisions for 2012.

 

1) Be kinder to myself and everyone I meet, know and love.

2) Dress up naked windows that need new coverings by shopping at For Your Windows.

3) Help others keep their windows clean and dressed up as needed.

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

Happy New Year to all my visitors. Thank you for a great 2011 and please come back often next year.

 

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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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CLOSE THE WINDOW TO INSANITY

I have been thinking a lot lately about marketing, customer service and how both relate to our spending habits and the economy. Nothing like “Black Friday” to stimulate some interesting thoughts.

Back in the 1970’s, I had a retail business in a mall. That particular day kicked off the holiday shopping season. Sometimes it was good and sometimes it was a let-down. Back then the term “Black Friday” had not really spread into all areas as it was a pretty new concept connoting that merchants would actually see “black” instead of “red” in their cash flow.

As a consumer, I still do some shopping in stores and a lot online. However, that Friday is a day that I almost always stay home, purposely avoiding the mayhem. This year, I  am amazed at the way this bizarre marketing strategy has literally crushed the whole concept of Thanksgiving.

How much more money will any given business really make if they open up during Thanksgiving Dinner instead of early Friday morning? I could go on and on and on about all the details, but please someone explain the logic.

Could we just close the window to this insanity for good!

The idea for today is to shop local and support small businesses in your area. I like that idea. I am even going to participate now that my Thanksgiving dinner is digested.

If you do shop online, remember to visit For Your Windows. 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.

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