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THE MAIN EVENT

Back in May of 2012, I blogged about the annular solar eclipse observed here in Albuquerque. Without even venturing outside my windows I captured some pretty cool pictures showing rings of fire coming through a window blind and reflecting on the opposite wall. The partially obstructed sun was shining through a tree outside the window. I found it interesting to find an article this morning suggesting an easy way to see an eclipse’s effects by finding a leafy tree and witnessing the shadows as the event happens. No gadget needed. You can also find easy instructions for making your own device if you did not secure some of the special glasses. Boy Scouts of America has a video here that looks very doable. 

 

In February of 1979, I was fortunate to have experienced another total eclipse. I lived near Portland then and it happened in the morning. I am pretty sure the sky was overcast, but it was quite an experience to have it get dark mid morning. We live on a dairy at the time, and the cows got very confused and headed home. Because it was winter the temperature issue was not that observable. I also witnessed a partial solar eclipse in Tucson in July of 1991. The temperature decline was very obvious even with a partial. That one was very similar to what I expect here in Albuquerque on Monday.

If you do not have the correct glasses and do not want to build a device, keep in mind the other phenomenon during a solar eclipse.

  • 360-degree sunrise/sunset
  • Mercury may be more visible
  • City lights or street light may turn on
  • The temperature decrease
  • Amazing shadow formations  (my cool picture is proof)

So, if you are lucky enough to be in the path where the eclipse is visible, you do not have to feel ill prepared. Personally, I think staring at the sun might get a bit boring if you forget to witness the other cool stuff that is happening. The “main event” is totally what you make of it: ENJOY!

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INSIDE OR OUT SPECIALS!

Sometimes we just need to know the deals. And, it’s up to me to keep you posted.

 

besthomefashion.com   Site wide sale 20% off   FREE SHIPPING ON ORDER OVER $50

                                   

mypotsandplanters.com  decor for the patio and indoors – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49

bloomingbulb.com   fall planting ideas – up to 60% OFF

wallpaperforwindows.com  OVERSTOCK SPECIAL – Frosted Glass Film from $15.98

blindsexpress.com  Graber Blinds 25 % off Sale – FREE SHIPPING ( up to 94″ wide)

sunglasswarehouse.com     20% off your first order – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25

And, if you want to have clean windows, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL!

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Inside Hummer

 

Unlike some areas, New Mexico only sees hummingbirds between April and October. This year, other than an occasional one in April, they were busy somewhere else than my backyard until mid July. Thank goodness things are back to normal, and I am seeing a lot of them, and often. Those wonderful little creatures always manage to distract me immediately from whatever I am supposed to be doing.  They often come up to the windows in my sunroom/office and flutter longingly as they spot the many plants and flowers I have inside. Yesterday morning the one pictured above decided to color outside the lines (or should I say “inside”) and fly into the sunroom. That’s her looking out, trying to make sense of it all.

That window guy who lives at my house jumped in to help. His attempts to shoo her back outside were in vain. As much as I would have loved for her to stay a while, I was not so sure the dog who lives here would ignore the situation. I have seen that same dog try to play with birds, inside and out, too many times. Finally, he (the window guy/husband) managed to get the lost, little one cupped in two hands long enough to release her into the great outdoors. It was an exciting visit for sure!

 

 

I just love those hummers. I am amazed at how many different sizes and colors there are. I did a little research and discovered that there are about 17 different species that you can observe in New Mexico alone. Even the Allen’s hummingbird, that limits it’s breeding territory to a very small area up the west coast, will migrate back through here in late summer. Because of their vibrant orange color, they are easy to notice. Next time I see one I will invite her in for flowers and tea.

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COMMON SENSE=MORE CENTS Replayed

The bolder print, along with pictures below, comprise a post I wrote in 2010. The restaurant I refer to is going strong, treating customers with lots of care. I am in a “hungry for good customer service” mood so I decided to revisit the feelings I hold about good customer service. When I go to the grocery store today, I am heading to a different one than normal. I have shopped at the same well known store in several of its locations for a very long time. They have made many changes over the last 18 months and I have been patient. I have talked to people at the top of the food chain and filled out surveys, telling them how I feel. I spend a lot of money there, but I do not think they care. I am a very loyal customer. I think it is sad that it does not seem to matter.

I love good customer service! I am looking forward to this evening because I will be dining at a new restaurant that was opened a few weeks ago by some neighbors. They had another one a few years back that they sold, and whenever I went there I got treated like royalty. I am sure the food will be good too, but the customer service is what will make it really enjoyable.

Years ago, when I first started in the service industry, and the yellow pages were the major force behind advertising, I remember reading in some of their promotion the results to a survey they had conducted. Ninety percent of the people surveyed said that how they were treated was more important than the quality of the work done.

When I ran our window cleaning businesses, I noticed that customers were left with a strange sort of hunger if they got bad service. One time when I asked a woman what exactly she wanted us to come back for, she had a hard time pinning it down. Windows were clean she told me, but something was not quite right. It all boiled down to our employee treating her disrespectfully. Fortunately, I was able to save the situation and the customer; did not save the employee. I learned early on to listen and let the customer vent for as long as they needed without interruption before I jumped in to solve the problem. That venting usually soothed more that my solving did.

It is easy to say that good customer service is just plain common sense. However, in today’s world, where common sense often seems lost,  great customer service is sometimes not very common. When you experience wonderful service make sure you shout it to the world, including to those responsible. When it is not so good, offer some correction, if possible, with a touch of forgiveness. Make sure if you train younger employees as part of your duties that you never assume they have common sense. Teach them that how they treat people is right up there, and maybe surpasses, the actual work itself, and happy customers equals returning and referring customers.

So, I am off to enjoy good company, good food and wonderful customer service.

So today, I am off to to something similar, along with hopefully finding lower prices. Wish me luck on my test run!

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The Green Mess


 

Considering I live in New Mexico, where it can look brown and dry a lot, seeing all this green as I look outside my sunroom/office window is sort of refreshing. Our pond is overrun with water lilies. About 5 years ago a fellow bought almost all of them from us to put in a new housing development. As you can see, it did no permanent damage. I think I need to promote that happening again soon! Yes, there are fish trying to swim amidst that green mess. And, there are even flowers hiding somewhere. I did manage to get a pose from one of them.

 

Things to do:

             Remove many lilies as soon as possible.

             Find the fish.

             Head back over to myPotsandPlants.com to shop for pond and fountain goodies.

They have some amazing creatures to keep the fish and lilies company.

Hanna, the Hippo Spitter

Or how about …

Quack, The Duck

These two are only an example of the great selection of accessories you will find at myPotsandPlants.com. My work is cut out for me, and I will be sure to blog any progress.  Watch out Green Mess! Here I come.

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My Potted Companions

I have mentioned here before that my first entrepeneurial adventure was an indoor plant store in the 1970’s. It was a kiosk in a large mall, but the structure itself was an amazing old greenhouse that had weathered time quite well, complete with very old glass and really cool wood gutters. I have very few pictures, and they are packed away to be filtered through someday.(Where was that cell phone with a handy camera back then?) It might be a worthwhile project to duplicate something similar to quench my thirst for a greenhouse. Thank goodness for my bright sunroom/office.

When I was growing up, my mom had a fairly large philodendron in our living room that I will never forget, mainly because one of my friends carved her name in one of the leafs. a fact that I never stopped hearing about from Mom. And, I am pretty sure my friend as been reminded a few times as we have reminisced the old days. It may have been the only houseplant, although I seem to remember African violets as well. Then, in the mid 1970’s houseplants made a huge comeback, along with lots of handmade pots and macrame hangers; I haven’t seen many of those lately. I have never been plant-less over the last 40 plus years, and I can honestly say I have had a least one hanging Boston fern in my house the whole time!  Right now I have two of them keeping the other 24 plants in my home company.  

 

The one pictured started out a year ago fairly small in a six inch pot, so you can see that my plants love the sunroom/office as much as I do. Needless to say, I always have my eyes open for planters, plant stands and pots. I definitely have my attention on these beauties over at myPotsandPlanters.com.

Jade Planter Trio – $69.95

These measure:

  • Large: 12″ x 12″ x 8 1/2″ high;
  • Medium: 8 3/4″ x 8 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ high;
  • Small: 6 3/8″ x 6 3/8″ x 4 3/4″ high.

They are marked down $20 right now and shipping is FREE on any order $49 and up. My only problem is I might need to go plant shopping! I hope you have that problem too. Be sure to check out all their departments for any gardening and indoor plant needs.

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Shady Spectacles

 

Harlem

Blocking out the sun’s glare is almost as old as the sun itself. Exposure to UV light can increase the chances of cataracts, macular degeneration, conjunctival growths and certain cancers in the eye. New studies show that high altitude, mid-day exposure and some medications can make things worse. Why take that chance? Get some polarized protection at Sunglass WarehouseYou can buy them with prescription lenses, to wear over your normal glasses or just for fun. Even if you love to buy a top brand pair, having extras or substitutes is a great idea.  

Sunglass Warehouse is the place to visit!  You can get both protection and fashion. Their prices are so affordable you can have a pair handy anytime. Right now, they have many styles for under $20, and a code to use to get 15 % off your order. You will be amazed at the wide selection, and the options for protection and style. FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25!

                                                           

        SUNGLASS WAREHOUSE

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THOSE DOG DAYS…

 

 

 

If asked, the dog that resides at my house would certainly agree that the dog days of summer have arrived.

It has been hot and humid (even here in Albuquerque) for days. Afternoons call out loud for a person to nap along with those dogs. Before I heed to that invitation, I want to remind all readers that the online places we refer you to have great ideas for summertime.

mypotsandplanters.com  decor for the patio and indoors – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49

bloomingbulb.com fall planting ideas – up to 60% OFF

wallpaperforwindows.com  privacy and decor for your windows

blindsexpress.com blinds and shades at discounted prices – FREE SHIPPING ( up to 94″ wide)

sunglasswarehouse.com great styles – super prices – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25

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

If you insist on washing your own windows, please use a squeegee and a wetbar. And, the suggestion of using vinegar and wadded up newspapers that you see in a lot of “how to” info is really not a good one.Best tip…HIRE A PROFESSIONAL. They are not expensive and it really does improve your outlook on life!

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Those Poppin Pillows and More

Remember these? A few weeks back I posted about them. On clearance and a great price. Bright pillow covers to cover an old pillow, or a new one . They are still only $3.99 each over at

Best Home Fashion

Linen Blend Moroccan Pillow Cover
The clearance department also has many other amazing mark downs right now, just to mention a few, room darkening curtains, sheers and decorative curtain rods. I sure wish I had a room to put this one in!
Damask Velvet Tie-up
Only $9.99 marked down from $34.99
All the clearance items are majorly discounted, and shipping is FREE on any order over $50.
Too many choices to picture them all here, so head over to Best Home Fashion to see for yourself.
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BOGO 60 SHADES

Double meaning for sure! Yep, you can check out shades for your windows here at For Your Windows, but this announcement is for those shades on your eyes.

When we are outside the windows, and in the bright sunshine we need protection and fashion.  SUNGLASS WAREHOUSE’s prices are so affordable you can have a pair handy anywhere. Today only, they are discounting your second pair at 60% OFF!  You will be amazed at the wide selection, and the options for protection and style.

Whether you are working or having fun, choose the best windows for your eyes.

 

 

BOGO 60 is only good until midnight tonight (ET), so be sure to save today on already super low prices.

 

 

 

 

Buy one, get the 2nd one 60% off
Promo code: BOGO60
Ends: July 18th

SUNGLASS WAREHOUSE

Hundreds of styles and free shipping on US orders over $25.

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