thoughts: I Didn’t Want What I Bought to Be Served Up with a Spoonful of Your Opinion. - 04/15/18 04:02 PM
I Didn’t Want What I Bought to Be Served Up with a Spoonful of Your Opinion.

While at the Delray Affair, I was enjoying walking along Atlantic Avenue...taking in all of the activity, people watching and enjoying the day.

While I was making a purchase at one of the booths, I made some small talk with the artist...something like It’s good to see it’s busy so early and on the first day.

What I didn’t expect or want when the artist handed me my receipt and bag was her opinion on the state of the country.

She went off on how scared she was … (64 comments)

thoughts: Thankful for Being an Old Lady with Old Lady Friends. - 04/12/18 05:16 PM
Thankful for Being an Old Lady with Old Lady Friends.

Ok, Carol Williams, this one’s for you.

This morning I met with 2 ladies with whom I’ve been friends for a number of years. We try to get together every couple of months for brunch and play catch up.

What I love is that we’re of an age when we’ve already been through a lot with work and family. Which is not to say that we don’t have any bumps in the road that may come up but I’d say we’re better equipped to handle them now.
 
OLF’s (Old Lady Friends) … (24 comments)

thoughts: Lessons Learned From March Madness - 04/04/18 01:59 PM
 
Lessons Learned From March Madness

The big event known as March Madness is over, and while most of the brackets began collapsing on the first day, there were, as always, winners and losers, real and perceived.
Sports, especially team sports, offers so many lessons for our personal as well as our business lives.
So, here in the months-long break that we have between college basketball and football, are some lessons learned from March Madness.
 
1.Nothing is a given.
You may have all of the advantages but when it gets down to it, you have to play as hard as all of the other … (36 comments)

thoughts: Thankful Thursday...No Bad Days| - 03/28/18 03:55 PM
Thankful Thursday...No Bad Days|
 
We had breakfast with a friend and the subject of having a bad day came up. Our friend is 75, still goes on dive trips all over the world, and survived a heart attack while diving out of the country.
 
One credit card later, a life flight, a really good cardiologist, rehab with the help of a friend, and someone up above looking down on him and our friend welcomes every day with a smile on his face.

As he said at breakfast, after my heart attack, I have no more bad days.
 
And while I would not wish … (30 comments)

thoughts: It's Hard for This Old Dog to Learn New Tricks... - 03/22/18 03:15 PM
It’s Hard for This Old Dog to Learn New Tricks

While I don’t consider myself to be too high maintenance, there are two things that I need to work...my car and my laptop.

Thankfully, Larry can take care of both.

However...last night my laptop went bye-bye.
Actually, it’s still in existence but my hard drive decided to go on strike.

While I didn’t get the infamous blue screen of death, I have a feeling it is on life support.

That said, I do have my iPad as well as the 3 other Thinkpads we own.
But you know how it is when you … (34 comments)

thoughts: The icing on the cake of a simple life… - 03/15/18 05:50 PM
The icing on the cake of a simple life…
 
Last month after I finished charging my Apple watch, I removed it from the charger and the back came off! What the hey?!

Thanks to Google, I discovered that this was a known issue with the first generation Apple watches.  Apple had extended its free repair for 3 years. After a conversation with the good people at Apple, I boxed it up and off it went!
 
Larry was waiting for panic to set in because he knows how much I love this watch.
However, somehow after years of waiting for maturity to kick in, … (28 comments)

thoughts: What Do You Think Makes a Good Leader? - 03/04/18 05:12 PM


What Do You Think Makes a Good Leader?
 
Recently when I was listening to some people who were in positions of leadership, the thought occurred to me that they didn’t appear to be exhibiting what I would consider traits that mark a good leader.

Think back on people you’ve worked for who were ones you’d follow to the ends of the earth. And of course, there’ve been those you wouldn’t follow down the hall for a cup of coffee.

And as I often do, I began talking to myself about what makes a good leader.

What makes a good leader?

1.These are the … (62 comments)

thoughts: Who Couldn’t Use a Feel-Good Story Now?! - 02/26/18 04:30 PM
Who Couldn’t Use a Feel-Good Story Now?!

What about you? I love to smile and nothing does that better than what I call a feel-good story. This story reminds me a little of the saying by Anne Lamott- It’s better to be kind than to be right.
In the Sunday game against Northwestern, Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon could have made a free throw which would have given him the program’s record for the most consecutive free throws.
 
Jordan intentionally MISSED the free throw. Until then he was tied with Chris Street for a record 34 consecutive free throws.
 
Why?
Chris Street also played for Iowa. … (26 comments)

thoughts: Remembering How Simple Life Used to Be. - 02/14/18 05:00 PM
Remembering How Simple Life Used to Be.

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and I was thinking of when I was just a kid and we decorated shoe boxes so that our classmates could deliver little paper Valentines to us.
 
Life was sweet and simple then…

And then the heartbreaking news that there was another school shooting. And this time closer to home in Parkland, FL.  just about 20 miles to the south of us. Larry built homes in the area and I have staged homes in the area.

How in the world can this be happening?
17 Killed
 
Teachers and school administrators are trained on … (28 comments)

thoughts: Anyone Can Fall Down...But It Takes a Winner to Keep Going. - 02/12/18 04:25 PM
Anyone Can Fall Down, But It Takes a Winner to Keep Going.
 
Don’t you love the Olympics!?! We love watching all of the athletes as well as hearing the backstories. They all work so hard and make so many sacrifices.
One event we were watching this weekend...cross-country skiing...offered a lesson that even the non-athletes among us could use.
 
Norway’s Simen Hegstad Krueger won the Gold Medal in the Skiathlon by 8 seconds
 
That alone is noteworthy, but he did it after he fell in the first few seconds. Two of his competitors fell on top of him as well. Krueger had lost … (73 comments)

thoughts: Oh Yes...It’s That Time of Year ...Once Again - 02/04/18 05:37 PM
 
Oh Yes...It’s That Time of Year ...Once Again

For years now I’ve been writing this post on the day after the Super Bowl.  In case you’re not aware, I’m a huge football fan...Pro and College.

I was born in Texas. Friday nights in the fall meant football. In fact, when Texas A&M was still part of the Big 12 there was a traditional Thanksgiving Day game between the Aggies and the Longhorns.  One turkey day, I was dating an Aggie and had the most fun watching the game in College Station.
 
I can remember one Saturday when I went to 2 football … (30 comments)

thoughts: Making 2018 the Best Year Yet...or At Least Trying - 01/24/18 04:05 PM
 
Making 2018 the Best Year Yet...or At Least Trying

Debbie Reynolds is hosting a challenge asking us to write about 3 goals (personal or professional) we have for the year. Why we have them and how we intend on reaching them.
At this point in my life, my goals tend towards personal ones... Making sure that I continue to live the kind of life I’ve been living and enjoying it as well.
 
My 3 goals are extremely simple ones, and perhaps that is by design. Hopefully, the simplicity will ensure that I am not overwhelmed by them.
 
1. Getting back in (regular) contact … (29 comments)

thoughts: Thankful Thursday...Thank You for Reaching Out. - 01/17/18 04:37 PM
Thankful Thursday...Thank You for Reaching Out.
 
Confessions of a former lurker.
 
When I began at ActiveRain, I was a part of a group many of you may be familiar with...The Lurkers. I read, and I commented.
 
I decided after 4 months of lurking to write my first post and it was everything you don’t want a post to be...a wall of words and no photos or graphics.
 
And then one day 6 months later, when I was telling a fellow stager (who is no longer active on the site) about a staging story, he said...Why don’t you write a post about it?”
 
The lightbulb turned … (30 comments)

thoughts: Five Positive Things About South Florida’s Cold Temperatures… - 01/04/18 05:44 PM
Five Positive Things About South Florida’s Cold Temperatures…

While those up north are being hammered by Winter Storm Greyson, Floridians have been the recipients of colder temps as well. We awoke to a temperature of 39 degrees this morning!

Now before you begin playing your little violins and chuckling, let me point out that while you Northerners are old hands at this, there’s a reason many of us choose to live in Florida!  
 
But inasmuch as I prefer to view things through a positive pair of glasses, let me try to squeeze out 5 positive things about South Florida’s Cold Temperatures.
 
1. … (30 comments)

thoughts: Thankful Thursday...For Sharing Your Memories - 01/03/18 03:40 PM
Thankful Thursday...For Sharing Your Memories
 
A  week ago, Carol Williams wrote a post about leaping into 2018 with a consciousness of gratitude. I think it’s a really good idea.
 
We talk about being thankful or grateful for something but committing to writing it down...to making a conscious effort to recognize what makes you thankful...takes it a step further.
 
And with that said, I would like to express my gratitude to the many members who participated in the December Challenge I hosted and shared their favorite holiday memory with us.

There were 70 posts written and I enjoyed reading every single one of them. … (31 comments)

thoughts: My Top Ten Moments of 2017 - 12/28/17 04:48 PM
My Top Ten Moments of 2017
 
Two years ago Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner wrote about her Top 10 moments from 2015 and invited us to do the same. I returned to my post to see what I’d written and it was interesting to relive my  2015 journey.
 
So, I decided to list my top ten for 2017. My Top Ten moments relate to my personal life because that is my focus these days.
 
My Top Ten Moments from 2017...
 
 
1.Larry had neurosurgery to implant a shunt for his hydrocephalus. It has helped tremendously and it is the very best gift we could have been given.
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thoughts: Christmas...The Day After…Thoughts - 12/25/17 06:00 PM
Christmas...The Day After…Thoughts

And so the diet and fasting begin!  Not really because I know that everyone here has been good and didn’t overindulge.
 
Today is also National Thank You Note Day. Quite appropriate for the day after Christmas. I can remember my mother sitting with me after the holidays to make sure that I’d written a “Thank you” note to everyone for their gift.

I wonder if parents still do this?
 
 
When I was growing up a sale was a big thing. I have memories of going into downtown Houston with my mother and aunt for the after Christmas sale on … (29 comments)

thoughts: Gift Cards Revisited…What Do You think? - 12/21/17 05:28 PM
Gift Cards Revisited…What Do You think?
 
A few years ago, I discussed my love/hate relationship with the even more ubiquitous Gift Card.

It took me awhile to get accustomed to them. For you see, I was trained by one of the best gift-givers...my mother.
 
When I went shopping with her, whether for a Christmas, birthday, or wedding gift for someone, I saw how she would spend hours picking out what she hoped would be the perfect gift for someone.

Her goal was to purchase a gift that they would like but wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves.

There were times when I wished … (26 comments)

thoughts: Sometimes Giving Away a Little Can Get You a Lot back. - 12/18/17 05:48 PM
Sometimes Giving Away a Little Can Get You a Lot back.
 
When I started providing home staging consultations it was suggested to me by a fellow and more experienced stager that while we don’t want to give away the store, it always helps to give away a few things for free.
 
For example, when bidding on a vacant staging, I might walk through and suggest what might be done with a space or how the entry could be enhanced. I’ve gone so far as to rearrange something while I’m standing there talking.
 
Suggest is the key word...just a taste. Ask most any … (27 comments)

thoughts: A Memorable Christmas - 12/14/17 03:52 PM
A Memorable Christmas...

Since I have asked you to share a Christmas memory with the ActiveRain community, I thought it only fair that I share one as well.
 
In my life, I have been blessed to have wonderful Christmases. There were always gifts, desserts, lots of food, and most of all we were surrounded by family, friends, and lots of joy and laughter.

But in December 2001, we all needed a boost to lighten our spirits after September.
My extended family here in Florida usually spent Christmas Eve night at the Beach Club but that year the patriarch of the family decided to … (27 comments)

 
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