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Friday, January 20, 2017

Book Review: The life-changing magic of tidying up the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by marie kondo

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This is not the kind of book this old redneck would ordinarily read.  However, I was browsing our Amazon affiliate reports and found that this book is the number one book purchased by our readers. 

Furthermore, this is the number one book recommended to our blog readers by Amazon based on their prior purchases and views.

The author of this book, Marie Kondo, has spent her entire life, at least from the time she was five, studying the art of tidying the house. 

We see so much about minimalist living and tiny house living that it seems everyone has an idea about how to go about reducing the amount of clutter in one’s life.  Ms. Kondo has a very no-nonsense approach that she teaches in the book regarding decluttering your living space beyond anything else I have read before.

I believe very much a good bit of what is taught in this book.  For instance, I have noticed that when our house is neat and clean, our finances are better off.

Ms. Kondo speaks as if she believes that homes have spirits or feelings.  My family and I
have felt this very much in houses we have lived as well as houses we have tried to purchase in the past. Sometimes it appears that a house just loves you.

Many people experience this with a car.  After a while, they become one with the car when they are driving it.  My wife, Suzanne, feels very much at one with our car we call Zoomie.  Years ago, I felt this way about a car I called Bird-2.  It was as if the car could read my mind. 

The life-changing magic of tidying up the Japanese art of decluttering and organizingis a good light read with a good deal of insight.  Grab a copy online at Amazon or borrow it free from your local library.

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Friendly Fill-Ins 20 January 2017

Friendly Fill-Ins 20 January 2017
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1. Walking on a college campus makes me feel old.

Thursday, we took our oldest daughter to her college campus to take care of some business and go to her first classes for the semester.  We had to wait on her because she needed to come back with us.

All we had to do was walk down three flights of stairs and about a ½ block.
Of course, we had to walk back, too.  I am pooped.  University is for the young.  Us old farts need to sit at home and read books or watch the lectures on YouTube.

2.Having Suzanne for a wife makes me feel young.

Suzanne is my child bride.  She still makes me feel 19 again.  I like looking at pictures of her when we were dating. 

3. I have been working on a video about how to make extra money on side things.

Honestly, I really had to scratch my head on this one.  Anyway, the video will be uploaded in a few days.  I am editing it while working on a few side projects to help a couple of friends. 
4.This year is flying by.

These last two blanks were hard to think of stuff for.

This year is flying by.  We are almost to February and people are already needing tax advice.  I don’t mind helping.  It just seems that the government could stagger the filings so that their people would not be so overwhelmed and tax preparers could pace themselves better. 



We still need help with the GoFundMe for Suzanne’s eye surgery.  Remember, 24 January and again 27 January all our books are free.  Grab yours while they are free.  They would be cheap at twice the price.  Have a great week. 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge 18 January 2017


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1. ASAP typically stands for 'as soon as possible'. What else could it stand for in your life right now? 


Acutely Stupid Aggravating People.  In our lives, we deal with people who
operate on a higher level of stupid.  From people who talk on a cell phone while smoking and pumping gas to people who are in government positions who do not understand basic business terminology. 

Once we were at a busy gas station.  Parked right beside us was a man on his cell phone.  Cell phones create invisible but deadly sparks.  He was also smoking and not paying attention to the fuel going into his vehicle.  This is deadly.  It could blow up the entire station in seconds. 

I was helping a local businessman trying to straighten out a problem he had with a government agency.  He speaks little English.  I spoke with one woman and told him that he did file on time.  The bank canceled his check on such and such a day and so forth.  She did not understand that the bank canceling his check meant that the check had been cashed and cleared the bank.  I tried to explain that this was proof he had filed on time.  She did not get it. She said, “I don’t know why they would cancel his check.”


2. Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea? Why do you suppose that is? Is it a good thing or no?


It depends on the group.  I am an out-front kind of person.  However, when faced with a new group of people, I may just slip in quietly and listen to them talk.  I don’t mind speaking up.  I don’t care if others think I am stupid when I speak.  If someone asks for input, they are going to get it from me.

3. What do you remember best about being 12? 

When I was 12, we moved from Inman, South Carolina, to Iva, South Carolina. My family started a new business and I started middle school.  Starr-Iva Middle School was hell.  It was out in the middle of nowhere.  The facilities were run down and drab.  Many of the teachers did not want to be there.  This is a time when everyone is trying to find out who they are and where they fit in.

Everyone is going through puberty around at that time and everyone is trying to figure out what is going on inside them.  Everyone has a screwed up understanding of the changes taking place.


4. January 18th is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Which character do you relate to the most, and why? If you're stumped go here for inspiration. 


I think there is no doubt that I most relate to Tigger.  He is very upbeat and optimistic.  Most of the time I am, too.  He has a lot of fun just being himself.  Even when he is completely wrong, he sees a good outcome.




5. What's an app you use that helps simplify or make life easier for you in some way? 

I don’t have a smart phone, so I don’t have any apps per se.  However, if we were to include programs like Google Calendar, then I would say that Google Calendar helps me keep up with things.

I use Google Sheets to keep up with our finances.  I used to use Quicken for this but when the old computer crashed, I could not afford to upgrade to the new Quicken so we use Google Sheets.

On the computer, I use PowerPoint to make videos and Excel to crunch numbers.  Excel works better than Google Sheets, but with Google Sheets I can access it from almost any computer.

6. San Francisco (CA), San Diego (CA), San Juan (PR) San Antonio (TX) Sanibel (FL)...you have an all expenses paid long weekend to one of these destinations. Which one do you choose and why?


How about none of the above?  I don’t want to have to deal with people out in the real world. If I have to choose, I would choose San Antonio, TX.  The Riverwalk can be a very fun place.  Ride the boats, listen to the music, eat in the Riverfront cafes, and take in the shows.  Suzanne and I have done this and it was fun.  The Alamo is within walking distance, so we can enjoy the history.  Just don’t wander around far from that area.  You take your life in your own hands if you do.

7. Share with us a song that makes you feel nostalgic? For what? 


Endless Love, Sexy Eyes, For Your Eyes Only, 9 to 5, and countless others were popular when Suzanne and I first started dating.  Shortly after that, there was Certain Girl and Open Arms.  Swingin’ was also popular as was Elvira.  These remind me of when Suzanne and I were first together and we had no real responsibilities.  All we had to do was go to school, study, and get to know each other 



8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

We just went through a very hard winter here in Gulf Coast Texas.  Those three days were terrible.  We had temperatures that dropped into the 20s.  It even snowed one day for about two hours.  It melted before it hit the ground, but snow is snow. 

People got out their cold weather clothes.  They bundled up in their heavy parkas, snow boots, gloves, hats, ski masks, tank tops, and shorts.  This is cold weather gear in Gulf Coast Texas. 

We still have a long way to go with the GoFundMe for Suzanne’s eye surgery. If you can contribute, please do. If you can promote this on your blogs and other social media, please do.  We thank you for your support.



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There is no one right answer to any business question that will cover all circumstances.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesdays with Gindy. CPR class at the American Red Cross

When I joined the Junior Iva Rescue Squad way back in 1977, I set myself a goal to get the most training I could in First Aid and CPR.  I also decided to get the rest of the Junior Squad trained as best I could.  I did not have a rank or any authority in the squad, but I set out to get everyone trained.  I guess you could say I appointed myself as training officer.

I was already trained in multi-media first aid, which was a basic level of first aid training at the time.  I arranged with the American Red Cross in Anderson for the Junior Rescue Squad to take first aid classes and later C. P. R. classes. After that was completed, I arranged for us to take Advanced First Aid Classes.

Finally, we had all the C.P.R. and first aid classes available.  The next level was to
become an instructor. The problem was I was the only one in the Junior Squad at the time who was at least 17.  I took the instructor classes.  I thought I would have to find classes to teach, but they seemed to find me.  I was always busy.  I was a volunteer so I did not get paid, but many of the classes were fun experiences.

I moved to Spartanburg to go to the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg.  I let the Palmetto Chapter of the American Red Cross know that I was available to teach classes.  The Palmetto Chapter covers both Spartanburg and Union Counties of South Carolina, or at least it did at the time.

One day, the Palmetto Chapter called to ask if I could co-teach a class that Saturday.  As I remember it, a local plant needed to get all their foremen trained in C. P. R.  It seems they had an upcoming certification that required that foremen were C. P. R. trained. It had to be done that Saturday and there were more people than the Red Cross safety director thought one person could teach properly.

I had $5 to my name and just enough gas to get me to and from the Red Cross headquarters that Saturday.  The low fuel light was lit the whole time. It would be a few days before I would get any more money.   I thought that with five dollars I could get something to eat at Hardees, which was right there beside headquarters.

I showed up and met my co-instructor for the very first time.  He was one of the officers in the Chesnee Rescue Squad.  I think it was Rescue 8 but I am not sure.

Anyway, to make a short story long, as I am wont to do, he and I took turns with the lecture part and I ran the projector.  We both supervised the practical part of the class where students actually practice C. P. R. on Resusci Annie. 

It came time to break for lunch and I did a little straightening in the room. As I was doing that, one of the leaders of the group approached me and asked me if I was going to lunch.  I told him I was thinking about going to Hardees.  He said, “Why don’t you come to Quincy’s with us?”  Quincy’s was a steakhouse and was out of my budget at that moment.  I was honest with the man and told him I would, but I could not because I only had $5.  He said, “I did not ask you that.” The whole group went to Quincy’s.

I entered the line just behind my co-instructor.  The leader got in line just behind me.  As we go to the part of the counter where you get a salad bowl, he put a salad bowl on my tray.   He asked me what kind of steak I liked and I told him, “I usually get the number 9 cooked medium with a baked potato. But today I will just get the hamburger.” He said, “I did not ask you that." He asked what dessert I thought would be good. I told him, “I am a diabetic; I don’t eat desserts.”

When we approached the register, I told the cashier I wanted a hamburger.  The leader spoke up and said, “Cancel that hamburger.  He will have a number 9 cooked medium with a baked potato.”  I told him I could not afford that. He said, “I did not ask you that.”

The cashier totaled my order and it was triple what I had in my pocket.  I gulped and the leader took the ticket and paid it.

We ate and had a good time.  The foremen asked me what I was studying and did I like teaching at the Red Cross.  I told them I enjoyed it a great deal and I liked most of the people I met.

We finished lunch and walked back over to headquarters.  Finally, we had all the foremen certified in C. P. R.  As they were leaving, the leader handed me a $20 bill and I told him I could not accept it because I was a volunteer.  He offered a similar bill to my co-instructor and he said, “Give it to David.”  One of the men asked for my keys, saying he and one of the others were going to put the equipment I had brought back in Bird-2 (my car) for me. I gave them up wondering why it took two men to do what I had done by myself.

The leader, my co-instructor, and I talked for a little while and we started to leave.  The leader said, “David, you can’t take money for teaching, but we would like to give you money for gas .”  He handed me the two $20 bills that had been offered earlier.  I took it.

When I got back in Bird-2, I noticed the low fuel light was not on any more.  The guy that had borrowed my keys to “put equipment back in the car” had taken my car next door and filled the tank.

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Please be sure to consult your attorney, accountant, and/or other professionals with any specific questions.

There is no one right answer to any business question that will cover all circumstances.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Share Your World 16 January 2017 Week 3

*This week our questions come from a series of questions that Netdancer’s Musings answered on her post “Getting to Know Me – 50 Questions”.
Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

We have two closets in our room.  The doors on one broke years ago, so I took them down.  The other one is seldom used, so the doors are always closed.  Otherwise, it really would not matter to me one way or the other.

Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?

Absolutely.  We have several friends that own hotels.  They are not from this country and their thinking on this is a little bit different than ours.  The charge for the shampoos and such are built into the price of the room.  However, if someone does not use the shampoo, it is left in the room for the next guest.

If you don’t take it, you are wasting your money.  If you don’t use all of it, it will get combined with other partial shampoos and left for other guests.  By taking the shampoos, you are keeping others from getting someone else’s used shampoos. 

The whole idea that it costs labor dollars is lost on them. They figure they are already paying for the person to be there, so why not have them combine several partial bottles to make a full bottle.
If the bottle does not have a seal at the top, don’t use it.  Even name brand hotels are run in such a way. 

What is your usual bedtime?

There is no such animal.  We are retired, so it really does not matter.  Suzanne and I tend to be night people (vampires, I guess).  We stay up until we get tired.  We go to bed when we like.  Our Marine is based in Japan, so we try to be up when he is in case he wants to message or Skype.

Do you like to use post-it notes?

We don’t normally buy post-it notes.  I keep a pack of index cards on my desk for jotting down stuff.  Usually, I lose the card and have to hunt it again. 

When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

The last time the printer was out of ink, about a month ago.  My handwriting is terrible.  It has always been bad.  I prefer to type letters.   I mail letters all the time on paper.  But, I seldom handwrite them.

Any phobias?

When we first moved to Texas, I was deathly afraid of snakes.  Since running into so many snakes here in Texas, I kind of got used to them.  That is until the King Cobra got loose near my mother’s old house.  There was a King Cobra and several other exotic venomous snakes living directly across the street from her house.

Since I heard about this, I have been on high alert.  The least little prompt will make me jump now.

On a less understandable note, I am also afraid of sleestaks.  Do you remember the Land of the Lost on Saturday mornings back in 1970-somethin’? 

Well, back then, the television signals were crappy.  This meant that even bad special effects looked real.  One day, I went to a friend’s house.  He and his family went to run some errands.  After he left, I started back home.  I noticed that no one was out in their yards.  I could not see any dogs and I did not hear any barking.  The birds were not singing.   It was deathly silent. 

My mind jumped to the logical conclusion for a 10-year old boy, sleestaks

How tall are you?

This is a very good question.  In my senior year of high school, I was measured at 6’ 2”.  Most of my adult life, I was measured at 6’ 2.5”.  A few years ago, I was measured at 6’ 3”.  The last time I was measured at the doctor’s office, I was 6’ 1”.  I guess it depends.  They say as we go through our day we get shorter since we tend to settle.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

This week has been filled with same-o s same-o.  I am glad we haven’t had any major problems other than that our oldest daughter has been sick with something all week. 

In the week to come, I look forward to finishing a project for a friend and to finishing the How to Manage Your Monkey video I am working on.  It takes about a week to make a video.  

We are still hoping to get Suzanne’s eye surgery paid for.  Please continue to pray for this. If you have a blog or other social media, please promote it for us.  Thank you. 

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Always consult a professional before you act on any of the information you find in this course.  

Do you have a frugal recipe?  Please e-mail it to me.


Help us reach 1,000 YouTube subscribers. Please watch some of our videos. If you like them, please subscribe. Also, please share our YouTube information with your friends.  We thank you so much for all your help. 

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The opinions or advice listed in this blog or website should be used as a place to start only. It is not a substitute for the use of a professional.

Please be sure to consult your attorney, accountant, and/or other professionals with any specific questions.

There is no one right answer to any business question that will cover all circumstances.