Checking it Off




Happy Tuesday, Friends!

This next Sunday, October 30, is National Checklist Day.  to-do-listSo, my questions for you are: 

  • Do you use a checklist? 
  • Where do you use it (home, office, recreation)? 
  • Do you find it helpful?

I am a big list maker.  I love organization, but am forgetful enough and lazy enough that it just doesn’t seem to happen very naturally for me.  Getting older doesn’t help.  I have found (short of a checklist) if you want to remember something, tell a child.  Of course, this action plan doesn’t work very well if they are supposed to remind you to have them clean their room.  Oh, they remember all right – they remember NOT to tell you! Continue reading

Cleaning Helps my Family AND my Neighbors




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Hello friends and co-cleaners,

Our cleaning challenge is officially over (Woo-Hoo!) and I think we should each give ourselves a pat on the back.  I admit that I don’t like to clean any more than the average person does.  Believe me, leaving the traditional work force hasn’t caused me to become so bored that I look forward to socializing with my duster and iron.  Send for the men in the white coats when that starts to happen because it’s a pretty good sign that I’ve gone right over the edge!  However, I am so proud of myself (and you too!) for tackling this big task and not just laying down until the motivation passes.  As a reminder as to why it was good that we generated some elbow grease, here were some benefits that I saw as I went along these last 5 weeks:

  • My allergies have less to sneeze about
  • I have found things that I thought I lost for good
  • My appliances are in better working order and are safer now
  • I don’t have to run and hide when someone rings the doorbell
  • I have discovered many things that may help others

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Are you having an identity crisis too?




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Do you remember the struggles of your teen years?  I do.  Leaving the carefree times of childhood and advancing toward adult life left me in this in-between state of uncertainty.  Probably one of the most dreaded questions I could be asked was “What are you going to do when you grow up?”  My answer changed by the day, sometimes by the hour.  The truth is that I didn’t have the foggiest idea and that was scary!

The good news is that I ended up in an occupation I love.  How?  I can only say that it must have been whispered into my subconscious by God because I certainly wasn’t heading toward the dental field – even when I walked onto campus my first year of college.  However, once I started down this path, I never looked back.  More often than not, when talking to people about what they do, I think to myself, ‘Wow, I’m sure glad I’m doing what I’m doing!’  There is a serenity about knowing you are in the right place at the right time.  All is well in the world. Continue reading

A View from Above




As you may recall, last week we were continuing our Fall Cleaning Challenge by deep cleaning our living room (or maybe you picked your family room or media room).  It wasn’t an easy task for me, but I found that it was important to do.  There was the uck! moment of the wrapped, gray package of Smarties that had found a hiding place I didn’t know existed under our couch cushions.  On the other hand, I was excited to find a pair of reading glasses that had also slipped into an unknown area.  Believe me, reading glasses are more valuable than finding coins these days!  Continue reading