One of the things that I try to avoid as much as possible is cleaning house. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy having a clean house, and I don’t even mind doing the work to get the house clean. The problem is that it is a never-ending, uncompensated, unappreciated job that only gets noticed when it is not done. One of my biggest complaints about cleaning house is that no one in this house even CARES about how dirty or messy it is. As many times as I remind people the old adage “A place for everything, and everything in its place” no one cares enough to bother to put things away.
Consequently no one can find anything when they need it, the house is cluttered, and the clutter makes cleaning very difficult. Sometimes I wonder just how soon the producers from “Hoarders” will be knocking on our door asking if they can come in and use our family for one of their episodes!
My wife used to keep the house spotless until we had children. Then all heck broke loose! Working full-time, taking college courses at night, and chasing toddlers around the house just wore her out. She realized that all of the people who claim that the working mothers can “have it all” meant that they can have all of the stress and none of the fun! She decided that she was just going to have to lower her standards and give up trying to keep the house neat and tidy. We tried hiring house cleaning services, but the clutter generators were so fast that the cleaning companies really weren’t able to get much cleaning done!
Now that I’ve found this website that will buy my uses DVDs, games, Blu-Rays and CDs, I am going to help my wife declutter this place as much as I can, and try to round up some of our old stuff and turn it into money! I like the idea of getting paid to clean our own house!
Posted by J L on June 10, 2013
Posted in Life • Opinion • Parenting | Tagged With: grass, kids, opportunity, parents, yard |
Every once in a while I get really busy. Normally, I do my own yard work but this week I am just too busy to do so. That’s why I wanted to find a kid from the neighborhood to cut my grass. Despite my best efforts I was unsuccessful.
When I was young, I would have been looking forward to such an opportunity. I am saddened that there are seemingly no kids around here that want the same chance. This is the type of thing that makes me worry about the work ethic of our country. If we are not willing to work for our income, how are we supposed to compete with the rest of the world? We cannot all just sit around and expect to be able to live like kings if we have not made any effort to better ourselves.
To be honest, I blame the parents. Every time I turn around I see the parents are doing something that the kids are perfectly capable of doing themselves. I see parents vacuuming their carpets while their perfectly strong teenagers sit on the sofa nearby just texting their friends or playing games on their phones. Seems to me that parents are more interested in being their kids friends then they are in being a parent. Parents need to teach the kids how to do the work, and get them to chip in and help. Doing it all themselves is not fair to anyone.
Posted by J L on June 7, 2013
Posted in Friends and Family • Life • Money and Finances | Tagged With: bankruptcy, economy
When Jason asked me to come with him to the appointment he had made for a free consultation bankruptcy next week I was surprised. I had no idea that he had been struggling that hard for so long. One of the things that surprised me the most about it was the fact that I keep hearing on the news that the economy is improving. How can the economy be improving if record numbers of people are being forced to file for bankruptcy? I think there must be something really wrong with the way the statisticians are judging the state of the economy!
It’s funny how things happen within the family, like all the trends, fashions, births, marriages, divorces, graduations, and all the other various events that come and go within our lifetime. They tend to come and go in waves. A good example is that this June we have had to attend six graduations for family members. Three were from High School, two were from college and the third was a cousin who went back to school via the Internet and they had a graduation party for everyone that finished those courses as well. All six were wonderful events, I’m so proud of each and everyone of the graduates and it will be interesting to see how these good folks fair from this moment on and where they end up in the near future.
The graduation announcements just seemed to keep pouring in this year. Funny thing is that these graduations will be the last that anyone in the family will attend for the next three years. That is when all of the kids that are in Junior High right now should be graduating High School. The key words here are “should be” but knowing some of the kids that are scheduled to graduate come 2015 and 2016 I wouldn’t bet any money on two of them to make it all the way to the end of high school. But only time will tell and stranger things have been known to happen.
So now that all of the graduations are done and over with, it will only be a couple more weeks until the family gets together for the 4th of July picnic that we all try so hard to attend. Hopefully the weather will be great, the food will be nice and hot and pray that the fireworks will start on time this year and it should all be good!
Posted by J L on May 25, 2013
Posted in Business • Food • Life • Technology and gadgets | Tagged With: customers, radios, restaurants
If you have ever been to a restaurant in your life, then you have probably used some kind of two way radio to get notified when your table is ready. These kinds of radios are extremely popular these days, and the restaurant two way radio is definitely a great way to allow customers to roam around the area while they wait for a free table.
There are many different types of radios that could work for a restaurant, and sometimes it is a good idea to get some of these radios for staying in contact with the servers as well. Not everyone will like the idea of having to wait for a table at your restaurant, but they will probably be fine with waiting if you give them a device that will notify them when you are ready. The main thing that you need to think about if you are going to get one of these devices is how strong they need to be.
Sometimes you will just need the power to notify your customers around the restaurant, but other people will need stronger radios if they are in a mall or some other large area. There is nothing wrong with letting your customers walk around the local area while they wait for a table to open up, but you need to be able to contact them when something does become open. You will only be able to do that if you use a radio system that is powerful enough to reach your customers.