Contribution by Stevie Kirby
There are so many electric companies in Dallas, it’s hard to know who to go with. On one hand I like the idea of keeping my utilities as low as possible since we really stretched our budget to get this house. On the other hand, though, I also like the thought of going with the company I know has the best green standards and does the most for the environment.
Ever since I had the baby I’ve been really, really concerned about whether or not what I’m doing is good for the planet and I try really hard to be not only a responsible citizen but a good member of planet earth. That sounds so hippy! It’s like something my mom would have said back in the 70s. But you know, with so many big companies making so much pollution out there I feel like we each have to do what we can to try not to make the planet a worse place than we found it. I feel like I owe it to my daughter to give her a clean place to grow up and that’s going to be hard to do if we all don’t reduce our carbon footprints.
My husband drove a Hummer (a Hummer!) until he met me but thankfully in the last few years I’ve helped him see the error of his ways. He’s a good man but it’s hard not to get tied up in all the flashy things even when you know they’re not the best decision in terms of money spent on gas as well as for the planet. Anyway, we bought this house and I’m spending so much money on renovating with sustainable materials I feel like it’s silly if I don’t spend a little extra to go with the electricity company that does right by the environment, you know? I guess I’ll have to bite the bullet and put my money where my mouth is!
Posted by J L on May 13, 2013
Posted in Food • Home and garden • Life | Tagged With: cooking, honeysuckle, neighborhood |
One thing that I have been noticing lately is all the different smells that come into my life. The smell of cooking is always good when the food is good. Other smells such as honeysuckle flowers make my day. Other smells however are not as good as others.
The smell of road tar has gotten my attention lately. They are repaving our road and the smell is horrible. I also have not enjoyed the smell of the mosquito spray they are using in our neighborhood. I guess I’ll just have to live with it for now but I’ll be glad when it’s done.
I was totally caught off guard when I noticed when I went into the basement this morning that my water heater does not have an insulated blanket over it. It seems to me that I put one on it a couple of years ago. Last year I had some maintenance work done on my furnace and water heater, I think that the maintenance man might have removed the water heater blanket when he was checking out the water heater. I wonder why he didn’t put it back on, maybe he ruined it when he removed it. Looks like I am going to have to go buy a new one here real soon as old man winter seems to be pounding rather loudly on our door.
While on the subject of heaters, I have been seriously thinking about finding one of those outdoor patio heaters that I’ve been reading and hearing about. As much time as I spend outdoors all year round here, I am hating the fact that winter is fast approaching and that I’m going to be freezing my rear end off so much of the time just taking care of all the things that need to be taken care of by me and me alone. We had a very mild winter last year and I still stayed cold most of the time. I am hearing that we are going to pay dearly for that mild winter and I do believe that we are. It is all ready getting very cold at night and it is only September for goodness sake. I am so not ready for the sleet, rain and snow that is inevitable here real soon and I do believe that one, maybe two of these handy dandy outdoor patio heaters just might be a great solution, better than the metal drums that I’ve used in the past that I build a fire in to help keep me warm. I am always afraid that this isn’t the safest way to keep a fire going outside although I’ve never had a problem with one yet, but I’ve heard stories…….
Posted by J L on February 25, 2013
Posted in Friends and Family • Home and garden • Life • Opinion | Tagged With: dinner, house, moving, retirement
When Janene came over last night, I knew that something was on her mind. She had dropped in unexpectedly, and almost unannounced. She called us from her cell phone, saying that she was in the area for an appointment and thought that it would be fun to drop in and say hello, stay for a few minutes, and “catch up” with each other. Well, we had not seen her in a few months, and we’re always happy to see her, so we didn’t hesitate for a moment to tell her “come on over!” We had just started to prepare to cook supper, so we just grabbed another potato from the bin, and set another plate on the table in anticipation of her staying for dinner.
After Janene arrived, and dinner had been served, we were enjoying our after dinner coffee with dessert, and Janene finally spoke what was on her mind. She told us that she had put in for retirement, listed her house for sale and was headed south to take a look at some Vero Beach Real Estate as a potential retirement location. Well, after that announcement, you could have heard a pin drop. Janene, moving? That was a huge surprise! I know that it has been hard for Janene to stay in that big old house after her kids had moved out and her husband had passed on, but that seems so out of character for her! I hope she knows what she is doing!
Posted by J L on February 21, 2013
Posted in Business • Friends and Family • Home and garden • Life • Pets | Tagged With: errands, groomer, house, job
Guest post by Lisa Braumann
One of the things that I love about being a personal assistant/concierge is the wide variety of things that I end up doing for my clients. There never seems to be a dull moment when I have two or three clients that want me to help them out at the same time! I’m really glad that I have my sister Ellie available to lend me a hand sometimes when I appear to be double booked. Just last week I needed to be in two places at once, so I asked Ellie to go house-sit at one client’s while waiting for the technician from the air conditioning repair boca raton company to show up to do the tune-up on Sue’s air conditioner while I took Jay-Jay’s pet powderpuff chinese crested dog to the groomer’s for his appointment.
Ellie is always glad to help out on the rare occasion of me getting double-booked. I always give her the “easier” job to do, and she usually gets paid to just sit on her rear-end and watch television while waiting for someone to show up and do something. While the dog is at the groomer’s I’ve got to run a couple of errands all over town for Jay-Jay, so I’ll be earning my pay today, that is for certain! I don’t mind, though, I enjoy getting out of the house and getting paid to run errands is fine by me!