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Help! I have a new pet and I kind of want to get rid of it….

Friday, June 10th, 2016

As you read this post you are probably thinking he is referring to a dog or a cat but unfortunately that isn’t the case. Over the past month I have noticed a bunch of holes and what I thought looked almost like hoof prints. Was it a Coyote? Deer? Elephant? Nope, nope, and nope! Well the answer to the question has been answered – it is a somewhat small but prehistoric looking Armadillo that I have named Alfred. No idea why I chose that name or if Alfred is even a male, but it kind of sounded right so we will go with it. My partner in crime (MD) discovered our little Alfred walking around the pool in the middle of the day. He actually came within 5 feet of her….Much to her surprise.

Yes – he is interesting to look at.

Yes – I have done some research and he is pretty much blind.

And Yes – I want him to go away.

I don’t want him to be hurt.

But he needs to go away!

  • So help! How do I get rid of little Alfred?
  • Have you dealt with a similar problem?
  • A friend of mine mentioned pouring mothballs down the hole – has anyone done that?

I look forward to reading your helpful comments.

P.S. Please stop laughing – I need him to go away!

Sorry Wade – in my opinion this was in bad taste!

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Recently the Boston Red Sox honored the 1986 team. Wade Boggs was one of the players that came back and during the on field festivities he decided to wear his NY Yankee Championship ring! Yes you heard that right! Everyone knows he left Boston and went to the Evil Empire but did he really have to wear the ring. Some of you may think he forgot he had it on? Really, I don’t think so. He clearly knew what he was doing.

  • My question is why?

I take offense to him doing this. If he wants to wear the ring then can’t he wear it the other 364 days? Do you really need to wear it in Boston during a Boston Red Sox team celebration?

I am sorry, I think that is in bad taste.

  • Again, my question is why?

I hope someone out there can tell me why he did this because I can’t think of a good reason!

I look forward to reading your comments.

Looking to save money… I would suggest doing this…..

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

I am sure every one of us knows who Jake from State farm is and the cute Gecko on the Geico commercials. Both of them, in their own way, say they can save you money. Well last month I got my home insurance bill and I must say I was surprised at the amount. I spoke to a few friends and the next day reached out to a few referrals. All the companies were quick to not only get back to me but also lightening quick to give me a quote on my auto and home insurance together.

At the end of the day I switched from Allstate and went with Farmers Insurance. Yes, cost was an important part of the decision but the deciding factor was really the customer service I got from them over the other companies and saved over $2,410 annually!

Yes that number is correct. Interesting to mention that I have never filed a claim on my home/car insurance the ten years I was with Allstate and I was very surprised at how high they were.

So if you are looking to save a little money, I would suggest making a few phone calls for your auto and home insurance.

  1. Have you done this recently?
  2. How much did you save?
  3. How was the customer service?
  4. Any surprises during the process?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Does this sound familiar …. Does this lead to a really cool promotion?

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Recently I have heard more and more discussions around how many steps a person has taken each day. I actually had two strangers see that I had a Fitbit on and asked me where I was for the day. A few times I even said to my friends, let me guess how many steps I think you have taken in a day. Does all this lead to the next big marketing promotion or betting trend in Las Vegas?

Are we a few months away from being able to guess how many steps Rafael Nadal took during a tennis match in Wimbledon? So basically if you asked Rafael or any tennis player to put on a Fitbit prior to a match and asked fans to text their guess and the winner would get a signed shirt, gift certificate, or whatever… I would suggest that thousands of people in the stadium or hundreds of thousands of fans watching TV would sign up for this.

If I am right, this may also lead to Vegas establishing proposition bets on how many steps were taken in a match. Yes this could apply to other sports as well like basketball, football, volleyball – the difference is it would probably be a chip instead of a Fitbit that you wear on your wrist.

Okay…

  • Am I crazy or could this really happen?
  • Wouldn’t this be a great promotion?
  • Would you text your guess and sign up?

I look forward to reading your comments.

P.S. – I think this would be such an inexpensive marketing promotion that someone should do this right away!

Time to finish this sentence……

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

For me life is about…

  • Teaching my kids and preparing them to be adults!
  • Being around family and friends!
  • Accomplishing things I didn’t think I could accomplish!
  • Moving the business forward!
  • Laughing!
  • Loving!

Now your turn…

For me life is about…

I look forward to reading your comments.

Does this statement make sense to you?

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Since my dad has been slowing down I have been realizing more and more that growing old is very hard and has tremendous challenges. A few weeks ago someone said something to me that has really stuck.

She said “I want to die healthy.” At first I was taken back, then I thought it was a goofy comment. And, as most of the readers know, I tend to be very goofy, but as I have thought about the meaning of the statement I think she is right. I would like to die healthy.

What I would ask is that you take a minute and think about the statement. To me it means I don’t want to suffer for a long time. Of course I don’t want to die at an early age, but if I was healthy and all of a sudden I had an illness that took my life instantly or after a few weeks, I believe I would be ready for whatever is next. I am very fortunate to have amazing friends and family and, of course, would like to let each of them know what they mean to me and how much I love them. Seeing my dad in this state is very hard, remembering my dad in another phase of his life is what I need to keep going. I am sure each of you have had loved ones in the same state. Although I do have long-term home health care I truly hope I never have to use it and be a burden on anyone.

  • What does the statement “I want to die healthy” mean to you?
  • Do you think it actually makes sense?

I look forward to reading your comments.

P.S. I am truly sorry if this post is too morbid or insensitive, that really wasn’t my intent.

Five things I learned while I ran a 5K

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Even though I have been working out over 20+ times a month for 15 years I haven’t run in a 5K since I was in my 20’s with my roommate at the time – J.M. While I was driving around town I noticed a few signs that were promoting a 5K road race for a charity and the next thing I knew I signed myself and Mary up to not only support the charity but also to try something different.

Here are a few things I learned along my 5K!

  1. Running on pavement is a lot different than on a treadmill! My back and top of my knees really felt the impact a lot more than running 8 miles on a treadmill.
  2. I need to run with music! As opposed to most people who truly enjoy running in a competitive environment I need to listen to music and yes, run to the beat a little bit!
  3. I had absolutely no idea how far I had gone and how much I had left! I counted the number of songs and multiplied it by 4 minutes and kind of had an estimate but not really. I looked up and saw the finish line when I had a lot more in the tank!
  4. Running in a timed 5K is a VERY dangerous thing for me! Because I am so competitive, and now that I have a time as a measuring stick (29:30), I will definitely have a need to beat that next time. Because I am old and won’t listen to my body, I have a sense that I will push myself way beyond what I should.
  5. I had a lot of goofy thoughts. While I was running I was looking at the houses, the streets, and the other participants. Thoughts came into my mind like oh I can get past this house before the song ends, I can’t believe that person is ahead of me! That person is older than me I should be able to run faster! What am I doing, I am too old for this!

Overall the experience was great. I am glad I was able to do this with M.D. and of course she finished with a huge smile on her face while I was struggling.

  • When was the last time you ran a road race?
  • Did you enjoy the experience?
  • Have you run a marathon?
  • What was the feeling when you crossed the finish line?
  • What are you thinking about when you run?
  • I look forward to reading your comments.

I want to be like 90 year old Norma!

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Sometimes total strangers touch your heart and that is what this story did for me. Even though I have never met Norma I love her smile and attitude on life. She is 90 years old and was married for 67 years. A few days after losing her husband she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. As she was speaking with her doctors, the next stop was surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Her response was “no – I am 90 and hitting the road.”

She has decided to see places she has never seen – like the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore. She’s doing things she’s never done, like getting a pedicure and riding in a hot-air balloon. She’s doing all of this instead of following doctors’ orders.

And that is where Norma’s adventure began.

Norma’s son, Tim, and daughter-in-law, Ramie, had been spending their retirement touring the country in their RV. Instead of living the rest of her life in a nursing home, Norma decided to join them.

Tim, Ramie, Norma, and Ringo (Norma’s very large poodle) are currently sharing an RV and many, many memories. They left Michigan in August and have visited over two dozen cities since, visiting popular tourist destinations like Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park, strolling down Bourbon Street in New Orleans, and watching fireworks at Epcot Center in Orlando.

They have spontaneously joined a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hilton Head, S.C., collected seashells in St. Augustine, Fla., and met the Jolly Green Giant in Minnesota.

Norma’s family is logging their adventure on a Facebook page called Driving Miss Norma.

I will be following Norma and her family on Facebook and hope you do as well.

In a world that most of the time is filled with rough and ugly stories, this is certainly one of the nicer ones!

  • If Norma was a reader of this blog where would you tell her to go?
  • Do you know other people like Norma?
  • Is life all about having the right attitude?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Watch or no Watch That is Today’s Question!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

With a Fitbit on my right wrist 24/7 do I really need a watch on my left wrist? Before I answer that question – I have worn a watch for as far back as I can remember, at least 40+ years. I am specific of the watch I like, which tends to be simple, no numbers, light weight, and not too expensive.

Recently I have thought about forgetting the watch and going with just a Fitbit. I have tested this a few times and actually like it. Most of my watches don’t have a lot of features so I don’t think I will be missing anything.

Maybe I will wear a watch when I go to an important event but for everyday use, I think I am going to move ahead without it.

So I say bye bye watch! I hope you will be comfortable in my sock drawer!

  • Have you been at a similar crossroad?
  • Do you wear a watch every day?
  • Is your watch more of a fashion statement?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Ok Boca Raton Regional Hospital – that’s pretty creative….

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Unfortunately over the last few weeks my dad’s health is really failing and he is back in the hospital. One of the things he has is dementia and that, paired with a number of other things, causes him to be confused, agitated, and restless and all of that adds up to him wanting to pull out his IV among other things. I was wondering – and then I asked what the nurses and doctors had planned? I knew restraining his arms would be a possibility and seriously considered but this hospital came up with a different solution.

They put boxing gloves on him. Ok, not actually boxing gloves you step into the ring and fight with, but very soft and gentle oversized gloves that will prevent him from taking anything out and if he decides to hit anyone it should take care of that issue as well.

So Boca Raton Regional Hospital I give you an A for creativity.

  • What other creative solutions have you seen hospitals come up with?
  • What do you think of the boxing gloves idea?

I look forward to reading your comments.