That Was Awkward

Posted in Relationships on November 13th, 2014

I’m a bit of an awkward person.

Last week I was staying in a nice hotel on South Beach, in Miami. One night I ventured to the pool. I swam, talked with a towel boy, tried not to watch a couple make out, and pondered whether or not I should really become a wedding makeup artist Manchester.

My hair still dripping a bit, I left the pool and made my way to the elevator. Of course I ended up riding alone with a really hot guy – I’m talking Edward Cullen hot – who was staying in the penthouse. You know that awkward silence when you’re in an elevator with a stranger? Yeah, I wasn’t having that. I broke the silence as proof of my awkwardness escaped through my lips.

“Crap, I’m dripping.” He looked at me strangely and responded.

“Pool?”

“Yeah.” And I walked out. I should have taken the stairs.

Old Garbage, New Life!

Posted in Property on November 11th, 2014

It was senior year and Sarah still had to fulfill her Art requirement. Painting seemed relatively interesting…that must be why it was full. Mixed-media it was.

The first day arrived. The class went by rather slowly and ended with an assignment to create a mythological being out of recycled or re-purposed materials. Sarah wondered where she would get any of that, she barely went out of her way to recycle a bottle.

That afternoon, she walked on the beach and collected sea glass like she always did. Sea glass! Couldn’t that be considered “re-purposed”? She picked up a piece and headed home to tap her collection. Some inspiration and just over an hour yielded something quite beautiful: a mermaid made of sea glass and twine. Recycled glass media became her trademark, and from that sprung a mission to re-purpose. Not only for her art, but for the environment too.

Clutter never sleeps; it’s also a health risk!

Posted in Property on November 3rd, 2014

Yes folks, there actually is a disorder called compulsive hoarding. And if you’re currently onboard that “living hoarding” train, you have over two million companions keeping you company. This common and unhealthy conundrum can include food, pets, magazines and newspapers or even medications.

The symptoms are fairly transparent. Living hoardings people hoard or hide what they believe to be their own personal “possessions” finding it nearly impossible to discard or part with them. Actually hoarding can also include vehicles that have been parked in your driveway or grass lawn and not driven since Clinton was president. And in some cases hoarding can invade a person’s bedroom and closet to the point where “clutter” is so piled up, you’re relegated to sleeping in a chair or living room sofa, if you can still locate it. Medications are often the most used treatment for hoarding; some respond well, but others do not.

Broke Down After a Desert Party

Posted in Property on October 29th, 2014

It never is smart to cut across private property at night. It was late, but when my friends and I broke down at a desert party, our options were limited. We were miles from the freeway, so we had to trek through the dirt roadways, that eventually brought us to the government canals at the edge of the city. We were still miles from the main city lights, so we decided to cut across some barbwire fencing. This allowed us to cross a farm field, one that appeared to be mostly used for livestock, probably horses and cows. We made it almost a quarter mile across the field, but our luck had run out. My buddies and I heard the sound of a shotgun. We thought we were dead, especially when two of us were hit. As we ran, it became obvious that we had been shot with rock salt.

Brighten up your garden

Posted in Gardening on October 28th, 2014

A few years ago I spent an afternoon at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show and saw a display of award-winning evergreen instant hedges. Ever since that day, I’ve always wanted to have beautiful thick hedges just like that around the front and back gardens of my house all year round. So recently, when I came across a wonderful variety of evergreen hedges at my local garden center I couldn’t wait to order mine and get planting.

If you choose an instant hedge that has been created from the right type of shrubs, it’s an awesome way to add an evergreen element to your garden. After all, who wants to spend several months a year staring out onto a dry and dead-looking garden if you don’t have to? Choose a yew, laurel or holly hedge, for instance, and you will end up with a beautiful green garden all year round.