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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review of 2013

It was been two weeks since my last post. I had a busy December. I sold a lot of books in my online store and worked a lot of overtime at work. Then I have been looking for house of my own, which is going good so far.

Many of you who follow Mountain Highs and Valley Lows like to keep up with Jo Anne's Visa process. The lawyer helping us with the Visa send a status request to USCIS at the beginning of December. I received a letter from USCIS on Christmas Eve says that our Visa processing is within current processing time.

This year, my mom and I have visited to my aunt and uncle. They have moved in a nice place with great views just outside Lenoir, NC. The big draw back in it is a two hours drive to go down and see them. I am looking forward to summer when it stays light later. I hate going up Old Fort Mountain in the dark. Both my aunt and uncle have been in the hospital this year. Fortunately, they have been short stays. The last couple times I have seem my uncle, I have enjoyed seeing him talk with his first son that he had not seen in about forty years. Since, I got Family Tree Maker program of my computer and the subscription to, I decided to try to find my uncle's first son for him. I asked my uncle the information he knew on his son and ex wife. That night, I got on the internet and did my search. I found my uncle's son by ten o'clock that night. I pass the information to my aunt and uncle. My cousin looked his half brother up on Facebook and sent his a message. My uncle's first son replied and they have been talking a lot since. My uncle's first son even came down from Pennsylvania to see my uncle. I got to talk with him on Christmas Eve.

I started looking for a house to own instead of renting this mouth. It is time for me to start working on the dream of home ownership. I do not really like the place I live now but people leave my stuff alone. I just tired of see the police at my neighbors' houses and trying to get a hold of my landlord to get something fixed in my house. The house search is going good. I looked into a couple houses at this point and went to a showing this weekend to a house Jo Anne and I both love. I have been talking with the realtor helping me look about making an offer and how much to offer. She advised me to get an offer that a will feel comfortable making the monthly payments on my own. Our plan is to have my mom to move in with us too. I will decide on the offer on Thursday. I know there is two other offers at this time.

It was a very wet year here in Western North Carolina. We had around 75 inches of rain this year. Then is about 25 inches above the average for the year in the area.

I did great with my online store. I sold almost 500 books this year. I would have made a profit if I did not have to buy a new laptop and two new cameras. I spilled coffee on my old laptop. I bought a new camera because my old camera stopped working. I broke the view screen on the camera I bought to replace it. So I bought another camera. I love the latest camera which I use for my listings' pictures and the picture I share on my blogs. I am looking forward to the year ahead to even more great customers and hear the reason they buying the books I sell.  It makes me feel good when a customer thanks me for my fast shipping and the way I package the books I sell. It lets me know I am doing something right. Even the few problems let me know how I can improve my service to my customers. I have a few ideas to do to improve my store in 2014.

I am glad to see 2013 almost over now. It was a busy and with many ups and down. I look forward to the hope of a better year in 2014.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Coldest Place On Earth - NASA Finds It

Vacation plans anyone? When it is really cold where you are, you can say your glad your not here.

Dinner And A Movie With Mom

I had a enjoyable evening out with my mom this Saturday night. When I picked mom up from her work, we drove by one of the houses I am looking at in my house search. I am not completely sure about the house since it is next to a garage, but I like some of the features of the house. I am just thinking if I decide to sale the house the garage next door maybe a problem. I asked the realtor that I am working with to schedule a show for me of this house. I have some other leads to follow.

After we cleaned up from our day, we headed to Biltmore Park. We had a enjoyable dinner at a Italian Restaurant. The food was great and the service was okay. Our waiter was busy but still did a okay job of waiting our table. I am getting to the point I do enjoy going out to eat as much as I used to. It seems you pay more and more for the drinks and get less and less refills. Some restaurants give you a big plate to eat off of and the food only covers a fourth of the plate if you lucky. Fortunately, the plate issue was only a issue on the salad. The main course did fill the plate. Most Italian Restaurants leave me with the feeling I got ripped off any way. The only reason I went was because mom wanted to go there and the other restaurants had longer waiting times. I did enjoy the pizza I had and would recommend it to anyone who goes to the restaurant.

After dinner, Mom and I headed over to the movie theater and watched the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I was not disappointed in the second part of three in the Hobbit story. Peter Jackson did another great job putting the movie together. The best part of the movie is it had my two favorite characters of Gandalf the Grey and Legolas. The ending is unexpected and leaves you wanting to see the third movie. I wish I had the free money to do want I with the Lord of The Rings movies. I saw all three of they at three three times in the theater.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Two Guys Kicking Me In My Sides!

I had a busy week this week. We had a ton of orders come in at work. Sales for the company where up last month and I guess they a up for this month too. So, I got some overtime. I would have got more overtime but I ended up going home early Wednesday night. Starting last Sunday, I started feeling the affects of a stomach virus. I sent a lot of time in the bathroom of Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday, I got so dehydrated that I feel like I had two guys standing on either side of me who would kick me every time I would move. I continue to work thought the pain to finish the orders I was working on. I left to go home on my first break.

On the way home I stopped at the store at got some juice and kefir. When I got home I did nothing but lay in bed watching videos on YouTube and drink the juice, kefir and water for five hours before the pain in my sides went away. After Wednesday, I got better each day and feel all better today.

I am glad I feel better because, I have overtime schedule all week and I have a couple appointments this week outside of work. Tuesday, I will start the process of looking for a place of my own for Jo Anne and I to live. I will have my mom move in with me too. I believe I am able to afford a place of my own now and I am getting tired of dealing with the issues you have when you are renting a place.

I am glad that I do not get sick that often and when I do my body fights the sickness off quickly. Thank God for good health.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)

I follow the blog of my favorite author, Karen Hancock on her blog she shared her granddaughter’s favorite video. I enjoyed it and I figured I share it with you. The song is called The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) by Ylvis who are from Norway.