I was at a friend's house when I saw this tree hugging the saw. No there is not plans to cut the tree. My friend is doing some work near the tree and the tree is being kind enough to hold the saw for him. Maybe it is just one of those strange true love relationships!
Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
I was out yesterday helping a friend get to an appointment on the other side of town. I had my camera with me. I am always looking for a picture to take and share here on Mountain Highs and Valley Lows for the Photo Of the Week on Fridays. I took a really cool picture at my friend's house for this week's picture.
When I got home and got out of my car, I looked down and there was my camera on the ground next to a mud puddle. The camera was not in the puddle but had a little water on it, so I thought everything was okay. I when inside and wiped the camera off and turned in on to get the picture off for the blog. Everything was working go at first then the camera started acting up. I was not able to get my pictures off the camera. Great I thought, I am going to have to get a new camera. The camera is important to me since I use it mostly for my Online Book Store.I turned it off and wiped it off some more and wrapped it in toilet paper while I when to work. I checked it when I got home it was working better and I was able to get the pictures off. It started to mess up again. I stuffed and wrapped it with toilet paper again for the night. I got some rice from my mom's house today and have it sitting in the rice. I guess I will leave it in the rice until Saturday after I get off on work and need to work on my books. I hope this rice things does the trick and I do not need to get a new camera. I just got this one in January.
Make sure you check out the Photo of the Week tomorrow morning. I am sure you will like it.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
When I got home Monday night from work, my power was off at my house. With no lights in my house I made my way through the house to the breaker box with only the light from my cell phone. It was cloudy with no moon light to come in the windows at 1 in the morning Tuesday. It was pitch black in my house with no lights on. I checked the breakers and everything was on. Okay, I paid my power bill. I made my way back through my house to where I keep my bills. I looked for my power bill to get the number for the power company. I could not find it. I decided to gather up a couple things and head to mom's house to sleep and call the power company in the morning.
After taking mom to work, I headed back home in the morning. As soon as got in my house I found my power bill right on top the stack. I called Duke Energy and reported the power being out. I hate automated systems but I did get a call back within a few minutes from Duke Energy. The guy had me check a couple things and said they would send someone out to check on my power. I asked when I could expect my power to be back on. He said by the end of the day.
I headed back to mom's house and took some more rest and had my breakfast. After I slept some more, I headed back to my house. I wanted to be home when the power can on because I had five books to ship out. Around 1 PM, the guy from the power company arrived. I showed him where my meter was. He checked it and told me I had be bolted out for nonpayment. I told him that I paid my bill and the guy who cut the power must met to cut my neighbor's power. The power meter is one the same pole as my neighbor's power meter. My neighbor has gone to Oklahoma to look for work. The guy from the power company called his supervisor and checked about my power. After his supervisor said I was okay, he turned my power back on.
It was good to have my power back on. Even with the issues I have with Duke Energy, I have to say that in my experience they are quick in turning the power back on after storms and other power outages and they have always given me good customer service. I got back inside and got the book ready to ship for my customers. I dropped them off at the mail processing center on my way to work. People make mistakes. It is not the mistakes that doom a business or a person. It is how they correct the mistake. Good customer service goes a long way in smoothing bad feeling when a mistake or mishap happens even when there is nothing you can do the fix that mistake.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
This has been an enjoyable St. Patrick's Day. I missed church this morning. After I took my mother to work and got my breakfast at Burger King, I went home to get ready for church. I laid down to rest for a few minutes. The next thing, I remember is waking up to see it was 11:30. Church service would be over by the time I get to the church. I hate missing church, my week seems to go better when I start my week going to church.
I got up and checked my email. I sold another book. This week has been I good week for book sales. I am glad to see that I bring enjoyment to people's lives with the books I sell. Reading the great feedback is great. The seeing people returning to buy more books from me is even better. Jo Anne and I have been praying that my books sales continue to improve since them are one way we are paying for the process of getting her here. We plan to use the extra money to help people improve their lives after most of our immigration process in over. We still plan to start a ministry to help people in the Philippines to provide for themselves and improve their lives. Part of our plan is to open a store here in the states which will help people with jobs here.
I spent my afternoon working on my books and listen to Celtic music on live365.com. The music was very relaxing while I was organizing my books. I needed to make some room since I have over 100 boxes of books, I need to work through and get posted online to sell. My newest supplier has been a good source of books for me. I got another 63 boxes this week that is with out me really making a dent in the over 20 boxes of book in the last boxes I got from her. The good thing is the book have been selling. I even sold a few books this week with in a couple hours of posting them in my store.
With it being St. Patrick's Day, I did wear a green shirt. I keep planning to get a full outfit of green to wear for St. Patrick's Day. This year, I just got busy with other things. Along with listen to the Irish music I watched a couple videos online about St. Patrick. I found this video that gives a little history about St. Patrick.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Friday, March 08, 2013
Sunday, March 03, 2013
I talked with her last Sunday afternoon and everything seemed normal to me. I enjoyed my times that I had talked with her and my mother would sit with her as mom waited for me to pick her up for work in the morning. I had give her a few books which she would read and hand them back to me even though I told her she could keep them. She would always talk about how good, Rayna, my dog was. She thought that Rayna does not bark. I will miss seeing Jo sitting out front of her apartment. Her death makes me think about how someone we see everyday can be out of our lives so quickly. I know Jo's family and friends miss her and realize what a treasure she was to have in their lives. I know I treasure her smile and kind words. All this weekend, as I looked at the chairs in front of her apartment I felt something dear was missing.
Thank you God for people like Jo. They are the true treasures in our lives.