Outlandish equals voice

I’m not interested in politics for politics sake, but I am concerned the directions politicians are trying to take this country.

The biggest concern for me is that politicians seem to believe they have to say stupid outlandish things in order to gain the attention of the media. So do they really believe the stuff they say, even when confronted about their out there statements? Or are they really just saying it so the media will pay attention to them?

When I vote for someone, I hope they share some of the values I have like social programs are important, fair taxation (if there is such a thing) should be based on a percentage and not a ton of loopholes on how much you can get out of. Humanity is important, and although we should be concerned on what is happening in the world, other countries should care as much about their own countries and not just look to us for cash which they may or may not use some of to fix their problems with hunger, employment and terrorism.

Do I really have to say something outlandish to get media attention? Maybe. I think many of these people just like being on TV and feel that if they get a lot of media attention, they’re important. Sorry folks, you’re not.

I would hope the American people have enough common sense to realize these ridiculous statements are just like a child calling “Look at me, mom, look at me!”

Magic Cure – Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

I needed a magic cure, and I needed it fast. My beloved female akita was exhibiting signs of a bladder infection. 2014-01-08 14.49.10

As any woman knows and I doubt there are many women, if any, over the age of 16 that haven’t experienced one, a bladder infection is just no fun. You feel like you have to urinate, but nothing comes out. Then your groin burns. OK, I admit, that’s pretty graphic, but that is exactly what it feels like and its just miserable!

So back to my female akita. For those of you don’t know, an akita is a Japanese breed of dog that has perky ears and a curled up tail. I actually have two of akitas, a boy and a girl, but mine are both American akitas which tend to be much larger.

2015-03-17 07.58.00Every morning, my dogs each receive a frozen raw chicken drumstick. Its a morning ritual they look forward to so much, they act like puppies bouncing around and then sitting patiently waiting for me to give them each one. They then take them to the other side of the yard, lay down and slowly licking and chewing on the prize until its completely gone. Not to miss a morsel, smelling and licking the ground to make sure not morsel is missed is not uncommon.

However, I noticed my girl was letharic, moping around the backyard, trying to urinate but nothing was coming out. Noticing her squatting and not being able to go, I realized there was some minor drips of blood on her fur as well. Recognizing the signs, I believed this could be a potential bladder infection, kidney stones or worse.

My girl is ten years old and the idea of her undergoing difficult and expensive medical treatment is not something to look forward to. I’m not a fan of downing antibiotics just to cure something you may nor may not have. It creates other problems down the road and may not be able to cure something you need to cure because you’ve built up a resistance to the bacteria. So off to the internet I go, researching holistic medical treatment options for a dog with a bladder infection.

I came across several articles on veterinary sites that suggested unfiltered apple cider vinegar given a few days in a row, along with an organic type of stew relieved and often cured the symptoms, if it was only a bladder infection. Of course, if it something more serious, blood work would take a few days to result in a possible diagnosis.

Armed with this knowledge, I tried putting it on her food, which she refused to eat. Frustrated, understanding this would probably help her feel better just like women drinking cranberry juice helps cleanse your system, I needed to take another tack to get the apple cider vinegar into her.

I then took my 94 pound akita outside and literally dumped 2 tablespoons of unfiltered apple cider vinegar down her throat. Of course, she didn’t like it. It made her a bit gaggy and foamy around the mouth. In fact, it took her over 30 minutes to be willing to drink a little water to help her get rid of the taste. But success, she didn’t regurgitate it all over the yard.

Then I made the organic stew that would hopefully help her eat something and be mild on her stomach. I pulled out a big pot and put in a carton of organic chicken broth, 2 frozen chicken breasts, 2 peeled sweet potatoes cut into cubes, 2 cups of brown rice and some organic frozen spinach and set it to first boil, then simmer. I happened to have these ingredients around the house, so it was easy to throw together. After about 90 minutes, it simmered down into a thick stew. I used a wooden spoon to chop up the chicken breasts, and stirred it up to make a meaty mash, letting it cool a bit.

She spent most of the day going outside to urniate with nothing coming out or laying lethargically on her bed, lightly coughing, and be unwilling to drink more water. She was also unwilling to eat, as tempted as she was by the smell. I did get her to take a tiny piece of chicken, but that was all she was willing to do.

After a long afternoon of soothing her, petting her, and cooing to her, she got up and drank some water. Success! Then, I put out more of her special stew, of course giving some to both dogs so there were no hard feelings. She ate! In fact, she ate 3 small helping of it! She also drank more water.

We had a little more of a normal evening, going outside to take care of business and she had a bit more energy.

Finally at 11pm, I couldn’t stay awake any longer. I made sure they were comfy and went to bed, not sure if my female was masking her illness to make me feel better as pets often do.

Now, the next morning, both puppies are up, tails wagging and urging me on to their morning ritual of frozen raw chicken legs. I took 2 out of the freezer, and led them to the backyard to their regular spot and hand them each their coveted piece of chicken. Each took it and ran off to their respect chosen location, licking and chewing their prize.

After enjoying their treat, they did their business, came into the house with tails wagging, drank some water and settled down. I also gave them a little of the homemade chicken stew, and watched them settle down for a morning nap.

She seems closer back to normal. But just to be sure, I’m going to continue the daily dose of apple cider vinegar and my homemade chicken stew for another 3 or 4 days until she no longer exhibits symptoms of a bladder infection.

How do you treat your pet’s illnesses?

What Happened to Winter?

OK, I may be gloating a bit. Living in Las Vegas comes with some perks, like great mild winters (except for that 2 day stretch where we had a frost warning that killed one of my palm trees). 1428880_Y01_13

So being outside in the backyard, watering the plants that aren’t on a drip system yet, and filling the pool, I realized its time to plan for Spring.

Last year, we bought a pool sweep called “The Pool Cleaner.”  This great tool has saved us hours and hours of work, sweeping the pool from the constant breezes that are just enough to keep small leaves, feathers and dog hair off the bottom of the pool.

To lighten our load even more, we wanted to get a handle on the garbage that floats on the top of the pool surface. This takes over an hour every day to keep the pool sparkling and inviting. To take care of that problem, we got two of the Swimming Pool Devil Dirt Leaf Skimmers. Not everyone loves these on Amazon, but I can tell you that although they don’t catch every little speck, they save us hours and hours of skimming the pool.

So we’ll be planning on putting up shade sails, and taking out the lawn in our backyard and installing pavers that we bought a cement mixer and forms to make our own. But that’s another article.

What are you going to do for your house this Spring?

Something For Nothing?

I will be the first to admit that you don’t get what you don’t ask for, but if the answer is no, or a reasonable counter, its something you should be honorable about.

In addition to things I do to make money online, I sell items on eBay. I have access to new and used items that may work for other people. For me its extra money, for them I tried to provide an item for a good value, pricing my item equal to or lower than anyone else’s similar item, including shipping as the determining cost. Despite that, there is always someone who is trying to get something for nothing.

I had an item listed on eBay. Its a nice item in really good condition. Its had a lot of people look at it trying to decide if they should buy.

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About a week ago, I had a buyer who had asked a lot of questions, asked for additional photos and measurements. I complied, deciding the request was reasonable. The potential buyer stated they would be ready to purchase in 2 days when they go paid if I agreed to a lesser price. We agreed on the price and I waited. That day came and went and several days later, I get an email stating they’re ready to go forward but asked for ANOTHER favor… would I meet a friend of theirs who lives in the same general town as me so they didn’t have to pay shipping.

So now I’ve gone out of my way to answer lots of additional questions, take measurements, agree to take less money, and if they paid when they said, I would even go out of my way to deliver to someone else. Once the agreed to date passed, I believed my obligation to go out of my way for this person was done since they didn’t honor their agreement.

Should I be willing to jump through hoops to make this buyer happy, even though they didn’t keep their commitment? My response, good bad or indifferent was, since you didn’t act by the agreed upon date, I will still go forward if you pay the full price. They argued noting we agreed on a discount. Yes we did, but when you didn’t take action by the deadline, that deal expired.

When setting up your business, one way to create urgency is make something available for a limited time. If the buyer doesn’t act, then its no longer available to them at the discounted price. You can see this strategy all over the internet, and I believe its a good one.

Again, I have no problem with asking for something special because if you don’t ask, the answer is always NO. But if you come to an agreement for something you want and you don’t act by the time you say you will, the opportunity to get those special terms will be gone.

No, I didn’t get the sale…this time.  But there are other buyers out there. Will this lesson escape the buyer?  Maybe.

Will you use this strategy in your business?

Off To A Good Start

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Well, its already January 5th. What have you done towards your goals this year?

I have done 2 things towards my goal of making our house more our style.  We painted the entry wall a welcoming blue. This will be the wall that greets our guests and warms our hearts with photos of our family, of course featuring our granddaughter who is soon to celebrate her first birthday.

The second thing is to paint a wall in our bedroom that will better feature artwork and make the room more soothing. This is to enusre we sleep well, and have a relaxing enjoyable rest.

I’ve also sorted through all the things we’re selling on eBay to clear out things we no longer use and will use the money to improve our home, making it a two-fold accomplishment.

OK, I know its not much, but its a start.  What have you done towards your goals this year?