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Mortgage Free

We finally did it. We paid off the mortgage. Two and a half years ahead of ‘schedule’.

We own our house free and clear. Now it’s time to save up and start fixing this place up – and for a new car (Chevy Impala or Buick Enclave) for me.

We don’t get the ‘official’ disposition papers until 30 to 60 days, but we did get the disposition transaction letter yesterday, so that is good enough for me.

It feels good to be debt free – until we get that new car.

Spring time . . . finally

With the bitter cold and snowy winter behind us, it’s time to start preparing for Spring and Summer. Lots to do this year including:

Cutting back all the dead plants
Raking leaves out of the flowerbeds
Moving the patio box to a permanent location
Cleaning up the garage
Assembling a shelving unit and a patio love seat
Getting the fence repaired
Getting the brick redone on the chimney
Putting in lots of cedar mulch
Hang the hoses
Tune up the lawnmower
Maintaining the fascia on the eaves and roofs
Wash windows
And a million other things that’s I’ll never get around too.

Wish me luck

Winter Weather

I’ve had enough of snow this year. The paddles on my snowthrower have worn down to the warning holes and I don’t want to replace them any time soon (Fall 2014 is fine). It’s supposed to warm up and even rain this week, so let’s hope that the snow is done, at least for a while

Which Prayer Do I Answer

A Windsor, Ontario couple recently lost a dog and have invested considerable time and money searching for their lost pet. I can appreciate the investment, but it has to be a super-slow week in the world of news when this is a front page story. Given the number of strays that the local Humane Society takes in, losing a pet is a common occurrence in a city as big as Windsor.

But the lost pet, the search and the newspaper article are not my issues.

It’s the people who are “praying” for the safe return of this dog, that I have an issue with.

In the article, there are plenty of comments with people saying that they have the couple and the lost dog in their prayers.

Really? Praying for a dog?

That leads me to subject of this post: How does god pick which prayers to answer?

Does she use a list of criteria to score each prayer, then rank the prayers and answer the top 10 or 100 or whatever number he decides on? Are prayers weighted based on a person’s ‘religiosity? If you go to church every Sunday, do you score higher? If your white, rich and famous, do you score lower (or higher)? Do common prayer requests – ‘god lead this team into victory’ – score lower then unique requests?

The possibilities are endless. I like to believe that god uses a rather large version of a crown and anchor wheel.

I’m not trying to make fun of people praying. Individual meditation and reflection is a good thing. But keep the prayer requests to yourself. I don’t want to know what you are praying for.

I Hate Closets or How I Love Decluttering

Well, I don’t hate all closets, but for the most part I despise closets in North American homes. They become places where you hide – or forget – things. And that’s how the clutter begins.

You go to put something in your closet and there is no room. So you find another closet or another space to put the item in. You’ll likely forget where you put that item and will search every closet, with the last one being where you put the item.

The closet in our youngest son’s room is our seasonal clothes closet. Winter comes and we put all the summer clothes in there. Summer comes and the winter clothes go back. Recently, we cleaned up his room and freed up the floor of the closet for his toys and soccer bag. He has a four drawer dresser where three drawers are for pants, shorts, socks, underwear and PJs. The top drawer is for his keepsakes and other things.

We hang his shirts are hangers on a towel rack that is attached to the underside of a long shelf. The shirts are near his dresser, easily visible and accessible and completely out of the way. It’s worked well.

The wife and I have been spending more time over the past two years decluttering the house and our lives. A few years ago we had mice in our detached garage – they loved the insulation the previous home owners installed. So we rented a bin to get rid of all the insulation. The bin company gave us a bin twice the size we ordered. So we took advantage of it.

We went through the crawl space. We went through the garage. We went through our bedrooms. We went through everything and tossed a ton of stuff. Our youngest really got into it and even our oldest, with his OCD, was able to part with some things. It felt great to get rid of stuff.

Every year, we go through a room and see what can be kept, what can be sold and what can be tossed. We now scan our various papers and receipts and shred what we don’t need to keep for warranty claims or income tax. It’s liberating.

We don’t need at least half the stuff we get and keep. Simplify,

On Hiatus

Between Facebook, Twitter and real life, I don’t have the motivation to post to this blog, at least not in it’s current random topic format.

My wife and I recently received a Nikon D3200 camera as a gift, so I may post about the trials and tribulations of using the D3200. Or I may not.

To that end, this blog is on indefinite hiatus.

Classic Rock Presents: Clockwork Angels Fanpack – UPDATE

I emailed Future Publishing about the ripped magazine cover and asked for a replacement magazine. A few days later received an email that they would be shipping out a replacement.

About a week or so later, I received my replacement, and they sent me the whole package – magazine, CD and key chain.

The replacement was in pristine condition – it even looked like they checked before shipping.

I am totally satisfied with the customer service from Future Publishing. Keep up the good work.



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