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Rainbows, clouds and furry critters

February 27, 2015

Janelle stood in her unborn babies nursery. As she rubbed her belly, that was bursting with the life of her baby girl, she dreamed of this room that would be filled with adorable baby things. Janelle had painted the walls a sunny yellow. Rainbows, clouds and teeny, furry critters dance across her little girl’s room. Janelle was always a very talented artist, who had worked hard to be able to make a career out of what she loved. This was not the first wall mural that she had made, but it was the only one for her very, own daughter. With pink, Manchester blinds on a large, bay window this room was progressing along at a speedy pace. With only three more weeks until the projected due date of her bundle of joy, Janelle was excited to welcome her new baby to this world.

A Playful Afternoon

February 8, 2015

Recently, a friend and I were bored and looking for something to do. When we couldn’t find a movie to go see or a new restaurant to try, we started scouring the local ads looking for a good way to spend a couple of hours. We laughed when we saw an ad for a circus workshop in our local area, but we decided it was such a silly idea that we just had to try it. Since we had no preconceived notions of what to expect, we went in with open minds and were ready to have fun. We were amazed at all we learned and the hands-on activities we got to try. We truly spent the afternoon laughing together as the time slipped by too quickly. We were glad that we decided to go and have spent many hours telling our other friends stories of our silly circus afternoon.

A Landscaper’s Dream

January 20, 2015

Any gardener or landscaper is familiar with using rocks or pebbles. Some tiny stones are effective in stopping drainage around flowers, plants, and small trees. Easy on the eyes, stones add a rocky, natural element to whatever it surrounds. Whereas rocks are big and clunky, most gravel is easy to move; however, the same rocky effect is achieved, albeit in a far daintier way.

In many cases, pea gravel is a dream for landscapers. The small pebbles can be loaded into the bed of a truck, and then scooped out and placed wherever it is needed. It feels and moves like sand, yet looks like rocks. It can also be used to make cement, giving the pebbles an elemental quality gardeners and landscapers dream of. The dream becomes real when a worker uses his shovel to pat down the tiny pebbles, turning the ground into a stony walkway.


December 22, 2014

Our family gatherings are always a noisy time, and the noise can reach painful levels. With our folks getting a bit older, their hearing isn’t what it used to be, and the voices have increased to compensate. The loudest of the loud is my mother-in-law. She has been able to increase the level so that her husband can hear her talking. My father-in-law, like so many others, has gone through life without the benefit of proper hearing protection, and is now paying the price with irreparable hearing loss.

Last year, my father-in-law received new digital hearing aids and he enjoys having them and being able to hear again. After receiving them, I asked my in-laws how they are doing with the new aids. She told me they weren’t working so well, and thought they needed to be adjusted. My father-in-law took me aside and told me he just keeps them turned down when she is around!

Planning Tips for your Big Day

December 18, 2014

I have worked as a full-time wedding planner for almost 20 years, so I have coordinated a lot of weddings. When people find out what I do for a living, they almost always ask me if I have any tips for successful weddings.

First, I tell them that a wedding should reflect the lives of the bride and groom. Too many people get caught up in the wedding hype, and they do not add personal touches to their weddings. A wedding is a celebration of a couple’s love, so it should have unique aspects that are special to the couple.

One couple I worked with met on the 4th of July, so they ended their wedding reception with a stunning wedding fireworks display. Another couple chose to make homemade chocolate chip cookies for their guests as favors because they love baking together. Adding these personal touches helps each wedding stand out from the rest.

Dealing With Tech Issues in a Modern World

October 14, 2014

Invoice pads save businesses. Two Sparrows Productions is in rural South Dakota; not a bad place, but when the power goes down it takes a day or two for it to come back on, and you know that the power will go down at least three times a year, usually during a snow storm. It does not exactly help that reception is a bit spotty even for satellite communications. It may not be technologically backwards but it is not exactly tech friendly either.

This means that the fax machine is our best friend as it seems that the telephone is never down, making it the best bet for getting anything through. Thus, we order something odds are good that we will write it down, fax it, and then confirm the order by calling up. Without access to inventory sheets it would be impossible to run our business. At least it is easy to order the pads!

Garden Glory

September 9, 2014

I have a week until my new restaurant Garden Glory opens and I am feeling frantic. Everything is ready except for the ladies rest room. I have spent hours researching, purchasing and placing every piece of furniture and every fixture in this restaurant and I have one item left to purchase….the sink in the lady’s loo. I want everything to look perfect so I am a woman on a mission and today is the day that the sink must be found and bought.

My cell phone buzzes and I quickly answer. It is my friend Gabby. She knows my sink dilemma and how busy I am so I know she must have an idea for me. “Recycled glass media” are the three words she speaks to me before hanging up. I do a quick internet search and immediately know that I have found my sink. Recycled glass is my answer!