I am Just Not that Handy

thH89C2MJ7I do not know what I was thinking. I am not what some would call “handy” actually; I am the complete opposite of that. I remember when I was younger and my grandfather tried to so show me how to use a hammer and nail in case I ever want to, I do not know, hang a picture or something. I ended up nailing my shirt, pants, and a shoelace to the wall. I have no idea to this day how I did that. That was the first and last time my grandpa tried teaching me anything about being a handy person. On the other hand, tool practical understanding. No matter how much older I am or how much time has passed I am still anti-handy.

I have a Chinese dwarfed maple trees in front of my house. They are so cute I had to have them. A few years ago, I bought them and my wonderful mother planted them for me. All I had to do was water and feed for the first couple of months then they were on their own. In addition, boy have they been striving. I am quite proud of my little trees. Now almost two years later I noticed that a little tree trimming is due. They were starting to look a little shaggy around the hedges. Essentially my trees needed a haircut.

After reading a few articles and watching what felt like hours of videos online I felt as though I was prepared to do it on my own. As if I want to tree trimming college or something, I was empowered and ready to get my trim on.

I went to my local home improvement store to pick up some supplies. I had a list with everything I needed to accomplish the job. As I am in nursery and yard care department, I start to doubt myself. Reflecting on that time with my grandpa, you all remember the story. How unbelievably clumsy I was trying to hammer a nail. How in the heck am I supposed to do this? As soon as I was about to give up and start putting everything back, someone came up to me as ask if I needed any help. I have never been as happy to see a sales person as I was right then and there! I took this time to explain what I was trying to do and how nervous I was to do it.

She soothed my fears and encourage me to try it out. She suggested that I start on whichever tree and side was least noticeable to others that may be looking at my house. Then she looked at my list and took me around to get all the items explaining to me how to use each one. She warned me what not to do and what to look for when attempting to trim these trees.

Armed a lot of stuff and knowledge I drove home with a newfound confidence and determination. I was ready to do this.

I started the tree farthest from the street and least noticeable. I did as the sales girl and my research informed. It was going great until I accidently cut a cord going to my house. Giving me a light electrocution. Not to mention the shock caused my hand to clench down on the shears I was using. Instead of trimming the tree, I ended up whacking a large portion of the branches off. It was horrible.

When the shock wore off, I went online, checked out some reviews, contacted a tree service to come, and finished the job. I guess I can try selling the stuff I bought online or maybe give it to one of my neighbors. I know that I will never being doing that again. Lesson learned.

Variety is the Spice of Life

th (22)Over the years, I have worked a variety of jobs to support myself through school and eventually my family. At least until I found my dream job. My dream career. Nevertheless, until then I have done so many different odd jobs and have gained so many different skills some that is still applicable some that I probably will never use again as long as I live. Nevertheless, I have had a plethora of employments positions.

I remember working two years as a forklift truck operator. Yes little old me, I am a, well at least I was, a license forklift driver. That was pretty fun and easy job. Oh and I made a lot of money doing that. Then I went on to work as a salesperson. Trying to sell kitchen makeovers. That was supposedly affordable but all too many people were complaining to me that it was too risky. That the credit process require too much collateral that it really scared people away from doing it. This really peaked my curiously. One day I decided to sit down and do some research. After reading about the financing process and terms, I decided that this is not something I wanted to be associated with. THEREFORE, I gave my two week noticed and continue on to my next employment adventure.

This time I decided to try my hand at office management. For about three years, I work as an administrative assistant. This was not so bad. I enjoyed organizing things and I had plenty of opportunities to do so. I was a great assistant too. So much so that I recently receive a call, form that employer asking me to come back. They are in between assistance and need someone to fill in immediately. Unfortunately, I had to decline the offer, I am a busy person after all, and I barely have time for myself as it is. We all must know when it is time for us to draw the line.

Before I started my own business, I worked for a heating and cooling, a small business that was just started up. I apprentice as technician assistant. To be honest I did not care for this type of work. For whatever reason I just could not get into it, which is really weird because I usually love hands on jobs more so than any other does. However, not so with this one. With that being said, I still loved going to work. Because my boss and the people I worked with were amazing. They really accepting me and brought me into their company not like I was their employee but like I was family. Seven years later and I am still close with everyone that worked there when I did. To this day, I still get my employee discount for their services and products. Whenever I can, I like to send business their way.

I appreciate every job I had, big and small. I have learned so much from each one. I think it is because I went through so much that I know what I want, what I am passionate about, and how to run a great business. I have no doubt in my mind that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.

Enjoying a Little Tree Service

thCM6UJIVTI work hard every day. For my entire life have been working hard. First, it was my job at this burger joint when I was in high school. Working to save money to pay for college. Then in college, I worked two jobs to pay my rent and living expenses. After graduating, I started working in the mailroom at this engineering form. With the hopes of moving my way on up the latter. Which I did. In less than three years, I moved from the mailroom to junior partnership to partnership in another three years. Yes, I have worked hard.

For years, I lived a meager and frugal existence. I kept my nose to the grindstone, save and scrape. No type of splurging. I hate debt so I always worked, saved, and budget in order to keep living my debt free life. I even learned how to do many simple task around the housed so I did not have to ask someone else to do it. Over the years, I know I have save thousands of dollars from doing this.

Now I have some money. I am doing really well for myself. What even better is I don’t owe anyone anything? Well, except my property owner, for the house I rent from him. Other than that, I am great. I can afford to outsource some of the things I did myself around the house. Things I do not particular care to do but those things that are needed. Like tree pruning. I really do not like to do it. However, for years I have pruned and trimmed my own trees and shrubs. Not because I like it but I could not afford to pay anyone to do it or did I trust anyone to do it right.

After reviewing my budget, it looks like I can afford to have a tree service company come once a mothing or so to take care of the trees and shrubs of this place. While I am at, I think I will sign up for a few other services.

Why work hard and earn a decent living if you cannot enjoy it right? As my dad always said, you cannot take it with you. Now it seems as though I understand his sentiments exactly. No more pinching and saving. I have enough money to do a little wiggling as it may. In addition, I will.

After the tree pruning and trimming, they have promised to install a lightening system in one of the trees in the back of the house. Something that I have been meaning to do for years. After we had that bad lightning storm six summers ago it seems that this tree is a lightning magnet. It being so close to the house is very dangerous and it scares the mess out of me.   Now I will not have to worry about it anymore.

It is nice to finally get to enjoy the fruits of my labors. As if I said before I have worked hard for what I have, I will enjoy it. This is my pre-New Year’s resolution and I plan to keep it.

We, at Cobra Enjoys a Little Fun

th (18)This weekend was a blast. It was relaxing and entertaining. My husband is away for a few days, deer camp. Actually, he has been gone for about a week now and will be returning tomorrow. As the last weekend with him away, I decided to have a girl’s weekend and invited some friends and my sister over for an old school slumber party. Just like, I had when I was a kid. It was a nice throwback to easier times. In addition, I think everyone else enjoyed herself.

There are some many things to do when organizing a party or get together for friends. When I host my Winter Slumber Blast Weekend, there are a few things that are staples. Without them, it would not be a slumber party. No, I do not mean extra pillows for a pillow fight. I honestly I have never participated in a pillow fight in any slumber party I attended. Not now as an adult or when I was a child.

Anyway, here are my sure fire tips to planning a great slumber party. However, be forewarned your guest my not want to leave your house, please keep this in mind when deciding.

Board games

I love boards games, I always have. Whenever I have a party at my house I like to make sure, I have a few board games that are very interactive like Pictionary or Scattegories. Both are great at breaking the ice and loosening people up. More importantly it creates a lifetime of memories that will be carry one for years. This is also necessary if you have guests that may not know each other or do not know each other well. Wonderful icebreakers.

Plan an easy menu with lots of snacks

Food is crucial to any party no matter what it is. Plan you menu to be fun and easy to eat. Try a bake potatoes bar or sliders. Something that is easy to carry and not sloppy to eat. Make sure you have lot of snacks of the savory and the sweet kind. Of course, it is good to have a little vegetables and fruits to help break down all that food. I like to make a fruit bowl and vegetable tray. Then I lay it out buffet style, making sure to replenish as the night goes on. It has a given, everyone expects to leave a slumber party full and bloated.

Have to have movies

Movies are necessary in any slumber party it does not matter if you are seven, thirteen, or thirty. Fun, comedic romances are what every slumber party must have. With the advent of streaming shows and movies. This is easy. Just turn on Netflix or Hulu and you are in business. You can watch movies and television shows as much as your heart desires. On the other hand, your guests heart’s desire.

The next you are looking to host a fun and festive slumber for you and your girls use these sure fire tips for a great time for all. Trust me I have been having slumbers parties since I was eight years old. Each one, which off without a hitch and to this day folks still mention my slumbers, parties with a smile on their face. In addition, a longing to return.

Coincidently, I use the same formula for office parties.  No matter what type of social gathering these tips will go over like butter on a hot piece of toast!  I guarantee it!


Prepare for success

th (14)Usually around this time of year, our only worry is snow and ice. Maybe a little freezing rain but mostly snow and ice. I think we all were surprised when we had an old fashion thunderstorm complete with real life lightning. It really was something that took everyone by surprise, myself included. I just never thought something reminiscent of a summer storm would appear so late in the year. Nevertheless, here we are.

No matter what time of year it is or what type of storm there are a few things that I like to do to prepared. You never know what may happen. If the power will go out, or a tree falls onto your home or vehicle and you are unable to get help or supplies. Then you have to wait for a tree service, like the great people of Springfield Tree Service, to come out and release you from your nature impending prison. Usually doing a storm all the tree service business are so busy, try as they might, it may take a while for them to come to your location.

With that being said, I like to be prepared. Before any storm or cold weather season, I like to do these particular things to make sure me and my family will be safe, fed, and not die of thirst.

Take measures to ensure that my property is protected

In order to protect my property, I will first make sure the windows are secured and covered. A few years ago, I have storm shutters installed on all of my windows. When a storm coming I call pull my shutters shut and my family and I will be protected from shattering glass and random projectile that may come flying through the window pane.

I also like to make sure all of our outside furniture, toys, and machinery are put away in the sheds and garage. Those items that are not that easy to remove I will try to secure it to the ground. Once before during a bad storm our basement flooded and we lost many items that we had stored in it. Since then I have learned my lesson and have stored all items on the second floor in our house or at a storage shed.

Stock up, stock up

I always like to make sure we have items such as bottle water, canned foods, and first aid kit. Sometimes the power goes out during a bad storm or the water is not safe to drink. It’s great to have these items already on hand, instead of waiting until the last minute and have to fight the crowds in the supermarket and department stores.

Having proper tools and fuel is also necessary for my family and me. I cannot count the number of times that a storm had knocked out the power and we had to use our fireplace to heat our home and cook our meals. It’s good to have all these things ahead of time. You never know what the worst-case scenarios is during these times until you are living it.

Determine a safe place in your home

My family like to take times throughout the year to practice safety drills, discuss, and remind each other of the safe places within our home. As well as what to do if you are away from the house during a natural disaster. We run periodic fire drills as well. People always think that these things will not happen to them, when it does they have no idea what to do.   We are determine to not be that type of family, so we practice and prepare.

What do you do? How do you prepare? Repeatedly we are shown that the only way too safely service and unforeseen natural disaster is to be prepared.   Many people who have suffer through natural disasters find out the hard way that there really isn’t anyone to lean on during these times. Do not expect to have help, other than from your family member and others that you prep with. Think and live like this and you will be able to overcome anything that life throws at you.


Black Friday Tips to Success



One of my favorite times of the year is drawing closer with each passing day. I cannot wait; I have been planning, saving, and stargazing my route. To ensure that I hit up all my favorite places, break for lunch, then continue again. While maximizing my funds and fun and limiting wasted time and energy. It is almost like you have to be a military generally to pull this off and I may not be that but I am ready. I have my lists made, map drawn out, and my estimated time of arrival all calculated. For the biggest shopping day of the year, at least in my book, you can never be too organized and prepared.

Black Friday here I come.

If you want a successfully run Black Friday shopping venture then you must implement my go to rules and etiquette. If you do then you complete the day knowing that you got the most out of it and spent the least amount of money possible.


Before you even decide to leave your house, research what deals are going on and where. There is not time to walking around without any directions. After creating your list of the things, you need for yourself and your home or gifts for other people. It does not matter, know the deals and who has them. This will also play into the traveling agenda. I like to start a month my research a month before the big day, then revisit two weeks before and again a few days before. Always leave room for door busters and unexpected sales that they may not advertise.

With your research when make sure to include the price of the item and at what store in your list. As I said before some stores have sales and door busters on things that were not advertised. IF this item is on your list for a comparative or cheaper price then you will know.

Coupons, discounts, and price match

Always check for manufacture and in-store coupons and discounts. Combine with the already slashed prices you may walk away with steals after steals. Go online to the store website and other coupon website, print, and then organize each of these coupons by store then item. You will not have time to fumble around you bag, purse, or wallet looking for coupons. On the other hand, worst you misplace it and cannot find it when you need it.

Always check and see if different stores honor price match. Some stores will match or even beat the price of the same item advertise cheaper in another store. By utilizing price match, you can cut down on the number of stores you must visit. If you are able to get the same item at the same price at one store. This is a logistics dream move.

Early bird gets the early worm.

It really does pay to be early on this day. Many stores have deals early in the morning so those that over sleep will miss out. Some deals only last as long as the item is in stock. IF you oversleep and miss something then ask if you can get a raincheck. You never know you may be able to come back at another day and purchase the item at the same low Black Friday prices.

Shop Online

Why bother to leave the comfort of your home? Stay home, enjoy your cup of tea or coffee, no need to get out of those comfortable pajamas, or even comb your hair. Go online and shop until you drop or have to go to the bathroom. This is a great option if you are shopping for gifts for other people and they live out of town. You can buy and ship all in one swift click of the mouse. You maybe see deals that is not available to those shopping in store. I cannot count the number of online only deals I have taken advantage of.

These are just a few of my go to moves for Black Friday. I hope you able to put these into place yourself and have a safe and wonderful Black Friday.