Out with 2012, in with 2013! Happy New Year everyone!
I have spent time looking back at the previous year, at every thing that has gone on. I had a great year. I got to spend time with friends and family, I had plenty of laughs and cries to go with it as well.
Do many of you make New Year’s Resolutions? I used to, but that time has passed, I have trouble with the idea of picking and choosing what needs to be changed and putting so much pressure on yourself. I do think it is a good thing to see something through until the end though.
I hope that everyone of you has come into 2013 safely and in good health and I hope that will be the way 2014 finds you next year!
Did everyone have themselves a Merry Little Christmas?
The dogs and I sure did, we had a nice quiet day together. We woke up this morning and they tore into their stockings full of dog treats and toys with the usual fervor. The house was full of squeaks and barks and happiness all around.
It would have been nice to have a white Christmas like friends of mine in Oklahoma and Texas are having today. I was surprised to see all of their pictures of snow on Facebook today. I can’t wait until we get a good snow here, I have an itch to get out and make a snow man!
I cannot stand Black Friday, and I have no intention of leaving my house today unless I absolutely have to! It is just mayhem compounded with crazy, mixed in with greed, and I want no part in it whatsoever. So many people go so crazy over the deals, that they do just that, go crazy!
This year, a friend of mine makes handmade jewelry and I have asked her to make a few pieces for me to give to my mother, sisters, and good friends. I know that a lot of money goes into our economy over this shopping holiday, but most of it is going to huge corporations like Walmart. I do some shopping at Walmart, yes, but I have decided that this year, I am going to spend a good deal of money with small businesses, to help them get a boost as well.
My friend also has small children and a family, and recently moved to Oklahoma, I miss her and her beautiful children very much. I hope that they will get the chance to come back to Tennessee for a visit and see us soon. Her mom is still here, and I know that she misses her terribly, it would be great to see them again.
She also writes a blog, and if you want some good laughs about the craziness of being a mom, you should check her out sometime, if you leave a comment let her know Melinda sent you!
This year for Thanksgiving, I was asked to join a small group of good friends and help cook food for the people who stay in our local homeless shelter. The shelter is actually in a church and is mostly supported by that church’s congregation and private donations. Every year they have a free Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who needs a good meal.
We will have to report for duty around 7:00 tomorrow morning to start cooking everything. The church has a nice commercial kitchen and a fellowship hall big enough to seat about 120 people. I have never cooked for a large crowd before, so I am a little apprehensive about this, but I like the idea of doing something good for other people not as fortunate as I have been.
Happy Veterans Day! Well, yesterday was actually Veteran’s Day, but the banks and government buildings are celebrating it today. So the Post Office and the bank was closed, and it put a slight damper on getting some of the errands I needed done today. Thankfully, none of it was crucial.
Our veterans have sacrificed so much, it is hard to not be grateful to them! I have quite a few veterans in my family as well. Growing up with such a patriotic family has made a major impact on my life too.
As many of you know, I make my living flipping houses for veterans. I work with VA lenders and I have also turned some of the homes I acquire into a lease purchase situation for veterans and also for soldiers currently serving our great nation. I keep some rentals, that I have managed to keep the rent low, and I advertise them exclusively with the DAV and other veterans groups.
A lot of these homes have needed extensive repair and others just a bit of TLC, but it has been worth it. I enjoy the feeling that comes with knowing that I am giving back to people who were willing to give their all, so that I can enjoy the freedoms that I have had my entire life.
What I do to give back, is small compared to what so many of our brave men and women have done! So remember, if you see a veteran, or know one personally, be sure to thank them for their service. They were willing to die so you could live free!