Just bouncing in to say hi!

bouncingpigDecember 9, 2005

It has been quite a while since I've posted, but I see some of the familiars are still around! Hi to all! Things have been good with me and my family, just very busy, which is why I have posted so rarely. As many may remember last year my MIL broke her leg in 3 places and then had a grand mal seizure and nearly died. She made a great recovery, but in the meantime they decided to relocate to Oregon with their son. Anyway, long story short, DH and I took over the house payments and completely redid it inside. It was a total renovation. It was a ton of work, but in the end it helped his folks financially and we also pocketed a nice profit. We gave them the value the realtor told us before the remodel and we kept the difference. All were happy.

Then in October I put on an antique show. It was called "Past Blessings" and was very successful. It was much more work than I anticipated, but well worth it. We plan to do one each spring and each fall. It will be more of a music fest also in our Spring one, as we have many bands and groups playing throughout . . . from bluegrass to big band! Lots of fun!

And then DH has began a new business pursuit which is heavily involving me. He is starting a real estate book in Spokane. This particular one is very successful in other parts of the Northwest, but no one had a distributorship for it here in Spokane. Right now we are dealing with competitors trying to freeze us out, but we are too persistent to pay much heed to that. It has great potential, but who knows where it will lead. DH just knows his back can't handle paramedicine forever. Most sick people tend to be quite overweight, so the lifting gets pretty hard on him physically. I hope to eventually be less involved, but for now we decided we couldn't afford to bring in outside help, so I will be doing all the layout and pre-press work. Since it has been 14 years since I was in the graphic design field, my skills are very behind and so I have to learn lots of new programs and methods. It is very intimidating. For some reason, the older I get, learning new skills gets harder. Must be those dying brain cells! I have a good friend from the agency I worked at in my "previous life" that we are going to hire to teach me. He is an older dog than me, so surely I can learn this!

We are homeschooling all three boys now, but have found a great program that the kids attend one day a week. It gives them assignments for the whole week and they do all the grading. Makes our job simple . . . we basically just have to make sure they get it all done. It is really going well.

Our home is certainly not too organized as of yet, but it hasn't completely lost control either. I have a booth at a local antique store that has helped to remove lots of the "stuff" while still earning a bit. I did sell a few things on ebay last week and will do more again after the new year. But I doubt I will ever try to be a powerseller again. It takes a lot of time and I know I can't do that many things and still do it well.

Hope all is well with the "Gang" and I will try to become a "regular" again. I miss the accountability and think maybe I need it in order to keep everything moving in a positive direction.

Also, I notice lots of new faces and am looking forward to getting to know you all!


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Brenda, I is so nice to hear from you particularly with a family update. I'm glad that things are going relatively well and look forward to your posts.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 1:39PM
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    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 2:32PM
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thanks for the update! And I'm so glad to hear about your life.

You sound phenomenally busy! What an inspiraiton!

    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 5:21PM
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Brenda said:
I miss the accountability and think maybe I need it in order to keep everything moving in a positive direction.

I think we ALL need the accountability... and it makes it more fun! Who else but you guys would care what's in my closets? LOL

Welcome back!


    Bookmark   December 10, 2005 at 6:32AM
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Thanks everyone! It is GOOD to be back. Talley, I'll have to keep reminding myself when I feel overwhelmed and out of control that you said I am an inspiration!! What a nice thing to say!

And yes, Julie, I am glad we get to peek into each others closets! LOL!


    Bookmark   December 10, 2005 at 3:50PM
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Brenda, you have ALWAYS amazed me with all you do. Glad to have you back on board. I missed this group so much and hope after the holidays to get back on track.


    Bookmark   December 11, 2005 at 2:14AM
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Brenda, it's good to hear from you! Glad things are going well. Hope you'll keep taking a few minutes to come visit us.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2005 at 11:31AM
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I just noticed this post, it's super to hear from you. I always gather from your news that you are a very productive person making a lot of things happen, very goal oriented.
Keep well and take time off for the holidays....

    Bookmark   December 12, 2005 at 7:03AM
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