Only you can break the cycle

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. You may think it is too soon to be thinking about Christmas but retailers have the back to school stuff out and by the end of the month we will start seeing Christmas decorations too.

There are only about 155 days left until Christmas and subtract 2 from that number and you have the number of shopping days assuming the internet remains open and worst case scenario delivery takes two days because of the holiday rush.

Now is the time to start planning to break the cycle of buying stuff for people that don’t need stuff so that they have to buy more storage containers and perhaps move into larger houses or rent storage units.

Sure our economy will collapse if people don’t spend enough money on stuff but capitalism is only working well for the very wealthy anyway and probably isn’t sustainable in it’s current form.  Together we can build something bigger and much, much better. Believe me. Happy holidays!

Cleaning off the top of the fridge

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I have been super busy the last few weeks chasing after homes that are only on the market a day or two for my clients and listing some homes. Usually activity starts to slow a bit in July but that isn’t happening this year. Normally I would be on vacation right now but I am walking acreage in 90 degree heat and showing houses during rush hour instead, which is like a vacation from winter.

I did manage to find some time to clean off the top of my refrigerator. Yes I know that doesn’t sound very exiting but it does need to be done. No matter what I do I can’t seem to keep the top of the fridge free of stuff. Spot the wonder cat decided that it is a great place to take a nap.


What a truly fantastic Friday

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I would like to make Friday great again and I can believe me. I can make it terrific. It will be amazing and I am not saying that in a braggadocious way. I know how to win and when I do Friday will be fantastic, believe me. It will be so fantastic that everyone will get tired of it.

I’ll start by building a wall in-between Friday and Monday. I’ll build a wall and I’ll get Monday to pay for it.

Memories of fireworks

it is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I miss the amazing fireworks displays we used to have in St. Paul. Fireworks were shot up over the river valley and could be seen for miles. We could see them from the bridges or the public parks. The all changed when the ball park was built in lower town. Since the park opened it is the new place for 4th of July Fireworks even if there isn’t a game.

Fireworks can not be launched high into the sky from the park because of the nearby airport.

It makes no sense to me to launch low level fireworks from the lowest part of the city, where view of the fireworks is blocked by the buildings when they can be launched over the river and viewed from bridges, parks, boats and the bluffs.

Maybe one day our fireworks will be set free again where they can be enjoyed by everyone, but for now all I have are these blasts from the past.

Fireworks over the Mississippi River
July 4th fireworks
Fireworks over the Mississippi river

So many sizes so little time

plastic containers
Plastic containers

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I had an experience yesterday that got me thinking. I don’t like to think too much because there is always the danger of overthinking.

We have three or four brands of plastic storage containers. They all had lids at one point. The lids for one brand of container never fits the containers of another brand.

Yesterday I found a lid from one brand that fit a container from another brand. Now I wonder if the person who was put in charge of doing research to make sure that a lid will not fit a container from any other brand screwed up and if they did who should I report it to?

I also wonder if there are other lids in my huge collection that fit from other brands.

OK now I am done thinking and maybe sometime like next winter when it is too cold to go outside I’ll clean out my storage container cupboard and get rid of the extra lids that don’t have containers and the extra containers that don’t have lids.

Great taste, less waste

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Today I am going to share my recipe for iced tea. Yes you can make iced tea at home. It tastes better than store bought type ice tea, costs almost nothing to make and there are no empty plastic bottles to dispose of.

sun tea
Sun tea

Fill a canning jar, with water, put in a tea bag or two. (I like to use quart sized jars)   Set the tea on a windowsill or outside in direct sunlight for at least 2 hours. I usually leave it out for four hours. I put a reusable lid on the jar.

Once the tea is done brewing, remove the tea bag. Pour the tea over ice and sweeten and add lemon if you like. For more tea use bigger containers and more tea bags. Clear glass containers work the best. The tea is nice and mellow, never bitter. It is low fat, has no cholesterol, calories or sodium and is gluten free and can be caffeine free but that seems wrong. Enjoy.