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Peace Harmony & Happy Family Cooking!

XO Cheryl

Don’t Say Goodbye . . . Say So Long

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            Closing The 

                        Summer Rental

                                        for the Season

When the leaves are falling off the trees at summer homes or the snow has finally melted around the winter cabin, preparing to leave can be bittersweet.

There are many reasons to spend time closing a seasonal home properly including burst pipes, vandalism, rodents, and structural damage.

To avoid these pitfalls and make re-opening the summer home easier, here are 10 tips to help close your seasonal properties.

  1. Clean out the kitchen. Thoroughly clean out the refrigerator and unplug it; you don’t want mildew damaging your appliances in the spring. Also, clean the cabinets and cupboards.

 

  1. Clean out the living areas and bedrooms. Store away bedspreads and linens (use vacuum bags to store) — there is no place more comfortable for rodents to sleep than in your bedspread. Allow your cabin to breathe while you are away. Leave doors and drawers open to increase circulation.

 

  1. Block off the flues and stovepipes. Make sure you have closed the flue on your stove. Also, sealing flues and stovepipes with a metal cap should keep the birds and rodents out.

 

  1. Cover the windows. Plywood or thin sheet metal will do. Put handles on the outside of the wood (one on each side to make easy to pick up) and number the pieces to make next year’s close easier. Sealing your cottage will not only protect it from the weather but will also keep unwanted visitors away.

 

  1. Drain the pipes. Make certain that you drain and shut off your water before you leave for good. The last thing you want is for lingering water to freeze your pipes.

 

  1. Don’t forget the little things. Sometimes the little things are often overlooked. Make sure you forward your mail to your permanent address. Make sure your service contacts, like plumbers and electricians, know how to reach you away from the summer home. With my “snowbird” clients – I offer this service as part of my cleaning package.

 

  1. Consider security. If you are concerned about intruders, deadbolts are an option as well as hiring a year-round resident to keep his or her eyes out for you. You should also consider motion detector lights and security cameras to deter unwanted visitors.

 

  1. Remove fire hazards. This is as easy as removing all papers, newspapers, old rags, and chemicals, turning off all utilities and unplugging appliances.

 

  1. Secure outside furniture, equipment, and boats. Take the time to gather all outside furniture and clean it before you secure and cover it. Turn your small boats upside down and if there is a drain hole, open it up, making sure it is on the downhill side of any slope.

 

  1. Don’t Say Goodbye – Say So Long. Before you pull out of your driveway for the season, don’t be afraid to reflect on the wonderful season it has been. Think about all the new things that happened, special times you had and the long-lasting memories that still await. Reflection of time is priceless.

Peace Harmony & Happy Autumn!

XO Cheryl

 

“The Song is Ended, But The Melody Lingers On.”

“I’ll be seeing you in all the familiar places”

 

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It’s with great sadness to say that my father-in-law has passed away. He was always working with his hands. He had beautiful gardens that attracted the most musical birds to the yard. He grew the biggest kale I have ever seen or seen since – it was delicious! He grew figs, fruit, vegetables and had pretty colorful plants and flowers around the home that he and my mother-in-law cultivated and cared for.

It’s always the little things that you miss when your “family landscape” starts to change. As I was going through just some of my collection of pictures – I realize I miss when the girls were young and we would all gather at my in-laws on Christmas Eve Evening. The girls would be full of wonder, they would hear the Santa bells from outside, some ran to the window to look out and some would run and hide! My father-in-law loved the holidays, I would catch glimpses of him watching the girls dance around the house as he smiled. He would be trying to tell them to “settle down” with his deep Portuguese accent but would tease them to get them running around again.

My father-in-law Henrique Camacho (AKA Pai, avo), will be truly missed by his familia XO

Sunday Blessings

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James 4:13-15 The Message (MSG)

13-15 I now have a word for you who brashly announce. “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.”

Dr. Seuss wrote, “How did it get late so soon?” The older you get, the quicker time passes.  The older you get, the more you understand the seasons of time, the qualities of time which have made up your life…years of struggle, moments of pure joy, seconds of pure terror, and vast stretches of boredom. I remember when summers seemed to last forever.

More than smartphones, computers, and tablets, the clock is the most addictive and controlling technological device we own today.  In our culture, we learn lessons about the time along the way, like, “time is money,” and “wasted time is wasted opportunity.”  We are are a culture that has found time so abundant we could kill it when we thought we had too much, with thinking like “I had some time to kill.”

Does the clock tell us what is most important in life, does it tell us that it is the time of beginning or end?  That now is the time to break or reconcile? The time to rebuild or break down?  We need to realize that the clock does not answer these questions. The ways and wonders of time are much more complicated, much deeper, much more sacred than we assume. It takes inner wisdom, cultivated purposefully and in quiet, deep spaces to learn how to really tell time.

Let’s spend our Time and Energy being creative, being kind, being an asset to your community and family. And, not worrying, not being fearful, not being pity and not listening and joining into the negativity. Be the Stewardship of Your Time!

 

Happy Independence Day!

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Peace Harmony & God Bless America!

XO Cheryl

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I Salute . . .

Memorial Weekend

The perfectly lined headstones, I have a fixation on lines – anything that stands in perfection. These headstones all stand for something more. They stand for bravery, the honor for country and they stand for selflessness. They tell a story. The story of a Hero. Every Hero has their own unique Story. And every Hero means something to somebody. This is the weekend we recognize those stories, and salute those families of those Heroes, for sacrificing what they love to make sure we stand on Land of Freedom today.

Happy Memorial Weekend,

Cheryl

What Are You Doing To Stay Motivated Today?

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Today, I’m working on my book, I found all these little pieces of papers with quotes and sayings my mother collected over the years of being a Navy Wife. She had plaques hanging all the walls in our home showing the respect and love we had and still have for the Submariners Life.

All these little treasures are keeping me motivated in moving forward with my goal. Find motivation where you can to keep your mindset on your current project.

10 Ways To Stay Motivated

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Count Your Sunday Blessings . . .

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Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Music For The Soul:

Take time for yourself today

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Thought of the day:

The Spring and Fall Seasons are the best times for releasing and letting go in all areas. In the Spring we like to detoxify our bodies, minds and moods, as well as our surroundings. Preparing for new growth that comes with this energetic and vibrant season. The release of excess baggage, whether it’s extra weight from a sedentary Winter or mounts of clutter in our living spaces.

Allow me to create spaciousness, refreshing, and tidy inspiration in all areas. Then, watch the healing of good minds and bodies arise from a dormant Winter.

Does this sound like you?

  • Are you overwhelmed about where to start?
  • Do you need direction and guidance?
  • Lack of energy?

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The First Step Clearly Defines What It Is You’re After

I had a moment of Clarity last week. It came when I was going through the clutter in my office that had accumulated in the past few days, trying to get ready for another work week of building relationships, scheduling my content for my blog, deciding what flyer to send to the printer, and the many other things solo business owners must get done.

My moment came when I realized that finishing my book has been front and center in my thoughts and dreams. So, I made the first step – after I organized a few weekly business content and information. I then made a home for all my “Book Stuff” – I put it out in the open (not hiding in the back of the closet) to access, to write notes, to start my research and interviews.

It was a small step – but a step none the less!

What’s your first step?

 

Whatever your first step is

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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