Guest post written by Edina Fox
I always said that you could never have too many clothes. But I guess that I’ve gotten to that point where I have so many clothes that I’ve even forgotten some of the things that I have. And then I also have a whole lot of trouble figuring out where any of my clothing items are that I would like to wear. So I have to say that organizing my closet was a necessity instead of more than an exercise.
I’ve tried to organize my closet over the years, but it’s been way too long since I’ve been able to bear throwing something away. It’s just too much emotional anguish for me. So I went online to see if I could find some ideas about what exactly I could do differently this time. When I was searching for that, I ran across some cable and internet packages and after I showed them to my husband I decided to change over our home service to one of those packages.
I invested in some additional shelves and hooks to put in my closet so that once I got everything organized and threw away some stuff, I would be able to see what I have better. They really came in handy for my purses and belts.
A stray dog wandered into our yard this week, and won’t go away. We’ve tried shooing it away, but it won’t go. It appears to be one of those cases where the owner decided to dump it here instead of taking it to the animal shelter. I think that they do that because the animal shelter charges people money to drop off their unwanted animals.
Well, we finally took pity on the dog because of the cold weather and let it come in the house. It’s friendly enough, and seems well mannered. She’s not wearing a collar, so we can’t find the owner by ourselves. We’ll be calling the animal shelter first thing in the morning Friday and let them know we have it in case the owner decides to go looking for it.
I sure am tired of wearing blaze orange when I go outside! Even my dogs have to wear blaze orange vests! Hunting season is almost over, and I, for one, will be glad to see it go. The game wardens cannot possibly be everywhere at once and there are too many hunters out in the woods that are breaking the laws. Last weekend I saw a group of men that were driving deer in the woods behind my house. That kind of unsportsmanlike behavior infuriates me! Calling the game warden does no good at all, they are too far away to respond in time to catch anyone in the act.
I know that it is important to thin the deer population, to keep them from starving in the winter time, but it still makes me sad to see such beautiful animals hunted down. And there is almost always at least one accidental fatal shooting of a hunter each season, or of an innocent resident. Sometimes someone shoots a cow, or a horse by mistake. Every time I go outside I think about the poor woman who was accidentally killed several years ago because she was outside in her yard and a hunter shot her because he thought her white mittens were a deer’s tail flagging!
Hunting season can’t end soon enough as far as I’m concerned.
Recently I was reading something that was written by Mother Teresa about how even when you do good things people will criticize you. And then she goes on to encourage the reader to continue to do good things anyway. Over the years I’ve been bending over backwards doing good deeds for people without any thought of myself, or any thought of reward. These people take all of the help I have to offer and then stab me in the back by telling lies about me to other people that I have to deal with. Then those people act with great hostility towards me. When that happens, I am surprised and hurt. I sure wish Mother Teresa was here to advise me how to get over that feeling of surprise and hurt so I can continue to do those good deeds for those same people! Do you suppose she means to continue to do good deeds, but for different people?
We all hear how much money we can save by checking around and getting quotes with various insurance companies. That is something that would have taken hours or even days back in the day before the Internet came into play and we had to rely on our handy dandy local yellow pages (the old paper version). These days it is a much easier process and one that I urge everyone to give a try and see how much money they can save.
I can tell you first hand that I wasn’t all that interested in switching insurance companies. I have been with my agent for over 20 years, I actually worked for him for a short time when he first started his agency, so I felt a loyalty to him, big time. But times are hard and money is an issue, so I took a chance and looked around and was surprised to find that I could be paying a whole lot less, $50 a month, with another carrier. It was hard calling my agent and letting him know that I had decided to switch insurance companies, but he was very understanding and told me that I have to do what I have to do in order to get by in today’s economic crisis. He also told me that he appreciated me calling him directly to inform him of my decision instead of calling the 800 number and canceling my long standing policy with the Regional office. It wasn’t an easy call to make but I’m glad that I did.