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Pay it Forward

Okay Friends – Here We Go!

My sweet friends at Nikitaland have started this monthly issue of Pay It Forward.  We asked for you to keep this in mind all month and to share things here today on what you have been able to do.  Paying it forward is not for bragging purposes – it’s an attempt to show how many different things we can do to pay it forward – lots of them don’t even include money.  Gestures that we take for granite may be a God send to another person.

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April was a busy month for my mommy.  There was the renovation going on here at the Hotel Thompson and that kept her and dad busy a lot of the time.  But still, mom and dad did find time to do some special things for the month that I’m going to share with you.

Mom always makes it a point to buy someone’s breakfast at a local drive thru in the morning.  This month, she picked a random person behind her at the Chick-Fil-A restaurant close to our house.  She always leaves them one of my business cards to say “Have a good day – remember to pay it forward”.  Sometimes, she gets a thank you email and sometimes she doesn’t.  This month, she didn’t 🙂 But I’m sure the person appreciated breakfast on us.

Mom and dad go to our local Cracker Barrel a lot of times for dinner.  I personally think it’s because they like to order off the kid’s menu – snorts.  Imagine that.  Two adults eating off the kids selection.  Hilarious I’m telling you.  So one night mom and dad went and the parking lot was packed.  So much so that two women weren’t really looking and almost walked out in front of mom’s Smart car Albert.  Now mom beeped the horn and both women stopped, turned around and then started laughing.  This small little car almost rammed them down.  So funny.  But mom/dad when they got into the restaurant, saw these two women sitting at a table.  Mom went over and said that she wasn’t trying to mow them down and hoped they were okay.  Of course they were… but one said she might have pulled something from laughing so hard at Albert – snorts.  Mom sent them over a dessert on her – you know – just in case she needed some chocolate medicine to help with the healing. 🙂

Mom and dad also did some major giving in the forms of donations to Goodwill and the Salvation Army.  During their renovation, they got rid of the huge butcher block kitchen table, all of the kitchen chairs, the entertainment center, the hutch and matching butcher block china cabinet, the sofa and the love seat.  Not to mention little odds and ends like shoes, clothes, a bunch of lighthouse items, over 200 VHS tapes and over 100 Playstation games.  It was a HUGE cleaning out that all went to great causes for sure.

So that’s it for mom/dad this month.


 

Thanks my friends for reading and supporting the Pay it Forward mission.  What did YOU do this month to make a difference?  Please post on your page and link back so everyone can see that it takes everyone making a small part to do a great dent!

My buddy Nikitaland made up a good deeds sheet.  You can get it here.  You can print it, hang it on your fridge and just jot some things down that you do during the month.  That way at our next meet up, you can share what you have done to PAY IT FORWARD.

AND if you are interested in getting some Pay it Forward bracelets, check out Nikitaland’s post here for ordering information.  Believe me friends – WE CAN ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Next meet up will be June 3, 2015 – mark your calendars!

 
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Posted by on 05/01/2015 in Pay it Forward

 

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Renovation – Phase I 

Hello all!  This is Bacon’s mom here.  I wanted to break down the entire renovation and share our experience of ups and downs throughout the process.  Today is Phase I which includes the start of everything.  Our house was cluttered.  Pure and simple it was.  We have been here 16 LONG years and throughout those years, we have had many surgeries, illnesses and taking care of family members that some things taken second – like the house unfortunately 😦

I was having a couple of weeks of feeling good physically. One never knows how long these days last when you have rheumatoid arthritis.  So when I told the hub unit I was ready to do it, he couldn’t believe me.  We made an appointment with the floor guy first.  We *had* to get rid of this awful carpet that had seen way better days.

The appointment was made 3/28/2015 with the flooring peeps.  They came out and we went over all of the measurements and looked at the different types of flooring that was available.  My husband gave me full reign over the remodeling so I picked a tan flooring.  We signed the paperwork and picked the date of 4/16/2015 for installation. This gave us a little under three weeks to de-clutter, purge and get the house in shape for the floor.  No small feat with what we had to work with as you can see from the pictures.

This same date, we went furniture shopping.  A joyful occasion to most… except me.  I despise shopping for anything.  The most important factor was that whatever we picked the hub had to LOVE his sofa.  I personally wanted something in the way of an oversized chair with an ottoman, etc – something that would be absolutely comfortable when I came home from work at the end of the day.  We went to a company called American Signature Furniture and picked out a sofa, an oversized chair, an ottoman and an electric fireplace mantle.  Sounds like heaven huh?  We expressed several times that the furniture had to be delivered on 4/17/2015, the day after the floor installation.

Now as you can see from these pictures of the living room, there was a LOT to clean.  I basically wanted to clear out everything and start fresh.  But in order to get to the bare basics, I had to de-clutter and separate items into (1) Keep; (2) Donate; and (3) Junk.  Just looking at the pictures you can tell that it was an overwhelming feat to start.  If anyone is in the same position as we were, two words – BABY STEPS.  I had a calendar and every night when I came home from work and on the weekends, we hit a different spot.  Slowly, things started going away.  AND, you know what we learned from all of this?  Letting go can be medicinal and therapeutic.  We made three trips alone to the Goodwill donation center down the street in the first couple of days.  I know that our garbage collection company probably thought what are they up to because we had loads of stuff we threw away.  Phase I took us the longest to get through – 9 days.

And then came the date that we asked Salvation Army to come to the house on 4/9/2015.  They actually had to make two trips because we gave it all away:  sofa, love seat, entertainment center, china cabinet, hutch, kitchen table, six chairs, rugs.

After they left, we cleaned more and started making a pile of trash.  On 4/11/2015, we had 1-800 Got Junk to come out to the house.  This junk company will come to your house and pick up your trash.  According to how much you have to fill their truck, is how much they charge you.  We had scheduled them to come out on this date between 3:30-5:30pm.  To our advantage, they were running late so (1) we got to pick up and clean more and (2) the later they were we got a discount – which is always a great thing in my book.

The company *finally* got at the Hotel Thompson around 8:30PM – which they had been calling throughout the day to keep us aware of their schedule.  I never got upset with them and it was a good thing.  Other people had in their schedule.  They came to our house and gave us a $125.00 discount for waiting.  So it cost only $100.00 for them to come in, lift and take out our final junk.  A bargain in my book because by this time we were so over lifting.

Now our neighbors had been watching all of the activity happening at our house in the pass 9 days.  Word got back to us that we were moving which we laughed off.  Nope – we were just doing some MAJOR spring cleaning.  All of this work was Phase I – come back tomorrow for Phase II my friends 🙂

 

 

 
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Posted by on 04/27/2015 in Bacon

 

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Paw Time with Houdini

Oh friends!!  Today is the big day here at the Hotel Thompson.  Today is suppose to be the completion day of all of the activity from the renovation.  New furniture is being delivered and finishing touches will be added this weekend.  I’m so excited – barks!

We have overcome purging of old things, donations of furniture, tearing up of carpets, linoleum, painting, building of new things and team work.  Hopefully by tonight, all will be worth it.  Mom can sit in her new chair, pop her feet up and breathe a sigh of relief with a glass of liquid refreshment in her hand.

I personally have to say that I didn’t think we would all make this process.  There were tight times.  Times that we were all pushed to our limits.  Times that the checkbook and credit cards screamed and begged for mercy but we overcame.

Next week hopefully, we will start posting some pictures.  And also next week, stay tuned for a little announcement from Bacon and Fozzie.  They are at it again and putting something together for all of our friends.

Well that’s all for me my friends – yawns – I hope you had a wonderful week as well.  Happy weekend!

 

 

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