I don't get on a soapbox often, it's not my style. However one thing I am passionate about is rescuing animals. I don't believe in paying thousands of dollars for purebred dogs or my personal favorite the designer breeds (ie MUTTS). There are so many awesome dogs (and cats, but I'm allergic so we're not addressing cats today) dying in shelters every day.
Enough soapboxing. I bring this up because I want to tell you about my 2 awesome dogs!
First there is Becca.
Becca is a Designer Beltie. LOL As far as we can tell she's a Border Collie/Sheltie Mix
We spent some time fostering dogs. We were looking not only to help out, but we were also looking for a dog that was the right fit for our family. Becca came to us one day and I knew immediately she was in her forever home with us. I thank the people who gave her up because we could not be happier with her. She is the best dog ever.
We had her for about a year or so when a neighbor told me she was going to have to get rid of her Jack Russell Terrier because one of her children had developed a severe allergy to him. I'm not sure who put their hand up my back making me into a puppet, but suddenly the words "we'll take him" came out of my mouth, and Odie became a part of our family.
Odie was not an immediate good fit like Becca. JRT's are dominating and hyper and a pain in the ass from the get go and Odie was the epitome of those traits. In the beginning he growled at me and tried to bite me once or twice. But with some training and patience, he learned his spot in the family.
The one who should get most of the credit for teaching Odie how to be a dog was Becca. Really. She treats him as if he was her puppy. She dominates him and corrects him. It really is an amazing thing to watch.
However, things are not perfect in dogland.... Odie learned a lot from Becca... INCLUDING how to sit in the bay window. I come home to this often. She jumps down as soon as I get out of the car, so this is the best picture I have of her doing it.
Odie doesn't care if we're home or not to make himself comfortable. Just a little while ago I went downstairs to get some coffee and found this.
Not sure how the blanket got in the window but Odie has made himself quite comfortable.
Even though the corner shower shelf we had said it would never rust, it did. So it was time to replace it. I decided I did not want another one with a pole, so I bought the ones you can attached to the wall with the double sided tape they provide, or the suction cups.
Well the tape sucked & the suction cups didn't. Hell the double sided tape & suction cups couldn't even hold up the shelves, much less anything we put on them. So I decided to take matters into my own hands!
E-6000 glue is amazing!
First thing I did was made sure I had all the pieces, cleaned them and laid them all out.
Then, using the E-6000 glue, I glued all the pieces together and let them dry in a place that they would not be disturbed.
While the pieces were drying, I cleaned the hell out of the corner. Our bathroom is about 25 years old and really needs to be updated, but I don't have $5k, so behold my 80's tile! Once clean, I wiped the whole area down with Windex so it would dry quickly.
Then I took the E-6000 glue and glued the fuckers to the wall.
Since I did not want to stand there and hold them while they dried, I used packing tape to hold them in place.
And let it dry over night.
Now it is a month later & I can say with confidence, IT WORKED!!!!
Why am I sharing this oh so boring story with you? Because I want you to take a moment and think about all those things that are not working the way they're supposed to. I want you to think about what you can do differently to make them work for you.
This does not only apply to home projects, but life as well.
Besides the shelves not working the way they were supposed to, at 40 my finances were not right either. So instead of applying for job after job that a thousand other people were applying for as well, I created my own source of income. In my case, it was my beach writings. I have not earned a ton of money doing them, but it's building and I'm branching out. I'm working towards a goal of being able to bring in a substantial income doing something I love, and maybe, just maybe, making enough that I can do it full time. I love my day job and I'm very good at it, but to be my own boss, that would be ideal.
My husband also has a side job that he is working towards being able to provide a much better lifestyle for us. If you are good with people and interested in making enough money to say goodbye to your boss, contact him firstname.lastname@example.org He is more then willing to share the wealth with you!