A broken shop window

A few years ago I took over the family antique store, it has been in the family for three generations so it felt like I was taking on a lot of responsibility when it was my turn to take the reins. Our store is very popular with tourists, we move product in and out quickly, and thus it doesn’t make sense for us to put products online. Basically, out store and store front is integral to the success of the business.

We were having a busy day, a tour bus had stopped in our town and the store was full when disaster struck. One of the customers small children decided to throw a brass apple, this apple shattered the window of my busy store. I was mortified, to say the least. I had to put on my professional face, and try to cope with the situation while protecting my customers (and of course, trying to not let this effect sales).

One of the employees from the shop next door came over to see what was going on and when they saw the broken front window, ran back next store, and brought me back a number of the glazier who had fixed their window a year earlier when vandals broke in.

Within half an hour of my call the glaziers were at the shop. They took care of everything for me, they cleaned up the glass and made sure that no one would get hurt on the glass. By the time it was time to close up shop (which I was able to operate for the day) the window was replaced. This call seriously turned a disaster into a nothing. I don’t even know what I would have done without the professionals who came and fixed my window.

I can honestly say, making the call was worth it. And I know that if anything should ever happen to my windows again that I wouldn’t even hesitate to make the call.

The Comparison Game

Comparing things has a purpose, a definite usefulness in our lives.  Like anything, however, it can be used in a helpful way or in a destructive one.  If we’re talking about comparing prices, or quality of an item when making a purchase, that’s helpful.  When we start comparing our progress, growth and success to others, it can leave us with a complex that doesn’t serve us in any way, shape or form.

Whether you grow up with siblings or not, no one is immune to being compared to others.  Regardless of what the comparison is about, when we’re young it isn’t long before we start to wonder why we aren’t good enough just the way we are.  Why did we need to be like anyone else?  Aren’t we special enough?

Of course, there were times, even as children when we’re on the winning side of the comparison game.  Whether it was the highest mark on a test or project, we felt, because we feel that those marks meantwe were “better than” our classmates.  If we’re not careful the need to outdo others can carry more meaning than the task itself.  As we get older and become employees the comparison game is often about out-performing our colleagues or whoever we consider to be competition for whatever goal it is we’re working towards.

The great news is that as our awareness expands, we can use the comparison game as a positive thing. Instead of using it to make us feel “less than” or inadequate, we can use it for inspiration.  Rather than coming from a place of envy, wondering why others have been able to achieve something that we haven’t yet, look at it as motivation.  They’ve done it, it is possible, and what we can learn from their success are the thoughts that we should consider.

We’re not working to be better than anyone else.  We should focus on being better than we were the day before.  It’s about really taking the time to acknowledge the growth and development that we have achieved and continuously looking for ways to improve.  Comparing ourselves to others in a way that disempowers us is unproductive.  The reality is that unless you know the people you’re comparing yourself to personally, you have no idea what it took for them to achieve their success.  Even when we have a personal connection with someone, we don’t always know the full story unless they choose to share it with us.

If comparing yourself to others is motivating and inspiring you, then by all means, keep doing it.  If comparing yourself to others is making you feel insignificant and unworthy of the success that the others are achieving, then it’s time to stop doing it!  Start to focus on how much you’re improving and growing every day.  Your journey and experiences are unique to you, so your path to success will be yours to establish.  You don’t have to be better than anyone else; you just need to continue to be the best you that you can be.

Bed bugs have arrived!!

bed bugs

Yuk, is the best word I can think of, those little pesky pests, I have no idea how they came in but I have researched them as I would and here is my research on those horrible buggers/pests…

Bedbugs are little, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of creatures or people. Grown-up bedbugs have level bodies about the mass of an apple seed. After they have fed, their bodies swell and become reddish in color.

Bedbugs don’t fly, yet they can move rapidly over floors, dividers, and roofs. Female bedbugs may lay many eggs, each of which is about the size of a spot of dust, over a lifetime.

Young bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before coming to development and oblige a dinner of blood before every shedding. Under positive conditions the bugs can grow completely in as short a time as a month and produce three or more generations for each year.

In spite of the fact that they are an annoyance, they don’t transmit maladies.

Where Bedbugs Cover up

Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through gear, dress, used bed and couches and other different things. Their straightened bodies make it workable for them to fit into minor spaces, about the width of a visa card. Bedbugs don’t have homes like ants or honey bees, yet they have a tendency to live in groups isolated from everything spots. Their first hiding spots are normally in mattresses, box springs, bed casings, and headboards where they have simple access to individuals to chomp in the night.

After some time, in any case, they may dissipate through the room, moving into any cleft or secured area. They might likewise spread to close-by rooms or flats.

Since bedbugs live singularly on blood, having them in your house is not an indication of uncleanness. You are as prone to discover them in ideal homes and hotel rooms as in messy ones.

At the point when Bedbugs Bite

Bedbugs are dynamic basically around evening time and for the most part bite individuals while they are resting. They sustain by penetrating the skin and pulling back blood through an extended snout. The bugs nourish from three to 10 minutes to wind up engorged and afterward slither away unnoticed.

Most bedbug bites are not painful in the first place, yet later transform into scratchy swellings. Not at all like flea bites that are principally around the lower legs, bedbug bites are on any territory of skin uncovered while resting. Likewise, the bites don’t have a red spot in the middle like insect bites do.

Individuals who don’t understand they have a bedbug infestation may trait the tingling and swellings to different reasons, for example, mosquitoes. To affirm bedbug bites, you must discover and distinguish the bugs themselves.

Before we get into infestation, which is very bad, I have called a good pest control company to come out because even though I am smart, these things are disgusting.

Indications of Infestation

In the event that you wake up with bothersome regions you didn’t have when you went to rest, you may have bedbugs, especially in the event that you got an already used bed or other used furniture around the time the bites began. Different signs that you have bedbugs include:

  • Blood stains on your bed sheets or pillowcases
  • Dark or stained spots of bedbug’s faeces on bed sheets, mattresses, bed garments, and dividers
  • Bedbug faeces spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide
  • An hostile, offensive smell from the bugs’ aroma organs

In the event that you think an infestation, evacuate all bed sheet materials and check it deliberately for indications of the bugs or their waste. Uproot the dust spread over the base of the case springs and look at the creases in the wood surrounding. Peel back the fabric where it is stapled to the wood outline.

Likewise, check the region around the bed, including inside books, phones or radios, the edge of the floor covering, and even in electrical outlets. Check your storeroom, on the grounds that bedbugs can stick to dress. In the event that you are indeterminate about indications of bedbugs, call an exterminator, who will comprehend what to search for.

In the event that you discover indications of infestation, start ventures to dispose of the bugs and avoid their coming back.

Bedbugs Medications

Disposing of bedbugs starts with tidying up the spots where they live. This ought to incorporate the following:

  • Clean bedding, materials, window ornaments, and garments in boiling point water and dry them on the most astounding dryer setting. Spot plush toys, shoes, and different things that can’t be washed in the dryer and keep running on high for 30 minutes.
  • Use a firm brush to clean sleeping cushion creases to evacuate bedbugs and their eggs before vacuuming.
  • Vacuum your bedding and its closed areas every now and again. After vacuuming, instantly put the vacuum cleaner sack in a plastic pack and spot in waste can outside.
  • Encase bedding and box springs with a firmly woven, zippered spread to keep bedbugs from entering or getting away. Bedbugs may survive in a year without eating, so keep the spread on your sleeping pad for no less than a year to verify all bugs in the bedding are dead.
  • Repair cracks in surface and paste down peeling wallpaper to dispose of spots bedbugs can hide.
  • Get free of disorder around the bed.

On the event that your sleeping cushion is invaded, you may need to dispose of it and get another one, yet be careful to free whatever remains of your home of bedbugs or they will overrun your new bedding.

Bedbug Extinction

While tidying up invaded regions will be useful in controlling bedbugs, disposing of them generally obliges synthetic medicines. Since treating your bed and bedroom with bug sprays can be destructive, it is imperative to utilize items that can be used securely as a part of the rooms. Try not to treat mattresses and bedding unless the mark particularly says you can utilize them on bedding.

By and large it is most secure and best to enlist an accomplished nuisance control proficient for kissing bug eradication.

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Hello from me

hello

Hello from me, I talk a lot about mu self on my about page. But I just wanted to say a formal “hello” and welcome to my little blog about me and what I do and often don’t do.

I hope you enjoy my ramblings and hopefully you will learn something as will I. I look forward to our journey, well my journey and if you join me for some of it then cool.

Thank you again for popping by, I guess the testament to whether you come back is dependent on how interested or you haven’t got anything else to do.

Anyway thanks for this visit.

Wes