Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wedding Memories

In the process of doing a little reorganizing and decorating I came across my wedding album. Even after 30 years of marriage, seeing those pictures brings such warmth and joy. It was a great day, even if I don't remember half of it either because I was a little tipsey by the end of the night, or because it was such a worldwind it's hard to remember all of the little things. I think that's probably true for any bride. I was lucky enough to have a great professional photographer in the family, but if you're planning a wedding and don't have a family member who is a professional photographer, that is one area you shouldn't skimp on. Those memories last forever. Thankfully the internet makes it much easier to find just the right person anywhere you need them. For instance, if you're in raleigh, you just look up wedding photographer raleigh in the search engine and you have all of the professional photographers you need to make the best choice for you. Remember to talk to as many individuals as you need to in order to make the choice you feel most comfortable with, and gives you the price you can afford.

Long, Cold Fall Day

It's been a long day, and I've been missing the water here, so I thought I'd share a video from one of our trips this summer

Friday, October 18, 2013

Making the Most out of Spaces

Having a home with small spaces, making the most out of the areas available is important. For the dinning area in the kitchen, a simple table would work, but having a little extra touch of style makes a huge difference in the way the whole room looks. Something as simple as custom printed tablecloths gives the area a classy appearance and makes it look stylized so the small area doesn't stand out as much. I try to do little things like that all over the house. The living room is small, and a coffee table would look cumbersome and take up too much space, but an ottoman with a stylish throw can double as both footrest and coffee table and makes it all look cozy and warm.

Home Insurance Woes

I bought an older home a few years ago, and am still having trouble getting it insured. It's not a mortgage problem since there is no mortgage, but having insurance is that peace of mind you want, right? I never, ever thought much about homes being uninsurable, at least not as a normal home. It's not falling down around itself or anything. It's not in a bad neighborhood. It's not in a hazzard area from flooding or hurricanes or such, although tornadoes do happen, all homes around here have the same hazzard. I've owned many old homes before, and never had this problem. I've read that since the housing collapse in 2008 insurance companies are much, much more difficult than they used to be, so that may be the reason I have never known this issue. All of the previous homes were bought in the 80s and 90s. Still... what a racket.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Making Illegal Legal

With all of the news about immigration laws and ways that immigrants can get legal access to things such as driver's licenses etc, a lot of people are left wondering how to do it. The first thing someone looking to find out about their new rights needs to do is find an attorney in the area they live in. An immigrant in California needs to find immigration lawyers in los angeles, and those in Illinois, in Illinois. The reason it is important to make sure the lawyer you choose is local to where you live, is that the laws, while Federal, may have certain variations from state to state, and even in some cases, city to city.


It's time. It's time to do a reinvention. It seems like about every 10 years in the freelance business, you need to find ways to reinvent the things you do in order to stay in action. I suppose it is no different than any business. Staying the same pretty much means getting passed by. Unless you've got "Classic Coke" or something like that, you can't rely on a lasting market. Even big name markets such as XBox have to keep making new stuff to keep up with the times. Well, it's that time for me. This year has been stagnant writing wise. I still have some tried and true clients, but overall, it isn't as profitable as it was in the last five years. So, it's time to find new horizons and reinvent the things I'm doing.