If I were wealthy….

Yup, I carve out massive amounts of time to do this….

  • Reply to Spam mailings
  • Answer random calls on my phone that never leave a message
  • Have fun with folks that don’t follow ‘double-opt in/unsubscribe’ rules for online emails/newsletters

Fortunately…IF ever I have time to…

I don’t have to ‘experiment/reinvent the wheel…

Look at what I just ran across – while looking for LED strip lighting planning/wiring how to’s

(yup, I have no clue why it was included in the ‘play next’ list either, although I see more and more things like this, the further I tighten down my browser security/privacy settings….. and – I’m rather intrigued by the possibility of home improvement steps – – on lighting AND phone AND inbox operations!!!!)

Spammers Fun

About 10 minutes – nice break from whatever you are doing, to laugh and recharge for diving back in….
Again – about 10 minutes – for all I know, you’ve had a lousy day and are extending your 10 minute required work break into 20 and hoping it isn’t notices – cuz ya know, here in US, the story is…..Unemployment down and no one cares you are working 3 part time jobs that all demand full-time loyalty, just to pay the rent, light, heat and grocer bill…..

IF you are at work, needing a fun break AND figure, if they fire you, you might have a chance at unemployment benes……

Before you label me as the ‘lazy arse’ that’s ruining the USA…

Understand, I watched these while waiting for various work operations to ‘compile/finish’ because so many that offer services believe everyone has high speed internet access – many don’t OR if available, are not affordable or – sometimes, the internet just runs slow here….

I also realized today, I may need to be on Facebook more often…just to know who is already buying into false data to drive their voting decisions…

…and thus…will know who to avoid having any political conversations with over the coming few months – sigh – – already seeing the crapola of wrong information or yes, true information, hitting the feeds – and yet, not information that really addresses some of the systemic issues at play – Comedians do a fairly good job of highlighting both the ridiculous and base roots of things – so I’m watching more recent comedy offerings, because so many get their ideas from the daily news threads……

On the other hand – it is Halloween, and I should lighten up, right?

Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve…etc., etc…

So maybe I should just share what I think I will do, once I get competent at strip LED lights installation AND dress up for the celebration once more – – you do know about my self-labeled artistic ability, right?

Stick people – I can draw stick people – that’s about it…..

TamrahJo

P.S. Efficiency 101 Tip from me….

If you can’t share easily/give credit to – don’t –

I tried 3 times to embed the review, the product video use from customer, etc., and ya know?

Can’t – not with Guttenberg capabilities- or Amazon rules- or …..??!?

No matter whomever did what, or where, I no longer care –

It’s not my job to inform them how to make it easier for them to get free marketing – at least as far as I know – I’m not getting in checks in the mail with note saying “Here’s a little gift to thank you for your referral to us”

So – will just say – there is a video, posted on a Strip LED offering at Amazon (yes, I read tonnes of reviews to see what folks are using such things for – and how…) and here’s a screen shot, with both photo and captain linked so you to go visit the actual durn thing if you have a hankering to – again, am I an advertising agency?

Nope – and I do my reviews if I try, like, am pleased with and no one hounds me within an inch of my life – when and how I feel like being okay with recommending to others – cuz ya know – word of mouth really is the best ROI, overall, on all fronts and I certainly would hate to tarnish my reputation by posting reviews willy nilly to score some rewards or bling….

LED Strip Light Stick People Costume Idea

Screen capture from video of how strip LED lights used – didn’t time right to get the lil’ one dancing too – click on image to view original customer video left as review on product at Amazon.com – – I do not own this video – I do not have an Amazon Affiliate account and I will let you know which set I chose to buy, install and try out WHEN I actually do – I just thought this was cute idea – :). Stick People Art!!! :D. And, ya know, I thought about getting an affiliate account, years ago, but then Amazon and Colorado tax collectors got in an fight and if you lived in Colorado, you couldn’t have an affiliate account – I guess I could, again, now, but why? I’ve got enough work on my plate without working for Amazon, too – 🙂

For those struggling with tiredness from weather, grey skies, winter bugs – –

(yup – Beetley Pete – the following pics are for you – blue skies and promises of spring to view – – )

Keep Warm, Safe, Dry, Away from Fire, Flood, etc…wherever you may be – and may the season of your where, bring you joy…

Around the flames

I find myself walking the fence among the various perspectives of October 31st and traditions among many who live in Northern Hemisphere – but I will repeat part of my comment left at original post – –

“May we all connect with community before the long days of winter drag our souls down into the depths of Persephone or the sorrow of Demeter”.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

The year turns towards winter, pulling first a blanket of leaves and mist over its face before veiling itself in frost and snow. It is a time when many traditions remember the dead, the past or the holy. On a morning such as this where the world seems silently shrouded in a grey pall, you can see, even now in our concrete-bound lifestyle, how our forebears saw the wheel of life reflected in the landscape and the seasons. You can see, too, how they bound the two together in celebration and reverence, seeing the same strands of inner life woven through all aspects of the outer.

I used to love this time of year as a child. It was full of mystery and a half-understood connection through time and community to the long distant past and to the immediacy of the present in which children live. There was Hallowe’en to…

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Hmm… Maybe I’ll start cussing…

Or being blasphemous in my post titles – – funny thing, but I just cruised through the reader list to try to catch up after my nearly 2 week absence (um…yeah…work got a lil hectic and wore me down to not having a creative notion in my soul and no desire to write anything but tomorrow’s to do list OR this morning’s intentions – or tonight’s gratitude list (some days, I struggle on the ‘gratitude’ list past the obvious things…i.e.:

  • I’m Alive and Breathing
  • I have shelter/heat
  • I have water to drink/food to eat
  • I’m not dodging bullets, bombs or tornadoes –

As I persued my posts list, to see when last I posted…

Sigh – funny how weeks just go by in the blink of an eye…

I realized –

Me at my most frustrated is what gets the most interaction…

Hmmm…you do know how I feel about drama queens and whiners, right?

So I ask myself tonight…did my 3 year experiment at Facebook turn me into a drama queen?

Perhaps….will let you know once I know….

In the end, I realized maybe I should ‘check in’ instead of just liking/commenting…

…just so folks don’t wonder if I’m dead and someone is auto-liking for me – 🙂

We are doing well here at Bally Bin – more recipes tried (with substitutions because rarely, do I have everything on hand some snazzy thing shared online calls for…)

We’ve had some cold weather and snow – one wet, one dry and both falling like the fabled Christmas Eve snow – instead of snowing horizontally because the bloomin’ wind is at 60 mph – with gusts near 70mph.

I have had to talk myself out of putting up holiday decorations and baking cookies, instead of working, oh- so-many days, already this fall – –

Just when I’m about ready to give in to the pure joy of ‘doing holiday stuff, way early’ – don’t ya know, sunny weather returns, melts everything and my flannel shirt over thermal shirt suddenly feels like overkill and I’m sweating while doing the Post Office run and wondering if I took down the window A/C a tad too soon –

Not that I’m complaining…

So many here, in my circle, are really rather tiring of the never ending rain they are getting – so, I guess, if all I’m dealing with is bundling up one day and shedding layers the next, well…I’ve got it made, right?

No flooding crawl spaces, cellars here….

And no ground blizzards, just yet, although, the man child is staying in town, with friends, until this latest front passes through – just in case the wind picks up – he doesn’t want to risk being unable to make it to work OR a wreck on icy roads – which makes me happy – cuz then I don’t worry….

Round-Up of Projects…

Country Plum wine attempt has stalled – – not moldy, not vinegary, just not ‘fermenting’ along – so apparently, I didn’t leave ‘open’ for wild yeast propagation long enough – will pitch some yeast in and some sugar to see what happens – I just haven’t ever experienced the whole ‘smells sweet – no mold, can stand to smell without puking, but no vinegar, no alcohol’ thing before – so…new experience….

Have successfully made booze infested gummy bears with no corn syrup anywhere in ingredients – – gives a nightcap AND works for ‘dessert’ all at the same time –

Made Marsala Chicken for first time ever – – boy howdy! Too rich for my tastes, but didn’t let the sauce reduce, so might be the issue – – good enough to try again – man-child ate all that was left, so no way to test the next day to see if it had ‘mellowed’ in the fridge.

Managed to burn the you-know-what

…out of my index/middle finger/knuckle area of my left hand with very hot coconut oil – (small skillets, juggling two different things and turning quickly doesn’t work….)

Yup – cold water, douse in straight Lavender oil, followed by some Tea Tree oil (straight – no dilution) burns like a mother-f***kr –

On the other hand, aloe vera, in a mister bottle, with a splash of both essential oils in it, and spending the rest of the evening keeping hand gently rested on top of ice packs, with intermittent sprays of ‘burns, then feels better’ blend, means, 2 days later I am rather amazed, yet again…

While skin is still red, and two of the 5 blistered areas have already ‘popped’ I haven’t been in agony, even though about 48 hours ago, I was so certain I would lose DAYS of computer work/crocheting time – due to impaired left hand functionality –

See how wrong a person can be?

I will say again…

Lavender essential oil may burn/sting way more than peroxide/antibiotic washes/gels, but…time and again – the sting is short lived, overall AND stuff just seems to heal faster.

Therefore, I will curse like a sailor (seriously, the man-child was laughing that I cussed more after dousing with essential oils than I did when he first watched the large splash of oil go straight onto my hand – scored some ‘tuff’ points with him, cuz he remembered his owies during his year working in the restaurant.)

I am willing to grit my teeth, cuss, and mix my water-wine a little heavier than usual, for the benefit of not being ‘down’ for more days –

Fingers still rather swollen, but with storm fronts, scaldings and cold weather, who can say just which thing is most to blame? And, the aloe vera gel really dried out my already dry/winter skin (haven’t mixed up my ‘winter body butters’ yet (yes, I’m late on just about everything…) but figure a couple more days and I can start slathering on the tallow or lard – 🙂

I almost shared a pic of the burn area…

But, it’s rather embarrassing that I talk so much about natural skin care and then show how badly I haven’t taken care of mine – – LOL –

Let’s Do Winter Wonderland Pics, instead….

These do not do justice to the sparkly world I woke up to that first snow morning – the magic glitter of the world liked to blinded me – couldn’t see anything inside for the first few minutes after I ducked back in to warm up.

First attempt of Chicken Marsala –

You’re Right, I should show what a hypocrite I am…

So yes, will show you the sorry state of my ‘working, injured hand that tell just how often I actually engage in ‘beauty/skin care’ regimens (rarely – usually after I injure myself, am laid up and nothing better I can do – 😀 )

Don’t scroll below if you don’t like pictures of folks who injure themselves in their own home, when they should know better – 🙂

When hot oil meets hands that are neglected….

P.S. Yes, I’m certain I was discussing politics while cooking with hot grease and switching out skillets to keep multiple batches going – see? Never mix politics with pre-dinner conversations – – 🙂

Happy Monday (gulp – Tuesday) 😀

A day of 3 Songs of the Day and 4 quotes:

When You Say Nothing At All

I woke up with Allison Krauss’s “When You Say Nothing at All” in my grey matter/inner voice – – not sure, still, just why, although as the day played out, I rather understood it better…..

But, as the ‘interaction’ portion of the day will soon retreat, once more, I’m remembering phases –

Something in Red comes to mind…

And I don’t even do red – for wardrobe, though some folks who love it swear it’s ‘my color’ – :). And I’m not looking for something to make a man stop dead, but still live around my immediate sphere – but I’m always think of this song when I’m pondering the ‘stages’ of many things – relationships, technology, skills, Life’s path, joys and challenges – –

But at end of non-hermitude moments day and back to my cave to ‘work some more’ with the silence of me own mind….HA!

I carry within me…the promise of and admonition to remember – for everything there is a season – sometimes it lasts long – sometimes, it’s but a moment –

Turn, Turn, Turn

Whether the Meanings of today’s inner music score are indicative of…

…anything in me or the greater world, in particular, or is needed, somewhere, for someone, remains to be seen – but, I had to report in/share – as I’ve been engaged recently on various fronts on the topics of songs, songs of the day and rather stuck on doing my own check in’s on this front –

For, doncha ya know?

Something might happen, in my ticker tape brain, that has meaning, but I don’t fully process it, recognize it until I examine it – and I further learn more while sharing it – 🙂

Or perhaps, one or both of us won’t –

That’s always a possibility, for this moment, now, our realities bump up against one another – me through sharing, you through reading – and in the end, on one hand, the moments are what make a life – and, in the end, I guess no matter what happens, or is happening or what have ya (I may be posting fluff during a serious to us all breaking news story I’m ignorant of…)

The collective of these moments is one that affects us all – for good or ill – at one point or another – –

Fave quotes from my ‘news’ fly by checkin with wider world about 13 hours ago –

News story link fro Tech/Biz World feed that is older, but spoke to me that provided these quotes:

“It’s one of those things where it just depends how it turns out,” says Chen. “If it turns out positively, it’s persistence. If it turns out badly, it’s stubbornness.”

“I have close friends of every race and gender identity, and from many different countries too, but I don’t really have low-income friends,” said former Blue Ridge Labs fellow Jonathan Stray in a blog post. “Fundamentally, I don’t understand poverty because I have very little occasion to talk to poor people.”


“We have companies that solve the problems of tech entrepreneurs, and that’s it,” says Chen. “If we had waited for somebody who was actively on food stamps to start this company, we might still be waiting, but at the same time, we now have three people in the company who were on food stamps at some point throughout their lives. We just hired a junior software engineer who was a user of the product when she joined the company.”

Anne Lamott Quote

This quote came to me courtesy of New Bloggy Cat – which you can visit right here in WP land – Yup, this one & the attributed author, came on my radar because New Bloggy Cat is one of my long time bloggy pals and email/snail mail pal, who ‘chats with me’ via many avenues – :).

“You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”

Anne Lamott (may not be the best link for verified quotes, but I surely like them, none the less…)

I bid you adieu – for now – as I hunker once more into silence, shielded from the outside world, we all share.

We both, shall see what’s what when the next moment or morrow arrives, shan’t we?

P.S. – Hadn’t ever even heard about her, but already falling in love with the personage who has been quoted, named Anne Lamott – :).

Pretty certain I’ll be sharing some of her quotes for quite some time to come…. :D. Thanks New Bloggy Cat for commenting and sharing!

Stats in Cyberworld

For many and sundry reasons from searching for info not to be found at my usual go-to-trusted places to questions from clients and getting a new work-system set up to make my ‘here’s the stats for your online presence this past cycle’ activities of reporting back to them…

I Have a Story that continues to be reinforced….

You should know, by now, I’m more concerned with functionality than ‘looks’ or short-term metrics – 🙂

And here’s what I can tell you that intrigues me about my “Stats” page, here

Referrers

Top of the list, over the years, is Search Engines – not WordPress Reader/Dashboard – not other Social Media Outlets –

(although, since I sometimes share my posts from here to ‘freshen’ my Facebook wall – it does come in 3rd on the top level of groupings of stats)

What terms folks search to lead them to me is even more interesting –

It does shed some light on how so many of my posts on vegan/vegetarianism are visited, even when I’m a self-confessed omnivore? carnivore? whatevs….

I always wondered why I would get likes and or follows from folks that I quickly figure out from their WP handle, blog title or a perusal of their blog, I most likely will offend before very long –

I admit, that has really stumped me over the years –

Since I tend to be a chatty-kathy in comment areas once I’m following someone, I really try hard not to follow or actively engage in with blogs whose stated passion, mission, politics or spiritual practices are 180 degrees from mine – – yup, I read them – to educate me self – but I don’t make it easy for me to quickly run my mouth (or get happy typing fingers) in their ‘house’ –

I confess to sometimes pushing the limits on how long I can go without sleep and getting rather happy-slappy on social media platforms when sleep deprived and/or hungry and/or too much water wine on an empty stomach while under work pressure AND pushing to earn my keep – less now and I may relax my self-imposed rules – but – I know me – what seems perfectly reasonable question in search of understanding to me and those who know me – often offends many who don’t know me well – so why be an arsewipe when I know such things about meself?

Looking at search terms that led them to me….

All becomes more clear…

Here’s 2 of the search phrases that are in my top 10 list over the years my blog has been here –

  • one step beyond vegan
  • next step after vegan

Okey dokey – for those of you who searched that and landed here, IF you are still sticking around to read…will you let me know if you find the answer?

You would not believe the resources that go into eating well, caring for the body and environment through so many avenues I gauge to do my part while feeding myself and others – the time, the dollars – well – don’t ya know?

If I could just have a wild garden that keeps Mother Nature and her minions happy and I and my loved ones get fed/healed/rejuvenated simply by walking through it or sitting in it without me having to do much more than keep predators at bay while collaborators gain ground – well..

..more time and money for books, research, connection with humans, travel, activism, writing, and the thousand and one other things I’ll never fully do this lifetime – 🙂

So if you find a long term answer, be sure to share, okey dokey?

Countries

The all time stats for that (during my blog lifetime) is a source of both good feelings and…well…surprise to me –

Given my self-knowledge of me often saying just the wrong thing at the wrong time AND the fact that top-level news and cultural stated ‘likes/dislikes’ indicate to me that who I am, what I represent and how I go about my life is usually very abhorrent to this faction or another …

On the many topics folks get passionate about – politics, religious or spiritual practices and cultural/ethnic traditions, well – seeing where folks visit from, whether they engage or not – at least I haven’t thus far ended up on a ‘must kill’ list – I guess – cuz I’m not dead….

And, well, the only ‘hate-comments’ or trolls I had was fairly earned –

I misspelled the name of a beloved by the commentator place, while reporting on one of my few travels and it was totally my typo/post stroke fault, and I replied as such – and fixed – but either spam-o-nator makes me not aware of how badly I flub such things OR maybe I’m not flubbing as bad as I usually think I do when I either say, “this is what I think, as of now” OR “okay, I’m flummoxed, seems like I’m missing something, please educate me on just why….” OR I inconsiderately blog in the comments of sections of other’s sites and get forgiven for it anyhoo- :). who knows?

Yup – guilty of all of the above – here and there, often, BUT, I do (ego! down boy, down!) take pride in the fact of how many I engage with over vastly different geographical & climate conditions, government styles, religious or spiritual practices, cultural traditions, current struggles, historical inheritances, etc., etc. etc.,

In the end, all I see both in the map AND in my following/followers list, a rich landscape of those who bring onto my radar perspectives I may not live long enough to ever be exposed to in my daily life – so they broaden and enrich my life – for the good or angst- and I do the same for them – either via “she understands at some level, what I’m living with” or “well, devil’s incarnate there – she is the problem” ways – who knows, for sure?

But, all of the above changes our grey matter and insides – one way or t’other – if we are paying attention….

And so, When One is feeling Discouraged….

Over algorithms that seem to oppress, interactions, likes, comments, search engine results, online sales, etc., remember….

Grains of Sand & Butterfly Wings

Yes, we are all just grains of sands on the cosmic beachfront – but without us, the cosmic beach is never, quite, exactly the same…

And we flutter around and touch others – sometimes for good, sometimes for ill – sometimes for a loving lesson that brings pain at the time, pain that must be brought up and healed – and sometimes, we have moments of being arsewipes, but often…

We stumble around in our own dark – or witness the darkness encompassing others – and we are called to action –

Which is why, I guess, in the end – stats don’t mean much to me overall –

What the story may be behind some of the stats, intrigues me, cheers me, inspires me to do better, every blasted day – 🙂

TamrahJo

For the Record…

IF you are dedicated to what you do – and what you do is boots on the ground and your cyber presence, no matter what platform you prefer, is merely a reporting on what you actually ‘do’ – well, I can tell you – from my own experiments on me-self and watching the Facebook feeds and website posts of my clients, and the stats at both – both when ‘marketing rules for platform, etc.,” are followed and when they are NOT even remotely followed-

If your heart is in the real work and you report about it online, sincerely

Well, ya got it made!

Just keep learning as you go, implement new tools when it seems a good investment in money to spend and time to learn to use, but rest assured – folks are more interested in you, trusting you, connecting with you and trusting your delivery of product or service than they are in how many characters you type or how perfect your white space is – or how fancy your infographics/logo is… in the long run…

Save your Customers Time or Money or Both

A full post with all the info in social media OR an intro with link to full info on your website but with pertinent info viewable in the excerpt ALL WORK!

If you write a lot and suck at graphic arts stuff? Your true fans and loyal followers must like to read – and aren’t part of the 2.5 second crowd –

IF you are great at graphic arts, short clips, making memes that impact and reach to the soul of who you are?

Then go for it – build your platform and work it, work it, work it –

In the Information Overload, Busyness of Life to survive or succeed or whatevs of abundant societies, the Struggling to Just survive in daily struggles of less abundant societies who manage to get access to cyberworld – well – all of them are looking for what they need right now – and you should, just by looking over the past of your cyberworld presence, be able to figure out who your loyal customers are – or at least what they have in common – then focus on that front –

…and work it, work it, tweak a bit…work it some more.

Work for your chosen or existing market

Me? Well, I just have to share with you a line from a recent ‘free consultation’ call I had with a gal I’ve followed for many years and learned a lot from and/or was validated in my self-experimental approach (hard way) of learning more, and/or tried my hand at things I suck at (copy writing i.e. advertising agency style – aka memes, social media rules regarding character limits, on other platforms….)

She, like many people in website/cyberworld advice and service providers world, professed surprise that I continue to build my business without having my own website up – or at least, that’s how I interpreted it…

She, like so very many, potential customers included, during their free consultation with me, also paused for a moment of silence when I asked, then answered when they didn’t know OR guessed wrong…

Do you know what the median wage was here in this locale in the 2010 census?

(Insert ‘tell me’ or ‘wrong guess’ response to question)

$17,400 – For family of four

(** there is a disclaimer for this answer, which follows….

Disclaimer – – Yes, Yes, I, like everyone can have faulty memories, AND I dug through that info of data from the official census report about 7 years ago and 2 ‘went to blue screen’ computers ago – and don’t have the book marks handy-dandy to give to ya – all I know was at the time I researched?

Me and my son were living off of $1000 a month and had $40-$80 left over for clothes, food, doctor visits, etc., after pesky things like heating, light, water, trash, rent/mortgage and legally or ethically required (health and vehicle) insurance was paid for.

I was recovering from a stroke and didn’t qualify for food stamps, back to work training or much of anything – made too much money – (Anything over $249 income, from any source, didn’t qualify for back to work training, medical rehab costs, etc., ).

We qualified for two things and two things only – local food bank boxes (which I worked at to offset their costs) and free lunches at school for my son)

The census report – Didn’t surprise me one whit – It did, however, stick in my mind, as I spent time wondering how a family of four made out with that –

All while I got fired up from single/no children households who pulled in $2000-$3000/month had the gall to ask me where I was ‘wasting money’ – Yup, every conversation of that just drove up my wine/nicotine expenditures to get myself calmed down and focused enough to work on my small business I started to build…

It especially alarmed me, when so many families I knew didn’t have access to the possibility of earning some side trades of food or $ for coming over to help with weeding or other home improvement activities for their neighborswhere both mom and dad were working, while kiddos were doing the best they could, until daily groceries were brought home.

Her comment to my answer?

Well – that’s a really good wage, for 1910’s or so –

I build, do, speak, price for my market I chose to serve…

and yes, yes, there are times I could charge more and get away with it – but why would I do so?

So many I serve are made or broken by the number of volunteer hours they have access to, state and federal legislation/regulations/funding/cost of doing business increases out of their control, that, should I raise my prices, I (and many others who I ‘see’ daily, will, in the end, just pay more to help keep alive the very things I’m really grateful are available in my locale, just now – in one way or another….

And that’s my choice – if I can survive my choices –

You, too, will make choices you must, to survive or to live in the style to which you are accustomed – but, in the end, I would bet my bottom dollar you have more choices than you think you have, if you look to see who your preferred and real customers or loyal customers or loyal fans are – – If you look at your life, your daily needs – what to strip – what to add – where to build on past foundations, where to branch out into new

That’s all – I must get back to work now – – I must simply get some ‘outwardly’ viewable work pushed out, because, one of the reasons I have clients is because I spend an inordinate amount of time on behind the scenes stuff that they think they don’t care about or need to know about, but I figure it’s the best way to cover their six, meet budget needs, etc., just now –

I spend an inordinate amount of time giving the full choice spectrum, until they say, “I don’t care – can’t you just do it?” and then, I spend less time educating them on their choices and more time building/implementing or giving them their to-do list because I just decided, “think that will meet what they insist they want, without biting them or me to badly, down the road, if one or both of us guessed wrong between what we wanted and/or needed.”

THAT’s why they hire me- not because I’m cheap, fast or even that much fun to work with –

They stick with me even when they could go elsewhere when they qualify for ‘free’ (because I let them know they do now…and offer to facilitate the migration) because, well –

They trust if I yell loud and long about something, it’s because it’s better for them, not always for me… sometimes it benefits us both – or sometimes, they are willing to wait for a tad, to have it right, instead of rebuilt later …

They don’t buy what I do – they buy why I do it – which is, in the end, what so many I follow, well…follow – but, Simon Sinek’s intro about “Why” is probably a more succinct way for you to bookmark, to remind yourself..when ya need to – than this post is –

So here ya go:

Here’s two other options, if they make more sense to you…

Permaculture Top 3 Ethics

  • Earth Care
  • People Care
  • Fair Share

I like this walk-through example by Geoff Lawton

Or if you prefer the ethics set to music, here ya go…

7 Principles of Kwanzaa

  • Unity
  • Self-Determination
  • Collective Work & Responsibility
  • Cooperative Economics
  • Purpose
  • Creativity
  • Faith

And here’s the link to the .pdf – in Swahili and English – 🙂

Yes, All these shares say the same thing to me…

What has been found over and over again throughout human history –

What works, what doesn’t, and how to build for long term for many –

May be my bias or prejudice or what have ya – but it’s also why I’m not easily swayed by fancy marketing techniques, algorithms and why my son attended a recent ‘function’ to support a friend and thought the presentation was ‘BS’ – even while he felt rather bad for sitting, and not clapping or cheering while speaker after speaker took the stage and fired up the crowd to get excited about the ‘unique and invite only’ opportunities ahead for those who became a part of this venture –

I recognized it as an MLM – he thought it was a pyramid scheme – there is little grey area between the two in how they are marketed anymore, so I didn’t really argue with him…

But I was so proud of him and so relieved my parenting hadn’t ruined his whole life – :). Though the parenting I have done, has, over the years, made him really uncomfortable or suffered severe moments of doubt while those about him jumped onto one well – marketed bandwagon or the other –

I can’t do much about that – my job to send him into the world with the best BS meter I can and then sit and wait to see how well I did or how it plays out –

His job to sit with the uncomfortable/fear and figure out the why of it for himself – is mama crazy? Or did she maybe have a point?

No longer my job except to listen, offer my perspective if asked to – 😀

Just for the Record – Why I follow/engage with those of you I do –

You inspire me – you show me the good and the struggles – you are willing to put yourself out there – before you are perfect – you demonstrate an every changing work-in-progress – you learn and share lessons learned with me – you’re safe spot for me, even when I go whack-a-doo and am not at my best –

You may ask me to buy, but you never beat me over the head with it – there is oh-so-much more to you than what you did/do to earn a living – to survive

I see all of this about you – through my interactions with you – it’s why I’m more loyal to you than I am most companies that have fancy sites and awesome graphics, and are available to connect with on about a gazillion different platforms – whether they display a lifetime, money back guarantee or not – 🙂

In the end – for me?

I see you as a good investment of my resources – be it time, money or what have ya – whether anything further ever comes out of it for me or not –

You have so much to give – you give so much of yourself – sometimes it takes me some work to discover the layers and sometimes, it doesn’t – sometimes you gift me with incredible blessings and sometimes, you think I’m just more of the ‘don’t see the priorities you do’ crowds you are feeling consumed, overwhelmed or or whatevs over –

And sometimes – I so appreciate you – but I’m just not certain how to correctly say so without possibly hurting you or bumping up against something not deemed ‘appropriate’ in the world you live in – in other words – I trust that we have found some common ground, and since I have good knowledge that I’m often the equivalent of a enraged bull in a china shop – I’m willing to just engage and learn more – on the anonymous outskirts – I figure some of you do so as well – for your own reasons.

So Much of Marketing Advice for cyberland will lead you astray –

It will try to tell you that folks like me are part of the ‘non-paying’ customers OR the ‘looking for free’ or ‘don’t read” or ‘lose interest in 2.5 seconds or less’ –

I still don’t believe such things are really true –

Because, once folks know who you are, and trust they know who you are – and like who you are – well – that’s a ‘platform’ to build upon – and keep working – where and how and what technology you choose to do it from, is up to you –

But don’t ever, ever lose track of the core reasons you’ve had joy, invested in long term infrastructure that benefited so many – whether paid for or for free – and had success with-

Also, don’t depend upon technology or existing customers to carry the load on all of that is needed, when you outgrow your current system- you will grow and learn and get better and utilize tools better etc…just don’t count on every blessed past success to be the full answer to today’s challenges –

Don’t Ever Totally Count on Tools, Tech or People – ever…

But do count on the fact that somewhere, in your long worked for, rich, diverse and complex web of resources you’ve focused on building over the years, you will find the answer for the way forward, that you didn’t quite see before…

And, ALWAYS count on the ever morphing, learning, changing you

Yup, that’s something, that through the inspiration you provide, just by being true to yourself, will last generations – for good or ill – and what you build from that core of you, has the potential to outlast the pyramids Egypt or Stonehenge or other such things –

Okay? ❤

And yes, there are always, always about a gazillion backstories and reasons why, here at BallyBin – maybe some land for you, maybe they don’t – but now? Another nearly weeks worth of first draft writing done – and…while I’m speaking to you – putting it out there in all it’s defunct, typo riddled, tanget confusing glory, don’t you know?

I’m arranging my grey matter to hone it down into some various website content for ‘investing in your biz’ advice – at my own website – if ever, it actually get’s put live – or if ever, I actually publish a book – 🙂

See? I have a world full of beta readers and y’all didn’t even know it – LOL – or maybe, you suspected – so here ya go – I just told you so – 🙂

Another Monday whipped out…sorta…

I start the week off with all kinds of loosely defined goals and plans for how I hope it goes – I am reveling in the new found freedom to work 14 hour days on the weekend, in order to hold more open/flexible some future weekday for requested meeting times, drop bys, phone calls, etc.

And…after my last ‘day’ at day job and first week or two into ‘freedom to work and work-play, as necessary, I quickly re-discovered my ‘Do not Disturb’ function on my phone, that in reality, wasn’t ever used much while I was busy working a day job…

Or only used, when sheer exhaustion and illness had me thinking,

“I might just get away with missing a text/email for awhile”

I knew two Sunday’s ago…

That the recent Friday – Monday time span would call upon me for some flexibility and adaptability – to meet known and not yet for sure known, needs of others I was okay with jumping through hoops to meet, even while cancelling social plans that included network building opportunities, for the weekend.

Bless those patient souls who understand my ever morphing life of juggling several things at one time

I watched external to me events, as Friday things got moved to Saturday things or Saturday things actually happened Friday.

As Sunday plans didn’t play out as originally scheduled, but held the space for Thursday, Friday and Saturday over-spills and additions, were mopped up –

I did navigate my way through today – where two of the “will happen sometime between Friday and Monday” things occurred –

And where two things that were hoped to be solved on Friday night, got closer to fruition, but still not ‘quite there’ yet.

And the seven new additions, but lower in priority, from Wednesday afternoon forward, that were whipped out on nearly auto-pilot while I pondered upon possible solutions for the main two items on the back burner of my mind, which was at a fair simmer, lazy boil by mid-day yesterday…and…

As of now?

My regularly scheduled “Do Not Disturb” phone function is turned back on

Gives me 6-9 hours of sleep, and 3-6 hours of unbroken, deep concentration time, for building/implementing new things, dependent upon how well I did my self-care operations today, which dictates how much sleep I will need, how much time it takes to wake up to functionality AND how good I feel hunkering down in front of computer once more.

After the long day today, though I was pretty good about ‘taking breaks’ and held the space of several planned for things to show up all at once, instead of spaced out like I thought they would – well – I know…

Nothing productive will likely come further from me pushing myself longer, just now.

The focus and fire that allows deep work ebbed out about 4 hours ago…

I bid you “Goodnight”

Via a story line that caught my attention enough to drag me away from ‘working’ land, this weekend, and I stopped, rewound and played back again from Sherlock Holmes, Season 4, Episode 1, that I had on for background noise while I worked –

(Yes, I often work to back ground noise – music, English accents, Edward Hermann, Morgan Freeman narrating a documentary OR the fella that narrates so many of the Ken Burn’s documentaries..

They all just sooth me while also fueling my focus on deep work – on many work fronts – often to the point where I’m not even consciously aware they are on/playing –

Not sure why, exactly and don’t particularly care why – whatever works when I’m discombobulated by a challenge, is what I go with… because every once in awhile, I am drawn out of my inner work world, where dragons are getting the upper hand – to chillax in the moment of now…

“The Appointment in Samarra”

(as retold by W Somerset Maugham [1933])

The speaker is Death

There was a merchant in Bagdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me.

She looked at me and made a threatening gesture, now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me.

The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went.

Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning?

That was not a threatening gesture, I said, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Bagdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.

I really liked both this looked up version and the other 2 versions found in antiquity writings shared at one blog and, I liked the paraphrased version done portrayed in Sherlock Holmes.

Mainly because, at the end of the day or road taken…

…and no matter where I travel – physically or mentally – I always end up sitting with myself – and often, with Death, who also speaks to me, via internal and external forums – sometimes, when I’m not really in the mood to hear about it – just now…

However, I learned long ago, putting off appointments with myself or teaching sessions with Death, just never work out for me, in the long run.

And so, I go to bed, filled with hope for tomorrow – because I sat for a time with Death so many of it’s various forms – off and on these past few days – My ego in need of taming, knowledge of my own mortality and fragility, my pride, my stubbornness and biases, news of where & how Death comes to others who ask ‘why?” and “how can this be so? Still?” and so many other things.

Sitting with Death isn’t always pleasant, but still, for me, pondering over it’s ways, while realizing I most likely will fail to grasp all it’s intricacies and wisdom to be shared, while still living and able to put that info to productive use – well –

Such things may seem dark and pessimistic to some – for me?

Keeps me grounded, I guess.

Here’s to Tuesday, right around the corner – 🙂

Picture of supper left overs – from fridge to warmed in toaster oven to my tummy – 20 minutes – and Yummier than they were yesterday…

lay out some of the chicken… in cake pan I inherited and use for anything but actually baking a cake – –
Top with a spoon full of left over taters and gravy (put in same storage container yesterday evening …

No pictures of heated nor after dinner treats – no cravings for sweets or libations tonight – sigh – me and my content tummy are trundling off to bed now…