Following bread crumbs…How did Hansel and Gretel survive?

By practicing the 27 days of Feng Shui challenge here, and 30 days of Gratitude here at the beginning of the year, I think of the story about Hansel and Gretel leaving bread crumbs along their trail in the forest so they could find their way home upon returning.

The Forest

We’ve made the clearing by eliminating all of those things that no longer spark joy.

Hansel and Gretel were left in the forest because their parents couldn’t afford to feed them.  They expected them to become lost.

The forest is your home.  By clearing your clutter you will see your way more clearly.

The bread crumbs

We’ve laid a path of gratitude and love, taking time to appreciate the people, circumstances, and  blessing that are present in our lives.

Hansel and Gretel dropped bread crumbs along the path, thinking this would lead them back home.  Little did they know, that the critters in the forest were hungry and would eat all of the bread crumbs. (The bread crumbs symbolize insincere prayers that are not heart felt. )

The ginger bread house

There may be distractions along the way. ( When Hansel and Gretel saw the house made of ginger bread, their hunger got the best of them, and all they could think of was devouring that house!)

Habits, moods, circumstances can draw us in and cause us to lose our focus.

The Witch

We’ve faced head-on some of the less than pleasant things in our lives and hopefully pushed pass them.

Or maybe they found a way to move on.

It seems that everyone is hungry in this story, even the witch!  She was planning to eat the children for dinner!

Perhaps, their hunger was a Spiritual Hunger, that could only be satisfied by a Connection to Spirit.  ( Everything else can wait, but your search for God cannot wait. Once the connection to your God Source is established, all of your needs are satisfied. )

The Oven

You may have escaped from “the oven” of uncertainty and witnessed a miracle, or been given more clarity.  ( The oven is the Fire of Spirit directing your life and burning up the dross of a matter based existence. )

After the children pushed the witch into the oven, they were free.

Now, it’s time to turn and face the path home and hope the birds haven’t made a meal of your bread crumbs.

Practicing gratitude should be an everyday occurrence by now.

Gratitude promotes prosperity and healing in our lives.

Even if the birds have devoured some of your carefully laid bread crumbs, you can look for other signs to find your way home.

The signs that the Universe brings are sometimes subtle and easy to overlook, to miss all together, or to discount their validity.

And you may not get reminders if you ignore them.

Have you ever regretted not doing something when the signs  were all around you?

I have.

What kinds of signs can you expect?

You could receive a hunch or an idea.

You might see something that reminds you of someone.

Nature often sends signs.

You could get a strong feeling that every thing’s going to be okay.  That could be an Angel whispering in your ear.

You could feel a strong urge to take an action.

You could see a message on a license plate while driving.

Whatever it is, take notice, jot it down in a journal or a notebook, or take action.

Start collecting those bread crumbs or signs that you see along your path.

This is how the Universe guides us.

When we are doing “inner work” there’s a time for sewing the seeds and reaping the harvest.

It takes time.

Sometimes years.

It’s important to do the work of decluttering, training our minds to expect the best, pushing through adversity, and practicing patience through trust and faith.

Watch for the signs and be ready to act when an opportunity presents itself.

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  1. Stay in tip-top form, by staying physically active – exercise and nutrition
  2. Update your wardrobe so you look your best.  Update your home’s “wardrobe” so it lifts your spirit.
  3. Keep mentally sound through meditation, getting plenty of sleep, learning all you can.
  4. Emotionally fit by practicing gratitude, forgiveness, and always focusing on the positive.  No more complaining.
  5. Spiritually Alert – through inner stillness, meditation and prayer, spending time in Nature.
  6. Keep a journal of the signs and symbols that come your way.

Now you are ready for the next great offer that comes your way.

Hansel and Gretel found their way home after discovering the Witch’s treasure.  They returned home to help their parents with their newly found prosperity.

Do you have an idea what the Witch’s treasure might have been?

Please leave your comments below.  I hope you enjoyed this post.  While I was writing it, I actually surprised my self with some of the things that came forward.

I wish you all the best.

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The Event: The Wave — Era of Light

Greetings! From heart to heart in this moment we speak, I am KejRaj(KayRy). The reason I say ‘we’ speak is because besides my self choosing to deliver this message, I know I am also being guided by other forces in this journey.

via The Event: The Wave — Era of Light

I’m sharing this today, because I want to urge everyone to take time to meditate and become heart centered.  Today, I had a glimmer of this new “wave” that is coming in.  I felt such tremendous love for everyone, and it’s important that you are ready when this comes.  Mahalo

30 Days of Gratitude…Day 1….Last Day of 30 countdown….

The Power of Gratitude, Manifesting and making lists…

Today is the 30th day of our gratitude journey.

It’s a practice that raises our vibration, connects us to our heart, our higher self, and shows us how to walk a path of heart-centered peace and contentment.

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If you are longing for more peace in your life, or the world, this is where you begin –

by connecting to your heart and experiencing the deepest gratitude, so that it flows naturally as an every day occurrence.

 

You may find yourself complaining less about what you don’t want in your life, and seeing more of what you do want as you make this a daily practice.

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Gratitude felt from the heart is the key to manifesting your heart’s desire.

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As you lift your focus and train your wayward thinking, you see more of the beauty in life, and your life takes on new meaning, clarity, and abundance as you naturally flow with love and gratitude.

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Take a moment to embrace your life with gratitude, right now.

Make a list of something you dearly wish for, and be specific.

Say a prayer of thanks as though you already have it.

Date it, and put it away.

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I’ve often made lists of the features that I would like in my dream home.

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Today I realized that I am currently living in it.

It has 4 bedrooms, a large pool in the backyard, a kitchen island, large windows lots of trees.  I’m surrounded by family.

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Don’t question how your wish will be delivered to you.

Just appreciate it for what it is.

Thank you for taking this journey with me.

I love you, I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you.  Ho’oponopono

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30 Days of Gratitude…Day 2….

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Banan ~ Food Truck in Honolulu

It’s not that often that I come across a business with so much integrity that I just want to shout it out to the world!

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Banan is located on Montserrat in Honolulu near Kapiolani Park.

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A modest food truck that serves up delectable frozen banana and fruit treats every day.

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Just pure fruit – No Dairy.  The main base is pureed, frozen bananas.

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Prices range from 6 – 12 dollars per bowl.

They’re delicious.

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A refreshing surprise all year long

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And a compost bin for the local farmer’s pigs.

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A bright and colorful seating area with a view of Diamond Head.

Next time you’re in Hawaii, check it out.

I feel so much gratitude for the companies who are conscious of our planet, and give something back to Mother Earth, who think out-of-the-box to offer healthy goodies for us to enjoy.

Mahalo!

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30 Days of Gratitude…Day 3….

As I appreciate the youthful vitality, sense of adventure, and pure joy in laughter, that my grandson brings to my life, I understand how much we need each other.

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I calm him, offer my wisdom to help him understand things, and just hang out with him.

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When I was raising my own children, I was so busy working that there were areas where my mom and sisters often “filled in” for me.

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Even today, we are lucky to have mom, age 89 for her joe-de-vivre and spunk.

 

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Waialae Beach

She adds another dimension to our lives, and helps us appreciate the fact that we all grow old, and that all of us have something to contribute to our family, friends, and our world.

Life is fragile.

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But as human beings as we experience the changing passages of living and dying, of youth and old age, we can realize and have gratitude for each contribution our loved ones make to help us grow into who we are.

And So It Is!

 

30 Days of Gratitude…Day 4…..

Lately, I’ve been missing “home”, my little cottage abode in Sacramento.

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I feel it calling me, with it’s comforting, soft colors, relaxed easy feel, and comfortable furniture.

 

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Dining room

Home is where I have my collection of crystals, needlepoints, and wooden pieces waiting to be decoupaged.

 

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Decoupage table using napkins

 

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miniature fireplace using faux marbling and napkin decoupage

 

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Mixed medium birdhouses

It’s like an old familiar friend calling me.

 

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Old world tapestry over bed

I’m in my second year of living part-time in Hawaii, part-time in Sacramento.

Even though I’m not retired, nor am I employed by any company, I’ve had the opportunity to explore my options, make enough money to survive, and I only have my family to thank for that.

 

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Galley Kitchen

While I’m in Hawaii my family keeps the home fires burning in Sacramento.

Wherever I am, I find ways to generate income by helping others, and selling things I’ve collected.

 

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Radio cabinet found on road and decoupaged

Today the thought occurred to me that I would love to have a home in both places, continue to go back and forth.  Why not?  I’m already doing it.

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View of living room from kitchen

I’ve not been able to make a decision, or choose between the two places, picking one over the other as my destination of choice.

And for now, I’m okay with that.

I feel so much gratitude for the family members who have allowed me to come and go.

 

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Heart ornament on bookcase

I call in blessings to them for their generosity of Spirit, as I have been truly blessed.

 

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Plumeria Offering

Thank you, Thank you Thank you! And So It Is!

Cottage Mavens, maybe you have family or friends that you would like to thank today.  You can offer a blessing to them on a mini-altar, give them a call, or send them a note.

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30 Days of Gratitude…Day 5….

Yes! But does it flow?

Sometimes, when you first move into a place you just want to get the furniture in  place, unpack the boxes, and start living your life.

Too many times to count, I’ve left pictures along the wall on the floor, thinking that if I hang them, something disastrous will happen, and I’ll have to move again.  I guess the act of leaving them on the floor keeps things in a temporary state, leaving me impermanent in case I need to fly the coop.

Maybe boxes get shoved into a closet to be dealt with later ( NOT).

When I finally overcame these fears (there must be some deep-seated psychological meaning to all of this) my life started to flow better, my mind became more clear, and I was able to recognize when something just didn’t feel right.

 

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Grandson’s room in Hawaii

 

As I walk around a room, I can sense the awkward flow of movement when something is blocking the flow of energy.

Now the pictures get hung, or stored, or donated.

The boxes, too.

The clutter is cleared.

 

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Bookcase was in this corner

In this room, the bookcase was sitting next to the closet, disabling the use of the large drawers near the floor.

It’s funny that now I go into other people’s houses and move the furniture.

 

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Bookcase now sits in this corner creating better flow

At home, I had a French arm chair sitting at my personal desk.  It was pretty, but it stuck out too far and obstructed the flow of traffic when one entered through the front door.

 

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Please excuse the mess!  Before picture with French chair.

So, I changed it. ( you can see the post where I redid my desk area here.)

 

 

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Enter Happy Chair that slides under the desk easily.

Take a look around your space.

Do a walk-through.

Is there anything blocking your path?

Are there any unfinished projects sitting around?  Is there a clear path from room to room?

If not, there could be something blocking your life path.

Lay the bagua over your room to see if any area that’s blocked or cluttered coincides with the area of your life on the Bagua.

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Lay the Bagua ( see photo above) over each room with the door to the room at the bottom of the page. The door of the room will fall into either the Knowledge, Career, or Helpful People area.

When I moved my chair from the desk and put an armless chair in it’s place (which fell in my Helpful People and Travel area of the Bagua) I was offered this trip to Hawaii.

When I moved the bookcase in this bedroom so that it wasn’t blocking the drawers, (also in the Helpful People and Travel area) he was offered a chance to go to boys’ camp for the Summer.

Coincidence, you may think?

I think not….

Try it, and let me know how it works for you.

Life can be so much easier when we are in the flow.

I express gratitude for the ability and understanding to keep my life flowing.

And so it is!

 

 

 

 

30 Days of Gratitude…Day 6….

How to create a loveable, livable Cottage

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When creating a room to have a cottage look and feel, there are some basic elements that say “cottage”.

The home I’m staying in for the summer is a rental, that sits near the ocean.  It definitely has lots of designer touches, so I decided to shop- the- house, and give this room that everyone seems to love so much, a bit of personality.

It has the “bones” of a cottage, but not the layering to give it that homey feel.

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Before picture

The walls are painted a soft gray. The white slip covered sofa is already in place, with the sisal rug, driftwood mirror, metal lamps, natural wood end tables, and a blue and white theme.

Even though this is a Beach Cottage, you can use these basic elements for your cottage no matter where you live.  Just use natural elements from your landscape and natural environment.

My daughter added the bookcase and the white desk and chair.  She calls this room the library.  The sofa, even though it’s slipcovered, makes out to a double bed to accommodate guests.

Since my sister and mom will be visiting, I wanted to take it up a notch to make them feel more comfortable, and give the room a more “inviting presence”.

Cottage Basics

1. a slipcovered sofa – preferably white, but can also be ticking fabric, or floral, even velvet will do.  Natural fabrics are a must.

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2. Pillows with mixed prints and scale ( too many pillows in the same size can look over crowded). See before picture.  I love floral pillows in a cottage, too.

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3. Details from Nature – blown glass, rocks, shells, metal sculptures, horns, antlers, plants.

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4. Soft lighting – lamps, salt lamps, candles, and lots of flowers.

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5. Bright colors ( since the room was already blue and white, I decided to introduce some pinks and turquoise). Don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit with some unexpected colors!

 

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Something personal – one of my paintings from a trip a few years ago.

6. Interesting wall art ie. vintage prints, words, wall decals

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7. Simple accessories

 

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Something hand made

8. A laid back look and feel with a place to put your feet up.

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9. Natural fragrance – herbs, moss, fresh flowers.

 

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Vintage surfer print

 

10. A space that says you!

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A way to express Gratitude to your self, or your guests, is to make your rooms as beautiful as you would like them to feel.

Each one of us is the King or Queen of our castles, and we can live in a special happy space, and feel gratitude every day.

You’re worth it!

A few words from Sonia Choquette “The Answer is Simple” oracle card deck:

“The Spirit is a sensitive light body and is influenced by the environment it finds itself in.  Dreary, dark, messy, cluttered, un-clean surroundings send the Spirit out the door and invite the goblins and trolls of negativity to move in and camp out in the corners.

It’s time to set this right:  Open the blinds, clear the decks, paint the walls, change the lightbulbs, and decorate the atmosphere where you live. Make your environment a proper home for your Spirit. Your Spirit must dwell in  a cheerful and festive place, filled with color and live plants, fresh flowers, clean windows, and bright light.

Your Spirit is a holy guest in your body and must be treated as royalty. You wouldn’t disrespect visitors with an unwelcoming environment or expect them to dwell in your mess, and you shouldn’t disrespect your Spirit by giving it less than the tranquil setting it deserves, either.  Take the time to create a festive and bright atmosphere for your Spirit.  Be happy to welcome it home. Give it the proper surroundings, and put out the best you have to receive it.

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30 Days of Gratitude….Day 7…..

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My daughter loves to entertain….

A real chip-off-the-old-block, she grew up with parties.

When she was 9 years old, it was a blustery, wet day in Sacramento and she wanted to play with her friends.

She came up with the brilliant idea of having a skating party in our single car garage.

We cleared, cleaned, and decorated it with crepe paper ribbons and balloons, set up the record player, and invited all of the kids in the neighborhood.

With the garage door open, the sound track from the movie “Grease” playing, the kids enjoyed skating in circles while the rain poured down just outside, at her impromptu party.

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Fast forward 30 years, and she continues to have, Burger parties, full moon parties, Halloween, Christmas, and Hanukah parties, but on a larger scale, and usually all inclusive with her friends and their partners and children as well.

Many of these parties are made on the spur of the moment or only a week in advance.

This time, we are coming in behind two days of garage sale-ing to divest her of some furniture from a storage unit, and there are boxes all over the house that need to be stored.

I suggested that she post-pone the party, but she had already committed to her friend to have a natural skincare product line called Pure Mana from the big island of Hawaii, and it’s owners (organic farmers of coffee and macadamia nuts) fly in to be showcased at the party, and the invitations had already been sent out.

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Apparently, the warehouse for the cosmetic line had been destroyed in a huge fire, with all of the merchandise along with it.  So, friends in Oahu, got together, and volunteered flowers, catering, and my daughter, the use of her home for the party.

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Undeterred, we carry on with the plans to have the house ready for guests.

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Update:

The party was a success.

Everything fell into place.

There were more than 40 people attending.

It was a lovely evening had by all.

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30 Days of Gratitude…Day 8…..

The process of letting go, and knowing what to keep.

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My daughter said “It feels good to let go of things!”

This last week has been a busy one.

Last Wednesday, I met with the movers to empty an office space that was being used for storage.

We would be bringing all of it to the house we’re staying in to prep it for a yard sale.

I was flown to Hawaii specifically for this purpose.

My daughter had been paying for the storage for 6 years, since her divorce, and wanted to use the space for a photography studio for her business.

There were 20 stairs to climb and it required 6 strong men to move a three bedroom house that had been crammed into a 10 x 17 foot space.

Living on an island, I discovered that it was harder to come by furniture, and there are many transients, who don’t really invest in the good stuff.

The furniture we would be selling was all solid hard woods from Bali, some antiques, and some upholstered items.  And we were hoping to make some money.

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As we neared the date, the housekeeper offered her 19 year old son’s help, and I agreed.

After the first day, we started getting a different perspective on what we had, and how much we were willing to part with it.

We extended the yard sale to the second day, as we still had all of the upholstered pieces and most of the case goods left to sell.

Since my daughter is in the process of looking for a house to buy, she decided to keep all of the case goods if we could find a spot in the current rental for them.

The second day, our young man, helped us move the bookcases, night stands, and consoles to various rooms, to be stored until her nest move.

We had visited a consignment store as a backup plan, as the furniture left from the sale needed to be gone before the next weekend as there would be a party.

The consignment store would charge for moving the furniture and keep 50 percent of the sales.

We decided that this would be a last resort.

If the “last resort” was to go to consignment, I figured that even if I slashed our prices we would still make more than if we used consignment.

I was listing on Craigslist and Facebook local sale pages.

 

We had two balmy days with fragrant tropical breezes, and no rain.

It was like a revelation for my daughter to realize that she could actually keep most of her cherished pieces and make use of them now.

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Lesson learned – – –

  • storing furniture for 6 years, you’ve paid for it 10 times over at $500 per month
  • It cost over $800 to have it moved from storage
  • we paid our helper $100 for two days at $10 per hour
  • Our profit was about $700
  • my daughter now has nice furniture for her new home that she loves, and she will only have to buy some key pieces to fill in

Cottage Mavens,

When considering what to let go of and what to keep:

  1. Try to invest in solid wood furniture with classic lines – it will last your whole life, and has better resale value if you decide to sell it
  2. Before considering storage, unless it’s for a short period, let your stuff go.  Sell it, give it away, consign it.
  3. The money spent on storing items can go into your savings account and give you a new start later on.   Think of the fun you’ll have buying new stuff with all the money you saved.
  4. It takes a strong back to move furniture.  I’ve been sore for two days working that sale, helping to move all of that furniture.
  5. It costs more money to pay someone to help you move it.
  6. It’s better to donate useable stuff, than to throw it away.  Someone less fortunate can always use it, and it won’t go the land fills.

We took two carloads to the donation center.

I have much gratitude for this valuable lesson.

I met some really nice people in the last two days.

We got to know the neighbors a little more.

My daughter is no longer paying for storage.