John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Sean was bemoaning that he found out about the John Lennon Songwriting Contest being sponsored by musciansfriend after the June 15th deadline. I had never heard of the contest before, but apparently it is a big deal. I went to YouTube and found this video about it – there is a pretty big cash prize! I wonder if the contest is held every year, or if this is a one-time thing.

Why don’t they call me back?

Every month for the past six years I get some mail from Terminex Exterminating company. It is a flyer, urging me to call their company to schedule an appointment for them to come out to the house to perform extermination work. The first year that I got the flyer, I would call the phone number that is on the flyer, and I have to leave a message with the person that answers the phone that I want to schedule an appointment. They always tell me that someone will have to call me back. No one ever called me back! Now I just throw the flyer in the recycling when it arrives. I don’t know how to get off of their mailing list. Rather aggravating that no one ever called me back – obviously they don’t need my business badly enough to call me back when I call them. I wonder why they keep mailing flyers to me!? I wish they’d stop. This is not good business practice!

Happy Independence Day!

Independence Day (free clip art)

Independence Day (free clip art)

The weatherman says that due to the approaching storm, a lot of Independence Day celebrations are going to be held early, or late, or cancelled completely. I don’t really care, since we are planning to stay home, cook some steaks on the grill, and watch whatever fireworks our neighbors decided to light off. We usually can see them from our front porch, which makes it really nice. We don’t have to deal with any rude people and big crowds.

Long overdue cleaning

I have to admit that I am not the best house-keeper in the world. That is why I hired a cleaning service to come and clean the house for me. I expected them to do a good job. Recently I realized that they are NOT doing as good a job as I was expecting them to do, and I don’t know if I’m going to discuss it with them, or just look for a new service. I realized that the venetian blinds are very dirty, and the windows, window sills, door sills, and trim around the floor has accumulated some pretty grimy dirt.

So I have started to try to take down curtains, blinds, etc. and clean them myself. Washing windows while the blinds/curtains are down. I don’t enjoy washing windows, but they were filthy, and it is better to wash them while the blinds/curtains are out of the way.

Yeah, I guess I’m going to have to have a talk with them about what exactly they will, and will not clean. Maybe I’ll have to pay them a little extra to do a little more. I hate having to deal with stuff like this – I wish I had a magic wand that would just clean everything with one little wave of the wand!

Battle of the ceiling fans

Ever since we moved into this place, I’ve been asking my hubby to get (and install) a ceiling fan for the master bedroom in our house. Today he finally agreed we should get one, and we measured the room. The room is 13 x 18, and according to all of the charts I’ve read, we should get a 50″ ceiling fan. My hubby insists that a 36″ fan will be big enough. I hate to argue with him, but I also hate the thought of buying a ceiling fan that is too small, having it installed, and then being unhappy with it!

I find these types of situations very unsettling. I am hoping that when we go shopping together for the fan, that the salesperson will convince him to buy the right size fan. Wish me luck!