Backyard Bliss

at_the_topWe both enjoy our work so we tend to work a lot. We feel fortunate that we get to work side-by-side. However, just because we’re physically near someone, it doesn’t mean you’re really “together.” So this past weekend, we took our own advice and had some bigg down time.



marylynn I love garage sales because there are so many great bargains! So George drove, and I dragged him all over hitting garage sales.


georgeAnd thanks to Mary-Lynn, we followed that up with … yet more shopping.



We have these gorgeous, bigg, old trees on our lot, but that means there are a lot of limbs down after every storm. We had a fellow who mowed our yard and hauled the limbs away. But he had knee surgery this spring, and the gentleman who mows it now doesn’t do that.


marylynn That’s right. But here’s the thing … I have a love for fire! So I thought … why not burn these limbs? So we bought a fire pit! But there was something about the fire pit we bought that George really liked.


georgeYeah, I thought it was cool because it’s also a grill. Since I’m a purist, I like to cook with charcoal rather than gas. This way, we can cook on wood, which we get for free, and not spend money on charcoal!


Even hassles don’t create angst

We also bought a chain saw. Now, don’t be alarmed … this chain saw is about the size of a blow dryer! But when we opened the box, there were pieces missing. So back to the store we went. Then we realized it didn’t come with the oil we needed. Back to the store again.

It proved the theory a friend of ours has – no home improvement project is complete until you’ve made at least three trips to the store!

But it was our day off! We weren’t in a rush so we enjoyed the time together in spite of it all.

Backyard bliss

So last Saturday night, we sat around our fire as we listened to music and grilled some hot dogs … and okay, a few marshmallows! It was so relaxing … all on our own back patio.

We had backyard bliss. (Don’t confuse it with the song “Ballroom Blitz”!)

So we caught up by slowing down!

Even if you work with your spouse or significant other – and maybe we should say, especially if you work together – it’s important to have “together time” that’s not associated with work.

We wish we could say that we planned to do this, but we would be lying. We’re good at planning our business and work activities, but sometimes we struggle with planning personal things.

But now that we have our fire pit, it will be easy to walk out the door and relax! Not long ago, we talked about why it’s good to spend time in nature. For many of us, nature is in our own backyard!

So you don’t have to do a lot of planning. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. You don’t even have to go anywhere. Stay at home and have some fun!

marylynn Don't forget the bug spray…that was our 4th trip to the store!



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Hassle Me

By Bigg Success Staff
December 14, 2007

Leading-edge applications

This Tool Helps You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Need help keeping your New Year’s resolutions? Hassle Me is a leading-edge tool that will remind you of your goals and “hassle” you at random times within pre-determined parameters.

But it will do more than that. It nags you so the ones you love don’t have to. Or to put it another way …

…. it nags the ones you love so you don’t have to!

Take out the garbage. Pick up your room. Do your homework. Go for a walk. The possibilities are almost endless.


Hassle Me was created by Chris Lightfoot and Etienne Pollard of mySociety, a non-profit organization that provides people with simple on-line tools to fulfill their civic duties and serve their communities.

They acknowledge that the concept of Hassle Me shouldn’t work. They used a similar application to encourage people to post to their blog, and it was successful! So they developed Hassle Me.

Set it up today so you’ll be ready for the New Year!

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