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March 3, 2013

Unless you are financially able to not work, you need a job. If you are looking for work, here's a quick story about my recent job search that will, hopefully, assist you in your quest.

When I made my choice to move to Miami, I had been in the same job for twelve years and even though I would hear people say how difficult it was to find work these days, I had no clue how true their words were until I started looking for work.

First of all, the days of picking up a newspaper and looking in the classified ads are over. I bought The Miami Herald, opened it to the classified section and was blown away at the sight of NOTHING. What was I thinking, right? I should have known that there wouldn't be any job listings in print when EVERYTHING is searched for on the internet these days.

Secondly, there is no more faxing your resume to a business and picking up the phone to schedule an interview. There are so many "career sites" on the internet where you have to register or complete this or that in order to search for and apply for potential jobs.

Finally, it's a waiting game. You search, register, apply, apply, apply and apply some more and then you wait. Make it your "job" to look for a job. For example, I got up every morning and went to a local park where there was free WIFI or to the library, because I was staying with my mother until I found a job and a new place to live (a whole other story) and she didn't have internet, and I searched and applied for every job that I was qualified for. After about a week of logging in and viewing all the job opportunities you'll start seeing the same opportunities you've already applied for at which point I started logging in every few days instead of every day.

If you are out there searching for work this site is a good one to start with. I wish you lots of luck in your search! 


December 2, 2012

Miami! Here I come :)

I've spent a wonderful year in Franklin county and it is now time to move south.

I love Alligator Point, Florida. It is a wonderful place to visit. It is a remote and quiet area and the beaches here are secluded and almost deserted in the winter time. I have really enjoyed my time here.

I will miss the serenity and peacefulness of the place and the beautiful scenery with wild birds and dolphins but I won't miss the bears and racoons that get into everyone's garbage making a mess or the dears that run out in front of vehicles causing major damage and even death to people who hit them and I certainly won't miss the ticks and fleas that are everywhere because of these animals.

I am looking forward to interacting with my family and friends on a full-time basis again and it is going to be great having variety and diversity back in my life.  I can't wait to sink my teeth into a Sarussi sub or a Midnight sandwich at Versailles and then go shopping at Dolphin Mall or Shops at Sunset (two of my favorite places to shop).

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September 22, 2012

Have you seen this plant?

I absolutely love house plants or should I say potted plants because I don't care if they are inside or out as long as they are in pots :)  I'm not sure why it is that I would rather nurture plants in a pot, re-potting/re-planting as needed, instead of planting straight in the ground.  I think because I like rearranging them every now and then.  This may seem like extra work to seasoned "green-thumbers" but it has a satisfying effect for me :)

So now, after all my years of caring for potted plants, some making it, some not, I have come across a dilemma.  I have this plant

and I lost the tag that comes with it with the plant's information so I have no idea what kind of plant this is.  All I know is that I've been moving it around my house for months trying to find it a "happy spot" and, until recently, it wasn't happy.  It's leaves kept turning yellow and I would water it and it would be o.k. for a little while and then leaves would start dropping so I would move it into another room and so on.  This went on until one day I decided to put it on our deck.  WOW!  It made a huge difference!  The plant flourished and grew new leaves and I was soooo excited....until today.  I realized today that this plant needs to be transplanted soon and I have no idea how to do it.  I have no idea what kind of plant this is and I have no idea how to transplant it.  As you can see it's not planted in a typical soil, it's caked in pebbles and dirt!

I really love this plant so I am looking for answers from anyone out there that my have a clue as to what the name of this plant may be so I can Google the information that will help me transplant it so it can prosper. Have you seen this plant?  Do you have one like it?  How do you care for it?