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Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

Last week I wrote about the importance of learning new skills this year. Well, I decided I needed to put my money where my mouth is, so I started learning how to tie various knots.

I got this small kit on Amazon and figured I would start here and if I did well, then pick up a book and some rope to learn more.

Bowline

This is my first attempt at a bowline – “a knot that will not jam” according to the plastic card. It was easy to tie.

Sheet Bend

This easy to tie knot is for joining two lines, including two lines of different sizes. (I tried to rotate this picture but nothing I did worked.)

This little kit is a great starting point for learning how to tie knots. Each card is plastic and some have instructions for two knots on the front and back.

Also included were two different cords and a carabiner clip you use for tying a knot. My plan was to hook the carabiner clip to the decorative post on the deck and then tie the knots on the clip. However, the weather has been too dang cold. It is a “balmy” 7 degrees as I write this post (Saturday morning).

This inexpensive kit is a great way for anyone to start and learn knot tying.

This is the new skill I am learning. When will I use this skill, I do not know but it is knowledge that can not be taken away from me. I plan on learning other skills this year and will keep you posted when I do.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Public Service Announcement

It was not a good day at work.

When I got off, I received an email that made it worse.

So here is my PSA:

If you are even slightly not feeling well, STAY HOME!

There are people I know who have been exposed to Covid-19. At this time, we do not have official results. This situation has developed all because someone who was not feeling well could not stay home. That person has been confirmed to have it.

For privacy reasons, that is all I am able to say.

I do have more to say but none of those words are in the Bible.

Hope your day is better than mine.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

How I Determine Who Gets My Presidential Vote

A long time ago, I came to the conclusion that whoever was President, would have a questionable character based on his past personal behavior. While it would be awesome to have a President of rock solid character, I decided it was not going to happen and to let his personal life be between him and God. As we all will answer to God someday.

Every four years, I examine each candidates policies and ask myself if I am better off than I was four years ago.

I want all Americans to thrive and prosper as they work towards achieving their American Dream. The only way that is going to happen is for the person who has the best policies for the country to be elected.

That is it. Those are the two things that determine my vote for President every 4 years and have for decades.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

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