10 Life Lessons Learned From World of Warcraft

10 Life Lessons Learned From World of Warcraft

I can hear my oldest calling me a "geek" and I can see my youngest shaking his head in belief, but here it goes anyway... There's always another battle to be fought. You need to regenerate your mana. No matter how many times you heal certain people, they're going to blame their squishiness on you. If you don't cooperate, you'll never get the epic gear. Sometimes it's good to slow down and just celebrate. Persevere through your mistakes and you will be Continue reading

My New Purse!

My New Purse!

My New Purse!, originally uploaded by cletch. So after 4+ years of carrying a Brighton purse that could easily get lost in the pocket of this, I've made a change. Some of you are probably saying, "that's not a purse it's a laptop carrying case!" And you'd be right. I am going to attempt to carry this in place of a purse. It does fit my macbook pro but it's purpose is to allow me to carry my ipad at all times. And its all because of the Grocery IQ shopping app I downloaded! I Continue reading

The Busy Woman’s Update

The Busy Woman’s Update

In About this site, I wrote, "Real Home Sense is the hub for my life activities. Everything radiates from here." My plan was to summarize the "BIG" things that were happening in my life through links to my other blogs, but I haven't been very good at getting the updates done. Just like my "button-a-day" Flickr project and my Fotog Friday post, it fell by the wayside. The problem with being an inherent explorer, with a perpetual curiosity, is constantly keeping 20 balls in the air. Continue reading

Our Fine Four Fendered Friend!

Our Fine Four Fendered Friend!

I haven't had the pleasure of attending a Walled Lake School District theatrical production before last night. As is typical with most parents, as soon as their child signs up to be involved, presence is voluntarily obligatory. I was excited to hear my son play with the orchestra accompanying the actors singing in Walled Lake Northern's production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. Once again I was impressed with the quality of Walled Lake Schools Performing Arts Department. I found myself Continue reading

The Memory Tomb

The Memory Tomb

As life gets busier and our brain gets full, we think we remember everything until something jogs a long forgotten experience. This happened to me when I photographed my childhood button collection. Many brought back memories that transported my mind back to previous years. I didn't just recall an experience, I remembered who I was at the time I wore or bought it. Old songs often do the same thing. Time travel without the DeLorean. When experiencing an amazing event, you think you'll never Continue reading

10 Favorite Non-Traditional Christmas Trees

10 Favorite Non-Traditional Christmas Trees

Flickr offers a forest of Christmas tree images of every size, shape and kind. I sifted through a few that were uploaded this past month and these are my favorite unusual trees. Happy Holidays! Christmas Tree Delivery Service By SnaPsi Сталкер. Berlin, Germany Santa's Tree By chooyutshing. Central Singapore Christmas is coming By silviasweety. This is our tree By sween. NUC Christmas Tree 2010_04 By shawncalhoun. San Franciso, Continue reading

Santa is a Carnivore!

Santa is a Carnivore!

Santa is a Carnivore!, originally uploaded by cletch. Santa is here at MarketPlace Meats on Cooley Lake Rd in White Lake. They should move him to the front of the line considering his workload over the next few days. It was nearly an hour wait tonight as everyone picked up their turkeys, hams and prime rib for Christmas dinner. Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

Secret Santa?

Secret Santa?

Secret Santa?, originally uploaded by cletch. Thank you to whomever sent me this Harry & David gift. It arrived today with a "Merry Christmas" message and no name! Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

5 Favorite Christmas Santa Sites

5 Favorite Christmas Santa Sites

Here are my favorite Christmas season sites. Some are from when my children were little, others are recent sites that entertained me. Portable North Pole message from Santa is a new favorite. Fill in a few details for your toddler, child or special someone and santa talks to them directly. There are also videos of Santa's secret village. NorthPole.com is a simple but fun site for young children where they can read stories, or have them read aloud. Parents can print out a "Good Deeds Continue reading

Matter of Taste Chocolate Mousse Cake

Matter of Taste Chocolate Mousse Cake

Matter of Taste Chocolate Mousse Cake, originally uploaded by cletch. Tonight's dessert! Yum! Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

Times Like These: Kid Rock and Michigan

Times Like These: Kid Rock and Michigan

I caught part of Kid Rock's performance on the American Music Awards and was hoping to find it online. I know in the past Kid Rock hasn't been too accepting of his content on the internet. I hope he's coming around because this video reminded me I need to go buy his new disc TODAY. "Even though it's bittersweet and brings us to our knees, it makes us who we are in times like these." Hard times in our lives allows us to recognize and be grateful the good days. Challenges build our strength Continue reading

Dropping Pumpkins

Dropping Pumpkins

Sounds like a mellow version of the band Smashing Pumpkins band but it's actually an activity... and before you say, "why?" like I did, watch the video... Looks like fun doesn't it? Wondering how to grow your very own giant pumpkin? Get the instructions at GiantPumpkins.com! Continue reading

Fall is in the air

Fall is in the air, originally uploaded by cletch. And in highland Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

Weathered Beauty

Weathered Beauty

I'm blessed with the ability to see stories and potential in everything. I see beauty within each and every person I meet. Sometimes beauty isn't seen with my eyes, it's heard with my ears. I value life stories told because I develop an appreciation for lessons learned and who the person has become. While working, I see potential where others see none, whether it's a unique marketing campaign or a house that needs some work to be returned to it's former - or future - glory. I thought the Continue reading

Babies & Friendships Born at the Beach

Babies & Friendships Born at the Beach

When people ask me where I’m from, I never quite know how to answer. I was born in Toronto, did most of my schooling in Kingston, but where I felt most at home was a small Ontario tourist town called Wasaga Beach. My children were born while living there. I’ve lived in the USA for 11 years as of this month. Although I’ve been back to Wasaga a few times since my move, this most recent visit caught me by surprise. I found myself longing for the simplicity of sitting in my beach chair until Continue reading

Changing Scenery / Road Trips

Changing Scenery / Road Trips

I LOVE road trips. For me it's the ultimate freedom. Yesterday I left home with my 15 and 16 year old for a 20 hour drive to Orlando. It's been years since the three of us have traveled together and I suspect this might be the last one for a long, long while. They've hit the age where jobs and girlfriends have become more important than hitting the open road with their mom. I've taken them many places, some with their dad and many without. We've driven to Georgia, the Florida Keys, the Continue reading

Happy Birthday Baby

Happy Birthday Baby

Every year I say the same thing, and every year it's true. I can't believe my baby is turning ____ today. This year he's 15. FIFTEEN. He starts driver training this month, he's finishing off ninth grade, he has a "girlfriend." It seems like yesterday, when I was fifteen. Obviously it wasn't. I'm proud of him and I genuinely like who he has become. He's got an off-the-wall sense of humor and an empathy that runs deep. He's a great kid. Below is one of his performances as a member of Continue reading

What Do Paula Deen and the Terminator Have in Common?

What Do Paula Deen and the Terminator Have in Common?

I'll tell you! As you may know, I'm recently divorced and with the separation of assets I was left without a few household items. Since there's many things to replace with limited funds, I'm trying to be frugal so I hit my local Walmart. One of the purchases was a brand new set of pots. I am not the most attentive cook and have been known to burn a pot or two so I didn't want to "invest" in expensive cookware. I saw a reasonably priced set of Paula Deen pots. I don't know a whole lot about Continue reading

Having Trouble Saying “No” to Your Kids?

Having Trouble Saying “No” to Your Kids?

As parents our first instinct is to give our children everything they need, but we have trouble drawing the line at giving them everything they want. Learning to say no to your children is an important part of their development; it keeps them safe, teaches them gratitude, it even shows them how to self-regulate their own behavior. It's obvious in young children when parents have difficulty setting boundaries. As children get older, and more adept at reasoning (or arguing!), it only becomes Continue reading

31 Days of Wishes

I enjoyed 30 Days of Thanks so much, I've decided to continue with 31 Days of Wishes with a few slight changes. The biggest change is that I will be posting the wishes on another of my blogs: The Sticky Floor. Please join me! If you don't have a blog of your own, please know you are welcome to post your wishes in the comments section. If you’d like to participate in 31 Days of Wishes – head on over to www.31daysofwishes.com for the details. Take a brief moment to wish with others. Continue reading