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Happy Friday everyone. Hope that your morning beverage is tasting as good as mine is today. Strong and bold with some really deep flavor. Might be because I had a really good night’s sleep and feel rested. Most nights I am up late working. Either pouring candles, getting orders ready to ship or doing paperwork of some sort. But last night, I put everything away, fixed myself a fairly good meal and turned on Netflix and commenced to binge watching a series I heard was pretty good. Turned out the series isn’t so bad and the evening was relaxing for a change. I am going to have to do that more often.

Boy, this coffee tastes especially good this morning. I did good!! I just may have to run out and get a Cinnabon to go with this!!

Random Facts About Candles: Floral and herbal aromas, like geranium, lavender, and peppermint, have been proven to be useful for the treatment of various psychological and physiological disorders through the burning of aromatherapeutic candles. Candles for depression and anxiety are particularly popular.

October is just around the corner. Pumpkin everything season. Guess I should be working on my Seasonal and Holiday Fragrances. Not sure what to carry this season. Any suggestions? I am torn between the traditional fragrances and the newer ones popping up in my emails lately. I am sure that the line that I decide on will be full of fragrant aromas that will compliment your home in every way.

I am curious as to what you, as a family member, what fragrance category you prefer. We all have our likes and dislikes. Personally I am in the Fruity/Citrus (Berries, Grapefruit, Watermelon, Mango) group. Matter of fact I have found a new favorite fragrance in that group. When I pour this fragrance, I pour extra just for me. This fragrance is an awesome honey fragrance abundant with a mixed bouquet of wildflowers. Very fresh and this fragrance glows like a sunset. It is called “Wild Mountain Honey”. I have this candle lit in my dining/work area. I have it on both my candle warmers as well as the wax melts in my melters. My entire place has this sweet soft, relaxing aroma without overpowering the place. Very impressive fragrance in my humble opinion. Here is the link to check it out for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

Did You Know: A candle flame doesn't always point up. Under normal conditions, a candle light always points up because the flame warms nearby air, which rises up and is replaced by cooler air. This constant cycle (the convection current) creates the teardrop shape of a candle flame. Under microgravity, (i.e. on a space station) NASA scientists revealed that a flame will be spherical. This is because there is no gravity, therefore the heavier, colder gases would not be pulled down and no convection current would be created.

Do you love candles and consider yourself something of an expert? Try answering this question and see where you rank on our Candle IQ scale.

The safest way to extinguish a candle is to:

A) Blow forcefully at the base of the flame

B) Wet your fingers and pinch the wick

C) Use a candle snuffer

D) Splash it with water

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Good morning everyone. Hope you all have had a wonderful and productive week. I know I am glad it is Friday. I am so ready for the weekend. I have no clue as to what I am going to do, but ready for it none the less.

I should pack up and head out fishing somewhere. There are so many beautiful and wonderful places to go to do just that. I have my little “Need to go there” list. Do you have one of those lists? I think we all do. I also have a little list of things that “I want to do” as well. And of course there is that dreaded “things I need to do” list!! Stuff you know needs done but keeps getting put off. That list can get pretty long at times. I know that I am guilty of adding things to that list until there is no way around getting it done anymore.

But as the weekend starts rolling up we have the tendency to start dragging out our lists, even if it just in thought. We start thinking about where we want to go or what we want to do. We try to avoid that other list we don’t even mention. That is unless there is no choice but to get whatever it is done.

I find myself combining my lists. If I go here, I can do that!! I do that a lot it seems. I want to do a little more traveling so I guess I will plan a trip to Tombstone. I hear it is a pretty cool place to visit. But you never hear me say (very often) I really need to clean out and organize the shed.

Was having coffee with my neighbor earlier this week and we started talking about our lists. That’s when I really realized what kind of things people put on their lists. The headings all seem about the same…I want to, I would like to and I should, but what they put under those headings is a whole different world.

Now on one of his lists, under “I want to”, he wants to help more people here in our apartment complex. He was telling me that there are people here that can really use some extra help. He takes this one elderly couple to the grocery store once a week to do their shopping. They can not drive and were using the bus system to do their shopping. Took them most of the afternoon, not to mention the hassle of lugging just a few bags back home. Now they can get everything they need in one shot. That is just one example of what is on that list. Makes me stop and think about what my lists say.

I always thought him a pretty cool neighbor to have. He has always been very helpful. Always asking if I need any help with something I am doing. Sees my trash bag by the door ready for me to take to the dumpster and picks it up saying he has got that because he was going that way anyway. And I know good and well he wasn’t. But after hearing his lists, it makes me want to do more. More for my small complex, my community, for others in general.

There is no question I need to re-evaluate my lists. Now don’t get me wrong, there still needs to be some “Me” time, but I still would like to have some of my neighbor rub off on me. I think maybe we all could have some of his outlook wear off on us. Maybe the next time I want to go fishing, I will see if one of the Vets at the local Vet Center would like to go camping and fishing for the weekend. I am sure one of them, or even a couple of them, would like to get away as well.

Maybe it is because of the involvement of my daily grind of focusing on nothing other than my business and getting ahead that I have blinders on to what’s going on around me most of the time. Now I need to start thinking more about how I can be of service to others.

Something to think about anyway.

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Today turns a new leaf for the blog. It is becoming apparent

that there is only so much you can say or talk about candles. How many ways can you say, keep the wick trimmed, only burn your candles for no longer than 3 hours, keep them away from drafts, flammable item, small children and pets and never leave a candle unattended. If you are not aware of these basic things, then candles are probably not really your thing. Do you agree?

So, from this point on this weekly blog will be focused on “things” that really matter in everyday life. No, I am not going to get into politics or anything like that. Everyone has their own opinion and point of view on that subject and I will not let that seep into these conversations with you.

I want this to be a friendly neighborly kind of conversation between us. Like sitting around the dinner table drinking whatever your morning beverage may be. For the record, mine is coffee. Black. No sugar or cream. Preferably on the strong side. But I do like to have one of those Cinnabon’s they have at my local Maverik with my coffee once in a while.

But what do we talk about? Stuff.. Whatever comes to minds really. As I said, just sitting around, enjoying the day and talking with a friend. Maybe sharing something you had to deal with at work or home. Or a new way to get t

hose plants to live that you are trying so desperately to kill. Something cool you heard about or read that you thought interesting. Like what I heard about a few weeks ago about this restaurant in Japan. A place called “Restaurant of Mistaken Orders”. What a weird name for a restaurant, right? Had to go find out just what that was all about. What I discovered was it is a restaurant where the employees have various stages of dementia.

Dementia has gotten such a bad rap over the years. We all have, or know someone, with family members who have or are in some stage of this life changing disease. Disease? Well, after looking it up, dementia is describes as the impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interferes with doing everyday activities.

I have to admit that my idea of someone with this illness just super forgetful and walked around aimlessly and that needed constant care. Well after reading about this restaurant and why the founders started it has caused my ideas and concept to change. People suffering from this are capable of doing lots of everyday tasks if given the opportunity and encouragement. They get such a kick out doing something productive on their own that their face just light up with delight. How in the world can you not want to help them feel useful. And that is exactly what this place in Japan is doing. What a concept.

It makes you wonder if a place like that would go over here in this country. Or even in Arizona for that matter. Would people support a concept such as that or would they ridicule the place for using or abusing people with disabilities. I would like to believe that it would be accepted with open arms.

Anyway, I thought it a very cool story. Changed my way of looking at it. And to me that is a good thing. We should always strive to see things in a different light, as my mother use to tell us. If you want to learn a little more about this place, here is the link to a great video about the place…

Well, time to get to work. Hope you enjoyed what I had to share with you. Have something you would like to share? Just send it to me at the email below and we will try and share it with our neighbors here.

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