September 2016

High School Football In Texas


Are You A True Texan?

FootballIf you live in Texas and do not love high school football, then I am not sure if you can really call yourself a Texan.  It is that time of year again when we can go out and hear the banging of the helmets, the chatter of the crowd, and the smell of hot dog and hamburger concessions.  There is soon to be some brisk or rainy nights ahead, which makes the experience all the more fun.  I am probably more excited about it than the kids out on the field playing.  High school football in Texas is a staple to Friday night living.

Last night I volunteered with my friend Mark to hand out programs, flyers, and small freebies as people enter the gates of the stadium.  Mark is a Dallas home inspector and has an ad for his company, Dallas Home Inspector Co, listed in the program  so he was super motivated to get out and volunteer.  I was super motivated because I love football, hot dogs, the atmosphere, and also the free$7 ticket was pretty motivating as well.  lol   I know I am cheap labor, and the thought of saving a few bucks gets me going.  The thought of serving others gets me going even more.   I know this is silly, but I do think of this as a way of serving.   I am helping my friend Mark promote his business, I am helping to greet the fans as they pour into the stadium.  Simply showing support for the team is a way of serving.   I only mention this not to toot my own horn, but to demonstrate that there are so many ways to serve others.

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Being My Own Exterminator

Dead Bug 1

Bug Off

As you can tell, I am pretty much a do-it-yourselfer.  I have no problem rolling up my sleeves, and getting dirty when I need to get something done around the house.   I also don’t like paying for professional services when I can do them myself.

I started noticing a few bugs around the house, and was at first thinking I needed to call an exterminator.   The thought of paying for an exterminator simply makes me ill.  I kept thinking to myself, what would this guy be spraying that I couldn’t spray myself?   So I did what any other tech savvy person would do, I googled it.

google search

I looked around, and read a few articles, and kept reading about this stuff called Demon WP.   People were talking about how it was really good stuff, easy to use, and really killed the bugs.   Seems everyone loves it, and it is basically the same stuff the professionals use.   Funny thing is it is also very inexpensive.  So I ordered some (you can google Demon WP, and find it everywhere.   Since it is easy to find, I will not post a link to any specific site).  Here is what the current packaging looks like so you will know if you find it online.


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Neighbors Building A Float


The Parade is Coming

This past weekend, I started hearing loud music, and a lot of voices near the front of my home.  This is typically unusual in my neighborhood, as it is most times a quite laid back kind of place.   I looked out the window and noticed a ton of people over at my neighbor’s house.  There were probably at least 50 people at there house, both adults, and kids that looked to be about 14-15 years old.   I watched them through the window for a little while, and then couldn’t stand it so I went out to see what these people were up to.   I have a good relationship with my neighbor’s so it was ok for me to be a little nosy.

So, What’s Up?

I noticed most everyone was gathered around this one area of the driveway, all looking down at something.  At first it scared me thinking someone was hurt and that they were all looking down upon them, but as I got closer I could tell that was not the case.  It appeared they were building something, but what in the heck were they building?

It turns out they were building a parade float.  Wanting in on some of this fun, I offered to help, and was welcomed into the group with open arms.  I mean who is going to turn down free labor when it is offered.

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Who Turned The Lights Out

light broken

Hidy Ho Neighbors

During my time here on God’s green earth, I have realized there are two types of people.   Those who change light bulbs right when they burn out, and those that wait to change them until they are all burnt out.   Don’t get me to lying as to why some people like to wait, but have you ever noticed this trend?   I challenge you the next time you go to a friends house, pay attention to the lights in the house.  Either they will have all of the lights working properly, or they will have half of the light bulbs burnt up in their house.   It is a crazy phenomenon and you will soon see I am correct.

In keeping with my desire to help people out, I wanted to share this little story with you.  It is not much, but kind of funny to think how other people just let some things go without even thinking about it on a daily basis.   I was recently at my aunt’s house, and noticed that she had a light bulb out in the living room ceiling fan.   I didn’t say anything at first, but started making a mental note when I looked over and also noticed that one of the lights in the kitchen was out as well.  I questioned my aunt as to why the lights were burnt out, and to be quite honest, she said she hadn’t noticed.  I think some people are just not observant.   I asked if she had any extra bulbs and a ladder, because I was going to get to work.   She pointed me to the garage for the ladder, and she went to fetch the spare bulb.

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Cleaning Out The Weeds

Weeds in flowerbeds

What A Mess!

Gina’s next door neighbor (let’s just call her Ms. Smith for anonymity) is an elderly widow lady that simply has too much yard work on her hands than she can really handle.   About 2 months ago, Gina noticed that although Ms. Smith has a lawn service to keep her grass looking nice, the flowerbeds were starting to look pretty shabby.  Not wanting to intrude, and make Ms. Smith feel bad about the issue, Gina decided it was time to simply bless Ms. Smith with some work from our network of friends.

Gina made a visit to Ms. Smith just to pop in and check on her and found out that she had been having some back issues which explained why she was no longer keeping up with the flowerbeds.  It is amazing how some people simply will not reach out and ask for help when they actually need it, but others have no problem asking for help when they are perfectly capable of doing work themselves.   So knowing Ms. Smith’s situation Gina was ready to move into action, putting our team together.   It is great because on smaller jobs like this, we dont  necessarily  have to have the entire group available to help.

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Welcome To Our Site


Hey There!

Welcome to our site.   We are a group of friends, that love to help others, and have fun doing it.  You can find out more on our About page.

Helping Others (Helping Hands)

helping handsI will be using this site to blog about our past and future adventures where we help other people around our community.  We know we are all built for a higher purpose, and helping others is a great purpose.  We love using our talents and putting them to good use.  When we help someone that is sick, or someone that is elderly we all feel such satisfaction.   It is great to have a solid group of friends that all feel the same way.  It must be due to how we were raised.   (Look mom and dad, I am giving you a little credit here.  🙂  )

Seriously though we simply love helping others.  We purposely look for people that are in need and lend them a hand.  We kind of have this rule, if you come asking for a hand out, or simply looking for someone to do what you can do yourself we most likely will not help.  If you are truly in need, we will be there even if you ask.  We simply have to gauge each situation so we are not taken advantage of for free labor.  We have been knowing to cruise through Craigslist ads looking for people that need help.  We respond to the ad, and schedule the time to come do the work that you are needing to have done.   We do let people know we are not professionals, as we would want to know that too.   We also find people on Facebook and other social media that may be needing help in our area.   It has really evolved now that we have the internet to help us find people in need.

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