Friday, February 27, 2009

Spring Is Almost Here, How Is Your Garden Doing

This is a story that we got from our friend, Laurie Allen. It is beautiful so we thought that we would share it with others. It is called:

The Daffodil Principle
Author Unknown

"Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. "I will come next Tuesday", I promised a little reluctantly on her third call.

Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still I had promised, and reluctantly I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren.

"Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in these clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see badly enough to drive another inch!

My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time, Mother." " Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!" I assured her.

"But first we're going to see the daffodils. It's just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "I'll drive. I'm used to this."

"Carolyn, "I said sternly, "Please turn around."

"It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience."

After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign with an arrow that read, "Daffodil Garden."
We got out of the car, each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path then, as we turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a vat of gold and poured it over the mountain peak and its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and butter yellow. Each different colored variety was planted in large groups so that it swirled and flowered like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.

"Who did this?" I asked Carolyn, "Just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home."
Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house, small and modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house.

ON the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers To The Questions I Know That You Are Asking," was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs," it read. The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain." The third was, " Began in 1958."

For me, that moment was a life changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had Created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration.

That is, Learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time-often just one baby step at a time-and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world.

"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!"

My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said.

She was right. It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, "How can I put this to use today?"

Use the Daffodil Principle. Stop waiting...

Until your car or home is paid off
Until you get a new car or home
Until your kids leave the house
Until you go back to school
Until you finish school
Until you clean the house
Until you organize the garage
Until you clean off your desk
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married
Until you get a divorce
Until you have kids
Until the kids go to school
Until you retire
Until summer
Until spring
Until winter
Until fall
Until you die...

There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So work like you don't need money. Love like you've never been hurt, and dance like no one's watching.

If you want to brighten someone's day, pass this on to someone special. I just did.

Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day!
Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

Dan and Deanna Finlinson "Marketing Unscrambled"

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Design Your Home To Fit Your Lifestyle, 6 Tips To Help You Get It

Your home should reflect your lifestyle. How do you know how to put these things down on paper?

1. Answer these questions to help you determine what you need most in your home.
* Do you entertain? Are they big groups of people or small groups of people?
* Who are the people that are going to be in the home on a day to day basis?
* Do you have people coming to stay overnight often?
* Think about what you have to have, ( dishwasher, 4 bedrooms,2 or 3 bathrooms, lots of storage space.) The things that you can not be without.
* Think about the things that you do not want, ( on stairs to climb.)
* Think about the things that you like to have, but they would not be a deal breaker if they are not in the home.
* Somethings that you need to plain for now that can be done later, ( finish the basement, but put the plumbing in place for that future bathroom-no taking up the floor to do it latter.)

Now that you have that list. You know what your needs are, the things that you want and what you do not want. Now it is time for the hard question.

2. How much can I afford for this house?
* The best place to start is the bank, see how much they will lend to you. Get them to approve you first. This way you know how much you have to spend.
* How big the home will be, small, medium, large and extra large? Extra large will cost a lot more than a small home.

* How many corners does the house have. If it is only four, like the one to the right. The cost is less.

* This one is bigger and has more corners. It will have more cost to it as well.

* The cost of materials can make a big difference. If you are using granite counter tops and custom tiles work. It cost less for laminate counter tops and a hard wood floor. If you think outside the box you can come up with things that look great for less. Remnants and closeout sometimes work great and cost less.

3. Find a designer.
* Visit with more than one. Interview them, they are going to be working for you. Do the interview as an employer for any position . You will be working with them for sometime, so choose the best that you can. They need to listen to your wants and needs and also help you to stay on budget with the plans
* Once you have chosen the designer. They will want to know the budget and your list of wants and needs (the one that you made above.) Visit with them 2 or 3 times during the design process. Do not be afraid to voice your ideas. They will try to incorporate as many of your ideas into the plan as possible while being honest about what they will do to the budget.

4. Look to the future.
What stage of life are you in?
* Just starting out, are you by yourself or as a new couple with no children yet. Looking forward to having those children in the future.
* You have your children, they can range from toddlers to teens.
* Your children are grown. It is back to you as a couple or you by yourself.
* Your are retired.
A good way to look to the future would be, in 5 years will this place be to small. It has 1 bathroom and 2 bedrooms, with 3 children. In 5 years most of the children will be out of the house. In 5 years the house is to big for me or us by ourselves. In 5 years will I be able to get up and down the stairs.

Your house can be what you need it to be for a long time by doing a few thing to the house later.
If the house is to small, is there room to add on to the house so that it will meet your needs. If the house is to big for you as children are grown, can you rent out part of the house. If you are retired, is the master suite on the main floor so you do not have to go up and down stairs. You can stay in your home a lot longer this way.

5. Thing can be added in the future like:
* A Deck.
* A garage.
* Finish the basement.
* Add more rooms onto the house.

6. Give yourself the time that you need to get the planning done right the first time. It will save a lot of regrets later on. Do not rush the decisions on the plans, savor the process.

copyright 2009 Dan and Deanna Finlinson "Marketing Unscrambled"

Sunday, February 22, 2009

We Have Been Tagged, More About My Sweetheart Daniel

Our friends Hugo and Roxanne tagged us from .
I have the pleasure of telling more about my sweetheart, Daniel. To share 25 random facts about my spouse.

1. He likes yogurt.
2. He likes vegetables more than anything.
3. He likes homemade ice cream any time at all.
4. He grew up on a Dairy farm-oh what great and funny stories that he could share about things that happened on the farm, some sad things as well.
5. He is a home body and I like to travel. We are working on getting him out a little more.
6. He loves to get me laughing.
7. He is the best at finding good things on the internet.
8. He can recall almost any web address that he has been to on the internet.
9. He likes to write his own songs (just for me to hear.)
10. He usually make a mess of the house, but after 49 years as a bachelor it is hard for him to change-he is getting better.
11. He is the best at finding a bargain any were.
12. He likes to talk and I like to listen.
13. His interest in the internet, got me interested in the internet.
14. He would rather spend his time with me than with anyone else.
15. He is a good provider.
16. He loves giving me hugs and kisses.
17. He likes good uplifting movies.
18. He likes Rock & Roll and country music too.
19. He really likes Disco music and does a really good job of dancing to it as well.
20. He likes to Ballroom dance as well.
21. He likes "Dancing with the stars" , it is ones of the favorite that we like.
22. He likes dressing down ( jeans and a t-shirt ), but he cleans up-oh so nice.
23. He likes being in the outdoors.
24. He does not like big crowds of people.
25. He does have more shoes than I do.

Now it is time to share some wonderful facts about your spouse /significant other!
Here are the rules.

Once you are tagged, you write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about your spouse/ significant other. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person that tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about your spouse/ significant other, too. I hope that you have as much fun as I did in writing this.

What a wonderful time I had writing about my good and dear husband. What a great gratitude and appreciation activity this is. I think this is the soul purpose of this tag. But, I still want to hear your random facts, too. I hope that you have just as much fun as I did. I have chosen only 6 people, in the interest of time, to be tagged.

Craig at Craig's training blog
Mike at Mike Davis 1988 world Champion Dodgers
Stella at European travelling advisor
Bob at Business builder Bob
Jerry at Barbershop Jerry's Blog
CW at Fabulous at 30 ,40, 50, and Beyond

copyright 2009 Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Review Of Log Home Magazine

This is a great publication to learn more about log homes. It has great article to help you maximize your space with expert tips to help you save money on your log home. It has great photos, you can use the photos to help you decorate your home. Wonderful articles to help you with things like
* MEETING THE 5 CHALLENGES OF CONSTRUCTION FINANCING, the must-know steps to getting a loan
* 8 STRATEGIES to help you build a better great room
* 4 WAYS to make a great room cozy
* 10 TOP great room designs

They have all kinds of tips and ideas like:
* Factors in turnkey pricing
* Turnkey tips
* 5 key questions for lenders
A. Are you funding construction loans to custom homeowners now?
B. Have you done construction lending to an owner builder in the past three months?
C. Have you done construction lending to a vacation home builder in the past six months?
D. Have you adopted appraisal definition that consider log homes comparable to custom homes?
E. Have you done construction lending to a log home owner builder in the past six months?
* Adding up the costs of a vacation cabin.
* Make your cabin look bigger or smaller.
* Make the space livable.

An other awesome thing that this publication has is floor plans to choose from, small, medium and large.

From many different companies that you can choose from.

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To get a subscription call: 1 866 700 2995

or visit:

This gives great information on log homes, good articles, photos are beautiful to look at. The floor plans are many, with great choices from different companies from different parts of the country. You can choose one close to you. Log homes work well in the mountains, small towns, or sometimes in big cities. Any were that you choose to build one. They are beautiful to look at. Great for your main home or a vacation get away. Where would you choose? Leave your comments, we would love to hear from you.

copyright 2009 Dan and Deanna Finlinson "Marketing Unscrambled"

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Protecting Your Home With These 6 Easy Steps

It is not that hard to help your home be as safe as possible. These are 6 things that are easy to do and do not take much time. Some may have a cost, some do not.

1. If you have just moved into your home, change the locks. You want to know for sure how has the keys to your home. That is an easy way to make sure that you are the only ones that have those keys. Make sure that the doors are locked when you are away. If you have a garage make sure that the door to that is also closed. Do you lock the doors even when you are at home? Is someone just going to walk in on you that you do not want to be their.

2. Install the motion lights. They turn on with movement. ( Bad people like the dark. ) Let the lights shine on.

3. Put in carbon monoxide detectors. This is something that you can not smell or taste. It can kill you if you do not know it is present.

4. Put in fire and smoke detectors. In the kitchen and by the bedrooms. If they are by the bedrooms then even if you are asleep you will hear them.

5. Put locks on all the windows and sliding glass doors. Make sure that they are all the same. If is easy to remember how they work that way. You can get them from any lock smith store. Since 2 out of 3 break-ins occur though glass windows and doors. It is best if you add a little extra protection on them. Strengthen your existing windows with security films/ laminates. Once the clear or tinted film/ laminate is installed on your glass, it bonds and transforms your window into an invisible shield.

6. Make sure that the trees and shrubs that are by the windows and doors are trimmed so that they do nothide a burglar from being seen by you or others. This keeps you safe when you are walking up to the doors, someone might be hiding their to do you harm and shrubs or trees are hiding them.

The biggest enemy to home security is thinking that "It won't happen to me." Protect yourself and your family. Think about it ahead of time. Look and see what needs to be changed now to keep it from happening to you.

We would like to have your comments. If you have more things to help others.

copyright 2009 Dan and Deanna Finlinson "Marketing Unscrambled"

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Rebates From Your Utility Company For Making These Change To Your Home

If you have older appliances that need to be updated, then this might help. Check with your utility companies ( Gas and Electric ). They give rebates for getting new ones. They use less energy so they save you money.

For the power company they might be these things:
* Appliances
* Washer and Dryers
* Tankless water heaters
* Furnaces
* Air conditioners updating a swamp cooler or the central air.
* Adding solar energy to the home
* Refrigerator recycling program

For the gas company they might be these things:
* Updating the windows to energy star windows
* Weatherization updating
* Adding insulation to walls and attic

It can also be from them both, or just one of the companies. Some times you can get tax breaks as well for these things. Every state is different. So check them out First, before you buy thinking that you were going to get some rebates back from them.

You could also get them if you have a business and you are updating these things at the office as well. Builders can get rebates if they build "energy star new homes," they have to meet all the
things that are asked for in these homes. They are independently certified. If you buy one of these homes, you will have great energy savings. For places like townhome or condoes that are multi family dwellings can also get these rebates. Landlord also. They can be great savings if they are all added up. These things help keep money in your pocket.

copyright 2009 Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

Thursday, February 5, 2009

What You Need To Know About Tankless Water Heaters

The tankless water heater have many good things going for them.

* You can get rebates from your utility company. For gas go to: For electrical power, this site show different places all over the USA. Go to:
Rebates for home owners, commercial buildings, builders and for multi family complexes. ( They are different depending on what state you are in. Check with your utility company to know for sure what they offer.)
* They are made for commercial property as well as private homes, multi family complexes, builders are putting them into the new construction projects.
* They save on energy.
* They take up less space and they are mounted to the wall inside or outside the building.

* They can supply you with an endless supply of hot water. No more running out of hot water in the middle of your shower.
* No more flooding your house when the old tank water heater goes out.
* Easy to replace parts if needed to extend the 20 year life span of the tankless water heater.

Now for the few things that could make you think about the tankless a little longer. Not big obstacle, they can be over come.
* It is a higher cost up front for the tankless water heater than for the tank water heater. ( With the rebates and the savings to your utility bill every month it will pay for its self in on time at all.)
* They take longer to get hot water since they do not start heating water until you turn on the faucet.

* Increases the amount of wasted water, since you have to wait longer to get the hot water. This to can be solved by a specialized pumping system. One such system is the chilipeper hot water pump that goes under the sink and a push of the button turn it on. Go to this site to learn more about it . Less wasted water.
THAT IS THE LIST OF THE PRO'S AND CON'S. Now for some facts. Tankless water heaters save energy and thus saves you money every month. Tank water heaters heating the water even when you are not using the hot water accounts for 20% or more of an average household's annual energy expenditures. The yearly operating costs for conventional gas or electric storage tank water heaters average $200.00 to $450.00 respectively. This kind always goes on and off to keep the water in the tank hot when you are not even home. The tankless water heater ONLY heats the water when you are using it. When the faucet is turned on, the water heater comes on, that is why it is called "Hot water on Demand."
THE TANKLESS WATER HEATER are used all over Japan and Europe. The size of the tankless water heater makes a big difference in Japan where space matters a lot.
THE LIFE EXPECTANCY of a tankless water heater is 20 years or longer if you just replace the parts when they are needed. The the storage tank water heater last 10 to 15 years and when it goes out you could have a flood on your floors.
* You have a choice of fuel that you can use Natural Gas, Propane, Electric, Solar or Solar and Natural Gas as a back up.
* Where is the property that you will be using the tankless water heater. Your home in the city. How about the Mountain cabin? Is the place small or large? How many bathrooms? What kind of demand will there be? Kitchen, washing clothes, bathrooms all being used at the same time. Is the unit big enough for all of it. For a really big need for hot water multiple tankless water heaters can work in tandem to get the job done.
* To lower the high energy costs. The tankless water heater will pay for its self every month with the lower cost for energy. Energy savings between 15% to 40%
* It is on the wall and out of the way. It does not take up much space.
* It does a better job at "Hot water on Demand", No Cold Showers
* The storage tank water heater fails to give you all the hot water that you need. It runs out in the middle of your shower.
* It also cost a lot in energy usage.
*It can flood you home with water.
*It takes up a lot of space
* Make sure that they are licenced to do the work that you are wanting done.
* Check them out with the Better Business Bureau that they have no complaints against them.
* Get your estimates in writing.
* Get estimates from more than one company. Get them all in writing.
* Ask for references of people that they have done work for. Make sure that you talk to them.
* Make sure that if you need permits from the City or the right government agency, that you have them. Have the contractor show them to you.
* Make sure that they know the building codes for your area.
* Make sure that all the inspections have been done.
* Pay some up front but not all. Make sure the work gets done to your satisfaction before you pay the rest of the money.
* Ask if their is a guarantee to the work that they are doing. Get that in writing also.
THESE ARE MANUFACTURERS of the tankless water heaters and the web addresses for them.

copyright 2009 DAN AND DEANNA FINLINSON "Marketing Unscrambled"