Thank You for 5 Million, Here’s $5000!

Today is the day I’m going to give away $5000 to 1 WINNER via Cashapp. That’s the only rule, You have to have Cashapp because I’m not sending it via anything else. I will randomly pick a winner. I will send them a DM to verify their Cashtag and then I’m sending them their money. If they want to remain Anonymous, cool. I hope I get a thank you video to post. Good luck to everyone! And thank you for my 5 million visitors in 11 years of blogging!

Buy, buy, Don’t Buy Anything!

Business is hot right now. This Biden Bounce we are in has exploded the buyer’s market. Everyone is buying up things that have been sitting and rotting for years. I’m talking about the old beat up, warehouses and commercial spaces I go after. On one hand I am very conservative on how I spend my work money. I like a great deal. I will sit and wait until it’s dirt cheap than swoop in and grab up the one I’ve been watching. And on the other hand I have a business partner that thinks like IF we don’t buy it now, it’s gone tomorrow. I live within the idea that there’s another great building, maybe even better just around the corner. So we struggle. Thank goodness we can communicate. We actually work very well together. I knew we could run my companies, I just didn’t know I’d have to compromise this much. It is getting better. She is softening up her stance on She knows she’s right and she has to assert her rightness. Our employees are starting to like her because the past few years she has made us a lot of money with her thought out decisions. My work life is at a crossroad.

Do I give up the commercial real estate investment side, completely. It’s practically all gone anyway. Do we continue to invest in the Mexican oil market, we now own 5 rigs and are part owner of a distrubution company down there. That is making us money. I mean MOOOONNNAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! It’s new. It’s scary and I keep waiting for the bubble to burst. 2020 taught me a lot of business about my businesses. I had a lot of eggs in my commercial investment basket. Okay most of it. I had to rely on my construction money, highway contracts with my construction money and condo leases to even things out. Anddddd I still lost money. Mexico is new money. Mexico is simple. God bless all the men and women that work in that industry. It’s not easy, it’s very dangerous. Mother Nature will be respected. I’m just worried. What does the future hold for the oil investments? I don’t know. It’s a complete toss up. Lindsay wants me and our company to invest in pot. No. I have no interest in it. She keeps telling me if we get in it now, we will be well rewarded in the next 10 years. That may be, but I also know how difficult it is with all of the state and federal regulations. It’s a lot of red tape, a ton of rules and laws. It seems difficult. She has a lot of her personal money wrapped into that stuff and I also worry she may lose it.

So this week is more decisions. It makes me worry. It also is exciting I don’t want to miss that part of my business life. I would love to be out there traveling again, buying buildings, checking up on our investments. That may be a fun thing for when my kids are a little older. Right now, I’m working on a new foundation of business. My family owned construction businesses will always be with me. I’m never selling that off. My dad started things, I want to keep it going. We have the highway jobs, the crane jobs, the commercial building jobs, and residential repair jobs, and the infrastruction management jobs. That’s solid. And then there’s Mexico. Beautiful, seducing, luring Mexico. So many new and exciting opportunities.

Today we talk, we decide, we spend money. I hate that part Lol The checks keep getting bigger. It’s scary still in the grasp of this Covid pandemic. But I am thankful. We could have lost everything. I mean, we lost a lot, but we are still here. My employees that we were able to keep, I don’t know they got through all of this. I didn’t have much work for them to do. I didn’t want them to leave. Some of them had to go. It’s the cost of doing business.

My hope is to get it all back. Get back to where we were but I believe Lindsay said we are looking at a 4 to 6 year wait for salvation recoup. I hope it doesn’t take that long but I can wait. I’m not going to rush things. We will be okay. I know we will. It’s just made me way more cautious.

Hope you guys have a great day. I’m working and hanging out with my daughters. They are playing Baby dress up with their dolls. It’s very cute. Love you guys! Thanks for stopping by to read this.

Miami Beach, Florida Vaca

We are flying down to Miami Beach, Florida for the weekend right after school. It’s a little over 4 hours flight time so I hope to be there by midnight local time. The time change will be fine, I mean, it’s beach time! I need this trip so bad. I have rented spots at a private beach area. We get max 2 hours at a time. I’m meeting up with a small group of family friends. It’s going to be fun. The kids and I will take our turns. We are going to split the 2 hour time amongst the group because I really don’t want my kids out at the beach for 2 hours straight. That’s too much all at once. I’m excited they are offering such a nice option for families.

We will be staying at my family condos. We are taking the entire 16th floor. 5 condos, I get the biggest because I get all 5 kids. My pets are staying home. My friends from Colorado Springs are coming up to pet sit all weekend. I appreciate them willing to jump in.

Guys, I need out of Denver. All of this )(*&^^%*)( snow!!!! I’ve had it. I want to feel the sun all over my skin, a nice ocean breeze, I want to sit in the sand and do nothing but play with my kids. The best part is they have some of my all time favorite vegan restaurants there, so I’m going to be ordering food all weekend. I’m not cooking.

I have set up 5 Rules for this trip. No going out, at all. No shopping unless it’s Online shopping to local stores. We can accept deliveries of any kind. We are going as a group, probably 2 groups. And we will ALL be put a schedule. I want all the adults to take their turn watching my kids. I do want some alone time and some guy time. I need it. This started out as a family trip and then it blew up into a big trip. Everyone else had to pay for their own flights in and they have to show me their COVID cards before they are allowed to go. I’ve received all cards, everyone is fully vaccinated. I’m happy to report, this trip will be DOPE AF! I’m excited. We are packed and ready to go. I’m just waiting for my boys to get out of school. My nannies are excited. It’s going to be fun. Even with us not going out anywhere, except to the private beach back and forth, I think we can do this.

I’m thinking about triangulating my summer. Denver – Chicago – Miami Beach. IF THINGS ARE SAFE! This 1st trip will be a recon trip. I want to see what the safety protocols are in Miami Beach. Are people in the building masking up, are they social distancing? Can I keep my children away from everyone as we go around? What can we do, what things are restricted, if any? It’s a lot of information I need to collect while we are there.

So I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend. I will be sitting my tall, tan, ass on the beach as much as possible. I need it. And with the plan in place and rules to follow, everyone should have a good time. Our group is pretty fun. Even if we are playing cards at night after the kids go to bed. It’s all about starting to spend family time together. I really have missed it.

Here we come Miami Beach!

Rowboat Book Club #100

People We Meet on Vacation

by Emily Henry

Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.

Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

I took a Buzzfeed quiz

I shared my results with my nannies. They all agreed.

Have You Ever Wondered If You’re An Asshole?

Take This Test And Find Out

No, you’re not an asshole That’s right. Sometimes, people might think you’re a dick. But the reality is that you are a good-hearted person on the inside. You care about people. You care about everything and everyone around you. You might not have the best social skills, but that doesn’t make you an asshole. Keep being you.

Well that’s good to know. It’s what I have always thought about myself. I know I can be a dick sometimes. Ask Kate Lol She knows, but it’s very rare. Most of the time I’m upbeat, happy, joking around. I love to laugh. I have a lot of fun in life. It’s because I’m tired or I’m frustrated with something when I can be a dick. It’s short lived. Give me about 5 to 10 minutes, and it will stop. At least I can admit it. I’m not perfect.

What else is going on? More cleaning. I’m getting closer and closer to hiring a maid service. I can move everyone out to the guest house while they clean. That way we have no interaction with them. That may be the best case because at this point I’m exhausted.

Oh, I am taking my family out of town next weekend. I have been in quarantine for a week waiting for Canada to get their shi** together. They apparently took that to mean, let’s not mask up, lets not social distance. Let’s try to beat America on Covid cases. It’s ridiculous. So now no shot of me crossing the board, Ontario is on a 6 week lockdown. No sense quarantine myself anymore. We are out of here. I’m so excited. I need to pick a spot then check out all of the Covid restrictions. We will not be going into town for any reason. We are going to rent and AirBnB close to a town and do outdoor stuff. Away from people. The only time I might be around folks is getting the rental cars. That may be in. I think we will be okay. I have no idea where we want to go. I’m going to start that discussion tonight at Family Meeting. It should be entertaining.

I’m dreaming of somewhere WARM! I would love to sit on a private beach and do nothing for an entire weekend. That would be heaven. I need it. I’m beat up. I’m so tired from doing everything, worrying about the kids. It’s draining. I want to also have some fun. We haven’t been doing much big fun things recently. I would love to hear my kids laugh and play. I think my nannies will be happy if we get out of here for a few days.

What do I do with Sarah? She has her baby. They are kind of a load Lol You have to take both of them and the baby stuff. It would be nice if we all got along but that never happens. I need to think about it. It may depend on some good behavior this week. I don’t know. Brenda and Lynn do enjoy getting off of work and going to their home. They come back the next day appreciative, refreshed, in a good mood. A nice weekend away would be a small treat.

What’s the Covid numbers in Miami Beach? How about South Padres? Malibu? I don’t know. I’m going to start looking up AirBnB rentals now. I’m excited to go!

I just thought about renting an RV, but I would rather line up my kids, and let them each kick me in the nut sack before I pile us all into an RV for 3 days Lol No way that will ever happen. I’m done camping. I don’t mind hiking or kayaking but I’m all done setting up tents, cooking, and trying to wrangle my kids out in the woods. We camp in my backyard. That I can do. Cross RV off the list, cross of camping, and any type of theme park. Too soon for Covid life. Where should we go?

In Pyrex, I trust and Free Money Giveaway!

I’ve been cooking this morning and afternoon. I’m working on a few things for a much later on mention. It’s kind of big news. IF I CAN get this recipe perfect. It’s been a dream of mine to offer some form of Vegan food for the masses and we might just be there. IF. Only IF. We will circle back to that in the future.

It snowed. *&^*(^%! That’s what I think of that. I am so looking forward to Spring weather. Real Spring weather, not this Colorado gotcha weather. Just when we were hitting some 70s, Mother Nature said BWWAAuuhhhahahahaha, watch this! And she threw snow all over. It’s actually a lot worse than I originally thought it would be. I’m only aware based on my local CBS news channel coverage. A ton of snapped trees, broken branches and so forth out there. I haven’t ventured out so I have no idea. As per usual, I stay home. I did ask the UPS guy how the roads were. He said stay home at least another day, its sloppy now. Okay, we will do that. I keep dreaming of a cool breeze, sunlight, maybe some green grass and budding trees. When will that be happening? I hope soon.

Things are going well today. I’m cooking, I’m cleaning. My daughters are singing the vegetable song to me. They aren’t anywhere near the key it’s supposed to start out in. That’s fine. They are cute. They know they are cute. They do everything together. It’s heartwarming. It also makes me ache for a mom for them. My boys are all so vocal about it. When are we getting a mom? Are you even doing ANYTHING to go get one? How come we don’t already have a mom? It’s relentless.

Let me see what else. I have rearranged the rooms a little. I finally bought my own matching dresser and bigger dresser for my room. Long story, half of my dresser set went away in the divorce. I was tired of arguing about a stupid dresser set so I said take yours, I’m keeping mine. The pettiness of it all. I finally found the one I wanted. I bought it and got it in place. It makes me happy. I feel like I’m finally getting my house in order. Little things here and there. Just waiting on spring time. That would be a great song lyric. Let me think.

Waiting on spring time

When everything is green

and newness all around me

for all the world to see

Hahaha, I tried. I get goofy like that. In fact I do have an entire notebook full of song lyrics I haven’t done anything with. Some days the kids want to go in and record things. Some night when I can’t sleep I work on things. It takes me forever to get a full song done. Months. If only I had more ME time. Oh well, kids need me. I need them. We are a family. We Are Fam a Lee! I got all my. enough. Okay see you guys later. Keep checking back soon. I will have a Money Giveaway coming up soon on here! We are celebrating my 5 Million VISITORS!

Those 5 aren’t my 5

I found this article. I’ve read it 3 times.

5 Essentials to Having a Healthy Relationship (joinonelove.org)

If you want to be that #relationshipgoals couple, here are 5 essentials for having a healthy relationship.

  1. Communication. You’ve definitely heard the very cliché “communication is key.” But here’s the thing – it’s a cliché for a reason
  2. Respect
  3. Boundaries
  4. Trust
  5. Support

While I appreciate these answers they aren’t mine. Some of them are on my top 5 list. I would say Loyalty is a must for me. That ties into Respect and Trust, but for me to be in a love relationship I need someone that is loyal and stays loyal. I’ve been cheated on in every single relationship I have ever had. Except 1. I don’t know if it’s the women I pick or it’s the situations we mix together. Either way if you aren’t loyal to me, forget it. There are a lot of really good women out there. I can find one that doesn’t cheat.

Support, I really don’t need it. I support myself, I support others. I certainly support my significant other. I wouldn’t claim Support in my Top 5. I really don’t need that much support. Respect is good. Boundaries are necessary. You can’t build a life around someone without knowing what is their breaking point areas. It’s usually a conversation when you are both decided do we take this to the next level.

What are your Top 5?