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The Top 5 Designer Arm Chairs You Need Now

May 20, 2019

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If you’ve ever felt like there is a room in your home that isn’t quite ‘finished’, perhaps you need to think about adding an armchair. Whatever your style there are an abundance of designer armchairs for the living room and bedroom that could be the perfect final piece you’ve been searching for.

1. 637 Utrecht Armchair | CASSINA

Not only is this armchair a beautiful piece, it’s incredibly comfortable and is such a standout it needs little else around it to look striking. It’s absolutely the designer armchair you’d want to buy to achieve both comfort and style.

The Utrecht armchair was one of only a few of Rietveld’s upholstered designs that were taken into production. It was first sold by Amsterdam manufacturers Metz & Co in 1936, in an edition covered in dark brown canvas and finished with a visible festoon stitch. After the war Metz and Co issued the chair in a felt with the signature distinctive white stitching.

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2. Charlottenborg Chair | SIKA-DESIGN

If you’re looking for a slightly more casual armchair and Scandi style is your way… Sika-Design’s beautiful Charlottenborg chair is absolutely the one for you. Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1936 the chair is woven of Manau and Tohiti rattan, and it has comfortable upholstered cushions in a variety of colours.

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3. D.153.1 Armchair | MOLTENI & C

Sometimes, you need a serious piece of furniture to add immense style and glamour to a space. Nothing quite says elegance like velvet and brass. The Brass structure of the D.153.1 Armchair designed by Ponti for Rubelli in 1934 is a designer armchair that raises the glamour in a room. The fabric reinterprets the age-old technique of velvet-weaving, bringing it up to date with contemporary patterns, such as close sequences of staggered disks with various gradations of colour.

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4. Mad Queen Armchair | POLIFORM

Designed by Marcel Wanders this armchair’s moulded seat is characterised by a matelassè finishing: Mad Queen plays on exclusive artisan details that is soft with continuous lines and a reassuring image, defined by a ‘protective body’ and by robust diagonal wooden legs.

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5. Indochine Armchair | CASSINA

We had to include this gorgeous chair in the ‘must have armchair’ list purely because it’s a favourite! Perfect around a dining table (as seen in the stunning Lucas y Hernández-Gil Madrid Apartment this is one little armchair you’ll fall in love with.

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Stunning Swimming Pool Designs for Your Backyard

May 20, 2019

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Swimming pool backyard design NJ can be an exciting knowledge. It’s each property holder’s fantasy to most likely have their very own rambling pool, where they can swim and buoy in the security of their yard. While considering the initial phases in your pool-building venture, there are numerous things to consider.

A short framework of the most prevalent open-air swimming pool designs thoughts can give you a thought of what highlights and styles you may get a kick out of the chance to join pushing ahead. Remember that there are numerous structures and details to look over, and what at last issues is that you are happy with your pool. Look at these backyard pool thoughts for motivation and see which structures you like the most.
Backyard Pool Ideas
With regards to backyard pool designs, there are unlimited chances. Consider the present style and theming of your home. Do you want a conventional or contemporary feel? Or then again maybe you appreciate a rural Mediterranean look. Contingent upon your style and space you need to work with, you can build up a lawn pool that is really your own.

Resort-Inspired
You can change your backyard into a retreat enlivened pool goal with a deck and folding chairs encompassing the pool. Include lamps/lighting, tropical plants and a bunch of shoreline towels, and you’ll feel like you are carrying on a Caribbean dream in a matter of moments. The designs you incorporate around your pool can help give whatever air you want.

Spotless and Contemporary
Since most present-day homes embrace a basic, clean plan with straight lines and cubic structures managing the inside, the scene around your home ought to be the same. Give the little pool a chance to appear to be an augmentation of the home and shape a stunning deck that goes about as a transitional zone between the building and the pool. Despite the fact that you probably won’t swim away in a goliath lap pool, the exemplary rectangular plan still gives you the fulfillment of having a delightful pool in the lawn, regardless of whether it is far littler in measurements. The rectangular, in-ground pool is an example that never comes up short, and you can begin with one that is as little as 9 by 18

Overhead Base Pool
Once in a while, you don’t have a great deal of room to work with. On the off chance that your pool is directly alongside the neighbor’s fence or your carport, you probably won’t appreciate seeing something so unattractive each time you swim. You can battle this issue with a hoisted deck, which will hinder the repulsive sights while you’re in the pool. That way, when you swim, you’ll be taking a gander at a lovely deck with rambling loungers.
It’s the enrichments around the swimming pool, however the state of the pool too that can change your yard into an exquisite shoreline escape or a natural Mediterranean desert spring. The manner in which your pool is molded and planned can enable you to complete the vision you’ve constantly longed for.

A few common mistakes to avoid when building

May 20, 2019

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There are many things about building a new home that are amazing and exciting. But there are some common mistakes that are made by the designer / home owner that can and should be avoided. We often think that our builder or someone else is going to help us avoid mistakes, but mistakes are inevitable and often out of our hands (especially with custom built homes); but it is a good thing to be informed and ready for anything when building your home. So here are a few different mistakes people make when building their new home.

Dollars over quality
When it comes to custom homes or building in general you must be very sceptical of the ‘cheapest price’. Because in building the cheapest price is rarely the best value and it is definitely not the best product. Money is still important and builders still need to be competitive in their pricing, but when it comes to the home you will be living in, going the lowest price is not the best idea. If at the beginning stage of building your home you save a few thousand by choosing low end products, you will forget about those thousands saved when those products don’t hold up through the first few years of living in your new home. Also enquire of your builder if you can see previous or current projects using the same products.

Unique is good, too unique is very bad
Design is something that every home owner wants to be a part of and even though you could choose a house off the builder’s plans, chances are you will still want to make some changes. In saying that definitely add design elements that are going to best reflect your personality and season of life, but do not over complicate the design. You need to consider your home’s value and possible resale, even if you plan on living in it for the long run it will eventually need to be resold and if the design is too unique then that is going to make it harder than it needs to be to resell.

Time your changes
While on the subject of design, it is very likely that at some point you are going to want to change something about the design. For example, you may want to add a walk in robe where there wasn’t one, or maybe even a whole other bedroom. These designs are all possible but they need to be made in the planning stage and avoided in the building/construction stage. You can make them in the building stage but it is a lot more expensive and could potentially make your mortgage repayments higher.

As mentioned earlier, mistakes will be made, but if you can avoid mistakes on your end that is going to make your building journey one to be remembered and not a nightmare that goes on long past you moving into your new home. Consult a good quality builder like Great Living Homes, who are also custom home builders Perth, and ask the difficult questions to avoid mistakes.

The Best 5 Bedrooms | Designer Bedroom Furniture

May 20, 2019

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Your sanctuary, your escape, the place you spend so much of your day, that’s right…your bedroom. A room that plays such an important part in our lives needs to be carefully designed and styled so it’s your little home within your home. Soft lighting, designer bedroom furniture and dreamy soft furnishings are the key things to pay attention to when designing your perfect bedroom.

If you need some inspiration; look no further. We’ve narrowed down our 5 favourite bedrooms in 5 of the world’s most beautiful homes to give you all the ideas you’ll ever need to create your own perfect little sanctuary.

1. Casa RJ in Mantua, Italy | ARCHIPLAN STUDIO

Archiplan Studio was tasked to overhaul an entire building in the ancient city of Manuta, Italy, one example of the beautiful work created is Casa RJ. It’s impossible to miss the historical details of the structure, the detailed ceilings and walls and yet Archiplan cleverly melded contemporary styling and furnishings together with the old. The bedroom in this stunning apartment is a spatial and visual delight. The colour palette rarely extends beyond neutrals; light timber on the parquetry flooring, light timber luxury bedroom furniture. Even the wall separating the ensuite features the same toned timber; providing a clever layering of materials that provides depth and softness to the room.

2. Highbury Grove in Melbourne, Australia | RITZ & GHOUGASSIAN

A minimalist and monochromatic colour palette create a calming sanctuary in this Melbourne master bedroom. Shades of grey together with crisp white linen and concrete from the walls to the floor are warmed with timber wardrobes lining one wall. A distinct lack of luxury bedroom furniture other than the low-lying bed mean this bedroom is the ideal place to sleep. Minimal distractions, maximum relaxation.

3. Treetop House Sydney, Australia | ARENT & PYKE

Highly sought after Sydney based designers Arent & Pyke are known for their harmonious use of colour and light. Experts at creating homes that balance luxury and comfort, this bedroom in the designers’ much loved project Treetop House is the perfect example of just that. Soft tones of mauve and pink provide a beautiful compliment to the metallic finishings & linen bedding for those who are looking for a luxurious feminine space at the end of the day.

4. Sea Ranch Escape, San Francisco, USA | BUTLER ARMSDEN ARCHITECTS

It’s tough to find fault with this master bedroom, part of the Sea Range Escape home by Butler Armsden Architects in San Francisco, USA. Wood panelled walls, soft carpets, light furnishings make this the type of bedroom you would retire to long before bedtime.

5. The Freshwater Project, Sydney, Australia | OLIVIA BOSSY

One of the easiest ways to keep your bedroom serene, is to limit the colour palette to two tones; ideally fresh white/cream and light timber. Designer Olivia Bossy styled this beachside home with soft modernism, the master bedroom is no exception. Super clean lines and minimal fuss makes this a space that reminds us of a European coastal getaway. What a perfect place to lay your head at the end of a long day.

Cabin Room Remodel in a Few Simple Steps

May 20, 2019

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Remodeling a room in your cabin home can feel intimidating at first, but if you take a step-by-step approach, it can be quite a bit easier. In this article I will lay out some simple steps to help make your remodeling experience a bit more pleasant, because I care about you!

First, define your intent. Do you want a full renovation complete with demolition, or just a partial remodel? Do you want to use your existing furniture, or do you want to buy new? Are you painting the walls and doing the floor, or leaving them alone? Once you define your intention for the room, it’s easier to lay out your steps to accomplish that.

So, after you move all the furniture out of the room, you can begin. Depending on what type of remodel you are doing, chances are, you will paint the walls first, except if you are ripping out flooring too- you will do that before you paint. I speak from experience on this one. You can scratch your freshly painted walls while you’re tearing it all out. The edges of carpet can be quite sharp. To tear out flooring, you’ll need the proper tools to do so. This can make all the difference in getting the job done, versus throwing your hands up in the air and just hiring a contractor. If you do the latter, you will have to do it on their time frame, and may have to wait for several weeks, not to mention it costing way more money.

Painting should be done before any new flooring is put in, so you don’t have to be careful about paint drips. Of course, prior to painting, you’ll want to tape off anything not getting painted, using painters tape. You’ll also want to carefully pull off all the trim, unless you’re painting it all the same color as your walls. Something to think about is: are you good with color, or do you need someone to help you choose a good paint color for your room? Some people think that they like a certain color, but it is a horrible choice for walls. When you are choosing paint always think lighter than you normally would. For example, if you like a dark gray color, choose a lighter version of that gray, or you risk the room being too dark. You can always add a dark gray throw pillow or chair.

So, after painting, you can put in the new flooring, if that is part of your plan. Once old flooring is ripped up, putting in new flooring is quite a bit easier. I definitely recommend doing a little research with your specific type of flooring though, as even a slight variance in the type of flooring can require an entirely different installation process and tools necessary. Instruction videos can usually be found on You Tube and are extremely helpful, and they cover just about every type of DIY project known to man. And if you can’t find a video for whatever you’re doing, ask your local hardware or lumber store. They generally have knowledgeable staff on hand to answer all of your questions.

I hope this article has helped take some of the sting out of remodeling your cabin home. In a following article titled “After a Cabin Room Remodel – Now What?”, I will talk about what comes next, after you’ve remodeled a room in your cabin home.

6 Great Ways to Celebrate the Family Day

May 17, 2019

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If you want to make your family day a great day this year, make sure you plan some activities that can help you achieve this goal. Given below are 6 ideas that can help you get the most out of this day.

Enjoy a breakfast

In the morning, if you have some spare time, you can cut a toast or some fruits, such as watermelon or apple into pieces for breakfast. For this purpose, you can make use of a cookie cutter. Alternatively, you can bake some muffins as well. It’s a good idea to make muffins in the shape of a heart.

If you have some extra time, you can also make a delicious spread based on your kids’ taste.

Get out

Playing in the snow is a great way of having fun with your kids. In fact, your kids would love to get out and spend time playing with snow. You can enjoy the natural landscape by making a small snowman or snow fort. Of course, your kids can help you with this. If it’s summer, you can play hopscotch, go for a hike or engage in other indoor activities.

Here the idea is to change your routine for a day and spend some time with your family somewhere outside.

Make a collaborative craft

If you make a masterpiece that can be displayed in your house, it will work as a great reminder. What you need to do is print out family photos and put them in an album.

If you have a creative mind, you can do a family project, such as a windowsill garden or a scrapbook. If you are short of ideas, you can sit with your family and come up with some ideas that you can work on. It’s also a good idea to get in touch with your friends a few days ahead of the family day to get some great ideas.

Read a book with your kids

You can choose your favorite book and read it sitting on your couch. It’s better to enjoy a book with pictures. Actually, reading a book with pictures will be an interactive experience. This way you can also teach your kids as to how exciting it can be to read a book.

If your children are learning to read, you can opt for a book that is easy to read. In other words, the book should have easy vocabulary and short stories.

Write letters

You can sit with your children and draw or write postcards to other family members, such as Grandpa, Grandma, uncles and aunts. This is a great way of expressing your love for those family members. You can also use stamps and stickers on the postcards.

Start a fresh tradition

Family Day is a new day on the list of holidays. Therefore, you can get creative and make a new tradition. You can watch a family photo album or videos over dinner to relieve family memories, for instance.


10 Ways to Save on Renters Insurance

May 17, 2019

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When renting a new place there are so many things to think about and arrange, so often times renters insurance does not make the list. In fact, only 41% of renters obtain renters insurance.

Sometimes it is the amount of things already on the agenda that distract from the importance of renters insurance, but sometimes it is due to the lack of understanding. So, what exactly is renters insurance? Renters insurance is insurance to cover stolen or damaged belongings, since you are not covered under your landlord’s building insurance for these things. It also covers temporary living expenses and liability/medical bills.

Choosing a policy can also be confusing, so experts suggest that you take inventory of your valuable personal belongings and estimate their worth. It is also recommended that you round to the nearest 10,000, if possible to have a little cushion of coverage.

This may sound overwhelming, especially the price which is another reason why some renters may stray away from purchasing renters insurance. Here are some tips to ensure that you are getting the most affordable renters insurance.

Install a Fire Extinguisher, Smoke Detectors, Etc.

Adding these to your place reduces the likelihood of fire damage or at least extensive fire damage, so insurance companies are more likely to lower your premium when you have these features.

Invest in a Security System

Making additions to your residence that prevent break-ins lowers your premium. It also maintains your peace of mind as if a break-in occurs it violates your sense of safety.

Use One Insurance Provider

Often times when you stick to one insurer for all your insurance needs, they offer lower premiums.

Use Paperless Billing

Most insurance companies offer some sort of savings if you set up automatic payments or electronic billing.

Stay Claim Free

You may think this defeats the purpose of insurance since you are paying to be protected in the event of a mishap, but most companies offer a significant reduction in premiums for those who have not filed a claim in years.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is a fire, health, and budget hazard. Quitting smoking, although it may not be easy can save on renters insurance premiums, life insurance premiums, and your overall budget since cigarettes are extremely expensive.

Retire

A lot of the crowd that is renting right now is the elderly, especially those who desire moving closer to family. If you are due to retire, doing so may help you save. The way insurance companies see this is that you will be home more often to intervene with potential disasters, thus lowering your premium.

Switch Companies

Shop around for insurance to get the best rate, most say that seeking out at least three quotes and selecting the best price for your needs is beneficial. However, some companies offer discounts for sticking with them each year.

Pay for the Year in Advance

By selecting this payment option you can avoid the monthly bill processing fees of companies. If you need to cancel a policy do not fret about refunds, in most cases they refund the amount for the months left of the current year. But, be sure to check this ahead of time.

Increase Deductible

By increasing your deductible, it usually decreases your premium. But, be careful because you have to be prepared to pay this cost.

Renters insurance can be intimidating, but necessary when renting a home or apartment. Keep these tips in mind when selecting insurance to ensure the best price possible.


What Is The Best Way To Choose Firewood For Your Home?

May 17, 2019

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As the cool breeze starts to develop a chilly nip it’s an indication that the weather is approaching cold season. A crackling fireplace with burning wood logs or a stove will soon be a welcome sight for every home. Isn’t it time to start collecting and stocking up on firewood? Prepare now, to stay warmly safe for the rest of the chilly days and nights!

Check out the authenticity of the local firewood suppliers before you confirm your firewood delivery. You order bulk firewood for sale only after you have checked its genuineness and dryness level at the local firewood suppliers’ office. How to choose and order the ideal firewood delivery for your home?

1) Small and cozy fires burn best if they are prepared out of cottonwood, poplar, birch or red maple. These softwoods burn the fastest and are available in plenty but they run out the quickest. You may have to spend your evening rushing into the firewood shed time and again to replenish the stock. You may save some money but in the long run the effort and wood you end up spending may not be worth it. Isn’t it better to opt out for the sturdy or seasoned firewood like:
a) Box firewood
b) Red gum firewood
c) Mixed eco-friendly firewood or
d) Ironbark firewood?

2) If you want your fires to stay burning hours and hours into the night burnishing the walls with the warm red colour of live red hot coals, then pick your firewood from hardwoods like locust, oak, box, red gum, black maple, iron bark or hickory.

3) Seasoned firewood is dryed wood that catches fire quickly. You need to be very sure that the firewood you are using to build your fire is dry and free from moisture. The surface water on the firewood will soon dissipate or can be removed by wiping but the water that has seeped into the firewood will be released as arid smoke and smouldering sediments.

4) Use well-seasoned firewood for your fireplace. Improperly seasoned firewood burns inefficiently and there will be very less. Mixed eco-friendly firewood burns well and but does not pollute the atmosphere. It is a wonderful choice for your home fireplace. Do your bit for the environment and get your crackle from a wholesaler dispensing bulk firewood for sale!

5) Check out for wood with cracks at the ends. This wood is less heavy and is of a deep brown, grey or yellow colour. Light brown, greenish or cream colored wood should be avoided because it may be wet.

6) Leave the logs that make a deep thudding sound when struck together. Hitting the logs together should resonate with a hollow whack.

7) You can also season your wood when the weather is hot and sunny. Just leave the logs and wood pieces outside where the hot and dry sun rays will air-dry the wood.

8) Split wood pieces burn quickly and catch fire faster. A bigger log can be split into quarters or halves and then used. Wood furnaces and outdoor fire pits need big logs whereas fireplaces provide great warmth with small sized wood.


Using Salt Around the House

May 17, 2019

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Salt was surely the first food seasoning. Prehistoric people got all the salt they needed from the meat that made up a large portion of their diet. When people began turning to agriculture as a more reliable food source, they discovered that salt-most likely from the sea-gave vegetables that salty taste they craved. As the millennia passed, salt gradually made life more comfortable and certain as people learned to use it to preserve food, cure hides and heal wounds. Salt is an indispensable ingredient when you are cooking. Food is inedible without salt. But salt has many more purposes. You will be surprised at the following tips using salt.

You can run out of elbow grease trying to scrub burnt-on stains off enamel pans. Skip the sweat. Soak the pan overnight in salt water. The stains should lift right off.

Make short work of the clean-up after you’ve rolled out dough or kneaded breads. Sprinkle your floury benchtop with salt. Now you can neatly wipe away everything with a sponge. No more sticky lumps.

Tea and coffee leave stains on cups and in pots. You can easily scrub away these unattractive rings by sprinkling salt unto a sponge and rubbing in little circles across the ring. If the stain persists, mix white vinegar with salt in equal proportions and rub with a sponge.

Water marks on tables will disappear by mixing 1 teaspoon of salt with a few drops of water to form a paste. Gently rub the paste unto the ring with a soft cloth or sponge and work it over the spot until it’s gone. Restore the lustre of your wood with furniture polish.

If ants are bearing a path to your home, intercept them by sprinkling salt across the door frame or directly on their paths. Ants will be discouraged from crossing this barrier.

Keep fleas from infesting your pet’s home by washing down the interior walls and floor every few weeks with a solution of salt water.

Do you need to prepare leafy salad in advance of a dinner party? Lightly salt the salad immediately after you prepare it and it will remain crisp for several hours. For fruit salad you’ll want to make sure your freshly cut fruit looks appetising when you serve the dish. To ensure that cut apples and pears retain their colour, soak them briefly in a bowl of lightly salted water.

Apples need a facelift? Soak them in mildly salted water to make the skin smooth again.

Cheese is much to expensive to throw away because it has become mouldy. Prevent the mould by wrapping the cheese in a serviette soaked in salt water before storing it in the refrigerator.

Not only can you test eggs for freshness by adding salt in a cup of water and gently placing the egg in the cup (fresh egg will sink) but if you ever dropped an uncooked egg, you know what a mess it is to clean up. Cover the spill with salt. It will draw the egg together and you can easily wipe it up with a sponge or paper towel.


A Key On the Table Is Worth Many A Chuckle

May 17, 2019

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When it comes to forgetting anything, I am king of the hill. My forgetting has nothing to do with age because I have been forgetting as long as I can remember.

Of course, with age comes an excuse for forgetting something. Don’t let anybody know this, but sometimes I use my age to say I forgot something which in reality I had not forgotten. Sometimes forgetting something is the best expression of valor.

I can’t remember all the things I have forgotten, however, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage remembers everything, even things I did not forget. Her memory is impeccable and I just have to live with it.

Often she will start a conversation with, “Do you remember… ?”

Being married as long as I have, I always go with the affirmative nod, which I never forget to do.

When I was a young husband, I remember very distinctly correcting her about what I remembered about an incident she was talking about. I have remembered never to make that mistake again.

I am forgetting everything these days. It may be my keys. I get to the church office, check my pocket and realize I forgot my keys. Then I have to get on my cell phone (when I don’t forget that) and call my wife explaining that I forgot my keys.

Once we went for supper with some friends, I was to pick up the tab, and when the tab came, I had forgotten to bring my wallet. I am definitely not going to do that again.

Once I went on a trip and forgot where I was going. Fortunately, I had the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage with me who is an expert in telling me where to go.

I can’t tell you how many lectures she has given to Yours Truly in this area of forgetting. I think she should win some kind of a prize or a doctorate in this area. Maybe I should begin calling her, Dr. Never Forget.

I could not remember all of the things that I have forgotten. I could ask my wife, but that would take a day and a half for her to get them all on the table.

Our relationship is defined this way; I forget everything and she remembers everything. It can be good, but also it can have a negative impact upon a person’s life, like mine.

I just thought I would have to live out the rest of my life under this cloud of forgetfulness.

Then the most incredible thing happened, something that has changed the rest of my life.

My wife left early to go to the office and I was about a half-hour getting ready to go and when I went to the door, I noticed on the table was a key ring with a bunch of keys on it. At first, I thought it must be my wife’s and maybe I should pick it up and take it with me.

I realized one very important thing though. My wife never forgets anything. If I pick up these keys and take it to her, I am in more trouble than I could really handle at this stage of life. After all, if her keys are on the dining room table there is a pretty good purpose behind the whole thing. For me to sabotage that purpose would get me in a great deal of trouble, I can assure you.

I went out the door, got in my vehicle and started on my way to the office. As I was backing out of the driveway, my cell phone rang. I noticed it was my wife. I thought I was in trouble. What could I have done now or what didn’t I do that I should have done?

When I answered the phone, I heard a meek voice say, “Did you see any keys on the dining room table?” I answered in the affirmative not really understanding the situation.

“Could you,” she said most sweetly, “bring them over? I forgot them.”

There was a dramatic pause on my side of the cell phone. It took a few moments for the situation to sink in.

As I went back into the house, I was chuckling all the way in and picked up the delinquent keys.

When I got to the office, I handed them to her with the biggest smile I’ve ever had on my face that I can remember. She looked at me and then said rather softly, “You’re not laughing are you?”

I recognize I will forget a great deal of things in life. But this incident, I will never forget and it will always strike a chuckle cord in my heart.

Every once in a while, when nothing is going on, I will look at my wife and say, “Do you remember the keys?”

Glancing away from me she will say, “Don’t you think it’s time to forget that?”