Time for Fun!

Happy July! Summertime is in full swing, and I hope your summer is going great.

If you’ve been reading my column for any number of years, then you know that this is my favorite time of year. I hear many complain about the heat and the humidity, but I just love it! I think part of the reason is the contrast that we have the rest of the year. If I ever start heading down the path of complaining about the heat, all I have to do is flash back to wintertime and the wind chills of 25 below zero!

One of the reasons I love this time of year so much is that I typically have houseguests. I live in a large house, and it’s only me, but I keep it because it allows me to provide a space for family and friends to come visit, for a day or a week or longer. I have two guest rooms, so if I have more than one family visiting, I can accommodate them. I will admit that I am not the “consummate hostess,” meaning I don’t wait on my guests hand and foot. My friends and family know this about me. They have learned their way around my kitchen, they know where the closest grocery store is, and they pretty much take care of themselves. It’s kind of like a hotel with no maid or room service!

I love the connection with my houseguests. Sometimes we are up until all hours of the night talking. The conversation is “all over the place,” from philosophy to business to family and relationships. I always steer the topic away from politics and religion, as I have learned over the years that these typically are not healthy topics to venture into. Having conversations about these two topics has never ended well…unless you are having them with a group that totally agrees. Even with this being a Presidential election year, I will continue this policy!

Some of my favorite houseguests are Vicki and Ken Kahler, from Denver. Vicki is my business partner with Women’s Edition in Denver. Our “business relationship” has evolved to a “best friend relationship.” Vicki, Ken, and I go on trips together frequently, and we have a great time. I will head to Denver for a few days if I need a break, and they head to Omaha for visits throughout the year. They will be coming in less than a week, and I am really looking forward to it!

I hope all of you have dear friends and family that you love spending time with. That’s what life is all about!

Enjoy! We’ll talk next month.

Positive Thought of the Month

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” —Elbert Hubbard


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