About Me

"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."
— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

And so it begins...

When we bought this house, we knew it came "as-is". So with our tax return, we decided that the most beneficial thing was to have the basement repaired. Today was the first day with the guys on the job! Here are some pictures of what they are doing so far...

Inserting 6 wall anchors on the east side of the house...

What the anchors look like in the ground, they are about 3 feet down

What the anchors look like inside - they are connected to the large plates outside with a huge bolt about 8-13 feet long from the house to the plate.

The beginning of the excavation of the west wall. That wall is the worst and needs to be actually straightened first!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bud Williams Marketing

This post will be a rather boring one compared to most. I was able to attend what is called a Bud Williams Marketing School this last weekend in Kansas. So I thought I would give a short synopsis of what went on there. Jeremy and I have been talking a lot to Eric and Kate - Jeremy's employers- about starting up in the cattle industry. Now if you talk to most people who are familiar with the cattle industry, you will usually hear something like - "are you crazy-there is no money in cattle!" So, in order to overcome this problem, I attended the Bud Williams Marketing school. It is a marketing plan to actually make money on cattle. It was a two day, 16 hour lecture of sorts that left my head hurting from working so hard! Why did I go, you ask? Jeremy thought that since I am the more number based person in the pair of us, that it would do more good if I went.
The basic idea of the marketing plan is to focus more on the buy of a transaction then the sell.... what? Yes, the buy is where the profit is "pulled", not the sale. Learning how the cattle market works and how to "work the system" was fascinating. Most older cattle people say it is crazy, but then again, us young people are usually crazy anyway, so why not try it! However, in learning more about this method of marketing, I no longer believe that it is just crazy talk, it is the way to go! If you are more interested in the details, which are abundant! - let me know!
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