Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

August 27, 2013

Are You a Happy Person?

Some people are happy people and some are not and it does not seem to be tied to their circumstances. It seems to be tied to the people themseleves. What is that makes the difference? I found a post that I thinks answers some of these differences.

22 Things Happy People Do Differently

Posted on April 9, 2013This article is from Chiara Fucarino. Enjoy!

There are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who

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choose to be unhappy. Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it comes from within. The richest person in the world could be miserable while a homeless person could be right outside, smiling and content with their life. Happy people are happy because they make themselves happy. They maintain a positive outlook on life and remain at peace with themselves.

The question is: how do they do that?

It’s quite simple. Happy people have good habits that enhance their lives. They do things differently. Ask any happy person, and they will tell you that they …

1. Don’t hold grudges.

Happy people understand that it’s better to forgive and forget than to let their negative feelings crowd out their positive feelings. Holding a grudge has a lot of detrimental effects on your wellbeing, including increased depression, anxiety, and stress. Why let anyone who has wronged you have power over you? If you let go of all your grudges, you’ll gain a clear conscience and enough energy to enjoy the good things in life.

2. Treat everyone with kindness.

Did you know that it has been scientifically proven that being kind makes you happier? Every time you perform a selfless act, your brain produces serotonin, a hormone that eases tension and lifts your spirits. Not only that, but treating people with love, dignity, and respect also allows you to build stronger relationships.

3. See problems as challenges.

The word “problem” is never part of a happy person’s vocabulary. A problem is viewed as a drawback, a struggle, or an unstable situation while a challenge is viewed as something positive like an opportunity, a task, or a dare. Whenever you face an obstacle, try looking at it as a challenge.

4. Express gratitude for what they already have.

There’s a popular saying that goes something like this: “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.” You will have a deeper sense of contentment if you count your blessings instead of yearning for what you don’t have.

5. Dream big.

People who get into the habit of dreaming big are more likely to accomplish their goals than those who don’t. If you dare to dream big, your mind will put itself in a focused and positive state.

6. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Happy people ask themselves, “Will this problem matter a year from now?” They understand that life’s too short to get worked up over trivial situations. Letting things roll off your back will definitely put you at ease to enjoy the more important things in life.

7. Speak well of others.

Being nice feels better than being mean. As fun as gossiping is, it usually leaves you feeling guilty and resentful. Saying nice things about other people encourages you to think positive, non-judgmental thoughts.

8. Never make excuses.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Happy people don’t make excuses or blame others for their own failures in life. Instead, they own up to their mistakes and, by doing so, they proactively try to change for the better.

9. Get absorbed into the present.

Happy people don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. They savor the present. They let themselves get immersed in whatever they’re doing at the moment. Stop and smell the roses.

10. Wake up at the same time every morning.

Have you noticed that a lot of successful people tend to be early risers? Waking up at the same time every morning stabilizes your circadian rhythm, increases productivity, and puts you in a calm and centered state.

11. Avoid social comparison.

Everyone works at his own pace, so why compare yourself to others? If you think you’re better than someone else, you gain an unhealthy sense of superiority. If you think someone else is better than you, you end up feeling bad about yourself. You’ll be happier if you focus on your own progress and praise others on theirs.

12. Choose friends wisely.

Misery loves company. That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with optimistic people who will encourage you to achieve your goals. The more positive energy you have around you, the better you will feel about yourself.

13. Never seek approval from others.

Happy people don’t care what others think of them. They follow their own hearts without letting naysayers discourage them. They understand that it’s impossible to please everyone. Listen to what people have to say, but never seek anyone’s approval but your own.

14. Take the time to listen.

Talk less; listen more. Listening keeps your mind open to others’ wisdoms and outlooks on the world. The more intensely you listen, the quieter your mind gets, and the more content you feel.

15. Nurture social relationships.

A lonely person is a miserable person. Happy people understand how important it is to have strong, healthy relationships. Always take the time to see and talk to your family, friends, or significant other.

16. Meditate.

Meditating silences your mind and helps you find inner peace. You don’t have to be a zen master to pull it off. Happy people know how to silence their minds anywhere and anytime they need to calm their nerves.

17. Eat well.

Junk food makes you sluggish, and it’s difficult to be happy when you’re in that kind of state. Everything you eat directly affects your body’s ability to produce hormones, which will dictate your moods, energy, and mental focus. Be sure to eat foods that will keep your mind and body in good shape.

18. Exercise.

Studies have shown that exercise raises happiness levels just as much as Zoloft does. Exercising also boosts your self-esteem and gives you a higher sense of self-accomplishment.

19. Live minimally.

Happy people rarely keep clutter around the house because they know that extra belongings weigh them down and make them feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Some studies have concluded that Europeans are a lot happier than Americans are, which is interesting because they live in smaller homes, drive simpler cars, and own fewer items.

20. Tell the truth.

Lying stresses you out, corrodes your self-esteem, and makes you unlikeable. The truth will set you free. Being honest improves your mental health and builds others’ trust in you. Always be truthful, and never apologize for it.

21. Establish personal control.

Happy people have the ability to choose their own destinies. They don’t let others tell them how they should live their lives. Being in complete control of one’s own life brings positive feelings and a great sense of self-worth.

22. Accept what cannot be changed.

Once you accept the fact that life is not fair, you’ll be more at peace with yourself. Instead of obsessing over how unfair life is, just focus on what you can control and change it for the better.

Have you found true happiness in your life? What makes you happy? Share, comment, and be happy with your beautiful life.


August 26, 2013

Homebuilt Wooden Boat

I am in the process of building my first wooden boat with my son. It is a solo canoe using the free Stitch and Glue plywood method and plans for the Cinderella.

Here are other links I found later….



Click to access ccanoeUS.PDF


Here are other links that contain other info.










































Click to access catalogue_kits.pdf





8.7.14 Update

So we still working on his and about to start mine. I wanted to include some additional links and even some to fun reading.

http://www.wcha.org/literature/perfect/  .. Funny dated read but very funny if y0u are in to canoes.





I am going with the Rob Roy canoe and plans: http://www.boatdesigns.com/14-5-Rob-Roy-SG-canoe/products/182/

They have already been ordered and I am waiting on them to arrive.

This is  a link to one of the most beautiful canoes but not one I am ready to even consider building.










Next I need to start looking at ways to stow them. I have a royal-x Bell that is just sitting out and I need to fix this and we are about to have two more boats to store as well. Here are some links to canoe storage solutions. I should make this its on post someday.





Sailing and sail plans:


Mini Computers

I recently discovered the Raspberry Pi mini single board computer that runs on Linux fits totally into a case the size of small or medium size book but packs a lot of power for living room browsing on your TV, watching movies or other solutions.

Here is a link on Amazon to buy the hardware for the  Raspberry Pi. Here is a book that gets you on the right track as well. You can add many accessories to to add functionality and power. Wireless access is a critical one.

Here are links to other info on it.





This could be a low power option for preparedness solutions as well. Running Linux, it should run well Portable Apps as well.

One day soon I hope to be able to purchase one check it out for myself.







What to do with my antivirus software

Well, it is time to reevaluate my solutions for anti-virus software for the laptop.

I usually find one I like and use it continuously until something happens that makes me re-think that. But no matter what, I always have something.

You should too. Not even for just your own good but everyone else as well. If you get infected, the first people you will compromise are those you know and are in your contact list or that you share email or files with and the rest of the world.

I have been using AVG most recently but they have stepped up their marketing efforts to the point that it is invasive and not comfortable so it made me ask, since they are all changing, who has changed enough that it might be better? My research also reminded me that I had not given a new malware/adware solution much thought.

These are the solutions I will be considering:

AVG Free 2013
When I upgraded this last time to a new version it is very difficult to tell you are being upgraded to a new trial version instead of the new free version. When the trial ends you are only asked to purchase a license. I did find a downgrader.exe file from AVG to go back to the free version and I also heard that if you go to uninstall the program, that you get an option to go back to the free version. No matter it got me to looking at options.

Avast Free Antivirus



Trend Micro

For clean up of malware and ad-ware the next two are considered.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Comodo Cleaning Essentials 6

For ongoing malware protection I will consider

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 10.5

PC Mag has a good article on the best protection for 2013. They have other data that offer insight as well here and here.

Another consideration that others might have that I have outgrown, or my kids have anyway, is a solution for kids with families that can watch, monitor, restrict and set time limits etc. A free solution is Norton Online Family. I discovered it after my kids were older but the people I talked to who used it with younger kids really liked it and said it worked well. The parents set up the structure and rules and the kids can manage their time. There is reporting about searches and web activity as well social media and it allows parents and kids to have a conversation about what is safe and what is acceptable. Great tool. Sure wish I had it when my family was younger.

If you are in that place where you need to evaluate your options, join me in the search!

August 25, 2013

Paper Card Modeling, making models and memories!

There is a cheap and historically interesting way to make models. It is using graphics that are printed on card stock and then cut out and folded and glued to assemble the model. These models can be of anything. It is part puzzle and all fun. It is cheap and can be done by anyone and anywhere. They are of vehicles, buildings, air and water craft as well as figurines of animals, people or more.

Some are actually considered toys as they are functional and actually fly or have moving parts.  Here are some links to sites that I like for this recreational and interesting hobby. I put these here for myself as a way to keep track of them as well as others.  Enjoy and go check them out! Many even have free samples that are really fun to start with.

Of course there is wikipedia. You have to look there.


On of the many commercial sites that I have visited is Fiddler’s Green. It is a community of modelers and designers who love the hobby have a lot of fun at it. They have a lot of interesting information on the models they have. There is usually information on the model subject and its historical and social significance and also often on the model designer as well. That part is almost more fun that the modeling.

























They are often used in other games and hobbies. Some are used in historical games, some in fantasy games and many are used to establish scenery on model railroads.









There thousands more pages and places on the internet to find information and sources of files to print and model. Some are very basic and the result of unskilled designers and some is amazing as to the detail you can get out of a piece of paper.  No matter what you are interested in, take a look. My grand daughter still has the first models we did and talks about them often!  Make a memory for someone special!

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