Category Archives: A HYBRID COUNTRY LIFE

Storm Survival Stratagies: Fresh Thinking

In Retrospect Writing in two previous blogs about hurricanes, “Hurricanes And The Country House” and “Storms Affecting Your Budget“, I received inspiration for creating them from Hurricane Michael in the midst of that deadly storm and the aftermath that followed. In spite of high winds going over the top of our house, we only experienced a 48 hour power outage. Our neighbors weren’t so fortunate. A tree fell and took out their overhead power line. Except for the lack of capable cooking equipment, I felt we were […]

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Corona Croissant Creations

Top Choice Breakfast Entree I love croissants. But only the ones made with butter. A crispy large hot croissant with ham, eggs, and cheese is one of my top 5 breakfasts that I love to have in the morning. But if they are not made just the way I like them, they become more like gut fillers than a delectable feast. For the longest time, I had been used to fast food restaurant or pre-made frozen store bought versions. Then one day I was on a construction […]

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A Corona Virus Easter: Technically Challenged

Image of Jesus Christ crucified on the cross furnished by 2028 End.com prophecy website. The interactive iPhone artwork by Stephen Key. Stir Crazy I spent quite a while talking to my brother this past Easter Sunday. He is holed up in his second home with other members of his family in Pass Christian, Mississippi due to a self quarantine measure he and they set in place for the past 3 weeks. I asked him if he was going stir crazy and he unabashedly admitted that he was. […]

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Electronic Device Dependence

My Electronic Cyber Pals Through The Looking Glass I have finally come to the point I am virtually dependent on my Laptop, Cell Phone, and Tablet Style devices to connect with people or other computer systems, for that matter. If I forget to take my cell phone with me when I leave the house, I just turn around and go back and get it. Since it is the only way I can reach the outside world with my actual voice (sans face to face contact), I feel […]

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Thoughts On Fireproofing Your House

Paradise Lost I have been watching the series in This Old House that centers on the devastation of the entire town of Paradise, California due to a relentless forest fire last year. The item that struck me most was the fact that most of the residents plan to rebuild their homes there knowing that what happened could happen again. Having lived in the state for many years, I am well aware of the dangers of living there. If you are not trying to live through earthquakes, mudslides, […]

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Sophisticated Scams To Fool Anyone

Image by Stephen Key/SJKeyChronicles  So You Think You Know It All Scam artists are as intelligent as any criminal element out there. I once heard a statement from a preacher on radio who said “criminals involved in money crimes could earn ten times as much legitimately as they do illegally because they are smart”. They choose to do the latter because of the thrill of discovering that they can get away with it. For how long? Doesn’t matter! It’s in their mantra, kind of like a diseases. […]

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My First Engaging Novel & The Climactic Sequel Published

Reviewing The Inspiration For My Story Line(s) In my previous LEARNING TO WRITE article Learning To Write:My First Novel Part II, I told of how I have always been fascinated by the Navy SEAL Team’s enigmatic aura. When we visited their dedicated Museum in Ft. Pierce, we got to see the Maersk Alabama cargo ship life boat that held the ship’s captain hostage while being driven away by Somali pirates. The movie that depicts the document drama, Captain Phillips, was quite revealing and did incorporate maneuvers by […]

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Commentary Dilemma: Part II_ Trying To Connect With My Followers

Who Are My Followers I have tried to get a profile of my followers and I can’t get a fix on what you like or really want to read about. All comments indicate that you are appreciative of what I have to say, but don’t offer any specifics. If I don’t know what issues you are facing, I can’t really help! When I first started my blog, I decided to write about all the experiences in my life . From life adventures, budgeting money, buying and fixing […]

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Chalk Paint Charisma

Sister Cindy’s Decorum My sister, Cynthia Finley, has transformed herself into a decorator. A long time purveyor of beauty products for Lancôme, she is now an aficionado of changing the appearance of furniture with a product called Chalk Paint. Chalk Paint® is claimed to be the world’s best furniture paint by Annie Sloan who invented her revolutionary furniture paint, Chalk Paint®, in 1990 and hasn’t stopped refining and improving her formula since.  Introduced to the concept by her daughter, Jessica, she has proceeded to ply her talents […]

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Budgeting Your Electronic Gadgets Billings: Part IV

What Services Can You Budget? I asked this question in one of my my first posts about Budgeting Your Electronic Gadgets Billings: Part I: Are electronic gadget utility bills a major budget concern for you? Do you want to save money on your electronic gadget service provider bills each month? Can you drastically reduce the amounts you are paying now? I will relate updates to what I did then and what I know now. Once again, I am going to name providers because it ties in with my […]

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