All Wrapped up…

The dust has finally settled, but not before I managed to put most of the layers of packaging back on the unwanted couch in time for the collection on Saturday.

Now, I am good at puzzles, so I thought this job wouldn’t be too difficult.

How wrong can I be?  That was a rhetorical question, so don’t all rush to tell me…

I have always been of the mind that if something came off, it could go back on, but I ran into a lot of trouble with that theory.

 Most of you have probably been presented with wrapping up an unusually odd-shaped present, and after a lot of frustration and usually a fair bit of swearing, managed to achieve something passable.

This was my thinking, but not only was this couch rather large, it was heavy. It had to be completely wrapped, top and bottom, or the return would be refused.

After the first hour, I wanted to scream. Another hour and I wanted to burn it. I thought the pieces of wrapping might offer some clues. The clues were there all right, only I couldn’t understand them. In the end, I managed to fit the bubble wrap and the soft plastic sheet to the couch, leaving enough extra at the bottom for underneath.

Then I tipped the couch onto its back and secured the bottom.

So far, so good.

The worst part was yet to come. The final plastic sheet was huge and in one piece, and my office is not a large room. I needed to lay the sheet on the floor and somehow plonk the couch in the middle.

Even now, I don’t know how I did this, nor did my family, who discreetly left me alone while I figured it out. The fact that my back was killing me from the previous shenanigans didn’t help, or that I had to spend a lot of time on my poor old knees.

It is done and doesn’t look too bad. I cannot wait to get rid of it and get back to what I want to do…

Fifteen First Times: Beginnings: A Collection of Indelible Firsts #Review #PersonalTransformation @pokercubster

This book is a collection of stories about some of Kaye’s first-time experiences with life’s most natural events. Told through the intimate conversational writing we’ve come to know from this author, poignant personal stepping stones to learning moments are revealed. She encompasses the heart of each matter with sincerity and sprinkled inflections of humor.

From first kiss to first car to walking in the desert with four-inch heels, Kaye’s short coming-of-age stories take us through her awakenings and important moments of growth, often without warning. Some good and some not, life lessons are learned through trial and error, winging it, and navigating by the seat of her pants.

About the Author

D.G. Kaye

D.G. Kaye was born and resides in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Conflicted Hearts – A Daughter’s Quest for Solace From Emotional Guilt, Meno-What? – A Memoir, Words We Carry, Have Bags, Will Travel, P.S. I Forgive You, and her newest release – Twenty Years: After “I Do”. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer and writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

Kaye writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and the lessons that were taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome some of the many obstacles that challenged her. From an emotionally neglected childhood, to growing up with a narcissistic mother, leaving her with a severely deflated self-esteem, D.G. began seeking a path to rise above her issues. When she isn’t writing intimate memoirs, Kaye brings her natural sense of humor into her other works.

D.G. began writing when pen and paper became tools to express her pent-up emotions during a turbulent childhood. Her writing began as notes and cards she wrote for the people she loved and admired when she was afraid to use her voice.

Through the years, Kaye journaled about life, writing about her opinions on people and events and later began writing poetry and health articles for a Canadian magazine as her interest grew in natural healthcare. Kaye became interested in natural healing and remedies after encountering a few serious health issues. Against many odds, D.G. has overcome adversity several times throughout her life.

D.G. began writing books to share her stories and inspiration. Her compassion and life experiences inspire her to write from the heart. She looks for the good and the positive in everything, and believes in paying it forward.

“For every kindness, there should be kindness in return, Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

D.G.’s Favorite Saying: “Live. Laugh. Love …and don’t forget to breathe!”

When D.G. is not writing, she’s reading. Her favorite genres of reading are: biographies, memoirs, writing and natural health. Kaye loves to read about people who overcome adversity, victories and redemption and believes we have to keep learning–there is always room for improvement! She loves to cook, travel, and play poker (when she gets the chance).

You can find D.G. on social media and her author and blog pages:

Our Review of Fifteen First Times

A Collection of Indelible Firsts

My First Car

I share many memories of my first times with Debby, and the most memorable for me, was my first car and learning to drive it. This was my first taste of independence, and I loved every minute of being behind the wheel.

For The Love of Shoes

Shoes struck a different note with me; however, as being tall, I apparently have rather large feet. Finding shoes that fit has always been a nightmare for me.

First and Last Love

Although I share many of Debby’s Fifteen First Times, I never did find the love of my life, although there were plenty of almosts. I am envious of the love she shared with G and very sad that she must mourn him every single day…

This intriguing book is so many of our lives in a nutshell…