Sharing Quotes of Success!

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. – General George Patton


Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. – Norman R. Augustine


They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you make them feel. – Carol Buchner


A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory. – Arthur Golden


It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it. – Vince Lombardi


After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box. – Italian Proverb


Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. – Abraham Lincoln


Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. – Malcolm Forbes


Success is never final. Failure is never fatal.  Courage is what counts. – Sir Winston Churchill


What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. – Albert Pike


Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

April 2009 Tip – Grill Maintenance 101

grill-april2009GRILL MAINTENANCE 101

To prevent food from sticking, lightly coat the grate with a high-smoking-temperature oil such as peanut oil before turning on the grill. Cooking spray works too.


Grills clean up best when slightly warm. After cooking, scrub the grate with a wire brush or a ball of heavy-duty aluminum foil held between tongs. Use brass wire brushes on stainless steel grates and stainless steel ones on cast iron.


When the grill is completely cool, wipe up spills with a damp paper towel. Grease and salt accelerate corrosion.


For charcoal grills, discard ashes after they have completely cooled. For gas grills, regularly clean or change the catch-pan liner.


Place a water-resistant cover over your grill after every use.



When the temperature outdoors rises, a jar of barbecue sauce, a package of fresh chicken, and a backyard grill offer an enticing alternative to slaving over a hot stove. Cooking out is casual and simple, but don’t let that fool you into taking your grill’s upkeep lightly. Knowing how to properly clean and maintain a grill will ensure great barbecues for years to come.



Give your grill a thorough cleaning once a year. If you cook out year-round, clean your grill in the spring and fall.


Combine one part distilled white vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle, and then coat the interior of the grill. Close the grill lid and allow to stand for one hour. The solution will break up burnt particles, making them easier to remove with a brush. Wipe clean with a wet cloth.


Clean the grate with a sponge and mild dishwashing soap, or try an oven or grill cleaner, following manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Note: Use oven cleaner only on the grate because it can damage painted surfaces.


To remove rust on the exterior, use a fine steel-wool pad to gently rub spots. Spray area with paint made for grills.



Using proper precautions is just as important as cleaning. Take these four steps to avoid common grilling mistakes. 

  1. Be sure to open the lid before lighting your gas grill.
  2. Make sure your grill is at least 10 feet away from your house and any other flammable materials. Never fire up your grill in an enclosed area.
  3. If you’re out of charcoal lighter fluid, never substitute gasoline or kerosene. Once you start the grill, be patient.  Do not add more lighter fluid to speed up the heating process.
  4. Store propane tanks outside, sheltered from direct sunlight.

Source:  Southern Living magazine, 2009

March Madness is Frustrating for this Tennessean!


Oh the frustration…The Tennessee Vols mens team lost on a last second shot.  I had such high hopes for the Lady Raiders from Middle Tennessee and thought they would be the sleeper of the tournament but it was not to be – with 10 seconds and the ball in their half court they were unable to execute a final shot to win and lost by 1 point.  This team will be better for this experience and have become a quality basketball program.  My beloved Tennessee Lady Vols are very young and overwhelmed as they were bounced soundly in the first round.  And finally, a big dissapointment was the snub issued by the NIT to the Vanderbilt Commodores.  This quality team was not invited to post  season play.   All of these teams will be players in the Big Dance next year.

The Memphis Tigers continue to roll in tournament play and are a sound top tier team.  The Tigers seem to  step it up as necessary to win the game.  The Vanderbilt Lady ‘Dores have also demonstrated they are a team that may go very deep in the tournament.  Good luck to the Tigers and the Dores!

Sharing Motivational Quotes for the Week of March 16th

“I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you’re trying to accomplish and what you’re willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.”   Lee Iacocca


“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”   Harper Lee


“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”   Norman Vincent Peale


“Leadership is action, not position.”   Donald McGannon


“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”   Helen Keller


“The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all – doing nothing.”   Benjamin Franklin


“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”   Arthur Ashe


“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”   Frank A. Clark


“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.”   Demosthenes


“The only place you’ll find success before work is in the dictionary.”   May B. Smith

A joke to share…Three Naked Ladies in a Sauna



Three women, two younger and one senior citizen were sitting NAKED in sauna



Young women pressed her forearm and beep stopped “That was my pager”  she stated.  “I have a microchip under the skin of my arm”



Second young woman lifted her palm to her ear When she finished, explained “that was my cell phone, I have a microchip in my hand”



Not to be out done, she determined she had to compete do something and JUST AS IMPRESSIVE

Older lady stepped out of sauna to the ladies room  She returned with a piece of toilet paper hanging from her rear end.

OTHER 2 Young Ladies raised their eyebrows and stared at older lady 


Motivational Quotes for the Week

”There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”  Roger Staubach


”People don’t want to communicate with an organization or a computer. They want to talk to a real, live, responsive, responsible person who will listen and help them get satisfaction.”  Theo Michelson, State Farm Insurance


”Well done is better than well said.”  Benjamin Franklin


”The true leaders serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in doing so will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price.”  Eugene B. Habecker


“Get excited and enthusiastic about you own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire – you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.”  Dennis Waitley


”Let me pass, I have to follow them, I am their leader.”  Alexandra Ledru-Rollin


”The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind.”  William James, Psychologist


”Here is a simple but powerful rule – always give people more than what they expect to get.”  Nelson Boswell


”You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That’s the mark of a true professional. Professionalism has nothing to do with getting paid for your services.”  Joe Paterno


“A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.”  Unknown

Greater Nashville Association of Realtors® Releases February 2009 Statistics



There were 1,267 home closings reported for the month of February, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors®. This represents a decrease of 33 percent from the 1,892 closings reported for the same period last year.


“The number of closings is down from last year, but up significantly from last month,” said GNAR President Mike Nichols . “As a matter of fact, the residential closings alone exceed the total number of closings last month. Consumers are still dealing with substantial economic concerns, but it seems they are exploring what is available and considering taking advantage of the low interest rates, government incentives and great selection currently available.”


Nichols continued, “It is good to see that the government has taken some action to revitalize the housing market, including the $8,000 tax credit for first time homebuyers. However, much of what has been done simply created more refinancing activity, rather than home purchases. While we look forward to increased closings as we head into spring and summer, it will likely take some time for the housing market to really feel a significant impact from the stimulus package.”


There were 1,452 sales pending at the end of the month, compared with 2,183 pending sales at this time last year.  The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 90 days. The median residential price for a single-family home during February was $160,000, and for a condominium it was also $151,120.  This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $168,000 and $154,650, respectively.


Inventory at the end of February was 23,122, up from 22,473 in February 2008.


Residential inventory is up slightly from last year, so there is still a wide variety of homes available throughout the Greater Nashville area in all price ranges,” said Nichols. “And, while median prices still experienced a decrease from last year, the price change is more stable that what was the case during much of last year.”


Source:  Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.