Welcome

This is the blog of Judi B – your on-call personal assistant.

After retiring from the corporate world, I still have plenty of energy and lots of ideas to offer small and medium enterprises as well as individuals seeking on-location support or a virtual assistant. I will use this blog to occasionally share tips and success stories. I hope to see you often. Continue reading

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De-cluttering using Feng Shui

Try as we might, it’s sometimes hard to stay on top of our clutter. And sometimes the piles seem to grow by themselves – just like a sourdough bread.

Over the winter I became engaged in a few projects and neglected the organization of my office. Soon the piles were everywhere – blocking access to my studio work space and my desk. I gingerly hopped over them the way you would do hurdles in a track-and-field event – being very careful not to topple them. And then a few weeks ago I realized that if I didn’t do something the hurdles event would turn into a pole vault event. So I tackled the room as my major “project” for the week 0 using Feng Shui (which I am a bug fan of). Continue reading

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Green Tomato Relish

At the end of the season, I had tomatoes on the vine that were still green. What follows is my version of using “what God gave us” and turning it into something special – my own recipe for Green Tomato Relish. Continue reading

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Selfish and Guiltless

I love the holidays because I take time to do what I want to do – without remorse.

Ayn Rand said “The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt.” And yet we all do it. We feel bad when we take time away from our families and friends – for ourselves. We feel selfish and then compound it with feeling guilty about it. Continue reading

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Duck, duck, duck

Duck is not all you will see if you visit the Lac Brome Duck Festival held every September (around 20 – 30th) in the small town of Knowlton, QC.

For starters – the trip to the Eastern Townships, just over an hour southeast of Montreal, is worthwhile for the beauty of the autumn leaves alone, which turn brilliant colours probably a week earlier than the city. Continue reading

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Space Age Gardening

It is true that kids love to garden and to watch stuff grow. That’s why most kids would love a Plantarium kit so they can watch a seed turn into a sprout.

Plantarium Gel Garden Kit Product ImageThe Plantarium Gel Garden kits and the Plantarium Gel Tube Grow sold at Mastermind Toys include the clear containers, the clear growing gel (derived from NASA experiments on space shuttles) and the seeds.

Seeds planted in April will be ready to transfer to the garden for the long weekend in May. Continue reading

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How to remove a jar lid jammed in a sink

Have you ever had the opportunity to take an axe to your kitchen sink? Wish you could? If you hate dishes as much as I do, perhaps you too have fantasized about doing just that…

Well I recently did – but it wasn’t to destroy the sink, it was to destroy a Mason jar lid. Yup just a lid that had gone feral. Continue reading

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Oatmeal in a mason jar

While I was working at Fenigo one day, a customer came in and wanted six 8 oz (half-pint) Mason jars. Being curious, I asked what she would be doing with them. She told me about her new-found recipe for “Overnight, No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal.” Later that day she sent me the link to Monica Matheny’s recipe on the http://www.theyummylife.com site. It really did look yummy and super-healthy. Continue reading

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Just being, not doing

There is nothing like spending time with small children to make you realize the value of “just being”.
Just sitting on the floor and laughing. Just walking in the snow. Just eating cookies you baked together. Just hugging and cuddling. Or just watching everybody else around you.
I am an over-achieving self-professed workaholic (who has claimed on several occasions to have broken the addiction – unsuccessfully). So I measure every day by what I have accomplished toward my daily to-do list, my monthly “successes”, or my annual goals.
I can list more time management methodologies than you thought existed. Each has a process for identifying the tasks or projects that need to be done, prioritizing them, and tracking when they have been completed (or better yet – not relevant or necessary any more). Continue reading

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New Beginnings

Happy New Year!
This morning, I was excited about the fact that it was a new year and was anticipating all of the new things that I was going to do.
I think everyone looks forward to today because it feels like a chance to start over. Some of us make written resolutions. Others just make mental notes that this year will include changes. Many are optimistic that the new year will be better than the last one, especially if they have had to face ill-health, financial worries or unhappiness. We all look forward to starting again at something… Continue reading

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I have the corner office now

A writer needs a comfortable space to work. This, however, could well be the smallest office space I have ever had – but it works. And it demonstrates that you do not need a lot of space to be creative. Continue reading

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