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Connie Klemme

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 I'm Connie and this passage from my favorite book is what inspires me:

"For equipment she had youth, curiosity, a steel-strong frame; one brown lady's-cloth, ...and a gay, adventuresome spirit that was never to die, only a trackless waste from which she had to retrace her steps, painfully. But always, to her, red and green cabbages were to be Jade and Burgandy, chrysoprase and porphyry. Life has no weapons against a woman like that."- from the book So Big. 

 

So that's who I am or who I inspire to be.  But, what do I do ? What do I write about?: I am a mom. I was formerly in upper/middle management in both the private sector and public sector. I have many years in information technology and a few years in retail management. Out of the blue I decided to try something different in 2004 and set out to get a license to sell Real Estate and quit my stressful job a few years later. Since then I have continued to contract and subcontract for a handful of companies when there is work on a technical project that interest me. I sell a house or two here and there and keep a close eye on the market.  For the most part I am a mom. I'd love to be a stay at home mom full time but I let's face it. I like to spend money so even though we worked hard at keeping our budget within the means of just one of our incomes,  I gotta make some money so we can enjoy life not just exist. I do my best to keep it all balanced but sometimes..."balance" doesn't mean quite what I want it to mean.  Sometimes balanced simply means…I am up and moving and everybody had clean socks, brushed teeth and food for lunch today it doesn’t mean the morning was smooth with a quite cup of coffee and singing birds and my children politely helped one another get out the door.  Either way,  I'm still standing and their still breathing so all in all…it’s good. I selected the name momtech because in addition to having a technical background, as a mom I am always repairing toys and helping the boys fix or build things. So while I have not yet blogged about how to repair a robot, RC helicopter or any of the various other toys we've fixed throughout the years...it is what I do.  Life is too expensive not to learn how to repair stuff that breaks and stuff breaks often when you not only have boys but you buy things at yard sales, thrift store, clearance sections and so on.   When I can figure out how to tell one of those stories in some interesting way then I'll add it on here and it will be a true momtech topic. Until then...it's a collection of things that I know a bit about and feel worthwhile to share. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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    Home Seller's Checklist: Prepare and Stage your Home

    4 days ago

    Staging and Preping your home make a huge difference even in a strong market. Use this checklist as a guide to help you get started. This isn't an exhaustive list- so follow up with a Professional.

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    House For Sale: First Impression Matters!!

    2 weeks ago

    A positive first impression is critical when selling your house. The impression begins when the buyer steps out of the car- review these tips to be sure and look at your home through a buyer's eyes.

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    You know it's a small town when...

    20 months ago

    You know it's a small town when...The towns building inspector and the Animal control officer happen to be the same guy. The list goes on...it's a list of actual conditions I have seen or observed in one of the few...

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    Go Vacuum the Lawn!

    21 months ago

    es, that's what I said...Go Vacuum the lawn." I repeated with irritation as my child stood there looking at me very confused and afraid to question but not sure what to do. He then said "the whole yard? or...

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    Fresh Guacamole Dip

    23 months ago

    Tired of paying too much for Guacamole dip ? It's expensive and even worse, it usually has so many preservatives that it ruins the flavor. Try this easy recipe for your own, no need to go buy a "packet mix"...

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    Perfect Chicken Noodle Soup

    23 months ago

    Chicken noodle soup really is the perfect meal when you aren't feeling well. But you don't have to wait until you're sick to enjoy such a great soup. Rather than serving a tiny helping for one from the can that leaves...

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    Crockpot Fajitas

    23 months ago

    Simple fajitas you can make in the crockpot! If you're going to be busy all day and too tired to cook but still want a great tasting home cooked meal for dinner, then put this together in the morning, start it cooking...

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    Pumpkin Bread from scratch

    23 months ago

    Super easy pumpkin bread makes a great holiday snack. This recipe calls for canned pumpkin but you can use it with cooked and mashed pumpkin. If you have picky kids you may want to leave out the pecans or nuts

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    Double layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

    23 months ago

    It's a perfect fall desert! This reciple is for making a pumpkin cheesecake in a ready to use graham cracker crust but if you want to make your own crust you can do that too and if you want to make it in a big cake pan...

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    Coconut Dream Cookies

    23 months ago

    These are EASY coconut cookies that you can make in a hurry or you can let little fingers do all the work without worry how they will turn out. Just measure something close to the amounts, mix it, bake it and eat them!...

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    Pool Conversion from Traditional to Salt Water. Totally worth it!

    23 months ago

    Keeping a pool clean and enjoyable does not have to cost you endless hours and tons of dollars. It's becoming more popular to convert that traditional Chlorine pool to a Salt Water pool. It's really not that hard to do...

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    No Cooking Needed for these Chocolate covered Strawberries

    2 years ago

    This is really not a recipe so much as a tip for those that are craving Chocolate covered strawberries but don't want to dig out the fondue set or double boilers just to cover 5 strawberries for an afternoon treat

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    10 Things for Brides to remember

    2 years ago

    This is not advice on how to be a great wife, or how to have a perfect marriage or what you can do better and so on. It's just a list of things to remember so that as you grow in this relationship with this other...

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    Thunderstruck: a Phenomena in OK

    20 months ago

    If you are not a local fan it might not be so obvious- you just see there are a lot of fans and a lot of Thunder gear around to buy. But if you are local, it's very likely that you know what I'm talking about. I believe...

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    Quick and Easy Chicken Enchiladas

    2 years ago

    Need an quick and easy dinner that everyone will love? Chicken Enchiladas are a great choice. You can add to this recipe or change it up to make your own dish. Prep time 5-10 min and 20 min in Oven and it's ready!

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    Ladybugs in the Garden

    2 years ago

    When springtime came we began planting flowers and the vegetable garden. The scale were everwhere and they were killing the plants as fast as I could get them in the ground. I didn't really want to use a bunch of...

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    Be Creative: Convert the Shark Kite to a Pillow

    2 years ago

    Imagine the disappointment when you realize that it's extremely difficult to keep it in the air and if you are a small child, it's nearly impossible to get it off the ground. We tried running with it, jumping off of...

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    The Critical Interview Question

    2 years ago

    Whether you are the applicant or the interviewer the job interview is your opportunity to ensure this is the right fit. As an interviewee you dress up, study the latest buzz words and prepare for the "what are your...

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    Lemonade Cake

    2 years ago

    This cool lemonade cake will solve those cravings for something both sweet and tart. Check it out.

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    Squash Chicken in the Skillet

    2 years ago

    No you're not actually going to squash a chicken, tihs is just what we call the dish at my house. The meal started because I always grow too many squash in the garden and when I run out of people to give it to or we get...

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    Coke Cake

    2 years ago

    Coke Cake shoud not be confused with Pepsi cake -that is a different recipe and when I find it, I'll post it too. You don't have to use Coca Cola, you can substitute for your favorite soft drink but I reccommend trying...

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    Ground Beef Texas Hash

    2 years ago

    Texas Hash is a great meal you can make for dinner when there's a large group eating and you're wanting something a little different. It smells great while cooking and really warms up their appetites

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    Ice Box Lemon Pie- Grandma's Secret Recipe

    2 years ago

    text help edit Ice Box Lemon Pie is so easy to make that I couldn't believe the ingredients when Grandma finally shared them. All these years I thought she did something really difficult....

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    Mama Cat's Lesson...

    2 years ago

    As a kid I thought a mama cat that was weaning kittens was suddenly one of the cruelest animals in the world. I can remember how nearly overnight this animal that previously was sweet and nurturing would hiss and...

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    Seller and Buyer Costs at Closing

    2 years ago

    When negotiating a real estate transaction it is very common that the buyer will ask for the seller to pay the buyer’s closing costs. Recently, I observed an online discussion on the matter that became rather...

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    A Cabin in the woods: Great getaways in Broken Bow, OK

    2 weeks ago

    Cabins in the woods aren't what they used to be, there are options from the bare bones walls with just a loft with a mattress for sleeping and those that are basically luxury homes just off the beaten path. ...

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    Out of the mouth of babes a Christmas season shopping experience

    2 years ago

    Kid's know how it should be! Click edit above to add content to this empty capsule. Christmas shopping with kids can sometimes be a valuable learning experience for us. I've spent the day deleting old emails and I...

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    The broken candle-just not worth it to get upset

    2 years ago

    While deleting and archiving emails from a few years ago, I ran across this email sent to my good friend who has a handful of kids herself- it was really meant to just vent and remind myself not to get upset over...

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    How to Whistle with your Straw!

    20 months ago

    Your straw can be a musical instrument! You can use it as a whistle with it empty or for better results with liquid inside. Try this for a little fun when you are out eating with kids at a kid friendly place.

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    Cancer a household name?

    2 years ago

    Regardless of what the statistics say or how more or less frequent cancer is today, or even how more successful we are at beating it in many cases, one thing we can say without a lot of research and measuring of numbers...

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    Thinking of Home School?

    2 years ago

    Whether or not to home school your child is a personal decision that needs a lot of reflection but it can be a great idea for many. There are many that find it successful and there are many that struggle. It’s an...

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    So you wanna be a Real Estate Agent?

    2 years ago

    Things you should know. It is not terribly hard to pass the exam, it’s not terribly hard to learn the business. It can be fun sometimes but don’t let all of that mislead you into thinking it’s an easy...

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    Wooden train sets for hours of fun

    2 years ago

    Keeping pre-schoolers busy can sometimes be a challenge. This year as you get out and look for the perfect toy for their Christmas presents, consider taking a look at the wooden train sets. You can get them at nearly...

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    Looking at a Short Sale?

    2 years ago

    what is a short sale? There are still many misconceptions about short sales and what the experience of buying or selling one will be like. Every sale is different, but at least if you start out with some good...

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    Planning your Kid's Birthday Party

    2 years ago

    Some easy tips for an inexpesive birthday party at home or at the park. No need to break the bank just for a birthday party when the kids can have just as much fun with some simple ideas. Plus...if you want to go...

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    Home Buyer's Checklist

    14 months ago

    A 14 step checklist every home buyer should follow for a smooth home buying process. it doesn't matter if you're a first time buyer or an experienced re-locator, the checklist will help guide you through it.

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    Try a lower tech Christmas this year!

    2 years ago

    Suggestion to kick around alternate ideas for your Christmas shopping. Instead of getting more games, more technology, try some of these gift suggestions. Get up and get moving!

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    RV vacation, Narrow Gauge railroad and nature!

    2 years ago

    An RV vacation just might be what you need. If you are a steam engine/train fanatic, then an RV trip to a favorite train destination is in order. See the sites at Durango and take the ride to silverton or take a...

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    An excuse is a reason stuffed with a lie

    2 weeks ago

    Life is too short to make excuses. Nobody really believes or wants to hear your excuse, rather than spend the energy on a fancy excuse, own up to it, or say you ran out of peanut butter. Then next time, work to not...

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    Just say Thank you-and stop there

    2 years ago

    a commentary on how we don't allow ourselves to receive compliments. this Hub highlights examples of how we dismiss the kind comments of others when we say thank you but then qualify our remark with an excuse. It's...

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    Everyone needs a pizza cutter

    2 years ago

    just a few tips on why this handy kitchen tool is so great. if you only use it to cut Pizza, you're missing out. Try it on those pancakes, or the bread or even that juicy steak.

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    Set up that home phone yourself and Save

    2 years ago

    this is what you need to know to get started with setting up your own home telephone connection through the internet. You can do it yourself- you don't ahve to spend $20 or $30 a month, there are other options!

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    The robot vacuum changed our house!

    2 weeks ago

    Explains why it's not just a great tool for what it does but for what it requires of us if we want to enjoy using it. The whole family has developed better habits, just for the priviledge of using this handy device.

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    Didn't you understand me?

    2 years ago

    Connotation vs. Denotation- sometimes there is a huge gap between the two. It's when what we meant to say and what was understood by others are vastly different. Good communication is too critical to everything we do,...

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    Death changes us.

    2 years ago

    a walk through how deaths of others changes us and our perceptions. This Hub reflects on a the writing of John Donne in Mediation 17 and how the passage becomes more meaningful and relevant as we grow older and come to...

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