Category Archives: Life as it is

Chilli The Chinchilla

Adventures In Maid Service

One of the things that is really fun about doing maid service is getting to see many different pets and I have a load of cats and dogs in my life as well as many other kinds of pets.

This is the tale of Chili the chinchilla.

This is Chili.



He belongs to one of our newer customers and is very friendly.

He also enjoys rolling around in his little ball.


Sadly, a couple of weeks after filming this little video, when we got to our customers home we discovered Chilli had past away. And by discovered I mean that our team was the first ones to see that Chilli had passed.


RIP Chilli

When we told the lady of the house what we had discovered she informed us that Chilli had been their daughters pet and that she was at camp and would not be home until the following day.

The daughter is between 11 and 12 years old, her brother is between 8 and 9 years old. When the son heard about Chilli he started to put together a little box with all of his sisters favorite treats. He also made her a condolence card to giver her when she got home from camp and found out about Chilli.

It makes me feel good to see this kind of caring between siblings it is so rare.


Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Adventures In Maid Servive, Life as it is


Winnipesaukee Weekend


In my continuing weekend adventures this summer I spent a weekend on Lake Winnipesaukee in the lakes region of New Hampshire. I stayed at the Tilton Inn in the Sanborn Room which was rumored to be haunted by a young, mischievous girl.

While at the lake I took a ride on the Mt Washington, the main reason I took this little weekend.


The day was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, the sky was clear and the temperature was at a comfortable level. Some great views while out on the lake.


While out on the lake we passed a bunch of different islands but this one caught my attention when I saw a for sale sign on it. Unfortunately I did not get my camera up quick enough to get the sign itself.



So anyone interested in getting their own island check out Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

All in all it was a good way to spend an afternoon.



Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Life as it is, Travel


Adventures In Maid Service


Adventures In Maid Service

This is an introduction to a feature I will be doing here on Random Thoughts. It may also be considered a little about me page as well.

For a living I work in my family’s maid service company, by company I mean there are five of us who are part of the company.  Mom does the books, dad is the head of operations, I am second banana which basically means that I am operations and one of my cousins and her husband round out the full crew.

Cleaning houses is our main function but with it are also some other cleaning type functions. New constructions, janitorial jobs, spring and fall cleans and just “we are having a party could we get out house cleaned” cleanings.

In my work I get to meet many people, see many different homes and also come across some interesting stories. My intent with Adventures in Maid Service is to give some of these stories a place to be seen.

I will be telling stories that may be funny, crazy or just really heart felt stories as they come to me,


Our Garden




Summer is here and our garden is starting to really sprout up.


Garden 01

The zucchini and summer squashes are starting to pop.


The string beans are reaching for the sun.


Garden 05


And the flowers are starting to add some nice color to the back yard.


Garden 07Garden 08

Garden 09


Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Life as it is


On The Word Random


A rant on Random Thoughts on the word Random who would have thought. Smile


Today I stopped at a grocery store, who’s name I shall leave unmentioned, to pick up a few things for home.  This particular store has a self scanning system that is used in conjunction with their loyalty card. It makes things quick and easy at check out, scan and bag your items while shopping then at the self checker scan a bar code that sends the shopping list to the main computer then scan your card at the register to retrieve your order from the system. Scan your credit or debit card and then your out the door. 


Well today it was not quite that easy for me at the register. When I scanned my card I got a message that an associate was needed to finish my order. Now this would not upset me usually, but this is the second time this has happened to me, it also happened at my last visit to the store.

So when the associate comes up I asked her what this was about and she said that my card was getting a random audit. This is exactly what I was told the last time this happened to me so I made a comment about this not being random. The associate that was taking care of me said that it happens all the time. Well I said that if it happens all the time then it is not random.

Her reply was to tell me that a lot of people come in and have their card audited every time that they come in and that is just random.

Google defines random as      made, done, happening, or chosen without method or conscious decision.

Now to me being chosen every time some one comes into a store to be audited means that this is not random but has some other reason for the audit. My real gripe here is not that I am being audited every time I go to a certain store but rather that someone tells me that this is a random occurrence. 


Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Life as it is


Conway Scenic Railroad Trip

Conway Scenic Railroad

Last weekend I went for a short weekend trip. Left Friday from work for a 3 hour drive north from where I live. The day was really nice for a drive, windows open and the radio playing, one of my favorite places to be.

A Scene from the road

This is a trip I have been planning for about eight months. Last summer I had taken a couple of day trips to North Conway and had even taken the shorter train trips that are offered from the station but I really wanted to take the five hour trip and the only way I could do that was to stay the night before to be at the station in time to board the train.

North Conway Scenic Railroad Station


The ride is a 5 hour round trip to Crawford Station, right next to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Station.

Crawford Notch Panoramic 360 degree view


The ride has some amazing vistas to view and the conductor gives some history about the railway and the area as well.



One of the more noteworthy parts of the trip and history of the railway was the Frankenstein Trestle, named after cliff over which it spans.


I enjoyed my the train ride so much that I have already booked passage for mid October when the foliage is at its peak.

At the end of the day I went to a scenic view rest area up the road from my hotel and did some experimenting with my new cameras settings. The pic on the left is my favorite, the pic on the right is the same area and taken at about the same time just to show differences in exposures.



Thank you for reading.



Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Life as it is, Travel


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Hershey Weekend


The summer is about to start and one of my favorite things to do during the summer is to take long drives on Saturday. This summer I am planning on taking some full weekend trips as well. As I am self employed as a cleaning service provider and have a regular routine of customers that I do, it makes it difficult for me to take time off. Weekends are like gold to me and I always try to make the best of them. It has been over 15 years since I started doing this and have not taken a real vacation since I started.

This past weekend I took a trip to Hershey Pennsylvania.

Welcome to Hershey

Leaving Friday afternoon right after my last job to the hotel in Harrisburg expecting the drive to take about seven hours with a final drive time of eight and a half hours due to multiple traffic issues. Not really a big deal as I enjoy driving.

A good nights sleep and then a day of fun at Chocolate World. A little ride through the making of chocolate from bean to packaged product. Then a 3D movie with the Hershey characters to save the chocolate factory. After the movie I took the trolley tour of Hershey town. I got to hear the history of Milton Hershey and how he had started four candy companies that went bankrupt before he had a successful candy company. That company almost went bankrupt as well but got saved by a company from England making a large order that got him out of debt. Continued orders from England got him into making profit. The candy that he sold was caramels.


After some time in Chocolate World learning about the history of Mr Hershey and the company itself it was off to the amusement park for some fun and laughs.


The park is full of rides including eleven rollercoasters


For me I stayed away from the more thrilling rides and took the more calming rides for me.


This was more my speed. It is a short elevator type ride that rotates as it goes up and down and give the rider a full panoramic view of the park and surrounding area.

After a full day at the park and a lot of fun and memories it was back to the hotel for a good nights sleep before the ride back home.  The day was very nice, not to warm with just a bit of overcast.

The ride home took another eight hours but it was a very nice day so the drive was fun. All in all it was a fun weekend and I am looking forward to the coming summer. 

Thank you for reading.  Forrest


Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Life as it is