Honing My Skills

A few years ago, one of my biggest goals for the near future was to hone my photography skills so that I could take some excursions deep into our “backyard” to get the photos of a lifetime.

I mean, I already have some pretty good pictures I’ve snapped over the years but they are almost all from the usual tourist spots where everyone else snaps photos and I really wanted to up my game so I started seriously looking into buying quality camera equipment before the dreaded you-know-what happened.

Oh, how things have changed!

I haven’t given up my dream of becoming an award winning Yellowstone/Grand Teton wildlife photographer but let’s be honest here; it’s most likely never going to happen, especially since my focus has shifted towards other things.

Things like being more self sufficient, surviving whatever new curve balls the future throws our way and perfecting my chicken fried steak recipe for the hubs.

My new cookbook from Kent Rollins came and I can’t wait to dive in!

If you don’t know who he is, I highly recommend his channel. He teaches you (us) how to cook like a, well, cowboy! His recipes look absolutely delicious.

My new, second NO SOLICITING! sign arrived, too, and is now proudly displayed right next to the doorbell…

Pardon my language but you’d have to be a real douchebag to pass by two of them now and still ring my bell. It won’t stop them, though. Especially these dorks:

Actually I wouldn’t mind so much if they came to the door because they’re hilarious. It’s the rest of them that annoy me. Remember last time I talked about this I said they are probably encouraged to ignore these signs? Well, I found proof of that here:

Knocking on doors with no soliciting signs should only be done by sales reps who are confident in their abilities, and all sales reps can gain the confidence needed to do it. The good news is, when this skill is learned, it can pay large dividends for you down the road.

Oddly enough, a common reason homeowners post no soliciting signs is because they are an easy sell. They don’t want to be buying everything that each person offers them, so they put up a sign to keep them from buying everything under the sun. Thus, a no soliciting sign almost becomes a target rather than something to avoid.


Ahahaha! If they push it I’ll change out my sign to something a little less subtle…

Yes, I know, I probably should work on my people skills a bit. 😄

But I don’t have time for that! Seriously, I’m not going to buy whatever it is you’re selling so bugger off, as they say across the pond.

Speaking of ponds… we have to avoid going near any bodies of water until the bird flu is gone because we don’t want to bring it back to our flock. It has killed quite a few backyard flocks already, and we can’t have that if we want to be self sustaining.

It is mainly transmitted from wild waterfowl and since we don’t have a lot of those coming through our place, the risk would be from us going to their habitats and bringing the nastiness back with us.

That means no going fishing or for walks around the falls downtown or eating at the Sandpiper anytime soon…

I think we’ll just stay home and have our own duck for dinner!

3 thoughts on “Honing My Skills

  1. I have three no solicitation signs at my house that are regularly ignored. I’ve stopped being polite. Last time one guy rang my bell I opened the door and he was from a company that absolutely harasses our neighborhood. I looked him square in the face and said “can you read?” He was like “I’m sorry what?” I repeated the question pointing at the sign by my door and he sputtered “uhh well I’m not here to sell anything I’m offering quotes on our services.” I told him I absolutely did not want his services and if I needed anything his company would be the last I would call because of their lack of respect of basic boundaries and that I would be reporting him to the BBB. He walked off after calling me a “b-word”. The only people I’m not rude to are the kids who come around selling for their school fundraisers usually just telling them I don’t have cash (but now they’re taking Venmo 🙄). I do like that second sign you posted too though!

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    1. It’s just so annoying! We’ve had a couple instances locally where women were raped by a d2d “salesman” and when I was a kid, two guys were going d2d casing our neighborhood. If the signs don’t work I’m getting one of those prank doorbells that shock them lol.

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      1. That is terrifying. My husband told me to stop answering the door because of the fear something may happen to me but I’ve had people who keep ringing (at nap time) if you don’t open the door. Since I put up the last sign though I have mostly ignored them if they ring. I’ve thought about turning my dog out the back door since we have an invisible fence so she can chase them off but I don’t want them to hurt her and people are crazy and mean.


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