Hidden Angle

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The lawyer was going over the paperwork. Photo by Helloquence on Unsplash

Lindsay was tempted to just leave Mr. Divine with the lawyer to figure out a plan of attack but she had to stop herself. This was a problem she had been the root cause of, so she needed to contribute, somehow.

Settling in Lindsay told the lawyer about Walter’s interaction with the children throughout the years and the fact that after the separation things got progressively worst. He insisted she elaborate.

She went on to explain the massive switch in the children’s attitude because Walter had started to bully them. As she spoke the lawyer wrote down the information. The man was especially interested in the teachers who were present at the mediation meeting we were forced to hold to get the children back under control. Each story seemed worst than the last.

Leaning back Lindsay tapped her hand on the table as she tried to understand what was truly going on.

“What is his aim?” Lindsay asked out loud. “That is what is bugging me. Walter never showed interest in the children so why is he doing this?”

Lindsay turned to Mr. Divine. “I know you said you have your guys on him but tell them to dig deeper. I know he doesn’t what the kids. He is after something else I’m sure of it.”

She was almost frantic by the time she finished her speech.

Mr. Divine reached for Lindsay to calm her down and she clutched his hand like a lifeline.

“The investigators will come in tomorrow and we will go over what they found together. You know the way Walter thinks after enduring him for more than eighteen plus years, so if anyone can figure this out, it’s you.”

Lindsay took a deep breath and nodded, trying desperately to keep calm. It wasn’t happening. Mr. Divine had no clue what he had just asked of her. To get into Walter’s mind was to delve into a place of negativity, manipulation and hate. Anything that man did was self-serving so Lindsay knew she would have to keep that in mind.

Mr. Divine leaned in and kissed her and Lindsay held him tight.

“Make sure you pull me back after I do this,” she whispered to him as unease crawled through her body. “Pour the positivity into my life as soon as I’m done looking into what that man is doing. Fill me with light to counter his evil.

“I’ve got you baby,” he assured me. “I’ve got you.”

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Lawyer on Board

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Kylie could become very dramatic when she wanted to make a point.  Photo by William Stitt on Unsplash

That afternoon when Mr. Divine came home, he came with the lawyer who did our divorce. The kids were still in heavy tidy-up mode in their rooms but they took a quick break to say hello.

“You got this right,” stated Kylie with a pointed look at the lawyer.

“I’ll try my best,” replied the lawyer.

“More than your best,” insisted Kylie. “Because if that person gets rights over me, I’m taking my brother and we’re running away.”

Shane slipped his hand around his sister’s waist in solidarity.

“I remember how he was,” said Kylie. “Especially after he just left mom. He was a bully. Always saying horrible things to us. It threw us into a bad place and we are not going back there.”

There was no mistaking how serious the kids were.

“We understand Kylie,” Lindsay said not wanting the idea of running away to take root. The thing is, Lindsay had a feeling she was too late in that department. Kylie could become very dramatic when she wanted to make a point. She was a focused and determined child. Lindsay could even go as far as saying stubborn. The lawyer would have to act fast.

“When I got the call I immediately told the investigator that I would need the information he had been collecting,” explained the lawyer. “When I got it I saw your ex is still hopping from woman to woman. All of this while he is living with the woman he left you for. In her house.”

Lindsay was shocked. “How did you get information on him so quickly? I was sure it would take days.”

“I never took the investigation off of him Lindsay,” said Mr. Divine. “I knew once we had the children there was a possibility he would try to get custody again. I wasn’t about to let that happen.”

Reaching out Lindsay twined my fingers with Mr. Divine’s and he lifted my hand up and kissed it.

“And that is why I call the expletive that’s causing this drama nothing but a sperm donor,” said Kylie. “We got this,” she told Shane and walked off with a huge smile.

Lindsay prayed she was right.

Fight Stance

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We are ready for war. Photo by ARTHUR YAO on Unsplash

The kids came into the living room from sorting out their clothes in their rooms to find me sitting down in the kitchen with the phone off the hook next to me

Kylie gave me a look and pointed to the phone with the open line beeping loudly next to me. “What is going on?”

It was on the tip of my tongue to say, ‘your father is acting the ass’, but I curbed my tongue and said. “Your father is being difficult.”

The kids looked at me puzzled. “What’s the matter?”

I sighed in frustration. “He said there is no way he is he is letting me take you kids and move you overseas. He plans to take us to court.”

“Ohhhhhh,” said Kylie. “You mean my biological sperm donor. I don’t consider him my father. He lost that privilege a long ago.”

“Can he do that?” demanded Shane. “After not giving a flying leap about us. Try to jump in and destroy our lives. Our dreams.”

“You know we will make sure that doesn’t happen Shane,” I said. Trying to reassure him as well as myself.

“He is a wicked, vengeful and spiteful man mother. You can bet he is going to do everything he can to make our lives a living hell,” murmured Kylie.

“Mom I have a full scholarship and there is no way I’m letting him destroy this opportunity for me. This new school that Shane is planning to go to will give him the foundation he needed in his chosen field of study. They have a good sports program and he has the potential for a scholarship. He is trying to destroy our lives and I am not having it.”

“Calm down Kylie. We’ll get this sorted.”

She started to take slow, deep breaths, determined to return to that peaceful place.

“This will be sorted,” she said with a huge smile. “Daddy will fix it.’

With those words, she crossed the kitchen to the fridge. Got a glass of water and left the room. Shrugging Shane did the same thing.

The kids had spoken. “Daddy will fix it.”

Spoke in Our Wheel

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The ‘Ex’ is determined to cause trouble but we’re ready for him. Photo by Alistair MacRobert on Unsplash

Everything is in place, well as much as it can be, and the children are excited for their big move to start their breath schools. The date for our move is a month from now and we are in the downsizing, sort mode to figure out what we are going to take, leave or get rid of. Everything is progressing well, close to perfect when the phone rings and we are tossed into a spewing volcano of drama.

“You think you can just take my children and move to another country. No way. I’m taking you to court and stopping it bitch.”

My breath caught and I put down the phone not wanting to answer and start a quarrel and have my words recorded to be used against me. Yes, that was how I thought now. Keep your mouth shut, listen and protect your interest.

The phone started to ring again and I let it ring for a while then answered it. Again the tirade started. I disconnected the call then took the phone off the hook and went to find my phone. I needed to call my husband to let him know trouble was knocking with a battering ram at our door and we needed to fortify our defenses.

When Mr. Divine answered me all I could think was this man loves me.

“Hello honey. How is the sorting going?”

“Good,” I answered dismissively. I took a deep breath.

“What is the matter? What happened?” demanded Mr. Divine.

I just let everything out. “Walter has called here twice in the last ten minutes saying we can’t take the kids overseas to live and he is going to take us to court.”

“Is he now!” Said Mr. Divine. “I knew things were quiet when it comes to him. Let him come. I’m looking forward to smacking him six ways to infinity. When I’m done with him he will know not to mess with my wife, my kids, my family. I’ll protect what I love no matter what and I’m to make him understand and never forget it again.

Build and Grow

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Bit by bit our plans where falling into place. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

With the children’s help, we’ve got five companies we plan to approach to talk about creating a partnership. Mr. Divine’s guy came back and cut the number down to three because the other two gad bad business practices which included and but was not limited to, dodgy associates. By that, I mean people that can get you thrown into jail or killed. That made things a lot more simple.

Over the next few weeks, we set up meetings to speak to the people in charge of the businesses we wanted to deal with and started to draw up contracts about what would be expected by both parties. We tried to keep things basic as we still needed to have a proper chat with the people we planned to approach.

The first guy we spoke with was the guy with the paddle board business. He was interested in what we had to say but wanted us to explain how the business would exactly benefit him. As passionate as I was about the possibility of working with partners to boost the business I didn’t want to give too much away.

Mr. Divine did most of the talking, with myself adding in bits and bobs as we went along. By the second presentation we had the process down to a T. Two of the three people we approached were interested and we worked with them, continuing negations to get the way how we would link the businesses established. The kids, because they were smart, figured out what we were doing and added another company into the mix.

By the time we were done, we had established contracts with three companies and were setting up a one month trial run to work out any potential problems we might encounter. We are all eager to evaluate the outcome so we can move forward. Another step along the exciting path to discovering one’s full potential.

Review This and That

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“So what do you think?” I whispered to Mr. Divine as he suited up in a life jacket after the demonstration about how to use a paddle board.

“Not bad. The man answers questions with patients and tries to tell you everything you need to know. He explains potential problems and understands not everyone is at the same level.”

I nodded. “He runs a very tight ship. I like that.”

“So he goes on your list of people to approach about a partnership.”

“For now. I know you need to do your investigative wizardry to make sure the people who looked good were truly good.”

“I’ll get my man on it at once but for now let’s enjoy this.”

We spent the next hour playing on the paddle boards. The kids were truly enjoying themselves and after the time was up we went back to the car and got the picnic we had packed.

“So what did you guys think?” we asked the children. We hadn’t told them what we were going because we wanted an unbiased, unfiltered reaction.

Over the past few weeks, we had also been teaching them how to evaluate businesses, situations, events for business potential. Kylie was an ace at it so far but more than once Shane had revealed some truly amazing insights. In the quiet of the night when we talked, Mr. Divine noted that the children truly had the potential to dive into the business arena and do amazing and noteworthy ventures. They just needed to be trained to too at the things often overlooked by people on a daily basis. Believe me, they are getting the training.

Since the initial talk about making your money work for you, the children had been devouring information about business. Learning as much as they could about the stock market and how to choose stock. Right now, everything business caught their attention and they were always trying to come up with good business ideas.

“This guy is really good mom. Can we come again? He really knows his stuff.” They went on to explain what they thought about everything and why. The guys were on track and so were we.

Business Boost

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I always make sure I put in the work to get my business right. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

For the last few days, Mr. Divine and I have been talking back and forth about what I want I want to do which my business. Well maybe do is to vague a reference. It was more about what we are trying to accomplish while I tried to develop new, solid business ideas to strengthen and possibly expand the business.

Since it started, the business has been getting steady calls to take groups on various types of hikes. Due to the fact we traveled quite a bit this year I hired another staff member of staff so I could have an extra person to keep on top of office work and make sure everything was running smoothly. By making that hire, things got better organised and we were able to add a few more hikes to our schedule. Now its time to see what else was possible.

“Okay,” I murmured as we sat down to talk one morning while the children were out visiting friends. “The company has a solid handle on the hikes. It’s now to consider what we can add to make things more interesting. I was thinking to add some other outdoor activities to our hikes, maybe by teaming up with some other companies.

“I love the idea of more outdoor activities but my worry is the other companies. Finding the right ones to work with is the hard part. Your company has a top rep. One wrong move by working with the wrong company and that could ruin you.”

“So we do intense research to make sure whoever we do work with has the values we agree with,” countered Lindsay.

Mr. Divine smiled. “Okay. What do you think is the best to add to the hikes?”

“From just doing some basic research I’ve been thinking of some related things like paddle boarding, scuba diving. Maybe some horseback riding. I also remember coming across a place that does zip lining.”

Mr. Divine nodded. “These are good additions. What do you think about adding a photography focused hike?”

“That sounds super interesting. In fact, I think it is something I would love to add to the business. But how?”

“I think we can do it the same way we do the hikes now but put more emphasis on stopping at key points to take pictures. You have to get your skills up with the camera showcase what elements they can discover. It would be a good way to draw their interest.”

“We will get all these things to come together and it would be a brilliant new addition to the business.”

I smiled as joy filled every inch of my being.

“Time to go out and figure out the best companies to collaborate with dear. Time to have some fun.

Business Mind

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Making sure my business work for me means knowing what my money is doing every day. Photo by Michael Longmire on Unsplash

Money and how I use it has been on my mind for the past few weeks and the next money related item in my agenda to tackle is my little side business. I have it on a separate account at the bank, but I think I need to make some changes.

Mr. Divine found me one afternoon making notes I’m going over the paperwork for the company.

“What’s up?” he asked sitting down next to me.

“it’s not so much that something is up but that I would like to set things in place so if that the money that is made by the company is allotted usefully.”

Mr. Divine urged me to explain what I had in mind. “I want to establish a salary for myself and the children so I can take the money that comes in and invest it like you do. I have some money that I put into an investment a while back but I have not added to it.

He listened as I continued to explain my overall vision. From there we started to toss ideas back and forth as we looked at the company’s income and what was the best course of action. By the end of our pow-wows, I was truly happy with the ideas we came up with and the decisions we made.

With a solid plan in place, we made appointments to go to the back and put systems in place to transfer the money to the various organisations where I needed them to go. We also took out a lump sum from the account to start the rotating investment plan that Mr. Divine explained to the children.

We visited the various financial companies that we planned to use and started the accounts that were needed. To do the three month rotation we figured out how to get things done while we were travelled and it was not as difficult as we initially thought.

“I’m so happy that we got that done,” I told Mr. Divine as we walked through the car park.

“Me as well,” he said pulling me closer. “Now we just have to look at the business and see if  there are any major changes you want to put into place before we have to leave and take the children to school.”

“Back to some major brainstorming to see what possible ways we can maybe up the business,” I said with a smile.

“Brainstorming. That is always non-stop fun. Let’s get going,” said Mr. Divine as we got into the jeep and headed home.

Book Review – Dating a Cougar

Dating A Cougar

The title of this book is what drew me in and when I finished the story I was so happy I discovered this new author. Dating A Cougar by Donna McDonald is the first book in the Never Too Late (7 Book Series) and it was so good I got the other books in the series as well.

The story is about Alexa Ranger, a former model turned businesswoman who after two decades of trying to find that special someone, finally throws in the towel. That was when a much younger and determined retired Marine Casey Carter entered the picture intent on becoming involved. Alexa tried to avoid being with Casey because of the age difference and all the other complications but sometimes how you want things to go is not how they turn out.

I loved this story. It was truly an amazing example of an older woman who is determined and ambitious and must battle through her uncertainties when it comes to the complications of love and relationships. The characters in the story are funny and combined with the pacing of the story, it allowed me to read it quickly. I recommend this story as a must read. In fact, I suggest you read the whole series. I did and loved every moment of if it.

So get a copy of Dating A Cougar and give it a read. Enjoy.

 

Money Lessons

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I had so much to learn about money and how to make it work for me. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

I came home from visiting Noel to find everyone in the kitchen cooking. We got to talking and after I told them about the incident that happened while I was as Noel’s. It prompted a lesson about money and how to make it work for you. The conversation had the children’s full attention and when we sat down to dinner that was when the back and forth started.

As we settled down to dinner we continued to talk.

“So dad, explain how you made your money work for you?” urged Shane as we sat down.

“Well they are several methods,” he stated to tell us. “ Some low risk, some middle risk and others insanely high risk.”

“Which ones do you use?” asked Kyla as she poured salad cream dressing over her veggies.

Mr. Divine laughed. “All of them.”

Kyla smiled at his comment.

“I rotate my money between stock market investments, high yield accounts, money market and treasury bonds. I set money into fixed, high-interest accounts in cycles or fixed deposits.”

The kids looked at Mr. Divine confused as they waited for more of an explanation.

“So I have a business from which I get a monthly salary. From that, I established a budget. What I need to send each month to pay bills and survive and a little fun money. Then I have the money I plan to save and use for investment. I also have an emergency fund.”

As we ate he explained more. “For me, a cycle is every three months. I take the money I saved over three months then divide it into sections and invest it. Some I put into investments that mature in five years. Others go into the money market, another set into the stock market.”

The children sat there listening, and I could see Kyla had on her thinking face.

After Mr. Divine paused she started with the questions.

“So you have your investments set up that after the initial investment period you get a lump sum coming at you every three months. You can then re-invest it as is when it matures or add on money that you set aside to invest.”

Mr. Divine laughed in delight. “And you, my dear, are thinking like a successful business person.

We spent the rest of the night talking about investing and investments. How to manage them. The risks of the stock market. Making smart investments. Overextending yourself. It was an educational night. Not just for the children but for me as well.

The next day I dragged Mr. Divine with me to the bank. We looked at my account and the children’s accounts. Next, we removed three-quarters of the money from each account and make our way to the credit union and investment broker. It was time to make our money work for us.