Blue Skies Gray Clouds

It has been raining here for so long that I have come to believe I am not in Kansas any more. (Dorothy knows what I am talking about.) Perhaps this is misty Portland or rainy Seattle, or cloudy Norway.

Then, I got to thinking. In Norway in summer, the days are longer, so when the sun does come out, isn’t it twice as nice? And rain brings rainbows to dazzle and delight.

Sykkylvenfjord, where Stressless was born

This Stressless offer will make you smile

Throughout July, receive a $100 instant rebate for every $1,000 spent on the NEW Stressless Mike and Max recliners and/or the Stressless Emily and Mary sofas.

Sayings from the Stressless chair

“The weather is always fair, viewed from a Stressless chair.”

Here are a few more Norwegian proverbs to brighten your day.

“The fair wind blows even if the sailor does not see it.”

“There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.”

“A good anvil does not fear the hammer.”

“Better to have one bird in the hand than ten on the roof.”


Emily sofa

Work at Home

It is not work if you like what you do.

Want some synonyms for work – labor, toil, slog, drudgery, exertion, effort, and industry, none of which sound like much fun. Noël Coward said, “Work is more fun than fun,” which makes sense if you are at home because there you can wear your pajamas, wiggle your toes, scratch your back, and drink all the coffee you want and not worry about rushing off to the bathroom.

Some people have the luxury of working at home.

While some lingering critics insist that working from home leads to isolation, goofing off and stunted social relationships, most employers recognize it has its advantages. After all, you are relaxed. This makes for a creative atmosphere. Then too, you are in your comfort zone, you are on top of the world and in charge. What better place to make things happen, than from your home.



What you need to do is to work hard and work smart. Let’s get to it.

First, create a work area. One that is far from the madding crowds, and away from the annoyances of family. God bless them. Lock the doors and hide. You are at your computer and phone calls, emails, text messages, instant messages, and face chats are all at your fingertips. You control access to your inner sanctum.

Don’t be hard on yourself. It is nice to have set hours, say rise at six and work til noon. But, give yourself a break. Creativity comes in spurts. A great thought comes and you are off to the races, then some days you are lost in the desert. I am not saying here that one should jump up and down from the desk like a Pogo stick. A little patience goes a long way to developing ideas. So try and work for a set number of hours. The body likes routine and gets used to a schedule.

Organize. Some people like to organize their daily activities. Know what they are going to do. Know when they are going to do it, but I find spontaneity is the spice of life. I am going to write the Great American Novel today, but sometimes a short story will do as well. Be like Stephen King when approaching a task, get an idea, like a crazy dog, call it Cujo, and see where it takes you.

That’s it. Everything else is in the details. Shower, shave, dress, carry your lucky rabbits foot with you. It doesn’t really matter because the type of personality you are will dictate how you work best and how you work smart.

Do reward yourself. Go out and buy yourself a Stressless office chair, it is a luxury you deserve.



While Romeo waits, Juliette sits

Juliette sits while Romeo waits
Juliette sits while Romeo waits

Juliette loves her Stressless Magic recliner, perhaps more so than Romeo.

Waiting for Juliette

This dating Juliette is grating on my nerves
Waiting, waiting
I hate she’s late
Be gone the moon, it is not too soon
For the sun to rise
And warm my bones
I deserve better weather
Or at least a sweater
While I am standing here

Open yonder window
I am cold and stiff as the dead
And all I ask is if
I can get a whiff of
The perfume from your hair
Arise fair lady,
Do you think I’m made of stone

Modern Romeo and Juliette
Modern Romeo and Juliette

Taurus Recliner

ImageThe Taurus Recliner by Stressless and Ekornes features the patented Glide System which responds to your body movements allowing you to move into any seating position. The Plus System automatically provides correct support for your head, neck, and lumbar area. The headrest adjusts automatically forward as you recline so you can read a book or watch TV even when reclined. If you’re feeling tired, the headrest can be placed into a sleeping position with a simple hand movement to lie flat and relax.

Stressless bases swivel 360° and allow movement with just a slight push of your foot.

Stressless Sunrise Recliner


Sunrise Recliner

As welcoming as the morning sun, Stresslsess Sunrise is both refreshing and relaxing.  With softly rounded contours, the Sunrise offers warming comfort for any room of the house. 


Having a full 360° swivel feature coupled and patented Glide system, the Sunrise responds to the motion of your body to provide exquisite comfort.

To ensure that your Sunrise is a perfect, it is available in small, medium, and large sizes in leathers and fabric in the colors of the rainbow.  Experience the Stressless Sunrise recliner at Traditions Furniture.