When I vacuumed under my couch I found coins and M&M’s.
I have a note on my calendar to set out ant poison today. I realized I saved myself a lot of trouble when I vacuumed under the couch last week. The M&M’s would have made the ants very happy.
Keeping your home clean is one way to deter bugs. You don’t want to feed them and you don’t want to pay an exterminator!
My son was thrilled that I was in a vacuuming mood. I vacuumed an area rug and found the missing SD card to his cell phone. It had slid underneath it.
When I get a new appliance or anything with a warranty, I write the expiration date of the warranty on the box in permanent marker and my husband stores the empty box, with the packing materials inside in the garage. He checks the boxes every so often and recycles the boxes that the warranty has expired.
This way, if something goes wrong during the warranty period, we have the original box and packing materials to return the item. Since the majority of warranties are only 90 days, the boxes do not stay long in the garage.
Save box until warranty expires.
To say I have severe allergies is an understatement. I am so sensitive to dust mites that I not only have to use dust covers; I have to sanitize all of my bedding every week. It is really hard on your comforter and bedspread.
This is the one time I choose to buy cheap. I replaced my comforter and bedspread last year. I did not buy the best quality, but chose modestly priced ones that were marketed for college dorm rooms. I know that the weekly sanitizing will take a toll on them and I do not expect them to last for years.
My summer bedspread.
I dreamed of owning a castle when I was a child. There would be one room dedicated to original art. Of course, in my dreams it was expensive art.
I do have one-of-a-kind art that was created by my children when they were in school. I turned the stairway leading down to the basement into my own “Art Gallery”. I stapled the matted pictures on the wall and placed their ceramic creations on a shelf.
Someday, I plan to frame each piece individually or to place them between pieces of Plexiglas screwed into the wall. I also want to add lighting, but all of that can wait.
My personal art gallery.
I replace my winter coat every six years or so. I try to buy the best quality and always choose a washable coat to keep it in the best shape.
My former coat still looks nice, but the top toggle will no longer connect across my chest. I chose a new style and measured myself. That was the most painful part about shopping for a coat!
I took the largest measurement and ordered the coat in the size that would accommodate it. Normally, I wear a 10-12 and imagine my surprise when I found I actually needed an 18! That may seem like overkill, but I wanted plenty of room to wear a sweater and a jacket comfortably under the coat.
I have a “long-waist” and even though I am only 5’5”, I have to order the tall sizes.
When my coat arrived and I tried it on, I thought it was huge, but it was really comfortable. I no longer felt the tugging across my back and shoulders. My former coat felt like a straight jacket.
The only problem was the sleeves were three inches too long! I took the coat to a local seamstress and tried it on with a jacket on underneath it. She said the waist hit exactly right and the shoulders fit nicely. The only problem was with the length of the sleeves. I paid less than $20.00 to have her shorten the sleeves.
The coat is part fabric and part fake leather. I did not want to try to work with those materials. She is an expert who alters wedding dresses and when I got the coat back you could not tell the sleeves were shortened.
I have received so many compliments on my new coat and I know it is not because of the style; it is because it fits me. When you buy a major piece of clothing, like a coat, always buy the one that will fit you everywhere and then have someone tailor it in any areas that are too large.
I am busy getting ready for my daughter-in-law’s birthday dinner. I have been baking, cooking and decorating for three days. The dishwasher is running for the second time today and will have another load to wash after dinner.
It has been making a funny noise. Have you ever tried to describe a noise an appliance is making to a repairman? It is frustrating and a little embarrassing. I solved that dilemma by making a movie of the appliance making the noise on my camera. When the repairman arrived, I played my 30 second video.
My broken dishwasher .
Do you worry about what to do with the extra mini-blind cord? It is dangerous to young children.
When I purchase a new mini-blind, I move the bell up 16 inches and tie a knot. Then I cut off of the extra cord.
Mr. Frugalfish came up with another solution. He takes the cord over the top of the blind and lets it hang down the other side. That way the cord reaches just the bottom of the window.
Put cord up and over the top of the mini blind.
The faucet to my bathroom sink was peeling and I finally replaced it last year. When I showed it to my son he said, “Did you get a new sink?”
“No,” I replied.
The sink and cabinet looked bad because the faucet was peeling. When I replaced the faucet it made the whole thing look good.
We look at areas in our home and think we have to remodel. That is not always the case. Many times all it takes is replacing something that is worn out. When I replaced the tile, I felt like I had a new bathroom.
One year we discussed painting our home. It has vertical and horizontal siding. As I was coming up the road one day, I realized only the horizontal siding was oxidizing. We painted just that siding and it looked like we painted the whole house.
If you have an area of your home that you are not happy with, stop and consider what one thing is making it look bad. It might be easier to fix than you think. The best part is people will think you did more than just replace one thing!
My new bathroom faucet.
It is good to record the mileage on your vehicles at the beginning of the year. You will need that record, how many miles the vehicle was driven, for income tax purposes if you used your vehicle for a business that you want to deduct mileage on. It is also helpful to see if you qualify for some discounts on your auto insurance.
Record odometer reading.
I always refill all of my medications during the last half of December. I want to have everything on hand before I have to meet another deductible. Another reason I do it is because I want to avoid being out during January as it is typically one of the coldest months of the year. I would rather hunker down with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate!
You may want to pick up some “Forever” Christmas stamps and that way you can send next years cards at this years postage prices.
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