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Display Name: discerning
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How utterly refreshing...a voice of reason.


Peaches Recalled from Trader Joe's, Wegmans, Costco & Other Stores Food News
7/22/14 11:36 PM

Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances.


Change Your Space, Change Your Outlook: 10 Ways to Be Happier at Home
7/22/14 10:44 PM

It appears to me the opinions on this subject exponentially outweigh the facts at this point. I did research when I first read the [appalling] term. However, that was before the subject went viral creating such a stir and all I found at the time were a few opposing viewpoints - no facts, at all, at all.

Mmm...Granny had two bits of wisdom she was fond of sharing during my formative years, both of which have served me well..

(1) There's no Truth in the news and no news in the Truth.
(2) Better to keep one's mouth closed and be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

I think I'll wait until I've found and had time to review actual *facts* before voicing my own thoughts....at which time I will RESPOND rather than REACT. This is all too much drama for my blood. Nine times out of ten, no good thing comes from reactions. And by the time the Truth is outed (and it always is) it's buried in in blip on page 20 and the vast majority are left believing the worst....be it true....or not.

I say again, unbelievable.


NYC Approves \"Poor Door\" Developer Request Design News
7/22/14 08:24 PM

Saw/heard the outrage over this on the news last night.
Unbelievable.


NYC Approves \"Poor Door\" Developer Request Design News
7/22/14 04:39 PM

Agreed.


Before & After: A Dixie Dresser Gets a Dramatic Upgrade
7/22/14 11:22 AM

Interesting about the renewals there. Quite the opposite in our area. Renewals are the norm here. Generally speaking, a standard lease clause states that a lease will automatically renew for the length of the previous term IF a 30 day notice is not offered in advance of renewal date. Many [most] who choose to non-renew but stay on a month-to-month face MTM charges (usually around $25/mo). Just enough to encourage renters to sign a new lease if they plan on staying for a while.

The example I mentioned above is not all unusual here (here, again, meaning my specific area - not speaking for other regions of the country). What's deemed a permissible subject in one area might not be in another. Just sharing my experience.


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/22/14 10:18 AM

Same here. Plus my mtg will be paid off years early...those dollars add up fast.


All The Single Ladies... Are Investing In Home Equity
7/21/14 02:53 PM

Revitalizing roundup. Weekends are the best here these days.


13 DIY Project Ideas to Revitalize Old, Tired & Boring Items Around Your Home
7/19/14 01:01 PM

*or* not *of*


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/19/14 12:28 PM

@ CanadianMango

Totally missed your comment yesterday. Too funny, you are. I don't entirely agree myself re the 'considered taboo here in polite society'. (note the word 'here' in that comment). I did not intend that as a blanket statement or to imply that it was written in stone. My bad. Just pointing out that *is* a consideration here. And by 'here' I'm generally referring to the region in which I live and more specifically, the area of that region in which I reside. I grew up here so my observations are based on history and personal experience.

I was taught that the subject of personal finances was off-limits. It is ingrained in my very being. That said, I am never offended if someone asks me questions about rent or mortgage payments. I try to help to the best of my ability without revealing my own personal financial info (ain't happenin). Times change. What was once considered taboo becomes socially acceptable. This can be either positive or negative. As for me, I simply try to err on the side of caution. I try to be respectful of how others might perceive things and would never ask a question that might cause them unease of embarrassment. So yeah, I have mixed feelings about this subject as well.


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/19/14 12:26 PM

Good point. There's a couple of 'aging in place' posts around here somewhere. This would be a good addition to them. Really, if we're blessed to live long enough, at some point what we once considered luxuries become necessities.


The Home Tech Upgrade You Didn't Know You Can't Live Without Décorview
7/18/14 09:24 PM

Excellent observation. I agree re the 'reduced hearing much younger and in larger numbers' bit. I credit that to technology. It does have an impact. Case in point: I was reading a book [a real one] in a waiting room the other day. The nice young man sitting next to me, earbuds in, was blasting his music loud enough that I found it distracting. And I don't say that lightly. When I get into a good book, I tune out all else. Absolutely *nothing* distracts me...but this? Earbuds? No wonder his tv is decibels above the norm.


The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/18/14 09:09 PM

B-R-E-A-T-H-E. Take deep, slow breaths until your blood pressure and pulse return to normal. Now...refer to my previous post.

Appears to me the only one offended here is you (?) What complaining? All I see above is sharing & venting. I have enjoyed this thread. Until now. I pray you have a wonderful, refreshing, stress-free weekend.

take care.


The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/18/14 08:25 PM

@ Dulcibella

Great advice, I'm in the process of doing the same. That said, I'll gladly take that cornstick pan off your hands. My inherited one is in constant use and dd keeps begging me to give it to her (not happenin'). If you'll ship it, I'll buy it.


Found It? Buy It: ALWAYS Snap Up These 8 No-Regret Items At Garage Sales, Flea Markets and Thrift Stores
7/18/14 02:07 PM

lol


10 Dresser Do-Overs Anyone Can Handle
7/18/14 01:08 PM

*646 unit complex*


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/18/14 10:30 AM

Here, at least, it's not suspicion but prudence. One example of many I could cite... For several years I managed a 646 complex. I was hired specifically to rehab the property - and by 'rehab' I'm not *just* referring to the structures.

The owners were great about keeping rents relatively stable for long time residents who took pride in their homes & paid rent on time. However, it was understood this was confidential between owner & resident. Any breach of that verbal agreement and all bets were off. Steep increases were sure to follow at lease renewal time.

Also, we had many med & law students due to our location. Generally great tenants but lots of short term leases to accommodate them. The short term rents were necessarily higher due to more frequent turnkey expenses.

Also, as part of my compensation package, I was offered a choice of x amount of dollars added to my paycheck OR a steep discount on rent on one of the owners' other properties. The discount was worth twice what the money would have secured so it was a no-brainers. If I had shared that with anyone at the time, I would have lost my discount.

So yeah, prudence not suspicion.


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/18/14 10:29 AM

"I think the person was responding to a commenter, not to the article "

Thank you, yes, I realize that. THAT. It's what prompted my response. I know better than to take the bait. My bad. Shoulda kept my mouth shut. I lose it sometimes when a comment is taken *out of context* and/or is not relative to the original article. Suffice it to say, ridiculous comments set my teeth on edge. I'll work on that.

apologies,


The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/17/14 11:00 PM

(come onnn AT, when are we gonna get an 'edit' function, lol)


5 DIY Ways to Upgrade Rental Closet Doors Renters Solutions
7/17/14 10:35 PM

You don't say whether you're a renter or a homeowner but if you have carte blanche, you might find some inspiration from the link below. The end result in this instance might still be a bit too farmhouse for you but the inspiration is great and you can finish the doors to suit your aesthetic.

For example, instead of covering the louvers, replace them with frosted plexi, paint the doors, then rehang them as French doors. Many iterations here if you employ your imagination.

http://vintagesimplehome.blogspot.com/2009/09/weekend-house-love.html

Thanks, Maria.

http://vintagesimplehome.blogspot.com/2009/09/weekend-house-love.html


5 DIY Ways to Upgrade Rental Closet Doors Renters Solutions
7/17/14 10:32 PM