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Display Name: Jackie Garwood
Member Since: 1/8/13

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That's a really good idea, Jannab245. I have 24 hour access to work so I could always retrieve it.


5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/15/14 05:31 PM

1. How is an owner living alone cruel for a dog?
2. How is living in the city any worse than living in the suburbs?
3. Why do you assume that dogs don't get socialization, exercise, fresh air and lots of love and care when living in the city?
4. Why do you assume that all apartments are small?

I moved from a small house with a huge backyard to a larger apartment in a city.

My dog seems happier and is losing weight because now. He used to just going outside whenever he wanted to pee, and then come right in. Even outside all he did was lay on the deck or bark at passers-by.

Now he gets 3 good walks a day, socializes at an off-leash dog park and sometimes goes for 3 hour outings with a dog walker. Even when I'm working from home he sleeps the entire day and I'm sure that's what he does when I'm at work. He certainly has never torn anything apart. And when I'm home, he likes to join me for fresh air on my roof-top balcony.

I would suggest you refrain from generalizing.


5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/15/14 03:55 PM

Being concerned about safety when living alone is not just about your neighbourhood or having a dog. It's important to know someone cares enough to check on you. My grandmother had a stroke and died in England and wasn't found for 3 weeks. Then she was only found because neighbours were complaining of the bad smell coming from her apartment. I have also asked co-workers to check if I don't show up without calling but what about weekends or vacations?

I have a dog and cat. The dog is a good watch dog and in the middle of the night if he hears something, he leans right in close to my face and whispers 'woof' very quietly so he doesn't scare me. But he rarely does that so I know to investigate if he wakes me up. He's a big one and no one is going to choose to get him upset.

But still, in a medical emergency like my grandmothers? My son, who is not as sympathetic of my fears as I think he should be, has already written the headline: 'Woman disappears. Leaves behind a starving dog and very fat cat.' He thinks my dog won't eat my remains but the cat for sure will.


5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/15/14 01:45 PM

I don't even understand why someone would buy a rice cooker. I agree with the majority with regard to the top sheet. In the summer it's what I mostly use, pulling up the comforter only rarely. I don't need a blanket.
I miss my coffee grinder and use to use it for everything from grinding spices to making breadcrumbs. And most of all, I want a mandoline!


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 01:13 PM

there is a big difference between a credit card (that Kelly N was referring to) and a debit card.


Real Life on a Budget: Eleanor's Money Saving Tips & Ideas Budget Living
5/29/14 02:43 PM

I'm about to move and just took down my curtains. It's amazing how much bigger a room looks when there are no curtains. I'm moving to a top floor and no one will be able to see in and I'm seriously considering leaving the windows bare.


How To Chase Those Living Small Blues Away
5/27/14 03:06 PM

Another thing I asked when I interviewed people was where they put their vision boards. The results were mixed. Some people swore that they needed to look at it every day and so they put it where they could see it, but one of the most amazing results from my own workshop was a woman who created a vision board but left it at the workshop site. We had the workshop every year and so I took it home and brought it back the next year.

On her vision board, which was quite sparse, she had put a log cabin, a sailboat, a red car, a man and woman golfing and in the middle, a man and woman dancing on a white carpet with a spiral staircase in the background. The next year when we talked about our year and how it went, she said she had met a wonderful man while golfing in a charity event. Before the event was over, he had suggested they leave and got for a sunset cruise on his sailboat. Someone said I know him, he has a beautiful home all with white carpeting and a spiral staircase up to the loft. I got shivers and ran and got her vision board and sure enough there it all was. He also had a camp - a log cabin camp. She didn't get the red car for a few years but they are married now and still living in the white carpeted home.


Do You Have a Vision Board?
7/2/13 12:21 PM

When I was writing my book Future Pull: Partner with the Universe to Create the Life of Your Dreams, I interviewed people around the world who had used some of the Law of Attraction tools such as vision boards, visualization etc. The stories were amazing. One guy turned his vision board into a calendar and put his goals for the year in visual form on each month that he thought it would best fit. He said he was making it easier for the universe to put them in order. So he wanted a new apartment first and put that in January and it happened in January. Then he decided to put a new girlfriend in February because that was Valentines day and he met her at a party on Valentines day. I've also had amazing results personally with vision boards although writing my ideal day out in extreme details and the present tense is more my style.

In my vision board workshops, one thing I always reinforce is that you must be very careful what you put on it and put it in the positive. So for example, if you want to lose weight, you put a picture of a slim fit person, not a fat person to remind you to lose weight. If you want to declutter, put a clean serene picture up, not a messy picture because you think it will make you want to clean up. Sounds obvious but many people do exactly the opposite.


Do You Have a Vision Board?
7/2/13 12:15 PM

Do you already have the sofa? I'm considering it and I'd like to hear how it is comfort and wear-wise.


How To Use Bold Colors with Dark Brown (Almost Black) Couch? Good Questions
4/10/13 12:20 PM

My house has a dugout and so over the years I have had some mouse issues. First I tried trapping but I can't deal with killing anything so when it was very bad I would go away on holiday and get someone else to deal with it while I was gone.

Then I tried Rucy's approach and negotiated. I told them outloud that if they stayed in the dugout and I never had to see any evidence of them we could live in peace. That has worked quite well.

The last year I've had a mouse or two coming upstairs into my living space and the cat has gone after it. Unfortunately so has the dog and then the dog and cat start fighting over the mouse and the mouse escapes.

I think the negotiating has worked best. It works with wasps too. I have a wasp nest in my shed or under my deck on occasion. I like to have breakfast outside and if a wasp comes, I put a little dab of jam on the table across from me and say - that's for you stay away from me. And they do. However, I had someone house sitting who saw them as the enemy and got all freaked and my dog got stung and they were riled up for a while. Why can't we all just get along.


What To Do with Mouse in the House? Good Questions
4/5/13 05:09 PM

The tv in the middle of the collage really works, I guess because it's not really huge. I'm going to try that.


Maria's Art Arrangement Bedroom My Bedroom Retreat Contest
3/23/13 10:47 AM

Love the rug too. where is that from?


Guest Post: Emily Henderson's Bedroom Makeover Exclusive Leggett & Platt Adjustable Bed Group
3/13/13 08:52 AM

Love them - especially the last two


Bold, Not Boring: Patterned Doors
3/9/13 07:53 AM

I know in a duvet store a women showed me one that had buttons but I've never been able to find one since. I never knew about ties and I didn't look. But my duvet doesn't have anything that you would tie them too.

I'm taking it off to wash tomorrow and I'll thoroughly inspect the inner corners and if nothing, thanks for the safety pin idea. And thanks for the link to you tube.


Setting the Tone: Duvet Covers
3/8/13 09:56 PM

Nice kitchen. Great art! Fabulous Fiestaware.

But even better than the house tour was reading you guys' notes. Very entertaining.

You had me at: " Andy's MCM bent counterbalances my slightly haphazard, Deco-centric eclecticism."


Matt & Andy's More Perfect (Eclectic-Modern) Union House Tour
3/8/13 09:53 PM

I hate duvet covers. My duvet slides around in them and bunches up at the end. It's like wrestling with the giant BLOB. And I always lose.

Maybe I'm doing it wrong.

But I want one - the second one to be precise. Or #3 or #5. They are beautiful


Setting the Tone: Duvet Covers
3/8/13 05:22 PM

I am packing and getting ready for a cross-country move but my packing is complicated by the need to sell my house in the meantime. But until I get the final word from work that I actually can transfer I can't actually sell. My house is all ready to sell but I can't pull the switch. So I have a storage place and have packed up the stuff I want to take - books, clothes etc. I'm going to try to sell everything along with the house -all the furniture.

But I need the house to look nice while I'm selling it and don't want boxes all around.
So right now I'm bogged down trying to get rid of clutter and be brutal while letting the house look like you can live in it. And my storage compartment has now reached full capacity.

Arrrrgh. Getting the house appraised tomorrow. I really want to sell it in about two weeks.

And to make it worse, I've just had all the final touches done - new flooring i nthe office, all new baseboards - all done for the first time since I moved there 18 years ago and now I'm going to sell it. :(


A Box A Day:
Ridiculously Optimistic Moving Goals

3/7/13 04:09 PM

I am packing and getting ready for a cross-country move but my packing is complicated by the need to sell my house in the meantime. But until I get the final word from work that I actually can transfer I can't actually sell. My house is all ready to sell but I can't pull the switch. So I have a storage place and have packed up the stuff I want to take - books, clothes etc. I'm going to try to sell everything along with the house -all the furniture.

But I need the house to look nice while I'm selling it and don't want boxes all around.
So right now I'm bogged down trying to get rid of clutter and be brutal while letting the house look like you can live in it. And my storage compartment has now reached full capacity.

Arrrrgh. Getting the house appraised tomorrow. I really want to sell it in about two weeks.

And to make it worse, I've just had all the final touches done - new flooring i nthe office, all new baseboards - all done for the first time since I moved there 18 years ago and now I'm going to sell it. :(


A Box A Day:
Ridiculously Optimistic Moving Goals

3/7/13 04:09 PM

This is truly a beautiful serene bedroom. Love it!


Sarah's Perfect Place Bedroom My Bedroom Retreat Contest
3/7/13 01:24 PM

Love it. It makes me think I'm being to extravagant in my search for a new apartment. And from a feng shui point of view, that mirror over the sink is perfect.


Mary Lee's Life in 300 Square Feet House Tour
3/6/13 03:03 PM