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Member Since: 9/20/13

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My family used to be of the opinion that we were THE place to store unwanted (and often tacky) decor elements, furniture, or random knickknacks. If we didn't use them, we'd hear about it too! My childhood home was wall-to-wall furniture and our basement looked like it belonged to a hoarder.

Back in the 1980's, my grandmother got one of those tacky, frosted mirrors. When she got tired of it in the late '90s it became ours because my mother complimented her on it all those years ago. Mom just about sparked World War III by refusing to put it up!

It only ended when we moved out-of-state.

On the other hand, they were quick to dispose of hand-made things mom and I made. Sometimes into the trash before the night ended! Mom died in March of this year and I'd kill to have some of the quilts they decided to use as furniture wraps for moving, dog beds, or cut into household rags.


How Do You Deal with Unwanted Decor Gifts?
4/21/14 12:27 PM

I've had FIOS since I moved to Texas almost 4 years ago. I love it! The only problem I've had is a battery issue, but their customer service was great!

Wow! That box is huge! I have a small box that's easily hidden behind a small piece of furniture. The installer even worked with me so it was in a good place. (Granted, I'm in a house rather than an apartment. I have a larger box outside with the rest of my utilities, so that might what the difference is.)


5 Things To Know If You're Having FiOS Installed
1/29/14 11:14 PM

I agree with suzee; this are hardly essential tips that would require a call to the landlord as your introductory paragraph discussed. I'd also like to add:
- What about unclogging a sink?
---- When the clog is in the trap?
---- When the clog ISN'T in the trap?
- Unclogging a toilet when you don't have a plunger yet or your toilet is funny shaped?
- What about unscrewing a broken light bulb?

These are all tasks I encountered -- and fixed -- in my first DAYS as a new homeowner. The things listed are nice, little projects but hardly related to the topic of things you should know.


10 Things All Homeowners Should Learn: Apartment Therapy How-Tos & Tutorials Best of 2013
12/26/13 02:19 PM

I bought a Perplexus for my best friend's daughter for Christmas. The reviews do warn that even though they're 5 and up, older children tend to enjoy them more. Have my fingers crossed, she's very smart but all she was asking for was Monster High stuff. :-P


20 Toys for Young Brainiacs
12/11/13 01:04 PM

When I was a kid, my mom had a ficus tree in our living room. We afford a Christmas tree that year, so we decorated the ficus. From the outside, everyone and their brother swore we had a "real" Christmas tree


O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!
You're Way Too Big For My House! Christmas Trees & Alternatives for Small Space Dwellers

11/21/13 11:25 AM

I'm with seawallrunner; I have wood floors for the first time in decades. Only places I want rugs is in high-traffic areas so I don't ruin that beautiful, old wood.

Plus, I have my mom living with me. I can just envision her getting her foot caught in the "holes" and going down. No way. No how.


Try This: Create an Inexpensive Floor Covering with Cheap Round Rugs
11/20/13 06:31 PM

I bought my first home in May of this year. I gave my agent a very detailed list of what I was looking for: Older home (1920s - 1950s); bungalow if possible; absolutely no more than 1500 square feet; fenced in back yard; cul-de-sac would be great, but not required; safe neighborhood; well within my price range.

Score! I wound up in a wonderful 1940s home with a lot of character. Well cared for, it requires just enough work to let me make it mine.


5 Things Not To Worry About While House Hunting (and One Unexpected Thing You Probably Should)
11/20/13 03:31 PM

They make command hooks explicitly for the bathroom now. I have a mirror and two hooks mounted in my shower and they're holding strong.


Beautify Your Bathroom in a Weekend: Super Easy Ideas for an Instant Style Boost
11/14/13 01:42 PM

Yeah. I'm a very petite woman. So I'm always very leery of allowing strangers in my home without someone with me.

Though I did have the opposite once: A repairman was leery of entering with ME! When I was 10 or 11 years old, we had to have a repairman from the power company come to the house to do repairs. Mom had to work, so I had to return home from the neighbor watching me to be present for the repairs. The repairman was shocked to see a child. He hurriedly handed me IDs and business cards through the door and went back to the truck. He flatly refused to come in until I had called his Supervisor.


Welcome, Stranger: Are You Comfortable With Repair People In Your Home?
10/11/13 02:06 PM

I moved in to my first home, a beautiful 1940s bungalow, in May. Space is limited, but I love plants. I couldn't find any plant hangers or the macrame supplies that really spoke to me. So... $1.50 cotton blend clothesline and 45 minutes later, I had beautiful, chunky, white plant hangers. :)


Buy or DIY: 10 Hanging Planters
9/20/13 10:51 AM