Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Smiles for Today

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Is Your Home Ready for Fall?

5 Top Items on Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall’s gently tumbling leaves seem so peaceful, they can also be a wake-up call that winter's coming. Now’s the time to take care of some important home maintenance. Use this list as a guideline to get your home ready for the cold weather ahead.

By doing these projects now, you can avoid some costly repairs and feel confident that you’ll be warm and comfortable when the cold weather arrives.

1. Get Your Heating System Humming

You don’t want to wake up on the coldest morning to find you have no heat. Schedule a furnace checkup now. An expert technician will make sure everything is running properly and that your system meets the manufacturer’s rated efficiency. The checkup will also measure carbon monoxide leakage.

2. Prevent Gutter Gridlock

Leaves, twigs and other debris can clog gutters, causing water to back up and flow into your house. Save yourself from this expensive repair by cleaning the gutters after your leaves have fallen. Tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets, and replace any worn sections. Check that your downspouts extend at least five feet away from the foundation. If not, you can buy inexpensive extensions and attach them.


3. Take a Caulk Walk

Walk around the exterior of your home and check it for air tightness. Carefully look for cracks, which can be the source of air leaks, energy loss and money down the drain. An inexpensive tube of caulk can help prevent energy loss and also help prevent moisture from getting inside the walls of your home. Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting or electrical wiring comes through walls or floors.

Most Common Source of Air Leaks

Dropped ceilings
Recessed lights
Attic entrance
Sill plates
Water and furnace flues
All ducts
Door and window frames
Chimney flashing
Outlets and switches
Plumbing and utility access
Critter entrances

4. Get a Look at the Roof

You don’t need to get up on the roof to spot trouble areas. Stay on the ground and use binoculars to look for buckled, cracked or missing shingles. If you find any, replace them right away. Examine the flashing and look for any rust spots, which could expose your home to damaging leaks. The good news is you can clean, prime and seal the rust fairly easily yourself. Also, if you spot large areas of moss, your roof may be rotting underneath. Call a roofing professional rather than trying to tackle it yourself.

5. Clean Out the Chimney

Looking forward to a cozy fire? Better make sure your fireplace, chimney and vents are clean first. A good cleaning by a professional chimney sweep can help prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide buildup. Some DIY measures you can take include keeping the fireplace damper flue tightly closed when not in use and sealing seal air leaks with fire-resistant materials like sheet metal or sheetrock.

Get these projects knocked out and your home will be warm and cozy for winter. Then head to the store and load up on hot chocolate and some good books.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Woo Hoo!

Back in this post I showed how I made a
 suncatcher out of a broken Carousel Horse.

I entered it in the Hometalk Decor Contest.
Didn't win, oh well, but.....
I received runner-up!
Got a Hometalk T-shirt!

Yippee Skippy!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fantastically Carved Pumpkins!

We were able to make it to an exhibition of 
exceptional pumpkin carvers. 
Here's a few we saw :)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

I WON... Yippee?...I Think I'm Scared :/

OK, Not sure if I actually won? 
I collect data for NCP,
 a Joint Venture with Nielsen Ratings.
You collect points by doing this,
 then you get to pick a gift from their catalog.

When I started I think I was saving for a pots and pan set.
At the end of the 1st year I didn't have enough for that set so I let them roll over thinking I'd get them the next year. They weren't offered in the new catalog - figures!

Hmm, find something else I wanted, 
cuz I didn't like the pots and pans set they now had - figures!
OK how about a fancy smancy (OK'd by my sons) monitor, 
sure why not, couldn't find anything else.

At the end of the 2nd year I didn't have enough for the monitor so I let them roll over hoping I'd get it the next year. It wasn't offered in the new catalog - figures!

Here we go again! 
Didn't realize the hardest thing was to save too many points and find something I wanted before a new catalog came out. All the things that required lower points were things I already had or didn't want or couldn't use. Geesh!

So again I went to look in the new catalog to see what I would be aiming for this year that I wouldn't be able to get. Lo and behold I about fell out of my chair! I had so many I could choose anything I wanted. I hadn't payed attention but when you hit a certain point goal your collection points would double each time you transmitted. Evidently I had hit some the end of the previous year and the beginning of that year.

The most expensive item they had was a propane BBQ, check - received one for Christmas, no thank you.
Then there was this sewing machine!

I have wanted a sewing machine for at least 35+ years.
I filled out the forms, watched as my points zoomed down to 25 and sat there.
It couldn't be that easy could it?
No shipping fees?

In 2 weeks a Brother Project Runway Sewing with Style Sewing Machine was delivered to my door!


Here she is in all her glory!

That was about 3 months ago.
I couldn't wait to get her - so tired of sewing everything by hand.
To take that photo was the only time she has seen light.....


She looks so, that even a sewing machine????
Can you be scared of a sewing machine?

Last time I owned a sewing machine it looked like this

In fact I happened upon an old photo when looking for one of my 2 first born and happened to see it back in the corner. Unfortunately it is in it's case, but you can see what I mean

 What the sewing machine looked like in Home Ec

One similar to my Mom's. 
The one I actually learned on

Those are the 3 types of sewing machines I've used -
I wasn't expecting one looking like a robot :/
YES, I read the booklets!
They are greek! 

I will take a deep breath
I will re-read the booklets
I will take the machine out of the box
I will learn how to make a bobbin
I will learn how to thread it
I will decipher the hieroglyphics

But not today!!
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