My husband and I used to love driving around on a weekend, looking at properties that were for sale. That was when we were first married though and had a lot of free time on our hands. As he climbed the ladder at his job, those weekends got fewer and farther between until they were the exception rather than the rule. When we decided to buy a house, it made me smile to remember those days, but I knew that I would need to look at a modern real estate option instead.
I went online and did a search for real estate properties in our area, and I was able to find quite a few that I really liked. Continue reading
I bought a used shotgun for hunting. It has seen some wear over the years, but it is still in great mechanical shape. I was going to refinish it with camo paint and use it for a bird gun. I decided that the wear and tear on the finish had its own history that should be preserved. I decided to get a camo rifle cover instead. They just slip on over the barrel and stock. You can take them off again when you come in out of the field. A camo kit also protects the gun. They are made of neoprene that protects against the weather, scrapes and bumps. Neoprene has an outer covering and a cushioned core. The outer cover I chose is in a camo pattern that is suitable for our area. We have lots of deciduous trees and a few pines.
That old shotgun has now made many trips to the field with me. Continue reading
My friends and I were watching a STAAD training DVD one afternoon when the power went out. We were all at one of my friend’s home, and this house doesn’t have a generator, so there was no way to continue watching the DVD until the power came back on. We were waiting around for something to happen and then I came up with an idea. I told my friends to get some materials and let us start a project to complete before the power comes back on. My friends agreed and we started looking for the materials, using our phones as flashlights.
We found the materials and started putting them together to make a human powered generator. The generator takes the input of 5 people to produce just enough power to run a DVD player and a television. We hooked the generator up to the television and the DVD player and started moving our arms and legs like we were running a marathon. Continue reading
Making things with your own two hands is one of the greatest feelings. You can take a pile of materials that resemble nothing at all, and shape them into something functional. I always wanted to have my own office desk, but I wasn’t too fond of the ones that they have in the furniture stores. These desks always have weird designs and they aren’t always easy to put together. Sometimes they have pieces missing, make it impossible to finish the job. I bought a set of annular cutters, some wood, screws, and other materials to make my own desk with a bit of a twist.
The desk was a little different from the traditional desk that normally sits in an office. The desk has the ability to convert from a normal mode to a free standing mode, where the user can stand up and work if they want. People sit at their desks all day, and their bodies become tired. When you’re standing up, the blood in your body has can flow better, you feel less tired, and your legs get a little exercise. The height is adjustable so you can still type and write without having to hunch over.
There is also another mode that was added into the desk. While working at the desk, sometimes you just can’t avoid feeling sleep and may need to take a little nap. The desk can also convert into a bed where you can lay down and get a little rest. A nap every once in a while is good for workers so that they can become rejuvenated. Some companies even have a nap time built into their daily schedule. Those hours after lunch really make me sleepy, so I take 30 minutes to an hour to relax and let my body take a break.
I had needed to find a new place for awhile, but I had been putting it off. I was super busy at work, and I really was not that interested in finding yet another drab rental to live in. I was not quite ready to buy my own house yet, though. So, house hunting as out of the question. Besides, I wanted to wait and look for a home at some point in the future with my future husband. One night after work, I accidentally made a wrong turn into The Marq Highland Park for a moment. At first, I thought that maybe I had entered a little shopping area for businesses because of the name. But then I looked around a little more closely and noticed that it was an apartment complex made to look like a neighborhood. That got my attention really fast, and now I live there full time.
When I realize that I had actually made a wrong turn into an apartment community, I parked my car and decided to look around. There were even some shops and a coffee shop located on the premises. Continue reading
I was hired as a manager for a restaurant in the clubhouse of a golf course. The dining area was filthy by my standards. It passed inspection by the health department, but it looked awful. If your carpet at home looked like the carpet in the dining room, you would be appalled. My boss said that there was no money for replacement, but I talked him into budgeting for some commercial carpet cleaning. He thought it would be a lost cause to even bother. The green carpeting was literally black from dirt in the high traffic areas. It looked like a race track where people walked, especially at the entrances.
I was holding out hope that the commercial carpet cleaning company we hired could at least lighten up the black areas and make the whole carpet look better. They ended up doing an excellent job. Much more appealing than what I thought possible. The color of the carpeting in the high traffic areas that was covered over by dirt actually came back. They used their concoctions of cleaners and brighteners to get rid of the stains and make the whole carpet look amazingly better. Continue reading
I am having a girl over tonight and I am trying to think of the perfect night. I want to download a bunch f movies and I am going to hop on Piratebay and try to get that started, so that all of the movies are done downloading by the time she gets over here. I must admit that I am kind of nervous, because this is the first time I have had a girl over at my place in over a year. I want to make a good impression, and I do not really know what she is going to want to watch with me, so that is why I am going to just download a lot of movies and hope that I hit on one that she really enjoys.
I am not sure what good movies have came out recently either though, and so that is another big question. Continue reading
When I decided to get TV service, I knew that I had to research all of my options. It had been years since I have had anything other than rabbit ears, but those weren’t doing all that well for me. I knew it was time to either get cable or satellite television, but I honestly was not sure which one was the better option. It did not take me long to find out that Direct TV in Big Lake was the only way to go. I started looking at just the price, but I saw there were so many other benefits to getting Direct TV rather than cable or even other satellite TV companies.
While the price was definitely impressive, I was even more impressed with the promotions and the equipment. Continue reading
We’ve talked about what a Roth IRA is along with a handful of its advantages but how about the disadvantages? Despite being a fairly complicated Individual Retirement Arrangement that can be invested into along side your 401(k) plan, for those of us who are lacking in financial awareness, it’s an important retirement option that invests heavily in securities, common stocks and bonds typically through mutual funds (other options such as real estate and derivatives are available). With tax free withdraws and tax-advantage transactions made within the account avoiding current tax liability, it’s a popular plan. Continue reading
Two of my passions are reading and collecting antiques. Though I tend to enjoy modern books for my reading pleasure, I have combined my two passions to start an impressive collection for books that are rare. I don’t need to read them to enjoy the significance of the collection. To me, a rare book is a first edition copy written by one of the many great authors to ever grace our bookshelves with their literary thoughts. The first time I held such a book in my hands was quite by accident, but it started me down a path that I truly treasure.
When family or friends ask me why I collect books that I don’t even read, I explain to them how first editions of certain books have their own stories. Some of them were thought to have little appeal only to sell out on the first day they were published. Some of the greatest first edition books printed less than 1,000 copies each. Times were different back then, and costs were very prohibitive without knowing how well a book would fare.
Though they all were printed many times over afterwards, there is only a certain number of first editions available for those classics. Continue reading
When I was a child my grandfather had a great big bookshelf upon which he had all sorts of books. He was interested in all sorts of things, but he especially liked the novels of Zane Grey and Lour L’Amour. I read Riders of the Purple Sage for the first time when I was 11 years old and I probably read most of the Zane Grey Novels. Pappy had a very nice set of them, which I would guess included around 20 or more novels in hardbound editions. I really wanted to have them when he died, but they ended up being donated to the local library in a tiny town in Western Kentucky.
Right now I have become well enough off that I have started collected books much seriously. Continue reading