Friday, December 20, 2013

Renovation Plans For When I Win the Lottery!

For six years I have been living in a manufactured home. I love this home – I really can't afford this home – but love it. And if I find a couple of roommates, I would most definitely be able to afford to renovate this home. 

When I remove the decorations and Christmas tree, I'm going to want to change things. Lately I've been wanting to paint the walls – I even asked my kids to paint them for me as a Christmas present, but so far, nobody is offering. Could it be that everybody is busy? Oh, yes! 

For a manufactured home, this one is actually very nice, but the carpeting is old and it was never placed properly – even before I moved in. So new carpeting would be first on my list. And in the space between the dining room and the family room, I'd like to put a wall with a wide opening that curves on both sides – very much like the entryways curve in older homes. Right now I have two white wooden rails that separate my dining room from my sunk-in family room. I love the idea of curving my entryway.

But any renovation costs money (I'm waiting to win the lottery, and winning the lottery requires buying a ticket). Though my neighbor helps out a lot, I wouldn't want to ask him for such a major job. So where do I look? 

I would probably start with BuildDirect reviews to see what others have to say about local builders, look at the jobs they've performed, and make my decision based on the opinions of others who have actually used their services. I love the way the homes look on their Facebook page.

In the meantime, I'm scouting my Facebook page for possible roommates to help me afford this new venture ;)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Rules of Exercising

   For a long time I didn't allow any kids on my stationary bicycle after my kids broke the first one I had. Decades later I finally bought a new one and NO ONE was allowed to ride it. 

But it sits next to my treadmill in my family room now and because everything is open and I can see what goes on in the family room from the kitchen and dining room, I decided to allow my grandkids to use the treadmill as long as they followed the rules. The rules are to walk slowly when babies are around and to hold onto the sides or the handles depending on the child's height.

When winter weather came around, I decided that as long as my grandkids followed a few simple rules (not sitting on the wheels and riding it only if their feet could touch the pedals), they could ride my exercise bike. Great idea, right? 

My 2-year-old granddaughter, however, unable to figure out how to ride the bike with her feet in the pedals, devised this new sitting position that allowed her to at least sit on the bike.

Gotta give her credit for her ingenuity.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Future Tattoo Artist?

"I'll be right back," I told Avery, after I sat her down with some paper and a pen. She scribbled on the paper and I made a mad dash up the stairs to grab a diaper and some wipes. In the probably 45 seconds it took me to climb the stairs, grab the diaper and wipes, and run back down the stairs, this is what I found upon my return. 

So how did I handle the situation? "WOW, look Avery! You drew an "A" (notice her left hand). But next time use the paper I gave you, OK?"  

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sibling Rivalry With a 12-Year Difference

Think your children won't argue when the age difference exceeds 10 years? Read Lions & Elephants and tell me if you've had the same experience.