I Needed a New Toaster

I love routine. I know there are some people who love the unexpected, but it just makes me nervous. I have a routine that I have stuck with ever since I became an adult, and it helps me get through my days. When my toaster stopped working the other day, I was disappointed to see that I was not able to get the same one again, as it had been discontinued. I went online to find the best toaster, because breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me. I usually toast something, whether it is bread, waffles, or even a pastry. I wasn’t sure which kind to get, so I wanted to look at different reviews to see what the best one is. I was surprised to see that there are so many different kinds! It is not like I walk up and down the small kitchen appliance aisle at the local store every time I am there, so I was surprised at the variety in toasters nowadays. I like routine, but I am not obsessive about it. I just wanted a toaster that works well, so I looked over all the different ones so I could find the one that would be best for me. I knew that I just needed a two slice toaster, because I never have anyone over for breakfast. That is my time, and I like to sit and eat as I read the newspaper or watch the morning news. I am not one for conversation until after my second cup of coffee! I found a website that has a lot...

She Wanted a Clothesline for Her Birthday

When I asked my wife what she wanted for her birthday, I was a bit surprised with her answer. Okay, I was actually a lot surprised. She is not the type to ask for diamond necklaces or a cruise to the Bahamas, but I also thought she was not the type to ask for a Breezecatcher clothesline either. I thought she was pulling my leg at first, but she told me she was absolutely serious about wanting to hang clothes outside. She didn’t want an old fashioned clothes line either where it is stretched between two metal poles across the yard. While she had nothing against that particular style as far as drying clothes is concerned, she did not want to lose that much yard space to the poles and line. She had seen the Breezecatcher clothes line online, and she knew that it would be perfect for her. When she showed it to me, I was surprised at how small it was. I knew that it would fit perfectly on the side of the house, where a traditional clothes line would have never fit. I decided to go ahead and get it for her since she seemed to have her heart set on it. When it was delivered, it did not take me long at all to get it set up for her. It is extremely sturdy, and she started using it that same day. I am not the type of person to really be able to tell a lot of things about laundry, but there was a certain pleasure in wearing the shirts that she had hung...

My Husband is Not a Decorating and Window Covering Expert

You cannot remodel a living room without redoing what covers the windows. My husband thought it was fine to keep the old draperies. I disagreed. Guess who won? Then I had to explain to him that the adjacent dining room would also need matching curtains. He asked me why so I took him outside and had him look. He did not notice anything. I pointed to the dining room window on the left and the living room window on the right. Both of them are in front of the house. I was ordering window coverings in Brentwood CA while he was still trying to figure out what I meant. He has played this game with me when it comes to fixing the car, the mower or other things I do not know about. It was kind of fun to have him figure out what I meant. He went outside while the guys were working replacing the window coverings. They did the dining room first. He went out and took a couple of pictures with his cell phone. I caught him studying them that evening. We were actually watching TV when he exclaimed, “They would be different colors!” I actually jumped when he said it and did not know at first what he was talking about. He looked at me and said it again adding details that the curtains would have been different colors on the front of the house if we had not replaced both rooms. I was pleased that he figured it out. I must give him credit, it took me a week to figure out what he...

Orange County Window Blinds Sure Do Beat Our Old Store Bought Ones

You can’t remodel a room without getting new window blinds. We like the louvered ones the best, but we did not want any cheap miniblinds like you can get at the department store. We wanted ones that would offer privacy and light control and would last for many years. We also wanted ones custom fitted to the window sizes of the rooms where we were having them installed. That is why we chose Orange County blinds to do the work. They have a great selection and they do the installation. My wife knew better than to have me installing window blinds. The old ones we had were the metal ones. You know which ones I mean. They are the ones that get all bent up if you have kids or a dog or a cat. It took our new dog about 30 seconds to ruin a metal miniblind for a low window in a bedroom. We definitely wanted the Orange County blinds to hold up against regular use and the occasional knocking about from a pet. The department store ones were just not up to the job. Even if you get the plastic ones that you install yourself, the hot sun breaks down the plastic making them brittle. In the long run you are much better off to get high quality window blinds and shades that are professionally installed. We like the ones we got so much that we are thinking about not adding any window treatments. Who needs a valance when the blinds on the windows are already a fashion statement? The same goes for the shades they...

Remodeling the House from Top to Bottom

We started out pretty simply, from the floor up. I knew this guy who did floors and I knew that he could give me a good look. So I talked a deal with him. He borrowed the machines from his boss and I helped him with the job. Of course I did this before I moved in the place. That only made sense. It would have been silly to put in a bunch of furniture and then start moving it around. Next we found an Orange County blinds company and got them to make us some custom wood blinds. The house was apparently built with custom windows...
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