Taking Care of Your Mementos is Important

The first time my dad told me that I would be receiving an allowance for doing chores around the house when I was a kid, I immediately began daydreaming about which record album I would buy first. I wasn’t legally old enough to work yet, so I always had to wait for a birthday or a holiday to get an album as a gift. And that wasn’t even a sure thing. But with an allowance, I knew that I could finally get my hands on much-loved music. These days, I have a top-notch, vinyl record holder for some of my favorite LPs from back in the day. When I was pretty young, I can remember letting a lot of my records lay on the floor in a mess. Sometimes they would get scratched or cracked as a result. As much as I respected the music that I loved so much, I didn’t yet know how to fully respect the items that held the music for my listening pleasure. It is because of that, that I don’t have all the albums I bought as a young person. I have fifty at most. Oh, I’ve thought about going to buy some of those albums in order to replace the ones I lost due to my own carelessness back then, but buying a new album now is not the same. The original albums that I had represented my childhood and teen years, hard work and a really happy time in my life. For a long time, I started keeping my albums in some old, plastic milk crates. This, of course, didn’t look...

New Blinds for the Entire House

I was looking for the perfect window coverings for my newborn daughter’s nursery. Though I am typically not one to wait until the last minute to do anything, I had no choice in this matter because we had just moved a week prior to her arrival in this world. I was in no shape to do much of anything, let alone fix her nursery. My husband did the majority of the work, but there were certain things I wanted to do myself. After putting her down for a nap, I went to the Orange County Blinds website to start looking at different window treatment options. I thought that I was going to get a light shade of pink in curtains or blinds, but I saw something else that I liked immediately. I have always been a fan of Disney, and particularly of Mickey Mouse. He was the first cartoon character that I really enjoyed a lot, so I was over the moon when I saw that I could get window blinds for her room that have Mickey right in the middle of them. I ended up having to call and talk with a representative, and that is when I found out that they have more than just Mickey. While I do like the other Disney characters almost as much, my heart belongs to Mickey, and I was hoping that my daughter would feel the same way. I was able to order three blinds that feature Mickey right in the middle, and that made it so I could finish her room not long after her birth. The great thing about...

Living on the Shore of the Large Lake is Our Dream Come True

We have always liked visiting the big lake. We had talked over and over again how we would like to have one of the cottages along the lake. They are actually very nice and well appointed small homes on the shore of the lake. They go in a long single line along the shore and are bordered by a two-lane paved road. The lake is behind the houses, and the road is in front, so it is not crowded like a regular neighborhood. The cottage style houses are typical of a fishing community. They are wood structures with orange county shutters on the windows and large porches out back that face the lake. Surrounding each home is a nice patch of manicured lawn. The lake is at the end of a gently sloping back yard that is about 100 feet in length. The shoreline is mostly gravel. The lake is several miles across. You cannot see the other side except on a very atmospherically clear day when you might catch a glimpse of some tall buildings in the city that borders the opposite shore. The large lake can have rough waters in bad weather, but the cottages have never had any problems with flooding. Yards have had damage done to the grass a few times over the years, but that is the price of living close to the water. We bought one of the cottages as a second home, and it became our only home when we retired. We should have moved here years ago. The commute to work and living in the smaller cottage would have been worth...

The First Baby Paranoia Syndrome

You want everything to be perfect with the first child. I have seen this before. My sister-in-law made us all wash our hands before holding her first child. It was not the case when the second one came along 15 months later. It was like, he can take the germs. It was funny how her and her husband would stay up in shifts to keep an eye on the first child. As it was seen that he was okay, their fears relaxed. They did not become lacks in care, just more rational. It’s wise to have the best baby monitor, the best crib, clothes that are safe and toys that are not risky. Babies and toddlers have no experience in risk, so you want to protect them from things they do not know about. However, you cannot protect them from everything. Have you ever heard the information that all of the antibiotic soaps and cleaners are actually making people sicker? The theory is that bacteria and viruses that we were normally exposed to are getting stronger and stronger because only the most hearty ones are surviving all of the chemicals we are using to kill them. Then the germs are becoming more virulent than before because of their strength and resistance to being controlled or killed. Our germ-free treatments could be making us sicker over time. Granted, we need to take precautions to not make people with compromised immune systems ill, but we may be part of the cause of compromised immune systems. Where do we draw the line? Should we wash hands before holding a baby? If we...

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...
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