1. Jan
    10
    2017

    Interior Design Block

    5:58 PM   ♥   2 Comments

    We ran out of soap in the master bathroom, so I started using body wash to wash my hands, grabbing it from the shower. This went on for a week and a half, maybe. Meanwhile, I have a bottle of antibacterial soap in the other bathroom at the sink. The thought never crossed my mind to GO GET IT. No one uses the other bathroom except very occasionally. Why didn’t I just get it? I feel like it isn’t ours. I’ve felt like this is a stranger’s house that we are staying in. You wouldn’t go moving things in a stranger’s house, right? I know it’s ours and I love it. It’s beautiful and I look around and smile. It just doesn’t feel like it’s ours. I haven’t had time to make this place homey yet.

    I’ve still not hung a damn thing. I’m still staring at these bare walls. It’s worse now that the tree has come down. The living room and dining room were painted and look great. I just don’t know where I want anything to go. I want to decorate but I also need a ton of money to go crazy in a Michaels or Target for decor and since I don’t know what I want to do, I don’t know what to buy.

    Things are coming together very slowly. I bought 2 book shelves for the living room to go on either side of the TV stand. I feel like once those are up, I’ll know where I can start with pictures. However, they need to be painted white and not only is it freezing this week but the sun goes down at 5:00pm, when I finish working. Saturday it’s supposed to snow so it’s not happening then either.

    I need to hang some pictures. I’ve got time, obviously, I just want to get to being comfortable in it. Hopefully, in a few months I’ll either having things hung or be used to it.

  2. Jan
    10
    2017

    First Steps

    5:40 PM   ♥   Comment

     

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  3. Jan
    09
    2017

    How a Public Adjuster Helps With Catastrophic Business Loss

    5:21 PM   ♥   Comment

    A business can suffer catastrophic loss due to fires, tornadoes, floods, theft or any number of events. Insurance is up-kept in the hopes that during these times you can come back as strong as ever. The problem is that when the insurance company hires a claims adjuster you will often be the recipient of a settlement that is less than fair for the value of your business holdings and loss of business due to the event. You need to hire a public adjuster that can assess the damages and give real estimates for the loss and what it will take to get back up and running again.

    The Need for Experienced Business Loss Assessment

    Having a skilled and experienced claims adjuster on your side will help ensure that all losses are accounted for. The business owner might still be in a state of shock over the actual event that took business down. It requires professionals with focus to help gather the facts and get things up and running again. Often this will take a replenishment of funds for new buildings, equipment and other business essentials. The downtime a business suffers can prove to hard to overcome in some industries.

    Having a skilled and experienced claims adjuster on your side will help ensure that all losses are accounted for. The business owner might still be in a state of shock over the actual event that took business down. It requires professionals with focus to help gather the facts and get things up and running again. Often this will take a replenishment of funds for new buildings, equipment and other business essentials. The downtime a business suffers can prove to hard to overcome in some industries.Effective and Fair Estimates and Negotiation

    Effective and Fair Estimates and Negotiation

    You need to have a commercial claims adjuster that will seek out the right values to place on any item that was lost, stolen or damaged. They will need to have the skills necessary to negotiate the best settlement possible for you and your company. A qualified adjuster will be able to work with the policy you have in place and discover every avenue you are due compensation.

    You need to have a commercial claims adjuster that will seek out the right values to place on any item that was lost, stolen or damaged. They will need to have the skills necessary to negotiate the best settlement possible for you and your company. A qualified adjuster will be able to work with the policy you have in place and discover every avenue you are due compensation.Proper Documentation of Business Loss

    Proper Documentation of Business Loss

    Paperwork has to be done right in order to get a claim to smoothly run through the process. The losses have to be documented and as much proof as possible given to show the origin of the cause and loss. Without this information being correct you will not receive a fair settlement.

    Paperwork has to be done right in order to get a claim to smoothly run through the process. The losses have to be documented and as much proof as possible given to show the origin of the cause and loss. Without this information being correct you will not receive a fair settlement.A Stress-Free Claim for a Fair Insurance Settlement

    A Stress-Free Claim for a Fair Insurance Settlement

    Filing a claim can be stressful and confusing. Hiring a professional adjuster to make sure the process is followed closely and documentation done correctly will help you avoid delays or denials. You can feel confident that all parts of your case are being resolved quickly.

    Filing a claim can be stressful and confusing. Hiring a professional adjuster to make sure the process is followed closely and documentation done correctly will help you avoid delays or denials. You can feel confident that all parts of your case are being resolved quickly.

  4. Jan
    04
    2017

    Our Pest Problem

    9:47 AM   ♥   2 Comments

    I’m not sure how open I was a couple of years ago about a problem I was having in our new apartment. It was embarrassing and I was mortified. I am still am but I kind of want to get it out. Still not sure if I plan to make this private or not.

    We moved into our apartment in June of 2013. It was my first time not living with my mother. Getting our own place was going to be great and we were so excited. When we saw the place, we took my mom with us. We checked all of the rooms, checked cupboard space, and it was in the bathroom cabinet under the sink where I saw what looked like a large ant motel. Red flag #1. I pointed it out to my mother but ants aren’t a problem, everyone gets an ant or two. While talking to the landlord he casually mentioned that he had exterminators coming monthly as a precautionary measure. I thought that was great since I HATE spiders and centipedes. Happy to not have to live with them. I was happy but I should have seen that as red flag #2.

    It was two weeks into our new place when I was coming out of the bathroom and saw a bug on the door frame. It was small and black and brown. I killed it but thought for a moment, that looked like a baby roach. Baby Roaches don’t look like roaches. I know what these things look like because a few years earlier we were living in an apartment pest free until the lady upstairs moved out. That’s when we started seeing these tiny little black and brown bugs. As time went on we saw more and more of them and they increased in size until one day we saw a full size one. Our landlord did not care and when we moved out, we left everything in the kitchen. We brought 2 fridges with us when we moved in (one in kitchen and one in dining room), we left the one in the kitchen so that we didn’t bring them. This was my first experience. So when I saw this small bug in our new apartment, I yelled to my brother that I just killed a bug that I described and he said he killed one the day before. I made an offhand comment about how much it would suck if it was a roach.

    It was later that week when I saw a full size one and lost it. I knocked on our neighbors door to find out if she’s seen them and she lied to me at first, badly. I could tell she was lying right to my face before admitting it’s been a problem for months and the house had been condemned previously for it. I called the landlord and tried to explain to him what I saw. He said he’d call the exterminators. I tried to find out why, push him on it because at this point I realized he lied to us and knowingly moved us in with these things. He treated me like a hysterical woman and I called my mother in tears because I couldn’t believe this was happening. (If I am not mistaken this was illegal but it wasn’t something I could push because I would have been on the street with all of my animals.)

    He did send exterminators and I tried to deal. I screamed every time I saw one, I made Andrew come and kill them. I told the exterminators when and where and what size when they came but every month it seemed like the exterminators weren’t helping. We lived in a duplex with the trashiest people next door. We weren’t getting rid of them.  Soon the landlord stopped calling to tell us when they were coming so they’d show up and skip the house that didn’t answer. Soon they stopped coming all together. The landlord didn’t care (pennsylvania has some of the slummiest slumlords) and we were stuck because there was no way we’d find another place to live. When we moved out, we had time to move out, we could afford to move out. We looked and found this place because he took all of the animals. Most places don’t. Finding a place to take even 1 dog was next to impossible, let alone 3 dogs. We knew that we weren’t going to get out of this place unless we bought a house.

    It took us a while but we finally did. Thank god. While setting up the utilities, I also called an exterminator, let them know our problem, that we were trying to move and how to go about it. They were super helpful and the techs I have dealt with are so friendly and understanding. So we have our own exterminators now that I have access to and can call at any time. There was a $200 initial fee but I am paying $44/month to make sure that I don’t have to see these things again. If it cost $200/month, I would have done it. I have such a fear of these things (thanks to that creepshow movie I watched as a kid) and I may suffer from ptsd from it for a while. I can’t open a cupboard without stepping back and reaching from afar. I check everything. My eyes dart around the room if I see anything, even a shadow. I don’t think I will ever be able to stick my hand in something I can’t see into, back of cupboard, under sink. I need a flashlight to climb under my desk if I drop something. I hate them and I just want to be rid of them forever.

    This is oddly written like I am pushing something but I didn’t. lol It’s early and the exterminator just left and I thought I would post something, even if it’s quick.

  5. Dec
    03
    2016

    Home Sweet Home

    1:33 PM   ♥   2 Comments

    Until this morning, this place didn’t feel like home despite us living here for a week now. Since my mom was in Ohio with extended family, I took Zack and Breya for the week. They are 11 and 14 and while they are better than they used to be, because they are older, they bicker nonstop, don’t clean up after themselves, and can be a tad disrespectful (had to take Breya’s phone off of her). Our house did not feel like our home because it felt like we were in someone else’s home. Home doesn’t feel like home until I can lay on the couch, sprawled out and spend 45 minutes trying to figure out what I’m going to not watch while I play on my phone in the quiet.

    The kids left yesterday and when I woke up this morning, it just felt right. I took the dogs out, said hi to the kitties who are exploring (including Reese!) and straightened up.

    I have no plans for today. I want to enjoy it. Then I may take a bath because my amazingly large tub looks so damn inviting!

  6. Nov
    26
    2016

    This is Home

    11:25 PM   ♥   2 Comments

    Well, we’re moved in and it feels so good. Everything went so smoothly and I can not even describe how thankful I am for Andrew and Zack. Both of them did fantastic and they worked so hard. I didn’t work nearly as hard as they did but I am so damn sore. (I can’t wait to take a bath!!) Andrew’s day started off with him feeling like shit but eventually he started to feel better and move quicker with packing the truck.

    The dogs were moved over first because someone had to wait for the gas people to come. I didn’t want to leave the dogs at the house without me because they go nuts. They did amazing and they love their new yard. Last task of the night was getting the kitties over. They are taking it very hard and a couple are still getting used to the house. Reese has been wandering more and exploring when she’s used to hiding. Loki, my brave, fearless, pain in the ass is prying open cupboards to hide. The bravest ones usually fall apart the hardest. (Last time it was Bella who hid under the fridge for 4 days)

    Overall things are slowly getting into place and this home is coming together. We have plans to buy pieces of furniture and upgrade other. I can’t wait to hang photo frames and such. I’m so excited to make this place ours.

     

  7. Nov
    24
    2016

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    3:09 PM   ♥   Comment

    Today is Thanksgiving and tomorrow is our moving day! My mom had postponed Thanksgiving because everyone in her household was sick. I received a call at 10:00am this morning that my great aunt’s husband became very sick (hoping everything is okay with him) and my mom needed to take my grandma out to Ohio. So, the kids were shuffled to us.

    Because of the holiday postponement Andrew and I decided to still do a very small Thanksgiving for just the two of us and we bought the stuff last night. Today we looked completely unprepared when we located a grocery store that was open until 3:00pm today carrying what looked like a full Thanksgiving dinner to the register. We just needed to double everything we had but it didn’t look like that, I’m sure. (Another reason to not assume things about people) So, the kids are with us and my mom who had planned to take the day off to rest is now traveling 6+ hours to Ohio in holiday traffic.

    This is the first time Andrew or I have ever cooked a turkey and while I’ve helped make holiday dinners before, I’ve never taken the reigns. I guess now that I’m married it’s time that changes since going forward I’ll be taking over holidays (okay, okay, maybe just becoming the venue) since my house is bigger. Moving day is the day right after Thanksgiving and we’ll be spending time with Andrew’s family this Christmas so that won’t happen until Easter.

    Tomorrow we’ll be getting up early to go pick up our truck and get this moving day on the road. With all of the luck in the world (and it’s not looking good with recent events/our track record) everything will go well and tomorrow we will be in our new home!

    I hope you all have a very happy, full, and safe Thanksgiving!

  8. Nov
    17
    2016

    We bought a home!

    2:42 PM   ♥   4 Comments

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    Yes, you read that right. Our very first home. We are both so very excited and can’t wait to move in. We’re in the process of painting and will be moving in the day after Thanksgiving. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an open floor plan, a nice yard for the doggies, laundry room and all new appliances. We’ll have central air in the summer time and the previous owners had cats too so their are carpeted shelves hung above the doors in the hallway.

    We’ve been trying to get out of this shitty neighborhood for so long and now we finally can. It’s a very nice, quiet area. We’re not far from my mom and siblings either. However, my brother, Patrick, will be moving out. This will be just Andrew and me. It’s so exciting. This means the beginning of so many good things and memories. I can’t even believe we are finally there.

    Once we’re in and begin to make some changes, I’ll be posting more photos. It only needs a little bit of work, all cosmetic, and we are so excited to do it because it’s OURS. I can’t wait for the nice weather so I can paint the door and start to garden. We are beside ourselves with excitement. We can’t wait to be moved in.

  9. Nov
    14
    2016

    Prevention is Key in Pet Joint Issues

    10:44 AM   ♥   Comment

    Anyone who has had a dog knows how heartbreaking it is to see them going through hip and joint issues later in life. Supplements crafted according to holistic standards will often provide animals with the relief that they need from pain. In addition to helping animals who already have joint issues, these products also help younger animals before they develop these symptoms.

    What Ingredients Make the Difference?

    There are several natural solutions known to help dogs with existing joint issues, as swell as possibly prevent these issues from developing. One of the most effective remedies for joint pain in dogs is cetyl myristoleate, which pet guardians use to provide their treasured companions with steady relief. MSM and glucosamine also help dogs with joint issues, with the combination of these ingredients bringing about a major difference in the results.

    Getting Dogs to Take It

    If you check out more on cetyl m for dogs, you will find that this type of supplement comes in handy forms that your dog will eat very willingly. It’s always easier to give your dog a supplement when it’s in a chewable form that can be used as a treat. The good thing about supplements that are formulated the right way is that they are safe for dogs with allergies.

    The Holistic Difference

    Although holistic vets have been around a long time, many people with pets are just now realizing the importance of holistic veterinary medicine and what it can do for their dog. The guidance of a holistic vet can help people determine which supplements are the safest for their dog. Vets who use a holistic approach can also provide valuable advice on vaccinations, as well as food. Many of the common health problems that dogs face are easily resolved with holistic approaches.

    Joint supplements for your dog can help him, or her enjoy their later years in comfort. When your dog can get the nutrients they need more easily, you can be well-assured that your pet will enjoy life to the fullest without as many potential pain issues.

  10. Nov
    09
    2016

    Dear America

    1:28 PM   ♥   Comment

    Dear America,

    Why? You elected a man who does not respect nor care for non-whites, women, LGBTQ+, disabled. He even insulted our veterans and POWs.  I’m horrified and shocked that this is the country I live in, that I have been so proud to be a part of. We went back 50 years today. The fear and tears seen last night on the news, at rallies, on social media, it’s real. We are frightened for ourselves and our brothers and sisters. If you aren’t scared, you have nothing to lose and that’s great for you. We do. I thought we were moving forward and I didn’t truly believe he would win. I’m hurt that half of our country feels this way.

    The only good to come of it is knowing we will get there. Those between 18-25 voted mostly Dem.

    Source: Eliza Byard (@EByard on Twitter)

     

I’m Randi, short for RandiLynn. I am a 25 year old blogger, web developer, furmama, and gamer from Northeast PA. I live with my husband and 7 animals. I live, eat, and sleep HTML & CSS. I spend my time creating pretty web stuff, blogging, gaming or binge-watching TV shows.


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