1. Feb
    14
    2017

    5 Great Gifts for Grandma

    11:35 AM   ♥   Comment

    Your grandmother has done a lot for you, so it makes sense that you want to find her an amazing gift to celebrate her birthday or anniversary. But what should you buy? What present will truly show your appreciation for years of home-cooked meals and hand-made quilts? Here are just a few ideas for bringing a smile to her face.

    1. Music

    Everyone loves music, especially if it reminds them of happier times in the past. What songs were charting when your grandmother was a little girl? What song played at her wedding? If you can buy these records for her, she’ll appreciate both the gift and the thought that you put behind it.

    2. Candles

    There are candles for every occasion, so you’ll have your pick of the litter when it comes to sweet scents that grandma will love. Maybe she adores the smell of freshly-baked cookies; maybe she enjoys the soothing properties of vanilla, jasmine or lavender. If you’re worried about her ability to handle fire, you can even look into “flameless” candles that run on LED lights and batteries.

    3. Jewelry

    While you might want to steer clear of anything with tiny clasps or finicky loops, some easy-to-wear jewelry will be a token of your love that your grandmother can wear every day. Think about necklaces, bracelets and even watches that will slide on without difficulty. Think about charms that you can add to a chain that have personal meaning to her.

    4. Puzzles

    Puzzles are more than just a fun activity. For senior citizens, they’re also a brain-boosting tool that can sharpen cognitive skills and lessen the symptoms of degenerative diseases. As a bonus, if you’re willing to help grandma put them together, you’ll be giving her an even greater gift: time with you.

    5. Figurines

    There are figurines in every size and shape that you can imagine, so it’s just a matter of choosing one that will mean something to your grandmother. Does she like angels? Is she obsessed with owls? Is her entire home covered in flowers? Check out things like Willow Tree figures to find the perfect statue that she can display on her mantle.

    These are just a few gifts that grandma is sure to love. Whether she’s an active 60-year-old or a gentle 90-year-old, let these presents show her how much she means to you.

  2. Feb
    13
    2017

    Resolution Ideas for the New Year

    4:42 PM   ♥   Comment

    With the New Year fully underway, it’s time to take a step back and think about the best ways for individual improvement. Even if you’re perfectly comfortable with who you are at this moment, there’s always a new goal worth pursuing. With that in mind, here are a few ideas for new resolutions to take up this year that practically anyone can somewhat easily do.

    Learn an Instrument

    During a musical performance, it’s almost inevitable that someone in the audience wishes “they could do that.” Well, as it turns out, learning an instrument isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Sure, there’s a learning curve to it, but that’s what learning music for beginners is for. Places like C.R. Carole excel at taking in people that lack skill, but make up for it with a genuine interest in learning how to play music. If you’ve always wished you knew how to play an instrument, but could never convince yourself to take the all-important first step, then now might be the time to consider doing so.

    Learn Magic

    If instruments and music aren’t your passion, what about magic? Magic can be an excellent tool for other aspects of your life, even if you don’t realize it. Proper magician techniques can help you to make more perceptive of your surroundings, and to have better control of your hands and fingers. If you’ve struggled in the past with clumsy fingers, then picking up a few magic tricks might help you overcome your difficulties. Perhaps most importantly, cool magic tricks are a great way of generating interest at a party, and are an excellent way of helping you stand out among your peers.

    Break a Record

    This one’s a bit difficult than learning to play an instrument or perform a magic trick, but it’s incredibly fulfilling nonetheless. Breaking a record doesn’t necessarily mean you need to target a popular one either. Regardless of whether it’s most bubbles blown in under 60 seconds, or it’s something even more obscure than that, the idea is to push yourself to your limits. Regardless of whether you actually break a record by the end of the year or not, you’ll at least walk away with an intense appreciation for all of the effort you put into the journey.

    The best New Year’s resolutions are the ones that make you take a deep look at yourself, and determine where you want to be next year. By following these tips, you should be able to build on your existing passions and hopefully develop some new ones. Of course, what’s most important is that you have fun in the process and remember to not put too much pressure on yourself to succeed.

  3. Feb
    13
    2017

    Sick of this

    12:08 AM   ♥   Comment

    We went to IKEA yesterday. We had been planning this trip for a while since I needed to get our dining room table. IKEA has great prices but we don’t have one close to us, so shipping anything costs $300 right off the bat. Our table, $199 would have cost us $499 to get to us. Sigh. 

    So off we went. Yesterday I woke up with some sciatic pain. I expected it. Every time I hurt my back, sciatic pain follows for a couple of weeks. It sucks but it sure as hell beats the back pain. We drove down to IKEA and wandering around that hurt a ton but we managed. Then we drove over to Microcenter (don’t have one of those either!) so Andrew could get his graphics card. He had been eyeing it for a while and he’s been so amazing, had we had he money sooner I would have bought it for him. He so deserved it. Not to mention, he upgrades, I upgrade! Standing around while he wandered around was bad. I just wanted to sit down.

    We finally got out of there and drove 30 minutes to his brother’s restaurant because I hadn’t been there yet. We got some food and caught up with him for a little while. The pain was getting unbearable so we left out.

    On the ride home, it hit a 9/10 on the pain scale and that’s basically where it’s stayed since. Sciatic pain is usually a shooting pain when you stretch your leg as you want or bend a certain way. I’ve never experienced it this bad. NOTHING alleviates the pain, no position, heat nor ice. I got down on the floor last night to stretch it out and I couldn’t get up. Even trying to roll over put me in excruciating pain. It was about 20 minutes and eventually just forcing myself through the pain to get up. I didn’t sleep much last night. I couldn’t get into a position where it didn’t hurt. God, that sounds like an exaggeration. It’s not. I have a high pain tolerance. I’d been eating Ibuprofen and basically bathing in IcyHot with Lidocaine and no relief. I’d fall asleep for an hour and wake up in so much pain. Since I was in the position it hurt the least in, what was I to do? Rolling over didn’t work. Getting up to pee was just me hobbling in sobs.

    It was so bad I had to go to redicare this morning. I got up to shower, maybe run some hot water on my ass area but it wasn’t working. I had enough momentum to wash my hair (sitting down twice) and had to get out. I thought I was going to faint from the pain. I came out, still snaked, and just fell on the bed. I moved closer to Andrew and got into a certain position that while resting my head on him stopped it from hurting. If I moved it hurt again but in that moment, there was relief. I fell aslee for an hour I think when my mom called.

    Redicare closed at 5:00pm and it was 1:30 at that point so I had to go then. I didn’t want to because I didn’t want to sit there in pain and that’s exactly what happened. Finally I was seen, though, and the doctor prescribed me Steroids, a pain pill, and something to help me sleep. I’m hoping tonight is better. Right now, I’m sitting upright on the couch watching Dr. Strange with Andrew. It’s my first time out of the bedroom today. I took a pain pill and my 2nd dose of the steroids so I’m hoping that’s helping. The pain pill, tramadol, didn’t seem to touch it before so I had to take another. At this point, as long as I don’t move too much and stay leaning to my right, it’s like a 1/10.

    I’m so frustrated because I spent 2 weeks limited to the couch. I couldn’t bend/roll over, I could barely wipe myself or tie my shoes. As soon as my back heals, my sciatic starts and prevents me from doing all of the same things. I just want to go back to normal or at least bring the pain down to a tolerable level. I’m so sick of being confined to bed rest.

  4. Feb
    07
    2017

    Mr and Mrs Boring

    3:04 PM   ♥   Comment

    My back is slightly better since we’re now on Day 8 of this injury. I’m just glad I can get up and move again with minimal pain. I have a lot I want to get done around the house but can’t out of fear of aggravating it more.

    I haven’t done too much except lay on the couch and watch Teen Mom 2. Probably not much different than what I would be doing sans back injury. I could go on for hours about that, if you’d like, but I’ll spare you the headache and frustration. Andrew has been watching it off and on with me, enough that he knows the names of the kids and who they belong to. So when something ridiculous happens I fill him in from across the house.

    On Saturday, we went out to lunch with Whitney! That was a lot of fun and having known Whitney for a few years now, it was great to meet her in person, and her husband Jamie. We went to Red Robin and laughed and joked and had a blast. Next time it’ll be our responsibility to get out to her area.

    That’s really it. Our lives are incredibly boring. We don’t really like socializing, we don’t like a lot of people, and we don’t have kids. It’s mostly work, video games/tv, dinner, more video games/tv, sleep, repeat. On occasion we’ll go out to eat or the movies but that’s only on weekends. It’s 10:00pm at night and Andrew is laying next to me on the couch sleeping. We’re boring.

  5. Feb
    02
    2017

    Broken

    11:24 PM   ♥   Comment

    At 4:30pm on Sunday, I had gotten up to straighten up the house. I spent all day on the couch and couldn’t take it anymore. Since Sunday is garbage night, I planned to get some  chores done. Within 30 minutes I was back on the couch because I hurt my back. It was bad, (TMI) like sobbing on the toilet because I couldn’t wipe myself or get up without incredible pain.

    It still hurts 5 days later. I’m still having trouble getting up easily and bending down. The most annoying part is how painful it is to sit in my chair. Work has been a bit of a pain but my clients have been super cool about it, patient, and checking on me.

    I have things to get done around the house that I planned to do. Andrew was super helpful but he didn’t do the things I planned to so I’d like to get to them. Hopefully I wake up tomorrow almost back to normal.

  6. Jan
    27
    2017

    6 Months Smoke-Free

    8:06 PM   ♥   1 Comment

    It has officially been 6 months since I quit smoking! I don’t regret it. Yes, I have the occasional, “I could go for a cigarette right now” but the majority of the time, I don’t even miss it. I can breathe better. I feel better. I don’t wake up with pain in my chest from the way all that junk settled in my lungs or start hacking at random times. It’s the best thing I could have done for myself and all I did was stop. I quit cold turkey.

    I’m not going to lie, I did not want to quit. I quit because the price was going up not because it was bad for me or because it was the right decision I quit simply because I didn’t want to pay over $8.00/pack. I decided the weekend prior that I was going to quit before the day the prices went up. I told A my plan and since he hated me smoking, he was very excited. I finished that last pack and didn’t buy another.

    The first 3 days were the worst and I would go from being fine to sobbing. I thought of having a cigarette many times in a 5 minute span only to remember, “Oh, wait.” It was a constant back and forth. The first 3 days were the hardest but by 2 weeks out, I was okay. I’ve made it 6 months now. I’m definitely proud of myself and encourage anyone else looking to quit smoking to just stop. It sounds harder than it is. It seems like the worst thing. You don’t want to but you know you should. You can do it and you’ll be so glad you did.

  7. Jan
    10
    2017

    Interior Design Block

    5:58 PM   ♥   3 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

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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