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Yard work, painting kitchen cabinets, sanding and priming

Posted By: me on 2006-03-25
In Reply to: what's everyone doing this weekend? - nygal

kitchen chairs.  This morning went out to breakfast with DH and then ran a couple of errands, have already spread weed and feed in the yard and used weeder killer in other areas, cleaned off the patio, cleaned off the bookcase in the den, recycled some stuff,  Freecycled some stuff - busy, busy, busy. 

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Painting, painting, painting our rental house sm
Tenants want to move in asap. I'm a nice landlady. I said they could have a month's free rent and didn't have to pay a deposit if they came and helped. (My kid and his girlfriend) I'll paint, they can wash cabinets, woodwork, windows, doors and shampoo the rugs. Just 3 more rooms to go....
yard work

Did some yard work.  My husband mowed the lawn Friday evening.  Got delayed for half an hour because I disturbed a yellow jacket nest.

Went to a state park in the p.m. and watched my baby while my husband fished.  Didn't catch any as raine poured on us, so we ate at a nearby fish restaurant and got us some good good fried catfish.  HHHHmmmmmmm good.

Have you considered striping the wall....a lighter color of your choice in the royal blue family, along with one of the new pearlized paints with a smaller stripe in between (three stripes in all) of your sofa color? Sounds like a lot of taping, but I think the effect would be stunning.
I like the sand or light being idea someone mentioned.  How do you feel about stripes?  If the furniture is solid colors, and the carpet has not pattern in it, I think I would pain stripes (4 to 6 inches wide) of alternating sand and a blue a couple of shades darker than the carpet, with a tiny white or cream-colored stripe (1/4 to 1/2 inch) between each stripe. 
Spray-painting daughter

Another thing that matters is the composition of the pavement, concrete vs. blacktop for example.  Concrete is porous, and has a tendency to absorb paint into the pores rather than it just sitting on the surface.  Heh.  Relax, and think how much you would enjoy their little art project 20 years from now.  It will wear off eventually.

Wall painting faux finish techniques sm
Has anyone ever done their walls in a faux finish technique?  I have a rather large room inhabited by my husband and the 2 dogs in the evening while I work, a big screen t.v., a beige fireplace, beige and hunter green wood look vinyl tile on the floor and hunter green furniture. One wall is paneled in a pecan paneling as it couldn't be done any other way. This room was an add on to the house. Right now the walls are a gray color but am looking to paint it something different, something that might not show the splotches caused by the dogs shaking their wet fur on occasion and fingerprints around the switches.  I found the softly aged walls technique on the HGTV web site were you use 2 colors and a divided roller and divided pan. I kind of like the look and it looks fairly easy for me to do.  Anyone have any ideas?
How about interior wallpapering and painting? People charge big bucks for that. nm
In the Kitchen and it is the worst but

I purchased a pair of those earmuffs that people use at the shooting range and although I have received many laughs, these are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I use the little earbuds for headphones and the earmuffs on top and get some peace and quiet.  I also put them on when I do not want to be bothered.  I have in-laws over a lot to help with my 4 year old and we live in an apartment so these earmuffs are literally the best thing to happen to my work.  I work a lot of nights and would just keep my husband up if it were in the bedroom.  I really don't think I would want the computer screen staring at me while I am trying to sleep anyway.

kitchen question
I have some acacia wooden salad bowls, serving dishes, etc which I am giving as a wedding present. I know this type of wood is known for its durability but I am wondering if wooden dishes are microwave safe. Also, I remember my mother using them to serve some hot foods. Do they stain with such foods as hot tomato dishes, spinach or berries? Is ther some another way to remove those stains other than bleach? Just wondering if there anybody out there who knows about this?
I had to remove one from the kitchen a little

It was the middle of the night, as I was walking towards the kitchen, I noticed the snake (maybe 14" long, maybe 2" in diameter) side winding towards the refrigerator.  I am a nature person but only to a certain degree, so don't want the snakes in my home or any reptile for that matter.  I bent down as far as I could with my arthritic hips, scooped the snake up into a dust pan with my arthritic fingers as fast as I could (which wasn't very fast) and walked it up my very steep driveway towards a nearby drain.  I didn't want to kill it, just get it far away from the house as I could.  I never heard from it again.  However, I have bird feeders near the house and maybe that is why I had to even deal with it being in my home in the first place.  Not much of a reptile or insect person.  I remove the lizards from the house too instead of killing but will spray or destroy insects.



Babyproof! I still have my babyproof things on our cabinets -sm
it will help a lot in keeping her out of a lot of trouble. We had them on all the lower cabinets, drawers, bathroom cabinets, even doors, the toilets, and the refrigerator, as my 2 girls tried to get into everything, just couldn't since I foiled them! As for working, I only worked basically when they slept at that age.....if you have a spare computer get some of those CDs for 18+ months, I did that for mine (started her on the computer at 15 months or so with learning games), my older daughter is quite a wizz on the computer now, when she was 4 (almost 7 now) she was resetting up Windows, using some programs in ways I did not know you could, etc. Now my younger one (now 5)is getting a lot better on the computer too. That might amuse her some and she'd learn some good things at the same time, colors, shapes, letters, phonics, etc. Good luck.
Ever try cooking a meal in someone else's kitchen? sm
You know how to cook, but have a tough time finding where everything is kept in that kitchen so it takes a while longer.  You could cook the same thing in your own familiar kitchen in half the time.  This goes for MT, too.  It takes a long time, even for those of us who have been transcribing half our lives, to get used to new formats, new work type codes, new voices, and learning idiosyncrasies for each and every dictator.  It takes time--a few months or more.  Be patient, and the line counts will surely add up as you become more familiar with the account. 
Kitchen appliance graveyard

In the midst of moving last weekend, I discovered my long forgotten kitchen appliance graveyard.  All the cool gadgets that I thought I HAD to have at the time that have long since moved into that cabinet.  I had three juicers dating back to the 80's, an ice cream maker, a sandwich maker, a George Foreman grill, a food dehydrator, and a the most recent one I got for Christmas, a smoothie maker.  Oh the humanity!  I have decided to resurrect some of them for fun and because I feel so guilty.  How about you all ?  Anyone suffer from this gadget collecting problem? 

ants on the kitchen table
Anybody else have a problem with ants on the table.  We even fogged the house, used raid and still they come back.  Any suggestions?
I use Scrubbing Bubbles, too. Windex in the kitchen.
Bleach with water and Lysol spray to disinfect.  I keep a backup can of Comet around in case I run out of everything else.  Pledge on the wooden kitchen table just for fun.  I don't like the kitty on the counters or table, so he slides across the slippery surface after I use Pledge.  Most entertaining.  And Brite to shine the kitchen floor so we can watch the dogs skittering around corners while playing with kitty.
Really? What's good flooring for the kitchen and bathroom?
I definitely need something that will hold up to water. I'm just so tired of redoing the flooring in this house. We've only been here nine years and I'm tired of always remodeling or redoing everything. This is the very last time.
Oh, my!. I HAVE been there, desk in kitchen while dishes pile up and so on.
The little ones, at least, from this distance are happy memories and much missed. It really does get a LOT easier, I promise, and sooner than you can imagine, up over your head in it all as you are. Keep taking lots of deep breaths.
digital kitchen timer and a scratchpad ....
I am always startled at how much tallying line count every hour or two keeps me focused. Some days just spread out vaguely and my line count suffers as I get distracted or restless.

The info your platform provides should be enough ... to keep some sort of a running tally.

I trust almost no one is still doing manual logs (best kept in Excell, imho), but yes, even with manual logs, a "bad" hour total can provide the seat-in-chair motivation to perform better next hour.

Taking breaks is a good idea -- but I admit I still spend a lot of time playing catch-up.

What can we use on the yard for fleas? I got a
cocker spaniel a few months ago to go along with the cats but since the end of June/beginning of July we have been fighting fleas. I'm surrounded by neighbors who both have 2 dogs but their backyard grass is about 3 feet high so now matter how much spraying I do in the yard, the fleas still comes back. I've had the yard and house sprayed a few times this month but the fleas keep coming. We never have a problem with fleas until summer months. I just wish the neighbor would cut his grass more than 3 times a year.
Yard sale
The 4th would be okay if your area gets a lot of traffic. A lot of people "running around" on the holiday weekend. I have known people who did very well on holiday weekends.

Just to warn, clothes don't sell well. Toys, baby items, household items are good sellers. I like to price toward the lower end so that I get rid of it. Those who price high take the risk that the buyer won't bother to "haggle". But you should stand firm if you feel a price is fair, maybe give in if it is getting towards the end of the day.

Have a good one!!!
Probably any kitchen gadget type place- Bed, Bath, Beyond,
I have had mine for years, about $10. I think I got mine at Lechters, don't know if they still exist though. But I am sure BBB would have it, who knows Wal-Mart probably does too.
Yep, 8 hrs in a hot kitchen on the burger broiler, at an amusement park.
Ceramic tile, but who puts carpet in a kitchen?
In the kitchen having breakfast. Turned on the TV and Charlie Gibson was on
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Having my first yard sale. Any suggestions?

It will be some time in July.  Any particular weekend that would be best?  Probably not around the 4th because people will be out of town, right?

Have lots of clothes and other stuff.  Anything that I haven't used in the last 6 weeks or that was not a gift is going.  No more clutter for me!

I've never had a yard sale before.  Is there anything I should know?  Oh, and I hate to haggle.  Should I price to high and take the first offer or just price low and stand firm (who me?).  I'm not looking to make a fortune.  I just want to get rid of my junk and have a little to show for it. 

Thanks for any suggestions.

Anyone ever have problems with sink holes in your yard?
My grandson was just walking across the yard and his foot gave way and went down to his waist. There are other areas, some large where the ground appears to have sunk somewhat. They live in southeast georgia. If you have experienced this, please share.
Camping in the back yard with the kids sm
when they were small. We had the most fun there than anywhere we went. We had big bonfires, cooked grilled cheeses over the fire and just plain fun. We live near the woods so we had the raccoons, etc, just like being at a campground and it was all free! 
Does anyone know how to reset a DVI? I purchased one at a yard sale and *sm*
it did not come with a manual.  I am trying to use it for the first time and the dial tone comes up but it is asking for a log in ID.   I would also like to purchase a manual if anyone has one.  I do believe I can go to the DVI website and ask about purchasing one but that will not help me throughout the weekend in trying to figure out what do do now!  Assistance is greatly appreciated!
Yard sale maybe? I have a friend who made $600 in one day

Don't know what it's like wherever you live but in my town yard/garage sales are some people's weekend hobby lol. Get friends to sell stuff too so it is a big one that people will stop at, make the signs big.

hit some yard sales early in the morning

Yard sale! If you have anything in your house you can part with

have a yard sale, or post a cheap ad in those little throw away papers like Pennysaver, NOT the regular newspaper as the ads are too expensive.

Remember that things can be replaced.  Good luck!

Is anyone watching Hell's Kitchen? If you think MT is hard, watch this show. The abuse of the
wannabe chefs is second only to MT abuse by the nationals.  Really, to work in a kitchen in a restaurant seems the hardest job ever pressure-wise.  I say this after watching "The Restaurant" and "Hell's Kitchen" reality TV.  I wonder what the pay is to subject yourself to this agony and pressure.
Buying and planting a tree or shrub in their yard,
something that blooms/flowers so that they can seek comfort every year and it is symbolic too. 
That happened to me once... guns drawn out in front yard..
lived in a track house, so houses were real close together.  Turns out the single woman living next door who seemed to have no end to her money to buy nice stuff was running a racket out of her house, somehow tapping into computers in warehouses for big companies and having merchandise like applicances and computers sent to people without them having been paid for.  FBI surrounded the place, digging in trash, etc.  They finally got her and she went to federal prison for a while, then came back and skipped parole and they were back for her again.  Weird.
I worked grave yard for years but then my jobs all
disappeared by midnight. This very large company said they needed help late and I always did my work, did all the preop hps, etc., but now I am lucky to get 5 jobs a night. This happened to several others that I know, too. It is simply that the off-shore do it cheaper. I did not get paid a differential, either. I just like that shift, but I also need work, so good bye big company
Also, be careful that little girl/parents don't throw something toxic in your yard sm
for the puppy too eat.  Sad, but a lot of sickos out there.
Try ebay, yard sales, Recycled Software or BuyCheapSoftware.com
to find inexpensive software. Also, see if you can find a newer version of MS Works because I think it comes with Word now, or you can buy a standalone version of Word without springing for MS Office.

For that matter, wait until you find a job before worrying about it. Not everybody uses MS Word, and some companies provide their own software for you to use. What about going back to Medware or another company that provides software and/or equipment?
My neighbor had a golden lab that went to obedience school and was shot in their yard because of
We lived on Riverfront Drive with the river running through the back yard.
I always figured it meant riverfront property or the house was in front of the river.  LOL
I use round glass lids from old Corningware and other glassware for all my pots. Find 'em at yard
we've lost our sense of community, no more back yard fences, no more coffee klatches
It's the sense of community we miss, and there is some semblance of it here. My son has been online since age 10, and he knows the status of the marriages and pregnancies and jobs and traumas of his gameing friends, from his age on up into the 60s, male and female. They comfort each other, congratulate each other. Ranges from students to cops to medial installers to computer geeks. It's a sense of commnity that has sprung up, but that society doesn't really recognize as REAL yet, it's too new.
Without too much effort?! A good yard sale takes a good deal of effort, IMO.
I get my work from an FTP site that they load the work to, however I don't have pool work so to
speak, but I tell them how many minutes a day I want.  The work is generally put in my box by 5 pm every day, then I have until 10 am the following day for some priority work, or 3:30 pm for the rest, so TAT is not too bad. I would like to work less at night though, but I working on that. My downside is I do not get the same dictators day to day, there are a few I do on a semi-regular basis though, some generate great lines but take longer to do that other doc's and are not "money-makers", I also do not get paid for spaces so that hurts a bit too.  This is WP5.1 too.....so very antiquated but that is what the hospital uses, so not much choice there. But I understand what you mean about the C-phone. I was just doing another job with C-phone recently...they incidentally did not tell me how to get off of the system, which was very simple.  I'd finish a job, then hit stop and hangup if I wanted to get off or quit working.  That is what you need to do if you want to sleep, eat, etc.  Don't feel guilty, do what you signed up for, believe me they watch the pools and will get others to do the work you don't finish.  If they get on your case remind them that you are only PT and only want 500 lines a day, etc.  It's not worth killing yourself over.  Good Luck.
You go by your schedule and have no work. Everytime I get on to work, there is always work.
Then you would have no life at all except work, work, work if you did that. I wouldn't do it. nm
Same thing with nationals. You work all the time to keep the account caught up when others dont work
and then when they decide to put a whole lot of extra people on your accounts and run you out they could care less about how much you worked.
Have a hospital I work for and they consistently change work types and do line counts. (sm)
Management just doesn't understand in order to crank out the work you need to be proficient by typing the same accounts. Go figure, they just don't get it ??
Usually work "live" on a Cphone, while connected. There are ways to record & work off line, bu
steady work...gearing up to start new account....but there was no work on Tues as it was a holiday
Be patient with your eyes open....
I work for Warminster at MQ and I am sick to death of being jerked around with no work all the time.
I would like a job where I can depend on the work and it does not seem to be in this office of MQ.
Speaking of offshoring MT work, who does not directly send work offshore?
Just curious.  Has anyone got a list of companies who do not send work offshore?  Precyse?  MQ?  Spheris?