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Thursday, November 11, 2010

You’re not going to believe this

Earlier today I wrote a post about my house and the plumbing, etc. Well, this is a short update: The plumbing issue is gonna cost $305 and I got a deal from a plumber that I’ve used before in the past. I forgot all about him and came across his number while talking to someone about the situation.  I paid $45 for them to come out, which has already been subtracted from what the cost of the repair is.

And that’s not the “you’re not going to believe” part. My van died today. Think it’s the alternator. Between having to replace my washing machine two weeks ago, the plumbing issue and everything else in between… the van breaking down on me was just shocking.

Needless to say, I’m now officially tense. Anyone have an extra $600 laying around… give or take?

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Needing to repair this old house

Health wise, today is not a good day. I’ll spare you the details of the chronic illness flair ups, headache/cold/chest thing. Weather wise, it’s gorgeous outside. Sunny, fall colors, a breeze and not too hot or too cold. But inside this house, things are falling apart.

Although that may be a bit dramatic it doesn’t lessen the fact that as a homeowner when something needs to be repaired or replaced there’s always something else that needs to be repaired or replace soon after. Case in point: Not more than two weeks ago a very good friend of mine had my washing machine replaced because the other one died. No spinning, no washing… I just bought that one used in January so this time instead of going that route or getting the old one fixed I was able to get an extremely nice one on the least expensive side.

One problem solved.

back of house With the change of weather I discovered the heat in the van and the heat in the house aren’t working properly. Although I’m not surprised by those two there is still the matter of having money to replace and repair. The van seems to be leaking, burning, eating coolant. No coolant = no heat. So when I run out of coolant I use water ‘til I can get some more coolant. The heating and air unit in the house needs to be replaced and the wonderful heating/air guy that I had dropped off the face of the earth.

A few weeks ago RP asked, “What’s that sound?” We perked our ears up and realized there is a slight dripping from the faucet in the bathroom. I put it in my mind that I need to get the little drip fixed. The little dripped turned into a big drip, which yesterday turned into a geyser. I’m burning electricity (yup, it’s the hot water) and wasting water…

Plumbing problem + no funds = high bills, repair costs

Gone are the days when every man you know is handy and every neighbor is trust worthy.

I am not meaning this post as a vent (only semi) or complaint ‘cause I’m not even in a bad mood about it. Given my compromised physical state there isn’t much I can get worked up about right now.

What am I going to do? At this moment, I’m hoping that a friend of mine who is on his way will be able to fix it enough to get the water to stop and bide me some time to get some plumbing money together. And that, believe it or not, is just the beginning of the list of things that are falling apart.

If you have some advice you know I’m always open to it, but take a moment to read my plumbing facts before you comment :-):

  • No, there isn’t a little thingy on the knob to pop off to reveal the screw so I can tighten.
  • No the pipe from the water heater to the bathroom didn’t turn off the flow of water.
  • The water shut-off value is in the crawl space under my house… all the way at the front of the house and the access point is at the back of the house.
  • My house was born built in 1968 and 99.9 percent of the piping is old. Any pipes for the tub faucet are behind the wall. Previous plumbing has been done in a way to avoid knocking down the wall to access it, i.e., “there was no money for it then either.”

Right now I’m going to sip my coffee and wait for – what I hope will be – my plumbing hero. In the meantime, feel free to send me some money (the PayPal link is in my sidebar), send your handyman to my house, buy me a brand new house or simply leave a comment.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I want to win a trip to BlissDom ‘11 … Wish me luck!

Ever since I really got into blogging – and loving every minute of it – I’ve wanted to attend a blogger’s conference. I’ve watched them come and go, read others’ posts about the fun they’ve had and the information they’ve learned as well as watched some mom and women bloggers grow (business blogging wise) after attending. And I want to be a part of it.

I’ve also seen the perks gained, and  the virtual friends that meet up. I’m jealous that I haven’t gotten a chance to meet all of my blogging buddies. That’s why when I read that One2One Network, which I’m a member of, is having a giveaway to win a trip to next year’s BlissDom Conference, I just had to enter. So, as you can guess, this post is one of the ways I’m entering.

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I mean, really, what do I have to lose? A little time to write this post? If I don’t enter and at least take my chances I can’t complain about not being able to go. Well, I could, but it would be futile.

Take a look at what those who enter have a chance at winning:

GRAND prize: Full conference pass (includes Wisdom Workshops), 3 nights at the Opryland Hotel, AND airfare/travel to the conference (up to $500)!!! (~$1500 value!)

FIRST prize: Full conference pass (includes Wisdom Workshops), 2 nights at the Opryland Hotel!! (~$800 value!)

SECOND prize: Full conference pass (includes Wisdom Workshops) (~$500 value!)

Isn’t that fabulous?

The contest started Tuesday and runs through  midnight (EST) Monday, November 29th. Here’s what you need in order to be eligible to enter the giveaway:

To enter to win just:

Leave a comment (this one is mandatory) on the One2One post about the giveaway and share what you hope to learn at BlissDom ’11.

For ADDITIONAL entries:

  1. Tweet the contest: I want to go to  #blissdom with @One2OneNetwork! http://bit.ly/O2Obliss.  …Leave a separate comment with the URL to the tweet.
  2. Post on Facebook: I want to go to BlissDom ’11 with One2One Network http://bit.ly/O2Obliss (And be sure to tag One2One Network in your post so they can see it.) Don’t forget to leave a separate comment on their post letting them know you posted to Facebook.
  3. Blog about the contest: Let your readers know about this incredible giveaway! Write a post on your blog about the contest or why you want to go to Blissdom, and leave a separate comment with the URL to the post for another entry!

Be sure to check O2O blog to get the information and instructions from the “horses mouth.”

Just the thought of winning this giveaway causes my heart to skip a beat with excitement. I can only imagine all of the great information I’ll come away with and the fun that I’ll have.

Tell me, have you been to a blogging conference? If so, what did you like most about it? And have you already registered for BlissDom ‘11 or have entered this contest?

Good luck to those who enter… and I hope to see you there.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Last taste of summer

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This evening when my children arrived home from school and after they had finished most of their homework I let them go outside. They ran, screamed, threw leaves, climbed a tree, rode a bike, pushed cars, carried tree limbs, played with bugs and a variety of other things that only children can think to do.

I let them play ‘til it was about dusk… Yes, we’re having unseasonably warm weather, and they’ve asked me a few times in the past couple of weeks to play outside or go to the park. DSCF4584The first couple of times it was too wet out then it was too cold out, but today – with the temperature in the high 60s and low 70s – presented possibly the last time they’ll get to play outside with outside concern of coats, hats, gloves, runny noses and colds.

A couple of times I peeked at them, admonished them for being close to the street and, at the last minute, noticed the uniform pants my son didn’t change out of all. Oh well, it’s his last taste of summer, I thought.

DSCF4585Given that we’re in the South, there may be a few more days here and there that call for outside play or a longer stroll from mailbox to door. It’s nice to get those days in and not be confided to the house… the last taste of summer.  

 

 

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(All pictures were taken over the summer.) 

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Prepaid funeral planning

Did you know you can get your funeral planning accomplished in advance? It’s one way you can ensure this final ceremony is taken care of for peace of mind of yourself and your family.

Funeral services can be prepaid and many people choose to make those payments on a payment plan. Choices range from one year to up to 15 years in advance with monthly, semi-monthly and annual payments option via check, credit card or direct debit.

Prepaying is an effective way to put money, which grows tax free, aside for a funeral expenses.

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