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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A lot more than I'm used to.

     Trying to get a business started takes a lot of time away from the business. There is so much regulation and taxes and license fees that I can understand why people try to fly under the table. The government wants their cut and they do not care how much of your tax money they spend to get it. If the department of business and professional regulation gets ahold of you then your tax money will be used to prosecute you. Ditto with the IRS. I refuse to say this is right but it is the way of things. Nobody on the government dole cares how much you lost conforming to inane restrictions and regulations. If I lost $1000 taking the time to comply do you think the official I had to spend time waiting to see in order to comply cares? No. That person is getting a paycheck regardless. Okay, rant over, feel free to resume your life.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer fun

While everyone else heads to the beach or the lake,pool or wherever you head to cool off during the hot Summer someone usually winds up staying to handle the household chores. One thing you should work in is an outdoor shower. If you have an irrigation system perhaps you have a pump. whether you do or not it is a fact that cold water is cheaper than hot water and the sand and assortment of other gunk brought back is best left outside instead of going down your indoor plumbing. A privacy enclosure is a nice touch but not a necessity since whatever you wore is wearing some of the gunk you want to get rid of too. If you are bashful just shower in that and hang it out to dry for next time. You can run in to scrub up the unmentionable parts but should see a savings on water and electric. While you are at it use cold water in the laundry unless you are trying to sterilize diapers or something. It's easier on your clothes and your pocketbook. To quote Martha Stewart "It's a good thing"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

     Well being in another state gives you a different perspective on things. I am at my Moms' home in Virginia for a couple weeks and they have different climate, different bugs, different landscape and different critters. What they have in common is the need for home maintenance. Something you take care of now will be something you don't have to fix or replace later. Unless you buy throwaway Chinese crap built for throwing away which is a waste of money. Buy things built to last and take care of them and it will be money well spent. Get your furniture at wal-hell and you get what it is...disposable. It's kinda like toilet paper, use it and throw it away.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

It's always something.

    It's seems like the shorter the day the longer the list gets. So I guess a coat of primer on that chest and some yardwork is in order, not necessarily in that order. What stands in the way of your day?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pretty good.

We all have problem spots and there are found solutions. Example.
Problem.... Dead corner in hallway with junk piling up.
Solution ....cabinet built from found boxes and finished in an antique crackle style.
You just can't say this isn't better. For under a hundred bucks (we already had the paint) Problem solved and we did it with somebodys trash. I wouldn't part with it for under $500 and love what it did for the hallway.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Where does that go?

    Well in the case of purpose built furniture it fills a niche in the house. Case in point: we have a spot in the hallway that used to be home to an old furnace or water heater. Now it is just a dead corner in the hall with some boxes and stuff piled in it. Now I am no master cabinetmaker or furniture craftsman but I have a few skills and have built some pieces we use around the home and have found to be of acceptable quality. The other day we found at the curb a pair of discarded wooden boxes that were apparently crafted by someone with superior equipment and were of quality material. I joined them together and trimmed them out and am currently working on a finish for them. We will wind up with a 4 door cabinet for that spot that is indestructible and attractive. We paid under $100 for the materials and I wouldn't part with it for less than $500. I did invest a considerable amount of time but I had it to invest. Never discount the value of found materials. People throw stuff away because they see no use for it and I am not too embarrassed to pick it up. Your trash could be my next project.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Warm, rain, cold, repeat.

Here in NE Fla we get cyclical weather patterns and this year (so far) we have been blessed with unseasonably warm weather. Now I'm not gonna go all Al Gore on you and blame it on global warning but I will recommend that you use the cycles to your advantage. When it's warm get a jumpstart on the spring chores so you don't waste primo fishing time or (insert favorite spring activity here). Paint,paint, paint when it's warm paint.By the time a few cycles of weather pass you'll be done painting. Everyone has spring chores to get done and weather permitting do them in the winter.Do you really want to clean the garage on a beautiful spring day? If I was a golfing man I'd rather be reserving a tee time without feeling guilty.