I grew up in sunny Central California, and I now live in Southern Oregon. Weather emergencies aren’t something I’m terribly familiar with. We don’t get hurricanes or tornadoes. No blizzards or electrical storms that take the [...]
Home decorating isn’t my forte. I think it’s because I’m more logical than artistic. Still, I’m always looking for ways to make my home more beautiful and homey. And of course, anything I do has to [...]
Last year we moved into our house. It was (and still is) a fixer, and throughout the year, we’ve been painting, putting up baseboards, fixing doors, and so on, and so on. Because of all the [...]
Since it’s vacation season, I thought I’d touch on some ways to keep your house safe while you’re away. After all, you work hard to afford your house and the things inside. It only makes sense [...]
Temperatures here in Southern Oregon are on their way UP! We hit 90 degrees yesterday, and we’re supposed to hit 90 again today. Yep, it’s gone from mild to hot in a hurry! So how do [...]
About a month and a half ago, I posted that I had started my garden on a nice spring afternoon. I had planted some broccoli, an artichoke, strawberries, and four tomato plants. The good news is, [...]
It seems that almost every house (except mine) these days has mini-blinds. I can understand why. They’re affordable, versatile, and they come in a wide range of colors. But let’s face it. They’re a pain to [...]
Question I will be graduating from college this May. I have about $47,000 in student loan debt and about $15,000 in investment accounts (which are not retirement accounts). With the new $15,000 first time home buyer [...]
After my customer service fiasco turned victory yesterday, my husband asked me why we keep our land line with Qwest. We both have cell phones, and neither one of us really gab on the phone very [...]
A memorable Thanksgiving doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s November already, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If you’re like me, you will be hosting your family this year. I love hosting Thanksgiving dinner, [...]
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