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Sunday, January 25, 2015

yummy pizza

Good morning.
I've just returned from cleaning the Salon.
It was a very busy week in the Salon, and I'm happy for the weekend.   :-)
For dinner Saturday evening, Craig made pizza.

Roasted green peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, extra lean ground beef, and 2% mozzarella cheese. Yummy!
And you won't believe this......
The first house we put an offer on way back last April in Las Vegas has just been reduced again, to $154,000. We offered $149,000 and it took 6 months of waiting before the agent Fannie Mae assigned the the case decided the appraised value of $180,000 was closer to what the house was worth. We had offered $155,000 as our final offer, and that was rejected by Fannie Mae. So then we found the house we ended up buying, and the first house was re-listed  for $180,000, only to drop 2 months later to $175, 000 and then to $165,000, and last week to $154,000. I feel sorry for the poor people trying to sell it. It's now been for sale for over 1 1/2 years.
Obviously, we were meant to have the house we ended up buying, and we're very happy with it.
Now it's our weekend, and I'm going to tackle reducing stuff in the laundry/panty room. I'm loving downsizing!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

another weekend over.

Good morning.
It was a nice weekend, although I didn't get much done.  :-)
I did place an online order for work supplies, and I also bought some new trimmers.

A Forfex Babyliss cordless. We use these smaller trimmers for cleaning the neckline and around the ears. Also for tapering the edges.
I've also reorganized the kitchen, getting rid of odd pans and such we hardly ever use.
I'm trying to get the kitchen looking very clean and as spacious as possible. That being said, I've been taking everything off the counter and storing it out of sight.
First off, was the coffee maker. We use it a lot, so that would be a good test to see if we could live like that. And, it was just fine. Really no hassle at all getting it out and then putting it away. I think it helps making sure the storage spot is easily accessible. So after living with that for a few weeks, I worked on the rest. I removed the toaster over, the toaster, hot plates, utensil caddy and the spoon rest.

Now nothing on the counter and I like it!
Now, I can't wait for my spring yard sale to get rid of all the stuff I've got piling up in the one bedroom and garage. I'm really liking this downsizing.
Now, I'm off to work. It snowed yesterday, so I'm sure I'll need to damp mop before my first customer at 8:30.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

computer back-up and maintenance time

Good afternoon.
Well, it's January, so it must be computer back-up and maintenance time.
I do this every January, and so should you! It doesn't take more than an hour for everything.
First, back up all your files and favorite pages to a DVD disk  or flash drive. I have Firefox, so my favorite pages are called bookmarks. I save a list of the websites to a HTML document, and add that to the disk with all the pics and files I don't want to lose if my puter dies.
With that done, I turn off the puter, unplug it, and remove the cover...
There are usually 2-3 screws holding the cover on on the back.

Then the cover slides easily off and you can use canned air to blow out all the dust.

Here's my puter all cleaned out.
Then on to Craig's....
See how clogged full of dust it is behind the fan? I knew his was bad as his tower was very warm to the touch. For some odd reason, much worst than mine. It was running hot due to very little ventilation on the mother board. That could lead to hardware failure and a dead puter.

 Now here it is all cleaned out. I put the cover back on, plugged it in, turned it on, and now it runs cool to the touch. A disaster avoided.  :-)
And an interesting observation. I have a green mother board and Craig's is blue.
In other news.......
It was a busy week in the Salon. it was nice I didn't have to go in every day to clean floors as it was a dry week for a change.   :-)
The maintenance guys came Saturday to replace the front door. After a couple of hours of difficulty, it was decided that they needed to order a different door.  :-/
We've finally had a couple of days above freezing as temps yesterday hit near 40, and today has been near 37.  All the snow on the roof has melted, so I won't have to worry about ice dams for awhile.  :-)
That's it for now.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

winter's icy grip still

Good morning.
It's a cold one this morning with a temp of -11. brrrrrrrr
While Craig made good progress on the end of year paperwork, I immersed my self in the house.
I cleaned, dusted, and organized more closets and drawers. Just when I think I've got pretty much everything looking good, I find more areas with more 'stuff''. I'm glad I've got such a small house. I can't imagine what I would have accumulated in a larger one, or how long it would take to sort, throw out, sell, and then pack when we are finally ready to move. Glad I started way early!
I've had to clean the driveway twice this past weekend as several inches of snow came down almost daily. But the rest of the week looks dry.
And now I'm off to work for what looks to be fairly busy.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

winter's icy grip

Good morning.
It appears the bitter cold is lessening it's grip as temps the next couple of days reach into the mid 20's.   :-\
Here's a couple of pics of the massive 193 car/truck pile-up that happened last Friday morning on Interstate 94.

193! There were white out conditions and black ice. Amazingly only one person was killed.
They brought in large portable lights as they worked through the night trying to clean up and reopen the highway. Both lanes were finally opened this morning. Two days later.
This was one of three weather related pileups across the state that morning, with a 50 car pile up over on the west side of the state on US 31, and a 40 car pile up on the east side on US 23.
People driving to fast for the road conditions.
In other news.....
Work was steady this week. I had to go in early every day to clean floors as we kept getting a little snow each day.
I've also received a letter informing me it's time for a Colonoscopy. Has it been 5 years already?
Since my dad died of colon cancer, I'm suppose to get checked every 5 years. I've had 3 of them so far. Fun times.
That's all I've got for now.