Hair Rebellion

Hair Rebellion

You ever get in one of those moods?  I’ve been in one of those moods for awhile.  It seems like one thing many of us do is go after our hair. Well, I’m sick of spending money on hair.  I’m sick of men being able to get more of a haircut than us for a fraction of the price.  What I mean by this is that I’ve watched a man get a short haircut and seen a woman getting almost the same haircut with not as much taken off, and…

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Chalk Board, Magnetic Board – A Gift for my Sister

Chalk Board, Magnetic Board – A Gift for my Sister

The summer of 2017, and there was a coffee date with my mother and youngest sister.  We went for a walk through local stores while she looked longingly at a framed chalk board with a magnetic side to it.  Such a simple concept, it seemed, using wood that looked a bit aged with some hooks on it.  I said, “I could make that.” She asked, “Can you?”  I was having my baby girl time with my niece, and thought it looked like an easy project, so, of course, I said…

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The War against Migraine

The War against Migraine

Another day of school missed, and I start to get angry at this unseen being called Migraine who preys upon my daughter.  After years of attempting different methods to combat Migraine, I feel as though I’m failing miserably.  The school of thought among many neurologists is to treat each person the same.  I’m aware of this school of thought.  I know this textbook of trial and error where all persons from a group are lumped into a combined pain society where all are treated the same. I understand chronic pain. …

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One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

“Donna, are you awake?” There was such a fog while I tried to adjust my eyes.  I could see a shadow hovering over me.  I blinked a few times as fluorescent lights above me came into view.  I looked to my right and saw a clock on the wall.  I looked back up to see my surgeon checking my reaction. “Is it 10:30 in the morning?” “Yes,” he replied. My surgery had been scheduled around 8:30 am. “Is this the same morning that I was having surgery?” He laughed, “Yes,…

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Living with a Child who has Chronic Migraines

Living with a Child who has Chronic Migraines

We all have stresses in our lives.  Many of us walk around with brave faces that are deceptive to those around us.  I will often find myself among a sea of people looking around, curious about what life struggles they have or share with others.  Always trying to find the good in those who are rude to others, I think to myself, “Who knows what they’re going through…and others are judging.” Last night, I stood in a line waiting for my daughter’s prescription.  It was her medication to help with…

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Pallet Chicken Coop

Pallet Chicken Coop

There’s something so rewarding about having hens. I like seeing them run to me whenever I’m outside.  It’s silly, I know.  They’re my pets.  I don’t have them named because I can’t tell them apart, but I still took care of them from the egg, from being in chicksville… Yet, when obtaining baby chicks, there’s something amiss with the whole operation of raising hens.  The whole idea of providing them a home.  I made the mistake of buying a cheaply constructed coop during my first chicken raising round.  After experiencing…

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Pressure Cooking Fresh Eggs and Dying Brown Eggs

Pressure Cooking Fresh Eggs and Dying Brown Eggs

After raising hens with large brown eggs, I thought I must be crazy to feel I had to buy white eggs to dye for Easter.  After all, could brown eggs REALLY hold color like a white egg?  The answer to the question is YES!  Not only can the brown eggs hold the color, but the color is deeper and richer BECAUSE of the eggs being brown. However, with fresh eggs becomes a challenge with hardboiling.  WHY? I discovered very quickly that attempting to boil fresh eggs led to a peeling…

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Fixing SYMMONS Shut Off Valve Leak

Fixing SYMMONS Shut Off Valve Leak

In the course of doing repairs, it seems once you start working on one thing, another thing can go wrong. Silly me turning the water off to the washing machine while I was painting.  What was I thinking? When I purchased the house, the shut off valve was one that I personally hadn’t used.  It was made by a company called SYMMONS, and the water pressure that came out of it was impressive.  However, after more than 25 years, it seems the shut off part of it started to corrode and…

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What My Garden Taught Me About People

What My Garden Taught Me About People

I’m not a gardener.  I love to garden, but I don’t profess to be an expert nor do I have the world’s best green thumb.  What I do have is a little knowledge from growing vegetables over the years.  Moving from a climate in Virginia that had a much longer growing season made it difficult to adjust to New York.  However, I thought I’d get ahead of myself this year, and I started planting seeds indoors WAY before planting season.  I waited SO long for tomatoes last year that I…

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Fixing a Samsung Galaxy 5 Phone

Fixing a Samsung Galaxy 5 Phone

This isn’t something I ever thought I would delve into or attempt.  I use to buy insurance on phones, and then decided that I could buy a new phone every year with all the insurance payments.  It seemed like the right thing to do when the kids were younger, but why bother now? My eldest daughter’s phone was smashed.  I’ve NEVER attempted to repair phone glass or anything else, and, laugh if you will, but I didn’t even realize that people had their phone glass repaired until my sister-in-law had…

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