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earHoward Leight MultiMax Earplugs – 200 Pair/pkg.  This product is uniquely designed and features a two-sizes-in-one ear plug, which allows you the choice of tip for specific comfort and personalization. It combines high ratings with convenient size flexibility, fitting all your ear protection needs. Two-sizes-in-one makes inventory control easy. MultiMax has Howard Leight’s trademark smooth, soil-resistant skin and attenuation effectiveness. These ear plugs are high-visibility coral and yellow colors.

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Wallpaper memories

living roomThanksgiving is almost here, and I am glad this is a quick room! I have used orange oil on all of the wood so it is rich and smells wonderful. As I had stripped the wallpaper, I watched the years roll in reverse. My sister even sent a photo of the room in the 60’s.

Friday night I visited my mom and helped her with a couple things, then hit the grocery store. This weekend Andy was – you guessed it – away for more hockey. I have noticed the weekends he’s gone, I pack a lot of social stuff in that I normally can’t, because of his erratic schedule. And for him being away, I am busier than ever!

Saturday morning I got up early and patched the nailholes, and cleaned and deglossed all areas I was repainting, using a scrubby and Construction Gear’s disposable gloves. I love the deglosser because it’s like liquid sandpaper – you get the results fresh paint will stick to, without all the elbow grease. I painted everything, using our Purdy paint rollers and paint brushes. I also wore the disposable smocks, to which I have become addicted! I had brought home 3 choices of steely green and creamy white, and the pair Grace chose was the same one I liked, and I am glad. Doesn’t this look great?After

In the evening, my friend Gale came over and we practiced the Christmas music we will take to local nursing homes next month. ‘Tis the season! When all was said and done, I worked 15 hours.

Sunday after church, I put the house on hold and went over to Andy’s, since he was home. We enjoyed some time in the kitchen – I baked some of our English Tea Store scones for our Monday meeting, plus I wanted to have a meal ready to help smooth the transition from traveling to work week. I made him and the girls a tortellini casserole. I love the smells of cooking during the winter.

This week in the evenings I will paint the trim by taping it off, and then put the insulating glass back in the windows.

Job Search

I have been out of the corporate job market for a few years. Job hunting is a full time business. You don’t beat on doors anymore, you apply online and post your resume. You even have interviews via Skype. Personally, I am not used to this way of hiring. I would like to get to know people in person to see if they fit with the team I have in place.

I applied for a position awhile back, that was a really good opportunity. It was an onsite Office Coordinator for an Industrial Plant. Four weeks went by and I applied to a multitude of jobs in the meantime. I received a call:
Company: “Can you come in for an interview?”
Me: “Yes, which position was this for?”
Company: “Office Coordinator.”
After getting directions to the plant, which gate to use and who I should see, I was set. I hang up the phone and still have no idea whom I am interviewing with. Office Coordinator? I have applied to so many jobs, I have no clue.

Bright and early the next morning, I get to the plant. Check in at the guard shack. Wait for the company to come pick me up. The onsite job manager drives me to my interview. I am then ushered to a building off from the plant. I meet with a lady whose position I will be taking over. I am eager, knowledgeable and ready to start work. She is ready to move out of state and hire. I seem to pass her test and am set to get the once over from the lady that picked me up.

As I leave the plant with butterflies in my stomach, I think the interview went very well. Besides discussing my qualifications, I was told I would need to wear steel toed boots. Being a plant environment they dress very casual.

Late that evening the phone rings for another interview with the same company the following week. I am very excited and get online and get a pair of steel-toed boots. The Safety Girl Pink. Getting the boots and modeling them for my Honey, he just laughs and laughs. He says: “you better not wear them out to the job site, people will make fun of you.” I am NOT swayed. I can wear steel toed boots and still look fashionable!

safety girl boots soleAfter the second interview and many weeks later, I did not get the position. I have not given up. I am ready now for any opportunity that comes up. I am now the proud owner of a pair of Pink Safety Girl steel toed, oil resistant boots.

I wore the boots over this past weekend. I enjoyed the boot, the weight of them and had gotten a 1/2 size larger because they said they ran small. Even Honey said: “let me see those, these are pretty nice”. I guess from a man that wears them every single day that was high praise.

So whether I get a job in a office or out in the field, I am prepared with my Pink Boots.


20140719_132759 N20141109_195138ovember was the month to start my dining room. I am a little late on the draw. This should be an easy room and after I am done with this, I will probably take a break to clean and decorate for the holidays. Probably. We’ll see. Friday I removed the carpet and padding from the hardwood parquet floors and oiled the wood wainscoting.

This weekend Andy had another hockey event and I was alone most of the time, so I had plenty of time to get stuff done on Saturday. This wallpaper stripped very well over most of the room. I used some liquid stripper, my paper tiger on the tough spots, and a scraper. From our stores, I used the disposable smock to keep the glue off of me when the paper came down and the disposable face mask for the dust and paper crumbs.

There is a ledge between the kitchen and dining room, that my dad repainted and repainted, using latex paint and not sanding or priming – so it was coming off in sheets. I got paint stripper and stripped the worst of the paint buildup all around. When I did this, I used the half mask respirator, for the fumes, and the thicker poly disposable gloves. I will oil and polish this and leave the wood bare.

Andy brought Gracie by for the first time, during a quick break in his weekend. She helped me choose colors for the trim and wall, which I bought the next day, and played some Christmas carols for us while we sat on the sofa in the room I had just finished.

20141108_15063320141108_104724Sunday I removed the cracking putty my dad used to add a pane of glass to the single panes in this room, then carefully pulled the glass out, to clean between the two. I will paint these window frames also. I removed the shutters. They are quaint and have been part of the house for as long as we owned it, but they are only decorative and keep the already-sparse light out of the room. These windows are high, small, and face a patch of woods between me and the closest neighbor, so I feel comfortable with them being bare.

I still need to finish deglossing all of the paint and finishing the last of the stripping, then I will be ready to patch, prime and paint!

You can see the room before, and then some of the work I did this weekend.

So far, the cost of this room is about $80 for paint and chemicals.

Here we are, already mid November. I had hoped to finish this room before the end of October. I had to be careful with the carpet, as it required one seam and there is a pattern. I made sure I measured twice and had a sharp blade on my cutting knife.

20140719_13265120141102_111441If you plan to lay your own carpet, this is a really helpful link: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-install-carpet/index.html  I was pleased to find out that my plan of laying the padding perpendicular to the orientation of the carpet was spot on. However, I had not thought to staple the pad’s seam, so I am glad that I read this tutorial first.

To cut and lay the actual rug, you measure the room at its longest point and add 3”. Take the carpet to a larger area (if possible) and notch the back at both sides at that length+3” point. With any luck, you will have help with this part. Roll the carpet back up with the backing facing out, and mark the point with the notches. Finish rolling, and take the carpet back inside. Roll it out flat and cut it to fit, again leaving about 3” extra next to the walls. If there are seams, make sure they are straight, put down a piece of seaming tape, heat the tape, and press the carpet seam into the tape. Place heavy objects on the seam as the glue dries. Seams should run parallel to the room’s main light source, with pile for both pieces headed in the same direction.

20141102_11150220140719_132626Now start with one end of the room and attach the carpet to the tack strip. Work one side.  Trim excess with a wall trimmer and then a stair tool to press cut edges under the baseboard trim. Stretch and attach to the strips at the opposite end of the room. Do the same for the two other sides. Sounds easy, looks easy, right? I rolled up my sleeves.

I immediately succeeded in wedging the carpeting in another room and being unable to move it, when I was trying to cut it. I called Andy and he came over the next day to help me with that. Then we took it to the sitting room (new room) and unrolled it. Since it had a repeating design (what was I thinking?!?) we had to make sure it was straight. That took some lifting and shifting. After we had it positioned, I stretched, tacked, and wedged, while Andy laid on the carpet (pressing out the wrinkles) and drank coffee (supervised). What a lucky girl I am! I am glad I had the knee pads, because without them I probably would not be able to walk today.

20141101_165134The seam was tricky, and you are to make sure the nap of the fabric is the same for each piece of carpet, which I didn’t do, because my remnant wasn’t big enough. But I did make sure the carpet was cut at the same part in the pattern both sides of the seam. I did a good job there. I think as soon as I have more money and time, I will replace that small extra piece of carpet with the same vinyl plank flooring I want to put in the bathroom upstairs, so that carpet and its seam will go.

Andy left to take Lucy to hockey while I finished up, while Grace   volunteered at the library. I am going to attach before and after photos of the entire room here so you can oooh and aaah! Next week I will start on what will be my living room. I will remove the carpet and wallpaper, polish the wood floor, strip the wood trim, and paint the upper walls. I will feature the half-mask respirator as well as poly gloves, and ToughChix gloves. I will again be using the paint brush and rollers from Construction Gear.

Down for the Count!

20141031_134226I am going off topic a little bit, from my home improvement blogging, in the interest of Christmas. We have these great solar lanterns on clearance, until they are gone. I decided to get one. We have a video on how to pop them up but I didn’t need that – it really was pretty simple. But the directions state that you must let it charge in the sun for a full day. I set the box in a window of my house and didn’t get around to putting it outside yet. I kind of like it as a nightlight, in the window with my plants. We’ll see what happens when I get to this room.20141104_192014

Anyway, Monday morning, the first morning after Daylight Saving Time (that’s correct, no “s” on “Saving”), I had my hands full of coffee, purse, lunch, getting ready to leave my house at 5:30 in the morning (I have a beast of a commute and work starts at 7). The newer shadows of the darker morning hid my bottom step and I mis-stepped. I ended up with knees buckling, sliding into the car pretty painfully. About halfway to work, while I was telling Andy about my fall on the phone, I figured I should look to see if I was bleeding. That sucker was running down into boot! As I write this now, on Wednesday, I have a horrendous scab, stiffness, and some bruising. I am going to save you the photos of that but believe me when I tell you that a little extra outside lighting is probably what the doctor ordered for my house.

I can’t  yet tell you how long the included batteries last, or how many hours it glows after a full day’s charge, but I do know that I may just put a few more of these on my Christmas list.

DannerSantaHe works hard every day!  His boots are his most valuable tool for his work day!  If his feet get too wet or too cold or damaged, then he can’t work. It’s very important to him to have the right work boots!  He looked high and low at onlinestores.com perusing the over 600 boots available for men and women to find just the right fit to do the job for him!  He selected Danner 8in Quarry USA Black Work Boots. They are 100% waterproof and breathable with GORE-TEX lining. The full-grain, all leather upper provides a classic work boot with superior protection.

  • Triple stitched for superior enduranceGift
  • Made in USA
  • Electrical hazard protection ASTM F2892-11 EH

This special HE someone may only have a few pairs of shoes because he wants the best!  His wants are pretty simple – work, hunting, fishing, living – nothing fancy, just the BEST!  That’s what he finds at Construction Gear.



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