Category Archives: Family and Friends

Going to eat out tonight

Tonight we’re going to my favorite all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet restaurant. I love Chinese food – I could eat it every day! My favorites are sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, and lo mein noodles. And the meat filled dumplings – some places call them pot stickers. But I really enjoy the buffets because I can have a little bit of everything – I like all sorts of chicken and shrimp dishes! I am not a big fan of sushi, though, but the sushi bar looks beautiful – the sushi chef makes it all look like candy! What a rude awakening to my mouth to put something in that looks like candy but tastes like fish and seaweed!

How to Lighten Your Load after Being Saddled With an Estate

Having been left with an entire estate, you can’t help but feel overwhelmed. You don’t have the financial resources to maintain this house, nor do you have the room to hang onto all the possessions found therein. Before putting the property on the market, it’s in your best interest to organize an estate sale and sell off the various items found throughout the house.

Contact an Estate Liquidation Firm

If you’ve never put together an estate sale, reach out to a local estate liquidation firm. After touring the property and appraising the deceased’s possessions, these seasoned experts will set fair prices for all the items you wish to sell and subsequently tag and advertise your goods. Additionally, if they come across any items that are particularly valuable, they may recommend that you sell them at an antiques auction and make a substantial profit.

Getting stuck with an entire estate can often prove stressful. Even if the deceased had good intentions in leaving you his estate, your financial situation may prevent you from being able to hang onto it. Fortunately, an experienced estate liquidation firm can help lighten your load and make you some money in the process.

Lake Party

In this area, summer ends on Labor Day. So a lot of people go all out and have huge weekend parties or last ditch getaway weekends to the ocean beaches, the Bay, the rivers or even lakes. It’s all about getting to a large body of water and swimming, boating, and fishing.

Friends of mine have a little cabin on the river about 150 miles south of here. They were nice enough to invite me and a couple of our friends to come down on the Labor Day holiday weekend and camp out. I’m thinking about it!

Char Broil Big Easy

turkey fryer (free clip art)

turkey fryer (free clip art)

Today our friend, Larry, used his Infrared Turkey Fryer/Grill for the first time. We cooked chicken thighs and drumsticks.

The infrared heat locks in flavor and keeps the food moist; you use no oil, so there is no chance that it will burn, splatter or spill and there is no oil to recycle or to clean up. The infrared heat circles the cooker and penetrates the meat evenly, so it is moist and juicy on the inside and nice and crispy on the outside.

The meat is healthier too, because any grease or fat drips away into the drip pan located at the bottom of the cooker.

It cooks much more quickly than traditional methods too, it only took 1/2 hour to cook several pieces of chicken and they were done to perfection with the skin cooked crisp and the color was a beautiful golden brown. And, there were no uneven burned areas such as when you use a grill.

I thoroughly enjoyed using it and the food was delicious!!!!

When We Need to Buy a New Roof

roof (free clip art)

roof (free clip art)

The last house we lived in was brand new when we bought it. We had only lived in it for about twelve years before we had to hire some Columbus roofers to come out and replace the roof. There was supposed to be a twenty-year guarantee on the shingles, but they were terrible, brittle, and broke off easily. Obviously there was something wrong with those shingles. When we tried to collect on the warranty we found out that the company had gone out of business, so we were stuck with no recourse and ended up having to foot the bill for the entire replacement! That was an expense that I was not happy about incurring!

When we first moved here nine years ago, I was quite concerned that we were going to need a new roof soon. My husband kept assuring me that the roof was in fine shape. The house is as old as the one we had just before this one, and I don’t know if the roof is the original one or not. Every spring I mention to my husband that I’m worried about the roof, and every spring he assures me that it is fine.

I think that when it is time to replace this roof that I would like to look into something other than asphalt tiles. Maybe a metal roof, or those tiles that look like they are made out of some kind of red clay. I don’t know what that type of tiling is called, but I think it is really nice looking. I just have a gnawing feeling that we could probably get some kind of roofing that does a better job of insulating the house than the asphalt tiles currently do.

One of the things I like about metal roofs is that snow slides right off of the roof, so you never have to shovel snow off of it! But when it rains, sleets, or hails, it is really loud inside the house! I don’t know if adding insulation in the attic would help to muffle all of that noise. I hope that when we do have to buy a new roof, that we can find something that I like that is easy maintenance, energy efficient and affordable!