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by brandy
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bed bug problem attack plan
Replies: 19
Views: 2008

Re: Bed bug problem attack plan

Consider using food grade Diatomaceous earth. google food grade diatomaceous earth and bedbugs. Probably available cheaply at your local large animal food store. I bought 50 pounds of it several years ago to use against termites, I think for about $25, and they even poured 1/2 the sack into another ...
by brandy
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Making Winter Camping more comfortable
Replies: 39
Views: 2627

Re: Making Winter Camping more comfortable

... Dress for the occasion and you'll never be cold. Absolutely dress for the occasion, temps, and activity. Here are links to possible hiking gear and head/face warmers. https://www.sadanduseless.com/funny-crochet-menswear/ https://www.sadanduseless.com/stay-warm/#more-63025 The next link is to ch...
by brandy
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reducing overall medical costs. Do we do anything?
Replies: 67
Views: 3073

Re: Reducing overall medical costs. Do we do anything?

My H, my kids and I also have chronic medical conditions thru nothing we or any of our many MDs can figure. We are all close to ideal weight, eat well, rarely partake of alcohol, have never dabbled in drugs or tobacco, etc. ...snip... Eliminate as many chemicals as you can from your bodies, your ho...
by brandy
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: roof leak thread
Replies: 7
Views: 856

roof leak thread

Not long ago there was a thread re leaking roof and ways to find the leak. Can anyone direct me to it? I have a friend--lady, widow, 86 yo--had her house re-roofed 2 years ago, now has wet spots in ceilings in two rooms. Roofer was out a few days ago, couldn't see any errors they made, wet spots are...
by brandy
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Snowbird- Tucson AZ
Replies: 21
Views: 3289

Re: New Snowbird- Tucson AZ

Depending on time of day, weather and elevation, AZ does have cold weather at times. Bring jackets, hats, gloves with you, especially if you might go higher --into the mountains--or lower--into caves. It gets cold overnight, too.
by brandy
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Goat Milk Soap
Replies: 26
Views: 1838

Re: Goat Milk Soap

I haven't yet tried these, and have no monetary interest in the company. Full disclosure: I "know" this person because she sometimes posts on another forum I use. I had planned to buy some, but was recently able to get fragrance free soap locally.
https://soapsbysunrise.weebly.com/
by brandy
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $19 a a month, .63 a day
Replies: 11
Views: 1473

$19 a a month, .63 a day

Just saw ANOTHER ad --give us just $19 a month!
What is it about $19 a day that many charities ask for? Sixty three cents a day?
What's so magical about those two numbers?
by brandy
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to help teenager fix silly mistakes in math?
Replies: 50
Views: 3303

Re: How to help teenager fix silly mistakes in math?

This might be a perceptual processing disorder. Consider Irlen Syndrome https://irlen.com/what-is-irlen-syndrome/# . It is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information and affects many areas, including academic performance, reading/comprehension, math computation, etc, and there ...
by brandy
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remodel for aging in place
Replies: 44
Views: 3148

Re: Remodel for aging in place

I want an elevator in my house now. Do I have to wait until I am a senior citizen? ;) [/quote] Nero Wolfe would say “definitely not”. HA! a Nero Wolfe fan! I was looking at my stack of books this morning thinking I might start on them again. It's been years. HE had a real reason (a couple of them) ...
by brandy
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remodel for aging in place
Replies: 44
Views: 3148

Re: Remodel for aging in place

One thing to add is a combination lockbox with your house key in it so that if you need to have someone come over to check on something you can just give them the combination over the phone to allow them to get into the house. I have had one of these on my house since we had grade school kids and i...
by brandy
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on how to deal with barking dogs
Replies: 59
Views: 5216

Re: Advice on how to deal with barking dogs

I used to live in a rural area with low population. For the entire time--over 10 years I lived there, the area was quiet day and night, with the exception of construction or the occasional chain saw on firewood. A new house was built about .1 mile from me, I could see part of it through trees. The n...
by brandy
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home-spun Weed Killers
Replies: 21
Views: 1571

Re: Home-spun Weed Killers

Salt ruins the ground for growing anything forever. That seems to be the whole point when your yard is gravel. It IS the point. :D But, in the case of the 3 strips (1 between the base of the block fence and sidewalk, sidewalk and street, and between the sidewalk and street on the other side of the ...
by brandy
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home-spun Weed Killers
Replies: 21
Views: 1571

Re: Home-spun Weed Killers

I'm in the desert southwest. My yard, like most others here, is gravel. I use several strategies. My house is on a corner, I have three strips between house and street. Because people and pets pass by, I used to use corn gluten on them, because it's advertised as immediately safe. Over the last seve...
by brandy
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Body language coach?
Replies: 26
Views: 2916

Re: Body language coach?

I am considering finding a coach to help me learn not to be so soft spoken and to be more outgoing and charismatic. I know I do odd things like not know what to do with my arms when speaking to someone above me and all of these small body language things need fixed. I always thought there should be...
by brandy
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: questions re cds and share certificates
Replies: 1
Views: 153

questions re cds and share certificates

I'm considering buying some cds and or share certificates (credit union) I think I want up to two year terms with smaller amounts, maybe larger dollar amounts in 6 month cds. I don't really know anything about them, and have been looking for FAQs, I suppose those are different for each institution, ...
by brandy
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insuring for sewer damage in a slab home
Replies: 14
Views: 1250

Re: Insuring for sewer damage in a slab home

There are two clean out openings in my (front) yard closer to the house than the street. They are in the line that carries water/waste from sinks and toilets to the main sewer. A few years ago the renters across the street (DEC 25!) had a plumber out after 8PM because of backed up toilet and mess in...
by brandy
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Comfortably Retired and charity giving?
Replies: 25
Views: 2138

Re: Comfortably Retired and charity giving?

When you make the more personal donations, do you do it anonymously? For years I used postal money orders for my giving, with a phony name, so yes, anonymously, and never claimed it on taxes. I have one check account with just my name,(no address) which is relatively common, so still anonymous. I s...
by brandy
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Comfortably Retired and charity giving?
Replies: 25
Views: 2138

Re: Comfortably Retired and charity giving?

I'm not really comfortably retired. I tithe every month, and have for years. The "pay as you go" plan, mentioned above.
I just checked the tax status of small local charities I give to, and had to search for the status. viewtopic.php?f=11&t=256218
by brandy
Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: is it really a 501(C)(3) ?
Replies: 4
Views: 557

is it really a 501(C)(3) ?

I got to wondering if my little local tax-exempt organizations actually were tax-exempt, esp since the web-site for one went down this month, and the most recent update on another was a few years ago. I finally found these two websites: http://501c3lookup.org/# and https://greatnonprofits.org/ Maybe...
by brandy
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning to Draw-Online course?
Replies: 8
Views: 685

Re: Learning to Draw-Online course?

WetCanvas has a wonderful free course, with help, in the DRAWING AND SKETCHING forum at http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=19 in the sub-forum area is the CLASSROOM. It starts with the basics and via various lessons, goes in several directions and levels. Overview: http://www.wetcanv...
by brandy
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: trust papers
Replies: 2
Views: 588

trust papers

I restated my trust papers. Who gets a copy, and when?
Do I give a copy to primary beneficiaries, or trustees, or no one till after death?
Thanks
by brandy
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: charitable giving
Replies: 4
Views: 351

charitable giving

For the last few months I have been bouncing around with part of my giving, prefering generally to donate to smaller local 501(C)(3) charities, but have also given to regional or national, but lesser known organizations. I want my money spent on the programs, but I also recognize there are operating...
by brandy
Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LTC strategy: make health your hobby
Replies: 38
Views: 3109

Re: LTC strategy: make health your hobby

Great thread! I've already been "reminded" :happy and I'm not half way through. So I'll do better. :!: :wink: One thing that I strongly suggest is that you eliminate as many chemicals as you can from your personal care, laundry, home, and hobby and auto products as you can. The chemicals in common i...
by brandy
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: hearing devices
Replies: 5
Views: 497

hearing devices

I didn't want to mix this with the hearing aids thread. Has anyone here tried any of the hearing "devices"? Magic ear, ampli ear,(now 3 levels) eargo, the German hearing aids, etc (Signia) Are they helpful? What do you have, and are you satisfied? Would you buy it again, or a different brand or model?
by brandy
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: indoor houseplants--your advice?
Replies: 19
Views: 1480

Re: indoor houseplants--your advice?

Last year I bought an African Violet from HD. It had flowers at the time, which died, and it didn't bloom again. A friend gave me 5 more small ones, and eventually I transplanted 3 of them into larger pots. The three transplants look sad, so last week I googled for info re AF's. Seems to me from the...
by brandy
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When does frugal cross the line to cheapskate?
Replies: 136
Views: 10314

Re: When does frugal cross the line to cheapskate?

If you are washing paper plates to re-use, you might be a cheapskate! My MIL uses plastic forks & knives. Then pops them in the dishwasher. Cheap? Or Frugal? I'm personally VERY frugal, basically out of necessity, real or perceived, except for some things, sometimes. I also go for somewhat better i...
by brandy
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: thoughts on converting small pantry to 3/4 bath
Replies: 22
Views: 1374

Re: thoughts on converting small pantry to 3/4 bath

Have you considered having the sink area outside the shower/toilet area? That might give you enough room for a wider (walker/wheelchair) door.
by brandy
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tick Tubes and boxes. Permethrin Fipronil
Replies: 22
Views: 2040

Re: Tick Tubes and boxes. Permethrin Fipronil

Consider using food grade diatomaceous earth avoid inhaling DE, it is a lung irritant. DO NOT USE POOL GRADE DE. Buy it in bulk from a feed store (farm store) (not a pet store) I got a 50 pound bag years ago for about $22, compared to an 8 0z bag from a pet store for about $15. The feed store even o...
by brandy
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carpenter Bees- HELP!
Replies: 17
Views: 2168

Re: Carpenter Bees- HELP!

I had carpenter bees for years and spent a lot of time swatting them with a badminton racket. This year I got rid of them with a very simple and free trick! I stuffed a brown paper bag and hung it up to appear as a hornet's nest. The very next day the bees were gone. Over the next few or several da...
by brandy
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you pay for home services?
Replies: 55
Views: 3627

Re: What do you pay for home services?

I want someone to do what I want done, once or twice a month, including changing the bed, and full kitchen and bath cleaning, not just surface cleaning. At a price I can afford. If they would clean like that, what I want, beds, both baths, kitchen, and not just counter tops, $25 to $35, that would b...
by brandy
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you pay for home services?
Replies: 55
Views: 3627

Re: What do you pay for home services?

I did my yard work up to this year, I simply can't now, due to physical restrictions. (I'm not 101 yet, but ask me tomorrow... :( ) I also clean when I can, again, physical restrictions are partof my life, I would love to have a cleaner once, maybe twice a month. I wish I could find a househusband. ...
by brandy
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to find reputable person for Will/Trust?
Replies: 45
Views: 4039

Re: How to find reputable person for Will/Trust?

My state has many state forms on line available through the public library system in my city. You might start there. Check with NOLO Press, they may have something. I called my local Council on Aging for names of attorneys who do wills and trusts. They sent me a paper with contact info for several E...
by brandy
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trust Schedule B
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: Trust Schedule B

What information and items belong in Living Trust Schedule B? I Googled this (you can, too, for more information), and it seems that it's not uncommon for there to be a Schedule A that lists trust assets, and perhaps a Schedule B that directs disposal of assets to certain individuals/entities. Is t...
by brandy
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trust Schedule B
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Trust Schedule B

What information and items belong in Living Trust Schedule B?
by brandy
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Find Sandals with Adjustable, Velcro Straps for Older Lady
Replies: 18
Views: 1068

Re: Where to Find Sandals with Adjustable, Velcro Straps for Older Lady

That https://www.zappos.com/p/clarks-brizo-sammie-sand-perf-microfiber/product/8816426/color/667082?zlfid=191&ref=pd_detail_ext_search_v_2 looks like a pair that I had. Mine were Cobb Hill. Maybe I'll try those, or see if they still have the Cobb Hill. They were so comfortable. On my feet. I always ...
by brandy
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Find Sandals with Adjustable, Velcro Straps for Older Lady
Replies: 18
Views: 1068

Re: Where to Find Sandals with Adjustable, Velcro Straps for Older Lady

I just went to Zappos.com and searched Velcro Strap Ladies Sandals and got https://www.zappos.com/velcro-strap-ladies-sandals from there call 800-927-7671 to find the velcro straps. I got my last 3 pairs from them. Their customer service used to be wonderful, I haven't bought anything for a couple o...
by brandy
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cost or fee to use
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: cost or fee to use

lol! :oops: thanks...
by brandy
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cost or fee to use
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: cost or fee to use

A search engine to search people and public records, background checks, etc.
Maybe I should ask how much it costs...
by brandy
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cost or fee to use
Replies: 5
Views: 628

cost or fee to use

Is there a cost or fee to use beenverified? For one serch? For several? For many?
thanks
by brandy
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do find a good doctor for chronic hives
Replies: 25
Views: 1551

Re: How do find a good doctor for chronic hives

+1 AND, it may not be just one item, chemical, fragrance. One item may cause one part of a reaction, other items may contribute to it too, increasing severity strength, or length of time it lasts. You said chronic, so maybe something you added a while ago. Before the hives. A do-able, and easy start...
by brandy
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: family histories
Replies: 1
Views: 401

family histories

Do you journal?
Do you read journals and old letters--family members' histories, recent or years ago?

Do you plan to destroy your journal while you still can?
by brandy
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do find a good doctor for chronic hives
Replies: 25
Views: 1551

Re: How do find a good doctor for chronic hives

antiqueman wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:28 am
Had same problem. Allergist solved problem. I take a certain shot monthly. PM and I will give you details
I too have a suggestion. PM me for information.
by brandy
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to evaluate charities to donate to?
Replies: 36
Views: 1542

Re: How to evaluate charities to donate to?

Is there a site anyplace to list, maybe by city, state or region, favorite smaller local charities? Is that something that can be done here, maybe even as part of this thread? There's 3 here in my area--southwest USA--1 helps a specific group of people, the other 2 are animal rescues. I think all th...
by brandy
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to evaluate charities to donate to?
Replies: 36
Views: 1542

Re: How to evaluate charities to donate to?

I donate anonymously using money orders and keep the receipts with the receiving organization noted. When I was able to, (over 25 years,) I did the same. Now, though my checks have my name, there is no other id, and they are sent without return address. No, I don't claim my giving on tax returns, n...
by brandy
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dremel Versa
Replies: 0
Views: 309

Dremel Versa

Anybody have a Dremel Versa? Most of the reviews seem to be from people who have been given one (I suppose by the company) to use and review. Seems buying replacement pads if you can find them is expensive. How do you use it, how often, for what, etc. Would you buy it again? Looks like it might be a...
by brandy
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I take possession of a certified mail?
Replies: 151
Views: 17604

Re: Should I take possession of a certified mail?

Nice stamps--I DO use them.
I hope this fellow does respond,
BUT
I'm still hoping to get a response from the original poster about RUNNING WITH YOUR DOG by KT785
viewtopic.php?t=249152
last post there was May 11, 2018.
by brandy
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your hobbies?
Replies: 59
Views: 5818

Re: What are your hobbies?

I have considered online learning, but I am a bit of a hermit and look for hobbies/activities that motivate me to engage with people face-to-face. One of my top priorities in retirement, right after "stay healthy," is "be socially engaged." I recognize I have to work to avoid becoming socially isola...
by brandy
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your hobbies?
Replies: 59
Views: 5818

Re: What are your hobbies?

I'm learning to sketch, draw, and paint. I like graphite, and water soluble graphite, too. I do not use pastels due to the dust. Charcoal, minimally, occasionally. Charcoal dust is heavier. I don't use solvents with oil paint, just generally walnut oil. I'm beginning to like watercolor, but tend to ...
by brandy
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A vehicle that "sits up" but can't afford CRV
Replies: 63
Views: 5687

Re: A vehicle that "sits up" but can't afford CRV

Get a pillow.
I started driving wa-a-a-y back when, and have always used a pillow to sit "up".
In ALL of my vehicles.
by brandy
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Sellers - do you read Buyer inspection reports?
Replies: 25
Views: 2428

Re: Home Sellers - do you read Buyer inspection reports?

I sold two homes, both FSBO. I not only had inspections done prior to the sales, I had them available on the kitchen counters for agents and potential buyers to read. Of course, they could get their own report, too. For the first house, the buyers relied on my report, which was clean, no problems or...