SparkPeople Single Female Homeowners Team Messageboard The name says it all! A Team for sharing tips and tricks for getting stuff done around the house, when you are doing it by yourself. SparkPeople Single Female Homeowners Team Messageboard Measuring Tips & Techniques Some good tips & tricks for your DIY projects : <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ips/measuring-tips-and-techniques-for-<BR>diyers?pmcode=pin091714A#1 </link> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 07:56:43 EST Spark Planner feature will disappear! If you use the SP Planner/Calendar/Journal be aware it disappears on June 10! The message says " The Planner will be removed from SparkPeople on June 10. We recommend moving any Planner items to another calendar." Sat, 31 May 2014 02:05:42 EST Changes to Spark Teams We were just told that sometime next week there will be some changes to the layout and functions of all the Team pages. The biggest change for Team members is that the Huddle is going to go away and be replaced by the Wall, kind of like an expanded Huddle combined with Friend Feed. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the YouTube video Spark released to show the changes : <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:36:39 EST Air Fresheners Did you know that according to a recent test by the Natural Resources Defense Council 86% of common air fresheners contained phthalates even though these were not listed as ingredients ? Phthalates are hazardous chemicals known to be endocrine disruptors. <BR> <BR> Commercial air fresheners are marketed as a way to make your house smell "fresh and natural" but the main ingredients are not natural; instead they are industrial chemicals; some are even listed as hazardous by the CDC. And we won... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:47:33 EST Water Heater Twice within the week, I've had to have someone come and look at my water heater. The first guy relit the pilot and it seemed to work fine. He didn't do anything else as it was late in the evening and I am sure he was anxious to get home. He "explained" that since I live at the end of a gas line (dead-end street), there is a thing called "dirty gas" that is non-flammable and sometimes that puts out the pilot. He said that in my area it is common. <BR> <BR> Well Friday night, I found ou... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 09:34:18 EST 2014 Projects So now that the new year is here, what are your projects for your self / home / garden? <BR> <BR> I've started replacing the molding in sections due to some damage inflicted by one of my cats. This is a first for me, having the cut the angles to fit the pieces together. Here in France (or at least in the house I am in) the molding isn't nailed to the wall like it is in my home back in the US. It is sort of glued. Which makes it a lot easier for me! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:49:11 EST The Benefits of Social Support From the WellCall newsletter : <BR> <BR> Social support is very important to our overall health, especially when we are making a lifestyle change. Research shows that we are more resilient and better at coping with life’s ups and downs when we have a good support network around us. Getting the support that you need can help reduce the stress associated with making a change. Whether you have someone to check-in with for accountability, someone to help with specific steps that you want to take... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 12:07:06 EST Take your work-out outdoors From the WellCall newslettet: <BR> <BR> Getting bored with your typical indoor workout routine? Take advantage of your own community by moving your workout outside! Going outside is a great way to keep you interested and engaged in your workout. There are endless options for outdoor workouts that the whole family can enjoy. Best yet, it’s free! With just a little preparation you’ll be ready to exercise in the great outdoors! <BR> <BR> Here’s what you’ll need: <BR> <BR> • Appropriate attire... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 02:15:22 EST New SP feature A new feature is launching today, to link the fitness and nutrition trackers. Make sure you read the entire article before changing your settings because once you make the change you cannot later change back. Note...making the change is optional for current SP members. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=new_feature_calorie_ranges_based_on<BR>_fitness_tracking </link> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 01:13:31 EST Anyone used a paint sprayer? I am wondering if any of you have used a paint sprayer to do walls or the outside of a house or a fence. The ones I saw at WallyWorld are $65 and $90 and say they do stain and latex and all kinds of amazing things. I think it would be so much easier to use but am wondering if anyone has practical experience with them and if these cheapies from Wagner at Wally World would even work or if I decided to go that route if I'd be better off renting from the rental place? Anyone?? Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:46:53 EST Jump Start Your Workout with Jump Training! From the Well Call newsletter I receive : <BR> <BR> Are you at a stage in your fitness routine where you're ready to challenge your body and take the next step? If so, incorporating jump training or plyometric exercises into your strength training routine, or interspersing them during your cardio workouts, could do the trick. <BR> <BR> Jump-training is a more basic version of plyometric exercises, which are based on a principle of shocking your body to create what is called an “involuntary ... Thu, 2 May 2013 14:27:59 EST Lawn Care Question My lawn is pretty crappy here, areas where the grass is pretty sparse because there is a lot of shade, and big clumps of some sort of obnoxious grass like weed everywhere. Because I'm renting I don't want to put a lot of effort or money into improving the lawn but I can't stand how it looks. <BR> <BR> I need to both kill the weeds and plant new grass seed. Which should I do first? Focus on killing the weeds? <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:24:35 EST Finally! I put up pics of my latest bathroom remodel! Since I don't have my own house to DIY, I'm working on my sister's now. LOL! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328040 </link> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 22:00:49 EST Has Spring Sprung for you? The Groundhog predicted an early spring and for me the last week looked like it was true. Temps in the mid to high 50s, sunshine, daffodils appearing (at least I think they are daffodils, my flower ID powers are very basic!). <BR> <BR> This afternoon I am going to check out the new garden center that opened just a few miles away, it is one of the few places open on Sundays here. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 05:16:07 EST Should You Really Spend Extra $ on Organic Food? from the WellCall newsletter <BR> <BR> Ever wonder if organic foods are really worth the money? What does an organic label really mean for different types of food products? <BR> <BR> “Organic” technically is a label for foods that have been grown without the use of pesticides, chemicals, and are not genetically modified. Their superiority as foods is highly contested given that growing inorganic foods is more lucrative. Regardless, organic foods are grown in a way that is better for the env... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 05:13:40 EST February Team Leaders A big <em>244</em> to all the February Points & Fitness Minutes Team Leaders : <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>386</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>380</em> <em>285</em> <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> RAYNAC3 <BR> LYNETTEMOM <BR> CASLESS <BR> FUSCHIA6 <BR> ANGELDOE <BR> ANN478 <BR> FRAYEDLACES <BR> TRI_BABE <BR> FANGFACEKITTY <BR> SOPHIEMAE2007 <BR> MJLUVSANIMALS <BR> CATS_MEOW_0911 <BR> HELLO15 <BR> JD5761 <BR> WATERFELON <BR> BLITHENICHE <BR> BLCKR... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 04:54:18 EST January Team Leaders (Belated) Congratulations to The Fitness & Points leaders for January! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>380</em> <em>285</em> <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> ANGIGONZALES <BR> ANN478 <BR> BLCKROSE <BR> BLITHENICHE <BR> CASLESS <BR> CATS_MEOW_0911 <BR> CEDARBARK1 <BR> CHARMING_GIRL <BR> CHRYSTAL_N <BR> DONIGOODY <BR> FANGFACEKITTY <BR> FUSCHIA6 <BR> GREASE31 <BR> HMJOHNSTON <BR> JD5761 <BR> JTAYLOR2X <BR> JTSSCWJ <BR> KAYE454 <BR>... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:50:35 EST Move those Aching Joints From Well Call: <BR> <BR> It’s a catch-22; your sore joints, injuries, or osteoarthritis prevent you from exercising. Interestingly enough, exercise is the best thing for those rusty joints! Exercise strengthens muscles, which in turn provides support, protection, stabilization, and shock absorption for your joints. It also allows for greater movement and range of motion. Choose the right exercises and stretches to avoid pain and stress so you can move those aching joints. <BR> <BR> Getting... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:38:40 EST Crock Pots Do you have a crock pot and know how to use it? <em>334</em> <BR> And, more importantly, do you use your crock pot? What are some of your favorite recipes? <BR> <BR> I had 2 old crock pots I used quite a bit in 2011 and half of 2012. Both suffered mishaps within a few weeks of each other last summer - one was dropped and one was cooked (my son turned on the stove burner underneath the crock pot by accident). <BR> <BR> So I have been without for more than 6 months. And finding one h... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:40:16 EST Connecting with Others for Stress Reduction From my WellCall newsletter : <BR> <BR> Ever notice that when you’re stressed you tend to focus on your own needs and push others away? Or, you totally neglect yourself and only attend to others around you? Do you also become short with strangers and close family and friends and feel that you don’t have enough time, patience or energy to attend to yourself and the needs of others? <BR> <BR> If these actions sound familiar, it is important to remember that these types of strategies will not ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:35:13 EST December Team Leaders Congratulations to the Team's Fitness and SparkPoints Leaders for December! <BR> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>380</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>48</em> <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> CASLESS <BR> RAYNAC3 <BR> FANGFACEKITTY <BR> GREASE31 <BR> FUSCHIA6 <BR> LYNETTEMOM <BR> CATS_MEOW_0911 <BR> ODDIPA78 <BR> BLITHENICHE <BR> SOPHIEMAE2007 <BR> ANN478 <BR> MJLUVSANIMALS <BR> WATERFELON <BR> TRI_BABE <BR> OMAKAREN1 <BR> VWBUGNE <B... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:21:21 EST November 2012 Team Leaders A big <em>244</em> and <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Fitness Leaders: <BR> GREASE31 <BR> CASLESS <BR> FUSCHIA6 <BR> RAYNAC3 <BR> CATS_MEOW_0911 <BR> KAYE454 <BR> ODDIPA78 <BR> LYNETTEMOM <BR> WATERFELON <BR> HELLO15 <BR> OMAKAREN1 <BR> <BR> SparkPoints Leaders: <BR> GREASE31 <BR> CASLESS <BR> FUSCHIA6 <BR> RAYNAC3 <BR> CATS_MEOW_0911 <BR> KAYE454 <BR> ODDIPA78 <BR> LYNETTEMOM <BR> WATERFELON <BR> SOPHIEMAE2007 <BR> ANN478 <BR> HELLO15 <BR> MJLUVSANIMALS <BR> TRI_BABE <BR> OMAKAREN1 <BR> BLI... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 14:52:43 EST The Holidays & Stress More good tips from the Health & Wellness newsletter: <BR> <BR> The Holidays and Stress <BR> <BR> It’s that time of the year again - the holiday season has officially arrived. As we begin gearing up for holiday parties, traveling, gift exchanging, decorating, big meals, out of town guests, and family get-togethers, added pressures and stress may begin to build. As our calendars begin to fill with holiday activities, take the time to care for yourself and minimize stress before it starts bui... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 08:38:40 EST Healthy Holiday Traveling Since we are fully into the holiday season now, and for many holidays mean travel to spend time with family, here are some tips to stay healthy and on plan because the last thing anyone wants is to get sick while on the road : <BR> <BR> The holiday season inevitably means lots of traveling. Whether that includes road trips, long flights, staying in hotels, or staying with family, the change in routine can often throw a wrench in your healthy habits and goals. Lack of sleep and exercise, extr... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 13:09:54 EST What your feet can tell you Since many of us are walkers and runners we pay attention to our feet. But even if we get our exercise in other ways our feet can give us important clues to our health : <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/photos/18-things-your-feet-say-about-<BR>your-health#0 </link> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 03:12:39 EST Living Design : Decorate with Plants From Mother Earth Living, link to the full article is at the end : <BR> <BR> If you’re looking for home décor that is beautiful, affordable, suited to any taste and actually improves the health and wellness of your home, look no further than your neighborhood garden center. With their wide array of colors, shapes and textures, houseplants are a perfect way to enliven your home’s interior landscape. They’re a fun outlet for gardening in winter and a perfect way to connect with nature in urban... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 13:04:46 EST Fall Fun with Your Family Fall is a great time to create healthy routines and get active with friends and family! Healthy habits start in the home and exercising as a family can be a fun way to spend time together and create special memories. Here are some fun tips on how to get started: <BR> <BR> Get out and get moving: <BR> • Go hiking! Depending on where you live, enjoy the beauty of fall by planning a trip during peak leaf season: <link><BR>allfoliage/ </link> <BR> <BR> •... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:33:26 EST October 2012 Team Leaders Lets give a big WooHoo! to the Spark points and Fitness points Team leaders for October : <BR> <BR> Fitness Points : <BR> 1 - KAYE4454 - 3720 points <BR> 2 - RAYNAC3 - 3290 points <BR> 3 - GREASE31 - 2640 points <BR> 4 - CATS_MEOW_0911 - 1895 points <BR> 5 - FUSCHIA6 - 1095 points <BR> 6 - ODDIPA78 - 860 points <BR> 7 - FANGFACEKITTY - 556 points <BR> 8 - WATERFELON - 321 points <BR> 9 - LYNETTEMOM - 290 points <BR> 10 - BLITHENICHE - 150 points <BR> 11 - JTSSCWJ - 100 points <BR> 12 - CHARM... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 04:23:41 EST Have a Healthy & Active Halloween More tips from my company's Wellness Campaign: <BR> <BR> It’s time for trick or treating! Even though Halloween is known for candy, candy, and more candy, you can make it a healthy and active holiday by ditching the sweets and putting on your workout shoes! This will set a good example for your whole family so you can continue the tradition of a healthy Halloween for years to come. Here are some ways to make your Halloween more active: <BR> <BR> 1. Create a haunted obstacle course! If you e... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 03:43:07 EST De-Clutter to De-Stress! I received this in my e-mail as part of my company’s Health & Wellness campaign. There are some good points below and with the weather getting cooler and the holiday months starting this is the perfect season to get organized. <BR> <BR> What are your favourite de-cluttering tips to share? <BR> <BR> I try to always make my bed and keep dirty dishes out of the sink to eliminate a little bit of background stress caused by coming home to a sink full of dirty dishes waiting to be cleaned. And ... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 07:48:29 EST Rainbarrels anyone? <link><BR>o-make-a-rain-barrel/ </link> <BR> <BR> I got 3 rain barrels from a friend this summer and plan to make 3 attached rain collectors on the back side of my house. I've bought all the hardware, just need to find a downspout diverter so I don't have to cut too much of the downspout off. And I didn't think of it before, but those barrels are going to be very, very heavy when full of water, so I'm going to have to put them up on cinder blocks rath... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:29:44 EST I give up, doing the bathroom remodel myself! Sorry, this is a bit of a rant, but I need to write this all down so I can come back later and remember why I am doing what I'm doing! <BR> <BR> My bathroom remodel has just been so ridiculous to even get started, I am going to do most of the work myself now! <BR> <BR> Since early May, I have made NO progress being able to hire a contractor/handyman to do the remodel. Out of 5 contractors, 1 never called back, 1 e-mailed a month after coming out asking if I was still interested in a bid-I ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 11:08:15 EST Ooops, could have been worse! I am not home right now, which for me is SE Michigan, currently. Apparently yesterday there was a major storm with the full works - high winds, torrential rains, lighting and thunder of biblical proportions. <BR> <BR> At the front corner of my house I have a 30 foot tall pine tree. <BR> <BR> Not anymore! <BR> <BR> The wind, and maybe a lightning strike, have significantly reduced the pine tree. The top section is now lying on my front yard. I'm posting a picture in the Team photos. I'm... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 06:38:55 EST FINALLY! Never changing switches & outlets again! I FINALLY have all of the light switches and wall outlets changed in my house. I only started the process 2 years ago; I am the Queen of Procrastination. <BR> <BR> I had to have the electrician re-do the few light switches I couldn't figure out - one would not turn off and the other 2 are 3-ways that I couldn't get connected correctly. He had to come out for a different problem but while he was at the house I had him fix the switches too. And he showed my what I had done wrong & how to fi... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:13:09 EST Finally getting things done But I feel like a sell- out lol. <BR> <BR> Today the handyman is coming to pull out the old dishwasher and install the new one, put in 2 interior doors and install 2 ceiling fans. All things I could do myself but don't want to spend the time on (it would take me 4 times as long to do,each of these). So instead I will spend the money. <BR> <BR> But at least I'm finally making progress. Just waiting now for Lowe's to come out and officially measure for flooring, and to get paid next week s... Tue, 8 May 2012 07:02:47 EST Do contractors try to rip you off because ... you are a single female homeowner? <BR> <BR> I DEFINITELY think this is true, and it pi$$es me off. This is one reason I usually end up just doing it all myself. <BR> <BR> I am 39, but most people think I am seriously in my early 20s. So I think these contractors see me and think they can jack up the prices to whatever, because I am young and stupid, because I can't do it myself, or whatever the reason. <BR> <BR> When, in reality I just want to hire someone because I have SO much else ... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 14:27:14 EST Giving up I've given up trying to get one of my light switches replaced. I am admitting defeat and will call in the handyman or an electrician when I save the cash. <BR> <BR> I have done the majority of the other switches in the house but for some reason this one just won't work right. It is one of those light switches that has 2 switches for 2 different lights on one unit. It is an odd one though, a special order, because each switch has to be a 3-way - each light is controlled by 2 switches. I.e... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 09:33:55 EST Do it yourself website I learned about this from a post in another team, from CHRISBONDI. <BR> <BR> It looks like a pretty helpful website. This week's project happened to be replacing interior doors, something I want to finish doing this year. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 21:43:37 EST Just wondering...... Being a single female homeowner, is anyone having financial difficulties? You don't have to share if you don't want to, but I am struggling. I bought my house almost 9 yrs ago when I had a decent job that paid very well. I left the position/career shortly after that, because it was either kill myself or have a major heart attack and die or move on and live happily every after. I hated my job and couldn't do it anymore and had major depression. I got through it, but because of having no j... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:54:18 EST My Money Pit & Me Hello to all! I'm new to this team, but not new to SP. I'm the girl who lost over 30 pounds in 2007-2008, then got divorced and gained it all back, and then some! I am back with a vengeance and determined to stay healthy once I reach my goal! <BR> <BR> I bought a house 2 years ago that is a complete fixer-upper. Every single room in the house needed to be renovated and so far I've completed 3 rooms...a bathroom, my daughter's room and most recently, the living room. My second bathroom i... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 18:18:26 EST FB Blog sharing now removed for everyone This was posted today by the SP staff. Due to member complaints they have removed the sharing option on our blogs so that they cannot be "liked" on FB or Twitter. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SP%5FSTAFF </link> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 18:15:14 EST IMPORTANT - Blog sharing on Facebook Just in case you have not yet seen this SP has implemented a new feature without informing us: there is now a share bar at the top & bottom of your blog posts that easily allow others to share your blogs on Facebook and Twitter. This shows up whether or not you have a Faceook / Twitter account or you have linked your SP account to Facebook. <BR> <BR> Personally if I wanted my blogs on Facebook I would put them there myself. I really do not care to have others sharing my blogs off-site with... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:22:52 EST 2012 Projects What projects do you have planned for this year? <BR> <BR> I'm on vacation right now but right before I left I received a call from Scout Dad, who painted most of my rooms last spring. He is again between jobs and able to come finish the last 2 rooms while I am away. He is smoothing out the ceilings, which are currently textured and covering over the wood paneling in the kitchen / nook area. I can't wait to get home and see what it looks like. When my mother decorated (I bought my parent... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 06:01:21 EST QOM #20 - Christmas Carols Question of the Moment - what is your favorite Christmas Carol? <BR> <BR> This isn't an easy choice. I like so many of them but I really like the version of Joy to the World that Whitney Houston did. Sun, 11 Dec 2011 15:38:28 EST QOM #19 - Black Friday Do you plan to go out for Black Friday this year? Will you go out to the stores that will actuakly open on Thanksgiving Day? Have you participated in Black Friday in the past? <BR> <BR> I went out once on Black Friday maybe 10 years ago, just to see what all the fuss was about. I was not trying to get anything in particular. It was absolutely insane, people getting arrested for fighting before they even got in the store. And that wad a decade ago; I hear stories now about how much worse... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:48:40 EST New To this Team Hello, I am a single female home owner since 1980. My how the times have changed for the good, in the home hardware business! They finally woke up and smelled the MONEY they were ignoring with so many indepenent female home owners! Today I am a grandmother, with new challanges to explore. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 13:12:42 EST QOM #18 - drinks Question of the Moment - coffee or tea? <BR> <BR> I am a tea drinker, never acquired a taste for coffee. Although I admit it smells wonderful. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 09:04:56 EST Ticked! Bought 1 short kitchen cabinet pulls! About 6 months ago, I bought a new set of single and 2-hole pulls for the kitchen cabinets. Somehow, the bag they were in disappeared and I thought maybe I'd forgotten and left the bag at the store. Couldn't find them when I got home anyway. Since I've been cleaning the garage I've been going through boxes of who-knows-what and I found a Lowe's bag........with, yes, all of my drawer pulls in it! Yeah! So yesterday I figured I'd go ahead and swap the old pulls out. Got all the way to the las... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 20:35:08 EST Today's WooHoo Accomplishment Everyday we accomplish something. Some are big (Did you run a marathon?) and some are small (Did you resist stopping at McDonald's?). Even small accomplishments add up over time into something big. <BR> <BR> So share your daily accomplishments here for a big WooHoo! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Sat, 8 Oct 2011 08:02:03 EST QOM #17 - mammograms October is breast cancer awareness month. Do you get an annual mammogram? <BR> <BR> This month I turn 40 so I need to make an appointment for my annual physical, which this year will include my first mammogram and I am also going to insist on a bone density scan. I've already had one broken bone and really don't want to find out I have osteoporosis the hard way, by breaking more. I will have to fight with the insurance company to get it approved because I'm "too young" because they just m... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 07:51:56 EST New Furnance I had a call last week from the heating company I used in the past to set up an appointment to inspect and clean my furnace. They have called in the past year and I have turned them down, even with deal offers, because I felt I couldn't afford it. Well this time around I decided to go ahead and do it. Well maybe it was a premonition to have it done. I found out I had cracks and it is about 20 yrs old. So I am getting a new one in the next several days. I have had it running and I know when I ... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 12:16:01 EST Just found this board! Hi, I am a single female home owner, just as the name implies! I have owned a 3/1 ranch style home, built in '68, for almost 15 years now. I live with my 22 y/o daughter and 5 year old dog. I love to do home improvement projects, the only thing that scares me is electricity, but for just about everything else, I'm game to try! I have done minor plumbing, painted every room plus the outside at least twice, partially remodeled the kitchen, re-tiled the bath surround, redone my fireplace and ma... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 19:54:29 EST intro I'm a divorced, empty nester still in the family home, which is more than I can handle, really. <BR> I need to do lots of things in my life and health, weight, clutter, cleaning and maintenance are all on my priority list! Sun, 25 Sep 2011 23:37:37 EST Deck Took a break from tearing apart my basement to stain/seal my deck. <BR> <BR> Some pics here in the blog: <BR> <BR> <link> <link><BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=4490310 </link> </link> <BR> <BR> I finished it tonight, in the dark using a worklight! So will take finished pics tomorrow in the light. <BR> <BR> Let me know what you think!! Sat, 17 Sep 2011 22:39:32 EST Goal for today Goal for today is to remove carpet from the back bedroom and frame in a closet. Will post pics whe done :) Thu, 15 Sep 2011 07:40:40 EST August Team Leaders A big <em>244</em> to our August Sparkpoints & Fitness minutes Team Leaders! <BR> <BR> POINTS <BR> <BR> 1 KAYE4454 <BR> 2 CATS_MEOW_0911 <BR> 3 FANGFACEKITTY <BR> 4 RAYNAC3 <BR> 5 FUSCHIA6 <BR> 6 DONIGOODY <BR> 7 ODDIPA78 <BR> 8 SOPHIEMAE2007 <BR> 9 BISLUVSMTNS <BR> 10 DANI-YELL <BR> 11 JTSSCWJ <BR> 12 ROSIEJ1942 <BR> 13 PAMCRACKER <BR> <BR> <BR> MINUTES <BR> <BR> 1 KAYE4454 <BR> 2 FANGFACEKITTY <BR> 3 RAYNAC3 <BR> 4 CATS_MEOW_0911 <BR> 5 ODDIPA78 <BR> 6 FUSCHIA6 <BR> 7 PAMCRACKER <... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:07:56 EST QOM #16 - hardware stores Which do you prefer...Lowe's or Home Depot? Or somewhere else? <BR> <BR> I have both within just a few mies of my house. Which one I prefer depends on what I need. I bought my front door from Home Depot but will probably get my flooring & lights from Lowe's. These are the 2 closest stores so I usually go to one or the other. If I had to choose I would probably go with Lowe's, they seem to have better choices for the most part. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 22:24:47 EST QOM #15 - SP & weight loss A double question today - how did you find your way to Spark People? On what part of your body did you first notice your weight loss? <BR> <BR> I first read about SP in a magazine, in one of the blurbs about cool websites. It didn't say much about SP except that it was free and very popular, offering a lot of community support. That was just about a year ago. I didn't come to the site to check it out until this January though. <BR> <BR> The first place I always see weight loss is in my ... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 19:44:27 EST July Team Leaders Sorry for being late, but a big Congratulations to our July Points & Fitness team leaders! <BR> <BR> POINTS MINUTES <BR> <BR> 1 KAYE4454 1 KAYE4454 <BR> 2 CATS_MEOW_0911 2 RAYNAC3 <BR> 3 RAYNAC3 3 FANGFACEKITTY <BR> 4 FANGFACEKITTY 4 CATS_MEOW_0911 <BR> 5 FUSCHIA6 5 ODDIPA78 <BR> 6 DONIGOODY 6 FUSCHIA6 <BR> 7 ODDIPA78 7 DONIGOODY <BR> 8 SOPHIEMAE2007 8 MIZ_HUNIE75 <BR> 9 MJLUVSANIMALS 9 MIDWESTGIRL269 <BR> 10 ROSIEJ1942 10 <BR> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 12:28:06 EST Electric Mowers Does anyone else have / use an electric lawn mower? <BR> <BR> I bought a cordless one last year, I like it a lot better than the old crappy gas one I had (still have). It is lighter and quieter and I think more environmentally friendly. <BR> <BR> However the last few times I've used it it sounds louder than before. Is there some sort of maintenance that is supposed to be done? My ex-h never did anything to maintain the gas mower (which is probably why it is so crappy) so I have no idea w... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 12:20:11 EST QOM #14 - goals Question of the Moment - what are your short term goals? Can be fitness or health related, home projects, or basically any short term goals you want to achieve by the end of this year. <BR> <BR> I have a few. First I want to get the last of the tack strips & staples off my living room floor & get it painted with Killz. Eventually I will put down wood floors but that won't be until next year. I've been saying this since April and now it's down to put up or shut up time. My new couch gets... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 20:21:31 EST QOM# 13 When was the last time you took a vacation & where did you go? <BR> <BR> I think the last real vacation I took was in 2008 when I took my son to the annual battle reenactment at Gettysburg in July. We spent the weekend watching the different battles & walking around the grounds to see all the different displays. Other than that we've visited my parents a few times in SC but those trips don't feel like real vacations. We are going to spend 10 days at the end of this year / beginning of nex... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 21:20:07 EST Stairs done! Stair phase of project done (as well as trim previously) - pics on blog... here it is... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4392779 </link> <BR> <BR> _tri_babe Thu, 28 Jul 2011 20:30:54 EST QOM #13 - going green When you do repairs or projects around the house do you try to "go green"? <BR> <BR> I've been replacing all my light bulbs as they burn out with CFLs, and then returning the CFLs as they burn out to Home Depot for proper disposal. I have a rain barrel and would like to get a few more....but I need gutters on the back garage first. I'd like to get a tankless water heater but the one I have now isn't that old and I have no need to spend the money replacing something that works. I have 2 co... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 20:07:30 EST QOM #12 - tools Do you have a hard time finding tools that fit your hands? <BR> <BR> It seems like everything in the stores is designed for men's (generally) larger and stronger hands. It is a struggle trying to find something as simple as a hammer that is both balanced for my hand and heavy enough for me to pound with it (or light enough to control with other tools). It seems that if I find one short enough for me to use it is also very light weight and not suitable for heavy pounding, or I can get a h... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 22:39:14 EST Wall plugs I need to replace most of the outlets in my house. They are 35 years old and whenever I try to plug something in the plug just falls out. Apparently plugs have gotten smaller! Or my outlets have worn away & "gotten bigger". <BR> <BR> Has anyone had to do this? I went to Home Depot yesterday to buy some new outlets and they have several varieties. How do I know which kind I need to get for the house? <BR> <BR> These are just standard wall outlets for the most part. I have 3 for the bat... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:58:11 EST QOM #11 - new things What are some new things you have tried recently, whether food, activities, thoughts, etc.? <BR> <BR> This year I planted watercress, mustard greens and horseradish in my garden. I like to try something new each year. I had never even eaten watercress or mustard greens before. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 22:06:03 EST QOM #10 - sleep Do you get enough sleep on a regular basis? How much do you get? <BR> <BR> I certainly don't! I get maybe 5 hours a night during the week, a little more on the weekends because I sleep in later. I need to get refocused on better sleep habits, get to bed on time & stop hitting the snooze button in the mornings. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 22:27:39 EST June Team Leaders A big <em>242</em> to our Points & Fitness Minutes Leaders for June! <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> KAYE4454 <BR> RAYNAC3 <BR> FANGFACEKITTY <BR> FUSCHIA6 <BR> DONIGOODY <BR> ODDIPA78 <BR> SOPHIEMAE2007 <BR> MJLUVSANIMALS <BR> BISLUVSMTNS <BR> ROSIEJ1942 <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes: <BR> KAYE4454 <BR> RAYNAC3 <BR> FANGFACEKITTY <BR> ODDIPA78 <BR> CLAUDINE2000 <BR> FUSCHIA6 <BR> SHANAHAN00 <BR> DONIGOODY <BR> SOPHIEMAE2007 <BR> BISLUVSMTNS <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> job everyone! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 12:34:24 EST QOM #9 - pets Do you have pets? <BR> <BR> Currently I have 1 dog, a black lab mix (not sure what he's mixed with), and 5 cats. I only intended to have 3 cats but when my sister moved last year the place they are renting doesn't allow cats & I couldn't let her 2 go to a shelter. <BR> <BR> Previously I also had 2 hamsters, various fish, 4 parakeets, a rabbit, a scorpion and a multitude of crickets to feed to the scorpion & hamsters. At the same time as the dog & cats. Wed, 6 Jul 2011 12:29:06 EST New Challenges! Check out & join our new challenges! <BR> <BR> Post a before & after picture of a project this month <BR> Work to maintain your home weekly <BR> Try something new Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:11:07 EST QOM #8 - celebrate/plans How do you celebrate the 4th of July (if you are in the US)? What are your plans for the holiday weekend? <BR> <BR> I do not have anything specific planned. I will continue working on the house & yard, probably cook something on the grill, but that's about it. Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:49:57 EST QOM #7 - 1 thing What is one thing you've done (or not done) since being on SP that you never thought you could (or could not) do? <BR> <BR> My moment was when I ran my 2 miles in under 18 minutes. That is a requirement for my black belt test, which I am training for. I've never been about speed & until the moment it happened I never truly believed it could or would. I even took a picture of the workout summary from the treadmill as proof that I really did it. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:06:14 EST QOM #6 - DIY or hired? For most of your household projects/repairs do you do the work yourself or hire it out? <BR> <BR> I feel like I should be hiding my face in shame (LOL!) because most of my projects to date have been hired out. <BR> <BR> There was no way with my accident-prone history I was going to climb on a scaffolding to paint the stairwell and the guy who did all the wall repair & painting has done a much better job than I could do. <BR> <BR> Wednesday I've got a handyman coming in to install a sink ... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:18:55 EST Ideas for Challenges? What challenges would you like to see for the team, to start in July? <BR> <BR> A lot of teams do the standards....drink your water, eat your freebies, walk your steps, etc. so we probably don't need to duplicate these here. For the SFH team, what would motivate you? <BR> <BR> Some possibilities I was thinking of on your home 1x per week (beyond housecleaning); recruit a member to the Team or to Sparkpeople; Huddle with the Team daily; post a before & after photo of a project yo... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 22:59:18 EST QOM #5 This is really several related questions. As I was putting away my clothes tonight I noticed that my perfume bottle is about half empty. <BR> <BR> Do you wear perfume or cologne regularly? Do you have a special (expensive, unique, or otherwise special) scent that you save for extra special occasions only? <BR> <BR> I wear mine most days even though it is expensive. I always think about the story of the woman who was saving the expensive perfume (or dress or place settings or wine or what... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 22:50:46 EST QOM #4 Question of the Moment #4 <BR> <BR> What time of year do you tend to do the most the winter or the summer? Tue, 7 Jun 2011 21:08:09 EST QOM #3 Question of the Moment: <BR> <BR> What unexpected projects / repairs have you had to do recently? Thu, 2 Jun 2011 06:26:54 EST QOM #2 Question of the Moment #2 <BR> <BR> If you are in the US this is the first holiday weekend of the summer. What are your plans for the extended weekend? Fri, 27 May 2011 06:41:49 EST QOM #1 Question of the Moment: <BR> <BR> How long have you been a homeowner? <BR> <BR> I have owned a home since I was 22, when I got married. So that's almost 18 years now. However home maintenance was my ex-h's responsibility, when it was done over the years. <BR> <BR> I have lived in my current home for 11 years now. It is the house I grew up in. My ex & I bought it from my parents when they retired. I kept the house after the divorce. So I have been solely responsible for the house for ... Sun, 22 May 2011 21:00:01 EST Hello Team! Hello everyone. I have just accepted leadership of the Single Female Homeowners Team from KCEMTROGIRL. I am off to work right now so I will introduce myself more fully later today. <BR> <BR> Thank you KCMETROGIRL & Sparkpeople for this opportunity! Tue, 17 May 2011 09:49:27 EST HI I was just checking this team out a bit and from what little I read, I thought I would join and try to be here as much as I can since I am a single widow lady.. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 12:42:22 EST Mold I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with getting rid of mold....? I have a mold issue from a washing machine leak that went undetected for who knows how long... to the point I had to replace the laundry room floor. Now I have mold crawling up the wall, around the baseboards and it's moved onto the other side of the wall, which is my kitchen wall........ I also find out recently, that the guy that replaced my laundry room floor just shoved all of the debris through the hole in the la... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 04:51:04 EST Hi, I'm Gail from Vancouver Hi folks: I spotted this team this morning. It sounds like it's right up my alley. I love figuring things out around my home and I love SparkPeople. I'm looking forward to exploring the team. Have a great day everyone and make sure the stories you tell yourself are positive! <BR> <em>252</em> <em>338</em> <em>241</em> <em>436</em> <em>306</em> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 18:01:04 EST Bought myself a drill ... My ex left me a set of power tools, but no bits or blades! And that drill is heavy, so I decided to spend a few bucks and bought a small handheld drill. <BR> <BR> I want to by an electric lawnmower, because he hasn't taken care ours... and fixing it will likely cost $100. I can likely sell it too. <BR> <BR> My basis for discussion? What tools to you have that you find most helpful? I love going to Home Depot and Lowes! Sat, 12 Mar 2011 08:09:20 EST Sparkpeople Trivia! Do you play Sparkpeople Trivia? It's educational and fun to see how many you can get correct. You earn Sparkpoints too everytime you play. Let's play and let everyone know how we do. Yesterday I got <BR> <BR> 3 out of 4 questions correct! Fri, 4 Mar 2011 09:32:51 EST Count me in! Newly (almost) divorced.... ... I have to stay in the house, which is over 100 years old, and get roommates to pay down the debt! Does working in the yard count as exercise?!?!? <em>211</em> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 14:38:34 EST Bamboo flooring Does anyone have bamboo floors? Any feedback, are they durable, will they stand up to a dog and teenagers? I want to put in hardwood flooring & like the idea & looks of bamboo but I've been getting conflicting advice depending on what store I go to. Sat, 19 Feb 2011 15:26:02 EST What's Your Choice? What is your favorite heart-healthy food? <BR> <BR> 1. Nuts <BR> <BR> 2. Fish <BR> <BR> 3. Flaxseeds <BR> <BR> 4. Beans <BR> <BR> 5. Oatmeal <BR> <BR> 6. Tofu <BR> <BR> 7. Dark chocolate <BR> <BR> 8. Veggies <BR> <BR> 9. Something else not listed here <BR> <BR> I voted for nuts as I like to snack and have given up my beloved potato chips and have replaced them with almonds. Probaby need more fish & veggies. What about you? <BR> Wed, 9 Feb 2011 09:39:30 EST Winter weather and water damage Last night around 10pm I heard a noise and listened...didn't hear again.... a few minutes later I heard again....drip, drip, drip! Crap!! I looked around and couldn't see where I had water dripping. I had a leak in my bathroom a few years back, which the plumber had to cut into my ceiling to get to it. So right now I still have a hole there...need money and know-how to fix it. So I am still looking and I see water running from a little window near my fire place. So I put a small pan there...w... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 10:56:51 EST Renovations That Devalue Your Home. Thought this was in interesting short article. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>icle-111886-8194-2-4-renovations-that-<BR>will-devalue-your-home?ywaad=ad0035 </link> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 17:22:31 EST I'm New - from Oklahoma Hi All, <BR> <BR> I just stubled across this team. Sounds great! <BR> Lisa Sun, 16 Jan 2011 19:21:14 EST Good Advice When Shoveling Snow! Do you have to shovel the snow from your driveway & steps? Be careful out there! Here's some tips to guide you along the way and even tho' they refer to men it also applies to us ladies. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>18.pdf </link> Sat, 15 Jan 2011 10:27:47 EST Healthy Lifestyle Ideas! SET REALISTIC GOALS! <BR> <BR> No one can expect to change a lifetime's worth of habits overnight. Select a few reasonable resolutions, and create an action plan to achieve them. <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 11:32:09 EST New from Toledo! Hi! Thought this sounded like an interesting team where I could get some tips on doing repairs and such to my home. I have things that need to be done and would love to learn how to do them myself rather than hire someone to do them for me, except for things like electrical!! My home was built in 1918 and one room remains "original" and I would like to keep it that way, but it needs some work. I have pictures of my house on my Sparkpage. <BR> <BR> I am a long-time "single female" homeow... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 16:43:20 EST Favorite Home Repair Online Links What's your favorite online link for home repair? Here's an old standby with good information. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 19 Dec 2010 21:30:07 EST Sort of just barged in before -- my intro New here. Pretty newly single. I got the house. It needs lots of work. My 78 year old father is anxious to put it in order. He says it is his last great project and then he can go peacefully. lol I told him maybe the small projects after can keep him going for quite a while. My grown up kids and I assist as much as we can. I need to learn as much as I can from him and others so I can take care of all my "this old house projects." And I need to find balance -- and take care of myself and work ... Fri, 28 May 2010 12:09:02 EST New to the Team I just found this team. I'm hoping to tape and mud my basement and also hoping this team will help. I've never done anything like it before. The room is sheetrocked...long story...we'll just leave right there. I had an estimate from a handy man at $8200....wayyyyyy too spendy for me right now so I want to try to do what I can on my own. I have 2 teen sons who can help but none of us have experience. Yesterday I purchased a Myron Ferguson book on it. Any advice is greatly appreciated. ... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:23:48 EST Suggestions re creating an exercise room HI All - <BR> <BR> My new house has a huge basement - unfinished, with a concrete floor. I want to make part of it an exercise room. Has anyone out there created one? What should I think about? I've been looking at rubber flooring online. Is it worth the $? Where do you all exercise in your houses, and what is best? Thanks for the advice! Sun, 24 Jan 2010 03:04:10 EST Just bought a house and lots to do Hi - One of my many excuses for putting off losing weight has been that I've been a renter without a place for exercise equipment. Just bought a new home and have LOTS to do to it. Is it crazy to tie a new exercise and nutrition program to new homeownership? I'm feeling optimistic! Sun, 24 Jan 2010 02:16:39 EST Installed New Kitchen Faucet <link> </link> Wed, 15 Jul 2009 16:29:36 EST Alrighty I'm Here... let the party Wed, 17 Jun 2009 20:38:01 EST What to work on to get house ready for sale? Hi, ladies - I would love to get my house ready to sell. I own a halfplex, so I can't paint the exterior, but these are the things I'm thinking I need to work on: <BR> 1) paint all rooms (neutral light tans) <BR> 2) finish the updates to the bathrooms <BR> 3) finish all tiling and possibly redo wood floors <BR> 4) rototil back yard and plant new grass <BR> 5) clean patio and set up seating area <BR> 6) clean house <BR> 7) get rid of most of my furniture <BR> Is there anything else I need to ... Wed, 6 May 2009 12:58:32 EST What's hardest about being a homeowner? Hi, guys - What's the hardest thing about being a homeowner? For me, it's having to fix all the little things that come up. And worrying about property values these days!!! You can't just up and move when you have noisy neighbors, either HAHAHHA Fri, 13 Feb 2009 10:50:50 EST Best home improvement products you have tried? Hi, guys - What has been the best home improvement products you have tried? <BR> <BR> I found a real time saver. In the tile section at Lowes, there is a sanded grout in a caulking tube. Talk about convenient for grouting! I've used this in my kitchen on the floor, and while remodeling both bathrooms now. The cleanup is a LOT easier than if I was doing traditional grouting, and it is slightly rubberized so that in the kitchen where the floor gives a little, it doesn't crack like regular ... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 10:56:01 EST How to lose weight with home projects Hi, ladies - <BR> <BR> In my kitchen a few years back, I stripped all of the cabinets (about 7 layers of paint including some kind of blue automotive paint) before painting them again myself. What a workout! I used an organic paint stripper (no odor, worked great). Not only did I get my project done, but I got some good exercise, too. <BR> <BR> My best exercise projects, though, have been the bathroom remodels. Carrying 18x18 travertine tiles up and down stairs to be fitted and to th... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 16:00:13 EST TEAM DIGEST WINNERS FOR JNAUARY 25 SparkPoints <BR> <BR> 1. BAUM603 <BR> 2. MS.NOVIA <BR> 3. SLM102195 <BR> 4. LUVTHEOCEAN <BR> 5. TREE1988 <BR> <BR> See All <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1. MS.NOVIA <BR> 2. BAUM603 <BR> 3. SLM102195 <BR> 4. LUVTHEOCEAN <BR> 5. ROADRUNNER83 <BR> <BR> See All <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 Jan 2009 18:34:34 EST Stop by just to Chit and Chat for a moment. Hello to every one, hope your day goes well, at the moment I am here in silence but I don't think that will be for long. So I will see and chat with you ALL later.. Thu, 15 Jan 2009 16:53:58 EST What projects are you working on? I have a handyman who I hire to do some things around the house. Right now, he is fixing a place in my floor that was "soggy". It wasn't caused by a leak, but by age and the fact that back in the 1950s when the house was built they forgot one of the cross members in the floor. After he's done with that and adding some additional lights in the bathroom, I'm putting in the travertine myself. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else working on some major projects right now? Do you hire help, or do you do... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 16:44:45 EST How high should a mirror be? Hi, Ladies - I am 5'7" tall. I am remodeling my bathroom, and I have a designer mirror that has about 24" of mirror height. How high should my mirror be? Should I be able to see from the top of my head, or should I hang it higher in case someone taller eventually needs to use that bathroom? If I hang it too high, though, if there are children they will not be able to see in the mirror. Mon, 13 Oct 2008 21:09:08 EST Opinions on property values Hi, guys - I own a halfplex in an older part of my town. It's a nice area to live, though, and it was all I could afford at the time in this upper scale neighborhood. I purchased the property in late 1999, so I do have some increased value due to the CA market going crazy. The thing is, if I had sold a year ago, I could have made over $100K more than I would if I sold now. I literally have the largest halfplex on the block. It is the largest model, and had a room addition already when I ... Tue, 30 Sep 2008 02:29:01 EST New DIY Wonder Woman Hi, guys - It's great to see this as a SparkTeam! I'm 37 years old and own my own home. Heck, I also own a rental property with my mom and another one with my mom and sister! I learned from my mom that if she can do it, I can certainly do it (she's handicapped and able to fix just about anything!). I've remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, done all kinds of tile work, and just about anything that needs done I can do. I don't like doing my own electrical or plumbing, so I have a handyman who... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 15:17:35 EST Late summer projects Any one doing an interesting project? <BR> <BR> I just bought a new backdoor for my mom's house. Installing it will be my next step. Wed, 6 Aug 2008 22:39:51 EST Allow me to introduce myslef Hello:) <BR> I am 26 and from OH, I bought my house two years go and it has been aa challenge keeping everything going. Tue, 6 May 2008 10:28:35 EST Cool Fixes Have you found any cool ways to fix things around the house? Tue, 6 May 2008 10:27:02 EST