Friday, May 31, 2013

Kitchen sink disposals

Today at the end of the day--about 5 pm--we had to call a plumber 'cause I had said--Let's use the disposal. We need to use it now and then. (We were making supper.)  So we clogged up the pipes and the kitchen sink wouldn't drain. (Last time we did that, we learned that you never put bananas in your disposal.) When we moved in here and remodeled--since our kitchen sink here was plumbed for a disposal (we'd never had one; we used a compost bin), I said, Let's put one in for resale value. My sister didn't want to 'cause we didn't need it and things like that are potential problems, so she's been wanting to get rid of it for ages (hmm; two years now), and tonight I was ready to let it go! However, the plumber would be charging us overtime. Drat. But I didn't want a sink full of green water and debris (cucumber peelings and pea pods) floating around all weekend--and probably getting stinky. So after the plumber cleaned out the crud, we asked him how much it would cost to get rid of it next week when it would be cheaper, but he said that if he did it tonight, it would be cheaper because he wouldn't have to charge us for another trip.  Yes!  So we had him take it out. Now we've got more room under the sink, and the second sink looks better 'cause it doesn't have the black rubber flaps and drain stopper; it's shinier.  It is so nice to have a future project dealt with sooner and cheaper.  (Next is a new bathroom sink and/or cabinet.  Still haven't decided.)

Note: We do have a tumbler compost bin here out back,but it's more of a nuisance than our big, old compost bin that we'd just move now and then.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Home and garden ideas

There are some lovely garden photos and ideas in the June issue of Southern Living.  The lawn steps are impressive, but how do you keep them looking so lush? And I guess you'd mow them with a weed whacker...   A house addition was connected to the house with a breezeway--rather like a dogtrot, an early style I've always liked. (We built a home modeled on that idea; you really appreciate it when you lose your electricity for days after a hurricane.)
The closing essay focuses on stillness and quiet--and how rare that is today. It reminded me of visiting our home site in the country years ago and hearing only the wind sighing through the pines. And I want to close with a quote from Lucy Smith earlier in this issue: "The worse decisions I have made have been fear-based..."  [Mine too.]

Monday, May 27, 2013

Flash Fiction Friday (link)

My flash fiction story, Carnies, is up on Flash Fiction Friday now: http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/flash-fiction-friday-082-carnies-by-joy-v-smith/

Is genetic engineering a good idea?  It's alive!




Saturday, May 18, 2013

Ideas for your home

The June issue of Country Living has home, vacation, wedding, and outdoor room ideas; a selection of mail-order chicken coops; photos of collectibles; and a variety of peach recipes. The Real Estate Sampler focuses on homes with sleeping porches; and I came across bathroom sinks by Porcher, which I'd never heard of. (I'm looking for a new bathroom sink; I have yet to decide between a pedestal sink or one with a cabinet. I need counter space, but I don't have much room...)


Friday, May 17, 2013

Organizing your garage (link)

This is a useful article on the managemylife (Sears) website.  It satrts out with a test and follows up with only five steps.  #2 is easy--and something I wouldn't have thought of:  Chalk around your car.  #3 is not so easy, but essential: Empty your garage.  There are hints for each step.  Start now here: http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/projects/organize_garage

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Paint sheen choices (link)

What's the difference between flat, eggshell, semigloss, satin, and high gloss?  Find out here: http://blog.hgtvremodels.com/2013/04/08/what-paint-sheen-should-i-choose/

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Who would you invite to dinner?

When Dustin Smiley was deployed overseas for a year, his wife and their three boys weren't looking forward to seeing his empty place at dinner, and they came up with the idea of inviting someone to join them for dinner every Monday. A fascinating variety of guests--over 200--came for casual meals--nothing fancy--paper towels for napkins, bagged salads, lasagna, etc.
Check out the article by Sarah Smiley in the Sunday, May 12, issue of Parade and find out how they got started 'cause it can be intimidating to invite people whom you don't even know. I enjoyed this article because that's the kind of unprentious meals we have at our house, and it's something any of us can do. And she's written a book, Dinner with the Smileys, which gives more background. I think it'll motivate people to do something similar and reach out to people who would appreciate it more than we can imagine.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Learn more about Detour Trail on Pinterest

I continue to add wolves, horses, and western lore to my Western Style board on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/joyvsmith/western-style/  Check out ‘Stagecoach’ Mary Fields and other photos giving you a glimpse of  life on the frontier. 

And I recently added photos to my Cool Critters and Exploring Gardens boards.