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Mixed Making Metaphors
"So yeah. We didn't put a video last week. It got caught up in some other things in waiting on approvals so this week probably have to videos coming. No one will be the shaper. I think we discussed that last week. And then and then I also Since make an video had a conversation with one of the guys from shaper and and Dessum really cool people and they just wanted to hear my my my feedback. Good or bad and it's just sounds like they are just committed to improving that machine. Which is it's a pretty easy machine to work with as of right. Now Sean Sean Sean Great Dude. He helped me out when I did the video. Shut OUT TO SEAN over ship. We met workbench come. I met him. He's very tall. Yup got a nice tall nice. That's to qualities. I look for in a any human. It's not true gladys we get another video coming out on bending plastic bent plastic in a few different ways and that one is done. It's waiting for the sponsor to approve it and that should be any day we There's a bunch of DIY. Plastic bending. Jackson were people will take like a heating element from a A hairdryer or space heater. There's a couple of other ones. I bought one of those single hot plate. Burners cost twelve bucks and I was going to take the guts of that which pretty basic and wire up a thin wire to to To heat up like a really small area plastic and it turns out that the coil the burner part is bendable so I was able to bend it into a straight line and then I of shut it into some tubing to keep it nice and straight because it wants to spring back and we were able to get nice perfect long straight heat Into the plastic for for nice easy bands and it was one of those accidental. A Ha moments and it was an worked great and a lot of the jigs. They have this hinged back. So you can ben and we found that we made one and it just complicated the process so we just heated the plastic over the straight line and then just spend it by hand was so much easier and release to get nice precise Ben's because after like forty seconds wherever you're holding it'll just stay right there cool so I have a question about the whole plastic bending thing when you went into making that into a video like with. That was the intent of the thing in when you finished. It was there as much Were more or less like technique or tips. You know when you went through the whole fan. Did you get out of it what you were expecting or was it more or less or what? I think I knew what a what a only in the jig making process for for the one technique did I. I thought this is going to be super easy and just going to unhook the burner and I'm going to put a wire in there And then that's whatever and it didn't work out as easy as I thought and I thought I needed this. Bendy jig thing. That just complicated. So I didn't really learn any new techniques or pick up some new tidbits. It was more about the Jig of. I thought I needed this. Everybody says you need this. Turns out you don't there's an easier way and And we so we did one with the Heating wire we did another moment. Just a heat gun and some clamps in some some calls to keep the plastic in place. We did one with toaster oven. We one with boiled water like a like a double boiler type thing and it was the boiled water in a record in their takes it like as soon as the record hits the water you can bend it to any shape you want and then you have like five seconds to shape it and then it's stays there and if you mess it up throw it right back. The water remembers plastic. Seems to remember. It's original position so if you screw something up just heated up again or I WANNA go back to that original state and then you can kind of Redo what you did It was one of those videos are. It's just a pure tip video but it's going to help me design projects in the future because now I know I can do this quickly and easily also learned that the shooting video shooting photographs of clear acrylic is hard impossible. Yeah I made this one this one show. GonNa make sure you're wearing pants when you shoot stuff you do you do because you never know now we? We made this one shelf piece. Still this idea from one of the books that I have where you think of it as a as a flat sheet and then an upside down U is cut out of there and then you take that you and you bend down and you have a shelf and we did like a two tiered shelf thing and that was clear. I was photographing that for the Youtube. Thumbnail make you can't see what this so I had actually make another one out of a like a yellow acrylic but clear clear clear. Acrylic looks really cool and person especially when you get into the thicker stuff. I the the quarter I don't have anything thicker than a quarter inch but the laser cutting it or your Benz or cutting cutting In the video I didn't see Jigsaw Okay here's a secret. Here's the shelf video. We show me cutting out with the Jigsaw. But the one in the here's the final product was cut with the laser. Because it's just I wanted to show that you can cut this with the jigsaw with the right blade but it's so much quicker and easier and precise when you cut it with a laser so
Cleaning WITH Other People Podcast
"We're GONNA talk about cleaning with other people and I'm going to start out with my own failure story so I don't do these podcasts. Out of a place of being perfect annual knew that but I I really messed up last week. so The at the time when I'm recording this it is may of twenty twenty. And it's you know bananas Cuckoo Time in the world of the covid Nineteen Khurana whatever pandemic and. There's been a lot of at home time and kids have been out of school and everything's canceled and so we're all home and you know. I've been involving my family in the whole cleaning process trying to keep it on the same schedule as when my cleaner would come and if you guys are like wait a minute. A cleaning podcast. And she has a cleaner come to her house will welcome your new here. I mentioned this a lot in just the short version is that for the first seven years basically up until I wrote my first book how to manage your home without losing your mind I did not have any cleaning help. But I'm a big fan of it if you can do it and as soon as I could do it I did it and it unfortunately does not solve solve problems really hardly at all but it sure is nice To have somebody come into anyway. There's podcasts on that I'll try to remember to link to him. We'll see if I remember or not Anyway there's podcasts. On all of that they're realities of having somebody claimed what you have to do ahead of time to make it actually worth your money and their time and all that kind of stuff for them to come Blah Blah Blah anyway so on this schedule when she would come because she was not coming you know we would do a family cleaning day way. Didn't get anywhere near as lovely as she did The House to his lovely of a point as she would get it we also I mean the reality is there are things. I do not see unless someone is coming over. And that's actually one of the biggest reasons one of the biggest values that I get from having somebody clean is it forces me to. It just opens my eyes. It opens my eyes to little spots of clutter that I can totally ignore even when I'm dusting all around them but if she's coming I want it to be completely and totally picked up and so things that have been sitting out for a while all of a sudden they become visible to me and I'm like Oh okay so over the months where she did come there. Were just certain things that we're invisible to me so we were kind of at a more difficult. You know we were not at our normal thing that we'd not at my normal stage every two weeks of cleaning up now. I still every to. I always have to scramble to get everything picked up because yes you do have to clean before she comes which is not really cleaning. It's the layers of clean house. It's catching catching up on daily in the getting all the clutter and all that anyway Bob. I've talked about it before. But we hadn't been doing to that extreme so her she contacted me. I had been paying her because I really don't want to lose her anyway I had been paying her throughout the times when she wasn't coming. Because you know I told my husband I said as long as we can I WANNA keep paying her just because we can and I know not everybody. Can I totally understand that? But I was like I think we can and so we should. Because this isn't this is stinky for everybody. You know anyway so I wanted to make sure she saw me. She contacted me and said Hey. I'm ready to come back and I said okay Because we you know I'm in Texas. Things are gradually opening up I think the gyms just open today which my family's very excited about not me but other people my family anyway. She was going to come back and so on last Thursday we had to know a little bit challenging in the summers normally when we've had her coming We would go do something fun that day. Well guess what. There's nowhere to go anymore so I can't go somewhere so we we had to get out of the House and stay out of her way and all that kind of stuff so it was a little bit of a challenge but it was fine.
Our Big Move Is Officially Underway (& We Have Some Predictions)
"Everything has gone according to plan or at least mostly according to plan we should be in Florida by the time. You are hearing this this past sharing John Though sitting in Richmond recording this. Because we're trying to be responsible and get an episode together just in case stuff. It's the fan when we get to learn and we don't have an Internet connection and can't go to podcast. We don't know what's going to happen so we're just covering our base. Yeah I figure even if everything goes smoothly with getting the Internet connected and stuff like that. Just general unpacking and getting settled may make it tough to get an episode out this week so we figured let's get one ready just in case so we are in Richmond still recording this. This is a serious head. Pass John and Jerry. Enrichment record this episode so next episode we should hopefully have some updates about how Florida is and all that stuff and obviously you can always check in for more real time things on our instagram or instagram's stories. I don't know who is watching my stellar peony update where every day. I went outside and filled by peonies waiting for them to open. That's all news. That's Richmond News. It really is. I wonder what will be the equivalent of that maybe in my white big huge flowers on the Magnolia trees which right now do not have any flowers. But I'm going to be on Magnolia. Flower Watch in Florida. Because that's what stories demands of me. I give the people what they want. Okay it's me eating blocks of cheese and filming flowers and videos of Burger. Which I we'RE GONNA learn. We can do in any state right. I'll travel well and I realize I should have clarified earlier. When I said our next episode will be recorded in Florida. That next episode is going to be in two weeks on June. First because next week is Memorial Day. We had planned to take off originally when we had like plans back in early. Two Thousand Twenty before we knew it was to happen. Yes but we figured we're still going to take off because I'm sure we could use the time to get more settled in Florida and stuff like that so we will be back with a new episode on June first. Yes and I've been getting so many messages from people who are like. Are you going to go away for the summer? I love that you spend time with your family totally respect that you guys need a break from the podcast Blah Blah Blah but. Please don't leave us rate as you move into the house in Florida because we're GonNa WanNa know all the stories. We completely agree. We took the summer off previously. Because we like spending that time with their kids in managing the duplex. Obviously everything is different. Now don't have the duplex. There's at home learning so the kids are around all the time now anyway and so. Our plan is to continue recording throughout the summer. There might be a moment where we decide to take like a four week break sometime in August. Maybe but please don't anticipate that will come back on June. I only to say we're taking the rest of June July and August off. That is definitely not the plan. I know that you guys enjoy the podcast. Even just in a day it is. We also enjoy the structure of recording the podcast each week. And I'm sure I'm going to have so many things to tell you okay. We'll speaking of. Which do you have any guesses for what those stories might be like? Do you have any predictions for what are move will be like Ooh? I like predictions of the future. Okay so I think we will still have lots of boxes to pack even though we will have lived there for. I don't know probably a week by the time. This is heard who knows. But I think that's a pretty safe prediction. I know that's very safe. Maybe one of our appliances will break. That's so funny. You said that I had that same worry because we are using the existing appliances that were in the kitchen came with the house. They conveyed and they're kind of an assortment I would say yes our washer and dryer going to be new. But we're GONNA have an old fridge and all dishwasher and old stove so I do have a slight panic that we'll get their load the dishwasher and then go to run it be like. Oh this is shooting water everywhere. I also feel like something is going to be weird about the first night there because our plan is to drive one full day way. Says it's like twelve hours and fifteen minutes but you know there's going to be stops in there to get gas and go to the bathroom and the bags faithfully and like a safe zone. Not In the shoulder. Yes we do. Lose an hour or gain in our. We're going back in time zone. So we're in the eastern time zone now. We're going to end up central so that will help us a little bit. Yeah my goal is to leave really really really early. In the morning. Kids might sleep for the first part of it will just feel bright eyed and bushy tailed. Because it's hard for us to sleep in on a very exciting day anyway and then it gives us a slight chance of making it there while it's still light because I have this vision of the kids seeing the house for the first time in running all around the magic of the light streaming in and them seeing they're really cool vaulted ceilings. And I want them to see the special trees. I want to go out on the deck with them on the second floor at the birds like I want light. I think your expectations of it higher than mine. I will just be happy if we get there with enough energy to get everything out of the car and inside and like the beds made for the first night like that is my bar ran by Benz. You mean matches on the floor exactly. It's very low bar. Do you remember in our second house how we slept on a mattress on the floor for a long time and then suddenly very over it like it was fine for a while and then we got to this point where we were like. We can't live like this. Well we keep thinking here now in Richmond like we should really get our beds ordered so when we get there we can set up the beds quickly. But we're just having trouble making the decision about beds from afar like there's a few we like but every time we get close to the checkout button. Let's just wait and look at things in person and make sure this is right. I don't know why we're having that hang up this time around but I think we want to get it right and not get the wrong bed and so just feels a little bit risky to do it before we're actually there. Yeah I think it's mostly in the kids rooms because in our room. We know we're just going to have like a regular old queen size bed. It's what we've always had truthfully king size bed wouldn't even fit on wall and we're fine. We've been in a queen for so long. When people say is a queen too small I always say dude reached to sheriff. Full Queen is big for us but we know our bed and the placement of our bad. We even have little outlets on either side of the bed for the night tables. It's just our kids rooms. That were totally unsure about because they have a lot of ideas we want to give them a lot of freedom in their spaces there have been moments. Our Son has said he wants a bunk bed and other moments. He really wanted a bed with drawers under and gone into detail for about fifteen minutes about what he's going to win the doors so we're going to get there see if it makes sense in his room to put it against a certain wall and same for our daughter's room it's like we're not quite sure which wall we're GONNA use what we're gonNA put where so. We're just going to wait to get there. I feel like we'll have a better result if we're patient but we definitely tempted to just make a decision so that it's one less thing to do but I'm just trying to hold off for the benefit of the better outcome and faster outcome weight but going back to your prediction about something weird happening the first night. Are you saying like the smoke alarm? Goes off or like in the house not possum. There would be a sign. No I think just like one of the mattresses doesn't arrive or like it takes a lot longer. It's like unfold. Fill up like half predicting an uncomfortable first night sleeping there which I think is partially me just being John. We're caring for the worst trying to set my expectations so I don't put them to. Hi John is always worry about. Something is and I'm always like it'll be fine. It'll be fine and you know what half the time he's right and half the time right. Well you know it's GonNa be a long day. I'm not getting myself that we're going to be getting up earlier. We driving a lot and so I think it is a day would be nice to have a very comfortable bed to sleep in that night and I'm just trying to brace myself. Might not be comfortable for the first night. I feel like that day is going to be so exciting. Even though it's going to be a long drive I can already picture the like thousands of conversations. We're going to be having as we go down and things we see out the window and stuff we're looking forward to and like I don't know I just think it will become real that day. It'll be so exciting for the kids that day and like actually a lot of people ask me if we wanted to stay like in an interim place like there are actually a few homes in our neighborhood that we've learned through the realtor and other people are vacant and we could stay in them not like an AIRBNB. They're like someone secondary residence but nobody is traveling right now for that. And so our realtor very sweetly was like. Do you want me to organize a way that you could like. Stay in. Someone's home for a few nights just to like get settled and get your beds up and make sure the dishwasher works and all this stuff and I just couldn't bring myself to do it because I keep thinking of the magic of that day of our kids like getting in the car in our house in Richmond and then like getting there and the memories are of going from our old house to our new
Our Favorite Tools and Learning New Stuff
"Has been up to this weekend I finally got to use the shaper origin. Oh how'd you like it? I was that I'm not sure why would it so long I? It's a basically. I'll I knew that there's going to be a big update and this is probably going to be a pain in the butt. An I'm not sponsored by them. I paid for the tool. So this is this is all me actual experience but it turns it on and basically up to it connected to the Wifi than updated by itself. And then it's really a friendly. It's actually is. There was not much of a learning curve. We just R- able to decide I write in. You know you can draw circles right on the machine and then cut circles out and then we imported some artwork from illustrator. Now worked out totally fine and so I did this like pattern in my when desk in the shop and it worked out really really good. It's a cool on the inlay. Didn't come out absolutely perfect a because sometimes when you're a if you're you're routing out pocket and then you hit a part where there is no would attention goes away and so sometimes it would kind of slip and once it gets outside the line it to pull up a bit but if you move too fast it can't pull up that bit fast enough And so there was like one little spot so I know in the future like just slow down and let the machine do the Work Trinita force anything and So it's a it's a handheld CNC and you control the speed so you kind of rely on feel and sound for the right speeds and feeds and everything and it worked out really good at see me using a lot in the future. The The one thing that I kinda bought it and thought hey. I use this to at artwork to finish pieces like maybe make a small box or whatever and I can route an inlay and I realized the problem with that is. There's a camera on there. The camera has to see north of the machine. And so if you so it's really hard to route on a small box Asian unless you make a station where that boxes level with the table surface and then you can put on your yellow dominant so I didn't realize that I. But there's gotTA BE. I'm sure people have come up some quick creative ways to make a flat level. Larger surface one The funny thing about the software is in. I'll talk about my fusion experience where it's bottomless pit. I was always worried about went before I jumped into few before I jumped into Sorry Shaper I was afraid. There was going to be dark edge of learning on the product. Like you always afraid this too much to learn. And like you're just going to stay comfortable in this little clearing. Feel like you're in the woods you so much more outside of this clearing that you think you need to know but you're afraid but once you jump in the shape or you realize awhile. I'm Mike in a little room with all the information. I don't need to go outside this room. You know what I'm saying like learning learning is is not expensive. It's really fast. And you're like Oh there's no there's not like seventeen more menus only two menus on this. This is all I can say to to know so once I started digging into the software I thought there was lots of menus in lots of choices. Lots of offsets. And it's not at all. No it's all it's all right there and I pretty much had the same feeling. I think that's what was holding me back. There was like I don't WanNa spend a full day trying to learn this machine. No spent five minutes going through the four menu options own. Have Yeah and I just WanNa say thank you to Aaron because Aaron narrative his sort of taking the role of he's like the he's like the Lewis and Clark of everything we bring in the shop. He's like a figure this out and let you know what happens if I don't come back soon. Sent help so anything that comes the door. Aaron jumps right on. Let's read all the manuals and stuff and then he gives me the the dummy lesson. Don't touch this flip that and then if you do this it might work. It might not just be careful. And then he leaves me along with it. It's worked out real worked out really good. And so I. I was playing with this the CNC MACHINE. We got a spider CNC in the shop in an injection molder from eight P. X. S Him saying that right. It's a bunch of initials is the name of the company and I always mess it up. But it's a company that makes it a home injection molder and they sell. Cnc machine with two so. They gave me the packages. They gave me a package of the machine. The two machines to to test drive for them and I really had a standing deliver. It was kind of the same anxiety ahead when I got my Torma. Actually make something on this and the anxiety level was very high. Making sure that I didn't damage the machine. I think that was really. That's really my biggest things. Id Levels. I don't want to damage the machine. It's one of those things where you're afraid. The machine is smarter than you. You know and I don't want to break bits in that one they give you them the they provided me the mold and I don't WanNa mess the mold up because the malls are expensive. The mold blank. It's just a it's specifically machine chunk of aluminum and Anyway we had success. I one of my big fears with machining in developing a product infusion go into is machining on a small scale machining. Tiny tiny stuff so every time I come up with an idea. I'm like Oh that's that's in the realm of two small to understand and when I was working on the tarmac wanting to make a stamp or a hot stamp or something and then I'd be fearful. Let him was in the realm of two small for me to understand how to do the machining. We'll have to lay out the CNC. So what is it about that specifically the smallness of it that makes you think that is like a some precision or like? What's the fear there? the yeah the not knowing the speeds the feeds and then being able to just probably break bits after bit after bit. And that's really been my fear. It's funny I years ago. Kayla put out a video of him plane on the tarmac where he broke like ten bits and he just kept crashing. The member was on the make channel and Gilchrist put out in the bits just kept breaking and everybody thought that was me. I'm like no the I'm Alex. Jimmy was around the same timing that I got my machine and breaking those bitches like you can't just go around to the corner store and go get new bits. Lotta Times like those are Spanish. That's that's a good point too. You know. And some of them are very expensive. That could be sixty seventy eighty dollars for a bit. That in has ago. A one sixteen ball knows on it and the one rung Like even when I made the most recently I guess it's this was last summer. I made the license plate stamp or had to put the Word Carolina in license plate stamped. I I use the sixteenth inch ball nose mill which was brand new right out of the thing about two of them halfway through the come noticing. That wasn't even a good finish. The tip of the ball most broke off and I don't even know why my speed feeds role super slow so going in this weekend. I I made the made of course keeping with tradition. I think now it's a superstition. Every time I use a new machine. I gotTA use my logo. So I made a a logo of my my keychain with my logo through it so it goes from one side to the other and to get between the letters even after modified it on you'll see it in the video ultimately after modified it in illustrator. I still had us a one thirty second bit otherwise it would have been if I blew up the logo so big that it could use an eighth of an inch bit. It would have been ten inches which is too big. That's how big the space needs to be between the letters between the stenciling font so long story short is I used a thirty one thirty two bit that I had I over the summer. I bought a bunch of stuff from machinists at a garage sale last summer. Finally got a chance to use these bits. And they're probably seventy dollars each. I have five of them. I bought them at this big lot of stuff. All brand new and the we I set up we set up the cut paths and we cut it in plastic and it worked great and so then we set up the aluminum and right away. We broke the eighth inch clearing it. Bought IT SMELLED UP THE MACHINE ONCE. Snow the machine twice each time. We're lowering the feed the speeds and everything and then the third time it broke the bit so the fourth time we have the bit inside the college with just about a point one five sticking out of the college because the bit snapped in half and so now this is the eighth inch clearing bit so we were able to run the clearing. Bit Super Slow. It's the software. Said it would have been ten minute cut. We made it like a twenty minute cut and then when I'm now I'm super nervous about to put the thirty two in there. I put the one thirty two bit in there and move just about to run it and I ran the sliders. All down the overrides on the machine you could slide slow. The feeds and speeds we sped it up and then I slowed defeat so what was said on the computer. Sixteen hour cut turned into a thirty hour. Cut So we let the machine run thirty hours and we just kept flooding it with oil. I'd leave and come back in the little pocket of oil would now be like mud. Because it's full of granules from the shavings from the cut scored some new oil and their leave comeback four or five hours later Aaron. We kinda like baby in the machine for thirty hours my friends combined. It's like do not kick that plug. If you kicked the plug stay away then the spider the you're talking about running on the
Decluttering with the Time Available Podcast
"All right I am here with Jean So we're here talking just a little perspective on our conversation. This morning is that we scheduled it. Probably what early March we may get a put this on the calendar that this is going to be when we were talking and it's now March twenty third of twenty twenty so anybody listening in the future. My guess is that you have an idea that These are crazy times that we're talking so that's not necessarily what we're gonNA talk about If you're listening to this and it is March early April. That's probably where we're going to go in this conversation but if you're listening to this and it's later than that or the world has gone back to normal. Hopefully hopefully then you know my my point is. I don't like to pretend that things aren't happening and this is our situation but at the same time. I am living in hope and expectation that this is. This is going to get better at some point. It we're going to get back to normal ish whatever that means lives so anyway just wanted to let you guys know that if you hear things in our conversation that make you go wait. And that's the perspective that were coming from so gene I want to hear about your unique life situations. Tell me about your what kind of occupation you have and your family members and what your home. Your family look like okay so I live in a kind of a slightly rural county and I work as a librarian at the community college. And they're part time about twenty plus hours a week okay. It's a really nice job. I really enjoy it. It's fun I have. My husband works. Lots of so many books needs so fun. See My background. I have a lot of butch and we do a lot of databases online type stuff as well. Since that's the college students need. And let's see my. I have a husband and he's a software engineer and I have two kids one's in college living Away now for for college and My younger kid is in high school. The junior and to Home School I home schooled for twelve years but when they hit high school we sort of decided that way that it was time for them to go to public school and everything so there. Oh so you have a busy life. I know life with teenagers is busy. And then you also your your job and then the home and all that kind of stuff so tell me what are some things that have been working for you. What are some of the strategies that we talk about here on the podcasts? That have worked well for you so far well. First of all the dishes. What if your books where you were you said? If you're the sort of person was perfectly capable of not doing the dishes and then being completely surprised by a full of dirty dishes in the morning you know this book is for and that is me. I could totally forget about the dishes and then be completely surprised in the morning when the kitchen was a mess. And so. That's been a real help as I've got a much better hint. It's not perfect but I've got a much better handle on the dishes and therefore on the kitchen you're right it really does have a big effect through the whole house. Just you know keeping that one thing under control having that thing done just allows for so much more flexibility and freedom to tackle other things weighing on your mind. Yeah Yeah and I'm better doing a little bit throughout the day. You know I see it and things like that. Now that we're home a lot I'm cooking I've always cooked but now working a lot to be able to have some clean dishes. Oh absolutely what clean dishes have what you need when you need it and also like you said the way it Kinda naturally spills out into clean counters. Clean saying you know. We're not a shiny sank but clearly you know like cleared out sake so that you can do what you need to do. It makes a big difference. Thank you so much better. Now tell me something else that has been helpful for you. That's affected your home. Positively I think the slow decluttering just taking care of things as you have time and as you read into them just you know. Oh I don't need that and I do have a donation spot and take things off to goodwill fairly regularly. And that's been a big help. Have you been able to make that a habit like as far as a certain day that you do that or do you? Just wait till it gets full. I just yeah I just wait till I have some stuff and the goodwill isn't very far away so it's very easy to stop by and they have this nice curbside pickup. That's really handy. I'm jealous but you just pull up and somebody runs out and take your things that's on so it's it's been very nice and Yeah much better now thinking okay. Do I really need this thing? That is in my way and get rid of it. It'll never be my way again. That's exactly yeah. I still have lots of things in my way but I know there are many fewer. Now
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I think this is play all geared of Sam Lena. It's disgusting and a member a skilled in our slot onto a plastic chair or it makes me sick and race Pittman. We're talking dry SEMOLINA. Yeah I know but even the thought of one. It's my St- disgusting I have to. I'm with you on that. Kony for the desert. There's there's something unpleasant upright glue p Gillette Instincts. Flavourless has bought the idea of using SEMOLINA. The dry stuff as as as a as to meet the the mixture drier and stop sticking brilliant. Were making 'em pizza dough which we do quite often and we'll put either will use a dual soy flour. This goes from Lena. Finally died in the works often ruling. I because that we you get a really nice crisp crust and stops the second to the work surface so I. I really fed again again and again pastry when making pastry. Instead of using the usual wooden rolling pin fell a glass bottle was cold water. You'll improve the texture. Mrs Elizabeth Elton. Eight to two MINCY cumbernauld. Mike Law School again. Guys do that. Well I I'm convinced without one because this is America solution looking for problems is of worked backwards from the science. If you like because you you should be cold. That's why we must while it. Pastry chefs use marble countertops and stuff. So really the coal to the buttressed melting. So you've got the lovely texture but I don't think the to make that much. I mean the OPEC filled up with hot water and use that identity theft. It is true okay and I understand that but I wouldn't necessarily actively do I wouldn't think while Chai that with a might tied assembly. Nothing you know. I mean anything at yes quite often. I'm actually pretty good at banking. Make Banana often banana testing. Oh Yeah Paulie okay at me again. Banana cream a sliced banana to the white. Even egg and beat until Steph. The banana disappears unusual a delicious substitute for whipped cream Seven lung on state Scott's gloss go ahead and banana now honestly signs disgust banana. Yeah no unknown. No by not. I mean I've quietly try in fairness issue to suit as like. I suspect that would be G- awful. No no thank you. I think we've discussed this before. A COP tells episode and it just makes me unwell Har- but there is a really good recipe. Lot of especially parents will know for banana ice cream. Which is just freeze been on. His chopped up and then put them in a blender food processor. Anything type thing. I JUST THAT MAKES ICE CREAM. Really really nice and it is good. I've never tried to Huge on of banana things to be honest flavor for sweet flavor are. What's my favorite pit? No if it's a flavored thing what's the best to some form of forest so your answer is all the fruits Titan yet. No end it saw. I would have to say okay lest bought a blueberry Strawberry Cherry Raspberry Fi Solace Kiwi passion who faisal otherwise known as syphilis. I would say I have to say we. Just listen my. You probably definitely seen them. They're they're pretty little things and the tomatoes into fruits and without very dramatic can keep around qualitative. Things you get them along cheesecakes. Yeah but it's a really nice tart flavor. Did you call me? I was asking you? What your favorite flavor was talks news and I answer to this Kony. Your favorite flavor raspy Raspberry Steve. Vanilla Vanilla boarding. Can I tell you story of Vanilla? No my mother-in-law has left up to me so roughly stuff two years now. When was that because she saw hotel? You edit no as because of familial we wouldn a restaurant once Elias. The waitress hopefully by screen to you. Hav and she said clean an I asked what flavor is the plane ice cream now. My mother-in-law thinks this is the most ridiculous thing anybody who said. I think that's good question. I was reasonable question when I was a kid. There was ice cream place near where we live and I used to love their original d-r-y mich made no flavoring 'cause the also vanilla which was flavored with Vanilla. And I like it was just just screaming gorgeous and good so I think that's not necessarily a ridiculous.
Tips on replacing a toilet and floor tiles
"We got an email in here already this morning and it has something to do with what you just did. Which is replacing toilet now. Check this out Donald says I'm redoing bathroom and changing the floor tile and the commode among other things. Do I have to change the tile before put the new commode in or can the commode be mounted on the sub floor and then tiled up to the base. I'm doing this myself and was going to remove the TUB and tile a shower in that space accusing remove the TUB and tile in shower in that space and wanted to do all at the same time so is a the commode do you put that on the sub floor or on the tile that you've already laid down guys you're you're you're definitely quote commode on the new talk on new tile. That's right so you use that base. That toilets be tricky. Consider that consider that toilet dean part of your trims main. You know you'll you'll put all your trims on at the very last year shower and tub trims all that stuff goes in very last okay. Okay sue the tile is already there and you put the tub down on top of that you know you'll put your commode you're you you. You need to put your tub in on what we would call. I'm sorry I'm in the commode down on top. Okay all right well that answers that one thing that you may run into if this is an older home a lot of them had what we called a mud base for the pro the tile and when you when you get all that APP you get down to sub floor. You're flaying join your rough. Is You know it could be an inch or so too tall so which you have to do there. You have to cut the flange off. Put a new engine at the right elevation for the new tile. And what he's talking about with the Flange folks that's the big hole that comes up from the ground and then the whole comes up to a thing that actually you mount the toilet to like got holes in it so you can bolt it. That's that's the Flan. Just what keeps the toilet to the floor and makes it even and set properly so there you go
Weird renovation hiccups have delayed the big move
"We said last week on the podcast that this was going to be the week that we were moving the first week of May famous last words. No sooner did we say that. Then we found out that it's not gonNA happen. We're actually probably going to move next week. The second week of May if all goes right yeah now. I'm like I don't know when I'm moving. I'm just going to wait by the phone for the call at some point. Someone's going to say it's ready. Come on down because we can only blame the floors for this delay guys. Something so surprising happened. Even the flurry finisher was like I have never seen this before the pine floors at the Florida House as he was sending them down started to look a little strange to him and he realized that at some point in this house's history so what had patch some areas but not with the same flooring so the entire downstairs we knew was regular pine and the entire upstairs is heart pine but I think at the point at which someone made the upstairs heart pine the downstairs was patched with heart pine. Maybe this is not the first time they've had to pass because of water issues. Yes but we talked it through the contractor and the flooring guy and because we were just going to be using a clear sealer on the floors like we weren't staining color. They concluded that there was no way. We're GONNA be able to hide the difference in the flooring materials so the only solution was actually take those heart pine patches out and patch it with matching pine right and the funny thing is he had already source some matching pine for the gaps in the floor. Remember we had holes in the floor. We had to fill. But little did he know at that point he should have sourced double that and then he could have fixed these stripe portions but it is all going to be patched and look when we clear seal it. They're going to be lovely. Knock on all the would have to do it or I'm worried it's not GonNa last episode and it didn't work okay. Well I'm doing it again. The point is it took about four extra days which pushed us over into a different week. Rolled us over on the calendar. But obviously we don't want to move in with stripe floors in certain areas. It just had to be done well and at some point or contractor thought he was going to be able to make up some time but we just keep having these little things pop up like the toilet who would ever thought a toilet would cause this many issues like we have this favourite toilet that we just put up in our master bathroom here and we're putting it again in our Florida House. And so we've ordered plenty of times. Yeah so it's like a two piece toilet. It has like a tank on the top and a bowl on the bottom. And then you add the seat. This time. We've found it altogether. Sometimes it comes with a seat sometimes. It doesn't but we found it the cheapest this time at home depot. We put in the order. We mailed to the contractor. He installed it then he said. Oh my gosh. You won't believe this. But they gave us the wrong seat and he sent a picture and it was so funny. It was like look like a bulldog like an under bite because the toilet has an elongated bowl but the seat was like a round shorter seat. So like if you can picture toilet seat. That doesn't even fully cover the mouth of the toilet bowl. That's what it looked like. It was like we all laughed about. It looks so funny. Little pouty lip. It really did. And he was like no biggie. My Guy is going to go back to depot. We'll figure it out but then the next day I got another text and it was like. Oh my gosh. Different part of the toilet is wrong too. And he said he hadn't seen it in person but when he saw it in person he noticed after his plumber. Install the toilet that the bowl of the toilet like a cream color and the tank was a white collar so not only did they send us the wrong toilet seat they also sent us the wrong toilet bowl. I think everyone was so distracted by the toilet seat issue that they didn't notice that the color of the tank ball were slightly off. Yes it was like a cream color and I was like no and he was like. Oh my gosh and getting so frustrated by this. They should have been like a half hour job like John and I can install a toilet. We don't even really need him to install the toilet except that we wanNA functional bathroom. The minute we arrive because we anticipate the children like running in after a long car ride and needing to use the toilet and then on top of that when they went to go back and get another one from home depot was suddenly out of stock and back ordered at home depot so we had to go source elsewhere online to get it delivered so it was like this whole thing. That shouldn't have been a thing. Yeah it was two days ago. The toilet arrived today online. They shipped real fast. I didn't even pay expedited shipping. They had a lot on hand so it wasn't backward everywhere which I'm really excited about because I would have been so upset if it was like okay. You can't have your favorite toilet. I had to be like but there's nothing else. There's no other toilet I love. Then this stores are out of hand sanitizer wipes toilet paper and this toilet specific toilet. No but we found it. We're so excited and as of I think this afternoon. They're installing it and also be well that was not a super long delay. It was just kind of felt like an extra fire drill right and so yes it is disappointing that are move has gotten pushed back and there seemed to be these last little things that are just keeping from getting to the finish line but I guess the good news is that even though we have to spend an additional week here in Richmond and sort of our quote Unquote Glam thing in our house. You know where we don't have all of our stuff most our furniture and we're just kind of living bare bones. But you know we're a week into living like this and it hasn't been that bad really. I mean again. We have beds. We kept enough kitchen stuff that we can cook meals. And then we'll just bring that stuff in the car with us so it could be worse. I
Keeping the kids occupied
"Because we're stolen. Look I'm going to talk about things of the we. The children with amused up in the Nineteen Fifties Vegas undying hope we might Grandparents today might get a notion of to amuse the children. Are we convinced this will definitely work? You can try transcend last no. Yeah the three of us has four and a half year old home so I'll get more to report bag right but let's not. Yep Yeah Jingle me Chris Safety First. There's no crying over spilt ink if you put the incremental insight deep dish or bowl when the children are writing the table V. Stapleton Goblins law school. Does Ada have a fountain pen. Ought to quell. She does know it might. It might be the painting if you put into port and so it might help. I think it's a good idea. Actually and even though Dashi ruined me I remember when I was in high school. I paint with inks Give deep vibrant colors gorgeous very expensive thing to do because those inconven- expensive But it did remind me and it didn't me think maybe I should do some similar with Asia but was something not quite so staining. We didn't say you via kind of pain called a polska pain with which you can write on glass so our living room windows currently covered with the original Ada. Our did once in this little thing. We've had My in-laws visit to drop-off some stuff and oversee all precautions were observed. I'm increment is we didn't meet the ADA and her grandma of a window. And the reclaiming lots and crosses to the window with a muscle utterly utterly tragic. I don't feel like that's the worst tip you've ever given. Steve needs a little going. A little bit of bending perhaps will have again painful to use an old flame foss as a pen pencil holder. Then there's no difficulty for the children to find a pencil. Mrs J B Hutto Will Ellen go and tell us the enj- NBA. I think this has been superseded by inventions. You do not get pinhole. Psych heavily for threes might. My son made several take school. Used to be my favorite thing at the star if each year to go and get like your skill back and your pencil cases like your news station may never quite took the sting of the did. It never quite not was enough to make up the fight by just mom and dad were both teachers on the used to get increasingly irate people to buy Christmas stuff opinion shops tober these furious because the schools broke up for summer pretty much she start to see 'em back to school promotions in. Cna VHS and these kids on the just just gone on holiday some during the back to school so either of you old enough to have gone and bought a metal ten. The contained a truck tunnel. Yeah I had one of them they're selling. Compasses encompasses doctors and like but Fulton half. Yeah Cody's thing as if somehow geometry drop tighter fashion and again up to sixty degrees in a circle. I think that's a good tip. I mean in fairness Most you why it had to be invented particularly like surely is putting pains in in a jar. When I was a small child I do not remember ever seeing any real one of these pinhole those types things that just for children a-plus sort of because thing is difficult to get your Hadrian. These exist
The PODS Container Has Gone!
"Well we started last week's episode with our pods container just having gotten delivered and we started this week with it just having been picked up. Yeah it was a momentous thing to see it. Roll out be well. God's all the things I love yes it was a little bit more nerve racking than I expected it to be because we have used a pod before when we had our floors refinished and this house just downstairs so we had to move all the furniture and our first floor out of the House and we put it in a pod in the driveway. But you know that didn't have to go anywhere. It didn't get transported on a truck states away to new place to be dropped down. It just sat still rate. You know what I'm realizing right now. We have never not been with the stuff that we've moved ever in our whole lives. Yeah every other move. We've done up to this. Point has been basically a local move between places in Richmond apart from moving from New York here fourteen years ago but minivan van me and John Oliver Steph. It is the first time in a while that we've made an interstate move and so when we moved from our first house to our second house and then later to our current house. Our Third House here in Richmond like those are all within miles of each other and we did like just little trips like packing the car with stuff one day coming back the next afternoon like it was really easy. I think we took one truck for each move like we did. Use A u-haul rented truck for just like an afternoon like it was not a big deal right and that's how we also furnish the duplex and the beach us. We rented a U haul. Once put our stuff in it but we've always been like the driver of our things and it's not that I think we have any mistrust in pods driving. It itself is just a funny feeling to watch all of your possessions leave. You like going ahead of you and we are here and what. I have dubbed pod Purgatory. Because as we wait for the PIE to make its way to Florida over two weeks. We can't get there. The House isn't ready for US ANYWAY. And we wouldn't have any of her stuff so we just kind of hang out of the. House for two weeks wait for the pods to land and then in two weeks we do the journey. That pot is doing ahead of us. Yes our timeline. Right now is that we are hoping to make the move to Florida sometime. The first week of May because that's when the pod is scheduled to arrive there. That's when our contractor says. It should be ready for us to come move our stuff in and so that starting to feel like the week things are GonNa Happen. I'm knocking on all the wood because everything seems to be up in the air these days but I think that two week window is another thing. We didn't really wrap our heads around until recently because again having only done local moves before it's always been this kind of like a gradual process into the new house. Where if we forgot something at the old house we could like run back and get it. But that's not really an option here like we have to be much more organized and basically just have one shot at getting everything packed between the pod. That's going down and then we can fit in our car when we actually go down the first week of May. Yeah so what remains in our houses just like you know the linens on the beds that were still sleeping in because we did sell the beds to the new owners along with about fifty percent of our stuff because that house being less than half the size of this house means we certainly would be not smart debris one hundred percent of the seven this house because it would have nowhere to land in Florida. Yes there's a lot of stuff here. I mean I should point out. We're also fortunate that because we sold so much to the new owners that it's still fairly comfortable here while we wait out these two weeks before we can go because like Sherry said. We'VE GOT BEDS. We have a TV. We have a couch upstairs. Bonus Room so like apart from having the discomfort of like not having all of our kitchen stuff and not all of our close like. We basically packed a suitcase that we're living out for two weeks. Yeah but it's really not bad and then you know what the cool thing has been as we've shared this stuff. We're sharing a lot of stuff as we've gone in stories so if you ever want like real day to day stuff that's where to follow us but as we share it we've heard from so many people who've done these big moves even those who are you know in the military or who have done these like international moves to other countries and they have said it's fairly standard to be without your stuff for a while. Sometimes two weeks sometimes even four weeks and so a lot of people said. We do folding chairs. We do air mattresses. We do like basically camping as a way to make your food. You One pan and you have a hot pot and all this stuff. I think we really are lamping. We have four burner stove like this. House has all the appliances still. We have our beds but we do have fully empty rooms some pictures in the show notes of some rooms. This house vacant and some rooms like our entire dining room remains our entire bonus room still here except for one table that we took. Actually I think this week on the blog post a video tour our house in two stages so one will be how it looked when we sold it. So like right before the showings happened and everything was cleaned and in its perfect spot. We took video. I haven't watched it yet so hopefully it's good but that will give you a sense of what the house looked like at its finished state and then we're going to try to shoot a video this week of what it looks like now. That has been packed up. I think that will answer a lot of questions for people who are wondering. Like what exactly did you leave? What did you take so you'll be able to see the contrast between those two things so that should be on the blog this
Making over a 1963 Cadillac
"I found the nineteen sixty three cadillac in a driveway. And I wrote to the owners of the House because my in my county you could find anybody's name address to anybody for any property. I never saw this property before. I don't know why I never drew down this road and my friend said hey is a really cool cadillac. You'd be into it so I looked at it and it's a four door fleetwood and I really thought it would be cool to convert in whatever. Anyway it's been sitting in the same spot for forty years so I wrote the people and in the meantime I'm looking I haven't heard from them and they never wrote back. But in the meantime I'm always looking on facebook market for that kind of car like a car that looks rusty and really screwed up just like that. It's like perfect. The bodies like perfectly aligned. It's not crunched routed through to sue and so in a in an impulse. I saw this Cadillac. That just had just gotten posted. It was a seven sixty seven. Eldorado of sixty seven convertible sixty seven Cadillac convertible and so. I just texted the guy in through facebook market. And we wrote back and forth and as we take pay pal like y'all take some in pay pal if you pay me a little bit so I paid fifteen hundred dollars. He delivered it so because I was talking about that other car. Got Me curious to just keep looking looking looking for that type of texture on a car and when I saw this it was a really fast so it showed up in everybody's asking me always that the call from the front yard of the House nearby. It's not I just saw it in so now the car from the House nearby. I don't need that anymore. The satisfies that itch. Okay David how long do you think it will be before he gets out of the written back to? Oh you're muted David. I can't hear you haven't that killed my joke. I said when we record the next podcast. So it's a sixty seven Cadillac Eldorado. Keep saying it's called the Deville sixty seven cadillac convertible and it's it is like people say how bad is it? I'm like it's probably about. It's probably about three weeks away from being completely gone it runs drives has no breaks every time. I try to stop ahead of give myself like twenty feet to coast to a stop and it The floorboards are completely routed yesterday. Me AND MY BUDDY RYAN. We ripped the whole interior out would cut the seat out. You know it's it's basically a convertible that was probably left open twenty percent of its life to the rain so the interior seats are all moldy. And it's been stored for really long time. The Guy got it from has no paperwork heat and really tell me much about it. I think he's like a recovery guy who just like to close at warehouses and soften. He says he got it recently and he just put it up for sale. He says he got he got it running. He claims he put the carburetor on it. He said it was in a warehouse. He took it home. There was no carburetor on it. He found a carburetor and a junkyard. Put It on. It played with a for a couple of hours got it started and put it on facebook marketplace. And that's how I got so it's definitely has not gotten any attention this mice nestle over which I got most of them blown out and What WHAT'S THE PLAN. Are you going to restore to original condition or are you going to modify the whole worms? I just wanted something to creatively experiment with and Okay and So I'm going to basically make like a rat rod ahead a couple of teams tales like. Oh we're going to get it perfect again like no no that would take. That would take a lot. It's like Fred Flintstone Style. Like just kick the ground as you're the body lines straight. That's what I liked about the body lines straight so it's like a good. Both the frame seemed straight and Somebody played with the brakes breaks. Hopefully that just needed just because there's a lot of brand new brake parts. There look like they haven't gotten rusty so this if you look through a couple of shiny parts in the car that somebody like me that'll ambitious and then gave up on it again and So the wiring zoll horrible. It's going to be a nightmare like Patrick's GonNa help move the wiring. I said he goes while we gotTA figure I go look if we could just put like a row of switches on the dashboard. That say you know left? Lincoln right link of the region his that would be easy if we just do that instead of China. So it's just a big experiment to play with and it like I said because it runs I can get in and started. It doesn't sound very healthy but it runs and that's figured half the half the battle so yeah yeah just the fact that you can get it to turn over. I mean that means you're you know you're further along than if it didn't turn over there would be quite a few reasons why it wouldn't move you know and that would take a lot to get so it's really you can at least attack at a time and a funny thing was is. I went on I I I got one on Ebay to buy like all the emblems and stuff for it and then I did buy two emblems for about sixty bucks and one of the blinkers in a said before by anymore. Spend any more money on this hunk of crap. Let me look in the trunk. And so the next day I look in the trunk in every single piece of trim was in the trunk so somebody got an ambitious thinking they were GonNa fix it a pain and and so it has everything even the headlight which is missing in the pictures. Has Everything So I'll just fiddle with it and learn about hydraulic roofs. Semite put my own. Convertible has no the convertible scissor top? It's called the scissor roof. It's all there it doesn't have the hydraulic motor. Which I gotTA figure out how to modify figure out but It doesn't have any canvas on the top so I'm going to get creative and try and figure out something interesting. Like an all tarp simply. Well I was GONNA say like I mean you already had the Fred Flintstone floor in on Fred Flintstone car. It had like bamboo that went up and then forward. And then there's like a piece of canvas that came over and it didn't convert all the back for like a rear window air. We'll go through. It'll probably be fine. Continue that Motif. Yeah so I mean that's just my opinion but I'm just having fun with it and it just reminded me of being a teenager and like figuring things out. I mean that's how I learned a lot so many mechanical things early on is like just wrenching on old cars and I was a kid out drag home any hundred piece of crap and start taking it apart and figuring out how to get started. So that's just my little. I wonder if a little kid me again. I
What About When There Are Dishes To Soak?
"So. This question is from memory Also I it's been so long that the questions. I thought I was going to go back and check in my instagram messages. Yeah those do go away after a while so anyway this is one of the and it was basically about the trip up issue of there being one or two dishes that need to soak When you are getting your dishes done at night now to be clear especially for those of you who are all day and have weird schedules right now yes I am I mean. I have t shirts that say do the dishes. Okay I mean like I am huge about doing the dishes but the time of day is not actually the issue. Okay for me. It works best for me to to do them before I go to bed. Put them away in the morning And then that way I can just keeps things running more smoothly. Not that things are running smoothly and my house right now but whatever But that's not the like whatever time of day works best for you and you're GONNA only figure that out by doing your dishes and figuring out what works best in your home so it's not so much an issue of nighttime but anyway it was at the question was what do I do when I can almost have the dishes done and yet I have one thing left to soak okay. Here's what I'm going to say about that And this is one of those things where I don't have all the background and everything and because I don't have the thing in front of me I just remember this being one of the things I was going to talk about so I don't actually have the what somebody wrote as their their question. If it was you were not okay. There's like what twenty thousand of Y'all that listened to each episode within the first week or two and I just said I don't know if it was you which feels weird but whatever anyway. I think this is an issue that a lot of us have however for me. This was an issue that I had before I was actually doing my dishes every day like it was a predicted issue for me. I assumed that would be one of the problems with doing my dishes. Every okay well. Yeah but what if I get them all done and then I have something that has to soak and so they're not technically all done. That was my tie. It was a predictive trip up something that I was. Pretty sure would be an issue if I would do this everyday k. Here's what I have to say about it once. I started doing my dishes every day like literally every day. I found that I rarely had the need to soak things because a lot of times what I was soaking was something that had sat for awhile. Sat sets it. We know it's not sitted but y'all seriously my brain issues. Anyway that had been on the counter for a while.
How To Make Sure Your Deliveries Make It To Your House
"I wanted to say this weekend. I did a A beginner project that I think a lot of us in Gramajo you ready for this okay. All of a sudden. You're not a big deal in my house. I found out all of us do a lot more kind of delivery right now. We're we're all being pushed to deliver food that kind of thing. We've been doing a lot of delivery lower. We started noticing all of our food kept going to delay the next door and so I looked at Google maps and and sure enough it always placed my address at the house next door. It was just a little off so occurred to me. I might not have proper sign edge so the project of the day from my wife and I was to create a new number on the house. That would be much easier seen by the delivery people right so we didn't want to go crazy but we had noticed. Some people tied up some banners to their house and balloons and things like that around the numbers of the House to let the delivery people know so anyway. We took it on as a project and bought the numbers. You know the numbers that we would need for our house and then I went and got a piece of board and painted it up real nice and we screwed it all down and got it looking nice and hung it on the house but now you can see the house number from the road a lot easier than and I know that sounds silly but right now with all the delivery going on you know. We hadn't missed one since we fixed that sign. Every yesterday I went out to do We build a warranty inspections for the years up. We'll go in and help the homeowner get a list and I went into neighborhood and drove up to the Wrong House. The numbers and so the client comes out of the. House next door and starts waving at me. No you need to be over here. Well yeah and Google can only do so good and it almost puts you at my front door but now it's one house over so hopefully we fixed that problem but it's a it's an easy cost efficient project that you can do. That actually helps your home in this particular situation to think about that. Your neighbor may be disappointed because she's not getting all learning. I can tell you that no more pizza going there. So Jason did. The neighbor gives the food back. Yeah yeah well. We typically caught her. I got wise to it after a while and we go stand in the front of my driveway and wave people over to me but now I do think that's a pretty good project for people because it's easy something you can do. You can make it bright big whatever you need to do make it cool and sleuth whatever but make it so that you can actually see it from the road might be good yes and it is. I mean let. Let's just imagine for minute Food is one thing but let's say that you have an emergency and and someone needs to find that that house very quickly so yes it is. It is a big deal and on new construction. You cannot pass. You cannot get your co certificate of occupancy until the numbers are clearly placed on the house not on the mailbox. Railings Does Not Count Mailbox does not count. Wow okay that's good to know Jeff that that's actually thing that goes into homemaking now
Easy Interior Design DIYs to do while you're stuck at home
"Without further ado category number one is paint the obvious. Diy is to paint an accent wall with some leftover paint paint colors. You already have. You probably already love so maybe you could do something in a space with these colors that you already have. This is also earth friendly so in honor of Earth Day today it saving that Pete from a landfill. You don't have to worry about recycling it and a special paint drop off situation. So let's use up that leftover paint with DIY. But I wanted to kind of divert your attention to instead of just painting a whole accent wall. One solid color. Let's think of some more creative ideas. This will also help you if you don't have a lot of paint like let's say you don't have enough to cover a whole wall option. Number one is to do an hombre wall so if you have a shade of blue and then you also have some white you can use blue. And then incrementally mix it with white to create like multiple shades and create an hombre. Look so that's helping you stretch. That blue paint outweigh further. Where it wouldn't be enough to paint a wall. Now we have a cool hombre wall. Another option is to do a half wall so like the bottom half of a wall painting that color. It looks like a chair rail like Boarded baton or wainscoting. But you're not having to do any of the wood and it's also a good way to save paint and it also helps the color not be too overwhelming if you're dealing with a really bright fun or really dark bold color. Just half of a wall is enough to add an accent. But it's not so much that it's overpowering the entire wall and then the last option for painting a wall with your leftover paint is to do a pattern so obviously tons of patterns. You could do like stripes in whatever if you WANNA tape off stuff and do like geometric shapes but a really really easy option is just to brush strokes so basically you take and you just kind of stroke your brush here and they're like little tick marks and ends up looking like kind of elongated polka dots so it looks very artsy and Sheikh in hand painted and it does not use very much pain at all because you're basically dipping your brush and then just kind of ticking it on the wall. I'll see if I can find a pinterest info photo so you really can get clarity on what exactly I'm talking about. But that is a really good quick option to do a whole accent wall with limited. Paint supplies okay. Category number two is up cycling furniture. So how can we take furniture pieces that we already have and make them look more chic more sophisticated more updated? So I have kind of three different ideas for this. I you can repurpose your furniture. So think taking something that's normally one thing used for one one function and then turning it into something else so like a nightstand side table that you're gonNA turn into a bar cart. Maybe you add wheels. Maybe add some three hooks. Maybe you add a glass hangar. Whatever that looks like or maybe a dresser turning into a side table for your hallway or your dining room. This is something I've done with our old dresser that was painted like navy blue. I put it in our dining room to house all of my tablecloths and Napkins and all kinds of linens instead of having like a side table saved a bunch of money because it was an existing piece and it looks really good in there. It doesn't really look like it's addressing kind of fit. So how can you take a piece that you already own that you're not loving or you're thinking of getting rid of and how can you repurpose that to serve a different function or be in a different space? Second idea. For furniture up. Cycling is to change the style of a piece so the obvious like go to move here is to paint it a different color but you can also strip down the paint and refinish wood up level so if you have a piece that you painted something you got from goodwill or something that didn't fit your style so you painted over it and you're kind of getting sick of it. You could repaint it or you could go ahead and strip that paint off get down to the wood and then restate it stained color that fits your style. Maybe like a whitewash stain or a ebony black stain or something maybe even outside of regular would tones that still lets you show off that grain and let's the piece kind of look more sophisticated rather than just a painted piece of furniture and part of this can also be changing the hardware. December Amazon options actually for hardware and I have those linked in my Amazon shop. I have a whole section for hardware that I'm loving literally stuff. I've put my kitchen stuff I own. I've tried and I'm in love with so that's another option and then another idea is to add upholstery two pieces of furniture so whether this is a bench or a stool that you have that isn't upholstered. You can go ahead and add either so a cushion to fit it or actually upholster over the top of it. This is a project that I took on with an entry way bench that I built. I added a piece of foam then. I upholstered it and added like this cute tacitly trim and it really made the peace look way way more sophisticated also like super comfortable so you might have fabric in batting lying around if your coffee and you hoard craft supplies like me. Let's just say that. Buying craft supplies in using craft. Supplies are two separate hobbies but two things that I am very good at like. There's piles of supplies. I've bought with no craft in mind. I just know that I'm going to need them at some point. So if you're in the same boat where you just. Kind of accumulates supplies you might have this laying around but if you don't here's an option you might be able to clean out your closet and use some old pieces whether it's blankets or clothing where they have patterns that you love but you never really wear it so if it's a good texture. It's a beautiful pattern. But you find yourself not wearing it or even has like a little hole to where it's not really wearable. You can use that in. Repurpose IT FOR UPHOLSTERING. You can also use old quilts and blankets as batting. So if you don't have batting just lying around your house you can use old Colton links. That maybe you're gonNA donate to goodwill and get rid of that can go down as your base piece. And then you stretch that pretty fabric over the top of it to kind of thicken it up in really make it cushy and comfy so those are three strategies for up cycling your furniture besides just painting it that might help inspire your
"So leaving. I'm going to be leaving a bunch of legs for these wooden stools. I'm doing I'm actually. It's a weaver. It's a sponsored weaver video and and they said to me at a video for them once every other month and they said to me last month Aka for your next video I just do whatever you want but us a little bit of leather in it. We just don't it doesn't have to be a wallet or stamping or something. And so making these stools out of Walnut. And I'm using my new big lathe which we got running in only two speeds at a four. The speech don't work. They blow the fuse. Talk about that in a minute. So the late works beautifully. It has a low speed in a high speed right now so like I said. Speed one works two dozen. Speak three work speed. Four dozen so in speed three at work seem seem so great and the the most beautiful thing about this wooden lay that I have is that it doesn't move because it weighs two thousand pounds may other Fox Shop Fox laid. I never bolted it to the ground because I never wanted to identify like a permanent spot for it but it vibrates it moves around. I'd go to push on it in its shoves out of the way. So that's why I needed something. That was super heavy and it works great so far but like I said I did just the one leg and I'm dying to get into the shop to do the rest so so I know there's a bunch of different ways to pattern things on the lathe and make copies of stuff. I've never done any of them but I've seen several different ones. How are you planning to do that? Many of the same thing by Yeah straight up. Old School have the delayed. The Chisel rest for this. Lay this like thirty inches long. Because this big old industrial machine so the leg the leg lays completely across the Hanta Chisel Chisel Perch and on the Chisel Rest I've marked indications like at this point it should be one in five sixteen at this point. It should be one inch thick and over here. It should be so marked indications and so around it and then I'll go to those determine points and then I'll connect the dots between so that's that's what I plan on doing. There's GonNa be a tough like what you brushed your feet. There'll be a steel cuff on each leg. So that's really important because all machine. Those on the metal lathe so that cuff has to be the right interior diameter for all of them. They'll be a little variable but I mean I'll do my best to keep him perfect to the eye but perfect to the rulers of different thing so that one point and then the tip and then the top or plugs into the bottom of the the still seat that make those are the the critical measurements everything in between them. Just GonNa try and tape them so they all look natural. I'm sure I'M GONNA screw it up was GONNA SEE. I guess as long as you're really only getting four of them you're focusing on Ford a time getting them as close to each other as possible and then the next four. They're going to be close enough long legs on one thing. We'll the very first one that I did that I talked about that is going to be the master. I'll keep that right in front center every single time. I'll use that as the one that I make. Sure everyone looks just like that one instead because when you stopped that's how things mutate into the second or third one and use that as you master and then you keep going and then the lesson. It looks like a toothpick in the first one. Looks like a tree trunk like paying attention on. My measurement drifted a little bit. That's cool so it'll be fine. It's a good challenge and discipline. It's it is like a zen exercise and just like really paying attention to what you doing making sure night. I prepared like four extra blanks just mistakes so and just to practice a little bit. It's GonNa be it's GonNa be a be sitting in front of that lays until Wednesday night getting everything blue paired with a lot of leaving so it is. It is but you know what's good? I'll be really good at laving. Bunsen you'll be an expert expert later then. I could tell somebody it's not turning its laving. I'm an expert later and you don't use the word turning anymore it's changed. I've made sixteen legs. I know a thing or two about go right into well. That's cool. That sounds like a fun. Way To just focus on something and get a whole lot done.
A Little Bit of a Rant: These are Uncertain Times
"I'm going to start with a little bit of a rant and I am not a ranch or necessarily I am a talker. Obviously I've recorded over two hundred and fifty podcast now but this isn't like an angry rant but I do feel like it's something that needs to be said and it's not like I'm the person who said this but I heard a comment that just kind of has stuck in mccraw I don't really know what a craw is. But we've all got one and things stick in it and that means that it just irritates you and you keep thinking about in your luck anyway so I need to say something about it because I'm concerned that you guys have heard similar things probably not from the same source. But I'm concerned that you guys have heard similar things and I know because I am you How discouraging statements like this can be so I feel like I need to say something And the statement is something like this if you're not writing this book or doing this creative project or whatever fill in the blank. If you're not doing that now with all the time that you have at home you're never going to do it. And I think the state was something. Like if you're not if you're not writing the book now you've got all this time you're never gonNA write it and I've heard here's what actually heard. I is people saying stuff like this people. I'd only seen the responses of people saying I've heard people say that if you're not doing such and such right now you're never gonNa do it or something like that and here's my response to that. When I would see that I would think well who would say something like that and so I have a tendency. Sometimes when people say I've heard people say that you just need to get over it if you're a senior in two thousand twenty and Blah Blah Blah and. I'm always like are people really saying that because I haven't heard anybody say that and that seems so awfully mean that I can't imagine someone really says it. Maybe they're just making that up and so I tend like with my kids. I'm always I don't know for sure people are really saying that are not and then I heard somebody say this statement of if you're not writing the book now you're never gonNA write it and great person seriously. Y'All I'm not like mad at anybody but it was so off handed that I think that to me the issue was that it was just Kinda for a lot of people. It's an accepted fact. And the reason I bring this at is that you know I've mentioned in other. I don't remember because we're trying to record them ahead so I can work on other things but you know I talked about the meam that I've seen have okay. I thought that the reason my house was messy was that I didn't have enough time to clean turns out that was never the reason. I think the reason I bring this up is if you've always assumed that the reason your house wasn't clean was that you didn't have enough time at home and now you're at home. All the time in your house is not any better and probably worse than it ever was before. And you've had that delusion smashed. The tendency can be to feel despair over that to have thought that okay so obviously time was not the issue turns out. I'm the issue and statements like this Will if you haven't if you're not doing such and such now when you've got all the time in the world you're never going to do it. I don't want you to feel that despair about your house because that is a road that those of us who feel completely inept and overwhelmed and bewildered by. How do other people do this and I cannot seem to do it? That's a road that we can go down in these times where we're okay. We'll obviously my very best. Excuse was never legitimate. So that's a problem. That was my experience guys. And that's where I feel like I have A special word of hope to give everyone here and you know because I I went through that. I've talked about it so many other times. You know my phases of life where I always always always thought I mean literally would have argued you dig on about how once. I'm a stay at home mom. My House will be clean. Never occurred to me that that could possibly not be the truth. I mean never once did what I have ever admitted or even acknowledged the fact that that was not the actual problem that the problem was not a lack of time. Because I just assumed lack of time I've got a lack of time. I'm not home. I have so many other things going on. That's the reason. My House is messy so I just assumed once I don't have those things going on. My House will not be messy and then it was a real identity crisis for me at the point where. I was a stay at home. Mom and my house wasn't any better in fact was a lot worse in some ways and once that happened. I really had to come to terms. And that's what brought me to my rock bottom of starting a slob comes clean the blog of desperately trying to figure this out. My rock-bottom came from that moment of having that delusion broken because you come to this point where you realize. Lack of time was not the problem. And there's two directions to go. You can either go. Okay we'll that it's never going to happen so I'm going to give up. I do not encourage that or you can realize that aright if that was never the problem that I need to stop worrying about that being the reason okay so anyway I'm just GonNa rant on this subject. I mean I've kind of already tried to give you the tie into cleaning here. So it's not just a random out of nowhere rant but Lemnos just give a little thoughts on this idea that if you're talking to write the book now you're Never GonNa ride it again. Great person who who said it and it doesn't even matter because it's been said by a lot of different other people whatever but I. I'm just going to tell you guys I've mentioned here on the podcast that I'm working on my third book and where I was in. That process is that I believe it was like February. Twenty seventh ripe. I had like a week a week and a half before spring break and I finished my rough rough rough refer for rough draft meaning my words on the page sixty thousand words so I had my sixty thousand words down. I had all my chapters that I had plotted out written but in the form that I would crawl under a table if anybody read it right now because that's just the reality if you're not a writer and if you WanNa be writer just know. The first ref the first draft it has to be horribly ref anyway so I had finished my first horrible rest rough draft and I told myself I'M GONNA take two weeks off. I'm going to take the week before spring break. And then spring break off to do some other things to work on some other things and let my brain kinda rest and then I will tackle it again after spring break while it's Twenty twenty and if you're listening to the future maybe you understand spring of two thousand twenty. What happened but The world has completely changed since February. Twenty seventh when I thought I knew how things were going to work so spring break was over. Life had completely changed. Everybody was home. We're sheltering in place all that kind of stuff and I haven't gotten back to read in the but I have not because the mental space that I'm in is so completely different and this is a project that was in process like I have done the hardest part which is getting the words down on paper. Although it's really a word doc but anyway getting the words written and this next phase is actually the fun face to me. And I've been through this before I have written two books. I know what it takes. This is not some ambiguous concept in the future. I think I have a podcast at some point on breaking down a project and I used a book writing as an example for that of how I go through that process so mean. I know what it takes. This is not some pipe dream. This is me personally going. I'm going to do again. What have already done twice. And I'm going to write this book so I'm just saying I mean. My brain is not in a book. Reading Space Right now. It just isn't and so for you. Let's say you've got some big creative project that you always thought if you were sick at home that's what you would do and you just can't do it right now. It doesn't mean it's never going to happen okay. I I don't want you to think that because there's a lot of just natural mental number of the challenges that happen. Just from the Weirdness. An uncertainty of this
Repair and Reuse!
"Cops when my boy is lumber. Jackets sleeves got shot. I missed it cops and suit them on after moving cuff bonds. Mrs W Finlay sustained struggling of those of Bruce. I knew you're going to lumbered lumberjack. Kit Yes what is that? It was sort of like a flannel leaves. Really sorry I remember them. Baser when them into combat in the nineteen seventies all usually a titan. Sort of like Ambiente. Ya I know it was funny. Cuffs and Friday cola yet but the notion of huffing arms extended by among knitting it. Go I can tell you. Know those low of young men who sought. I don't want thought on will told by models whilst the Mustang Badge of honor no thing Nice Dis. If if somebody were to do that Ginny. We'll know if your mummy but to think like if if you yourself and I don't mean necessarily specifically you. Coney provide like if if one oneself was to like you know to patching and sewing and extending the life do you think in today's modern youth would respect if I look giving longevity to a clothing I mutation is what maybe I don't know if I I. Yeah I probably wouldn't necessarily bump in chase me why they have to extend the arms not back and other arms go but surely only aren't exactly but your fool rank surely the arms similar speeds of the of the torso. I guess an jacket style probably was there'd be a bump covering at the win. I'm imagining somebody with a jacket. Sort of to go bugaboo Chris. This is definitely a mentality. I will pick up in the sixties and seventies if you had. Pus owned colludes secondhand clothes. Very very obviously mended clothes. It was a bit of Tinky Ish I saw but nowadays those are sort of reused repurpose re will mentality. That did not exist for me. I was a child. Yeah it does remind me of L. Initially went mainstream at it. Because I I know that a low of them Mike. Have you crafty Nariyoshi hipster? Frayn's food certainly have said that they want the they like the idea of you taking something that was you know. Bought maybe second hand and then patched in Belleek can the sixties you would you would take pride in the you know floral prints you'd put in your knees of your then in jeans or whatever bud light. You'd never the Netflix went into the mainstream. I kinda thought might because you know all of that can a more progressive does eventually lead by dame but it it can estate as I think
The Plumbing Curse Continues
"You know how few episodes ago we said our plumbing curses continuing to Florida. We all agree that John. Kirsten I'm just like brought along for the ride but the price is is not the problem. We didn't agree to that but I bring it up again. Because the continuing water curse continues. It's the gift that keeps on giving you. This is still talking about the Florida House and I think we mentioned we already knew. There was some water damage in the house. Like the floorboards were buckled and stuff. And we also knew that. Some of the DRYWALL had gotten wet at some point so we were planning to replace some of the in the house but like we had gone through the process of actually having like a mold inspection house to make sure there wasn't any like mold lurking anywhere. Yeah because my house is that way. You just wonder what's festering and what you can't see so he spent six hundred fifty dollars to get a mold expert to tell us if there were like spores and he was like from the test all know if like it's bad in the bedroom it's bad and the kids rooms and I was like six hundred fifty dollars well-spent for the peace of mind because we can't see behind these walls and we'll get to know what's behind these walls. Well well. The test came back that it was fine but we got to see behind the walls anyways because when they were replacing some trimming some areas that we knew were wet and like sort of patching some dry while we knew there was some drywall. That had to come out. They basically kept pulling drywall out as long as they thought they needed to. Like if it was wet or brittle or damaged they pulled it out and apparently they just kept pulling because it kept being damaged brittle gross. Drywall and eventually the contractor. Just said you know what I think. We need to replace the entire first floor worth of DRYWALL. Because everything they were touching was of questionable integrity. Yeah it was a mess and so what happened was the entire first floor including ceilings was ripped out the good news because you know always looking for the silver lining is that it's saved us because we discovered of all things a leak behind the bathroom wall another water issue and we never would have seen it. If we remove the DRYWALL. What would have happened is we would have moved in would have lived there for a while. The Wall would have gotten moist in weird. Really Moist is the word you wanted to go for damp. It would've gotten disturbing some way and then we would have discovered what was going on. But that's the only working bathroom in this house like we are moving into this house with just one bathroom that we're all GONNA share and my mind can only imagine what it would be like to move in and then have that one bathroom compromised in a big way as much as it's frustrating to have to. Redo more of the drywall than we thought. We went into this house knowing fixer upper. And I'm trying to just look at the bright side and not blame the Scorpio in this relationship to know who you have to blame is apparently the person who attached some kind of like shed storage unit to the side of the house like on the exterior because according to our contractor. The Guy drove screws to the wall and one went right into a pipe in the bathroom. Yeah I think it might have been nailed like nail gun and do it. Whatever it was. It was Willy Nilly Willy Nilly so glad we discovered that the other good news is that we do have a second floor on the house most of the rooms around the first floor. Just one big loft on the second floor with like a really beautiful deck and that is just fine so I'm trying to look at that silver lining that. It's not like all the drywall on. The entire house has to be redone. Just about you know the two thirds of it. That's on the first floor. Just about eighty-five percent. Well I could put another positive spin on it. Which is a reminder that when you are renovating and decorating and fixing up a smaller space is less expensive than doing a bigger space. Like if we had to re. Drywall eighty five percent of our house. Here in our house in Richmond. That'd be much more expensive than drywall. On eighty five percent of that smaller house in Florida. Yes I am grateful for that. I'm also grateful. There is like a limited amount of places that can leak on us. We are adding a bathroom but that will be all new pipes. By contrast the duplex had six bathrooms. Two kitchens who laundry rooms like. It's almost a miracle that all these houses weren't just like waterlogged to do. The luck of a certain husband chose and love anyway even though he brings a curse into our
Design Strategies to Rework Your Spaces While Staying Home
"I mean a dive into six different questions to ask yourself in kind of give you tips. Along the way of some things you can implement and just ways to think about your spaces when you are kind of trying to rework them. Amidst the chaos. Okay so the first question I want you to ask yourself about your house is where are you spending most of your time? Is it in your bed. Is it on? Your couch is at the kitchen table. The kitchen bar. Where do you find yourself spending the most time as your home? So let's talk about why. This is the place to start when I did the episode all about like my design process start to finish. We talked about like how you WanNa start in your most used areas like the faces that you are in the most and then you want to focus on creating functionality for the activities that you're doing most in that space so this is a great strategy for design in general because if you have just a little bit of time to focus on your house or you only have a little bit of money to spend the things you do. The most are the areas you want to focus on and work on optimizing those first so in terms of our situation right now where you're spending most of your time once you've identified that place. I want you to ask yourself. Is there something that you could add or subtract from this space to make it function better so just to give you an example? I found myself using the chair in my master bedroom. More than I've ever sat in it ever like I'm there every day and the funny thing about this is it is the chair and what I mean by this is it is the police to pile things when they are in purgatory. Like CLOTHING IS NOT CLEAN. But it's not dirty. Welcome to the chair. It just pile things up in this chair because it's not dirty enough where I'm going to put it in the hamper but it's not clean enough or I'm going to hang up so I'm just GonNa put it on this chair and maybe where it within the next week or so but anyway. After I showed make chaotic house to Allah view on instagram stories then proceeded to actually clean my master bedroom because it was one of the spaces giving me the most anxiety. I found myself in bed watching like youtube fitness videos every day and so I realized like this space was stressing me out and was not a place I could wind down or relax so a cleaner room cannot say the same for all the other areas of the house but once I had it clean and this chair was cleared off. Now I'm finding myself sitting in it all the time like whenever I do editing on instagram stories or a photo or I'm texting people or I'm calling people or face timing to like stay connected. I find myself sitting in this chair because it's by a really pretty window with natural light. It's very comfortable. It's very lounge and since I've started using it I'm realizing like there's some things I could do to make it better like it. Needs a side table needs a lamp. It needs a probably a cosy blanket. So what is your version of this in your house? What's the space you've been using more? Maybe that you didn't expect to be using or maybe that just you're finding yourself there all the time and what is something. You can add whether side table lamp blanket. Whatever it is or subtract you know what's in the way what is there that doesn't need to be there. That's kind of like hindering. The space from being fully functional. What can you add or subtract to make the space work better for you okay? Question number two is what areas of Your House? Feel underused or overlooked. So what areas are you not spending time in or maybe even like avoiding altogether so I want you to like identify that area or maybe multiple areas. And Ask Yourself. Why are you not spending time in the spaces? Maybe they feel in drab. Maybe there a drop zone. That doesn't have a clear function. Or maybe they're just a source of stress like something you just want to close the door on a nor and pretend not there so once you've identified that space and maybe kind of explored. Why you're avoiding it. Let's ask ourselves. How could you transform these spaces to make them work better for you? So both practical function and decor like aesthetics maybe practical means like you need more storage and organization. You need some things to leave the space you need to add shelves or add baskets or find a way to make it functionally work better and then decor obviously we can't just like roam around homegoods in via everything we want so shop. Your House first things first maybe find some pieces. That aren't being used or aren't really in the space. You like them to be and try to use what you have first and then you could also dive into some inexpensive. Diy PROJECTS FOR INFO. I know there's a ton of US. In the home and diy space influencers bloggers that are creating content around projects. That use what you already have at home Encouraging you guys to make it home in dive into projects with what you have but you can also check pinterest for really simple. Diy's that are quick. But really release. Sheikh I know that me and seven of my friends have a Hashtag called one hour. Diy where we really focus on those types of projects. That are just quick. Easy Look Gorgeous. Don't require a lot of materials and are very simple to knock out so dive into some of those for instant. What could you make? And maybe like. Give yourself a creative outlet as you're redoing the space and make it cute. It doesn't have to just be organizing in cleaning and the not so fun stuff. It can be like making it work and making a cute and then there's that sense of pride and accomplishment when you transform the space that was such a source of stress. And now it's like pretty and beautiful and serves a purpose so that's kind of like strategy number two is find those areas that are underused overlooked in focus on making them work for you. Okay question number three to ask yourself about your spaces. Is where is clutter piling up so wherever there is areas? That are clearly. Just kind of accumulating clutter as the staying at home situation has gone on those areas. Likely need a good purge likely need things to obviously be put away organized but probably you need to get rid of stuff. If stuff is just accumulating in one certain spot maybe it's a situation of too much stuff and maybe you just need to make that space function better so my practical tip for this is to prep and Organiz your donations. Even if you can't drop them off now. Some donation based organizations are still accepting donations But some aren't because they've been forced to close required to close so I know goodwill at least has goodwill dot org slash locator and you can find your closest store in Colorado and to see if they're accepting drop-offs I think some of them are doing like contactless drop-offs. Some of them were totally closed. So make sure you like call a header plan ahead but even if you can't drop stuff off even if you're really working on staying home in your in an area that's been hit really hard you can still prep an organiser donations and put them in a pile in your where all you have to do is put those boxes in your car and take them. If you're like me. You might have been doing this already as you prepare your donations like I'm going to donate this box to goodwill I wanNA drive around with it in the back of my car for four months so if that's a habit than this maybe isn't even new to you that you can't or won't donate right away but identify those areas where they seem to be more cluttered than usual and seems to be like your drop zones you're hot zones for clutter to just accumulate number. Four is what are you struggling to keep clean so whether this means like messy mess doing dishes or areas where you're struggling to kind of sort through that stuff. These areas need systems for moving things along in organization so often when you're struggling to keep something clean it's because you haven't really developed a sustainable process that fits in your lifestyle where you can quickly and easily get through these areas of mess. I know we talked a lot about this with becky. The Clean Mama on episodes like twenty seven twenty eight just about like the approach. Where if you have a process that you can quickly and easily chip away at stuff every day. It's going to make it a lot easier to keep things clean versus letting things pile up so if there's areas that you're struggling to keep clean your strategy is that you're going to rethink how your system works for cleaning this area. Maybe you need to streamline it maybe you need to. I don't know just make things easier. Make your cleaning supplies. More accessible add additional organization. So it's very clear where things go versus just Having to organize on the fly and try to make it make sense so between decluttering things and then kind of rethinking your process that fits in your life. This can really help you get on
Revisiting Squeaks in Hardwood Flooring
"We're GONNA jump right into it. Let's start with a little feedback in two thousand three. We were talking about how to prevent squeaks hardwood flooring and the suggestion from the industry for decades has been to use assault fell paper underneath the flooring to kind of act as a cushion and a decoupling layer and Somebody on Youtube name G C Said just curious felt paper off. Gases are has smell. I've only ever used it on roofs so never paid attention. I wonder if there any alternatives for indoor applications off so. Yeah it smells bad for a while but I didn't when my installations which have been a few It didn't linger but it did smell like a you know you're doing roofing for a period end. The smell goes away. And the smell you're getting is off gassing of volatile organic compounds so It's good that that's ordinarily installed when the house was under construction and has a chance to clear out before the people take occupancy. Would you guys have recommend Red Rosen paper instead? If he doesn't WANNA smell it at all so a lot of people do that. Use that material for that purpose. Its second best for sure. It's thinner it doesn't have the kind of quality that the good old fashioned asphalt does came across the product of quiet walk. I've ever heard of that. It's a recycled Silliman. The downside is that it's also a vapor barrier. So you have to consider that back. It's green guard-certified. Apparently an option there you go. What were you gonNA say? Ron was GONNA say in those installations you've done it. Have you noticed it? Even after all the flooring was down there was none of it. Exposed hardly could have been. I was immune to the smell at that point but It didn't seem like it's so another listener on Youtube Space Had some other suggestions for products that were meant to be used in place and Asphalt felt in this application. So you're interested in check that out. That was episode. Two thirty
12 Months of Thrifting: Words
"April's prompt is words. The theme is words. So what I mean by. That is clothing shoes accessories with words on them. So things like graphic tees inspirational quotes a little. Diy action that. I want to talk about so I looked back at some of my favorite things in my closet. And although I'm not like a huge graphic t- person every now and then I will thrift a t shirt or a clutch or something that has like a phrase or saying or bad name or anything that I kind of believe in an appeals to me. And there's some of my favorite pieces of clothing like do you have spot pants. That's a pink on your Butt Juicy Juicy. I have those immature early two thousand. That's not necessarily what I'm talking about. Like I have a t shirt from the Cleveland. Flea that says treasure hunter on my favorite is right like it's one of my favorite t shirts and I wear it all the time. So the thrift store is a great place to thrift things that have words on them. That kind of you can use a sort of like a self expression kind of Thing or you can thrift things to. Diy them so you could buy a Jean Jacket from the thrift store and then do some Iran on words Embroidery Screen Printing Din. You do that. Oh a couple of years back. You went to the What's it called Rubber City clothing? Yes and didn't you take Jean Jacket and have something on it? I sure did. I took a Jean Jacket. I took a t shirt. I took a trenchcoat and Robert. City clothing is a local screen printing store in Akron. And you can bring your own items in and get stuff screen printed there and they have salons of Akron centric things like the blimp and Akron sayings and all that stuff yes. There was an article in the local paper about it which I will link. Oh cool do you remember what you got put like what you put on certain item? I did I got One of the the prints that they had was a heart and in the heart were all of Akron's neighborhoods. Oh that's so. I got it on a blue habit or has it been a while no I think. I outgrew the trench coat on a trenchcoat. Gosh I cannot remember that. This is a long time ago. I do yeah I do. It was the pictures in the paper. The newspaper the other jacket doesn't fit me anymore. So okay think I donated it or something. Yes so that's one way. Look if you have a local designer or artist. I'm in the process of planning a little. Diy with local artists That asked to participate in the challenge. Her instagram name is encourage company and she does lettering and printing so. She said she thought it would be a really fun. Challenge if I drifted something and then she did some printing on it for me. It's cool. Yeah so Lincoln Account That should be a lot of fun. So we're prerecording now so we don't have all the stuff ready yet but check instagram to see the progress on that note. Trend Right now is kids are getting like white. Tennis shoes. Like white vans. And they're painting them Really like they're like they're really talented. Like I can't believe the cool thing. Yeah you can like could you imagine like if you have a person like this could right of really cool phrase or something that like you live by on your shoes like that's fun? There's so many ways to do it. I didn't know kids were doing that. Yeah the Thrift. Store is the GOTO PLACE. If you're trying to diy that because sometimes you see some really corny sayings on. Earth did close. Letting your like. I would never wear that but you can. You can do your own thing and I look. I said some of my favorite graphic tees came from the thrift store. I have one that has All these different genres of music it and I worked to the jazz fast it gets just so appropriate and I'm like I'm so happy with those purchases. Yeah that's so much fun. I love those. You know what it reminds me of. Is Laura lie from Gilmore? Girls she always would wear some cute like shirt with acute saying on it in like a blazer and she'd go to work and I'd be like I wanna be lower rely totally do that and it could be like a band like it could be anything anything that you want One of my favorite ways to incorporate words Chu is through like clutch bag. So you know. I love clutches. Yeah Sometimes words already on there right Or you can buy like a solid clutch. An iron on something was the canvas clutch. It makes me think of Betsy. Johnson stuff yes yeah. Cool Kate. Spade stuff has They have some a lot of graphic products too so find some designers that you're inspired by and kind of make your own thing like don't rip off of them but you can be inspired by them. You find inspiration online so we always talk about mild medium and spicy ways to incorporate the theme mild would be maybe accessories right. You could use like a necklace that says a phrase or earrings. Oh that's true. My love any words that appeal appeal to you do simple dainty accessories a mild way would be to do a graphic tee and like a spicy way. Could be like a big old you know. Diy on the back of a jacket. Ya Moto Jacket. Jeans Jacket trenchcoat. Something like that. That'd be hard for me. No I could see you do you do. It depends on what it says. I love my kitties. God that's so many innuendos rape care
Trying To Get Work Done With Kids
"Rearing child rearing takes time and kids require time and mental energy. Okay so this is a reality. Check that working from home and being a parent at the same time is Kinda Difficult K. You don't have necessarily the opportunity to say okay. I'm going to give all of me to this task for this amount of time and then I'm going to give all of me to this other task. There certain things that are gonna be going on is the word concurrently. I think so but at the same time how. `Bout I say that that's going to be going on at the same time and you can't be fully present parenting and fully present working so if you had a list of you know fifteen fun things that you're going to do with your child and you have eight hours of time on the computer that you're supposed to be locked in and working if you thought in your mind which I believe. I'm only saying this because this was me in my mind I could do the work on the computer at the same time as I was spending quality time with my kid and those things aren't able to happen at the same time it's reality. You can't do four hours of quality time with your kid at the same time you're doing four hours of meetings and when you say it out loud you go well da but you guys. That was the mentality. I did not understand when I thought of being a stay at home. Mom I was always coming up with business ideas but it seems like it would totally work while having kids at home like. It never occurred to me that if I'm doing that then I can't be doing this other thing at the same time because you can't do things concurrently or at the same time in case concurrently is not a word but I think it is right whatever. Here's the thing when you write books a lot of times you just go by. Can't look it up right away then. 'cause I try not to be on the Internet when I'm writing a book by can't look it up right away then I I'm like I'm just going to say at the same time. And let's be honest if I'm aiming for sixty thousand words anyway then take forwards instead of one. I'm just kidding. I really tried to delete a bunch words. I delete tens of words that I right
How to Get Work Done Podcast
"Let's say that you are working from home now where you used to work outside the home. Let's do some math here okay. You're only new free time meaning time that you used to spend on something else that does not exist anymore as something that you have to spend time on. I don't mean anymore. I mean temporarily what I mean. Is Your Commute time k a portion or all of your getting ready time okay. That's basically it because those are the only things that you are just flat out not doing anymore. Now they're it's different for everybody situation. I know but just in general staying home versus going to work. Those are the Times that you have. You may say oh well by lunch break while now you may be home and lunch break is not leaving your desk and going out with your friends and getting something to eat or going into the break room and reading a book or whatever. It is that you would do during that time. See this is when I say stuff like that I think okay. How long has it been since I've been in that situation? And what if that's not what people do? But that's what I used to do. Pay was either go out to eat or go to the break room. Talk to people whatever Nail lunchtime. That's not free time especially if you have kids at home because you're feeding them. Which is a strangely unstop. Ing and strangely sometimes six Stressful thing you're even if they're old enough. I'm my kids. They're on their own breakfast and lunch and yet I still get questions all the time and just those questions sometimes can be mentally taxing and irritating and all that but anyway but that right there is something that you have to consider you know you have to realize that the only actual time. I'm getting back into my day. Is the commute and the getting ready time? Now let's talk about the getting ready. Okay I was going to put this later on there. Some of the things that you just need to let go of but again. I love are mean culture that we live in. I have an eighteen year old and a sixteen year old and thirteen year old. My eighteen year old loves memes. Like he is ready with a maim at any time. He's got a folder on his iphone. He is ready with a funny relevant name all the time and they crack me up. I mean I thoroughly thoroughly enjoy a good mean those of you who might not know what it is. I can't imagine that but I'm just going to educate your real quick and that is basically taking a picture of something and sometimes they're the same picture used in all these different ways with expressions on people's faces or situations or whatever and then a funny little quip that relates to whatever's going on in the world right now or whatever situation that you're in so I love a good meeting but part of the issue with that mean culture. Is You know. Sometimes people like to make these little statements. I'M GONNA solve everybody's problem with my one super amazing statement. You'll know how I feel about that already. Okay so I won't go into that but I don't like it just in case you When people like to solve everybody's problems in a little phrase but you know one of the things I've seen people say is you need to be getting dressed. Don't stay in your pajamas. Y'All here's the thing. Do whatever you need to do to get stuff done in your house. Do whatever needs to happen if you are getting stuff done in your pajamas. Awesome if you are finding that you're just not productive because being in your pajamas means drinking coffee and browsing the Internet. Then put on some clothes and see if that helps. But here's the problem. I mean it's it's fine idea. It's a great idea. But here's the problem when you say are when people say you're never gonNA work well in your pajamas and you just flat out. Don't WanNa get out of your pajamas. Then people like us tend to then think okay. Then what do I do? And we get paralyzed and we don't do anything. Okay try to do the work in your pajamas. Enjoy the fact that I'm in my pajamas right now you guys I mean. Enjoy the fact that you can wear your pajamas. But then if that isn't working put on some a little bit closer to real close athlete Scher or whatever it is and then if that doesn't work okay. Fine put on a little bit nicer clothes. Whatever do what you need to do to actually make it happen. Try Different things out to make it happen. Make sense
DIY Girl Power: How to confidently dive into DIY + Power Tools
"My weight wet for this week. Is that a woman invented one of the first ever circular saws. So that's a fun fact to have in your back pocket. If you're ever underestimated as a girl for using power tools or diy ing but at the time is around eighteen ten and there was a lot of inventing happening and so a lot of these inventions happened kind of simultaneously in different parts of the world where people invented really similar things but like totally independently of each other which is really interesting. So in America more specifically in Massachusetts a woman named Tabitha Babbitt is credited for having invented a circular saw entirely of her own volition around eighteen ten. She basically got the idea while watching two guys. Struggling with a pit saw and at the time those sauce could only cut like in one direction so it made ripping logs terribly terribly. Tedious and annoying. So they'd waistline basically half their energy moving the saw back and forth only cutting on one stroke so it was super inefficient so she basically noticed this and she was determined to make saw that would waste less time be way more efficient so she created this notched disk and rigged to spin with a pedal push of her spinning wheel. How inventive is this? And so basically it. With this invention would could be cut with a fraction of the time and effort. It took to use these pit sauce so I just thought that was super interesting and I think it's funny. How like she used something. That was like classically stereotypically. A woman's role like spinning wheels and applied that to a different field of like manual labor. Were men. Were doing most of the work and then something amazing came out of it so I think it's just a cool reminder when we're talking about like girl power and empowerment within DIY and being in a space set has been male dominated that like not only. Do we have a place in the industry as women? But it's also like we're coming into this to change the game my goal in empowering women to diy. Isn't that like we are just doing it. The same fitting ourselves into an existing place but that we're like reinventing and doing it on our own terms and for me that means like I wanNA look cute while I'm working on stuff. I don't WanNa wear like gross men's word clothing like I want to do it but do it. Cute so you can find me like doing woodworking with my magnetic eyelashes on in a full face of makeup. Because that's just like who I am and that's part of what empowers me and I don't feel like those. Two things are contradictory so just a word of encouragement here. That like do things on your own terms changed the game and if there's parts of like the DIY making woodworking space that make you feel like uncomfortable. You don't have to try to squeeze yourself in and make it fit. You can just do it differently so I talked about this with. Joanie and one of her tips is like orderonline. If you going to stores makes you uncomfortable and you feel out of place and you feel Underestimated than just by this stuff online instead so anyway being home and having all this time to reflect. I thought that fun fact was a good life lesson for us as girls in this space.
DIY Girl Power: Must Have Started Power Tools
"One of the questions I get all the time is like what tools do I need when I'm first starting out? And I always recommend a drill a sander and then a miter saw because a miter saw is really really safe to use really easy to learn how to use but then once you kind of get more advanced or once you need to start like ripping down plywood or making bigger cuts and you don't quite want to make the jump to a table. Saw which can be really intimidating. Really dangerous if you're not using it right. A good like middle ground is to use a circular saw or skill saw and then you can cut plywood by putting it on top of a piece of insulation foam and then cutting it with a circular saw to keep it straight. There's also jigs like Craig makes a Jig that attaches you attach your to it and it helps you make like a perfectly straight cut but with or without that circular saws are really awesome in a really good intermediate tool so. I just wanted to talk about my favorite one so I recently bought Ryo. Ob's cordless circular saw. It's six and a half inches in its battery powered. So that's really nice. 'cause you don't have to worry about being mindful of where the court is and then obviously it just gives you a lot more flexibility and if you have a backup battery you don't really have to worry about power like not having enough but I really really liked this one. Because it's a little more compact than some of the larger saws it still can rotate and do like forty five degree angles. Which is really nice but I feel like it's a really good tool to learn to use because of its size. It's not something really heavy. You need a ton of arm strength to us so I totally totally recommend snagging this one. Plus it's not that expensive. It's only sixty nine dollars for just the tool. So if you've already started building like aerobics set with batteries. And all of that. You can just snag the tool at your collection and it's really diverse. So you can use it for Plywood ripping that down on foam or you could use it for other things here and there like cutting a two by four cutting other boards straight. So I absolutely recommend this. It's a really good for both intro. Beginner diy fires and more intermediate so in this episode. We get into a lot of power tools talking about saws so I just wanted to start off by giving you a practical tip for when you could buy if you really wanted to dive in you can order online for depot. Have it shipped to your doors? If you are staying at home and practicing social distancing. Maybe could snag yourself a new little toy and tackle some projects around the