Poem to welcome the New Year

Cheers to 2017

A fresh start before us, this New Year brings.

I wish you health, joy, prosperity and all the good things!

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May your pockets be heavy,

your challenges light.

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May your troubles be few,

your days happy and bright.

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May your heart be full

from morning till night.

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Embrace the New Year to bring a fresh start,

and let not our differences tear us apart.

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May 2017 be a wonderful year

of people coming together in love and not fear.

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With open hearts and minds may we talk and we listen.

Treating others with kindness is always the mission.

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Listen with empathy, speak with compassion.

Acting with love is always in fashion!

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Fight for what’s right, but treat ALL with respect.

Don’t stoop down a level, pull them up a step.

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Hold loved ones close and cherish each day.

Live, laugh, love and make time to play!

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Enjoy Mother Nature in all her beauty.

Remember, caring for our planet is everyone’s duty.

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Wishing you much happiness, well-being, good health, prosperity and love in this New Year and always.

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All the Best,

Cass

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A little video

EnterTAYnment made this awesome promotional video recently for my business!

The Fix It Lass promotional video by EnterTAYnment

I plan to make several more videos with her as soon as I can make time in my schedule! She was so much fun to work with and I love what Taylor created for me!
Enjoy! And subscribe to her YouTube channel to get updates on our new ventures together!

Let me know what you think.

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Got a leaning plant? Try this fix

A friend recently mentioned to me one of her chili plants was falling over and I told her one of my favorite tips.

Small plants can get a little support with some chopsticks. Make sure to use something thick enough to tie it so as to not cut into the delicate plant. You can also use the bamboo skewers we all have around this time of year for doing kabobs on the grill, especially for taller plants. Happy gardening!

Chopstick as a plant stake

Chopstick as a plant stake

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Handyman or Contractor?

This is a decent article from Angie’s List. It is important to keep in mind how much the laws vary from state to state regarding construction related work so it is challenging to write a simple advice column about this subject.

Do I need a Handyman or a Contractor?

As mentioned in the article there are monetary limitations on non contractors in California. I have heard in Florida you pretty much can’t touch electrical or plumbing unless you are licensed in that particular trade.

The key is always going to be a at least a little bit of knowledge/research on the part of the consumer to go with a well  recommended provider of services.

Always, only hire someone you are comfortable working with. If the person working on or in your home does not make you feel comfortable they should not be there.

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Ikea assembly tips

I put together quite a bit of Ikea furniture. It’s one of my favorite things to do. Some people really hate doing it and tend to think I am a little bit crazy, but they appreciate my brand of crazy when they ask for my help so it’s fine with me! I’m happy to save them from a task they despise.
While doing some of these jobs recently it occurred to me to put together a few tips to make the process less painful for others when putting together Ikea or other assembly required items.

sort all the hardware before putting anything together

sort all the hardware before putting anything together

So here is some of my advice:

  1. Mentally approach the project like a jigsaw puzzle.
    1. Verify and sort the hardware and individual pieces first thing upon opening the box.
    2. People frequently tell me how much they hate the wordless instructions with Ikea furniture, but they are very effective if used correctly. Pay close attention to the details in the pictures, match up the patterns of holes, sizes of the pieces, the finished side vs raw side, etc exactly as shown.
    3. Give yourself plenty of room to work and move things around.
    4. Give yourself plenty of time. DO NOT rush. Take your time, doing it over will always take longer than doing it slower but correctly!
    5. Lay out all the pieces but keep them from being in your way; lean them against walls, stack matching pieces together.
    6. Examine the pieces for damage and so you can recognize them more easily.
  2. Browse the entire set of instructions before starting any of the assembly. You don’t have to fully comprehend each step in advance but getting an overview of how the process works and in what order can save SO much time and headaches.
    1. Make note of how much room you might need to move things around or turn them over and to layout partially assembled sections as you go.
    2. Does this item require the help of another person to lift or move things?
    3. Do you have the necessary tools ready and nearby?
  3. Always work on a surface that protects the pieces and keeps hardware from rolling away:
    1. Carpet or a rug is ideal.
    2. Sometimes you can use the packaging box, usually for smaller items.
    3. If  working on wood, tile or concrete laying a blanket, sheet or drop cloth for your work space is very helpful. Just be careful as fabrics can be slippery on the hard surfaces.
  4. There is such a thing as brand quality. I’m no spokesperson, but I can say I would rather put together stuff from Ikea than the office supply stores based on recent experiences.
  5. If the package contains an additional insert providing a toll-free number to call if you need assistance, you will almost certainly end up needing to call!
    1. Sometimes there are slight changes to the manufacture or assemble process and instead of re printing ALL of the instructions the company will put in this extra slip of paper offering customer service help. Use it, if you start having any trouble at all, I learned this one the hard way. Trust me, just call the number.
    2. I have usually only see this in non furniture items. I have come across this issue on blinds, ceiling fans and other light fixtures, accordion doors etc.
  6. Know when to get help.
    1. If you are not inclined towards this sort of project you might think you are doing a bad job when there is actually something wrong with the parts or instructions. Ask someone else to look at it with you if you started but are struggling.
    2. Get help that helps. Don’t ask someone who hates doing this also, or gives you a hard time if you made a mistake. Reach out to someone who can make it better rather than worse!
    3. Someone who does these projects frequently might realize more quickly if there is a problem with the materials, or the instructions rather than just being a complicated project and find resolution faster.
    4. If you really hate puzzles maybe you shouldn’t put together pre fabricated products. Maybe it is worth the cost of hiring someone to assemble that new dresser or bookcase over the amount of stress and lost personal time you will experience doing it yourself? Sure, you CAN do it, just like I could change my own oil, but some things are worth having someone else do. Ask your friends to help, chances are you have at least one nutty pal like me!

     

     

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7 UncommonTips for Kitchen Cleaning | Sears PartsDirect

Nice article here with some great tips.

I like the second one about cleaning the microwave especially. You can do it using your kitchen sponge too, and get longer use from your sponge by sanitizing it!

 

7 UncommonTips for Kitchen Cleaning | Sears PartsDirect.

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Cures for Common Holiday Messes – Consumer Reports

Cures for Common Holiday Messes – Consumer Reports.

 

A favorite product of mine not mentioned in this article is Folex. It has no odor or color and is amazing at red wine removal (we use it A LOT at our house!).

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Fun article and gallery from DIY network

This is a fun gallery of trends happening right now from DIY network. There is inspiration in all 25 of the features they list! Don’t be surprised if you find me borrowing from this list for ideas to write about and DO for a long time to come!

The 25 Most Awesome DIY Features of 2014 So Far

Let me know if you have done any of these projects, I would love to hear about it!

 

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Quick Tip for Friday: water-wise help for trees

Borrowing a post from another blog again for today’s Quick Tip for Friday

Be water-wise to help your trees survive the drought « Invest From the Ground Up.

 

 

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Mother’s Day “Honey Do” List | DoItYourself.com

This is a great idea!

Mom will love it even if you are hiring someone else to help with these projects, it is still more personal than cut flowers.

Mother’s Day “Honey Do” List | DoItYourself.com.

 

  

Mother’s Day is coming up fast, and like most years, you’re probably worried about what to get her (or maybe you haven’t given it a thought yet). This year, try giving her your time instead of buying her the predictable flowers and chocolate. Set aside a day, or even just a few hours, to take care of things for her around the house and yard that she may not be able to accomplish herself. Not only will you be taking stress off her shoulders, but she’ll love getting to spend time with you as you accomplish each task. (And if you’re already an avid DIYer, chances are you already have the tools and won’t need to buy anything!)

Read more: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/mothers-day-honey-do-list#.U2gbCBBOXIU#ixzz30t1q1xCq

Be good to Mom’s!

Cass

 

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