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RE: shade house (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: allymarie on 07.01.2014 at 09:16 am in Orchids Forum

Thanks guys for the info, much appreciated.I saw some pics of nice shade house someone built.I would love to have one of these.

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RE: My before and after. Thanks GW (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: Nan57 on 01.10.2014 at 09:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank you BlackChamois. I will post more pics with details soon. :) And thanks Maxsam..the cabinets are from Cliq Studios

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RE: My before and after. Thanks GW (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: Nan57 on 01.10.2014 at 06:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

dcgirl here is the floor plan which shows some dimensions.

to answer a few questions..the island top is called white viscont granite and the perimeters are brushed black pearl. floors are a barnwood-look laminate!

This post was edited by Nan57 on Fri, Jan 10, 14 at 18:07

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RE: care of nepenthes alata (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: mutant_hybrid on 04.07.2007 at 03:26 pm in Carnivorous Plants Forum

Hi gardeninggrandmo1,

The previous info is good, however; be careful with the fertilizer as it could kill your plant if too much is used or drips on the soil. Better not to fertilize at all and just let the plant catch insects. There is nobody to fertilize them up in the mountains of Borneo and Kinabalu. I have never fertilized any of my CPs and they seem to be thriving so far.

My N. sanguinea pitchers constantly and is growing larger and just gets a few flies and beetles every couple of weeks. Better yet, light (partial sun) or flourescents for at least 12 hours a day, distilled water, and nutrient poor acid soil mixture with good drainage is more important than insects and fertilizer. Do not pour water in the pitchers as some misguided info slips tell you to do, they have lids to keep the water out after all. Just water the soil from the top every few days and do not allow the soil to become waterlogged or to sit in water. Nepenthes do not like too much water held near their roots all the time. The pitchers will secrete their own mixture of bactericide and digestive concoctions if they are healthy.

Nepenthes can be propagated from cuttings like ivy and other vining plants. Just let it grow until it is several feet long and producing multiple vines from its growth point, then cut 1 foot sections, each with several good leaves, and place them in darkened vases of water. If you use rooting hormone, you can dip the cut tip in that and then place it in moist soil media. Nepenthes take a long time to root from cuttings and some might not take. Just keep trying and look up info on the subject to enhance your success. There are several alternative ways to root Nepenthes cuttings.

Books on the subject are as follows:

Nepenthes of Mount Kinabalu by Shigeo Kurata

Insect-Eating Plants & How to Grow Them by Adrian Slack

D'Amato's Savage Garden

Have fun with your Nepenthes

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RE: Upper cabinet storage/pull out - WWYD? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: oldbat2be on 11.28.2012 at 08:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

hags00 - ha! True true but is it really fair to send them off at 5 AM with bags that are frozen?

casaloma - thanks, definitely helps, I will look into these. The other thing I am wondering about is a nice lining/inner material for these.

sofla, it's BM Aura Vancouver Day, and I've used in the kitchen area, main entrance and hallway. I almost have a hard time defining it as blue or grey. I think it acts more like a grey.

Here's the same color in the sunlight:

I know beekeeperswife has a wonderful grey which you might like to look at as well, I forget the name. Good luck!

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RE: Dining room - what would you do? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: AnnieDeighnaugh on 11.26.2012 at 07:23 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

If it were my room, I'd start with fabric....find something for the windows, then pull the colors for the room out of there. If fabric doesn't speak to you, find something else as inspiration....a piece of art, a plate, a picture of a room you like...it can be anything. I redid my old bedroom based on the color of my cat's eyes.... presumably you'd select something that has the gold tone in it maybe as an accent to work with the granite in the kitchen.

I wouldn't necessarily paint the two rooms the same color....it would depend on whether or not you want the rooms to feel integrated as one, or if you want them to be open to each other but feel as if they are separate rooms. Wall color and treatment can do that for you. My family room is open to the kitchen but they are 2 completely different colors so they feel more like separate spaces.

You can go to calico corners and get some fabric inspriation from their collections and in some instances, they show the room decorated in those fabrics.

Here is a link that might be useful: See the room....

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RE: Quartz substitute for marble (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: dragonfly08 on 04.02.2012 at 01:12 am in Kitchens Forum

I was in your same position not long ago and after eliminating every quartz and granite we looked at, went to the stone yard to pick my marble slabs when I walked into the Super White quartzite... It was love at first sight! In my research, it's the only non-marble stone that actually looks like marble, but without the marble "fuss". Our kitchen was finished about 2 wks ago and I'm still in love with my super white. Everyone thinks is marble, even the stone guys who came to install it. Just wanted to point out that a non-marble "marble" does exist. If you search GW for super white, you'll see lots of discussions on this.
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RE: lighting help, vote, alternatives, photoshop? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: marti8a on 11.05.2012 at 01:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I like the white one with your kitchen.

Is that a vent hood or a liner waiting for a hood cover?

I feel for you on the long remodel. We're almost at the one year mark ourselves.

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RE: Recommendations for flatware? (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: jessicaml on 04.12.2011 at 12:35 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

From the Silver Superstore website:
"The Pearls pattern is manufactured entirely in the USA with USA-made steel, by Sherrill; the only exclusively American stainless flatware manufacturer."

The same store also has other patterns listed by what country they're made in, including some made in France.

Here is a link that might be useful: Flatware not made in China

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RE: Almost Finished...lots of pics (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: michelle16 on 09.09.2012 at 09:32 am in Kitchens Forum

Thanks guys! i really appreciate the positive feedback. Lakegirl- the wall color is BM Edgecomb gray, it really changes color with the light which makes it interesting, it can look tanish or grayish. the white cabs are BM white dove, and the gray ones are BM Stone harbor gray. kamkar- the faucet is a ROHLS- but it is the country series, which I thought was a great price for the quality.

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RE: looking for a dreamy gray paint color (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: daisychain01 on 10.04.2012 at 07:30 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Just used Horizon grey from BM. Dreamy is exactly how I'd describe it. Looks great with our hardwoods.

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RE: Help with paint colors-please? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: gatorfan3 on 09.24.2012 at 01:12 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

These are great grieges and/or taupes
sw stone lion
bm Brandon beige
Bm revere pewter
Bm pashmina
Sw balanced beige

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RE: looking for a dreamy gray paint color (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 10.03.2012 at 06:01 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

check out BM's Nimbus. There is something about that color...

I used it in two bathrooms. Others have used it around here too with great success. It works nicely with brown. You might also look at Baltic Gray too. It's on the same strip.

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RE: Color Help (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: funcolors on 09.30.2012 at 05:13 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Thank you. :)

Paint Practices:

The reason why you do not want to paint swatches directly on the wall is the edges can telegraph through the final coat. When the light hits those spots just right, you can see the outline of every single one of 'em.

DIYers usually don't think about feathering out edges or taking off ridges with a fine grade sanding block before painting. If you're hiring a painter, you'll be paying him to do that prep work for you. DIY or pro, despite best efforts sometimes the swatch outlines still show.

Avoid the situation by simply using a device/material designed for sampling paint colors.

I prefer to use a circle shape because it better accommodates how our vision system works. A circle is better for visual ergonomics.

To quote Professor Jurg Nanni, author of the exemplary Visual Perception: "A rectangle with sharp edges take indeed a little bit more cognitive visible effort than for example an ellipse of the same size. Our "fovea-eye" is even faster in recording a circle. Edges involve additional neuronal image tools."

The process of choosing wall colors is hard enough why make it harder by using a square or rectangle shaped sample board? Take the edges off so you can focus on the color.

Visual Ergonomics/Color Perception:

Common recommendations are white borders on paint sample boards or viewing paint chips on some kind of a white background. When you find someone suggesting either, that's your clue they are color knowledge challenged. Properly trained color experts would never suggest a white border on paint sample brush-outs or a white background or surround to view potential wall colors. Never.

White will influence the new color as much as any other color. Arguably, it makes things worse because of the amped up level of contrast stark white brings in to the picture.

Is the existing wall color going to influence how you view the sample? Maybe. Maybe not. Much of the magic of color relationships happens subconscious and unconsciously. That relationship changes with the intention of "testing colors in the room". By intentionally, consciously introducing a paint sample into the existing color relationship in the room, you are aware the old color is going away. The dynamics of color perception are forever changed. Seeing color in that room, that specific situation is no longer a reflex. The awareness of the process of testing color gives the paint color brush-out new focus mitigating affects of current wall color. Doesn't matter what the existing wall color happens to be, you know what you know and cannot help but separate the paint color brush-out.

Square and white is bad advice. Opposes darn near everything about how we see, perceive, and process color. Nevertheless, that is what non-experts have repeated for so long people just assume it must be true. What I'd like people to remember is strategies for optimum visual ergonomics are applicable in many ways. They aren't just for manufacturing and work environments.

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RE: Color Help (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: swati.ashish on 09.29.2012 at 11:38 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Funcolors - thanks so much for your input!! I've been reading and getting inspired by your creative posts...

I like your suggestions on #20 and #22 (second and third strips on both).

i'ma little nervous about introducing spiced cier and earthern jug in the house. Even though I love these colors, all my woodwork is orange already and I fear it might blend or make too orange. I've attached a picture of the kitchen that joins with the family room/fireplace.

Curious to hear your thoughts.

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RE: suggestions for natural cherry kitchen cabinets (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: badgergal on 09.20.2012 at 12:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

There have been quite a few post regarding natural cherry cabinets and countertops so you could do a search on this website or search on google with the those terms plus gardenweb. In the mean time here are a few shots of my kitchen with natural cherry cabinets and verde peacock granite. The wall color doesn't photograph all that well with my cell phone camera but it looks great in real life. It is BM Hillcrest tan. My backsplash is a combination of stone, glass and stainless. It is also hard to get a good picture of it. My floors are natural ash.
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RE: Quartzite questions (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: sochi on 09.18.2012 at 12:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been using my quartzite for 2.5 years, still like it very much. It wears as well or better than anything else, including granite. No etching or staining. I clean it just like granite. Mine is polished. I haven't sealed it again yet, my installing thought it would be good for years and years without re-sealing. Using a silicon sealer is important.

While many people have quartzite and have had no staining or etching issues, a few people have had etching. No idea why some etch and others don't, best advice is to make sure you get a sealed sample and test it at home before you commit.

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RE: Light colored countertops that are not quartzite/marble? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: Caspian101 on 09.18.2012 at 02:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

as others have mentioned, I would suggest looking at quartz countertops (manufactured from crushed quartz and epoxy), (not quarzite, which is a natural stone). They are very durable and come in tons of colours. My favourite "brand" is Cambria...the seemed to have a nice selection of more "natural" selections.
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RE: Front Load Washers, please help (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: chrispolk on 04.16.2012 at 02:10 pm in Laundry Room Forum

I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to anyone who has concerns, comments, feedback or questions about any Electrolux or Frigidaire appliances. This is not a sales pitch but rather a way for purchasing consumers to have a question and answer feedback session and gain more knowledge on features, dimensions, specifications, any known issues and any current promotions out there in relation to our products.

You may contact me at the email below with your questions and I will discuss our appliances further in detail!

Thank you for the opportunity to be a resource for you, and others, so feel free to pass my information along so we can address any unanswered

questions!

Chris Polk
Online Outreach Representative
Electrolux Major Appliances, North America
Chris.Polk@Electrolux.com

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RE: What do you think of this color combo? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: terriks on 08.10.2012 at 12:56 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

The pictures really don't show the colors off well, at least not the gray. My camera is broken and I am waiting for a new one that I've ordered. In the meantime I'm making do with my cell phone.

Here a picture of a room that I found that is painted Platinum Gray, totally different sytle than my house, but I see that they have rust/orange accents:

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RE: Induction cooktop or range (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: Co-Co on 04.27.2012 at 05:22 pm in Appliances Forum

Nine months in and still loving my range, although if money and space was no object I would love a cooktop and a *wall* oven (not a wall oven mounted under the cooktop mind you).
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/appl/msg0822440817422.html

Here is a link that might be useful: Electrolux Induction Range review

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RE: Taj Mahal Quartzite (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: dragonfly08 on 04.29.2012 at 06:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Probably won't be of too much help here, but I was so close to getting the Taj Mahal quartzite. It is a gorgeous piece and super elegant looking. I'm certain that it would look amazing installed. Haven't come across many others who had heard of it, let alone have it installed, and I'm not sure what other names it may go by. If you do get it, you'd have a very unique countertop (one that resembles calacatta gold marble) because I honestly do not think it is well known or readily available.

That said, I ended up choosing the super white, another quartzite. I love the surface. It acts just like granite and I have no qualms putting hot or cold directly on it. Baking and kneading dough is also wonderful. Absolutely no etching (unlike marble). Cleaning is also easy -- I only use soapy water and wipe dry. However, like all porous surfaces, especially ones that are light-colored, you will need to have it properly sealed to ensure that there are no staining problems.

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Modest City Kitchen almost done, inset and Taj Mahal

posted by: ratrem on 07.18.2012 at 02:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

We finally moved into our condo after a couple of months of staying with family after our house sold. Still have a lot of painting and finishing touches and unpacking to do, but I thought I would share our kitchen. Still needs final touches but the basics are there.

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RE: Paint color for basement that is not beige (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: clubcracker on 07.16.2012 at 07:18 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Camouflage (BM). I quite like the Wythe Blue basement. And I did low light baths in Sterling and Quiet Moments and was happy with it.

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RE: Does a triflow kitchen faucet approved for RO water exist? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: tyguy on 07.15.2012 at 12:28 pm in Appliances Forum

Jenny: so sorry I didn't see that you asked me a follow up question in your previous thread.

Yes the franke, and probably most others, use their own filtration system for their tri flows. It is easy to connect to an ro system tho. Is it "approved"? I doubt it because they want to sell you on their very expensive ssystems.

As far as the ro being aggressive, although this is true I don't think you will have any problems. The newer franke tri flows have a flexible braided connection rather than the older ones which employed semi rigid copper. The metal tubing is what was the concern about being "eaten away" by the ro. Even in those cases with metal tubing I had some clients with this setup that I had not heard of any issues over many years.

If you are not comfy using one of these faucets then you could always get a dedicated ro faucet. I can tell you tho thru real life experiences, not text book theories, that you likely will not have issues with a tri flow. Will it last forever? Nope. Nothing does. But forever is a very long time.

Please don't stress too much over this. You won't really go wrong with whatever you choose.

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RE: Calling All Innermost Cabinet Owners- (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: suzannesl on 07.14.2012 at 07:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

We installed our cabinets last September. We chose the Kingston door style on maple with the brandywine finish:

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4-drawer stacks: 3@ 2-3/4" and 1@ 5-3/4" from inside bottom to top of drawer box.
3-drawer stacks: 2@ 7-3/4" and 1@ 2-3/4"
2-drawer stacks: 9-3/4" (although if I did it again, I wouldn't do this size)

We did have one drawer which came with an incorrect face size-the box size was fine. The representative came out the next day (we may have been lucky that she was in the area) and agreed that it was very weird that the drawer face was incorrect and couldn't be pushed in. The tolerances on these cabinets is very tight, so little mistakes are fatal mistakes. She ordered a new drawer on the spot and threw in a touch-up kit. We also had a broken-in-transit toe kick on one of the 54" cabinets you can see on the back wall with Christmas thingies on top. The 3 of us looked at it and decided we could fix it without too much trouble. Had we wanted, I believe she'd have shipped an entire new cabinet. Scrap wood and on-hand hardware, plus 20 min. of our time was adequate. The repair is solid and hidden behind toe kick facing. So, yes, we like the company.

We actually like our cabinets enough that we've just ordered 6 new ones for our bedroom on a wall with a large window. The trick is that we didn't want the bedroom to look like a kitchen, so we chose the Manchester door style on cherry, brandywine finish and ebony glaze. Even though the finish is the same, it doesn't look a bit the same on cherry and with the ebony glaze.

Good luck with your selection! I don't think you'll regret it.

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RE: Favourite induction cooktop? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: weedmeister on 07.03.2012 at 01:31 pm in Appliances Forum

Miele, Bosch. I also like the Elux, but that's just me.

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RE: range hood recommendations? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: barjohng on 06.10.2012 at 12:26 am in Appliances Forum

I have done a bit more research. Here is what I have learned. Other reputable dealers don't recommend it because it is Chinese made of inferior stainless (not 304). It looked good and the price looked very good. I have since looked at the Kobe, Imperial, Brillia, and VentAHood. The Brillia 600CFM with filter baffles in my 30" 10" High runs $598. It is made by Kobe but a lesser quality version. The imperial is 735CFM dual blower 10" high runs $699. The Kobe 10" high 30" 640CFM runs $809 and the 9" high VentAHood 600CFM with dual blowers runs $1022.

The VentAHOOD is the onl design that does not use conventional baffle or mesh grease filters. They call their lung "Magic Lung Bowers" and it is a really unique and interesting design. Even though rated at 600 CFM, because it is isn't pulling through filters it achieves a true 600CFM out where the others get less due to the restrictions caused by moving the air through the filters. It is easy to clean and very quiet. Granted it is $400 more than the least costly and $200 more than the Kobe but from what I can see it appears to be worth the price difference. Higher CFM's are available but not in the 30" model.

If anyone else has some experience or knowledge to share I would love to hear it before I make a buy decision.

A quick way to compute the ventilation needs is to add the BTUs from each burner to get a total BTU and divide by 100. Using the Bluestar 30" RNB range as an example you have two 22K burners, 1- 15K burner and 1 - 9 K burner for a total of 68,000BTU. Divide by 100 and you have 680CFM.

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RE: Flooring help please . . . (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: twn85 on 03.25.2012 at 11:19 am in Kitchens Forum

Thank you Catlover! It's an Italian porcelain. ABK Woodway, color Noce. I think the reason it's not a glaring difference in the transition is because I went with a matte finish on the oak. I also did not try to match the color of the tile. I chose what I liked and decided it didn't matter if it was different.

You mentioned that if not a wood look that you wouldn't know what to put down. There are so many beautiful tile options out there. A slate look would also look beautiful with the dove white cabinets, or even a rustic travertine look.

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RE: My Marble Tile Lookalike Recommendation (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: kmcg on 06.24.2012 at 08:44 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Your floor looks great! I've been overly obsessing about the floor of my soon to be bathroom, ever since my husband vetoed the marble basketweave I had been planning on for lo these many months. Seeing the faux cararra looking so nice really gives me hope.

I'm thinking I want a honed or matte surface if I go for the large scale tile, and found a really decent look-alike by Dal-Tile at Home Depot today. But it is ceramic, not porcelein. Should I be worried? I really have no idea of whether the ceramic would be inferior in a 12x12 tile.

BTW, drewem, another poster in the home decorating forum was bemoaning the fact that the Catarina is not available. I guess you've proven that's not the case. Where did you find yours? I hope you'll post on your progress - would love to see more bathrooms of the look-alike kind!

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RE: Ranking semi-custom kitchen cabinets (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: SparklingWater on 06.25.2012 at 06:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is the most recent May 2012 price comparison done for an upper and base in Shaker by various manufacturers. Many of us found it quite helpful.

As always, jakuvall, thanks for weighing in on the OP's question. I assume SWP means Showplace. Will give them a look now too.

OP: I had about 18 linear feet of framed all wood Omega/Dynesty, white raised panel door cabinetry quoted out for an older kitchen redo. I added a lazy susan, and a pullout trash, mainly draw bases and two ready for glass uppers. With the 35% discount the price was $17000. Hth.

Here is a link that might be useful: Link:

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RE: Granite ideas (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: KevinMP on 05.21.2012 at 11:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

How about antique brown granite (even better in a leathered finish).

I used it in my bathroom remodel below. I put in a lot of pictures so that you can see the variation in the stone (or lack thereof). It's a beautiful stone, has an amazing texture, and works well in older homes. Some people do not like the veining or fissures, but I like them. A few spots have an iridescence, which is what you see behind the one hot water knob (a greenish spot).

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Another thing you can get from ticks: Anaplasmosis

posted by: liriodendron on 04.27.2012 at 07:06 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I live in the upper Hudson Valley (Albany-Saratoga area) and we have had to deal with high-levels of ticks and tick-borne Lyme disease for about 15 years. When we moved here more than three decades ago it was a rare event to find a tick on a dog that had been in the field for days. Heck, I used to nap in the tall grass in my fields in the summer.

That changed in the early-90s: first ticks became common and shortly afterward people started getting sick with something called Lyme disease. I suspect that a fair number of people got sick with Lyme when it was largely unknown and never got treated at all. When you have Lyme initially you may feel sort of OK; may (or occasionally may not) develop the characteristic bull's eye rash but often you just feel sick in an undifferentiated way. Left untreated Lyme can cause joint, neurological, cognitive and for some people, chronic illness. Other people seem to recover, just fine. Most people who are treated recover completely

Luckily for my family we didn't get sick with Lyme until there was enough info out there for us to recognize it and get it treated, promptly. I am out in my fields and woods all the time so my exposure to ticks is relatively high. I've been bitten so many times that I have developed a kind of allergic reaction to any tick bite that is a kind of good thing since I know pretty quickly because of the intense itching. As a kid, I lived in the tropics in some extraordinarily tick-ish places - places that make the NE US seem practically tick-free in comparison - so I attribute my hyper-sensitivity to the 100's of tick bites I've had over the years. Peculiar as it sounds, I count that as a blessing these days.

Anyway, this isn't a thread about Lyme, but about the one of the other diseases you can get from ticks: anaplasmosis. It's primarily found in the NE, and the Upper Midwest. But anywhere there are ticks of one species or another you can get tick-borne diseases that are not Lyme. In the Far West and Rocky Mountain area there are different things to catch. (When I started researching the topic after getting sick, I went to my local medical school library and there are several thick tomes devoted just to the diseases transmitted by ticks; not all insects and spiders, just ticks!)

This is what happened to me: I got a deer tick bite on March 14. No biggie, just wrangled it off with my O�Tom tick twirlers (see Bee's recent thread for info I posted about them) and kept an eye out for Lyme symptoms, which did not develop. This is totally unremarkable for me.

A bit less than two weeks later (on a Tuesday) I felt sort of off-color: tired, listless, headache-y. Just down enough that I awarded myself a rest day. On Wednesday I woke up feeling quite sick to my stomach - very nauseated, but not vomiting or w/diarrhea. But sick enough that I reviewed in my mind what I had eaten and wondered if I had come down with serious food-borne illness. By evening the nausea had abated, but I had a mild temp which increased overnight. I woke up Thursday feeling headache-y, feverish (103F), but hey it's March and I didn't have a flu shot last fall so I figured that was it. (And my DH had had a flu shot which I thought explained why he wasn't feeling sick.) So I prescribed myself more rest and fluids and just waited to get over it. By evening I was much, much sicker with a high spikey fever (104F) accompanied by severe chills and almost convulsive shakes, in alternation. I took some aspirin for the fever, with only modest effect.

Now there's something else unusual about my medical history: as a child I had a severe case of malaria. Malaria makes some permanent changes in your body's response to fever. I can easily get a slight fever from something like a sunburn. And for me, fever is usually accompanied by chills and shakes, but these are just the left-over physiological artifacts of having had malaria so I generally ignore them. I just asssumed the high fever I had was idiosyncratically "normal" to me and the flu.

I woke up in the night even sicker with a fever I couldn't keep down, even with aspirin, and by Friday AM I knew I really had to see a doc. My own primary guy wasn't available and his nurse suggested I go to the ER. It seemed silly to go to the ER for the "flu", but my high, cycling fever worried me. I am terrified of needles so this was a huge decision for me as I knew that would be the first thing they'd do. (I am such a wuss!). My DH took me to the ER and I donned a mask (against spreading the flu) and so it began. I was right, they immediately tested my blood in all the usual ways (CMP, CBC, LFT, blood cultures, plus urinalysis, chest X-ray, the whole works). They gave me IV fluids. We stayed the whole day. In the end, they told me that I didn't have a bacterial infection, (dead wrong on that as you will see), UTI, or pneumonia. So by process of elimination they decided I probably had a viral infection, most likely the flu. And what I needed was rest, fluids and Tylenol to bring down my fever, and yada, yada, yada. I felt like a complete dope having just spent a couple of thousand dollars only to be told that I had the flu and having used the resources of an ER for something that pretty much should be cared for at home. They did note a couple of things: slightly decreased white cell count (the reason they believed no bacterial infections were involved) and my liver function tests were abnormal which they attributed just to be being feverish. They didn't mention that my platelet level was cratering (was 70 on that first day, and headed steeply downward from there), but I wouldn't have recognized the significance of that clue anyway.

So we went home. I thought I was hungry but didn't feel like eating. And as soon as the Tylenol wore off the fever came back, but worse. It was now spiking to 105F and accompanied by fierce chills, sweats, and delirium. Off and on during the night the fever would break in a cataclysmic chill. About 6:30 am I woke drenched in sweat, freezing, but momentarily clear headed. The first thing I thought was: am I dead? After a moment, I figured I'd test that by sitting up and putting on my glasses and checking my temp. (You can't be the home-schooled daughter of a biologist and engineer without wondering if there's some hypothesis to test in any situation.) Obviously, I was still with this world.

In the short period of clarity I had before another cycle of fever started I thought back over all the questions they had asked me in the ER for some other explanation of what was going on. They had asked me when was the last time I had taken antibiotics (cat bite around last Labor Day), but I realized that in my fevered state I had missed a crucial variant to that question: when was the last time you might have considered taking antibiotics, but didn't. Duh! The tick bite when I had NOT taken even an anti-Lyme prophylactic dose because the little beast hadn't been on long enough.

I reached for my laptop and Googled "tick-borne diseases, not Lyme". The first thing that appeared was babeseosis, dubbed "the malaria-like new plague in the NE". Bingo! (Or at least I thought so at the time.) Having had malaria, what I now had seemed so much like it I knew I had to go back to the ER to get tested for babeseosis even if it meant more needles!

In the last few minutes before the fever came roaring back I had one last unmuddled realization that I was facing an important choice: if I didn't go back and get treated whatever I had might very well kill me. It wasn't a scary feeling, simply a clear sense that I was at a turning point and I needed to ACT.

As it happened we were just at that very moment having one of our farm outbuildings burglarized. Luckily one of our neighbors saw the burglars in the act and called us. My DH rushed out of bed, went to deal with it and the ensuing cops, etc. I used the time to get up, wash and dress, so when he walked back in I asked to be taken back to the ER immediately. Afterward, he told me that really scared him as he knows I would do almost anything to avoid an ER.

When we got back to the hosiptal, they protested, but you have the flu, etc. But my by-now 106F fever got their attention, as did my determined insistence on being tested for non-Lyme tick diseases, especially babeseosis. Still, it took five more hours for them to locate an infectious disease specialist and come around to seeing the need for more testing and admission to the hospital.

An important take-away from this whole long story is this: if you have been bitten by a tick and come up really sick, especially with bad headache, unproductive nausea, very high fever, chills, etc. that may feel like the flu on steroids, you need to think not about Lyme but about the possibility of the other tick-borne diseases. Bring the tick bite, or exposure to ticks, up. Be proactive since even in the ER my anaplasmosis was not recognized. Which was too bad because there is a constellation of abnormal results to common blood tests that along with fever and possible exposure to ticks gives a good indication to diagnose anaplasmosis.

The three common changes in lab results are: decreased white blood cells, sharply lowered platelets and abnormal liver function (3 to 4 times normal ranges). All of these were clearly visible on the first day's testing, but were misinterpreted or explained away as the result of a feverish-flu.

The infectious disease doc ordered the full range of tick-borne disease blood tests, but explained to the ER docs about the triad of lab results and recommended I start immediately on some doxy, without waiting for the results of the new tests. They were drawing the blood for the tick tests and holding a cup with 100 mg of doxy over my head. I took the doxy. The fever came down to normal within an hour and I've been recovering steadily ever since. (Took doxy for a further 8 days, as ordered.) My lab results normalized (mostly) over the next few weeks. My recovery has been slow because I went through several days of being a very, very sick puppy. But I have no doubt I will be fine in the end.

Now here's another important point: I went back to the ER because I thought from reading on the net that I had babeseosis because of its similarity to malaria, which quite unusually I was also familiar with. But I was completely wrong, I didn't have babeseosis, I had another tick-borne disease, anaplasmosis. Only afterward when I was reading about it in medical journals did I get the full picture of its symptoms. I had pounced on babeseosis' "malaria-like" symptoms and misdiagnosed myself - though at least it got me back to the ER where an infectious disease doc could sort it out. What you read on the net can often lead you in the wrong direction.

Here's the scoop on anaplasmosis: it's a bacterial disease, not a spirochete-caused disease like Lyme. You can get more than one tick-borne disease in the same bite. There are two other tick-borne bacterial diseases, erlichiosis and babeseosis in the NE and upper midwest. Until recently anaplasmosis and erlichiosis were sometimes combined or thought of as co-variants of the same disease which can be confusing. Lyme, anaplasmosis and erlichiosis are all treated with doxy. (And in the case of anaplasmosis, the therapeutic response to doxy is extraordinarily fast, often it takes just hours before symptoms start to abate.) Babeseosis is treated with a combination of two different (oral) antibiotics.

With anaplasmosis some people never develop clinical illness. Others, like me, are overwhelmed. It is more likely to affect people who are older (I'm 62), or who have weakened immune systems (chemo, transplant, immunosuppressant drugs for other diseases, etc.). It has this extremely characteristic trio of lab results: lower white blood cells, much lower platelets and abnormally high liver function values. Most people recover completely, some without ever knowing they've been infected and with no treatment. If you do get ill, you will need treatment to avoid further illness from the disease's effects, like thrombocytopenia (very low platelets) and possible liver or kidney damage. Some people wind up in the ICU, and a (very) few die.

It is not known how long a bite-exposure is needed to transmit the virus; it may be quite short (mine was probably only a two or three hours). It is believed that post-bite prophylaxis of 200 mg. of doxy, in a single dose will prevent anaplasmosis. There are no known reports of chronic anaplasmosis. And if you have a significant bout of it, your antibody titer may be high enough for some time to prevent re-catching it.

Dogs are susceptible to the same disease and are treated the same way. If your dog has had it, consider yourself at risk of getting it from the same disease reservoir in your area and the same vectors (ticks). The disease reservoir is primarily deer or white-footed mice; ticks are just the unintentional passers-on of all the tick-borne diseases. Their only interest in you is having a hot meal. Both nymph and adult deer ticks can transmit the disease. Larval ticks are not confirmed, only theoretical vectors. Deer can be infected with anaplasmosis and there are reports of deer butchers catching it without exposure to ticks. (Presumably they were exposed to infectious deer blood through small skin cuts, blood contact on their conjunctiva or through inhaled aerosolized blood from meat-cutting saws. Total ick.) The reports of the most serious illness from anaplasmosis actually come from the upper mid-west; until this past year it was mostly considered a milder, uncommon disease in the NE. I haven't left the NE in years, however.

I'm on a small personal mission to alert people to the existence of the other tick-borne diseases and to their symptoms that are so unlike the now-familiar ones of Lyme. If you live in a tick area with known Lyme, consider the other ones as well, if you should become sick. But don't get too caught up in the chronic-disease issue. The main risk now is that these diseases aren't recognized when they occur and can be easily treated. You can help by spreading the word about the symptoms and indications for anaplasmosis.:
Of the two other tick-borne diseases (babeseosis and erlichiosis) in both cases you may be quite sick (list of symptoms is very similar, but NOT with the same pattern of lab results), so don't forget to volunteer any possible exposure to ticks when seeking care. It could be the critical clue that's needed to get you the right treatment.

I apologize for the length of this essay, but I wanted to make it into a little story so readers would remember my saga, if they also get sick. If I had known what I now know about these other diseases, I would have been spared the worst of it as I would have recognized it right away.

Liriodendron

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RE: Did you put in a kitchen that wasn't WHITE? (Follow-Up #52)

posted by: hobokenkitchen on 03.21.2012 at 05:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our kitchen is a fraction of the size of most of these as it's in the heart of the city in a row home - still, it's not white and might give some ideas!

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RE: Did you put in a kitchen that wasn't WHITE? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: badgergal on 03.20.2012 at 10:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

There are plenty of GWers that go with non painted wood kitchens. My house is 24 years old and had a fairly typical 1988 kitchen. We bought the house 10 years ago and just recently updated the kitchen. I never even considered going with painted cabinets. I have posted the picture below quite a few times so some may be tired of seeing it but since you asked and I love to show it off, here it is again
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The cabinets are natural cherry. The floors are natural ash. The countertop is verde peacock.

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Like the color
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RE: Undercabinet lighting questions (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: rocketmomkd on 03.12.2012 at 09:09 am in Kitchens Forum

shappy- the Utilitech LEDs I got from Lowes are direct wire, so dont need a transformer but they cannot be dimmed. I wan't looking for ones that can be dimmed. They are bar style. I like the light. It is warmer than the LEDs that were plug in style.

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RE: Ordered my new cooktop! (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: aliceinwonderland_id on 03.07.2012 at 06:34 pm in Appliances Forum

500 has stainless trim - 300 is black glass without trim.
500 has direct power select - 300 you use + - buttons to select power level.
500 has cleanlock, which prevents accidentally changing settings while wiping up a spillover.

As far as I can tell, that's it.

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induction cook top
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RE: Our mountain cabin kitchen is finished! (Follow-Up #55)

posted by: splitrock on 03.07.2012 at 12:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have never been able to find out much about the Atlantic stone either. The stone suppliers list it with their granite, but it is not actually granite. They sell it in polished and honed, which resembles soapstone or a medium grey marble. The stone company I dealt with actually used it as the background for the large sign in front of their business. It is very, very hard, and the fabricators were a little unsure about it at first. They did not have any problems with it at all. The seams are perfect and this stone does not etch or stain. Here is a link to the stone company that I used. They shipped it to my fabricator.
http://www.cosmosgranite.com/productlist.php?cat=Granite&from=a&to=f<ype=R
I am sending another picture. Thanks for asking!
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Finished Finished! Rancher Remodel, dark to light! (tons pix)

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 06.28.2010 at 02:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are done, we are moved in.....after 17mos living with my mom and enduring living out of cardboard boxes! Love love love my new kitchen!! Thank you to all of you who deeply inspired me (redroze,elizpiz,rm,theanimala,segbrown,many many more!), and I hope you don't mind that there's a piece of each of your kitchens that I copied because I admired it so much. I learned so much by lurking, reading everything then finally posting.

THINGS WE LOVE:
--Our cabinets were so reasonable and they work beautifully. We LOVE Precision Cabinets! Their install was immaculate and perfect. When we had a glitch with the warming drawer, they fixed it perfectly! While I couldn't afford every "bell & whistle" inside the cabinets, I love them.
--White Princess honed. It's gorgeous and I no longer have the OCD urge to constantly wipe my counters (our old granite was polished). I also love my backsplash done in the same material--I am attracted to visual simplicity so couldn't pick a tile :)
--Cheap dishwasher. Paid $500 and we love it.
--Deep cheap sinks. Our main Ebay sink is awesome($500)! Love the 10" big single bowl. The island sink was cheap too, and is the perfect size, $150.
--White everywhere and one big room. Not for everyone, but my DH and I love the big open light-filled room. Far cry from the dark rancher that it was. We tore down two walls and raised the ceiling.
--The soapstone buffet. It was a remnant piece and I love that it doesn't match the rest of the kitchen. Sets it apart and boy does the texture feel nice!
--The papertowel niche. Not important, but I like that the towels are off my counter and totally accessible.
--The two hidden cabinets in the island near the stools. All my Xmas dishes, Thanksgiving platters and everything fit in here!

THINGS WE WOULDN'T DO AGAIN:
--The Vent Hood: Modernaire was a NIGHTMARE to deal with here in the NorCal area. You have to go through a distributor who will upcharge you $2,000 to order a hood. Modernaire won't sell directly to anyone who is in the area of one of their distributors. The rep here was a complete idiot, ripped me off and in the end didn't deliver what I had ordered. I had to then hire someone else to fix the goofs. Not worth it!

--Order our range through AJ Madison. Total pain to get this stove delivered. The rest of our appliances came without a hitch but the delivery of the range was a disaster. They refused to deliver it until we had a concrete pathway, but our city had some issues with solid pathways and the runoff, etc. Had 4 delivery dates and they turned around each time and refused to bring it in the house. In the end I would have purchased this through our local store (there was no discount on this by buying on internet, unlike the other appliances).

THINGS WE STILL NEED TO DO:
--Help me pick kitchen table chairs! Those pictured are folding chairs for holidays. Our old ones were falling apart, so we ditched them in the move. What should I put there?
--Shades ordered and we are waiting for them to come and be hung.
--The stools (CB2 Vapor) are too tall and we need to have the legs cut down. They only come in 30" or 24" and one is too tall and the other is too short. Sigh.

THE DETAILS:
Cabinetry—Precision Cabinets, Brentwood, CA; painted in stock color which matches Simply White
Walls—BM Simply White
Kitchen Counters—White Princess granite, from DaVinci Marble & Stone in San Carlos, CA, with 2.25" mitred square edge
Buffet Counter—Brazilian Black soapstone from Texeira, SF, with no edge finish
Door and Drawer Pulls—Top Knobs, Square Pulls, Polished Chrome; ordered off the internet
Main Sink—Ebay purchase 36" SS Farmhouse w/apron front , single bowl, flushmount
Island Sink—Dawn 19X17 single bowl, undermount
Main Faucet—Blanco Meridien Semi-Professional in Brushed
Island Faucet—Santec Penza pull out in Brushed
Refrigerator—Electrolux WaveTouch; ordered off Homeeverything.com
Dishwasher—Whirlpool Gold Quiet Partner III; ordered from AJ Madison
Microwave Drawer—Sharp 24"; ordered from AJ Madison
Range—Viking Range w/6 burners and griddle; ordered from AJ Madison
Hood— Modernaire custom hood
Trash Compactor—GE Profile in SS; ordered from AJ Madison
Warming Drawer—Kitchenaid Architect Series II; ordered off Homeeverything.com; panel from cabinet co.
Backsplash—White Princess granite
Windows—Semco
Flooring-DuChateau pre-engineered floors in Lugano
Big Slider Door—Custom made 10’ bypass doors by McFarland Doors, w/custom screen
Island Pendants—Hudson Valley Pelham 13" ordered from Butler Lighting
Breakfast Table Pendant—Round 26" linen chandelier by Restoration Hardware
Buffet Sconces—Boston Library Sconces by CircaLighting.com

Before:
Before Remodel
Family room:Before Remodel
Before Remodel

After:
House
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House
House
House
House
House
House
House
House
House
House
House

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RE: when does the floor go down??? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: pharaoh on 12.14.2011 at 02:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

In this order
1. Electrical, plumbing
2. Painting
3. Floors (or switch with painting if sanding is involved)
4. Cabinets
5. appliances
6. counters
7. Backsplash

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RE: Darkening a picture frame with gel stain without sanding??? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: moonshadow on 12.23.2009 at 03:47 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I've used the same technique lsst describes above. Benefits are you get good control and usually won't harm current frame if excess acrylic paint is removed w/water.

Another way is to get some artist's oil paint (tiny tube will do) in burnt umber. Put on a waxy paper plate. Thin w/mineral spirits. 1 part paint to 4 parts min spirits to make a wash. I mix with a popsicle stick. You can play with it to get opacity of 'wash' you want. Wipe on with t-shirt rag (lint free) wrapped around a couple fingers. Or use art brush if you prefer. Remove excess w/mineral spirits dabbed on a clean t-shirt rag. (Doesn't take much.) I've used this over dried latex paint on a dresser to age it some. Did no harm to latex paint. But, if paint on your frame is oil based, mineral spirits will pull it off. To test if you want, if there is any gold on back side of frame, dab a q-tip dipped in Min Spirits onto back of frame very lightly. If any current color appears on q-tip, then avoid this method.

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