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RE: Need a laugh? Money saving dinners... (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: grainlady on 02.19.2009 at 06:28 pm in Money Saving Tips Forum

HAHAHA - that IS a hoot! One person's frugal is another person's YIKES!!!!

I'm MOST horrified by their using UP the pantry foods. In this day and age stockpiling is money in the bank! Not to mention emergencies. Every dimes worth of food I have in storage is earning more interest than my checking account.

I have a pantry in my kitchen about the same size as the picture and there's little in their that you'll find in mine. Anyone surprised? I do have canned goods in storage in the basement, but they are considered "emergency food" at our house and are generally donated to the local food bank.

Homemade bread
Homemade brownies
Several kinds of nuts vacuum-sealed in canning jars
Chia Seeds
Dehydrated apple slices (home dehydrated from free apples)
Sucanat (a "natural" sugar)
Coconut Oil
Agave Nectar
Morning Moo's whey-based milk substitute
Homemade dehydrated soup mixes
Homemade Granola
Spices/Herbs (many home-grown)
Popcorn (bulk - not microwave)
Maple Syrup
Maple Sugar
Dried Egg Noodles (homemade)
Dried Spelt Penne
Dried Spelt Spaghetti
Homemade chocolate pudding/cocoa mix
Homemade vanilla pudding mix
Dried Black Beans (for instant refried breans)
User-friendly amounts of rice, soft white wheat, hard white wheat, split peas, lentils, navy beans, black beans, oat groats, pinto beans, rye, triticale, spelt, kamut

Blueberrier1 - I'll gladly take that egg sandwich (LOL).



clipped on: 03.07.2009 at 08:18 am    last updated on: 03.07.2009 at 08:18 am

RE: Mahogany chairs-how can they b darkened? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: brushworks on 08.22.2006 at 07:01 am in Home Decorating Forum


I'm a painter and I would go about it a different way.

BTW, Moonshadow, that cabinet is beautiful!

I have darkened furniture, stairways, cabinets, desks, etc.

I used Polyshades. Gasp..I know, but with careful preparation and application, it changes the color and provides a finish similar to the original poly or varnish sealant.

Now, I don't recommend this as a stand alone refinishing method. But, on furniture in excellent condition, it's worth considering.


Here is a link that might be useful: Changing the color


clipped on: 08.24.2006 at 02:10 pm    last updated on: 08.24.2006 at 02:10 pm

RE: Did I goof? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: magnaverde on 08.24.2006 at 11:40 am in Home Decorating Forum

Hi Bnicebkind.

You asked three questions, so I'm going to answer them is reverse order.

Do they even make tables that long? Yes.

Should I have looked for a table that was 87"-92" long without the leaves?
Not necessarily. It depends.

Did I make a mistake? No, you made a choice.

Actually, Bnice, your biggest challenge is not the choices you've made, but your complete lack of self-confidence. That can be a killer. Oh, sure, professionals make fewer mistakes than amateurs because they get more practice, but no one is totally immune from mistakes. But here's the thing about professionals: if we make mistakes, we don't dwell on them. If we can fix them, we do; if they're something that, because of time constraints or budgetary restrictions--or client indecision, which is also a killer--can't be fixed, we don't drive ourselves crazy by brooding over them.

As Jesus said, "Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof." So stop being anxious about tomorrow, and stop beating yourself up over what you did yesterday. That kind of self-criticism is not only pointless, but it also undermines whatever confidence you may have gained by making a good choice. Face it: good or bad, it's just furniture.

OK, you knew a story was coming, didn't you? Here it is. One summer, back when I was still an engineer at the phone company, I found myself stuck for 2 weeks in Alton, Illinois, working on plans for the very first fiber-optic cable in the state. I got off work at 3:3O, so every day I would hit a different antique store downtown. But eventually I ran out of money--and room in the car to haul everything back home--and besides, after the stores closed up at 5:00, there was nothing to do. Because it was June, there was still a good four hours of daylight left in the day, and because I've never been a TV watcher, I was bored out of my mind. Then I discovered a local batting cage with 10 balls for a quarter.

Except that it had been so long since I had played ball that I missed 16 pitches before I got a hit, and even that was a foul. Then I had about another dozen strikes. That was bad enough, but what made it worse was the benchful of local guys watching me while they waited for their turn in the cage. I was conscious of every misplaced swing. That one was too low. That one was too late. That once connected, but there was no power behind it. Then I'd get a solid hit, but before I could even enjoy the satisfaction of demonstrating that I actually could hit--that I was merely 15 years out of practice--I would get another strike. Or three. Or seven. It was humiliating.

Finally, this skinny kid called out" Hey, man! You wanna know what you're doing wrong?" Whoosh! Thanks, kid, I just got another strike because of you. "You know what you're problem is, don'tcha?" I wanted to say, 'Yes, I do. It's stupid little kids like you breaking my concentration and making me miss a pitch' but instead, I just ignored his un-asked-for advice. I figured I didn't need a nine-year old kid coaching me in front of a bunch of guys my own age and I had no intention into getting into a discussion with him.

"The reason you're not connecting is you're thinking about the pitch you just missed. Forget it. It's over! Pay attention to the ball that's comin' at ya, not the one ya just missed!" I wanted to kill him.

Except that he was absolutely right. I was focusing all my energy on whatever I had just done wrong, so that when a new ball came at me, I wasn't prepared for it, which meant I'd get yet another strike. It was a vicious cycle.

So after the next strike, I just ignored it. It didn't exist. All that existed was the next ball coming out of the machine, that & my brain. So that when the next ball came at me, I smacked it, hard. Then another one. Then a strike. But then another hit. And another. And another. I was good. From behind me, the kid piped up "Told ya."

Anyway, sothe kid was right after all, and I decided I wasn't going home till I got ten hits in a row. Of course, I had to spending $16 in quarters before I got those ten--and thse were 1986 quarters--and by the time I left, my palms were blistered & bleeding and I had to drive back to the hotel with only my thumbs hooked over the steering wheel, but I learned a lesson that day that's stayed with me ever since. And it applies to decorating just as much as it applies to batting practice. Hell, for that matter, it applies to everything: never second guess yourself. Just keep going.



clipped on: 08.24.2006 at 01:58 pm    last updated on: 08.24.2006 at 01:58 pm

RE: Painting some wood trim-where to stop? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: brushworks on 08.09.2006 at 08:27 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Paint the inside of the door jamb up to, but not including the door stop. Do not paint the inside edge of the door stop either. That will prevent paint blocking. The next step is preference in this situation. You can either paint the hinge edge or leave it in the stain finish. I would test the appearance first, then paint that hinge edge if you dislike seeing it against the hinge jamb, which will be painted.

You will paint the top, bottom and strike plate edge of the door.



clipped on: 08.10.2006 at 11:00 am    last updated on: 08.10.2006 at 11:00 am