Thanksgiving Traditions

I love Autumn! Crisp weather, crisp leaves, fuzzy sweaters, and red cheeks, LOVE IT! Halloween sort of ushers in the holiday season and, if you’re anything like me, you’ve noticed that most stores tend to jump straight from ghouls and goblins to holly and ‘Ho, Ho, Ho!’. What happened to Thanksgiving? Rather than lament the ways of the world and decry commercialism, I’ve decided to focus on my holiday traditions and go at my own pace.

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Unlucky Lottery Winners – The Lottery That Broke Them All

Right now, the Powerball is sitting over 200+ million dollars just waiting for some lucky sap or saps to take it home and buy all the things their hearts desire. Sure, some folks say they’re going to solve world hunger or clothe the poor, but most people are going to go out and buy all the things. There are more than a handful of folks who won and are now living a life of shame for blowing through their earnings. This does not surprise me as people who come into this kind of money typically have no idea how to manage it. This amount of money seems so large that someone can’t imagine even being able to spend that kind of money in one lifetime, but it can be and has been done. Check out these crazies who once were the luckiest folks on the block only to be broke as shit now.

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Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw

One of the blogs I follow is Kelly’s Korner. She’s such a sweet Southern momma of 3 precious kids. Once upon a time ago, she has started a Friday series called “Show Us Your Life”, where people can share recipes, get decorating tips, and even play matchmaker! I find that I am constantly trying to figure out what to serve with our main dishes and I’ve come across a recipe recently that has become one of my summer favorites! It’s a Spicy Coleslaw – now I’m not typically a coleslaw person AT ALL, but this recipe has turned me into a huge fan. It has a lime vinaigrette base instead of a typical mayonnaise base. It’s perfect for those summer barbeques or even an accompaniment to a sandwich/burger/brat/hot dog. Give it a try!

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The One Thing I Did That Changed My Life

I think that in today’s world, we are all busy and we all have hard things that we have to deal with. Not one of us has an easy life. The only people with nothing to worry about are the dead ones… just saying. Now, I know that my life may not be as hard as someone else’s, I get that. The way I look at it, things could always be better and things could always be worse.

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Why You’re Not An Asshole For Saying “No” To Your Kids

In today’s fast-paced, instant gratification society, it is no surprise that kids constantly want, want, want. Before we moved to a home that did not have internet access, our kiddos never watched regular TV. Instead, they had Netflix, and at the time I didn’t realize just how awesome Netflix was. Sure, I understood that we could pick what we wanted to watch, and when we wanted to watch it, but something bigger was happening without my knowledge. Netflix was protecting my kids from this constant want, want, want or need, need, need mentality that is so ingrained in our society. How? Because the viewing was ad-free. The kiddos weren’t constantly being bombarded with the latest and greatest new toy every ten minutes. Think about that for a minute.

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Copper Pipe Repair

Copper pipe repair becomes necessary whenever a leak develops to prevent mold, damage to walls, ceilings or floors, or other items that water would ruin. How to repair the damaged pipe depends on several factors:

  • How severe is the damage
  • Whether soldering the pipe is possible due to location
  • Cost
  • Skill level of homeowner

If the hole is small like a pinhole size then repairing the copper pipe is as easy as cutting the pipe at the hole with a pipe cutter placing a coupler at the place where the pipe was cut and soldering it. However, if the damage is greater due to perhaps freezing then a larger section of the pipe will have to be cut out and replaced. Then the replacement pipe will have to be soldered in at the couplers where the pipes join.

Clamps are also an option for repairing small pinhole size leaks. They are available at hardware stores. A rubber gasket is wrapped around the pipe then a clamp is tightened that fits around the pipe and gasket sealing the leak. Not recommended hidden in walls or ceilings but would be fine in areas that could be accessed if needed to be.