Quick Fix

The weather gets warmer and thoughts turn to fixing up the property or doing a few repairs around the house. My wife complains that I start a number of repairs and never seem to get around to completing the tasks. This year is going to be different. I purchased the pea shingle bag at a home supply store the other day. I am going to use it to help with landscaping around the property.

Another task that is on my repair list is replacing a broken kitchen window and the lock on a door that keeps slipping. The fact is that I don’t believe in a quick fix repair. I like to get the job done properly. This time, I am going to complete all those tasks that are on my repair list, even if it takes until my kids are grown and in college.

Game On

Whereas I love playing tennis with my beautiful wife, my knees haven’t aged as well and frankly do not mesh with the many concrete and asphalt tennis venues in our area. I was fully prepared to retire from the sport that I love until my wife suggested installing our own menage sand based synthetic surface court in our yard. Since our South Carolina home was our retirement home already, it made perfect sense to put in our very own tennis court. Both my wife and I think that our terracotta colored sand court has the look and feel of Roland Garris, home of the French Open. More importantly, the court provides the perfect amount of give that will enable me to continue to play tennis for many more years to come. My wife and I couldn’t be happier.

Different types of driveway concrete

If you are pouring a driveway for a new home or redoing one for an existing home, you have some options in the materials you use.

Traditional concrete
Using the old standby of traditional concrete carries some advantages. It usually is the cheapest and easiest option and it also is proven as a hearty material for driveways, although it does crack over time due to weather conditions.

Porous concrete
Porous paving is a special kind of concrete that has a permeable surface that allows water to seep in and collect in a reservoir underneath before slowly soaking into the soil. This can be a good option if you have runoff problems.

Other materials
You can pave your driveway with a variety of materials, including asphalt, gravel, brick and stone. It all depends on your needs and tastes and any homeowner covenants or local ordinances governing materials.

When Kindness Kills

“Tell us how you knew the decedent, Mr. Bradey,” said the attorney, who paced before the witness.

“Hannah was a bridal makeup artist Manchester who rented a small store front from me at the corner of Clairmont and Main Street. She always wore black, smoked Winstons, and made a habit of inviting the crazies in off the street. All I know about her is what my other renters said about her. They told me that she acted as if it was her mission in life to feed the crazies before sending them back out into the cold. She was known for her ‘it takes a village’ rant and her ‘let me read your shockra’ bunk. But, she paid her rent on time, so I didn’t care how she ran her business. Her demise was a testament of how kindness kills, only, I suppose kindness got the wrong person killed in her case.”

Are You Even Listening?

Last weekend at my family dinner I got in to a heated argument with my father. It seemed like no matter what I said I was not right and didn’t even come close to making sense. After numerous arguments I asked him to check into Stockport hearing aids because apparently he was missunderstanding everything I was saying. Although the sly comment probably bothered him slightly I could not take the rude words coming from his mouth. The whole time my father and I were bickering my poor mother just sat back and patiently waited for it to end. It took my grandmother speaking up for us to both close or mouths. Whenever she speaks she means business and gets everyones attention. So needless to say the rest of the evening was rather quiet, despite the sound of the television in the back room.

A little extra money

I currently operate a small yet very successful web design Manchester business from my home. I chose this field primarily because I enjoy working with computers and computer code, but also because I understood the frustration that comes with trying to navigate a poorly-designed site. I set out to provide a quality end-product that is user friendly, attractive and which positively represents the client.

Another reason I chose to do design for a living was due to the harsh economy. Although I held a part-time job as a waiter and it paid the bills, I found that it left me with little extra money at the end of the month. I always wanted to do design websites, but I’d always believed it to be an over-saturated market with little opportunity for profit. However, after becoming tired of not making much money, I jumped into it headlong and was immediately surprised by how much I could make.

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