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“ Dynamo with a Heart”
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November ~
December 2013
If you’ve decided to
look for a new house, ‘thinking
ahead’ is one of the musts
when shopping for a home.
on your ‘must-have’ list.
Performing this process will help you
really focus in on those features that
top your ‘must have’ list!
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Before embarking on the search for
your perfect home, take an hour or so
and make a two-pronged priority list.
A ‘must-have’ column and a
‘like-to-have’ column. Once you’ve
established your ‘needs’ (musts) and
‘wants’ (like-to-have) your realtor can
better assist you with finding that
perfect house!
Having priority lists is well and good,
but, a house must also resonate on an
emotional level. For instance, if you’re
the outdoorsy type, a huge backyard
and a two-tiered deck will carry more
weight than a formal dining room.
On the other hand, if you love
entertaining, that formal dining room
may tip the scales in a house’s favour.
This emotional connection - what
some may call ‘intuition’ about a
house - is actually quite a rational
process. On a sub-conscious level,
you’re sizing up all the meaningful
features of a house to see if they add
up to a yes or a no.
Once you have your lists, give some
thought to what items you’re willing,
and able to compromise on. Give
serious consideration to those items
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Your ‘MUST-HAVE’ list ...
should include those features of top
priority to you and your family; home
type; single-family, condo, townhouse
etc., schools & parks, proximity to
transportation routes and your
workplace, number of bedrooms and
bathrooms, privacy, large backyard,
granny or in-law suite etc.
Your ‘LIKE-TO-HAVE’ list...
will include features like; fireplace,
neutral decor, main floor rec. room,
low maintenance exterior, eat-in
kitchen, a particular architectural style,
mature trees and/or landscaping, main
floor laundry, swimming pool, fenced
backyard, 2-car garage etc.
Keep in mind that it is important to
separate your emotional response to
a house from your response to its
‘packaging’. Ensure that you are
attracted to the ‘house’ not the seller’s
furniture or decorating style.
Buying a home you can live with,
and in, happily ever after (or at
least for a good many years)
requires input from both your heart
and your head.
If you heed the call of passion,
listen to the voice of reason - as
well as doing the math - you’ll end
up with a home you can love
and afford!
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Whether you need help
with finding that perfect home, or
perhaps you need some advice
about getting your house ready
to sell...talk with your Realtor
who is an expert and can provide
you with professional advice,
explanation, and assistance.
Don’t make the mistake of
thinking that a slow drain or
several slow drains indicates the
sewer is beginning to plug or the
septic tank needs pumping.
Let plenty of water run down the
drain by keeping the faucet open for
up to half a minute each day. Sink
lines commonly plug because not
enough water is flushed through them.
g Never pour hot grease or oil down
the sink. It is liquid when warm but
as soon as it hits the cold water in the
trap it congeals and turns into a solid.
Once a month fill your sinks to the
top with very hot water. Remove the
plug - as the clean, hot water swirls
down through the sink lines, it takes
much of the grease and other buildup
with it.
g Use a lint catcher on your laundry
tub. Some catchers are put on the
discharge pipe, some go over the
drainage outlet. You can also use
catchers on some shower stall and
bathtub drains to catch hair.
Slow drains mean only that the
drains are slow and each one
needs to be cleaned.
Use the following ‘all natural
ingredient’ formula to clean the
drains in your home on a regular
All Natural (non-caustic)
‘Catching’ another persons feelings
can actually happen!
In a recent study, volunteers were
shown pictures of angry or happy
faces for 30 milliseconds, followed
by photos of neutral faces. The
volunteers responded by mimicking
the facial expressions they were
shown, and that in turn triggered the
actual feeling in the brain.
Researchers say that people who
tend to have strong emotional
reactions but appear relatively calm
on the outside are the most
susceptible to ‘catching’ another
person’s feelings.
Locate a stud
When you can’t find (or don’t have) your stud finder start at a corner where there is always a stud or
remove the cover plate of an electrical outlet and find
out on which side it is mounted to the stud. Since
studs are normally placed at 16” intervals, you can
easily measure from there in either direction to find
a stud.
Clean up a big paint spill on carpet
This only works with latex paint. Cut 2 pieces of cardboard and
use the edges to form a scoop and lift the paint into a bucket until
you have cleared as much as you can. Using clean water, saturate
the carpet and with a fat spoon, scrape up as much as you can again.
Replenish the water as you go and work as fast as you can. Keep the
area wet and rent a carpet cleaner to finish up (keep the carpet wet
until you use the carpet cleaner).
Drain Cleaner
Renovating - what works and why...
Pour 250 mL of baking soda,
followed by; 250 mL of salt
and 125 mL of white vinegar
down the drain.
Let stand for 15 minutes then
pour a kettle full of boiling water
down the drain.
Decks - decks can visually extend the interior of your home particularly when they are linked to the indoors with patio or
garden doors. If materials and colours used outdoors reflect what
is used inside, the bond becomes stronger. An example would be
a deck stained the same shade as the adjoining room’s flooring.
Repeat if necessary.
Emotions are contagious!
Has it every
happened that
you meet someone
who’s in a bad mood
and the next thing you
know, you’re feeling gloomy too?
Smiling is infectious...
you can catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me
today I started smiling too.
I walked around a corner
and someone saw my grin when she smiled I realized,
I had passed it on to her!
I thought about that smile.
Then I realized it’s worth.
A single smile, just like
mine could travel
round the earth.
So if you feel a smile begin,
don’t leave it undetected quick, let’s start
an epidemic and get
the world infected!!
Windows - windows give ventilation, light and view. They don’t
have to give all three, nor do they have to be large to be a focal
point. View windows are intended to link one space with one or
more spaces - looking from the inside to the outside. Remember
that when looking through windows of two equal-sized panes (like
a typical patio door), the eye is drawn to the crossbar, not the view.
With three panes, the eye is drawn to the centre one and hence
the view. With unequal-sized panes, the eye gravitates towards
the largest one and the view, not to the crossbars. For maximum
light, place a window as close as possible to a corner. This allows
the light to wash against a wall and ceiling - reflecting off those
surfaces into the room.
The toilet is overflowing!!
A toilet works by gravity. There is just enough water in the tank to
replace the water in the bowl. When you flush, the float drops, a
valve opens, the tank water pushes the waste through the drain
then, the water in the bowl and the tank are replaced at the same
time. The valve closes when the float rises to a certain point. If
the tank water can’t leave the bowl fast enough then that refill
water will spill over. Take the tank cover off, pull the float up until
the valve closes then reach below the bowl and turn off the water
or, you could simply hold the float up and wait to see
if the bowl drains itself. If it does, try letting the float
down so bowl and tank will refill normally. If not, turn
off the water and get out the plunger.
Repair a hammer mark on trim
If the mark is on a finished surface, poke the area numerous
times with a needle. Then put a few drops of water on it.
Cover with a damp rag and iron it on the ‘cotton’ setting.
The evaporating water will expand the crushed wood cells.
To focus the heat on just a small area, use an upside down
bottle cap to put the iron on.
If you’re thinking of buying a Home...
do you Buy first - or Sell first?
If you’ve decided that your current home is no longer meeting your
needs and it’s time to move to a different house, you need to decide
what to do first: buy the new house or sell your current home.
There are pros and cons to each approach. When it’s a buyer’s
market (lots of homes for sale and few buyers), most people opt to sell first. This is a safe
route to ensure you do not end up owning a new house and unable to sell your current
home. The downside to selling first is finding just the right house you want during the time
allowed. You may have to opt for a home that doesn’t quite meet your expectations.
If you buy first in a buyer’s market, you may get a good price for your new house but you
will face lots of financial pressure to sell as quickly as possible.
It’s a good idea to consult your realtor to help make the decision - knowing market
conditions in both the neighbourhood in which you are buying, and the community in which
you are selling, is very important. Many other factors must also be considered such as
interest rates and the time of year.
Kids...good ideas
Toss the too-small laundry hamper,and replace it with
something that won’t overflow in a day or two. Corral dirties in a
hamper large enough for a week’s worth of clothing, and line it
with a drawstring bag that’s easy to tote to the laundry room.
l Keep their hard-earned trophies and well-loved artwork - just
not scattered around the room. Display them on a shelf
mounted on little-used wall space (over a window or dresser).
l Purge outgrown toys and clothes, but give your child a say in
what stays, lest you throw away a shirt he or she still adores.
Encourage children to participate by explaining how their
donations of clothes/toys/books etc. can help those in need or a
younger family member or friend.
Spare Buttons
If you’re always misplacing one earring or its
back, take a moment to pair them through
the holes of an old button. They’ll look cute! and be easier to find in your jewellery box.
Be prepared for a
Winter Power Outage
Do you know how
to use a Fire Extinguisher?
Most home fire extinguishers have a very short active
lifetime, on average, about 10 seconds. Know in
advance how your extinguisher works.
Remember the acronym PASS.
PULL the pin.
AIM the nozzle (be sure it is pointed in the
right direction) at the base of the fire.
SQUEEZE the trigger. SWEEP from side to side.
Store the extinguisher near an exit so you can spray and back out at
the same time. Don’t assume the fire is out, call 911 and wait for the
fire department to give you the all clear.
Winter is almost here...
i Have you had your furnace or heating system
serviced yet? What about the woodstove or
wood-burning insert?...If you burn wood or
wood pellets, it is also important to have
your chimney checked and cleaned of creosote.
i If you haven’t already, check, clean or replace your
furnace filters. If you replace furnace filters - check your
inventory, do you have enough on hand to change them once a
month throughout the winter?
i If you have electric baseboard heaters - vacuum to remove
dust. Remove the grilles on forced-air systems and vacuum
inside the ducts.
i Check and clean the humidifier (this should be done 2 or
3 times every winter).
i Check and clean out all eavestroughs and gutters (once all the
leaves are down). And, while you’ve got the ladder out you may
want to consider putting up your Christmas lights!
i Check all outdoor electrical outlets to ensure they are clear of
debris and operational. Check and clean all outdoor light fixtures.
i Remember...its time to reverse the direction on all ceiling fans.
4 Ensure your home has; flashlights, a
battery-operated radio, spare batteries,
candles, candle holders & matches/lighter.
4 You can install a non-electric, standby
heating unit that is not dependent on a
motor, fan, or any other electrical device.
Be sure to vent this type of unit with the
type of chimney flue specified for it.
4 Keep - and post - a list of emergency
and other important phone numbers and/or
contact info.
4 If someone in your home relies on
electrically powered life-sustaining
equipment, register with your electric supply
authority and your community emergency
4 Check your home owner insurance policy.
Ensure you have adequate coverage for the
risks presented to your home.
If the power does go out...
4Turn the thermostat(s) down to a
minimum and turn off all appliances,
electronic equipment and tools to prevent
Don’t compare your life
to others. You have no idea
what their journey is all about.
Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
Get rid of anything that isn’t
useful, beautiful or joyful.
injury or damage
to the equipment.
Power can also
be restored
more easily
when the
system is not
4 Don’t use charcoal
or gas barbecues, camping
heating equipment, or home
generators indoors.
Home generators are handy for backup
electricity in case of an outage, but there are
hazards to be aware of.
To operate a generator safely, follow the
manufacturer’s instructions, and always:
4 ensure that the generator operates
outdoors in well-ventilated conditions.
4 connect lights and appliances directly to
the generator. If extension cords must be
used, ensure they are properly rated cords.
(approved by the CSA - Canadian Standards Association)
4direct installation of a generator to an
existing electrical system should only be
done by a qualified technician/electrician.
When in doubt,
just take the next small step.
Over prepare,
then go with the flow.
No one is in charge of
your happiness but you.
Frame every so-called
disaster with these words...
‘in five years, will this matter?’
the Season
Shopping, decorating,
gift wrapping, baking,
school concerts,
making lists, entertaining and get-togethers...
it’s no wonder we often feel overwhelmed in the
month of December - the entire month can feel
like one long and endless to-do list!
That’s even more reason to carve out time for
yourself - every week. We get worn out if we are
constantly ‘on task’. If you don’t give yourself
time to let your mind calm down, you’re more
likely to be tired, irritable, get run down and sick,
and life just won’t be as enjoyable.
Give yourself four hours every week, in one solid
block of time, to do something just for yourself.
That can mean anything from doing a favourite
hobby you’ve let fall by the wayside, enjoying an
afternoon of reading, walking, or watching a
movie, having a manicure/pedicure, or getting
together with a friend or two for a quiet lunch.
Imagine that you’re pulling out your own
personal batteries and recharging them.
At the end of those four hours, you’ll feel
revived, energized and more able to handle the
stresses of the season - and life. And, don’t
make the mistake of telling yourself you’ll take
the time when you’ve finished everything else
on your list! If you say that, it will never happen.
You must find the time and say to yourself...
‘Yes, I’ve got 50 other things to do, but this
is important, too.’
Quick and simple ways to relax,
de-stress and regain your calm.
Perform a Kindness
Whenever you see an opportunity to do
something that brings peace or kindness into the
world, do it. Hold a door open for someone.
Thank a sales clerk. The more you practice this
exercise, the more opportunities you’ll see.
Say Thank You
Simply say ‘thank you’ from the heart whenever
the chance arises. You’ll be surprised by how
differently even total strangers will respond to
these words when they are spoken with
See everything as a Gift
Pause during your day and devote a few
minutes to seeing everything in your life, right
now, as a gift. Once you adopt this perspective,
you’ll find the positive lesson, outcome or
potential in any situation you face.
The increasingly fast pace of our work culture makes it all the more important to
find balance. Downtime is important because it helps to keep us productive
and focused - mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Relaxation is important because it’s when our bodies release renewing endorphins.
Here are some simple suggestions to help you with balance in your life:
4 To help to de-stress and better manage your time, make a to-do list every
day or at least once a week. Prioritizing this way, then doing purpose-filled
tasks, helps you see, as well as organize, what is important in your life.
4 Schedule time for activities that you enjoy and that nurture You...
body, mind and spirit.
4 At work, try to take a 5-to-10 minute break every 90 minutes. Do some
stretches at your desk, walk around the office or up and down a hallway.
The idea is to relax your mind and body from the task at hand.
4 Regularly spend time with the people in your life with whom you can relax,
have fun, laugh and be yourself.
4 Read a book, take a class or course on stress management.
4 Do take the time to regularly engage in physical activity.
Fire Safety
The holiday season is
a very special time of year. For every
homeowner along with the decorating,
baking and festivities come some
unexpected fire hazards and safety
concerns. It’s an ideal time to consider
some common sense fire prevention.
n Now is the time to check all smoke
detectors! Its also a good time to practice
your family fire drill and evacuation plan and
confirm your meeting place outside.
n If your chimney has not been inspected
this year, now is the time to schedule an
inspection and cleaning.
n As you travel merrily from room to room
decorating, be sure to maintain proper
clearances with all heat sources and do not
block exits with your tree or holiday displays.
n If you plan to use your fireplace during the
holidays, don’t place your Christmas tree too
close. The heat of a wood fire will dry out a
natural tree very quickly, creating a serious
fire hazard, and sparks are always a major
concern. Avoid draping the mantle, this
includes stockings, greeting cards, garlands,
and especially natural evergreen boughs.
n Don’t use outdoor lights inside and don’t
use indoor lights outside. Inspect all light
strings and replace bulbs before putting them
up. Do not staple light strands. Do not use
damaged or frayed cords, destroy and
discard them. If you are using extension
cords, inspect them as well, the same
precautions apply.
n Never leave burning candles unattended.
Never use candles on, or near, a tree or
other evergreens.
Not intended to solicit properties currently listed for sale.
Keep in mind that that beautiful tree with its
twinkling lights and glittering decorations
presents one of the most serious fire hazards
and deserves extra consideration and precaution.
n Set up the tree away from heat registers or
any other heat sources.
n If you choose a real tree, choose a freshly
cut one. Store it outside, away from sun and
wind, until you’re ready to bring it indoors. Just
before bringing the tree inside, cut an 1 to 2
inches (2.5 - 5cm) off the bottom of the trunk so
the tree can take in water easily. Keep the tree
moist, fill the tree stand with enough lukewarm
water to cover the cut end of the trunk, and
keep it at that level.
n Use only noncombustible and flame-resistant
decorations on either real or artificial trees.
n Turn tree lights OFF when you leave the
house or go to bed. As an extra safety
precaution consider using timers for both
interior and exterior lights.
n Keep electrical cords away from the tree’s
water supply.
n Take a few extra minutes on your way to
bed, walk around the house; ensure
candles have been extinguished
and lights are turned off.
Following sensible safety
and precaution guidelines
will ensure that you,
your family, and home
enjoy a safe and happy
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