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I love the challenges found in selling residential property! Whether it's working with someone to sell a home that no longer fits their situation or finding the perfect place for a first time buyer, each transaction is unique. It's a profession of service. Please call me when you need a Realtor.

I Get A Chill…



No. The temperatures aren’t freezing yet, but that’ll happen before you know it! Take care of seasonal maintenance items – it should reduce your expenses for household repairs. Your home will take better care of you!

  • Cover your air-conditioning unit.
  • Check basement for leaks during thaws. (I don’t know anyone who has a basement but, I’m certain they exist.)
  • Inspect the roof, gutters, and downspouts for damage after storms. Clear the gutters/downspouts of trash/debris
  • Vacuum bathroom exhaust fan grill.
  • Vacuum refrigerator and freezer coils and empty and clean drip trays.
  • Clean drains in sinks, tubs, showers, and dishwashers.
Large DIY Retaining Wall Block Fire Pit
  • Clean the barbecue grill and attend to any issues with gas lines; prepare your fire pit for chilly evenings to come.
  • Air seal anything you can! Around chimneys, vents, windows, doors.
  • Have your insulation checked. Most homes don’t have enough.
9 Home Maintenance Tips to Prepare Your Texas Home for Cool Weather
  • Woodland creatures look for shelter in winter. They damage attic wiring and contaminate insulation. Secure attic air vents and cover entry holes with hardware cloth. We had to cover our vents with small wire as well to prevent squirrels from nesting in our attic. They chew through the cloth!
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Here’s the drill!


Simple but pretty!

I’m lousy at carving pumpkins. The inside is smelly, slimy and sticky. The thick shell combined with my knife skills are a hazard to my health. But I found a solution!

Tools of torture – in addition to the drills and dremels

Thanks to YouTube, Pinterest and a collection of drills and dremels in our household, I safely created these pumpkin lanterns for our booth at the local community market! Yayyy!

Here’s what I learned from my experience. Use white chalk to draw your design on. Marker is hard to remove and pencil leaves indentations. Dry erase may work but I can’t attest to it.

The before picture.

Clean out the inside first. Your drill bits won’t get so gunky, but be careful with the amount of pressure you apply if your holes are very close together. Cracking the shell is a huge frustration when you’ve almost completed the project. Cover the work surface and surrounding splash zone with plastic, paper, or old towels.

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Home Security Options


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I’m married to a security nut and I say that with the greatest admiration! Security of one form or another has been his job for over 40 years, so it makes sense that he knows a bit about it. Our house was the only one on our street that wasn’t burglarized when we lived in Italy! Security was a morning and evening ritual – house, cars, kids – he locked it all down. Or he left strict instructions for the 85% of the time he was out of town – to me.

Now, over 20 years later, we still have a similar ritual. And a security plan. I’m not talking about the home monitoring system. We have a plan for ‘in the event of a break-in while we’re at home’. You should too. But that’s not today’s topic.

What does a secure home look like to you? Smart home monitoring is pricey but there are great products available that cost far less. I thought these ’20 under $20′ were pretty cool!

1. Defender Security Door Lock for homes with small children


silver door reinforcement lock

Bad guys know to attack a door at the lock—so put a lock in an unexpected place. The Defender Security Lock can easily be installed nearly anywhere on the inside edge of your door. It’s easy to lock and unlock from the inside, but practically impossible to tamper with from the outside. And since you can place it high on the door, small kids can’t escape when it’s secured.

But it’s not a perfect fit for every door so you may need to get handy with a chisel to fit it on some doorways. Replace it after a few years of wear and tear. Watch for them on sale and buy a couple at a time so you can replace one as soon as it shows deterioration.


  • Easy to install
  • Good for childproofing
  • Tamper-proof


  • Not durable with frequent use
  • Not functional on all doors

2. SABRE Door Security Bar for added door security


door security bar

A door jammer security device like the SABRE Security Bar has a rubber foot and it fits under your door handle; the bar adjusts to the length you need. 


  • Works with hinged and sliding doors
  • Adjusts from 28.5 in. to 45 in.
  • Can be used on bedroom doors


  • May slide on tile floors

3. Defender Security Sliding Window Locks for vinyl window security


white window lock

This is cool! Literally! The Defender’s Sliding Window Locks offer both protection and airflow. No screws required. Just clamp it on to the window track at the desired location, and it allows for ventilation on those cool Fall evenings. How’s that for a breath of fresh air???


  • Easy installation
  • Durable die-cast construction


  • Difficult removal

4. Sliding Door and Window Locks for aluminum sliding doors/windows


Gripping pads on these door and window locks keep them secure on any sliding door or window track. Double thumbscrews make installation easy and snug. Choosing the lock placement along the track lets you control how far your door or window opens.


  • Heavy duty aluminum construction
  • Easy installation
  • Snug fit


  • Poor performance on vinyl windows

5. Addalock lock reinforcement for renters


red addalock

The Addalock does just what the name suggests: It adds a second lock to your doorknob. You can use it on a front door or on interior doors to block anyone from getting in. It takes seconds to install, and it won’t leave any holes or marks, so it’s a great security device for renters. 


  • Fast, easy installation
  • Non-marking design
  • Compact size


  • Non-universal fit

6. Defender Sliding Door Security Bar for securing sliding glass doors


The Defender Sliding Door Security Bar is just like your grandma’s broomstick in the sliding door track, but with handy components like a hinge that makes it easy to lock and unlock without removing the entire thing and an adjustable telescoping length.


  • Adjustable telescoping design
  • Hinged operation
  • Extruded aluminum construction


  • Drilling required

7. Taiker Personal Emergency Alarm for deterring intruders


gold and purple personal emergency keychains

A whole-house alarm system with monitoring might not be in your budget, but there’s no reason you can’t still scare off intruders with a loud noise. A five-pack of push-button Taiker alarms is under $20, so you can stash one in every room of your house.


  • LED flashlight
  • Compact key fob design
  • Loud 140 dB alarm


  • Limited durability

8. SABRE Shed and Garage Alarm for garages and outbuildings


Even though this alarm is marketed for sheds and garages, you can use it to secure any door in your home. It’s easy to arm and disarm with your own four-digit code, and you can choose between alarm and chime modes.


  • Loud 120 dB alarm
  • Easy installation
  • Entry and exit delay


  • Permanent entry delay
  • No remote monitoring
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