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!
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.
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.
I researched the topic til my eyes were red, swollen and felt like fire! I know it’s real; I know it’s terrifying; I know there are ways to minimize it.
Buyer’s remorse is a sickening topic to consider when the purchase is a home. It’s not a pair of ill-fitting shoes or an ugly sofa to be returned or cast off and forgotten. I’m amazed to discover statistics are all over the board regarding – well, statistics! But certain things jumped out at me. Socio-economic status was deemed irrelevant. The phenomena seems more prevalent among millennials (who want to diy, but often discover the scope of work is outside their skill set or the cost becomes prohibitive) and first time home buyers (who get swept away in their excitement).
The purchase of a home can easily overwhelm. So, what can you do? Identify each step before you tackle the process, break it down into bite size pieces, and make it manageable. Part of my job is to help you focus on your requirements and goals. Needs first. Wants are a bonus and depend on your budget. A bit of thought and planning, some serious brainstorming, these things are not a waste of time.
I realize some of this may seem extreme, but if you’ve ever been locked up with flu A or B, Norovirus, pneumonia, or, any of a host of other just as miserable vermin, you understand that a bit of time spent sanitizing is well spent! I pulled this information from WEBMD, Good Housekeeping, Medical News Today, and similar sites. Nothing crazy or surprising found, just good reminders.
If you only have time for Cliff Notes – I remember having small children – here’s your quick take-away:
Anything that hands touch are germ collectors. Light switches, door handles, refrigerator handles, the thermostat, remote controls, stove knobs, and microwave buttons are all places where you can pick up and pass along bacteria. Same thing goes for kitchen and bathroom faucets. Keep anti-bacterial spray on hand and use as frequently as time allows!
A Germ-Free Cell Phone (best done weekly – especially if you travel frequently or work in areas like schools, medical environments, anything high traffic.