Archives for August 2015

4 DIY Alzheimer’s Friendly Home Modifications – Guest Post by Mike Good

4 DIY Alzheimer’s Friendly Home Modifications – Guest Post by Mike Good

As we grow older, we start to discover that our homes no longer meet our physical needs as smoothly as when we were younger. Stairs become harder to climb, we trip on transitions that never impeded us before or the lighting seems dull, making it harder to read.   It becomes important to keep our changing needs in mind anytime we do a home modification. Also, many of us will find the need to move an older loved one into our home, some of whom may have Alzheimer’s or another dementia.   The unique needs and challenges posed by having Alzheimer’s puts a unique twist on any DIY project. Alzheimer’s is not just about losing one’s memory. Among other things, Alzheimer’s also steals a person’s reasoning, visual perceptions, coordination, and ability to follow multiple process steps. Adapting the home Continue reading

How Long Should Grief Last?

How Long Should Grief Last?

It's been 243 days. That's 5829 hours... exactly 349,768 minutes. How long should grief last? Should I be moving on by now? Is the past in the past? For those of you who will be experiencing grief in the future, or those of you in the throes of grief let me encourage you. Don't put it off. Don't avoid it. Don't wish it away.   It's part of life. Does it hurt? Yes. Does it go away? Yes. Eventually. Sort of. If you allow yourself, you will eventually only focus on the good moments and let the painful ones fade. Just don't dwell. If you dwell, you will get depressed and it will mess up your day. Think about it for a bit and then put it aside. Grief may not be a friend, but it doesn't have to be an enemy either. Don't feel guilty if you choose to put your thoughts aside for a bit. It's healthy. It's necessary. I often find myself dwelling on the hard things, the Continue reading

DIY Tomato Cages – Save the Maters!

DIY Tomato Cages – Save the Maters!

We made our own tomato cages   ...because those tomato cages you buy at Menards are so stinkin' expensive!   We started out with the skinny wire ones that were left in the garden by the previous owners. FAIL.   Then we graduated on to the heavy duty ones - but only bought two - $8 each is crazy, don't you think? In my uber-frugal mind that is a FAIL.   When you have 50+ tomato plants there is no way you can justify $400 for cages.   No way. We'd already put a grand into our new garden so there was no way we would put out another $400 for cages.   So we made our own...out of concrete reinforcing mesh. We cut up a big roll of the mesh and made about 35 of them.     We attempted to spray paint them, but decided Continue reading

Do Great Things – FREE Word Art

Do Great Things – FREE Word Art

Everyone can do great things, be it small or big, everything we do makes a difference.   Here is a FREE word art created by me just for you.   FREE downloadable full resolution 8x10 JPG of "Great Things" Continue reading

The Pepper Party – A {DIY} Non-Traditional Funeral

The Pepper Party – A {DIY} Non-Traditional Funeral

The Pepper Party - a Funeral Alternative  Pepper Party: pep·per /ˈpepər/ par·ty /ˈpärdē/ n. 1. a. A ceremony or group of ceremonies held in honor of Pepper, a mom, grams, and meemaw. A non-funeral in celebration of life for the benefit of those left behind.   Be a rebel with a cause - do things your way, do it yourself and thumb your nose at tradition - change the rules for your family.   Sometimes DIYing is the best way to care for your family.   Let me show you what we did, but first...   Choose which photo warms your heart and gives you hope. This one... Or this one? Do you know anyone who found comfort in a traditional funeral? The thought of three days of standing around in a funeral parlor greeting visitors Continue reading