Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Maybe We’ll Rock and Roll Our Way into the New Year

‘Tis the season to be jolly once again and ‘tis the season of gift giving too. Have you started your Christmas shopping already? I’ve already started, but I’m definitely not done yet. I have my husband and son to shop for, as well as my in-laws and my nieces. I still haven’t decided what to get each and every one of them. I’m still in the middle of thinking of what to get my son aside from what’s on his list.

Yes, I do like giving him something as a surprise. Hmm, how about a guitar and a microphone plus a microphone adapter? To me, he’s got a good voice and seems to be a rock star in the making. Hehe. He still has to learn how to play the guitar though. I think it will be easy peasy for him. My hubby can give him lessons and then we’ll have our own personal rock group.:)

Friday, September 11, 2015

What Goes Up, Can Come Down, So Do Your Climbing Safely

I grew up seeing my dad doing carpentry, electrical, painting and all the other kinds of work that you can think of that has something to do with construction. He is a contractor and has made it his living for as long as I can remember. It was that work that helped me and my three siblings get into college and finish without having to work to support ourselves. If I am not mistaken, he has been a contractor for more than 40 years now. Yes, he still working, although not full time since he is already retired. He even ventured into mechanical work and manufactured equipment for big companies in the Philippines.

My Dad may have been the master of his craft, a skillful contractor and an expert in his field, without a doubt, but I don’t know any of the specifics about what he did. Back when I was still in the Philippines, everything that needed to be done around the house like home improvements, Dad had to hire one of his workers and they did it for us. But you know what? It totally changed when I arrived here in the U.S.

My husband’s house was a typical bachelor’s pad when I arrived – bland paint colors for my taste, manly home accessories and décor and everything was just not organized the way it should be. I soon created a to-do list for projects inside the home and one of the things that we tackled was painting! I will admit though that my husband is the quintessential do-it-your-selfer. Since being here in the U.S., we’ve never had to call anyone for any repairs; he can do it all, including electrical. And the only reason his place looked like a bachelor pad is because he didn’t give a hoot; he was a bachelor living all alone. He just needed a good woman to motivate him.

I’ve never thought in my wildest dreams that I would ever paint a wall. I had no choice because there was no Dad that I can call to give us a hand or a Dad that I could ask for one of his workers to do the job for us. And so I learned to DIY. We painted all the rooms – from the living room to the dining room and to the bedrooms up to the bathrooms. Painting wasn’t that hard but it was exhausting. And I must admit, perfection was far from the job that we did. But I enjoyed it and the feeling of having accomplished something that I thought I couldn’t do was fulfilling. There’s one thing that I wish I knew though – that we had learned about LakeSide-Hire.

Had we known about them and all the products that they offer, I think painting would have been much easier. They sell equipment to easily paint a ceiling or a wall, like ladders. We didn’t use a ladder at all. We only made use of chairs or stools to get us through painting the rooms. Using ladders would have been safer for us, the newbie wannabe painters that we were. But we’re lucky nothing untoward happened to us in using the chairs or stools. But we surely are not going to take our chances next time.

Lakeside-Hire has all the necessary equipment, tools and accessories everyone needs (companies big or small or the DIYers) for home improvements or for building and general ground work that make things much safer and easier. They have scaffolds, podium steps, hoist, lifts, etc. You name it, and they got it. More than anything, they are cheaper compared to their competitors most of the time. It gets no better than that.

And next on my husband’s do-it-yourself list is new gutters for our home. He want to install new guttering with leaf guards and what better way to do it than with some safe, state-of-the-art scaffold towers. I’ll certainly feel better knowing that he’ll be safe doing the job because I sure don’t want to have to go out and scrape him up off the ground after a long fall off a rickety ladder. Besides, I’m not a DIYer when it comes to giving medical care.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Though I Don’t Know What it Does, But it Makes the Music Sound Awesome

There is a music and craft festival here in town that I was planning to go earlier today, but my plans changed in the mid-afternoon because I just realized that I still have a lot of tasks to be done. We’ve been to this festival once before and it would have been nice to listen to live music again, but things just didn’t work out as planned.

It never fails to delight me when I see talented musicians showcasing their skills including playing different kinds of musical instruments. I am not at all familiar with all the musical instruments, but the most important thing is, I enjoy listening to the music they create. A dod compressor could bite me on the face, but I wouldn’t have a clue as to what bit me. LOL.

I hope we get to go next year. We’ll see.