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Metamorphosis Monday – Stove Top   9 comments

Metamorphosis Monday


It is Metamorphosis Monday Time!  Today, I am showing you the fruit of my labor!  I was cleaning my stove top burners and decided to make it a Met Monday post.  Glad I remembered to take a before picture!!


The after is so much better!  I used a Mr Clean eraser – boy that thing works well!

For more Met Monday posts head on over to Susan’s!

home SWEET home   8 comments

Two weeks ago while I was in my kitchen getting some things ready for my Chicago trip, I heard a strange sound in the ceiling.  It was a crinkling sound and I couldn’ quite figure out what to make of it.  I told my husband that I thought there was a little creature up there.

This last week on Tuesday morning, my husband called me and said, “remember that sound you heard in the kitchen – I don’t think it’s a creature, I think it might be water leak.  The ceiling is starting to discolor and there is a soft spot!”  Here is said ceiling with the discoloration and soft spot marked with the pencil mark…

I flew home on Friday this week and hubby and I were considering whether to cut through the ceiling to discover the source of the “water leak”  over dinner on Friday night.

This morning as we were inspecting the ceiling and considering who to call to take care of our “leak”, I looked outside and said – “Steve, what are all those bees doing hovering around the window?”  I walked out back and sure enough – the bees were going into the space above ceiling from the outside of the house!  OH MY! Not a water leak!

 I called the exterminator and told them about the soft spot on the ceiling and that there was a crinkling noise in the ceiling like a little creature and that we could see the bees getting into the space above the ceiling from the outside of the house.  They said “DO NOT TOUCH THE SOFT SPOT! We will send someone out as soon as we can.  The soft spot is caused by the bees nesting in your drywall above the ceiling. If that soft spot opens…” 

My response:  UH! “HOW QUICKLY CAN YOU GET HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND HURRY!”

The exterminator arrived – Chris – bless his heart!  I took him on a tour of the bee situation.  I first had him look at the ceiling and he said,

“OH MY! This soft spot is caused by the humidity and the honey from the bee hive!  It could be a pretty good sized one too!”  I then showed him the outside view and he said, “I am a little concerned about the soft spot.  We usually treat bees with a liquid solution and that could cause further damage or a break through. Don’t worry though, we will take care of this for you.”

My response: I hope so! Mind if I take some pictures? 🙂

So here you go folks, Chris at work…

The crinkling sound is no more.  We are left to deal with cleaning the windows from the spray and fog; calking the opening that the bees found; and fixing the discolored ceiling!

Chris is dealing with a couple of bee stings on his hand and going to the next bee situation!  Ours was his third for the day!  I sent him off with some ice for his bee sting and told him to get some new gloves!

Today’s word of wisdom to all of you out in bloggyland – make sure it really is a leak and not a bee hive in your ceiling before you go cutting a hole in your ceiling!  You could be in for a big surprise.  Our bee hive was bigger than a softball!  OH MY!

And how was your Saturday?

Posted August 23, 2008 by Lana G! in Home, Household Hints, Life, Photo, Photography, Thankful, Tips

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Photo Hunters – Small   23 comments



Don’t forget to read the small print!

Posted December 14, 2007 by Lana G! in Blog, Photo, Photo Hunters, Tips

WFMW-When Carpet Disaster Strikes   13 comments


Oh yes! The unthinkable happened.  My dinner plate dropped and left that lovely splatter on my carpet in box one. 

Step one – I did not panic! Instead, I thought to myself, this is going to make a great blog post!  I then grabbed my camera and started documenting my cleaning experiment. 

Box two is step two in my cleaning experiment – scooping up the food off the carpet.

Box three are the cleaning supplies I used.  I started with a watered down solution of Mrs. Meyers Clean Day All Purpose Cleaner and a rag and scrubbed the carpet as best I could.  Then, I took the hydrogen peroxide poured full strength on the wet rag and dabbed the remaining stains from my carpet.  Next I took a clean towel and stepped on it over the wet area to absorb the liquid.

Box four is the result!  Gone are the stains and boy does that work for me!

Head on over to Rocks In My Dryer for more WFMW posts!


WFMW – Do You Dine Out Alone?   7 comments

Today is another feature of “Backwards Works for Me Wednesday” where you are supposed to ask for what works rather than share what works.  Since I am a blogger who loves her camera, I was mistaken as a food critic recently at a restaurant where I was eating alone.  It was a fun and entertaining evening!   


So, I am going to ask if any of you have ever dined alone or would dine alone at a restaurant?  – I am talking about a slow food establishment not a fast food establishment!  And what would you do to entertain yourself while dining alone – read, blog, people watch?

 For more Backwards WFMW head on over to Rocks in my Dryer!

Posted November 7, 2007 by Lana G! in Eating, Entertainment, Tips, Works For Me Wednesdays