Category Archives: shopping

Rubber guitar strings?

Have you ever heard of rubber guitar strings? The first time I had ever heard of them, it was while reading a review of a kala bass guitar online. The reviewer was talking about how much he loved the guitar, especially with rubber guitar strings! He claimed that the rubber guitar strings helped to eliminate sore fingers! I’ve never heard of such a thing! I wonder if my parents had put rubber strings on my guitar when I was a teenager, if I would have continued to take classes. I quit because my fingers hurt so much!

I found it!

I was so surprised to be able to find the boss fender reverb pedal that Dave put on his Christmas gift wish list when I was shopping today! I was at the mall, and just happened to be walking past a store that sells musical instruments. I didn’t think I’d have any luck finding it, but I went straight to the employee standing behind the counter and asked him if he could help me. When I showed him the list, he told me that he only had one left in stock, and he took me right to it! Within just a couple of minutes the item was paid for, bagged, and I was on my way out the door to finish the rest of my shopping! I am so glad that gift is out of the way – I thought that was going to be the hardest one to find!

When Is It Time to Replace Your Furnace?

Your furnace works hard for almost half of the year, and it’s too easy to forget about proper maintenance and replacing it when it’s time. The last thing you want is to have to replace a furnace in a hurry because it stopped working – although with 24/7 emergency service, even that is possible. Still, it’s better to watch for signs that it’s time to replace your furnace before it breaks down and leaves you in the cold for hours at a time.

When It’s Old or Wearing Down

Schedule a consultation with Belknap Heating and Cooling to take a look at your furnace if it’s been giving you any issues or is more than a decade old. If parts are wearing down and it’ll cost more to replace them than to buy a new furnace, it makes sense to upgrade. If it’s still operational but over a decade old, the newer models will prove much more efficient, which will save you money on your heating bills.

With tax credits, discounts and specials, the cost of replacing a furnace is likely to be far less than you imagine. Plus, if you shop once the cooler season is underway – particularly if you wait until late winter or spring – you’re sure to find even better discounts. At the very least, you need to arrange twice-a-year cleaning sessions with heating experts to keep your current system in top form.

Entering online contests

Have you ever entered online contests? I used to do that a lot many years ago, but I never won anything except a ton of spammy junk email and additional telemarketing telephone calls (which I would guess is the consolation prize!) That is one reason why I have stopped answering my home telephone number! And why I have created an email address that is essentially only used for times when I think that providing my email address will result in lots of spammy junk emails!

I recently decided that I would go ahead and enter a contest to Win a phil&ted’s stroller with the thought that if I win the contest I’ll give it to my niece, who is pregnant for the first time.

I don’t know if I will win or not, but it sure would be great if I did – I know that my niece needs a stroller, and I would look like a very generous aunt if I gave her something as great as this one!

I have found it, the perfect gift for my sister

My sister is a blond. Not only in hair color but also in brains. I love her dearly and she’s a very intelligent woman but she is a blond. I have found the perfect gift for her for her birthday in a couple of weeks. It’s a pink ‘blonde’ keyboard for her computer. Now get this:

The all-pink keyboard swaps out standard keys with funnier, dumber key names. The backspace key now says “Oops!” and the entire row of function keys spells out USELESS KEYS. Hit the “$” sign and you get the sound of a cash register clinking.

Blonds can even get a little technical and use special keys that type out “OMG,” “ALI” (Absolutely Love It!) or “XOXO.” My favorite? The caps lock key now says: “Warning! size XXL letters.”

According to its manufacturer, European Trends, the keyboard has already been released in the U.K. to some success, and at $49.95 probably only a true blond would purchase this novelty item. It’s compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux.

Thank God she has a great sense of humor too and will absolutely love this. I have known women that hate to be told blond jokes and I can’t help but wonder if it’s because they don’t really understand them or if it’s because the resemble them too much? Sorry blonds but I don’t really know how the ‘dumb blonde’ thing got started unless it’s from the old movies with Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. Did you know that Jayne Mansfield had the IQ of a genius? That shoots down the dumb blond stigma for sure if you ask me.