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Keeping warm during the winter

Guest post by my good friend Linda Bradshaw:

I can remember when I lived in Maine, how hard it was for me to find ways to keep warm when I was sitting at my desk, or when I was having to do things outdoors. I especially disliked how long it took for the interior of my car to warm up when I had to drive to work! I couldn’t afford to let the car idle in the driveway for twenty minutes for the interior to warm up! And my feet were always cold, no matter what I did! Most people don’t believe me when I tell them that I wore thermal underwear for ten months out of the year, but it is absolutely the truth! Maine is a cold state!

I really wish that the Internet was more advanced back then – I would have found out much earlier about the twitter sphere and social media and would have learned about the Cozy Winters website where they sell so much great stuff to help people (and their pets) cope with cold weather! I would have been a lot more comfortable back then! I would have clothes that keep me warm with batteries, foot warmers under my desk, seat warmers for my car (and a seat warmer for the bleachers that I had to sit on to watch my son’s soccer games!) In fact, I would have bought seat warmers for all of the kids to sit on when they had to sit on the bench waiting for their turn to play! It got so freakin’ cold!

Car Shopping

It’s time to go car shopping. I’ve been checking out popular automobile websites online, reading my newspaper’s classified ads, and I even picked up a few car sales magazines. It’s a little overwhelming, to tell you the truth.

I need something that I can pay for with the money we’ll get from the insurance company. I might be able to swing something that’s a little more if I can make payments. I’m not looking forward to talking to car dealers, but I’m not ruling it out.

I saw a cute little 4 door sedan for sale for only $7,500. I’m going to check it out this afternoon. It will be nice if my search ends there and I don’t have to head out to the car lots this weekend.

A Big Mess

What a mess! Today I took Lady Bug out for a drive to see some of the neat Halloween decorations and she got car sick. She ended up vomiting all over the back seat. The car smelled awful. We just got this car and I was enjoying the new car smell and didn’t want the car to have a horrible stench so I looked up car carpet cleaning tips.

I knew that stomach acid is acidic so I would have to neutralized with something. After a bit of looking online I found a website that instructed me that baking soda or a mixture of club soda and water would help dilute the stain and remove the problem. I found that I could apply vinegar and blot the stain to help.Then repeat with a detergent. It also said not to scrub the stain because it might cause nap distortion of the carpet fiber. I really don’t want a big spot to look funny in the back seat so I made sure to follow the directions.

The stain is gone and the car smells fine again. I just hope Lady Bug doesn’t get sick again on our trip this weekend.

A Bunch of Errands

I had a bunch of errands I needed to do this afternoon.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get everything done before I needed to pick Lady Bug up from daycare but I did manage it just in time.  First, I had to pick up my suit from the dry cleaners.  I plan to wear it to the conference this weekend.  Then, I had to run to the bakery to get the cupcakes that I ordered for Lady Bug to take to daycare tomorrow for the costume party. She’s dressing up as a butterfly and is really excited. The cupcakes turned out cute.  We got chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting.  Each cupcake has an adorable little butterfly piped on top.

After I ran to the bakery, I made a trip to the auto parts store to get a new set of windshield wipers.  Although my car is new to me, it’s still used and the wiper blades seem to be wearing out. I don’t want to get caught in the rain and not be able to see as I’m driving down the road.  The guy in the store made my stop really fast.  I told him the make and model of my car and he entered it into his computer and got the kind that I needed. I’m sure it would have taken me 20 minutes to figure it out without him.

I felt really accomplished getting everything done in a little over an hour, and I wasn’t late to pick up Lady Bug.  I do have one last major errand or chore to do though, and that’s pack for our trip this weekend.

Dealing with Insurance Reps

I was on the phone with the insurance company all morning. They had tons of questions to ask me about the accident and my life. I thought it was strange that they asked me what the nature of my trip was, where I was going, and what I was doing. I don’t really see how that has anything to do with their client smashing into my car and totaling it.

The questions just kept on coming. What was my employment status, my salary and job duties, and lost wages. I suppose they need to know this to cover the days I’ve been out of work. They also need to determine if me being out is reasonable based on my job duties.  I have to have my supervisor fill out some paper work and fax it in for verification.

They sure are making me jump through a lot of hoops for all of this.