Category Archives: BUDGETHOUSE RENOVATOR

SLASHING HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COSTS: PART II

Image by SAIYED IRFAN A on Pixabay/ Text by SJKeyChronicles The Aftereffects Of A Recent Hurricane When Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle of Florida in October of 2018, I feared the integrity of my home would be seriously tested by the anticipated wind gusts for my area. Even though we did have severe conditions and horrific rainfall, there was no resultant damage to my power lines or metal roof. But there could have been. One of my neighbors had a tree fall on the electrical service lines […]

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THOUGHTS ON FIREPROOFING YOUR HOUSE

Paradise Lost I had been watching the series on This Old House that revolved around the devastation that took out the entire community of Paradise, California due to a relentless forest one year. The item that struck me most was the fact that most of the residents planned to rebuild their homes there, well knowing that what happened at that fateful moment in time could rear its ugly head once again. Having been a resident of the State for many years, I am well aware of the […]

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MY FIRST ENGAGING NOVEL & THE CLIMACTIC SEQUEL PUBLISHED

Reviewing The Inspiration For My Story Line(s) In my previous LEARNING TO WRITE article Learning To Write:My First Novel Part II, I told of how I have always been fascinated by the Navy SEAL Team’s enigmatic aura. When we visited their dedicated Museum in Ft. Pierce, we got to see the Maersk Alabama cargo ship life boat that held the ship’s captain hostage while being driven away by Somali pirates. The movie that depicts the document drama, Captain Phillips, was quite revealing and did incorporate maneuvers by […]

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COMMENTARY DILEMMA: PART II_ TRYING TO CONNECT WITH MY FOLLOWERS

Who Are My Followers I have tried to get a profile of my followers and I can’t get a fix on what you like or really want to read about. All comments indicate that you are appreciative of what I have to say, but don’t offer any specifics. If I don’t know what issues you are facing, I can’t really help! When I first started my blog, I decided to write about all the experiences I encountered. From adventurous survival tactics, budgeting money techniques, buying and fixing […]

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CHALK PAINT CHARISMA

Sister Cindy’s Decorum My sister, Cynthia Finley, has transformed herself into an erstwhile decorator. A long time purveyor of beauty products for Lancôme, she is now an aficionado of changing the appearance of furniture with a product called Chalk Paint. Chalk Paint® is claimed to be the world’s best furniture paint by Annie Sloan who invented her revolutionary creation, Chalk Paint®, was first introduced by her in 1990, and she hasn’t stopped refining and improving her formula since then. Introduced to the concept by her daughter, Jessica, […]

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BUDGETING YOUR ELECTRONIC GADGETS BILLINGS: PART IV

What Services Can You Budget? I asked these questions in one of my my first posts about Budgeting Your Electronic Gadgets Billings: Part I: “Are electronic gadget utility bills a major budget concern for you? Do you want to save money on your electronic gadget service provider bills each month? Can you drastically reduce the amounts you are paying now?” For answers and insights into these inquiries, I will provide some updates to what I did then as well as devolve what I know now. Once again, I […]

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DON’T FALL OFF OF OR LOSE THAT OMINOUS ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD

Fear Of Roofs I don’t like working on roofs. The basis for my fearsome mindset took shape back when I contracted a job in California that included the repair of a wood shingle roof on an older home. That type of covering requires a breathing space from the underside and the framing procedure does not allow the use of plywood to cover the rafters. Open slats are installed with spacing 6″ to 8″ apart. Wood shingles swell when wet to seal against leaks, and must dry out […]

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LA CUCARACHA OPERATIVES

The Iconic Bug Infestation I read an article in NOLA.com , the New Orleans informational site, that stated the following: “This week, New Orleans was named the most cockroach-infested city in the United States”. Yep, when it comes to roach paradise locations, the Crescent City beat out everyone, even Houston, Miami and Atlanta, which ranked No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 respectively on the rankings by Bloomberg website.” Since I was born in that city, I can attest to that fact. After my wife and I moved […]

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LIGHTNING UP YOUR LIFE

I Was Just Struck By Lightning, Folks! I used to live in the lightning capital of the United States. The home of Disney World, Orlando (located in “Lightning Alley”) is a virulent hot spot for bolts from above. Any thunderstorm activity will guarantee a multiplicity of strikes throughout the entire area. And the results can be devastating. Many commercial buildings have lightning rods. At the Orlando International Airport, there are lightning rods on the tarmac (runway). I once saw a strike hit and watched the flashes skip […]

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MY CAT PROOF RODENT TRAP: PART II

The Cat Proof Trap Revisited I am entering this blog to update my article called The Cat Proof Rodent Trap: Part I whereby I wrote an article that described my dilemma trying to trap rodents in a house full of cats. The problem that faced me was that the trap had to be located in the same place the cats had access to. I realized an accessible spring loaded trap could snap on their nose or poison could kill them and not the mouse. Seeking a solution […]

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