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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-13 05:09:49


    I wished I had thought of this several years ago. Teacher Appreciation week is always the first half of May or so. My thought is for the kids starting at the beginning of the school year to keep a journal for each teacher they have.

    For that journal, they write about the teacher, how they are learning as a student, what strikes them, any epiphanies, funny stories. They can draw in the journal, do any art work. It's mainly like a scrapbook of the school year for that teacher that they can give to the teacher at the end of the year for Teacher Appreciation.

    Maybe for each week or a month, we put a certain amount aside for each teacher to give them a VISA gift card or something that can be given at the end of the year.

    Maybe a picture would be taken at the beginning of the year of my kid and then at the end of the year. Maybe how they've grown and the impact that the teacher has been in this past year of their lives.

    I remember the teachers each did this for each of their students when they were in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Why can't they do something like this but for the teacher in these high school years?

    Going to have the kids do this next year. It'll be my daughter's Senior year in high school and my son's Freshman year. I think it will mean a lot for the teachers since it will take basically 10 months to do.

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    • wyverndust
      wyverndust 1 cheers 2017-05-13 08:17:18

      @ligemst my sister teaches 2nd grade. I will tell her about this. I bet she will love it

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      • ligemst
        ligemst Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-13 18:52:28

        @wyverndust That would be great, if she doesn't already do it for her students. I do remember my kids each year coming back with a journal like this that the teachers kept for each kid and gave them to them at the end of the year. It was a different things they had done throughout the school. I LOVED getting them and seeing their progress.

        I think as middle school and high school years, it's more meaningful to have the teachers get these books than them doing it for the students. The teachers at our school don't get paid that much, but they give so much. We're not financially wealthy like some of the mega millionaire parents at the school and they can really give some big financial gifts, but this is something that is very personal between my child and the teacher.

        This is especially wonderful if you have the same teacher for multiple years in different subjects. It takes a lot of thought and cumulative time.

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-06 23:27:28

    East Neighbors

    I really dislike these neighbors. We didn't care for the neighbors that lived there before them, but now those ex-neighbors seem like a walk in the park. Our current neighbors play their music WAY too loud and that incessant bass beat is mind numbing.

    They leave their glaring light on all night that faces into our living room. Thankfully we don't usually open those curtains/blinds. We've kindly asked them to turn off the light at night or put a motion sensor light which would only come on if someone was nearby, which makes sense.

    We live in a nice neighborhood where it's usually very quiet, tall, mature big trees . . . looks like something from back East some. It's like this blaring Mexican music, which my husband hates. It's fine if they play Mexican music, but they don't have to play it sooo loud. Our house does not need to shake.

    Our neighbors to the west of us are mainly fine and I like them, minus the daughter's inconsiderate boyfriend who has thrown his cigarettes into our yard. Just with the loud Mexican music and this boyfriend, it makes it seem like our neighborhood is trashy, but it's not.

    I hope they miss their rent payments and get kicked out (our east neighbors. I know that's mean to say, but I think as a neighbor, you need to be considerate of others.

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-27 17:18:35

    Braces Off

    My son got his braces off today. It was supposed to be 2 weeks ago, but he had some school testing he could not miss. He gets his retainer on Monday, only because neither he nor I want him to miss anymore school.

    His orthodontist is about 1/2 hr from his school, so that would be another hour of driving and I just don't feel too great.

    He looks so cute and handsome. Of course, he was embarrassed that I was making such a big deal out of it in the car (in private). Moooommmm. Hides his face.

    Teenage boys sure get embarrassed really easily anytime, well, at least my son. He says it feels weird that his braces are off. Well, duh. He's had them on for 22 months. Of course it's going to feel a little weird.

    He had a beautiful smile and his bite has been corrected.

    Our daughter wore her braces for 12 1/2 months and got them off last summer, right before her 16th birthday. I'm sure my daughter can share her retainer experience with her brother.

    We loved the orthodontist and his office. They have been great to work with and gave us great prices with excellent service and quality of work.

    Praise God!!!

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-24 16:24:28

    Solar Walkway Lights

    I got this GREAT deal on solar walkway lights a week ago. We had these inexpensive lights you get at the 99 Cents store and they worked, but my husband wanted bigger and nicer lights.

    Costco had 8 HUGE lights for $40. I bought them as they were $10 off (regularly $50). Then either the next day or that day, I found in one of my emails that Home Depot (oh, it was Good Friday) was selling a set of 6 for $12. Amazon had those same ones for $34. Regularly at Home Depot they were $18-20.

    I have Giving Assistant as a part of my Bookmarks bar and have earned extra money just shopping on the sites I normally shop at. They will give me cash money back (or you can donate the money, too). For example, when I buy from a link from their site going to Under Armour through them, I will get 6% cashback. Some sites are 1% and even some give up to 10%.

    They've paid me twice using PayPal, or maybe 3x. I can't remember. I wish they gave cashback for shopping on Amazon because we buy A LOT and often there, but they don't. However, at Home Depot it gives you 3% back. Target 1.7%. It may not seem like a lot, but it all adds up.

    Anyway, if you choose to use Giving Assistant, let me know and I can give you a referral link so I can earn some extra money by referring you, if you would be so kind to do that for me. If not, then that's fine, also. I don't know if I can post here or not, so I don't want to be in violation of 43T's terms of service. Just PM me and I'll give you my referral link.

    Anyway, I also saw on Giving Assistant that I could get 20% off on all Landscaping stuff, which these lights qualify as that, dropping the price to $9.6/set of 6. I get another $0.31 off from the 3% cashback and using the credit card I used, I also got more cashback.

    These basically made each light about $1.5 after tax, which only made them about $0.40 more than the 99 Cents store lights. These are MUCH better, nice, and give off a lot more light. Bought 6 boxes (total of 36 lights). 14 of the lights went up in our front walkway and hopefully this weekend, I will put the other 22 lights in the backyard surrounding the grass.

    My husband and kids like the lights. I'll be returning the Costco lights. Our home/yard is looking cozier and cozier.

    I did see a ramada thing that I wanted from Lowe's but that is really expensive. We'll probably end up having to pull the LARGE tree in our backyard as when the original owners back 18 yrs ago when the house was built planted the tree too close to the block wall fence. It's really messing up the block wall and the roots have grown across our yard.

    Guessing in the next year we'll need to remove that tree, which will be quite costly and repair the block wall between our neighbor and us. After that, probably remodel the backyard area, get rid of the awful gophers and make the backyard more of an peaceful entertainment area.

    The ramada or whatever it's called with mesh curtains for the mosquitos, having some lounge chairs and/or outdoor dining table or something like that would be AWESOME!!!

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    ligemst Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-24 13:41:39


    We're close to getting all our wish list of items completed. When I suggested to my husband last year it would be good to put up solar shades for the east and west sides of the back porch, he scowled at this.

    Yesterday our handyman finally got to put these shades up for us, but he also had to modify the porch some to make it look good as these needed to hang on the horizontal and it was on a slant. He did a great job.

    Got the solar sun shades from Costco. If they go on sale in May, I'm going to ask for a price adjustment. The shades look really nice and were $60 each. They are a grayish color, which is the theme color of the inside of our home.

    They will keep our porch shady the whole day and they are easy to scroll down the shade. And, they are somewhat transparent, but not.

    It was a bit expensive to have custom made solar screens, but we did get it done at Ace Hardware. The screen guy did a fantastic job on them and our handyman installed them on all our windows facing south, east, west. The north side has the most windows but because of the porch and that it never gets direct sun, there was no need for solar screens for these windows.

    Our handyman put them up a week or so ago and it seems to cool our house down quite a bit. Yay.

    And also maybe a couple weeks ago, our handyman put up a misting system that runs east west on our porch so on 2 sides of the porch we have the scrolling solar sun shades and the other side that isn't the house has the misting system. We have 2 types of nozzles. Where our plants are, the nozzles are longer and where they are not, it's just what the system had. Got the main misting system and some parts off Amazon and the rest from Lowe's.

    We also ordered a 4 station programmable WiFi irrigation thing. That was pretty expensive, but will help us keep our plants watered when we are away or on vacation without the need for someone else to come to our home or we take our plants to someone's home.

    We will still need to do the drip irrigation for all our plants, which we plan to do this weekend, go to a sprinkler store (not Lowe's or Home Depot) and get specialized everything. That should complete our porch set-up to keep our house cooler for the summer, though the water bill will be higher somewhat, and to keep all our plants watered and hopefully survive the very hot summers we get here.

    These things, especially the misting system, the window solar screens, and the solar sun shades have been on my wish list since we moved here nearly 2 yrs ago.

    Praising God we are finally able to get all these things done.

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    • wyverndust
      wyverndust 2 cheers 2017-04-24 14:17:01

      @ligemst I didn't know Ace hardware did that. I am going to check it out for us. We don't have screens at all (1959 house). Solar screens would be awesome!

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      • ligemst
        ligemst Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-24 16:09:39

        @wyverndust Oh yes, they do. And they are reasonably priced, at least compared to what other places charge. I don't know if all the Ace Hardwares do it, but one of the ones near my home does. He did a great job!

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-23 15:53:44


    I have not been in the "selfie" taking mode for a few months now. Things are changing inside me and I am actually finding a continual taking of selfies to be just really self absorbed. It's always about ME, ME, ME attitude.

    There are some people I know in real life that they would never act in the way they are always doing their selfies. I know for me, it's not selfies, but I take a lot of food pics.

    We are a world of obsessed people. You can see what we are obsessed with by the pictures we take. It can be your kids or whatever. I LOVE taking pictures, but even for me, I think I'm too self-absorbed or too obsessed about some things.

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-11 13:34:51


    I am infuriated not at Amazon, but at evil people who steal. Nine days ago I purchased crossbow arrows for my son for his crossbow project where he's making a crossbow for his medieval project in history class. He's an 8th grader and this is challenging project he chose himself.

    Anyway, the item was supposedly shipped and was delivered to WV. I live in AZ. Upon going to the seller feedback AFTER the purchase, most everyone at that time, over 300 people, had that same complaint. It had 92% negative (1 star) and all those 300 something people had their packages from this seller delivered somewhere else, actually a destination very far from where they live.

    I filed a claim with Amazon, but since they are a third party shipping from a third party, not through Amazon, Amazon could not refund me my money immediately. They had to give the seller a chance to respond to me, which is 2 calendar days. That was by last Saturday.

    Of course a fraudulent seller was not going to send me an email about my order that he probably never sent. He probably just got postage for an envelope that could be tracked and sent it elsewhere.

    The arrows were just under $9. So for $0.72, you can track a letter if you do it online. So they send the tracking information to Amazon to send to the seller. You can see where the "package" went to, which would be completely different than where it was supposed to go. You pocket the other $8.

    As of right now, they have over 2500 people who have purchased items from them. Let's just say that each bought the same exact thing as me. That's $20K that this evil company did to pocket and steal from people, a lot of people.

    Amazon needs to shut them down and do a police report. They are stealing not only from all these people like me, but Amazon. Amazon refunded me $10 for my almost $9 purchase. I actually made money on this, but that's not the point. It was never my intention.

    Thankfully I purchased from another seller instead and got my arrows on Sunday for my son for his project. Just in typing this, now they have over 2600 people who purchased this.

    I am on hold with Amazon but I want to make sure they close this seller down. This is awful and though I don't own stock in Amazon (I did), and they make billions, it's still not right. It's stealing and it's wrong.

    Wow, I hope that the people that are involved in this thievery get caught and punished. I hope Amazon can catch them and have them pay restitution. These are total scumbags.

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-09 15:11:41

    Last Man Standing

    I've heard of this show ( and many others) for quite some time. This has 5 seasons on Netflix. I see some similarities from this and Home Improvement. Both have 3 kids of the same sex. Tim Allen having a "macho" type profession.

    This show seems to be combined with conservative and liberal views and not just one sided, so that is good to see. I'm liking the show and on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give it a 7-8.

    I don't score it a 10 because there is some harsher words than I'd like to see and some topics of things that I really don't like in terms of kids and parenting. I find the kids to be disrespectful usually.

    We are in Season 2 and they changed the people who play Kristin, Boyd and Boyd's dad. I like the Season 1 actors better. The adult characters seem too old.

    Prior to this, we were watching Hell on Wheels and oh my goodness. That was gory, the sexual type things shown were gross, a lot of violence. I loved the storyline and had to look past all that, but sometimes it was too much.

    Periodically I would have nightmares about what I watched. But, the Wild West, well, it wasn't called "Wild" for nothing, right? Suck it up, Buttercup.

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    • wyverndust
      wyverndust 0 cheers 2017-04-09 23:12:24

      @ligemst I can't remember if I suggested this, but I actually liked the Hallmark movies and series Good Witch. It's pretty wholesome and family focused. Not sure if it will appeal to you, but I found myself hooked. I totally share your opinion of Hell on Wheels. My partner and I couldn't continue watching it after a certain point.

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-04 01:17:23


    I'm having to let go of our landscaper HG because he's not been reliable in terms of showing up and our front yard is looking not good. Don't want to get a letter from the HOA. HG has another non-landscaping job to make ends meet and I understand. He's been having so many issues with finances and equipment that it's made it really hard for him to be an effective and dependable yard maintenance guy.

    So, now looking for a new yard maintenance/landscaper, I am requiring they have good equipment, follow a schedule, can do irrigation work, as well as plant things and do clean-up if necessary.

    I've met with 6 guys. One guy priced himself way out of range and the other 5 guys were all within $15 for first time service and within a $25 range for biweekly service. I chose someone in the middle and as well chose someone that doesn't work alone, rather works in groups of 2+ guys. This will allow the job to be done quicker.

    I called each person back to let them know whether they got the job from me or not and to those that didn't, I am retaining their number if this guy doesn't work out.

    They all are Latino, mainly from Mexico. One is from Puerto Rico. So I will get opportunities to practice my Spanish. They all come referred from people in neighboring neighborhoods through the app Next Door.

    Hopefully RP will work out. I'm going to have to talk with HG to let him know that I feel bad about letting him go, but I don't want to be fined by my HOA. He has worked for us the past 1 1/2 yrs and I'm sorry to see him go. I wish him the best. He always did great work when he was here.

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 2 cheers 2017-03-25 01:04:59

    300 Mbps Download, 30+ Mbps Upload

    I just upgraded our internet from 150 Mbps to 300 Mbps Download and 10 Mbps to 30+ Mbps Upload for just $5/month. I didn't ask my husband if it would be okay. He didn't mind after I told him. It's a special for 6 months.

    The guy said that if after that I don't want to pay the extra $10 that it will be, I can drop back down to what we had. So excited.

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