Lately, my "to-do" list seems never ending with each new day bringing one more "to-do" to the party.
It all started in late October when a burglar (or two) spent time in our home turning the place upside down in search of, what I'm assuming they thought-- based on the ransacked mess, was buried treasure. Every stitch of clothing and personal items in our bedroom were thrown about in such a mess that I'm STILL sorting, cleaning and washing trying to get their disgusting sweaty palms off our stuff.
Along the way I've learned a lot, and I've become a little too freaked out about the whole thing...
-Take photos of ALL your possessions and your entire home, room by room, closet by closet-- Literally, use your fancy cell phone camera and start taking pictures. Gawd forbid you ever need them, but if you do, you'll be glad you did.
-Then make time to take "good" photos of your most cherished items (like jewelry?). Place them on a solid colored surface so they show up well and take photos at different angles and with a ruler in the shot so the size is noted.
-Make a note of the serial numbers for anything that has them-- like your computer, and keep copies in few different places not just on your computer.
-And, turn on the outside lights, at least at your front door, at night. The police said to turn the radio on when I leave the house during the day too. The more you do the greater the chance burglars will go elsewhere.
I'm all about lights these days. All. About. LIGHTS!
Yes, I now have 6 sets of exterior floodlight-- 2 lights per set-- 120 watts per bulb. They automatically turn on from dusk til dawn with a 50 watt light. Not huge but enough to "glow". But, if a leaf falls, a hummingbird passes by or a car drives down the street, the yard is lit up like a maximum security prison. I love it!
At night when we watch TV, we can see three sets of the lights though the windows-- front yard and two on the side yard. All night long it's as if a child were flicking the light switches on and off, on and off, on and off, every three minutes. I've never gotten such a workout because every time the light comes on I'm up and checking out the windows. I can only imagine what our electric bill will be and, um, how long the senor lights last before husband unscrews the bulbs.
In other news..
The "mouse" and by "mouse" I mean it's much larger and significantly uglier "cousin" who took up residence in our master bathroom days before a big dinner party is now history. He was as unwelcome as the burglars and cost me...
-4 trips to the hardware store, each time getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger traps to catch him
-1 trip to the grocery for more apples-- which seemed to be our "guests" food of choic
-1 trip to garage for a shovel to scoop up the "guest" (trap attached) 24 hours before dinner party
-20 minutes to get the nerve to actually go near the deceased "guest" with shovel
-5 hours of scrubbing the "mouse motel" from top to bottom.
The fund-raiser dinner party was certainly the highlight of the last several weeks and thank gawd the "mouse" was gone well before any guests arrived. Husband and I agreed that this was probably the nicest gathering of people we've ever had at out home. (No offense to family and friends.) Of course we didn't know a single person but by the end of the evening, we'd made many new friends. It was really a treat.
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Is your house "lit up" for the holidays?
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