Global Friends

Monday, March 13, 2017

Daylight Saving Time: Losing Sleep and Losing a Loved One

Yesterday was the start of Daylight Saving Time.  It began at 2 am here in West Virginia so I lost an hour of sleep  yesterday but it is all good.  I thought that  when my FIL  passes, it wouldn't bother me that much because we  kind of  anticipated it is going to happen but  now that it is real, it is so hard.  I feel like I am losing my own father all over again.  The only difference is that, with my FIL, we  kind of seen it coming but with my Dad, it was  abrupt and unexpected.  The pain is  the same though.  I  respected and loved my FIL  the same way I did with my own father.  Losing someone is never easy.  It gets easier  as time passes but when it is new and fresh, it's tough.

Violin Class Schedule

Oh boy, March is almost halfway  over and  my daughter hasn't start her violin lessons yet.  We can't find a schedule that would fit  all the  activities that she is involve with.  Volleyball just started and it  is even  conflicting with her piano time schedule so we had to adjust her lesson.  I am glad that her teacher is very accommodating and she  accommodated our daughter into her weekend schedule.  I was talking to her teacher while I was looking at the ableton at Guitar Center and I was   so chocked to learn that she  had a  cancer surgery.  I feel  very bad because she is the nicest person on earth but I guess cancer  can affect anybody.  I  pray that she will go through this  hard ordeal.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Interviewing Potential Contractors For Your Home

You might be a DIY person with many projects lined up for your home, but not every task can be completed by the homeowners. Electrical, home additions and other complex jobs must be performed by the professionals. Before you hire any residential building contractors, learn how to properly interview them. Your project's success can hinge on their expertise as you discover each company's benefits and drawbacks.

A post shared by Chubskulit Rose (@chubskulitrose) on
Look Up Local Reviews

There might be a dozen or more contractors in your area right now. Picking a random company isn't the best strategy so look up online reviews about the top names in the neighborhood. Be aware that there will be some negative reviews. Try to read a mixture of positive, neutral and negative reviews so that you get a good picture of the contractor. Narrow down your choices to about three or four companies.

Discuss Previous Experience and Project Types

Individually interview each contractor. Ask them about their experience in the industry along with any necessary licensing. You might ask about previous projects that include your particular needs, such as adding a second floor onto a home. Reputable contractors should have a background in your contracting needs, and these professionals may also have photos to share from the completed projects.
A post shared by Chubskulit Rose (@chubskulitrose) on

Go Over an Initial Estimate

Each interview period should also include an estimate on the project. The contractor will break down all of the costs, including materials and labor. Ask any questions about the estimate, especially if some of the costs seem too high or low. Tell each contractor that you need time to read over the quotes before making a decision.

Narrow Down the Project's Timeline

Before the interview is over, ask about a rough time frame for the project's completion. Some contractors might work several jobs at one time, which creates a long project timeline. Ideally, you want a contractor to dedicate the majority of their services to your project so that it can be completed in a timely manner. High-quality work should also be part of the agreement too.

Every contracting job should have a supervisor on site during the work. If you have any questions about the current tasks, don't hesitate to ask the supervisor about the details. There might be changes that aren't being incorporated, and you'll need to point out any overlooked details. Communication on any project is welcome among homeowners and reputable contractors.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Stock Market Is Soaring High

If you have been following the stock market, you would  know by now that is soring high ever since the election.  Hubby and I doesn't  participate in  stock market  but we have some  small investments that fluctuates  based in the performance3 of the stock market so I I watches it from time to time.  I was so excited when the DOW  finally reached 20 thousand and just 24 days  (if I am not mistaken) after it hits 20k, it is now 21 thousand.  That is  so exciting.  
I wish that I have plenty of money to invest because the  market is really doing great  these days.  I also wish that  every politician could come and work together to  address the  issues  in the government.  It's very  frustrating and disappointing to see   the division  from   the conservative and democrat party  constantly bashing each other.  I think if they would channel that energy into  solving problems, the economy would really boom and  problem will get solve rather  quickly.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Home Improvement Undertaken

It's been around this time of the year last year when we put our bid on this home that we are currently living in now.  This is our second home, the first one that we had  was also in this area but it's a bit smaller than this current one.  The reason  why I  agreed to move is that this home is  still situated near our children school.  This is just an upgrade to what we had.
A photo posted by Chubskulit Rose (@chubskulitrose) on

Anyway, we did a lot of remodeling last year before we   moved in.  We  completely refinished the wooden floors  and replaced the vinyl  flooring in the kitchen.  We  painted the whole house with fresh paint and from there on, we did  more small projects that  my husband and I tackled.    The basement of this home is huge but there is no  proper shelving to store  things so my husband and I did that.

One of the many feature t= of this home that my husband love is  having a two car detached garage.  We have two vehicle so  we can both park it inside now that we have the space.  Our former house  had one  car garage only so  one of the cars is always parked outside.  But anyway, there is no storage  in the garage so  we built some shelving on it to put  everything that my husband uses in the lawn and for maintaining the  vehicles.
A photo posted by Chubskulit Rose (@chubskulitrose) on
I like it that even our bikes can be stored in an organized manner unlike before we  just piled them on in a small storage area by the  basement.  Now we can get our bicycles without the struggle.
A photo posted by Chubskulit Rose (@chubskulitrose) on
I am not sure if my husband  will look into the Philadelphia garage floor coating because  he wants to upgrade the flooring as well.  It has  a major crack  and it needs be fixed.  For now, we will leave it that way.
This year, the only home improvement we have done so far is having a new sets of windows. We replaced all the old ones because it wasn't energy efficient. Our gas bill have sky rocketed over the winter and we suspected that it has something to do with the windows not having a good seal anymore.  Hopefully it would  help lessen the  gas bill.
We haven't done any DIY project  this year because my husband  is  enrolled in  school for his masters.  We might be able to  do some more  projects at the end of the semester when he is done with his  school.  

About Me

My photo

A work-at-home-mom (WAHM) with  two  lovely kids and a loving husband.  Passionate in writing about  family, product reviews, and  other related articles.  A Mom, a Wife,  a Blogger/Writer, rolled into one.


Copyright © 2010 Etcetera Etcetera | Re-Design :Dhemz and Ryanne | Images: Pit-Tux