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Birthday Present for Grandpa

What do you buy a eighty year old man for his birthday?  That was the question that had plagued me for the last three months.  My grandpa has never forgot any of my birthdays for as long as I can remember, and he usually picks out something that his perfect for me.  But he is also the type of person that will buy something if he wants it – which makes it hard for someone that is looking for a present for him.

So I am always keeping my ears open for any kind of hint of something that he might want.

A couple of weeks ago he mentioned that he wasn’t happy with the siding on his home.  For the last forty years he has had wood siding that needs to be painted regularly.  He was getting tired of having to maintain the outside of his home at his age and was looking for a change.

I knew I had found the perfect idea for a birthday present for him.

I looked in his neighborhood to find some siding contractors Plymouth Michigan, and was able to find one located at 51225 West Hills Drive, Plymouth, MI 48170, which was a short distance from his home.  I booked them to come do the work while my grandparents were on vacation, so that when he comes back he will be surprised.

That is just in a couple of days.

I hope he loves his birthday present.  I better start thinking about next year.

Posted by Melissa Jones - March 27, 2017 at 10:07 pm

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Renovating in Arcadia

windowsreplacementinarcadiaThis week I am working in Arcadia helping a childhood friend of mine finish renovating his home.  He has been working on the project for the better part of a year, but he has got to a point where he needed some help.  There are just some things that he wanted to do in the house that he couldn’t do on his own, and he enlisted my help.

It was a good excuse to get out of work for the week.

While I am helping with some of the work, there are things that I will not be doing.  For example, he has someone coming in to do the Windows Replacement in Arcadia as neither of us have ever replaced windows before.  In those types of cases, it makes more sense to hire an expert as it saves both time and the possibility of screwing that part of the renovation up.  We’re both man-enough to admit when there is a job we can’t handle, and thankfully there is talent in the area that can do the work we can’t.

We are hoping to get most of the work done here by the end of the week because I need to be back at work on Monday.  It has been a good week – working by day and visiting by night.  I am lucky I had the opportunity to come help him out.

Posted by Melissa Jones - March 7, 2017 at 3:42 pm

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Fixing Broken Windows

The Baseball that Broke the WindowsLast weekend we had the unfortunate problem of having a baseball go through the windows on our house.  Two of them were broken while we were playing ball out in the yard and my wife wasn’t happy.  I don’t blame her, but it was an accident, and it was something that we were going to have to fix.

But we didn’t have the money.

Thankfully it was a pay week, so I received my paycheck on Thursday and now we have the funds to fix the window on the house.  I know that you are going to tell me that I could just use my insurance, but it really isn’t an option right now, so we are going to pay for it out of our pockets.

So, I decided to find a shop that sold Milgard windows in Toluca Lake.  I was not only trying to find someone that could do the work on short notice, but do the repairs at a price we could afford.

Thankfully, I was able to find both.

The techs were out today replacing the broken windows and by mid-afternoon, everything was completed.

It was a painless experience.

While I wish this wouldn’t have happened, I did learn one thing: it is not smart to play baseball in your own backyard.

Posted by Melissa Jones - October 7, 2016 at 4:52 pm

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Picked Up a New Uniform for Work

For the last six months, I have been working as an esthetician at a local salon during evenings and weekends.  It has been a good job that has allowed me to focus on my college work during the week and allows me to put some extra money in my pocket as well.  My boss has been very accommodating working around my schedule, and since I love doing nails anyway, it is a good fit for where I am in life right now.

But one of the things that I have wanted to change for some time is buying a new uniform for work.  Since I didn’t really have any extra money when I started my job, I had to use a used uniform that they had kicking around the salon, and while functional, it was old and worn out.  Many of my clients made comments about it and I decided that once I had enough cash that I would buy myself a new one.

That is exactly what happened just a few days ago.

You see, I was looking at some grooming apparel online and I found a cute blue rhinestone jacket for less than $40.  It was designed for people working in my field, so not only did it look good but it was going to be durable and functional as well.  Since I had enough room on my credit card, I ordered one and it showed up yesterday.

It is perfect.

I can’t wait to see what my clients say when they see me in my new uniform – it will be nice to get some positive comments for a change.

Posted by Melissa Jones - October 7, 2016 at 5:48 am

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Visited my Aunt this Week

While I don’t get a lot of time off from my job, I try to make the most of it.  This means that I go on trips for myself, and sometimes I go visit relatives to help them out.  That is exactly what I managed to do last week when I went to visit my Aunt Joanne.

When I was younger, my aunt Joanne took care of me, so as an adult I try to take care of her.  She is on her own, so I try to help out where I can.

This week, I was there helping her fix the windows on her house.  One of the kids on the block had thrown a baseball through her window, and it needed to be replaced.

Since I was not an expert when it came to replacing windows, we decided that it made sense to find a place that specialized in replacement windows in Los Angeles instead.  They would be able to do the job properly and in a short amount of time, so it made the most sense.

So that is exactly what we did.

I managed to find a contractor that replaced the window and by the time they were done, the house looked as good as new.  Hopefully the kids on the block won’t be throwing balls around her house any time soon..

Posted by Melissa Jones - September 17, 2016 at 10:57 am

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