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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Painting Tips

I got this from http://tipnut.com/

"How To Tell If A Wall Is Painted With Oil Paint Or Latex: Pour some non-acetone nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol onto a clean rag and scrub the wall. If the paint is stripped then it’s latex, if the surface is unaffected it’s oil paint.

Can You Apply Latex Paint Over Oil Paint (and vice versa)? It’s possible if you prime the area first or sand the surface really well so the paint can grab onto the surface and adhere. Debbie Travis says NO–unless you prime the area first with an alkyd primer. True Value Paint says it’s ok as long as the previous finish is flat or it has been sanded (or apply a primer).

What Kind Of Paint Brushes To Use: If painting with Latex, choose a synthetic bristle brush (nylon/polyester). For oil based paint, natural bristles will work well. Buy good quality paint brushes, cheap is not the way to go (they lose hairs more easily and don’t do as good a job).

Are Budget Priced Paints OK?: Buy the best paint and paint brushes that your budget allows, these are two things you don’t want to go cheap. Cheap paint tends to not wear as well nor stretch as far, meaning you’ll have to buy more paint per job as well as paint more frequently. I learned this the hard way.

What Shades Of Paint Work Best: Light shades of paint for smaller rooms (to help them look bigger), darker shades for a more enclosed feeling so a large room won’t feel so overwhelming.
What Paint Finish To Choose: The higher the sheen, the easier it is to spot imperfections in the surface (the gloss reflects light). Paints with a higher gloss sheen are easier to scrub and wash, these are good for trims, kitchens and bathrooms. A flat paint is good for ceilings and eggshell finish is good for most walls. For hallways and entrances, a satin finish will provide a bit better scrubbable surface than eggshell...

How Much Paint To Buy: Calculate the square footage of the room you are painting, then check the paint you are wanting to buy. The can should specify how much surface area it will cover.
Preparing Walls For Painting: Wash walls first with TSP so the surface is as clean as possible before applying paint. TSP also acts as a deglosser, this helps the fresh coat of paint adhere to the surface. Make sure to rinse the cleaner off and allow to fully dry before applying paint. If the paint is a high gloss, do some sanding first before applying a new coat of paint. Also make any necessary repairs (filling nail holes, dings, scratches) and sand as needed.

Painting Over Glossy Finishes: When painting over high gloss areas, you will need to sand the surface first so the new coat of paint will adhere to the surface. Washing in TSP as well as applying a coat of primer also help.

Paint in Order: Ceiling, then walls, then trims and frames. Cut In First: For a neater job, do your cut-in work first then paint the rest of the area with paint rollers. "

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Questions About Me

1. If you could change your name, what would it be?
I like my first name, Sharon. But I don't like my middle name so I would have liked it to have been Sharon Malinda or Sharon Margaret, Sharon Eleanor, Sharon Elaine...but those are all my Mother's and sister's names. So what about:
Sharon Adin
Sharon Addison
Sharon Ruth
Sharon Annalise
Sharon Kailyn or Kaitlyn
Sharon James
Sharon Glenn
Sharon Alivia

2. What would you name (or have named) your sons?
Jefferson Davis
Robert Edward Lee
Gregory Mark
William Eli
Julian Rhett
Gamewell Calhoun
James Gist
Ambrose Lee
Glenn Drayton
John Langdon
Richard Haynes
John Anderson
Royal Luke

3. What would you name (or have named) your daughters?
Eva Malinda
Rachel Kathryn
Virginia Rebecca
Eleanor Elaine
Peggy Ruth
Augusta Ann
Lillian Marie
Havannah Ann
Anna Eloise

4. What are your favorite TV programs?
Pushing Up Daisies
My Name Is Earl
Big Bang Theory
King of the Hill
Ugly Betty

5. If you could spend one day with someone in history, who would it be?
My first and foremost choice is Jesus Christ. After him it would the Apostles Peter, Paul and John. Then it would be George Washington and last, it would be Robert E. Lee. But since the question asks for only one...it would be Jesus!


This is making the rounds of the Internet. Someone emailed it to me today. I thought I would share it"

"London Times Obituary of the late Mr. Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was ,since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; Why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights,
I Want It Now,
Someone Else Is To Blame, and
I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing."

Adorable Hamster Video

This is so cute, you can't stand it! I love to watch his little fingers, his cheeks get so full and his feet do a happy dance!

Rescued Pomeranians

Here are some pictures of two of Elaine's Pomeranians. Be sure to check out her website to see more:

Little Cubby Jo

Little Toughy

Photos of Flowers Around My House

My sister, Melinda, took these photos around my house a week ago. Her new Nikon camera does such a beautiful job!

For a Good Laugh!

An Engineer's Guide To Cats
(Notice the peanut butter and jelly)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Myrtle Beach

Bike Week officially started Friday, May 10, 2008. We had the place to ourselves until Wednesday when bikers began to come in. It became a steady stream through Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Friday the campground was full of the noisy motorcycles. We even thought about going home a day early because the noise was so irritating but we had already paid for the night so we stuck it out. I didn't meet any rude or mean people, it was just the noise of those motorcycles. Oh, and my dogs and I almost got run over by a drunk man driving his golf cart. He had another drunk man hanging off the back. He was not driving on the road but whipping between campers and bath houses trying to knock his buddy off and they were having a great time. But it was dangerous! He was looking right at me as I walked the dogs down the road and I knew he saw me but he was coming right for me and I didn't know which way to jump! He whipped over at the last second before hitting me and my dogs. So I didn't walk the dogs again. But otherwise they seemed to be well behaved, it was just the constant noise. If someone needed to go to the bathroom, they jumped on a Harley, revved it up and puttered to the bath house to show off. Or just cranked it up and sat on it. That's not counting the constant noise from Hwy 17 which was like angry bees in the background.

My opionions:
You can tell I'm not a big fan of motorcycles. I think they are one of the most dangerous things that mankind has built and I don't have much use for them. They are uncomfortable to ride on, they are un-ride-able if the weather isn't just perfect, they don't carry much so aren't practical, they are dangerous and, in most instances, they seem to be some type of symbol (money, bad boy, sexual, etc). You'd be more honest if you would just wear a sign around your neck that says, "See what a mean, tough, bad boy I am," or "Look how much money I can spend," or "I've got the biggest _____." I'm not a fan of sports cars for the same reasons. They aren't practical, they aren't comfortable, they have way too much power for a country that has speed limits, they get you in trouble because of the tempting of all that power (you don't believe it, why do insurance companies have higher rates for sports cars?), they waste gas money, they are dangerous (being so small or convertibles), and, many times are just phallic symbols. They don't interest me. This is just my opinion and I'm sure there are many people who have other ideas. My sister and her husband ride motorcycles and my brother-in-law bought my sister-in-law a new sports car for her birthday and my uncle drives one. So I know there are other opinions, it's just mine. I don't have much use for them and don't intend to have one. It's not a secret desire of mine. I really felt sorry for motorcyclists in Myrtle Beach when they were caught in the rain. Talk about miserable. It rained really hard Saturday night and Sunday morning. We saw some on their way home and having to ride in the rain.

But, back to Bike Week 2008. It was amazing to see so many motorcycles. The TV is telling us the economy is bad and gas prices are killing us. But it hasn't stopped us from Bike Week! People from all over came rolling in with big campers pulling big motorcycle trailers. Buying those campers, motorcycles, trailers, paying for the gas to drive there, paying the campground fees, then driving motorcycles around all day to show off their machines. All this costs money and people are still willing to shell it out. So as long as we are still willing to shell out the money for gas, the gas prices will continue to go up. Just my opinion.

Remember you can click on the photo to see it zoomed up.

Myrtle Beach

Maybe these photos will make you feel like you are there. Just close your eyes and listen to the surf.

Myrtle Beach

One night Stan took me out to the Inlet Crab House in Murrell's Inlet. It was great! Stan had the shrimp and grits and he loved it. I had the broiled scallops which were good. We both tried the Conch Chowder which was great. It is a small restaurant but worth a try.

Not the best picture of Stan just because I caught him in a blink. He was talking on the phone to Ronnie.

I was amazed at how many places didn't have their air conditioning turned on in MAY! It was in the upper 70's and muggy. At home I have to have the air conditioning on and set for 69F and even then I get hot. I suffer greatly from hot flashes and I have to have it cool. I just melt! So it was hard for me to enjoy my meal at the Inlet Crab House because I was so hot and had a meltdown. It wasn't just this restaurant but stores, malls, etc. I guess they are doing it to save money but it sure made me uncomfortable.

Myrtle Beach

One day we drove down to Garden City to eat lunch at Sam's Corner.

It may be "world famous" but it wasn't the best hot dog I've ever had and the onion rings that we divided gave us approximately 3 onions rings apiece. But not bad either! Just my opinion. We noticed everything was "Voted Best _____________ On The Beach". We made a joke of it and wondered who did these surveys and how they were done. There were a LOT of "Official Myrtle Beach Visitor Centers" too. Evidently ticket offices to sell tickets for shows, etc. If there weren't so many, it might have been a slick marketing trick, but, as it was, it was just funny! And how do all those t-shirt/beach merchandise/souvenir stores make it. If you go down Hwy 17 they are one after the other on both sides of the street. There is no way that they can be making enough money to stay open with so much competition so why are there so many. I just have to wonder what else is going on behind the scenes at these places.

Myrtle Beach

One of the stores we visited in North Myrtle Beach, SC is Outdoor World (Bass Pro Shop ?). I'm not a big outdoors person but my husband likes to go and they always are so interestingly decorated so I took some photos. EVERYTHING is related to hunting/fishing/boating/sports! Even the crosswalks!

At the entrance was a "pond".

These are the door handles.

With huge soaring ceilings they take advantage with interesting ourdoorsy murals, chandeliers, etc.

They put animal prints in the cement floor.

I'm not a fan of dead animals that are stuffed. Stuffed animals should be of manmade materials! But there are a lot of these at Outdoor World.

In shopping, I did find some things that interested me.

Stan bought a pair of sandles and some shirts and a pair of shorts.

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