Q: One of my cats has the bad habit of scratching under the bedroom door to be let in or out. This has resulted in a pretty bad dent. At this point, even with his claws trimmed he is able to make further damage, because the finish is gone and the bare (soft) wood is exposed and chipped (you could get a splinter from walking on it!). The floors are old, so I'm not too bothered about how it looks, but I don't want it to worsen. What would be the best way to fill/seal the dent?
Last week's much debated and nicely reader participated discussion on whether a single mother of a 7-year old child should get rid of her land line sparked some important discoveries - several important points about landline telephones during an emergency were brought to light. Here are some of the great reader comments and important points to keep in mind when using a landline telephone service in an emergency situation at home.
Coming home from a long trip can be a welcome reprieve: you look forward to sleeping in your own bed, raiding the fridge, and cozying up in front of the TV. That is, until you arrive to an overstuffed mailbox, fruit flies, and a fridge full of semi-liqified produce (not that I'm speaking from experience or anything).
I know sometimes its hard to believe, but our kids are our very own in-house joy makers. And if today you're thinking "I could use a little bit of joy", then here's my advice: put down the dishtowel, put down that spray bottle, get down on the ground, and roll around in a gloriously ridiculous pile of toys!
Q: I'm embarking on a new DIY project. I just purchased a 1950s Norge refrigerator that I found on Craigslist for $150. As far as I can tell everything seems to be working, including the clock! I do, however, have some concerns about energy consumption. Most of the articles I have read so far deal with restoring vintage appliances. I am more interested in modding the fridge with newer parts so that it is reliable and energy efficient. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Whether someone is stopping by on short notice or you just can’t stand the mess yourself but are short on time, a speed cleaning session that focuses just on the more public rooms in your home (entry, living/dining, kitchen, bathroom) can be the perfect solution. This doesn’t replace regular, deeper cleanings, but is great in a pinch. Here’s my routine — it takes me 30 min or so in my small apartment, but should still be doable in an hour in larger spaces and it makes a huge difference.
A gorgeous centerpiece can be the crown jewel on your holiday table... but it can also be one of the most challenging floral arrangements to create. You'll want it to be low so as not to obstruct the view of your charming guests, and you'll want it to be as generous an arrangement as you are a host/ess. There are many approaches to creating low, lush centerpieces, but here's how I made this one, with plenty of step-by-step photos and instructions. Pick a bowl (or vase, I suppose) and let's get going!
Last night I opened my kitchen cabinets to start making dinner, and I sighed a little sigh at the jumble I found inside. After making my meal, I turned to the internet to find a bit of inspiration to help me organize.