Browse Author: Karen Bennett

The Place I Live in is Now Free of All Bugs

After a rough divorce, I needed a way to support myself, my children and stay in the apartment that I previously shared with my ex-husband. I had been a stay at home wife since the age of 19, so I simply did not have the degree needed to get a very high paying job. When a friend asked me if she could pay me to take care of her little girl so that she could work, I realized I found my calling. But I also knew that I would need to find an exterminator in NYC that would rid my place of all insects before I took care of anyone else’s child.

I live in a very old building with over 60 apartment units in it. The hallways are dark and cramped and there are so many places for bugs to hide. Continue Reading

We Moved to a Nicer City for Our Children’s Sake

My wife and I had long felt like it was important for us to move to an area that can be considered safe for us and our children. We also wanted to live where there are many good work opportunities for us. So we began searching for some apartments for rent in Lynchburg VA because we had heard such good things about the location. People we know who have moved there say that are really happy and they feel safe. This made us happy to hear. Out of all cities in our state that friends had moved to, Lynchurg is the place we repeatedly heard many compliments about. This was music to our ears and all we needed to know before making a final decision to move there.

My wife and I grew up in an area where jobs can be hard to come by. We had always hoped that would change over time. It did, but not as much as we would have lived. Continue Reading

Our Kids Are Happy That We Got Help

When we moved into an renovated farmhouse, we were pleased that the wildlife around us was so relaxing when we came to view the house. But the real estate agent did not tell us that wild animals can be a problem sometimes, too. We found that out after moving in and needed Canada geese control in NJ for the sake of our kids. We wish that would not have needed to move the geese, but it was very necessary to do so.

We loved the sounds the geese make as they fly over head and landed on the outskirts of our yard. But after we moved in, they were very curious about our children. Both the kids and the geese seemed to coexist rather peacefully for about a few weeks or so. Not long after that, the geese seemed to not like that our children were on their “turf,” and they began chasing our kids. It was kind of funny at first, but it got to the point where the kids could not play outside at all without the geese coming after them. Soon, our kids were petrified of going outside.

We decided to take a break from the geese by telling our kids they needed to stay inside for a couple of weeks. Our hope was that after that time period, they would forget about how annoyed they were by us being on what they see as their property. After two weeks, they went back outside to try to play again, and everything was okay for a couple of days. But then the same issue cropped up again. One of my kids was petrified and chased across the yard until she fell down and broke her ankle. We knew it was hopeless, so we had a company that specializes in removing them to come help us.

Working with Someone Who Isn’t Part of My Family Turned out to Be the Best Option

My sister and I talked many years about starting our own business together doing property management. In the end, she flaked on me just recently. I had to scramble quickly to try to keep things going smoothly. Rather than hire someone as an employee, I decided to pay a part time helper in Singapore to assist me instead. I just wasn’t sure if I could trust needing to watch over someone who works only for me. Instead, hiring someone else from another local company meant that I would be getting help from someone else who already has a known track record of good work. I figured this would give me some extra time to figure out what to do next.

My sister has never been known to be the most focused person in our family. She’s not a bad person, but she’s just not reliable. But family is important, and I wanted to have her by my side. We spend a lot of hours talking about plans for our business, and she assured me that she was on-board with everything that we had talked about when it came to our future business plans. We set a date to get everything going together, and we were off and running soon afterward. I was really pleased at how everything was going at first.

I knew there were problems when my sibling started coming back late from lunch on many occasions. I chose not to complain until she began showing up late on many mornings. I told her that I could see that she wasn’t taking things seriously. After that, she decided to drop out of our plans altogether. Handling the cleaning work at each one of the properties that I now run is not something that I can do on my own, and my sister was the one who was supposed to handle that. However, since I’ve been working with a part-time helper, I’ve found that that the helper is much more reliable than my sister ever was.

Do Your Research Before Getting a Tattoo Just to Be Sure

When I was a kid it was weird to see someone with a tattoo. It was an era where people still viewed them as being something wild and rebellious people do. Guys who were soldiers were given a little leeway in having a tattoo, but that was about it. You did not see any women with them. If you did, then they worked in a circus. Plus, you did not see anyone with sleeve tattoos unless they were from a culture where that was considered normal or worked in a traveling freak show. I know that sounds harsh, but it was just how it was back then. It is incredible how much a culture can change over the years.

Now you have tattoo shops all over the place. So many that it kind of reminds me of fast food chains. Continue Reading

Learning About Fun Things in Atlanta

I don’t live too far from Atlanta, but I have never been there. It would take me only about three hours to get there, so I decided that I was finally going to go there and see why everyone I know loves to go there. I knew that I would stay at least one night and possibly two if things really were going good there, but I had to first come up with some kind of itinerary of things to do while i am there. That is where Ian Filippini comes in.

I have never met him, nor did I even know who he was before I decided to take the Atlanta plunge. I knew that I would be able to have a better trip if I read some travel review blogs on it. Continue Reading

A Hoverboard for His Birthday

When my son told me he wanted a hoverboard for his birthday, I was really skeptical about getting him one. I had heard all of the news stories about them catching on fire, but he assured me that it was not all of them. He told me that there are absolutely some safe ones that do not have the same mechanical issues that the problematic ones had, and he showed me a website to help me understand more about them. It explained how to find the perfect hoverboard for sale, and the person who wrote about it did mention the ones that were not safe and caused fires. Continue Reading

Building a Nice Home Theater

Of course this is something where you can spend outrageous sums of money. You can have a big popcorn machine and theater seating, or really expensive seating that would cost a lot more. I am not thinking about any of that sort of stuff really, but I am looking around for a nice big screen TV set and I guess I will make my decision after the Cyber Monday 2016 TV deals come out in a couple of weeks. I am sort of wondering if I want a big screen set or a projection TV. There are a lot of advantages to a projector, the big one being portability. I know one guy who has football parties in his backyard, which is nice. He has a second mounting point in his garage and it only takes a few minutes to move the projector outdoors and set it up. However there are also a number of problems with them. Continue Reading

The Apartment of My Dreams

I visited a friend in Phoenixville and just fell in love with the area. I had not seen her since we both graduated from college, which was several years earlier. She told me that she had a job opportunity that would be perfect for me, so I flew out to hear the details. I stayed in her apartment, and I really liked it. That is why when I decided to relocate there, I did a search for Phoenixville apartments for rent to see if there were any available rentals in her complex.

I was happy to see that there were. Even though I would be living by myself, I still wanted a two bedroom apartment with two baths. Continue Reading

A Gated Community That is Perfect for Me

As soon as I looked at all of the amenities that one of the South Nashville apartments had, I knew that it was the one I was going to apply for first. I really liked everything I saw, which was more than I ever thought I would be able to afford on my budget. I thought I would be able to get a decent one bedroom apartment that had a community pool, but I was able to find so much more at the Melrose Apartments on Franklin Pike. One of the nicest things is how close it is to where I work, but that is just one of many things that makes this my dream home. Continue Reading

Our First Apartment As a Married Couple

When we first got married we lived with my wife’s parents. Yes, you can imagine. It was okay, but not ideal. It was only to be for the short term. I was supposed to move to a new division in my company and that would have us moving out of state. It fell through right after we got married. We stayed for a month with her parents after the honeymoon. Then we found a really nice Sandy Springs apartment. It was perfect for the two of us. It is our first home that is not the ones we grew up in. We were able to get a lease because of our jobs and we have good credit. No cosigners were needed. We are starting this journey together the right way.

I am so very happy that my wife had a very nice place to live. This place is classy and very clean. The grounds outside remind me of one of the pro golf courses. It all looks very nice. The interior of our apartment looked brand new. They really take care of this place. Continue Reading

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