Dealing with poor insulation

I spent my childhood in a very chilly area of the country, and I can remember to this day how difficult it was to stay warm during those frigid winters. Before winter began, my parents would take heavy-duty plastic sheets, and he would tape them over every window in the house. They said that this […]

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I can’t even believe how cold it got

My husband and I purchased a home that was a bit older, and we were definitely not prepared for all of that work. There were tons of things that needed to be updated, and each of us had our own ideas on what upgrades should have priority. I was more concerned with ripping up the […]

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A nonexistent HVAC unit

Last summer, my friend and I decided that we wanted to start traveling more often. We are sick of just sitting around on the weekends. It feels like we are just wasting our time away. We are young, carefree and do not have anything holding us back. We sat down and planned a few of […]

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Unpredictable heating unit

My friends and I were so excited to pack up and get out of town for the weekend. We had plans to go explore a different city a few hours away from where we lived. We were so excited to change it up and get a change of scenery for the weekend. We had plans […]

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I have no patience

When you are in the military, you learn to do exactly what your superior officers tell you to do. If they tell you to make up your bed, you do it. If they tell you to clean up the cafeteria, you do it. If they tell you to climb a tall wall, you do it. […]

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I’ve been playing outside for a while

When I was a young child, my mother, like many before and after her, was constantly admonishing my siblings and I to go outside and play. When we arrived home from school, she would give us a snack, then immediately send us back outside. My three siblings and I would climb trees, play football, dig […]

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My thermostat and my sleeping patterns

I am normally a very heavy sleeper, but over the past few weeks, my routine has been disrupted, and I have been unable to get a full night’s sleep. It now takes me a long time to fall asleep, then I wake up several times throughout the night for no apparent reason, and I have […]

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I don’t let just anyone touch my thermostat

My husband Peter and I have been married for just over two years. We have an amazing partnership that only seems to improve with time. We rarely disagree, and when we do argue we manage to communicate our positions clearly and respectfully. All in all, some might say we are a pretty boring couple, but […]

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Cleaning all the filters

My boyfriend and I just moved into our second apartment together. We are thrilled with the upgrade in terms of living space. We have an entire extra bedroom to use as a home office or relaxing space, in addition to a full kitchen and adorable, large living room. We even have heating and air conditioning! […]

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Routine maintenance

Every year there are things we have to keep track of around the house. Some things we do regularly once a week or more. We clean the bathrooms, vacuum, sweep and mop often. We also mow the yard and weed the flower beds often. There are other things we do less often. These are things […]

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