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Preparing for a hurricane/evacuation Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: With Hurricane Matthew bearing down on the state of Florida even as I type this, it seems appropriate to talk about hurricanes and evacuations. Suddenly Single discusses the need to have nonperishable food and plenty of water on hand, but one thing it does not mention is the need to take food with you, should the need to evacuate arise. You always plan...

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Homeschooling to public schooling Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is on making the transition from home education to public school education. There can be a variety of reasons to make this move, but whatever your desire to make this change, here are some ideas for making the transition go more smoothly. [Please note that I was a homeschooling mom for many years and my son did not go back into...

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Doing Laundry: Is it necessary to separate darks from lights? Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hi everyone: Some folks wonder if it really is necessary to separate dark clothing from light when washing them. I would still answer “yes” to that question, unless you want to have grey underwear and socks. There is a product available in the grocery store that will help if you accidentally put that fushia towel you picked up for $10 in Florida last year  in...

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Cooking tips Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: Ovens and stoves are wonderful, but do not ever leave something cooking and walk away. You will forget it and it will burn. Our neighbors in Tennessee were frying onion rings and got distracted by something that took them out of the kitchen for a minute…..or two….or ten….Their whole kitchen burned down. While this may seem like a good way to clean out the...

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Clean as you cook Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hi everyone: One way to keep your kitchen clean is to clean while you cook. Take everything that you will need for a recipe out of the cabinet before you begin to cook and then put things away as you use them. This way, you will not forget to put something in a recipe and you won’t accidentally put it in the food twice. As...

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Candle Safety Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is on candle safety. As a former Home Interiors and Gifts displayer, we were frequently given tips on how to handle candles safely and I want to share those ideas with you. When using an open-flame candle, make sure you never leave the candle unattended. Keep the wicks trimmed to 1/4 inch; do not keep them burning more hours than their...

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Tire changing 101 Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: When driving in Florida this past weekend, I got a flat tire. Sadly, I do not have AAA (it’s a mere $66 per year for the basic membership). When calling the rental car company, they told me that it would cost $78  to get them to come take care of it. Happily, my brother came by and changed the tire for me, but...

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Moving Tip of the Day Home Life / Suddenly Single

If you plan on getting new furniture for your new home, as that it be delivered and set up in your new location. A friend of mine ordered new bedroom furniture that was very heavy. She thought she would have some help on moving day. She was wrong. The furniture was delivered to her old house in boxes. She had to move it, sight unseen,...

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Moving tips Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog on practical advice for living. Today’s tip is about moving to a new location (which I have personally done 22 times). Keep in mind that you need to mark your boxes on all the sides, so that you can tell what is in it, no matter which way you look at it. Marking a box on the top will...

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