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Ailing Couple Face Eviction Because Caregiving Son Is Under 55 (Video)

Nov 14th 2013 12:01PM We live in such a community, only not quite so fancy. Yes, the situation of these folks is indeed heart rending and tragic. BUT...if the community does not ACT in a definitive manner in EACH of these cases (however sad) a precedent will be set for the next one...then the next....etc. Despite what others may feel about it, we move to these communities to be free of the activities, noise and uproar (and children) that often accompanies younger residents. If these rules are not enforced (EACH TIME!) the comunity will in time decline into just another 'family park' with all the attending problems....and our home values will decline to near nothing! Hard as it is to say, these poor folks KNEW the rules when they moved in...and they know what they must do now. They just thought (as we all do) that such a thing would never happen to them. EACH CASE of an underage person (even though they wrap themselves in the flag because a relative is "deployed" in the military) must be dealt with firmly. If it is not, the flodgates will open and that community will be just another run down rental come-one-come-all trailer park! One concession could be made; for sympathetic reasons,the cut off date could be moved back to, say, the end of February so the disruption of the move need not be during the holidays.

HOA Says Woman Must Take Down Church Sign in Front Yard

Jun 27th 2013 5:11PM For a prospective resident in such a community, the lesson to be learned is: NEVER, NEVER buy in a community that allows RENTALS of any sort! Most renters are/and create problems in one way or another as they feel any rules just don't apply to them! Don't even subject yourself to the problems of renters in the first place....!

The Minor Threat: Age-Restricted Communities Evicting Children

Jan 6th 2012 11:44AM My goodness...what a terrible attitude you have. And, of course the "f" word further substantiates this. I would not want to live next to you whever you live. Many people move to these communities precisely to avoid residing next to edgy people. I'm not saying all older people are more level, but the over 55 park is always quieter and safer. I pity you neighbors.

5 Staging Tricks for a Quick Sale

Oct 10th 2011 4:08PM Staging is everything in this terrible real estate market! We have had to move 3 times in the last 4 years and sold all 3 homes within 60 days each. The only difference between us and all the other houses like ours for sale were 3 things....absolute top staging and we made our own flyer. Staging means EVERY single sq ft is staged...emptied out, cleaned perfectly till it shines, repainted, lightly but magazine type decorating, yard is landscaped with lots of flowers and worked on every day to keep it perfect. You can do this on the cheap...walmart for almost everything like paint, matching towels/shower curtains/ baskets with artificial flowers,etc.. Family dollar is great for cheap pictures/mirrors/candles/placemats/decorator stuff/etc.. It should look like no one lives there. Just absolutely essential clothes in the closets. Fresh flowers in vases in kitchen/dining room/bathrooms. Live LIGHT. Nothing on counters. Put everything away/wipe everything off/shine everything IMMEDIATELY after use. It's a pain and real inconvenient, but works every time. Use the realtors lock-box and be wiiling to have a showing ANYTIME. Make yourself scarce when the realtor shows up for a showing. House must smell fresh and beautiful..scented candles (not lit), potpourri baskets, plug-in air fresheners. NO PETS during showings...and no evidence of pets. Make you own flyer on the computer using a photo program,with your own carefully staged interior/exterior photos. Use creative, inviting script. Keep it to 2 pages. Very colorful. Send copies, with a simple cover letter to ALL THE INDIVIDUAL REALTORS IN TOWN. State "easiest home to show in the whole area...always staged and ready". PRICE IT BELOW ALMOST ALL COMPARABLE HOUSES IN YOUR AREA. Believe me, it will sell, and sell prettey fast. You'll have to be willing to pay the buyers closing costs, and take an offer slightly below your asking price...everybody wanys a "deal."

Top 5 ways to annoy your airplane seatmate

Jun 23rd 2011 2:57PM Very interesting! If you can't do a real nosebleed, try the 'excess saliva' ploy and relieive this excess into a paper towel or some other flimsy paper....numerous times...each time closly examining the 'results'. Even better if you could get your gums to bleed at the same time! Displaying mucus (what a great word...almost as good as phlegm) along with blood if possible is always a winner! Actually airplane rides are SO horrible in their own right, nothing more NEED be done. The world's grandest oxymoron....'have a nice flight'....! As if...

My Preschooler's Whining Is Making Me Crazy!

May 29th 2011 6:10AM I can only remember what would have happened if my brother or myself had whined...'I'm borrrrrred...'. The response would've been well, I'll give you something to unbore you...and later on the response would heve been an assignment to labor around the house, etc. This is just another of the legion of overindulgent mostly single moms who just can't seem to manage to ever tell their children 'no' and follow up with meaningful disipline to enforce it. Yes, these kids grow into whining teens and young 'adults' all too soon. Stop it early and decisivly. A wood kitchen spoon on a little kid's butt never hurt anything, but could save us all from the torture of yet another indulged whining brat kid!

Unplugging Appliances: Do I REALLY Have to Do This?

Apr 22nd 2011 12:38PM I agree, those items listed in the article will not save 10% on your electric bill....maybe 1%. The BIG way to reduce your electric bill is to flip the breaker on you hot water heater. Remember to turn it
on about 35 minuted before you take a bath/shower. The dishwasher works just fine w/o the hot water heater on, and clothes wash just as good in room temperature water...or do a load of wash right after your shower with the rest of the hot water left in the tank. Just my husband and I in the house and we have cut our electric bill from $135.00 to $73.00 each month. In FL now with A/C season coming on, we set the thermostat at 83 degrees and run the ceiling fans 24/7. We are quite comfortable. Don't use the big 220 range oven unless absolutely neccessary. We have a 110 countertop convection oven that works great...and use the 110 microwave for heating water/food for cooking instead of the 220 stove top. That saves a lot, too. I hang most of the washing out on the line instead of running the dryer...put the towels & some of the clothes
in the dryer after drying on the line, for about 5 minutes, just to soften them up again. We live in on an urban lot, but no restrictions on line drying...we put the lines up where they are unobtrusive
to our neighbors...and now they are line drying too.

Homeless Girl Gets Royal Wedding Invite from Prince William

Apr 19th 2011 6:41PM Oh, for goodness sake, the world is such a mess right now it is refreshing to hear about Prince William and his future bride. It doesn't mean we are not heartbroken about all the terrible things going on in the world today....but the human soul needs something uplifting to read about in this time of world conflict. Prince William seems like a refreshing compassionate royal, as was his mother , and I enjoy reading about his wedding. Apparently this is a true love match, arrived at over a long period of time. So what is wrong with a little old fashioned romance and pagentry to give us hope that all is not despair? The "Once an Future King" of Britain gives us hope that there is still goodness in the world. Maybe it is a fairy tale, but what is so wrong with that? Well done Prince William...your mother is so proud!

Parenting an ADHD Child, Age by Age

Mar 24th 2011 10:47AM What you all need to know' is to not treat a BEHAVIOR problem as if it were a disease or illness. You need to 'know' to be the parent, not the child's buddy....and no...they will not 'hate' you for it. This ADHD crap is just an excuse for poor or non existant parenting...and giving the results a medical name to let yourselves off the hook! Again, mostly this is a naughty child behavior problem, NOT a disease or medical condition!!

10 Signs Your Child May Have ADHD

Mar 22nd 2011 10:32AM I am just so sick to death of poor or non-parenting being passed off as a 'medical condition' and given a disease name. Mostly, these are BEHAVIOUR problems...again naughty chile BEHAVIOUR problems, not some made-up illness that is to be treated by doctors. In my school, when a child did these things he/she was TOLD to sit in their seat and pay attention....or else. And they did!...because they knew there would be consequences if they did otherwise. Today, they are no consequenses for 'naughty' and disruptive behavious, just 'treatment for poor baby's 'illness'! How about just step up, BE the parent instead of the 'buddy', lay down the law and MEAN it! They won't 'hate' you and they will profit from your dicipline in so many positive ways. As my mom the career teacher said...'you can't reason with an eight year old'. They need to be TOLD what to do and know that if they don't....look out!

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