Category Archives : Other Stuff

Fire Safety

85% of all deaths by fire occur in the home. Since most of these deaths are from inhalation of smoke or toxic gas, it’s very important to make sure you have the proper smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and that they are functioning properly. Fire Safety Tips Use a photoelectric smoke detector within 20 […]


What Color to Paint?

Have you had this experience like me?  You finally choose a color from the overwhelming myriad of paint samples, spend the day painting, step back once the paint has dried and then realize it’s not the color you thought it would be?  It shouldn’t have to be that difficult but trying to pick the perfect […]



The pace of our lives today is very fast. With our smartphones, we’re always on. Especially in my career as a real estate agent, the lines between “work time” and “off time” are very blurred. This is why once in a while I go off into the woods to unplug for a bit and think. […]

Household Inventory Software

The Boyscouts motto “Be Prepared” is a good one to follow especially before you are hit with an unexpected disaster. KnowYourStuff is free online software from the Insurance Information Institute. The site walks you through taking an inventory of all of your possessions. You go through your house room by room. You can add a […]

Election Night Look from WBUR

Last night I joined a dynamic group of people at WBUR, Boston’s National Public Radio station to Twitter About the Election. I truly feel that this election has shown that it is possible to bring government back to “by the people” and “for the people” and social media is leading the way. We were, of […]

Twittering The Election from WBUR

I’m excited to tell you that tomorrow night I’ll be at WBUR, our local National Public Radio station, where I’ll be on Twitter giving my take on what’s happening in the election. Follow me and join in the election conversation at This is such an important election – between the mess of the economy, […]

Smoke Detector Safety

Massachusetts has a law that before a house can sell, the town’s fire department must come in and inspect that the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in the right place and are working. The majority of the houses I see either have smoke detectors in the wrong spot or the batteries no longer work. […]

Heading Home Donation Needed, Home in Malden, MA

Heading Home Up & Out Move – Donations Needed

If you’ve never been to the Medford Family Life Education Center on the corner of Central Ave. and Park St., it is a wonderful place working to end homelessness in Greater Boston. They do a great job helping families get back on their feet and then moved on into places of their own. I’ve just […]

Red Sox Raffle for Melrose YMCA Gymnastics Team

My niece is on the Melrose YMCA Gymnastics Team. As a fundraiser for the YMCA Scholarship Fund, they are having a “Green Monster Raffle”. The lucky prize winner will receive: *2 Green Monster seat tickets to the Red Sox vs. LA Angels on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 7:05. *Limo ride from Greater Boston area […]

Breaking a Brick for Cancer Research

On this Friday, June 6th, join me a Hormel Stadium for the Medford/Somerville Relay for Life from the American Cancer Society. Not only will I be walking the track with my team, The North Stars headed by Barbara North, but I’ll also be part of a karate demonstration from the Salem Street Studio. So, please […]

Delta Faucet – Great Customer Service

It seems like all you see on the Internet is people complaining about poor customer service. We’ve just had great service from Delta, the faucet manufacturer. We installed a new kitchen faucet 8 years ago. It has begun to leak and since it’s a washerless faucet, we can’t just replace the washer to stop the […]

Gift Giving

The Gift of Time

Recently 3 of my nieces turned 10, 11 and 12. They are all wonderful girls, growing into beautiful women. They also have lots of “stuff”. With the holiday season approaching, I told them I thought they had enough “stuff” and instead of a present, they were going to have the gift of time. . . […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. It’s not that I’m enamored of turkey, but the idea who’s theme is being thankful has alway struck me as a good idea. So, to all of you who read this blog, thank you! Are you hosting Thanksgiving? We are (and I’m very thankful that Frank […]

Organic Weed Killer

I believe that the less chemicals we have in our lives, the better. This weekend Frank and I tried a new weed killer we read about online. Instead of using a synthetic chemical, we used vinegar. Yes, just regular old vinegar like Grandma used to use. We put it in a clean spray bottle and […]

Take Time Out For Friends

It seems like life just keeps getting busier and busier. Do you ever feel if you wrote down everything you’re “supposed to” or “need” to accomplish that you’d never stop writing, never mind finish the list? Okay, so it’s good to know I’m not alone. 6 months ago Frank’s beautiful mother, Lucia, died after a […]

Medford Printing Company

Which Medford?

I am proud to live in Medford. . . Medford, Massachusetts. To be fair, I haven’t visited any other Medfords yet. I don’t know which Medford Printing Company put out the Medford Tribune, but I was surprised to be walking through the Rome Airport and saw this photo of smiling Medfordites (whether they be from […]