Fixin the little things is a page where I can share family and handyman information. Basically, this blog is all about me. Shameless self-promotion: of my family photos, of my services, of my writing, of my future, of my amazing ability to come up with clever ideas on photos of my life experiences . . . And also, a blatant visual aide when it comes to colors, spelling, formating, editing and computer stuff.
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Fixin' The Little Things

Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Jonah 2011!!

Happy Birthday Jonah!!
Have a great Day!!♥



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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Happy Birthday Brandon!!

Happy Birthday Brandon!!
Have a great Day!



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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Samantha!!


Happy Birthday Samantha!!

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Jennifer♥!!!



Happy Birthday Jennifer♥!!!




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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A little bit about Bipolar


If you watched the video and you feel this way or know someone who is Bipolar, here are some resources to use to learn about Bipolar Disorder. The internet makes finding help so much easier than it was before. I was diagnosed in the mid 70's and tried to hide being Bipolar all my life. I was embarrassed and ashamed and blamed myself for everything. I am no longer ashamed or blame myself and thank family and friends who accept me for who I am. I do not ask for exceptions or to be treated with kid-gloves. I am just me, a better me thanks to these resources and many years of therapy and trial and error. Please ask me if you want to know more. You might ask "What do you say to someone with a mental disorder in distress?" Just ask them how can I help!



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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Eight Holey Wonders of the World



Eight Holey Wonders of the World

1: Kimberley Big Hole - South Africa

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Apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1097 metre deep mine yielded over 3 tons of diamonds before being closed in 1914. It is estimated that a total of 22.5 million tons of earth was removed by workers.

2: Glory Hole - Monticello Dam

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A glory hole is used when a dam is at full capacity and water needs to be drained from the reservoir. The glory hole belonging to Monticello dam in California is the largest in the world, its size enabling it to consume 14400 cubic feet of water every second.

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The hole can be seen at the top left of the photo above. In the original email from which I extracted these pictures the accompanying text read "if you were for some reason to jump in your somewhat damp body would shoot out in the jet at the bottom of the dam" but in July 2010 a Bryan Teel emailed to point out that the exit of the gory hole is actually the dark hole in the canyon wall at the left of the left-hand picture above. The photograph was evidently taken when the dam was less full and the water level is below the rim of the glory hole and therefore no water is leaving the exit; apparently skateboarders and cyclists like to play in the exit chute when it is dry. More photos and information on the Davis wiki and at Foganazos.

3: Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah

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This is supposedly the largest man-made excavation on earth. Extraction began in 1863 and still continues today, the pit increasing in size constantly. In its current state the hole is 3/4 mile deep and 2.5 miles wide.

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4: Great Blue Hole, Belize

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Situated 60 miles off the mainland of Belize is this stunning geological phenomenon known as a blue hole. There are numerous blue holes around the world but none as fine as this one. At surface level the nearly perfectly circular hole is 1/4 mile wide with the depth in the middle reaching 145 metres. The hole is a huge hit with divers.

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5: Mirny Diamond Mine, Serbia

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Supposedly the largest open diamond mine in the world at 525 metres deep with a surface diameter of 1200 metres; there's even a no-fly zone above the hole due to helicopters reportedly being sucked in. The red arrow in the photo below is pointing to a huge truck.

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6: Diavik Mine, Canada

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This mine is 300km northeast of Yellowknife in Canada. The mine is so huge and the area so remote that it has its own airport with a runway large enough to accommodate a Boeing 737. It also looks remarkable when the surrounding water is frozen.

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7: Sinkhole, Guatemala

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A sinkhole is caused when water (usually rainwater or sewage) is soaked up by the earth on a large scale, resulting in the ground collapsing. These photos are of a sinkhole which occurred in Guatemala. The hole swallowed a dozen homes and killed at least 3 people. Officials blamed this monster hole on a ruptured sewage pipe.

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8: Stink hole, Washington DC




This hole swallows trillions and trillions of U.S. Dollars annually! The money that falls into this hole is never heard from again! It is reported to be filled with at least 535 'A$$holes'.




Stolen from one of those Friday-afternoon emails, reformatted for the web, typos fixed (mostly) and tabloid/slanted news style commentary toned down a bit :-)



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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Brock 17 June!


Happy Birthday Brockster!!♥
(look out he is Driving!!!)



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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

Spring Central A/C Cleaning


Here is an easy tip to check and clean your central air A/C unit to make sure it is ready for the season.
Tools needed:
  1. Multi-tip screw driver
  2. Socket set
  3. 3 inch wide paint brush
  4. Shop vac
This is a photo of a typical A/C unit with one of the grills removed.

The A/C unit located outside your home or condo performs a heat exchange to allow your system to cool your home. If the coils on the unit are clogged with dirt and dust, the unit has to work longer and harder to cool your home.

This is a photo of the coils clogged with dirt and dust.

I use a 3 inch wide paint brush and a shop vac to vacuum the dirt and dust from the cooling coil fins. On some unit, you may have to remove a grill cover while other can be vacuumed without disassembling anything. Care should be taken to not damage or bend the coils while cleaning.

This is a photo of the cleaned coils after the dirt and dust is removed.

Inspect the base of the A/C unit to remove any dirt, leaves or debris from the base inside and outside and under the unit. This debris holds moisture against the metal frame and causes the metal to rust shortening the life and requiring replacement costs.

Be sure to check with your furnace/air conditioner repair service at least every 2 or 3 years to determine if your A/C unit needs servicing.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

MY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SECURING YOUR PC


Here are the free programs I recommend to keep your computer secure and running faster.

Avoid falling victim from pop up ads online and even on the TV to download programs that claim to fix or scan your computer. Use my recommendations and get them for free from CNET.COM so you know that they have been screened and tested for spam and scams. Be aware that each program also has a paid version and may pop up occasionally offering to sell their paid version to you but all you have to do is decline. These free programs are not trial versions and if they tell you that they are, you may have installed a trial version. Don't confuse the upgrade offers for paid versions with the free updates that will be offered to keep your version current.

Save money on Antivirus software and use one of these to protect your PC for free. Use AVG or Microsoft Security Essentials to protect you from Virus infection.



Your PC comes with a Firewall which is essential to controlling contact with incoming and outgoing connections to the internet. Windows XP’s firewall has proven less effective and even tho Vista and Windows 7 firewalls are improved, I recommend using the free Basic Zone Alarm.


Keep your PC running faster by doing regular maintenance. Win Utilites has a 1 Click Maintenance tab that will do real PC cleaning that helps to make your PC run visibly faster. Use the You Tube links below to see instructions on how to download and use Win Utilities.



For the more advanced user try using Advanced System Care to clean and maintain your PC. It has some extra features to tweak your computer settings.


If you want more protection and don't mind paying $35 to $75 per year, I recommend Norton 360 for protection and keeping your computer running faster.

Over time the links may change so if the link doesn’t work, let me know and use Google to search for the program. Search example: "CNET; free AVG"


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