Thanks so much for all the great input and comments on yesterday’s post. I had no idea so many folks share the same struggle I do with letting go of magazines. Nice to know I’m not alone!
Several folks asked how I went through the process of discarding so many magazines. I had twice as many as you see below to go through. Well, the process started out slowly as I flipped through each magazine to see if there was anything I wanted to save. That was taking forever as you might imagine, so I changed tactics.
Basically what I did was I read the cover for the highlights, usually the best stuff is promoted on the cover. If I saw something that sounded especially good, I looked inside for that article. I did a very quick scan/flip through each magazine, then into the recycle pile it went unless I had discovered something I really wanted to read again.
There were a few times I spotted a kitchen or a bath and thought, “Oh, man…maybe I should save that.” Then I realized I’d seen a gazillion of those same kitchens and baths on Pinterest and Houzz. Whenever I get around to updating my baths, I’ll be able to find all the inspiration I need online.
The only magazine I still subscribe to in physical form (not digitally) is Birds and Blooms. I still prefer getting it via mail. Actually, I’m not sure if it’s even offered in digital form.
If you’re serious about trimming down your stack of magazines, you have to get ruthless. It’s not easy but I was just really tired of moving the stacks around from room to room, in and out of closets where they were always in the way and collecting dust.
I still have several years worth of Traditional Home and Colonial Homes magazines that I will never part with. I stopped collecting Traditional Home around the end of 2010, they were just moving too much away from the traditional, classic design that I love, but I can never part with those older issues. They are my faves.
Thanks so much for all the suggestions regarding how to keep deer away from my flowers. One suggestion that was made was a product called, Liquid Fence. I checked it out and noticed that it’s Eco-Safe and won’t hurt rabbit or deer per the label. I thought I’d give it a try since it looks easy to use and isn’t too expensive.
I purchased it online here: Deer, Rabbit Repellent. I only plan to use it on that one flower bed since I don’t want the tulips I planted there to be eaten come springtime. Hopefully the violas will make a comeback, too. Thanks again for all your suggestions!
I’ve been working on a bunch of different things the last few days, so many my head is spinning. I decided to share them all in one post, in case you find them helpful.
Before I forget, I just got an email this evening that Talbots is having a Flash sale. I love their flash sales, but unfortunately, they never last long. This one ends at midnight. You’ll find the sale here: Talbots Flash Sale.
I use Verizon for my mobile phone service. When I switched to them in 2013, I discovered the signal in my home was very weak. I had the tiniest, smidge of an antenna/signal bar showing on my phone, and my phone was forever dropping calls. I’d never had that problem with my previous phone company.
Verizon told me they had plans to add another antenna to my area real soon, but that’s never happened. Apparently, I’m on the edge of two different antennas, despite living in a very populated, urban area.
To help with the bad signal, they gave me something called a “Network Extender.” It’s supposed to boost the antenna signal. It had been working okay until about a month ago when I started noticing dropped calls again. When I looked at my phone, the signal was minimal again, just a hint of a bar.
I had too much going on around the holidays to deal with it, but today I drove over to the Verizon store, extender in hand. They had no idea what was going on and no way to test it, despite being advised by a supervisor to take it to the store, so they called technical support.
The tech support guy said there had been an update that added a new feature called HD Voice (I think that was it) and that it was most likely interfering with the Extender. He turned that feature off from his end and I drove home to see if it worked.
It did! So, if you are one of the unlucky Verizon customers who has to use a Network Extender in your home to get a decent signal, if it recently stopped working, turn off the HD Voice feature. Or, call tech support and have them do it. Hopefully it will help. I have signal bars again, so it appears to have worked for my problem.
Update Old Surge Protectors
The last few days I’ve been replacing a lot of my surge protectors. I was surprised to learn a few years ago that surge protectors wear out. The way it was described to me is that surge protectors are a little like sponges, they absorb electrical surges as they occur and eventually they cease to work, just like a sponge can only hold so much water. Unfortunately, you don’t always know when your surge protector has stopped working, until it’s too late.
So every few years, I replace mine. I’d rather spend a few dollars on a surge protector than lose my computer, TV, speakers, printer, etc… The surge protector below is the one I purchased for my computer, office TV, router, modem, printer, speakers, monitors and charging station. It has 4320 Joules (that’s good!) and 12 outlets, several of which pivot to hold bulky plugs. You’ll find it here: Surge Protector
Phone Storage: Why Is My Phone So Full?
Recently I noticed my cell’s phone storage was really full. I was having trouble even watching Instagram videos because the phone just didn’t have enough space to handle running them. I had deleted a bunch of photos and videos after moving them over to my computer, so I couldn’t figure out why it was still so full.
I did some googling and discovered that the “Google Photos” app that I have and use on my phone, has a “Trash Can,” so when I was deleting photos/videos from the Gallery section of my android phone, they weren’t really being deleted but were instead ending up in the trash can.
If you have an Android phone and use the Google Photos app, you’ll find the trash can by following these steps below. It may work for IOS systems, too…not sure.
Open up the Google Photos App
Click on the 3 horizontal bars up in the top left corner
You’ll see the trash can symbol listed there.
Click on the trash can symbol to open up trash.
Click on photos to delete each one individually OR, Click on the 3 vertical dots in the top right corner of the screen to “empty trash” from there.
If you still find you’re short on space, check out the Apps you have on your phone to see if you really need them all. I deleted a few from my phone today that I virtually never use. I can always add them back later if I really need them.
I just applied for Global Entry and wanted to share the process with you in this post, but writing about it was turning into a full post all by itself. So I’ll share that with you very soon in case it’s helpful in your travels. I’m surprised how fast the process is going, I have my in-person interview in two weeks and I just applied on January 4th! So things are moving along quickly!