Why Live in a Mobile Home?

There is an estimated 20 million Americans living in mobile homes, according to Census figures. (2013)  Why so many, you ask? Why so few, I ask?

Most people that live in mobile homes, choose to now. As a matter of fact, mobile homes aren’t really mobile homes anymore (anything before July 1976 are mobile homes), they are manufactured homes. The difference is that after July 1976, HUD enacted regulations that these companies had to follow which made them safer and more resilient. If you would like to read HUD’s regulations, you can find them here. And with those regulations, they made mobile homes the same or even safer then a stick built. Think about it. Your house didn’t travel down the highway at 60-70 or more miles per hour. My house did. Hurricane’s and tornado’s usually last about 10 minutes on the ground ( Yes I know they can last for over an hour with a path of 15 miles) My house traveled for up to 2-3 days. Once it was delivered, it had to be strapped down so it wouldn’t be so easily lifted in a storm, the same as yours (I don’t live in tornado alley, thank God, very close but no).

Mobile home (yes, I still use that term) decor has come a long way also. Everything inside is still matchy matchy, but it’s better. They now have pitched roofs, shingles instead of the flattened curved treated roof. You can get single wides, double wides and even triple wides and if I remember correctly, you can even get them with a full upstairs. They look more like a stick built home then they used to. You can get shingled roof, real siding, you name it.

Why do people choose to live in manufactured homes? You will spend a lot less than if you build a stick built. You can place it on your land or a mobile home community. You are debt free way sooner than a stick built (eg: Buy that snazzy black sports car sooner).  Once you set them up, you can barely tell them apart from a stick built.

I don’t know about other places, but I don’t see the stigma of living in a mobile home or a mobile home community. Most mobile home communities require an interview with the community owner to go over the rules of the community. And also told if you disrupt their community, you are out whether you own the mobile home or not. They are some of the safest places to live. I think there is only one in this area that doesn’t police their community, and most wouldn’t think of living there.

My husband and I have been married over 30 years, have owned 3 mobile homes and have never thought of looking, buying or building a stick built house. They are easily and cheaply updated/upgraded and the mobile home look removed. You wont know a nicely remodeled mobile home is a mobile home from the inside. And that’s what we will be doing.

So, come along for the ride, it’s going to be a good one. We just bought a 1991 14 x 70, 2 bed, 2 bath  Fleetwood Vogue and we are going to remodel a bit, cook a bit, DIY a bit but always have fun doing it. As I always say, buckle up Betty, it’s going to be a wild ride. See you soon.

 

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Wannabe Ex-Smoker

Ick

Yeah, that was me for over 40 years, closer to 50 actually. I have tried almost everything on the market to stop 🚬 and just could never stop. I had almost stopped when my hubby was discharged from the hospital after his cancer surgery in 2007. I would go outside to smoke so I wouldn’t be around him doing it. Then I smelled it on him…Mmmhmm, you know what happened. I didn’t really enjoy it anymore, and the smell is awful.

Nov. 14, 2014 I had a small heart attack, I was still smoking. A friend talked me into trying vaping (this person actually bought a vape mod for me) to quit smoking. I have been vaping for about 2 1/2 years now, I feel a lot better, I can breath a lot better also. I do still occasionally have a cigarette. 😢

So, now the FDA is throwing a hissy fit and is classifying vaping as smoking. Smokers were ostracized, everyone yelling to stop smoking, once we do, the FDA is trying to ostracize us again. We don’t have 2nd hand smoke to worry about, and we small a whole lot better doing it.

Quit smoking, I get that, there are over 4,000 different carcinogens in cigarettes. Vape juice is made of 4-6 items. All of which the FDA has approved for medical use in inhalers, breathing treatments, capsules and flavoring our foods and medicines. But now they are saying they are unknown. And I’ll tell you the exact reason the FDA is so against it and throwing really harsh regulations on it. (I tried to find anything anywhere online that says “nicotine is a carcinogen” and couldn’t find it. You will find hemming and hawing, but no “nicotine is a carcinogen”)

Years ago states filed law suits against the tobacco companies, and the states won, they get so much of the tobacco companies profits. See where this is going? So, these states (California mostly) are loosing big time money every year because smoking has went down as e-cigarettes (hate that term) use rises. And us smokers are out here like “You wanted me to quit smoking, I did, now you want to take that away from me?” lol, nu uh.

 

FDA

 

I don’t want this to become a bash the FDA post. I want it to be somewhat educational. So, let me start that. Before I go on, I want to say, I do not condone vaping by under age kids either with or without nicotine.

E-juice is normally composed of up to 4-6 ingredients:

  • PG (Propylene glycol) – this is used as a base or carrier for the nicotine and flavors. PG is widely used as a food additive and can be found in many things that we regularly eat. PG can also be found as an additive in some medicines.
  • VG (Vegetable Glycerin) – also used as a base or carrier for the nicotine and flavors in e-liquid. VG is a plant based substance and is sometimes made from coconut or palm oil. VG is also widely used as a food additive.
  • Flavor (Hundreds kind of food flavors) – food flavorings are added to create a specific taste
  • Nicotine (You can choose 0 nicotine) – most brands offer anywhere from 0mg of nicotine to 24mg of nicotine in their e-liquid
  • Water – no explanation needed (some use it to thin it out. It isn’t added a lot)
  • Vodka – Again to thin it down some but not used much at all

The PG (Propylene glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerin) are the two primary base ingredients of eliquid. They are all FDA approved and are equally safe.

  • The PG is a clear, colorless liquid which usually been used as a flavoring carrier in food products, The main applications of Propylene Glycol are cosmetics products, food production, medicines, inhalers, medical oxygen tanks, preservatives, and e-juice.

 

  • The VG is a natural organic liquid made from vegetable oil, it’s sweet and thick, more viscous than PG. The main applications of Vegetable Glycerin are cosmetics products, food production, sweeteners, medicines, soap, and e-juice.

 

Guess whats in Children’s Tylenol..

Propylene glycol better known as PG in the vape world.

 

Vaping has went from a stop smoking alternative to a 2 part hobby for most, lol maybe 3 – 4 part hobby. They quit smoking,  but enjoy the taste and trying to see who can blow the biggest cloud. Most cloud chasers are 0 nicotine vaper’s for the flavor.  Hard-core vaper’s spend big money on the mods and mech’s (e-cigarette), they have more then 1 or 2 of them and they can run upwards of $200.00.

And the last part of the hobby is mixing their own e-juice, which I do. I started at 24mg e-juice, I have dropped it to 18mg and I don’t really use it that much. I was chain vaping when I first started and now I can go several hours without it.

I guess I should stop this post here, it’s longer then I was going to make it. So, til next time, keep your head up!

 

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Pet Peeve

Irritation

I just followed a link from pinterest “Best Shabby Decoration Ideas”, which lead me to a blog. No, not a blog, just about 25 big ‘ol pictures of cute things. So, that lead to one of my biggest pet peeve or major irritation at seeing these nice pictures on pinterest, and you follow the link, and you get there and all it is is pictures!! Or follow from one blog to another blog, then another, on and on.

There is absolutely no words, only pictures. No instructions, no list of where things came from. And if its from another blog they may or may not send you to that blog where there’s still no info.

I think the biggest “whole kernel” is the blog owner/blogger not answering any questions about anything. I ran down the long list of questions people had asked, and not one answer. If you don’t care enough to put any kind of info or answer any question, why be a “blogger”?

I’m not new to blogging, I have blogged for 6-7 years on a game I play. If we don’t add the info of the products we are blogging, we get no followers, which in turn causes us not to be added to feeds, which causes us to not attract creators. I just don’t understand how people can call themselves bloggers.

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Setting Priorities

When planning a remodel that covers the whole house, and you’re on a budget, you need to set priorities.

Also, its nice to do one thing through the whole house at once because you can see progress and wont get discouraged. Like, we will be removing the battens and filling the seams and holes in all rooms. So, we will remove all the battens at once in all rooms. Then we will fill the seams and holes in all rooms at once. I am planing on painting the rooms different colors, so the painting will wait, but, I will prime the walls as we go.

Other than that, I have to really sit down and decide what I want to work on first. I think maybe the kitchen, my eyes are always drawn there first because of the dark wallpaper and the island (I lurve my island!!). The kitchen is going to be pricey, but that’s ok. It’s a big area consisting of kitchen, dining area, pantry and laundry room. It will be what I want, not what a manufactured home manufacturer decided to put in.

The whole mobile home will be in the farmhouse style. and you know, what’s farmhouse without an apron sink? *does snoopy happy dance* LOL! OK, so, let me go and make plans of what needs done and what I want in the finished kitchen.

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Toilet Fizzie’s

I found this recipe on some blog or something a few years ago and I absolutely love it. It takes care of odors and the fizzy loosens dirt and stains so things aren’t hard to clean. You’ll love them!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 15 to 20 drops essential oil
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Measuring spoons
  • Spray bottle (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add the baking soda to a mixing bowl and use a fork to break up any clumps. Baking soda naturally cleans and eliminates icky odors, making it the perfect base for the fizzies. Add the citric acid, or powdered produce preservative, which you can find near the canning supplies at your local grocery store, and give things a stir. The citric acid adds the oomph to these cleaners.
  2. In a small glass, mix together the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, which work together to help clean your commode. Now drop by drop, add the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda. If you add the liquid all at once, you’ll have a huge mess due to the reaction between the baking soda and citric acid!
  3. Now add the essential oil and gently mix. Any fragrance works wonderfully, but something fresh like wintergreen, lemongrass, or lavender leaves a wonderful lingering scent.
  4. Use a one-half teaspoon to scoop and mold the mixture into small half rounds and then tap onto a parchment-covered sheet pan. You can spritz the rounds with equal parts vinegar and water to create a crust, which helps hold them together. Let dry for at least four hours or overnight.
  5. Place the dried fizzies in a seal-able glass jar and keep next to your commode, making sure to stick on a label so they aren’t mistaken for breath mints! The next time things get smelly, after flushing, drop in a tablet and you’ll love how things freshen up in no time.

 

Makes around 30 small fizzies.

 

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My Bucket List to Glam

In order to get to my glam bucket list, I have to do some basic mundane bucket list things first.

My basic, mundane bucket list for my mobile home is a long one. Some things will be room specific, others will be through out my mobile home. You walk into the living room from outside, but the living room looks good, bland, but good. My whole house paint is pictured below. The intellectual grey looks really dark, so I’m changing it to revere pewter, which will be in the living room and possibly the kitchen/dining area. The master bedroom paint is silvermist which is supposed to be grey that looks green at times and blue at times, but it looks awful blue on the swatch.My fav, fav, fav color is in the master bath, guest bath and laundry room, sea salt. The master bedroom has a really good chance of being sea salt also.

Floor Plan colors
My whole house color scheme.

To keep me on track, I’m making a list here of goals.

For all room’s:

  • Replace windows
  • Trim out windows
  • Replace flooring
  • Add baseboards & crown moulding
  • Trim out the doors and door frames
  • Change light fixtures
  • Change outlets, switches and boxes
  • Paint everything that doesn’t run from me

All Walls:

  • 1 coat of primer
  • 1 coat primer/sealer
  • 1 coat of paint

 

All Ceilings:

  • 1 coat of primer
  • 1 coat of paint

 

Guest Bedroom:

  • Remove all the batten’s
  • Fill seams and holes with drywall compound
  • Remove 2nd closet
  • 1 window to replace
  • Trim out window
  • Add baseboard & crown moulding
  • Trim out doors & door frames
  • Change out light fixture
  • Paint walls either light pewter or revere pewter
  • Paint trim alabaster

     This room will have the carpet replaced. We both like carpet in our bedrooms and living room. The carpet is the same carpet that was in it when purchased new…. In 1991…..It’s….blue…. 😦

There really isn’t a lot that needs done in here other than the things that will be done to all rooms.

 

Guest Bathroom:

  • Replace vanity & top
  • Replace tub & surround
  • Replace faucets, tub & shower fixtures
  • Take wallpaper down
  • Remove battens
  • Fill seams and holes with drywall compound
  • Add baseboards & crown moulding
  • Trim out doors & door frames
  • Add towel racks
  • Add shelves
  • Add trim around mirror
  • Change out light fixture
  • Paint walls either pewter or sea salt
  • Paint trim alabaster

       Here we will lay laminate flooring to replace the hideous blue tile.

 

Entryway:

  • Hang old window to create an entryway
  • Build small console table & secure to wall
  • Add hooks to hang winter coats
  • Remove carpet in entryway
  • Lay flooring in entryway
  • Trim out around entryway flooring

 

Living Room:

  • Remove all battens and trim
  • Fill seams & holes with drywall compound
  • Carpet stays
  • 2 windows to replace
  • Trim out windows
  • Add baseboards & crown moulding
  • Change out light fixture
  • Paint walls Revere pewter
  • Paint trim alabaster

     Everything in the living room is fairly decent. The exterior door has been replaced with a nice steel door and trimmed out. Yayyy

 

Kitchen:

  •  Take wall paper down in kitchen and dining area
  • Replace cabinets
  • Replace window
  • Replace counter
  • Replace sink
  • Replace faucet
  • Add dishwasher
  • Remove seating counter
  • Trim out window
  • Add shelf across window
  • Remove battens
  • Fill seams & holes with drywall compound
  • Add baseboard & crown moulding
  • Trim out doors and door frames
  • Trim out island & hood
  • Change light fixture
  • Paint island a deep burgundy
  • Paint lower cabinets sea salt
  • Paint uppers and trim alabaster
  • Paint walls pewter
  • Replace floors

     The floors in the kitchen, pantry, laundry room and dining area will all be done at once since they are all basically the same room.

 

Dining Area:

  •  Replace window
  • Trim window out
  • Remove battens
  • Fill seams with drywall compound
  • Add baseboard & crown moulding
  • Change light fixture
  • Add trim around mirror
  • Add trim to built in sideboard cabinet
  • Paint cabinet sea salt

 

Pantry & laundry room:

  • Replace shelving in pantry
  • Add spice rack to inside door
  • Paint pantry alabaster
  • Remove cabinets in laundry room
  • Add shelving in pantry room
  • Add broom clips (I hope I can do this, the electric box is on the only wall to use)
  • Add baseboard & crown moulding
  • Trim out door to kitchen
  • Paint Sea salt
  • Trim alabaster

 

Master Bedroom:

  • Remove all battens & trim
  • Fill seams & holes with drywall compound
  • Replace 2 windows
  • Trim out windows
  • Trim out doors & frames
  • Add baseboard & crown moulding
  • Change light fixture
  • Paint Silvermist
  • Paint ceiling fan alabaster
  • Replace carpet (eventually)
  • Add shelves in closet

 

Master Bath:

  • Take wall paper down
  • Remove battens
  • Fill seams and holes
  • Replace vanity and top
  • Replace tub & surround
  • Replace all faucets
  • Replace light fixtures
  • Lay flooring
  • Frame mirror
  • Add baseboard & crown moulding
  • Replace built in linen closet with cabinet
  • Paint sea salt
  • Trim alabaster

 

We have really good steal doors front & back that were also trimmed out nicely. The little lady that lived here before us was so scared to live by herself, she had them put in along with brackets to put a 2 x 4 through to secure them even more (This isn’t a high crime area).

All of the moulding and trim work will be done after everything is finished in all the rooms. As long as everything looks nice and how we (I) want it, I’m all good. Moulding is like decoration on frosting on a cake, it’s nice to look at but not needed.

 

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