Facelift

For a long while, hubby and I have been planning to do a little renovation at home. We are supposed to start painting the chipped paints on our bedroom wall. The chipped paint makes the wall look dirty. After the prospect of repainting, we will be moving out old stuff to organize and maximize the space. Hubby is more skillful when it comes to arranging furniture so I will leave it up to him. I’m thinking of placing a study corner for my kids. This will entail buying pieces of office furniture like table, chairs and cabinet. The study table should not be too wide or narrow to hold my kids’ things. Finally, our dream to give our house a facelift will be realized. However, we have to delay it a little because we need to prioritize the kids’ tuition. Their school is already accepting enrollees this month.

Scorching heat

We are using two electric fans at home but they don’t help eliminate the scorching heat that we are experiencing from high noon onwards. The additional fan adds to our power consumption which also means additional power charges and burden to our pocket. To address the problem, we are considering buying Minka Aire fans to conserve energy and save money.
FANHubby said we should have installed ceiling fans before. Ceiling fans have more benefits compared to their conventional counterparts (stand fan and desk fan). They are space saver; at least 4 degrees cooler; dissuade flying pests from entering the house especially the kitchen area; if use in colder months, the moving air from ceiling fan helps distributes the warm air coming from the heat stove; and the power consumption it generates is lower as compared to air conditioner. So don’t you think having ceiling fans at home is a practical solution to beat the summer heat and conserve energy as well?

Safety at home

Nobody is safe these days. I don’t want to sound pessimistic. This is just to caution you to keep your home safe from burglars. I don’t want you to experience what my family went through in 2005. If not for the quick-responding Barangay Tanod (watchmen) in our neighborhood the three unidentified robbers could have robbed our home. The burglars have successfully taken out a portion of the broken glass pane in the living/kitchen area. They got hold of the scanner and were trying to take it out from the window, but roving watchmen shouted at them. The robbers scampered away empty-handed.

Even if the robbery was foiled we still keep an eye on suspicious-looking person in our area. And just to be safe, we have changed the transparent window panel to opaque glass so no one can see the activity from inside.

Here are the following safety tips at home. This information was disseminated by our Barangay officials last year.

When inside your home:

  • Keep all doors and windows locked, even if you are just going out “for a minute”.
  • Install dead-bolt locks on all doors.
  • Don’t give maids, babysitters, or other working in your home access to your home keys or alarm codes.
  • Re-key or change all locks when moving into a new home.
  • List only your last name and initials on your mailbox or in a phone directory.
  • Don’t give your name, phone number or whereabouts on your answering machine message. Never say you aren’t home. Just ask the caller to leave a message.
  • Consider installing home security systems that provide monitoring for burglary, fire, and medical emergencies.
  • Leave outside lights on after dark or have outside lights controlled by motion detector.
  • Keep drapes or blinds partially open during the day.
  • Never dress in front of windows. Always close the drapes or blinds.
  • Know your neighbors and keep their phone numbers handy.
  • Have a friend or neighbor check on you daily if you are home alone.
  • Try never to be alone in the laundry room or any other common area in an apartment building.
  • Call the police on 117 if you hear or see something suspicious.
  • Don’t take direct action yourself. An officer will be dispatched to your address even if you cannot speak or hang up.

(This is a partial list of safety at home tips. I will share the remaining tips next time.)