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Does Your Neighbor Need Help at Home?


Does your neighbor need a Helping Hand?

The phrase “There’s no place like home,” has special meaning to some aging homeowners. No one wants to give up their comfort, privacy, and independence.   Many sit and suffer in silence unnecessarily while their quality of life diminishes quickly.

What happens when older citizens cannot fend for themselves? The cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene begin to suffer. They need proper nourishment to stay healthy, and may not be able to provide it for themselves. This situation can deteriorate very quickly. It is particularly dangerous if medications are involved and dosages are accidentally misused or forgotten.  They may need medical attention, but can’t drive themselves to the doctor, or perhaps they need in-home care and don’t know where to turn.

Often those in need will not share their condition with their families as they don’t want to be a burden. Sometimes the families are the last to know the needs of their beloved elder members.  A sense of shame at the inability to care for themselves can also prevent them from asking for help.

There is a good chance that you will have someone in need in your own neighborhood or group at some point.  It’s important to be aware of some of the tell-tale signs that a neighbor or friend may need assistance.


  • ·         Have they stopped attending clubs or events completely?
  • ·         Are newspapers piling up in the driveway?
  • ·         Have you noticed a decline in outdoor landscaping maintenance?
  • ·         Has the car not been moved in an extended period of time?


These are all indications that your friend or neighbor may need a wellness check.  It may also be the time to suggest they get help from one of the following services.

In Home Medical Care Service: They have a high quality staff of nurses who perform a wide array of services including physical therapy, bandage maintenance, prescription monitoring, and other medical treatments.

Medical Transport Service:  These companies will transport a patient using great care. They will take someone who cannot drive to and from necessary medical appointments.

In Home Care:  They will take care of NON-medical in home care such as laundry, meals, and cleaning. They can also provide companion sitting.

Meal Delivery Service:  Gourmet Today Catering will prepare a week’s worth of gourmet and nutritious food for you or your neighbor and deliver it to the door.


Green dresser refinished

Seven Tips for Dressing Up Old Furniture

Green dresser refinished
Photo By: Amy Gaertner


Creating a new look from an old piece of furniture can be an afternoon project that will give you a focal piece for just about any room. It’s an easy task that can give your room a sense of style for very little money.

Go to pinterest.com/mattershome and follow our Matters of the Home board of painted furniture for a whole selection of dressers for some easy inspiration.

Here are a few tips to make your project go a bit smoother:

1. When you take the drawers out of the dresser, number them on the inside with a piece of tape.  Drawers fit better when they go back into their same old space.

2. When you remove the handles and screws, place them in a big plastic bag so you won’t lose any of them.

3. Lightly sand, but don’t overdo it.  Wipe down the dresser after sanding to remove any particles.

4. Prime before painting. Priming now comes in spray cans and is very easy to use.  Let dry.

5. Paint from the top down in very light coats.  Spray paint is fine here too.

6. If you are painting your dresser black, use black spray primer too.

7. If you want to be neat, tape inside the dresser and on the sides of the drawers to keep paint from getting on the inside surface.

There are more tips and plenty of ideas on the internet, including decoupaging with maps, scrapbook paper, gift wrap and wallpaper. There is no end to how much you can do for a new look. A dresser can also serve as a foyer chest, a bedside table, a buffet in a dining area, and much more.

Let your imagination be your guide, and have fun.



drawers before repainting

Quick and Easy Furniture Transformation – Chest of Drawers

Spending a little time on Pinterest  lately, inspired me to try some projects of my own.  Looking around my house, I found a small, plain, wooden chest of drawers that I’ve had for over 15 years.  Its been sitting in my bathroom for most of that time, and it definitely needed to be refreshed.

drawers before repainting
Before painting







The next step was to prime it  – no sanding needed!  I sprayed it with  Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Multi-Purpose Spray Paint, Flat Black Primer  and let it dry.  Then I followed  with the Gloss Black, and let that dry.  I still have enough left in both cans to start another project.

Chest of Drawers being painted
Chest of drawers being sprayed with primer








I was short on time, and needed something that I could do quickly. I turned to Mod Podge, to decoupage it.  If you’re unfamiliar with Mod Podge, or decoupaging furniture, it is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to dress up almost anything.  You can decoupage wood, metal, ceramic, plastic and just about anything you can think of!

I was able to find a pretty book of scrap booking paper squares at the craft store, similar to this:

This made decoupaging even easier, since all I had to do was choose my squares right out of the book.  You could do the same, or you could find any pretty images from magazines, wallpaper samples, news print or anything else to make your furniture project unique.

Once the primer and paint were dry, I followed the simple Mod Podge instructions and  applied the paper squares:

chest of drawers after
Chest of Drawers After









What do you think?  This whole project took just a couple of hours, and gave the chest a completely different look.  Its like getting new furniture for next to nothing!



Avocado Tomato Cucumber Salad

We ran across a recipe this week and had to try it immediately!   It sounded healthy and easy, meeting two of our three requirements for a recipe.  The third requirement is taste, of course!  It met that requirement too, and was even better the second day.

In Central Florida in the summer, you just don’t want to turn on the oven if you don’t have to. This salad recipe is perfect for a summer lunch or light dinner.

Healthy Summer Salad

Here is the adapted recipe:

Avocado Tomato and Cucumber Salad

4 cups avocados, diced medium
2 cups grape tomatoes or 2 cups cherry tomatoes (or vine ripe -chopped)
2 cups English cucumbers, peeled and diced
1 cup red onion, diced
2 tablespoons dried cilantro (or 4 tablespoons fresh – we were out and dried was fine)
2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced (optional – we left it out completely)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
fresh black pepper

Toss all ingredients in a bowl and top on a bed of lettuce (if desired)
Makes 8 servings
Calories 201.9 Total Fat 17.9 g Sodium 10.2 mg Total Carbohydrate 11.6 g Dietary Fiber 5.8 g Sugars 1.8 g


The Benefits of Himalayan Salt

Either I have been living in vacuum, or the Himalayan Salt craze only hit critical mass this year.  I now see it everywhere.

  • A recent new hire brought in a lamp made of this pink salt to place beside her computer to get rid of the negative ions, or something like that.
  • My daughter bought me a container of the salt grain for sprinkling on my food and I really like it.
  • My son mentioned that he had a lamp beside his bed for his sinuses.
  • And when i was researching a new outdoor cooking apparatus, I noticed that it came with
    a Himalayan salt block for cooking on.

I am amazed that every time I turn around, I see this pink salt that is millions of years old being mined from the Himalayan Mountains that has been protected from all the years of our planet’s pollution.
Are we going to run out of this precious product that we eat, cook on, inhale, bathe in and use in our Neti Pots?

Why have I not heard of this product before this year and now I see it everywhere?

It’s not something we can manufacture, so as supplies get low is the price going up?
Should I hoard it for future value? It’s really pretty inexpensive, considering how far it has to be shipped.
How did we make it this far without this precious commodity?

Check out this assortment of Himalayan Salt Products.