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Putting on the Overalls – News From Home – Update


I’ve been putting on the Overalls and acting like a Construction Worker here. It’s been a long long busy 10 days here. We had a lot of hail damage here in May. Our insurance has decided to cover only the roof, paint, caulk and very little else…. oh and the cover to our fire pit. The rest of that garage (garage with 2 additions, a “man cave” on one side and a storage area on the other) and the damage from warping boards to some of the interior water damage (what they call “flood damage”) is our responsibility. However the damage to the siding was extensive, as was the black mold growing on the inside drywall and we are working hard tearing out damaged siding, one whole side had to be demoed and put not only siding up but they failed to have a vapor barrier inside! So, being that that side of our garage and attachment rooms to it, is right up against the fence, and it was the most highly damaged area of the building we had to tear down the chain link and crawl through to the other side of the fence to work on that side of the building. We have finally finished that major part of the project.

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Above are some samples of the Neighbors side of our garage and the hail damage from days worth of rain and hail.

Neighbors Side Garage Siding Replaced n painted
Most of the garage is shown on the neighbors side (the side worst hit by hail). This is just after we finished days and days worth of work replacing all the boards, calking and painting. If you look closely you can see my head peeking out of the window and grinning at you. I have on a white baseball “Sally Hansen” baseball cap. lol

Now we are repairing the odd siding boards here and there, with Hardie Boards, and of course we are calking, painting. And once the roofers get their work done, we will be taking care of the black mold, the holes from leaks in the ceilings and the inside of the windows where the water also came through.

hail damage to firepit cover
hail damage to fire-pit cover, this IS covered by our insurance.

Okay so I didn’t literally put on some overalls, the pair that I have are ripped in the seat and I didn’t feel like I could even lift my sewing machine to do some patchwork. lol Hubby and I are both disabled with chronic pain so this is a long and drawn out process here. I have to say though, that though I hurt, I am excited to learn more of my DIY as I work with hubby. I love doing many things for and by myself, making things and I am quite good at fixing things… hey my last bread machine, I repaired 3 times without instructions and made it last almost 15 years. lol

neighbors side one sample of windows leaking
Sample of the leak damage to the inside of windows.

I have learned about our materials that we’ve used and I love Hardie Boards (they are fiber cement boards), though it was a pain to lift, they are not light. And what a pain to haul in a van, without a pickup truck and our one volunteer never returned a phone call to say he was ready to help with his pickup and never returned hubby’s phone calls. So hauling the Hardie Boards and one piece of drywall went on top of our van, so glad that there was a tall man at Loews to help hubby reach… I could barely climb to help put the strapping up to strap those puppies down, much less reach with heavy board to put them on top of a van.

Man Cave Side of Garage Ceiling
Sample of one of the leaks in the ceiling.

We are calking all around the garage with Dap’s “Alex Plus” (acrylic plus silicone), we bought the 12 pack Contractors Case. The people that previously worked on siding didn’t caulk much at all, so we are caulking like made all the way around the building. I have to say I have become the queen of caulking, I put up a wicked nice bead now. lol Though my hands get tired easy as they are pretty weak and painful from my neck problems. I love the caulk as it is paintable and it covers small holes from the hail damage well.

Valspar Ultra PaintThe paint we are using is WONDERFUL, we are using Valspar Ultra Paint and Primer in the color “White Pepper,” the color is so much better then the light buttercup yellow (what I am calling the color) that they used on the house trim and garage. This stuff is working wonderfully, covering up the Hardie Board, the caulking and even the old paint used on the garage. The Valspar Ultra is heavenly to use as it covers wonderfully with just one coat, hubby has been playing with a paint sprayer with the Valspar Ultra and some product to thin the paint, a product from Flood called “Floetrol.” The only problem with the paint sprayer is that I think we haven’t gotten the viscosity right with our first mix with the paint as it went on way too loose and dripped all over our cement as I tried to use the brush to spread the paint out more and it dripped all over. Finally I figured out how to use the paint brush to sort of scoop up the paint some as I worked the sprayed on paint.

Side of Man Cave one third painted
About 1/3 the way done on one side of the garage, all caulked, primed the gutter and starting to paint the new color.

Speaking of brushes, we did go the cheap route as we needed some new brushes and we went with Project Select, 3 piece Painter’s-Pak, cheap is as cheap does. The large brush in the pack that I chose to use had the head fall off, I knew it felt loose as soon as I got it out of the package, come to find out the little nails that were in it weren’t fully inserted from the ferrule into the wood handle. I dropped that brush into the dirt, I am glad I didn’t have to fish it out of the gallon of paint! I washed the brush head off and hubby went in and put in some little screws to hold the brush head onto the handle. Now the brush works better, although the cheap brush loses bristles now and then, I am glad that I know not to get the paint in the ferrule area while painting or it would be worse.

Okay so, this is what I’ve been up to lately, smoothing on my 50 SPF Sunscreen, putting on an old baseball cap, my Sunny Sleevez (still saving my arms, but now full of splatters of paint and some caulk)… I have to say that sometimes these products for reviews are so great, I don’t know how I lived without them! I have some other things helping me out, but that is for a review, not for a News From Home Update. πŸ™‚

Well folks, I took a break while writing this for a few days, as I needed to help cut some Hardie Board, do some more calking and painting, while the weather held out. Oh and we just couldn’t take the heat in the house any longer, and installed an old Air Conditioner. The Air Conditioner was donated to us by my parents, and I believe we had it in the 60’s in our homes, so it’s not energy efficient, nor is it strong enough to do much (even in this small house). But cooling off the house to 92 degrees, when the thermometer is reading 102 outside is a help!

Of course we put in the AC just yesterday and I put up plastic, then we had a bad thunderstorm andΒ  water started coming in through the plastic last night, so I was running around gathering up most all the towels we had to sop up the rain water that was coming in. lol Today we cut up an old board to cover the area around the window and I am crossing my fingers that I don’t have another night like last night again… Wish me luck!

Okay off I go closing this up, nothing like writing a post over several days (3 to be exact), this old gal is tired, in pain and worn out, but loving the look of the work we’ve done so far. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait until it’s all finished and I am crossing my fingers that we can manage to get a newer AC in the house soon, one that will really do a lot of cooling and be more energy efficient, I am so tired of feeling like I am melting all the time. lol And of course I am anxious for out projects to be completed so that I can recover, relax and concentrate on the blog more again.

Side of Man Cave one third painted
“Man Cave” side of the garage has carpet damage and black mold (just a sample of the black mold there).

In the mean time, I felt that I needed to share with everyone what I am going through right now in my life at home. Life happens, and between these home emergencies, chronic pain and disability issues, things (like the blog) get set aside.

storage side corner black mold
Just a sample of all the black mold on the storage room side of the garage. It’s all long the wall that faces the outside. Problem, the people that worked on the siding last didn’t bother with a vapor barrier… we are adding that while we work. A job well done saves these sort of problems.

I thank you all for understanding my doing some rush posts here and my otherwise absence, I hope that we can get back to normal here in the next 2 weeks. Most of the repairs to the siding have been done now and almost half the painting is done. πŸ™‚ The huge project will be at the back of the garage is on a hill… it’s going to be a real pain to caulk and paint! Then, of course we will be working on some Kilz, new Dry Wall, Dry Wall Patching and floating (what hubby calls what we will be doing around those windows that had the water coming through) all around the interior of the garage.

So who putting on the Overalls and coming help us out? lol Hey, can you blame a gal for trying? πŸ™‚

Disclaimer: I, Mariah Lockwood, have not been compensated for the products mentioned in this News From Home, all items mentioned have been purchased with my own money and I just thought they were worth mentioning in this News From Home Update. As usual this is just my option and my experiences, yours may differ from mine.

Mariah Signing off for the Weekend


Hi everyone, yup Mariah is signing off for the weekend (speaking of myself in the third person).

I have been squeezing in posts in between preparing for a garage sale, working on the gardens (planting seeds, and rose bushes) and dealing with visits from neighbors, Insurance Adjusters & contractors (we had recent hail damage to our garage mainly, our roof, the garage roof & garage siding).

tiime to kick up your heels it's the weekendI have thrown myself into a major Flare with my Lupus SLE and Fibromyalgia. You would think that after all these years, of fighting chronic pain and the nerve pain from my spinal stenosis etc, that I would have learned not to push myself. But sometimes things just have to be done and there is no one else to do it but you.

I have decided that I must take the weekend off and try and recuperate before another busy week starts up. I have a ton more products to review for you here and I will do offline work on them late at night, when I feel up to it and save it to my Open Office documents.

Why am I telling you all of this?

  1. I want to be sure that you know there are some giveaways that you need to enter here.
  2. I need to dedicate myself to my health and, if you know me, you know that I will end up working anyway.
  3. I will miss you all and I want to send you some love and hugs.

Have a wonderful weekend folks, be sure to check and make sure you entered the giveaways going on and feel free to leave comments on any of my posts. πŸ™‚ Here’s wishing you all a weekend full of Health, Happiness, feeling loved and appreciated!

Feel free to leave you comments on this picture, and let me know what your choice is. Hey I need to do something fun and different here, besides it will let me know that my posts are being read. πŸ˜›

give your farts a Movie Name
describe your last fart with a Movie Name! My answer will be in the comments below.

Love and hugs,

Mariah (the hug-a-holic)


YIKES! News – Be Back When I Can!


Hi all…

I just got this error message on my computer:

Hard Drive
ST950032 ST9500325AS SCSI Disk Device
SMART Short Self Test
Error Alert Icon Failed

I hate to say it, I am lost with what I will be able to do for a while. I need a new hard drive… I thank God I have Carbonite! I will be striving to be back ASAP folks, in the mean time keep watching my Facebook Page for Joan’s Posts about her wonderful Reviews and Giveaways!

With my husband and I both disabled, I am unsure when I will be able to return, I will have limited access to the internet through my tablet, however I cannot do much on it. We will try and find a way to get the money for the new hard drive and hopefully I will return soon.


OH by the way, if you need to make sure you don’t lose everything when something like this happens to you, you can use my link: (this link opens in a new tab)

And with my link you will receive 2 months free with your subscription to Carbonite! πŸ™‚


Well folks, I send my love and thank you for your patience, I will be online limited somewhat by my tablet, but I hope to post to you all on Twitter and Facebook while we wait for me to figure out how to buy the new hard drive.



Upcoming Reviews – A Corset too

vintage corsetHi there folks, I haven’t forgotten about you. I have some Upcoming Reviews… I have several fun reviews that I am working on.

I am testing out a facial care kit, a vitamin C serum, and A lovely Corset. I also have a review coming up for a necklace!

I admit that I am a bit nervous about showing off the Corset in pictures, but it will be fun finding something to wear it with. Now to figure out how to lace up the corset, lol. This corset will be perfect for Valentines Day, Night Club wear, Wedding Gowns and why not a pair of jeans? πŸ™‚ I got this lovely corset at TMart online, if you wish to look around at all their many offerings here is the link:

Drawing of a woman in a Corset.

I have some other reviews with giveaways coming up soon too. I hope you are as excited as I am!

How are all my readers doing? Let me know in comments below what news you have to share! Also please let me know if you have any suggestions or requests for reviews and possible giveaways here and I will make an effort to find them for you!

Okay, time to let you go and wish you all the Happiness and Health in the New Year! See you soon?

Love and (((hugs))),


The Absentee Blogger

I’ve missed you all and I apologize for my being the absentee blogger. I’ve taken many lumps in bumps in real life and as a result I took unplanned time out.

Please tell me you missed me, and tell me you forgive my absence.
Please tell me you missed me, and tell me you forgive my absence.

I really don’t want to bore you all with all the health details and what lumps and bumps I’ve been experiencing… so I will make this Return of the Absentee Blogger brief, stating that I have chronic pain, lumps in a breast (one is over an inch and a half), Fibromyalgia, Lupus SLE, bulging discs, pinched nerves in neck and lower back (spinal stenosis). I am trying to deal here friends, I have gotten x-rays, an mri, ultra sounds, and more, finally resulting in my getting a Pain Doctor and soon a Neurologist to address the issues with my arms, hands and legs… and dizziness. I am also very uncomfortable with “the change”(perimenopause) with a ton of hot flashes and yet not wanting to take the hormones due to history of breast cancer in my family.

If you wish to learn about the illnesses of this absentee blogger or anything to do with health I do recommend that you check out WebMD

Sick Teddy Bear Bandaid Taking Tempurature

Please be patient with me while I attempt to start blogging once more. I plan to start back up as soon as I start getting in more products for review and some of giveaways.

In the mean time I shall be posting a freebie for you in my next post.