An Enemy Like Me - Book Review


An Enemy Like Me Book Review
An Enemy Like Me, a novel by Teri M. Brown, is a book that held my interest from the very first page to the last.

Jacob Miller, a first-generation American, was raised by his mother through the Great Depression in a small German immigrant town in Ohio.

Jacob meets and marries Bonnie, and they have a son William. Jacob, Bonnie, and William are living their dream life until the unthinkable happens. 

The Japanese Empire bombs Pearl Harbor and the country is at war in both Europe and the Pacific.

Jacob, being of German descent, is already concerned for himself and his family with Germany and the Nazis invading Europe. 

After Jacob's friend is sent to an internment camp for enemy combatants. He is torn between staying home and protecting his family and proving he is a patriot by going off to war.

Teri M. Brown takes us through the lives of Jacob, Bonnie, and William from the time of the Great Depression to the present day 2016. She gives us an in-depth look at the joys, pain, and anguish of each of these real-life characters and the lasting impact of war on not only the soldiers but their families.

As I read page after page, I kept thinking of my father, and my uncles who served. The pain my grandparents, father, and uncles must have felt when they received the news that my uncle Sam's plane had been shot down. Then, the joy they must have had when they found out he was alive but a prisoner of war. Then, the worry of him being a prisoner of war.

If you are a fan of historical fiction then, this book is for you. I could not stop reading until I finished it. Thank you, Teri M. Brown.

Click here to learn more about Teri M. Brown, Author

I was introduced to An Enemy Like Me by a friend's review of this book. You can read her review here: Book Review of An Enemy Like Me on

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The Stanley Wonder Bar Tool

The Stanley Wonder Bar Tool

The Wonder Bar, the name says it all. No there are no buttons for low or high speed, you can’t even plug The Wonder bar tool in, it's just a bar.

 I’m going to tell you how I used my wonder bar over the years for various DIY projects.

If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person and like to take on projects yourself. Most of the time the first thing that you have to do in any project is the demolition. I can tell you, there is no better tool than the Wonder Bar to help with demolition.

The First Project with My Wonder Bar Tool:

When we closed on our house, we had some serious work do to. Working on a budget we decided to take on as much work as we could, on our own in an effort to save some money. The very first thing we did was tear out all of the old carpets, in the living room, hallway, and bedrooms. 

After rolling up all of the old carpets and hauling it out to the curb. We had rows and rows of carpet tacks that were used to secure the padding. And, the tack strips along the baseboard were nailed in tight. 

Our carpet installer told us that they all had to come out. I bought not one but two Wonder Bars; I couldn’t handle two at a time so my wife used the other one. We spent a couple of days removing the tacks, and tack strips, along baseboards, in preparation for our new carpet. 

The angled end of the Wonder Bar made short work of the tacks on the floor. Then, we used the flat end for removing the tack strips along the baseboards.

The Second Project for The Wonder Bar Tool:

Removing the deck boards from our outside deck, and prying up the boards on the old deck was easy using the wonder bar. I’m sorry, I’m using the word easy because, it was a lot of work, but the Wonder Bar was a huge help.

The Third Project for The Wonder Bar Tool:

Removing the old tile from the bathroom floor was easy using the flat end of the bar and a hammer. I can go on and on, as to how many times I used this tool. But I think you get the idea. If you have some demolition to do in a future project. I recommend the Wonder Bar from Stanley. 

How to Replace Bathtub Caulking

How to replace bathtub caulking

What is bathtub caulking? And why do I need it? Bathtub caulking is the seal between the wall and the bathtub, and you need it, so water doesn’t get behind the tub wall or leak into the walls causing damage.

Our bathtub caulking began to show signs of mildew, and no matter what cleaner that I tried it always came back.

I like to take on these projects myself, as this one is really not that difficult. You really don't need to be an expert. All you need are the proper tools, somewhat of a steady hand, and some patience.

 I replaced my bathtub caulking just the other day. The job only took me about an hour, and the following step-by-step is how I did it.
Step 1 – Remove the old caulking
Remove bathtub caulking
Start by removing the old caulking. Tools required for this are a utility knife or putty knife. As you can see in the picture I chose a putty knife.

Start in a corner and get the tool under the old caulking either from the wall or the tub.
Once under the caulking push along the surface to remove the old caulking.

If your tool is on the surface of the tub be careful not to scratch the tub. Especially if you’re using a utility knife. Continue until all of the old caulking is away from the wall and tub.

If you have some difficult spots try some De-Solv-it Caulk Remover. You may even want to apply this before you start. This will soften up the old caulking and make it so much easier to remove. 
Step 2 – Clean the area

Now, you will want to clean the area. Wipe the entire area around the tub and wall with clean rags or paper towels. 
Avoid using soap, or any kind of house cleaner. This will create a film that the new caulking may not stick to.

After that, clean the area using rubbing alcohol. This should remove any unwanted residue left behind.

Step 3 – Apply new caulking

Apply the new caulking
Now that the area is clean and free of residue.

It’s time to apply the new caulking. I use DAP Kwik Seal, Kitchen& Bath Adhesive Caulk.

I use the tube, but you can also buy it in a canister. 

If you buy the canister will need a caulking gun. Cut the tip of the tube at a 45-degree angle.

Apply the caulking by squeezing the tube or pulling the trigger, if you’re using a caulking gun. Apply steady and easy pressure around the tub.
Step 4 – Trim the caulking

I use this handy little tool to trim out the caulking. You can find one at any hardware store or buy a complete kit that includes the caulking and the trim tool.
Just remember to keep the tip focused on the caulking and the adjacent edge flat on the tub.

 Wipe the excess caulking from the tool with a paper towel frequently.

Step 5 - All done 

The completed job and all nice and neat.

You don't want to use your tub for at least 24 hours. Follow the instruction on the tube of caulking.

WORX Cordless Trimmer and Edger

WORX Cordless Trimmer and Edger
I finally bought myself this WORX Cordless Trimmer and Edger. I've seen their ads on television for some time now and always thought, I really want to get one of these.

My gas powered trimmer just quit working. I had such a hard time getting it started and keeping it running. So, when it quit I finally made the decision to buy a cordless battery operated trimmer.

With the WORX cordless there is no mess mixing the gas and oil. The trimmer line feeds automatically. You don't have to prime the gas and pull a cord. There is certainly nothing wrong with a gas trimmer I'm sure there are some quality gas trimmers on the market. They're just not for me.

I've also owned some electric trimmers. The problem for me is that you have to have outside outlets and then, drag the cord around the yard. Oh, and be careful not to cut the cord. Once again there is nothing wrong with electric trimmers, they're just not for me.

What I like about the WORX Cordless Trimmer and Edger. 
  1. The main shaft is adjustable to fit your height.
  2. The handle adjusts up and down to a comfortable position for you.
  3. The trimmer head adjusts up or down.
  4. It has a set of wheels for edging. You adjust the trimmer head all the way down and flip it onto the wheels for easy edging.
  5. There is a button on the handle to automatically feed the trimmer line.
  6. Included are 2- 20V batteries and a charger.
  7. One spool of trimmer cord with 10 feet of cord. 
I have a small yard. It takes me about 30 minutes to mow my lawn. Then I just grab the WORX, no gas, no cords to plugin, and no worry about changing or feeding a new trimmer line.

Each battery has 4 hours of trimming life. I've haven't timed it but one battery will last me 4 times around my yard to trim and edge. That may be a little less than 4 hours but, I always have a battery charged.

When you buy a WORX you get spools of trimmer line free for life. All you have to do is go to their website and sign up. You'll pay about $9.00 shipping and handling and receive 6 spools of trimmer line. And, they are really easy to change.

I highly recommend the WORX cordless trimmer and edger. This tool made trimming and edging my lawn so much easier.

I own the WG163, here are just a few different models in the WORX line of trimmers

Zodiac Classic Timepiece

Zodiac Classic Timepiece

Give someone special the gift of time, with a Zodiac classic timepiece that will last a lifetime. I have to tell you this story; on our wedding day, Fran gave me the Zodiac watch pictured above. I treasure this gift every day.

Now, I’m going to tell you how long ago that was. We were married in 1973. So, at the time of this posting, my Zodiac watch is 46 years old and still keeps time as good as the day she gave it to me. 

My Zodiac watch is Swiss made and is mechanical, that means it's automatic. I never have to wind it or replace a battery the watch winds itself with the movement of my wrist.

The company is based in Switzerland and was founded in 1882 by Ariste Calame. His son took over the business in 1895. Ariste’s passion from the beginning was to create the most precise timepiece of all time. His company became one of the fastest-growing companies in Switzerland. In 1930 they designed the first automatic sports watch.

In 1953 Zodiac introduced the first dive watch called the Sea Wolf. In the early 1970’s they introduced the Super Sea Wolf which was adopted by the United States Navy Seals.

 Zodiac doesn’t just produce dive watches; they also have a beautiful line of men’s and women's watches that anybody would be proud to own.

The watches have a patented crown and stem with a sturdy case back design. So they are produced to last. I can surely back that one up, as I said 46 years and still going strong.

So give the gift of time, you won’t regret it, the watches are pricey but in my opinion, they are well worth the investment.

 Maybe you would like to get yourself a gift. Or, you might collect fine watches, this would be a nice addition to your collection.

A Simple Garden Tool

A Simple Garden Tool
When spring arrives there will be so much work to do taking care of those flower beds and planting our gardens. 

Spreading the mulch, and pulling the weeds, Oh! So much work to do.

Time to get the garden tools out of the garage and go to work. I have so many handy garden tools; one of my favorites is just so simple. My foam kneeling pad is the tool I use almost every time I’m in the yard.

Foam kneeling pads are so handy especially when planting flowers, and vegetable plants in the garden, or pulling weeds. These handy kneeling pads will save your knees and back.

I’ve ruined a few pairs of jeans working in the garden. And, if you’re out there working in shorts forget it!! Just Use the comfort of a foam kneeling pad.

I also keep one for jobs inside the house. Such as, washing the baseboards; scrubbing the kitchen floor. Why kneel on a hard surface when you can have the comfort of kneeling on foam. These are perfect to use to paint the baseboard or trim work in low spots.

There are no batteries to charge, no cords to plug in, and no maintenance whatsoever. Keep these kneeling pads handy in the garage or inside the house. This is one low-cost handy garden tool.

Make Halloween Gift Baskets

Make Halloween Gift Baskets

Halloween is right around the corner so it’s not too soon to be thinking of a gift for those special people in your life.

 Gift baskets are fun and a great idea for any occasion. Halloween is no exception.

You can take any gift for someone and turn it into a gift basket; the possibilities are endless. 

Here are some step-by-step instructions for a Halloween gift basket for kids; this will show you how easy it really is. So think about those special kids in your life, your children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and of course, close friends, and don’t forget the neighbor’s kids.
Materials we are going to use to make our Halloween Gift Basket:
Making Halloween Gift Baskets
  1. A Halloween Orange Bucket or a Basket 
  2. Cello Bags (16 x 24) or larger
  3. Glue Dots
  4. Pull Bow or (Make your own Bow)
  5. Orange Crinkle Cut Shred (I opted for Orange Tissue Paper)
  6. Scissors
  7. Scotch Tape 
  8. News Print as a filler
For this post, I couldn't find an orange crinkle cut shred or an orange pull bow. So I opted for orange tissue paper and a white bow. Sometimes you just have to improvise. 
Items for our Halloween Basket
Halloween gift basket items
Since this basket is for the kids here is what we’ll use. A Happy Halloween sign, an age-appropriate book this one is, We’re Going on Leaf Hunt, a box of Crayola washable markers, a package of glow-in-the-dark bracelets, a blinking pumpkin necklace, some window decorations, and of course candy.

Now you can use your imagination with items for any gift basket the opportunities are endless.
Prepare Your Basket
Start by taking the newsprint and filling the bucket or basket almost to the top. Now take the shred or tissue paper and spread it over the newsprint.
Arrange your gift Items in the Basket.
Some simple advice for arranging your basket is to put the taller items in the back and the smaller ones up front.

Other than that, just arrange your items until you’re happy with the look of the basket. 

Then use the glue dots to hold items together. You don’t need to have any special skills to do this again just work at it until you like what you see.
Place Your Gift Basket in the Cello Bag
In the bag
As you can see here I bought a cello bag way too big for the basket. This is not a problem, simply take the corners at the bottom and tape them to the back side of the basket. 
After taping the corners to the back side, gather the bag just above the tallest items. I tied the bag with some bow string first, then added my pull bow. I couldn’t find an orange bow so I used the bow that came with the kit.
The Finished Basket

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