Vacuum everything within your home. Vacuuming must include your mattresses, your box springs, the carpets and the heavy curtains. Make sure that you place your vacuumed dirt in a tightly sealed plastic bag.

I’ll have to give Rafferty’s credit on the mushrooms. They were served piping hot. These are large mushrooms with caps and stems. They are batter dipped and deep fried. The sauce was unusual but tasty. It was a tangy honey mustard and horseradish blend that worked perfectly with the mushrooms.

If the real estate market takes a big dive, you don’t need to worry. If the interest rates go sky-high, that’s no concern for you. And you can always look for someplace cheaper to live if you need to. If you own your own home, try asking the bank to reduce your payments, and see how far you can get!

Being locked in. For some people, it doesn’t make sense to buy. If you think that your job will take you to another city every few months, it’s probably not a good idea to buy and sell your house each time you get transferred. Even if you only move once a year, it’s expensive to sell and then buy another home each time.

Caregivers hired from agencies have various levels of training. These can correspond to the complexity of tasks they will be required to do. For companionship or housekeeping, you will not need a trained care aide. When you get into personal care tasks, you will. If you require medical tasks you might need a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN). Make sure the caregiver’s skills correspond to your needs.

If you know what you are dealing with and exercise caution, you improve your chances of staying bug free. You can find more information from the Butler County health department.

Caregivers can be hired through an agency or privately. Some advantages to an agency are that caregivers are pre-trained and screened, their benefits are paid for, and there is back-up in case they don’t show up. They have a supervisor who should be monitoring the care they provide. One disadvantage is the caregiver receives only a portion of the money that you pay. A second is loyalty may be more to the agency than to you.

Plan ahead: Don’t let your mind remain idle. Develop interests that don’t involve alcohol like a new hobby or sports. Avoid people, places, and occasions that will obviously serve alcohol and may trigger your drinking. Learn to say “no, thanks” when you’re offered an alcoholic drink. And should the inevitable happen, always have an intervention plan on what you will do if you have an urge to drink.