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Back to the subject of camping again. . . . Home?

I have a lot of great memories of camping on the west coast. However, when we moved to the East Coast when our kids were small, the camping pretty much came to a screeching halt.
Somehow we were never able to pull it off with the weather being as hot as it was. And somehow we also didn’t go when it was cold.
I take that back. We did go a few times when our youngest was just a baby. Those were good experiences. Twice we went with another couple and that worked out fine. But we haven’t been camping in probably eight years.

Last night I went to visit some friends who were camping. They were at a campground about half an hour from my house. I just went for the night to sit around the campfire. A friend of mine went with me. These friends at the campsite were tent camping. It reminded me so much of the camping trips that I used to go on.

The friend that went with me and I were talking about camping trips. She said that she used to go camping with her family when her kids were young all the time also. And then I learned that her camping was not tent camping. It was motor home type camping, with toilet and shower and beds.
She also said they had a pop-up camp for a while, which was a little bit less deluxe, but still a step up from the tent.

So I’ve realized that people have different definitions of camping. I don’t actually think that camping in a motorhome is real camping, but that’s just me. I guess I’m a diehard tent camper.
Although I have to say that now I think about it, it would be pretty fun to go in a motorhome or even a fifth wheeler. I think I would enjoy that very much, and I would probably end up going camping more than I do now. The thought of collecting a tent and a camp stove and all of the bizillion things that you have to take in order to make a successful camping trip feels pretty overwhelming.

Still, though, I think it is something I would like to do again. And I realize that even though my kids are almost all out of the house, I can still go camping. Just because the kids are gone doesn’t mean I can’t anymore.

My friend and I are actually thinking about camping. We might even go out to the coast In a couple of weeks and do that. She now has a tent so we would actually do the tent camping thing.
I’m at a place in my life where I am starting to explore doing new things as well as going back to things that I used to do but have slipped away. So I think that camping falls into that category, and even though there are some mental hurdles to overcome, I am ready to give it a go.

house tile removal

Floor Busters


I built my house fifteen years ago, and believe it or not, it still has the original carpets. We intentionally selected Berber when we had the carpets installed because we knew it would hold up well to traffic.

I’d sure make the same choice again. It’s amazing how well it has held up.
But I’m thinking it’s time for the carpet to be replaced, and this time I think I’ll go with a hardwood or Pergo-style laminate downstairs and in some portions of the upstairs.

I have some friends who just had all the carpet in their house taken up and replaced with 24” tile. They also had their old tile in the kitchen and bathrooms removed and replaced with the new tile.

I saw the house last night, and the new tile throughout looked really great. So different from the carpet they used to have. (Actually, the house doesn’t look as warm or inviting with all the tile; maybe they’ll put some rugs in to soften the floors a little.)

I asked them what the process was like when they had the work done. Two guys did the entire project, including moving all the furniture around, pulling up and taking out the carpet, removing the old tile in the kitchen and bathrooms, laying the new tile, and laying the wood-look laminate in the bedrooms.

They were really happy with the service. The one thing they talked about was how much dust was produced by the project, especially when the old tile was removed but even in the laying of the new.
Made me think of the tile companies that specialize in dust-free tile-removal.

This couple said that during their project, one of the guys had a vacuum that he used to remove and manage the dust, but that even so, there was dust everywhere. The wife said it took her forever to get rid of all the dust after the project was done.

I didn’t say anything to her, but I thought of Floor Busters, the dust-free tile-removal company that I know of. They have a ton of very happy clients who swear that their places are as clean when the guys leave as when they arrive.

This company uses industrial-grade vacuums to suck the dust up before it even has a chance to lift into the air and float onto stuff. They’ve got it down to a science.
One guy works on removing the tile with tools and special equipment. Another guy is like micro-attentive about keeping the work space dust-free with his mother-of-all-vacuums, and another guy hauls out the old tile to keep the area clean and uncluttered.

They’re the best dust-free tile-removal company in the Orlando area and central Florida. They’re licensed and insured. That’s the company that my friends should have used!
The tile in my house is fine still. It covers most of the floor downstairs and the two bathrooms upstairs. It does have some chips in it, but overall it’s in great shape. If I had to remove it, though, I would definitely call Floor Busters.