May 12, 2015
by Linda Strother
Review of The Gateway AirbNb or what I call nightmare at Topsail Beach
So how did I happen to book a rental house in Topsail Beach/Sneads Ferry, North Carolina.? Well, it is a long story. The short story is that I put my house on the market and it sold in 2 days with a quick close while I was actually visiting the Topsail Beach area in mid April. So I decided to have an adventure and put some things in storage,sell some things and pack myself and the cat Lily into my car and head back to the beach. I found a rental on line that looked ok, it did not look new but it was reasonably cheap for a weeks stay. Well read on my friends.
The first thing that comes to mind is Gateway to what? In the middle of nowhere unless you are a Marine(close to the back gate of Marine base Camp Lejune) or stationed at the Air Station. Miles from Walmart and an hour away from Wilmington. But it is only 6 miles to N. Topsail beach.
When I arrived after a 6 hour drive from Asheville, I walked in to a blast of air that reeked of bleach. I had to open windows it was so strong. I was appalled at the rundown state of the home and furniture as well as the overall dirty conditions of everything. The showers, filthy, the carpet was stained and had a large area of spray paint that was covered by a small rug. The sofa and love seat were stained and smelled of human sweat.
Storm door did not lock
Storm door had algae and grime inside and out.
Front door mat filthy
Did not lock I had to move the table against it to feel safe
While looking out the door trying to figure out how to lock it two long black snakes crawled up into gash in the siding behind ac unit, beside the dryer venet, I think the snakes were in the dryer vent its self so I ran the dryer just to be sure and checked inside the dryer to see. My cat tried to get to the wall behind the dryer,she knew there were snakes there. And the storm named Ana was blowing off the coast and there were torrential rains and wind and the back door kept blowing open...in the middle of the night.
Dirty stove top
Fridge nice size, inside was clean outside was not
No dish washer liquid
No dish soap or scrubbers
No instructions for any of the appliances
Washer missing knobs to turn on
Silverware and utensils in the drawer were dirty and some rusted very cheap and flimsy
Cabinets grimy with greasy handprints
- Living room window dirty you could handprints all over.
Front door dirty and welcome mat was a joke.
Carpet stained and dirty
Sofas stained and smelled of sweat so did pillows on sofa
I think there were fleas in the sofa and on the carpets I kept getting bit by something. I did not bother my cat as she has had her flea treatment.
No instructions on how to use the Cable TV ad sound system.
Only 1 roll of toilet paper for each bathroom no extras
Showers and tubs were thick with grime, faucets and shower heads caked with lime buildup.
No wastebaskets in any rooms except kitchen
Sinks stained and grimy
Cabinets grimy with dirty handprints
Towels were thin and stained
Bath rugs were stained and ragged
Master bath did not have a safety mat in the tub, I almost fell until I went out and bought one.
- Master bedroom
Mattress was so hard you could feel every spring in the bed.
Closest was full of someone’s personal items
No instructions for tv and cable system or sound system
Close enough to the beach
They accepted my cat with no extra fee
Water was hot
Wi-Fi worked great
AC was very good
I would have checked out the day after I arrived but it was graduation weekend for 3 colleges and it was Mother's day weekend. All the hotels were booked up. As soon as I could get a reservation I booked a hotel in Wilmington,cheap and an old motel but very very clean. I sent a message to the owner about my problems with the house, she was shocked that I had a problem, she said it was an older house and it had just been painted. She also said the towels were clean, may have been clean but who wants to use skimpy stained towels. There was no mention when I reserved the house that I needed to bring my own,towels,dish liquid,toilet paper etc. It was lucky I had all of those things in my car. After contacting the host she did agree to refund the cleaning fee but seemed clueless that anyone would be upset about paying to rent a subpar rental.
I would advise you NOT to rent 2082 Highy 172, Sneads Ferry,NC a house called the Gateway.
April 18, 2014
by Linda Strother
Week Three and I am a bit behind on posting. 1.5 pounds lost this week so it is working!
Easter candy is my downfall this week Cadbury chocolate Creme Eggs, Jelly beans,Peeps love them all. Empty carbs and calories that are high on the glycemic scale tend to raise blood sugar levels quickly and sometimes you may experience a rapid drop in blood sugar. If I eat something not on my diet I need to spend more time on exercise to negate the effect.
Here is an article on that very topic. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/04/18/your-favorite-easter-candy-what-will-it-take-to-work-it-off/
Photo credit REUTERS/ALESSIA PIERDOMENICO
April 7, 2014
by Linda Strother
Week two at BeckLee Cottagee
and it seems easier to find things that are good to eat and not slip back into my old habits. I am making a conscious effort to be aware of what I am eating.
Weight loss this past week about 1/2 pound so I'm not really counting. I could gain a 1/2 pound from drinking a quart of water so I'm waiting for the bigger numbers. On the good side I am finding it easier to button my jeans, so that is something.
It was a busy week and I found myself under my calorie count for the day due to all the garden work I am doing. See the picture below, I am spending hours a day digging, lugging and dragging things around the garden not to mention getting them into the car from the Home Store and unloading the car once I get home :-).
Don't forget to join us on http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ Beckleecottage
is my user name. Happy Days ahead!
Work in progress
March 25, 2014
by Linda Strother
My 90 Day Challenge to Better Health
I have decided to stop "wishing" about my weight and health and do something about it. I am finished with excuses, I know people with life threatening diseases and disorders and they count each day as a triumph.
I am blessed to only have a diagnoses of uncomplicated type 2 diabetes and I have the ability and tools to control the course of this disease, I have controlled it in the past but every few years I lose my resolve.
After a recent check-up with my primary doctor, I was dismayed by how my A1c readings increased from my last checkup.
To give you some background, many years ago I weighed over 260 pounds and promised myself after loosing down to 130 pounds that I would never be that large again, but in 1999 I found myself over 230 pounds on the brink of reaching 260 pounds again. At that time my doctor diagnosed me with Type 2 diabetes(no shocker there), high cholesterol over 310, and high blood pressure. I declined medication and took control of my life and lost 65 pounds,brought my cholesterol to below 200, blood pressure was 110/70 and my diabetes A1c test was 5.9 which is non diabetic range. It took about a year to achieve real change in my readings.
Good health is a lifelong journey however I do get sidetracked and want to eat decadent foods which is okay sometimes, but a steady diet of rich high sugar foods does not bode well for my longevity.
A few months ago I published a diabetic cookbook on Amazon Kindle Top Ten Tasty Recipes for Diabetic Diets
, apparently I did not follow my own good advice. ;-(
Putting all this on a public forum will force me to be successful, I need to succeed, I must succed. My last A1c was 7.2 the highest reading ever for me personally. I am an emotional eater, I eat when I am bored or happy and sad. I used to abuse alcohol in the same way.
July 1,2014 is my first official day of retirement from my job with the State of NC at UNC-Asheville on. I am setting myself a 90 day challenge to lose 15 pounds and lower my diabetic A1c reading to below 6.5. Join me on this journey with your own 90 challenge to lose weight,quit smoking,go Vegan,learn line dancing or whatever your heart desires.
Please follow the journey here and on facebook and twitter. I plan to podcast and do a video diary too.
best wishes and good luck to us all
February 21, 2014
by Linda Strother
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