Last July, my husband and I started a major home remodeling project. We gutted the upstairs bathroom, laundry room and master bedroom right down to the bare studs. Our plan was to insulate, replace the plumbing, put down a new ceramic tile floor and update all of the fixtures. We bought a new vanity and bathroom mirror, faucets, toilet, showerhead, washer, dryer and light fixtures. The project was extremely labor intensive. While hanging drywall on the ceiling, I managed to tear my trapezius muscle. The pain was so severe that I was unable to stand up for more than a minute or two at a time. I couldn’t wash my hair or even sit up for very long. I was flat on my back on the couch for nearly six weeks. I was limited to watching television, reading on my ipad and playing on my computer. I started looking into conveniences and updates for our home. I researched and ordered a smart thermostat and a Roomba vacuum cleaner. I came across information about home security systems. I started reading up on these wireless innovations that integrate into the home without any disruption. Most of these systems include monitoring by a security company. If there is a problem or emergency, the security company alerts the proper authorities. The system I chose includes a smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, moisture sensor and motion-activated lights. There are surveillance cameras that allow me to watch real time video and see both the front and back yards. I get an alert on my phone if someone steps up onto our porch and I can see who it is and speak with them. Through an app on my phone, I can control the automated door locks and open the garage door. Even while I was recovering from my injury, I appreciated having the security system.